Those great radio voices are heard on tube, too




Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, October 22, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Yes it’s a radio column, but how ’bout them Tigers? And have you noticed that whenever they show truly exciting moments in sports on TV, they use radio audio? All the clips of when the Tigers won the American League title a week ago featured Dan Dickerson’s call from sports WXYT-AM (1270). nd when longtime director Bob Lipson runs an amazing moment of Wolverine football on “Michigan Replay,” you certainly don’t hear Brent Musberger on ABC — it’s Frank Beckmann from Host Communications. And it’s just better.

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Thursday marks 25 years since the death of Bob Ufer, the most passionate man to ever broadcast a U of M football game. He died of cancer 10 days after the Iowa game in 1981, but his memory lives on through countless albums, CDs and videos, which benefit the Ufer Scholarship Fund. Learn more at Entire games, with Ufer calling the action, can be obtained at

That also means that Beckmann has been broadcasting Michigan games for more than a quarter-century — originally over news-talk WJR-AM (760) and now on classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3), talk CKLW-AM (800) and Ann Arbor’s sports WTKA-AM (1050). Kudos to Frank who, along with Jim Brandstatter and Doug Karsch, does a great job of conveying the thrills and excitement of the Wolverines during one of their best seasons ever.

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“Dr. Phil” McGraw, Oprah Winfrey’s No. 1 advice-giver, is getting his own radio show, but whether any station in the Detroit area picks it up is currently unknown. McGraw’s son, author/producer, Jay McGraw, also is heavily involved in the new radio venture, and it also was recently announced that sports/talk host Bob Costas is going to try the radio route, too.

Personally, it bothers me that people who are already pulling down large bucks on TV want to do radio, too, especially when so many very talented radio people are currently out of work.

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Readers continue to ask the whereabouts of the two best-loved home improvement radio hosts in Detroit — Glenn Haege, who just celebrated 10 years in syndication, and Murray Gula. Well, last weekend, both were seen at the Home Show in Novi, but neither are on a local station. Adam Helfman is now on WXYT, and Gary Sullivan, syndicated out of Cincinnati, is on sports WDFN-AM (1130), but the “big guys” are still missing in action on the radio.

Still, you can look for Gula on WXYZ-Channel 7 and on the station’s Web site,

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Teen listening is down. Wow, what a shocker that news is. New Jersey-based Edison Media Research reports that radio listening among teenagers has dropped off considerably because of intense competition from iPods, Web surfing, cell phones, video games, movies, television and the chime of instant messages. The report also states “radio’s unwillingness to target listeners in the 12- to 24-year-old demographic. Most stations target the 25- to 54-year-olds, known in the industry as the ‘money demo.’” Listening dropped almost 21 percent for 18- to 24-year-olds in the last 10 years, but it’s much less for the under-18 crowd.

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The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) presented its annual Scholarship to Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts on Oct. 14. The $25,000 scholarship has been named after CRB VIP and CMU alumni Tim Roberts. Kudos to Tim, who is PD of country WYCD-FM (99.5).

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Recent ratings held no major surprises other than urban-pop WMXD-FM (92.3) still on top with even higher numbers, a major jump also for hits WKQI-FM (95.5) and a rebound of news-talk WJR, could it be due to MSU football?

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WOMC-FM (104.3) kicks off a scavenger hunt this week that will run for four weeks. Each day, Dick Purtan will announce in the 7 a.m. hour an item that listeners will have to acquire, with 20 total items in all. All contestants will be asked to join WOMC on Nov. 17 and must bring all their collected items to a location to be announced. Dana Masucci and Ridin’ Home with Ryan (Tom Ryan) will broadcast live from that site that day — Dana from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tom from 3-7 p.m. What does the winner get? A cool $25,000 and a two-year lease on a 2007 Cadillac CTS.

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Speaking of WOMC, a familiar voice but perhaps not a familiar name has been temporarily silenced as production manager J.R. Nelson endures chemotherapy for cancer of the lymph nodes. Nelson also worked locally at WYCD and helped launch the legendary Z-100 in New York City more than 23 years ago. He’s one of the good guys in the business and he’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail him at or send good wishes to: J.R. Nelson, 3128 Walton Blvd., PMB #239, Rochester Hills 48309. Get well soon, J.R.

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs







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