Metro Detroit: In The News Nov 25 - Dec 1




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.


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 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)







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