June 2007 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

WJR-AM (760) —about to move ownership-wise from ABC Radio to Citadel on June 12 —led the Detroit radio ratings race again. The news/talk station garnered a 5.9 slice of all listeners aged 12 and over during February, March and April, according to Arbitrend’s monthly report of listenership for the previous three months. That was up from a 5.5 for 2007’s first quarter. Rounding out the top 5 was Clear Channel’s urban formatted WJLB-FM (97.9) in second place with a 5.5 reading. CBS’ all-newser WWJ-AM (950) was third with a 5.4. Greater Media rocker WRIF-FM (101.1) was fourth with a 4.9 and Clear Channel hits player WKQI-FM (95.5) was fifth with a 4.7... Radio ratings: WJR leads again among all listeners (Thu, 5/31)



Stationratings.com:

Detroit phase 1 age 12+ radio ratings chart (Thu, 5/31)

 

Midland Daily News:

Perry LaHaie had a thought about three years ago that has changed his life. He was at a Christian workers training camp in Kona, Hawaii, when he said he figured, "Maybe there’s something more that I can do to use the gifts that I have to share my faith with other cultures" ... He and his wife researched various cross-cultural organizations ... narrowed the list of ministries to three, visited them all, then chose the one in Phoenix. LaHaie said it was obvious to him that God had held up his end of the bargain. So by late summer, he and his family – wife Teresa, daughter Kali and son Taylor – will call Phoenix home. LaHaie’s last day as an on-air personality at Family Life Radio 99.7 FM was Friday... Popular radio host leaves airwaves (Sat, 6/2)



Flint Journal:

Going through "American Idol" withdrawal? Can't wait for the LaKisha Jones homecoming rally June 9? WSMH (Channel 66) is hosting auditions for its "Mid-Michigan Idol" competition June 23 at Genesee Valley shopping center... Local 'Idol' (Fri, 6/1)

 

Webwire.com:

From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, the University of Michigan Football Team will take over Ann Arbor Radio’s four stations – Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM), W4 Country (102.9 FM), 107one (107.1 FM), and WLBY Ann Arbor’s Progressive Talk Radio (1290 AM) – to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. Plus, from 3 – 7 p.m. the radio-a-thon will be broadcast live across the state on “The Huge Show” hosted by Bill Simonson. “The Huge Show” – which is headquartered in Grand Rapids – will broadcast from the studios of WTKA in Ann Arbor, and heard statewide on the “Huge” radio network: 97.5 FM-Muskegon, 730 AM-Lansing, 1280 AM-Mt Pleasant, 1330 AM-Flint, 1380 AM-Greenville, 1440 AM-Dowagiac, 1660 AM-Kalamazoo... June 7: U-M football takes to the airwaves to benefit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital (Thu, 5/31)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and WOTV-TV (Channel 41) are teaming up for the 18th annual Celebration Telethon broadcasting live from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. today. WOTV and WOOD-TV (Channel 8) personalities Maranda, Eva Aguirre Cooper and meteorologists Bill Steffen and Terri DeBoer will host the Celebration. They will be joined by radio partners, Gary Allen of WOOD-AM (1300) and Steve and Sabrina of WOOD-FM ( 105.7)... Telethon benefits hospital (Sun, 6/3)

Rumors abound concerning the possible sale of WOOD, WOTV and WXSP-TV, which are owned and operated by LIN TV Corp. Courtney Guertin, public relations specialist for LIN, said they're all just rumors at the moment... Still just rumors (Sun, 6/3)

Susan Samples, former reporter for WOOD-TV, was spotted back on the air waves last week. Patti McGettigan, the station's news director, clarified Samples' on-air return... Pressed into service (Sun, 6/3)

Kristi Andersen, education reporter and weekend morning co-anchor for WOOD-TV, is moving to another broadcast market... Andersen moves on (Sun, 6/3)

 

By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioOldies music lovers were in heaven last weekend with all the special events taking place on the radio. On Memorial Day, listeners in New York got to hear the classic sounds of “Musicradio 77” on WABC-AM (770), while fans of the “Big 89” got to hear a rewind on WLS-AM (890) in Chicago. The response was huge, not only from the in-town audiences, but from fans across the world listening over the Internet.

Although it wasn’t promoted nearly as heavily, oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) also did some reminiscing of sorts over the holiday weekend by dropping its ’70s tunes and playing all ’60s music, complete with older-style jingles.

Earlier this month, WOMC made the wise decision to embrace its heritage by going back to calling itself “Oldies 104.3” instead of using the nondescriptive “Motor City’s 104.3 WOMC” tag that had been in place for just over a year.

What’s in a name? The station’s ratings had been down in each quarter since dropping the oldies name — perhaps being able to better identify the station will help turn those ratings back upward this summer, which has traditionally been a strong time of the year for oldies stations.

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WOMC is not the only station owned by CBS Radio to pull a never-mind of sorts. In recent weeks, New York’s FM 92.3 dropped its talk format and reverted back to a rock format as K-Rock, even reclaiming its old WXRK call sign. San Francisco also lost an FM talk station, getting back heritage classic hits station KFRC-FM, albeit on a different frequency. Also among the recent changes, Chicago’s FM talker dropped the “Free FM” tag that also was being used by the now defunct stations in NYC and San Francisco. Free FM can still be heard in use locally on WKRK-FM (97.1). These happenings make me wonder if there are more changes on the horizon at CBS Radio.

 

AllAccess.com:

WITL PD Jay J. McCrae Adds PD Duties For WFBE
Longtime CITADEL Country WITL/LANSING PD JAY J. McCRAE has added PD duties for sister station WFBE/FLINT. McCRAE replaces former WFBE PD COYOTE COLLINS, who exited APRIL 30 ... McCRAE will continue tracking the night show at WITL and will most likely do the same for WFBE in the near future. (Mon, 6/4)

 

Former programmer, jock Paul Christy dies at age 69

Keener13.com reports that Paul Christy, who held various on-air and programming positions at Detroit area stations WCAR, WABX, WKSG, WMXD, and WWKR, passed away earlier today. Christy also spent time at legendary Top 40 outlet WCFL.

A funeral mass for Christy is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6th, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Ledge. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 5th from 6-8 pm at the Palmer, Bush, and Jensen Family Funeral Homes' Delta Chapel on Saginaw St. in Lansing. Visitation at the funeral home will continue Wednesday morning beginning at 10 am until service time at the church.



AllAccess.com:

Giordano To WQKI For Morning Mojo Fun
RACHEL GIORDANO is heading to CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT as MOJO's morning show producer, coming from the same past at LINCOLN Top 40 WSTR (STAR 94)/ATLANTA. (Mon, 6/4)



Bloomfield Hills School District radio students win 27 total state broadcasting awards in 2006-07 school year

WBFH broadcasters top all high school broadcasters in Michigan for fifth year in a row

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won more state broadcasting awards from two different state broadcasting associations than any other school in Michigan. The students broadcast on the district’s FM radio station WBFH, also known as “The Biff”.

 

Joe Matyskella, program director for public non-commercial WNMC-FM 90.7 Traverse City passed away on May 24th at the age of 49. He'd held the PD role at the eclectic Northwestern Michigan College owned station for about five years in addition to working on the air for eight years as host of "Thursday Mid-day Jazz" and co-host of the Sunday jazz program "Further Along".

Obituary (Traverse City Record-Eagle)

Read more about Mr. Matyskella on the WNMC web site

 

Rhonda HartHeartbreaking news from Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 as Rhonda Hart passed away suddenly overnight at the age of 46. The cause of her death is unknown at this time.

She had been co-hosting mornings with Jon Culbert at WMUZ for just over two years and had a long career in radio in Detroit that spanned more than 25 years at WABX, WRIF, WYCD, WOMC, WCSX, and WDRQ before joining The Light in April 2005.

Culbert bravely hosted the morning program this morning in tribute to Hart and featured many guests discussing Hart's life and faith. All expressed their shock and sadness over the suddenness of Hart's death as everything had appeared to be normal in the hours leading to her passing, including during yesterday's morning show on WMUZ.

Hart is survived by her husband Eric and other family members.

