Win online auction — watch Mojo broadcast live




By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioIf you’ve ever wished you could check out the inner workings of the hugely popular Mojo in the Morning program on hits WKQI-FM (95.5), this might be your best opportunity.

A Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation online auction item features the opportunity for the highest bidder and seven guests to watch the Mojo in the Morning gang broadcast live in the studio for one hour.

Along with this rare opportunity to get inside a radio station, the auction also features a Detroit Pistons mini-vacation package that includes four tickets to the April 4 home game against the New Jersey Nets, dinner for four and hotel accommodations in Birmingham.

The auction supports MABF programs including scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals interested in the broadcasting industry.

To bid and for more detailed information on these items, visit and click on the Online Auction button — hurry as the auction is scheduled to end Tuesday at 11:59 p.m. You might just make some radio or Pistons fan very happy on Christmas morning!

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If CBS Radio could have picked a better time to change FM 97.1 to an all-sports format, I don’t know when that would have been.

Although the call sign remains WXYT-FM, they very well could have gone back to one they were using in the 1980s, WJOI-FM, to describe the exuberance that was expressed by all of their on-air hosts and most of the callers upon the announcement that the Detroit Tigers had pulled off a huge trade that many agree greatly enhances the team’s chances of returning to the World Series.

With the Detroit Lions suffering a late-season swoon and the search for a new head football coach at the University of Michigan thrown into turmoil, it was refreshing to hear the giddiness that was nearly universally expressed on WXYT and on rival WDFN-AM (1130) last week instead of the usual expected Lions-related hand wringing.

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Recognizing the importance of having a permanent morning host in place, ’DFN will be bringing Jamie Samuelsen back into the fold for mornings 6-9 a.m. starting tomorrow.

For now at least, he’ll be without longtime partner Greg Brady as an agreement to bring him back hadn’t gotten done as of press time.

“Jamie and Brady” were dismissed last month along with Matt Shepard, who also remains on the outside looking in for now. Rob Otto, who had been hosting the show on WDFN from 6-8 a.m., remains with the station and will contribute to the revised morning offering.

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The discussion about the future of WXYT morning hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle has been almost as interesting as Michigan’s search for a new coach. While there have were reports that the guys’ last show on the station was to take place this coming Friday, the guys said on the air this week that might not necessarily be the case.

To me, they sounded very interested in continuing on with their show — something that would please a legion of loyal D&D fans.

While the live version of the program is done for the year now after station management decided to pull them off a week before a scheduled vacation was to start after their Friday show, I’m not ready to write them off of the airwaves of 97.1 just yet.

Along with “best-of” programs, there may be various guest hosts filling-in through the first week of 2008, when we’ll have a much better idea what the future holds. I hope things work out, and the guys are back on Jan. 7 or so.

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Listeners are invited to see Classical/Jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9) midday host Chris Felcyn broadcast his midday show live from the just reopened Detroit Institute of Arts Café DIA from Wednesday through Friday. DIA chefs will prepare a themed recipe to complement the weekday “midday entrée” choice. DSO Unmasked, which the station touts as a look inside the Detroit Symphony Orchestra with the men and women who make it happen, has returned to WRCJ for the 2007-08 concert season.

The program airs on selected Sundays noon-2 p.m. and features a look at the inner workings of classical music along the chance to hear some of the favorite CDs of DSO musicians.

While the next installment isn’t scheduled until January, you can visit the station’s Web site at to hear archived versions of the programs that have already aired this fall.

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Several fans of talk host Don Imus have written wondering when or where they can hear the I-man. While no station locally has picked up his program, you can listen on your computer by going to the Web site of his flag ship station, WABC-AM 770 in New York. They stream his show at

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Fans of the local music scene can vote in the first annual “Riff 2 Awards” at that station’s Web site, Riff2 is the HD counterpart to rocker WRIF-FM (101.1). Award categories range from Best Hair to Best One Man Band and about everything in between.

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Set your dial: A fun for the whole family Somewhere in Time as host Tom Wilson features The Muppets, led by a green frog with special vocals sung by a glamorous pink pig. The holiday special also features the singing of John Denver at 6 p.m. on WMUZ-FM (103.5), WRDT-AM (560), and on the Internet at

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Mike Austerman is the founder of and has covered radio for The Oakland Press since 2001.

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, December 9, 2007







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