Metro Detroit: In The News Nov 4-10




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 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)







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