A former metro Detroiter was among four people killed Friday afternoon in Phoenix when helicopters from two TV news stations -- covering a police chase live -- collided and crashed to the ground. Craig Smith, a former pilot for WXYZ's Chopper 7 in Detroit, was piloting the KNXV/ABC Channel 15 helicopter when it collided in the air with a helicopter from KTVK Channel 3, an independent station owned by the Belo Corp. media corporation. Both helicopters fell down into a park in central Phoenix and caught fire. Smith was killed along with his photographer, Rick Krolak, and pilot Scott Bowerbank and photographer Jim Cox, both working in the KTVK helicopter. No one on the ground was hurt... Former metro Detroiter, pilot killed in news copter crash (Fri, 7/27)
Last Saturday's LIFE section asked about your weekend radio listening habits. Some replies follow... Sinatra finishes his weekend (Sat, 7/28)
Coming to town: Syndicated morning star Russ Parr, heard on WHTD-FM (102.7), Aug. 3 with performances by Mims, B5, the Alliance, Al Fatz, Eric Danell, Cupid, Dream and Kin Folks, live from 6-10 a.m. at the Millennium Center, located at 15600 J.L. Hudson Drive, in Southfield ... Retiring: Longtime evening jazz host Michael G. Nastos, from WEMU-FM (89.1) effective Monday. A mainstay of the WEMU music staff, Nastos has hosted the evening program for more than 27 years... Names and Faces (Sat, 7/28)
With the 2007-08 football season only weeks away, the flagship station of MSU football, News/Talk 760 WJR, has announced that Steve Courtney will host this season's WJR Tailgate Show. Heard three hours prior to home game kick off, the two hour WJR Tailgate Show is filled with exciting interviews and pre-game discussion. Tune in to the first tailgate broadcast of the season, 9:00am on Saturday, September 1, 2007. The MSU Spartans will take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers starting at noon.
WYCD MD Ron Chatman To Exit
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT MD/Digital Director RON CHATMAN is exiting to pursue other opportunities. (Fri, 7/27)
Talk radio station WJR 760 AM remained atop the Detroit market in the latest listener rankings, fueled primarily by the popularity of Rush Limbaugh’s afternoon show.
The station had a 5.6 share for the April 5-June 27 measurement period, up from a 5.5 over the previous period, according to numbers released this week by Columbia, Md.-based Arbitron Inc., which tracks radio listening. WJR was ranked first overall in the preceding ratings period, as well... WJR first in ratings period (Wed, 7/25)
Michael G. Nastos, longtime evening jazz host at WEMU (89.1 FM), has signed off the air. He was expected to announced his retirement on his show Friday, according to the station. He has hosted the evening program for more than 27 years, first as a part-time employee, then for the past 12 years as a full-timer, serving as the station's chief music librarian and "Jazz Datebook'' editor when not on the air. WEMU will conduct a national search for a successor, hoping to have someone in place by the end of September. In the meantime, other WEMU on-air hosts will cover Nastos' shift... Nastos leaving WEMU (Sat, 7/28)