Metro Detroit: November 2006 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 2, 2006



Detroit News:

Now that everybody's nerves have settled down in the post-World Series lull, what impact did the Detroit Tigers' surprising Series run have on radio? Nearly 1 in 4 adults in Metro Detroit listened to the World Series on the radio. Arbitron surveyed adults in Detroit (and St. Louis) about how they watched and listened to the Series. Here are some other facts gleaned from the study done by Arbitron Custom. Among Metro Detroit adult radio listeners age 18 and older, 6 in 10 said they followed the World Series "very closely." That's 69 percent of men and 53 percent of women. Of those listening to the World Series on the radio in Detroit, 56 percent said they felt more favorably toward an advertiser who sponsors the Tigers, over one who does not... Metro Detroiters listened to Tigers (Thu 11/2)

Casey Ford Named To Handle Michigan Women's Basketball PBP:
Local cable channel WCET-TV (WEST COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION)/GRANDVILLE-HUDSONVILLE, MI Assistant Dir. and "IN THE ZONE" host CASEY FORD makes the jump to play-by-play voice for UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Women's Basketball. FORD will be heard on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR this season. (Thu 11/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2006



BBC to broadcast from WDET

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will host BBC World Service in their midtown Detroit studios on November 9 and 10 when the global news organization tours the United States. “World Have Your Say,” the BBC's interactive worldwide conversation program, will be broadcasting next week from Washington DC, Cleveland and Detroit. The program, which airs weekdays on WDET from 1pm to 2pm, examines important issues from around the world and invites listeners to participate via phone, email and text messaging. Since “World Have Your Say” debuted on WDET last year, Detroit area listeners are regularly heard in the conversations.

“We are delighted to be hosting the BBC in Detroit,” said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. “The program has been well received by our listeners, and that's one of the reasons the BBC chose to include Detroit on their American tour.”

WDET is looking to have a studio audience participate in both of the broadcasts. Audience members must be available to be at the WDET studios on either Thursday, November 9 or Wednesday, November 10 from 12:30pm to 2pm. Listeners interested in being a member of the studio audience for “World Have Your Say” should contact WDET at 313-577-3413.

The program is hosted by Ros Atkins and Rabiya Parekh. The news of the day and issues important to contributors around the world and in the studio audience will drive the content of the programs from the WDET studios on November 9 and 10. Listeners can take part in the program by sending their opinions and questions via SMS text message: +44 77 20 60 80; by telephone: +44 20 70 83 72 72; via email:; or online at where audiences can also listen live.

Detroit News:

Is this a grand conspiracy against Michigan and Michigan State football fans? Or simply an interesting coincidence? Michigan State and Michigan fans are left pondering those questions since neither school's Saturday football game will be broadcast on cable or regular TV. ESPNU will broadcast No. 2 Michigan vs. Ball State at noon, then MSU vs. Purdue at 3:30 p.m. The problem for most Wolverine and Sparty fans is that ESPNU, a relatively new college sports network of ESPN, is not available on any Michigan cable systems... TV sacks MSU, UM Saturday football (Fri 11/3)

WDVD Names Fig For Production/Late Nights:
ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT OM/PD BYRON "RON" HARRELL names former WWCK/FLINT, MI PD/afternoon host BRIAN "FIG" FIGULA for Production Assistant and late-night duties. FIG replaces STEVE CHASE, who joined KALC (ALICE 105.9)/DENVER in AUGUST for afternoons. (Fri 11/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 6, 2006



WMGC raises $94,000 + 4 trucks full of clothing

WMGCSoft Rock Magic 105.1 (WMGC-FM) has announced the final figures from their Capuchin Soup Kitchen Radiothon, which took place on Friday, November 3, 2006 at Gordon Chevrolet in Garden City. Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show broadcasted live from the dealership to collect clothing and raise money for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

At the end of the day the station raised $94,000 and filled four trucks with clothing. Last year the event raised $33,000.

The money collected will be used to feed hungry families, provide school supplies and clothing for children. It will also help keep the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's library and computer center open! This center is staffed by volunteers who train children how to use computers.

“When great people come together for a great cause, you get great results! Our listeners are wonderful,” said Marcy Cyburt, WMGC General Sales Manager.

