Oldies station gets better reception — online




Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, December 3, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Oldies CKWW-AM (580) just started streaming its audio signal via the Internet at www.am580radio.com, where it will reach listeners from the Motor City and beyond. According to program director Charlie O’Brien, “Live Web streaming is the number one most requested online feature. Now people will be able to listen to us in those hard-to-reach places.”

Frankly, my scan feature won’t even stop on 580 in the Novi area, and some of the best stations have the worst signals.

“Motor City Favorites” CKWW also has launched the “AM 580 Online Store,” where listeners can purchase great oldies music and a variety of classic DVDs. And entering contests and joining the AM 580 Loyal Listener Club can be done in one easy step via the site.

Also, throughout the month of December, AM 580 will air holiday-themed episodes of classic radio shows on “When Radio Was,” weeknights at 11 p.m. with host Chuck Schaden. The complete December schedule is available — you guessed it — on the station’s Web site.

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Last Wednesday the who’s who of the local radio community showed up to pay tribute to the often quoted Dick Kernen at the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield. He just celebrated 50 years in the business and has been responsible for launching the careers of countless of people in the radio industry.

One of the highlights was a video featuring lots of major local radio stars, many of who were wildly entertaining, in addition to the presentation to Kernen of a custom made bobblehead of himself. And in the spirit of Oprah, everyone in the audience received one.

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Hats off to news-talk WJR-AM (760) management for the classy move of its extensive coverage of Bo Schembechler’s memorial service, considering that the station dropped U-M sports in favor of MSU this past year. And Mike Austerman’s full column review in last Sunday’s “On the Radio” of all of the activities surrounding Bo’s passing was superb.

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Pop WMGC-FM (105.1) morning host Jim Harper and his Magic Morning Show began the 28th season of making magic with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves and their Toys For Tots Campaign. Harper and company broadcast live each morning this past week at various area mall locations. The station set a goal of raising $25,000 by week’s end. Those who were unable to make it to one of the malls last week can still drop off donated toys at Art Van, Chicken Shack, Farmer Jack and several other locations, all of which are listed at www.detroitmagic.com.

Now, if you’re thinking that Magic hasn’t been around for 28 years, you’re right. Even the previous Magic (WMJC) which was at 94.7 FM didn’t add up to nearly three decades, but Jim Harper has been here that long at previous stations, the longest run being at WNIC-FM (100.3). He and most of his co-hosts were lured up the dial back in the mid-summer of 2001, but they’ve never stopped helping the kids at Christmas.

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Notably, Peter Smyth, president and CEO of Greater Media, which owns WMGC, was just named Radio Executive of the Year by trade publication Radio Ink. In this era of huge broadcast conglomerates, Greater Media is practically a “mom and pop” operation.

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Blaine, Lisa and Allyson made a strange discovery during their morning show on contemporary WDVD-FM (96.3). Listeners noted that some malls are opting to have a chair next to Santa opposed to kids sitting on Santa’s lap to avoid any issues or lawsuits from parents who think there was any inappropriateness.

Is this crazy talk or what? Sitting on Santa’s lap is part of the whole going-to-see Santa experience.

Anyway, they asked their listeners what they thought of this new policy happening at some malls, and the overwhelming feeling from them was that it was lame. Ring-master Blaine Fowler, himself, the father of a couple of kids, gets my kudos for exposing this insanity. Don’t rob the kids of precious experiences.

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Bad news at sports WXYT-AM (1270). The station handed pink slips to a couple of names you may know — Don Swindell and Tom Mazeway — and just in time for Christmas, too.

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And good news: Dick Purtan’s “Purtan’s People” calendars, featuring the morning gang from WOMC-FM (104.3), are available for just $12 at participating Kroger stores benefiting Detroit Children’s Hospital. Get yours before they sell out.

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Set your dial: Enjoy a Glenn Miller Christmas at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5) with Tom Wilson’s “Somewhere in Time.”

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This coming Saturday, join Paul W. Smith and Santa as they host the 41st annual WJR Christmas Sing at the Somerset Collection North in Troy from 11 a.m.-noon. Bring your family for a morning of caroling and fun!

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If you’re doing some holiday shopping this week, consider the gift of a new radio. It can be an AM, FM, HD, XM or Sirius, but make it a radio for someone you love.

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







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