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Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 2, 2007



Windsor's 'The Rock' completes frequency change

CKUEBlackburn Radio completed the move of its Windsor, Ontario booster station for Rock CKUE-FM Chatham to 100.7 FM today at 11:00 AM. CKUE-FM-1 broadcasts with 9,000 watts maximum from a directional antenna 244 feet tall. The Windsor booster station originally signed on in March 2004 using the same 95.1 frequency as the main station in Chatham, creating interference problems for many receivers in southwestern Ontario. The CRTC granted the station's application to move to 100.7 last fall.

The new 100.7 signal is relatively strong on my car radio in northeast suburban Detroit, but not as easy to capture on home receivers. Reception of 100.7 on the U.S side of the river will likely be very location dependant.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 3, 2007



Detroit News:

Ratings numbers bloomed for ABC, both locally and nationally, thanks to a little BCS game known as the Rose Bowl. Viewers tuned into local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) with a vengeance as the University Michigan suffered a painful loss to the University of Southern California on New Year's Day. According to Nielsen Media, the Rose Bowl pulled in a 27.8 rating and a 43 share in local households, making it the No. 1 program in Metro Detroit ... WDIV-TV (Channel 4) is poised to take on the No. 1 afternoon program in Metro Detroit, the "Oprah Winfrey Show" (WXYZ), with an early evening weekday newscast. "Local 4 News at 4 p.m." kicks off Monday with Ruth Spencer anchoring solo... Rose Bowl gives ABC a ratings boost (Wed 1/3)

Alley Oop to play-by-play man Mark Champion (Wed 1/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 5, 2007



North American International Auto Show to get big HD radio push:

The automotive industry will be discovering HD digital radio in a big way during this year’s North American International Auto Show, with a mobile HD digital radio promotion debuting in Detroit on Wednesday, January 10 and continuing throughout the show.

On Wednesday and Thursday (1/10-11), a fifteen-person HD radio street team will paint the town orange as they fan out in orange jump suits and hats to hand out HD Radio lanyards and VIP cards near the People Mover exits at Cobo Hall. Once you get your VIP card, go to www.HDRadio.com and register your phone number for a chance to win an HD Radio converter that will turn any AM/FM car radio into an HD digital radio. The rules of the contest are posted on the site.

HD radio will also be hitting the streets of Detroit with five mobile billboards featuring exciting new HD radio creatives (below) with night illumination, which will be covering the Cobo Center parking lot for the first and second weekends of the show (Fri-Sun 1/12-14 and Sat-Sun 1/20-21). The mobile message of “Drive, Listen, Love” is sure to resonate with consumers and with an automotive industry seeking the latest and greatest in in-vehicle entertainment. With new automotive HD radio receivers and converter devices coming onto the market soon, NAIAS is the ideal time to get the word out.

Detroit Free Press:

A blast of live jazz is coming to radio in metro Detroit. Beginning later this month, three jazz series from Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts will be simulcast or taped for broadcast on WRCJ-FM (90.9) or WVMV-FM (98.7). The concerts from the downtown Detroit venue featuring national artists like Oscar Castro-Neves and Stanley Clarke and Detroit musicians will be available free to metro Detroit listeners. A distribution deal with JazzWorks, a satellite service, could bring some concerts to 40 other markets in America... Live jazz gets spot on radio (Fri 1/5)

If you never thought you'd see the local music scene chronicled in a public television series, think again. At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, WTVS-TV (Channel 56) will begin airing "Rock 'N' Roll Safari," a new weekly hour-long music series that will feature live concert footage and interviews with some of the local scene's top independent talent. The whole idea began with footage that metro Detroiters James McGovern and Greg Sharrow originally produced for www.canyouhearmetv.com, an online platform the two created to showcase select indie artists from around the country. Ultimately, Detroit Public Television picked up the Detroit episodes and packaged them for the series...Local music: PBS features Detroit acts (Fri 1/5)

TODAY: "NAIAS Primetime Sneak Peek" (8 p.m., WDIV-TV, Local 4). Vroom with a view. Channel 4 news royalty Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian host a preview of the 2007 North American International Auto Show. OK, guys, get your motor mouths running... Local 4 team will preview auto show vehicles, wonders (Fri 1/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 8, 2007



Riff2 to be featured on 101.1 WRIF Jan 20-21

WRIFListeners of rock WRIF-FM are going to be in for a surprise the weekend of January 20-21 when WRIF’s HD side channel, Riff 2, invades the airwaves.

The “Riff 2 Weekend” will begin Saturday, January 20th at 6am and continue all weekend through Sunday night. WRIF listeners will get a taste of what RIFF2 has to offer, including an eclectic mix of local artists, alternative, hip-hop, punk and indie-rock. In addition, listeners will hear Riff 2’s on-air staff, including Suzy Cole, Mark Pennington, Trey, and Hightower.

101 WRIF debuted RIFF2, a special HD Radio side channel, at the end of July 2005 with the unveiling of its HD radio broadcast. Both stations transmit a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Fans can listen to RIFF2 through special HD radio receivers available in tabletop and auto receiver models now or by simply logging on to www.riff2.com.

RIFF 2 Program Director (and WRIF Assistant Program Director) Mark Pennington was recently voted “Most Influential Programmer” by FMQB magazine. He has also spoken on many panels regarding the advances of HD radio and what these side channels mean to the medium itself.

This will be the first time a Detroit station will use its main analog signal for programming usually only heard on a digital side channel.

Detroit Free Press:

Bruce Goldsen —owner of three Jackson radio stations, on the Michigan Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters and on the board for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters —has been selected as the interim general manager of Wayne State owned-and-operated public WDET-FM (101.9). He’ll serve until a hunt for a permanent successor to the departed Michael Coleman is completed... WDET-FM gets new temporary chief (Mon 1/8)

When WDIV-TV Local 4 launches its 30-minute 4 p.m. weekday newscast today, what's the biggest story that won't be mentioned? Oprah Winfrey. The new Ruth Spencer-anchored effort takes on television's most popular syndicated daytime talk show, which airs against it on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and provides an almost insurmountable lead-in to that station's 5 p.m. newscast... News at 4 on Local 4 (Mon 1/8)

Retained: By WJBK-TV (Channel 2), morning news coanchor Fanchon Stinger in what is believed to be a three-year deal... Names and Faces (Mon 1/8)

Detroit News:

Cable customers in much of Metro Detroit will see their bills increase next month. Starting in February, Comcast Cable subscribers will pay, on average, 3.3 percent more for a basic cable package in six Michigan counties, including Wayne, Macomb and St. Clair. That means a customer paying $48.99 per month for standard cable, before taxes and fees, would pay about $50.60 starting next month... Comcast will raise cable rates 3.3% in February (Sat 1/6)


WJR's Paul W. Smith Mourns Father's Death: Condolences to longtime WJR-A/DETROIT morning man PAUL W. SMITH on the passing of his father, WILLIAM D. SMITH, SATURDAY morning (1/6) at MERCY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL in MONROE, MI. The elder SMITH was a theatrical actor under the stage name DAN ATHERTON and was 80 years old. (Mon 1/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 9, 2007



WDFN billboard reaffirms Lions fans frustration

With the Detroit Lions completing their 6th consecutive losing season and with their place in the NFL’s proverbial basement solidified, Sports Radio 1130 WDFN recently provided an avenue for listeners and loyal Lions fans to speak out and let the Lions and more specifically Matt Millen and Bill Ford Senior know how they feel and presented the Fire Millen/Millen Fire Yourself petition on WDFN.com.

Anybody could log onto WDFN.com to sign the petition and divulge exactly how discouraged they were with the franchise’s continued downward spiral. In the weeks since the petition went live on WDFN.com, approximately 2,000 names and comments from literally around the world have poured into the website and continue to do so every day, even though the season is over and it is now known that Millen will be back next year.

WDFN and faithful Lions fans everywhere have spoken and a new billboard embodying the fans frustration has been erected. The actual design was based off of an original entry from the online petition. The billboard, which will be up through the end of January, can be seen on the east side of I-75 near 8 Mile Rd. by motorists traveling south into downtown Detroit. WDFN believes that this comment, as posted by WDFN listener Andy from Trenton, Michigan, best sums up the feelings of Lions fans everywhere.

Detroit Free Press:

Returning: This week to WDIV-TV Local 4, morning news anchor Rhonda Walker, after being away for some minor surgery ... Sought: For the fifth year, the donation of a vintage car to be restored for WCSX-FM's (94.7) JJ & Lynne's Stone Soup Project. In four years they've raised more than $700,000 for charity... Names and Faces (Tue 1/9)

Detroit News:

TiVo Inc. and Comcast Corp. on Monday unveiled the long-awaited fruits of an agreement to work together: a cable box that runs TiVo's digital-video-recorder software... Comcast adds TiVo DVRs to cable boxes (Tue 1/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 10, 2007



Detroit News:

Lisa O'Sullivan describes herself as a "woman in transition." The 45-year-old interior decorator and single mother of three found that she had that in common with a lot of other women -- enough to base an entire radio show called MetroChick on their issues and interests. "I know a lot of women who are changing professions because they are laid off, downsized in our economy or just doing different things," says O'Sullivan who goes by Lisa Marie on her Wednesday morning talk show, MetroChick Radio on WNZK 690 AM... Show connects women (Wed 1/10)

Hot-bodied guys, cute zoo creatures and an infamous con artist are just some of the angles Deborah Norville will take in covering Detroit this week. Norville, who anchors "Inside Edition," stopped by our city to kick off the show's new station and time. The tabloid news magazine is sharing the 4 to 5 p.m. hour with WDIV-TV's (Channel 4) Local 4 News at 4 p.m., which debuted Monday. "Inside Edition" airs at 4:30 p.m... Norville hits Detroit hotspots (Wed 1/10)

Metro Times:

In recent years, as predictable as that first bracing blast of winter, every January the Little Network that Rupert Built undergoes an amazing metamorphosis. FOX (Channel 2 in Detroit) slumbers in the national ratings each September through December, and this season the snooze left it looking nearly comatose. Its medical drama House, led by the single most fascinating lead character on television as constructed by Golden Globe-nominated actor Hugh Laurie, is an unqualified hit. But one hot series does not a network make, and House is the only FOX program to consistently crack the top-40 shows in the Nielsen ratings this season... FOX gives chase (Wed 1/10)


Detroit Free Press:

Smith's father dies: The Names & Faces pennant is decidedly at half-mast today for William D. Smith, 80, father of WJR-AM (760) morning man Paul W. Smith, on whose show we appear regularly. Mr. Smith died Saturday after a long illness... Names and Faces (Wed 1/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 11, 2007



Fall Arbitron ratings for Detroit find WMXD on top of 12+ heap

The top 5 stations in Detroit among all listeners this fall were: Adult urban WMXD-FM, soft rock/Christmas WNIC-FM, news/talk WJR AM, urban WJLB-FM, and contemporary hits WKQI-FM.

Country WYCD has rebounded somewhat, improving its number to 3.8 from summer's 3.6 and is now 1.6 ahead of competitor WDTW-FM as compared to a difference of 0.9 in the summer book. Sports WXYT was flat at 1.9 but remained ahead of WDFN which finished with 1.4, a slight improvement over summer's 1.2.

Adult alternative CIDR-FM has remained basically flat since its format change from soft rock in September.

Detroit radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)

Ann Arbor radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)

Toledo radio fall 12+ ratings (Arbitron/Stationratings.com)

Detroit Free Press:

Santa Claus came a little late to Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) today. But the jolly round romper —in the form of the quarterly Arbitrend Radio Ratings —was very welcome. WNIC, notorious for starting Christmas music before the last Halloween candy bar hits the bottom of the goblin’s bag, surged from 12th to 2nd place among all listeners for the final quarter of 2006. It claimed 6.5% of all listeners. It scored a 5.1 in the same quarter of 2005 and was up from a 3.4 in the third quarter of 2006... WNIC holiday music pushes it to second place (Thu, 1/11)

Detroit News:

They were firing before Christmas, but they're hiring now: The job ad on Careerbuilder.com says that CBS-owned WKRK-FM (97.1) is looking for "Air Talent"... Calling all owners of dead classic cars: Just in time for auto show preview week, WCSX-FM (94.7) morning avatars J.J. and Lynne have officially launched their search for a classic car to make over and auction off in their fifth annual J.J. & Lynne's Stone Soup Project... WKRK-FM looks to fill recent vacancies (Thu, 1/11)

Tigers fans irked by a weak signal from WXYT 1270 will get a boost this season and beyond. The Tigers today are expected to announce an agreement to simulcast radio broadcasts on WKRK 97.1 and WXYT. Tigers officials said Wednesday they would not discuss ongoing negotiations, but separate industry sources said a deal has been reached. The previous five-year contract between the Tigers and WXYT expired at the end of last season. Adding the 50,000-watt FM power of WKRK should -- at least for Metro Detroit listeners -- eliminate the primary complaint that broadcasts could not be heard reliably, even in some suburbs... Radio deal clears air (Thu, 1/11)

Communications veterans found new agency

Two of the region’s leading public relations professionals have joined forces to found a new firm that offers a wide range of strategic communications services to corporations, businesses, organizations, individuals, and associations.

Don Tanner and Matt Friedman, both with extensive experience in journalism, broadcasting, and public relations, are the partners in Tanner Friedman, a strategic communications agency based in Farmington Hills.

Tanner possesses more than 25 years of communications industry experience, the past 12 providing strategic PR counsel to his clients. Prior to that, he served in a range of radio posts, including on-air, news and programming. In Detroit, he was heard over WWJ, WXYT, WLLZ, WLTI, WGPR, and CKWW via Metro Networks.

Friedman began his PR career in 1998, after a track record of success in broadcast journalism. Most recently, he was the lead news producer for Detroit station WDIV-TV's 6pm news broadcast. He also served as a news producer at WKMG-TV in Orlando, Florida and WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was the top news writer on the nation’s highest-rated 11pm newscast. Friedman began his professional broadcasting career on-the-air and behind-the-scenes at WWJ-AM Detroit. He first started at age 11 as a DJ and sports announcer at Metro Detroit community radio station WBFH-FM.

Read the entire press release (.pdf)



WAAM Ups Black To Prod./Imaging Dir.: FIRST BROADCASTING CO. LP Talk WAAM-A/ANN ARBOR ups producer ALAN BLACK to Production/Imaging Director. BLACK continues to produce the MONDAY-evening "WAAM SPORTS DEN WITH JIM STARK AND AL FELLHAUER" and SATURDAY-morning "THE APPLIANCE DOCTOR JOE GAGNON" shows. (Thu, 1/11)


TigersWingsThe Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings organizations jointly announced today that they have reached multi-year agreements with sports WXYT-AM 1270 for the station to remain the flagship radio broadcaster for the Tigers and Red Wings. The agreements include the important addition of WXYT simulcasting games on WKRK 97.1 FM which will improve the coverage area throughout southeastern Michigan. The station will broadcast all Tigers and Red Wings regular-season and playoff games, along with select preseason games.

