Mike Austerman: October 2006 Archives

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, October 1, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

With today’s completion of baseball’s regular season, it’s time for the Tigers playoff hype to get going in full force.

No matter where you tune your dial, the upcoming playoffs are the hot topic, making it hard for non-fans to escape. But even if you don’t like baseball, it’s easy to understand the thirst that has developed in the 19 years since the Tigers were a playoff team.

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It sure looks like the lineup changes at sports WXYT-AM (1270) late last month were timed perfectly. While I’m on record as not being a big fan of most nationally syndicated programming, ESPN radio’s “Mike & Mike,” now heard on 6-10 a.m. weekdays on ’XYT, is a great place to take in the national perspective on sports.

The Mikes — Greenberg and Golic — present one of the few straight-ahead sports talk programs heard in our area. They rarely stray from pure sports conversation and regularly feature ESPN personalities/experts, along with numerous other big-name guests.

Having a sports program back in the morning drive on WXYT will pressure WDFN-AM (1130) morning hosts Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady to be at the top of their game during whatever run the Tigers make in the playoffs. That’s something that that benefits all us sports radio junkies.

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With the addition of “Mike & Mike,” the times for other shows on WXYT were adjusted. “The Sports Inferno” moved back an hour and now runs 10 a.m.-2 p.m., followed by “The Big Show” from 2-6 p.m. Removed from the daytime schedule was the program hosted by Dan Wetzel and Scott Anderson. Anderson is doing fill-in work and hosting “Tigers Spotlight” evenings before game coverage, while Wetzel is no longer heard in a regular timeslot on WXYT.

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And thanks to the Tigers’ great summer, the overall ratings for WXYT in the second summer-ratings trend easily outpaced those of WDFN. Tigers play-by-play is getting its best numbers ever since moving to WXYT from WJR — and just in time for the Tigers to be shopping for a new radio deal starting with the 2007 season.

It’ll be interesting to see where we’ll be tuning our dials next April. You can bet that WXYT will play, er, hardball to keep the team, but there’ll also be other interested suitors.

By the way, rumors that “Sports Inferno” co-host Mike Valenti is accepting donations of throat lozenges are untrue. On Monday, Valenti led an on-air rant about Michigan State’s loss to Notre Dame that was so hard, he lost his voice and didn’t complete his air shift.

The passion for MSU displayed by Valenti makes for some of most entertaining radio in the market. I hope he survives the upcoming U-M vs. MSU week with his voice fully intact.

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Adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) continues as the most-listened-to station among all listeners in that latest ratings trend, followed by urban WJLB-FM (97.9), news-talk WJR-AM (760), rock WRIF-FM (101.1) and Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5).

More country listeners appear to be splitting their loyalty between WYCD-FM (99.5) and WDTW-FM (106.7), causing numbers to fall at WYCD and increase at WDTW.

Finally, the folks at hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1) hope that the addition of Opie & Anthony mornings will help turn around the sinking ratings at that station, which finished in 20th place overall.

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Happy 30th birthday today to Bloomfield Hills’ WBFH-FM (88.1). The station celebrated its Oct. 1, 1976, sign-on with a big shindig at the Pontiac Country Club and by allowing some of its famous alumni to once again grace the airwaves of the 100-watt station.

Major kudos to station manager Pete Bowers, who has held that role for the entire existence of WBFH and also teaches radio broadcasting for the Bloomfield Hills School District. Under Bowers’ watch, WBFH has won numerous state and national awards and helped launch the careers of current area broadcasters Jackie Purtan of WOMC-FM (104.3), Scott Anderson of WXYT and Heather Catallo of WXYZ-Channel 7, among many others.

While easily overlooked, don’t underestimate the influence stations like WBFH have on the broadcasters of tomorrow.

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Public radio WDET-FM (101.9) hired Detroit native Amy Miller as its new local host for 5-10 a.m. weekday broadcasts of NPR’s “Morning Edition.” She arrives from a public radio station in Missouri and, before that, a group of public outlets in Alaska.

“It’s great to be back home in Detroit,” Miller says. “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.”

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Set your dial: “Somewhere in Time,” airing 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5), features Big Band leader and vocalist Skinnay Ennis ... Then at 10 p.m. today, WDET’s Ralph Valdez features an interview with former Detroiter Heidi Ewing, co-director of the new documentary “Jesus Camp,” which is scheduled to open Friday at the Maple Art Theatre. The film looks at the recruitment of born-again Christian children to become part of American politics.

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


Grand Rapids Press:

National Public Radio affiliate and jazz station WBLU-FM/WBLV-FM (88.9/90.3) was off the air for several days recently because its transmitter was damaged by what officials believe was a lightning strike. General manager Dave Myers said the damage might have caused a leak, which in turn shorted out the transmitter, which is located in Hesperia... Blue Lake radio back on the air (Tue 9/26)

Lindsey Zabor has switched careers from news reporter/producer at WXMI-TV (Channel 17) to director of marketing and public relations at the Grand Rapids Children's Museum... WXMI reporter takes marketing post (Tue 9/26)

The plug is pulled on Aris' Hometown Rock Music Search this year. "I regret to announce that for the first time in 14 years, the Rock Search is canceled," local radio icon Aris Hampers said in an e-mail to The Press. Earlier this month, Hampers, a fixture on the airwaves for more than 30 years, was let go by WBFX-FM (101.3) owner Clear Channel because of what he described as a combination of ratings and economics... Aris Hampers Rock Search canceled (Fri 9/29)

Want some adjectives to describe the new doctor in town? How about smart, intuitive, incisive, always able to lend a sympathetic ear, helpful to his guests, and oh yeah, let's not forget -- he's bald as a cue ball. Dr. Keith Ablow debuted on WOOD-TV (Channel 8) Sept. 11 and airs at 4 p.m. weekdays. He's a kinder, gentler "Dr. Phil" type, minus the pompous attitude. Watch his show a couple of times and you will find true moments of epiphany. You may recognize him from his appearances on the "Oprah Winfrey" "Montel Williams" or "Tyra Banks" shows... Kinder, gentler doctor takes to the air (Sun 10/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 2, 2006



WRIF to send Tigers fan to Yankee Stadium

WRIFThe Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 morning show, Drew & Mike, will send one lucky winner and a guest to New York to see the Detroit Tigers take on The New York Yankees tomorrow night at Yankee Stadium for game one of the playoffs. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a Fast Pitch contest hosted by Milt Wilcox tomorrow at the WRIF studios, located at One Radio Plaza Detroit, MI 48220.

Throughout the show today, ten listeners were qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, October 3 at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant will either pitch themselves, or have their pre-selected “ringer” pitch for them. The contestant who has the fastest pitch in a series of two rounds will win a trip for two to New York that very evening to watch Detroit take on New York in game one, round one of the playoffs. The contestants are instructed to be packed when they arrive for the contest, as they will be off to the airport immediately with their guest for their flight to New York.

Detroit Free Press:

WRJC ratings in middle: Wonder how the Detroit Public School-owned and the Detroit Public TV-run classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) is doing? The Spring Arbitron of all listeners age 12 and over reported an estimated 116,000 listeners during any day ... On board: WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) duo Diana Lewis and her daughter, Glenda, will emcee the Mothers, Daughters, Sisters & Friends Luncheon Thursday at Shenandoah Golf, Banquet & Country Club... Names and Faces (Mon 10/2)


Grand Rapids based Simonson Marketing & Entertainment has announced the acquisition of the rights to publish and syndicate American Country and New Christian Music Spotlight on a market exclusive basis to radio stations from On Target Media. SME was formed earlier this year by Bob Simonson of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a veteran broadcaster and entertainment business owner. In addition to personal ventures, Simonson is also affiliated with Audience Development Group of Grand Rapids and Regent Communications heritage AC WLHT-FM 95.7 Radio.

The syndications are designed to assist stations in generating additional Non-Traditional revenue by using a custom station newsprint magazine targeted to a station's life group and including advertising the station sells locally. A complete turnkey product, the magazines allow stations to increase their sales without sacrificing on air inventory.

Simonson, who was employed with On Target Media in 2003 to 2005 as a sales representative for the syndications was approached by Bruce Law, President of On Target Media earlier last month. “Bob's experience with On Target Media proves that he has the background to grow the syndication business. With his product knowledge and broadcast experience, it made him a perfect fit to take over the business.”

The syndications began in the mid-90's with American Country and later New Christian Music Spotlight was added, along with an oldies and MOR magazine. With station consolidation and changes in the later two formats, both of those syndications were dropped last year.

“I'm excited about this venture. Bruce Law has afforded me an opportunity to provide small and medium market stations that are struggling with revenue projections, a product that will not only increase their bottom line, but grow listenership and brand awareness as well. It's a multipurpose tool that very few products out there in this price range can do” Simonson stated.

Simonson will maintain his ownership of a local entertainment company as well as support services for Audience Development Group and on air for WLHT.

For further information on Simonson Marketing & Entertainment or to inquire about either American Country or New Christian Music Spotlight for your station, please contact Bob Simonson at 616-855-1798 or via e-mail at production@bobsimonson.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2006



Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts return to WRCJ

WRCJStarting Sunday October 22 at noon, Classical/Jazz WRCJ will begin broadcasting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's 2006-2007 season. Host Charles Greenwell, DSO Conducting Assistant, will interview DSO musicians at the midpoint of the program, giving you "backstage" insight from the musicians themselves. Click here for the schedule and more information.

WRCJ to kick off fall fundraiser Oct 12

WRCJ will hold its second 2006 membership drive from October 12th through the 20th and the station is hoping to hear from as many contributors as possible to build upon the success that was achieved during their first drive. There are several 90.9 logo enticements available for tax deductible contributions- view them by clicking here.

