Mike Austerman: January 2006 Archives

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, January 1, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

After several years of relative stability on the Detroit radio, 2005 saw enough changes to require a look into the crystal ball for 2006 to see if even more change is on the horizon.

Country music enjoyed a resurgence in listeners across the country last year — but was it enough to bring a second full-market country station to our area? There’s word that country radio might be making a comeback in Toronto. If that happens with any measure of success, I predict that a Windsor station will try on a 10-gallon hat and boots and give WYCD-FM (99.5) something to be concerned about.

It’s tough to write off a morning show before it even starts, but I don’t see Rover’s Morning Glory standing much of a chance as a replacement for Howard Stern on hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1). The WRIF-FM (101.1) morning duo of Drew and Mike are just too strong, coupled with having the advantage of being able to talk about the Pistons, Red Wings, and anything else local whenever they want.

By the end of 2006, listeners will have grown tired of ’80s rock and either WDRQ-FM (93.1) or WDTW-FM (106.7) will make a major change. I believe the ratings for both adult urban stations — WMXD-FM (92.3) and WDMK-FM (105.9) — will remain strong, led by morning show stars Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner, respectively.

I also can foresee big things from contemporary hits WKQI-FM (95.5); it’ll become the most-listened to station in Detroit this summer, knocking off news-talk WJR-AM (760). When that happens, there will be a lot of speculation about another station changing its format to compete, but that won’t happen until after Jan. 1, 2007.

Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People will set another record with next month’s Radiothon for the Salvation Bed & Bread Club, comfortably topping last year’s $1.7 million intake. And Purtan’s home, WOMC-FM (104.3), will continue to be one of America’s best-performing oldies stations anywhere.

I’m predicting a big year for High Definition radio after an agreement is reached with several automakers to include the new receivers as optional equipment on new cars. The price for after-market receivers will drop, getting more receivers into the hands of consumers. Every Michigan-based FM station will offer several different format choices locally on their HD stations, giving listeners more options than ever before. HD on AM won’t catch on as quickly though.

Satellite radio will still be talked about a lot, but with strong competition from HD radio, subscriber numbers won’t increase as dramatically as they have in previous years.

The crystal ball gets rather fuzzy when looking at the AM band. Two of the area’s most successful stations, WJR and all-news WWJ-AM (950), have no reason to shake things up, and many of the area’s other AM’s have found their niche and will likely stay the course in 2006. Salem Broadcasting, already owner of talk WDTK-AM (1400), is in the process of closing on the purchase of Christian WLQV-AM (1500) and might do something — possibly a swapping of formats between the two — once it takes control of ’LQV.

If there are shake ups in sports play-by-play, I’d suggest that either WXYT-AM (1270) or WDFN-AM (1130) might consider a different direction, but they’re just as likely to stick with their all-sports focus too. Radio Disney WFDF-AM (910) will get the rights to at least one of the area’s big sports teams as a way to generate interest for the station. Sports play-by-play will make other headlines as the Red Wings and Tigers deal with WXYT expires and the University of Michigan looks for a home for its football and basketball broadcasts.

All in all though, I wouldn’t expect a whole lot of big changes from your radio this year. While it’s fun to speculate sometimes, the truth is, most of what you hear coming from your radio these days is heavily studied and isn’t changed all that easily. Radio is big business, and changes only happen once the folks in charge are pretty certain that making a move will result in higher revenue and ratings. Here’s to a fun 2006 anyhow.

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The Doo Wop Show hits the Detroit Opera House on Saturday, with legendary jock and TV host Rockin’ Robin Seymour coming to town from California to host the event. The performers include Adam Wade, the Willows, the Falcons, the Impalas, Jimmy Charles, Mel Carter, Fred Johnson’s Marcels, Harvey Fuqua and the Moonglows. Tickets range from $23 to $58 and are available through Ticketmaster, (248) 645-6666 or www.ticketmaster.com.

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Set Your Dials: A perfect way to celebrate the New Year is with an evening of big band dance music from Lester Lanin. Tune in to “Somewhere in Time” at 6 p.m. tonight on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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Columnist Mike Austerman has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.


Format changes: week of Jan 4, 2006



* WIKB FM 99.1 and WIKB AM 1230 have dropped thier long time Oldies sound in favor of Adult Contemporary as 'The Breeze'.


* The FCC has approved the sale of WJSZ-FM 92.5 Ashley from Kevin and Alana Beamish to Krol Communications. The $650,000 deal was agreed to in March 2005 but held up due to a delay in the renewal of the license for WJSZ. The license renewal was completed late in 2005 after a deal was worked out for the Beamish's to donate $6,000 to the U.S. Treasury due to concerns over the station's public file.


News/Talk WJR-AM 760 today announced changes to its afternoon and evening programming line up effective Monday, January 9th:

“We are pleased to announce that the Mitch Albom Show will continue to anchor afternoon drive from a new time 5-7pm,” says Mike Fezzey, WJR President & General Manager. “This enables WJR to continue the 10 year tradition of bringing the Mitch Albom Show to you live in the afternoon. This also allows Mitch the time to address other demands of his career while continuing a show that we at WJR and Mitch are both proud of.” In addition, Albom will also continue to bring “Monday Sports Albom” each Monday from 7-8pm.

WJRSean Hannity moves from his evening tape-delayed slot to cover 3-5pm, allowing listeners the opportunity to receive their daily dose of national and international news at an earlier time and also the chance to listen and interact with Sean Hannity live.

Following the Mitch Albom Show Tuesday thru Friday, WJR's news department will present “The Big Story” hosted by WJR's Lloyd Jackson. The hour long segment will recap top stories from the day as well as important interviews heard earlier in the day on WJR. Dr. Laura will fill the 8-11pm time slot, followed by a new voice to WJR, Mark Levin from 11pm-1am. Levin, a frequent guest and substitute host on the Hannity Show, is one of America's preeminent conservative commentators and constitutional lawyers.

Effective Monday, January 9th the WJR weekday programming line up will be as follows:

5:30-9am: Paul W. Smith Show
9-11:30am: Frank Beckmann Show
11:30-Noon: Paul Harvey
Noon-3pm: Rush Limbaugh
3-5pm: Sean Hannity
5-7pm: Mitch Albom Show
7-8pm (Monday): Sports Albom
7-8pm (Tu-Fri): The Big Story
8-11pm: Dr. Laura
11-1am: Mark Levin
1-5am: Midnight Trucking Network
5-5:30am: Morning News Center


All Access:

WKQI And Tic Tak Part Company: TIC TAK & THE FREAKSHOW -- featuring STICK & LIMPY -- have vacated the night slot at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT. (Tue 1/3)

Classic Rock Riders Get Ready To Roll Into 2006

What do you get when you bring together a group Classic Rock fans who also share a passion for motorcycles? Say hello to The WCSX Classic Rock Riders…a group of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 listeners who love the feel of the road under their wheels, the wind in their faces and of course Classic Rock!

CSX RidersWho can join? Anyone who loves motorcycles! Antique, Standard, Sport, Tour, Cruiser, Chopper or Scooters…All brands of bikes are welcome. The WCSX Classic Rock Riders also believe that while they are having fun, they can help out the community. That's why there is a $9.47 membership fee which benefits The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Throughout the year, the group will hold “Bike Nights” that will give members the chance to cruise, gather, party and win some great prizes. There will also be a “cyber home” located on the 94.7 WCSX web site (www.wcsx.com) that will provide information on Classic Rock Riders bike nights, rides, news, and a listing of many other great events happening in around town. Members will receive information via email on upcoming events.

To join in on all the fun, visit the WCSX booth at The 25th Annual Cycle World International Motorcycle Show, January 6th – 8th, 2006 at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi or head to www.wcsx.com to download a membership application and become one of the “Founding Fathers and Mothers” of the WCSX Classic Rock Riders.

Mix 92.3 to present Super Bowl Gospel Celebration Concert

WMXD-FM 92.3 has announced a radio sponsorship of the Superbowl Gospel Celebration “An Evening of Inspiration”, bringing gospel to the biggest game on earth for one sensational night in the Gospel Music Capital of the World, the City of Detroit, during Super Bowl XL. With an evening of inspirational music, soul-stirring testimonies from NFL players and surprise guests, the concert kicks-off Super Bowl Weekend at the Masonic Temple on Friday, February 3, 2006, at 7:45 p.m.

WMXDThe seventh annual event will feature award-winning, singing sensation Patti LaBelle, who will serenade the audience with some gospel favorites and a few inspirational tunes of her own. Sharing the stage alongside Patti LaBelle are some of the hottest artists in gospel, including the Winans, Mary Mary, The Clark Sisters, and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir and more. “We are excited to be apart of this incredible night celebrating gospel music. Some of the industry's most recognized talent will be performing on one stage. This event promises to be a memorable one!” said Jamillah Muhammad, WMXD program director.

“The 2006 event is going to be sensational,” says Melanie Few, concert founder and manager, and owner of Results Inc., an Atlanta-based marketing and entertainment agency. “We have taken this event to another level. Our show promises to once again be a true highlight of Super Bowl weekend with inspirational music and testimonies. The audience will be wowed with this soul-stirring, star-studded event.”

Tickets are $45-$75 and available at all Ticket Master locations or by phone at (248) 645-6566 or TicketMaster.com. (A nonrefundable service fee will apply). For more information on the 2006 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration, including artists, event history, media credentials, and sponsor promotions and opportunities visit www.superbowlgospelcelebration.com or www.mix923fm.com.

In its seventh year, The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration evolved from Christian NFL players wanting an inspirational, family-oriented event during Super Bowl Weekend. The event, a part of the NFL Concert Series, has drawn thousands and has proven to be one of the most attended events during Super Bowl Weekend. Each year, the gospel concert features the industries top artists joined by several current and former Christian NFL players. In the past, NFL greats Antwaan Randle El, Cris Carter, Curtis Martin, Kurt Warner, Michael Barrow, Troy Vincent, Qadry Ismail, Aneas Williams, Deion Sanders, Quincy Carter, LeVar Arrington Bryan Scott and more (just to name a few) have given their time to the event. Players share their testimonies and inspirational messages with the audience.

Page France on WDET's "In Sound" this Saturday

On Saturday January 7 at 10 PM, "In Sound" with host Jon Moshier, will air a studio A performance and interview with the band Page France and give away a signed copy of their new CD "Hello, Dear Wind". The Baltimore-based band released their second CD late last year on Fall Records. "In Sound" with Jon Moshier, a 3-hour exploration of creative sounds with a focus on new music, airs Saturday nights from 9 PM - Midnight on WDET-FM 101.9.

Rob Walker exits Clear Channel/Ann Arbor

Rob Walker, operations director for Clear Channel's 4 station Ann Arbor cluster (AAA WQKL-FM, Country WWWW-FM, Sports WTKA-AM, and Talk WLBY-AM) has exited and is headed to Seattle, WA. Walker was also serving as an on-air personality at WQKL as well as program director for W4 Country. In Seattle, Walker takes on afternoon drive and the assistant program director job at Country KKWF-FM.

Lessenberry ends public radio show

After only a few months, Jack Lessenberry's daily show on Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) has ended. Lessenberry will continue as a contributor to Michigan radio with commentaries and interviews. His former 1-2pm timeslot is now filled with the NPR program 'Day to Day'.

