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News/Talk WJR-AM 760 today announced changes to its afternoon and evening programming line up effective Monday, January 9th:

“We are pleased to announce that the Mitch Albom Show will continue to anchor afternoon drive from a new time 5-7pm,” says Mike Fezzey, WJR President & General Manager. “This enables WJR to continue the 10 year tradition of bringing the Mitch Albom Show to you live in the afternoon. This also allows Mitch the time to address other demands of his career while continuing a show that we at WJR and Mitch are both proud of.” In addition, Albom will also continue to bring “Monday Sports Albom” each Monday from 7-8pm.

WJRSean Hannity moves from his evening tape-delayed slot to cover 3-5pm, allowing listeners the opportunity to receive their daily dose of national and international news at an earlier time and also the chance to listen and interact with Sean Hannity live.

Following the Mitch Albom Show Tuesday thru Friday, WJR's news department will present “The Big Story” hosted by WJR's Lloyd Jackson. The hour long segment will recap top stories from the day as well as important interviews heard earlier in the day on WJR. Dr. Laura will fill the 8-11pm time slot, followed by a new voice to WJR, Mark Levin from 11pm-1am. Levin, a frequent guest and substitute host on the Hannity Show, is one of America's preeminent conservative commentators and constitutional lawyers.

Effective Monday, January 9th the WJR weekday programming line up will be as follows:

5:30-9am: Paul W. Smith Show
9-11:30am: Frank Beckmann Show
11:30-Noon: Paul Harvey
Noon-3pm: Rush Limbaugh
3-5pm: Sean Hannity
5-7pm: Mitch Albom Show
7-8pm (Monday): Sports Albom
7-8pm (Tu-Fri): The Big Story
8-11pm: Dr. Laura
11-1am: Mark Levin
1-5am: Midnight Trucking Network
5-5:30am: Morning News Center

 

All Access:

WKQI And Tic Tak Part Company: TIC TAK & THE FREAKSHOW -- featuring STICK & LIMPY -- have vacated the night slot at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT. (Tue 1/3)



Classic Rock Riders Get Ready To Roll Into 2006

What do you get when you bring together a group Classic Rock fans who also share a passion for motorcycles? Say hello to The WCSX Classic Rock Riders…a group of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 listeners who love the feel of the road under their wheels, the wind in their faces and of course Classic Rock!

CSX RidersWho can join? Anyone who loves motorcycles! Antique, Standard, Sport, Tour, Cruiser, Chopper or Scooters…All brands of bikes are welcome. The WCSX Classic Rock Riders also believe that while they are having fun, they can help out the community. That's why there is a $9.47 membership fee which benefits The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Throughout the year, the group will hold “Bike Nights” that will give members the chance to cruise, gather, party and win some great prizes. There will also be a “cyber home” located on the 94.7 WCSX web site (www.wcsx.com) that will provide information on Classic Rock Riders bike nights, rides, news, and a listing of many other great events happening in around town. Members will receive information via email on upcoming events.

To join in on all the fun, visit the WCSX booth at The 25th Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, January 6th – 8th, 2006 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi or head to www.wcsx.com to download a membership application and become one of the “Founding Fathers and Mothers” of the WCSX Classic Rock Riders.



Mix 92.3 to present Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Concert

WMXD-FM 92.3 has announced a radio sponsorship of the Superbowl Gospel Celebration “An Evening of Inspiration”, bringing gospel to the biggest game on earth for one sensational night in the Gospel Music Capital of the World, the City of Detroit, during Super Bowl XL. With an evening of inspirational music, soul-stirring testimonies from NFL players and surprise guests, the concert kicks-off Super Bowl Weekend at the Masonic Temple on Friday, February 3, 2006, at 7:45 p.m.

WMXDThe seventh annual event will feature award-winning, singing sensation Patti LaBelle, who will serenade the audience with some gospel favorites and a few inspirational tunes of her own. Sharing the stage alongside Patti LaBelle are some of the hottest artists in gospel, including the Winans, Mary Mary, The Clark Sisters, and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir and more. “We are excited to be apart of this incredible night celebrating gospel music. Some of the industry's most recognized talent will be performing on one stage. This event promises to be a memorable one!” said Jamillah Muhammad, WMXD program director.

“The 2006 event is going to be sensational,” says Melanie Few, concert founder and manager, and owner of Results Inc., an Atlanta-based marketing and entertainment agency. “We have taken this event to another level. Our show promises to once again be a true highlight of Super Bowl weekend with inspirational music and testimonies. The audience will be wowed with this soul-stirring, star-studded event.”

Tickets are $45-$75 and available at all Ticket Master locations or by phone at (248) 645-6566 or TicketMaster.com. (A nonrefundable service fee will apply). For more information on the 2006 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, including artists, event history, media credentials, and sponsor promotions and opportunities visit www.superbowlgospelcelebration.com or www.mix923fm.com.

In its seventh year, The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration evolved from Christian NFL players wanting an inspirational, family-oriented event during Super Bowl Weekend. The event, a part of the NFL Concert Series, has drawn thousands and has proven to be one of the most attended events during Super Bowl Weekend. Each year, the gospel concert features the industries top artists joined by several current and former Christian NFL players. In the past, NFL greats Antwaan Randle El, Cris Carter, Curtis Martin, Kurt Warner, Michael Barrow, Troy Vincent, Qadry Ismail, Aneas Williams, Deion Sanders, Quincy Carter, LeVar Arrington Bryan Scott and more (just to name a few) have given their time to the event. Players share their testimonies and inspirational messages with the audience.



Page France on WDET's "In Sound" this Saturday

On Saturday January 7 at 10 PM, "In Sound" with host Jon Moshier, will air a studio A performance and interview with the band Page France and give away a signed copy of their new CD "Hello, Dear Wind". The Baltimore-based band released their second CD late last year on Fall Records. "In Sound" with Jon Moshier, a 3-hour exploration of creative sounds with a focus on new music, airs Saturday nights from 9 PM - Midnight on WDET-FM 101.9.



Rob Walker exits Clear Channel/Ann Arbor

Rob Walker, operations director for Clear Channel's 4 station Ann Arbor cluster (AAA WQKL-FM, Country WWWW-FM, Sports WTKA-AM, and Talk WLBY-AM) has exited and is headed to Seattle, WA. Walker was also serving as an on-air personality at WQKL as well as program director for W4 Country. In Seattle, Walker takes on afternoon drive and the assistant program director job at Country KKWF-FM.



Lessenberry ends public radio show

After only a few months, Jack Lessenberry's daily show on Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) has ended. Lessenberry will continue as a contributor to Michigan radio with commentaries and interviews. His former 1-2pm timeslot is now filled with the NPR program 'Day to Day'.



Detroit News:

Free FM's big rollout of the three post-Howard Stern morning hosts happened Tuesday, and while there will undoubtedly be no Stern-sized fines from the FCC, neither was the world set on fire by wit or originality. WRIF-FM (101.1)'s Drew and Mike, Detroit morning kings, have probably lost no sleep. Stern left a gaping hole in CBS (formerly Infinity) Radio's morning schedule when he jumped to the putatively censor-free Sirius Satellite Radio, where he starts on Monday. How big a hole? It's taken three hosts to fill his shoes. Rocker David Lee Roth is now heard on Stern's East Coast stations, and comedian Adam Corolla has taken the West Coast, while Rover, a popular Cleveland morning host, was given the Midwest, including Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1)... Stern replacement Rover practically plays dead in local debut (Wed 1/4)


Every place she shows up, she's an answer to a question: "Whatever happened to Amyre Makupson?" The question that's been occupying her these past few years runs a little deeper: What will happen to Amyre Makupson? What will become, ultimately, of us all? You? Me? Adolf Hitler? Makupson's brother who died too young? And in those last two cases, has it happened already? She doesn't know. That's why the title of her book is an inquiry and not a declaration -- "So What's Next?" Makupson, 56, the former WKBD-TV (Channel 50) news anchor, put the question to 22 people, then tucked the answers into 152 self-published pages... Makupson makes new life for herself with book on death (Wed 1/4)



Detroit Free Press:

If New Year's Eve was Dick Clark's TV swan song, how sweet it was. In Detroit, the ABC telecast of "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), featuring Ryan Seacrest and Hilary Duff, scored a 14.3 rating and 29% share. That vanquished the competition on Fox (WJBK-TV, Channel 2), where Regis Philbin scored a 3.6 rating and 7 share, and on NBC (WDIV-TV, Channel 4), where Carson Daly's effort spotlighting Mary J. Blige scored a 6.8 and 13 share... Clark tops in Detroit (Wed 1/4)



Back to the future for WLEN

WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian reunited Jerry Hayes and Steve Barkway for the station's 5-9am morning drive slot on January 2nd- a position they held from Sept 2003 - Sept 2004. At that time, Hayes left to pursue a career outside of broadcasting and Barkway worked with two different co-hosts between and now.

"Mornings with Jerry and Steve" captured the MAB Merit Award for Broadcast Team in 2004 with a show heavy on local news, sports, and information as well as music and humor.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 7 - 9

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It's Maui Time!

It's the 20th anniversary for Active Rock WRIF-FM's longest running promotion, “Maui Time”. For the past 20 years, The Riff's afternoon drive legend Arthur Penhallow has belted out the phrase “It's Maui Time!” over the airwaves. Those three winning words have sent hundreds of listeners to Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii for a week of fun in the sun. This year, to commemorate the anniversary, WRIF will send 20 listeners and their guests on the trip, this year to take place March 26 - April 1.

WRIFBeginning today, Monday January 9th, listeners will be encouraged to wait for Art to say those infamous words “It's Maui Time”! When they do, caller 34 at (313) 298-WRIF will win a trip for two. In addition, WRIF will host 8 “Maui Parties” at various pubs and restaurants throughout Detroit. Listeners will also be able to sign up for the “Unfair Internet Advantage” at the WRIF website at www.wrif.com to receive clues via e-mail on when to listen.

The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules, log on to www.wrif.com.



WDET programming notes

* The Sheila Landis Trio featuring guitarist Rick Matle, percussionist Dennis Sheridan and special guest jazz master Wendell Harrison (saxophone/clarinet) will perform live on Sunday, January 15 on WDET 101.9FM during the W. Kim Heron Program (Sundays 8-10pm). This live performance is part of the Rebirth Inc./WDET FM Live Radio Concert Series.

WDETSheila Landis has been performing her unique style of jazz, Latin and Blues since 1973. Her current schedule has her performing at Michigan's most prestigious festivals, concert venues and nightclubs. Clearly one of the area's finest vocalists, Sheila has been chosen as the "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" by The Detroit Music Awards on seven occasions including 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her catalog of recorded work on her own SheLan Records has received extensive airplay in local, national and international markets.


* Detroit Public Radio will offer gavel-to-gavel coverage of the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to be an Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States via a special webcast at at wdetfm.org. The Senate hearings are scheduled to begin Monday, January 9, and WDET will provide live coverage hosted by NPR's Neal Conan and Nina Totenberg for as long as the hearings last. Log on to wdetfm.org for complete coverage of this historic event.

In addition, WDET 101.9FM - Detroit Public Radio will broadcast an evening wrap-up of the day's nomination events from 7pm to 8pm, hosted by NPR's Linda Wertheimer.



New York Times:

When the public radio station in Detroit canceled some local music shows and replaced them with nationally syndicated talk and news programs, it probably expected some complaints from listeners. What it got was a lawsuit asking for their pledge money back. A group of listeners to WDET-FM in Detroit filed a class-action lawsuit against the station on Dec. 19, claiming fraud and breach of contract. The Detroit Free Press reported that seven plaintiffs filed for damages after contributing to the station's last on-air fund-raising pledge drive, which ended in October. Station managers announced the new schedule on Dec. 13. The listeners claim that they were tricked into contributing money for programs that the station already planned to cancel... Public Radio Listeners Want Their Money Back (Mon 1/9)



Detroit News:

WDIV-Local 4 plans to pull out all stops for the 2006 North American International Auto Show, says Steve Wasserman, the station's vice president and general manager. "This clearly is the biggest event in Detroit in any given year," Wasserman says. In addition to live coverage from Cobo Center during the morning, afternoon and evening news through Jan. 15, Metro Detroit's official auto show station will feature... Local 4 cameras will be everywhere at Auto Show (Sat 1/7)


How low can he go? Or more precisely, how low will Howard Stern go, when his edgy, stripper-filled, entertaining, but often tasteless morning show moves to the Sirius Satellite Radio airwaves this Monday. After all, it's almost totally up to Stern what he says or does on his new show. It's even up to the self-professed "king of all media" what time he ends his show every day, if at all. Stern has been beating the drum for 18 months about his departure from the strictures of FCC-regulated FM radio for the thus far (until and unless Congress steps in) unregulated world of satellite radio... Howard Stern is ready to talk dirty Monday on Sirius (Sat 1/7)



Flint Journal:

The bad: Nate Landesman and Alicia Bennett have to move their September wedding to March. The good: The entire thing - to the tune of up to $100,000 - will cost them nothing. Landesman of Grand Blanc and Bennett of Swartz Creek found out Friday they won Channel 7 (WXYZ)'s Dream Wedding 2006 contest. Their entire ceremony and preparation will be filmed and turned into a one-hour special to air on the channel in March... Dream comes true: TV station to pick up wedding tab (Sun 1/8)

 

WNIC selects next program director

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WNICThe next program director for Clear Channel-owned Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 will be Don Gosselin who will be heading back to the frigid north from his current gig as Operations Manager for CC's cluster of stations in New Orleans. Gosselin served as program director for AC WRVF-FM 101.5 and Rock WIOT-FM 104.7 Toledo, also Clear Channel stations, prior to his New Orleans appointment in late 2005. He replaces Darren Davis who bolted Motown last last year for Chicago. Gosselin will wrap things up in New Orleans at the end of January before relocating to WNIC.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 10 - 13

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The Listening Room Returns

WRCJChris Felcyn's popular Sunday morning show, with his unique mix of music, commentary and humor, will return return to the Detroit airwaves from 10am to Noon beginning January 15th on Classical/Jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9. Felcyn was a long time staff member at WDET-FM 101.9 where he hosted The Listening Room before moving to WRCJ this past fall to take over middays role during the station's daytime classical hours.

Also of note at WRCJ: 90.9 FM will help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth Wolfgang Mozart with live concert performances from Salzburg on January 25, 26 and 27. More details will be provided on WRCJ in the coming days.



Michigan's Amber Alert receives grant from AT&T

AMBERThe technology used to disseminate Amber Alerts in Michigan will receive a much-needed upgrade thanks to a $77,000 grant from AT&T Michigan. AT&T Michigan President Gail Torreano joined representatives from the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters to announce the enhancements at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing.

"A missing child is every parent's worst nightmare," said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "I applaud the commitment of AT&T Michigan to partner with law enforcement and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters to expand and upgrade our Amber Alert system to help keep our children safe" ... Press release from the Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters



WJR maintains big presence at Auto Show

News-Talk WJR-AM 760 will provide several live broadcasts of its programming from the upcoming North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. WJR live broadcasts from the Ford Division display are scheduled to be heard at the following times:

WJR* Friday, Jan. 13th, 6:30-8pm: WJR Special Charity Preview Broadcast with Paul W. Smith
* Saturday, Jan. 14th and Jan 21st, 9am-Noon: The Car Show
* Sunday, Jan. 15th, 9am-Noon: The Real Estate Insiders; Noon-3pm: Home Improvement
* Monday, Jan. 16th - Friday, Jan. 20th, 9am-11:30am: Frank Beckmann Show
* Sunday, January 22nd, Noon-3pm: Home Improvement

WJR's Paul W. Smith also broadcast his morning program from the Auto Show preview days all this week.



Group to protest WDET changes in front of Cobo Hall during Auto Show Charity Preview

SaveDetroitRadio.com is organizing a protest demonstration against WDET owner Wayne State University over the station's recent programming lineup changes in the hope that management might reconsider some of the changes. From SaveDetroitRadio.com:

WDET-- Where's OUR Music? Last chance to save free-form radio- Detroit, you must speak now! We, the Public, are deeply disappointed in Wayne State University's decision to stop the broadcast of all community programming and local daytime music on WDET, 101.9 FM, Detroit Public Radio ... Please join us for a 2 hour Protest Rally on Friday January 13 at 6pm at the corner of Jefferson and Washington, across the street from Cobo Hall, during the North American International Auto Show. We want everyone to know that Wayne State University is Anti-Music! Dress Warm & Bring protest signs for the Rally...



The Daily Oakland Press:

Making fun of a person with a disability, especially someone as prominent as Dick Clark, is no laughing matter and is raising a cry of foul play in the disability community. The program director for "John and the Gator," a WXYT-AM (1270) sports talk show, Monday said cohost John Lund was verbally reprimanded for repeatedly playing a doctored tape of Clark, whose speech is impaired as a result of a stroke, as Clark counted down to the New Year in Times Square on Dec. 31. The tape of Clark's voice had him saying numbers, such as "8, 10, 6, 5, 9," in a confusing manner and reflecting the impaired speech pattern of someone who has had a severe stroke. It was played so often on the show, which airs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., that Lund's partner, Scott "The Gator" Anderson, told his partner to leave the subject alone and move on to another topic... Disability community not laughing at radio show (Tue 1/10)



Detroit Free Press:

The new Howard Stern satellite radio show began Monday with all the expected hoopla. He put to rest rumors that he married his longtime girlfriend, model Beth Ostrosky -- in a comment complete with a federally banned expletive. "I am not married. It's a nice feeling that we get along great. We're very happy and I don't want to (expletive) it up," said Stern, who is finally free of government decency laws on Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (Channel 100). Stern has promised everything from stripper poles to live sex on his new show. Yet he maintained his show was more about ideas. Cursing, he said, would be part of the natural progression of speech... Stern embraces freedom on, off air (Tue 1/10)


Remember Lila Lazarus, who left a job as health reporter and part-time anchor on Post-Newsweek's WDIV-TV (Channel 4) last September? Remember how the station bade her farewell and quoted her as saying she wanted to "explore new frontiers?" Well, starting in March, she'll be exploring the studios at Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2). Lazarus will coanchor the 11 a.m. weekday newscast with Sherry Margolis and share the lifestyle and health beat with Deena Centofanti. Lazarus spent a decade at WDIV-TV. Her March startup at WJBK indicates that she was merely waiting out a non-compete clause in her Channel 4 pact... It's 2-by-4 for Lazarus (Thu 1/12)


Let's get a few things straight about how we refer to our freeways. When was the last time you told someone you took the Reuther, instead of calling it I-696, or suggested that the way to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is to take any combination of freeways that lead to the Chrysler (I-75), and then its downtown-bound I-375 spur to West Jefferson? Maybe you're one of the minority who knows offhand that the main road to Metro Airport is a highway partially known as the Detroit Industrial Freeway. Most of us recognize it only as I-94. You get the drift. Our freeways have names and numbers, but they're not always readily interchangeable... Just call most freeways by the numbers (Thu 1/12)


The Breakfast House downtown should be jumpin' this morning when nationally syndicated radio star Steve Harvey does his show from there on WMXD-FM (92.3). And who could blame Harvey and the Clear Channel-owned station brass if they popped some bubbly to celebrate Thursday's release of the Arbitron radio ratings for 2005's final quarter? The R&B classic station surged to a tie for No. 1 overall with ABC-owned WJR-AM. And the station was No. 1 overall with a 6.6 percentage chunk, up 1.9 from last quarter. But more important for today's broadcast, Harvey beat the station's departed syndicated morning show -- Tom Joyner, now on WDMK-FM, 105.9 -- 5.9 to 4.0 among all listeners and 6.7 to 4.5 among listeners in the key age 25-54 demographic... Happy ratings news for Detroit visitor WMXD'S Harvey (Fri 1/13)



Detroit News:

For his first show in the brave new, uncensored frontier of satellite radio, Howard Stern swore a bit and played X-rated voicemails made by a TV announcer, but there were no strippers, only putative lesbians, and he was uncharacteristically subdued for a man finally set free from the censors he so abhors. At the stroke of 6 a.m., the audio heartbeats that subscription-based Sirius Satellite Radio had been playing on its Howard Channel 100 gave way to the majestic sounds of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (aka the "2001: A Space Odyssey" theme). In Stern style, the music was accompanied by the sound of melodic farting. "Join the revolution" and Stern's hotline number, "1-888-(rude word for a body part)" flashed on the blue Sirius radio screen. According to Stern, that cheeky hotline number is yet another insult intended for the FCC, since on terrestrial radio he was repeatedly fined for saying the word... Howard Stern unleashed in satellite radio debut (Tue 1/10)


Lila Lazarus is back. But the TV journalist, known for the health coverage appealing to the 25-52-year-old female demographic broadcast news loves so much, has switched stations. This time around, Lazarus will be bringing her mega-watt smile to Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2), where she will co-anchor the "Live at 11 a.m." morning newscast with Sherry Margolis. She begins the gig in March. Local news fans and gadflies may remember Lazarus waving goodbye after 10 years at WDIV-TV Local 4. She co-anchored the noon news in addition to reporting "Lila's Good Health" features before leaving back in September to pursue "new adventures" in life... Lila Lazarus returns to the air, but on Fox 2 (Thu 1/12)


There's a reason why a growing number of Detroiters are feeling a huge void, and it's not just the loss of music they mourn. In many ways, it's a whole identity. A month ago, the powers-that-be at WDET-FM (101.9) -- and it's not just one person -- abruptly canceled the weekday music shows, firing public radio pillars Judy Adams and Martin Bandyke. The station replaced the eclectic music programming that crossed all genres and decades with nationally syndicated talk and news shows from National Public Radio, oddly enough, duplicating what can be already heard with just a turn of the dial to WUOM-FM (91.7), the public-radio station based in Ann Arbor. The abrupt move has spawned a lawsuit instituted by listeners asking for their pledge-money back, as well as an organized protest group that is staging a second rally at 6 p.m. Friday night across the street from Cobo Center during the 2006 North American International Auto Show charity preview... Change at WDET will injure Detroit's cultural future (Thu 1/12)


Steve Harvey, superstar. The "king of comedy" scored big in the fall morning show ratings, causing Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM (92.3) to rocket up in the morning show rankings (for those age 12 and up) from No. 13 in the summer to No. 3, tied with Dick Purtan and Purtan's People on CBS's oldies WOMC-FM (104.3). The local radio ratings for the fall, Sept. 22--Dec. 14, were released Thursday by Arbitron. CBS's WWJ-AM (950) maintained its solid No. 2 ranking in the morning anchored by Joe Donovan and Roberta Jasina, and WRIF-FM 's (101.1) Drew and Mike are puffing safely on their smoking patio at the top of the morning show heap, improving their 8.2 share in the summer to an 8.7 share in the fall. On the down side, Radio One-owned WDMK-FM (105.9)'s Tom Joyner morning show slipped from ranking No. 5 in the market to No. 8, but that's still markedly better than the station's pre-Joyner ranking of No. 17 a year ago... WMXD moves up in the a.m. with Harvey (Fri 1/13)



Billboard Radio Monitor:

Clear Channel/New Orleans OM Don Gosselin, who joined that cluster in November from Clear Channel/Toledo, Ohio, is heading back north to become PD for the company's AC WNIC Detroit. He replaces Darren Davis, who moved to the Windy City late last year as regional VP of programming for the Chicago Trading Zone and OM for AC WLIT and smooth jazz WNUA. Gosselin previously worked with Davis, who also served as regional VP of programming for the Detroit Trading Zone, when Gosselin was PD for AC WRVF (the River) and heritage rock WIOT in Toledo. The decision to leave New Orleans and the rebuilding effort there was difficult, Gosselin tells Billboard Radio Monitor, but Davis convinced him it was the right move... Clear Channel Vet Named WNIC PD (Tue 1/10)



Radio & Records:

Less than two months after taking over as OM of Clear Channel's New Orleans cluster, Don Gosselin is heading to Detroit to take the role of PD of co-owned AC WNIC. The position has been open since Darren Davis transferred to Clear Channel's Chicago cluster for the role of RVP and WLIT & WNUA/Chicago OM. Gosselin tells R&R, "It's going to be extremely difficult to leave here, especially after such a short period of time working with such a great group of people"... Don Gosselin To Program WNIC/Detroit (Wed 1/11)


Fall radio ratings (12+):

* Detroit

* Toledo

* South Bend



All Access:

WDVD's Blaine & Lisa Pay Tribute To Brad & Angelina: ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI's morning show with BLAINE & LISA came up with a great bit to pay tribute to ANGELINA JOLIE and BRAD PITT on the news that the couple are now expecting a baby. To hear the audio, click here. (Thu 1/12)



Broadcasting & Cable:

Nielsen Media Research launched its new electronic ratings system in Detroit and Dallas-Fort Worth one week ago and the ratings company says early results for its Local People Meter (LPM) system shows increases in TV viewing in both markets. The two are the latest top 10 markets to adopt the new ratings system. Since November, Nielsen has been tracking LPM data alongside the traditional paper diary and set-top meter system. On Jan. 5, the two markets converted exclusively to LPMs. Nielsen increased the sample in Detroit from 410 households to 622 and raised the Dallas-Fort Worth pool from 420 to 612. In both markets, daytime and late fringe showed the biggest gains under LPM measurement... LPMs Boost Ratings in Detroit, Dallas (Thu 1/12)



WDET to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with special programming

Detroit Public Radio will be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the coming weekend (January 14-15) and on Monday, January 16, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Listeners are invited to tune in on Saturday, January 14 for a special edition of Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba (11am - 2pm) that will feature "Carry It On: the life and musical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Matt Watroba will devote the entire program to exploring the music of the Civil Rights movement and the philosophy and teachings of Dr. King. Joining Matt Watroba live in the studio will be folk singer and political activist Charlie King. "Putting this show together put me back in touch with both the power of Dr. King's words and the amazing body of music that grew up around it," Watroba said. "I was moved putting it together and I hope listeners will be moved when they hear it."

WDETOn Sunday, January 15, Robert Jones, host of Deep River (1 - 3pm) will explore the spirituals that wove their way through the Underground Railroad and became staples of the Civil Rights movement as they were adapted and changed. These songs became the glue that held the movement together and the spark that fueled the marches and the meetings. Later that day, WDET music host W. Kim Heron (8 - 10pm), will play music from an English tribute to Dr. King entitled "Let Freedom Ring!" by saxophonist Denys Baptiste featuring narration by the Nigerian writer Ben Okri.

On Monday, January 16, WDET News will broadcast a recording of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech that was recorded in Detroit on June 23, 1963. The legendary speech will air at 8:30am (during Morning Edition) and will run in its entirety (about 30 minutes). "We're proud to be able to honor Dr. King's legacy with special programming," said Allen Mazurek, WDET interim program director. "We should all remain inspired by his work, and the efforts of civil rights leaders both in Detroit and around the world." Listeners can get more details on this and all of WDET's programming at the station's website: wdetfm.org.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 14- 16

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WRIF to presents the 2006 Sabrina Black Benefit

Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has announced The 2006 Sabrina Black Benefit which will take place at the Emerald Ballroom, located in downtown Mount Clemens on Thursday, February 16th 2006. Sabrina, the wife of WRIF weekend jock Steve Black and former news reporter for Sports WDFN-AM 1130, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2000 and has undergone numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments as well as two bone marrow transplants. Despite all the treatments, the cancer has moved and expanded throughout the years. Due to these extensive treatments, Sabrina has also had to deal with heart failure, ammo, low blood pressure and graft versus host disease. The couple continues to remain hopeful, as Sabrina has overcome several seemingly insurmountable obstacles throughout the ordeal.

WRIFHeadlining the event is Flask, featuring Kenny Olsen, a former guitarist for Kid Rock. In addition, the night will feature live music from Dave Edwards & The Look, Brian Schram Band, Ray Street Park, Paper Street Saints and Dirty Americans.

Doors will open at 7pm and admission will be $10 at the door. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, featuring autographed rock memorabilia from Ted Nugent, Disturbed, The Deftones, Three Doors Down and more. In addition, sports memorabilia will be available for auction from the Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers, and the Lions. All proceeds from the night will go to the Sabrina Black Fund.

The Riff's “Big Daddy” Arthur P. will start the night by broadcasting live from Johnny G's restaurant, directly next door to the Emerald Ballroom from 3pm to 7pm. Following Art will be WRIF's night jock, Meltdown, live from the Emerald from 7pm to midnight. Also, The Riff's “Doc of Rock”, Doug Podell will emcee the event.



Detroit Free Press:

Feb. 24 has been set as the date for Dick Purtan's Salvation Army radiothon on WOMC-FM (104.3) to help the organization's Bed & Bread food and shelter program for area needy people. Purtan and his morning show gang will be on the air for 16 hours starting at 6 a.m. from center court at Oakland Mall. The goal: to beat last year's mark of $1,723,088, which appears to be a one-day national fund-raising record for radio. Since 1988, the Purtan radiothon has raised more than $10.5 million for the Bed & Bread program. Expect live performances by local musicians and comedians, and interviews with celebrities, sports figures, politicians, business leaders and metro area children who came up with creative ways to collect money on behalf of their classrooms or schools. Details at www.womc.com... Purtan sets radiothon date (Mon 1/16)



Detroit News:

Howard Stern has now broadcast for a full week on Sirius Satellite Radio, and despite all the media hoopla, the world as we know it spins on in the starry cosmos. It might be a good time for us to point out that in Detroit (and several other markets, such as Minneapolis), Stern was not the king of all media. The fall Arbitron ratings released Thursday showed that in the overall 12 plus age group, even with Stern's show, his Detroit station WKRK-FM (97.1) ranked only No. 15 in the market, with a 2.7 share. He did best in the 18-54 age group, ranking No. 5, but that still lagged behind WRIF-FM's Drew and Mike (No. 1), WKQI-FM's Mojo in the Morning (No. 2), WJLB-FM's Serch in the Morning (No. 3) and WMXD-FM's Steve Harvey show (No. 4). So as the book closes on this first week of Stern unleashed and uncensored, how has life changed as we know it?... Stern gets through his first week on Sirius (Sat 1/14)



All Access:

Clear Channel Ann Arbor Names Three New PD's: CLEAR CHANNEL Country WWWW/ANN ARBOR, MI morning man BRIAN "BUBBA" COWAN adds PD stripes in addition to his current duties. Concurrently, CC ANN ARBOR AAA sister WQKL names BRAD SAVAGE for PD duties. SAVAGE comes to WQKL from CLEAR CHANNEL Alternative WMAD/MADISON, WI where he was also PD. Later in the afternoon, it was announced that Sports WTKA-A PD RYAN MAGUIRE has been named PD of crosshall sister Progressive Talker WLBY-A. MAGUIRE will continue to program WTKA-A.


Tic Tak Gets Kissed ... OK, Just Smooched: A zillion folks reported that former CLEAR CHANNEL WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT night dude TIC TAK & THE FREAK SHOW made a SUNDAY cameo last night (1/15) on sister Top 40 WKSC (KISS 103.5)/CHICAGO, touching off all sorts of rumors. Well, inside sources tell ALL ACCESS it was nothing more than the available MR. TIC TAK sticking his hand up for the available shift.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 17 - 20

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Detroit HD FM Radio gets a big content boost

As part of broadcasters' plan to promote high definition radio, members of the HD Digital Radio Alliance have announced plans for secondary streams on more than 250 of thier stations- several of which have already hit the air, with the rest following in the days ahead. The alliance includes major radio companies Clear Channel, CBS, Greater Media, ABC/Disney, Bonneville, and Emmis.

Here are the announced HD2 streams announced for Detroit stations involved with the alliance:

Clear Channel's WMXD-FM 92.3- Gospel
ABC/Disney's WDRQ-FM 93.1- no plans announced
Greater Media's WCSX-FM 94.7- Deep Trax (Classic Rock)
Clear Channel's WKQI-FM 95.5- New Top 40
ABC/Disney's WDVD-FM 96.3- no plans announced
CBS's WKRK-FM 97.1- News
Clear Channel's WJLB-FM 97.9- Classic Hip Hop
CBS's WVMV-FM 98.7- Traditional Jazz
CBS's WYCD-FM 99.5- Future Country
Clear Channel's WNIC-FM 100.3- AC Ballads and Love Songs
Greater Media's WRIF-FM 101.1- Riff2 (Local Rock/Hip Hop)
Crawford Broadcasting's WMUZ-FM 103.5- Hot Christian AC
CBS's WOMC-FM 104.3- History of Rock & Roll
Greater Media's WMGC-FM 105.1- More Magic (Soft AC days, Classical overnights)
Clear Channel's WDTW-FM 106.7- Live Rock

The stations above will also broadcast thier primary formats on their main HD stream. Greater Media's WCSX, WRIF, and WMGC have been operating and promoting their HD2 streams since late last summer.

The other major FM stations in town, CIMX-FM 88.7, WRCJ-FM 90.9, WUOM-FM 91.7, CIDR-FM 93.9, WDET-FM 101.9, WHTD-FM 102.7, WDMK-FM 105.9, and WGPR-FM 107.5 have not announced plans for secondary streams and several have not launched any secondary digital services. WDMK does offer an HD broadcast of its regular programs. As CIMX and CIDR are based in Canada, they will not be involved, for now at least, in the In Band On Channel (IBOC) digital system that the FCC has approved for US stations.

WMUZ had been simulcasting the programming of religious WRDT-AM 560 on its HD2 channel since it came live in July 2005 and went to All-Christmas music during the past holiday season. WMUZ HD2 is now Hot Christian AC, a spunkier version of what airs on the 'regular' WMUZ. Crawford also plans on bringing WEXL-AM 1340 online with daytime HD programming by early summer 2006.

If you're interesting in hearing all this new programming-- good luck. HD radios have not become popular items in stores quite yet but the HD Radio Alliance hopes that the availability of programming will increase consumer interest and demand for HD sets.



Detroit News:

Get ready -- in the next two to three days there will be an assortment of new channels on your "free" radio airwaves, all part of a push to bring more variety to bored FM listeners. On Wednesday, the HD Digital Radio Alliance revealed which markets would begin broadcasting part of some 264 new "HD2" multicast channels first. Detroit is one market that will receive some of them. Radio's top-12 markets are part of the first wave, in addition to Seattle, Baltimore, Cincinnati and 13 others. "Listeners will now have even more local choices of new and diverse programming," said Peter Ferrara, president and CEO of the HD Digital Radio Alliance. "I think a lot of people are going to want an HD Radio for their car, home and office." Of course, Detroit already has a number of HD2 stations, if you've got a high-definition radio and can hear them... Detroit chosen to ride first wave of HD radio (Thu 1/19)


For more than a year now, radio programmers have been obsessed with the iPod. They've been launching iPod Shuffle-like formats such as "Jack" ("Doug" here in Detroit), some stations give away iPods in promotions, while others decry the popular audio players as death to their industry. That wary attitude may change a bit as Apple announced a revolutionary device at the Macworld conference: an iPod Radio Remote, retailing for $49. The remote allows you to both control your iPod from afar -- if it's in your backpack, say -- but it also lets you listen to your favorite FM radio station... Remote turns iPod into FM radio (Fri 1/20)



Detroit Free Press:

"Four and 26 to go, Chauncey on the sideline, lobs to Rasheed, Rasheed turns and faces, FIRES OFF THE GLASS AND HE HIT IT! COUNT THAT BABY AND A FOUL!" In his 30th NBA season, with more than 2,600 games under his belt as the voice of the Pistons, George Blaha's up-tempo and unique play-by-play calls have thrilled fans since the days a once-struggling franchise sometimes hosted 4,000 diehards at Cobo Arena. "I agree with people who tell me they like George's broadcasts because they're never boring. He can make a preseason contest sound like Game 7 of the NBA Finals," said Joe Abramson, in his 23rd season as Blaha's home game statistician. "He also does it without damaging the integrity of the game, because as George will tell you, he's not the show, the players are." Blaha, 61, was raised in Iowa until moving to Grayling at age 13... 30 seasons of George Blaha (Wed 1/18)


Dick Purtan will be hosting the morning show on CBS Radio-owned oldies station WOMC-FM (104.3) for five more years. At the pact's completion, his Detroit career would pass the 45-year mark. Quipped Purtan: "The people have spoken, but I've decided to sign a new contract anyway." Purtan's longtime attorney, Henry Baskin, confirmed the new deal Thursday morning, but he declined to specify a salary figure. It's generally believed that Purtan set the standard for Detroit radio salaries, with an annual paycheck of about $4 million. However, Purtan's senior career status -- he's in his late 60s -- and radio's economic problems could mean that he may have settled for less. As part of the deal, Baskin said, CBS agreed to make a $50,000 donation to the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. It's named after Purtan's wife, who has survived several treatment regimens since 1997... Dick Purtan signs for 5 more years on WOMC (Fri 1/20)



FSN Detroit to present “Homecoming Week” Jan. 22-28

FSNIn the days before Super Bowl hoopla in the Motor City kicks into full gear, FSN Detroit presents its own week of big events as the region's wintertime teams combine for eight games in seven days from Jan. 22-28, all in front of hometown fans. Dubbed “Homecoming Week”, it includes three Pistons games, three Red Wings games and a CCHA doubleheader.

Here's the day-by-day lineup for “Homecoming Week” on FSN Detroit:

* Sun Jan 22, Pistons vs. Houston Rockets – 5:30 PM
* Mon Jan 23, Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators – 7:00 PM
* Tue Jan 24, Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators – 7:00 PM
* Wed Jan 25, Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 7:00 PM
* Thu Jan 26, Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks – 7:00 PM
* Fri Jan 27, Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies – 7:30 PM
* Sat Jan 28, CCHA: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan – 4:30 PM
* Sat Jan 28, CCHA: Michigan vs. Michigan State @ JLA Detroit– 7:30 PM



Radio and Records:

United Stations Radio Networks inks a multiyear pact with Mort Crim Communications to provide sales, affiliate relations and distribution for Crim's daily short-form programs, "News You Care About," "Second Thoughts" and "American Spirit." Crim, a 35-year veteran broadcaster, is the voice of all three products, which currently air on more than 700 affiliates nationwide. USRN Signs New Deal With Mort Crim Communications (Thu 1/19)



All Access

WDVD's Blaine & Lisa Interview Rod Marinelli: ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI's morning show with BLAINE & LISA interviewed new LIONS coach ROD MARINELLI this morning and talked about everything from what part of town they plan to live in, to the teams plans for Quarterback JOEY HARRINGTON. MARINELLI told the morning show, "...I want to have a chance to sit down and visit with him. I want to get the Offensive Coordinator in place. That's the thing I like to start with first..."


Dispute Arrises Over Three Mort Crim Programs: Just a day after USRN announced a deal whereby they entered into a long-term marketing agreement with MORT CRIM COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (see NET NEWS 1/19), CRIM's previous distributor, LIFESTYLE TALKRADIO NETWORK, is notifying all CRIM affilates that LIFESTYLE will continue to produce the CRIM-related "SECOND THOUGHTS," "AMERICAN SPIRIT," and "NEWS YOU CARE ABOUT" features with regular CRIM fill-in host, DAVID WEISS, stepping up as full-time host/head writer. For their part, CRIM and USRN are planning produce three new shows to replace "SECOND THOUGHTS," "AMERICAN SPIRIT," and "NEW YOU CARE ABOUT" (the new shows will be called "MORT CRIM--ONE MOMENT PLEASE," "MORT CRIM--STORIES FROM THE USA," and "MORT CRIM--NEWS YOU'LL TALK ABOUT," respectively). Both sides maintain that they own the rights to the three disputed shows, and both sides are vowing legal action in the wake of the dispute.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 21 - 23

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JJ & Lynne Host 28 Hour Radiothon January 26th & 27th

WCSXThis Thursday, January 26th at 6am until Friday, January 27th, at 10am, 94.7 WCSX's Classic Rock Morning Show hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison (JJ & Lynne) will take over the station's airwaves for the 15th Annual WCSX Radiothon. For 28 consecutive hours, JJ & Lynne will broadcast live from the center court at Oakland Mall in Troy to raise money and awareness for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF). This long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2,500,000 for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Listeners will have a chance to bid on a large array of items during the on-air auction and onsite at a special silent auction including:
* Lunch with Chris Chelios
* OverEasy backyard concert and broadcast with JB Davies and The Milroys
* Tickets to the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Party
* Tickets to the Playboy Super Bowl Party
…and much more!

CLF of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The WCSX Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation.



New Podcast Focuses On Local Talent

overeasyCombining a unique blend of acoustic Classic Rock and releases from emerging area musicians, 94.7 WCSX's OverEasy has been a Motor City weekend radio staple for over 15 years. Continuing the commitment to local music, 94.7 WCSX will now present The OverEasy Podcasts, 30 minute “music shows” focusing on the many talented independent musicians living and working in and around Michigan whose music captures the spirit of the OverEasy program. OverEasy Podcasts will be free for music fans to download via the WCSX web site at www.wcsx.com. Right now, WCSX is accepting submissions of music by independent artists who own their material. Complete details on the submission requirements can be found online at www.wcsx.com/overeasy.

The 94.7 WCSX OverEasy Podcasts will be posted and available for download approximately twice a month. Artists who have been selected for inclusion will be notified via email.



Glenn Haege to give away exotic vacations during the Ultimate Home Show

Home improvement guru Glenn Haege has announced another great reason for homeowners to visit The Ultimate Home Show at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in February, free trips to exotic Mazatlan, Mexito during the “Great Escape Giveaway” promotion. America's Master Handyman continues his tradition of hosting quality intimate home shows at no cost to area homeowners where they can visit with home improvement experts as they discuss hundreds of money-saving products and services.

Both parking and admission for The Ultimate Home Show are free. Show times will be:

• Friday, February 10th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Sunday, February 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

HaegeThis annual show attracts Glenn Haege fans from all over Michigan and northeast Ohio who come to visit Glenn, listen to his live nationwide broadcast and to get FREE expert advice from him and the show's exhibitors. Over 50 exhibitors will be on site to answer home improvement questions, ranging from cabinets, to heating and cooling, to roofing and it is all free. For more information about the show visit www.wdfn.com or call (248) 324-2017.


Show Special Events – February 10 - 12, 2006:

* Glenn Haege Live! – Glenn will be broadcasting from the show live on WDFN 1130-AM from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Saturday and Sunday.

* “Great Escape Giveaway” – Show attendees can win an exotic seven-day trip to Mazatlan, Mexico plus other fabulous prizes such as gift certificates for Lucido Fine Jewelry. Entry forms are available in the January/February issue of Spree Magazine, the February issue of Save-On Everything and advertisements in the Detroit News and Oakland Press. Drawings will be held at The Ultimate Home Show on Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th at 2:00 p.m. both days. All Entry Forms must be placed in the drawing bin by 1:55 p.m. on both days. Visit www.wdfn.com for complete details and rules.

* Free Antique Appraisals - Knightsbridge Antique Mall will offer free appraisals for all attendees on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

* Free Scrap booking Demonstrations – The Scrapbook Zone from Farmington Hills will offer free scrap booking demonstrations for all attendees on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Free Prizes – Show attendees can also participate in enter-to-win contests during the entire show at WDFN's Promotions Booth located inside the exhibit area. Exhibitors and sponsors are donating free prizes all weekend long.



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit music scene-ster and former WDET-FM (101.9) personality Martin Bandyke will be back on the radio hereabouts regularly and soon, the Free Press has learned. What station? Expect word next week and a show launch the week after... Bandyke plans airwaves return (Sat 1/21)


If you have cable TV, like two-thirds of the country, you likely get a bundle of 50 or more stations, of which, research shows, a typical household will watch only 17 with any regularity. So why do you have to pay for the rest? Congress, with apparently nothing more important to do after screwing up Medicare and yelling at baseball players for using steroids, is looking into this. Don't be surprised if, like so many things in which Washington meddles, cable ends up costing you more for less as a result... Channel Changers (Sun 1/22)



All Access:

Ex-WDET's Martin Bandyke Joins WQKL For Mornings: CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL/ANN ARBOR hires MARTIN BANDYKE for mornings, effective JANUARY 30th. BANDYKE spent 22 years at Noncomm AAA WDET/DETROIT, which recently flipped to News/Talk. WQKL GM BOB BOLAK said, "We started to talk with MARTIN several years ago when he was at WDET. MARTIN has a reputation in this region, and in the music industry, as a foremost music expert. A key attribute to the Adult Alternative radio format are hosts that are musicologists and can share new music and new artists with our listeners. When MARTIN became available several weeks ago, we moved as swiftly as possible to get him back on the airwaves." (Mon 1/23)


Dom Gets CC RVPP Stripes: ALL ACCESS hears that CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT OM and Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT PD DOM THEODORE has been promoted to Regional VP/Programming. He will retain his CC/DETROIT OM and WKQI PD duties. (Mon 1/23)



Radio Ink:

Following up on Friday's United Stations/Mort Crim story, we heard separately from Crim and Lifestyle TalkRadio EVP Jeff Weber. Weber wrote: "Our company owns the features names 'Second Thoughts,' 'American Spirit' and 'News You Care About.' We have every intention of maintaining these segments and in fact continue to syndicate them across the country. Veteran radio personality David Weiss, Mort's permanent substitute host, will now voice the features ... From Mort Crim to his affiliates: "You have been loyal to me and my programming over the years, and I trust you'll want to air my new programs. "I recently exercised my option to terminate my relationship with LifeStyle TalkRadio Network. In response, LifeStyle stopped distributing my programs and started offering cloned versions in which I had no involvement. "You were then threatened by the Lifestyle TalkRadio Network that your station could be
in a “potentially dangerous legal position” by airing my new features. THIS IS NOT THE CASE and here's why... It's Crim Vs. Weber In "Title Match" (Mon 1/23)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 24 - 27

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Mix 92.3 to give away Super Bowl tickets tomorrow

Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 has teamed up with Sam's Club have and the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration to give away a pair of Super Bowl XL game tickets to a lucky listener, compliments of Sam's Club. Tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th, from 12 noon to 3pm, Mix 92.3 will broadcast live from the Sam's Club at 31720 Gratiot Avenue in Roseville to give one lucky person two tickets to the Super Bowl on February 5th. The winner will walk away with a pair of tickets by the end of the broadcast. In making sure everyone can take part in the festivities, Sam's Club will provide complimentary guest passes for admittance into the store so the general public can participate along with Sam's Club members. In addition to the Super Bowl game tickets, patrons will have an opportunity to meet Detroit Lions defensive end Cory Redding and wide receiver, Eddie Drummond. Plus top Detroit gospel artists, The Triumph Choir - Chris Jones & High Praise, will perform spiritual and uplifting songs throughout the broadcast.


WMXDMix 92.3's morning show, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, will return to Detroit from Monday, January 30th, 2006 through Wednesday, February 1, 2006. Steve Harvey and his morning show co-hosts, Jacque Reid of BET News, and comedian Nephew Tommy received a “red-carpet” welcome in Detroit over a week ago. They are coming back to help kick off Super Bowl week in Detroit. The Steve Harvey Morning Show will broadcast live from WMXD's studios in downtown Detroit on Monday and Wednesday from 6a-10a.m. On Tuesday, the general public can join them as they broadcast live from Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Café, 400 Monroe Street in Detroit from 6a-10am.

Kicking off “big game” week, Detroiters can party with Harvey at the “Big Time, Big Game All Star Bash,” on Tuesday, January 31st at the International Marketplace Ballroom located inside the Atheneum Suites Hotel – 1000 Brush Avenue in Greektown Detroit, Michigan, from 9p-2am. The party will include an all-star fashion show featuring fashions from the best of Steve Harvey's clothing line, with Steve Harvey himself emceeing. Tickets range from $150-$200 and include an open bar, complimentary food and free valet parking. For ticket information, visit www.davisevents.com or www.mix923fm.com.



Ann Arbor News:

Motown's loss is Ann Arbor's gain. Martin Bandyke, for 22 years a fixture at public radio station WDET in Detroit, will take over the 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Friday slot at Ann Arbor station WQKL (107.1 FM) beginning Monday. Listeners can expect music in keeping with the station's "adult album alternative'' format, as well as background information about the music and artists being played. "Martin has a reputation in this region, and in the music industry, as a foremost music expert," said station General Manager Bob Bolak "A key attribute to the ... format are hosts that are musicologists and can share new music and new artists with our listeners." Bandyke graduated from the University of Michigan in 1976 with a bachelor of arts degree in radio, television and film. Raised in Dearborn and currently living in Harper Woods, Bandyke said he plans to move to Washtenaw County soon. "I can't wait to get started," Bandyke said about his upcoming gig... Bandyke to DJ at local station (Tue 1/24)



Detroit Free Press:

There you go. As reported here Saturday, 22-year WDET-FM (101.9) music host Martin Bandyke has new work. Starting Monday, Bandyke will join Ann Arbor's Clear Channel-owned WQKL-FM (107.1) as host of its Monday-Friday 6-10 a.m. morning show. The station's music mix is close to the artists he played on WDET: KT Tunstall, Death Cab for Cutie and Madeleine Peyroux with mainstream artists like Dave Matthews, U2 and Coldplay. WDET dropped Bandyke's and Judy Adams' weekday shows in December for news and information. It restored weekend music shows aimed at specific genres... Eclectic beat goes on (Tue 1/24)


Bye-bye, UPN and WB. Hello, CW. The broadcast television industry was hit with a major consolidation Tuesday when CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced their intent to form a new network, called the CW. It is expected to be launched in the fall. CW will be made up in part of current programming on UPN (which is controlled by CBS) and Warner's WB network. UPN and WB have relatively low ratings but do well with niche audiences. The CW's most likely strategy? Becoming a single point for reaching younger eyes with hipper programming and providing stronger, more unified competition for old guard CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox. The CW will offer its best programming from 8-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7-10 p.m. Sundays. Also part of the deal is a 5-hour Saturday morning animation block aimed at kids. What about Detroit? The CW signed 10-year affiliation agreements with CBS's owned-and-operated UPN affiliates including Detroit's WKBD-TV (Channel 50). Left without any network affiliation after September will be WDWB-TV (Channel 20), which is in the process of being sold by Granite Broadcasting to AM Media Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Washington-based ACON Investments LLC, a privately held investing firm. Channel 20 is the primary broadcast TV carrier of the Detroit Pistons... Secondary TV networks to merge (Wed 1/25)


Shaken up: Radio One's WCHB-AM (1200) talk lineup. Mildred Gaddis remains at 6-10 a.m. weekdays, but the station will add national talkers Michael Eric Dyson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and "Two Live Stews" to fill 10 a.m. -7 p.m... Names and Faces (Thu 1/26)



Detroit News:

The WB and UPN, which have for years been floundering in fifth and sixth place, will shut down and become one network come fall, the companies announced Tuesday. The new network will be called the CW, in honor of CBS Corp., which owns UPN, and Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., which owns most of the WB network. The WB is 11 years old, and UPN is 10. It will be a 50-50 partnership between Warner Bros. and CBS. Locally, the soon-to-be-former WDWB Channel 20, a k a WB 20, will have no network affiliation; the CW network will be carried on WKBD-TV Channel 50, the soon-to-be former UPN 50. "We don't know what the new lineup will be, but viewers can expect that the best shows from both networks will be on the CW," said Shaun McDonald, vice president and general manager at WKBD and WWJ-TV, the local CBS affiliate... WB, UPN plan to merge networks for fall as the CW (Wed 1/25)


There's finally a confirmed date for the change in WCHB-AM's (1200) daytime programming that Radio One has been signaling since last year. Starting Monday, the Radio One-owned station will begin airing daytime content from the new African-American-centered talk network that Radio One developed in conjunction with Tom Joyner's Reach Media. Mildred Gaddis will still broadcast "Inside Detroit" from 6 to 10 a.m. daily on 'CHB, but "Up Front with Karen Dumas," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; "Your Voice with Angelo Henderson," from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Ellis Liddell's personal finance program, from 6 to 7 p.m., will be taken off the daytime schedule to make way for the talk network... New lineup for Radio One's WCHB starts Monday (Wed 1/25)


The Super Bowl is always held at a neutral site, but ABC/ESPN uberhost Mike Tirico considers himself to have home-field advantage. Tirico, who lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two kids, is noticeably excited to play a significant role in ABC's Super Bowl coverage. He will broadcast from a set located on the turf at Ford Field, working in ABC's 3 1/2 hours of pregame show. Tirico also hopes to have a role in the postgame, perhaps handing the gleaming trophy to the winner ... The 2005 fall radio ratings book recently came out, and it revealed the competition between the sports-talk radio stations might be on for real. WXYT 1270 claimed victory, for the first time, by beating WDFN 1130. WXYT had an average rating of 3.4 to WDFN's 3.1 in the key male 25-54 demographic. In the sports-talk world, men 25-54 are the target, for advertisers and programming. WDFN led the 2005 summer book with a 5.63 average to WXYT's 2.06. Rich Homberg, WXYT's general manager, was more than happy to claim victory. "I think it's our genius talent, extraordinary programming and decent management," Homberg said, only semi-joking... Tirico's message: Quit whining, Detroit is super (Thu 1/26)


How much Super Bowl madness can one city take? Downtown Detroit will be awash in air personalities who usually beam their shows from the suburb. Channel 95.5 (WKQI-FM, 95.5) will be broadcasting next week from three parties; Thursday's Pepsi Smash at the State Theatre with Kanye West ; Friday's P. Diddy Cashmere Party at the Elysium Lounge downtown; and Saturday at the Shady Records aftermath concert at the State Theatre, with Eminem. The station's Mojo in the Morning also has a "Celebrity Challenge" contest going: Listeners try to get a celebrity to call in to the show and ask for tickets on their behalf ... Elsewhere on the dial, WOMC-FM (104.3)'s Dick Purtan and Purtan's People will leave their usual Ferndale home to broadcast live Monday through Friday of Super Bowl week from 5 to 10 a.m. from an atrium in the Renaissance Center. Tom Ryan will also be ensconced at the RenCen for his 3-7 p.m. show all week. WRIF-FM's (101.1) Doug Podell and Arthur Penhallow will temporarily vacate Greater Media's mediaplex in leafy Ferndale to broadcast from Detroit's Hockeytown Café from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Both WRIF and sister station WCSX-FM (94.7) will also be broadcasting live from downtown's Winter Blast next Thursday through Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning as well before the big game. Game? What game... Super Bowl XL hype strikes the radio dial (Thu 1/26)



All Access:

Bigtime "Big Game" Mojo At WKQI/Detroit
With the Super Bo.. er, "Big Game" coming to DETROIT next weekend, the MOJO IN THE MORNING SHOW at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5) is plugged in to the many festivities surrounding the event. MOJO IN THE MORNING team member SPIKE checks in with ALL ACCESS to run down his very busy week! "We're broadcasting from three parties: KANYE WEST and NICKELBACK on THURSDAY, P. DIDDY on FRIDAY and EMINEM on SATURDAY," said SPIKE. "(Co-host) KYRA and I will represent the morning show at additional parties throughout the week. We are bowling in the PISTONS charity event and we are celebrity bartenders at the UNITED WAY charity event. We are the only morning show currently giving away game tickets, and more than one pair! We are planning a cool event that will pit national celebs vs. local celebs at a secret location, and we have been invited down to be on the JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW next THURSDAY!" MOJO will also be hosting vignettes to run on LOCAL 4 TV over the next two weeks. Lots of celebrity visits are being planned for the show, and of course, some very sneaky, evil game-related Street Scams and Phone Scams will undoubtedly happen!



WJR to offer live broadcasts this weekend from the Novi Home Improvement Show this weekend

Saturday, January 28, 2006: Noon-2PM, Home Improvement
Sunday, January 29, 2006: 9AM-Noon, The Real Estate Insiders and from Noon-3PM, Home Improvement



WDET programming highlights

Ed Gordon, Emmy-award winning journalist and host of NPR's "News & Notes with Ed Gordon" will be broadcasting his daily national program from WDET's midtown Detroit studios January 30 - February 1. Gordon, a Detroit native, discusses political issues and has conversations with newsmakers, world leaders and celebrities. WDET - Detroit Public Radio is pleased to be hosting one of NPR's finest programs. News & Notes with Ed Gordon airs weekdays from 10am to 11am.


Swimming in the same indie-pop pool as Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy and Nick Drake, Jacksonville native Ashton Allen is making a big splash with his rainy-day songs. Allen is on a promotional tour promoting his debut album "Dewdrops" and stops by the Liz Copeland Program to perform in WDET's Studio A. This performance will air Wednesday night/Thursday morning Feb. 2. Alternate Take with Liz Copeland airs weeknights from midnight to 5am on WDET.


WDETLow stops by the WDET studios for a session with WDET music host Jon Moshier, airing Saturday evening February 4th in the 10pm hour. Consisting of the husband / wife team of drummer Mimi Parker and singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk along with bassist Zak Sally, Low is considered a so-called "slowcore" band known for it's delicate, slow, moody tunes. Low is in concert along with His Name Is Alive at the Magic Stick on Monday, January 30th. In Sound with Jon Moshier airs Saturday evenings from 9pm to midnight.


Jazz concert pianist, composer, performer & recording artist James Tatum performs live on Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program on Thursday, February 2nd in the 7pm hour. James Tatum is one of the jazz world's most distinguished stars but is also recognized for his involvement and dedication in jazz education. Tatum has been involved with music education and jazz education in the Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University and in the Detroit Public School System for the past 32 years. Tatum brings his latest project, The James Tatum Trio Plus to WDET and Studio A for a live performance on the Ed Love program featuring James Tatum on piano, Deblon Jackson on flute, Greg Cook on string bass and James Wendell Robinson on drums. Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program airs weeknights from 7pm to midnight.

Visit www.wdetfm.org for more info.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 28 - 30

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WCSX Radiothon helps raise over $210,000

WCSX94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Morning Show hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison (JJ & Lynne) wrapped up their 28 Hour Radiothon on Friday the 27th of January with the announcement that over $210,000 had been raised to benefit The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2.7 million for the CLF of Michigan.

Now, they turn their attention to the selection of the fourth JJ & Lynne's Stone Soup Project vehicle. You can help choose the car or truck that willbe restored and modified (“restified”) by visiting www.wcsx.com and voting on JJ & Lynne's Stone Soup page. The vehicle will then be raffled off with the proceeds also going to Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The WCSX Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation.



99.5 WYCD Hosts “Clint Black Tie Affair” For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

WYCDDetroit's Country station, 99.5 WYCD and Al Long Ford in Warren are teaming together for a fundraising event with Country Superstar Clint Black at the Melting Pot Restaurant in Troy, MI on Thursday, February 9th. The event, dubbed the “Clint Black Tie Affair” will be raising monies to help fight childhood cancer with the ALSAC St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's foremost cancer research hospitals. Detroit native and worldwide entertainer Danny Thomas founded the hospital with the theme, “No child should die in the dawn of life”. “Each year Detroit's 99.5 WYCD raises funds for the hospital, and this year we've added a new exciting and fun event to help the kids”, said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “Clint Black is a huge artist in our format and he's been very generous to devote an evening to helping these kids”, added WYCD Morning Host Doctor Don Carpenter. “The staff and management of the Melting Pot in Troy have been wonderful supporters of the children of St. Jude and are absolutely great to allow us to have this event at their world famous restaurant.”

Tickets for the Clint Black Tie Affair can be purchased for $100 per plate through WYCD, from 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays at 26555 Evergreen, Suite 675, Southfield, MI 48076. A limited number of tickets can also be won by stopping by Al Long Ford, at 13711 E. 8 Mile Rd. in Warren. “The staff at Al Long Ford have been tremendously supportive of our fundraising efforts”, said WYCD PD Tim Roberts. The Melting Pot restaurant in Troy is renowned for their fondue style dinners, located at 888 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 119.



