Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 24 - 27




Mix 92.3 to give away Super Bowl tickets tomorrow

Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 has teamed up with Sam's Club have and the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration to give away a pair of Super Bowl XL game tickets to a lucky listener, compliments of Sam's Club. Tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th, from 12 noon to 3pm, Mix 92.3 will broadcast live from the Sam's Club at 31720 Gratiot Avenue in Roseville to give one lucky person two tickets to the Super Bowl on February 5th. The winner will walk away with a pair of tickets by the end of the broadcast. In making sure everyone can take part in the festivities, Sam's Club will provide complimentary guest passes for admittance into the store so the general public can participate along with Sam's Club members. In addition to the Super Bowl game tickets, patrons will have an opportunity to meet Detroit Lions defensive end Cory Redding and wide receiver, Eddie Drummond. Plus top Detroit gospel artists, The Triumph Choir - Chris Jones & High Praise, will perform spiritual and uplifting songs throughout the broadcast.

WMXDMix 92.3's morning show, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, will return to Detroit from Monday, January 30th, 2006 through Wednesday, February 1, 2006. Steve Harvey and his morning show co-hosts, Jacque Reid of BET News, and comedian Nephew Tommy received a “red-carpet” welcome in Detroit over a week ago. They are coming back to help kick off Super Bowl week in Detroit. The Steve Harvey Morning Show will broadcast live from WMXD's studios in downtown Detroit on Monday and Wednesday from 6a-10a.m. On Tuesday, the general public can join them as they broadcast live from Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Café, 400 Monroe Street in Detroit from 6a-10am.

Kicking off “big game” week, Detroiters can party with Harvey at the “Big Time, Big Game All Star Bash,” on Tuesday, January 31st at the International Marketplace Ballroom located inside the Atheneum Suites Hotel – 1000 Brush Avenue in Greektown Detroit, Michigan, from 9p-2am. The party will include an all-star fashion show featuring fashions from the best of Steve Harvey's clothing line, with Steve Harvey himself emceeing. Tickets range from $150-$200 and include an open bar, complimentary food and free valet parking. For ticket information, visit or

Ann Arbor News:

Motown's loss is Ann Arbor's gain. Martin Bandyke, for 22 years a fixture at public radio station WDET in Detroit, will take over the 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Friday slot at Ann Arbor station WQKL (107.1 FM) beginning Monday. Listeners can expect music in keeping with the station's "adult album alternative'' format, as well as background information about the music and artists being played. "Martin has a reputation in this region, and in the music industry, as a foremost music expert," said station General Manager Bob Bolak "A key attribute to the ... format are hosts that are musicologists and can share new music and new artists with our listeners." Bandyke graduated from the University of Michigan in 1976 with a bachelor of arts degree in radio, television and film. Raised in Dearborn and currently living in Harper Woods, Bandyke said he plans to move to Washtenaw County soon. "I can't wait to get started," Bandyke said about his upcoming gig... Bandyke to DJ at local station (Tue 1/24)

Detroit Free Press:

There you go. As reported here Saturday, 22-year WDET-FM (101.9) music host Martin Bandyke has new work. Starting Monday, Bandyke will join Ann Arbor's Clear Channel-owned WQKL-FM (107.1) as host of its Monday-Friday 6-10 a.m. morning show. The station's music mix is close to the artists he played on WDET: KT Tunstall, Death Cab for Cutie and Madeleine Peyroux with mainstream artists like Dave Matthews, U2 and Coldplay. WDET dropped Bandyke's and Judy Adams' weekday shows in December for news and information. It restored weekend music shows aimed at specific genres... Eclectic beat goes on (Tue 1/24)

