Mike Austerman: July 2006 Archives

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, July 2, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

When you write a radio column in a major metropolitan area, you have occasions best described as a slow news week. This was not one of them. The most shocking news of all was the weekend programming change at newstalk WJR-AM (760), which saw popular personality and consumer watchdog Murray Gula leave the building. It's not clear what actually lead to the changes -- station staffer and program co-host John McCulloch had no comment -- but it's clear that the audience is not pleased with the decision. I've received a number of e-mails wanting to know why this happened. Advertisers, on the seemingly always-sold-out program, also have expressed their disappointment.

The listener response has been overwhelming in support of Gula, who had become a staple of helping people with home improvement problems throughout WJR's massive coverage area. In late-breaking news, however, it looks as though Gula will remain as spokesperson for a number of his on-air supporters. He can be reached via his Web site, www.murraygula.com. Gula will continue to guest on Bob Allison's show on multilingual WNZK-AM (690) at 10:30 a.m. Fridays. He also did a home improvement special on WXYZ-Channel 7. Insiders have indicated more involvement with the popular television station could be in the offing. Stay tuned.

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Another amazing "turn" of events is at all-news WWJ-AM (950). Some radio insiders felt they should install a revolving door at the entrance of the building. After an almost-unheard-of 25 years, all-night news man Brad Bianchi was let go in a move that has the Internet message boards buzzing. One local broadcaster said, "Do you realize how many morning guys in this town have listened to Brad on their way into work for years?" The answer is, a lot of them. WWJ management would not comment, but forgiveness is a hard commodity to come by these days in the radio biz. After so many years of service, one might have thought whatever it was, Bianchi should have been offered another chance. Plus, who can you even get to do overnight news for five hours and sound as professional as Brad? Reports say that former WXYT program director Rob Sanford will take over that shift.

Before we leave Detroit's first radio station, we wanted you to know about yet another body spun through the revolving exit door on American Drive in Southfield -- and that's WWJ's weekend news anchor and former "Auto-Beat" reporter Mike Campbell. I've said it before -- radio has never been a bastion of stability, and that is true now more than ever.

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In the late '80s, those of you who tuned to WCZY, better known as Z-95.5, would surely recognize the voice of Jim Ellis. Sadly, Jim died a week ago from a heart attack while visiting locally from his home up in Traverse City. He even drove himself to the hospital, but a second heart attack while "on the table" took his life shortly after his 48th birthday. Ellis also worked at WLLZ -- now WVMV-FM (98.7) -- and did the morning show after leaving Detroit at St. Louis' legendary K-SHE 95. Up North, Ellis worked at rock powerhouse WKLT-FM (97.5 and 98.9), where he was teamed with current WJR newsman Pete Misiak. Former Z-95.5 jock Brian Patrick, now working under his real name Brian Peck, at pop WTMX-FM (101.9) in Chicago, flew in for the memorial service and remembered Ellis as a funny guy with a heart of gold.

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A local guy making it big nationally is WJR's Paul W. Smith, who will be subbing for talk host and newsmaker Rush Limbaugh from noon to 3 p.m. Monday. Paul does a superb filling-in for El Rushbo.

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Tune in for great patriotic music with Tom Wilson on "Somewhere in Time" at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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Have a safe Independence Day -- and may the best fireworks continue to be on the radio!

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


Grand Rapids Press:

The Detroit Tigers are for real. Yep, it's late June, but the Tigers remain atop the American League Central Division standings and continue to own the best record in the major leagues. Is that such a big surprise? No, according to Emmy Award-winning FSN broadcasters Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, who insisted during Sunday afternoon's interleague telecast between the Tigers and St. Louis Cardinals from Comerica Park that Detroit is a legit contender this summer... Tigers' TV guys: Team is for real (Mon 6/26)

Muskegon Chronicle

After broadcasting major league baseball for parts of seven decades, one would think Ernie Harwell would be a pretty skilled prognosticator. But the legendary voice of the Detroit Tigers says he's just as surprised as anyone by the team's dominant performance this season. Harwell, 88, told The Chronicle during an interview Tuesday that he expected the Tigers to be mediocre this year, which would have been an improvement over most of the previous 13 seasons... Tiger by the tale: Legendary baseball broadcaster spins yarns of baseball greats (Wed 6/28)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, July 9, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

The composition of these words were started from my hospital bed at the Cleveland Clinic, perhaps one the most prestigious medical facilities in the world. As I sit here thinking of all the work that’s piling up, my type-A personality is making me even crazier than I usually am. My trip to Cleveland and Pittsburgh was rerouted to the hospital because of a return bout with a skin infection known as cellulitis; I never made it to the Steel City. Thank God for my Tivoli Song Book AM/FM radio and a top-floor room with a large window to my left that faces west. I’m pulling FM’s from Toledo and even from Detroit, but I think some of that might have been due to extraordinary atmospheric conditions. My XM radio also was a godsend.

I was discharged Monday after four days of care and drove home early on the Fourth of July with little to listen to on AM, FM or XM. All the funny shows were off the air. Even the “best of” repeats were missing. No entertainment, just lots of overplayed boring music. I never appreciated Warren Pierce so much as he filled in for Paul W. Smith; it was the only thing that kept me awake on newstalk WJR-AM (760).

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By the way, U of M fans can rejoice. CKLW-AM (800), although not what it once was, still throws a very strong signal across Lake Erie and the entire north coast of Ohio so you’ll still be able to hear the Wolverines. I even pulled in UM’s FM counterpart, classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3), at the Cleveland Clinic, but again, I think the air was a bit overcharged that weekend. Next to WJR, CKLW truly gets out the farthest, so it was an excellent choice by the Michigan Athletic Department.

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Last week, I also had an MRI on my left leg at one of the area’s finest medical facilities. They offer you headphones to counter the loud noise the machine makes and you can usually chose the station, but the radio — a Sony shelf-system stereo — had very poor FM reception. I checked it out, and wouldn’t you know it, the antenna was an AM loop stand-up connected to the FM input on the back. So I got a single strand of wire and connected it with far better results. The staff couldn’t have been more appreciative. The point is, to all radio broadcasters, it’s shocking how few people know how to even hook up an antenna to a radio, how to switch between bands or can recognize, by just the frequency, if 96.3 is an AM or an FM station. Yikes — that is very scary indeed. How are they ever going to figure out HD radio with two stations on the same frequency? I sense a train wreck coming.

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All-news WWJ-AM (950) is preparing a special tribute to funny weather guru Sonny Eliot as he celebrates 60 years on the local airwaves. Sonny created the concept of the wacky TV weatherman when he was on Channel 4, back in TV’s early days when the word Doppler was virtually unknown. More details coming.

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Also, this Tuesday is the birthday of WOMC’s Dick Purtan, holding steady at ... well, he says he’s 39. When your birthday is on 7-11, you’ve heard all of the jokes.

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Speaking of Slurpees, beef jerky and sandwiches, the winner of Motown radio’s “Super Sub” is undoubtedly Bernie Fratto. He’s the very reliable fill-in host on the “Parker & the Man” show at hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1) Free FM. The “other Bernie,” who recently celebrated two years at Live 97.1, has developed quite a following with his quick wit and deep knowledge of sports, pop culture, history and current events. Plus, who can say no to an Italian sub?

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Today is the day for the soft hits WMGC-FM (105.1) Magic Family Picnic. It’s noon-5 p.m. at CJ Barrymore’s, 21750 Hall Road (M-59) in Clinton Township. Sounds like a super time. Check out www.detroitmagic.com for more details.

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Detroit’s “NICest guy,” Kevin O’Neill, the popular soft-rock WNIC-FM (100.3) afternoon personality, also was holding down the same shift at sister Clear Channel station WLIT in Chicago — by way of voice-tracking, which is a common practice in radio these days. They replaced O’Neill with a live local jock. So Kevin’s son in Chicago can no longer hear dad, but perhaps a Cleveland Clear Channel station will import his voice so mom can tune in along the North Coast.

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Speaking of Cleveland, after 12 different morning shows in nine years, heritage rocker WMMS-FM (100.7) recently added America’s funniest syndicated morning show — “Bob & Tom,” based in Indianapolis. You may have heard their outrageously entertaining program on stations throughout out-state Michigan, as it’s on in 150 cities nationwide but not in Detroit. With no disrespect to Drew and Mike, Harper, Purtan, Smith, Edmonds and all of the great local morning talent, I still wish we had these award-winning guys on the air locally. We can never have too many laughs.

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


2nd Annual Sizzle 'n Sauce to spice up Eastern Market

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 22-23, 2006 will put one out of the park!

Save the date for July 22-23, 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 this fabulous 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.

