Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 25 - 27




Ann Arbor News:

If you're looking for a typical morning radio show that's heavy with jokes, lame banter and the same old pop tunes played over and over again, then don't look to Martin Bandyke, the new morning host on Ann Arbor radio station 107.1 FM. He's just not that kind of guy. On Bandyke's program, you'd have a better chance hearing music from acts such as Richard Thompson, Ray Davies, Neil Young, Sarah Harmer and Duncan Sheik than the latest from Britney Spears. "We will do our utmost not to insult the intelligence of our listeners, and fight inanity on the air,'' Bandyke vowed recently, after his first week on the job... Fighting on-air inanity (Mon 2/27)

Grammy winner Bolcom to be featured on WQKL Ann Arbor

Adult Alternative WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor morning host Martin Bandyke will interview Ann Arbor and University of Michigan composer William Bolcom next Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8am. Bolcom will be speaking about the four Grammy Awards he recently won for the recording of his epic composition "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," released on the Naxos label. The Martin Bandyke Morning Program is heard weekdays from 6-10am on Ann Arbor's 107one.

Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon raises $1,808,440 in 16 hours for Salvation Army Bed & Bread Program

OLDIES 104.3 WOMC and The Salvation Army in metro Detroit joined forces again this year setting another one-day, national radio fundraising record as WOMC listeners and sponsors helped raise $1,808,440 in 16 hours to feed and shelter Detroit's homeless and hungry. Last year's total was $1,723,088.

The 19th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon was broadcast live on Friday, February 24, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Oakland Mall in Troy, Michigan. Donations benefited The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Program which provides hot meals, shelter and counseling to the homeless, hungry and destitute in Detroit. An average of 7,000 meals are served each day to those in need via the Bed & Bread trucks which make stops in metro Detroit's most depressed areas. In addition, 1,700 men, women and children receive shelter every night.

“This community never ceases to amaze me,” says Purtan. “To think that after answering the call to help support victims of Katrina, that the people of metro Detroit would donate in record numbers and surpass last year's Radiothon total is simply overwhelming. We can all feel a tremendous amount of satisfaction knowing that the money raised will help thousands of needy people not just today, but every single day of for the next year. It's a true testament to the caring spirit of the people of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.”

This all-day event included Dick Purtan and Purtan's People interviewing celebrities, sports figures, comedians, political and business leaders, and metro area children who organized creative ways to collect money on behalf of their classrooms or schools.

“WOMC is proud of our longstanding relationship with The Salvation Army and feel privileged to be able to make a difference in the city of Detroit,” says Kevin Murphy, WOMC Senior Vice President/General Manager. “We know that our success is solely based on the incredible support we receive from our loyal listeners and valued clients to whom we are eternally grateful.”

Since 1988, the Dick Purtan Radiothon has raised more than $12,031,528 million for the Bed and Bread Program, including this year's record total of over $1.8 million.

Riff2 celebrates The Metro Times Blowout with a “Blowout” weekend

In honor of this weekend's “Metro Times Blowout,” Hamtramck's huge local music festival, WRIF's HD channel, Riff 2, will play music from Blowout Artists all weekend long. The “Blowout Weekend” will begin Friday, March 3rd at 8:00 a.m. and continue all weekend through Sunday night. RIFF2 will feature music from local favorites like: Broadzilla, The Hard Lessons, The Sights, Paper Street Saints, Grande Nationals, Gore Gore Girls and more.

“With Hamtramck being the musical epicenter for the weekend, we figured we should showcase some of the great local talent that Detroit has to offer,” said RIFF2's Mark Pennington. “The RIFF2 staff is loading up on Paczkis in celebration of this event.”

101 WRIF debuted RIFF2, a special HD Radio side channel, at the end of July 2005 with the unveiling of the HD radio broadcast. Both stations transmit a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Fans can listen to RIFF2 through special HD radio receivers available in tabletop and auto receiver models now or by simply logging on to

RIFF 2 is already making its mark with a special “made in Detroit" mix of alternative and indie rock, hip hop, punk and the best from today's Detroit music scene. By embracing local and unsigned bands RIFF2 breaks the rules of traditional radio and offers a true alternative music choice. WRIF2 is a new execution of the WRIF tradition that the next generation of Detroit music lovers can grow up with and will look to for “their” music.







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