Mike Austerman: June 2006 Archives

WRIF's “Drew & Mike” to hold a 3-Point Shot Contest to see the Pistons in Miami for Game 6

Active Rock WRIF-FM's (101.1) morning show hosts Drew & Mike will send one lucky winner and a guest to Miami tomorrow night to watch the Pistons battle the Heat in game 6 of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a 3-Point shot contest tomorrow at the WRIF studios. Throughout the show today ten listeners will be qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, June 2 at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant, or their pre-selected “ringer,” who scores the most points in a series of two rounds will leave the station and head directly to the airport for their flight to Miami.

This is the third consecutive year that Drew & Mike have held this contest, with the help of sponsor, Rock Financial, sending listeners to Pistons playoff games in San Antonio, Los Angeles and now Miami. The winner and guest will also receive a blue Pistons “away” jersey to wear at the game. “We intend to throw some blue into the white out in that Miami Crowd”, says Drew Lane, WRIF morning show host.

MIX92.3 and Habitat For Humanity team up to collect home goods for better homes in Detroit

WMXDSpring cleaning is here and Habitat For Humanity and Adult Urban WMXD-FM (92.3) are coming together to collect your items! MIX92.3 is helping to restore our community with Habitat for Humanity “ReStore Detroit”. On Saturday, June 3, 2006, join MIX92.3 at Steve's Soul Food, 8443 Grand River, Detroit, as the station broadcasts live from noon-7p.m. collecting gently used home furnishings, air conditioners, appliances, building materials, tool, and any other home goods. All items donated will be re-sold at affordable prices at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore Detroit, in effort to help eliminate sub-standard housing in our community. Habitat for Humanity ReStore Detroit will be on site to collect all donated items and also schedule to pick up large and heavy appliances, and home furnishings. All donated items are tax-deductible. Steve's Soul Food will offer 10% discounts to individuals who make a donation.

It's a united effort to help “ReStore Detroit”... won't you join the effort?

Magic 105.1's 2005-2006 “Teacher of the Year” is Chosen

WMGC-FM / Magic 105.1's “Teacher of the Year” program culminated today with an awards presentation live on the air with Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show. Every Friday, starting on September 12, 2005, Jim Harper read one letter nominating a special teacher from Metro Detroit to be “Teacher of the Year.” After 38 weeks of nominations, Cathy Keeler of Hazel Park High School was chosen as the winner of the awards program. She was invited to come in as a “finalist” this morning. Little did she know, she was the winner and was awarded $5,000.

Detroit News:

It's either ironic or cosmically fitting that WDET-FM (101.9) 's newest music host, Mick Collins of the Dirtbombs , hasn't listened to a lot of radio in the last few years. "It's not because I don't want to," said Collins with a laugh. "It's not for want of trying, but the antenna on my house blew down, so I can't pick up any radio there at all. And my car has an electrical short so the radio only plays occasionally"... Get ready to ride 'Night Train' (Thu 6/1)

Detroit Free Press:

Next week could provide the next bit of news in the Frank Turner vs. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) soap opera. When last we tuned in, news anchorman Turner was pursuing an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission sanction against the station for refusing to let him out of a contract exclusivity clause that would prohibit him from doing a two-hour weekday religious radio show on WEXL-AM (1340) in line with his avocation as a Christian evangelist... Stay turned for 'As the Anchorman Turn(er)s' (Thu 6/1)


The Opie and Anthony Show to be broadcast 6:00 – 9:00 am

WXYT AM 1270 Detroit today announced the debut of the Opie and Anthony Show beginning Monday, June 5. The three-hour program will be heard in Detroit from 6:00 - 9:00 AM. The new weekday line-up on 1270 XYT will be as follows:

The Opie and Anthony Show from 6:00 – 9:00 AM
Sports Inferno with Mike Valenti and Terry Foster from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Wetzel and The Gator with Yahoo Sports' Dan Wetzel and Scott “The Gator” Anderson from 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
The Big Show with Doug Karsch and Art Regner from 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

According to WXYT VP/GM Rich Homberg, “Opie and Anthony are flat out the hottest radio show in the country. The opportunity to bring them to Detroit is huge. This show will be a game-changer for both WXYT and the AM dial.”

“We are thrilled to have this new power hitting line up. Opie and Anthony are one of the best morning radio shows in the country,” said XYT Program Director Dan Zampillo. “They are the perfect lead in to the best sports talk in Detroit.”

Opie (Gregg Hughes) and Anthony (Anthony Cumia) returned to CBS RADIO in April 2006 and can currently be heard on FREE FM stations in New York (92.3 WFNY-FM), Dallas (105.3 KLLI-FM), and Philadelphia (94.1 WYSP-FM), WBCN-FM 104.1 in Boston, 93.7 K-ROCK in Pittsburgh (WRKZ-FM), 92.3 K-ROCK in Cleveland (WXRK-FM) and 103.1 THE BUZZ in West Palm Beach (WPBZ-FM). The Opie and Anthony Show originates from the WFNY-FM studio in New York and a simulcast of the show is also broadcast on XM.

Since October 2004, Opie and Anthony have been heard exclusively on XM. Prior to that, their show was broadcast by more than 20 radio stations across the country, including CBS RADIO's WNEW-FM, the show's flagship station in New York. Hughes and Cumia first teamed up in 1994 hosting an evening program for WBAB-FM in Long Island, N.Y. In early 1995, the duo moved to WAAF-FM in Worcester, Mass., where they began hosting “The Opie and Anthony Show” in the afternoons and became one of the Boston market's most popular radio shows.

John Lund, WXYT's former morning co-host, is no longer with the station.

All Access:

O&A "Virus" Spreads To Detroit, Columbus, Rochester: OPIE AND ANTHONY "spread the virus" with the addition of three more markets on top of the previously-announced WJFK (FREE FM 106.7 WJFK)/WASHINGTON addition: Sports WXYT-A/DETROIT adds the show for mornings, while Alternative WZNE (THE ZONE 94.1)/ROCHESTER (2-5p), and Rock WAZU/COLUMBUS (3-6p) will carry the show on a delayed-tape basis. The three new additions will start O&A on MONDAY (6/5), while WJFK launches the show on JUNE 26. WAZU previously carried the show in its earlier WESTWOOD ONE syndication incarnation before the team was removed from the air over the "SEX FOR SAM" incident. At WXYT, O&A replace JOHN LUND and SCOTT "THE GATOR" ANDERSON in mornings. LUND has reportedly left the station, while ANDERSON will move to a new shift, which LANSINGSPORTSRAGE.COM reports will be 1-4p paired with DAN WETZEL. "THE SPORTS INFERNO" moves up an hour to 9a-1p and "THE BIG SHOW" drops an hour to run 4-7p to make room.

Detroit News:

As of Monday, you won't have to pay XM Satellite Radio to hear shock jocks Opie and Anthony in the morning. In an agreement with XM, four more CBS stations are picking up the three-hour show, including sports station WXYT-AM (1270) in Detroit. Opie and Anthony will debut on WXYT 6-9 a.m. Monday... Opie and Anthony hit Detroit airwaves (Sat 6/3)

Detroit Free Press:

Opie & Anthony, the New York-based radio shock jocks who were banished from terrestrial radio after a stunt involving a couple allegedly having sex in St. Patrick's Cathedral in 2002, continue their amazing career comeback on Detroit radio Monday... Shock jocks land spot on WXYT (Sat 6/3)


CMU names 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame Inductees

Two journalists, a public relations practitioner and a professor emeritus will be honored as Central Michigan University's 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame inductees this fall.

Individuals to be inducted into CMU's Journalism Hall of Fame during a Nov. 4 ceremony at The Embers restaurant in Mount Pleasant are:

• The late Norris Ingells was a longtime Lansing State Journal reporter, photographer and columnist. Ingells, a 1955 CMU graduate, worked at the State Journal for 41 years following a six-year stint as editor of the Mount Pleasant Daily Times-News. Throughout his career, Ingells was perhaps best known for his nature photography. He died in December 2005 at age 72.

• Sarah Opperman of Midland is the business public affairs vice president for The Dow Chemical Company. A 1981 CMU graduate, Opperman has held a number of communications and public affairs positions at Dow during her 25-year career. She also has received the company's Genesis Award, the highest honor Dow bestows upon its executives.

• Michael Petrick of Mount Pleasant is a CMU professor emeritus. Petrick taught in the university's journalism department from 1978 to 2000, serving as department chair from 1978 to 1983. He also taught journalism at the University of Maryland in the 1970s and periodically served as a newspaper reporter, editor and writing coach during the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.

• The late Lem Tucker, a Saginaw native, was a two-time Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist whose career included stints at all three major networks. Tucker, a 1960 CMU graduate, is regarded as a pioneer in the broadcast journalism field. He died in 1991 at age 52. In his memory, CMU's Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship - a four-year full scholarship - has been awarded to an incoming freshman during each of the last 10 years.

Tickets for CMU's 2006 Journalism Hall of Fame banquet and induction ceremony will go on sale later this summer. Ticket inquiries should be directed to CMU's journalism department at 989-774-3196.

Established in 2002 by the journalism department and its alumni in cooperation with CMU President Michael Rao and College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame honors alumni and faculty who have made a difference in the world and shown outstanding dedication to the communities they serve while remaining true to the ethics and expectations modeled at CMU. For more information, including a list of previous inductees, visit the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame Web site at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/jrnhof.