 

Detroit News:

Paul Christy, a key figure in Detroit radio for more than 30 years, died in Grand Ledge Monday morning after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 69. Christy, whose real name was Christides, was an on-air personality, but he was also a programmer whose influence is still felt, launching such programs as the sultry nighttime music show "Pillow Talk" on WNIC-FM (100.3). He also brought a young Ann Arbor radio personality up to WNIC, where he became that morning powerhouse known as Jim Harper (now on WMGC). Born in Pontiac, Christy attended Central Michigan University. In the grand tradition of young radio talent, Christy worked all around the country before settling back in Detroit in 1970... Influential radio personality, 69, dies (Wed, 6/6)


Longtime local radio personality Rhonda Hart died overnight Monday at her home. She was 46. The cause of death was unknown. Hart was a 25-year veteran of several Metro Detroit radio stations. At the time of her death, Hart was working at Christian radio station WMUZ FM (103.5), where she co-hosted a morning show with Jon Culbert. Hart was hired at WMUZ two years ago, said General Manager Frank Franciosi. Franciosi said he hired Hart because he was struck by how genuine she was... Radio personality Rhonda Hart dies (Wed, 6/6)


For the Michigan football program, Thursday and Saturday will be all about raising money for Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. Things kick off with a 12-hour radiothon beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday that will be on four Ann Arbor stations, including WTKA 1050. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, his assistants and current and former players will participate. Last year, the radiothon raised more than $40,000... Carr leads two days of fund raising (Wed, 6/6)


Local reality star Keith Famie continues to pursue the cultures that have made Metro Detroit what it is today. Last year, Famie, who is of French and Italian heritage, celebrated the area's Italian community. This month, he'll spotlight Polish Americans in his show "Our Story," which airs on 7 p.m. June 16 on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Local reality star's TV show spotlights Polish (Wed, 6/6)



WCSX deems Pet-A-Palooza a success

163 homeless animals were adopted from “Adoption Alley” at the 3rd Annual WCSX Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 2nd at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI. The event was presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Petco.

Pet-A-Palooza also featured Vladae The Dog Wizard, the Rock and Roll K9’s and Milt Wilcox’s Ultimate Air Dogs. Dogs from all over Metro Detroit competed in the Cutest Pet, Best Dressed Pet and Best Pet Trick contests as well.

The next Pet-A-Palooza is scheduled for Saturday, July 28th from 10am to 7pm at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.

 

Lansing State Journal:

Walt Sorg will take over the morning talk show on radio station WILS-AM when Chris Holman steps down. Sorg, 57, has been a producer, press secretary and a public relations representative. He won't start until July 2, but listeners can get a sampling now. With Holman out of town, Sorg will do the show from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. today... Walt Sorg to take over WILS radio show (Wed, 6/6)

 

Oldies star Gary U.S. Bonds will be part of the festivities at the annual Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) Golf Scramble Fundraiser on July 9. Proceeds from the event will fund MABF programs that provide for educational opportunities, internships and scholarships for young people interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting. Details of the MABF golf outing are:

MABF 2007 Golf Scramble Fundraiser
Monday, July 9
7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Watermark Country Club Golf Course
5500 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids

The $150 cost of the event includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch, and contributions may be tax deductible. To register, call the MAB at 517-484-7444 or online at www.michmab.com/conferences/ac_regis.html.

As America's baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, "New Orleans", attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed "Buy U.S. Bonds" - hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.

The follow-up was the now legendary 'party' record, "Quarter to Three", a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation. Over the next three years, Bonds co-wrote and recorded hit after good-time hit: "School is Out," "School is In," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist, Twist Senora," "Seven Day Weekend" and others.

 

• 3 Angels Broadcasting was granted a construction permit to move its LPTV station W46CR Saginaw-Midland to channel 42 as W42DI. The transmitter for the station would move to just east of Midland and its directional signal would give the city of Midland better coverage than when the station operated on channel 46. The station's move was made necessary with the sign on of WBSF channel 46 licensed to Bay City.

• Dean M. Mosely was granted a construction permit for a new LPTV station to be licensed to Marquette on channel 45 as W45CY.

• Rockfleet Broadcasting was granted a construction permit for a new LPTV/translator station to be licensed to Pickford on channel 43 as W43CM. Rockfleet, which is currently in the process of being sold, owns and operates FOX affiliate WFQX-TV 33 Cadillac and has been operating a translator near Pickford on channel 64 under special temporary authority from the FCC for several years. W43CM will essentially replace channel 64.

• Langford Broadcasting closed on the purchase of WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac from LeSea Broadcasting.

 

AllAccess.com:

WKFR Adds Matt Walker To Morning Show
MATT WALKER has been tapped as co-host for the morning show at CUMULUS Top 40 WKFR/KALAMAZOO. MATT’s a 10-year veteran in WEST MICHIGAN radio and was most recently in afternoons at CITADEL Country WTNR (THUNDER 94.5)/GRAND RAPIDS before relocating to KALAMAZOO last year with his wife. He joins SHELLY RAY on the show just in time to send her on the roof for KFR’s "Roofsit." SHELLY RAY will be living on a roof through SATURDAY to help raise money in the fight against child abuse in WEST MICHIGAN. Last year’s event garnered over $150,000 in donations during the "sit." (Wed, 6/6)

 

• WAHS FM 89.5 Auburn Hills has been granted a construction permit to increase its effective radiated power from its current 100 watts @ 141 feet to 2,400 watts @ 177 feet with a directional antenna. The station's listenable coverage area would likely expand over much of east central Oakland County and into the western Macomb communities of Sterling Heights, Utica, Shelby Township, and parts of Warren. WAHS is currntly programmed by high school students from the Avondale School District, owner of the station.

• It was announced that soft rock WBNZ FM 99.3 Frankfort is being sold by Fort Bend Broadcasting to The Kalil Holding Group, LLC pending FCC approval and closing. The sale price was not disclosed and it's believed that Kalil Holding Group will be selling the station once again.

• Soft adult contemporary WSAG FM 104.1 Pinconning has been granted a construction permit to change its community of license to Linwood. The license to cover for this change was granted on June 6th, 2007.

 

Rhonda HartFuneral services have been set for Rhonda Hart, who had been the morning co-host at Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 Detroit until her death Monday night at age 46.

There will be a public viewing at D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren (corner of Hoover and Common roads) on Thursday, June 7th from 3:00 - 9:00 pm.

Then on Friday between 1:00 - 9:00 pm, there will be another viewing at Grace Gospel Fellowship on N. Perry Street in Pontiac (corner of Perry and Woodward).

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 9th at Grace Gospel Fellowship at 11:00 am.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Rhonda Hart to:
Grace Centers of Hope
35 E. Huron
Pontiac, MI 48342
www.gracecentersofhope.org.



Detroit News:

Funeral services for longtime local radio personality Rhonda Hart will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Fellowship Church, 210 North Perry in Pontiac... Funeral services set for radio's Rhonda Hart (Wed, 6/6)

 

• Soft Rock WOOD-FM (105.7) Grand Rapids was granted a construction permit to move its permanent transmission facilities to the same broadcast tower recently put into use by WVGR-FM (104.1) in Barry County. The location of this new tower is close enough to WOOD-FM's currently licensed broadcast location so that it will be able to retain some of its 'superpower' status- the new facilities will have an effective radiated power of 265,000 watts @ 581 feet. WOOD-FM is licensed to use 265,000 watts @ 810 feet from a broadcast tower shared with WOOD-TV, but has been operating from its backup facilities (99,000 watts @ 580 feet) on that same tower for some time due to WOOD-TV needing the tower space for its digital television operations.

• Educational Media Foundation will be acquiring the construction permit for FM translator W289BB 105.7 Port Huron from Radio Assist Ministry as part of larger swap of translators between the groups.

 

Saginaw News:

What Channel 5, WNEM, viewers likely didn't know about newsman Chet Rogoza is that he loved pulling a good practical joke. "Chet was always playing practical jokes in the office," said Ray Shaver, a Channel 5 director and Rogoza's neighbor in Carrollton Township. "He probably played a few on me without my even knowing it." Rogoza died of cancer Tuesday at the Lutz Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Saginaw. The World War II veteran, who served as a tail-gunner in a B-24 over Europe while a sergeant in the Army Air Corps, was 82... Retired Channel 5 newsman a practical joker (Thu, 6/7)

 

Detroit News:

At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, the rabbit ears and the rooftop antennas that still guide television signals into nearly one of every five U.S. homes will be rendered useless -- unless they are tethered to a new device, including two versions unveiled this week, that the government will spend as much as $80 a household to help families buy. The V-shaped rabbit ears, which have stood sentry in some living rooms and dens since the early 1950s, risk going the way of the eight-track tape player or Betamax in 20 months... Converters signal a new TV era (Fri, 6/8)


I'm one of the few people who know the sordid truth about John Tesh, a man so seemingly nice that people make fun of him for it. Since he'll be in Warren on Monday, courtesy of WMGC-FM, I figure it's my duty to spread the word ... By reputation, Tesh has no sharp edges. A pianist, composer, radio host and former "Entertainment Tonight" co-anchor, he'll speak Monday night at the sixth annual WMGC-GM (105.1) Women Who Make Magic Awards at the Andiamo Showroom in Warren... John Tesh shows his true colors (Fri, 6/8)



Detroit Free Press:

Scheduled: In Detroit on Saturday, a national forum on the decline in black radio ownership and the impact of black talk radio at the Last Chance Academy, 6311 W. Chicago. Bob Law, the former vice president of New York's WWRL and the nation's first black national talk show host, will appear on the Rev. Horace Sheffield's 9-10 a.m. broadcast of "On the Line" on WGPR-FM (107.5) before joining broadcasters from across the state for the 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. discussion... Names and Faces (Fri, 6/8)

