Starting March 14, Infinity will begin streaming online audio for most of their news and talk stations. This includes Infinity's WWJ AM 950 in Detroit. Other stations going online include WINS New York, KFWB and KNX Los Angeles, WBBM-AM Chicago, KCBS San Francisco, KYW Philadelphia, WBZ Boston, KMOX St. Louis, KDKA Pittsburgh and KRLD Dallas. WCBS-AM in New York has been streaming online audio since December. Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander says that an announcement on streaming of other formats on the company's stations nationwide is forthcoming.
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Last September, Educational Media Foundation was granted a construction permit for a new FM translator station in White Lake Twp, Oakland County on 93.9 FM. The application for the translator stated it would carry the programming of WAKL-FM 88.9 Flint (currently Contemporary Christian "K-Love"). When that permit was granted, it raised the eyebrows of several radio watchers in the area as there already was a station on 93.9, Windsor's CIDR-FM. That station puts a decent signal into that part of Oakland County-- making the decisions that led to the grant on 93.9 pretty surprising/questionable.
Last week, the FCC granted EMF's request to change the frequency of that translator to 104.7 -- a much better location. Do the participants of the Michigan Radio and TV Buzzboard get a fee for their consulting services on this one?
This is one of those situations that isn't easy to digest for several reasons. The Detroit Lions and WKRK-FM 97.1 have decided not to bring back play-by-play man Mark Champion for his 17th season when the team begins play this fall. Long time color commentator Jim Brandstatter is also reportedly going to be replaced, likely with a former Lions' player. I always thought that the team of Champion and Brandstatter was one of the best in the NFL -- both guys pretty much called it as they saw it, and didn't hold back against giving well-deserved criticism.
It's easy to get attached to a broadcast team and I think that is what has happened to many Lions fans that are upset when they hear this news. That makes it doubly hard to acknowledge that the new team, led by Channel 2's Dan Miller doing play-by-play, deserves a chance to display their stuff before a fair assessment can be made. Miller has experience as he's done work on Fox TV for the past several seasons -- to me he's solid, but not as colorful as Champion has been.
Getting adjusted to this change is more difficult when you like all of the public personalities involved. No one wishes bad things for Champion and Brandstatter because they were good at what they do. Likewise, being mean to Miller doesn't make sense either as he's a good guy too and deserves the shot. When these things happen, we often look for the 'why'... and most of the time we miss on what the real reasons might be. Could the Lions and WKRK have made this decision because they were unhappy with the status-quo? Maybe... but my guess is that the powers think they have a bigger opportunity with a new direction.
Time will tell.
Here's a press release I received yesterday:
Award winning broadcast journalists and employees at WWJ rewarded with take aways totaling over a million dollars.
Just days before winning the coveted Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Station of the Year award, broadcast journalists and employees were shocked to see economic takeaways at the bargaining table. WWJ Newsradio 950 has long been one of the most profitable stations in the Detroit market, consistently finishing in the market's top three stations in Arbitron ratings. Negotiations are stalled over health care and working conditions.
So, although award winning broadcast journalists and employees can see the accolades of their hard work in the form of beautiful hardware from the MAB in the vestibule of their workplace, WWJ management shows their thanks by continuing to bargain economic take backs. A sad day for great broadcast journalists.
Looks like there just might be an interesting labor battle brewing in Motown....
Detroit Oldies outlet WOMC-FM 104.3 has been running teasers all week, telling listeners that if they don't tune in at 8:00am on Friday, they "won't know Jack". Is there any chance that WOMC will be flipping from Oldies to the latest rage, the format most often called "Jack"?
The new format, it is being tried in several major markets already this year, features a catch-all type of Adult Hits format, heavily relying on tunes often heard on Classic Rock and Hot AC stations. Although the Oldies format has seen quite a few defections in recent months, WOMC hasn't been suffering from poor ratings and is about as likely to change its fulltime format as it is that pigs will fly.
Betcha the big announcement on WOMC is an 'anything goes' type of weekend special. They'll open up the playlist this weekend as a trial balloon to see if Detroiters are interesting in hearing a radio station that "sounds like your iPod on shuffle". If it goes over well, the musical programming variety might well expand on WOMC -- but only in small doses.
What would be really interesting is if someone else in town beat WOMC to the punch before Friday....
Top 40 WDRQ-FM 93.1 Detroit has ditched the format in favor of a Jack FM clone named "Doug FM" as of this afternoon. Most of the station's air staff, with the exception of morning show host Jay Towers, has been released along with program director Alex Tear and music director Keith Curry. Station general manager Steve Kosbau commented, “We chose the unusual name ‘DOUG-FM’ for the express purpose of letting Southeast Michigan listeners know how different we intend to be from other radio stations in the market. We have developed a new mega-playlist that is unlike anything Southeast Michigan has experienced – more like a packed MP3 player in shuffle mode than a traditional format with fewer tunes, frequently repeated.”
Claiming "We Play Everything", station’s new format aims to provide one-stop listening with pop songs that previously could only be heard only by searching many different stations in Detroit. Core artists, spanning different popular musical genres across the past four decades, will include The Beatles, U2, Matchbox 20, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, The Police, Madonna, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, and a vast array of others. Many of these artists have received spins in the first 3 hours of the new station's existance, which has featured tons of liners, few stop sets, and a jockless presentation.
This is the first full signal Detroit FM to make a big move since 106.7 changed from Country to Rock 4 1/2 years ago.
WDRQ has a long legacy in town- the past 9 years the station has been primarily focused on various subsets of Contemporary Hit radio after moving to the format with a dance lean in 1996. WDRQ first arrived on the 93.1 frequency in 1972 when Detroit's first FM talk station was launched. The station then moved to a Top 40 format, followed by forays into Disco and Urban. In 1985, the WDRQ calls were set aside for a run as Soft Adult Contemporary WLTI 'The Light'. If this is indeed the next chapter in 93.1's history, it'll be interesting to see if they can make the WDRQ calls work with 'Doug'.
The Adult Hits / eclectic "Jack-FM" type formats have been finding new homes in many large cities across the USA in recent months with launches in Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Indianapolis among others. Sure looks like this is radio's 'next big thing'... now we'll find out if works here.
The Oakland Press - April 2 2005
By: Mike Austerman
Metro Detroit got a new radio station on April Fool's Day as the former Top 40 outlet WDRQ-FM (93.1) was switched to a format playing a wider range of music.
With the exception of morning show host Jay Towers, most of the station's on-air staff was let go, as was program director Alex Tear and music director Keith Curry. Initially, the station was running without disc jockeys.
Most WDRQ personnel were surprised by the move, including staffers at The Palace of Auburn Hills doing a remote broadcast Friday for the Pistons playoff ticket sales.
"Their on-site people couldn't figure out why the station was playing such different music over their speakers at the remote. A few minutes later, they got a call from someone who said everyone was fired, (and) they bolted out of here," said a Palace official who asked not to be named.
Dubbed "Doug FM," the new format of the ABC-owned station offers "core artists" spanning different popular musical genres across the past four decades. The artists include The Beatles, U2, Matchbox 20, Fleetwood Mac, Prince, The Police, Madonna, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Sheryl Crow, The Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Steely Dan and others.
"We chose the unusual name 'Doug FM' for the express purpose of letting southeast Michigan listeners know how different we intend to be from other radio stations in the market," station general manager Steve Kosbau said Friday.
"We have developed a new mega-playlist that is unlike anything southeast Michigan has experienced - more like a packed MP3 player in shuffle mode than a traditional (rock music) format with fewer tunes, frequently repeated," he said.
With a wide range of eclectic adult hits, such formats are one of the hot new gimmicks in the radio business. Known nationally as "Jack FM," these formats have been popping up in many cities recently; stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Philadelphia and Indianapolis have switched.
If the change holds, it will mark the first full-signal Detroit FM station to switch formats since classic rock hits WDTW-FM (106.7) jumped from country music four-and-a-half years ago.
WDRQ has a long legacy in metro Detroit, playing varieties of contemporary hits for the past nine years. The station was Detroit's first FM talk station when it was launched in 1972.
It then moved to a Top 40 format, followed by a disco and urban music format. In 1985, the WDRQ call letters were shelved for several years as the station played soft rock hits as WLTI "The Light."
Also Friday, oldies station WOMC-FM (104.3) scrapped the planned "You Don't Know Jack" gimmick it had been teasing all week.
The station had planned to play seven hours of Christmas music as an April Fool's Day stunt but canceled the idea after Pope John Paul II's health deteriorated.
Staff writer Gary Graff contributed to this report.
While everyone in town has been focused on the changes at FM 93.1, Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 rolled out a new morning show today.
Hosted by Jon Culbert and Rhonda Hart, the folks at Crawford-owned WMUZ are hoping the show will be a destination for Detroiters looking for a spiritually uplifting experience, wrapped up in a dynamic and entertaining morning program. The new show will feature contemporary Christian music and features like comedy segments, news, weather, and traffic, along with guest appearances by WMUZ talk show host Bob Dutko, authors, celebrity newsmakers, consumer experts, Christian recording artists, and Christian broadcasters. It'll air Monday-Saturday from 6-10am.
Jon Culbert, a self-proclaimed “radio geek”, got bit by the radio bug as a student Port Huron Northern High School when he worked for the school's radio station, WORW-FM. After working in Country and News/Talk radio, Jon is excited to work in Christian contemporary radio at WMUZ. “In Christian radio I can express, more fully than ever before, the personality that God created and the convictions I have as a believer,” he says.
Rhonda Hart has over 25 years of experience in radio and is well known in the Detroit area, having worked on-air for WABX, WRIF, WYCD, WOMC, and WCSX. “After enjoying a rewarding career in Detroit radio, I’m excited to join WMUZ, where I’ll have the opportunity to openly share my faith,” Rhonda says. Her upbeat personality and enthusiasm for her faith are evident as she shares her special talents with spiritual insight and an energy born of her love for God.
As with any new morning show in this town, getting any ears to change ingrained habits will be a tough thing to accomplish. Their debut today definitely had some mixed blessings -- the death of Pope John Paul II was on the minds of many Christians, but the format change at WDRQ overshadowed everything else going on in local radio this past weekend.
It's finally thisclose to being official: On July 1st, WRCJ will move to a classical and jazz format, nearly one year after owner Detroit Public Schools announced that they would turn over operations of the station to a third party due to budget concerns. The new operator will be Detroit Educational Television, owner of WTVS-TV Channel 56, once that organization gives final approval of the 5-year agreement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The planned programming for WRCJ is classical from 5am-7pm and mainstream jazz from 7pm-5am on weekdays, most of it coming from a satellite services. Weekend programs might include local gospel shows and audio from Channel 56's local public information shows. WRCJ has been operating on a limited basis (8am-5pm weekday) since late last summer when the Detroit schools announced plans to turn over operations of the station beginning October 1st, 2004. Over 6 months after that self-imposed deadline, DPS has finally taken the next step with this announcement.
Channel 56 plans on operating WRCJ through listener support/pledges as well as through foundation grants. "I believe there's a considerable market out there for people who love these two formats. We call it 'Mozart to Monk and Bach again'", said Robert Scott of WTVS, who become the station's manager. He further commented that there was a possibility that the station could have a live classical music host during morning drive and also provide shows featuring the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and Detroit Jazz Festival.
Detroit hasn't enjoyed its own classical station since the 1997 change of WQRS-FM 105.1 to Modern Rock and has been without a traditional jazz station since 1989 when WJZZ-FM 105.9 moved to an urban format. CBC's Radio Two (89.9) programming from Windsor, ON has provided an outlet for classical fans since then, but that station hasn't gained much community support across the river. On Friday, officials with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra welcomed the news. "Classical music and jazz is a great choice to have back in our market," commented spokeswoman Jill Woodward. Channel 56 plans to operate WRCJ from the broadcasting facilities of Detroit's new performing arts high school located behind Orchestra Hall, home of the DSO.
Mark Scott, once one of Detroit's most controversial and opinionated talk radio hosts, died April 24th of an apparent heart attack at the age of 69. Mark came to Detroit nearly 20 years ago from Dayton, OH and was a top-rated talk host on WXYT-AM (1270) during its days as a talk station. His show heavily focused on the Larry Nevers / Walter Budson police beating of Malice Green back in 1993—a topic that never seemed to grow old with Scott.
A former Marine, he often broadcast his show while wearing military fatigues and talked about a possible government conspiracy to take away the right to bear arms. His trademark exclaimation "Excelsior!" struck a cord with listeners, many of whom would use word as both a greeting and sign of solidarity with Scott's political positions. In a sad ironic twist, the man who ran the control board for Scott’s WXYT show was Dan Koti. Known most recently as Rod Holden, traffic reporter heard on WWJ-AM (950), Koti died just a week before Scott at age 42. After WXYT, Scott hosted his program via the Internet and also did some work for the Michigan Talk Radio Network.
The funeral will be held at 7:00pm Friday, April 29 at the Griffin Funeral Home, 42600 Ford Road in Canton Township.
Tomorrow Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit afternoon jock and radio legend Arthur Penhallow will mark 35 years of being on the airwaves of Metro Detroit. It's a rare feat to log so many years in one town -- let alone in a career -- these days. It's hard to believe that Penhallow's WRIF career started back in 1971... when WRIF itself was still basically in its infancy as a rock station.
Throughout his reign on the Detroit airwaves, "Big Daddy" Arthur P has developed relationships with numerous rock and roll acts across the decades, including Bob Seger, The J. Geils Band, Aerosmith, Metallica, and Kid Rock. Here in Detroit he has built his legend not only with his trademark phrases (“Baby!”) but also with his annual “Maui Time” trip where select winners each year head off to the warm sun and sand of Maui for a week long vacation with the “Grand Poobah”.
The long running tenure of Big Daddy along with his legendary party animal personality have brought him numerous honors, such as being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, an honor typically reserved for musical acts only. And more recently, he also had a supporting role in the Mike Binder film “The Upside of Anger” in which he played himself as the afternoon drive host on, where else, WRIF.
In celebration of his unmatched achievement of 35 years on the air in the same time slot, 101 WRIF will be running a special afternoon drive show tomorrow starting at 3pm when Big Daddy takes over the Riff rock ‘n’ roll controls. A variety of guests from Kid Rock, Sammy Hagar, and Rob Halford to Iggy Pop and Peter Wolf will all be calling in to wish Arthur a “Happy Anniversary” and reminisce about the last 35 years on the air.
It's great to give some recognition to a personality that rock fans of all ages remember growing up with. Congrats Arthur!
Detroit media outlets are reporting tonight that former WYCD-FM 99.5 midday host Erin Weber has been awarded $10 million in her civil suit against the station. Weber developed an allergy to strong perfumes after an exposure to nail polish remover in a WYCD studio and was eventually fired from the station after it appears the accommodations needed to deal with the allergy caused strained relations between Weber and station management in place at the time. The suit had asked for "only" $6 million - apparently the jury that heard the case believed that either enough harm was caused to Weber that the award asked for wasn't sufficient enough to cover the damages or that they wanted to punish the station severely for its actions.
Of course WYCD and parent Infinity Broadcasting will appeal the decision -- but this certainly has to send a message to more than just the bosses at WYCD...
The hard part for the people currently at WYCD will be overcoming the actions that were taken by people that are no longer working there-- the person that fired Weber has since moved on as has the former general manager. It'll be interesting to see how long the legal eagles from Infinity can drag this process out before having to pay up- if they ever do.
* DJ takes in sweet smell of victory- Detroit Free Press
* Radio DJ wins $10.6 million in stink over perfume- Detroit News
Detorit rocker WRIF-FM (101.1) will join the countless numbers of radio stations across the country featuring 'shuffle' programming when this weekend it offers up a special "Memorial Weekend Shuffle". The RIFF will open up the music vaults to showcase some of the greatest rock tunes from the last three decades in a celebration of the Motor City's love of all things rock.
The station promises to play all the RIFF rock you’ve loved since taking over the 101.1 airwaves 34 years ago. From deep cuts, B sides and your favorites to current hits, the Memorial Weekend Shuffle will highlight it all, from “oh wow” to right now and everything in between. The weekend special will also feature giveways to see Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith along with copies of the new Star Wars video game and a limited edition Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith movie poster. The station will be in shuffle mode from 6pm Friday 'til 11:30am Monday and then plans on airing a similar specialty program every Saturday from 6-10am.
Warren and Detroit are strange bedfellows in a knuckleheaded television production that ought to result in the yanking of their licenses to produce cable programming. The two communities collaborated on a short video attacking Steve Wilson, the attack-dog reporter for WXYZ-TV Channel 7... Warren, Detroit Wrong to Use Cable Show to Target Reporter, Tue 5/31
Detroit Free Press:
The chairman of the Detroit Cable Commission says the city is broadcasting an attack on a local TV reporter over the chairman's objections, and despite his concern that the program could cause trouble with the Federal Communications Commission... Report attacks TV newsman; official frets about sanctions, Wed 5/25
Here, by key time period, are Detroit results from Nielsen Media Research's May sweeps ratings period, which ended Wednesday... MAY SWEEPS RESULTS: Channel 7 rules the A.M.; 'Today' show slips, Fri 5/27
Ruminate over last week's monthly Arbitrend report card on radio ratings and your perspective changes... Clear Channel, Infinity lead local radio ratings, Mon 5/30
When I broadcast baseball play-by-play, I had two major hobbies -- playing golf and writing music. My partners and I always welcomed anyone connected with either endeavor into our radio booth. Sometimes our visitors went on the air with us. More often, they simply enjoyed watching the games.... ERNIE HARWELL: In booth, hobby was music to my ears, Tue 5/31
It’s not the kind of publicity that country WYCD-FM (99.5) was looking for. This week, a federal jury in Detroit awarded $10.6 million to former midday air talent Erin Weber who was fired by the station in 2001 — after complaining that a co-worker’s perfume made her sick... Country station says it will appeal $10.6 M suit, Fri 5/27
Today (5/31), ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI held their "PEDAL FOR PISTONS TRYCYCLE RACE" at the PALACE in AUBURN HILLS, home of the DETROIT PISTONS. Ten contestants competed for a pair of playoff tickets to see game 4 of the PISTONS and MIAMI HEAT series tonight.
NEWS/TALK 760 WJR TO BROADCAST LIVE FROM THE 2005 DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER MACKINAC POLICY CONFERENCE
News/Talk 760 WJR will again bring live coverage from the 2005 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. The three days of meetings, discussions and speeches traditionally result in a number of breaking news stories heard first on WJR. Tune in to hear a Who's Who of guests as Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) and Frank Beckmann (9am-11:30am) broadcast LIVE on Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3 from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Then, join Paul W. Smith LIVE as he hosts the annual "Big Four" on Saturday, June 4th from 10:30 AM-Noon. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Macomb County Commission Chair Nancy White will participate in this lively, topical, roundtable discussion, surrounding significate issues facing southeast Michigan. The Big Four will be re-broadcast on News/Talk 760 WJR on Sunday, from 4:30-6pm.
Longtime Classic Country outlet WSDS-AM 1480 Ypsilanti has dropped the format and gone fulltime Spanish. The change happened on Wednesday June 1st under new owner Birach Broadcasting, which acquired WSDS from longtime owner Koch Broadcasting for $1.5 million in a deal that was announced last fall. WSDS was founded by Bob Koch in 1968 and remained under the control of the Koch family up until the sale to Birach was completed.
WSDS had featured primarily a Country format since its sign on in 1968, save for a period as a talk station in 2002-03.
The move to all-Spanish gives the Detroit area it's only 100% Hispanic outlet- WMKM-AM 1440 does offer some Spanish programming, but not 24/7.
In honor of June being Black Music Month, WDMK-Kiss FM (102.7) morning host John Mason will broadcast live from the Motown Historical Museum every Saturday in June.... Kiss-FM celebrates Black Music Month, Fri 6/3
Listen to Detroit radio station WCHB (1200 AM) these days, and you'll get two entirely different portraits of the city. From 6-10 a.m weekdays, talk show veteran Mildred Gaddis relentlessly attacks what she views as the many failures of the administration of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick... Radio shows cite city's worst, best, Mon 6/6
Detroit Free Press:
Listen for highly rated Tom Joyner on 105.9 FM about the first week in July when he joins his new corporate parent, Radio One, in Detroit. That's part of a rare format swap on two commonly owned stations... Joyner to air on 105.9, Sat 6/4
It’s the third of June, and two popular songs began with this date — “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry and “Desiree” by Neil Diamond. There’s a little coincidence to ponder if you know the tunes. While the second most popular station in metro Detroit is oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), it’s amazing that so many major cities, such as Indianapolis and Baltimore, have lost their oldies stations to the new “Jack” format which “plays everything — like an iPod on shuffle.” In Detroit, the format’s called “Doug FM” and can be found at WDRQ-FM (93.1)... Oldies apparently aren’t goodies in many cities, Fri 6/3
After launching the world's first podcast-programmed radio station - KYCY-AM/San Francisco - in May, Infinity Broadcasting is following suit with nine of its AM News outlets. Beginning in July with WINS/New York... Infinity To Launch Podcasts Of News Outlets, Thu 6/2
Steve Wilson, chief investigative reporter for ABC's television affiliate here, WXYZ-TV, has been called a liar by Detroit's beleaguered mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, and pushed into a wall by one of his bodyguards. Steve Wilson, a Channel 7 reporter, warned irate supporters of Detroit's mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, not to push at a political event in May. In turn, Mr. Wilson, one of those television investigators advertised as shoving his Channel 7 microphone into the stunned faces of unsuspecting wrongdoers, has chased Mr. Kilpatrick across the country... Detroit Mayor and TV Reporter Are Locked in Video War, Thur 6/2
Ann Arbor News:
In April, Mackinac Island Press released DuFord's first children's book, "The Fairy Painting." The former stand-up comedian, radio host and television personality visited South Arbor Academy in York Township on May 19 to talk with students about what inspired her book and the process from idea to publication... Former comic, radio host turns to children's books Stacey DuFord's new chapter is 'The Fairy Painting', Mon 6/6
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has posted an obituary for Phil Lamka, past president of MAB and GM of W4 Country Detroit:
Well known and respected Michigan broadcast pioneer and former MAB president Philip Lamka died Tuesday morning June 7, 2005 following an extended illness. He was 58. Phil began his broadcasting career as a salesman for WBOK Radio in New Orleans; he strove for excellence and worked his way up to vice president and general manager of Shamrock Broadcasting. In 1981, Shamrock Broadcasting promoted Phil and moved him to Detroit to run WWWW-FM. At that station, he was introduced to his general sales manager – and the love of his life. Sharman and Phil were married in San Antonio, Texas on November 14 of that same year. Phil ran WWWW-FM for 15 years, and under his stewardship and guidance, it quickly became Detroit’s #1 radio station and received the coveted Marconi Award for broadcast excellence. He later founded WDFN radio in Detroit and most recently was General Manager of Metro Networks, a broadcasting entity which disseminates all the news and traffic reports to Detroit radio stations.
It appears as though Disney's AM 910 WFDF is getting very close to starting daytime operations from it's new facilities in Monroe County. The station, formatted with the kid-oriented Radio Disney, plans on pumping out 50,000 watts from an 8-tower facility in northern Monroe County. The station's current 5,000 watt daytime signal originates from Genesee County and does not provide the Detroit metro with much of a signal. The new facility however will be similar in signal strength as WWJ-AM 950 and possibly WJR-AM 760. It will likely have better coverage in the daytime for most in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties than WDFN-AM 1130, WCHB-AM 1200, WXYT-AM 1270, and WLQV-AM 1500- the area's other stations that operate with 50,000 watts during daylight hours. Michiguide.com has received word that the new antennas are either already completed or very close to being completed and that the new transmitter has started testing with dummy loads. Proof of performance testing might start as early as the coming week.
Once it begins operations from the new facility, the station will essentially become a daytime-only station in metro Detroit as WFDF's nighttime facility will remain near Flint (for now) where it broadcasts with 1,000 watts and is usually only listenable in Genesee County. The station has applied to move it's nighttime facilities to the new daytime location where it would broadcast with 19,000 watts and change its community of license from Flint to Farmington Hills. Those applications are still waiting for an FCC decision.
Disney is expected to keep the Radio Disney format on WFDF as the new facility comes online giving the company another major market in its coverage of the country.
WFDF is one of the USA's 100 oldest radio stations having signed on in 1922 and serving the Flint area ever since. Although the station will still be heard in Flint, the city will be losing part of its heritage with the move in to the Detroit market.
There's a long list of things Diana Lewis does, used to do and hopes to do with her mom. Rehab wasn't on it, but thanks to Lewis' cat, they're now straining through mother-daughter moments with a physical therapist. Lewis, a WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor since 1977, has been off the air without explanation for nearly two weeks. Come to find out she's on short-term disability, aiming for a return in early July... This just in: Aching back keeps Lewis off Channel 7, Fri 6/10
Jack Krasula figures he'll make a decent radio host because he's a good listener. Put most people on a 50,000-watt radio station and they'll tell you their job is about talking, but if Krasula were most people, he wouldn't have the show in the first place. Your average human, for instance, does not make Little Orphan Annie sound like a whiner. The sun in Krasula's world will not only come out tomorrow, it'll shine on half-full glasses, and aren't we lucky to have them?...
Philanthropist aims to spread optimism over the airwaves, Sun 6/12
In the end, it all became too much for Triniere Steinberg and the small staff that soldiered on trying to save WQBH, the Detroit community-based radio station made famous by her legendary mother -- Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg. First, there was the 2000 death of The Queen, whose larger-than-life personality, unique on-air appeal and business acumen had driven the station's fortunes since she bought WQBH in 1997... Detroit radio lost community fixture, Mon 6/13
Detroit Free Press:
Murmured: That Radio One might opt out of the rap radio format in Detroit altogether and use its 102.7 FMer for gospel music. Current rap-formatted WDTJ-FM (105.9) will become the new home of Tom Joyner, probably in early July, and get the current WDMK-FM (102.7) adult urban contemporary format. It was thought WDTJ's music and hosts would flop to 102.7 but sources in the broadcast industry say Radio One has made overtures to several of Detroit's big gospel names to host 102.7 shows. Radio One's WCHB-AM (1200) has dropped much of its gospel for urban talk. Clear Channel's WJLB-FM (97.9) would then have the rap format all to itself. Radio One execs are mum. (From Names and Faces item), Fri 6/10
There is a new player in the Detroit television market offering local news with a unique approach and distinctly Latin flavor. WUDT-TV 23 Univision/Detroit is the metro area's first station to offer daily local news broadcasts in Spanish. Los Angeles-based Univision Communications Inc., the nation's largest Spanish-language broadcaster, along with Little Rock, Ark.-based Equity Broadcasting Corp., bets that the fast-growing Detroit market will add to their already robust stable of successful Hispanic-oriented television stations around the country.... MINORITY MEDIA OUTLETS: Station reaches out to Hispanics, Thu 6/9
Could oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) legendary morning man Dick Purtan’s best friend at the moment be named “Doug,” the local nickname of the new radio format that plays “anything and everything”? Could be, following last week’s shocking changes in format at former oldies stations WCBS-FM in New York City and WJMK-FM in Chicago... Get used to ‘Doug’— he may have offspring, Fri 6/10
Radio and Records:
Keith Curry joins Cumulus CHR/Pop WKFR/Kalamazoo, MI. Most recently, Curry was MD of WDRQ/Detroit before it flipped to Classic Hits. The WKFR PD gig has been vacant since former station PD Bo Richi left in April... Curry Named PD Of WKFR, Mon 6/13
The National Association of Broadcasters is honoring WXYZ with the "Service to America" television award. The award is given to only one station every year for outstanding programming and public service campaigns that have impacted the community. WXYZ Vice President and General Manager Grace Gilchrist accepted the prestigious award in Washington D.C... WXYZ-TV Given "Service to America" Award, Tue 6/14
Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 announced today the appointment of Kevin Murphy as vice president/general manager of the station. Murphy joins WOMC from Rochester, NY where he was senior vice president/market manager overseeing four stations for Infinity. Murphy has been with Infinity Broadcasting for the last nine years- prior his role in Rochester, he was senior vice president/director of sales for the Buffalo cluster for seven years.
In announcing the appointment, Infinity Broadcasting’s Scott Herman, executive vice president eastern region said, "WOMC is an important heritage radio station and we felt it was important to assign one of our company’s best to be solely dedicated to this mission."
"I am both honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead WOMC and to join the great management team Infinity already has in place in Detroit," commented Murphy. He'll replace Steve Schram who will maintain his roles as general manager for Country WYCD-FM 99.5 and as director of sales for Infinity's six station Detroit cluster.
In addition, sister station Sports WXYT-AM 1270 announced the hiring of a new program director and executive producer as Dan Zampillo is set to take over after arriving from his previous gig at WBNS-AM Columbus, OH. Zampillo will be rejoining Infinity, he was previously sports director for WCSR-AM Chicago before his move to Columbus, and take the spot that opened when former PD Kevin Graham exited for Salt Lake City earlier this spring.
Tuesday mornings from 9-11am on WXOU 88.3 FM is a new christian radio show "Agape3:16". Katie Koppin and Sarah Erdmann are the host of this new show and is the only show of this type on the college station. The show will feature christian artists of old and new of all varieties. They are planning on having various guests to talk about relevant issues as well!
"We are very excited about the show and this great opportunity." Koppin says.
Let me state this upfront-- I know this idea isn't realistic, and it'll probably never happen. But since this is my web space, you'll just have to bear with me as I daydream for a few minutes :).
With the pending arrival of WFDF 910 here in the Detroit market, it doesn't seem - to me at least - that Radio Disney is the the best use of what will probably be one of the strongest signals on the AM band here in town. It'd be great if the "power" AM operators in town (ABC with WJR and soon to be WFDF; Infinity with WWJ and WXYT; Clear Channel with WDFN) could reach some kind of agreement to maximize the programming of their stations to benefit advertisers, listeners, and even themselves.
From where I live along the Macomb/Oakland County border, WXYT's improved (?) signal from Monroe County has actually been worse and subject to more interference than when they were operating from Southfield. As a pretty regular listener to the Tigers and Red Wings on the radio, WXYT has been a big disappointment after years of hearing the games on WJR. I'd love it - as would many others that share my opinion - if the play-by-play went back to either WJR or perhaps to WFDF if that station's new signal is proven to be better than WXYT's (and if they get to move their nighttime facilities to Monroe County). The same goes for the Pistons - WDFN leaves a lot to be desired at night here.
So my plan? Somehow convince the sports team owners and ABC radio that the proper place for their teams' play-by-play is on a combination of WJR and WFDF (again if the latter station is allowed to move its nighttime pattern into metro Detroit). WFDF could become a full time sports station titled 'ESPN Radio' to match stations in New York and Los Angeles. That would mean moving Radio Disney to either WDFN or WXYT. Then the other of those two stations could move to a different format (like local-based talk, classic country, standards... whatever). Think Infinity or Clear Channel would sell to ABC? Me neither.
To me, one full-time sports station is enough -- the two current sports talkers each have weak spots in their lineups that could easily be solved with some consolidation. One station with the anchor of the Tigers, Pistons, and Red Wings would be a very strong draw. If I was in charge, I'd have the Tigers full time on WJR again with the Red Wings and Pistons on WFDF. When the Wings and Pistons conflict, move one of them to 'JR. There would be problems that need worked out - like when all three teams are playing in the early fall. Perhaps using an *gasp* FM station when needed?
Keep Michigan sports on WJR and have MSU sports play on WFDF. The downside of this would be having only one voice owning all these sports franchises. They might get too big for their own good. Having the Lions on WKRK 97.1 has been great - I enjoy the better sound from FM and lack of static. Maybe part of the deal could include moving a team to WKRK or even a different FM station?
At any rate, it just seems to me that there is a huge opportunity for a win-win type situation here if the operators of these stations want to sieze it. With all the attention that other types of entertainment is getting these days (iPods, satellite radio, Internet radio, etc), the time might be near for the players in "old-fashioned" radio to start working together- to help not only themselves, but their advertisers and listeners too.
Despite pursuing the issue in probate court, Diane Steinberg-Lewis, the daughter of the legendary Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg, maintains it was not her personal wish to sell Detroit radio station WQBH... Dispute stains Queen's legacy, Thu 6/16
There's been a big shake-up at Infinity-owned oldies station WOMC-FM (104.3) with a new vice president/general manager, Kevin Murphy, replacing the popular v.p./g.m. Steve Schram... Changes at WOMC-FM, Thu 6/16
To most radio types, ranking No. 2 in a market as competitive as Detroit's would be a cause for celebration. Although oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) had a No. 2 overall ranking during the winter Arbitron ratings period, with an increase in audience share of .3 percent, owner Infinity Broadcasting wanted more... WOMC adds new general manager, Fri 6/17
In a dream come true for Clinton Township couple and creative team Carol Sweeney and Alex Greene, their "My Bedbugs," a two-season-old WTVS children's program, opens for "The King" in two shows on Thursday... It's OK to play with these 'Bedbugs', Fri 6/17
Just back from another radio road trip, where one of the most memorable moments at the recent New Media Seminar in New York City occurred at the opening night cocktail party... Freedom of speech? For Franken, just sort of, Fri 6/17
ABC college football analyst Gary Danielson will join Dan Gutowsky as host of "The College Football Conference Call" when the show launches in August. The weekly hour will be distributed by Genesis Communications Network; reach affiliate relations director Chris Pearson at (877) 996-4327 x123. Fri 6/17
"The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege", heard in Detroit on WDFN-1130 AM, has received the "Best Broadcast Report" Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors (NAREE) as part of its 55th Annual Journalism Awards. In addition, Haege’s MasterHandyman.com website received second place from NAREE for "Best Web Site".
According to NAREE news release announcing the award, "Glenn Haege performed a valuable radio service for home owners...by not only answering their call-in questions knowledgeably but by interviewing professionals in the industry. His knowledge of the field is impressive, and his answers were easy to understand and follow." NAREE also said the MasterHandyman.com website was easy to navigate and contains a wealth of material. The award winners were selected by a panel of expert judges from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.
Haege has more than 30 years of experience in the home improvement industry and began hosting his own radio show in 1983, on WXYT-AM 1270 in Detroit and can now be heard on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. on WDFN-1130 AM. The show is nationally syndicated by Troy, Mich. based Handyman Productions, LLC, and can be heard each weekend on more than 170 radio stations nationwide. He is a frequent public speaker and is the author of 11 home improvement books. Haege also writes two columns each week for The Detroit News.
New web streaming stations: Talk WKRK-FM 97.1, Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM (105.1), and Sports WXYT-AM 1270.
With today's news that Tom Joyner's morning show has aired for the last time on Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM 92.3 and is bound for Radio One's Kiss FM, it becomes clear that Detroit's urban radio landscape is in for big time changes. Radio One, which owns a portion of Joyner's show, is moving it to its own property - essentially eliminating competition with itself.
