Dr. Don nominated for CMA on-air award

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By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioThe Dr. Don Morning Show, heard weekday mornings from 5-10am on country WYCD-FM (99.5), has been nominated for a CMA (Country Music Association) award in the category of On-Air Personalities of the Year (Major Market). The nominations were announced last month live on ABC TV’s “Good Morning America” program.

The awards will be presented at this year’s 41st Annual CMA Awards program on Nov. 7, 2007 in Nashville and broadcast by ABC. The CMA Awards are considered to be country music’s biggest night.

“This is a huge honor,” said Debbie Kenyon, vice president and general manager of WYCD-FM. “It’s great to see Dr. Don along with Rachael, Grunwald and Jason get recognized nationally.”

“The whole team on the Dr. Don Morning show has contributed to our success at WYCD,” noted Program Director Tim Roberts. “More importantly, these guys know how to have fun and take the Detroit audience along for the ride.”

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Syndicated adult urban morning host Tom Joyner, heard locally on WDMK-FM (105.9), is promoting his 5th annual “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day.” Those that take the pledge to help get someone in for a health screening or attending a community health event will be eligible to win $10,000. Details at www.kissdetroit.com. Also at WDMK, the syndicated Wendy Williams Experience was dropped from the station’s lineup in August after just a year. The station’s weekday lineup now consists of the Joyner show mornings, Tune Up middays, and Lady BG evenings.

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Craig Fahle will take over as the permanent host of the public affairs program Detroit Today, heard weekdays from 10 a.m. – noon on WDET-FM (101.9), starting Sept. 17. It’ll be the second stint for Fahle at WDET he served as the station’s local Morning Edition host for almost 10 years, beginning in 1996. He’s returning to town after spending 16 months at a public radio outlet in Charlotte, N.C.

The station believes that Fahle’s extensive experience in public broadcasting and his knowledge of metro Detroit issues, people and places will make him a great fit to lead the locally-based midday show.

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Last week, Art Vuolo mentioned the new Earadio (www.earadio.net) being sold at University of Michigan home games this season. I had the opportunity to use one of them last week and was rather pleased with the unit’s performance. You tune to a special frequency that those with their regular radios can’t pick up to hear a delay-free broadcast of the action. Reception was fine anywhere in the seating areas of Michigan Stadium but faded pretty quickly once outside of the gates. All of the programming was identical to what aired on oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), the flagship station for Michigan football, including station promotions and yes — advertisements too.

In addition to that special band, which has three different frequencies that can be used to catch the ‘home’ broadcasts at road games too, the radio also has a regular FM band so you can use it away from the games too. The FM band actually does a better job at reception than my regular mini-portable radio. About the only drawbacks to the Earadio are that it only can be used on one ear, so forget about listening in stereo, and there is no AM band. I found the radio comfortable to wear during an afternoon of football and it sure was nice to be able to hear the call of Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter match up perfectly with the action of the game.

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News-talk WJR AM (760) will be looking for someone to fill the 10 p.m.-1 a.m. slot on Sundays as Internet newsman Matt Drudge has decided to walk away from radio after his last show airs on Sept. 30. Drudge announced that he’s leaving to better focus on his Drudge Report Web site as well as taking some time to travel.

Drudge’s radio distributor, Premiere Radio Networks, has already announced a replacement in Bill ‘Willie’ Cunningham, who is based at Cincinnati blowtorch WLW-AM (700), but there’s no word if WJR will pick up Cunningham’s program which will already have a built-in audience due to his exposure on XM Satellite Radio where his weekday program airs from noon-3 p.m on channel 173.

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When Apple announced its revamped iPod lineup last week, it was disappointing for radio fans because there was no mention of including built-in radio receivers as a standard feature on the ubiquitous portable music devices. It seems that every year there is some buzz about the possibility of the company adding at least an FM radio — and every year so far it’s been disappointment. Better luck next year I guess.

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Set your dial: Somewhere in Time hosts Tom Wilson and Heather Novak profile the music of Homer ‘Boots’ Randolph who recently died, leaving a void in country and pop music. One of Boots’ tunes, “Yakety Sax” sold a million records and became the theme song for the Benny Hill TV show. Tune in at 6 p.m. tonight on WMUZ-FM (103.5) or WRDT AM (560).

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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, September 9, 2007



What are the three frequencies of the special band of the EARADIO?

Is EARADIO regulated by the FCC?


Art McCleer

I wonder. If the U of M goes 0-3, will the eaRadio folks start broadcasting a different game?

What happened to AJ Parker the DJ from 10-2 on 105.9?






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