December 2005 Archives

Kim Adams to Return to WDIV In New Role As Health Reporter

WDIV Local 4 has announced that popular news personality Kim Adams will rejoin the station in a new role as Health Reporter. Kim’s Good Health will air during Local 4 newscasts weekdays at 5 and 6 a.m., noon, 5 and 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. Adams will join in working with Local 4’s award-winning and experienced staff of Good Health producers to create important and touching health stories and, as always, keep viewers up to date on the latest medical breakthroughs.

“Kim is a scientist, a respected hometown broadcaster and a mom. Add to that her personal interest in health and fitness and you have the ideal Local 4 Health Reporter,” said Neil Goldstein, VP and news director of WDIV. “We are thrilled to welcome her back in this new role.”

Adams left Local 4 in the fall of 2004 when her husband, Lt. Jeffery Daudert, an active-duty Surface Warfare Officer for the United States Navy, received official government orders to return to a post as a Department Head on a U.S. Naval ship in support of the War in Iraq and the War on Terrorism. Adams and her two children, Ava and Aaron, moved to Pascagoula, Mississippi, and after Hurricane Katrina destroyed their home and belongings, the family temporarily relocated to Florida.

“I’m so grateful to WDIV for giving this family hope and bringing us home,” Adams said. “I’m also incredibly humbled by all support and generosity of the people of metro Detroit.”

Adams was the first female meteorologist in Detroit television history, and has earned both the AMS and NWA Seals of Approval. Her impressive background includes numerous television awards from Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and Associated Press, as well as an Emmy nomination from the Michigan Chapter of NATAS.

A Summa Cum Laude graduate of Oakland University, she received a Masters degree in Communications Studies from Wayne State University, and has studied Atmospheric Science at Ohio State University and the USDA Graduate School in Washington, D.C. She is in the process of obtaining her Ph. D. Adams prides herself on community involvement as well. Her work with the Special Olympics has earned her the Media Award from the Association of Retarded Citizens.

In addition to Kim’s Good Health features, from time to time, Adams will add her meteorological expertise to the Local4Casters weather team. Her return to the air on Local 4 will be in the coming weeks.


WDIV also announced a couple of other staff changes: Wayne Joseph rejoined the WDIV-TV sales team as Local Sales Manager on October 24, a post which he had previously held from 1994 to 2000. Joseph, a native Detroiter, returned to WDIV after 5 years as Director of Sports Sales at WKBD/WWJ-TV.

Also, Ted Pearse was named Vice President and Director of Sales for WDIV Local 4. Pearse, who had spent 15 years at WDIV, returned to Local 4 from his role as Vice President in the Palace Sports and Entertainment organization. "His years as General Sales Manager of WDIV were marked with tremendous success as he led this television station to new heights in the marketplace," said Steve Wasserman, WDIV’s Vice President and General Manager. "In many ways, Ted is Detroit. He is loved and respected in the advertising community here and around the country."

Pearse will oversee WDIV's sales and marketing efforts which include exclusive special projects such as America's Thanksgiving Parade, the broadcasts of the North American International Auto Show, the 2006 Winter Olympics, the International Freedom Festival Fireworks, and Arts, Beats and Eats.

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Michigan Girls Baskeball Finals Saturday on FSN Detroit

FSN Detroit’s coverage of Michigan high school championship events continues Saturday, Dec. 3 with all four games in the 2005 MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals, live from the Breslin Center in East Lansing. Play-by-play announcers are John Keating (Class D & A) and Mario Impemba (Class C & B) will be joined by analyst Tim McCormick and courtside reporter Shireen Saski. This marks the eighth consecutive year that FSN Detroit has aired the MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals, coverage that won a Michigan Emmy in 2000 for Best Sports Play-by-Play and earned an Emmy nomination in 2004.
Here is the lineup of the 2005 MHSAA Girls Basketball Finals on FSN Detroit, available to more than 3.6 million cable and satellite homes throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. The participating teams are determined after semifinal
action Dec. 1-2.

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Channel 955's Tic Tak putting wraps on Toys for Tots drive

All this week Top 40 WKQI-FM 95.5 evening jock Tic Tak has lived outside the Toys R Us store in Sterling Heights stuffing a bus with toys to benefit Toys For Tots. “Stuff A Bus” has become a Tic Tak tradition stuffing buses full of toys every year- his personal best has been seven buses and he hopes to exceed that in 2005.

Listeners are invited to stop by and donate a new unwrapped toy to Tic Tak’s “Stuff A Bus” campaign as Tic Tak finishes up his week- during which he's been broadcasting his 7-11 PM show from the bus.

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JJ & Lynne First To Tell Van Zant of Skynyrd Induction

Who was the first to tell Classic Rock legend Johnny Van Zant that Lynyrd Skynyrd will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006? 94.7 WCSX’s Jim Johnson (JJ) and Lynne Woodison of course! Early this morning, when JJ and Lynne got word that Lynryd Skynyrd was chosen to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2006, they picked up the phone to call “friend of the show” VanZant and congratulate him. Van Zant, currently spending his holiday vacation at the Texas in-laws, was thrilled to hear the news:

JJ: “We wanted to be among the very first to congratulate you on your induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

Van Zant: “Oh you’re kidding, that’s wonderful after all these years.”

Woodison: “Don’t you know?”

Van Zant: “No I didn’t know. Guess what? You’re not among the ones, but you are the one letting me in on this.”

Lynyrd Skynyrd, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed Southern Rock groups of the 1970’s, are known for their distinctive triple-lead guitar sound.

JJ & Lynne delve into their extensive Classic Rock rolodex weekday mornings from 5am to 9am on The Motor City’s Classic Rock Station, 94.7 WCSX.

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Weekend America Premieres on Michigan Radio


Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, will premiere a new addition to its weekend line-up this Saturday, December 3. The program, “Weekend America,” will air Saturdays at 2 pm. “Weekend America,” a radio magazine hosted by Barbara Bogaev and Bill Radke, offers news content as well as unique feature segments. This two-hour program invites listeners to a lively conversation about the issues of the week, the arts, and public affairs, with a special focus on weekend activities happening across America. “Weekend America” features material from the best independent producers and public radio stations around the country, including Michigan Radio.

“We are proud to bring Weekend America exclusively to Michigan Radio listeners,” said Station Manager Jon Hoban. “Amidst the regular news of the week, this program will offer a light, weekend look at how America spends its leisure time.” Along with this addition come a few changes to the Saturday schedule, including a new time slot at noon for the popular news quiz show “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me.”

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WVMV's Alexander Zonjic to perform benefit concerts

Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning personality Alexander Zonjic & Friends, with special guest Angela Bofill, will perform in a benefit for Communities in Schools (CIS) on Friday, Dec. 2, 7pm to midnight, in the Ford Field Atrium. Ford Field is the home of the NFL’s Detroit Lions. It’s a night of celebration, music and food that will honor longtime Detroit City Council President Marianne Mahaffey with a lifetime achievement award. CIS is a national organization that works with local community resources to help keep kids in school and prepare for life. Tickets are $50. For more information call 313-571-3400.

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Zonjic will celebrate the spirit of Christmas in two countries with Piper's Holiday Concerts in America and Canada on Dec. 14 and 16 to benefit Nicaragua's Children of the Dump. The concerts are presented by Rotary District 6400. When Rotary International local chapters learned of the plight of children living off the dumps in Nicaragua, several began projects to provide alternatives for these children. Many are orphans who have lived in the dumps as long as they remember, foraging barefoot through the garbage to find something usable and recyclable.

Helping Zonjic provide an exciting evening of entertainment to raise funds for the Children of the Dump are special guests Joe McBride, Penny Wells and a 70-piece flute choir under the direction of Barbara Ogar. "It's going to be something spectacular with a flute choir of this size," says Zonjic.

Keyboardist and singer Joe McBride and the Texas Rhythm Club will bring their blusey pop hooks and contemporary jazz licks to their performances. Vocalist and Detroit native Penny Wells will share her sophisticated and sultry sound that comes from a background of jazz, classical and gospel.

The U.S. concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Dearborn Center for the Performing Arts, 5801 Michigan Ave., in Dearborn, MI. Ticket prices are $25-35 and $100 for an afterglow with the artists.

The Canadian concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Chrysler Theatre, 201 Riverside Drive West, in Windsor, Ontario. Ticket prices are $35-50 CN and $100 for the afterglow.

Rotary 6400 serves southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario.

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WDFN, WXYT change up syndicated programming

WDFN reclaims the Detroit market affiliation with ESPN Radio as WXYT moves to Sporting News Radio for overnights and weekends effective December 9th. In addition to programming from ESPN Radio, WDFN will also continue its relationship with Fox Sports Radio.

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Rep. Miller Announces Staff Change

United States Representative Candice Miller today announced that her Communications Director, Scott MacFarlane, will be departing the office on Friday December 2nd to become a Washington Correspondent for COX Television and its 15 television stations across the country. MacFarlane will provide live TV reports about issues facing Congress, the White House, the Supreme Court, and the greater Washington, DC area. He will be seen on-the-air during evening newscasts on most of the COX-TV stations, including stations in Seattle, Orlando, Charlotte, Oakland, Pittsburgh, El Paso, and Atlanta.

"Scott has been an outstanding addition to our office and we are sorry to seem him leave, but we congratulate him on this great new opportunity" Rep. Miller said. "I am sure his experience working on Capitol Hill will give him a keen insight on the important issues he will cover."

Prior to his service in Washington MacFarlane covered government and politics for several years in Michigan at WKBD-TV, Detroit, WLAJ-TV, Lansing, WWMT-TV, Grand Rapids and for two years as a syndicated radio host with the Michigan Talk Radio Network. He also spent two years at WOIO-TV in Cleveland.


