Metro Detroit: In The News Oct 22-27




Channel 9-5-5 Morning Show "Trick Or Treat Mile Of Meet"

Friday morning, the Mojo In The Morning show on WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit will help single men and women to mix & mingle with an unorthodox twist. Starting at 7:00am, 95 men will be numbered and lined up in a mile-long row while women drive by the line-up in their cars and "window shop" for the man of their dreams. When they see a guy they like, they call in to the radio station and reserve him... and the radio station pays for the date. The event takes place at the Lakeside Mall parking lot in Sterling Heights.

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Featured on WDET-FM

It rears it's ugly head once again ... the Jon Moshier Program yearly Halloween Special! The show will air this Saturday night from 10pm 'til midnight and feature novelty records from the 50's, hilarious sci-fi and horror movie trailers, and giveaways. Host Moshier boasts that every year the show just gets better and invites you tune in and hear for yourself- It's more Halloween Shlock than you can shake a broomstick at!


Ed Loves welcomes Urban Transport to his program on Tuesday, November 1st. Urban Transport is a four year old quintet who performs over fifty original compositions from Bebop, Swing, Modal Jazz, Afro Cuban, Latin and R&B/Hip Hop flavored music. After winning the Heineken Jazz Search in 2002, Urban Transport has performed at the last three Detroit Jazz Festivals. Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program airs weeknights from 7 - 10pm.


"The Tavis Smiley Show" and "This American Life" added to schedule: Smiley's program will air Sunday mornings from 10am to noon and 'American Life' will be broadcast from noon to 1pm on Sunday and again from 3-4pm every Friday afternoon. Both shows will be broadcast for the first time this coming Sunday, October 30 and the first Friday broadcast of "This American Life" will be November 4. "We're pleased to be bringing both of these programs to Detroit," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "I believe that having a voice like Tavis Smiley's on the air in Detroit is critically important when discussing significant issues that impact us all. In our constant review of how WDET can best serve our community, we believe these programs will be embraced and supported by listeners."

Tavis Smiley was excited when he found out his two-hour weekly program was going to be carried in Detroit. "I'm delighted to be back on the air in Detroit," Smiley said. " I'm looking forward to bringing new perspectives, fascinating guests and high-energy radio to WDET listeners."

"This American Life" continues to be a long-time favorite with public radio listeners everywhere. "Ira Glass' unique ability to tell fascinating stories about contemporary American life and culture is something that could only be showcased on public radio," Coleman said. "We're excited to be offering this one-of-a-kind program to listeners twice a week."

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Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic re-visits classical roots

Alexander Zonjic will premiere a new work in a concert featuring music by Reformation composers on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4:00pm at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.

Classically trained Zonjic, who is primarily known as a smooth jazz flutist, will perform "If God Were Not Beside Us" by Michigan composer Terry Herald. Zonjic will also perform Bach’s Double Concerto in a concert that includes music by Buxtehude, Pachelbel and J.S. Bach. The concert will feature a full orchestra, two children’s choirs, two adult choirs and a deaf choir. Concert proceeds will benefit programs for the deaf and hard of hearing administered by the Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society.

Over the years Zonjic has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded three classical music CDs and is also the morning show host on Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 in Detroit. "Growing up in Windsor, Canada, I was excited by the music of the British invasion, played in a high school rock band, but found my passion when I discovered the flute," says Zonjic. "I received my bachelor of arts in classical music at the University of Windsor before I branched out into jazz."

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CKWW to air "The War of the Worlds" on Halloween night

Join CKWW-AM 580 Halloween night at 10pm for a special treat as the station airs the original classic radio drama "The War of the Worlds" without commercial interruption. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this incredibly realistic radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading the world when it was originally broadcast in 1938 on the "Mercury Theatre On The Air" program. It is one of the most famous radio broadcasts of all time, and was so believable that fear and panic gripped America as thousands thought Martians had really landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey.