Detroit Free Press:

A day of golf, a charity dinner and Tom Izzo's debut as a professional singer all served as an informal launch for Michigan State's new partnership with WJR-AM (760) in metro Detroit. MSU and WJR sponsored the first "Coaches for the Kids" golf outing and dinner, a benefit for the For the Kids Foundation. Basketball coach Izzo, football coach John L. Smith and women's basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie were honorary co-chairs for the event Sunday and Monday at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township... Spartans team with WJR-AM to aid kids (Tue 7/11)

Judy Adams, longtime WDET-FM (101.9) programmer who left the station when the datyime music format went away late in 2005, reports, "I have been in conversations with several metro Detroit radio stations and hope to be back on the air very soon"... Names and Faces (Tue 7/11)

Scheduled: Auditions for a teen boy and girl to hand out the surfboard trophies at "Teen Choice 2006" airing live at 8 p.m. Aug. 20 on Fox (WJBK-TV, Channel 2). The Detroit audition is noon- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Oakland Mall in Troy... Names and Faces (Mon 7/10)

Landing: On University of Windsor station CJAM-FM (91.5), Jon Moshier's "in sound" program 2:30-4 p.m. Thursdays starting July 13... Names and Faces (Sat 7/8)

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner's request to get a temporary federal court injunction to allow him to circumvent his exclusive services contract clause and commence weekday evangelical broadcasting for WEXL-AM (1340) was turned down late Thursday... Turner religious broadcast nixed (Fri 7/7)

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WMGC-FM (105.1) personality Kam Carman had quite a holiday weekend. Carmen announced Tuesday on Jim Harper's morning radio show that she got engaged to Commerce Twp. firefighter Jim Shemanski... Carman says yes to her firefighter (Thu 7/6)

Detroit News:

Channel 7 on Friday disclosed how much it pays evening anchorman Frank Turner in a court filing related to a legal dispute between the TV station and Turner. And Turner is unhappy about it. Turner, who is near the end of a five-year contract signed in 2001, is paid $285,000 a year, station vice president and general manager Grace Gilchrist said in an affidavit. Including benefits, the total package is worth about $1.75 million, she said... Turner: My salary is not high (Mon 7/3)

Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Television, the public television station of the University of Michigan, won two Emmy Awards for programs it produced and aired in 2005. The awards were conferred recently by the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Award-winners were "And They Flew: The Story of the Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit,'' produced by Katherine Weider, Felicia Jamieson and Matthew Zacharias, which won the award for Best Cultural Documentary, and "Wright's Little Gem,'' written and produced by Gary Ewell, which was awarded Best Writing in a Short Format Film... Michigan Television picks up Emmys Arts documentary, short-film writing bring recognition to station (Fri 6/30)

Flint Journal:

Ced Lover, host of the popular "Jumpoff" afternoon drive show on WRCL-FM (Club 93.7), has moved to Detroit's WHTD-FM (Hot 102.7). Thursday was his last day on the local airwaves. "This was not something I expected. But I think because I was part of the unexpected success of Club 93.7, my background fit with the qualities they were looking for," said Lover, who was contacted by the Detroit station about its vacant promotions and marketing director position... 'Jumpoff' host moves to Detroit station (Fri 7/7)


CBS Radio Dallas, Detroit Ink Media Monitors Deal:
MEDIA MONITORS, LLC (a division of RCS) has signed an agreement with CBS RADIO to provide commercial airplay data for CBS RADIO stations in DETROIT and DALLAS. CBS has been using MEDIA MONITORS already in YORK CITY, CHICAGO, KANSAS CITY, ST. LOUIS, ATLANTA, CINCINNATI, DENVER, and PORTLAND, OR bringing the total to 10 CBS markets. "We're quite pleased to offer CBS RADIO STATIONS in DALLAS and DETROIT our multimedia toolbox for tracking competitive data,"remarked MEDIA MONITORS President/CEO PHILIPPE GENERALI, "so that our timely and highly accurate data is now available for their radio sales departments." (Mon 7/10)

Brad Savage Adds PD Duties Of WLBY-A/Ann Arbor:
CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107one)/ANN ARBOR, MI PD BRAD SAVAGE adds PD duties of sister Progressive Talker WLBY-A. SAVAGE replaces RYAN MAGUIRE, who will focus exclusively on PD/afternoons on Sports WTKA-A. SAVAGE plans to co-brand certain WLBY-A events with 107one due to the similar lifestyle target. Meanwhile, ANN ARBOR'S 107one just celebrated their second anniversary last THURSDAY (6/28) with a highly successful, free, outdoor concert with SHAWN MULLINS and ARI HEST as part of the ANN ARBOR SUMMER FESTIVAL. The free concert series continues with LUDO and local favorites TALLY HALL on THURSDAY, JULY 6th. WQKL will also host four days of live music during the ANN ARBOR ART FAIR, on a free music stage culminating on FRIDAY, JULY 21st with appearances from ELLERY, TOBY LIGHTMAN, BRIAN VANDER ARK (THE VERVE PIPE), CAREY OTT, and LUCE for a LISTENER APPRECIATION CONCERT. (Wed 7/5)

Radio & Records:

Henson assumes the programming chair at "Sports/Talk 950" most recently occupied by Jason Barrett, who exited the Greater Media Sports outlet in May. The move marks a return to Greater Media for Henson, who began his radio career as a morning show producer for the company's WCSX/Detroit in 1988... Gregg Henson Named WPEN/Philadelphia PD (Thu 6/29)

WVMV's Zonjic to perform at summer concerts

With the summer concert season upon us, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic & Friends will be performing at outdoor venues for Smooth Jazz fans throughout the region.

At Chene Park, a unique 7,000 capacity amphitheater located on the shore of the Detroit River, Alexander Zonjic & Friends will open for “Soul Express” featuring vocalist Jody Watley, keyboardist Jeff Lorber and guitarist Chris Standring on Wednesday, July 12, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $13-18 and available at the Chene Park Box Office, www.ticketmaster.com or call Ticketmaster 248-645-6666.

On Friday, July 14, Alexander Zonjic will travel to Toledo, OH, to perform at the Second Annual African American Festival at Nelson Grace Park. The three-day festival July 14-16 features Jazz Night on the opening day. Zonjic will perform at 9:00 p.m. Admission is free. For more information call 419-255-8876.

Then on Saturday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m., Zonjic performs at the Bay City Wine, Food and Arts Festival. Called “A Day in the Sun,” the event takes place from 2:00-9:00 p.m. in Wenonah Park in downtown Bay City, MI. The $40 cost of admission includes sampling of wine, listening to live musical performances and access to the art on display. For more information call 989-893-7105 or visit www.cafeappareil.org.

In addition to these performances, jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic serves as artistic director of four upcoming summer music festivals. Concert schedules, featuring a whole host of creative artistic talent, will be announced soon.

Paul W. Smith to sub for Limbaugh Friday 7/14

Join News/Talk 760 WJR's Paul W. Smith (Weekdays 5:30am-9am) as he hosts the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Friday, July 14, 2006. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on News/Talk 760 WJR, Weekdays from Noon-3:00pm.

Rush Limbaugh remains the most listened-to talk show host in America and can be reached during his program at 1-800-282-2882 or by fax at 212-563-9166.


Grand Rapids Press:

The weather team went into red alert in the Forecast Center last week when storms hit St. Joseph County and a tornado warning was issued. According to Molly Kelly of WOOD-TV (Channel 8), the station's usual procedure is to go on the air immediately after a tornado warning is issued in the station's 14-county coverage area and to stay on the air as long as it seems warranted and there are life-threatening situations ... Healthy Woman' campaign- Holland Hospital and WZZM-TV (Channel 13) are launching this week a women's health awareness campaign, "13 Healthy Woman" ... Liberal voice on radio- Dr. Laura Schlesinger is out, and Randi Rhodes is in. Rhodes -- a progressive talk-show host who has been on the air for two decades in various markets -- can be heard from 8-10 p.m. weeknights and 2-5 p.m. Saturdays on WTKG radio (AM 1230)... Broadcast Notes (Sun 7/9)

Paul Mayhue's voice has been heard by radio officials with WJNZ-AM 1140, and now fans of the rhythm and blues station will have the chance to hear the politician, who is locked in a re-election battle with former talk-show host Robert Womack. The radio station and Mayhue have reached an agreement that will put campaign spots from the incumbent Kent County commissioner on the air for about six hours through the Aug. 8 primary election... (Sat 7/8)

Tom Van Howe is steering a new course as captain of his own charter boat business. Van Howe last weekend launched his career as charter captain of the 42-foot sailboat Ragtime. The Holland native takes passengers on sailing trips on Lake Michigan from Saugatuck... Former TV anchorman sets sail on new career (Thu 7/6)

New morning news show- WZZM-TV 13 is expanding their programming by launching a weekend morning news show beginning Sept. 9. The show will air 6-8 a.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Tim Geraghty, news director at TV-13, said the anchor person is yet to be decided ... The Tonight Show- Former WWMT-TV (Channel 3) Meteorologist Amy Sweezey got her 15 seconds of fame during "The Tonight Show" starring Jay Leno. Sweezey works for the NBC affiliate in Orlando and is on maternity leave ... Maranda has 'wow' factor- She's rocking the parks in West Michigan with free food, activities and fun. Almost 6,000 friends showed up to celebrate the first WOTV 4 Park Party with Maranda ... And the Emmy goes to... Broadcast Notes (Tue 7/4)

Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue, locked in a tough re-election battle, figures he has 16 hours of free air time coming on local radio station WJNZ-AM 1140 -- and he wants every minute of it... (Tue 7/4)

I tuned into the Detroit Tigers' radio pregame show Wednesday expecting to hear West Michigan Whitecaps play-by-play announcer Dave Skoczen. He had been booked as a guest for a pregame interview, asked to opine on the progress of teenage slugging sensation Cameron Maybin and other prospects on the Class A Midwest League affiliate that captured a first-half Eastern Division championship. It seemed like a nice gesture... Radio snafu another example of Tigers' disrespect toward Whitecaps (Fri 6/30)


Jim Davis Exits WKLQ Morning Show:
CITADEL Active Rocker WKLQ/GRAND RAPIDS morning guy JIM DAVIS exits the "JUSTICE AND JIM SHOW." JUSTICE continues hosting mornings as the show is re-tooled into "JUSTICE IN THE MORNING." (Wed 7/5)

TV Week:

The Radio-Television News Directors Association said ABC News, WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Mich., and KTUU-TV in Anchorage, Alaska, are the TV winners of this year's annual RTNDA/UNITY Awards, which honor commitment to covering cultural diversity... Honors for ABC News, WOOD-TV, KTUU-TV (Fri 7/7)


Detroit Free Press:

Although he lost an attempt to get a federal judge to enjoin WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) from enforcing its exclusive services clause to allow him to double as a radio evangelist, news anchor Frank Turner indicates he'll continue to fight the station over the issue... Frank Turner battles on (Wed 7/12)

Ann Arbor News:

WEMU (89.1 FM), the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, has launched an unusual summer fund drive to raise money to offset anticipated funding reductions from the state for the next fiscal year. The station is hoping for $3,000 in pledges each day this month, for a total of $93,000. "It's a soft fund drive. We don't have volunteers answering the phone,'' said station manager Art Timko. "We're just asking people to call or go on line... WEMU launches soft fund campaign (Wed 7/12)


* Country WRGZ FM 96.7 Rogers City has been granted a modification to its license to specify commercial operations.

