One or both of the morning hosts fired by WDFN-AM (1130) four days ago will probably be back on the air Monday. Same hours, same studio, new lower salary. Since you probably wouldn't recognize their names unless you listen to the station, we'll get to those later and start with one that's more familiar: Denny McLain. WDFN's competitors in Detroit, WXYT-AM (1270) and WKRK-FM (97.1), began simulcasting as "Detroit's Sports Powerhouse" last month. Same content, more range, new lower variety for radio listeners. Jeff Deminksi and Bill Doyle, the survivors from WKRK's previous incarnation as an adult talk station, have been doing their old afternoon show in the morning on both signals. But their contract expires in December, and the name I keep hearing as a possible replacement is Denny McLain... McLain could be back as a radio host (Fri, 11/9)
CKWW bringing back "The History of Rock 'n Roll" to the Motor City
Parents were horrified, the establishment was aghast, but the kids loved it! It was Rock & Roll.
AM 580, CKWW, takes a nostalgic look back at the beginnings of Rock with the “History of Rock & Roll”. This 28 part series narrated by Chuck Reilly covers two decades of music from a unique perspective. It will air every Saturday morning from 10 to Noon over the next 14 weeks on AM 580. It will also be replayed Sunday nights at 8 PM.
For those out of the listening area, the program will be streamed on CKWW's web site at www.am580radio.com.
WDET gets ready for the Holidays
On Friday, November 16th, WDET will sponsor the Night of Lights in downtown Detroit's Campus Martius Park. The event runs from 5:00pm to midnight and includes the official City of Detroit's Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony and and the re-opening of the park's Ice Rink. Listeners can tune to WDET or go to wdet.org for a chance to win "First On Ice" tickets and be among the first in Metro Detroit to skate on the Campus Martius Ice Rink. Musical entertainment in the park that evening by Detroit's own Mitch Ryder, Thornetta Davis and Marvin Wynans, Jr.
Then on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, from 10:00am to noon WDET will offer a live broadcast of Detroit Today from the 81st Annual America's Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of our community's greatest traditions, this magnificent parade down Woodward Avenue is among the best in the country.
Finally, the station will be on hand for the 35th Annual Noel Night will taking place on Saturday, December 1, from 5:00pm to 9:30pm in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center Area. Over 20 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house." Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 50 area music and dance groups. The evening's festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band -- a long-standing Noel Night tradition.
WJR programming notes
WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith takes his show out of the studio for a couple of remotes the next two Fridays. Tomorrow, Smith will broadcast live from the Davidson Suite at the Palace of Auburn Hills to help the Pistons continue the start of their new season. Then on November 16th, the show will help celebrate the grand re-opening of The Detroit Institute of Arts. Listeners can visit WJR.com to register for a chance to join Paul W. Smith at the broadcast, enjoy a V.I.P tour of the museum with DIA director Graham Beal, and win a one-year membership to the DIA.