November 2005 Archives

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will carry a live simulcast of WDIV Local 4's coverage of the Rosa Parks funeral service on Wednesday, November 2 beginning at 11am. The service takes place at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit and is expected to last until 2pm.

"It's vitally important that those who cannot watch the televised service are still able to participate in this tribute and farewell," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. WDET simulcasts WDIV Local 4's coverage for the Rosa Parks funeral service on Wednesday, November 2 from 11am to 2pm on 101.9FM and at wdetfm.org.

In addtion to funeral coverage on Channel 4, WXYZ-TV 7 and WJBK-TV 2 also plan on carrying the event live.

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FM 98 WJLB & SMART will honor Rosa Parks by offering free bus rides

FM 98 WJLB will take over the SMART BUS Michigan Ave Route #200 from 6am-6pm on Thursday, November 3, 2005. All FM 98 WJLB on air personalities will be on the bus through out the day to let people express their gratitude to Rosa Parks & what she did for the civil rights movement. “This is the least we can do” commented Director of Urban Programming, KJ Holiday “Rosa Parks changed the path of the county and with out her-FM 98 WJLB may have never been.” The Michigan Ave route heavily traveled and many young people ride this bus to go to school. FM 98 WJLB and SMART know the importance of the legacy that Parks leaves behind.

 

Channel 4 to host special edition of Flashpoint on Sun Nov. 6

In a special hour-long edition of Flashpoint, airing Sunday morning at 10AM on WDIV-TV Channel 4, host Devin Scillian sits down one-on-one with each of the candidates for mayor of Detroit. Icumbent Kwame Kilpatrick and challenger Freman Hendrix individually join Devin in the Local 4 studios, taking time out from their heated campaign in a mayoral race that at times has been too close to call. Just days before the election, Local 4’s Flashpoint special offers local viewers and Detroit voters a chance to see each candidate outside of the fiery debates and hear in-depth their views about the challenges the city faces in the future.

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The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM Help Keep Kids Warm This Winter

In an effort to keep kids in metro Detroit warm this winter, The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM, in partnership with McDonald’s and SMART, will collect new winter coats and cash donations on Friday, Nov. 11, from 10am - 9pm, and Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9am - 6pm during the “Coats for Kids” Radiothon at Oakland Mall in Troy. Cash donations will allow the purchase of more coats for children in need during the cold winter months. R&B and Hip-Hop artists such as Genuwine, Marques Houston and Cee-Lo will be on hand to lend their support for “Coats for Kids.”

“With the cold winter months approaching, it’s a necessity for children to have proper outerwear to keep them protected from harsh elements when walking to and from school and being outside,” said Major Norman Marshall, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “Through the generosity and support of metro Detroiters and our Radiothon partners, we can provide underprivileged children with a means to stay warm this winter season.

“The need for coats and donations is tremendous”, said Russ Russell, executive director for the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “Forty-eight percent of children in Detroit live in poverty.”

Area Salvation Army locations will also serve as drop-off sites for the Radiothon. For a list of Salvation Army locations where coats will be available after the Radiothon, or to make a donation, please call (877) SAL-MICH or visit www.salvationarmyemich.org.

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Michigan Radio Celebrates Record Breaking Membership Drive

Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, wrapped up a very successful fall fund drive on Friday, October 21. The drive brought in more than $920,000, with contributions from over 6,000 members across southern lower Michigan and northern Ohio. This is a 3% increase over last fall’s record breaking membership drive, setting a new record for the station, and a 30% jump from fall 2003.

Michigan Radio’s 2005 Fall Membership Drive raised money through a variety of sources, including almost $750,000 in on-air and web pledges from listeners and over $170,000 generated from corporate supporters matching member contributions. The money raised helps pay for program costs and general operating expenses at the station. Membership dollars provide about half of Michigan Radio’s current annual operating budget of over $5 million.

"In these times, people have many options for their charitable giving,” said Donovan Reynolds, general manger of Michigan Public Media. “We’re very pleased that our audience continues to value our service enough to support it with their dollars."

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WDET Programming Highlights:

Phillip Glass is distinguished as one of the greatest composers of our time. His repertoire ranges from opera and dance to theater, orchestra and film. Glass's non-traditional approach continue to earn him acclaim with audiences around the world. Judy Adams welcomes Phillip Glass to her program, Tuesday, November 8th. Phillip Glass along with Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Daniel Roumain, Califone, and the Paybacks perform Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30pm at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor in a concert to benefit the Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. The Judy Adams Program airs weekday mornings from 9-11am.

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After producing, engineering, remixing, co-writing and being a musician on records from everyone from mega DJ Paul Oakenfold to rock god Pete Townsend of the Who, Carmen Rizzo finally carved out time to record his own CD. The lush, cinematic beat driven disc is called "The Lost Art Of The Idle Moment" on The Lab label. Rizzo's first solo album features collaborations with a wide range of guest vocalists including Jem, Esthero, Grant Lee Phillips and others. Carmen Rizzo stops by The Chuck Horn Program on Friday, November 11th to talk about his new CD. The Chuck Horn Program airs weekdays from 11am to 1pm.


Detroit Free Press:

Happy Halloween! That means only one thing: Christmas holiday music on the radio could be just days -- maybe even hours -- away. Darren Davis, the executive who oversees the usual leader with Kris Kringle music -- Clear Channel's WNIC-FM (100.3) -- notes, "There's a singing Santa Claus doll in the WNIC studio, so it won't be long now before we begin decking the halls.... WNIC-FM is ready to play yule tunes, (Mon 10/31)

Sharpton signs with Radio One- The Rev. Al Sharpton -- coming to town for the Rosa Parks funeral Wednesday -- will reportedly anchor urban-oriented Radio One's new African-American talk network. What does that mean for Detroit? Well, the trade journal Inside Radio reports Radio One will launch its new talk-net in markets like Washington-Baltimore, Detroit, Miami and Cleveland. The most likely landing spot here? WCHB-AM (1200)... Names and Faces, (Tue 11/1)


Daily Oakland Press:

The chatter continues about the defection of news-talk WJR-AM (760) from the Wolverines to the Spartans and what the future might hold. Many readers seem more concerned about the current broadcast team of Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter and Steve Courtney staying together than which station winds up carrying the games ... Another big story garnering far too much press concerns who’s replacing Howard Stern on nearly 30 Infinity stations, including hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), when the legendary shock jock departs for Sirius satellite radio... Wolverines seek a home; Rover fetched at WKRK, (Sun 10/30)


