Metro Detroit: August 2006 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

Fred McLeod, the longtime WDIV-TV (Local 4) sportscaster, is leaving the station later this year. He also won't return as FSN Pistons play-by-play man next season, media relations director Tim Bryant confirmed. "Fred has graciously agreed to continue in his role as a sports anchor and reporter at Local 4 for the next several months while we conduct a comprehensive search for his successor," WDIV news director Neil Goldstein said in an e-mail... McLeod leaving Local 4, Pistons broadcasts (Wed 8/2)

Wendy Williams Debuts On WDMK/Detroit:
RADIO ONE Urban AC WDMK(105.9 KISS FM)/DETROIT, surprised no one, as they replaced veteran drivetime air personality JOHN MASON with SUPERADIO's syndicated WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW. WENDY debuted in afternoon drive yesterday (7/31). MASON's future plans are still up in the air. He had been with RADIO ONE since he left CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WJLB in 2001. (Tue 8/1)

Radio Disney Ups Esken:
RADIO DISNEY has upped WRDZ-A/CHICAGO Station Manager KARYN ESKEN to Regional Director with oversight of stations in several major markets, including NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DETROIT, DALLAS, and MINNEAPOLIS, reports the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES' ROBERT FEDER. ESKEN wil be based in CHICAGO. (Wed 8/2)


Detroit Free Press:

Stopping: WHTD-FM's (102.7) Russ Parr Bus Tour 6-10 a.m. Friday at the Fine Arts Theatre, 2952 Woodward, featuring free live performances from Ciara, plus Lil Scrappy, Rashad Morgan, Bohagan, Sammie, Southern Girl and Justin Clark... Names and Faces (Thu 8/3)

WDET wins journalism awards

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, was honored with five awards from the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). These awards recognize excellence in local journalism, and add to the numerous awards the WDET news department has been honored with this year. WDET's 2006 SPJ awards are as follows:

General News Reporting: Second Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Delphi Worker"
General Feature Reporting: First Place: Celeste Headlee, "Margaret Garner"
Sports Reporting: First Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Hockey Canceled"
Regular Newscast: Third Place: Joan Silvi, "All Things Considered, December 13, 2005
Spot/Breaking News: First Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Rosa Parks' Funeral"

WDET is proud of its tradition of bringing the metropolitan Detroit community an in-depth, comprehensive local news service that wins awards year after year. "We feel a tremendous honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for our work," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director and local host of All Things Considered. "The hard work of the news department is the result of our commitment to bring listeners the area's best radio news service."

“Design Your Own” engagement ring Internet contest nets “sparkling” results

WMGCGreater Media Detroit's Soft Rock Magic 105.1 (WMGC-FM) is integrating Internet technology with radio to garner "sparkling" results for its clients. In an effort to promote Ahee Jewelers “Design Your Ring” link on the company's website (, Magic 105.1 encouraged listeners to create the ultimate “Magic-Ahee” engagement ring.

Ahee Jewelers' award winning designers selected three listener submissions each week from May 24th – July 14th, 2006. A total of 24 finalists were selected over 8 weeks. More than 9,700 ring design submissions were received over the eight week program. The campaign was supported on-air with a combination of both live and recorded commercials.

The grand prize winner was announced on the air on July 21st, 2006 during Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show on WMGC-FM. Pamela Damico of Sterling Heights received a ladies Rolex bracelet watch valued at $3,100. In addition, her ring will be designed, displayed and sold as the official Magic-Ahee Engagement ring at the retailer's location in Grosse Pointe Woods.

“I am shocked that the Ahee website did not crash with the amount of submissions that they received on a daily basis in conjunction with the program," said Marcy Cyburt, General Sales Manager of WMGC-FM. She added, “This is a great example of how the web and radio can garner great results when working in unison.”


