Mike Austerman: November 2006 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 2, 2006



Detroit News:

Now that everybody's nerves have settled down in the post-World Series lull, what impact did the Detroit Tigers' surprising Series run have on radio? Nearly 1 in 4 adults in Metro Detroit listened to the World Series on the radio. Arbitron surveyed adults in Detroit (and St. Louis) about how they watched and listened to the Series. Here are some other facts gleaned from the study done by Arbitron Custom. Among Metro Detroit adult radio listeners age 18 and older, 6 in 10 said they followed the World Series "very closely." That's 69 percent of men and 53 percent of women. Of those listening to the World Series on the radio in Detroit, 56 percent said they felt more favorably toward an advertiser who sponsors the Tigers, over one who does not... Metro Detroiters listened to Tigers (Thu 11/2)


Casey Ford Named To Handle Michigan Women's Basketball PBP:
Local cable channel WCET-TV (WEST COMMUNITY EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION)/GRANDVILLE-HUDSONVILLE, MI Assistant Dir. and "IN THE ZONE" host CASEY FORD makes the jump to play-by-play voice for UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Women's Basketball. FORD will be heard on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WTKA-A/ANN ARBOR this season. (Thu 11/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2006



BBC to broadcast from WDET

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will host BBC World Service in their midtown Detroit studios on November 9 and 10 when the global news organization tours the United States. “World Have Your Say,” the BBC's interactive worldwide conversation program, will be broadcasting next week from Washington DC, Cleveland and Detroit. The program, which airs weekdays on WDET from 1pm to 2pm, examines important issues from around the world and invites listeners to participate via phone, email and text messaging. Since “World Have Your Say” debuted on WDET last year, Detroit area listeners are regularly heard in the conversations.

“We are delighted to be hosting the BBC in Detroit,” said Michael Coleman, WDET General Manager. “The program has been well received by our listeners, and that's one of the reasons the BBC chose to include Detroit on their American tour.”

WDET is looking to have a studio audience participate in both of the broadcasts. Audience members must be available to be at the WDET studios on either Thursday, November 9 or Wednesday, November 10 from 12:30pm to 2pm. Listeners interested in being a member of the studio audience for “World Have Your Say” should contact WDET at 313-577-3413.

The program is hosted by Ros Atkins and Rabiya Parekh. The news of the day and issues important to contributors around the world and in the studio audience will drive the content of the programs from the WDET studios on November 9 and 10. Listeners can take part in the program by sending their opinions and questions via SMS text message: +44 77 20 60 80; by telephone: +44 20 70 83 72 72; via email: worldhaveyoursay@bbc.co.uk; or online at bbcnews.com/worldhaveyoursay where audiences can also listen live.

Detroit News:

Is this a grand conspiracy against Michigan and Michigan State football fans? Or simply an interesting coincidence? Michigan State and Michigan fans are left pondering those questions since neither school's Saturday football game will be broadcast on cable or regular TV. ESPNU will broadcast No. 2 Michigan vs. Ball State at noon, then MSU vs. Purdue at 3:30 p.m. The problem for most Wolverine and Sparty fans is that ESPNU, a relatively new college sports network of ESPN, is not available on any Michigan cable systems... TV sacks MSU, UM Saturday football (Fri 11/3)


WDVD Names Fig For Production/Late Nights:
ABC RADIO Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT OM/PD BYRON "RON" HARRELL names former WWCK/FLINT, MI PD/afternoon host BRIAN "FIG" FIGULA for Production Assistant and late-night duties. FIG replaces STEVE CHASE, who joined KALC (ALICE 105.9)/DENVER in AUGUST for afternoons. (Fri 11/3)


Soft rock stations WNIC FM 100.3 Detroit and WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids have launched their full-time Christmas music formats in what has become an annual early-November tradition. Both WNIC and WOOD-FM are owned by Clear Channel.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, November 5, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

Are you as anxious as I am to get past Election Day? If I hear or see one more mud-slinging, name-calling and reputation-bashing spot on the air anywhere, I feel as though I’m going to lose my mind.

Regardless of your political lean, you must admit that all of this very negative advertising is seemingly appreciated by no one except the sales departments of local stations. They always embrace anything that increases the bottom line. When cigarette advertising was banned from radio and television, it was thought that the economic impact would devastate the broadcasting industry. It didn’t.

Remember when your parents told you, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything all”? If that mantra was only followed, there would be no political ads at all.

Pardon me while I step down from my soapbox. Only two more days to go, folks.

 • • • • 

This past Friday, I returned from a video shoot at the U.S. Marine Boot Camp facility at Parris Island, S.C. The nationally syndicated “Joey Reynolds Talk and Variety Show” invited me to document the event for WOR radio in New York City. Because this column was written before my close encounter with the “sir, yes sir” demographic, which I’m certain did not resemble anything ever seen on “Gomer Pyle,” any radio stories will have to wait for a future edition of “On the Radio.”

 • • • • 

Ever since Rich Homberg was given the reigns of allnews WWJ-AM (950) exclusively, CBS Radio has been searching for a new manager for sports WXYT-AM (1270) and hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), which is now best known as Free FM. In a smart economic move, they awarded the job to Kevin Murphy, who’s the manager of classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3). Still somewhat new to Detroit after a tour of upstate western New York, Murphy will learn Motown quickly, as each of his three stations are in three separate locations throughout Oakland County. Yikes! Murphy is a sharp businessman and will do a fine job, but you can send him your secret locations for cheap gas.

 • • • • 

My column two weeks ago drew numerous e-mails from readers reminding me that former WJR-AM home improvement host Murray Gula is still on Bob Allison’s “Ask Your Neighbor” show on multilingual WNZK-AM (690) at 10:30 a.m. Fridays. My oversight.

Gula also is now doing a call-in radio show on the Internet via www.wxyz.com for Channel 7. It premiered this past Thursday at noon. Check the Web site for upcoming interactive call-in shows online. Gula hopes to return to local over-the-air radio soon.

 • • • • 

Speaking of handyman help, the nationally syndicated Glenn Haege will be back on the radio starting next weekend at noon-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays on news-talk WJR-AM (760) — that is, unless there is a conflict with MSU sports. It was rumored that Haege was headed for the golden tower of the Fisher Building, and in radio, rumors often come true.

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Listeners to the “Doc of Rock” Doug Podell on rock WRIF-FM (101.1) can tune in to the unique poet lariat “Mr. Positive” at noon Fridays. Trust me, this guy’s for real and he’s unlike anything you’ve ever heard. His previously stint was on all-hits WKQI-FM (95.5) with night jock Tic-Tac.

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At talk WDTW-AM (1310) there could be some programming changes in the offing, since its primary source of programming, the Air-America Network, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Considering that the country seems to be politically split fairly even between the right and the left, it’s amazing how right-leaning conservative talk radio tends to be, while TV is said to be run by a heavily liberal crowd. Go figure.

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Country music fans, mark your calendar now for the huge Christmas concert at The Palace staring Big & Rich and Livonia’s own Josh Gracin. It’s presented by country WYCD-FM (99.5) and scheduled for Dec. 16. More details can be found at www.wycd.com.

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Longtime Detroit personality Joe Wade Formicola has left WRAL down in Raleigh, N.C., where he had been program director for the past seven years. His immediate plans are unknown, but this comes as a surprise. He had a major following at both country stations WYCD and the old W4 at 106.7, and he would have been ideal for the recent open morning show spot at The Fox WDTW-FM (106.7) — if Rick Miller hadn’t been hired first.

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Fans of the 1960s radio farce known as “Chickenman” can hear the adventures of the most dangerous crime fighter the world has ever known on XM satellite radio’s “60s on 6” channel. It’s the original series — not remastered for radio.

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


Grand Rapids Press:

In broadcasting, the spin doctors always show up when a ratings book comes out. How will the top executives at stations position -- or spin -- the rating numbers to make potential advertisers think their stations are No. 1 in some category? My analysis of the summer radio Arbitron ratings are spin-free. They are based on the 12-plus category for commercial stations in Kent and Ottawa counties. Simply put, this refers to listeners who are 12 and older... Local-radio leader remains B-93 in latest survey (Sun 11/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 6, 2006



WMGC raises $94,000 + 4 trucks full of clothing

WMGCSoft Rock Magic 105.1 (WMGC-FM) has announced the final figures from their Capuchin Soup Kitchen Radiothon, which took place on Friday, November 3, 2006 at Gordon Chevrolet in Garden City. Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show broadcasted live from the dealership to collect clothing and raise money for the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

At the end of the day the station raised $94,000 and filled four trucks with clothing. Last year the event raised $33,000.

The money collected will be used to feed hungry families, provide school supplies and clothing for children. It will also help keep the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's library and computer center open! This center is staffed by volunteers who train children how to use computers.

“When great people come together for a great cause, you get great results! Our listeners are wonderful,” said Marcy Cyburt, WMGC General Sales Manager.

Money was collected through a phone bank, sales of the Magic Family Favorite Recipe Book and an auction. Auction items included: front row Pistons tickets, a two-night stay at the Great Wolf Lodge for four people and four Tigers tickets for the 2007 season.