Detroit Free Press:

Two years ago, Jimmy Kimmel and Detroit went through a rough patch. It was more of a spend-the-night-on-the-couch thing than a bitter divorce. And Kimmel did what a guy in the doghouse is supposed to do. He apologized once, then twice, for joking during a 2004 NBA Finals game half-time segment that the city would be burned down if the Pistons won. Now he's going the extra step and bringing us candy and flowers, so to speak. Starting Tuesday, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is doing a week of broadcasts from the downtown Gem Theatre, including a special Super Bowl Sunday show that's part of ABC's post-game lineup. The shows will be taped around 7 p.m. and feature guests like Jessica Alba and the region's own Kid Rock. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) plans to air them at 11:35 p.m., a half-hour earlier than usual, to give more local residents a chance to watch... Jimmy Kimmel ♥ Detroit (Sun 1/29)



Detroit News:

National and local broadcasters will be covering the Big Game from every angle at various Detroit venues. All locations are open to the public, with the exception of Ford Field and Centaur. Here's where many of the broadcasters will be: ABC Sports will be headquartered all week at Ford Field, 2000 Brush St. ESPN will be stationed at three locations for various broadcasts and events all week. One stop is the upscale lounge Centaur, 2233 Park Ave., where ESPN the Magazine has its private all-access venue with eight floors of VIP treatment. At the Town Pump Tavern, 100 W. Montcalm St., which is kitty-corner to Centaur, there will be athlete appearances and gaming competitions and the venue is open to the public. Meanwhile, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News and ESPN's "Cold Pizza" will broadcast from the GM Wintergarden, 400 Renaissance Center... TV coverage blankets Detroit for Super Bowl week (Sun 1/29)


If you can't be at Ford Field for the Super Bowl, radio's got you covered. The game itself will be broadcast in Metro Detroit, starting with the pregame show at 6 p.m. on CBS's WXYT-AM (1270). It will also be heard on 575 stations nationally via the Westwood One / CBS Radio network. Some 120 countries will be able to tune in, as well as U.S. ships at sea (through the American Forces Radio and Television Service). The pay service Sirius Satellite Radio's NFL Radio, channel 124, will broadcast live from Detroit all week in the Renaissance Center's Radio Row. The channel also will be streamed live, free, on the NFL's official game site, www.superbowl.com. Meanwhile, Detroit native Ed Gordon, host of NPR's "News & Notes with Ed Gordon," will broadcast his show from 10-11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday from the studios of WDET-FM (101.9)... Radio dial will be spinning with sound of Super Bowl (Sun 1/29)


Bob Woodruff has always been a fighter. Whether it was on the soccer field or in the courtroom, he always knew how to get the job done. Friends and colleagues hope that fighting spirit will help the ABC co-anchor battle back from serious head injuries he suffered early Sunday after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle while he was covering the war in Iraq... Metro Detroit rallies around ABC's Woodruff (Mon 1/30)



Oakland Press:

Dedicated, brilliant, compassionate and devoted. The words used by close friends and people in the journalism business to describe ABC "World News Tonight" coanchor Bob Woodruff, a Bloomfield Township native, give a reflection of his work ethic in Iraq, where he was critically injured Sunday morning in the line of duty. Woodruff, a 1979 Cranbrook Schools graduate, suffered head injuries and broken bones when the Iraqi army vehicle he was traveling in was hit by an explosive device... Anchor hurt in Iraq is Oakland native (Mon 1/30)

 

WKRK-FM to add 'Real Money' middays

WKRKJim Cramer, host of CNBC's “Mad Money” and markets commentator for TheStreet.com, will bring his one-hour radio show, Jim Cramer's Real Money, to eight CBS Radio stations across the country, including WKRK-FM 97.1 Detroit, beginning February 13th. The one-hour weekday program will be broadcast live from 1-2 PM Eastern- right in the middle of the 11 AM - 3 PM timeslot currenly occupied by Jay Towers and Michelle McKormick (Motor City Middays) on WKRK.

CBS Radio Chairman and CEO Joel Hollander announced that Cramer's program will also debut on WFNY-FM (New York), KNX-AM (Los Angeles), WCKG-FM (Chicago), KIKK-AM (Houston), WHFS-FM (Baltimore), KDKA-AM (Pittsburgh), and KCMD-AM (Portland). The consumer-based show will focus on how to save and invest wisely in the market, as well as examine companies large and small to assess their investment potential. Listeners will be able to interact with Cramer on-air throughout the program. David Hall, Vice President of Programming of CBS Radio's KNX-AM and KFWB-AM in Los Angeles, will serve as Executive Producer. Hall previously served as the Executive Producer of Cramer's nationally syndicated radio show when it first debuted. Additionally, Westwood One will exclusively distribute the program to all non-CBS Radio stations nationwide.

“Jim Cramer is one of if not ‘the' most entertaining financial expert in the business,” said Hollander. “His is a personality that combines wit, wisdom and unreserved enthusiasm. Couple that with some of the best advice ever heard on the radio and we have what will no doubt be one of the most talked about shows on the dial.”

“We have brought dozens of high profile on-air talent to CBS Radio in the past several months consistently enhancing the lineups on our talk and music stations,” said Rob Barnett, President of Programming, CBS Radio. “It's an honor to have him join our already outstanding roster.”

Added Cramer, “I look forward to working with CBS Radio and welcome the opportunity to do a live show during market hours where I can give my perspective on the market as it unfolds.



Detroit News:

The steady murmur coming from the bowels of the Renaissance Center on Monday could mean just one thing: The media has arrived. Thousands of reporters from around the nation are descending upon Detroit to cover the Super Bowl. Ground zero was the bottom of the Wintergarden atrium, where dozens of radio and television stations began a week's worth of broadcasts Monday. In a few days, the atrium promises to turn into a wall of sound with a smash-mouth melody as sports talk shows wrestle with each other and callers over minutia surrounding the game. The circus atmosphere will get a boost during Media Day today as players from both teams are asked the same questions dozens of times by a horde of reporters who, last year, included a puppet, B-list celebrities and a man dressed as the Joker... Sports' greatest gabfest fills RenCen air (Tue 1/31)


In between the commercials, ABC is airing a football game Sunday evening. And while the Steelers and Seahawks have just two weeks to prepare for Super Bowl XL, crews from ABC Sports have spent nearly a year planning every aspect of the country's most elaborate, splashy annual television event. "This is America's biggest show, and the whole world watches," said Fred Gaudelli, producer of ABC's Super Bowl broadcast. "You're starting with the largest audience imaginable." So ABC has assembled one of the largest remote broadcast operations imaginable to pull it off. The network has brought more than 400 people to Detroit for the Super Bowl, compared to about 120 for a regular-season "Monday Night Football" game... ABC assembles army of techies to broadcast Big Game (Tue 1/31)


The parent company of sports radio station WDFN-AM (1130) has settled a federal age discrimination lawsuit brought by a 48-year-old applicant who was passed over in favor of a younger, less-experienced producer. Clear Channel Broadcasting settled the suit for an undisclosed sum -- and U.S. District Judge Gerald E. Rosen agreed to dismiss the suit Jan. 18, court records show. "The parties have resolved their dispute. It's not going to change anything about the station's operations," Maurice Jenkins, a Detroit lawyer for the company, said Friday... WDFN parent company settles with rejected applicant (Wed 2/1)



Detroit Free Press:

The Wild Man of Wall Street Radio, Jim Cramer, is crossing the border and going live starting Feb. 13. Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1, Live Talk) will air his raucous, from-the-lip and from-the-hip Wall Street show "Real Money" live from 1-2 p.m. weekdays... WKRK gets Cramer (Wed 2/1)


ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Show” officials were in meetings with Comcast and ABC corporate interests Wednesday afternoon trying to figure out a way to avoid an audience snafu that marred the show's Detroit debut Tuesday night. Possible options? A nearby auxiliary viewing facility. Prize handouts for those who can't get in. A chance to meet with Kimmel and other guests outside the actual broadcast setting. Even a second nightly performance — expensive due to broadcast union requirements... 'Kimmel' ratings soar; ticket crisis looms tonight (Wed 2/1)



Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

Chris Visser was here two decades ago when this bit of zaniness started. He watched it grow. He and a handful of other visionaries cupped their hands around it and nurtured its spark to a flame... Want Super Bowl frenzy? Try Radio Row (Tue 1/31)



Radio and Records:

Former WKQI/Detroit night guy Tic Tak and his Freak Show land in afternoons at WKSC/Chicago. No lives were lost, as the airstaff compresses their shifts to accommodate his arrival. (Tue 1/31)



All Access:

CC/Detroit's Dave Pugh Transitions to D.C. as RVP: ALL ACCESS has learned the CLEAR CHANNEL RVP/MICHIGAN DAVE PUGH is headed to CLEAR CHANNEL/D.C. as RVP/WASHINGTON Region. Look for an official announcement, soon. No word on his replacement, yet.



Zonjic honored with two nominations, named host Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards

CSJWVMV-FM 98.7 morning host and jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic has been nominated for two Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and will reprise his role as host of the second annual competition to be held April 7 in Mississauga, Ontario at the Living Arts Centre near Toronto. Zonjic's nominations are for Best Wind Instrumentalist and for Broadcaster of the Year. Winners will be determined through on-line voting and by a panel of industry professionals. To vote, fans should visit www.canadiansmoothjazzawards.com. Voting is now open to an international audience.

Zonjic was raised and still lives in Windsor, Ontario. He performs in 100 concerts a year, is creative director for five summer music festivals and is part owner of the jazz supper club Seldom Blues. “It was a pleasure kicking off last year's inaugural ceremony and I am excited to be asked back to host this year's event,” said Zonjic.



Flint Journal:

While most of the world's media is hunkered down for Super Bowl XL at the media center in the General Motors Renaissance Center and Ford Field, Flint's WJRT (Channel 12) is holed up nearby at the Hotel Pontchartrain. The station, which is owned and operated by the network broadcasting Sunday's game, has been broadcasting its 4, 5, 6... Local TV and radio broadcasting from Detroit (Fri 2/3)



Bender named Market Manager of the Year at Radio Wayne Awards

Greater Media, Inc. has announced Senior Vice President/Regional General Manager Tom Bender has been named “Market Manager of the Year” at the 2006 Radio Wayne Awards. The honor was announced during a special breakfast hosted by the Radio Advertising Bureau at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Dallas, Texas on Friday, February 3rd, 2006. “We are very proud of Tom's outstanding accomplishments. His passion, dedication, leadership and vision have made Greater Media's Detroit-based operation the outstanding organization it is today,” said Peter Smyth, President and CEO of Greater Media, Inc.

Bender joined Greater Media in November 1986. He was promoted to the position of Vice President in 1988 and Senior Vice President in 1994.
“It is truly a privilege to be chosen to receive this special award. I would like to thank Peter Smyth, John Bordes and the entire Greater Media Detroit family for giving me the opportunity to receive this special honor,” said Bender.

The Awards were founded in 1992 by Radio Ink Magazine to recognize those outstanding salespeople, managers, and broadcasters who personify the best in Radio. The awards were named in honor of the late “Radio” Wayne Cornils who served as the Executive Vice President of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the Senior VP/Radio at the National Association of Broadcasters. Cornils spent his entire career promoting the radio industry's inherent values to broadcasters, advertisers, and listeners.

Greater Media, Incorporated is the parent company of 19 AM and FM radio stations located in the Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey markets. In addition, it owns a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; as well as several telecommunications towers throughout the United States.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 4 - 6

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Citadel and Disney finalize radio deal

Transaction results in sale of Detroit stations News-Talk WJR-AM 760, Adult Hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, and Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3. The Detroit Radio Disney station, WFDF-AM 910, will continue under the ownership of Disney.


* In a $2.7 billion deal announced today, 22 ABC Radio stations and the ABC Radio Networks will be combined with Citadel Broadcasting to create a group that will own 243 radio stations in over 50 markets. The newly combined company, to be named Citadel Communications, will be led by current Citadel CEO Farid Suleman. Through a 10-year licensing agreement, Citadel will deliver ABC News radio programming, but ABC parent Disney will continue to distribute ABC News content in other formats such as broadband, wireless and satellite. ESPN Radio and Radio Disney are not included in the deal. Citadel, ABC announce merger (Mon 2/6)


* Citadel Purchases Most Of ABC/Disney's Radio Assets: The WALT DISNEY CO. and CITADEL BROADCASTING have approved a definitive agreement to combine ABC RADIO -- which includes 22 radio stations and the ABC RADIO NETWORKS -- with CITADEL BROADCASTING. The newly-combined company, to be named CITADEL COMMUNICATIONS, will be the third largest radio group in the U.S. "Our ABC RADIO business represents a premier set of assets that have been exceptionally well-managed. ABC RADIO and CITADEL are a strong strategic fit that will create one of the country's largest radio station groups," said DISNEY CO. Pres. and CEO ROBERT IGER. "With this merger we have a unique opportunity to offer DISNEY shareholders ownership in a new radio leader that will be well positioned for long-term success."

CITADEL CEO FARID SULEMAN will be CEO and lead the management team of the new company. "By joining forces to form CITADEL COMMUNICATIONS, our new company can continue to deliver on CITADEL's impressive record of success as well as pursue many exciting growth initiatives in the future," said SULEMAN. "We look forward to welcoming our talented new colleagues at ABC RADIO who have a long history of strong market performance, and are eager to work together to integrate ABC's top-notch assets into our new strategically enhanced radio group."

As mentioned, the merger includes the ABC RADIO NETWORKS, which create and distribute programming to more than 4,000 affiliates. The programming includes syndicated radio programs such as PAUL HARVEY NEWS AND COMMENT, THE SEAN HANNITY SHOW, and THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW, as well as 24/7 music formats. Additionally, through an exclusive 10-year licensing agreement, CITADEL COMMUNICATIONS will deliver ABC NEWS RADIO programming to terrestrial radio stations. DISNEY will continue to retain rights to deliver ABC News content in other formats such as broadband, wireless and satellite.

After the transaction, CITADEL COMMUNICATIONS will be comprised of 177 FM stations and 66 AM stations, in addition to the ABC RADIO NETWORKS. As part of the transaction, 14 FM and 8 AM ABC radio stations in nine major markets, including NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO and DALLAS, will join CITADEL COMMUNICATIONS. ESPN RADIO and RADIO DISNEY are not included in the transaction.

Following the completion of the merger, DISNEY shareholders will own approximately 52% of CITADEL COMMUNICATIONS, and DISNEY will retain $1.4 to $1.65 billion in cash depending on the market price of CITADEL BROADCASTING at the time of closing. CITADEL shareholders will own the remaining 48% of the combined company. Valued at approximately $2.7 billion, the deal is expected to be completed by the end of the year, subject to regulatory approvals. All Access.com (Mon 2/6)


* Disney to merge ABC Radio Network, Citadel (Associated Press, Mon 2/6)



The 5th Annual “Women Who Make Magic®” Awards

WMGCMagic 105.1 (WMGC-FM), home of Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show, is kicking off the 5th Annual “Women Who Make Magic®” Awards. Magic 105.1, along with Kroger, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and Wright & Filippis, is proud to accept nominations for “Women Who Make Magic®.” Do you know a woman who has made some magic in your world? Please send your nominating stories to:

Women Who Make Magic®
Magic 105.1FM
One Radio Plaza
Detroit, MI 48220

You can also e-mail your nomination to: women@detroitmagic.com. Please include a photo of your “Magical” nominee!

Every Friday morning through May, Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show will recognize two amazing “Women Who Make Magic.” Each nominee will receive two tickets to attend the Women Who Make Magic® Awards Banquet at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren and a $50 Kroger gift card. The 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards Banquet and Dinner will be held on Thursday, June 12th at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. More details, including ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks.



Red Wings, U.S. Hockey star Chris Chelios shines under the FSN Detroit “Spotlight”

FSNThe latest installment of FSN Detroit's Spotlight profiles Detroit Red Wings defenseman, U.S. Olympic team captain and future Hall of Famer Chris Chelios. Spotlight: Chris Chelios airs Sunday, February 12 at 10:00 PM (or immediately after ACC basketball) and is repeated Monday, January 13 at 7:00 & 10:00 PM. The episode is narrated by FSN's Red Wings analyst Mickey Redmond. Spotlight is a series of original half-hour programs profiling some of the region's prominent sports personalities. Each episode combines the perspectives of the person profiled along with fresh and historical footage to tell the story.

From humble beginnings to success at every stop – NCAA champion, Olympic medalist and captain, Norris Trophy winner, Stanley Cup champion – Chelios is arguably the best American-born player ever. Spotlight examines how Chelios acquired his signature toughness and beat the odds to reach his hockey dreams. The show also addresses how Chelios, once an arch villain to Red Wings fans, made the transformation to becoming an entrenched Detroiter, where he is raising his family and operating as a successful restaurateur. In addition to Chelios, others appearing in the episode include Detroit teammate Niklas Lidstrom and Red Wings general manager Ken Holland.



All Access.com

Big Boy In Da Hizzouse At WKQI: CLEAR CHANNEL/MICHIGAN Regional VP/Programming DOM THEODORE has announced the arrival of "BIG BOY" as the new night show on WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT effective immediately. BIG BOY, which seems like a nom de aire, is inbound from FLINN Top 40 WHBQ/MEMPHIS, where he did nights. (Mon 2/6)



'JR to broadcast from Chicago Auto Show

Morning host Paul W. Smith will broadcast his 6-9 AM morning show
live from the 2006 Chicago Auto Show at the McCormick Place.

 

WYCD Country Cares For Kids Radiothon

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Two-day fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital February 9th & 10th

WYCDOn Thursday & Friday, February 9th and 10th, 99.5 WYCD will broadcast their sixth annual Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This year's event will once again take place at Oakland Mall's Center Court, from 5am-7pm each day. In 2005, WYCD raised $510,529. To pledge donations during the Radiothon, call (800) 832-9393 or log on to wycd.com to make an online donation. This year's event will also feature two country artists to help answer the phones. Clint Black will join Edwards & Lee on Thursday, February 9th at 5pm and Hal Ketchum will be talking to Dr. Don on-site on Friday, February 10th at 9am.

Country radio became involved on a nationwide basis in 1989 – Randy Owen of the group Alabama was the driving force. Now, hundreds of musicians support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. St. Jude is the premiere facility for research in childhood catastrophic illnesses. 99.5 WYCD benefits from that involvement with donated items such as concert tickets, autographed guitars, a private concert from Josh Turner, and much more. All of these items and more will be given away over the course of the Radiothon as pledge incentives.

Listeners will have the opportunity to hear first hand how St. Jude helps local families. Patients as well as their families will be on-air and on-site to tell their story of how St. Jude is helping or has helped them.

The station is asking listeners to help show the world how big the Motor City's heart is by joining them February 9th and 10th from Oakland Mall for the 99.5 WYCD Country Cares For Kids Radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Oakland Mall is located on 14 Mile Road at I-75 in Troy.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 7 - 10

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Detroit Free Press:

Detroit radio stations news-talk WJR-AM (760), we-play-everything WDRQ-FM (93.1) and modern hits WDVD-FM (96.3) will move from the Disney Co.'s ABC Radio Network to a renamed Citadel Communications in a $2.7-billion deal long rumored and finally announced Monday. Citadel already owns 17 stations in Saginaw, Flint, Lansing and Grand Rapids. All three stations are expected to continue with their current formats -- WJR was tied for the top spot among listeners age 12 and over and will become the flagship for Michigan State University sports starting this fall -- as the deal is finalized. Officials from the Detroit stations and air personalities declined to comment; corporate executives were unavailable Monday... Citadel to get 3 ABC radio stations (Tue 2/7)


To be honored: Five Michigan TV veterans at the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 19th Annual Silver Circle Awards Luncheon, set for noon Feb. 26 at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham. Those to be feted are: Frank Biondo, a 35-year veteran sound mixer for WTVS-TV (Channel 56); Steve Garagiola, WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor and reporter; James Gaver, program director at WFUM-TV in Flint; Lee Van Ameyde, co-news anchor at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids and Fran Victor, one of the creators of "Good Afternoon Detroit" on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) back in the 1980s... Names and Faces (Fri 2/10)



Detroit News:

"ABC World News Tonight" anchor Bob Woodruff, who grew up in Bloomfield Township, is still sedated but is making progress from injuries he suffered from a bomb attack while covering the Iraq war last month. Woodruff, 44, and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, 46, were wounded Jan. 29 when a roadside bomb exploded near the vehicle they were traveling in near Taji, 12 miles north of Baghdad. Woodruff suffered injuries to his upper body, face, neck and shoulder... News anchor Bob Woodruff continues healing (Wed 2/7)


The long-awaited ownership change for ABC/Disney's 22 top-drawer radio stations, including Detroit's WJR-AM (760), went through earlier this week, pending FCC approval of course, as current owner ABC/Disney merged with Citadel Broadcasting to form a new company, Citadel Communications . It's a complicated deal involving stock and cash, and, to confuse you even further, essentially the company is still majority-owned by Disney shareholders. Many of the stations involved are flamethrower, historic AM stations such as WJR, including WLS-AM Chicago, WABC-AM New York and KGO-AM San Francisco. Locally, WDVD-FM (96.3) and Doug FM, WDRQ-FM (93.1), are also part of the deal... New co-owners for Great Voice of the Great Lakes (Thu 2/9)


Torino, Italy, is approximately 4,200 miles from Detroit, but WDIV-TV (Local 4) is doing its best to bring the Olympics home. Local 4 begins its coverage of the Winter Games today with live broadcasts throughout the day from Campus Martius Park in downtown Detroit. The coverage begins early with Local 4 News Today (5-7 a.m.). Guy Gordon and traffic reporter Beth McLeod will be joined by three-time Olympic figure skater Todd Eldredge and members of the Detroit Skating Club. The station also will broadcast its noon and evening broadcasts from Campus Martius, site of last weekend's Motown Winter Blast. Local 4 will continue to broadcast many of its Olympic Zone specials (Monday-Saturday, 7:30-8 p.m.) from Campus Martius through Feb. 26... From Campus Martius, Local 4 will enhance Olympic coverage (Fri 2/10)



The Uncommon Sense:

Last year, an institution that was part of the Flint area for eighty-three years, broadened its reach and shifted its target audience toward Detroit. Flint's first radio station, WFDF, now better known as Radio Disney broadcasting on the AM dial at 910 kHz, moved its transmitting facilities from its long time Burton location at the corner of Bristol and Howe, to newer larger transmitting facilities near Carleton in Monroe County, southwest of Detroit. While the station has applied to change its city of license from Flint to the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, the legal station ID at the top of the hour is still “WFDF, Flint/Detroit”... Goodbye, WFDF (Feb 2006)



All Access:

Rover's Screener Draws FBI Scrutiny: The FBI was called out when CBS syndicated morning man ROVER's phone screener DJ JAZZY JIM said he wouldn't be going to DETROIT for the SUPER BOWL with the rest of the show's crew because he was afraid of a terrorist attack. The comment caught the ear of the FBI's SUPER BOWL operations team, which sent agents to ROVER's WCKG/CHICAGO studio to talk to JIM. After a 90 minute interrogationm, the agents concluded that JIM had no actual knowledge of any attack; nevertheless, JIM did not goto DETROIT for the game.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 11 - 13

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WYCD Raises $802,812 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

WYCDDetroit's 99.5 WYCD ended a two-day Radiothon this weekend by raising $802,812 for cancer research for the ALSAC St. Jude's Children's Hospital. The two-day Radiothon was hosted live at Metro Detroit's Oakland Mall and featured live memorable segments with Clint Black and Hal Ketchum, as well as a WYCD auction featuring Gretchen Wilson and Kenny Chesney autographed guitars and a “living room concert” with Josh Turner. “I'm absolutely thrilled with the WYCD listeners response”, said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “You can see how much people in Detroit truly care, when they pour out their hearts for children like they have in the last few days”. “We really began this year's event very strong with the All New Dr. Don Show and finished even stronger with Edwards and Lee in the afternoon and the whole WYCD team in the final two hours including Mike Scott and Jyl Forsyth” added Roberts.

This year's WYCD event also featured a unique side event with Clint Black called the Clint Black Tie Affair at the Melting Pot in Troy. “WYCD teamed with a national St. Jude restaurant sponsor The Melting Pot in Troy for a $100 per plate exclusive dining and concert experience. Clint Black was extremely generous with his time and gave his Detroit fans a special, intimate acoustic performance. “It was an awesome and inspiring event”, stated ALSAC St. Jude Detroit Rep Beth Campbell. “WYCD's air staff really reached a new level with this year's St. Jude Radiothon, raising $300,000 more than the previous year.”



Detroit Free Press:

A former country radio DJ who won a $10.6-million jury verdict last year in a lawsuit resulting from alleged job discrimination and a perfume allergy, only to see it reduced to $814,000 in December by the trial judge, got some of the judgment restored Tuesday. At the behest of Erin Weber's lawyer, U.S. District Judge George Steeh increased damages to $1.2 million and awarded Weber $423,807 for attorney fees and court costs. She has 14 days to accept the award, or Steeh will grant Infinity Broadcasting Corp.'s request for a new trial... Judge adds to cash for ex-DJ in perfume suit (Wed 2/8)


Friday was the last day on WWJ-AM (950) for ex-TV newscaster, media producer and Free Press columnist Mort Crim. He recently changed broadcast syndicators. Crim noted in an e-mail that CBS-owned WWJ was unable to carry his daily newscast and a couple of other products in addition to his "Second Thoughts" commentaries. He's hopeful of finding another Detroit carrier... Mort Crim does WWJ swan song (Sat 2/11)


Airing: From 5 a.m. Friday through noon Saturday, the 3rd Annual Winter Survival Radiothon on WWJ-AM (950) from the new downtown YMCA at 1401 Broadway. Organizers hope to raise more than $500,000 to help needy people pay energy bills. Details at www.thawfund.org. Names and Faces (Mon 2/13)



WDET welcomes back volunteers for Spring Fundraiser

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is inviting volunteers to help answer phones for the station's upcoming spring pledge drive. WDET had long depended on volunteers during pledge drive periods until the fall of 2004, when a switch was made to have phone calls answered by a professional answering service. WDET's new general manager feels strongly about the role of volunteers in pubic broadcasting. "Volunteers infuse a unique energy into pledge drives and other station activities that, frankly, we've missed over the last 18 months at Detroit Public Radio," says WDET General Manager Michael Coleman. "We're looking forward to welcoming back many old friends and meeting lots of new ones during this spring's membership drive."

WDET's on-air portion of the spring pledge drive takes place Friday,
March 31 through Thursday, April 13. Individuals and groups who are
interested in volunteering can get more information and sign up by
calling 313-577-4550 or going to the station's website at wdetfm.org.



Crain's Detroit Business

Local television advertisers are re-evaluating their purchasing decisions in the wake of early results from “people meters,” a new digital rating system rolled out in the Detroit market on Jan. 5 by Nielsen Media Research. Niche channels or networks like ESPN2 and Bravo were the winners in the sweeps period that ended Feb. 1. Traditional broadcast channels saw combined ratings declines of 15 percent or more in many time slots and across many demographics — though they still have the most viewers... Meters a new yardstick (Mon 2/13)


Good deeds don't go unnoticed, especially if you're Gov. Jennifer Granholm and it's an election year. Granholm is appearing in radio ads for DTE Energy Co. and Consumers Energy Co., as part of an effort to raise awareness of assistance available to utility customers struggling with high heating bills ... So, is there someone secretly living in the WJR suite of offices high up in the golden tower of the Fisher Building? Arbitron Ratings seems to think so. A letter addressed to “Resident,” at WJR's address recently ended up on president and general manager Michael Fezzey's desk... Utilities: Using Granholm in ads not political (Mon 2/13)



All Access:

Salem-Yinger Detroit-Cincy Swap Closes: The swap/sale that gives SALEM a second DETROIT AM has closed, with SALEM getting Religion WLQV-A/DETROIT from JON YINGER's CHRISTIAN BROADCASTING SYSTEM in exchange for Religion WTSJ-A and Talk WBOB-A/CINCINNATI plus $6.7 million. WBOB has been leased to DUSTY RHODES and BRIAN KAUFFMAN and is now airing an Oldies format as WDJO; YINGER has applied for new WCVX calls for WTSJ. JOHN PIERCE served as exclusive broker on both the sale and WBOB lease. (Mon 2/13)



Ann Arbor News:

Ann Arbor area Comcast cable viewers may have noticed that Channel 22, which carries programming from the University of Michigan, has a new look and name. The Michigan Channel, which debuted Jan. 30, builds on its predecessors, Michigan TV2 and UMTV, offering expanded coverage of events occurring on campus and adding new programming from national research universities. The channel will air the most current U-M fare in prime time, and recent "best of" material during the afternoon. Michigan Channel adds expanded coverage of U-M events, programs (Sun 2/12)



Radio & Records:

In September 2005 Salem agreed to trade WBOB-AM & WTSJ-AM/Cincinnati and pay $6.7 million for Christian Broadcasting System's Christian Talk & Teaching WLQV/Detroit. The deal has now closed, and as a result Salem gains a second AM in Detroit; it already owns WDTK in the market... Salem Closes On Detroit AM (Mon 2/13)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 14 - 17

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2005 Broadcast Excellence Award Winners Announced

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has announced the winners of the 2005 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards. For the list, please click here.



Detroit Free Press:

Sometimes change is subtle -- like last spring, when Jerod Swallow, ice dance director at the Detroit Skating Club, noticed two fresh faces suddenly appearing on the folders of his students' training logs. "For years, kids always collected pictures of skaters like Michelle Kwan and Sasha Cohen," Swallow said. "But after the world championships last spring, Tanith and Ben were being pasted right next to them." Sometimes change is drastic... TORINO 2006: Sizzling Canton skaters dance into world's heart (Fri 2/17)



Detroit News:

If you're one of the few, the brave, the techno-geeky, and you own a high-definition radio, you know what that means. You may be in the forefront of the latest radio technology, but it's like having a crystal set in the early days of the 20th century. Your co-workers persist in thinking you're talking about satellite radio, you spin the dial desperately seeking HD-2 stations, and there are the inevitable little glitches of first-generation technology. One issue some listeners are having with the Boston Acoustics HD Receptor radio is that if they live in a distant suburb, it's sometimes harder to tune in to the Detroit stations than with a cheap old (analog) radio... Although HD is the latest in technology, there are a few hiccups (Thu 2/16)



All Access:

Til Levesque Named CC/Detroit Market Manager: Following CLEAR CHANNEL RVP/MICHIGAN DAVE PUGH's transition to WASHINGTON D.C. as that region's RVP (see NET NEWS 2/2), word has come down that CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT Dir./Sales TIL LEVESQUE has been tapped as Market Manager of the MOTOR CITY cluster, which includes Classic Rock WDTW, Sports WDFN-A, Talk WDTW-A, Urban AC WMXD, Urban WJLB, Top 40 WKQI, and AC WNIC. (Wed 2/15)



Flint Journal

Two veteran Flint broadcasters will be honored in separate ceremonies in the coming weeks. Les Root, a 50-year radio newsman known for his straightforward style, will be inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame on April 22 in East Lansing. Jim Gaver, program director for WFUM (Channel 28) since its inception in 1980, has been chosen for the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences' Silver Circle Award. He'll get it in a ceremony on Feb. 26 in Birmingham... Local broadcasters to receive statewide honors (Wed 2/15)


Dave Barber has battled mayors, weathered legal storms, feuded with his bosses and railed against anyone with whom he didn't agree. Come March 13, he will take on Providence, R.I. The colorful talk show host was expected this morning to announce his move to Providence's WPRO-AM on his WWCK-AM (1570) radio show... Dave Barber putting his mouth where opportunity is: Providence, R.I. (Fri 2/18)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 18 - 20

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WDTW-FM sponsors Movie Marathon

WDTWRock WDTW-FM 106.7 The Drive along with The Rainbow Connection and Emagine Theatres in Canton, 39535 Ford Road in Canton, will present the Movies for Wishes 2006 Movie Marathon beginning at 10 AM on Friday February 24th. The event will help generate money for The Rainbow Connection to help grant wishes of terminally ill children in the Detroit area. The Movies for Wishes Marathon 2006 will run for 24 straight hours.

Listeners can help raise money by gathering pledges for The Rainbow Connection and join 106.7 The Drive for 24 hours of the latest movie releases, unlimited popcorn and pop, dinner on Friday, breakfast on Saturday and a chance to win prizes for the most pledges collected. For details on how to participate, call The Rainbow Connection at (248) 601-9474, ext. 11. The station is asking for you to help them help some very special kids.



Detroit Free Press:

On deck: From 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, live from Oakland Mall, the 19th Annual WOMC-FM (104.3) Dick Purtan Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Program. Donations can be made at www.womc.com or by calling 248-307-1043 during the show. Donors who pledge $120 per year ($10 per month) become members of the Bed and Bread Club... Names and Faces (Mon 2/20)



Flint Journal:

Coming soon to a TV near you: another blue screen. ABC affiliate WJRT (Channel 12) has received federal approval to block most duplicate programming from WXYZ (Channel 7), Detroit's ABC station, on the Comcast and Charter Communications cable systems in Genesee County. The maneuver is known as a nonduplication agreement. It blocks network shows carried on WXYZ, such as "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives," leaving subscribers with only one option for ABC programs - WJRT. It does not affect local shows, including newscasts, and most syndicated programming carried by the Detroit station... Channel 12 forcing cable systems to block WXYZ (Sat 2/18)



WJR goes boating

WJR-AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith broadcasts his morning program live tomorrow 6-9 AM (Tuesday 2/21) from the 48th Annual Detroit Boat Show at the Cobo Conference/Exhibition Center. Spring is coming!

 

WOMC'S 19th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon

radiothonOldies WOMC-FM 104.3 and The Salvation Army in metro Detroit will join forces again this year, hoping to break last year's one-day fundraising efforts where Dick Purtan, WOMC listeners and sponsors helped raise over $1,723,088 in 16 hours to feed and shelter Detroit's homeless and hungry. Since 1988, the Dick Purtan Radiothon has raised more than $10.5 million for the Bed and Bread Program.

This all-day event includes live performances by local musicians, comedians and local schools. Plus, live interviews with well-known celebrities, sports figures, politicians, business leaders and metro area children who came up with creative ways to collect money on behalf of their classrooms or schools.

WHERE: WOMC'S Dick Purtan & Purtan's People will broadcast live on Friday, February 24, 2006 from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the center court of the Oakland Mall in Troy, Michigan.

WHEN: Friday, February 24, 2006, 6 a.m. – 10 p.m.

CHARITY: Donations benefit The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Program.
The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Program provides hot meals, shelter and compassion to the homeless, hungry and destitute in Detroit. Over 7,000 meals are served a day to the homeless in the shelters and on the streets of metro Detroit. Currently 4 different trucks are used to deliver these meals. All of the money raised during this event stays in the Detroit area and every penny goes to the program - none of this money goes to administrative costs.

Although any monetary donation is welcome, folks are encouraged to become members of the Bread and Bread Club by donating $120 - enough to feed one person for an entire year. Kick in $240 or more and you'll receive a bobblebody featuring co-host Big Al Muskavito. Michigan residents are eligible for an extra tax credit on their donations too!

To donate, visit the Salvation Army's secure web site now or wait until Friday and either phone in your donation or visit the Radiothon at Oakland Mall.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 21 - 24

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Detroit Public TV to produce the 9th Annual Sphinx Competition Finals Concert in HDTV

For the first time, the inspiring sights and sounds of the February 11th Sphinx Competition Finals Concert are being produced by Detroit Public Television in high definition widescreen television for a broadcast special scheduled to air on at 10 p.m. February 27th on WTVS Channel 56 and HD digital channel 56.1. The nationally-acclaimed competition for young African American and Latino classical music string players culminated in The Finals Concert at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, where the top three finalists of the Senior Division competed, accompanied by the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Chelsea Tipton II.

The 9th Annual Sphinx Competition Finals Concert, a one-hour broadcast special, features six times greater picture clarity than an analog production, along with brilliant sound. “Viewers will be able to see and hear the entire orchestra more clearly,” said Jeff Forster, Detroit Public TV vice president of production. “We used eight cameras, including one in the orchestra and one suspended above the audience. The microphone placement was superb.”

In addition to the first-ever HD broadcast of the Sphinx Finals Concert, the program is also scheduled to air on February 26 at noon on 90.9 WRCJ-FM, a listener supported classical and jazz radio station operated by Detroit Public Television and licensed to Detroit Public Schools.



WMXD to present a 'red carpet screening for new Steve Harvey movie

WMXDAdult Urban WMXD-FM, Mix 92.3, along with the “King of Comedy”, morning show host Steve Harvey, will present a red carpet premiere screening of Steve Harvey's newest film project, Don't Trip He Ain't Through With Me Yet! The station is inviting the city of Detroit to laugh, dress up, and attend a premiere screening that is sure to leave you refreshed as well as thrilled. In his first live performance since The Original Kings of Comedy, he is cleaning up his act for church folk. This once in a lifetime performance was recorded at the Mega Fest Conference, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes, in Atlanta, Georgia and is designed with the Christian audience in mind.

Harvey will open up his new movie to the Detroit metro area “Hollywood style” starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at AMC Star Southfield 20 Theater (formerly Star Theatre Southfield). It's an evening of glamour and glitz, lights, camera and action. You can expect a crowd of listeners, VIP guests, and more.

Over 700 guests will have an opportunity to see the movie prior to its release on Friday, March 17th. The movie screening is free; however, listeners must tune into Mix 92.3 to win passes for this exclusive advance movie screening or visit any of its sponsor locations to pick up movie passes. For more information, visit www.mix923fm.com or www.steveharvey.com.



Detroit News:

The funniest thing happened when U.S. Olympic ice dancers and Canton Township residents Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto finished their skate during Sunday's competition. The pair was sitting on a bench waiting for their marks when Belbin looked into the camera and said, "Hi, Drew and Mike! Hi, Grandma!" Apparently Belbin and Agosto are huge fans of "Drew & Mike," WRIF-FM's (101.1) top-rated morning show and have been listening to podcasts of the show in Torino. Last week, Belbin sent an e-mail out of the blue to say hi to the radio jocks. It's now turned into a full-fledged pen-pal situation, culminating in Belbin, giving an Olympic shout-out to the pair on live international TV... Olympic duo stun 'Drew & Mike' (Tue 2/21)


What is the most overplayed song on the radio right now? I'd put my vote in for "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac. Think about it, this song gets airplay across several formats; classic rock, adult contemporary and oldies. If it wasn't bad enough that oldies stations like WOMC-FM (104.3) have moved away from the early '60s and more deeply in to the '70s (forget the '50s, that decade doesn't exist on nonsatellite radio), now stations like Windsor's CKWW-AM (580) that used to play big band/pop standards, have dumped a lot of the older music in favor of hitmakers from the '70s like Fleetwood Mac and John Denver... Songs from '70s, '80s are new oldies (Thu 2/23)



Detroit Free Press:

Fox TV unveiled My Network TV on Wednesday. It's a new programming service for stations being orphaned in September by not being able to align with the new CW after the UPN and the WB networks go away. Most likely Detroit landing place? WDWB-TV (Channel 20). "It's one of the options," Channel 20 chief Sarah Norat-Phillips said Wednesday... Names and Faces (Thu 2/23)



Notes from WDET-FM

* WDET Introduces New Weekly Cultural Spotlight: The new feature has been will air every Friday during Morning Edition at 6:50am and 9:50am. Celeste Headlee, WDET's arts and culture reporter, will produce the feature for each Friday's broadcast. Listeners can expect to hear information and interviews about important cultural events taking place in metropolitan Detroit each week. As a companion to the on-air feature, a more detailed list of area events will be available on the WDET website at wdetfm.org. "Adding this new feature to one of our most popular programs gives us a greater opportunity to serve the community," said Allen Mazurek, WDET program director. "We're glad to be able to showcase the wealth of important cultural events going on in Detroit."

This new weekly feature is the first installment of WDET's commitment to expand local arts and culture coverage. Beginning in April, WDET will begin airing a one-hour weekly cultural affairs program hosted by Celeste Headlee that will focus on events and issues and feature interviews, discussions and perspectives with area cultural leaders and organizations. It will be paired with another one-hour weekly live music and performance program produced by Jon Moshier, host of "in sound," that will feature performances by local, national and international artists. Cultural organizations are encouraged to submit information about their events to the WDET via email at event@wdetfm.org.


* WDET'S Klinefelter and Headlee recognized by Michigan Association of Broadcasters: WDET has announced that two staff reporters have been honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). Quinn Klinefelter won the MAB's "Best Feature" award for "Danica" - a profile of celebrated female Indy Car driver Danica Patrick. Celeste Headlee received a MAB merit award in the "Series" category for her piece, "People Mover" - a five-part series examining the public art at each of Detroit's People Mover stations.

Headlee was also selected as one of this year's recipients of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Jounalism Fellowship Program. Only six journalists from around the world are selected, and WDET's Celeste Headlee is the only broadcast journalist named in this year's group. Funded by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust, the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Fellowship, now in its fifth year, seeks to establish a new standard of excellence in arts and culture coverage. The program's philosophy is guided by a core belief in first-hand encounters with artists, arts administrators and journalism colleagues.

"These are great honors for both the reporters and our entire news department," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director. "It fortifies our commitment to work hard and serve the Detroit community with the best possible local news coverage."



All Access:

Bon Jovi Grand Prize Winner Selected: BON JOVI, in association with AEG LIVE, XM SATELLITE RADIO, and WDVD/DETROIT, MI today announced the JODY RAFFOUL BAND as the winner of BON JOVI'S "HAVE A NICE GIG" competition. The DETROIT band was selected by JON BON JOVI and RICHIE SAMBORA as the Grand Prize Winners for a demo deal and opening slot for BON JOVI's GIANTS STADIUM concert this summer.

 

Local TV should be embarrassed

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radiothonThose who read the radio column in the Sunday Daily Oakland Press are probably aware that I have always felt that radio gives far more to television than TV gives to radio. When Dick Purtan hosted the 19th annual Salvation Army Radiothon live from the Oakland Mall on Friday, they invited ALL of the local TV reporters. Each were given an enormous amount of air-time. Each TV station did brief cut-ins from the broadcast at the mall throughout the day, which was good. Too short, but certainly appreciated by the hard working staff from oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) and the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Fund.

What was embarrassing is the fact that when the Radiothon ended with a huge finale and a celebration for raising a staggering $1,808,440 in one day to help Detroit's under-privileged, NO local TV station felt it was important enough to report the GOOD news with a field reporter. Shameful. FOX 2 (WJBK-TV) ran less than 30 seconds of “b-roll” from the big finish, but no live shot. Over five minutes of that same newscast was devoted to a porno video made by Kid Rock. Sad.

Even worse was the omission of both WDIV-TV (Local 4) and WXYZ-TV Channel 7, neither of which had even a camera there for the amazing finish of the largest amount of money ever raised by a single radio station in the history of the industry! Channel 7 did run a few clips from their mid-day visit for 38 seconds. It is simply unfair for these TV folks to get so much showcasing on the radio, and then give back so little in return. This is especially bad when it's realized that Dick Purtan's daughter JoAnn is an excellent reporter for Channel 7. His son-in-law, Neil Goldstein, is the news director at Local 4 so he splurged for 49 seconds of voice-over b-roll. Unbelievable!

As a lover of radio, I say to the AM and FM community, stop sucking up to the tube, until they learn how to return the favor. Meanwhile, we in the newspaper business will sincerely congratulate Dick Purtan and Purtan's People on a job well done.

 

radiothonOn Friday February 24th, the staff at Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 in Detroit helped raise $1,808,440 for the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club thanks to the efforts of morning man Dick Purtan and Purtan's People. The final 30 minutes of the 16-hour Radiothon netted $100,000 alone thanks to a last-minute anonymous donor who kicked in a $50,000 match if $50,000 could be raised in the final 30 minutes. With $5,000 kicked in by Purtan himself (on top of the $20,000 he donated earlier) and a last-second pledge to make up the difference by Pistons/Palace Entertainment CEO Tom Wilson, that $50,000 goal was reached right at 10PM as the event wrapped up. The 9-10 PM hour was an awesome 60 minutes of radio.

The $1.8 million is an $85,000 increase over last year's total - and is believed to be the largest single-day radio fundraiser anywhere in the country. This year marked the 19th in a row that Purtan and crew have raised money for the Bed and Bread Club; they've helped raise an amazing $12.3 million for this truly local program. Every dollar that has been raised over these 19 years has gone towards feeding and sheltering desperate people solely in Metro Detroit. Every dime has gone towards food and shelter - none of the money is spent on administrative costs. The program currently supports the feeding of nearly 8,700 people and sheltering 1,700 every day!

The excitement of the final push resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd watching live at Oakland Mall - you could see that Purtan and his crew really feed off the positive vibes from the audience and the day-long parade of guests, both celebrity and non-celebrity. You could see in the faces of the people that pull all this together how much this event means to them by their reactions when the final tally was announced.

Not enough credit can be given to everyone that takes part in what I believe is local radio's ultimate shining moment. Congratulations to everyone on yet another job well done!

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 25 - 27

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Ann Arbor News:

If you're looking for a typical morning radio show that's heavy with jokes, lame banter and the same old pop tunes played over and over again, then don't look to Martin Bandyke, the new morning host on Ann Arbor radio station 107.1 FM. He's just not that kind of guy. On Bandyke's program, you'd have a better chance hearing music from acts such as Richard Thompson, Ray Davies, Neil Young, Sarah Harmer and Duncan Sheik than the latest from Britney Spears. "We will do our utmost not to insult the intelligence of our listeners, and fight inanity on the air,'' Bandyke vowed recently, after his first week on the job... Fighting on-air inanity (Mon 2/27)



Grammy winner Bolcom to be featured on WQKL Ann Arbor

Adult Alternative WQKL-FM 107.1 Ann Arbor morning host Martin Bandyke will interview Ann Arbor and University of Michigan composer William Bolcom next Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 8am. Bolcom will be speaking about the four Grammy Awards he recently won for the recording of his epic composition "Songs of Innocence and of Experience," released on the Naxos label. The Martin Bandyke Morning Program is heard weekdays from 6-10am on Ann Arbor's 107one.



Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon raises $1,808,440 in 16 hours for Salvation Army Bed & Bread Program

OLDIES 104.3 WOMC and The Salvation Army in metro Detroit joined forces again this year setting another one-day, national radio fundraising record as WOMC listeners and sponsors helped raise $1,808,440 in 16 hours to feed and shelter Detroit's homeless and hungry. Last year's total was $1,723,088.

The 19th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon was broadcast live on Friday, February 24, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Oakland Mall in Troy, Michigan. Donations benefited The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Program which provides hot meals, shelter and counseling to the homeless, hungry and destitute in Detroit. An average of 7,000 meals are served each day to those in need via the Bed & Bread trucks which make stops in metro Detroit's most depressed areas. In addition, 1,700 men, women and children receive shelter every night.

“This community never ceases to amaze me,” says Purtan. “To think that after answering the call to help support victims of Katrina, that the people of metro Detroit would donate in record numbers and surpass last year's Radiothon total is simply overwhelming. We can all feel a tremendous amount of satisfaction knowing that the money raised will help thousands of needy people not just today, but every single day of for the next year. It's a true testament to the caring spirit of the people of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.”

This all-day event included Dick Purtan and Purtan's People interviewing celebrities, sports figures, comedians, political and business leaders, and metro area children who organized creative ways to collect money on behalf of their classrooms or schools.

“WOMC is proud of our longstanding relationship with The Salvation Army and feel privileged to be able to make a difference in the city of Detroit,” says Kevin Murphy, WOMC Senior Vice President/General Manager. “We know that our success is solely based on the incredible support we receive from our loyal listeners and valued clients to whom we are eternally grateful.”

Since 1988, the Dick Purtan Radiothon has raised more than $12,031,528 million for the Bed and Bread Program, including this year's record total of over $1.8 million.



Riff2 celebrates The Metro Times Blowout with a “Blowout” weekend

In honor of this weekend's “Metro Times Blowout,” Hamtramck's huge local music festival, WRIF's HD channel, Riff 2, will play music from Blowout Artists all weekend long. The “Blowout Weekend” will begin Friday, March 3rd at 8:00 a.m. and continue all weekend through Sunday night. RIFF2 will feature music from local favorites like: Broadzilla, The Hard Lessons, The Sights, Paper Street Saints, Grande Nationals, Gore Gore Girls and more.

“With Hamtramck being the musical epicenter for the weekend, we figured we should showcase some of the great local talent that Detroit has to offer,” said RIFF2's Mark Pennington. “The RIFF2 staff is loading up on Paczkis in celebration of this event.”

101 WRIF debuted RIFF2, a special HD Radio side channel, at the end of July 2005 with the unveiling of the HD radio broadcast. Both stations transmit a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Fans can listen to RIFF2 through special HD radio receivers available in tabletop and auto receiver models now or by simply logging on to www.riff2.com.

RIFF 2 is already making its mark with a special “made in Detroit" mix of alternative and indie rock, hip hop, punk and the best from today's Detroit music scene. By embracing local and unsigned bands RIFF2 breaks the rules of traditional radio and offers a true alternative music choice. WRIF2 is a new execution of the WRIF tradition that the next generation of Detroit music lovers can grow up with and will look to for “their” music.

 

Ann Arbor News:

WUOMThe University of Michigan Department of Public Safety confirmed Thursday that an investigation into operations at the university's public radio and television service is under way. DPS spokeswoman Diane Brown said she could not disclose the nature of the investigation or what role it might have played in the resignation Wednesday of the director of Michigan Public Media, the umbrella organization that covers WUOM, 91.7, affiliated radio stations in Flint and Grand Rapids, Michigan Television and the Michigan Channel, which carries U-M programming on the local cable system. "DPS is conducting a criminal investigation into the operations at the radio station, but I can't comment any further at this time," Brown said... WUOM facing criminal probe (Fri 3/3)


The free-speech rights of controversial Ann Arbor radio personality Thayrone were violated when he was fired in April 2003 by WEMU, a state Court of Appeals panel has ruled. "The Bone Conduction Music Show'' - which aired on WEMU (89.1 FM), the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, for 17 years - left the station under disputed circumstances. Thayrone, whose legal name is Theron Ethan Hughes III, said the program was canceled because he voiced support for President Bush and the war in Iraq on his show. The station said the show was axed due to Hughes' refusal to run National Public Radio news updates. The 15-page decision, dated Feb. 28 and including excerpts from the broadcast in question, came on a 2-1 vote by a panel of the Michigan Court of Appeals. Judges David H. Sawyer and Stephen J. Borrello wrote that WEMU violated Hughes' rights because existing laws clearly establish "that a public employer could not terminate an employee based on the employee's exercise of his First Amendment right to speak regarding matters of public concern"... Thayrone's rights violated, court says (Thu 3/2)


Donovan Reynolds, coordinator of the University of Michigan's public radio and television services, has resigned effective Wednesday. Reynolds was director of Michigan Public Media, the umbrella organization that covers WUOM, 91.7-FM; affiliated radio stations in Flint and Grand Rapids; Michigan Television, the public-TV channel that broadcasts as WFUM from Flint; and the Michigan Channel, which carries U-M programming on the local Comcast cable system. The news was confirmed by Julie Peterson, U-M spokeswoman, who offered no explanation for his departure. Reynolds did not respond to messages left on his home answering machine Wednesday... Public radio's Reynolds quits (Thu 3/2)



WRIF presents “Riff Rock Girl” search

WRIFThe “WRIF Rock Girl” search officially commences Saturday, March 4th at 3pm as hopeful candidates will converge at Gameworks inside Great Lakes Crossing. WRIF on-air personalities Doug Podell, Scott Randall and Anne Carlini will personally interview the women to find out why they consider themselves to be a good candidate for The WRIF Rock Girl. Those interested in participating must attend one of the casting calls to be considered. Bring a photo and bio / resume.

Tomorrow's is the first in a series of three casting calls. The others will be held at Andiamo / Second City in Novi on March 13 from 6p-10p and Oakland Mall on March 18 from 10a-2p. After the three casting calls, 32 women will be selected to go on to the semifinals where WRIF listeners will vote for their favorite contestants online at www.wrif.com. At the end of the contest, one lucky woman will have the opportunity to represent WRIF for one year. As the WRIF ambassador, she'll attend concerts, VIP parties and events. She'll also receive a $30,000 salary, an ad in Stuff Magazine, a 1-year lease on a new car and she'll star in a WRIF commercial. The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older- for official contest rules log on to www.wrif.com.



TheAutoChannel.com

WJRThe Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) and News/Talk 760 WJR have teamed up to develop a new radio program that celebrates the auto industry and the individuals working to keep it successful. The one hour show, named "In the Driver's Seat," will be heard at 6 p.m. Sundays beginning March 5, 2006. The announcement was made today by WJR President & General Manager Mike Fezzey. Each show will feature three segments: automotive retailing/auto dealer community; manufacturers and Tier One suppliers; and auto shows and events. Hosted by industry veterans Rod Alberts and Joe Rohatynski, the first show will be recorded and produced today at the 76th Annual Geneva Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland... News/Talk 760 WJR Launches Weekly Auto Industry Radio Talk Show (Thu 3/2)



Detroit Free Press:

"Fred Thompson ... goooooooood day!" That's the way it's looking at ABC Radio. The network -- WJR-AM (760) is the Detroit purveyor -- has signed the actor and former U.S. senator as special program host and senior analyst. The Republican from Tennessee is perhaps best known for his role as District Attorney Arthur Branch on television's "Law & Order." He will be based at ABC Radio's Washington, D.C., bureau... Fred Thompson will back up Harvey (Tue 2/28)


Soft rocker WNIC ended up on top of the Detroit radio heap in Tuesday's Arbitrend ratings report for November, December and January. Why? The residual effect of playing all holiday music during November and December will last for another month in the drop-the-oldest-month counting practice... Echos of the holiday make WNIC No. 1, Arbitron radio ratings (Wed 3/1)


Here, by key time period, are Detroit results from Nielsen Media Research's February period, which ended Wednesday. It's one of four months when ratings are used to set ad rates... Nielsen February TV ratings (Fri 3/2)



Detroit News:

Like jilted lovers throwing each other's clothes out the window, CBS Radio (formerly Infinity) and Howard Stern have taken the gloves off and are openly brawling over his departure from free, "terrestrial" radio to Sirius Satellite Radio earlier this year. On Tuesday, CBS filed suit against Stern, his company One Twelve Inc., his agent Don Buchwald, his agent's firm and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. for "multiple breaches of contract, misappropriation and unjust enrichment," in a 43-page complaint. CBS charges, among other things, that while under contract to CBS, Stern concealed the fact that he would benefit financially if certain Sirius subscriber targets were met, while he promoted the satellite company on the air... CBS sues Stern and company over Sirius deal (Wed 3/1)


XMSome readers have e-mailed that they're anxiously awaiting Bob Dylan's much-ballyhooed debut as a radio host on XM Satellite Radio . But they'll have to wait a bit longer now. The show is still happening, but instead of premiering in March, Dylan will now be making his radio debut presenting a weekly one-hour show on XM channel 40 starting in May ... The sad news of the Detroit church shootings on Sunday prompted Mildred Gaddis , host of "Inside Detroit" on WCHB-AM (1200), to raise $30,000 from her listeners on behalf of Victoria Davis , who was widowed when her husband, Alarie Davis, was shot and killed while trying to help his wife from being carjacked by a gunman... Bob Dylan postpones his debut on XM Satellite Radio to May (Thu 3/2)



Flint Journal:

I have joined the satellite radio revolution. This comes as no small surprise to my friends, who laugh at my refusal to own a cellphone. I didn't do it because of Howard Stern's jump to Sirius Satellite Radio in January, though the King of All Media's departure from old-fashioned analog, or terrestrial, radio after 20 years certainly gave satellite a boost... Sounds from the sky (Thu 3/2)



WDET introduces on-demand streaming of popular music programs

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, has announced that on-demand streaming of its popular music programs is now available at its website, www.wdetfm.org. This new feature allows listeners to hear WDET's music programs at their convenience and means they never have to miss one of their favorite shows. The service archives all music programs from the previous seven days, which makes the previous five programs of weekday music hosts Ed Love and Liz Copeland available on-line in addition to the previous programs of weekend hosts like Matt Watroba, Larry McDaniel, Chuck Horn, Robert Jones, Ralph Valdez and others. WDET believed the benefits of this service to its listeners was well worth the financial investment in new technology necessary to make it a reality.

"We're extremely proud of the outstanding music programs produced at
WDET, and by making them available on-demand, more people will have the opportunity to hear them," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "This new feature is another step in expanding our service to listeners."

Whether listeners want jazz during the day, electronica at lunchtime,
or bluegrass on a Monday morning, they can decide what to listen to at the time of their choice. All of WDET's music programs are now available on-demand along with WDET local news features and NPR news, at the station's website.

 

Detroit Free Press:

The University of Michigan is investigating the school's public radio and TV stations after the recent departure of two key staffers. U-M administrators and the campus police department said they have launched investigations of Michigan Public Media, the umbrella organization for Michigan Radio (operating as WUOM-FM, 91.7), Michigan Television, the Flint-based public TV channel broadcasting as WFUM-TV (Channel 28), and the Michigan Channel, a cable affiliate... U-M radio station probed (Sat 3/4)


At 1 p.m. today on Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1), stock market tub-thumper and TV wildman Jim Cramer launches his new live weekday radio hour on CBS Radio talk affiliates nationwide. The goal? Threefold... Stock market guru to debut on WKRK (Mon 3/6)



All Access:

Brown Rises To Dir./Sales For CC/Ann Arbor: CLEAR CHANNEL/ANN ARBOR, MI GSM SHANNON BROWN has been upped to Dir./Sales for the cluster. "In the past two years, SHANNON has done a great job rebuilding our sales team and helping the team elevate to an even higher level of customer service," said GM BOB BOLAK.

 

Detroit Free Press:

The former director of the University of Michigan's public radio and TV stations said Monday he blew the whistle on suspicious business practices at the stations, spurring criminal and internal probes. Donovan Reynolds, who resigned Wednesday from his job as director of Michigan Public Media, said when he learned in November of "suspicious business practices," he reported it to U-M administrators and the U-M Department of Public Safety... Ex U-M stations chief calls practices suspicious (Tue 3/7)


DJ's book could be a film- Peter C. Cavanaugh, a big noise on the radio in Flint back in the rockin' late '60s and early '70s, wrote a book about his experiences called "Local DJ." PCC says he has signed film option rights to Kathleen Glynn and her new production company, Blue Lake Entertainment... Names and Faces (Wed 3/8)



Detroit News:

Steve Harvey, who presides over the WMXD-FM (92.3) morning show, is flying in to Detroit on Tuesday to appear at a red-carpet premiere of his new movie "Don't Trip, He Ain't Through With Me Yet ," a recording of a performance he did at the Mega Fest Conference in Atlanta, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes. The film is Harvey's first since "The Original Kings of Comedy," but, apparently, in his new movie, Harvey's cleaned up his act considerably for the church folk. The film, due for general release on Friday, starts at 6:30 p.m. at the AMC Star Southfield 20, with Detroit glitterati such as Anita Baker set to attend. Some 700 fans will get to see the film, but only through WMXD giveaways... Steve Harvey coming to town Tuesday (Thu 3/9)



WDET programming notes

WDETThis Sunday night, March 12 at 8pm on the W. Kim Heron Program, Detroit native Alex Harding performs live from WDET's Studio A. The quartet includes: bass clarinet, baritone saxophonist Alex Harding featuring bassist Marion Hayden, pianist Ken Cox, and drummer Billy Higgins. The performance is part of the Detroit Rebirth Radio Concert Series. The W. Kim Heron Program airs Sunday nights from 8pm to 10pm on WDET-FM 101.9 and at wdetfm.org.


Also Sunday, March 12, WDET's Ralph Valdez interviews film maker Rupert Murray who's controversial new documentary 'Unknown White Male' - about a friend struggling with amnesia - explores issues of identity, rebirth and memory. The second hour of The Ralph Valdez Program will spotlight local musicians taking part in the annual WDET Benefit at 313.Jac March 16-18 in support of WDET's Spring On-Air Fundraiser, which begins March 31. The Ralph Valdez Program airs Sunday evenings from 10pm to midnight.



Michigan Radio issues release to listeners addressing investigation

WUOMYou may have heard news reports about Michigan Radio. The University of Michigan is conducting a full review of the radio station as a result of concerns raised by former Director of Broadcasting Donovan Reynolds in November of 2005. As a public radio station, we are committed to serve the community through our news and information service. Our mission is to act with the utmost integrity at all times. We are able to fulfill our public mission because of the engagement, the support, and the trust of our members and underwriters... A Letter To Our Listeners And Members (Wed 3/8)



Haege named to “Talkers 250” list

Glenn Haege, host of the nationally syndicated radio program “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” has been named to the “Talkers 250” list, the 250 most important radio talk show hosts in America, by Talkers Magazine. Haege is one of only three radio talk show hosts in the “Home Talk” category, which includes home maintenance, improvement, gardening and economics. This is Haege's ninth consecutive year being named on this prestigious list.