Detroit News:

Tracey Morris loves to read and knows how much she would miss it if her eyesight failed or arthritis in her hands prevented her from turning the pages. As a volunteer with the Detroit Radio Information Service for the past five years, Morris brings the joy of reading to the blind and others who can't easily read for themselves... Volunteer brings joy of reading to disabled (Fri 8/4)


Detroit Free Press:

First, it was Big League Chew. Now, another Tigers-based fad is sweeping the state. The Rod Allen Game, featuring the Tigers' television analyst on FSN, has made it into on-line encyclopedia To play, all you have to do is watch Tigers telecasts and be thirsty. When Rod breaks out one of his catchphrases, consult the game rules and take the corresponding number of sips of your beverage of choice... Tigers fans wet whistle listening to Rod (Wed 8/9)

Detroit News:

The merger between the WB and UPN marked the birth of a new kind of broadcast TV. While I think the new network's name -- The CW -- is silly, I do like the idea of two small entities coming together and consolidating the most popular shows in small-screen entertainment geared toward the 18-to 34-year-old viewer. The only problem is that all this unity left soon-to-be former WB affiliates such as Channel 20 in the dark -- that is, until Fox emerged with a new operation. Called My Network TV , it is supposed to challenge the CW for those same youthful audiences by airing original, telenovela-inspired soaps, five times a week, 52 weeks a year. Channel 20, whose new call letters are WMYD, will make the switch to My Network TV on Sept. 5... Channel 20 picks up evening Fox soaps (Wed 8/9)


Detroit News:

If you live anywhere near Woodward Avenue, the fragrance from hundreds of leaded gas-guzzlers is no doubt wafting over your patio every evening. The actual Dream Cruise isn't until Aug. 19, but starting Monday and running through Aug. 18, WOMC-FM (104.3) will broadcast live from 7 p.m. to midnight from Duggan's, the Woodward Avenue cruising hangout just north of 13 Mile in Royal Oak. On Aug. 19, there won't be an emphasis on music; instead, the station will be the "eyes and ears" of listeners, reporting on the cruise, says program director Steve Allan. Dick Purtan and Purtan's People will broadcast from 8 to 11 a.m. at Nine Mile and Woodward in Ferndale; Rick Hunter is on the air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Memorial Park, 13 Mile and Woodward in Royal Oak; Dana Masucci will be at the Flagstar Bank at 15 Mile and Woodward from 1 to 3 p.m.; Tom Ryan takes the mike from 3 to 5 p.m. from the new CVS drugstore at 13 Mile and Woodward; and Masucci returns from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Papa Joe's market on Woodward in Birmingham. Art "Bozo" Cervi and "Top Hat John" will do color commentary all day on the vintage rides... WOMC plans mass Dream Cruise coverage (Thu 8/10)

Quick, name your favorite disc jockey The odds are 10-to-1 that you probably don't have one. Today's radio jocks are a hard-working lot, but, with few exceptions, there really aren't any personalities out there. That definitely wasn't the case in the 1960s when AM ruled, and your favorite station's top jock rode "shotgun" as you cruised Woodward. "It didn't matter if you were a 'frat' or a 'greaser;' there was nothing cooler than catching a light and hearing your favorite song coming from all the cars around you," said former Royal Oak resident Sue Avery, who now lives in Maine. "I remember tuning into Lee 'The Horn' Allen and his 'fine tone ashtray.' He always signed off with a salute to Frank Sinatra." Dick Purtan -- indisputably the heaviest hitter in the history of Metro Detroit radio -- was with legendary station WKNR-AM (Keener Radio) back then and remembers it well... Celebrity DJs are a thing of the past (Thu 8/10)

The question was short and sweet: What do you like/dislike about TV sportscasts in Metro Detroit? There were tons of e-mail responses, which showed there are a lot of unhappy campers in TV land armed with active remotes... Local sportscasts get thumbs down (Thu 8/10)

Condolences To WYCD's Dan Masucci:
ALL ACCESS sends out our condolences to CBS Country WYCD/DETROIT Continuity Dir. DAN MASUCCI and his family on the loss of his mother, ROSE, (8/4). (Thu 8/10)


XYT Fantasy Football Convention coming Aug 12

WXYTSports WXYT-AM 1270 will present its Second Annual Fantasy Football Convention from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, August 12th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Westland, 6677 N. Wayne Rd. in Westland. The Convention will provide Fantasy Football players with all the information they need to get the winning edge in their fantasy football league. Attendees to the Convention will receive a number of resources to help dominate their Fantasy Football league, including a draft kit from CBS SportsLine, a commemorative t-shirt, a Fantasy Football magazine plus the chance to win prizes, including Lions pre-season tickets, a BBQ Grill and a 42” DLP HDTV. Admission to the Fantasy Football Convention is free.

