Metro Detroit: October 2006 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 2, 2006



WRIF to send Tigers fan to Yankee Stadium

WRIFThe Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 morning show, Drew & Mike, will send one lucky winner and a guest to New York to see the Detroit Tigers take on The New York Yankees tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium for game one of the playoffs. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a Fast Pitch contest hosted by Milt Wilcox tomorrow at the WRIF studios, located at One Radio Plaza Detroit, MI 48220.

Throughout the show today, ten listeners were qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, October 3 at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant will either pitch themselves, or have their pre-selected “ringer” pitch for them. The contestant who has the fastest pitch in a series of two rounds will win a trip for two to New York that very evening to watch Detroit take on New York in game one, round one of the playoffs. The contestants are instructed to be packed when they arrive for the contest, as they will be off to the airport immediately with their guest for their flight to New York.

Detroit Free Press:

WRJC ratings in middle: Wonder how the Detroit Public School-owned and the Detroit Public TV-run classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) is doing? The Spring Arbitron of all listeners age 12 and over reported an estimated 116,000 listeners during any day ... On board: WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) duo Diana Lewis and her daughter, Glenda, will emcee the Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Friends Luncheon Thursday at Shenandoah Golf, Banquet & Country Club... Names and Faces (Mon 10/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2006



Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts return to WRCJ

WRCJStarting Sunday October 22 at noon, Classical/Jazz WRCJ will begin broadcasting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2006-2007 season. Host Charles Greenwell, DSO Conducting Assistant, will interview DSO musicians at the midpoint of the program, giving you "backstage" insight from the musicians themselves. Click here for the schedule and more information.

WRCJ to kick off fall fundraiser Oct 12

WRCJ will hold its second 2006 membership drive from October 12th through the 20th and the station is hoping to hear from as many contributors as possible to build upon the success that was achieved during their first drive. There are several 90.9 logo enticements available for tax deductible contributions- view them by clicking here.

Every donation of $120 or more is eligible to receive the WRCJ Membercard Plus - good for discounts at hundreds of restaurants, bed and breakfast establishments, and stores throughout Michigan, the U.S. and Canada.

WCSX to feature bowling shootout October 21

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has announced its first ever "Gutter Ball Double's Bowling Shootout" to be held at Continental Lanes on Gratiot in Roseville on Saturday, October 21st and is looking for area bowlers to join in on the fun.

Each participant receives:
* Three Games of “9 Pin No Tap” Cosmic bowling
* Free bowling shoe rental
* Two pieces of pizza and pop
* A 32 oz. WCSX mug filled with goodies including three games of free open bowling at Continental Lanes

Cost is $45 per person and doubles can be male or female, any combo. Bowlers must be 21 years old to participate. One lucky team will score the grand prize, a seven day, all-inclusive vacation for two to Mexico or the Caribbean courtesy of Apple Vacations. There will also be 50/50 Raffles, Strike Ball, Basket Raffles and Silent Auctions.

Space is limited- register by visiting or by calling Karah at (248) 591-6812.

WMGC's 3rd annual Halloween Dance scheduled for Oct 27

WMGCListeners of Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 is inviting listeners to grab a candy bag, find a costume, put dancing shoes on and get ready to celebrate Halloween with the station's 3rd annual Halloween Dance Party. The only way in is to win as listeners cannot purchase tickets to this event which will take place on Friday, October 27th at the Sheraton Detroit Novi, located near Haggerty Road and 8 Mile. Doors open at 7:30pm and the party runs from 8pm until 11pm. Ticket giveaways are being featured several times each day on WMGC.

Chuck Horn spins Nouvelle Nights

Long-time WDET music host, Chuck Horn, has teamed up with the Centaur Bar's Innkeeper, Sean Harrington, to bring musical hipsters a refreshingly unique weekly night out on the town.

Nouvelle Nights, sponsored by Six Degrees Records, mixes martini's & merriment with a musical soundtrack that includes the likes of Django Reinhardt, the Ratpack, Madeleine Peyroux, Billy Holiday and the worldly sounds of Six Degrees artists such as Cibelle & Banco de Gaia.

