Metro Detroit: Newsmakers March 28 2006




Support for Detroit's new Classical and Jazz radio station faces first major test with 90.9 WRCJ Member Drive

The long-awaited return of classical music and mainstream jazz to Detroit radio has been trumpeted since August 2005 by many fans of 90.9 WRCJ-FM. Now, the area's new public radio station will present its first major membership drive and get a clear indication whether listeners who appreciate the sounds will provide their financial support. Beginning Friday, March 31 and continuing through Friday, April 7, 90.9 WRCJ program hosts and special guests will ask those listeners to make contributions to the non-profit, listener supported station, which is licensed to Detroit Public Schools and operated by Detroit Public Television.

WRCJAlthough the station has made limited fundraising appeals during its eight months as a daytime classical and nighttime jazz format, the spring drive will be the initial attempt to generate contributions through a campaign of live on-air pledging. Daytime classical hosts Dave Wagner, Chris Felcyn and Ann Delisi will welcome special guests to encourage support. Nighttime hosts Tony Mowod and Bob Parlocha will urge Detroit area jazz lovers to contribute. “We are eager to discover whether our growing and devoted audience will make financial commitments to 90.9 WRCJ,” said Bob Scott, WRCJ station manager. “Start-up funding from The Kresge Foundation made this collaboration between Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television a reality, but it is our listeners who ultimately will determine the long-term viability of our classical and mainstream jazz format.”

Tax-deductible contributions to WRCJ may be made by calling 1-866-909-WRCJ or online at Since its debut, WRCJ has featured the works of many local, national and international musicians, and showcased the events and recordings of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx Organization, and many other local performers and cultural organizations. From its studios in the Detroit School of Arts in the heart of Detroit's cultural center, 90.9 WRCJ is also providing internships for high school students, which are made possible through a grant from the Whitney Fund through the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan.

WWJ Newstime wins AP 2005-06 Broadcast Excellence Awards

The Associated Press recently announced the winners of the 2005-2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards. WWJ, Newsradio 950, received the Overall Excellence award in addition to winning 8 'Best' awards in the following categories: Newscast, Spot News, Hard News, Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Natural Sound, Sportscast, and Sports Feature. The awards will be presented at the AP Awards Ceremony in Southfield on April 8, 2006.

Detroit News:

Even when a hometown team opens its baseball schedule on the road, Opening Day is a merry date for fans who view that first pitch of the season the way Bill Gates saw his first laptop. Promise and potential are unlimited heading into the inaugural ballgame. Thanks to a recent, high-tech invention called television, fans can hunker inside their living rooms on a chilly April day or evening, saddle up to the sofa, pour a beverage of their choice and slurp up some baseball as tulips poke through the soil. Unless, of course, you follow baseball in Detroit in 2006. Barring some kind of deal this week with TV20 -- which is possible -- the Tigers will be on radio, only, when their 2006 season opens Monday in Kansas City (Please note, this information is incorrect-- Fox Sports Net has previously scheduled and will carry the opening day game from Kansas City)... TV schedule is Tigers' first error (Tue 3/28)

All Access:

Detroit's Eli Zaret Launches Sports Feature: Veteran DETROIT sportscaster ELI ZARET launches a two-minute syndicated sports segment, "SMART SPORTS," which will air on four DETROIT stations. The segment will air on MONDAY and FRIDAY mornings at 7:55a on CBS Sports WXYT-A and Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM) and CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A and Talk WDTW-A, and on MONDAY and THURSDAY afternoons at 5:55p on WDFN, WXYT, and WDTW. (Tue 3/28)

WQKL To Begin Webcasting: CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL/ANN ARBOR, MI announced today that the station will begin a webcast this THURSDAY (3/30) at 12:01a. The webcast, dubbed the "107one World Service," will be a live, real-time stream of the station's programming, 24 hours a day. Listeners will be able to visit the station's website at and follow the links to listen on a computer. (Tue 3/28)

Radio and Records:

Dave Shand joins Mike Wickett in mornings at WTKA-AM/Ann Arbor, MI. Shand was previously the co-host of the station's Sunday morning Off The Field program. (Tue 3/28)

Greater Media, Inc. Marks 50 Years in Broadcasting

Greater Media, Inc. (GMI), owner of Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, Classic Rock 94.7, and WMGC-FM 105.1 in Detroit, will officially mark 50 years in broadcasting on Friday, March 31st, 2006. Owned by the Bordes family, the company was originally founded on March 31, 1956 by Yale classmates Peter A. Bordes and Joseph Rosenmiller. Greater Media, Inc. is considered to be one of the largest and few remaining privately-held broadcast companies in America. GMI's corporate headquarters are located in Braintree, Massachusetts.

From the ownership of a single radio station in Southbridge, Massachusetts, Greater Media steadily and quietly built a broad-based combination of successful communications companies, spanning America from coast to coast. By the 1980's, Greater Media's business included radio, cable television, printing, publishing, and telecommunications operations. In 1999, the company sold its cable business in order to focus more exclusively on its radio and newspaper operations. Today, Greater Media is the parent company of 19 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey; a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; and several telecommunications towers throughout the United States.

"I am proud of the achievements of our company over the past years," said John Bordes, Greater Media's Chairman of the Board. "My brother wanted the company to remain independent and locally based. Lee Bordes, Peter Smyth and I are going to do exactly that. We look forward to growing Greater Media in the coming years. We believe passionately in the radio business."

"Greater Media is the culmination of Peter Bordes' life's work. Peter believed passionately in the strength of locally based, creative broadcasting that serves the needs of the community,” said Peter Smyth, President and CEO of Greater Media. He added, “In the coming years, Greater Media will continue to be among the first broadcasters to embrace new technologies and new methods of communicating with our listeners and advertisers. We know that is what Mr. Bordes would want us to be doing."

Detroit Winter Phase II ratings released

WNIC remains on top in the 12+ ratings, but the remainder of the top 10 spots shuffles dramatically. See the ratings at Radio and Records, discuss 'em on the Michigan Radio & TV Buzzboard.







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