Metro Detroit: August 2005 Archives

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 ( 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

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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

Detroit News:

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

All Access:

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


Schram exits Infinity Detroit



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.


Metro Detroit: In the News Aug 7-13



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

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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

Detroit News:

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, and on her Congressional website at

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 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.


Metro Detroit: In the News Aug 14-20



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)

Detroit News:

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. 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, 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)

TV Week:

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)

All Access:

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)


Metro Detroit: In the News Aug 21-27



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

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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)

Detroit News:

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)

All Access:

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 (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:

Market2005-06 rank  2004-05 rank
Grand Rapids/K-zoo 3938
Traverse City113113
Green Bay6969
South Bend8787

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.







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