Detroit News:

Just in time for Christmas, radio station WCSX-FM (94.7) is sponsoring a Classic Rock Art Show from now through Dec. 10 in a specially designed space at the Oakland Mall in Troy. On sale are 150 pieces of original artwork, photographs, lithographs and animation cells -- even handwritten lyrics... Newsmakers: The art of rock, (Fri 11/25)


Radio One Inc. has plans to launch the first national talk-radio network geared for a black audience, the chief executive said. "We're in the black people business," Alfred C. Liggins III said in a recent conference call. "We are in the business of aggregating audience for this particular demo and providing content to them." It is Liggins' latest effort to diversify Radio One from a pure radio company into a catchall for black consumers, who spend more than $750 billion a year... Radio One plans national talk radio for black audience, (Sat 11/26)


On the one hand, you have a CD in a 5 1/2 -inch-wide, hard-plastic case. On the other, you have a can of SPAM. If you wanted to be difficult, you could argue about which tastes better, but could you really confuse the two? The law doesn't care. A Detroit radio show's annual charity CD has run afoul of Hormel Foods' swarm of attorneys, and after a weekend of feverish slicing and pasting, the new de-SPAMmed version hit the market Monday... SPAM maker butts shoulders with WKQI charity CD, (Tue 11/29)


Anyone who loved pop radio and lived within several hundred miles of Detroit will remember "The Big 8," CKLW-AM (800) fondly. While the Windsor-based station still exists today, airing Canadian talk shows, in the '60s it was a Canadian-American pop powerhouse, booming out a snappy format of fast-talking disc jockeys, bloody news coverage and hot hits, with an emphasis on home-grown Detroit music. Now CKLW fans on the north side of the Detroit River will be able to see Michael McNamara's much-lauded CKLW documentary, "Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8," at 8 p.m. Friday on Detroit Public Television WTVS (Channel 56)... Relive CKLW's big radio past, (Wed 11/30)


Detroit Free Press:

Names & Faces goes Christmas shopping! Classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7) is showcasing a collection of 125 pieces of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics and animation cells from rock artists at a unique sale through Dec. 10. The event is being held in a store space off the J.C. Penney wing in Troy's Oakland Mall. The show and sale are open during mall hours; every piece is available for purchase... Sale benefits Gilda's Club, (Fri 11/25)


WCSX-FM (94.7) morning hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison spilled the beans to Lynyrd Skynyrd member Johnny Van Zant early Monday that the group won induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ... During November sweeps month, it can be all about us. That was the case Sunday night when WDIV-TV (Channel 4) announced that Kim Adams, who left the station to follow her naval officer hubby two years ago, becomes the station's new health reporter... Names and Faces, (Tue 11/29)


Moving: To Clear Channel Chicago, Darren Davis as regional vice president of programming and operations manager for two radio stations there. Davis served for the last three years as regional vice president of programming for Clear Channel Detroit and program director of WNIC-FM (100.3)... Names and Faces, (Wed 11/30)


Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8," the documentary film about radio station CKLW was making its Windsor benefit premiere before launching on Canadian television in spring of last year. Interested Detroit viewers will finally get their chance to see the film about the Windsor station when it airs on WTVS-TV (Channel 56) at 8 p.m. Friday... Film tells story of mighty CKLW, (Thu 12/1)


Daily Oakland Press:

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 ... 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... Want holiday music? XM has 5 channels, no waiting, (Sun 11/27)


Ann Arbor News:

Sorry, Ann Arbor liberals. Thayrone, the right-wing radio talk show host you love to hate, doesn't live in another world, much as you might wish he did. He resides just off Michigan Avenue and I-94, in a country home he's dubbed "the blues compound of love,'' with two dogs and a new bride by his side. The conservative firebrand has long been known to greater Ann Arbor as host of the eclectic "Bone Conduction Music Show'' and as leader of the longtime local blues-rock band, The Witch Doctors. But his profile has gotten even higher - and his voice even louder - in recent months as host of his own daily radio talk show, "On the Edge With Thayrone,'' on WAAM (1600 AM) in the popular, drive-time 4-6 p.m. slot Monday through Friday... Thayrone relishes life on the edge, (Sun 11/27)


All Access:

Darren Davis Named RVPP for CC/Chicago: CLEAR CHANNEL/CHICAGO has named DARREN DAVIS RVPP for the CHICAGO TRADING ZONE and OM for AC WLIT and Smooth Jazz WNUA. DAVIS replaces BOB KAAKE, who recently moved home to the SEATTLE area and will continue to be with the company. Prior to being named to this new post, DAVIS served for the last three years as RVPP for the CLEAR CHANNEL DETROIT TRADING ZONE and PD of WNIC, as well as acting as a consultant for several of the company’s AC stations. RVP & Market Manager EARL JONES said, "DARREN is hands-down the best guy for the job. We've worked together before, and I know his intensity. I’m so glad to have him here joining our team.” “BOB KAAKE has done a tremendous job with these stations, especially WLIT. And I’m excited to be joining such a winning team and truly look forward to a lot of hard work and a lot of fun,” said DAVIS. (Mon 11/28)


WWWW Teams Up With Toys For Tots: Country WWWW/ANN ARBOR has announced they will team up with the US MARINE CORPS TOYS FOR TOTS program for the third year in a row. On DECEMBER 12-16th BRIAN, BUBBA COWAN and KATIE of the BREAKFAST WITH BUBBA SHOW will move into a city bus parked outside of the YPSILANTI WAL-MART. The morning team live in the bus until their listeners donate enough toys to fill the entire bus. (Mon 11/28)


Spam Cans WKQI CD
There was a LOT of spam bouncing around the Internet last weekend, but CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT had a different kind of “Spam” problem… in the form of legal action brought by HORMEL, makers of the original Spam™.

WKQI’s latest morning show benefit CD, featuring phone scams, was called “Scam,” and featured a Spam™ can, complete with trademarked “Spam” logo, with the “p” changed to a “c” to read “Scam.” HORMEL’s JULIE CRAVEN told the DETROIT NEWS that while they don’t want to hurt WKQI’s charity effort, the company must protect its trademark. So a team of interns cracked open 7,000 CDs and slapped “banned” stickers over the Spam™ can graphic. (Wed 11/30)


Billboard Radio Monitor:

Clear Channel Detroit Trading Zone regional VP of programming Darren Davis moves to the company’s Chicago Trading Zone for a similar role. He replaces Bob Kaake, who recently moved to Seattle, but remains with the company. Davis, who served as PD for AC WNIC in Detroit, will handle AC WLIT and smooth jazz WNUA Chicago as OM... CC's Davis Heads To Chicago, (Mon 11/28)


Hormel Inc., the maker of the canned ham product SPAM, has accused Clear Channel top 40 WKQI (Channel 955) Detroit of trademark infringement for printing a picture of a SPAM can on the station’s annual charity CD cover, according to the Associated Press... SCAM Irks SPAM: Hormel Accuses WKQI Of Infringement, (Wed 11/30)


Radio and Records:

Darren Davis is heading to Chicago to serve as RVP/Programming for Clear Channel's stations in the market. He'll also serve as OM for AC WLIT and Smooth Jazz WNUA. Davis was most recently RVP/Programming for Clear Channel/Detroit and the three-year PD of AC WNIC/Detroit. He replaces Bob Kaake, who recently moved to the Seattle area and will remain with Clear Channel in a yet-to-be-disclosed capacity... Darren Davis Moves To The Windy City, (Mon 11/28)


Radio Ink:

For the third year in a row, Detroit's W4 Country and the US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program have come together to gather hundreds of toys for children in need. For this year’s drive, the Breakfast With Bubba Show will be living in an Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus until it is filled with donated toys... W4 Country & Toys For Tots Unite To Fill City Bus With Toys For Needy Kids, (Wed 11/30)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, December 4, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


Now that it’s officially the Christmas season, let’s dive right into a bunch of holiday happenings up and down your radio dial:

First up, last week’s mall crawl by Jim Harper and gang of soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1) netted a total of 18,347 new unwrapped toys, $20,385.25 in cash donations, and $2,768 from the sale of Magic 105.1 bracelets toward the 2005 USMC Toys for Tots drive. Each year, the men and women of the Magic Morning Show compete to collect the most toys. This year, the women won, forcing the men to get their legs waxed during Friday morning’s broadcast. Aren’t you glad this is radio and not TV?


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Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5), also a big supporter of the Toys for Tots campaign, encouraged listeners to help “Stuff a Bus” (or two ... or seven ...) full of those ever-popular new, unwrapped toys. Channel 955 evening jock Tic Tak gamely braved the elements and spent last week living in and broadcasting his 7-11 p.m. weeknight show from a bus parked at Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights, attempting to break last year’s record of seven stuffed buses. And a partridge in a pear tree.

The Mojo in Morning crew at WKQI also ran into a bit of a speed bump with its latest Phone Scams CD. Seems the cover had depicted a picture of Spam luncheon meat — with the ‘p’ replaced with a ‘c’ in an obvious play on words. But Spam manufacturer Hormel got word of the artwork and threatened to sue to protect its trademark, forcing a quick cover-up job. You can get your hands on the unSpammed version for $10.95 at www.mojointhemorning.com or at area Post Bars. Order by Dec. 12 and you’ll have it in time for a stocking stuffer.


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Flutist and smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) morning show host Alexander Zonjic will perform two holiday concerts to benefit poor children in Nicaragua who live in garbage dumps. Helping Zonjic are special guests Joe McBride, Penny Wells and a 70-piece flute choir under the direction of Barbara Ogar. “It’s going to be something spectacular with a flute choir of this size,” Zonjic says. The first concert is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Ford Center for the Arts, 5801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn. Tickets are $25, $35 and $100; the third price includes an afterglow with the artists. Call (313) 943-2354. The second concert is 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16 at the Chrysler Theatre, 201 Riverside Drive West, in Windsor. Tickets are $35-50 Canadian and $100 for the afterglow. Call (519) 353-6579.


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You’ve no doubt heard Marty Bufalini hosting traffic reports on all-news WWJ-AM (950). But he’s also written a radio play based on the movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The premise is that you’re in a 1940s-era radio studio watching a live production of the script. Bufalini developed the play as an homage to the days of radio dramas, complete with microphones and costumes from the 1940s. About 90 percent of the sound effects also are produced live on stage. Bufalini promises “a unique, family-oriented fun take on a great and familiar holiday story” in the two shows, at 4 and 7 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Fries Auditorium of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms.

Tickets require a minimum donation of $15 ($10 for seniors and students) at the Grosse Pointe Theatre hot line at (313) 881-4004.


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Darren Davis, the program director of soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) and regional vice president of programming for Clear Channel Detroit, is leaving town to take on a similar role with Clear Channel in Chicago. What you need to know about Davis: He’s the main proponent of the early start to Christmas music on WNIC, which this year kicked off Nov. 1.


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Set Your Dials: “Somewhere in Time” host Tom Wilson gets in the spirit of the season with a Big Band holiday celebration featuring Glenn Miller at 6 p.m. tonight on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... reporter Daniel Zwerdling investigates the death of a detainee in a half-hour segment on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” dinnertime news show Monday ... adult pop CKWW-AM (580), which starts its all-Christmas music for 12 days beginning Dec. 15, also is featuring holiday-themed episodes of classic radio shows on “When Radio Was” at 11 p.m. weeknights throughout December. From the comedy of Jack Benny, Charlie McCarthy and Burns & Allen to the drama of “A Christmas Carol,” the radio will be aglow with memories of Christmas past. Visit www.am580radio.com for the schedule.


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Columnist Mike Austerman has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.

 

From Freep.com today:

Martin Bandyke, who hosted a hip alternative music program on WDET-FM (101.9) weekday afternoons from 1-4 p.m., has resigned from the Wayne State University-run station, his attorney said Monday. Bandyke — a 22-year station veteran with the last 15 years full-time — referred all comment on his departure to Mike Novak, a well-known area entertainment lawyer. Novak said Bandyke “resigned, no reason given.” WDET-FM general manager Michael Coleman referred all WDET comment to Louis Lessem, Wayne vice president and general counsel, who said “because it is a personnel matter, I can’t comment other to say that Mr. Bandyke is no longer working at WDET-FM.”