Soft rock radio station WNIC-FM (100.3) switched to an all-Christmas music format at 3 p.m. Monday with Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” as the first holiday song aired this season. The all-Christmas format has been a ratings boon for the station and competitor station WMGC-FM (105.1) the past few years. The rush to claim the format first has now pushed the unofficial start of the Christmas music season to Nov. 1., (Wed 11/2)

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, November 6, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


On Tuesday afternoon, soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) ditched its regular music format and once again launched into wall-to-wall Christmas music, trying to take early advantage of the fondness many have for the “songs of the season.” Nearly a year ago in this space, I complained strongly about this rush to Christmas — only to be proven wrong about how listeners would respond. Last year, WNIC, and fellow soft rocker WMGC-FM (105.1), scored huge ratings increases during their Christmas carol marathons.

Though many readers agreed that it was too much Christmas too soon, it’s clear that there are plenty who just can’t get enough of Nat King Cole’s “The Christmas Song” and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” — even if they’re each played about 1 million times between now and Christmas Day. The bottom line? As long as advertisers like the idea and listeners respond the way they have, get used to hearing about Grandma getting run over by a reindeer.

One glimmer of hope: WMGC didn’t switch to all-Yule immediately after WNIC did, but it’s expected that Magic 105.1 will follow suit sometime soon — if it hasn’t happened already this weekend. I still say we need to ho, ho, hose all this Christmas stuff off until after Thanksgiving — and hold out hope that maybe this year, listeners will say, “Enough.”


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Think the jocks at WNIC and WMGC bring in MP3 players so they’ll have something else to listen to while they work? Although you’ll never hear any of ’em complain, this has to drive them batty.


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Gerald McBride’s waycool Saturday Night Live oldies program on adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) has been renamed the “Old School House Party” and been syndicated to a number of stations across the country. Program director Jamillah Muhammad notes the show “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.”


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Tim Roberts has made his way back to Detroit radio and is the new program director for country WYCD-FM (99.5). Roberts was at the helm of WWWW-FM (106.7) when that station dumped the cowboy hats and spurs in favor of a rock format in 1999. He had been working in Toledo, but commuting from here, before scoring the ’YCD gig.


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Urban WJLB-FM will team up with the Salvation Army next weekend to collect winter coats and cash donations to help keep kids warm this winter. The “Coats for Kids” Radiothon will be at Oakland Mall from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. R&B and hip-hop artists Genuwine, Marques Houston and Cee-Lo will be on hand to lend their support.

Can’t make it to the mall? Area Salvation Army locations will serve as drop-off sites; visit www.salvationarmyemich.org or call (877) SAL-MICH.


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Michigan Radio, heard locally on Ann Arbor’s WUOM-FM (91.7) and Flint’s WFUM-FM (91.1) as well as in Grand Rapids, raised more than $920,000 during its recent fall fund drive, setting a new record for the stations. Pledged dollars provide about half of Michigan Radio’s current annual operating budget of more than $5 million, making the drives critical to the stations’ success. “In these times, people have many options for their charitable giving,” notes general manager Donovan Reynolds. “We’re very pleased that our audience continues to value our service enough to support it with their dollars.”


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Acoustic guitarist Billy McLaughlin drops by Pam Rossi’s “Over Easy” program at 10 a.m. Saturday on classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7). McLaughlin enjoyed a rising career before contracting by an incurable disease that attacked his right wrist and hand. But instead of giving up, he relearned his craft by becoming left-handed.


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Set Your Dials: Hosts Tom Wilson and Alison Harris present Britain’s Henry Hall Orchestra at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... Philip Glass goes live with his nontraditional music on Judy Adams’ show 9-11 a.m. Tuesday on WDET-FM (101.9) ... National Public Radio will serve up its first-ever live opera broadcast at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with George Gershwin’s legendary folk opera “Porgy and Bess” on its 70th anniversary. Because neither WDET nor WUOM carries the show, visit www.npr.org/music and listen in on your computer.


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Mike Austerman is the founder of Michiguide.com and has covered radio for The Oakland Press for 4 years.

 

Metro Detroit: In The News Nov 4-10

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90.9 FM WRCJ Classic Hosts to Debut Nov 14

Detroit’s new classical and jazz radio station, 90.9 WRCJ-FM, will begin weekday broadcasts of classical music programming from studios in the Detroit School of Arts on Monday, November 14. With the debut of morning host Dave Wagner at 6 a.m., locally-originated classical music will be back on Detroit airwaves for the first time since 1997.
The listener-supported public radio station will continue to broadcast with a format of daytime classical and nighttime jazz, aiming to serve audiences of both music genres. The introduction of 90.9 WRCJ’s team of classical hosts on November 14 will include Wagner, a popular mainstay personality at the former WQRS until the commercially-licensed station switched from classical programming in 1997, hosting weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Chris Felcyn, familiar to classical audiences from his long-running public radio program “The Listening Room,” will host from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ann Delisi, who has an extensive background at various Detroit public and commercial stations and as host of the former Detroit Public TV arts series “Backstage Pass,” will serve as host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“The debut of locally-originated programming on 90.9 WRCJ is great news for the underserved fans of classical music, as well as many cultural organizations that will partner with us to enrich our listeners and stimulate attendance for programs at their venues,” said Robert Scott, station manager. “Dave, Chris and Ann are knowledgeable, entertaining, and deeply committed to the station’s mission to be an educational and cultural resource.”

90.9 WRCJ signed on August 1 with a format of daytime classical and nighttime jazz. Satellite services, such as Classical 24 and Jazzworks, will continue to provide programming weekday evenings and on weekends. More locally-originated programming is planned once the construction of broadcast facilities is completed next year at the station’s home in the Detroit School of Arts, located at Woodward and Selden in the heart of the city’s cultural center.

90.9 FM WRCJ is a listener-supported classical and jazz station operated by Detroit Public Television and licensed to Detroit Public Schools. Major funding for start up is provided by The Kresge Foundation.