The highlights of the day will include ESPN Football Analyst Merrill Hoge teaching the In's and Out's of how to draft a championship team. He will provide insight on this year's top players, sleeper picks, players that should have break out years and also players that may be total busts! He will be ready to answer all of your Fantasy Football questions and help you get ahead of the rest of the teams in your league this year. During the convention, 1270 XYT's Tom Mazawey and Steve Silverman, plus Paul Prouty from CBS Sportsline will outline the different fantasy football leagues and the best way to manage them. Roundtable discussions with columnists Rob Parker, Drew Sharp and Pat Caputo will showcase the upcoming football season. Also on the agenda is a special ex-Lions roundtable featuring Marc Spindler and Lomas Brown.

Members of the 1270 XYT on-air team will give the audience their thoughts on Fantasy Football and the NFL. This segment will include Doug Karsch, Art Regner, Mike Valenti and Terry Foster. An additional afternoon highlight will include a candid discussion about the future of the Detroit Lions and the NFL in general with Lions Broadcasters Dan Miller, Jim Brandstatter and Tony Ortiz, plus Lions beat writers Mike O'Hara and Curt Sylvester. Attendees will also catch a special live broadcast of “The Big Show” with Doug Karsch and Art Regner from 11am – 1pm and the “Sports Inferno” with Mike Valenti and Terry Foster will be broadcasting live from Tigers post-game until 7pm.

Great Lakes Radio Consortium Wins PRNDI Award

The Great Lakes Radio Consortium, a production of Michigan Radio, has been honored with an award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., for the news feature “How Long Do You Keep a Polluting Heap?” These national awards, judged and presented annually, recognize outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

“How Long Do You Keep a Polluting Heap?,” produced by GLRC Reporter Rebecca Williams, was recognized in the soft feature category. “Polluting Heap” is Rebecca's personal story, beginning when she finds herself in the middle of her own environmental dilemma. Her car, an '89 Toyota Camry, was leaking oil. How much oil, you might ask? The answer is: about a quart every two weeks. As it happened, it would cost $650 to fix the leak. In this story, Williams explores a question many of us eventually face: What do you do when doing the right thing for the environment is going to cost you a lot of money?

Receiving a PRNDI award is a prestigious accomplishment. With this, the GLRC exerts itself as one of the best producers in the country. Other winners include: WNYC-New York, WBUR-Boston, WUNC-Chapel Hill, and KUOW-Seattle.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Station Manager Jon Hoban. “This award from the leaders in news reporting is a testament to the work that Rebecca Williams and the GLRC are doing each week.”

The Environment Report from the GLRC is a production of Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan. The Environment Report is a modular environmental news service that produces six to eight environmental stories each week. These stories are distributed free of charge to more than 140 public radio stations in 20 states.


Scott Westerman's has a wonderful tribute posted to the woman who changed the sound of Detroit radio forever with the launch of Keener 13 on October 31st, 1963. Mrs. Knorr was 89 years old when she died on August 10th due to injuries she sustained during a fall. is collecting recollections of Mrs. Knorr via e-mail - check for details.


Detroit Free Press:

It's not hard to figure out that Robert Murrell is a radio enthusiast. Murrell, 51, of Berkley sometimes wears a blue shirt that features a pattern of antique radios. "The scary part is he can tell you about each radio on the shirt," said John Reinicke, who, like Murrell, belongs to the Michigan Antique Radio Club. Reinicke and Murrell used their personal collections of radios from as far back as the start of the 20th Century to put together a display of antiques at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library in Clinton Township.The radios are on display on the first floor at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library through Aug. 30. The library is at 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. It's open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and closed on Sunday. The Michigan Antique Radio Club will also sponsor a show and sale on Nov. 4 in Kalamazoo at the Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds... Radio collection on display (Sun 8/13)