“We’re pleased with the package we were able to put together,” said Dave Dombrowski, Detroit Tigers president and general manager. “We knew our fans had concerns about signal strength and we believe that this agreement resolves those concerns adequately. We’re excited that Tigers baseball will be more readily available to fans as we head into what promises to be an exciting 2007 season.”

“We are excited about the opportunity to extend our relationship with the Tigers and the Red Wings,” said Kevin Murphy, senior vice president and general manager, WXYT and WKRK. “We look forward to bringing Major League Baseball and NHL Hockey to the FM dial.”

According to Ken Holland, vice president and general manager of the Detroit Red Wings, “We’re pleased we could reach this agreement with WXYT and the addition of the simulcast on WKRK will mean more Red Wings fans will be able to tune in and hear all the action. WXYT is a sports station that offers tremendous opportunities to keep both Red Wings and Tigers fans informed throughout the day on the latest happenings with our teams.”

It's reported this extension between the Red Wings and Tigers is for 3 years. The teams have been heard on AM 1270 for the past six years after moving from news/talk WJR.

Tigers announce deal with FM affiliate (DetroitTigers.com)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 12, 2007



Detroit News:

Remember all that Christmas music flooding WNIC-FM (100.3)'s airwaves last fall, spreading Burl Ives' cheer while the leaves were still on the trees? It paid off -- in the short run, anyway. The final Arbitron ratings for the fall, released Thursday, showed that those Christmas bells propelled WNIC's ranking from No. 12 overall up to No. 2. With the Detroit Tigers' World Series run preoccupying much of the male audience in the fall, followed closely by the November election coverage and WNIC's Christmas onslaught, some of Detroit's music stations just battened down the hatches and held on, waiting for it all to be over... The holidays bring joy to WNIC (Fri, 1/12)

Detroit Free Press:

Santa Claus came a little late to Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) Thursday. But the jolly round man -- in the form of the quarterly Arbitrend Radio Ratings -- was very welcome in a true case of better late than never. WNIC, famous for starting an all-Christmas playlist before the final Halloween candy bar hits the bottom of the last goblin's bag, surged from 12th to second place among all listeners for the final quarter of 2006. It claimed 6.5% of all listeners. It scored a 5.1 in the same quarter of 2005 and was up from a 3.4 in the third quarter of 2006... A merry yule for WNIC (Fri, 1/12)

The Tigers and Red Wings on Thursday announced a three-year contract extension with two local CBS Radio affiliates to air regular-season and playoff games, as well as some exhibition games. All games will continue to air on WXYT-AM (1270). The most significant feature of the new deal is that each game will be simulcast on WKRK-FM (97.1). In making the change, the Tigers acknowledged that their AM broadcast signal wasn't clear enough in some areas of metro Detroit... Deal boosts range for Tigers, Wings broadcasts (Fri, 1/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 14, 2007



Toledo Blade:

Bobb Vergiels may be the only person in sports who loves to be booed. About 36 times per year, Vergiels is greeted with a hardy heckle from Toledo Storm fans when he announces his own name at home games. But Vergiels, who began his career as a public address announcer when the team was founded in 1991, has formed a unique bond with the fans at the Sports Arena. Vergiels has since parlayed his first PA duties into a career that has taken him to Comerica Park and the World Series last fall. He also has announced at the All-Star game there in 2005... Versatile PA announcer keeps busy (Sun, 1/14)

A new program director is apparently making a difference at WWWM-FM (105.5). Kirk Patrick was hired by the Cumulus-owned station in late September, made some tweaks to what he calls a "musical smorgasbord" format, and took the reins of the afternoon drive shift. The mixture added up to the best audience share the station's had since last winter... Changes at 105.5 add up to higher numbers (Sat, 1/13)

Detroit Free Press:

After a week of Motor City saturation -- a story about Detroit a night -- "Inside Edition" anchor Deborah Norville may not need much introduction to her show's viewers at its new time slot, 4:30 p.m. weekdays on WDIV-TV. (Her show previously aired at 1 a.m. on WXYZ-TV, Channel 7). But she turned into a Chatty Cathy the other day after taping her show here, spouting lots of stuff not that evident just from watching... 'Inside Edition's' Deborah Norville reintroduces herself to Detroit (Sun, 1/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 15, 2007



Crain's Detroit Business:

When the general manager of WKRK 97.1 FM struck a deal to add Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings simulcasts, it wasn’t done to bolster the station’s ratings and revenue, both of which have declined. Instead, it was done to keep the teams on their flagship, WKRK’s CBS Radio-owned sister station, WXYT 1270 AM, an all-sports station. “That’s the only reason I came up with the approach that I did,” said Kevin Murphy, general manager and senior vice president for both stations... Double play gives boost to WKRK (Mon, 1/15)

Carolyn Clifford will become the co-anchor of WXYZ-Channel 7’s 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. news broadcasts beginning Jan. 29. Clifford currently co-anchors the ABC affiliate’s noon news broadcast, which she will continue to do with Robbie Timmons, station news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor said in a statement Monday. Timmons is also co-host of the 5 p.m. Action News... Carolyn Clifford to co-anchor 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. news on Channel 7 (Mon, 1/15)

Detroit Free Press:

Frank Turner’s replacement at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) News was named Monday.
It’ll be Carolyn Clifford, who had been co-anchoring the station’s pre-“Good Morning America” newscast, the noon newscast and served as the station’s chief health reporter. Starting Jan. 29, she and Robbie Timmons —Turner’s old co-anchor—will preside over the noon and 5 p.m. newscast with Clifford also anchoring at 7 p.m. The 5 p.m. newscast is generally the station’s most watched news, in part due to the lead in of “Oprah” from 4-5 p.m... Clifford gets promotion at Channel 7 (Mon, 1/15)

Monroe News:

Bob Kelly seems to be funny without even trying. Jokes, one-liners and witty retorts pour out in machine-gun fashion during an hour-long interview conducted after his morning radio show on oldies WRQN-FM. But it wasn't always that way for the Toledo radio legend and longtime Monroe County resident who recently was inducted into the Radio Television Broadcaster's Hall of Fame of Ohio... Local radio legend honored in Hall of Fame (Mon, 1/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 17, 2007



Detroit News:

Ken Kalczynski was a practical young man. His dad, a tool and die maker, was forever getting laid off, and who wanted any part of that? So Kalczynski decided he would be a mortician. Off he went to Wayne State, where one day he happened to walk past the studio of WAYN, the campus' closed-circuit radio station. An outdoor speaker was wafting the broadcast across the sidewalk, and on a whim, Kalczynski popped inside the building and did a reading for the general manager... Red Wings broadcaster refuses to let his dream die (Wed, 1/17)

Watch out, Regis and Kelly. There's a new a.m. team slated to give this dynamic duo a run for their java. The program is called "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet," and if Fox has anything to do with it, the show will retain high ratings in local markets and put the network on the map as a formidable morning competitor. In Metro Detroit's case, WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) "Fox 2 News Morning" is the No. 1 morning show locally, beating out both NBC's nationally top-rated "Today" and ABC's "Good Morning America," and giving this new morning offering an enviably strong lead-in... Fox readies for morning fun (Wed, 1/17)

Detroit Free Press:

More than 96 tears: Michigan musician Rudy Martinez -- known to legions of fans as the enigmatic rocker Question Mark -- is picking up the pieces after a fire destroyed his home near Clio last week. Martinez and his band, the Mysterians, topped the pop charts in 1966 with the garage-rock chestnut "96 Tears." Lost in the fire, reports band guitarist Bobby Balderama, was a career's worth of memorabilia, including a gold record and other artifacts from Martinez's four decades in the music business ... Not another hour: WDIV-TV Local 4's daytime schedule will get another overhaul in the fall after a big one this week. NBC officials will expand "Today" by an hour until 11 a.m... Names and Faces (Wed, 1/17)


It's A Girl For WKRK/Detroit's Jeff Deminski:
Congratulations to CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT afternoon "DEMINSKI AND DOYLE" co-host JEFF DEMINSKI and wife STACEE on the arrival of their second child, daughter MINA BELLE DEMINSKI, on WEDNESDAY (1/17).
The new arrival came in at 8 lbs., 11 oz. and 21 inches and dashed co-host BILL DOYLE's hopes that the baby would be a boy and named MAGGLIO DEMINSKI in honor of the DETROIT TIGERS' MAGGLIO ORDONEZ. (Wed, 1/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 19, 2007



Guitar players jam to raise money for CLF

WCSXCalling all guitar players! You can be part of the annual “Guitar Jam” to raise money for the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan during the 28-hour Radiothon hosted by Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 morning hosts JJ & Lynne.

Make plans to bring a $5 donation, your guitar and small amp to Center Court in Oakland Mall Thursday, January 25th at 8pm for a rousing rendition of Cream's Classic Rock anthem “Sunshine of Your Love.” This musical fundraising event will be broadcast live on WCSX. Each guitar player who participates will receive a limited edition Guitar Jam All Access lanyard.

The more guitar players that show, the more money that can be raised for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

CLF of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The JJ & Lynne’s 28 Hour Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation. This long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2,500,000 for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

WRCJ to broadcast live jazz concert Jan 27

WRCJLocal jazz lovers should be excited to hear that WRCJ-FM 90.9 is planning to broadcast a concert by Brazilian Jazz guitarist Oscar Castro-Neves, Saturday January 27 at 8 p.m., live from the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts.

It is the first of three Music Hall performances scheduled to air live on the classical and jazz station, including a March concert by Dianne Reeves and an April concert with Chick Corea.

These concerts will also be packaged for national broadcasts later this year on public radio stations, hosted by Tony Mowod, whose jazz program airs weeknights from 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. on 90.9 WRCJ.

Ann Arbor News:

Roast beef sandwiches, along with Mom's loving smile, are on the way to Germany today for U.S. Army Specialist Michael Johnson, 25, of Pinckney. Johnson, stationed in Germany, was unable to come home for the holidays as he had planned. "One of the crazy things he had planned on doing had been stopping (at Arby's,)'' said Dawn Glaser, who said Johnson has lived with her and her husband, Brian, since his teens but was never formally adopted. "He calls us Mom and Dad. It's an adoption of the heart,'' Glaser said. When Glaser learned Johnson wouldn't be home for the holidays, she tried to figure out a way to send him Arby's sandwiches. Glaser contacted Ann Arbor radio station W4 Country, 102.9, for help... Mom, Bubba, listeners see that Michael gets Arby's (Fri, 1/19)

Radio and Records:

Jay Hudson is new to nights at CIMX (89X)/Detroit, coming over from the part-time chair at crosstown WRIF. Mr. Hudson replaces Phat Matt, who's now at the programming helm of clusterpal CIDR (93.9 The River). (Fri, 1/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 21, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Interpreting TV ratings is always interesting because you can prove almost anything using the same data. Case in point: The first week (Jan. 8-12) performance of WDIV-TV Local 4's new 4 p.m. weekday newscast and its 4:30 p.m. stable mate, the syndicated "Inside Edition"... Local 4 still trails 'Oprah' at 4 p.m. (Sun, 1/21)

Ann Arbor News:

Two locally based radio stations saw a slight drop in the latest radio ratings. According to Arbitron, Detroit talk powerhouse WJR (760 AM) still generally tops the ratings. Country station WWWW (102.9 FM), second in the last ratings period, placed third while Detroit rock station WRIF took over the No. 2 slot. WQKL (107.1 FM), which had been third, is now fourth. Bob Bolak, vice president and market manager at Ann Arbor Radio, said the drop is no cause for alarm. "The sample size is small; we look at it versus a year ago, are we down or up? At 107.1 we're trending up.'' No programming changes are planned, he added... WWWW, WQKL see dip in latest ratings (Sun, 1/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 22, 2007



JJ & Lynne host 16th Annual 28 Hour Radiothon Thursday & Friday

WCSXThis Thursday, January 25th starting at 6 a.m. until Friday, January 26th, at 10am, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 morning hosts Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison (JJ & Lynne) will take over the station's airwaves for the 16th Annual WCSX Radiothon. For 28 consecutive hours, JJ & Lynne will broadcast live from the center court at Oakland Mall in Troy to raise money and awareness for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF).

Listeners will have a chance to bid on “once in a lifetime” packages during the on-air auction including:

* Lunch with JJ, Lynne and Detroit Red Wing Chris Chelios
* Join Karen Savelly for a one on one cooking class with Tribute Chef Don Yamauchi
* A VIP Coney Class with Ken Calvert at Leo’s Coney Island
* OverEasy backyard concert and broadcast with Arlen and Grievous Angel
* A Motor City Blue Project broadcast and“un-plugged Super Session” of blues
…and much more!

To make a donation, call 866-774-WCSX (9279) or log onto www.leukemiamichigan.org.

Back again by popular demand is the “Guitar Jam for CLF.” Local guitar players are invited to join in the fun simply by bringing a $5 donation, a guitar and small amp to Center Court in Oakland Mall Thursday, January 25th at 8pm for a rousing rendition of CREAM’s Classic Rock anthem “Sunshine of Your Love.” This musical fundraising event will be broadcast live on 'CSX. Each guitar player who participates will receive a limited edition Guitar Jam All Access lanyard.

CLF of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and support for adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders. The WCSX Radiothon is one of the major sources of revenue for the foundation.

This long running fundraiser has to date raised over raised $2,800,000 for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan.

Detroit Free Press:

"The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet" (9 a.m., WJBK-TV, Channel 2, Fox). Series premiere. Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy, who teamed for over four years as anchors of Fox News Channel's "Dayside" chat fest, do the infotainment dance as hosts of this new one-hour weekday program, live from New York... Morning infotainment show premieres on WJBK today (Mon, 1/22)


New Promotions Director Sought For WMXD/Detroit:
CLEAR CHANNEL Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92)/DETROIT has lost its promotions director. BEKKI YANG left the station in NOVEMBER and has returned to her former station, CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WKKV(V-100)/MILWAUKEE, where she is now an AE. (Mon, 1/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 23, 2007



Detroit News:

ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson" and its anchor will be making a stop in Metro Detroit next week. Gibson will broadcast the 6:30 p.m. newscast from here Monday and Tuesday as well as a town hall on the auto industry that will air 8 p.m. Monday on local ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... ABC, Gibson work Detroit (Tue, 1/23)

If your cable TV bill hasn't already gone up, get ready for a price hike as cable and satellite companies raise rates for nearly all Metro Detroit customers... Cable providers raise rates (Tue, 1/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 24, 2007



94.7 WCSX Goes Deep

Deep Trax HD2 Free Preview This Weekend

WCSXThis coming weekend, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 will take listeners deep into the music vault with a preview of 'CSX's HD multicast station, "WCSX Deep Trax".