Detroit News:

Free FM's big rollout of the three post-Howard Stern morning hosts happened Tuesday, and while there will undoubtedly be no Stern-sized fines from the FCC, neither was the world set on fire by wit or originality. WRIF-FM (101.1)'s Drew and Mike, Detroit morning kings, have probably lost no sleep. Stern left a gaping hole in CBS (formerly Infinity) Radio's morning schedule when he jumped to the putatively censor-free Sirius Satellite Radio, where he starts on Monday. How big a hole? It's taken three hosts to fill his shoes. Rocker David Lee Roth is now heard on Stern's East Coast stations, and comedian Adam Corolla has taken the West Coast, while Rover, a popular Cleveland morning host, was given the Midwest, including Detroit's WKRK-FM (97.1)... Stern replacement Rover practically plays dead in local debut (Wed 1/4)

Every place she shows up, she's an answer to a question: "Whatever happened to Amyre Makupson?" The question that's been occupying her these past few years runs a little deeper: What will happen to Amyre Makupson? What will become, ultimately, of us all? You? Me? Adolf Hitler? Makupson's brother who died too young? And in those last two cases, has it happened already? She doesn't know. That's why the title of her book is an inquiry and not a declaration -- "So What's Next?" Makupson, 56, the former WKBD-TV (Channel 50) news anchor, put the question to 22 people, then tucked the answers into 152 self-published pages... Makupson makes new life for herself with book on death (Wed 1/4)

Detroit Free Press:

If New Year's Eve was Dick Clark's TV swan song, how sweet it was. In Detroit, the ABC telecast of "Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve" from 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), featuring Ryan Seacrest and Hilary Duff, scored a 14.3 rating and 29% share. That vanquished the competition on Fox (WJBK-TV, Channel 2), where Regis Philbin scored a 3.6 rating and 7 share, and on NBC (WDIV-TV, Channel 4), where Carson Daly's effort spotlighting Mary J. Blige scored a 6.8 and 13 share... Clark tops in Detroit (Wed 1/4)

Back to the future for WLEN

WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian reunited Jerry Hayes and Steve Barkway for the station's 5-9am morning drive slot on January 2nd- a position they held from Sept 2003 - Sept 2004. At that time, Hayes left to pursue a career outside of broadcasting and Barkway worked with two different co-hosts between and now.

"Mornings with Jerry and Steve" captured the MAB Merit Award for Broadcast Team in 2004 with a show heavy on local news, sports, and information as well as music and humor.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, January 8, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

Some big changes coming this week for the “great voice of the Great Lakes.” Starting Monday, news/talk WJR-AM (760) will begin an altered afternoon line-up, trimming Mitch Albom Inc. to a 5-7 p.m. weekday slot. While ’JR boss Mike Fezzey says the change is a move that “allows Mitch the time to address other demands of his career,” it’s also known that ABC Radio has been pushing to get syndicated conservative yakmeister Sean Hannity on live in Detroit afternoons.

Which is what happened, as Hannity will now fill the 3-5 p.m. slot; previously, he’d been tape-delayed evenings on ’JR. The “Sports Albom” show will still air 7-8 p.m. Mondays, but in that slot Tuesdays through Fridays will be “The Big Story,” a local news and interviews show hosted by ’JR’s Lloyd Jackson. Meanwhile, the dulcet tones of Dr. Laura will fill the 8-11 p.m. block, and a new conservative host, Mark Levin, will scorch the Earth of liberals in the 11 p.m.-1 a.m. slot.

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Freak out: The New Year got off to a rough start for evening jock Tic Tak and co-hosts Stick and Limpy, when they were released by contemporary hits WKQI-FM (95.5) earlier this week. The “Freak Show” on Channel 9-5-5 had been Mr. Tak’s second go-round as a night jock in town; prior to joining ’KQI, his show was on Top 40 WDRQ-FM (93.1) with an in-between stint in Pittsburgh. Betcha part-time show contributor “Mr. Positive” isn’t feeling so upbeat, as ’KQI program director Dom Theodore searches for a new show that will match the amount of energy presented daily by Tic Tak and posse.

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Fans of former public radio WDET-FM (101.9) afternoon host Martin Bandyke can show their support for him — and get to hear some great music, too, on Friday at Clutch Cargo’s iLounge in Pontiac. Beginning at 9 p.m., Bandyke will spin an eclectic batch of music, from stuff he played on ’DET in the 1980s to new music from ex-Kinks lead singer Ray Davies and English singer-songwriter Beth Orton. Admission is $10 and all door proceeds benefit the now-unemployed Bandyke thanks to Clutch Cargo’s owner Amir Daiza. The iLounge is next to the Clutch Cargo’s entrance at 65 E. Huron St. in downtown Pontiac. Call (248) 333-2525.

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It’s never too early to think spring. With that in mind, classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) is setting up a new motorcycle club called the WCSX Classic Rock Riders. A $9.47 membership fee gets you access to bike nights, cruises, parties, and chances to win prizes. To join, visit the WCSX booth at the annual motorcycle show today at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi or visit www.wcsx.com. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

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With the NFL playoffs under way, you’ll be hearing more and more about all kinds of activities linked to next month’s Super Bowl XL in Detroit. The first big radio tie-in has been announced with adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) helping sponsor the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration featuring huge names such as Patti LaBelle, the Winans, Mary Mary, the Clark Sisters and Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir. It takes place Feb. 3 at the Masonic Temple; tickets are $45-$75 and available through Ticketmaster.

In its seventh year, the gospel celebration evolved from Christian NFL players wanting an inspirational, family-oriented event during the big weekend. Now part of the NFL Concert Series, it’s drawn thousands and proven to be one of most-attended events of the annual Roman numeraled weekend.

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Syndicated WMXD morning host Steve Harvey visits town with a live broadcast 6-10 a.m. Friday at the Breakfast House on Woodward in downtown Detroit, following by “The World’s Largest Old-School Skating Party” on Saturday night at Skate World in Troy. Tickets for the skating party are $9.23 at Ticketmaster and the Skate World box office.

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Coming soon: Radio columnist Art Vuolo returns here next Sunday with a look at the huge Consumer’s Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a report on the spread of satellite radio, and highlights of some of the new broadcast gadgets coming our way. Personally, I’m still waiting for a gadget that’ll give me enough money to afford all these new gadgets!

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Set Your Dials: Hosts Heather Novak and Tom Wilson dish up the Big Band sounds of Russ Morgan at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5). You also can catch their “Somewhere in Time” show at www.wmuz.com, and Wilson says he’s already heard from listeners in New York thanks to the Internet presence ... “The Insane World of Mike Sain” has returned to Oldies WPON-AM (1460) from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays with trivia contests, jokes, and stories on the oldies theme.

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Columnist Mike Austerman has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 7 - 9



It's Maui Time!

It's the 20th anniversary for Active Rock WRIF-FM's longest running promotion, “Maui Time”. For the past 20 years, The Riff's afternoon drive legend Arthur Penhallow has belted out the phrase “It's Maui Time!” over the airwaves. Those three winning words have sent hundreds of listeners to Kaanapali Beach in Maui, Hawaii for a week of fun in the sun. This year, to commemorate the anniversary, WRIF will send 20 listeners and their guests on the trip, this year to take place March 26 - April 1.

WRIFBeginning today, Monday January 9th, listeners will be encouraged to wait for Art to say those infamous words “It's Maui Time”! When they do, caller 34 at (313) 298-WRIF will win a trip for two. In addition, WRIF will host 8 “Maui Parties” at various pubs and restaurants throughout Detroit. Listeners will also be able to sign up for the “Unfair Internet Advantage” at the WRIF website at www.wrif.com to receive clues via e-mail on when to listen.

The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules, log on to www.wrif.com.

WDET programming notes

* The Sheila Landis Trio featuring guitarist Rick Matle, percussionist Dennis Sheridan and special guest jazz master Wendell Harrison (saxophone/clarinet) will perform live on Sunday, January 15 on WDET 101.9FM during the W. Kim Heron Program (Sundays 8-10pm). This live performance is part of the Rebirth Inc./WDET FM Live Radio Concert Series.

WDETSheila Landis has been performing her unique style of jazz, Latin and Blues since 1973. Her current schedule has her performing at Michigan's most prestigious festivals, concert venues and nightclubs. Clearly one of the area's finest vocalists, Sheila has been chosen as the "Outstanding Jazz Vocalist" by The Detroit Music Awards on seven occasions including 2001, 2002 and 2003. Her catalog of recorded work on her own SheLan Records has received extensive airplay in local, national and international markets.

* Detroit Public Radio will offer gavel-to-gavel coverage of the nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr. to be an Associate
Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States via a special webcast at at wdetfm.org. The Senate hearings are scheduled to begin Monday, January 9, and WDET will provide live coverage hosted by NPR's Neal Conan and Nina Totenberg for as long as the hearings last. Log on to wdetfm.org for complete coverage of this historic event.

In addition, WDET 101.9FM - Detroit Public Radio will broadcast an evening wrap-up of the day's nomination events from 7pm to 8pm, hosted by NPR's Linda Wertheimer.

New York Times:

When the public radio station in Detroit canceled some local music shows and replaced them with nationally syndicated talk and news programs, it probably expected some complaints from listeners. What it got was a lawsuit asking for their pledge money back. A group of listeners to WDET-FM in Detroit filed a class-action lawsuit against the station on Dec. 19, claiming fraud and breach of contract. The Detroit Free Press reported that seven plaintiffs filed for damages after contributing to the station's last on-air fund-raising pledge drive, which ended in October. Station managers announced the new schedule on Dec. 13. The listeners claim that they were tricked into contributing money for programs that the station already planned to cancel... Public Radio Listeners Want Their Money Back (Mon 1/9)

Detroit News:

WDIV-Local 4 plans to pull out all stops for the 2006 North American International Auto Show, says Steve Wasserman, the station's vice president and general manager. "This clearly is the biggest event in Detroit in any given year," Wasserman says. In addition to live coverage from Cobo Center during the morning, afternoon and evening news through Jan. 15, Metro Detroit's official auto show station will feature... Local 4 cameras will be everywhere at Auto Show (Sat 1/7)

How low can he go? Or more precisely, how low will Howard Stern go, when his edgy, stripper-filled, entertaining, but often tasteless morning show moves to the Sirius Satellite Radio airwaves this Monday. After all, it's almost totally up to Stern what he says or does on his new show. It's even up to the self-professed "king of all media" what time he ends his show every day, if at all. Stern has been beating the drum for 18 months about his departure from the strictures of FCC-regulated FM radio for the thus far (until and unless Congress steps in) unregulated world of satellite radio... Howard Stern is ready to talk dirty Monday on Sirius (Sat 1/7)

Flint Journal:

The bad: Nate Landesman and Alicia Bennett have to move their September wedding to March. The good: The entire thing - to the tune of up to $100,000 - will cost them nothing. Landesman of Grand Blanc and Bennett of Swartz Creek found out Friday they won Channel 7 (WXYZ)'s Dream Wedding 2006 contest. Their entire ceremony and preparation will be filmed and turned into a one-hour special to air on the channel in March... Dream comes true: TV station to pick up wedding tab (Sun 1/8)


WNIC selects next program director



WNICThe next program director for Clear Channel-owned Adult Contemporary WNIC-FM 100.3 will be Don Gosselin who will be heading back to the frigid north from his current gig as Operations Manager for CC's cluster of stations in New Orleans. Gosselin served as program director for AC WRVF-FM 101.5 and Rock WIOT-FM 104.7 Toledo, also Clear Channel stations, prior to his New Orleans appointment in late 2005. He replaces Darren Davis who bolted Motown last last year for Chicago. Gosselin will wrap things up in New Orleans at the end of January before relocating to WNIC.


Format changes: week of Jan 11, 2006



* WJSZ-FM 92.5 Ashley/Owosso has to a Hot Adult Contemporary format as "An Upbeat Variety Of The 80's, 90's & Now". Posters on the Michigan Radio & TV Buzzboard report that the station has continued to identify itself as "Z 92.5" and "The Castle" - names it was using under its previous catch-all pop music format.

