Mike Austerman: September 2006 Archives

U-M MSUTomorrow kicks off the college football season for both the University of Michigan and Michigan State University. Fans of the teams in the Detroit area will have to get used to punching up new stations in order to listen to the games.

Michigan fans will now tune to WOMC FM 104.3 to hear the Wolverines and MSU followers will want to listen to the Spartans on WJR AM 760. The big change in the Detroit area started during last year's football season when MSU and WJR announced a new partnership, moving the Spartans from AM 1270 to WJR and leaving the Wolverines without their flagship station. Then earlier this year it was announced that Michigan football would be heard on WOMC with men's basketball ending up on WWJ AM 950 later this fall. An unusual arrangement also places Michigan men's sports on CKLW AM 800 (football) and WCHB AM 1200 (basketball) to give listeners even more options to tune in. The new Michigan deal also includes coverage of men's hockey on WXYT AM 1270 and CKWW AM 580 this winter. WXYT kicks off extra coverage of Michigan sports tomorrow with 'Michigan Gameday', a live remote from just outside Michigan Stadium.

The Michigan State radio network remains largely unchanged from last year, with the exception of WJR replacing WXYT in Detroit and the addition of WMUS FM 106.9 as a Muskegon affiliate. WTRX AM 1330 Flint has changed its affiliation from MSU to Michigan and WWCK AM 1570 is now the MSU affiliate for Flint.

University of Michigan fans in the Lansing area are out of luck as football season kicks off - that part of the state will not have a station covering Michigan sports with the loss of the sports format at WQTX FM 92.1/92.7. Michigan has added WTOD AM 1560 Toledo and new sign-on WMJT FM 96.7 in the eastern Upper Peninsula since last season. The Michigan broadcast feeds are also heard on Sirius satellite radio as well as for free via the Internet through the U-M athletics web site at mgoblue.com.

Michiguide.com has updated our Sports Afflilates page to reflect the new MSU and U-M radio networks.



While Spartan athletics' historic relationship with WJR radio will begin in the Spartan Stadium broadcast booth on Saturday when MSU takes on the University of Idaho in the football season opener, the university's mutually beneficial partnership with the “Great Voice of the Great Lakes” is already underway... WJR radio continues partnership with MSU - MSU Today

 

CIDRHot Adult Contemporary CIDR-FM 93.9 Windsor/Detroit dropped its format and started stunting this afternoon as it moves toward a new format to be fully unveiled on Monday, September 4th at 8:00 AM. The new sound of FM 93.9 will borrow from its past, renaming itself '93.9 The River' - a moniker used from 1994 - 2000 when the station carried first an Adult Alternative format then later shifted towards more mainstream 'Smooth' rock.

The stunt, which will run through the weekend, features snippets of over 7,000 rock tunes from the 1960's through the 2000's. The program director for CIDR-FM 93.9 The River is Murray Brookshaw; the station is part of a four station cluster in Windsor owned by CHUM Group Ltd.




The station's press release follows:

939 The River is Back and Deeper than Ever

That's right, 939 The River returned to the local radio dial today at 3pm. The Windsor/Detroit area will once again be served by a Triple A (Adult Album Alternative) station, a format established in this market at 93.9 FM in the 90's. The mission is simple…It's About the Music. To give you an idea of what 939 The River will sound like here's a sample of some songs we'll play:

U2 – With or Without You, Death Cab for Cutie – Soul Meets Body, Dave Matthews Band – Crash Into Me, Rolling Stones – Wild Horses, Jack Johnson – Flake, Tom Petty – Free Fallin', Sheryl Crow – Everyday is a Winding Road, Keane – Somewhere Only We Know

The River will be very deep. The music library will be the most extensive in the Motor City. As you can see The River will play many different styles of music but they will all revolve around the rock genre. All weekend long you can get a taste of The River with over 7,000 song hooks in a row without any commercials. On Monday, September 4th at 8am we will blow these songs up to full size and get The River rolling with the first 10 in a row River Free Ride.

With a new radio station, comes a new line-up. Phat Matt who established himself weeknights on 89X has joined The River team as Assistant Program Director and afternoon drive announcer (3pm-7pm). Matt has a passion for music that will help The River grow and his on-air experience speaks for itself. River listeners will wake up to Jimi James from 6am-10am and then Mark Lander takes over from 10am-3pm. These guys are true on-air professionals and their love of music will be reflected during their shows.

939 The River…It's About the Music. Never will there be a truer statement. We will search everywhere for world class rock from then and now.

The website is under construction now but will re-launch with the most interactive site in the market. It will be the source for everything River and will have a community focus. To listen to the 939 The River Launch audio, visit www.939TheRiverRadio.com and click on “Listen to The River…”

 

Lansing State Journal:

It happened again Wednesday night. The Tigers were locked in a close one with the Yankees. ... My General Electric Super Radio was tuned to 730 (WVFN-AM). ... The Tigers put the potential tying run on base. ... Pudge at the plate, ... the wind-up and the pitch ... Suddenly Barry Manilow's voice was seeping into Dan Dickerson's play-by-play, getting louder and louder - "Oh, Mandy, you came and you gave without taking ..." Dan was quickly losing ground. Soon, it was all Barry and no Dan - "well, you kissed me and stopped me from shaking ..." Signal fade spoiling Tigers radio broadcasts (Sat 9/2)

 

Flint Journal:

The fall TV season is upon us. In addition to the new shows and season premieres offered by the major networks, local stations use the occasion to tweak their daytime and late-night lineups with syndicated shows and reruns. Long-term contracts being the norm these days, there aren't many major changes afoot, but there are some noticeable tweaks... Prime-time programming not the only time frame changed (Fri 9/1)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, September 3, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

As the image of summer fades in the rearview mirror, your favorite radio station is getting ready for fall, a season that many consider to be the most important ratings period of the year. You can bet the promotions departments are in serious planning on how to get your attention in order to claim ratings success, which leads to increased advertiser interest and, hopefully, higher station revenues.

Right now, the Detroit radio market is incredibly competitive in terms of overall listenership. Take, for example, the first summer ratings trend. Country WYCD-FM (99.5), which tied for the highest rated station with urban WJLB-FM (97.9) in the spring, fell to seventh place — no doubt because of the competition with country newcomer WDTW-FM (106.7). Adult urban WMXD-FM was the new No. 1, followed by WJLB, rock WRIF-FM (101.1), news-talk WJR-AM (760), and classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3). WDTW finished at 17th place.

In years past, there was a consistent top-rated station that would hold the crown for long periods. Now, each rating trend seems to feature a new top dog as the ratings differences between stations have become increasingly small. This is probably because the differences between radio formats has grown smaller, too, and it’s hard for many radio consumers to find any real difference between stations that are focused on the same audience.

So those promotions departments have to come up with something to set themselves apart from the pack. For now, there are just questions, among them, when will soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) launch its all-Christmas sound? Will WMGC-FM (105.1) beat them to the punch and push the start of Christmas ahead of Halloween this year? What station will come up with a promotion big enough to generate water cooler buzz? Will there be any big personality or format changes? After a summer of calm, I look forward to an interesting autumn on the radio.


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One of those big personality changes might be on the horizon at adult urban WGPR-FM (107.5). A published report earlier this week claims that John Mason is poised to make a return to morning radio on WGPR, possibly as soon as Sept. 12. He’s trying to buy his own air time on ’GPR and is looking to do the same on other stations across the country from a $600,000 studio he paid for in downtown Detroit.

Although Mason is unquestionably one of the biggest names in local radio, he’ll have stiff competition from Tom Joyner of WDMK-FM (105.9) and Steve Harvey at WMXD. If Mason does land at 107.5, he’d arguably be that station’s biggest “name” personality since the Electrifying Mojo held night court there in the ’80s.


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Things are bubbling at CBS Radio locally, which is the new home of University of Michigan sports. According to VP/GM Rich Homberg, “the single issue we have focused our entire week on is the successful launch of the new U-M/CBS partnership.” Therefore, he had no comment on the hot rumor that current sports WXYT-AM (1270) morning duo Opie and Anthony will be shifting over to hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1). If this is true, it will send Rover’s Morning Glory off Live 97.1 Free FM. The rumor mill further suggests that ESPN’s Mike & Mike, a syndicated program, would fill the vacancy left by O&A at WXYT. Stay tuned.


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Detroit public radio WDET-FM (101.9) brings “Democracy Now” host Amy Goodman to Detroit on Sept. 22 at the Hilberry Theatre. She’ll be visiting to promote her new book, “Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People Who Fight Back,” (Hyperion, $23.95), co-written with her brother, David. The 7 p.m. event also is a fundraiser for WDET. For a gift of $150, donors will receive a pair of gold circle seats along with a copy of the Goodmans’ book and can attend a private catered reception with the author. Seating is very limited and can only be purchased through WDET by calling (800) 959-WDET or going online to www.wdetfm.org. General admission seats for the performance only also are available for $12.


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If you’ve been thinking about signing up for satellite radio but have held off waiting for a compelling reason, here it is. XM’s “60’s on 6” channel will feature the sound of CKLW-AM (800) during its heyday as the Big 8 in the late 1960s from 4-7 p.m. Oct. 20. Afternoon drive host Terry “Motormouth” Young features a different legendary Top 40 station each Friday afternoon, complete with jingles and actual recordings of the DJs during the era. WKNR-Keener 13, has been featured several times, but this will be the debut of the legendary ’CK. Personally, I can hardly wait, as it was CKLW that truly turned me on to the magic of radio.


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Speaking of Keener 13, the memorial service for former WKNR owner Nellie Knorr — who died Aug. 10 at age 89 — will be 3 p.m. Saturday at Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills.


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Set your dial: Join Somewhere in Time host Tom Wilson as he turns back the pages of time to profile the original American crooner, Rudy Vallee, this evening on WMUZ-FM (103.5).


