Metro Detroit: September 2006 Archives

U-M MSUTomorrow kicks off the college football season for both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Fans of the teams in the Detroit area will have to get used to punching up new stations in order to listen to the games.

Michigan fans will now tune to WOMC FM 104.3 to hear the Wolverines and MSU followers will want to listen to the Spartans on WJR AM 760. The big change in the Detroit area started during last year's football season when MSU and WJR announced a new partnership, moving the Spartans from AM 1270 to WJR and leaving the Wolverines without their flagship station. Then earlier this year it was announced that Michigan football would be heard on WOMC with men's basketball ending up on WWJ AM 950 later this fall. An unusual arrangement also places Michigan men's sports on CKLW AM 800 (football) and WCHB AM 1200 (basketball) to give listeners even more options to tune in. The new Michigan deal also includes coverage of men's hockey on WXYT AM 1270 and CKWW AM 580 this winter. WXYT kicks off extra coverage of Michigan sports tomorrow with 'Michigan Gameday', a live remote from just outside Michigan Stadium.

The Michigan State radio network remains largely unchanged from last year, with the exception of WJR replacing WXYT in Detroit and the addition of WMUS FM 106.9 as a Muskegon affiliate. WTRX AM 1330 Flint has changed its affiliation from MSU to Michigan and WWCK AM 1570 is now the MSU affiliate for Flint.

University of Michigan fans in the Lansing area are out of luck as football season kicks off - that part of the state will not have a station covering Michigan sports with the loss of the sports format at WQTX FM 92.1/92.7. Michigan has added WTOD AM 1560 Toledo and new sign-on WMJT FM 96.7 in the eastern Upper Peninsula since last season. The Michigan broadcast feeds are also heard on Sirius satellite radio as well as for free via the Internet through the U-M athletics web site at has updated our Sports Afflilates page to reflect the new MSU and U-M radio networks.

While Spartan athletics' historic relationship with WJR radio will begin in the Spartan Stadium broadcast booth on Saturday when MSU takes on the University of Idaho in the football season opener, the university's mutually beneficial partnership with the “Great Voice of the Great Lakes” is already underway... WJR radio continues partnership with MSU - MSU Today


CIDRHot Adult Contemporary CIDR-FM 93.9 Windsor/Detroit dropped its format and started stunting this afternoon as it moves toward a new format to be fully unveiled on Monday, September 4th at 8:00 AM. The new sound of FM 93.9 will borrow from its past, renaming itself '93.9 The River' - a moniker used from 1994 - 2000 when the station carried first an Adult Alternative format then later shifted towards more mainstream 'Smooth' rock.

The stunt, which will run through the weekend, features snippets of over 7,000 rock tunes from the 1960's through the 2000's. The program director for CIDR-FM 93.9 The River is Murray Brookshaw; the station is part of a four station cluster in Windsor owned by CHUM Group Ltd.

The station's press release follows:

939 The River is Back and Deeper than Ever

That's right, 939 The River returned to the local radio dial today at 3pm. The Windsor/Detroit area will once again be served by a Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) station, a format established in this market at 93.9 FM in the 90's. The mission is simple…It's About the Music. To give you an idea of what 939 The River will sound like here's a sample of some songs we'll play:

U2 – With or Without You, Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body, Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me, Rolling Stones – Wild Horses, Jack Johnson – Flake, Tom Petty – Free Fallin', Sheryl Crow – Everyday is a Winding Road, Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

The River will be very deep. The music library will be the most extensive in the Motor City. As you can see The River will play many different styles of music but they will all revolve around the rock genre. All weekend long you can get a taste of The River with over 7,000 song hooks in a row without any commercials. On Monday, September 4th at 8am we will blow these songs up to full size and get The River rolling with the first 10 in a row River Free Ride.

With a new radio station, comes a new line-up. Phat Matt who established himself weeknights on 89X has joined The River team as Assistant Program Director and afternoon drive announcer (3pm-7pm). Matt has a passion for music that will help The River grow and his on-air experience speaks for itself. River listeners will wake up to Jimi James from 6am-10am and then Mark Lander takes over from 10am-3pm. These guys are true on-air professionals and their love of music will be reflected during their shows.

939 The River…It's About the Music. Never will there be a truer statement. We will search everywhere for world class rock from then and now.