Bye-bye, UPN and WB. Hello, CW. The broadcast television industry was hit with a major consolidation Tuesday when CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced their intent to form a new network, called the CW. It is expected to be launched in the fall. CW will be made up in part of current programming on UPN (which is controlled by CBS) and Warner's WB network. UPN and WB have relatively low ratings but do well with niche audiences. The CW's most likely strategy? Becoming a single point for reaching younger eyes with hipper programming and providing stronger, more unified competition for old guard CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox. The CW will offer its best programming from 8-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7-10 p.m. Sundays. Also part of the deal is a 5-hour Saturday morning animation block aimed at kids. What about Detroit? The CW signed 10-year affiliation agreements with CBS's owned-and-operated UPN affiliates including Detroit's WKBD-TV (Channel 50). Left without any network affiliation after September will be WDWB-TV (Channel 20), which is in the process of being sold by Granite Broadcasting to AM Media Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Washington-based ACON Investments LLC, a privately held investing firm. Channel 20 is the primary broadcast TV carrier of the Detroit Pistons... Secondary TV networks to merge (Wed 1/25)

Shaken up: Radio One's WCHB-AM (1200) talk lineup. Mildred Gaddis remains at 6-10 a.m. weekdays, but the station will add national talkers Michael Eric Dyson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and "Two Live Stews" to fill 10 a.m. -7 p.m... Names and Faces (Thu 1/26)

Detroit News:

The WB and UPN, which have for years been floundering in fifth and sixth place, will shut down and become one network come fall, the companies announced Tuesday. The new network will be called the CW, in honor of CBS Corp., which owns UPN, and Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., which owns most of the WB network. The WB is 11 years old, and UPN is 10. It will be a 50-50 partnership between Warner Bros. and CBS. Locally, the soon-to-be-former WDWB Channel 20, a k a WB 20, will have no network affiliation; the CW network will be carried on WKBD-TV Channel 50, the soon-to-be former UPN 50. "We don't know what the new lineup will be, but viewers can expect that the best shows from both networks will be on the CW," said Shaun McDonald, vice president and general manager at WKBD and WWJ-TV, the local CBS affiliate... WB, UPN plan to merge networks for fall as the CW (Wed 1/25)

There's finally a confirmed date for the change in WCHB-AM's (1200) daytime programming that Radio One has been signaling since last year. Starting Monday, the Radio One-owned station will begin airing daytime content from the new African-American-centered talk network that Radio One developed in conjunction with Tom Joyner's Reach Media. Mildred Gaddis will still broadcast "Inside Detroit" from 6 to 10 a.m. daily on 'CHB, but "Up Front with Karen Dumas," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; "Your Voice with Angelo Henderson," from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Ellis Liddell's personal finance program, from 6 to 7 p.m., will be taken off the daytime schedule to make way for the talk network... New lineup for Radio One's WCHB starts Monday (Wed 1/25)

The Super Bowl is always held at a neutral site, but ABC/ESPN uberhost Mike Tirico considers himself to have home-field advantage. Tirico, who lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two kids, is noticeably excited to play a significant role in ABC's Super Bowl coverage. He will broadcast from a set located on the turf at Ford Field, working in ABC's 3 1/2 hours of pregame show. Tirico also hopes to have a role in the postgame, perhaps handing the gleaming trophy to the winner ... The 2005 fall radio ratings book recently came out, and it revealed the competition between the sports-talk radio stations might be on for real. WXYT 1270 claimed victory, for the first time, by beating WDFN 1130. WXYT had an average rating of 3.4 to WDFN's 3.1 in the key male 25-54 demographic. In the sports-talk world, men 25-54 are the target, for advertisers and programming. WDFN led the 2005 summer book with a 5.63 average to WXYT's 2.06. Rich Homberg, WXYT's general manager, was more than happy to claim victory. "I think it's our genius talent, extraordinary programming and decent management," Homberg said, only semi-joking... Tirico's message: Quit whining, Detroit is super (Thu 1/26)

