The search for a new WDIV-TV (Channel 4) traffic reporter has come down to four Metro Detroit candidates. The finalists are Ashlee Baracy, a substitute teacher from Westland; Heather Zara, a sports reporter from Warren; Cephus Harris, a mortgage supervisor from Hazel Park; and Lauren Podell, an Oakland University student from Shelby Township... WDIV wraps up traffic reporter search (Fri, 12/14)
All in all, Rob Wolchek will tell you it's good to be recognized, and good to have a recognizable catchphrase. If he didn't hear people hollering at him as he strolls a mall or bounds up the concrete steps at a Pistons game, it might mean he'd wasted the past 10 years. But sometimes, he concedes, the timing can be peculiar. Wolchek, 48, does consumer-protection stories for WJBK-TV (Channel 2). Translated, that means he hunts down scammers and sleazebags. Then, as a capper to his reports, he relegates the offenders to the "Hhha-a-a-a-ll of Shame!"... Rob Wolchek's Fox 2 special revisits best of the worst (Fri, 12/14)
WJR's annual Christmas Sing set for Saturday morning
The 42nd Annual WJR Christmas Sing, this year hosted by morning man Paul W. Smith, will take place tomorrow, December 15th, from 10-11 AM at the Grand Court inside Somerset North, part of the Somerset Collection on Big Beaver Road in Troy. Families are invited for a morning of Christmas caroling and fun during this long-standing holiday tradition. More details at www.wjr.com.
Kevin Murphy named Senior Vice President/market manager of CBS Radio Detroit
CBS RADIO today announced Kevin Murphy as Senior Vice President and Market Manager of the Company’s six stations in the nation’s 11th ranked radio market. The appointment is effective immediately.
For the past two and a half years, Murphy has served as Vice President and General Manager of Oldies 104.3 WOMC-FM, and added oversight of WXYT-AM and WKRK-FM to his responsibilities last year at this time. He played a pivotal role in the recent format change of WKRK-FM to 97.1 The Ticket WXYT-FM, a 24-hour sports station. He will continue as Vice President and General Manager of the WOMC and WXYT.
Rounding out the management team in Detroit, is Rich Homberg, Vice President and General Manager of WWJ-AM, Detroit’s only all-news station, and Deb Kenyon, who was recently announced as the cluster’s new Director of Sales, a position previously held by Murphy since December 2005. Kenyon also serves as Vice President and General Manager of WYCD-FM and WVMV-FM.
Murphy has been with CBS RADIO for more than 10 years. He joined the Company in 1997 as General Sales Manager of Buffalo’s WYRK-FM and, less than a year later, was named Director of Sales for the entire cluster of stations in the market. In July 2004, Murphy was named Market Manager of CBS RADIO Rochester where the Company previously operated four stations.