Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 31 - Feb 3




WKRK-FM to add 'Real Money' middays

WKRKJim Cramer, host of CNBC's “Mad Money” and markets commentator for, will bring his one-hour radio show, Jim Cramer's Real Money, to eight CBS Radio stations across the country, including WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit, beginning February 13th. The one-hour weekday program will be broadcast live from 1-2 PM Eastern- right in the middle of the 11 AM - 3 PM timeslot currenly occupied by Jay Towers and Michelle McKormick (Motor City Middays) on WKRK.

CBS Radio Chairman and CEO Joel Hollander announced that Cramer's program will also debut on WFNY-FM (New York), KNX-AM (Los Angeles), WCKG-FM (Chicago), KIKK-AM (Houston), WHFS-FM (Baltimore), KDKA-AM (Pittsburgh), and KCMD-AM (Portland). The consumer-based show will focus on how to save and invest wisely in the market, as well as examine companies large and small to assess their investment potential. Listeners will be able to interact with Cramer on-air throughout the program. David Hall, Vice President of Programming of CBS Radio's KNX-AM and KFWB-AM in Los Angeles, will serve as Executive Producer. Hall previously served as the Executive Producer of Cramer's nationally syndicated radio show when it first debuted. Additionally, Westwood One will exclusively distribute the program to all non-CBS Radio stations nationwide.

“Jim Cramer is one of if not ‘the' most entertaining financial expert in the business,” said Hollander. “His is a personality that combines wit, wisdom and unreserved enthusiasm. Couple that with some of the best advice ever heard on the radio and we have what will no doubt be one of the most talked about shows on the dial.”

“We have brought dozens of high profile on-air talent to CBS Radio in the past several months consistently enhancing the lineups on our talk and music stations,” said Rob Barnett, President of Programming, CBS Radio. “It's an honor to have him join our already outstanding roster.”

Added Cramer, “I look forward to working with CBS Radio and welcome the opportunity to do a live show during market hours where I can give my perspective on the market as it unfolds.

Detroit News:

The steady murmur coming from the bowels of the Renaissance Center on Monday could mean just one thing: The media has arrived. Thousands of reporters from around the nation are descending upon Detroit to cover the Super Bowl. Ground zero was the bottom of the Wintergarden atrium, where dozens of radio and television stations began a week's worth of broadcasts Monday. In a few days, the atrium promises to turn into a wall of sound with a smash-mouth melody as sports talk shows wrestle with each other and callers over minutia surrounding the game. The circus atmosphere will get a boost during Media Day today as players from both teams are asked the same questions dozens of times by a horde of reporters who, last year, included a puppet, B-list celebrities and a man dressed as the Joker... Sports' greatest gabfest fills RenCen air (Tue 1/31)

In between the commercials, ABC is airing a football game Sunday evening. And while the Steelers and Seahawks have just two weeks to prepare for Super Bowl XL, crews from ABC Sports have spent nearly a year planning every aspect of the country's most elaborate, splashy annual television event. "This is America's biggest show, and the whole world watches," said Fred Gaudelli, producer of ABC's Super Bowl broadcast. "You're starting with the largest audience imaginable." So ABC has assembled one of the largest remote broadcast operations imaginable to pull it off. The network has brought more than 400 people to Detroit for the Super Bowl, compared to about 120 for a regular-season "Monday Night Football" game... ABC assembles army of techies to broadcast Big Game (Tue 1/31)

The parent company of sports radio station WDFN-AM (1130) has settled a federal age discrimination lawsuit brought by a 48-year-old applicant who was passed over in favor of a younger, less-experienced producer. Clear Channel Broadcasting settled the suit for an undisclosed sum -- and U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen agreed to dismiss the suit Jan. 18, court records show. "The parties have resolved their dispute. It's not going to change anything about the station's operations," Maurice Jenkins, a Detroit lawyer for the company, said Friday... WDFN parent company settles with rejected applicant (Wed 2/1)

Detroit Free Press:

The Wild Man of Wall Street Radio, Jim Cramer, is crossing the border and going live starting Feb. 13. Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1, Live Talk) will air his raucous, from-the-lip and from-the-hip Wall Street show "Real Money" live from 1-2 p.m. weekdays... WKRK gets Cramer (Wed 2/1)

ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Show” officials were in meetings with Comcast and ABC corporate interests Wednesday afternoon trying to figure out a way to avoid an audience snafu that marred the show's Detroit debut Tuesday night. Possible options? A nearby auxiliary viewing facility. Prize handouts for those who can't get in. A chance to meet with Kimmel and other guests outside the actual broadcast setting. Even a second nightly performance — expensive due to broadcast union requirements... 'Kimmel' ratings soar; ticket crisis looms tonight (Wed 2/1)

Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Chris Visser was here two decades ago when this bit of zaniness started. He watched it grow. He and a handful of other visionaries cupped their hands around it and nurtured its spark to a flame... Want Super Bowl frenzy? Try Radio Row (Tue 1/31)

Radio and Records:

Former WKQI/Detroit night guy Tic Tak and his Freak Show land in afternoons at WKSC/Chicago. No lives were lost, as the airstaff compresses their shifts to accommodate his arrival. (Tue 1/31)

All Access:

CC/Detroit's Dave Pugh Transitions to D.C. as RVP: ALL ACCESS has learned the CLEAR CHANNEL RVP/MICHIGAN DAVE PUGH is headed to CLEAR CHANNEL/D.C. as RVP/WASHINGTON Region. Look for an official announcement, soon. No word on his replacement, yet.

Zonjic honored with two nominations, named host Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards

CSJWVMV-FM 98.7 morning host and jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic has been nominated for two Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and will reprise his role as host of the second annual competition to be held April 7 in Mississauga, Ontario at the Living Arts Centre near Toronto. Zonjic's nominations are for Best Wind Instrumentalist and for Broadcaster of the Year. Winners will be determined through on-line voting and by a panel of industry professionals. To vote, fans should visit Voting is now open to an international audience.

Zonjic was raised and still lives in Windsor, Ontario. He performs in 100 concerts a year, is creative director for five summer music festivals and is part owner of the jazz supper club Seldom Blues. “It was a pleasure kicking off last year's inaugural ceremony and I am excited to be asked back to host this year's event,” said Zonjic.

Flint Journal:

While most of the world's media is hunkered down for Super Bowl XL at the media center in the General Motors Renaissance Center and Ford Field, Flint's WJRT (Channel 12) is holed up nearby at the Hotel Pontchartrain. The station, which is owned and operated by the network broadcasting Sunday's game, has been broadcasting its 4, 5, 6... Local TV and radio broadcasting from Detroit (Fri 2/3)

Bender named Market Manager of the Year at Radio Wayne Awards

Greater Media, Inc. has announced Senior Vice President/Regional General Manager Tom Bender has been named “Market Manager of the Year” at the 2006 Radio Wayne Awards. The honor was announced during a special breakfast hosted by the Radio Advertising Bureau at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Friday, February 3rd, 2006. “We are very proud of Tom's outstanding accomplishments. His passion, dedication, leadership and vision have made Greater Media's Detroit-based operation the outstanding organization it is today,” said Peter Smyth, President and CEO of Greater Media, Inc.

Bender joined Greater Media in November 1986. He was promoted to the position of Vice President in 1988 and Senior Vice President in 1994.
“It is truly a privilege to be chosen to receive this special award. I would like to thank Peter Smyth, John Bordes and the entire Greater Media Detroit family for giving me the opportunity to receive this special honor,” said Bender.

The Awards were founded in 1992 by Radio Ink Magazine to recognize those outstanding salespeople, managers, and broadcasters who personify the best in Radio. The awards were named in honor of the late “Radio” Wayne Cornils who served as the Executive Vice President of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the Senior VP/Radio at the National Association of Broadcasters. Cornils spent his entire career promoting the radio industry's inherent values to broadcasters, advertisers, and listeners.

Greater Media, Incorporated is the parent company of 19 AM and FM radio stations located in the Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey markets. In addition, it owns a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; as well as several telecommunications towers throughout the United States.







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