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WHFR Radio Marks 20 Years of Broadcasting

WHFR Radio, the volunteer-staffed, non-commercial independent radio and internet station broadcasting from Henry Ford Community College is planning an event to celebrate their 20th year on Metro-Detroit’s airwaves. The celebration will take place at Fifth Avenue, Downtown (Comerica Park location) on Saturday, December 3, 2005. A “who’s who” of Detroit musical artists, including The Howling Diablos, Lawless Element, The Holy Fire, Horse Cave Trio and Abrasive Method will all perform live at the 21 and over concert event. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available at the door for a minimum $10 donation, with all proceeds benefiting WHFR Radio.

WHFR began broadcasting at 89.3 FM in December of 1985. Prior to that, the station operated as a public address system in the HFCC student cafeteria. The FCC granted the Detroit area’s last available FM license to the Henry Ford Community College Board of Trustees in 1979 and after overcoming some hurdles, WHFR began broadcasting on the signal with pre-recorded segments in 1985. The station went live in 1987, and then moved to around-the-clock broadcasting in 1995. WHFR began streaming their programming live on the internet that same year, and has been live, 24/7 both on 89.3FM and on whfr.fm ever since.

The mission of WHFR has always been to provide real world lab experience in telecommunication for HFCC students, and to serve the needs of Dearborn and the surrounding communities. Choosing to program the station with independent, local, and eclectic music little heard elsewhere on the Detroit radio dial has been WHFR’s greatest ongoing achievement. With a mix of indie rock, blues, classical, big band, world, modern folk, Americana, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, and more, WHFR offers a refreshing “alternative block variety” to its listeners. In addition to our local programming, WHFR is an affiliate of Public Radio International, and airs PRI’s national Classical 24 and Mountain Stage programming. WHFR receives a small budget from HFCC to help defray operating costs, but covers most of its financial needs through listener support and underwriting donations. The station holds an annual spring “Radiothon” on-air pledge drive to raise funds for daily expenses. The December 3rd Anniversary celebration is intended to be a party for WHFR listeners as well as a fundraiser for the station itself.

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WCSX Programming Highlights

Billy McLaughlin enjoyed a rising career complete with Top 10 Billboard charting releases (Narada Records/Virgin) and non-stop national touring when he was struck down in 2001 by a mysterious and incurable disease that attacked his fretboard wrist and hand. Rather than quit, McLaughlin has been quietly re-learning his virtuoso repertoire - left-handed! His first-ever-entirely-left-handed-concert is arguably the acoustic guitar comeback event of all-time. McLaughlin will be making an appearance on Classic Rock 94.7 WCSX-FM's Over Easy with Pam Rossi on Saturday morning, November 12th, at about 10:00am. Tune in to hear the live interview and performance.

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Detroit News:

In unprecedented coverage, local TV stations dedicated more than 30 hours combined to civil rights legend Rosa Parks' funeral. Such attention came at a price, as all three local news stations, WJBK-TV (Channel 2), WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), broadcast the funeral without commercial interruption. WDIV and WXYZ were on the air 11 commercial-free hours, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., while WJBK's coverage went uninterrupted from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m... Parks' long funeral hits TV pocketbooks, (Fri 11/4)


Detroit Free Press:

In the land of Detroit political call-in radio, a caller questioned the gender of one of the city's most-listened-to hosts. A political analyst suggested on the air that a rival colleague was cheating on her husband. And a preacher and supporter of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick used off-color metaphors to lambaste his critics... Election talk on Detroit airwaves: In mayoral race, rancor spills over onto radio as opposing camps fire away, (Fri 11/4)


Added: Friday to WRIF-FM's (101.1) weekend air lineup, Kelly Brown. She was the longtime cohost of CIMX-FM's (88.7) morning show until earlier this year and is a respected voice on the city's rock scene... Names and Faces, (Sat 11/5)


Sunny skies. Temperatures near 70. A gentle breeze blowing through the golden trees. It sure seemed like Christmastime last week, right? Right! WNIC-FM (100.3) decided to start playing Christmas music, anyway, changing its soft rock format at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 to wall-to-wall jing-jing-jingling. In the meadow we can build a snowman? No way...A few minutes with...: Christmas music man, (Mon 11/7)


TV station election night reportage was more confusing than enlightening on the Detroit mayoral election Tuesday night. All three Detroit TV news operations avoided language like "projected winner." However, WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reported shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. that its polling -- by Steve Mitchell -- showed that challenger Freman Hendrix would likely triumph. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) concurred, although by a smaller margin and with greater caution. But by the time WJBK-TV (Channel 2) hit the air with its 10 p.m. newscast, it was predicting a narrow win for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick... TV stations take a cautious approach, (Wed 11/9)


The game of chicken between Howard Stern and his employer (Infinity Radio and its Detroit station, WKRK-FM, 97.1) has apparently started big-time. Tuesday morning, a best-of show was aired when Stern was suspended -- ostensibly for one day -- for the high crime of speaking too much about his new employer come Jan. 1: Sirius Satellite Radio... Names and Faces, (Wed 11/9)


Daily Oakland Press:

On Tuesday afternoon, soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) ditched its regular music format and once again launched into wall-to-wall Christmas music, trying to take early advantage of the fondness many have for the “songs of the season.” Nearly a year ago in this space, I complained strongly about this rush to Christmas — only to be proven wrong about how listeners would respond ... Urban WJLB-FM will team up with the Salvation Army next weekend to collect winter coats and cash donations to help keep kids warm this winter. The “Coats for Kids” Radiothon will be at Oakland Mall from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday... WNIC thinks Yule want to be in Christmas mood now, (Sun 11/6)


Radio and Records:

Henson joins Simmons Media's KZNX/Austin today, and will also handle the afternoon shift for the ESPN Radio affiliate. He succeeds Eric Kaelin, who will become OM for KZNX and simulcast partner KWNX and remain one of KZNX's morning hosts... Gregg Henson To Program Austin's 'Big 1530 ESPN Radio', (Mon 11/7)


All Access:

Official: Henson To Texas: As ALL ACCESS previously tipped, former WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT midday co-host and WXYT-A and WDFN-A/DETROIT PD GREGG HENSON is headed to TEXAS, specifically SIMMONS Sports KZNX-A-KWNX-A (1530/1260 ESPN RADIO)/AUSTIN as PD/Afternoons. PD/MORNING BREW co-host ERIC KAELIN moves to the OM slot and remains in mornings. HENSON was fired by WKRK for comments about a DJ at another station; read HENSON's take on things at GREGGHENSON.COM. (Mon 11/7)

