News/Talk WJR AM 760 plans to bring live coverage from the 2006 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference on June 1st and 2nd. WJR listeners can tune in to hear a Who's Who of guests as Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) and Frank Beckmann (9am-11:30am) broadcast live on Thursday, June 1st and Friday, June 2nd from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.
Then, join Paul W. Smith live as he hosts the "Big Five" on Friday, June 2nd at a special time from 1PM-2:30PM. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Macomb County Commission Chair Nancy White and Windsor, Ontario Mayor Eddie Francis will participate in this lively, topical, roundtable discussion, surrounding significant issues facing the area.
Legendary Detroit Musician To Host Saturday Night Music Program On Detroit Public Radio beginning June 3rd
Detroit Public Radio WDET FM 101.9 will welcome renowned musician Mick Collins to the WDET microphones with a new program, "Night Train," that debuts on Saturday, June 3 from 7pm to 9pm. For music fans worldwide, Collins' work with The Gories, The Dirtbombs and other projects is the epitome of Detroit's rock and roll spirit. Collins brings his expansive knowledge of all genres and eras of music to WDET for the weekly musical journey, "Night Train."
According to Collins, "Using the metaphor of a train journey, the basic idea behind the show is to give listeners four musical 'destinations,' some familiar and others not so familiar, consisting or either a genre or an artist (i.e., 'Tonight's destinations: Exotica, Pere Ubu, Joe Williams, or Roberta Flack'), or a specific place and time (e.g. 'Detroit, 1961', or 'Philadelphia, 1971'), or even a concept ('Freedom Music' or 'Southern big-horn funk bands')."
Collins has been a fan of WDET for decades and credits many WDET music hosts past and present with helping him expand his musical knowledge and interests. His two-hour weekly program "Night Train" (Saturdays 7pm- 9pm) celebrates the long tradition of inspired, one-of-a-kind music programming on Detroit Public Radio.
"When we were looking for a Saturday night host, I thought about WDET's long history of opening its doors to musicians and artists of all types and letting them explore their musical interests in ways thatgo beyond what they do in a recording studio or concert stage," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "Because of his musical interests, and given his place in Detroit's music history, Mick's was one of the first names that came to mind."
The top 5 stations in for the first Spring radio ratings trend were Urban Adult WMXD, Contemporary Hits WKQI, Country WYCD, News WWJ, and Urban WJLB... Complete 12+ ratings trend
Evidence of ignorance about the African-American experience, or just plain evidence of ignorance? I lean toward option B, but I'm a suburban white guy. Emery King, the former Channel 4 news anchor who told the story, sees it the other way. King has said virtually nothing publicly since he was bounced by WDIV-TV in March 2005... Ex-WDIV anchor Emery King talks on his own terms (Wed 5/24)
Frank Beckmann's wait is over. He will return as radio play-by-play announcer for Michigan football. Michigan football will be carried on CKLW 800, a Canadian 50,000-watt station, and simultaneously on WOMC 104.3. Details of the deal will be announced today at a news conference. "I am just absolutely thrilled," said Beckman, who has been the radio announcer for the Wolverines since 1981. "How do I phrase these last six months? I've been anxious, on edge, all the things you can think of -- name your adjective -- out of fear I wasn't going to do Michigan football any longer. During the wait, I realized how important Michigan football is to me"... U-M radio deal done; announcers will stay (Thu 5/25)
Michigan will announce today that Wolverines football will be broadcast simultaneously this fall on WOMC-FM (104.3) and CKLW-AM (800). The school will also keep the longtime team of Frank Beckmann (play-by-play) and Jim Brandstatter (analyst)... WOMC, CKLW will air Michigan football this fall (Thu 5/25)
The good news? The May sweeps period ended at midnight Wednesday. So what set the bar for controversy? Try WXYZ-TV's (Channel 7) Steve Wilson's four-part piece mostly on Warren-based Financial Services of America (FSA). Wilson, with inferences to legal defense muscle that hinders probers, hidden cameras during sales pitches, an interview that was cut short by CEO Richard David James and hyperbole ... The big story of this month's Arbitrend radio ratings report card? Try Clear Channel's hit player WKQI-FM, best known to listeners as Channel 955. Its Mojo in the Morning surged 1.3 points to beat out the longtime age 18-34 demographic leader, Drew Lane and Mike Clark on Greater Media's WRIF... Wilson sweeps up indignation / WKQI gets the gold star this month (Thu 5/25)
A Detroit TV station decided Wednesday morning not to run an ad that strongly criticizes America's unions. The Free Press reported Wednesday that Fox 2 (WJBK-TV) would run the ad during the "Fox 2 News Morning" show. According to Erica Keane, a spokeswoman for Fox television stations in New York, a station representative at Fox had approved the commercial by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Union Facts, then the general manager at the local Fox affiliate, Jeff Murri, decided against running it Wednesday morning... WJBK-TV doesn't run ad against unions (Thu 5/25)
It took seven months, but the University of Michigan football team finally found a flagship home on the radio dial. Two of them, actually. Beginning this fall, Michigan's games will be simulcast by the Windsor, Ontario, news-talk station CKLW-AM (800) and Detroit's WOMC-FM (104.3) as part of a four-year contract negotiated by Host Communications, the Michigan athletic department's broadcast partner. Michigan also will retain its veteran announcing team of play-by-play man Frank Beckmann and color analyst Jim Brandstatter... U-M finds 2 homes on the radio dial (Thu 5/25)