Metro Detroit: July 2006 Archives

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

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

Save the date for July 22-23, 2006 when over twenty-five contestants will release the sweetest smelling BBQ aromas at the 2nd Annual “Sizzle-N-Sauce” over Eastern Market ... for three pork, beef, & chicken stuffed days of BBQ heaven, where contestants will eat, sleep, and live to win cash prizes and trophies. Masters of the grill and folks wanting to enjoy the competitors finest BBQ, will descend on Eastern Market July 8 & 9 for a serious competition guaranteed to be seriously fun. Expected attendance at the event promised more than 20,000 BBQ lovers from around the globe who will gather to testify about the tasty delights of special sauces, rubs, ribs, and much more during this fabulous weekend.

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

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

A day of golf, a charity dinner and Tom Izzo's debut as a professional singer all served as an informal launch for Michigan State's new partnership with WJR-AM (760) in metro Detroit. MSU and WJR sponsored the first "Coaches for the Kids" golf outing and dinner, a benefit for the For the Kids Foundation. Basketball coach Izzo, football coach John L. Smith and women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie were honorary co-chairs for the event Sunday and Monday at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township... Spartans team with WJR-AM to aid kids (Tue 7/11)

Judy Adams, longtime WDET-FM (101.9) programmer who left the station when the datyime music format went away late in 2005, reports, "I have been in conversations with several metro Detroit radio stations and hope to be back on the air very soon"... Names and Faces (Tue 7/11)

Scheduled: Auditions for a teen boy and girl to hand out the surfboard trophies at "Teen Choice 2006" airing live at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on Fox (WJBK-TV, Channel 2). The Detroit audition is noon- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Oakland Mall in Troy... Names and Faces (Mon 7/10)

Landing: On University of Windsor station CJAM-FM (91.5), Jon Moshier's "in sound" program 2:30-4 p.m. Thursdays starting July 13... Names and Faces (Sat 7/8)

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner's request to get a temporary federal court injunction to allow him to circumvent his exclusive services contract clause and commence weekday evangelical broadcasting for WEXL-AM (1340) was turned down late Thursday... Turner religious broadcast nixed (Fri 7/7)

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WMGC-FM (105.1) personality Kam Carman had quite a holiday weekend. Carmen announced Tuesday on Jim Harper's morning radio show that she got engaged to Commerce Twp. firefighter Jim Shemanski... Carman says yes to her firefighter (Thu 7/6)

Detroit News:

Channel 7 on Friday disclosed how much it pays evening anchorman Frank Turner in a court filing related to a legal dispute between the TV station and Turner. And Turner is unhappy about it. Turner, who is near the end of a five-year contract signed in 2001, is paid $285,000 a year, station vice president and general manager Grace Gilchrist said in an affidavit. Including benefits, the total package is worth about $1.75 million, she said... Turner: My salary is not high (Mon 7/3)

Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Television, the public television station of the University of Michigan, won two Emmy Awards for programs it produced and aired in 2005. The awards were conferred recently by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Award-winners were "And They Flew: The Story of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit,'' produced by Katherine Weider, Felicia Jamieson and Matthew Zacharias, which won the award for Best Cultural Documentary, and "Wright's Little Gem,'' written and produced by Gary Ewell, which was awarded Best Writing in a Short Format Film... Michigan Television picks up Emmys Arts documentary, short-film writing bring recognition to station (Fri 6/30)

Flint Journal:

Ced Lover, host of the popular "Jumpoff" afternoon drive show on WRCL-FM (Club 93.7), has moved to Detroit's WHTD-FM (Hot 102.7). Thursday was his last day on the local airwaves. "This was not something I expected. But I think because I was part of the unexpected success of Club 93.7, my background fit with the qualities they were looking for," said Lover, who was contacted by the Detroit station about its vacant promotions and marketing director position... 'Jumpoff' host moves to Detroit station (Fri 7/7)

CBS Radio Dallas, Detroit Ink Media Monitors Deal:
MEDIA MONITORS, LLC (a division of RCS) has signed an agreement with CBS RADIO to provide commercial airplay data for CBS RADIO stations in DETROIT and DALLAS. CBS has been using MEDIA MONITORS already in YORK CITY, CHICAGO, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ATLANTA, CINCINNATI, DENVER, and PORTLAND, OR bringing the total to 10 CBS markets. "We're quite pleased to offer CBS RADIO STATIONS in DALLAS and DETROIT our multimedia toolbox for tracking competitive data,"remarked MEDIA MONITORS President/CEO PHILIPPE GENERALI, "so that our timely and highly accurate data is now available for their radio sales departments." (Mon 7/10)

