Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 2, 2006




New events added to Downtown Hoedown

World's Largest Free Country Concert- May 19-21, 2006 in Downtown Detroit

WYCDCountry WYCD-FM 99.5 has added new and improved events for the 2006 WYCD Downtown Hoedown. In addition to the great music all weekend long there will also be a VIP area called the WYCD Roadhouse and a gaming area called GameRiot.

The WYCD Roadhouse will cost $25 per day and will have a “Country Bar” feel with a VIP section of seating on the side of the main stage, specialty food and private bar and bathroom, pool tables, dart boards, a VIP patio with a river view and outdoor seating and local music throughout the weekend. The local talent includes: Sarah Lenore, Tony Phillips, The Orbitsuns, Dani Marine, The Hummingbirds, Jen Cass, Hunter Brucks, Company of Strangers, Horse Cave Trio, and Annie Capps. By purchasing a ticket to the WYCD Roadhouse, you'll also have the chance to meet some of the artists performing at this year's Hoedown. Tickets for the WYCD Roadhouse will go on-sale Friday, May 5th at 10am ONLY at

Nesquick GameRiot is the largest traveling video game event and competition in the world and will be on-site at the Hoedown for the entire weekend. GameRiot gives you the chance to play the hottest and most highly anticipated sports, action and racing titles on more thank 70 state-of-the-art gaming stations with the newest screen technologies and a killer sound system. GameRiot also features “MTV2 head-to-head dog fight” competitions, a huge assortment of prizes, the hottest DJ tracks, and lots of cool giveaways for everyone.

These great attractions add to a music line-up that includes Clay Walker, Josh Gracin, Terri Clark, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Byrd and many more. For a complete list of artists and events, log on to

Detroit News:

Channel 7 news anchor Frank Turner, the reformed crack and telephone sex addict whose story of personal salvation through Christ has split Metro Detroit into camps of admirers and skeptics, has sued his station in federal court for religious discrimination. Turner, whose six-figure contract gives the station exclusive rights to his talents, alleges WXYZ-TV is violating his civil rights by refusing him permission to host an evangelical radio program in his spare time... Anchor Turner sues Ch. 7 (Tue 5/2)

Detroit Free Press:

On sale: By WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) anchorman Erik Smith, the Huron River Press of Ann Arbor book "From the Heart," based on Smith's video vignettes of the same name. Proceeds will benefit Camp Mak-A-Dream and the no-cost summer camp experience it provides for children and young adults struggling with cancer ... Noory's book, Bell's move: Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and Detroit native George Noory of "Coast to Coast AM" (1 a.m. on CKLW-AM, 800 and WAAM-AM, 1600) has a new book titled "Worker in the Light"... Names and Faces (Mon 5/1)

All Access:

Report: CBS, Clear Channel Sports Stations Included In Cell Phone Service: CBS and CLEAR CHANNEL are providing some of their sports station streams for a mobile phone streaming package through SPRINT. The WALL STREET JOURNAL reports that SPRINT's MSPOT package will include streams from CBS' WFAN-A/NEW YORK, WIP-A/PHILADELPHIA, and WSCR-A (THE SCORE)/CHICAGO to the $5.95/month service, which already includes SPORTING NEWS RADIO and other material, while CLEAR CHANNEL is providing WDFN-A/DETROIT, KBME-A/HOUSTON, WTEM-A/WASHINGTON, and five others to the service. CLEAR CHANNEL has been working with MOTOROLA on a separate deal to provide 75 stations for a mobile phone service, iRADIO, to launch later this year, while CNS has partnered with NOKIA and HP in the VISUAL RADIO service that pairs an FM tuner with on-screen graphics.

WCSX rolls out 'new' billboards

Classic Rock WCSX is putting up billboards across town featuring classic photos of its jocks and artists. Each of the photos has a story behind it -- for more,

All Access:

WTKA/Ann Arbor Teams With Ufer Fund: CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR is partnering with the BOB UFER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND for a series of broadcasts to help the organization raise funds for scholarships for UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN student-athletes. The first event will have PD RYAN MAGUIRE do his afternoon show from the site of the banquet for the 59th annual BOB UFER QUARTERBACK CLUB honors MONDAY (5/8), followed by a series of four vintage UFER broadcasts as "THROWBACK SATURDAYS." UFER, the legendary voice of the WOLVERINES, died in 1981 after 45 years of broadcasting the school's football games. (Tue 5/2)







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