The list is compiled from over 5,000 radio talk show hosts across the country considered by the Talkers editorial board. When evaluating candidates, editors look at courage, effort, impact, longevity, potential, rating, recognition, revenue, service, talent and uniqueness. The list took on a new format this year, from the “Heavy Hundred” to “Talkers 250” to reflect the industry's expansion and to include more stations, participants, format genres and technological platforms.

“It is a great testament to the quality of our radio program, and listeners, to again be included on the list of the most important radio hosts in America. We must be doing something right by delivering ‘clear and concise, how-to advice' all across the country,” stated Haege.

Haege has more than 30 years experience in the home improvement industry and his radio show, “The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” is nationally syndicated by Troy, Mich. based Handyman Productions, LLC, and can be heard on more than 160 radio stations nationwide. In addition, Haege is the author of 11 home improvement books and writes two columns each week for The Detroit News.



AllAccess.com:

Serch Exits WJLB/Detroit Morning Show: CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WJLB (FM98)/DETROIT morning show host SERCH, who was once part of the rap duo 3RD BASS, has exited. The other two players in the morning show, CO CO and FOOLISH will remain in place. (Fri 3/10)

 

Fox Sports Net Detroit to broadcast 112-game regular season Tigers' games

FSNFSN's comprehensive coverage of the Detroit Tigers in 2006 is highlighted by a network-record 112 regular season telecasts, including at least one game from every series on the team's schedule. Regular season telecasts begin with the April 3 season opener at the Kansas City Royals. FSN Detroit also has the April 10 home opener against the defending World Champion Chicago White Sox. FSN provides the only regional television coverage of the Tigers at spring training, originating two Grapefruit League contests in Lakeland, FL: Thursday, March 16 vs. the New York Yankees and Monday, March 27 against the defending National League champion Houston Astros.

Mario Impemba returns for his fifth season as FSN Detroit's play-by-play announcer, joined for the fourth consecutive year by analyst Rod Allen. This marks the ninth year for Tigers telecasts on FSN Detroit, which earned a 2005 Michigan Emmy for “Best Sports Play by Play”. In addition to the road and home openers, here are other highlights of FSN Detroit's Tigers regular-season telecast schedule in 2006:

• At least one telecast from each of the 52 series on the Tigers schedule.
• 50 games against their Central Division counterparts – Chicago White Sox (15), Minnesota Twins (13), Cleveland Indians (12), Kansas City Royals (10).
• A total of 12 telecasts featuring the perennial powers of the AL East – New York Yankees (6), Boston Red Sox (6).
• A strong lineup of 15 inter-league contests including games against the Cincinnati Reds (3), Chicago Cubs (2), Milwaukee Brewers (2), St. Louis Cardinals (3), Houston Astros (2) and Pittsburgh Pirates (3).
• Holiday telecasts on Memorial Day, May 29 vs. New York Yankees and Independence Day, July 4 at Oakland Athletics.
• The Tigers final game of the season, Oct. 1 vs. Kansas City.

A one-hour Tigers Season Preview special premieres Saturday, April 1 at 6:00 PM. Most regular season telecasts are preceded by the 30-minue Tigers Pregame, hosted by John Keating. The Emmy-winning Tigers Weekly returns April 8 and airs most Saturdays throughout the season at 11:30 AM. The Tigers also are covered nightly on the Detroit Sports Report at 10:00 PM or immediately after the game. Following FSN Tigers telecasts, DSR goes into post-game show mode with highlights, analysis, manager Jim Leyland's media session and player reaction. And, FSN's profile series Spotlight will have episodes featuring Tigers personalities during the course of the season.

FSN Detroit's coverage of the Tigers goes to 3.2 million cable and satellite homes throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.



Magic 105.1's first-ever bowling party is coming to Canton

WMGCWMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, has announced its “Magic Bowling Party” scheduled for Saturday, March 18th at Super Bowl Lanes in Canton. The event will be hosted by many of Magic's personalities- Cyndy Canty, Mitzi Miles and Linda Lanci will host the first bowling session that goes from 1-3pm. Jim Harper, Jim Paolucci, Mike Bradley and Fay Samona will host the second bowling session which lasts from 3-5pm.

Listeners can win a spot for themselves and three guests to attend one of the two bowling sessions taking place at the “Magic Bowling Party” by listening to WMGC or visiting the station's web site at detroitmagic.com. There will be door prizes and special contests, as well as food, soft drinks and fun for all.



Detroit Free Press:

Steve Harvey was a little nervous. The comic actor and radio show host had decided to come clean. Harvey was on the verge of making a significant change in his life, and even though he's a public figure, he didn't exactly want to do it in a public way. For two decades, he had been known for delivering foul-mouthed, hilarious dialogues on life, including many in the smash comedy concert film "The Original Kings of Comedy." But he was ready to switch gears, become closer to God and do away with his otherwise un-Christian-like devices. He decided he wanted to become a better man... Steve Harvey is the new Mr. Clean (Sun 3/12)


A pool table and Persian rugs given to a former salesman for the University of Michigan's public radio and television stations as performance bonuses last year are among the things U-M police and administrators are investigating in a criminal probe of the stations' fund-raising, a lawyer for the man said Sunday. Meals provided to staff members and a Christmas party at a local restaurant are also part of the probe, said Tom Moors, an attorney for Jeremy Nordquist, an account executive who sold airtime and was fired from Michigan Public Media in January. The meals and the merchandise were provided in exchange for announcements on the station, he said. Nordquist, who is appealing his firing, and his supervisor, Justin Ebright, development director for Michigan Radio, have both been questioned by police, according to their attorneys. Ebright left the station in November after eight years... U-M radio, TV subject of probe (Mon 3/13)

 

WUOMStephen Schram, a seasoned business executive with 30 years of experience in radio, television and electronic media, has been named interim director of Michigan Public Media at the University of Michigan. Michigan Public Media includes Michigan Radio, an NPR news station broadcasting in Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Flint, and Michigan Television, a PBS member station broadcasting in Flint. “I am very pleased to join the team at Michigan Public Media,” Schram said. “These dynamic broadcast voices educate and inform their listeners at the very highest levels of excellence. I look forward to growing their impact and success.”

Schram replaces Donovan Reynolds, who resigned as director of Michigan Public Media effective March 1. Schram will serve as interim director while a national search is launched for a permanent replacement. As interim director, Schram will be responsible for continuing Michigan Public Media's high-quality news and information programming, as well as overseeing all aspects of business operations. “Our public radio and television stations make an important contribution to community education and an informed public dialogue in Michigan,” said U-M President Mary Sue Coleman. “I am pleased that Steve was available to contribute his business expertise to the stations during this period of transition.”

Schram has 17 years of senior leadership experience in the Detroit radio and TV market, including executive positions with Infinity Broadcasting, Clear Channel Broadcasting and WJBK-TV Fox 2. Currently he is president of Schram Communication Group, a newly formed media and management consultancy. In 2003 he was hired as vice president and general manager of three FM radio stations in Detroit, and was promoted to senior vice president and director of sales for Infinity Broadcasting's six-station Detroit radio group where he served until 2005. From 1996-2002, he was vice president and general manager for Clear Channel's seven Detroit-area radio stations. He was director of marketing for WJBK-TV Fox 2 from 1988-1996. Schram served as director of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters in 1999-2002 and 2003-2005. He holds a B.A. degree in television and radio from Michigan State University.

Michigan Radio, the largest public radio station in the state, serves more than 450,000 listeners through its three broadcast stations: WUOM- FM 91.7 in Ann Arbor, WVGR- FM 104.1 in Grand Rapids and WFUM - FM 91.1 in Flint. Michigan Television, WFUM Channel TV 28 in Flint, reaches more than 3.3 million households in mid and southeast Michigan. The two stations have won numerous state and national awards for their innovative programming. Michigan Radio was named Public Radio Station of the Year on March 14 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the seventh time in the last eight years.

 

The Detroit Free Press' web site this afternoon is reporting that felony embezzlement charges have been filed in Washtenaw County against three former staffers of Michigan Public Media, the umbrella organization that oversees radio stations WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, and WFUM-TV 28 Flint along with Washtenaw-county based cable-TV outlet The Michigan Channel.

Charged are Michael Coleman, currently the general manager of public WDET-FM (101.9) Detroit, along with Jeremy Nordquist and Justin Ebright.

Ex-Michigan Public Media workers charged with embezzlement

 

Detroit Free Press:

A new way to get your favorite radio stations has quietly been going on the air in Detroit. Not only does it feature crystal-clear quality -- FM stations sound like CDs, AM stations sound like FM -- but it also includes second channels featuring everything from local artists to deep tracks. And it's not satellite radio. It's free, high-definition radio, or HD radio. All you need to get it is a special receiver... Digital Life: HD the future of free radio (Tue 3/14)


WXYZ-TV news anchor Frank Turner is asking people to pray for divine intervention to sway Channel 7 to allow him to host a religious radio show on Christian WEXL-AM (1340). Turner bills himself as "America's First Evangelical Anchorman" on www.frankturner.org, a site devoted to his off-camera religious pursuits. There, he wrote that WEXL has reserved a weekday time slot of 10 a.m. to noon. "The only problem," he continued, "has been securing a letter of release from WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) acknowledging an exception to our contractual agreement that will allow our daily radio ministry to be broadcast... Turner asks help toward evangelism (Tue 3/14)


Getting their shot: Coco and Foolish, on Clear Channel's WJLB-FM (97.9) morning show. The station parted company with morning show main man MC Serch last week, and Coco and Foolish will get a tryout. Station officials said they couldn't discuss Serch's departure, but a source who requested anonymity said the departure was not a contract nonrenewal issue... Names and Faces (Tue 3/14)


The Federal Communications Commission proposed an indecency fine of $3.6 million against CBS, its owned and operated stations including Detroit's WWJ-TV (Channel 62) and affiliates Wednesday. At fault was a "Without a Trace" episode that aired in December 2004. It was cited because of graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy." Also, the FCC rejected an appeal by CBS, and upheld its $550,000 fine against 20 of the network's stations for the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl two years ago... FCC proposes fine for CBS (Thu 3/16)


The sedate, urbane world of public broadcasting was rattled Thursday as prosecutors charged three former employees of Michigan Public Media with illegally accepting golf club memberships, Persian rugs, airline tickets and massages in exchange for on-air considerations at the state's top public radio station. Each of the men -- current WDET-FM general manager Michael Coleman, Jeremy Nordquist and Justin Ebright -- was charged by Washtenaw County prosecutors in Ann Arbor with embezzlement of under $20,000 while working at Michigan Public Media-controlled WUOM-FM (91.7). Each could face up to five years in prison if convicted... Scandal shakes public radio (Fri 3/17)


Michael Coleman, the embattled general manager of Detroit Public Radio, told the Free Press today that he didn't take food, alcohol, airline tickets and hotel rooms in exchange for on-air acknowledgements while he worked for the University of Michigan's public radio and television stations. Coleman was one of three former Michigan Public Media employees charged Thursday in Ann Arbor on one count of embezzlement under $20,000. He faces a maximum of five years in prison if convicted. He may also be required to pay a fine of $10,000 or three times the amount of the alleged embezzlement, according to court records... Detroit Public Radio's general manager says he's innocent (Fri 3/17)



Detroit News:

Turner wants jobs at WEXL and WXYZ: WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchorman Frank Turner wants viewers and fans to pray that his employers will allow him to host a morning program on WEXL-AM (1340), a Christian station. The plea for prayer can be found on Turner's religious Web site, www.frankturner.org. On it, Turner says the only thing stopping him from spreading the ministry as "America's First Evangelical Anchorman" is a letter of release from WXYZ... Newsmakers (Tue 3/14)


The news had been percolating through channels for a week that veteran Detroit radio executive Steve Schram was being considered for Donovan Reynolds' job as director of Michigan Public Media at the University of Michigan. Finally on Wednesday, U-M made it official. Schram was named interim director effective immediately, replacing Reynolds, who departed March 1. His hiring brings stability as U-M tries to move past the recent dust-up over fundraising irregularities at WUOM-FM... Interim U-M media boss named (Thu 3/16)


A government crackdown on indecent programming resulted in a proposed fine of $3.6 million against dozens of CBS stations and affiliates on Wednesday -- a record penalty from the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC said an episode of the CBS crime drama "Without a Trace" that aired in December 2004 was indecent. It cited the graphic depiction of "teenage boys and girls participating in a sexual orgy." CBS said it strongly disagrees with the FCC's finding. The program "featured an important and socially relevant storyline warning parents to exercise greater supervision of their teenage children. The program was not unduly graphic or explicit," the network said in a statement... CBS fined $3.6M for alleged indecent programs (Thu 3/16)


The head of public radio in Detroit was charged with embezzlement Thursday, accused of accepting money, airline tickets and lodging while he worked as deputy director of a radio station owned and operated by the University of Michigan. Michael Coleman, general manager of Wayne State University's WDET-FM, was charged in 14A District Court in Ann Arbor with one felony count of embezzlement while at his former job at Michigan Public Media's WUOM-FM (91.7). He could face five years in prison, a fine of $10,000 or three times the amount embezzled, whichever is more... WDET chief faces embezzling charges (Fri 3/17)


You can believe this and take it to the bank: Steve Harvey is coming clean. Yes, the veteran standup comedian, one of the "Original Kings of Comedy," known for his uproarious blue jokes and hilarious takes on life, says he's strengthening his relationship with God, praying daily and reading his Bible. He's also working really hard to stop cursing in his comedy shticks. The 49-year-old, who's also a syndicated morning radio show host heard locally on WMXD-FM (Mix, 92.3), says the change came when he pondered these questions: "What does it profit a man to gain the whole word and lose his soul? What is it all about?... Harvey cleans up comedy routine (Fri 3/17)



Ann Arbor News:

The criminal investigation into University of Michigan public radio station WUOM involves the station's fundraising and whether employees improperly received gifts from businesses mentioned on air, said an attorney representing a former employee questioned by police. Dan Geherin, the attorney for Justin Ebright, the station's former development director, confirmed Monday that Ebright was recently interviewed by investigators with the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety... WUOM probe checks gifts, fundraising (Tue 3/14)


Just two weeks before a key fundraising drive, Michigan Radio officials are hoping to minimize the fallout from revelations Thursday that three former employees took gifts ranging from airline tickets to golf club memberships in exchange for on-air mention on the popular public radio station heard across the state. Officials at the University of Michigan-operated station said they will keep the public's support by relying on the service's reputation for quality programming and by a quick response to criminal charges that exposed glaring weaknesses in financial reporting and oversight... Ex-WUOM staffers charged (Fri 3/17)


The next step isn't yet clear following a recent state appeals court decision regarding the firing of outspoken WEMU radio personality Thayrone in 2003. The decision, announced earlier this month, overturned a June 2003 ruling by Washtenaw County Circuit Court Judge Timothy P. Connors, who had dismissed the DJ's lawsuit against the station. Now, Eastern Michigan University could appeal the reinstatement of the suit to the Michigan Supreme Court; however, the case will more likely return to Washtenaw County for further proceedings - likely a trial... WEMU weighing options in Thayrone case (Fri 3/17)



All Access:

PD Maguire Takes Afternoons At WTKA/Ann Arbor
CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR afternoon host DENNIS FITHIAN exits, and PD RYAN MAGUIRE is taking over the afternoon show 3-6p beginning MONDAY (3/20). 6-7p will feature a new show, "IN CASE YOU MISSED IT," a replay of the station's best interviews and guests from the rest of the day hosted by Exec. Producer JOSH VERNIER. MAGUIRE will continue to oversee programming and operations at WTKA and sister Talk WLBY-A. (Fri 3/17)

 

Michigan Boys Basketball Finals Saturday on FSN Detroit

FSNFSN Detroit's coverage of Michigan high school championship events continues Saturday, March 25 with regional coverage of all four games in the 2006 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals from the Breslin Center in East Lansing. This marks the ninth consecutive year the boys finals have aired on FSN Detroit. Play-by-play announcers are Fred McLeod (Class D & C) and John Keating (Class A & B). Game analysts are Greg Kelser (Class D & C) and Tim McCormick (Class A & B). Shireen Saski is the sideline reporter for all games.

Here is the lineup of the 2006 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals on FSN Detroit. The participating teams are determined after semifinal action on Thursday and Friday, March 23-24:

MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals – Saturday, March 25
Class D: 10:00 AM, LIVE (Fred McLeod, Greg Kelser, Shireen Saski)
Class C: 12:00 PM, LIVE (McLeod, Kelser, Saski)
Class A: 4:00 PM, LIVE (John Keating, Tim McCormick, Saski)
Class B: 8:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, McCormick, Saski)
Following the Class B game, FSN presents a special edition of the Detroit Sports Report – DSR: Basketball Finals Recap, a 30-minute show comprising highlights, interviews and analysis from all four state championship contests.



Alexander Zonjic performs in concert fundraisers

ZonjicNo stranger to supporting good causes, jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic has been involved in a number of fundraisers over the years. Here are some upcoming events and recognition for service that Zonjic recently received:

Two great bands, Alexander Zonjic & Friends and saxophonist Warren Hill and his band, will perform for one great cause on Sunday, April 9 in a concert to benefit Smooth Jazz V98.7's Fund the Music program. The 7:30 p.m. show takes place at The Roostertail in Detroit. Tickets are $30 and available on-line at https://roostertail.com/tickets/. Fund the Music supports music education in select metro Detroit area schools. Studies show that there are many benefits to children learning music in schools. It enhances reading and math skills - not to mention building self-esteem, appreciation of music, building teamwork and more. Gently used musical instruments and donations are also being collected. Smooth Jazz V98.7 is working in conjunction with Communities In Schools (CIS), an organization that will assist in facilitating the program with the schools.

Alexander Zonjic has begun preparations for the tenth annual concert for the Windsor Downtown Mission. It will be held May 13 at the Capital Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, which is Alexander's hometown and current residence. The Windsor Downtown Mission feeds the homeless, offers them spiritual and moral support, provides health care, referrals, clothing and employment support.

Zonjic was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International-District 6400, which covers Southeastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. Zonjic was recognized for his work in performing and producing the Piper's Holiday Concerts held last December in Dearborn, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario to benefit the Children of the Dump in Nicaragua. The concerts raised a total of $35,000 for the Hope and Relief Fund which supports a Catholic mission in Chinandega, Nicaragua. The money helps families in need and several schools. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International. In attendance was Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido.

Alexander Zonjic performs in about 100 concerts a year and is the host of a popular weekday morning radio show on Smooth Jazz V98.7 WVMV. He is also artistic director of several music festivals and is part owner of the award-winning jazz supper club “Seldom Blues.” His current CD bears the same name as his restaurant and his second single “Sweat” is being heard nationwide.



Detroit Free Press:

More public radio furor for WDET-FM (101.9), which this week saw general manager Michael Coleman charged with embezzlement during his run at Ann Arbor's WUOM-FM (91.7). The band Los Lobos has expressed its desire through its manager not to honor the agreement it made with WDET to appear at a fund-raising performance in May. It's an apparent protest over WDET's daytime switch from music to talk... Los Lobos reneges on gig (Sat 3/18)



Detroit News:

In the annals of scandals, the current mess at WUOM-FM (91.7) -- the Ann Arbor public radio station -- is penny ante-gate. But in the hearts and minds of public radio listeners -- many of whom support the Ann Arbor station with pledges followed by real dollars -- the news is more shocking than Howard Stern's dirty jokes from the ozone. That's because public radio is a haven, an on-air retreat from mean-spirited tricks, loud rants, Top 40 music and the consciously un-civil. Outside of Canada, where else might you hear complete sentences spoken in English with implied punctuation, delivered in a tone of congenial refinement? In the world of public radio, rationality is strived for, if not always attained, and delivered -- here's the key part -- virtually free of mercenary concerns... Ann Arbor public radio scandal tests loyalty of sponsors (Sun 3/19)

 

After 6 years of battling Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Sabrina Black passed away last night at the home she and her husband, Steve shared in Clawson.

Sabrina, a former Detroit radio personality and the wife of WRIF's weekend jock, Steve Black, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2000 and had undergone numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments as well as two bone marrow transplants. Over the course of the last couple of weeks, Sabrina's condition worsened and she finally succumbed to the cancer last night, surrounded by her loving husband and her two cats. Sabrina was best known for her work as a sports update reporter at WDFN-AM 1130.

Steve Black commented, "It is with great sadness that I'm announcing the loss of my amazing wife Sabrina. Sabrina battled cancer for more than 6 years, but died at home in our bed at 9pm on Monday, March 20th. I'll admit that the last several days were difficult for her and she continued the fight to her last breath. I feel very lucky, of all the billions of people in the world, God choose me to love Sabrina and help her cross from this world to the next. We are both proud of what we accomplished as a couple, we had the chance over the last few weeks to look back and we did everything right. We had time to look through our photographs, talk and laugh before she became bed ridden. Her last four days were very difficult and she fought as hard as she possibly could. It is comforting to know that we did not waste one single day in our nine years together."

Sabrina's memorial service is open to the public this Saturday, March 25th between noon and 5pm at Gramer Funeral Home, located at 705 N. Main Street in Clawson.

Contributions can be still made to the Sabrina Black Fund to continue her fight, along with many others, against leukemia and lymphoma. The hope is that some day, the fund will be able to pay 100% of the medical bills of a cancer patient. To make a donation, send a check or money order payable to "The Sabrina Black Fund" to WDFN, Sabrina Black Fund, 27675 Halsted Road, Farmington Hills, MI 48331.



Detroit News:

Sabrina Black is gone, but her sunglasses are still on the table, and for now, they are enough for her husband to cling to. She died Monday night at home in Clawson, and when Steve Black woke up Tuesday, "I was so hesitant that this houseful of memories would be crippling." Instead, he saw the photos and trinkets and all the driftwood washed ashore in nine years together, "and everywhere I look, I find joy." It's only right, and only fair. Sabrina, 35, a former disc jockey and WDFN-AM (1130) sports reporter, fought Hodgkin's lymphoma with more spirit and more smiles for more years than even her husband thought possible... Sabrina Black's spirited battle (Wed 3/22)

 

Channel 20 Detroit signs with MyNetworkTV

Granite TV owned WDWB-TV 20 Detroit has inked an affiliation deal with Fox's new "MyNetworkTV" offering effective with the launch of the network this fall. Channel 20 has been the market's WB affiliate since that network's creation but was temporarily left without an affiliation when it was announced that WKBD-TV 50 would become the area's CW affiliate earlier this year. The CW was formed as combined network of the current WB and UPN nets, both of which will shut down this summer. The CW landed on Channel 50 by default as the station is owned by CBS, the managing partner behind the CW.



Bloomfield Hills WBFH 88.1 scores numerous MAB awards

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won six first place awards, five second place awards and five third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) at their annual conference held Tuesday, March 14, 2006 at the Lansing Center. The MAB received 527 entries from 34 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcast Awards competition. WBFH students won 16 of the 25 awards given out in the high school radio division, including first place in six of the eight categories.

Andover senior Ryan Fishman won three individual awards: 1st Place, Public Service Announcement; 1st Place, Promotional Announcement; 3rd Place (tie), Sportscast/Play by Play. Andover senior Erin Kashawlic won three awards: 1st Place, Sports Public Service Announcement; 2nd Place, Radio Air Check; 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement. Andover senior George Tunis won two awards: 2nd Place (tie), Sports Public Service Announcement; 2nd Place, Talk Show with Andover senior P.J. Wascher. Andover junior Wade Fink won two awards: 2nd Place Sportscast/Play by Play; 3rd Place, Promotional Announcement. Lahser senior Rachel Fishman won 1st Place, Newscast. Andover senior Jake Neher, Andover senior Nick Gallick, and Andover junior Kevin Qian won 1st Place, Talk Show. Lahser senior Valenta Bedford won 3rd Place (tie), Sports Public Service Announcement. Andover senior Lauren Edelman won 3rd Place, Public Service Announcement.

Six WBFH students won 1st Place in the Large Group category: Ryan Fishman, Rachel Fishman, Tunis, Kashawlic, Fink and Edelman. Four WBFH students won 3rd Place in the Large Group category: Neher, Qian, Wascher, and Andover senior Marco Myerson.

Due to the number of awards won by WBFH students, WBFH was named the 2006 MAB High School Station of the Year and received a gold record award from BMI. This was the fourth year in a row that WBFH won or tied for MAB Station of the Year. Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Chief Engineer Randy Carr accepted the Station of the Year Award on behalf of their award-winning students.

WBFH Operations Manager Ryan Fishman was pleased with the performance of the Biff students this year compared to last year: "We won three more total awards and one more 1st Place this year which is impressive." Motivational speaker Ron Bachman gave the keynote address at the awards luncheon.WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm.



AM 580 Serves “The Blue Plate Special” as part of the Midday Café

CKWW-AM 580, Motor City Favorites, has announced a brand new feature airing weekdays at Noon called “The Blue Plate Special” The feature kicks off the Midday Café Show and will feature 5 songs- all with the same theme. Upcoming specials include “Elton John songs”, “Sunny Songs” and “4-Letter Words” (songs with four letters in the title!) just to name a few. Wayne Stevens presents “The Blue Plate Special” as part of the Midday Café, weekdays following the Noon news on AM 580, Motor City Favorites.



WMGC to host “Magic 80's Prom Dance Party” in April

WMGCMagic 105.1 (WMGC-FM) will hold its “80's Prom Dance Party” at Laurel Manor in Livonia on Saturday, April 22nd, 2006. It will be a memorable event, complete with fantastic hors d'oeuvres, plenty of dancing, a photo booth and live music from That 80's Band. To fully enhance the “Magic 80's Prom Dance Party” experience, there will be a Prom King and Queen, 80's Idol Contest and much more! The only way in is to win- Listeners cannot purchase tickets to this “bodacious” 80's event. The Magic 80's Prom Dance Party is sponsored by Walsh College, Empire Today, English Gardens, Laurel Manor and Magic 105.1FM.



Detroit News:

Lots of folks wrote at different times last year to squawk about Tigers games and their sabbatical leave from local "free" television, which had been Channel 50's province until contract talks fizzled early in 2005. They were assured -- it might have been my mistake -- that 2006 would see a return to normal. Channel 50 would, no doubt, be back in the Tigers telecast business. The Tigers, after all, had a duty to their non-cable audience to make at least 25 games a year available, especially when there were plenty of senior citizens on fixed incomes who depended on Channel 50 to sate their Detroit baseball appetites... Tigers dropped the ball -- no 'free' game telecasts (Tue 3/21)


Video may have killed the radio star, but AM and FM radio stations are not yielding to the satellite challenge without a fight. Even as Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio strive to convince consumers to pay for a service they have received for free since its inception, the nation's broadcast radio stations are rolling out new digital technology that delivers better audio quality, less interference and a host of new features. Twenty-three Detroit-area radio stations already offer the new technology, known as HD radio, and the industry is lobbying aggressively to get automakers to offer HD radios in their cars and trucks... HD radio in driver's seat (Wed 3/22)



Detroit Free Press:

Channel 20 gets a network: Granite Broadcasting's TV20 (now WDWB, but destined to change call letters in the fall with the demise of the WB Network) has been signed as a new MyNetworkTV affiliate debuting Sept. 5. MyNetworkTV will launch with new scripted primetime drama series... Names and Faces (Thu 3/23)



Ann Arbor News:

Thayrone is out, but the doctor - Dr. Laura, that is - is in at WAAM (1600 AM), Ann Arbor's talk radio station. The change was effective Monday. Besides axing "On the Edge," Thayrone's personality-driven afternoon talk show, the station has dropped his Sunday night "Bone Conduction Music Show" as well. The decision was made at the corporate level, said Bob Hamilton, a national radio consultant who said he is now the station's acting general manager. Stephen Ames, who had been station manager and vice president, was let go Tuesday... WAAM drops Thayrone from lineup (Wed 3/22)



WDET programming notes

WDETBBC's "World Have Your Say" coming to Detroit March 30:
One of Public WDET-FM's 101.9 newest programs, the BBC's "World Have Your Say" will be coming to Detroit on Thursday, March 30 as part of an American tour. The program will be broadcasting from the famous Motown Museum on W. Grand Blvd. WDET's own Quinn Klinefelter, who regularly contributes to the BBC, will be a part of this special broadcast. Listeners who would like to be part of the studio audience and join in the conversation can get more information at the station's website at wdetfm.org. Other cities on the BBC's American tour next week include New Orleans, New York, Atlanta and Washington DC. The BBC's "World Have Your Say" airs weekdays from 1pm to 2pm on WDET 101.9FM and at wdetfm.org.


WDET News recognized by Michigan Associated Press with 7 awards, Detroit Public Radio Honored With General Excellence Award For 5th Straight Year-
The Michigan Associated Press has recognized WDET Detroit Public Radio as the best non-commercial radio station in Michigan with this year's "General Excellence" award in addition to six other recognitions. This is the fifth consecutive year that WDET has received the "General Excellence" award. The complete list of awards given to WDET by the Michigan AP is:

* General Excellence - WDET
* Best Newscast - Morning Edition 1/12/05 Craig Fahle.
* Best Spot News - WDIV Shooting - Quinn Klinefelter and Jerome Vaughn
* Best Hard News - Rosa Parks Funeral - Jerome Vaughn
* Best Feature - Barenaked Shakespeare - Celeste Headlee
* Best Sports Feature - All Star Work - Jerome Vaughn
* Honorable Mention Sports Feature - Danica - Quinn Klinefelter

"To be recognized by the Michigan Associated Press is a tremendous honor," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director. "We're proud of the hard work and persistence of our entire news staff to provide in-depth coverage of Detroit area news and events to our community. We strive to do our very best each and every day, and these awards remind us how important our local news service is to our listeners."



Chicago Sun-Times

Kevin O'Neill, afternoon personality at WNIC-FM in Detroit, begins double duty Monday when he signs on as afternoon host at WLIT-FM (93.9), via recorded voice tracks. Both adult-contemporary stations are owned by Clear Channel Radio. At Lite FM, O'Neill succeeds Dave Hilton, who'll concentrate full time on his job as production director. O'Neill is the second host from WNIC to be added to Lite FM by Darren Davis, regional vice president of programming for Clear Channel Radio. Davis, who doubles as program director of Lite FM, previously tapped WNIC morning man Chris Edmonds for the added role of overnight host here... Robert Feder column



All Access:

Kevin O'Neill To Host Afternoons At WLIT/Chicago: CLEAR CHANNEL AC WLIT/CHICAGO has obtained the afternoon drive services of sister AC WNIC/DETROIT afternoon host KEVIN O'NEILL. O'NEILL, who will be voicetracking the show from DETROIT, replaces afternoon host DAVE HILTON, who steps down to focus on his Production Dir. duties for the station. "KEVIN has been atop the ratings in the DETROIT market for over 25 years at AC, Hot AC, and CHR stations. He's a genuinely wonderful guy, and is honestly one of the hardest-working talents I've had the pleasure of working with in my career," said DARREN DAVIS, RVP/Programming for the CHICAGO TRADING ZONE and OM/PD for WLIT. "Radio is a true labor of love for KEVIN, and he will be a great addition to WLIT." Remarking on DAVE HILTON, DAVIS noted, "DAVE has done a great job holding down the fort in PM drive for many years, and we'll still hear him doing much of our vacation fill-in work and some weekend shifts." (Fri 3/24)


Dave Shand Named Morning Co-Host At WTKA-/Ann Arbor:
CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR, MI has named DAVE SHAND the station's new morning co-host, effective MONDAY (3/27). SHAND, who recently served as co-host of WTKA-A's SUNDAY morning program "OFF THE FIELD," will join morning host MIKE WICKETT for "MORNINGS WITH MIKE AND DAVE." (Fri 3/24)

 

Veteran Detroit Broadcaster Entertained Listeners For More Than 45 Years

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM 101.9 host Gene Elzy, host of WDET's "The Gene Elzy Program" heard Saturday nights from 6pm to 9pm, has announced his retirement after more than 45 years in broadcasting. Gene says he is looking forward to relaxing and spending time with his family in full retirement. In addition to WDET, Gene also worked at celebrated Detroit stations WJR-AM, WCHB-AM, and WCHD-FM (now WDMK) during his long career.

"I have truly enjoyed being a part of the world-class hosts and on-air personalities that call WDET their home," Elzy said. "Much of my life I have spent on the air. The station management and programming at this fine station will always rank in my book among the best. After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to bring my broadcasting career to a close. I am extremely proud to have been a part of this team of broadcast professionals. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to share a delightful audience with you and the entire WDET team."

Everyone at Detroit Public Radio is wishing Gene all the best in his retirement, and thanking him for his years of service and will always consider him one of WDET's and Detroit's great broadcasters. "We are going to miss Gene deeply," said Allen Mazurek, WDET program director. "It's rare when an individual gets to do somthing they love for 45 years, and we feel grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and know Gene Elzy."

Allen Mazurek will host a special tribute show to Gene Elzy in Gene's former timeslot, Saturday, 6pm to 9pm, tomorrow, March 25. Listeners who want to send Gene Elzy a note are invited to do so via email at gelzy@wdetfm.org.

 

Ann Arbor News:

They've come in steadily, a few dozen e-mails and phone calls, all asking the same question. What happened to Dennis Fithian? Why, after 11 years, did he suddenly disappear from the afternoon radio airwaves on all-sports WTKA-AM (1050) after the March 14 show?... Fithian will be missed; Radio host's 'every-fan' approach a hit with listeners



Detroit News:

State legislation that would let AT&T Inc. circumvent local franchising requirements as it rolls out Internet-based television service in Michigan could cut communities' revenue and deprive some families of cable TV. A pair of bills, one introduced last week in the state House and another in the Senate earlier in the month, would put the Secretary of State's office in charge of overseeing cable providers rather than local officials... Pair of bills could limit access to cable television (Mon 3/27)

 

Support for Detroit's new Classical and Jazz radio station faces first major test with 90.9 WRCJ Member Drive

The long-awaited return of classical music and mainstream jazz to Detroit radio has been trumpeted since August 2005 by many fans of 90.9 WRCJ-FM. Now, the area's new public radio station will present its first major membership drive and get a clear indication whether listeners who appreciate the sounds will provide their financial support. Beginning Friday, March 31 and continuing through Friday, April 7, 90.9 WRCJ program hosts and special guests will ask those listeners to make contributions to the non-profit, listener supported station, which is licensed to Detroit Public Schools and operated by Detroit Public Television.

WRCJAlthough the station has made limited fundraising appeals during its eight months as a daytime classical and nighttime jazz format, the spring drive will be the initial attempt to generate contributions through a campaign of live on-air pledging. Daytime classical hosts Dave Wagner, Chris Felcyn and Ann Delisi will welcome special guests to encourage support. Nighttime hosts Tony Mowod and Bob Parlocha will urge Detroit area jazz lovers to contribute. “We are eager to discover whether our growing and devoted audience will make financial commitments to 90.9 WRCJ,” said Bob Scott, WRCJ station manager. “Start-up funding from The Kresge Foundation made this collaboration between Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television a reality, but it is our listeners who ultimately will determine the long-term viability of our classical and mainstream jazz format.”

Tax-deductible contributions to WRCJ may be made by calling 1-866-909-WRCJ or online at wrcj909fm.org. Since its debut, WRCJ has featured the works of many local, national and international musicians, and showcased the events and recordings of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Sphinx Organization, and many other local performers and cultural organizations. From its studios in the Detroit School of Arts in the heart of Detroit's cultural center, 90.9 WRCJ is also providing internships for high school students, which are made possible through a grant from the Whitney Fund through the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan.



WWJ Newstime wins AP 2005-06 Broadcast Excellence Awards

The Associated Press recently announced the winners of the 2005-2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards. WWJ, Newsradio 950, received the Overall Excellence award in addition to winning 8 'Best' awards in the following categories: Newscast, Spot News, Hard News, Reporting, Investigative Reporting, Natural Sound, Sportscast, and Sports Feature. The awards will be presented at the AP Awards Ceremony in Southfield on April 8, 2006.



Detroit News:

Even when a hometown team opens its baseball schedule on the road, Opening Day is a merry date for fans who view that first pitch of the season the way Bill Gates saw his first laptop. Promise and potential are unlimited heading into the inaugural ballgame. Thanks to a recent, high-tech invention called television, fans can hunker inside their living rooms on a chilly April day or evening, saddle up to the sofa, pour a beverage of their choice and slurp up some baseball as tulips poke through the soil. Unless, of course, you follow baseball in Detroit in 2006. Barring some kind of deal this week with TV20 -- which is possible -- the Tigers will be on radio, only, when their 2006 season opens Monday in Kansas City (Please note, this information is incorrect-- Fox Sports Net has previously scheduled and will carry the opening day game from Kansas City)... TV schedule is Tigers' first error (Tue 3/28)



All Access:

Detroit's Eli Zaret Launches Sports Feature: Veteran DETROIT sportscaster ELI ZARET launches a two-minute syndicated sports segment, "SMART SPORTS," which will air on four DETROIT stations. The segment will air on MONDAY and FRIDAY mornings at 7:55a on CBS Sports WXYT-A and Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM) and CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A and Talk WDTW-A, and on MONDAY and THURSDAY afternoons at 5:55p on WDFN, WXYT, and WDTW. (Tue 3/28)


WQKL To Begin Webcasting: CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL/ANN ARBOR, MI announced today that the station will begin a webcast this THURSDAY (3/30) at 12:01a. The webcast, dubbed the "107one World Service," will be a live, real-time stream of the station's programming, 24 hours a day. Listeners will be able to visit the station's website at www.annarbors107one.com and follow the links to listen on a computer. (Tue 3/28)



Radio and Records:

Dave Shand joins Mike Wickett in mornings at WTKA-AM/Ann Arbor, MI. Shand was previously the co-host of the station's Sunday morning Off The Field program. (Tue 3/28)



Greater Media, Inc. Marks 50 Years in Broadcasting

Greater Media, Inc. (GMI), owner of Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, Classic Rock 94.7, and WMGC-FM 105.1 in Detroit, will officially mark 50 years in broadcasting on Friday, March 31st, 2006. Owned by the Bordes family, the company was originally founded on March 31, 1956 by Yale classmates Peter A. Bordes and Joseph Rosenmiller. Greater Media, Inc. is considered to be one of the largest and few remaining privately-held broadcast companies in America. GMI's corporate headquarters are located in Braintree, Massachusetts.

From the ownership of a single radio station in Southbridge, Massachusetts, Greater Media steadily and quietly built a broad-based combination of successful communications companies, spanning America from coast to coast. By the 1980's, Greater Media's business included radio, cable television, printing, publishing, and telecommunications operations. In 1999, the company sold its cable business in order to focus more exclusively on its radio and newspaper operations. Today, Greater Media is the parent company of 19 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey; a modern printing plant and a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; and several telecommunications towers throughout the United States.

"I am proud of the achievements of our company over the past years," said John Bordes, Greater Media's Chairman of the Board. "My brother wanted the company to remain independent and locally based. Lee Bordes, Peter Smyth and I are going to do exactly that. We look forward to growing Greater Media in the coming years. We believe passionately in the radio business."

"Greater Media is the culmination of Peter Bordes' life's work. Peter believed passionately in the strength of locally based, creative broadcasting that serves the needs of the community,” said Peter Smyth, President and CEO of Greater Media. He added, “In the coming years, Greater Media will continue to be among the first broadcasters to embrace new technologies and new methods of communicating with our listeners and advertisers. We know that is what Mr. Bordes would want us to be doing."



Detroit Winter Phase II ratings released

WNIC remains on top in the 12+ ratings, but the remainder of the top 10 spots shuffles dramatically. See the ratings at Radio and Records, discuss 'em on the Michigan Radio & TV Buzzboard.

 

WMGC announces first-ever wine testing event

WMGCWMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will hold its first-ever Wine Tasting Event from 7-10pm on Friday, April 7th, 2006 at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. (between 8 and 9 Mile Roads) in Southfield. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres over 10 types of wines that will be showcased with experts on-hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event. Additionally, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. The event will be hosted by the Magic Morning Show's Linda Lanci and other Magic 105.1 personalities. Listeners will not be able to purchase tickets to this event- instead they will have to listen to the station for details on how to win entry.



Detroit Free Press:

Tuesday's monthly Arbitrend radio report card for December, January and February shows Santa Claus continued to deliver for soft-rocker WNIC-FM. Still buoyed by high numbers for its December holiday music, it clung to the No. 1 position among all listeners 12 and older. But the end is near -- the December numbers get factored out next month. There are plenty of interesting numbers throughout this report. Country WYCD-FM surged to No. 2 overall and to No 3 in the key age 25-54 demographic. That's the station's highest ranking in eons... Holiday feeling lingers at WNIC (Wed 3/29)



Detroit News:

The Tigers decided Tuesday to end negotiations with TV20, which stood to televise a package of "free" TV games similar to the block of telecasts that once aired on Channel 50. "We were notified today by the Tigers that they opted not to move forward with our proposal," said Sarah Norat-Phillips, TV20 general manager. "I hate saying all is lost, but they're not pursuing our option"... Tigers, TV20 break off talks (Wed 3/29)

 

Detroit News:

Friday begins spring fundraising for public radio stations WDET-FM ( 101.9), WUOM-FM (91.7) and WRCJ-FM (90.9), and it's going to be anything but a routine few weeks, for any of them. WRCJ is entering its first fundraiser ever, and classical music fans who've been clamoring for their favorite format since the demise of classical radio in Detroit back in the late '90s will need to pony up some cash if they like WRCJ's daytime classical, nighttime and weekend jazz mix... Radio stations set for spring fundraisers (Thu 3/30)



All Access:

WDFN/Detroit Adds "The Ottoman Sports Empire": CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A/DETROIT gives update anchor/reporter ROB OTTO his own weekend show. "THE OTTOMAN SPORTS EMPIRE" launches APRIL 2 with KANSAS CITY STAR columnist (and former WHB-A and KSCP-A/KANSAS CITY host) JASON WHITLOCK and USA TODAY columnist CHRISTINE BRENNAN guesting on the opening installment. (Thu 3/30)

 

Detroit News:

When Channel 7 fired news anchor Frank Turner in 1998, it followed revelations of crack cocaine addiction and thousands of dollars in telephone sex line charges. Now Turner's lifestyle choices have the anchor and the TV station going to the mat again -- but the circumstances could not be more different. Turner, a born-again Christian who returned to the 5 p.m. anchor desk in 2000 a changed man, has filed a complaint against WXYZ-TV with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for refusing him permission to host an evangelical radio program in his spare time... TV anchor's choice: God or Ch. 7 job (Fri 3/31)



Detroit Free Press:

Frank Turner's contract to anchor the news at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) expires at year's end, the station says. And the likelihood he'll continue much beyond that has been clouded by his new Equal Opportunity Commission filing against the station for enforcing its exclusive contract for his broadcast services. Turner, who embraced evangelical Christianity after well-publicized cocaine and phone porn scandals in the late 1990s, wants to launch a two-hour weekday show on Christian broadcaster WEXL-AM (1340)... Turner pushing Channel 7 to allow his radio evangelism (Fri 3/31)



Flint Journal:

Michigan Public Radio got some good news for a change recently when it was named one of the best public radio stations in the state by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The Ann Arbor-based station, WUOM (91.7), which simulcasts in Flint as WFUM (91.1), earned the designation after winning eight 2005 Broadcast Excellence Awards from the MAB... Michigan Public Radio earns eight awards of excellence (Fri 3/31)

 

Detroit News:

When Deborah Tate joined the Federal Communications Commission in January, she knew her responsibilities would be vast, from reviewing corporate mergers to shepherding small towns into the digital age. But she wasn't quite prepared for all the swearing, violence and sex. "I'm not sure that it ever dawned on me that when I was appointed or sworn in that I -- the FCC commissioners -- would actually watch all of these" TV and radio shows named in indecency complaints, she said. Tate and her fellow commissioners agree it is an issue of great public concern... Guardians of decency (Sun 4/2)


Obituary: Richard A. Femmel may have changed jobs, but in his soul, he was always a shoe-leather reporter who preferred the facts to the sensational and didn't sleep until the story was put to bed. A founding member of the Detroit Press Club and nationally recognized broadcaster, Mr. Femmel was known for his intellectual curiosity, serious mind and level head. In 1964 and 1965, he won the National Headliners Award for the nation's most outstanding television editorials... WXYZ anchor focused on the facts (Sun 4/2)

 

CKWW set to debut Sunday morning Oldies program

CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, has announced a new show coming to its weekend line-up. “The Sunday Morning Oldies Show” is set to premiere this Sunday, April 9th at 10 AM. The two hour locally produced program will feature great oldies from the 50's and 60's, with some early 70's mixed in as well. It will be hosted by AM 580's Charlie O'Brien. Weekly features will include a Top 3 countdown from this week in history – highlighting past music charts from CKLW, Keener 13 and WXYZ - along with listener requests and stories behind the hits.

Charlie O'Brien brings a wealth of musical knowledge from the Motor City's music scene as a former “CKLW-Big 8” jock. He also hosts the AM 580 Morning Show heard weekdays. The Sunday Morning Oldies Show will air every Sunday from 10 AM to 12 Noon following Elvis Only! at 9 AM.



Detroit News:

The Appliance Doctor's wife once asked him to drill a few little holes alongside a window so she could hang a curtain rod. "When I was through," Joe Gagnon says, "I could have stuck my head in there. I had to hire a handyman to patch it up and repaint it." Along the same line, "I'm great at screwing up plumbing," he says. "If I touch a faucet, it starts leaking." So what the heck is he doing hosting a radio show called "Ask the Handyman"? Gagnon, 64, has been asking himself that question a lot lately -- and as of Monday, he's not hosting it anymore... Appliance Doctor gets a new practice on Ann Arbor radio (Wed 4/5)

 

Detroit News:

CBS's Detroit music stations are rolling out online streaming this month, so get your headphones plugged into your work computer. As of this past Monday, you could go to www.wvmv.com and hear Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) by clicking and listening online. Friday, country station WYCD-FM (99.5) will inaugurate its online stream at www.wycd.com with a special in-studio interview with the group Rascal Flatts at 6 p.m. with hosts Edwards & Lee... Detroit's CBS stations offer online streaming (Thu 4/6)



All Access.com

Mojo In The Morning Talks To Kim Mathers; Eminem Responds: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT's "MOJO IN THE MORNING" scored an exclusive interview with EMINEM's wife, KIM MATHERS, this morning. In the interview, KIM shares exclusive insight into the couple and their problems, which lead to yesterday's announcement that the rapper had filed for his second divorce from KIM just 82 days after the couple remarried. For audio and more, click here.

UPDATE: Following the interview, the station received the following email, which they claim was sent by EMINEM himself. "The details surrounding both my marriage and subsequent filing for divorce are private and I had hoped to keep them that way for the sake of my family. However, a few of Kim's statements in the interview this morning need to be addressed. First, her allegations regarding my status post-rehab are both untrue and unfortunate. Second, she was aware that I was filing for divorce. We both tried to give our marriage another chance and quickly realized that a wedding doesn't fix the underlying problems." (Thu 4/7)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Honored: WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter and former Free Press scribe M.L. Elrick at Thursday's Wayne State University Journalism Day luncheon. He received a WSU Journalist of the Year award for his reportage on city government and mayoral shenanigans. Tim Kiska, WWJ-AM (950) News radio producer, was journalist of the year for his perceptive analysis of mayoral voting returns and his book: "From Soupy to Nuts," the history of Detroit television ... Kim Mathers said Thursday that husband Eminem's (Marshall Mathers III) divorce filing on Wednesday left her surprised -- 82 days into their second marital go-round. Taking to the air Thursday morning on WKQI-FM (95.5), Kim Mathers said she hoped they'd get counseling. Instead, an attorney greeted her at her door, serving the divorce papers... Names and Faces (Fri 4/7)


Now that Katie Couric is going to the "CBS Evening News" and Meredith Vieira was named Thursday as her NBC "Today" show replacement, what happens next? Let's speculate. How will Vieira do on "Today"? The 52-year-old cohost of "The View" and host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" should be a whiz at the fluff stuff. She's also comfy with hard news... Viera vs. Couric: 'View' cohost can shine in new role (Fri 4/7)



Detroit News:

A day after being served with divorce papers by hip-hop superstar Eminem, Kimberley Mathers called into WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" show and gave her side of the story. She alleged Eminem is again struggling with drug addiction and said she hasn't talked to him in more than a month. She said he left their home a month and a half ago and "comes around once a week" to see their kids... Kim tells her side to Mojo (Fri 4/7)


The current shakeup on morning network news continued Thursday with Meredith Vieira's announcement that she will co-anchor NBC's "Today." Vieira -- best known for her work as the voice of reason for the past nine years on ABC's "The View" and as the host of the syndicated game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" -- made the announcement on "The View" to resounding applause from the audience. According to the Washington Post, Vieira landed a $40 million, multiyear deal with NBC. Katie Couric, 49, who shaped the No. 1-rated "Today" with her bubbly personality and trademark smile for 15 years, announced Wednesday that she will be heading to anchor the "CBS Evening News" and report segments on "60 Minutes." Her helm as a CBS anchor marks the first time a woman has anchored solo on broadcast primetime news... Pundits see success for Vieira (Fri 4/7)


Katie Couric has yet to deliver her first CBS newscast and questions are already swirling as to whether or not she can make it as the first woman in history to solely anchor a network news broadcast. The trademark smile that made Couric a household name for 15 years on NBC's "Today" show could work against her when it comes to delivering hard-hitting news, some television analysts and broadcast journalists said Wednesday. Others contend she is the radical change network news needs... Can Katie cut it? (Thu 4/6)



Ann Arbor News:

Local public radio stations WUOM and WEMU are preparing to wrap up their spring fundraisers this weekend in an unusually difficult climate, but still enjoying strong support from the community - and even the competition. The listener-supported broadcasting outlets of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University face challenges this year from not only the economy but also, in WUOM's case, criminal charges against former employees. The appeals for support are scheduled to wrap up tonight at 8 for WUOM (91.7 FM) and at 4 p.m. Saturday for WEMU (89.1 FM)... NPR stations wrap up drives (Fri 4/7)

 

Detroit News:

Katie Couric's decision to leave NBC's "Today" for the meatier, primetime solo anchor gig at CBS has created a lot of opportunities, and not just for her replacement Meredith Vieira. This is also a time, broadcast experts say, that ABC's No. 2 sunrise show "Good Morning America" could steal the top spot in the ratings. Meanwhile, scuttlebutt is surrounding Vieira's old digs, ABC's "The View," where producers are rumored to be seriously talking to actress Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond") as a possible Vieira replacement... Tomorrow may be brighter for ABC (Sat 4/8)



WJR programming notes:

On Monday, April 10th from 9-11:30 AM the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from Coaches Corner located in Harmonie Park for the Detroit Tigers Opening Day 2006. Then on Wednesday and Thursday, April 12-13 from 6-9AM the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from the 2006 New York International Auto Show.

 

Detroit Free Press:

They're tired of static. They're tired of the morning DJs. They hate commercials. They're tired of the same songs, played over and over and over. These are some of the reasons folks in metro Detroit give for why they decided to plunk down $13 a month for satellite radio... Find your frequency: Satellite radio services promise the stars, portability and channels galore (Mon 4/10)



The Oakland Press:

Cable rates have risen 86 percent in the past 10 years and 40 percent in the past five years, increases that are raising the call for more competition to help moderate prices and give consumers choices. There is a full court press by regional telephone companies on both national and state levels to allow them easy entry into the cable market. A set of state bills allowing AT&T to provide cable service to Michigan markets has been introduced and would bring that competition. But foes of the bill say it would also bring less local control and less local money and would "cherry-pick" only the prime customers. Prime customers are considered to be those in more affluent areas who tend to load up on services and to pay their bills on time... The high cost of cable (Sun 4/9)



Flint Journal:

Ask Jack Frost how important a community-minded radio station can be to its listeners, and he'll offer up the endorsement he got last month during his show on Kettering University's WKUF-FM (94.3). A woman who had just been released from Genesee County Jail called Frost crying in gratitude because she and other inmates were able feel connected to Flint by listening to Frost (real name: Cleven Williams) play hip-hop and R&B made by local artists every afternoon... Our airwaves (Sun 4/9)



All Access:

WTKA/Ann Arbor Renews U. Of Michigan Sports Deal: The UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN and HOST COMMUNICATIONS renew their deal with CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR, meaning that the WOLVERINES' football, men's and women's basketball, hockey, and some baseball games will continue to air on the station. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. (Mon 4/10)

 

Detroit News:

Russ Parr, whose syndicated morning show was dropped by Radio One's WHTD-FM (102.7), aka Hot 102.7, last July, is returning to the station's 6-10 a.m. slot as of this Thursday. "Due to popular demand, he'll be starting on Thursday morning," said vice president and general manager Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin. "We're thrilled to have him back. He was a staple on our station for five years, and he was missed and we're confident that the Russ Parr morning show will be great for Hot 102.7"... Popular demand brings Russ Parr back to airwaves (Tue 4/11)



Detroit Free Press:

The spring fund-raiser for the University of Michigan's public radio stations raised more than $766,000 -- 14% ahead of last year's total -- despite felony embezzlement charges pending against three former employees and a shaky economy. Listeners contributed the lion's share, more than $563,000, during the two-week drive that ended Friday, station manager Jon Hoban said Monday. "The charges do not appear to have hurt us," Hoban said. "We got notes from people with their checks telling us not to worry, they continued to support us"... Michigan Radio drive unhurt by charges against ex-staff (Tue 4/11)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Back: Syndicated-from-Washington Russ Parr, mornings on Radio One-owned WHTD-FM (102.7), starting Thursday. Parr, now aligned with Radio One stablemate Tom Joyner (mornings on WDMK-FM, 105.9), was broomed from 105.9 for low ratings back when the station played hip-hop instead of R&B... Names and Faces (Wed 4/12)



Ann Arbor News:

Although larger questions about the direction of the University of Michigan's sports radio package remain unanswered, local listeners will be able to dial into Michigan football games on a familiar spot this fall: WTKA-AM (1050). The Ann Arbor-based all-sports station announced it has renewed its agreement with the university's broadcast partner, Host Communications, to be an affiliate for Michigan football and men's basketball. WTKA will carry Michigan hockey, women's basketball and select baseball and softball games, as well. "This means everything to us. It's our identity,'' said WTKA program director Ryan Maguire"... WTKA remains affiliate for U-M (Wed 4/12)

 

Detroit News

The head of Detroit's public radio station WDET will stand trial on an embezzlement charge, an Ann Arbor judge declared Wednesday after a preliminary examination. Michael Coleman pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally accepting meals and other perks while he was deputy director of Michigan Public Media, the parent of the University of Michigan's radio and TV stations, including Ann Arbor's WUOM. He left the group in the summer to join WDET. Prosecution witness Keith Gordon Orr said Coleman accepted free food and drink from Ann Arbor's Aut Bar in partial payment for on-air mentions of the bistro... Radio exec to be tried over perks (Thu 4/13)


It's been a busy few weeks for the Mojo in the Morning crew on WKQI -FM (95.5), as they've found themselves at the vortex of not one, but two international music stories; first with their exclusive interview with Kim Mathers last Thursday. Mathers phoned into the show about being served with divorce papers from her now-estranged husband Eminem . Then, just two days ago, Mojo talked with friends and associates about the shootings at the CCC Club on Detroit's northeast side that left rapper Proof dead and Army veteran Keith Bender in critical condition. But it's not over yet... WKQI works its Mojo this month (Thu 4/13)



Detroit Free Press:

The former development director for the University of Michigan's public radio pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzlement for taking merchandise such as a lawn sprinkler system, a Persian rug and a golf membership while working at the stations. As part of the deal, a charge of conspiracy to embezzle was dropped against Justin Ebright, 35, of Whitmore Lake in exchange for his testimony against two former coworkers. At the end of a 4-hour preliminary exam, those men -- Michael Coleman, now general manager for WDET-FM (101.9) in Detroit, and Jeremy Nordquist, 28, of Saline -- were bound over for trial on embezzlement charges by Washtenaw County District Judge John Collins... U-M radio employee pleads guilty (Thu 4/13)



Ann Arbor News:

The practice of accepting free meals and tickets to various events was rampant at WUOM and its affiliates, according to the attorney for one of three former employees accused of trading on-air mentions on the popular public radio station for gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars. Attorney Tom Moors said several other employees at Michigan Public Media, including station managers and organization leaders, also received personal benefits in the form of meals, tickets to Detroit Tiger games, concerts, museums, and local theaters. "The exact thing was going on from top to bottom,'' Moors said before the start of a preliminary court hearing Wednesday... Reynolds testifies at embezzlement hearing (Thu 4/13)


Ann Arbor street personality Shakey Jake Woods is about to be a radio star, thanks to a segment on the show "Weekend America,'' which airs from 2-4 p.m. Saturday on WUOM (91.7 FM). The piece was produced and submitted by Jennifer Guerra, one of the winners in a "Weekend America'' story competition. Guerra, a U-M graduate, is a weekend host-arts and culture producer with Michigan Radio... Radio show to air piece about Shakey Jake (Thu 4/13)



Metro Times:

When the watchdogs at the Center for Media and Democracy released a report last week naming TV stations around the country that had used prepackaged "reports" produced by corporations, News Hits did some clicking at the nonprofit's Web site (prwatch.org) to see if any locals made the list. And, sure enough, there was one Detroit station that made the list of losers. Turns out WJBK-Fox 2 had broadcast two of what industry types call "video news releases," or VNRs. On Jan. 26, 2006, a report on the dangers of tykes surfing the Web was built around a clip created by a public relations firm on behalf of NetTrekker, a company that makes "child safe" Internet search engines... Foxy takes (Wed 4/12)

 

Clay Walker, Terri Clark & Josh Gracin Headline the 2006 Downtown Hoedown

WYCDCountry music fans from around the country will head down to Hart Plaza in Downtown Detroit May 19-21st for the 24th Annual 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown featuring an unprecedented 22 national country star acts including Clay Walker, Tracy Byrd, Terri Clark, Westland, MI native Josh Gracin, plus rising cutting edge stars like Miranda Lambert, Josh Turner, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson, and Keith Anderson. Local talent will include The Forbes Brothers, Derringer, Redhill, Jill Jack, and The Wrenfields. The Metro Detroit Ford Dealers, Budweiser, Comcast and Pure Romance sponsor the WYCD Downtown Hoedown and the concert proceeds will benefit the Detroit Parks and Recreation Department.

WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts commented, “This WYCD Downtown Hoedown continues our long tradition of bringing the latest in Country Music to over one millions fans in the heart of the Motor City. We appreciate the continued support and partnership with the City of Detroit while providing WYCD Country fans and tourists a world class entertainment event downtown for 3 big days.”

This year's WYCD Downtown Hoedown will be presented by Wasserman Media Group's WMG Events, a leading Los Angeles based event producer and Detroit Winterblast DirectorJon Witz. “We're excited to be collaborating with the City of Detroit, the Department of Parks and Recreation and WYCD in presenting the Downtown Hoedown. As the world's largest free concert, the Downtown Hoedown brings Detroit country music fans a wide spectrum of the best country entertainment in one fantastic setting. We look forward to producing a terrific event,” said WMG Events President, Eli Lande.

The Downtown Hoedown began in 1983 with Hank Williams, Jr., Tanya Tucker, The Kendalls, Brenda Lee and Mel Tillis. Since then, Hart Plaza has seen Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, the Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, Rascal Flatts, Gretchen Wilson, Big & Rich and more perform at the Hoedown.

WYCD's Downtown Hoedown is free to the public May 19th, 20th and 21st. For complete event details, log on to www.wycdhoedown.com.



