Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 23, 2006




U-M Football takes over WTKA Ann Arbor for 12-Hour Radiothon June 7

The University of Michigan Football Team will take over Sports Talk WTKA AM 1050 Ann Arbor for a 12-hour Radiothon on Wednesday, June 7th, to raise funds and awareness for the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's capital campaign.

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Michigan coaches, including Head Coach Lloyd Carr, players and former players will host the Radiothon, answering football questions and encouraging people to donate to Mott. The event will also feature medical experts and patients from Mott Hospital. Listeners can pledge that day by calling (734) 302-8100 or visit to learn more. Pledges of $100 or more will receive an autographed Michigan poster.

Zonjic wins 2 Detroit Music Awards

Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic won two Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist and Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist at the Motor City Music Foundation's awards ceremony on Thursday, May 18th. “It is an honor to be recognized for something I love to do. I get a lot of inspiration from Detroit's enthusiastic audiences and the Motor City's rich music history,” said Zonjic.

In addition to performing 100 concerts a year and serving as artistic director of five summer music festivals, Zonjic is the morning weekday host on Smooth Jazz V.98.7 (WVMV-FM) in Detroit. Zonjic's latest CD is “Seldom Blues,” named for the award-winning jazz supper club he owns with his partners. Zonjic serves as the club's entertainment director.

The Motor City Music Foundation honors Detroit area musicians working on national, regional and local levels and to promote music that is being made in the Detroit metropolitan area. The awards ceremony also featured recognition for other Detroit-based musicians including Alice Cooper, Kem, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, White Stripes and Madonna.

For a complete list of the 2006 Detroit Music Awards, visit their web site at

WDET enjoys better ratings

WDETPublic WDET FM 101.9 has experienced an increase in listeners since it introduced new programming in December 2005. According to The Arbitron Company, which tracks radio listenership, Detroit Public Radio had a net gain of 11,400 listeners from January through March, 2006 compared to the previous rating period of Fall 2005. WDET's audience numbers were also up across other measurements, including Average Quarter Hour (AQH), Time Spent Listening (TSL), and AQH Share.

Listening for National Public Radio's signature news magazines Morning Edition (5-10am) and All Things Considered (4-7pm) increased for every hour those programs air. Other notable increases in audience include the expanded hours of Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program (10pm -midnight), Weekend Edition Saturday (8-10am), Weekend Edition Sunday (8-10am), and a number of the weekend music programs.

"This latest audience information is encouraging," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "There was a trend of audience loss with every ratings report for almost two years. The challenge continues to be about how we address that issue while providing programming that serves the community and is financially sustainable. These ratings numbers validate some programming choices we made."

The Winter 2006 Survey (Monday - Sunday / 6am - Midnight / Persons
12yrs +) compared to Fall 2005:

Metro AQH: 8400 (+1100 from Fall 2005)
Metro AQH Share: 1.5 (up from 1.3 in Fall 2005)
Metro Cume: 161,000 (up 11,400 from Fall 2005)
Avg. Time Spent Listening: 6.6 Hours (up ½ hour from Fall 2005)
Source: The Arbitron Company

"Typically it takes a few ratings periods to see any real impact of programming changes," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "This period reflects a span of time that only includes our new programming, so seeing these audience increases in this report is very positive."

GM Michael Coleman recently pleaded no contest to embezzlement charges filed against him while working for WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, his employer prior to moving to WDET last year. His sentencing in Washtenaw County is scheduled for June 22nd. As part of his plea, Coleman agreed to pay U-M $3,500 in restitution. Penalties for misdemeanor embezzlement can include up to 93 days of jail time and/or up to $500 in fines. WDET also recently announced that it will part ways with six employees, five of them full-time, as of June.







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