Chances are, if you've been watching the Detroit Tigers on FSN Detroit, you've witnessed some pretty shocking things. They include a woman charging into an expensive-looking painting at a gallery, like an outfielder crashing into a wall to make a catch; a man getting up from a business meeting to throw a piece of food through a window, like a pitcher making a throw, and a woman slapping another woman on the bottom as she drinks from a water fountain, just like members of a sports team sometimes congratulate each other... Getting into the spirit of the game: We're all Tigers (Mon 8/14)

Maguire Named PD At WSSP/Milwaukee:
CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR PD RYAN MAGUIRE gets the nod as the new PD at ENTERCOM Talk WSSP-A/MILWAUKEE. MAGUIRE replaces the recently-departed CHIP RAMSEY. (Mon 8/14)

Smith to sub for Limbaugh

News-Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith will sit in for syndicated commentator Rush Limbaugh this afternoon from noon-3pm. Smith has been a regular sub for Limbaugh the past couple of years.


Corp! Magazine and WWJ to collaborate

Michigan's business news readers will benefit from a new collaboration between Corp! magazine, Michigan's largest business magazine, and WWJ Newsradio 950, a CBS RADIO station. Your Biz, a free e-newsletter published every Tuesday by WWJ Newsradio 950, will feature content from Corp! magazine each month, as well as preview editorial for future issues. Corp! readers will receive a free subscription to Your Biz, which contains useful information and stories of interest to small business. The collaboration begins August 15, 2006... Corp! Publishing press release via Yahoo

Louisville Courier-Journal

Donovan Reynolds, who ran three public radio stations and a public television station at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, is the new president of the Public Radio Partnership in Louisville... Public radio partners name new president (Tue 8/15)


Ohio Media Watch is reporting that Clear Channel-owned Country WWWW-FM 102.9 Ann Arbor, along with two co-owned stations in Battle Creek, are being swapped with Cumulus in a transaction that will move Rock WRQK FM in Canton, OH from Cumulus to Clear Channel.

It makes no sense for Cumulus to obtain only W4 Country in Ann Arbor - creating a stand-alone in the market. Michiguide speculates that the swap will not only include 102.9, but the entire Ann Arbor cluster- returning it to Cumulus, which sold what was then Rock WIQB 102.9, Oldies WQKL 107.1, Sports WTKA AM 1050 and Business News WYBN AM 1290 to Clear Channel back in 2000.

If this sale/swap does happen, and it appears likely, it explains the recent call letter changes at AM 1310 Detroit, which dropped its WDTW calls in favor of WWWW, and FM 102.9 Ann Arbor which became WWWW-FM in July after a brief switch to WFOR-FM from WWWW- which it took in October of 2000 after residing at FM 106.7 Detroit since the 1960s. Clear Channel obviously wants to keep control of those highly desirable calls in the Detroit market.

In the Battle Creek market, where Clear Channel owns Soft Rock WBXX-FM 95.3, Classic Rock WWKN-FM 104.9, News-Talk WBCK-AM 930, and Sports WBFN-AM 1400, Michiguide is guessing that the swap will include all four stations, not just two, and add to Cumulus' holdings in Battle Creek/Kalamazoo where it currently owns Top 40 WKFR-FM 103.3, Rock WRKR-FM 107.7, and News/Talk WKMI AM 1360.

If these transactions do occur, Clear Channel essentially will be divesting its stations in two of Michigan's smaller markets - what it gets in exchange in terms of market size will be interesting to learn.

Unfortuantely, the FCC's CDBS database system is currently unavailable and none of these transactions can be confirmed at the time of this posting.


Detroit News:

In this week of sheer, crazed, leaded-gas-fumed Cruise mania, the question arises: Where can you find the best Cruise soundtrack? WOMC-FM (104.3) 's jocks will be broadcasting live tonight and Friday night from Duggan's Irish Pub on Woodward Avenue, and at various locations up and down the avenue on Saturday. But the station will mostly be doing "you are there" reporting. For the music that will take you back to the '50s and '60s cruise era, you can tune in to WOMC-2 , its HD (high definition) channel, which goes back to '55 for its oldies, in an automated, nonjock format ... WCSX-FM (94.7) will be broadcasting live from Woodward tonight and Friday night and all day Saturday, playing classic rock cruising tunes. Steve Kostan will be on the air live tonight and Friday from 6-10 p.m., giving updates on the ongoing action out on Woodward... Local jocks pump out Dream Cruise jams (Thu 8/17)