Money was collected through a phone bank, sales of the Magic Family Favorite Recipe Book and an auction. Auction items included: front row Pistons tickets, a two-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge for four people and four Tigers tickets for the 2007 season.

WOMC to honor military moms

Classic Top 40 WOMC's Dick Purtan & Purtan's People will honor metro Detroit military moms by hosting a luncheon for them on Friday November 10th beginning at 11:30 AM at The Reserve, 325 South Eton in Birmingham.

Over 80 moms, plus their guests, will be in attendance. WOMC asked its listeners to email the names of military moms, or to sign up themselves and the attendees were randomly selected from all entries to join WOMC at this private, complimentary luncheon.

The Michigan Honor Guard will open the lunch around 11:40 am with the flag ceremony and the singing of the National Anthem by Sherise Staten, followed by lunch. Dick Purtan & Purtan's People will do a mini-performance around 12:45 pm followed by a couple featured speaking segments:

1:00 pm: MG Jerry Cannon, Commander, 46th Military Police Command, Lansing, MI
1:20 pm: Dick Purtan will acknowledge and thank the military moms and Sherise Staten will conclude the program by singing “America The Beautiful” followed by the Honor Guard's closing flag ceremony.

Detroit Free Press:

They're insulting, mean-spirited and sometimes even downright nasty. In hopes that they can tip Tuesday's election, this year's Michigan politicians and proposal advocates are spending a record $87.2 million (according to an estimate by PQ Media of Stamford, Conn.) on TV spots and other political advertising that disparages opponents. Many of the advertising tactics politicians are using have turned off some of the voters they're trying to persuade... Viewers turned off by glut of TV ads (Mon 11/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 8, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Maxwell gone from WNIC: WNIC-FM (100.3) may be the Christmas station, but it won't seem that way to the station's longtime midday host, Gene Maxwell. After more than 30 years at the station, Maxwell was reportedly let go Tuesday, according to station insiders. The shifts of Theresa Lucas and Kevin O'Neill will be lengthened to cover his former noon-3 p.m. slot... Names and Faces (Wed 11/8)

Political news -- which for most of the year local TV news treats with the disdain usually reserved for a freeloading relative -- had its evening in the spotlight Tuesday. All three local TV news operations devoted almost all their resources to covering Michigan's Election Day. In the biggest TV coverage development, WDIV-TV Local 4 and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) offered extensive political video and audio coverage most of the day on their Web sites, serving to sate the viewing appetite of even the most politically starved viewer... Media coverage: Politics is center stage on TV, Web (Wed 11/8)

Detroit News:

OK, we could blame ESPN and its family of channels (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360, ESPN Classic) for forcing Michigan and Michigan State fans to miss their teams' games last weekend. But that might not be the case when it comes to Friday's Western Michigan-Central Michigan game. That's a complicated issue. ESPN and Mid-American Conference officials agreed Tuesday that ESPN Classic was a possible broadcast option for Friday's game. But that plan fell through because of other network commitments... WMU-CMU telecast doesn't fit on ESPN (Wed 11/8)

WYCD's Grunwald About To Deliver Yellow Ribbon To Iraq:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning co-host STEVE GRUNWALD is about to embark on a 10-day good will mission to IRAQ, in association with the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. GRUNWALD will deliver messages from DETROIT residents with WYCD's "WORLD's LARGEST YELLOW RIBBON." The ribbon is 20 feet in length and has been signed with well wishes by thousands of people, including many with families and friends overseas. (Wed 11/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 9, 2006



Detroit News:

It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving at best, but one Detroit radio station has gone all-Christmas anyway. WNIC-FM (100.3) has been flooding the airwaves with mistletoe, peppermint sticks and songs such as "O Holy Night" since Friday (we even heard Bob Seger's "Little Drummer Boy" on Sunday). You haven't lived until you've heard 'NIC jock Alan Almond's smoky, bedroom voice introduce Burl Ives' "It's a Holly Jolly Christmas"... Christmas arrives early on WNIC (Thu 11/9)

Detroit Free Press:

A jury has found a man guilty but mentally ill on an attempted murder charge for shooting a former WDIV-TV employee in the entryway to the NBC affiliate's downtown office. Epifanio Rivas Jr., 27, of Detroit also was found guilty Wednesday of using a firearm in a felony in the April 15, 2005, shooting of John Owens. The jury rejected Rivas' claim that he was insane at the time. Wayne County Circuit Judge James Callahan said he would sentence Rivas Nov. 21... Man convicted in shooting at WDIV (Thu 11/9)

