Metro Detroit: May 2006 Archives

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

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

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,

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)

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,, 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 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 or 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

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,

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 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

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

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.

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)


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

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)

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 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

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?

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 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. 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 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, 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 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". 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 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 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

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, 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


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 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

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 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.







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