The WCSX Deep Trax Free Preview Weekend will kick off Saturday, January 27th at noon and continue all weekend through Sunday night, all without commercials.

WCSX harnesses the power of HD Radio to provide listeners the highest fidelity ever available on FM radio- and even more choices. Deep Trax features the lesser heard gems from deep within the classic albums. WCSX Deep Trax delivers enormous variety with virtually no repetition and even fewer interruptions.

Responding to our listener feedback of features such as “Classic Rock A-to-Z”, Deep Trax HD2 is hosted by the station’s on-air personalities Ken Calvert, Jim Johnson, Lynne Woodison, Karen Savelly, and Steve Kostan. It provides 24/7 access to those Classic Rock treasures that may be a bit outside the radio musical norm.

94.7 WCSX debuted Deep Trax, a special HD Radio multicast station, at the end of July 2005 with the unveiling of the HD radio broadcast. Both stations transmit a digital signal that provides CD quality sound and has the ability to display more text information than a traditional radio. Fans can listen to WCSX Deep Trax through special HD radio receivers available in tabletop and auto receiver models now or by simply logging on to www.wcsxdeeptrax.com.

Here’s just a sample of some of the titles featured on WCSX Deep Trax:
BEATLES/Abbey Road: “Her Majesty,” “I Want You,” and “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
DOORS/L.A. Woman: “Hyacinth House,” “Crawling King Snake,” and “The Wasp”
STEVE MILLER/Fly Like An Eagle: “Wild Mountain Honey,” “Blue Odyssey,” and “You Send Me”
TOM PETTY/Damn the Torpedoes: “Century City,” and “Louisiana Rain”
LED ZEPPELIN/Houses of the Holy: “The Song Remains The Same” and “The Crunge”

Detroit Free Press:

Judy Adams, noted musicologist and program director of WDET-FM (101.9) until 2005, has returned to the Detroit music scene after a period of informal exile. She's hosting the Music Hall's new live jazz performance series Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 7 to 11 p.m., and will voice the programs on WVMV-FM (98.7) Sundays at 11 p.m. (WVMV's HD channel will re-air them more often.) Adams has taken on those jobs in addition to her once-a-week program on CJAM-FM (91.5) on Tuesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m... Judy Adams returns to Detroit music (Wed, 1/24)

Hal Youngblood, a multitalented performer who labored behind the scenes at Detroit’s WJR-AM (760) as producer of J.P. McCarthy’s morning show and his legendary noontime “Focus” show, died early today in Johnson City, Tenn. Youngblood, 77, also was active in the local theater scene, performing in many productions here over the years... Hal Youngblood dies (Wed, 1/24)

Detroit News:

Once again it's that time where I attempt to answer all your pressing TV questions... 'Local 4 News' can't defeat 'O' (Wed, 1/24)


Jay Butler Named Afternoon Voice At WLQV/Detroit:
Veteran DETROIT personality JAY BUTLER takes over as host of "FAITH TALK AFTERNOONS" on SALEM Religion WLQV-A/DETROIT. EDWARDS, a veteran of WJLB, WCHB-A, and WQBH-A (where he also served as PD), will be heard as the voice introducing the station's afternoon shows and features, including "BACK TO THE BIBLE," "EQUIPPED FOR LIFE," "THE PAUL EDWARDS PROGRAM," and others.

"JAY BUTLER is an icon in DETROIT radio and will be a great asset as we take a leadership role in Christian talk for this region," said SALEM/DETROIT GM CHRIS MACCOURTNEY. (Wed, 1/24)


Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic has been nominated for two Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and will reprise his role as host of the third annual competition. It will be held Friday April 27, 2007 in Hammerson Hall at The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario near Toronto.

Zonjic’s nominations are for Best Wind Instrumentalist and for Broadcaster of the Year.

Winners will be determined through on-line voting and by a panel of industry professionals. To vote, fans should visit www.canadiansmoothjazzawards.com. Voting is now open to an international audience.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 25, 2007



Alicia Smith Named Anchor/Reporter at WXYZ-TV

Alicia Smith will join WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Action News as an anchor / reporter effective Monday, January 29. Alicia Smith will co-anchor "Action News This Morning" (weekdays 5-7 am) with Erik Smith. The announcement was made by WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 News Director Andrea Parquet-Taylor.

Smith comes from WWMT in Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo, where she was the weeknight co-anchor of their 5 pm and 5:30 pm newscast. In addition to anchoring, Smith also filed daily reports for the station and covered many national and local events of significance. She reported live from New York City in 2002 for the Anniversary of September 11th, traveled to Florida to cover Hurricane Jeanne, and reported live during President Bush's visit to Battle Creek.

"Alicia is an accomplished hard-working journalist who has covered major breaking news in Michigan and across the country. She is an enthusiastic team player who has always been actively involved in the community where she has worked," said Parquet-Taylor.

Smith graduated cum laude with Phi Kappa Phi honors from the University of Georgia earning a Broadcast News major from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She minored in Political Science.

WQKL's Bandyke to be featured on CBC Radio's 'Definitely Not The Opera'

The CBC Radio One show "Definitely Not the Opera", a national pop-culture program that airs locally on CBE AM (1550) Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcasting their February 3rd show from Windsor/Detroit and will feature a segment with host Sook-Yin Lin talking with Martin Bandyke about the local group Blanche, an alternative-country band. A brand new song will be aired from the group, which features the husband and wife team of Dan John Miller and Tracee Mae Miller, both recently seen in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line."

Bandyke is set to celebrate is one-year anniversary at Adult Alternative station "Ann Arbor's 107one", WKQL-FM 107.1, where he hosts morning drive weekdays 6-10 a.m. and also presents the free-from show Fine Tuning every Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. Prior to joining WKQL, Bandyke hosted middays for a number of years at Public/Adult Alternative WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.

Detroit News:

Want to be part of local broadcast history and hear some great Brazilian jazz? Head down to the Music Hall in Detroit on Saturday, where Oscar Castro-Neves will perform a concert at 8 p.m. that also will be broadcast live on WRCJ-FM (90.9). Tony Mowod, who hosts WRCJ's nightly "JazzWorks" program, will emcee the event... Music Hall jazz concert will be broadcast on WRCJ (Thu, 1/25)

Happy birthday, sweet 16 -- times five, plus nine. Today is Ernie Harwell's 89th birthday, which he'll celebrate quietly with his family. The bigger party comes next year. Does he still make a wish and blow out the candles on his cake? "Sure," the Hall of Fame broadcaster said. "But it's the candle on my cake, not the candles. There's not room for them all anymore"... Forever young (Thu, 1/25)

Monroe News:

Channel 30's "History at Home" series will feature shows about Ohio's neighboring state in February. Want to learn more about Michigan's fairs, lighthouses and bridges? Check out WGTE Channel 30 in February. For three Thursday nights, the Toledo public broadcasting channel will air Michigan episodes of "History at Home." Other topics are the Michigan State Capitol, wine-making and conservation districts. Michigan history programs aren't regularly aired on WGTE, but the channel has a strong Monroe County following... Toledo PBS station focuses on Michigan (Thu, 1/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 26, 2007



Detroit News:

He had two dreams growing up as a no-frills, working-class kid from Macomb County. Lary Sorensen wanted to be a big league pitcher. Secondly, but not secondarily, he wanted to be a baseball radio announcer, a man who one day might do what one of his heroes, Ernie Harwell, did so famously. If only life had leveled off, jet-airliner-style, for a man after two dreams were realized... 'My alcoholism cost me' (Fri, 1/26)

Michael Coleman, whose job as general manager of Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) ended on Dec. 31, has a new gig. Coleman now is development director at Affirmations, the Ferndale-based center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender programs, services and social opportunities... Former WDET manager takes job at gay, lesbian center (Fri, 1/26)

One of the WXYZ-TV's (Channel 7) familiar rays of morning sunshine for nearly five years, anchorwoman Carolyn Clifford, takes her leap to evening anchor beginning Monday. In her new post, the Emmy winning broadcast journalist will share the 5 and 7 p.m. desks with Robbie Timmons. New hire Alicia Smith , formerly of WWMT-TV (Channel 3), the CBS affiliate in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo will take Clifford's old a.m. job on Monday, the station announced Thursday... Carolyn Clifford becomes evening anchor at WXYZ (Fri, 1/26)

Ann Arbor News:

In this age of high-definition televisions that are the size of a compact car, some people may nonetheless harbor nostalgia for the golden age of radio; if this accurately describes you, Concordia University, at 4090 Geddes Road in Ann Arbor, has the perfect event for your calendar... Learn about radio when it was young (Fri, 1/26)


WMGCSoft rock Magic 105.1, WMGC-FM, is kicking off the 6th Annual “Women Who Make Magic®” Awards. Magic 105.1, along with Kroger, Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and Wright & Filippis, will accept nominations for “Women Who Make Magic®.” Do you know a woman who has made some magic in Metro Detroit? Please send your nominating stories to:

Women Who Make Magic®
Magic 105.1FM
One Radio Plaza
Detroit, MI 48220

You can also e-mail your nomination to: women@detroitmagic.com. The station is asking for a photo of your “Magical” nominee as well.

Every Friday morning through May, Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show will recognize two amazing “Women Who Make Magic.” Each nominee will receive two tickets to attend the Women Who Make Magic® Awards Banquet at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom in Warren and a $50 Kroger gift card.

The 6th Annual Women Who Make Magic Awards Banquet and Dinner will be held on Monday, June 11, 2007 at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. More details, including ticket information, will be announced in the coming weeks.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 28, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Here's a riddle of sorts: Do you know the name of somebody you've heard, probably can't identify by sight, who is a female pioneer in a tough business and grew up around Detroit? The answer: Randy Thomas. And she's setting another first -- she'll announce the Pepsi Super Bowl XLI Halftime Show Feb. 4 on CBS (WWJ-TV, Channel 62) from Dolphin Stadium in Miami. Yes, she's the first female to handle the chore... Detroit voice gets big gig (Sun, 1/28)

Shawne Duperon writes and produces television shows and corporate videos, does voice-over work and is a media trainer... Five Things: About a media maven (Sun, 1/28)

One of the most widely known Detroiters was a fictional hero most often associated with Texas. The Lone Ranger was invented in Detroit and made his radio debut Jan. 30, 1933, on station WXYZ. Although the man in the white hat and the black mask was billed as a guy who saved good people from bad, he was really intended to save the radio station from a lousy economy, wracked as it was by the Great Depression. Station owner George W. Trendle wanted to come up with a character who was a Wild West cross between Zorro and Robin Hood... Lone Ranger makes his radio debut (Sun, 1/28)

Ann Arbor News:

Michael Coleman, former deputy director of Michigan Public Media, which oversees the University of Michigan's public radio and television operations, has taken a job as development director for Affirmations, a nonprofit community center for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people located in Ferndale. Coleman moved from WUOM to Detroit public radio station WDET in mid-2005... Public radio's Coleman accepts Ferndale job (Sun, 1/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 29, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Does the rest of America care about the bad news from the domestic auto industry? Charles Gibson thinks so. He's set to anchor ABC's "World News" broadcast from metro Detroit tonight and Tuesday. He's also moderating a town hall meeting on the state of the auto industry that airs live at 8 tonight on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Gibson to focus on autos (Mon, 1/29)

Mark your calendars. The Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan, WOMC-FM (104.3) veteran Detroit radio voice Dick Purtan and his Purtan's People cast will hold the 20th annual Dick Purtan Radiothon Feb. 23 to raise money for the Detroit area's homeless and hungry people. The live broadcast starts at 6 a.m. from the center court at Oakland Mall and will end at 10 p.m.; the donation number is 248-307-1043. Expect live performances by local and national performers and interviews with celebrities and sports figures... Purtan's Radiothon to be Feb. 23 (Mon, 1/29)

"Play It Again: Tigers vs. Yankees" (7 p.m., FSN Detroit). Winter baseball memory bliss. FSN rolls out January-February-March encores of manager Jim Leyland and the Tigers' October playoff pennant run through the Yankees and Oakland to the American League championship... FSN Detroit relives the glory of Tigers' '06 pennant race (Mon, 1/29)

Detroit News:

Second place just won't do for anchorman Charles Gibson. To tighten the gap between his "World News with Charles Gibson" on ABC and the No. 1 rated "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," Gibson has been hitting the road. He arrives in Metro Detroit this morning, where he'll butter up the bigs at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), the local ABC affiliate. Gibson, 63, also will spend today and Tuesday broadcasting his newscast from here and hosting a town hall on the auto industry tonight... Gibson visits Channel 7 (Mon, 1/29)


Chatman Named Director/Digital Media At WYCD:
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has named longtime MD/night personality RON CHATMAN Director/Digital Media. RON will oversee all campaigns on the Internet for WYCD as well as its HD2 station, THE WOLF. CHATMAN has been with WYCD for seven years. (Mon, 1/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 30, 2007



Detroit News:

Anchorman Charles Gibson took a strictly business approach Monday night from Ford's River Rouge Plant in Dearborn for a local broadcast of ABC's "World News with Charles Gibson," the first from his two-day stop here... Gibson does news from Rouge Plant (Tue, 1/30)

Detroit Free Press:

John Mason is back on Detroit radio. Early. While the WGPR-FM (107.5) website still promises a new morning show starting Feb. 1, Mason has already extended his syndicated “Mason Radio” morning show to the Detroit outlet. (Heard in Saginaw, he was prevented from being heard in Detroit until this month because of a non-compete clause enforced in court by his last station, WDMK-FM (105.9), He left that station in thesummer of 2006. Tuesday morning, Mason was percolating as usual, playing soul oldies, talking about welcome-back parties and his upcoming gig as public address announcer for the NBA all-star game in Las Vegas... Mason back on Detroit airwaves (Tue, 1/30)

"I know less about the automobile industry than anybody here," said ABC News anchor Charles Gibson near the start of Monday night's town hall meeting on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). And as an outsider, he asked tough questions. Do we need an American auto industry? Do the Detroit automakers have time to change consumer attitudes? In a friendly yet proddingly provocative way, Gibson asked these things and more during the hour-long program that aired live from Channel 7's Southfield studios... ABC anchor grills on autos (Tue, 1/30)


WRIFRock WRIF-FM 101.1 and Dodge have partnered to give Metro Detroit men a football field full of exactly what they want with the 5th Annual Motor City Men’s Expo on Saturday, February 10th from 11am to 6pm at Ford Field in Downtown Detroit.

The event will feature everything a guy could want…all under one roof. See the latest cars and trucks, motorcycles, electronics, sports, music and so much more. Just a few of the exciting elements fans can experience at the Motor City Men’s Expo include a NASCAR simulator, an indoor Home Run Derby and Speed Pitch Challenge, the Motor City Men’s Expo Bikini Contest and The Miller Lite Lounge.