Brad Savage Adds PD Duties Of WLBY-A/Ann Arbor:
CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107one)/ANN ARBOR, MI PD BRAD SAVAGE adds PD duties of sister Progressive Talker WLBY-A. SAVAGE replaces RYAN MAGUIRE, who will focus exclusively on PD/afternoons on Sports WTKA-A. SAVAGE plans to co-brand certain WLBY-A events with 107one due to the similar lifestyle target. Meanwhile, ANN ARBOR'S 107one just celebrated their second anniversary last THURSDAY (6/28) with a highly successful, free, outdoor concert with SHAWN MULLINS and ARI HEST as part of the ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL. The free concert series continues with LUDO and local favorites TALLY HALL on THURSDAY, JULY 6th. WQKL will also host four days of live music during the ANN ARBOR ART FAIR, on a free music stage culminating on FRIDAY, JULY 21st with appearances from ELLERY, TOBY LIGHTMAN, BRIAN VANDER ARK (THE VERVE PIPE), CAREY OTT, and LUCE for a LISTENER APPRECIATION CONCERT. (Wed 7/5)

Radio & Records:

Henson assumes the programming chair at "Sports/Talk 950" most recently occupied by Jason Barrett, who exited the Greater Media Sports outlet in May. The move marks a return to Greater Media for Henson, who began his radio career as a morning show producer for the company's WCSX/Detroit in 1988... Gregg Henson Named WPEN/Philadelphia PD (Thu 6/29)

WVMV's Zonjic to perform at summer concerts

With the summer concert season upon us, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic & Friends will be performing at outdoor venues for Smooth Jazz fans throughout the region.

At Chene Park, a unique 7,000 capacity amphitheater located on the shore of the Detroit River, Alexander Zonjic & Friends will open for “Soul Express” featuring vocalist Jody Watley, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Chris Standring on Wednesday, July 12, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $13-18 and available at the Chene Park Box Office, or call Ticketmaster 248-645-6666.

On Friday, July 14, Alexander Zonjic will travel to Toledo, OH, to perform at the Second Annual African American Festival at Nelson Grace Park. The three-day festival July 14-16 features Jazz Night on the opening day. Zonjic will perform at 9:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 419-255-8876.

Then on Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m., Zonjic performs at the Bay City Wine, Food and Arts Festival. Called “A Day in the Sun,” the event takes place from 2:00-9:00 p.m. in Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City, MI. The $40 cost of admission includes sampling of wine, listening to live musical performances and access to the art on display. For more information call 989-893-7105 or visit

In addition to these performances, jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic serves as artistic director of four upcoming summer music festivals. Concert schedules, featuring a whole host of creative artistic talent, will be announced soon.

Paul W. Smith to sub for Limbaugh Friday 7/14

Join News/Talk 760 WJR's Paul W. Smith (Weekdays 5:30am-9am) as he hosts the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday, July 14, 2006. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on News/Talk 760 WJR, Weekdays from Noon-3:00pm.

Rush Limbaugh remains the most listened-to talk show host in America and can be reached during his program at 1-800-282-2882 or by fax at 212-563-9166.


Detroit Free Press:

Although he lost an attempt to get a federal judge to enjoin WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) from enforcing its exclusive services clause to allow him to double as a radio evangelist, news anchor Frank Turner indicates he'll continue to fight the station over the issue... Frank Turner battles on (Wed 7/12)

Ann Arbor News:

WEMU (89.1 FM), the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, has launched an unusual summer fund drive to raise money to offset anticipated funding reductions from the state for the next fiscal year. The station is hoping for $3,000 in pledges each day this month, for a total of $93,000. "It's a soft fund drive. We don't have volunteers answering the phone,'' said station manager Art Timko. "We're just asking people to call or go on line... WEMU launches soft fund campaign (Wed 7/12)


Windsor Star:

Windsor's A-Channel TV station will be sold by Bell Globemedia after the owner of the CTV television network and the Globe and Mail newspaper purchases CHUM Ltd. While CHUM announced major layoffs across the country Wednesday, Keith Chinnery, program director at AM 800 CKLW, which is also owned by CHUM, said there will be no staff reductions but was unable to say what impact the changes might have on programming... Windsor TV station to be sold (Tue 7/12)

Hot AC CHYR-FM 96.7 to move closer to Windsor

The CRTC has approved a change to the facilities of CHYR-FM that will result in the station's broadcast tower moving about 13 miles closer to Windsor with reduced power but increased tower height. The move is being made to increase coverage in parts of Essex County, ON.

