Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2007




Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Radio, the public radio station at the University of Michigan, brought in more than $655,000 in its most recent fund drive that ended Oct. 19, with contributions from more than 5,500 members across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. The drive raised money through a variety of sources, including more than $540,000 in contributions from listeners who called in a pledge, nearly $119,000 in online contributions and more than $244,000 generated from 2,454 first-time contributors, according to a statement released by Michigan Radio, which includes WUOM (91.7 FM) in Ann Arbor as well as WFUM-FM (91.1 Flint) and WVGR (104.1 FM) Grand Rapids. In Ypsilanti, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, also wrapped up its annual drive by exceeding its on-air pledge goal of $135,000 by nearly $4,000... Public radio stations wrap up fund drives: Series on philanthropy starting Monday on WUOM (Sun, 10/28)

Detroit News/AP:

The Detroit Pistons helped redefine the role of pre-game introductions during the Bad Boy era of the late 1980s and early 1990s. With heavy metal group Europe's stirring "Final Countdown" pulsating throughout the building, public address announcer Ken Calvert whipped the home fans into a frenzy by introducing guard "Joe Duuu-mars" and "your captain, No. 11, Isiah Thomas." Nearly two decades later, a man with a single name, a two-word catchphrase and his own approach to the PA game is having the same effect on The Palace faithful and on the league. John Mason (or just Mason as he prefers) will have a city screaming "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" again this season as the Pistons try to make another deep run in the NBA playoffs. The radio host also is influencing teams around the league, who are borrowing elements of Detroit's pre-game show in their arenas... Pistons announcer has city screaming: "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" (Sun, 10/28)

Detroit Free Press:

Vinnie Ocelnik, 12, died in an auto accident near his Warren home last month as he attempted to drive the family car. And now comes the rest of the story. WRIF-FM (101.1) is presenting "Rockin' for Vinnie," a 12-hour benefit concert and rock auction on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at the Ritz rock club, 24300 Hoover in Warren. The proceeds will help his family cover the funeral and medical costs... WRIF plans benefit for Warren boy (Sun, 10/28)







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