Fans of phone scams and other forms of morning DJ madness can relax: In a deal to be announced Friday by Clear Channel, WKQI-FM (95.5)'s Mojo and Spike of the "Mojo in the Morning" show have signed a multi-year deal with the radio giant to continue on their merry path, which led them to rank No. 1 in Arbitron's summer ratings of listeners age 18-34. (Their competition, WRIF's Drew & Mike were No. 1 all summer in the age 25-54 demo, and WMXD's Steve Harvey was No. 1 in age 12-plus.) Station officials would not disclose how many years the contract is for or how much money is involved... 'Mojo in the Morning' DJs sign multi-year deal with Clear Channel (Fri, 10/26)
Detroit Free Press:
Drew Lane is scheduled to return to the airwaves -- via recording -- sometime during today's "Drew & Mike Show" from 6 to about 10:30 a.m. on WRIF-FM (101.1). Purpose? According to WRIF chief Tom Bender, Lane will give listeners a personal update and shoot down whispers benign and otherwise about his absence -- a personal leave to care for Lane's significant other, Tess Schuster, who has cancer. Lately, chatter among Detroit radioheads reckoned the leave was a contract positioning ploy or, less kindly, a ruse to cover some conspiratorial acts that make the JFK Single Bullet Theory seem elementary... Drew Lane back on the air, briefly (Fri, 10/26)
There is a chance that next week’s Michigan-Michigan State football game will be on the Big Ten Network. Maybe not a very strong chance. But a chance. And that would leave thousands of Comcast subscribers scurrying to sports bars to watch the big game. The Big Ten has made no secret of its goals for the Big Ten Network. The conference wants to make money for its schools and increase exposure for its athletes. This is not the kind of thing that wins the Nobel Peace Prize, but at least the Big Ten is up-front. Comcast, on the other hand, acts like it is fighting hunger and curing cancer by insisting that the Big Ten Network belongs on a specialized sports tier instead of an expanded basic cable package... Comcast-BTN becoming a bigger feud than MSU vs. U-M (Fri, 10/26)
CKWW celebrates Halloween with special programming
The Halloween tradition continues as oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, once again airs “The War of the Worlds” on Halloween night.
To get things started on Halloween, AM 580 will play some of the best Halloween music throughout the day and evening. Then at 10 PM, the original classic radio drama “The War of the Worlds” will air without commercial interruption.
Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading the world. It was originally broadcast in 1938 on the “Mercury Theatre On The Air” program and is one of the most famous radio broadcasts of all time. The show was so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.
Plus, next week “When Radio Was” will also air Halloween themed programs from the golden age of radio. That show airs weeknights at 11 PM on CKWW.
WMGC fall wine tasting event to be held in Southfield Nov 9
Soft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1FM, will present a “Magic Wine Down" event from 6-9 pm on Friday, November 9th at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. (between 8 and 9 Mile Roads) in Southfield. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, over ten different wines that will be showcased, desert and coffee. Wine stewards will be on-hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event.
Listeners will be able to enter to win access to the event online and by calling in at designated times each day leading up to the event. In addition, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. Donations are still being accepted.
The event will be hosted by Magic 105.1 personalities, including: Mitzi Miles, Jim Paolucci, Mike Bradley and Shannyn Caldwell.