In addition, expo-goers can check out the “Strong Man Competition”, Extreme sports demonstrations from Modern Skate and Nemesis Skateboards, the ladies of the “Detroit Derby Girls”. Plus, they can climb the U.S. Army’s Rock Climb wall and participate in the flag football competition by signing up at www.wrif.com.

Attendees will also have a chance to meet a great line-up of celebrities this year including:

Jackass and Jackass 2 star Steve O, Playboy Playmates Miss May 2006, Allison Waite and Miss November 2006, Sarah Elizabeth. They can also meet WRIF’s own celebrities Drew and Mike and the WRIF Rock Girl, Lisa Welch.

The Motor City Men’s Expo is one of the featured activities of the Detroit Winter Blast, which is going on throughout the weekend, February 9-11 in Downtown Detroit, centered around Campus Martius. For more info on Detroit Winter Blast activities, click on www.motownwinterblast.com.

Ford Field is located at 2000 Brush Street in Downtown Detroit. Admission to the show is only $7 at the door with $2 off discount coupons and more show info available at www.wrif.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 31, 2007



AM 580 to remember “The Day the Music Died” with a Buddy Holly Tribute Weekend

On February 3rd, 1959 the music world lost three of its pioneering rock and roll performers. Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died when their plane crashed after a concert near Mason City, Iowa which was immortalized in the Don McLean classic “American Pie”.

Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will salute their legacy with special programming this weekend. On Friday’s “Blue Plate Special” airing at 12 noon, Wayne Stevens will play 5 back-to-back songs by the artists in tribute to the last concert the three stars would perform on their “Winter Dance Party Tour” February 2nd in Iowa.

Then, throughout Saturday and Sunday music from Buddy Holly as well as the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens will be spotlighted, including tribute songs like “American Pie” and others.

Detroit News:

Was he or wasn't he? Wasn't that John Mason broadcasting for five hours Tuesday morning on WGPR-FM (107.5), from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.? The station's Web site didn't have Mason starting his show until Thursday, but the veteran broadcaster was on briefly Monday, and then behind the mike for a whole morning shift Tuesday as a "teaser," according to WGPR program director Carol James. Technically it's not official. But he was there, broadcasting... Mason back on WGPR to tease new show (Wed, 1/31)

It seems like every time I open my mail bag, the letters, e-mails and queries seem only to multiply. But I aim to please, and am pleased that people are reading my column and feel comfortable enough to ask me questions. So fire away, I say. In the meantime, here are the answers to many of last week's inquiries. Gloria Smith of Detroit wanted to know where on earth WDIV-TV (Channel 4) morning anchor Rhonda Walker has been hiding. Meanwhile, another reader, who didn't identify himself, asked about her temporary replacement, Ama Daetz... WDIV's Walker to make return (Wed, 1/31)

As part of "Shrinking Cities," San Francisco-based artist Jon Brumit celebrates local gumption in a series of short radio narratives by, or about, what he calls "self-driven, self-motivated" Metro Detroiters whose passions have led them in intriguing directions... Local radio tour highlights innovative Metro Detroiters (Wed, 1/31)


Ann Arbor Business Review:

Ownership of the four Ann Arbor radio stations operated by Clear Channel Communications, Inc. is changing hands. The new owner will be Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, Inc., the second largest radio broadcasting company in the country. Under a local marketing agreement (LMA), the exchange took place last week, said Jerry Kersting, chief financial officer for Clear Channel. The LMA will allow Cumulus to operate the Ann Arbor stations until the FCC approves the exchange. That's expected by June, Kersting said... New owner for Clear Channel stations (Thu, 1/2)

Detroit News:

Sunday is Super Bowl, er, Symphony Sunday , if you're an avid listener of classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), as host Chris Felcyn continues his practice of pitting symphonies from each Super Bowl city against each other. This year, it's Chicago vs. Indianapolis... Super Bowl city orchestras duke it out Symphony Sunday (Thu, 2/1)

Consumers can run, but they can't hide from the almighty ad. Satellite radio listeners are the latest to be irked by the omnipresence of marketing pitches. Last year, advertisements began popping up on four XM Radio music channels, even though thousands of customers signed up under the promise of commercial-free listening. Some analysts predict current satellite advertising is just the start of the trend... Ads invade satellite radio (Thu, 2/1)

Detroit Free Press:

Let’s give Greater Media —owners of Detroit’s WRIF-FM (101.1), WCSX-FM (94.7) and WMGC-FM (105.1) —credit for trying to do something to get some buzz going about HD radio. Over the past two weekends, first the main WRIF signal and the next weekend the main WCSX lineup was replaced by the station’s HD channels. WRIF's RIFF2 plays an eclectic mix of local artists, alternative, hip-hop, punk and indie-rock; WCSX’s Deep Trax plays lesser heard rock gems. Of course to hear them all the time, you need to buy an HD receiver and despite recent price cuts, they’re still not cheap. Or particularly plentiful... HD radio experiments good, but... (Wed, 1/31)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 2, 2007



Detroit News:

Effective Monday, ESPN Radio returns to Ann Arbor sports radio station WTKA 1050 and will include the Colin Cowherd and Dan Patrick shows. The station currently is affiliated with FOX Sports. Cowherd will occupy the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot weekdays, followed by Patrick from 1 to 4 p.m. Syndicated ESPN show "The Sports Bash with Erik Kuselias " will fill the weekday 4-6 p.m. slot.

"While the FOX Sports brand is a building young brand, ESPN is the most recognizable brand in sports broadcasting worldwide," WTKA program director Brian Cowan said in a statement. "We want only the very best sports brands on WTKA."

The station's new afternoon lineup won't affect specialty shows for Michigan and Eastern Michigan athletics. On Monday, WTKA also will re-launch its local morning show "The Locker Room, with Dave Shand, " weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Shand will be joined by former afternoon show host Josh Vernier... Local Briefs/Broadcasting: ESPN Radio returns to WTKA (Fri, 2/2)

Mort Crim, former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchorman and for years one of the most recognizable faces in Detroit television, has told The Detroit News that he is undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer. Crim, 71, underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 31. Crim says he's six weeks into a chemotherapy regimen that will wind up in June... Mort Crim optimistic on cancer recovery (Fri, 2/2)

ClickonDetroit.com (WDIV):

It's been more than a decade since you've seen Carmen Harlan and Mort Crim together at the anchor desk. It's time to catch up... One on one with Mort Crim (Thu, 2/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 3, 2007



WDET to broadcast 'State of the State' Feb 6

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will air Governor Granholm's annual State of the State Address on Tuesday evening, February 6 at 7pm. The address will be followed by reaction from lawmakers, and a formal Republican response. Coverage will be hosted by Michigan Public Radio's
Rick Pluta. The broadcast is expected to run between an hour and 90 minutes.

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"Bridging The Racial Divide" set to air on WDET, WJR, Ch. 56 Feb 5

The second in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in Metro Detroit is ste for broadcast on Monday, February 5 at 10 p.m. Produced by Kingberry Productions and WTVS - Detroit Public Television, "Bridging the Racial Divide" will be co-hosted by former NBC correspondent and news anchor Emery King and WJR's Paul W. Smith. The hosts will be joined by a number of dynamic and influential voices in the community representing a variety of backgrounds and points of view on the complex issue of race relations in metropolitan Detroit. The program will be broadcast simultaneously on WDET, WTVS Channel 56 Detroit Public Television, and WJR-AM 760.

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Ralph Valdez to interview Midlake Feb 4

This Sunday night, February 4, solve the mystery of the hermit Van Occupanther as Ralph Valdez interviews Midlake, a young quintet from Denton, Texas whose critically acclaimed latest CD “The Trials of Van Occupanther” shows their talent for blending a soft, 70’s folk sensibility with a darker, more mysterious, storytelling and progressive rock songcraft. Lucky listeners can also call in to win copies of Midlake’s new CD and tickets to their February 13th concert at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre.

Tickets to the classical Sphinx Competition Finals for young Black and Latino string players at Orchestra Hall February 11th at 2pm will also be offered to listeners this Sunday night.

As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few “rummage sale records”, will also be spun and explored on The Ralph Valdez Program, which airs from 10pm-midnight every Sunday.

Detroit News:

Tune in to CBC Radio One (CBE-AM, 1550) from 1 to 4 p.m. today as '"Definitely Not the Opera," the CBC Canadian network radio show, explores Detroit's music scene (and that of its sister city, Windsor, Ontario)... Canada's CBE-AM talks Detroit, Windsor music scenes today (Sat, 2/3)

Television captured the imagination of America in the 1950s, and Greg Byndrian was a willing captive. He remembers spending weekends in front of the television while growing up in Highland Park, watching sporting events, enthralled by the play-by-play. Long before Byndrian graduated from Henry Ford Elementary to Highland Park High, he had found a calling. As a high school freshman in 1959, Byndrian began announcing Highland Park varsity basketball games on the school's radio station, WHPR-FM. In a sense, he has never left... A lifetime behind the mike (Sat, 2/3)


CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WRVA-A/RICHMOND ups morning show host JIMMY BARRETT to PD. BARRETT, who will continue hosting "RICHMOND'S MORNING NEWS," has been with WRVA since MARCH 2001. (Thu, 2/1).

Barrett spent a number of years behind the mic locally at both WJR and WXYT AM 1270 before departing for Richmond.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 4, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The old interview studio at Plymouth-Canton Schools' radio station is so cramped that two people are hard put to crowd inside. And they'd have to be standing. But hey, who needs comfortable surroundings and in-studio guests? WSDP-FM (88.1) is radio, not TV. Listeners don't need to see who's talking -- in their imagination, they can cook up any old face for the announcer, who might be sitting in the studio naked and nobody would know. He or she might be talking to somebody halfway around the world, and you'd think both people were side-by-side. Radio. It's the sound... 35 years of sound (Sun, 2/4)

For a show that just from its title might suggest a night of strong opinion, the second installment of the Emery King- and Paul W. Smith-hosted "Bridging the Racial Divide" is a surprisingly calm hour of largely informational TV. It's long on matter-of-factness and, perhaps surprisingly, low on passion. Mused Kingberry Productions' Tom LoCicero: "The most effective way to get to people is to appeal to rational self-interest. At a time when this community is under siege economically, it's a good time to think about the advantages of working together." Airing at 10 p.m. Monday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56) with audio simulcast on WJR-AM (760) and WDET-FM (101.9), this episode examines the cost -- much of it not very apparent -- of metro Detroit's segregated living patterns... 'Bridging the Divide' has calm view of racial issues (Sun, 2/4)

The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity is sponsoring public previews of the TV program "Bridging the Racial Divide" Monday at various locations throughout metro Detroit. The group is inviting members of the public to attend one of several viewings at which 50 to 100 people will eat a light dinner, watch the program and share their thoughts. The program will be shown at 7 p.m... Preview is planned for TV show on race issues (Sun, 2/4)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 5, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Tuesday is a big day for Bob Allison, now 74. From 9 to 11 a.m. on WNZK-AM (690), he'll mark the 45th anniversary of his "Ask Your Neighbor" program. Ah, memories. "We used to be the No. 1-rated show in the mid-'60s when mothers were less a part of the workforce and tuned us in to talk about things as if it were over the backyard fence," Allison said in a chat passed along by Len Malysz, husband of nutritionist-registered dietitian Theresa Malysz, a regular guest. "Neighbor" was born Feb. 6, 1962, on WWJ-AM (950), when talk radio was more an experiment than a full-fledged radio format... 'Ask Your Neighbor' show is 45- (Mon, 2/5)


WYCDCBS Radio station Country WYCD FM 99.5 will host its eighth annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® radiothon this Wednesday & Thursday, February 7 and 8, 2007, broadcasting live daily from 5am-7pm from Oakland Mall. The WYCD radiothon raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the world’s premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Last year, 99.5 WYCD alone raised over $800,000 thanks to generous, local listeners from Metro Detroit. Country Superstar Clint Black will join the All New Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael Hunter and Grunwald to kick off the event Wednesday Morning at 8am from Oakland Mall.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Clint Black, a true superstar and humanitarian to help us launch this year’s Radiothon”, said WYCD program director Tim Roberts.

Also joining the fundraising efforts will be Hot Young Country Star Eric Church who is appearing Thursday afternoon at 5pm prior to his free Winterblast concert Friday evening at the GM Renaissance Center Wintergarden.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 7, 2007



Detroit News:

You may have noticed that it's cold outside. Extremely cold. Excessively cold. Egregiously cold, even. How cold, Sonny Eliot?"It's colder," he says, "than a former wife's hello."

A simple thermometer can give you the exact reading. A TV meteorologist will gladly quote you the wind-chill factor, even if that's a thunderously incorrect term. For the proper perspective, though, the man to see is Eliot, who's weathered the highs and lows on WWJ-AM (950) for 60 years. Some of the dramatics on the nightly newscasts might make him shiver, but he knows how to tell you it's chilly outside... The Sonny side of Metro Detroit's weather forecast (Wed, 2/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 8, 2007



Detroit News:

The title of Sean Ross' column this week for Edison Media Research is "The Most Intriguing Radio Stations of 2006," and one of his picks is WRIF-HD-2 (Riff 2) , the high-definition station that Greater Media Detroit launched a year and a half ago. RIFF 2 is a youthful, lively mix of hip-hop and edgy rock, a combination that programmers have been reluctant to try on the FM dial. But then, formats for young people in general are hard to find anywhere on "terrestrial" radio, when in the past the teenage audience was eagerly sought out... High-definition radio starts programming for teen guys (Thu, 2/8)

Rock singer Question Mark, who had a No. 1 hit in the 1960s, believes the following: His soul is from Mars, he roamed the Earth with dinosaurs in an earlier life, and he chats with people from the future. His fantasy life notwithstanding, he's now reeling from a catastrophe that's all too real... 96 Tears? How about none? (Thu, 2/8)

Detroit Free Press:

A pair of recent radio chats —with WRIF-FM (101.1) morning stars Drew & Mike and another appearance with WKRK-FM’s (97.1) Jay Towers —have raised the question: Is Lucy Noland laying the groundwork for coming back to work in Detroit?.. Noland on Detroit radio; TV to follow? (Thu, 2/8)

To be celebrated: The life and times of the late Hal Youngblood by members of Detroit's theatrical and broadcast community, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple in West Bloomfield... Names and Faces (Thu, 2/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 9, 2007



WYCD finishes radiothon for kids' hospital

Country WYCD-FM 99.5 listeners pledged $572,209 during the station's two-day radiothon, which wrapped up yesterday evening. The money raised goes to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. St. Jude's focuses on finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and serves patients from across North America.