Saginaw News:

Johnny Burke's loyal fans were tuned to WHNN-FM, 96.1, but the morning radio host was transmitting Tuesday from 360. That's Room 360 at St. Mary's of Michigan hospital in Saginaw. In a weird twist of fate, WHNN's afternoon personality, Scott Stine, almost ended up as Burke's roommate... Radio hosts in freak falls (Wed 5/31)


Grand Rapids Press:

A former Fifth Third Bank employee who stole the personal information of a Cadillac television reporter by accessing financial information will spend a year in jail, a Wexford County judge ordered Tuesday... ID thief gets year in jail (Wed 5/31)

West Michigan country music fans have come to know the phrase "Passion' for Bashin'" very well. The annual B-93 Birthday Bash consistently attracts more than 50,000 fans each year, making it one of the area's most anticipated music events. Now that's passion. Celebrating its 14th year, the WBCT-FM (93.7) party is adding a new wrinkle: For the first time, the event has been expanded to two full days with twice as many acts. Sister station WBFX-FM (101.3), meanwhile, is bringing back its one-day classic-rock Fox Fest. That means the home of the Ionia Free Fair is bracing for three days of passion, Friday through June 11... Birthday Bash to run two full days (Sun 6/4)

The Children's Miracle Network will be broadcast live on WOTV-TV (Channel 4) from DeVos Children's Hospital from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. This year's hosts will be Maranda and Barnaby from WOTV, Bill Steffen, Terri Deboer and Eva Aguiree Cooper from WOOD-TV (Channel 8). They will be joined by Gary Allen of News Radio WOOD-AM (1300) and Steve and Sabrina of Star (105.7). Children's Miracle Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids by raising funds for 170 children's hospitals across North America... WOTV 4 to air Children's Miracle Network (Sun 6/4)

For nearly four decades, PBS-TV's "Sesame Street" has taken imaginative children to a friendly street in New York City. Soon, TV may give children a glimpse into the garage studio of a West Michigan artist and his back yard full of colorful characters. "Come On Over!" a half-hour children's show under production in Holland, will debut in September on WOTV (cable Channel 4)... Artist, Children's Museum collaborate on kids show (Sun 6/4)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, June 4, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Some weeks back, I was trying to guess in what direction Clear Channel Detroit was going to take former classic hits WDTW-FM (106.7) best known as “The Drive.” Now we all know that they flipped back to country music. Last week, Mike Austerman expressed his personal disappointment at the station’s decision not to reinstate the WWWW-FM call letters and the strong brand of W4 Country.

The original name at 106.7 was WDTM, doing mostly classical music up through the end of the 1960s. When radio pioneer Gordon McLendon, one of the originators of the Top 40 music format, bought the station in 1969, he renamed it WWWW because in the newspaper listings it stood out the most. The station originally was a clone of his San Francisco beautiful-music FM, KABL. It later switched to solid gold oldies, then to rock with Howard Stern. Finally, in the early ’80s, it flipped to country music, which lasted almost 20 years.

Interestingly, the name never changed, until September 1999, when it abandoned country. So, why after 30 years did management feel they couldn’t bring back a set of heritage call letters?

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Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the death of oldies radio in both New York City and Chicago, when Infinity Broadcasting (now CBS Radio) switched two legendary stations to the “Jack-FM” format. New York is still without an oldies or country station on “regular” radio. Oddly enough, two oldies start with “The Third of June” as their opening lyric; “Ode to Billie Joe” by Bobbie Gentry in 1967 and “Desiree” by Neil Diamond in 1977. Spooky.

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Here’s a name you haven’t heard in a while — Crazy Al, the wacky ’50s-style DJ who once graced the airwaves of Oakland County on oldies/talk WPON-AM (1460). Broadcasting his daily show from high atop a high-rise in downtown Pontiac to the world over the Internet, this one-of-a-kind personality is now starting to land terrestrial radio affiliates. His first is WBCB in suburban Philadelphia’s Bucks County and Trenton, NJ. He also could wind up on oldies powerhouse WLNG-FM on Eastern Long Island. “Crazy Al’s Radio Party” can be heard at www.industrialinfo.com. Check it out mornings 6-11 a.m.

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Another name you may recall from the “glory days” of Detroit radio is Lee Alan, who recently relocated to Las Vegas. His superb program saluting the music of Frank Sinatra will start today on Sin City’s KJUL-FM. You can hear the program 8-10 p.m. online at www.kjul1047.com. Alan was a major radio star at WXYZ-AM (1270) in the early- to mid-’60s. In more recent years, his voice was heard on countless car dealer radio commercials.

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Unfinished business; Belated kudos to Deminski & Doyle, the afternoon duo on hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1). In a recent newspaper poll, they were voted Detroit’s No. 1 afternoon drive radio show. Who said a boy from St. Louis and a kid from New Jersey couldn’t make it in Motown?

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Quick hits: Fierce competitors news-talk WJR-AM (760) and all-news WWJ-AM (950) were on hand Friday, broadcasting live from the 2006 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference at the Grand Hotel. We are lucky to have two excellent information stations in this area ... At soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1), the fifth annual Women Who Make Magic awards banquet will be June 12 at Andiamo in Warren. This event benefits HAVEN, whose mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault throughout Oakland County and surrounding communities. Call (586) 268-3200 for tickets ... Rocker WRIF-FM (101.1) is zeroing in on HarleyFest, which will host a true bike-rstyle wedding for one lucky couple. The wedding day is set for June 17, and this promotion benefits the Karmanos Cancer Institute. Learn more at www.wrif.com ... Blues/jazz WGPR-FM (107.5) and mid-day host Maxine Michaels have parted ways due to what has been described as her inability to correctly execute the format. No official word yet on her replacement.

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Mitch albums used to be known as sing-a-longs, not as a writer or a broadcaster. This Mitch is a man named Miller and his music is featured 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5) with Tom Wilson’s “Somewhere in Time.”

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


The Spartan Podcast - Paul W. Smith & Mike Fezzey

Michigan StateNews/Talk WJR-AM (760) Detroit - the Great Voice of the Great Lakes - and Michigan State University are partners again and the reborn partnership is the subject of a Spartan Podcast today.

Morning host Paul W. Smith (5:30 - 9:00 AM) is WJR's most recognized voice and talks about how he always knew from his days growing up in Monroe, Michigan that he wanted to be in radio. He tells us how his WJR career began and how he loves coming to work every day.

WJR president and general manager Mike Fezzey tells us how the WJR/MSU deal came about and discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the radio industry.

This Spartan Podcast is hosted by MSU communications manager Russ White.

Hear the Show (18 Minutes, 10 MB mp3): spartanpodcast.com/?p=137

Greater Media's Raphael named among radio's Most Influential Women

Greater Media, Inc. announces Heidi Raphael, Director of Corporate Communication, has been named among the 50 Most Influential Women in Radio by Radio Ink Magazine. The selection process is based on individuals who are making a difference in the radio industry.

“I am honored to be named among such an incredible list of individuals in the broadcasting field. I am extremely grateful to Peter Smyth, Tom Bender and all the wonderful people at Greater Media and the industry at large who I have the privilege of working with on a daily basis,” said Raphael.

Raphael has been with Greater Media for the past ten years. She served as the Marketing Director of legendary active rock station WRIF-FM for five years. Raphael was subsequently promoted to Group Marketing Director and New Business Development Director of Greater Media's Detroit-based properties. She was later promoted to Director of Corporate Communications for Greater Media, Inc. in 2005.

Raphael holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from Medaille College in Buffalo, New York and Master of Arts degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. She is a past vice president of American Women in Radio & Television's (AWRT) Nashville-based chapter and is a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA).

Detroit Free Press:

Hosting: Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan (WUOM-FM, 91.7) preview screenings of the movie "A Prairie Home Companion" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. They're free but open to Michigan Radio members only... Names and Faces (Mon 6/5)


* WLAW FM 92.5 Newaygo has added classic/southern rock and modern country songs to its classic country selections and taken on the name 'The Outlaw'. The station is owned by Citadel and is being programmed by WLAV Grand Rapids morning host Kevin Matthews.

* WVXM FM 97.7 Manistee (soon to be WMLQ) has officially transferred to Synergy Media which has replaced the Public Radio format with Classic Country.


Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV Channel 7's morning news anchor Eric Smith has a new book out. Inspired by "From the Heart," his short segments on various unsung heroes in and around Metro Detroit, Smith wrote a book of the same name for Huron River Press. The book, a best-of-the-best, is cool, but it's the author, a popular TV personality and journalist, who draws you in. A native Detroiter, Smith has been at WXYZ for 44 years. His warm, signature rosy-cheeked smile, snow-white Caesar haircut and pierced ear are all part of his disarming charm... WXYZ's Smith writes 'From the Heart' (Wed 6/7)

We love the '00s. The '90s are nice. The '70s are OK, and '60s music is very good. We love '50s R&B. But '80s music all those synthesizers and bad perms, it's truly a baffling format for anyone who didn't graduate from high school between 1980-89 ... Political office seekers in Washtenaw County can have their message heard, thanks to a WEMU-FM (89.1) feature, "Soapbox Summer," that returns in time for the 2006 primaries ... WDET streaming includes archive- If you forgot to tune in to Mick Collins' new music show "Night Train" on WDET-FM (101.9) last Saturday, you can tune in anytime online at wdetfm .org, where there's not only a live stream, but also an archive of past programs... Sirius revists '80s with best prom song (Thu 6/8)

Detroit Free Press:

The way John Trapane tells it, more than 110,000 e-mails, e-votes and voice mails are doing his job for him. Trapane is the program director of WDTW-FM (106.7), which became Detroit's newest country radio station May 26. He and the Clear Channel Communication ownership say they've relied heavily on e-input from listeners in changing the station from a slumping-in-the-ratings rock hits player... 106.7 FM's new format is listeners' choice (Thu 6/8)

Ann Arbor News:

The yellow-and-white striped hospitality tent outside the WTKA-AM (1050) studios, and yellow balloons - imprinted with the message M Go Blue - tied to the entrance of the building offered clues to what was happening inside. It was Wednesday morning, and WTKA program director Ryan Maguire held a wireless microphone and had just finished conducting an interview in a hallway with Laurie Carr. In the studio, Carr's husband, University of Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr, was busy with hosts Mike Wickett and Dave Shand, catching up with former players who called in to the radiothon... Athletes help net $40,110 on WTKA (Thu 6/8)


Grand Rapids Press:

With two full days of performances by the biggest stars and brightest new faces in country music, the 2006 B-93 Birthday Bash is going to be one heck of a party. For the 14th year, radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) is putting on the free event as a way of saying thank you to its listeners. This year's expanded two-day Bash is Saturday and Sunday at the Ionia Fairgrounds and will feature sets by established stars Billy Currington and Jamie O'Neal, as well as a bevy of newcomers... Birthday Bash stocked with fresh, young talent (Thu 6/8)

When Branded hits the stage Saturday morning to open B-93's 14th annual Birthday Bash, it's a good bet the popular West Michigan country band will get the party started. There's no great mystery as to why radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) would invite the Cedar Springs-based band to kick off its two-day, free event... Country morning: Branded takes the stage early at Bash (Thu 6/8)

There's nothing like Foxfest for rock 'n' roll under an open sky. In past years, when the show was held all day on a Saturday, the midday sun could get sweltering. But for the last couple of years, Foxfest, sponsored by classic rock station 101.3 The Fox, is held on a Friday afternoon into the evening, which means the whole enchilada is cooler on several levels... REO Speedwagon headlines Foxfest (Thu 6/8)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

West Michigan country music fans have come to know the phrase ``Passion' for Bashin''' very well. The annual B-93 Birthday Bash consistently attracts more than 50,000 fans each year (last year's event drew more than 80,000), making it one of the area's most anticipated music events. Now that's passion... In its 14th year, Birthday Bash doubles its Passion for Bashin' (Thu 6/8)

Drink plenty of water -- You can never get too much of it, especially when it's 95 degrees and you're sweating like crazy, so hydrate often. No outside beverages can be brought inside the venue, but water will be readily available. There will be beer concessions, but beer is not a substitute for good ol' H20... Steps to a better Birthday Bash (Thu 6/8)


Mix 92.3 and Oakland Mall to presents a “Gospel Challenge”

WMXDIn celebration of Black Music Month, Adult Urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and Oakland Mall are looking for the hottest choirs in the Detroit metro area to participate in the “Gospel Challenge” on Saturday, June 17th at Oakland Mall in Troy. Hosted by Grammy Award winner and host of the #1 rated Sunday morning gospel show, “Rhythm & Praise” Marvin Winans; the challenge is open to choir groups of all ages.

