Metro Detroit: In the News Nov 11-17




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 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)







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