The website is under construction now but will re-launch with the most interactive site in the market. It will be the source for everything River and will have a community focus. To listen to the 939 The River Launch audio, visit and click on “Listen to The River…”


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 5, 2006



Detroit News:

Mike Stone gave out an exceedingly wrong phone number on the radio last week. Remarkably, it wasn't even the worst brain cramp of the month for a WDFN-AM (1130) air host. How it stacks up against brain cramps of Detroit News readers, I hope to find out. Stone, who pulls the afternoon shift at the sports talk station with Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski, was launching into a discussion about whether Detroit fans would ever want to see New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in a Tigers uniform... WDFN's Stoney fumbles, gives cell phone number while on the air (Tue 9/5)

Today marks a landmark shift in television history. As former "Today" show co-host Katie Couric takes her seat at CBS as the first woman anchor, former comedian Rosie O'Donnell will become a co-host on ABC's chick chat-fest, "The View." Coincidentally, it's a job Couric indirectly created for O'Donnell. About a week from now, O'Donnell's predecessor Meredith Vieira will officially replace Couric on Sept. 13 as NBC's new morning co-host. While you've heard all this before, there are probably a few things you didn't know about these three powerful and influential women... 1-2-3 shuffle (Tue 9/5)

Detroit Free Press:

It's launch time for Katie Couric. The TV superstar is set to debut tonight on the "CBS Evening News," which airs at 6:30 p.m. on WWJ-TV (Channel 62). She's making history as the first female solo anchor of a major-network evening newscast. She'll also be heavily scrutinized on her clothes, her hair and her first-night ratings... All eyes on Couric (Tue 9/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 7, 2006



Detroit News:

He's everywhere! It's a veritable Bob Seger -a-thon over at WCSX-FM (94.7) this week. At 1 p.m. today, Karen Savelly will play every track on "Face the Promise, " Seger's first new studio album in 11 years that's out Tuesday. Fans may call in at (313) 298-WCSX or go to the Seger Blog on to give their reviews. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, J.J. Johnson will host a 90-minute live radio special with the Detroit-born rocker, who will play tracks off "Face the Promise," talk about the recording of each song and answer questions called and e-mailed in to the station... WCSX gives Seger his time as new CD nears (Thu 9/7)

The Pistons plan to announce some personnel changes for their TV and radio broadcasts, but not much will change. Longtime FSN Detroit play-by-play man Fred McLeod has departed to take over as the Cleveland Cavaliers' TV presence. All indications are George Blaha will move full time to TV, doing games on FSN Detroit and TV20. Talks are in the final stages among FSN Detroit, Blaha and the Pistons. Mark Champion, who has been doing radio for the Pistons since 2001, will become the full-time radio voice... Blaha on TV full time? (Thu 9/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 8, 2006



Windsor Star:

Windsor's CIDR-FM (93.9) is rolling down The River once more, and this week it fired a volley over the deck of youthful rival, CKUE-FM (95.1) The Rock. The River went back to the name it used before 2000 when it switched formats from classic to light rock. Judging by the music during its Labour Day weekend launch, The River is edgy and aimed at men 25 to 49 years old. That's the same demographic as The Rock, which entered the market just two years ago and despite weak ratings has carried out an active program of marketing. CHUM-owned 93.9 has struggled with stagnant ratings in recent years, in both Windsor and Detroit, where it ranks No. 23 out of 36 stations. In Windsor, CIDR's spring ratings fell drastically from the previous year... Raging River (Thu 9/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 9, 2006



WJR's Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann & 'The Big Story' to commemorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11

WJR* WJR's Paul W. Smith will broadcasts live from The Wayne County Department of Homeland Security from 6am to 9am Monday Sept 11 as WJR and the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security announce their partnership. Whether it is a fire or flood, Wayne County's new Community Alert System will quickly notify residents of emergencies via a computer, landline, cell phone or PDA. The system is part of Wayne County's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management efforts to keep citizens aware of any serious threats or disasters. Wayne County is the first municipality in the United States to use this program. Community Alert is now active and ready for people to sign up. For more information, visit

* Coverage continues when The Frank Beckmann Show broadcasts live from Ground Zero in New York City at a special time, 9am-Noon. Frank will report on the happenings in NYC on the 5th Anniversary and will speak with numerous guests present for the life-changing terrorist attacks on 9/11/01.

* WJR's The Big Story with guest host John McCulloch will continue the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 with more on Wayne County's new Community Alert System from 7pm-8pm.

MIX 92.3's “9th Annual Sista Strut “I Will Survive” Walk & Rally next Friday and Saturday, Sept 15/16

WMXDMIX 92.3 recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness by presenting MIX 92.3's 9th Annual Sista Strut – “I Will Survive Walk” and Rally, Saturday, September 16th, 2006 at Belle Isle Park – Remick Bandshell Area. Registration is free.