Tom Joyner's move to Kiss FM, which will be shifting to from 102.7 to 105.9 sometime before Joyner's first airing on his new home Monday, will displace John Mason who shifts to afternoons 2-4pm. To make room, midday host Randi Myles loses the 2-3pm hour from her air shift and afternoon drive jock Lady BG drops her 3-4pm hour. This move isn't without risk however. Mason has plenty of loyal listeners and is given credit for pulling the station's ratings up to respectable levels since his arrival from Clear Channel's WJLB-FM 97.9. He also helped shape the station's current R&B Oldies sound. Mason's popularity is probably at all time high in Detroit and across the country due to the his exposure as the Pistons' PA announcer at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Questions that will be answered soon include whether or not Mason will be happy in a role with greatly reduced visibility and if existing listeners will stay with the station with all the upcoming changes. Joyner's syndicated program has done extremely well on WMXD - it'll also be interesting to see how WMXD tries to keep those listeners from following the popular host to 105.9.
Rumors continue to circulate about possible changes to the current format of 105.9 Jamz as it shifts to 102.7. There has been speculation that a Gospel format may wind up on 102.7, giving WJLB sole possession of the mainstream urban format in Detroit. Radio One does operate Gospel stations on FM in some of its other markets - so such a move isn't beyond the realm of possibilities.
WMXD will now have to search for its new morning show host. For the next ten weeks, Mix 92.3 will feature various national celebrity guest DJs hosting morning drive. Listeners will then have the opportunity to cast their vote on line at www.mix923fm.com for their favorite celebrity to be the next new morning show host. Summer is a good time to try such an experiment - radio listenership is typically soft due to vacations and outdoor activities.
WMXD program director Jamillah Muhammad commented that "Mix 92.3 is Detroit’s #1 Adult Radio Station. A change in morning drive deserves a nationwide search to find the best talent available to entertain the audience every morning. The input of the listeners is key to our success."
Next week’s celebrity guest DJ on WMXD will be Gerald Levert, starting June 28th.
Earlier this month, Radio One registered the Internet domain name 1027thebeat.com. As the only 102.7 station the company owns is located here in Detroit, it appears likely this will be the name of a relaunched urban station on 102.7 once Kiss FM makes its move to 105.9- possibly as soon as tomorrow.
Radio One owns Urban 100.3 The Beat in Los Angeles- that station features former Detroit Pistons star John Salley as its morning host. Could syndication back to Detroit from LA be in Salley's future?
Radio One did indeed change the format of it's two FM stations in Detroit overnight: The Adult Urban sound of Kiss FM has moved from 102.7 to 105.9. The popular Tom Joyner morning show will have its new home at 105.9 Kiss FM, where the call sign WDMK will move, and it appears that the new sound will not emphasize Oldies as heavily as before- the station's new positioner is "Detroit's R&B Leader".
Back at 102.7, that station has titled itself "Hot 102-7" and features the positioner "Detroit's Hip-Hop Station". Russ Parr remains in morning drive and the station has applied for the call sign WHTD. It appears to me that the new 102.7 could be considered as Rhythmic CHR; my knowledge of the difference between that format and what others would call mainstream Urban is limited however.
The changes early this morning heat up the competition between Radio One and Clear Channel- Kiss 105.9 with Tom Joyner in the morning will create a strong competitor for CC's WMXD-FM 92.3 and Hot 102.7 appears to be positioned in between CC's Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 and CHR WKQI-FM 95.5 - perhaps filling some of the void left when WDRQ-FM 93.1 flipped formats from CHR to Adult Hits 'Doug'.
In addition to the frequency swap, the jock lineup at 105.9 Kiss FM will change on Monday- gone is middayer Randi Myles. The new schedule: Joyner 6-10am, A.J Parker 10am-2pm, former morning host John Mason 2-6pm, and Lady BG 6-11pm.
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From today's Detroit News:
Old school R&B fans were undoubtedly jolted out of their beds this morning by a blast of hip-hop. The fault is not with your receiver. At 3 a.m. today, Radio One performed a switcheroo of frequencies between two of its FM stations, WDTJ (105.9 JAMZ) and its sister station, WDMK (102.7 KISS FM)... You're not hearing things: That's hip-hop, not R&B
Tom Joyner fans, get ready. The time is right for your radio dial-changing hand to get busy... Joyner bumps Mason from KISS radio morning spot, Fri 6/24
Detroit Free Press:
WWJ moved into first place in the monthly, 3-month report card, unseating WJR. Other headlines: How's WDRQ doing as we-play-everything "Doug" format?... News titan WWJ takes lead, Thu 6/23
WRCJ-FM haggling continues: July 1 is just a few days away but Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56) are still grappling over a contract for Channel 56 to take over operation of the DPS' WRCJ-FM (90.9) by mid-year in a money-saving (for the schools) deal... Names and Faces, Thu 6/23
Levert gets WMXD trial: Detroit's morning listening habits go through a major shakeup as highly rated syndicate star Tom Joyner finishes his run on Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM (92.3) today... Names and Faces, Fri 6/24
Some of baseball's best broadcasters have signature phrases. Other top-notch announcers play it straight. I don't think it matters... ERNIE HARWELL: Catchy phrases come natural, Mon 6/27
Heard from: Longtime Detroit evening radio host Alan Almond. "I've been very busy shopping my show to the major networks in New York and Los Angeles," he said... Names and Faces, Mon 6/27
Ever had trouble getting a clear (or any) AM or FM signal in your office building or plant? Your options have gotten a lot better lately... More area stations broadcasting on Internet, Mon 6/27
Crain's Detroit Business:
Forget possible format changes, increasing competition, an aging audience, and even the pending expiration of Dick Purtan’s contract, Kevin Murphy has one goal for WOMC FM 104.3: Increase revenue... Sweatin’ the oldies, Mon 6/27
Radio and Records:
Friday's R&R Convention featured a feisty panel entitled "Active Rock: Between A Rock And A Hard Place," marked by an oftentimes heated exchange between Virgin's Ray Gmeiner, Reprise's Raymond McGlamery, In De Goot Entertainment's Bill McGathy and WRIF/Detroit PD Doug Podell... Heated Discussion Marks Active Rock Panel, Fri 6/24
Radio One/Detroit over the weekend swapped formats on its WDMK and WDTJ and also made some big airstaff changes... Radio One Swaps Frequencies In Motor City, Mon 6/27
Rumors become reality as RADIO ONE Urban Oldies WDMK (102.7 KISS-FM)/DETROIT has moved and becomes Urban AC 105.9 KISS-FM with REACH MEDIA's TOM JOYNER now doing mornings. That moves current morning man JOHN MASON to afternoons, morning co-host AJ PARKER to middays, and afternooner LADY BG to nights. The move shifts Urban WDTJ (105.9 JAMZ) to WDMK's old frequency as "THE NEW HOT 102-7." Now across town, CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92-3) -- JOYNER's former home -- has temporarily got R&B artist GERALD LEVERT filling in for mornings this week. Stay tuned for more news on the MIX morning show situation as it develops. Mon 6/27
Tom Joyner – pulled from Clear Channel’s WMXD – is installed as the morning show on the just-moved WDMK.... Radio One did its Detroit frequency swap, Mon 6/27
Billboard Radio Monitor:
After months of speculation, "The Tom Joyner Morning Show" has ended its run on Clear Channel adult R&B WMXD (Mix 92.3) Detroit... Joyner Leaves Detroit's Mix, Fri 6/24
Radio One is playing bait and switch with its Detroit R&B properties. The company’s R&B/hip-hop WDTJ (Jamz) moves from 105.9 to 102.7 to become Hot 102.7, “We R Hip-Hop.” Sister WDMK relocates from 102.7 to 105.9 as Kiss-FM, “Detroit’s R&B Leader.”...
Radio One Swaps, Refocuses Detroit R&B Properties, Mon 6/27
Greater Media’s WRIF Grabs Top Honors At R&R Convention
Greater Media, Inc. is pleased to announce WRIF-FM received top honors at the 2005 Radio & Records Awards in Cleveland, Ohio. The awards, given away on a yearly basis, took place on Friday, June 24th during the publication’s annual convention, held for the first time in Cleveland, Ohio at the Cleveland Renaissance Hotel.
WRIF was named “Active Rock Station of the Year” in the Market 1-25 category. In addition, station on-air personalities, Drew & Mike were named “Morning Show/Personality of the Year” in the “Active Rock” category. Station Music Director Mark Pennington was also named “Music Director of the Year” in the “Active Rock” category.
“It’s an incredible achievement,” said Peter Smyth, President & CEO of Greater Media, Inc. He added, “We are very proud of them. It’s a wonderful tribute to the outstanding men and women who have made WRIF the legendary station it is today in the Motor City.”
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WMXD-FM Program Director wins Radio & Record Industry Achievement Award
Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 Program Director Jamillah Muhammad was awarded with Radio & Records Program Director of the Year Award. Since being held under Jam’s years of programming experience, WMXD-MIX 92.3 has grown its share of listeners, taking the radio station to number one in its core demographic (P25-54). “Detroit’s #1 radio station is so very deserving of this great honor! And Jamillah is a wonderful leader for the MIX team! We’re very proud of MIX and of Jam,” said Regional VP of Programming, Darren Davis. “She’s incredible. I love working with her!” said KJ Holiday, Director of Urban Programming-Detroit.
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WJR’s Paul W. Smith Receives “4th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award”
News/Talk 760 WJR morning show host Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) was presented with the “4th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award” at the 2005 Vattikuti Invitational on Monday, June 20th at Oakland Hills. Each year the Vattikuti Invitational recognizes an individual(s) or a company for their Philanthropic spirit in supporting the event and the fight against Breast and Prostate Cancer. The award winners are chosen by members of the Executive Committee from Henry Ford Health System and Beaumont Hospitals. Paul W. Smith received this prestigious recognition for his continuous dedication and support of the Vattikuti Invitational from it's inception. Past award recipients include Raj and Padma Vattikuti, Ford Motor Company, Joseph C. Day and Wayne S. Doran.
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Fred Jacobs Named Radio Industry Executive Of The Year
Radio consultant Fred Jacobs has been voted Radio Industry Executive of the Year. The award was presented at the Radio & Records convention on Friday in Cleveland, Ohio. Readers of the industry-leading publication, which are made up of executives and employees within the radio and record community, voted over the past several months. Jacobs is the founder of industry-leading Rock radio consulting firm Jacobs Media. The company created the Classic Rock radio format, championed the Alternative Rock format, and most recently developed NeoRadio, a listener-focused philosophy of radio programming. The company consults major broadcasting companies, including Infinity, Entercom, ABC, Emmis, Greater Media, Journal, Citadel, Saga, and many others.
Sometimes working on this web site is just that-- work. Every now and again, I need a reminder that it's supposed to be fun. Well... this bobblehead sure is fun. Anyone that donated $240 or more to the Salvation Army's Radiothon for the Bed and Bread Club lead by Dick Purtan of WOMC-FM Detroit this past February should either have one or will get it soon.
I have to say - although it took a bit longer than I expected, I'm very pleasantly surprised at the thing. It's a lot bigger than I thought it'd be and seems to be of decent quality. Maybe the delay was planned -- to put the idea of next year's Radiothon into everyone's head.
If you're a fan of the Oldies format of WOMC - you can help send a message to the bosses and advertisers there by continuing to show your support for Purtan's Radiothon. It's an incredible event and requires a lot of effort to pull off. Although Dick is rather humble about his contribution - in my opinion not enough good things can be said about this effort and all the money it has raised. The best part is knowing that all that money stays right here in metro Detroit.
Wonder how much this thing would be worth on e-bay?? Just kidding.... I'm keeping this one for myself!
Public WDET-FM 101.9 has announced Michael Coleman as the station's new General Manager. Coleman, a Detroit area native, has spent the past two years as the Deputy Director of Michigan Public Media, which operates public radio stations WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, and WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and public television station WFUM-TV Flint.
Prior to being Deputy Director, he was Director of Marketing and Development for five years. He is experienced in all facets of broadcasting, and has particular expertise in areas of fundraising including individual giving, corporate support, major and planned giving and foundation relations. He begins his duties as WDET General Manager on August 8, 2005. "We are simply delighted to have someone as experienced as Michael to take the lead at WDET," said Stephen Brown, Wayne State University Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "He's bringing a proven track record and a vision that will further energize the station's growth."
Coleman was selected following an exhaustive national search that began in February and included candidates from around the country.
He replaces Caryn Mathes, who left the station in February to manage a public radio station in Washington DC. Coleman arrives at WDET as the station's popularity continues to grow. WDET was named "Best Radio Station" in the HOUR Detroit magazine 2005 reader's poll and has just been nominated by Radio & Records as "Triple A Station of the Year - Noncommercial." The WDET news department has also been honored with a number of awards from the Michigan Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists - Detroit Chapter.
"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve WDET and the metropolitan Detroit community," said Michael Coleman, incoming WDET General Manager. "I'm looking forward to this new chapter in my career and to leading one of America's greatest radio stations.
Detroit Free Press:
It's not as big as the now-solved Deep Throat mystery. Still, TV viewers in Detroit are intrigued by a local media puzzle. Who's the Night Cam guy on WDIV-TV (Channel 4)? And where's he from?... Channel 4 mystery reporter is intriguing, Wed 6/29
Departed: From the WJR-AM (760) news staff, veterans Gene Fogel and Dan Streeter. Both are believed to have taken early retirement packages. Meanwhile, WJR's Paul W. Smith received the 4th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the recent 2005 Vattikuti Invitational golf outing... Names and Faces, Thu 6/30
Now that's generosity: Today at 1 p.m. in the Detroit Public Schools' Fisher Building headquarters, school chief Kenneth Burnley and Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), the schools' new partner in operating FM startion WRCJ (90.9), will announce a $2.5 million gift from the Kresge Foundation to get the half-classical half-jazz format off the ground. The station has been operated for years by the schools with small listenership and growing expenses. Last year, it moved to contract out operations while retaining the Federal Communications Commission license... Names and Faces, Thu 6/30
WDET hires new manager: Thursday was a big day for local radio! Wayne State University-owned WDET-FM (101.9) hired Michael Coleman as the station's new general manager starting Aug. 8; 90.9 officially signed over: Meanwhile, Detroit Public Schools formally signed over control of WRCJ-FM (90.9) to Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56) and confirmed a $2.5-million gift from the Kresge Foundation to support its operation as a classical and jazz station... Names and Faces, Fri 7/1
Emery King and WDIV-TV (Channel 4) have come to terms on a new three-year contract that will bring the 19-year veteran back to the station to host and produce documentaries and a new series of town hall-like forums... King to rejoin WDIV, but not as an anchor, Fri 7/1
Is news-talk WJR-AM (760) cutting back on the news part of its on-air mix? Two veteran WJR news staffers, Gene Fogel and Dan Streeter, "retired" from the ABC-owned news-talk station last week. The two were reportedly given buyouts though the station's Web site says they retired. Rod Hansen, a 30-year veteran of the station, was reportedly let go Wednesday... WJR news radio loses three veteran staffers, Fri 7/1
The long-simmering Emery King controversy was resolved Thursday, as the popular former anchorman and WDIV-Local 4 management agreed on a contract that will have King hosting and producing documentaries as well as town hall meetings... WDIV rehires Emery King for documentaries, Fri 7/1
Crain's Detroit Business:
After an eight-year absence, classical music radio could be back in Detroit as early as this fall. The Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television are completing work on a five-year agreement under which the television station would operate the school district’s radio station, which broadcasts at 90.9 FM, under a classical format during the day and jazz during the evening... Detroit Public Television to operate Detroit Public Schools’ radio station, Thu 6/30
WXYT-AM introduces new program director
AM 1270 The Sports Station has named Dan Zampillo as Program Director for the all sports station effective Tuesday July 5th. The announcement was made by AM 1270 The Sports Station/WWJ Newsradio 950 Vice President and General Manager Rich Homberg. "It's great to have Dan back at Infinity. He did and outstanding job for us at The Score in Chicago," said Homberg. "He is a proven winner and the perfect person to lead our station."
Zampillo grew up just outside of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He worked at WSCR/The Score in Chicago for nearly eight years. During that time he produced shows in every day part at the station and also served as executive producer of the highest rated show at the station. His last two years at WSCR were spent as Sports Director. Most recently Zampillo worked at WBNS in Columbus as Program Director. "I'm thrilled to be here in Detroit, and I look forward to continuing the incredible momentum that WXYT has established thus far," said Zampillo.
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WDET wins awards
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, was recently honored with five awards from the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). These awards recognize excellence in local journalism and add to the numerous awards the WDET news department has been honored with this year. WDET's 2005 SPJ awards are as follows:
- General News Reporting, 2nd place: Quinn Klinefelter, "Africantown"
- General Feature Reporting, 2nd Place: Celeste Headlee, "Ossian Sweet"
- Sports Reporting, 1st Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Brawl Charges"
- Regular Newscast Award for General Excellence, 1st Place: Joan Silvi, "All Things Considered, August 13, 2004 Newscast"
- Investigative Reporting, 1st Place: Jerome Vaughn, "WGBH Gone"
WDET is proud of its tradition of bringing the metropolitan Detroit community an in-depth, comprehensive local news service that wins awards year after year. "It is a real honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for your work," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director and local host of All Things Considered. "We remain committed to bringing our listeners the area's best radio news service."
Local news can be heard regularly on WDET weekdays from 5am to 9am during Morning Edition and from 4pm to 7pm during All Things Considered. Local news is also provided weekend mornings from 8am to 10am during Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.
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Michigan Radio Wins Ten Awards for Excellence in Journalism
Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has received ten awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2004. "It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in journalism," said News Director Michael Leland, "All of Michigan Radio’s reporters put a lot of time and creative energy into keeping our listeners among the best-informed in the state. It’s gratifying to know that our work is highly regarded, not only by our listeners, but also by other broadcasters."
Michigan Radio received SPJ Awards for 2004 in the following categories:
- Radio, Breaking/Spot News: Second Place, Kaomi Goetz for “Electrolux announces closing”; Honorable Mention, Bill Poorman/Michael Leland for “Kmart to merge with Sears”
-Radio, General News: First Place, Bill Poorman for “Auto safety update: a drive-along with a safety expert”; Third Place, Bill Poorman for “Cheese ‘n’ gas: Rising prices affect pizza deliveries”; Honorable Mention; Tamar Charney for “Growing wine”
- Radio, Features: First Place, Bill Poorman for “Advertising with speed: Souped-up car commercials”; Third Place, Tamar Charney for “Hill Auditorium’s new look”; Honorable Mention, Michael Leland for “Michigan’s newest lighthouse”
- Radio, News,Special/Documentary: First Place, Charity Nebbe/Tamar Charney for “Proposal 2 call-in: Discussion of proposed state constitutional amendment defining marriage”; Second Place, Todd Mundt/Tamar Charney for “Brown vs. Board call-in” on 50th anniversary of school desegregation decision.
All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2004.
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Emery King To Begin New Role At WDIV
WDIV-TV Channel 4 has announced that Emery King will begin a new role at the station starting on July 1, 2005. A new contract agreement has been reached, and Emery will return to the air on Local 4 in the coming months as the producer and host of documentary specials and as host of Local 4’s televised town hall meetings.
In the new arrangement, Emery will have the opportunity to continue doing what he has always enjoyed - writing, producing and hosting documentary feature programs that are of interest to the local community. Emery has received critical acclaim over the years for his work in these groundbreaking local productions, many of which have been produced for Local 4 by his own production company, Kingberry Productions. In addition, he will host and moderate local town hall meetings expected to air twice each year on Local 4.
"We are thrilled that Emery will be contributing these one-of-a-kind specials for Local 4 viewers," said Joe Berwanger, VP and general manager of WDIV. “Throughout the final months of his contract, Emery and I continued to work together in finding the best possible ‘next chapter’ in his long and storied career. Bringing high-quality local documentaries to our viewers is a great opportunity for our station and something that I’ve wanted to do. Emery is the perfect person to produce and host these specials, and I’m thankful that it’s also the direction that he has wanted to pursue.”
Emery and his wife, Jacqueline Casselberry King, started Kingberry Productions in 1993. Their efforts have yielded compelling programs, some of which chronicle the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans. All of the programs have aired exclusively on WDIV Local 4. In addition, they have been distributed to colleges, universities, libraries and school districts around the country through Filmakers Library, a Manhattan-based media distributor.
One of King’s productions, The Rouge, which documented the experiences of immigrants who came to Detroit to work at the world’s largest industrial plant, was honored with a prestigious 1997 Iris Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding television programming. Other productions include The Freedom Train, which examined the work of the founders of the National Negro Labor Council; Cobb: A Detroit Legend, which looked at the facts and myths of the legendary major league baseball great, and Rosa Parks: Path to Freedom, which celebrated the accomplishments of Rosa Parks.
Emery has also hosted and co-written other WDIV specials that have received critical praise from the press and public, including Buffalo Soldiers Wrapped in Steel, Idlewild: A Place in the Sun and Paradise Lost, Paradise Found.
In 2004, Local 4 produced a highly-acclaimed Flashpoint primetime special co-hosted by Emery and Devin Scillian and focusing on the issues of race relations in metro Detroit. Flashpoint: On The Road To Mackinac sparked a candid debate about the topic of racial differences and the impact on our community over the years.
Rock CKUE-FM 95.1 Chatham Ontario with a booster at 95.1 Windsor has filed an application with the CRTC to tweak its technical operations in an attempt to get better coverage of Windsor. If approved, the ERP of the main station in Chatham will power down from an average effective radiated power of 42,000 watts to an average ERP of 36,400 watts and by decreasing antenna height. The Windsor booster would increase its average ERP from 400 watts to 2,870 watts and increase antenna height.
Back by popular demand and bigger and better than ever, WCSX-FM 94.7 Classic Rock A to Z marathon hits the airwaves at 6am on Wednesday, July 13th. 94.7 WCSX’s Classic Rock A to Z is a retrospective of all the songs, in alphabetical order, that made Rock ‘n Roll the soundtrack that crosses all generational boundaries. JJ & Lynne will kick it off on Wednesday’s Classic Rock Morning Show with The Beatles’ “A Day in the Life.”
According to WCSX Assistant Program Director Steve Richards, “Our air staff got together and harnessed their extensive Rock Radio experience and music knowledge to put together this edition of Classic Rock A to Z. Listen for awesome local nuggets from The Frost, The Rockets, The MC5, The Stooges and even some Bob Seger rarities.”
How many songs? How long will it last? This edition of WCSX’s Classic Rock A to Z will include nearly 2,000 songs during the 14-day musical event.
Copeland celebrates 10 years at 'DET
From the newest music to the classic sounds, Liz Copeland has been
entertaining and educating listeners on her late-night WDET-FM 101.9 program for ten years now. Liz is the host of the Liz Copeland program, or the "Best Overnight Show" as voted by Real Detroit Weekly 2005. Liz is heard weeknights from 10pm-3am. She watches out for overlooked talent to feature on her program and provides her audience with a sensational variety of artists with two main series: focus: electronic, a monthly event that takes a look at the electronic movement in and around Detroit, and the weekly album spotlight, where Liz plays a select album in entirety. "I like taking people by surprise," said Copeland. "At times, it's about drawing connections between the past, present and future of music. It's also about my own public exploration into sound and creating an aural texture. I feel very grateful and fortunate to work within such a creative environment."
In giving many up-and-coming artists recognition, she's become quite well-renowned herself. Liz has been awarded 'Best Overnight DJ' from the Metro Times and 'Best DJ' from motormouth.org and Real Detroit Weekly. Off the air, Liz's quest for highlighting brilliant underground artists doesn't stop - she spins with style as a DJ at various clubs around Metro Detroit.
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WYCD-FM 5th Annual Edwards & Lee Golf Classic
On Monday, July 18th Country WYCD-FM 99.5 will host the Edwards and Lee 5th Annual Golf Classic to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Mt. Clemens. The Outing is a shotgun scramble, with tee time at 10:00am. Randy Owen, front man for the hit group Alabama will be joining WYCD at this year’s event, both golfing and performing a special acoustic concert at the dinner after the event. For over 17 years, Randy Owen has been the voice in country music for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. After visiting the hospital in 1988, he was amazed by the courage of the patients and their faith that St. Jude could help them. He then asked people in country radio to band together to help St. Jude help kids. So far, country music as a whole has raised more than $200 Million in cash and pledges to benefit the hospital.
Funds will be raised for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital with a both a silent and live auction, with items such as: autographed guitars, vacation packages, golf packages, concert tickets and much more! Interested golfers can log on to wycd.com now to sign up to be a part of the event. The cost is $99.50. A limited number of dinner only tickets are available as well for $50 with $25 benefiting St. Jude.
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Michigan TV reporter joins Congresswoman Candice Miller’s Staff
Scott MacFarlane, 28, a newcomer to Washington and Capitol Hill, is the new press secretary for Rep. Candice Miller (R). Formerly a TV reporter whose political coverage included the congresswoman, he says, “I can put the makeup away and feel more masculine.” Born in Highland, N.Y., MacFarlane graduated from Syracuse University. After graduation, he worked in Kalamazoo producing newscasts at CBS affiliate WWMT-TV 3. From there, he worked in Lansing at ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV 53, where he covered Miller, who was secretary of state. He also covered the congresswoman in Detroit at WKBD-TV 50.
Over the years, MacFarlane says, he has wanted to be involved in public service. “Local television news doesn’t quite achieve that goal the way working for the United States Congress does,” he said. As he leaves Michigan, MacFarlane gives a role as a syndicated radio host with the Michigan Talk Radio Network. Asked if he always portrayed Miller in a good light in his reporting, he replied, “We try not to write positives and negatives. We write the news. I was not a commentator or an opinion journalist. I was a fact-based news reporter and talk-show host.”
Daily Oakland Press:
Fans of the Tom Joyner morning show gave their seek buttons a workout this past week after his highly rated morning show
jumped from one adult urban station to another with little warning to listeners... Joyner’s jumping stations is only one shake-up, Mon 7/4
It's been a busy week for all of the area's sports journalists covering the All Star game. Putting a great cap on the week, sports radio WDFN-AM's 8th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society will take place starting at 3pm tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, July 14) and run 'til 7pm on Friday O'Tooles in Novi.
Afternoon drive hosts Stoney & Wojo will be broadcasting live for 28 hours straight to raise money and awareness for Leukemia & Lymphoma research. Listeners will be able to bid on hourly and run-of-show auction items or simply make a donation by calling in to (866) 326-1130. Folks wishing to view the proceedings in person will enjoy games and activities including volleyball, XBOX and Golden Tee, a dunk tank, and much more. During the 28 hour event, Stoney and Wojo will be joined by some of the biggest names in local and national sports.
Each year, WDFN and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society team up to fight cancer by providing wonderful items that people can bid on but also offer something maybe even more invaluable... laughter. This year's bid items include electronics, signed memorabilia, VIP packages, hotel accommodations, airfare, jewelry, dinner packages, golf, and a hot tub. Listeners will also be able to bid $50 in order to hear favorite WDFN parodies and bits.
Stoney and Wojo, heard weekdays between 3 and 6pm, raised over $150,000 during last year's Radiothon and this year, hope to exceed the $1 million mark in accumulated donations over its 8-year history.
It's a great cause worthy of your support.
WRIF announces the 7th Annual Arthur Penhallow Golf Scramble
It’s not just golf…it’s a rock and roll adventure on the fairway with the return of the 7th Annual Arthur Penhallow Golf Scramble on Friday, August 5th at Devil’s Ridge Golf Course in Oxford. “Big Daddy” Arthur Penhallow hosts this unique outing as a four person scramble that includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, buffet lunch, snacks and beverages on the course and a full dinner. The event begins at 11am with a 1pm shotgun tee off.
To kick off the Scramble, “The Doc of Rock” Doug Podell will be broadcasting his show live as 101 WRIF listeners, DJ’s and local celebrities hit the links for a day of fairway fun. After a rockin’ day on the links golfers will head back to the clubhouse for a VIP Awards Banquet with dinner and drinks, an prizes for Closest To The Pin (on the green), Longest Drive (on the fairway), hole-in-one contests and more.
The cost is $900 for a foursome with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Jack’s Place for Autism, a local organization that provides families who are effected by Autism services for persons at any age with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) through a comprehensive menu of supportive, educational and referral services. For more information or to book a foursome, log on to www.wrif.com or call Lizzie at the RIFF at (248) 591-6841. Hurry - the event is always a quick sell out!
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Mix 92.3’s nationwide celebrity mornings show host search features star-studded line up week after week
Three weeks into WMXD's search for a new morning program, listeners have had the opportunity to listen and vote for their favorite guest celebrity DJs as they battle it out on air to find out who will be the station's new morning show host this fall.
The search has already showcased some of the industry’s best talents in the Penobscot Building studio every weekday morning from 6-10am:
R&B singer & composer, Gerald Levert, starting the search off, followed by Will Downing, and then then multi-platinum recording artist Keith Sweat.
Starting on Monday (July 18), Detroit can wake up to comedian and actress, Adele Givens. “Each week becomes more exciting because each celebrity has their own unique style that continues to captivate listeners. With the listeners’ eagerness to hear a new celebrity voice week after week, WMXD will continue to provide the hottest, biggest nationwide celebrity morning show search!” says Jamillah A. Muhammad, WMXD Program Director.
Detroit Free Press:
Missing personalities- Where are they now? News reader Diana Lewis of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) hurt her back while caring for her ailing mother and has been off the air for quite a while... Names and Faces, Mon 7/11
Tonight's Major League Baseball All-Star Game received an additional quasar when NBC on short notice decided to fly Brian Williams into Detroit to anchor "The NBC Nightly News" live from the roof of the Riverfront condos and apartments Monday and again tonight at 6:30... Riverfront rooftop becomes TV studio, Tue 7/12
What's up with WRCJ-FM (90.9), the Detroit Public Schools radio station that Detroit Public Television contracted to run as a classical and jazz station? Listeners were puzzled when they tuned to WRCJ after July 1 and still heard an urban/hip-hop format... WRCJ promises the switch to classical/jazz will take place, Mon 7/11
Pens sharpened and poisonous barbs in tow, America's sports media have descended upon Detroit. Not surprisingly, they don't always have the nicest things to say about our fair city... Reporters take aim at Detroit, Tue 7/12
Daily Oakland Press:
What’s happening to the news department at the Great Voice of the Great Lakes? News-talk WJR-AM (760) has seen a changing of the guard in its newsroom of late... WJR losing news trio, Mon 7/11
Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3's fifth week of guest morning show hosts will feature duo Miguel Nunez and Kym Whitley. They will join forces to take on the four predecessors in hopes that they will gain favoritism from WMXD listeners at the end of the week.
Miguel Nunez’s years of acting has sparked attention. Sharing the big screen with Eddie Murphy, Martin Lawrence, Halle Barry, Vivica Fox and many others, Nunez surely has established himself in Hollywood. Making numerous guest appearances on such series as Martin, the Bernie Mac Show, the Hughleys, and others, Nunez will be quite a delightful character and candidate to take on the challenge of hosting MIX 92.3’s Morning Show all next week.
Kym Whitley is an actress, director, and standup comedian who had her major break when she was visiting Los Angeles and the set of music/dance show Soul Train with her friend, Gerald Levert, who was also one of the celebrities on MIX 92.3’s Morning Show the week of June 26th, 2005. Whitley has appeared on several series including Martin, Married with Children, The Parenthood and others, in addition to being seen on films such as “Street Wars” and “25 Lighthouse”.
“The search is definitely heating up among the special guest celebrities we’ve had so far. WMXD listeners have been quite a factor in keeping each week’s morning show interesting as they call in to support their favorite celebrity host. Moving forward, we know it will only get more interesting and exciting,” says WMXD Program Director, Jamillah A. Muhammad.
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Getting ready: Disney's WFDF-AM 910 Flint has been observed running tests from its new facilities in northern Monore county. Once the station begins operations from the new location, the children's focused Radio Disney format will gain daytime coverage of the Detroit market.
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WMGC-FM 2nd Annual Magic Family Picnic Set For August 14th
Jim Harper and the entire Magic 105.1 FM on-air family are hosting an afternoon of fun and entertainment with the 2nd Annual Magic Family Picnic- however the only way in is to win. Five hundred lucky Magic 105.1 listeners and their families who win tickets on-air will have the opportunity to attend the event which will take place on Sunday, August 14th from noon to 5pm at CJ Barrymore’s on Hall Road in Clinton Township.
There will be a variety of activities to participate in, ranging from a bracelet-making class to go karts, miniature golf, a driving range, bumper boats, batting cages, rock climbing, billiards, an arcade, laser tag, giant inflatables and beach volleyball. There will be free hamburgers, grilled chicken, hot dogs, pasta salad, Italian sausage, potato salad, fruit salad, cole slaw, rolls, lemonade, pop and more, compliments of CJ Barrymore’s and ice cream compliments of Edy’s.
Detroit Free Press:
Satellite radio is all the buzz these days. But the Michigan Association of Broadcasters says that buzz just may be literal. According to a Michigan State University report commissioned by the association and to be released at the association's annual meeting at the Soaring Eagle Resort in Mt. Pleasant today, only about 8% of the Michigan public has access to satellite radio and of them, fully 50% say they do not receive good reception when driving... Michigan broadcasters don't fear satellite radio competition -- yet, Fri 7/22
Now this is a casting call. WRCJ-FM (90.9), the station owned by Detroit Public Schools but now run by Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), is hoping to launch its half-classical/half-jazz format via satellite programming on or near Aug. 1, station boss Bob Scott said Friday... Calling all public radio personalities, Sat 7/23
The much-anticipated Spring Arbitron ratings are in, and "Doug" isn't quite doing "Jack" here in Detroit. So far, it looks like ABC/Disney's abrupt switch of its WDRQ-FM (93.1) in April, to the "Doug" format might not be the blockbuster hit they'd hoped... WDRQ's loss turns into WKQI's gain, Thu 7/21
Daily Oakland Press:
While doing some much-needed cleaning, I uncovered a few of my old Radio Guides. After more than three decades of publishing them, I found it interesting to see what the Detroit dial looked like 30 years ago... AM stations have played musical chairs on dial over the years, Mon 7/18
INFINITY WOMC (OLDIES 104.3)/DETROIT APD BOB VANDERGRIFT has been tapped to take the PD helm at one of the new FM stations CONNOISSEUR MEDIA will be launching in BLOOMINGTON, IL later this summer. Wed 7/20
INFINITY Country WYCD/DETROIT held their 5th Annual EDWARDS & LEE ST. JUDE GOLF CLASSIC on MONDAY (7/18), anchored by afternooners LINDA LEE and CHUCK EDWARDS. Aside from the great turnout of participants and spectators at a sold-out event at SYCAMORE HILLS COUNTRY CLUB, this year they were also joined by ALABAMA front-man RANDY OWEN, one of the main inspirations behind the ST. JUDE efforts since its beginning. OWEN participated in the golf tourney all day and then gave a acoustic performance afterwards for everyone. Afternooner LINDA LEE said that "thousands of dollars was raised for ST. JUDE and everyone had a blast, thanks to RANDY OWEN especially." Check out the photos on the ALL ACCESS Country "Industry Snaps" page later. Thu 7/21
The CHRISTIAN HIT RADIO SATELLITE NETWORK (CHRSN) welcomes WNFA/PORT HURON, MI as their newest affiliate. WNFA made the switch from Inspirational on JULY 11 and becomes CHRSN's 26th non-owned affiliate. Fri 7/22
Public WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit has cleaned out its extensive music library and storerooms is having its second-annual Garage Sale featuring a great collection of merchandise on Saturday, July 30th from 10am to 4pm. The event takes place on W. Canfield Avenue between Woodward and Cass in the Wayne State University and Detroit's Cultural Center area. Among the offerings will be CD's, records, WDET mugs, shirts, sweatshirts and hats in addition to books, houseplants, autographed photos of WDET personalities and lots more.