TV judge Greg Mathis remembers what it's like to be poor and uninformed. When he was a kid growing up in Detroit's Herman Gardens projects, he thought college was a rich kid's dream. But after the military turned him down because of his criminal record, a cousin told him about Eastern Michigan University and a whole new world opened up for him. He earned his GED, enrolled at Eastern and went on to graduate and eventually became the youngest judge to be elected in Michigan... Judge Mathis reaches out (Thu 8/17)

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit's Fox-owned and operated WJBK-TV (Channel 2) was facing a Federal Communications Commission inquiry Wednesday over two alleged instances of airing corporate-produced "video news releases" without proper disclosure. VNRs are presentations that look like news stories but promote commercial brands and products. WJBK is one of 77 broadcasters the FCC is checking on. Two Washington-based nonprofit watchdog agencies -- Free Press ( and not affiliated with this newspaper) and Center for Media and Democracy ( -- pursued the FCC action... WJBK stories studied (Thu 8/17)


Detroit Free Press:

If you win, they will show it. The Tigers announced Thursday that Channel 20 in Detroit would televise three more games in the final weeks of the season. The games: Sept. 17 against Baltimore, 1:05 p.m.; Sept. 24 at Kansas City, 2:10 p.m.; and Sept. 30 against Kansas City, 7:05 p.m... More Tigers games to be televised (Thu 8/17)

Observer & Eccentric:

If you've listened to rock and roll radio in the Detroit area any time during the past 30-some years, chances are you know her voice and her name. After all, through a twist of a dial or the flip of a switch, she's been invited into countless homes and cars and businesses throughout the metropolitan Detroit area since the early 1970s — keeping company with listeners at home or work, making commutes a bit more tolerable, and featuring the background sounds at parties and other events. Yet despite her longevity in the Detroit music scene, disc jockey Karen Savelly of classic rock radio station 94.7 WCSX brushes off the notion that she's a radio legend... Still rockin' after all these years (Thu 8/17)


Detroit Free Press:

My, my, my ... My Network TV generation. No, it doesn't quite have the Who's snappy rock 'n' roll revolution zing. But the minds behind the offbeat new network experiment, those sly-as-a-Fox folks at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media behemoth, aren't reinventing the entertainment wheel. They're just giving it a new escapist spin with a female-appeal eye-candy plan... Brand-new My Network TV channel revamps telenovelas for hours and hours of over-the-top soap operas (Sun 8/20)

Citadel Wants To Renegotiate ABC Deal:
The WALL STREET JOURNAL is reporting that CITADEL is trying to renegotiate the deal to buy ABC RADIO's stations and networks due to CITADEL's stock price decline. CITADEL's stock has fallen 27% since the purchase was announced, a slide that could trigger a larger payment to ABC parent THE WALT DISNEY CO. The paper says that CITADEL is seeking to change terms of financing for the purchase but that negotiations have not yet begun. In an interview, CITADEL CEO FARID SULEMAN said that the problems have arisen because "the performance of the ABC stations is not where it was expected to be. Some of the financing commitments have to be redone." (Mon 8/21)

WDVD Names Brent Carey For Weekends:
ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT OM/PD RON HARRELL picks up former WTWR (TOWER 98)/TOLEDO air talent BRENT CAREY for weekend/swing duties. (Mon 8/21)


Detroit Free Press:

It was nice while it lasted. CBS-owned country station WYCD-FM's stay at the top of the Detroit radio ratings lasted but a month as Clear Channel-owned WDTW-FM (106.7), new to the country format, took a big chunk of 99.5's country listeners. In the Arbitrend report card released Tuesday, WYCD lost 0.7 of a ratings point (percentage of listeners) in May, June and July and dropped from first to seventh in rank from the April-June period. WDTW was up 0.8 and tied for 17th place; it switched to country May 26... WYCD slips from No. 1 to No. 7, splits country fans with WDTW (Wed 8/23)

Detroit News:

When music fans' tastes fluxed in the cultural tide of the early 1960s, many radio stations revamped their formats to be better attuned -- and Nellie Marie Knorr ensured that Metro Detroit was on a similar frequency. As president of Knorr Broadcasting Corp. in Detroit, the widow oversaw the transformation of the group's flagship station, then known as WKHM... Radio station owner led '60s music revolution in Detroit (Wed 8/23)

Deminski and Doyle Celebrate 7 Years At Live 97.1 Free FM/Detroit
Congratulations to JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE on their seventh anniversary in afternoon drive at CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT. DEMINSKI and DOYLE arrived at WKRK in AUGUST 1999 after several years in the same slot at Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON. It is believed that only phone screener (and MINDCANDY lead singer) RUDY DESANTIS has been at WKRK longer than DEMINSKI and DOYLE. (Wed 8/23)


Detroit News:

Quick, when's the last time you bought a tabletop radio for the house? In this decade? During the disco era? When Glenn Miller was still alive? Go to a big-box store and ask where the tabletop radios are and it's as if you asked where they keep the Hula-Hoops. That might change this holiday season, if the HD Digital Radio Alliance has its way. The Alliance, a consortium of most of the big radio chains (CBS, Clear Channel, Entercom, Greater Media and nine others) is promoting the HD or high-definition technology that allows listeners to tune in to more than just the "free" AM/FM dial, offering about a dozen new "multicast" stations in each major market... More HD radios in stores for holidays (Thu 8/24)

Detroit Free Press:

Prime-time schedules grab much of the glitz, but it is the daytime schedules of TV stations that build an audience through the day and, most importantly, help provide an attractive environment for local advertisers outside of newscasts. All the new shows will debut next month and be in permanent place by Sept. 18... Daytime television's fall lineup (Thu 8/24)


Mason to join WGPR 107.5 for mornings?

Crain's Detroit Business reports today that John Mason might be close to returning to the Detroit airwaves on Adult Urban/Jazz WGPR-FM 107.5. The move would mark a return to morning radio for Mason, a timeslot he held for years on WJLB-FM 97.9 and then later WDMK when it was located at 102.7 FM. WDMK changed frequency to 105.9 when the station landed Tom Joyner in June 2005; Mason stayed with WDMK at 105.9 but moved to afternoon drive. His contract with WDMK expired earlier this summer.

Final details on the plan are still being worked out, but according to the article Mason could return to the air as soon as September 12th.

The Crain's piece also states Mason has constructed a $600,000 studio in downtown Detroit using his own funding and will attempt to market his show nationwide via a syndication deal with a twist- he'll be willing to pay for his air time. He's already close to reaching a deal to land a morning slot in the Flint market on WOWE-FM 98.9.

Back in the morning (Crain's subscription required; Mon 8/28)

WDET to welcome Democracy Now host Amy Goodman Sept. 22

Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM 101.9, will present Amy Goodman in Detroit on Friday, September 22 at 7pm at the Hilberry Theatre on the campus of Wayne State University. Popular host of "Democracy Now!," heard on WDET weekdays at 11am, Goodman comes to Detroit with her new book co-written by her brother, David Goodman, titled, "Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back" (published by Hyperion and released September 5).

The event is also a fundraiser for Detroit Public Radio. For a gift of $150, donors receive a pair of Gold Circle Seats (first few rows), a copy of her new book and will attend a private catered reception with Goodman. Seating is very limited for this special opportunity. General admission seats are also available for $12.

All tickets are available only through WDET and may be purchased by calling 1-800-959-WDET or online at


Local college, pro football shows hit the field on FSN Detroit

Wolverines, Spartans, Lions Have Prominent Place in FSN Lineup

FSNThe arrival of the 2006 football season brings the usual bevy of shows to FSN Detroit, highlighting the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions:

6:00 or 6:30 PM – One on One with John L. Smith: Mickey York's weekly visit with the Michigan State head coach. Premieres Fri. Sept. 1 – 6:00 PM.

10:30 or 11:30 PM – TGI Football: FSN Detroit's weekly half-hour table-setter for the big football weekend provides in-depth previews of games involving the Michigan Wolverines, Michigan State Spartans and Detroit Lions. Premieres Fri. Sept. 1 – 10:30 PM.

