In the mid-1950s, Marvin Welch Jr. entertained metro Detroit youngsters through his children’s program “Wixie’s Wonderland” on WXYZ-TV. Donning his signature blue tunic and beanie cap with a makeshift television antenna on top, Welch’s Wixie the Pixie entertained children from 1953 to 1957 with songs and jokes, and by pantomiming popular records and introducing cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse. The hour-long show aired live every morning. Regardless of the fact that Welch’s first television exposure was in 1952, on WWJ-TV’s “Musically Speaking,” a programming director at WXYZ felt Welch’s extroverted personality and boyish looks were perfectly suited for the local preschool set. The unique show was a huge success... The last laugh (Wed, 3/21)
Scheduled: By WMXD-FM's (92.3) syndicated morning man Steve Harvey, his second annual "Old School Skating Party" April 15 at Skate World in Troy ... Changing: WJLB-FM's (97.9) midday lineup, as Kris Kelly leaves the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekday shift to become programmer at Chicago's WGCI-FM. Cheron, formerly the 10 p.m.-2 a.m. host, becomes WJLB assistant program director, music director and the new 10 a.m.-2 p.m. host. Weekend voice Sunshyne take the 10 p.m.-2 a.m. "Quiet Storm" shift... Names and Faces (Tue, 3/22)
Wendy Williams Moves Across The Hall In Detroit:
INNER CITY Urban WBLS/NEW YORK and SUPERADIO syndicated afternoon diva WENDY WILLIAMS debuts on two stations on MONDAY, MARCH 29. WILLIAMS movies from RADIO ONE Urban AC WDMK (KISS 105.9)/DETROIT to sister station WHTD (HOT 102.7). (Thu, 3/22)
"The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege" receives two MAB awards
“The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege”, a nationally syndicated radio show based in Troy, Mich. and heard locally on WJR-760 AM, has received two awards in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ annual Broadcaster Excellence Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan radio and television stations.
The awards were received in the category of Network Radio; Haege himself receiving a merit award in Network-Broadcast Personality/Radio Team and the show won a merit award in Network-Special Interest Programming. This is the first year that the Network Radio category has been included in the Broadcaster Excellence Awards. The Broadcaster Excellence Awards include many other categories in the areas of television and radio and have been established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, production creativity and community service in the broadcast industry of Michigan.
Haege, who resides in Macomb, Mich., has more than 30 years of experience in the home improvement industry and began hosting his radio show in 1983, on WXYT-1270 AM in Detroit. He can now be heard on Saturdays and Sundays from noon-2 p.m. on WJR-760 AM. The show is nationally syndicated by Troy, Mich.- based Handyman Productions, LLC, and can be heard each weekend on more than 150 radio stations nationwide.
Haege is also a frequent public speaker and is the author of 11 home improvement books. He also currently writes two columns each week for The Detroit News. For more information about Glenn Haege or “The Handyman Show,” visit www.masterhandyman.com.