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.