'Rif Rock Girl Exotic 8 Party coming up tomorrow, April 15

WRIFThe “WRIF Rock Girl Search” continues as the “Sexy 16” become the “Exotic 8” this Saturday, April 15 at the Royal Oak Music Theater. This is the second in a series of three WRIF Rock Girl events. WRIF will begin the night by featuring the top 16 contestants, who have been selected through Round One of WRIF's online voting at www.wrif.com. Drew and Mike of WRIF's morning show will host the event, naming the top 8 contestants from Round Two of voting. Those contestants will become known as “The Exotic 8”

Once the “Exotic 8” have been named, WRIF will host a series of contests to feature their talents and get the crowd ready for Round 3 (the final round) of voting, which will begin on Monday, April 17. There will also be live music from local favorites Shipwreck Union. Doors are at 8pm and admission is free. The next and final WRIF Rock girl event will be held at the Emerald Theater in downtown Mt. Clemens. There, the “Exotic 8” will be pared down to the “Fabulous 4” and through a panel of celebrity judges; one woman will be named “WRIF Rock Girl”!

The winner will have the opportunity to represent WRIF for one year. As the WRIF ambassador, she'll attend concerts, VIP parties and events. She'll also receive a $30,000 salary, an ad in Stuff Magazine, a 1-year lease on a new car and she'll star in a WRIF commercial. The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules log on to www.wrif.com.



FSN Detroit has added the following game to its 2006 Tigers television schedule:

Friday, April 21: Tigers at Seattle Mariners, 10:00 PM (pregame show 9:30)

This is the first of several revisions to the Tigers telecast schedule that will be finalized early next week. That revised schedule also will include the 15 games to be televised on WDWB-TV20 starting in June.



Detroit Free Press:

Internet time will soon be the new prime time. The Net and on-demand digital recording services like TiVo have taught us that we can now take control over when and where and how we make our entertainment selections and that advertising need not be a part of them unless we so choose. There are new names for all this... Options put the hurt on TV ads (Fri 4/14)


Detroit's public radio station, WDET finished the on-air portion of their spring fund drive with more than $432,000 in listener donations, slightly ahead of their revised target of $420,000, membership manager Tim Burke said Friday. The announcement comes two days after Michael Coleman, the station's general manager, was ordered to stand trial on an embezzlement charge in Washtenaw County, for allegedly taking food and alcohol in exchange for on-air announcements while he worked at the University of Michigan's public radio and television stations, which include WUOM. (91.7-FM). He has denied any wrongdoing. Although WDET had set a target of $600,000 for the spring fund drive, Burke said he was pleased by the last minute show of support... WDET finishes on-air fund drive at $432,000, ahead of revised target (Fri 4/14)



Detroit News:

I f that wasn't DIRECTV calling my house the other night, who was it? DIRECTV is probably even more curious than I am, but unfortunately, I can't do a great deal to help unravel the mystery. I don't speak Spanish ... Sometimes knowing your audience means knowing you can make fun of it. Alexander Zonjic hosted the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards last weekend, and early on, he asked 1,200 people in a concert hall in suburban Toronto if they recalled what Robin Williams said about their home and native land... Now, telephone sales pitches take Spanish to say no (Fri 4/14)



Flint Journal:

Today will be "Silent Friday" for Owosso radio station WOAP-AM (1080). But it might be temporary. The station was to go off the air at 8 p.m. today, according to Wayne Milks, a board operator at the station, which broadcasts religious programming. But it may be only a temporary silence, according to a representative of WCAR-AM (1090), WOAP's sister station in Garden City. The stations are part of Michigan Catholic Radio, owned by 1090 Investments of Troy. "It's temporarily ceasing broadcast," said the woman, who identified herself only as Janice. "We're kind of restructuring programming and reorganizing," she said. "The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) granted a temporary cease broadcasting (permit). We don't know how long we will have before they have to sign back on"... Catholic radio station goes silent to reorganize, restructure (Fri 4/14)


When TV's WNEM (Channel 5) and WSMH (Channel 66) announced their new news partnership late Monday, effectively ending the latter's 3 1/2-year venture into producing its own newscasts, my first thought was to follow the money. Think about it. Fox66 can continue to have a daily news presence from 10-11 nightly without having to pay for news anchors, camera people or even cameras. It can go back to the way it was before it invested in its own news show in 2003 and still make money from that one hour a night. Meredith Corp.'s Channel 5 can devote considerably more resources - including anchors Sam Merrill and Katie O'Mara - to the new "TV5 News at 10 p.m. on Fox66" (say that three times), which debuts April 24, than Fox66 owner Sinclair Broadcast Group did... Channel 5, Fox 66 news partnership is win-win for both stations (Fri 4/14)

 

Detroit News:

The Downtown Hoedown, a springtime fixture in Detroit's Hart Plaza for 23 years, will go on this year (May 19-21) with new promoters, Wasserman Media Group of Los Angeles and Arts Beats & Eats promoter Jon Witz, although its future was less than secure only a few months ago. Michael Watts, who promoted the Hoedown for the last nine years and worked with the festival for 22 of its 24 years, said Thursday that his verbal contract with the Detroit Recreation Department to produce this year's festival was canceled. He said he was "forced out" of the event by the hosting radio station, WYCD-FM (99.5)... Promoter hitch won't derail popular Hoedown (Sat 4/15)



Detroit Free Press:

Debuting: "Eye on Style," at 7 tonight on CBS Detroit (WWJ-TV, Channel 62). Hosted by Dana Kushkin, the monthly show will look at metro Detroit's retail, lifestyle and beauty scenes... Names and Faces (Sat 4/15)

 

Revised Tigers TV schedule announced

FSN Detroit Telecast Slate Revamped with 13 New Games- First of 15 Over-the-Air Games on TV20 is June 1 vs. Yankees

The Detroit Tigers 2006 television schedule has been revised, including 15 games to be televised on WDWB-TV20 Detroit. Among the 15 games in the TV20 package, 13 were originally on the FSN Detroit telecast schedule. Those 13 games have been replaced on the FSN slate. In all, there are 127 Tigers games on television this season. The 15 games airing on TV20 will be produced by FSN Detroit, including its Tigers announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen.

Following is a rundown of the Tigers TV schedule changes and additions:

Games on TV20:
Thu. June 1 vs. N.Y. Yankees 7:05
Sat. June 3 vs. Boston 7:05
Thu. June 8 at Chicago White Sox 8:05
Sat. June 17 at Chicago Cubs 4:05
Sat. June 24 vs. St. Louis 7:05
Fri. June 30 at Pittsburgh 7:05
Thu. July 13 vs. Kansas City 7:05
Sat. July 22 vs. Oakland 7:05
Sat. July 29 at Minnesota 7:10
Thu. Aug. 3 at Tampa Bay 7:15
Sat. Aug. 5 vs. Cleveland 7:05
Fri. Aug. 11 at Chicago White Sox 8:35
Sat. Aug. 19 vs. Texas 7:05
Sat. Aug. 26 at Cleveland 7:05
Sat. Sept. 2 vs. L.A. Angels 7:05

FSNGames Added to FSN:
Fri. April 21 at Seattle 10:05
Tue. May 2 vs. Kansas City 7:05
Sun. May 14 at Cleveland 1:05
Mon. June 12 vs. Tampa Bay 7:05
Fri. July 7 at Seattle 10:05
Sun. July 16 vs. Kansas City 1:05
Mon. July 31 at Tampa Bay 7:15
Tue. Aug. 1 at Tampa Bay 7:15
Mon. Aug. 7 vs. Minnesota 7:05
Thu. Aug. 17 vs. Texas 7:05
Sun. Aug. 27 at Cleveland 1:05
Mon. Sept. 4 vs. Seattle 1:05
Sat. Sept. 16 vs. Baltimore 7:05

The complete Tigers 2006 schedule can be viewed / printed by clicking here. (pdf format)



Detroit News:

Country stars Terri Clark, Westland's own Josh Gracin, Clay Walker and Tracy Byrd will headline this year's Downtown Hoedown, set for Hart Plaza on May 19-21. Some of the up-and-coming, young country talent booked for the festival includes Miranda Lambert, Josh Turner, Jack Ingram, Jamey Johnson and Keith Anderson... Hoedown to get down with Terri Clark, Clay Walker (Mon 4/17)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

The practice of accepting free meals and tickets to various events was rampant at the National Public Radio station based in Ann Arbor, according to the attorney for one of three former employees accused of trading on-air mentions for gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars. Attorney Tom Moors said several other employees at Michigan Public Media, including station managers and organization leaders, also received personal benefits in the form of meals and tickets to Detroit Tigers games, concerts, museums and local theaters... Taking gifts rampant at radio station, lawyer says (Mon 4/17)

 

Red Wings playoffs 1st round TV Schedule set

Go WingsThe schedule and TV coverage for the Detroit Red Wings first round playoff series against the Edmonton Oilers has been announced:

Game 1: Friday April 21, WJBK Fox 2 Detroit, CBC, OLN, 7:00 PM
Game 2: Sunday April 23, NBC (WDIV Ch. 4 Detroit), CBC, 1:00 PM
Game 3: Tuesday April 25, Fox Sports Net Detroit, CBC, OLN, 10:00 PM
Game 4: Thursday April 27, Fox Sports Net Detroit, CBC, OLN, 9:30 PM
Game 5*: Saturday April 29, NBC (WDIV), CBC, 3:00 PM
Game 6*: Monday May 1, Fox Sports Net Detroit, CBC, OLN, TBD
Game 7*: Wednesday May 3, Fox Sports Net Detroit, CBC, OLN, 7:00 PM

(* if necessary) Games on OLN subject to blackout restrictions



WDET to air documentary series on cancer

WDETDetroit Public Radio has announced that it will air "Walking Through The Storm," a four-part documentary series that explores what cancer survivors can teach us all about hope and quality of life. The series was written and produced for public radio by David Freudberg and will air on WDET on April 23 and April 30 from 11am to 1pm. Each part of the series looks at a different facet of the survivor experience.

Among the many voices taking part in the series, listeners will hear from Dr. Susan Gardin, who counsels pediatric cancer patients in Detroit; Dr. Herbert Benson, President, Harvard University Mind/Body Institute; Robert Schimmel, cancer survivor and comedian; Dr. Andrew Weil, medical author; Dr. David Rosenthal, former President of American Cancer Society; and Hal Ackerman, cancer survivor and UCLA film professor.

Details of each of the four parts of this series and specific air time is detailed below:

Part 1: Journey for Recovery (airs Sunday, April 23 from 11am to 12pm): Cancer patients confront their fears - real and imagined; and a scientific look at how attitude affects health. How mind/body techniques can diminish cancer pain; and the therapeutic effects of keeping a personal diary.

Part 2: Humor and Health (airs April 23 from 12pm to 1pm): Hear professional comedians who are cancer survivors and learn the health benefits of humor and laughter. Playwrights who've used the stage for humor and poignant insight about their journeys through illness.

Part 3: The Will to Live (airs Sunday, April 30 from 11am to 12pm): In powerful dialogues with other patients, authentic connections emerge when people face their mortality. Physician Rachel Naomi Remen counsels patients drawing from her own bout with a life-threatening illness.

Part 4: The Power of Belief (airs Sunday, April 30 from 12pm to 1pm): Whether
or not people of faith, cancer patients go deeply into themselves to ponder their lives. A rabbi whose daughter died of cancer teaches martial arts to young patients, helping them find inner strength.



Detroit Free Press:

The former director of the University of Michigan's public radio and TV stations received more than $108,000 in exchange for his resignation and cooperation in a criminal probe of the stations, according to documents obtained by the Free Press. Donovan Reynolds, 55, also agreed not to bring legal action against U-M for age discrimination in exchange for the severance, the equivalent of nine months' salary, the records obtained under the state's Freedom of Information Act show. The settlement was paid out of the $9.4-million budget of Michigan Public Media, the stations' umbrella organization... Ex-chief paid in radio scandal (Wed 4/19)



All Access:

89X 15th Birthday Bash Happens June 18th: CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT celebrates its "89X 15TH BIRTHDAY BASH" on JUNE 18th at the STATE THEATRE. 89X announced the line-up this afternoon (4/18) will be DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, HAWTHORNE HEIGHTS, AFI, YEAH YEAH YEAHS, GUSTER, MINLESS SELF INDULGENCE, WE ARE SCIENTISTS, SAY ANYTHING, ASHES OF SOMA, LOVE ARCADE, and BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH. (Tue 4/18)


Beck Adds More Affiliates: PREMIERE's GLENN BECK adds two new weekday affiliates, KBLU-A/YUMA,AZ and KKSA-A/SAN ANGELO, TX. Adding BECK's weekend edition: WAAM-A/ANN ARBOR, KFTK/ST. LOUIS, WJNO-A/WEST PALM BEACH, KSCB-A/LIBERAL, KS, and KBLU. (Tue 4/18)


Supertalk 1560/Toledo Adds Michigan Football: CUMULUS Talk WTOD-A (SUPERTALK 1560)/TOLEDO adds UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN football under a new 3 year deal. Sister Sports WLQR-A (1470 THE TICKET) already carries OHIO STATE football, which should make things interesting in the CUMULUS/TOLEDO hallways when the two bitter rivals meet this FALL. (Wed 4/19)

 

Pistons playoffs 1st round TV Schedule set

Go PistonsThe schedule and TV coverage for the Detroit Red Wings first round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks has been announced:

Game 1: Sunday April 23, Fox Sports Net Detroit and TNT, 7:00 PM
Game 2: Wednesday April 26, WDWB Ch. 20 Detroit and NBATV, 7:30 PM
Game 3: Saturday April 29, Ch. 20 and ESPN, 9:00 PM
Game 4: Monday May 1, Ch. 20 and TNT, TBD
Game 5*: Wednesday May 3, Ch. 20, TBD
Game 6*: Friday May 5, Ch. 20, TBD
Game 7*: Sunday May 7, Ch. 20, TBD

(* if necessary)

Sunday's Tigers-Mariners Game to be simulcast on FSN Detroit and WDWB-TV 20

Due to Pistons' playoff basketball coverage, the television coverage of this Sunday's Detroit Tigers-Seattle Mariners game will be simulcast on FSN Detroit and WDWB-TV20. Game time is 4:00 PM. FSN will have the Tigers pregame show at 3:30. If the Tigers game is still in progress after 6:30 PM, coverage will continue through conclusion on TV20. Meanwhile, FSN viewers will be shifted to coverage of the Pistons-Milwaukee Bucks playoff game, which will include Tigers-Mariners updates.



Detroit Free Press:

In the words of WRIF-FM (101.1) broadcast immortal Arthur Penhallow--BAAAAAABY! Offspring are springing out all over. Let's start with the locals: WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reporter-anchor Christy McDonald and hubby WDFN-AM (1130) morning man Jamie Samuelsen have welcomed a son, Joshua Thomas Samuelsen... McDonald, Samuelsen have a boy (Thu 4/20)



Detroit News:

Make sure your TV remote has fresh batteries for the playoffs. And stretch your channel-changing thumb to prevent cramping or carpal tunnel syndrome. The Pistons, and especially the Wings, will be all over the place, starting Friday. The Wings' first-round matchup with Edmonton equals TV-viewing riches. The Wings will be on FSN Detroit, NBC, OLN, Channel 2 and CBC in the first round, meaning there shouldn't be a problem finding a channel ... Airwave oddities: Two odd things happened in local radioland over the last week, leaving some scratching their heads: WDFN's Rob Otto had former WDFN mid-morning host Brandon Tierney as a guest on his April 16 show. Tierney calmly ripped the station and morning show hosts Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady ... WXYT station honcho Rich Homberg denies this job listing is current, but it was up on cbsradio.com until Tuesday afternoon. And I have the printout of the help-wanted ad. His station was advertising for experienced on-air talent, with at least five years morning show experience in a major market... Wings, Pistons games will be all over the dial (Thu 4/20)



Ann Arbor News:

The plug has been pulled on Johnny Danger's Depot Town Radio. The unlicensed, Ypsilanti-based "pirate'' station that could be heard at 89.5 FM, was shut down this week, reportedly by the Federal Communications Commission. The low-power station began broadcasting in January and could only be picked up in the Depot Town area and south to about I-94. "It was the best thing that ever happened to Depot Town. ... Everybody loved it,'' said Linda French, owner of Sidetrack restaurant. "Part of the fun was trying to figure out where it was being broadcast from. It wasn't like they were interfering with anybody... 'Pirate' radio in Ypsilanti is scuttled (Thu 4/20)

 

Fischer to offer analysis for WXYT

Sidelined Red Wings' defenseman Jiri Fischer will offer his analysis of the Wings playoff run for Sports WXYT-AM (1270) beginning with Sunday's Game 2 against Edmonton. Fischer will be contributing to WXYT's local pregame coverage throughout the playoffs.

Fischer has been sidelined since November when he was struck with a heart ailment during a game against the Nashville Predators at Joe Louis Arena.



Detroit News:

Gene Schabath was watching the Red Wings' game the other night in Sterling Heights while he talked on the phone with his son Matt, who was watching the game on the same cable station in Houston. Well into the third period against the Dallas Stars, Matt interrupted their conversation with a whoop and a huzzah, in honor of the Wings' first goal. "What the heck are you talking about?" said his loving dad. "They didn't score"... Houston knows first: Why Macomb gets dad gets delayed TV feed (Fri 4/21)



Ann Arbor News:

Whether or not local radio DJ Thayrone's lawsuit against WEMU, the public broadcasting station at Eastern Michigan University, has enough merit to go to trial may be decided by the Michigan Supreme Court. Kenneth McKanders, legal counsel for EMU, said Thursday that the university has decided to appeal a Feb. 28 decision by a Michigan appeals court panel that reinstated Theron Hughes' wrongful dismissal suit against the station. Hughes, who goes by the on-air name Thayrone, was host of "The Bone Conduction Music Show'' for 17 years on WEMU (89.1 FM) before being fired in 2003... EMU appeals case of fired DJ (Fri 4/21)

 

2nd Annual Big Show for the Big Cure Bowlathon

Sports WXYT-AM 1270 afternoon hosts Art Regner and Doug Karsch will be hosting their 2nd annual bowlathon to promote prostate cancer research beginning Thursday April 27 at 2:00 PM and running 28 hours thru Friday afternoon at Lucky Strike Lanes at Fountain Walk in Novi. Proceeds from the "Big Show for the Big Cure" will benefit the Heny Ford Vattikuti Urology Institute.

For a small donation of $12.70 you can enjoy two games of bowling (shoe rental included) plus take part in many activities including live bands, silent auctions brought to you by Detroit Sports Gallery, celebrity guests, free PSA screenings and much more. In addition, there will be a Red Wings Playoff Viewing Party Thursday, April 27th at 9:30pm. There will be 6 Big Screens with the game on and Art will be doing his pre-game LIVE from Lucky Strike Lanes.

This year there will also be an on-line auction where listeners can bid on some fantastic prizes. On-line bidding starts today and will run until Monday, May 1st at 2pm. Visit the WXYT home page at www.1270sports.com for more information.



Smith to sub for Limbaugh

News-Talk WJR-AM morning man Paul W. Smith will fill in for nationally syndicated talk host Rush Limbaugh tomorrow (April 25th) from noon-3pm EDT.

 

Station makes announcements and lists accomplishments for 2006

WOMC-FM 104.3 announced today that the heritage Detroit radio station has a new name, “Motor City's 104.3 WOMC.” The station had been known as “Oldies 104.3 WOMC” since 1989. The word “Oldies” has traditionally meant music of the 1950s to many people and WOMC has actually never been a ‘50s-only' based radio station. “We are proud of our heritage in the Motor City and ‘Oldies' seems too limiting for what WOMC is overall,” says Steve Allan, WOMC Program Director.

WOMC will continue to play music of the 1960s and 1970s by artists such as: The Beatles, Rolling Stones, the great performers from the Motown era like the Temptations, Marvin Gaye, 4 Tops, plus Eagles, Elton John and Fleetwood Mac. “WOMC remains a top, personality-driven radio station with Dick Purtan in the mornings and market veteran Tom Ryan anchoring the ride home. As many other stations have done in different markets, this is not a format change, we are just dropping the word ‘Oldies' to better reflect the evolution of our product,” commented Allan.

In making this announcement, Vice President/General Manager Kevin Murphy says, “This is a natural progression for an ‘Oldies' station. Along with our new logo, our new positioning statement is ‘Dick Purtan Mornings and The Hits You Loved Growing Up.'”

The other major announcements for WOMC this year are: Dick Purtan, who recently signed a five-year contract, is being inducted into the National Association of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Plus, listeners can now hear WOMC live on their computers at www.womc.com through audio streaming; and, WOMC is now heard in HD Radio. “This is the perfect time for us to introduce our new name and to celebrate some huge accomplishments for WOMC,” says Murphy.

Dick Purtan and Purtan's People have been on WOMC for 10 years, since April 15, 1996. His five-year deal is a testament to his staying power in Detroit and strong connection with his thousands of loyal listeners. He will be inducted into the NAB Radio Hall of Fame on April 25, 2006, joining such radio legends as: Casey Kasem, Paul Harvey and Orson Wells; entertainers Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and George Burns; and Presidents Herbert Hoover and Ronald Regan. Dick Purtan is the only Detroit-based radio personality to be inducted into this prestigious Hall of Fame.

Listeners may now sign up for the Purtan's People email club at www.womc.com to hear the radio station anytime from their computers. Streaming has been one of the most requested features by listeners through telephone calls and emails to WOMC.

CBS Radio has implemented HD Radio technology developed by iBiquity Digital at many of its radio stations across the country including Motor City's 104.3 WOMC. HD Radio technology transmits digital audio and data alongside existing AM and FM analog signals, allowing listeners with HD Radio compatible receivers to enjoy crystal-clear digital sound and reception - AM sounds like FM; and FM sounds like a CD. The technology also provides listeners a variety of desired information such as song titles, artist names, traffic updates, weather forecasts, sports scores, and more.

 

Rick Bloom to broadcast daily stock market updates on Michigan Radio Network affiliates

Rick Bloom, the host of the Rick Bloom Show on WDTK-AM 1400 in Detroit and a financial columnist for the Oakland Press, will begin airing twice-daily business reports on Michigan Radio Network (MRN) affiliates throughout the state beginning Monday, May 1, 2006. The business updates will be heard daily before the stock market opens and after the market close.

Bloom, a recipient of Worth Magazine's “Top 250 Financial Planners”, will provide daily commentary on the stock market and economic conditions, financial planning tips and other business news that impacts Michiganders. He is an attorney and a CPA, and is a partner in Bloom Asset Management, Inc. in Farmington Hills.

“I look forward to doing these business updates each day, and I plan to make these segments more than just a standard stock market update,” Bloom said. “I pride myself in talking in simple terms about the stock market and finance, and I will relate changes in the market and economy to the listeners daily lives."

The Lansing-based Michigan Radio Network provides news and sports information to more than 60 radio stations throughout the state. The network will distribute two separate one-minute reports from Rick Bloom to its affiliates each business day. MRN News Director Rob Baykian said he looks forward to adding Bloom to the network's program line-up. “We're excited to have a highly respected business analyst such as Rick Bloom on the Michigan Radio Network,” said Baykian. “Rick provides us with an exclusive product that focuses on Michigan stocks and other business news.”

For a list of MRN affiliates, go to www.michiganradionetwork.com.



Alexander Zonjic to perform in Mother's Day weekend concert to benefit homeless in Canada

ZonjicFor the tenth year, flutist and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will be performing a charity concert for the Windsor Downtown Mission to benefit the homeless on Mother's Day weekend, Saturday, May 13. The Mission feeds the homeless, offers them spiritual and moral support, provides health care, referrals, clothing, and employment support.

The concert will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends with special guests guitarist Ken Navarro and vocalist Thornetta Davis. It takes place at the Capital Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children, $20 for adults and $45 for preferred seating.

“The Windsor Downtown Mission does good work and I am especially eager to help out a good cause in my hometown,” said Zonjic. For more information and tickets, call the Windsor Downtown Mission at (519) 973-5573.



Radio & Records:

The legendary host of WOMC (Motor City 104.3)/Detroit's morning show gave NAB Radio Luncheon attendees a good laugh today, as Purtan was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at NAB2006. For 40 years Purtan has given belly laughs to his loyal isteners throughout Michigan, northern Ohio and southwestern Ontario with comedic commentary and topical wit. Accompanying him in accepting the honor was his 94-year-old father, Paul Purtan; his wife, Gail; and his six daughters and their husbands... Dick Purtan Inducted Into NAB Hall of Fame (Wed 4/26)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan's media world just got a powerful new partnership. Effective Friday, May 5, the Detroit Free Press – the state's most read newspaper – and WDIV-TV Local 4 -- Michigan's oldest and best known television station – will share reporting resources in print, over the air and on the Internet... Free Press, WDIV announce new partnership (Wed 4/26)

 

Radio and Records:

What's hot in Detroit radio? Urban, Country, News, and Contemporary Hits. The 12+ numbers have Adult Urban WMXD on top, followed by a three-way tie for second between Urban WJLB, News WWJ, and Country WYCD. Next was CHR WQKI. Cooling off was Soft Rocker WNIC, which was expected as all the inflated numbers from its Christmas marathon got dropped, and not so hot were Rock WDTW-FM, Variety Hits WDRQ, and News-Talk WJR - those three stations suffered the biggest age 12+ audience erosions when compared to the Fall '05 book. Sports WDFN pushed back ahead of rival WXYT in the winter- especially in the key male demographics... Winter 2006 Detroit Ratings (Thu 4/27)



Detroit News:

The trend in the past year for oldies stations to totally go away hasn't hit Detroit -- yet. But it may be happening in a much more subtle way at WOMC-FM (104.3). Chalk it up to Dick Purtan's enduring popularity that WOMC hasn't entirely changed its format; otherwise it probably would have gone the way of so many other CBS oldies stations by now ... Get your Mojo phone scams: Now available at mojointhemorning.com, and at all Post Bar locations starting Monday is "Mojo in the Morning Phone Scams Vol. Eight"... WOMC is not such an 'oldie' anymore (Thu 4/27)



Detroit Free Press:


Purtan's a hall of a guy: Hall of fame-ing it a second time Tuesday night in Las Vegas was WOMC-FM (104.3) morning host Dick Purtan. This time, Purtan was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasting Hall of Fame before a crowd that included his 94-year-old dad Paul ... On sale: WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Phone Scams Vol. 8" by its Mojo in the Morning crew. There's a CD-release party 6-8 p.m. Friday at the Post Bar, 22065 Michigan in Dearborn... Names and Faces (Thu 4/27)


Michigan's media world is about to get a powerful new partnership. Starting May 5, the Detroit Free Press, Michigan's most-read newspaper, and WDIV-TV, Michigan's oldest, best-known station, will share reporting resources in print, over the air and on the Internet... Free Press, Local 4 join news forces, plan Michigan polling (Thu 4/27)

 

WRIF selects 'Rock Girl'

WRIFRock WRIF FM 101.1 has announced the winner of its 2006 “WRIF Rock Girl” competition – Lisa W. Lisa made it through three rounds of online voting and the scrutiny of 3 judges at the station's live event last night at the Emerald Theater in Mt. Clemens to be crowned with the title of WRIF Rock Girl.

Through the online voting campaign, the girls were whittled down from 32 to 16 to 8. The “Fabulous Four” were announced at the event last night with the help of emcees, Trudi Daniels, Arthur Penhallow, and Karen Newman. Thena panel of celebrity judges that included Stuff Magazine Cover model Joanna Krupa, Red Wing Alumni Lee Norwood and John Rogin with Pontiac / GMC made the final decision. After a series of questions and a “show us your style” fashion show, Lisa W. was crowned “2006 WRIF Rock Girl” by reigning Rock Girl, Karen Newman.

In addition to the title of WRIF Rock Girl, Lisa will receive a $30,000 salary, a two year lease on a new Pontiac Solstice, and she'll be featured in a WRIF ad in the July issue of Stuff Magazine. WRIF program director, Doug Podell commented, “I'm very pleased with the choice the judges made. Lisa is outgoing, she's a great speaker, she's personable and she likes to rock…what more could we ask for in a WRIF Rock Girl?"



Detroit News:

The final Arbitron radio ratings for winter 2006 were released Thursday, and it's good news for "all news all the time," not so good news for syndicated talk shows or morning hosts with canine monikers. In the morning, WWJ-AM's (950) Joe Donovan and Roberta Jasina chugged past WRIF-FM's (101.1) Drew and Mike to hit the No. 1 spot. Drew and Mike have been a powerhouse for 'RIF for the past decade, with their mix of snarky conversation drawn from the day's headlines, lots of sports talk and irreverent interviews... New radio ratings dial into news, country, and hip-hop (Fri 4/28)



Detroit Free Press:

Radio's first-quarter report card arrived from Arbitron on Thursday, and there was plenty of joy to spread around. Claiming the overall title this quarter -- after tying for it in 2005's fourth quarter -- was R&B player WMXD. The win came largely as a result of Steve Harvey, its powerhouse syndicated morning personality. Then there's country WYCD, which finished in a tie for second, largely because of a surge by its re-energized and restaffed Dr. Don Carpenter morning show... R&B, country head radio pack (Fri 4/28)



WJR's Smith to hit the road

WJRStarting Monday, May 1st and all next week from 5:30-9 AM, WJR morning host Paul W. Smith will be making visits across the state for live remote broadcasts of his program. Smith will highlight various vacation destinations for listeners planning their summer travels around Michigan in addition to discussing local business and government in each location.

The scheduled stops include:
Mon. 5/1: Great Lakes Maritime Center, Port Huron
Tue. 5/2: The Mountain Grand Lodge At Boyne Mountain, Boyne Falls
Wed. 5/3: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island
Thu. 5/4: Shanty Creek Resort & Club, Bellaire
Fri. 5/5: Doubletree Hotel, Bay City

 

Detroit Free Press:

WJLB-FM's tricked-out, red 2005 Dodge Magnum was stolen Thursday morning from the staff parking lot at Detroit's Osborn High School. It happened while station DJ the Bushman was inside giving a career day speech... WJLB-FM's hot ride disappears (Sat 4/29)

 

New events added to Downtown Hoedown

World's Largest Free Country Concert- May 19-21, 2006 in Downtown Detroit

WYCDCountry WYCD-FM 99.5 has added new and improved events for the 2006 WYCD Downtown Hoedown. In addition to the great music all weekend long there will also be a VIP area called the WYCD Roadhouse and a gaming area called GameRiot.

The WYCD Roadhouse will cost $25 per day and will have a “Country Bar” feel with a VIP section of seating on the side of the main stage, specialty food and private bar and bathroom, pool tables, dart boards, a VIP patio with a river view and outdoor seating and local music throughout the weekend. The local talent includes: Sarah Lenore, Tony Phillips, The Orbitsuns, Dani Marine, The Hummingbirds, Jen Cass, Hunter Brucks, Company of Strangers, Horse Cave Trio, and Annie Capps. By purchasing a ticket to the WYCD Roadhouse, you'll also have the chance to meet some of the artists performing at this year's Hoedown. Tickets for the WYCD Roadhouse will go on-sale Friday, May 5th at 10am ONLY at www.wycdhoedown.com.

Nesquick GameRiot is the largest traveling video game event and competition in the world and will be on-site at the Hoedown for the entire weekend. GameRiot gives you the chance to play the hottest and most highly anticipated sports, action and racing titles on more thank 70 state-of-the-art gaming stations with the newest screen technologies and a killer sound system. GameRiot also features “MTV2 head-to-head dog fight” competitions, a huge assortment of prizes, the hottest DJ tracks, and lots of cool giveaways for everyone.

These great attractions add to a music line-up that includes Clay Walker, Josh Gracin, Terri Clark, Sammy Kershaw, Tracy Byrd and many more. For a complete list of artists and events, log on to www.wycdhoedown.com.



Detroit News:

Channel 7 news anchor Frank Turner, the reformed crack and telephone sex addict whose story of personal salvation through Christ has split Metro Detroit into camps of admirers and skeptics, has sued his station in federal court for religious discrimination. Turner, whose six-figure contract gives the station exclusive rights to his talents, alleges WXYZ-TV is violating his civil rights by refusing him permission to host an evangelical radio program in his spare time... Anchor Turner sues Ch. 7 (Tue 5/2)



Detroit Free Press:

On sale: By WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) anchorman Erik Smith, the Huron River Press of Ann Arbor book "From the Heart," based on Smith's video vignettes of the same name. Proceeds will benefit Camp Mak-A-Dream and the no-cost summer camp experience it provides for children and young adults struggling with cancer ... Noory's book, Bell's move: Nationally syndicated radio talk show host and Detroit native George Noory of "Coast to Coast AM" (1 a.m. on CKLW-AM, 800 and WAAM-AM, 1600) has a new book titled "Worker in the Light"... Names and Faces (Mon 5/1)



All Access:

Report: CBS, Clear Channel Sports Stations Included In Cell Phone Service: CBS and CLEAR CHANNEL are providing some of their sports station streams for a mobile phone streaming package through SPRINT. The WALL STREET JOURNAL reports that SPRINT's MSPOT package will include streams from CBS' WFAN-A/NEW YORK, WIP-A/PHILADELPHIA, and WSCR-A (THE SCORE)/CHICAGO to the $5.95/month service, which already includes SPORTING NEWS RADIO and other material, while CLEAR CHANNEL is providing WDFN-A/DETROIT, KBME-A/HOUSTON, WTEM-A/WASHINGTON, and five others to the service. CLEAR CHANNEL has been working with MOTOROLA on a separate deal to provide 75 stations for a mobile phone service, iRADIO, to launch later this year, while CNS has partnered with NOKIA and HP in the VISUAL RADIO service that pairs an FM tuner with on-screen graphics.



WCSX rolls out 'new' billboards

Classic Rock WCSX is putting up billboards across town featuring classic photos of its jocks and artists. Each of the photos has a story behind it -- for more,
visit wcsx.com.



All Access:

WTKA/Ann Arbor Teams With Ufer Fund: CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR is partnering with the BOB UFER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP FUND for a series of broadcasts to help the organization raise funds for scholarships for UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN student-athletes. The first event will have PD RYAN MAGUIRE do his afternoon show from the site of the banquet for the 59th annual BOB UFER QUARTERBACK CLUB honors MONDAY (5/8), followed by a series of four vintage UFER broadcasts as "THROWBACK SATURDAYS." UFER, the legendary voice of the WOLVERINES, died in 1981 after 45 years of broadcasting the school's football games. (Tue 5/2)

 

Mix 92.3's Steve Harvey morning show to visit local high school on Friday

WMXDThe Steve Harvey Morning Show recently conducted a contest for high school students, encouraging them to vote for their school to win Steve Harvey as their “Principal for a Day”. The local winning high school with the most votes was Detroit's Mumford High School. On Friday, May 5th, the Steve Harvey Morning Show will visit Mumford at 11am for a special pep rally. Students will receive positive words and “stay in school” encouragements from Steve Harvey along with co-hosts, Nephew Tommy and Jacque Reid. National recording artist and cast member of the current stage play running in Detroit, “My Sweet Potato Pie” - Genuwine, will also make a special surprise visit at the school.



WDET to launch two new local programs May 7th

Detroit Public Radio to provide platform for cultural affairs and live performance

WDETWDET-FM (101.9) will introduce listeners to two new local arts programs on Sunday, May 7th with premier broadcasts of Front Row Center (11am - noon) and Live From Studio A (noon - 1pm). Both programs are elements in WDET's commitment to showcase metropolitan Detroit's rich and diverse cultural life.

Front Row Center is hosted and produced by WDET's award-winning arts and culture reporter Celeste Headlee. The show will focus on all aspects of cultural affairs and include interviews, conversations, performances, feature reports and more. Listeners can expect to hear about cultural events from the mainstream to the obscure, as well as important issues that impact the cultural life of our community. The first program on May 7 will feature the baseball exhibit at the Henry Ford, an interview with Dick Clark of the Society of American Baseball Research about the Negro Leagues and a conversation with art collector Dr. Walter Evans about the African American Art Exhibit currently at the DIA. Front Row Center will air each Sunday morning from 11am to noon.

Live From Studio A is hosted and produced by WDET music host Jon Moshier and continues the long tradition of live music performances at Detroit Public Radio. WDET's live music studio, Studio A, is one of the largest live music studios at any radio station in the Midwest. WDET
prides itself on its national reputation for outstanding live music production and Live From Studio A will utilize the station's many resources. Listeners can expect to hear a variety of national,
international and local artists who perform in Studio A. The first program on May 7 will feature performances by acclaimed singer-songwriter Beth Orton and Ann Arbor based local favorite Nomo. Live From Studio A will air each Sunday afternoon from noon to 1pm.

"Programs like these are part of our commitment to serve the community with a premier public radio service," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "Introducing listeners to artists and events and celebrating the cultural life of Detroit are an important part of what we do at Detroit Public Radio."



Detroit News:

If you're driving down the Lodge and see the new WCSX-FM (94.7) billboard featuring rock stars schmoozing with the station's jocks (sporting a lot of hair, 1970s eyeglasses, etc.), you're not having an acid flashback. Rather, the station is ballyhooing its veteran staff's history in Detroit, where they not only play the music but know a lot of the musicians... WCSX billboards sell its experience (Thu 5/4)

 

AllAccess.com:

WDVD Gives Away "Pain For Pistons Tickets": This morning (5/5), ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI's BLAINE & LISA had no trouble finding four PISTON FANS to volunteer to come into the studio and get a chest or back wax. Winner TIM TOM of LINCOLN PARK, MI endured the torture and walked away victorious with a pair of round two PISTONS playoff tickets! (Fri 5/5)


Explosions Cancel Goo Goo Dolls Detroit Show: A freak power line failure caused explosions and a power outage in downtown DETROIT yesterday, resulting in the cancellation of ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT's GOO GOO DOLLS concert at the EMERALD THEATRE. Miraculously, nobody was injured in the series of blasts that sent manhole covers soaring and caused flames to shoot out of the street. A vehicle was damaged, and a cloth gazebo outside of a building was shredded, according to the DETROIT NEWS. SHAWN DEALEY, a drum tech for the GOO GOO DOLLS, found himself ten feet away from an exploding manhole. He told the DETROIT NEWS, "I felt it, and then I heard the big explosion. I then headed back to the theater to get everyone out." The concert had to be cancelled, as power had to be turned off in the entire area to stop the explosions and repair the cable. WDVD PD RON HARRELL summed up the entire situation: "Nutty man." (Fri 5/5)

 

Drive through job fair coming May 31

Radio One Detroit (Urban WHTD-FM 102.7, Adult Urban WDMK-FM 105.9, News/Talk WCHB-AM 1200) and Art Van Furniture will be hosting a 'Drive Through Job Fair' on Wednesday May 31st at two Detroit area Art Van locations:

- From 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM at 22555 Greenfield, Southfield, MI 48075, phone (248) 569-3770
- From 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM at 13855 E. Eight Mile Road, Warren, MI 48089, phone (586) 779-9530

On air personalities from Radio One's three Detroit stations will be on hand at both locations giving out information and applications for employment opportunities at many area companies - including Art Van.



Gospel duo Mary-Mary to perform live at Mother's Day brunch

WMXDClear Channel Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 will once again pay tribute to Detroit's mothers with their annual brunch and a live performance at the Hyatt Regency in Dearborn on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 14th. Hosted by Mix 92.3's Frankie Darcell, FM98's Kris Kelley, and hip-hop balladeer Jaheim, it will be a day of celebrating Mothers and all they do throughout the year.

With the release of the self-titled “Mary Mary”, the Grammy-winning, platinum-selling gospel duo is beginning a new chapter in an already remarkable career. One listen to Mary Mary and you'll immediately see that Erica and Tina are spreading their wings musically, embracing new influences and stretching the boundaries, so there are plenty of surprises. This is a chance for mothers and their families to experience the powerful sound and lyrics of Mary Mary in person.

WJLBOur moms are in for a special treat with co-host Jaheim in attendance. Jaheim is a multi-talented artist, most famous for his R&B vocals. He has also rapped, modeled and acted, as has also appeared in Source and other hip-hop publications.

In celebration of the Mother's Day Brunch, realcheaphouse.com, Bretlin Home Mortgage, the Michigan Chronicle, and Michigan Front Page are presenting area moms with a chance to be mortgage free to an entire year! Mothers can simply log on to realcheaphouse.com or pick up a Michigan Chronicle or Michigan Front Page for an entry form, and describe in 200 words or less, why they or the mother in their life deserves to be mortgage free! The winner will be announced live on both MIX 92.3 & FM 98 WJLB as well as be invited to the brunch. The contest deadline is Wednesday, May 10th. Adding more excitement to the Mother's Day Brunch is Funjet Vacations who will be giving away a 3-day/4-night trip for two to Las Vegas at the event.

Tickets are $60 for adults and $30 for children under 12 for this very special Mother's Day Brunch and can be purchased on-line at www.mix923fm.com or www.fm98wjlb.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person with cash or money order at the WMXD and WJLB studios located in Suite 633 of the Penobscot Building at 645 Griswold Avenue in downtown Detroit.



5th Annual “Women Who Make Magic®” Awards coming to Warren June 12th

WMGCThe 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner will be held on Monday, June 12th at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren.

Jordan Knight, formerly of New Kids on the Block, has been confirmed as the evening's entertainment. As frequent lead vocalist for New Kids On The Block, Jordan Knight toured the world's stages, belting out a pop-R&B rap hybrid that climbed to the Top 20 ten times in half as many years, sparked a revolution in merchandising, and endeared five young men to millions of crazed fans.

Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Box Office in Warren or by calling 586-268-3200. A portion of the ticket sales will go to a Metro Detroit women's charity.



Detroit Free Press:

Time to jump in the Wayback Machine one more time to note the publication of Gordon Castelnero's new softcover, "TV Land -- Detroit" (University of Michigan Press, $22.95). It's the second major recent opus about '50s- and '60s-era Detroit local television, following Tim Kiska's "From Soupy to Nuts!" out last year... Look back at Detroit TV (Mon 5/8)



All Access:

CKLW Vet Dave Shafer Passes:
ALL ACCESS is sorry to report that former CKLW-A (THE BIG 8) DETROIT personality of the 60s, 70s and 80s, DAVE SHAFER has passed away (5/7) from complications with sinus surgery. A mass will be held in his honor at 11a, TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2006 at PRINCE OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, SUN CITY CENTER, FL. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. An additional memorial service will be held in on MAY 23rd at LYNCH & SONS, 1368 N. Crooks, CLAWSON, MI. There will be a visitation from 11a-1p, followed by a 1p memorial service. For more info, call (248) 435-0660. Again, in lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION. (Mon 5/8)


Jim Miller Joins MSU Spartans Radio Crew:
As the MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS move to WJR-A/DETROIT for football coverage this FALL, former SPARTANS and pro QB JIM MILLER will join the broadcast crew as color analyst alongside longtime play-by-play voice GEORGE BLAHA. Former SPARTANS center JASON STRAYHORN will serve as sideline reporter for MSU games, and MIKE KAMIN is returning as studio host. The broadcasts will air on WJR and a network of over 30 stations statewide.

 


Channel 20 Detroit has been sold by Granite TV to the newly formed DS Audible Detroit, LLC for $84,250,000 pending FCC approval and closing. The station, which changed its call sign from WDWB to WMYD yesterday, will become an affiliate of FOX's new My Network TV this fall after being an affiliate of the WB network since that network's launch in 1995. The WB and UPN will be shutting down and forming a new joint-venture network to be named The CW which will also launch this fall. Detroit's CW affiliate will be CBS-owned WKBD-TV 50, the current UPN affiliate.

DS Audible will also be acquiring Granite's KBWB Channel 20 in the deal, which is worth a total of $150 M. A previous agreement to sell WMYD for $97.5 M to AM Media, announced in September 2005, has been terminated. DS Audible San Francisco, LLC and DS Audible Detroit, LLC are special purpose entities created by affiliates of the investment firms of Canyon Capital Advisors, LLC, D.B. Zwirn & Co., L.P., Fortress Investment Group and Ramius Capital Group.

 

'CSX offering up Free Gas Fridays

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX-FM (94.7) and the Metro Detroit Ford Dealers have announced a free gas promotion that is scheduled to run each Friday through the summer months.

Each Friday, metro Detroiters already weary of high gas prices can join WCSX as they visit Metro Detroit Ford dealerships each week for a 'Free Gas Friday' party. During each two-hour event, consumers will have a chance to win $100 in free gas every 10 minutes- for a minimum of $1,200 in gas that will be given away at each event. Events are scheduled through September 15th.

This week, folks looking to fill up their tanks should join WCSX at these Free Gas Friday events:

May 12th: 10am to noon- Blackwell Ford at 41001 Plymouth Rd in Plymouth
May 12th: 3pm to 5pm- Bill Brown Ford at 32222 Plymouth Rd in Livonia

The complete schedule of Free Gas Friday parties can be found at www.wcsx.com.



WVMV to broadcast Zonjic's Mother's Day charity concert

WVMVAlexander Zonjic's charity concert for the Windsor Downtown Mission will be broadcast by Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) on Sunday May 14, Mother's Day, from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Segments of the concert will also be available a week later as a podcast. For details visit the radio station's website, www.wvmv.com.

The actual concert takes place the night before. The performance will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends with special guests guitarist Ken Navarro and vocalist Thornetta Davis . It takes place at the Capitol Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. “The Windsor Downtown Mission does good work and I am especially eager to help out a good cause in my hometown,” said Zonjic. “This is my ten year anniversary concert for the Mission.”

The Windsor Downtown Mission feeds the homeless, offers them spiritual and moral support, provides health care, referrals, clothing and employment support. For more information visit www.downtownmission.com. Tickets are $15 for children, $20 for adults and $45 for preferred seating. Call the Windsor Downtown Mission at (519) 973-5573 or call the Capitol Theatre box office at (519) 253-7729.



WCSX offering podcasts of weekend OverEasy programs

94.7 WCSX matches the mood weekend mornings with the lighter side of Classic Rock on OverEasy, hosted by Pam Rossi. In response to myriad requests, the station is making the first in a series of free OverEasy Podcasts available. These downloads, featuring original music from emerging local musicians, are available at not charge to music fans for download via the WCSX web site at www.wcsx.com.

There are currently five OverEasy Podcasts available, with many more in the works for release in the near future. Each podcast gives listeners around 30 minutes of the music that has made OverEasy a favorite in the Motor City for almost two decades.

WCSX is accepting submissions of music by independent artists who own their material. Complete details on the submission requirements can be found online at www.wcsx.com/overeasy.



WDET documentary explores rise and influence of Arab Media

WDETDetroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) will present a special one-hour documentary, "24/7: The Rise and Influence of Arab Media "on Sunday, May 14 at 6pm. This is a new public radio documentary hosted by David Brancaccio (host and editor of the PBS weekly series "NOW") that examines the dramatic expansion of open media in the Arab world and its impact on the United States, the Middle East and the rest of the world. The dramatic expansion of the open media in the Arab world is changing the political landscape of the region. For better or worse, the Internet and scores of pan-Arab radio stations and satellite television channels are fostering the free flow of information and opinion in ways unthinkable two decades ago. "24/7: The Rise and Influence of Arab Media" looks at this phenomenon with a wide range of political and media experts.

WDET also takes part in a special panel discussion to further explore the issues raised in "24/7" - panelists include WDET reporter Quinn Klinefelter, photographer Antonin Kratochivil, and Ghida Fakhry of Al Jazeera International. The evening also includes the opening for the inaugural showing of the photography exhibit "24/7: The Modern Arab World." The photo exhibition preview and reception is May 18 from 5 to 7pm followed by the presentation and panel discussion from 7 to 9pm. The Arab American National Museum is located at 13624 Michigan Avenue in Dearborn. For information or to RSVP for the event call (313) 624-0200.



Keener13.com:

Another significant page in Detroit radio history turned over the weekend with the passing of Dave Shafer. From his laid back performance as Jack the Bellboy on WJBK, to his long tenure at CKLW, Dave was one of the reassuring voices that many Detroiters turned to for entertainment and information. Dave's son Terry told us that his father's radio career started in Dover, Delaware. From there, he moved south to Tucson, Arizona, where he met future Detroit co-worker Marc Avery. When Avery relocated to the Motor City, he was soon on the phone to his friend enticing him to come along. The station was WJBK... Remebering Dave Shafer



Detroit News:

Former Detroit air personality Dave Shafer, whose voice and name are well-known from his stint as a jock at CKLW-AM (800), died Sunday in Florida of complications from outpatient surgery. He was 73. Shafer was probably best known as one of the original Big 8 jocks during the Windsor station's fabled tenure as the flame-throwing 1960s musical powerhouse of the Midwest. CKLW was big and loud, and the voices like Shafer's that introduced the music were memorable even in the 30 seconds they had in between records... Radio jock helped voice the Big 8 (Tue 5/9)



Detroit Free Press:

WJR did its final Michigan football game more than four months ago. Its last U-M basketball broadcast came more than four weeks ago. While the Detroit radio powerhouse has a secure future hosting Michigan State starting this fall, the Wolverines still are completing their radio landing. Insiders say contracts are nearly complete and will feature a number of unusual components. Still to be decided is who will be the football announcers. At issue is the status of Frank Beckmann, who has done U-M football play-by-play since 1981... Beckmann's status still unresolved (Sun 5/7)



WDIV-TV:

The WJLB promotions vehicle was found on Monday night in pieces. The $68,000 Dodge Magnum was inside a garage on Alcoy Street in northeast Detroit completely stripped down. The doors were removed. Windows were smashed and graffiti was painted over it, Local 4 reported... WJLB vehicle found in pieces (Tue 5/9)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Can Whoopi Goldberg succeed where, say, David Lee Roth failed? Listen up. Clear Channel and its Premiere Radio Networks arms have signed the comic actress to host "Wake Up With Whoopi," a new weekday morning radio show, starting July 31... Whoopi Goldberg gets radio gig (Wed 5/10)



Detroit News:

Whoopi wants you to 'Wake Up' with her: Whoopi Goldberg has signed a deal with Clear Channel radio to host a live, syndicated morning talk show called "Wake Up With Whoopi." The show debuts July 31; no word yet on if it will air in Detroit... Newsmakers (Wed 5/10)


Good girls buckle up. But guiding children and, especially teens, to goodness, or any responsible behavior -- well, that's tricky. Popular culture often screams louder than parents and teachers. Unlike the 80 percent of teens who, research shows, pay no heed to seat belts or laws governing their use, the students at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills -- 98 percent of them -- are contest-winning bucklers. Or would-be bucklers. Almost the entire student body signed a pledge ("I commit to always wear my seat belt") sponsored by Takata Corp. and WKQI-FM (95.5)... The prize that wasn't: Mercy High School takes a stand (Thu 5/11)


What do you do if you're XM Satellite Radio and you want Bob Dylan to host a radio show? First, you have to track the once-reclusive rock poet down. Figure on spending a few years doing that until you luck out and find an acquaintance of Dylan's business manager. After several years of pelting him with offers, some dialogue ensues, and finally, a deal... Dylan's show is a tribute to radio's past (Thu 5/11)



Radio & Records:

WMXD LSM Jeff Luckoff has been promoted to GSM at Clear Channel/Detroit's Urban AC WMXD & Urban WJLB. Meanwhile, WKQI LSM Allyson Hillman has been named GSM of CHR/Pop WKQI & AC WNIC... Luckoff; Hillman New Clear Channel/Detroit GSMs (Thu 5/11)

 

WRIF announces 2006 Harleyfest

WRIFAmid a sea of rumors that WRIF's annual motorcycle festival has been canceled due to uncertainty at Freedom Hill, the station is pleased to announce the return of the Motor City Harley Davidson Harleyfest! This summer, 101 WRIF, Molson and Motor City Harley-Davidson® will once again join together to celebrate the 8th Annual Harley Fest to benefit the Karmanos Cancer Institute. It all happens on Saturday, June 17th at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights. Each year, over 25,000 Metro Detroiters come out for a full day of music, bikes and more as the station strives to raise money for a great cause. Over the past seven years HarleyFest helped raise over $260,000 for various charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Karmanos Cancer Institute.

The festivities begin on the morning of Saturday, June 17th with a special Harley-Davidson “Ride For Hope” from Motor City Harley-Davidson®, located at 34900 Grand River Ave. in Farmington Hills to Freedom Hill. Last year's ride drew over 1,200 participants spanning several miles and 2006 is gearing up to be even bigger. Sign-up begins at 9am with the ride leaving for Harley Fest at 11am sharp with a police escort. Riders are asked to pay $25 per person to participate in the ride which provides them with a special Harley-Davidson / Karmanos collector's pin, parking fees for Harley Fest and a donation to Karmanos Cancer Institute. For more information on the ride call Motor City Harley-Davidson® at (248) 473-7433.

Harley Fest is an exciting all-day event that will gather Harley-Davidson® fans from all over as they come together to celebrate great music, great food and great bikes. All bikes are welcome as the party kicks off at 11am on Saturday, June 17, 2005 at Freedom Hill Park, located at Metro Parkway and Schoenherr in Sterling Heights. Admission to the festival in the park is always free and will again feature a live music stage featuring some of Detroit's hottest local bands including 50 Cent Headrush, Radiocraft, Government Honey, Redline, Mindcandy, PHX, Brian Schram Band, Inviting the Crash, Dirty Americans, Shipwreck Union, Jocaine and Rockstar. There will also be a “Best of Bike” show for prizes in various categories, a vendor village featuring everything from clothes and jewelry to airbrush artists, lots of delicious food and drink, live auctions featuring autographed memorabilia, a day-long live broadcast by WRIF and much more.

The activities will reach a highlight at 3:30pm as 101 previously qualified WRIF winners will gather to see which one of them will drive away with the ultimate Harley-Davidson® prize….a Harley-Davidson® 1200R Roadster bike and a two year lease on a Ford F-150XLT. The RIFF will be qualifying listeners to win keys for this exciting giveaway on the air, at Harley Fest parties around the city as well as by picking up an entry form at the Harley Fest display at participating Farmer Jack locations.

For more details on Harley Fest 2005 log on to WRIF's website at www.wrif.com.




Detroit Free Press:

Wayne State University-owned public radio station WDET-FM (101.9) is jettisoning four staffers effective June 10. General Manager Michael Coleman said Thursday "the staff became larger than the need to support it." He insisted it was not a direct result of spring fund-raising that raised $432,000, more than the adjusted target of $420,000 but far from the original goal of $600,000... WDET fires 4 as its ratings fall (Fri 5/12)



AllAccess.com:

Live 97.1 Free FM/Detroit, Deminski and Doyle Win "Best" Honors In Paper's Poll
Congratulations to CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT for first-place finishes for Best Overall Radio Station and Best Radio Show in the DETROIT NEWS' annual "MICHIGAN'S BEST" readers' poll. JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE, the station's afternoon show, took top honors this year behind DOYLE's slightly over-enthusiastic (and occasionally full-contact) "PASSWORD" playing. The paper's poll received votes from over 100,000 MICHIGAN residents. (Fri 5/12)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Returning: To Metro Traffic's reports on WWJ-AM (950) this Sunday, veteran voice Terry T. Brown with live remotes from Eastern Market as part of the Flower Day festivities ... Performing: Flutist and WVMV-FM (98.7) morning host Alexander Zonjic, in a concert featuring classical music in the first half and smooth jazz in the second half at 8 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church, at Cranbrook and Lone Pine roads in Bloomfield Hills... Names and Faces (Mon 5/15)



Detroit News:

It has been seven months since 50,000-watt WJR dropped its significant radio bomb, announcing it was cutting Michigan football and basketball in order to carry Michigan State football and basketball for the next five years. Officials at Michigan, whose football games had been on WJR since 1976, were shocked by the announcement, claiming they had been dealing in good faith with the management at Detroit's mega-station. Now it appears Michigan's radio deals are falling into place and could be announced sometime this week... U-M scattered on the radio (Tue 5/16)



Radio & Records:

The HD Digital Radio Alliance announced this morning that Los Angeles electronics retailer Ken Crane; Detroit retailer Mickey Shorr; as well as Harvey and Electronics Expo in the Tri-State Area ... All the new campaigns will be similar to those launched by ABC Warehouse, and retailers Tweeters and Crutchfield.com in April, with custom-made commercials running on alliance radio stations... Local, Regional Retailers Debut HD Radio Campaigns, RadioShack Joins National Rollout Of HD Radio Receivers (Mon 5/15)

 

WDTWClear Channel-owned Rock WDTW-FM (106.7), known as “The Drive,” has dumped the format and the entire air staff in a move that stunned the DJ's at a mandatory meeting today at 11 a.m. VP/Programming Dom Theodore said “it was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make.” Insiders felt the station was “under-performing” and a change was necessary. At noon, the station ran a pre-recorded announcement from legendary TV news anchor Bill Bonds stating that they were “building a brand new radio station” and letting you, the listeners choose the music. The “stunting” went on for two hours and then at 2 p.m. WDTW-FM began to play a very wide spectrum of music while management figures out exactly what they are going to do on the 106.7 FM frequency. The range is from rap to rock to pop and country. Listeners can vote at www.1067needshelp.com.

This was the most sweeping change at this spot on the dial since the former W-4 Country (WWWW-FM) was changed into a format known as Alice @ 106.7 back on September 1st of 1999. This gave WYCD-FM (99.5) exclusivity in the country music format that it has enjoyed for nearly seven years. Interestingly this is all happening just before this weekends WYCD-sponsored Downtown Hoedown in Hart Plaza. The W-4 call-letters are currently on a station also owned by Clear Channel at 102.9 FM out in Ann Arbor.

There will be much more regarding this abrupt alteration on the local radio dial in the ON THE RADIO column in the feature section of this Sunday's Oakland Press.



Radio & Records:

At noon today, Clear Channel blew up underperforming Classic Rocker WDTW (106.7 The Drive)/Detroit and is currently letting the listeners steer the ship. Hopefully there are no icebergs dead ahead. In a unique re-branding effort, Clear Channel has set up a website... WDTW (The Drive)/Detroit Spins Out, Hits The Wall



Billboard Radio Monitor

Clear Channel classic rock WDTW Detroit is giving listeners the opportunity to restructure the struggling station, which scored a 1.6 share in the Winter 2006 Arbtiron ratings... Classic Rock WDTW Detroit Demands Format Shift?



AllAccess.com

WDTW/Detroit's "The Drive" Is Pulled Over: Who is steering CLEAR CHANNEL Classic Rock/Classic Hits WDTW (106.7 THE DRIVE)/DETROIT? As of this moment apparently it's the listeners. ALL ACCESS hears that the air staff has been let go and the station is stunting with everything from GARTH BROOKS to BARRY MANILOW. The voice of former DETROIT newsman BILL BONDS is instructing listeners to got to www.1067needshelp.com to make requests and "build your own radio station." Speculation points to Country as well as News/Talk, but with BECK currently streaming from the site at press time, anything is possible.



InsideRadio.com

1067NeedsHelp.com... That's the newest website in Detroit radio, as Clear Channel blows up classic rock WDTW (the onetime “Alice”) and stunts with music ranging from Beastie Boys and the Stones to Shania Twain and hometown fave Eminem...