* The sale of WMYD TV 20 Detroit from Granite Broadcasting to DS Audible Detroit Licenses was approved.

* Dean M. Mosely was granted a construction permit for a new low-power TV station to be licensed to Cheboygan on channel 32 as W32DL.

* The FCC issued a Notification of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $4,000 to Beyond the Bay Media Group, license holder for Contemporary Christian WTRK FM 89.1 Bay City for failing to operate substantially in accordance with the terms and conditions of its license. The station's applications to transfer its license to Educational Media Foundation and renew its license were granted as was a construction permit to increase the station's effective radiated power. FCC Memorandum , Order, and NAL (.pdf)


Windsor Star:

Windsor's A-Channel TV station will be sold by Bell Globemedia after the owner of the CTV television network and the Globe and Mail newspaper purchases CHUM Ltd. While CHUM announced major layoffs across the country Wednesday, Keith Chinnery, program director at AM 800 CKLW, which is also owned by CHUM, said there will be no staff reductions but was unable to say what impact the changes might have on programming... Windsor TV station to be sold (Tue 7/12)

Hot AC CHYR-FM 96.7 to move closer to Windsor

The CRTC has approved a change to the facilities of CHYR-FM that will result in the station's broadcast tower moving about 13 miles closer to Windsor with reduced power but increased tower height. The move is being made to increase coverage in parts of Essex County, ON.

CRTC Broadcasting Decision

Detroit News:

She didn't plan for it, but longtime WDET-FM (101.9) program director and on-air host Judy Adams suddenly found herself on an extended vacation on Dec. 12 of last year, when she and the station abruptly parted company. The move to replace her morning show and Martin Bandyke's in the afternoon with news and talk prompted a firestorm of protest. Both WDET management and Adams were mum on the separation agreement... Judy Adams considers return to radio (Thu 7/13)

Detroit Free Press:

Postponed: Lionel Richie's Friday appearances on WNIC-FM (100.3) and WJLB-FM (97.9) because he'll be attending the funeral of former Commodores mate Milan Williams ... AM anniversary party: WWJ-AM (950) morning voice Joe Donovan hits the 30-year mark there July 19. So Donovan, who started in the market as one of CKLW-AM's "20-20 News" mayhem screamers, celebrated at a Wednesday luncheon... Names and Faces (Thu 7/13)

WMGC-FM Zoo visit rescheduled

WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, is celebrating 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 12noon to 2pm on Wednesday, July 19, 2006 and is open to the public. This event is rescheduled, due to a severe thunderstorm that occurred on June 21.

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! 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.

Zonjic announces Jazz Festival Lineups

Jazz flutist and WVMV-FM morning host Alexander Zonjic yesterday announced the performance line-ups for three jazz festivals in the metropolitan Detroit area. Zonjic is artistic director for the outdoor summer concerts that feature local and national artists and attract thousands of music fans. “People look forward each year to these concerts that are well established in their communities. Each venue is distinct in its flavor and character and the performers enjoy the energy the crowds bring with them,” said Zonjic.

Community House Jazzfest: A three-day festival July 20-22 in the heart of downtown Birmingham
Thurs., July 20 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends .
Fri., July 21 – Yellowjackets, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter Quartet
Sat., July 22 – Warren Hill Band, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends Jazz Orchestra, Penny Wells

Jazz on the River: A two-day festival Aug. 5- 6 with the Detroit River as the backdrop at scenic Elizabeth Park near downtown Trenton
Sat., August 5 - Nils, Marion Meadows, Keiko Matsui
Sun., August 6 - Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr., Down to the Bone

River Raisin Jazz Festival: A two-day festival Aug. 12-13 celebrated on the banks of the river in St. Mary's Park in Monroe
Sat. August 12 - Rick Braun, Joe McBride, Randy Scott, Sheila Landis
Sun., August 13 - David Benoit, Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Nick Collione

WJR programming highlights

On Friday July 14 and Saturday July 15 WJR AM 760 will offer continuous coverage of the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race. Broadcast reports will cover the pre-race events from Port Huron and then follow the progress of the race from start to finish. Update reports can also be found on the station's web site, wjr.com.

WJR will broadcast live from Port Huron on Friday July 14th from 5:30-9AM during the Paul W. Smith Show from the 2006 Bacardi Bayview Mackinac Race in Port Huron and again Saturday July 15th from 5-9AM) Warren Pierce Show.

Also on Friday from 9-11:30AM, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the 2006 Detroit APBA Gold Cup Races at the Detroit Yacht Club. On Monday July 17th from 6-9AM the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from the 2006 CATCH Golf Classic at the Meadowbrook County Club in Northville. Finally, on July 21st, the Frank Beckmann Show will broadcast live from the Tournament of Champions at Boyne Mountain in Bay Harbor.


WDFN helps raise over $156,000



9th Annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon raises record amount for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

After 28 straight hours, the Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society brought in over $156,000 to help find a cure for blood cancers, the leading cause of cancer deaths among children.

The event was broadcast live on WDFN AM, Sports Radio 1130, and hosted by Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski. Auction items such as a team autographed Detroit Red Wings jersey, a Detroit Lions suite, a Chauncy Billups autographed jersey and a rare Swedish national hockey team jersey, sign by the five Red Wing Swedes we all up for bids. Steve Yzerman even called in a donated an autographed pair of gloves that he wore in his last playoff game.

For those that missed the radiothon, donations are still being accepted online at

“This was the most successful radiothon ever,” said Charley Kutcher, Chairman of the Radiothon who also ran the tote board the entire 28-hours. “Considering the state Michigan's economy, this proves how generous people can be for a cause this good.”


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, July 16, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

The big “Remember the Motor City Reunion” is finally here — July 19-22 in downtown Detroit. Eileen Trombley-Glick, a former Detroiter and 1966 grad of Regina High School, is orchestrating this huge reunion for next week. She truly echoes that line from Martha and the Vandellas’ hit song “Dancin’ in the Street” — can’t forget the Motor City!

You’ll be amazed at the number of activities and the big names expected to be on hand for this nostalgic gathering throughout downtown Detroit. A few of the names scheduled to be here include: Robin Seymour, Lee Alan, Paul Cannon, Johnny Ginger, Marv Welch, Irv (Ricky the Clown) Roming, Art (Bozo) Cervi and Detroit historian Stewart McMillin.

As one who has worked on putting together three Detroit Radio Reunions, I know firsthand what a huge undertaking it is. And, that’s a good word to use, because it nearly killed me, and most of our committee.

You can learn more by visiting www.detroitmemories.com/reunion.html. If you don’t have Internet access, you can call for more information at (480) 785-4616 or toll-free at (866) 633-7737. If you can’t wait for the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 19, this sounds like the perfect fix to please anyone who grew up in the ’50s, ’60s or ’70s in Southeast Michigan. There will certainly be a strong presence of legendary radio — and TV — personalities at this reunion.

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A couple of weeks ago, as I lay in a hospital bed in Ohio, I thought how good it would be if only I had brought my laptop computer. With a computer you can spend hours — if not days — checking out a seemingly endless number of Web sites that cater to those of us still in love with radio. One of my closest friends, now working for XM’s classic country channel 10, is Country Dan Dixon. He even worked locally at the old WDEE-AM (1500) and WCXI-AM (1130) now WDFN-AM. Dan tipped me off to a Web site that was a major flashback for those of us who as kids treasured our transistor radios. Check out www.transistor.org/collection/collection.html and you can spend hours clicking all over the pages of classic transistor radios — one of which is probably just like one you once owned.

If you like to wear radio station apparel, like I do, than the site for you is unquestionably www.radiologoland.com. It is incredible how many shirts, hats, coffee mugs and the like can be had with the original logo of your favorite station from yesteryear. Last Christmas, a radio pal in San Diego gave me a brand new high-quality sweatshirt with the first-ever logo for WKNR-Keener 13. Very cool, indeed.

Mike Austerman’s site, www.michiguide.com, features not only past postings of this column, but also an entire listing of Web links with ties to radio enthusiasts, including station histories and the meanings of call letters. And my site, www.vuolovideo.com, is being heavily referenced by people nationwide looking for audio and video recordings of great radio stations from around the country.

A couple of other sites that will thrill anyone with a passion for radio include: the Classic CKLW Page (www.thebig8.net), and the WKNR site (www.keener13.com). And there is a lot of Detroit radio memorabilia at www.detroitradioflashbacks.net, and to actually hear old radio broadcasts, including my 1971 “History of Detroit Radio” documentary, check out www.putmeontheair.com. Make sure you have a lot of time before you do.