Detroit News:

The funny thing about answering questions for readers is invariably there is always another query or two that pops up as a result. For instance, a couple of weeks ago, several readers asked about WDIV-TV (Channel 4) morning anchorwoman Rhonda Walker . After minor surgery, Walker returned to work Feb. 1 following a nearly two-month leave. While she was out, weekend anchor and San Jose, Calif., native Ama Daetz filled in for her. When Daetz first joined WDIV, she shared the desk with reporter/ anchor Jeff Vaughn, who hasn't been on for about a month... WDIV anchors' absence clarified (Fri, 2/9)

Detroit Free Press:

He got out of the burning house with three Yorkshire terriers and a shoe.

Clio rock musician Question Mark had been in his basement that January afternoon, washing his dogs' sweaters, when he smelled the smoke. The fire spread rapidly: By the time he got upstairs, he was on his knees, crawling through the living room and out the door... Free Press Winter Blast Guide: Question Mark and Mysterians will play (Fri, 2/9)


Ann Arbor: Newsmakers Feb 10, 2007



Since Martin Bandyke landed at Adult Alternative WQKL-FM 107.1 about a year ago, he has also been hosting live broadcasts for 107one at the downtown Ann Arbor Borders store. The free "Studio A2 on the Road" events have featured live performances by such major artists as the Barenaked Ladies, Indigo Girls, Amos Lee, Duncan Sheik, and many others.

On Tuesday, February 20th at 12:30pm, Studio A2 on the Road will feature two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones, best known for her 1979 self-titled debut, which included the smash hit "Chuck E's In Love." She's touring to support her new release "Sermon On Exposition Boulevard." Rickie Lee Jones does not tour that often these days, and rarely does in-store events like this one, making her appearance at Borders a very special event for Bandyke and WQKL.

The downtown Ann Arbor Borders store is located at 612 E. Liberty. The free performance will be broadcast live on 107one hosted by Martin Bandyke. A CD signing session will follow the performance.

Ann Arbor News:

Four Ann Arbor radio stations formerly owned by Clear Channel Communications are under new ownership. Country station WWWW (102.9 FM), adult album alternative station WQKL-FM (107.1 FM), liberal-talk station WLBY (1290 AM) and sports outlet WTKA (1050 AM) are now owned by Atlanta, Ga.-based Cumulus Media Inc. as of Jan. 15, General Manager Bob Bolak said ... Ann Arbor Radio also announced it has hired Chris Ammel as program director for WQKL and WLBY... Business In Brief (Sat, 2/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 12, 2007



Detroit benefit for singer and stroke survivor Angela Bofill announced for March 21

WVMVSmooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM Detroit) in cooperation with the American Stroke Association will present “Angels for Angela,” a benefit concert for Angela Bofill and the American Stroke Association, on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit.

Alexander Zonjic will perform with some special friends, Kem, Maysa, Najee, Marion Meadows, Jeff Lorber, Ken Navarro, James Lloyd, Thornetta Davis, Dave McMurray and many others.

“All of the artists are donating their time, energy and talent. We’ve enjoyed her music so much over the years,” said jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic who often performed with Bofill.

Award-winning recording artist Angela Bofill suffered a massive stroke in January 2006 that left her partially paralyzed and impaired her speech. One year later her recovery is progressing. With continued physical and speech therapy, she is determined to sing again. Like millions of Americans, Bofill was without health insurance coverage. She is expected to attend the Detroit benefit.

Tickets are available at all TicketMaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone (248) 645-6666 or the Music Hall Box Office (313) 963-2366. The Music Hall is located on 350 Madison Ave. in Detroit. Tickets range from $35 to $100.

“We took the name ‘Angels for Angela’ from one of Angela’s biggest hits, ‘Angel of the Night’,” said Zonjic. His company Hi-Falutin’ Music is producing the benefit concert. “We just want to show her our love and support,” he added.

Zonjic is the popular weekday morning host on Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM). The radio station is presenting the benefit with the American Stroke Association (ASA) not only to support Angela Bofill’s recovery, but also to raise awareness of the devastating disease through the ASA’s “Power to End Stroke” campaign. For more information log onto www.strokeassociation.org or call 1-888-4-STROKE.

Magic 105.1's winter wine tasting set for March 2nd in Southfield

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, plans to hold "The Magic Wine Down" event from 6-9 pm on Friday, March 2nd at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. between 8 and 9 Mile Roads in Southfield.

The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, dessert, coffee and wine from John Jonna of Merchants Fine Wine. Over 10 different wines will be showcased and wine stewards will be on hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. Magic 105.1 personalities Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty and Fay Samona will co-host.

Those interested in attending should visit the station's web site at www.detroitmagic.com. Tickets will not be for sale - they will only be available via giveaways from WMGC-FM.

WJR joins with Opus One for Cuisine for a Cause

WJROpus One restaurant and News/Talk WJR AM 760 have announced the fundraising campaign “Cuisine for a Cause.” This dining program, created to assist ten non-profit organizations carefully selected by committee, will kick off Friday, February 16, 2007 and continue through April 28, 2007.

During this ten-week period, Opus One will donate 25 percent of all funds generated from dining room guest checks Monday-Thursday. Opus One guests are invited to choose from one of the participating charities indicated at the conclusion of their meal.

Additionally, each Friday and Saturday, Opus One will donate 25 percent of the entire day’s dining receipts to one of the ten charities highlighted each week:

February 16-17: Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
February 23-24: Children’s Hospital of Michigan
March 2-3: ALS of Michigan, Lou Gehrig’s Disease
March 9-10: American Red Cross Southeastern MI Chapter
March 16-17: The Children’s Center
March 23-24: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council
March 30-31: March of Dimes
April 13-14: The Salvation Army
April 20-21: The Detroit Historical Society
April 27-28: Michigan Opera Theatre

“We look forward to joining WJR and these ten outstanding charitable organizations for Cuisine For A Cause,” said Jim Kokas, General Manager of Opus One. “We are glad to be able to help those in need right here in the Detroit area.”

“Cuisine For A Cause was designed to assist non-profit organizations during this difficult economic time in Michigan,” adds Mike Fezzey, WJR President & General Manager. “It is a privilege to join this group and continue to play a role in helping people within our community.”

Reservations may be made to help “Cuisine For A Cause” by calling Opus One, located at 565 East Larned Street in Detroit, MI at 313-961-7766. For more information, visit Opus-One.com or WJR.com.

WJR to feature "Ask the Governor" Feb 15

Listeners are invited to join Governor Jennifer Granholm and WJR's Lloyd Jackson for another edition of "Ask The Governor" on Thursday, February 15th from 7:00-8:00 PM. The number to call during the show with your questions is (800) 859-0-WJR.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 13, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

It was Detroit night across the nation early this morning when Detroit natives George Noory — the host of nationally syndicated “Coast-to-Coast-AM” (heard here on CKLW-AM, 800, 1-5 a.m.) --- and Casey Kasem, the king of the music countdown shows, got together for the 'C-to-C" show’s first hour. Noory noted both were Detroit natives, both attended Detroit colleges (Noory at the University of Detroit; Kasem at Wayne State University) and both were of Lebanese ancestry... Detroit-bred radio stars get together (Tue, 2/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 14, 2007




John Mason is in demand. Detroit Pistons fans know him simply as Mason, the Pistons’ in-arena announcer and progenitor of the call, “DEE-TROIT BASKETBALL,” and they wave and yell for his attention like he was one of the players. They did it again before the Pistons hosted the Boston Celtics last week. Mason obliged, signing as many autographs as he could before tip-off. He received handshakes and pats on the back in return as he signed his way down the line... Mason: An All-Star Announcer (Wed, 2/14)

Evening lineup change at WMGC-FM

WMGCSoft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1 has dropped 'The Magic Cafe', hosted locally by Johnny Williams, and in its place will air the syndicated John Tesh program from 8pm - 1am Sunday - Friday evenings. The new show starts tonight.

Detroit Free Press:

Turns out WMGC-FM (105.1) morning man Jim Harper has a lot in common with his new syndicated evening host, John Tesh. Both revealed they are major-league germaphobes. In an interview that aired this morning — Tesh’s show debuts today from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Tesh and Harper swapped tales of being enemies of all things soiled, including sharing a story about the general unhealthiness of ice cubes. They discussed the value of carrying around black lights to scan for bad things unseen under normal light... Harper, Tesh talk dirty, sort of... (Wed, 2/14)

WDET to air call-in show with Gov. Granholm

WDETDetroit Public Radio, along with other public broadcasters in the state, will air a special live call-in program with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on Friday, February 16 at 9 a.m.

Governor Granholm has laid out her plans to fix the state's economy and to balance the budget with spending cuts and tax increases that will impact many in the state. This special broadcast will be the citizens' turn to ask the Governor about her plans. Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta will host the live, call-in with Michigan's Governor Granholm. The Governor will be answering caller questions beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 16 in this special, one-hour
broadcast. Listeners interested in speaking with Governor Granholm during the program can call (877) 952-7870.

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Detroit Public Radio will air a one-hour special on Thursday evening, February 22 at 9pm, as Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program observes Black History Month by presenting Wynton Marsalis' "From The Plantation to the Penitentiary."

This documentary shares its title with a new Wynton Marsalis recording, due to be released March 6 on Blue Note Records. On the album, Maralis takes an uncompromising look at
America's promise of prosperity and happiness as it relates to the African American experience.

On this special, Keith David from WBGO in Newark dissects this monumental recording along with Marsalis himself, who previously was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Blood On The

At 7pm on the evening of February 22, Ed Love will also feature a live "From Studio A" performance by Allan Barnes and the Primetime Big Band.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2007



Detroit News:

John Mason wanted to see the NBA All-Star Game last year in Houston, and he couldn't get in. Couldn't get close, in fact: No pass, no ticket, not even a significant conversation with a scalper. This weekend, the Detroit Pistons' public address announcer will be courtside in Las Vegas, with the best seat and loudest speakers in the house. At the request of the NBA, and to his little-kid delight, he's the voice of all three all-star related games... DEE-troit's Mason sets standard for NBA (Fri, 2/16)

It's Friday, which means it's time to put on my detective hat and answer a few more questions from my wonderfully curious and devoted readers. This week, several readers inquired about former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) sports anchor FredMcLeod . After 17 years with the station, McLeod left in December for a sports play-by-play gig with the Cleveland Cavaliers... McLeod lands basketball gig (Fri, 2/16)

In an explosive interview with WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" show this morning, Eminem's ex-wife Kim Mathers flipped the tables on Em and cleaned out her closet live on the air for all to hear... Kim Mathers slams Eminem in radio interview (Fri, 2/16)

Detroit Free Press:

Eminem’s daughter had her radio tuned to the “Mojo in the Morning” show one day in early 2002 when she heard talk about rumors involving her baby-sitter and her dad. On a lark, the Detroit rapper dialed the station’s request line, got on the air with the startled DJs and proceeded to set the record straight. That impromptu chat was the start of an offbeat but fruitful relationship for Farmington Hills radio station WKQI-FM (95.5), which on Friday morning landed its latest blockbuster call-in from Slim Shady’s personal kingdom: a spicy interview with ex-wife Kim Mathers. Speaking with host Mojo and his on-air crew, Mathers dished hard on her ex, accusing him of losing interest in their kids, lying about ongoing drug addiction and even being bad in bed... WKQI-FM gets low-down from Eminem and ex (Fri, 2/16)

To be feted: Radio personality Frankie Darcell of WMXD-FM (92.3) at the Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network's (FAAN) 26th Annual Black History Month Celebration. Darcell will receive the 2007 Community Service Award... Names and Faces (Fri, 2/16)


Jim Davis, last heard on the air in Detroit on the ill-fated WYUR AM 1310 back in 1998, died February 11, 2007 of an apparent heart attack at his retirement home in Clearwater, Florida. Davis was 66.

Jim DavisBest known for his tenure as afternoon drive host at WXYZ AM 1270 in the 1970's, he also worked at CKWW AM 580 for several years after the "Music of Your Life" format switched over to AM 580 from CKLW AM 800 in the mid-1990s. He also worked at WOMC-FM 104.3 during the 1980's in their pre-oldies days. Davis' resume also included hosting a show for CKLW and serving as a part-time weekend weather reporter on WXYZ-TV Channel 7. In total, his broadcast career spanned 35 years in metro Detroit after his discharge from the US Army where he served in Europe for three years, broadcasting for the Armed Forces Radio Network of Europe.

Born in Greensburg, PA, he moved to Clearwater in 2001. He is survived by his son Jim Davis of Houston, TX a daughter Karen Davis of Columbus, OH., and his father James S. Davis of Clearwater.

This profile is from his days at WYUR:
The Jim Davis Show- With his laid-back style, Jim Davis is known as "everybody's friend". Jim has been pleasing radio audiences in Detroit for over 3 decades. "Top of the Hour" news and information from CNN Radio, along with traffic from the WYUR Traffic Center, weather reports, hourly sports from veteran sportscaster Jim Berk, local news and business with Scott Bradley and just the right amount of music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. At 6:15 Jim is joined in the studio by pianist David Syme at his baby grand piano playing listeners' requests on Detroit's only live musical request show. Leave the work day far behind with your pal, your buddy, your friend, Jim Davis, weekday afternoons from 3:00 to 7:00.

Art Vuolo contributed to this report


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 18, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit radio flashback- Time to jump in the radio Wayback Machine! XM Satellite Radio is back paying tribute to Detroit radio from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday with XM's "Sonic Sound Salute" to the old WKNR-AM, which broadcast at 1310. Host Terry (Motormouth) Young will use old Keener 13 DJ voice-checks, chatter from the local station of the '60s including local news, commercials, high school news and, of course, the music from the day... Names and Faces (Sun, 2/18)

On Feb. 25 at noon at the Townsend Hotel, the Board of Governors of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences -- the local Emmy people -- will induct the seven newest members of its Silver Circle. It honors those spending at least 25 years in broadcasting or media production... Emmy academy honors seven for longevity (Sun, 2/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 20, 2007



WDFN adds Tigers' Verlander for baseball season analysis

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced the signing of Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander who will provide exclusive weekly in-season call-ins and in-depth analysis during the Stoney and Wojo Show, heard weekdays from 3pm to 6pm. The partnership promises to deliver inside information from the player’s perspective as well as providing an outlet for Detroit fans to talk to one of their favorite athletes.

Justin Verlander begins his second full-season in 2007 as a major cog in the Tigers' starting rotation and looks to continue the success of his 2006 campaign which saw him win the American League Rookie of the Year award. After earning a spot in the Tigers' rotation in spring training last March, Verlander went 17-9 with a 3.63 earned run average and helped lead the Tigers to the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades. He started four games in the postseason, including two in the World Series.