Put on your Seersucker suit, Nouvelle Nights takes place on Thursday's at the Centaur Bar in Detroit (across from the Town Pump) from 9pm-1am. For more info, visit or call 313-963-4040.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 4, 2006



Detroit News:

Not that I'm a child of the TV generation or anything, but I can still remember the premiere episode of "Julia" from September 1968. "Julia" was the first show to star a black woman, and if this gives you any sense of how long ago 1968 was in cultural years, NBC expected it to get clobbered by "The Red Skelton Show" on CBS. Instead, it clobbered Red and became a Top 10 program... Diahann Carroll can sell a TV show and tickets for a cause (Wed 10/4)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 5, 2006



Detroit News:

The percentage of interesting music on the "free" airwaves is increasingly thin these days, which makes Jay Butler's new show "Jay's Place," airing live from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday nights on WDET-FM (101.9) and online at, all the more refreshing. Butler is a radio veteran with 50 years in both the radio and record promotion business, including on-air stints at Detroit stations WJLB, WCHB and WQBH. The latter was, of course, the late Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg's station, sold two years ago by her daughters to Salem Broadcasting... WDET-FM opens 'Jay's Place' (Thu 10/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 7, 2006



Detroit falls behind Atlanta in radio market rankings

Arbitron has dropped the the Detroit radio market to the 10th largest in the country, down from 9th, as Atlanta moves ahead of the Motor City into 9th place. The Detroit market population was estimated by arbitron to be 3,880,300 people, nearly 200,000 behind Atlanta.

Grand Rapids is now considered the 67th largest market, Ann Arbor 147, Battle Creek 261, Flint 127, Kalamazoo 184, Lansing 122, Muskegon 233, Saginaw 131, South Bend IN 178, Toledo OH 87, and Traverse City 192.

Arbitron Fall 2006 Market Survey Schedule & Population Rankings (.pdf)

Detroit Free Press

Hideki Matsui stood at home plate in Friday night's second inning, watching Kenny Rogers' called third strike. Then the voice -- the only voice most Tigers fans recall with a playoff team -- followed with a catchphrase dearly missed: "He stood there like the house by the side of the road and watched that one go by." Ernie Harwell, whose statue greets visitors at Comerica Park, was back in the broadcast booth at times during Game 3, his first extensive play-by-play since retiring in 2002... An old friend returns to booth (Sat 10/7)

It seems like a sick practical joke, or maybe a question on a standardized test for fans. If a Tigers playoff game starts in Detroit at 4:30 p.m., and the Michigan-Michigan State football game kicks off in Ann Arbor at 4:30 p.m., and you are on a train from Saginaw with a top speed of 72 m.p.h., and you jump off the train so that you can run to the nearest TV, which game do you watch? And for that matter, who ever heard of a big-time sporting event starting at 4:30 p.m., let alone TWO? Somebody must really hate you, right? Alas, this is real life, and it is the most serious question being asked by Michigan citizens this morning. I mean, except for little issues like the gubernatorial race and saving the economy and stuff... What to watch? Impossible to choose (Sat 10/7)

Detroit News:

ESPN and Major League Baseball took a strictly business approach when airing Game 3 Friday night. The game aired on Detroit's Fox affiliate, WKBD-TV Channel 2. If commentators Joe Morgan and Jon Miller hadn't had the voice of the Tigers, Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell, in the booth with them, the generic coverage could have been construed for Any City, USA... Nation gets generic look at Detroit (Sat 10/7)

Eminem was in the house at Comerica Park Friday night -- but in song only. The Detroit rapper's "Welcome 2 Detroit" pumped up fans when it was played over the stadium's loud speakers in the middle of the third inning. The paparazzi flashbulbs weren't exactly burning at Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the first Major League Baseball playoff game held in Detroit in 19 years... Game produces sparse celeb spotting (Sat 10/7)

Ann Arbor News:

Dan Dickerson figured it was worth asking. With the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs for the first time in 19 years, Dickerson wanted Ernie Harwell to join him in the broadcast booth and do an inning of play-by-play. But the first time Dickerson asked, back on Labor Day weekend, the answer wasn't encouraging... Harwell behind the mike again -- briefly (Sat 10/7)