Interested groups must submit their demo CDs or videos to MIX92.3 for pre-selection process by email to WMXDPromotions@clearchannel.com, or by mail or in person at the MIX92.3 Studio, 645 Griswold Avenue, #633, Detroit, Michigan, 48226. Select choir groups will compete, Saturday, June 17th, at Oakland Mall in Center Court, from Noon-2pm, for their chance to win $500 in Oakland Mall gift certificates and other prizes. Special guest judges will include Vanessa Bell Armstrong among others who will determine the winning group of the 2006 “Gospel Challenge”.

Oakland Mall and MIX92.3 are encouraging everyone to come out and take part in celebrating Black Music Month. Patrons will have an opportunity to register to win an Apple iPod, various music CDs, Beans & Cornbread gift certificates, and more.

Eastern Market spices up Detroit with BBQ competition in July

It is the All Star of BBQ...the Homerun of Grilling Knowledge…the Big Daddy of Secret Spices, and the Masters of the Grill. Call it what you may, the Sizzle-N-Sauce BBQ Competition held July 8-9, 2006 will put one out of the park

Save the date for July 8-9, 2006 when over twenty-five contestants will release the sweetest smelling BBQ aromas at the 2nd Annual “Sizzle-N-Sauce” over Eastern Market for three pork, beef, & chicken stuffed days of BBQ heaven, where contestants will eat, sleep, and live to win cash prizes and trophies. Masters of the grill and folks wanting to enjoy the competitors finest BBQ, will descend on Eastern Market July 8 & 9 for a serious competition guaranteed to be seriously fun. Expected attendance at the event promised more than 20,000 BBQ lovers from around the globe who will gather to testify about the tasty delights of special sauces, rubs, ribs, and much more during the weekend.

The Main Stage is set with world-class musical entertainment on both Saturday and Sunday. The outstanding lineup of performers and entertainers will include the R&B sounds of Streetcorner and Larry Lee & Back In The Day, the jazz sounds of The Edge and the all-female group Straight Ahead, a Motown review by Horizon, Blues favorites by Bons Temps Roulle, and a very exciting blues show by Da Blooze Brothers. On-air personalities from both 100.3 WNIC-FM and MIX 92.3-FM will also make appearances during the weekend.

Admission to “Sizzle-N-Sauce” is absolutely FREE and a variety of BBQ menu items will be available for purchase to feed the entire family.

For more information about the event, visit www.sizzlensauce.com or call (248) 324-5424. Limited sponsorship opportunities for this year's event also remain available. Sizzle-N-Sauce sponsors will have amazing contact and sales opportunities at this wonderful and exciting food and entertainment event at Eastern Market.


Zappa featured on WDET on Sunday June 11

WDETThe music of Frank Zappa is explored in a conversation with his son Dweezil Zappa on Sunday's (June 11th) Ralph Valdez Program on Public WDET-FM 101.9. The show airs from 10pm - midnight. Dweezil Zappa is touring with ex-Zappa band mates in a show coming to The Meadow Brook Music Festival this week called 'Zappa Plays Zappa'.

Prolific American composer, guitarist, singer, film maker, social critic and satirist Frank Zappa continues to be an important and influential artist even after his death in 1993, with work spanning virtually every musical genre (including avant-garde, big band, blues, contemporary classical, doo-wop, electronic music, funk, hard rock,
jazz, jazz fusion, musique concrète, pop, progressive rock, proto-rap, reggae, rock, ska, and world music), and often noted for his intense blend of high art, low humor, general absurdity and modern vaudeville theatrics.

There will also be tickets given away for the latest multi media performance from Detroit playwright Ron Allen entitled "The Aboriginal Treatment Center,"described as "an examination of the archetypical Black man's mind." As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of "rummage sale records", music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world will also be explored.

WDET now offers "music on demand" - a special feature on WDET's website homepage at www.wdetfm.org which allows you to listen to archived shows at your leisure.

Last chance tickets available for WMGC banquet

WMGCThe 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner is just around the corner! It will be held this Monday, June 12th, at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. Doors open at 6:30pm and the event begins at 7pm sharp. Tickets are still available! They are $35 and may be purchased at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom Box Office in Warren or by calling 586-268-3200. The event is hosted by Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit.

This year's entertainment comes from former New Kids on The Block member, Jordan Knight! Knight, formerly of New Kids on the Block, will be evening's entertainment. A portion of ticket sales for the 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner will go to HAVEN. HAVEN's mission is to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault through treatment and prevention services throughout Oakland County and surrounding communities. HAVEN was founded in 1975 as the first and only sexual assault counseling center in Oakland County. In 1977 HAVEN broadened services to include domestic violence services. Today all of HAVEN's programs provide specialized, comprehensive services in the areas of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In addition to donating money from the ticket sales, there will be a 50/50 auction at the 5th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards® Banquet and Dinner to help raise funds for HAVEN.


Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation taps recent CMU grad for prestigious internship program

A prolific producer for Central Michigan University's student-run television station has been selected as an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation intern and will work on a hit network television series.

David Seger, a May 2006 CMU graduate from Macomb and a longtime participant in CMU's Moore Hall Television, is one of only 30 students and recent graduates nationwide to be chosen for the academy's internship program. His assignment will include work on the set of the CBS series "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" starring Mark Harmon.

"This is an outstanding opportunity for David, who was a top producer of MHTV situation comedies," said CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Director Peter Orlik. "The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation only picks 30 students nationwide and most of these have historically come from schools like the University of Southern California; New York University; Florida State University; and the University of California, Los Angeles. "I expect we will be seeing David's work on national screens before too long," Orlik said.

Seger said his CMU experiences were crucial to landing the internship. "I couldn't have gotten this internship without the resources provided to me by the BCA school and MHTV," he said. "Now, I'll be getting experience working with the people who created shows like 'Magnum, PI' and 'Quantum Leap.'"

School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Kevin Corbett, who advises MHTV's entertainment and sports programming, said Seger's success in obtaining the internship will bring "the national attention that he so richly deserves. "Dave was, by far, the most prolific and recognized show producer we've ever had at MHTV. He produced five award-winning shows in four years. Most students don't produce any," said Corbett. "Winning this internship is a testament to his creative energy, dedication and professionalism. I wouldn't be surprised if Dave ends up impressing the people he works with in a number of ways."

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Foundation internship program gives "in-depth exposure to professional television production, techniques and practices," according to the academy's Web site. Interns work full time at their appointed sites, which are primarily located in Los Angeles, and receive a stipend for their efforts.

According to the show's Web site, www.cbs.com/primetime/ncis, "NCIS" stars Harmon as NCIS Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, "a former Marine gunnery sergeant whose skills as an investigator are unmatched." Gibbs and his colleagues "travel the globe to investigate all crimes with Navy or Marine Corps ties." The show, which currently airs at 8 p.m. Tuesdays, is entering its fourth season.

John Sebastian joins WCZY/WMMI

John Sebastian has been named operations manager for Adult Contemporary WCZY FM 104.3 and Talk WMMI AM 830 Mt. Pleasant. His prior gig was at WABJ AM 1490 Adrian where he exited after more than 25 years on the job last September. John comments that he's loving being back on the air as morning host working with co-host Carmie.

Bay City Times:

Mike Redford closed his broadcast Wednesday with a surprise for viewers who woke up with him every morning on WNEM-TV 5. The veteran broadcaster, who worked at Channel 25, WEYI, for 23 years before coming to WNEM in September 2004, said good-bye ... to both his audience and to television. The Frankenmuth resident will join Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, coordinating its community services among member churches... WMEM's Mike Redford bids adieu to television (Fri 6/2)


Grand Rapids Press:

Since helping to launch WBBL-AM (1340), program director Bret Bakita has honored local high school standouts for their athletic and academic accomplishments. He came up with a whopper of a way to do this. The combined resources of WBBL and WLAV-FM (96.9) and support from corporate partner Burger King has resulted in an Athlete of the Week program that honors 35 standouts in 23 sports from 26 high schools... Local radio stations, Burger King team to recognize athletes (Fri 6/9)

Chuck Furman, longtime WGVU-TV (Channel 35) employee, will be inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' (MAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame this summer ... A new member to the WZZM-TV (Channel 13) sports team will head to West Michigan, take the airwaves on June 26 and cover events from local high school to professional sports. David Solano has been named the weekend sports anchor, carrying experiences as a sports reporter and anchor for WMAZ-TV in Macon, Ga., and a stint at KOIN-TV in Portland, Ore... Activist for public television honored in hall of fame (Sun 6/11)

Two days down and one to go. That poses the question -- "Who here is strong enough to do it again?" B-93 morning personality Neal Dionne shouted from the B-93 Birthday Bash stage Saturday in front of about 60,000 fans at the Ionia Fairgrounds. Combined with Friday night's Fox Fest, the two-day Birthday Bash is something of an endurance test for fans and organizers... Loving their country: 60,000 music fans crowd annual Birthday Bash (Sun 6/11)

The 2006 B-93 Birthday Bash may well be remembered as the Bash newcomers ruled. The 14th anniversary of the event -- sponsored by radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) -- began an expanded schedule Saturday under nearly ideal outdoor-concert conditions with an estimated crowd of 55-60,000 country music fans... New acts make big first impression at B-93 Birthday Bash Saturday (Sun 6/11)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, June 11, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

There’s been a revolution going on at classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) recently. Instead of making noise with a shocking format change that instantly alienates listeners — similar to what happened last year at former oldies outlets in New York and Chicago — WOMC has quietly broadened their playlist and managed to create a rejuvenated sound for itself while retaining its listeners.

