Big things blast from speakers for 4th of July

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By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioWith summer vacation season fully kicking in this week, local radio stations are hoping you’ll include them in your local barbecue and beach plans.

Oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) will present its “Firecracker 500” starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, featuring tunes voted on by listeners who visited the station’s Web site at www.womc.com. In case you’re wondering, I’m the one who voted for the Supremes, Buddy Holly and Johnny Nash.

Not to be outdone, classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7) will present “USA to Z” on Wednesday, featuring all-American bands in alphabetical order, from Aerosmith to ZZ Top. Then, starting July 9, the station brings back its popular “Classic Rock A to Z,” featuring nearly 2,000 songs spanning “A Day in the Life” to “Ziggy Stardust.”

News WWJ-AM (950) is broadcasting live from Greenfield Village from 6-11 p.m. through Tuesday to help celebrate The Henry Ford’s 2007 Salute to America, featuring concerts by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra performing favorite patriotic songs. Each concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture during a spectacular fireworks display and live cannon fire. Visit www.thehenryford.org for more information.

Public WDET-FM (101.9) will air “Radio Lab,” a science show for people who think they don’t like science, beginning on Wednesday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and then 8 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 5. “Radio Lab” claims to break the mold of lifeless, technical summaries of academic scientific findings to re-create the thrill of “A-ha!” moments in scientific breakthroughs. If only they could figure out what makes the mustard splatter all over my shirt every time I eat a hot dog.

Over at oldies CKWW-AM (580), you can catch “The Elvis Story,” an 11-part series that looks back at the life and career of the world’s most famous musician, hosted by Charlie Van Dyke. It runs 10-11 a.m. Saturday throughout the summer months.

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Listeners to pop WDVD-FM (96.3) have been profiting nicely from their loyalty to the station this summer. The station has already given away several $10,000 shopping sprees — one of which was for fill-ups at local gas stations over three years — as part of a promotion that’s giving away $96,000 in total. That $10K worth of gas is one of, if not the, largest gas giveaways to a single person by a radio station. And just in time for the Fourth of July, too!

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The closely watched spring ratings book will be out later this month, but in the meantime, stations received their monthly progress report last week.

In the broad age-12-and-up numbers, urban WJLB-FM (97.9) moved into a tie with news-talk WJR-AM (760), followed by WWJ, adult urban WMXD-FM (92.3) and rock WRIF-FM (101.1).

Trending upward the most since the winter book have been country WYCD-FM (99.5), sports WXYT-AM (1270), and WDVD.

Spring and fall ratings are typically considered the most important for establishing advertising rates based on listener numbers.

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In honor of Canada Day, we make note that Canadian broadcasters are not exempt to the wheeling and dealing we often see here on the American side of the border.

Four Windsor radio stations — alternative rock CIMX-FM (88.7), adult alternative CIDR-FM (93.9), CKWW and news-talk CKLW-AM (800) — recently were acquired by Canadian media giant CTVglobemedia as part of a deal that moved all of what was CHUM Limited’s radio stations into the company that owns the CTV television network among other media outlets.

It’s doubtful you’ll notice any major changes coming from your radio anytime soon because of the change in ownership, as these stations have carved out successful niches for themselves in both Windsor and metro Detroit.

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Set your dial: “Somewhere in Time” host Tom Wilson presents a special edition of the program featuring the reading of postcards sent home by soldiers involved in World War II interspersed with music from the war years ranging from love songs to patriotic music. Tune to WMUZ-FM (103.5) or WRDT-AM (560) at 6 p.m. today ... Judy Adams hosts and presents performances of the Rockelle Whitaker Quintet and the Hot Club of Detroit, recorded live for the Jazz Cafe Discovery Series, at 11 p.m. today on WVMV-FM (98.7).

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Noted: “Latin Expression,” hosted by Humberto Ayala, heard 5-6 p.m. Saturdays on WPON-AM (1460), celebrated 15 years on the air June 10.

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Finally, if your holiday plans include travel anywhere in Michigan, check out Michiguide.com for listings of radio stations and their formats, making it easy to find your favorite programming no matter where you visit in our great state. Stay safe and be sure to use your radio responsibly.

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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, July 1, 2007

 

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