 

Crain's Detroit Business:

Michael Coleman, general manager of WDET 101.9 FM and former deputy director of Ann Arbor-based Michigan Public Media pleaded no contest Thursday at a pretrial hearing in Ann Arbor to misdemeanor embezzlement of less than $200, according to an employee of Washtenaw County Circuit Court... WDET general manager pleads no contest to misdemeanor embezzlement charge (Thu 5/18)



Detroit News:

The year's fastest-selling artist is neither a bling-sporting rapper nor a scantily clad diva. Rather, that title belongs to male country-pop trio Rascal Flatts, whose fourth album, "Me & My Gang," sold a mighty 722,000 copies its first week in stores last month. The album spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's albums chart, and after six weeks has sold more than 1.4 million copies... Gone country (Wed 5/17)


It's been a while since Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9 ) could celebrate any good news, but it came last Friday along with the torrential rains: More people listened to WDET this winter than last fall, according to Arbitron. That means the station has more listeners now than before the controversial programming changes put through by station manager Michael Coleman in mid-December... NPR gives WDET-FM a boost (Thu 5/18)



Detroit Free Press:

Lend a helping hand: To WMGC-FM (105.1) afternoon personality Jim Paolucci and his ex-wife Theresa, who is battling liver cancer and associated medical bills. He is throwing a fund-raiser 2-8 p.m. Sunday at the Manhattan Club in Novi ... Tigger lands radio gig: Big Tigger (Darian Morgan), the former WJLB-FM (97.9) morning man who cohosts BET's top-rated "106 & Park," is the inadvertent beneficiary of a tawdry New York urban radio showdown... Names and Faces (Wed 5/17)


Good-bye to the rock hits format that propelled -- oops, wrong word -- WDTW-FM (106.7, The Drive) to a tie for 19th place in the ratings. And in its place, welcome...? Well, promotion-happy Clear Channel Detroit would like to have you think listeners will help them build a station from the ground up... FM 106.7 changing, but to what? (Thu 5/18)

 

Detroit News:

The head of Detroit's public radio station WDET pleaded no contest Thursday to an embezzlement charge stemming from his former post at Michigan Public Media in Ann Arbor. Michael Coleman made the plea at a pretrial hearing in Ann Arbor, said Kevin Piotrowski, WDET public relations and promotion director. Coleman is charged with one count of misdemeanor embezzlement of at least $1,000 and less than $20,000 for allegedly illegally accepting meals and other perks while he was deputy director of Michigan Public Media, the parent of the University of Michigan's radio and TV stations, including Ann Arbor's WUOM. He left the group last summer to join WDET... Radio executive pleads no contest (Fri 5/19)


It never loses its intrigue and, as a result, the Downtown Hoedown remains one of the biggest free attractions of each summer festival season. "Young Country" WYCD-FM (99.5) presents this year's spectacle, the 24th presentation of the annual event, this weekend at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit. The lineup includes classic acts such as the Kentucky Headhunters, shooting stars such as Canada's Terri Clark and alt-country rockers the Wrenfields, and rising stars such as Miranda Lambert, Josh Turner and Jack Ingram... Hart Plaza is set for a country collision (Fri 5/19)



Detroit Free Press:

Battle's on for TV awards- The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences handed out its nominations for local TV excellence Wednesday night. A full list is at www.mi-nta.org. But among the more interesting contests will be the battle for best investigative report series, where the nominees include Steve Wilson's WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) piece on Detroit first lady Carlita Kilpatrick's election year city-paid SUV lease and Scott Lewis' WJBK-TV (Channel 2) expose of former City Councilman Alonzo Bates... Name and Faces (Fri 5/19)


Country music, afflicted with an epidemic of suburban good manners just a few years ago, is playing rough again. Gretchen Wilson led the let's-get-real rebellion in 2004 with her hit "Redneck Woman," and now airwaves and iPods are crackling with tunes from artists who seem hell-bent on making the polite popsters of a few years back blush and cringe. A rowdy pack of them is heading for this weekend's Downtown Hoedown, a showcase for Music Row's fresh faces since 1983... C'mon down!: This year's Downtown Hoedown singers are rowdy, rough and ready for a good time (Fri 5/19)



Ann Arbor News:

The former second in command at WUOM's parent organization pleaded no contest Thursday to a reduced misdemeanor charge as part of a criminal probe into allegations employees at the popular public radio station misappropriated gifts traded by sponsors in exchange for on-air mentions. Michael Coleman, the former deputy director of the University of Michigan's public radio and television operations, faces up to 93 days in jail and $500 fine when he is sentenced June 22 for embezzlement under $200... Ex WUOM exec enters plea (Fri 5/19)

 

Country returns to 106.7

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At 3:00 this afternoon, FM 106.7 Detroit returned to a Country music format, after having abandoned it for nearly 7 years for Rock. Prior to September 1st 1999, country was heard at 106.7 for nearly 20 years- at one point in its history W4 Country was the top rated station overall in Detroit. In June 1993, WYCD-FM 99.5, Young Country, arrived during one the genres peak in popularity and nearly immediately put pressure on W4 in both ratings and revenue. After 6 years, WYCD claimed the crown when W4 abruptly switched to a 'Rock Hits' format titled Alice 106.7.

Despite several tweaks to the rock format on WLLC/WDTW since then, the station never fully caught on with listeners. WDTW-FM placed 19th overall in the winter ratings book with a 1.5 share. WYCD has benefited from a resurgence in the country format - it was tied for 2nd overall in the last book. Owner Clear Channel on Tuesday fired the staff of 'The Drive' and began stunting, asking listeners to vote on the station's new format. The next task for listeners to name the station -- is there much doubt that the new name will be W4 Country?

The WWWW call sign was moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor in October 2000 when FM 102.9 changed its format from rock to country and resurrected the W4 Country name. Both 102.9 and 106.7 are owned by Clear Channel. W4 Country / Ann Arbor was that city's highest-rated commercial music station according the Fall 2005 ratings.

The return to a country format at 106.7 is well timed. This weekend is the Downtown Hoedown, the world's largest country music festival, sponsored now by WYCD but once sponsored by the old W4 Country. You can bet the battle for listeners between the two stations will be on in full force this weekend!



Billboard Radio Monitor

It may be known for the Motown sound, but Detroit has two country stations again. On the heels of a stunt that involved asking listeners what they wanted the new format to be, Clear Channel classic hits WDTW (106.7 the Drive) Detroit flips to country. The station is soliciting a new name from listeners at www.1067needshelp.com, where a stream of the new station can also be heard. Interestingly, former country station WWWW (W4) was heard on the 106.7 FM frequency up until 1999... Detroit gets second country station (Fri 5/19)



Inside Radio

Clear Channel returns country to the 106.7 frequency after more than five years of being "Alice" and then "Drive" - and they're asking listeners to help choose the new call letters for the current WDTW-FM, using the www.1067needshelp.com website... Detroit gets a country battle (Fri 5/19)



Radio and Records:

Clear Channel's Classic Rock WDTW-FM (The Drive)/Detroit flipped to Country at 3pm ET this afternoon. Regional VP/Programming & OM Dom Theodore is directing the transition, with Drive PD John Trapane staying on as interim PD. Trapane's background includes Country radio and records stops at KKBQ/Houston, KILT & KIKK/Houston, Giant/Reprise and Dreamcatcher... Clear Channel/Detroit Flips 106.7 To Country (Fri 5/19)

 

Detroit Free Press

To the surprise of almost no one in the radio business, Clear Channel's FM 106.7 went to country music at 3 p.m. Friday on the very weekend established CBS country power WYCD-FM (99.5) had its signature sponsorship event, the Downtown Hoedown... FM 106.7? Sounds like country now (Sat 5/20)


Wayne State University appears to be sticking with Michael Coleman, general manager of WDET-FM (101.9), after he pleaded no contest to a reduced embezzlement charge Thursday. "We are looking forward to continuing the momentum we are seeing at WDET under Michael's leadership," Louis Lessem, WSU's interim executive vice president, said in a statement after the court appearance... WDET-FM exec pleads no contest, keeps job (Sat 5/20)

 

106.7 becomes the Fox

Newly launched country station 106.7 Detroit has taken the name 'The Fox' to identify itself, rejecting the conventional wisdom that suggested a reborn W4 Country at 106.7. Interestingly, 'The Fox' was the name of the last music format on 99.5 before that station switched to news/talk and then to country WYCD-FM in 1993. The person that 'killed the fox' on 99.5 during its stunting in December 1992? Dr. Don Carpenter as 'Cowboy Hugh' . Dr. Don currently holds down mornings on 'YCD and will now have his chance to kill yet another "fox".

DetroitRadioFlashbacks.net has preserved an aircheck of the end of the 'Fox' on 99.5 --
Click here to listen

Before 'The Fox' on 99.5, there was another attempt at a radio station named 'The Fox'. This one was at 93.9 FM in the 1980s when that station attempted to move its Top 40 format from AM 800 but was not allowed to do so by Canadian broadcast authorities. The Fox on 93.9 lasted only a few short weeks, and for only 4 hours each day- 2 each in morning and afternoon drive.

One has to wonder if Clear Channel Detroit has 'outfoxed' itself with this name selection....



Detroit News:

That 1067needshelp.com campaign to pick a new format for the struggling rock station at 106.7 FM ended at 3 p.m. Friday as the station segued from a line of Big & Rich's "Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy" into "Hell Yeah (Turn it Up)" by Montgomery Gentry. A voice intoned, "Now the mission is to name your station. Vote to name your new country radio station." Since the Drive used to be country station WWWW-FM years ago, one has to wonder will the Drive's owner, Clear Channel, try to borrow back those call letters from its Ann Arbor station?... WDTW-FM 'The Drive' changes format to country (Mon 5/22)



Detroit Free Press:

Helping out: WDIV-TV Local 4 morning coanchor Rhonda Walker. Walker, who has also established her own program for girls -- Girls into Women through her charity, the Rhonda Walker Foundation ... Moving: Beginning June 3, Lou Perry to Ann Arbor's AirAmerica Liberal Radio Station WLBY-AM (1290) from crosstown WAAM-AM (1600)... Names and Faces (Mon 5/22)



Ann Arbor News:

Sister Ann Shields adjusts a wireless headset and arranges a Bible and a set of notes on a table in front of her. In the next 75 minutes, she'll record five "Food for the Journey'' programs at WDEO (990 AM), the Catholic radio station at Domino's Farms. In late April, Shields recorded program number 3,000. As a Catholic evangelist, she's also traveled around the world, invited to speak at conference after conference. But Shields, 67, calls herself a reluctant evangelist... Radio show part of sister's gentle Catholic evangelism (Mon 5/22)

 

U-M Football takes over WTKA Ann Arbor for 12-Hour Radiothon June 7

The University of Michigan Football Team will take over Sports Talk WTKA AM 1050 Ann Arbor for a 12-hour Radiothon on Wednesday, June 7th, to raise funds and awareness for the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital's capital campaign.

From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Michigan coaches, including Head Coach Lloyd Carr, players and former players will host the Radiothon, answering football questions and encouraging people to donate to Mott. The event will also feature medical experts and patients from Mott Hospital. Listeners can pledge that day by calling (734) 302-8100 or visit www.wtka.com to learn more. Pledges of $100 or more will receive an autographed Michigan poster.



Zonjic wins 2 Detroit Music Awards

Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic won two Detroit Music Awards for Outstanding Jazz Instrumentalist and Outstanding Modern Jazz Artist at the Motor City Music Foundation's awards ceremony on Thursday, May 18th. “It is an honor to be recognized for something I love to do. I get a lot of inspiration from Detroit's enthusiastic audiences and the Motor City's rich music history,” said Zonjic.

In addition to performing 100 concerts a year and serving as artistic director of five summer music festivals, Zonjic is the morning weekday host on Smooth Jazz V.98.7 (WVMV-FM) in Detroit. Zonjic's latest CD is “Seldom Blues,” named for the award-winning jazz supper club he owns with his partners. Zonjic serves as the club's entertainment director.

The Motor City Music Foundation honors Detroit area musicians working on national, regional and local levels and to promote music that is being made in the Detroit metropolitan area. The awards ceremony also featured recognition for other Detroit-based musicians including Alice Cooper, Kem, Eminem, Stevie Wonder, White Stripes and Madonna.

For a complete list of the 2006 Detroit Music Awards, visit their web site at www.detroitmusicawards.com.



WDET enjoys better ratings

WDETPublic WDET FM 101.9 has experienced an increase in listeners since it introduced new programming in December 2005. According to The Arbitron Company, which tracks radio listenership, Detroit Public Radio had a net gain of 11,400 listeners from January through March, 2006 compared to the previous rating period of Fall 2005. WDET's audience numbers were also up across other measurements, including Average Quarter Hour (AQH), Time Spent Listening (TSL), and AQH Share.

Listening for National Public Radio's signature news magazines Morning Edition (5-10am) and All Things Considered (4-7pm) increased for every hour those programs air. Other notable increases in audience include the expanded hours of Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program (10pm -midnight), Weekend Edition Saturday (8-10am), Weekend Edition Sunday (8-10am), and a number of the weekend music programs.

"This latest audience information is encouraging," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "There was a trend of audience loss with every ratings report for almost two years. The challenge continues to be about how we address that issue while providing programming that serves the community and is financially sustainable. These ratings numbers validate some programming choices we made."

The Winter 2006 Survey (Monday - Sunday / 6am - Midnight / Persons
12yrs +) compared to Fall 2005:

Metro AQH: 8400 (+1100 from Fall 2005)
Metro AQH Share: 1.5 (up from 1.3 in Fall 2005)
Metro Cume: 161,000 (up 11,400 from Fall 2005)
Avg. Time Spent Listening: 6.6 Hours (up ½ hour from Fall 2005)
Source: The Arbitron Company

"Typically it takes a few ratings periods to see any real impact of programming changes," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "This period reflects a span of time that only includes our new programming, so seeing these audience increases in this report is very positive."

GM Michael Coleman recently pleaded no contest to embezzlement charges filed against him while working for WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, his employer prior to moving to WDET last year. His sentencing in Washtenaw County is scheduled for June 22nd. As part of his plea, Coleman agreed to pay U-M $3,500 in restitution. Penalties for misdemeanor embezzlement can include up to 93 days of jail time and/or up to $500 in fines. WDET also recently announced that it will part ways with six employees, five of them full-time, as of June.

 

WJR to broadcast live from the 2006 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference

WJRNews/Talk WJR AM 760 plans to bring live coverage from the 2006 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference on June 1st and 2nd. WJR listeners can tune in to hear a Who's Who of guests as Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) and Frank Beckmann (9am-11:30am) broadcast live on Thursday, June 1st and Friday, June 2nd from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Then, join Paul W. Smith live as he hosts the "Big Five" on Friday, June 2nd at a special time from 1PM-2:30PM. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Macomb County Commission Chair Nancy White and Windsor, Ontario Mayor Eddie Francis will participate in this lively, topical, roundtable discussion, surrounding significant issues facing the area.



Mick Collins To Host New Show On WDET

Legendary Detroit Musician To Host Saturday Night Music Program On Detroit Public Radio beginning June 3rd

WDETDetroit Public Radio WDET FM 101.9 will welcome renowned musician Mick Collins to the WDET microphones with a new program, "Night Train," that debuts on Saturday, June 3 from 7pm to 9pm. For music fans worldwide, Collins' work with The Gories, The Dirtbombs and other projects is the epitome of Detroit's rock and roll spirit. Collins brings his expansive knowledge of all genres and eras of music to WDET for the weekly musical journey, "Night Train."

According to Collins, "Using the metaphor of a train journey, the basic idea behind the show is to give listeners four musical 'destinations,' some familiar and others not so familiar, consisting or either a genre or an artist (i.e., 'Tonight's destinations: Exotica, Pere Ubu, Joe Williams, or Roberta Flack'), or a specific place and time (e.g. 'Detroit, 1961', or 'Philadelphia, 1971'), or even a concept ('Freedom Music' or 'Southern big-horn funk bands')."

Collins has been a fan of WDET for decades and credits many WDET music hosts past and present with helping him expand his musical knowledge and interests. His two-hour weekly program "Night Train" (Saturdays 7pm- 9pm) celebrates the long tradition of inspired, one-of-a-kind music programming on Detroit Public Radio.

"When we were looking for a Saturday night host, I thought about WDET's long history of opening its doors to musicians and artists of all types and letting them explore their musical interests in ways thatgo beyond what they do in a recording studio or concert stage," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "Because of his musical interests, and given his place in Detroit's music history, Mick's was one of the first names that came to mind."



Radio and Records:

The top 5 stations in for the first Spring radio ratings trend were Urban Adult WMXD, Contemporary Hits WKQI, Country WYCD, News WWJ, and Urban WJLB... Complete 12+ ratings trend



Detroit News:

Evidence of ignorance about the African-American experience, or just plain evidence of ignorance? I lean toward option B, but I'm a suburban white guy. Emery King, the former Channel 4 news anchor who told the story, sees it the other way. King has said virtually nothing publicly since he was bounced by WDIV-TV in March 2005... Ex-WDIV anchor Emery King talks on his own terms (Wed 5/24)


Frank Beckmann's wait is over. He will return as radio play-by-play announcer for Michigan football. Michigan football will be carried on CKLW 800, a Canadian 50,000-watt station, and simultaneously on WOMC 104.3. Details of the deal will be announced today at a news conference. "I am just absolutely thrilled," said Beckman, who has been the radio announcer for the Wolverines since 1981. "How do I phrase these last six months? I've been anxious, on edge, all the things you can think of -- name your adjective -- out of fear I wasn't going to do Michigan football any longer. During the wait, I realized how important Michigan football is to me"... U-M radio deal done; announcers will stay (Thu 5/25)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will announce today that Wolverines football will be broadcast simultaneously this fall on WOMC-FM (104.3) and CKLW-AM (800). The school will also keep the longtime team of Frank Beckmann (play-by-play) and Jim Brandstatter (analyst)... WOMC, CKLW will air Michigan football this fall (Thu 5/25)


The good news? The May sweeps period ended at midnight Wednesday. So what set the bar for controversy? Try WXYZ-TV's (Channel 7) Steve Wilson's four-part piece mostly on Warren-based Financial Services of America (FSA). Wilson, with inferences to legal defense muscle that hinders probers, hidden cameras during sales pitches, an interview that was cut short by CEO Richard David James and hyperbole ... The big story of this month's Arbitrend radio ratings report card? Try Clear Channel's hit player WKQI-FM, best known to listeners as Channel 955. Its Mojo in the Morning surged 1.3 points to beat out the longtime age 18-34 demographic leader, Drew Lane and Mike Clark on Greater Media's WRIF... Wilson sweeps up indignation / WKQI gets the gold star this month (Thu 5/25)


A Detroit TV station decided Wednesday morning not to run an ad that strongly criticizes America's unions. The Free Press reported Wednesday that Fox 2 (WJBK-TV) would run the ad during the "Fox 2 News Morning" show. According to Erica Keane, a spokeswoman for Fox television stations in New York, a station representative at Fox had approved the commercial by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Union Facts, then the general manager at the local Fox affiliate, Jeff Murri, decided against running it Wednesday morning... WJBK-TV doesn't run ad against unions (Thu 5/25)



Ann Arbor News:

It took seven months, but the University of Michigan football team finally found a flagship home on the radio dial. Two of them, actually. Beginning this fall, Michigan's games will be simulcast by the Windsor, Ontario, news-talk station CKLW-AM (800) and Detroit's WOMC-FM (104.3) as part of a four-year contract negotiated by Host Communications, the Michigan athletic department's broadcast partner. Michigan also will retain its veteran announcing team of play-by-play man Frank Beckmann and color analyst Jim Brandstatter... U-M finds 2 homes on the radio dial (Thu 5/25)

 

The University of Michigan today announced a landmark 5-year agreement with CBS Radio in Detroit for carriage of Michigan's football, men's basketball, and men's hockey teams in metro Detroit. The deal also includes coverage for some women's sports. Michigan fans will find expanded coverage in the Detroit market with live coverage of more events annually than in years past. The new deal runs through the 2010-11 sports seasons.

MichiganThe most visible part of the deal makes Classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) the new flagship station for Michigan football, and will keep together the broadcast team of Frank Beckmann (play-by-play) and Jim Brandstatter (color commentary) and allow fans in Detroit the ability to hear the games for the first time on the higher-quality FM band. Beckmann has called Michigan play-by-play since 1981 and has become an integral part of the broadcasts, so much so that the negotiation of this deal was greatly complicated by the working of a deal between WJR, where Beckmann hosts a midday talk program, and Michigan who strongly desired the continuity of the Beckmann/Brandstatter pairing.

WOMC (Where Only Michigan Counts?) will be the home of an expanded network two-hour pregame show before each Michigan contest and distribute the games to a network of over 30 stations across Michigan and southwest Ontario. "It will be a great listening experience for all Wolverine fans and WOMC listeners," said station vice president and general manager Kevin Murphy. "You'll be able to feel the power of Michigan Stadium on your radio like never before, especially since WOMC reaches such a huge audience and we are the only FM radio station in Michigan to broadcast at 190,000 watts."

A key part of the football package is the addition of CHUM Radio Group's CKLW-AM (800) which will simulcast WOMC's broadcast and provide a coverage footprint that includes parts of Michigan, Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New York. Michigan football games were heard on CKLW for a number of years when WJR was also the flagship for Detroit Tigers baseball and used CKLW as an affiliate to provide full availability to Michigan football whenever the Tigers were on WJR.


Michigan's entire men's basketball schedule will be heard on CBS' news WWJ-AM (950), which becomes the flagship for those broadcasts. CBS Radio vice president Rich Homberg commented, "The Wolverines and WWJ had a 70-year tradition through 1997 and we are very happy to have games back on AM 950. This agreement will greatly enhance WWJ's coverage of the University of Michigan and its role in the future development of southeastern Michigan." In addition to men's hoops, WWJ will also carry a number of women's basketball games; the exact number of those contests is still being determined. Also still under discussion is the determination of who will be behind the microphone for basketball. Matt Shepard (play-by-play) and former Michigan player Dugan Fife (color) handled those duties last season.

Radio One talker WCHB-AM (1200) will simulcast the basketball coverage of WWJ. WCHB general manager Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin said, "Coverage of the Wolverines promises to be the most diverse ever with the addition of our loyal WCHB audience."


For men's hockey, Clear Channel sports WTKA-AM (1050) Ann Arbor will continue its role as the flagship station with CBS' sports WXYT-AM (1270) and CHUM's gold CKWW-AM (580) each picking up 15 different broadcasts for the Detroit/Windsor market. AM 580 Program Director Charlie O'Brien said, “We are excited to have the opportunity to follow the Wolverines all season on their way to the NCAA Frozen Four.”


WXYT will also carry 40 weekly call-in shows focused on University of Michigan sports. These Michigan Athletic Department radio shows highlighting football, men's and women's basketball, and ice hockey will air statewide throughout the sports season. "We could not be more excited about this new package," commented Bill Martin, University of Michigan athletics director. "We've expanded our coverage, added new stations and given our programs more exposure and better coverage than at any time in our history."


Today's announcement is the result of 12 months of planning by the University and its multimedia partner, Host Communications, Inc. Tom Stultz, Host CEO, said "We've worked very hard to make this the best of all worlds for Michigan fans. We are very excited about the commitments made by our radio partners at WOMC, WWJ, WXYT, CKLW and WCHB and happy that Mike Fezzey, the president and general manager of WJR, has worked with us to allow Frank Beckmann to continue as the play-by-play voice of the Wolverines." Host will pay Michigan $1.85 million for the 2006-07 school year and $1.95 million the next and is the producer of all the broadcasts and also handles the distribution of the games to affiliates it lines up for the Michigan Sports Network, and sells most of the advertising.


Each of the five Detroit-area stations brings a distinct, loyal and diverse audience. In addition to game broadcasts, each has committed to promoting the Wolverines during their highly rated weekday daytime hours, increasing substantially the number of people in Detroit market who will hear about the Wolverines on a daily basis. CBS's stations will cross-promote their Michigan broadcast coverage.

With a combined weekly rating of 13, the promotional power of the new radio package will increase by 271 percent the previous audience available to promote the Wolverines. In turn, each station's rating is expected to benefit from the already large and loyal Michigan audience. Detroit is the ninth largest U.S. radio market measured by Arbitron with a population of 3.9 million.


Michigan associate athletic director Bruce Madej comments that the Michigan Athletic department will be working closely with CBS Radio to improve Michigan fans accessibility to electronic coverage of Michigan sports. The University plans to develop podcasts and more video coverage as part of its subscription package along with a number of events and highlights available free to the public. For the first time, listeners around the world will have free access to audio streams to all University of Michigan sports from the official Michigan Athletic department website, www.mgoblue.com. Michigan also has a broadcast deal with Sirius satellite radio.

"We know a fee is necessary as we provide more and more coverage on the Internet, but we want to make sure our fans are able to listen to our athletic programming without a subscription fee," said Martin. "We are among a few leaders in college sports who are turning the tide and are able to find sponsorship of these Internet offerings and make it as easy to hear Michigan in San Francisco or Tokyo as it is in Grand Rapids or Ann Arbor. We also recognize that a large number of future fans will use the Internet as their medium of choice and we intend to make following the Wolverines easy for new fans and longtime fans alike."


Michigan sports broadcasts have been without a home since the end of this spring's NIT basketball tournament when the University's agreement with news-talk WJR-AM (760) expired. Last October, WJR announced it would be returning to its long-time allegiance with Michigan State University and become the flagship station for MSU sports starting with this fall's football season. WJR and MSU were partners for years up until 1976 when WJR began its association with the Wolverines.

Many Michigan fans were concerned about the future of their teams' new broadcast location, but this deal should alleviate that concern with a deal that breaks new ground in terms of the depth of coverage across different stations and medium.

That this deal was completed speaks volumes about the ability and desire of the people involved to work out something that benefits everyone concerned. It's unusual to see this number of broadcast companies set aside their usual desires to have exclusivity on both programming and personalities and allow this kind of cooperation. It's refreshing to report on a story that respects the desire of the listeners/fans.


WOMC has archived this morning's annoucement that was made during Dick Purtan's program just past 7:30 AM. To listen in, visit the station's web site at www.womc.com.

 

Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) says in documents filed in federal court that it has tried to accommodate the religious beliefs of anchorman Frank Turner, and the station denies it has discriminated against him. To allow Turner to host a religious radio program would be too economically harmful to the station, Channel 7 said in response to a lawsuit filed by Turner... Channel 7 answers discrimination suit (Fri 5/26)



Detroit Free Press:

Here, by key time period, are Detroit results from Nielsen Media Research's May ratings period, which ended Wednesday... Nielsen May TV ratings (Fri 5/26)


Sitting in a radio studio doesn't seem like the most comfortable place for Bill Martin. But considering the past eight months he has had, the Michigan athletic director's wide smile Thursday morning told much more than his words. Just a week after getting approval from the Board of Regents for his Michigan Stadium expansion plan, Martin sat in the WOMC-FM (104.3) Ferndale studios and announced Michigan also had completed a five-year radio pact for its major sports... U-M's Martin pleased with radio deal (Fri 5/26)

 

Detroit News:

The month isn't over yet, but the local news race is, and the May Sweeps ratings reveal that each local station earned bragging rights of some sort. Let's start with mornings... No clear leader in local news (Mon 5/29)



Detroit Free Press:

Nothing to do today? Wrong. JJ & Lynne's Stone Soup Project, a charity classic car restoration now in its fourth year, is building a Stone Soup Nailhead (named after the custom-built 425 Buick Nailhead engine in the truck) and needs your input. The truck is the first non-car effort for the WCSX-FM (94.7) duo of Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison... Vote on paint job for charity truck (Mon 5/29)

 

Proceeds of 5th Annual “Women Who Make Magic®” Awards to benefit HAVEN

WMGCThe 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner will be held on Monday, June 12th, at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event starts at 7pm sharp. Tickets are $35 and may be purchased at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Box Office in Warren or by calling 586-268-3200. This year's entertainment comes from former New Kids on The Block member, Jordan Knight. The 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards program is sponsored by HAP, Kroger, Wright & Filippis, Gordon Chevrolet, Walsh College and Andiamo Italia in Warren.

A portion of ticket sales for the 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner will go to HAVEN. HAVEN's mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault through treatment and prevention services throughout Oakland County and surrounding communities.

HAVEN was founded in 1975 as the first and only sexual assault counseling center in Oakland County. In 1977 HAVEN broadened services to include domestic violence services. Today all of HAVEN's programs provide specialized, comprehensive services in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault. HAVEN's support services include: 24 Hour Crisis and Support Line, Residential Program, Advocacy Program, START (Safe Therapeutic Assault Response Team).

In addition to donating money from the ticket sales, there will be a 50/50 auction at the 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner to help raise funds for HAVEN.



WRIF to select one couple to “Get Hitched at Harleyfest” by Penhallow

WRIFActive Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 Detroit afternoon drive host for over 35 years, “Big Daddy” Arthur Penhallow, will host a wedding ceremony this summer that one lucky couple will not soon forget: a biker wedding at Motor City Harley Davidson's Harleyfest 2006. Over the next two weeks, WRIF will encourage listeners to sign on to the station's website at www.wrif.com and tell us their love story and why they should be chosen as the couple who will “Get hitched at Harleyfest”.

Their wedding day on June 17th, 2006, will begin with a front of the line spot for their motorcycle(s) in the “Ride for Hope”, benefiting Karmanos Cancer Institute, which will depart from Motor City Harley Davidson at 11am. They will ride with over 1,200 participants to this year's Motor City Harley Davidson Harleyfest at Freedom Hill. After a day of enjoying great live music, food and festivities, the couple will be married amongst a sea of motorcycles, with Arthur Penhallow to preside over their service. In addition, the couple will receive wedding bands, flowers for the ceremony, a photographer and a reception dinner for themselves and 20 friends to take place at Harleyfest. They'll also win a gift voucher for a honeymoon in Las Vegas.

Harley Fest is an all-day event that will gather Harley-Davidson® fans from all over as they come together to celebrate great music, great food and great bikes. All bikes are welcome as the party kicks off at 11am on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at Freedom Hill Park, located at Metro Parkway and Schoenherr in Sterling Heights. Admission to the festival in the park is always free and will again feature a live music stage with some of Detroit's hottest local bands.

For more details on Harley Fest 2006 and the “Get Hitched at Harleyfest” contest, log on to wrif.com.



Lou Perry joins Ann Arbor's WLBY-AM 1290

Beginning June 3rd, Lou Perry joins Ann Arbor's Air America Liberal Radio Station WLBY-AM 1290. Most recently Lou was a highly rated Talk Show Host at cross-town WAAM-AM. Prior radio experience includes WABC-AM Radio, New York and WJR-AM Radio, Detroit. The Saturday program live and local at 9 AM and is focused on the Ann Arbor Area. Special and informative guests that affect life in Washtenaw County. “I call the program Logic Radio; I live for why not -- not, what if", comments Perry. The show will feature local guests, local topics, local laughs and plenty of other local information.



Detroit News:

A man has been arrested for the theft of the WJLB 97.9 FM DaimlerChrysler Magnum. Detroit Police arrested a suspect recently after receiving a tip through Crime Stoppers. The radio station had offered a $5,000 reward for information leading to an arrest... Man arrested in the WJLB DCX Magnum theft (Tue 5/30)



All Access:

Trapane Named PD At WDTW: As ALL ACCESS hinted, CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT has named JOHN TRAPANE as PD. TRAPANE held the same position at the Classic Rock format the station had before flipping to Country earlier this month (5/19). Previously, TRAPANE worked at HOUSTON Country stations KIKK-FM, KILT and KKBQ as well as doing promotion for GIANT and DREAMCATCHER RECORDS in NASHVILLE.

WDTW Looking To Hire: As ALL ACCESS reported last week, CLEAR CHANNEL Classic Hits WDTW/DETROIT changed formats to Country per the listeners requests. Known now as THE NEW 106.7 THE FOX, the station is seeking a full staff. If you are interested send your package to 24765 Halsted Dr. Farmington Hills, MI 48331 or email johntrapane@clearchannel.com. No phone calls please.


Maxine Michaels Exits WGPR/Detroit: WGPR INC. Urban AC WGPR (RHYTHM 107.5)/DETROIT has terminated veteran MOTOR CITY midday air-personality MAXINE MICHAELS, claiming she was unable or refused to follow the format. No official word yet on her replacement.

 

WRIF's “Drew & Mike” to hold a 3-Point Shot Contest to see the Pistons in Miami for Game 6

Active Rock WRIF-FM's (101.1) morning show hosts Drew & Mike will send one lucky winner and a guest to Miami tomorrow night to watch the Pistons battle the Heat in game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a 3-Point shot contest tomorrow at the WRIF studios. Throughout the show today ten listeners will be qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, June 2 at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant, or their pre-selected “ringer,” who scores the most points in a series of two rounds will leave the station and head directly to the airport for their flight to Miami.

This is the third consecutive year that Drew & Mike have held this contest, with the help of sponsor, Rock Financial, sending listeners to Pistons playoff games in San Antonio, Los Angeles and now Miami. The winner and guest will also receive a blue Pistons “away” jersey to wear at the game. “We intend to throw some blue into the white out in that Miami Crowd”, says Drew Lane, WRIF morning show host.



MIX92.3 and Habitat For Humanity team up to collect home goods for better homes in Detroit

WMXDSpring cleaning is here and Habitat For Humanity and Adult Urban WMXD-FM (92.3) are coming together to collect your items! MIX92.3 is helping to restore our community with Habitat for Humanity “ReStore Detroit”. On Saturday, June 3, 2006, join MIX92.3 at Steve's Soul Food, 8443 Grand River, Detroit, as the station broadcasts live from noon-7p.m. collecting gently used home furnishings, air conditioners, appliances, building materials, tool, and any other home goods. All items donated will be re-sold at affordable prices at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Detroit, in effort to help eliminate sub-standard housing in our community. Habitat for Humanity ReStore Detroit will be on site to collect all donated items and also schedule to pick up large and heavy appliances, and home furnishings. All donated items are tax-deductible. Steve's Soul Food will offer 10% discounts to individuals who make a donation.

It's a united effort to help “ReStore Detroit”... won't you join the effort?



Magic 105.1's 2005-2006 “Teacher of the Year” is Chosen

WMGC-FM / Magic 105.1's “Teacher of the Year” program culminated today with an awards presentation live on the air with Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show. Every Friday, starting on September 12, 2005, Jim Harper read one letter nominating a special teacher from Metro Detroit to be “Teacher of the Year.” After 38 weeks of nominations, Cathy Keeler of Hazel Park High School was chosen as the winner of the awards program. She was invited to come in as a “finalist” this morning. Little did she know, she was the winner and was awarded $5,000.



Detroit News:

It's either ironic or cosmically fitting that WDET-FM (101.9) 's newest music host, Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs , hasn't listened to a lot of radio in the last few years. "It's not because I don't want to," said Collins with a laugh. "It's not for want of trying, but the antenna on my house blew down, so I can't pick up any radio there at all. And my car has an electrical short so the radio only plays occasionally"... Get ready to ride 'Night Train' (Thu 6/1)



Detroit Free Press:

Next week could provide the next bit of news in the Frank Turner vs. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) soap opera. When last we tuned in, news anchorman Turner was pursuing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sanction against the station for refusing to let him out of a contract exclusivity clause that would prohibit him from doing a two-hour weekday religious radio show on WEXL-AM (1340) in line with his avocation as a Christian evangelist... Stay turned for 'As the Anchorman Turn(er)s' (Thu 6/1)

 

The Opie and Anthony Show to be broadcast 6:00 – 9:00 am

WXYT AM 1270 Detroit today announced the debut of the Opie and Anthony Show beginning Monday, June 5. The three-hour program will be heard in Detroit from 6:00 - 9:00 AM. The new weekday line-up on 1270 XYT will be as follows:

The Opie and Anthony Show from 6:00 – 9:00 AM
Sports Inferno with Mike Valenti and Terry Foster from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wetzel and The Gator with Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel and Scott “The Gator” Anderson from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Big Show with Doug Karsch and Art Regner from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

According to WXYT VP/GM Rich Homberg, “Opie and Anthony are flat out the hottest radio show in the country. The opportunity to bring them to Detroit is huge. This show will be a game-changer for both WXYT and the AM dial.”

“We are thrilled to have this new power hitting line up. Opie and Anthony are one of the best morning radio shows in the country,” said XYT Program Director Dan Zampillo. “They are the perfect lead in to the best sports talk in Detroit.”

Opie (Gregg Hughes) and Anthony (Anthony Cumia) returned to CBS RADIO in April 2006 and can currently be heard on FREE FM stations in New York (92.3 WFNY-FM), Dallas (105.3 KLLI-FM), and Philadelphia (94.1 WYSP-FM), WBCN-FM 104.1 in Boston, 93.7 K-ROCK in Pittsburgh (WRKZ-FM), 92.3 K-ROCK in Cleveland (WXRK-FM) and 103.1 THE BUZZ in West Palm Beach (WPBZ-FM). The Opie and Anthony Show originates from the WFNY-FM studio in New York and a simulcast of the show is also broadcast on XM.

Since October 2004, Opie and Anthony have been heard exclusively on XM. Prior to that, their show was broadcast by more than 20 radio stations across the country, including CBS RADIO's WNEW-FM, the show's flagship station in New York. Hughes and Cumia first teamed up in 1994 hosting an evening program for WBAB-FM in Long Island, N.Y. In early 1995, the duo moved to WAAF-FM in Worcester, Mass., where they began hosting “The Opie and Anthony Show” in the afternoons and became one of the Boston market's most popular radio shows.

John Lund, WXYT's former morning co-host, is no longer with the station.



All Access:

O&A "Virus" Spreads To Detroit, Columbus, Rochester: OPIE AND ANTHONY "spread the virus" with the addition of three more markets on top of the previously-announced WJFK (FREE FM 106.7 WJFK)/WASHINGTON addition: Sports WXYT-A/DETROIT adds the show for mornings, while Alternative WZNE (THE ZONE 94.1)/ROCHESTER (2-5p), and Rock WAZU/COLUMBUS (3-6p) will carry the show on a delayed-tape basis. The three new additions will start O&A on MONDAY (6/5), while WJFK launches the show on JUNE 26. WAZU previously carried the show in its earlier WESTWOOD ONE syndication incarnation before the team was removed from the air over the "SEX FOR SAM" incident. At WXYT, O&A replace JOHN LUND and SCOTT "THE GATOR" ANDERSON in mornings. LUND has reportedly left the station, while ANDERSON will move to a new shift, which LANSINGSPORTSRAGE.COM reports will be 1-4p paired with DAN WETZEL. "THE SPORTS INFERNO" moves up an hour to 9a-1p and "THE BIG SHOW" drops an hour to run 4-7p to make room.



Detroit News:

As of Monday, you won't have to pay XM Satellite Radio to hear shock jocks Opie and Anthony in the morning. In an agreement with XM, four more CBS stations are picking up the three-hour show, including sports station WXYT-AM (1270) in Detroit. Opie and Anthony will debut on WXYT 6-9 a.m. Monday... Opie and Anthony hit Detroit airwaves (Sat 6/3)



Detroit Free Press:

Opie & Anthony, the New York-based radio shock jocks who were banished from terrestrial radio after a stunt involving a couple allegedly having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral in 2002, continue their amazing career comeback on Detroit radio Monday... Shock jocks land spot on WXYT (Sat 6/3)

 

The Spartan Podcast - Paul W. Smith & Mike Fezzey

Michigan StateNews/Talk WJR-AM (760) Detroit - the Great Voice of the Great Lakes - and Michigan State University are partners again and the reborn partnership is the subject of a Spartan Podcast today.

Morning host Paul W. Smith (5:30 - 9:00 AM) is WJR's most recognized voice and talks about how he always knew from his days growing up in Monroe, Michigan that he wanted to be in radio. He tells us how his WJR career began and how he loves coming to work every day.

WJR president and general manager Mike Fezzey tells us how the WJR/MSU deal came about and discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the radio industry.

This Spartan Podcast is hosted by MSU communications manager Russ White.

Hear the Show (18 Minutes, 10 MB mp3): spartanpodcast.com/?p=137



Greater Media's Raphael named among radio's Most Influential Women

Greater Media, Inc. announces Heidi Raphael, Director of Corporate Communication, has been named among the 50 Most Influential Women in Radio by Radio Ink Magazine. The selection process is based on individuals who are making a difference in the radio industry.

“I am honored to be named among such an incredible list of individuals in the broadcasting field. I am extremely grateful to Peter Smyth, Tom Bender and all the wonderful people at Greater Media and the industry at large who I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis,” said Raphael.

Raphael has been with Greater Media for the past ten years. She served as the Marketing Director of legendary active rock station WRIF-FM for five years. Raphael was subsequently promoted to Group Marketing Director and New Business Development Director of Greater Media's Detroit-based properties. She was later promoted to Director of Corporate Communications for Greater Media, Inc. in 2005.

Raphael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York and Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a past vice president of American Women in Radio & Television's (AWRT) Nashville-based chapter and is a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).



Detroit Free Press:

Hosting: Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan (WUOM-FM, 91.7) preview screenings of the movie "A Prairie Home Companion" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. They're free but open to Michigan Radio members only... Names and Faces (Mon 6/5)

 

Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV Channel 7's morning news anchor Eric Smith has a new book out. Inspired by "From the Heart," his short segments on various unsung heroes in and around Metro Detroit, Smith wrote a book of the same name for Huron River Press. The book, a best-of-the-best, is cool, but it's the author, a popular TV personality and journalist, who draws you in. A native Detroiter, Smith has been at WXYZ for 44 years. His warm, signature rosy-cheeked smile, snow-white Caesar haircut and pierced ear are all part of his disarming charm... WXYZ's Smith writes 'From the Heart' (Wed 6/7)


We love the '00s. The '90s are nice. The '70s are OK, and '60s music is very good. We love '50s R&B. But '80s music all those synthesizers and bad perms, it's truly a baffling format for anyone who didn't graduate from high school between 1980-89 ... Political office seekers in Washtenaw County can have their message heard, thanks to a WEMU-FM (89.1) feature, "Soapbox Summer," that returns in time for the 2006 primaries ... WDET streaming includes archive- If you forgot to tune in to Mick Collins' new music show "Night Train" on WDET-FM (101.9) last Saturday, you can tune in anytime online at wdetfm .org, where there's not only a live stream, but also an archive of past programs... Sirius revists '80s with best prom song (Thu 6/8)



Detroit Free Press:

The way John Trapane tells it, more than 110,000 e-mails, e-votes and voice mails are doing his job for him. Trapane is the program director of WDTW-FM (106.7), which became Detroit's newest country radio station May 26. He and the Clear Channel Communication ownership say they've relied heavily on e-input from listeners in changing the station from a slumping-in-the-ratings rock hits player... 106.7 FM's new format is listeners' choice (Thu 6/8)



Ann Arbor News:

The yellow-and-white striped hospitality tent outside the WTKA-AM (1050) studios, and yellow balloons - imprinted with the message M Go Blue - tied to the entrance of the building offered clues to what was happening inside. It was Wednesday morning, and WTKA program director Ryan Maguire held a wireless microphone and had just finished conducting an interview in a hallway with Laurie Carr. In the studio, Carr's husband, University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, was busy with hosts Mike Wickett and Dave Shand, catching up with former players who called in to the radiothon... Athletes help net $40,110 on WTKA (Thu 6/8)

 

Mix 92.3 and Oakland Mall to presents a “Gospel Challenge”

WMXDIn celebration of Black Music Month, Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and Oakland Mall are looking for the hottest choirs in the Detroit metro area to participate in the “Gospel Challenge” on Saturday, June 17th at Oakland Mall in Troy. Hosted by Grammy Award winner and host of the #1 rated Sunday morning gospel show, “Rhythm & Praise” Marvin Winans; the challenge is open to choir groups of all ages.

Interested groups must submit their demo CDs or videos to MIX92.3 for pre-selection process by email to WMXDPromotions@clearchannel.com, or by mail or in person at the MIX92.3 Studio, 645 Griswold Avenue, #633, Detroit, Michigan, 48226. Select choir groups will compete, Saturday, June 17th, at Oakland Mall in Center Court, from Noon-2pm, for their chance to win $500 in Oakland Mall gift certificates and other prizes. Special guest judges will include Vanessa Bell Armstrong among others who will determine the winning group of the 2006 “Gospel Challenge”.

Oakland Mall and MIX92.3 are encouraging everyone to come out and take part in celebrating Black Music Month. Patrons will have an opportunity to register to win an Apple iPod, various music CDs, Beans & Cornbread gift certificates, and more.



Eastern Market spices up Detroit with BBQ competition in July

It is the All Star of BBQ...the Homerun of Grilling Knowledge…the Big Daddy of Secret Spices, and the Masters of the Grill. Call it what you may, the Sizzle-N-Sauce BBQ Competition held July 8-9, 2006 will put one out of the park

Save the date for July 8-9, 2006 when over twenty-five contestants will release the sweetest smelling BBQ aromas at the 2nd Annual “Sizzle-N-Sauce” over Eastern Market for three pork, beef, & chicken stuffed days of BBQ heaven, where contestants will eat, sleep, and live to win cash prizes and trophies. Masters of the grill and folks wanting to enjoy the competitors finest BBQ, will descend on Eastern Market July 8 & 9 for a serious competition guaranteed to be seriously fun. Expected attendance at the event promised more than 20,000 BBQ lovers from around the globe who will gather to testify about the tasty delights of special sauces, rubs, ribs, and much more during the weekend.

The Main Stage is set with world-class musical entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday. The outstanding lineup of performers and entertainers will include the R&B sounds of Streetcorner and Larry Lee & Back In The Day, the jazz sounds of The Edge and the all-female group Straight Ahead, a Motown review by Horizon, Blues favorites by Bons Temps Roulle, and a very exciting blues show by Da Blooze Brothers. On-air personalities from both 100.3 WNIC-FM and MIX 92.3-FM will also make appearances during the weekend.

Admission to “Sizzle-N-Sauce” is absolutely FREE and a variety of BBQ menu items will be available for purchase to feed the entire family.

For more information about the event, visit www.sizzlensauce.com or call (248) 324-5424. Limited sponsorship opportunities for this year's event also remain available. Sizzle-N-Sauce sponsors will have amazing contact and sales opportunities at this wonderful and exciting food and entertainment event at Eastern Market.

 

Zappa featured on WDET on Sunday June 11

WDETThe music of Frank Zappa is explored in a conversation with his son Dweezil Zappa on Sunday's (June 11th) Ralph Valdez Program on Public WDET-FM 101.9. The show airs from 10pm - midnight. Dweezil Zappa is touring with ex-Zappa band mates in a show coming to The Meadow Brook Music Festival this week called 'Zappa Plays Zappa'.

Prolific American composer, guitarist, singer, film maker, social critic and satirist Frank Zappa continues to be an important and influential artist even after his death in 1993, with work spanning virtually every musical genre (including avant-garde, big band, blues, contemporary classical, doo-wop, electronic music, funk, hard rock,
jazz, jazz fusion, musique concrète, pop, progressive rock, proto-rap, reggae, rock, ska, and world music), and often noted for his intense blend of high art, low humor, general absurdity and modern vaudeville theatrics.

There will also be tickets given away for the latest multi media performance from Detroit playwright Ron Allen entitled "The Aboriginal Treatment Center,"described as "an examination of the archetypical Black man's mind." As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of "rummage sale records", music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world will also be explored.

WDET now offers "music on demand" - a special feature on WDET's website homepage at www.wdetfm.org which allows you to listen to archived shows at your leisure.



Last chance tickets available for WMGC banquet

WMGCThe 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner is just around the corner! It will be held this Monday, June 12th, at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 7pm sharp. Tickets are still available! They are $35 and may be purchased at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Box Office in Warren or by calling 586-268-3200. The event is hosted by Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit.

This year's entertainment comes from former New Kids on The Block member, Jordan Knight! Knight, formerly of New Kids on the Block, will be evening's entertainment. A portion of ticket sales for the 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner will go to HAVEN. HAVEN's mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault through treatment and prevention services throughout Oakland County and surrounding communities. HAVEN was founded in 1975 as the first and only sexual assault counseling center in Oakland County. In 1977 HAVEN broadened services to include domestic violence services. Today all of HAVEN's programs provide specialized, comprehensive services in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In addition to donating money from the ticket sales, there will be a 50/50 auction at the 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner to help raise funds for HAVEN.

 

8th Annual V98.7 Smooth Jazzfest set for June 23-25

WVMV-FM's (98.7) 8th Annual Smooth Jazzfest will be held June 23-25 in Southfield, on the Green in front of the Southfield Civic Center (just south of I-696 off of Evergreen).

For a run down of the lineup of artists scheduled to appear, visit the station's web site at www.wvmv.com. Tickets are available at the Southfield Civic Center and all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 248-645-6666. Daily Tickets are set for $30/$40 and a weekend pass will go for $75/$105 along with the usual Ticketmaster service charges on each order.

Gates will open at 4:00pm on Friday, 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday and performances will start approximately 1 hour after the gate opens. Smooth Jazzfest is a rain or shine event and no cans, bottles, liquid or glass containers, coolers, picnic baskets, beach umbrellas, tents, video or sound recording devices, strollers or pets allowed. Concessions will be available at the event. Blankets, tarps and low beach chairs are fine for lawn seating.



MIX92.3 to present “Meeting of the Minds” for the future of our city and children

WMXDAdult Urban WMXD-FM (92.3) will present “Meeting of the Minds”, a progressive Town Hall meeting with the Detroit Board of Education, and the community it serves, on Wednesday, June 14th, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren, Detroit, Michigan, from 6 - 9 p.m.

Led by MIX92.3's Frankie Darcell, “Meeting of the Minds” is an opportunity for the community to address concerns with the Detroit Public Schools, in an attempt to resolve issues facings our community and the future of our children. Confirmed panelists include: Doctor Jimmy Womack – President of the Board of Education; William Coleman – Superintendent for DPS; Helen Moore – long standing activist for children; Attorney Paula Johnson – Chair of the Contract Procurement Committee; and others. The program will broadcast live from 7 - 8 p.m. on WMXD. Doors open at 5:30 p.m and the Town Hall Meeting is schedued to begin promptly at 6 p.m.

“It's now time for the Detroit Public School and the community to get on one accord to work for the best interest of our children,” said Frankie Darcell, host of MIX92.3's Mid-Day MIX, heard Monday through Friday, from 10a.m. to 3p.m.

Anyone interested in attending must RSVP in advance by emailing FrankieDarcell@clearchannel.com.



Detroit Free Press:

Nominated: WEMU-FM (89.1), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, as Jazz Station of the Year in a Major Market by JazzWeek Magazine readers ... Scheduled: The Gospel Challenge from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Mall in Troy. Hosted by Grammy winner and host of WMXD-FM's (92.3) "Rhythm & Praise" the Rev. Marvin Winans, the challenge is open to choir groups of all ages... Names and Faces (Mon 6/12)



FMQB:

ABC News Radio has added WDRQ (Doug FM)/Detroit to the list of stations now carrying its ABC FM News service ... "We have seen - especially over the past year - how radio is unmatched in its ability to deliver news and information to listeners in times of crisis," said WDRQ PD Ron Harrell. "We are pleased to provide ABC FM News so that FM music listeners in Detroit will have a source for the latest news headlines of the day"... http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=229323 (Mon 6/12)



All Access:

Kat Jensen To Middays At KKMG:
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT weekend/swinger, and former CC Top 40 WVKS/TOLEDO Promotion Dir. KAT JENSEN takes middays at CITADEL Top 40 KKMG (98.9 MAGIC-FM)/COLORADO SPRINGS, beginning JUNE 28th. (Mon 6/12)



Detroit News:

Question Mark says his name is written on Mars. He won't tell how or why, but as any sensible person might suspect, Stephen King had something to do with it. Also as a sensible person might suspect, Question Mark is not your average rock 'n' roll icon. At heart, he is the same kid who put together ?& the Mysterians with four other guys from the Saginaw Valley and recorded one of the best singles ever to hit a turntable... Online radio host is one mysterious Question Mark (Mon 6/12)


Lack of access to quality health care. Failing public schools. A disproportionate number of African Americans incarcerated in America's prisons. These are just a few of the issues confronting many of America's poor and black communities, says PBS talk show host and author Tavis Smiley. On Friday, Smiley will wrap up his five-month, 20-city national "The Covenant with Black America" tour in Detroit at a town hall meeting at Greater Grace Temple... Smiley tour stops in Detroit for town hall (Tue 6/13)

 

Catholic Social Services to honor Ken Calvert

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 afternoon host Ken Calvert has been making Detroiters laugh, on and off the air, for more than 25 years but he takes helping the community very seriously. In recognition of his public and personal support, Catholic Social Services of Oakland County will honor Calvert with the Leonard R. Jagels Award at their annual meeting to be held at 6:30 pm in the Dining Hall on the campus of the Orchard Lake Schools on June 21st.

Over the past five years, Calvert has served as emcee and auctioneer at the agency's Spring Gala fund raisers and hosted an event produced by WCSX, “KC's Comedy for a Cause.” His efforts have raised over $50,000 for the agency.

A graduate of Brother Rice High School, Calvert has been a long supporter of Catholic Social Services. In his true comedic style, Calvert had many people to thank, “I would like to start by thanking all the nuns that made grade school fly by. I've often said, for example, that a meeting with my boss or a root canal often seems longer than the third grade. And the priests who recognized my talent as an altar boy and insisted I accompany them to Holy Sepulcher for a graveside service thus forcing me to miss precious classroom time. And I'd be remiss if I didn't thank the Irish Christian Brothers of Brother Rice HS, especially Brother Kelly. The doctors are now confident that I will regain 100% use and feeling of the knuckles on both hands. In all seriousness, this is a great honor and I can assure you that my deceased parents are extremely proud as they look down and I accept this with great humility.”

As the recipient of the Leonard R. Jagels Award, Calvert is being recognized for his commitment to Catholic Social Services' mission: Through its professional services and outreach programs, Catholic Social Services of Oakland County strengthens families, protects children and cares for the elderly, serving all regardless of race or creed. In its 60 year history, the agency has provided counseling services, adoption and foster care, adult day care, programs for pregnant and parenting teens, and outreach to Hispanic families. Len Jagels, for whom the award is named, was the executive director of Catholic Social Services from 1957 to 1983.

 

WRIF names HarleyFest wedding winners

WRIFJennifer Koski and Tim Cerda of Ferndale have been named the winners of WRIF's “Get Hitched at HarleyFest” contest. Over the course of a two-week campaign, WRIF received a total of 75 online entries from couples hoping to “Get Hitched at HarleyFest.” The entries were narrowed down to 10 finalists, based on their stories. The 10 finalists were then invited to Waterfall Jewelers for the chance to win. Eight total couples showed up and after choosing the package containing the $1,000 gift certificate to Waterfall Jewelers, Jennifer and Tim won the prize.

Jennifer and Tim's prize includes a ceremony at HarleyFest, June 17th at 4:30pm, presided over by WRIF's afternoon drive host, Arthur P, a $1,000 shopping spree at Waterfall Jewelers, flowers for the ceremony, a photographer and a reception dinner for themselves and 20 friends to take place at HarleyFest. They'll also win a gift voucher for a honeymoon in Las Vegas!

HarleyFest is an exciting all-day event that will gather Harley-Davidson® fans from all over as they come together to celebrate great music, great food and great bikes. All bikes are welcome as the party kicks off at 11am on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at Freedom Hill Park, located at Metro Parkway and Schoenherr in Sterling Heights. Admission to the festival in the park is always free and will again feature a live music stage with some of Detroit's hottest local bands including 50 Cent Headrush, Radiocraft, Government Honey, Redline, Mindcandy, PHX, Brian Schram Band, Inviting the Crash, Dirty Americans, Shipwreck Union, Jocaine and Rockstar.

For more details on HarleyFest 2006 and the “Get Hitched at HarleyFest” contest, log on to WRIF's website at www.wrif.com.



Detroit News:

His name is well known to classic rhythm and blues buffs, but Andre Williams, aka the "Black Godfather," has been off the mainstream radar for decades. But his sizzling-hot singles in the '50s were no less than a precursor of rap ... After some initial make-nice comments about respecting the competition, it sounds like Clear Channel's new country station, The Fox, WDTW-FM (106.7), is on the warpath... 'Black Godfather' is alive and well on XM (Thu 6/15)



AllAccess.com:

Dom Theodore Named WKSC/Chicago Programming Consultant:
SHOCKER! CLEAR CHANNEL/CHICAGO Trading Zone RVP/Programming DARREN DAVIS announces that CC/MICHIGAN RVP/Programming and Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT PD DOM THEODORE has been named Programming Consultant for Top 40 WKSC (KISS 103.5)/CHICAGO, replacing STEVE PERUN. THEODORE will work closely with new WKSC PD RICK GILLETTE (NET NEWS 6/13). (Wed 6/14)

 

WMXD free gas giveaway this morning

Adult Urban WMXD FM 92.3 has given away free gas each summer for the last 3 years, and will do it again this summer. MIX92.3's Free Gas Fridays will kick off this morning, and the station will be doubling the offer. Listeners are encouraged to tune in to The Steve Harvey Morning Show at 7 and 9 a.m. to hear the gas station locations- the first 92 cars to arrive will receive $9.23 worth of free gas.

“This year's increase in gas prices has made this event even more relevant than in years past. Free Gas Fridays is another way MIX92.3 enjoys serving our community,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, WMXD program director.



Detroit News:

Alternative rock has undergone quite a stylistic transformation since 1991, from the flannels and torn jeans worn by Pearl Jam and Nirvana to the mascara and eyeliner favored by bands such as AFI and the Killers. But through it all, CIMX-FM (88.7) -- known to the masses as 89X -- has been there to chronicle "the best new rock first," as the station's tagline has promised its listeners over the years... Birthday time for 89X! (Fri 6/16)



Ann Arbor News:

A second audit of Michigan Public Media, which was rocked earlier this year by a criminal probe into the actions of three former employees, found no further wrongdoing but uncovered a host of sloppy management practices. In a summary made public this week, University of Michigan auditors faulted Michigan Public Media, the parent organization of public radio station WUOM, for inadequate oversight of its business operations and its "tone at the top.'' "The operation lacks clear operational policies and procedures, and roles and responsibilities have not been sufficiently defined or monitored,'' the audit stated... U-M public media faulted; New audit finds no new wrongdoing, but criticizes management (Fri 6/16)

 

WYCD'S Grunwald Heads to the Amazon for Haven of Oakland County

WYCDOn Friday, June 16th, Country WYCD FM's (99.5) Grunwald from the Dr. Don Morning Show headed to the Amazon Jungle in South America to help raise money for Haven of Oakland County. David Hall of Rock Financial offered to send 99.5 WYCD'S Grunwald to several exotic locations with a one-way ticket. WYCD listeners then voted via the station's web site on where to send him. Grunwald will start in Manaus Brazil and then have to beg, borrow, cheat his way back home in time for his air-shift on Friday June 23rd.

For every mile traveled by Grunwald, Haven of Oakland County receives $1.00. So if he travels 3,000 miles, Haven receives $3000 dollars…Courtesy of David Hall & Rock Financial. Grunwald will be equipped with $99.50 in his pocket, a phone & a digital camera so he can document his travels & the listeners can keep track also.

Among many of the charities that Grunwald donates his time for, Haven of Oakland County holds a special place, and is why he is attempting this journey. The sole beneficiary of this great event, Haven of Oakland County is a non Profit organization that helps rid households & the community of violence.

 

Seger speaks with WCSX about new album

Legendary rocker Bob Seger played in The Ken Calvert Casual Classic Golf Outing earlier today and had a chat on air about his upcoming album "Face the Promise", due to be released on September 12th. It's Seger's first studio album in 11 years and has already created a buzz among fans of the Hall of Fame rocker. The seven minute discussion with Calvert and WCSX midday host Karen Savelly is posted on the station's website for you to download and listen at www.wcsx.com.



Jim Harper & Crew to launch summer at the Detroit Zoo

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM Detroit, Magic 105.1, will spend the first official day of summer 2006 at the Detroit Zoo's newest exhibit, The Australian Outback Adventure. This exhibit allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Red Kangaroo in their natural habitat. The exhibit trail is lined by 21-inch high cables on each side, which allow the 16 kangaroos to roam free within The Australian Outback Adventure yard.

The event, hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show, officially takes place from noon to 2pm on Wednesday, June 21st and is open to the public. The Detroit Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm daily. The first 150 kids who “jump” into the Magic 105.1FM “Kangaroo Kid Zone” will receive a very special limited edition Detroit Zoo/Magic 105.1 t-shirt. In addition, parents who attend will receive a free “Bloomin' Onion” gift certificate good at all Metro Detroit Outback Steakhouses (while supplies last).

But "mate", there's more! Metro Detroit kids will want to “jump” into the fun in the “Kangaroo Kids Zone” activities area, featuring the popular Magic Game Show and hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show. Kids will play for fun prizes like outback hats as they're asked Zoo related questions. What Kid Doesn't Like to Color? Magic 105.1FM will provide kangaroo pictures and crayons for kids to color. They will then be featured on display in the designated Magic 105.1FM area. Two face painters will also be on hand to put cute kangaroos on all kids' cheeks. On the way out… after this fun-filled two hours, kids and parents will be encouraged to sign up to win a fabulous dinner for their family at the Outback Steakhouse.