I’m enjoying the shift in music that now includes a blend of 1960s classics — especially Motown and the Beatles — along with up-tempo hits from ’70s and early ’80s. Even Elvis still gets his spins on ’OMC, but instead of “Hound Dog”-era tunes, you’ll now hear the “Kentucky Rain” Presley.

“We see this is an evolution of a heritage radio station and have worked very hard to make that happen smoothly,” WOMC program director Steve Allan explained. “Our listeners have remained quite loyal to the Motor City’s 104.3 and we appreciate that.”

The updates are encouraging. Many times, it seems local programmers simply plug in the flavor-of-the-month that’s pushed by corporate-based managers. Instead, ’OMC’s changes are driven by Allan with an eye on what local listeners enjoy hearing. With the oldies format losing outlets in many other markets, ’OMC’s progression keeps a favorite station viable and focused on Detroit, even if it means fewer spins of songs from the late ’50s and ’60s. A stronger 104.3 ensures fans of legendary personalities Dick Purtan and Tom Ryan that their favorite drive-time hosts won’t be replaced by a computer anytime soon.

“I think WOMC’s musical evolution has added a certain freshness to our sound,” Allan continued. “We are playing a lot of songs that have never been aired on 104.3 and the feedback we are getting from our listeners has been overwhelmingly positive. Yes, we do think this has made WOMC a stronger station. We believe — and our market research supports — that this fresh music has made WOMC more appealing to a larger audience. Combine this with personalities like Dick Purtan plus the addition of Michigan football and we feel like WOMC is a radio station that Detroit will continue to embrace for many years to come.”

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On the flipside is the change that sports WXYT-AM (1270) just made. New to mornings is syndicated shock-jock duo Opie & Anthony, who are rapidly gaining affiliates across the country in one of those situations that smacks of corporate-pushed programming. With no more sports talk during the morning drive, former co-host John Lund was let go, while fellow co-host Scott Anderson was moved to 1-3 p.m., where he’s joined by newcomer Dan Wetzel.

The move is a head-scratcher; Jamie & Brady on sports WDFN-AM (1130) now have a virtual monopoly on morning sports gab, while O&A compete for the same audience that sister-station talk WKRK-FM (97.1) targets with “Rover’s Morning Glory.” That’s also the same group of listeners that rock WRIF’s (101.1) Drew & Mike have had a stranglehold on for years.

It seems that CBS Radio is caught between giving Rover a fair shot and, at the same time, pushing O&A into as many markets as possible. O&A fans are very loyal to the show and claim it’s one the funniest programs on the radio, which contrasts from the lack of any emotion from the few that listen to Rover locally.

So why didn’t they put O&A, this month’s flavor, on 97.1 and bump Rover to 1270 if they wanted both programs on in Detroit badly enough to disrupt the format of WXYT? O&A’s show doesn’t mesh well with the station’s all-sports lineup the rest of the day, and it especially seems to clash with the family-friendly playby-play of the Detroit Tigers.

For their part, the Tigers claim to be pleased that WXYT continues to be primarily focused on sports and concedes that the station makes their own programming decisions. The Tigers hope fans continue to tune in to the games, even with the change in mornings.

Interestingly, the deal that landed the Tigers and Red Wings on AM 1270 nearly six years ago runs out with the conclusion of the current baseball season, and one of the big provisions of that deal was that WXYT change its format to focus on sports talk. All this makes me wonder if more changes will be coming to either 1270 or 97.1 — or both — sooner rather than later and whether the Tigers and Red Wings might go shopping for a new home after this summer.

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Modern rock CIMX-FM (88.7) is turning 15 years old, and the station’s longevity will be celebrated at the huge 89X Birthday Bash on June 18 at the State Theatre, the Fox Theatre and the Woodward Outdoor Stage. Gary Graff’s Oakland Press column in Friday’s Marquee will have a rundown on some of the bands scheduled to appear.

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Set your dials: Heather Novak and Tom Wilson feature a battle of the bands between Glenn Miller Orchestra and Andrej Hermlin’s Swing Dance Orchestra on “Somewhere in Time” at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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


Flint Journal:

The history of Flint television also includes fare over the airwaves from Detroit - even if, in the years before cable, Vehicle City viewers may have had to adjust their rabbit-ear antennae to see Motown stations clearly. In the satellite age, television isn't about rabbit ears anymore. But sadly, as Tim Kiska reminds us in "From Soupy to Nuts! A History of Detroit Television," it's also not about distinctively local TV, at least not in the amount once produced in cities like Detroit... Revisit golden age of Detroit local TV without rabbit ears (Sun 6/11)

Detroit Free Press:

The FBI is interested in getting a copy of a phone interview a Saginaw TV station did with a man it says was planning to rendezvous in Israel with a teenager from rural Michigan's Thumb. "We'd be interested in seeing the interview," FBI special agent Terry Booth said Sunday... TV report sought in MySpace case (Mon 6/12)

Saginaw News:

Dr. Phil and "The Today Show" want to know what everyone wants to know. Why did 16-year-old Katherine R. Lester do it? The Tuscola County teen's planned rendezvous in Tel Aviv, Israel, with a Middle Eastern man she met on MySpace.com this weekend transformed the Gilford community of a few dozen into a volcanic source for national news... Media eat up girl's story (Mon 6/12)


8th Annual V98.7 Smooth Jazzfest set for June 23-25

WVMV-FM's (98.7) 8th Annual Smooth Jazzfest will be held June 23-25 in Southfield, on the Green in front of the Southfield Civic Center (just south of I-696 off of Evergreen).

For a run down of the lineup of artists scheduled to appear, visit the station's web site at www.wvmv.com. Tickets are available at the Southfield Civic Center and all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 248-645-6666. Daily Tickets are set for $30/$40 and a weekend pass will go for $75/$105 along with the usual Ticketmaster service charges on each order.

Gates will open at 4:00pm on Friday, 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday and performances will start approximately 1 hour after the gate opens. Smooth Jazzfest is a rain or shine event and no cans, bottles, liquid or glass containers, coolers, picnic baskets, beach umbrellas, tents, video or sound recording devices, strollers or pets allowed. Concessions will be available at the event. Blankets, tarps and low beach chairs are fine for lawn seating.

MIX92.3 to present “Meeting of the Minds” for the future of our city and children

WMXDAdult Urban WMXD-FM (92.3) will present “Meeting of the Minds”, a progressive Town Hall meeting with the Detroit Board of Education, and the community it serves, on Wednesday, June 14th, at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren, Detroit, Michigan, from 6 - 9 p.m.

Led by MIX92.3's Frankie Darcell, “Meeting of the Minds” is an opportunity for the community to address concerns with the Detroit Public Schools, in an attempt to resolve issues facings our community and the future of our children. Confirmed panelists include: Doctor Jimmy Womack – President of the Board of Education; William Coleman – Superintendent for DPS; Helen Moore – long standing activist for children; Attorney Paula Johnson – Chair of the Contract Procurement Committee; and others. The program will broadcast live from 7 - 8 p.m. on WMXD. Doors open at 5:30 p.m and the Town Hall Meeting is schedued to begin promptly at 6 p.m.

“It's now time for the Detroit Public School and the community to get on one accord to work for the best interest of our children,” said Frankie Darcell, host of MIX92.3's Mid-Day MIX, heard Monday through Friday, from 10a.m. to 3p.m.

Anyone interested in attending must RSVP in advance by emailing FrankieDarcell@clearchannel.com.

Detroit Free Press:

Nominated: WEMU-FM (89.1), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, as Jazz Station of the Year in a Major Market by JazzWeek Magazine readers ... Scheduled: The Gospel Challenge from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Oakland Mall in Troy. Hosted by Grammy winner and host of WMXD-FM's (92.3) "Rhythm & Praise" the Rev. Marvin Winans, the challenge is open to choir groups of all ages... Names and Faces (Mon 6/12)


ABC News Radio has added WDRQ (Doug FM)/Detroit to the list of stations now carrying its ABC FM News service ... "We have seen - especially over the past year - how radio is unmatched in its ability to deliver news and information to listeners in times of crisis," said WDRQ PD Ron Harrell. "We are pleased to provide ABC FM News so that FM music listeners in Detroit will have a source for the latest news headlines of the day"... http://www.fmqb.com/Article.asp?id=229323 (Mon 6/12)

All Access:

Kat Jensen To Middays At KKMG:
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT weekend/swinger, and former CC Top 40 WVKS/TOLEDO Promotion Dir. KAT JENSEN takes middays at CITADEL Top 40 KKMG (98.9 MAGIC-FM)/COLORADO SPRINGS, beginning JUNE 28th. (Mon 6/12)

Detroit News:

Question Mark says his name is written on Mars. He won't tell how or why, but as any sensible person might suspect, Stephen King had something to do with it. Also as a sensible person might suspect, Question Mark is not your average rock 'n' roll icon. At heart, he is the same kid who put together ?& the Mysterians with four other guys from the Saginaw Valley and recorded one of the best singles ever to hit a turntable... Online radio host is one mysterious Question Mark (Mon 6/12)

Lack of access to quality health care. Failing public schools. A disproportionate number of African Americans incarcerated in America's prisons. These are just a few of the issues confronting many of America's poor and black communities, says PBS talk show host and author Tavis Smiley. On Friday, Smiley will wrap up his five-month, 20-city national "The Covenant with Black America" tour in Detroit at a town hall meeting at Greater Grace Temple... Smiley tour stops in Detroit for town hall (Tue 6/13)


ABC goes MIA in South Bend



South Bend Tribune

South Bend-based ABC affiliate WBND-TV (Channel 57) suffered a blown transmitter tube early Saturday morning that left some viewers without service through the weekend and into Monday. "We're on low-power backup," WBND General Manager Jeff Guy said Monday, "which is affecting our signal strength."
A replacement part had been ordered and was expected to be at the station by 5 p.m. Monday... The problem's not in your TV (Tue 6/13)


Catholic Social Services to honor Ken Calvert

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 afternoon host Ken Calvert has been making Detroiters laugh, on and off the air, for more than 25 years but he takes helping the community very seriously. In recognition of his public and personal support, Catholic Social Services of Oakland County will honor Calvert with the Leonard R. Jagels Award at their annual meeting to be held at 6:30 pm in the Dining Hall on the campus of the Orchard Lake Schools on June 21st.

Over the past five years, Calvert has served as emcee and auctioneer at the agency's Spring Gala fund raisers and hosted an event produced by WCSX, “KC's Comedy for a Cause.” His efforts have raised over $50,000 for the agency.

