Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 11, 2007




Fall Arbitron ratings for Detroit find WMXD on top of 12+ heap

The top 5 stations in Detroit among all listeners this fall were: Adult urban WMXD-FM, soft rock/Christmas WNIC-FM, news/talk WJR AM, urban WJLB-FM, and contemporary hits WKQI-FM.

Country WYCD has rebounded somewhat, improving its number to 3.8 from summer's 3.6 and is now 1.6 ahead of competitor WDTW-FM as compared to a difference of 0.9 in the summer book. Sports WXYT was flat at 1.9 but remained ahead of WDFN which finished with 1.4, a slight improvement over summer's 1.2.

Adult alternative CIDR-FM has remained basically flat since its format change from soft rock in September.

Detroit radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/

Ann Arbor radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/

Toledo radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/

Detroit Free Press:

Santa Claus came a little late to Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) today. But the jolly round romper —in the form of the quarterly Arbitrend Radio Ratings —was very welcome. WNIC, notorious for starting Christmas music before the last Halloween candy bar hits the bottom of the goblin’s bag, surged from 12th to 2nd place among all listeners for the final quarter of 2006. It claimed 6.5% of all listeners. It scored a 5.1 in the same quarter of 2005 and was up from a 3.4 in the third quarter of 2006... WNIC holiday music pushes it to second place (Thu, 1/11)

Detroit News:

They were firing before Christmas, but they're hiring now: The job ad on says that CBS-owned WKRK-FM (97.1) is looking for "Air Talent"... Calling all owners of dead classic cars: Just in time for auto show preview week, WCSX-FM (94.7) morning avatars J.J. and Lynne have officially launched their search for a classic car to make over and auction off in their fifth annual J.J. & Lynne's Stone Soup Project... WKRK-FM looks to fill recent vacancies (Thu, 1/11)

Tigers fans irked by a weak signal from WXYT 1270 will get a boost this season and beyond. The Tigers today are expected to announce an agreement to simulcast radio broadcasts on WKRK 97.1 and WXYT. Tigers officials said Wednesday they would not discuss ongoing negotiations, but separate industry sources said a deal has been reached. The previous five-year contract between the Tigers and WXYT expired at the end of last season. Adding the 50,000-watt FM power of WKRK should -- at least for Metro Detroit listeners -- eliminate the primary complaint that broadcasts could not be heard reliably, even in some suburbs... Radio deal clears air (Thu, 1/11)

Communications veterans found new agency

Two of the region’s leading public relations professionals have joined forces to found a new firm that offers a wide range of strategic communications services to corporations, businesses, organizations, individuals, and associations.

Don Tanner and Matt Friedman, both with extensive experience in journalism, broadcasting, and public relations, are the partners in Tanner Friedman, a strategic communications agency based in Farmington Hills.

Tanner possesses more than 25 years of communications industry experience, the past 12 providing strategic PR counsel to his clients. Prior to that, he served in a range of radio posts, including on-air, news and programming. In Detroit, he was heard over WWJ, WXYT, WLLZ, WLTI, WGPR, and CKWW via Metro Networks.

Friedman began his PR career in 1998, after a track record of success in broadcast journalism. Most recently, he was the lead news producer for Detroit station WDIV-TV's 6pm news broadcast. He also served as a news producer at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida and WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the top news writer on the nation’s highest-rated 11pm newscast. Friedman began his professional broadcasting career on-the-air and behind-the-scenes at WWJ-AM Detroit. He first started at age 11 as a DJ and sports announcer at Metro Detroit community radio station WBFH-FM.

Read the entire press release (.pdf)

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