Metro Detroit: In the News Dec 2-8




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)







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