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Quick Hits: Gregg Henson, the always colorful one time co-host of Motor City Middays on hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1) is not returning to Detroit. The former sports guru from both WXYT-AM (1270) and WDFN has landed a sweet job as program director of Philadelphia’s newest all-sports station WPEN-AM (950), owned by Greater Media, which also owns classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7), where Henson had his first job many moons ago.

Set your dial for more of that great Wurlitzer organ music from Don Thompson on Tom Wilson’s “Somewhere in Time” program at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

My colleague Mike Austerman who pens this column on alternate weekends, is on a well-deserved family vacation, and will return.

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


Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Solano is a sports nut. He makes no apologies for it, nor should he, since the 29-year-old sportscaster has pursued a passion for sharing news, scores and highlights with viewers in places such as Portland, Ore., and Macon, Ga., with a perpetual smile. He has brought that enthusiasm to Grand Rapids... Solano settling into No. 2 role at WZZM (Fri 7/14)


Hayes Covers Southwest Michigan:
MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Classic Rock/Classic Hits WFAT/KALAMAZOO, MI PD BRIAN HAYES is bumped up to Director of Programming for the southwestern MiICHIGAN region. He will oversee 9 stations. (Tue 7/11)


Opie & Anthony to add Grand Rapids, maybe Saginaw

Reports this morning are that Citadel will add the syndicated version of XM Satellite Radio morning hosts Opie & Anthony to the morning slot at Active Rock WKLQ FM 107.3 Greenville/Grand Rapids and possibly at Classic Rock WILZ FM 104.5 Saginaw. The moves would give the pair their second and third outlets in Michigan- they appeared on CBS-owned Sports WXYT AM 1270 Detroit earlier this summer.

If the show is placed in morning drive, in Grand Rapids O&A would displace 'Justice in the Morning' and in Saginaw the duo would replace 'Bob and Tom'.

Grand Rapids Press:

We purchased a high-definition television at our house a while back so our sports and news addictions could be maximized with a strong, clear, digital video signal. But why can't we get any programming in digital from WWMT-TV (Channel 3) -- the CBS affiliate in West Michigan? My brother in Southfield watches CBS sporting events all the time on HDTV. What is the problem here? I have called, written letters, e-mailed, had cable technicians out to our home -- to no avail. Until now ... Tim Kiesling is the new program director at "Star 105.7" WOOD-FM. "He's brilliant," said Skip Essick, station manager for Clear Channel. "Tim has worked for a cluster of Clear Channel stations as marketing director in San Antonio (Texas) and was a program director for WFMK-FM of Lansing."

"This is an enormous opportunity," Kiesling said. "I have the chance to work with Steve and Sabrina on a heritage morning show. They are humanly connected and care for their listeners and community"... Broadcast notes (Mon 7/17)


Detroit Free Press:

Turner to fight on- WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Frank Turner is carrying on his fight to double as a religious broadcaster but he won't be doing the program he wanted to do, a weekday morning show, on Christian radio station WEXL AM-1340. WEXL announced late Monday that Miranda (Randi) Myles has been named permanent host of the mid-morning show... Names and Faces (Tue 7/18)

Ann Arbor News:

Reaching the front of the Starbucks line earlier this month, Mike Tirico doesn't hesitate before ordering the usual, a sugar-free vanilla latte. When the latte is ready, Tirico, an Ann Arbor resident, exchanges greetings with a barrista behind the counter... Tirico in the spotlight (Tue 7/18)


Noted industry expert Kurt Hanson to discuss broadcasters' changing role in the New Media Mix

NAB President David Rehr Also Joins a Prominent Line-up at MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat July 24-26 at Boyne Mountain Resort

MABRadio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN) Publisher Kurt Hanson will focus on how technology is changing consumers' use of broadcast media, and what opportunities may appear for broadcasters when he delivers the keynote address at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat to be held Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

The theme of the MAB Annual Meeting is The New Media Mix, and will include a panel discussion, moderated by Kurt Hanson on how new technologies such as the Internet, iPods, and TV On Demand can be incorporated into the existing broadcast world. Other conference highlights include:
• A speech by David Rehr, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters;
• A presentation by leading advertising executives on how broadcasting fits into The New Media Mix; and
• The Chairman's Banquet on Tuesday evening, at which six distinguished Michigan broadcasters will be inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. MAB will also posthumously honor John Wismer of Wismer Broadcasting in Port Huron with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individual employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members' needs.


Granite backs out of sale of TV 20:

Granite Broadcasting, which had agreed to sell WMYD-TV 20 Detroit to DS Audible for $84,250,000, has backed out of sale before closing the deal. The FCC had approved the transaction back in June. Granite announced that it now plans on keeping the station, which will become an affiliate of the new MyNetworkTV net in September and also is the over-the-air home for the Detroit Tigers and Pistons.

Granite Broadcasting has called off the sales of Detroit station WDWB-TV and San Francisco station KBWB-TV. The financially troubled group announced Tuesday that it will keep the Detroit station... Granite Halts Station Sales (TV Week, Tue 7/18)

WDIV to change morning meteorologists

WDIV-TV Channel 4 has announced that starting August 14th, Kim Adams will return to her role as meteorologist and join the station's morning news team. “As a meteorologist, a mom, and someone whose family has been a victim of a weather-related tragedy, Kim has a special understanding of how the weather impacts people lives,” said Neil Goldstein, VP and news director of WDIV.

“In consulting with Chuck Gaidica, Local 4's Director of Meteorology, we decided that this would be a great way to best showcase everyone's meteorological talents and continue to provide the most powerful weather coverage in town,” said Goldstein. Adams will continue to contribute to Local 4's Good Health reports until a new health reporter is named in the coming weeks.

Current morning show weatherman Eric Wilson will take on a new role at the station focusing on the advancement of weather technology. In addition, Eric will continue to provide the weather forecasts on the weekday Local 4 News at Noon and fill in on other Local 4 newscasts. “Eric has expressed a desire to move in to a more technologically challenging role,” Goldstein said. “He has been working in this direction for some time and, along with Chuck, Eric has recently helped to implement new weather equipment upgrades and new delivery platforms such as our daily weathercasts on ClickOnDetroit.com and Local 4's WeatherPlus, an all-weather channel that can be seen on cable and high-definition receivers.”

Media Week:

Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television announced Tuesday the launch of a new, live, national morning show featuring entertainment and general interest programming. Scheduled to debut January 2007, the hour-long show will be cleared by all 25 owned-and-operated Fox stations. The new show, airing 9 to 10 a.m. is designed to extend morning programming on Fox stations, which have had strong ratings success counter-programming the big three network morning shows with their with their own local morning programs... Fox TV Stations to Launch New, Live Morning Show (Tue 7/18)

Zonjic concert to feature CD give-away

One “seldom gets the blues” when attending a concert performance by Alexander Zonjic, but smooth jazz fans will get just that if Charter One Bank has its way.

Charter One Bank will give away Alexander Zonjic's latest CD “Seldom Blues” to the first 400 patrons who arrive in Birmingham'a Shain Park for Alexander Zonjic & Friends opening night performance to kick off the Community House Jazzfest on Thursday, July 20. Zonjic and his band are scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a two-hour set.

The Community House will host its 14th Annual Jazzfest, July 20-22 in Shain Park located on South Bates Street between Martin and Merrill Streets in the heart of downtown Birmingham. All concerts are free and open to the public. Each year, the three-day festival attracts an estimated 25,000 people to the city of Birmingham.

World renowned flutist Alexander Zonjic returns as the artistic director for the three-day event. Zonjic has compiled a lineup which showcases highly acclaimed national artists along with up and coming homegrown talent. Performers include: the Yellowjackets, Warren Hill, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends, Penny Williams, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter, In the Pocket and others.

Zonjic can be heard weekdays hosting morning drive on Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7.


* Edgewater Broadcasting has agreed to acquire WAQQ FM 88.3 Onsted, the construction permit for WJCQ FM 89.7 Jackson, and an FM translator at FM 88.9 Adrian (W205BZ) from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting for $80,000.

This is the third agreement between Edgewater and GLCB- in May 2006, Edgewater agreed to purchase the construction permit for WKHN FM 88.1 Hubbard Lake for $35,000. In April 2006, Edgewater agreed to buy the construction permit for FM 89.7 Lake Odessa for $25,000 plus FM translator W206AZ 89.1 Fremont for $11,000 from Great Lakes Community Broadcasting. As part of the April deal, the construction permit for FM translator W262AW St. Johns will move from Edgewater to GLCB.

* On the air: new Contemporary Christian Smile FM stations WKKM FM 88.5 Rust Twp/Alpena and WJOG FM 91.3 Good Hart/Petoskey. Programming is based out of WLGH FM 88.1 Lansing.

* Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W295AK 106.9 Three Rivers from Radio Assist Ministry for $6356.00 pending FCC approval and closing. Also, Horizon is acquiring the construction permits for FM translators K237DB 95.3 Hudsonville and W279BG 103.7 Battle Creek from Edgewater Broadcasting for $7433.00 each pending FCC approval and closing. Horizon Christian Fellowship owns the construction permit for WTNP FM 91.9 Richland and announced in June it was acquiring two other translator construction permits from Edgewater in Paw Paw and Manistee.

* Approved: the sale of Lansing area stations Adult Urban WXLA AM 1180 and Urban WQHH FM 96.5 from Mid-Michigan FM to MacDonald Broadcasting. The $3.65 million sale was announced in May.