Bay City Times:

It's been 19 years since Detroit Tigers fans saw their baseball team in the playoffs. Even so, many Bay Cityans say the annual University of Michigan-Michigan State University football showdown trumps the baseball playoffs any day of the week. ''The Tigers are the commercial break for the guys I know,'' said Elechia Bolda of Essexville, who's not a big sports fan herself. In a twist of fate whose odds are almost eclipsian in nature, today at 4:30 p.m. the Tigers host the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League division series, and the 99th annual Michigan-Michigan State game kicks off in Ann Arbor... A day to flip channels: Tigers, football showdown on at same time (Sat 10/7)


AM 580 Windsor shifts format



CKWW AM 580 Windsor Detroit has adjusted its format from Gold-based Adult Contemporary to a more mainstream Oldies sound, featuring top hits from the 1950's and early 60's along with many of the songs the station was previously playing from the later 60's and 1970's.

Heavily featured is artists such as Elvis, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, The Platters, Ricky Nelson and rare oldies, as well as plenty of hometown artists from the Motown era. CKWW will continue to air specialty shows like “Elvis Only!”, “When Radio Was”, “The Sunday Morning Oldies Show” and “Sounds Of Sinatra”.

The station is now referring to itself as "Great Fun and Great Oldies" along with its previous slogan of "AM 580 Motor City Favorites".

The move by CKWW essentially "backfills" the Oldies format that has been gradually relinquished by WOMC-FM 104.3 which has shifted its format forward and no longer regularly features songs from late 50's and early 60's.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Tomorrow night's second Michigan gubernatorial debate will air as scheduled at 8 p.m. That means much of the debate will go head-to-head against the Detroit Tigers, whose first game with Oakland goes on the air at 8:20 pm. John Truscott, a spokesman for the campaign GOP candidate Dick Devos, told WJR-AM's (760) Frank Beckmann this morning that he thought the debate would lose as mich as 80% of the audience if airing opposite the Tigers game... Michigan's second gubernatorial debate to air as scheduled Tuesday night (Mon 10/9)

Frank Turner ended his local TV news career Monday, leaving WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) to pursue Christian evangelism full time. In his final on-air utterance just before 6 p.m. Monday, Turner paid tribute to colleagues, his audience — “loyal, supportive, wonderful” — and moved his partner Robbie Timmons to tears as he announced “the beginning of his new life as a man of God,” including a broadcast ministry... Frank Turner leaving Channel 7 (Mon 10/9)

Remember Saturday's dilemma -- tune in for the Tigers' playoff game against the Yankees or watch the Spartans take on the Wolverines? Another unfortunate scheduling conflict will have Michiganders making tough choices Tuesday. The Tigers face the Oakland A's in the first American League Championship Series playoff game at the same time the gubernatorial debate pits Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos... TV schedule pits candidates vs. Tigers playoffs (Mon 10/9)

Schram Gets Official Nod As Michigan Public Media Director: Former INFINITY/DETROIT VP/Dir. of Sales and CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT VP/GM STEVE SCHRAM gets the official nod as Director of the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN's MICHIGAN PUBLIC MEDIA. SCHRAM served as the noncommercial radio and TV group's Interim Director from MARCH through OCTOBER 1, when the assignment was made permanent. The group includes noncommercial WUOM/ANN ARBOR, WVGR/GRAND RAPIDS, and WFUM-F/FLINT, plus PBS affiliate WFUM-TV/FLINT. (Mon 10/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 10, 2006



Detroit News:

Frank Turner, the WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchorman whose jovial personality pleased viewers while his tumultuous personal life caused strife with his bosses, has parted company with the station. Turner, who anchored the 5 and 7 p.m. newscasts, will now devote all his time to being a pastor, evangelist and Bible teacher for God's Amazing Grace Ministries. In a joint statement released Monday by Turner and WXYZ vice president and general manager Grace Gilchrist, Turner announced he would leave the station to pursue his ministry on a full-time basis... Anchor Frank Turner leaves WXYZ to pursue ministry (Tue 10/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 12, 2006