WDET's Willy Wilson will be broadcasting his program live from the event from 10am to 1pm followed by a live broadcast of The John Penney Program from 1-4pm. Many WDET program hosts will also be on-hand throughout the day to meet friends and listeners. Water and all-natural sodas will also be available as well as food from Traffic Jam & Snug Restaurant and The Meetery Eatery. Proceeds from all
merchandise and food sales will benefit WDET. "This is a fun event that's open to all of our listeners," said Judy Adams, WDET Program Director and Program Host. "Last year's event was a great success and we hope that even more of our many listeners come out to celebrate Detroit Public Radio this year."
Admission is $5.00 for adults, children 12 and under will be admitted free. Street and surface parking is available throughout the neighborhood including various Wayne State University parking lots.
Greater Media, Inc. has announced that its three Detroit radio stations are officially broadcasting in High Definition (HD) digital radio and have now launched companion independent multicasting channels for Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, and Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1.
HD radio is a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Listeners will able to hear a clear improvement in sound quality and see the station's call letters, the title and artist of the song playing, along with traffic and weather information.
Greater Media Detroit’s stations have now doubled each of their programming offerings to listeners throughout Southeastern Michigan with an HD radio by providing multicast channels called WRIF2, WCSX Deep Trax and More Magic.
Riff 2 is a ”made in Detroit" mix of alternative and indie rock, hip hop, punk and the best from today’s Detroit music scene. By embracing local and unsigned bands RIFF2 breaks the rules of traditional radio and offers a true alternative music choice. WRIF2 is a new execution of the WRIF tradition that the next generation of Detroit music lovers can grow up with and will look to for “their” music. RIFF2 will target 18-24 year olds involved with the local music scene. While it is rock-based, the station’s music mix is deliberately eclectic and highlights both new material and local artists with a focus on music from 1995 to today. RIFF2 is on the air on 101.1 HD2 and is available right now online at www.riff2.com.
WCSX Deep Trax HD2 is the perfect companion station to WCSX. Responding to our listener feedback of features such as "Classic Rock A-to-Z", Deep Trax HD2 features JJ & Lynne in the Morning, followed by Deep Trax the rest of the day, hosted by the station’s on-air personalities Ken Calvert, Karen Savelly, and Steve Kostan. It provides 24/7 access to those Classic Rock treasures that may be a bit outside the radio musical norm. Similar to RIFF2, the multicasting channel does not contain commercials, but rather on-air sponsorships. Deep Trax is on the air at 94.7FM HD2 and is available now online at www.wcsxdeeptrax.com.
The More Magic multicast addition to WMGC/Magic 105.1 features Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show, followed by “Office Magic” from 10am -7pm. “More Magic” is a soft adult contemporary format, consisting of a mix of 70’s and 80’s icons and standards from artists like Harry Connick, Jr. and Diana Krall. It also adds a touch of Broadway, such as hits from the Phantom of the Opera, and jazz favorites from George Benson and Kenny G. From 7pm – 6am and on the weekends, “Classically Magic” will consist of music intensive, familiar classical favorites easy for listeners to enjoy. More Magic will not include any type of spot load, but rather on-air sponsorships. More Magic HD2 is on the air right now at 105.1FM HD2 and available online at www.moremagicradio.com.
“We're very excited to break this new ground and bring three brand new locally programmed and originated radio stations to Detroit,” said Tom Bender, Senior Vice President/General Manager of Greater Media Detroit. “HD Radio technology makes it possible for us to create innovative programming that doesn't need to follow the traditional radio playbook.”
Bender added, “We're also going to keep commercial interruptions to a brief sponsorship announcement each hour and we will be cooperating with local retailers to let our listeners know where they can hear and buy HD Radios. The radios that enable listeners to take advantage of these new stations are becoming available at a variety of locations and prices.”
“These are exciting times in the radio industry. We are very proud to be able to make history in the Motor City with the official launch of HD Radio and multicasting with our Detroit-based properties,” said Peter Smyth, President and CEO of Greater Media, Inc.
Next week's celebrity guest jock on Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 will be music star Vesta Williams. WMXD continues to audition possible morning show hosts for the fall- Williams becomes the sixth guest to participate.
Detroit Free Press:
Detroit native George Noory, who helms the wildly popular overnight (500 stations in North America) syndicated radio show "Coast-to-Coast A.M." (1 a.m. weeknights, CKLW-AM, 800), is bringing the show to his hometown Aug. 26... Noory to bring show to his hometown, Mon 7/25
CIMX-FM (88.7, 89X) rockin' morning co-host Kelly Brown has joined the ranks of the unemployed. Brown said she left on her own accord after 15 years and it was "just time to move on"... Brown ends her long run at 89X, Wed 7/27
Here, by key time period, are Detroit results from Nielsen Media Research's July sweeps ratings period, which ended Wednesday... July TV sweeps results, Fri 7/29
As long as she hasn't died yet, Sabrina Black figures she might as well go sky-diving. "Died yet," I should point out, applies to all of us. Nothing is guaranteed, at least not without a lot of fine print. But since Sabrina has spent five years being the most spectacularly ill person I've ever known, the concept of dying is maybe a bit less abstract for her than it is for the rest of us... In Sabrina's world, a moment is even too precious to waste, Sun 7/24
Detroiters, welcome to the future. This morning, Detroit's first three exclusively high-definition radio stations splashed onto the air at 9 a.m. from the Greater Media radioplex in Ferndale. Riff 2, Deep Trax and More Magic are now on the air -- available if you have an HD receiver, but also online at wrif.com, wcsx.com and detroitmagic.com... 3 new high-def stations launch today, Thu 7/28
Daily Oakland Press:
So, what do listeners think of “Doug FM,” the “we play all kinds of stuff” format at adult hits WDRQ-FM (93.1)? According to the Arbitron spring ratings book — not much... New ‘Doug FM’ format doesn’t seem to be winning fans, Mon 7/25
Crain's Detroit Business:
A new broadcast arts school is planned in a former Livonia junior high school. The Academy of Broadcast Arts has leased 103,000 square feet at the Livonia Public Schools-owned Dickinson Center at 18000 Newburgh Road. Betty Hollenquest, a freelance television producer, said she plans to open in the fall with other local producers and directors as instructors. Besides television and radio, curriculum will include theater and acting classes, she said... New broadcast arts school plans to open in Livonia, Mon 7/25
ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI announces their "EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT WEEKEND." Starting on FRIDAY (7-29) and running all weekend, listeners will pay the same price on CDs, DVDs, movie passes, and concert tickets that the WDVD staff pays, "ABSOLUTELY NOTHING." (Thu 7/28)
Condolences to family and friends of former BALTIMORE and DETROIT radio personality and voiceover talent HUGH WANKE, who died SUNDAY in MAYS CHAPEL, MD at 85. The BALTIMORE SUN reports that WANKE worked for WITH-A and WCAO-A/BALTIMORE in the 40s and 50s, then joined WWJ-A-TV/DETROIT in 1957, returning to the BALTIMORE area as a voiceover talent in 1970. (Fri 7/29)
Radio and Records:
Infinity/Denver VP/Programming Keith Abrams has taken on additional responsibilities as the company's VP/60s-70s Hits Programming. In his new corporate-level position, Abrams will oversee Infinity's 11 Oldies stations (including WOMC Detroit)... Abrams Adds Oldies VP Role At Infinity, Tue 7/26
At noon today, 90.9 WRCJ-FM launched its long awaited classical and jazz music format, marking the return of a locally operated classical music service to Detroit airwaves which has been unavailable since the demise of WQRS-FM in 1997. 90.9 FM will play classical music from 5am-7pm and traditional jazz from 7pm-5am. The announcement was made by Robert Scott, station manager for WRCJ. Scott was formerly vice president of programming and education for WTVS-TV Channel 56, Detroit Public Television, which recently earned a contract to operate the non-profit educational station that remains licensed to Detroit Public Schools.
“Classical music is back in the Detroit market and it has sorely been missed. This new station will serve the community by responding to its needs,” said Scott. Initially, WRCJ programming will originate from three public radio satellite services, Classical 24, JazzWorks and Jazz Satellite Network, as well as from other sources, but eventually, the station will offer locally based programming throughout the day.
Weekend programming will eventually be a mix of classical, jazz, gospel and community affairs.
Once technical facilities are completed, the station will be located in the Detroit School of Arts, the Detroit Public High School located in Detroit’s Cultural Center. Students will gain hands-on radio production experience at the radio station as part of their communications curriculum.
90.9 was the first educational FM radio station in Michigan when it began broadcasting in January, 1948, as WDTR. The call letters were changed in 2004. Detroit Public Television assumed operation of WRCJ on July 1, 2005, as part of its mission to educate, entertain and inspire, in partnership with the community.
Major funding for the operation of WRCJ has been provided by a grant from The Kresge Foundation.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the application of WFDF AM 910 to change its community of license from Flint to the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills along with granting a construction permit for nighttime operations from the station's new transmission facilities that are under construction in northern Monroe county. WFDF is owned by Disney and currently carries the company's Radio Disney pop format targeted at children.
The station is likely very close to its launch as a full-fledged Detroit-based station- construction of the new facility has been observed as being nearly complete and there have been reports of the station performing tests with their new transmitter. Now with the FCC's blessing of the station's application for nighttime operations, testing will probably wrap up soon and WFDF will cease operations from Genesee county and metro Detroit will have its first new broadcast radio station in many years.
The 'new' WFDF will operate with 50,000 watts during daytime hours and 19,000 watts at night with an 8-tower array. The station will be similar in signal strength as WWJ 950 during the day and enjoy market coverage at night similar to WDFN 1130, WCHB 1200, and WXYT 1270, making it one the area's easiest AM stations to tune in on most radios.
WFDF is one of the USA's 100 oldest radio stations having signed on in 1922 and serving the Flint area ever since. Although the station will still be heard in Flint with this big change, the city will be losing part of its heritage with the move in to the Detroit market.
Michigan Radio Will Add New Weeknight Show
On August 8, Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) will premiere a new addition to its weeknight schedule, called “On Point”, beginning at 9 pm. “The Connection”, which previously aired at that time, is longer being produced. WBUR, the creators of “The Connection”, have canceled the show as part of a cost saving move at their station. Michigan Radio will be airing “On Point” from 9-10 pm, Monday-Friday. The overnight broadcast of BBC World Service will begin at 10 pm.
“On Point”, hosted by Tom Ashbrook is a daily news program, recorded live with input from listener callers and broadcast at various times on stations around the country. The program covers each day’s important national and international news developments and conducts conversations with newsmakers and thinkers from all around the world. A cross between a talk program and a newsmagazine, “On Point” puts each day’s news into context and provides a lively forum for discussion and debate. The show seeks out distinct and provocative voices that may be new to public radio or that may not have been heard in quite the same context before.
“On Point” will be an excellent addition to our weekly schedule," said Station Manager Jon Hoban. "Tom Ashbrook is a passionate interviewer and a strong journalist. I’m confident that listeners will enjoy this program."
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StoryCorps Visits Ann Arbor
StoryCorps, the largest oral history project ever attempted, arrived in Ann Arbor on August 4 and will record "interviews" of local residents about their lives, opinions and philosophies. The recorded interviews will be stored permanently at the Library of Congress and available to the families of the people who make the recordings and to researchers and scholars. The StoryCorps mobile sound studio will be located at William and Main Streets until August 15. NPR stations in cities throughout the Unites States are hosting StoryCorps, including Michigan Radio.
Every Friday morning NPR’s Morning Edition is presenting a compelling StoryCorps interview and many local stations are airing interviews recorded while the trailer is in their area. NPR’s website (NPR.org) includes a special section devoted to StoryCorps, with recordings of the Morning Edition segments and portions of selected interviews, which are updated as the tour moves across the country.
Begun in 2004, StoryCorps collected more than 2,000 stories in its first year and expects to collect more than 250,000 interviews over the next ten years. In each city on the tour, StoryCorps representatives will facilitate interviews between friends, colleagues or family members. At the end of the forty-minute session, the participants will receive a broadcast-quality CD of their interview. With their permission, a second copy will be archived at the Library of Congress, providing generations to come with access to these moving stories.
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Tom Joyner Gives Listeners Their Big Break
Adult Urban WDMK-FM 105.9 (Kiss FM), home of The Tom Joyner Morning Show, will host "Tom's Big Break", August 10th at The Hoop City Grille in Southfield. The singing competition will give local Detroiters the chance of a lifetime when three finalists compete live for a $1000 cash prize during The Tom Joyner Show on Friday August 12th from 6-10am on WDMK. The event will also be recorded for future airing on cable network TV One. Auditions begin at 6pm on Wednesday when listeners will get sixty seconds to wow a panel of judges made up of Kiss FM personalities Lady BG, AJ Parker and Mason. The panel will narrow the field down to 5 semi-finalists and then select the 3 finalists for Friday's competition. For more information call 313.259.2000 or visit www.kissdetroit.com.
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WJR upcoming events:
Sunday August 7 from noon-2pm: The C.A.R. Show broadcasts live from the 27th Annual Concours d’Elegance, a classic car show event on the grounds of the historic Meadow Brook Hall at Oakland University.
Monday August 8 from 6-9am: The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the “American Icon Exhibit” at the Detroit Historical Museum on Woodward.
Wednesday August 10 – Sunday August 21: As the official voice of the Michigan State Fair, WJR will broadcast live from the State Fair Grounds throughout the fair beginning with the Paul W. Smith Show 6-9am on Opening Day, Wednesday, August 10th.
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Motown recording artist and Detroit native KEM is next up in the WMXD-FM 92.3 find a new morning show host rotation. The Singer/songwriter caught national attention in 2003 with his debut album "Kemistry", capturing the soul of many with his smooth voice and R&B/Jazzy music. Earlier this summer, KEM released his sophomore album, "KEM II". Since the release, he has held the #1 spot on the Urban AC and R&B Adult Monitor charts the longer than any other urban adult male artist.
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WMGC Listeners Raise Funds for Michigan Breast Cancer 3-day Benefit
Forty-five WMGC-FM (105.1) listeners together raised $133,833.82 for the Michigan Breast Cancer 3-Day, making them the #1 team in Michigan. The amazing outpouring of support illustrates how Magic listeners, also known as “The Magic Family,” continue to come together to help a worthy cause. The Michigan 3-Day took place on July 15th through July 17th, 2005. Despite the heat, humidity and rain, Magic’s team forged ahead to walk 20 miles a day for three days, completing the 60 mile journey! The walk began in Rochester Hills, MI and wrapped up at the State Fair Grounds in Detroit, MI.
Kathy Keiper, from Centurion Home Services and one of the Magic Team Captains, said, “The Breast Cancer 3 Day is one of the most important things I have ever done. If you want to be a HERO to someone or make a difference in your lifetime, the 3 Day is a great place to start. You will find the true spirit of family, sharing and caring. You will see the look of perseverance and the sounds of gratitude. You will feel that for those three days YOU made a difference.”
Dr. Terri Orbuch, another Magic Team Captain, added, "It was an amazing experience to walk the Michigan 3-Day. It was definitely a challenge, but an experience that I will never forget. I met some of the most wonderful people, and the few times that I doubted my abilities to go on, they inspired and motivated me to go the extra miles.”
The Michigan 3 Day raised over $4.7 million. Eighty-five percent of the net proceeds from the Breast Cancer 3-Day benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a global catalyst in the fight against breast cancer. The Komen Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Goodman Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan Goodman Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36.
More than 20 years later, the Komen Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through support of innovative breast cancer research grants and community-based outreach programs.
Detroit Free Press:
This is on! -- WRCJ-FM (90.9) launched its classical-jazz format under new Detroit Public Television management as scheduled Monday at noon... 90.9 is all Bach, Bird -- no Beyonce, Tue 8/2
It was one of those sweltering summer nights when even a torrential rain can't tamp down the temperature, but on this special "iPod night," things couldn't have been cooler inside the Ferndale nightclub the bosco. Sipping the inevitable chilled vodka, a few dozen folk on the green side of 40 were negotiating the summer's cultural handshake, the 2005 equivalent of "What's your favorite record?" or "What's your sign?" This summer it's, "What's on your iPod?"... iPod nation marches to a high-tech beat, Mon 8/1
Daily Oakland Press:
A couple of weeks ago, we had a history lesson on the many changes heard across the AM dial in the last three to four decades... There’s been plenty of migration on FM dial, Mon 8/1
Ann Arbor News:
Longtime Ann Arborites Sandy and Ed Loyer were the first to stop by and record their stories for posterity at the shiny, custom-made Airstream trailer parked in a lot at the corner of Main and East William streets Thursday. They won't be the last. By the time the trailer, equipped as a rolling sound studio, departs for its next stop Aug. 15, dozens of area folks will have visited it in the process of contributing to an ambitious, nationwide oral history project whose results will be archived at the Library of Congress... Local residents' stories add to national resource StoryCorps trailer visits Ann Arbor to record dozens, Fri 8/5
The camaraderie and bonding that exists in the radio community is like no other. If you doubt it, pick any other vocation and ask yourself if there’d be any palpable interest in having someone videotape a gathering of a dozen or so of the best people from that field, discussing the good old days... Final Performance: Motown Memories, Thu 8/4
RADIO ONE Urban WCKX (POWER-107.5)/COLUMBUS evening personalities SEAN ANTHONY and KEITH JONES are moving to sister Urban WHTD (HOT-102.7)/DETROIT, effective MONDAY (8/8). Wed 8/3
In a surprise move Infinity Director of Sales and VP/GM of country WYCD-FM (99.5) has resigned. Schram had been originally assigned as Infinity Market Manager for three of the FM's in Detroit: smooth jazz WVMV (98.7), oldies WOMC (104.3) and country WYCD (99.5).
Somewhat overworked running between three stations in three separate suburbs of the Motor City, Steve soon gave up Smooth Jazz V-98.7 to new GM Deb Kenyon. Now, reports say she may take over country WYCD. The last female GM at the country station was Maureen Lesourd, now running oldies K-Earth 101 (KRTH) in Los Angeles. Then, reportedly because of soft billings, even though the ratings were very strong, Schram was moved out of WOMC and replaced by Kevin Murphy from Infinity in Rochester, NY and prior to that Buffalo, NY. At that point his sole responsibility was WYCD.
Steve Schram is one of the most respected radio executives in the Detroit market, yet because of sales expectations, some feel are bordering on "unrealistic," he is now going to be exploring other opportunities. It's a sad commentary on our industry.
WCSX's Stone Soup GTO Ready to Fire Up
Monday Morning, the sweet smell of Motor City Muscle will fill the air as JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup GTO roars to life. Eight months ago, it was just an idea to restore a 1965 Pontiac GTO raise money for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. On Monday, August 15th, the countless hours of work by hundreds of volunteers from all over southeast Michigan will be showcased when the engine of the Stone Soup GTO is started for the first time outside the studios of 94.7 WCSX, located at One Radio Plaza in Royal Oak Township.
The “birthday” celebration will begin at 7am with the arrival of the Stone Soup GTO and many members of the volunteer team working on the restoration. During the 8am hour, JJ & Lynne will officially fire up the 609 horse power, 389 Tri-Power engine for the first time. To add to the festivities, local classic car enthusiasts will be on hand displaying their custom rides.
During the Dream Cruise weekend, JJ & Lynne’s 1965 Stone Soup GTO will make it’s first official appearances:
* Friday 8/19 11am-4:30pm, Firestone Complete Auto Care on Woodward in Royal Oak
* Friday 8/19 6-8pm, The Hunter House on Woodward in Birmingham
* Saturday 8/20 10am–6pm, Cruising Woodward Avenue
JJ & Lynne Stone Soup GTO raffle tickets cost $25 each and 100% of the ticket price will go directly to The Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. One lucky ticket holder will win both the restored 1965 GTO and the 2005 GTO Coupe on September 22nd, 2005 at the JJ & Lynne Stone Soup event at the Wintergarden inside the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit.
Everyone is invited to follow the progress of JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup Project™ by tuning into The Classic Rock Morning Show on WCSX weekdays from 5am to 9am and by visiting the WCSX web site at www.wcsx.com.
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WJLB's The Bushman To Be Honored
Local DJ Royalty The Bushman of WJLB, Hennessy Executives, amongst the leading DJ’s of the growing Detroit Hip-Hop Scene, is being recognized as part of Hennessy V.S “V.I.P. Access Weekend” with hip-hop superstar Common on Monday August 15th from 9-11pm at Flood’s Bar & Grill on St. Antoine in Detroit. The Bushman is a leading figure in the Detroit hip-hop community as a radio host on WJLB. He has helped gain national exposure for the Detroit “hip-hop sound” that has produced artists like Eminem and Slum Village.
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Magic 105.1 Salutes Women in Automotive
Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 will kick off the Cruise on Woodward Avenue weekend with two very special live broadcasts entitled “A Salute to Women in the Automotive Industry.” These broadcasts are sponsored by GM Mobility and Chrysler Jeep. The first event will take place on Thursday, August 18th, from 6-10am at the OnStar Sound Studio at General Motors’ Global Headquarters in the Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI. The second live broadcast will be on Friday, August 19th, from 6-10am at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, located at the corner of Featherstone and Squirrel, off of I-75 at Exit #78.
WMGC Operations Manager and on-air personality Jim Harper said, "We are so happy to be doing our second annual Magic “Salute to Women in Automotive!” Women have been a vital part of the auto world since Rosie the Riveter during WWII. Now women are so involved in the design, production and sale of modern cars, it's only natural we focus the spotlight on them for this special salute."
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August 16th-August 19th, Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 will feature the talents of Blair Underwood, Duane Martin and Tisha Campbell-Martin to form a “triple threat” to their predecessors featured in MIX 92.3’s summer line up of celebrity guest DJs. Tuesday will feature Duane Martin, Wednesday and Thursday - Tisha Campbell, and closing out the week is Blair Underwood.
Detroit Free Press:
Peter Jennings never made it to Detroit in May. Thinking there was a large story to be told about U.S. automakers' claims they were hamstrung by health care costs, the late ABC "World News Tonight" anchor initiated plans to broadcast a Channel 7 "Town Meeting" from an area auto plant... Late anchor made city a regular stop, Tue 8/9
When veteran TV anchor Peter Jennings told the public he had lung cancer in April, Dr. Robert Chapman feared the worst. Jennings mentioned chemotherapy, and Chapman, who heads the hematology and oncology division at Henry Ford Hospital, suspected the journalist had a life-threatening form of the disease... Jennings' death may deter other smokers, Tue 8/9
Detroit radio veteran Steve Schram is on the move again. He resigned Friday as general manager and sales manager of Infinity country station WYCD-FM (99.5) Detroit... WYCD-FM general manager quits station, Sat 8/13
Daily Oakland Press:
Good ol’ regular radio is fighting back against satellite radio and digital music players with enhanced programming — for those willing to spend money on a new receiver. Three stations are offering multicasts, a separate stream of programming, as part of their digital signals... FM stations fight back with digital version of their signals, Mon 8/8
Radio & Records
WHTD/Detroit shifts night duo Dre & Suga Rae to mornings. Sean Anthony and Keith "Baby" Jones join for nights from WCKX/Columbus, OH. Tue 8/9
Grand Rapids Press
A seismic shift in the West Michigan sports broadcast landscape occurred Thursday when Citadel Broadcasting regional president Matt Hanlon acquired the rights to the Detroit Lions in an 11th-hour deal that's still producing aftershocks in the local radio market. The broadcast rights to the Lions shift exclusively to WKLQ-FM (107.3) and WBBL-AM (1340) after approximately five decades on WOOD-AM (1300)... Lions radio move leaves aftershock, Fri 8/12
U.S. Representative Candice Miller today announced the debut of "Washington Connection Weekly" - the Congresswoman's new weekly radio address. The program will begin airing this weekend on radio stations throughout her Congressional district, on-line statewide at www.mlive.com, and on her Congressional website at candicemiller.house.gov.
Rep. Miller said, "My mission in Washington is quite clear- I am the voice of the residents of Michigan's 10th Congressional District. This new radio project will ensure that my constituents are up-to-date on key legislation, important issues, and upcoming votes. I'm constantly seeking feedback and opinions from the citizens in my District. Washington Connection Weekly will help inform those opinions and generate more feedback."
The address will debut on radio stations throughout Michigan's 10th Congressional District:
* WPHM AM 1380, Port Huron
* WGRT FM 102.3, Port Huron
* WPON AM 1460, Pontiac/Detroit
* WBGV FM 92.5, Bad Axe/Sandusky
* WMIC AM 660, Sandusky
* WMPC AM 1230, Lapeer
On mlive.com the program will air at 7pm Thursday nights under the site's "News Radio" link.
"Congresswoman Miller is a dynamic communicator, with an unconquerable drive to help Michigan succeed. Washington Connection Weekly is more than just a public service, it is an important tool for the men and women she serves in Washington. Radio is an incredible medium," said Rep. Miller's spokesman Scott MacFarlane, a former freelance radio reporter for CBS News.
WVMV's Alexander Zonjic to perform with Angela Bofill and Jeff Lorber
Alexander Zonjic, Angela Bofill and Jeff Lorber will be performing together for the first time in a concert at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Amphitheater on Aug. 20 at 8:30 p.m. "I’ve worked with Angela and Jeff separately on stage and they both appear on my new CD ‘Seldom Blues,’ but this is the first time we are performing together at the same time on the same stage," said Alexander Zonjic.
Zonjic is continuing a busy summer performance schedule. It includes:
* opening for Chris Botti at Detroit’s Chene Park on Aug. 24
* two nights at Zonjic’s jazz supper club Seldom Blues in Detroit on Aug. 26-27
* the Arts, Beats & Eats Festival in Pontiac, MI on Sept. 3
* and Jazz on the Lake with Jeff Lorber and Warren Hill on Sept. 11 in Orchard Lake, MI.
In addition to serving as artistic director for five summer jazz festivals, Alexander Zonjic is the morning weekday host of Smooth Jazz 98.7 WVMV-FM radio in Detroit. He also performs about 100 concerts a year and recently released "Seldom Blues," his 11th recording that bears the same name as his successful restaurant venture in Detroit.
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Celebrity Morning Show Search Brings Back Detroit’s Own… “The Love Bug” Donnie Simpson
The WMXD-FM 92.3 Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search has caught national attention in the industry, casting celebrities from all aspects of the entertainment industry. August 22nd-August 26th, MIX 92.3 will feature Detroit-groomed personality, Donnie Simpson.
Simpson began his radio career at WMXD’s sister station, WJLB, at the age of 15. Having learned the skills and gained the experience from WJLB, he moved to WYKS in Washington D.C. where he hosted the morning show and served as Program Director for 15 years. Simpson also spent 14 years hosting BET Video Soul; breaking ground as one of the nation’s first “VJ’s”. Simpson joined WPGC-FM in Washington, D.C. in 1993 and is currently hosting the morning show there from 6-10 a.m.
“Donnie Simpson is from Detroit and still has family here. He is a well-known personality in Detroit from being on WJLB for many years and we are excited to bring him back home to Detroit to take part in MIX 92.3’s Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director of WMXD.
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Detroit Free Press:
Her morning traffic report done, country radio disc jockey Lori Rigato told WYCD-FM (99.5) listeners the real news of the morning. She was having a face-lift. Updates in one hour, she promised. With cameras rolling, Rigato underwent a minimally invasive procedure patented as the Lifestyle Lift by Dr. David Kent; it took place at his Troy office... FACE-LIFT TO GO: Patients like DJ Lori Rigato are opting for an inexpensive procedure that lasts less than an hour and promises little disruption of their everyday lives, (Tue 8/16)
Detroit's NBC affiliate, Post-Newsweek owned WDIV-TV (Channel 4), is getting new leadership. Joe Berwanger has resigned as vice-president/general manager after five years at the helm ... The Names & Faces pennant flies at half mast today for ex-Detroit disc jockey Mike Kelly, who died Saturday in Toronto after battling stomach cancer for 10 months... Names and Faces, (Wed 8/17)
This year there will be no re-launch of '60s radio icon WKNR-AM during the Woodward Dream Cruise on 1310 AM or any other frequency. Keener13.com czars Scott Westerman and Steve Schram ran out of time. "We're funding this out of the back of our pockets with lunch money," says Schram, who recently departed WYCD-FM. But there is a Dream Cruise podcast at their website, keener13.com... No return of WKNR this year, (Thu 8/18)
Daily Oakland Press:
Besides offering a high quality digital version of a station’s signal, HD allows for “secondary” channels that can offer more specialized programming than their primary stations — all in the battle with satellite radio for listeners. Two years ago, the mammoth Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas offered a taste of HD, but I just experienced it locally and want to share what I saw and heard because it is impressive... FM stations fight back with digital version of their signal, (Mon 8/15)
Joe Berwanger has resigned as VP and general manager of WDIV-TV, Post-Newsweek's NBC affiliate in Detroit. Post-Newsweek Stations President Alan Frank announced Tuesday that he has "reluctantly" accepted Mr. Berwanger's resignation and named Post-Newsweek veteran Steve Wasserman to succeed Mr. Berwanger as WDIV's top executive... Berwanger Steps Down as WDIV GM, (Tue 8/16)
ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI is hosting a 14-hour radiothon on THURSDAY (9/8) from 5:30a to 7p. The charity event will benefit the KARMANOS CANCER INSTITUTE in their fight against breast cancer. Last year, WDVD raised over $14,000 with 100% of the proceeds going towards programs which provide mammograms for women who cannot afford them. (Fri 8/19)
WDVD to host hands-free apple pie eating contest
Rochester’s annual Art & Apples Festival is known nationwide for its fabulous exhibition of fine art and homemade apple pies. And because food is truly an art to many people, this year’s Festival will celebrate its third annual “Hands-Free Apple Pie Eating Contest,” presented by WDVD-FM 96.3 and hosted by morning show personality Blaine Fowler on Saturday, September 10 at 12:00 p.m. The winner will receive a $100 Rochester Downtown Development Authority (DDA) gift certificate to be used at downtown Rochester merchants.
Hopeful contestants must enter a drawing to win a spot in the contest. Registration will take place between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10 at the 96.3 WDVD booth at the Art & Apples Festival. Blaine will randomly draw the names of four competitors. The contestant who eats the most apple pie without hands in 96.3 seconds will win a $100 Rochester DDA gift certificate. All other contestants will receive a $25 Rochester DDA gift certificate.
The 40th annual Art & Apples Festival, a benefit for Paint Creek Center for the Arts and other local charities, will be held September 9-11, in Rochester Municipal Park. Nearly 300 artists will be featured, along with live entertainment, children’s activities, delicious food and more. Festival hours are 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm on Friday, Sept. 9; 9:00 am – 7:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 10; and, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 11. Rochester Municipal Park is located in downtown Rochester, west of Rochester Road and north of University. Parking shuttle service is available for $3/roundtrip at Rochester High School, located at the southwest corner of Livernois and University. For additional information about the Art & Apples Festival, please call (248) 651-4110 or visit www.artandapplesfestival.com.
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Coming Up On News/Talk 760 WJR
Friday September 2 (3PM-6PM): Tune in as The Mitch Albom Show broadcasts LIVE from The Splash Gallery during Arts, Beats and Eats 2005, Oakland County’s Taste, Music and Art Festival, in downtown Pontiac.
Saturday September 3: Join Steve Courtney as WJR kicks off the 2005 U of M Football Season with “The WJR Rock Financial Tailgate Show” LIVE from Ann Arbor beginning at 12:30pm. Then keep your dial set 760am WJR to hear the University of Michigan Wolverines take on Northern Illinois Huskies beginning at 3:30pm.
Sunday September 4 (Noon-3PM): Tune in as WJR’s “Home Improvement” broadcasts LIVE from The Splash Gallery at Arts, Beats and Eats 2005 in downtown Pontiac
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WMXD-MIX 92.3’s Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search is near the end of its search for the next new morning show host. From August 29th – September 2nd, MIX 92.3 will feature gospel recording artist, J.Moss of the infamous PAJAM production powerhouse with his sidekicks for the week, comedians Horace B. Sanders and Small Fire.
Detroit Free Press:
Tom Joyner is taking his audience with him. That's the big story emerging from this month's Arbitrend radio ratings, released Tuesday. The syndicated radio star's move from Clear Channel's WMXD to Joyner's new corporate radio home at Radio One's WDMK (now on 105.9) is clearly mirrored in the ratings chart. WMXD took a ratings hit as it tried using celebrities as morning hosts... Following Tom: Joyner's audience moves with him from 92.3 to 105.9; Arbitrend radio ratings, (Wed 8/24)
Question: Why is Monday's NFL preseason game between the Lions and the St. Louis Rams more than just a meaningless exhibition tilt? Answer: Because it gives ABC's "Monday Night Football" production a chance to do a live national telecast from Ford Field for the first time since the Lions moved there in 2002 -- which makes it a dress rehearsal for Super Bowl XL on Feb. 5, which ABC is broadcasting... Monday Lions game is ABC's rehearsal for the Super Bowl, (Wed 8/24)
Relief could be coming for baseball fans who aren't seeing enough of the Tigers. There are signs of optimism that the Tigers will return to broadcast television next year, after a 2005 schedule that tuned out Metro Detroit fans who don't have cable TV. A long road of talks lies ahead before anything is signed, and stumbling blocks can spring up at any point in negotiations. But indications are that the Tigers will work out a deal to get back on UPN-Channel 50 in 2006... Tigers could return to Channel 50, (Sun 8/21)
Daily Oakland Press:
Tune down your AM dial this morning, and you’ll likely hear metro Detroit’s newest radio station. WFDF-AM (910) used to broadcast from Flint, but now it’s in the final stages of moving its transmitter to northern Monroe County... Disney station making move to metro Detroit airwaves, (Mon 8/22)
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT "MOJO IN THE MORNING" co-host SPIKE rode a horse and buggy to work this morning in protest of the current gas prices in MICHIGAN. As news helicopters buzzed overhead, SPIKE even parked his carriage at a gas station and offered rides to anybody who would abandon their automobile. To top off his morning commute, SPIKE took the horse and buggy through the McDONALD'S drive-thru, where he purchased a $2.39 apple and walnut salad for his Clydesdale horse. Pictures of the journey will be posted soon on www.mojointhemorning.com. (Fri 8/26)
Crain's Detroit Business
Wayne State University plans to lease out valuable air waves it has controlled since the 1960s, a move that could help clear the way for next-generation wireless systems and devices in metro Detroit. Previously used for TV broadcasting, the 107.6 megahertz of radio waves are capable of carrying vast amounts of data, reaching out in a 35-mile radius from a tower at Eight Mile Road and Wyoming Avenue in Royal Oak Township... WSU to lease spectrum for wireless use, (Mon 8/22)
The Detroit designated market area, as defined by Nielsen Media Research, has dropped out of the country's top 10 markets, falling into 11th place behind Houston. It's the first time ever that Detroit has been outside of the Top 10. At one time during TV's early days in the 1950s, the Motor City was ranked as high as the 4th largest market, behind only New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Since then the Detroit market has slipped steadily down those Top 10 rankings and is now on the outside looking in.