96.3 WDVD Bon Jovi Openers Announced: ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI has announced the winners of their "WDVD BATTLE OF THE BANDS CONTEST." 96.3 presents two local acts that have been crowned champions in the competition to open for the upcoming BON JOVI concerts at THE PALACE of AUBURN HILLS. The JODY RAFFOUL BAND will support BON JOVI on FRIDAY (11/18), and THE PAPER SAINTS will perform on SATURDAY (11/19). (Mon 11/17)

 

Radio Reunion DVD

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The two hour DVD of the September 24th Detroit Radio Reunion is now available for purchase at $24.99. It took me well over 65 hours to edit the two-camera shoot, which was recorded by SWOCC (South Western Oakland Cable Commission). I will donate at least $5 from each DVD sold to the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Fund.

To order, visit www.vuolovideo.com and click on reunions where you'll be able to use PayPal.

As modestly as I can state it, the video came out very well and it's a TON of laughs. Emcee Dick Purtan was really "on" and the material was funny stuff indeed. The quality is amazingly decent with clean audio direct from the sound system! It was also a celebration of my big milestone birthday- one that I'll never forget.

I hope you'll want a copy. It's a true piece of Detroit Radio history!

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, November 13, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


With only one more regular season Michigan football game scheduled for this Saturday on news-talk WJR-AM (760), morning host Paul W. Smith wants to go out in style. Smith, a 1975 U-M grad, will conduct an old-style Michigan/Ohio State on-air pep rally during his Friday show in the “maize and blue” tower of the Fisher Building. You’ll hear clips of exciting UM-OSU moments with the late Bob Ufer and WJR’s own Frank Beckmann. Tune in, Go Blue and Beat the Bucks!


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Meanwhile, the guessing game continues as to where the Wolverines will end up on the radio dial, now that WJR has opted to carry the Michigan State Spartans in 2006. Rumors also are flying that Detroit Pistons games, currently on sports WDFN-AM (1130), also will have a new radio home next season — and it might not be on the AM band.


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TiVo Alert! Mark your calendar for a TV special you may not want to miss. On Dec. 2, WTVS-Channel 56 will broadcast an award-winning documentary, “Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 CKLW.” It’s a great behind-the-scenes look at one of the most legendary Top 40 radio stations in North America. Can’t wait until then or want to get a copy for a Christmas gift? It’s available on DVD at radiorevolutiondvd.com.


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Clips of that CKLW special were featured at the recent Motor City Broadcast Reunion, which raised more than $16,000 with proceeds going to the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Fund. A two-hour DVD of that event, loaded with laughs and dozens of radio names you’ll remember, is now available. But as K-Tel used to say, it's “Not available in stores.” For more information, go to vuolovideo.com and click on “reunions.”


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Last weekend’s prestigious Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Chicago honored Abbott & Costello, radio storyteller Jean Shepard, Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman, Pittsburgh Steelers color commentator Myron Cope and ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton. Want to be a part of next year’s festivities and learn how you can vote? Go to www.radiohof.org.

Last year, oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) morning man Dick Purtan was voted into the Hall, joining such local legends as J.P. McCarthy, Ernie Harwell, Karl Haas, Fran Striker and Jim Quello.


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Public Exposure: Public radio’s WDET-FM (101.9) reports that its fall pledge drive has topped a half-million dollars; the campaign runs through the end of this month ... classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) debuts its live local daytime hosts on Monday — and they’re familiar names. It’ll be Dave Wagner (6-10 a.m.) followed by Chris Felcyn (10 a.m.-3 p.m.) and Ann Delisi (3-7 p.m.) The station airs classical music during the day and jazz at night ... down in Dearborn, Henry Ford Community College’s WHFR-FM (89.3) is preparing for its 20th anniversary Dec. 3 at Fifth Avenue Downtown. Kudos to WHFR on this milestone.


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Doing Good: Blaine and Lisa at pop WDVD-FM (96.3) are heading up the station’s second annual Holiday Cards for Kids event benefitting Children’s Hospital of Michigan ... WOMC’S Dick Purtan hosted a Military Moms Lunch on Friday in Birmingham and it was a huge success.


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Sad News: The son of longtime WJR mid-morning host Jimmy Launce was killed in an auto accident in Washington, D.C., on Monday. Jimmy and his wife Brigitta currently reside south of Tampa Bay. Sympathy notes can be sent to jimmykl@gte.net.

A story with a happier ending finds rock WRIF-FM (101.1) overnighter Screamin’ Scott Randall recovering from a recent heart attack. Hey, Scott, glad you’re on the mend — but less screaming and more sleep is recommended.


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It’s Never Happened Before: When the only adult standards station in Las Vegas changed to country music, listeners went nuts. Stations never admit they were wrong, but a new 100,000-watt country FM on the adjacent frequency quickly grabbed the altered station’s name and returned the standard fare for the 55-plus crowd.


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Set Your Dials: Financial icon Charles Schwab will be Rick Bloom’s guest from noon-3 p.m. today on talk WDTK-AM (1400) ... the late Ed McKenzie, radio’s first “Jack the Bellboy” on WJBK, will play the big band music of Tommy Dorsey at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).


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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs vuolovideo.com.

 

Metro Detroit: In the News Nov 11-17

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WMGC Toys for Tots 2005 Drive Launches with Live Broadcasts From Six Area Shopping Malls

Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show of WMGC-FM 105.1 have announced plans for their 27th season of making magic with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Toys For Tots Campaign. The annual Toys For Tots Campaign tours area shopping malls collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps program. This year’s schedule includes:

Fri 11/25: Laurel Park Place, Livonia
Mon 11/28: Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi
Tue 11/29: Oakland Mall, Troy
Wed 11/30: Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor
Thu 12/1: Macomb Mall, Roseville
Fri 12/2: Lakeside Mall, Sterling Heights

Each year the men and women of the Magic Morning Show compete to collect the most toys. Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show are asking their listeners to come up with the very best “stunt” that the losing team will have to endure. The program will be live each morning from 6 am to 10 am and a complimentary light breakfast will be served at each location. Santa as well as other special guests will also be at each of the broadcasts.