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

 

Grand Haven Tribune:

The first locally produced high-definition television (HDTV) program in the state will air on Thursday, Sept. 14, when WZZM-13 airs the special, "Great Lakes Adventure," from 9-10:30 p.m. The HDTV special will feature stories about the history, life and future of the Great Lakes. Viewers can watch "Great Lakes Adventure" in one of two ways. The special will be broadcast in high definition on WZZM-DT, which can be viewed with an antenna or via the HD tier on the Comcast and Charter cable systems. It can also be viewed in letterbox on analog channel 13, where black areas are visible above and below the television image... HDTV 'Great Lakes' special to air on WZZM (Wed 8/30)



Grand Rapids Press:

Later this month, catch the beauty of the Great Lakes and the splendor of our fair state from the comfort of your sofa -- and in High Definition Television (HDTV) ... Time for the telethon: The 41st annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon airs today and Monday on WOTV-TV (Channel 4.) This is the 10th anniversary of the local station's broadcast of the event ... The CW is coming: Are you ready for a new television network? CBS Corporation (owner of UPN) and Warner Bros. Entertainment (owner of The WB) have joined forces to launch a fifth major TV programming source. The UPN and WB networks soon will be signing off and, in their place, CW will premiere its programming in various time slots and on different channels, depending on a household's TV service. "We are ... negotiating with area cable systems and satellite providers for carriage of the CW and expect to be on most (West Michigan) systems when the CW premieres on Sept. 18," said Jeff Watts, broadcast services manager at WWMT-TV (Channel 3)... Broadcast Notes (Fri 9/1)


If more companies could compete for your business, your cable TV bill would not land with such a heavy thud. And more businesses, particularly small ones in out-of-the-way places, would finally get a high-speed foothold on the Internet highway. Those, in a nutshell, are conclusions of a Lawrence Technological University study released last week by the Southfield school... Other states see big picture on cable (Sun 9/3)



Religion News Service:

HisKids.net, an alliance of leading Christian radio programs for children, will launch its innovative, interactive web site – www.HisKids.net – Sept. 2, providing numerous programs and music on-demand at one central site. “For the first time in history, children's Christian broadcasters are working together as never before to reach kids in new and innovative ways,” said Dodd Morris, director of His Kids Radio (www.HisKidsRadio.net), a broadcast ministry of Cornerstone University and coordinating partner of the alliance... Ministries Working Together ‘Historic'
Children's Programming Alliance Launching HisKids.net Web Site Sept. 2
(Mon 8/28)



Radio & Records:

Top 5 Grand Rapids radio stations among all listeners age 12+ for summer 2006 phase 1 ratings trend: WBCT-FM (9.2), WOOD-AM (7.4), WSNX-FM (6.8), WGRD-FM (5.5), WTRV-FM (4.9)

See the entire trend

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 5, 2006

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Detroit News:

Mike Stone gave out an exceedingly wrong phone number on the radio last week. Remarkably, it wasn't even the worst brain cramp of the month for a WDFN-AM (1130) air host. How it stacks up against brain cramps of Detroit News readers, I hope to find out. Stone, who pulls the afternoon shift at the sports talk station with Detroit News columnist Bob Wojnowski, was launching into a discussion about whether Detroit fans would ever want to see New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez in a Tigers uniform... WDFN's Stoney fumbles, gives cell phone number while on the air (Tue 9/5)


Today marks a landmark shift in television history. As former "Today" show co-host Katie Couric takes her seat at CBS as the first woman anchor, former comedian Rosie O'Donnell will become a co-host on ABC's chick chat-fest, "The View." Coincidentally, it's a job Couric indirectly created for O'Donnell. About a week from now, O'Donnell's predecessor Meredith Vieira will officially replace Couric on Sept. 13 as NBC's new morning co-host. While you've heard all this before, there are probably a few things you didn't know about these three powerful and influential women... 1-2-3 shuffle (Tue 9/5)



Detroit Free Press:

It's launch time for Katie Couric. The TV superstar is set to debut tonight on the "CBS Evening News," which airs at 6:30 p.m. on WWJ-TV (Channel 62). She's making history as the first female solo anchor of a major-network evening newscast. She'll also be heavily scrutinized on her clothes, her hair and her first-night ratings... All eyes on Couric (Tue 9/5)

 

• The construction permit for WMSQ FM 89.3 Marlette has expired and been canceled by the FCC. The call sign WMSQ has been removed from the FCC database. The holder of the permit, Great Lakes Community Broadcasting, was denied a request to extend the amount of time to finish building the station.

• Spring Arbor University has been granted its license for an FM translator of Adult Contemporary WSAE FM 106.9 Spring Arbor at 97.1 Coldwater (W246AU).

• The FCC has reinstated the major change application of WOAP AM 1080 Owosso to move to the Lansing area (community of license would be Waverly) and increase daytime power to 50,000 watts. The station has withdrawn its application for nighttime operations.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 7, 2006

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Detroit News:

He's everywhere! It's a veritable Bob Seger -a-thon over at WCSX-FM (94.7) this week. At 1 p.m. today, Karen Savelly will play every track on "Face the Promise, " Seger's first new studio album in 11 years that's out Tuesday. Fans may call in at (313) 298-WCSX or go to the Seger Blog on wcsx.com to give their reviews. At 10 p.m. Tuesday, J.J. Johnson will host a 90-minute live radio special with the Detroit-born rocker, who will play tracks off "Face the Promise," talk about the recording of each song and answer questions called and e-mailed in to the station... WCSX gives Seger his time as new CD nears (Thu 9/7)


The Pistons plan to announce some personnel changes for their TV and radio broadcasts, but not much will change. Longtime FSN Detroit play-by-play man Fred McLeod has departed to take over as the Cleveland Cavaliers' TV presence. All indications are George Blaha will move full time to TV, doing games on FSN Detroit and TV20. Talks are in the final stages among FSN Detroit, Blaha and the Pistons. Mark Champion, who has been doing radio for the Pistons since 2001, will become the full-time radio voice... Blaha on TV full time? (Thu 9/7)

 

WOOD-TV:

Aris Hampers, the long-time host of afternoon and nighttime radio shows and a proponent of new local music, was fired Wednesday by WBFX (The Fox 101.3). Skip Essick, Vice President and General Manager for Clear Channel Radio in Grand Rapids, confirmed Aris was released. "We wish him the best," Essick said. Calls to Hampers for comment were not immediately returned. He began his radio career in 1973... Aris Hampers fired by The Fox (Wed 9/6) :: Aris Hampers, whose 35-year radio career may have effectively ended when he was fired by 101.3 The Fox on Wednesday, wants one thing perfectly clear: he has no ill feelings toward anyone about anything. "Clear Channel really treated me well," he told woodtv.com. "They're great people and I've got great friends over there"... Aris: no hard feelings over firing (Thu 9/7)


Rick Roberts, the long-time anchor for WOOD TV8, died Wednesday of a head injury suffered when he fell down stairs at his home. He was 59. Rick Roberts was the co-anchor with Suzanne Geha of the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts beginning in1983. Over the next 13 years, he anchored or co-anchored the evening, morning and mid-day newscasts. He left the station in 1996... Former TV8 anchor Rick Roberts dies (Thu 9/7)



Grand Rapids Press:

The anonymous caller seemed to know everything about television reporters Rachel Calderon and Kristi Andersen. He left "disgusting" messages about sexually assaulting them. The women feared being alone. Family and friends worried for their safety. Their stations heightened security. "He made it very clear he was watching me, he knew everything about me, he would never lose sight of me," Andersen, a reporter for WOOD-TV, said in a statement... 'He made it very clear he was watching me' (Thu 9/7)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 8, 2006

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Windsor Star:

Windsor's CIDR-FM (93.9) is rolling down The River once more, and this week it fired a volley over the deck of youthful rival, CKUE-FM (95.1) The Rock. The River went back to the name it used before 2000 when it switched formats from classic to light rock. Judging by the music during its Labour Day weekend launch, The River is edgy and aimed at men 25 to 49 years old. That's the same demographic as The Rock, which entered the market just two years ago and despite weak ratings has carried out an active program of marketing. CHUM-owned 93.9 has struggled with stagnant ratings in recent years, in both Windsor and Detroit, where it ranks No. 23 out of 36 stations. In Windsor, CIDR's spring ratings fell drastically from the previous year... Raging River (Thu 9/7)

 

Saginaw News:

It's been a long while since mid-Michigan viewers watched weather forecasts made "better looking" because a woman was delivering them. Decades of Saginaw Valley newswomen are applauding CBS news anchor Katie Couric as she makes broadcast history today as the first solo female anchor on a major network's prime-time newscast. Watching from the inside track, they also bring an interesting perspective... Saginaw Valley's TV news groundbreakers await history (Tue 9/5)


A new face joins the early morning team Monday at Channel 5, WNEM -- meteorologist Mike Cameron. Jocelyn Connell, who has filled Mike Redford's slot on Weekday Wakeup, also officially joins the crew, which includes Erica Donerson, Angela Howard, Jay Brandow and Julie Banovic... Forecaster joins WNEM (Sat 9/9)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 9, 2006

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WJR's Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann & 'The Big Story' to commemorate the 5th anniversary of 9/11

WJR* WJR's Paul W. Smith will broadcasts live from The Wayne County Department of Homeland Security from 6am to 9am Monday Sept 11 as WJR and the Wayne County Department of Homeland Security announce their partnership. Whether it is a fire or flood, Wayne County's new Community Alert System will quickly notify residents of emergencies via a computer, landline, cell phone or PDA. The system is part of Wayne County's Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management efforts to keep citizens aware of any serious threats or disasters. Wayne County is the first municipality in the United States to use this program. Community Alert is now active and ready for people to sign up. For more information, visit WJR.com.

* Coverage continues when The Frank Beckmann Show broadcasts live from Ground Zero in New York City at a special time, 9am-Noon. Frank will report on the happenings in NYC on the 5th Anniversary and will speak with numerous guests present for the life-changing terrorist attacks on 9/11/01.

* WJR's The Big Story with guest host John McCulloch will continue the 5th Anniversary of 9/11 with more on Wayne County's new Community Alert System from 7pm-8pm.



MIX 92.3's “9th Annual Sista Strut “I Will Survive” Walk & Rally next Friday and Saturday, Sept 15/16

WMXDMIX 92.3 recognizes Breast Cancer Awareness by presenting MIX 92.3's 9th Annual Sista Strut – “I Will Survive Walk” and Rally, Saturday, September 16th, 2006 at Belle Isle Park – Remick Bandshell Area. Registration is free.