Detroit News:

The proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. could erase a dividing line between automotive companies. The deal announced Monday would consolidate the only two players in the emerging business of subscription satellite radio, and is sure to face tough scrutiny from federal regulators. Investors and analysts have been speculating about a deal for months. The companies billed the deal as a merger of equals, with shareholders of both companies owning approximately 50 percent of the combined company. However, Sirius will be giving $4.57 billion of its stock to XM shareholders, a substantial premium to the value of their shares... XM, Sirius join forces join forces (Tue, 2/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 21, 2007



Jerome Vaughn Returns To WDET

WDETDetroit Public Radio, WDET-FM 101.9 has announced that Jerome Vaughn has been named News Program Director and will begin his duties on March 5, 2007. Jerome Vaughn worked at WDET for 14 years prior to becoming News Director at Michigan Radio in September 2006. His return
to the WDET newsroom will contribute greatly to the station's ongoing commitment of providing a premier public radio service for metropolitan Detroit.

Jerome Vaughn has been honored with countless awards for his work from the Michigan Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Society of Professional Journalists. He also has served as a mentor/trainer for National Public Radio's Next Generation Radio Project and developed and managed a nationally recognized internship program in
the WDET newsroom.

Vaughn replaces Joan Silvi who exited WDET late last year.

Detroit Free Press:

Talkers magazine has released its annual list of the Heavy Hundred -- its highly subjective annual view of the top 100 talk radio hosts in the United States, plus a list of 150 others it deems notable. Some highlights: WJR-AM (760) daily syndicated personalities Rush Limbaugh (1), Sean Hannity (2), Dr. Laura Schlessinger (4) and Mark Levin (20) were all in the top 20. Also listed were three WJR local show hosts: Free Press columnist Mitch Albom (59), Paul W. Smith and Glenn Haege. (Smith and Haege were listed in the alphabetical/by category section for those from 101-250). Other locals listed in the top 250 were WKRK-FM's (97.1) afternoon drive team of Deminski & Doyle and, in a most curious pick, the recently united team of Doug Karsch and Scott Anderson at WXYT-AM (1270)... Rush and Hannity are tops in talk (Wed, 2/21)

Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio hope to merge, but the channels that subscribers get probably won't broaden immediately. Company executives spelled out more details about the proposed merger between the two satellite radio companies in a news conference Tuesday. Here's what you need to know as a current (or future) customer... CEO tells how Sirius-XM merger would work (Wed, 2/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 23, 2007




The 16-hour fundraising extravaganza is scheduled for Feb. 23. The Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan, Motor City’s 104.3 FM WOMC, Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People are joining forces for the 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to raise much-needed funds for the homeless and hungry in our community. The 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon will broadcast live from the Oakland Mall in Troy from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23rd... 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon To Benefit The Salvation Army (Fri, 2/23)

Detroit News:

Readers ask some downright hilarious questions about their favorite local TV anchors and reporters. One of the best came last week from Jennifer Golden, of Trenton, who wondered if Hank Winchester , a reporter at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), once worked on TV in Lansing. She also inquired about his romantic status... The real scoop on Hank Winchester (Fri, 2/23)

Toledo Blade:

Listen up, baseball fanatics. If you root for the Detroit Tigers or Cleveland Indians, you'll want to keep the remote control within reaching distance of your Barcalounger this season. There will be oodles of chances to sit back, relax, and enjoy America's pastime. The Toledo airwaves will be saturated with Tigers and Indians games... Tigers, Tribe rally to load local airwaves (Fri, 2/23)

Detroit Free Press:

It all starts Friday at 6 a.m. That’s when the Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan, WOMC-FM (104.3) and morning host Dick Purtan rev up the 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to raise funds for the homeless and hungry via the Army’s Bed and Bread program. The radiothon airs live from Oakland Mall through 10 p.m. Friday and will feature guest performances, entertainers, athletes and media celebrities. Pledges can be called in to 248-307-1043 or online at www.womc.com... Purtan radiothon ready to launch Friday at 6 a.m. (Thu, 2/22)


The 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club succeed in raising $2,398,783 in 16 hours during today's event at the Oakland Mall. The 2007 total surpassed last year's effort by about $590,000. Classic Top 40 WOMC FM 104.3 devoted its broadcast day to the event which featured a large number of Metro Detroit television, radio, and business celebrities - along with a record amount of pledges from the community.

The crowd at Oakland Mall was most energized when the tally topped the $2 million mark at 9:00pm and again when Purtan was given a plaque by the Salvation Army to commemorate his 20 years helping to raise money for what has become one of the biggest radio fundraisers anywhere in the country.

Those in attendance during the last hour were also moved by the tributes to the late Gene Taylor and Mark Andrews - two of Purtan's People that cared deeply about the Radiothon and helped elevate it to what's clearly become the most significant grass roots charity drive in Metro Detroit.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

WOMC's web site features tons of pictures from the day's events.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 25, 2007



Nearly $2.4 million raised in 16 hours during 20th Annual Dick Purtan Salvation Army Radiothon

Fundraiser sets single day record for Bed & Bread Program

radiothonDick Purtan of the Motor City's 104.3 WOMC and The Salvation Army in metro Detroit joined together for the 20th straight year setting another one-day, fundraising record as WOMC listeners and sponsors helped raise $2,398,783 in 16 hours to feed, shelter, council and rehabilitate Detroit’s homeless and hungry. Last year’s total was $1,808,440. Every penny raised for this program is used in the metro Detroit area and no administration costs are deducted from it.

The Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon was broadcast live on Friday, February 23, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Oakland Mall in Troy.

An average of 7,000 meals are served each day to those in need via the four Bed & Bread trucks which make stops in metro Detroit’s most depressed areas. In addition, 1,700 men, women and children are sheltered and fed every day and night of the year.

This all-day event included Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People interviewing celebrities, sports figures, comedians, political and business leaders, as well as metro area children who organized creative ways to collect money on their own or through programs in their schools. The Salvation Army coordinates with schools through the Salvation Army Junior Bed & Bread Club.

“I never thought we’d get even close to $2 million but to go considerably above it is remarkable,” says Purtan. “It’s a great testament to our listeners and to the community of Southeastern Michigan. To think that even during these tough times people still found ways to contribute is just overwhelming. We are all so very grateful for their generosity.”

In honor of his significant dedication and personal contributions over the last 20 years, The Salvation Army presented Dick Purtan with an award at the end of the Radiothon commemorating all his hard work for helping make the Bed & Bread Program what it is today.

Since 1988, the Dick Purtan Radiothon has raised close to $17 million for the Bed and Bread Program, including this year’s record total of $2,398,783.

WDET to air Strayhorn Special & Williams Interview

Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program Celebrates Black History Month With Two Special Features

WDETIn honor of Black History month WDET’s Destination Jazz: Ed Love Show will air the Billy Strayhorn Broadcast Special - "Lush Life" on Tuesday, February, 27 at 9 p.m. and Ed Love's interview with jazz great Joe Williams on Wednesday, February 28 at 9 p.m.

Tuesday night's special will reveal the story of how Billy Strayhorn became one of America’s most original jazz composers yet, never acquired much fame. The show is part biography and part showcase for how today’s jazz stars approach the works of one of the twentieth century’s most enduring and important composers. The special will include comments from Bill Charlap, Dianne Reeves, Russell Malone, Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, biographer David Hajdu and many others. This one-hour special was produced by WBGO in New York and narrated by Rhonda Hamilton.

Wednesday night's special features an archived interview of WDET's own Ed Love talking with legendary jazz vocalist Joe Williams about his music and career in jazz.

Michigan Radio Wins Nine 2006 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards

WUOMMichigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been selected for nine 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Michigan Radio’s awards were received in the following categories: 'Hard News & Current Events Story', 'Mini Documentary and Series', 'Feature/Use of Medium', 'Newscast', and 'Marketing Materials and Membership Appeals'.

“We are honored to receive these awards from the MAB,” Station Manager Jon Hoban said. “They’re the result of plenty of hard work, and show the dedication of the Michigan Radio news staff to high-quality public radio journalism.”

The MAB will present the awards, as well as announce the winners of the Station of the Year awards, as part of its award ceremony on March 14. A total 841 entries were received from 28 television and 55 radio stations. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2006.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 27, 2007



WMXD adds more syndicated programming

WMXDAdult Urban WMXD-FM, Mix 92.3, has added "The Keith Sweat Hotel" to its daily program lineup from 7 pm - midnight. Hosted by R&B singer and music producer Keith Sweat, the program originates from Atlanta and got its start yesterday by clearing on twelve stations across the country. Sweat's program is distributed by Premiere Radio Networks.

Sweat commented, "Radio is one of the reasons I wanted to be a singer, so I've always had an interest in that part of the business. And now, the timing is right for me to add something different to my legacy and to take a chance in sharing who I am on a more intimate level with those listeners checkin' into the Sweat Hotel."

The Keith Sweat Hotel is a music-intensive program with 10-12 songs an hour – R&B and slow jamz from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today. Also featured on the show will be special guests, live in-studio musical performances, and listener confessions, apologies and dedications.

Sweat's program joins syndicated drive-time shows from Steve Harvey mornings and Michael Baisden afternoons on WMXD, leaving Frankie Darcell's 10am - 3pm show as the station's only locally-based program during the prime weekday hours of 6am - midnight.

Detroit News:

After nearly losing his life, it's amazing that broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff has maintained a sense of humor, purpose, familial obligation and the desire to continue working in his field. Today, he is a grateful man on a mission. "I feel lucky," said the Bloomfield Hills native, who is still recovering from the traumatic brain injury he suffered Jan. 29, 2006. On that day, an explosive device hit the convoy he and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were riding in while on assignment in Iraq. Vogt received less-severe head injuries. On Monday, Woodruff held a press conference in New York to talk about his health and tonight's documentary "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." The ABC special combines Woodruff's own chilling story with a rage-inducing investigation of military families dealing with the debilitating injuries of their loved ones with little to no help. To plug the documentary, Woodruff will also appear today on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show"... Battling back (Tue, 2/27)

Detroit Free Press:

Appearing: At 4 p.m. March 11 at Barnes & Noble, 3120 Fairlane Drive in Allen Park, WDMK-FM (105.9) syndicated afternoon drive personality Wendy Williams with copies of her New York Times best-sellers "The Wendy Williams Experience" and "Wendy's Got the Heat." Details at 313-271-0688... Names and Faces (Tue, 2/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 28, 2007



Metro Times:

On the I-75 service drive at Casmere, it's a pulsing, multilayered FM soundscape that throbs from your car radio speakers, momentarily displacing the cheap pitchmen hawking their goods at 107.9. Be warned: If you're moving too fast, you'll barely notice it, even if you're looking. Near Tillman Street and Michigan Avenue, the static is broken by a soft-spoken man talking about making music and art that's off the Starbucks nation radar while he's, apparently, making tea... Radio Free Detroit (Wed, 2/28)

Detroit Free Press:

Dave Woodruff cried Tuesday morning as he watched his brother Bob return to national television, 13 months after he was injured by a roadside bomb that exploded while he was reporting for ABC News in Iraq. "We were thrilled beyond words," said Dave Woodruff, 47, of Birmingham. "This is the day that we've been praying for all these months, for him to come back and speak for himself and tell the story. Really, that's what he does"... TV's Woodruff is back; Mich. family is thrilled (Wed, 2/28)

Changing stations: Local health and fitness expert Peter Nielsen. Formerly with WWJ-AM (950), he'll have weekday, one-minute vignettes on WJR-AM (760) beginning at noon March 12... Names and Faces (Wed, 2/28)


Detroit News:

Detroit's economy may be rough, but Dick Purtan's 20th annual Radiothon set a new record last week. In just 16 hours on Friday, the WOMC-FM (104.3) air personality raised nearly $2.4 million for the Salvation Army (last year the radiothon raised $1,808,440) ... Wendy Williams , host of the syndicated "The Wendy Williams Experience," will sign her new book, "The Ritz Harper Chronicles, Vol. 2," at the Barnes & Noble, in the new Fairlane Green Shopping Center in Allen Park, starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 11... Dick Purtan gets award for raising millions for Salvation Army (Thu, 3/1)

Apparently, there's a lot of thinking, questioning and reacting going on out there. My e-mail and voice mail in-boxes have been stuffed lately with a lot of tidbits from readers. Some of the missives are funny. Others are serious. And some are just plain cries for help, prayers to change the mass-media universe. I am here to serve, so let's get to your issues... Readers stuff complaint box (Thu, 3/1)


WXYZ-TV is the Detroit television market's number one station, sign-on/sign-off, according to the February 2007 Nielsen Media Research rating survey which ended Wednesday. WXYZ-TV garnered a 5.4 rating/12.5 share, versus WDIV's 4.4 rating /10.2 share, WJBK's 3.7 rating/8.7 share and WWJ's 2.7 rating/ 6 share. In addition to winning sign-on/sign-off in television household ratings, WXYZ was also metro Detroit's number one station in delivery of all key demographics including Women 18-49, Persons 18-49, Women 25-54 and Persons 25-54... WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Sweeps to Victory in February Ratings (Thu, 3/1)


Riff 2's "Detroit Local 101" wins award

WRIFThe side channel of Rock WRIF-FM 101.1, Riff 2, has been voted "Best Local Radio Show" for its "Detroit Local 101" show in this year's "Real Best of Detroit" issue of Real Detroit Weekly.

The show's co-hosts, Suzy Cole and Melody Licious wanted to create a show that really expanded Riff 2's local music catalogue and featured a variety of genres, including hip-hop, indie rock, country and more. Detroit Local 101 often features local musicians performing live
in-studio. The show airs every Tuesday night from 10p-Midnight.

If you want to catch "Detroit Local 101" in a fun, interactive environment, check out Small's bar in Hamtramck every Tuesday night for a "Detroit Local 101" listening party.

"This award is a really big deal for Riff 2, especially since the station is still relatively new and still not available through conventional FM radio channels. We're really pleased with the attention that Riff 2 has been getting lately and we're hoping that it will turn people on to HD radio on the whole", says Riff 2 Program Director, Mark Pennington.

