Aren't those political commercials something?




Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, November 5, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Are you as anxious as I am to get past Election Day? If I hear or see one more mud-slinging, name-calling and reputation-bashing spot on the air anywhere, I feel as though I’m going to lose my mind.

Regardless of your political lean, you must admit that all of this very negative advertising is seemingly appreciated by no one except the sales departments of local stations. They always embrace anything that increases the bottom line. When cigarette advertising was banned from radio and television, it was thought that the economic impact would devastate the broadcasting industry. It didn’t.

Remember when your parents told you, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything all”? If that mantra was only followed, there would be no political ads at all.

Pardon me while I step down from my soapbox. Only two more days to go, folks.

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This past Friday, I returned from a video shoot at the U.S. Marine Boot Camp facility at Parris Island, S.C. The nationally syndicated “Joey Reynolds Talk and Variety Show” invited me to document the event for WOR radio in New York City. Because this column was written before my close encounter with the “sir, yes sir” demographic, which I’m certain did not resemble anything ever seen on “Gomer Pyle,” any radio stories will have to wait for a future edition of “On the Radio.”

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Ever since Rich Homberg was given the reigns of allnews WWJ-AM (950) exclusively, CBS Radio has been searching for a new manager for sports WXYT-AM (1270) and hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), which is now best known as Free FM. In a smart economic move, they awarded the job to Kevin Murphy, who’s the manager of classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3). Still somewhat new to Detroit after a tour of upstate western New York, Murphy will learn Motown quickly, as each of his three stations are in three separate locations throughout Oakland County. Yikes! Murphy is a sharp businessman and will do a fine job, but you can send him your secret locations for cheap gas.

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My column two weeks ago drew numerous e-mails from readers reminding me that former WJR-AM home improvement host Murray Gula is still on Bob Allison’s “Ask Your Neighbor” show on multilingual WNZK-AM (690) at 10:30 a.m. Fridays. My oversight.

Gula also is now doing a call-in radio show on the Internet via for Channel 7. It premiered this past Thursday at noon. Check the Web site for upcoming interactive call-in shows online. Gula hopes to return to local over-the-air radio soon.

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Speaking of handyman help, the nationally syndicated Glenn Haege will be back on the radio starting next weekend at noon-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on news-talk WJR-AM (760) — that is, unless there is a conflict with MSU sports. It was rumored that Haege was headed for the golden tower of the Fisher Building, and in radio, rumors often come true.

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Listeners to the “Doc of Rock” Doug Podell on rock WRIF-FM (101.1) can tune in to the unique poet lariat “Mr. Positive” at noon Fridays. Trust me, this guy’s for real and he’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard. His previously stint was on all-hits WKQI-FM (95.5) with night jock Tic-Tac.

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At talk WDTW-AM (1310) there could be some programming changes in the offing, since its primary source of programming, the Air-America Network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Considering that the country seems to be politically split fairly even between the right and the left, it’s amazing how right-leaning conservative talk radio tends to be, while TV is said to be run by a heavily liberal crowd. Go figure.

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Country music fans, mark your calendar now for the huge Christmas concert at The Palace staring Big & Rich and Livonia’s own Josh Gracin. It’s presented by country WYCD-FM (99.5) and scheduled for Dec. 16. More details can be found at

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Longtime Detroit personality Joe Wade Formicola has left WRAL down in Raleigh, N.C., where he had been program director for the past seven years. His immediate plans are unknown, but this comes as a surprise. He had a major following at both country stations WYCD and the old W4 at 106.7, and he would have been ideal for the recent open morning show spot at The Fox WDTW-FM (106.7) — if Rick Miller hadn’t been hired first.

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Fans of the 1960s radio farce known as “Chickenman” can hear the adventures of the most dangerous crime fighter the world has ever known on XM satellite radio’s “60s on 6” channel. It’s the original series — not remastered for radio.

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







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