'Mojo' producer gets show of his own at 'DTW

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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.

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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.

Prior to getting ownership WJR, WDRQ, and WDVD, Citadel was already one of the biggest radio owners in Michigan, operating 23 stations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, Flint and the Tri-Cities. The company’s newly bolstered Michigan station roster gives it a footprint that no other broadcaster matches.

There has been no shortage of speculation on what Citadel might or might not do with its newly acquired stations — 22 in all across the country, along with the ABC Radio Network — but thus far no major changes have been announced.

It’s undoubtedly only a matter of time though before Citadel starts putting its mark on its new properties to better justify the estimated $2.7 billion that was spent to complete the deal.

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Summer means golf season in Michigan, and soft rock WMGC-FM (105.1) has scheduled its second annual Girl’s Day on the Green for July 23 at Devil’s Ridge Golf Club in Oxford. The 18-hole best-ball tournament will be hosted by WMGC personalities Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty, Fay Samona and Jim Paolucci. Cost is $105 per person with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. Visit http://www.detroitmagic.com for more details.


WJR and Michigan State University have joined forces to present Champions for the Kids, a special golf event to benefit the nonprofit organization Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids, on July 29 and 30 at Oakland Hills Golf and Country Club. MSU men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo is scheduled to participate, and all funds raised through the event will go directly to those in need through the foundation. Find details at www.forthekidsfoundation.org.

Also, WJR is the official radio station for Sparky Anderson’s CATCH Charity for Children
annual golf event, scheduled for July 15 and 16. The CATCH Golf Party, a prelude to the popular CATCH Golf Classic, will be July 15 in Dearborn, featuring elaborate food stations, a raffle, and silent and live auctions of sports memorabilia and resort getaway packages, plus a ceremony for honorees Johnny Ginopolis and Rhonda Walker.

Then on July 16, the 20th annual CATCH Golf Classic will take place at Meadowbrook Country Club. The five-person scramble features a sports or media personality playing in each group. Visit www.catchcharity.org for ticket information.

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The ninth annual WVMV-FM (98.7) Smooth JazzFest is scheduled for Friday through June 24 on the green in front of the Southfield Civic Center. Artists such as Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White, Jonathan Butler, Dave Koz & Friends and India.Arie are among the performers. General admission tickets are $30 per day, with Gold Circle tickets available at $40 per day. Three-day weekend passes also are available for $75 general admission and $105 Gold Circle. All tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Learn more at www.wvmv.com.

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Get-well wishes go out to soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) afternoon drive host Kevin O’Neill, who is recuperating well from heart bypass surgery.

Says a recovering O'Neill from home, "I called 911 a week ago Thursday because of severe dizziness. A heart catheterization showed 60, 80, and 100% blockage in three of the arteries going into the heart. I had quintuple by-pass surgery this past Monday, the 11th. I didn't even know that you could have 5!"

WNIC has had a couple of familiar voices on the air helping to substitute in various timeslots while Kevin has been away, including longtime former midday host Gene Maxwell and former Channel 4 traffic reporter Tracy Gary.

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Set your dial: The world’s largest and most elaborate theater pipe organ will be featured on this week’s edition of “Somewhere in Time” at 6 p.m. today on WMUZ-FM (103.5) and WRDT-AM (560). Charlie Balogh, winner of 2000’s American Theatre Organist Award, presents a program of jazz, pop and even a classic on the four-keyboard organ that has nearly 6,000 pipes at Organ Stop Pizza in Mesa, Ariz.

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Mike Austerman is the founder of Michiguide.com and has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.


Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, June 17, 2007

 

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