Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 20, 2007




Jay Towers and Bill McAllister to host 'Motor City Mornings' on WXYT-FM beginning January 2nd

They’re baaaack – The familiar voices of Jay Towers and Bill McAllister will be returning to WXYT-FM (97.1), this time for mornings, beginning January 2nd at 6:00am. The duo were co-hosts of ‘Motor City Middays’, along with Shila, until October when the station switched from talk to sports and both have remained under contract with CBS Radio. They will be joined by producer Jon Klaft for the 6-10 am time slot. Shila, who moved back to Pennsylvania, is not part of the current plans as the details of what will be called ‘Motor City Mornings’ are still being worked out.

Towers commented that the opportunity came as a big shock, especially considering his recent appointment as midday host and music director for sister station oldies WOMC-FM (104.3)- positions he will give up to move back into talk radio full time. He commented, “I’ve really loved my time at WOMC and working for program director Scott Walker, who was working in Philadelphia radio where I was grew up. It’s been a dream come true working for Scott – but the opportunity to do mornings again was something I just couldn’t pass up.”

“We are thrilled to have Jay and Bill back together” said Dan Zampillo, WXYT program director. “They have great relationships with their listeners and are the ultimate pros on-air, complimenting the best lineup in Detroit radio. I expect the station to only get better as we move forward with our new anchor team.”

Ted “The Bear” Richards returns to the Motor City for afternoons on WOMC

Radio legend Ted “The Bear” Richards will officially returns to Detroit radio on Friday, Feb. 1, 2008 as 104.3 WOMC’s afternoon drive host (3:00-7:00PM). In addition, the show will be streaming online at Detroit listeners will be familiar with Richards, whom they voted People Magazine’s Jock of the Year in 1979 for his time at CKLW, the station where he spent 13 years. For the past 11 years, Richards was a morning drive host in Denver.

Of the appointment, WOMC Program Director Scott Walker said, “It is a pleasure for WOMC to bring a great talent like Ted back to Detroit, where he has a storied history in radio. Ted always dreamed of returning to Detroit, home to his family and loyal listeners, and now he will have the chance to rule the airwaves once again, so Detroit, get ready!”

Richards added, “This is an awesome opportunity for me to come back to one of my favorite cities. I am thrilled to have the chance to reconnect with many of my old listeners and fans from Michigan and the surrounding area.”

Detroit News:

This Saturday, DJ Lisa Lisa , formerly of WHYT-FM (96.3) and WDRQ-FM (93.1) will launch a new Saturday Night Dance Party show, from 8 p.m. to midnight on WOMC-FM (104.3) in the slot formerly occupied by DonPhillips ' Saturday Night request show. Lisa Lisa's Dance Party show will feature hits from artists K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Donna Summer, the Bee Gees and others, including listener requests. Phillips isn't going anywhere. He will take over WOMC 8 p.m. to midnight Sunday nights with a show called "The Hall of Fame," featuring the legends of rock from the '50s and '60s... WOMC to launch Saturday dance party with DJ Lisa Lisa (Thu, 12/20)

Another tumultuous year in Detroit sports-talk radio is coming to a close, but don't look for peace and resolution to come in 2008. More changes are likely in the air, for a few reasons: WXYT's shift to FM means the AM side is expendable. WXYT is marketing everything by the 97.1 "The Ticket" moniker. Plus, simulcasting on an AM and FM signal isn't a good way to make money. Selling commercials to two stations, probably with two formats/identities, is the way to go. WDFN's and WXYT's cost-cutting binges, mandated by their corporate parents, probably won't abate any time soon. The sagging Michigan economy makes it harder to get advertisers. Corporations, such as Clear Channel (WDFN) and CBS (WXYT), want to make as much money as possible, and that might mean cutting more staff to maintain profits. The casualties over the last two months have been impressive... Peace is unlikely for radio stations in '08 (Thu, 12/20)

Detroit 's 103.5 FM to Help Ring in Christmas Morning on Fox 2

Metro Detroiters who tune in to Fox 2 WJBK-TV on Christmas morning will be treated to Christmas carols sung by local students. The WMUZ Carolers, representing Detroit's 103.5 FM WMUZ and made up of local youngsters, will sing live during Fox 2's live Christmas morning newscast.

"Christmas is about the joy of celebrating Jesus," said WMUZ morning man Jon Culbert, "and that's what we at WMUZ are about all year round, so we're excited to have this special role in Detroit's Christmas morning."

The carolers, who range in age from 6 to 13, attracted the attention of Fox 2's Robin Schwartz when they sang in Berkley in November to support that community's efforts to keep a Nativity Scene on city property.

"The kids have worked really hard to prepare for this," said WMUZ morning co-host Shannyn Caldwell, who will appear with the children on the telecast. "They're excited to help spread the joy of Christmas to all of metro Detroit."

The carolers will appear at approximately 8:45 a.m. December 25th on Fox 2.

WDET to air Mosaic Youth Theatre's "Woodward Wonderland"

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is pleased to partner with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit for an exclusive broadcast of "Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration," Mosaic's original holiday production that was performed last weekend at the Detroit Film Theatre
of the DIA.

WDET producers recorded the performances and this special broadcast will air on Sunday, December 23 from 1:00pm - 3:00pm and again on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25 from 10:00am - 12:00 noon.

"Woodward Wonderland: A Detroit Holiday Celebration" is a feast of holiday stories, sweetened with the heart-warming, pitch-perfect harmonies of the Mosaic Singers, Woodward Wonderland
celebrates the holidays...Detroit-style. The performance features cast of more than 100 performers, and local guest artists.

The special broadcast will also include an interview with Mosaic Youth Theatre's CEO and founder Rick Sperling and artistic director Ken Anderson.

Set your Dial

Martin Bandyke’s Fine Tuning, heard on WQKL-FM 107.1, features the Vince Guaraldi Trio's classic album ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ in its entirely Sunday afternoon at 4pm … Sunday's Somewhere In Time program features the holiday music of Fred Waring and his glee club. In addition to his music, Waring was also the inventor of the Waring Blender which is still sold today. Tune in at 6 pm on WMUZ-FM 103.5 and WRDT-AM 560 … Sunday evening's edition of "The Evolution of Jazz" with Ed Love, heard at 8pm on WDET features jazz recordings of the 1920's – early 30's.







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