Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 9, 2006




'CSX offering up Free Gas Fridays

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX-FM (94.7) and the Metro Detroit Ford Dealers have announced a free gas promotion that is scheduled to run each Friday through the summer months.

Each Friday, metro Detroiters already weary of high gas prices can join WCSX as they visit Metro Detroit Ford dealerships each week for a 'Free Gas Friday' party. During each two-hour event, consumers will have a chance to win $100 in free gas every 10 minutes- for a minimum of $1,200 in gas that will be given away at each event. Events are scheduled through September 15th.

This week, folks looking to fill up their tanks should join WCSX at these Free Gas Friday events:

May 12th: 10am to noon- Blackwell Ford at 41001 Plymouth Rd in Plymouth
May 12th: 3pm to 5pm- Bill Brown Ford at 32222 Plymouth Rd in Livonia

The complete schedule of Free Gas Friday parties can be found at

WVMV to broadcast Zonjic's Mother's Day charity concert

WVMVAlexander Zonjic's charity concert for the Windsor Downtown Mission will be broadcast by Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) on Sunday May 14, Mother's Day, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Segments of the concert will also be available a week later as a podcast. For details visit the radio station's website,

The actual concert takes place the night before. The performance will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends with special guests guitarist Ken Navarro and vocalist Thornetta Davis . It takes place at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. “The Windsor Downtown Mission does good work and I am especially eager to help out a good cause in my hometown,” said Zonjic. “This is my ten year anniversary concert for the Mission.”

The Windsor Downtown Mission feeds the homeless, offers them spiritual and moral support, provides health care, referrals, clothing and employment support. For more information visit Tickets are $15 for children, $20 for adults and $45 for preferred seating. Call the Windsor Downtown Mission at (519) 973-5573 or call the Capitol Theatre box office at (519) 253-7729.

WCSX offering podcasts of weekend OverEasy programs

94.7 WCSX matches the mood weekend mornings with the lighter side of Classic Rock on OverEasy, hosted by Pam Rossi. In response to myriad requests, the station is making the first in a series of free OverEasy Podcasts available. These downloads, featuring original music from emerging local musicians, are available at not charge to music fans for download via the WCSX web site at

There are currently five OverEasy Podcasts available, with many more in the works for release in the near future. Each podcast gives listeners around 30 minutes of the music that has made OverEasy a favorite in the Motor City for almost two decades.

WCSX is accepting submissions of music by independent artists who own their material. Complete details on the submission requirements can be found online at

WDET documentary explores rise and influence of Arab Media

WDETDetroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) will present a special one-hour documentary, "24/7: The Rise and Influence of Arab Media "on Sunday, May 14 at 6pm. This is a new public radio documentary hosted by David Brancaccio (host and editor of the PBS weekly series "NOW") that examines the dramatic expansion of open media in the Arab world and its impact on the United States, the Middle East and the rest of the world. The dramatic expansion of the open media in the Arab world is changing the political landscape of the region. For better or worse, the Internet and scores of pan-Arab radio stations and satellite television channels are fostering the free flow of information and opinion in ways unthinkable two decades ago. "24/7: The Rise and Influence of Arab Media" looks at this phenomenon with a wide range of political and media experts.

WDET also takes part in a special panel discussion to further explore the issues raised in "24/7" - panelists include WDET reporter Quinn Klinefelter, photographer Antonin Kratochivil, and Ghida Fakhry of Al Jazeera International. The evening also includes the opening for the inaugural showing of the photography exhibit "24/7: The Modern Arab World." The photo exhibition preview and reception is May 18 from 5 to 7pm followed by the presentation and panel discussion from 7 to 9pm. The Arab American National Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. For information or to RSVP for the event call (313) 624-0200.

Another significant page in Detroit radio history turned over the weekend with the passing of Dave Shafer. From his laid back performance as Jack the Bellboy on WJBK, to his long tenure at CKLW, Dave was one of the reassuring voices that many Detroiters turned to for entertainment and information. Dave's son Terry told us that his father's radio career started in Dover, Delaware. From there, he moved south to Tucson, Arizona, where he met future Detroit co-worker Marc Avery. When Avery relocated to the Motor City, he was soon on the phone to his friend enticing him to come along. The station was WJBK... Remebering Dave Shafer

Detroit News:

Former Detroit air personality Dave Shafer, whose voice and name are well-known from his stint as a jock at CKLW-AM (800), died Sunday in Florida of complications from outpatient surgery. He was 73. Shafer was probably best known as one of the original Big 8 jocks during the Windsor station's fabled tenure as the flame-throwing 1960s musical powerhouse of the Midwest. CKLW was big and loud, and the voices like Shafer's that introduced the music were memorable even in the 30 seconds they had in between records... Radio jock helped voice the Big 8 (Tue 5/9)

Detroit Free Press:

WJR did its final Michigan football game more than four months ago. Its last U-M basketball broadcast came more than four weeks ago. While the Detroit radio powerhouse has a secure future hosting Michigan State starting this fall, the Wolverines still are completing their radio landing. Insiders say contracts are nearly complete and will feature a number of unusual components. Still to be decided is who will be the football announcers. At issue is the status of Frank Beckmann, who has done U-M football play-by-play since 1981... Beckmann's status still unresolved (Sun 5/7)


The WJLB promotions vehicle was found on Monday night in pieces. The $68,000 Dodge Magnum was inside a garage on Alcoy Street in northeast Detroit completely stripped down. The doors were removed. Windows were smashed and graffiti was painted over it, Local 4 reported... WJLB vehicle found in pieces (Tue 5/9)







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