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.
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.
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'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)
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)
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)
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)