CRTC Broadcasting Decision

Detroit News:

She didn't plan for it, but longtime WDET-FM (101.9) program director and on-air host Judy Adams suddenly found herself on an extended vacation on Dec. 12 of last year, when she and the station abruptly parted company. The move to replace her morning show and Martin Bandyke's in the afternoon with news and talk prompted a firestorm of protest. Both WDET management and Adams were mum on the separation agreement... Judy Adams considers return to radio (Thu 7/13)

Detroit Free Press:

Postponed: Lionel Richie's Friday appearances on WNIC-FM (100.3) and WJLB-FM (97.9) because he'll be attending the funeral of former Commodores mate Milan Williams ... AM anniversary party: WWJ-AM (950) morning voice Joe Donovan hits the 30-year mark there July 19. So Donovan, who started in the market as one of CKLW-AM's "20-20 News" mayhem screamers, celebrated at a Wednesday luncheon... Names and Faces (Thu 7/13)

WMGC-FM Zoo visit rescheduled

WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, is celebrating the Detroit Zoo's newest exhibit, The Australian Outback Adventure. This exhibit allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Red Kangaroo in their natural habitat. The exhibit trail is lined by 21-inch high cables on each side, which allow the 16 kangaroos to roam free within The Australian Outback Adventure yard. The event, hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show, officially takes place from 12noon to 2pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 and is open to the public. This event is rescheduled, due to a severe thunderstorm that occurred on June 21.

The Detroit Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm daily. The first 150 kids who “jump” into the Magic 105.1FM “Kangaroo Kid Zone” will receive a very special limited edition Detroit Zoo/Magic 105.1 t-shirt! In addition, parents who attend will receive a free “Bloomin' Onion” gift certificate good at all Metro Detroit Outback Steakhouses (while supplies last). But "mate", there's more... Metro Detroit kids will want to “jump” into the fun in the “Kangaroo Kids Zone” activities area, featuring the popular Magic Game Show and hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show. Kids will play for fun prizes like outback hats as they're asked Zoo related questions. What Kid Doesn't Like to Color? Magic 105.1FM will provide kangaroo pictures and crayons for kids to color. They will then be featured on display in the designated Magic 105.1FM area. Two face painters will also be on hand to put cute kangaroos on all kids' cheeks! After this fun-filled two hours, kids and parents will be encouraged to sign up to win a fabulous dinner for their family at the Outback Steakhouse.

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

Zonjic announces Jazz Festival Lineups

Jazz flutist and WVMV-FM morning host Alexander Zonjic yesterday announced the performance line-ups for three jazz festivals in the metropolitan Detroit area. Zonjic is artistic director for the outdoor summer concerts that feature local and national artists and attract thousands of music fans. “People look forward each year to these concerts that are well established in their communities. Each venue is distinct in its flavor and character and the performers enjoy the energy the crowds bring with them,” said Zonjic.

Community House Jazzfest: A three-day festival July 20-22 in the heart of downtown Birmingham
Thurs., July 20 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends .
Fri., July 21 – Yellowjackets, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter Quartet
Sat., July 22 – Warren Hill Band, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends Jazz Orchestra, Penny Wells

Jazz on the River: A two-day festival Aug. 5- 6 with the Detroit River as the backdrop at scenic Elizabeth Park near downtown Trenton
Sat., August 5 - Nils, Marion Meadows, Keiko Matsui
Sun., August 6 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr., Down to the Bone

River Raisin Jazz Festival: A two-day festival Aug. 12-13 celebrated on the banks of the river in St. Mary's Park in Monroe
Sat. August 12 - Rick Braun, Joe McBride, Randy Scott, Sheila Landis
Sun., August 13 - David Benoit, Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Nick Collione

WJR programming highlights

On Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15 WJR AM 760 will offer continuous coverage of the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race. Broadcast reports will cover the pre-race events from Port Huron and then follow the progress of the race from start to finish. Update reports can also be found on the station's web site,

WJR will broadcast live from Port Huron on Friday July 14th from 5:30-9AM during the Paul W. Smith Show from the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race in Port Huron and again Saturday July 15th from 5-9AM) Warren Pierce Show.