* Talk WMKT AM 1270 Charlevoix has applied to increase its daytime power from 27,000 to 50,000 watts. The station recently completed an upgrade in its daytime signal, boosting from 5,000 to the current 27,000 watts.

* Contemporary Christian WTRK FM 89.1 Bay City has applied to modify its construction permit to increase the ERP from 25,000 watts @ 370 feet to 50,000 watts @ 370 feet (vertical polarization). Both patterns are directional. WTRK currently is licensed for 2,000 watts @ 328 feet but has been operating at reduced ERP for some time.


Detroit News:

Go get 'em, Tigers. Even with a signal that pales in comparison with the AM powerhouses that used to carry Detroit baseball, WXYT-AM (1270) got a big boost from the hot Bengal bats in the spring Arbitron ratings, which were released Wednesday. The Metro Detroit ratings cover the period from March 30-June 21. In the highly valued sports demographic of men 25-54, WXYT's night ratings, when the station carries the most games, showed the most bang... Tigers' roar heard on the radio (Thu 7/20)

Detroit Free Press:

The ever-competitive race for Detroit radio listeners is getting a little bit tighter. Two stations at opposite ends of the musical spectrum -- country WYCD-FM and urban WJLB-FM -- finished the spring quarter tied for first place in the contest for all-day listenership. They leapfrogged R&B station WMXD-FM, which had held the lead for the previous two quarters, and now sits at No. 3, just a tenth of a rating point behind the leaders. That skinny difference was characteristic of much of the top 10, with several other stations within sniffing distance of the top spot, including WRIF-FM, WJR-AM, WOMC-FM, WKQI-FM and WWJ-AM... Country urban radio staitons share top spot (Thu 7/20)

Radio & Records:

Top 5 radio stations listeners age 12+: Urban WJLB FM 97.9 and Country WYCD FM 99.5 (tie 1st), Adult Urban WMXD FM 92.3, Rock WRIF FM 101.1, and News/Talk WJR AM 760... Detroit Spring 2006 ratings (Wed 7/19)

Ann Arbor radio ratings, Spring 2006

Toledo radio ratings, Spring 2006


WDET names new development director; Valdez program to feature Syd Barrett

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, has announced that Carl Allison, Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), has joined the station as its Development Director. Allison, who has fund raising experience with other Detroit area cultural institutions such as the Detroit Science Center, WTVS - Channel 56 and most recently, The Henry Ford, joins WDET following the station's national search for a fund raising professional. "We are delighted to have Carl Allison join the WDET team," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "Not only does Carl know and understand our community, but he also understands the mission of Detroit's public radio station. He has been a listener and donor to WDET for many years."

Allison brings an array of fundraising expertise to his new position at WDET. In addition to individual giving, he will also be managing planned giving, major gifts, grant writing, donor relations and foundation and corporate support. He will also oversee the station's membership and underwriting departments. "As a lifelong Detroiter, I've been a big fan of WDET for many years," said Carl Allison. "The station is truly an asset to our community, and I'm proud to be associated with a radio service that has such depth and diversity of programming. I'm looking forward to helping WDET grow its service to metropolitan Detroit. The station has many new and returning listeners, and we want to invite those people to support this important service."

The July 23rd edition of The Ralph Valdez Program will be dedicated to Pink Floyd founding member and psychedelic / progressive rock pioneer, the late Syd Barret (b.1-6-46, d. 7-7-06). Besides exploring listener favorites and rare recordings, local musician Matt Smith will be on hand to share Syd Barret stories, scandals and theories about his state of mind. Lucky listeners will also have a chance to win tickets for upcoming concerts by Mission Of Burma (7-28 Magic Stick) and also for Ian Anderson's Orchestral Jethro Tull (7-28 Meadow Brook). The Ralph Valdez Program airs Sunday nights from 10pm to Midnight.

WCSX, Art Van team up for best Big Cruise seats in the house

Car enthusiasts of all kinds will line Woodward Avenue for this year's Dream Cruise on August 19th. Art Van's Royal Oak store, located on Woodward right at the heart of the action, plans to set up 40 comfortable chairs along the store's second story windows for great guest viewing and Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is partnering with Art Van to fill the seats.

Winners of the 'Best Seats in the House' will enjoy refreshments and reserved seating to watch the cruise excitement. Listeners can tune it to WCSX or stop by Art Van Royal Oak starting August 1st to register to win a pair of those seats. Also at the Royal Oak Art Van, while supplies last, visitors may purchase a pair of 50's style fuzzy dice from representatives of Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan to hang on their car's rearview mirror. A minimum donation of $3.00 is requested- that $3 donation feeds up to 26 people.

Detroit News:

A caller this week wanted information on the Tigers TV schedule. He said his father is in the VA hospital in Ann Arbor. Did we know the rest of the schedule on TV20? A simple request that shows what the Tigers' resurgence means to their fans. They want to be in touch with their team. For every dozen people who think nothing of babbling on a cell phone at the top of their lungs in a bookstore's reading section, there is someone who isn't wired into the world of portable communications. Not everyone has access to cable television... Free Tigers broadcasts appreciated (Fri 7/21)


Sixteen "Listener Advisory Board" members of Classic Rock station WCSX/Detroit recently became the first members of the WCSX Classic Rock Pace Car program, which means they will have their own car or truck wrapped with a custom design representing music and the station. Each design focuses on the listener's favorite Classic Rock artists... WCSX Fans Offer Their Cars For The Cause (Fri 7/21)


Flint Journal:

David Schwartz remembers his friends' skepticism when they found out he was moving to Flint to become general manager of Flint Fox affiliate WSMH (Channel 66). "I moved here 2 1/2 years ago from Orlando, which is a booming marketplace. The antithesis of that was in this market," he explained. "When I told people I was moving to Flint, it was all negative perceptions... Bringing it home (Fri 7/21)


Grand Rapids Press:

The alarm will go off a lot earlier on Monday morning for Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis. The husband-and-wife on-air team takes the airwaves as the inaugural morning show of Citadel's WHTS-FM (105.3 Hot FM) after sitting out a three-month noncompete agreement. Their last day at former station WLHT-FM (95.7) was April 21. The team woke up West Michigan listeners for almost 20 years, making it the region's longest-running morning show... Radio's Jagger, Jarvis return to airwaves (Sun 7/23)

One needs a score card to keep up with all the broadcast changes in West Michigan. Last week, WKLQ-FM (107.3) said goodbye to half of its morning team, Jim Davis. This week, the other half -- Justice -- was reassigned to another position in the company to make room Wednesday for a new morning team. Syndicated morning personalities Gregg "Opie" Hughes and Anthony Cumia from CBS Radio and XM Satellite Radio have cut a deal with Citadel Broadcasting to beam their show into eight new markets... Opie and Anthony Show added to KLQ morning drive (Sun 7/23)


There's more changes in the local radio scene, as one station gets a new leader, and another gets a new morning show. The syndicated morning team Opie & Anthony joined the line-up at WKLQ (107.3) Wednesday, the 20th terrestrial station to add the duo. They're also available on XM Satellite Radio, a unique arrangement with the first three hours broadcast both over-the-air and on satellite, with an additional two hours available only on XM. Opie & Anthony replace Justice & Jim as the morning team at KLQ... Big changes at two area radio stations (Wed 7/19)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, July 23, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

Looks like the country ratings battle between WYCD-FM (99.5) and WDTW-FM (106.7) will be an interesting one. In the just-released spring ratings book, WYCD tied for first place among all listeners with urban WJLB-FM (97.9). Although WDTW-FM The Fox was 18th, the station did improve its ratings from the winter with only a few weeks of its new sound included in the survey.

Talk about perfect timing for a format change. Give WDTW's Dom Theodore, regional vice president of programming, credit for calling for the change at 106.7 when he did. Country is hot, and there’s no doubt that listeners are sampling the new kid on the block, but will they remain loyal to WYCD?

Sports WXYT-AM (1270) enjoyed good ratings news, as they pushed back ahead of rival WDFN-AM (1130) for their second quarterly win in the last three books. The Detroit Tigers’ success on the field has helped boost listenership of WXYT’s coverage of the team. But the question with WXYT is whether the move away from sports in morning drive — with shock jocks Opie & Anthony in its place — will affect the station’s ratings this fall.

Rock WRIF-FM (101.1) and adult urban WDMK-FM (105.9) also enjoyed nice audience gains since winter among all listeners. The ’Rif moved to fourth place overall with a .7 share increase behind another number one book from morning duo Drew & Mike. WDMK bumped up .8 and finished in 10th place. Also of note was news-talk WJR-AM (760) pushing back ahead of all-news WWJ-AM (950).

The adage that change is the only constant is especially true when looking at radio ratings considering that the top eight stations among listeners age 12+ are only separated by .6 of a share.

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Back at WDTW-FM, the station has been building its on-air staff. Ericka Lynn will join for middays starting Aug. 2, and Rob Gramm is already on the job doing evenings. That leaves the morning and afternoon drive open, along with overnights.

With the combination of WDTW-owner Clear Channel launching a new syndicated morning program featuring Whoopi Goldberg on July 31 and that open morning slot, I have to wonder whether there might be some shuffling done within Clear Channel/Detroit to get Whoopi on a station here. One possible scenario could be to move either Chris Edmonds or Kevin O’Neill from soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) over to 106.7 for mornings. Both guys are longtime Detroiters and outstanding jocks. If a decision is made to add Whoopi in Detroit, why not fully utilize the talent that is already in-house to fill mornings at The Fox? Stay tuned to this one.

