Bill Humphries, former WGPR-TV 62 sportscaster, passes
Bill Humphries, one of the first African American TV sportscasters in Detroit, has passed away. Humphries spent most of his broadcast career at WGPR-TV, the original channel 62 in Detroit. Humphries also once worked at WEMU-FM Ypsilanti and was active in the Detroit Sports Broadcaster's Association. He also served a term on the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
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WJR upcoming events:
The Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live tomorrow (Oct 7) from 6-9am at the Goodfellows Tribute Breakfast 2005 from the Riverfront Ballroom in the Cobo Conference Center in Detroit. Detroit Goodfellows, an organization that raises millions of dollars yearly for underprivileged Detroit area children, will honor Detroit businessman and former Detroit Piston Dave Bing with the “Goodfellow of the Year” award.
Detroit Free Press:
Talk radio geared specifically for women -- a trend in the mid-'80s that later fizzled -- may be resurrected by satellite radio two decades later. XM Satellite Radio, which says it reached 5 million subscribers last week -- is launching a new channel today aimed at female listeners. It's No. 155 and called Take 5... XM to launch women's channel (Mon 10/3)
Don't you love intrigue? Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1) is fanning radio intrigue by keeping talkers Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick off the air from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and playing reruns of their shows. Station boss Rich Homberg says, "Following comments made on the show last week," they're off and an announcement will come ... whenever. What did they say? Er, no further comment from Mr. Homberg... Radio hosts off the air, but why? (Wed 10/5)
When was the last time you heard a radio station called "a balm for the soul" and the source of "an argument-free ride in the car"? That was the way newly upgraded and Disney-formatted WFDF-AM (910) was described at a rollout breakfast at Henry Ford Museum on Wednesday. And the speaker was Gov. (and mom) Jennifer Granholm. AM 910, which strengthened its daytime signal this week, becomes the latest means for metro Detroiters to receive Disney's music and entertainment package intended for 6- to 14-year-olds... Disney powers up in Detroit, (Thu 10/6)
Detroit Middayers On "Vacation": INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT's "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" hosts GREGG HENSON and MICHELLE MCKORMICK are off the air this week, and while the "best ofs" are running, the market is talking about what led the station to yank the show for now. The show went into reruns after last WEDNESDAY's show (9/28); chatter in the market is that on-air comments about a personality at another station may have led to the hiatus. (Tue 10/4)
Radio and Records:
Infinity spokeswoman Karen Mateo has confirmed that Greg Henson & Michelle McKormack, the midday team at Infinity FM Talker WKRK/Detroit, have been off the air since the end of their shift on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in connection to some questionable comments made during the show... WKRK/Detroit Midday Team Suspended, (Tue 10/4)
Billboard Radio Monitor:
Clear Channel top 40 WKQI (Channel 95.5) Detroit is considering legal action against crosstown Infinity FM talker WKRK, according to WKQI OM Dom Theodore. Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick allegedly made disparaging comments about WKQI night host Tic Tac on the air and referred to him by his real name... WKRK Midday Team Silenced Following Remarks About Competitor, (Wed 10/5)