Those unable to come to the malls above to donate toys can stop by any Collex Collision location or at Eastland Mall in Harper Woods.

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CKWW turns back the clock for Thanksgiving

AM 580 is giving "thanks" by turning back the clock to remember Thanksgiving radio shows of years gone by. All next week When Radio Was, heard weeknights at 11 PM, will feature Thanksgiving episodes of classic comedies and dramas from the golden age of radio. From "Milton Berle" to "Father Knows Best" to "The Lone Ranger", there is something for everyone to be thankful for.

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Pistons re-up with WDFN

The Pistons and Sports WDFN-AM 1130 have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep veteran play-by-play man George Blaha on the Fan. "We look forward to continuing the partnership...and building on the success we have had," said Tom Wilson, the president of the Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Pistons. The Pistons will continue to handle production and ad sales for the broadcasts.

WDFN will carry all 82 regular season games as well as any post-season games under the deal. "We're excited to continue our relationship with the Pistons. It's a powerful combination," said Clear channel regional vice president Dave Pugh.

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WXYT shuffles morning show hosts

Sports WXYT Detroit has dropped former Detroit Lions player Marc Spindler from its morning show and instead paired Scott 'The Gator' Anderson with hold-over co-host John Lund. Anderson had been primarily serving as studio host for the station's live game coverage and by doing swing shift/weekend/fill-in duties. "John and The Gator" airs 6-10 AM weekdays.


Detroit News:

On Monday, for the first time since 1997, Detroit will have classical music hosts broadcasting live at classical/jazz public radio station WRCJ-FM (90.9). Local personalities will broadcast from the studio in the Detroit School of the Arts. Program director (and former WQRS personality) Dave Wagner will debut as morning host from 6 to 10 a.m... Fire up the Beethoven, (Fri 11/11)


Everything seems perfect for the Red Wings, who have started the season 15-3-1, the best record in the NHL. But one key thing is missing in Hockeytown: the buzz. Despite the Wings' long-anticipated return from the NHL lockout, which wiped out the 2004-05 season, a number of season-ticket holders have skipped games and sports-talk radio has been dominated by the Lions' plight. And even the TV ratings have taken a hit... Where are the Wings fans?, (Tue 11/15)


Gregg Henson says he didn't really get fired for sniping at another radio host. He also says it's 80 degrees where he's working now, which is maybe more obnoxious than anything he ever said on the air. Henson, the midday co-host on WKRK-FM (97.1), was suspended and then cashiered last month, ostensibly for saying scurrilous things about WKQI-FM (95.5) evening DJ Tic Tak. Having resurfaced in Austin, Texas, he's now contending that his firing was not about Tic Tak or even Certs, but rather dollars and cents... WKRK's Henson finds a lot warmer reception in Austin, (Wed 11/16)


Detroit Free Press:

George Noory is crossing media. The Detroit native, University of Detroit grad and weeknight host of the popular overnight syndicated hit "Coast-to-Coast A.M." (1 a.m., CKLW-AM, 800 and WAAM-AM, 1600) will host "Predictions of the Future" on cable and dish pay-per-view (In Demand) on Jan. 24. Noory says the "program will delve into prophecy of what's in store for all of us in the years ahead with some world-renowned predictors"... Noory to host pay-per-view TV show, (Mon 11/14)


The November monthly Arbitrend radio report card for all listeners age 12 and over was interesting only insofar as it demonstrates how close station listenership is. Only one percentage point separates the top nine stations. Note that WJR reassumed the top position after losing the summer championship to smooth jazzer WVMV. Perhaps the biggest story is the absolute domination of WRIF-FM's Drew Lane and Mike Clark in the key advertiser demo age 25-54 morning race... Everybody's close, except Drew & Mike, (Thu 11/17)


Daily Oakland Press:

With only one more regular season Michigan football game scheduled for this Saturday on news-talk WJR-AM (760), morning host Paul W. Smith wants to go out in style. Smith, a 1975 U-M grad, will conduct an old-style Michigan/Ohio State on-air pep rally during his Friday show in the “maize and blue” tower of the Fisher Building ... TiVo Alert! Mark your calendar for a TV special you may not want to miss. On Dec. 2, WTVS-Channel 56 will broadcast an award-winning documentary, “Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 CKLW.” It’s a great behind-the-scenes look at one of the most legendary Top 40 radio stations in North America...WJR paints the town maize and blue for last U-M game, (Sun 11/13)


Flint Journal:

The view is blue - as in a blue screen, not a TV picture - as Comcast Cablevision began blocking Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK (Channel 2) this weekend. FCC rules allow a local affiliate, in this case Flint's WSMH (Channel 66), to petition for such a blackout. This is the second blackout of a Detroit affiliate this year. Officials from both stations and the cable system could not be reached for comment Saturday, though a Comcast customer service representative said a Saturday internal memo confirmed the blackout, which affects mostly network programs, not local ones... Channel 66 knocks competitor off Comcast, (Sun 11/13)


Port Huron Times-Herald:

Growing up in East Detroit, the radio almost always was playing in John Hill's home. Listening to classic radio shows such as The Lone Ranger and Jack Bennyand daily soap operas, Hill, 63, of Port Huron developed a deep love for broadcasting. "I can remember sitting in the dark in the living room listening to the radio," he said. "It was almost magic. I wanted to be on the air. That's all I wanted to do." Hill carried that fascination throughout his life and for 35 years shared his love of radio with the Port Huron area as the voice of WPHM AM-1380. Retiring from the station in 2002, Hill became a full-time employee at St. Clair County Community College. There he focused on his second passion - teaching... SC4 radio professor turning off his mike, (Tue 11/15)


All Access:

Art Vuolo Unveils "Detroit Radio Reunion" DVD: ART VUOLO has announced the availability of a two-hour DVD of the "DETROIT RADIO REUNION," which occured back on SEPTEMBER 24. ART assures everyone that the DVD is really awesome. For more info on ordering the DVD, which costs $24.99 (a portion of which will benefit the GAIL PURTAN OVARIAN CANCER FUND), visit www.vuololvideo.com and click on "Reunions" on the left side menu. (Fri 11/11)