Every donation of $120 or more is eligible to receive the WRCJ Membercard Plus - good for discounts at hundreds of restaurants, bed and breakfast establishments, and stores throughout Michigan, the U.S. and Canada.

WCSX to feature bowling shootout October 21

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has announced its first ever "Gutter Ball Double's Bowling Shootout" to be held at Continental Lanes on Gratiot in Roseville on Saturday, October 21st and is looking for area bowlers to join in on the fun.

Each participant receives:
* Three Games of “9 Pin No Tap” Cosmic bowling
* Free bowling shoe rental
* Two pieces of pizza and pop
* A 32 oz. WCSX mug filled with goodies including three games of free open bowling at Continental Lanes

Cost is $45 per person and doubles can be male or female, any combo. Bowlers must be 21 years old to participate. One lucky team will score the grand prize, a seven day, all-inclusive vacation for two to Mexico or the Caribbean courtesy of Apple Vacations. There will also be 50/50 Raffles, Strike Ball, Basket Raffles and Silent Auctions.

Space is limited- register by visiting www.wcsx.com or by calling Karah at (248) 591-6812.

WMGC's 3rd annual Halloween Dance scheduled for Oct 27

WMGCListeners of Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 is inviting listeners to grab a candy bag, find a costume, put dancing shoes on and get ready to celebrate Halloween with the station's 3rd annual Halloween Dance Party. The only way in is to win as listeners cannot purchase tickets to this event which will take place on Friday, October 27th at the Sheraton Detroit Novi, located near Haggerty Road and 8 Mile. Doors open at 7:30pm and the party runs from 8pm until 11pm. Ticket giveaways are being featured several times each day on WMGC.

Chuck Horn spins Nouvelle Nights

Long-time WDET music host, Chuck Horn, has teamed up with the Centaur Bar's Innkeeper, Sean Harrington, to bring musical hipsters a refreshingly unique weekly night out on the town.

Nouvelle Nights, sponsored by Six Degrees Records, mixes martini's & merriment with a musical soundtrack that includes the likes of Django Reinhardt, the Ratpack, Madeleine Peyroux, Billy Holiday and the worldly sounds of Six Degrees artists such as Cibelle & Banco de Gaia.

Put on your Seersucker suit, Nouvelle Nights takes place on Thursday's at the Centaur Bar in Detroit (across from the Town Pump) from 9pm-1am. For more info, visit www.Centaurbar.com or call 313-963-4040.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 4, 2006



Detroit News:

Not that I'm a child of the TV generation or anything, but I can still remember the premiere episode of "Julia" from September 1968. "Julia" was the first show to star a black woman, and if this gives you any sense of how long ago 1968 was in cultural years, NBC expected it to get clobbered by "The Red Skelton Show" on CBS. Instead, it clobbered Red and became a Top 10 program... Diahann Carroll can sell a TV show and tickets for a cause (Wed 10/4)


Lansing State Journal:

Two local radio stations have made quick changes after their sale became official:

• WQHH (96.5-FM) has added the national Tom Joyner show in the mornings. The rest of the day will keep its urban/hip-hop format and its local disc jockeys.

• WXLA (1180-AM) is simulcasting the "timeless classics" music of WILS (1320-AM). Those stations will only differ in the mornings, when WILS has talk ("The Chris Holman Show") and WXLA continues oldies music... Local radio gets revamp after sale (Wed 10/4)


Lansing's WXLA-AM 1180 and WQHH-FM 96.5, recently acquired by MacDonald Broadcasting, have undergone some noticeable programming changes since Monday (10/2).

The first change was a complete format flip for WXLA, as the station dropped its Urban Contemporary format in favor of Adult Standards. The station is currently airing ABC Radio's "Stardust" format, which is simultaneously airing on sister station WILS-AM 1320. Speculation is that this move may signal an upcoming format change for WILS, possibly to a Talk format, which would complement the local Chris Holman morning show.

Meanwhile, WQHH has added the syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show, replacing local morning personalities Smokey Jones and Big Howard. The rest of the WQHH schedule remains intact.

MacDonald Broadcasting, in addition to WXLA, WQHH and WILS, also owns WHZZ-FM (101.7 Mike FM).


Kyle Powell, the midday personality and production director for WQHH-FM 96.5, and a sportscaster for WLAJ-TV 53, passed away Tuesday (10/3) of natural causes.

Powell, known by listeners and viewers as "K.P.", was a graduate of Michigan State University, and began work with WXLA/WQHH as an intern before assuming on-air and production duties. He had also added the role of nightly sports reporter for WLAJ's 6pm and 11:30 pm newscasts.

WQHH program director and afternoon personality Brant Johnson observed one minute of silence Wednesday afternoon, in rememberance of Mr. Powell, who was 36. Johnson also asked any listeners who wished to send cards or flowers to address them to WQHH's new studios at 600 West Cavanaugh Road, or to the station's offices at 1011 Northcrest Road in Lansing.


• The CRTC has approved the application by Blackburn Radio to amend the broadcasting licence for the radio programming undertaking CKUE-FM Chatham, in order to change the frequency of its transmitter CKUE-FM-1 Windsor from 95.1 MHz (channel 236A) to 100.7 MHz (channel 264B1) and to change the authorized contours by increasing the average effective radiated power (ERP) from 1,950 watts to 3,840 watts.

• Horizon Christian Fellowship is acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W285DU 104.9 Fremont for $6336 from Radio Assist Ministry pending FCC approval and closing.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 5, 2006



Detroit News:

The percentage of interesting music on the "free" airwaves is increasingly thin these days, which makes Jay Butler's new show "Jay's Place," airing live from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday nights on WDET-FM (101.9) and online at wdetfm.org, all the more refreshing. Butler is a radio veteran with 50 years in both the radio and record promotion business, including on-air stints at Detroit stations WJLB, WCHB and WQBH. The latter was, of course, the late Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg's station, sold two years ago by her daughters to Salem Broadcasting... WDET-FM opens 'Jay's Place' (Thu 10/5)


From the Grand Rapids Press:

Ernie Harwell might be long gone from the radio broadcast booth, but the Hall of Fame broadcaster hasn't been forgotten. He makes a grand return tonight. Harwell, 88, is scheduled to make a special guest appearance on ESPN's prime-time telecast of Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees at Comerica Park. He is set to join the ESPN announcing team of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in the third inning. He also is expected to rejoin former radio broadcast partners Dan Dickerson and Jim Price for the second inning of the contest... Full article (Fri 10/6)


Lansing State Journal:

To local radio or TV audiences, Kyle Powell was someone who played music and loved sports. Powell - who died this week at age 36 after a partial liver transplant - was K.P. on local WQHH (96.5-FM). Still, he didn't fit the stereotype of a brash or noisy disc jockey. "Kyle was a very soft-spoken individual," said the Rev. Melvin T. Jones, pastor of Union Missionary Baptist Church, where funeral services will take place at noon Monday... Local disc jockey remembered as honest, kind-hearted and sweet (Sat 10/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 7, 2006



Detroit falls behind Atlanta in radio market rankings

Arbitron has dropped the the Detroit radio market to the 10th largest in the country, down from 9th, as Atlanta moves ahead of the Motor City into 9th place. The Detroit market population was estimated by arbitron to be 3,880,300 people, nearly 200,000 behind Atlanta.

Grand Rapids is now considered the 67th largest market, Ann Arbor 147, Battle Creek 261, Flint 127, Kalamazoo 184, Lansing 122, Muskegon 233, Saginaw 131, South Bend IN 178, Toledo OH 87, and Traverse City 192.

Arbitron Fall 2006 Market Survey Schedule & Population Rankings (.pdf)

Detroit Free Press

Hideki Matsui stood at home plate in Friday night's second inning, watching Kenny Rogers' called third strike. Then the voice -- the only voice most Tigers fans recall with a playoff team -- followed with a catchphrase dearly missed: "He stood there like the house by the side of the road and watched that one go by." Ernie Harwell, whose statue greets visitors at Comerica Park, was back in the broadcast booth at times during Game 3, his first extensive play-by-play since retiring in 2002... An old friend returns to booth (Sat 10/7)

It seems like a sick practical joke, or maybe a question on a standardized test for fans. If a Tigers playoff game starts in Detroit at 4:30 p.m., and the Michigan-Michigan State football game kicks off in Ann Arbor at 4:30 p.m., and you are on a train from Saginaw with a top speed of 72 m.p.h., and you jump off the train so that you can run to the nearest TV, which game do you watch? And for that matter, who ever heard of a big-time sporting event starting at 4:30 p.m., let alone TWO? Somebody must really hate you, right? Alas, this is real life, and it is the most serious question being asked by Michigan citizens this morning. I mean, except for little issues like the gubernatorial race and saving the economy and stuff... What to watch? Impossible to choose (Sat 10/7)

Detroit News:

ESPN and Major League Baseball took a strictly business approach when airing Game 3 Friday night. The game aired on Detroit's Fox affiliate, WKBD-TV Channel 2. If commentators Joe Morgan and Jon Miller hadn't had the voice of the Tigers, Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell, in the booth with them, the generic coverage could have been construed for Any City, USA... Nation gets generic look at Detroit (Sat 10/7)

Eminem was in the house at Comerica Park Friday night -- but in song only. The Detroit rapper's "Welcome 2 Detroit" pumped up fans when it was played over the stadium's loud speakers in the middle of the third inning. The paparazzi flashbulbs weren't exactly burning at Game 3 of the American League Division Series, the first Major League Baseball playoff game held in Detroit in 19 years... Game produces sparse celeb spotting (Sat 10/7)

Ann Arbor News:

Dan Dickerson figured it was worth asking. With the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs for the first time in 19 years, Dickerson wanted Ernie Harwell to join him in the broadcast booth and do an inning of play-by-play. But the first time Dickerson asked, back on Labor Day weekend, the answer wasn't encouraging... Harwell behind the mike again -- briefly (Sat 10/7)

Bay City Times:

It's been 19 years since Detroit Tigers fans saw their baseball team in the playoffs. Even so, many Bay Cityans say the annual University of Michigan-Michigan State University football showdown trumps the baseball playoffs any day of the week. ''The Tigers are the commercial break for the guys I know,'' said Elechia Bolda of Essexville, who's not a big sports fan herself. In a twist of fate whose odds are almost eclipsian in nature, today at 4:30 p.m. the Tigers host the New York Yankees in Game 4 of the American League division series, and the 99th annual Michigan-Michigan State game kicks off in Ann Arbor... A day to flip channels: Tigers, football showdown on at same time (Sat 10/7)


During a weekend dedicated to the memory of one of Central Michigan University's most beloved broadcast and cinematic arts alumni, some of CMU's former disc jockeys - and even a couple of wannabes - will invade the airwaves as part of a popular Homecoming tradition.