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MIX92.3’s Gerald McBride goes syndicated:

Saturday nights on WMXD-FM, MIX92.3, is unlike any other radio program in Detroit with the station's Saturday Night Live with Gerald McBride. The “Old School House Party” has now been syndicated to WKUS in Norfolk, VA; WTMP in Tampa Bay, FL; WJTT- in Chattanooga, TN; WDKX in Rochester, NY; and Star99 in Charleston, SC as part of each station's weekend line-up.

Since 1997, “Saturday Night Live” with Gerald McBride listeners have been entertained with music from the 70’s and 80’s, in addition to offering exclusive celebrity guest interviews with recording artists, such as Earth, Wind and Fire, the O’Jays, Temptations, Whispers, and others. Gerald offer special segments throughout the show, such as the “Battle of the Old School” where listeners can vote for their favorite old school artist plus the “Remake Retakes” and the “Lost 45’s. “The Old School House Party” offers the same features to a national audience with a toll free number for listener call-ins. The show airs from 7pm 'til midnight every Saturday night.

“It is another opportunity for Detroit to showcase the talents we have on a national level. We congratulate Gerald for his outstanding accomplishment and look forward to the growth of his show in other markets,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director-WMXD.

Detroit Free Press:

A series of major schedule changes swept across the Detroit's radio scene Tuesday. First was the surprise news that Howard Stern's replacement on Infinity-owned live talk station WKRK-FM (97.1) come January won't be rocker David Lee Roth or comic Adam Corolla, as previously believed ... Then, public radio WDET-FM (101.9) general manager Michael Coleman announced his first major schedule change since taking over in August. Tavis Smiley's talk show, which centers on current events from a black perspective, will air on Sundays from noon to 1 p.m...

Detroit News:

No one was more surprised than Emery King on the March day security guards abruptly escorted him out of WDIV-TV (Channel 4), where he had worked for 19 years. The veteran newsman couldn't have imagined he'd receive that sort of treatment over a breakdown in contract negotiations. Neither could Metro Detroiters, who ran to King's rescue calling for a Channel 4 boycott. This wasn't just another ousted television anchor; this was King, Metro Detroit's longest running co-anchor of the 6 o'clock news with Ruth Spencer... Emery King gets a royal salute, (Sat 10/22)

After a 10-month search, Infinity Broadcasting announced Tuesday its choices to replace Howard Stern's morning show in Detroit and 26 other markets. Stern, the popular, wildly raunchy morning host whose FCC fines for indecency could fund a Third-World nation, is bolting for Sirius Satellite Radio. The shock jock's last live broadcast on Infinity will be Dec. 16... Broadcaster announces Howard Stern replacements, (Wed 10/26)

The new general manager at Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) is already putting his stamp on the station. On Wednesday, Michael Coleman announced a reversal of part of the controversial September 2004 purge of several local and national programs, with the return of "The Tavis Smiley Show" and Ira Glass' "This American Life"... WDET adds new old programming, (Thu 10/27)

Daily Oakland Press:

The smooth jazz sound of WVMV-FM (98.7) was the ratings winner over the summer as the station finished tops among listeners age 12 and older in the recently released Arbitron quarterly ratings book ... All that controversy over Henson being fired because of remarks he made about fellow radio personality Tic Tak of WQKI? Turns out that might have just been a little attention-getting ploy as Henson claims he was let go for a different reason... WVMV smoothes its way up to 1st place, (Sun 10/23)

All Access:

Finally, INFINITY announces its "HOWARD STERN Replacement Strategy,' and as ALL ACCESS was first to confirm, the station is relaunching several stations as FM Talk "FREE FM." As part of the new strategy, DAVID LEE ROTH and ADAM CAROLLA have been officially announced as STERN's replacement in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, respectively, starting JANUARY 3. STERN will have his last broadcast on the INFINITY stations DECEMBER 16. ROTH's show will also air on KLLI (LIVE 105.3)/DALLAS, WYSP/PHILADELPHIA, WBCN/BOSTON, WRKZ/PITTSBURGH. WNCX/CLEVELAND, and WPBZ (103.1 THE BUZZ)/WEST PALM BEACH. CAROLLA will air on new FM Talk convert KIFR/SAN FRANCISCO, KPLN (THE PLANET)/SAN DIEGO, KZON/PHOENIX, KUFO/PORTLAND, and KXTE (EXTREME RADIO)/LAS VEGAS. CAROLLA's longtime comedy partner JIMMY KIMMEL will serve as Creative Consultant for CAROLLA's show and an advisor for INFINITY.