Detroit News:

As fans we were all transfixed as Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers threw those seven and two-thirds eerie, almost-perfect innings last Friday. But what's it like to be in the broadcast booth calling the game when an athlete such as Rogers is clearly in the zone, performing in a sort of alternative plane of reality? Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson says, "Those two games Friday and Saturday were two of the most memorable games I've ever been a part of. That's just as much fun as I've ever had"... Dickerson on calling purrrfect games (Thu 10/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2006



Monroe News:

MB&T CEO Doug Chaffin welcomed people to the fourth floor of the bank's new headquarters in the predawn darkness Thursday morning. Bank officials, friends, family and curious onlookers were arriving to watch a remote broadcast of Paul W. Smith's morning show on WJR. The event was part of the grand opening for the bank. Coincidentally it also marked Paul W.'s 10-year anniversary anchoring the morning spot on Detroit's legendary radio station... Monroe's own radio master (Sat 10/14)

Radio & Records:

WIOT/Toledo welcomes Kelly Brown to middays. Ms. Brown segues from weekends/swing at WRIF/Detroit and fills the shift once held by Sheri Vegas, who's now at WJXQ/Lansing, Mich. Street Talk (Fri 10/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 16, 2006



TV Week:

For three years, Fox Sports Net Detroit announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen have accompanied their hometown baseball team on a journey from desperation to renown. In 2003, the Detroit Tigers came within one game of being the worst team in the history of baseball when they lost 119 games. While apathy was at an all-time high, Fox Sports Net Detroit's 2.5 Nielsen rating was at an all-time low. That was Mr. Impemba and Mr. Allen's inaugural season broadcasting at FSN Detroit. "Unfortunately," said FSN executive producer John Tuohey, "It was their first year together. I think it tested everyone's resiliency, but the guys still did all the things that you need to build camaraderie and team work." This year, a lot more people are watching the Detroit Tigers. Earlier this month the Tigers upended the New York Yankees during the American League Division Series, dispensing with them in four games, proving that good pitching does indeed beat great hitting. With that, the team moved on to Oakland, where they took the first two games from the A's in the American League Championship Series. The series was scheduled to be decided over the weekend, with the winner of the match going to the World Series. FSN Detroit, which televised 112 games in the regular season, has ridden on the wave of the Tigers' success (the team holds one of the top three win-loss records in Major League Baseball). The network has been buzzing with a 7.1 average household rating in metro Detroit, making it the market's most-watched cable network in prime time from April through September, according to Nielsen Media Research... Behind the Screen: Tigers Tales (Mon 10/16)

Detroit Free Press

Rochester College will host a live broadcast and fund-raising dinner featuring Michael Medved beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Rochester College Theatre. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rochester's Royal Park Hotel. Medved's nationally syndicated radio talk show is heard weekdays 3-6 p.m. on WDTK-AM (1400)... Medved pitches in for college (Sun 10/15)


Here's a quick rundown of the top stations in 2005 revenue according to a list published in today's Crain's Detroit Business:

Figures are in millions
1. WWJ AM, $23.2
2. WRIF FM, $21.0
3. WOMC FM, $20.8
4. WNIC FM, $19.2
5. WJR AM, $19.0
6. WMGC FM, $16.0
7. WJLB FM, $15.3
8. WVMV FM, $14.6
tie WYCD FM, $14.6
10. WKQI FM, $14.0
11. WMXD FM, $13.7
12. WCSX FM, $12.6
13. WKRK FM, $8.1
14. WHTD FM, $7.7
15. WDVD FM, $7.6
16. WDRQ FM, $6.5
17. WDTW FM, $6.3
18. WDFN AM, $5.0
19. WXYT AM, $4.2
tie WDMK FM, $4.2

By cluster:
CBS Radio: $85.5 (6 stations)
Clear Channel: $73.5 (6 stations, doesn't include WDTW-AM)
Greater Media: $49.6 (3 stations)
Disney/ABC: $33.1 (3 stations, doesn't include WFDF-AM)
Radio One: $11.9 (2 stations, doesn't include WCHB-AM)