The seventh annual WMHW 91.5 FM "Alumni Takeover" will take place from 6 a.m. Oct. 13 though 5 p.m. Oct. 14. The 2006 Takeover is dedicated to Al Painter, '76, of Renton, Wash., who died in February 2006 at age 52; clips of Painter's participation in past Takeovers will air throughout the weekend.

The Alumni Takeover, created by 1970s CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduates, serves as a fundraiser for the BCA Constituent Alumni Chapter. Participating alumni offer a modest financial contribution in exchange for air time; the donations help fund an annual $100 Outstanding Freshman Award for BCA students, as well as the promotion of the BCA school and its alumni.

According to Takeover organizer Bill Thompson, '78, of Mason, the 2006 event will feature numerous genres of music; interviews with CMU administrators, including President Michael Rao, College of Communication and Fine Arts Dean Sue Ann Martin, and Athletic Director Dave Heeke; and a live broadcast of the Oct. 13 Shepherd High School football game. Other highlights will include:

* The return of Todd Overbeek, '77, of L'Anse and Ken Hazlett, '78, of Henrietta, N.Y., to the WMHW airwaves. The two have not appeared on WMHW since fall 1974, when they hosted a jazz show. Their show will air from noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. Also new to the Takeover are Kirkland Crawford, '06, of Detroit and Dawn Lampman, '88, of Midland.

* Live remote coverage of the 8 a.m. alumni breakfast, 10 a.m. Homecoming parade and 11 a.m. pregame Alumni Village activities, including play-by-play of the 10 a.m. cardboard boat race on the Rose Ponds.

* The return of CMU Alumni Association President Tom Lapka, '78, of Ada, who in 2005 became the first non-BCA graduate to host a show. Lapka will join Thompson and Lindsay Allen, '00, of CMU's public relations and marketing office to co-host the 8 to 10 a.m. show Oct. 13. The trio will play Allen's selections of "the best stuff you've never heard," a variety of contemporary rock and pop tunes.

WMHW, Modern Rock 91.5 FM, is CMU's student-run radio station. Based in Moore Hall, the station's regular format is college alternative modern rock. Interested parties outside of the Mount Pleasant area can listen to WMHW - including the Takeover - by streaming the live broadcast at www.bca.cmich.edu/WMHW.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, October 8, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Some weeks back, I reported on the combo confabs of two major radio conventions running simultaneously in Dallas. It was a double effort of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and trade giant Radio and Records (R&R). It was hoped that there would be intermingling between the two conventions, but they were seemingly more segregated than the South in the 1950s. The suits were at the NAB, while the casuals were at the R&R.

Don’t misread my comment. There was simply less interaction than organizers had hoped for. It was a noble effort though, and each gathering had stellar lineups of panels and activities where attendees learned much about the future of the business.

I felt that satellite radio was overly portrayed as radio’s worst enemy. It’s not. At television conventions, cable stations such as HBO, Bravo, the History Channel and CMT are not positioned as enemies. It’s all just TV. Why can’t AM, FM, HD, XM and Sirius all be accepted as radio?

A great deal of awards were handed out at both confabs. At the R&R, the big winner, as outlined previously, was rock WRIF-FM (101.1), but former Detroiter Rob Striker won for Manager of the Year in markets 101-plus, as he now runs the Citadel Group in Lansing. Our own Dick Purtan at classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) also won as the oldies personality of the year.

The Marconi Awards, radio’s version of the Oscars that’s put on by the NAB, had no Detroit-area winners. The only Michigan nominee was pop WLHT-FM in Grand Rapids.

Bob & Tom, heard statewide except in Detroit, won their fifth Marconi and two more R&R awards. They’re good.

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It’s been a while since I’ve recommended a book for fans of the wireless, but Don Tanner’s newly released “No Static at All” (iUniverse, $15.95) is a winner. I found it difficult to put down. Tanner, who did time as a radio DJ and a reporter for news WWJ-AM (950), has written a quick read of fewer than 200 pages that takes the reader down a scenic road of radio and pop music in the past 35 years. It’s laced with the names of many stations you will recognize and the radio personalities who made them a part of our lives.

I was surprised to see positive musings about Ann Arbor-native John Records Landecker in Chicago and even a nice plug for “the little radio station that could,” classic hits WHMI-FM (93.5) from Howell. Livingston County’s only station is owned by award winning Detroit native Greg Jablonski and wife Marcia. It’s a true “mom and pop” station that superserves it’s audience. Landecker is a Chicago radio legend who inspired a plethora of young people to enter the broadcasting industry.

Pick up a copy at Amazon.com or order direct at www.iuniverse.com. If you have even a slight passion for radio, this is the book for you.

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Nostalgia CKWW-AM (580) will welcome a new host to “When Radio Was” as the venerable Stan Freberg retires from the program. He will be succeeded by radio historian Chuck Schaden. The show airs 11 p.m. weekdays and is worth a listen, even though the 580 signal is a tough pull in western sections of Oakland County.

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A little more than a year ago, the last Detroit Radio Reunion was held at the Sheraton in Novi. (DVDs are still available from that event through www.vuolovideo.com.) Well, on Oct. 27, that same venue will be the place to celebrate Halloween 2006, thanks to pop WMGC-FM (105.1). Mark your calendars now and learn more at www.magic1051.com.

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Are you a part of a local band? Would you like to open for the Barenaked Ladies on Oct. 27 at The Palace? It’ll happen for one lucky local band, thanks to pop-contemporary WDVD-FM (96.3). The “play-off” will be Oct. 21 at Memphis Smoke in Royal Oak. Details and official rules are at www.963wdvd.com.

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Do you remember the tunes of the Prohibition era, played at establishments known as speakeasies? Well, Tom Wilson will feature the music of Fred E. Finn and his banjo-playing wife, Mickie, on the “Somewhere in Time” program at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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On Saturday, Michigan fans got to once again hear the Wolverines over powerful news-talk WJR-AM (760), as it was the annual “backyard brawl” between U-M and MSU. The only problem for U-M supporters was George Blaha’s blatant bias toward the Spartans. What time did that game end? Most fans had fun finding their cars in the dark. Thank goodness for the mild weather.

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


Local Broadcast Legend to Team with Greg Kelser

FSN Detroit and the Detroit Pistons have announced the hiring of George Blaha as the new play-by-play voice for the regional network's coverage in 2006-07. Blaha, beginning his 31st season as the “Voice of the Pistons”, teams with veteran analyst Greg Kelser for FSN's 40-game telecast schedule (37 regular season, 3 preseason). The Blaha-Kelser team makes its debut Oct. 16 when the Pistons host the Utah Jazz in preseason action.

"An entire generation of Pistons fans have grown up with George calling games. We're thrilled to bring his style and passion to our Pistons telecasts,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “His addition is a direct result of the strong partnership FSN enjoys with the Pistons organization.”

Blaha is the longest tenured play-by-play announcer in the state of Michigan following the retirement of legendary Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Blaha brings a high-energy style to go with his extensive basketball knowledge and demonstrates a true passion for Pistons basketball. His trademark colloquialisms such as, “two and twenty-two to play” and “a high glass gun that goes” have thrilled Pistons fans of all ages for three decades.

Blaha was the recipient of two prestigious industry honors in 2003. He was voted Michigan's best play-by-play announcer by statewide readers of the Detroit News and was also honored with the Ty Tyson Award for broadcasting excellence by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

Blaha also handles play-by-play duties for Pistons games televised by WMYD-TV20. He also hosts the “Pistons Weekly” television program that airs on FSN Detroit and has handled play-by-play duties for Michigan State football since 1971. Kelser begins his 10th season on FSN's Pistons coverage. A former NBA player (Pistons, Sonics) and a star on Michigan State's 1979 NCAA championship team, Kelser has been part of Pistons television or radio coverage since 1988. He will be inducted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 30.