Vince Cannova Upped To PD At 89X:
Longtime CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT APD/afternooner VINCE CANNOVA has been upped to PD to replace MURRAY BROOKSHAW, who exited to become OM of NEWCAP/CALGARY. (Thu 11/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 11, 2006



The Oakland Press:

An Oakland County country radio host leaves for Iraq today, for a special 10-day visit starting on Veterans Day to deliver the World's Largest Yellow Ribbon, signed by area listeners, for soldiers from the Detroit area. Steve Grunwald, co-host and producer of the "All New Dr. Don Morning Show" on WYCD-FM (99.5), will travel with the Department of Defense. He plans to visit as many Michigan soldiers as possible... Oakland radio host to deliver yellow ribbon to Michigan soldiers in Iraq (Sat 11/11)

Detroit fans can get wrestlemania tix early

WRIFRock WRIF-FM 101.1 is giving Detroit wrestling fans the chance to buy tickets to Wrestlemania 23 before they go on sale to the rest of the world. Beginning today, November 11th at 8am, Detroiters will have the opportunity to buy tickets to Wrestlemania 23 only at Ford Field for two hours before they go on sale to the general public at 10am. WRIF's night DJ, “Meltdown”, will broadcast live from Ford Field to encourage listeners to take advantage of this great opportunity.

In addition to the pre-sale, wrestling fans will have the chance to win ringside seats by dressing up like their favorite wrestler. WrestleMania 23 will be live at Detroit's Ford Field on Sunday, April 1, 2007—tickets officially go on sale to the public on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.!

The return to Detroit will mark the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. The event attracted 93,173 fans who saw Hulk Hogan body slam and defeat the late Andre' The Giant in an epic battle. That attendance figure is reputed to be the world indoor attendance record for any sports or entertainment event.

WWE®'s goal is to have WrestleMania 23 establish a new attendance record for Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions and Super Bowl XL.

Magic 105.1 to host wine tasting event

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM will hold “The Magic Wine Down” Event from 6-9pm on Friday, November 17th, 2006 at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. (between 8 and 9 Mile Roads) in Southfield. The event will be complete with hors d'oeuvres from Forte Restaurant and of course, wine. Approximately 10 wines will be showcased and experts will be on-hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event. Diane Dunn, harpist, will provide music for attendees. Additionally, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Toys For Tots. Several auction items include: Extreme Tickle Me Elmo, sterling silver necklace from Ahee Jewelers and gift certificates for Centurion Home Services.

The event will be hosted by many Magic personalities: Linda Lanci, Mike Bradley, Fay Samona, Mitzi Miles, Jim Paolucci, Shannyn Caldwell and Johnny Williams.

The only way in is to win by listening to WMGC as tickets will not be available for sale.

Zonjic to perform in flutes, friends, and Fa-la-la benefit Nov. 16

Jazz flutist and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will perform in a benefit to aid the special children and adults of FAR on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

Fun Arts Recreation (FAR) provides creative arts therapy and recreation services for children and adults with mental, physical and/or emotional impairments.

Joining Zonjic will be Detroit's ”first lady of blues” Thornetta Davis and folk singer Josh White, Jr. and the special children of FAR for the 6th Annual event of music, song and dance to benefit Variety FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts.

A patron dinner, FAR Bazaar and afterglow are also a part of the festivities. Tickets for reserved seating ranges from $25 to $500. Students and children under 18 are admitted free. For more information contact the FAR office at (248) 646-3347.