 

Ionia Sentinel-Standard

WION, Radio 1430 in Ionia will be stretching its signal area thanks to a construction permit granted to the station by the Federal Communications Commission in late April. However, it may be a year before listeners in fringe areas such as Portland, Lowell, Rockford and Carson City begin to hear the improvements. The station's owners, Jim Carlyle and Jim Aaron, said this improvement will put a more circular signal over the entire area and bring Portland, Lowell, and Lake Odessa, along with more of I-96, into the primary daytime signal of WION. “Belding and Greenville will also remain in the strongest signal area,” Carlyle said. The area where the station can be received will be expanded to include Grand Rapids, Lansing, Charlotte, Hastings and St. Johns, according to the station's engineering firm... WION set to expand its signal (Fri, 6/8)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Dick Purtan easily wins the title of being Detroit radio's best friend to comedians. Over parts of five decades and now at WOMC-FM (104.3), he's provided many a laughmeister with radio time to drum up local audiences. Now it's time for a payback. WOMC'S 1st Annual Dick Purtan Comedy Night Out features Kathleen Madigan with Michael Kosta, Peter Berman, Greg Warren and what are billed as some of metro Detroit's best aspiring comedians. (They'll probably be perspiring, too!) It all happens July 13 at the Royal Oak Music Theater, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; seating is at 7:45 p.m. and the show will run from 8-10 p.m... Comedians sign on for Purtan's benefit (Sun, 6/10)

 

By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioHonestly, I can’t remember the last time this space looked more like an obituary page than a radio column. But this has been a very sad week, and the local radio community is still reeling from the passing of two well-known personalities.

For longtime Detroit radio listeners, the name Paul Christy is certainly familiar. Born Paul Christides, he died of complications from Parkinson’s disease Monday. His son, Scott, hoped to bring his dad to the last Detroit Radio Reunion in September 2005, but even then he was too weak to make the trip from his home outside of Lansing.

Christy was last heard locally on the ill-fated, full-service WYUR-AM, which is now progressive talk WDTW-AM (1310). His career included WCAR, which is now WDFN-AM (1130); WABX when it was Top 40; and in the late ’70s, he was program director of WNIC-FM (100.3) and its AM station of the same name. Also on his résumé is the launch of oldies on WKSG-FM in 1984, where he was that station’s first morning host.

He discovered a young man by the name of John Huzar working out in Ann Arbor at WAAM-AM (1600) using the name Tom Michaels on the air. You know him today as Jim Harper, the popular morning man at WMGC-FM (105.1).

“I hope everyone remembers that Paul Christy actually invented the ‘soft rock’ format,” Harper says. “We used to call it ‘Rock ‘n’ Easy’ 30 years ago, and as a result of that creation, thousands of us in broadcasting have had a chance to hone our craft. He probably did more for the careers of Michigan broadcasters than anyone I can think of in terms of launching careers. He gave me my first morning show job and I am eternally grateful.”

 

Grand Rapids Press:

This performance commands attention. First, it's a fundraiser presented Monday by Circle Theatre benefiting the nonprofit organization Mixed Greens -- growing kids who grow gardens. Second, it's a one-man show with two personas by Tim Cusack. Called "One Moment Please," it focuses on key moments in life -- funny, unexpected, meaningful and poignant... Kevin Matthews sidekick in one-man show (Sun, 6/10)


The afternoon airwaves at WTNR-FM (94.5, Thunder Country) sound a little different. Ditch Cooper, formerly a part-timer for Thunder, is the new guy bringing listeners home from 3 to 7 p.m. daily... Ditch Cooper new WTNR afternoon DJ (Sun, 6/10)


Muskegon's WSHZ-FM (107.9) is giving one lucky couple everything they need for their wedding -- if they're fast enough to outrace others down the "aisle." Ten couples will compete -- in wedding garb -- in a footrace at Great Lakes Downs at 7:30 p.m. June 16... Contest is a race to the altar (Sun, 6/10)

 

Detroit Free Press:

We start the week with an epitaph for veteran Detroit broadcaster Paul Christy, who died last week after succumbing to the effects of Parkinson's disease: The speaker is Ed Christian, chairman of Grosse Pointe Farms' Saga Communications and Christy's longtime friend and employer... Radio vet Christy is remembered (Mon, 6/11)



AllAccess.com:

Cumulus/Ann Arbor, Michigan Footballers Raise Funds
CUMULUS' ANN ARBOR stations -- Sports WTKA-A, Country WWWW (W4 COUNTRY), AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107ONE), and Talk WLBY-A -- turned over 7a to 7p JUNE 7 to the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN football team for its annual radiothon to raise over $117,000 for the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN's C.S. MOTT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL and WOMEN'S HOSPITAL. The radiothon got an extra boost when BILL SIMONSON's GRAND RAPIDS-based statewide syndicated "HUGE SHOW" sports afternoon show joined the radiothon. WTKA, W4, and 107ONE also broadcast live from SATURDAY's CARR'S WASH FOR KIDS event held by U-M coach LLOYD CARR. (Mon, 6/11)


Jay Hudson Named MD At 89X
CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT names JAY HUDSON MD. HUDSON has been Acting MD since joining 89X for nights in late DECEMBER. Prior to joining 89X, HUDSON was juggling parttime duties at crosstown GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF and CITADEL Rocker WKQZ (Z93)/SAGINAW, MI. 89X PD VINCE CANNOVA said, "JAY has taken on this role since starting at 89X. His attention to details, communication skills, music knowledge, understanding of the demo, and drive and passion for radio all make him the perfect fit for 89X." HUDSON told ALL ACCESS, "It feels great to be in this position as music director and on-air at a station I grew up listening to and admiring. I look forward to taking 89X up to the top. It goes to show that hard work does pay off if you make that sacrifice." (Mon, 6/11)

 

With the closing of a complex deal that gives Citadel control over a number of radio stations that had been solely owned and operated by ABC/Disney tomorrow, the immediate effects to listeners in Michigan will be felt in the northern part of the Tri-Cities area when WYLZ FM 100.9 Pinconning halts its simulcast of Classic Rock WILZ FM 104.5 Saginaw. Citadel transferred WYLZ into a trust when it identified that station as one of many it will be selling stay under federal ownership caps and make room for the ABC/Disney stations that will come under its control on June 12th.

The announcement that the WILZ/WYLZ simulcast would be ending was made on the Wheelz web site at www.wheelz.fm where it was also revealed that the broadcasts of Great Lakes Loons baseball will continue on WYLZ 100.9 and that NASCAR racing will be carried only on 104.5.

There has been no announcements as to who WYLZ might be ultimately sold to or what format will be heard on FM 100.9 tomorrow.

Prior to the acquisition of news-talk WJR-AM 760, variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, and pop WDVD-FM 96.3 in Detroit, Citadel owned 23 other stations in Michigan, including 2 stations in the Flint market, 6 in Lansing, 5 in the Tri-Cities area (Saginaw/Bay City/Midland), and 10 in the Grand Rapids and Muskegon area. After WYLZ is sold off, Citadel will own 25 radio stations in Michigan.

 

FSN Detroit Gives Thursday's Tigers-Brewers game the big squeeze

The Thursday, June 14 game between the Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers will be televised live by WJBK-TV, FOX 2 in Detroit starting at 1:00 PM. The game, originally slated for FSN Detroit, will also air on the following regional affiliates: CW-7 in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, MY-5 in Flint/Saginaw and WUPW-FOX 33 in Toledo.

For fans not able to see the game live, FSN Detroit presents the debut of Tigers Squeeze Play – a 30-minute version of that day’s telecast, condensed to show every meaningful play in the contest. Fans will see every pitch that results in a strikeout, hit, walk, homerun, double-play, and other key developments. Tigers Squeeze Play will air Thursday at 7:00, 8:00 & 10:00 PM.

“Tigers Squeeze Play is another great addition to our vast array of Tigers programming,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “We’re excited to deliver this creative alternative to Tigers fans throughout the region.”

FSN Detroit’s coverage of the Tigers goes to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan, as well as portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.

Tigers TV schedule updates:
The following recent changes have been made to the Tigers television schedule:
- Thu. June 14 vs. Milwaukee 1:00, Now on WJBK FOX-2 (originally scheduled for FSN Detroit)
- Sun. June 24 at Atlanta 8:00, Now on ESPN (originally scheduled for WJBK FOX-2)
- Sun. July 1 vs. Minnesota 8:00, Now on ESPN (originally scheduled for WJBK FOX-2)



AllAccess.com:

CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT has named CHAD MITCHELL for mornings, replacing exiting veteran air personality RICK MILLER. MITCHELL was most recently of Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT, where he spent seven years on the MOJO IN THE MORNING show. He has also worked at WDRQ/DETROIT and was the Morning Producer for SCOTT & TODD on Hot AC WPLJ/NEW YORK. MILLER, who was at the FOX not quite a year, is looking for his next opportunity. (Tue, 6/12)

 

WYLZ Pinconning has changed its format to country as 'Thunder Country 100.9', dropping the simulcast of classic rock WILZ FM 104.5 Saginaw. The change was expected as part of the closing of the transaction that moved much of ABC Radio from the control of Disney to the control of WILZ/WYLZ onwer Citadel.

