Shocker! Longtime Detroit jock Tom Ryan fired by WOMC

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Tom Ryan, a mainstay of Detroit radio who’s been on the air at oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) for nearly 25 years, was fired from his afternoon drive role on Friday afternoon as station management, led by general manager Kevin Murphy and program director Scott Walker, decided to “go in another direction”. Dismissed along with Ryan was co-host ‘Matinee’ Mindy Markowitz.

Ryan’s career in Detroit radio dates back to 1965 when he became an intern for current WOMC morning host Dick Purtan- who was then spinning records at the legendary Keener 13, WKNR-AM (1310). Ryan and Purtan have a longstanding friendship and professional relationship- after WKNR the pair worked together at The Big 8, CKLW-AM (800) before Purtan departed in 1984 for the FM band at what was WCZY-FM (95.5). Ryan left CKLW a few years later for WOMC and eventually hosted the morning show before a move to afternoon drive to make way for Purtan’s arrival at ‘OMC in April, 1996.

Word of Ryan’s abrupt departure from WOMC has led to speculation on Internet message boards that former WKRK-FM (97.1) midday host Jay Towers, who apparently is still under contract with CBS Radio, will be tapped for the newly-created opening along with traffic reporter Kelly Walker (no relation to PD Scott Walker) as a possible co-host. A station employee would not comment on any personnel changes at WOMC other than to confirm Ryan and Markowitz are no longer with the station.

CBS Radio, under the guidance of CEO Dan Mason, has been systematically attempting to rebuild itself across the country by rolling back programming changes that were falling short of expectations. The sudden dismissal of a Detroit legend from the airwaves will appear to run contrary to this edict to the many loyal fans of what was the “Ridin’ Home With Ryan” show.

 

39 Comments

It's About Time!

NO TOM NO MINDY NO WOMC FOR ME AND MY FRIENDS

HOW STUPID IS WOMC THEY HAD THE BEST DRIVE SHOW AROUND TOMMY AND MINDY MADE A GREAT TEAM. YOU DO NOT FIND THE RIGHT DUO TO OFTEN. ALL I CAN SAY IS NO MORE WOMC FOR ME EITHER. TOM AND MINDYS NEW RADIO STATION SHOULD BUT A FULL PAGE AD IN THE PAPER WHEN THEY GET HIRED BECAUSE THEY WILL. HOPEFULLY WOMC AND CBS WILL NOT SURVIVE WITHOUT THEM. WOMC AND THERE MANAGEMENT SHOULD BE FIRED AND LET THE ONES WE ENJOY WORK.

Tom is good, but Mindy's voice is HORRIBLE!

Anonymous.....why don't you use your real name? What are you afraid of? Jealous much! I've been listening to Tom and Mindy since they came to WOMC and obviously since you're too much of a chicken to give your name you don't know jack. You're probably the one that's HORRIBLE? Got any friends? I doubt it. Wait until Tom and Mindy surface at another radio station and we'll see who laughs last. Let's see you give your name and e-mail address and count how many hate e-mails you get from fans of T&M's.

It was bad enough you pulled James stJames from Tom's show, now to get rid of Tom and Mindy Yeah it's time for a change time for me to change stations

I am glad that obnoxious egomaniac is gone. Numerous times I have heard him make incorrect statements and state factual errors on the air concerning 60s bands, especially when it came to the Beatles. More than once I called in to notify him of his error on the air and he was rude and obnoxious, with an attitude like "how dare you question me about music"? Take a hike Tom, and get help to get a little attitude adjustment. Maybe now the station will bring in Kelly Walker who does the traffic, but has a great record as a DJ on other Detroit stations such as the old Wheels, the Edge, and WRIF.

What a horrible decision! The station sure is going in a new direction! DOWN!!!! I will never listen to WOMC again. MY allegiance in now with CKWW the other Oldies Station. The only people who should be fired is Kevin Murphy and Sctt Walker.