* Northern Star Broadcasting has signed on recent acquisition WMKD-FM 105.5 Pickford/Sault Ste Marie with a country format as 'Big Country' from it's new, more powerful, facilities on the same transmitter tower as sister station WYSS-FM 99.5. Prior to becoming country, the station spent a brief time simulcasting Northern Star's Modern Rock format heard on WLJZ-FM 94.5 Mackinaw City and WJZJ-FM 95.5 Leland/Traverse City. Northern Star owns and operates other Big Country stations on WMKC-FM 102.9 St. Ignace/Petoskey, WAVC-FM 93.9 Mio, and WJPD-FM 92.3 Marquette.

WMKD previously identified as WADW and had an Oldies format prior to being purchased by Catholic broadcasters Starboard Media. The station was primarily silent under Starboard and was sold in July 2005 to Northern Star which has upgraded the stations signal from 55,000 watts @ 108 feet to 100,000 watts @ 253 feet.


* The FCC has granted the reallotment of WCSY-FM 98.3 from South Haven to Hartford and the reallotment of WHIT-FM 103.7 from Hartford to South Haven. The change also grants a transmitter site move and power increase for WCSY. FCC Report and Order

* The major change application filed by Koch Broadcasting to change community of license for WSDS-AM 1480 from Salem Township to Plymouth has been dismissed due to the sale of the station to Birach Broadcasting. Birach had requested a minor change to specify itself as the owner- this request was denied. FCC text

* The construction permit for FM translator W244BS 96.7 Alma has received FCC approval to be transfered from Central Michigan Youth For Christ to Come Together Ministries. Come Together Ministries owns and operates WPRJ-FM 101.7 Coleman. There was no cash involved in this transaction.

* Low power TV station WUHO-LP has been granted its license to cover to change its community of license from Pinconning on Channel 57 to Kalamazoo on Channel 36. Michiguide.com is unaware of any programming on WUHO-LP from Kalamazoo.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 10 - 13



The Listening Room Returns

WRCJChris Felcyn's popular Sunday morning show, with his unique mix of music, commentary and humor, will return return to the Detroit airwaves from 10am to Noon beginning January 15th on Classical/Jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9. Felcyn was a long time staff member at WDET-FM 101.9 where he hosted The Listening Room before moving to WRCJ this past fall to take over middays role during the station's daytime classical hours.

Also of note at WRCJ: 90.9 FM will help celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth Wolfgang Mozart with live concert performances from Salzburg on January 25, 26 and 27. More details will be provided on WRCJ in the coming days.

Michigan's Amber Alert receives grant from AT&T

AMBERThe technology used to disseminate Amber Alerts in Michigan will receive a much-needed upgrade thanks to a $77,000 grant from AT&T Michigan. AT&T Michigan President Gail Torreano joined representatives from the Michigan State Police and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters to announce the enhancements at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansing.

"A missing child is every parent's worst nightmare," said Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. "I applaud the commitment of AT&T Michigan to partner with law enforcement and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters to expand and upgrade our Amber Alert system to help keep our children safe" ... Press release from the Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters

WJR maintains big presence at Auto Show

News-Talk WJR-AM 760 will provide several live broadcasts of its programming from the upcoming North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall in Detroit. WJR live broadcasts from the Ford Division display are scheduled to be heard at the following times:

WJR* Friday, Jan. 13th, 6:30-8pm: WJR Special Charity Preview Broadcast with Paul W. Smith
* Saturday, Jan. 14th and Jan 21st, 9am-Noon: The Car Show
* Sunday, Jan. 15th, 9am-Noon: The Real Estate Insiders; Noon-3pm: Home Improvement
* Monday, Jan. 16th - Friday, Jan. 20th, 9am-11:30am: Frank Beckmann Show
* Sunday, January 22nd, Noon-3pm: Home Improvement

WJR's Paul W. Smith also broadcast his morning program from the Auto Show preview days all this week.

Group to protest WDET changes in front of Cobo Hall during Auto Show Charity Preview

SaveDetroitRadio.com is organizing a protest demonstration against WDET owner Wayne State University over the station's recent programming lineup changes in the hope that management might reconsider some of the changes. From SaveDetroitRadio.com:

WDET-- Where's OUR Music? Last chance to save free-form radio- Detroit, you must speak now! We, the Public, are deeply disappointed in Wayne State University's decision to stop the broadcast of all community programming and local daytime music on WDET, 101.9 FM, Detroit Public Radio ... Please join us for a 2 hour Protest Rally on Friday January 13 at 6pm at the corner of Jefferson and Washington, across the street from Cobo Hall, during the North American International Auto Show. We want everyone to know that Wayne State University is Anti-Music! Dress Warm & Bring protest signs for the Rally...

The Daily Oakland Press:

Making fun of a person with a disability, especially someone as prominent as Dick Clark, is no laughing matter and is raising a cry of foul play in the disability community. The program director for "John and the Gator," a WXYT-AM (1270) sports talk show, Monday said cohost John Lund was verbally reprimanded for repeatedly playing a doctored tape of Clark, whose speech is impaired as a result of a stroke, as Clark counted down to the New Year in Times Square on Dec. 31. The tape of Clark's voice had him saying numbers, such as "8, 10, 6, 5, 9," in a confusing manner and reflecting the impaired speech pattern of someone who has had a severe stroke. It was played so often on the show, which airs from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m., that Lund's partner, Scott "The Gator" Anderson, told his partner to leave the subject alone and move on to another topic... Disability community not laughing at radio show (Tue 1/10)

Detroit Free Press:

The new Howard Stern satellite radio show began Monday with all the expected hoopla. He put to rest rumors that he married his longtime girlfriend, model Beth Ostrosky -- in a comment complete with a federally banned expletive. "I am not married. It's a nice feeling that we get along great. We're very happy and I don't want to (expletive) it up," said Stern, who is finally free of government decency laws on Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. (Channel 100). Stern has promised everything from stripper poles to live sex on his new show. Yet he maintained his show was more about ideas. Cursing, he said, would be part of the natural progression of speech... Stern embraces freedom on, off air (Tue 1/10)

Remember Lila Lazarus, who left a job as health reporter and part-time anchor on Post-Newsweek's WDIV-TV (Channel 4) last September? Remember how the station bade her farewell and quoted her as saying she wanted to "explore new frontiers?" Well, starting in March, she'll be exploring the studios at Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2). Lazarus will coanchor the 11 a.m. weekday newscast with Sherry Margolis and share the lifestyle and health beat with Deena Centofanti. Lazarus spent a decade at WDIV-TV. Her March startup at WJBK indicates that she was merely waiting out a non-compete clause in her Channel 4 pact... It's 2-by-4 for Lazarus (Thu 1/12)

Let's get a few things straight about how we refer to our freeways. When was the last time you told someone you took the Reuther, instead of calling it I-696, or suggested that the way to the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel is to take any combination of freeways that lead to the Chrysler (I-75), and then its downtown-bound I-375 spur to West Jefferson? Maybe you're one of the minority who knows offhand that the main road to Metro Airport is a highway partially known as the Detroit Industrial Freeway. Most of us recognize it only as I-94. You get the drift. Our freeways have names and numbers, but they're not always readily interchangeable... Just call most freeways by the numbers (Thu 1/12)

The Breakfast House downtown should be jumpin' this morning when nationally syndicated radio star Steve Harvey does his show from there on WMXD-FM (92.3). And who could blame Harvey and the Clear Channel-owned station brass if they popped some bubbly to celebrate Thursday's release of the Arbitron radio ratings for 2005's final quarter? The R&B classic station surged to a tie for No. 1 overall with ABC-owned WJR-AM. And the station was No. 1 overall with a 6.6 percentage chunk, up 1.9 from last quarter. But more important for today's broadcast, Harvey beat the station's departed syndicated morning show -- Tom Joyner, now on WDMK-FM, 105.9 -- 5.9 to 4.0 among all listeners and 6.7 to 4.5 among listeners in the key age 25-54 demographic... Happy ratings news for Detroit visitor WMXD'S Harvey (Fri 1/13)

Detroit News:

For his first show in the brave new, uncensored frontier of satellite radio, Howard Stern swore a bit and played X-rated voicemails made by a TV announcer, but there were no strippers, only putative lesbians, and he was uncharacteristically subdued for a man finally set free from the censors he so abhors. At the stroke of 6 a.m., the audio heartbeats that subscription-based Sirius Satellite Radio had been playing on its Howard Channel 100 gave way to the majestic sounds of Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra" (aka the "2001: A Space Odyssey" theme). In Stern style, the music was accompanied by the sound of melodic farting. "Join the revolution" and Stern's hotline number, "1-888-(rude word for a body part)" flashed on the blue Sirius radio screen. According to Stern, that cheeky hotline number is yet another insult intended for the FCC, since on terrestrial radio he was repeatedly fined for saying the word... Howard Stern unleashed in satellite radio debut (Tue 1/10)

Lila Lazarus is back. But the TV journalist, known for the health coverage appealing to the 25-52-year-old female demographic broadcast news loves so much, has switched stations. This time around, Lazarus will be bringing her mega-watt smile to Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2), where she will co-anchor the "Live at 11 a.m." morning newscast with Sherry Margolis. She begins the gig in March. Local news fans and gadflies may remember Lazarus waving goodbye after 10 years at WDIV-TV Local 4. She co-anchored the noon news in addition to reporting "Lila's Good Health" features before leaving back in September to pursue "new adventures" in life... Lila Lazarus returns to the air, but on Fox 2 (Thu 1/12)

There's a reason why a growing number of Detroiters are feeling a huge void, and it's not just the loss of music they mourn. In many ways, it's a whole identity. A month ago, the powers-that-be at WDET-FM (101.9) -- and it's not just one person -- abruptly canceled the weekday music shows, firing public radio pillars Judy Adams and Martin Bandyke. The station replaced the eclectic music programming that crossed all genres and decades with nationally syndicated talk and news shows from National Public Radio, oddly enough, duplicating what can be already heard with just a turn of the dial to WUOM-FM (91.7), the public-radio station based in Ann Arbor. The abrupt move has spawned a lawsuit instituted by listeners asking for their pledge-money back, as well as an organized protest group that is staging a second rally at 6 p.m. Friday night across the street from Cobo Center during the 2006 North American International Auto Show charity preview... Change at WDET will injure Detroit's cultural future (Thu 1/12)

Steve Harvey, superstar. The "king of comedy" scored big in the fall morning show ratings, causing Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM (92.3) to rocket up in the morning show rankings (for those age 12 and up) from No. 13 in the summer to No. 3, tied with Dick Purtan and Purtan's People on CBS's oldies WOMC-FM (104.3). The local radio ratings for the fall, Sept. 22--Dec. 14, were released Thursday by Arbitron. CBS's WWJ-AM (950) maintained its solid No. 2 ranking in the morning anchored by Joe Donovan and Roberta Jasina, and WRIF-FM 's (101.1) Drew and Mike are puffing safely on their smoking patio at the top of the morning show heap, improving their 8.2 share in the summer to an 8.7 share in the fall. On the down side, Radio One-owned WDMK-FM (105.9)'s Tom Joyner morning show slipped from ranking No. 5 in the market to No. 8, but that's still markedly better than the station's pre-Joyner ranking of No. 17 a year ago... WMXD moves up in the a.m. with Harvey (Fri 1/13)

Billboard Radio Monitor:

Clear Channel/New Orleans OM Don Gosselin, who joined that cluster in November from Clear Channel/Toledo, Ohio, is heading back north to become PD for the company's AC WNIC Detroit. He replaces Darren Davis, who moved to the Windy City late last year as regional VP of programming for the Chicago Trading Zone and OM for AC WLIT and smooth jazz WNUA. Gosselin previously worked with Davis, who also served as regional VP of programming for the Detroit Trading Zone, when Gosselin was PD for AC WRVF (the River) and heritage rock WIOT in Toledo. The decision to leave New Orleans and the rebuilding effort there was difficult, Gosselin tells Billboard Radio Monitor, but Davis convinced him it was the right move... Clear Channel Vet Named WNIC PD (Tue 1/10)

Radio & Records:

Less than two months after taking over as OM of Clear Channel's New Orleans cluster, Don Gosselin is heading to Detroit to take the role of PD of co-owned AC WNIC. The position has been open since Darren Davis transferred to Clear Channel's Chicago cluster for the role of RVP and WLIT & WNUA/Chicago OM. Gosselin tells R&R, "It's going to be extremely difficult to leave here, especially after such a short period of time working with such a great group of people"... Don Gosselin To Program WNIC/Detroit (Wed 1/11)

Fall radio ratings (12+):

* Detroit

* Toledo

* South Bend

All Access:

WDVD's Blaine & Lisa Pay Tribute To Brad & Angelina: ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI's morning show with BLAINE & LISA came up with a great bit to pay tribute to ANGELINA JOLIE and BRAD PITT on the news that the couple are now expecting a baby. To hear the audio, click here. (Thu 1/12)

Broadcasting & Cable:

Nielsen Media Research launched its new electronic ratings system in Detroit and Dallas-Fort Worth one week ago and the ratings company says early results for its Local People Meter (LPM) system shows increases in TV viewing in both markets. The two are the latest top 10 markets to adopt the new ratings system. Since November, Nielsen has been tracking LPM data alongside the traditional paper diary and set-top meter system. On Jan. 5, the two markets converted exclusively to LPMs. Nielsen increased the sample in Detroit from 410 households to 622 and raised the Dallas-Fort Worth pool from 420 to 612. In both markets, daytime and late fringe showed the biggest gains under LPM measurement... LPMs Boost Ratings in Detroit, Dallas (Thu 1/12)

WDET to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with special programming

Detroit Public Radio will be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the coming weekend (January 14-15) and on Monday, January 16, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Listeners are invited to tune in on Saturday, January 14 for a special edition of Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba (11am - 2pm) that will feature "Carry It On: the life and musical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Matt Watroba will devote the entire program to exploring the music of the Civil Rights movement and the philosophy and teachings of Dr. King. Joining Matt Watroba live in the studio will be folk singer and political activist Charlie King. "Putting this show together put me back in touch with both the power of Dr. King's words and the amazing body of music that grew up around it," Watroba said. "I was moved putting it together and I hope listeners will be moved when they hear it."

WDETOn Sunday, January 15, Robert Jones, host of Deep River (1 - 3pm) will explore the spirituals that wove their way through the Underground Railroad and became staples of the Civil Rights movement as they were adapted and changed. These songs became the glue that held the movement together and the spark that fueled the marches and the meetings. Later that day, WDET music host W. Kim Heron (8 - 10pm), will play music from an English tribute to Dr. King entitled "Let Freedom Ring!" by saxophonist Denys Baptiste featuring narration by the Nigerian writer Ben Okri.

On Monday, January 16, WDET News will broadcast a recording of Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech that was recorded in Detroit on June 23, 1963. The legendary speech will air at 8:30am (during Morning Edition) and will run in its entirety (about 30 minutes). "We're proud to be able to honor Dr. King's legacy with special programming," said Allen Mazurek, WDET interim program director. "We should all remain inspired by his work, and the efforts of civil rights leaders both in Detroit and around the world." Listeners can get more details on this and all of WDET's programming at the station's website: wdetfm.org.


WLNS-TV 6 (CBS) and WHTV-TV 18 (UPN) have announced a three-year sales and operations agreement, which will commence on January 26th. Under the agreement, WLNS (owned by Young Broadcasting) will assume sales and technical operations duties for WHTV (owned by Spartan Broadcasting LLC). This new deal replaces a previous operating agreement between WHTV and WLAJ-TV (owned by Freedom Broadcasting). Freedom moved the technical operation of its Lansing facilities, including WLAJ and WHTV, to Kalamazoo sister station WWMT-TV in August 2005.

WLNS (formerly WJIM-TV) has been the CBS affiliate for the Lansing market since signing on in 1951. WHTV, formerly a low-power station serving the Jackson area, has been mid-Michigan's UPN affiliate since upgrading power in the fall of 2000.

You can read the official press release here.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, January 15, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

His Sunday morning classical show was a longtime fave on public radio WDET-FM (101.9), and at 10 a.m. today, host Chris Felcyn unveils “The Listening Room” on his new home, public WRCJ-FM (90.9). Word is he’s also considering bringing back his tongue-incheek “Symphony Bowl,” which spoofs some big football game.

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The biggest radio thing at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas? The omnipresence of XM Satellite Radio, which seemed to be everywhere. On the flipside, competitor Sirius opted not to have even one display booth at the huge show, a distinct change from last year when the subscription radio service had two lavish sets with live broadcasts and new products galore. This year, the New York based sat-caster was holed up in a suite at the Bellagio Hotel, plus seen in a small display buried in an auto stereo booth in the back of the North Hall. That left many attendees to joke that Sirius had invested so much money to hire Howard Stern that there was nothing left for the trade show.

With Sirius at 3.3 million subscribers, the XM camp had big banners proclaiming they’d topped the 6 million customer mark. And the XM logo was all over the show, on bags, signs, kiosks, even a banner in the sky behind an airplane — while their booth was packed with people watching live broadcasts and big name entertainers. At the XM booth, people were checking out a new, tiny, iPod-style XM radio due out soon by both Pioneer and Samsung. The thing holds 50 hours of music — theirs or yours — can broadcast on any FM frequency and dazzled the crowd. It all underlined the fact that satellite radio is not going away anytime soon.

Adjacent to the XM display were booths for HD Radio and Troy-based Delphi, the world’s largest manufacturer of satellite radios, which announced a deal to bring satellite radio to Europe within three years.

Inside the full-color handout at the HD Radio booth was a photo of and a strong endorsement by Tom Bender, the VP/GM of Detroit’s Greater Media Radio, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. As for HD, the stations broadcasting in super-clear high definition have increased from 200 to more than 625 in the past year.

Another trend seen at the show is that iPods and various forms of MP3 players continue to be a thorn in the side of AM and FM radio stations, but the best such music system wasn’t even on the show floor. In a suite at the Hilton Hotel, exhibitors were showing the SongBook by Tivoli Audio. At $160, it features a durable design in many colors, is made for travel and has incredible sound and super selectivity. Learn more at www.tivoliaudio.com.

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Stern Redux: When the self-proclaimed “king of all media” premiered on Sirius last week, he said there would be no swearing on the first show. He must have been kidding since according to Family Media Guide, Stern used the “F-word” more than 75 times on his first show — along with a litany of other words that would make the FCC blush.

And how will he do for the sat-caster? Well, New York Post radio writer John Mainelli has penned a piece in a talk radio trade magazine headlined: “How the 500 million dollar man will single-handedly sink Sirius.” While it’s too early to tell, Mainelli says, “Stern, like Don Imus and a few other incredibly wealthy, spoiled and one-time (radio) greats, has been phoning it in in recent years, knowing that he can count on a fiercely loyal core who will keep listening at least three months after he’s dead.” Ouch.

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Local Quick Hits: Friday saw another live and local visit from syndicated morning host Steve Harvey at pop-urban WMXD-FM (92.3); he’s catching on locally and offering major competition to urban WDMK-FM (105.9) host Tom Joyner ... soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) has welcomed new program director Don Gosselin up from a short stint in New Orleans. He previously was running soft rock WRVF-FM (101.5) and legendary rocker WIOT-FM (104.7) in Toledo ... one-time Big 8 and “The Groove” jock “Brother” Bill Gable is now doing afternoons at standards CHWO-AM (740) a 50,000-watter in Toronto, which better radios can pick up here ... the furor over WDET’s dumping of daytime music continues as former fans have created the Web site SaveDetroitRadio.com and promise more protests ...

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Set Your Dials: Pretend mild weather is here — with the Hawaiian music of Don Ho at 6 p.m. tonight on “Somewhere In Time” on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... Martin Luther King Jr.’s 30-minute “I Have A Dream” speech, first given in Detroit in June 1963, airs at 8:30 a.m. Monday on WDET ... and don’t forget to check out your favorite radio hosts at the auto show.

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 14- 16



WRIF to presents the 2006 Sabrina Black Benefit

Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has announced The 2006 Sabrina Black Benefit which will take place at the Emerald Ballroom, located in downtown Mount Clemens on Thursday, February 16th 2006. Sabrina, the wife of WRIF weekend jock Steve Black and former news reporter for Sports WDFN-AM 1130, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma in 2000 and has undergone numerous chemotherapy and radiation treatments as well as two bone marrow transplants. Despite all the treatments, the cancer has moved and expanded throughout the years. Due to these extensive treatments, Sabrina has also had to deal with heart failure, ammo, low blood pressure and graft versus host disease. The couple continues to remain hopeful, as Sabrina has overcome several seemingly insurmountable obstacles throughout the ordeal.

WRIFHeadlining the event is Flask, featuring Kenny Olsen, a former guitarist for Kid Rock. In addition, the night will feature live music from Dave Edwards & The Look, Brian Schram Band, Ray Street Park, Paper Street Saints and Dirty Americans.

Doors will open at 7pm and admission will be $10 at the door. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle, featuring autographed rock memorabilia from Ted Nugent, Disturbed, The Deftones, Three Doors Down and more. In addition, sports memorabilia will be available for auction from the Pistons, Red Wings, Tigers, and the Lions. All proceeds from the night will go to the Sabrina Black Fund.

The Riff's “Big Daddy” Arthur P. will start the night by broadcasting live from Johnny G's restaurant, directly next door to the Emerald Ballroom from 3pm to 7pm. Following Art will be WRIF's night jock, Meltdown, live from the Emerald from 7pm to midnight. Also, The Riff's “Doc of Rock”, Doug Podell will emcee the event.

Detroit Free Press:

Feb. 24 has been set as the date for Dick Purtan's Salvation Army radiothon on WOMC-FM (104.3) to help the organization's Bed & Bread food and shelter program for area needy people. Purtan and his morning show gang will be on the air for 16 hours starting at 6 a.m. from center court at Oakland Mall. The goal: to beat last year's mark of $1,723,088, which appears to be a one-day national fund-raising record for radio. Since 1988, the Purtan radiothon has raised more than $10.5 million for the Bed & Bread program. Expect live performances by local musicians and comedians, and interviews with celebrities, sports figures, politicians, business leaders and metro area children who came up with creative ways to collect money on behalf of their classrooms or schools. Details at www.womc.com... Purtan sets radiothon date (Mon 1/16)

Detroit News:

Howard Stern has now broadcast for a full week on Sirius Satellite Radio, and despite all the media hoopla, the world as we know it spins on in the starry cosmos. It might be a good time for us to point out that in Detroit (and several other markets, such as Minneapolis), Stern was not the king of all media. The fall Arbitron ratings released Thursday showed that in the overall 12 plus age group, even with Stern's show, his Detroit station WKRK-FM (97.1) ranked only No. 15 in the market, with a 2.7 share. He did best in the 18-54 age group, ranking No. 5, but that still lagged behind WRIF-FM's Drew and Mike (No. 1), WKQI-FM's Mojo in the Morning (No. 2), WJLB-FM's Serch in the Morning (No. 3) and WMXD-FM's Steve Harvey show (No. 4). So as the book closes on this first week of Stern unleashed and uncensored, how has life changed as we know it?... Stern gets through his first week on Sirius (Sat 1/14)

All Access:

Clear Channel Ann Arbor Names Three New PD's: CLEAR CHANNEL Country WWWW/ANN ARBOR, MI morning man BRIAN "BUBBA" COWAN adds PD stripes in addition to his current duties. Concurrently, CC ANN ARBOR AAA sister WQKL names BRAD SAVAGE for PD duties. SAVAGE comes to WQKL from CLEAR CHANNEL Alternative WMAD/MADISON, WI where he was also PD. Later in the afternoon, it was announced that Sports WTKA-A PD RYAN MAGUIRE has been named PD of crosshall sister Progressive Talker WLBY-A. MAGUIRE will continue to program WTKA-A.