The annual re-ranking of radio and TV markets showed mixed results this year for Detroit: Arbitron earlier placed the radio market as the 9th largest in the country, up from 10th. Arbitron and Nielsen each define their market areas differently, resulting in the disparity between the services.
According to MediaWeek, Nielsen estimates the total number of TV households in the USA increased 0.5 percent to 110.2 million with much of the increase occurring among ethnic populations. The impact of the baby boom generation is being felt more than ever too as the number of Women 55+ TV households increased by 2.5 percent to 36.2 million while the number of Men 55+ was up 3.1 percent to 29.7 million.
Nielsen reported significant shifts in the local market rankings, primarily due to population growth in the southern and western regions of the U.S. As a result, Houston moved up in rank to No. 10 from No. 11, while Detroit moved down to No. 11 from No. 10. Among the top 15 markets, Tampa-St. Petersburg, Fla., (formerly No. 13) is now ranked No. 12. Phoenix moves up to No. 14 from No. 15, and Portland, Ore., moves up to No. 23 from No. 24. Las Vegas continues to be one of the fastest growing markets in the country, moving up three ranks to No. 48.
Even though Houston is now the 10th largest TV market, a Nielsen spokesperson said the ratings firm will continue with its originally-planned schedule to roll out the local people meter service to Detroit, now ranked No. 11. “We haven’t announced plans to go beyond the 10-announced markets,” said the spokesperson.
Changes to the rankings of various TV markets in Michigan is outlined below:
|Market||2005-06 rank||2004-05 rank|
It will be interesting to observe if there is any noticeable impact on the news operations of Channels 2, 4, and 7 in Detroit over time now that the prestige of being a top 10 market is gone. That impact might be significant when considering high profile ad placements that might only be placed in Top 10 markets. One would think that there is little chance of the Detroit market ever moving back into the top 10 given the general trend of people moving south and west from the Midwest, making this a sad day indeed in local television history.
One of Detroit radio’s most popular personalities will return to the local airwaves this fall as Dave Wagner becomes program director and morning host for WRCJ-FM 90.9. Wagner, whose vast music knowledge and wry sense of humor are familiar to classical music fans from his 17 years at WQRS-FM 105.1, has been hired by the new Detroit classical and jazz station. The announcement was made today by 90.9 WRCJ Station Manager Robert Scott.
Wagner commented, "It’s great to have classical music back in Detroit and I’m so proud to be part of the team to make this happen." His role at WRCJ will be similar as the one he held at WQRS, which abandoned a classical music format in 1997. He will guide the mix of daytime classical and nighttime jazz and the overall content of the station, which is operated by Detroit Public Television and is licensed to Detroit Public Schools. Wagner will also become 90.9 FM Morning Show host when the station shifts from Classical 24 satellite programming to locally-based broadcasts from its new studios in the Detroit School of Arts this fall.
Wagner will assume duties as program director on September 6. The date for his debut as morning host is undetermined. Dave Wagner is a 35-year radio veteran with experience at commercial and public radio stations. Since 2001, he has been program director of classical radio station WMZT-FM in Los Angeles. He is also Professor of Music at Madonna University in Livonia. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.
Major funding for the start up of WRCJ’s classical and jazz operations is provided by The Kresge Foundation.
ABC Radio Detroit and Salvation Army partner to aid Hurricane Katrina Victims
ABC's Detroit cluster, which includes News/Talk 760 WJR, Radio Disney 910AM, 96.3 WDVD and 93.1 Doug-FM (WDRQ), have partnered with the Salvation Army to raise funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina. The joint on-air campaign kicked off this morning on all three stations located in the Golden Tower of the Fisher Building (WJR, WDVD, WDRQ) with the common goal to bring aid to those affected by this tragedy.
“On behalf of ABC Radio Detroit, we are asking our listeners to consider supporting this cause and donating to help those left in desperate need by Hurricane Katrina,” said Mike Fezzey, President & General Manager, News/Talk 760 WJR and Radio Disney 910AM. “With 100% of donations going directly to the victims, we salute the Salvation Army efforts and take pride in partnering with this outstanding organization.” adds President & General Manager, 93.1 Doug FM and 96.3 WDVD, Steve Kosbau.
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WOMC’S Labor of Love Hurricane Relief Campaign
This Labor Day Weekend, join 104.3 WOMC and Infinity Radio Detroit in our Labor of Love, collecting donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina along the Gulf Coast.
What’s needed is cash, to buy necessary supplies and services. We cannot accept in-kind donations at this time.
Make your donation today. Stop by any Standard Federal Bank Branch in Michigan – and they’ll gladly forward your donation to the Salvation Army-Hurricane Katrina Relief effort. Make your checks payable to “Salvation Army – Hurricane Katrina”. If the bank branch is closed, just drop your donation in the night deposit slot.
WDET to carry special NPR Katrina coverage this weekend
Public radio WDET-FM 101.9 will be broadcasting NPR's special coverage of catastrophic damage left by hurricane Katrina on Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4 from 2-5pm. NPR is currently working on a call-in show for Sunday, which WDET plans to carry. For further information on WDET's Katrina coverage, go to wdetfm.org or tune in to WDET 101.9FM. Hosted by Neal Conan both afternoons, the shows will include updates from NPR reporters in the field, interviews and listener calls.
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Michigan Radio to Join Other Public Radio Stations
to Offer Wider Selection of Podcasts
Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, on August 31st joined fellow public radio stations around the country in making a wider array of public radio programming available via podcasting. This new collaboration, in which participating stations will pool together select, locally-produced podcasts, along with on-demand content from three key public radio networks, seeks to build upon the significant space individual public radio stations have already carved out in the podcasting field.
The participants include some of the nation’s leading public radio stations: Michigan Radio; WNYC (New York); KQED (San Francisco); Northwest Public Radio; WGBH (Boston); KUT (Austin) and WXPN (Philadelphia). Stations are joined by the three premiere public radio networks: National Public Radio (NPR), Public Radio International (PRI) and American Public Media (APM).
The launch of this joint venture greatly expands the amount of NPR programming available via podcasting. Until now, the only NPR programs offered in this format have been Science Friday, On the Media, and Living On Earth. Now more than 20 programs are available through the websites of participating stations. The Environment Report from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium was an early adopter of this delivery system and launched a podcast in March.
Through this collaboration, which will operate on a demonstration basis for the first six months, the websites of participating local stations will act as portals into a gallery of public radio podcasts. These will include shows stations produce locally, shows from other participating stations, and selections from the public radio networks.
The collaboration seeks to determine how local stations could maximize their use of advancing technologies to best serve the public radio audience, which has had significant audience growth over the last several years. Podcasting represents an unprecedented opportunity for local stations to transcend geography, offering their listeners public radio news, information, and cultural offerings from across the nation while also exposing their own local productions to a broader audience. It also allows listeners more convenience and flexibility, enabling them to hear their favorite shows and find new ones on their own timetable. Along with select network offerings from NPR, PRI, and APM, local programs such as the GLRC’s Environment Report and The California Report from KQED, as well as others popular in their local markets will now be available to public radio listeners everywhere.
NPR is providing the back-end technology infrastructure and will absorb all expenses including the additional bandwidth required. Once the demonstration period has ended, other stations will be encouraged to add their own content to the choices.
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Steve Harvey to guest host Mix 92.3's morning show next week
From September 6-9, Adult Urban WMXD-FM (92.3) will bring in the best of the best to take part in MIX 92.3’s Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search. Comedian, radio personality, and actor Steve Harvey will be in Detroit taking his shot at becoming the station's next new morning show host on Thursday and Friday. Kicking off the work week on Tuesday will be special in-studio guest host Frankie Beverly of the Maze.
“Having Steve Harvey on our airwaves, participating in the Nationwide Celebrity Morning Show Search will definitely heat up the search. In addition having Frankie Beverly in studio with us for an entire morning is an accomplishment for any radio station. We are excited to have both of them with us next week,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director of WMXD.
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College, Pro Gridiron Shows make FSN the Network for Football
The arrival of the 2005 football season brings a bevy of shows to FSN Detroit highlighting the college and professional ranks locally and nationally:
1:30 PM – Lions Press Conference: Live coverage of Steve Mariucci’s Monday session with the Detroit press corps, hosted by Matt Shepard. Premieres Sept. 12.
* 10:00 PM – DSR: Maize & Blue Monday: Each week throughout the football season, the Monday edition of the Detroit Sports Report focuses on all things related to Michigan football.
6:00 PM – Ultimate Fantasy Football: FSN’s popular series returns for a third season. Hosted by Patrick O’Neal alongside former NFL QB’s Erik Kramer and Warren Moon and radio personality Andrew Siciliano, UFF breaks down upcoming match-ups and evaluates players to help fantasy football owners climb to the top of their fantasy standings. Premieres Sept. 8.
* 10:00 PM – DSR: One on One with John L. Smith: Back for the second season on the DSR is the candid Thursday conversation with Michigan State head coach John L. Smith, conducted by anchor Mickey York. Premieres Sept. 1.
5:00 PM & 10:30 PM – FSN Pro Football Preview: The one-hour show is hosted by Emmy-Award winning broadcaster Chris Myers, alongside recently retired, future Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown and former NFL
defensive star Jason Sehorn, plus FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer. Taped in front of a live audience at the FOX Sports Grill in Irvine, CA, FSN Pro Football Preview promises first-rate breakdowns, match-up analysis and in-depth NFL news. Premieres Sept. 9 (re-airs Sundays at 10:00 AM).
* 10:00 PM – DSR: TGI Football: New to FSN this fall, each Friday’s edition of the Detroit Sports Report will provide detailed previews of the weekend football action, with an emphasis on Michigan State,
Michigan and the Lions.
9:00 AM – Michigan Replay: The long-running show featuring Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and cohost Jim Brandstatter.
9:30 AM – Spartan Sports Zone: The MSU sports scene is featured each week with an emphasis on football in the fall, hosted by Dave Ellis.
Select Sundays – DSR: Lions Post-game Edition: Eight to nine times this season, the Detroit Sports Report crew provides live coverage immediately following Lions games providing remarks from the podium, locker room reaction and expert analysis. Hosts are Matt Shepard (home games) and Mickey York (road games), joined by analyst Rob Rubick and reporter Trevor Thompson. Premieres Sept. 11 following the
Lions-Packers season opener.
FSN Detroit’s college and pro football shows are delivered to more than 3.6 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.
* Shows air at 10:00 PM on non-game nights; may air earlier or later on live game nights.
Also, please note the following addition to the Tigers telecast schedule on FSN Detroit: Saturday Sept. 24 – Seattle Mariners at Tigers, 7:00 PM (no pre-game show). This is the make-up date for the Aug. 30 game that was rained out.
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Greater Media Detroit Names Director of Creative Services
Greater Media Detroit announces Lisa Drummond has been named Director of Creative Services. She will be responsible for providing clients and listeners with compelling, entertaining and effective commercials as well as expanding resources within the Creative Services Department.
A Michigan native and 25 year industry veteran, Drummond was formerly a senior writer and media supervisor at Caponigro Marketing Group, located in Southfield. “This is an exciting opportunity. It’s nice to work with a company like Greater Media that’s committed to offering exceptional resources to increase our advertisers’ effectiveness,” said Drummond who holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University.
“We’re excited to have Lisa on board. She’ll be a great addition in our efforts to build better marketing campaigns for our advertisers,” said John Long, Director of Sales for Greater Media Detroit.
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WJR to visit MSU
On Thursday September 8th from 6-9AM, WJR-AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith will broadcast live from the Michigan State University Sesquicentennial Celebration at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in Lansing.
Detroit Free Press:
"The Daily Buzz," produced by ACME Communications and Emmis Television, with help from the Associated Press and CNN, debuts at 7-9 a.m. Sept. 12 on Detroit's WKBD-TV (Channel 50). "The Daily Buzz" is aimed at a younger demographic. As of the Detroit start, it'll be seen in 140 markets, covering more than 40% of the country... A Detroit debut buzz, (Mon 8/29)
Syndicated morning radio giant Tom Joyner, who's busy converting his Detroit radio audience to his new dial position at WDMK-FM (105.9), gets another enterprise going the first weekend in October. His syndicated TV show, "The Tom Joyner Show," a weekly one-hour music and variety series, debuts then. WDWB-TV (Channel 20) plans to air it Saturdays at 4 p.m. (tentative scheduling)... Joyner to air syndicated TV program, (Mon 8/29)
Detroit native George Noory knocked off three responsibilities over the weekend. He reunited with his Dearborn-based parents, got together with two of his St. Louis-based daughters who flew in and he hosted his nationally syndicated overnight talk fest "Coast-to-Coast A.M." (1 a.m. weeknights CKLW-AM, 800) from GM's OnStar base in the Renaissance Center early Saturday morning... 'Coast-to-Coast' Detroit remote goes well for returning native, (Tue 8/30)
Viacom reunited its two Detroit stations under a single vice president and general manager late Tuesday. Gone is Linda Danna, who ran WWJ-TV (Channel 62, CBS) since November 2001 and WKBD-TV (Channel 50, UPN) from then until Shaun McDonald arrived in Detroit in April from Indianapolis. Now he'll run both stations... Channel 50 boss takes over CBS 62, (Wed 8/31)
Ever wonder what happened to Thayrone, the outspoken Ann Arbor-based disc jockey who was let go by public radio station WEMU (89.1-FM) in Ypsilanti for refusing to run NPR news and constantly talking up the Iraq War? Wonder no more. Thayrone's "Bone Conduction Music Show" has been running live on Ann Arbor talk radio station WAAM (1600 AM) from 8 p.m. to midnight on Sundays. On Fridays, the syndicated version of his music show is aired from 9 to 11 p.m. Now, a talk show Thayrone had going at midday, "On the Edge with Thayrone," moves into the coveted drive-time slot, 4-6 p.m., as of Thursday... Ann Arbor DJ Thayrone resurfaces with new shows, (Wed 8/31)
Brand new classical station WRCJ-FM (90.9) pleased a lot of listeners right off the bat with its announcement Wednesday that it's hired Dave Wagner as program director and morning host. Wagner is well known to Detroiters from his 17 years in the same roles at WQRS-FM (105.1) until that station dumped classical music in 1997 to become adult pop station WMGC-FM... Dave Wagner signs on at WRCJ, (Thu 9/1)
Daily Oakland Press:
Nothing seems to continually fascinate people in the radio industry (and listeners) more than ratings. In the metro Detroit market, radio ratings are taken in each of the four seasons and each quarter is divided into three phases, one for each month of the quarter... All-news WWJ is gaining ground on powerhouse WJR, (Mon 8/29)
ALL ACCESS has learned that Sports WQSN-A/KALAMAZOO PD/host RYAN MAGUIRE is heading across the state of MICHIGAN to join CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR as PD, effective SEPTEMBER 23. MAGUIRE is represented by DAVID BRODY and JON CHELESNIK of BROADCASTER MARKETING SERVICES. (Mon 8/29)
Detroit's public television station WTVS-TV will be the first station outside of the Fox affiliates to adopt the Fox local station blueprint for high definition. WTVS signed a deal with equipment provider Terayon to use its technology to switch between local and national HD feeds... Detroit PBS Station Adopts Fox HD Solution, (Mon 8/29)
WMXD-FM 92.3 and WJLB-FM 97.9 are teaming up today with the Salvation Army, in partnership with McDonald’s, to collect donations in efforts to aid the victims of Hurricane Katrina. WMXD and WJLB will broadcast simultaneously from two different McDonald’s locations to collect donations. McDonald’s at 3975 Conner Street, in Detroit AND McDonald’s at 9815 Grand River Avenue in Detroit. Station personalities and local recording artists will be on-site to show their support and be apart of the effort, including, Derrick Coleman, Karen Clark-Sheard, Pastor J. Drew Sheard, J.Moss, Dorinda Clark Cole, and many others. One hundred percent of donations will respond to the needs of those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Steve Harvey! From All Access this afternoon:
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As first tipped here at ALL ACCESS, comedian, actor, and morning air-personality STEVE HARVEY is indeed returning to morning urban radio. HARVEY just signed a joint syndication arrangement with CLEAR CHANNEL's PREMIER RADIO NETWORKS and INNER CITY RADIO. He will be based at INNER CITY's flagship station Urban AC WBLS/NEW YORK, where he is scheduled to start on SEPTEMBER 19th.
Already lined up to carry the syndicated HARVEY morning show, beginning OCTOBER 3rd, are CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Urban AC WSRB (SOUL 106)/CHICAGO, INNER CITY stations in JACKSON, MS and COLUMBIA, S.C., and CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT, where HARVEY is guest-hosting this week.
This deal will pit HARVEY against REACH MEDIA's TOM JOYNER in THE MOTOR CITY. Look for this trend to spread, following a deal in which RADIO ONE purchased a controlling interest in REACH MEDIA, which is JOYNER's syndication company. In addition to DETROIT, RADIO ONE has already moved him to their stations in PHILADELPHIA and ST. LOUIS.
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Looks like the "contest" at Mix 92.3 is over. Guess when a talent on the level of Steve Harvey becomes available, the chance to get him on your station, even in a syndicated format, overrides any promotion you might have been running. The Joyner versus Harvey battle should be very interesting for listeners who will have two quality shows to choose from on Detroit's Adult Urban stations, WMXD and WDMK-FM 105.9, home of Joyner's program.
WJR Upcoming Events
Tues. Sept. 13 – Wed. Sept. 14: (6AM-9AM) The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the Frankfurt International Auto Show in Germany.
Thursday September 15: (6AM-9AM) The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the GDHAC 49th Annual Conference & Meeting at The Dearborn Inn.
Also on Thursday, (9AM-11:30AM) the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Future Forum and Annual Meeting 2005 at the Grand Traverse Resort in Traverse City.
Detroit Free Press:
To be honored: By Wayne State University's Journalism Institute for Minorities (JIM), longtime local TV newsman Emery King; In the works: "A Night of a Thousand Stars," a cabaret benefit for the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, at 6 p.m. Sept. 18. Festivities include a dinner, cash bar and a silent auction. Country WYCD-FM's (99.5) Mike Williams emcees... Names and Faces, (Tue 9/6)
WDIV-TV (Local 4) viewers will have to get their Good Health from somebody else. Friday, Lila Lazarus, WDIV's health reporter and noon news anchor, resigned to pursue "new adventures" in life. Friday was Lazarus' last day... Lila Lazarus resigns at Local 4 to tackle 'new adventures', (Sat 9/10)
The Detroit News, Metro Times, 89X (CIMX-FM, 88.7), Clutch Cargo's and the Motor City Music Conference will sponsor a fund-raising concert for hurricane relief Sunday at Mill Street, downstairs from Clutch Cargo's... Concert proceeds will go to Salvation Army, (Sat 9/10)
Daily Oakland Press:
It’s nice to start off the week with some good news. Dave Wagner, whom classical music fans no doubt remember from his days at the former WQRS-FM (105.1), has been named program director for Classical/ Jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), effective Tuesday. In addition, he’ll become the station’s morning voice later this fall when the station switches from satellite feeds to local-based shows... Dave Wagner makes classical return to Detroit radio, (Mon 9/5)
NFINITY's latest stations to add podcasting are News WBBM-A/CHICAGO, WBZ-A/BOSTON, WWJ-A/DETROIT, and KCBS-A/SAN FRANCISCO, which now offer a lineup of podcasts similar to those from sisters WINS-A and WCBS-A/NEW YORK, KYW-A/PHILADELPHIA, and KNX-A and KFWB-A/LOS ANGELES. WBZ is offering KATRINA coverage, commentary by BRADLEY JAY and CARL STEVENS, and other features. WWJ has a "Worldwide Automotive Report" among other options. WBBM's offerings include the station's 4:30 on-air newscast, Mayor DALEY's press briefings, and more. KCBS is featuring reports from the GULF COAST, plus LARRY MAGID's high-tech reports and other material. (Tue 9/6)
Crain's Detroit Business:
Radio station entrepreneur Robert Liggett sold nine radio stations in 2000, but he continues to be involved in companies ranging from the Big Boy restaurant chain to radio stations and a high-speed wireless Internet company. Liggett, who began working at a radio station at age 14, bought his first radio station in the 1970s and built Liggett Broadcasting into a regional empire based in Lansing... Entrepreneur still thrives (Mon 9/5)
Granite Broadcasting Corp. plans to sell WDWB-TV Channel 20 in Southfield along with another WB affiliate in San Francisco in a $180 million deal. New York City-based Granite, which has been seeking to sell or swap the stations since 2003, plans to sell WDWB and KBWB-TV Channel 20 to AM Media Holdings L.L.C., an affiliate of Acon Investments L.L.C... Channel 20 sold as part of $180M deal; AM Media Holdings buys WDWB-TV from Granite Broadcasting, (Thu 9/8)
Billboard Radio Monitor
Infinity all news outlet WWJ Detroit now offers a wide variety of podcast programs, including one with a couple of traditional 10-second spots. WWJ’s “Worldwide Auto Report,” is sponsored by the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) and the advertiser rates a logo display on the WWJ podcast page, along with two spots in the program... All News WWJ Offers Podvertising, (Tue 9/6)
Granite Broadcasting Corporation announced today that it has entered into separate definitive agreements to sell its WB-affiliated television stations, KBWB, Channel 20 in San Francisco, California and WDWB, Channel 20 in Detroit, Michigan to wholly-owned subsidiaries of AM Media Holdings, LLC, an affiliate of ACON Investments, LLC. In consideration for the sales of the two stations as well as for covenants not to compete in each of the San Francisco and Detroit markets, Granite will receive $180 million in the aggregate, before closing adjustments, consisting of $177.5 million in cash and $2.5 million of equity in AM Media Holdings, LLC... Granite Broadcasting Corporation to Sell San Francisco and Detroit WB Stations to AM Media Holdings, LLC, (Thu 9/8)
Detroit Public Radio will broadcast the debate between Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and mayoral candidate Freeman Hendrix this Thursday, September 15 beginning at 7:00PM. The debate takes place at noon on Thursday at Cobo Center and is sponsored by the Detroit Economic Club.
The station is also working on being able to air subsequent mayoral
debates scheduled for October.
Faced with one of the worst natural disasters in U.S. history, Hurricane Katrina left in her wake an estimated 500,000 homeless across the southern states and over 80% of the city of New Orleans under water. The Motor City has always been known for its generosity and the RIFF is once again asking for you to join us as we help rebuild lives and cities with the WRIF Rock For Relief Auction!
Last week 101 WRIF kicked off dual auction efforts to raise much needed funding. Morning show hosts Drew and Mike hit the airwaves and offered up a daily featured item from sporting event tickets to tailgate parties for listeners to bid on. Listener response has been overwhelming and as a result Drew and Mike’s on air auctions will continue through this week with new items in the days to come. Every dime raised through the on air auctions will benefit the American Red Cross.
To give more listeners the chance to join in the cause, 101 WRIF took our fundraising efforts to the web as well as we posted a series of goods up for auction on eBay including autographed rock and sports memorabilia, concert tickets, RIAA record awards a complete Rolling Stones CD catalog and more! 100% of the online auction proceeds will benefit several relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina including the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Habitat For Humanity, Feed the Children and many more! To date the combined efforts have raised almost $20,000!
Items up for bid include autographed guitars from Puddle of Mudd, Metallica, Nickelback, Zakk Wylde, Kid Rock, Judas Priest, Staind, Tesla/Scorpions, Seether/Three Days Grace/Shinedown, KISS, Linkin Park, Motley Crue and Papa Roach, unique items like a signed microphone from Ozzy, a signed tablecloth from STP and autographed set list from Def Leppard, great items from the RIFF including the chance to program “Midnight Metal” in studio with Screamin’ Scott Randall, dinner with Arthur Penhallow, the VIP treatment as guest co-host with Doug Podell at our Wednesday night Wild Woody’s party, sweet items from The Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and so much more! For full details on the auction and a complete list of items visit www.wrif.com.
101 WRIF has also partnered with Wild Woody’s to help take care of the children affected by this disaster. This Wednesday (September 14th) from 11am until midnight, listeners are encouraged to bring a toy, crayons, etc. to Wild Woody’s located at 32500 Gratiot between 13 and 14 Mile Roads across from Macomb Mall in Roseville. We will be filling the Wild Woody’s bus full of children’s toy donations and shipping them down the Gulf Coast!
Governor Granholm Pays Tribute to Greater Media During Official Dedication of Peter A. Bordes Broadcast Center
Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm praised the state's “spirit of community” as she spoke during the official dedication of the Peter A. Bordes Broadcast Center on Thursday, September 15th, 2005 at Greater Media Detroit’s new state of the art digital broadcast facility.
She cited Greater Media’s stations, WRIF-FM 101.1, WCSX-FM 94.7 and WMGC-FM 105.1, for their support of Detroit area charities and causes. The Governor pointed out that it’s “in giving back to others that we create a community spirit.”
Built next to its former location at One Radio Plaza in Detroit, the new building is home to the three popular Detroit radio stations. More than 400 hundred guests, consisting of employees, building contractors and clients attended the event, which also included a reception and tour of the new facility.
In remarks at the opening ceremony, Chairman of Greater Media, John Bordes said, “The design and construction of this facility is a very fitting tribute to my brother. He would have been proud of the state of the art technology involved. It represents a major investment in the future technology of radio, which we believe can only further our goals of bringing the very best radio experience to our listeners in Greater Detroit.”
President and CEO of Greater Media, Peter H. Smyth, said, “The commitment of the Bordes family to our community and our employees is evident in our new building. We’re proud to make this investment in the Detroit area.”
Greater Media, Inc. is the parent company of 19 AM and FM radio stations in the Boston, Detroit, New Jersey and Philadelphia markets. It also owns a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey as well as several telecommunications towers located throughout the United States.
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WDET to air "Higher Ground" on September 17 @ 8PM
WDET-FM 101.9 will broadcast NPR's "Higher Ground: A Hurricane Relief Benefit Concert" on Saturday, September 17 beginning at 8PM, a LIVE benefit concert for hurricane relief.
Led by New Orleans native Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, the concert will be a fundraiser for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. Higher Ground will be emceed by Laurence Fishburne, and along with Wynton Marsalis, the guest list includes Terence Blanchard, Ken Burns, Cyrus Chestnut, Peter Cincotti, Elvis Costello, Robert De Niro, Bill Cosby, Paquito D'Rivera, Jon Hendricks, Nora Jones, Diana Krall, Abbey Lincoln, Bette Midler, Dianne Reeves, Marcus Roberts, Paul Simon, Meryl Streep, James Taylor, McCoy Tyner, Cassandra Wilson, Buckwheat Zydeco, and
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Detroit Radio One Stations Pitch In for Hurricane Relief
A UniverSoul Circus semi-tractor trailer, filled with non-perishable food and clothing items donated by circus patrons in the Motor City, was scheduled to make its way from Detroit to Tallulah, Louisiana this morning, bringing much needed assistance to those affected by hurricane Katrina. Spearheaded by Mayor Lindsey, Tallulah will serve as a Northeast Louisiana relief hub for the hard hit parishes and cities in the Gulf region.
Through public appeals, UniverSoul Circus and its radio partners in Detroit, Kiss 105.9, WDMK, Hot 102.7 WHTD and WCHB AM 1200, have helped collect a trailer-full of non-perishable goods for the relief effort. Hot 102.7 afternoon drive personality Charles “Spudd” Spence will be along for the ride, and will be broadcasting live upon arriving in Northeast Louisiana. The trailer will be filled with items such as bottled water, toiletries, diapers, undergarments and clothing.
“UniverSoul Circus is committed to assisting the relief effort through the end of our tour,” said Cedric Walker, founder and president. “This trip from Detroit is just the tip of the iceberg. We will continue collecting non-perishable goods from our patrons as we travel to Chicago, Oakland and Los Angeles, the final cities on our 2006 tour schedule. And to make sure these items reach their intended destinations, we’re delivering them ourselves, in a circus truck driven by circus personnel.”
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WMXD Announces October 3rd Start Date For Steve Harvey Morning Show
Starting Monday October 3rd from 6-10 AM, Detroit will be waking up on weekdays to “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” on Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3.
With a solid and accomplished track history in television and movie screens worldwide, Steve Harvey has entertained families across the country. Entering radio in 2000 with “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, ranked #1 on 100.3FM The Beat in Los Angeles, Harvey took his career to another medium of entertainment. Harvey will now join Clear Channel Radio’s list of top personality on-air line-up, including Donald Trump, The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Ryan Seacrest and Carson Daly.
“We are excited and anxious to give Detroit what they deserve, and that is to provide a national talent who will offer the most compelling and entertaining show to our listening audience. I can’t wait to wake up to Steve Harvey every morning!” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director of WMXD.
WMXD's lineup effective 10/3:
6-10am: “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”
10am-3pm: “Mid-Day MIX” with Frankie Darcell
3-7pm: “The Michael Baisden Show”
7pm–Midnight: “MIX Moods” with Keil Lamont
Midnight-6am: “Midnight MIX” with Tracey McCaskill
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Upcoming WJR-AM 760 Events:
Tuesday, September 20th – Wednesday, September 21st:
From 6-9am both days, the Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the Forbes CEO Forum 2005 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Saturday, September 24th:
News/talk 760 WJR, the Detroit Medical Center & Wayne State University will present “People’s Medical College”, a free, informative and potentially life saving opportunity. “How the Heart Works” is a community education program presented by WJR and the DMC, which explores biological science, medical terminology and exciting achievements from DMC/WSU physicians and professors. Key physicians will lecture on the cardiac cycle, coronary arteries, heart disease to heart attacks, surgical advancements, though treatments today and beyond. For more information or to register, call 1-888-DMC-2500.
“People’s Medical College” schedule of events:
5-9am: live WJR broadcast with Warren Pierce
Location: Grosse Pointe War Memorial ballroom
32 Lake Shore Blvd.
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236
Detroit Free Press:
Going national: Local fitness expert Peter Nielsen. His 30-minute show "Peter's Principles" rolls out nationally in 204 markets starting Sept. 26. His home station WDIV-TV (Channel 4) will carry it... Names and Faces, (Tue 9/13)
Stewart's a hit in Motown: Martha mania seems to be slightly higher in Detroit than elsewhere. (Maybe it was the Kmart nearness effect?!) Whatever. While domestic doyenne Martha Stewart carded a 5.4 rating and 16 share Monday at 10 a.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in her return to daytime TV after slammer time, the results elsewhere weren't as stupendous... Names and Faces, (Wed 9/14)
Good news for lonely hearts! Local radio legend Alan Almond and his love song-laden program "Pillowtalk" will return to WNIC-FM (100.3) on Monday. "Alan truly has a special sound and a unique gift for setting the perfect mood at night, and he's a staple of Detroit radio," says Darren Davis, Clear Channel regional vice president of programming. WNIC let Almond go in 2002. "I guess you can write we had creative differences," Almond said at the time. "Pillowtalk" will air from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday... Almond and 'Pillowtalk' back on WNIC, (Sat 9/17)
Alan Almond is making a return to Detroit radio. The seductive voice of "Pillowtalk" -- who was fired from WNIC-FM (100.3) in November 2002 -- returns to the station Monday. "We couldn't be more excited to welcome Alan back home to WNIC," Clear Channel Regional Vice President of Programming Darren Davis said in a statement. "Pillowtalk" will air 7 p.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday on WNIC... Alan Almond, 'Pillowtalk' return to WNIC-FM, (Sat 9/17)
Daily Oakland Press:
Today marks my 10th year of living in Oakland County, and I still can’t afford it. However, those of us in local media are very excited about the final Motor City Broadcast Reunion, now less than two weeks away. Organizers, including yours truly are encouraged by the phenomenal number of legendary broadcasters coming back to Motown Sept. 24 for this historic gathering... Legendary broadcasters to come back to Motown, (Mon 9/12)
Ann Arbor News:
Although the Arbitron ratings released to the public do not contain the rankings for non-commercial stations, listenership for stations such as WUOM at the University of Michigan and WEMU, the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, is counted and made available to those stations. When the public stations are added to the picture, WUOM (91.7-FM) jumps over WJR as the most popular station in Ann Arbor... Include public radio in ratings and WUOM beats out WJR, (Sun 9/11)
The pot has been sweetened in an attempt to spur new information in the 2003 stabbing death of a Fowlerville gas station attendant...The new $10,000 reward offer comes from radio station WHMI-FM, Howell-Brighton, the county's only radio station. The previous $25,000 offer, which still stands, comes from the gas station owner. WHMI Operations Manager Reed Kittredge said the station wanted to offer the reward money to jump-start the ongoing investigation, in which police said leads had trickled to a minimum. "WHMI feels strongly that this vicious crime must be solved, and that the best chance of resolving this case is by receiving new information or evidence from someone in the community,'' Kittredge said in a written statement. "WHMI hopes the offer of an additional $10,000 reward will be the incentive needed for someone to come forward with new information that will ultimately lead to the arrest and conviction of those guilty of this horrible murder"... Radio station pitches in to help solve 'horrible murder', (Fri 9/16)
INFINITY Country WYCD/DETROIT PD CHIP MILLER has resigned from his PD post, and has told ALL ACCESS that he'll be returning to MEMPHIS to get into broadcast acquisitions and ownership. MILLER, who programmed WGKX/MEMPHIS for several years before heading to MOTOR CITY, was at WYCD for a year. (Mon 9/12)
CLEAR CHANNEL AC WNIC/DETROIT, MI brings ALAN ALMOND’s “PILLOW TALK” show back for the 7p-mid slot airing from SUNDAY through THURSDAY. ALMOND worked at WNIC off and on from 1972-2002 with a brief stint at cross-town WOMC during the 80’s. (Fri 9/16)
Crain's Detroit Business:
Local radio stations are embracing digital technology and even cutting commercial time as more listeners tune in to satellite radio or create their own MP3 playlists. Both products have station owners making the most of local content, providing their own new technology and evaluating commercial time. Some see the approaches as smart marketing; others say such steps are necessary to save the industry from decline... Changing stations, (Mon 9/12)
There are three things that Detroiters love unequivocally: sports, cars and music. The city's rich music heritage as the home of the legendary Motown sound lives on. In 2006, the Motor City will play host to two premier events to satisfy its other two loves: the annual North American International Auto Show, one of the world's most prominent car shows, in early January; and on Feb. 5, Super Bowl XL.... Market Profile: Detroit, (Mon 9/12)
GLRC Celebrates 10 Years
The Great Lakes Radio Consortium, an award-winning environmental news service, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The GLRC is marking this anniversary with a special series that looks at the 10 greatest threats to the Great Lakes. These reports will make up one of the most extensive broadcast series ever to cover challenges to the health of the lakes. This landmark series, entitled “Ten Threats to the Great Lakes” serves as a testament to the past 10 years of Great Lakes environmental news coverage from the GLRC. Produced by Michigan Radio, the GLRC provides a no-cost weekly service of environmental news and information that can be heard on more than 150 public radio stations in 20 states, as well as via podcast and the Internet at www.glrc.org.