Before saying Bandyke resigned, Novak held up some hope that Bandyke’s fans might cause the station to reconsider. “Hopefully there’ll be an outpouring. He has a huge listenership. There’ll be a tremendous backlash,” he said. Bandyke has been off the air most of November and all of this month. Novak denied that Bandyke was simply using up vacation days. Listener Laura Steiner of Commerce Township had wondered about his long absence and lamented “I can't imagine WDET without him.” While Arbitron ratings are not generally available for public radio, the station usually has enough listeners to rank somewhere between 15 to 20 among Detroit market stations, depending on the time of year.

Bandyke, whose free lance music reviews appear in the Free Press, is well known on the Detroit music scene. Visiting guests who were stars of the station’s AAA music format (adult alternative album) regularly dropped by for live performances and often recorded cordial on-air promos for his show. Coleman said there was no permanent replacement host and would not specify when one might be chosen. Coleman, formerly with Michigan Radio, which runs public stations licensed to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids, took over the station earlier this year, replacing Caryn Mathes, who was a champion of the AAA music format. She now heads up a public station in the Washington, D.C., market.

During his short stay at WDET-FM, he has restored two non-musical programs that Mathes dropped. He brought back “This American Life,” a quirky and award-wining slice-of-reality show. A Friday airing of “American Life” cut an hour off of Bandyke’s music show. Coleman also restored commentator Tavis Smiley to the station’s lineup with his new public radio show on Sundays. Smiley’s former daily NPR effort was another Mathes casualty.

 

The face of music changed on December 8th, 1980 when John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York City apartment building by Mark Chapman as he and his wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session.

Tomorrow, Thursday, December 8th, 2005, 94.7 WCSX, The Motor City's Classic Rock Station, commemorates the 25th anniversary of music legend John Lennon's death with a day long celebration of his life and music:

5:30 – 9am, Classic Rock Morning Show with JJ & Lynne: JJ & Lynne begin the day long tribute with a mix of John Lennon's music and comments on his life from fellow musicians Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Don Henley, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Steve Perry, and Ian Anderson. They will also speak with Dr. Stephan Lynn, the doctor who was working in the ER at Roosevelt Hospital the night John Lennon was shot.

9am to 10pm, John Lennon Tribute Wall & Memory Collection: Fans are invited to stop by the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show inside of the Oakland Mall in Troy and visit a very special John Lennon Tribute Wall. This wall features photos of Lennon throughout his career and pieces of his amazing art work. A floral tribute space will also be available on-site to those who wish to offer flowers to John. WCSX will also give Lennon fans the opportunity to share their memories of one of the most influential and controversial musical icons of the 20th century. Fans will be able to record an "audio" memory or write their thoughts in the Image Journal that will be on display all day.

7 - 9pm, John Lennon – His Music, His Life, His Legend: 94.7 WCSX's Steve Kostan hosts a tribute to John Lennon featuring words and music that highlight the far reaching effect this former Beatle, peace activist and father had on the world.

 

Metro Detroit: In the News Dec 2-8

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Radio Revolution, documentary on CKLW to re-air on Channel 56

Detroit Public TV had a great response to its Friday night (Dec 2nd) broadcast of "Radio Revolution- The Rise and Fall of the Big 8" that the station has decided to air the two-hour presentation again this Saturday night (Dec 10th) at 9:30 p.m., right after the 7:30 p.m. rebroadcast of the Cream Reunion Concert (another hit with Channel 56 viewers).

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CKWW's 5th Annual "Skate In The Square" scheduled for December 17

AM 580 will celebrate the Holidays with its "5th Annual AM 580 Skate in the Square" on Saturday, December 17th. Everyone is invited to bring their skates and come to downtown Windsor for an afternoon of free skating at the outdoor ice rink at Charles Clark Square.

CKWW's Wayne Stevens will broadcast live from this festive event which happens between 2 and 6 PM. AM 580 will be heard over the outdoor speakers so people can skate along to their favorite holiday songs and get into the spirit of the season. We'll have AM 580 collectibles and prizes to hand out as well. Plus, listeners are being encouraged to drop off a canned good to donate to local food banks. They will then be entered in a draw to win a weekend trip for two to Toronto with first class train travel and hotel accommodation.

Charles Clark Square is located between University and Chatham Streets across from Windsor City Hall. From the tunnel exit, go one block north and turn right.

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Program Notes from News/Talk 760 WJR

On Saturday December 10th from 10-11 AM you can join Paul W. Smith and Santa as they host the 40th Annual WJR Christmas Sing in the Grand Court, Somerset North at the Somerset Collection in Troy. This is a great holiday tradition that is bigger and better this year! Bring your family for a morning of Christmas caroling and fun!

Then on Monday December 12th, listen as the Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from 6-9 AM from the Price Waterhouse Coopers Headquarters Grand Opening in the Lobby of the Headquarters in Detroit.

Listeners are also invited to join with WJR during the holiday season to help those in need:

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign: WJR has joined the Salvation Army bell ringers in raising money this holiday season with at "virtual" Red Kettle on the station's web site offering a secure point for listeners to donate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WJR & Volunteers of America Michigan Adopt-A-Family 2005: WJR is again helping Volunteers of America Michigan with an on-air “Adopt-A-Family” drive with the goal of adopting 2,500 families throughout Michigan, which will include more than 10,000 children and 200 seniors. For $140 you can provide toys and warm clothes for the children and food for the family’s Christmas dinner. If you are unable to adopt a family for $140, other donations are welcome as well. Every dollar counts! Donations will be taken up until December 18th so call 248-353-4VOA(4862) to donate today.

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Rick Bloom to Interview Fox News' Neil Cavuto

An interview with Neil Cavuto, vice president of business news and anchor of "Your World With Cavuto" on cable news channel Fox News, can be heard on Sunday, Dec. 11 during the airing of The Rick Bloom Show, from noon to 3 p.m., on News Talk 1400, WDTK in Detroit. Cavuto will be interviewed by WDTK talk show host Rick Bloom and will discuss the market outlook for 2006 and Cavuto's new book "Your Money or Your Life." Cavuto oversees all business coverage for Fox News Channel and has used these experiences to write "Your Money or Your Life, which discusses not only the economy but also life in general and how the two aspects are connected.

"The Rick Bloom Show" can be heard every Sunday, from noon to 3 p.m. on News Talk Radio 1400AM, WDTK Detroit. The show features calls from listeners with questions about their finances, along with expert guests on a variety of financial topics, and some in-depth segments that will help you save money. The listener call-in number is 800-923-9385.

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Alexander Zonjic & son to perform 'Twas the Night Before Christmas'

Alexander Zonjic, Sr. and Jr. (age 10) will perform the Christmas Classic, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 7:30 p.m. before the evening's performance of the Radio City Music Hall's Christmas Spectacular featuring the Rockettes. The holiday show is an annual event at the Fox Theater in Detroit. "I've put together a little vignette of familiar melodies to accompany my son's reading of the story," said smooth jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic. Strains of "Silent Night," "Three Blind Mice," "Smoke on the Water" and "Chim Chim Cheree" will punctuate the story line.

In addition to serving as artistic director for five summer jazz festivals, Alexander Zonjic is the morning weekday host of Smooth Jazz V98.7 WVMV-FM radio in Detroit. He also performs about 100 concerts a year and released "Seldom Blues," his 11th recording that bears the same name as his successful restaurant venture in Detroit.


Detroit News:

Popular urban radio host Tom Joyner is more than a media monolith -- he's a lifestyle. His "Tom Joyner Morning Show" is beamed into 115 markets and heard by 8 million listeners, and earlier this year Joyner added a weekly TV show.He raises major cash for black causes, and sponsors yearly cruises and Walt Disney World parties. Joyner's Detroit audience is so loyal, that when he jumped from Clear Channel's WMXD-FM (92.3) in late June to Radio One's WDMK-FM (105.9), he pulled WDMK's morning drive ratings from No. 20 in the Detroit market, up to No. 2... Tom Joyner Inc., (Sat 12/3)


Martin Bandyke, longtime WDET-FM (101.9) afternoon host, is no longer employed at the station, effective immediately, while former hosts Larry McDaniel and Matt Watroba will return soon, according to WDET general manager Michael Coleman. Bandyke, who held down the station's 1-4 p.m. slot for 15 years, had been off the air for the entire month of November (replaced by a number of different fill-in hosts) because of "fundamental differences" between him and station management, according to his rep, entertainment attorney Mike Novak... WDET announces programming and personnel shakeup, (Tue 12/6)


It's not easy to get competing radio chains Clear Channel and Infinity to agree on anything, but the two companies, joined by six other competitors -- Greater Media, Bonneville, Citadel, Cumulus, Emmis and Entercom -- announced a joint initiative on Tuesday in New York, the HD Digital Radio Alliance. The eight broadcasters will spend $200 million during the next year marketing high-definition radio to consumers to get them to buy the new sets, and to automakers to get HD radios packed into cars and trucks as standard equipment... Radio giants unite to push HD format, (Wed 12/7)


If elected to the U.S. Senate, says comedian-turning-politician Al Franken, he'd retire his trademark sneakers -- at least during work hours. "I don't think you wear sneakers to the Senate," he says by phone while waiting for his flight from Minneapolis to Madison, Wis., Monday evening. "I'd have to probably get more pairs. Leather, you know. I'll probably get some brown shoes." The "Saturday Night Live" veteran and author of various conservative-baiting books, including "Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot," is in the process of moving back from New York City to his hometown of Minneapolis to position himself to challenge freshman Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) in 2008. Maybe... Al Franken brings blue state schtick to Ann Arbor, (Wed 12/7)


Detroit Free Press:

Honored: By the trade journal Radio Ink magazine, Greater Media Detroit chief Tom Bender as one of the top managers in local radio's major markets. He oversees WMGC-FM (105.1), WRIF-FM (101.1) and WCSX-FM (94.7) ... Nielsen November TV ratings... Names and Faces, (Fri 12/2)


Radio host signs off: All over is the brief -- less than a year -- career of liberal morning talk host Nancy Skinner at WDTW-AM (1310). Skinner and producer Sidi Henderson were contracted to Democracy Radio, which apparently ran out of funds. Skinner said on her final show Thursday that she will explore a run for Congress. WDTW will pick up liberal Air America's morning offering... Names and Faces, (Sat 12/3)


Can radio do it again? The first form of electronic mass media, broadcast radio has, over its commercial lifetime of 90 years or so, doggedly proven itself adaptable enough to survive whatever form of technical wizardry threatened it with extinction. But now, with competition like the Internet, podcasts and satellite radio in the mix, it's facing the biggest fight of its life... Fighting to be heard, Your guide to radio's new choices, (Sun 12/4)


Martin Bandyke, who hosted a hip alternative music program on WDET-FM (101.9) from 1-4 p.m. weekdays, has resigned from the Wayne State University-run station, his attorney said Monday. Bandyke -- a 22-year station veteran with the last 15 years full-time -- "resigned, no reason given," said his attorney, Mike Novak... Bandyke leaves WDET, (Tue 12/6)