Detroit Free Press:

Special event programming -- the Super Bowl and Grammys on CBS and the Oscars on ABC plus the return of ratings powerhouse "American Idol" on Fox -- left its imprint on Detroit February sweeps Nielsen ratings numbers released Thursday. WJBK-TV (Fox 2) and WWJ-TV (CBS 62) posted stellar prime-time numbers based on the NFL title game, Grammy and "Idol" ratings, knocking NBC and WDIV-TV (Local 4) into a rare fourth place prime-time finish... Big shows leave prints on Detroit TV ratings (Fri, 3/2)

Television station WADL-TV (Channel 38) will air weekly messages from Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for a segment called "2 Minutes with the Mayor," starting Monday. The first message will preview Kilpatrick's State of the City address, which he will deliver March 13. The next four focus on donating blood, financial literacy, a new community involvement program and an Easter message... Hear Kilpatrick on Channel 38 (Fri, 3/2)


Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) earned bragging rights for its overall rankings in the February Sweeps ratings race, but WDIV (Channel 4) still retains the No. 1 title for its 11 p.m. newscast and WJBK (Channel 2) remains No. 1 in the mornings. In all, WXYZ garnered a 5.4 rating over WDIV's 4.4 rating, WJBK's 3.7 rating and WWJ-TV's (Channel 62) 2.7 rating. Each rating point represents 19,440 local viewers. The station was tops for its newscasts at noon, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m... Channel 7 wins overall sweeps race (Sat, 3/3)


Port Huron Times Herald:

What we now call alternative rock was once known as “college rock.” There’s a reason for that. In the ’80s, the bands that laid the groundwork for the alternative movement got the majority of their airplay from college radio stations, which had a greater willingness to play nonmainstream music. Back then, that included St. Clair County Community College’s WSGR-FM (91.3). But for the last decade, college rock generally has been absent from this college station, which instead has played mainly smooth jazz and soft pop. While you still may hear some Kenny G on the station — particularly if you tune in this week while students are on spring break — his days on WSGR are numbered... Voices of change- College DJs working to change station’s format (Sun, 3/4)

Daily Press and Argus:

By day, he's Nick Giles, a regular 21-year-old Green Oak Township resident who loves music and enjoys the outdoors. By night, when he hits the RIFF2 airwaves, he becomes Tre. He's a DJ who spins hip-hop, indie rock, metal and lots of new local groups trying to carve out a name for themselves. He isn't afraid to play anything because he knows people his age love variety... Brighton grad makes waves on radio (Mon, 3/4)

Detroit News:

The rabbit-eared TV has less than two years to live. And forget trying to buy one from your neighborhood electronics store. We're coming to the end of analog. Analog broadcasts -- a basic TV signal sent through the air -- are set to end in 2009. That's when TV signals become a digital stream that only the right kind of TV or converter box can decode... Time is running out for rabbit ears (Mon, 3/5)


John Drury High School Radio Awards give honor to WBFH-FM 88.1 for second straight year; Bloomfield Hills School District Radio Students Win Seventeen Awards in Nationwide Radio Competiton

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won a total of 17 awards in eight categories at the Fifth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held March 3, 2007 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Based on the number of award winners, WBFH won 1st Place, Best High School Station for the second year in a row.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.



1st Annual Sabrina Black Foundation Event Set:
Details have been confirmed for the first official SABRINA BLACK FOUNDATION event, which will happen on APRIL 10 in MT. CLEMENS, MI. Blues guitarist KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD will headline this special WRIF/DETROIT-SBF concert/auction fundraiser.

STEVE BLACK, co-founder of The SABRINA BLACK Foundation and host of "The Chop Shop Radio Show," commented on the upcoming event: "SABRINA was a 15-year DETROIT radio personality who was very public with her battle. She has become a symbol of hope to everyone facing life and death situations."

The SABRINA BLACK FOUNDATION raises money and then selects cancer patients through the billing offices of local cancer hospitals. The hospitals select candidates, and then contact the patients to let them know that their entire hospital bill has been paid. Visit www.sabrinablackfoundation.org for more information.

WRIF's Drew and Mike named best morning show; Riff 2 having "blowout" weekend

WRIFRock WRIF-FM 101.1 announced today that the station's morning show, "Drew and Mike", have nabbed the award for "Best Morning Show" in Real Detroit Weekly's "Real Best of Detroit". Drew and Mike have been a foundation of WRIF for the last 12 years. The station believes the the show's continued success is attributed to its irreverent humor, the relevance of its content, great interviews, the amazing chemistry between the hosts and of course, the fact that the show has remained local.

In honor of this weekend's "Metro Times Blowout," the local music festival which takes place in Hamtramck, WRIF's HD channel, Riff 2, will play music from Blowout Artists all weekend long.

The "Blowout Weekend" will begin Friday, March 9th at 8:00 a.m. and continue all weekend through Sunday night. RIFF2 will feature music from local favorites like: The Muggs, Broadzilla, The Hard Lessons, The Sights, Paper Street Saints, Grande Nationals, Crud and more.

"We try to feature local music on an ongoing basis on Riff 2. This is just one more opportunity to spotlight some of the truly great artists that Detroit has to offer," said RIFF2's Mark Pennington.


Detroit Free Press:

What to make of Arbitrend's Tuesday radio ratings release for November, December and January? Pretty much what you'd expect... Winter good to WWJ; Drew & Mike tops in a.m. (Wed, 3/7)

Mix 92.3 leads the pack in 12+ radio ratings in first winter Arbitrend

Adult urban WMXD-FM 92.3 lead soft rock WNIC-FM 100.3, news/talk WJR AM 760, urban WJLB-FM 97.9 and smooth jazz WVMV-FM 98.7.

Detroit 12+ ratings, Stationratings.com


WKRK's Doyle Launches 'Pwned Radio' Video Gaming Show:
CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT afternoon "DEMINSKI AND DOYLE" co-host BILL DOYLE is launching a weekend gaming show, "PWNED RADIO," with co-host and tech guy SHANE HAMELIN, on the station starting this SUNDAY night at 7p ET. DOYLE, whose gaming exploits include the invention of the "Gamer Trough," a device to allow obsessive gamers to munch on Cheez Doodles while their eyes remain transfixed on WORLD OF WARCRAFT, will talk about video games with co-host HAMELIN, known to D&D listeners as "SHANE THE WORM SNORTER" for having pulled that particular stunt on the show; he is a webmaster who has written several popular game strategy guides. (Tue, 3/6)


Oldies CKWW features 'Supreme Diva Week'

Starting Monday, March 12th on Oldies CKWW AM 580, the station's Morning Mystery Oldie Contest will feature “Supreme Diva Week” with a chance for listeners to see Motown diva Diana Ross.

Each weekday morning at 8:20, host Charlie O'Brien will play a clip from a Diana Ross song. It could be one of her hits with the Supremes or her later solo work. The first person to correctly name that tune will win a pair of tickets to see Diana Ross at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 16th, and get her newest CD “I Love You”, and a Supremes greatest hits CD. Winners are then qualified for the Grand Prize: we’ll pamper you like a “diva” with a spa package at Mystique Day Spa in Dearborn and a weekend trip for two to Toronto including first class transportation aboard VIA Rail and deluxe hotel accommodations.

The contest runs for two weeks with the grand prize draw on March 23rd.

Magic 105.1’s annual bowling party coming to Sterling Heights

Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, has announced the station's “Magic Bowling Party” will take place on Saturday, March 31st at Sterling Lanes on Schoenherr Road in Sterling Heights. The event will be hosted by many Magic’s personalities who will be on hand from from noon to 4pm. There will be door prizes and special contests, as well as food, soft drinks and fun for all. The only way in is to win tickets by listening to the station. Visit www.DetroitMagic.com for details.

Louisville Courier-Journal:

Jon Hoban, the station manager of Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, has been named deputy director of the Public Radio Partnership, beginning April l7 ... “Jon is one of the outstanding managers in the public radio system,” said Donovan Reynolds, PRP’s director and general manager, “and I know he will bring new ideas and new energy to our stations in Louisville.” At Michigan Radio, where Reynolds also worked for many years, Hoban developed numerous award-winning radio projects, including interview and call-in programs, a state-wide cultural program and a regional environmental news service... Public radio names deputy director (Thu, 3/8)


WCSX Stone Soup project Charged up for '07

WCSXFor the fifth year in a row, Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 and its listeners will take on the task of totally restoring a classic car and then raffle it off to raise money for a local charity. This year's selected car is a 1968 Dodge Charger, as selected by an e-mail vote and revealed by morning show hosts JJ & Lynne. The car will be rebuilt from a rusty shell thanks to donations of parts, expertise, and time from 'CSX listeners and corporate sponsors.

Focus: Hope, an important part of Detroit for nearly forty years, will be this year's beneficiary from the raffle. The $25 tickets will be on sale starting today at Cobo Hall during Autorama from WCSX's booth where the station will be featuring live broadcasts throughout the weekend.

Visitors to Autorama will be able to check out the Stone Soup project's first four cars: a '67 Mustang from 2003, a '70 Hemi Roadrunner from 2004, a '65 GTO convertible from 2005, and last year's '47 Nailhead custom truck. The Stone Soup Project has raised more than $750,000 for various local charities in its four years.

Detroit Free Press:

WDIV-TV (Local 4) is shaking up its anchor corps. Starting March 26, morning news anchor Rhonda Walker will co-anchor "Local 4 News at 5," joining Ruth Spencer. Walker will replace Robbin Simmons, who returns to reporting and special projects. Walker will also be the primary fill-in for Carmen Harlan on "Local 4 News at 11 p.m.," joining Devin Scillian. Ama Daetz will replace Walker on the early weekday newscast from 5 to 7 a.m... Walker, Daetz get new roles at 4 (Fri, 3/9)

Wendy Williams isn't exactly sure she's the right one to tell women of Detroit how to ... well, how to be fly ... This weekend Williams, who took over John Mason's WDMK-FM (105.9) syndicated afternoon drive time slot last year, will be in town as part of the Pamper Me Party happening at the African American Museum on Sunday, a chance for local women to come out, listen to some good music and check out a hair and fashion show... Wendy Williams buzzes into town (Fri, 3/9)

Detroit News:

If you had the TV on at all last week, there was no way you could have escaped the touching and miraculous story of former ABC "World News Tonight" co-anchor Bob Woodruff. The Bloomfield Hills native is back and telling his amazing story after an explosive devise hit a convoy that was carrying him and his cameraman Doug Vogt in Iraq last year, crushing Woodruff's skull, badly injuring Vogt, and nearly taking both men's lives... Bob Woodruff to make appearance (Fri, 3/9)


Toledo Blade:

Johny D has worn out his welcome in his hometown. He's burned just about every bridge in Toledo this side of I-280. Apparently, the road to Detroit isn't quite as bumpy. The controversial host, fired by both major radio groups in town, Cumulus Broadcasting and Clear Channel Radio, has landed a gig as morning talk-show talent at WKRK-FM, 97.1, in the Motor City. Johny D confirmed yesterday that he signed a two-year contract earlier this week. His new show, which will follow Opie & Anthony, will air weekdays from 9 to 11 a.m.. He is scheduled to make his on-air debut April 2... Johny D finds new radio job in Detroit (Sat, 3/10)



WKRK is adding ENTERCOM Top 40 WKRZ/SCRANTON-WILKES BARRE personality SHILA NATHAN to co-host "MOTOR CITY MIDDAYS" with incumbent JAY TOWERS 11a-3p starting APRIL 9. NATHAN will fill the slot opposite TOWERS formerly occupied by the departed MICHELLE MCKORMICK and more recently filled on an interim basis by producer and weekend "HAMTRAMCK HOUSE PARTY" co-host BILL MCALLISTER (Mon, 3/12)

Appendicitis Waylays WKRK's Deminski:
Get well wishes go out to CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT afternoon co-host JEFF DEMINSKI, who landed in the emergency room for an appendectomy early SUNDAY morning (3/11). While DEMINSKI recovers, co-host BILL DOYLE will carry on with producer BILL "BEAVER" TORTORIELLO and phone screener/rock star RUDY DESANTIS providing on-air support. (Mon, 3/12)


WRIF & WCSX offering free college bracket challenges

Greater Media sister stations Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 and Active Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 are giving Metro Detroit college basketball fans two more reasons to enjoy all the action this March. WRIF’s Hoop Mania and WCSX’s College Hoop Basketball Challenge provide listeners the opportunity to be a part of the action from tip-off to the final game. Best of all, these bracket games are free and can be found at www.wcsx.com and www.wrif.com.

Fanatics will be able to test their college basketball knowledge against WCSX personalities including Jim Johnson, Karen Savelly, Ken Calvert, Steve Kostan, Paul Buck and WRIF’s Marc Fellhauer and Steve Black.

Each day, participants will be given a list of real-life matches between college basketball teams. Prior to the start of the games, participants will review the matches and select the teams they think will win.

After the games have been decided, participants will be given 1 “win” for each correct pick and 1 “loss” for each incorrect pick. The standings will display all the participants ranked according to their win percentage. Features include:

• Live Stats & Daily Scoring
• Easy registration with point and click bracket selections
• Early upsets only cost you one pick
• Join a private group with your buddies and find out who makes the best picks
• Download printable bracket comparisons
• View everyone’s picks
• Read in depth team reviews and expert predictions
• Follow each team with articles, stats and interviews
• Read game recaps and all the box scores

Detroit Free Press:

"Hey John, did you hear what happened to me?" e-mails WKRK-FM (97.1) afternoon drive host Jeff Deminski. "What a weekend. I had to undergo an emergency appendectomy at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Appendix was close to rupturing and Beaumont had to drag surgeons out of bed... Deminski has eventful weekend (Wed, 3/14)

Cincinnati Enquirer

The interactive Web services arm of Clear Channel Television will manage technical support for www.wcpo.com and eight other Internet sites of television stations owned by E.W. Scripps Co., the two companies said. The Clear Channel unit, called Inergize Digital Media, will provide technology integration and system support functions for the stations' Web sites. The stations include ones in Cincinnati, Phoenix, Baltimore, Detroit and Kansas City... Clear Channel to manage tech for Scripps sites (Wed, 3/14)


WRIF’s “Drew & Mike” auction Bob Seger tickets to benefit Grant children’s fund

Rock WRIF's 101.1 morning duo, Drew & Mike, auctioned off a pair of front row Bob Seger tickets live on the air this week, earning $2,600 for the Grant Children’s Fund.

The tickets that were auctioned are for tonight’s sold out Seger show at Cobo Hall. The highest bidder was Erica Zarzycki of Garden City at a whopping $2,600. The tickets were donated to Drew & Mike by Live Nation, Punch Enterprises, and Bob Seger. The show promises to be well worth it, as the entire show is being recorded and the promise of a Kid Rock appearance has been mentioned by Mr. Rock himself.

Contributions in memory of Tara Grant or for the Grant children can be made to the Grant Children's Trust Fund, c/o Warren Bank, at 38880 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038, or arranged by phone at (586) 416-1650.

Detroit Free Press:

CBS-owned WKRK-FM (97.1), reeling in the ratings since it lost Howard Stern at the end of 2005, is trying to rebound by restructuring its mid-morning lineup by adding Toledo talk sdhow host Johny D. According to the Toledo Blade, he'll fill the 9-11 a.m. weekdays slot starting April 2. Presumably, Jay Towers will move to fill the 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. but station GM Kevin Murphy was in a meeting and said through a spokeswoman he couldn't talk about the situation until Thursday morning... WKRK to add former Toledo voice (Thu, 3/15)


Detroit News:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters announced the winners in its annual Broadcast Excellence Awards on Wednesday night. In the Metro Detroit category for commercial broadcasting station of the year, WJBK-TV Fox 2 won as TV station of the year and news radio WWJ-AM (950) won as radio station of the year. The winning stations racked up the most merit points in the individual award categories... Fox 2 News, WWJ-AM win awards (Fri, 3/16)

Ralph Valdez Program to celebrate St. Patrick's Day on March 18th

In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Celtic rockers Bill Grogan's Goat join Ralph Valdez for a live performance blending the traditional and the modern. Singer / guitarists Terry Murphy and Gerard Smith are joined by drummer Jude Closson, lead guitarist Norm Rosenbaum and bassist Dean Western for a heady stew of rock solid playing and singing that mixes acoustic Irish instrumentation with grittier electric rock sounds.