'Hot Trips Cold Cash' At WHTS: CITADEL Top 40 WHTS (105.3 HOTFM)/GRAND RAPIDS is conducting the "HOT TRIPS COLD CASH" contest, in which every day a listener wins a trip to JAMAICA, CANCUN, or PUERTO VALLARTA or up to $1,000 in cash. The station sent 86,000 area homes a calendar (also available at www.1053hotfm.com) that lists a different song on each day, and when the listed song plays on the appropriate day, the 15th caller wins. WZZM-TV/GRAND RAPIDS is also in on the action -- it reveals the next day's song, and the hour in which it will be played, during its 11p newscast. (Tue 10/3)

Grand Rapids Press:

The second of three televised debates between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Dick DeVos will be broadcast at 8 p.m. Tuesday from the studios of WOOD-TV (Channel 8). The debate will air live and commercial-free and will stream live online at woodtv.com. It will be simulcast on four other NBC-affiliated stations in Michigan: WDIV in Detroit, WEYI in Flint, WPBN in Traverse City and WLUC in Marquette... Debate comes to WOOD-TV (Sun 10/8)

Many fans of Blue Lake Public Radio WBLV-FM (90.3) have been tuning into dead air recently. The station's main transmitting antenna was rendered unusable by a lightning strike, and the station is operating on reduced power with a standby antenna. The damaged antenna has been shipped to the manufacturer in California, where it will be rebuilt. Station management predicts the combination of repair and return shipment should take about two weeks... Lightning TKO's WBLV (Sun 10/8)

t's not often a locally produced documentary captures national attention and recognition, but the award-winning WGVU Productions' "Surviving Auschwitz: Children of the Shoah" will be added to The Museum of Broadcast Communications' archive in Chicago... (Sun 10/8)


AM 580 Windsor shifts format



CKWW AM 580 Windsor Detroit has adjusted its format from Gold-based Adult Contemporary to a more mainstream Oldies sound, featuring top hits from the 1950's and early 60's along with many of the songs the station was previously playing from the later 60's and 1970's.

Heavily featured is artists such as Elvis, The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, The Platters, Ricky Nelson and rare oldies, as well as plenty of hometown artists from the Motown era. CKWW will continue to air specialty shows like “Elvis Only!”, “When Radio Was”, “The Sunday Morning Oldies Show” and “Sounds Of Sinatra”.

The station is now referring to itself as "Great Fun and Great Oldies" along with its previous slogan of "AM 580 Motor City Favorites".

The move by CKWW essentially "backfills" the Oldies format that has been gradually relinquished by WOMC-FM 104.3 which has shifted its format forward and no longer regularly features songs from late 50's and early 60's.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Tomorrow night's second Michigan gubernatorial debate will air as scheduled at 8 p.m. That means much of the debate will go head-to-head against the Detroit Tigers, whose first game with Oakland goes on the air at 8:20 pm. John Truscott, a spokesman for the campaign GOP candidate Dick Devos, told WJR-AM's (760) Frank Beckmann this morning that he thought the debate would lose as mich as 80% of the audience if airing opposite the Tigers game... Michigan's second gubernatorial debate to air as scheduled Tuesday night (Mon 10/9)

Frank Turner ended his local TV news career Monday, leaving WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) to pursue Christian evangelism full time. In his final on-air utterance just before 6 p.m. Monday, Turner paid tribute to colleagues, his audience — “loyal, supportive, wonderful” — and moved his partner Robbie Timmons to tears as he announced “the beginning of his new life as a man of God,” including a broadcast ministry... Frank Turner leaving Channel 7 (Mon 10/9)

Remember Saturday's dilemma -- tune in for the Tigers' playoff game against the Yankees or watch the Spartans take on the Wolverines? Another unfortunate scheduling conflict will have Michiganders making tough choices Tuesday. The Tigers face the Oakland A's in the first American League Championship Series playoff game at the same time the gubernatorial debate pits Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos... TV schedule pits candidates vs. Tigers playoffs (Mon 10/9)


Schram Gets Official Nod As Michigan Public Media Director: Former INFINITY/DETROIT VP/Dir. of Sales and CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT VP/GM STEVE SCHRAM gets the official nod as Director of the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN's MICHIGAN PUBLIC MEDIA. SCHRAM served as the noncommercial radio and TV group's Interim Director from MARCH through OCTOBER 1, when the assignment was made permanent. The group includes noncommercial WUOM/ANN ARBOR, WVGR/GRAND RAPIDS, and WFUM-F/FLINT, plus PBS affiliate WFUM-TV/FLINT. (Mon 10/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 10, 2006



Detroit News:

Frank Turner, the WXYZ-TV Channel 7 anchorman whose jovial personality pleased viewers while his tumultuous personal life caused strife with his bosses, has parted company with the station. Turner, who anchored the 5 and 7 p.m. newscasts, will now devote all his time to being a pastor, evangelist and Bible teacher for God's Amazing Grace Ministries. In a joint statement released Monday by Turner and WXYZ vice president and general manager Grace Gilchrist, Turner announced he would leave the station to pursue his ministry on a full-time basis... Anchor Frank Turner leaves WXYZ to pursue ministry (Tue 10/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 12, 2006



Detroit News:

As fans we were all transfixed as Detroit Tigers pitcher Kenny Rogers threw those seven and two-thirds eerie, almost-perfect innings last Friday. But what's it like to be in the broadcast booth calling the game when an athlete such as Rogers is clearly in the zone, performing in a sort of alternative plane of reality? Tigers broadcaster Dan Dickerson says, "Those two games Friday and Saturday were two of the most memorable games I've ever been a part of. That's just as much fun as I've ever had"... Dickerson on calling purrrfect games (Thu 10/12)


WNMU-TV Marquette scores federal grant




The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded a $1 million grant to assist WNMU-TV with its conversion to a digital television (DTV) format. The television station, a public broadcasting service (PBS) affiliate, is replacing its traditional analog system with a digital broadcast system. Attending the ceremony for the presentation of the award, Congressman Bart Stupak (D-MI) hailed the funding as an important step for public broadcasting in northern Michigan... $1 million for Northern Michigan Public TV upgrade (Fri 10/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2006



Monroe News:

MB&T CEO Doug Chaffin welcomed people to the fourth floor of the bank's new headquarters in the predawn darkness Thursday morning. Bank officials, friends, family and curious onlookers were arriving to watch a remote broadcast of Paul W. Smith's morning show on WJR. The event was part of the grand opening for the bank. Coincidentally it also marked Paul W.'s 10-year anniversary anchoring the morning spot on Detroit's legendary radio station... Monroe's own radio master (Sat 10/14)

Radio & Records:

WIOT/Toledo welcomes Kelly Brown to middays. Ms. Brown segues from weekends/swing at WRIF/Detroit and fills the shift once held by Sheri Vegas, who's now at WJXQ/Lansing, Mich. Street Talk (Fri 10/13)


Grand Rapids Press:

"Barnaby here" is a phrase familiar to many West Michigan TV viewers. Gerry Barnaby -- who goes by just "Barnaby" -- is an experienced television storyteller who presents human-interest pieces for WOTV-TV (Channel 41). You can catch him four times a day, weekdays -- 6:36 a.m., 12:20, 5:46 and 7:10 p.m. He also is adding the WOTV-4 Hotlist to his responsibilities... Barnaby branches out (Wed 10/11)

Another round of debates begins Sunday night. This time, it's the Michigan senatorial debate with Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow and Republican candidate Mike Bouchard, who will discuss the issues facing the state. The debate will air at 8 p.m. Sunday on public television stations across Michigan, including WGVU-TV (Channel 35)... WGVU to air senatorial debate (Sat 10/14)

Battle Creek Enquirer:

Two Battle Creek-area television stations do not plan to broadcast Monday's debate between Gov. Jennifer Granholm and Republican challenger Dick DeVos, as reality shows and sitcoms instead go on the air. Battle Creek's ABC affiliate, WOTV Channel 4, and Kalamazoo's CBS affiliate, WWMT Channel 3, will instead run programs such as the reality show "Wife Swap" and the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." The third governor's debate of this election season is being broadcast live from WXYZ-TV in Detroit, an ABC affiliate. It's being made available live to all ABC and CBS affiliates in Michigan... B.C.-area affiliates won't air gov. debate (Sat 10/14)


WJQK/Grand Rapids Goes To Biloxi, Hires Bateman For Weekends: Contemporary Christian WJQK (99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS will take 80 listeners to BILOXI, MS from NOVEMBER 5-10 to help continue the rebuilding efforts after last year's hurricane season. WJQK will work closely with URBAN LIFE MINISTRIES, a non-profit Christian organization dedicated to helping the residents of BILOXI rebuild their homes. The station will air “THE MORNING SHOW WITH MANDY AND BRIAN” and the midday show with CECI LABARGE live from BILOXI. WJQK also recently hired BOB BATEMAN to cover weekends and vacations for full-time announcers. BATEMAN comes to WJQK from CLEAR CHANNEL Country WMIL (106.1)/MILWAUKEE. BATEMAN is a 30-year veteran broadcaster who has also worked at Classic Rock WMGK (102.9), WJJZ and WEAZ/PHILADELPHIA, and Talk WLS-A (890)/CHICAGO. (Fri 10/13)

WJQK To Serve Seven African Countries In '07: In other WJQK news, the station announced that it would send 14 “JESUS IS LIFE” mission teams to AFRICA in 2007. WJQK and WORLD MISSION in GRAND RAPIDS have sent 17 “JESUS IS LIFE” teams to CENTRAL and EASTERN AFRICA over the last two years. In 2007, teams will minister in CONGO, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO, UGANDA, GHANA, SUDAN, KENYA and MOZABMIQUE. Each team will include 10 to 12 listeners who will have a building project, minister to AIDS orphans and prostitutes, and distribute hundreds of "Talking Bibles" recorded in the countries' native languages. Each team will be in AFRICA for 10 days. Currently, the station has its 10th of 12 teams for the year in TANZANIA. Ten men are doing "pioneer evangelism" on an island in LAKE VICTORIA, and 10 women are testing women and children for the AIDS virus and setting up medical care for those who have it. The 11th team will leave in three weeks. (Fri 10/13)


Flint Journal:

The Detroit Pistons have a new TV home court in the tri-cities area. Saginaw's WNEM duopoly has picked up the rights to 36 pre-season and regular season games, plus possible playoff games, starting with Tuesday's exhibition season opener against the dreaded Miami Heat in Puerto Rico. The bulk of the games will air on WNEM's new cable-only sister station, WNEM-DT, popularly known as My 5 TV (Comcast cable channel 4, Charter channel 6), part of Fox's new My Network TV system... Detroit Pistons games to air on area cable channel WNEM-DT (Fri 10/13)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, October 15, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

More ch-ch-ch-changes from across the river. Now Windsor’s CKWW-AM (580) has shifted more toward an oldies format that features top hits from the 1950s through ’70s, with less focus on the soft rock tunes it’s been playing since May 2005, when the station shifted away from adult standards.

