Metro Detroit: In The News Oct 2-6

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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)


All Access:

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)

 

8 Comments

Good... let's hope Gregg and Michelle are gone forever. They are just too dull and annoying. It seems that midday slot on 97.1 has frequent turnover. It's either poor hosts, a poor slot, or perhaps a combination.

Does anyone have more information about what was said about the 95.5 night DJ? Gregg and Michelle allegedly "outed" him on the air about being gay and listed his criminal record.

HELLO I FEEL WHAT WAS SAID WAS MORE THAN LIKELY TRUE , TIC TAC IS A REAL J/A. COME ON WHAT TYPE OF A LAME NAME (TIC/TAC) ITS SOUNDS SO (HOMO). I HEARD THE SHOW SO WHAT IF THEY USED HIS REAL NAME WHAT IS TIC TAC (GOD). BRING BACK GREG SO IT CAN BE GREG AND MICHELLE & JESSICA THE SHOW IS SO FUNNY. IT WAS ONLY HIS OPINION.

its true the mid-day slot on 97.1 has had its share of turn over. possibly due to poor management or owners skills. i didnt get the chance to hear what was said on the show that day. must have been something that would hurt the competion pretty bad. greg will be missed. these 95.5 and the late 93.1 hip hop channels are all the same. you wanna talk about turn over. anyways good luck greg. back to listening to cds during the middays

Gregg and Michelle were great together. I think the station is making a huge mistake and I truly wish Gregg all the success in the world at his next gig. What ever happened to the 1st ammendment??

I,m glad to hear that Greg Hensen is off the air!I quit listening a while ago.Stopped watching TV2 Fox sports with Greg on it.Maybe I give the show another shot, now that the Jerk Greg is gone. Good job keep up the good work!

ok, ive listened to the new jay and michelle show. it should be michelle and jay. where is this going anyways? borrrring. give bill the spot, at least hes funny. as for the gregg haters, go to his web site gregg.com. theses morons are placing there comments(as stupid as thay are)on his site calling him everything from gay to a loser. dont these idiots realize that everytime they log on to his site he gets a hit. you know a thing simular to ratings. as far as im concerned keep posting. stupid is stupid does right. haha. these guys(girls) just really miss him and dont know how to show it, sad really. as i said before gregg will be missed, damn we lost another funny guy. hey i know lets get one of those idiots from the night shift on the late 93.1. get ride of the d&d slot and slap one of thoses clowns in there. o it could happen the wheels are turning over there at 97.1. just the bearings are a little loose thats all. o ya give bill the spot. if you didnt hear give the spot to bill. (i dont think they heard)

The show really sucks without Greg. I can't stand listening to it now. Oh well, nothing last forever.

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