Metro Detroit: In the News Dec 13-16




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)







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on December 16, 2005 7:30 AM.

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