The “Great Fun, Great Oldies” sound now leans heavily on tunes from artists such as Elvis, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Buddy Holly, the Platters, and Ricky Nelson, along with rare oldies and plenty of hometown artists from the Motown era.

The music adjustment provides a new outlet for much of the music from the late ’50s and early ’60s that’s rarely heard on the airwaves of classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) since ’OMC’s playlist recently went forward in time.

CKWW’s biggest challenge in metro Detroit is getting listeners to use their AM radios for music, especially considering that there’s more interference than ever on the AM band. The station hopes to get an Internet stream up and running soon to alleviate some of those concerns; check the station’s Web site at www.am580radio.com for details.

By the way, CKWW sister station, CIDR-FM (93.9), last month also changed its format. It’s moved from pop to adult alternative to take advantage of public WDET-FM’s (101.9) shift away from weekday music programming late last year.

 • • • • 

Don’t forget that from 4-9 p.m. Friday, XM satellite radio’s “60s on 6” channel will feature a tribute to the Top 40 sound of the Big 8, CKLW-AM (800).

Host Terry “Motormouth” Young’s “Sonic Sound Salutes” feature station jingles, air personalities and local happenings from the ’60s, and it’ll be something for fans of the Big 8 to not miss.

What? You’re not an XM subscriber? Then visit the XM Web site at www.xmradio.com and sign up for a risk-free, three-day trial. You’ll have to listen in via your computer, but it’ll be well worth it!

 • • • • 

XM subscribers who are Tigers fans and live outside of the normal reception range of sports WXYT-AM (1270) — and even outside of Michigan — have enjoyed the call of every game of the ALCS from Dan Dickerson and Jim Price. The satcaster provides the broadcasts from both teams for every game during the championship series’ and will do so during the World Series, too.

I really hope that regular stations across Michigan move the ballgames to more powerful FM stations in order to increase the ability for baseball fans to tune in if they have to be away from their TVs. Yeah, it’s that important!

 • • • • 

Satellite radio continues to gain subscribers, albeit at a slower rate than many investors are comfortable with. XM saw an increase of 285,000 subscribers in the third quarter, pushing its total to just above 7.1 million. Sirius continues to grow faster than XM and now claims more than 5.1 million subscribers with a third-quarter gain of 441,000.

Both companies are banking on big gains during the upcoming Christmas shopping period. XM has stated a year-end goal of between 7.7 million and 8.2 million, while Sirius is hoping for 6.3 million. But XM just might get a boost from Acura, which announced this week that all of its used cars will now come with three free months of XM service.

 • • • • 

Quick hits: The ratings service Arbitron has moved the Detroit market down from the ninth largest market to the 10th, behind Atlanta. While that’s not a big deal, falling out of the top 10, which appears inevitable, takes away a lot of the luster of being a “Top 10” market ... Talk WKRK-FM (97.1) has re-upped with “Motor City Middays” co-host Michelle McKormick. Now teamed with Jay Towers, McKormick signed on at WKRK in 2003, when she joined Gregg Henson to launch the popular midday talkfest ... Nice to see WOMC go all out for last weekend’s Michigan/Michigan State football game. Along with a snazzy new tent, the entire Purtan’s People gang was on hand to tailgate on the air, drawing a big crowd and lots of laughter ... Interesting that WXYZ-Channel 7 anchor Frank Turner has walked away from the station completely, as he followed his heart into the realm of Christian preaching and teaching. He’d probably still be on TV if WXYZ had allowed him to moonlight as a midday radio host on religious WEXL-AM (1340), something that the TV station likely feared would harm his credibility as an anchorman. But how much harm could it have caused to allow Turner to preach on a radio station most people don’t even know about? Well, they do now.

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Set your dial: At 6 p.m. today, “Somewhere in Time” hosts Tom Wilson and Heather Novak will feature the pipe organ music of Dan Ballomy on WMUZ-FM (103.5).

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 16, 2006



TV Week:

For three years, Fox Sports Net Detroit announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen have accompanied their hometown baseball team on a journey from desperation to renown. In 2003, the Detroit Tigers came within one game of being the worst team in the history of baseball when they lost 119 games. While apathy was at an all-time high, Fox Sports Net Detroit's 2.5 Nielsen rating was at an all-time low. That was Mr. Impemba and Mr. Allen's inaugural season broadcasting at FSN Detroit. "Unfortunately," said FSN executive producer John Tuohey, "It was their first year together. I think it tested everyone's resiliency, but the guys still did all the things that you need to build camaraderie and team work." This year, a lot more people are watching the Detroit Tigers. Earlier this month the Tigers upended the New York Yankees during the American League Division Series, dispensing with them in four games, proving that good pitching does indeed beat great hitting. With that, the team moved on to Oakland, where they took the first two games from the A's in the American League Championship Series. The series was scheduled to be decided over the weekend, with the winner of the match going to the World Series. FSN Detroit, which televised 112 games in the regular season, has ridden on the wave of the Tigers' success (the team holds one of the top three win-loss records in Major League Baseball). The network has been buzzing with a 7.1 average household rating in metro Detroit, making it the market's most-watched cable network in prime time from April through September, according to Nielsen Media Research... Behind the Screen: Tigers Tales (Mon 10/16)

Detroit Free Press

Rochester College will host a live broadcast and fund-raising dinner featuring Michael Medved beginning at 3 p.m. Thursday in the Rochester College Theatre. Dinner will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Rochester's Royal Park Hotel. Medved's nationally syndicated radio talk show is heard weekdays 3-6 p.m. on WDTK-AM (1400)... Medved pitches in for college (Sun 10/15)


Here's a quick rundown of the top stations in 2005 revenue according to a list published in today's Crain's Detroit Business:

Figures are in millions
1. WWJ AM, $23.2
2. WRIF FM, $21.0
3. WOMC FM, $20.8
4. WNIC FM, $19.2
5. WJR AM, $19.0
6. WMGC FM, $16.0
7. WJLB FM, $15.3
8. WVMV FM, $14.6
tie WYCD FM, $14.6
10. WKQI FM, $14.0
11. WMXD FM, $13.7
12. WCSX FM, $12.6
13. WKRK FM, $8.1
14. WHTD FM, $7.7
15. WDVD FM, $7.6
16. WDRQ FM, $6.5
17. WDTW FM, $6.3
18. WDFN AM, $5.0
19. WXYT AM, $4.2
tie WDMK FM, $4.2

By cluster:
CBS Radio: $85.5 (6 stations)
Clear Channel: $73.5 (6 stations, doesn't include WDTW-AM)
Greater Media: $49.6 (3 stations)
Disney/ABC: $33.1 (3 stations, doesn't include WFDF-AM)
Radio One: $11.9 (2 stations, doesn't include WCHB-AM)

No numbers available for Crawford Broadcasting, Salem Communications, or Birach Broadcasting

When compared to 2004 revenue numbers, only WOMC and WYCD saw increases with WMGC remaining flat.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2006




WYCD Afternoon Hosts To Marry Off Their Yorkies:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT afternoon personalities EDWARDS & LEE are taking their love for pets all the way to the altar. This SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st at 11a (ET), at WESTLAND CENTRAL CITY PARK, EDWARDS' YORKIE, "SGT.FOXY," and LEE's YORKIE, "PRICILLA," will be married, as they recite their 'pupitals,' in front of a crowd of listeners and their pets. Dr. DON, morning star, and a licensed Justice of the Peace, will conduct the ceremony. The 'A' list of invitees includes Governor JENNIFER GRANHOLM and REPUBLICAN challenger DICK DeVOS. Also, WESTLAND Mayor SANDRA CICIRELLI, who has apparently already RSVP'd to be on hand. All money raised from the event will go to the MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY. (Tue 10/17)

CRB Names Scholarship For WYCD Detroit PD Tim Roberts
The COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS (CRB) presented its annual Scholarship to CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY's SCHOOL OF BROADCAST AND CINEMATIC ARTS. The presentation was made on OCTOBER 14th. The $25,000 was given during a Homecoming event that unveiled the newly remodeled Broadcasting Dept at CMU. The scholarship has been named after CRB BOARD MEMBER alumni and CBS RADIO WYCD/DETROIT PD TIM ROBERTS. Last year the scholarship was given to MTSU (MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY). (Tue 10/17)

Detroit News:

Byron Goggin is a cameraman who got the picture. Dissatisfied with his career at a sports television network, the 39-year-old Marine City resident decided to strike out on his own to produce a program on outdoor family activities. Goggin contrasts his show against the typical outdoors programs that focus on hairy-chested feats of derring-do. "I'm targeting the forgotten people, the average person who wants something to do on the weekend," Goggin says. In its first year, the program, "Your Next Wild Weekend," has been featured on two networks and garnered four local Emmy awards... Cameraman gets own show (Tue 10/17)

Radio and Records:

Detroit's most listened to radio stations among listeners age 12 and above in the Summer of 2006 were: Adult Urban WMXD-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Urban WJLB-FM, Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM, and Active Rock WRIF-FM... Summer 2006 Radio Ratings- Detroit (Tue 10/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 18, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Clear Channel-owned WMXD-FM, led by syndicated morning star Steve Harvey and syndicated afternoon personality Michael Baisden, again assumed the overall Detroit radio listenership throne Tuesday in the quarterly Arbitron ratings report. Comic Harvey is posing the biggest threat ever to WRIF-FM morning kings Drew Lane and Mike Clark. Among all listeners 12 and older, Harvey scored a 9.4, up a rousing 3.1 points from the past quarter. The rough-talking Lane and Clark, scored an 8.0. In the advertiser-important age 25-54 category, Harvey moved to the No. 2 slot with a 10.8 mark, trailing only WRIF's 11.7 score -- which was down from a 13.9 the previous quarter... WMXD tops radio ratings (Wed 10/18)

It didn't take long for anchorman-turned-evangelist Frank Turner to turn up on the airwaves. Turner is sitting in this week for the ailing (with pneumonia) Bob Dutko from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays on religious radio broadcaster WMUZ-FM (103.5)... Frank Turner filling in on WMUZ (Wed 10/18)

Detroit News:

The summer Arbitron ratings were released Tuesday, and it seems that Detroit's country radio war is drawing blood; WOMC-FM (104.3) dropped the term "oldies," but also a number of listeners; Steve Harvey has jumped ahead in the overall morning rankings; and WJR-AM (760) had a hot summer. The summer book measures the local radio audience for June 29-Sept. 20. WYCD-FM (99.5), for years Detroit's only country station, took a major hit from upstart country station the Fox, WDTW-FM (106.7), going from a tie for No. 1 down to No. 10 in listeners age 12 and older. In listeners 25-54, WYCD didn't fare much better, going from a No. 3 rank down to 10... WYCD takes a hit; Steve Harvey rules mornings (Wed 10/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2006



Detroit News:

Fans of the legendary CKLW , the 50,000-watt powerhouse radio station that dominated Detroit in the late '60s and early '70s, may want to tune in to XM Satellite Radio from 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday to hear the satcaster's five-hour tribute to the station on the '60s on 6 channel. Every Friday, on one of XM's most popular shows, the Sonic Sounds Salute, salutes a different '60s radio station. XM '60s jock Terry "Motor Mouth" Young says he's excited about hosting the show because he grew up tuning the Big 8 in all the way from Virginia... CKLW celebrated on XM (Thu 10/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

His voice has been on a replay loop in your head all week. Dan Dickerson's ecstatic call of Magglio Ordonez's home run Saturday captured the full joy of the Tigers just advancing to the World Series. Now the 47-year-old Tiger play-by-play announcer is getting ready to join his usual cohort, Jim Price, for radio coverage of the World Series, which airs locally on WXYT-AM (1270)... He calls it as he sees it (Fri 10/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2006



Detroit News:

Tigers World Series tickets are so hot fans would likely claw each other over a pair. But most of the ticket-desperate WRIF-FM Drew & Mike listeners on Friday backed the station's decision to give away Game 1 tickets to two brothers, both older than 90, who are lifetime Tigers fans. Emil, 94, and Herb Schmidt, 91, can recall all of the Tigers' four previous World Series wins -- 1935, 1945, 1968 and 1984 -- but have never made it to a World Series game... Brothers over 90 win seats (Sat 10/21)

Detroit Free Press:

All the local TV news operations -- and Fox Sports Net Detroit, the Tigers' regular season cable caster -- have expanded World Series-related coverage. Here are the highlights... TV plans plenty of World Series coverage (Sat 10/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 22, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Joe Buck is hoping for a certain outcome in the World Series. No, not the one you suspected. "The only thing I'm ever guilty of rooting for is a long, good series," insisted the Fox Sports play-by-play announcer, whose father, Jack Buck, was the legendary voice of the St. Louis Cardinals. Buck couldn't sound more bipartisan, but Tigers fans can be forgiven for having doubts... Viewers dealt 2 with Card past (Sun 10/22)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, October 22, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Yes it’s a radio column, but how ’bout them Tigers? And have you noticed that whenever they show truly exciting moments in sports on TV, they use radio audio? All the clips of when the Tigers won the American League title a week ago featured Dan Dickerson’s call from sports WXYT-AM (1270). nd when longtime director Bob Lipson runs an amazing moment of Wolverine football on “Michigan Replay,” you certainly don’t hear Brent Musberger on ABC — it’s Frank Beckmann from Host Communications. And it’s just better.

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Thursday marks 25 years since the death of Bob Ufer, the most passionate man to ever broadcast a U of M football game. He died of cancer 10 days after the Iowa game in 1981, but his memory lives on through countless albums, CDs and videos, which benefit the Ufer Scholarship Fund. Learn more at www.ufer.org. Entire games, with Ufer calling the action, can be obtained at www.vuolovideo.com.

That also means that Beckmann has been broadcasting Michigan games for more than a quarter-century — originally over news-talk WJR-AM (760) and now on classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3), talk CKLW-AM (800) and Ann Arbor’s sports WTKA-AM (1050). Kudos to Frank who, along with Jim Brandstatter and Doug Karsch, does a great job of conveying the thrills and excitement of the Wolverines during one of their best seasons ever.

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“Dr. Phil” McGraw, Oprah Winfrey’s No. 1 advice-giver, is getting his own radio show, but whether any station in the Detroit area picks it up is currently unknown. McGraw’s son, author/producer, Jay McGraw, also is heavily involved in the new radio venture, and it also was recently announced that sports/talk host Bob Costas is going to try the radio route, too.

Personally, it bothers me that people who are already pulling down large bucks on TV want to do radio, too, especially when so many very talented radio people are currently out of work.

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Readers continue to ask the whereabouts of the two best-loved home improvement radio hosts in Detroit — Glenn Haege, who just celebrated 10 years in syndication, and Murray Gula. Well, last weekend, both were seen at the Home Show in Novi, but neither are on a local station. Adam Helfman is now on WXYT, and Gary Sullivan, syndicated out of Cincinnati, is on sports WDFN-AM (1130), but the “big guys” are still missing in action on the radio.

Still, you can look for Gula on WXYZ-Channel 7 and on the station’s Web site, www.wxyz.com.

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Teen listening is down. Wow, what a shocker that news is. New Jersey-based Edison Media Research reports that radio listening among teenagers has dropped off considerably because of intense competition from iPods, Web surfing, cell phones, video games, movies, television and the chime of instant messages. The report also states “radio’s unwillingness to target listeners in the 12- to 24-year-old demographic. Most stations target the 25- to 54-year-olds, known in the industry as the ‘money demo.’” Listening dropped almost 21 percent for 18- to 24-year-olds in the last 10 years, but it’s much less for the under-18 crowd.

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The Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) presented its annual Scholarship to Central Michigan University’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts on Oct. 14. The $25,000 scholarship has been named after CRB VIP and CMU alumni Tim Roberts. Kudos to Tim, who is PD of country WYCD-FM (99.5).

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Recent ratings held no major surprises other than urban-pop WMXD-FM (92.3) still on top with even higher numbers, a major jump also for hits WKQI-FM (95.5) and a rebound of news-talk WJR, could it be due to MSU football?

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WOMC-FM (104.3) kicks off a scavenger hunt this week that will run for four weeks. Each day, Dick Purtan will announce in the 7 a.m. hour an item that listeners will have to acquire, with 20 total items in all. All contestants will be asked to join WOMC on Nov. 17 and must bring all their collected items to a location to be announced. Dana Masucci and Ridin’ Home with Ryan (Tom Ryan) will broadcast live from that site that day — Dana from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Tom from 3-7 p.m. What does the winner get? A cool $25,000 and a two-year lease on a 2007 Cadillac CTS.

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Speaking of WOMC, a familiar voice but perhaps not a familiar name has been temporarily silenced as production manager J.R. Nelson endures chemotherapy for cancer of the lymph nodes. Nelson also worked locally at WYCD and helped launch the legendary Z-100 in New York City more than 23 years ago. He’s one of the good guys in the business and he’d love to hear from you. You can e-mail him at jamesmarik@yahoo.com or send good wishes to: J.R. Nelson, 3128 Walton Blvd., PMB #239, Rochester Hills 48309. Get well soon, J.R.

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


Grand Rapids Press:

Local sports radio station WBBL-AM (1340) has been the exclusive provider of postseason baseball coverage in the Grand Rapids radio market for several years. Of course, everything is different this fall. The interest in the World Series has reached a fever pitch with the Detroit Tigers making their first appearance in the Fall Classic since 1984... WBBL riding Tigers wave (Fri 10/20)

Dave Conrad was off the air six weeks -- an eternity in radio, he says -- and he was afraid listeners would forget about him. It's an understatement to say the opposite happened. In his first 15 minutes back on the air Thursday afternoon, the B-93 radio host received more than 50 supportive e-mails from listeners, and the station switchboard lit up with calls from across West Michigan. Since he was severely injured in a September motorcycle accident, Conrad, who hosts the afternoon slot on WBCT-FM (93.7), said listener support has been overwhelming... Injured DJ stunned at response to his return (Fri 10/20)

Linda Paige, meteorologist at WZZM-TV (Channel 13), can predict the weather, but she never predicted the honor she will receive from the American Meteorological Society. Paige is the inaugural winner of an award for excellence in science reporting for her work on the series "The Great Lakes, An Endangered Legacy," which aired in the summer of 2005. The new award is in recognition of a single television report or a series that makes science topics, including environmental issues, accessible and interesting to the general public... New AMS award going to WZZM meteorologist (Sun 10/22)


The website for Lansing Community College radio station WLNZ-FM 89.7 has reported that Tim VanHouten, a longtime Lansing radio personality, passed away as a result of lung and bone cancer on September 25th, 2006.

