WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, has announced that Carl Allison, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), has joined the station as its Development Director. Allison, who has fund raising experience with other Detroit area cultural institutions such as the Detroit Science Center, WTVS - Channel 56 and most recently, The Henry Ford, joins WDET following the station's national search for a fund raising professional. "We are delighted to have Carl Allison join the WDET team," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "Not only does Carl know and understand our community, but he also understands the mission of Detroit's public radio station. He has been a listener and donor to WDET for many years."
Allison brings an array of fundraising expertise to his new position at WDET. In addition to individual giving, he will also be managing planned giving, major gifts, grant writing, donor relations and foundation and corporate support. He will also oversee the station's membership and underwriting departments. "As a lifelong Detroiter, I've been a big fan of WDET for many years," said Carl Allison. "The station is truly an asset to our community, and I'm proud to be associated with a radio service that has such depth and diversity of programming. I'm looking forward to helping WDET grow its service to metropolitan Detroit. The station has many new and returning listeners, and we want to invite those people to support this important service."
The July 23rd edition of The Ralph Valdez Program will be dedicated to Pink Floyd founding member and psychedelic / progressive rock pioneer, the late Syd Barret (b.1-6-46, d. 7-7-06). Besides exploring listener favorites and rare recordings, local musician Matt Smith will be on hand to share Syd Barret stories, scandals and theories about his state of mind. Lucky listeners will also have a chance to win tickets for upcoming concerts by Mission Of Burma (7-28 Magic Stick) and also for Ian Anderson's Orchestral Jethro Tull (7-28 Meadow Brook). The Ralph Valdez Program airs Sunday nights from 10pm to Midnight.
Car enthusiasts of all kinds will line Woodward Avenue for this year's Dream Cruise on August 19th. Art Van's Royal Oak store, located on Woodward right at the heart of the action, plans to set up 40 comfortable chairs along the store's second story windows for great guest viewing and Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is partnering with Art Van to fill the seats.
Winners of the 'Best Seats in the House' will enjoy refreshments and reserved seating to watch the cruise excitement. Listeners can tune it to WCSX or stop by Art Van Royal Oak starting August 1st to register to win a pair of those seats. Also at the Royal Oak Art Van, while supplies last, visitors may purchase a pair of 50's style fuzzy dice from representatives of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan to hang on their car's rearview mirror. A minimum donation of $3.00 is requested- that $3 donation feeds up to 26 people.
A caller this week wanted information on the Tigers TV schedule. He said his father is in the VA hospital in Ann Arbor. Did we know the rest of the schedule on TV20? A simple request that shows what the Tigers' resurgence means to their fans. They want to be in touch with their team. For every dozen people who think nothing of babbling on a cell phone at the top of their lungs in a bookstore's reading section, there is someone who isn't wired into the world of portable communications. Not everyone has access to cable television... Free Tigers broadcasts appreciated (Fri 7/21)
Sixteen "Listener Advisory Board" members of Classic Rock station WCSX/Detroit recently became the first members of the WCSX Classic Rock Pace Car program, which means they will have their own car or truck wrapped with a custom design representing music and the station. Each design focuses on the listener's favorite Classic Rock artists... WCSX Fans Offer Their Cars For The Cause (Fri 7/21)