A graduate of Brother Rice High School, Calvert has been a long supporter of Catholic Social Services. In his true comedic style, Calvert had many people to thank, “I would like to start by thanking all the nuns that made grade school fly by. I've often said, for example, that a meeting with my boss or a root canal often seems longer than the third grade. And the priests who recognized my talent as an altar boy and insisted I accompany them to Holy Sepulcher for a graveside service thus forcing me to miss precious classroom time. And I'd be remiss if I didn't thank the Irish Christian Brothers of Brother Rice HS, especially Brother Kelly. The doctors are now confident that I will regain 100% use and feeling of the knuckles on both hands. In all seriousness, this is a great honor and I can assure you that my deceased parents are extremely proud as they look down and I accept this with great humility.”

As the recipient of the Leonard R. Jagels Award, Calvert is being recognized for his commitment to Catholic Social Services' mission: Through its professional services and outreach programs, Catholic Social Services of Oakland County strengthens families, protects children and cares for the elderly, serving all regardless of race or creed. In its 60 year history, the agency has provided counseling services, adoption and foster care, adult day care, programs for pregnant and parenting teens, and outreach to Hispanic families. Len Jagels, for whom the award is named, was the executive director of Catholic Social Services from 1957 to 1983.


* The FCC has granted Best Media, owner of FM translator W206BI FM 89.1 Hamtramck, its license renewal and simultaneously issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $7000 for failure to renew the station's license on time and for operating without a license for over a year. FCC memorandum opinion and order (.pdf)

* WHTS FM 105.3 has been granted its license to cover that changes the station's community of license from Hart to Coopersville and changes the location of the station's transmitter closer to Grand Rapids. The station relaunched with a Contemporary Hits format from its new facility several weeks ago.

* Horizon Christian Fellowship reaches a deal to acquire FM translators W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw (was W273AR 102.5) and W254BL 98.7 Manistee (was W253AR 98.5) from Edgewater Broadcasting for $7,433 each, pending FCC approval and closing. The sale application states that Horizon plans to air programming from its Religious WSRD FM 91.9 St. Joseph, MO on these translators. In addition, Horizon owns a construction permit for WTNP 91.9 Richland.

* Victor Broadcasting is selling its Upper Peninsula combo of Hot Adult Contemporary WKMJ FM 93.5 and Talk WMPL AM 920 to Bay Broadcasting for $775,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. Victor acquired the Hancock-based stations in 2001.

* The FCC has granted Barrington Broadcasting request for continuing satellite authorization to permit WTOM-TV, Cheboygan, Michigan, to continue operating as a satellite of WPBN-TV, Traverse City, Michigan. Text of FCC decision (pdf)

* Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix has been granted its license to cover for changes (daytime power from 5,000 watts to 27,000 watts).

* P&P Cable Holdings LLC has agreed to sell low-power TV station WUHQ-LP TV 29 Grand Rapids to Marquette Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Equity Broadcasting, for $350,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. In Michigan, Equity owns FOX network affiliate WMQF TV 19 in Marquette and Univision affiliate WUDT-CA 23 (also a low-power TV station) in Detroit.

* David & Melvin Winters (operating under a number of different company names) will be selling 7 radio stations on the Michigan/Wisconsin border for $8.5 million to Armada Media pending FCC approvals and closing.

The stations being sold include: Hot Adult Contemporary WIMI FM 99.7 and Country WJMS AM 590 (Ironwood area); Adult Standards WAGN AM 1340, Country WHYB FM 103.7, Sports WMAM AM 570, Hot Adult Contemporary WLST FM 95.1, and Oldies WSFQ FM 96.3 (Menominee, MI / Marinette, WI).

Venerable station changing hands (Ironwood Daily Globe, 6/14)

* Edgewater Broadcasting is purchasing the construction permit for WKHN FM 88.1 Hubbard Lake from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for $35,000 pending FCC approval and closing.


* Coltrace Communications has closed on the purchase of WVXH FM 92.1 Harrison and changed the the station's format from Public Radio to Country as '92.1 The Twister'. New call sign WTWS is expected to replace WVXH.


WRIF names HarleyFest wedding winners

WRIFJennifer Koski and Tim Cerda of Ferndale have been named the winners of WRIF's “Get Hitched at HarleyFest” contest. Over the course of a two-week campaign, WRIF received a total of 75 online entries from couples hoping to “Get Hitched at HarleyFest.” The entries were narrowed down to 10 finalists, based on their stories. The 10 finalists were then invited to Waterfall Jewelers for the chance to win. Eight total couples showed up and after choosing the package containing the $1,000 gift certificate to Waterfall Jewelers, Jennifer and Tim won the prize.

Jennifer and Tim's prize includes a ceremony at HarleyFest, June 17th at 4:30pm, presided over by WRIF's afternoon drive host, Arthur P, a $1,000 shopping spree at Waterfall Jewelers, flowers for the ceremony, a photographer and a reception dinner for themselves and 20 friends to take place at HarleyFest. They'll also win a gift voucher for a honeymoon in Las Vegas!

HarleyFest is an exciting all-day event that will gather Harley-Davidson® fans from all over as they come together to celebrate great music, great food and great bikes. All bikes are welcome as the party kicks off at 11am on Saturday, June 17, 2006 at Freedom Hill Park, located at Metro Parkway and Schoenherr in Sterling Heights. Admission to the festival in the park is always free and will again feature a live music stage with some of Detroit's hottest local bands including 50 Cent Headrush, Radiocraft, Government Honey, Redline, Mindcandy, PHX, Brian Schram Band, Inviting the Crash, Dirty Americans, Shipwreck Union, Jocaine and Rockstar.

For more details on HarleyFest 2006 and the “Get Hitched at HarleyFest” contest, log on to WRIF's website at www.wrif.com.

Detroit News:

His name is well known to classic rhythm and blues buffs, but Andre Williams, aka the "Black Godfather," has been off the mainstream radar for decades. But his sizzling-hot singles in the '50s were no less than a precursor of rap ... After some initial make-nice comments about respecting the competition, it sounds like Clear Channel's new country station, The Fox, WDTW-FM (106.7), is on the warpath... 'Black Godfather' is alive and well on XM (Thu 6/15)


Dom Theodore Named WKSC/Chicago Programming Consultant:
SHOCKER! CLEAR CHANNEL/CHICAGO Trading Zone RVP/Programming DARREN DAVIS announces that CC/MICHIGAN RVP/Programming and Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT PD DOM THEODORE has been named Programming Consultant for Top 40 WKSC (KISS 103.5)/CHICAGO, replacing STEVE PERUN. THEODORE will work closely with new WKSC PD RICK GILLETTE (NET NEWS 6/13). (Wed 6/14)


Local radio and television stations in Michigan generated $330 million in public service in 2005, through a combination of airtime donated for public service announcements and money raised for charity and disaster relief, the National Association of Broadcasters announced today.

Broadcasters across the nation took to the airwaves to generate charitable fundraising that totaled more than $1 billion after two cataclysmic events: Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami, the survey found. Nationwide, broadcasters generated a record $10.3 billion in public service...

Read the entire story (pdf)


WMXD free gas giveaway this morning

Adult Urban WMXD FM 92.3 has given away free gas each summer for the last 3 years, and will do it again this summer. MIX92.3's Free Gas Fridays will kick off this morning, and the station will be doubling the offer. Listeners are encouraged to tune in to The Steve Harvey Morning Show at 7 and 9 a.m. to hear the gas station locations- the first 92 cars to arrive will receive $9.23 worth of free gas.

“This year's increase in gas prices has made this event even more relevant than in years past. Free Gas Fridays is another way MIX92.3 enjoys serving our community,” said Jamillah A. Muhammad, WMXD program director.

Detroit News:

Alternative rock has undergone quite a stylistic transformation since 1991, from the flannels and torn jeans worn by Pearl Jam and Nirvana to the mascara and eyeliner favored by bands such as AFI and the Killers. But through it all, CIMX-FM (88.7) -- known to the masses as 89X -- has been there to chronicle "the best new rock first," as the station's tagline has promised its listeners over the years... Birthday time for 89X! (Fri 6/16)

Ann Arbor News:

A second audit of Michigan Public Media, which was rocked earlier this year by a criminal probe into the actions of three former employees, found no further wrongdoing but uncovered a host of sloppy management practices. In a summary made public this week, University of Michigan auditors faulted Michigan Public Media, the parent organization of public radio station WUOM, for inadequate oversight of its business operations and its "tone at the top.'' "The operation lacks clear operational policies and procedures, and roles and responsibilities have not been sufficiently defined or monitored,'' the audit stated... U-M public media faulted; New audit finds no new wrongdoing, but criticizes management (Fri 6/16)


WYCD'S Grunwald Heads to the Amazon for Haven of Oakland County

WYCDOn Friday, June 16th, Country WYCD FM's (99.5) Grunwald from the Dr. Don Morning Show headed to the Amazon Jungle in South America to help raise money for Haven of Oakland County. David Hall of Rock Financial offered to send 99.5 WYCD'S Grunwald to several exotic locations with a one-way ticket. WYCD listeners then voted via the station's web site on where to send him. Grunwald will start in Manaus Brazil and then have to beg, borrow, cheat his way back home in time for his air-shift on Friday June 23rd.

For every mile traveled by Grunwald, Haven of Oakland County receives $1.00. So if he travels 3,000 miles, Haven receives $3000 dollars…Courtesy of David Hall & Rock Financial. Grunwald will be equipped with $99.50 in his pocket, a phone & a digital camera so he can document his travels & the listeners can keep track also.

Among many of the charities that Grunwald donates his time for, Haven of Oakland County holds a special place, and is why he is attempting this journey. The sole beneficiary of this great event, Haven of Oakland County is a non Profit organization that helps rid households & the community of violence.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, June 18, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Each year, there are an amazing number of radio conventions covering most formats across the dial. For country broadcasters, it’s the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, offering unprecedented interaction with country music stars. The Radio & Records Talk Radio Seminar has provided many memorable moments and major star players. And each spring, the National Association of Broadcasters meets in Las Vegas, but with a heavy emphasis on all aspects of TV. Summer brings the second talk get-together at the New Media Seminar in New York. July spotlights The Conclave up in Minneapolis known as “The Learning Conference.” August features the Morning Show Boot Camp designed for DJs who wake you up each day. This year it’s in Chicago. The season wraps up in September with the NAB Radio Show; this year, it’s in Dallas, co-located with the Radio & Records Convention for a combination supershow. Toss in smaller meetings for alternative rock, Christian and Hispanic formats, and that adds up to a lot of hotel bills.