This stimulating day of honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, and raising awareness will kick off with MIX 92.3's Frankie Darcell broadcasting live from 8a-9am, at the Remick Bandshell. An inspiring rally and morning stretch routine conducted by the Boll Family Downtown YMCA will kick off the walk. In addition, MIX 92.3 will be awarding the “Biggest Team Award”, giving breast cancer prevention information and presenting post rally entertainment.

Last year's Sista Strut had nearly 1,000 participants who walked the 3k stretch in the continuous battle against breast cancer. This year the station is expecting an even greater turn out, and have expanded the route to 5k. Special guests scheduled to be in attendance include: Doctor Lisa Newman from the University of Michigan, Detroit Chief of Police – Ella M. Bully-Cummings, Chief of Staff for the Mayor's Office - Christine Beatty, among others.

September 16th schedule:
7AM Check-in
8AM Rally & LIVE Broadcast
9AM Strut
11AM Closing Ceremonies with LIVE Entertainment

For the first time, MIX92.3 will begin our Sista Strut festivities on Friday, September 15th with a “Pretty In Pink” dinner at Sweet Georgia Brown, on the corner of Brush and Monroe Street, in Greektown. This evening is dedicated to raising awareness and money towards breast cancer research. Guest will enjoy a specially priced dinner menu, which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the research of breast cancer.

Detroit News:

The owners of WDMK-FM filed a federal lawsuit Friday against popular former radio morning show host and Pistons announcer John Mason, alleging breach of contract by its former employee. Radio One Inc. is suing Mason in U.S. District Court over his recently announced plans to build his own nationally syndicated morning radio show that would be broadcast by stations in Detroit and Flint, among others. The lawsuit alleges Mason, who was employed by Radio One from 2001 until July 29 of this year, signed an agreement that said he would not appear on any competing stations or solicit business from any Radio One advertisers until Jan. 29, 2007... Ex-radio host sued by station (Sat 9/9)


During tomorrow's show, Mojo In The Morning of Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM 95.5 plans to air their original real-time coverage as it played out five years ago on September 11th. After a tribute to 9/11 victims at 8:48 AM, the tape of the 2001 show as it happened that morning will be played. The special program will will be about one-hour in length without editing or commercial interruption. Most of the members of Mojo In The Morning will be hearing this tape for the first time, along with Channel 955 listeners.

Several guests are planned during the tribute, including former NYC Mayor Rudolph Guliani, a survivor from the 83rd floor of the WTC, and the principal of the school who was in the classroom when President Bush was notified of the attacks.

Listeners will be able to stream this audio live or download it at a later time as a podcast on


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 11-12, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger has a lot to say, and she can still surprise you when she speaks. "Many, many, many years ago, I was inspired by Lily Tomlin and seeing her one-woman show 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.' She was incredible, and it was enthralling, and I remember sitting there and thinking I'd like to do that someday," says the woman known as Dr. Laura on her nationally syndicated radio advice show... Expect surprises from Dr. Laura (Mon 9/11)

Looking for John Mason on WGPR-FM (107.5) this morning? You'd be better off looking for him (birth name: Ernest Wooten) this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Port Huron, where Radio One, his former employer at WDMK-FM (105.9), is seeking an injunction from Judge Lawrence Zatkoff to keep Mason off the air until January, when a 6-month noncompete clause in his nonrenewed contract expires... Radio One takes Mason to court (Tue 9/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 13, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

John Mason wasn't in federal court Tuesday in Port Huron -- and he won't be on the air again for now either. The veteran Detroit broadcaster -- also the Pistons public address announcer -- agreed to a stipulated preliminary injunction to refrain from doing a new syndicated morning show as his ex-employer at WDMK-FM (105.9) Radio One presses on with a lawsuit... Temporary agreement keeps Mason silenced for now (Wed 9/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 15, 2006



WRIF launches “Perfect 10” playlist

WRIFWith the growing popularity of “Consumer Generated Content,” Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 is set to launch a new on-air music feature which allows the listeners to pick their “Perfect 10” play list, which will air Thursdays at 8pm. WRIF Rock Girl and “Perfect 10,” Lisa Welch, will be asking listeners for their “Perfect 10” play list. Listeners can visit the WRIF website at and fill out the online form, listing their top 10 favorite songs. Then, WRIF will pick one lucky winner each week whose list will be featured on the web page and also played on-air. In addition to listener-generate lists, WRIF will be soliciting local celebrities to send in their lists as well, so that they will be featured in a special “Celebrity Perfect 10” section of the website and on-air.