WYLZ has been transferred into a trust and has been identified as one of several stations Citadel will be selling in order to complete the deal with Disney.

 

FSN to replay last night's Tigers-Brewers game at noon June 13

Fox Sports Net Detroit will replay the June 12th Detroit Tigers - Milwaukee Brewers game, featuring pitcher Justin Verlander's first no hit game, today at noon. The performance by Verlander was the first by a Tigers pitcher at home since 1952.



Detroit Free Press:

Tigers play-by-play broadcaster Mario Impemba called the first Tigers no-hitter in a generation and not once did he actually mention it -- at least until after the final out. Neither he nor his broadcasting partner, Rod Allen, used the phrase "no-hitter" during Justin Verlander's dominant, 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. The announcing team's superstitious decision was part of an unwritten baseball rule: Don't jinx a pitcher flirting with the rare feat... How radio and TV called Verlander's no-hitter (Wed, 6/13)


Mourned: Longtime Detroit radio voice (WCHB-AM and WGPR-FM) Larry Dixon. He died last week after a fight with throat cancer... Names and Faces (Wed, 6/13)

 

M-Live/AP

Brandon Lacic is resigning as editor of the Sentinel-Standard to take a job as a television news producer. Lacic, who has worked at the Ionia newspaper for six years, including 1 1/2 years as editor, was hired by WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. Lacic oversees the daily operation of the Sentinel-Standard newsroom, its editorial content and the company's Web site... Ionia newspaper editor stepping down to accept job at WOOD-TV (Wed, 6/13)

 

Detroit News:

Larry Dixon, the smooth-talking afternoon voice on Detroit's R&B powerhouse WCHB-AM back in the 1950s and '60s, died after a long battle with cancer on Monday, June 4. He was 78. Many Detroit radio personalities had a part in Motown Records' success back when AM radio was king, but Dixon was truly crucial. In 1959, he tipped off United Artists Records in New York about a hot local hit, Marv Johnson's record "Come to Me," put out on Tamla Records by Berry Gordy Jr. According to Detroit radio historian David Carson , United Artists did more than pick up "Come to Me" for distribution, they bought out Johnson's contract altogether. That allowed Gordy to come home to Detroit with $25,000 in his pocket to get his fledgling record company off the ground... Ex-WCHB DJ Larry Dixon dies (Thu, 6/14)


Tigers broadcasters Mario Impemba, Rod Allen and Dan Dickerson are blessed with strong vocabularies, used to describe many innings of baseball over a season. But Tuesday night, the most sacrosanct, yet unwritten, law of baseball kicked in and strongly edited their word choices: Never utter the words "no-hitter" while a pitcher has one going. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tossed a complete game, no-hit gem against the Brewers at Comerica Park. And Tigers broadcasters desperately avoided stating the obvious -- until the 4-0 victory was over... Mum was the word in the booths (Thu, 6/14)



Detroit Free Press:

Hey, if we want to be kept in the dark, we'll watch "The Sopranos." Not baseball. They gave hints as to what was going on, but both the TV and radio announcers honored the tradition of avoiding the forbidden words -- no-hitter -- while Justin Verlander was pitching one for the Tigers on Tuesday night for fear of jinxing him. Oh, come on. How can mere words hurt if Verlander wasn't jinxed by all those seagulls hanging around Comerica Park? Aren't they like albatrosses? Anyway, it's one thing to observe a superstition in the dugout, but isn't it the broadcasters' job to tell fans what's happening?... It's a ... shhh, that's a no-no (Thu, 6/14)



Tom Joyner Sky Show Returns to Detroit June 22

The Tom Joyner Sky Show, the largest, free, live African-American entertainment series in the country, returns to the Motor City Friday, June 22, 2007 at the Detroit Opera House with Chrysler Jeep Superstores as a sponsor ... The Sky Show features performances by national recording artist/groups such as Angela Winbush, Donnell Jones, and After Seven. The show draws record crowds during its broadcasts across the nation... Press Release (Wed, 6/13)

 

Lansing media personality Walt Sorg will soon take the helm of the morning show on Lansing News/Talk outlet WILS-AM (1320). Sorg will succeed Chris Holman, who steps down at the end of June, after three years as morning host.

The name of the morning program will change to "AM Lansing", but will continue to focus on the Lansing business community. Sorg, a lifelong Lansing-area resident, will mark his return to local radio, following a 30-year absence. He will serve as one of two local hosts on WILS, the other being Jack Ebling, who hosts an afternoon-drive program.

WILS is owned and operated by MacDonald Broadcasting, which also owns WHZZ-FM (101.7 Mike FM), WQHH-FM (Power 96.5) and WXLA-AM (Timeless Classics 1180). The station implemented a full News/Talk format in the fall of 2006. It is currently the only commercial station in the Lansing market with live, local morning and afternoon Talk programming.

MacDonald Broadcasting CEO Ken MacDonald Jr. said that Sorg "brings a tremendous history of broadcasting excellence, community involvement, business knowledge and political knowledge" to the WILS morning show. Sorg will begin his hosting duties on Monday, July 2nd.

 

Detroit News:

Police investigators in California have recommended felony charges against Channel 7 TV reporter Steve Wilson for obtaining Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's personal hotel and billing records by impersonating the mayor, according to a seven-page copy of the investigator's report obtained by The Detroit News. The report by Carlsbad Police Sgt. Don DeTar states employees at the luxury La Costa Hotel and Spa said a person identifying himself as Kilpatrick contacted them on May 7 and requested copies of Kilpatrick's hotel bill and of a check used to pay for a visit there last August... Cops urge charges for TV reporter (Fri, 6/15)



9th Annual V98.7 Smooth JazzFest set for June 22-24

WVMV-FM's summer tradition, the annual Smooth JazzFest, is scheduled for the weekend of June 22-23-24 on the Green in front of the Southfield Civic Center, located on Evergreen Road just south of I-696. This year’s line-up includes many of today’s biggest Smooth Jazz artists. The event starts Friday afternoon (6/22) and will showcase Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White and Jonathan Butler. The headliner on Saturday evening will be Dave Koz and Friends “At the Movies” Summer Tour 2007 with special guests David Benoit and Phil Perry and on Sunday the V98.7 Smooth JazzFest will wrap-up with India.Arie. A complete line is available at www.wvmv.com/pages/374791.php.

General Admission is $30 per day and Gold Circle, the section is closest to the stage, is $40 per day. Three-day weekend passes are available for $75 general admission and $105 Gold Circle admission. Parking for Smooth JazzFest is available nearby and across the street. All tickets are general admission/lawn seating and are available at all TicketMaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone (248) 645-6666. Tickets are also available at the Southfield Civic Center Parks and Recreation Office during business hours.

Patrons are asked to bring blankets, tarps and low beach chairs. Gates open at 4:00pm on Friday, 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Performances start approximately 1 hour after the gates open.



Jazz Cafe Discovery Series completes phase one with four finalists

The new Jazz Cafe Discovery Series at Music Hall has just completed phase one and has chosen four finalists. These groups will be performing June 19 and 20 on the Absopure Stage at the Jazz Cafe.

The series, which started this past January, is hosted by veteran Jazz radio host Judy Adams, and features new and emerging Jazz talent from the Metro-Detroit area. Forty-two groups have already been showcased with new bands presented each week. Bands have the opportunity for paid gigs at the Absopure Stage at the Jazz Cafe and for a chance at playing a set at the Detroit International Jazz Featival on Labor Day weekend.

