When “Ernie Harwell's Audio Scrapbook” was unveiled in December, sales skyrocketed like a home run at Michigan and Trumbull. The four-hour, four-CD compilation of interviews and broadcast snippets from the former Detroit Tigers broadcaster's 55-year career quickly sold 20,000 copies. Then the trouble began. Reports began to filter in to Gary Spicer, Harwell's St. Clair Shores-based attorney and adviser of 31 years, that copies of the CD were being sold illegally online, and counterfeit copies were turning up, too... Harwell cries "foul' over bootlegged CD set (Mon, 3/26)
Liz Copeland, in her final week as overnight host on public WDET-FM (101.9) is going out in style ... Expanded: By Comcast, its Hispanic programming lineup in southeast Michigan with the addition of WUDT Univision. WUDT is the Detroit affiliate of the Univision Network, the most watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the United States. The new channel will be available to Comcast customers in more than 20 southeast Michigan markets beginning March 28... John Smyntek blog (Mon, 3/26)
Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has announced its $40,000 “WRIF Rock Girl Search”, where one woman will have the opportunity to represent WRIF for one year as a station personality and spokesperson. In addition to being the WRIF ambassador at VIP parties, concerts and events, she’ll also receive a $40,000 salary, a Riff ad in Stuff Magazine and she’ll star in a WRIF billboard campaign this summer.
Through an extensive radio and print campaign, WRIF will encourage the women of Detroit to attend one of 3 remaining casting calls. There, they will be asked a series of questions and they’ll be asked to read a traffic report to determine whether they will make the cut into the 2007 “WRIF Rock Girl” semifinals.
Once the 32 semi-finalists are selected, WRIF listeners will be encouraged to vote in a series of 3 rounds for their favorite contestant online at www.wrif.com.
Following are the dates, times and locations of the casting calls:
Wednesday, March 28th at Lucky Strike inside Fountain Walk in Novi, 5p-9p
Wednesday, April 4th at The Venue in Dearborn, 7p-11p
Friday, April 6th at Malarky’s in Southgate, 3p-7p
Contestants must bring a photo and a bio / resume. Potential candidates must attend a casting call to be considered.
The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules, log on to www.wrif.com.