Violation of Wayne State University policies regarding acceptance of free concert tickets and proper use of recorded music played a part in the departure of WDET-FM (101.9) midafternoon music host Martin Bandyke. A highly placed source familiar with WDET station operations told the Free Press that Bandyke was suspended in November after station management alleged he trafficked in recorded music and accepted free concert tickets in violation of WSU policy. He was allowed to resign Monday. Other station employees may face sanctions on the same issues... DJ tied to CD, ticket misuse, (Wed 12/7)


Eminem, whose greatest hits collection, "Curtain Call," hit stores on Tuesday, spent some quality time with the "Mojo in the Morning" gang on WKQI-FM (95.5), chatting the disc up and dropping several revelations about his always interesting personal life. The interview, which aired Tuesday, was particularly noteworthy because Mr. Mathers has been pretty quiet during the latter half of 2005... Mojo hears an earful, (Wed 12/7)


Daily Oakland Press:

Last week’s mall crawl by Jim Harper and gang of soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1) netted a total of 18,347 new unwrapped toys, $20,385.25 in cash donations, and $2,768 from the sale of Magic 105.1 bracelets toward the 2005 USMC Toys for Tots drive ... You’ve no doubt heard Marty Bufalini hosting traffic reports on all-news WWJ-AM (950). But he’s also written a radio play based on the movie classic “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The premise is that you’re in a 1940s-era radio studio watching a live production of the script. Bufalini developed the play as an homage to the days of radio dramas, complete with microphones and costumes from the 1940s... Magic women get a leg up, meaning men get a leg wax, (Sun 12/4)


With about 240,000 residents in Oakland County that have roots in the Middle East and 500,000 in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, TVOrient is expanding under a new name, MBN America, to be the "national media of the Middle Eastern American community." The television station, based in Southfield, will run programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, said Wally Jadan, president and CEO of MBN America... Local station targets nation's Arab viewers, (Wed 12/7)


Ann Arbor News:

"Folks Like Us,'' the popular acoustic-music program that's been airing on Ypsilanti public radio station WEMU since it was dropped by Detroit public radio station WDET in late 2004, will make the move back to WDET sometime before the end of the year. An exact time for the switch has not been announced, nor has a time slot, although a weekend afternoon is expected. "The Arkansas Traveler,'' a bluegrass show hosted by Larry McDaniel and canceled along with "Folks Like Us", will also return to WDET (101.9 FM). In another change, WDET has dropped longtime afternoon host Martin Bandyke... 'Folks Like Us' heading back to WDET, (Wed 12/7)


All Access:

Skinner Exits WDTW/Detroit: NANCY SKINNER has disappeared from CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WDTW-A/DETROIT, telling her audience on THURSDAY that she would be leaving the station in advance of her contract expiration. SKINNER had been on the station through a deal with now-defunct DEMOCRACY RADIO. ALL ACCESS hears that producer SIDI HENDERSON has also left the building, and WDTW's website has excised any mention of SKINNER except for a listener's posting on the station's message board. SKINNER is reportedly mulling another run for Congress; WDTW is airing AIR AMERICA RADIO in SKINNER's old 6-9a slot.


WYCD Does Holiday Show For Hurricane Relief: INFINITY Country WYCD/DETROIT PD TIM ROBERTS and his staff are getting ready for their big holiday concert tonight (12/8), "The WYCD HOLIDAY CONCERT FOR HURRICANE RELIEF," sponsored by CHRYSLER FINANCIAL. Appearing at the PALACE will be MARTINA McBRIDE, CARRIE UNDERWOOD and LeANN RIMES- with much of the proceeds going to HABITAT FOR HUMUANITY and their program for hurricane relief. ROBERTS told us that they held an auction this morning on the station, raising over $20K for the cause. Up for grabs were various items involving the featured artists, such as a phone call from CARRIE UNDERWOOD, backstage passes, etc. (Thu 12/8)

 

Country WYCD-FM 99.5 has announced the hiring of Rachael Hunter as co-host and Steve Grunwald as Executive Morning Show Producer for the 'All New' Dr. Don Morning Show.

Rachael Hunter recently held a successful co-host position on “Jay & Rachael in Morning” at WDRQ in Detroit. Prior to that, Rachael worked as an Air Personality in Detroit at WWWW-FM, and also on WTIC in Hartford, CT. "I'm really excited to return to the country format here in the Motor City. I look forward to reconnecting with my listeners and to many years with WYCD", says Hunter.

Steve Grunwald had been the Executive Producer/on-air talent at WDRQ for the last 4 ½ years with Jay and Rachael in the Morning. Before that, he produced the Danny Bonaduce Show at WKQI, and also produced the Z100 Morning shows in New York. He has also worked on the air in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington DC. "I had quite a few offers to do radio outside of Detroit but I didn't want to leave the city I really love", says Steve Grunwald. "I was going to accept another offer when I met with WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. I loved his vision and energy! Working with Dr Don & Rachael Hunter is very exciting and I can’t wait to get back on the air".

“The staff of WYCD couldn’t be more pleased about the direction of the WYCD New Dr. Don Morning show,” added WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “Rachael Hunter and Steve Grunwald bring a wealth of Detroit market and morning show experience to Dr. Don’s show and their chemistry will just add momentum to our brand along with Doc’s proven commitment to entertaining the Motor City”. Roberts added, “Both VP/ General Manager Debbie Kenyon and I have great respect for all of their talents and motivation and we can’t wait for them to get rolling on-air with the new show! We’ve got lots of surprises planned in 2006 with the All New Dr. Don Morning Show and WYCD!”

Rachel Hunter and Steve Grunwald will join Dr. Don and news guru Bob Schuman, on Monday, December 12, 2005 from 5am-10am.


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Mix portions of the old WDRQ-FM (93.1) morning show "The Morning Revolution" with longtime country waker-upper Dr. Don Carpenter and whaddaya get? "The All New Dr. Don Morning Show" on WYCD-FM (99.5) with Rachael Hunter as cohost and Steve Grunwald as executive producer. Newsman Bob Schuman survives -- as he has in virtually every other shakeup at the station... WYCD gets new team, Detroit Free Press

 

Joyner and friends will jam tomorrow
The Tom Joyner Mistletoe Jam on Saturday is packed with stars -- Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans and Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue -- but make no mistake about who's headlining. That would be Aretha Franklin... Stars are aligned for Tom Joyner Mistletoe Jam- Detroit News


The concert schedule is packed with Christmas shows by a wide variety of artists. But only one - Tom Joyner's Mistletoe Jam, on Saturday at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena - caters to a black audience. "There aren't a lot, period," says Oscar Joyner, son of the popular syndicated radio disc jockey and media mogul, whose show airs on 115 stations across the country, including Flint's WDZZ-FM (92.7)... Joyner jam fills void for black shows, Flint Journal




Franken makes a splash in Ann Arbor
Comedian and political commentator Al Franken clearly likes the idea of running for U.S. senator from Minnesota. But then he might not have as much fun. Franken talked about it - he said he really wants to run, but it's still just an idea - as he mixed sober commentary on politics with punchlines before an adoring audience of more than 1,000 people inside the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor Thursday night. Franken, known for his contributions to "Saturday Night Live'' and as an author and talk show host on left-leaning Air America Radio, was in Ann Arbor to promote his new book, "The Truth (with jokes)"... Al Franken slings punch lines and barbs in his appearance- Ann Arbor News

 

WSYM-TV Manager Heads for Warmer Climate

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Milwaukee-based Journal Broadcast Group, owner of Lansing's WSYM-TV (Fox 47), has announced the appointment of WSYM vice president and general manager Judy Kenney to the VP/GM post of newly-acquired WFTX-TV 36, the Fox affiliate serving the Fort Myers/Naples, Florida market. Journal recently completed the purchase of three television stations from Emmis Communications, including WFTX, KGUN-TV (an ABC affiliate in Tuscon, Arizona) and KMTV-TV (a CBS affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska).

Ms. Kenney joined WSYM-TV as VP/GM in 1993. During her tenure, she oversaw the creation of a local news department at WSYM in 1997, as well as a news production agreement between WSYM and Lansing NBC affiliate WILX-TV in 2004. She has also served as a past treasurer for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, December 11, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


Is Christmas really just two weeks from today? Guess I can finally start to listen to all-holiday music WNIC-FM (100.3). (When the ’NIC jocks go home, I’m certain they don’t play Christmas music.)


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We said a couple of weeks ago that new additions to the Dr. Don morning show were looming at country WYCD-FM (99.5). So starting at 5 a.m. Monday, Rachael Hunter will co-host with Dr. Don, and Steve Grunwald will be the show’s new producer. Both did the morning show on the old WDRQ-FM (93.1), which is now Doug-FM. Hunter said she’s “looking forward to reconnecting with my listeners,” while ’YCD’s new program director Tim Roberts says the move will bring new energy to the station. News guru Bob Schuman continues with the new show.


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On Saturday morning, newstalk WJR-AM (760) morning host Paul W. Smith presided over the 40th anniversary of the famous Christmas Sing at the Somerset Collection in Troy. (For those with long memories, the event began with ’JR’s legendary J.P. McCarthy and for years was sponsored by the Action Line staff at the Detroit Free Press.) Anyway, on Monday, Smith hits the road again to broadcast his morning show live from Pricewaterhouse Coopers offices in downtown Detroit.

Meanwhile, WJR is helping Volunteers of America adopt 2,500 families so they can have a merry Christmas. To help out, call (248) 353-4862.


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Good news for fans of Larry McDaniel’s “Arkansas Traveler” bluegrass show and Matt Watroba’s “Folks Like Us” folk music show, which were cut from public radio WDET-FM (101.9) some 15 months ago. New WDET general manager Michael Coleman is putting both shows back into the weekend lineup soon, but the station has parted company with longtime afternoon host Martin Bandyke.


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The radio world is buzzing loudly about HD — and that does not stand for Holi-Daze. HD is high-definition radio, and, like HDTV, it’s far better than what you’re used to getting. Basically, it makes AM sound like FM and FM sound perfect. It’s also another way the industry is trying to combat new forms of competition, especially satellite radio. As part of the fight, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has rolled out a new campaign, ditching their previous slogan of “Radio: You Hear It Here First.” The new tagline is “Radio: You Shouldn’t Have to Pay for It.” This comes as only 2 percent of the available audience is listening to satellite radio, though traditional broadcasters are reacting as though that figure was 50 percent or more.

The HD Radio Alliance has an impressive roster of most all of the biggest companies in the radio business, and they should be encouraged by the results of a new J.D. Powers survey, which states that “high-definition radio outranked satellite radio after consumers weighed a one-time cost of $150 against satellite radio’s $12.95 per month subscription fee.” The jury is still out, but 2006 will be a pivotal turning point for radio’s new technologies.And a good backdrop for national shock Howard Stern, whose last live broadcast on free radio, heard locally on hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), is set for Friday. After that, he’ll start Jan. 9 on Sirius.

Tom Bender, who runs rock WRIF-FM (101.1), pop WMGC-FM (105.1) and classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) is a big fan of HD radio and told broadcasters at a recent seminar, “We get this wrong, and we’re out of business.” Strong words from a respected local professional.


