Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 27, 2006




Detroit News:

Popular air personality John Mason is gone from the airwaves of WDMK-FM (105.9), where he held down the afternoon slot for the past year, after giving up mornings to the syndicated Tom Joyner show. Mason's contract with the Radio One-owned station ends Friday. Attorney Henry Baskin, who represents Mason, said the longtime Detroit favorite's contract had a noncompete clause in it, which means Mason will probably be off the air for at least a month or two. WDMK operations manager Graham "Skip" Dillard says the parting was mutual... Mason's gone at 105.9 (Thu 7/27)

What was Detroit radio like back in 1956? Ask Dick Kernen , who is celebrating his 50th year in broadcasting, having started on July 26, 1956. Kernen, now vice president of industry relations for the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts , where he's worked since 1972, remembers that first job. The newspaper ad read "BOY NEEDED with automobile and car insurance to be mail courier for WXYZ-AM ." (No girls need apply, of course.) Kernen's mother was desperate for him to get the job, because his father had bought him a car to replace an earlier, wrecked one, and he needed to start working to pay it off... Radio veteran set coolness standards (Thu 7/27)

Ann Arbor News:

As the jury forewoman announced the verdict Wednesday on the first charge - not guilty - there was a palpable sigh of relief from Jeremy Nordquist and his family. Moments later, Nordquist's head sank to the defense table and his family sat stunned behind him as the 28-year-old former salesman for WUOM and parent Michigan Public Media was found guilty of a second felony count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement... Ex-WUOM salesman guilty (Thu 7/27)

Greater Media Launches Google Ads:
GOOGLE's dMARC radio advertising system has made its debut in the DETROIT market, as the result of a non-exclusive agreement signed with GREATER MEDIA. The dMARC system automates the process of buying, placing and tracking ads... tasks that are normally handled over the phone by agency buyers. With the launch of this new service, GOOGLE is banking on capitalizing on increased efficiency to lower advertising prices while bringing stations more revenue. GREATER MEDIA PHILADELPHIA's JOHN FULLAM told CNET that the system "gives advertisers enormous capabilities at the touch of a finger, capabilities that have never existed before for advertisers. Creating a whole new advertising base and delivering more measurable results is extremely encouraging for advertisers and radio." GOOGLE Chief Executive ERIC SCHMIDT plans to have the system ready for other stations within three months. "We are in the process of introducing AdSense for radio, which is essentially the integration of the dMARC console and management tools into our advertising system. There are a number of very interesting deals being negotiated," said SCHMIDT. GOOGLE purchased dMARC BROADCASTING in JANUARY for $102 million. (Thu 7/27)

Former Detroit Newsman "Capt. Rik Jagger" Dies In Crash:
Condolences to family and friends of former WHYT-WPLT and WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT newsman GREGORY "CAPT. RIK JAGGER" SYELOFF, who died in a single-vehicle crash WEDNESDAY night on I-94 in BLACKMAN TWP., near JACKSON, MI. SYELOFF, 50, was a veteran DJ, traffic reporter, and newsman who most recently worked as News Dir. at WKRK as well as serving as the newsman on JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE's afternoon show there until exiting in 2002; police say SYELOFF lost control of his FORD F-350 pickup on wet pavement while entering the roadway. During DEMINSKI and DOYLE's on-air tribute to their former colleague, DEMINSKI reported that witnesses say the accident occurred when SYELOFF veered to avoid an animal on the roadway. (Thu 7/27)

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

In the fatal wreck about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on I-94, a Bloomfield Township man rolled his pickup truck on the eastbound entrance ramp at West Avenue. Gregory Syeloff, 50, was entering the freeway in his Ford F-350 pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle on the wet pavement, said Director Mike Jester of the Blackman Township Department of Public Safety. The car rolled over into the ditch and pinned Syeloff inside. Rescue crews extricated him from the truck and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's cell phone was found in the cab of the truck and had an incoming call about the time of the wreck, Jester said... Two wrecks block county roadways (Thu 7/27)







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