Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 7 - 9




It's Maui Time!

It's the 20th anniversary for Active Rock WRIF-FM's longest running promotion, “Maui Time”. For the past 20 years, The Riff's afternoon drive legend Arthur Penhallow has belted out the phrase “It's Maui Time!” over the airwaves. Those three winning words have sent hundreds of listeners to Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii for a week of fun in the sun. This year, to commemorate the anniversary, WRIF will send 20 listeners and their guests on the trip, this year to take place March 26 - April 1.

WRIFBeginning today, Monday January 9th, listeners will be encouraged to wait for Art to say those infamous words “It's Maui Time”! When they do, caller 34 at (313) 298-WRIF will win a trip for two. In addition, WRIF will host 8 “Maui Parties” at various pubs and restaurants throughout Detroit. Listeners will also be able to sign up for the “Unfair Internet Advantage” at the WRIF website at to receive clues via e-mail on when to listen.

The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules, log on to

WDET programming notes

* The Sheila Landis Trio featuring guitarist Rick Matle, percussionist Dennis Sheridan and special guest jazz master Wendell Harrison (saxophone/clarinet) will perform live on Sunday, January 15 on WDET 101.9FM during the W. Kim Heron Program (Sundays 8-10pm). This live performance is part of the Rebirth Inc./WDET FM Live Radio Concert Series.

WDETSheila Landis has been performing her unique style of jazz, Latin and Blues since 1973. Her current schedule has her performing at Michigan's most prestigious festivals, concert venues and nightclubs. Clearly one of the area's finest vocalists, Sheila has been chosen as the "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" by The Detroit Music Awards on seven occasions including 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her catalog of recorded work on her own SheLan Records has received extensive airplay in local, national and international markets.

* Detroit Public Radio will offer gavel-to-gavel coverage of the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to be an Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States via a special webcast at at The Senate hearings are scheduled to begin Monday, January 9, and WDET will provide live coverage hosted by NPR's Neal Conan and Nina Totenberg for as long as the hearings last. Log on to for complete coverage of this historic event.

In addition, WDET 101.9FM - Detroit Public Radio will broadcast an evening wrap-up of the day's nomination events from 7pm to 8pm, hosted by NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

New York Times:

When the public radio station in Detroit canceled some local music shows and replaced them with nationally syndicated talk and news programs, it probably expected some complaints from listeners. What it got was a lawsuit asking for their pledge money back. A group of listeners to WDET-FM in Detroit filed a class-action lawsuit against the station on Dec. 19, claiming fraud and breach of contract. The Detroit Free Press reported that seven plaintiffs filed for damages after contributing to the station's last on-air fund-raising pledge drive, which ended in October. Station managers announced the new schedule on Dec. 13. The listeners claim that they were tricked into contributing money for programs that the station already planned to cancel... Public Radio Listeners Want Their Money Back (Mon 1/9)

Detroit News:

WDIV-Local 4 plans to pull out all stops for the 2006 North American International Auto Show, says Steve Wasserman, the station's vice president and general manager. "This clearly is the biggest event in Detroit in any given year," Wasserman says. In addition to live coverage from Cobo Center during the morning, afternoon and evening news through Jan. 15, Metro Detroit's official auto show station will feature... Local 4 cameras will be everywhere at Auto Show (Sat 1/7)

How low can he go? Or more precisely, how low will Howard Stern go, when his edgy, stripper-filled, entertaining, but often tasteless morning show moves to the Sirius Satellite Radio airwaves this Monday. After all, it's almost totally up to Stern what he says or does on his new show. It's even up to the self-professed "king of all media" what time he ends his show every day, if at all. Stern has been beating the drum for 18 months about his departure from the strictures of FCC-regulated FM radio for the thus far (until and unless Congress steps in) unregulated world of satellite radio... Howard Stern is ready to talk dirty Monday on Sirius (Sat 1/7)

Flint Journal:

The bad: Nate Landesman and Alicia Bennett have to move their September wedding to March. The good: The entire thing - to the tune of up to $100,000 - will cost them nothing. Landesman of Grand Blanc and Bennett of Swartz Creek found out Friday they won Channel 7 (WXYZ)'s Dream Wedding 2006 contest. Their entire ceremony and preparation will be filmed and turned into a one-hour special to air on the channel in March... Dream comes true: TV station to pick up wedding tab (Sun 1/8)







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on January 9, 2006 7:30 PM.

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