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Once the program director of the old WWWW-FM here in Detroit, Dave Van Dyke now runs Bridge Ratings & Research, and he has another statistic to make radio executives nervous. His research shows that 85 percent of 12 to 24-year-olds prefer listening to their MP3 players than traditional radio (based on a national sample of 2,000 12 to 24-year-olds). Kind of scary, since radio keeps chasing younger audiences with little concern for the older people who still believe in the medium — and have the money to buy what the advertisers are selling.


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Speaking of younger listeners, Detroit’s nationally famous rap singer Eminem seems to be exclusively talking on-air to “Mojo in the Morning” on hits WKQI-FM (95.5). Why ’KQI? Seems Em’s daughter is a big Mojo fan, and that’s why he went on with Mojo to reveal that he’d like to remarry his ex-wife, Kim.


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On Dec. 2, WTVS-Channel 56 aired the superb documentary “Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 CKLW” — and the public TV outlet drew a record audience and above-average pledges. The Big 8 doc ran again Saturday night, but if you missed it, it’s available on DVD with a $75 tax deductible donation to Detroit Public TV. Call (248) 305-3900.


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Set Your Dials: Host Tom Wilson replays the music of Fred Waring & His Pennsylvanians at 6 p.m. tonight on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... catch old holiday radio shows on “When Radio Was” with host Stan Freberg at 11 p.m. weeknights on nostalgia CKWW-AM (580).


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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 Dec 9-12

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Detroit News:

The seeds of the Howard Stern satellite radio revolution are planted in a simple black spiral notebook. Across its blank pages, the Lenny Bruce of broadcasting scrawls ideas for the riskiest (and richest) move of his radio career, a collection of deranged concepts that fly unfettered from his id, without fears of censorship or staggering federal fines... Howard Stern taking otherworldly talent into satellite radio (Sun 12/11)


Lions vs. Packers. At the beginning of this season it seemed like a game the country would enjoy, right? After all, Packers quarterback Brett Favre has long been a fan favorite -- and he's won a Super Bowl. And the Lions, well, their young quarterback Joey Harrington seemed poised to break through and compete for the NFC North title -- and a playoff spot. With that in mind, ESPN and the NFL decided to make today's game in Green Bay its prime-time matchup, airing it nationally at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN and ABC). That was six months ago... Prime-time Lions: Must-miss TV, (Sun 12/11)


Detroit Free Press:

Howard Stern is sounding positively inoffensive. Hmm. That's weird. I never went to more potluck dinners than I did in Detroit, and I mean it in a good way," says the nation's preeminent shock jock, reminiscing about the period in 1980 when he lived here and worked for 106.7, known then as WWWW-FM. "It was almost like the show 'Friends.' Everybody was just kind of friendly. It was nice"... King of all controversy, (Sun 12/11)


The "Mojo in the Morning" team at WKQI-FM (95.5) is trying to have a serious discussion about the importance of looks in radio. Trying and failing. "I think I still have a face for radio," cracks Mojo, 35, the leader of the five-person crew. "If I had a better-looking face, I'd be on Channel 4 by now"... Hot jocks, (Mon 12/12)

 

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM has announced a new program schedule that begins tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13th. Gone from the weekday lineup are music programs hosted by Judy Adams and Chuck Horn as the station moves to primarily an all-Talk format. Former weekday music host Martin Bandyke exited the station last week. The new lineup of talk-based shows mark the end, at least for now, of the station's focus on Adult Alternative music- a format for which the station won numerous industry awards and developed a fiercely loyal following. No doubt the fans of WDET's music programs will feel abandonded by today's changes.

The new offerings on WDET include the return of many steadfast public radio programs such as Car Talk, Fresh Air, This American Life, Afropop Worldwide and The Tavis Smiley Show. WDET is also bringing some new programs to Detroit listeners such as News & Notes with Ed Gordon, Democracy Now!, Day To Day, BBC's World Have Your Say, Here & Now, Studio 360 and On The Media. WDET also welcomes back three of its heritage music programs with Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba, Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel and Deep River with Robert Jones. Longtime music host Chuck Horn stays with the station and will host an electronic-based music program called Seventh Journey from Midnight til 5 AM Sunday nights/early Monday mornings.

"I believe these program additions will help give Detroit the kind of premier public radio service it deserves," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "Our entire community needs access to intelligent, thoughtful and diverse voices about the issues and challenges facing all of us. I'm also delighted to welcome back Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniel and Robert Jones who hosted enormously popular programs on WDET for many years."

Many NPR and specialty music programs were discontinued at WDET in September 2004. Those changes did not meet listener's expectations and posed challenges for station fundraising and audience growth. The new schedule reinstates many of the programs previously discontinued and adds eight programs never available on WDET. "WDET now offers the kind of programming one expects from a public radio service," said Allen Mazurek, interim WDET Program Director. "Programs like Fresh Air, Car Talk and NPR news define public radio for millions of listeners nationwide."

"NPR is thrilled that our programs are extending their national reach with WDET, a great radio station that has a long and distinguished history of service to the Detroit community," said Jay Kernis, NPR's Senior vice President for Programming. "We hope that WDET listeners find them valuable and enjoyable and, if they cause listeners to remain in their cars a little longer, we'll be happy and sorry at the same time."

The new weekday WDET lineup:
5-10 AM: Morning Edition
10-11 AM: News and Notes with Ed Gordon (new)
11 AM - Noon: Democracy Now (new)
Noon - 1 PM: Here and Now (new)
1-2 PM: World, Have Your Say (new)
2-3 PM: Day to Day (new)
3-4 PM: Fresh Air (new) / This American Life (Fridays)
4-7 PM: All Things Considered
7 PM - Midnight: Destination Jazz with Ed Love (new time)
Midnight - 5 AM: Music Overnight with Liz Copeland (new time)

Changes to WDET's weekend schedule include the departure of hosts Willy Wilson and John Penney.

Saturday Lineup:
5-5:30 AM: The Treatment (new day/time)
5:30-6 AM: The Business (new)
6-7 AM: On the Media (new)
7-8 AM: The Motley Fool (new day)
8-10 AM: Weekend Edition
10-11 AM: Car Talk (new)
11 AM - 2 PM: Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba (new)
2-4 PM: Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniels (new)
4-5 PM: Fresh Air Weekend (new)
5-6 PM: All Things Considered
6-9 PM: The Gene Elzy Program (new time)
9 PM - Midnight: The Jon Moshier Program (new time)
Midnight - 5 AM: Music Overnight with Michael Julien

Sunday Lineup:
5-6 AM: Infinite Mind (new time)
6-7 AM: Living on Earth (new time)
7-8 AM: Car Talk (new)
8-10 AM: Weekend Edition
10-11 AM: This American Life (new time)
11 AM - 1 PM: Detroit Symphony Orchestra (new time)
1-3 PM: Deep River With Robert Jones (new)
3-5 PM: The Tavis Smiley Show (new time)
5-6 PM: All Things Considered
6-7 PM: Studio 360 (new)
7-8 PM: AfroPop Worldwide (new)
8-10 PM: The W. Kim Heron Program (new time)
10 PM - Midnight: The Ralph Valdez Program
Midnight - 5 AM: Seventh Journey with Chuck Horn (new)

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Things are about to sound a lot different at Detroit's public radio station. Today (Tue 12/13), the weekday schedule at WDET-FM (101.9) will go all news and talk -- including a hefty dose of National Public Radio (NPR) -- and replace the locally generated music shows that had long distinguished the station from most of its national peers. The changes, announced Monday afternoon after weeks of speculation among radio insiders, will find syndicated programs such as "News & Notes with Ed Gordon" and Terry Gross' "Fresh Air" in the slots previously held by Detroit music hosts Judy Adams, Chuck Horn and Martin Bandyke... WDET amps up NPR, tunes down local music, Detroit Free Press


In the latest WDET-FM (101.9) tsunami of ch-ch-ch-changes, former 'DET blues host Robert Jones is back with a new gospel/spiritual Sunday show "Deep River," and WDET's daytime schedule has been scrubbed of music in favor of news/talk. The 101.9 portion of your radio dial will sound distinctively different starting today as general manager Michael Coleman, hired in June, continues to revamp Detroit Public Radio into what he believes is a "premier public radio service," away from the "adult alternative" musical variety that former general manager Caryn Mathes and program director Judy Adams touted... Latest WDET shake-up restores favorite shows, Detroit News

 

* Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for WTNP FM 91.9 Richland for $250,000 from Living Proof Inc. pending FCC approval and closing. If built as currently specified, this station would provide a rimshot signal to Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

* Construction permit granted to Lyle Robert Evans for a new station at AM 1220 Escanaba. If built as currently specified the station would broadcast with 2,500 watts daytime and 700 watts nighttime from a 2-tower array west of Escanaba.

 

Dick Purtan, legendary host of Oldies 104.3 WOMC Detroit's "Morning Show with Purtan's People," will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB2006 Radio Luncheon, Tuesday, April 25, in Las Vegas. "Dick Purtan has been one of local radio's most influential figures for nearly four decades," said NAB President and CEO David Rehr. "His humorous and colorful commentary is matched only by his commitment to community service. NAB is proud to recognize him for his significant contributions to radio."

For nearly 40 years, Purtan has entertained his loyal following of listeners throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario with comedic commentary and topical wit. His cast of characters gives the show witty daily twists and turns, covering current events and public figures. Purtan is consistently a Detroit ratings winner and is known across the country. His dedication and commitment extend beyond his morning show. In 1993, the Detroit News recognized his charitable contributions by naming him "Michiganian of the Year." Over 18 years, his annual Salvation Army Radiothon has raised more than $10 million for the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread program. This past February, the 16-hour Radiothon brought in a record $1.7 million.

Purtan has collected many honors, including the NAB Marconi Radio Award for "Major Market Personality of the Year," which he received in 1993. He has twice received the "Radio & Records Industry Achievement Award" as "Oldies Personality of the Year" and Billboard Magazine has twice named him "Major Market Air Personality of the Year." In September 2000, Purtan hosted the NAB Marconi Awards Dinner & Show in San Francisco, where Oldies 104.3 WOMC picked up two Marconi Awards for "Major Market Station of the Year" and "Oldies Station of the Year." In 2004, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, located in Chicago.

The Radio Luncheon is the premiere event for the radio industry featuring a keynote address and the annual presentation of the prestigious NAB Crystal Radio Awards. The NAB2006 Radio Luncheon is sponsored by ASCAP. NAB2006 will take place April 22 - 27, 2006 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 24). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums.