WOMC to honor military moms

Classic Top 40 WOMC's Dick Purtan & Purtan's People will honor metro Detroit military moms by hosting a luncheon for them on Friday November 10th beginning at 11:30 AM at The Reserve, 325 South Eton in Birmingham.

Over 80 moms, plus their guests, will be in attendance. WOMC asked its listeners to email the names of military moms, or to sign up themselves and the attendees were randomly selected from all entries to join WOMC at this private, complimentary luncheon.

The Michigan Honor Guard will open the lunch around 11:40 am with the flag ceremony and the singing of the National Anthem by Sherise Staten, followed by lunch. Dick Purtan & Purtan's People will do a mini-performance around 12:45 pm followed by a couple featured speaking segments:

1:00 pm: MG Jerry Cannon, Commander, 46th Military Police Command, Lansing, MI
1:20 pm: Dick Purtan will acknowledge and thank the military moms and Sherise Staten will conclude the program by singing “America The Beautiful” followed by the Honor Guard's closing flag ceremony.

Detroit Free Press:

They're insulting, mean-spirited and sometimes even downright nasty. In hopes that they can tip Tuesday's election, this year's Michigan politicians and proposal advocates are spending a record $87.2 million (according to an estimate by PQ Media of Stamford, Conn.) on TV spots and other political advertising that disparages opponents. Many of the advertising tactics politicians are using have turned off some of the voters they're trying to persuade... Viewers turned off by glut of TV ads (Mon 11/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 8, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Maxwell gone from WNIC: WNIC-FM (100.3) may be the Christmas station, but it won't seem that way to the station's longtime midday host, Gene Maxwell. After more than 30 years at the station, Maxwell was reportedly let go Tuesday, according to station insiders. The shifts of Theresa Lucas and Kevin O'Neill will be lengthened to cover his former noon-3 p.m. slot... Names and Faces (Wed 11/8)

Political news -- which for most of the year local TV news treats with the disdain usually reserved for a freeloading relative -- had its evening in the spotlight Tuesday. All three local TV news operations devoted almost all their resources to covering Michigan's Election Day. In the biggest TV coverage development, WDIV-TV Local 4 and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) offered extensive political video and audio coverage most of the day on their Web sites, serving to sate the viewing appetite of even the most politically starved viewer... Media coverage: Politics is center stage on TV, Web (Wed 11/8)

Detroit News:

OK, we could blame ESPN and its family of channels (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360, ESPN Classic) for forcing Michigan and Michigan State fans to miss their teams' games last weekend. But that might not be the case when it comes to Friday's Western Michigan-Central Michigan game. That's a complicated issue. ESPN and Mid-American Conference officials agreed Tuesday that ESPN Classic was a possible broadcast option for Friday's game. But that plan fell through because of other network commitments... WMU-CMU telecast doesn't fit on ESPN (Wed 11/8)


WYCD's Grunwald About To Deliver Yellow Ribbon To Iraq:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning co-host STEVE GRUNWALD is about to embark on a 10-day good will mission to IRAQ, in association with the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. GRUNWALD will deliver messages from DETROIT residents with WYCD's "WORLD's LARGEST YELLOW RIBBON." The ribbon is 20 feet in length and has been signed with well wishes by thousands of people, including many with families and friends overseas. (Wed 11/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 9, 2006



Detroit News:

It's beginning to look a lot like Thanksgiving at best, but one Detroit radio station has gone all-Christmas anyway. WNIC-FM (100.3) has been flooding the airwaves with mistletoe, peppermint sticks and songs such as "O Holy Night" since Friday (we even heard Bob Seger's "Little Drummer Boy" on Sunday). You haven't lived until you've heard 'NIC jock Alan Almond's smoky, bedroom voice introduce Burl Ives' "It's a Holly Jolly Christmas"... Christmas arrives early on WNIC (Thu 11/9)

Detroit Free Press:

A jury has found a man guilty but mentally ill on an attempted murder charge for shooting a former WDIV-TV employee in the entryway to the NBC affiliate's downtown office. Epifanio Rivas Jr., 27, of Detroit also was found guilty Wednesday of using a firearm in a felony in the April 15, 2005, shooting of John Owens. The jury rejected Rivas' claim that he was insane at the time. Wayne County Circuit Judge James Callahan said he would sentence Rivas Nov. 21... Man convicted in shooting at WDIV (Thu 11/9)


Vince Cannova Upped To PD At 89X:
Longtime CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT APD/afternooner VINCE CANNOVA has been upped to PD to replace MURRAY BROOKSHAW, who exited to become OM of NEWCAP/CALGARY. (Thu 11/9)


Saginaw News:

The memory of Lemuel "Lem" Tucker now is a permanent fixture in the halls of Central Michigan University's journalism department. CMU officials on Saturday placed a bronze plaque engraved with the 1956 Saginaw High School graduate's name and picture on a wall dedicated to the school's Journalism Hall of Fame inductees... CMU honors broadcast icon from Saginaw (Tue 11/7)

Flint Journal:

WEYI (Channel 25) is getting into the buck pole business. With firearm deer hunting season beginning Wednesday, chief meteorologist Mark Torregrossa is inviting successful hunters to bring their prizes by the station in Vienna Township between 4-6 p.m. until the season ends Nov. 30. The station will show the deer during its 5 and 6 p.m. newcasts each day through the season... Smile for the camera: Channel 25 shows off bucks (Fri 11/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 11, 2006



The Oakland Press:

An Oakland County country radio host leaves for Iraq today, for a special 10-day visit starting on Veterans Day to deliver the World's Largest Yellow Ribbon, signed by area listeners, for soldiers from the Detroit area. Steve Grunwald, co-host and producer of the "All New Dr. Don Morning Show" on WYCD-FM (99.5), will travel with the Department of Defense. He plans to visit as many Michigan soldiers as possible... Oakland radio host to deliver yellow ribbon to Michigan soldiers in Iraq (Sat 11/11)

Detroit fans can get wrestlemania tix early

WRIFRock WRIF-FM 101.1 is giving Detroit wrestling fans the chance to buy tickets to Wrestlemania 23 before they go on sale to the rest of the world. Beginning today, November 11th at 8am, Detroiters will have the opportunity to buy tickets to Wrestlemania 23 only at Ford Field for two hours before they go on sale to the general public at 10am. WRIF's night DJ, “Meltdown”, will broadcast live from Ford Field to encourage listeners to take advantage of this great opportunity.

In addition to the pre-sale, wrestling fans will have the chance to win ringside seats by dressing up like their favorite wrestler. WrestleMania 23 will be live at Detroit's Ford Field on Sunday, April 1, 2007—tickets officially go on sale to the public on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.!

The return to Detroit will mark the 20th anniversary of WrestleMania III at the Pontiac Silverdome. The event attracted 93,173 fans who saw Hulk Hogan body slam and defeat the late Andre' The Giant in an epic battle. That attendance figure is reputed to be the world indoor attendance record for any sports or entertainment event.

WWE®'s goal is to have WrestleMania 23 establish a new attendance record for Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions and Super Bowl XL.

Magic 105.1 to host wine tasting event

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM will hold “The Magic Wine Down” Event from 6-9pm on Friday, November 17th, 2006 at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. (between 8 and 9 Mile Roads) in Southfield. The event will be complete with hors d'oeuvres from Forte Restaurant and of course, wine. Approximately 10 wines will be showcased and experts will be on-hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event. Diane Dunn, harpist, will provide music for attendees. Additionally, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Toys For Tots. Several auction items include: Extreme Tickle Me Elmo, sterling silver necklace from Ahee Jewelers and gift certificates for Centurion Home Services.

The event will be hosted by many Magic personalities: Linda Lanci, Mike Bradley, Fay Samona, Mitzi Miles, Jim Paolucci, Shannyn Caldwell and Johnny Williams.

The only way in is to win by listening to WMGC as tickets will not be available for sale.

Zonjic to perform in flutes, friends, and Fa-la-la benefit Nov. 16

Jazz flutist and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will perform in a benefit to aid the special children and adults of FAR on Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Seligman Performing Arts Center, Detroit Country Day School in Beverly Hills, Michigan.

Fun Arts Recreation (FAR) provides creative arts therapy and recreation services for children and adults with mental, physical and/or emotional impairments.

Joining Zonjic will be Detroit's ”first lady of blues” Thornetta Davis and folk singer Josh White, Jr. and the special children of FAR for the 6th Annual event of music, song and dance to benefit Variety FAR Conservatory of Therapeutic and Performing Arts.

A patron dinner, FAR Bazaar and afterglow are also a part of the festivities. Tickets for reserved seating ranges from $25 to $500. Students and children under 18 are admitted free. For more information contact the FAR office at (248) 646-3347.