WMGC and U.S. Marines Collect Toys For Tots: GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT's JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW have joined the U.S. MARINE CORPS for the 27th year for another TOYS FOR TOTS campaign. Each year, the men and women of the MAGIC MORNING SHOW compete to see who can collect the most toys, with the listeners coming up with the best stunt that the losing team will have to endure. (Tue 11/15)


Pistons, WDFN Ink Contract Extension: The NBA's DETROIT PISTONS will continue to be heard on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A (SPORTS RADIO 1130 THE FAN)/DETROIT under a multi-year contract extension. The PISTONS handle production and advertising sales for the broadcasts, with longtime PISTONS voice GEORGE BLAHA at the mic. (Wed 11/16)


Radio & Records:

CIDR/Detroit PD Wendy Duff moves to CHFI/Toronto as APD on Nov. 21. Duff will temporarily take the reins at CHFI when GM/PD Julie Adam goes on maternity leave in February. (Wed 11/16)

 

Reprinted from the Daily Oakland Press, November 20, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


Jim Harper and crew of the morning show at soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1) will kick off their 27th annual Toys for Tots campaign with a live broadcast 6-10 a.m. Friday at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. It’ll be tying in to the so-called “official start of the Christmas shopping season.” The “Magic Morning Show” also will broadcast live from Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi on Nov. 28; at Oakland Mall in Troy on Nov. 29; at Ann Arbor’s Briarwood Mall on Nov. 30; the Macomb Mall in Roseville on Dec. 1; and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights on Dec. 2. Each will feature a complimentary light breakfast, a visit from Santa Claus and other special guests. Toys for Tots is run by the U.S. Marine Corps and accepts donations of new, unwrapped toys that are then distributed to kids who otherwise might go without at Christmas.

I’d be remiss without throwing my compliments to the folks at WMGC for holding off on the early all-Christmas music thing this year. For those who weren’t ready for all the “ho-ho-ho” down the dial at soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) starting Nov. 1, it’s been, ahem, “nice” to have an alternative.


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Since we’re all getting ready to hit the malls anyhow, classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) has put together a great reason to stop by Oakland Mall starting Tuesday. The station has put together the “94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale,” showcasing a collection of 125 pieces of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics and animation cells from the greatest classic rock artists of all time. In addition to pieces from John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix and others, the display also will feature works from local artists. And all of it’s for sale.

An important part of this event is a silent auction of select pieces to benefit Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit, the nonprofit organization that provides a homelike meeting place and free program where cancer patients can build friendships, share their experiences and develop strategies for living with cancer. The show runs through Dec. 10 during regular mall hours.


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The first monthly ratings trend for the fall quarter was released earlier in the week with news-talk WJR-AM (760) in first place among listeners age 12 and older, moving back ahead of second-place smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7), the top-rated station over the summer. Also in the top 5 were urban WJLB-FM (97.9), Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5), and oldies WOMC-FM (104.3). Ratings for the full fall marking period — the numbers that really count — won’t be available until after Jan. 1.


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Fine Tuning: The Detroit Pistons’ play-by-play man George Blaha will be heard on sports WDFN-AM (1130) past the current season after Da Fan won a competitive bidding process with at least one other station for the team’s radio rights. The multiyear extension gives the Pistons control over production and advertising sales. “We’re excited to continue our relationship with the Pistons. It’s a powerful combination,” says Clear channel regional vice president Dave Pugh.

Meanwhile, Steve Chase joins pop WDVD-FM (96.3) for overnight duties. He’s new in town, arriving from Cape Cod. And over at soft rock CIDRFM (93.9), Wendy Duff exits as program director and heads for Toronto.

The best takeoff this week on the legal battles between attorney Geoffrey Fieger and Attorney General Mike Cox was by WDVD morning team Blaine and Lisa with their Budweiser commercial parody titled “Real Legal Genius Fieger.” You bet your billable hours it had me driving off the road with laughter. Check it out at www.963wdvd.com under “Blaine & Lisa’s A/V.”


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Set Your Dials: Financial guru Rick Bloom hosts an interview with financial icon Charles Schwab at 3 p.m. today on news-talk WDTK-AM (1400) ... renowned organist, composer and Scott Joplin expert Richard Hyman is featured on “Somewhere in Time” at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... Adult pop CKWW-AM (580) and the syndicated program “When Radio Was” turn back the clock this week to remember classic Thanksgiving radio from the 1940s and ’50s. The full lineup, available online at www.am580radio.com, includes shows from “The Lone Ranger,” Milton Berle, “Father Knows Best” and more.


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Behind the mic: The legendary Paul Harvey, heard locally several times daily on WJR, was recently honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, for his long radio career. “Since his radio broadcasts first aired nationally in 1951, Mr. Harvey has won the trust of millions of radio listeners,” the White House noted. Harvey has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for his national daily radio programs — “Paul Harvey News and Comment” and “The Rest of the Story” — and was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 1990. His Paul Harvey News is the largest oneman network in the world, with three out of the top 15 programs in network radio, reaching more than 17 million listeners age 12 and older each week. With ABC Radio for more than 50 years, he’s heard on more than 1,000 affiliates.


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Mike Austerman is the founder of Michiguide.com and has covered radio for The Daily Oakland Press for 4 years.

 

Another PD leaves WKFR

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Curry Exits WKFR PD Post

CUMULUS Top 40 WKFR/KALAMAZOO and PD KEITH CURRY have parted company- All Access

 

Michigan Radio Presents Special Thanksgiving Programs

Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, will air two special programs this Thanksgiving. These programs, “Turkey Confidential” and “Third Coast International Audio Festival”, will help you get into the swing of the holiday season.

“Turkey Confidential”, which airs Thursday, November 24 at 11 am, is an hour of Thanksgiving morning triage for cooks across the nation. Lynne Rossetto Kasper of The Splendid Table and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal will be taking your calls in a live, one-hour broadcast when you need it most: the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne and Kai will field your questions on everything from pepping up your gravy to Tofurky and uses for left-over sweet potatoes. Turkey explode in the oven? No problem! Help is just a phone call away.

“Third Coast International Audio Festival” airs on Thursday, November 24 at 8 pm. This program chronicles the 2005 Third Coast Festival, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The festival celebrated the best audio documentaries of the year and you’ll hear some of the winners in this special two-hour audio event. And encore presentation of “Third Coast International Audio Festival” will air on Sunday, November 27 at 8 pm.