 

Dowagiac Daily News

When Chris Cole operated a family-oriented Niles video store six years ago, it led to JC Advertising, but he didn't see that developing into running a radio station, let alone two completely different formats in another town. Yet here he is in Dowagiac at Oldies Radio (WGTO 910 AM), which streams live 24 hours a day on the Internet at www.WGTORadio.com, with plans to use WDOW's 1440 AM frequency for not only Fox Sports Radio, as Joe Jason did, but also live sports talk "so we can bring local students and coaches on from area schools to talk about what's going on with their programs"... Local radio bounces back (Fri, 6/16)

 

Detroit Free Press:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) edged WDIV-TV (Local 4), 18-14, in the latest Detroit and Michigan awards for TV excellence, the local Emmys. But WDIV's 14 awards -- including wins by affiliated independent producers -- are impressive considering they came from just 19 nominations. Channel 7 had 30 nods, including more than one in some categories. The list of winners was provided to the Free Press before Saturday night's awards ceremony by the presenters, the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. WJBK-TV (Channel 2) was third with six statuettes, which came from 10 nominations. Fox Sports Net Detroit had five wins out of 24 nominations. Public WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and its affiliated producers won three, as did WMYD-TV (Channel 20), all by its affiliate producer Palace Sports & Entertainment... WXYZ leads the city in Emmy wins (Sun, 6/17)


When 25,000 people show up at a Tulsa, Okla., charity concert, it probably was organized by Scott Herrold. Herrold and another Plymouth-Canton schools alum, Jake Bugeja, are among the top 30 broadcasters under 30 years old, according to the Edison Media Research group. The search was conducted through nominations. Most of the winners are from U.S. stations. The listings were announced locally by Bill Keith, station manager of WSDP, the school district's student FM radio station at 88.1. Herrold graduated from Salem High School in 1998. Bugeja graduated from the Starkweather Education Center program in 2002... Salem, Starkweather alums are radio aces (Sun, 6/10)



Ann Arbor News:

Fans of local bluesman Thayrone and his "Bone Conduction Music Show,'' which airs on WAAM (1600 AM) Sundays from 7-11 p.m., can now listen to past shows on his revamped Web site, www.thayrone.com... Missing Thayrone? Check out the Web (Sun, 6/17)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

It's that time of year again. The temperatures outside are beginning to rise, and West Michigan country-music fans are coming down with what has become known as "Bash Fever." Of course, we're talking about the B-93 Birthday Bash, the annual free concert put on by local country radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) to celebrate its existence and to thank its loyal listening audience. B-93 threw the first Birthday Bash on July 24, 1993 (exactly a year after the country station took to the air), which featured Sawyer Brown, Joe Diffie and Robert Ellis Orrall. It drew an estimated 30,000 fans, and the event has grown enormously, in crowd size and the number of acts on the bill... Count on changes as Birthday Bash turns 15 (Sun, 6/17)


To mark the 15th anniversary of Birthday Bash, B-93 staffers share their favorite memories... The best Bash? B-93 staff reminisces (Sun, 6/17)


Nick Alan remembers the night he and his younger brother, Chris, stayed overnight in the studios of Grand Rapids radio station WCUZ-FM, where their father, Brent, was on the air. Brent Alan was hosting the 7 p.m.-midnight shift on WCUZ (now WBFX-FM), which had a country music format at the time. At midnight, the announcer that was scheduled to come in failed to show up, so Brent had to stay on the air until 5 a.m. the next day. Brent planned on calling the boys' mother, Christine, to pick them up. But 8-year-old Nick and 5-year-old Chris begged their father to let them stay so they could sleep on the blue leather couch in the station's lobby... Thunder 94.5 host, 19, picked up tips from dad (Sun, 6/17)


Longtime morning radio personality Geri Jarvis has been off the air at WHTS-FM (105.3) for at least two weeks now, dealing with some health issues. Out of respect for her privacy, station management is not giving more detail... Geri Jarvis off the air (Sun, 6/17)


What do an "Australian Outback Survivor" cast member," a host who worked the red carpet for the TV Guide Channel and the new morning and noon weekday anchor at WWMT-TV (Channel 3) have in common? They are the same person. In addition to his lengthy and impressive resume, Jeff Varner has a "great personality" and is a "terrific anchor," said James Lutton, Channel 3's general manager. Varner will begin in late June and will replace Mike Bridges, who will remain as a weekend anchor and reporter as well as doing fill-in work for News 3... Ex-'Survivor' contestant daytime anchor at WWMT (Sun, 6/17)


Former Fox 17 investigative reporter David Bailey will return to West Michigan later this month as the new shoreline/Grand Rapids reporter for WWMT. He replaces Natalie Shepherd... Reporter David Bailey back at WWMT (Sun, 6/17)


In other WWMT news, Kate Tillotson has been named the new morning reporter. She comes to Kalamazoo via CBS-affiliate WRDW-TV (Channel 12) in Augusta, Ga., where she served as an anchor/reporter... Channel 3 names reporter (Sun, 6/17)

 

By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioCountry WDTW-FM (106.7) will have a new morning host tomorrow as Chad Mitchell takes over behind the mike. He replaces Rick Miller, who was in the chair for less than a year before being let go last week.

Mitchell moves over to The Fox from Top 40 WKQI-FM (95.5), where he spent the last seven years helping produce the highly successful “Mojo in the Morning” show.

“I’m leaving to host my own show” Mitchell says. “It’s been a dream of mine since I started in radio at 16 years old.”

He moved to Detroit in 1998 to do mornings and then nights at WDRQ-FM (93.1) then moved to the night shift on WKQI for a short time prior to joining Mojo.

“We are extremely excited to have Chad join our crew,” says WDTW program director John Trapane. “What many people didn’t know about Chad from his years with Mojo is that he is a huge country fan and has been a fan of country music all of his life.”

Rachel Giordano has been tapped to replace Mitchell as executive producer for WKQI’s morning show.

 • • • • • • • • 

One of the biggest radio deals in recent memory was completed last week with news-talk WJR-AM (760), variety hits WDRQ and pop WDVD-FM (96.3) moving from the ownership of the Walt Disney Company to Citadel Broadcasting.

For WJR and WDVD, it’s their first complete ownership change since 1964, when Capital Cities Broadcasting acquired the station from Goodwill Stations.

Although there were two ownership mergers after 1964 — first when Capital Cities merged with ABC in 1985, then when Disney acquired ABC in 1996 — this week’s change comes with much more uncertainty about the future direction of the stations.

 

Flint Journal:

For the first time in his life, Carson Lee has slowed down to reflect. "My whole life prior to moving to Michigan, all I ever did was race, race, race," said the co-host of the "Eric and Carson Show," heard from 4-8 p.m. on WWBN-FM (101.5) in Burton. "I can honestly say the last five years has been relaxing, easygoing and just a blast. I went from life in the fast lane to having the time of my life. I guess I have been lucky." So what propelled a 24-year-old from Powder Springs, Ga., to leave the hustle and bustle of big-time NASCAR racing to move north and follow his dreams into radio? That's something Lee, 29, has asked himself often, since he bolted North Carolina to Michigan in 2002... Local deejay went from behind a wheel to behind a mic (Tue, 6/19)



AllAccess.com:

WGER Names Bob Moore PD
NEXTMEDIA AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI names former KMSO/MISSOULA, MT PD BOB MOORE for PD duties. NEXTMEDIA VP/Programming HARVE ALAN commented, "I am very pleased to welcome BOB to the NEXTMEDIA programming team. He is an experienced programmer with the vision to take MAGIC 106.3 to the next level." (Mon, 6/18)


WGER Morning Hosts Exit
"BIG" STEVE DUNCAN has parted ways with NEXTMEDIA Top 40/Adult WGER/SAGINAW after more than four years with the company. He and morning show partner KELLEY MONTAGNE are now looking out for their next morning adventure. (Tue, 6/19)

 

'Dennis Miller Show' making Detroit visit June 28

Dennis Miller is scheduled to visit Detroit on Thursday, June 28, where he will broadcast his nationally syndicated radio program live with News-Talk WDTK AM 1400 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Andiamo Riverfront restaurant in the General Motors Wintergarden, Renaissance Center.

Following the broadcast, which is open to the public, the Emmy-award winning "King of Rants" takes his unique brand of topical and often scathing comedy to the Detroit Opera House for an 8 p.m. performance to benefit the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).

"Detroit loves Dennis Miller," said Chris MacCourtney, general manager of Salem Detroit. "His grasp of the news and quick wit make him the perfect addition to our line-up."

Miller joined the News Talk line-up at WDTK in March 2007. The Westwood One nationally syndicated host is now heard in more than 100 radio stations nationwide, including 10 Salem News Talk stations. His show is heard in Detroit on 1400AM WDTK weeknights from 6 – 9 p.m. Listeners can enter to win "Dinner with Dennis" by registering online at www.wdtkam.com.

JVS, a nonprofit organization offering career development and employment services to the Metropolitan Detroit public, is celebrating 65 years of providing the Detroit area with specialized human services to help people meet life challenges. Tickets to Miller's JVS' Detroit Live! are available through ticketmaster.com or by calling 248-645-6666.

 

Friday June 22 is the deadline for registering for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) Charity Golf Fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will fund MABF programs that provide for educational opportunities, internships and scholarships for young people interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting. Legendary oldies rocker Gary U.S. Bonds will be appearing at the MABF outing.

MABF 2007 Golf Scramble Fundraiser
Monday, July 9
7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Watermark Country Club Golf Course
5500 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids

The $150 cost of the event includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch, and contributions may be tax deductible. To register, call the MAB at 517-484-7444 or online at www.michmab.com/conferences/ac_regis.html.

 

The 29th Annual Michigan Emmy Awards, recognizing excellence in television, were presented on June 16 in Detroit. Both Fox Sports Net Detroit and Michigan Television (WFUM-TV 28 Flint) were awarded five Emmy's each from the Michigan Chapter of National Academy of
Television Arts and Sciences. The Emmy is a distinct honor awarded to TV professionals. Judges, representing Emmy selection committees in other parts of the country, scored the Michigan nominations based on content, creativity and execution of work.