 

Metro Detroit: In the News Dec 13-16

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Detroit News:

You think Rod Stewart's getting old? He's a punk kid compared to Ludwig von Beethoven, who would be 235 years old this Friday if he hadn't shuffled off this mortal coil. In honor of that, WRCJ-FM (90.9) will be celebrating all day Friday with a 13-hour Beethoven marathon, starting with Dave Wagner in the morning, through Chris Felcynmiddays and afternoon drive with Ann Delisi, ending with an "Ode to Joy" virtual sing-along... Roll Over, Beethoven, (Tue 12/13)


The group standing near the third-floor escalator at Neiman Marcus carefully studied former Oakland Raider Derrick Walker and his wife, WDIV-TV (Channel 4) personality Rhonda Walker, as they arrived at the fifth annual Celebrity Stylemaker event. Some in the group were betting that Walker would win the evening's Best Dressed Man competition, and he did. It was his second win in the five-year history of this popular event, which is the brainchild of former Detroit Lion Robert Porcher... Porcher charity event helps aid cancer patients, (Tue 12/13)


Fans of WDET-FM's former "adult alternative" music mix have been organizing a campaign, sending mass e-mails to newspapers and the president of Wayne State University, which owns the station, protesting the station's decision to cut music programming during the day to make way for news/talk programming, much of it from NPR... Upset WDET fans keep up the protest, (Fri 12/16)


Detroit Free Press:

Tuesday brought big changes to public radio station WDET-FM (101.9). As part of a major schedule overhaul, general manager Michael Coleman replaced several of the station's signature music shows with syndicated programming from National Public Radio. Listener reactions Tuesday were often intense and covered a wide range of opinion. But one common thread was clear: Detroit is passionate about public radio... WDET listeners say they'll miss the music, (Wed 12/14)


Many WDET fans disgruntled by this week's changes said they had long relied on the station as the go-to place for discovering music. Some said they feared falling out of touch with new and worthy sounds without guidance from the station, best known in recent years for its emphasis on what the radio industry calls adult-alternative music. But all's not lost. In this multimedia world, there are now plenty of ways to stay tuned in when the radio is turned off... Where to find your kind of music without WDET, (Wed 12/14)


He's had his job only since August, but this week disgruntled listeners are flaying him on message boards and blogs. The phones at his radio station won't stop ringing. One letter writer called him an idiot. There's a protest rally scheduled for Sunday. So, Michael Coleman, general manager of WDET-FM (101.9), how do you like Detroit so far? "I am encouraged that people in my hometown care so much and are so passionate about public radio," he said Wednesday morning, taking a break in his modest office whose chief design element is numerous posters and figurines of Superman, Coleman's whimsical hero... New WDET chief deflects static and appreciates audience passion, (Thu 12/15)


Ann Arbor News:

W4 Country morning show hosts Brian "Bubba'' Cowan and Katie McGillis planned to live in and broadcast from an Ann Arbor Transportation Authority bus parked at a Wal-Mart store in Ypsilanti Township until it was filled with toys for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots program. But Cowan said their plans were rudely interrupted Tuesday afternoon. Cowan, a host of the "Breakfast With Bubba Show'' on radio station WWWW (102.9 FM) in Ann Arbor, said an employee of the company that owns the Roundtree Place shopping center on Ellsworth Road, where Wal-Mart is a tenant, told him and McGillis they had to leave... Toy drive hits the road W4 Country says bus was booted from shopping center's lot (Thu 12/15)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, December 18, 2005

By: Mike Austerman


Raise your hand if you were surprised to hear the changes at public radio WDET-FM (101.9) this week. Me, too. After all, it was just in September, 2004 when several popular NPR and weekend shows were dropped as former general manager Caryn Mathes tried to develop a more consistent focus for the station’s Adult Alternative music programming.

Those changes, however, brought a softness in both ratings and pledge drive support so new boss Michael Coleman undid those changes — and then some. Back on the schedule at the Wayne State-owned station are popular NPR programs “Fresh Air,” “Car Talk” and the “Tavis Smiley Show,” along with local music shows hosted by Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniels, Robert Jones and Chuck Horn. In addition, “News & Notes” hosted by Detroit native Ed Gordon, “Democracy Now” and other talk-based shows have been added, replacing all of the station’s daytime weekday music programs.

Coleman believes the changes will help give Detroit the kind of premier public radio service it deserves. “Our entire community needs access to intelligent, thoughtful and diverse voices about the issues and challenges facing all of us,” he notes.

But while many may rejoice at the return of Click & Clack the Tappet Brothers and Terry Gross, other fans of the old ’DET will argue that the dramatic cutback of music and departure of longtime hosts Martin Bandyke, Judy Adams — who’d been program director — Willy Wilson and John Penney has squelched an important part of our area’s music culture. ’DET had been the only station offering daily music programming covering local artists with a variety of styles — and providing a spotlight likely to never be replaced.

So now WDET is just like most other public radio stations across the country — with a focus on mostly syndicated news/ talk and public affairs during prime listening hours. And although Ed Love keeps his evening jazz show and Liz Copeland is still on board with music overnight, much of WDET’s uniqueness is gone. And how’d you like to have pledged in the fall drive for a music show that now has disappeared?


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Just Askin’: With both WDET and WRCJ-FM (90.9) airing jazz in the evenings, isn’t there an opportunity for an agreement between them? Ed Love could move to WRCJ instead of the satellite-provided jazz service, making room on WDET for Bandyke and/or Adams on WDET. And maybe WRCJ would be interested in hiring Wilson and Penney to bolster its weekend lineup. The stations could cross-promote one another, generating wider interest and monetary support. Could be a win-win situation… which is probably why it’ll never happen.


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Now that Howard Stern is done on regular radio — his “best of” shows are set to air on talk WKRK-FM (97.1) through the end of the year — it’s going to be interesting what happens after he moves to Sirius satellite radio starting Jan. 9. Stern’s audience, which had been about 12 million listeners daily, will be notably smaller since Sirius has about 3 million subscribers and it’s anybody’s best guess how many of those will tune in to Stern. And how outrageous will he be as he attempts to build an audience and move his free radio fans to Sirius in order to make his contract worth the reported $500 million he’s getting in the next five years? If he goes too far over the decency line, industry insiders believe Congress and the FCC will act to put the same kinds of restrictions on satellite radio content that exist on AM and FM radio — restrictions Stern claims have limited his creativity and ability to do the type of show he wanted.

For now, with the threat of FCC fines lifted, Stern will be able to show us if he is indeed the self-proclaimed “King of All Media” or if he’s someone whose better days are gone and who used government interference as an excuse.


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Glancing at November’s monthly ratings report card, there are a few eyebrow raisers as we await the final fall quarterly numbers available next month. The very early returns show that soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) didn’t get a boost at all in November with its all-Christmas music marathon, while competitor WMGC-FM (105.1) enjoyed increased numbers with its regular music rotation. It's still too early though to get the full picture on that situation. The introduction of morning man Steve Harvey on adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) helped push that station’s ratings back on an upward trend and further ahead of competitor WDMK-FM (105.9), the home of Tom Joyner. At Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5), the Mojo in the Morning crowd is celebrating improvements in every category and has achieved a Top Five ranking in every demo and the No. 1 rating in every female demo. Meanwhile, rock WRIF-FM (101.1) duo Drew and Mike continue to reign overall in morning drive.


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Set Your Dials: For holiday music from organists Elani Eddington and Scott Smith of Lansing at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).


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Columnist Mike Austerman has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.

 

Metro Detroit: In The News Dec 17-19

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An Open Letter To WDET Listeners From Michael Coleman, General Manager

In the past few days, I and other employees at WDET, have heard from many of you. The letters, phone calls and e-mails were thoughtful, heartfelt and passionate. I understand the role WDET plays in your life, and because of that, every time the station has made changes over the years listeners have been very vocal about how they felt. This time was no exception. I've heard from people who were disappointed in the new programming and from people who are very supportive of it. Regardless of how you feel, know that these decisions were painstakingly difficult, made with tremendous consideration and focused on the mission WDET has to serve our entire metropolitan Detroit community. The rationale for the changes were very straightforward - to save and strengthen this important public radio service. That being said, change of any kind is seldom easy.

Many listeners have been critical of the new programming based on an idea that "WDET got rid of all the music programming and is all news and talk." While I appreciate such comments, they demean the many fine, dedicated music hosts of which WDET is quite proud. It's unfair to dismiss the great contributions to Detroit culture by ignoring people like Ed Love, Gene Elzy, Ralph Valdez, Chuck Horn, Liz Copeland, Michael Julien, W. Kim Heron, Jon Moshier, Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniel, and Robert Jones. These talented hosts continue to produce, what is without question, the most comprehensive radio music programming in Detroit. The focus on the loss of the mid-day music shows neglects the contributions of these other outstanding programs. WDET is not, nor ever has it ever been, about only a couple of individual shows. Rather it's a collection of programs taken in its entirety that make up a public radio service. We have 11 unique music programs that offer 77 hours of locally produced, Detroit focused, radio that feature all kinds of music.

Other listeners have questioned the timing of the new programming. I'll share with you that following the close of the fiscal year on September 30, in which the station had a deficit of $300,000, the fall pledge drive that immediately followed fell more than $100,000 short of its goal. Those factors, in addition to the steady erosion of listeners (including listeners to mid-day music programs) demanded action to be taken quickly in order to save this valuable radio service.

When Walter P. Reuther, then president of the UAW, handed WDET over to Wayne State University in 1952, he asked the University to continue to use the station "to make a contribution to the advancement of the overall cultural and educational activities of our community." I believe our programming continues to address that mandate and it has the support of WSU President Irvin D. Reid and the WSU Board of Governors.

Detroit is my hometown. I believe it deserves a premier public radio service that is sustainable financially and that's what we're planning to provide. You may have already noticed the increase in our local newsbreaks throughout the day. Stay tuned in the coming months for a new local public affairs program that will allow us to sincerely examine the many complex challenges facing our community in a way that only public radio allows. Also, look forward to a new local cultural affairs program that will feature performance, insight, news and conversations about our community's rich arts and cultural life. These programs will set new standards in public and cultural affairs programming.

I want to thank you for taking the time to write, call or e-mail. If you have now come back to WDET or continue to support the station, I'm looking forward to your help in building a stronger, more inclusive and dynamic Detroit Public Radio. If you are disappointed with the new programming, I hope that you will reconsider and give us the opportunity to present to you all the fine music and news programs we now offer.

Respectfully,
Michael Coleman
WDET General Manager


Fans of WDET organize to protest changes

A group of WDET listeners have banded together to protest last week's changes to the station's daily program schedule- bumping daytime music in favor of talk and news programming. The group has created a web site, savedetroitradio.com, which contains the following release:

Last Chance To Save Free-Form Radio-
We, the Public, are deeply disappointed in Wayne State University’s decision to change the format of WDET. We should have a say in what is aired on WDET, OUR public radio station in Detroit. We have supported, promoted, and cultivated WDET for 35 years. It is a part of the fabric of this city, and was the last station whose format truly served the best interests of the public at large. Music is art, and it is also an integral part of Detroit’s history. Therefore, it should remain a large part of WDET, OUR public radio station.

If Wayne State had made its drastic plans known to the public during the last fundraiser, we believe the public outpouring of support would have raised enough money to sustain the station. Instead, without warning, the daily music programming built by 35 years of OUR public donations has disappeared. It has been replaced by the same cookie-cutter format as NPR's Ann Arbor affiliate, WUOM-FM (91.7), which can already be heard in Detroit! This is not innovation by any measure of the word, and does not make WDET unique in any way!