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Major kudos to WDFN afternoon hosts Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski — you know them as Stoney & Wojo — for helping raise more than $155,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society recently. Hard to believe that these guys have been doing their 28-hour radiothon for nine years — and that this is the first one without former ’DFN personality Sabrina Black, who succumbed to Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in March.

The event was a who’s who of Detroit sports personalities, including retired Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman, who donated an autographed pair of gloves that he wore during his last playoff game. Donations are still being accepted at wdfn.radiothon.org.

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Last month I asked whether Detroit radio personalities — and specifically WJR’s Mitch Albom — violate the trust of listeners when they endorse products that aren’t American made or whether it’s just a sign of the times.

The majority of the responses reflected that listeners weren’t concerned about what hosts endorse; rather, it’s that they personally “endorse” anything at all.

Joan’s comment summed up well the bulk of what I received: “I turn Mitch off before he comes on due to his violation of trust in many areas — self-serving endorsements of people and agendas as well as products make his word mean nothing. He used to be a great sports writer, but moving into the arena of ideas has been too big a leap for him. Can we vote him off the air?”

That’s harsh, but having hosts live-read commercials seems like a dangerous proposition. While stations get the most money for those kind of advertisements, they risk alienating listeners by airing too many of those ads. And, naturally, fewer listeners means less ad revenue. I don’t envy the sales managers who have to make those decisions — it’s not an easy job.

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Heal-up-soon wishes to classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) afternoon host Tom Ryan, who had double knee replacement surgery and will be off the air for approximately three weeks while he recovers. Ron Tavernit has been filling in ... Thoughts and prayers are with former talk WKRK-FM (97.1) host Gregg Henson as he deals with the illness of his mother, who has been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

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Set Your Dials: “Somewhere in Time” hosts Tom Wilson and Heather Novak explore the magic of theater pipe organs featuring West Coast organist Don Thompson with a program that includes everything from classics to pops.

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


WWWW moves back to Detroit

Clear Channel has changed the call sign of Ann Arbor Country outlet W4 Country (102.9) to WFOR-FM as of this Monday (July 24th) and moved the WWWW call sign to Progressive Talk AM 1310 Dearborn/Detroit, which previously had the call sign WDTW. AM 1310 is still identifying itself as "1310 WDTW" in its promos, but using the new WWWW call sign for its legal ID.

Clear Channel also filed on July 24th to change FM 102.9 'back' to WWWW-FM - so it appears the move to WFOR-FM is just temporary.

Recently, Clear Channel/Detroit launched a new Country station at 106.7, which has retained its WDTW-FM calls. 106.7 FM was the home of the WWWW calls throughout the 1970's through the year 2000 and from the early 1980's until 1999, the station was known as W4 Country.

Detroit News:

Television observers have wondered if Fox would ever get in on the evening news race against Katie Couric, Charles Gibson and Brian Williams. Never, says Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox news. The money, he says, is in the mornings. "If you've got Katie and Charles and Brian up there at 6:30, that's a pretty full landscape," Ailes told journalists Monday at the Television Critics Association's press tour, a media event that gives boob-tube arbiters an advanced look at the fall season's programming. Ailes and Fox are gearing up for a yet-to-be named morning show that will air after the local news broadcasts. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy of the Fox News Channel will host the 9 a.m. offering... Fox looks to mornings for network news entry (Wed 7/26)

Ann Arbor News:

At least $70,000 worth of meals at a popular local restaurant and thousands of dollars in Detroit Tigers tickets were given to public radio station WUOM's parent organization as it traded more than a half-million dollars worth of airtime mentions during the past four years, according to court testimony. It remains unclear how much of the $520,000 actually benefited the operation of Michigan Public Media and how much went to staff and management, but testimony this week at the embezzlement trial of a former salesman showed that at least some employees regularly received free meals and tickets to various events... Court hears WUOM trades (Wed 7/26)

update: Ex-WUOM salesman found guilty of conspiracy to embezzle (AP, Wed 7/26)


• Renewed: The license of Classic Rock WWKR FM 94.1 Pentwater after an informal objection of the renewal was rejected by the FCC. WWKR has applied to change its community of license to Hart to backfill for FM 105.3 (now WHTS) which moved to Coopersville. Complete FCC text (pdf).

• Approved: the sale of FM translators W219DA 91.7 Paw Paw (was W273AR 102.5) and W254BL 98.7 Manistee (was W253AR 98.5) from Edgewater Broadcasting to Horizon Christian Fellowship.

• Reinstated: The license for Religious LPFM station WLWZ-LP FM 97.1 Cassopolis. It appears that the station filed for renewal of its license in May 2004 but the application was never processed by the FCC.


WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee has relaunched with an Adult Contemporary format as 'The Coast'. The station had been operating with a Classic Country format after coming under control of Synergy Media which purchased the station from Cincinnati Classical Public Radio earlier this year. Prior to becoming WMLQ, the station was Public Radio outlet WVXM.


Industry legends recognized in ceremonies at Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual meeting & leadership retreat at Boyne Mountain Resort

MABSix prominent figures in Michigan broadcasting history were honored with induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, during ceremonies held Tuesday, July 25 at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. Honorees include:

John F.X. Browne, who established the communications engineering consulting firm of John F.X. Browne & Associates in 1966. Browne is recognized as one of the leading broadcast engineering consultants in the country.

Toby Cunningham, Executive Producer of Sports & Special Projects at WKBD/WWJ-TV in Detroit. Over the past three decades, millions of metro-Detroiters have seen his work. He has produced and directed thousands of Detroit Pistons, Red Wings, Lions and Tigers games, including landmark productions Red Wings Stanley Cup celebrations.

Chuck Furman, Assistant General Manager of WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, and one of the three original employees who helped launch the station in 1972. Through his stints as on-air talent during annual membership drives and the yearly live auction, as well as his work with planned giving, Furman has become WGVU's most recognizable voice and face in the community.

Fred Jacobs who founded Jacobs Media in Detroit in 1983, had the notion that Album Rock could be fragmented with the Classic Rock format. Jacobs has emerged over the past two decades as one of radio's leading visionaries, and consults the leading broadcasting companies in America.

Luster “Les” Root, News Director at WDZZ/WRSR/WWCK-AM & FM, Cumulus Media, Inc in Flint. In a broadcast career that has spanned 50 years, Root has risen through the ranks as a street reporter, anchor and news director. His dedication to the community and high level of integrity has earned him the respect of his listeners and colleagues in the industry.

John Wismer (posthumously) was Owner and President of Wismer Broadcasting, Inc, WHLS-AM, WSAQ-FM in Port Huron. Wismer began his career in 1946 as Sports Director at WHLS, became General Manager in 1950, and purchased the station in 1954. He was a past president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. MAB also honored Wisner with its Lifetime Achievement Award.

The MAB Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame was established in 2001. It serves to recognize broadcasters for their leadership, achievement and contributions to the industry.


Detroit News:

Popular air personality John Mason is gone from the airwaves of WDMK-FM (105.9), where he held down the afternoon slot for the past year, after giving up mornings to the syndicated Tom Joyner show. Mason's contract with the Radio One-owned station ends Friday. Attorney Henry Baskin, who represents Mason, said the longtime Detroit favorite's contract had a noncompete clause in it, which means Mason will probably be off the air for at least a month or two. WDMK operations manager Graham "Skip" Dillard says the parting was mutual... Mason's gone at 105.9 (Thu 7/27)

What was Detroit radio like back in 1956? Ask Dick Kernen , who is celebrating his 50th year in broadcasting, having started on July 26, 1956. Kernen, now vice president of industry relations for the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts , where he's worked since 1972, remembers that first job. The newspaper ad read "BOY NEEDED with automobile and car insurance to be mail courier for WXYZ-AM ." (No girls need apply, of course.) Kernen's mother was desperate for him to get the job, because his father had bought him a car to replace an earlier, wrecked one, and he needed to start working to pay it off... Radio veteran set coolness standards (Thu 7/27)

Ann Arbor News:

As the jury forewoman announced the verdict Wednesday on the first charge - not guilty - there was a palpable sigh of relief from Jeremy Nordquist and his family. Moments later, Nordquist's head sank to the defense table and his family sat stunned behind him as the 28-year-old former salesman for WUOM and parent Michigan Public Media was found guilty of a second felony count of conspiracy to commit embezzlement... Ex-WUOM salesman guilty (Thu 7/27)


Greater Media Launches Google Ads:
GOOGLE's dMARC radio advertising system has made its debut in the DETROIT market, as the result of a non-exclusive agreement signed with GREATER MEDIA. The dMARC system automates the process of buying, placing and tracking ads... tasks that are normally handled over the phone by agency buyers. With the launch of this new service, GOOGLE is banking on capitalizing on increased efficiency to lower advertising prices while bringing stations more revenue. GREATER MEDIA PHILADELPHIA's JOHN FULLAM told CNET that the system "gives advertisers enormous capabilities at the touch of a finger, capabilities that have never existed before for advertisers. Creating a whole new advertising base and delivering more measurable results is extremely encouraging for advertisers and radio." GOOGLE Chief Executive ERIC SCHMIDT plans to have the system ready for other stations within three months. "We are in the process of introducing AdSense for radio, which is essentially the integration of the dMARC console and management tools into our advertising system. There are a number of very interesting deals being negotiated," said SCHMIDT. GOOGLE purchased dMARC BROADCASTING in JANUARY for $102 million. (Thu 7/27)