 

Channel 7 to broadcast inaugural Detroit Riverfront Celebration on Friday, June 22

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, will broadcast a live one-hour kick-off salute of the Detroit International Riverdays on Friday, June 22, from 7 - 8 p.m. The special, "Summer In The D: A Riverfront Celebration", will give viewers a front row seat to the grand opening of Detroit's Riverwalk and showcase the newly completed sections of the Detroit International Riverfront.

With a studio located on the riverfront in Seldom Blues restaurant, news anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will co-host the live broadcast with contributions from reporters Mary Conway, Alicia Smith, and Dennis Neubacher.

In addition to the festival reporting and interviews with key event and city dignitaries, "Summer In The D: A Riverfront Celebration" will also include exclusive television coverage of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's live, free concert that will be taking place adjacent to the "new" Riverwalk during the broadcast.

"WXYZ is pleased to be a part of the Detroit International Riverdays and be the first Detroit television station to broadcast this inaugural event. As Detroit's leading television station, we'll bring a wealth of production resources and expertise to the broadcast. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this wonderful celebration," said Grace Gilchrist, WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 General Manager.



WMGC-FM team to walk in honor of radio personality's mother

Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, is raising money for the nation’s largest Breast Cancer 3-Day team. The “3 Days of Magic” team will be led by Fay Samona, producer for Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show, and four-time walker Sandra Bourdeau during the Michigan event which will run from September 28th through 30th. WMGC’s team of over 200 registered individuals has set a $205,000 team fundraising goal with over $175,000 having already been raised at press time.

The Magic team is walking in honor of radio personality Mike Bradley’s mom, Genevieve Sibel. Mrs. Sibel passed away on Feb. 9, 2007 after a one-year battle with breast cancer. Bradley is a member of the Magic Morning Show.

“I am so proud to be participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day this year, along with 205 of my fellow Magic walkers. I am honored to walk in the memory of Genevieve Sibel, Mike Bradley’s mom, who suffered from breast cancer until her passing in February 2007. I know these 3 days will be a mixture of tears, laughter, blisters and challenges, but I know it will truly be 3 days of magic!”

Local establishments will be hosting fundraisers to help the “3 Days of Magic” team reach their $2,200 per person goal. On June 30, the Outback Steakhouse in Chesterfield Township will be holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8:30 to 11 AM. Also on June 30, Rocky’s Baker Streetcar Bar in Hamtramck is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti event from 4 to 8 PM.

More information on other upcoming fundraisers and the “3 Days of Magic” team is available at my.detroitmagic.com/morningshow/3-days-of-magic.



Greater Media/Detroit launches free classified service

Greater Media's three Detroit radio stations have launched a free classified service to each of their respective web sites: www.wrif.com, www.wcsx.com, and www.detroitmagic.com.

Touted as an easy way to help promote things such as charity events and fundraisers, the listings offer over 90 categories including posting resumes, job openings, buying/selling cars and homes, school events and reunions, wedding/anniversary/birth announcements, garage sales, and bands & gigs.

 

Smile FM midday host Rob Dempsey joins 'Mark Across America'

Rob Dempsey, host of Smile FM's midday show on WLGH-FM 88.1 Lansing and heard on several other stations across Michigan, takes on 3 states in 1 week on his bicycle. Hope - that's what this week with all about for orphans and widows. Dempsey is cycling across three states with Mark Schultz who is currently biking across America to raise funds and awareness for The James Fund. Visit www.markacrossamerica.org for details on Shultz quest.

Dempsey is blogging details of his journey at www.hisradio.com/common/Content.asp?PAGE=357&CONTENT=8675.

For more information on Smile FM, visit www.positivehits.com.

 

CKWW to air “The Elvis Story”

To help gear up for the “Windsor Elvis Festival” next weekend, CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, is proud to present “The Elvis Story” beginning this Saturday.

At age 6 he received his first guitar. At age 21 he had his first #1 record. The rest is Rock ‘n Roll history. Hosted by legendary broadcaster Charlie Van Dyke, The Elvis Story is an 11-part series that looks back at the life and career of the world’s most famous musician. It will air Saturday mornings at from 10 - 11 a.m. throughout the summer.



Detroit News:

Right now, somewhere in the country, some guys in suits can't agree on how we should be able to watch Michigan or Michigan State football on cable this fall. The Big Ten Network (BTN), a cable/satellite channel alliance between Fox and the conference, is set to launch at the end of August. Every Big Ten team, including U-M and MSU, will have football, men's and women's basketball games and other sports on the 24-hour channel. Except there is one, not-so-small snag: The BTN will only be on in Michigan if you have DIRECTV (part of Fox owner Rupert Murdoch's media empire) or Buckeye Cable (Ohio/Michigan border). Other cable providers, such as Comcast, are still negotiating with the network... Big Ten Network still hitting snags (Thu, 6/21)



Ann Arbor Business Review:

When Lynn Rivers began her public affairs talk radio show in 2004, the former congresswoman knew about political strategy, the U.S. Constitution and the interview process, albeit from the other side of the microphone. But she didn't know about radio. So when it came time to sign off of that first show, she simply stopped talking. There was no sign off, no call letters for the station, no ending... Radio show on WEMU keeps Rivers in public eye (Thu, 6/21)



AllAccess.com:

WDVD Gives Away Free Gas And $96,000 Shopping Spree
CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT gave away $10,000 in free gas as part of the station's "$96,000 SHOPPING SPREE" promotion. Listeners were required to crack a four-digit code to win. According to WDVD Dir./Marketing & Promotions JULIE LAW, "With gas prices at an all-time high, we felt we should seize the moment and give a listener three years of free gas. The response was overwhelming for one of the largest gasoline giveaways to one person by one radio station." (Thu, 6/21)

 

Lifetime Achievement Winner & Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat to be held July 9 and 10 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. Early Bird Discounted Rate Registration ends Friday June 22nd, with registration still available through July 5, 2007

With the digital conversion beginning to come to the forefront in consumers’ minds, Michigan broadcasters will spend much of the time at their upcoming annual meeting focusing on ways to ensure a smooth transition to the exciting new digital era. Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) conference info is:

MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat
Monday, July 9 & Tuesday, July 10
Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, MI
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, June 22
Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 5

A complete program listing and registration information for the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership retreat is available at www.michmab.com.

The digital transition is a critical issue for television and radio broadcasters, as well as consumers. MAB members attending the annual meeting will hear from industry leaders who will offer insight into making the transition smooth for broadcasters and their audiences. Among the presentations:

Preparing for the Digital Conversion – David Donovan of the Association for Maximum Service Television will provide an update on the status of the digital transition. He will discuss the importance of keeping the over-the-air audience during the transition from analog to digital. The presentation will focus on the need for cooperation.

The Next Generation of HD Radio – Kitsa Lee of iBiquity will discuss how radio stations need to stay ahead of the learning curve by understanding what is next in HD radio technology.

Technically Speaking with NAB’s David Layer - The Director of Advanced Engineering for the National Association of Broadcasters will offer insight into what the national organization is doing to prepare stations for the next generation of broadcast media.


Among other highlights of the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat will be the Chairman’s banquet on Tuesday night at which the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees will be honored. Those being recognized are:

2007 Lifetime Achievement Award:
Ross Biederman, President and General Manager of Midwestern Broadcasting Company.

Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame:

* Thomas Bender, Regional General Manager and Senior Vice President for Greater Media Detroit

* P. Thomas Bryson, President and General Manager of WJRT-TV in Flint.

* Gary A. Reid, University Distinguished Senior Specialist in the Department of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University.

* Stephen Trivers, former President and General Manager of Fairfield Broadcasting Company in Kalamazoo.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

B-93 Birthday Bash will mark its 15th anniversary with outstanding country music and comfort. That's what organizers from sponsoring radio station WBCT-FM (93.7) are saying about B-93's annual free concert for fans at the Ionia Fairgrounds. For the second year in a row, B-93 has expanded the concert to include two full days, Saturday and Sunday, and will feature performances by headlining stars Dierks Bentley and Sara Evans, as well as several newcomers, including The Wreckers, Bucky Covington, Luke Bryan and Whiskey Falls...B-93 Birthday Bash is country comfortable (Thu, 6/21)


Crowd-loving, heat-seeking country-music fans get their fix this weekend when the 15th annual B-93 Birthday Bash hits Ionia for two days of free music. Here are some survival tips... A Birthday Bash tip sheet (Thu, 6/21)

 

WDIV to produce trio of local specials from Detroit's riverfront

WDIV-TV 4 will provide television and Internet viewers with three specials to help celebrate the first annual Detroit International River Days. A half-hour primetime special, Rockin’ on the River, airs Friday, June 22, at 8 p.m followed on Saturday, June 23 with live Internet video from the DTE Energy Parade Of Lights and wraps up on Local 4 with exclusive live coverage of the grand finale, the Target Fireworks on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 9 p.m.

