Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar 21 - 24




Channel 20 Detroit signs with MyNetworkTV

Granite TV owned WDWB-TV 20 Detroit has inked an affiliation deal with Fox's new "MyNetworkTV" offering effective with the launch of the network this fall. Channel 20 has been the market's WB affiliate since that network's creation but was temporarily left without an affiliation when it was announced that WKBD-TV 50 would become the area's CW affiliate earlier this year. The CW was formed as combined network of the current WB and UPN nets, both of which will shut down this summer. The CW landed on Channel 50 by default as the station is owned by CBS, the managing partner behind the CW.

Bloomfield Hills WBFH 88.1 scores numerous MAB awards

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won six first place awards, five second place awards and five third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) at their annual conference held Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at the Lansing Center. The MAB received 527 entries from 34 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcast Awards competition. WBFH students won 16 of the 25 awards given out in the high school radio division, including first place in six of the eight categories.

Andover senior Ryan Fishman won three individual awards: 1st Place, Public Service Announcement; 1st Place, Promotional Announcement; 3rd Place (tie), Sportscast/Play by Play. Andover senior Erin Kashawlic won three awards: 1st Place, Sports Public Service Announcement; 2nd Place, Radio Air Check; 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement. Andover senior George Tunis won two awards: 2nd Place (tie), Sports Public Service Announcement; 2nd Place, Talk Show with Andover senior P.J. Wascher. Andover junior Wade Fink won two awards: 2nd Place Sportscast/Play by Play; 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement. Lahser senior Rachel Fishman won 1st Place, Newscast. Andover senior Jake Neher, Andover senior Nick Gallick, and Andover junior Kevin Qian won 1st Place, Talk Show. Lahser senior Valenta Bedford won 3rd Place (tie), Sports Public Service Announcement. Andover senior Lauren Edelman won 3rd Place, Public Service Announcement.

Six WBFH students won 1st Place in the Large Group category: Ryan Fishman, Rachel Fishman, Tunis, Kashawlic, Fink and Edelman. Four WBFH students won 3rd Place in the Large Group category: Neher, Qian, Wascher, and Andover senior Marco Myerson.

Due to the number of awards won by WBFH students, WBFH was named the 2006 MAB High School Station of the Year and received a gold record award from BMI. This was the fourth year in a row that WBFH won or tied for MAB Station of the Year. Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Chief Engineer Randy Carr accepted the Station of the Year Award on behalf of their award-winning students.

WBFH Operations Manager Ryan Fishman was pleased with the performance of the Biff students this year compared to last year: "We won three more total awards and one more 1st Place this year which is impressive." Motivational speaker Ron Bachman gave the keynote address at the awards luncheon.WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at

AM 580 Serves “The Blue Plate Special” as part of the Midday Café

CKWW-AM 580, Motor City Favorites, has announced a brand new feature airing weekdays at Noon called “The Blue Plate Special” The feature kicks off the Midday Café Show and will feature 5 songs- all with the same theme. Upcoming specials include “Elton John songs”, “Sunny Songs” and “4-Letter Words” (songs with four letters in the title!) just to name a few. Wayne Stevens presents “The Blue Plate Special” as part of the Midday Café, weekdays following the Noon news on AM 580, Motor City Favorites.

WMGC to host “Magic 80's Prom Dance Party” in April

WMGCMagic 105.1 (WMGC-FM) will hold its “80's Prom Dance Party” at Laurel Manor in Livonia on Saturday, April 22nd, 2006. It will be a memorable event, complete with fantastic hors d'oeuvres, plenty of dancing, a photo booth and live music from That 80's Band. To fully enhance the “Magic 80's Prom Dance Party” experience, there will be a Prom King and Queen, 80's Idol Contest and much more! The only way in is to win- Listeners cannot purchase tickets to this “bodacious” 80's event. The Magic 80's Prom Dance Party is sponsored by Walsh College, Empire Today, English Gardens, Laurel Manor and Magic 105.1FM.

Detroit News:

Lots of folks wrote at different times last year to squawk about Tigers games and their sabbatical leave from local "free" television, which had been Channel 50's province until contract talks fizzled early in 2005. They were assured -- it might have been my mistake -- that 2006 would see a return to normal. Channel 50 would, no doubt, be back in the Tigers telecast business. The Tigers, after all, had a duty to their non-cable audience to make at least 25 games a year available, especially when there were plenty of senior citizens on fixed incomes who depended on Channel 50 to sate their Detroit baseball appetites... Tigers dropped the ball -- no 'free' game telecasts (Tue 3/21)

Video may have killed the radio star, but AM and FM radio stations are not yielding to the satellite challenge without a fight. Even as Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio strive to convince consumers to pay for a service they have received for free since its inception, the nation's broadcast radio stations are rolling out new digital technology that delivers better audio quality, less interference and a host of new features. Twenty-three Detroit-area radio stations already offer the new technology, known as HD radio, and the industry is lobbying aggressively to get automakers to offer HD radios in their cars and trucks... HD radio in driver's seat (Wed 3/22)

