Windsor's A-Channel TV station will be sold by Bell Globemedia after the owner of the CTV television network and the Globe and Mail newspaper purchases CHUM Ltd. While CHUM announced major layoffs across the country Wednesday, Keith Chinnery, program director at AM 800 CKLW, which is also owned by CHUM, said there will be no staff reductions but was unable to say what impact the changes might have on programming... Windsor TV station to be sold (Tue 7/12)
The CRTC has approved a change to the facilities of CHYR-FM that will result in the station's broadcast tower moving about 13 miles closer to Windsor with reduced power but increased tower height. The move is being made to increase coverage in parts of Essex County, ON.
She didn't plan for it, but longtime WDET-FM (101.9) program director and on-air host Judy Adams suddenly found herself on an extended vacation on Dec. 12 of last year, when she and the station abruptly parted company. The move to replace her morning show and Martin Bandyke's in the afternoon with news and talk prompted a firestorm of protest. Both WDET management and Adams were mum on the separation agreement... Judy Adams considers return to radio (Thu 7/13)
Postponed: Lionel Richie's Friday appearances on WNIC-FM (100.3) and WJLB-FM (97.9) because he'll be attending the funeral of former Commodores mate Milan Williams ... AM anniversary party: WWJ-AM (950) morning voice Joe Donovan hits the 30-year mark there July 19. So Donovan, who started in the market as one of CKLW-AM's "20-20 News" mayhem screamers, celebrated at a Wednesday luncheon... Names and Faces (Thu 7/13)
WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, is celebrating the Detroit Zoo's newest exhibit, The Australian Outback Adventure. This exhibit allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Red Kangaroo in their natural habitat. The exhibit trail is lined by 21-inch high cables on each side, which allow the 16 kangaroos to roam free within The Australian Outback Adventure yard. The event, hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show, officially takes place from 12noon to 2pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 and is open to the public. This event is rescheduled, due to a severe thunderstorm that occurred on June 21.
The Detroit Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm daily. The first 150 kids who “jump” into the Magic 105.1FM “Kangaroo Kid Zone” will receive a very special limited edition Detroit Zoo/Magic 105.1 t-shirt! In addition, parents who attend will receive a free “Bloomin' Onion” gift certificate good at all Metro Detroit Outback Steakhouses (while supplies last). But "mate", there's more... Metro Detroit kids will want to “jump” into the fun in the “Kangaroo Kids Zone” activities area, featuring the popular Magic Game Show and hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show. Kids will play for fun prizes like outback hats as they're asked Zoo related questions. What Kid Doesn't Like to Color? Magic 105.1FM will provide kangaroo pictures and crayons for kids to color. They will then be featured on display in the designated Magic 105.1FM area. Two face painters will also be on hand to put cute kangaroos on all kids' cheeks! After this fun-filled two hours, kids and parents will be encouraged to sign up to win a fabulous dinner for their family at the Outback Steakhouse.
Admission to the Detroit Zoo is $11.00 for adults ages 13 years to 61 years old; $7.00 for children ages 2 to 12 years old; $9.00 for seniors ages 62 years and older and free for children under 2 years old. Parking is $5.00 for cars/vans and $8.00 for buses.
Jazz flutist and WVMV-FM morning host Alexander Zonjic yesterday announced the performance line-ups for three jazz festivals in the metropolitan Detroit area. Zonjic is artistic director for the outdoor summer concerts that feature local and national artists and attract thousands of music fans. “People look forward each year to these concerts that are well established in their communities. Each venue is distinct in its flavor and character and the performers enjoy the energy the crowds bring with them,” said Zonjic.
Community House Jazzfest: A three-day festival July 20-22 in the heart of downtown Birmingham
Thurs., July 20 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends .
Fri., July 21 – Yellowjackets, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter Quartet
Sat., July 22 – Warren Hill Band, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends Jazz Orchestra, Penny Wells
Jazz on the River: A two-day festival Aug. 5- 6 with the Detroit River as the backdrop at scenic Elizabeth Park near downtown Trenton
Sat., August 5 - Nils, Marion Meadows, Keiko Matsui
Sun., August 6 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr., Down to the Bone
River Raisin Jazz Festival: A two-day festival Aug. 12-13 celebrated on the banks of the river in St. Mary's Park in Monroe
Sat. August 12 - Rick Braun, Joe McBride, Randy Scott, Sheila Landis
Sun., August 13 - David Benoit, Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Nick Collione
On Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15 WJR AM 760 will offer continuous coverage of the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race. Broadcast reports will cover the pre-race events from Port Huron and then follow the progress of the race from start to finish. Update reports can also be found on the station's web site, wjr.com.
WJR will broadcast live from Port Huron on Friday July 14th from 5:30-9AM during the Paul W. Smith Show from the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race in Port Huron and again Saturday July 15th from 5-9AM) Warren Pierce Show.
Also on Friday from 9-11:30AM, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the 2006 Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races at the Detroit Yacht Club. On Monday July 17th from 6-9AM the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from the 2006 CATCH Golf Classic at the Meadowbrook County Club in Northville. Finally, on July 21st, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain in Bay Harbor.