Ken Kalczynski was a practical young man. His dad, a tool and die maker, was forever getting laid off, and who wanted any part of that? So Kalczynski decided he would be a mortician. Off he went to Wayne State, where one day he happened to walk past the studio of WAYN, the campus' closed-circuit radio station. An outdoor speaker was wafting the broadcast across the sidewalk, and on a whim, Kalczynski popped inside the building and did a reading for the general manager... Red Wings broadcaster refuses to let his dream die (Wed, 1/17)
Watch out, Regis and Kelly. There's a new a.m. team slated to give this dynamic duo a run for their java. The program is called "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet," and if Fox has anything to do with it, the show will retain high ratings in local markets and put the network on the map as a formidable morning competitor. In Metro Detroit's case, WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) "Fox 2 News Morning" is the No. 1 morning show locally, beating out both NBC's nationally top-rated "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America," and giving this new morning offering an enviably strong lead-in... Fox readies for morning fun (Wed, 1/17)
More than 96 tears: Michigan musician Rudy Martinez -- known to legions of fans as the enigmatic rocker Question Mark -- is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed his home near Clio last week. Martinez and his band, the Mysterians, topped the pop charts in 1966 with the garage-rock chestnut "96 Tears." Lost in the fire, reports band guitarist Bobby Balderama, was a career's worth of memorabilia, including a gold record and other artifacts from Martinez's four decades in the music business ... Not another hour: WDIV-TV Local 4's daytime schedule will get another overhaul in the fall after a big one this week. NBC officials will expand "Today" by an hour until 11 a.m... Names and Faces (Wed, 1/17)
It's A Girl For WKRK/Detroit's Jeff Deminski:
Congratulations to CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT afternoon "DEMINSKI AND DOYLE" co-host JEFF DEMINSKI and wife STACEE on the arrival of their second child, daughter MINA BELLE DEMINSKI, on WEDNESDAY (1/17).
The new arrival came in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. and 21 inches and dashed co-host BILL DOYLE's hopes that the baby would be a boy and named MAGGLIO DEMINSKI in honor of the DETROIT TIGERS' MAGGLIO ORDONEZ. (Wed, 1/17)