Cutting WXYT’s Deminski, Doyle is ‘gutless,’ fans say




By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioAccording to certain holiday songs this is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year, unless you work for one of the big radio conglomerates.

Two weeks ago, I said that the popular “The Deminski and Doyle Show” on sports WXYT-FM (97.1) was counting down its last 10 shows. They have apparently not been able to agree on a new contract with the station. In a move that some insiders call “questionable,” WXYT station management pulled the plug a week early, as Mike Austerman reported last Sunday. Some listeners have contacted us, calling the move “gutless” and “unfair” since the duo of the station’s top-rated show did not have a chance to say goodbye to their many fans. Both Austerman and I agree.

Only God knows who will be coaching University of Michigan football and if Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle settle with CBS for an extension on their contract. If I could have it my way, Les Miles will take the U-M job, and Deminski and Doyle will remain on the air in Detroit. Stay tuned.

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Half of the “Jamie and Brady” team has resurfaced at The Fan, sports WDFN-AM (1130), just as we expected. But where is Gregg Brady? It appears that Clear Channel management, which, like so many radio owners, is trimming overhead and could not yet come to agreeable terms with Brady. Meantime Rob Otto remains on board with Jamie Samuelsen. This is not unique to just Detroit. In Los Angeles, Kim Amidon of the popular KOST morning show, “Mark and Kim,” was let go and her replacement is working for far less money. In Chicago, a popular local morning show was dropped by WGCI for syndicated funnyman Steve Harvey. Harvey is locally on Mix 92.3 FM, WMXD.

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The omnipresent and ever-youthful David Hall of Rock Financial Mortgage Co. has been featured on news-talk WJR-AM (760) Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. for nearly seven years, but this morning is the final program. Could the soft real estate market be a factor? Operations Manager Steve Stewart indicates that a new program featuring other “weekend experts” will be added to the WJR lineup.

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CBS Radio here in Detroit just can’t stop making news. Most recently is the appointment of Deb Kenyon leading the company’s sales efforts locally. She currently is serving as vice president and general manager of Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) and Country WYCD-FM (99.5). Kenyon, whose brother George, once ran WDRQ-FM (93.1) when it was Top 40, is responsible with leading the sales efforts of all of the local CBS stations.

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Classic Rock WCSX-FM (94.7) morning team “JJ and Lynne” did a broadcast live from London, England, last Monday and Tuesday to capture the feeling surrounding the Led Zeppelin Reunion Concert. Good move, you two.

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Urban WHTD-FM (Hot 102.7) afternoon drive jock and PD Charles Spence, known as Spudd has resigned. Music director and night host Ms. Smiley takes over as interim program director, while the station searches for a permanent replacement. Meanwhile, overnighter Big Keith Jones moves into afternoons.

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Some months ago, we told you about radio personalities getting free cars, to get air talent to talk up the products during their shows, often times tied to station give-aways. But the Federal Communications Commission now says those are paid spots and must be identified as such.

The FCC is preparing to open a rulemaking, looking into the trends of what it calls “embedded advertising” and whether its current sponsorship identification rules are keeping up with the times. This could get interesting.

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Public radio WDET-FM (101.9) is giving away free tickets to the North American International Auto Show next month, and all you need to do is donate $150, or more, to the listener-supported station at Wayne State University. Learn more at

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Craig Schwalb, former program director at talk WKRK-FM (97.1 now known as The Ticket) has landed a new job at Sirius Satellite Radio as director of talk programming.

It’s a return to New York City for Schwalb where he was previously with CBS’ WNEW-FM, which no longer exists, before coming to Detroit.

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How’s your car radio? Mine was bad from the day I bought my 2002 Oldsmobile. It went back to the dealer numerous times with no success. WJR was unlistenable west of Jackson, it just wasn’t right. Troy-based Delphi, which manufactures factory-installed radios in General Motors Co. cars, tipped me off to Specmo Speed and Sound in Burton on South Dort Highway. What a difference a filter has made. I can now hear WJR in downtown Indianapolis and even the FM is considerably improved.

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Tom Wilson’s “Somewhere in Time” features holiday music on a big theatre organ at 6 p.m. on WMUZ-FM (103.5) and WRDT-AM (560).

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Christmas is just 9 days away. So be sure to ask Santa for a new radio. We don’t care if it’s AM, FM, high definition or satellite, just make it a radio rather than an iPod. Keep local radio alive and well.

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Contact him at

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, December 16, 2007







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