Rockin’ on the River, airing Friday at 8 p.m. and hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, and Chuck Gaidica, takes your family into the middle of the action live from the all new Detroit River Walk. The special will showcase many of the exciting River Days events, from helicopter rides and jet ski demonstrations, to air dogs, carnival rides, music and more.

Rockin’ on the River will also include a behind the scenes preview of what to expect at the first ever DTE Energy Parade Of Lights presented by Local 4, and an opportunity to meet the five Super Singers who will compete live during Local 4’s broadcast of the Target Fireworks.

Saturday night starting 10 p.m., Local 4 will feature live updates from the DTE Energy Parade Of Lights within NBC programming, and exclusive live streaming video of the big event online at ClickOnDetroit.com.

Then, on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 9 p.m., WDIV will provide exclusive coverage of the summer’s biggest event and the River Days grand finale. Local 4’s live telecast of the Target Fireworks hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, and Chuck Gaidica begins with a Super Singer competition like no other before, with the winner selected by at-home viewers’ text message votes.

This year’s Super Singer on-stage judges are Local 4’s morning anchor Ama Daetz, Ty Treadway, soap star and host of “Merv Griffin’s Crosswords,” and Yvan Pedneault, star of the Toronto production of “We Will Rock You.”



WRIF’s “Drew & Mike” to hold Home Run Derby for trip to MLB All Star Game

Rock WRIF-FM’s morning show hosts Drew & Mike will send one lucky winner and a guest to San Francisco to see this year’s Major League Baseball All Star Game. The duo will give the trip away through a Home Run Derby contest to take place this morning at the WRIF studios, located at One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220.

Throughout the week, Drew & Mike have been qualifying listeners on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, June 22 at 7am to participate in the contest. There are a total of 15 qualifying contestants. The contestant, or their pre-selected “ringer”, who hits the most home runs in a series of two rounds of whiffle ball pitches, will win the trip to San Francisco, courtesy of Rock Financial.



Detroit News:

The talk radio industry has provided Americans with a town hall-like forum that has disappeared from the political landscape. That open discussion is now being threatened by those who seek government control of speech. Democrats in Washington have suggested they may seek a new "fairness doctrine" that would require radio talk show hosts to zip their own lips and keep track of time spent speaking on different sides of issues. Even a leading Republican, U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, suggests conservative talk radio hosts need to be dealt with after Americans recently railed against the ill-conceived immigration bill... Government shouldn't play favorites on talk radio shows (Fri, 6/22)

 

• Cornerstone Baptist Educational Ministries (Cornerstone University) was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial educational FM station at 89.9 to be licensed to Benton Harbor. The construction permit for a Class A station specifies 250 watts at 335 feet. Cornerstone currently owns and operates WCSG FM 91.3 and WAYG FM 89.9 Grand Rapids along with WAYK FM 88.3 Kalamazoo and has a construction permit
for FM 90.9 Springfield.

• Hot Adult Contemporary WQBX FM 104.9 Alma has applied to change its community of license to Fowler, change frequency to 104.7, and move its transmitter from Gratiot county south toward Lansing in between St. Johns and DeWitt in central Clinton County.

 

• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W220DP 91.9 Ironwood (owned by WRVM, Inc, translator of WRVM FM 102.7 Suring, WI); W279AP 103.7 Ionia (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).

• The FCC approved the purchase of WGHN-FM/AM Grand Haven by Will Tieman from William Struyk and Ronald Mass.

• The sale of the construction permit for WICE FM 88.3 Ironwood to Educational Media Foundation from Broadcasting for the Challenged was approved by the FCC.

 

• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W226BB 93.1 Ludington and W227AS 93.3 Whitehall (owned by Horizon Christian Fellowship).

• Classic Rock WRUP FM 98.3 Munising has applied to change its community of license to Palmer (Marquette county), change its effective radiated power from 32,000 watts at 358 feet to 2,600 watts at 1,018 feet, and change its transmitter location from near Munising (Alger county) to northwest of Marquette, essentially becoming a move-in to the Marquette market if the application is approved by the FCC.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

At 6-foot, 4-inches tall and 245 pounds, the guy with the Drew Carey glasses and haircut could be a one-man buffer zone between fans and performers at the annual B-93 Birthday Bash. He's also "the enforcer" on a men's hockey team and has the penalty minutes to prove it, but Doug Montgomery doesn't work crowd control. You're more likely to find him backstage glad-handing performers and making sure the annual country music festival this weekend in Ionia flows as smoothly as a drawn-out note from a steel guitar. Montgomery, 40, is the pit boss who oversees the free country music festival. It's probably the most visible part of his job as program director for West Michigan's top-rated radio station, WBCT-FM (93.7), known to listeners as B-93... Profile: B-93's Doug Montgomery (Sun, 6/24)


The B-93 Birthday Bash turned 15 Saturday on a beautiful, sun-drenched day with temperatures near 80 degrees. Traffic and crowd problems were minimal as about 65,000 people gathered at Ionia Fairgrounds for the annual free country music concert with headliner Dierks Bentley... Beautiful day for a Bash (Sun, 6/24)

 

Detroit Free Press:

For a shorthand description of Dennis Miller as a radio host, there's this one: the Al Franken of the right. OK by you, Dennis? "Listen, Al's a good friend of mine," says Miller, who's fine with the comparison but would like to clarify the "right" part. To be precise, he considers himself "more libertarian on most things than I am far right. It's just on the war, I guess, I'm construed to be Curtis LeMay now. But I just don't trust radical Islamic fundamental terrorists, sorry." That's Miller for you, dropping the name of the gung-ho Cold War Air Force general into the opening minutes of a conversation... Smart mouth: Just try to keep up with Dennis Miller's politically tinged, fiercely intelligent comedy (Sun, 6/24)

 

By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioMichigan never looked so good. Those were my words upon returning home last weekend from a trip to New York that I won’t soon forget. I went to the Big Apple to archive on videotape Talkers Magazine’s convention known as the New Media Seminar, but I stayed longer than scheduled.

Things were fine, at first. I saw the musical “Jersey Boys” and truly it lives up to the hype. The story of pop legends the Four Seasons is sensational. On Friday night, in the midst of the Talkers event, I got on a cruise around Manhattan that was sponsored by WABC radio and featured several legendary radio names. On that cruise was Soupy Sales, who, sadly, isn’t doing so well — he’s in his early 80s and, needless to say, no longer able to throw pies.

The most emphasized point made at the talk radio confab was that what is now referred to as “the spoken-word format” is the only type of radio — especially on AM — that has any redeeming value. There was, though, a great deal of discussion about talk on FM, which is no longer reserved just for “hot talk” similar to our local WKRK-FM (97.1). The term “spoken word” sounds a bit too biblical to me, but it’s what the industry seems to have embraced.

A major award went to Joe Madison from Washington, DC’s WOL. Longtime local listeners will remember Madison from his days at then-talk WXYT-AM (1270).

All was good, until my dizzying pace did me in, and I wound up in a hospital up in Westchester County, N.Y., in the charming little suburb of Bronxvville.

 

Detroit Free Press:

Internet radio listeners may find themselves without their favorite entertainment tomorrow, as hundreds of streams around the Web shut down for the day in protest of new royalty fees assessed for the music they play. Participants in the day of silence include big names like Yahoo!, Live365, Rhapsody and MTV Online, along with dozens of smaller outlets for music online, like WEMU-FM, in Ypsilanti... Radio on the web faces silent protest on Tuesday (Mon, 6/25)



Detroit News:

Gene Maxwell knows the music and the equipment and he even knows the DJ he's sitting in for at WNIC-FM, so it only makes sense that he's back -- until you remember why he left. He was let go. Or downsized, if you prefer, since nobody new took his place. Either way, after 29 years on the air at WNIC (100.3), he was out the door. And seven months later, he's back inside, messing with the armrests on Kevin O'Neill's chair from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays while O'Neill recovers from heart surgery... Former WNIC jock doesn't hold grudges (Mon, 6/25)



Michigan Public Media Welcomes New Underwriting Manager

Michigan Public Media, the public broadcasting service from the University of Michigan, has hired public broadcasting veteran and Detroit native Kathy Agosta as its new underwriting manager. Agosta will head the corporate support department for Michigan Radio and Michigan Television starting July 2nd.

For almost two decades, Agosta has been a development/marketing professional in public broadcasting, working in a variety of positions and stations. Kathy is currently senior director of corporate affairs at Chicago Public Radio where she directs local and national corporate sponsorship activities. Under her leadership the corporate team has raised over $5.4 million in
sponsorships. Agosta has distinguished herself as one of public broadcasting’s top professionals. She has directed corporate marketing and development departments in areas such as Portland, OR, Washington, DC, Sacramento, CA, and Seattle, WA.

“All of us are thrilled to be welcoming Kathy to the stations,” said Development Director Larry Jonas. “She brings tremendous experience to our corporate support team. Her enthusiasm for, and demonstrated commitment to, public broadcasting makes her ideal for this role. We're lucky to have her.”