We, the Public, are asking Wayne State University for a compromise, and to give us a chance to raise the necessary funds to keep WDET operating in the format we have cherished for years. We are willing to accept some changes, but not a complete dismissal of all daytime music. If the matter truly comes down to funding and ratings, this second chance will bring in more funding and ratings than ever before, and with much more publicity than news and talk radio will ever get.

We, the Public, would like to have a “Last Chance Fundraiser” to start on any Monday at 9am, live on WDET. If We, the Public, don’t raise the necessary funds to sustain the station, we’ll concede and Wayne State University can make any changes it wishes.

If Wayne State University allows this fundraiser to take place, We, the Public believe the outpouring of support for WDET will be incredible. The station would be more cherished than ever -- in fact, it would blossom.

Our Campaign:
On Monday, December 19th we are filing a class action lawsuit against WDET for fraudulently taking donations for programming that have since been discontinued.

There will be a public meeting, followed by a protest march on Tuesday, December 27th, at 7pm, beginning at the Magic Stick (Majestic Theatre Center), 4120 Woodward, Detroit. Please bring friends, artists, and music lovers.

If Wayne State University does not agree to some daytime music, we are prepared to protest during the North American International Auto Show. Failure on the part of the University to compromise will result in high profile protesting during Super Bowl Week.

We plan to rally against the spring fundraiser for WDET, and are committed to protest against any fundraising efforts in the future, until we have had our chance to restore some daytime music.

WDET is OUR public radio station, and we should have some influence on the programming.

We need your help:

* Write, call, and email the people listed on the website
* Come to the meeting/protest march on Tuesday, December 27th
* Volunteer your time, your resources, and your money
* Sign up for weekly updates on our website
* Download this press release and forward it to everyone on your email list.
* If you donated money during the last fundraiser, ask for it back.
* Boycott WDET.


Detroit Free Press:

A group of about 100 irate WDET listeners wants to be heard. The protesters gathered Sunday afternoon at the Magic Stick nightclub in Detroit to plan strategy on how to get the station to return to a music format it changed last week. They planned to file a class action against the public-radio station, 101.9-FM in Detroit, and to picket high-profile events like the North American International Auto Show black-tie fund-raiser and the Super Bowl... WDET protesters air ideas, (Mon 12/19)

 

* The FCC granted the voluntary assignment of the construction permit for LPTV station W51DP Gladstone from Dean M. Mosely to Village Broadcasting Corp.

* Two new FM allotments in the Thumb area were granted by the FCC for 99.1 Lexington and 101.3 Pigeon. Both allotments are for Class A stations (maximum of 6,000 watts @ 328 feet). These allotments will be opened for auction by the FCC at a later date.

* Construction permit for WRWP-LP 106.7 Mt. Pleasant expired in October, permit was canceled by the FCC on December 13

* Construction permit granted to Advance Acquisition for a new station at AM 1490 Houghton. If built as currently specified the station would broadcast with 1,000 watts both daytime and nighttime from a single tower south of Houghton.

* Noted that AM TIS station WQDX836 1610 Rochester Hills has signed on the air. Station is run by the City of Rochester Hills and was heard on 12/19 rebroadcasting NOAA All-Hazards (weather) Radio.

* Construction permit granted to Cornerstone Baptist Educational Ministries (aka Cornerstone University) for a new station at FM 90.9 Springfield. If built as currently specified the Class A station would broadcast with 700 watts non-directional from a tower located between Kalamazoo and Battle Creek.

* The FCC granted WLCM AM 1390 Charlotte a construction permit for major change: The station's city of license will change to Holt and a second facility will be added for nighttime operations. The new nighttime specs are 4,500 watts from a 4-tower array located south of Holt (Lansing).

 

Format changes: week of Dec 21, 2005

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* WODJ AM 1490 Whitehall/Muskegon is now carrying programming from the Michigan Talk Radio Network, shifting from all Sports.

 

Metro Detroit: In The News Dec 20-23

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Mix 92.3 to present the "World’s Largest Old School Skating Party"

Tickets are on sale now for Mix 92.3’s “World’s Largest Old School Skating Party” with Steve Harvey. First, the “Steve Harvey Morning Show” featuring Harvey, Jacque Reid of BET News, and Nephew Tommy, will broadcast live on Friday, January 13, 2006, from Detroit’s newest hot spot, The Breakfast House, located at 1241 Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit, from 6a-10am. Then on Saturday, January 14th, Steve Harvey and his entire crew will join over 2,000 listeners for the “World’s Largest Old School Skating Party” at Skate World, located at 2825 E. Maple Road in Troy. Tickets are $9.23 at all Ticketmaster outlets or on-line at ticketmaster.com, and at the Skate World box office.


WJR to broadcast Motor City Bowl December 26th

This year's Motor City Bowl features the Akron Zips versus the Memphis Tigers at Ford Field in Detroit. WJR's broadcast begins at 3:45pm on Monday, December 26th.


Detroit Free Press:

Broadcasting has several halls of fame, and now Dick Purtan will be in two of them. The veteran Detroit morning man on WOMC-FM (104.3) will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame at the NAB 2006 Radio Luncheon on April 25 in Las Vegas... Purtan's mug will deck halls (of fame), (Tue 12/20)


WDET-FM listeners, upset over the recent programming changes, have filed a class action in Wayne County Circuit Court, accusing the station, its general manager Michael Coleman and Wayne State University of fraud, misrepresentation and breach of contract. The seven plaintiffs, who donated money to the public station in the fall, say management decided more than two months before the October pledge drive to get rid of daytime music programming, yet tricked listeners during that fund-raising campaign into thinking their beloved shows would continue... WDET's fund-raising was fraud, suit asserts, (Wed 12/21)


Detroit News:

Detroit's public radio channel is getting a bum rap from critics over recent format changes. The changes improve the station despite the whining. Previous WDET management had run rough shod over some popular shows including bluegrass music hosted Larry McDaniel, billed as the Arkansas Traveler. But happily, McDaniel is back on the air at 2 p.m. Saturdays. There aren't that many music shows for the sons and daughters of the mountains, and WDET was narrow minded to dump McDaniel and right to bring him back... WDET gets bum rap; Arkansas Traveler back, (Tue 12/20)


It's still three years away, but there now is a firm date for the transition to all-digital television -- the biggest change in the industry since color TV. Legislation passed by the Senate on Wednesday would require broadcasters to end their traditional analog transmissions by Feb. 17, 2009, and send their signals digitally. Such technology promises super-sharp pictures and better sound... Broadcasters given a firm deadline to move to digital television, (Thu 12/22)


Radio & Records:

Tom O'Brien Named Premiere VP/Detroit Manager. O'Brien replaces Mike Berman, who is retiring at the end of the year. In his new post O'Brien will be responsible for representing Premiere's programs and networks to advertisers in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Pittsburgh, reporting to EVP/Director/Sales Rhonda Scheidel. "I'm thrilled to have Tom join us," Scheidel says. "His extensive background in local, national and spot radio sales makes him an exceptional asset to our team"... Tom O'Brien Named Premiere VP/Detroit Manager, (Tue 12/20)

Van Doran takes the role of Director/Marketing for Clear Channel's seven stations in the market: KNST, KOHT, KRQQ, KTZR, KWFM, KWMT & KXEW. She previously held a similar role at Greater Media Active Rocker WRIF/Detroit, where she's spent the last six years... Nikki Van Doran To Lead CC/Tucson Marketing Efforts, (Fri 12/23)


All Access:

SuperPrizeMachine Time At WYCD: CBS Country WYCD/DETROIT gets an early Christmas present as they take delivery of The SuperPrizeMachine! Check it out at www.superprizemachine.com. (Thu 12/22)


W4 And Toys For Tots Win Out Over Scrooge: For the third year in a row, CLEAR CHANNEL Country WWWW (W4)/ANN ARBOT got together with the U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVE TOYS FOR TOTS PROGRAM. For this year’s toy drive, the "BREAKFAST WITH BUBBA SHOW" spent the week living in an ANN ARBOR TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY bus until it is filled with donated toys. During the week of DECEMBER 12th through 16th, BREAKFAST WITH BUBBA hosts BRIAN "BUBBA" COWAN and KATIE McGILLIS, made a city bus their home, with the entire show originating from the parking lot of WAL-MART in YPSILANTI. Unfortunately, after only two days of the drive, the owner of WAL-MART’s parking lot threatened to have the bus towed off of the property. Despite the risk of decreased visibility, the entire production was moved to the parking lot of W4 Country in ANN ARBOR, and the W4 listeners came through in a big way. The entire bus was filled with toys in less than four days, and lots of cash was also collected. (Thu 12/22)


Ann Arbor News:

The Brighton High School Varsity Quiz Bowl Team will make its television debut Jan. 1 at 11:30 a.m. on Lansing's PBS channel WKAR, channel 22 on the Comcast cable network. The QuizBusters program, which was taped in early November, features Brighton taking on Mason High School. QuizBusters is a weekly question and answer game featuring students from nearly 60 mid-Michigan high schools, who compete for scholarships to Michigan State University... Brighton quiz team to be on TV, (Fri 12/23)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, December 25, 2005

By: Art Vuolo


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours from Mike Austerman and me, your local radio reporters for more than four years. Today, let’s look back on the many changes Detroit radio has undergone in the last 12 months.

The year 2005 saw the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts celebrate its 35th anniversary while Arthur Penhallow marked an equal number of years at rocker WRIF-FM (101.1). Elsewhere on the dial, Eric Harthen, the man of many voices, segued from hits WKQI-FM (95.5) to oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), and we heard the return of Dr. Don to country WYCD-FM (99.5) and, just recently, the addition of Rachael Hunter and Steve Grunwald, both refugees from the old WDRQ-FM (93.1). Rumors about the return of Eli Zaret, Denny McLain, Lee Alan and David Newman sadly did not materialize, but all are major broadcast talents.

One rather dormant frequency got a complete make-over as WXDX became WDTW-AM (1310) and took on a heavy dose of left-leaning talk from Air America, though recently, Nancy Skinner, its only local host, departed. And listeners (and especially the staff) of WDRQ were stunned in early April when the entire on-air crew (except Jay Towers, who had a contract) lost their jobs as the Top 40 hits station became “Doug FM.” And Gregg Henson made remarks that helped ease him out of the building at hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1) — only to be replaced by talk wanna-be Towers who joined the more seasoned Michelle McKormick.

Summer began with Canton’s country WSDS-AM (1480) switching to Hispanic programming, ending Detroit’s status as the only major market with no Spanish language station. Three veteran news voices also departed from news-talk WJR-AM (760) — Dan Streeter, Rod Hanson and Gene Fogel. The urban radio scene also witnessed a major round of musical chairs, as personalities and call letters were juggled between FM stations 102.7, 105.9 and 92.3. The mostly black format at WQBH-AM (1400) also was dropped by new owner Salem Radio, which installed a great number of syndicated conservative talk shows; the 1,000-watter is now known as WDTK.