The GLRC first broadcast on September 18, 1995, but its story begins earlier that year in Cleveland, Ohio, at a planning meeting between Michigan Public Radio, Superior Radio Network, and NPR’s “Living on Earth”. They agreed that there was great need for a service that would report environmental news from the Great Lakes Region. Preparations for the Great Lakes Radio Consortium began and within months, 30 public radio stations across five states joined this ground-breaking collaboration. Over the next nine years, more than 120 additional stations, in 20 states and the province of Ontario began airing GLRC news segments, reaffirming that environmental issues in the Great Lakes region are important to the country at large, not just to those who live here. In the process, they have earned numerous accolades including a National Headliner Award, an RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award, and an award from the Society of Environmental Journalists for Outstanding Radio Reporting in a large market.
In March of 2005, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium once again helped to blaze a new trail for public radio as it became one of the pioneer stations in the field of on-demand news. By offering its service via podcast, the GLRC assured that an even greater number of listeners would have access to news about environmental concerns in our region by downloading reports through the Internet. Now, after 10 years, the Great Lakes Radio Consortium is a valuable part of Michigan Radio. The station is headed by Donovan Reynolds who, as former director of Michigan Public Radio, first proposed the idea for the GLRC.
“I can’t think of a production I am prouder to be associated with,” said Reynolds. “I’ve seen the GLRC grow from a simple idea into a national service that makes a real impact on the Great Lakes Basin. As other news outlets diminish their environmental reporting, the work of the GLRC had become more important than ever.” The GLRC will begin airing the “Ten Threats to the Great Lakes” series this October. Composed of over 30 stories, this in-depth series will run through the end of November.
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Unsung Hero Nominations Sought
Metro Detroit is made up of countless individuals who have made significant contributions to their families, careers, and communities. In an effort to pay tribute to these outstanding individuals, 94.7 WCSX is pleased to present the 2nd Annual Unsung Heroes Tribute. WCSX is encouraging listeners to submit a nomination for someone they feel is an Unsung Hero. During the month of October, WCSX will highlight approximately 25 amazing men and women who are making the world a better place.
Each recipient of an Unsung Heroes award will be honored at a very special recognition banquet scheduled for Thursday, November 17th, 2005 at Petruzzello’s Banquet Hall in Troy. Nominations for The Unsung Heroes Tribute can be emailed to email@example.com or sent to 94.7 WCSX, One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220. Each nomination should include the nominee and nominators full name, address and phone numbers. Complete details are available at www.wcsx.com.
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Survivors to “Live Again!”
The Detroit gospel community is uniting to provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. WMXD-MIX92.3 along with PAJAM and Straight Gate Church presents “Live Again!” a FREE benefit gospel concert for the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Wednesday, September 28th, 2005 at Straight Gate International Church located at Grand River and Livernois at 7PM. Doors open at 6PM. Join GospoCentric recording artist, J Moss and Friends - Grammy Award winner Kirk Franklin, Dr. Charles G. Hayes and The Warriors, Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra “KIKI” Sheard , Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Chris Jones, 2103, and many more!
This special evening will bring awareness to the needs of those who have relocated from the Gulf Coast area to Metro Detroit and allow the community to unite for one evening and donate towards the relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina. VIP Seating is available for all Katrina Survivors, with transportation for the survivors will be provided by Citadel of Praise Outreach. Admission is FREE to the public. Funds raised will benefit several ministry based outreach efforts providing relief to those affected.
“It is in times like these that the city of Detroit and all of its Christian community need to come together and make a joyful noise onto the Lord,” said Bishop Merritt, Pastor of Straight Gate Church International.
“The Detroit community has embraced the needs of the survivors of Hurricane Katrina. MIX 92.3 along with our friends PAJAM and Straight Gate Church want to encourage them to LIVE AGAIN! And help raise funds to continuously address those needs within the community as well as their personal lives. We are glad to partner with the gospel community for such an event,” said Jamillah Muhammad, Program Director, WMXD.
“Not only do our prayers go out to the victims of this tragedy, but we wanted our actions to express our deepest concern and desire to truly help. That's why we are utilizing our resources to bring together our industry friends, family and the city of Detroit to show our support,” said PAJAM.
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Coming Up On News/Talk 760 WJR
Thursday, September 29th: From 6-9AM the Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from the EDS Agility Alliance Development Center Grand Opening at the Development Center in Auburn Hills.
Friday, September 30th: From 3-6PM the Mitch Albom Show broadcasts live from the Michigan vs. Michigan State Tailgate Party 2005 at the Andiamo Italia Banquet Center in Warren. This special broadcast will be brimming with school spirit! Come join the fun and cheer on your favorite team. All WJR loyal listeners are invited to stop by this free event to enjoy the fun, food and fan fare.
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Coming up on Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM 101.9
Tune in this Sunday, September 25 during The John Penney Program
(1pm-5pm) for a live performance from blues singer Shemekia Copeland and her band. The Village Voice calls her the most soul-shaking,
big-voiced blues singer in years, attacking contemporary material like Etta James. Copeland's new CD "The Soul Truth" on Alligator Records is produced by Stax guitarist Steve Cropper and is steeped in the spirit of classic Memphis Soul. See her in concert Sunday evening at the Magic Bag in Ferndale.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and producer Michael Penn stops by The
Martin Bandyke Program on Tuesday, September 27th. On his first new
album in three years, Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947, Penn continues his
trademark Beatlesque folk-pop sounds and clever wordplay. Penn is in
concert Monday evening (9/26) at The Ark In Ann Arbor.
Ed Love welcomes Detroit jazz vocalist Joan Crawford and her Sextet to his program, Tuesday, September 27th. Starting her career as a vocalist for the Jimmy Wilkins Orchestra, Crawford has gone on to star in the National Tour of Fats Waller's Broadway musical "Ain't Misbehavin" and performed in the movie "Detroit Comedy Jam. Joan Crawford brings her latest sextet to WDET's airwaves, Tuesday evening, September 27, in the 7pm hour of Destination Jazz: The
Ed Love Program.
Detroit Free Press:
There were some interesting big moves -- up and down -- in the monthly Arbitron radio ratings chronicling listening habits for the June, July and August that were released Tuesday. Oldies WOMC carded its usual summer surge, moving into a tie for second among all listeners. All-news WWJ dropped as usual during the summer, losing almost a half-point. But the most interesting readings remained at Radio One's urban WHTD and urban adult WDMK... Arbitrend radio ratings, (Wed 9/21)
Dan Alpert was standing in the sort-of-outdoor courtyard of a cafe in Brussels, Belgium, looking at a map. He knew where to find dinner -- the same cafe where he was being a confused tourist -- but he'd already gone astray last Thursday searching for the royal castle. If he could miss something that big at midday, he figured he'd best locate his hotel before dark. So there he was with his map and his black Rockport walking shoes and his mildly puzzled expression, and up came a stranger. "If he's going to ask me for directions," Alpert thought, "we're both in trouble." Worse yet, if that's not what he wants, "what did I do wrong?" "Excuse me," the man said, "but do I recognize you from Detroit Public Television?"... Even in Brussels, Dan Alpert finds Ch. 56 supporters, (Fri 9/23)
Daily Oakland Press:
Country WYCD-FM (99.5) once again is looking for a new program director with last week’s exit of Chip Miller after less than a year at the station. Word is the decision for the quick exit was mutual after WYCD couldn’t nail down a long-term commitment from Miller, who’s seeking to get into station ownership in Tennessee... Country WYCD should tap local roots, (Mon 9/19)
SALEM is swapping its Talk WBOB-A and Religion WTSJ-A/CINCINNATI and $6.75 million to CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM LTD. for Religion WLQV-A/DETROIT. The deal would give SALEM a second station in the DETROIT market, where it presently owns Talk WDTK-A. (Mon 9/19)
HD Radio Update: There are now over 500 AM and FM stations across the country broadcasting with HD Radio technology. Stations serving every one of the top 50 U.S. markets are now providing listeners with digital HD Radio coverage, including: DETROIT (21 stations on the air), LOS ANGELES (19), CHICAGO (19), ATLANTA (18), MIAMI (16), BOSTON (15), SAN FRANCISCO (15), and NEW YORK CITY (14). "This has been a breakthrough year in the rollout of HD Radio technology. Broadcasters are converting stations at a pace of more than one per day as they ramp up efforts to market and promote the technology to consumers," said iBUQUITY DIGITAL CORP. Pres. and CEO ROBERT STRUBLE, "And the emergence of multicasting as the system's first killer application has been critically important. There are now stations from PHILADELPHIA to SEATTLE broadcasting additional streams of content to complement the programming on their main channels." (Wed 9/21)
CLEAR CHANNEL/ANN ARBOR, MI flexed the cluster's collective muscles to collect over $15,000 for HURRICANE RELIEF efforts recently. (Wed 9/21)
Christian radio stations WTSJ-AM 1050 and WBOB-AM 1160 are being sold to a Michigan-based operator, and WBOB soon could have a new format. Salem Communications Corp. has traded both of the Cincinnati stations, plus about $6.7 million, to Christian Broadcasting System. In return, Salem will receive WLQV-AM 1500, a higher-powered station in Detroit... WTSJ, WBOB radio stations sold, (Mon 9/19)
Ann Delisi to join Classical/Jazz WRCJ
Detroit Public TV run Classical and Jazz outlet WRCJ-FM 90.9 will add another high-profile host to its lineup when Ann Delisi takes over the station's afternoon drive timeslot later this fall. Delisi is a veteran of Detroit radio who most recently was hosting a weekend program on WJR AM 760. Her resume also includes stops at WDVD-FM 96.3, CIDR-FM 93.9, and at her first radio home, WDET-FM 101.9.
The station previously announced former Classical WQRS host Dave Wagner as the station's morning host and program director.
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FSN Detroit welcomes back Red Wings with power play programming lineup
FSN Detroit is airing a combined 25½ hours of hockey specials and games from Sept. 29-Oct. 9 to welcome back the Red Wings and the NHL. Following are show descriptions and schedule, most of which falls
during FSN’s “NHL Premiere Week” Oct. 3-9:
- Hey, Hey Hockey's Back: Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond take fans through the various rule changes and discuss some of the new looks to the Red Wings and the National Hockey League in this half-hour special. The show includes visits with Red Wings players Kris Draper, Brendan Shanahan, Mathieu Schneider, Robert Lang and Chris Osgood.
- Red Wings Season Preview: Features include the return to Detroit of goaltender Chris Osgood, who has seen his career com full circle; a behind-the-scenes and wired-for-sound segment with new head coach Mike Babcock; the reconnecting of the Red Wings players with their fans; and an introduction to the 2005-06 playing roster.
- Red Wings Weekly: This season-opening episode includes a two-part interview with captain Steve Yzerman, conducted by John Keating. Host Trevor Thompson tells us what’s new since we last saw the Red Wings.
- Ice Warriors: This 60-minute film documentary follows Igor Larionov and the Red Wings Alumni team on a wild ride through the former Soviet Union as they competed in seven games against some of the greatest Russian players of all-time.
- Red Wings Hockey: FSN Detroit begins its 65-game regular-season schedule with three season-opening contests– two pitting the Red Wings against division rival St. Louis, the other against 2004 Stanley Cup finalist Calgary.
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WDET Program Highlights
Tune in to the Jon Moshier Program this Saturday, October 1 at 11 PM
for a performance and interview with Portland's Fruit Bats. The band, propelled by the songwriting of Eric D. Johnson, chat and play songs from their new cd, "Spelled in Bones" which is out now on Sub Pop Records.
Detroit Free Press:
Some of Detroit's grand old voices and faces got together Saturday night and raised $15,000 for the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at the 3rd Detroit Broadcast Reunion at the Sheraton Novi. Guests at the private party numbered over 300... Names and Faces, (Tue 9/27)
Steve Harvey's syndicated morning radio show debuts Monday on Detroit's Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM (92.3). He's been at this incarnation of his radio career since mid-September, broadcasting from New York's WBLS-FM. He previously helmed a Los Angeles morning show for five years and did a week here recently to warm up the audience for this effort. Harvey is best known for stand-up comedy and hosted his own TV show, which featured unusual acts, last season... King of comedy on Detroit radio, (Fri 9/30)
Reality TV can't resist casting Metro Detroiters.Who can forget when Ferndale gave the world Bachelor Bob Guinea or how West Bloomfield Township blushed when chef and survivor Keith Famie burned rice in the Australian Outback? Detroiter Naima Mora made her fellow Cass grads smile when she became America's next top model and Lisa Shannon of Bloomfield Hills looked to "Cupid" for love not marriage... For Michiganians, starring on TV this fall is reality, (Tue 9/27)
The good news is, there are three cool new radio stations on your FM radio dial, and more on the way. That's FM dial, as in free. The bad news? You can't pull in the stations on your radio unless you're a geek, or work for a radio station. That's because these stations are broadcast in high definition -- "HD" -- and your regular old radio and mine just won't pull the new signals in. But in the next year, as more consumers buy HD radios, regular "terrestrial" radio and satellite radio will be duking it out in a pitched battle for your ears that should freshen the radio landscape tremendously. It's a long-overdue change, as radio has lagged behind other media in upgrading both its content and the technology through which we listen... Brave new waves, (Fri 9/30)
WDIV Local 4's Rhonda Walker will host a celebration of powerful Michigan women on Sunday at Detroit's Seldom Blues during the inaugural Moving with Success Empowerment Brunch. Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Cathy Hughes of Radio One and Swin Cash of the Detroit Shock are among the women who will be honored during the noon-3 p.m. event to benefit the Rhonda Walker Foundation. The 3-year-old organization's mission is to empower inner-city teen girls to become strong, moral leaders... Empowerment brunch honors women, (Fri 9/30)
Tom Joyner, the popular nationally syndicated talk show host who can be heard 6-9 a.m. weekdays on WDMK-FM (105.9), is now stretching his hand as a TV host on the new variety series "The Tom Joyner Show." Detroit will be featured prominently in the debut episode of the show, airing at 5 p.m. Saturday on Detroit's WB 20. The hour-long program will feature comedian J. Anthony Brown visiting downtown's City Slickers Shoes and the legendary Motown Museum. Detroit co-stars in Joyner's new show, (Fri 9/30)
Daily Oakland Press:
This past weekend was one I’ll personally never forget as the Last Great Radio Reunion took place. Since I was one of the organizers, it seems more appropriate for my colleague Mike Austerman to fill you in on the details in his next column. Suffice to say it was amazing to gather over the weekend with several hundred of the biggest names to ever grace the Motor City radio dial... MSU, U-M fans get your game fix on radio this weekend, (Mon 9/26)
It looks as if we can finally bid adieu to WFDF. The station and its call letters have been in the Flint area since it signed on in 1922. But ABC Radio, which purchased WFDF for $3 million in 2002, is finally moving the station, now a Radio Disney affiliate, to Detroit. The license will transfer to Farmington Hills, which could signal the end of the historic call letters (FDF took its name from the initials of station founder Frank D. Fallon)... WFDF finally sets departure from Flint, (Fri 9/30)
It wasn't YANKEE STADIUM, but it'll have to do for INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT DEMINSKI AND DOYLE Producer (and YANKEE fan) BILL "BEAVER" TORTORIELLO, who threw out the first pitch at WEDNESDAY night's DETROIT TIGERS game at COMERICA PARK. No injuries were reported as BEAVER tested his pitching arm in front of a crowd that included Rev. JESSE JACKSON. (Fri 9/30)
CITADEL Top 40 WIOG/SAGINAW-BAY CITY-MIDLAND-FLINT, MI names JERRY NOBLE their new PD. NOBLE previously served as PD for LIGGETT COMMUNICATIONS Hot AC WBTI/PORT HURON, MI. (Fri 9/30)
Bill Humphries, former WGPR-TV 62 sportscaster, passes
Bill Humphries, one of the first African American TV sportscasters in Detroit, has passed away. Humphries spent most of his broadcast career at WGPR-TV, the original channel 62 in Detroit. Humphries also once worked at WEMU-FM Ypsilanti and was active in the Detroit Sports Broadcaster's Association. He also served a term on the Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
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WJR upcoming events:
The Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live tomorrow (Oct 7) from 6-9am at the Goodfellows Tribute Breakfast 2005 from the Riverfront Ballroom in the Cobo Conference Center in Detroit. Detroit Goodfellows, an organization that raises millions of dollars yearly for underprivileged Detroit area children, will honor Detroit businessman and former Detroit Piston Dave Bing with the “Goodfellow of the Year” award.
Detroit Free Press:
Talk radio geared specifically for women -- a trend in the mid-'80s that later fizzled -- may be resurrected by satellite radio two decades later. XM Satellite Radio, which says it reached 5 million subscribers last week -- is launching a new channel today aimed at female listeners. It's No. 155 and called Take 5... XM to launch women's channel (Mon 10/3)
Don't you love intrigue? Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1) is fanning radio intrigue by keeping talkers Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick off the air from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and playing reruns of their shows. Station boss Rich Homberg says, "Following comments made on the show last week," they're off and an announcement will come ... whenever. What did they say? Er, no further comment from Mr. Homberg... Radio hosts off the air, but why? (Wed 10/5)
When was the last time you heard a radio station called "a balm for the soul" and the source of "an argument-free ride in the car"? That was the way newly upgraded and Disney-formatted WFDF-AM (910) was described at a rollout breakfast at Henry Ford Museum on Wednesday. And the speaker was Gov. (and mom) Jennifer Granholm. AM 910, which strengthened its daytime signal this week, becomes the latest means for metro Detroiters to receive Disney's music and entertainment package intended for 6- to 14-year-olds... Disney powers up in Detroit, (Thu 10/6)
Detroit Middayers On "Vacation": INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT's "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" hosts GREGG HENSON and MICHELLE MCKORMICK are off the air this week, and while the "best ofs" are running, the market is talking about what led the station to yank the show for now. The show went into reruns after last WEDNESDAY's show (9/28); chatter in the market is that on-air comments about a personality at another station may have led to the hiatus. (Tue 10/4)
Radio and Records:
Infinity spokeswoman Karen Mateo has confirmed that Greg Henson & Michelle McKormack, the midday team at Infinity FM Talker WKRK/Detroit, have been off the air since the end of their shift on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in connection to some questionable comments made during the show... WKRK/Detroit Midday Team Suspended, (Tue 10/4)
Billboard Radio Monitor:
Clear Channel top 40 WKQI (Channel 95.5) Detroit is considering legal action against crosstown Infinity FM talker WKRK, according to WKQI OM Dom Theodore. Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick allegedly made disparaging comments about WKQI night host Tic Tac on the air and referred to him by his real name... WKRK Midday Team Silenced Following Remarks About Competitor, (Wed 10/5)
WWJ Newsradio 950 goes one-on-one next week with Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and mayoral challenger Freeman Hendrix to discuss the issues facing the region. WWJ City Beat reporter Vickie Thomas will host the one-hour special with challenger Freeman Hendrix on Thursday, October 13 (moved from Mon. 10/10) and with Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Wednesday, October 12. Both broadcasts will air commercial free from 8-9:00 PM.
BHSD Radio Students Win Nine John Drury High School Radio Awards
WBFH Wins First Place, Best High School Station
Pete Bowers Wins First Place, Best Radio Station Advisor
Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students and staff won a total of eleven awards in seven categories at the Fourth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held October 8, 2005 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.
WBFH students were nominated for fourteen awards, the most of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won three 1st Place awards, two 2nd Place awards and four 3rd Place awards:
* Best Newscast, 1st Place: Wade Fink, Andover junior
* Best Public Service Announcement, 1st Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Promotional Announcement, 1st Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Newscast, 2nd Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Sportscast, 2nd Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Newscast, 3rd Place: Rachel Fishman, Lahser senior
* Best News Feature Story, 3rd Place: Ryan Fishman, Andover senior
* Best Sportscast, 3rd Place: Wade Fink, Andover junior
* Best Public Service Announcement, 3rd Place: Lauren Edelman, Andover senior, Rachel Fishman, Lahser senior, and Erin Kashawlic, Andover senior
WBFH Station Manager Pete Bowers was nominated for Best Radio Station Advisor and won 1st Place. The award was based on a 500-word essay and three supporting letters.
The Best High School Radio Station award was based on the number of awards won by students from high school radio stations in the United States. WBFH won 1st Place this year after taking 3rd Place last year. WGBK of Glenview, Illinois took 2nd Place.
“This was the second year we sent entries to the John Drury Awards,” said Bowers. “I’m very proud of the students who won and for WBFH finishing first for Best High School Radio Station.”
Andover senior and WBFH Operations Manager Ryan Fishman won a total of five Drury awards and made the trip to Naperville to accept his awards. “It was definitely worth the trip”, said Fishman.
WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial. The WBFH management team consists of Bowers, Assistant Manager/Chief Engineer Randy Carr and Remote Supervisor Ron Wittebols.
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WRCJ bolsters lineup
Classical and Jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 has announced that Chris Felcyn will be midday host when the classical and jazz station begins live broadcasts from its studios in the Detroit School of Arts in November. The weekday classical lineup is set with Dave Wagner 6am-10am, Chris Felcyn 10am-3pm, and Ann Delisi 3pm-7pm. The station also announced that former WQRS host Jack Goggin will join as its primary fill-in host.
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Congresswoman Miller Produces Informative TV and Radio Campaign to Inform Seniors
United States Representative Candice Miller has announced the distribution of a TV and radio public service campaign to inform seniors about the new Medicare prescription drug program. Congresswoman Miller and Dr. Mark McClellan, Administrator of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, star in the 30-second TV production. The PSA includes critical dates, phone numbers, and website information those interested in signing up for the new prescription drug plan. It will air on stations in the Detroit and Flint television markets and will also be available to radio and TV stations statewide.
"High-quality healthcare and reliable access to prescription drugs is - and will remain - a top priority," Rep. Miller said. "It's important that our seniors have access to this critical information about our nation's new Medicare prescription drug program. I thank our fine Michigan broadcasters for stepping up to the plate to support their viewers and listeners," she said. "Once again, our local radio and TV stations are supporting their communities by using the public airwaves to serve the citizens and the public good."
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MIX92.3’s Frankie Darcell will take part in making of history at the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March this weekend
Adult Urban Contemporary WMXD-FM 92.3 host Frankie Darcell will take part in making history this weekend at the 10th Anniversary of the Million Man March at Washington’s National Museum in Washington D.C. MIX92.3’s Frankie Darcell will broadcast LIVE, Saturday, October 16th from 9a.m – 3p.m. MIX 92.3 invited the city of Detroit to join us at this monumental event. Bus loads of participants will depart Friday, October 14th, at approximately 4 p.m. from the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
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Local Fans Find “Lost” Facts, Figures & Fiction On New Blog
“Lost” fever has infected Jim Johnson (JJ) and Lynne Woodison, hosts of the Classic Rock Morning Show on 94.7 WCSX and their listeners. Each week, the duo, joined by listeners, compares notes and theories on the popular television show now in its second season. In response to listener demand, JJ & Lynne have extended the discussion beyond their show by creating an island of “Lost” information on-line at http://jjandlynne.blogspot.com. Fans of JJ & Lynne and “Lost” can read show news, find out the latest theories, exchange speculations and comment on all things “Lost.” The Classic Rock Morning Show can be heard weekdays from 5am to 9am on 94.7 WCSX.
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WDET enhances programming access
Public WDET-FM 101.9 has launched "WDET On Demand," a new service that allows listeners to subscribe to WDET news stories, special features from their favorite music programs, NPR news and other station information. WDET On Demand includes podcasting, RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feeds and a streaming archive service.
WDET's award-winning local news is available in both audio and text forms and listeners can have stories automatically delivered to their computers where they can read or listen at their convenience. RSS feeds of NPR programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered are also available via WDET On Demand. A popular feature of this new service is a subscription to WDET's program highlights feed, which informs users about upcoming live music performances, ticket or CD giveaways, news stories and features other important station information. There are also archives containing streams of recent live music performances for listeners who missed a performance or want to hear a favorite artist again.
WDET On Demand can be accessed through the WDET website at wdetfm.org.
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Coming Up On News/Talk 760 WJR
Friday October 14th The Paul W. Smith Show broadcasts live from 6-9am at the WJR/Jeep Commander Breakfast at the Original Pancake House in Birmingham. WJR and the Southeast Michigan Chrysler Jeep Superstores invite you to stop by as they introduce the new 2006 Jeep Commander and enjoy breakfast on them!
Saturday October 15th and Sunday October 16th the WJR Home Improvement Show will broadcast live from the 2005 Fall Remodeling Show at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. Saturday's broadcast will run from 10am-noon and Sunday's from noon-3pm.
Detroit Free Press:
Heating up -- and clearing up -- is the Gregg Henson/Michelle McKormick situation at WKRK-FM (97.1). The radio trade site FMQB.com reports the duo was suspended for on-air utterances involving WKQI-FM (95.5) personality Tic Tac. The nature of the offense? They reportedly used Tac's real name and alleged things not worth repeating here... Names and Faces, (Fri 10/7)
Gregg Henson is out and David Lee Roth may be in at Infinity-owned Detroit talk station WKRK-FM (97.1). Monday, vice president and general manager Rich Homberg confirmed talk show cohost Henson was jettisoned after making on-air accusations about WKQI-FM (95.5) evening voice Tic Tac. Henson's cohost, Michelle McKormick, survives, Homberg said. She will be paired with a new cohost and they will continue "Motor City Midday" from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays "in a day or two," Homberg said. That show had been in repeats for about 10 days since the Tic Tac incident. Henson did not respond to requests for comment... Gregg Henson out, Roth may be in at talker WKRK, (Tue 10/11)
Jay Towers was undone by the Doug-FM, personality-less format at WDRQ-FM (93.1) back in April. But Tuesday, radio trade site AllAccess.com reported that he might be the lead candidate to replace the dismissed talker Gregg Henson on "Motor City Middays" on WKRK-FM (97.1) 11 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays. Towers remains under contract to WDRQ parent ABC Radio but has been doing only morning news and traffic updates... Towers might cross over to WKRK, (Wed 10/12)
WRCJ-FM (90.9), the public radio station owned by Detroit Public Schools but run by Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), announced the addition of two more staffers when it switches from satellite to live programming sometime next month. Chris Felcyn, longtime host of an eclectic Sunday morning show on WDET-FM (101.9), will host the 10 a.m.-3 p.m. weekday show, programmer and morning host Dave Wagner announced. Jack Goggin, who worked for years with Wagner at 105.1 when it was classical WQRS-FM, will be the chief fill-in host, Wagner said... Names and Faces, (Thu 10/13)
WDIV news personality Rhonda Walker worked the room at Seldom Blues, and 25 inner-city teenage girls wearing pink T-shirts did some impressive networking as well. The Oct. 2 occasion was the first Moving with Success Empowerment Brunch, Conversations with Powerful Women of Purpose event to benefit the Rhonda Walker Foundation... TV news' Rhonda Walker helps out teens, (Tue 10/11)
Oprah Winfrey exposed "America's dirty little secret" -- poverty -- on her show Wednesday, and in doing so, turned a harsh light on Detroit. The show referred to Detroit as America's poorest big city, where one in three people live beneath the poverty line. CNN's Anderson Cooper filed a report from the city in which he interviewed people living in freeway underpasses and spotlighted two local families and their struggles with poverty and homelessness... Oprah takes on Detroit's poverty, (Thu 10/13)
Daily Oakland Press:
Tongues were wagging last week about the suspension of midday hosts Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick from talk WKRK-FM (97.1). Seems Henson made some questionable on-air comments on their Sept. 28 program about Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5) evening jock Tic Tak. The brouhaha made it into national trade pubs and even garnered a comment from WKRK syndicated morning shock jock Howard Stern... 97.1 team’s trash talk nets suspension, wide attention, (Sun 10/9)
The ever-vigilent ALL ACCESS PITTSBURGH spies spotted former WDRQ/DETROIT PD ALEX TEAR enjoying an IRON CITY BEER last night at the HI-TOPS Sports Bar, just over the scenic ROBERTO CLEMENTE bridge from downtown PITTSBURGH, home of CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKST (96.1 KISS-FM). Will MR. TEAR be landing - or blasting off - soon? (Fri 10/7)
INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT has fired midday co-host GREGG HENSON after a supension for comments made on the air about a host at another station, WKQI evening host TIK-TAK. HENSON's "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" co-host MICHELLE MCKORMICK remains with the station and will get a new on-air partner; the station's website MONDAY (10/10) mistakenly listed afternoon hosts DEMINSKI AND DOYLE as handling both middays and afternoons, but they'll stick with afternoon drive. HENSON was moved from the PD post at WKRK sister station Sports WXYT-A to the FM side as a host in NOVEMBER 2003. (Mon 10/10)
Live 97.1/Detroit: Adding Towers? With GREGG HENSON (as reported yesterday at ALL ACCESS) gone from middays at INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT and MICHELLE MCKORMICK temporarily solo for "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS," ALL ACCESS hears that former crosstown WDRQ morning man JAY TOWERS, who did vacation fill-in for HENSON last month, is the leading candidate to take over for HENSON. Stay tuned.... (Tue 10/11)
Former MICHIGAN TALK RADIO NETWORK host TONY TRUPIANO is running for Congress. TRUPIANO, a Democrat, is running in the 11th MICHIGAN Congressional District currently served by Republican THADDEUS MCCOTTER. (Tue 10/11)
Radio and Records:
R&R has confirmed that WKRK/Detroit midday co-host Gregg Henson has been fired from the Infinity FM Talker, reportedly in connection with on-air comments he made on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Henson and partner Michelle McKormack have been off the air since they finished their show on that day... Suspended WKRK/Detroit Host Fired, (Tue 10/11)
Billboard Radio Monitor:
Infinity FM talker WKRK Detroit has fired Gregg Henson following an internal review into disparaging comments made by the midday co-host about crosstown WKQI (Channel 95.5) night host Tic Tak... WKRK Fires Midday Co-Host Over Disparaging Comments, (Tue 10/11)
Official: Diamond Dave Gets Howard's Job- The rumors were true. I can tell you exclusively that sometime next month, Infinity Broadcasting will announce that David Lee Roth is taking over for Howard Stern. The one-time lead singer of Van Halen will assume the microphone in New York and several other markets where Stern's radio show is heard... David Lee Roth to Succeed Howard Stern, (Mon 10/10)
News-Talk WJR AM 760 and Michigan State University have reached an agreement that will move coverage of MSU football and men's basketball to WJR starting with the 2006-07 seasons. The agreement is for 5 years.
Spartans' sports were heard for years during the 1960s and 70s on WJR before the station agreed to become the flagship for University of Michigan sports in 1977. The Wolverines are left looking for a new flagship station for next fall - much to the surprise of everyone.
MSU press release:
Michigan State University and News/Talk 760 WJR radio today announced a five-year agreement that, in the words of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, “represents a mutually beneficial partnership with the Great Voice of the Great Lakes.”
WJR will become the flagship radio station for MSU, effective in the 2006-07 seasons, Simon and Michael Fezzey, president and general manager of News/Talk 760 WJR, announced at MSU. WJR will bring live coverage of Spartan football and men’s basketball games produced and distributed by MSU. In addition, WJR will broadcast weekly in-season call-in shows with Spartan head basketball coach Tom Izzo and head football coach John L. Smith.
Fezzey emphasized that “the collective clout” of WJR and MSU throughout the state and beyond will serve listeners in “historic” ways.He added that WJR was MSU’s flagship station from 1963 to 1976.
“MSU developed an exciting partnership plan with WJR that proved beneficial to both. Combining assets to reach and serve people is at the heart of our respective missions,” he said. “And we are impressed that almost 90 percent of MSU’s undergraduate students come from the state of Michigan. There is great momentum here—in athletics, academics and research—as MSU celebrates its sesquicentennial.We look forward to being a part of it all.”
“MSU’s relationship with WJR in recent years has been a valued one and athletics now becomes part of that relationship,” Simon said. “Our faculty have been regular guests on Paul W. Smith’s, Frank Beckmann’s, Warren Pierce’s and Mitch Albom’s shows. I am personally aware of the impressive reach and breadth of WJR ‘talk’ through my own appearances. Expanding this relationship is a prime example of the Team MSU concept—one area negotiating to benefit the entire university.
“As we tell our story to the state, region and nation—and as that story continues to build momentum with students, alumni, donors, policy makers and others—we really can say this is a partnership of a Great Voice and a Great Choice.”
Ron Mason, Spartan athletics director, said WJR also has the rights to broadcast additional MSU athletic programming, and that MSU and WJR will pursue “creative and substantial opportunities” to host events that leverage MSU’s total-university assets. “We pursued a relationship that would optimally reach, inform and serve the thousands of fans and supporters of MSU; that was our consistent aim,” Mason said. “This will be MSU outreach at its qualitative and quantitative best."
In a stunning turn of events, the University of Michigan will have to find a new radio home for their football and basketball games next season as 50,000 watt WJR-AM (760) abruptly announced late yesterday that they would no longer be carrying the games. Even more shocking is the news that The Great Voice of The Great Lakes has signed a new five-year deal to carry the Michigan State Spartans!
This will thrill the Green and White MSU fans and cause great distress to thousands of Maize and Blue Michigan fans at the same time. The deal was put together by, WJR’s president and general manager, Mike Fezzey. Sources say that Michigan State has been lusting after the mega-power WJR for some time. It is also thought that the station was not getting as much “love and respect” from the Wolverines as they felt they deserved. Many feel that can be a sure-fire recipe for defection.
Reports say that upper management at the University of Michigan were surprised at this action and did not see it coming. The trio of broadcasters who cover the U of M Football games; Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter and Steve Courtney, were also stunned by the news.
