The former director of the University of Michigan's public radio and TV stations said Monday he blew the whistle on suspicious business practices at the stations, spurring criminal and internal probes. Donovan Reynolds, who resigned Wednesday from his job as director of Michigan Public Media, said when he learned in November of "suspicious business practices," he reported it to U-M administrators and the U-M Department of Public Safety... Ex U-M stations chief calls practices suspicious (Tue 3/7)
DJ's book could be a film- Peter C. Cavanaugh, a big noise on the radio in Flint back in the rockin' late '60s and early '70s, wrote a book about his experiences called "Local DJ." PCC says he has signed film option rights to Kathleen Glynn and her new production company, Blue Lake Entertainment... Names and Faces (Wed 3/8)
Steve Harvey, who presides over the WMXD-FM (92.3) morning show, is flying in to Detroit on Tuesday to appear at a red-carpet premiere of his new movie "Don't Trip, He Ain't Through With Me Yet ," a recording of a performance he did at the Mega Fest Conference in Atlanta, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes. The film is Harvey's first since "The Original Kings of Comedy," but, apparently, in his new movie, Harvey's cleaned up his act considerably for the church folk. The film, due for general release on Friday, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC Star Southfield 20, with Detroit glitterati such as Anita Baker set to attend. Some 700 fans will get to see the film, but only through WMXD giveaways... Steve Harvey coming to town Tuesday (Thu 3/9)
This Sunday night, March 12 at 8pm on the W. Kim Heron Program, Detroit native Alex Harding performs live from WDET's Studio A. The quartet includes: bass clarinet, baritone saxophonist Alex Harding featuring bassist Marion Hayden, pianist Ken Cox, and drummer Billy Higgins. The performance is part of the Detroit Rebirth Radio Concert Series. The W. Kim Heron Program airs Sunday nights from 8pm to 10pm on WDET-FM 101.9 and at wdetfm.org.
Also Sunday, March 12, WDET's Ralph Valdez interviews film maker Rupert Murray who's controversial new documentary 'Unknown White Male' - about a friend struggling with amnesia - explores issues of identity, rebirth and memory. The second hour of The Ralph Valdez Program will spotlight local musicians taking part in the annual WDET Benefit at 313.Jac March 16-18 in support of WDET's Spring On-Air Fundraiser, which begins March 31. The Ralph Valdez Program airs Sunday evenings from 10pm to midnight.
You may have heard news reports about Michigan Radio. The University of Michigan is conducting a full review of the radio station as a result of concerns raised by former Director of Broadcasting Donovan Reynolds in November of 2005. As a public radio station, we are committed to serve the community through our news and information service. Our mission is to act with the utmost integrity at all times. We are able to fulfill our public mission because of the engagement, the support, and the trust of our members and underwriters... A Letter To Our Listeners And Members (Wed 3/8)
Glenn Haege, host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” has been named to the “Talkers 250” list, the 250 most important radio talk show hosts in America, by Talkers Magazine. Haege is one of only three radio talk show hosts in the “Home Talk” category, which includes home maintenance, improvement, gardening and economics. This is Haege's ninth consecutive year being named on this prestigious list.
The list is compiled from over 5,000 radio talk show hosts across the country considered by the Talkers editorial board. When evaluating candidates, editors look at courage, effort, impact, longevity, potential, rating, recognition, revenue, service, talent and uniqueness. The list took on a new format this year, from the “Heavy Hundred” to “Talkers 250” to reflect the industry's expansion and to include more stations, participants, format genres and technological platforms.
“It is a great testament to the quality of our radio program, and listeners, to again be included on the list of the most important radio hosts in America. We must be doing something right by delivering ‘clear and concise, how-to advice' all across the country,” stated Haege.
Haege has more than 30 years experience in the home improvement industry and his radio show, “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” is nationally syndicated by Troy, Mich. based Handyman Productions, LLC, and can be heard on more than 160 radio stations nationwide. In addition, Haege is the author of 11 home improvement books and writes two columns each week for The Detroit News.
Serch Exits WJLB/Detroit Morning Show: CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WJLB (FM98)/DETROIT morning show host SERCH, who was once part of the rap duo 3RD BASS, has exited. The other two players in the morning show, CO CO and FOOLISH will remain in place. (Fri 3/10)