Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 28 - Mar 3




Ann Arbor News:

WUOMThe University of Michigan Department of Public Safety confirmed Thursday that an investigation into operations at the university's public radio and television service is under way. DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said she could not disclose the nature of the investigation or what role it might have played in the resignation Wednesday of the director of Michigan Public Media, the umbrella organization that covers WUOM, 91.7, affiliated radio stations in Flint and Grand Rapids, Michigan Television and the Michigan Channel, which carries U-M programming on the local cable system. "DPS is conducting a criminal investigation into the operations at the radio station, but I can't comment any further at this time," Brown said... WUOM facing criminal probe (Fri 3/3)

The free-speech rights of controversial Ann Arbor radio personality Thayrone were violated when he was fired in April 2003 by WEMU, a state Court of Appeals panel has ruled. "The Bone Conduction Music Show'' - which aired on WEMU (89.1 FM), the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, for 17 years - left the station under disputed circumstances. Thayrone, whose legal name is Theron Ethan Hughes III, said the program was canceled because he voiced support for President Bush and the war in Iraq on his show. The station said the show was axed due to Hughes' refusal to run National Public Radio news updates. The 15-page decision, dated Feb. 28 and including excerpts from the broadcast in question, came on a 2-1 vote by a panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judges David H. Sawyer and Stephen J. Borrello wrote that WEMU violated Hughes' rights because existing laws clearly establish "that a public employer could not terminate an employee based on the employee's exercise of his First Amendment right to speak regarding matters of public concern"... Thayrone's rights violated, court says (Thu 3/2)

Donovan Reynolds, coordinator of the University of Michigan's public radio and television services, has resigned effective Wednesday. Reynolds was director of Michigan Public Media, the umbrella organization that covers WUOM, 91.7-FM; affiliated radio stations in Flint and Grand Rapids; Michigan Television, the public-TV channel that broadcasts as WFUM from Flint; and the Michigan Channel, which carries U-M programming on the local Comcast cable system. The news was confirmed by Julie Peterson, U-M spokeswoman, who offered no explanation for his departure. Reynolds did not respond to messages left on his home answering machine Wednesday... Public radio's Reynolds quits (Thu 3/2)

WRIF presents “Riff Rock Girl” search

WRIFThe “WRIF Rock Girl” search officially commences Saturday, March 4th at 3pm as hopeful candidates will converge at Gameworks inside Great Lakes Crossing. WRIF on-air personalities Doug Podell, Scott Randall and Anne Carlini will personally interview the women to find out why they consider themselves to be a good candidate for The WRIF Rock Girl. Those interested in participating must attend one of the casting calls to be considered. Bring a photo and bio / resume.

Tomorrow's is the first in a series of three casting calls. The others will be held at Andiamo / Second City in Novi on March 13 from 6p-10p and Oakland Mall on March 18 from 10a-2p. After the three casting calls, 32 women will be selected to go on to the semifinals where WRIF listeners will vote for their favorite contestants online at At the end of the contest, one lucky woman will have the opportunity to represent WRIF for one year. As the WRIF ambassador, she'll attend concerts, VIP parties and events. She'll also receive a $30,000 salary, an ad in Stuff Magazine, a 1-year lease on a new car and she'll star in a WRIF commercial. The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older- for official contest rules log on to

WJRThe Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) and News/Talk 760 WJR have teamed up to develop a new radio program that celebrates the auto industry and the individuals working to keep it successful. The one hour show, named "In the Driver's Seat," will be heard at 6 p.m. Sundays beginning March 5, 2006. The announcement was made today by WJR President & General Manager Mike Fezzey. Each show will feature three segments: automotive retailing/auto dealer community; manufacturers and Tier One suppliers; and auto shows and events. Hosted by industry veterans Rod Alberts and Joe Rohatynski, the first show will be recorded and produced today at the 76th Annual Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland... News/Talk 760 WJR Launches Weekly Auto Industry Radio Talk Show (Thu 3/2)

Detroit Free Press:

"Fred Thompson ... goooooooood day!" That's the way it's looking at ABC Radio. The network -- WJR-AM (760) is the Detroit purveyor -- has signed the actor and former U.S. senator as special program host and senior analyst. The Republican from Tennessee is perhaps best known for his role as District Attorney Arthur Branch on television's "Law & Order." He will be based at ABC Radio's Washington, D.C., bureau... Fred Thompson will back up Harvey (Tue 2/28)

Soft rocker WNIC ended up on top of the Detroit radio heap in Tuesday's Arbitrend ratings report for November, December and January. Why? The residual effect of playing all holiday music during November and December will last for another month in the drop-the-oldest-month counting practice... Echos of the holiday make WNIC No. 1, Arbitron radio ratings (Wed 3/1)

Here, by key time period, are Detroit results from Nielsen Media Research's February period, which ended Wednesday. It's one of four months when ratings are used to set ad rates... Nielsen February TV ratings (Fri 3/2)

Detroit News:

Like jilted lovers throwing each other's clothes out the window, CBS Radio (formerly Infinity) and Howard Stern have taken the gloves off and are openly brawling over his departure from free, "terrestrial" radio to Sirius Satellite Radio earlier this year. On Tuesday, CBS filed suit against Stern, his company One Twelve Inc., his agent Don Buchwald, his agent's firm and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. for "multiple breaches of contract, misappropriation and unjust enrichment," in a 43-page complaint. CBS charges, among other things, that while under contract to CBS, Stern concealed the fact that he would benefit financially if certain Sirius subscriber targets were met, while he promoted the satellite company on the air... CBS sues Stern and company over Sirius deal (Wed 3/1)

XMSome readers have e-mailed that they're anxiously awaiting Bob Dylan's much-ballyhooed debut as a radio host on XM Satellite Radio . But they'll have to wait a bit longer now. The show is still happening, but instead of premiering in March, Dylan will now be making his radio debut presenting a weekly one-hour show on XM channel 40 starting in May ... The sad news of the Detroit church shootings on Sunday prompted Mildred Gaddis , host of "Inside Detroit" on WCHB-AM (1200), to raise $30,000 from her listeners on behalf of Victoria Davis , who was widowed when her husband, Alarie Davis, was shot and killed while trying to help his wife from being carjacked by a gunman... Bob Dylan postpones his debut on XM Satellite Radio to May (Thu 3/2)

Flint Journal:

I have joined the satellite radio revolution. This comes as no small surprise to my friends, who laugh at my refusal to own a cellphone. I didn't do it because of Howard Stern's jump to Sirius Satellite Radio in January, though the King of All Media's departure from old-fashioned analog, or terrestrial, radio after 20 years certainly gave satellite a boost... Sounds from the sky (Thu 3/2)

WDET introduces on-demand streaming of popular music programs

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, has announced that on-demand streaming of its popular music programs is now available at its website, This new feature allows listeners to hear WDET's music programs at their convenience and means they never have to miss one of their favorite shows. The service archives all music programs from the previous seven days, which makes the previous five programs of weekday music hosts Ed Love and Liz Copeland available on-line in addition to the previous programs of weekend hosts like Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniel, Chuck Horn, Robert Jones, Ralph Valdez and others. WDET believed the benefits of this service to its listeners was well worth the financial investment in new technology necessary to make it a reality.

"We're extremely proud of the outstanding music programs produced at
WDET, and by making them available on-demand, more people will have the opportunity to hear them," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "This new feature is another step in expanding our service to listeners."

Whether listeners want jazz during the day, electronica at lunchtime,
or bluegrass on a Monday morning, they can decide what to listen to at the time of their choice. All of WDET's music programs are now available on-demand along with WDET local news features and NPR news, at the station's website.







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