Metro Detroit: Newsmakers June 22, 2006




Detroit News:

If you want to hear the Dixie Chicks, don't tune in to Detroit's new station, the Fox -- WDTW-FM (106.7). The Clear Channel-owned station, which "chose" its new country format by polling listeners, won't be playing the Dixie Chicks' new album "Taking the Long Way" -- the No. 2 album in the United States this week, according to Billboard -- after conducting a poll. Well, actually two polls. The Dixie Chicks drew flak last year when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush and the war in Iraq from a stage in London. WDTW program director John Trapane explains that he'd been getting hammered with e-mails from both Dixie Chicks fans and foes, and he decided to do something about it... Dixie Chicks get boot from country station (Thu 6/22)

Alexander Zonjic is a busy guy. The jazz and classical flutist performs frequently in the metro area, records under the Telarc label, is the artistic director for five major local music festivals, and is the morning host at Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM (V98.7). But that's not all, folks. Zonjic also is a partner in Seldom Blues restaurant, along with Frank Taylor, Jerry Nottage and Robert Porcher... Get to know: Alexander Zonjic (Thu 6/22)

The Big Ten has hatched a ground-breaking approach to nationally televising its intercollegiate athletic contests while maintaining a strong tie with two networks -- ABC and ESPN -- that have such a stranglehold in sports broadcasting. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany unveiled on Wednesday a 20-year agreement with Fox Cable Networks to launch a 24-hour Big Ten Channel that will carry a number of football and men's basketball games beginning in August 2007. It also will carry nonrevenue sports, coaches shows and nonsports programming... Big Ten announces it own cable channel (Thu 6/22)

Detroit Free Press:

One of the bigger stories of Wednesday's Arbitrend monthly report card on metro-area radio listening may be at the bottom of the top 20. Sports-talker WXYT-AM slipped back into the top 20, largely on the power of its 3.3 score among all listeners for 7 p.m.-midnight, mostly for Tigers baseball... Tigers fever heats up local radio ratings (Thu 6/22)

The Big Ten sent ripple through college sports Wednesday. The conference announced its plans to create a nationally distributed television network, as well as a 10-year extension with ABC/ESPN to air football and men's basketball games. "It is a destination for Big Ten fans throughout the country," conference commissioner Jim Delany said of the new channel... TV channel will be 'destination' for Big Ten fans (Thu 6/22)







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