The online form was set to go live today, September 15th. The first featured play list will air at 8pm on Thursday, September 28, 2006. Depending on listener response, the feature will continue indefinitely.

News and Notes from WDET

Veteran Detroit Broadcaster Jay Butler joins WDET:

Detroit Public Radio Welcomes Familiar Voice With New Saturday Night Blues Program

WDETPublic WDET-FM 101.9 has announced that long-time Detroit broadcaster Jay Butler will be behind the microphones of Detroit Public Radio starting September 16th. He will be producing and hosting a program, “Jay's Place,” on Saturday evenings from 9pm to midnight every Saturday. With almost five decades of broadcast experience, Jay Butler is a familiar voice to generations of Detroiters from his years at WJLB, WCHB and WQBH. Listeners can expect a lively mix of blues, R&B and soul when they stop by “Jay's Place” on Saturday nights.

“I'm very excited to be hosting a program on WDET,” said Butler. “I'm looking forward to reconnecting with many long-time listeners and making a lot of news friends, as well. It's great to be a part of a station like WDET where the music hosts are allowed the artistic freedom to create their own programs, and Saturday nights are going to be very special. I hope everyone tunes in.”

Listeners can expect to hear such artists as Buddy Guy, BB King, Etta James, Bobby Bland, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Reed, Alberta Adams, the Butler Twins, Cash McCall, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Reed, Johnnie Bassett, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Muddy Watters, Ray Charles, Roomful of Blues, Roy Buchanan, Sam Cooke, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Taj Mahal and countless others.

“Having Jay Butler at WDET continues the station's long tradition of outstanding music programming,” said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. “We're delighted to have someone with his experience and knowledge of music join us at Detroit Public Radio.”

Ralph Valdez explores Toronto Flim Fest:
The Ralph Valdez program on Sunday Sept 17 will offer a first-hand review of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival including new films to keep an eye out for, and those to avoid. 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. The Ralph Valdez Program airs on WDET Sunday nights from 10pm to Midnight.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 16, 2006



Detroit News:

My moles are telling me WDFN 1130 has made a pitch to get both the Tigers and Red Wings on its airwaves. The $50 million radio deal both teams have with WXYT 1270 is up after this hockey season. WJR 760, the former longtime home of the Tigers, also has thrown its hat in the ring. WDFN, according to moles, has offered the same deal as WJR to Mike Ilitch, who owns both teams. WDFN will give him the airtime for free, but he has to sell the advertising. Few expect Ilitch to get the kind of broadcast rights fees -- if any -- he got from WXYT five years ago when it changed its format from news to sports... WDFN is trying to go big and get Tigers, Red Wings (Sat 9/16)


Rover over; Opie and Anthony shift to 97.1

WKRKRumors become reality with today's announcement that CBS Radio has jettisoned Shane 'Rover' French off talk WKRK-FM 97.1 and moved Opie & Anthony from mornings at sports WXYT to morning drive at WKRK effective tomorrow morning. Rover's program never found a sizable audience in Detroit in just over 9 months and it only seemed like a matter of time before this change was made after Opie & Anthony took over mornings on WXYT earlier in the summer.

In addition to putting the 'Mike and Mike' program from ESPN radio on for morning drive, WXYT also made another change to its lineup by dropping the mid-afternoon program hosted by Scott 'Gator' Anderson and Dan Wetzel. The change in mornings at WXYT also restores the station to a full-time sports lineup weekdays.

Detroit Free Press:

Can't get enough of Katie Couric, new CBS News anchor? Note that "Katie Couric's Notebook," a commentary, now airs weekdays at 4:40 p.m. on CBS-owned WWJ-AM (950) ... Nominated: The following Detroit radio personalities for radio trade journal Radio & Records Awards, to be announced this week in Dallas... Names and Faces (Mon 9/18)


Detroit News:

There are changes in store for some of CBS Radio's properties in Detroit. Rich Homberg, vice president and general manager of CBS stations WWJ-AM (950), WKRK-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270), will probably be giving up the g.m. job over WKRK and WXYT to focus on the Detroit cluster's cash cow, all-news WWJ. CBS has an ad on for a v.p./general manager, a "great strategist," to oversee both its ratings-challenged FM talker WKRK and the signal-challenged sports station WXYT... CBS Radio will beef up management at 3 of its Detroit stations (Tue 9/19)