Detroit Free Press:

Channel 20 gets a network: Granite Broadcasting's TV20 (now WDWB, but destined to change call letters in the fall with the demise of the WB Network) has been signed as a new MyNetworkTV affiliate debuting Sept. 5. MyNetworkTV will launch with new scripted primetime drama series... Names and Faces (Thu 3/23)

Ann Arbor News:

Thayrone is out, but the doctor - Dr. Laura, that is - is in at WAAM (1600 AM), Ann Arbor's talk radio station. The change was effective Monday. Besides axing "On the Edge," Thayrone's personality-driven afternoon talk show, the station has dropped his Sunday night "Bone Conduction Music Show" as well. The decision was made at the corporate level, said Bob Hamilton, a national radio consultant who said he is now the station's acting general manager. Stephen Ames, who had been station manager and vice president, was let go Tuesday... WAAM drops Thayrone from lineup (Wed 3/22)

WDET programming notes

WDETBBC's "World Have Your Say" coming to Detroit March 30:
One of Public WDET-FM's 101.9 newest programs, the BBC's "World Have Your Say" will be coming to Detroit on Thursday, March 30 as part of an American tour. The program will be broadcasting from the famous Motown Museum on W. Grand Blvd. WDET's own Quinn Klinefelter, who regularly contributes to the BBC, will be a part of this special broadcast. Listeners who would like to be part of the studio audience and join in the conversation can get more information at the station's website at Other cities on the BBC's American tour next week include New Orleans, New York, Atlanta and Washington DC. The BBC's "World Have Your Say" airs weekdays from 1pm to 2pm on WDET 101.9FM and at

WDET News recognized by Michigan Associated Press with 7 awards, Detroit Public Radio Honored With General Excellence Award For 5th Straight Year-
The Michigan Associated Press has recognized WDET Detroit Public Radio as the best non-commercial radio station in Michigan with this year's "General Excellence" award in addition to six other recognitions. This is the fifth consecutive year that WDET has received the "General Excellence" award. The complete list of awards given to WDET by the Michigan AP is:

* General Excellence - WDET
* Best Newscast - Morning Edition 1/12/05 Craig Fahle.
* Best Spot News - WDIV Shooting - Quinn Klinefelter and Jerome Vaughn
* Best Hard News - Rosa Parks Funeral - Jerome Vaughn
* Best Feature - Barenaked Shakespeare - Celeste Headlee
* Best Sports Feature - All Star Work - Jerome Vaughn
* Honorable Mention Sports Feature - Danica - Quinn Klinefelter

"To be recognized by the Michigan Associated Press is a tremendous honor," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director. "We're proud of the hard work and persistence of our entire news staff to provide in-depth coverage of Detroit area news and events to our community. We strive to do our very best each and every day, and these awards remind us how important our local news service is to our listeners."

Chicago Sun-Times

Kevin O'Neill, afternoon personality at WNIC-FM in Detroit, begins double duty Monday when he signs on as afternoon host at WLIT-FM (93.9), via recorded voice tracks. Both adult-contemporary stations are owned by Clear Channel Radio. At Lite FM, O'Neill succeeds Dave Hilton, who'll concentrate full time on his job as production director. O'Neill is the second host from WNIC to be added to Lite FM by Darren Davis, regional vice president of programming for Clear Channel Radio. Davis, who doubles as program director of Lite FM, previously tapped WNIC morning man Chris Edmonds for the added role of overnight host here... Robert Feder column

All Access:

Kevin O'Neill To Host Afternoons At WLIT/Chicago: CLEAR CHANNEL AC WLIT/CHICAGO has obtained the afternoon drive services of sister AC WNIC/DETROIT afternoon host KEVIN O'NEILL. O'NEILL, who will be voicetracking the show from DETROIT, replaces afternoon host DAVE HILTON, who steps down to focus on his Production Dir. duties for the station. "KEVIN has been atop the ratings in the DETROIT market for over 25 years at AC, Hot AC, and CHR stations. He's a genuinely wonderful guy, and is honestly one of the hardest-working talents I've had the pleasure of working with in my career," said DARREN DAVIS, RVP/Programming for the CHICAGO TRADING ZONE and OM/PD for WLIT. "Radio is a true labor of love for KEVIN, and he will be a great addition to WLIT." Remarking on DAVE HILTON, DAVIS noted, "DAVE has done a great job holding down the fort in PM drive for many years, and we'll still hear him doing much of our vacation fill-in work and some weekend shifts." (Fri 3/24)

Dave Shand Named Morning Co-Host At WTKA-/Ann Arbor:
CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR, MI has named DAVE SHAND the station's new morning co-host, effective MONDAY (3/27). SHAND, who recently served as co-host of WTKA-A's SUNDAY morning program "OFF THE FIELD," will join morning host MIKE WICKETT for "MORNINGS WITH MIKE AND DAVE." (Fri 3/24)







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