Tom & Mindy we will miss you. Hope to hear you on the air again soon.

Tom Ryans replacement won't be better just cheaper, Nice work Murphy not only did ya screw up Deminski&Doyle you had to fire a radio legend

That crew that has run the Detroit stations, WXYT, WOMC. 97.1 are a losing bunch. They have no idea about Detroit and its radio traditions. Or maybe they do and do not care. They have messed up all the other stations it is only time before they meddled with WOMC. Is Dick Purtan next? Purtan should bring Tom in as part of his crew and stick it to the meddlers from CBS.

Another nail in the coffin of Detroit radio. Obviously a decision made by some moron from some corporation in some other state who knows nothing about Detroit or it's audience. Tom and Mindy will certainly surface again soon. They will get the last laugh as they drag listeners from Detroits only "oldies?" station.
I can't wait to see it happen. WOMC has won by default for too many years. See how years of dedication are rewarded by the corporate world? Good luck Tom and Mindy, we'll hear from you soon.

No more WOMC for me way to go, on my way to buy a XM radio

So sorry to hear about Tom and Mindy.
They were among those of us who transitioned 'OMC from A/C to Oldies. Indeed, the end of an era. My best to both of them.

Ed Richards-Byers
Cleveland,Ohio

Ditto to everything that has been said about the extreme loss of Tom and Mindy. Anxious to see what station grabs you quickly. I will be a loyal listener. Let's hope they snag Dick Purtan away too!
Cindy

Its a sad in Detroit radio, I've met Tom years ago at the station. He along with Mindy made our day.Our daughter used to read her poems on the air-it meant so much to us. I'm currious where was Dick Purtan when this went down?
The 3 of us are looking for a new station,
so long 104.3

I am very unhappy about the dismissal of Tom and Mindy. They made the afternoon drive fun. WOMC has made a big mistake. Waiting to hear where Tom and Mindy will be working next.

Sorry to hear about them being fired. I enjoyed listening to them.

WOMC wants to go in another direction? And where is that?? I won't be listening any longer to WOMC as well as many of my friends and family. The idiot who made the decision to fire Tom and Mindy must have his head up his butt. Either that, or on drugs. And about their music...I'm sick and tired of listening to the same songs over and over and over and over...... AREN'T THERE ANY OTHER OLDIES TO CHOOSE FROM THAN THE ONES THEY PLAY OVER AND OVER???????

I just mailed our "Chip Clips" back to 104.3 I think it would be a great idea for everbody to do the same.
without Tom & Mindy it wont be the same.

Time for a change? YES 25 years at 'OMC is just too long. I agree with
the other poster, Mindy's voice was HORRIBLE the only other living person that came close to her voice was Rosanne Barr.
Maybe they should consider someone with the big boy voice, the first 1 to come to mind is Chuck McKay. I know that WOMC could pay the bucks and Chuck would be happy to dance to the music, especially if they brought Bill Hennes onboard as station P.D.

Gee Chuck:
I guess you're so hard up you have to write an
e-mail from yourself because nobody else will. Tom and Mindy were great at WOMC and Mindy's voice was unique, not horrible. I wonder what your voice sounds like - probably sqeaky, but nobody would know because you're not good enough to get a job on the radio. You also say 25 years is long enough. I can tell from your e-mail that you've probably had 25 jobs in 25 years and are jealous because you can't hold a job for very long.

WOMC is, or should I say WAS, about the personalities.

Sure, Ryan was a Detroit tradition, but he and Mindy and their show SUCKED. I grew up listening to Purtan, but I could not listen to Tom Ryan for one minute. He just was not funny.

So sorry to hear that Tom and Mindy are off the air. I know it's only temporary and that they will surface on another station very soon. "Getting fired" is just the politics of business. It happens to many good people.