8:30 AM – One on One with John L. Smith (replay)
9:00 AM – TGI Football (replay)

9:00 AM – Michigan Replay: The long-running show featuring Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and co-host Jim Brandstatter. Show re-airs some weeks at 12:30 PM.

9:30 AM – Spartan Sports Zone: The MSU sports scene is featured each week with an emphasis on football in the fall, hosted by Dave Ellis. Show re-airs Thursdays at 6:30 PM.

Select Sundays – DSR: Lions Post Game Edition: Ten times this season, the DSR crew provides live coverage immediately following Lions games providing remarks from the podium, locker room reaction and expert analysis. Host is Mickey York, joined by analyst Rob Rubick and reporter Trevor Thompson. Premieres Sun. Sept. 10 following Lions-Seahawks season opener.

1:30 PM, LIVE & 7:00 PM (replay) – Lions Press Conference: Live coverage of Rod Marinelli's Monday session with the Detroit press corps, hosted by Matt Shepard. Premieres Mon. Sept. 11.

Detroit Free Press:

When last we heard about the WJLB-FM Official Station Car, the tricked-out Magnum had been stolen from Detroit's Osborn High School while afternoon drive host Bushman was there for career day. Well, on Tuesday, the Clear Channel-owned station rolled out a 2006 Chrysler 300... A new ride for Bushman (Wed 8/30)

Detroit News:

The Detroit Red Wings, FSN Detroit, WJBK FOX 2 and WXYT Team 1270 today announced the 2006-07 Red Wings television and radio broadcast schedules... Red Wings 2006-07 local broadcast schedule (Tue 8/29)


Detroit News:

After Radio One's WDMK-FM (105.9) and John Mason came to a parting of the ways last month, one of the stations mentioned by insiders as a likely landing spot for the popular host and Pistons announcer was WGPR-FM (107.5). The back channel chatter was correct. Mason is in talks with the R&B station to return to the morning format he was king of for so long on WJLB-FM (97.9) ... Vaughn heads to Michigan Radio: Longtime WDET-FM (101.9) newshawk Jerome Vaughn has been snapped up by Ann Arbor's Michigan Radio to become its news director... Mason has landed on WGPR -- almost (Thu 8/31)

WDET FM programming notes

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will be airing two jazz specials on Labor Day, Monday, September 4. From 7pm to 8pm, tune in for "The House That Trane Built," a documentary on the history of Impulse Records. This is followed by a four-hour (8pm to midnight) special, "Caliente!," hosted by Eddie Palmieri and Carlos Lando that explores the connections between Latin and American jazz. Special guests on "Caliente" include Monty Alexander, David Sanchez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Brian Lynch, Joe Locke and Conrad Herwig. The musical selections include many of Palmieri's original compositions as well as standards like "Tin Tin Deo" and "In Walked Bud!"

WDET's Ralph Valdez show at 10pm on Sunday, September 3rd will feature an interview with, and new sounds from, Satori Circus, a one man music and performance art project led by Russell Taylor. Satori Circus creatively combines theatre, music, poetry, film and more in the new work "Moses:39" premiering at Detroit's 1515 Broadway in September. Listeners will also have a chance to win tickets for an upcoming performance by legendary one man band Vinx in concert September 9 at The Ark in Ann Arbor. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of "rummage sale records", music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world will also be explored.

Jazz on Orchard Lake Sep. 10

Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic and special guests Ken Navarro and Thornetta Davis will close out the summer outdoor jazz festival season with a concert at “Jazz on the Lake” on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2 to 7 p.m. Opening the show will be Musica Mundi.

In addition to the music, a wine tasting featuring vintages from California, New Zealand, Australia, France and Chile, and a strolling supper offering cuisine from fine area restaurants are included in the ticket price. A cigar tent for cigar aficionados and a silent auction are also part of the event.

The 10th annual concert is a fundraiser for St. Mary's Preparatory School located on the banks of Orchard Lake, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, 48324. A map and information are available on Tickets can be purchased on the website for $75 or at the gate on the day of the festival. Call (248) 432-2673 for more information.







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