Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 12, 2006




Detroit News:

The turbulent Michael Coleman era at WDET-FM (101.9) is officially at an end. The general manager, who was hired by Wayne State in July 2005, confirmed Monday that he has resigned his job. WDET-FM (101.9) staffers came to work Monday to find that their general manager had cleaned out his personal effects, down to the last Superman tchotchke. Coleman's resignation is effective Dec. 31. Reports had trickled out of the station that a group of disgruntled WDET staffers went to Wayne State managers a month ago demanding change in the g.m.'s office, but Coleman insists that he left because his job was done... WDET-FM manager's rocky reign comes to end (Tue 12/12)

Christmas has caught up with WJBK-TV, Channel 2's Monica Gayle. That's the reverse of how you'd tend to think of these things, wherein we're all scrambling to catch up with the holidays. But for Gayle, the Fox 2 evening news co-anchor, the Christmas season began when there were still pumpkins on her porch. Along with the discarding of jack-o-lanterns, her Yuletide preparations also have included short-circuits, soap scum, temporarily blinded neighbors and her husband, Dean Grevé, doubled over with back pain while he climbed a ladder for the greater glory of the station... Anchor's Christmas arrives a little early (Tue 12/12)

The Fox Detroit To Raise 10,000 Toys: CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT is teaming up with SOUTHLAND CENTER to raise 10,000 toys for the MARINE CORPS' TOYS FOR TOTS. They are currently in the middle of a 3-day broadcast that will wrap up tomorrow (12/13) at 6p (ET). All listeners who drop off a toy at the SOUTHLAND CENTER are eligible for a grand prize of $10,000 in cash. (Tue 12/12)

Broadcasting & Cable:

TV station owner Granite Broadcasting (owns WMYD TV 20 Detroit) has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The company has been trying to stave off the move for months as it worked to make interest payments on its debt. An interest payment on its $400 million-plus in debt was due Dec. 1. Granite did not make the payment, deciding instead to roll it into the restructuring. Granite spokeswoman Sandy Novotny said that current management would remain in place. She also said that Granite "did not see any problem" in continuing to program its stations and "everyone seems to be content"... Granite Files Chapter 11 (Tue 12/12)







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