WXTM/CLEVELAND morning man ROVER will add WCKG/CHICAGO, WKRK/DETROIT, WAQZ/CINCINNATI, WMFS/MEMPHIS, and WZNE/ROCHESTER and will be based at WCKG. THE JUNKIES will move to mornings at WJFK/WASHINTON and will also be heard on WHFS/BALTIMORE. KITS (LIVE 105.3)/SAN FRANCISCO will replace STERN with "THE MORNING MUSIC CO-OP," a music-intensive show. Rock WYSP/PHILADELPHIA, Classic Rock KPLN/SAN DIEGO, and the new KIFR/SAN FRAOCISCO are launching the "FREE FM" Talk format TODAY (10/25). WXRK (92.3 K-ROCK)/NEW YORK will flip to Talk as "FREE FM" in JANUARY, and FM Talk KLSX/LOS ANGELES, WCKG/CHICAGO, KLLI/DALLAS, WJFK/WASHINGTON, WKRK/DETROIT, and WHFS/BALTIMORE are all being rebranded "FREE FM" as of TODAY as well. Part of the new programming will be a one-hour daily show starting JANUARY for "PENN AND TELLER"'s PENN JILLETTE. The show will air on WXRK, WCKG, KIFR, WJFK, WKRK, KPLN, WHFS, and KSFN-A/LAS VEGAS.

INFINITY's JOEL HOLLANDER says “when we set out to find a replacement for HOWARD STERN we took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from both in and out of the radio industry. With ROTH, we’ve found someone who continues to evolve his career and deliver for his legion of fans. ADAM’s depth of entertainment experience is unmatched in radio. And JIMMY has a proven track record of creating winning shows for both radio and television. Couple that with an impressive roster of emerging talent and formats and we have all the necessary elements for INFINITY to continue as the major player in morning drive.”

At KXBT (THE BEAT 104.3)/AUSTIN, STERN's replacement will be the syndicated STAR AND BUC WILD. ALL ACCESS hears that the lineup at the new KIFR/SAN FRANCISCO may include some former morning shows in the market. (Tue 10/25)

Michael Spears Succumbs To Cancer: Everyone at ALL ACCESS is very sad to report the passing of legendary programmer and personality, MICHAEL SPEARS (aka HAL MARTIN), following a long battle with cancer today (10/25) in DALLAS. Among the many highlights of SPEARS' career, he was a personality at CKLW/WINDSOR-DETROIT, was PD at KFRC-A/SAN FRANCISCO, KHJ-A/LOS ANGELES, and was a personality or PD at many DALLAS stations like Top 40 KLIF-A, Top 40 KNUS/DALLAS, Urban KKDA (K104), and KRLD-A. He was a staiton owner at WPLP/TAMPA, and had his own consultancy, THE BEAM. MICHAEL SPEARS touched the lives of many, and he will be deeply missed. The funeral is set for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, at 4p at EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH. A reception will follow at the church. A Celebration of MICHAEL's Life" is also planned at a nearby restaurant. (Tue 10/25)

Media Week:

The long wait for Howard Stern's replacement on 27 stations owned by Infinity Broadcasting ended today... Infinity Reveals Stern's Replacements, New Strategy and Logo, (Tue 10/25)

Billboard Radio Monitor:

The long wait for Howard Stern’s replacement on 27 stations owned by Infinity Broadcasting ended Tuesday...Roth, Carolla, Rover Carve Up Stern Empire, (Tue 10/25)


Putting the rumor mill to rest, Infinity Broadcasting has launched "Free FM" and made clear its plans for replacing Howard Stern... Infinity Announces Howard Stern Replacement Strategy, (Tue 10/25)

Radio and Records:

After months of speculation, Infinity Broadcasting confirms that the replacements for Stern — who will air his final broadcast radio show on Dec. 16 — will be current Loveline host Adam Carolla and former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.... Infinity Confirms Howard Stern Replacements, (Tue 10/25)

Observing that his company's broad-based plan to replace Howard Stern in 27 markets, beginning Jan. 3, is likely the first time any radio company has faced that type of challenge, Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander said this morning that it could take up to two years for the new shows Infinity unveiled today to fully develop... Hollander: Infinity's New Lineup Needs Time To Grow, (Tue 10/25)

Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander said this morning that while Howard Stern's morning show has generated about $100 million in annual revenue for Infinity, Stern's departure opens the door to new advertisers who eschewed the host's bawdy brand of radio... Infinity Eyeing New Ad Money After Stern's Departure, (Tue 10/25)

Radio Ink:

Tom Joyner has issued the following statement on the death of Rosa Parks: “One of my proudest moments as a broadcaster is my involvement with Tavis (Smiley) and his campaign to ensure that Rosa Parks received the Congressional Gold Medal. It reminded me of a few things: The power of black radio and how, like back in the day, radio was used to inform our listeners and rally them to a good cause. It proved that we are still willing to take stand about something important... Joyner Pays Tribute To Rosa Parks, (Wed 10/26)

Infinity Broadcasting has unveiled their plans for life after Howard Stern. The announcements came in the form of a conference call by Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander, who was briefly interrupted by the voice of the Stern character known as Beetlejuice... Handling Howard's End: Infinity Unveils Post-Stern Strategy, (Wed 10/26)

Is Rock Dead? “No way,” Says Rock’s Leading Consultant

Despite press speculation that the recent announcement of format changes by Infinity Broadcasting represent a death knell for Rock radio, the genre is alive, and in most parts of the country, as healthy as ever. Rock radio consultant and Classic Rock pioneer Fred Jacobs observes that Infinity’s moves represent decisions that were made because of the unique circumstance of losing Howard Stern. Formatic decisions that have followed have their unique strategic purpose, and obviously look for ways for Infinity stations to stand out in uniquely competitive environments. Their “Jack Attack” is along the same lines.

According to Jacobs, “Infinity had some tough decisions to make. It’s not every day you lose one of radio’s major talents. But to connect those moves with the decline of an entire genre is completely overstating the case. Infinity still owns some of the great Rock stations in America.”

“Look around the country – Rock formats of all types are among the leaders in overall listening and in their specific target demographics. Alternative stations have enjoyed a revival in the past year, making a comeback in markets like Atlanta, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Portland. Active Rock stations, while being challenged by a shortage of great new rock, are performing in markets as diverse as Sacramento, Des Moines, and Detroit. Heritage Rock stations like KQRS inMinneapolis, KSHE inSt. Louis, and WMMR in Philly are thriving. There are also new innovations in Rock, including The Hog in Milwaukee, which just had a spectacular debut, and at KBZT in San Diego, which is a pioneer in our Neo-Radio values-based programming philosophy. Finally, there’s Classic Rock, the gold standard of Rock radio. Classic Rock has been the most stable, profitable of all the formats, and is dominating in too many markets to mention.”

“In smaller and medium sized markets, the number of Rock offerings is even greater than in larger markets. These markets, despite having a fraction of the population of New York City or Los Angeles, can have upwards of five or six Rock stations. Rock listeners in those markets don’t think that Rock is dead.”

“Part of the problem is that Rock has been so popular over the years that there are markets that have simply had more stations than the local economy could support. In those cases, station casualties are expected, and are in fact, very normal. This has been going on for years.”

“Rock radio, like radio overall, is facing unprecedented challenges from new technology and shifting consumer demands. When you couple this with the heightened scrutiny from the FCC, the impending departure of Howard Stern, and the temporary shortage of great new Rock product from the record companies, it’s easy to conclude that Rock is in trouble. But despite these challenges, the ratings don’t lie, and it would be a mistake to leap to the conclusion that Rock is dead.”

“This is very much a case of Rock being Mark Twained – the format’s death has been greatly exaggerated. Just ask the millions of Rock radio listeners in every market in the U.S.”







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