Hey Chucker (aka "Hot Ticket" McKay),
While I disagree with you about Tom & Mindy, I would like to hear you do a show on WOMC.
I've been "driving down that turnpike" since I last heard your voice, on The Big 8, just before 6:00am on 2/19/75, waiting to hear from you again...or will you be Chuck Williams again next time?

Tom and Mindy will be missed! Where was Dick when this was happening???
I will be looking for a new station on my ride home!

Darlene Thompson

Folks, yes, it is really a sorry day in Detroit. Tom's voice and TV presence has been a part of my Detroit era growing up since 1966. The only way to really send a message to the "management" is to stop buying products that are advertised on the station. My office (142 staff) listened all day to WOMC. No more -we flipped to WMGC 105.1 on Monday. We purchased Dunkin Doughnuts today vs Tim Hortons; I will be picking up my new Mustang from Troy Ford instead of Royal Oak Ford; another employees new bed is coming from Macy vs Sleep Number Bed; Jim Harper instead of Dick Purtan in the morning...most of the folks are following this trend. Get it? The new "management/corporate" do not care about loyality - it is all about the money. The "consultant" is getting paid for rubber stamping what "management" wants done. Remeber, We will still have Tom for the Christmas Day Parade in a few weeks!

I enjoyed listening to Tom and Mindy. Mindy is my favorite female radio voice and always made me smile. Tom has been around forever and is also a radio friend.
WOMC lost me in the morning. Mr Purtan's daughter's voice is the one that makes me cringe. (Sorry Dick. Her sketches and self important persona was too hard to swallow.) And now, they lost me in the afternoon.
Hoping to find Mindy & Tom on the airwaves somewhere soon.

WOMC management needs to track down Steve Ganon, who had the morning show on WNIC a few years back. He would have huge audience in the afternoons !!!
Barb

This is in fact a great day for WOMC. Ryan was terrible, I am glad to see him go. Now I can listen to afternoon radio again!!!!!

I agree with Mike B, regarding his comments on the music currently played on WOMC. Yes, it's over and over and over again. Compare this to XM radio, which we now have in our new 2008 Chev Impala (fine car), here, there's much to choose from...popular from the 50's on up! My wife enjoyed Tom Ryan and enjoys Dick Purton, however, she could do without his daughter or her voice needs improvement. C'mon WOMC...get with it! Oh, my wife no longer has this station as a favorite on our computer!

JUST WANT TO SAY GOOD LUCK TO TOM & MINDY,YOU WILL BE MISSED VERY MUCH.I LIVE BY THE RADIO STATION AN I WILL NOT LISTEN TO IT ANY MORE.AGAIN GOOD LUCK TO 7 MINDY

Letting someone like Tom Ryan go after all these years and keeping Dick Purtan and his band of circus freaks is a big mistake. Renovating WOMC just for Dick Purtan proves the management there surely knows how to waste money.

Tom Ryan is the best Detroit has and WOMC let him go. WOMC is dead to me!!

Please bring in some old big 8 jocks since yow say the LEGENDS LIVE...First on the list Truckin' Teddy Bear Richards or get Brother Bill Gable out of Toronto and put him back in afternoons...How about Pat Holiday or even Charlie O'Brian

He is 65, time to retire, take putain with him and lets employ some younger grads.
There are too many in this city that should retire.

I can't beleive you let Tom & Mindy go. I won't be listening to WOMC any longer. I use to listen from early morning with Dick & the Gang & on my way home with TOM & MINDY. I'LL BE LISTENING TO A NEW STATION. YOU LOST A LOYAL LISTENER FOR OVER 38 PLUS YEARS.

GOOD LUCK TO TOM AND MINDY
BAD AND SAD MOVE BY WOMC.

Back in the mid 90's I alternate between Dick Purtan and Tom Ryan while driving to work in the morning. Than Dick Purtan switched over to WOMC in the morning. So I listened to Dick in the morning, and ride home with Ryan in the evening. All was good. All is still good because I found another station for the way home. Good Luck Tom and Mindy.

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