This stimulating day of honoring survivors, remembering loved ones, and raising awareness will kick off with MIX 92.3's Frankie Darcell broadcasting live from 8a-9am, at the Remick Bandshell. An inspiring rally and morning stretch routine conducted by the Boll Family Downtown YMCA will kick off the walk. In addition, MIX 92.3 will be awarding the “Biggest Team Award”, giving breast cancer prevention information and presenting post rally entertainment.

Last year's Sista Strut had nearly 1,000 participants who walked the 3k stretch in the continuous battle against breast cancer. This year the station is expecting an even greater turn out, and have expanded the route to 5k. Special guests scheduled to be in attendance include: Doctor Lisa Newman from the University of Michigan, Detroit Chief of Police – Ella M. Bully-Cummings, Chief of Staff for the Mayor's Office - Christine Beatty, among others.

September 16th schedule:
7AM Check-in
8AM Rally & LIVE Broadcast
9AM Strut
11AM Closing Ceremonies with LIVE Entertainment

For the first time, MIX92.3 will begin our Sista Strut festivities on Friday, September 15th with a “Pretty In Pink” dinner at Sweet Georgia Brown, on the corner of Brush and Monroe Street, in Greektown. This evening is dedicated to raising awareness and money towards breast cancer research. Guest will enjoy a specially priced dinner menu, which a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the research of breast cancer.



Detroit News:

The owners of WDMK-FM filed a federal lawsuit Friday against popular former radio morning show host and Pistons announcer John Mason, alleging breach of contract by its former employee. Radio One Inc. is suing Mason in U.S. District Court over his recently announced plans to build his own nationally syndicated morning radio show that would be broadcast by stations in Detroit and Flint, among others. The lawsuit alleges Mason, who was employed by Radio One from 2001 until July 29 of this year, signed an agreement that said he would not appear on any competing stations or solicit business from any Radio One advertisers until Jan. 29, 2007... Ex-radio host sued by station (Sat 9/9)

 

Lansing/Jackson: Newsmakers Sep 10, 2006

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Towne Courier/Lansing State Journal

For WITL 100.7 morning show hosts "Banana" Don Jefferson and Stephanie McCoy, it's all about NASCAR, deer hunting, and garage sales. And that is just fine with them. "We don't want to stir the pot," McCoy said from the WITL-WMMQ "White House" studios off Pine Tree Road in Lansing. "We're fairly stable," Jefferson said. "That's the whole thing: Just be stable. People wake up and they know what we're going to do. We just try to do the best we can." The two have been on air together since January 2002, making for one of the oldest on-air duos in the local radio market... WITL morning show duo just try to be themselves (Sun 9/10)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Sep 8 - 10, 2006

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WOOD-TV

Officials say Local DJ Dave Conrad is in fair condition after undergoing surgery for injuries resulting from a motorcycle accident Friday night. Conrad, from B-93, was involved in the accident while participating in the "Motorcycle Light Parade" - a fundraiser benefiting the prevention of child abuse and neglect in West Michigan. "I just left the hospital where I saw him this morning," said Doug Montgomery, operations manager at B-93. "He's talking and driving the nurses crazy, so we're cautiously optimistic"... B-93s Conrad injured in motorcycle accident (Sat 9/9)



Grand Rapids Press:

Popular radio personality Dave Conrad has "a long road to recovery ahead of him" after he was seriously injured in a motorcycle ride for the station's Roofsit for Kids charity, the program director of B93 said Saturday. "He's in a lot of pain, but he asked me to be sure to thank his listeners for their continued prayers," said Doug Montgomery, the program director for the country music station, WBCT-FM (93.7), after he visited Conrad at Spectrum Health Butterworth Campus. Known on the air as "Conrad," the radio announcer was injured Friday night when a motorcycle sidecar in which he was a passenger was struck by a vehicle at 28th Street SE and Broadmoor Avenue, according to Montgomery... B93 radio personality injured during charity ride (Sun 9/10)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, September 10, 2006

By: Art Vuolo


On The Radio

Somebody across the river at the CHUM Radio Group must love Coca-Cola. As you may recall, Coke admitted it made a mistake and brought back the original taste of America’s favorite soft drink, renaming it “Classic Coke.” Well, “pop” CIDR-FM (93.9) is back to calling itself “The River.”

CHUM dumped its under-performing Lite-FM music to return to a form of adult album, which some insiders feel may be too similar to the alternative rock format of sister station CIMXFM (88.7) best known as 89X. Since the 93.9 FM signal with 100,000 watts screams into Toledo, it might get confusing for the ratings companies, as soft hits WRVF-FM (101.5) also is called “The River.” Let’s see (and hear) if this latest format adjustment, well, floats.


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After two University of Michigan football games, fans seem to like the clarity of the rich and powerful signal at WOMC-FM (104.3), but some lower-row fans tell me they’re better off with Ann Arbor’s U-M affiliate sports WTKA-AM (1050). Talk CKLW-AM (800) also carries the games. What seems to be the most annoying is the seven second delay so any obscenities can be deleted after the FCC’s imposed stiff new fines. TV also is delayed, so the two mediums are almost in sync.


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Jayne Bower at news WWJ-AM (950) says, “Sonny Eliot will throw out the first pitch at the Sept. 13, 2006, Tigers vs. Texas game to mark his 60 years on WWJ. He claims to have been a pitcher about 50 years ago — remarkable given that he is only 38!”

Well stated, Jayne, and kudos to the man who invented “the funny TV weatherman.” These days, Sonny is delivering his witty forecasts at 4:20 and 5:20 in the afternoon on Newsradio 950.


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Classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7) is celebrating the release of Bob Seger’s “Face the Promise,” his first new album in the past 11 years. The station is giving away the new CD all weekend long, and at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Seger will join morning host Jim “J.J” Johnson for a live, 90-minute one-on-one. It’s not to be missed.


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Who knows where home improvement guru’s Murray Gula and Glenn Haege are? Haege is expected back to radio soon, and Gula may show up in your neighborhood in the weeks ahead, taping segments for his new role at WXYZ-Channel 7.


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Regular readers — and even a few who use laxatives, harhar — know that along with a great deal of talented local morning radio shows, one of my favorites is Bob & Tom. This duo, who actually met Up North in Harbor Springs, originate their very funny show from down in Indianapolis. At 9 p.m. Saturday, they’ll be seen nationally with a one-hour special on Comedy Central. It’ll be loaded with hysterical comedians and should be lots of laughs. Bob & Tom can be heard in various parts of Oakland County on Toledo’s rock WIOT-FM (104.7), Flint’s rock WWBN-FM (101.5) or Lansing’s rock WJXQ-FM (106.1).


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In Milwaukee, a station owned by Clear Channel is asking listeners, via the Internet, to “help them build a new radio station.” Gee, where have we heard that before? Stations still seem to be unable to come up with original ideas.


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Bloomfield Hills High School station WBFH-FM (88.1), known as “The Biff,” wins more awards than any such station that I know of. On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, it’ll be celebrating its 30th anniversary. More details coming soon.


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Crazy Al, the wacky jock who once graced the airwaves at talk/oldies WPON-AM (1460), has picked up another great station for his syndicated program. He’s now on Long Island’s legendary oldies WLNG in Sag Harbor at the far end of the island. According to station owner Paul Sydney, they love him back East. You can hear Crazy Al at www.industrialinfo.com.


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Set your dial: The music of bandleader Oswald George Nelson, whom you may remember from “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriett,” is profiled 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).


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Tomorrow is a most solemn five-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on America. I invite any readers with a computer to visit www.vuolovideo.com and hear a 13-minute mini-documentary that I was proud to produce for a talk radio seminar in February 2002. It showcases what radio did in New York and D.C. on that awful day. It’s very strong, but it must be heard. It’s also downloadable for radio stations who may want to air it, and there is no charge to anyone.


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

 

During tomorrow's show, Mojo In The Morning of Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM 95.5 plans to air their original real-time coverage as it played out five years ago on September 11th. After a tribute to 9/11 victims at 8:48 AM, the tape of the 2001 show as it happened that morning will be played. The special program will will be about one-hour in length without editing or commercial interruption. Most of the members of Mojo In The Morning will be hearing this tape for the first time, along with Channel 955 listeners.

Several guests are planned during the tribute, including former NYC Mayor Rudolph Guliani, a survivor from the 83rd floor of the WTC, and the principal of the school who was in the classroom when President Bush was notified of the attacks.

Listeners will be able to stream this audio live or download it at a later time as a podcast on www.mojointhemorning.com.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 11-12, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Radio talk show host Laura Schlessinger has a lot to say, and she can still surprise you when she speaks. "Many, many, many years ago, I was inspired by Lily Tomlin and seeing her one-woman show 'The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe.' She was incredible, and it was enthralling, and I remember sitting there and thinking I'd like to do that someday," says the woman known as Dr. Laura on her nationally syndicated radio advice show... Expect surprises from Dr. Laura (Mon 9/11)


Looking for John Mason on WGPR-FM (107.5) this morning? You'd be better off looking for him (birth name: Ernest Wooten) this afternoon in U.S. District Court in Port Huron, where Radio One, his former employer at WDMK-FM (105.9), is seeking an injunction from Judge Lawrence Zatkoff to keep Mason off the air until January, when a 6-month noncompete clause in his nonrenewed contract expires... Radio One takes Mason to court (Tue 9/12)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 13, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

John Mason wasn't in federal court Tuesday in Port Huron -- and he won't be on the air again for now either. The veteran Detroit broadcaster -- also the Pistons public address announcer -- agreed to a stipulated preliminary injunction to refrain from doing a new syndicated morning show as his ex-employer at WDMK-FM (105.9) Radio One presses on with a lawsuit... Temporary agreement keeps Mason silenced for now (Wed 9/13)

 

• Contemporary Christian WTRK FM 89.1 Bay City has been granted a modification to its construction permit to increase the ERP from 25,000 watts @ 370 feet to 50,000 watts @ 370 feet (vertical polarization). The new pattern remains directional.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 15, 2006

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WRIF launches “Perfect 10” playlist

WRIFWith the growing popularity of “Consumer Generated Content,” Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 is set to launch a new on-air music feature which allows the listeners to pick their “Perfect 10” play list, which will air Thursdays at 8pm. WRIF Rock Girl and “Perfect 10,” Lisa Welch, will be asking listeners for their “Perfect 10” play list. Listeners can visit the WRIF website at www.wrif.com and fill out the online form, listing their top 10 favorite songs. Then, WRIF will pick one lucky winner each week whose list will be featured on the web page and also played on-air. In addition to listener-generate lists, WRIF will be soliciting local celebrities to send in their lists as well, so that they will be featured in a special “Celebrity Perfect 10” section of the website and on-air.