Detroit Free Press:

Appointed: Trey Fabacher as vice president and general manager of CBS's two Detroit TV stations, WWJ-TV (Channel 62) and CW affiliate WKBD-TV (Channel 50). Fabacher, most recently VP-GM of KSTW Seattle, replaces Shaun McDonald, who was recently named president and general manager of CBS's South Florida operations ... Raised: For the Salvation Army by WJLB-FM (97.9), nearly 950 winter coats and nearly $59,000 in cash donations during the 24th Annual Coats for Kids Radiothon at Hoop City Grille in Southfield this past weekend... Names and Faces (Sat 11/11)

Detroit News:

Gerald Levert was a powerful singer, and his voice and lyrics were sometimes described as explosive and raw. The R&B star was silenced Friday when he died of a heart attack, reportedly in his sleep, in his suburban Cleveland home. He was 40... R&B singer dies from heart attack (Sat 11/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 14, 2006



The Oakland Press:

Grunwald's Operation Yellow Ribbon blog: It's Sunday and I am stuck in Kuwait. I am at Al Ali Salem Air Force Base, you know - the place that doesn't exist on paper nor is it acknowledged by any of the governments. When I arrived in Kuwait I was the only one to get off the plane here. I guess Kuwait is not exactly a tourist attraction this time of year! I was on a commercial flight that had 35 people on it. As I walked down the gate I expected people there from the Army or Navy to meet me. NOPE! It was 1:30 a.m. so I found my way to customs and still no one... Iraq blog: Radio DJ has rocky road to Baghdad (Tue 11/14)

WRIF holding a field goal contest to see UM/OSU football

WRIFWRIF's Morning Show, Drew & Mike, will send one lucky winner and a guest to Columbus on Saturday to watch the Wolverines battle the Buckeyes in the biggest rivalry in college football. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a field goal kicking contest tomorrow at the WRIF studios.

Ten listeners were qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, November 15th at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant who kicks the most field goals in a series of rounds will pick up tickets to the U of M vs. Ohio State game in Columbus on Saturday, plus hotel accommodations and a $101 gas card.

Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry captured in collector's DVD

“Rivalry Rewind” and “Spotlight” packaged into 90-minute video; available Nov 15 at Meijer and other retailers

rivalryrewind“Rivalry Rewind,” FSN Detroit's original program that captured the pageantry, intensity and drama of this year's Michigan-Michigan State football game, is part of a collector's edition DVD that is available starting Wednesday
(Nov. 15) at Meijer stores and other fine retailers.The DVD includes a 60-minute director's cut version of “Rivalry
Rewind” that features field level video, natural sound and each school's radio play-by-play actualities to tell the story of this year's game from an on-field perspective. Fans of both schools will experience the pre-game tailgating, team warm-ups, passionate locker room speeches and the rest of the emotions that surround the Michigan-Michigan state rivalry.

Expanded from its on-air 30-minute version, the bonus materials on the DVD include expanded pregame, halftime and post-game footage, much of it exclusive to FSN.

“What makes ‘Rivalry Rewind” so engaging is the unprecedented level of access both schools gave our crew,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “Their cooperation makes this a must-have addition to any fan's library.” “Rivalry Rewind” is an original production of FSN Detroit. Additional video and audio provided by Host Communications, Michigan Sate University, Michigan Sports Television and MSU Sports
Broadcasting. Special thanks to the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University and the University
of Michigan.

Also on the DVD is a 30-minute episode of FSN's “Spotlight” that focuses on the history of the Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry. Told from the perspective of those intimately familiar with the rivalry, “Spotlight” provides a fascinating look at the rivalry's origins and some of the memorable games through the years.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 15, 2006



Radio & Records:

The first fall ratings trend for Detroit radio was released today. Top 5 stations in the 12+ audience group were Adult Urban WMXD-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Urban WJLB-FM, Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM, and News WWJ-AM.

Complete 12+ ratings chart (Wed 11/15)

WOMC ready to hand out $25,000 to scavenger hunt winner

For the last four weeks, Dick Purtan has announced in the 7 a.m. hour a different item each day that listeners had to acquire, for a 20 total items in all. Contestants will join WOMC on Friday November 17th at Don Massey Cadillac in Plymouth (Ann Arbor Road west of I-275) with all their collected items where station personnel will review all the collected items.

The winner, a person with the correct 20 items, will win $25,000 plus a 2-year lease on a 2007 Cadillac CTS from Don Massey. WOMC'S Dana Masucci and Beau Derek will broadcast live 10 am – 7 p.m. (Dana from 10 am - 3 and Beau Derek 3-7 pm.). If more than one contestant has the correct 20 items, a random drawing will be done on-site to select one winner.

Classic Rock Art Show opens November 27th

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX 94.7 will showcase a collection of 125 pieces of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics and animation cells from the greatest classic rock artists of all time at the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale.