No numbers available for Crawford Broadcasting, Salem Communications, or Birach Broadcasting

When compared to 2004 revenue numbers, only WOMC and WYCD saw increases with WMGC remaining flat.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2006


WYCD Afternoon Hosts To Marry Off Their Yorkies:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT afternoon personalities EDWARDS & LEE are taking their love for pets all the way to the altar. This SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 11a (ET), at WESTLAND CENTRAL CITY PARK, EDWARDS' YORKIE, "SGT.FOXY," and LEE's YORKIE, "PRICILLA," will be married, as they recite their 'pupitals,' in front of a crowd of listeners and their pets. Dr. DON, morning star, and a licensed Justice of the Peace, will conduct the ceremony. The 'A' list of invitees includes Governor JENNIFER GRANHOLM and REPUBLICAN challenger DICK DeVOS. Also, WESTLAND Mayor SANDRA CICIRELLI, who has apparently already RSVP'd to be on hand. All money raised from the event will go to the MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY. (Tue 10/17)

CRB Names Scholarship For WYCD Detroit PD Tim Roberts
The COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS (CRB) presented its annual Scholarship to CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY's SCHOOL OF BROADCAST AND CINEMATIC ARTS. The presentation was made on OCTOBER 14th. The $25,000 was given during a Homecoming event that unveiled the newly remodeled Broadcasting Dept at CMU. The scholarship has been named after CRB BOARD MEMBER alumni and CBS RADIO WYCD/DETROIT PD TIM ROBERTS. Last year the scholarship was given to MTSU (MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY). (Tue 10/17)

Detroit News:

Byron Goggin is a cameraman who got the picture. Dissatisfied with his career at a sports television network, the 39-year-old Marine City resident decided to strike out on his own to produce a program on outdoor family activities. Goggin contrasts his show against the typical outdoors programs that focus on hairy-chested feats of derring-do. "I'm targeting the forgotten people, the average person who wants something to do on the weekend," Goggin says. In its first year, the program, "Your Next Wild Weekend," has been featured on two networks and garnered four local Emmy awards... Cameraman gets own show (Tue 10/17)

Radio and Records:

Detroit's most listened to radio stations among listeners age 12 and above in the Summer of 2006 were: Adult Urban WMXD-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Urban WJLB-FM, Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM, and Active Rock WRIF-FM... Summer 2006 Radio Ratings- Detroit (Tue 10/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 18, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM, led by syndicated morning star Steve Harvey and syndicated afternoon personality Michael Baisden, again assumed the overall Detroit radio listenership throne Tuesday in the quarterly Arbitron ratings report. Comic Harvey is posing the biggest threat ever to WRIF-FM morning kings Drew Lane and Mike Clark. Among all listeners 12 and older, Harvey scored a 9.4, up a rousing 3.1 points from the past quarter. The rough-talking Lane and Clark, scored an 8.0. In the advertiser-important age 25-54 category, Harvey moved to the No. 2 slot with a 10.8 mark, trailing only WRIF's 11.7 score -- which was down from a 13.9 the previous quarter... WMXD tops radio ratings (Wed 10/18)

It didn't take long for anchorman-turned-evangelist Frank Turner to turn up on the airwaves. Turner is sitting in this week for the ailing (with pneumonia) Bob Dutko from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays on religious radio broadcaster WMUZ-FM (103.5)... Frank Turner filling in on WMUZ (Wed 10/18)

Detroit News:

The summer Arbitron ratings were released Tuesday, and it seems that Detroit's country radio war is drawing blood; WOMC-FM (104.3) dropped the term "oldies," but also a number of listeners; Steve Harvey has jumped ahead in the overall morning rankings; and WJR-AM (760) had a hot summer. The summer book measures the local radio audience for June 29-Sept. 20. WYCD-FM (99.5), for years Detroit's only country station, took a major hit from upstart country station the Fox, WDTW-FM (106.7), going from a tie for No. 1 down to No. 10 in listeners age 12 and older. In listeners 25-54, WYCD didn't fare much better, going from a No. 3 rank down to 10... WYCD takes a hit; Steve Harvey rules mornings (Wed 10/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2006