The online form was set to go live today, September 15th. The first featured play list will air at 8pm on Thursday, September 28, 2006. Depending on listener response, the feature will continue indefinitely.



News and Notes from WDET

Veteran Detroit Broadcaster Jay Butler joins WDET:

Detroit Public Radio Welcomes Familiar Voice With New Saturday Night Blues Program

WDETPublic WDET-FM 101.9 has announced that long-time Detroit broadcaster Jay Butler will be behind the microphones of Detroit Public Radio starting September 16th. He will be producing and hosting a program, “Jay's Place,” on Saturday evenings from 9pm to midnight every Saturday. With almost five decades of broadcast experience, Jay Butler is a familiar voice to generations of Detroiters from his years at WJLB, WCHB and WQBH. Listeners can expect a lively mix of blues, R&B and soul when they stop by “Jay's Place” on Saturday nights.

“I'm very excited to be hosting a program on WDET,” said Butler. “I'm looking forward to reconnecting with many long-time listeners and making a lot of news friends, as well. It's great to be a part of a station like WDET where the music hosts are allowed the artistic freedom to create their own programs, and Saturday nights are going to be very special. I hope everyone tunes in.”

Listeners can expect to hear such artists as Buddy Guy, BB King, Etta James, Bobby Bland, Aretha Franklin, Jimmy Reed, Alberta Adams, the Butler Twins, Cash McCall, Delbert McClinton, Jimmy Reed, Johnnie Bassett, John Lee Hooker, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Muddy Watters, Ray Charles, Roomful of Blues, Roy Buchanan, Sam Cooke, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Santana, Taj Mahal and countless others.

“Having Jay Butler at WDET continues the station's long tradition of outstanding music programming,” said Allen Mazurek, WDET Program Director. “We're delighted to have someone with his experience and knowledge of music join us at Detroit Public Radio.”


Ralph Valdez explores Toronto Flim Fest:
The Ralph Valdez program on Sunday Sept 17 will offer a first-hand review of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival including new films to keep an eye out for, and those to avoid. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of “rummage sale records”, music new and old, from around Detroit
and around the world will also be explored. The Ralph Valdez Program airs on WDET Sunday nights from 10pm to Midnight.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 16, 2006

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Detroit News:

My moles are telling me WDFN 1130 has made a pitch to get both the Tigers and Red Wings on its airwaves. The $50 million radio deal both teams have with WXYT 1270 is up after this hockey season. WJR 760, the former longtime home of the Tigers, also has thrown its hat in the ring. WDFN, according to moles, has offered the same deal as WJR to Mike Ilitch, who owns both teams. WDFN will give him the airtime for free, but he has to sell the advertising. Few expect Ilitch to get the kind of broadcast rights fees -- if any -- he got from WXYT five years ago when it changed its format from news to sports... WDFN is trying to go big and get Tigers, Red Wings (Sat 9/16)

 

WBSF Ch. 46 hits the air

Soon-to-be CW affiliate WBSF Channel 46 Bay City fired up its new transmitter earlier this week, just in time for the debut of the new CW network on Monday. WBSF will likely be the last new full-power analog television station to ever sign on in Michigan - and one of the last in the USA with the coming conversion to digital broadcasting for TV.



AllAccess.com

WWCK PD Exits: BRIAN "FIG" FIGULA exits the PD post of CUMULUS Top 40 WWCK/FLINT. No replacement has been announced. (Mon9/11)


MacDonald Broadcasting Names Mike Scot OM: MACDONALD BROADCASTING/LANSING/SAGINAW, MI names KCDU (CD 101.7 THE BEACH)/MONTEREY, CA PD MIKE SCOT for OM duties covering Country WKCQ, Adult Variety WMJO, and AC WSAM. MIKE starts on MONDAY (9/25). (Tue 9/12)


Just Bob Named WWCK APD/MD: CUMULUS Top 40 WWCK/FLINT night slammer JUST BOB has been promoted to APD/MD, effective 9/16. In an exclusive interview, JUST BOB reacted with a hearty "Boo Yah!" (Thu 9/14)



Flint Journal:

The testosterone level just shot up at sports talk WTRX-AM (1330). The infamous and hugely popular "The Opie & Anthony Show" is on the air. It began in the 6-9 a.m. Wednesday. It replaces "The Big Show," a good move since that Michigan-oriented program wasn't very interesting and didn't really fit the format well. "O&A," known for outrageous stunts and taste-challenging comedy, should go over well on a station that caters to that beer-swilling, babe-loving, stat-obsessed male demo (of which I am occasionally a part)... National 'Opie & Anthony Show' joins WTRX lineup (Fri 9/15)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, September 17, 2006

By: Mike Austerman


On The Radio

It’s hard for me to believe, but this column marks the beginning of the sixth year that Art Vuolo and I have been penning this feature. My first piece appeared in The Oakland Press on Sept. 14, 2001, and I vividly remember trying to put down in words what I was experiencing on the radio the evening of Sept. 11, just hours after our country had been attacked and changed forever.

It strikes me that, as we go forward, our radio dial has been moving closer to what it was in the months and years before that horrible day. Classical music has returned, albeit on public WRCJ-FM (90.9) instead of 105.1, where the format resided until 1997. Country music has returned to WDTW-FM (106.7), where it played for many years until 1999. And, just recently, Adult Alternative music returned to CIDR-FM (93.9), even using the same “The River” name that was in place until 2000.

Perhaps radio listeners long for the days before Sept. 11 more than we consciously realize.

One of the most remarkable changes to the radio landscape was the introduction of satellite radio Sept. 25, 2001, when XM started offering service to consumers in Dallas and San Diego. The influence of this still-young service became clear when one of terrestrial radio’s biggest names, Howard Stern, jumped ship to XM’s competitor, Sirius, earlier this year. As a result, satellite subscribers now have access to an incredible variety of music, talk and sports programming — something that just wasn’t thinkable for most prior to 9/11.

So, Art and I thank you for taking the time each Sunday to read our columns and for all the great e-mail and feedback we have received in the past five years. We look forward to reporting on radio’s constant evolution through an increasingly competitive technological jungle.


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If you’re looking for a quick and easy to reference to all of Michigan’s AM and FM radio stations, pick up a free copy of Art Vuolo’s just-released WJR/ Michigan State RADIOGUIDE at Big Boy restaurants across the state. The guides also soon will be available at the Michigan Welcome Center rest areas along Michigan’s highways.

Spartans fans will especially enjoy this year’s new green-and-white color scheme and the listings of stations carrying MSU football and basketball in 2006-07, including new flagship news/talk WJR-AM (760).

This year’s RADIOGUIDE also debuts a new sponsor, Michigan.org, the state’s award-winning travel and tourism Web site.

If you’d like to order a RADIOGUIDE by mail, just send $1 to cover postage and handling to: Michigan State RADIOGUIDE, P.O. Box 880, Novi 48376-0880.


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I wonder why that advertising for sports WXYT-AM (1270) is featured so prominently in the University of Michigan football program when the two Detroit stations that actually carry the games — classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) and talk CKLW-AM (800) — are absent. I’ve heard from more than one person expecting to find the games on ’XYT, so maybe a bit more promotion of WOMC — other than on their own airwaves and in this column — is in order.


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Jay Butler has joined public WDET-FM (101.9) to host “Jay’s Place,” a mix of blues, R&B, and soul, from 9 p.m.-midnight Saturdays. His first program aired last night. Butler has nearly five decades of broadcast experience including tenures at WJLB-FM (97.9), WCHB-AM (1200) and WQBH-AM (1400). “I’m very excited to be hosting a program on WDET,” Butler said. “I’m looking forward to reconnecting with many longtime listeners and making a lot of new friends, as well. It’s great to be a part of a station like WDET, where the music hosts are allowed the artistic freedom to create their own programs, and Saturday nights are going to be very special. I hope everyone tunes in.”


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John Mason, who had expected to debut as the new morning host on Adult Urban WGPR-FM (107.5) on Sept. 12, might be waiting until the non-compete clause with his former employer WDMK-FM (105.9) expires in January 2007 before hitting the airwaves. There is a chance that a settlement could be reached before January between Mason and WDMK parent company Radio One that would allow an earlier debut of Mason’s new show on WGPR, but these things seldom seem to work out to benefit listeners.

Many other states have passed legislation that nullifies these non-compete clauses, and it’s high time the same thing happens here in Michigan. It’s not right that a broadcaster of Mason’s caliber is kept off the air by lawyers.


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Set your dial: The Ralph Valdez program on WDET explores the 2006 Toronto Film Festival from 10 p.m.-midnight today ... “Somewhere in Time” hosts Tom Wilson and Heather Novak feature the theater organ music of Larry Embury at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).


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

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Imagine a radio station that plays Lyle Lovett and Johnny Cash as well George Strait and Toby Keith. It's an idea Kevin Matthews, of WLAV-FM (96.9), has nurtured for eight years -- since his days on the air in Chicago. And now Matthews is doing something about it. The on-air radio veteran is programming WLAW-FM (92.5). The station also spins the likes of Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt, along with cutting-edge songs from new country artists. Imagine that: New and old country together on one station. The positioning statement is "Legends, Young Guns" and station name is "The Outlaw"... 'Outlaw' FM station touts unique mix of country (Wed 9/13)


It's a special treat for West Michigan Whitecaps broadcast partners Dave Skoczen and Dan Elve to be calling the Midwest League championship series. It represents a career highlight for both. Skoczen, 28, is completing his second season as the play-by-play voice of the Whitecaps for flagship radio station WBBL-AM (1340) and sixth overall as a minor-league broadcaster. It's his first championship series... Caps radio duo enjoy playoff ride (Fri 9/15)


Remember the days when Johnny Carson would talk to funny, irreverent, comedians on the "Tonight Show" couch? Nationally syndicated radio hosts Bob and Tom, heard locally during their morning show on WBFX-FM (101.3), are giving aspiring comedians a shot on their first television special, "Bob and Tom Radio: The Comedy Hour." In addition, a special-edition DVD will be released in conjunction with the comedy program to be sold in stores nationwide. "We spent $350,000 building a set, it was shot in HD, and everything looks extremely professional," Tom Griswold said during a recent phone interview with The Press... Radio duo brings humor to TV special (Fri 9/15)

 

Rover over; Opie and Anthony shift to 97.1

WKRKRumors become reality with today's announcement that CBS Radio has jettisoned Shane 'Rover' French off talk WKRK-FM 97.1 and moved Opie & Anthony from mornings at sports WXYT to morning drive at WKRK effective tomorrow morning. Rover's program never found a sizable audience in Detroit in just over 9 months and it only seemed like a matter of time before this change was made after Opie & Anthony took over mornings on WXYT earlier in the summer.