“These programs are a special treat for the holiday” says Station Manager Jon Hoban. “Turkey Confidential is one way to keep the stress of Thanksgiving Day in perspective. Later, after a long nap, the Third Coast International Audio Festival will be an evening of audio exploration for the whole family.”

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Mojo In The Morning CD Pulled From Stores: Legal Trouble

The latest collection of prank phone calls and other favorite moments from WKQI-FM 95.5's morning show -- Mojo In The Morning Phone Scams Volume 7 -- has been temporarily shelved while the station's management deals with a legal issue. The CD featured a can of Spam on its cover, with the famous logo altered to read "Scam." This was enough to earn a cease & desist order from Hormel Foods, makers of the famed luncheon meat product. With a potential lawuit on their hands, Mojo In The Morning decided to immediately alter the album artwork. The CD, sans Spam, will be available for purchase at all area Post Bars on Monday, once the offending can is removed from all copies. Online orders are still currently being honored and people will receive the CD with new artwork.

Channel 955 morning show host Mojo says: "It's ironic that we feature 18 Phone Scam victims on this CD, but the threat of a lawsuit came from our artwork! Regardless, we made the necessary changes so that the CD would remain available for holiday gift buyers."

Morning show co-host Spike added: "We only meant to pay homage to our favorite chopped pork shoulder meat product."

Mojo In The Morning has been waking up Detroit since February 2000 and is the #1 morning show for women in Detroit. Mojo, Spike, Sara, Chad, and Kyra broadcast 5:00-10:30 AM weekdays.

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Pistons TV and Radio Network provides over-the-air coverage to nearly every corner of MI and NW Ohio

With a network of over-the-air and cable television stations and radio stations, the Eastern Conference Champion Detroit Pistons are ensuring their fans throughout the state of Michigan and in northwest Ohio will be able to enjoy their run for the championship from the comfort of their homes or while traveling.

The team has agreements with six out-state and NE Ohio television stations and a dozen radio stations which will reach the majority of its fans. In addition, Fox Sports Net Detroit is carrying 32 regular season games. It is picked up by nearly every cable system in Michigan. WDWB-TV WB 20 Detroit is televising 26 upcoming regular season games and WDIV-TV 4 Detroit is airing five selected weekend Pistons match-ups. The remaining 10 contests will be aired nationally on TNT cable or ABC-TV.

For those who can't tune in for the live broadcasts, WB 20 will replay their game broadcasts at midnight and 3 a.m., and WDIV will replay the games played on its station at 1 a.m.

The Pistons out-state over-the-air broadcast television network will televise games carried on WB 20 or WDIV-TV 4. The network includes:

WXSP/UPN 15 (Grand Rapids) - 31 games, WBSF/WB (Flint) - 26 games, WEYI/TV 25 (Flint) - 5 games, WLMB/TV 40 (Toledo) - 29 games, WHTV/UPN 18 (Lansing) - 17 games, WLLZ/TV 12 (Traverse City) - Still planning schedule to date (Check your local listings for specific games and times).

Pistons fans will get to know their team even better during Prime Time Pistons, a 30-minute program being aired on WB 20 every Saturday night during the season (check your local listings for start times).

"We are excited to announce our TV and Radio Network and to be able to offer additional programming and replays," said Pete Skorich, Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Multimedia for the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment. "We have made a concerted effort to provide the most extensive coverage we can provide for Pistons fans throughout the state and into Ohio."

On the radio side, the Pistons' flagship station, WDFN-AM 1130 will continue to provide game coverage, as well as pre and post-game shows each game night. Radio listeners can also pick up the action on the following stations throughout the state:

Ann Arbor: WTKA AM 1050, Battle Creek: WBCK AM 930, Escanaba: WCHT AM 600, Flint: WTRX AM 1330, Grand Rapids: WBBL AM 1340, Greenville: WSCG AM 1380, Holt/Lansing: WQTX FM 92.1, Jackson: WIBM AM 1450, Kalamazoo: WKLZ AM 1470, Muskegon: WEFG FM 97.5, Port Huron: WPHM AM 1380.

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Motor City Holiday Favorites to air on AM 580

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and CKWW AM 580 is the station for “Motor City Holiday Favorites”! Beginning Thanksgiving Day, (the traditional start of the holiday season,) AM 580 will start “sprinkling” in Christmas music throughout the day to get everyone into spirit of the season by playing a mix of holiday music and the adult gold format. Then starting December 15th and running through December 26th, AM 580 will play 12 days of continuous holiday music as part of the annual "Motor City Holiday Favorites" presentation.

More than just the same 50 holiday songs, CKWW's extensive Christmas music library (the Motor City's largest) allows us to play more variety than any other Detroit area radio station. AM 580 plays all of the traditional Christmas classics from artists such as Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Andy Williams, The Carpenters, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, as well as contemporary artists like Celine Dion, Diana Krall and many more.

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Glenn Haege to become honorary member of American Institute of Architects - Detroit Chapter

Glenn Haege, host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” was inducted as an honorary member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Detroit). This award is given to individuals who are not trained as architects but have made an important contribution to the profession. The AIA is honoring Haege for encouraging professionalism and demystifying the construction process.

Haege has more than 30 years experience in the home improvement industry and his radio show, “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” is nationally syndicated by Troy, Mich. based Handyman Productions, LLC, and can be heard on more than 170 radio stations nationwide. In addition, Haege is the author of 11 home improvement books and writes two columns each week for The Detroit News.

The American Institute of Architects - Detroit is a chapter of the 75,000 member national organization. The mission of the Honor Awards program is to show the public what architects do and inform about the value and importance of architectural excellence and to enable architects to better understand achievements so that excellence becomes the standard.

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Palace Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Tom Wilson on "Anything is Possible" on WJR this Sunday

This week's guest on "Anything is Possible", which airs from 9-10 pm Sunday evenings, was born in Detroit and became a Hollywood actor who came back home in 1978. Today Tom Wilson is President and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment which includes the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Shock as well as Pine Knob Music Theatre, Meadowbrook Theatre, the Tampa Bay Lightning and an arena football team. Visit www.anythingispossible.biz for more information.


