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)
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)
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.
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)
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)