Also on Friday from 9-11:30AM, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the 2006 Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races at the Detroit Yacht Club. On Monday July 17th from 6-9AM the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from the 2006 CATCH Golf Classic at the Meadowbrook County Club in Northville. Finally, on July 21st, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain in Bay Harbor.


WDFN helps raise over $156,000



9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon raises record amount for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

After 28 straight hours, the Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society brought in over $156,000 to help find a cure for blood cancers, the leading cause of cancer deaths among children.

The event was broadcast live on WDFN AM, Sports Radio 1130, and hosted by Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski. Auction items such as a team autographed Detroit Red Wings jersey, a Detroit Lions suite, a Chauncy Billups autographed jersey and a rare Swedish national hockey team jersey, sign by the five Red Wing Swedes we all up for bids. Steve Yzerman even called in a donated an autographed pair of gloves that he wore in his last playoff game.

For those that missed the radiothon, donations are still being accepted online at

“This was the most successful radiothon ever,” said Charley Kutcher, Chairman of the Radiothon who also ran the tote board the entire 28-hours. “Considering the state Michigan's economy, this proves how generous people can be for a cause this good.”


Detroit Free Press:

Turner to fight on- WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner is carrying on his fight to double as a religious broadcaster but he won't be doing the program he wanted to do, a weekday morning show, on Christian radio station WEXL AM-1340. WEXL announced late Monday that Miranda (Randi) Myles has been named permanent host of the mid-morning show... Names and Faces (Tue 7/18)

Ann Arbor News:

Reaching the front of the Starbucks line earlier this month, Mike Tirico doesn't hesitate before ordering the usual, a sugar-free vanilla latte. When the latte is ready, Tirico, an Ann Arbor resident, exchanges greetings with a barrista behind the counter... Tirico in the spotlight (Tue 7/18)


Granite backs out of sale of TV 20:

Granite Broadcasting, which had agreed to sell WMYD-TV 20 Detroit to DS Audible for $84,250,000, has backed out of sale before closing the deal. The FCC had approved the transaction back in June. Granite announced that it now plans on keeping the station, which will become an affiliate of the new MyNetworkTV net in September and also is the over-the-air home for the Detroit Tigers and Pistons.

Granite Broadcasting has called off the sales of Detroit station WDWB-TV and San Francisco station KBWB-TV. The financially troubled group announced Tuesday that it will keep the Detroit station... Granite Halts Station Sales (TV Week, Tue 7/18)

WDIV to change morning meteorologists

WDIV-TV Channel 4 has announced that starting August 14th, Kim Adams will return to her role as meteorologist and join the station's morning news team. “As a meteorologist, a mom, and someone whose family has been a victim of a weather-related tragedy, Kim has a special understanding of how the weather impacts people lives,” said Neil Goldstein, VP and news director of WDIV.

“In consulting with Chuck Gaidica, Local 4's Director of Meteorology, we decided that this would be a great way to best showcase everyone's meteorological talents and continue to provide the most powerful weather coverage in town,” said Goldstein. Adams will continue to contribute to Local 4's Good Health reports until a new health reporter is named in the coming weeks.

Current morning show weatherman Eric Wilson will take on a new role at the station focusing on the advancement of weather technology. In addition, Eric will continue to provide the weather forecasts on the weekday Local 4 News at Noon and fill in on other Local 4 newscasts. “Eric has expressed a desire to move in to a more technologically challenging role,” Goldstein said. “He has been working in this direction for some time and, along with Chuck, Eric has recently helped to implement new weather equipment upgrades and new delivery platforms such as our daily weathercasts on and Local 4's WeatherPlus, an all-weather channel that can be seen on cable and high-definition receivers.”

Media Week:

Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television announced Tuesday the launch of a new, live, national morning show featuring entertainment and general interest programming. Scheduled to debut January 2007, the hour-long show will be cleared by all 25 owned-and-operated Fox stations. The new show, airing 9 to 10 a.m. is designed to extend morning programming on Fox stations, which have had strong ratings success counter-programming the big three network morning shows with their with their own local morning programs... Fox TV Stations to Launch New, Live Morning Show (Tue 7/18)

Zonjic concert to feature CD give-away

One “seldom gets the blues” when attending a concert performance by Alexander Zonjic, but smooth jazz fans will get just that if Charter One Bank has its way.

Charter One Bank will give away Alexander Zonjic's latest CD “Seldom Blues” to the first 400 patrons who arrive in Birmingham'a Shain Park for Alexander Zonjic & Friends opening night performance to kick off the Community House Jazzfest on Thursday, July 20. Zonjic and his band are scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a two-hour set.