Former Detroit Newsman "Capt. Rik Jagger" Dies In Crash:
Condolences to family and friends of former WHYT-WPLT and WKRK (LIVE 97.1)/DETROIT newsman GREGORY "CAPT. RIK JAGGER" SYELOFF, who died in a single-vehicle crash WEDNESDAY night on I-94 in BLACKMAN TWP., near JACKSON, MI. SYELOFF, 50, was a veteran DJ, traffic reporter, and newsman who most recently worked as News Dir. at WKRK as well as serving as the newsman on JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE's afternoon show there until exiting in 2002; police say SYELOFF lost control of his FORD F-350 pickup on wet pavement while entering the roadway. During DEMINSKI and DOYLE's on-air tribute to their former colleague, DEMINSKI reported that witnesses say the accident occurred when SYELOFF veered to avoid an animal on the roadway. (Thu 7/27)

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

In the fatal wreck about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday on I-94, a Bloomfield Township man rolled his pickup truck on the eastbound entrance ramp at West Avenue. Gregory Syeloff, 50, was entering the freeway in his Ford F-350 pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle on the wet pavement, said Director Mike Jester of the Blackman Township Department of Public Safety. The car rolled over into the ditch and pinned Syeloff inside. Rescue crews extricated him from the truck and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The man's cell phone was found in the cab of the truck and had an incoming call about the time of the wreck, Jester said... Two wrecks block county roadways (Thu 7/27)


The late owner of WHLS-AM and WSAQ-FM recognized posthumously for his contributions to broadcasting and the community

The late John Wismer, owner and president of Port Huron based Wismer Broadcasting, has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) with the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. The tribute to Wismer was part of ceremonies held Tuesday, July 25 at the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

“John Wismer was one of the real pioneers and leaders in Michigan broadcasting history,” said Karole White, MAB President & CEO. “His contributions to the communities he served and to our industry were enormous.”

Wismer began his broadcasting career in 1946 as Sports Director at WHLS-AM in Port Huron. He became General Manager in 1950 and purchased the station in 1954. Wismer bought and sold stations WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids, WCSR-AM in Hillsdale, WLEW-AM/FM in Bad Axe and WAOP-AM/FM in Otsego. Wismer served as President of the MAB in 1954. He also served as President of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce from 1976-78, and was Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Radio & Television Stations. Wismer passed away in October 1999.

Wismer was also one of six Michigan broadcasters inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, during the MAB meeting. The other Hall of fame honorees were:
• 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, Southfield
• Luster “Les” Root, Cumulus Media-Flint


Detroit Free Press:

John Mason, longtime Detroit radio personality and more recently famous as the voice of "Dee-troit basketball" serving as the Pistons Palace public address announcer, parted company Thursday with Radio One-owned WDMK-FM (105.9). Mason's contract expires today; his last show was Wednesday. The pact was believed to be in the million-dollar-a-year range and was signed in 2001 when he left WJLB-FM (97.9), his Detroit radio home since 1983... Contract ends; Mason leaves 105.9 (Fri 7/28)

WDET pleased with listener growth

Quarterly boost is second in row; audience grows by nearly 15,000 In Spring 2006

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, saw another increase in listeners as indicated in the Spring 2006 Arbitron Survey. In this most recent ratings period (April - June), the station saw a net gain in listeners of 14,800. This follows an increase of 11,400 listeners that WDET saw in the Winter 2006 rating period (January - March). These recent audience increases follow programming changes the station made in December 2005. "We're glad to see our audience continue to grow," said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. "We're building a flagship public radio service for the Detroit community, and we welcome the thousands of new and returning listeners to the WDET family."

Listener gains in Spring 2006 were most notably present during the 10am to 3pm midday slot on weekdays, which includes programs "News & Notes with Ed Gordon," " Democracy Now!," "Here & Now," "BBC World Have Your Say" and "Day To Day." Other listener increases were seen on weekends for local music programs "Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba," "Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel" and "Deep River with Robert Jones." Other weekend favorites such as "This American Life," "CarTalk" and "The Tavis Smiley Show" and late night music programs "Alternate Take with Liz Copeland," "Michael Julien's Global Mix" and "The Ralph Valdez Program" also saw gains in audience. "It's very encouraging to see the numbers go up two periods in a row," said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. "We continue to monitor and evaluate every aspect of our service and to provide programming that the community listens to and supports.

WDET to air "Best Of The Detroit Jazz Festival" on July 28 & August 20

WDET will air a two-hour special presentation of the annual "Best Of The Detroit Jazz Festival" highlighting many of the extraordinary performances from the 2005 festival on Friday, July 28 from 7pm to 9pm during Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program and again on Sunday, August 20 from 11am to 1pm.

This special has been broadcast on radio stations across the country and has been heard around the globe on Voice Of America. It is hosted by WDET's Ed Love and includes performances by such jazz greats as McCoy Tyner, Ron Blake, Gerald Wilson, David "Fathead" Newman, Joey DeFrancesco, Charles McPherson, Dave Brubeck and many others.

International cast of smooth jazz artists headline 11th annual "Jazz on the River" in Trenton Aug 5-6

An international gathering of smooth jazz artists including Japan's Keiko Matsui, Germany's Nils, England's Down to the Bone, America's Marion Meadows, Bobby Lyle and Paul Jackson, Jr., Canada's Alexander Zonjic and others are headlining the 11th annual “Jazz on the River” in Elizabeth Park in Trenton, MI the weekend of Aug 5-6. “The annual summer jazz festival attracts between 20,000 and 30,000 music lovers,” said Alexander Zonjic, artistic director. “For the 11th anniversary, we've put together a very special program of international and local acts.”

Here is the line-up for Jazz on the River 2006:

Saturday August 5th
1:00p - 2:00p JBElectrified
2:30p - 3:30p Bamm Davis
4:00p - 5:15p Nils (Smooth Jazz Guitar)
5:45p - 7:00p Marion Meadows (Sax)
7:30p - 9:00p Keiko Matsui (Jazz Keyboards)

Sunday August 6th
1:00p - 2:00p Norma Jean Bell & The All Star Band
2:30p - 3:30p Johnny Trudell Big Band
4:00p - 5:15p Bobby Lyle & Paul Jackson Jr. (Jazz keyboards & Jazz guitar)
5:45p - 7:00p Alexander Zonjic & Friends wsg/ James Lloyd
7:30p - 9:00p Down to the Bone (Award winning Smooth Jazz ensemble)

The event is free to the public. A donation of $5 is suggested for parking at the park. Free parking is available in downtown Trenton with a free shuttle to the entrance of the park provided by Smart Transportation. Shuttles can be boarded at the corner of Jefferson and West Road and at Jefferson and Elm. Elizabeth Park is located off of Jefferson, east of I-75, south of West Road in Trenton. Take I-75 south to the West Road exit and follow West Road to east Jefferson. Take Jefferson south into the park. The park will be open to the public on both days beginning at noon and will close after the final performance. For more information the public can call 734-261-1990 or visit www.waynecounty.com/parks.

In addition to serving as artistic director for four summer jazz festivals, Alexander Zonjic is the morning weekday host of Smooth Jazz V98.7 WVMV-FM radio in Detroit. He also performs about 100 concerts a year and recently released “Seldom Blues,” his 11th recording that bears the same name as his successful restaurant venture in Detroit.

WJLB Inspiration Brunch scheduled for Sunday July 30

Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 will present the Strong Inspiration Gospel Brunch, hosted by Deborah Smith Pollard, with special guest performance by Oprah Winfrey's Popstar Challenge Winner, Lashell Griffin this Sunday, July 30, 2006, from 11am to 1p.m., at Grand City Grille Restaurant, 3011 West Grand Boulevard, inside the Fisher Theatre. Admission is free and Sunday brunch is $22.00. Reservations can be made by calling Grand City Grille at (313) 556-9993.

“FM98-WJLB's Strong Inspiration”, hosted by Deborah Smith Pollard, airs every Sunday from 6 to 10a.m. on 97.9FM (WJLB). Deborah Smith Pollard has been heard on FM 98 WJLB as host and producer of "Strong Inspirations" since 1994. Having dedicated over 10 years of her career to inspire others through gospel; in 2005, Dr. Pollard was named Gospel Announcer of the Year during the 20th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected officers for 2006-2007 at its Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat held July 24-26 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. The newly elected officers are:

• Chairman - Mario Iacobelli, President and CEO of WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac-Traverse City;
• Vice Chairman-Chairman Elect – Bart Brandmiller, Vice President and Market Manager of Clear Channel Lakeshore in Muskegon;
• Treasurer – Diane Kniowski, President and General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids;
• At Large – Tom Mogush, General Manager of WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM in Marquette; and
• Immediate Past Chairman – Julie Koehn, President and General Manager of WLEN-FM in Adrian

Mario Iacobelli is President and CEO of WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac-Traverse City. He was born and raised in Detroit, where he graduated in 1960 from the University of Detroit. After college Mr. Iacobelli entered the construction industry where he owned and operated many worldwide offices. In 1982, Mr. Iacobelli formed Heritage Broadcast Company. In 1983, he bought WWTV/WWUP-TV, and has been personally overseeing the station's daily business since 1990.

Bart Brandmiller is Vice President and Market Manager of Clear Channel Radio's five-station cluster (WMUS AM/FM, WMHG AM, WMRR FM, WSHZ FM) in Muskegon, Michigan. Prior to joining Clear Channel, from February 1984 to December 2002, Bart was President and General Manager of Michigan Media. Inc. (WBBL AM, WKLQ FM, WLAV FM, WODJ FM) and Vice President and General Manager of Citadel Radio Corp., both of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He served in sales and sales management in Lima, Ohio, Indianapolis and South Bend, Indiana. He has served as President of the Grand Rapids Area Broadcasters Association, and is a board member of YMCA Camp Manitou-lin.