Detroit Free Press:

Appointed: Trey Fabacher as vice president and general manager of CBS's two Detroit TV stations, WWJ-TV (Channel 62) and CW affiliate WKBD-TV (Channel 50). Fabacher, most recently VP-GM of KSTW Seattle, replaces Shaun McDonald, who was recently named president and general manager of CBS's South Florida operations ... Raised: For the Salvation Army by WJLB-FM (97.9), nearly 950 winter coats and nearly $59,000 in cash donations during the 24th Annual Coats for Kids Radiothon at Hoop City Grille in Southfield this past weekend... Names and Faces (Sat 11/11)

Detroit News:

Gerald Levert was a powerful singer, and his voice and lyrics were sometimes described as explosive and raw. The R&B star was silenced Friday when he died of a heart attack, reportedly in his sleep, in his suburban Cleveland home. He was 40... R&B singer dies from heart attack (Sat 11/11)


Michael Patrick Shiels will originate morning show from Israel

The Michigan Talk Network's “Big Show…with Michael Patrick Shiels,” will broadcast live from Israel November 13 through 17. The daily statewide morning news-talk show, airing weekdays from 6-10 am, originates on WJIM AM 1240 in Lansing and is heard via-satellite on 9 other radio stations across Michigan.

“Israel is obviously at the geopolitical crossroads of the Middle East. It is the ‘Promised Land' to the Jews and where the faithful believe Christ was born and the Prophet Mohamed ascended to heaven,” said Shiels, host of the show and an accomplished travel journalist who has visited 32 countries. “As Michigan prepares for the holiday seasons of Christmas and Passover, we feel the Holy Land is an appropriate place to explore and investigate – a strategically, politically, culturally, and economically sensitive area.”

The morning radio shows will originate from Jerusalem and Haifa, near Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Shiels will interview elected officials, tourism ministers, international journalists, government affairs experts, cultural figures, religious leaders and Richard H. Jones, the United States Ambassador to Israel.

Israel is the meeting place of three continents and two seas…located between the Mediterranean and the deserts of Syria and Arabia, with the mountains of Lebanon to the north and Jordan to the east.

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.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, November 12, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

Make sure you have your radio locked on to classic Top 40 WOMC-FM (104.3) for this Saturday’s Michigan-Ohio State football game, which is set to kick off from Columbus at 3:30 p.m.

For U-M fans, there is absolutely no other way to take in all the excitement of The Game than by getting the call from Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter with Doug Karsch on the sidelines. True, you are allowed to watch on WXYZ-Channel 7, too, but do yourself a favor and turn down the sound on the TV and crank up that radio.

Oh, and you might want to get the nonfootball fans out of the house, as they just won’t understand.

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Soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) pulled a fast one on its listeners this week, and no, I’m not talking about the Nov. 3 launch of the annual overdose of all-Christmas music by Kevin O’Neill and special guest Barry Manilow. Rather, this surprise is the dumping of hugely popular jock Gene Maxwell, who had been a midday fixture at ’NIC for more than 25 years.

It’s likely that Maxwell was a victim of budget cuts by owner Clear Channel, as similar moves have been happening at other stations owned by the media behemoth in other parts of the country, including New York.

Industry speculation has been running wild about Clear Channel possibly making itself a private company or finding a buyer for all or part of its massive media holdings, which include more than 1,000 radio stations, 30 television stations, billboards, several radio networks and other properties.

Seeing Maxwell exit certainly underscores the fact that for many in the radio industry, the financial pressures are not unlike those faced at companies, particularly the Big Three. To me, though, that’s still not a good enough excuse to dispatch one of the best jocks in the market.

I’m sure that most of us have gone through similar happenings where we work, but when it happens to a public figure like Gene, it affects more than just those left at WNIC who will miss him. His huge radio family deserves better, and I hope someone else in town can somehow make room for him.

WNIC has absorbed Maxwell’s former noon-3 p.m. shift by extending Theresa Lucas’ show from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and O’Neill’s from 2-7 p.m.

Spirit of the Season WNIC? Hardly.

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Up the dial a notch at country WYCD-FM (99.5), they’ve collected well-wishes from thousands of listeners on what the station is calling the World’s Largest Yellow Ribbon and will ship it to Iraq with morning show co-host Steve Grunwald, who will be embarking on 10-day goodwill mission to the war-torn country in association with the U.S. Department of Defense.

Grunwald comments via WYCD’s Web site: “This is the best thing I have ever done in all my years in radio. We should all be proud of how happy we are making people and all of us working so hard together as a team to make it happen. That includes all of you, who have given such an overwhelming show of support. Not only support for our station, and support for myself, but, most importantly, you have really stepped up in supporting all of the families and all of our troops in Iraq. Thank you to everyone who has helped to make this happen.”

Now that’s the Christmas spirit in action — even if it’s still almost two weeks before Turkey Day.

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Checking in with soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1), which isn’t playing Christmas music yet but is displaying plenty of holiday spirit, we find that morning host Jim Harper and crew helped raise $94,000 and four trucks of clothing during a daylong broadcast earlier this month in support of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.

That’s a huge increase over last year’s tally of $33,000, and all that cash will help feed hungry families and provide school supplies and clothing for kids. It’ll also help keep the doors open at Capuchin’s library and computer center.

“When great people come together for a great cause, you get great results,” says Marcy Cyburt, Magic 105.1’s general sales manager. “Our listeners are wonderful.”

 • • • • 

If you’re trying to select a fine wine for your upcoming holiday table, WMGC will be hosting “The Magic Wine Down” at 6 p.m. Friday at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Road between Eight Mile and Nine Mile roads in Southfield.

The event will feature about 10 showcase wines with experts on hand to educate attendees about which one might go best with your turkey, along with hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots.

Several Magic personalities are scheduled to be on hand, including Linda Lanci, Mike Bradley, Fay Samona, Mitzi Miles, Jim Paolucci, Shannyn Caldwell and Johnny Williams.

Tune in to WMGC to win tickets, as they won’t be available for purchase.

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And now that I’ve got you thinking Christmas ... XM satellite radio has announced it will serve up several commercial-free channels during the holiday season — Holly (XM 103) will launch tomorrow, followed by Holiday Traditions (XM 104), A Nashville Christmas (XM 105), A Classic Christmas (XM 106), and Special X-Mas (XM 107), all on the day after Thanskgiving.

Sirius will likely also add special holiday channels soon, but details on them weren’t yet available.

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Set your dial: “Somewhere in Time,” Detroit’s only nostalgic radio show for seniors, recalls the emotional days of World War ll with a special program of music to salute Remembrance Day, or as many will recall, Armistice or Veterans Day. Fran Wilson hosts at 6 p.m. on WMUZ-FM (103.5) ... Ron Edwards, weekday morning news host on talk WDTK-AM (1400), hosts “The Edwards Notebook” every Saturday at 9:30 a.m., with a repeat airing on sister station WLQV-AM (1500) at 2:30 p.m. the same day. Edwards’ unique commentary is sure to make you stop, listen and think.

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


Grand Rapids Press:

He's not in line for a multi-million dollar payoff, but Casey Ford feels as if he's won life's lottery anyway. A 2001 graduate of Jenison High School, Ford has been keeping busy as an assistant manager of WCET, the local access TV station that can be picked up on Channel 24 in Grand Rapids, and 24-25 in Jenison, Grandville and Hudsonville... GVSU student gets call for U-M games (Thu 11/9)


Arriens Adds MD Duties At WJIM/Lansing:
DARRIN ARRIENS, PD/midday jock at CITADEL/GRAND RAPIDS Rocker WKLQ, also programs sister Top 40 WHTS (just down the hall), and recently added MD duties at LANSING sister Top 40 WJIM, where he'll work closely with PD DAN KELLEY. ARRIENS tells ALL ACCESS, “Sometimes I'm hard to find, but I've got two great MDs, MICHAEL GRAY at ‘KLQ, as well as JOSH STRICKLAND at WHTS. (Thu 11/9)

WSNX 'Jocks In A Box' Collect Food For The Needy:
CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS APD/night guy HOLMES and co-host BIG MAC last week took their "FREAK SHOW" to the streets for a second year to help needy West MICHIGAN families with a promotion called "Jock In A Box." Both jocks lived and broadcast their show from a storage unit until they filled an 18-wheeler truck with food. They started on NOVEMBER 2 at 7a and ended on NOVEMBER 5 at noon, enduring two days of snow and temperatures as low as 23 degrees, and as a result about 400 West MICHIGAN residents will be fed through CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES this Thanksgiving. Check out the pics here.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 14, 2006



The Oakland Press:

Grunwald's Operation Yellow Ribbon blog: It's Sunday and I am stuck in Kuwait. I am at Al Ali Salem Air Force Base, you know - the place that doesn't exist on paper nor is it acknowledged by any of the governments. When I arrived in Kuwait I was the only one to get off the plane here. I guess Kuwait is not exactly a tourist attraction this time of year! I was on a commercial flight that had 35 people on it. As I walked down the gate I expected people there from the Army or Navy to meet me. NOPE! It was 1:30 a.m. so I found my way to customs and still no one... Iraq blog: Radio DJ has rocky road to Baghdad (Tue 11/14)

WRIF holding a field goal contest to see UM/OSU football

WRIFWRIF's Morning Show, Drew & Mike, will send one lucky winner and a guest to Columbus on Saturday to watch the Wolverines battle the Buckeyes in the biggest rivalry in college football. The morning show duo will give the trip away through a field goal kicking contest tomorrow at the WRIF studios.