The Community House will host its 14th Annual Jazzfest, July 20-22 in Shain Park located on South Bates Street between Martin and Merrill Streets in the heart of downtown Birmingham. All concerts are free and open to the public. Each year, the three-day festival attracts an estimated 25,000 people to the city of Birmingham.

World renowned flutist Alexander Zonjic returns as the artistic director for the three-day event. Zonjic has compiled a lineup which showcases highly acclaimed national artists along with up and coming homegrown talent. Performers include: the Yellowjackets, Warren Hill, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends, Penny Williams, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter, In the Pocket and others.

Zonjic can be heard weekdays hosting morning drive on Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7.


Detroit News:

Go get 'em, Tigers. Even with a signal that pales in comparison with the AM powerhouses that used to carry Detroit baseball, WXYT-AM (1270) got a big boost from the hot Bengal bats in the spring Arbitron ratings, which were released Wednesday. The Metro Detroit ratings cover the period from March 30-June 21. In the highly valued sports demographic of men 25-54, WXYT's night ratings, when the station carries the most games, showed the most bang... Tigers' roar heard on the radio (Thu 7/20)

Detroit Free Press:

The ever-competitive race for Detroit radio listeners is getting a little bit tighter. Two stations at opposite ends of the musical spectrum -- country WYCD-FM and urban WJLB-FM -- finished the spring quarter tied for first place in the contest for all-day listenership. They leapfrogged R&B station WMXD-FM, which had held the lead for the previous two quarters, and now sits at No. 3, just a tenth of a rating point behind the leaders. That skinny difference was characteristic of much of the top 10, with several other stations within sniffing distance of the top spot, including WRIF-FM, WJR-AM, WOMC-FM, WKQI-FM and WWJ-AM... Country urban radio staitons share top spot (Thu 7/20)

Radio & Records:

Top 5 radio stations listeners age 12+: Urban WJLB FM 97.9 and Country WYCD FM 99.5 (tie 1st), Adult Urban WMXD FM 92.3, Rock WRIF FM 101.1, and News/Talk WJR AM 760... Detroit Spring 2006 ratings (Wed 7/19)

Ann Arbor radio ratings, Spring 2006

Toledo radio ratings, Spring 2006


WDET names new development director; Valdez program to feature Syd Barrett

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, has announced that Carl Allison, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), has joined the station as its Development Director. Allison, who has fund raising experience with other Detroit area cultural institutions such as the Detroit Science Center, WTVS - Channel 56 and most recently, The Henry Ford, joins WDET following the station's national search for a fund raising professional. "We are delighted to have Carl Allison join the WDET team," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "Not only does Carl know and understand our community, but he also understands the mission of Detroit's public radio station. He has been a listener and donor to WDET for many years."

Allison brings an array of fundraising expertise to his new position at WDET. In addition to individual giving, he will also be managing planned giving, major gifts, grant writing, donor relations and foundation and corporate support. He will also oversee the station's membership and underwriting departments. "As a lifelong Detroiter, I've been a big fan of WDET for many years," said Carl Allison. "The station is truly an asset to our community, and I'm proud to be associated with a radio service that has such depth and diversity of programming. I'm looking forward to helping WDET grow its service to metropolitan Detroit. The station has many new and returning listeners, and we want to invite those people to support this important service."

The July 23rd edition of The Ralph Valdez Program will be dedicated to Pink Floyd founding member and psychedelic / progressive rock pioneer, the late Syd Barret (b.1-6-46, d. 7-7-06). Besides exploring listener favorites and rare recordings, local musician Matt Smith will be on hand to share Syd Barret stories, scandals and theories about his state of mind. Lucky listeners will also have a chance to win tickets for upcoming concerts by Mission Of Burma (7-28 Magic Stick) and also for Ian Anderson's Orchestral Jethro Tull (7-28 Meadow Brook). The Ralph Valdez Program airs Sunday nights from 10pm to Midnight.

WCSX, Art Van team up for best Big Cruise seats in the house

Car enthusiasts of all kinds will line Woodward Avenue for this year's Dream Cruise on August 19th. Art Van's Royal Oak store, located on Woodward right at the heart of the action, plans to set up 40 comfortable chairs along the store's second story windows for great guest viewing and Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is partnering with Art Van to fill the seats.

