Metro Detroit: In The News Oct 28 - Nov 3




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

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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.


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)







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