Tic Tak Gets Kissed ... OK, Just Smooched: A zillion folks reported that former CLEAR CHANNEL WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT night dude TIC TAK & THE FREAK SHOW made a SUNDAY cameo last night (1/15) on sister Top 40 WKSC (KISS 103.5)/CHICAGO, touching off all sorts of rumors. Well, inside sources tell ALL ACCESS it was nothing more than the available MR. TIC TAK sticking his hand up for the available shift.


MTNAs of the first week of Janaury, Citadel Broadcasting officially completed the purchase of the Michigan Talk Radio Network and renamed it the Michigan Talk Network. Tim Hygh is MTN's new general manager. MTRN began operations on Janaury 1st 2001 under the direction of founders Dave and Martin Scott and has provided daily, weekend, and sports programming to radio stations across Michigan ever since.

Michigan Talk Network's "The Big Show" showed dramatic growth in Lansing's fall book at WJIM-AM 1240 with adults 25-54, doubling its listenership from the summer and has become the top-rated news-talk program in that demo. The Big Show boasts it is now a well-oiled team now, providing a full service/news talk machine. Dave Scott, MTRN co-founder and now Big Show host, is hitting his stride in Lansing with a support staff that includes executive producer Michael Patrick Shiels, co-host Tim Nester and news director Gary Austin.

The goal of The Big Show is to provide listeners with the most entertaining, edifying and marketable product possible and are looking forward to hearing the same kinds of ratings success stories from affiliates across Michigan.

Flint's WTRX-AM 1330 has just signed on as The Big Show's most recent affiliate and will begin broadcasting the program in Feburary.


* LPFM WDLP-LP Fenwick has been granted a construction permit to change its frequency from 92.9 to 93.1

* Rock WJXQ-FM 106.1 has been granted its license to cover to change its community of license from Jackson to Charlotte

* WJZL-FM 92.7 Charlotte has been granted a construction permit to change its community of license from Charlotte to Grand Ledge, change frequency to 92.9, change effective radiated power from 1,500 watts @ 466 feet to 4,600 watts @ 374 feet, and change tower location from southwest of Lansing to downtown Lansing. These changes will give the station much better coverage throughout the city.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 17 - 20



Detroit HD FM Radio gets a big content boost

As part of broadcasters' plan to promote high definition radio, members of the HD Digital Radio Alliance have announced plans for secondary streams on more than 250 of thier stations- several of which have already hit the air, with the rest following in the days ahead. The alliance includes major radio companies Clear Channel, CBS, Greater Media, ABC/Disney, Bonneville, and Emmis.

Here are the announced HD2 streams announced for Detroit stations involved with the alliance:

Clear Channel's WMXD-FM 92.3- Gospel
ABC/Disney's WDRQ-FM 93.1- no plans announced
Greater Media's WCSX-FM 94.7- Deep Trax (Classic Rock)
Clear Channel's WKQI-FM 95.5- New Top 40
ABC/Disney's WDVD-FM 96.3- no plans announced
CBS's WKRK-FM 97.1- News
Clear Channel's WJLB-FM 97.9- Classic Hip Hop
CBS's WVMV-FM 98.7- Traditional Jazz
CBS's WYCD-FM 99.5- Future Country
Clear Channel's WNIC-FM 100.3- AC Ballads and Love Songs
Greater Media's WRIF-FM 101.1- Riff2 (Local Rock/Hip Hop)
Crawford Broadcasting's WMUZ-FM 103.5- Hot Christian AC
CBS's WOMC-FM 104.3- History of Rock & Roll
Greater Media's WMGC-FM 105.1- More Magic (Soft AC days, Classical overnights)
Clear Channel's WDTW-FM 106.7- Live Rock

The stations above will also broadcast thier primary formats on their main HD stream. Greater Media's WCSX, WRIF, and WMGC have been operating and promoting their HD2 streams since late last summer.

The other major FM stations in town, CIMX-FM 88.7, WRCJ-FM 90.9, WUOM-FM 91.7, CIDR-FM 93.9, WDET-FM 101.9, WHTD-FM 102.7, WDMK-FM 105.9, and WGPR-FM 107.5 have not announced plans for secondary streams and several have not launched any secondary digital services. WDMK does offer an HD broadcast of its regular programs. As CIMX and CIDR are based in Canada, they will not be involved, for now at least, in the In Band On Channel (IBOC) digital system that the FCC has approved for US stations.

WMUZ had been simulcasting the programming of religious WRDT-AM 560 on its HD2 channel since it came live in July 2005 and went to All-Christmas music during the past holiday season. WMUZ HD2 is now Hot Christian AC, a spunkier version of what airs on the 'regular' WMUZ. Crawford also plans on bringing WEXL-AM 1340 online with daytime HD programming by early summer 2006.

If you're interesting in hearing all this new programming-- good luck. HD radios have not become popular items in stores quite yet but the HD Radio Alliance hopes that the availability of programming will increase consumer interest and demand for HD sets.

Detroit News:

Get ready -- in the next two to three days there will be an assortment of new channels on your "free" radio airwaves, all part of a push to bring more variety to bored FM listeners. On Wednesday, the HD Digital Radio Alliance revealed which markets would begin broadcasting part of some 264 new "HD2" multicast channels first. Detroit is one market that will receive some of them. Radio's top-12 markets are part of the first wave, in addition to Seattle, Baltimore, Cincinnati and 13 others. "Listeners will now have even more local choices of new and diverse programming," said Peter Ferrara, president and CEO of the HD Digital Radio Alliance. "I think a lot of people are going to want an HD Radio for their car, home and office." Of course, Detroit already has a number of HD2 stations, if you've got a high-definition radio and can hear them... Detroit chosen to ride first wave of HD radio (Thu 1/19)

For more than a year now, radio programmers have been obsessed with the iPod. They've been launching iPod Shuffle-like formats such as "Jack" ("Doug" here in Detroit), some stations give away iPods in promotions, while others decry the popular audio players as death to their industry. That wary attitude may change a bit as Apple announced a revolutionary device at the Macworld conference: an iPod Radio Remote, retailing for $49. The remote allows you to both control your iPod from afar -- if it's in your backpack, say -- but it also lets you listen to your favorite FM radio station... Remote turns iPod into FM radio (Fri 1/20)

Detroit Free Press:

"Four and 26 to go, Chauncey on the sideline, lobs to Rasheed, Rasheed turns and faces, FIRES OFF THE GLASS AND HE HIT IT! COUNT THAT BABY AND A FOUL!" In his 30th NBA season, with more than 2,600 games under his belt as the voice of the Pistons, George Blaha's up-tempo and unique play-by-play calls have thrilled fans since the days a once-struggling franchise sometimes hosted 4,000 diehards at Cobo Arena. "I agree with people who tell me they like George's broadcasts because they're never boring. He can make a preseason contest sound like Game 7 of the NBA Finals," said Joe Abramson, in his 23rd season as Blaha's home game statistician. "He also does it without damaging the integrity of the game, because as George will tell you, he's not the show, the players are." Blaha, 61, was raised in Iowa until moving to Grayling at age 13... 30 seasons of George Blaha (Wed 1/18)

Dick Purtan will be hosting the morning show on CBS Radio-owned oldies station WOMC-FM (104.3) for five more years. At the pact's completion, his Detroit career would pass the 45-year mark. Quipped Purtan: "The people have spoken, but I've decided to sign a new contract anyway." Purtan's longtime attorney, Henry Baskin, confirmed the new deal Thursday morning, but he declined to specify a salary figure. It's generally believed that Purtan set the standard for Detroit radio salaries, with an annual paycheck of about $4 million. However, Purtan's senior career status -- he's in his late 60s -- and radio's economic problems could mean that he may have settled for less. As part of the deal, Baskin said, CBS agreed to make a $50,000 donation to the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. It's named after Purtan's wife, who has survived several treatment regimens since 1997... Dick Purtan signs for 5 more years on WOMC (Fri 1/20)

FSN Detroit to present “Homecoming Week” Jan. 22-28

FSNIn the days before Super Bowl hoopla in the Motor City kicks into full gear, FSN Detroit presents its own week of big events as the region's wintertime teams combine for eight games in seven days from Jan. 22-28, all in front of hometown fans. Dubbed “Homecoming Week”, it includes three Pistons games, three Red Wings games and a CCHA doubleheader.

Here's the day-by-day lineup for “Homecoming Week” on FSN Detroit:

* Sun Jan 22, Pistons vs. Houston Rockets – 5:30 PM
* Mon Jan 23, Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators – 7:00 PM
* Tue Jan 24, Red Wings vs. Nashville Predators – 7:00 PM
* Wed Jan 25, Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 7:00 PM
* Thu Jan 26, Red Wings vs. Vancouver Canucks – 7:00 PM
* Fri Jan 27, Pistons vs. Memphis Grizzlies – 7:30 PM
* Sat Jan 28, CCHA: Northern Michigan at Western Michigan – 4:30 PM
* Sat Jan 28, CCHA: Michigan vs. Michigan State @ JLA Detroit– 7:30 PM

Radio and Records:

United Stations Radio Networks inks a multiyear pact with Mort Crim Communications to provide sales, affiliate relations and distribution for Crim's daily short-form programs, "News You Care About," "Second Thoughts" and "American Spirit." Crim, a 35-year veteran broadcaster, is the voice of all three products, which currently air on more than 700 affiliates nationwide. USRN Signs New Deal With Mort Crim Communications (Thu 1/19)

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WDVD's Blaine & Lisa Interview Rod Marinelli: ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI's morning show with BLAINE & LISA interviewed new LIONS coach ROD MARINELLI this morning and talked about everything from what part of town they plan to live in, to the teams plans for Quarterback JOEY HARRINGTON. MARINELLI told the morning show, "...I want to have a chance to sit down and visit with him. I want to get the Offensive Coordinator in place. That's the thing I like to start with first..."

Dispute Arrises Over Three Mort Crim Programs: Just a day after USRN announced a deal whereby they entered into a long-term marketing agreement with MORT CRIM COMMUNICATIONS, INC. (see NET NEWS 1/19), CRIM's previous distributor, LIFESTYLE TALKRADIO NETWORK, is notifying all CRIM affilates that LIFESTYLE will continue to produce the CRIM-related "SECOND THOUGHTS," "AMERICAN SPIRIT," and "NEWS YOU CARE ABOUT" features with regular CRIM fill-in host, DAVID WEISS, stepping up as full-time host/head writer. For their part, CRIM and USRN are planning produce three new shows to replace "SECOND THOUGHTS," "AMERICAN SPIRIT," and "NEW YOU CARE ABOUT" (the new shows will be called "MORT CRIM--ONE MOMENT PLEASE," "MORT CRIM--STORIES FROM THE USA," and "MORT CRIM--NEWS YOU'LL TALK ABOUT," respectively). Both sides maintain that they own the rights to the three disputed shows, and both sides are vowing legal action in the wake of the dispute.