The event will take place Monday, November 27th through Friday, December 15th in a specially designed space inside of the Oakland Mall in Troy. The show is open to the public during mall hours and every piece of art is available for purchase.

New this year look for…

* A series of new works from famed photographer James Fortune. The James Fortune photographs are incorporated into artistic borders and treatments. His works include Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Buffett and more.

* Several "unseen" Beatles photos that are published in editions (of only 25) from The Mark Hayward Collection. Hayward is the author of the highly popular book, The Beatles Unseen.

* Jean Pierre Weill's 3-D glass pieces of famous rockers called Vitreography. The creation of every vitreograph combines and integrates three processes: serigraphy, print lithography, and hand-painting.

* An amazing work of art on canvas of the famous surfing beaches in Southern California. It was painted by Dan Mackin (inductee in the Surfing Hall of Fame) and it is hand signed by Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson.

The show also features works from Classic Rock artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Ron Wood, Santana, Robby Kreiger, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, U2, John Entwistle, Bob Dylan, Jon Anderson, Nancy Sinatra, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more, plus famous photos, lyrics, album art, and concert posters.

Alexander Zonjic's holiday Can-Am concerts to benefit children's charities

ZonjicJazz flutist and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will celebrate the spirit of Christmas in two countries with Piper's Holiday Concerts in Canada and America on Dec. 6 and 9 to benefit international children's charities. Both concerts will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Detroit's “Lady of Blues” Thornetta Davis, the Barbara Ogar Flute Choir and concert pianist Margaret Kapasi. The Detroit concert will also feature smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows.

“Both concerts will be something spectacular blending jazzy and soulful music flavors with traditional holiday music and a flute choir of 70 members,” says Zonjic.

The Canadian concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Avenue W., in Windsor, Ontario. Ticket prices are $25 CN for general admission and VIP tickets are $100 for preferred seating and an afterglow with the artists. For more information call the box office at 519-253-7729 or visit

The U.S. concert will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Dearborn's Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., in Dearborn, MI. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $100 for preferred seating and the afterglow. For more information call the box office at 313-943­-2354 or visit

Proceeds from the Canadian concert will benefit the John McGibney Children's Centre of Essex County Proceeds from the U.S. concert will benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, MI. Nicaragua's Children of the Dump will benefit from both concerts. Many of them are orphans who have lived in the dumps as long as they remember, foraging barefoot through the garbage to find something usable and recyclable.

The concerts are presented by the Rotary District 6400 which serves Southeastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. For more information, visit

Detroit News:

Metro Detroiters and viewers all over the country watched Gabrielle's embarrassing return to modeling and Julie's foray into bad-boy dating on ABC's hit nighttime soap "Desperate Housewives" Sunday. The drama ranked No. 1 locally and nationally on Nielsen Media Research's Top 10 list. That's the only show that mirrored both body's tastes... Detroit reflects country's passion for 'Housewives' (Wed 11/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 16, 2006



Detroit News:

So, you love "The Victors". You think it's the greatest college fight song in the history of college fight songs. Just how much do you love it? Enough to listen to it for 24 hours? You'll get that opportunity beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday when Ann Arbor Radio's WLBY 1290 AM begins playing "The Victors" and continues to play it and play it and play it some more. "With the University of Michigan football team on the verge of another national championship, we expect rabid listenership for The New 1290 WLBY," station general manager Bob Bolak said in a release... Big game report- Ann Arbor station goes all 'Victors', all the time (Thu 11/16)

Baseball was very, very good to local radio. How good? In the first Arbitrend report on the fall ratings, which give a preliminary snapshot of radio listenership, not surprisingly WXYT-AM (1270), the radio home of the Detroit Tigers, scored big. The station ranked No. 1 with men aged 18 and older at night from late September through most of October, and No. 1 with males of that age group in the 3-7 p.m. time slot, which is when "The Big Show" with Art Regner and Doug Karsch airs. Overall, adult R&B WMXD-FM (92.3) was still No. 1 with listeners aged 12 plus... Tigers give WXYT ratings home run (Thu 11/16)

Detroit Free Press:

Take Wednesday's release of the monthly radio ratings with a great big snowflake. That's because the Arbitrend ratings, which measure the past three months, don't include the expected surge in November and December ratings by WNIC-FM, which began playing all holiday music on Nov. 3. This chart will melt pretty fast. Note that WNIC did move back into the top 10 with a 4.0 score good for eighth place, boding well for its usual carol-driven final two-month listener surge... Radio ratings will change with the holiday season (Thu 11/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

