Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 30 - Jan 6




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WKQI And Tic Tak Part Company: TIC TAK & THE FREAKSHOW -- featuring STICK & LIMPY -- have vacated the night slot at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT. (Tue 1/3)

Classic Rock Riders Get Ready To Roll Into 2006

What do you get when you bring together a group Classic Rock fans who also share a passion for motorcycles? Say hello to The WCSX Classic Rock Riders…a group of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 listeners who love the feel of the road under their wheels, the wind in their faces and of course Classic Rock!

CSX RidersWho can join? Anyone who loves motorcycles! Antique, Standard, Sport, Tour, Cruiser, Chopper or Scooters…All brands of bikes are welcome. The WCSX Classic Rock Riders also believe that while they are having fun, they can help out the community. That's why there is a $9.47 membership fee which benefits The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Throughout the year, the group will hold “Bike Nights” that will give members the chance to cruise, gather, party and win some great prizes. There will also be a “cyber home” located on the 94.7 WCSX web site ( that will provide information on Classic Rock Riders bike nights, rides, news, and a listing of many other great events happening in around town. Members will receive information via email on upcoming events.

To join in on all the fun, visit the WCSX booth at The 25th Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, January 6th – 8th, 2006 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi or head to to download a membership application and become one of the “Founding Fathers and Mothers” of the WCSX Classic Rock Riders.

Mix 92.3 to present Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Concert

WMXD-FM 92.3 has announced a radio sponsorship of the Superbowl Gospel Celebration “An Evening of Inspiration”, bringing gospel to the biggest game on earth for one sensational night in the Gospel Music Capital of the World, the City of Detroit, during Super Bowl XL. With an evening of inspirational music, soul-stirring testimonies from NFL players and surprise guests, the concert kicks-off Super Bowl Weekend at the Masonic Temple on Friday, February 3, 2006, at 7:45 p.m.

WMXDThe seventh annual event will feature award-winning, singing sensation Patti LaBelle, who will serenade the audience with some gospel favorites and a few inspirational tunes of her own. Sharing the stage alongside Patti LaBelle are some of the hottest artists in gospel, including the Winans, Mary Mary, The Clark Sisters, and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir and more. “We are excited to be apart of this incredible night celebrating gospel music. Some of the industry's most recognized talent will be performing on one stage. This event promises to be a memorable one!” said Jamillah Muhammad, WMXD program director.

“The 2006 event is going to be sensational,” says Melanie Few, concert founder and manager, and owner of Results Inc., an Atlanta-based marketing and entertainment agency. “We have taken this event to another level. Our show promises to once again be a true highlight of Super Bowl weekend with inspirational music and testimonies. The audience will be wowed with this soul-stirring, star-studded event.”

Tickets are $45-$75 and available at all Ticket Master locations or by phone at (248) 645-6566 or (A nonrefundable service fee will apply). For more information on the 2006 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, including artists, event history, media credentials, and sponsor promotions and opportunities visit or

In its seventh year, The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration evolved from Christian NFL players wanting an inspirational, family-oriented event during Super Bowl Weekend. The event, a part of the NFL Concert Series, has drawn thousands and has proven to be one of the most attended events during Super Bowl Weekend. Each year, the gospel concert features the industries top artists joined by several current and former Christian NFL players. In the past, NFL greats Antwaan Randle El, Cris Carter, Curtis Martin, Kurt Warner, Michael Barrow, Troy Vincent, Qadry Ismail, Aneas Williams, Deion Sanders, Quincy Carter, LeVar Arrington Bryan Scott and more (just to name a few) have given their time to the event. Players share their testimonies and inspirational messages with the audience.

Page France on WDET's "In Sound" this Saturday

On Saturday January 7 at 10 PM, "In Sound" with host Jon Moshier, will air a studio A performance and interview with the band Page France and give away a signed copy of their new CD "Hello, Dear Wind". The Baltimore-based band released their second CD late last year on Fall Records. "In Sound" with Jon Moshier, a 3-hour exploration of creative sounds with a focus on new music, airs Saturday nights from 9 PM - Midnight on WDET-FM 101.9.

Rob Walker exits Clear Channel/Ann Arbor

Rob Walker, operations director for Clear Channel's 4 station Ann Arbor cluster (AAA WQKL-FM, Country WWWW-FM, Sports WTKA-AM, and Talk WLBY-AM) has exited and is headed to Seattle, WA. Walker was also serving as an on-air personality at WQKL as well as program director for W4 Country. In Seattle, Walker takes on afternoon drive and the assistant program director job at Country KKWF-FM.

Lessenberry ends public radio show

After only a few months, Jack Lessenberry's daily show on Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) has ended. Lessenberry will continue as a contributor to Michigan radio with commentaries and interviews. His former 1-2pm timeslot is now filled with the NPR program 'Day to Day'.

Detroit News:

Free FM's big rollout of the three post-Howard Stern morning hosts happened Tuesday, and while there will undoubtedly be no Stern-sized fines from the FCC, neither was the world set on fire by wit or originality. WRIF-FM (101.1)'s Drew and Mike, Detroit morning kings, have probably lost no sleep. Stern left a gaping hole in CBS (formerly Infinity) Radio's morning schedule when he jumped to the putatively censor-free Sirius Satellite Radio, where he starts on Monday. How big a hole? It's taken three hosts to fill his shoes. Rocker David Lee Roth is now heard on Stern's East Coast stations, and comedian Adam Corolla has taken the West Coast, while Rover, a popular Cleveland morning host, was given the Midwest, including Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1)... Stern replacement Rover practically plays dead in local debut (Wed 1/4)

Every place she shows up, she's an answer to a question: "Whatever happened to Amyre Makupson?" The question that's been occupying her these past few years runs a little deeper: What will happen to Amyre Makupson? What will become, ultimately, of us all? You? Me? Adolf Hitler? Makupson's brother who died too young? And in those last two cases, has it happened already? She doesn't know. That's why the title of her book is an inquiry and not a declaration -- "So What's Next?" Makupson, 56, the former WKBD-TV (Channel 50) news anchor, put the question to 22 people, then tucked the answers into 152 self-published pages... Makupson makes new life for herself with book on death (Wed 1/4)

Detroit Free Press:

If New Year's Eve was Dick Clark's TV swan song, how sweet it was. In Detroit, the ABC telecast of "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), featuring Ryan Seacrest and Hilary Duff, scored a 14.3 rating and 29% share. That vanquished the competition on Fox (WJBK-TV, Channel 2), where Regis Philbin scored a 3.6 rating and 7 share, and on NBC (WDIV-TV, Channel 4), where Carson Daly's effort spotlighting Mary J. Blige scored a 6.8 and 13 share... Clark tops in Detroit (Wed 1/4)

Back to the future for WLEN

WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian reunited Jerry Hayes and Steve Barkway for the station's 5-9am morning drive slot on January 2nd- a position they held from Sept 2003 - Sept 2004. At that time, Hayes left to pursue a career outside of broadcasting and Barkway worked with two different co-hosts between and now.

"Mornings with Jerry and Steve" captured the MAB Merit Award for Broadcast Team in 2004 with a show heavy on local news, sports, and information as well as music and humor.







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