Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 12, 2006




WRIF announces 2006 Harleyfest

WRIFAmid a sea of rumors that WRIF's annual motorcycle festival has been canceled due to uncertainty at Freedom Hill, the station is pleased to announce the return of the Motor City Harley Davidson Harleyfest! This summer, 101 WRIF, Molson and Motor City Harley-Davidson® will once again join together to celebrate the 8th Annual Harley Fest to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute. It all happens on Saturday, June 17th at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights. Each year, over 25,000 Metro Detroiters come out for a full day of music, bikes and more as the station strives to raise money for a great cause. Over the past seven years HarleyFest helped raise over $260,000 for various charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The festivities begin on the morning of Saturday, June 17th with a special Harley-Davidson “Ride For Hope” from Motor City Harley-Davidson®, located at 34900 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills to Freedom Hill. Last year's ride drew over 1,200 participants spanning several miles and 2006 is gearing up to be even bigger. Sign-up begins at 9am with the ride leaving for Harley Fest at 11am sharp with a police escort. Riders are asked to pay $25 per person to participate in the ride which provides them with a special Harley-Davidson / Karmanos collector's pin, parking fees for Harley Fest and a donation to Karmanos Cancer Institute. For more information on the ride call Motor City Harley-Davidson® at (248) 473-7433.

Harley Fest is an exciting all-day event that will gather Harley-Davidson® fans from all over as they come together to celebrate great music, great food and great bikes. All bikes are welcome as the party kicks off at 11am on Saturday, June 17, 2005 at Freedom Hill Park, located at Metro Parkway and Schoenherr in Sterling Heights. Admission to the festival in the park is always free and will again feature a live music stage featuring some of Detroit's hottest local bands including 50 Cent Headrush, Radiocraft, Government Honey, Redline, Mindcandy, PHX, Brian Schram Band, Inviting the Crash, Dirty Americans, Shipwreck Union, Jocaine and Rockstar. There will also be a “Best of Bike” show for prizes in various categories, a vendor village featuring everything from clothes and jewelry to airbrush artists, lots of delicious food and drink, live auctions featuring autographed memorabilia, a day-long live broadcast by WRIF and much more.

The activities will reach a highlight at 3:30pm as 101 previously qualified WRIF winners will gather to see which one of them will drive away with the ultimate Harley-Davidson® prize….a Harley-Davidson® 1200R Roadster bike and a two year lease on a Ford F-150XLT. The RIFF will be qualifying listeners to win keys for this exciting giveaway on the air, at Harley Fest parties around the city as well as by picking up an entry form at the Harley Fest display at participating Farmer Jack locations.

For more details on Harley Fest 2005 log on to WRIF's website at

Detroit Free Press:

Wayne State University-owned public radio station WDET-FM (101.9) is jettisoning four staffers effective June 10. General Manager Michael Coleman said Thursday "the staff became larger than the need to support it." He insisted it was not a direct result of spring fund-raising that raised $432,000, more than the adjusted target of $420,000 but far from the original goal of $600,000... WDET fires 4 as its ratings fall (Fri 5/12)

Live 97.1 Free FM/Detroit, Deminski and Doyle Win "Best" Honors In Paper's Poll
Congratulations to CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT for first-place finishes for Best Overall Radio Station and Best Radio Show in the DETROIT NEWS' annual "MICHIGAN'S BEST" readers' poll. JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE, the station's afternoon show, took top honors this year behind DOYLE's slightly over-enthusiastic (and occasionally full-contact) "PASSWORD" playing. The paper's poll received votes from over 100,000 MICHIGAN residents. (Fri 5/12)







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