Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 1-7, 2007




WRIF to broadcast Detroit Indy Grand Prix

WRIF-FM 101.1, Detroit’s rock station for over 36 years, has announced that the station will be the official radio broadcaster of the 2007 Detroit Indy Grand Prix, presented by Firestone on Sunday, September 2nd.

The race will be simulcast on 101.1 FM beginning at 3:00pm, including pre-race activities, originating from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. The race will commence at 3:45pm and continue through 6:00pm. In addition to airing the simulcast of the race, WRIF will be broadcasting live from Belle Isle throughout the weekend, giving listeners highlights, traffic updates and more.

”We feel the return of the Grand Prix to the City of Detroit is another positive step toward re-energizing the downtown area and we wanted to get on board to show our support. We’re very proud to be airing the race”, said WRIF Operations Manager, Doug Podell.

Movie marathon to raise money for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will present a day of nonstop movie watching for a cause. “Hollywood Nights” is a 24-hour movie marathon to benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The event will be at the Emagine Theatre in Novi from 10 AM on Friday, Aug. 10 to 10 AM on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Registration for the event is available on Magic’s Web site, Admission is a $105.10 donation and includes unlimited popcorn and pop, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Prizes will also be awarded.

Attendees must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by a parent or guardian to stay overnight. Individuals ages 13 to 17 will be able to watch movies from 10 AM to 10 PM on Friday.

The Oakland Press:

Clark Davis remembers excitedly flipping between four separate March Madness basketball games playing live on Channel 62 a couple of years back -- without having cable. Many Oakland County residents can do the same, and watch up to three times as many local television stations, for free. They just aren't aware they can do it, he says. "Cable companies want people to believe you have to buy their service to get more specialty programming," said Davis, a Pontiac resident and attorney. "They are fostering the urban myth that you can't get high-definition without cable or a satellite." Local television stations such as 2, 4, 7 and 56 do have the capability to transmit at least three secondary channels simultaneously, officials from local stations agree. All people need to receive them is an antenna for a high-definition, digital television set... High-definition TV available over the air, attorney says (Sun, 8/5)

WCSX Goes To The Dogs
GREATER MEDIA CLASSIC ROCK WCSX (94.7)/DETROIT was able to find 428 stray animals new homes during its sixth Annual "Pet-A-Palooza" on Saturday, July 28 at Freedom Hill. The stations brought together 33 humane organizations, which offered cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets for adoption on-site. The event also featured a variety of family and pet-oriented activities, including an "Ultimate Air Dog"-jumping competition, and a performance by THE ROCK-N-ROLL K-9’S -- a group of 35 dogs demonstrating speed and agility skills set to rock music. "I'm so happy to be part of such an important event," said WCSX midday personality KAREN SAVELLY. "Not only do pets and their owners have a fun-filled day, hundreds of deserving animals find wonderful homes."

CRTC Grants New FM For Sarnia, ON
POINTS EAGLE RADIO INC. receives CRTC approval for a Type B Native FM station with English and Aboriginal programming at SARNIA, ON. The station would use 3,400 watts at 103.3 FM and would mostly simulcast POINTS EAGLE's CKTI/KETTLE POINT, ON with six-and-a-half hours of SARNIA-specific programming each week.

Michigan Radio wins PRNDI award

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been honored with an award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., for its Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006. These national awards, judged and presented annually, recognize outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

The Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006, anchored by Charity Nebbe, discussed a variety of topics important to Michigan listeners. Segments produced by the Michigan Radio news team included a report on Detroit Metro Airport’s ban on liquids and gels in carry-on luggage, coverage of Delphi Corporation’s hearings over the cancellation of blue-collar contracts, and discussion of a decrease in the rate of home foreclosure in Michigan.

Receiving a PRNDI award is a prestigious accomplishment. With this, Michigan Radio exerts itself as one of the best newscasters in the country. Division A winners in other categories include: WNYC-New York, WBUR-Boston, WBEZ-Chicago, and KUOW-Seattle.

"We’re very proud of this accomplishment," said News Director Vincent Duffy. "It’s great to be recognized for the hard work our talented reporters do everyday for our listeners in Michigan."

This is Michigan Radio’s second award this year for the August 11 Morning Edition newscast. Earlier this year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognized it with a 2006 Broadcast Excellence Award.

WMGC-FM 3-Day team raises record amount to help beat breast cancer

Magic 105.1 is leading the nation in pledges raised for a Breast Cancer 3-Day team. The “3 Days of Magic” team has raised over $250,000 for the annual walk, far surpassing the original $205,000 goal. The Magic team has since set a new and unprecedented team fundraising goal of $500,000.

Money raised will benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust. These organizations provide important breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

Local establishments will be hosting fundraisers to help the “3 Days of Magic” team reach their goal. On August 11, there will be a pancake breakfast fundraiser at the First United Methodist Church in Wyandotte. The $5 breakfast will be from 8 to 11 AM. JD’s Key Club in Downtown Pontiac will be hosting an August 23 Happy Hour Fundraiser. Doors open at 7 PM and a $10 donation will cover entrance, food, entertainment, raffles and more.

Over 200 individuals are registered to walk with “3 Days of Magic.” The team will be led by Fay Samona, producer for Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show, and four-time walker Sandra Bourdeau.

The Michigan event will run from September 28 through September 30, 2007. The trek will begin at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills and conclude at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

“Moments and memories, days and decades…these are what you give mothers and their children, to husbands and wives, to daughters and sisters and best friends, when you make that 3-Day Walk,” said breast cancer survivor Tawnya Bender in an inspiring letter to the Magic team. “Before you take that first step, remember that the funds you raise will help find a cure for breast cancer.”

More information on other upcoming fundraisers and the “3 Days of Magic” team is available at







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