Ten listeners were qualified on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, November 15th at 7am to participate in the contest. The contestant who kicks the most field goals in a series of rounds will pick up tickets to the U of M vs. Ohio State game in Columbus on Saturday, plus hotel accommodations and a $101 gas card.

Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry captured in collector's DVD

“Rivalry Rewind” and “Spotlight” packaged into 90-minute video; available Nov 15 at Meijer and other retailers

rivalryrewind“Rivalry Rewind,” FSN Detroit's original program that captured the pageantry, intensity and drama of this year's Michigan-Michigan State football game, is part of a collector's edition DVD that is available starting Wednesday
(Nov. 15) at Meijer stores and other fine retailers.The DVD includes a 60-minute director's cut version of “Rivalry
Rewind” that features field level video, natural sound and each school's radio play-by-play actualities to tell the story of this year's game from an on-field perspective. Fans of both schools will experience the pre-game tailgating, team warm-ups, passionate locker room speeches and the rest of the emotions that surround the Michigan-Michigan state rivalry.

Expanded from its on-air 30-minute version, the bonus materials on the DVD include expanded pregame, halftime and post-game footage, much of it exclusive to FSN.

“What makes ‘Rivalry Rewind” so engaging is the unprecedented level of access both schools gave our crew,” said Greg Hammaren, Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “Their cooperation makes this a must-have addition to any fan's library.” “Rivalry Rewind” is an original production of FSN Detroit. Additional video and audio provided by Host Communications, Michigan Sate University, Michigan Sports Television and MSU Sports
Broadcasting. Special thanks to the Big Ten Conference, Michigan State University and the University
of Michigan.

Also on the DVD is a 30-minute episode of FSN's “Spotlight” that focuses on the history of the Michigan-Michigan State football rivalry. Told from the perspective of those intimately familiar with the rivalry, “Spotlight” provides a fascinating look at the rivalry's origins and some of the memorable games through the years.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 15, 2006



Radio & Records:

The first fall ratings trend for Detroit radio was released today. Top 5 stations in the 12+ audience group were Adult Urban WMXD-FM, News/Talk WJR-AM, Urban WJLB-FM, Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM, and News WWJ-AM.

Complete 12+ ratings chart (Wed 11/15)

WOMC ready to hand out $25,000 to scavenger hunt winner

For the last four weeks, Dick Purtan has announced in the 7 a.m. hour a different item each day that listeners had to acquire, for a 20 total items in all. Contestants will join WOMC on Friday November 17th at Don Massey Cadillac in Plymouth (Ann Arbor Road west of I-275) with all their collected items where station personnel will review all the collected items.

The winner, a person with the correct 20 items, will win $25,000 plus a 2-year lease on a 2007 Cadillac CTS from Don Massey. WOMC'S Dana Masucci and Beau Derek will broadcast live 10 am – 7 p.m. (Dana from 10 am - 3 and Beau Derek 3-7 pm.). If more than one contestant has the correct 20 items, a random drawing will be done on-site to select one winner.

Classic Rock Art Show opens November 27th

WCSXClassic Rock WCSX 94.7 will showcase a collection of 125 pieces of original art, lithographs, photographs, handwritten lyrics and animation cells from the greatest classic rock artists of all time at the 94.7 WCSX Classic Rock Art Show & Sale.

The event will take place Monday, November 27th through Friday, December 15th in a specially designed space inside of the Oakland Mall in Troy. The show is open to the public during mall hours and every piece of art is available for purchase.

New this year look for…

* A series of new works from famed photographer James Fortune. The James Fortune photographs are incorporated into artistic borders and treatments. His works include Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, The Doors, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Buffett and more.

* Several "unseen" Beatles photos that are published in editions (of only 25) from The Mark Hayward Collection. Hayward is the author of the highly popular book, The Beatles Unseen.

* Jean Pierre Weill's 3-D glass pieces of famous rockers called Vitreography. The creation of every vitreograph combines and integrates three processes: serigraphy, print lithography, and hand-painting.

* An amazing work of art on canvas of the famous surfing beaches in Southern California. It was painted by Dan Mackin (inductee in the Surfing Hall of Fame) and it is hand signed by Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson.

The show also features works from Classic Rock artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, David Bowie, Ron Wood, Santana, Robby Kreiger, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Tico Torres (Bon Jovi), Tony Bennett, John Mellencamp, U2, John Entwistle, Bob Dylan, Jon Anderson, Nancy Sinatra, Lynyrd Skynyrd and more, plus famous photos, lyrics, album art, and concert posters.

Alexander Zonjic's holiday Can-Am concerts to benefit children's charities

ZonjicJazz flutist and Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will celebrate the spirit of Christmas in two countries with Piper's Holiday Concerts in Canada and America on Dec. 6 and 9 to benefit international children's charities. Both concerts will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends, Detroit's “Lady of Blues” Thornetta Davis, the Barbara Ogar Flute Choir and concert pianist Margaret Kapasi. The Detroit concert will also feature smooth jazz saxophonist Marion Meadows.

“Both concerts will be something spectacular blending jazzy and soulful music flavors with traditional holiday music and a flute choir of 70 members,” says Zonjic.

The Canadian concert will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Avenue W., in Windsor, Ontario. Ticket prices are $25 CN for general admission and VIP tickets are $100 for preferred seating and an afterglow with the artists. For more information call the box office at 519-253-7729 or visit www.capitol.on.ca.

The U.S. concert will take place on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. at Dearborn's Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., in Dearborn, MI. Ticket prices are $25 for general admission and $100 for preferred seating and the afterglow. For more information call the box office at 313-943­-2354 or visit www.dearbornfordcenter.com.

Proceeds from the Canadian concert will benefit the John McGibney Children's Centre of Essex County Proceeds from the U.S. concert will benefit the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, MI. Nicaragua's Children of the Dump will benefit from both concerts. Many of them are orphans who have lived in the dumps as long as they remember, foraging barefoot through the garbage to find something usable and recyclable.

The concerts are presented by the Rotary District 6400 which serves Southeastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. For more information, visit www.rotary6400.org.

Detroit News:

Metro Detroiters and viewers all over the country watched Gabrielle's embarrassing return to modeling and Julie's foray into bad-boy dating on ABC's hit nighttime soap "Desperate Housewives" Sunday. The drama ranked No. 1 locally and nationally on Nielsen Media Research's Top 10 list. That's the only show that mirrored both body's tastes... Detroit reflects country's passion for 'Housewives' (Wed 11/15)


"A-OK" is all right - and then some. The sketch comedy show on Central Michigan University's student-run Moore Hall Television recently brought home national honors in the 2006 College Broadcasters Inc. National Student Production Awards competition.

The program won three first-place awards Oct. 27 at the College Broadcasters Inc. Conference in St. Louis, Mo. "A-OK" was named Best Technical Production, Best Comedy and Best General Entertainment Program.

The student winners for "A-OK" include Mike Greiner, a senior from Grosse Pointe Woods; Dave Seger, a May 2006 graduate from St. Clair Shores; and Tom Kauffman, a May 2006 graduate from Muskegon.

"A-OK" aired on MHTV in spring 2006. Clips from the show can be viewed on CMU's Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Web site at www.bca.cmich.edu.

Two other MHTV shows also were finalists in the competition.

"Central View" was a finalist in the Best General Entertainment Program category. Its producers were CMU graduate assistant Ken Ochalek of Romeo and former graduate assistant J.R. Curtis of Bitely.

"MHTV Sports" was a finalist in the Best Sports Play-by-Play category. Producers of the program were Jason Dizik, a junior from West Bloomfield; Nate Blair, a sophomore from Merrill; and Dan Empson, a former graduate assistant from West Olive. Other crew members included Matt Park of Mount Pleasant, a May 2006 graduate who is originally from Brighton; Courtland Bartlett, a sophomore from Farmington; Mike Stark, a junior from Livonia; John Mullin, a senior from Almont; and Brian Sterling, a senior from Troy.