Admission to the Detroit Zoo is $11.00 for adults ages 13 years to 61 years old; $7.00 for children ages 2 to 12 years old; $9.00 for seniors ages 62 years and older and free for children under 2 years old. Parking is $5.00 for cars/vans and $8.00 for buses.



Detroit News:

When their identity has been stolen, the rental car company overcharges them or the landscaper runs off with their money, Metro Detroiters turn to the Call Bill for Action Team. You see the fruits of his labor weeknights on the 5 p.m. WXYZ (Channel 7) news. But standing in the shadows behind the consumer advocate is a team of about 50 volunteers who answer the telephones and make calls to solve lingering problems... Got a problem? Bill's your man (Mon 6/19)



Detroit Free Press:

Here's another twist in WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner's attempt to launch a radio career as a weekday evangelist despite exclusivity clauses in his TV contract that Channel 7 maintains prohibit such activity. Turner attorney Jeffrey Wilson filed a request for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court late Friday to allow Turner to proceed with a 9:30 a.m.-noon weekday show on WEXL-AM (1340)... Channel 7's Turner seeks injunction so he can proceed with radio show (Tue 6/20)



Flint Journal:

With its varying styles, alternative music has often been difficult to categorize, but it usually depicts music that is south of the mainstream. For 15 years, Windsor-based CIMX-FM (88.7), better known as 89X, has helped develop some of today's largest rock acts by giving them their first bits of airplay. It was no surprise, then, that the station's celebrated its independent spirit Sunday at the 15th annual 89X Birthday Bash by featuring many of those artists on stages at Detroit's State Theatre, Fox Theatre and an outdoor stage on Woodward Avenue... 89X's 15th birthday show bigger, better (Mon 6/19)

 

WDFN giving away gasoline

Sports WDFN AM (1130) is doing its part to ease the pinch at the pump with its Free Gas Frenzy. During the months of June, July, and August WDFN will hook up one lucky person with free gas for a month.

During the last two weeks of each month WDFN will encourage listeners to qualify both on-air and in person at nine Red Wing Shoes stores throughout Metro Detroit. Registering is easy...all you have to do is listen Monday through Friday to Jamie & Brady from 6 to 9am, Sean Baligian from 9a to 12p and Stoney & Wojo from 3 to 6pm for the cue to call and be the 11th caller at 313-298-1130 to qualify or go into any Red Wing Shoes store and fill out an entry form.

Free gas qualifiers will be put in a grand prize drawing at the end of each month where one person will win free gas for a month valued at $500. The grand prize winners will be announced live on the air. Runner up winners will also win free gas…literally…when they walk away with cans of beans and more.



Detroit Free Press:

The Big Ten will announce today that it is about to enter into the television business, forming its own network that will launch in 2007. The Chicago Tribune, citing anonymous sources, reported the conference also will announce the ABC/ESPN family will remain the exclusive carrier of some of its signature events. The current deal, set to expire in June 2007, is said to be worth up to $50 million per year. That means ABC/ESPN will continue to get all the choicest cuts like Michigan-Ohio State football... Big Ten forms TV network (Wed 6/21)


They handed out the local Emmys the other evening in Novi. And because the local academy charges for entries and some stations subsidize those efforts while others don't, it's not exactly a totally fair measure of local TV excellence. That said, here's who got statues in some of the high-visibility categories... And the Emmy's go to... (Wed 6/21)



Detroit News:

It looks like WWJ-TV Channel 62 has its mind on fashion. The local CBS affiliate is kicking off a new series called "Eye on Style" that debuts this weekend. The show is slated to give Metro Detroiters an inside look at fashion, beauty, fitness and the area's most talked about events. Interviews with local stylists, designers and personal trainers are supposed to provide viewers with tips on the latest trends, including what's hot in cities such as New York and Los Angeles... WWJ-TV has its 'Eye on Style' (Wed 6/21)



MLive.com/AP:

The Big Ten Conference will create its own cable channel to showcase its athletic and academic programs and has reached new broadcast and cable deals with ABC Sports and ESPN, the conference announced Wednesday. The new channel — which will be created in partnership with Fox Cable Networks — is expected to launch in August 2007, the Park Ridge, Ill.-based league said in a news release. The league also announced it has reached a new 10-year agreement with ABC and ESPN for coverage of football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball... Big Ten announces new TV contract, creation of new cable channel (Wed 6/21)



Radio & Records:

Spring Phase II ratings (Wed 6/21)

 

Detroit News:

If you want to hear the Dixie Chicks, don't tune in to Detroit's new station, the Fox -- WDTW-FM (106.7). The Clear Channel-owned station, which "chose" its new country format by polling listeners, won't be playing the Dixie Chicks' new album "Taking the Long Way" -- the No. 2 album in the United States this week, according to Billboard -- after conducting a poll. Well, actually two polls. The Dixie Chicks drew flak last year when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush and the war in Iraq from a stage in London. WDTW program director John Trapane explains that he'd been getting hammered with e-mails from both Dixie Chicks fans and foes, and he decided to do something about it... Dixie Chicks get boot from country station (Thu 6/22)


Alexander Zonjic is a busy guy. The jazz and classical flutist performs frequently in the metro area, records under the Telarc label, is the artistic director for five major local music festivals, and is the morning host at Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM (V98.7). But that's not all, folks. Zonjic also is a partner in Seldom Blues restaurant, along with Frank Taylor, Jerry Nottage and Robert Porcher... Get to know: Alexander Zonjic (Thu 6/22)


The Big Ten has hatched a ground-breaking approach to nationally televising its intercollegiate athletic contests while maintaining a strong tie with two networks -- ABC and ESPN -- that have such a stranglehold in sports broadcasting. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany unveiled on Wednesday a 20-year agreement with Fox Cable Networks to launch a 24-hour Big Ten Channel that will carry a number of football and men's basketball games beginning in August 2007. It also will carry nonrevenue sports, coaches shows and nonsports programming... Big Ten announces it own cable channel (Thu 6/22)



Detroit Free Press:

One of the bigger stories of Wednesday's Arbitrend monthly report card on metro-area radio listening may be at the bottom of the top 20. Sports-talker WXYT-AM slipped back into the top 20, largely on the power of its 3.3 score among all listeners for 7 p.m.-midnight, mostly for Tigers baseball... Tigers fever heats up local radio ratings (Thu 6/22)


The Big Ten sent ripple through college sports Wednesday. The conference announced its plans to create a nationally distributed television network, as well as a 10-year extension with ABC/ESPN to air football and men's basketball games. "It is a destination for Big Ten fans throughout the country," conference commissioner Jim Delany said of the new channel... TV channel will be 'destination' for Big Ten fans (Thu 6/22)

 

WCSX To Spotlight Local Talent

WCSXContinuing a commitment to local music, Classic Rock 94.7 WCSX is proud to offer local bands and musicians the opportunity to perform during The GM Renaissance Center's Rockin' on the Riverfront free concert series.

This summer long series takes place on the scenic Riverfront Plaza located on the Detroit River behind the Renaissance Center on Friday afternoons and evenings through August 18th. Performers in this amazing concert line up include Dickey Betts & Great Southern and The Romantics.

Right now, WCSX is accepting submissions from local bands for possible inclusion in the series. Musicians selected will perform 45 minute sets and be included on the WCSX web site (www.wcsx.com), press releases and event communications distributed throughout the GM Renaissance Center.

Submissions for consideration will be accepted via email at feedback@wcsx.com and at

94.7 WCSX
Local Band Search
One Radio Plaza
Ferndale Michigan 48220

Please include CD or mp3, bio, references and contact information.



Detroit Free Press:

A former public radio director was sentenced to probation Thursday for his part in an embezzlement scandal that shook the University of Michigan's stations this year. Michael Coleman, former deputy director at U-M's public radio and television stations, including WUOM-FM (91.7), was sentenced in Washtenaw County Circuit Court to 2 years' probation and ordered to pay $3,500 in restitution... Radio exec gets probation (Fri 6/23)



Ann Arbor News:

Michael Coleman, former deputy director of Michigan Public Media, was sentenced to probation Thursday for his involvement in an embezzlement case that shook up management of the public radio and television stations operated by the University of Michigan. In Washtenaw County Circuit Court Thursday, Coleman, 40, of Ypsilanti Township, was placed on two years of probation and must pay $3,500 in restitution to his former employer for misusing in-kind trade agreements... Ex-media official gets probation (Fri 6/23)



MLive.com/AP:

A judge on Friday scheduled a Sept. 13 trial for a man charged with shooting a former employee of television station WDIV in the entryway to the NBC affiliate's downtown office. Epifanio Rivas Jr., 27, of Detroit, is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, felonious assault and using a gun in a felony in the April 15, 2005, shooting of John Owens... Trial date set in Detroit TV station shooting (Fri 6/23)

 

WJR, WWJ make staff changes

All News WWJ AM 950 has released overnight anchor Brad Bianchi. According to the Detroit Free Press, Bianchi may have been let go because of unauthorized airing of commercials.


News-Talk WJR AM 760 has dropped weekend home improvement guru Murray Gula from the lineup.

 

Detroit News:

WJBK-TV ( Channel 2) and FSN Detroit reigned supreme at the Michigan Emmy Awards this year. The Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences bestowed WJBK with 13 Emmys and FSN Detroit with nine earlier this month. WJBK got nods in the Investigative Reports Single Story and Arts and Entertainment categories, among others, while FSN Detroit's Emmys included ones for Station Excellence, Sports News Feature and Sports Program Feature Segment. WDIV-TV (Channel 4) grabbed eight Emmys, and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) won seven... WJBK-TV, FSN rule with Emmy wins (Wed 6/28)



Detroit Free Press:

Oh, my. Radio know-it-all Rush Limbaugh's (noon-3 p.m. weekdays WJR-AM, 760) deal could be in trouble with prosecutors in a long-running prescription fraud case after authorities found a bottle of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra in his bag at Palm Beach International Airport. Why? The prescription was not in his name ... Paul W. Smith will sit in for Limbaugh Monday... Viagra bust could imperil plea deal (Wed 6/28)



Radio & Records:

WRCL/Flint, MI Promotions Director/afternoon jock Ced Lover heads to Radio One/Detroit's Marketing & Promotions Department... Street Talk (Wed 6/28)

 

the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and WDFN announce 9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Sports Radio 1130am WDFN are proud to announce the 9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon, the largest event of it's type in Michigan. This year's 28-hour Radiothon will broadcast live, from O'Toole's Cass Lake, located at 4000 Cass Elizabeth Rd. in Waterford, Mich. starting at 3 p.m. July 13th and going until 7 p.m. on July 14th, 2006.

Since 1997, the Stoney and Wojo Radiothon has raised over $1 million to support the Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. WDFN Sports Radio 1130am personalities Stoney (Mike Stone) & Wojo (Bob Wojnowski) host the event during which services, merchandise and one of a kind sports memorabilia are auctioned. Some of this year's auction items include a team autographed Red Wings jersey, a stainless steel Kitchen Aid outdoor grill, a limited edition Superbowl XL pool table, even a complete home comfort system including furnace, air conditioning unit, air cleaner, humidifier, and more. Check out www.wdfn.com for complete event details and more auction items.

“This is the funnest 28-hours on radio,” said Charley Kutscher, Chairman of the 2006 Radiothon. “More importantly, we are raising money to find a cure for blood cancers, the leading cause of cancer deaths among children.”



Detroit Free Press:

Frank Turner will get his day in federal court July 6 to argue for a court order to allow the WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor to pursue a second career as a radio evangelist on WEXL-AM (1340) despite an exclusive services clause in his Channel 7 pact. But it could all be too late. Station general manager Frank Franciosi had written Turner that WEXL would hold the weekday mid-morning slot open for him only until Friday... Turner court date coming too late? (Thu 6/29)



Detroit News:

Has it really been 11 years since Liz Copeland 's all-night show "AlternateTake" debuted on WDET-FM (101.9) ? Such is the case, and from midnight to 5 a.m. Friday Copeland will be celebrating her anniversary with giveaways, music and fun. If you're sleeping while Copeland spins her mix of techno, ambient and pop music, you can still listen online anytime on demand, at wdetfm.org... Copeland celebrates 11 years at WDET (Thu 6/29)

 

2nd Annual Sizzle 'n Sauce to spice up Eastern Market

It is the All Star of BBQ...the Homerun of Grilling Knowledge…the Big Daddy of Secret Spices, and the Masters of the Grill. Call it what you may, the Sizzle-N-Sauce BBQ Competition held July 22-23, 2006 will put one out of the park!

Save the date for July 22-23, 2006 when over twenty-five contestants will release the sweetest smelling BBQ aromas at the 2nd Annual “Sizzle-N-Sauce” over Eastern Market ... for three pork, beef, & chicken stuffed days of BBQ heaven, where contestants will eat, sleep, and live to win cash prizes and trophies. Masters of the grill and folks wanting to enjoy the competitors finest BBQ, will descend on Eastern Market July 8 & 9 for a serious competition guaranteed to be seriously fun. Expected attendance at the event promised more than 20,000 BBQ lovers from around the globe who will gather to testify about the tasty delights of special sauces, rubs, ribs, and much more during this fabulous weekend.

The Main Stage is set with world-class musical entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday. The outstanding lineup of performers and entertainers will include the R&B sounds of Streetcorner and Larry Lee & Back In The Day, the jazz sounds of The Edge and the all-female group Straight Ahead, a Motown review by Horizon, Blues favorites by Bons Temps Roulle, and a very exciting blues show by Da Blooze Brothers. On-air personalities from both 100.3 WNIC-FM and MIX 92.3-FM will also make appearances during the weekend.

Admission to “Sizzle-N-Sauce” is absolutely FREE and a variety of BBQ menu items will be available for purchase to feed the entire family.

For more information about the event, visit www.sizzlensauce.com or call (248) 324-5424. Limited sponsorship opportunities for this year's event also remain available. Sizzle-N-Sauce sponsors will have amazing contact and sales opportunities at this wonderful and exciting food and entertainment event at Eastern Market.



Detroit Free Press:

A day of golf, a charity dinner and Tom Izzo's debut as a professional singer all served as an informal launch for Michigan State's new partnership with WJR-AM (760) in metro Detroit. MSU and WJR sponsored the first "Coaches for the Kids" golf outing and dinner, a benefit for the For the Kids Foundation. Basketball coach Izzo, football coach John L. Smith and women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie were honorary co-chairs for the event Sunday and Monday at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township... Spartans team with WJR-AM to aid kids (Tue 7/11)


Judy Adams, longtime WDET-FM (101.9) programmer who left the station when the datyime music format went away late in 2005, reports, "I have been in conversations with several metro Detroit radio stations and hope to be back on the air very soon"... Names and Faces (Tue 7/11)


Scheduled: Auditions for a teen boy and girl to hand out the surfboard trophies at "Teen Choice 2006" airing live at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on Fox (WJBK-TV, Channel 2). The Detroit audition is noon- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Oakland Mall in Troy... Names and Faces (Mon 7/10)


Landing: On University of Windsor station CJAM-FM (91.5), Jon Moshier's "in sound" program 2:30-4 p.m. Thursdays starting July 13... Names and Faces (Sat 7/8)


WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner's request to get a temporary federal court injunction to allow him to circumvent his exclusive services contract clause and commence weekday evangelical broadcasting for WEXL-AM (1340) was turned down late Thursday... Turner religious broadcast nixed (Fri 7/7)


WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WMGC-FM (105.1) personality Kam Carman had quite a holiday weekend. Carmen announced Tuesday on Jim Harper's morning radio show that she got engaged to Commerce Twp. firefighter Jim Shemanski... Carman says yes to her firefighter (Thu 7/6)



Detroit News:

Channel 7 on Friday disclosed how much it pays evening anchorman Frank Turner in a court filing related to a legal dispute between the TV station and Turner. And Turner is unhappy about it. Turner, who is near the end of a five-year contract signed in 2001, is paid $285,000 a year, station vice president and general manager Grace Gilchrist said in an affidavit. Including benefits, the total package is worth about $1.75 million, she said... Turner: My salary is not high (Mon 7/3)



Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Television, the public television station of the University of Michigan, won two Emmy Awards for programs it produced and aired in 2005. The awards were conferred recently by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Award-winners were "And They Flew: The Story of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit,'' produced by Katherine Weider, Felicia Jamieson and Matthew Zacharias, which won the award for Best Cultural Documentary, and "Wright's Little Gem,'' written and produced by Gary Ewell, which was awarded Best Writing in a Short Format Film... Michigan Television picks up Emmys Arts documentary, short-film writing bring recognition to station (Fri 6/30)



Flint Journal:

Ced Lover, host of the popular "Jumpoff" afternoon drive show on WRCL-FM (Club 93.7), has moved to Detroit's WHTD-FM (Hot 102.7). Thursday was his last day on the local airwaves. "This was not something I expected. But I think because I was part of the unexpected success of Club 93.7, my background fit with the qualities they were looking for," said Lover, who was contacted by the Detroit station about its vacant promotions and marketing director position... 'Jumpoff' host moves to Detroit station (Fri 7/7)



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CBS Radio Dallas, Detroit Ink Media Monitors Deal:
MEDIA MONITORS, LLC (a division of RCS) has signed an agreement with CBS RADIO to provide commercial airplay data for CBS RADIO stations in DETROIT and DALLAS. CBS has been using MEDIA MONITORS already in YORK CITY, CHICAGO, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ATLANTA, CINCINNATI, DENVER, and PORTLAND, OR bringing the total to 10 CBS markets. "We're quite pleased to offer CBS RADIO STATIONS in DALLAS and DETROIT our multimedia toolbox for tracking competitive data,"remarked MEDIA MONITORS President/CEO PHILIPPE GENERALI, "so that our timely and highly accurate data is now available for their radio sales departments." (Mon 7/10)


Brad Savage Adds PD Duties Of WLBY-A/Ann Arbor:
CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107one)/ANN ARBOR, MI PD BRAD SAVAGE adds PD duties of sister Progressive Talker WLBY-A. SAVAGE replaces RYAN MAGUIRE, who will focus exclusively on PD/afternoons on Sports WTKA-A. SAVAGE plans to co-brand certain WLBY-A events with 107one due to the similar lifestyle target. Meanwhile, ANN ARBOR'S 107one just celebrated their second anniversary last THURSDAY (6/28) with a highly successful, free, outdoor concert with SHAWN MULLINS and ARI HEST as part of the ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL. The free concert series continues with LUDO and local favorites TALLY HALL on THURSDAY, JULY 6th. WQKL will also host four days of live music during the ANN ARBOR ART FAIR, on a free music stage culminating on FRIDAY, JULY 21st with appearances from ELLERY, TOBY LIGHTMAN, BRIAN VANDER ARK (THE VERVE PIPE), CAREY OTT, and LUCE for a LISTENER APPRECIATION CONCERT. (Wed 7/5)



Radio & Records:

Henson assumes the programming chair at "Sports/Talk 950" most recently occupied by Jason Barrett, who exited the Greater Media Sports outlet in May. The move marks a return to Greater Media for Henson, who began his radio career as a morning show producer for the company's WCSX/Detroit in 1988... Gregg Henson Named WPEN/Philadelphia PD (Thu 6/29)



WVMV's Zonjic to perform at summer concerts

With the summer concert season upon us, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic & Friends will be performing at outdoor venues for Smooth Jazz fans throughout the region.

At Chene Park, a unique 7,000 capacity amphitheater located on the shore of the Detroit River, Alexander Zonjic & Friends will open for “Soul Express” featuring vocalist Jody Watley, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Chris Standring on Wednesday, July 12, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $13-18 and available at the Chene Park Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster 248-645-6666.

On Friday, July 14, Alexander Zonjic will travel to Toledo, OH, to perform at the Second Annual African American Festival at Nelson Grace Park. The three-day festival July 14-16 features Jazz Night on the opening day. Zonjic will perform at 9:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 419-255-8876.

Then on Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m., Zonjic performs at the Bay City Wine, Food and Arts Festival. Called “A Day in the Sun,” the event takes place from 2:00-9:00 p.m. in Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City, MI. The $40 cost of admission includes sampling of wine, listening to live musical performances and access to the art on display. For more information call 989-893-7105 or visit www.cafeappareil.org.

In addition to these performances, jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic serves as artistic director of four upcoming summer music festivals. Concert schedules, featuring a whole host of creative artistic talent, will be announced soon.



Paul W. Smith to sub for Limbaugh Friday 7/14

Join News/Talk 760 WJR's Paul W. Smith (Weekdays 5:30am-9am) as he hosts the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday, July 14, 2006. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on News/Talk 760 WJR, Weekdays from Noon-3:00pm.

Rush Limbaugh remains the most listened-to talk show host in America and can be reached during his program at 1-800-282-2882 or by fax at 212-563-9166.

 

Detroit Free Press:

Although he lost an attempt to get a federal judge to enjoin WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) from enforcing its exclusive services clause to allow him to double as a radio evangelist, news anchor Frank Turner indicates he'll continue to fight the station over the issue... Frank Turner battles on (Wed 7/12)



Ann Arbor News:

WEMU (89.1 FM), the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, has launched an unusual summer fund drive to raise money to offset anticipated funding reductions from the state for the next fiscal year. The station is hoping for $3,000 in pledges each day this month, for a total of $93,000. "It's a soft fund drive. We don't have volunteers answering the phone,'' said station manager Art Timko. "We're just asking people to call or go on line... WEMU launches soft fund campaign (Wed 7/12)

 

Windsor Star:

Windsor's A-Channel TV station will be sold by Bell Globemedia after the owner of the CTV television network and the Globe and Mail newspaper purchases CHUM Ltd. While CHUM announced major layoffs across the country Wednesday, Keith Chinnery, program director at AM 800 CKLW, which is also owned by CHUM, said there will be no staff reductions but was unable to say what impact the changes might have on programming... Windsor TV station to be sold (Tue 7/12)



Hot AC CHYR-FM 96.7 to move closer to Windsor

The CRTC has approved a change to the facilities of CHYR-FM that will result in the station's broadcast tower moving about 13 miles closer to Windsor with reduced power but increased tower height. The move is being made to increase coverage in parts of Essex County, ON.

CRTC Broadcasting Decision



Detroit News:

She didn't plan for it, but longtime WDET-FM (101.9) program director and on-air host Judy Adams suddenly found herself on an extended vacation on Dec. 12 of last year, when she and the station abruptly parted company. The move to replace her morning show and Martin Bandyke's in the afternoon with news and talk prompted a firestorm of protest. Both WDET management and Adams were mum on the separation agreement... Judy Adams considers return to radio (Thu 7/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Postponed: Lionel Richie's Friday appearances on WNIC-FM (100.3) and WJLB-FM (97.9) because he'll be attending the funeral of former Commodores mate Milan Williams ... AM anniversary party: WWJ-AM (950) morning voice Joe Donovan hits the 30-year mark there July 19. So Donovan, who started in the market as one of CKLW-AM's "20-20 News" mayhem screamers, celebrated at a Wednesday luncheon... Names and Faces (Thu 7/13)



WMGC-FM Zoo visit rescheduled

WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, is celebrating the Detroit Zoo's newest exhibit, The Australian Outback Adventure. This exhibit allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Red Kangaroo in their natural habitat. The exhibit trail is lined by 21-inch high cables on each side, which allow the 16 kangaroos to roam free within The Australian Outback Adventure yard. The event, hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show, officially takes place from 12noon to 2pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 and is open to the public. This event is rescheduled, due to a severe thunderstorm that occurred on June 21.

The Detroit Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm daily. The first 150 kids who “jump” into the Magic 105.1FM “Kangaroo Kid Zone” will receive a very special limited edition Detroit Zoo/Magic 105.1 t-shirt! In addition, parents who attend will receive a free “Bloomin' Onion” gift certificate good at all Metro Detroit Outback Steakhouses (while supplies last). But "mate", there's more... Metro Detroit kids will want to “jump” into the fun in the “Kangaroo Kids Zone” activities area, featuring the popular Magic Game Show and hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show. Kids will play for fun prizes like outback hats as they're asked Zoo related questions. What Kid Doesn't Like to Color? Magic 105.1FM will provide kangaroo pictures and crayons for kids to color. They will then be featured on display in the designated Magic 105.1FM area. Two face painters will also be on hand to put cute kangaroos on all kids' cheeks! After this fun-filled two hours, kids and parents will be encouraged to sign up to win a fabulous dinner for their family at the Outback Steakhouse.

Admission to the Detroit Zoo is $11.00 for adults ages 13 years to 61 years old; $7.00 for children ages 2 to 12 years old; $9.00 for seniors ages 62 years and older and free for children under 2 years old. Parking is $5.00 for cars/vans and $8.00 for buses.



Zonjic announces Jazz Festival Lineups

Jazz flutist and WVMV-FM morning host Alexander Zonjic yesterday announced the performance line-ups for three jazz festivals in the metropolitan Detroit area. Zonjic is artistic director for the outdoor summer concerts that feature local and national artists and attract thousands of music fans. “People look forward each year to these concerts that are well established in their communities. Each venue is distinct in its flavor and character and the performers enjoy the energy the crowds bring with them,” said Zonjic.

Community House Jazzfest: A three-day festival July 20-22 in the heart of downtown Birmingham
Thurs., July 20 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends .
Fri., July 21 – Yellowjackets, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter Quartet
Sat., July 22 – Warren Hill Band, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends Jazz Orchestra, Penny Wells

Jazz on the River: A two-day festival Aug. 5- 6 with the Detroit River as the backdrop at scenic Elizabeth Park near downtown Trenton
Sat., August 5 - Nils, Marion Meadows, Keiko Matsui
Sun., August 6 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr., Down to the Bone

River Raisin Jazz Festival: A two-day festival Aug. 12-13 celebrated on the banks of the river in St. Mary's Park in Monroe
Sat. August 12 - Rick Braun, Joe McBride, Randy Scott, Sheila Landis
Sun., August 13 - David Benoit, Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Nick Collione



WJR programming highlights

On Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15 WJR AM 760 will offer continuous coverage of the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race. Broadcast reports will cover the pre-race events from Port Huron and then follow the progress of the race from start to finish. Update reports can also be found on the station's web site, wjr.com.

WJR will broadcast live from Port Huron on Friday July 14th from 5:30-9AM during the Paul W. Smith Show from the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race in Port Huron and again Saturday July 15th from 5-9AM) Warren Pierce Show.

Also on Friday from 9-11:30AM, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the 2006 Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races at the Detroit Yacht Club. On Monday July 17th from 6-9AM the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from the 2006 CATCH Golf Classic at the Meadowbrook County Club in Northville. Finally, on July 21st, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain in Bay Harbor.

 

WDFN helps raise over $156,000

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9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon raises record amount for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

After 28 straight hours, the Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society brought in over $156,000 to help find a cure for blood cancers, the leading cause of cancer deaths among children.

The event was broadcast live on WDFN AM, Sports Radio 1130, and hosted by Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski. Auction items such as a team autographed Detroit Red Wings jersey, a Detroit Lions suite, a Chauncy Billups autographed jersey and a rare Swedish national hockey team jersey, sign by the five Red Wing Swedes we all up for bids. Steve Yzerman even called in a donated an autographed pair of gloves that he wore in his last playoff game.

For those that missed the radiothon, donations are still being accepted online at
https://wdfn.radiothon.org.

“This was the most successful radiothon ever,” said Charley Kutcher, Chairman of the Radiothon who also ran the tote board the entire 28-hours. “Considering the state Michigan's economy, this proves how generous people can be for a cause this good.”

 

Detroit Free Press:

Turner to fight on- WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner is carrying on his fight to double as a religious broadcaster but he won't be doing the program he wanted to do, a weekday morning show, on Christian radio station WEXL AM-1340. WEXL announced late Monday that Miranda (Randi) Myles has been named permanent host of the mid-morning show... Names and Faces (Tue 7/18)



Ann Arbor News:

Reaching the front of the Starbucks line earlier this month, Mike Tirico doesn't hesitate before ordering the usual, a sugar-free vanilla latte. When the latte is ready, Tirico, an Ann Arbor resident, exchanges greetings with a barrista behind the counter... Tirico in the spotlight (Tue 7/18)

 

Granite backs out of sale of TV 20:

Granite Broadcasting, which had agreed to sell WMYD-TV 20 Detroit to DS Audible for $84,250,000, has backed out of sale before closing the deal. The FCC had approved the transaction back in June. Granite announced that it now plans on keeping the station, which will become an affiliate of the new MyNetworkTV net in September and also is the over-the-air home for the Detroit Tigers and Pistons.


Granite Broadcasting has called off the sales of Detroit station WDWB-TV and San Francisco station KBWB-TV. The financially troubled group announced Tuesday that it will keep the Detroit station... Granite Halts Station Sales (TV Week, Tue 7/18)



WDIV to change morning meteorologists

WDIV-TV Channel 4 has announced that starting August 14th, Kim Adams will return to her role as meteorologist and join the station's morning news team. “As a meteorologist, a mom, and someone whose family has been a victim of a weather-related tragedy, Kim has a special understanding of how the weather impacts people lives,” said Neil Goldstein, VP and news director of WDIV.

“In consulting with Chuck Gaidica, Local 4's Director of Meteorology, we decided that this would be a great way to best showcase everyone's meteorological talents and continue to provide the most powerful weather coverage in town,” said Goldstein. Adams will continue to contribute to Local 4's Good Health reports until a new health reporter is named in the coming weeks.

Current morning show weatherman Eric Wilson will take on a new role at the station focusing on the advancement of weather technology. In addition, Eric will continue to provide the weather forecasts on the weekday Local 4 News at Noon and fill in on other Local 4 newscasts. “Eric has expressed a desire to move in to a more technologically challenging role,” Goldstein said. “He has been working in this direction for some time and, along with Chuck, Eric has recently helped to implement new weather equipment upgrades and new delivery platforms such as our daily weathercasts on ClickOnDetroit.com and Local 4's WeatherPlus, an all-weather channel that can be seen on cable and high-definition receivers.”



Media Week:

Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television announced Tuesday the launch of a new, live, national morning show featuring entertainment and general interest programming. Scheduled to debut January 2007, the hour-long show will be cleared by all 25 owned-and-operated Fox stations. The new show, airing 9 to 10 a.m. is designed to extend morning programming on Fox stations, which have had strong ratings success counter-programming the big three network morning shows with their with their own local morning programs... Fox TV Stations to Launch New, Live Morning Show (Tue 7/18)



Zonjic concert to feature CD give-away

One “seldom gets the blues” when attending a concert performance by Alexander Zonjic, but smooth jazz fans will get just that if Charter One Bank has its way.

Charter One Bank will give away Alexander Zonjic's latest CD “Seldom Blues” to the first 400 patrons who arrive in Birmingham'a Shain Park for Alexander Zonjic & Friends opening night performance to kick off the Community House Jazzfest on Thursday, July 20. Zonjic and his band are scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a two-hour set.

The Community House will host its 14th Annual Jazzfest, July 20-22 in Shain Park located on South Bates Street between Martin and Merrill Streets in the heart of downtown Birmingham. All concerts are free and open to the public. Each year, the three-day festival attracts an estimated 25,000 people to the city of Birmingham.

World renowned flutist Alexander Zonjic returns as the artistic director for the three-day event. Zonjic has compiled a lineup which showcases highly acclaimed national artists along with up and coming homegrown talent. Performers include: the Yellowjackets, Warren Hill, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends, Penny Williams, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter, In the Pocket and others.

Zonjic can be heard weekdays hosting morning drive on Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7.

 

Detroit News:

Go get 'em, Tigers. Even with a signal that pales in comparison with the AM powerhouses that used to carry Detroit baseball, WXYT-AM (1270) got a big boost from the hot Bengal bats in the spring Arbitron ratings, which were released Wednesday. The Metro Detroit ratings cover the period from March 30-June 21. In the highly valued sports demographic of men 25-54, WXYT's night ratings, when the station carries the most games, showed the most bang... Tigers' roar heard on the radio (Thu 7/20)



Detroit Free Press:

The ever-competitive race for Detroit radio listeners is getting a little bit tighter. Two stations at opposite ends of the musical spectrum -- country WYCD-FM and urban WJLB-FM -- finished the spring quarter tied for first place in the contest for all-day listenership. They leapfrogged R&B station WMXD-FM, which had held the lead for the previous two quarters, and now sits at No. 3, just a tenth of a rating point behind the leaders. That skinny difference was characteristic of much of the top 10, with several other stations within sniffing distance of the top spot, including WRIF-FM, WJR-AM, WOMC-FM, WKQI-FM and WWJ-AM... Country urban radio staitons share top spot (Thu 7/20)



Radio & Records:

Top 5 radio stations listeners age 12+: Urban WJLB FM 97.9 and Country WYCD FM 99.5 (tie 1st), Adult Urban WMXD FM 92.3, Rock WRIF FM 101.1, and News/Talk WJR AM 760... Detroit Spring 2006 ratings (Wed 7/19)

Ann Arbor radio ratings, Spring 2006

Toledo radio ratings, Spring 2006

 

WDET names new development director; Valdez program to feature Syd Barrett

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, has announced that Carl Allison, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), has joined the station as its Development Director. Allison, who has fund raising experience with other Detroit area cultural institutions such as the Detroit Science Center, WTVS - Channel 56 and most recently, The Henry Ford, joins WDET following the station's national search for a fund raising professional. "We are delighted to have Carl Allison join the WDET team," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "Not only does Carl know and understand our community, but he also understands the mission of Detroit's public radio station. He has been a listener and donor to WDET for many years."

Allison brings an array of fundraising expertise to his new position at WDET. In addition to individual giving, he will also be managing planned giving, major gifts, grant writing, donor relations and foundation and corporate support. He will also oversee the station's membership and underwriting departments. "As a lifelong Detroiter, I've been a big fan of WDET for many years," said Carl Allison. "The station is truly an asset to our community, and I'm proud to be associated with a radio service that has such depth and diversity of programming. I'm looking forward to helping WDET grow its service to metropolitan Detroit. The station has many new and returning listeners, and we want to invite those people to support this important service."

The July 23rd edition of The Ralph Valdez Program will be dedicated to Pink Floyd founding member and psychedelic / progressive rock pioneer, the late Syd Barret (b.1-6-46, d. 7-7-06). Besides exploring listener favorites and rare recordings, local musician Matt Smith will be on hand to share Syd Barret stories, scandals and theories about his state of mind. Lucky listeners will also have a chance to win tickets for upcoming concerts by Mission Of Burma (7-28 Magic Stick) and also for Ian Anderson's Orchestral Jethro Tull (7-28 Meadow Brook). The Ralph Valdez Program airs Sunday nights from 10pm to Midnight.



WCSX, Art Van team up for best Big Cruise seats in the house

Car enthusiasts of all kinds will line Woodward Avenue for this year's Dream Cruise on August 19th. Art Van's Royal Oak store, located on Woodward right at the heart of the action, plans to set up 40 comfortable chairs along the store's second story windows for great guest viewing and Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is partnering with Art Van to fill the seats.

Winners of the 'Best Seats in the House' will enjoy refreshments and reserved seating to watch the cruise excitement. Listeners can tune it to WCSX or stop by Art Van Royal Oak starting August 1st to register to win a pair of those seats. Also at the Royal Oak Art Van, while supplies last, visitors may purchase a pair of 50's style fuzzy dice from representatives of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan to hang on their car's rearview mirror. A minimum donation of $3.00 is requested- that $3 donation feeds up to 26 people.



Detroit News:

A caller this week wanted information on the Tigers TV schedule. He said his father is in the VA hospital in Ann Arbor. Did we know the rest of the schedule on TV20? A simple request that shows what the Tigers' resurgence means to their fans. They want to be in touch with their team. For every dozen people who think nothing of babbling on a cell phone at the top of their lungs in a bookstore's reading section, there is someone who isn't wired into the world of portable communications. Not everyone has access to cable television... Free Tigers broadcasts appreciated (Fri 7/21)



FMQB:

Sixteen "Listener Advisory Board" members of Classic Rock station WCSX/Detroit recently became the first members of the WCSX Classic Rock Pace Car program, which means they will have their own car or truck wrapped with a custom design representing music and the station. Each design focuses on the listener's favorite Classic Rock artists... WCSX Fans Offer Their Cars For The Cause (Fri 7/21)

 

WWWW moves back to Detroit

Clear Channel has changed the call sign of Ann Arbor Country outlet W4 Country (102.9) to WFOR-FM as of this Monday (July 24th) and moved the WWWW call sign to Progressive Talk AM 1310 Dearborn/Detroit, which previously had the call sign WDTW. AM 1310 is still identifying itself as "1310 WDTW" in its promos, but using the new WWWW call sign for its legal ID.

Clear Channel also filed on July 24th to change FM 102.9 'back' to WWWW-FM - so it appears the move to WFOR-FM is just temporary.

Recently, Clear Channel/Detroit launched a new Country station at 106.7, which has retained its WDTW-FM calls. 106.7 FM was the home of the WWWW calls throughout the 1970's through the year 2000 and from the early 1980's until 1999, the station was known as W4 Country.



Detroit News:

Television observers have wondered if Fox would ever get in on the evening news race against Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams. Never, says Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox news. The money, he says, is in the mornings. "If you've got Katie and Charles and Brian up there at 6:30, that's a pretty full landscape," Ailes told journalists Monday at the Television Critics Association's press tour, a media event that gives boob-tube arbiters an advanced look at the fall season's programming. Ailes and Fox are gearing up for a yet-to-be named morning show that will air after the local news broadcasts. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy of the Fox News Channel will host the 9 a.m. offering... Fox looks to mornings for network news entry (Wed 7/26)



Ann Arbor News:

At least $70,000 worth of meals at a popular local restaurant and thousands of dollars in Detroit Tigers tickets were given to public radio station WUOM's parent organization as it traded more than a half-million dollars worth of airtime mentions during the past four years, according to court testimony. It remains unclear how much of the $520,000 actually benefited the operation of Michigan Public Media and how much went to staff and management, but testimony this week at the embezzlement trial of a former salesman showed that at least some employees regularly received free meals and tickets to various events... Court hears WUOM trades (Wed 7/26)

update: Ex-WUOM salesman found guilty of conspiracy to embezzle (AP, Wed 7/26)

 

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)



AllAccess.com

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)

 

Detroit Free Press:

John Mason, longtime Detroit radio personality and more recently famous as the voice of "Dee-troit basketball" serving as the Pistons Palace public address announcer, parted company Thursday with Radio One-owned WDMK-FM (105.9). Mason's contract expires today; his last show was Wednesday. The pact was believed to be in the million-dollar-a-year range and was signed in 2001 when he left WJLB-FM (97.9), his Detroit radio home since 1983... Contract ends; Mason leaves 105.9 (Fri 7/28)



WDET pleased with listener growth

Quarterly boost is second in row; audience grows by nearly 15,000 In Spring 2006

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, saw another increase in listeners as indicated in the Spring 2006 Arbitron Survey. In this most recent ratings period (April - June), the station saw a net gain in listeners of 14,800. This follows an increase of 11,400 listeners that WDET saw in the Winter 2006 rating period (January - March). These recent audience increases follow programming changes the station made in December 2005. "We're glad to see our audience continue to grow," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "We're building a flagship public radio service for the Detroit community, and we welcome the thousands of new and returning listeners to the WDET family."

Listener gains in Spring 2006 were most notably present during the 10am to 3pm midday slot on weekdays, which includes programs "News & Notes with Ed Gordon," " Democracy Now!," "Here & Now," "BBC World Have Your Say" and "Day To Day." Other listener increases were seen on weekends for local music programs "Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba," "Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel" and "Deep River with Robert Jones." Other weekend favorites such as "This American Life," "CarTalk" and "The Tavis Smiley Show" and late night music programs "Alternate Take with Liz Copeland," "Michael Julien's Global Mix" and "The Ralph Valdez Program" also saw gains in audience. "It's very encouraging to see the numbers go up two periods in a row," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "We continue to monitor and evaluate every aspect of our service and to provide programming that the community listens to and supports.



WDET to air "Best Of The Detroit Jazz Festival" on July 28 & August 20

WDET will air a two-hour special presentation of the annual "Best Of The Detroit Jazz Festival" highlighting many of the extraordinary performances from the 2005 festival on Friday, July 28 from 7pm to 9pm during Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program and again on Sunday, August 20 from 11am to 1pm.

This special has been broadcast on radio stations across the country and has been heard around the globe on Voice Of America. It is hosted by WDET's Ed Love and includes performances by such jazz greats as McCoy Tyner, Ron Blake, Gerald Wilson, David "Fathead" Newman, Joey DeFrancesco, Charles McPherson, Dave Brubeck and many others.



International cast of smooth jazz artists headline 11th annual "Jazz on the River" in Trenton Aug 5-6

An international gathering of smooth jazz artists including Japan's Keiko Matsui, Germany's Nils, England's Down to the Bone, America's Marion Meadows, Bobby Lyle and Paul Jackson, Jr., Canada's Alexander Zonjic and others are headlining the 11th annual “Jazz on the River” in Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI the weekend of Aug 5-6. “The annual summer jazz festival attracts between 20,000 and 30,000 music lovers,” said Alexander Zonjic, artistic director. “For the 11th anniversary, we've put together a very special program of international and local acts.”

Here is the line-up for Jazz on the River 2006:

Saturday August 5th
1:00p - 2:00p JBElectrified
2:30p - 3:30p Bamm Davis
4:00p - 5:15p Nils (Smooth Jazz Guitar)
5:45p - 7:00p Marion Meadows (Sax)
7:30p - 9:00p Keiko Matsui (Jazz Keyboards)

Sunday August 6th
1:00p - 2:00p Norma Jean Bell & The All Star Band
2:30p - 3:30p Johnny Trudell Big Band
4:00p - 5:15p Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr. (Jazz keyboards & Jazz guitar)
5:45p - 7:00p Alexander Zonjic & Friends wsg/ James Lloyd
7:30p - 9:00p Down to the Bone (Award winning Smooth Jazz ensemble)

The event is free to the public. A donation of $5 is suggested for parking at the park. Free parking is available in downtown Trenton with a free shuttle to the entrance of the park provided by Smart Transportation. Shuttles can be boarded at the corner of Jefferson and West Road and at Jefferson and Elm. Elizabeth Park is located off of Jefferson, east of I-75, south of West Road in Trenton. Take I-75 south to the West Road exit and follow West Road to east Jefferson. Take Jefferson south into the park. The park will be open to the public on both days beginning at noon and will close after the final performance. For more information the public can call 734-261-1990 or visit www.waynecounty.com/parks.

In addition to serving as artistic director for four summer jazz festivals, Alexander Zonjic is the morning weekday host of Smooth Jazz V98.7 WVMV-FM radio in Detroit. He also performs about 100 concerts a year and recently released “Seldom Blues,” his 11th recording that bears the same name as his successful restaurant venture in Detroit.



WJLB Inspiration Brunch scheduled for Sunday July 30

Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 will present the Strong Inspiration Gospel Brunch, hosted by Deborah Smith Pollard, with special guest performance by Oprah Winfrey's Popstar Challenge Winner, Lashell Griffin this Sunday, July 30, 2006, from 11am to 1p.m., at Grand City Grille Restaurant, 3011 West Grand Boulevard, inside the Fisher Theatre. Admission is free and Sunday brunch is $22.00. Reservations can be made by calling Grand City Grille at (313) 556-9993.

“FM98-WJLB's Strong Inspiration”, hosted by Deborah Smith Pollard, airs every Sunday from 6 to 10a.m. on 97.9FM (WJLB). Deborah Smith Pollard has been heard on FM 98 WJLB as host and producer of "Strong Inspirations" since 1994. Having dedicated over 10 years of her career to inspire others through gospel; in 2005, Dr. Pollard was named Gospel Announcer of the Year during the 20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.

 

Ann Arbor News:

There are two fundraisers for the Ann Arbor Film Festival happening this week. This Tuesday, from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., WQKL - better known as Ann Arbor-based adult alternative music station 107.1 FM - will host an all-day request-a-thon to benefit the festival. Though the festival is the oldest of its kind in North America, screening experimental and independent work from around the world, it has recently fallen on hard financial times... Radio station holding fundraiser for local film festival (Sun 7/30)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Fred McLeod, the longtime WDIV-TV (Local 4) sportscaster, is leaving the station later this year. He also won't return as FSN Pistons play-by-play man next season, media relations director Tim Bryant confirmed. "Fred has graciously agreed to continue in his role as a sports anchor and reporter at Local 4 for the next several months while we conduct a comprehensive search for his successor," WDIV news director Neil Goldstein said in an e-mail... McLeod leaving Local 4, Pistons broadcasts (Wed 8/2)



AllAccess.com:

Wendy Williams Debuts On WDMK/Detroit:
RADIO ONE Urban AC WDMK(105.9 KISS FM)/DETROIT, surprised no one, as they replaced veteran drivetime air personality JOHN MASON with SUPERADIO's syndicated WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW. WENDY debuted in afternoon drive yesterday (7/31). MASON's future plans are still up in the air. He had been with RADIO ONE since he left CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WJLB in 2001. (Tue 8/1)


Radio Disney Ups Esken:
RADIO DISNEY has upped WRDZ-A/CHICAGO Station Manager KARYN ESKEN to Regional Director with oversight of stations in several major markets, including NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DETROIT, DALLAS, and MINNEAPOLIS, reports the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' ROBERT FEDER. ESKEN wil be based in CHICAGO. (Wed 8/2)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Stopping: WHTD-FM's (102.7) Russ Parr Bus Tour 6-10 a.m. Friday at the Fine Arts Theatre, 2952 Woodward, featuring free live performances from Ciara, plus Lil Scrappy, Rashad Morgan, Bohagan, Sammie, Southern Girl and Justin Clark... Names and Faces (Thu 8/3)



WDET wins journalism awards

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, was honored with five awards from the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). These awards recognize excellence in local journalism, and add to the numerous awards the WDET news department has been honored with this year. WDET's 2006 SPJ awards are as follows:

General News Reporting: Second Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Delphi Worker"
General Feature Reporting: First Place: Celeste Headlee, "Margaret Garner"
Sports Reporting: First Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Hockey Canceled"
Regular Newscast: Third Place: Joan Silvi, "All Things Considered, December 13, 2005
Newscast"
Spot/Breaking News: First Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Rosa Parks' Funeral"

WDET is proud of its tradition of bringing the metropolitan Detroit community an in-depth, comprehensive local news service that wins awards year after year. "We feel a tremendous honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for our work," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director and local host of All Things Considered. "The hard work of the news department is the result of our commitment to bring listeners the area's best radio news service."



“Design Your Own” engagement ring Internet contest nets “sparkling” results

WMGCGreater Media Detroit's Soft Rock Magic 105.1 (WMGC-FM) is integrating Internet technology with radio to garner "sparkling" results for its clients. In an effort to promote Ahee Jewelers “Design Your Ring” link on the company's website (www.ahee.com), Magic 105.1 encouraged listeners to create the ultimate “Magic-Ahee” engagement ring.

Ahee Jewelers' award winning designers selected three listener submissions each week from May 24th – July 14th, 2006. A total of 24 finalists were selected over 8 weeks. More than 9,700 ring design submissions were received over the eight week program. The campaign was supported on-air with a combination of both live and recorded commercials.

The grand prize winner was announced on the air on July 21st, 2006 during Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show on WMGC-FM. Pamela Damico of Sterling Heights received a ladies Rolex bracelet watch valued at $3,100. In addition, her ring will be designed, displayed and sold as the official Magic-Ahee Engagement ring at the retailer's location in Grosse Pointe Woods.

“I am shocked that the Ahee website did not crash with the amount of submissions that they received on a daily basis in conjunction with the program," said Marcy Cyburt, General Sales Manager of WMGC-FM. She added, “This is a great example of how the web and radio can garner great results when working in unison.”

 

Detroit News:

Tracey Morris loves to read and knows how much she would miss it if her eyesight failed or arthritis in her hands prevented her from turning the pages. As a volunteer with the Detroit Radio Information Service for the past five years, Morris brings the joy of reading to the blind and others who can't easily read for themselves... Volunteer brings joy of reading to disabled (Fri 8/4)

 

Detroit Free Press:

First, it was Big League Chew. Now, another Tigers-based fad is sweeping the state. The Rod Allen Game, featuring the Tigers' television analyst on FSN, has made it into on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia.com. To play, all you have to do is watch Tigers telecasts and be thirsty. When Rod breaks out one of his catchphrases, consult the game rules and take the corresponding number of sips of your beverage of choice... Tigers fans wet whistle listening to Rod (Wed 8/9)



Detroit News:

The merger between the WB and UPN marked the birth of a new kind of broadcast TV. While I think the new network's name -- The CW -- is silly, I do like the idea of two small entities coming together and consolidating the most popular shows in small-screen entertainment geared toward the 18-to 34-year-old viewer. The only problem is that all this unity left soon-to-be former WB affiliates such as Channel 20 in the dark -- that is, until Fox emerged with a new operation. Called My Network TV , it is supposed to challenge the CW for those same youthful audiences by airing original, telenovela-inspired soaps, five times a week, 52 weeks a year. Channel 20, whose new call letters are WMYD, will make the switch to My Network TV on Sept. 5... Channel 20 picks up evening Fox soaps (Wed 8/9)

 

Detroit News:

If you live anywhere near Woodward Avenue, the fragrance from hundreds of leaded gas-guzzlers is no doubt wafting over your patio every evening. The actual Dream Cruise isn't until Aug. 19, but starting Monday and running through Aug. 18, WOMC-FM (104.3) will broadcast live from 7 p.m. to midnight from Duggan's, the Woodward Avenue cruising hangout just north of 13 Mile in Royal Oak. On Aug. 19, there won't be an emphasis on music; instead, the station will be the "eyes and ears" of listeners, reporting on the cruise, says program director Steve Allan. Dick Purtan and Purtan's People will broadcast from 8 to 11 a.m. at Nine Mile and Woodward in Ferndale; Rick Hunter is on the air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Memorial Park, 13 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak; Dana Masucci will be at the Flagstar Bank at 15 Mile and Woodward from 1 to 3 p.m.; Tom Ryan takes the mike from 3 to 5 p.m. from the new CVS drugstore at 13 Mile and Woodward; and Masucci returns from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Papa Joe's market on Woodward in Birmingham. Art "Bozo" Cervi and "Top Hat John" will do color commentary all day on the vintage rides... WOMC plans mass Dream Cruise coverage (Thu 8/10)


Quick, name your favorite disc jockey The odds are 10-to-1 that you probably don't have one. Today's radio jocks are a hard-working lot, but, with few exceptions, there really aren't any personalities out there. That definitely wasn't the case in the 1960s when AM ruled, and your favorite station's top jock rode "shotgun" as you cruised Woodward. "It didn't matter if you were a 'frat' or a 'greaser;' there was nothing cooler than catching a light and hearing your favorite song coming from all the cars around you," said former Royal Oak resident Sue Avery, who now lives in Maine. "I remember tuning into Lee 'The Horn' Allen and his 'fine tone ashtray.' He always signed off with a salute to Frank Sinatra." Dick Purtan -- indisputably the heaviest hitter in the history of Metro Detroit radio -- was with legendary station WKNR-AM (Keener Radio) back then and remembers it well... Celebrity DJs are a thing of the past (Thu 8/10)


The question was short and sweet: What do you like/dislike about TV sportscasts in Metro Detroit? There were tons of e-mail responses, which showed there are a lot of unhappy campers in TV land armed with active remotes... Local sportscasts get thumbs down (Thu 8/10)



AllAccess.com:

Condolences To WYCD's Dan Masucci:
ALL ACCESS sends out our condolences to CBS Country WYCD/DETROIT Continuity Dir. DAN MASUCCI and his family on the loss of his mother, ROSE, (8/4). (Thu 8/10)

 

XYT Fantasy Football Convention coming Aug 12

WXYTSports WXYT-AM 1270 will present its Second Annual Fantasy Football Convention from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 12th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Westland, 6677 N. Wayne Rd. in Westland. The Convention will provide Fantasy Football players with all the information they need to get the winning edge in their fantasy football league. Attendees to the Convention will receive a number of resources to help dominate their Fantasy Football league, including a draft kit from CBS SportsLine, a commemorative t-shirt, a Fantasy Football magazine plus the chance to win prizes, including Lions pre-season tickets, a BBQ Grill and a 42” DLP HDTV. Admission to the Fantasy Football Convention is free.

The highlights of the day will include ESPN Football Analyst Merrill Hoge teaching the In's and Out's of how to draft a championship team. He will provide insight on this year's top players, sleeper picks, players that should have break out years and also players that may be total busts! He will be ready to answer all of your Fantasy Football questions and help you get ahead of the rest of the teams in your league this year. During the convention, 1270 XYT's Tom Mazawey and Steve Silverman, plus Paul Prouty from CBS Sportsline will outline the different fantasy football leagues and the best way to manage them. Roundtable discussions with columnists Rob Parker, Drew Sharp and Pat Caputo will showcase the upcoming football season. Also on the agenda is a special ex-Lions roundtable featuring Marc Spindler and Lomas Brown.

Members of the 1270 XYT on-air team will give the audience their thoughts on Fantasy Football and the NFL. This segment will include Doug Karsch, Art Regner, Mike Valenti and Terry Foster. An additional afternoon highlight will include a candid discussion about the future of the Detroit Lions and the NFL in general with Lions Broadcasters Dan Miller, Jim Brandstatter and Tony Ortiz, plus Lions beat writers Mike O'Hara and Curt Sylvester. Attendees will also catch a special live broadcast of “The Big Show” with Doug Karsch and Art Regner from 11am – 1pm and the “Sports Inferno” with Mike Valenti and Terry Foster will be broadcasting live from Tigers post-game until 7pm.



Great Lakes Radio Consortium Wins PRNDI Award

The Great Lakes Radio Consortium, a production of Michigan Radio, has been honored with an award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., for the news feature “How Long Do You Keep a Polluting Heap?” These national awards, judged and presented annually, recognize outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

“How Long Do You Keep a Polluting Heap?,” produced by GLRC Reporter Rebecca Williams, was recognized in the soft feature category. “Polluting Heap” is Rebecca's personal story, beginning when she finds herself in the middle of her own environmental dilemma. Her car, an '89 Toyota Camry, was leaking oil. How much oil, you might ask? The answer is: about a quart every two weeks. As it happened, it would cost $650 to fix the leak. In this story, Williams explores a question many of us eventually face: What do you do when doing the right thing for the environment is going to cost you a lot of money?

Receiving a PRNDI award is a prestigious accomplishment. With this, the GLRC exerts itself as one of the best producers in the country. Other winners include: WNYC-New York, WBUR-Boston, WUNC-Chapel Hill, and KUOW-Seattle.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Station Manager Jon Hoban. “This award from the leaders in news reporting is a testament to the work that Rebecca Williams and the GLRC are doing each week.”

The Environment Report from the GLRC is a production of Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan. The Environment Report is a modular environmental news service that produces six to eight environmental stories each week. These stories are distributed free of charge to more than 140 public radio stations in 20 states.

 

Scott Westerman's Keener13.com has a wonderful tribute posted to the woman who changed the sound of Detroit radio forever with the launch of Keener 13 on October 31st, 1963. Mrs. Knorr was 89 years old when she died on August 10th due to injuries she sustained during a fall.

Keener13.com is collecting recollections of Mrs. Knorr via e-mail - check Keener13.com for details.

 

Detroit Free Press:

It's not hard to figure out that Robert Murrell is a radio enthusiast. Murrell, 51, of Berkley sometimes wears a blue shirt that features a pattern of antique radios. "The scary part is he can tell you about each radio on the shirt," said John Reinicke, who, like Murrell, belongs to the Michigan Antique Radio Club. Reinicke and Murrell used their personal collections of radios from as far back as the start of the 20th Century to put together a display of antiques at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township.The radios are on display on the first floor at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library through Aug. 30. The library is at 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. It's open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and closed on Sunday. The Michigan Antique Radio Club will also sponsor a show and sale on Nov. 4 in Kalamazoo at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds... Radio collection on display (Sun 8/13)


Chances are, if you've been watching the Detroit Tigers on FSN Detroit, you've witnessed some pretty shocking things. They include a woman charging into an expensive-looking painting at a gallery, like an outfielder crashing into a wall to make a catch; a man getting up from a business meeting to throw a piece of food through a window, like a pitcher making a throw, and a woman slapping another woman on the bottom as she drinks from a water fountain, just like members of a sports team sometimes congratulate each other... Getting into the spirit of the game: We're all Tigers (Mon 8/14)



AllAccess.com:

Maguire Named PD At WSSP/Milwaukee:
CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR PD RYAN MAGUIRE gets the nod as the new PD at ENTERCOM Talk WSSP-A/MILWAUKEE. MAGUIRE replaces the recently-departed CHIP RAMSEY. (Mon 8/14)



Smith to sub for Limbaugh

News-Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith will sit in for syndicated commentator Rush Limbaugh this afternoon from noon-3pm. Smith has been a regular sub for Limbaugh the past couple of years.

 

Corp! Magazine and WWJ to collaborate

Michigan's business news readers will benefit from a new collaboration between Corp! magazine, Michigan's largest business magazine, and WWJ Newsradio 950, a CBS RADIO station. Your Biz, a free e-newsletter published every Tuesday by WWJ Newsradio 950, will feature content from Corp! magazine each month, as well as preview editorial for future issues. Corp! readers will receive a free subscription to Your Biz, which contains useful information and stories of interest to small business. The collaboration begins August 15, 2006... Corp! Publishing press release via Yahoo



Louisville Courier-Journal

Donovan Reynolds, who ran three public radio stations and a public television station at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is the new president of the Public Radio Partnership in Louisville... Public radio partners name new president (Tue 8/15)

 

Ohio Media Watch is reporting that Clear Channel-owned Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, along with two co-owned stations in Battle Creek, are being swapped with Cumulus in a transaction that will move Rock WRQK FM in Canton, OH from Cumulus to Clear Channel.

It makes no sense for Cumulus to obtain only W4 Country in Ann Arbor - creating a stand-alone in the market. Michiguide speculates that the swap will not only include 102.9, but the entire Ann Arbor cluster- returning it to Cumulus, which sold what was then Rock WIQB 102.9, Oldies WQKL 107.1, Sports WTKA AM 1050 and Business News WYBN AM 1290 to Clear Channel back in 2000.

If this sale/swap does happen, and it appears likely, it explains the recent call letter changes at AM 1310 Detroit, which dropped its WDTW calls in favor of WWWW, and FM 102.9 Ann Arbor which became WWWW-FM in July after a brief switch to WFOR-FM from WWWW- which it took in October of 2000 after residing at FM 106.7 Detroit since the 1960s. Clear Channel obviously wants to keep control of those highly desirable calls in the Detroit market.

In the Battle Creek market, where Clear Channel owns Soft Rock WBXX-FM 95.3, Classic Rock WWKN-FM 104.9, News-Talk WBCK-AM 930, and Sports WBFN-AM 1400, Michiguide is guessing that the swap will include all four stations, not just two, and add to Cumulus' holdings in Battle Creek/Kalamazoo where it currently owns Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3, Rock WRKR-FM 107.7, and News/Talk WKMI AM 1360.

If these transactions do occur, Clear Channel essentially will be divesting its stations in two of Michigan's smaller markets - what it gets in exchange in terms of market size will be interesting to learn.

Unfortuantely, the FCC's CDBS database system is currently unavailable and none of these transactions can be confirmed at the time of this posting.