The New Media Seminar, presented by trade publication Talkers, was at a hotel overlooking Ground Zero in Manhattan, featuring a whirlwind schedule of sessions and talk radios biggest personalities. Sadly, again this year, Detroit was very poorly represented. One of the conference sessions was a real eye-opener regarding the enormous amount of competition facing radio. Radio’s biggest enemies are unquestionably the iPod and wireless Internet. In fact, the C. Crane Company has a new radio that tunes in stations that stream on the Internet without a computer. Some of the less optimistic feel radio is about to go “pop!” Actually, radio will simply re-adjust to the new technologies just as it always has.

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One of the real highlights of the New York trip was hanging out with the legendary Joey Reynolds from the WOR Radio Network. He’s in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and was the first to play “Sherry” by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Oddly enough, he’s not recognized in the top Tony winning Broadway show “The Jersey Boys,” the story of Valli and his band. Although not carried on a local station, you can hear Reynolds midnights on www.wor710.com, and you also can order Joey’s hot new DVD at www.officialjoeyreynolds.com. It was radio that made the super groups national icons, and the DJs who played their music are owed gratitude for all they did, back when gut-feeling programmed the stations instead of a computer.

One of the hottest personalities on XM, Phlash Phelps on the ’60s oldies channel — who is as wacky on the air as Reynolds in his younger days — saw “The Jersey Boys” with Four Seasons producer Bob Crewe, who proclaimed him creative, funny and a sensational talent. Phelps is scheduled to appear at the GM display in Birmingham on Aug. 19 as part of this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise.

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From the “Strange but True” department, today XM is wrapping up four days of coverage of the U.S. Open Golf Tournament. Many find golf on TV boring, so how does it work on radio, where you can’t even look at the birdie?

Clear Channel Radio, the broadcaster that seems to own everything, is testing one-second commercials. Didn’t they try that with one-frame ads in movies about 30 years ago? Remember a split-second “Have a Coke”? Bob Dylan, who is now an XM DJ, had it right — these times, they are a changin’.

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Rick Gillette, a one-time programmer at the old Power 96 WHYT-FM (96.3) —now WDVD — is returning to the Midwest in a similar role at Chicago’s Kiss-FM WKSC-FM. Perhaps he could pick up some of the available jocks from what used to be The Drive WDTW-FM (106.7), maybe Chicago native Joe Thomas or Heather McGregor?

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Finally, kudos to KC, Ken Calvert of classic rock WCSXFM (94.7), as the “Casual One” gets honored by Catholic Social Services this Wednesday. Your old teachers at Brother Rice High School would be proud.

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And happy Fathers Day to all the dads out there.

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


Grand Rapids Press:

Expanding the B-93 Birthday Bash this year to a two-day lineup of music seems to have been a pretty good idea. Nearly 60,000 country music fans attended Day 2 of the annual event Sunday at the Ionia Fairgrounds, which was sponsored by radio station WBCT-FM (93.7). According to station representatives, the turnout was only slightly less than the number attending Saturday's show headlined by Trace Adkins. Rich Berry, B-93's general sales manager, said the station was pleased by the two-day turnout. "The listener family expressed so much appreciation," he said... Inaugural Bash double dose exceeds B-93 expectations (Mon 6/12)

Tuning into MTV used to be a way to watch music videos -- all the time. Now, viewers can expect to sift through reality shows, interviews and celebrity mishaps. One local television station is bringing back pure music television. On Thursday, WXMI-TV (Fox 17) premieres "The Tube" via its 17-2 digital signal. The channel is available to those who have digital receivers ... Rumors abound- Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis, former morning personalities at WLHT-FM (95.7), have yet to begin their new gig at WHTS-FM (105.3), but that's not stopping the rumor mill... Fox 17 offers all music-video signal (Sun 6/18)


Lansing State Journal:

Jane Aldrich is stepping down after more than 20 years as news anchor on WLNS (Channel 6). Aldrich still will be at the station but only part time. The change was her idea, she said Monday. "My daughter only has three years left of high school," Aldrich said. "My parents are 80 and 82. I thought, 'If I'm going to do this, it has to be now." So she'll work part time, while Sheri Jones moves to full time... WLNS' Aldrich giving up anchor role (Tue 6/20)


Michigan Broadcasters Honored



The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors announces 2006 Inductees into the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award winner

MABThe MAB will honor posthumously John Wismer, Wismer Broadcasting, Inc., with the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall of Fame inductees include John F.X. Browne, John F.X. Browne & Associates; Toby Cunningham, WKBD/WWJ-TV (Detroit); Chuck Furman, WGVU-AM/FM/TV (Grand Rapids); Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media; and Luster "Les" Root, Cumulus Media-Flint.

The inductees will be honored during the Chairman's Banquet on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

MAPB Announces 2006 Pioneer Award Winners

Congratulations to the following recipents of the Pioneer Award: The Ferguson family, WGVU-AM/FM-TV (Grand Rapids); Nancy Gilleo, WKAR-AM/FM/TV (East Lansing); and Ruby Iwamasa, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting. They will be honored during the Chairman's Banquet on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

Visit the Michigan Association of Broadcasters web site for more information on the MAB Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat July 25-26 at Boyne Mountain.


Seger speaks with WCSX about new album

Legendary rocker Bob Seger played in The Ken Calvert Casual Classic Golf Outing earlier today and had a chat on air about his upcoming album "Face the Promise", due to be released on September 12th. It's Seger's first studio album in 11 years and has already created a buzz among fans of the Hall of Fame rocker. The seven minute discussion with Calvert and WCSX midday host Karen Savelly is posted on the station's website for you to download and listen at www.wcsx.com.

Jim Harper & Crew to launch summer at the Detroit Zoo

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM Detroit, Magic 105.1, will spend the first official day of summer 2006 at the Detroit Zoo's newest exhibit, The Australian Outback Adventure. This exhibit allows visitors to get an up close and personal view of the Red Kangaroo in their natural habitat. The exhibit trail is lined by 21-inch high cables on each side, which allow the 16 kangaroos to roam free within The Australian Outback Adventure yard.

The event, hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show, officially takes place from noon to 2pm on Wednesday, June 21st and is open to the public. The Detroit Zoo is open from 10am to 5pm daily. The first 150 kids who “jump” into the Magic 105.1FM “Kangaroo Kid Zone” will receive a very special limited edition Detroit Zoo/Magic 105.1 t-shirt. In addition, parents who attend will receive a free “Bloomin' Onion” gift certificate good at all Metro Detroit Outback Steakhouses (while supplies last).

But "mate", there's more! Metro Detroit kids will want to “jump” into the fun in the “Kangaroo Kids Zone” activities area, featuring the popular Magic Game Show and hosted by Jim Harper & The entire Magic Morning Show. Kids will play for fun prizes like outback hats as they're asked Zoo related questions. What Kid Doesn't Like to Color? Magic 105.1FM will provide kangaroo pictures and crayons for kids to color. They will then be featured on display in the designated Magic 105.1FM area. Two face painters will also be on hand to put cute kangaroos on all kids' cheeks. On the way out… after this fun-filled two hours, kids and parents will be encouraged to sign up to win a fabulous dinner for their family at the Outback Steakhouse.

Admission to the Detroit Zoo is $11.00 for adults ages 13 years to 61 years old; $7.00 for children ages 2 to 12 years old; $9.00 for seniors ages 62 years and older and free for children under 2 years old. Parking is $5.00 for cars/vans and $8.00 for buses.

Detroit News:

When their identity has been stolen, the rental car company overcharges them or the landscaper runs off with their money, Metro Detroiters turn to the Call Bill for Action Team. You see the fruits of his labor weeknights on the 5 p.m. WXYZ (Channel 7) news. But standing in the shadows behind the consumer advocate is a team of about 50 volunteers who answer the telephones and make calls to solve lingering problems... Got a problem? Bill's your man (Mon 6/19)

Detroit Free Press:

Here's another twist in WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner's attempt to launch a radio career as a weekday evangelist despite exclusivity clauses in his TV contract that Channel 7 maintains prohibit such activity. Turner attorney Jeffrey Wilson filed a request for a preliminary injunction in U.S. District Court late Friday to allow Turner to proceed with a 9:30 a.m.-noon weekday show on WEXL-AM (1340)... Channel 7's Turner seeks injunction so he can proceed with radio show (Tue 6/20)

Flint Journal:

With its varying styles, alternative music has often been difficult to categorize, but it usually depicts music that is south of the mainstream. For 15 years, Windsor-based CIMX-FM (88.7), better known as 89X, has helped develop some of today's largest rock acts by giving them their first bits of airplay. It was no surprise, then, that the station's celebrated its independent spirit Sunday at the 15th annual 89X Birthday Bash by featuring many of those artists on stages at Detroit's State Theatre, Fox Theatre and an outdoor stage on Woodward Avenue... 89X's 15th birthday show bigger, better (Mon 6/19)


WDFN giving away gasoline

Sports WDFN AM (1130) is doing its part to ease the pinch at the pump with its Free Gas Frenzy. During the months of June, July, and August WDFN will hook up one lucky person with free gas for a month.

During the last two weeks of each month WDFN will encourage listeners to qualify both on-air and in person at nine Red Wing Shoes stores throughout Metro Detroit. Registering is easy...all you have to do is listen Monday through Friday to Jamie & Brady from 6 to 9am, Sean Baligian from 9a to 12p and Stoney & Wojo from 3 to 6pm for the cue to call and be the 11th caller at 313-298-1130 to qualify or go into any Red Wing Shoes store and fill out an entry form.

Free gas qualifiers will be put in a grand prize drawing at the end of each month where one person will win free gas for a month valued at $500. The grand prize winners will be announced live on the air. Runner up winners will also win free gas…literally…when they walk away with cans of beans and more.