The CBI contest attracted nearly 500 entries in 21 categories from universities across the nation.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 16, 2006



Detroit News:

So, you love "The Victors". You think it's the greatest college fight song in the history of college fight songs. Just how much do you love it? Enough to listen to it for 24 hours? You'll get that opportunity beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday when Ann Arbor Radio's WLBY 1290 AM begins playing "The Victors" and continues to play it and play it and play it some more. "With the University of Michigan football team on the verge of another national championship, we expect rabid listenership for The New 1290 WLBY," station general manager Bob Bolak said in a release... Big game report- Ann Arbor station goes all 'Victors', all the time (Thu 11/16)

Baseball was very, very good to local radio. How good? In the first Arbitrend report on the fall ratings, which give a preliminary snapshot of radio listenership, not surprisingly WXYT-AM (1270), the radio home of the Detroit Tigers, scored big. The station ranked No. 1 with men aged 18 and older at night from late September through most of October, and No. 1 with males of that age group in the 3-7 p.m. time slot, which is when "The Big Show" with Art Regner and Doug Karsch airs. Overall, adult R&B WMXD-FM (92.3) was still No. 1 with listeners aged 12 plus... Tigers give WXYT ratings home run (Thu 11/16)

Detroit Free Press:

Take Wednesday's release of the monthly radio ratings with a great big snowflake. That's because the Arbitrend ratings, which measure the past three months, don't include the expected surge in November and December ratings by WNIC-FM, which began playing all holiday music on Nov. 3. This chart will melt pretty fast. Note that WNIC did move back into the top 10 with a 4.0 score good for eighth place, boding well for its usual carol-driven final two-month listener surge... Radio ratings will change with the holiday season (Thu 11/16)



Clear Channel Says Yes To A $26.7 Billion Deal:
The CLEAR CHANNEL BOARD has agreed to a bid of $26.7 billion by private equity firms THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS and BAIN CAPITAL, including the assumption or repayment of approximately $8.0 billion of net debt. CLEAR CHANNEL will still be run on a day-to-day basis by Chairman LOWRY MAYS, CEO MARK MAYS, and President/CFO RANDALL MAYS.

The bid values CLEAR CHANNEL, which has about 1,150 radio stations, at $37.60 a share, representing a premium of approximately 25% over CLEAR CHANNEL's average closing share price of $29.99 during the 30 trading days ended OCTOBER 24, 2006, the day before CLEAR CHANNEL first acknowledged that it was evaluating strategic alternatives.

CLEAR CHANNEL retains the right to solicit other offers until DECEMBER 7 and negotiate with other bidders until JANUARY 5, which leaves the door cracked open for further bids.

Radio Outside Of Top 100 Markets And TV Group To Be Sold

Additionally, CLEAR CHANNEL has announced plans to sell 448 of its 1,150 radio stations, all located outside the Top 100 ARBITRON markets -- 90 markets are affected -- as well as the company's 42-station TV group. Collectively, these properties contributed less than 10% of the company's revenues last year.

ALL ACCESS hears that a few of the markets may already be spoken for, with rumors swirling that MARATHON MEDIA has dibs on CC's NORTH DAKOTA, MONTANA, WYOMING, and IDAHO (except BOISE) properties and WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORP. is lined up to buy CC's WEST VIRGINIA stations.

CLEAR CHANNEL CEO MARK MAYS said, "We are very pleased to announce this transaction which provides substantial value to our shareholders. We look forward to working with THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS and BAIN CAPITAL PARTNERS to continue our business plan to provide exceptional programming to our audiences and value to our advertising partners."

Regarding the divestiture of radio and TV properties, MAYS added, "Our decision to divest these broadcast properties was reached as a result of the ongoing optimization of our diverse portfolio of media assets. These are profitable and well-managed properties in excellent markets. We believe that the sale of these stations will allow us to position our business to provide even greater value to our listeners and shareholders."

THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS Co-Pres. SCOTT SPERLING stated, "CLEAR CHANNEL is one of the nation's truly great companies that has the finest collection of outdoor and radio assets in the industry. We are extremely pleased to be partnered with the management team led by MARK and RANDALL MAYS and to have the opportunity to work with them and to grow this company that was created by its Chairman and founder, L. LOWRY MAYS. CLEAR CHANNEL has tremendous long term growth opportunities in both the radio and outdoor businesses and we look forward to partnering with MARK and RANDALL to create value in the years ahead.”

BAIN CAPITAL Managing Dir. JOHN CONNAUGHTON added, "We are very impressed with CLEAR CHANNEL's strong management team and the company's leadership positions in a variety of markets and media formats. CLEAR CHANNEL is an exceptional media franchise that is well-positioned to grow thanks to the solid foundation the MAYS family has created. We look forward to partnering with CLEAR CHANNEL as it continues to innovate in meeting the changing needs of the audiences and advertisers it serves."

Clear Channel Michigan markets to be sold:

Ann Arbor
Battle Creek

No buyers have been announced for the stations in these markets.

Clear Channel to go private; CMU broadcasting professor not surprised

Central Michigan University School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Heather Polinsky, an expert in media economics and policy, is available to discuss Clear Channel's decision to become a private company by selling to Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital and the Clear Channel-founding Mays family.

A few of Polinsky's initial thoughts on the subject:

* "The Mays family, founder of Clear Channel, has not made any secret of wanting to take Clear Channel private, so this sale is not a surprise."

* "The most profitable enterprise of Clear Channel has been and continues to be its outdoor advertising. Clear Channel acquired its radio station holdings very quickly after the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and was never able to turn a huge profit with its radio station holdings. Clear Channel was famous for buying several stations in a market and streamlining the stations' personnel and equipment to the bare minimum."

* "Clear Channel found that radio programming is not done well on the cheap, so it is no surprise that it is selling off its medium to smaller market stations. Larger-market radio stations tend to do better because these markets have a larger number of advertisers to support a larger number of media outlets."

* "It will be interesting to see what happens to Clear Channel's radio networks. Its Premiere Radio Network has some of the bigger names in talk radio. And its music networks serve a significant number of automated stations across the country in small to large markets. These may continue to turn a profit for Clear Channel."

Polinsky is an expert on audio recording technology and the convergence of computers and broadcasting. She assists with WMHW-FM, the CMU student radio station, and teaches basic and advanced audio courses. Polinsky's research interests include media economics, media policy and new media technologies.


Michigan coach Bo Schembechler dies at 77



Bo SchembechlerLegendary football coach Bo Schembechler passed away Friday morning (Nov. 17) at Detroit Providence Hospital at the age of 77.

As the winningest head coach in Michigan football history, Bo Schembechler's teams won or tied for an impressive 13 Big Ten championships during his 21-year tenure. Under Schembechler's guidance, Michigan's 96-10-3 regular season record through the decade of the 1970s was the nation's best. He guided 17 teams to postseason bowl games – including 10 Rose Bowls – and another 17 to top 10 finishes in the final wire service polls (AP and/or UPI).

In his 27 years of coaching, Schembechler's teams never had a losing season. Upon stepping down after the 1989 season, Bo retired as the winningest active coach in the nation (234-65-8) and fifth on the all-time list, behind only coaching legends Paul ‘Bear' Bryant, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Glen ‘Pop' Warner and Woody Hayes. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Schembechler served as Michigan's Director of Athletics between 1988-90, and is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Schembechler was a prep all-state player at Barberton (Ohio) High School. He continued his football career at Miami of Ohio where he was an offensive tackle for three seasons, playing under George Blackburn and Woody Hayes. Schembechler was also a lefthander on the Miami baseball team.

He graduated in 1951 and received a master's degree in 1952 at Ohio State where he served as a graduate assistant coach. After serving in the U.S. Army, Schembechler was a line coach at Presbyterian College in 1954, a line coach at Bowling Green in 1955, and then joined Ara Parseghian's staff at Northwestern in 1958 before serving as an assistant at Ohio State. He was appointed head football coach at Miami of Ohio in 1963, a position he held until taking over the Michigan program prior to the 1969 campaign.

MichiganStatements from University of Michigan Officials

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman
"This is a tremendous shock and an irreplaceable loss for the University of Michigan family. Bo Schembechler embodied all that is best about Michigan – loyalty, dedication and the drive for ever-greater excellence. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him, a number as great as the Michigan community in every corner of the world.

"This university's deep tradition is our immense pride and our common ground. No one represented Michigan tradition better than Bo," President Coleman continued. "Bo was the icon of Michigan football. But he was connected with this university far beyond athletics. We watched with pride as he received an honorary degree. We watched with gratitude as he extended his considerable talents to the University of Michigan cancer center and so many other worthwhile programs. And even this semester we watched with a smile as he enjoyed becoming a student again in the Ford School of Public Policy.

"Bo had an unmistakable twinkle in his eye, and I will miss that spirit and so much more. I am grateful for this remarkable man and all his contributions that make Michigan Michigan."

University of Michigan Athletics Director Bill Martin
"This is a profoundly sad day for Michigan athletics, for the University of Michigan, and for all of college football. I find it difficult to express what Bo has meant to this program for close to 40 years. He was a giant of a coach and giant of a man. His life touched generations of players, families, staff, students and alumni. His energy fueled not only athletic success but the incredible pride of all Michigan fans. His impact was immeasurable. On behalf of the athletic department, I express our deep sadness at his loss, and extend our sympathies to his wife Cathy and their sons."

