Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2007




Greater Media Detroit's Tom Bender named among Radio Ink magazine's Best Managers in Radio

Greater Media Detroit vice president and regional general manager Tom Bender will be featured in the November 19th issue of Radio Ink Magazine's "Best Managers In Radio for 2007."

Bender will be recognized in the large market category for his leadership and management skills in overseeing Greater Media's WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM in the Motor City.

"It is a privilege to have Tom Bender on our management team," said Greater Media president and CEO Peter Smyth. "He is an outstanding leader, visionary and manager."

"It is clear that today's station managers wear many hats, and must possess excellent management skills and business acumen," said Radio Ink Magazine Editor-In-Chief Joe Howard. "As voted by their peers, Radio Ink's Best Managers in Radio have all of this and more."

Detroit Free Press:

At 5 a.m. Thursday, it’s officially holiday time.

Yes, Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) will start its annual first-to-Santa-music playlist changeover with Burl Ives’ version of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” on the station's "Breakfast Club" show with Chris Edmonds, Lisa Barry and Dave Lockhart. But don’t rush to have yourself a merry little Christmas— it won’t be total Yuletide tune saturation — yet. WNIC programmer Don Gosselin said Wednesday that while 60 percent of about 10,000 who responded to a station web poll wanted Yule music “November 1 or earlier,” he will take into consideration the 40 percent who don’t and ease into it, at least at the beginning. That means not every song on the adult-contemporary soft-rock station will be holiday- oriented for an unspecified period... Holiday music begins on WNIC-FM at 5 a.m. Thursday (Wed, 10/31)

For a while, Lee Thomas admits, he was an "angry spotted guy." The Fox 2 (WJBK-TV) reporter, who's known for his upbeat entertainment coverage, is usually a happy-go-lucky presence on the air. But a few years ago, Thomas was hit hard by the progression of a disorder called vitiligo, which destroys some or all of the pigmentation that gives skin its color. A low point came while he was doing a story where preschool kids tested out a new playscape. When a little girl stared at his hands, which had turned about half white but were dotted with splotches of his natural brown color, she burst into tears. The moment stuck with him. After he finished work, "I went home, I washed my face and I just sat there for thirty minutes, just trying to get it together," says Thomas. He thought to himself, "Wow, you scare small children"... A journey in black and white: Lee Thomas details his struggle with vitiligo in a new memoir (Wed, 10/31)

Bandyke live remote to feature Jeff Daniels on Nov 2

Martin Bandyke, 6-10am morning drive host at adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, will broadcast his show live this Friday, Nov. 2 from the Espresso Royale coffee shop in Ann Arbor at 1101 South University. Bandyke's very special guest at 9am will be actor, playwright and musician Jeff Daniels, who will perform a few songs live and talk about his upcoming "Jeff Daniels & Friends" concert at the Michigan Theater. Bandyke will also be giving away CDs, concert tickets and limited edition Martin Bandyke signature coffee mugs during the broadcast.

Bandyke will also host a live performance from singer-songer Mary Gauthier on Monday Nov. 5 during his program.







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