His instincts told him to stay away from a sad good-bye as he signed off the air Sept. 29, 2002. Even as his audience welled up, Ernie Harwell finished his final Tigers broadcast with what he called a "hello" to the next chapter of his life. He vowed to embrace new adventures, and said he'd do it in Michigan, his adopted home state ... His latest effort -- a new four-hour, four-CD audiobook of his Hall of Fame career -- is on sale now at The voice of experience: Retired? Harwell shows no signs of slowing down (Sun 11/19)

WJR programming notes:

WJROn Monday November 20th and Tuesday November 21st from 6 - 9 AM, the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from 2006 Beijing Auto Show in China.

Then on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 23rd from 10 AM until Noon, America's Thanksgiving Day Parade will celebrate its 80th Birthday. WJR, as the official voice of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will provide complete coverage of this holiday tradition. Parade co-hosts Dick Haefner and Katherine Leslie bring all of the sights and sounds of America's Thanksgiving Parade to listeners.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 22, 2006



WYCD's Grunwald returns from Iraq

WYCDCountry 99.5 WYCD morning show co-host Steve Grunwald has returned from a 10 day good will mission to Iraq in association with the US Department of Defense to deliver messages from Detroit area residents with WYCD's “World's Largest Yellow Ribbon”. The giant ribbon, was more than 20 yards in length, had been signed by thousands of Detroit Area residents with well wishes for families and friends overseas, and Grunwald delivered those messages personally.

“This was the most rewarding things I've ever done in my entire radio career,” added Grunwald who wasl “embedded” with servicemen and women on duty. “What I did is nothing compared to what these people are doing for us and our freedom,” said Grunwald.

WYCD encouraged people to come and sign the Yellow Ribbon for weeks prior to the journey.

Steve Grunwald, part of WYCD's Dr. Don Show daily with Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter and Jason the 300 Pound Cowboy called in reports daily from Bagdad and elsewhere in Iraq daily on the WYCD morning show and also blogged his progress on as well as in the Oakland Press.

"The response to the WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon was absolutely overwhelming,” stated WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “So many people have family and friends overseas from the Detroit area, we wanted to do something memorable around Veteran's Day that shows our support for our loved ones.” “This is not about politics, it's about people we care about that we know doing their jobs and protecting us. The WYCD Country Audience couldn't have been more supportive as we recieved thousands of emails and phone calls” added Roberts.

“It was truly an experience that I will never forget” Steve said and, he is grateful for all the support he received from listeners, friends, family and co-workers.

To find out more about Grunwald's trip to Iraq, read the daily Iraq blogs and more about WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon, log onto

Detroit News:

Michigan state police arrested WJBK-TV Channel 2 news reporter Andrea Isom for Operating While Intoxicated, the state's DWI classification. The incident occurred Monday night when state troopers spotted Isom in her black Hummer heading northbound in the southbound lanes of the Lodge Freeway near the I-94 exit, State Police Sgt. Brian Reece said Tuesday... Channel 2 reporter arrested for driving under the influence (Tue 11/21)

A mentally ill man convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a former WDIV-TV employee in the station's entryway was sentenced today to prison. Epifanio Rivas, Jr., will spend 16 to 32 years in prison on the attempted murder charge, but must first serve two years for a felony firearm conviction... Man sentenced in Detroit TV station shooting (Wed 11/22)

Detroit Free Press:

WJBK-TV (Fox, Channel 2) news reporter Andrea Isom was in hot water Tuesday morning after having been stopped by Michigan State Police on a Detroit stretch of the Lodge Freeway driving the wrong way Monday night... Names and Faces (Wed 11/22)

Trapane Adds Foxworthy For The Fox:
CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT has added the syndicated JEFF FOXWORTHY COUNTDOWN, SATURDAYS at 4p (ET). Says FOX PD JOHN TRAPANE about the new show: "This isn't your usual syndicated show. JEFF customizes every show for our listeners, and our version of the show is an hour longer than the rest of the country gets." (Wed 11/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 23, 2006



Detroit News:

With only hours to go before Black Friday's shopping tsunami, AM/FM radio programmers hope that you'll look past all those cheap toaster ovens and flat-screen TVs to see that a new HD (high definition) radio model made by Accurian is going on sale at Radio Shack for $99. Normally the Accurian HD tabletop digital radio costs $199, but it will be available at Radio Shack stores as well as online at at the lower price (after a mail-in rebate) for just three days, Friday through Sunday... HD radios are half-price this weekend (Thu 11/23)

Detroit Free Press:

Gathering: Toys for WDVD-FM's (96.3) "Stuff a Bus" project. Morning host Blaine Fowler will broadcast live from 5:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. from a bus at Micro Center on 14 Mile, opposite Oakland Mall. Afternoon host Jesse will do the same at Parkway Chrysler Jeep on Hall Road in Clinton Township. Various local charities will get the gifts... Names and Faces (Thu 11/23)

Ann Arbor News:

Matt Watroba, who offers his annual Thanksgiving weekend concert at The Ark Friday night, is celebrating more than the holiday this year. Watroba's "Folks Like Us'' radio show, which airs on Detroit public radio station WDET, is marking 20 years as well... 'Folks' fans fuel Watroba's success (Thu 11/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 28, 2006



Windsor's CKWW set to launch web stream; plans for holiday programs

Starting Saturday, December 2nd, Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, plans on streaming its audio signal via the Internet where it will reach listeners from the Motor City and beyond. To listen, visit the station's website at

According to AM 580 Program Director Charlie O'Brien, live web streaming is the number one most requested on-line feature. Now, people will be able to listen to us in those hard to reach places like office buildings, and snowbirds can even take the station along with them to their winter destinations.

CKWW has also launched the "AM 580 Online Store" where listeners can purchase great oldies music and a variety of classic DVD's. You can also enter contests and join the AM 580 Loyal Listener Club in one easy step.

Throughout the month of December, AM 580 will air holiday themed episodes of classic radio shows on "When Radio Was". From the comedy of Jack Benny, Charlie McCarthy and Bob Hope to the drama of "Miracle on 34th Street", the radio will be aglow with memories of Christmas past. AM 580 presents the "golden age of radio" weeknights at 11 PM on When Radio Was with host Chuck Schaden. The complete December schedule should be available on the station's web site soon.

WJR's Smith to sub for Rush Limbaugh

WJRNews/Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith (normally heard weekdays 5:30am-9am) will guest host the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Wednesday, November 29, 2006. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on WJR, and many other stations weekdays from Noon-3:00pm. The dial in number is 1-800-282-2882.

WMGC's 28th Annual 'Toys For Tots' Kicks Off
GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT morning crew JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW begin their 28th season of making magic with the U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVES and the TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN. JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW will be live each morning from 6-10a at various area mall locations. The station set a goal of raising $25,000 by the end of the week of broadcasts. (Mon 11/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Farewell, Megan Mullally and Greg Behrendt. WDIV-TV (Local 4) on Wednesday chopped syndicated TV talkers Mullally (10 a.m. weekdays) and Behrendt (11 a.m.) effective Jan. 8. Those axings come amid other shifts that include a local 4 p.m. newscast -- the earliest evening news in the market -- adding tabloid-esque "Inside Edition" and "Extra" and moving Ellen DeGeneres to 10 a.m., away from the 4 p.m. behemoth "Oprah" on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Local 4 shakes up daytime, news (Thu 11/30)

Detroit News:

He's a rock star, he's a radio host, he's even a scratch golfer and Alice Cooper , whose "Nights with Alice Cooper" show runs weeknights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WCSX-FM (94.7), has written "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, " a "golf and recovery memoir" that will tell the story of how golf helped Cooper overcome a drinking problem. Alice promises to be "completely candid" about everything. The book will come out in May on the Crown imprint... Alice Cooper tells all in upcoming book (Thu 11/30)

Concern for children like her own daughters prompted Laura Bonnell to help educate the public and raise funds for cystic fibrosis, a genetic, life-threatening disease that can make simple breathing a chore. Cystic fibrosis causes mucus to build up and clog some organs, particularly the lungs. About 30,000 Americans have cystic fibrosis and 10 million more -- one in every 31 -- are carriers but don't have the disease... WJR reporter, mom puts face on cystic fibrosis (Thu 11/30)







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