Metro Detroit: April 2006 Archives

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 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 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)


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 ( 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

'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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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, 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)







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