Final details are being worked out on a deal that will allow Michigan voters to take their measure of the candidates during a trio of televised debates between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her Republican challenger, Dick DeVos. Debates likely will be held Oct. 2 at WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Oct. 10 at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and Oct. 16 at WXYZ-TV in Southfield. Another debate is likely Oct. 12 before the Detroit Economic Club. The election is in seven weeks... DeVos, governor to debate on TV (Tue 9/19)

Rover, you're over. The host of "Rover's Morning Glory" has now lost his Detroit affiliate, WKRK-FM (97.1), less than two months after his home station, Chicago's WCKG-FM, dumped his show in favor of the "Opie and Anthony Show." Rover, whose real name is Shane French, was plucked out of his Cleveland radio station last winter by CBS in an attempt to plug the hole left by the departing Howard Stern when he fled skyward, to Sirius Satellite Radio... 'Opie & Anthony' to replace Rover on WKRK (Tue 9/19)

WXYT 1270 is again shuffling its show lineup, adding a popular syndicated show and eliminating a local program. ESPN's national "Mike and Mike in the Morning" will air 6-10 a.m., starting Tuesday. The station's former morning drive occupant, "Opie and Anthony," moves to WKRK 97.1 to replace "Rover." WXYT ended the "Wetzel and Gator" show, which aired 1-3 p.m... Sports talk WXYT shuffles lineup (Mon 9/18)

Detroit Free Press:

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Grand Rapids businessman Dick DeVos have agreed to appear in three televised debates in the first weeks of October, representatives of their campaigns said Monday. Details on the events in Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Southfield were still being finalized... Granholm, DeVos to face off on TV (Tue 9/19)

The Rover era on Detroit radio -- all eight months or so of it -- ended Monday when Detroit's CBS Radio announced that syndicated, New York-based talk show "Opie and Anthony" -- until today on sports talker WXYT-AM (1270) -- will shift to WKRK-FM (97.1) to replace Cleveland-based Shane (Rover) French and his cast of morning accomplices. Replacing O&A on 1270 this morning will be ESPN Radio's syndicated show "Mike & Mike"... It's all over for Rover at WKRK (Tue 9/19)

Radio & Records:

Top 5 stations age 12+ in the second summer trend for Detroit: Adult Urban WMXD-FM, Urban WJLB-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Rock WRIF-FM, and Top 40 WKQI-FM.

Detroit ratings chart (Tue 9/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 20, 2006



Detroit News:

Katie Couric is tap dancing in the No. 1 spot nationally, but locally it's a different song and dance. Her "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric " (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WWJ-TV, Channel 62) is still No. 3 in Metro Detroit according to Nielsen's local ratings. ABC's "World News Tonight with Charles Gibson" (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7) and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WDIV-TV, Channel 4) are duking it out for first place, with NBC often coming out ahead... Couric can't capture Detroit viewers (Wed 9/20)

Detroit Free Press:

Tuesday's monthly release of the Arbitrend ratings for June, July and August were overshadowed by a posting at the CBS Radio jobs Web site for a general manager for sports talk WXYT-AM -- one of the month's success stories -- and WKRK-FM, a station in the doldrums. Those positions are now held by Rich Homberg, who also runs WWJ-AM, which dropped to 10th place among all listeners, its lowest charting in quite a while... Wanted: Manager for WXYT, WKRK (Wed 9/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 21, 2006



WRIF scores three R&R Awards

WRIFActive Rock WRIF-FM received three awards at the annual Radio & Records Convention last evening at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

WRIF Morning Show personalities “Drew & Mike” were named “Active Rock Personality/Show of the Year.” In addition, Doug Podell, Operations Manager of WRIF won in the “Active Rock Program Director/Operations Director of the Year” category.

WRIF was also named “Active Rock Station of the Year” in the Markets 1-25 category.

Award recipients are nominated and chosen by professionals in the radio and record industry.