The staff was reportedly taken by bus to East Lansing unsure of what was going to happen. They were treated to a warm reception at the MSU stadium and an elegant dinner. It appears that the Spartans wanted to express their appreciation for this new association in a first class manner.
Fans will no doubt compare this to when the Tigers and the Red Wings were moved from the powerful WJR to the far lesser signal on sports WXYT-AM (1270). The teams lost all of their fans in Indiana, Ohio and Ontario. The same will be the case now with Michigan fans in these areas. Regardless, WJR will no doubt be perceived as a “turn-coat” by U of M fans. They have been broadcasting Michigan football and basketball since 1976 when the late Bob Ufer segued over from Ann Arbor’s WPAG, now WTKA-AM (1050).
One theory says the games might move to WJR’s new sister station Radio Disney WFDF-AM (910) also with 50,000 watts and arguably now the second best signal in the state. This way the same company would actually have both Michigan and Michigan State games. The other theory is that Infinity Broadcasting group manager Rich Homberg will go after the U of M broadcasts and offer to place the games on BOTH all-news WWJ-AM (950) and hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1) which is the exclusive home of the Detroit Lions. Both the AM and FM are 50,000 watt stations and would give Michigan fans excellent coverage, within the metro area.
Stay tuned. This is going to get interesting.
Spartans knock U-M off WJR (Detroit Free Press)
Spartans moving to Wolverines' longtime flagship station starting in 2006-07 (Daily Oakland Press)
MSU in, U-M out on WJR (Detroit News)
The first televised debate between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and challenger Freman Hendrix will air live on WDIV-TV on Monday, October 17th at 8:00 PM. The hour-long Decision 2005: Mayoral Debate will be hosted by Wayne State University in conjunction with Local 4 and Clear Channel Radio WMXD 92.3 FM.
Decision 2005: Mayoral Debate will be moderated by Local 4 News anchor and Flashpoint host Devin Scillian. Local 4 News anchor Carmen Harlan and Dean Frank Wu of Wayne State University’s Law School will act as panelists firing the questions to the candidates. The candidates will also be asked to answer select questions submitted by community members. The audience for the debate will consist of invited guests and members of the community with advanced reservations to attend.
Hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 will help raise money for the Karmanos Cancer Institute with its 3rd Annual "Call to Care" Radioathon to fight breast cancer on Thursday, October 20th. The station will broadcast live from 5:30 AM - 7:00 PM from Gordon Chevrolet in Garden City and will accepting donations all day at the dealership, by phone at 877-850-5777, or online at www.karmanos.com/wdvd. The 14-hour event will feature tons of great prizes, including a different prize every hour. Any donation amount is welcome to help out and join the fight against breast cancer.
Last year's radiothon raised over $14,000 with 100% of the proceeds going towards programs to provide mammograms for women who can’t afford them and breast cancer research. The station this year has raised the bar and hopes to raise over $20,000.
MIX 92.3 raises breast cancer awareness with 8th Annual Sista Strut Walk & Rally
Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 will celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by presenting MIX 92.3’s 8th Annual Sista Strut – “I Will Survive Walk” and Rally, Saturday, October 22nd, 2005 at Belle Isle Park – Remick Bandshell Area. Registration is free.
This stimulating day of honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, and raising awareness will kick off with MIX 92.3’s Frankie Darcell broadcasting live from 8a-9am; followed by an inspiring rally and morning stretch routine conducted by The Powerhouse Gym. In addition, MIX 92.3 will award the “Biggest Team Award”, give breast cancer prevention information, and present post rally entertainment.
Last year’s Sista Strut had nearly 1,000 participants walking the 3k stretch against the continuous battle against breast cancer. This year an even greater turn out is expected and the route has been extended to 5k. Check-in begins at 7:00 AM, the rally and live broadcast will start at 8:00 AM, and the Strut will begin at 9:00 AM. Closing ceremonies are scheduled for 11:00 AM.
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CKWW Hits the road with Jukebox Classics Roadtrip
AM 580 Motor City Favorites is taking the "Jukebox Classics" show on the road as Howling Harry and Bel Air Bill broadcast on location. The "Jukebox Classics Roadtrip" will be at Casey’s Bar & Grill in Windsor on Thursday, October 27th from 6-8 PM. Harry and Bill will do their AM 580 radio show live and take 50’s and 60’s song requests and dedications directly from the audience. There will be classic cars on display in the parking lot, prizes, free munchies and drink specials. Casey’s is located at 1760 Huron Church Road just minutes from the Ambassador Bridge.
"Jukebox Classics" is a weekly all-request 50’s and 60’s music show heard Thursdays from 6 until 8 PM on AM 580, Motor City Favorites.
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Magic 105.1 to host it's 2nd Annual Halloween Dance Party
Grab your candy bag, find a costume, put your dancing shoes on and get ready to celebrate Halloween with Magic 105.1! WMGC-FM 105.1 is set to celebrate Halloween with their 2nd Annual Halloween Dance Party and the only way in is to win. Listeners cannot purchase tickets to this event; instead tickets can be obtained by listening to the station for details on how to win entry tickets. Tickets will be awarded throughout the day everyday on Magic 105.1.
The party will take place on Friday, October 28th at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom at Andiamo Italia in Warren. Doors open at 7pm and the party runs from 8pm until 11pm. Featuring a spooky ambience, huge costume contest, Andiamo’s famous chocolate fountain, hors d’oeuvres and plenty of great music, it'll be a howling good time and great way to celebrate Halloween. Vacations courtesy of Funjet Vacations will be awarded to the top 3 costumes.
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CRTC approves technical changes to CKUE Chatham and Windsor
The Commission approves an application to change the authorized contours of CKUE-FM Chatham and its transmitter CKUE-FM-1 Windsor, by decreasing the effective radiated power (ERP) of CKUE-FM from 42,000 watts to an average ERP of 36,400 watts and by decreasing the antenna height, and by increasing the average ERP of CKUE-FM-1 from 400 watts to 1,950 watts and by increasing the antenna height.
Detroit Free Press:
Mojo pitches in: The Oprah-philes at the "Mojo in the Morning" show on WKQI-FM (95.5) took Wednesday's Winfrey-cast (4 p.m. weekdays, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7) that portrayed Detroit as "America's Poorest City" especially seriously. The usually mirthful show got the featured families on the air (from a Highland Park homeless shelter they stay in). Better still, Mojo et al helped Steve Douglas, who sells his blood twice a week so he can afford gas money to drive his kids to school, get some job offers and find a new place to live in Detroit. More helpfulness expected today... Names and Faces, (Fri 10/14)
Veteran Detroit radio personality Jay Towers has been named to replace Gregg Henson as cohost of Infinity-owned WKRK-FM's (97.1) "Motor City Middays" talk show (11 a.m.-3 p.m.), effective today. Towers had been the morning DJ and host on WDRQ-FM (93.1) until April, when the station switched to a no-DJ/mostly music format... It's official: Towers to WKRK, (Tue 10/18)
The Detroit radio market received its verdict Tuesday on summer 2005 with Arbitron ratings figures that showed Infinity-owned smooth jazz station WVMV was the area's new No. 1 station, unseating ABC news/talker WJR-AM. But the big story was just a bit lower in the standings. Syndicated star Tom Joyner's move from Clear Channel's WMXD-FM to Radio One-owned WDMK-FM propelled WDMK to a tie for 8th place overall; Joyner's show was fifth among all morning listeners... Smooth jazz connects with summer listeners, Arbitron radio ratings, (Wed 10/19)
Taped: For public station WTVS-TV (Channel 56), a pilot episode for a proposed series to be hosted by former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor and current Detroit Medical Center spokesman Emery King. It'll feature King's interviews with Detroit Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars and NBC correspondent Anne Thompson, also a WDIV alum. Look for it in December... Names and Faces, (Wed 10/19)
The Detroit broadcasting career of Gregg Henson formally came to an end Tuesday when he announced he had verbally accepted a position at an unnamed sports talk station somewhere in Texas... Henson to head out, (Wed 10/19)
One of the local families spotlighted on Wednesday's "Oprah" episode on poverty in America is getting some help in their lives -- and a little Mojo, to boot. WKQI-FM (95.5) devoted two hours on its "Mojo in the Morning" show Thursday to discussing the episode and trying to get help for the Douglas family, headed by Steve, who sells his blood twice a week to afford gas money to drive his children to school... 'Oprah' family gets help from radio show, (Fri 10/14)
The very same John Penney hosts weekend afternoon programs on public radio WDET-FM (101.9), which does not have a snappy marquee but just put out a terrific limited-edition CD culled from three years of in-studio performances at the station. "WDET Live! Vol. 4" includes tracks by Shelby Lynne, Los Lobos, Coldplay and 14 others, and is yours as a thank-you for any donation of $60 or more... WDET CD a winner, (Tue 10/18)
In Detroit radio, smooth jazz is the stealth format. It isn't flashy or glamorous like rock, hip-hop or talk radio, but while the Detroit radio market is in deep churn, with listeners trying to keep up with format and frequency changes and the Tom Joyner tsunami remaking the morning landscape, Infinity-owned smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) quietly took over the overall No. 1 spot in the summer Arbitron ratings, released Tuesday... A smooth ride to top at jazz's WVMV, (Wed 10/19)
Former WDRQ-FM (93.1) personality Jay Towers already has started as host on WKRK-FM's (97.1) "Motor City Middays," the slot left open last week after the sacking of Gregg Henson for statements he made on the air about WKQI-FM's (95.5) nighttime host Tic Tak. Henson always was outspoken, giving "Motor City Middays" a bit of a shock-jock vibe, much as he pushed the envelope in his previous jobs at sports stations WDFN-AM (1130) and WXYT-AM (1270)... 'Motor City Middays' picks its guy (Wed 10/19)
Daily Oakland Press:
Talk about a quarterback sneak. Late Thursday, personality WJR-AM (760) dumped the Wolverines and picked up the Spartans as the station inked a five-year deal to broadcast Michigan State football and basketball games beginning next fall ... After extensive separate conversations with Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick, I’ve gained a great deal of perspective regarding the radio debacle which led to Henson’s demise on WKRK-FM. I also spoke, at length, with Tic Tak, the night jock on top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5) who could not have been kinder and more understanding about the entire situation... WJR now plays for the other team; Henson admits mistake, (Sun 10/16)
Towers Starts at WKRK/Detroit; Henson to Texas
As first reported on ALL ACCESS, former WDRQ/DETROIT morning man JAY TOWERS started TODAY (10/18) as midday co-host of INFINITY Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT's "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" alongside MICHELLE MCKORMICK. Meanwhile, the guy he replaced at LIVE 97.1, GREGG HENSON, writes on his blog that he's verbally accepted a position with a sports station in TEXAS. Stay tuned ... (Tue 10/18)
CUMULUS/MIDWEST OM TIM ROBERTS, based out of TOLEDO and overseeing YOUNGSTOWN and WESTERN PA stations, has resigned and will be joining INFINITY Country WYCD/DETROIT as its new PD, beginning NOVEMBER 4th. ROBERTS told ALL ACCESS, "I'm thrilled to be joining a great management team at INFINITY and WYCD. (VP/GM) DEBBIE KENYON has build great momentum with this brand and we've got a lot of exciting things planned for DETROIT's #1 Country station." A native of DETROIT, ROBERTS began as an intern at WRIF, and later went on to program WWWW. He's also had programming stops at KHAK/CEDAR RAPIDS, WLVK/CHARLOTTE, and at both KSAN and KNEW/SAN FRANCISCO. (Thu 10/20)
ALEX TEAR has been named PD of CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKST (96.1 KISS-FM)/PITTSBURGH, replacing MARK ANDERSON, who recently resigned to join the AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT GROUP. CLEAR CHANNEL PITTSBURGH RVP JOHN ROHM made the announcement and said, “We’re fortunate to have ALEX on our team. His knowledge, talent, skills are a great match for the challenge we face in taking KISS to the next level of performance.” TEAR added, “I’m thrilled to be a part of the CLEAR CHANNEL programming culture. In a short 2 years, 96.1 KISS has become a market leader with a strong foundation. I look forward to working closely with SVP/Programming GENE ROMANO, RVP JOHN ROHM and the entire 96.1 KISS team, including some of the best next generation talent in the country with morning guys MIKEY and BIG BOB, SCOTTY in afternoons and BONICS at night. The CLEAR CHANNEL resources that support and surround 96.1 KISS are endless; I’m looking forward to a long Kiss.” TEAR most recently served as PD of ABC Top 40 WDRQ/DETROIT. Previously, he held programming posts with ABC-owned WHYT and WPLT/DETROIT. He begins in PITTSBURGH on MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7th. (Thu 10/20)
WDRQ/Detroit morning show host/APD Jay Towers is crossing the street and changing formats as he joins Infinity's FM Talker WKRK/Live 97.1, hosting Motor City Middays with partner Michelle McKormic. Towers and McKormic will handle the 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. show starting Tuesday (10/18)... Jay Towers To Host Infinity's Motor City Middays, (Mon 10/17)
Billboard Radio Monitor:
Clear Channel top 40 WKST Pittsburgh (Kiss 96.1) appoints veteran Detroit programmer Alex Tear as PD, effective November 7. He succeeds Mark Anderson, who has programmed WKST since 2003. Anderson, who also carried OM and top 40 brand manager titles, announced in August that he would leave his post in November, at the end of his contract, to join Audience Development Group (ADG) as director of contemporary formats... Alex Tears Out Of Detroit For Pittsburgh (Thu 10/20)
Radio and Records:
Tear most recently spent eight years as PD of ABC's WDRQ/Detroit, which flipped from CHR/Pop to Adult Hits on April 1. He'll now take the programming helm at the Clear Channel CHR/Pop known as "96.1 Kiss FM."... Alex Tear Joins WKST/Pittsburgh As PD, (Thu 10/20)
WYCD announces Tim Roberts as new Program Director
99.5 WYCD Detroit’s Best Country, announced today the appointment of Tim Roberts as Program Director of the station. Roberts joins the station from Cumulus Media where he held the position of Midwest Regional Operations Manager overseeing radio stations in Youngstown, Toledo, Western PA and Southern Michigan. In announcing the appointment of Roberts, WYCD Vice President/General Manager Debbie Kenyon said, “It’s great to have someone with such passion and a great body of knowledge about the format and radio in general. We look forward to continued fun and success with WYCD.”
Roberts, a graduate of Central Michigan University, has also held previous positions as: WWWW-FM Detroit-Program Director, KSAN/KNEW San Franciso-Program Director, WLVK Charlotte, NC-Program Director. “It’s incredibly exciting to return to my home town of Detroit and join the great Country team at WYCD!” said Roberts. “Debbie Kenyon has built tremendous momentum and I’m thrilled to be working with talents like we have with the Dr. Don Morning Show, Mike Scott, Edwards & Lee, Jyl Forsyth and the rest of the seasoned on-air team. Infinity has a tremendous brain trust, and it’s awesome to be reunited and working again with Infinity Country Format Director Jeff Garrison as well.”
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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow Launches First Podcast
New service will help inform constituents of senator's activities and priorities
U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is launching a new service to help her constituents throughout Michigan stay informed about her activities in the U.S. Senate. Stabenow plans to offer regular podcasts on hot topics as a way of communicating with constituents at their convenience. A podcast is an audio file that can be downloaded and listened to on a computer or portable MP3 player. Podcasts can be downloaded either as individual files or listeners can subscribe to a podcast and get automatic updates when newer versions are released.
Stabenow's first podcast, which will focus on her efforts to help Michigan's manufacturers, including GM and Delphi, will be available Friday, October 21, 2005. Listeners can hear the podcast by going to Stabenow's senate website. They can also subscribe to all her upcoming podcasts through various podcast directories, including Yahoo! and iTunes.
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Every Picture Tells A Story… Classic Rock Art Show To Open November 22nd
94.7 WCSX will showcase a collection of 125 pieces of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics and animation cells from the greatest classic rock artists of all time at the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale. The event will take place Tuesday, November 22nd through Saturday, December 10th in a specially designed space inside of the Oakland Mall in Troy. The show and sale is open to the public during mall hours and every piece of art is available to purchase.
The show will feature works from Classic Rock artists such as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jerry Garcia, John Entwistle (The Who), Jimi Hendrix, Ron Wood (Rolling Stones), Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, Carlos Santana, David Bowie, Robby Kreiger (The Doors) and dozens more. In addition, the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale will also feature the works of local classic rock photographers Thomas Weschler and Steve Galli as well as special pieces from renowned music poster artists Gary Grimshaw, Carl Lundgren and Mark Arminski. Also featured in the show well be handwritten song lyrics, album cover artwork, concert tour posters and animation cells from Yellow Submarine and the Beatles ABC Saturday Morning Cartoon series.
An important portion of this event will be a Silent Auction of select pieces to benefit Gilda’s Club of Metro Detroit, located in Royal Oak, Michigan. This non-profit organization provides a home-like meeting place and free program where anyone living with cancer can: build friendships, share the collective wisdom of experience, and develop strategies for living with cancer.
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99.5 WYCD and Chrysler Financial Present Country Cares for Hurricane Relief Holiday Concert
99.5 WYCD and Chrysler Financial are teaming up to present a holiday event guaranteed to satisfy country music lovers everywhere. Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes and Carrie Underwood will light up the stage with their undeniably raw talent and All-American beauty. Country Cares is scheduled for December 8th at The Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Tickets for the concert go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 28th at 10:00 AM and will be available through all TicketMaster outlets, by calling (248) 645-6666, and at the event's Web site, www.countrycaresconcert.com. All net proceeds from Country Cares will go to benefit Habitat for Humanity as they help those specifically affected in the Gulf Coast communities damaged by recent hurricanes.
Lansing State Journal:
In the dizzying seconds after Michigan State marketer/dealmaker Mark Hollis learned WJR was to become MSU's flagship radio station, he remained composed. "But I was about ready to bust out of my chair," said Hollis, an MSU senior associate athletic director who saw years of wooing pay off last week, when the powerful Detroit station agreed to drop Michigan and join MSU's radio network for five years starting in 2006-07. WJR President Mike Fezzey gave the word to Hollis, MSU athletic director Ron Mason and MSU President Lou Anna Simon in Simon's office... Big 'revenue potential' key to WJR deal
There had to be more. More to the story. More to the deal. That was the immediate and natural reaction last week when Michigan State trumpeted its coup of WJR. After all, it wasn't easy to see why the powerful Detroit radio station would ditch Michigan football and basketball after 30 years to plop their microphone down in front of its perceived little brother. Surely, the Spartans must have shelled out big bucks to secure the WJR signal, which stretches south and east throughout the Midwest and into Canada, as its flagship. Uh, no. MSU is giving WJR about the same deal as the 30 other stations in its radio network... Being MSU good enough
Chris Felcyn, longtime host of the WDET-FM (101.9) program, "The Listening Room," is joining WRCJ-FM (90.9), Detroit's new classical and jazz station, as midday host, airing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Felcyn will start on WRCJ, located in Detroit's School of the Arts (behind The Max), in November... Chris Felcyn joins WRCJ as daytime host
Ann Arbor News:
Lovers of classical music will soon be able to hear the resonant tones of longtime radio host and Brighton Township resident Dave Wagner. Wagner won't be singing baritone to a Wagner (no relation) opera, but he soon will be back on the air as morning host at radio station WRCJ-FM. A professor of music since 1998 at Madonna University in Livonia, Wagner, 56, also has been appointed program director at the radio station. In addition, he is the organist at St. Paul's Church in Grosse Pointe Farms and has performed on organ and harpsichord with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Wagner will continue in his position at the university while assuming his new role at WRCJ, 90.9 on the FM dial... Wagner, Dave, that is, returns to the air
As first reported by FMQB yesterday, Alex Tear has been named Program Director for WKST (96.1 Kiss)/Pittsburgh, starting November 7... Alex Tear Named PD At WKST
Billboard Radio Monitor:
Cumulus Midwest regional OM Tim Roberts, who is based in Toledo, Ohio, heads home to the Motor City as PD for Infinity country WYCD Detroit. He replaces Chip Miller, who recently exited after a year on the job. A Detroit native, Roberts started as a part-timer at heritage rocker WRIF while still in high school. He later returned to the market to program what was then Clear Channel country WWWW (W-4). He joined Cumulus as OM of its Toledo cluster in ’99 after W-4 flipped to classic hits as WDTW (the Drive)... Roberts Heads Home To Detroit
Radio and Records:
The Cumulus Media Midwest Regional OM is returning to his hometown of Detroit to program Infinity's Country WYCD. Roberts' programming background includes stints at KSAN & KNEW/San Francisco and WLVK/Charlotte. He programmed WWWW/Detroit from 1997-99 and became OM of Cumulus/Toledo in Oct. 1999... Tim Roberts To Program WYCD/Detroit
FM Talk WKRK-FM 97.1 owner Infinity Broadcasting has made its strategy for replacing morning man Howard Stern official. Here in Detroit, current WXTM-FM Cleveland morning man Rover will move to Chicago where he will host mornings for WKRK in addition to WXTM, WCKG Chicago, WAQZ Cincinnati, WMFS Memphis, and WNZE Rochester.
Some of the big names taking over for Stern across the country include David Lee Roth in New York and other eastern cities (and Dallas) and Adam Carolla in Los Angeles and other western cities. Jimmy Kimmel has been signed as a consultant by Infinity and will contribute to Carolla's show as well. Stern's last day for live shows with Infitinty has been set for December 16th.
Infinity will also rebrand several of its stations as "Free FM", including WKRK locally. A web site has already been developed with the new moniker at freefm971.com.
WKRK will also be adding a one-hour daily show starting in January hosted by "Penn and Teller's" Penn Jillette.
Speaking about all the pending changes Joel Hollander of Infinity commented, “when we set out to find a replacement for Howard Stern we took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from both in and out of the radio industry. With Roth, we’ve found someone who continues to evolve his career and deliver for his legion of fans. Adam’s depth of entertainment experience is unmatched in radio. And Jimmy has a proven track record of creating winning shows for both radio and television. Couple that with an impressive roster of emerging talent and formats and we have all the necessary elements for Infinity to continue as the major player in morning drive.”
He continued, “Infinity’s Free FM stations will feature an eclectic mix of personalities, whose distinct creativity, perspective, sense of humor, intellect and unpredictability do not fall under the guiding principals of any particular narrowcast theme or ideology. An entertaining hybrid of provocative, political, pop culture, news, music and lifestyle formats, our next generation of FM stations will be personified by their conviction, passion, originality, fearlessness and innovation which is not heard anywhere else on the radio.”
Channel 9-5-5 Morning Show "Trick Or Treat Mile Of Meet"
Friday morning, the Mojo In The Morning show on WKQI-FM 95.5 Detroit will help single men and women to mix & mingle with an unorthodox twist. Starting at 7:00am, 95 men will be numbered and lined up in a mile-long row while women drive by the line-up in their cars and "window shop" for the man of their dreams. When they see a guy they like, they call in to the radio station and reserve him... and the radio station pays for the date. The event takes place at the Lakeside Mall parking lot in Sterling Heights.
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It rears it's ugly head once again ... the Jon Moshier Program yearly Halloween Special! The show will air this Saturday night from 10pm 'til midnight and feature novelty records from the 50's, hilarious sci-fi and horror movie trailers, and giveaways. Host Moshier boasts that every year the show just gets better and invites you tune in and hear for yourself- It's more Halloween Shlock than you can shake a broomstick at!
Ed Loves welcomes Urban Transport to his program on Tuesday, November 1st. Urban Transport is a four year old quintet who performs over fifty original compositions from Bebop, Swing, Modal Jazz, Afro Cuban, Latin and R&B/Hip Hop flavored music. After winning the Heineken Jazz Search in 2002, Urban Transport has performed at the last three Detroit Jazz Festivals. Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program airs weeknights from 7 - 10pm.
"The Tavis Smiley Show" and "This American Life" added to schedule: Smiley's program will air Sunday mornings from 10am to noon and 'American Life' will be broadcast from noon to 1pm on Sunday and again from 3-4pm every Friday afternoon. Both shows will be broadcast for the first time this coming Sunday, October 30 and the first Friday broadcast of "This American Life" will be November 4. "We're pleased to be bringing both of these programs to Detroit," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "I believe that having a voice like Tavis Smiley's on the air in Detroit is critically important when discussing significant issues that impact us all. In our constant review of how WDET can best serve our community, we believe these programs will be embraced and supported by listeners."
Tavis Smiley was excited when he found out his two-hour weekly program was going to be carried in Detroit. "I'm delighted to be back on the air in Detroit," Smiley said. " I'm looking forward to bringing new perspectives, fascinating guests and high-energy radio to WDET listeners."
"This American Life" continues to be a long-time favorite with public radio listeners everywhere. "Ira Glass' unique ability to tell fascinating stories about contemporary American life and culture is something that could only be showcased on public radio," Coleman said. "We're excited to be offering this one-of-a-kind program to listeners twice a week."
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Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic re-visits classical roots
Alexander Zonjic will premiere a new work in a concert featuring music by Reformation composers on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 4:00pm at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts in Clinton Township.
Classically trained Zonjic, who is primarily known as a smooth jazz flutist, will perform "If God Were Not Beside Us" by Michigan composer Terry Herald. Zonjic will also perform Bach’s Double Concerto in a concert that includes music by Buxtehude, Pachelbel and J.S. Bach. The concert will feature a full orchestra, two children’s choirs, two adult choirs and a deaf choir. Concert proceeds will benefit programs for the deaf and hard of hearing administered by the Ephphatha Lutheran Mission Society.
Over the years Zonjic has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the U.S. and Canada, including the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He has recorded three classical music CDs and is also the morning show host on Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 in Detroit. "Growing up in Windsor, Canada, I was excited by the music of the British invasion, played in a high school rock band, but found my passion when I discovered the flute," says Zonjic. "I received my bachelor of arts in classical music at the University of Windsor before I branched out into jazz."
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CKWW to air "The War of the Worlds" on Halloween night
Join CKWW-AM 580 Halloween night at 10pm for a special treat as the station airs the original classic radio drama "The War of the Worlds" without commercial interruption. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this incredibly realistic radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading the world when it was originally broadcast in 1938 on the "Mercury Theatre On The Air" program. It is one of the most famous radio broadcasts of all time, and was so believable that fear and panic gripped America as thousands thought Martians had really landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey.
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MIX92.3’s Gerald McBride goes syndicated:
Saturday nights on WMXD-FM, MIX92.3, is unlike any other radio program in Detroit with the station's Saturday Night Live with Gerald McBride. The “Old School House Party” has now been syndicated to WKUS in Norfolk, VA; WTMP in Tampa Bay, FL; WJTT- in Chattanooga, TN; WDKX in Rochester, NY; and Star99 in Charleston, SC as part of each station's weekend line-up.
Since 1997, “Saturday Night Live” with Gerald McBride listeners have been entertained with music from the 70’s and 80’s, in addition to offering exclusive celebrity guest interviews with recording artists, such as Earth, Wind and Fire, the O’Jays, Temptations, Whispers, and others. Gerald offer special segments throughout the show, such as the “Battle of the Old School” where listeners can vote for their favorite old school artist plus the “Remake Retakes” and the “Lost 45’s. “The Old School House Party” offers the same features to a national audience with a toll free number for listener call-ins. The show airs from 7pm 'til midnight every Saturday night.
“It is another opportunity for Detroit to showcase the talents we have on a national level. We congratulate Gerald for his outstanding accomplishment and look forward to the growth of his show in other markets,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, Program Director-WMXD.
Detroit Free Press:
A series of major schedule changes swept across the Detroit's radio scene Tuesday. First was the surprise news that Howard Stern's replacement on Infinity-owned live talk station WKRK-FM (97.1) come January won't be rocker David Lee Roth or comic Adam Corolla, as previously believed ... Then, public radio WDET-FM (101.9) general manager Michael Coleman announced his first major schedule change since taking over in August. Tavis Smiley's talk show, which centers on current events from a black perspective, will air on Sundays from noon to 1 p.m... Detroit News: No one was more surprised than Emery King on the March day security guards abruptly escorted him out of WDIV-TV (Channel 4), where he had worked for 19 years. The veteran newsman couldn't have imagined he'd receive that sort of treatment over a breakdown in contract negotiations. Neither could Metro Detroiters, who ran to King's rescue calling for a Channel 4 boycott. This wasn't just another ousted television anchor; this was King, Metro Detroit's longest running co-anchor of the 6 o'clock news with Ruth Spencer... Emery King gets a royal salute, (Sat 10/22) Daily Oakland Press: The smooth jazz sound of WVMV-FM (98.7) was the ratings winner over the summer as the station finished tops among listeners age 12 and older in the recently released Arbitron quarterly ratings book ... All that controversy over Henson being fired because of remarks he made about fellow radio personality Tic Tak of WQKI? Turns out that might have just been a little attention-getting ploy as Henson claims he was let go for a different reason... WVMV smoothes its way up to 1st place, (Sun 10/23) All Access: Finally, INFINITY announces its "HOWARD STERN Replacement Strategy,' and as ALL ACCESS was first to confirm, the station is relaunching several stations as FM Talk "FREE FM." As part of the new strategy, DAVID LEE ROTH and ADAM CAROLLA have been officially announced as STERN's replacement in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, respectively, starting JANUARY 3. STERN will have his last broadcast on the INFINITY stations DECEMBER 16. ROTH's show will also air on KLLI (LIVE 105.3)/DALLAS, WYSP/PHILADELPHIA, WBCN/BOSTON, WRKZ/PITTSBURGH. WNCX/CLEVELAND, and WPBZ (103.1 THE BUZZ)/WEST PALM BEACH. CAROLLA will air on new FM Talk convert KIFR/SAN FRANCISCO, KPLN (THE PLANET)/SAN DIEGO, KZON/PHOENIX, KUFO/PORTLAND, and KXTE (EXTREME RADIO)/LAS VEGAS. CAROLLA's longtime comedy partner JIMMY KIMMEL will serve as Creative Consultant for CAROLLA's show and an advisor for INFINITY. WXTM/CLEVELAND morning man ROVER will add WCKG/CHICAGO, WKRK/DETROIT, WAQZ/CINCINNATI, WMFS/MEMPHIS, and WZNE/ROCHESTER and will be based at WCKG. THE JUNKIES will move to mornings at WJFK/WASHINTON and will also be heard on WHFS/BALTIMORE. KITS (LIVE 105.3)/SAN FRANCISCO will replace STERN with "THE MORNING MUSIC CO-OP," a music-intensive show. Rock WYSP/PHILADELPHIA, Classic Rock KPLN/SAN DIEGO, and the new KIFR/SAN FRAOCISCO are launching the "FREE FM" Talk format TODAY (10/25). WXRK (92.3 K-ROCK)/NEW YORK will flip to Talk as "FREE FM" in JANUARY, and FM Talk KLSX/LOS ANGELES, WCKG/CHICAGO, KLLI/DALLAS, WJFK/WASHINGTON, WKRK/DETROIT, and WHFS/BALTIMORE are all being rebranded "FREE FM" as of TODAY as well. Part of the new programming will be a one-hour daily show starting JANUARY for "PENN AND TELLER"'s PENN JILLETTE. The show will air on WXRK, WCKG, KIFR, WJFK, WKRK, KPLN, WHFS, and KSFN-A/LAS VEGAS. INFINITY's JOEL HOLLANDER says “when we set out to find a replacement for HOWARD STERN we took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from both in and out of the radio industry. With ROTH, we’ve found someone who continues to evolve his career and deliver for his legion of fans. ADAM’s depth of entertainment experience is unmatched in radio. And JIMMY has a proven track record of creating winning shows for both radio and television. Couple that with an impressive roster of emerging talent and formats and we have all the necessary elements for INFINITY to continue as the major player in morning drive.” At KXBT (THE BEAT 104.3)/AUSTIN, STERN's replacement will be the syndicated STAR AND BUC WILD. ALL ACCESS hears that the lineup at the new KIFR/SAN FRANCISCO may include some former morning shows in the market. (Tue 10/25) Media Week: The long wait for Howard Stern's replacement on 27 stations owned by Infinity Broadcasting ended today... Infinity Reveals Stern's Replacements, New Strategy and Logo, (Tue 10/25) Billboard Radio Monitor: The long wait for Howard Stern’s replacement on 27 stations owned by Infinity Broadcasting ended Tuesday...Roth, Carolla, Rover Carve Up Stern Empire, (Tue 10/25) FMQB: Putting the rumor mill to rest, Infinity Broadcasting has launched "Free FM" and made clear its plans for replacing Howard Stern... Infinity Announces Howard Stern Replacement Strategy, (Tue 10/25) Radio and Records: After months of speculation, Infinity Broadcasting confirms that the replacements for Stern — who will air his final broadcast radio show on Dec. 16 — will be current Loveline host Adam Carolla and former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.... Infinity Confirms Howard Stern Replacements, (Tue 10/25) Observing that his company's broad-based plan to replace Howard Stern in 27 markets, beginning Jan. 3, is likely the first time any radio company has faced that type of challenge, Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander said this morning that it could take up to two years for the new shows Infinity unveiled today to fully develop... Hollander: Infinity's New Lineup Needs Time To Grow, (Tue 10/25) Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander said this morning that while Howard Stern's morning show has generated about $100 million in annual revenue for Infinity, Stern's departure opens the door to new advertisers who eschewed the host's bawdy brand of radio... Infinity Eyeing New Ad Money After Stern's Departure, (Tue 10/25) Radio Ink: Tom Joyner has issued the following statement on the death of Rosa Parks: “One of my proudest moments as a broadcaster is my involvement with Tavis (Smiley) and his campaign to ensure that Rosa Parks received the Congressional Gold Medal. It reminded me of a few things: The power of black radio and how, like back in the day, radio was used to inform our listeners and rally them to a good cause. It proved that we are still willing to take stand about something important... Joyner Pays Tribute To Rosa Parks, (Wed 10/26) Is Rock Dead? “No way,” Says Rock’s Leading Consultant Despite press speculation that the recent announcement of format changes by Infinity Broadcasting represent a death knell for Rock radio, the genre is alive, and in most parts of the country, as healthy as ever. Rock radio consultant and Classic Rock pioneer Fred Jacobs observes that Infinity’s moves represent decisions that were made because of the unique circumstance of losing Howard Stern. Formatic decisions that have followed have their unique strategic purpose, and obviously look for ways for Infinity stations to stand out in uniquely competitive environments. Their “Jack Attack” is along the same lines. According to Jacobs, “Infinity had some tough decisions to make. It’s not every day you lose one of radio’s major talents. But to connect those moves with the decline of an entire genre is completely overstating the case. Infinity still owns some of the great Rock stations in America.” “Look around the country – Rock formats of all types are among the leaders in overall listening and in their specific target demographics. Alternative stations have enjoyed a revival in the past year, making a comeback in markets like Atlanta, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Portland. Active Rock stations, while being challenged by a shortage of great new rock, are performing in markets as diverse as Sacramento, Des Moines, and Detroit. Heritage Rock stations like KQRS inMinneapolis, KSHE inSt. Louis, and WMMR in Philly are thriving. There are also new innovations in Rock, including The Hog in Milwaukee, which just had a spectacular debut, and at KBZT in San Diego, which is a pioneer in our Neo-Radio values-based programming philosophy. Finally, there’s Classic Rock, the gold standard of Rock radio. Classic Rock has been the most stable, profitable of all the formats, and is dominating in too many markets to mention.” “In smaller and medium sized markets, the number of Rock offerings is even greater than in larger markets. These markets, despite having a fraction of the population of New York City or Los Angeles, can have upwards of five or six Rock stations. Rock listeners in those markets don’t think that Rock is dead.” “Part of the problem is that Rock has been so popular over the years that there are markets that have simply had more stations than the local economy could support. In those cases, station casualties are expected, and are in fact, very normal. This has been going on for years.” “Rock radio, like radio overall, is facing unprecedented challenges from new technology and shifting consumer demands. When you couple this with the heightened scrutiny from the FCC, the impending departure of Howard Stern, and the temporary shortage of great new Rock product from the record companies, it’s easy to conclude that Rock is in trouble. But despite these challenges, the ratings don’t lie, and it would be a mistake to leap to the conclusion that Rock is dead.” “This is very much a case of Rock being Mark Twained – the format’s death has been greatly exaggerated. Just ask the millions of Rock radio listeners in every market in the U.S.”