Winners of the 'Best Seats in the House' will enjoy refreshments and reserved seating to watch the cruise excitement. Listeners can tune it to WCSX or stop by Art Van Royal Oak starting August 1st to register to win a pair of those seats. Also at the Royal Oak Art Van, while supplies last, visitors may purchase a pair of 50's style fuzzy dice from representatives of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan to hang on their car's rearview mirror. A minimum donation of $3.00 is requested- that $3 donation feeds up to 26 people.

Detroit News:

A caller this week wanted information on the Tigers TV schedule. He said his father is in the VA hospital in Ann Arbor. Did we know the rest of the schedule on TV20? A simple request that shows what the Tigers' resurgence means to their fans. They want to be in touch with their team. For every dozen people who think nothing of babbling on a cell phone at the top of their lungs in a bookstore's reading section, there is someone who isn't wired into the world of portable communications. Not everyone has access to cable television... Free Tigers broadcasts appreciated (Fri 7/21)


Sixteen "Listener Advisory Board" members of Classic Rock station WCSX/Detroit recently became the first members of the WCSX Classic Rock Pace Car program, which means they will have their own car or truck wrapped with a custom design representing music and the station. Each design focuses on the listener's favorite Classic Rock artists... WCSX Fans Offer Their Cars For The Cause (Fri 7/21)


WWWW moves back to Detroit

Clear Channel has changed the call sign of Ann Arbor Country outlet W4 Country (102.9) to WFOR-FM as of this Monday (July 24th) and moved the WWWW call sign to Progressive Talk AM 1310 Dearborn/Detroit, which previously had the call sign WDTW. AM 1310 is still identifying itself as "1310 WDTW" in its promos, but using the new WWWW call sign for its legal ID.

Clear Channel also filed on July 24th to change FM 102.9 'back' to WWWW-FM - so it appears the move to WFOR-FM is just temporary.

Recently, Clear Channel/Detroit launched a new Country station at 106.7, which has retained its WDTW-FM calls. 106.7 FM was the home of the WWWW calls throughout the 1970's through the year 2000 and from the early 1980's until 1999, the station was known as W4 Country.

Detroit News:

Television observers have wondered if Fox would ever get in on the evening news race against Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams. Never, says Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox news. The money, he says, is in the mornings. "If you've got Katie and Charles and Brian up there at 6:30, that's a pretty full landscape," Ailes told journalists Monday at the Television Critics Association's press tour, a media event that gives boob-tube arbiters an advanced look at the fall season's programming. Ailes and Fox are gearing up for a yet-to-be named morning show that will air after the local news broadcasts. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy of the Fox News Channel will host the 9 a.m. offering... Fox looks to mornings for network news entry (Wed 7/26)

Ann Arbor News:

At least $70,000 worth of meals at a popular local restaurant and thousands of dollars in Detroit Tigers tickets were given to public radio station WUOM's parent organization as it traded more than a half-million dollars worth of airtime mentions during the past four years, according to court testimony. It remains unclear how much of the $520,000 actually benefited the operation of Michigan Public Media and how much went to staff and management, but testimony this week at the embezzlement trial of a former salesman showed that at least some employees regularly received free meals and tickets to various events... Court hears WUOM trades (Wed 7/26)

update: Ex-WUOM salesman found guilty of conspiracy to embezzle (AP, Wed 7/26)


Detroit News:

Popular air personality John Mason is gone from the airwaves of WDMK-FM (105.9), where he held down the afternoon slot for the past year, after giving up mornings to the syndicated Tom Joyner show. Mason's contract with the Radio One-owned station ends Friday. Attorney Henry Baskin, who represents Mason, said the longtime Detroit favorite's contract had a noncompete clause in it, which means Mason will probably be off the air for at least a month or two. WDMK operations manager Graham "Skip" Dillard says the parting was mutual... Mason's gone at 105.9 (Thu 7/27)

What was Detroit radio like back in 1956? Ask Dick Kernen , who is celebrating his 50th year in broadcasting, having started on July 26, 1956. Kernen, now vice president of industry relations for the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts , where he's worked since 1972, remembers that first job. The newspaper ad read "BOY NEEDED with automobile and car insurance to be mail courier for WXYZ-AM ." (No girls need apply, of course.) Kernen's mother was desperate for him to get the job, because his father had bought him a car to replace an earlier, wrecked one, and he needed to start working to pay it off... Radio veteran set coolness standards (Thu 7/27)

Ann Arbor News:

