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By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioAre you ready for some football? A year ago, the media spotlight was on Detroit and this year it’s on Miami as football widows head for the mall and the men (and some women) plop themselves in front of the biggest TV screen they can find.

If you find yourself on the road at today’s Super Bowl kickoff, locally the game will be broadcast on sports WXYT-AM (1270). If you have a Sirius satellite radio, the big game will be presented in seven languages! Colts fans can hear the Indy announcers on Channel 125, supporters of Da Bears can tune in on 123, and the national feed is on 124.

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Speaking of car radios, if you’re like most people, you have a button set for WJR-AM (760) and WWJ-AM (950). Punch between them and let me know if ’JR sounds much louder than WWJ. I find it very noticeable. Just wondering.

 

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Rock WRIF-FM (101.1) partnered with Dodge for the fifth annual Motor City Men’s Expo this coming Saturday from 11 a.m. till 6 p.m. at Ford Field in Detroit. The event features everything a guy could want. So crank up your testosterone and check out even more details at www.wrif.com.

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Steve Schram, a former manager of several Detroit area stations, is now secure in the far more stable world of public radio at the University of Michigan. He proudly has announced the completion of a new tower for WVGR-FM (104.1) in Grand Rapids along with a return to its full power of 90,000 watts.

“West Michigan is a very important member and listener base for Michigan Radio,” Schram said. “... These upgrades ... allow us an even stronger and clearer signal.”

Locally, the U-M stations are WUOM-FM (91.7) from Ann Arbor and WFUM-FM (91.1) up in Flint.

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This past week marked the return of John Mason, Detroit’s longtime leading local African-American radio personality. This time, he’s at the top of the dial at urban WGPR-FM (107.5) from 5-10 a.m. (Interestingly, GPR originally stood for Grosse Pointe Radio.)

Welcome back, John, and keep in mind that he’ll continue his job at The Palace, barking out his famous “Deee-troit Basket-ball” for Pistons games.

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Yesterday marked the anniversary of the 1959 plane crash in Iowa that took the lives of rock ’n’ roll pioneers Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and the Big Bopper. So all this weekend, oldies CKWW-AM (580) is featuring the music of all three allowing you the opportunity to rock, roll and remember.

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Dan Mulhern, Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s husband, will host his own radio show 6-7 p.m. weeknights via the Michigan Talk Network at its Lansing flagship station, news-talk WJIM-AM (1240). Because MTN has no Detroit area affiliate, only listeners in far western Oakland County with good radios will be able to hear “the first gentleman.”

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Ron Chatman at WYCDFM (99.5), one of the nicest guys in country radio, has been bumped up to director of digital media for the CBS station. He will oversee the HD-2 station known as “The Wolf,” available only on HD radios. Chatman has been at WYCD for seven years and pulls the evening shift.

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Air America programming, carried locally by WDTW-AM (1310), found a new owner to save the left-leaning talk network from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But it loses its star player after Valentine’s Day, as funnyman, talk host and Senatorial candidate Al Franken will split from the network that attracts a limited, but very loyal, audience.

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XM satellite radio is loving those Japanese carmakers, as it signed a new 10-year deal with American Honda that places the sat-caster in Honda and Acura vehicles through 2016. About the same time, XM also strikes a sweet deal with Toyota that puts all 175 channels into Toyota and Lexus cars nationwide through 2017. Along with their long-running agreement with General Motors, this puts XM in an enviable position.

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As first reported in this column, the Tigers and Red Wings have a new home, and it’s on FM at WKRK-FM (97.1), also known also as Free-FM. Because many Wings games are played at night, reception is far better on the FM signal. The games are still carried by WXYT on the AM dial. Many games also are on XM anywhere in America.

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On a personal note, back in 1984, I shot video of Indy voice character Marc Much singing “In Praise of the Indianapolis Colts.” Now, 23 years later, they finally made it to the big dance. The outrageous video, including a 2007 updated version, is viewable online at www.bobandtom.com. That’s why I never erase anything.

So, with apologies to my many friends in Chicago ... GO COLTS!

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com. Contact him at artvuolo@aol.com.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, February 4, 2007

 

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