After a 10-month search, Infinity Broadcasting announced Tuesday its choices to replace Howard Stern's morning show in Detroit and 26 other markets. Stern, the popular, wildly raunchy morning host whose FCC fines for indecency could fund a Third-World nation, is bolting for Sirius Satellite Radio. The shock jock's last live broadcast on Infinity will be Dec. 16... Broadcaster announces Howard Stern replacements, (Wed 10/26)
The new general manager at Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) is already putting his stamp on the station. On Wednesday, Michael Coleman announced a reversal of part of the controversial September 2004 purge of several local and national programs, with the return of "The Tavis Smiley Show" and Ira Glass' "This American Life"... WDET adds new old programming, (Thu 10/27)
Michael Spears Succumbs To Cancer: Everyone at ALL ACCESS is very sad to report the passing of legendary programmer and personality, MICHAEL SPEARS (aka HAL MARTIN), following a long battle with cancer today (10/25) in DALLAS. Among the many highlights of SPEARS' career, he was a personality at CKLW/WINDSOR-DETROIT, was PD at KFRC-A/SAN FRANCISCO, KHJ-A/LOS ANGELES, and was a personality or PD at many DALLAS stations like Top 40 KLIF-A, Top 40 KNUS/DALLAS, Urban KKDA (K104), and KRLD-A. He was a staiton owner at WPLP/TAMPA, and had his own consultancy, THE BEAM. MICHAEL SPEARS touched the lives of many, and he will be deeply missed. The funeral is set for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6th, at 4p at EAST DALLAS CHRISTIAN CHURCH. A reception will follow at the church. A Celebration of MICHAEL's Life" is also planned at a nearby restaurant. (Tue 10/25)
Infinity Broadcasting has unveiled their plans for life after Howard Stern. The announcements came in the form of a conference call by Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander, who was briefly interrupted by the voice of the Stern character known as Beetlejuice... Handling Howard's End: Infinity Unveils Post-Stern Strategy, (Wed 10/26)
No one was more surprised than Emery King on the March day security guards abruptly escorted him out of WDIV-TV (Channel 4), where he had worked for 19 years. The veteran newsman couldn't have imagined he'd receive that sort of treatment over a breakdown in contract negotiations. Neither could Metro Detroiters, who ran to King's rescue calling for a Channel 4 boycott. This wasn't just another ousted television anchor; this was King, Metro Detroit's longest running co-anchor of the 6 o'clock news with Ruth Spencer... Emery King gets a royal salute, (Sat 10/22)
Daily Oakland Press:
The smooth jazz sound of WVMV-FM (98.7) was the ratings winner over the summer as the station finished tops among listeners age 12 and older in the recently released Arbitron quarterly ratings book ... All that controversy over Henson being fired because of remarks he made about fellow radio personality Tic Tak of WQKI? Turns out that might have just been a little attention-getting ploy as Henson claims he was let go for a different reason... WVMV smoothes its way up to 1st place, (Sun 10/23)
Finally, INFINITY announces its "HOWARD STERN Replacement Strategy,' and as ALL ACCESS was first to confirm, the station is relaunching several stations as FM Talk "FREE FM." As part of the new strategy, DAVID LEE ROTH and ADAM CAROLLA have been officially announced as STERN's replacement in NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, respectively, starting JANUARY 3. STERN will have his last broadcast on the INFINITY stations DECEMBER 16. ROTH's show will also air on KLLI (LIVE 105.3)/DALLAS, WYSP/PHILADELPHIA, WBCN/BOSTON, WRKZ/PITTSBURGH. WNCX/CLEVELAND, and WPBZ (103.1 THE BUZZ)/WEST PALM BEACH. CAROLLA will air on new FM Talk convert KIFR/SAN FRANCISCO, KPLN (THE PLANET)/SAN DIEGO, KZON/PHOENIX, KUFO/PORTLAND, and KXTE (EXTREME RADIO)/LAS VEGAS. CAROLLA's longtime comedy partner JIMMY KIMMEL will serve as Creative Consultant for CAROLLA's show and an advisor for INFINITY.
WXTM/CLEVELAND morning man ROVER will add WCKG/CHICAGO, WKRK/DETROIT, WAQZ/CINCINNATI, WMFS/MEMPHIS, and WZNE/ROCHESTER and will be based at WCKG. THE JUNKIES will move to mornings at WJFK/WASHINTON and will also be heard on WHFS/BALTIMORE. KITS (LIVE 105.3)/SAN FRANCISCO will replace STERN with "THE MORNING MUSIC CO-OP," a music-intensive show. Rock WYSP/PHILADELPHIA, Classic Rock KPLN/SAN DIEGO, and the new KIFR/SAN FRAOCISCO are launching the "FREE FM" Talk format TODAY (10/25). WXRK (92.3 K-ROCK)/NEW YORK will flip to Talk as "FREE FM" in JANUARY, and FM Talk KLSX/LOS ANGELES, WCKG/CHICAGO, KLLI/DALLAS, WJFK/WASHINGTON, WKRK/DETROIT, and WHFS/BALTIMORE are all being rebranded "FREE FM" as of TODAY as well. Part of the new programming will be a one-hour daily show starting JANUARY for "PENN AND TELLER"'s PENN JILLETTE. The show will air on WXRK, WCKG, KIFR, WJFK, WKRK, KPLN, WHFS, and KSFN-A/LAS VEGAS.
INFINITY's JOEL HOLLANDER says “when we set out to find a replacement for HOWARD STERN we took the opportunity to cultivate a wide array of talent, from both in and out of the radio industry. With ROTH, we’ve found someone who continues to evolve his career and deliver for his legion of fans. ADAM’s depth of entertainment experience is unmatched in radio. And JIMMY has a proven track record of creating winning shows for both radio and television. Couple that with an impressive roster of emerging talent and formats and we have all the necessary elements for INFINITY to continue as the major player in morning drive.”
At KXBT (THE BEAT 104.3)/AUSTIN, STERN's replacement will be the syndicated STAR AND BUC WILD. ALL ACCESS hears that the lineup at the new KIFR/SAN FRANCISCO may include some former morning shows in the market. (Tue 10/25)
The long wait for Howard Stern's replacement on 27 stations owned by Infinity Broadcasting ended today... Infinity Reveals Stern's Replacements, New Strategy and Logo, (Tue 10/25)
Billboard Radio Monitor:
The long wait for Howard Stern’s replacement on 27 stations owned by Infinity Broadcasting ended Tuesday...Roth, Carolla, Rover Carve Up Stern Empire, (Tue 10/25)
Putting the rumor mill to rest, Infinity Broadcasting has launched "Free FM" and made clear its plans for replacing Howard Stern... Infinity Announces Howard Stern Replacement Strategy, (Tue 10/25)
Radio and Records:
After months of speculation, Infinity Broadcasting confirms that the replacements for Stern — who will air his final broadcast radio show on Dec. 16 — will be current Loveline host Adam Carolla and former Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth.... Infinity Confirms Howard Stern Replacements, (Tue 10/25)
Observing that his company's broad-based plan to replace Howard Stern in 27 markets, beginning Jan. 3, is likely the first time any radio company has faced that type of challenge, Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander said this morning that it could take up to two years for the new shows Infinity unveiled today to fully develop... Hollander: Infinity's New Lineup Needs Time To Grow, (Tue 10/25)
Infinity Chairman/CEO Joel Hollander said this morning that while Howard Stern's morning show has generated about $100 million in annual revenue for Infinity, Stern's departure opens the door to new advertisers who eschewed the host's bawdy brand of radio... Infinity Eyeing New Ad Money After Stern's Departure, (Tue 10/25)
Tom Joyner has issued the following statement on the death of Rosa Parks: “One of my proudest moments as a broadcaster is my involvement with Tavis (Smiley) and his campaign to ensure that Rosa Parks received the Congressional Gold Medal. It reminded me of a few things: The power of black radio and how, like back in the day, radio was used to inform our listeners and rally them to a good cause. It proved that we are still willing to take stand about something important... Joyner Pays Tribute To Rosa Parks, (Wed 10/26)
Is Rock Dead? “No way,” Says Rock’s Leading Consultant
Despite press speculation that the recent announcement of format changes by Infinity Broadcasting represent a death knell for Rock radio, the genre is alive, and in most parts of the country, as healthy as ever. Rock radio consultant and Classic Rock pioneer Fred Jacobs observes that Infinity’s moves represent decisions that were made because of the unique circumstance of losing Howard Stern. Formatic decisions that have followed have their unique strategic purpose, and obviously look for ways for Infinity stations to stand out in uniquely competitive environments. Their “Jack Attack” is along the same lines.
According to Jacobs, “Infinity had some tough decisions to make. It’s not every day you lose one of radio’s major talents. But to connect those moves with the decline of an entire genre is completely overstating the case. Infinity still owns some of the great Rock stations in America.”
“Look around the country – Rock formats of all types are among the leaders in overall listening and in their specific target demographics. Alternative stations have enjoyed a revival in the past year, making a comeback in markets like Atlanta, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Portland. Active Rock stations, while being challenged by a shortage of great new rock, are performing in markets as diverse as Sacramento, Des Moines, and Detroit. Heritage Rock stations like KQRS inMinneapolis, KSHE inSt. Louis, and WMMR in Philly are thriving. There are also new innovations in Rock, including The Hog in Milwaukee, which just had a spectacular debut, and at KBZT in San Diego, which is a pioneer in our Neo-Radio values-based programming philosophy. Finally, there’s Classic Rock, the gold standard of Rock radio. Classic Rock has been the most stable, profitable of all the formats, and is dominating in too many markets to mention.”
“In smaller and medium sized markets, the number of Rock offerings is even greater than in larger markets. These markets, despite having a fraction of the population of New York City or Los Angeles, can have upwards of five or six Rock stations. Rock listeners in those markets don’t think that Rock is dead.”
“Part of the problem is that Rock has been so popular over the years that there are markets that have simply had more stations than the local economy could support. In those cases, station casualties are expected, and are in fact, very normal. This has been going on for years.”
“Rock radio, like radio overall, is facing unprecedented challenges from new technology and shifting consumer demands. When you couple this with the heightened scrutiny from the FCC, the impending departure of Howard Stern, and the temporary shortage of great new Rock product from the record companies, it’s easy to conclude that Rock is in trouble. But despite these challenges, the ratings don’t lie, and it would be a mistake to leap to the conclusion that Rock is dead.”
“This is very much a case of Rock being Mark Twained – the format’s death has been greatly exaggerated. Just ask the millions of Rock radio listeners in every market in the U.S.”
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will carry a live simulcast of WDIV Local 4's coverage of the Rosa Parks funeral service on Wednesday, November 2 beginning at 11am. The service takes place at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit and is expected to last until 2pm.
"It's vitally important that those who cannot watch the televised service are still able to participate in this tribute and farewell," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. WDET simulcasts WDIV Local 4's coverage for the Rosa Parks funeral service on Wednesday, November 2 from 11am to 2pm on 101.9FM and at wdetfm.org.
In addtion to funeral coverage on Channel 4, WXYZ-TV 7 and WJBK-TV 2 also plan on carrying the event live.
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FM 98 WJLB & SMART will honor Rosa Parks by offering free bus rides
FM 98 WJLB will take over the SMART BUS Michigan Ave Route #200 from 6am-6pm on Thursday, November 3, 2005. All FM 98 WJLB on air personalities will be on the bus through out the day to let people express their gratitude to Rosa Parks & what she did for the civil rights movement. “This is the least we can do” commented Director of Urban Programming, KJ Holiday “Rosa Parks changed the path of the county and with out her-FM 98 WJLB may have never been.” The Michigan Ave route heavily traveled and many young people ride this bus to go to school. FM 98 WJLB and SMART know the importance of the legacy that Parks leaves behind.
Channel 4 to host special edition of Flashpoint on Sun Nov. 6
In a special hour-long edition of Flashpoint, airing Sunday morning at 10AM on WDIV-TV Channel 4, host Devin Scillian sits down one-on-one with each of the candidates for mayor of Detroit. Icumbent Kwame Kilpatrick and challenger Freman Hendrix individually join Devin in the Local 4 studios, taking time out from their heated campaign in a mayoral race that at times has been too close to call. Just days before the election, Local 4’s Flashpoint special offers local viewers and Detroit voters a chance to see each candidate outside of the fiery debates and hear in-depth their views about the challenges the city faces in the future.
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The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM Help Keep Kids Warm This Winter
In an effort to keep kids in metro Detroit warm this winter, The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM, in partnership with McDonald’s and SMART, will collect new winter coats and cash donations on Friday, Nov. 11, from 10am - 9pm, and Saturday, Nov. 12, from 9am - 6pm during the “Coats for Kids” Radiothon at Oakland Mall in Troy. Cash donations will allow the purchase of more coats for children in need during the cold winter months. R&B and Hip-Hop artists such as Genuwine, Marques Houston and Cee-Lo will be on hand to lend their support for “Coats for Kids.”
“With the cold winter months approaching, it’s a necessity for children to have proper outerwear to keep them protected from harsh elements when walking to and from school and being outside,” said Major Norman Marshall, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “Through the generosity and support of metro Detroiters and our Radiothon partners, we can provide underprivileged children with a means to stay warm this winter season.
“The need for coats and donations is tremendous”, said Russ Russell, executive director for the Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “Forty-eight percent of children in Detroit live in poverty.”
Area Salvation Army locations will also serve as drop-off sites for the Radiothon. For a list of Salvation Army locations where coats will be available after the Radiothon, or to make a donation, please call (877) SAL-MICH or visit www.salvationarmyemich.org.
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Michigan Radio Celebrates Record Breaking Membership Drive
Michigan Radio, the public radio stations of the University of Michigan, wrapped up a very successful fall fund drive on Friday, October 21. The drive brought in more than $920,000, with contributions from over 6,000 members across southern lower Michigan and northern Ohio. This is a 3% increase over last fall’s record breaking membership drive, setting a new record for the station, and a 30% jump from fall 2003.
Michigan Radio’s 2005 Fall Membership Drive raised money through a variety of sources, including almost $750,000 in on-air and web pledges from listeners and over $170,000 generated from corporate supporters matching member contributions. The money raised helps pay for program costs and general operating expenses at the station. Membership dollars provide about half of Michigan Radio’s current annual operating budget of over $5 million.
"In these times, people have many options for their charitable giving,” said Donovan Reynolds, general manger of Michigan Public Media. “We’re very pleased that our audience continues to value our service enough to support it with their dollars."
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WDET Programming Highlights:
Phillip Glass is distinguished as one of the greatest composers of our time. His repertoire ranges from opera and dance to theater, orchestra and film. Glass's non-traditional approach continue to earn him acclaim with audiences around the world. Judy Adams welcomes Phillip Glass to her program, Tuesday, November 8th. Phillip Glass along with Shawn Colvin, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Daniel Roumain, Califone, and the Paybacks perform Wednesday, November 9th at 7:30pm at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor in a concert to benefit the Jewel Heart Buddhist Center. The Judy Adams Program airs weekday mornings from 9-11am.
After producing, engineering, remixing, co-writing and being a musician on records from everyone from mega DJ Paul Oakenfold to rock god Pete Townsend of the Who, Carmen Rizzo finally carved out time to record his own CD. The lush, cinematic beat driven disc is called "The Lost Art Of The Idle Moment" on The Lab label. Rizzo's first solo album features collaborations with a wide range of guest vocalists including Jem, Esthero, Grant Lee Phillips and others. Carmen Rizzo stops by The Chuck Horn Program on Friday, November 11th to talk about his new CD. The Chuck Horn Program airs weekdays from 11am to 1pm.
Detroit Free Press:
Happy Halloween! That means only one thing: Christmas holiday music on the radio could be just days -- maybe even hours -- away. Darren Davis, the executive who oversees the usual leader with Kris Kringle music -- Clear Channel's WNIC-FM (100.3) -- notes, "There's a singing Santa Claus doll in the WNIC studio, so it won't be long now before we begin decking the halls.... WNIC-FM is ready to play yule tunes, (Mon 10/31)
Sharpton signs with Radio One- The Rev. Al Sharpton -- coming to town for the Rosa Parks funeral Wednesday -- will reportedly anchor urban-oriented Radio One's new African-American talk network. What does that mean for Detroit? Well, the trade journal Inside Radio reports Radio One will launch its new talk-net in markets like Washington-Baltimore, Detroit, Miami and Cleveland. The most likely landing spot here? WCHB-AM (1200)... Names and Faces, (Tue 11/1)
Daily Oakland Press:
The chatter continues about the defection of news-talk WJR-AM (760) from the Wolverines to the Spartans and what the future might hold. Many readers seem more concerned about the current broadcast team of Frank Beckmann, Jim Brandstatter and Steve Courtney staying together than which station winds up carrying the games ... Another big story garnering far too much press concerns who’s replacing Howard Stern on nearly 30 Infinity stations, including hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), when the legendary shock jock departs for Sirius satellite radio... Wolverines seek a home; Rover fetched at WKRK, (Sun 10/30)
Soft rock radio station WNIC-FM (100.3) switched to an all-Christmas music format at 3 p.m. Monday with Nat King Cole’s “Christmas Song” as the first holiday song aired this season. The all-Christmas format has been a ratings boon for the station and competitor station WMGC-FM (105.1) the past few years. The rush to claim the format first has now pushed the unofficial start of the Christmas music season to Nov. 1., (Wed 11/2)
90.9 FM WRCJ Classic Hosts to Debut Nov 14
Detroit’s new classical and jazz radio station, 90.9 WRCJ-FM, will begin weekday broadcasts of classical music programming from studios in the Detroit School of Arts on Monday, November 14. With the debut of morning host Dave Wagner at 6 a.m., locally-originated classical music will be back on Detroit airwaves for the first time since 1997.
The listener-supported public radio station will continue to broadcast with a format of daytime classical and nighttime jazz, aiming to serve audiences of both music genres. The introduction of 90.9 WRCJ’s team of classical hosts on November 14 will include Wagner, a popular mainstay personality at the former WQRS until the commercially-licensed station switched from classical programming in 1997, hosting weekdays from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. Chris Felcyn, familiar to classical audiences from his long-running public radio program “The Listening Room,” will host from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ann Delisi, who has an extensive background at various Detroit public and commercial stations and as host of the former Detroit Public TV arts series “Backstage Pass,” will serve as host from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“The debut of locally-originated programming on 90.9 WRCJ is great news for the underserved fans of classical music, as well as many cultural organizations that will partner with us to enrich our listeners and stimulate attendance for programs at their venues,” said Robert Scott, station manager. “Dave, Chris and Ann are knowledgeable, entertaining, and deeply committed to the station’s mission to be an educational and cultural resource.”
90.9 WRCJ signed on August 1 with a format of daytime classical and nighttime jazz. Satellite services, such as Classical 24 and Jazzworks, will continue to provide programming weekday evenings and on weekends. More locally-originated programming is planned once the construction of broadcast facilities is completed next year at the station’s home in the Detroit School of Arts, located at Woodward and Selden in the heart of the city’s cultural center.
90.9 FM WRCJ is a listener-supported classical and jazz station operated by Detroit Public Television and licensed to Detroit Public Schools. Major funding for start up is provided by The Kresge Foundation.
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WHFR Radio Marks 20 Years of Broadcasting
WHFR Radio, the volunteer-staffed, non-commercial independent radio and internet station broadcasting from Henry Ford Community College is planning an event to celebrate their 20th year on Metro-Detroit’s airwaves. The celebration will take place at Fifth Avenue, Downtown (Comerica Park location) on Saturday, December 3, 2005. A “who’s who” of Detroit musical artists, including The Howling Diablos, Lawless Element, The Holy Fire, Horse Cave Trio and Abrasive Method will all perform live at the 21 and over concert event. Doors open at 8pm and tickets will be available at the door for a minimum $10 donation, with all proceeds benefiting WHFR Radio.
WHFR began broadcasting at 89.3 FM in December of 1985. Prior to that, the station operated as a public address system in the HFCC student cafeteria. The FCC granted the Detroit area’s last available FM license to the Henry Ford Community College Board of Trustees in 1979 and after overcoming some hurdles, WHFR began broadcasting on the signal with pre-recorded segments in 1985. The station went live in 1987, and then moved to around-the-clock broadcasting in 1995. WHFR began streaming their programming live on the internet that same year, and has been live, 24/7 both on 89.3FM and on whfr.fm ever since.
The mission of WHFR has always been to provide real world lab experience in telecommunication for HFCC students, and to serve the needs of Dearborn and the surrounding communities. Choosing to program the station with independent, local, and eclectic music little heard elsewhere on the Detroit radio dial has been WHFR’s greatest ongoing achievement. With a mix of indie rock, blues, classical, big band, world, modern folk, Americana, electronic, hip-hop, jazz, and more, WHFR offers a refreshing “alternative block variety” to its listeners. In addition to our local programming, WHFR is an affiliate of Public Radio International, and airs PRI’s national Classical 24 and Mountain Stage programming. WHFR receives a small budget from HFCC to help defray operating costs, but covers most of its financial needs through listener support and underwriting donations. The station holds an annual spring “Radiothon” on-air pledge drive to raise funds for daily expenses. The December 3rd Anniversary celebration is intended to be a party for WHFR listeners as well as a fundraiser for the station itself.
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WCSX Programming Highlights
Billy McLaughlin enjoyed a rising career complete with Top 10 Billboard charting releases (Narada Records/Virgin) and non-stop national touring when he was struck down in 2001 by a mysterious and incurable disease that attacked his fretboard wrist and hand. Rather than quit, McLaughlin has been quietly re-learning his virtuoso repertoire - left-handed! His first-ever-entirely-left-handed-concert is arguably the acoustic guitar comeback event of all-time. McLaughlin will be making an appearance on Classic Rock 94.7 WCSX-FM's Over Easy with Pam Rossi on Saturday morning, November 12th, at about 10:00am. Tune in to hear the live interview and performance.
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In unprecedented coverage, local TV stations dedicated more than 30 hours combined to civil rights legend Rosa Parks' funeral. Such attention came at a price, as all three local news stations, WJBK-TV (Channel 2), WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), broadcast the funeral without commercial interruption. WDIV and WXYZ were on the air 11 commercial-free hours, from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., while WJBK's coverage went uninterrupted from 10 a.m. until 6:30 p.m... Parks' long funeral hits TV pocketbooks, (Fri 11/4)
Detroit Free Press:
In the land of Detroit political call-in radio, a caller questioned the gender of one of the city's most-listened-to hosts. A political analyst suggested on the air that a rival colleague was cheating on her husband. And a preacher and supporter of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick used off-color metaphors to lambaste his critics... Election talk on Detroit airwaves: In mayoral race, rancor spills over onto radio as opposing camps fire away, (Fri 11/4)
Added: Friday to WRIF-FM's (101.1) weekend air lineup, Kelly Brown. She was the longtime cohost of CIMX-FM's (88.7) morning show until earlier this year and is a respected voice on the city's rock scene... Names and Faces, (Sat 11/5)
Sunny skies. Temperatures near 70. A gentle breeze blowing through the golden trees. It sure seemed like Christmastime last week, right? Right! WNIC-FM (100.3) decided to start playing Christmas music, anyway, changing its soft rock format at 3 p.m. Nov. 1 to wall-to-wall jing-jing-jingling. In the meadow we can build a snowman? No way...A few minutes with...: Christmas music man, (Mon 11/7)
TV station election night reportage was more confusing than enlightening on the Detroit mayoral election Tuesday night. All three Detroit TV news operations avoided language like "projected winner." However, WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reported shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. that its polling -- by Steve Mitchell -- showed that challenger Freman Hendrix would likely triumph. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) concurred, although by a smaller margin and with greater caution. But by the time WJBK-TV (Channel 2) hit the air with its 10 p.m. newscast, it was predicting a narrow win for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick... TV stations take a cautious approach, (Wed 11/9)
The game of chicken between Howard Stern and his employer (Infinity Radio and its Detroit station, WKRK-FM, 97.1) has apparently started big-time. Tuesday morning, a best-of show was aired when Stern was suspended -- ostensibly for one day -- for the high crime of speaking too much about his new employer come Jan. 1: Sirius Satellite Radio... Names and Faces, (Wed 11/9)
Daily Oakland Press:
On Tuesday afternoon, soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) ditched its regular music format and once again launched into wall-to-wall Christmas music, trying to take early advantage of the fondness many have for the “songs of the season.” Nearly a year ago in this space, I complained strongly about this rush to Christmas — only to be proven wrong about how listeners would respond ... Urban WJLB-FM will team up with the Salvation Army next weekend to collect winter coats and cash donations to help keep kids warm this winter. The “Coats for Kids” Radiothon will be at Oakland Mall from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday... WNIC thinks Yule want to be in Christmas mood now, (Sun 11/6)
Radio and Records:
Henson joins Simmons Media's KZNX/Austin today, and will also handle the afternoon shift for the ESPN Radio affiliate. He succeeds Eric Kaelin, who will become OM for KZNX and simulcast partner KWNX and remain one of KZNX's morning hosts... Gregg Henson To Program Austin's 'Big 1530 ESPN Radio', (Mon 11/7)
Official: Henson To Texas: As ALL ACCESS previously tipped, former WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT midday co-host and WXYT-A and WDFN-A/DETROIT PD GREGG HENSON is headed to TEXAS, specifically SIMMONS Sports KZNX-A-KWNX-A (1530/1260 ESPN RADIO)/AUSTIN as PD/Afternoons. PD/MORNING BREW co-host ERIC KAELIN moves to the OM slot and remains in mornings. HENSON was fired by WKRK for comments about a DJ at another station; read HENSON's take on things at GREGGHENSON.COM. (Mon 11/7)
96.3 WDVD Bon Jovi Openers Announced: ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI has announced the winners of their "WDVD BATTLE OF THE BANDS CONTEST." 96.3 presents two local acts that have been crowned champions in the competition to open for the upcoming BON JOVI concerts at THE PALACE of AUBURN HILLS. The JODY RAFFOUL BAND will support BON JOVI on FRIDAY (11/18), and THE PAPER SAINTS will perform on SATURDAY (11/19). (Mon 11/17)
WMGC Toys for Tots 2005 Drive Launches with Live Broadcasts From Six Area Shopping Malls
Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show of WMGC-FM 105.1 have announced plans for their 27th season of making magic with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and the Toys For Tots Campaign. The annual Toys For Tots Campaign tours area shopping malls collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps program. This year’s schedule includes:
Fri 11/25: Laurel Park Place, Livonia
Mon 11/28: Twelve Oaks Mall, Novi
Tue 11/29: Oakland Mall, Troy
Wed 11/30: Briarwood Mall, Ann Arbor
Thu 12/1: Macomb Mall, Roseville
Fri 12/2: Lakeside Mall, Sterling Heights
Each year the men and women of the Magic Morning Show compete to collect the most toys. Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show are asking their listeners to come up with the very best “stunt” that the losing team will have to endure. The program will be live each morning from 6 am to 10 am and a complimentary light breakfast will be served at each location. Santa as well as other special guests will also be at each of the broadcasts.
Those unable to come to the malls above to donate toys can stop by any Collex Collision location or at Eastland Mall in Harper Woods.
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CKWW turns back the clock for Thanksgiving
AM 580 is giving "thanks" by turning back the clock to remember Thanksgiving radio shows of years gone by. All next week When Radio Was, heard weeknights at 11 PM, will feature Thanksgiving episodes of classic comedies and dramas from the golden age of radio. From "Milton Berle" to "Father Knows Best" to "The Lone Ranger", there is something for everyone to be thankful for.
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Pistons re-up with WDFN
The Pistons and Sports WDFN-AM 1130 have agreed to a multi-year contract extension that will keep veteran play-by-play man George Blaha on the Fan. "We look forward to continuing the partnership...and building on the success we have had," said Tom Wilson, the president of the Palace Sports & Entertainment and the Pistons. The Pistons will continue to handle production and ad sales for the broadcasts.
WDFN will carry all 82 regular season games as well as any post-season games under the deal. "We're excited to continue our relationship with the Pistons. It's a powerful combination," said Clear channel regional vice president Dave Pugh.
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WXYT shuffles morning show hosts
Sports WXYT Detroit has dropped former Detroit Lions player Marc Spindler from its morning show and instead paired Scott 'The Gator' Anderson with hold-over co-host John Lund. Anderson had been primarily serving as studio host for the station's live game coverage and by doing swing shift/weekend/fill-in duties. "John and The Gator" airs 6-10 AM weekdays.
On Monday, for the first time since 1997, Detroit will have classical music hosts broadcasting live at classical/jazz public radio station WRCJ-FM (90.9). Local personalities will broadcast from the studio in the Detroit School of the Arts. Program director (and former WQRS personality) Dave Wagner will debut as morning host from 6 to 10 a.m... Fire up the Beethoven, (Fri 11/11)
Everything seems perfect for the Red Wings, who have started the season 15-3-1, the best record in the NHL. But one key thing is missing in Hockeytown: the buzz. Despite the Wings' long-anticipated return from the NHL lockout, which wiped out the 2004-05 season, a number of season-ticket holders have skipped games and sports-talk radio has been dominated by the Lions' plight. And even the TV ratings have taken a hit... Where are the Wings fans?, (Tue 11/15)
Gregg Henson says he didn't really get fired for sniping at another radio host. He also says it's 80 degrees where he's working now, which is maybe more obnoxious than anything he ever said on the air. Henson, the midday co-host on WKRK-FM (97.1), was suspended and then cashiered last month, ostensibly for saying scurrilous things about WKQI-FM (95.5) evening DJ Tic Tak. Having resurfaced in Austin, Texas, he's now contending that his firing was not about Tic Tak or even Certs, but rather dollars and cents... WKRK's Henson finds a lot warmer reception in Austin, (Wed 11/16)
Detroit Free Press:
George Noory is crossing media. The Detroit native, University of Detroit grad and weeknight host of the popular overnight syndicated hit "Coast-to-Coast A.M." (1 a.m., CKLW-AM, 800 and WAAM-AM, 1600) will host "Predictions of the Future" on cable and dish pay-per-view (In Demand) on Jan. 24. Noory says the "program will delve into prophecy of what's in store for all of us in the years ahead with some world-renowned predictors"... Noory to host pay-per-view TV show, (Mon 11/14)
The November monthly Arbitrend radio report card for all listeners age 12 and over was interesting only insofar as it demonstrates how close station listenership is. Only one percentage point separates the top nine stations. Note that WJR reassumed the top position after losing the summer championship to smooth jazzer WVMV. Perhaps the biggest story is the absolute domination of WRIF-FM's Drew Lane and Mike Clark in the key advertiser demo age 25-54 morning race... Everybody's close, except Drew & Mike, (Thu 11/17)
Daily Oakland Press:
With only one more regular season Michigan football game scheduled for this Saturday on news-talk WJR-AM (760), morning host Paul W. Smith wants to go out in style. Smith, a 1975 U-M grad, will conduct an old-style Michigan/Ohio State on-air pep rally during his Friday show in the “maize and blue” tower of the Fisher Building ... TiVo Alert! Mark your calendar for a TV special you may not want to miss. On Dec. 2, WTVS-Channel 56 will broadcast an award-winning documentary, “Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 CKLW.” It’s a great behind-the-scenes look at one of the most legendary Top 40 radio stations in North America...WJR paints the town maize and blue for last U-M game, (Sun 11/13)
The view is blue - as in a blue screen, not a TV picture - as Comcast Cablevision began blocking Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK (Channel 2) this weekend. FCC rules allow a local affiliate, in this case Flint's WSMH (Channel 66), to petition for such a blackout. This is the second blackout of a Detroit affiliate this year. Officials from both stations and the cable system could not be reached for comment Saturday, though a Comcast customer service representative said a Saturday internal memo confirmed the blackout, which affects mostly network programs, not local ones... Channel 66 knocks competitor off Comcast, (Sun 11/13)
Port Huron Times-Herald:
Growing up in East Detroit, the radio almost always was playing in John Hill's home. Listening to classic radio shows such as The Lone Ranger and Jack Bennyand daily soap operas, Hill, 63, of Port Huron developed a deep love for broadcasting. "I can remember sitting in the dark in the living room listening to the radio," he said. "It was almost magic. I wanted to be on the air. That's all I wanted to do." Hill carried that fascination throughout his life and for 35 years shared his love of radio with the Port Huron area as the voice of WPHM AM-1380. Retiring from the station in 2002, Hill became a full-time employee at St. Clair County Community College. There he focused on his second passion - teaching... SC4 radio professor turning off his mike, (Tue 11/15)
Art Vuolo Unveils "Detroit Radio Reunion" DVD: ART VUOLO has announced the availability of a two-hour DVD of the "DETROIT RADIO REUNION," which occured back on SEPTEMBER 24. ART assures everyone that the DVD is really awesome. For more info on ordering the DVD, which costs $24.99 (a portion of which will benefit the GAIL PURTAN OVARIAN CANCER FUND), visit www.vuololvideo.com and click on "Reunions" on the left side menu. (Fri 11/11)
WMGC and U.S. Marines Collect Toys For Tots: GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT's JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW have joined the U.S. MARINE CORPS for the 27th year for another TOYS FOR TOTS campaign. Each year, the men and women of the MAGIC MORNING SHOW compete to see who can collect the most toys, with the listeners coming up with the best stunt that the losing team will have to endure. (Tue 11/15)
Pistons, WDFN Ink Contract Extension: The NBA's DETROIT PISTONS will continue to be heard on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A (SPORTS RADIO 1130 THE FAN)/DETROIT under a multi-year contract extension. The PISTONS handle production and advertising sales for the broadcasts, with longtime PISTONS voice GEORGE BLAHA at the mic. (Wed 11/16)
Radio & Records:
CIDR/Detroit PD Wendy Duff moves to CHFI/Toronto as APD on Nov. 21. Duff will temporarily take the reins at CHFI when GM/PD Julie Adam goes on maternity leave in February. (Wed 11/16)
Michigan Radio Presents Special Thanksgiving Programs
Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, will air two special programs this Thanksgiving. These programs, “Turkey Confidential” and “Third Coast International Audio Festival”, will help you get into the swing of the holiday season.