As the jury forewoman announced the verdict Wednesday on the first charge - not guilty - there was a palpable sigh of relief from Jeremy Nordquist and his family. Moments later, Nordquist's head sank to the defense table and his family sat stunned behind him as the 28-year-old former salesman for WUOM and parent Michigan Public Media was found guilty of a second felony count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement... Ex-WUOM salesman guilty (Thu 7/27)

Greater Media Launches Google Ads:
GOOGLE's dMARC radio advertising system has made its debut in the DETROIT market, as the result of a non-exclusive agreement signed with GREATER MEDIA. The dMARC system automates the process of buying, placing and tracking ads... tasks that are normally handled over the phone by agency buyers. With the launch of this new service, GOOGLE is banking on capitalizing on increased efficiency to lower advertising prices while bringing stations more revenue. GREATER MEDIA PHILADELPHIA's JOHN FULLAM told CNET that the system "gives advertisers enormous capabilities at the touch of a finger, capabilities that have never existed before for advertisers. Creating a whole new advertising base and delivering more measurable results is extremely encouraging for advertisers and radio." GOOGLE Chief Executive ERIC SCHMIDT plans to have the system ready for other stations within three months. "We are in the process of introducing AdSense for radio, which is essentially the integration of the dMARC console and management tools into our advertising system. There are a number of very interesting deals being negotiated," said SCHMIDT. GOOGLE purchased dMARC BROADCASTING in JANUARY for $102 million. (Thu 7/27)

Former Detroit Newsman "Capt. Rik Jagger" Dies In Crash:
Condolences to family and friends of former WHYT-WPLT and WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT newsman GREGORY "CAPT. RIK JAGGER" SYELOFF, who died in a single-vehicle crash WEDNESDAY night on I-94 in BLACKMAN TWP., near JACKSON, MI. SYELOFF, 50, was a veteran DJ, traffic reporter, and newsman who most recently worked as News Dir. at WKRK as well as serving as the newsman on JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE's afternoon show there until exiting in 2002; police say SYELOFF lost control of his FORD F-350 pickup on wet pavement while entering the roadway. During DEMINSKI and DOYLE's on-air tribute to their former colleague, DEMINSKI reported that witnesses say the accident occurred when SYELOFF veered to avoid an animal on the roadway. (Thu 7/27)

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

In the fatal wreck about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on I-94, a Bloomfield Township man rolled his pickup truck on the eastbound entrance ramp at West Avenue. Gregory Syeloff, 50, was entering the freeway in his Ford F-350 pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle on the wet pavement, said Director Mike Jester of the Blackman Township Department of Public Safety. The car rolled over into the ditch and pinned Syeloff inside. Rescue crews extricated him from the truck and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's cell phone was found in the cab of the truck and had an incoming call about the time of the wreck, Jester said... Two wrecks block county roadways (Thu 7/27)


Detroit Free Press:

John Mason, longtime Detroit radio personality and more recently famous as the voice of "Dee-troit basketball" serving as the Pistons Palace public address announcer, parted company Thursday with Radio One-owned WDMK-FM (105.9). Mason's contract expires today; his last show was Wednesday. The pact was believed to be in the million-dollar-a-year range and was signed in 2001 when he left WJLB-FM (97.9), his Detroit radio home since 1983... Contract ends; Mason leaves 105.9 (Fri 7/28)

WDET pleased with listener growth

Quarterly boost is second in row; audience grows by nearly 15,000 In Spring 2006

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, saw another increase in listeners as indicated in the Spring 2006 Arbitron Survey. In this most recent ratings period (April - June), the station saw a net gain in listeners of 14,800. This follows an increase of 11,400 listeners that WDET saw in the Winter 2006 rating period (January - March). These recent audience increases follow programming changes the station made in December 2005. "We're glad to see our audience continue to grow," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "We're building a flagship public radio service for the Detroit community, and we welcome the thousands of new and returning listeners to the WDET family."

Listener gains in Spring 2006 were most notably present during the 10am to 3pm midday slot on weekdays, which includes programs "News & Notes with Ed Gordon," " Democracy Now!," "Here & Now," "BBC World Have Your Say" and "Day To Day." Other listener increases were seen on weekends for local music programs "Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba," "Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel" and "Deep River with Robert Jones." Other weekend favorites such as "This American Life," "CarTalk" and "The Tavis Smiley Show" and late night music programs "Alternate Take with Liz Copeland," "Michael Julien's Global Mix" and "The Ralph Valdez Program" also saw gains in audience. "It's very encouraging to see the numbers go up two periods in a row," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "We continue to monitor and evaluate every aspect of our service and to provide programming that the community listens to and supports.