Football Legend Bo Schembechler Passes Away, University of Michigan Athletic Department

U-M mourns death of Bo Schembechler, University of Michigan

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Schembechler dead at 77, Ann Arbor News

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Legendary Michigan coach Schembechler dies, Detroit News

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Bo Schembechler, 77, dies, Detroit Free Press

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Schembechler collapses, dies at 77, ESPN.com

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In remembrance of University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, Channel 7 will broadcast special reports Friday evening and Saturday morning. A special program, following 7 Action News, will honor Bo's legacy Friday night. Then Saturday at 10 a.m., Channel 7 will present a 2-hour special program celebrating the life and times of the legendary U of M coach... Channel 7 to Remember Bo with Special Programming, Bo Schembechler has Died, WXYZ-TV


Flint Journal:

He'll likely get wet and won't get much sleep, but disc jockey "Dan the Man" Stewart of WJSZ-FM (92.5) plans to sit on the roof of McDonald's until $15,000 is raised for the Child Advocacy Center. Stewart will broadcast live three times an hour from the McDonald's on M-21 as part of the Third Annual Coins for Kids Roof Sit. The event was expected to kick off at 7 a.m. today... DJ taking to open air in attempt to raise money (Fri 11/17)

In between commercials hawking fast food, cars and furniture, don't be surprised to see advertisements promoting the Flint School District. No, there's not enough money in the school budget to buy sales pitches from high-priced celebrity endorsers such as Tiger Woods or Jessica Simpson. But local celebrities - all Flint schools grads - appear in the commercials on WSMH (Channel 66), including one who has some national renown - NBA player and Flint graduate Charlie Bell... Flint grads go on the air (Sun 11/19)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 13-19, 2006



West Michigan's WayFM wins Station of the Year from R&R

Contemporary Christian WaYfm (88.3 WAYK/Kalamazoo 89.9 WAYG/Grand Rapids) was recently recognized as “Station of the Year” by Radio and Records, the radio industry's leading trade publication. WAYK is the first-ever youth & young adult oriented station to receive this honor, beating out five other stations in its market category to win the distinction.

“This award is voted on by peers,” said Kevin Peterson, Christian Editor for Radio & Records, “which speaks volumes about the respect that Christian radio programmers across the country have for what WAYK is doing in its market and in this industry.”

WaYfm Program Director, Michael Couchman, attributes the station's success to “God blessing WaYfm with great listeners and a great team who loves serving them. We're excited to be the first-ever youth oriented station to get this honor and we'll continue to work hard at reaching them.”


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

His instincts told him to stay away from a sad good-bye as he signed off the air Sept. 29, 2002. Even as his audience welled up, Ernie Harwell finished his final Tigers broadcast with what he called a "hello" to the next chapter of his life. He vowed to embrace new adventures, and said he'd do it in Michigan, his adopted home state ... His latest effort -- a new four-hour, four-CD audiobook of his Hall of Fame career -- is on sale now at www.eharwell.com... The voice of experience: Retired? Harwell shows no signs of slowing down (Sun 11/19)

WJR programming notes:

WJROn Monday November 20th and Tuesday November 21st from 6 - 9 AM, the Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from 2006 Beijing Auto Show in China.

Then on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 23rd from 10 AM until Noon, America's Thanksgiving Day Parade will celebrate its 80th Birthday. WJR, as the official voice of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will provide complete coverage of this holiday tradition. Parade co-hosts Dick Haefner and Katherine Leslie bring all of the sights and sounds of America's Thanksgiving Parade to listeners.


Six of Eight Games Televised Live; Two Games Streamed Live at msn.foxsports.com/regional/detroit

FSNFSN Detroit for the ninth consecutive year is the exclusive television home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2006 edition is Friday, November 24 and Saturday, November 25 at Ford Field.

Six of the eight championship games are scheduled to be televised live. The other two games – Division 4 on Friday and Division 3 on Saturday – will be streamed live at msn.foxsports.com/regional/detroit, plus televised
on a same-day delay basis on FSN Detroit. FSN Detroit began carrying the state football finals in 1998, receiving a Michigan Emmy for its coverage of the 2002 title games.

Here is the lineup of the 2006 MHSAA Football Finals on FSN Detroit, available in more than 3.2
million cable and satellite homes throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana:

Friday, November 24:

10:00 AM, LIVE: Division 8 Final – Crystal Falls Forest Park vs. New Lothrop
Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler Sideline: Shireen Saski

1:00 PM, LIVE: Division 2 Final – Muskegon vs. Warren De La Salle
Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler Sideline: Shireen Saski

4:30 PM, LIVE: Division 6 Final – Saginaw Nouvel vs. Inkster
Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick Sideline: Shireen Saski

10:30 PM, delay: Division 4 Final – Coopersville vs. Zeeland West
Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick Sideline: Shireen Saski
(Division 4 game available live online at 7:30 PM at www.FoxSports.com/Detroit;
FSN telecast is replayed Sunday, Nov. 26 at 10:00 AM).

Saturday, November 25:

10:00 AM, LIVE: Division 7 Final – Muskegon Catholic Central vs. Grass Lake
Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Stan Edwards Sideline: Shireen Saski

1:00 PM, LIVE: Division 1 Final – Macomb Dakota vs. Rockford
Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Stan Edwards Sideline: Shireen Saski

4:30 PM, LIVE: Division 5 Final – Menominee vs. Madison Heights Madison
Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick Sideline: Shireen Saski

11:30 PM, delay: Division 3 Final – East Grand Rapids vs. Farmington Hills Harrison
Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick Sideline: Shireen Saski
(Division 3 game available live online at 7:30 PM at www.FoxSports.com/Detroit;
FSN telecast is replayed Sunday, Nov. 26 at 12:30 PM.)


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, November 19, 2006

By: Art Vuolo

On The Radio

For many years, the majority of commercial broadcasters have expressed doubts that the two satellite radio companies would ever reach the cashflow break-even point, but XM is poised to perhaps prove them wrong. Reaching break-even on operations is still a long way from showing a bottom-line profit, but it is an important milestone for a new company. Both XM and Sirius, however, now face the problem that subscriber additions may be reaching a plateau phase many years earlier than projected.

This upcoming holiday sales season will be key. Howard Stern is old news, so Sirius has to come up with a new pitch to get people to buy its service. XM has to find a way to reclaim new receiver sales and market share from Sirius. To put things in perspective, satellite radio will have achieved 4 1/2 percent penetration of the U.S. population. And this is the new competitor that is supposed to wipe out AM and FM radio? Terrestrial radio broadcasters have nothing to worry about in the immediate future.

As I’ve stated in the past, I use both XM and Sirius to fulfill programming needs not available on free over-the-air radio. I enjoy pre-Beatles oldies, beautiful music, standards and classic country, and those are clearly not available on any local AM and FM stations. HD Radio needs to start providing more of these formats that cater to older audiences who are neglected, even though most of them have the money for the new HD radios and still listen to the medium.

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Last week my colleague, Mike Austerman, related the sad news about WNIC-FM (100.3) letting the station’s longtime early-afternoon host Gene Maxwell go. My feeling is that local management likely did everything in their power to prevent reductions of additional personnel scheduled to be cut in a nationwide effort by megapower Clear Channel Radio, which owns more than a half-dozen stations in our area. In fact the Detroit market was largely spared extensive layoffs when compared to other Clear Channel cities.

This past week, Clear Channel accepted a bid for the company at just over 26 billion dollars and the company is selling off nearly 500 stations in smaller markets several here in Michigan, but not in Detroit.

Maxwell couldn’t opt for less money and/or a longer shift because he is exclusively an on-air talent, and most of the big radio companies insist that employees multitask; for example, Theresa Lucas, the other WNIC mid-day host, doubles as assistant program director and music director at WNIC. My only hope is that Gene received a financial severance that will get him through the holidays. We all know that it’s a bad time to be unemployed.

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If you’re already looking for stocking stuffers for the upcoming Christmas holiday, drop by your nearest Borders and pick up the new Mojo in the Morning “Phone Scams Volume 9” CD. It’s only $11.95 and it’s guaranteed to provide lots of laughs. Mojo and his Channel 955 crew — Spike, Sara, Kyra and Chad — truly offer one of the best morning shows on local radio. Check it out on hits WKQI-FM (95.5).

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Popular smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) will be well represented in the coming weeks via morning host Alexander Zonjic, who will present several upcoming concerts on both sides of the boarder. One U.S. concert is Dec. 9 at Dearborn’s Community and Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $25 and $100; latter price includes preferred seating and an afterglow. Learn more at (313) 943-2354 or visit www.dearbornfordcenter.com.

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Specs Howard grad Glenda Lewis and her TV legend mom, Diana Lewis, were recognized this past week as the only mother/daughter news anchors in the United States. The testimonial resolution was presented to them by Martha Reeves and the Detroit City Council. They also are being recognized by the Museum of TV & Radio in New York City.

The duo first co-anchored Channel 7 “Action News” on Mother’s Day 2004. I spoke with Diana, who made an appearance in the first “Rocky” movie in 1976, and she is rightfully proud of Glenda, who says she will keep the historic team of “Lewis and (Stephen) Clark” around for years to come.

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West Coast Theatre organist John Seng, besides playing concerts around the world, had an unusual avocation. He wrote many radio jingles we’ve all heard. McDonald’s, United Air and Greyhound were some of his customers. John died in 2002, but some of those long lost tapes will be featured at 6 p.m. Sunday on “Somewhere in Time” on WMUZ-FM (103.5). Additionally there will be music from “The Nutcracker Suite,” just in time for the holiday season.