Detroit Free Press:

The Big Ten will announce today that it is about to enter into the television business, forming its own network that will launch in 2007. The Chicago Tribune, citing anonymous sources, reported the conference also will announce the ABC/ESPN family will remain the exclusive carrier of some of its signature events. The current deal, set to expire in June 2007, is said to be worth up to $50 million per year. That means ABC/ESPN will continue to get all the choicest cuts like Michigan-Ohio State football... Big Ten forms TV network (Wed 6/21)

They handed out the local Emmys the other evening in Novi. And because the local academy charges for entries and some stations subsidize those efforts while others don't, it's not exactly a totally fair measure of local TV excellence. That said, here's who got statues in some of the high-visibility categories... And the Emmy's go to... (Wed 6/21)

Detroit News:

It looks like WWJ-TV Channel 62 has its mind on fashion. The local CBS affiliate is kicking off a new series called "Eye on Style" that debuts this weekend. The show is slated to give Metro Detroiters an inside look at fashion, beauty, fitness and the area's most talked about events. Interviews with local stylists, designers and personal trainers are supposed to provide viewers with tips on the latest trends, including what's hot in cities such as New York and Los Angeles... WWJ-TV has its 'Eye on Style' (Wed 6/21)


The Big Ten Conference will create its own cable channel to showcase its athletic and academic programs and has reached new broadcast and cable deals with ABC Sports and ESPN, the conference announced Wednesday. The new channel — which will be created in partnership with Fox Cable Networks — is expected to launch in August 2007, the Park Ridge, Ill.-based league said in a news release. The league also announced it has reached a new 10-year agreement with ABC and ESPN for coverage of football, men's and women's basketball and volleyball... Big Ten announces new TV contract, creation of new cable channel (Wed 6/21)

Radio & Records:

Spring Phase II ratings (Wed 6/21)


* The FCC has approved the purchase of Raycom Media stations WPBN-TV 7 Traverse City / WTOM-TV 4 Cheboygan and WLUC-TV 6 Marquette by Barrington Broadcasting. The sale also includes two translators of WLUC, one in Marquette (Ch. 7) and one in Escanaba (Ch. 14).

* Michigan radio stations that didn't apply for their renewals in 2004 have now been deleted from the FCC database and officially had their licenses canceled. These stations include:

WOLY AM 1500 Battle Creek
WDEE AM 1500 Reed City
WLWZ-LP FM 97.1 Cassopolis
W251AD FM 98.1 Alpena
W268AB FM 101.5 Alpena
W272AN FM 102.3 Alpena
W292AC FM 106.3 Adrian
W293AG FM 106.5 Trout Lake


Detroit News:

If you want to hear the Dixie Chicks, don't tune in to Detroit's new station, the Fox -- WDTW-FM (106.7). The Clear Channel-owned station, which "chose" its new country format by polling listeners, won't be playing the Dixie Chicks' new album "Taking the Long Way" -- the No. 2 album in the United States this week, according to Billboard -- after conducting a poll. Well, actually two polls. The Dixie Chicks drew flak last year when lead singer Natalie Maines criticized President Bush and the war in Iraq from a stage in London. WDTW program director John Trapane explains that he'd been getting hammered with e-mails from both Dixie Chicks fans and foes, and he decided to do something about it... Dixie Chicks get boot from country station (Thu 6/22)

Alexander Zonjic is a busy guy. The jazz and classical flutist performs frequently in the metro area, records under the Telarc label, is the artistic director for five major local music festivals, and is the morning host at Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM (V98.7). But that's not all, folks. Zonjic also is a partner in Seldom Blues restaurant, along with Frank Taylor, Jerry Nottage and Robert Porcher... Get to know: Alexander Zonjic (Thu 6/22)

The Big Ten has hatched a ground-breaking approach to nationally televising its intercollegiate athletic contests while maintaining a strong tie with two networks -- ABC and ESPN -- that have such a stranglehold in sports broadcasting. Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany unveiled on Wednesday a 20-year agreement with Fox Cable Networks to launch a 24-hour Big Ten Channel that will carry a number of football and men's basketball games beginning in August 2007. It also will carry nonrevenue sports, coaches shows and nonsports programming... Big Ten announces it own cable channel (Thu 6/22)

Detroit Free Press:

One of the bigger stories of Wednesday's Arbitrend monthly report card on metro-area radio listening may be at the bottom of the top 20. Sports-talker WXYT-AM slipped back into the top 20, largely on the power of its 3.3 score among all listeners for 7 p.m.-midnight, mostly for Tigers baseball... Tigers fever heats up local radio ratings (Thu 6/22)

The Big Ten sent ripple through college sports Wednesday. The conference announced its plans to create a nationally distributed television network, as well as a 10-year extension with ABC/ESPN to air football and men's basketball games. "It is a destination for Big Ten fans throughout the country," conference commissioner Jim Delany said of the new channel... TV channel will be 'destination' for Big Ten fans (Thu 6/22)


WCSX To Spotlight Local Talent

WCSXContinuing a commitment to local music, Classic Rock 94.7 WCSX is proud to offer local bands and musicians the opportunity to perform during The GM Renaissance Center's Rockin' on the Riverfront free concert series.

This summer long series takes place on the scenic Riverfront Plaza located on the Detroit River behind the Renaissance Center on Friday afternoons and evenings through August 18th. Performers in this amazing concert line up include Dickey Betts & Great Southern and The Romantics.

Right now, WCSX is accepting submissions from local bands for possible inclusion in the series. Musicians selected will perform 45 minute sets and be included on the WCSX web site (www.wcsx.com), press releases and event communications distributed throughout the GM Renaissance Center.

Submissions for consideration will be accepted via email at feedback@wcsx.com and at

94.7 WCSX
Local Band Search
One Radio Plaza
Ferndale Michigan 48220

Please include CD or mp3, bio, references and contact information.

Detroit Free Press:

A former public radio director was sentenced to probation Thursday for his part in an embezzlement scandal that shook the University of Michigan's stations this year. Michael Coleman, former deputy director at U-M's public radio and television stations, including WUOM-FM (91.7), was sentenced in Washtenaw County Circuit Court to 2 years' probation and ordered to pay $3,500 in restitution... Radio exec gets probation (Fri 6/23)

Ann Arbor News:

Michael Coleman, former deputy director of Michigan Public Media, was sentenced to probation Thursday for his involvement in an embezzlement case that shook up management of the public radio and television stations operated by the University of Michigan. In Washtenaw County Circuit Court Thursday, Coleman, 40, of Ypsilanti Township, was placed on two years of probation and must pay $3,500 in restitution to his former employer for misusing in-kind trade agreements... Ex-media official gets probation (Fri 6/23)


A judge on Friday scheduled a Sept. 13 trial for a man charged with shooting a former employee of television station WDIV in the entryway to the NBC affiliate's downtown office. Epifanio Rivas Jr., 27, of Detroit, is charged with assault with intent to murder, assault with intent to cause great bodily harm, felonious assault and using a gun in a felony in the April 15, 2005, shooting of John Owens... Trial date set in Detroit TV station shooting (Fri 6/23)



WKCQ (MusicFest) Celebrates 15 Years:
Congrats to MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ (98 FM)/SAGINAW, MI on the success of their 15th ANNIVERSARY COUNTRY MUSIC FEST. Station listeners were treated to a free concert by SHEDAISY, JOSH GRACIN, DANIELLE PECK, GARY NICHOLS and STEVE AZAR.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, June 25, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

Now that summer is in full swing, many of our local radio stations are celebrating in similar ways — by either giving away gasoline or hosting golf outings. Among those giving away free fuel are sports WDFN-AM (1130), adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3), and classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7).

For the golfers, WDFN’s second annual $1 million golf scramble is tomorrow at Majestic Golf Course at Lake Walden in Hartland. The event’s highlight is a chance to knock in a hole-in-one to win a cool million bucks.

Dick Purtan of classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) presents his ninth annual outing at Oakland University on July 10 to benefit the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Then, country WYCD-FM (99.5) afternoon hosts Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee host their sixth annual St. Jude Golf Classic at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Macomb Township on July 17. WYCD’s event features a hole-in-one competition, silent auction, and appearances from stars of country music, with proceeds benefiting St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

And on July 23, news-talk WJR-AM (760) will once again attempt to set a world’s record for the fastest round of golf at northern Michigan’s Alpine course at Boyne Mountain. WJR is looking for volunteers to participate in the free event.

For details on all these events, visit each station’s Web site. Don’t know what they are? You can access a list of Detroit radio stations with links at www.michiguide.com/dials/detroit.html.

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The spring ratings period wrapped up earlier this week and we’ll know next month who the real winners and losers were when those numbers are released. In the meantime, the ratings trends for the month of May show that adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) led the way among listeners age 12 and older, followed by a surging rock WRIF-FM (101.1), which will no doubt benefit from WDTW-FM’s (106.7) change from rock to country in May. Contemporary hits WKQI-FM (95.5), all-news WWJ-AM (950) and WYCD all finished in a tie for third place; in fact, the May trend showed that the stations in positions 2-8 were only separated by 0.4 of a rating share, which might make for a very interesting final spring report card.

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In recent weeks, a lot of the shine has come off the satellite radio industry. Several radio trade and business publications have been expressing concern about the long-term financial prospects for both XM and Sirius. The honeymoon is over, even with XM’s pending arrival of a channel featuring Oprah Winfrey and Howard Stern’s arrival at Sirius. Both companies have made statements that it might make sense for them to merge, but analysts are uncertain if the Federal Communications Commission would allow such a transaction to take place. Now it looks like the companies are backing off from preventing subscribers to own a radio that would be able to pick up channels from both services.

A company called Interoperable Technologies claimed to be working on such a radio with the support of both XM and Sirius, but the Web site stating such a device would be available later this year was removed this week. It’d make a lot of sense to give consumers as much flexibility as possible with this emerging technology. Anybody else remember when it was tough to get an FM radio in your car?

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Checking the mailbag, Shelly from Rochester inquires: “I have not been able to identify why I have not enjoyed (WJR’s) Mitch Albom’s shows in the past four to six months. Is it the new time slot? Has Kenny’s (Brown) participation changed? Is it because the woman has been given more time lately, yet they canned Rachel for what seems to be the same role? Is it Bruce who mostly says ‘Yep’ in agreement with Mitch? All equally annoying elements, but I’m not sure.

“Then tonight it hit me: Mitch’s endorsement of Toyota just rubs me the wrong way. Mitch is a Detroit guy, Detroit newspapers, Detroit television, Detroit author, Detroit celebrity, and although the rational part of me says Toyota is a terrific automaker, they are not Detroit. I find myself shutting him off after the first hour because I can’t take anymore! Is it me?”

What do you think? Do Detroit radio personalities violate the trust of listeners when they endorse products that aren’t totally Red, White, & Blue? Or it is just another sign of the times?

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Finally this week, a tip of the hat to the students and staff at Bloomfield Hills’ WBFH-FM (88.1). The station and its students won a total of 11 national and 42 state awards this past school year, setting a record for the station that surpassed the former record of six national and 35 state awards won last year. The 11 seniors on the radio staff graduated this month, having won a career total of 73 state broadcasting awards and nine national awards for a total of 82 awards. We’ll be looking forward to their contributions in the years to come.