 

Detroit News:

In this week of sheer, crazed, leaded-gas-fumed Cruise mania, the question arises: Where can you find the best Cruise soundtrack? WOMC-FM (104.3) 's jocks will be broadcasting live tonight and Friday night from Duggan's Irish Pub on Woodward Avenue, and at various locations up and down the avenue on Saturday. But the station will mostly be doing "you are there" reporting. For the music that will take you back to the '50s and '60s cruise era, you can tune in to WOMC-2 , its HD (high definition) channel, which goes back to '55 for its oldies, in an automated, nonjock format ... WCSX-FM (94.7) will be broadcasting live from Woodward tonight and Friday night and all day Saturday, playing classic rock cruising tunes. Steve Kostan will be on the air live tonight and Friday from 6-10 p.m., giving updates on the ongoing action out on Woodward... Local jocks pump out Dream Cruise jams (Thu 8/17)


TV judge Greg Mathis remembers what it's like to be poor and uninformed. When he was a kid growing up in Detroit's Herman Gardens projects, he thought college was a rich kid's dream. But after the military turned him down because of his criminal record, a cousin told him about Eastern Michigan University and a whole new world opened up for him. He earned his GED, enrolled at Eastern and went on to graduate and eventually became the youngest judge to be elected in Michigan... Judge Mathis reaches out (Thu 8/17)



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit's Fox-owned and operated WJBK-TV (Channel 2) was facing a Federal Communications Commission inquiry Wednesday over two alleged instances of airing corporate-produced "video news releases" without proper disclosure. VNRs are presentations that look like news stories but promote commercial brands and products. WJBK is one of 77 broadcasters the FCC is checking on. Two Washington-based nonprofit watchdog agencies -- Free Press (www.freepress.net and not affiliated with this newspaper) and Center for Media and Democracy (www.prwatch.org.) -- pursued the FCC action... WJBK stories studied (Thu 8/17)

 

Detroit Free Press:

If you win, they will show it. The Tigers announced Thursday that Channel 20 in Detroit would televise three more games in the final weeks of the season. The games: Sept. 17 against Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.; Sept. 24 at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m.; and Sept. 30 against Kansas City, 7:05 p.m... More Tigers games to be televised (Thu 8/17)



Observer & Eccentric:

If you've listened to rock and roll radio in the Detroit area any time during the past 30-some years, chances are you know her voice and her name. After all, through a twist of a dial or the flip of a switch, she's been invited into countless homes and cars and businesses throughout the metropolitan Detroit area since the early 1970s — keeping company with listeners at home or work, making commutes a bit more tolerable, and featuring the background sounds at parties and other events. Yet despite her longevity in the Detroit music scene, disc jockey Karen Savelly of classic rock radio station 94.7 WCSX brushes off the notion that she's a radio legend... Still rockin' after all these years (Thu 8/17)

 

Detroit Free Press:

My, my, my ... My Network TV generation. No, it doesn't quite have the Who's snappy rock 'n' roll revolution zing. But the minds behind the offbeat new network experiment, those sly-as-a-Fox folks at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media behemoth, aren't reinventing the entertainment wheel. They're just giving it a new escapist spin with a female-appeal eye-candy plan... Brand-new My Network TV channel revamps telenovelas for hours and hours of over-the-top soap operas (Sun 8/20)



AllAccess.com

Citadel Wants To Renegotiate ABC Deal:
The WALL STREET JOURNAL is reporting that CITADEL is trying to renegotiate the deal to buy ABC RADIO's stations and networks due to CITADEL's stock price decline. CITADEL's stock has fallen 27% since the purchase was announced, a slide that could trigger a larger payment to ABC parent THE WALT DISNEY CO. The paper says that CITADEL is seeking to change terms of financing for the purchase but that negotiations have not yet begun. In an interview, CITADEL CEO FARID SULEMAN said that the problems have arisen because "the performance of the ABC stations is not where it was expected to be. Some of the financing commitments have to be redone." (Mon 8/21)


WDVD Names Brent Carey For Weekends:
ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT OM/PD RON HARRELL picks up former WTWR (TOWER 98)/TOLEDO air talent BRENT CAREY for weekend/swing duties. (Mon 8/21)

 

Detroit Free Press:

It was nice while it lasted. CBS-owned country station WYCD-FM's stay at the top of the Detroit radio ratings lasted but a month as Clear Channel-owned WDTW-FM (106.7), new to the country format, took a big chunk of 99.5's country listeners. In the Arbitrend report card released Tuesday, WYCD lost 0.7 of a ratings point (percentage of listeners) in May, June and July and dropped from first to seventh in rank from the April-June period. WDTW was up 0.8 and tied for 17th place; it switched to country May 26... WYCD slips from No. 1 to No. 7, splits country fans with WDTW (Wed 8/23)



Detroit News:

When music fans' tastes fluxed in the cultural tide of the early 1960s, many radio stations revamped their formats to be better attuned -- and Nellie Marie Knorr ensured that Metro Detroit was on a similar frequency. As president of Knorr Broadcasting Corp. in Detroit, the widow oversaw the transformation of the group's flagship station, then known as WKHM... Radio station owner led '60s music revolution in Detroit (Wed 8/23)



AllAccess.com:

Deminski and Doyle Celebrate 7 Years At Live 97.1 Free FM/Detroit
Congratulations to JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE on their seventh anniversary in afternoon drive at CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT. DEMINSKI and DOYLE arrived at WKRK in AUGUST 1999 after several years in the same slot at Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON. It is believed that only phone screener (and MINDCANDY lead singer) RUDY DESANTIS has been at WKRK longer than DEMINSKI and DOYLE. (Wed 8/23)

 

Detroit News:

Quick, when's the last time you bought a tabletop radio for the house? In this decade? During the disco era? When Glenn Miller was still alive? Go to a big-box store and ask where the tabletop radios are and it's as if you asked where they keep the Hula-Hoops. That might change this holiday season, if the HD Digital Radio Alliance has its way. The Alliance, a consortium of most of the big radio chains (CBS, Clear Channel, Entercom, Greater Media and nine others) is promoting the HD or high-definition technology that allows listeners to tune in to more than just the "free" AM/FM dial, offering about a dozen new "multicast" stations in each major market... More HD radios in stores for holidays (Thu 8/24)



Detroit Free Press:

Prime-time schedules grab much of the glitz, but it is the daytime schedules of TV stations that build an audience through the day and, most importantly, help provide an attractive environment for local advertisers outside of newscasts. All the new shows will debut next month and be in permanent place by Sept. 18... Daytime television's fall lineup (Thu 8/24)

 

Mason to join WGPR 107.5 for mornings?

Crain's Detroit Business reports today that John Mason might be close to returning to the Detroit airwaves on Adult Urban/Jazz WGPR-FM 107.5. The move would mark a return to morning radio for Mason, a timeslot he held for years on WJLB-FM 97.9 and then later WDMK when it was located at 102.7 FM. WDMK changed frequency to 105.9 when the station landed Tom Joyner in June 2005; Mason stayed with WDMK at 105.9 but moved to afternoon drive. His contract with WDMK expired earlier this summer.

Final details on the plan are still being worked out, but according to the article Mason could return to the air as soon as September 12th.

The Crain's piece also states Mason has constructed a $600,000 studio in downtown Detroit using his own funding and will attempt to market his show nationwide via a syndication deal with a twist- he'll be willing to pay for his air time. He's already close to reaching a deal to land a morning slot in the Flint market on WOWE-FM 98.9.

Back in the morning (Crain's subscription required; Mon 8/28)



WDET to welcome Democracy Now host Amy Goodman Sept. 22

Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM 101.9, will present Amy Goodman in Detroit on Friday, September 22 at 7pm at the Hilberry Theatre on the campus of Wayne State University. Popular host of "Democracy Now!," heard on WDET weekdays at 11am, Goodman comes to Detroit with her new book co-written by her brother, David Goodman, titled, "Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back" (published by Hyperion and released September 5).

The event is also a fundraiser for Detroit Public Radio. For a gift of $150, donors receive a pair of Gold Circle Seats (first few rows), a copy of her new book and will attend a private catered reception with Goodman. Seating is very limited for this special opportunity. General admission seats are also available for $12.

All tickets are available only through WDET and may be purchased by calling 1-800-959-WDET or online at wdetfm.org.

 

Local college, pro football shows hit the field on FSN Detroit

Wolverines, Spartans, Lions Have Prominent Place in FSN Lineup

FSNThe arrival of the 2006 football season brings the usual bevy of shows to FSN Detroit, highlighting the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions:

Fridays:
6:00 or 6:30 PM – One on One with John L. Smith: Mickey York's weekly visit with the Michigan State head coach. Premieres Fri. Sept. 1 – 6:00 PM.

10:30 or 11:30 PM – TGI Football: FSN Detroit's weekly half-hour table-setter for the big football weekend provides in-depth previews of games involving the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions. Premieres Fri. Sept. 1 – 10:30 PM.


Saturdays:
8:30 AM – One on One with John L. Smith (replay)
9:00 AM – TGI Football (replay)


Sundays:
9:00 AM – Michigan Replay: The long-running show featuring Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and co-host Jim Brandstatter. Show re-airs some weeks at 12:30 PM.

9:30 AM – Spartan Sports Zone: The MSU sports scene is featured each week with an emphasis on football in the fall, hosted by Dave Ellis. Show re-airs Thursdays at 6:30 PM.

Select Sundays – DSR: Lions Post Game Edition: Ten times this season, the DSR crew provides live coverage immediately following Lions games providing remarks from the podium, locker room reaction and expert analysis. Host is Mickey York, joined by analyst Rob Rubick and reporter Trevor Thompson. Premieres Sun. Sept. 10 following Lions-Seahawks season opener.


Mondays:
1:30 PM, LIVE & 7:00 PM (replay) – Lions Press Conference: Live coverage of Rod Marinelli's Monday session with the Detroit press corps, hosted by Matt Shepard. Premieres Mon. Sept. 11.



Detroit Free Press:

When last we heard about the WJLB-FM Official Station Car, the tricked-out Magnum had been stolen from Detroit's Osborn High School while afternoon drive host Bushman was there for career day. Well, on Tuesday, the Clear Channel-owned station rolled out a 2006 Chrysler 300... A new ride for Bushman (Wed 8/30)



Detroit News:

The Detroit Red Wings, FSN Detroit, WJBK FOX 2 and WXYT Team 1270 today announced the 2006-07 Red Wings television and radio broadcast schedules... Red Wings 2006-07 local broadcast schedule (Tue 8/29)

 

Detroit News:

After Radio One's WDMK-FM (105.9) and John Mason came to a parting of the ways last month, one of the stations mentioned by insiders as a likely landing spot for the popular host and Pistons announcer was WGPR-FM (107.5). The back channel chatter was correct. Mason is in talks with the R&B station to return to the morning format he was king of for so long on WJLB-FM (97.9) ... Vaughn heads to Michigan Radio: Longtime WDET-FM (101.9) newshawk Jerome Vaughn has been snapped up by Ann Arbor's Michigan Radio to become its news director... Mason has landed on WGPR -- almost (Thu 8/31)



WDET FM programming notes

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will be airing two jazz specials on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. From 7pm to 8pm, tune in for "The House That Trane Built," a documentary on the history of Impulse Records. This is followed by a four-hour (8pm to midnight) special, "Caliente!," hosted by Eddie Palmieri and Carlos Lando that explores the connections between Latin and American jazz. Special guests on "Caliente" include Monty Alexander, David Sanchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Brian Lynch, Joe Locke and Conrad Herwig. The musical selections include many of Palmieri's original compositions as well as standards like "Tin Tin Deo" and "In Walked Bud!"


WDET's Ralph Valdez show at 10pm on Sunday, September 3rd will feature an interview with, and new sounds from, Satori Circus, a one man music and performance art project led by Russell Taylor. Satori Circus creatively combines theatre, music, poetry, film and more in the new work "Moses:39" premiering at Detroit's 1515 Broadway in September. Listeners will also have a chance to win tickets for an upcoming performance by legendary one man band Vinx in concert September 9 at The Ark in Ann Arbor. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of "rummage sale records", music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world will also be explored.



Jazz on Orchard Lake Sep. 10

Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic and special guests Ken Navarro and Thornetta Davis will close out the summer outdoor jazz festival season with a concert at “Jazz on the Lake” on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 to 7 p.m. Opening the show will be Musica Mundi.

In addition to the music, a wine tasting featuring vintages from California, New Zealand, Australia, France and Chile, and a strolling supper offering cuisine from fine area restaurants are included in the ticket price. A cigar tent for cigar aficionados and a silent auction are also part of the event.

The 10th annual concert is a fundraiser for St. Mary's Preparatory School located on the banks of Orchard Lake, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, 48324. A map and information are available on www.jazzonorchardlake.org. Tickets can be purchased on the website for $75 or at the gate on the day of the festival. Call (248) 432-2673 for more information.

 

U-M MSUTomorrow kicks off the college football season for both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Fans of the teams in the Detroit area will have to get used to punching up new stations in order to listen to the games.

Michigan fans will now tune to WOMC FM 104.3 to hear the Wolverines and MSU followers will want to listen to the Spartans on WJR AM 760. The big change in the Detroit area started during last year's football season when MSU and WJR announced a new partnership, moving the Spartans from AM 1270 to WJR and leaving the Wolverines without their flagship station. Then earlier this year it was announced that Michigan football would be heard on WOMC with men's basketball ending up on WWJ AM 950 later this fall. An unusual arrangement also places Michigan men's sports on CKLW AM 800 (football) and WCHB AM 1200 (basketball) to give listeners even more options to tune in. The new Michigan deal also includes coverage of men's hockey on WXYT AM 1270 and CKWW AM 580 this winter. WXYT kicks off extra coverage of Michigan sports tomorrow with 'Michigan Gameday', a live remote from just outside Michigan Stadium.

The Michigan State radio network remains largely unchanged from last year, with the exception of WJR replacing WXYT in Detroit and the addition of WMUS FM 106.9 as a Muskegon affiliate. WTRX AM 1330 Flint has changed its affiliation from MSU to Michigan and WWCK AM 1570 is now the MSU affiliate for Flint.

University of Michigan fans in the Lansing area are out of luck as football season kicks off - that part of the state will not have a station covering Michigan sports with the loss of the sports format at WQTX FM 92.1/92.7. Michigan has added WTOD AM 1560 Toledo and new sign-on WMJT FM 96.7 in the eastern Upper Peninsula since last season. The Michigan broadcast feeds are also heard on Sirius satellite radio as well as for free via the Internet through the U-M athletics web site at mgoblue.com.

Michiguide.com has updated our Sports Afflilates page to reflect the new MSU and U-M radio networks.



While Spartan athletics' historic relationship with WJR radio will begin in the Spartan Stadium broadcast booth on Saturday when MSU takes on the University of Idaho in the football season opener, the university's mutually beneficial partnership with the “Great Voice of the Great Lakes” is already underway... WJR radio continues partnership with MSU - MSU Today

 

CIDRHot Adult Contemporary CIDR-FM 93.9 Windsor/Detroit dropped its format and started stunting this afternoon as it moves toward a new format to be fully unveiled on Monday, September 4th at 8:00 AM. The new sound of FM 93.9 will borrow from its past, renaming itself '93.9 The River' - a moniker used from 1994 - 2000 when the station carried first an Adult Alternative format then later shifted towards more mainstream 'Smooth' rock.

The stunt, which will run through the weekend, features snippets of over 7,000 rock tunes from the 1960's through the 2000's. The program director for CIDR-FM 93.9 The River is Murray Brookshaw; the station is part of a four station cluster in Windsor owned by CHUM Group Ltd.




The station's press release follows:

939 The River is Back and Deeper than Ever

That's right, 939 The River returned to the local radio dial today at 3pm. The Windsor/Detroit area will once again be served by a Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) station, a format established in this market at 93.9 FM in the 90's. The mission is simple…It's About the Music. To give you an idea of what 939 The River will sound like here's a sample of some songs we'll play:

U2 – With or Without You, Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body, Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me, Rolling Stones – Wild Horses, Jack Johnson – Flake, Tom Petty – Free Fallin', Sheryl Crow – Everyday is a Winding Road, Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

The River will be very deep. The music library will be the most extensive in the Motor City. As you can see The River will play many different styles of music but they will all revolve around the rock genre. All weekend long you can get a taste of The River with over 7,000 song hooks in a row without any commercials. On Monday, September 4th at 8am we will blow these songs up to full size and get The River rolling with the first 10 in a row River Free Ride.

With a new radio station, comes a new line-up. Phat Matt who established himself weeknights on 89X has joined The River team as Assistant Program Director and afternoon drive announcer (3pm-7pm). Matt has a passion for music that will help The River grow and his on-air experience speaks for itself. River listeners will wake up to Jimi James from 6am-10am and then Mark Lander takes over from 10am-3pm. These guys are true on-air professionals and their love of music will be reflected during their shows.

939 The River…It's About the Music. Never will there be a truer statement. We will search everywhere for world class rock from then and now.

The website is under construction now but will re-launch with the most interactive site in the market. It will be the source for everything River and will have a community focus. To listen to the 939 The River Launch audio, visit www.939TheRiverRadio.com and click on “Listen to The River…”

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 5, 2006

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Detroit News:

Mike Stone gave out an exceedingly wrong phone number on the radio last week. Remarkably, it wasn't even the worst brain cramp of the month for a WDFN-AM (1130) air host. How it stacks up against brain cramps of Detroit News readers, I hope to find out. Stone, who pulls the afternoon shift at the sports talk station with Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski, was launching into a discussion about whether Detroit fans would ever want to see New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in a Tigers uniform... WDFN's Stoney fumbles, gives cell phone number while on the air (Tue 9/5)


Today marks a landmark shift in television history. As former "Today" show co-host Katie Couric takes her seat at CBS as the first woman anchor, former comedian Rosie O'Donnell will become a co-host on ABC's chick chat-fest, "The View." Coincidentally, it's a job Couric indirectly created for O'Donnell. About a week from now, O'Donnell's predecessor Meredith Vieira will officially replace Couric on Sept. 13 as NBC's new morning co-host. While you've heard all this before, there are probably a few things you didn't know about these three powerful and influential women... 1-2-3 shuffle (Tue 9/5)



Detroit Free Press:

It's launch time for Katie Couric. The TV superstar is set to debut tonight on the "CBS Evening News," which airs at 6:30 p.m. on WWJ-TV (Channel 62). She's making history as the first female solo anchor of a major-network evening newscast. She'll also be heavily scrutinized on her clothes, her hair and her first-night ratings... All eyes on Couric (Tue 9/5)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 7, 2006

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Detroit News:

He's everywhere! It's a veritable Bob Seger -a-thon over at WCSX-FM (94.7) this week. At 1 p.m. today, Karen Savelly will play every track on "Face the Promise, " Seger's first new studio album in 11 years that's out Tuesday. Fans may call in at (313) 298-WCSX or go to the Seger Blog on wcsx.com to give their reviews. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, J.J. Johnson will host a 90-minute live radio special with the Detroit-born rocker, who will play tracks off "Face the Promise," talk about the recording of each song and answer questions called and e-mailed in to the station... WCSX gives Seger his time as new CD nears (Thu 9/7)


The Pistons plan to announce some personnel changes for their TV and radio broadcasts, but not much will change. Longtime FSN Detroit play-by-play man Fred McLeod has departed to take over as the Cleveland Cavaliers' TV presence. All indications are George Blaha will move full time to TV, doing games on FSN Detroit and TV20. Talks are in the final stages among FSN Detroit, Blaha and the Pistons. Mark Champion, who has been doing radio for the Pistons since 2001, will become the full-time radio voice... Blaha on TV full time? (Thu 9/7)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 8, 2006

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Windsor Star:

Windsor's CIDR-FM (93.9) is rolling down The River once more, and this week it fired a volley over the deck of youthful rival, CKUE-FM (95.1) The Rock. The River went back to the name it used before 2000 when it switched formats from classic to light rock. Judging by the music during its Labour Day weekend launch, The River is edgy and aimed at men 25 to 49 years old. That's the same demographic as The Rock, which entered the market just two years ago and despite weak ratings has carried out an active program of marketing. CHUM-owned 93.9 has struggled with stagnant ratings in recent years, in both Windsor and Detroit, where it ranks No. 23 out of 36 stations. In Windsor, CIDR's spring ratings fell drastically from the previous year... Raging River (Thu 9/7)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 9, 2006

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WJR's Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann & 'The Big Story' to commemorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11

WJR* WJR's Paul W. Smith will broadcasts live from The Wayne County Department of Homeland Security from 6am to 9am Monday Sept 11 as WJR and the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security announce their partnership. Whether it is a fire or flood, Wayne County's new Community Alert System will quickly notify residents of emergencies via a computer, landline, cell phone or PDA. The system is part of Wayne County's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management efforts to keep citizens aware of any serious threats or disasters. Wayne County is the first municipality in the United States to use this program. Community Alert is now active and ready for people to sign up. For more information, visit WJR.com.

* Coverage continues when The Frank Beckmann Show broadcasts live from Ground Zero in New York City at a special time, 9am-Noon. Frank will report on the happenings in NYC on the 5th Anniversary and will speak with numerous guests present for the life-changing terrorist attacks on 9/11/01.

* WJR's The Big Story with guest host John McCulloch will continue the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 with more on Wayne County's new Community Alert System from 7pm-8pm.



MIX 92.3's “9th Annual Sista Strut “I Will Survive” Walk & Rally next Friday and Saturday, Sept 15/16

WMXDMIX 92.3 recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness by presenting MIX 92.3's 9th Annual Sista Strut – “I Will Survive Walk” and Rally, Saturday, September 16th, 2006 at Belle Isle Park – Remick Bandshell Area. Registration is free.

This stimulating day of honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, and raising awareness will kick off with MIX 92.3's Frankie Darcell broadcasting live from 8a-9am, at the Remick Bandshell. An inspiring rally and morning stretch routine conducted by the Boll Family Downtown YMCA will kick off the walk. In addition, MIX 92.3 will be awarding the “Biggest Team Award”, giving breast cancer prevention information and presenting post rally entertainment.

Last year's Sista Strut had nearly 1,000 participants who walked the 3k stretch in the continuous battle against breast cancer. This year the station is expecting an even greater turn out, and have expanded the route to 5k. Special guests scheduled to be in attendance include: Doctor Lisa Newman from the University of Michigan, Detroit Chief of Police – Ella M. Bully-Cummings, Chief of Staff for the Mayor's Office - Christine Beatty, among others.

September 16th schedule:
7AM Check-in
8AM Rally & LIVE Broadcast
9AM Strut
11AM Closing Ceremonies with LIVE Entertainment

For the first time, MIX92.3 will begin our Sista Strut festivities on Friday, September 15th with a “Pretty In Pink” dinner at Sweet Georgia Brown, on the corner of Brush and Monroe Street, in Greektown. This evening is dedicated to raising awareness and money towards breast cancer research. Guest will enjoy a specially priced dinner menu, which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the research of breast cancer.



Detroit News:

The owners of WDMK-FM filed a federal lawsuit Friday against popular former radio morning show host and Pistons announcer John Mason, alleging breach of contract by its former employee. Radio One Inc. is suing Mason in U.S. District Court over his recently announced plans to build his own nationally syndicated morning radio show that would be broadcast by stations in Detroit and Flint, among others. The lawsuit alleges Mason, who was employed by Radio One from 2001 until July 29 of this year, signed an agreement that said he would not appear on any competing stations or solicit business from any Radio One advertisers until Jan. 29, 2007... Ex-radio host sued by station (Sat 9/9)

 

During tomorrow's show, Mojo In The Morning of Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM 95.5 plans to air their original real-time coverage as it played out five years ago on September 11th. After a tribute to 9/11 victims at 8:48 AM, the tape of the 2001 show as it happened that morning will be played. The special program will will be about one-hour in length without editing or commercial interruption. Most of the members of Mojo In The Morning will be hearing this tape for the first time, along with Channel 955 listeners.

Several guests are planned during the tribute, including former NYC Mayor Rudolph Guliani, a survivor from the 83rd floor of the WTC, and the principal of the school who was in the classroom when President Bush was notified of the attacks.

Listeners will be able to stream this audio live or download it at a later time as a podcast on www.mojointhemorning.com.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 11-12, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger has a lot to say, and she can still surprise you when she speaks. "Many, many, many years ago, I was inspired by Lily Tomlin and seeing her one-woman show 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.' She was incredible, and it was enthralling, and I remember sitting there and thinking I'd like to do that someday," says the woman known as Dr. Laura on her nationally syndicated radio advice show... Expect surprises from Dr. Laura (Mon 9/11)


Looking for John Mason on WGPR-FM (107.5) this morning? You'd be better off looking for him (birth name: Ernest Wooten) this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Port Huron, where Radio One, his former employer at WDMK-FM (105.9), is seeking an injunction from Judge Lawrence Zatkoff to keep Mason off the air until January, when a 6-month noncompete clause in his nonrenewed contract expires... Radio One takes Mason to court (Tue 9/12)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 13, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

John Mason wasn't in federal court Tuesday in Port Huron -- and he won't be on the air again for now either. The veteran Detroit broadcaster -- also the Pistons public address announcer -- agreed to a stipulated preliminary injunction to refrain from doing a new syndicated morning show as his ex-employer at WDMK-FM (105.9) Radio One presses on with a lawsuit... Temporary agreement keeps Mason silenced for now (Wed 9/13)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 15, 2006

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WRIF launches “Perfect 10” playlist

WRIFWith the growing popularity of “Consumer Generated Content,” Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 is set to launch a new on-air music feature which allows the listeners to pick their “Perfect 10” play list, which will air Thursdays at 8pm. WRIF Rock Girl and “Perfect 10,” Lisa Welch, will be asking listeners for their “Perfect 10” play list. Listeners can visit the WRIF website at www.wrif.com and fill out the online form, listing their top 10 favorite songs. Then, WRIF will pick one lucky winner each week whose list will be featured on the web page and also played on-air. In addition to listener-generate lists, WRIF will be soliciting local celebrities to send in their lists as well, so that they will be featured in a special “Celebrity Perfect 10” section of the website and on-air.

The online form was set to go live today, September 15th. The first featured play list will air at 8pm on Thursday, September 28, 2006. Depending on listener response, the feature will continue indefinitely.



News and Notes from WDET

Veteran Detroit Broadcaster Jay Butler joins WDET:

Detroit Public Radio Welcomes Familiar Voice With New Saturday Night Blues Program

WDETPublic WDET-FM 101.9 has announced that long-time Detroit broadcaster Jay Butler will be behind the microphones of Detroit Public Radio starting September 16th. He will be producing and hosting a program, “Jay's Place,” on Saturday evenings from 9pm to midnight every Saturday. With almost five decades of broadcast experience, Jay Butler is a familiar voice to generations of Detroiters from his years at WJLB, WCHB and WQBH. Listeners can expect a lively mix of blues, R&B and soul when they stop by “Jay's Place” on Saturday nights.

“I'm very excited to be hosting a program on WDET,” said Butler. “I'm looking forward to reconnecting with many long-time listeners and making a lot of news friends, as well. It's great to be a part of a station like WDET where the music hosts are allowed the artistic freedom to create their own programs, and Saturday nights are going to be very special. I hope everyone tunes in.”

Listeners can expect to hear such artists as Buddy Guy, BB King, Etta James, Bobby Bland, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Reed, Alberta Adams, the Butler Twins, Cash McCall, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Reed, Johnnie Bassett, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Muddy Watters, Ray Charles, Roomful of Blues, Roy Buchanan, Sam Cooke, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Taj Mahal and countless others.

“Having Jay Butler at WDET continues the station's long tradition of outstanding music programming,” said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. “We're delighted to have someone with his experience and knowledge of music join us at Detroit Public Radio.”


Ralph Valdez explores Toronto Flim Fest:
The Ralph Valdez program on Sunday Sept 17 will offer a first-hand review of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival including new films to keep an eye out for, and those to avoid. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of “rummage sale records”, music new and old, from around Detroit
and around the world will also be explored. The Ralph Valdez Program airs on WDET Sunday nights from 10pm to Midnight.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 16, 2006

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Detroit News:

My moles are telling me WDFN 1130 has made a pitch to get both the Tigers and Red Wings on its airwaves. The $50 million radio deal both teams have with WXYT 1270 is up after this hockey season. WJR 760, the former longtime home of the Tigers, also has thrown its hat in the ring. WDFN, according to moles, has offered the same deal as WJR to Mike Ilitch, who owns both teams. WDFN will give him the airtime for free, but he has to sell the advertising. Few expect Ilitch to get the kind of broadcast rights fees -- if any -- he got from WXYT five years ago when it changed its format from news to sports... WDFN is trying to go big and get Tigers, Red Wings (Sat 9/16)

 

Rover over; Opie and Anthony shift to 97.1

WKRKRumors become reality with today's announcement that CBS Radio has jettisoned Shane 'Rover' French off talk WKRK-FM 97.1 and moved Opie & Anthony from mornings at sports WXYT to morning drive at WKRK effective tomorrow morning. Rover's program never found a sizable audience in Detroit in just over 9 months and it only seemed like a matter of time before this change was made after Opie & Anthony took over mornings on WXYT earlier in the summer.

In addition to putting the 'Mike and Mike' program from ESPN radio on for morning drive, WXYT also made another change to its lineup by dropping the mid-afternoon program hosted by Scott 'Gator' Anderson and Dan Wetzel. The change in mornings at WXYT also restores the station to a full-time sports lineup weekdays.



Detroit Free Press:

Can't get enough of Katie Couric, new CBS News anchor? Note that "Katie Couric's Notebook," a commentary, now airs weekdays at 4:40 p.m. on CBS-owned WWJ-AM (950) ... Nominated: The following Detroit radio personalities for radio trade journal Radio & Records Awards, to be announced this week in Dallas... Names and Faces (Mon 9/18)

 

Detroit News:

There are changes in store for some of CBS Radio's properties in Detroit. Rich Homberg, vice president and general manager of CBS stations WWJ-AM (950), WKRK-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270), will probably be giving up the g.m. job over WKRK and WXYT to focus on the Detroit cluster's cash cow, all-news WWJ. CBS has an ad on InsideRadio.com for a v.p./general manager, a "great strategist," to oversee both its ratings-challenged FM talker WKRK and the signal-challenged sports station WXYT... CBS Radio will beef up management at 3 of its Detroit stations (Tue 9/19)


Final details are being worked out on a deal that will allow Michigan voters to take their measure of the candidates during a trio of televised debates between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her Republican challenger, Dick DeVos. Debates likely will be held Oct. 2 at WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Oct. 10 at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and Oct. 16 at WXYZ-TV in Southfield. Another debate is likely Oct. 12 before the Detroit Economic Club. The election is in seven weeks... DeVos, governor to debate on TV (Tue 9/19)


Rover, you're over. The host of "Rover's Morning Glory" has now lost his Detroit affiliate, WKRK-FM (97.1), less than two months after his home station, Chicago's WCKG-FM, dumped his show in favor of the "Opie and Anthony Show." Rover, whose real name is Shane French, was plucked out of his Cleveland radio station last winter by CBS in an attempt to plug the hole left by the departing Howard Stern when he fled skyward, to Sirius Satellite Radio... 'Opie & Anthony' to replace Rover on WKRK (Tue 9/19)


WXYT 1270 is again shuffling its show lineup, adding a popular syndicated show and eliminating a local program. ESPN's national "Mike and Mike in the Morning" will air 6-10 a.m., starting Tuesday. The station's former morning drive occupant, "Opie and Anthony," moves to WKRK 97.1 to replace "Rover." WXYT ended the "Wetzel and Gator" show, which aired 1-3 p.m... Sports talk WXYT shuffles lineup (Mon 9/18)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Grand Rapids businessman Dick DeVos have agreed to appear in three televised debates in the first weeks of October, representatives of their campaigns said Monday. Details on the events in Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Southfield were still being finalized... Granholm, DeVos to face off on TV (Tue 9/19)


The Rover era on Detroit radio -- all eight months or so of it -- ended Monday when Detroit's CBS Radio announced that syndicated, New York-based talk show "Opie and Anthony" -- until today on sports talker WXYT-AM (1270) -- will shift to WKRK-FM (97.1) to replace Cleveland-based Shane (Rover) French and his cast of morning accomplices. Replacing O&A on 1270 this morning will be ESPN Radio's syndicated show "Mike & Mike"... It's all over for Rover at WKRK (Tue 9/19)



Radio & Records:

Top 5 stations age 12+ in the second summer trend for Detroit: Adult Urban WMXD-FM, Urban WJLB-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Rock WRIF-FM, and Top 40 WKQI-FM.

Detroit ratings chart (Tue 9/19)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 20, 2006

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Detroit News:

Katie Couric is tap dancing in the No. 1 spot nationally, but locally it's a different song and dance. Her "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric " (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WWJ-TV, Channel 62) is still No. 3 in Metro Detroit according to Nielsen's local ratings. ABC's "World News Tonight with Charles Gibson" (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7) and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WDIV-TV, Channel 4) are duking it out for first place, with NBC often coming out ahead... Couric can't capture Detroit viewers (Wed 9/20)



Detroit Free Press:

Tuesday's monthly release of the Arbitrend ratings for June, July and August were overshadowed by a posting at the CBS Radio jobs Web site for a general manager for sports talk WXYT-AM -- one of the month's success stories -- and WKRK-FM, a station in the doldrums. Those positions are now held by Rich Homberg, who also runs WWJ-AM, which dropped to 10th place among all listeners, its lowest charting in quite a while... Wanted: Manager for WXYT, WKRK (Wed 9/20)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 21, 2006

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WRIF scores three R&R Awards

WRIFActive Rock WRIF-FM received three awards at the annual Radio & Records Convention last evening at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

WRIF Morning Show personalities “Drew & Mike” were named “Active Rock Personality/Show of the Year.” In addition, Doug Podell, Operations Manager of WRIF won in the “Active Rock Program Director/Operations Director of the Year” category.

WRIF was also named “Active Rock Station of the Year” in the Markets 1-25 category.

Award recipients are nominated and chosen by professionals in the radio and record industry.



AllAccess.com:

NewCap Welcomes Brookshaw:
MURRAY BROOKSHAW is named OM of NEWCAP's two stations in CALGARY -- JAZZ CIQX (CALIFORNIA 103) and the new AAA "CAFE 90.3"-- effective OCTOBER 3. He previously spent 25 years with CHUM, most recently as PD of AAA CIDR (THE RIVER) & Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT. (Wed 9/20)



Detroit Free Press:

John Mason's plan to return to Detroit radio as soon as possible after his Radio One/WDMK-FM (105.9) contract expired July 29 hit a major roadblock from Port Huron-based U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff Wednesday. Zatkoff granted an injunction that upholds a non-compete clause in Mason's Radio One contract that will expire on Jan. 29... Judge delays Mason deal for WGPR show; Flint effort to proceed (Thu 9/21)



Detroit News:

Radio One has stopped popular air personality John Mason from starting up that morning show he's been touting on the adult urban radio station WGPR-FM (97.9). The radio company, which employed Mason from 2001 until his contract ran out on July 29 on its own adult urban station WDMK-FM (105.9), sued Mason Sept. 8 in U.S. District Court after it was announced that he was going to buy time on WGPR for a new syndicated morning show... John Mason off the air until January (Thu 9/21)



WDET adds to newsroom personnel

WDETWDET has announced the hiring of reporter Noah Ovshinsky to its news department. Noah comes to Detroit Public Radio after having worked as a director and producer at HKO Media, and Ann Arbor-based video production company. While at HKO, he received a Michigan Emmy for his documentary about a World War II hero called, "Raoul Wallenberg: One Person Can Make A Difference." Noah's previous radio experience includes a two-year stint at Chicago's WGN Radio, where he served in numerous positions including morning news producer.

Growing up in Detroit, he earned a Liberal Arts degree from Kalamazoo College. When he's not chasing news stories, Noah enjoys going to farmers markets, gardening and trying to catch up on reading back issues of The New Yorker. "Detroit and the entire region is full of stories," said Noah Ovshinsky. "I look forward to bringing them to WDET's listeners one newscast at a time."

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 22, 2006

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AllAccess.com:

Dave Diles Named To Michigan Sports Hall Of Fame: Longtime ABC sportscaster DAVE DILES will be one of the 2006 inductees into the MICHIGAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME on OCTOBER 30 at COBO CENTER's Riverview Ballroom in downtown DETROIT. DILES spent over 20 years at ABC SPORTS on TV and radio and was well-known in DETROIT for his years at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV. (Fri 9/22)



News and notes from WDET:


WDET Airs "Bridging the Racial Divide" on September 26 at 9 p.m.

Detroit Public Radio will simulcast special produced by Emery King and WTVS

Detroit Public Radio will present the first in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in Metro Detroit on Tuesday, September 26, at 9 p.m. Produced by Kingberry Productions and WTVS - Detroit Public Television, "Bridging the Racial Divide" will be co-hosted by former NBC correspondent and news anchor Emery King and WJR's Paul W. Smith. They will be joined by a number of dynamic and influential voices in the community representing a variety of backgrounds and points of view.

The airing of this program will become a remarkable community-wide event, with meetings and discussions being planned for seven different locations across the metro area, where groups will watch the special, then share their own thoughts, feelings and experiences relating to racism.

The 2000 Census named this metropolitan area as the most segregated region in the United States. The reality continues to generate a troubling series of social, economic and political problems. This first "Bridging" special will examine Metro Detroit at the crossroads, exploring both the hope generated by the community's enormous Super Bowl success and the obstacles to further progress caused by this region's racial divide.

King, whose Kingberry Productions is producing the series, said: "The title, 'Bridging the Racial Divide,' says it all. It's a dialogue that's really intended to clear the path to common ground, to a better understanding of the racial issues that separate us and keep us from moving forward as a community."

The show will be taped before a "live" audience drawn from across the metro area at the Schaever Recital Hall at Wayne State University. Earlier, two dinner discussions were taped at area restaurants, one with seven black participants led by King at Detroit's Grand City Grille, and the other with seven white participants led by Smith at the Traffic Jam and Snug also in Detroit. Each group discussed the same questions and issues. Three participants from each group will form the panel at Schaever Hall, where video excerpts from each dinner will be shown on a large screen to help focus the discussion.

The two-dinner format was chosen because of the perception that when blacks talk to blacks and whites talk to whites, their discussions of race differ significantly from what they say on those rare occasions when they do talk to each other about race. At those times, political correctness often carries the day, and silence allows suspicion and misunderstanding to grow. The format will help gauge the divide and explore how better understanding can be fostered in each group.

The first program in the series will examine the question of which Metro Detroit will emerge in the years ahead: the Metro Detroit of Super Bowl week, a focused and bonded region; or the Metro Detroit in the months that followed, wracked with divisive problems. The discussion will address issues such as white privilege, black rage, black vs. white family values, political correctness, and affirmative action.

In addition to Emery King and Paul W. Smith, the panelists will include: Rochelle Riley (columnist, Detroit Free Press), Heaster Wheeler (Executive Director, NAACP - Detroit), R. L'Heureux Lewis (Ph.D candidate, University of Michigan), Nolan Finley (columnist, Detroit News), John Rakolta (Chairman, New Detroit), and Kary Moss (Executive Director, ACLU Michigan).

In addition to WDET, the program will also be aired on WTVS Channel 56 and on WJR 760 AM. Earlier that evening, community groups throughout Metro Detroit will have an advance screening at 7 p.m. and then discuss race relations in the context of the TV discussion. Representatives from New Detroit and NCCJ-MI will facilitate these meetings.

Asked about his hopes for the series, Emery King said, "We hope that our efforts here will serve as a model for frank, informed and respectful dialogues that will happen in homes, offices, schools and places of worship throughout Detroit, its suburbs, the metro region and our entire state."

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This week's Ralph Valdez show (10pm, Sunday 9/24) features an interview and in-studio performance from The Strange, the new Detroit trio whose moody mix of rock, pop and jazz
elements comes together stylishly on their new self titled CD. Lucky listeners will also have an opportunity to call in and win autographed copies of their new CD and a signed t-shirt from the “The Strange”. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few “rummage sale records”, will also be explored.



AFTRA to kick off free monthly seminars to aid professional growth

The Detroit Chapter of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is kicking off what's hoped to be a monthly conservatory program to assist area union members with their professional growth.

The first seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm at the Vangard Center Lobby, which is located at 23800 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield (one block east of Telegraph).

The panel for this first evening consists of:
- Tom Force (formerly of WOMC. now at WWJ) discussing demo tape production
- Doak Breen (veteran WXYT announcer) talking about the radio business
- Martha Reeves (Motown great) will discuss the music business
- Judy Dery (actress - now in "Menopause The Musical") will talk about acting, auditions etc.
- Kathy Mooney (agent, The Talent Shop) will talk about getting an agent and doing voiceover work

The thrust of this seminar will be the "how to's" of breaking into and staying employed in the broadcasting, music and acting business in Detroit.

AFTRA Detroit chapter president Jayne Bower of WWJ is hoping local union members appreciate this free event as a great opportunity to learn more about the entertainment business in Metro Detroit. The only requirement is that attendees be a union member (any union-- SAG, AFTRA, UAW, Teamsters, etc).

Please RSVP to Kim Wilson at AFTRA by calling (248) 228-3172 or by e-mailing her at kwilson@aftra.com.



WMXD welcomes afternoon host Michael Baisden to town

MIX92.3 will present the “Ford Fusion Grown & Sexy Experience” with Michael Baisden, an evening of live entertainment and partying with the “grown and sexy” at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 600 Town Center Drive in Dearborn, Saturday, September 23rd. Doors open at 7PM.

The evening will include special live performances by Warner Brothers Records recording artist Brian McKnight, and J Records recording artist Heather Headley.

VIP tickets are sold out. General Admission tickets are $30.00, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations or at www.ticketmaster.com.

Michael Baisden's “Love, Lust & Lies” syndicated radio show is heard weekdays on Adult Urban WMXD-FM, MIX92.3, weekday afternoons from 3 - 7p.m. Since airing on MIX92.3, in May 2005, Baisden has scored top Arbitron ratings every book, holding the #1 position in the market. Michael Baisden has successfully captured the ears and hearts of Detroit listeners with topics relevant to every-day life and provocative and compelling talk.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 23-25, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Let's see -- Tuesday TV at 9 p.m. There's "The Unit," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Veronica Mars," and the new "The Knights of Prosperity" and "Help Me Help You." Not to mention oodles on cable. Then on public WTVS-TV (Channel 56) -- with radio simulcasts on WDET-FM (101.9) and WJR-AM (760) -- you can watch the first in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in metro Detroit. "Bridging the Racial Divide" is coproduced by Kingsberry Productions and Detroit Public Television. It will be cohosted by Kingsberry chief Emery King -- former TV newsman and now publicist for the Detroit Medical Center -- and WJR-AM (760) morning man Paul W. Smith... Channel 56 to offer series on race (Mon 9/25)



Detroit News:

Marianne Williamson, one of the Oprah Friends who will be chattering on the talk show hostess' new XM Radio channel, will broadcast her show from Detroit. The Oprah and Friends channel launches today on XM Radio Channel 156. Williamson tapes her show, which will include interviews and call-ins by listeners, at the OnStar/XM studio in the RenCen, but eventually, XM will build her a studio at her suburban Detroit home. Thus far, she hasn't touched on any Detroit-related themes, but she expects that will happen eventually. Her show will air Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m., as well as 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesdays... Local author, ex-pastor to debut on XM's Oprah channel (Mon 9/25)



MLive.com/AP:

A former salesman for University of Michigan public radio and television stations who was convicted of conspiracy to embezzle has been sentenced to 18 months' probation. Jeremy Nordquist, 28, of Saline, was among three former employees of the stations who were accused of embezzling about $60,000 in items that had been donated in exchange for on-air mentions. Nordquist admitted during his trial that he got a pool table, Persian rugs and other items but said he was following the directions of his supervisors... Michigan Public Media salesman sentenced on conspiracy charge (Sat 9/23)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 27, 2006

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WDET names new morning news host

Joining the news staff at WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is Amy Miller, a Detroit native, experienced reporter and news host. Miller comes to WDET from KSSZ in Columbia, MO where she hosted a morning talk show. She becomes WDET's permanent Morning Edition (weekdays 5am - 10am) host on Thursday, September 28.

Amy Miller grew up in North Rosedale Park on Detroit's west side. Her public radio career began in 1986 when she took an opportunity to be a reporter at Alaska Public Radio Network. During her 17 years in Alaska public radio, she served as reporter, news director, regional news director and program host. Some of Amy's Alaskan news colleagues include NPR's Corey Flintoff, Peter Kenyon, Elizabeth Arnold and Mark Moran. She was Regional News Director for CoastAlaska,Inc., a consortium of five public radio stations along Alaska's panhandle.

“It's great to be back home in Detroit,” commented Miller. “I'm looking forward to serving WDET listeners and bringing the community the important stories of the day. It is an honor to be a part of the WDET newsroom, which has a reputation for excellence in news coverage.”

“We're delighted to have Amy on board at Detroit Public Radio,” said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director. “She has strong Detroit roots and has significant public radio experience, so she understands what makes public radio news reporting unique and special.”



AllAccess.com:

Brad Savage On The Move From WQKL: Brad Savage Named PD Of Saga's New AAA Hybrid
As we first hinted yesterday (see NET NEWS 9/26), CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107one)/ANN ARBOR, MI PD BRAD SAVAGE is leaving for the PD post at SAGA COMMUNICATIONS new AAA sign-on WCNR (106-1 THE CORNER)/CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

SAVAGE said, "I am sad to leave a great team and terrific GM in ANN ARBOR, but the opportunity to join SAGA COMMUNICATIONS with a ground-floor opportunity is something that rarely happens in radio today! How often does a brand-new signal sign on in 2006? Thanks to GM DENNIS MOCKLER, OM RICK DANIELS, and Exec. VP STEVE GOLDSTEIN for offering me this fantastic opportunity. I can't wait to get started!"

Back at WQKL, GM BOB BOLAK is looking for a new PD. (Wed 9/27)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 28, 2006

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Detroit News:

The always rambunctious Wendy Williams, who's syndicated on Detroit's WDMK-FM (105.9), will be holding court from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday at the Woodward Restaurant in downtown Detroit with the "Wendy Williams Experience Advice Hour." The diva will chat with listeners and answer questions they might have for her on any subject and yes, even talk about Whitney (Houston) getting mad at her on the air when she asked if she was doing drugs... Radio diva to dish some advice (Thu 9/28)


Mario Impemba, FSN Detroit play-by-play announcer of the Tigers, is a guy who appreciates baseball's past, present and future. He fell in love with baseball on the radio, thanks to growing up in Metro Detroit listening to Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey. Impemba decided to be like them, heading to the radio booth to broadcast baseball for a living. He eventually found his way to TV, but still has a soft spot for radio. Now, Impemba is going a step further, founding his own Web site -- thesoundofbaseball.com -- to showcase the art of broadcasting baseball on the radio... Love of radio hits the Web (Thu 9/28)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 29, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Ann Delisi spent her last day on the public classical/jazz station WRCJ-FM (90.9) Thursday. She'll join Emery King's Kingsberry Productions. Veteran local classical broadcaster Jack Goggin will take over the 3-7 p.m. shift temporarily... Delisi leaves WRCJ (Fri 9/29)


Delisi's statement on WRCJ's web site



Ann Arbor News:

Campaigns associated with a ballot proposal that would ban some affirmative action programs in Michigan are feuding over a new radio advertisement. The campaign ad features the father of Jennifer Gratz, a white woman and primary supporter of the proposal, saying she was denied admission to the University of Michigan "because she had the wrong skin color.'' An opposition group said Thursday that claim is not true and that Gratz could have gotten into U-M if she had returned to the university a card asking to be placed on an extended waiting list... Radio ad focus of campaign dispute (Fri 9/29)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 2, 2006

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WRIF to send Tigers fan to Yankee Stadium

WRIFThe Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 morning show, Drew & Mike, will send one lucky winner and a guest to New York to see the Detroit Tigers take on The New York Yankees tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium for game one of the playoffs. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a Fast Pitch contest hosted by Milt Wilcox tomorrow at the WRIF studios, located at One Radio Plaza Detroit, MI 48220.

Throughout the show today, ten listeners were qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, October 3 at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant will either pitch themselves, or have their pre-selected “ringer” pitch for them. The contestant who has the fastest pitch in a series of two rounds will win a trip for two to New York that very evening to watch Detroit take on New York in game one, round one of the playoffs. The contestants are instructed to be packed when they arrive for the contest, as they will be off to the airport immediately with their guest for their flight to New York.



Detroit Free Press:

WRJC ratings in middle: Wonder how the Detroit Public School-owned and the Detroit Public TV-run classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) is doing? The Spring Arbitron of all listeners age 12 and over reported an estimated 116,000 listeners during any day ... On board: WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) duo Diana Lewis and her daughter, Glenda, will emcee the Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Friends Luncheon Thursday at Shenandoah Golf, Banquet & Country Club... Names and Faces (Mon 10/2)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2006

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts return to WRCJ

WRCJStarting Sunday October 22 at noon, Classical/Jazz WRCJ will begin broadcasting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2006-2007 season. Host Charles Greenwell, DSO Conducting Assistant, will interview DSO musicians at the midpoint of the program, giving you "backstage" insight from the musicians themselves. Click here for the schedule and more information.



WRCJ to kick off fall fundraiser Oct 12

WRCJ will hold its second 2006 membership drive from October 12th through the 20th and the station is hoping to hear from as many contributors as possible to build upon the success that was achieved during their first drive. There are several 90.9 logo enticements available for tax deductible contributions- view them by clicking here.

Every donation of $120 or more is eligible to receive the WRCJ Membercard Plus - good for discounts at hundreds of restaurants, bed and breakfast establishments, and stores throughout Michigan, the U.S. and Canada.



WCSX to feature bowling shootout October 21

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has announced its first ever "Gutter Ball Double's Bowling Shootout" to be held at Continental Lanes on Gratiot in Roseville on Saturday, October 21st and is looking for area bowlers to join in on the fun.

Each participant receives:
* Three Games of “9 Pin No Tap” Cosmic bowling
* Free bowling shoe rental
* Two pieces of pizza and pop
* A 32 oz. WCSX mug filled with goodies including three games of free open bowling at Continental Lanes

Cost is $45 per person and doubles can be male or female, any combo. Bowlers must be 21 years old to participate. One lucky team will score the grand prize, a seven day, all-inclusive vacation for two to Mexico or the Caribbean courtesy of Apple Vacations. There will also be 50/50 Raffles, Strike Ball, Basket Raffles and Silent Auctions.

Space is limited- register by visiting www.wcsx.com or by calling Karah at (248) 591-6812.



WMGC's 3rd annual Halloween Dance scheduled for Oct 27

WMGCListeners of Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 is inviting listeners to grab a candy bag, find a costume, put dancing shoes on and get ready to celebrate Halloween with the station's 3rd annual Halloween Dance Party. The only way in is to win as listeners cannot purchase tickets to this event which will take place on Friday, October 27th at the Sheraton Detroit Novi, located near Haggerty Road and 8 Mile. Doors open at 7:30pm and the party runs from 8pm until 11pm. Ticket giveaways are being featured several times each day on WMGC.



Chuck Horn spins Nouvelle Nights

Long-time WDET music host, Chuck Horn, has teamed up with the Centaur Bar's Innkeeper, Sean Harrington, to bring musical hipsters a refreshingly unique weekly night out on the town.

Nouvelle Nights, sponsored by Six Degrees Records, mixes martini's & merriment with a musical soundtrack that includes the likes of Django Reinhardt, the Ratpack, Madeleine Peyroux, Billy Holiday and the worldly sounds of Six Degrees artists such as Cibelle & Banco de Gaia.

Put on your Seersucker suit, Nouvelle Nights takes place on Thursday's at the Centaur Bar in Detroit (across from the Town Pump) from 9pm-1am. For more info, visit www.Centaurbar.com or call 313-963-4040.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 4, 2006

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Detroit News:

Not that I'm a child of the TV generation or anything, but I can still remember the premiere episode of "Julia" from September 1968. "Julia" was the first show to star a black woman, and if this gives you any sense of how long ago 1968 was in cultural years, NBC expected it to get clobbered by "The Red Skelton Show" on CBS. Instead, it clobbered Red and became a Top 10 program... Diahann Carroll can sell a TV show and tickets for a cause (Wed 10/4)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 5, 2006

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Detroit News:

The percentage of interesting music on the "free" airwaves is increasingly thin these days, which makes Jay Butler's new show "Jay's Place," airing live from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday nights on WDET-FM (101.9) and online at wdetfm.org, all the more refreshing. Butler is a radio veteran with 50 years in both the radio and record promotion business, including on-air stints at Detroit stations WJLB, WCHB and WQBH. The latter was, of course, the late Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg's station, sold two years ago by her daughters to Salem Broadcasting... WDET-FM opens 'Jay's Place' (Thu 10/5)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 7, 2006

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Detroit falls behind Atlanta in radio market rankings

Arbitron has dropped the the Detroit radio market to the 10th largest in the country, down from 9th, as Atlanta moves ahead of the Motor City into 9th place. The Detroit market population was estimated by arbitron to be 3,880,300 people, nearly 200,000 behind Atlanta.

Grand Rapids is now considered the 67th largest market, Ann Arbor 147, Battle Creek 261, Flint 127, Kalamazoo 184, Lansing 122, Muskegon 233, Saginaw 131, South Bend IN 178, Toledo OH 87, and Traverse City 192.

Arbitron Fall 2006 Market Survey Schedule & Population Rankings (.pdf)

Detroit Free Press

Hideki Matsui stood at home plate in Friday night's second inning, watching Kenny Rogers' called third strike. Then the voice -- the only voice most Tigers fans recall with a playoff team -- followed with a catchphrase dearly missed: "He stood there like the house by the side of the road and watched that one go by." Ernie Harwell, whose statue greets visitors at Comerica Park, was back in the broadcast booth at times during Game 3, his first extensive play-by-play since retiring in 2002... An old friend returns to booth (Sat 10/7)


It seems like a sick practical joke, or maybe a question on a standardized test for fans. If a Tigers playoff game starts in Detroit at 4:30 p.m., and the Michigan-Michigan State football game kicks off in Ann Arbor at 4:30 p.m., and you are on a train from Saginaw with a top speed of 72 m.p.h., and you jump off the train so that you can run to the nearest TV, which game do you watch? And for that matter, who ever heard of a big-time sporting event starting at 4:30 p.m., let alone TWO? Somebody must really hate you, right? Alas, this is real life, and it is the most serious question being asked by Michigan citizens this morning. I mean, except for little issues like the gubernatorial race and saving the economy and stuff... What to watch? Impossible to choose (Sat 10/7)



Detroit News:

ESPN and Major League Baseball took a strictly business approach when airing Game 3 Friday night. The game aired on Detroit's Fox affiliate, WKBD-TV Channel 2. If commentators Joe Morgan and Jon Miller hadn't had the voice of the Tigers, Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell, in the booth with them, the generic coverage could have been construed for Any City, USA... Nation gets generic look at Detroit (Sat 10/7)


Eminem was in the house at Comerica Park Friday night -- but in song only. The Detroit rapper's "Welcome 2 Detroit" pumped up fans when it was played over the stadium's loud speakers in the middle of the third inning. The paparazzi flashbulbs weren't exactly burning at Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the first Major League Baseball playoff game held in Detroit in 19 years... Game produces sparse celeb spotting (Sat 10/7)



Ann Arbor News:

Dan Dickerson figured it was worth asking. With the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs for the first time in 19 years, Dickerson wanted Ernie Harwell to join him in the broadcast booth and do an inning of play-by-play. But the first time Dickerson asked, back on Labor Day weekend, the answer wasn't encouraging... Harwell behind the mike again -- briefly (Sat 10/7)



Bay City Times:

It's been 19 years since Detroit Tigers fans saw their baseball team in the playoffs. Even so, many Bay Cityans say the annual University of Michigan-Michigan State University football showdown trumps the baseball playoffs any day of the week. ''The Tigers are the commercial break for the guys I know,'' said Elechia Bolda of Essexville, who's not a big sports fan herself. In a twist of fate whose odds are almost eclipsian in nature, today at 4:30 p.m. the Tigers host the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League division series, and the 99th annual Michigan-Michigan State game kicks off in Ann Arbor... A day to flip channels: Tigers, football showdown on at same time (Sat 10/7)

 

AM 580 Windsor shifts format

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CKWW AM 580 Windsor Detroit has adjusted its format from Gold-based Adult Contemporary to a more mainstream Oldies sound, featuring top hits from the 1950's and early 60's along with many of the songs the station was previously playing from the later 60's and 1970's.

Heavily featured is artists such as Elvis, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, The Platters, Ricky Nelson and rare oldies, as well as plenty of hometown artists from the Motown era. CKWW will continue to air specialty shows like “Elvis Only!”, “When Radio Was”, “The Sunday Morning Oldies Show” and “Sounds Of Sinatra”.

The station is now referring to itself as "Great Fun and Great Oldies" along with its previous slogan of "AM 580 Motor City Favorites".