Over at Christian WMUZ-FM (103.5), we heard a new morning show premier with Rhonda Hart and Jon Culbert and the station also became the new home of Tom Wilson’s “Somewhere in Time” at 6 p.m. Sundays — with a 1940s Christmas music show tonight. From the recovery room, country WYCD host Jyl Forsyth is doing fine after complications from asthma, and former WDEE and WCXI jock Country Dan Dixon (now at XM Satellite Radio) is about to return to the air after six months in recovery from serious foot surgery. Sabrina Black, wife of WRIF jock Steve Black, is still successfully battling cancer, as is Dick’s wife Gail Purtan, a tenacious survivor of more than eight years.

From the court room, we heard about lawsuits with WYCD’s Erin Weber over the perfume co-worker Linda Lee wore that “made her sick.” There also were labor union suits among employees at news WWJ-AM (950 and sports/talk WXYT-AM (1270). Amazingly, WKRK remained free of lawsuits this past year — as did radio across the country, which received no significant fines for indecency. Speaking of indecency, Howard Stern left earth — radio, that is, to become a Sirius satellite host starting Jan. 9.

The year also brought the emergence of Radio Disney at WFDF-AM (910), the dumping of U-M sports in exchange for MSU football and basketball on WJR and the return of classical music on WRCJ-FM (90.9). High-definition radio also premiered, first from Greater Media Detroit, with others following. Recent weeks brought a huge programming shake-up at public WDET-FM (101.9), while pop WNIC-FM (100.3) began beaming holiday music the day after Halloween. And WJR’s Murray Gula took his “Home Improvement” show from radio to WXYZ-Channel 7, with more specials slated for 2006.

Sadly, we lost several radio greats over this past year including controversial ex-WXYT talk host Mark Scott and Dan Koti, better known as traffic reporter Rod Holden, on WWJ.

Contemporary WDVD-FM (96.3) extended Blain & Lisa to 10 a.m. weekdays and added Jesse in afternoon drive. The no-last-names station also awarded a new car to a 28-year old mother of two in a recent philanthropic Christmas promotion. Speaking of giving, in February, Dick Purtan’s annual Salvation Army Radiothon on oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) raised a staggering $1.7 million, bringing his total to more than $10 million since 1988.

Finally, your “On The Radio” column shifted from Friday’s Marquee section to Sunday’s Entertainment section in The Oakland Press, picking up new readers.

Here’s hoping you got a gift you could actually use, and that there was at least one new radio under your tree.

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

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 24-26

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The Oakland Press:

Back in Action- Kim Adams returns home in new TV role
By Jena Passut of The Oakland Press

Kim Adams has been getting a lot of comments about her looks lately. “Oh, you’re so thin,” people will say. “Are you not eating because of stress?” Adams, a fan favorite at WDIV-Channel 4 before leaving a year ago, and known as “Action Adams” at WXYZ Channel 7 before that, has been under a great deal of strain lately, moving back to Detroit after Hurricane Katrina wrecked her Pascagoula, Miss., home and everything in it. But she has a better answer for her change in appearance.

“I was pregnant the whole time I was there (on TV at WDIV),” she says with a laugh. Adams, 35, left Local 4 in the fall of 2004 when her husband, Lt. Jeffery Daudert, an active-duty Surface Warfare Officer for the U.S. Navy, was transferred for duty in support of the war. She and her two young children, Ava, who will be 3 on Christmas Eve, and Aaron, 2, moved to Pascagoula and Adams traded her TV personality gig for the full-time job of a military wife and stay-at-home mom. “It was a very, very big change for me,” Adams says. As if that weren’t enough, Hurricane Katrina hit and nearly obliterated Adams’ home and most of her family’s belongings.

“We were in a pretty serious bind,” Adams recalls of the devastating Aug. 29 storm. Good thing Channel 4 came calling. The station, which had followed Adams’ story, offered her a job covering health. “They said, ‘Just come home, we’ll take care of you,’” Adams says, adding that the Navy transferred Daudert back to Michigan, as well. “They have been so good to me; no other employer would have done this.” Adams, a meteorologist who has a masters degree in journalism, returns to Channel 4 in “Kim’s Good Health,” reports that air weekdays at 5 and 6 a.m., noon, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. She also will fill in as meteorologist from time to time. She is living in Farmington Hills. “Kim is a scientist, a respected hometown broadcaster and a mom,” says Neil Goldstein, vice president and news director of WDIV, in a statement. “Add to that her personal interest in health and fitness, and you have the ideal Local 4 health reporter.”

Adams, the first female meteorologist in Detroit television history, says the response from viewers has been overwhelming. “It’s so humbling,” she says. “I’m so overwhelmed with people. It’s such a good feeling. It’s like I have a huge family.” Adams says she thinks often about the other Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi. “People are living in tents in their front yards,” she says. “It gets cold at night and they don’t have big time TV jobs to come back to. “Hopefully we can help some of the people down there who feel forgotten.” And it’s not just Adams’ hair that has grown. “I’ve changed tremendously,” Adams says. “The little things that used to bother me so much, like traffic on the way home, now those things are so small and so petty.” (Sun 12/25)


Billboard Radio Monitor:

ABC Radio plans to begin Webcasting all of its music-based FMs in 2006, with a target to complete putting them online by Feb. 1. A few are online now, such as hot AC WPLJ New York, oldies WZZN Chicago and country KSCS Dallas-Ft. Worth and more will flip the switch next week ... No specific date was mentioned for the two Detroit FMs, hot AC WDVD or the classic hits "Doug FM," WDRQ ... Music Streaming: Here Come The ABCs (Fri 12/23)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 27-30

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Detroit News:

An ex-country music DJ's court victory -- in which she won $10.6 million after she claimed she was sickened by a fellow radio host's use of French perfume -- no longer smells as sweet. U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh, in a 19-page opinion, reduced former Detroit radio host Erin Weber's award to $814,000. Steeh said he was tempted to throw the entire verdict out, in part because he questions whether she has a perfume allergy. "The weight of the evidence does not clearly support a finding of a perfume allergy," Steeh wrote in a recent opinion. "There are many reasons to seriously consider setting aside the verdict in this case" ... DJ's lawsuit award isn't so sweet anymore, (Tue 12/27)


Detroit Free Press:

Frank Beckmann and Steve Courtney walked to the Alamodome from their downtown hotel on Wednesday, enjoying the beautiful weather. The football play-by-play man and sideline reporter planned to broadcast another Michigan football game at the Alamo Bowl, just as they have for years. Yet they refused to see the game as any different than the others they've done, even though their employer, WJR-AM (760), will not carry the Wolverines next fall for the first time since 1976. On Oct. 13, WJR announced it had signed a five-year contract to air Michigan State football, leaving the U-M athletic department searching for a station... U-M signs off on WJR, (Thu 12/29)


At 6 a.m. Tuesday into radio's valley of death -- the always ferocious Detroit morning race -- steps Shane (Rover) French. He has the dubious task of replacing gone-to-Sirius Satellite Radio Howard Stern on WKRK-FM (97.1). Why dubious? Despite his status as a national radio legend, in his nearly 8-year Detroit run Stern was never the ratings behemoth he was in New York, Philadelphia or Los Angeles, largely due to WRIF-FM's (101.1) local lords of excess, Drew Lane and Mike Clark... Stern replacement Rover ready to go, (Fri 12/30)


A random survey of metro Detroiters last week indicated Bob Woodruff isn't a household name. Not yet, anyway, but give it a few weeks. "I can't say I recognize him, but he looks like either a politician or the weatherman," said Peter Prouty, 27, of Hamtramck, when asked to identify a photo of Woodruff. "I don't know who that is," echoed Marion Shanle, 61, of Grosse Pointe Shores. "I would think he's a TV newsman." A television critic made a similar observation recently as a joke. "This just in: Bob Woodruff was set free today after an entire country couldn't pick him out of a line-up," wrote the San Francisco Chronicle's Tim Goodman... Can Bob Woodruff save network news?, (Fri 12/30)


Ask just about any DJ and he or she will tell you there's a science -- exact or otherwise -- to picking out the music that's going to keep the throngs on their feet to welcome in the new year. New Year's Eve often brings out people who aren't typically partiers. In many cases, it's the one night that folks will party well into the morning. A smart DJ knows you can't just deliver an everyday mix... SPIN CITY: 6 of the area's hottest DJs talk about keeping the crowd moving on New Year's Eve, (Fri 12/30)


Alexander Zonjic New Year's Eve and Beyond

Detroit-based contemporary jazz virtuoso Alexander Zonjic is keeping a high profile during this busy season with a schedule that includes holiday concerts, international shows and awards programs.

Seldom Blues New Years Eve Gala – Dec. 31: Gourmet food and live music with Alexander Zonjic & Friends and special guest Detroit-born blues diva Thornetta Davis at the Seldom Blues Jazz Supper Club. Zonjic is part-owner of this Detroit destination night spot.

United Negro College Fund Tribute to Stevie Wonder — Jan. 7: Zonjic will be one of the hosts during "An Evening of Stars … A Tribute to Stevie Wonder", that will also raise funds for the UNCF. It will be televised on UPN 50 in Detroit from 7pm to 11 pm.

Road and Travel ICOTY Awards — Jan. 7: Zonjic will be a celebrity presenter at Road and Travel Magazine’s International Car of the Year Awards (ICOTY). The event attracts hundreds of industry executives, political figures and media as the kick-off event for press week for the North American International Auto Show. It will be televised on CBS 62 in Detroit on Jan. 14.

Monterrey, Mexico – Jan. 10: Alexander Zonjic and Friends will be performing at the Parnassos International Concert Series in Monterrey, Mexico. Zonjic is returning to entertain his large loyal following South of the Border, where he has been performing since 1991.

Look for the second single "Sweat’ from Zonjic’s 11th CD, "Seldom Blues," which was released by Heads Up International. The CD features guest appearances and collaborations with Bob James, Angela Bofill, Kirk Whalum, Jeff Lorber, James Lloyd, Kem and more. Zonjic is also the morning drive host at Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 Detroit.


All Access:

WQKL Collects Tons Of Food: CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL/ANN ARBOR joined with FOOD GATHERERS and BUSCH to collected over 100 tons of food (12/7-11) that was distributed to 150 non-profit agencies with their annual "Rockin' For The Hungry" campaign. That's up over 50% from last year. (Tue 12/27)


Ann Arbor News:

Jean Perry's constant companion during the day is a radio station that focuses on jazz and local news. Whether working around the house or running errands in her car, the Ann Arbor resident almost always has her radio tuned to WEMU, 89.1 FM. "I listen about 10 hours a day,'' said Perry, who shuns commercial radio. "I've really gotten spoiled by WEMU. I feel it's much higher quality ... it's what I enjoy listening to." Earlier this month, the Eastern Michigan University public station marked 40 years of spoiling listeners with a steady lineup of blues, jazz and news. WEMU General Manager Arthur Timko believes the station will continue to thrive in Washtenaw County even with increased competition from satellite radio and other technological innovations such as the iPod... With blues, jazz and news, WEMU marks 40 years on air Public radio station got its start as a 10-watt school tool, (Fri 12/30)

 

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