WJR tinkers with sked, Tic Tak's time's up at 'KQI

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Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, January 8, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

Some big changes coming this week for the “great voice of the Great Lakes.” Starting Monday, news/talk WJR-AM (760) will begin an altered afternoon line-up, trimming Mitch Albom Inc. to a 5-7 p.m. weekday slot. While ’JR boss Mike Fezzey says the change is a move that “allows Mitch the time to address other demands of his career,” it’s also known that ABC Radio has been pushing to get syndicated conservative yakmeister Sean Hannity on live in Detroit afternoons.

Which is what happened, as Hannity will now fill the 3-5 p.m. slot; previously, he’d been tape-delayed evenings on ’JR. The “Sports Albom” show will still air 7-8 p.m. Mondays, but in that slot Tuesdays through Fridays will be “The Big Story,” a local news and interviews show hosted by ’JR’s Lloyd Jackson. Meanwhile, the dulcet tones of Dr. Laura will fill the 8-11 p.m. block, and a new conservative host, Mark Levin, will scorch the Earth of liberals in the 11 p.m.-1 a.m. slot.

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Freak out: The New Year got off to a rough start for evening jock Tic Tak and co-hosts Stick and Limpy, when they were released by contemporary hits WKQI-FM (95.5) earlier this week. The “Freak Show” on Channel 9-5-5 had been Mr. Tak’s second go-round as a night jock in town; prior to joining ’KQI, his show was on Top 40 WDRQ-FM (93.1) with an in-between stint in Pittsburgh. Betcha part-time show contributor “Mr. Positive” isn’t feeling so upbeat, as ’KQI program director Dom Theodore searches for a new show that will match the amount of energy presented daily by Tic Tak and posse.

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Fans of former public radio WDET-FM (101.9) afternoon host Martin Bandyke can show their support for him — and get to hear some great music, too, on Friday at Clutch Cargo’s iLounge in Pontiac. Beginning at 9 p.m., Bandyke will spin an eclectic batch of music, from stuff he played on ’DET in the 1980s to new music from ex-Kinks lead singer Ray Davies and English singer-songwriter Beth Orton. Admission is $10 and all door proceeds benefit the now-unemployed Bandyke thanks to Clutch Cargo’s owner Amir Daiza. The iLounge is next to the Clutch Cargo’s entrance at 65 E. Huron St. in downtown Pontiac. Call (248) 333-2525.

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It’s never too early to think spring. With that in mind, classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) is setting up a new motorcycle club called the WCSX Classic Rock Riders. A $9.47 membership fee gets you access to bike nights, cruises, parties, and chances to win prizes. To join, visit the WCSX booth at the annual motorcycle show today at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi or visit www.wcsx.com. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

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With the NFL playoffs under way, you’ll be hearing more and more about all kinds of activities linked to next month’s Super Bowl XL in Detroit. The first big radio tie-in has been announced with adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) helping sponsor the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration featuring huge names such as Patti LaBelle, the Winans, Mary Mary, the Clark Sisters and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir. It takes place Feb. 3 at the Masonic Temple; tickets are $45-$75 and available through Ticketmaster.

In its seventh year, the gospel celebration evolved from Christian NFL players wanting an inspirational, family-oriented event during the big weekend. Now part of the NFL Concert Series, it’s drawn thousands and proven to be one of most-attended events of the annual Roman numeraled weekend.

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Syndicated WMXD morning host Steve Harvey visits town with a live broadcast 6-10 a.m. Friday at the Breakfast House on Woodward in downtown Detroit, following by “The World’s Largest Old-School Skating Party” on Saturday night at Skate World in Troy. Tickets for the skating party are $9.23 at Ticketmaster and the Skate World box office.

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Coming soon: Radio columnist Art Vuolo returns here next Sunday with a look at the huge Consumer’s Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a report on the spread of satellite radio, and highlights of some of the new broadcast gadgets coming our way. Personally, I’m still waiting for a gadget that’ll give me enough money to afford all these new gadgets!

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Set Your Dials: Hosts Heather Novak and Tom Wilson dish up the Big Band sounds of Russ Morgan at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5). You also can catch their “Somewhere in Time” show at www.wmuz.com, and Wilson says he’s already heard from listeners in New York thanks to the Internet presence ... “The Insane World of Mike Sain” has returned to Oldies WPON-AM (1460) from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays with trivia contests, jokes, and stories on the oldies theme.

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Columnist Mike Austerman has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.



Well it was about time that deadweight TicToc was fired. Who is going to be the next Night DJ? Maybe those clowns from NYC management will bring in DJ Dentyne ICE ICE Idiot. HAHAHAHAH







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