Detroit News:

Fans of the legendary CKLW , the 50,000-watt powerhouse radio station that dominated Detroit in the late '60s and early '70s, may want to tune in to XM Satellite Radio from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday to hear the satcaster's five-hour tribute to the station on the '60s on 6 channel. Every Friday, on one of XM's most popular shows, the Sonic Sounds Salute, salutes a different '60s radio station. XM '60s jock Terry "Motor Mouth" Young says he's excited about hosting the show because he grew up tuning the Big 8 in all the way from Virginia... CKLW celebrated on XM (Thu 10/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

His voice has been on a replay loop in your head all week. Dan Dickerson's ecstatic call of Magglio Ordonez's home run Saturday captured the full joy of the Tigers just advancing to the World Series. Now the 47-year-old Tiger play-by-play announcer is getting ready to join his usual cohort, Jim Price, for radio coverage of the World Series, which airs locally on WXYT-AM (1270)... He calls it as he sees it (Fri 10/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2006



Detroit News:

Tigers World Series tickets are so hot fans would likely claw each other over a pair. But most of the ticket-desperate WRIF-FM Drew & Mike listeners on Friday backed the station's decision to give away Game 1 tickets to two brothers, both older than 90, who are lifetime Tigers fans. Emil, 94, and Herb Schmidt, 91, can recall all of the Tigers' four previous World Series wins -- 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984 -- but have never made it to a World Series game... Brothers over 90 win seats (Sat 10/21)

Detroit Free Press:

All the local TV news operations -- and Fox Sports Net Detroit, the Tigers' regular season cable caster -- have expanded World Series-related coverage. Here are the highlights... TV plans plenty of World Series coverage (Sat 10/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 22, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Joe Buck is hoping for a certain outcome in the World Series. No, not the one you suspected. "The only thing I'm ever guilty of rooting for is a long, good series," insisted the Fox Sports play-by-play announcer, whose father, Jack Buck, was the legendary voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. Buck couldn't sound more bipartisan, but Tigers fans can be forgiven for having doubts... Viewers dealt 2 with Card past (Sun 10/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 24, 2006


WKQL Presents "Rockin' For The Hungry"
CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR 107one)/ANN ARBOR presents its annual "ROCKIN' FOR THE HUNGRY" benefit DECEMBER 6-10 in the parking lot of BUSCH's grocery store. The five-day live outdoor broadcast is held to raise money, food and awareness to benefit FOOD GATHERERS to provide food for the hungry. The goal is to raise 107 tons of food. (Mon 10/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 25, 2006



Detroit News:

Win or lose, the World Series continues to be must-see TV locally, with Detroit Tigers fans blasting the ratings out of the park. But nationally the numbers, like the Tigers, failed to deliver major-league results for Tuesday night's game 3 on Fox. In Metro Detroit, that heartbreaking loss pulled a 37.1 household rating with a 52 share for WJBK-TV Channel 2, according to Nielsen Media Research... Detroit TVs stay tuned to the Tigers for Game 3 (Wed 10/25)

WKQI's Mojo Issues Challange To Tigers Fans: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT morning maniac MOJO IN THE MORNING has a challange for TIGERS fans. He will give a listener WORLD SERIES tickets for Game 6... after he/she lets him fill their car with concrete! Yes, he will total their car by filling it with cement in order to prove that his listeners will do anything for the TIGERS! For more info, and some great pictures after the event, check out (Wed 10/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2006



Detroit News:

No matter what the outcome of the Detroit Tigers' World Series run, the Tigers can now play hardball with their local radio carrier. While the last contract between WXYT-AM (1270) and the Tigers was negotiated when the team was floundering, now the team is more than competitive as talks go on between WXYT's corporate owner CBS and the Ilitches, owners of the Tigers. The contract between 'XYT and the Tigers is up after the World Series... Tigers, 'XYT are set to battle (Thju 10/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 27, 2006



The Oakland Press:

During the early 1990s, Dan Dickerson was a news reporter for WWJ-AM 950 in Detroit. Baseball, however, was at the forefront of his mind. He spent countless days and nights at Tiger Stadium, appearing with a cassette tape deck in his hand. He would go to the auxiliary press box, far away from the crowd and the rest of the media, and call play-by-play into a hand-held microphone. When he was not practicing his play-by-play, Dickerson would sit in the press box next to the Tigers beat writers, picking their minds about everything from player development systems to in-game strategy to the cat-and-mouse game between pitchers and hitters. He could not get enough of baseball... Tigers' radio voice Dickerson has roots in Oakland County (Fri 10/27)


Show will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 2pm

News/Talk 760 WJR announced today that it will be the new home of the award winning Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” beginning Sunday, November 12, 2006. Glenn Haege's popular home improvement advice show, which began airing in Detroit in 1983, will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2pm. The first edition of the Saturday show will be heard on November 25th following the conclusion of the MSU football season.

The format will continue to feature Haege's unique brand of “clear and concise, how-to advice” for listeners who call in, along with interviews of guests that provide valuable information regarding home improvements and home maintenance. Haege will continue with a separate syndicated edition of his program that is carried by over 170 affiliate stations nationwide.

“The opportunity to air my show on the most powerful and most recognized radio station in Michigan is a dream come true,” Haege said. “I look forward to the chance to reach an even larger audience of listeners and to continue to provide the complete answers and useful how-to information that has been a staple of the show since we began in 1983.”

“We are pleased to add Glenn to the line-up of radio's strongest personalities,” says Mike Fezzey, WJR President & General Manager. “Glenn created this genre in radio and has earned the respect of millions of fans across America.”

In addition to his syndicated radio show, Haege is the author of 11 home improvement books, and also writes two columns per week in The Detroit News. He has been named among the Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts by Talker's Magazine numerous times, and his radio show also received the “Best Broadcast Report” Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Haege also provides articles and how-to information on his award winning website,


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Taking on duties: WOMC-FM (104.3) vice-president and general manager Kevin Murphy. Already director of sales for CBS Radio, Murphy will be the new GM and veep of CBS's WKRK-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270)... Names and Faces (Sat 10/28)

Detroit News:

Glenn Haege, America's Master Handyman and Detroit News columnist, will be back on the air in Detroit, broadcasting from WJR-AM (760) starting Sunday Nov. 12 from noon-2 p.m. Haege's regular airshift will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, once Michigan State's regular football season is over... Glenn Haege preps for new radio show on WJR (Fri 10/27)

A caller named Paul had some advice for the Detroit Tigers: "They need more plate discipline," he said. "They're swinging at everything that comes near the plate." Paul was among the hundreds of people who have called Farmington Hills sports radio station WDFN (1130 AM) during the World Series this week to express their disappointment after the Tigers dropped three of the first four games in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals... Media offer an outlet for fans (Sat 10/28)

Bud Davies, a key transitional figure in Detroit/Windsor radio history and host of a local TV dance show, died Oct. 20 in Florida after a long illness. He was 82. Davies started at CKLW-AM (800) in the early '40s as a teenager, and his long run at the station didn't end until 1966. He caught on just as network radio was dying and the focus turned to personable local disc jockeys hosting record shows... CKLW radio pioneer dies (Sat 10/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2006



Detroit News:

In the coming weeks, expect WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) Problem Solvers, WDIV-TV's (Channel 4) Rescue 4 team and WXYZ-TV's (Channel 7) Action News Investigators to inform, frighten and delight you. It's November, baby. And while none of these stations would tell us what their sweeps-timed special investigative pieces will be about, they were willing to highlight their specials... Local TV stations amp'd up for sweeps with specials (Tue 10/31)

Miami Herald:

WFOR-CBS4 has a new president and general manager -- Shaun McDonald, who is arriving from CBS and CW affiliates in Detroit. McDonald, who succeeds Brien Kennedy, will also oversee WBFS-TV (MyNetwork) and West Palm Beach stations WTVX (CW) and independents WWHB and WTCN (MyNetwork)... WFOR-CBS4 hires new general manager (Mon 10/30)







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