NewCap Welcomes Brookshaw:
MURRAY BROOKSHAW is named OM of NEWCAP's two stations in CALGARY -- JAZZ CIQX (CALIFORNIA 103) and the new AAA "CAFE 90.3"-- effective OCTOBER 3. He previously spent 25 years with CHUM, most recently as PD of AAA CIDR (THE RIVER) & Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT. (Wed 9/20)

Detroit Free Press:

John Mason's plan to return to Detroit radio as soon as possible after his Radio One/WDMK-FM (105.9) contract expired July 29 hit a major roadblock from Port Huron-based U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff Wednesday. Zatkoff granted an injunction that upholds a non-compete clause in Mason's Radio One contract that will expire on Jan. 29... Judge delays Mason deal for WGPR show; Flint effort to proceed (Thu 9/21)

Detroit News:

Radio One has stopped popular air personality John Mason from starting up that morning show he's been touting on the adult urban radio station WGPR-FM (97.9). The radio company, which employed Mason from 2001 until his contract ran out on July 29 on its own adult urban station WDMK-FM (105.9), sued Mason Sept. 8 in U.S. District Court after it was announced that he was going to buy time on WGPR for a new syndicated morning show... John Mason off the air until January (Thu 9/21)

WDET adds to newsroom personnel

WDETWDET has announced the hiring of reporter Noah Ovshinsky to its news department. Noah comes to Detroit Public Radio after having worked as a director and producer at HKO Media, and Ann Arbor-based video production company. While at HKO, he received a Michigan Emmy for his documentary about a World War II hero called, "Raoul Wallenberg: One Person Can Make A Difference." Noah's previous radio experience includes a two-year stint at Chicago's WGN Radio, where he served in numerous positions including morning news producer.

Growing up in Detroit, he earned a Liberal Arts degree from Kalamazoo College. When he's not chasing news stories, Noah enjoys going to farmers markets, gardening and trying to catch up on reading back issues of The New Yorker. "Detroit and the entire region is full of stories," said Noah Ovshinsky. "I look forward to bringing them to WDET's listeners one newscast at a time."


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 22, 2006


Dave Diles Named To Michigan Sports Hall Of Fame: Longtime ABC sportscaster DAVE DILES will be one of the 2006 inductees into the MICHIGAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME on OCTOBER 30 at COBO CENTER's Riverview Ballroom in downtown DETROIT. DILES spent over 20 years at ABC SPORTS on TV and radio and was well-known in DETROIT for his years at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV. (Fri 9/22)

News and notes from WDET:

WDET Airs "Bridging the Racial Divide" on September 26 at 9 p.m.

Detroit Public Radio will simulcast special produced by Emery King and WTVS

Detroit Public Radio will present the first in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in Metro Detroit on Tuesday, September 26, at 9 p.m. Produced by Kingberry Productions and WTVS - Detroit Public Television, "Bridging the Racial Divide" will be co-hosted by former NBC correspondent and news anchor Emery King and WJR's Paul W. Smith. They will be joined by a number of dynamic and influential voices in the community representing a variety of backgrounds and points of view.

The airing of this program will become a remarkable community-wide event, with meetings and discussions being planned for seven different locations across the metro area, where groups will watch the special, then share their own thoughts, feelings and experiences relating to racism.

The 2000 Census named this metropolitan area as the most segregated region in the United States. The reality continues to generate a troubling series of social, economic and political problems. This first "Bridging" special will examine Metro Detroit at the crossroads, exploring both the hope generated by the community's enormous Super Bowl success and the obstacles to further progress caused by this region's racial divide.

King, whose Kingberry Productions is producing the series, said: "The title, 'Bridging the Racial Divide,' says it all. It's a dialogue that's really intended to clear the path to common ground, to a better understanding of the racial issues that separate us and keep us from moving forward as a community."

The show will be taped before a "live" audience drawn from across the metro area at the Schaever Recital Hall at Wayne State University. Earlier, two dinner discussions were taped at area restaurants, one with seven black participants led by King at Detroit's Grand City Grille, and the other with seven white participants led by Smith at the Traffic Jam and Snug also in Detroit. Each group discussed the same questions and issues. Three participants from each group will form the panel at Schaever Hall, where video excerpts from each dinner will be shown on a large screen to help focus the discussion.

The two-dinner format was chosen because of the perception that when blacks talk to blacks and whites talk to whites, their discussions of race differ significantly from what they say on those rare occasions when they do talk to each other about race. At those times, political correctness often carries the day, and silence allows suspicion and misunderstanding to grow. The format will help gauge the divide and explore how better understanding can be fostered in each group.

The first program in the series will examine the question of which Metro Detroit will emerge in the years ahead: the Metro Detroit of Super Bowl week, a focused and bonded region; or the Metro Detroit in the months that followed, wracked with divisive problems. The discussion will address issues such as white privilege, black rage, black vs. white family values, political correctness, and affirmative action.

In addition to Emery King and Paul W. Smith, the panelists will include: Rochelle Riley (columnist, Detroit Free Press), Heaster Wheeler (Executive Director, NAACP - Detroit), R. L'Heureux Lewis (Ph.D candidate, University of Michigan), Nolan Finley (columnist, Detroit News), John Rakolta (Chairman, New Detroit), and Kary Moss (Executive Director, ACLU Michigan).