New Mix goes to the max in fall ratings



Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, January 22, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

The fall quarter ratings book, released earlier this month, demonstrates some interesting changes in our radio listening habits. The first eye-opener was the tie at the top in all-day listening between news-talk WJR-AM (760) and adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) among listeners ages 12 and older. WMXD’s success was fueled by Steve Harvey, who scored big numbers over The Mix 92.3’s former morning man Tom Joyner, now heard on adult urban WDMK-FM (105.9). So far, it looks like listeners are pleased with the new Mix and are showing their loyalty.

The rest of the Top 5 stations overall were smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7), contemporary hits WKQI-FM (95.5) and the all-Christmas sounds of WNIC-FM (100.3). It was a strong book for WNIC, but not nearly as big as a year ago, when it surged to the top spot even amid direct competition from fellow soft rocker WMGC-FM (105.1). Magic 105.1, which opted for a more traditional and later approach to Christmas music this season, finished in 12th place. The ratings for both WNIC and WMGC were down from last year but up from the summer ratings period.

What’s surprising is the absence of news WWJ-AM (950) from the Top 5, since the all-newser routinely competes for the market’s top spot but fell to ninth place overall this fall. Just don’t blame WWJ’s soft ratings on its morning team — in the morning numbers, Joe Donovan, Roberta Jasina and Larry Henry placed second behind Drew & Mike on rock WRIF-FM (101.1) and ahead of ’MXD’s Harvey and Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People on oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), which tied for third place.

The Mojo in the Morning crew at WKQI also had reason to be happy with their performance. For the first time, they notched a Top 5 finish in every demographic they target, including being tops in women listeners ages 18-34 and 25-34.

Meanwhile, the sports radio battle took a twist with WXYT-AM (1270) moving well ahead of WDFN-AM (1130) for the first time that I can remember, as WXYT’s emphasis on being all local all day certainly seems to be having a positive impact. To my ears, WDFN has lost its way as a sports-focused station, with hosts talking about just about anything but sports for longer and longer periods of time — when there aren’t commercials airing for what seems like minutes on end.

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Speaking of sports, I was really annoyed with our local sports radio stations last Sunday when I tried to tune in the football playoff game between the Colts and Steelers. Neither WXYT nor WDFN had the game, but luckily, I found it on CHOK-AM (1070), which broadcasts from Sarnia, Ontario. How sad is it that I had to listen to American football on a Canadian radio station in one of the United States’ largest radio markets?!?

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Major kudos to WJR morning man Paul W. Smith for guest-hosting the Rush Limbaugh afternoon politico gabfest Wednesday and Thursday. The timing couldn’t have been better for a Detroit spotlight during auto show week and just as all the Super Bowl hoopla gets going in earnest. It’s great to hear good things about our area on national media for change.

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Still, I’m sad that the days of “radio row” during the auto show are long gone due to the space constraints at Cobo Center. One of the highlights for radio fans like me was being able to check out the freebies from nearly every radio station on the dial in one quick walk. I wish I had kept some of those classic bumper stickers from stations like the old WABX, WLLZ and CKLW... These days, if you can even find any of the few radio booths in the exhibit hall, you’re lucky to score even a key ring. I’d vote for a bigger Cobo Center just to get Radio Row back!

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For something completely different, classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) is offering Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Party Packs to celebrate the composer’s 250th birthday on Friday. Available by sending an e-mail to wolfgang@dptv.org, the packs include info on Mozart, a quiz, recipes and more. The station also will dish up broadcasts from Salzburg, Austria, as part of the celebration Wednesday and Thursday and all day Friday. So party down with Wolfie!

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Legendary ABC TV newsman Ted Koppel will join National Public Radio in June, offering commentaries and analysis during news events. Noted Koppel, “I have been an unabashed fan of NPR for many years and have stolen untold excellent ideas from its programming. It’s time to give something back.” His deal is for one year.

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Mark your calendar and save your pennies: Dick Purtan’s annual radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army Bed and Bread Club will be Feb. 24 at Oakland Mall in Troy. The goal is to break last year’s amazing tally of more than $1.7 million.

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Set Your Dials: Chris Felcyn’s “Listening Room” brings “Winter” from Haydn’s “The Seasons,” album excerpts from Nnenna Freelon and Ann Arbor composer William Bolcom, plus the timeless comedy of Mike Nichols and Elaine May, from 10 a.m.-noon today on classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) ... hosts Tom Wilson and Heather Novak pull out the stops with dance music on a Wurlitzer organ at 6 p.m. on Christian music WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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Columnist Mike Austerman has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 21 - 23



JJ & Lynne Host 28 Hour Radiothon January 26th & 27th

WCSXThis Thursday, January 26th at 6am until Friday, January 27th, at 10am, 94.7 WCSX's Classic Rock Morning Show hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison (JJ & Lynne) will take over the station's airwaves for the 15th Annual WCSX Radiothon. For 28 consecutive hours, JJ & Lynne will broadcast live from the center court at Oakland Mall in Troy to raise money and awareness for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF). This long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2,500,000 for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Listeners will have a chance to bid on a large array of items during the on-air auction and onsite at a special silent auction including:
* Lunch with Chris Chelios
* OverEasy backyard concert and broadcast with JB Davies and The Milroys
* Tickets to the Sports Illustrated Super Bowl Party
* Tickets to the Playboy Super Bowl Party
…and much more!

CLF of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The WCSX Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation.

New Podcast Focuses On Local Talent

overeasyCombining a unique blend of acoustic Classic Rock and releases from emerging area musicians, 94.7 WCSX's OverEasy has been a Motor City weekend radio staple for over 15 years. Continuing the commitment to local music, 94.7 WCSX will now present The OverEasy Podcasts, 30 minute “music shows” focusing on the many talented independent musicians living and working in and around Michigan whose music captures the spirit of the OverEasy program. OverEasy Podcasts will be free for music fans to download via the WCSX web site at www.wcsx.com. Right now, WCSX is accepting submissions of music by independent artists who own their material. Complete details on the submission requirements can be found online at www.wcsx.com/overeasy.

The 94.7 WCSX OverEasy Podcasts will be posted and available for download approximately twice a month. Artists who have been selected for inclusion will be notified via email.

Glenn Haege to give away exotic vacations during the Ultimate Home Show

Home improvement guru Glenn Haege has announced another great reason for homeowners to visit The Ultimate Home Show at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in February, free trips to exotic Mazatlan, Mexito during the “Great Escape Giveaway” promotion. America's Master Handyman continues his tradition of hosting quality intimate home shows at no cost to area homeowners where they can visit with home improvement experts as they discuss hundreds of money-saving products and services.

Both parking and admission for The Ultimate Home Show are free. Show times will be:

• Friday, February 10th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
• Saturday, February 11th from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
• Sunday, February 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

HaegeThis annual show attracts Glenn Haege fans from all over Michigan and northeast Ohio who come to visit Glenn, listen to his live nationwide broadcast and to get FREE expert advice from him and the show's exhibitors. Over 50 exhibitors will be on site to answer home improvement questions, ranging from cabinets, to heating and cooling, to roofing and it is all free. For more information about the show visit www.wdfn.com or call (248) 324-2017.

Show Special Events – February 10 - 12, 2006:

* Glenn Haege Live! – Glenn will be broadcasting from the show live on WDFN 1130-AM from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Saturday and Sunday.

* “Great Escape Giveaway” – Show attendees can win an exotic seven-day trip to Mazatlan, Mexico plus other fabulous prizes such as gift certificates for Lucido Fine Jewelry. Entry forms are available in the January/February issue of Spree Magazine, the February issue of Save-On Everything and advertisements in the Detroit News and Oakland Press. Drawings will be held at The Ultimate Home Show on Saturday, February 11th and Sunday, February 12th at 2:00 p.m. both days. All Entry Forms must be placed in the drawing bin by 1:55 p.m. on both days. Visit www.wdfn.com for complete details and rules.

* Free Antique Appraisals - Knightsbridge Antique Mall will offer free appraisals for all attendees on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

* Free Scrap booking Demonstrations – The Scrapbook Zone from Farmington Hills will offer free scrap booking demonstrations for all attendees on Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

* Free Prizes – Show attendees can also participate in enter-to-win contests during the entire show at WDFN's Promotions Booth located inside the exhibit area. Exhibitors and sponsors are donating free prizes all weekend long.

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit music scene-ster and former WDET-FM (101.9) personality Martin Bandyke will be back on the radio hereabouts regularly and soon, the Free Press has learned. What station? Expect word next week and a show launch the week after... Bandyke plans airwaves return (Sat 1/21)

If you have cable TV, like two-thirds of the country, you likely get a bundle of 50 or more stations, of which, research shows, a typical household will watch only 17 with any regularity. So why do you have to pay for the rest? Congress, with apparently nothing more important to do after screwing up Medicare and yelling at baseball players for using steroids, is looking into this. Don't be surprised if, like so many things in which Washington meddles, cable ends up costing you more for less as a result... Channel Changers (Sun 1/22)

All Access:

Ex-WDET's Martin Bandyke Joins WQKL For Mornings: CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL/ANN ARBOR hires MARTIN BANDYKE for mornings, effective JANUARY 30th. BANDYKE spent 22 years at Noncomm AAA WDET/DETROIT, which recently flipped to News/Talk. WQKL GM BOB BOLAK said, "We started to talk with MARTIN several years ago when he was at WDET. MARTIN has a reputation in this region, and in the music industry, as a foremost music expert. A key attribute to the Adult Alternative radio format are hosts that are musicologists and can share new music and new artists with our listeners. When MARTIN became available several weeks ago, we moved as swiftly as possible to get him back on the airwaves." (Mon 1/23)

Dom Gets CC RVPP Stripes: ALL ACCESS hears that CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT OM and Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT PD DOM THEODORE has been promoted to Regional VP/Programming. He will retain his CC/DETROIT OM and WKQI PD duties. (Mon 1/23)

Radio Ink:

Following up on Friday's United Stations/Mort Crim story, we heard separately from Crim and Lifestyle TalkRadio EVP Jeff Weber. Weber wrote: "Our company owns the features names 'Second Thoughts,' 'American Spirit' and 'News You Care About.' We have every intention of maintaining these segments and in fact continue to syndicate them across the country. Veteran radio personality David Weiss, Mort's permanent substitute host, will now voice the features ... From Mort Crim to his affiliates: "You have been loyal to me and my programming over the years, and I trust you'll want to air my new programs. "I recently exercised my option to terminate my relationship with LifeStyle TalkRadio Network. In response, LifeStyle stopped distributing my programs and started offering cloned versions in which I had no involvement. "You were then threatened by the Lifestyle TalkRadio Network that your station could be
in a “potentially dangerous legal position” by airing my new features. THIS IS NOT THE CASE and here's why... It's Crim Vs. Weber In "Title Match" (Mon 1/23)


CBS and Warner Brothers have announced the end of the line for CBS' UPN and WB's The WB networks effective this fall as the two units will combine to form a new single entity to be coined "The CW". The new network will offer carry-over prime-time programming from both UPN and WB when it launches in September, along with keeping the children's afternoon and Saturday morning offerings currently called "Kids WB". The move will have the biggest impact on Metro Detroit's WDWB-TV 20, which will be left without a network affiliation once the WB ceases operations this summer. Current CBS-owned UPN affiliate WKBD-TV 50 will become the Motor City's home for The CW.

Across the rest of Michigan, it is uncertain what the effect will be once the new network begins operations. Currently, Lansing/Jackson has a full-time UPN affiliate on WHTV-TV 18 and West Michigan viewers can see UPN shows on a series of low-power stations called 'The X' (based at WXSP-CA channel 15). UPN programs are also available on several other stations on a tape-delayed basis or as part of HD secondary channels. The WB has several cable-only outlets across the state in addition to an HD secondary channel offered by WEYI Saginaw and on a tape delayed basis on WZPX-TV 43 Battle Creek.