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Set your Dials: “Somewhere in Time” looks at the music of Detroit’s Theodore Salavatore Fio Rito and his band at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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


Grand Rapids Press:

It was a special occasion Sunday for local television and radio personalities Brent Ashcroft, Bret Bakita, Tom Clyde, Jack Doles and Bill Simonson. All of them became recent fathers. In tribute to Father's Day, I inquired about the joys of fatherhood... Broadcast personalities cherish off-air time (Mon 6/19)

Local sports leader WBBL-AM (1340) struck a deal to be a secondary radio home for the Detroit Tigers the rest of the season. You might call it a summer time share. In cooperation with WMFN-AM (640), WBBL picked up 17 regular-season Tigers games, beginning with Wednesday's 1:05 p.m. interleague contest against the Houston Astros at Comerica Park... Stations team to add 17 Tigers games to radio lineup (Fri 6/23)

Now we see how the six power conferences will keep the Division I caste system in place, even after newfangled Bowl Championship Series expansion and old-fashioned NCAA tournament inclusion have exposed the competitive depth of revenue-producing college sports. They will do it same as always, through more revenue production than others can produce, by deriving cash from conspiratorial media partners... Big Ten plugged in with TV deal (Sun 6/25)


"The Money Pit" Adds Affiliates:
New affiliates for syndicated home improvement show "THE MONEY PIT" include WXLM-F/NEW LNONDON, CT, WGIR-A and simulcasters WGIP-A and WGIN-A/MANCHESTER, NH, and WPNW-A (1260 THE PLEDGE)/GRAND RAPIDS. The show, hosted by NEW JERSEY's own TOM KRAEUTLER with LESLIE SEGRETE, airs on over 170 stations and the DISCOVERY RADIO NETWORK. (Mon 6/19)

WOOD Names Tim Kiesling PD:
CLEAR CHANNEL AC WOOD (STAR 105.7)/GRAND RAPIDS welcomes sister SAN ANTONIO cluster Dir./Marketing/News/Talk WOAI-A and WOAI-TV/SAN ANTONIO air-talent/fill-in Sports Anchor TIM KIESLING for PD duties, replacing JOHN PATRICK. KIESLING previously worked in the area at WJIM and WFMK/LANSING, MI and will continue his weekend job announcing the marching band for MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY. (Tue 6/20)

Battle Creek AM Plans Sports Flip:
ALL ACCESS hears that CLEAR CHANNEL Adult Standards WRCC-A (UNFORGETTABLE 1400 AM)/BATTLE CREEK is planning a flip to Sports using PREMIERE's JIM ROME and FOX SPORTS RADIO effective AUGUST 1. (Tue 6/20)


WJR, WWJ make staff changes

All News WWJ AM 950 has released overnight anchor Brad Bianchi. According to the Detroit Free Press, Bianchi may have been let go because of unauthorized airing of commercials.

News-Talk WJR AM 760 has dropped weekend home improvement guru Murray Gula from the lineup.


On-Air Changes at WJIM-AM and WVFN



The week has begn with two programming changes at Citadel Lansing stations WJIM-AM (1240) and WVFN-AM (730).

First off, Dave Scott has exited the position of host for WJIM's "The Big Show", the morning program which is also distributed to 10 other radio stations across the state via the Michigan Talk Network. MTN, which was launched as the Michigan Talk Radio Network in January 2001, was purchased by Citadel last year. Scott, who founded the network, moved from Charlevoix to Lansing to continue his role as morning host from the WJIM studios when the purchase was announced. Mike Shiels, who recently joined MTN as the Big Show's producer, has been named as the program's new host. Shiels had worked as a producer for the late J.P. McCarthy's program at Detroit's WJR.

Also, the weekly sports program "Lansing Sports Rage", which aired on WVFN-AM 730, has ended its run after their contract with the station expired and was not renewed. The locally-produced program provided a focus on high school and college sports in the mid-Michigan area.

Details on the changes at Citadel-Lansing were reported in today's Lansing State Journal.


Tigers-A's Game Presented with Limited Commercials; Telecast Sprinkled with Fan, Player Vignettes
and July 4 Baseball Stories Narrated by Ernie Harwell

FSNOn Tuesday, July 4, the Detroit Tigers visit the Oakland Athletics in a game televised by FSN Detroit. The Independence Day telecast is billed as the FSN / Tigers Fourth of July Celebration, filled with many special features and presented with limited commercial interruptions. Live coverage begins at 4:30 PM with Tigers Pregame, followed by the Tigers- A's game at 5:00 PM.

During select between-inning breaks, FSN is providing a series of minute-long vignettes featuring players and fans talking about what Independence Day means to them. Also to be included in the telecast are mini-documentaries about the Fourth of July in baseball history, narrated by Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell.

“Baseball and the Fourth of July are emblematic of summertime in our country,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “We are proud to partner with the Tigers to provide fans this celebration of our national pastime.”


Detroit News:

WJBK-TV ( Channel 2) and FSN Detroit reigned supreme at the Michigan Emmy Awards this year. The Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences bestowed WJBK with 13 Emmys and FSN Detroit with nine earlier this month. WJBK got nods in the Investigative Reports Single Story and Arts and Entertainment categories, among others, while FSN Detroit's Emmys included ones for Station Excellence, Sports News Feature and Sports Program Feature Segment. WDIV-TV (Channel 4) grabbed eight Emmys, and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) won seven... WJBK-TV, FSN rule with Emmy wins (Wed 6/28)

Detroit Free Press:

Oh, my. Radio know-it-all Rush Limbaugh's (noon-3 p.m. weekdays WJR-AM, 760) deal could be in trouble with prosecutors in a long-running prescription fraud case after authorities found a bottle of the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra in his bag at Palm Beach International Airport. Why? The prescription was not in his name ... Paul W. Smith will sit in for Limbaugh Monday... Viagra bust could imperil plea deal (Wed 6/28)

Radio & Records:

WRCL/Flint, MI Promotions Director/afternoon jock Ced Lover heads to Radio One/Detroit's Marketing & Promotions Department... Street Talk (Wed 6/28)


* The FCC has approved the transfer of WMYD TV 20 Detroit from Granite Broadcasting to DS Audible Detroit License and denied an application to deny the sale. Read the FCC text (Fri 6/23)

* Country WOUF FM 92.1 Beulah has been granted a construction permit to change frequency to 92.3, increase power from 1,600 watts @ 600 feet (Class A) to 50,000 watts @ 492 feet (Class C2), and move its transmitter south of Bear Lake in Manistee County.

* On the air: new sign on WMJT FM 96.7 McMillan/Newberry with a Variety Hits format. The station is owned by David L. Smith.


* Modern Rock WLJZ FM 94.5 Mackinaw City has dropped its simulcast of WJZJ FM 95.5 Glen Arbor/Traverse City and is now programmed with Hot Adult Contemporary as Star 94.5. WLJZ, owned by Northern Star Broadcasting, receives much of its content from Waitt Radio Networks.


the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and WDFN announce 9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Sports Radio 1130am WDFN are proud to announce the 9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon, the largest event of it's type in Michigan. This year's 28-hour Radiothon will broadcast live, from O'Toole's Cass Lake, located at 4000 Cass Elizabeth Rd. in Waterford, Mich. starting at 3 p.m. July 13th and going until 7 p.m. on July 14th, 2006.

Since 1997, the Stoney and Wojo Radiothon has raised over $1 million to support the Society's mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. WDFN Sports Radio 1130am personalities Stoney (Mike Stone) & Wojo (Bob Wojnowski) host the event during which services, merchandise and one of a kind sports memorabilia are auctioned. Some of this year's auction items include a team autographed Red Wings jersey, a stainless steel Kitchen Aid outdoor grill, a limited edition Superbowl XL pool table, even a complete home comfort system including furnace, air conditioning unit, air cleaner, humidifier, and more. Check out www.wdfn.com for complete event details and more auction items.

“This is the funnest 28-hours on radio,” said Charley Kutscher, Chairman of the 2006 Radiothon. “More importantly, we are raising money to find a cure for blood cancers, the leading cause of cancer deaths among children.”

Detroit Free Press:

Frank Turner will get his day in federal court July 6 to argue for a court order to allow the WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor to pursue a second career as a radio evangelist on WEXL-AM (1340) despite an exclusive services clause in his Channel 7 pact. But it could all be too late. Station general manager Frank Franciosi had written Turner that WEXL would hold the weekday mid-morning slot open for him only until Friday... Turner court date coming too late? (Thu 6/29)

Detroit News:

Has it really been 11 years since Liz Copeland 's all-night show "AlternateTake" debuted on WDET-FM (101.9) ? Such is the case, and from midnight to 5 a.m. Friday Copeland will be celebrating her anniversary with giveaways, music and fun. If you're sleeping while Copeland spins her mix of techno, ambient and pop music, you can still listen online anytime on demand, at wdetfm.org... Copeland celebrates 11 years at WDET (Thu 6/29)


370,000 Michigan Jobs At Risk If HB 6213 Is Not Signed Into Law and Put Into Effect Before October 1, 2006

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is supporting a coalition of job providers and employees that is urging Governor Jennifer Granholm's approval and immediate legislative effect for House Bill 6213, which was approved by the legislature and which reinstates critical overtime exemptions that were unintentionally eliminated when the minimum wage increase was approved earlier this year.

In passing HB 6213, lawmakers fell short of enough votes to put the law into immediate effect, which means problems with the existing legislation will not be corrected until April 1, 2007. The delay of several months could impact as many as 370,000 jobs across Michigan including more than half of the members of the MAB.

“Without this legislative fix, thousands of commissioned sales personnel will lose their overtime exemption,” said Karole White, MAB President & CEO. “That could result in commissioned sales employees making less money than they do now because they won't be allowed to work as many hours.”

Broadcasters will be hit with a double whammy. In addition to the problems caused by overtime for sales people, smaller markets face an additional hardship without an exemption for on-air staff, news editors and engineers.

“News doesn't happen with in a 40 hour week,” White said. “Stations in those markets could be forced to reduce coverage of local news, community events and severe weather situations resulting from staff reductions that may occur unless HB 6213 goes into effect October 1.”

“The failure to correct the state's new minimum wage law to include existing overtime exemptions could do substantial damage to the state's economy,” said White.

“Estimated cost to Michigan stations range from a low of $30,000.00 for a very small market operator without a news staff to over $1 million dollars to our larger group-owned stations and this does not even take into account the cost of software changes needed to calculate the new pay scale.

“The MAB has no issue with the increase in minimum wage,” White said. “Plenty of the employees at stations receive overtime, like clerical employees and those in unionized shops. These people will not lose their over time. MAB members just can't afford to add the higher paying, salaried positions which are paid on performance rather than hourly to our human resources costs. It is not good for the station or the employee.”







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