How much Super Bowl madness can one city take? Downtown Detroit will be awash in air personalities who usually beam their shows from the suburb. Channel 95.5 (WKQI-FM, 95.5) will be broadcasting next week from three parties; Thursday's Pepsi Smash at the State Theatre with Kanye West ; Friday's P. Diddy Cashmere Party at the Elysium Lounge downtown; and Saturday at the Shady Records aftermath concert at the State Theatre, with Eminem. The station's Mojo in the Morning also has a "Celebrity Challenge" contest going: Listeners try to get a celebrity to call in to the show and ask for tickets on their behalf ... Elsewhere on the dial, WOMC-FM (104.3)'s Dick Purtan and Purtan's People will leave their usual Ferndale home to broadcast live Monday through Friday of Super Bowl week from 5 to 10 a.m. from an atrium in the Renaissance Center. Tom Ryan will also be ensconced at the RenCen for his 3-7 p.m. show all week. WRIF-FM's (101.1) Doug Podell and Arthur Penhallow will temporarily vacate Greater Media's mediaplex in leafy Ferndale to broadcast from Detroit's Hockeytown Café from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Both WRIF and sister station WCSX-FM (94.7) will also be broadcasting live from downtown's Winter Blast next Thursday through Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning as well before the big game. Game? What game... Super Bowl XL hype strikes the radio dial (Thu 1/26)

All Access:

Bigtime "Big Game" Mojo At WKQI/Detroit
With the Super Bo.. er, "Big Game" coming to DETROIT next weekend, the MOJO IN THE MORNING SHOW at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5) is plugged in to the many festivities surrounding the event. MOJO IN THE MORNING team member SPIKE checks in with ALL ACCESS to run down his very busy week! "We're broadcasting from three parties: KANYE WEST and NICKELBACK on THURSDAY, P. DIDDY on FRIDAY and EMINEM on SATURDAY," said SPIKE. "(Co-host) KYRA and I will represent the morning show at additional parties throughout the week. We are bowling in the PISTONS charity event and we are celebrity bartenders at the UNITED WAY charity event. We are the only morning show currently giving away game tickets, and more than one pair! We are planning a cool event that will pit national celebs vs. local celebs at a secret location, and we have been invited down to be on the JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW next THURSDAY!" MOJO will also be hosting vignettes to run on LOCAL 4 TV over the next two weeks. Lots of celebrity visits are being planned for the show, and of course, some very sneaky, evil game-related Street Scams and Phone Scams will undoubtedly happen!

WJR to offer live broadcasts this weekend from the Novi Home Improvement Show this weekend

Saturday, January 28, 2006: Noon-2PM, Home Improvement
Sunday, January 29, 2006: 9AM-Noon, The Real Estate Insiders and from Noon-3PM, Home Improvement

WDET programming highlights

Ed Gordon, Emmy-award winning journalist and host of NPR's "News & Notes with Ed Gordon" will be broadcasting his daily national program from WDET's midtown Detroit studios January 30 - February 1. Gordon, a Detroit native, discusses political issues and has conversations with newsmakers, world leaders and celebrities. WDET - Detroit Public Radio is pleased to be hosting one of NPR's finest programs. News & Notes with Ed Gordon airs weekdays from 10am to 11am.

Swimming in the same indie-pop pool as Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy and Nick Drake, Jacksonville native Ashton Allen is making a big splash with his rainy-day songs. Allen is on a promotional tour promoting his debut album "Dewdrops" and stops by the Liz Copeland Program to perform in WDET's Studio A. This performance will air Wednesday night/Thursday morning Feb. 2. Alternate Take with Liz Copeland airs weeknights from midnight to 5am on WDET.

WDETLow stops by the WDET studios for a session with WDET music host Jon Moshier, airing Saturday evening February 4th in the 10pm hour. Consisting of the husband / wife team of drummer Mimi Parker and singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk along with bassist Zak Sally, Low is considered a so-called "slowcore" band known for it's delicate, slow, moody tunes. Low is in concert along with His Name Is Alive at the Magic Stick on Monday, January 30th. In Sound with Jon Moshier airs Saturday evenings from 9pm to midnight.

Jazz concert pianist, composer, performer & recording artist James Tatum performs live on Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program on Thursday, February 2nd in the 7pm hour. James Tatum is one of the jazz world's most distinguished stars but is also recognized for his involvement and dedication in jazz education. Tatum has been involved with music education and jazz education in the Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University and in the Detroit Public School System for the past 32 years. Tatum brings his latest project, The James Tatum Trio Plus to WDET and Studio A for a live performance on the Ed Love program featuring James Tatum on piano, Deblon Jackson on flute, Greg Cook on string bass and James Wendell Robinson on drums. Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program airs weeknights from 7pm to midnight.

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