In addition to putting the 'Mike and Mike' program from ESPN radio on for morning drive, WXYT also made another change to its lineup by dropping the mid-afternoon program hosted by Scott 'Gator' Anderson and Dan Wetzel. The change in mornings at WXYT also restores the station to a full-time sports lineup weekdays.



Detroit Free Press:

Can't get enough of Katie Couric, new CBS News anchor? Note that "Katie Couric's Notebook," a commentary, now airs weekdays at 4:40 p.m. on CBS-owned WWJ-AM (950) ... Nominated: The following Detroit radio personalities for radio trade journal Radio & Records Awards, to be announced this week in Dallas... Names and Faces (Mon 9/18)

 

Detroit News:

There are changes in store for some of CBS Radio's properties in Detroit. Rich Homberg, vice president and general manager of CBS stations WWJ-AM (950), WKRK-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270), will probably be giving up the g.m. job over WKRK and WXYT to focus on the Detroit cluster's cash cow, all-news WWJ. CBS has an ad on InsideRadio.com for a v.p./general manager, a "great strategist," to oversee both its ratings-challenged FM talker WKRK and the signal-challenged sports station WXYT... CBS Radio will beef up management at 3 of its Detroit stations (Tue 9/19)


Final details are being worked out on a deal that will allow Michigan voters to take their measure of the candidates during a trio of televised debates between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and her Republican challenger, Dick DeVos. Debates likely will be held Oct. 2 at WKAR-TV in East Lansing, Oct. 10 at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and Oct. 16 at WXYZ-TV in Southfield. Another debate is likely Oct. 12 before the Detroit Economic Club. The election is in seven weeks... DeVos, governor to debate on TV (Tue 9/19)


Rover, you're over. The host of "Rover's Morning Glory" has now lost his Detroit affiliate, WKRK-FM (97.1), less than two months after his home station, Chicago's WCKG-FM, dumped his show in favor of the "Opie and Anthony Show." Rover, whose real name is Shane French, was plucked out of his Cleveland radio station last winter by CBS in an attempt to plug the hole left by the departing Howard Stern when he fled skyward, to Sirius Satellite Radio... 'Opie & Anthony' to replace Rover on WKRK (Tue 9/19)


WXYT 1270 is again shuffling its show lineup, adding a popular syndicated show and eliminating a local program. ESPN's national "Mike and Mike in the Morning" will air 6-10 a.m., starting Tuesday. The station's former morning drive occupant, "Opie and Anthony," moves to WKRK 97.1 to replace "Rover." WXYT ended the "Wetzel and Gator" show, which aired 1-3 p.m... Sports talk WXYT shuffles lineup (Mon 9/18)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Grand Rapids businessman Dick DeVos have agreed to appear in three televised debates in the first weeks of October, representatives of their campaigns said Monday. Details on the events in Grand Rapids, East Lansing and Southfield were still being finalized... Granholm, DeVos to face off on TV (Tue 9/19)


The Rover era on Detroit radio -- all eight months or so of it -- ended Monday when Detroit's CBS Radio announced that syndicated, New York-based talk show "Opie and Anthony" -- until today on sports talker WXYT-AM (1270) -- will shift to WKRK-FM (97.1) to replace Cleveland-based Shane (Rover) French and his cast of morning accomplices. Replacing O&A on 1270 this morning will be ESPN Radio's syndicated show "Mike & Mike"... It's all over for Rover at WKRK (Tue 9/19)



Radio & Records:

Top 5 stations age 12+ in the second summer trend for Detroit: Adult Urban WMXD-FM, Urban WJLB-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Rock WRIF-FM, and Top 40 WKQI-FM.

Detroit ratings chart (Tue 9/19)

 

A broad coalition representing Michigan broadcasters, state government and human service agencies last week celebrated an unprecedented level of community service contributions made in 2005 by Michigan's commercial radio and television stations. A news conference recognizing broadcasters' collective $330 million in contributions during 2005 was held in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Lansing.

“What's really amazing about the $330 million in community service contributions made by broadcasters in 2005, is that it tops the previous record high level set in 2003 by seven percent,” said Mario Iacobelli, Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Chairman and owner of WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac. “That total was significantly boosted by fundraising that occurred in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.”

“Community service isn't done to fulfill license requirements or generate ratings,” said Karole White, MAB President & CEO. “Michigan broadcasters are involved in their communities because they care. I am proud of the high level of commitment the broadcasting community continues to demonstrate, and I know for certain that the tremendous impact from the contributions of time and money is more than just significant. It changes our communities and the lives of those living in them for the better every day. Broadcasters have truly become the heart and soul of their
community.”

The contribution total was determined as part of a national study conducted for the National Association of Broadcasters by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va. The 2005 study, calculated the amount of contributions local radio and television stations made in the form of public service announcements, fundraising and relief for victims of disasters. Survey results showed:
· Michigan broadcasters contributed $195 million in public service time during 2005;
· Local radio and television stations collectively raised $81 million dollars in 2005 for disaster relief; and
· The combined efforts of local broadcasters raised $54 million for local charities, charitable causes and needy people.

“The work by Michigan broadcasters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was phenomenal,” said John Cauley, CEO of the American Red Cross-Mid Michigan Chapter, “The support of the local radio and television stations across the state at a time of critical need was absolutely invaluable to Red Cross chapters around the state.”

“Local television and radio give St. Jude's Children Research Hospital the opportunity to reach the entire community,” said Stacy Ziarko, Event Marketing Representative for ALSAC/St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. “Live remote broadcasts, special programming for our Dream Home Giveaway, and public service announcements have helped us raise millions in the last several years.”

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.

 

The Michigan Radio Network has announced it will host a one-hour gubernatorial debate between Governor Jennifer Granholm and gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos. Broadcast from Michigan State University campus, MRN Senior Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick will moderate the debate at 8 p.m. on October 2nd.

MRN affiliates will have exclusive commercial radio rights to the debate, which will be broadcast live. Other sponsors include various Fox television stations, WILX-TV in Lansing, Heritage Newspapers, the Lansing State Journal, Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), Michigan Public Television, Michigan Public Radio and Michigan Information and Research Services (MIRS).

Lansing-based Michigan Radio Network provides news and sports information to more than 60 radio stations throughout the state.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 20, 2006

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Detroit News:

Katie Couric is tap dancing in the No. 1 spot nationally, but locally it's a different song and dance. Her "CBS Evening News with Katie Couric " (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WWJ-TV, Channel 62) is still No. 3 in Metro Detroit according to Nielsen's local ratings. ABC's "World News Tonight with Charles Gibson" (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WXYZ-TV, Channel 7) and "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" (6:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, WDIV-TV, Channel 4) are duking it out for first place, with NBC often coming out ahead... Couric can't capture Detroit viewers (Wed 9/20)



Detroit Free Press:

Tuesday's monthly release of the Arbitrend ratings for June, July and August were overshadowed by a posting at the CBS Radio jobs Web site for a general manager for sports talk WXYT-AM -- one of the month's success stories -- and WKRK-FM, a station in the doldrums. Those positions are now held by Rich Homberg, who also runs WWJ-AM, which dropped to 10th place among all listeners, its lowest charting in quite a while... Wanted: Manager for WXYT, WKRK (Wed 9/20)

 

• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W286AW 105.1 Dowagiac for $7,433 from Edgewater Broadcasting pending FCC approval and closing.

• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permits for FM translators W223AM 92.5 Bronson, W227AU 93.3 Ludington, and W243BA 96.5 Big Rapids for $6336 each from Radio Assist Ministry pending FCC approval and closing.

• The FCC granted the assignment of construction permits for FM translators K237DB 95.3 Hudsonville and W279BG 103.7 Battle Creek from Edgewater Broadcasting to Horizon Christian Fellowship and the assignment of W295AK 106.9 Three Rivers from Radio Assist Ministry to Horizon.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 21, 2006

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WRIF scores three R&R Awards

WRIFActive Rock WRIF-FM received three awards at the annual Radio & Records Convention last evening at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas.

WRIF Morning Show personalities “Drew & Mike” were named “Active Rock Personality/Show of the Year.” In addition, Doug Podell, Operations Manager of WRIF won in the “Active Rock Program Director/Operations Director of the Year” category.

WRIF was also named “Active Rock Station of the Year” in the Markets 1-25 category.

Award recipients are nominated and chosen by professionals in the radio and record industry.



AllAccess.com:

NewCap Welcomes Brookshaw:
MURRAY BROOKSHAW is named OM of NEWCAP's two stations in CALGARY -- JAZZ CIQX (CALIFORNIA 103) and the new AAA "CAFE 90.3"-- effective OCTOBER 3. He previously spent 25 years with CHUM, most recently as PD of AAA CIDR (THE RIVER) & Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT. (Wed 9/20)



Detroit Free Press:

John Mason's plan to return to Detroit radio as soon as possible after his Radio One/WDMK-FM (105.9) contract expired July 29 hit a major roadblock from Port Huron-based U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff Wednesday. Zatkoff granted an injunction that upholds a non-compete clause in Mason's Radio One contract that will expire on Jan. 29... Judge delays Mason deal for WGPR show; Flint effort to proceed (Thu 9/21)



Detroit News:

Radio One has stopped popular air personality John Mason from starting up that morning show he's been touting on the adult urban radio station WGPR-FM (97.9). The radio company, which employed Mason from 2001 until his contract ran out on July 29 on its own adult urban station WDMK-FM (105.9), sued Mason Sept. 8 in U.S. District Court after it was announced that he was going to buy time on WGPR for a new syndicated morning show... John Mason off the air until January (Thu 9/21)



WDET adds to newsroom personnel

WDETWDET has announced the hiring of reporter Noah Ovshinsky to its news department. Noah comes to Detroit Public Radio after having worked as a director and producer at HKO Media, and Ann Arbor-based video production company. While at HKO, he received a Michigan Emmy for his documentary about a World War II hero called, "Raoul Wallenberg: One Person Can Make A Difference." Noah's previous radio experience includes a two-year stint at Chicago's WGN Radio, where he served in numerous positions including morning news producer.