Detroit News:

Metro Detroiters will finally get a chance to see "Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 CKLW," the Canadian-made documentary about the high energy Detroit/Windsor pop radio station CKLW, as Detroit Public TV (WTVS Channel 56) will show the film at 8 p.m. on Friday. CKLW's flame-throwing 50,000 watts of power spread Motown and '60s Detroit rock throughout Michigan, Ohio, western Ontario and, on good nights, all the way to the Eastern seaboard, making it a powerful force in the music industry that could make or break a song... Channel 56 airs trilogy of nostalgic rock, radio shows, (Wed 11/23)


As the holiday gift-giving season approaches, many people are bracing for the tacky sweater or unfortunate ceramic knickknack they know is headed their way. But for listeners of Detroit-Windsor radio station 89X (CIMX-FM, 88.7), the first cool Christmas gift of the year will come on Dec. 1 when the alternative rock station's "The Night 89X Stole Christmas" bash hits Cobo Arena... Naughty or nice, 89X will rock you, (Wed 11/23)


Daily Oakland Press:

Jim Harper and crew of the morning show at soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1) will kick off their 27th annual Toys for Tots campaign with a live broadcast 6-10 a.m. Friday at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. It’ll be tying in to the so-called “official start of the Christmas shopping season” ... The best takeoff this week on the legal battles between attorney Geoffrey Fieger and Attorney General Mike Cox was by WDVD morning team Blaine and Lisa with their Budweiser commercial parody titled “Real Legal Genius Fieger"... Harper and company set to make rounds at malls, (Sun 11/20)


All Access:

Mojo's Favorite Things! CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT's "MOJO In The Morning" show steals a play from OPRAH's book, as they chose a large studio audience for this morning's (11/22) show. MOJO, SPIKE, SARA, CHAD and KYRA revealed their "favorite things," then gave one of each item to every listener in the audience! However, due to that fact that MOJO lacks OPRAH's budget, all "favorite things" were purchased at the DOLLAR STORE! (Tue 11/22)


WCSX/Detroit's Jim Johnson Honored with Philanthropy Award: Our congrats go out to GREATER MEDIA Classic Rocker WCSX/DETROIT morning co-host JIM JOHNSON on being recently presented with the NEAL SHINE AWARD FOR MEDIA COMMITMENT TO PHILANTHROPY. The award was presented by the DETROIT chapter of the ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS at their NAT'L PHILANTHROPY DAY celebration at the RITZ-CARLTON DEARBORN on NOVEMBER 17. (Wed 11/23)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, November 27, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


Hope you and yours had a most Happy Thanksgiving weekend and didn’t overstuff yourself with holiday goodies (or leftover turkey). Now is when radio stations can begin to add Christmas music to their play lists, as far as we’re concerned.

Interestingly, because of an outcry by subscribers, XM Satellite Radio will not overkill music channels with holiday tunes. That’s especially good news for listeners of their Beautiful Music (channel 24). The sat-caster has, however, added five new channels just for the sounds of the season; channel 103 is Holly (Christmas classics); channel 104 is Holiday Traditions (adult standards); Nashville Christmas on channel 105 offers seasonal country fare; channel 106 is Classical Christmas, full of music of the masters; and channel 107 is Special XMas, with the funny tunes and novelty songs. When you have 160-plus channels, you can do things like this.


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True fans of classic Detroit radio will want to tune in 4 p.m. Monday on talk & oldies WPON-AM (1460), when legendary DJ Lee Alan will re-broadcast a very special hour-long interview he did with ex-Detroiter Joey Reynolds on New York’s heritage talker WOR-AM (710). The show is superb, as the two reminisce about the old days in the 1960s on WXYZ-AM (1270) when it was a Top 40 music dynasty. Personally, I didn’t want the hour to end. And be sure to check out Lee’s Web site www.detroitradiolegends.com.


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News-talk WJR-AM (760) wants you to catch the entrepreneurial program “Anything is Possible” at 9:05 p.m. today for an in-depth visit with Tom Wilson of The Palace, the Pistons and the DTE Energy Music Theatre. (He’s not to be confused with the Tom Wilson of “Somewhere in Time” radio fame, who’s also pretty entrepreneurial.)


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People are still talking about the Motor City Radio Reunion a couple of months ago, and now we get word that former Detroiter Eileen Trombley-Glick is organizing a huge celebration of Detroit’s media personalities July 19-22, 2006, in metro Detroit. Learn the details at www.detroitmemories.com — it looks to be an incredible salute to Motor City broadcasting. We’ll get you more info as the event draws nearer.

FYI, the video of the recent radio reunion is still running 8 p.m. Saturday and Monday nights on cable TV’s Channel 12 in Novi, Farmington Hills and Farmington. It’s a lot of laughs!


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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: The Dr. Don morning show on country WYCD-FM (99.5) underwent a shakeup with the departure of producer and part-time DJ Tom Baker, who’d shifted over from Ann Arbor’s country WWWW-FM (102.9) about a year ago. Also out is traffic reporter Lori Rigato. Tongues are wagging over who’ll be joining Dr. Don soon. If insiders’ reports hold true, the new folks will be familiar names, so stay tuned ... Sports WXYT-AM (1270) has dropped former Detroit Lions player Marc Spindler from its morning show team and now is pairing Scott “The Gator” Anderson with hold-over cohost John Lund. Anderson had been primarily serving as studio host for the station’s live game coverage and doing swing-shift/weekend/fill-in duties.


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Stocking Stuffers: Over at oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People are offering their first-ever calendar to benefit Children’s Hospital’s “Christmas is For Kids” campaign. The 2006 calendar features funny photos keyed to each month — and lets listeners see the people behind the voices. Find it for $12 at area Kroger stores ... Mojo in the Morning at Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5) has just released its latest CD of famous put-on phone calls known as “phone scams.” They’re just $11 at all area Post Bars. In other ’KQI news, the station’s Christmas promotion came under criticism last year for offering a free breast augmentation operation — so this year, they’re offering two. Channel 955 programmer Dom Theodore quips, “It will make for the ‘breast’ Christmas ever for two lucky listeners.”


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Set Your Dials: Set Your Dials: For the mellow tones of tenor sax man Freddy Martin (“Mr. Silvertone”) on “Somewhere in Time” at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).


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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.

 

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