Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 26, 2006




WWWW moves back to Detroit

Clear Channel has changed the call sign of Ann Arbor Country outlet W4 Country (102.9) to WFOR-FM as of this Monday (July 24th) and moved the WWWW call sign to Progressive Talk AM 1310 Dearborn/Detroit, which previously had the call sign WDTW. AM 1310 is still identifying itself as "1310 WDTW" in its promos, but using the new WWWW call sign for its legal ID.

Clear Channel also filed on July 24th to change FM 102.9 'back' to WWWW-FM - so it appears the move to WFOR-FM is just temporary.

Recently, Clear Channel/Detroit launched a new Country station at 106.7, which has retained its WDTW-FM calls. 106.7 FM was the home of the WWWW calls throughout the 1970's through the year 2000 and from the early 1980's until 1999, the station was known as W4 Country.

Detroit News:

Television observers have wondered if Fox would ever get in on the evening news race against Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams. Never, says Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox news. The money, he says, is in the mornings. "If you've got Katie and Charles and Brian up there at 6:30, that's a pretty full landscape," Ailes told journalists Monday at the Television Critics Association's press tour, a media event that gives boob-tube arbiters an advanced look at the fall season's programming. Ailes and Fox are gearing up for a yet-to-be named morning show that will air after the local news broadcasts. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy of the Fox News Channel will host the 9 a.m. offering... Fox looks to mornings for network news entry (Wed 7/26)

Ann Arbor News:

At least $70,000 worth of meals at a popular local restaurant and thousands of dollars in Detroit Tigers tickets were given to public radio station WUOM's parent organization as it traded more than a half-million dollars worth of airtime mentions during the past four years, according to court testimony. It remains unclear how much of the $520,000 actually benefited the operation of Michigan Public Media and how much went to staff and management, but testimony this week at the embezzlement trial of a former salesman showed that at least some employees regularly received free meals and tickets to various events... Court hears WUOM trades (Wed 7/26)

update: Ex-WUOM salesman found guilty of conspiracy to embezzle (AP, Wed 7/26)







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