Growing up in Detroit, he earned a Liberal Arts degree from Kalamazoo College. When he's not chasing news stories, Noah enjoys going to farmers markets, gardening and trying to catch up on reading back issues of The New Yorker. "Detroit and the entire region is full of stories," said Noah Ovshinsky. "I look forward to bringing them to WDET's listeners one newscast at a time."

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 22, 2006

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AllAccess.com:

Dave Diles Named To Michigan Sports Hall Of Fame: Longtime ABC sportscaster DAVE DILES will be one of the 2006 inductees into the MICHIGAN SPORTS HALL OF FAME on OCTOBER 30 at COBO CENTER's Riverview Ballroom in downtown DETROIT. DILES spent over 20 years at ABC SPORTS on TV and radio and was well-known in DETROIT for his years at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV. (Fri 9/22)



News and notes from WDET:


WDET Airs "Bridging the Racial Divide" on September 26 at 9 p.m.

Detroit Public Radio will simulcast special produced by Emery King and WTVS

Detroit Public Radio will present the first in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in Metro Detroit on Tuesday, September 26, at 9 p.m. Produced by Kingberry Productions and WTVS - Detroit Public Television, "Bridging the Racial Divide" will be co-hosted by former NBC correspondent and news anchor Emery King and WJR's Paul W. Smith. They will be joined by a number of dynamic and influential voices in the community representing a variety of backgrounds and points of view.

The airing of this program will become a remarkable community-wide event, with meetings and discussions being planned for seven different locations across the metro area, where groups will watch the special, then share their own thoughts, feelings and experiences relating to racism.

The 2000 Census named this metropolitan area as the most segregated region in the United States. The reality continues to generate a troubling series of social, economic and political problems. This first "Bridging" special will examine Metro Detroit at the crossroads, exploring both the hope generated by the community's enormous Super Bowl success and the obstacles to further progress caused by this region's racial divide.

King, whose Kingberry Productions is producing the series, said: "The title, 'Bridging the Racial Divide,' says it all. It's a dialogue that's really intended to clear the path to common ground, to a better understanding of the racial issues that separate us and keep us from moving forward as a community."

The show will be taped before a "live" audience drawn from across the metro area at the Schaever Recital Hall at Wayne State University. Earlier, two dinner discussions were taped at area restaurants, one with seven black participants led by King at Detroit's Grand City Grille, and the other with seven white participants led by Smith at the Traffic Jam and Snug also in Detroit. Each group discussed the same questions and issues. Three participants from each group will form the panel at Schaever Hall, where video excerpts from each dinner will be shown on a large screen to help focus the discussion.

The two-dinner format was chosen because of the perception that when blacks talk to blacks and whites talk to whites, their discussions of race differ significantly from what they say on those rare occasions when they do talk to each other about race. At those times, political correctness often carries the day, and silence allows suspicion and misunderstanding to grow. The format will help gauge the divide and explore how better understanding can be fostered in each group.

The first program in the series will examine the question of which Metro Detroit will emerge in the years ahead: the Metro Detroit of Super Bowl week, a focused and bonded region; or the Metro Detroit in the months that followed, wracked with divisive problems. The discussion will address issues such as white privilege, black rage, black vs. white family values, political correctness, and affirmative action.

In addition to Emery King and Paul W. Smith, the panelists will include: Rochelle Riley (columnist, Detroit Free Press), Heaster Wheeler (Executive Director, NAACP - Detroit), R. L'Heureux Lewis (Ph.D candidate, University of Michigan), Nolan Finley (columnist, Detroit News), John Rakolta (Chairman, New Detroit), and Kary Moss (Executive Director, ACLU Michigan).

In addition to WDET, the program will also be aired on WTVS Channel 56 and on WJR 760 AM. Earlier that evening, community groups throughout Metro Detroit will have an advance screening at 7 p.m. and then discuss race relations in the context of the TV discussion. Representatives from New Detroit and NCCJ-MI will facilitate these meetings.

Asked about his hopes for the series, Emery King said, "We hope that our efforts here will serve as a model for frank, informed and respectful dialogues that will happen in homes, offices, schools and places of worship throughout Detroit, its suburbs, the metro region and our entire state."

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This week's Ralph Valdez show (10pm, Sunday 9/24) features an interview and in-studio performance from The Strange, the new Detroit trio whose moody mix of rock, pop and jazz
elements comes together stylishly on their new self titled CD. Lucky listeners will also have an opportunity to call in and win autographed copies of their new CD and a signed t-shirt from the “The Strange”. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few “rummage sale records”, will also be explored.



AFTRA to kick off free monthly seminars to aid professional growth

The Detroit Chapter of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is kicking off what's hoped to be a monthly conservatory program to assist area union members with their professional growth.

The first seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm at the Vangard Center Lobby, which is located at 23800 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield (one block east of Telegraph).

The panel for this first evening consists of:
- Tom Force (formerly of WOMC. now at WWJ) discussing demo tape production
- Doak Breen (veteran WXYT announcer) talking about the radio business
- Martha Reeves (Motown great) will discuss the music business
- Judy Dery (actress - now in "Menopause The Musical") will talk about acting, auditions etc.
- Kathy Mooney (agent, The Talent Shop) will talk about getting an agent and doing voiceover work

The thrust of this seminar will be the "how to's" of breaking into and staying employed in the broadcasting, music and acting business in Detroit.

AFTRA Detroit chapter president Jayne Bower of WWJ is hoping local union members appreciate this free event as a great opportunity to learn more about the entertainment business in Metro Detroit. The only requirement is that attendees be a union member (any union-- SAG, AFTRA, UAW, Teamsters, etc).

Please RSVP to Kim Wilson at AFTRA by calling (248) 228-3172 or by e-mailing her at kwilson@aftra.com.



WMXD welcomes afternoon host Michael Baisden to town

MIX92.3 will present the “Ford Fusion Grown & Sexy Experience” with Michael Baisden, an evening of live entertainment and partying with the “grown and sexy” at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 600 Town Center Drive in Dearborn, Saturday, September 23rd. Doors open at 7PM.

The evening will include special live performances by Warner Brothers Records recording artist Brian McKnight, and J Records recording artist Heather Headley.

VIP tickets are sold out. General Admission tickets are $30.00, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations or at www.ticketmaster.com.

Michael Baisden's “Love, Lust & Lies” syndicated radio show is heard weekdays on Adult Urban WMXD-FM, MIX92.3, weekday afternoons from 3 - 7p.m. Since airing on MIX92.3, in May 2005, Baisden has scored top Arbitron ratings every book, holding the #1 position in the market. Michael Baisden has successfully captured the ears and hearts of Detroit listeners with topics relevant to every-day life and provocative and compelling talk.

 

Two Key Departures at MMRG Lansing

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Lansing's Mid-Michigan Radio Group has seen the departure of two mainstay employees in the last month, sparking discussion about the future directions of two of the group's four stations.

WJXQ-FM (Q106) PD Bob Olson exited last month, after 16 years with the station. Olson, at one point, held the position of operations manager for all stations in the MMRG Lansing cluster, and was well-known by Q106 listeners as the midday personality. According to an aritcle in the Lansing State Journal, the parting was mutually amicable, and may have had something to do with disagreements over the programming direction of Q106, which has been a well-performing (sometimes dominant) Album Rocker since its debut in the Lansing market in March 1981. In addition to his PD/on-air duties at WJXQ, Olson also lent (and continues to lend) his voice talent to local production.

On the other side of the building, WVIC-FM (Classic Hits 94.1) morning co-host Brad Walker has left the station after nearly 10 years at the building on Cedar street. Walker arrived as music director and afternoon personality for Country-formatted Kix-94 (WXIK) in 1997. Prior to that, he held the same position at WITL-AM/FM. During his tenure at MMRG, Walker also served as PD for Kix-94, and later WVIC, and was also the program director for the Hot AC format on then-WKMY (My 92.1). MMRG OM Paul Cashin is reportedly filling in as the interim morning co-host for WVIC. The decision to dismiss Brad Walker was, according to an LSJ article, a cost-cutting move on the part of MMRG.

All of this has sparked discussion on the Michigan broadcasting message boards about the future directions of both stations. Some listeners have already noticed a difference in the sound of WJXQ, moving away from an Active Rock direction, and more toward Mainstream Album Rock. In any event, the recent departures of both Olson and Walker demonstrate how radio in general tends to operate differently than more traditional businesses. In many job arenas, it can be said that, the longer you've been with any given company, the more security you have, but in this business, the opposite tends to be true more often than not, especially when it comes to on-air talent. We've seen a lot of air talent changing stations and/or companies in the last year - most of whom had been in their positions for a considerable amount of time. It shows that radio, by its very nature, is probably not the business to get into if you're looking for the gold watch and the full pension at the end of the road.

 

Lansing State Journal:

Dave "Mad Dog" DeMarco will have his own local radio show again, after a half-year pause. "I am absolutely tickled," he said. Working for Citadel Broadcasting stations, DeMarco has:
- A special from 2-5 p.m. this Saturday on WJIM-AM (1240). That will be from the Forest Akers clubhouse, as part of the prolonged preview to the Michigan State-Notre Dame football game.
- The debut of his show Monday. That will be 6-9 a.m. weekdays on WVFN (730-AM)... 'Mad Dog' returning to local radio (Wed 9/20)


Brad Walker is out of local radio, for the first time in almost a decade. Walker, 36, was still co-host of the WVIC (94.1-FM) morning show Wednesday. Then he was told he was being dropped. "It was a cost-cutting move," Walker said. "It's not like I stole something." Paul Cashin, the operations director at the Mid-Michigan Radio Group, then filled Walker's morning spot, alongside Mary Turner on WVIC. He was not immediately available for comment... Brad Walker fired from WVIC (Fri 9/22)

 

Radio dramas returning to CMU's student radio station, podcasts

After a successful effort to bring old-fashioned programming back to the local airwaves, a Central Michigan University graduate student is preparing to launch the second season of his radio drama show.

