WTVS-TV (Channel 56) Detroit Public Television, the local PBS affiliate, has partnered with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to bring Metro Detroiters a multi-layered entertainment experience. For instance, blues lovers can watch the "Boogie & the Blues Diva: 2004 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival" when it airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS. And if they like what they see, they can buy tickets and attend the "Ninth annual Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival" when it takes place at the Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6... Music Hall, PBS team up for shows (Wed, 8/15)
Get out the ear muffs: Don Imus is headed back to the airwaves. The disgraced shock jock has been off the air since April 12, after describing the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" and public outcry, led by activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, prompted CBS Radio to yank his popular morning show. MSNBC also canceled the TV simulcast of his show. On Tuesday, Imus and CBS settled his multimillion-dollar contract, which had been renewed just before the April fracas. Now the radio host can return to the air, and the Associated Press reports that Imus is finalizing a deal with New York-based, 50,000-watt (Clear Channel) WABC-AM, which carries mostly political talk... Imus nears radio return as he and CBS settle (Wed, 8/15)
Detroit Free Press:
The trade journal Automotive News reported Wednesday that General Motors has recruited several prominent radio personalities — many on a national scale but also in local markets — by providing the hosts with new cars and trucks to drive free for two weeks each month. The deal also includes trips to Detroit to meet with GM executives and see the company's facilities. Among the hosts taking advantage of the deal are some of the biggest names in talk radio and a few who double on TV. Among them: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hannity, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Michael Baisden, former Detroiter George Noory, Delilah, Laura Ingraham, Jim Rome, John Tesh, and Big Tigger, a former WJLB-FM (97.9, Detroit) morning host. Local hosts in Dallas were also mentioned in the story... GM borrows cars to some big radio stars (Wed, 8/15)
WDIV-TV Local 4 is playing an interesting gambit with that new extra hour NBC's "Today" starts serving Sept. 10. Ellen DeGeneres' talk show will remain at 10 a.m., with the fourth hour of "Today" to be seen at 11 a.m. in the tough slot against ABC's "The View" and CBS's "The Price Is Right." Syndicated info-tainment show "Extra" -- now delayed a day at 11 a.m. -- shifts to delayed a day at 2:30 p.m. "Inside Edition," now at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., will air only once a day, at 4:30 p.m... 'Ellen' will keep 10 a.m. timeslot (Wed, 8/15)
WMGC honors women in the automotive industry
Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show of soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 are honoring the women who make the Motor City run with three “Salute to Women in the Automotive Industry” live broadcasts. The series is taking place August 15-17 from 6am to 10am each morning, leading up to the Woodward Dream Cruise.
The public is invited to stop by the broadcasts on Wednesday, August 15th at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn and on Friday, August 17th at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Jim Harper, Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty, Mike Bradley and Fay Samona will all be on-site.
On Thursday, August 16th, Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from the OnStar Studios in the General Motors World Headquarters in Detroit. This broadcast is not open to the public but will air from 6am to 10am on WMGC.
RIFF2.com officially relaunches
A newly enhanced RIFF2.com, the website for rock WRIF-FM's 101.1 companion HD multicast channel, RIFF-HD2, has been re-launched.
The latest version of the website now has social networking functionality that allows DJs, listeners and bands to be able to create their own profiles as well as blog, upload video, audio, and more. In addition, listeners will be able to add widgets from uploaded audio and video to their own MySpace pages, websites and blogs.
"It is a perfect complement to the interactive, community experience of RIFF2, the HD2 companion channel for WRIF," said Mark Pennington, program director of RIFF2 and assistant program director/music director of WRIF. "The new site will have originally produced audio and video from the station and provide a totally interactive experience for listeners."