In addition to WDET, the program will also be aired on WTVS Channel 56 and on WJR 760 AM. Earlier that evening, community groups throughout Metro Detroit will have an advance screening at 7 p.m. and then discuss race relations in the context of the TV discussion. Representatives from New Detroit and NCCJ-MI will facilitate these meetings.

Asked about his hopes for the series, Emery King said, "We hope that our efforts here will serve as a model for frank, informed and respectful dialogues that will happen in homes, offices, schools and places of worship throughout Detroit, its suburbs, the metro region and our entire state."

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This week's Ralph Valdez show (10pm, Sunday 9/24) features an interview and in-studio performance from The Strange, the new Detroit trio whose moody mix of rock, pop and jazz
elements comes together stylishly on their new self titled CD. Lucky listeners will also have an opportunity to call in and win autographed copies of their new CD and a signed t-shirt from the “The Strange”. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few “rummage sale records”, will also be explored.

AFTRA to kick off free monthly seminars to aid professional growth

The Detroit Chapter of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is kicking off what's hoped to be a monthly conservatory program to assist area union members with their professional growth.

The first seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm at the Vangard Center Lobby, which is located at 23800 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield (one block east of Telegraph).

The panel for this first evening consists of:
- Tom Force (formerly of WOMC. now at WWJ) discussing demo tape production
- Doak Breen (veteran WXYT announcer) talking about the radio business
- Martha Reeves (Motown great) will discuss the music business
- Judy Dery (actress - now in "Menopause The Musical") will talk about acting, auditions etc.
- Kathy Mooney (agent, The Talent Shop) will talk about getting an agent and doing voiceover work

The thrust of this seminar will be the "how to's" of breaking into and staying employed in the broadcasting, music and acting business in Detroit.

AFTRA Detroit chapter president Jayne Bower of WWJ is hoping local union members appreciate this free event as a great opportunity to learn more about the entertainment business in Metro Detroit. The only requirement is that attendees be a union member (any union-- SAG, AFTRA, UAW, Teamsters, etc).

Please RSVP to Kim Wilson at AFTRA by calling (248) 228-3172 or by e-mailing her at

WMXD welcomes afternoon host Michael Baisden to town

MIX92.3 will present the “Ford Fusion Grown & Sexy Experience” with Michael Baisden, an evening of live entertainment and partying with the “grown and sexy” at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 600 Town Center Drive in Dearborn, Saturday, September 23rd. Doors open at 7PM.

The evening will include special live performances by Warner Brothers Records recording artist Brian McKnight, and J Records recording artist Heather Headley.

VIP tickets are sold out. General Admission tickets are $30.00, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations or at

Michael Baisden's “Love, Lust & Lies” syndicated radio show is heard weekdays on Adult Urban WMXD-FM, MIX92.3, weekday afternoons from 3 - 7p.m. Since airing on MIX92.3, in May 2005, Baisden has scored top Arbitron ratings every book, holding the #1 position in the market. Michael Baisden has successfully captured the ears and hearts of Detroit listeners with topics relevant to every-day life and provocative and compelling talk.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 23-25, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Let's see -- Tuesday TV at 9 p.m. There's "The Unit," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Veronica Mars," and the new "The Knights of Prosperity" and "Help Me Help You." Not to mention oodles on cable. Then on public WTVS-TV (Channel 56) -- with radio simulcasts on WDET-FM (101.9) and WJR-AM (760) -- you can watch the first in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in metro Detroit. "Bridging the Racial Divide" is coproduced by Kingsberry Productions and Detroit Public Television. It will be cohosted by Kingsberry chief Emery King -- former TV newsman and now publicist for the Detroit Medical Center -- and WJR-AM (760) morning man Paul W. Smith... Channel 56 to offer series on race (Mon 9/25)

Detroit News:

Marianne Williamson, one of the Oprah Friends who will be chattering on the talk show hostess' new XM Radio channel, will broadcast her show from Detroit. The Oprah and Friends channel launches today on XM Radio Channel 156. Williamson tapes her show, which will include interviews and call-ins by listeners, at the OnStar/XM studio in the RenCen, but eventually, XM will build her a studio at her suburban Detroit home. Thus far, she hasn't touched on any Detroit-related themes, but she expects that will happen eventually. Her show will air Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m., as well as 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesdays... Local author, ex-pastor to debut on XM's Oprah channel (Mon 9/25)