UPN, The WB Merging Into CW Network (Media Week)

UPN and WB TV networks merged into new CW net (Detroit Free Press)


* Midwest Communications has agreed to purchase Kalamazoo stations Adult Contemporary WQLR-FM 106.5, News-Talk WKZO-AM 590, Talk WKLZ-AM 1470, and Sports WQSN-AM 1660 from Fairfield Broadcasting for $13.25 million, pending FCC approval and closing.

Local radio stations may get new ownership (Kalamazoo Gazette), Midwest Buys Fairfield's Kalamazoo Cluster (Radio and Records)

* Citadel Broadcasting has exercised its $400,000 option on the purchase of Sports WEFG-FM 97.5 Muskegon from Unity Broadcasting. Citadel acquired the option to buy WEFG as part of a larger deal in late 2004 that moved FM 92.5 Newaygo, WLCS-FM 98.3, WSHN-FM 100.1, and WUBR-AM 1490, all also in the Muskegon area, to Citadel. The exercise of the option to purchase WEFG needs FCC approval before closing.

* The FCC approved the sale of WTNP-FM 91.9 Richland from Living Proof Inc to Horizon Christian Fellowship. The $250,000 deal was announced in December 2005.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 24 - 27



Mix 92.3 to give away Super Bowl tickets tomorrow

Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 has teamed up with Sam's Club have and the Super Bowl Gospel Celebration to give away a pair of Super Bowl XL game tickets to a lucky listener, compliments of Sam's Club. Tomorrow, Saturday, January 28th, from 12 noon to 3pm, Mix 92.3 will broadcast live from the Sam's Club at 31720 Gratiot Avenue in Roseville to give one lucky person two tickets to the Super Bowl on February 5th. The winner will walk away with a pair of tickets by the end of the broadcast. In making sure everyone can take part in the festivities, Sam's Club will provide complimentary guest passes for admittance into the store so the general public can participate along with Sam's Club members. In addition to the Super Bowl game tickets, patrons will have an opportunity to meet Detroit Lions defensive end Cory Redding and wide receiver, Eddie Drummond. Plus top Detroit gospel artists, The Triumph Choir - Chris Jones & High Praise, will perform spiritual and uplifting songs throughout the broadcast.

WMXDMix 92.3's morning show, “The Steve Harvey Morning Show”, will return to Detroit from Monday, January 30th, 2006 through Wednesday, February 1, 2006. Steve Harvey and his morning show co-hosts, Jacque Reid of BET News, and comedian Nephew Tommy received a “red-carpet” welcome in Detroit over a week ago. They are coming back to help kick off Super Bowl week in Detroit. The Steve Harvey Morning Show will broadcast live from WMXD's studios in downtown Detroit on Monday and Wednesday from 6a-10a.m. On Tuesday, the general public can join them as they broadcast live from Fishbone's Rhythm Kitchen Café, 400 Monroe Street in Detroit from 6a-10am.

Kicking off “big game” week, Detroiters can party with Harvey at the “Big Time, Big Game All Star Bash,” on Tuesday, January 31st at the International Marketplace Ballroom located inside the Atheneum Suites Hotel – 1000 Brush Avenue in Greektown Detroit, Michigan, from 9p-2am. The party will include an all-star fashion show featuring fashions from the best of Steve Harvey's clothing line, with Steve Harvey himself emceeing. Tickets range from $150-$200 and include an open bar, complimentary food and free valet parking. For ticket information, visit www.davisevents.com or www.mix923fm.com.

Ann Arbor News:

Motown's loss is Ann Arbor's gain. Martin Bandyke, for 22 years a fixture at public radio station WDET in Detroit, will take over the 6 a.m.-10 a.m. Monday-Friday slot at Ann Arbor station WQKL (107.1 FM) beginning Monday. Listeners can expect music in keeping with the station's "adult album alternative'' format, as well as background information about the music and artists being played. "Martin has a reputation in this region, and in the music industry, as a foremost music expert," said station General Manager Bob Bolak "A key attribute to the ... format are hosts that are musicologists and can share new music and new artists with our listeners." Bandyke graduated from the University of Michigan in 1976 with a bachelor of arts degree in radio, television and film. Raised in Dearborn and currently living in Harper Woods, Bandyke said he plans to move to Washtenaw County soon. "I can't wait to get started," Bandyke said about his upcoming gig... Bandyke to DJ at local station (Tue 1/24)

Detroit Free Press:

There you go. As reported here Saturday, 22-year WDET-FM (101.9) music host Martin Bandyke has new work. Starting Monday, Bandyke will join Ann Arbor's Clear Channel-owned WQKL-FM (107.1) as host of its Monday-Friday 6-10 a.m. morning show. The station's music mix is close to the artists he played on WDET: KT Tunstall, Death Cab for Cutie and Madeleine Peyroux with mainstream artists like Dave Matthews, U2 and Coldplay. WDET dropped Bandyke's and Judy Adams' weekday shows in December for news and information. It restored weekend music shows aimed at specific genres... Eclectic beat goes on (Tue 1/24)

Bye-bye, UPN and WB. Hello, CW. The broadcast television industry was hit with a major consolidation Tuesday when CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment announced their intent to form a new network, called the CW. It is expected to be launched in the fall. CW will be made up in part of current programming on UPN (which is controlled by CBS) and Warner's WB network. UPN and WB have relatively low ratings but do well with niche audiences. The CW's most likely strategy? Becoming a single point for reaching younger eyes with hipper programming and providing stronger, more unified competition for old guard CBS, ABC, NBC and Fox. The CW will offer its best programming from 8-10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7-10 p.m. Sundays. Also part of the deal is a 5-hour Saturday morning animation block aimed at kids. What about Detroit? The CW signed 10-year affiliation agreements with CBS's owned-and-operated UPN affiliates including Detroit's WKBD-TV (Channel 50). Left without any network affiliation after September will be WDWB-TV (Channel 20), which is in the process of being sold by Granite Broadcasting to AM Media Holdings LLC, an affiliate of Washington-based ACON Investments LLC, a privately held investing firm. Channel 20 is the primary broadcast TV carrier of the Detroit Pistons... Secondary TV networks to merge (Wed 1/25)

Shaken up: Radio One's WCHB-AM (1200) talk lineup. Mildred Gaddis remains at 6-10 a.m. weekdays, but the station will add national talkers Michael Eric Dyson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and "Two Live Stews" to fill 10 a.m. -7 p.m... Names and Faces (Thu 1/26)

Detroit News:

The WB and UPN, which have for years been floundering in fifth and sixth place, will shut down and become one network come fall, the companies announced Tuesday. The new network will be called the CW, in honor of CBS Corp., which owns UPN, and Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner Inc., which owns most of the WB network. The WB is 11 years old, and UPN is 10. It will be a 50-50 partnership between Warner Bros. and CBS. Locally, the soon-to-be-former WDWB Channel 20, a k a WB 20, will have no network affiliation; the CW network will be carried on WKBD-TV Channel 50, the soon-to-be former UPN 50. "We don't know what the new lineup will be, but viewers can expect that the best shows from both networks will be on the CW," said Shaun McDonald, vice president and general manager at WKBD and WWJ-TV, the local CBS affiliate... WB, UPN plan to merge networks for fall as the CW (Wed 1/25)

There's finally a confirmed date for the change in WCHB-AM's (1200) daytime programming that Radio One has been signaling since last year. Starting Monday, the Radio One-owned station will begin airing daytime content from the new African-American-centered talk network that Radio One developed in conjunction with Tom Joyner's Reach Media. Mildred Gaddis will still broadcast "Inside Detroit" from 6 to 10 a.m. daily on 'CHB, but "Up Front with Karen Dumas," from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; "Your Voice with Angelo Henderson," from 3 to 6 p.m.; and Ellis Liddell's personal finance program, from 6 to 7 p.m., will be taken off the daytime schedule to make way for the talk network... New lineup for Radio One's WCHB starts Monday (Wed 1/25)

The Super Bowl is always held at a neutral site, but ABC/ESPN uberhost Mike Tirico considers himself to have home-field advantage. Tirico, who lives in Ann Arbor with his wife and two kids, is noticeably excited to play a significant role in ABC's Super Bowl coverage. He will broadcast from a set located on the turf at Ford Field, working in ABC's 3 1/2 hours of pregame show. Tirico also hopes to have a role in the postgame, perhaps handing the gleaming trophy to the winner ... The 2005 fall radio ratings book recently came out, and it revealed the competition between the sports-talk radio stations might be on for real. WXYT 1270 claimed victory, for the first time, by beating WDFN 1130. WXYT had an average rating of 3.4 to WDFN's 3.1 in the key male 25-54 demographic. In the sports-talk world, men 25-54 are the target, for advertisers and programming. WDFN led the 2005 summer book with a 5.63 average to WXYT's 2.06. Rich Homberg, WXYT's general manager, was more than happy to claim victory. "I think it's our genius talent, extraordinary programming and decent management," Homberg said, only semi-joking... Tirico's message: Quit whining, Detroit is super (Thu 1/26)

How much Super Bowl madness can one city take? Downtown Detroit will be awash in air personalities who usually beam their shows from the suburb. Channel 95.5 (WKQI-FM, 95.5) will be broadcasting next week from three parties; Thursday's Pepsi Smash at the State Theatre with Kanye West ; Friday's P. Diddy Cashmere Party at the Elysium Lounge downtown; and Saturday at the Shady Records aftermath concert at the State Theatre, with Eminem. The station's Mojo in the Morning also has a "Celebrity Challenge" contest going: Listeners try to get a celebrity to call in to the show and ask for tickets on their behalf ... Elsewhere on the dial, WOMC-FM (104.3)'s Dick Purtan and Purtan's People will leave their usual Ferndale home to broadcast live Monday through Friday of Super Bowl week from 5 to 10 a.m. from an atrium in the Renaissance Center. Tom Ryan will also be ensconced at the RenCen for his 3-7 p.m. show all week. WRIF-FM's (101.1) Doug Podell and Arthur Penhallow will temporarily vacate Greater Media's mediaplex in leafy Ferndale to broadcast from Detroit's Hockeytown Café from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Both WRIF and sister station WCSX-FM (94.7) will also be broadcasting live from downtown's Winter Blast next Thursday through Saturday afternoon, and Sunday morning as well before the big game. Game? What game... Super Bowl XL hype strikes the radio dial (Thu 1/26)

All Access:

Bigtime "Big Game" Mojo At WKQI/Detroit
With the Super Bo.. er, "Big Game" coming to DETROIT next weekend, the MOJO IN THE MORNING SHOW at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5) is plugged in to the many festivities surrounding the event. MOJO IN THE MORNING team member SPIKE checks in with ALL ACCESS to run down his very busy week! "We're broadcasting from three parties: KANYE WEST and NICKELBACK on THURSDAY, P. DIDDY on FRIDAY and EMINEM on SATURDAY," said SPIKE. "(Co-host) KYRA and I will represent the morning show at additional parties throughout the week. We are bowling in the PISTONS charity event and we are celebrity bartenders at the UNITED WAY charity event. We are the only morning show currently giving away game tickets, and more than one pair! We are planning a cool event that will pit national celebs vs. local celebs at a secret location, and we have been invited down to be on the JIMMY KIMMEL SHOW next THURSDAY!" MOJO will also be hosting vignettes to run on LOCAL 4 TV over the next two weeks. Lots of celebrity visits are being planned for the show, and of course, some very sneaky, evil game-related Street Scams and Phone Scams will undoubtedly happen!