VanHouten began his radio career as the midday personality for WITL-AM/FM in the early 1980's, under the air name Tim Morris. He moved across town to WILS-FM (LS-102) in 1984, where he changed his on-air name to Tim Wilson, and assumed the evening shift. A year later, VanHouten moved to WMMQ-FM 92.7 as morning personality, and was with the station when it abandoned its Adult Contemporary format to become the first FM station in the United States to program a Classic Rock format.

VanHouten left the radio business in Michigan in the late 1980's, but returned in recent years as an air personality for WJIM-FM (formerly Oldies 97.5, now The New 97.5). Earlier this year, he moved northward to Houghton Lake, where he was the morning personality for Classic Hits WUPS-FM 98.5. Tim VanHouten was 52 at the time of his passing.

Contributions toward Mr. VanHouten's hospital and internment expenses are being accepted through WLNZ's website.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 24, 2006




WKQL Presents "Rockin' For The Hungry"
CLEAR CHANNEL AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR 107one)/ANN ARBOR presents its annual "ROCKIN' FOR THE HUNGRY" benefit DECEMBER 6-10 in the parking lot of BUSCH's grocery store. The five-day live outdoor broadcast is held to raise money, food and awareness to benefit FOOD GATHERERS to provide food for the hungry. The goal is to raise 107 tons of food. (Mon 10/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 25, 2006



Detroit News:

Win or lose, the World Series continues to be must-see TV locally, with Detroit Tigers fans blasting the ratings out of the park. But nationally the numbers, like the Tigers, failed to deliver major-league results for Tuesday night's game 3 on Fox. In Metro Detroit, that heartbreaking loss pulled a 37.1 household rating with a 52 share for WJBK-TV Channel 2, according to Nielsen Media Research... Detroit TVs stay tuned to the Tigers for Game 3 (Wed 10/25)


WKQI's Mojo Issues Challange To Tigers Fans: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT morning maniac MOJO IN THE MORNING has a challange for TIGERS fans. He will give a listener WORLD SERIES tickets for Game 6... after he/she lets him fill their car with concrete! Yes, he will total their car by filling it with cement in order to prove that his listeners will do anything for the TIGERS! For more info, and some great pictures after the event, check out www.mojointhemorning.com. (Wed 10/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2006



Detroit News:

No matter what the outcome of the Detroit Tigers' World Series run, the Tigers can now play hardball with their local radio carrier. While the last contract between WXYT-AM (1270) and the Tigers was negotiated when the team was floundering, now the team is more than competitive as talks go on between WXYT's corporate owner CBS and the Ilitches, owners of the Tigers. The contract between 'XYT and the Tigers is up after the World Series... Tigers, 'XYT are set to battle (Thju 10/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 27, 2006



The Oakland Press:

During the early 1990s, Dan Dickerson was a news reporter for WWJ-AM 950 in Detroit. Baseball, however, was at the forefront of his mind. He spent countless days and nights at Tiger Stadium, appearing with a cassette tape deck in his hand. He would go to the auxiliary press box, far away from the crowd and the rest of the media, and call play-by-play into a hand-held microphone. When he was not practicing his play-by-play, Dickerson would sit in the press box next to the Tigers beat writers, picking their minds about everything from player development systems to in-game strategy to the cat-and-mouse game between pitchers and hitters. He could not get enough of baseball... Tigers' radio voice Dickerson has roots in Oakland County (Fri 10/27)


Show will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 2pm

News/Talk 760 WJR announced today that it will be the new home of the award winning Handyman Show with Glenn Haege” beginning Sunday, November 12, 2006. Glenn Haege's popular home improvement advice show, which began airing in Detroit in 1983, will be heard Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2pm. The first edition of the Saturday show will be heard on November 25th following the conclusion of the MSU football season.

The format will continue to feature Haege's unique brand of “clear and concise, how-to advice” for listeners who call in, along with interviews of guests that provide valuable information regarding home improvements and home maintenance. Haege will continue with a separate syndicated edition of his program that is carried by over 170 affiliate stations nationwide.

“The opportunity to air my show on the most powerful and most recognized radio station in Michigan is a dream come true,” Haege said. “I look forward to the chance to reach an even larger audience of listeners and to continue to provide the complete answers and useful how-to information that has been a staple of the show since we began in 1983.”

“We are pleased to add Glenn to the line-up of radio's strongest personalities,” says Mike Fezzey, WJR President & General Manager. “Glenn created this genre in radio and has earned the respect of millions of fans across America.”

In addition to his syndicated radio show, Haege is the author of 11 home improvement books, and also writes two columns per week in The Detroit News. He has been named among the Most Important Radio Talk Show Hosts by Talker's Magazine numerous times, and his radio show also received the “Best Broadcast Report” Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Haege also provides articles and how-to information on his award winning website, www.MasterHandyman.com.


Mid-Michigan Radio Group Smooth Jazz outlet WJZL-FM signed off its longtime FM frequency of 92.7 at about 5:11 this afternoon and has started operations at FM 92.9 from downtown Lansing at reduced power. WJZL plans on completing construction of its new facilities, which will broadcast with 4,600 watts @ 374 feet from a broadcast tower in central Lansing, by the end of November. The station's community of license is also changing from Charlotte to Grand Ledge.

WJZL's former facilities, which were located southwest of Lansing proper, output 1,500 watts @ 466 feet. Once completed, the new broadcast power and location will give much better coverage to the population center of the Lansing area.


Flint Journal:

The man who gave Pistons fans the sing-song phrase "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" has come to Flint. Detroit Pistons public address announcer John Mason launched his new, and he hopes, nationally syndicated radio show in Flint this week. Mason's show debuted Wednesday on Flint adult R&B station WOWE-FM (98.9). It airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays... Now introducing John M-M-M-M-Mason: Voice of Pistons brings show to Flint (Fri 10/27)

Jim Kiertzner is back in the news business. The former WSMH (Channel 66) anchor and WNEM (Channel 5) reporter joined Detroit's WDIV (Channel 4) this week as a producer for its investigative unit, known as Rescue 4. "Here in Detroit, they liked my Flint journalistic track record," Kiertzner said via e-mail... Kiertzner working behind news scene at Detroit TV station (Fri 10/27)


WVFN adds local outdoors radio show

Sports WVFN AM 730 Lansing is host to Mid-Michigan's only live, interactive outdoors radio program. AM Outdoors is hosted by 13 year Lansing radio veteran, Duran Martinez who brings his passion for all things outdoors to a new two hour radio show airing every Saturday from 8-10 AM.

Guests in the first weeks of the program have included Motor City Madman Ted Nugent and former front man for Grand Funk Railroad, Mark Farner. Both remain very active in the rock and roll world as well as the outdoors.

Experts in their field continue to add to the flavor of the show with tips to callers that you will not find on any outdoor television show. Martinez comments that "being interactive is the key and expert guests are the main ingredient".

Visit www.amoutdoorsshow.com for more information.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Taking on duties: WOMC-FM (104.3) vice-president and general manager Kevin Murphy. Already director of sales for CBS Radio, Murphy will be the new GM and veep of CBS's WKRK-FM (97.1) and WXYT-AM (1270)... Names and Faces (Sat 10/28)

Detroit News:

Glenn Haege, America's Master Handyman and Detroit News columnist, will be back on the air in Detroit, broadcasting from WJR-AM (760) starting Sunday Nov. 12 from noon-2 p.m. Haege's regular airshift will be from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays, once Michigan State's regular football season is over... Glenn Haege preps for new radio show on WJR (Fri 10/27)

A caller named Paul had some advice for the Detroit Tigers: "They need more plate discipline," he said. "They're swinging at everything that comes near the plate." Paul was among the hundreds of people who have called Farmington Hills sports radio station WDFN (1130 AM) during the World Series this week to express their disappointment after the Tigers dropped three of the first four games in the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals... Media offer an outlet for fans (Sat 10/28)

Bud Davies, a key transitional figure in Detroit/Windsor radio history and host of a local TV dance show, died Oct. 20 in Florida after a long illness. He was 82. Davies started at CKLW-AM (800) in the early '40s as a teenager, and his long run at the station didn't end until 1966. He caught on just as network radio was dying and the focus turned to personable local disc jockeys hosting record shows... CKLW radio pioneer dies (Sat 10/28)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, October 29, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

Had your fill of sports yet? Now that the end of the baseball season is near — weather issues aside — it’s incredible to think how close we came to having all four of our local professional teams playing games that count all at the same time. Well, your radio dial is about to be even more focused on sports this coming Wednesday.

With the Pistons kicking off their regular season against the Milwaukee Bucks, The Palace of Auburn Hills will play host to 16 local radio stations that will be broadcasting remotely all day long. It’s a clever marketing move to generate excitement for basketball and bring back fans who might have been focused on the Tigers’ World Series run and forgotten about the hoopsters.

Leading the coverage will be the Pistons’ flagship sports WDFN-AM (1130) with “Jamie and Brady” from 6-9 a.m. and “Stoney and Wojo” from 3-7 p.m., in addition to pre- and post-game shows. Game coverage begins at 8 p.m. with play-by-play host Mark Champion and color analyst Rick Mahorn. Every Pistons contest will air on WDFN, along with a network of about 10 outstate radio stations.

In addition to WDFN, the Pistons’ Tom Wilson, Bill Laimbeer, George Blaha and others from the organization will make the rounds to a huge list of local FM and AM stations discussing the upcoming NBA season and the Pistons’ hopes for another trip to the NBA Finals. The first live remotes start at 5 a.m., and the last will end at 11 p.m. That’s enough sports talk for even the most rabid fans.

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Visitors to www.wnic.com, the Web site for soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3), can now vote for when they want the station to change its format to all-Christmas music — something it did Nov. 1 last year. Choices range from “Start Today” and “Beginning of November” to “Mid-December” and “Never! Bah Humbug!” You also can connect to a Web stream that’s already all-Christmas all the time.