WDET to air "Best Of The Detroit Jazz Festival" on July 28 & August 20

WDET will air a two-hour special presentation of the annual "Best Of The Detroit Jazz Festival" highlighting many of the extraordinary performances from the 2005 festival on Friday, July 28 from 7pm to 9pm during Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program and again on Sunday, August 20 from 11am to 1pm.

This special has been broadcast on radio stations across the country and has been heard around the globe on Voice Of America. It is hosted by WDET's Ed Love and includes performances by such jazz greats as McCoy Tyner, Ron Blake, Gerald Wilson, David "Fathead" Newman, Joey DeFrancesco, Charles McPherson, Dave Brubeck and many others.

International cast of smooth jazz artists headline 11th annual "Jazz on the River" in Trenton Aug 5-6

An international gathering of smooth jazz artists including Japan's Keiko Matsui, Germany's Nils, England's Down to the Bone, America's Marion Meadows, Bobby Lyle and Paul Jackson, Jr., Canada's Alexander Zonjic and others are headlining the 11th annual “Jazz on the River” in Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI the weekend of Aug 5-6. “The annual summer jazz festival attracts between 20,000 and 30,000 music lovers,” said Alexander Zonjic, artistic director. “For the 11th anniversary, we've put together a very special program of international and local acts.”

Here is the line-up for Jazz on the River 2006:

Saturday August 5th
1:00p - 2:00p JBElectrified
2:30p - 3:30p Bamm Davis
4:00p - 5:15p Nils (Smooth Jazz Guitar)
5:45p - 7:00p Marion Meadows (Sax)
7:30p - 9:00p Keiko Matsui (Jazz Keyboards)

Sunday August 6th
1:00p - 2:00p Norma Jean Bell & The All Star Band
2:30p - 3:30p Johnny Trudell Big Band
4:00p - 5:15p Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr. (Jazz keyboards & Jazz guitar)
5:45p - 7:00p Alexander Zonjic & Friends wsg/ James Lloyd
7:30p - 9:00p Down to the Bone (Award winning Smooth Jazz ensemble)

The event is free to the public. A donation of $5 is suggested for parking at the park. Free parking is available in downtown Trenton with a free shuttle to the entrance of the park provided by Smart Transportation. Shuttles can be boarded at the corner of Jefferson and West Road and at Jefferson and Elm. Elizabeth Park is located off of Jefferson, east of I-75, south of West Road in Trenton. Take I-75 south to the West Road exit and follow West Road to east Jefferson. Take Jefferson south into the park. The park will be open to the public on both days beginning at noon and will close after the final performance. For more information the public can call 734-261-1990 or visit

In addition to serving as artistic director for four summer jazz festivals, Alexander Zonjic is the morning weekday host of Smooth Jazz V98.7 WVMV-FM radio in Detroit. He also performs about 100 concerts a year and recently released “Seldom Blues,” his 11th recording that bears the same name as his successful restaurant venture in Detroit.

WJLB Inspiration Brunch scheduled for Sunday July 30

Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 will present the Strong Inspiration Gospel Brunch, hosted by Deborah Smith Pollard, with special guest performance by Oprah Winfrey's Popstar Challenge Winner, Lashell Griffin this Sunday, July 30, 2006, from 11am to 1p.m., at Grand City Grille Restaurant, 3011 West Grand Boulevard, inside the Fisher Theatre. Admission is free and Sunday brunch is $22.00. Reservations can be made by calling Grand City Grille at (313) 556-9993.

“FM98-WJLB's Strong Inspiration”, hosted by Deborah Smith Pollard, airs every Sunday from 6 to 10a.m. on 97.9FM (WJLB). Deborah Smith Pollard has been heard on FM 98 WJLB as host and producer of "Strong Inspirations" since 1994. Having dedicated over 10 years of her career to inspire others through gospel; in 2005, Dr. Pollard was named Gospel Announcer of the Year during the 20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.


Ann Arbor News:

There are two fundraisers for the Ann Arbor Film Festival happening this week. This Tuesday, from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., WQKL - better known as Ann Arbor-based adult alternative music station 107.1 FM - will host an all-day request-a-thon to benefit the festival. Though the festival is the oldest of its kind in North America, screening experimental and independent work from around the world, it has recently fallen on hard financial times... Radio station holding fundraiser for local film festival (Sun 7/30)







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