Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 14- 16




WRIF to presents the 2006 Sabrina Black Benefit

Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has announced The 2006 Sabrina Black Benefit which will take place at the Emerald Ballroom, located in downtown Mount Clemens on Thursday, February 16th 2006. Sabrina, the wife of WRIF weekend jock Steve Black and former news reporter for Sports WDFN-AM 1130, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2000 and has undergone numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments as well as two bone marrow transplants. Despite all the treatments, the cancer has moved and expanded throughout the years. Due to these extensive treatments, Sabrina has also had to deal with heart failure, ammo, low blood pressure and graft versus host disease. The couple continues to remain hopeful, as Sabrina has overcome several seemingly insurmountable obstacles throughout the ordeal.

WRIFHeadlining the event is Flask, featuring Kenny Olsen, a former guitarist for Kid Rock. In addition, the night will feature live music from Dave Edwards & The Look, Brian Schram Band, Ray Street Park, Paper Street Saints and Dirty Americans.

Doors will open at 7pm and admission will be $10 at the door. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, featuring autographed rock memorabilia from Ted Nugent, Disturbed, The Deftones, Three Doors Down and more. In addition, sports memorabilia will be available for auction from the Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers, and the Lions. All proceeds from the night will go to the Sabrina Black Fund.

The Riff's “Big Daddy” Arthur P. will start the night by broadcasting live from Johnny G's restaurant, directly next door to the Emerald Ballroom from 3pm to 7pm. Following Art will be WRIF's night jock, Meltdown, live from the Emerald from 7pm to midnight. Also, The Riff's “Doc of Rock”, Doug Podell will emcee the event.

Detroit Free Press:

Feb. 24 has been set as the date for Dick Purtan's Salvation Army radiothon on WOMC-FM (104.3) to help the organization's Bed & Bread food and shelter program for area needy people. Purtan and his morning show gang will be on the air for 16 hours starting at 6 a.m. from center court at Oakland Mall. The goal: to beat last year's mark of $1,723,088, which appears to be a one-day national fund-raising record for radio. Since 1988, the Purtan radiothon has raised more than $10.5 million for the Bed & Bread program. Expect live performances by local musicians and comedians, and interviews with celebrities, sports figures, politicians, business leaders and metro area children who came up with creative ways to collect money on behalf of their classrooms or schools. Details at Purtan sets radiothon date (Mon 1/16)

Detroit News:

Howard Stern has now broadcast for a full week on Sirius Satellite Radio, and despite all the media hoopla, the world as we know it spins on in the starry cosmos. It might be a good time for us to point out that in Detroit (and several other markets, such as Minneapolis), Stern was not the king of all media. The fall Arbitron ratings released Thursday showed that in the overall 12 plus age group, even with Stern's show, his Detroit station WKRK-FM (97.1) ranked only No. 15 in the market, with a 2.7 share. He did best in the 18-54 age group, ranking No. 5, but that still lagged behind WRIF-FM's Drew and Mike (No. 1), WKQI-FM's Mojo in the Morning (No. 2), WJLB-FM's Serch in the Morning (No. 3) and WMXD-FM's Steve Harvey show (No. 4). So as the book closes on this first week of Stern unleashed and uncensored, how has life changed as we know it?... Stern gets through his first week on Sirius (Sat 1/14)

All Access:

Clear Channel Ann Arbor Names Three New PD's: CLEAR CHANNEL Country WWWW/ANN ARBOR, MI morning man BRIAN "BUBBA" COWAN adds PD stripes in addition to his current duties. Concurrently, CC ANN ARBOR AAA sister WQKL names BRAD SAVAGE for PD duties. SAVAGE comes to WQKL from CLEAR CHANNEL Alternative WMAD/MADISON, WI where he was also PD. Later in the afternoon, it was announced that Sports WTKA-A PD RYAN MAGUIRE has been named PD of crosshall sister Progressive Talker WLBY-A. MAGUIRE will continue to program WTKA-A.

Tic Tak Gets Kissed ... OK, Just Smooched: A zillion folks reported that former CLEAR CHANNEL WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT night dude TIC TAK & THE FREAK SHOW made a SUNDAY cameo last night (1/15) on sister Top 40 WKSC (KISS 103.5)/CHICAGO, touching off all sorts of rumors. Well, inside sources tell ALL ACCESS it was nothing more than the available MR. TIC TAK sticking his hand up for the available shift.







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