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And if you watched the game — UM vs. OSU — yesterday, I hope it was, as we suggested, with radio audio, as the TV commentators sounded like Homers for the Buckeyes. Check the sports section for all the details.

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Oh, and happy Thanksgiving to all.

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


2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards



MABThe 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan radio and television stations. The competition is open to all FCC licensed commercial, public stations, and statewide broadcasting networks in Michigan, and is presented by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and sponsored by Verizon. The competition is established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity. It brings the ultimate prize -- peer recognition -- to members of the broadcast industry of Michigan.

The 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards deadline is January 11, 2007 at 4:00pm. Visit the MAB web site at www.michmab.com/awards/awards_be.html to find out more information about the awards and to enter.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 22, 2006



WYCD's Grunwald returns from Iraq

WYCDCountry 99.5 WYCD morning show co-host Steve Grunwald has returned from a 10 day good will mission to Iraq in association with the US Department of Defense to deliver messages from Detroit area residents with WYCD's “World's Largest Yellow Ribbon”. The giant ribbon, was more than 20 yards in length, had been signed by thousands of Detroit Area residents with well wishes for families and friends overseas, and Grunwald delivered those messages personally.

“This was the most rewarding things I've ever done in my entire radio career,” added Grunwald who wasl “embedded” with servicemen and women on duty. “What I did is nothing compared to what these people are doing for us and our freedom,” said Grunwald.

WYCD encouraged people to come and sign the Yellow Ribbon for weeks prior to the journey.

Steve Grunwald, part of WYCD's Dr. Don Show daily with Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter and Jason the 300 Pound Cowboy called in reports daily from Bagdad and elsewhere in Iraq daily on the WYCD morning show and also blogged his progress on www.wycd.com as well as in the Oakland Press.

"The response to the WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon was absolutely overwhelming,” stated WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. “So many people have family and friends overseas from the Detroit area, we wanted to do something memorable around Veteran's Day that shows our support for our loved ones.” “This is not about politics, it's about people we care about that we know doing their jobs and protecting us. The WYCD Country Audience couldn't have been more supportive as we recieved thousands of emails and phone calls” added Roberts.

“It was truly an experience that I will never forget” Steve said and, he is grateful for all the support he received from listeners, friends, family and co-workers.

To find out more about Grunwald's trip to Iraq, read the daily Iraq blogs and more about WYCD's Operation Yellow Ribbon, log onto www.wycd.com.

Detroit News:

Michigan state police arrested WJBK-TV Channel 2 news reporter Andrea Isom for Operating While Intoxicated, the state's DWI classification. The incident occurred Monday night when state troopers spotted Isom in her black Hummer heading northbound in the southbound lanes of the Lodge Freeway near the I-94 exit, State Police Sgt. Brian Reece said Tuesday... Channel 2 reporter arrested for driving under the influence (Tue 11/21)

A mentally ill man convicted of attempted murder in the shooting of a former WDIV-TV employee in the station's entryway was sentenced today to prison. Epifanio Rivas, Jr., will spend 16 to 32 years in prison on the attempted murder charge, but must first serve two years for a felony firearm conviction... Man sentenced in Detroit TV station shooting (Wed 11/22)

Detroit Free Press:

WJBK-TV (Fox, Channel 2) news reporter Andrea Isom was in hot water Tuesday morning after having been stopped by Michigan State Police on a Detroit stretch of the Lodge Freeway driving the wrong way Monday night... Names and Faces (Wed 11/22)


Trapane Adds Foxworthy For The Fox:
CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT has added the syndicated JEFF FOXWORTHY COUNTDOWN, SATURDAYS at 4p (ET). Says FOX PD JOHN TRAPANE about the new show: "This isn't your usual syndicated show. JEFF customizes every show for our listeners, and our version of the show is an hour longer than the rest of the country gets." (Wed 11/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 23, 2006



Detroit News:

With only hours to go before Black Friday's shopping tsunami, AM/FM radio programmers hope that you'll look past all those cheap toaster ovens and flat-screen TVs to see that a new HD (high definition) radio model made by Accurian is going on sale at Radio Shack for $99. Normally the Accurian HD tabletop digital radio costs $199, but it will be available at Radio Shack stores as well as online at radioshack.com at the lower price (after a mail-in rebate) for just three days, Friday through Sunday... HD radios are half-price this weekend (Thu 11/23)

Detroit Free Press:

Gathering: Toys for WDVD-FM's (96.3) "Stuff a Bus" project. Morning host Blaine Fowler will broadcast live from 5:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. from a bus at Micro Center on 14 Mile, opposite Oakland Mall. Afternoon host Jesse will do the same at Parkway Chrysler Jeep on Hall Road in Clinton Township. Various local charities will get the gifts... Names and Faces (Thu 11/23)

Ann Arbor News:

Matt Watroba, who offers his annual Thanksgiving weekend concert at The Ark Friday night, is celebrating more than the holiday this year. Watroba's "Folks Like Us'' radio show, which airs on Detroit public radio station WDET, is marking 20 years as well... 'Folks' fans fuel Watroba's success (Thu 11/23)


With a network of over-the-air and cable television stations and radio stations, the Detroit Pistons are ensuring their fans throughout the state of Michigan and in northwest Ohio will be able to enjoy the 2006-07 season from the comfort of their homes or while traveling. The team has agreements with five out-state and N.E. Ohio television stations and 16 radio stations, which will reach the majority of its fans.

In addition, Fox Sports Net (FSN) Detroit is carrying 31 remaining regular season games. It is picked up by nearly every cable system in Michigan. My TV-20 is televising 27 upcoming regular season games and WDIV-TV 4 is airing six selected weekend Pistons match-ups. The remaining 11 contests will be aired nationally on TNT cable or ABC-TV. For those who can't tune in for the live broadcasts, My TV-20 will replay their game broadcasts at midnight and 3 a.m., and WDIV-TV 4 will replay the games played on its station at 1 a.m.

George Blaha enters his 31st season as the voice of the Pistons, and will handle all of the television announcing duties this season on My TV-20, as well as cable provider FSN Detroit. Greg Kelser will join Blaha and provide color commentary, marking his 10th season on FSN Detroit and his first on My TV-20.

The Pistons TV network includes key additions WNEM-TV My-5 in Flint; WMNT-TV My TV-48/58 in Toledo, Ohio; and WWLZ-TV 12 in Traverse City, joining longstanding holdover WXSP My-X in Grand Rapids. Also carrying some games is WHTV My-18 in Lansing.

The Pistons out-state over-the-air broadcast television network will televise all games carried on My TV-20 or WDIV-TV 4 for the 2006-07 season. The network includes:

WXSP-TV - My X (Grand Rapids)
WMNT-TV - My TV 48/58 (Toledo)
WNEM/DT - My 5 TV (Flint)
WLLZ-TV12 (Traverse City)
WHTV/My18 (Lansing) will broadcast 19 games. All of these games are listed on Pistons.com.
(Check your local listings for specific games and times.)

Pistons fans will get to know their team even better during Prime Time Pistons, a 30-minute program being aired on My TV-20 every Saturday night during the season (check your local listings for start times).

“We've got powerful stations in Grand Rapids and Toledo now, and the great thing about WNEM in Flint is their signal runs all the way up to Oscoda and Alpena and beyond,” said Pete Skorich, senior vice president of broadcasting and multimedia for Palace Sports & Entertainment. “We used to get a lot of letters from the Bad Axe-Cass City area in the Thumb. They just weren't covered before. We have a greatly increased reach this year.”

The Pistons' radio network also has broadened its reach, said Glen Kwiatkowski, director of broadcast traffic at Palace Sports and Entertainment. “We have radio affiliates throughout Michigan and into Ohio,” said Kwiatkowski, instrumental in putting the radio network together. “We're proud this year to have added major markets such as Traverse City, Saginaw and Toledo. We're also in the process of negotiating additional markets.”

The Pistons' flagship station, WDFN-AM 1130 will continue to provide game coverage, as well as pre and post-game shows each game night. With Blaha handling all the television duties, play-by-play veteran Mark Champion will handle the call on the radio with former Pistons Bad Boy and current Shock Assistant Coach Rick Mahorn providing color commentary. Radio listeners can also pick up the action on .the following stations throughout the state, five more stations than previously could be picked up during the 2005-06 season:

· Ann Arbor: WTKA AM 1050
· Ann Arbor WLBY AM 1290
· Battle Creek: WBCK AM 930
· Battle Creek: WRCC FM 104.9
· Escanaba: WCHT AM 600
· Flint: WTRX AM 1330
· Grand Rapids: WBBL AM 1340
· Greenville: WSCG AM 1380
· Jackson: WIBM AM 1450
· Kalamazoo: WKZO AM 590
· Maumee, Ohio: WDMN AM 1520
· Muskegon/Fremont: WEFG FM 97.5
· Petoskey: WWKK AM 750
· Port Huron: WPHM AM 1380
· Saginaw: WSGW AM 790
· Traverse City WCCW FM 107.5


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, November 26, 2006

By: Mike Austerman

On The Radio

The ties between broadcasting and sports have always been incredibly strong. Clear examples of this relationship were on display this past week through area radio and television.