I’m sorry, but listening to Christmas music before Halloween is just something I can’t adjust to. Still, it’s a proven ratings winner for WNIC, and I bet that Burl Ives will be coming to a radio near you sometime sooner rather than later.

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Last Friday’s XM tribute to the sound of CKLW-AM (800) during the ’60s almost didn’t happen because of threatened legal action from the Toronto-based CHUM Group, CKLW’s current owner. Fellow “On the Radio” columnist Art Vuolo was notified of the issue by XM about 30 hours before the re-creation of the Big 8 was to set air and was able to smooth things over after hours of phone calls and a fair amount of begging and pleading.

Happily, the five-hour special did get on the air and even featured a faux report from former Big 8 helicopter reporter Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, who still does real traffic for AAA of Michigan.

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“Jukebox John” Bartony sent an e-mail to remind me of WPON-AM (1460), which currently features tons of Oldies music as the primary part of its format. He comments that there are a number of loyal listeners enjoying the station both over the air and through the station’s Web feed (www.wpon.com).

On Friday afternoons, a series of flashback shows created by John air noon-2 p.m. and feature the popular songs and local events from a particular day from 1956-69. You also might stumble upon tributes to WKNR, WXYZ and CKLW.

The folks at WPON admit they are signal-challenged, but hope to have some improvement in the spring when the station relocates its broadcast towers and returns to full power. WPON has been operating at reduced power for some time after a contractor damaged the station’s transmission lines. One great thing about stations like WPON is that they’re very responsive to their listeners — remember how much fun it is to hear your request played on the radio?

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Oldies CKWW-AM (580) continues a Halloween tradition with the commercial-free broadcast of Orson Welles’ original “War of the Worlds” 1938 radio play at 10 p.m. Tuesday after the trick-or-treaters get to bed. And in addition to playing some favorite spooky tunes throughout the day Tuesday on CKWW, the syndicated series “When Radio Was” will be airing Halloween programs from the golden age of radio at 11 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. On Monday, an episode of “Fibber McGee & Molly” called “Halloween Pranks” will air. Then Tuesday, after “War of the Worlds,” it’s a full hour of “Suspense” and an episode called “Ghost Hunt.”

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Bud Davies, a CKLW legend from the late 1950s and early ’60s, passed away Oct. 20 in Florida. Davies was in his mid-80s and was unable to make last year’s Radio Reunion because of questionable health.

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Set your dial: Classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) features a different concert from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra each Sunday at noon. This week’s program features Barber’s “The School for Scandal Overture”, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 ... Tune in to WMUZ-FM (103.5) at 6 p.m. Sunday to hear “Somewhere in Time,” which highlights various big bands playing swing music ... CKWW will debut the “60s at 6,” a full hour of all 1960s tunes, starting 6 p.m. Monday. The feature is set to air every day except Sunday.

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


Grand Rapids Press:

Country music radio personalities Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall of WTNR-FM (94.5) were off the airwaves Monday after a breakdown in contract negotiations, according to station management. They had vacated the premises Friday, the station said. "The two parties just couldn't agree. The contract negotiations broke down, and we agreed to disagree," said Bud Ford, program director and on-air personality at the station known as Thunder ... Longtime air personality Gabriella de la Vega, of WNWZ-AM (1410), has decided to leave the station after seven years of pioneering one of West Michigan's first full-time Spanish- language stations. De la Vega said it was time to move on, and that station management still was trying to get her to reconsider... Thunder gone for duo; de la Vega leaves air (Tue 10/24)

Diane Rehm, host of National Public Radio's popular "The Diane Rehm Show," spoke Tuesday to a standing-room-only audience of about 500 people at Aquinas College's Fine Arts Center. She also signed books and was the guest speaker at an evening fundraiser for Aquinas' Jane Hibbard Idema Women's Studies Center... Diane Rehm: A popular draw (Wed 10/25)

Dan Dickerson had the greatest moment of his professional broadcasting career when he called Magglio Ordonez's three-run, walk-off homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 4 of the American League Championship Series to send the Detroit Tigers to the World Series. He's hoping for one last great postseason moment. Dickerson, following in Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell's footsteps as the radio play-by-play voice of the Tigers, is keeping his fingers crossed that Tiger fans will get a chance to hear him call a World Series championship this weekend... Dickerson hoping for another big call (Fri 10/27)

If Jordon Lambert of West Olive someday finds himself in a television booth, calling the shots on "Monday Night Football," he can point to the day when he got his start. "Well, sort of," Lambert said, when asked if he wants to grow up to be a big-time football broadcaster like John Madden or Al Michaels. Lambert, 10, got a taste of what it's like to be a broadcaster last week. The Quincy Elementary School fifth grader was selected to participate in Tuesday's 3-A-Day of Dairy/Lions Junior Broadcaster Tryout... Fifth-grader wins spot in broadcasting contest (Sun 10/29)

Michele DeSelms is used to telling the news, not being the news. But there she was, her picture flashed on the TV screen last week while her co-anchor, Christian Frank, told WXMI (Channel 17) viewers why DeSelms had been off the air for two weeks. She was with her 17-year-old son, Brandon, who underwent brain surgery in late September to remove a golf ball-sized mass from the back of his skull... Being news, not telling it, 'surreal' for anchor (Sun 10/29)

Former morning WKLQ-FM radio man Justice, of the "Justice and Jim show," says, "I am very excited to say that I will be working with WOOD-AM after a long three months off air. I will be doing fill-in work for Rick and Scott, starting in late November ... She has been a fixture in West Michigan television and theater, but Molly Kelly is ready to head back to her hometown of Chicago. "I've taken a job in Chicago at WCIU and MeTV, working in the marketing department," she said. "It has been a difficult decision leaving my adopted home town and theater family of 18 years"... WOOD-AM getting Justice (Sun 10/29)

Calvin/Hope Sign New Deal with WGVU

The live telecasts of the Calvin/Hope men's basketball games on public broadcasting station WGVU in Grand Rapids will continue through the 2008-09 season, officials of the station and colleges have announced. The popular NCAA Division III rivalry has been televised by WGVU since the 1997-98 season and the 2006-2007 broadcasts will mark 10 years of Calvin/Hope basketball on WGVU television... Calvin College Press Release


WTNR Looks For A New Morning Show & APD:
CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER 94.5)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI PD BUD FORD is on the prowl for a new morning show to replace WILHOITE and WHITE, who exited the station last week. FORD states that established teams as well as individuals are welcome to apply. THUNDER 94.5 is a growing station so there are a lot of work hours involved, so those wishing to work only four hours a day need not apply. FORD is also on the lookout for a new APD since current APD/afternooner MATT STRYKER is leaving to follow his wife as she starts a new job. The right person will be able to do an air shift as well as some imaging work and light website maintenance. (Fri 10/27)

Radio and Records:

Top 5 stations in the 2006 summer ratings for Grand Rapids were country WBCT, contemporary hits WSNX, news-talk WOOD-AM, modern rock WGRD, and classic rock WLAV... Grand Rapids summer radio ratings (ages 12+) (Thu 10/26)


DeVos and Mulhern to Host Big Show Heard Across the State

The spouses of Michigan gubernatorial candidates Dick DeVos and Governor Jennifer Granholm will each take a turn guest-hosting the Michigan Talk Network's “Big Show” only days before the election. First Gentleman Dan Mulhern and Betsy DeVos will guest host the statewide news-talk program, which airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays on 11 radio stations, in place of regular host Michael Patrick Shiels, who will be out of the country. The Big Show originates at WJIM AM 1240 in Lansing.

“We're pleased both camps have accepted our invitation,” said Michigan Talk Network General Manager Tim Hygh. “Our goal is to give Michigan voters a different look into the lives of our Gubernatorial candidates.”

First Gentleman Dan Mulhern, husband of democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm, will take his turn at the microphone on Thursday, Nov. 2. Betsy DeVos, wife of republican candidate Dick DeVos, will host the program on Friday, Nov. 3. Both Mulhern and DeVos have promised to arrange very special guests to interview during the show including, of course, their respective spouses and national political figures supporting the candidates.

Mulhern and DeVos will also take listener calls and discuss what it is like to be married to a gubernatorial candidate. As Michigan's first “First Gentleman,” Mulhern is champion for the cause of state volunteerism and community service, chairing the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), and is also an author and leadership coach.
Betsy DeVos served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and serves various boards and charitable organizations.

The Michigan Talk Network's Morning Show features interviews with newsmakers, public officials, professional and college athletes and coaches, entertainers and experts of every variety. News anchor Gary Austin and sportscaster Tim Nester, along with Channel WILX-TV 10 meteorologist Darrin Rockcole add their own unique spins and provide the service elements listeners have come to depend on. The Big Show airs from 6-10 a.m. and is heard across the state, including radio stations in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey, Marquette, Muskegon, Greenville, Hastings, and Ishpeming.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2006



Detroit News:

In the coming weeks, expect WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) Problem Solvers, WDIV-TV's (Channel 4) Rescue 4 team and WXYZ-TV's (Channel 7) Action News Investigators to inform, frighten and delight you. It's November, baby. And while none of these stations would tell us what their sweeps-timed special investigative pieces will be about, they were willing to highlight their specials... Local TV stations amp'd up for sweeps with specials (Tue 10/31)

Miami Herald:

WFOR-CBS4 has a new president and general manager -- Shaun McDonald, who is arriving from CBS and CW affiliates in Detroit. McDonald, who succeeds Brien Kennedy, will also oversee WBFS-TV (MyNetwork) and West Palm Beach stations WTVX (CW) and independents WWHB and WTCN (MyNetwork)... WFOR-CBS4 hires new general manager (Mon 10/30)







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