The move by CKWW essentially "backfills" the Oldies format that has been gradually relinquished by WOMC-FM 104.3 which has shifted its format forward and no longer regularly features songs from late 50's and early 60's.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Tomorrow night's second Michigan gubernatorial debate will air as scheduled at 8 p.m. That means much of the debate will go head-to-head against the Detroit Tigers, whose first game with Oakland goes on the air at 8:20 pm. John Truscott, a spokesman for the campaign GOP candidate Dick Devos, told WJR-AM's (760) Frank Beckmann this morning that he thought the debate would lose as mich as 80% of the audience if airing opposite the Tigers game... Michigan's second gubernatorial debate to air as scheduled Tuesday night (Mon 10/9)


Frank Turner ended his local TV news career Monday, leaving WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) to pursue Christian evangelism full time. In his final on-air utterance just before 6 p.m. Monday, Turner paid tribute to colleagues, his audience — “loyal, supportive, wonderful” — and moved his partner Robbie Timmons to tears as he announced “the beginning of his new life as a man of God,” including a broadcast ministry... Frank Turner leaving Channel 7 (Mon 10/9)


Remember Saturday's dilemma -- tune in for the Tigers' playoff game against the Yankees or watch the Spartans take on the Wolverines? Another unfortunate scheduling conflict will have Michiganders making tough choices Tuesday. The Tigers face the Oakland A's in the first American League Championship Series playoff game at the same time the gubernatorial debate pits Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos... TV schedule pits candidates vs. Tigers playoffs (Mon 10/9)



AllAccess.com:

Schram Gets Official Nod As Michigan Public Media Director: Former INFINITY/DETROIT VP/Dir. of Sales and CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT VP/GM STEVE SCHRAM gets the official nod as Director of the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN's MICHIGAN PUBLIC MEDIA. SCHRAM served as the noncommercial radio and TV group's Interim Director from MARCH through OCTOBER 1, when the assignment was made permanent. The group includes noncommercial WUOM/ANN ARBOR, WVGR/GRAND RAPIDS, and WFUM-F/FLINT, plus PBS affiliate WFUM-TV/FLINT. (Mon 10/9)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 10, 2006

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Detroit News:

Frank Turner, the WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchorman whose jovial personality pleased viewers while his tumultuous personal life caused strife with his bosses, has parted company with the station. Turner, who anchored the 5 and 7 p.m. newscasts, will now devote all his time to being a pastor, evangelist and Bible teacher for God's Amazing Grace Ministries. In a joint statement released Monday by Turner and WXYZ vice president and general manager Grace Gilchrist, Turner announced he would leave the station to pursue his ministry on a full-time basis... Anchor Frank Turner leaves WXYZ to pursue ministry (Tue 10/10)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 12, 2006

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Detroit News:

As fans we were all transfixed as Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers threw those seven and two-thirds eerie, almost-perfect innings last Friday. But what's it like to be in the broadcast booth calling the game when an athlete such as Rogers is clearly in the zone, performing in a sort of alternative plane of reality? Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson says, "Those two games Friday and Saturday were two of the most memorable games I've ever been a part of. That's just as much fun as I've ever had"... Dickerson on calling purrrfect games (Thu 10/12)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2006

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Monroe News:

MB&T CEO Doug Chaffin welcomed people to the fourth floor of the bank's new headquarters in the predawn darkness Thursday morning. Bank officials, friends, family and curious onlookers were arriving to watch a remote broadcast of Paul W. Smith's morning show on WJR. The event was part of the grand opening for the bank. Coincidentally it also marked Paul W.'s 10-year anniversary anchoring the morning spot on Detroit's legendary radio station... Monroe's own radio master (Sat 10/14)



Radio & Records:

WIOT/Toledo welcomes Kelly Brown to middays. Ms. Brown segues from weekends/swing at WRIF/Detroit and fills the shift once held by Sheri Vegas, who's now at WJXQ/Lansing, Mich. Street Talk (Fri 10/13)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 16, 2006

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TV Week:

For three years, Fox Sports Net Detroit announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen have accompanied their hometown baseball team on a journey from desperation to renown. In 2003, the Detroit Tigers came within one game of being the worst team in the history of baseball when they lost 119 games. While apathy was at an all-time high, Fox Sports Net Detroit's 2.5 Nielsen rating was at an all-time low. That was Mr. Impemba and Mr. Allen's inaugural season broadcasting at FSN Detroit. "Unfortunately," said FSN executive producer John Tuohey, "It was their first year together. I think it tested everyone's resiliency, but the guys still did all the things that you need to build camaraderie and team work." This year, a lot more people are watching the Detroit Tigers. Earlier this month the Tigers upended the New York Yankees during the American League Division Series, dispensing with them in four games, proving that good pitching does indeed beat great hitting. With that, the team moved on to Oakland, where they took the first two games from the A's in the American League Championship Series. The series was scheduled to be decided over the weekend, with the winner of the match going to the World Series. FSN Detroit, which televised 112 games in the regular season, has ridden on the wave of the Tigers' success (the team holds one of the top three win-loss records in Major League Baseball). The network has been buzzing with a 7.1 average household rating in metro Detroit, making it the market's most-watched cable network in prime time from April through September, according to Nielsen Media Research... Behind the Screen: Tigers Tales (Mon 10/16)



Detroit Free Press

Rochester College will host a live broadcast and fund-raising dinner featuring Michael Medved beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Rochester College Theatre. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rochester's Royal Park Hotel. Medved's nationally syndicated radio talk show is heard weekdays 3-6 p.m. on WDTK-AM (1400)... Medved pitches in for college (Sun 10/15)

 

Here's a quick rundown of the top stations in 2005 revenue according to a list published in today's Crain's Detroit Business:

Figures are in millions
1. WWJ AM, $23.2
2. WRIF FM, $21.0
3. WOMC FM, $20.8
4. WNIC FM, $19.2
5. WJR AM, $19.0
6. WMGC FM, $16.0
7. WJLB FM, $15.3
8. WVMV FM, $14.6
tie WYCD FM, $14.6
10. WKQI FM, $14.0
11. WMXD FM, $13.7
12. WCSX FM, $12.6
13. WKRK FM, $8.1
14. WHTD FM, $7.7
15. WDVD FM, $7.6
16. WDRQ FM, $6.5
17. WDTW FM, $6.3
18. WDFN AM, $5.0
19. WXYT AM, $4.2
tie WDMK FM, $4.2

By cluster:
CBS Radio: $85.5 (6 stations)
Clear Channel: $73.5 (6 stations, doesn't include WDTW-AM)
Greater Media: $49.6 (3 stations)
Disney/ABC: $33.1 (3 stations, doesn't include WFDF-AM)
Radio One: $11.9 (2 stations, doesn't include WCHB-AM)

No numbers available for Crawford Broadcasting, Salem Communications, or Birach Broadcasting

When compared to 2004 revenue numbers, only WOMC and WYCD saw increases with WMGC remaining flat.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2006

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AllAccess.com:

WYCD Afternoon Hosts To Marry Off Their Yorkies:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT afternoon personalities EDWARDS & LEE are taking their love for pets all the way to the altar. This SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 11a (ET), at WESTLAND CENTRAL CITY PARK, EDWARDS' YORKIE, "SGT.FOXY," and LEE's YORKIE, "PRICILLA," will be married, as they recite their 'pupitals,' in front of a crowd of listeners and their pets. Dr. DON, morning star, and a licensed Justice of the Peace, will conduct the ceremony. The 'A' list of invitees includes Governor JENNIFER GRANHOLM and REPUBLICAN challenger DICK DeVOS. Also, WESTLAND Mayor SANDRA CICIRELLI, who has apparently already RSVP'd to be on hand. All money raised from the event will go to the MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY. (Tue 10/17)


CRB Names Scholarship For WYCD Detroit PD Tim Roberts
The COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS (CRB) presented its annual Scholarship to CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY's SCHOOL OF BROADCAST AND CINEMATIC ARTS. The presentation was made on OCTOBER 14th. The $25,000 was given during a Homecoming event that unveiled the newly remodeled Broadcasting Dept at CMU. The scholarship has been named after CRB BOARD MEMBER alumni and CBS RADIO WYCD/DETROIT PD TIM ROBERTS. Last year the scholarship was given to MTSU (MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY). (Tue 10/17)



Detroit News:

Byron Goggin is a cameraman who got the picture. Dissatisfied with his career at a sports television network, the 39-year-old Marine City resident decided to strike out on his own to produce a program on outdoor family activities. Goggin contrasts his show against the typical outdoors programs that focus on hairy-chested feats of derring-do. "I'm targeting the forgotten people, the average person who wants something to do on the weekend," Goggin says. In its first year, the program, "Your Next Wild Weekend," has been featured on two networks and garnered four local Emmy awards... Cameraman gets own show (Tue 10/17)



Radio and Records:

Detroit's most listened to radio stations among listeners age 12 and above in the Summer of 2006 were: Adult Urban WMXD-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Urban WJLB-FM, Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM, and Active Rock WRIF-FM... Summer 2006 Radio Ratings- Detroit (Tue 10/17)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 18, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM, led by syndicated morning star Steve Harvey and syndicated afternoon personality Michael Baisden, again assumed the overall Detroit radio listenership throne Tuesday in the quarterly Arbitron ratings report. Comic Harvey is posing the biggest threat ever to WRIF-FM morning kings Drew Lane and Mike Clark. Among all listeners 12 and older, Harvey scored a 9.4, up a rousing 3.1 points from the past quarter. The rough-talking Lane and Clark, scored an 8.0. In the advertiser-important age 25-54 category, Harvey moved to the No. 2 slot with a 10.8 mark, trailing only WRIF's 11.7 score -- which was down from a 13.9 the previous quarter... WMXD tops radio ratings (Wed 10/18)


It didn't take long for anchorman-turned-evangelist Frank Turner to turn up on the airwaves. Turner is sitting in this week for the ailing (with pneumonia) Bob Dutko from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays on religious radio broadcaster WMUZ-FM (103.5)... Frank Turner filling in on WMUZ (Wed 10/18)



Detroit News:

The summer Arbitron ratings were released Tuesday, and it seems that Detroit's country radio war is drawing blood; WOMC-FM (104.3) dropped the term "oldies," but also a number of listeners; Steve Harvey has jumped ahead in the overall morning rankings; and WJR-AM (760) had a hot summer. The summer book measures the local radio audience for June 29-Sept. 20. WYCD-FM (99.5), for years Detroit's only country station, took a major hit from upstart country station the Fox, WDTW-FM (106.7), going from a tie for No. 1 down to No. 10 in listeners age 12 and older. In listeners 25-54, WYCD didn't fare much better, going from a No. 3 rank down to 10... WYCD takes a hit; Steve Harvey rules mornings (Wed 10/18)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2006

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Detroit News:

Fans of the legendary CKLW , the 50,000-watt powerhouse radio station that dominated Detroit in the late '60s and early '70s, may want to tune in to XM Satellite Radio from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday to hear the satcaster's five-hour tribute to the station on the '60s on 6 channel. Every Friday, on one of XM's most popular shows, the Sonic Sounds Salute, salutes a different '60s radio station. XM '60s jock Terry "Motor Mouth" Young says he's excited about hosting the show because he grew up tuning the Big 8 in all the way from Virginia... CKLW celebrated on XM (Thu 10/19)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

His voice has been on a replay loop in your head all week. Dan Dickerson's ecstatic call of Magglio Ordonez's home run Saturday captured the full joy of the Tigers just advancing to the World Series. Now the 47-year-old Tiger play-by-play announcer is getting ready to join his usual cohort, Jim Price, for radio coverage of the World Series, which airs locally on WXYT-AM (1270)... He calls it as he sees it (Fri 10/20)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2006

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Detroit News:

Tigers World Series tickets are so hot fans would likely claw each other over a pair. But most of the ticket-desperate WRIF-FM Drew & Mike listeners on Friday backed the station's decision to give away Game 1 tickets to two brothers, both older than 90, who are lifetime Tigers fans. Emil, 94, and Herb Schmidt, 91, can recall all of the Tigers' four previous World Series wins -- 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984 -- but have never made it to a World Series game... Brothers over 90 win seats (Sat 10/21)



Detroit Free Press:

All the local TV news operations -- and Fox Sports Net Detroit, the Tigers' regular season cable caster -- have expanded World Series-related coverage. Here are the highlights... TV plans plenty of World Series coverage (Sat 10/21)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 22, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Joe Buck is hoping for a certain outcome in the World Series. No, not the one you suspected. "The only thing I'm ever guilty of rooting for is a long, good series," insisted the Fox Sports play-by-play announcer, whose father, Jack Buck, was the legendary voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. Buck couldn't sound more bipartisan, but Tigers fans can be forgiven for having doubts... Viewers dealt 2 with Card past (Sun 10/22)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 24, 2006

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AllAccess.com:

WKQL Presents "Rockin' For The Hungry"
CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR 107one)/ANN ARBOR presents its annual "ROCKIN' FOR THE HUNGRY" benefit DECEMBER 6-10 in the parking lot of BUSCH's grocery store. The five-day live outdoor broadcast is held to raise money, food and awareness to benefit FOOD GATHERERS to provide food for the hungry. The goal is to raise 107 tons of food. (Mon 10/23)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 25, 2006

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Detroit News:

Win or lose, the World Series continues to be must-see TV locally, with Detroit Tigers fans blasting the ratings out of the park. But nationally the numbers, like the Tigers, failed to deliver major-league results for Tuesday night's game 3 on Fox. In Metro Detroit, that heartbreaking loss pulled a 37.1 household rating with a 52 share for WJBK-TV Channel 2, according to Nielsen Media Research... Detroit TVs stay tuned to the Tigers for Game 3 (Wed 10/25)



AllAccess.com:

WKQI's Mojo Issues Challange To Tigers Fans: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT morning maniac MOJO IN THE MORNING has a challange for TIGERS fans. He will give a listener WORLD SERIES tickets for Game 6... after he/she lets him fill their car with concrete! Yes, he will total their car by filling it with cement in order to prove that his listeners will do anything for the TIGERS! For more info, and some great pictures after the event, check out www.mojointhemorning.com. (Wed 10/25)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2006

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Detroit News:

No matter what the outcome of the Detroit Tigers' World Series run, the Tigers can now play hardball with their local radio carrier. While the last contract between WXYT-AM (1270) and the Tigers was negotiated when the team was floundering, now the team is more than competitive as talks go on between WXYT's corporate owner CBS and the Ilitches, owners of the Tigers. The contract between 'XYT and the Tigers is up after the World Series... Tigers, 'XYT are set to battle (Thju 10/26)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 27, 2006

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The Oakland Press:

During the early 1990s, Dan Dickerson was a news reporter for WWJ-AM 950 in Detroit. Baseball, however, was at the forefront of his mind. He spent countless days and nights at Tiger Stadium, appearing with a cassette tape deck in his hand. He would go to the auxiliary press box, far away from the crowd and the rest of the media, and call play-by-play into a hand-held microphone. When he was not practicing his play-by-play, Dickerson would sit in the press box next to the Tigers beat writers, picking their minds about everything from player development systems to in-game strategy to the cat-and-mouse game between pitchers and hitters. He could not get enough of baseball... Tigers' radio voice Dickerson has roots in Oakland County (Fri 10/27)

 

Show will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 2pm

News/Talk 760 WJR announced today that it will be the new home of the award winning Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” beginning Sunday, November 12, 2006. Glenn Haege's popular home improvement advice show, which began airing in Detroit in 1983, will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2pm. The first edition of the Saturday show will be heard on November 25th following the conclusion of the MSU football season.

The format will continue to feature Haege's unique brand of “clear and concise, how-to advice” for listeners who call in, along with interviews of guests that provide valuable information regarding home improvements and home maintenance. Haege will continue with a separate syndicated edition of his program that is carried by over 170 affiliate stations nationwide.

“The opportunity to air my show on the most powerful and most recognized radio station in Michigan is a dream come true,” Haege said. “I look forward to the chance to reach an even larger audience of listeners and to continue to provide the complete answers and useful how-to information that has been a staple of the show since we began in 1983.”

“We are pleased to add Glenn to the line-up of radio's strongest personalities,” says Mike Fezzey, WJR President & General Manager. “Glenn created this genre in radio and has earned the respect of millions of fans across America.”

In addition to his syndicated radio show, Haege is the author of 11 home improvement books, and also writes two columns per week in The Detroit News. He has been named among the Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts by Talker's Magazine numerous times, and his radio show also received the “Best Broadcast Report” Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Haege also provides articles and how-to information on his award winning website, www.MasterHandyman.com.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Taking on duties: WOMC-FM (104.3) vice-president and general manager Kevin Murphy. Already director of sales for CBS Radio, Murphy will be the new GM and veep of CBS's WKRK-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270)... Names and Faces (Sat 10/28)



Detroit News:

Glenn Haege, America's Master Handyman and Detroit News columnist, will be back on the air in Detroit, broadcasting from WJR-AM (760) starting Sunday Nov. 12 from noon-2 p.m. Haege's regular airshift will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, once Michigan State's regular football season is over... Glenn Haege preps for new radio show on WJR (Fri 10/27)


A caller named Paul had some advice for the Detroit Tigers: "They need more plate discipline," he said. "They're swinging at everything that comes near the plate." Paul was among the hundreds of people who have called Farmington Hills sports radio station WDFN (1130 AM) during the World Series this week to express their disappointment after the Tigers dropped three of the first four games in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals... Media offer an outlet for fans (Sat 10/28)


Bud Davies, a key transitional figure in Detroit/Windsor radio history and host of a local TV dance show, died Oct. 20 in Florida after a long illness. He was 82. Davies started at CKLW-AM (800) in the early '40s as a teenager, and his long run at the station didn't end until 1966. He caught on just as network radio was dying and the focus turned to personable local disc jockeys hosting record shows... CKLW radio pioneer dies (Sat 10/28)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2006

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Detroit News:

In the coming weeks, expect WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) Problem Solvers, WDIV-TV's (Channel 4) Rescue 4 team and WXYZ-TV's (Channel 7) Action News Investigators to inform, frighten and delight you. It's November, baby. And while none of these stations would tell us what their sweeps-timed special investigative pieces will be about, they were willing to highlight their specials... Local TV stations amp'd up for sweeps with specials (Tue 10/31)



Miami Herald:

WFOR-CBS4 has a new president and general manager -- Shaun McDonald, who is arriving from CBS and CW affiliates in Detroit. McDonald, who succeeds Brien Kennedy, will also oversee WBFS-TV (MyNetwork) and West Palm Beach stations WTVX (CW) and independents WWHB and WTCN (MyNetwork)... WFOR-CBS4 hires new general manager (Mon 10/30)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 2, 2006

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Detroit News:

Now that everybody's nerves have settled down in the post-World Series lull, what impact did the Detroit Tigers' surprising Series run have on radio? Nearly 1 in 4 adults in Metro Detroit listened to the World Series on the radio. Arbitron surveyed adults in Detroit (and St. Louis) about how they watched and listened to the Series. Here are some other facts gleaned from the study done by Arbitron Custom. Among Metro Detroit adult radio listeners age 18 and older, 6 in 10 said they followed the World Series "very closely." That's 69 percent of men and 53 percent of women. Of those listening to the World Series on the radio in Detroit, 56 percent said they felt more favorably toward an advertiser who sponsors the Tigers, over one who does not... Metro Detroiters listened to Tigers (Thu 11/2)



AllAccess.com:

Casey Ford Named To Handle Michigan Women's Basketball PBP:
Local cable channel WCET-TV (WEST COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION)/GRANDVILLE-HUDSONVILLE, MI Assistant Dir. and "IN THE ZONE" host CASEY FORD makes the jump to play-by-play voice for UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Women's Basketball. FORD will be heard on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR this season. (Thu 11/2)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2006

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BBC to broadcast from WDET

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will host BBC World Service in their midtown Detroit studios on November 9 and 10 when the global news organization tours the United States. “World Have Your Say,” the BBC's interactive worldwide conversation program, will be broadcasting next week from Washington DC, Cleveland and Detroit. The program, which airs weekdays on WDET from 1pm to 2pm, examines important issues from around the world and invites listeners to participate via phone, email and text messaging. Since “World Have Your Say” debuted on WDET last year, Detroit area listeners are regularly heard in the conversations.

“We are delighted to be hosting the BBC in Detroit,” said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. “The program has been well received by our listeners, and that's one of the reasons the BBC chose to include Detroit on their American tour.”

WDET is looking to have a studio audience participate in both of the broadcasts. Audience members must be available to be at the WDET studios on either Thursday, November 9 or Wednesday, November 10 from 12:30pm to 2pm. Listeners interested in being a member of the studio audience for “World Have Your Say” should contact WDET at 313-577-3413.

The program is hosted by Ros Atkins and Rabiya Parekh. The news of the day and issues important to contributors around the world and in the studio audience will drive the content of the programs from the WDET studios on November 9 and 10. Listeners can take part in the program by sending their opinions and questions via SMS text message: +44 77 20 60 80; by telephone: +44 20 70 83 72 72; via email: worldhaveyoursay@bbc.co.uk; or online at bbcnews.com/worldhaveyoursay where audiences can also listen live.



Detroit News:

Is this a grand conspiracy against Michigan and Michigan State football fans? Or simply an interesting coincidence? Michigan State and Michigan fans are left pondering those questions since neither school's Saturday football game will be broadcast on cable or regular TV. ESPNU will broadcast No. 2 Michigan vs. Ball State at noon, then MSU vs. Purdue at 3:30 p.m. The problem for most Wolverine and Sparty fans is that ESPNU, a relatively new college sports network of ESPN, is not available on any Michigan cable systems... TV sacks MSU, UM Saturday football (Fri 11/3)



AllAccess.com:

WDVD Names Fig For Production/Late Nights:
ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT OM/PD BYRON "RON" HARRELL names former WWCK/FLINT, MI PD/afternoon host BRIAN "FIG" FIGULA for Production Assistant and late-night duties. FIG replaces STEVE CHASE, who joined KALC (ALICE 105.9)/DENVER in AUGUST for afternoons. (Fri 11/3)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 6, 2006

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WMGC raises $94,000 + 4 trucks full of clothing

WMGCSoft Rock Magic 105.1 (WMGC-FM) has announced the final figures from their Capuchin Soup Kitchen Radiothon, which took place on Friday, November 3, 2006 at Gordon Chevrolet in Garden City. Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show broadcasted live from the dealership to collect clothing and raise money for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

At the end of the day the station raised $94,000 and filled four trucks with clothing. Last year the event raised $33,000.

The money collected will be used to feed hungry families, provide school supplies and clothing for children. It will also help keep the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's library and computer center open! This center is staffed by volunteers who train children how to use computers.

“When great people come together for a great cause, you get great results! Our listeners are wonderful,” said Marcy Cyburt, WMGC General Sales Manager.

Money was collected through a phone bank, sales of the Magic Family Favorite Recipe Book and an auction. Auction items included: front row Pistons tickets, a two-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge for four people and four Tigers tickets for the 2007 season.



WOMC to honor military moms

Classic Top 40 WOMC's Dick Purtan & Purtan's People will honor metro Detroit military moms by hosting a luncheon for them on Friday November 10th beginning at 11:30 AM at The Reserve, 325 South Eton in Birmingham.

Over 80 moms, plus their guests, will be in attendance. WOMC asked its listeners to email the names of military moms, or to sign up themselves and the attendees were randomly selected from all entries to join WOMC at this private, complimentary luncheon.

The Michigan Honor Guard will open the lunch around 11:40 am with the flag ceremony and the singing of the National Anthem by Sherise Staten, followed by lunch. Dick Purtan & Purtan's People will do a mini-performance around 12:45 pm followed by a couple featured speaking segments:

1:00 pm: MG Jerry Cannon, Commander, 46th Military Police Command, Lansing, MI
1:20 pm: Dick Purtan will acknowledge and thank the military moms and Sherise Staten will conclude the program by singing “America The Beautiful” followed by the Honor Guard's closing flag ceremony.



Detroit Free Press:

They're insulting, mean-spirited and sometimes even downright nasty. In hopes that they can tip Tuesday's election, this year's Michigan politicians and proposal advocates are spending a record $87.2 million (according to an estimate by PQ Media of Stamford, Conn.) on TV spots and other political advertising that disparages opponents. Many of the advertising tactics politicians are using have turned off some of the voters they're trying to persuade... Viewers turned off by glut of TV ads (Mon 11/6)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 8, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Maxwell gone from WNIC: WNIC-FM (100.3) may be the Christmas station, but it won't seem that way to the station's longtime midday host, Gene Maxwell. After more than 30 years at the station, Maxwell was reportedly let go Tuesday, according to station insiders. The shifts of Theresa Lucas and Kevin O'Neill will be lengthened to cover his former noon-3 p.m. slot... Names and Faces (Wed 11/8)


Political news -- which for most of the year local TV news treats with the disdain usually reserved for a freeloading relative -- had its evening in the spotlight Tuesday. All three local TV news operations devoted almost all their resources to covering Michigan's Election Day. In the biggest TV coverage development, WDIV-TV Local 4 and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) offered extensive political video and audio coverage most of the day on their Web sites, serving to sate the viewing appetite of even the most politically starved viewer... Media coverage: Politics is center stage on TV, Web (Wed 11/8)



Detroit News:

OK, we could blame ESPN and its family of channels (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360, ESPN Classic) for forcing Michigan and Michigan State fans to miss their teams' games last weekend. But that might not be the case when it comes to Friday's Western Michigan-Central Michigan game. That's a complicated issue. ESPN and Mid-American Conference officials agreed Tuesday that ESPN Classic was a possible broadcast option for Friday's game. But that plan fell through because of other network commitments... WMU-CMU telecast doesn't fit on ESPN (Wed 11/8)



AllAccess.com:

WYCD's Grunwald About To Deliver Yellow Ribbon To Iraq:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning co-host STEVE GRUNWALD is about to embark on a 10-day good will mission to IRAQ, in association with the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. GRUNWALD will deliver messages from DETROIT residents with WYCD's "WORLD's LARGEST YELLOW RIBBON." The ribbon is 20 feet in length and has been signed with well wishes by thousands of people, including many with families and friends overseas. (Wed 11/8)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 9, 2006

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Detroit News:

It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving at best, but one Detroit radio station has gone all-Christmas anyway. WNIC-FM (100.3) has been flooding the airwaves with mistletoe, peppermint sticks and songs such as "O Holy Night" since Friday (we even heard Bob Seger's "Little Drummer Boy" on Sunday). You haven't lived until you've heard 'NIC jock Alan Almond's smoky, bedroom voice introduce Burl Ives' "It's a Holly Jolly Christmas"... Christmas arrives early on WNIC (Thu 11/9)



Detroit Free Press:

A jury has found a man guilty but mentally ill on an attempted murder charge for shooting a former WDIV-TV employee in the entryway to the NBC affiliate's downtown office. Epifanio Rivas Jr., 27, of Detroit also was found guilty Wednesday of using a firearm in a felony in the April 15, 2005, shooting of John Owens. The jury rejected Rivas' claim that he was insane at the time. Wayne County Circuit Judge James Callahan said he would sentence Rivas Nov. 21... Man convicted in shooting at WDIV (Thu 11/9)



AllAccess.com:

Vince Cannova Upped To PD At 89X:
Longtime CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT APD/afternooner VINCE CANNOVA has been upped to PD to replace MURRAY BROOKSHAW, who exited to become OM of NEWCAP/CALGARY. (Thu 11/9)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 11, 2006

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The Oakland Press:

An Oakland County country radio host leaves for Iraq today, for a special 10-day visit starting on Veterans Day to deliver the World's Largest Yellow Ribbon, signed by area listeners, for soldiers from the Detroit area. Steve Grunwald, co-host and producer of the "All New Dr. Don Morning Show" on WYCD-FM (99.5), will travel with the Department of Defense. He plans to visit as many Michigan soldiers as possible... Oakland radio host to deliver yellow ribbon to Michigan soldiers in Iraq (Sat 11/11)



Detroit fans can get wrestlemania tix early

WRIFRock WRIF-FM 101.1 is giving Detroit wrestling fans the chance to buy tickets to Wrestlemania 23 before they go on sale to the rest of the world. Beginning today, November 11th at 8am, Detroiters will have the opportunity to buy tickets to Wrestlemania 23 only at Ford Field for two hours before they go on sale to the general public at 10am. WRIF's night DJ, “Meltdown”, will broadcast live from Ford Field to encourage listeners to take advantage of this great opportunity.

In addition to the pre-sale, wrestling fans will have the chance to win ringside seats by dressing up like their favorite wrestler. WrestleMania 23 will be live at Detroit's Ford Field on Sunday, April 1, 2007—tickets officially go on sale to the public on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.!

The return to Detroit will mark the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. The event attracted 93,173 fans who saw Hulk Hogan body slam and defeat the late Andre' The Giant in an epic battle. That attendance figure is reputed to be the world indoor attendance record for any sports or entertainment event.

WWE®'s goal is to have WrestleMania 23 establish a new attendance record for Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions and Super Bowl XL.



Magic 105.1 to host wine tasting event

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM will hold “The Magic Wine Down” Event from 6-9pm on Friday, November 17th, 2006 at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. (between 8 and 9 Mile Roads) in Southfield. The event will be complete with hors d'oeuvres from Forte Restaurant and of course, wine. Approximately 10 wines will be showcased and experts will be on-hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event. Diane Dunn, harpist, will provide music for attendees. Additionally, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Toys For Tots. Several auction items include: Extreme Tickle Me Elmo, sterling silver necklace from Ahee Jewelers and gift certificates for Centurion Home Services.

The event will be hosted by many Magic personalities: Linda Lanci, Mike Bradley, Fay Samona, Mitzi Miles, Jim Paolucci, Shannyn Caldwell and Johnny Williams.

The only way in is to win by listening to WMGC as tickets will not be available for sale.



Zonjic to perform in flutes, friends, and Fa-la-la benefit Nov. 16

Jazz flutist and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will perform in a benefit to aid the special children and adults of FAR on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

Fun Arts Recreation (FAR) provides creative arts therapy and recreation services for children and adults with mental, physical and/or emotional impairments.

Joining Zonjic will be Detroit's ”first lady of blues” Thornetta Davis and folk singer Josh White, Jr. and the special children of FAR for the 6th Annual event of music, song and dance to benefit Variety FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts.

A patron dinner, FAR Bazaar and afterglow are also a part of the festivities. Tickets for reserved seating ranges from $25 to $500. Students and children under 18 are admitted free. For more information contact the FAR office at (248) 646-3347.



Detroit Free Press:

Appointed: Trey Fabacher as vice president and general manager of CBS's two Detroit TV stations, WWJ-TV (Channel 62) and CW affiliate WKBD-TV (Channel 50). Fabacher, most recently VP-GM of KSTW Seattle, replaces Shaun McDonald, who was recently named president and general manager of CBS's South Florida operations ... Raised: For the Salvation Army by WJLB-FM (97.9), nearly 950 winter coats and nearly $59,000 in cash donations during the 24th Annual Coats for Kids Radiothon at Hoop City Grille in Southfield this past weekend... Names and Faces (Sat 11/11)



Detroit News:

Gerald Levert was a powerful singer, and his voice and lyrics were sometimes described as explosive and raw. The R&B star was silenced Friday when he died of a heart attack, reportedly in his sleep, in his suburban Cleveland home. He was 40... R&B singer dies from heart attack (Sat 11/11)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 14, 2006

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The Oakland Press:

Grunwald's Operation Yellow Ribbon blog: It's Sunday and I am stuck in Kuwait. I am at Al Ali Salem Air Force Base, you know - the place that doesn't exist on paper nor is it acknowledged by any of the governments. When I arrived in Kuwait I was the only one to get off the plane here. I guess Kuwait is not exactly a tourist attraction this time of year! I was on a commercial flight that had 35 people on it. As I walked down the gate I expected people there from the Army or Navy to meet me. NOPE! It was 1:30 a.m. so I found my way to customs and still no one... Iraq blog: Radio DJ has rocky road to Baghdad (Tue 11/14)



WRIF holding a field goal contest to see UM/OSU football

WRIFWRIF's Morning Show, Drew & Mike, will send one lucky winner and a guest to Columbus on Saturday to watch the Wolverines battle the Buckeyes in the biggest rivalry in college football. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a field goal kicking contest tomorrow at the WRIF studios.

Ten listeners were qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, November 15th at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant who kicks the most field goals in a series of rounds will pick up tickets to the U of M vs. Ohio State game in Columbus on Saturday, plus hotel accommodations and a $101 gas card.



Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry captured in collector's DVD

“Rivalry Rewind” and “Spotlight” packaged into 90-minute video; available Nov 15 at Meijer and other retailers

rivalryrewind“Rivalry Rewind,” FSN Detroit's original program that captured the pageantry, intensity and drama of this year's Michigan-Michigan State football game, is part of a collector's edition DVD that is available starting Wednesday
(Nov. 15) at Meijer stores and other fine retailers.The DVD includes a 60-minute director's cut version of “Rivalry
Rewind” that features field level video, natural sound and each school's radio play-by-play actualities to tell the story of this year's game from an on-field perspective. Fans of both schools will experience the pre-game tailgating, team warm-ups, passionate locker room speeches and the rest of the emotions that surround the Michigan-Michigan state rivalry.

Expanded from its on-air 30-minute version, the bonus materials on the DVD include expanded pregame, halftime and post-game footage, much of it exclusive to FSN.

“What makes ‘Rivalry Rewind” so engaging is the unprecedented level of access both schools gave our crew,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “Their cooperation makes this a must-have addition to any fan's library.” “Rivalry Rewind” is an original production of FSN Detroit. Additional video and audio provided by Host Communications, Michigan Sate University, Michigan Sports Television and MSU Sports
Broadcasting. Special thanks to the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University and the University
of Michigan.

Also on the DVD is a 30-minute episode of FSN's “Spotlight” that focuses on the history of the Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry. Told from the perspective of those intimately familiar with the rivalry, “Spotlight” provides a fascinating look at the rivalry's origins and some of the memorable games through the years.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 15, 2006

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Radio & Records:

The first fall ratings trend for Detroit radio was released today. Top 5 stations in the 12+ audience group were Adult Urban WMXD-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Urban WJLB-FM, Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM, and News WWJ-AM.

Complete 12+ ratings chart (Wed 11/15)



WOMC ready to hand out $25,000 to scavenger hunt winner

For the last four weeks, Dick Purtan has announced in the 7 a.m. hour a different item each day that listeners had to acquire, for a 20 total items in all. Contestants will join WOMC on Friday November 17th at Don Massey Cadillac in Plymouth (Ann Arbor Road west of I-275) with all their collected items where station personnel will review all the collected items.

The winner, a person with the correct 20 items, will win $25,000 plus a 2-year lease on a 2007 Cadillac CTS from Don Massey. WOMC'S Dana Masucci and Beau Derek will broadcast live 10 am – 7 p.m. (Dana from 10 am - 3 and Beau Derek 3-7 pm.). If more than one contestant has the correct 20 items, a random drawing will be done on-site to select one winner.



Classic Rock Art Show opens November 27th

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX 94.7 will showcase a collection of 125 pieces of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics and animation cells from the greatest classic rock artists of all time at the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale.

The event will take place Monday, November 27th through Friday, December 15th in a specially designed space inside of the Oakland Mall in Troy. The show is open to the public during mall hours and every piece of art is available for purchase.

New this year look for…

* A series of new works from famed photographer James Fortune. The James Fortune photographs are incorporated into artistic borders and treatments. His works include Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Buffett and more.

* Several "unseen" Beatles photos that are published in editions (of only 25) from The Mark Hayward Collection. Hayward is the author of the highly popular book, The Beatles Unseen.

* Jean Pierre Weill's 3-D glass pieces of famous rockers called Vitreography. The creation of every vitreograph combines and integrates three processes: serigraphy, print lithography, and hand-painting.

* An amazing work of art on canvas of the famous surfing beaches in Southern California. It was painted by Dan Mackin (inductee in the Surfing Hall of Fame) and it is hand signed by Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson.

The show also features works from Classic Rock artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Ron Wood, Santana, Robby Kreiger, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, U2, John Entwistle, Bob Dylan, Jon Anderson, Nancy Sinatra, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more, plus famous photos, lyrics, album art, and concert posters.



Alexander Zonjic's holiday Can-Am concerts to benefit children's charities

ZonjicJazz flutist and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will celebrate the spirit of Christmas in two countries with Piper's Holiday Concerts in Canada and America on Dec. 6 and 9 to benefit international children's charities. Both concerts will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Detroit's “Lady of Blues” Thornetta Davis, the Barbara Ogar Flute Choir and concert pianist Margaret Kapasi. The Detroit concert will also feature smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows.

“Both concerts will be something spectacular blending jazzy and soulful music flavors with traditional holiday music and a flute choir of 70 members,” says Zonjic.

The Canadian concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Avenue W., in Windsor, Ontario. Ticket prices are $25 CN for general admission and VIP tickets are $100 for preferred seating and an afterglow with the artists. For more information call the box office at 519-253-7729 or visit www.capitol.on.ca.

The U.S. concert will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Dearborn's Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., in Dearborn, MI. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $100 for preferred seating and the afterglow. For more information call the box office at 313-943­-2354 or visit www.dearbornfordcenter.com.

Proceeds from the Canadian concert will benefit the John McGibney Children's Centre of Essex County Proceeds from the U.S. concert will benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, MI. Nicaragua's Children of the Dump will benefit from both concerts. Many of them are orphans who have lived in the dumps as long as they remember, foraging barefoot through the garbage to find something usable and recyclable.

The concerts are presented by the Rotary District 6400 which serves Southeastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. For more information, visit www.rotary6400.org.



Detroit News:

Metro Detroiters and viewers all over the country watched Gabrielle's embarrassing return to modeling and Julie's foray into bad-boy dating on ABC's hit nighttime soap "Desperate Housewives" Sunday. The drama ranked No. 1 locally and nationally on Nielsen Media Research's Top 10 list. That's the only show that mirrored both body's tastes... Detroit reflects country's passion for 'Housewives' (Wed 11/15)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 16, 2006

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Detroit News:

So, you love "The Victors". You think it's the greatest college fight song in the history of college fight songs. Just how much do you love it? Enough to listen to it for 24 hours? You'll get that opportunity beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday when Ann Arbor Radio's WLBY 1290 AM begins playing "The Victors" and continues to play it and play it and play it some more. "With the University of Michigan football team on the verge of another national championship, we expect rabid listenership for The New 1290 WLBY," station general manager Bob Bolak said in a release... Big game report- Ann Arbor station goes all 'Victors', all the time (Thu 11/16)


Baseball was very, very good to local radio. How good? In the first Arbitrend report on the fall ratings, which give a preliminary snapshot of radio listenership, not surprisingly WXYT-AM (1270), the radio home of the Detroit Tigers, scored big. The station ranked No. 1 with men aged 18 and older at night from late September through most of October, and No. 1 with males of that age group in the 3-7 p.m. time slot, which is when "The Big Show" with Art Regner and Doug Karsch airs. Overall, adult R&B WMXD-FM (92.3) was still No. 1 with listeners aged 12 plus... Tigers give WXYT ratings home run (Thu 11/16)



Detroit Free Press:

Take Wednesday's release of the monthly radio ratings with a great big snowflake. That's because the Arbitrend ratings, which measure the past three months, don't include the expected surge in November and December ratings by WNIC-FM, which began playing all holiday music on Nov. 3. This chart will melt pretty fast. Note that WNIC did move back into the top 10 with a 4.0 score good for eighth place, boding well for its usual carol-driven final two-month listener surge... Radio ratings will change with the holiday season (Thu 11/16)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

His instincts told him to stay away from a sad good-bye as he signed off the air Sept. 29, 2002. Even as his audience welled up, Ernie Harwell finished his final Tigers broadcast with what he called a "hello" to the next chapter of his life. He vowed to embrace new adventures, and said he'd do it in Michigan, his adopted home state ... His latest effort -- a new four-hour, four-CD audiobook of his Hall of Fame career -- is on sale now at www.eharwell.com... The voice of experience: Retired? Harwell shows no signs of slowing down (Sun 11/19)



WJR programming notes:

WJROn Monday November 20th and Tuesday November 21st from 6 - 9 AM, the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from 2006 Beijing Auto Show in China.

Then on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 23rd from 10 AM until Noon, America's Thanksgiving Day Parade will celebrate its 80th Birthday. WJR, as the official voice of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will provide complete coverage of this holiday tradition. Parade co-hosts Dick Haefner and Katherine Leslie bring all of the sights and sounds of America's Thanksgiving Parade to listeners.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 22, 2006

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WYCD's Grunwald returns from Iraq

WYCDCountry 99.5 WYCD morning show co-host Steve Grunwald has returned from a 10 day good will mission to Iraq in association with the US Department of Defense to deliver messages from Detroit area residents with WYCD's “World's Largest Yellow Ribbon”. The giant ribbon, was more than 20 yards in length, had been signed by thousands of Detroit Area residents with well wishes for families and friends overseas, and Grunwald delivered those messages personally.

“This was the most rewarding things I've ever done in my entire radio career,” added Grunwald who wasl “embedded” with servicemen and women on duty. “What I did is nothing compared to what these people are doing for us and our freedom,” said Grunwald.

WYCD encouraged people to come and sign the Yellow Ribbon for weeks prior to the journey.

Steve Grunwald, part of WYCD's Dr. Don Show daily with Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter and Jason the 300 Pound Cowboy called in reports daily from Bagdad and elsewhere in Iraq daily on the WYCD morning show and also blogged his progress on www.wycd.com as well as in the Oakland Press.

"The response to the WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon was absolutely overwhelming,” stated WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “So many people have family and friends overseas from the Detroit area, we wanted to do something memorable around Veteran's Day that shows our support for our loved ones.” “This is not about politics, it's about people we care about that we know doing their jobs and protecting us. The WYCD Country Audience couldn't have been more supportive as we recieved thousands of emails and phone calls” added Roberts.

“It was truly an experience that I will never forget” Steve said and, he is grateful for all the support he received from listeners, friends, family and co-workers.

To find out more about Grunwald's trip to Iraq, read the daily Iraq blogs and more about WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon, log onto www.wycd.com.



Detroit News:

Michigan state police arrested WJBK-TV Channel 2 news reporter Andrea Isom for Operating While Intoxicated, the state's DWI classification. The incident occurred Monday night when state troopers spotted Isom in her black Hummer heading northbound in the southbound lanes of the Lodge Freeway near the I-94 exit, State Police Sgt. Brian Reece said Tuesday... Channel 2 reporter arrested for driving under the influence (Tue 11/21)


A mentally ill man convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a former WDIV-TV employee in the station's entryway was sentenced today to prison. Epifanio Rivas, Jr., will spend 16 to 32 years in prison on the attempted murder charge, but must first serve two years for a felony firearm conviction... Man sentenced in Detroit TV station shooting (Wed 11/22)



Detroit Free Press:

WJBK-TV (Fox, Channel 2) news reporter Andrea Isom was in hot water Tuesday morning after having been stopped by Michigan State Police on a Detroit stretch of the Lodge Freeway driving the wrong way Monday night... Names and Faces (Wed 11/22)



AllAccess.com:

Trapane Adds Foxworthy For The Fox:
CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT has added the syndicated JEFF FOXWORTHY COUNTDOWN, SATURDAYS at 4p (ET). Says FOX PD JOHN TRAPANE about the new show: "This isn't your usual syndicated show. JEFF customizes every show for our listeners, and our version of the show is an hour longer than the rest of the country gets." (Wed 11/22)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 23, 2006

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Detroit News:

With only hours to go before Black Friday's shopping tsunami, AM/FM radio programmers hope that you'll look past all those cheap toaster ovens and flat-screen TVs to see that a new HD (high definition) radio model made by Accurian is going on sale at Radio Shack for $99. Normally the Accurian HD tabletop digital radio costs $199, but it will be available at Radio Shack stores as well as online at radioshack.com at the lower price (after a mail-in rebate) for just three days, Friday through Sunday... HD radios are half-price this weekend (Thu 11/23)



Detroit Free Press:

Gathering: Toys for WDVD-FM's (96.3) "Stuff a Bus" project. Morning host Blaine Fowler will broadcast live from 5:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. from a bus at Micro Center on 14 Mile, opposite Oakland Mall. Afternoon host Jesse will do the same at Parkway Chrysler Jeep on Hall Road in Clinton Township. Various local charities will get the gifts... Names and Faces (Thu 11/23)



Ann Arbor News:

Matt Watroba, who offers his annual Thanksgiving weekend concert at The Ark Friday night, is celebrating more than the holiday this year. Watroba's "Folks Like Us'' radio show, which airs on Detroit public radio station WDET, is marking 20 years as well... 'Folks' fans fuel Watroba's success (Thu 11/23)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 28, 2006

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Windsor's CKWW set to launch web stream; plans for holiday programs

Starting Saturday, December 2nd, Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, plans on streaming its audio signal via the Internet where it will reach listeners from the Motor City and beyond. To listen, visit the station's website at www.am580radio.com.

According to AM 580 Program Director Charlie O'Brien, live web streaming is the number one most requested on-line feature. Now, people will be able to listen to us in those hard to reach places like office buildings, and snowbirds can even take the station along with them to their winter destinations.

CKWW has also launched the "AM 580 Online Store" where listeners can purchase great oldies music and a variety of classic DVD's. You can also enter contests and join the AM 580 Loyal Listener Club in one easy step.


Throughout the month of December, AM 580 will air holiday themed episodes of classic radio shows on "When Radio Was". From the comedy of Jack Benny, Charlie McCarthy and Bob Hope to the drama of "Miracle on 34th Street", the radio will be aglow with memories of Christmas past. AM 580 presents the "golden age of radio" weeknights at 11 PM on When Radio Was with host Chuck Schaden. The complete December schedule should be available on the station's web site soon.



WJR's Smith to sub for Rush Limbaugh

WJRNews/Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith (normally heard weekdays 5:30am-9am) will guest host the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Wednesday, November 29, 2006. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on WJR, and many other stations weekdays from Noon-3:00pm. The dial in number is 1-800-282-2882.



AllAccess.com:

WMGC's 28th Annual 'Toys For Tots' Kicks Off
GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT morning crew JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW begin their 28th season of making magic with the U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVES and the TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN. JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW will be live each morning from 6-10a at various area mall locations. The station set a goal of raising $25,000 by the end of the week of broadcasts. (Mon 11/27)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Farewell, Megan Mullally and Greg Behrendt. WDIV-TV (Local 4) on Wednesday chopped syndicated TV talkers Mullally (10 a.m. weekdays) and Behrendt (11 a.m.) effective Jan. 8. Those axings come amid other shifts that include a local 4 p.m. newscast -- the earliest evening news in the market -- adding tabloid-esque "Inside Edition" and "Extra" and moving Ellen DeGeneres to 10 a.m., away from the 4 p.m. behemoth "Oprah" on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Local 4 shakes up daytime, news (Thu 11/30)



Detroit News:

He's a rock star, he's a radio host, he's even a scratch golfer and Alice Cooper , whose "Nights with Alice Cooper" show runs weeknights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WCSX-FM (94.7), has written "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, " a "golf and recovery memoir" that will tell the story of how golf helped Cooper overcome a drinking problem. Alice promises to be "completely candid" about everything. The book will come out in May on the Crown imprint... Alice Cooper tells all in upcoming book (Thu 11/30)


Concern for children like her own daughters prompted Laura Bonnell to help educate the public and raise funds for cystic fibrosis, a genetic, life-threatening disease that can make simple breathing a chore. Cystic fibrosis causes mucus to build up and clog some organs, particularly the lungs. About 30,000 Americans have cystic fibrosis and 10 million more -- one in every 31 -- are carriers but don't have the disease... WJR reporter, mom puts face on cystic fibrosis (Thu 11/30)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 2, 2006

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WMGC hits Toys for Tots goal

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM's (105.1) Jim Harper & The Magic Morning show exceeded their goal in raising 25,000 toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves' Toys For Tots Campaign. The annual Toys For Tots Campaign toured Twelve Oaks Mall, Laurel Park Place, Northland Mall, Macomb Mall and Oakland Mall, collecting new, unwrapped toys for the U.S. Marine Corps program.

The 2006 totals: 25,591 toys and $13,954.00 in cash donations.

On-air sponsors of the 2006 Toys For Tots collection program are Rock Financial and Holiday Automotive. Toys can still be donated at Art Van, Chicken Shack or Farmer Jack until December 14, 2006. Participating toy drop off locations are listed at www.DetroitMagic.com.



WJR's annual Christmas Sing set for Dec 9th

WJREveryone is invited to join WJR morning host Paul W. Smith and Santa as they host the 41st Annual WJR Christmas Sing at the Somerset Collection North in Troy. This is a great holiday tradition that is bigger and better every year. Bring your family for a morning of Christmas caroling and fun.

WJR and listeners helps those in need

WJR is joining with the Salvation Army bell ringers in raising money this holiday season with a Virtual Red Kettle on wjr.com! WJR.com offers a secure point for listeners to donate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. With thousands of metro Detroiters face poverty everyday, WJR has set a goal to help keep the Salvation Army's services running 365 days a year. Go to WJR.com now to donate.

Also, WJR is again helping Volunteers of America Michigan with an on-air “Adopt-A-Family” drive with the goal of adopting 2,500 families throughout Michigan, which will include more than 10,000 children and 200 seniors. For $140 you can provide toys and warm clothes for the children and food for the family's Christmas dinner. If you are unable to adopt a family for $140, other donations are welcome as well. Every dollar counts! Donations will be taken up until December 24th so call (248) 353-4VOA(4862) to donate today.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 7, 2006

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Detroit News:

Diana Lewis, anchor of WXYZ-TV's 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts, is a native of Coatesville, Pa., the same hometown as Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton. After graduating from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, with a degree in psychiatric social work, Lewis studied writing and journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her first broadcast news position was at WPVI in Philadelphia. The Channel 7 anchor also has been seen on the big screen, as well... Get to know: Diana Lewis (Thu 12/7)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 8, 2006

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Have Baby, Will Trade for PS3

WKQIHow far would you go to get your hands on a brand-new PlayStation 3? Would you trade your car? Your pet? Your child? Apparently some people are willing to go as far as the latter, "Mojo In The Morning" of Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM 95.5 discovered on the radio this morning. The Detroit morning show posed an on-air challenge, asking if anyone would be willing to trade in their baby for a period of time in exchange for a new PS3.

Much to the Mojo's surprise, people were more than willing to take him up on the offer. Dozens of women lined up to offer their children even if they wouldn't know who was watching the child or where the child was being held for the day. The station's call lines were jammed with people willing to exchange their babies for one of the impossible-to-obtain new game consoles. Needless to say, the station did not actually give away any PS3's, nor did they confiscate any babies.

After 30 minutes of screening potential babies, Mojo In The Morning explained that it was a "social experiment" and took calls to further discuss the shocking response from listeners willing to hand over their babies!

Detroit News:

For nine years, Windsor-Detroit alternative rock station 89X (CIMX-FM, 88.7) has been throwing holiday parties for its listeners; at this point, its "The Night 89X Stole Christmas" concerts have become as much a part of the holiday season as eggnog and candy canes. But this year they're adding a twist. In addition to the annual Cobo Arena show, they're holding a second holiday concert, dubbed the 89X Nutcracker, at Detroit's State Theatre the night before "The Night"... 89X will rock the holidays with 2 really big shows (Fri 12/8)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 10, 2006

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Detroit News:

It was a meeting of the generations. The lad was 22, eager and ambitious for a job in sports journalism. He showed up armed at the winter baseball meetings with a microphone and some sort of primitive recording apparatus. The plan was to interview Connie Mack, nearing 78, gray-haired, with his high, starched collar, and still active as a major-league baseball manager with the Philadelphia Athletics. Mr. Mack -- that was how he was addressed throughout baseball -- granted the lad his interview. The youth introduced himself as Ernie Harwell... Harwell shares some treasured memories with fans (Sun 12/10)



Ann Arbor News:

WDIV-Channel 4 meteorologist Andrew Humphrey loves his job, and on Monday, he appeared at Bessie Hoffman Elementary School to tell students that things they are currently learning could be the foundation for their own enjoyable careers. Humphrey spoke to nearly 200 students in grades two through five about how he turned his childhood interest in math and science into his current job as a weatherman... TV weatherman promotes learning Andrew Humphrey speaks at Bessie Hoffman Elementary School (Sun 12/10)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 12, 2006

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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)



AllAccess.com:

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)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 13, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Wayne State University said Tuesday that Nabelah Ghareeb, an administrator in the WSU office of business operations, will oversee WDET-FM (101.9) temporarily now that general manager Michael Coleman is gone. Francine Wunder, director of corporate and public affairs for WSU, said she was unsure when Coleman tendered his resignation and she said only that it will be effective Dec. 31. WSU is looking for a veteran radio executive to run the station and report to Ghareeb while the university conducts a national search for Coleman's successor... General manager leaves WDET (Wed 12/13)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 14, 2006

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Detroit News:

According to WDIV's Web site, Bernie Smilovitz represents Channel 4's entire sports department. But here's a breaking news alert: The number of women sportscasters on local network television has doubled. Move over Jennifer Hammond, you're no longer the only female sports broadcaster in the Metro Detroit area. Welcome, Katrina Hancock, who started as a WDIV sports anchor/reporter last week. She is the weekend anchor and host of "Sports Final Edition." "This is my dream job. I have been working really hard the last six years to get to this point," said Hancock, a Kansas native who worked in Cheyenne, Wyo.; Topeka, Kan. and, most recently, Toledo... Woman's voice hits Detroit (Thu 12/14)



Radio and Records:

Adult Urban WMXD has a solid trend, moving ahead of the pack in the second fall 12+ ratings numbers. News-Talk WJR, Urban WJLB, News WWJ, and Contemporary Hits WKQI rounded out the top 5 stations among listeners age 12 and above... Fall phase 2 ratings trend (Wed 12/13)



Detroit Free Press:

What to note in this month's Arbitrend radio ratings tote for September, October and November? Clear Channel-owned R&B station WMXD picked up almost a full ratings point among all listeners to solidify its No. 1 position. WJR's arrow also pointed upward, giving the ABC-owned station a firm second position among all listeners... Radio rich get richer in latest Arbitrends (Thu 12/14)



AllAccess.com:

Ann Arbor's 107one Collects Food For Needy:
CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107one)/ANN ARBOR has broken its own record for the amount of food collected in its "ROCKIN' THE HUNGRY" food drive this season. The station, working with local charity FOOD GATHERERS, and grocery chain BUSCH'S, collected more than 150 tons of food over five days this year for needy families. (Thu 12/14)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 15, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

WDIV-TV (Local 4)said late Thursday Ruth Spencer will anchor its new 4 p.m. weekday newscast starting Jan. 8. Meanwhile, Jeff Vaughn, a familiar news face at WDIV for 7 1/2 years, is homeward bound Jan. 15. He'll go to Kansas City to anchor the morning news at KSHB-TV. Vaughn is a Kansas State grad and will be working about a two-hour drive from his hometown, he said... Spencer to anchor 4 p.m. news (Fri 12/15)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 19, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Reported: By WNIC-FM (100.3), that it has inked a long-term deal with evening personality Alan Almond. Length and salary terms were not disclosed. Almond's "Pillow Talk" -- a collection of romantic tunes with Almond's commentary and dedications -- has been an evening staple at WNIC for 25 years, although Almond has left the station for periods when management thought something else would work better... Names and Faces (Tue 12/19)



Alexander Zonjic and Kirk Whalum headline New Year's Eve party at Seldom Blues

ZonjicJazz flutist Alexander Zonjic and saxophonist Kirk Whalum will hit the right notes at a musical New Year's Eve bash at Detroit's premier jazz supper club Seldom Blues.

Zonjic and Whalum, who are constant performers on the smooth jazz scene, have collaborated on CD recordings and many live performances over the last few years. Both were discovered by smooth jazz pioneer Bob James and also share a musical chemistry that plays itself out on the stage to the delight of audiences.

Seldom Blues is the setting for the Dec. 31 party which overlooks the Detroit River. Along with a main course of music, the award-winning restaurant will serve up a special menu featuring twin Australian lobster tails, Porterhouse steaks and ending with Baked Alaska and Crème Brulee. The $450 price per couple includes a four-course dinner, an open bar, and breakfast.

Zonjic, who is part owner of the jazz supper club, is also its entertainment director and a regular performer at the venue that bears the same name as his latest CD. He is also the host of a popular morning radio show on Smooth Jazz V98.7 WVMV-FM.

Reservations are essential for the evening. Call Seldom Blues at 313-567-7301. The restaurant is located at 400 Renaissance Center in the General Motors international headquarters. It is on the main floor near the Marriott Hotel. Valet parking is available.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 20, 2006

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WRCJ names new afternoon drive host

WRCJClassical/Jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 has named Carmen Garcia as its new weekday afternoon host, effective Tuesday, December 26th. She may be familiar to some Detroit-area listeners as an air personality on the former WJZZ FM 105.9. Garcia, who has made some recent guest appearances on the classical and jazz station, will follow Dave Wagner (6-10a) and Chris Felcyn (10a-3p).



Detroit News:

A familiar voice on Detroit sports-talk radio was silenced Tuesday when "Big Show" host Art Regner was fired during the latest retooling at WXYT 1270. The "Sports Inferno," hosted by Detroit News sportswriter Terry Foster and Mike Valenti, moves from mid-mornings to the 2-6 p.m. drive-time slot. The "Big Show" will air 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., pairing Scott "Gator" Anderson and Doug Karsch... WXYT fires Regner (Tue 12/19)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 21, 2006

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Detroit News:

Audience ratings doubled on Tigers telecasts during their 2006 surprise season that saw baseball's regular whipping boys ride into the World Series. And on WXYT 1270, ratings jumped dramatically. The question is whether success on the field -- and on the airwaves -- will factor into additional telecasts or in radio broadcasts. The answer four days before Christmas: Maybe. "We're working on it," said Duane McLean, senior vice president for business operations for the Tigers. "It's too early to tell"... Who'll carry call? It's up in the air (Thu 12/21)


As we all know, Santa keeps track of who's naughty and nice. The same goes for the world of sports, which has kept Santa busy this year. The results are in. The nice list … Ann Arbor's Mike Tirico, for keeping up a maniacal pace and skillfully broadcasting seemingly everything ... Tigers radio broadcaster Dan Dickerson, for achieving a lifelong dream. He's a native Metro Detroiter who grew up a Tigers fan ... The naughty list … WXYT 1270, for changing its lineup faster than Paris Hilton goes through boy toys. It's difficult to build listener loyalty if people don't know what's on the air... Tirico, Dickerson were nice in '06 (Thu 12/21)



Radio & Records:

Jason Alexander, a.k.a. Jason Dusho, died Dec. 19. Alexander was the creative director for WJLB/Detroit and did imaging work for a number of other stations nationally. There was no word yet on the cause of his death, but friends close to him told ST he had entered the hospital with a sinus infection... Street Talk (Wed 12/20)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 26, 2006

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Greater Media/Detroit names Williams Director of Interactive Marketing

Greater Media, Inc. has announced that Jennifer Williams has been promoted to Interactive Marketing Director of Greater Media's Detroit-based radio properties. Williams has been the Marketing Director for WCSX-FM for the past 10 years. In her new role, she will be responsible for overseeing the interactive sales and database marketing efforts for the WCSX-FM, WRIF-FM and WMGC-FM.

“Jennifer will be able to help us take our Detroit based radio stations to the next level in the area of new media. We are thrilled to have her on our team,” said John Long, Director of Sales for Greater Media's Detroit-based properties.



AllAccess.com:

Fig Adds Duties At WDVD: Following the exit of ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT Production vet CHRIS CONN, late night personality FIG moves into interim position of Production/Imaging Director. (Tue 12/26)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 28, 2006

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Detroit News:

There's something about a new year that inevitably leads to resolution making. Starting things fresh and clean, with a new sense of purpose, somehow makes us feel more evolved. Some promises are kept, but many more are broken within the month of January alone. Call me optimistic, but I think a few resolutions and some determination to be open to change could actually make things better for everybody in the sports world... Let's clean up the airwaves (Thu 12/28)



Monroe News:

Look for some major shake-ups in Detroit sports radio in the new year. Art Regner, one of the signature voices at all-sports-talk WXYT, was fired last week in a cost-cutting move. The man whose rants are legendary was the best thing going for the station, but the size of his contract made him the most expendable. Regner was one of the original talkers when all-sports radio began in Detroit at WDFN 12 1/2 years ago. WDFN (1130-AM) and WXYT (1270-AM) are still limping along, leaving us to wonder how much longer the Detroit market can support two sports talkers... Detroit sports radio changing (Wed 12/27)



AllAccess.com:

TalkRadio 1600 WAAM-A Taps Priebe As OM: BIG D Talker WAAM-A (TALKRADIO 1600)/ANN ARBOR, MI Production/Imaging Dir. DREW PRIEBE has been named OM. He will oversee the day-to-day operations of the radio station, including on-air programming, production, and consulting with the news and sales departments. Drew will also continue as the Producer of WAAM's "LUCY ANN LANCE In The Morning." (Thu 12/28)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 29, 2006

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Big changes coming to FM 97.1

WKRKTalk WKRK-FM will be starting 2007 with some big changes to its on-air lineup. Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, 'Parker and the Man' have been released from their 7-11pm show, fueling speculation that FM 97.1 will soon be the home of play-by-play coverage for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, perhaps as soon as the Red Wings game against the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday evening (Dec 31, 7pm).

Both the Wings and Tigers have been heard on sports WXYT AM 1270 for the past several years but that agreement will expire with the end of the current Red Wings season. Discussions on a new agreement for the broadcasts have been underway for several months and part of those discussions likely dealt with numerous complaints from fans that WXYT's nighttime signal was subject to interference and fading in many parts of the metro Detroit area. Moving or adding the games to FM 97.1 would address those concerns.

At least one other personality change at WKRK has been confirmed as Michelle McKormick has been released from her role as co-host of Motor City Middays, which had been running from 9 AM - 3 PM weekdays. There is no official word on the fate of Jay Towers, the show's other co-host, but there is speculation that Towers will remain with CBS Radio in Detroit but transition to another station in the group.

CBS Radio management has not yet commented on the changes at WKRK-FM, fueling much speculation on Internet message boards about a possible change in the station's overall format and on the status of the station's highest rated show, afternoon drive's Deminski and Doyle along with the syndicated Opie and Anthony program heard during morning drive.



Detroit News:

The Detroit sports talk radio firing season continues. WKRK 97.1 fired Rob Parker and Mark Wilson Thursday, marking the immediate end of the duo's seven-year run on the station. This move could signal WKRK's intent to make a run for the broadcast rights to air the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings. The Tigers contract with WXYT 1270, a sister station of WKRK also owned by CBS Broadcasting, expired at the end of the season. The Red Wings contract, also with WXYT, expires at the end of the season. The two teams are owned by Mike Illitch and the radio contract will be a package deal with one station. The station currently broadcasts Detroit Lions games... 'Parker and the Man' is canceled (Fri 12/29)



Detroit Free Press:

WKRK-FM (97.1) could be ready to simulcast Red Wings and Tigers broadcasts. WDIV-TV Local 4 reported Thursday that WKRK -- which handles Lions games -- had parted ways with weeknight sports talkers Mark Wilson and Rob Parker to make room for the broadcasts beginning with the Wings' New Year's Eve game. The Channel 4 report would indicate that CBS Radio, WKRK's parent, had maintained rights to Tigers games... WKRK clears way for pro teams (Fri 12/29)


Michelle McKormick is apparently the latest voice to exit CBS-owned WKRK-FM (97.1). The dismissal of Jay Towers' midday talk cohost was first reported on the website of former WKRK voice Gregg Henson, now a Philadelphia radio personality. Station GM Kevin Murphy, programmer Craig Schwab and CBS Radio corporate spokesmen did not respond to inquiries... McKormick joins the ousters at WKRK, WXYT (Fri 12/29)

 

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