Under the direction of Lucus Keppel of West Bloomfield, the fall 2006 season of "Central Audio Theatre" will premiere at 9 p.m. Sept. 28 on WMHW Modern Rock 91.5, CMU's student-run radio station. For those outside of the Mount Pleasant area, WMHW offers an online broadcast at www.bca.cmich.edu/wmhw. A podcast of each episode will be available for download at feeds.feedburner.com/centralaudio.

The 36-member cast of "Central Audio Theatre" includes CMU students, faculty and staff members, as well as local community members. The schedule includes:

* Directed by Keppel, "Molly Mevster: The Alchemist Murders" by broadcast and cinematic arts faculty member Will Anderson will air Sept. 28 and Oct. 5. It tells the story of a young university chemistry professor who must deal with a difficult dean, students who don't understand why Kitchen Chemistry is important, and the rising price of gasoline and oil.

* Directed by junior LeAnne Walker of Sandusky, Mich., "Tribulations" by Joel Pierson will air Oct. 12 and 19. In this mystery, a man is arrested for burning down a church and proclaims his innocence despite being the only possible arsonist. His case becomes stranger when he claims that the devil set fire to the church.

* Directed by sophomore Benjamin Ruetenik of Lansing, "Havencroft's Secret" by Michael Giorgio will air Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The play, a science-fiction mystery, focuses on Havencroft, a town where the friendly citizens welcome people but never let them leave.

* Directed by senior Christopher Powell of Brighton, "Easy Terms" by Joel Pierson will air Nov. 9 and 16. In this thriller, a young woman struggles with her telemarketing job; she dislikes annoying people with her calls, but she enjoys her coworkers too much to leave. Things change when she makes one last call to a man who won't let her read her script and instead forces her to act as a person.

* Directed by Keppel, "Murder and Mistletoe" by Juliet Youngren will air Dec. 7 and 14. Combining murder, mystery, comedy and romance, this play features a newlywed couple visiting one spouse's parents. When the mother is found dead, the inheritance depends on exactly when the couple was married - and multiple wills are found.

For more information about Central Audio Theatre, visit its Web site at digielfproductions.com/AT.



AllAccess.com

WRCL Says Hello, Goodbye: REGENT Top 40/Rhythmic WRCL/FLINT welcomes KELVIN WASHINGTON for middays and Promotions Director duties. PD NATHAN REED moves to afternoons. Meanwhile, night slammer CHRIS CRUISE leaves for a new gig, which means the hunt for a replacement is on. (Mon 9/18)


Rick Walker Exits WKCQ: MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW OM/afternooner RICK WALKER has exited after six and a half years. As ALL ACCESS reported previously, MIKE SCOT has been tapped as new OM, coming from KDCU (CD 101.7)/MONTEREY. He'll be starting this MONDAY (9/25). Aside from WKCQ, the MACDONALD/SAGINAW cluster includes Adult Variety WMJO and AC WSAM. (Fri 9/22)



Flint Journal:

The Flint Generals aren't back on the airwaves just yet. But it won't be long before fans of the United Hockey League team will again be able to listen to Generals games on the radio and Internet. After failing to broadcast their games last season for the first time in team history, the Generals have reached an agreement with WWCK (1570-AM) to air nearly all road games. The road games will also be simulcast on the Internet, where all home games will be broadcast... Gens arrange deal to broadcast games (Thu 9/21)

 

Muskegon Chronicle:

Comcast Cable customers will see a major readjustment of the Muskegon and Fremont system's channel lineups beginning Tuesday. In doing so, Comcast will make it more expensive for some fans of local low-power television WMKG Channel 40, which will move from Channel 98 on the basic cable system to Channel 295 on the digital cable system... Viewer alert: Channels are on the move (Mon 9/18)



Grand Rapids Press:

Local satellite-radio subscribers choose their respective services for a variety of reasons. Loal DJ and Community Media Center employee Jeff Hudson -- who spins under the name Jef Leppard on Thursday nights at the Drink, 81 Ionia Ave. NW -- happened upon his subscription to XM, but is pleased with the service. "It was random chance. I was buying a new car stereo, and it came with XM built in," Hudson said, adding he signed up for the service and loves it... Who pays to listen to radio, and why? (Mon 9/18)


So, who will be "America's Next Top Model"? If you live in Lowell, we have some bad news: You won't be able to watch Tyra Banks' reality TV show. In fact, the new CW network -- which airs "Top Model" and popular shows "Gilmore Girls" and "Smallville" -- is not being carried in your market at all...Network cracks few cable, satellite lineups (Wed 9/20)


Alberto Martinez could not speak a word of English when he arrived in Holland in the mid-1970s at age 13. "I remember thinking, 'What a beautiful country this is -- why wouldn't I want to be part of it?'" he said. At the time, there were no English as a Second Language classes in Holland. Despite that obstacle, Martinez vowed he would learn the language and make life better for himself and others in the community... Radio program director strives to help community (Thu 9/21)


West Michigan viewers finally can get WWMT-TV (Channel 3) in high definition. In addition, Comcast has launched the newly formed network, CW, in HD in Holland and Grand Rapids. The HD channel airs on Channel 233 for CBS primetime programming and sports such as NCAA basketball and NFL football. In addition to a high definition television set, consumers need an HD converter ... Sarah Sell has left WDIV-TV in Detroit as a reporter/anchor and joined WZZM-TV (Channel 13) as a general assignment reporter. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in communications, she moved to Michigan to work at WEYI-TV and WPBN-TV in Traverse City. From there, she headed to Detroit ... WBCT-FM (93.7) raised more than $310,000 during its annual Roofsit for Kids. All funds go toward the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This campaign was difficult for the station because of an accident that injured popular on-air personality David Conrad. He was a passenger in a motorcycle sidecar and was hit by a vehicle on the way to the event... High-definition TV finally comes to West Michigan (Sun 9/24)



AllAccess.com:

Who Will Win WLAV's 'Survive It...To Drive It'?: One MICHIGAN resident will win a two-year lease on a BMW X3 3.0i -- but first they have to win CITADEL Classic Rock WLAV/GRAND RAPIDS' first-ever "SURVIVE IT...TO DRIVE IT" contest. Beginning TOMORROW (9/20) at 7a, five preselected contestants will take up residence in the vehicle at a local dealership. Webcams will catch all the action, which will be viewable at www.surviveittodriveit.com, and every 12 hours a contestant will be voted out by the public. (Yes, the contestants will be fed -- and they can get out of the car for 10 minutes every hour!) The final elimination will be held at 7:20a on FRIDAY during KEVIN MATTHEWS' morning show. (Tue 9/19)

 

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, September 24, 2006

By: Art Vuolo


On The Radio

Your traveling radio reporter has just returned from yet another radio convention, the last one of the year and the biggest by far. This was a combination of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and major radio trade publication Radio and Records (R&R).

As many of you know by now, the radio industry has been going through several years of extensive consolidation, where a single company such as Clear Channel, CBS or Greater Media owns a number of different radio stations. So, now, this phenomenon has spread to these confabs in an attempt to lure more broadcasters to a combination affair during these times of intense budget cuts.

This convention began with Southfield-based Jacobs Media putting on a mini-seminar initiated by David Rehr, newly appointed president and CEO of the NAB. The topics most seriously discussed were HD (high-definition) radio, the iPod competition and how to reach the under-25 listener.

Another interesting point raised by Rehr was his hope for a level playing field regarding terrestrial radio versus satellite radio. All radio needs to play by the same rules, he explained, as a number of people are getting satellite radio at no charge via either the Internet or satellite TV services including Dish Network and DirecTV.

He pointed out that Sirius CFO David Frear defends the practice of counting cars on dealer lots as subscribers and tells the Merrill Lynch confab in Pasadena that “it’s not a very big number” and it’s “dropping as a percentage of subscribers” over the past year from 10 percent to about 8 percent. In this case, it was 500,000-plus unsold cars that were counted as subscribers.


Local radio guru Fred Jacobs began the program with a sobering commentary — “Why my 14-year-old thinks radio sucks.” That got the attention of the crowd, which realized that reaching the 12- to 25-year-old market remains a challenge. He also reminded the radio folks on hand about a quote from local ad maven Mark Kaline, who said we need to “get comfortable with being uncomfortable.”

Talk radio and the future of the liberal network Air America were hot topics, too. Left-leaning talk host Al Franken recently told TV talk host Conan O’Brien that “we’re going to be fine.” That was after telling his own listeners, “If we do go into bankruptcy, I’ve flown on United (Airlines). They went into bankruptcy,” meaning that the show will go on. He told the New York Sun he discovered the cash-flow problems when his own paycheck stopped last week (“No cash has been flowing to me”).

The NAB/R&R Convention also was buzzing about the highly rumored return of Howard Stern to “regular radio” in addition to his Sirius gig. They had hoped Stern would bring at least 70 percent of his FM audience with him to Sirius; instead, it was a meager, disappointing 30 percent.

With the success of Opie & Anthony doing both XM and standard FM radio, the thinking is that the same can happen for Stern. Stay tuned.


A number of Detroit stations and personalities were up for awards at the big Dallas convention, and as of press time, rock WRIF-FM (101.1) did pretty well. The station won an award for best rock station in a major city, while morning yucksters Drew & Mike, program director Doug Podell and music director Mark Pennington all emerged winners. Mike Austerman will have more next week.


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On the home front, it came as a stunner that a new general manager is being assigned to both sports WXYT-AM (1270) and hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), as longtime market manager Rich Homberg will handle duties exclusively for all-news WWJ-AM (950).

And the news we broke here a couple of weeks ago, although no station personnel would confirm it, has solidified. Opie & Anthony have segued over to Free FM 97.1 as “Rover’s Morning Glory” exits, and Mike & Mike from ESPN Radio take over mornings at ’XYT.

And the beat goes on.


