The Listening Room Returns
Chris 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
The 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:
* 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)
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+):
* South Bend
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."
On 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.