Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 14, 2006




Clay Walker, Terri Clark & Josh Gracin Headline the 2006 Downtown Hoedown

WYCDCountry music fans from around the country will head down to Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit May 19-21st for the 24th Annual 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown featuring an unprecedented 22 national country star acts including Clay Walker, Tracy Byrd, Terri Clark, Westland, MI native Josh Gracin, plus rising cutting edge stars like Miranda Lambert, Josh Turner, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, and Keith Anderson. Local talent will include The Forbes Brothers, Derringer, Redhill, Jill Jack, and The Wrenfields. The Metro Detroit Ford Dealers, Budweiser, Comcast and Pure Romance sponsor the WYCD Downtown Hoedown and the concert proceeds will benefit the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department.

WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts commented, “This WYCD Downtown Hoedown continues our long tradition of bringing the latest in Country Music to over one millions fans in the heart of the Motor City. We appreciate the continued support and partnership with the City of Detroit while providing WYCD Country fans and tourists a world class entertainment event downtown for 3 big days.”

This year's WYCD Downtown Hoedown will be presented by Wasserman Media Group's WMG Events, a leading Los Angeles based event producer and Detroit Winterblast DirectorJon Witz. “We're excited to be collaborating with the City of Detroit, the Department of Parks and Recreation and WYCD in presenting the Downtown Hoedown. As the world's largest free concert, the Downtown Hoedown brings Detroit country music fans a wide spectrum of the best country entertainment in one fantastic setting. We look forward to producing a terrific event,” said WMG Events President, Eli Lande.

The Downtown Hoedown began in 1983 with Hank Williams, Jr., Tanya Tucker, The Kendalls, Brenda Lee and Mel Tillis. Since then, Hart Plaza has seen Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, the Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and more perform at the Hoedown.

WYCD's Downtown Hoedown is free to the public May 19th, 20th and 21st. For complete event details, log on to

'Rif Rock Girl Exotic 8 Party coming up tomorrow, April 15

WRIFThe “WRIF Rock Girl Search” continues as the “Sexy 16” become the “Exotic 8” this Saturday, April 15 at the Royal Oak Music Theater. This is the second in a series of three WRIF Rock Girl events. WRIF will begin the night by featuring the top 16 contestants, who have been selected through Round One of WRIF's online voting at Drew and Mike of WRIF's morning show will host the event, naming the top 8 contestants from Round Two of voting. Those contestants will become known as “The Exotic 8”

Once the “Exotic 8” have been named, WRIF will host a series of contests to feature their talents and get the crowd ready for Round 3 (the final round) of voting, which will begin on Monday, April 17. There will also be live music from local favorites Shipwreck Union. Doors are at 8pm and admission is free. The next and final WRIF Rock girl event will be held at the Emerald Theater in downtown Mt. Clemens. There, the “Exotic 8” will be pared down to the “Fabulous 4” and through a panel of celebrity judges; one woman will be named “WRIF Rock Girl”!

The winner 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

FSN Detroit has added the following game to its 2006 Tigers television schedule:

Friday, April 21: Tigers at Seattle Mariners, 10:00 PM (pregame show 9:30)

This is the first of several revisions to the Tigers telecast schedule that will be finalized early next week. That revised schedule also will include the 15 games to be televised on WDWB-TV20 starting in June.

Detroit Free Press:

Internet time will soon be the new prime time. The Net and on-demand digital recording services like TiVo have taught us that we can now take control over when and where and how we make our entertainment selections and that advertising need not be a part of them unless we so choose. There are new names for all this... Options put the hurt on TV ads (Fri 4/14)

Detroit's public radio station, WDET finished the on-air portion of their spring fund drive with more than $432,000 in listener donations, slightly ahead of their revised target of $420,000, membership manager Tim Burke said Friday. The announcement comes two days after Michael Coleman, the station's general manager, was ordered to stand trial on an embezzlement charge in Washtenaw County, for allegedly taking food and alcohol in exchange for on-air announcements while he worked at the University of Michigan's public radio and television stations, which include WUOM. (91.7-FM). He has denied any wrongdoing. Although WDET had set a target of $600,000 for the spring fund drive, Burke said he was pleased by the last minute show of support... WDET finishes on-air fund drive at $432,000, ahead of revised target (Fri 4/14)

Detroit News:

I f that wasn't DIRECTV calling my house the other night, who was it? DIRECTV is probably even more curious than I am, but unfortunately, I can't do a great deal to help unravel the mystery. I don't speak Spanish ... Sometimes knowing your audience means knowing you can make fun of it. Alexander Zonjic hosted the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards last weekend, and early on, he asked 1,200 people in a concert hall in suburban Toronto if they recalled what Robin Williams said about their home and native land... Now, telephone sales pitches take Spanish to say no (Fri 4/14)

Flint Journal:

Today will be "Silent Friday" for Owosso radio station WOAP-AM (1080). But it might be temporary. The station was to go off the air at 8 p.m. today, according to Wayne Milks, a board operator at the station, which broadcasts religious programming. But it may be only a temporary silence, according to a representative of WCAR-AM (1090), WOAP's sister station in Garden City. The stations are part of Michigan Catholic Radio, owned by 1090 Investments of Troy. "It's temporarily ceasing broadcast," said the woman, who identified herself only as Janice. "We're kind of restructuring programming and reorganizing," she said. "The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) granted a temporary cease broadcasting (permit). We don't know how long we will have before they have to sign back on"... Catholic radio station goes silent to reorganize, restructure (Fri 4/14)

When TV's WNEM (Channel 5) and WSMH (Channel 66) announced their new news partnership late Monday, effectively ending the latter's 3 1/2-year venture into producing its own newscasts, my first thought was to follow the money. Think about it. Fox66 can continue to have a daily news presence from 10-11 nightly without having to pay for news anchors, camera people or even cameras. It can go back to the way it was before it invested in its own news show in 2003 and still make money from that one hour a night. Meredith Corp.'s Channel 5 can devote considerably more resources - including anchors Sam Merrill and Katie O'Mara - to the new "TV5 News at 10 p.m. on Fox66" (say that three times), which debuts April 24, than Fox66 owner Sinclair Broadcast Group did... Channel 5, Fox 66 news partnership is win-win for both stations (Fri 4/14)







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