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A week ago yesterday, it was exciting for me to be in attendance at the Michigan-Notre Dame game in South Bend. It was a great victory for the Wolverines among thousands of ND fans, but radio listeners seemed rather disenchanted with Don Criqui, the new Westwood One Network announcer for Notre Dame, who replaced the venerable Tony Roberts. Avid fans noted the new voice of the Fighting Irish made numerous mistakes during the football broadcast.

This is why U-M tried so hard to keep the radio team of Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter together. When the chemistry is right between broadcasters, it’s magical — and you don’t want to mess with the magic.


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Get-well wishes go out to local WJR sales manager Bob Schick, who’s recuperating at St. John’s Hospital after being attacked by thugs on Detroit’s East Side.


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Set your dial: Tom Wilson will feature the music of Vaughn Monroe on “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.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 23-25, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Let's see -- Tuesday TV at 9 p.m. There's "The Unit," "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," "Veronica Mars," and the new "The Knights of Prosperity" and "Help Me Help You." Not to mention oodles on cable. Then on public WTVS-TV (Channel 56) -- with radio simulcasts on WDET-FM (101.9) and WJR-AM (760) -- you can watch the first in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in metro Detroit. "Bridging the Racial Divide" is coproduced by Kingsberry Productions and Detroit Public Television. It will be cohosted by Kingsberry chief Emery King -- former TV newsman and now publicist for the Detroit Medical Center -- and WJR-AM (760) morning man Paul W. Smith... Channel 56 to offer series on race (Mon 9/25)



Detroit News:

Marianne Williamson, one of the Oprah Friends who will be chattering on the talk show hostess' new XM Radio channel, will broadcast her show from Detroit. The Oprah and Friends channel launches today on XM Radio Channel 156. Williamson tapes her show, which will include interviews and call-ins by listeners, at the OnStar/XM studio in the RenCen, but eventually, XM will build her a studio at her suburban Detroit home. Thus far, she hasn't touched on any Detroit-related themes, but she expects that will happen eventually. Her show will air Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and will be rebroadcast at 7 p.m., as well as 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Wednesdays... Local author, ex-pastor to debut on XM's Oprah channel (Mon 9/25)



MLive.com/AP:

A former salesman for University of Michigan public radio and television stations who was convicted of conspiracy to embezzle has been sentenced to 18 months' probation. Jeremy Nordquist, 28, of Saline, was among three former employees of the stations who were accused of embezzling about $60,000 in items that had been donated in exchange for on-air mentions. Nordquist admitted during his trial that he got a pool table, Persian rugs and other items but said he was following the directions of his supervisors... Michigan Public Media salesman sentenced on conspiracy charge (Sat 9/23)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 27, 2006

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WDET names new morning news host

Joining the news staff at WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is Amy Miller, a Detroit native, experienced reporter and news host. Miller comes to WDET from KSSZ in Columbia, MO where she hosted a morning talk show. She becomes WDET's permanent Morning Edition (weekdays 5am - 10am) host on Thursday, September 28.

Amy Miller grew up in North Rosedale Park on Detroit's west side. Her public radio career began in 1986 when she took an opportunity to be a reporter at Alaska Public Radio Network. During her 17 years in Alaska public radio, she served as reporter, news director, regional news director and program host. Some of Amy's Alaskan news colleagues include NPR's Corey Flintoff, Peter Kenyon, Elizabeth Arnold and Mark Moran. She was Regional News Director for CoastAlaska,Inc., a consortium of five public radio stations along Alaska's panhandle.

“It's great to be back home in Detroit,” commented Miller. “I'm looking forward to serving WDET listeners and bringing the community the important stories of the day. It is an honor to be a part of the WDET newsroom, which has a reputation for excellence in news coverage.”

“We're delighted to have Amy on board at Detroit Public Radio,” said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director. “She has strong Detroit roots and has significant public radio experience, so she understands what makes public radio news reporting unique and special.”



AllAccess.com:

Brad Savage On The Move From WQKL: Brad Savage Named PD Of Saga's New AAA Hybrid
As we first hinted yesterday (see NET NEWS 9/26), CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107one)/ANN ARBOR, MI PD BRAD SAVAGE is leaving for the PD post at SAGA COMMUNICATIONS new AAA sign-on WCNR (106-1 THE CORNER)/CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA.

SAVAGE said, "I am sad to leave a great team and terrific GM in ANN ARBOR, but the opportunity to join SAGA COMMUNICATIONS with a ground-floor opportunity is something that rarely happens in radio today! How often does a brand-new signal sign on in 2006? Thanks to GM DENNIS MOCKLER, OM RICK DANIELS, and Exec. VP STEVE GOLDSTEIN for offering me this fantastic opportunity. I can't wait to get started!"

Back at WQKL, GM BOB BOLAK is looking for a new PD. (Wed 9/27)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 28, 2006

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Detroit News:

The always rambunctious Wendy Williams, who's syndicated on Detroit's WDMK-FM (105.9), will be holding court from 9 to 11 p.m. Monday at the Woodward Restaurant in downtown Detroit with the "Wendy Williams Experience Advice Hour." The diva will chat with listeners and answer questions they might have for her on any subject and yes, even talk about Whitney (Houston) getting mad at her on the air when she asked if she was doing drugs... Radio diva to dish some advice (Thu 9/28)


Mario Impemba, FSN Detroit play-by-play announcer of the Tigers, is a guy who appreciates baseball's past, present and future. He fell in love with baseball on the radio, thanks to growing up in Metro Detroit listening to Ernie Harwell and Paul Carey. Impemba decided to be like them, heading to the radio booth to broadcast baseball for a living. He eventually found his way to TV, but still has a soft spot for radio. Now, Impemba is going a step further, founding his own Web site -- thesoundofbaseball.com -- to showcase the art of broadcasting baseball on the radio... Love of radio hits the Web (Thu 9/28)

 

• Religious WTCK-FM 90.9 Charlevoix has been sold for $130,000 by Broadcasting for the Challenged to Baraga Broadcasting pending FCC approval and closing. Baraga is already operating the station under a time brokerage agreement and will likely continue to program Catholic programming, primarily from EWTN.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 29, 2006

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Detroit Free Press:

Ann Delisi spent her last day on the public classical/jazz station WRCJ-FM (90.9) Thursday. She'll join Emery King's Kingsberry Productions. Veteran local classical broadcaster Jack Goggin will take over the 3-7 p.m. shift temporarily... Delisi leaves WRCJ (Fri 9/29)


Delisi's statement on WRCJ's web site



Ann Arbor News:

Campaigns associated with a ballot proposal that would ban some affirmative action programs in Michigan are feuding over a new radio advertisement. The campaign ad features the father of Jennifer Gratz, a white woman and primary supporter of the proposal, saying she was denied admission to the University of Michigan "because she had the wrong skin color.'' An opposition group said Thursday that claim is not true and that Gratz could have gotten into U-M if she had returned to the university a card asking to be placed on an extended waiting list... Radio ad focus of campaign dispute (Fri 9/29)

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Broadcasting Career Builder Conference to Offer a “How To” Guide for Growing in the Broadcasting Profession

Students, broadcasters and professionals interested in developing a career in the broadcast industry have a unique opportunity to gain insights from leading Michigan professionals during the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC), which is being sponsored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF). The BCBC will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at the Lansing Community College West Campus, located at the corner of Sanders Road and Cornerstone Drive in Lansing (Delta Township).

“The Broadcasting Career Builder Conference is a terrific opportunity for anyone in Michigan who wants to get started or advance their career in broadcasting,” said Bill Keith, MAB Foundation Chair. “This event is a rare opportunity to network and learn from a diverse group of some of the leading broadcasters in the state.”

The BCBC will open with a keynote address featuring Mojo from “Mojo in the Morning” which is carried on 95.5 FM WKQI, Detroit. Panel discussions during the day include:
• How to Climb the Mountain 2: Getting Your First Gig;
• Broadcasting Showcase-A look at different kinds of broadcasting jobs;
• Getting the Broadcast Job You Desire;
• Non-Traditional Careers in Television
• From Tech Geek to Broadcast Star-The Importance of Technology in Broadcasting; and
• Non-Traditional Careers in Radio.

The cost of attending BCBC is $20 per person for those who register prior to October 18. Registration is $35 after October 18. A registration form is available on the MAB web site at www.michmab.com.

 

AllAccess.com:

Vegas In Michigan: MID-MICHIGAN Active Rocker WJXQ/LANSING, MI brings in SHERRY VEGAS as new PD. (Fri 9/29)

 

Tickets on sale for 2006 CMU Journalism Hall of Fame banquet

A Central Michigan University tradition continues this fall with the induction of the CMU Journalism Hall of Fame's Class of 2006, and tickets for the celebration are now available.

Tickets for the Nov. 4 event at The Embers, 1217 S. Mission St. in Mount Pleasant, cost $50 apiece or $450 for a 10-person table and can be ordered by calling 989-774-3213. Deadline for purchase is Oct. 25.

Individuals to be inducted into the Journalism Hall of Fame are:

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

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

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

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

The fifth annual Journalism Hall of Fame induction banquet will begin with a 6 p.m. reception; a 7 p.m. dinner and 8 p.m. induction ceremony will follow.

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



Flint Journal:

Peace Presbyterian Church in Clayton Township and the local radio stations operated by Cumulus Broadcasting re teaming up today to help the 27 families who lost everything in Monday's fire at the Boulder Creek Apartments. The church, 1521 N. Elms Road, will serve as a collection point for donations until 9 tonight and from 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, said The Rev. David Galbraith. The morning show for WWCK-FM (105.5) did a live remote from the church this morning to promote the drive. Other Cumulus Broadcasting stations in Flint are WWCK-AM (1570), WDZZ-FM (92.7) and WRSR-FM (103.9)... Church, radio stations help fire victims (Wed 9/27)


GREAT SCOT: It didn't take Scot Johnson long to land another job on local TV. He replaced Scott Kuhl as sports director at WNEM (Channel 5) last week. He most recently was news co-anchor at WEYI (Channel 25) and was WEYI's sports director for six years ... MASS A-PEEL: In a long overdue move, Banana 101.5 (WWBN-FM) has moved its popular night team Eric and Carson into the afternoon drive slot from 4-8 p.m. Tony LaBrie moves up, Brian Beddow's show loses an hour and Eric and Carson sidekick Garrett Evans get his own show... Local teen part of CW's 'Girlfriends' (Fri 9/29)

 

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