Detroit's 99.5 WYCD ended a two-day Radiothon this weekend by raising $802,812 for cancer research for the ALSAC St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The two-day Radiothon was hosted live at Metro Detroit's Oakland Mall and featured live memorable segments with Clint Black and Hal Ketchum, as well as a WYCD auction featuring Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney autographed guitars and a “living room concert” with Josh Turner. “I'm absolutely thrilled with the WYCD listeners response”, said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “You can see how much people in Detroit truly care, when they pour out their hearts for children like they have in the last few days”. “We really began this year's event very strong with the All New Dr. Don Show and finished even stronger with Edwards and Lee in the afternoon and the whole WYCD team in the final two hours including Mike Scott and Jyl Forsyth” added Roberts.
This year's WYCD event also featured a unique side event with Clint Black called the Clint Black Tie Affair at the Melting Pot in Troy. “WYCD teamed with a national St. Jude restaurant sponsor The Melting Pot in Troy for a $100 per plate exclusive dining and concert experience. Clint Black was extremely generous with his time and gave his Detroit fans a special, intimate acoustic performance. “It was an awesome and inspiring event”, stated ALSAC St. Jude Detroit Rep Beth Campbell. “WYCD's air staff really reached a new level with this year's St. Jude Radiothon, raising $300,000 more than the previous year.”
A former country radio DJ who won a $10.6-million jury verdict last year in a lawsuit resulting from alleged job discrimination and a perfume allergy, only to see it reduced to $814,000 in December by the trial judge, got some of the judgment restored Tuesday. At the behest of Erin Weber's lawyer, U.S. District Judge George Steeh increased damages to $1.2 million and awarded Weber $423,807 for attorney fees and court costs. She has 14 days to accept the award, or Steeh will grant Infinity Broadcasting Corp.'s request for a new trial... Judge adds to cash for ex-DJ in perfume suit (Wed 2/8)
Friday was the last day on WWJ-AM (950) for ex-TV newscaster, media producer and Free Press columnist Mort Crim. He recently changed broadcast syndicators. Crim noted in an e-mail that CBS-owned WWJ was unable to carry his daily newscast and a couple of other products in addition to his "Second Thoughts" commentaries. He's hopeful of finding another Detroit carrier... Mort Crim does WWJ swan song (Sat 2/11)
Airing: From 5 a.m. Friday through noon Saturday, the 3rd Annual Winter Survival Radiothon on WWJ-AM (950) from the new downtown YMCA at 1401 Broadway. Organizers hope to raise more than $500,000 to help needy people pay energy bills. Details at www.thawfund.org. Names and Faces (Mon 2/13)
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is inviting volunteers to help answer phones for the station's upcoming spring pledge drive. WDET had long depended on volunteers during pledge drive periods until the fall of 2004, when a switch was made to have phone calls answered by a professional answering service. WDET's new general manager feels strongly about the role of volunteers in pubic broadcasting. "Volunteers infuse a unique energy into pledge drives and other station activities that, frankly, we've missed over the last 18 months at Detroit Public Radio," says WDET General Manager Michael Coleman. "We're looking forward to welcoming back many old friends and meeting lots of new ones during this spring's membership drive."
WDET's on-air portion of the spring pledge drive takes place Friday,
March 31 through Thursday, April 13. Individuals and groups who are
interested in volunteering can get more information and sign up by
calling 313-577-4550 or going to the station's website at wdetfm.org.
Local television advertisers are re-evaluating their purchasing decisions in the wake of early results from “people meters,” a new digital rating system rolled out in the Detroit market on Jan. 5 by Nielsen Media Research. Niche channels or networks like ESPN2 and Bravo were the winners in the sweeps period that ended Feb. 1. Traditional broadcast channels saw combined ratings declines of 15 percent or more in many time slots and across many demographics — though they still have the most viewers... Meters a new yardstick (Mon 2/13)
Good deeds don't go unnoticed, especially if you're Gov. Jennifer Granholm and it's an election year. Granholm is appearing in radio ads for DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy Co., as part of an effort to raise awareness of assistance available to utility customers struggling with high heating bills ... So, is there someone secretly living in the WJR suite of offices high up in the golden tower of the Fisher Building? Arbitron Ratings seems to think so. A letter addressed to “Resident,” at WJR's address recently ended up on president and general manager Michael Fezzey's desk... Utilities: Using Granholm in ads not political (Mon 2/13)
Salem-Yinger Detroit-Cincy Swap Closes: The swap/sale that gives SALEM a second DETROIT AM has closed, with SALEM getting Religion WLQV-A/DETROIT from JON YINGER's CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM in exchange for Religion WTSJ-A and Talk WBOB-A/CINCINNATI plus $6.7 million. WBOB has been leased to DUSTY RHODES and BRIAN KAUFFMAN and is now airing an Oldies format as WDJO; YINGER has applied for new WCVX calls for WTSJ. JOHN PIERCE served as exclusive broker on both the sale and WBOB lease. (Mon 2/13)
Ann Arbor area Comcast cable viewers may have noticed that Channel 22, which carries programming from the University of Michigan, has a new look and name. The Michigan Channel, which debuted Jan. 30, builds on its predecessors, Michigan TV2 and UMTV, offering expanded coverage of events occurring on campus and adding new programming from national research universities. The channel will air the most current U-M fare in prime time, and recent "best of" material during the afternoon. Michigan Channel adds expanded coverage of U-M events, programs (Sun 2/12)
In September 2005 Salem agreed to trade WBOB-AM & WTSJ-AM/Cincinnati and pay $6.7 million for Christian Broadcasting System's Christian Talk & Teaching WLQV/Detroit. The deal has now closed, and as a result Salem gains a second AM in Detroit; it already owns WDTK in the market... Salem Closes On Detroit AM (Mon 2/13)