A former salesman for University of Michigan public radio and television stations who was convicted of conspiracy to embezzle has been sentenced to 18 months' probation. Jeremy Nordquist, 28, of Saline, was among three former employees of the stations who were accused of embezzling about $60,000 in items that had been donated in exchange for on-air mentions. Nordquist admitted during his trial that he got a pool table, Persian rugs and other items but said he was following the directions of his supervisors... Michigan Public Media salesman sentenced on conspiracy charge (Sat 9/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 27, 2006



WDET names new morning news host

Joining the news staff at WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is Amy Miller, a Detroit native, experienced reporter and news host. Miller comes to WDET from KSSZ in Columbia, MO where she hosted a morning talk show. She becomes WDET's permanent Morning Edition (weekdays 5am - 10am) host on Thursday, September 28.

Amy Miller grew up in North Rosedale Park on Detroit's west side. Her public radio career began in 1986 when she took an opportunity to be a reporter at Alaska Public Radio Network. During her 17 years in Alaska public radio, she served as reporter, news director, regional news director and program host. Some of Amy's Alaskan news colleagues include NPR's Corey Flintoff, Peter Kenyon, Elizabeth Arnold and Mark Moran. She was Regional News Director for CoastAlaska,Inc., a consortium of five public radio stations along Alaska's panhandle.

“It's great to be back home in Detroit,” commented Miller. “I'm looking forward to serving WDET listeners and bringing the community the important stories of the day. It is an honor to be a part of the WDET newsroom, which has a reputation for excellence in news coverage.”

“We're delighted to have Amy on board at Detroit Public Radio,” said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director. “She has strong Detroit roots and has significant public radio experience, so she understands what makes public radio news reporting unique and special.”

Brad Savage On The Move From WQKL: Brad Savage Named PD Of Saga's New AAA Hybrid
As we first hinted yesterday (see NET NEWS 9/26), CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107one)/ANN ARBOR, MI PD BRAD SAVAGE is leaving for the PD post at SAGA COMMUNICATIONS new AAA sign-on WCNR (106-1 THE CORNER)/CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

SAVAGE said, "I am sad to leave a great team and terrific GM in ANN ARBOR, but the opportunity to join SAGA COMMUNICATIONS with a ground-floor opportunity is something that rarely happens in radio today! How often does a brand-new signal sign on in 2006? Thanks to GM DENNIS MOCKLER, OM RICK DANIELS, and Exec. VP STEVE GOLDSTEIN for offering me this fantastic opportunity. I can't wait to get started!"

Back at WQKL, GM BOB BOLAK is looking for a new PD. (Wed 9/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 28, 2006



Detroit News:

The always rambunctious Wendy Williams, who's syndicated on Detroit's WDMK-FM (105.9), will be holding court from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday at the Woodward Restaurant in downtown Detroit with the "Wendy Williams Experience Advice Hour." The diva will chat with listeners and answer questions they might have for her on any subject and yes, even talk about Whitney (Houston) getting mad at her on the air when she asked if she was doing drugs... Radio diva to dish some advice (Thu 9/28)

Mario Impemba, FSN Detroit play-by-play announcer of the Tigers, is a guy who appreciates baseball's past, present and future. He fell in love with baseball on the radio, thanks to growing up in Metro Detroit listening to Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey. Impemba decided to be like them, heading to the radio booth to broadcast baseball for a living. He eventually found his way to TV, but still has a soft spot for radio. Now, Impemba is going a step further, founding his own Web site -- -- to showcase the art of broadcasting baseball on the radio... Love of radio hits the Web (Thu 9/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 29, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Ann Delisi spent her last day on the public classical/jazz station WRCJ-FM (90.9) Thursday. She'll join Emery King's Kingsberry Productions. Veteran local classical broadcaster Jack Goggin will take over the 3-7 p.m. shift temporarily... Delisi leaves WRCJ (Fri 9/29)

Delisi's statement on WRCJ's web site

Ann Arbor News:

Campaigns associated with a ballot proposal that would ban some affirmative action programs in Michigan are feuding over a new radio advertisement. The campaign ad features the father of Jennifer Gratz, a white woman and primary supporter of the proposal, saying she was denied admission to the University of Michigan "because she had the wrong skin color.'' An opposition group said Thursday that claim is not true and that Gratz could have gotten into U-M if she had returned to the university a card asking to be placed on an extended waiting list... Radio ad focus of campaign dispute (Fri 9/29)







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