 

FSN Detroit to replay Verlander no-hitter July 11

Wednesday, July 11 is an off-day for the Detroit Tigers as they conclude the All-Star break, but it’s an appointment viewing night for their fans when FSN Detroit delivers an encore telecast of Justin Verlander’s June 12 no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers. The three-hour presentation begins at 7:00 PM.

The historic game – the sixth no-hitter in the franchise’s 107-year history – will be replayed in its entirety as described by FSN announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, followed by approximately 40 minutes of coverage as it originally aired during the Tigers Live postgame show with Mickey York, Angie Mentink and Trevor Thompson.



Detroit Free Press:

Of all the rivalries the Big Ten Conference has created, the fight between its fledgling TV network and a cable giant is the one grabbing headlines nationwide. Ongoing negotiations between the Big Ten Network and Comcast turned ugly last week, and the fight extended to Monday, when U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., sent a letter of concern about the issue to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany... Dingell jumps into cable TV showdown (Tue, 6/26)



Detroit Public Radio to present Radio Lab®

Series to airs Wednesday, July 4 from 10am to 3pm and Sundays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5 at 8pm

An afternoon of video games with a Harvard sleep expert. A first-hand look at the psychological power of the doctor’s white coat. A lesson on the dire effects of sleep deprivation, through the eyes of a new mother. Radio Lab, WNYC Radio’s highly-acclaimed show about wonder, discovery, and big ideas, is back!

The five-part series Radio Lab will air on Detroit Public Radio (WDET 101.9 FM) on Wednesday, July 4 from 10am to 3pm and be rebroadcast in five hour-long segments on Sunday evenings July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5 at 8pm.

Radio Lab is a science show for people who think they don’t like science. Often, media coverage of science is largely reduced to either a sexed-up, politically-charged controversy or a dry, lifeless, technical summary of academic findings. Radio Lab breaks the mold, re-creating the thrill of “Aha!” moments in scientific breakthroughs, and bringing to light the ways – big and small -- they affect our everyday lives.

This season, co-hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich tackle five new fascinating topics: Placebo, Sleep, Zoos, Memory and Forgetting and Mortality. They begin with seemingly simple questions – Could the best medicine be no medicine at all? Is there such a thing as a good cage? Is love a more powerful force than memory? – that serve as a launch pad into the unknown. Embarking on a curiosity spree, they unearth the implications of the latest scientific findings, stumble into surprising stories, and traverse philosophy, history, and culture, checking in all along the way with the scientists doing the real work.

The result: a potent elixir of current science, first-person storytelling, radio theatre, and poetic reflection, all wrapped up in some of the most innovative sound design ever to spill out of the radio.



Zonjic announces line-ups for four summer jazz festivals

Alexander Zonjic announces the first annual Jazz Fest on Bob-Lo Island as part of his series of four summer jazz festivals he produces in the Detroit metro area. From Birmingham to Trenton to Monroe and now Amherstburg, Zonjic produces four major summer outdoor jazz festivals that feature local and national artists and attract thousands of music fans.

 

Once again WDIV TV Channel 4 is scheduled (weather permitting) to bring home live coverage of one of metro Detroit’s biggest events as the exclusive home of The Target Fireworks.

Live coverage of the annual spectacular event presented by The Parade Company begins at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27. In addition, the Local 4 telecast of The Target Fireworks will once again be offered as live streaming video to viewers all around the world on the station’s website, ClickOnDetroit.com.

Local 4’s Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Chuck Gaidica host the two-hour The Target Fireworks live special from the site of the exclusive rooftop celebration overlooking the Detroit River.

The night kicks off at 9 p.m. with Local 4’s Super Singer competition, showing off five of the area’s best singing talents in the local tradition that started long before American Idol became a hit. This year’s Super Singer judges include Ty Treadway, soap star and host of the new game show, “Merv Griffins’s Crosswords,” coming to Local 4’s daytime lineup this fall; Yvan Pedneault, star of the Toronto production of “We Will Rock You”; and Ama Daetz, Local 4 News morning co-anchor.

This year’s Super Singer contestants are Corey Roberts, 18, of Troy; Maurice Jacobs, 35, of Detroit; Bianca Tyson, 27, of Ypsilanti; Mariah Wallace, 15, of Metamora and Laura Rodriguez, 22, of Ypsilanti. For the first time this year, home viewers can cast their vote for their favorite contestant by premium SMS text message voting during the live fireworks show.

The grand prize for the Super Singer winner is a trip for two to Las Vegas to attend a Justin Timberlake concert. One lucky viewer at home will also have the chance to win the Las Vegas / Justin Timberlake concert trip by voting for their favorite Super Singer during the Local 4 broadcast.

Plus, in another big finale after the fireworks, the Michigan Lottery will be giving away two-million dollars live on the air during The Target Fireworks broadcast on Local 4. In this Grand Prize Drawing, two-million dollars will be awarded to one of five finalists who were pre-selected from instant ticket players.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Speculation has been running rampant for several weeks now that Hot-FM's husband and wife team Dave Jagger and Geri Jarvis would soon be off the air at WHTS-FM (105.3). Today, the duo was off the air. And "it's doubtful they will be coming back," said Christina Elsenbroek, of Citadel Broadcasting. Producer and daughter Casey Ann is on vacation, and Jagger is staying home with Jarvis, who is battling some undisclosed health issues, Elsenbroek said... Dave and Geri off the air (Wed, 6/27)

 

Detroit News:

The San Diego District Attorney's Office on Wednesday rejected filing criminal charges against Channel 7 investigative reporter Steve Wilson after Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick accused the combative journalist of impersonating him on the telephone to obtain his hotel billing records. "We decided we could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt or that Steve Wilson was the person who was on the phone," said Paul Levikow, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. Levikow said his office generally does not comment on cases but changed protocol because of the unusual nature of the case... No charges against Channel 7's Wilson (Thu, 6/28)


Ready for election fever? Ready or not, tonight at 9, XM Satellite Radio kicks off P.O.T.U.S. '08/XM Channel 130 , a new channel that will by September be devoted 24/7 to the '08 presidential race. It all starts with tonight's live PBS presidential debate featuring the Democratic presidential candidates, hosted by Tavis Smiley at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The satcaster also will carry the PBS forum for Republican presidential candidates on Sept. 27... XM radio is devoted to '08 race (Thu, 6/28)


Don't mess with Michigan and Michigan State fans and their televised football. Dozens of upset and concerned Wolverines and Spartans e-mailed me, worried contentious negotiations between Comcast and the Big Ten Network (BTN) could spoil their fall viewing. The cable giant and network are sparring over fees and placement, something that's standard for any new channel. But fan concerns are legitimate because it could lead to changes in the TV landscape. Cable bills could be higher and some providers might opt not to carry the network... Fans concerned with Big Ten negotiations (Thu, 6/28)



Detroit Free Press:

The Arbitron monthly ratings report card for June covering the months of March, April and May translated into the following: Lots of top stations lost listeners, yet maintained rank. Out of the month's top 10 ranking stations (11 with ties) for all listeners ages 12 and older, eight lost listeners or stayed the same from last month's tote. WJLB-FM (97.9) and WJR-AM (760) tied for first, despite losing listeners. Tied-for-seventh WYCD-FM (99.5) country was the biggest gainer, with a 0.4 surge, matched by 20th-place WXYT-AM (1270), the latter coming from Tiger baseball listening... Stations lose listeners, but still rank at the top (Thu, 6/28)



StationRatings.com:

Detroit spring phase 2 ratings trend (Wed, 6/27)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

In the past decade, Brian Nelson has embarked on a career path that featured stints at radio stations WJQK-FM (99.3) and WAYG-FM (89.9), where he helped turn contemporary Christian music into a significant format on the local scene. He's now following a new path in broadcasting. Nelson, 34, has pulled into the fast lane as a producer for the syndicated Motor Racing Network, leaving behind his gig as WJQK music director and afternoon host... Local broadcaster heads to Motor Racing Network (Fri, 6/29)

 

On Wednesday, July 4, the Detroit Tigers host the Cleveland Indians in a game televised by FSN Detroit. The Independence Day telecast is billed as the second annual FSN / Tigers Fourth of July Celebration, filled with many special features and presented with limited commercials thanks to the sponsorship of Marathon Oil.

Live coverage begins at 6:30 PM with Tigesr Live Pregame, followed by the Tigers-Indians at 7:00 PM. Tigers Live following the game will include the patriotic fireworks display at Comerica Park.

During select between-inning breaks, FSN is providing a series of vignettes featuring players and young fans talking about what Independence Day means to them and the freedoms Americans enjoy. Also to be included in the telecast are mini-documentaries about the significance of July 4th in America’s history and culture, narrated by Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell.

“Baseball and the Fourth of July are emblematic of summertime in our country,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “We are proud to partner with the Tigers and Marathon to provide fans this celebration of our national pastime.”

The game is also being shown on Armed Forces Television, available to U.S. military
personnel serving outside the continental United States.

 

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