“Turkey Confidential”, which airs Thursday, November 24 at 11 am, is an hour of Thanksgiving morning triage for cooks across the nation. Lynne Rossetto Kasper of The Splendid Table and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal will be taking your calls in a live, one-hour broadcast when you need it most: the biggest cooking day of the year. Lynne and Kai will field your questions on everything from pepping up your gravy to Tofurky and uses for left-over sweet potatoes. Turkey explode in the oven? No problem! Help is just a phone call away.
“Third Coast International Audio Festival” airs on Thursday, November 24 at 8 pm. This program chronicles the 2005 Third Coast Festival, held at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The festival celebrated the best audio documentaries of the year and you’ll hear some of the winners in this special two-hour audio event. And encore presentation of “Third Coast International Audio Festival” will air on Sunday, November 27 at 8 pm.
“These programs are a special treat for the holiday” says Station Manager Jon Hoban. “Turkey Confidential is one way to keep the stress of Thanksgiving Day in perspective. Later, after a long nap, the Third Coast International Audio Festival will be an evening of audio exploration for the whole family.”
Mojo In The Morning CD Pulled From Stores: Legal Trouble
The latest collection of prank phone calls and other favorite moments from WKQI-FM 95.5's morning show -- Mojo In The Morning Phone Scams Volume 7 -- has been temporarily shelved while the station's management deals with a legal issue. The CD featured a can of Spam on its cover, with the famous logo altered to read "Scam." This was enough to earn a cease & desist order from Hormel Foods, makers of the famed luncheon meat product. With a potential lawuit on their hands, Mojo In The Morning decided to immediately alter the album artwork. The CD, sans Spam, will be available for purchase at all area Post Bars on Monday, once the offending can is removed from all copies. Online orders are still currently being honored and people will receive the CD with new artwork.
Channel 955 morning show host Mojo says: "It's ironic that we feature 18 Phone Scam victims on this CD, but the threat of a lawsuit came from our artwork! Regardless, we made the necessary changes so that the CD would remain available for holiday gift buyers."
Morning show co-host Spike added: "We only meant to pay homage to our favorite chopped pork shoulder meat product."
Mojo In The Morning has been waking up Detroit since February 2000 and is the #1 morning show for women in Detroit. Mojo, Spike, Sara, Chad, and Kyra broadcast 5:00-10:30 AM weekdays.
Pistons TV and Radio Network provides over-the-air coverage to nearly every corner of MI and NW Ohio
With a network of over-the-air and cable television stations and radio stations, the Eastern Conference Champion Detroit Pistons are ensuring their fans throughout the state of Michigan and in northwest Ohio will be able to enjoy their run for the championship from the comfort of their homes or while traveling.
The team has agreements with six out-state and NE Ohio television stations and a dozen radio stations which will reach the majority of its fans. In addition, Fox Sports Net Detroit is carrying 32 regular season games. It is picked up by nearly every cable system in Michigan. WDWB-TV WB 20 Detroit is televising 26 upcoming regular season games and WDIV-TV 4 Detroit is airing five selected weekend Pistons match-ups. The remaining 10 contests will be aired nationally on TNT cable or ABC-TV.
For those who can't tune in for the live broadcasts, WB 20 will replay their game broadcasts at midnight and 3 a.m., and WDIV will replay the games played on its station at 1 a.m.
The Pistons out-state over-the-air broadcast television network will televise games carried on WB 20 or WDIV-TV 4. The network includes:
WXSP/UPN 15 (Grand Rapids) - 31 games, WBSF/WB (Flint) - 26 games, WEYI/TV 25 (Flint) - 5 games, WLMB/TV 40 (Toledo) - 29 games, WHTV/UPN 18 (Lansing) - 17 games, WLLZ/TV 12 (Traverse City) - Still planning schedule to date (Check your local listings for specific games and times).
Pistons fans will get to know their team even better during Prime Time Pistons, a 30-minute program being aired on WB 20 every Saturday night during the season (check your local listings for start times).
"We are excited to announce our TV and Radio Network and to be able to offer additional programming and replays," said Pete Skorich, Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Multimedia for the Pistons and Palace Sports & Entertainment. "We have made a concerted effort to provide the most extensive coverage we can provide for Pistons fans throughout the state and into Ohio."
On the radio side, the Pistons' flagship station, WDFN-AM 1130 will continue to provide game coverage, as well as pre and post-game shows each game night. Radio listeners can also pick up the action on the following stations throughout the state:
Ann Arbor: WTKA AM 1050, Battle Creek: WBCK AM 930, Escanaba: WCHT AM 600, Flint: WTRX AM 1330, Grand Rapids: WBBL AM 1340, Greenville: WSCG AM 1380, Holt/Lansing: WQTX FM 92.1, Jackson: WIBM AM 1450, Kalamazoo: WKLZ AM 1470, Muskegon: WEFG FM 97.5, Port Huron: WPHM AM 1380.
Motor City Holiday Favorites to air on AM 580
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and CKWW AM 580 is the station for “Motor City Holiday Favorites”! Beginning Thanksgiving Day, (the traditional start of the holiday season,) AM 580 will start “sprinkling” in Christmas music throughout the day to get everyone into spirit of the season by playing a mix of holiday music and the adult gold format. Then starting December 15th and running through December 26th, AM 580 will play 12 days of continuous holiday music as part of the annual "Motor City Holiday Favorites" presentation.
More than just the same 50 holiday songs, CKWW's extensive Christmas music library (the Motor City's largest) allows us to play more variety than any other Detroit area radio station. AM 580 plays all of the traditional Christmas classics from artists such as Bing Crosby, Burl Ives, Andy Williams, The Carpenters, Nat King Cole, Perry Como, as well as contemporary artists like Celine Dion, Diana Krall and many more.
Glenn Haege to become honorary member of American Institute of Architects - Detroit Chapter
Glenn Haege, host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” was inducted as an honorary member of the Detroit Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Detroit). This award is given to individuals who are not trained as architects but have made an important contribution to the profession. The AIA is honoring Haege for encouraging professionalism and demystifying the construction process.
Haege has more than 30 years experience in the home improvement industry and his radio show, “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” is nationally syndicated by Troy, Mich. based Handyman Productions, LLC, and can be heard on more than 170 radio stations nationwide. In addition, Haege is the author of 11 home improvement books and writes two columns each week for The Detroit News.
The American Institute of Architects - Detroit is a chapter of the 75,000 member national organization. The mission of the Honor Awards program is to show the public what architects do and inform about the value and importance of architectural excellence and to enable architects to better understand achievements so that excellence becomes the standard.
Palace Sports and Entertainment President and CEO Tom Wilson on "Anything is Possible" on WJR this Sunday
This week's guest on "Anything is Possible", which airs from 9-10 pm Sunday evenings, was born in Detroit and became a Hollywood actor who came back home in 1978. Today Tom Wilson is President and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment which includes the Palace of Auburn Hills, the Detroit Pistons, the Detroit Shock as well as Pine Knob Music Theatre, Meadowbrook Theatre, the Tampa Bay Lightning and an arena football team. Visit www.anythingispossible.biz for more information.
Metro Detroiters will finally get a chance to see "Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8 CKLW," the Canadian-made documentary about the high energy Detroit/Windsor pop radio station CKLW, as Detroit Public TV (WTVS Channel 56) will show the film at 8 p.m. on Friday. CKLW's flame-throwing 50,000 watts of power spread Motown and '60s Detroit rock throughout Michigan, Ohio, western Ontario and, on good nights, all the way to the Eastern seaboard, making it a powerful force in the music industry that could make or break a song... Channel 56 airs trilogy of nostalgic rock, radio shows, (Wed 11/23)
As the holiday gift-giving season approaches, many people are bracing for the tacky sweater or unfortunate ceramic knickknack they know is headed their way. But for listeners of Detroit-Windsor radio station 89X (CIMX-FM, 88.7), the first cool Christmas gift of the year will come on Dec. 1 when the alternative rock station's "The Night 89X Stole Christmas" bash hits Cobo Arena... Naughty or nice, 89X will rock you, (Wed 11/23)
Daily Oakland Press:
Jim Harper and crew of the morning show at soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1) will kick off their 27th annual Toys for Tots campaign with a live broadcast 6-10 a.m. Friday at Laurel Park Place in Livonia. It’ll be tying in to the so-called “official start of the Christmas shopping season” ... The best takeoff this week on the legal battles between attorney Geoffrey Fieger and Attorney General Mike Cox was by WDVD morning team Blaine and Lisa with their Budweiser commercial parody titled “Real Legal Genius Fieger"... Harper and company set to make rounds at malls, (Sun 11/20)
Mojo's Favorite Things! CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT's "MOJO In The Morning" show steals a play from OPRAH's book, as they chose a large studio audience for this morning's (11/22) show. MOJO, SPIKE, SARA, CHAD and KYRA revealed their "favorite things," then gave one of each item to every listener in the audience! However, due to that fact that MOJO lacks OPRAH's budget, all "favorite things" were purchased at the DOLLAR STORE! (Tue 11/22)
WCSX/Detroit's Jim Johnson Honored with Philanthropy Award: Our congrats go out to GREATER MEDIA Classic Rocker WCSX/DETROIT morning co-host JIM JOHNSON on being recently presented with the NEAL SHINE AWARD FOR MEDIA COMMITMENT TO PHILANTHROPY. The award was presented by the DETROIT chapter of the ASSOCIATION OF FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS at their NAT'L PHILANTHROPY DAY celebration at the RITZ-CARLTON DEARBORN on NOVEMBER 17. (Wed 11/23)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 www.detroitmemories.com... 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)
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)
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)
From Freep.com today:
Martin Bandyke, who hosted a hip alternative music program on WDET-FM (101.9) weekday afternoons from 1-4 p.m., 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 — referred all comment on his departure to Mike Novak, a well-known area entertainment lawyer. Novak said Bandyke “resigned, no reason given.” WDET-FM general manager Michael Coleman referred all WDET comment to Louis Lessem, Wayne vice president and general counsel, who said “because it is a personnel matter, I can’t comment other to say that Mr. Bandyke is no longer working at WDET-FM.”
Before saying Bandyke resigned, Novak held up some hope that Bandyke’s fans might cause the station to reconsider. “Hopefully there’ll be an outpouring. He has a huge listenership. There’ll be a tremendous backlash,” he said. Bandyke has been off the air most of November and all of this month. Novak denied that Bandyke was simply using up vacation days. Listener Laura Steiner of Commerce Township had wondered about his long absence and lamented “I can't imagine WDET without him.” While Arbitron ratings are not generally available for public radio, the station usually has enough listeners to rank somewhere between 15 to 20 among Detroit market stations, depending on the time of year.
Bandyke, whose free lance music reviews appear in the Free Press, is well known on the Detroit music scene. Visiting guests who were stars of the station’s AAA music format (adult alternative album) regularly dropped by for live performances and often recorded cordial on-air promos for his show. Coleman said there was no permanent replacement host and would not specify when one might be chosen. Coleman, formerly with Michigan Radio, which runs public stations licensed to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Flint and Grand Rapids, took over the station earlier this year, replacing Caryn Mathes, who was a champion of the AAA music format. She now heads up a public station in the Washington, D.C., market.
During his short stay at WDET-FM, he has restored two non-musical programs that Mathes dropped. He brought back “This American Life,” a quirky and award-wining slice-of-reality show. A Friday airing of “American Life” cut an hour off of Bandyke’s music show. Coleman also restored commentator Tavis Smiley to the station’s lineup with his new public radio show on Sundays. Smiley’s former daily NPR effort was another Mathes casualty.
The face of music changed on December 8th, 1980 when John Lennon was murdered outside of his New York City apartment building by Mark Chapman as he and his wife Yoko Ono were returning home from a recording session.
Tomorrow, Thursday, December 8th, 2005, 94.7 WCSX, The Motor City's Classic Rock Station, commemorates the 25th anniversary of music legend John Lennon's death with a day long celebration of his life and music:
5:30 – 9am, Classic Rock Morning Show with JJ & Lynne: JJ & Lynne begin the day long tribute with a mix of John Lennon's music and comments on his life from fellow musicians Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Don Henley, Joe Perry, Steven Tyler, Steve Perry, and Ian Anderson. They will also speak with Dr. Stephan Lynn, the doctor who was working in the ER at Roosevelt Hospital the night John Lennon was shot.
9am to 10pm, John Lennon Tribute Wall & Memory Collection: Fans are invited to stop by the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show inside of the Oakland Mall in Troy and visit a very special John Lennon Tribute Wall. This wall features photos of Lennon throughout his career and pieces of his amazing art work. A floral tribute space will also be available on-site to those who wish to offer flowers to John. WCSX will also give Lennon fans the opportunity to share their memories of one of the most influential and controversial musical icons of the 20th century. Fans will be able to record an "audio" memory or write their thoughts in the Image Journal that will be on display all day.
7 - 9pm, John Lennon – His Music, His Life, His Legend: 94.7 WCSX's Steve Kostan hosts a tribute to John Lennon featuring words and music that highlight the far reaching effect this former Beatle, peace activist and father had on the world.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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)
Country WYCD-FM 99.5 has announced the hiring of Rachael Hunter as co-host and Steve Grunwald as Executive Morning Show Producer for the 'All New' Dr. Don Morning Show.
Rachael Hunter recently held a successful co-host position on “Jay & Rachael in Morning” at WDRQ in Detroit. Prior to that, Rachael worked as an Air Personality in Detroit at WWWW-FM, and also on WTIC in Hartford, CT. "I'm really excited to return to the country format here in the Motor City. I look forward to reconnecting with my listeners and to many years with WYCD", says Hunter.
Steve Grunwald had been the Executive Producer/on-air talent at WDRQ for the last 4 ½ years with Jay and Rachael in the Morning. Before that, he produced the Danny Bonaduce Show at WKQI, and also produced the Z100 Morning shows in New York. He has also worked on the air in New York, Chicago, Minneapolis, and Washington DC. "I had quite a few offers to do radio outside of Detroit but I didn't want to leave the city I really love", says Steve Grunwald. "I was going to accept another offer when I met with WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. I loved his vision and energy! Working with Dr Don & Rachael Hunter is very exciting and I can’t wait to get back on the air".
“The staff of WYCD couldn’t be more pleased about the direction of the WYCD New Dr. Don Morning show,” added WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “Rachael Hunter and Steve Grunwald bring a wealth of Detroit market and morning show experience to Dr. Don’s show and their chemistry will just add momentum to our brand along with Doc’s proven commitment to entertaining the Motor City”. Roberts added, “Both VP/ General Manager Debbie Kenyon and I have great respect for all of their talents and motivation and we can’t wait for them to get rolling on-air with the new show! We’ve got lots of surprises planned in 2006 with the All New Dr. Don Morning Show and WYCD!”
Rachel Hunter and Steve Grunwald will join Dr. Don and news guru Bob Schuman, on Monday, December 12, 2005 from 5am-10am.
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Mix portions of the old WDRQ-FM (93.1) morning show "The Morning Revolution" with longtime country waker-upper Dr. Don Carpenter and whaddaya get? "The All New Dr. Don Morning Show" on WYCD-FM (99.5) with Rachael Hunter as cohost and Steve Grunwald as executive producer. Newsman Bob Schuman survives -- as he has in virtually every other shakeup at the station... WYCD gets new team, Detroit Free Press
Joyner and friends will jam tomorrow
The Tom Joyner Mistletoe Jam on Saturday is packed with stars -- Patti LaBelle, Faith Evans, Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans and Dennis Edwards and the Temptations Revue -- but make no mistake about who's headlining. That would be Aretha Franklin... Stars are aligned for Tom Joyner Mistletoe Jam- Detroit News
The concert schedule is packed with Christmas shows by a wide variety of artists. But only one - Tom Joyner's Mistletoe Jam, on Saturday at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena - caters to a black audience. "There aren't a lot, period," says Oscar Joyner, son of the popular syndicated radio disc jockey and media mogul, whose show airs on 115 stations across the country, including Flint's WDZZ-FM (92.7)... Joyner jam fills void for black shows, Flint Journal
Franken makes a splash in Ann Arbor
Comedian and political commentator Al Franken clearly likes the idea of running for U.S. senator from Minnesota. But then he might not have as much fun. Franken talked about it - he said he really wants to run, but it's still just an idea - as he mixed sober commentary on politics with punchlines before an adoring audience of more than 1,000 people inside the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor Thursday night. Franken, known for his contributions to "Saturday Night Live'' and as an author and talk show host on left-leaning Air America Radio, was in Ann Arbor to promote his new book, "The Truth (with jokes)"... Al Franken slings punch lines and barbs in his appearance- Ann Arbor News
The seeds of the Howard Stern satellite radio revolution are planted in a simple black spiral notebook. Across its blank pages, the Lenny Bruce of broadcasting scrawls ideas for the riskiest (and richest) move of his radio career, a collection of deranged concepts that fly unfettered from his id, without fears of censorship or staggering federal fines... Howard Stern taking otherworldly talent into satellite radio (Sun 12/11)
Lions vs. Packers. At the beginning of this season it seemed like a game the country would enjoy, right? After all, Packers quarterback Brett Favre has long been a fan favorite -- and he's won a Super Bowl. And the Lions, well, their young quarterback Joey Harrington seemed poised to break through and compete for the NFC North title -- and a playoff spot. With that in mind, ESPN and the NFL decided to make today's game in Green Bay its prime-time matchup, airing it nationally at 8:30 p.m. (ESPN and ABC). That was six months ago... Prime-time Lions: Must-miss TV, (Sun 12/11)
Detroit Free Press:
Howard Stern is sounding positively inoffensive. Hmm. That's weird. I never went to more potluck dinners than I did in Detroit, and I mean it in a good way," says the nation's preeminent shock jock, reminiscing about the period in 1980 when he lived here and worked for 106.7, known then as WWWW-FM. "It was almost like the show 'Friends.' Everybody was just kind of friendly. It was nice"... King of all controversy, (Sun 12/11)
The "Mojo in the Morning" team at WKQI-FM (95.5) is trying to have a serious discussion about the importance of looks in radio. Trying and failing. "I think I still have a face for radio," cracks Mojo, 35, the leader of the five-person crew. "If I had a better-looking face, I'd be on Channel 4 by now"... Hot jocks, (Mon 12/12)
Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM has announced a new program schedule that begins tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13th. Gone from the weekday lineup are music programs hosted by Judy Adams and Chuck Horn as the station moves to primarily an all-Talk format. Former weekday music host Martin Bandyke exited the station last week. The new lineup of talk-based shows mark the end, at least for now, of the station's focus on Adult Alternative music- a format for which the station won numerous industry awards and developed a fiercely loyal following. No doubt the fans of WDET's music programs will feel abandonded by today's changes.
The new offerings on WDET include the return of many steadfast public radio programs such as Car Talk, Fresh Air, This American Life, Afropop Worldwide and The Tavis Smiley Show. WDET is also bringing some new programs to Detroit listeners such as News & Notes with Ed Gordon, Democracy Now!, Day To Day, BBC's World Have Your Say, Here & Now, Studio 360 and On The Media. WDET also welcomes back three of its heritage music programs with Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba, Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel and Deep River with Robert Jones. Longtime music host Chuck Horn stays with the station and will host an electronic-based music program called Seventh Journey from Midnight til 5 AM Sunday nights/early Monday mornings.
"I believe these program additions will help give Detroit the kind of premier public radio service it deserves," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "Our entire community needs access to intelligent, thoughtful and diverse voices about the issues and challenges facing all of us. I'm also delighted to welcome back Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniel and Robert Jones who hosted enormously popular programs on WDET for many years."
Many NPR and specialty music programs were discontinued at WDET in September 2004. Those changes did not meet listener's expectations and posed challenges for station fundraising and audience growth. The new schedule reinstates many of the programs previously discontinued and adds eight programs never available on WDET. "WDET now offers the kind of programming one expects from a public radio service," said Allen Mazurek, interim WDET Program Director. "Programs like Fresh Air, Car Talk and NPR news define public radio for millions of listeners nationwide."
"NPR is thrilled that our programs are extending their national reach with WDET, a great radio station that has a long and distinguished history of service to the Detroit community," said Jay Kernis, NPR's Senior vice President for Programming. "We hope that WDET listeners find them valuable and enjoyable and, if they cause listeners to remain in their cars a little longer, we'll be happy and sorry at the same time."
The new weekday WDET lineup:
5-10 AM: Morning Edition
10-11 AM: News and Notes with Ed Gordon (new)
11 AM - Noon: Democracy Now (new)
Noon - 1 PM: Here and Now (new)
1-2 PM: World, Have Your Say (new)
2-3 PM: Day to Day (new)
3-4 PM: Fresh Air (new) / This American Life (Fridays)
4-7 PM: All Things Considered
7 PM - Midnight: Destination Jazz with Ed Love (new time)
Midnight - 5 AM: Music Overnight with Liz Copeland (new time)
Changes to WDET's weekend schedule include the departure of hosts Willy Wilson and John Penney.
5-5:30 AM: The Treatment (new day/time)
5:30-6 AM: The Business (new)
6-7 AM: On the Media (new)
7-8 AM: The Motley Fool (new day)
8-10 AM: Weekend Edition
10-11 AM: Car Talk (new)
11 AM - 2 PM: Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba (new)
2-4 PM: Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniels (new)
4-5 PM: Fresh Air Weekend (new)
5-6 PM: All Things Considered
6-9 PM: The Gene Elzy Program (new time)
9 PM - Midnight: The Jon Moshier Program (new time)
Midnight - 5 AM: Music Overnight with Michael Julien
5-6 AM: Infinite Mind (new time)
6-7 AM: Living on Earth (new time)
7-8 AM: Car Talk (new)
8-10 AM: Weekend Edition
10-11 AM: This American Life (new time)
11 AM - 1 PM: Detroit Symphony Orchestra (new time)
1-3 PM: Deep River With Robert Jones (new)
3-5 PM: The Tavis Smiley Show (new time)
5-6 PM: All Things Considered
6-7 PM: Studio 360 (new)
7-8 PM: AfroPop Worldwide (new)
8-10 PM: The W. Kim Heron Program (new time)
10 PM - Midnight: The Ralph Valdez Program
Midnight - 5 AM: Seventh Journey with Chuck Horn (new)
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Things are about to sound a lot different at Detroit's public radio station. Today (Tue 12/13), the weekday schedule at WDET-FM (101.9) will go all news and talk -- including a hefty dose of National Public Radio (NPR) -- and replace the locally generated music shows that had long distinguished the station from most of its national peers. The changes, announced Monday afternoon after weeks of speculation among radio insiders, will find syndicated programs such as "News & Notes with Ed Gordon" and Terry Gross' "Fresh Air" in the slots previously held by Detroit music hosts Judy Adams, Chuck Horn and Martin Bandyke... WDET amps up NPR, tunes down local music, Detroit Free Press
In the latest WDET-FM (101.9) tsunami of ch-ch-ch-changes, former 'DET blues host Robert Jones is back with a new gospel/spiritual Sunday show "Deep River," and WDET's daytime schedule has been scrubbed of music in favor of news/talk. The 101.9 portion of your radio dial will sound distinctively different starting today as general manager Michael Coleman, hired in June, continues to revamp Detroit Public Radio into what he believes is a "premier public radio service," away from the "adult alternative" musical variety that former general manager Caryn Mathes and program director Judy Adams touted... Latest WDET shake-up restores favorite shows, Detroit News
Dick Purtan, legendary host of Oldies 104.3 WOMC Detroit's "Morning Show with Purtan's People," will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB2006 Radio Luncheon, Tuesday, April 25, in Las Vegas. "Dick Purtan has been one of local radio's most influential figures for nearly four decades," said NAB President and CEO David Rehr. "His humorous and colorful commentary is matched only by his commitment to community service. NAB is proud to recognize him for his significant contributions to radio."
For nearly 40 years, Purtan has entertained his loyal following of listeners throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario with comedic commentary and topical wit. His cast of characters gives the show witty daily twists and turns, covering current events and public figures. Purtan is consistently a Detroit ratings winner and is known across the country. His dedication and commitment extend beyond his morning show. In 1993, the Detroit News recognized his charitable contributions by naming him "Michiganian of the Year." Over 18 years, his annual Salvation Army Radiothon has raised more than $10 million for the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread program. This past February, the 16-hour Radiothon brought in a record $1.7 million.
Purtan has collected many honors, including the NAB Marconi Radio Award for "Major Market Personality of the Year," which he received in 1993. He has twice received the "Radio & Records Industry Achievement Award" as "Oldies Personality of the Year" and Billboard Magazine has twice named him "Major Market Air Personality of the Year." In September 2000, Purtan hosted the NAB Marconi Awards Dinner & Show in San Francisco, where Oldies 104.3 WOMC picked up two Marconi Awards for "Major Market Station of the Year" and "Oldies Station of the Year." In 2004, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, located in Chicago.
The Radio Luncheon is the premiere event for the radio industry featuring a keynote address and the annual presentation of the prestigious NAB Crystal Radio Awards. The NAB2006 Radio Luncheon is sponsored by ASCAP. NAB2006 will take place April 22 - 27, 2006 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 24). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums.
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)
In the past few days, I and other employees at WDET, have heard from many of you. The letters, phone calls and e-mails were thoughtful, heartfelt and passionate. I understand the role WDET plays in your life, and because of that, every time the station has made changes over the years listeners have been very vocal about how they felt. This time was no exception. I've heard from people who were disappointed in the new programming and from people who are very supportive of it. Regardless of how you feel, know that these decisions were painstakingly difficult, made with tremendous consideration and focused on the mission WDET has to serve our entire metropolitan Detroit community. The rationale for the changes were very straightforward - to save and strengthen this important public radio service. That being said, change of any kind is seldom easy.
Many listeners have been critical of the new programming based on an idea that "WDET got rid of all the music programming and is all news and talk." While I appreciate such comments, they demean the many fine, dedicated music hosts of which WDET is quite proud. It's unfair to dismiss the great contributions to Detroit culture by ignoring people like Ed Love, Gene Elzy, Ralph Valdez, Chuck Horn, Liz Copeland, Michael Julien, W. Kim Heron, Jon Moshier, Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniel, and Robert Jones. These talented hosts continue to produce, what is without question, the most comprehensive radio music programming in Detroit. The focus on the loss of the mid-day music shows neglects the contributions of these other outstanding programs. WDET is not, nor ever has it ever been, about only a couple of individual shows. Rather it's a collection of programs taken in its entirety that make up a public radio service. We have 11 unique music programs that offer 77 hours of locally produced, Detroit focused, radio that feature all kinds of music.
Other listeners have questioned the timing of the new programming. I'll share with you that following the close of the fiscal year on September 30, in which the station had a deficit of $300,000, the fall pledge drive that immediately followed fell more than $100,000 short of its goal. Those factors, in addition to the steady erosion of listeners (including listeners to mid-day music programs) demanded action to be taken quickly in order to save this valuable radio service.
When Walter P. Reuther, then president of the UAW, handed WDET over to Wayne State University in 1952, he asked the University to continue to use the station "to make a contribution to the advancement of the overall cultural and educational activities of our community." I believe our programming continues to address that mandate and it has the support of WSU President Irvin D. Reid and the WSU Board of Governors.
Detroit is my hometown. I believe it deserves a premier public radio service that is sustainable financially and that's what we're planning to provide. You may have already noticed the increase in our local newsbreaks throughout the day. Stay tuned in the coming months for a new local public affairs program that will allow us to sincerely examine the many complex challenges facing our community in a way that only public radio allows. Also, look forward to a new local cultural affairs program that will feature performance, insight, news and conversations about our community's rich arts and cultural life. These programs will set new standards in public and cultural affairs programming.
I want to thank you for taking the time to write, call or e-mail. If you have now come back to WDET or continue to support the station, I'm looking forward to your help in building a stronger, more inclusive and dynamic Detroit Public Radio. If you are disappointed with the new programming, I hope that you will reconsider and give us the opportunity to present to you all the fine music and news programs we now offer.
WDET General Manager
A group of WDET listeners have banded together to protest last week's changes to the station's daily program schedule- bumping daytime music in favor of talk and news programming. The group has created a web site, savedetroitradio.com, which contains the following release:
Last Chance To Save Free-Form Radio-
We, the Public, are deeply disappointed in Wayne State University’s decision to change the format of WDET. We should have a say in what is aired on WDET, OUR public radio station in Detroit. We have supported, promoted, and cultivated WDET for 35 years. It is a part of the fabric of this city, and was the last station whose format truly served the best interests of the public at large. Music is art, and it is also an integral part of Detroit’s history. Therefore, it should remain a large part of WDET, OUR public radio station.
If Wayne State had made its drastic plans known to the public during the last fundraiser, we believe the public outpouring of support would have raised enough money to sustain the station. Instead, without warning, the daily music programming built by 35 years of OUR public donations has disappeared. It has been replaced by the same cookie-cutter format as NPR's Ann Arbor affiliate, WUOM-FM (91.7), which can already be heard in Detroit! This is not innovation by any measure of the word, and does not make WDET unique in any way!
We, the Public, are asking Wayne State University for a compromise, and to give us a chance to raise the necessary funds to keep WDET operating in the format we have cherished for years. We are willing to accept some changes, but not a complete dismissal of all daytime music. If the matter truly comes down to funding and ratings, this second chance will bring in more funding and ratings than ever before, and with much more publicity than news and talk radio will ever get.
We, the Public, would like to have a “Last Chance Fundraiser” to start on any Monday at 9am, live on WDET. If We, the Public, don’t raise the necessary funds to sustain the station, we’ll concede and Wayne State University can make any changes it wishes.
If Wayne State University allows this fundraiser to take place, We, the Public believe the outpouring of support for WDET will be incredible. The station would be more cherished than ever -- in fact, it would blossom.
On Monday, December 19th we are filing a class action lawsuit against WDET for fraudulently taking donations for programming that have since been discontinued.
There will be a public meeting, followed by a protest march on Tuesday, December 27th, at 7pm, beginning at the Magic Stick (Majestic Theatre Center), 4120 Woodward, Detroit. Please bring friends, artists, and music lovers.
If Wayne State University does not agree to some daytime music, we are prepared to protest during the North American International Auto Show. Failure on the part of the University to compromise will result in high profile protesting during Super Bowl Week.
We plan to rally against the spring fundraiser for WDET, and are committed to protest against any fundraising efforts in the future, until we have had our chance to restore some daytime music.
WDET is OUR public radio station, and we should have some influence on the programming.
We need your help:
* Write, call, and email the people listed on the website
* Come to the meeting/protest march on Tuesday, December 27th
* Volunteer your time, your resources, and your money
* Sign up for weekly updates on our website
* Download this press release and forward it to everyone on your email list.
* If you donated money during the last fundraiser, ask for it back.
* Boycott WDET.
A group of about 100 irate WDET listeners wants to be heard. The protesters gathered Sunday afternoon at the Magic Stick nightclub in Detroit to plan strategy on how to get the station to return to a music format it changed last week. They planned to file a class action against the public-radio station, 101.9-FM in Detroit, and to picket high-profile events like the North American International Auto Show black-tie fund-raiser and the Super Bowl... WDET protesters air ideas, (Mon 12/19)
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)
Back in Action- Kim Adams returns home in new TV role
By Jena Passut of The Oakland Press
Kim Adams has been getting a lot of comments about her looks lately. “Oh, you’re so thin,” people will say. “Are you not eating because of stress?” Adams, a fan favorite at WDIV-Channel 4 before leaving a year ago, and known as “Action Adams” at WXYZ Channel 7 before that, has been under a great deal of strain lately, moving back to Detroit after Hurricane Katrina wrecked her Pascagoula, Miss., home and everything in it. But she has a better answer for her change in appearance.
“I was pregnant the whole time I was there (on TV at WDIV),” she says with a laugh. Adams, 35, left Local 4 in the fall of 2004 when her husband, Lt. Jeffery Daudert, an active-duty Surface Warfare Officer for the U.S. Navy, was transferred for duty in support of the war. She and her two young children, Ava, who will be 3 on Christmas Eve, and Aaron, 2, moved to Pascagoula and Adams traded her TV personality gig for the full-time job of a military wife and stay-at-home mom. “It was a very, very big change for me,” Adams says. As if that weren’t enough, Hurricane Katrina hit and nearly obliterated Adams’ home and most of her family’s belongings.
“We were in a pretty serious bind,” Adams recalls of the devastating Aug. 29 storm. Good thing Channel 4 came calling. The station, which had followed Adams’ story, offered her a job covering health. “They said, ‘Just come home, we’ll take care of you,’” Adams says, adding that the Navy transferred Daudert back to Michigan, as well. “They have been so good to me; no other employer would have done this.” Adams, a meteorologist who has a masters degree in journalism, returns to Channel 4 in “Kim’s Good Health,” reports that air weekdays at 5 and 6 a.m., noon, 5, 6 and 11 p.m. She also will fill in as meteorologist from time to time. She is living in Farmington Hills. “Kim is a scientist, a respected hometown broadcaster and a mom,” says Neil Goldstein, vice president and news director of WDIV, in a statement. “Add to that her personal interest in health and fitness, and you have the ideal Local 4 health reporter.”
Adams, the first female meteorologist in Detroit television history, says the response from viewers has been overwhelming. “It’s so humbling,” she says. “I’m so overwhelmed with people. It’s such a good feeling. It’s like I have a huge family.” Adams says she thinks often about the other Hurricane Katrina victims in Mississippi. “People are living in tents in their front yards,” she says. “It gets cold at night and they don’t have big time TV jobs to come back to. “Hopefully we can help some of the people down there who feel forgotten.” And it’s not just Adams’ hair that has grown. “I’ve changed tremendously,” Adams says. “The little things that used to bother me so much, like traffic on the way home, now those things are so small and so petty.” (Sun 12/25)
ABC Radio plans to begin Webcasting all of its music-based FMs in 2006, with a target to complete putting them online by Feb. 1. A few are online now, such as hot AC WPLJ New York, oldies WZZN Chicago and country KSCS Dallas-Ft. Worth and more will flip the switch next week ... No specific date was mentioned for the two Detroit FMs, hot AC WDVD or the classic hits "Doug FM," WDRQ ... Music Streaming: Here Come The ABCs (Fri 12/23)
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)