Diane Kniowski is the President/General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI. Diane joined WOOD TV8 in 1993 as the National Sales Manager, and was promoted to the General Sales Manager position in 1996. She reconstructed the sales and traffic departments to maximize inventory and client relations. She launched the installation of a new traffic system within all the LIN Television stations and established the market's leading sales team. She established a Special Projects Director to effectively plan WOOD TV8's involvement in events such as Angel Tree, the West Michigan Grand Prix and the Foremost Championship to build and strengthen WOOD TV8's commitment of community service. In June of 1999, Diane was named President and General Manager. Since that time, Diane has overseen the development and launch of WXSP, the West Michigan UPN affiliate. She has developed strategic partnerships with the local newspapers, and overseen the successful operation of three local television stations; WOOD TV8, WOTV and WXSP. Diane is also an active member in the industry and community as a member of TARPAC (Television and Radio Political Action Committee), the regional chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, TVB (Television Bureau) and Junior Achievement.

Tom Mogush is General Manager of WMQT-FM and WZAM-AM in Marquette. Mogush contributed 15 years to broadcasting Northern Michigan University Hockey on WMQT, including the 1991 NCAA National Championship team. Mogush also serves as President of the Upper Peninsula Radio Broadcast Alliance, serves on the Lake Superior Community Partnership Board of Directors, and was a contributing author of the Roy Williams book "Accidental Magic." Mogush is a 1981 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Speech Communications/Broadcasting.

Julie Koehn is the President of Lenawee Broadcasting Company, licensee of WLEN-FM in Adrian. She has worked at WLEN-FM since 1985. Throughout her career in broadcasting Ms. Koehn has served on many boards including the March of Dimes in Lenawee County, Lenawee County Communities in Schools, Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce, Adrian Downtown Business Associations as President in 1990-1991 and more. She has also founded the John W. Koehn Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1990 in honor of WLEN and WTWR founder John W. Koehn. She has been a speaker on small market radio during the 1993, 1996, and 1998 National Association of Broadcasters national conventions, the recipient “Best Small Market Idea” award from the NAB in 1996, and the recipient of the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award in 1993. Ms. Koehn received her bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University with a dual major in Industrial & Labor Relations and Political Science in 1985.

Elected to serve first terms on the board are Gayle Olson, President and General Manager of Midwest Family Broadcasting in Benton Harbor, and Steve Wasserman, President and General Manager of WDIV-TV in Detroit.

Returning to the MAB Board are: Duane Alverson, President of Macdonald Broadcasting in Saginaw; Don Backus, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ENCO Systems in Southfield; Al Blinke, Vice President and General Manager of WNEM-TV in Saginaw; Julie Brinks, Vice President and General Manager of WPBN/WTOM-TV in Traverse City; Sue Goldsen, Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing for Jackson Radio Works in Jackson; Paul Grzebik, Regional Sales Manager for Axcera in Southfield; Michael King, Vice President and General Manager of WILX-TV in Lansing; Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin, Vice President and General Manager of Radio One in Detroit; Michael Murri, General Sales Manager for WXYZ-TV in Detroit; Judy Ouvry, Director of Manistee Operations for Lake Michigan Broadcasting, and Palmer Pyle, President of Northern Star Broadcasting in Traverse City.


Two longtime employees of Michigan public broadcast stations and a volunteer family have been honored by the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) with the 2006 Pioneer Awards, given for outstanding contributions or meritorious volunteer service to public broadcasting. The awards were presented this week at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat held at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. 2006 Pioneer Award winners are:

Nancy Gilleo, Administrative Services Director/Business Manager at WKAR-TV/AM/FM.
Nancy started work at WKAR-AM/FM in 1978 as Business Manager. She expanded her oversight to include television in 1989. Nancy has performed virtually every job at WKAR in the past 28 years, including working in the news and traffic departments, running a control board and performing on-air announcing;

Ruby Iwamasa, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting. Ruby officially joined the Delta College staff in 1983 and has been involved in most aspects of the station, including a stint as Interim General Manager. Through various initiatives, such as the PBS Ready To Learn Service, she championed the educational uses of public television programming, while nurturing the love of learning and literacy in all ages.

Winners of the 2006 Pioneer Award for Meritorious Service are:

The Ferguson Family, volunteers for WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids. Father Dave Ferguson, wife Barb, sons Tim and James, and daughter-in-law Amy have been the consummate super volunteers at the annual WGVU auction. The Fergusons have been active in every facet of the auctions, including writing and running bids, training and assisting other volunteers, training auctioneers and helping in the lunchroom. Staff at WGVU feel the auction doesn't begin until the Fergusons have arrived.


Flint Journal:

Jenna Sedlow of Flint took home top honors in the Mid-Michigan Idol finals Saturday at the Fox66 Bringing It Home festival at Perani Arena. Sedlow, a country singer who performed a Faith Hill song, will get an all-expenses-paid trip and a guaranteed audition for next season's "American Idol." She was one of 125 singers who auditioned over a two-week period at Courtland Center. Five finalists were chosen each week to compete in Saturday's final, which was sponsored by local Fox affiliate WSMH (Channel 66)... Mid-Michigan Idol: Country singer wins Channel 66 contest (Sun 7/23)


Grand Rapids Press:

Kent County Commissioner Paul Mayhue, who is up for re-election, filed a complaint with the county clerk Friday alleging the radio station where one of his rival candidates works is violating campaign finance law. Mayhue claims supporters of candidate Robert S. Womack and disc jockeys at WJNZ-AM 1140 have been directing listeners to fundraisers and locations to pick up yard signs, actions Mayhue alleges are illegal, in-kind corporate contributions from the station. He also claims political ads for Womack are running without proper disclaimers. "They've been on the radio campaigning for him every week," Mayhue said. "All you have to do is listen"... Mayhue miffed over radio ads (Sun 7/30)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, July 30, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Eileen Trombley-Glick was encouraged by hundreds of positive responses to have a great Detroit Reunion, but after a year’s worth of preparations, the event fell short of its attendance goal. Unlike the three Detroit Radio Reunions since 1988, this one was to be open to the public. The shortfall wasn’t for lack of effort on Eileen’s part. She contacted all the major local media, but found a lack of cooperation. Along with local marketing maven Mike Seltzer, who worked with us on all three radio reunions, I attended the Detroit Memories breakfast July 21 at the Roostertail. The room should have been packed. Fewer than 100 were on hand. Most heard about it from this paper or the Internet.

Mike and I realized later that this may have been the last time we’ll see the likes of Johnny Ginger, Marv Welch, Ricky the Clown, Art (Bozo) Cervi and Robin Seymour reminiscing about the great times in the Motor City. Our hats are off to Eileen for an outstanding effort. In fact, Seltzer said it best: “The local Detroit media should be ashamed of themselves for providing no coverage of this event, and it exemplifies the apathy that is apparent here. Detroit was once a thriving, vibrant and exciting city, and thank goodness we have our great memories of those glory days because they are, unfortunately, as Ernie Harwell might say, ‘long gone.’”

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Paul W. Smith, morning host on news/talk WJR-AM (760), deserves major kudos last week as he reunited a Dearborn family in war-torn Tyre, Lebanon, via ABC newsman Matt Gutmann. This was live radio drama unlike anything I’ve ever heard, as an emotional Smith relished in his ability through a series of coincidences, good luck and his years of radio experience to reconnect a registered nurse at Detroit Children’s Hospital with his wife and daughter.

When asked what the mother and daughter would do when they returned home, they said they want pizza. And Paul immediately heard from Little Caesars CEO Chris Illitch, who will provide the family with all the pizza they want. Rather than trying to recount all that transpired on the air, go to www.wjr.com and you can actually hear Tuesday’s gripping 18 minutes of audio.

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One can only wonder what type of chemicals may have leaked into the air ducts in the Clear Channel building in Farmington Hills. Talk WDTW-AM (1310) took the call-letters of Ann Arbor Country W4 and is now WWWW-AM, but the format is unchanged. Yet, new country The Fox remains WDTW-FM (106.7). Strange.

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After Glenn Haege’s “Ask the Handyman” program today, he’s reportedly being shown the door. America’s Master Handyman did not have his contract renewed at sports WDFN-AM (1130). His program is nationally syndicated to more than 200 stations nationwide.

Could he be headed for the Fisher Building? Is Glenn out to replace recently ousted Murray Gula? Well, it turns out that Gula’s sizeable roster of big-name advertisers is sticking with him. This type of loyalty is rarely seen in broadcasting these days. Perhaps WJR brass should reconsider the “Murraygo-round” as advertising revenues followed the big guy out the door.

On the flip side of the home improvement coin, Gula has signed a contract with WXYZ-Channel 7 for several one-hour “watch dog” specials. He will be actively involved with Murray’s Blog and providing tips via the popular Channel 7 Web site (www.wxyz.com).

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Set your dials: Big Band lovers can check out the music of Benny Goodman on Tom Wilson’s “Somewhere in Time” at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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


Ann Arbor News:

There are two fundraisers for the Ann Arbor Film Festival happening this week. This Tuesday, from 6 a.m.-7 p.m., WQKL - better known as Ann Arbor-based adult alternative music station 107.1 FM - will host an all-day request-a-thon to benefit the festival. Though the festival is the oldest of its kind in North America, screening experimental and independent work from around the world, it has recently fallen on hard financial times... Radio station holding fundraiser for local film festival (Sun 7/30)







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