WJR to offer live broadcasts this weekend from the Novi Home Improvement Show this weekend

Saturday, January 28, 2006: Noon-2PM, Home Improvement
Sunday, January 29, 2006: 9AM-Noon, The Real Estate Insiders and from Noon-3PM, Home Improvement

WDET programming highlights

Ed Gordon, Emmy-award winning journalist and host of NPR's "News & Notes with Ed Gordon" will be broadcasting his daily national program from WDET's midtown Detroit studios January 30 - February 1. Gordon, a Detroit native, discusses political issues and has conversations with newsmakers, world leaders and celebrities. WDET - Detroit Public Radio is pleased to be hosting one of NPR's finest programs. News & Notes with Ed Gordon airs weekdays from 10am to 11am.

Swimming in the same indie-pop pool as Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy and Nick Drake, Jacksonville native Ashton Allen is making a big splash with his rainy-day songs. Allen is on a promotional tour promoting his debut album "Dewdrops" and stops by the Liz Copeland Program to perform in WDET's Studio A. This performance will air Wednesday night/Thursday morning Feb. 2. Alternate Take with Liz Copeland airs weeknights from midnight to 5am on WDET.

WDETLow stops by the WDET studios for a session with WDET music host Jon Moshier, airing Saturday evening February 4th in the 10pm hour. Consisting of the husband / wife team of drummer Mimi Parker and singer-guitarist Alan Sparhawk along with bassist Zak Sally, Low is considered a so-called "slowcore" band known for it's delicate, slow, moody tunes. Low is in concert along with His Name Is Alive at the Magic Stick on Monday, January 30th. In Sound with Jon Moshier airs Saturday evenings from 9pm to midnight.

Jazz concert pianist, composer, performer & recording artist James Tatum performs live on Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program on Thursday, February 2nd in the 7pm hour. James Tatum is one of the jazz world's most distinguished stars but is also recognized for his involvement and dedication in jazz education. Tatum has been involved with music education and jazz education in the Wayne County Community College District, Oakland University and in the Detroit Public School System for the past 32 years. Tatum brings his latest project, The James Tatum Trio Plus to WDET and Studio A for a live performance on the Ed Love program featuring James Tatum on piano, Deblon Jackson on flute, Greg Cook on string bass and James Wendell Robinson on drums. Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program airs weeknights from 7pm to midnight.

Visit www.wdetfm.org for more info.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, January 29, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

HD (high-definition) radio is really in the news right now as the big players roll out their new HD formats on what is known as the “sidechannel.” With an HD radio, AM sounds like FM and FM sounds like a CD. You can tune to an FM station and select HD-1 or HD-2. Available only on HD sets, the second channel, in theory, doubles your choices of programs or formats. Except that it won’t. That’s because the two biggest radio companies locally, Clear Channel and CBS (formerly Infinity), have unveiled their new HD-2 offerings — and it’s not pretty. Or very innovative.

Urban WJLB-FM (97.9) will offer classic hip-hop; urban pop WMXD-FM (92.3) will do gospel; Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5) will play “new” Top 40; classic hits WDTW-FM (106.7) will deliver “live rock”; and pop WNIC-FM (100.3) will play pop ballads and love songs. The four CBS FMs aren’t much better. Country WYCD-FM (99.5) will play something called “Future Country”; smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) will have traditional jazz; hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1) will do (hot?) news; and oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) will present — ta-dah! — the “History of Rock & Roll.”

Will these “exciting” and “new” formats entice you into spending $350-plus for a new HD Radio? Where are the under-represented formats? Why not channels that offer full-time classical, pre-Beatles oldies, beautiful music, traditional country and adult standards? While the radio industry preaches that “content is king,” this type of content is not king. It’s also why people pay $13 per month for satellite radio, which does cater to just about every musical taste. It’s the same reason so many people pay up to $100 per month for premium cable and satellite TV — because they became disenchanted with the offerings of network television.

A good part of the audience is now feeling the same about radio. But the audience — that’s you — no longer has to tolerate mediocrity. You have the power to influence broadcasters. This was evidenced by the cancellation of “The Book of Daniel” by NBC after religious and family watchdog organizations deemed the show offensive and led a campaign to kill it. While HD radio does sound incredible, the initial offerings seem lame.

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Speaking of offensive, Howard Stern has brought so much attention to his “free speech” program on Sirius Satellite Radio that the FCC is now looking into censorship of both Sirius and XM. Can HBO and Showtime be far behind? This could really get ugly.

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It’s been more than 90 days since WJR-AM (760) dumped U-M sports for MSU and still no replacement stations have been named for this fall’s 12-game football season. I say let’s get the Wolverines on FM. The Lions are on WKRK-FM (97.1), and nearly a dozen NFL teams have FMs as their flagship stations. A powerful FM would be ideal with equal coverage both day and night. Expect a decision soon — along with the final word on which company might buy ABC Radio (which owns WJR and three other local stations) from Disney, in a deal worth billions.

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We’re one week away from Super Bowl XL Sunday, and all this week, the world will focus on Detroit, as will the jokes from Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel. Many of your favorite radio stations will be all over the big event. For instance, Mojo in the Morning on WKQI is pulling out all of the stops — even giving away free tickets to the game. Super Bowl XL will be Xtra Large for local radio.

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Recent times have been bittersweet for WKQI programmer Dom Theodore, who lost his dad to cancer and a few days later was promoted to VP of regional programming for Clear Channel Radio in Michigan. Theodore is both loved and respected by local staffers, and did not select the new HD formats. They were chosen by corporate brass and the HD Radio Alliance, a broadcasting group put together to popularize the new technology.

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes: Martin Bandyke, the popular 22-year radio personality formerly of public WDET-FM (101.9), will be the new morning host at Ann Arbor’s alternative WQKL-FM (107.1), which can be heard by much of western Oakland County ... urban talk/gospel WCHB-AM (1200) has greatly juggled its schedule. Mildred Gaddis will continue to host mornings, but the rest of the day’s programs will come from the African-American Talk Network of Radio One, which owns the 50,000-watt station.

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Set Your Dials: Home improvement whiz Murray Gula broadcasts live with John McCullough from the Home Show at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi, from noon to 3 p.m. today on WJR ... host Tom Wilson features “Chick” Webb’s big band at 6 p.m. tonight on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... stay up late to catch indie pop star Ashton Allen performing in-studio with host Liz Copeland, after 12:30 a.m. Thursday on WDET.

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 28 - 30



WCSX Radiothon helps raise over $210,000

WCSX94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Morning Show hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison (JJ & Lynne) wrapped up their 28 Hour Radiothon on Friday the 27th of January with the announcement that over $210,000 had been raised to benefit The Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2.7 million for the CLF of Michigan.

Now, they turn their attention to the selection of the fourth JJ & Lynne's Stone Soup Project vehicle. You can help choose the car or truck that willbe restored and modified (“restified”) by visiting www.wcsx.com and voting on JJ & Lynne's Stone Soup page. The vehicle will then be raffled off with the proceeds also going to Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan, a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The WCSX Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation.

99.5 WYCD Hosts “Clint Black Tie Affair” For St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

WYCDDetroit's Country station, 99.5 WYCD and Al Long Ford in Warren are teaming together for a fundraising event with Country Superstar Clint Black at the Melting Pot Restaurant in Troy, MI on Thursday, February 9th. The event, dubbed the “Clint Black Tie Affair” will be raising monies to help fight childhood cancer with the ALSAC St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, one of the world's foremost cancer research hospitals. Detroit native and worldwide entertainer Danny Thomas founded the hospital with the theme, “No child should die in the dawn of life”. “Each year Detroit's 99.5 WYCD raises funds for the hospital, and this year we've added a new exciting and fun event to help the kids”, said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “Clint Black is a huge artist in our format and he's been very generous to devote an evening to helping these kids”, added WYCD Morning Host Doctor Don Carpenter. “The staff and management of the Melting Pot in Troy have been wonderful supporters of the children of St. Jude and are absolutely great to allow us to have this event at their world famous restaurant.”

Tickets for the Clint Black Tie Affair can be purchased for $100 per plate through WYCD, from 9:00am-5:00pm weekdays at 26555 Evergreen, Suite 675, Southfield, MI 48076. A limited number of tickets can also be won by stopping by Al Long Ford, at 13711 E. 8 Mile Rd. in Warren. “The staff at Al Long Ford have been tremendously supportive of our fundraising efforts”, said WYCD PD Tim Roberts. The Melting Pot restaurant in Troy is renowned for their fondue style dinners, located at 888 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 119.

Detroit Free Press:

Two years ago, Jimmy Kimmel and Detroit went through a rough patch. It was more of a spend-the-night-on-the-couch thing than a bitter divorce. And Kimmel did what a guy in the doghouse is supposed to do. He apologized once, then twice, for joking during a 2004 NBA Finals game half-time segment that the city would be burned down if the Pistons won. Now he's going the extra step and bringing us candy and flowers, so to speak. Starting Tuesday, ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is doing a week of broadcasts from the downtown Gem Theatre, including a special Super Bowl Sunday show that's part of ABC's post-game lineup. The shows will be taped around 7 p.m. and feature guests like Jessica Alba and the region's own Kid Rock. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) plans to air them at 11:35 p.m., a half-hour earlier than usual, to give more local residents a chance to watch... Jimmy Kimmel ♥ Detroit (Sun 1/29)

Detroit News:

National and local broadcasters will be covering the Big Game from every angle at various Detroit venues. All locations are open to the public, with the exception of Ford Field and Centaur. Here's where many of the broadcasters will be: ABC Sports will be headquartered all week at Ford Field, 2000 Brush St. ESPN will be stationed at three locations for various broadcasts and events all week. One stop is the upscale lounge Centaur, 2233 Park Ave., where ESPN the Magazine has its private all-access venue with eight floors of VIP treatment. At the Town Pump Tavern, 100 W. Montcalm St., which is kitty-corner to Centaur, there will be athlete appearances and gaming competitions and the venue is open to the public. Meanwhile, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News and ESPN's "Cold Pizza" will broadcast from the GM Wintergarden, 400 Renaissance Center... TV coverage blankets Detroit for Super Bowl week (Sun 1/29)

If you can't be at Ford Field for the Super Bowl, radio's got you covered. The game itself will be broadcast in Metro Detroit, starting with the pregame show at 6 p.m. on CBS's WXYT-AM (1270). It will also be heard on 575 stations nationally via the Westwood One / CBS Radio network. Some 120 countries will be able to tune in, as well as U.S. ships at sea (through the American Forces Radio and Television Service). The pay service Sirius Satellite Radio's NFL Radio, channel 124, will broadcast live from Detroit all week in the Renaissance Center's Radio Row. The channel also will be streamed live, free, on the NFL's official game site, www.superbowl.com. Meanwhile, Detroit native Ed Gordon, host of NPR's "News & Notes with Ed Gordon," will broadcast his show from 10-11 a.m. Monday through Wednesday from the studios of WDET-FM (101.9)... Radio dial will be spinning with sound of Super Bowl (Sun 1/29)

Bob Woodruff has always been a fighter. Whether it was on the soccer field or in the courtroom, he always knew how to get the job done. Friends and colleagues hope that fighting spirit will help the ABC co-anchor battle back from serious head injuries he suffered early Sunday after a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle while he was covering the war in Iraq... Metro Detroit rallies around ABC's Woodruff (Mon 1/30)

Oakland Press:

Dedicated, brilliant, compassionate and devoted. The words used by close friends and people in the journalism business to describe ABC "World News Tonight" coanchor Bob Woodruff, a Bloomfield Township native, give a reflection of his work ethic in Iraq, where he was critically injured Sunday morning in the line of duty. Woodruff, a 1979 Cranbrook Schools graduate, suffered head injuries and broken bones when the Iraqi army vehicle he was traveling in was hit by an explosive device... Anchor hurt in Iraq is Oakland native (Mon 1/30)







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