Listeners of rock WRIF-FM are going to be in for a surprise the weekend of January 20-21 when WRIF’s HD side channel, Riff 2, invades the airwaves.
The “Riff 2 Weekend” will begin Saturday, January 20th at 6am and continue all weekend through Sunday night. WRIF listeners will get a taste of what RIFF2 has to offer, including an eclectic mix of local artists, alternative, hip-hop, punk and indie-rock. In addition, listeners will hear Riff 2’s on-air staff, including Suzy Cole, Mark Pennington, Trey, and Hightower.
101 WRIF debuted RIFF2, a special HD Radio side channel, at the end of July 2005 with the unveiling of its HD radio broadcast. Both stations transmit a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Fans can listen to RIFF2 through special HD radio receivers available in tabletop and auto receiver models now or by simply logging on to www.riff2.com.
RIFF 2 Program Director (and WRIF Assistant Program Director) Mark Pennington was recently voted “Most Influential Programmer” by FMQB magazine. He has also spoken on many panels regarding the advances of HD radio and what these side channels mean to the medium itself.
This will be the first time a Detroit station will use its main analog signal for programming usually only heard on a digital side channel.
Bruce Goldsen —owner of three Jackson radio stations, on the Michigan Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters and on the board for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters —has been selected as the interim general manager of Wayne State owned-and-operated public WDET-FM (101.9). He’ll serve until a hunt for a permanent successor to the departed Michael Coleman is completed... WDET-FM gets new temporary chief (Mon 1/8)
When WDIV-TV Local 4 launches its 30-minute 4 p.m. weekday newscast today, what's the biggest story that won't be mentioned? Oprah Winfrey. The new Ruth Spencer-anchored effort takes on television's most popular syndicated daytime talk show, which airs against it on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and provides an almost insurmountable lead-in to that station's 5 p.m. newscast... News at 4 on Local 4 (Mon 1/8)
Retained: By WJBK-TV (Channel 2), morning news coanchor Fanchon Stinger in what is believed to be a three-year deal... Names and Faces (Mon 1/8)
Cable customers in much of Metro Detroit will see their bills increase next month. Starting in February, Comcast Cable subscribers will pay, on average, 3.3 percent more for a basic cable package in six Michigan counties, including Wayne, Macomb and St. Clair. That means a customer paying $48.99 per month for standard cable, before taxes and fees, would pay about $50.60 starting next month... Comcast will raise cable rates 3.3% in February (Sat 1/6)
WJR's Paul W. Smith Mourns Father's Death: Condolences to longtime WJR-A/DETROIT morning man PAUL W. SMITH on the passing of his father, WILLIAM D. SMITH, SATURDAY morning (1/6) at MERCY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL in MONROE, MI. The elder SMITH was a theatrical actor under the stage name DAN ATHERTON and was 80 years old. (Mon 1/8)