When legendary University of Michigan former head football coach Bo Schembechler died Nov. 17, the news was deemed important enough to interrupt regular programming on our two sports radio stations, WXYT-AM (1270) and WDFN-AM (1130), along with news-talk WJR-AM (760) and all-news WWJ-AM (950). All four devoted considerable time and resources to covering the story, as did their TV cousins.

WXYZ-Channel 7 carried coverage of the story for several hours Friday, pre-empting regular programming and even skipping some of its regular commercial breaks. Channel 7’s work was especially courageous, considering it was in its Southfield studios where Coach Schembechler collapsed as he prepared to tape his weekly college football show. Sports reporter Don Shane appeared to be especially affected by the events and showed a ton of courage in his appearances on 7’s newscasts that evening. Anchor Dave LewAllen was rock solid as the station’s primary anchor throughout much of 7’s coverage.

WDIV-Channel 4 also provided extensive reporting and skipped some of the afternoon soaps to report a story that seemed to eclipse coverage of this past February’s Super Bowl.

Both WDFN and WXYT showed remarkable restraint in their reporting that Friday morning and afternoon. When news got out that Schembechler had collapsed and was taken to the hospital in very serious condition, neither station speculated on his condition — despite many dire reports coming from people at the hospital. And once the news of Bo’s death was made official, I was incredibly impressed by the responsibility of the discussions at both of the normally lighthearted sports stations.

Then this past Tuesday, the day of Schembechler’s memorial service at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, WJR, WWJ, WDFN and WXYT once again set aside their regular shows to cover the three-hour event without commercial breaks. WJR had Michigan play-by-play host Frank Beckmann behind the mike at the Big House to bring listeners coverage of a heartfelt ceremony featuring Jim Brandstatter, CBS-TV’s Dan Dierdorf and Bo’s son, Shemy, among others. Channels 4 and 7, along with Fox Sports Net Detroit and ESPNews, also covered the service live.

It was heartening to hear WJR step up Tuesday afternoon, as it was on its station that Schembechler co-hosted the “Brandy and Bo Show” for a number of years with Brandstatter when ’JR was the flagship for Michigan football. It was great to hear the classy description of the events by Beckmann — and especially fitting.

Bo Schembechler’s influence reaches far beyond the football field. The passion he brought to his job inspired not only his players and coaches, but even worked to trickle down to kids attending elementary school in the 1970s at the height of the “10-Year War” between Bo and Ohio State Coach Woody Hayes.

I was a student at Wilde Elementary in Warren, where a teacher named Mr. Szykula, a huge Ohio State fan, worked. He was very proud of his mustache — and he lost it in a bet with the students when a Rick Leach-led Wolverines squad defeated the Buckeyes to win the Big 10 and advance to the Rose Bowl. I can remember this as if it were yesterday, even though I was only about 10 years old then. Already a fan of Michigan football, thanks in no small part to hearing Bob Ufer on the radio, living that kind of excitement in elementary school certainly helped cement my passion for Michigan football.

While short in duration, my two brushes with Bo were both memorable. The first time was when I was introduced by fellow columnist Art Vuolo, and I found him to be incredibly easy to talk to. I left that quick conversation with a huge smile and a better understanding of just how special this man truly was.

The second time was on the concourse of Michigan Stadium before a game. He was headed to the press box as a passenger on a golf cart, and there just wasn’t much room to maneuver. Amazingly, word traveled through the crowd that Coach Schembechler was on that cart, and it was as if the path had opened by magic. He truly seemed to be basking in the shouts of encouragement from the crowd. I’ll remember forever the smile on his face as he interacted with his fans on that autumn day.

I find it appropriate that Bo’s passing happened during this week of Thanksgiving. The outpouring of thanks for his life from family and friends was thoroughly covered by the media. It offered us folks on the sidelines at least a glance into the life of one of the most influential men the state of Michigan has ever known. May he rest in peace and those closest to him find comfort in his life’s work.

 • • • • 

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


South Bend Tribune:

The St. Thomas More Foundation Inc., a South Bend-based nonprofit organization, will bring Catholic talk radio to local airwaves as early as next month on WHLY-AM (1580). Times Communications Inc. president William Dobslaw, the station's current owner, has agreed to lease WHLY to the nonprofit group while awaiting Federal Communications Commission approval for a permanent ownership change... WHLY converts to Catholic programming (Thu 11/23)

Grand Rapids Press:

Chris Lemke, general manager of WCSG-FM (91.3) Christian radio, has e been using words like "incredible" and "awe-inspiring" when describing the success of his station's recent Sharathon fundraiser. The Cornerstone University radio station, which conducts two on-air fundraisers a year, recently raised $1.27 million, which surpassed its goal by $20,000... Cornerstone radio gets some good news (Sun 11/26)

Cornerstone University is having a very good run right now. Another of its radio stations -- WaYfm, which airs on WAYK-FM (88.3) in Kalamazoo and WAYG-FM (89.9) in Grand Rapids -- was recognized as small-market Christian music station of the year by Radio and Records, one of the radio industry's leading trade publications. The commercial-free, nonprofit station plays Top 40 Christian music aimed at teens, young adults and young families... Cornerstone radio station honored (Sun 11/26)

Darren Wilhite and Tim Wall (aka Wilhite and Wall) were difficult to track down after they left WTNR-FM (94.5) Thunder country radio. The duo left the station abruptly following a contract negotiations breakdown with station management. Now news comes they have landed at country station WDAF-FM (106.5) in Kansas City, MO... Wilhite, Wall land in K.C. (Sun 11/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 28, 2006



Windsor's CKWW set to launch web stream; plans for holiday programs

Starting Saturday, December 2nd, Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, plans on streaming its audio signal via the Internet where it will reach listeners from the Motor City and beyond. To listen, visit the station's website at www.am580radio.com.

According to AM 580 Program Director Charlie O'Brien, live web streaming is the number one most requested on-line feature. Now, people will be able to listen to us in those hard to reach places like office buildings, and snowbirds can even take the station along with them to their winter destinations.

CKWW has also launched the "AM 580 Online Store" where listeners can purchase great oldies music and a variety of classic DVD's. You can also enter contests and join the AM 580 Loyal Listener Club in one easy step.

Throughout the month of December, AM 580 will air holiday themed episodes of classic radio shows on "When Radio Was". From the comedy of Jack Benny, Charlie McCarthy and Bob Hope to the drama of "Miracle on 34th Street", the radio will be aglow with memories of Christmas past. AM 580 presents the "golden age of radio" weeknights at 11 PM on When Radio Was with host Chuck Schaden. The complete December schedule should be available on the station's web site soon.

WJR's Smith to sub for Rush Limbaugh

WJRNews/Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith (normally heard weekdays 5:30am-9am) will guest host the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Wednesday, November 29, 2006. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on WJR, and many other stations weekdays from Noon-3:00pm. The dial in number is 1-800-282-2882.


WMGC's 28th Annual 'Toys For Tots' Kicks Off
GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT morning crew JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW begin their 28th season of making magic with the U.S. MARINE CORPS RESERVES and the TOYS FOR TOTS CAMPAIGN. JIM HARPER & THE MAGIC MORNING SHOW will be live each morning from 6-10a at various area mall locations. The station set a goal of raising $25,000 by the end of the week of broadcasts. (Mon 11/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2006



Detroit Free Press:

Farewell, Megan Mullally and Greg Behrendt. WDIV-TV (Local 4) on Wednesday chopped syndicated TV talkers Mullally (10 a.m. weekdays) and Behrendt (11 a.m.) effective Jan. 8. Those axings come amid other shifts that include a local 4 p.m. newscast -- the earliest evening news in the market -- adding tabloid-esque "Inside Edition" and "Extra" and moving Ellen DeGeneres to 10 a.m., away from the 4 p.m. behemoth "Oprah" on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Local 4 shakes up daytime, news (Thu 11/30)

Detroit News:

He's a rock star, he's a radio host, he's even a scratch golfer and Alice Cooper , whose "Nights with Alice Cooper" show runs weeknights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on WCSX-FM (94.7), has written "Alice Cooper, Golf Monster: My 12 Steps to Becoming a Golf Addict, " a "golf and recovery memoir" that will tell the story of how golf helped Cooper overcome a drinking problem. Alice promises to be "completely candid" about everything. The book will come out in May on the Crown imprint... Alice Cooper tells all in upcoming book (Thu 11/30)

Concern for children like her own daughters prompted Laura Bonnell to help educate the public and raise funds for cystic fibrosis, a genetic, life-threatening disease that can make simple breathing a chore. Cystic fibrosis causes mucus to build up and clog some organs, particularly the lungs. About 30,000 Americans have cystic fibrosis and 10 million more -- one in every 31 -- are carriers but don't have the disease... WJR reporter, mom puts face on cystic fibrosis (Thu 11/30)







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