Ralph will also be giving away two pair of tickets to see the band LaGuitara on March 22 as well as two pair of tickets to see illusionist Marc Salem on March 22 at the Fisher Theatre.

As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few "rummage sale records", will also be spun and explored on The Ralph Valdez Program, 10 pm - midnight on Public WDET-FM 101.9.


Detroit Free Press:

Hank Winchester lies awake at night, thinking about the eerie conversations he had with Stephen Grant. "I think, 'Why did he try to lure me into his garage?' " said Winchester, a reporter with WDIV-TV Local 4. Grant has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Tara Lynn Grant. A few hours before police discovered Tara Grant's remains, Winchester was on his way to interview Stephen Grant. In Grant's garage. On Grant's request. Where police found the torso March 2... Conversations with Grant haunt one Local 4 reporter (Sat, 3/17)

Several media outlets were trying to land interviews with Stephen Grant, just hours before police found a torso in his garage on March 2 and Grant went on the run. Hank Winchester, from WDIV-TV, was on his way to interview Grant when police searched his home. On the same day, people at WJBK-TV thought they were about to get an exclusive interview with Grant. Doug McKenzie, a night assignment editor at FOX 2, started talking to Stephen Grant in late February, hoping to land an exclusive interview... In-depth Grant TV interview was in the works (Sat, 3/17)

Two nuggets of special programming coming from WDIV-TV (Local 4) this weekend: Saturday, at 7 p.m. “S.O.S. For Michigan,” hosted by Devin Scillian, presents local business owners with their visions for the future, and what they’re doing right now to make jobs and make a difference ... Then The Friendship Circle, a West Bloomfield based non-profit organization with 60 international chapters, will be the focus of the ongoing “NBC Nightly News” profile “People Making a Difference”, with correspondent Kevin Corke, on Sunday, at 6:30 pm. WDIV will also be airing a feature about the organization as part of Paula Tutman’s continuing series on Autism... Local 4's weekend nuggets (Fri, 3/16)


Ann Arbor News:

"Veterans Radio,'' a locally produced radio program by and for veterans of the armed services, returns to the air April 7 at 9 a.m. on WDEO (990 AM). The show had previously been heard on WAAM, but was dropped from the lineup in January... Veterans Radio to return (Sun, 3/18)


Brian Cowan adds role of program director for WTKA to responsibilities in Ann Arbor

Brian Cowan has been named as program director of Sports Talk 1050 WTKA effective immediately, adding to his duties at Ann Arbor Radio. Cowan’s other responsibilities include W4 Country (102.9 FM) morning show host for “Breakfast with Bubba”; W4 music director and W4 program director.

According to Ann Arbor Radio General Manager, Bob Bolak, the promotion is well-deserved. “Brian has done an excellent job taking 102.9 W4 Country to the top of Ann Arbor’s adult Arbitron ratings ranking. He understands that our mission is to focus on Ann Arbor and create content with high entertainment value. Brian has done just that for our company and will help WTKA continue to grow as Ann Arbor’s #1 sports brand.”

Detroit Free Press:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters gave out its 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards the other evening. Big as "American Idol"? Not quite. The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association -- not the audience, not snarky judges -- did the judging; here are some awards of note. (Full list at www.michmab.com.) Stations of the Year for commercial broadcasters in large markets were WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WWJ-AM (950) in radio... WJBK, WWJ win annual awards (Mon, 3/19)


Detroit Free Press:

Steve Harvey arrived 18 months ago in the kingdom of the radio shock jocks, where the royalty included Howard Stern, Don Imus and Opie and Anthony. The "King of Comedy" surveyed the raunchy landscape and launched his morning drive-time show with some trepidation. "I was concerned about it," Harvey said recently after finishing his four-hour weekday show at WBLS-FM. "But I am who I am. I can't stop being who I am. I'm not a mean-spirited guy." And so Harvey started his nascent show each morning with 12 minutes devoted to gospel music and God -- a stark contrast to Stern's salacious satellite shenanigans, or Opie & Anthony's weekly Wednesday hunt for female flesh... Steve Harvey's radio show No. 1 among urban stations (AP- Mon, 3/19)


Dennis Miller Launching With Over 80 Affiliates:
WESTWOOD ONE's DENNIS MILLER will launch on over 80 stations, including in seven of the top 10 markets, when the show hits the air on MONDAY (3/26). Among the charter affiliates are SALEM Talk KRLA-A/LOS ANGELES, WIND-A/CHICAGO, WNTP-A/PHILADELPHIA, KSKY-A/DALLAS, WORL-A/ORLANDO, KNUS-A/DENVER, KKOL-A/SEATTLE, KYCR-A/MINNEAPOLIS, and WDTK-A/DETROIT and CLEAR CHANNEL Talk KNEW-A/SAN FRANCISCO and KTRH-A/HOUSTON. MILLER will broadcast live from NEW YORK in the show's debut week, with RUDY GIULIANI and DANA CARVEY among scheduled guests. (Tue, 3/20)


WDFN scores rare interview with hockey villain Claude Lemieux

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced that it has secured an exclusive interview with former NHL player Claude Lemieux. The interview will air on the Jamie & Brady Show, heard weekdays from 6am to 9am, at 8:35am on Thursday, March 22nd and will also be able to be heard via podcast on wdfn.com by late afternoon.

Lemiux, notorious for his illegal hit on Detroit Red Wing Kris Draper during the 1995-96 NHL season and catalyst in the brawl between the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche the following year, amassed 785 points including 379 goals in addition to over 1700 penalty minutes throughout his 20-year career.

The interview marks the 10-year Anniversary of the now infamous brawl between bitter rivals, The Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche.

Miller Time for WDTK

News-Talk WDTK AM 1400 announced yesterday that The Dennis Miller Show will debut March 26 from 6 – 9 p.m. weekdays. A new product of Westwood One, Dennis Miller will air on more than 80 stations and in seven of the top 10 markets including Salem’s KRLA-AM Los Angeles, WIND-AM Chicago, WNTP-AM Philadelphia, KSKY-AM Dallas, and WDTK-AM Detroit.

Joe Davis, COO of Salem commented, “Dennis Miller is a self-proclaimed 9-11 conservative with an engaging style and a quick wit that our listeners will appreciate. He is an entertainer, he is smart, and he understands politics and current affairs. He fits well with our other talk personalities, and he will bring a fresh perspective and new vigor to news talk on Salem stations.”

Salem is the largest station group carrying The Dennis Miller Show. Other Salem stations airing the new program include KKOL-AM Seattle, KYCR-AM Minneapolis, KNUS-AM Denver, and WORL-AM Orlando. In Detroit, WDTK’s weekday line-up of nationally syndicated talk show hosts includes:

Bill Bennett’s Morning in America – 6 - 9 a.m.
The Laura Ingraham Show – 9 a.m. - Noon
The Dennis Prager Show – Noon – 3 p.m.
The Michael Medved Show – 3 – 6 p.m.
The Dennis Miller Show – 6 – 9 p.m.

In his first ever radio show, five-time Emmy award winner and four-time Writers’ Guild award winner, Dennis Miller will offer his unique take on the day’s topics with comedy and satire. The daily talk show also will feature Miller taking listener calls, as well as interviewing high-profile special guests.

After six seasons as the Weekend Update anchor on Saturday Night Live, Dennis Miller has become a household name through an eclectic mix of television, cable, film and sports broadcasting platforms. The Santa Barbara resident, who had a nine year run on the HBO live talk show “Dennis Miller Live,” also has written and starred in six solo one-hour HBO comedy specials. He was the host and executive producer of CNBC’s “Dennis Miller,” a topical interview talk show, has starred in various feature films, written a series of bestselling 'Rant' books, and provided color commentary for ABC's “Monday Night Football.”

“The management team at Salem understands the awesome potential of The Dennis Miller Show and is uniquely positioned to take advantage of the program in their markets as a result of their vision for the show,” said Dennis Green, Westwood One executive VP affiliate sales.

Detroit Free Press:

It was 12:30 Friday afternoon, and those driving through the Bloomfield Hills area with their radios tuned to 88.1 FM found themselves on a trip down memory lane as DJ Corey Berkowitz played everything from vintage Aretha Franklin to the Beatles. "It's time to rock out on the Biff," Corey, a junior from Andover High School, told his WBFH listeners before playing "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire. WBFH, better known as the Biff, is the student radio station for Andover and Lahser high schools in the Bloomfield Hills Schools District. The station is in its 30th year and has racked up a slew of awards this month that helps cement its reputation as one of the best high school radio stations in the country... National Radio Awards: High schoolers rule the airwaves (Wed, 3/21)


Brent Dingman Named GSM At Ann Arbor Radio:
Effective MARCH 26, BRENT DINGMAN is new the new GSM for ANN ARBOR RADIO’s four radio stations: Country WWWW (W4 COUNTRY), AAA WQKL (107ONE), Sports Talk WTKA and Talk WLBY (1290 AIR AMERICA). DINGMAN comes to ANN ARBOR RADIO from MUSKEGON, where he was Sales Mgr. for CITADEL BROADCASTING. Prior to that, DINGMAN served as a Sales Manager for the MID-WEST FAMILY BROADCAST GROUP's seven-station cluster in Southwest MICHIGAN. (Wed, 3/21)


C&G Newspapers

In the mid-1950s, Marvin Welch Jr. entertained metro Detroit youngsters through his children’s program “Wixie’s Wonderland” on WXYZ-TV. Donning his signature blue tunic and beanie cap with a makeshift television antenna on top, Welch’s Wixie the Pixie entertained children from 1953 to 1957 with songs and jokes, and by pantomiming popular records and introducing cartoons such as Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse. The hour-long show aired live every morning. Regardless of the fact that Welch’s first television exposure was in 1952, on WWJ-TV’s “Musically Speaking,” a programming director at WXYZ felt Welch’s extroverted personality and boyish looks were perfectly suited for the local preschool set. The unique show was a huge success... The last laugh (Wed, 3/21)

Detroit Free Press:

Scheduled: By WMXD-FM's (92.3) syndicated morning man Steve Harvey, his second annual "Old School Skating Party" April 15 at Skate World in Troy ... Changing: WJLB-FM's (97.9) midday lineup, as Kris Kelly leaves the 10 a.m.-2 p.m. weekday shift to become programmer at Chicago's WGCI-FM. Cheron, formerly the 10 p.m.-2 a.m. host, becomes WJLB assistant program director, music director and the new 10 a.m.-2 p.m. host. Weekend voice Sunshyne take the 10 p.m.-2 a.m. "Quiet Storm" shift... Names and Faces (Tue, 3/22)


Wendy Williams Moves Across The Hall In Detroit:
INNER CITY Urban WBLS/NEW YORK and SUPERADIO syndicated afternoon diva WENDY WILLIAMS debuts on two stations on MONDAY, MARCH 29. WILLIAMS movies from RADIO ONE Urban AC WDMK (KISS 105.9)/DETROIT to sister station WHTD (HOT 102.7). (Thu, 3/22)


WDETPublic WDET-FM 101.9 today announced a new program schedule that will take effect on Monday, April 2, 2007. The station hopes to provide metropolitan Detroiters with the best local and national programming that public radio has to offer with the changes.

In addition to adding nationally renowned public radio programs such as Marketplace, Talk of the Nation, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me! and the BBC World Service to the broadcast schedule, the station will also introduce a local two-hour weekday public affairs program, Detroit Today.

“The new program schedule reflects WDET’s commitment to be a public radio service that is uniquely designed for metropolitan Detroit,” said Allen Mazurek, Assistant General Manager and Program Director. “Our new local program will give the station the opportunity to interact with the community in unprecedented ways and will further establish WDET as a leader in news and information programming.” Detroit Today will air weekdays from 10am to noon and feature reports, interviews and discussions on issues and events important to metro Detroiters. Subjects will include local government and politics, business and industry, education, history, health, sports, cultural affairs, technology, lifestyle issues and much more. Detroit Today will
also engage listeners to participate in the conversations via phone and email. The new two-hour local program will be produced by the WDET news staff.

As a public service of Wayne State University, the station’s new program schedule supports the University’s mission to provide Detroit with a premier public radio station. WDET’s new line up includes such signature public radio programs as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Car Talk, Marketplace, Fresh Air, This American Life, Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me!, Talk of the Nation, News & Notes, BBC News, The Tavis Smiley Show, Democracy Now! in addition to local programming such as Detroit Today, Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program, Folks Like Us with Matt Watroba, Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel, Deep River with Robert Jones, and Jay’s Place with Jay Butler.

Coming off the weekday schedule with the changes announced today are Liz Copeland's local 'Alternative Take' overnight music show along with NPR's 'Day to Day'. Weekend shows that will be ending include offerings from hosts Ralph Valdez, W. Kim Heron, Mick Collins, and Chuck Horn.


Detroit News:

WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) morning co-anchor Fanchon Stinger has been off the air as of late, and fan Betty Dzis of Dearborn Heights and several other readers wanted to know what's up with that. Don't worry Ms. Dzis and friends. WJBK spokesman Keith Stironek assures me that Stinger, who is on a leave, will be back at the station on "Fox 2 News Morning" very soon, although he couldn't give an exact date... Fox 2's Stinger will return soon (Fri, 3/23)


WBFH 24-hour marathon broadcast set for March 30th

The Bloomfield Hills School District’s radio station WBFH-FM 88.1, also known as “The Biff", will begin broadcasting its 31st Annual 24-Hour Marathon Broadcast at 7 a.m. Friday, March 30, 2007. The annual pledge drive is entitled “Biffstock” and will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday, March 31. During the live broadcast, WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station operating costs.

“This is a great way to support local student broadcasters who provide a real service to the community”, said WBFH Marathon Chair and Andover Senior Wade Fink. All 21 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air live throughout the 24 hours, some staying up for the whole event.

There are three levels of support: Backstage Pass ($100 or more), Pavilion ($50-$100), and Lawn ($25-$50). Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also stop by the station located at Andover High School (4200 Andover Road) during the marathon. They can also fax in the pledges at (248) 341-5679, or e-mail their pledges from the link on the WBFH website (www.wbfh.fm).

WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm, is licensed to the Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District. The community radio station is operated by radio broadcasting students from Andover High School and Lahser High School under the supervision of the WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Station Manager, Randy Carr, Assistant Station Manager/Chief Engineer, and Ron Wittebols, Remote Supervisor/Webmaster.

WBFH has been honored with both national and state recognition this school year. The Biff won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station in a national competition entitled The John Drury High School Radio Awards March 3rd. WBFH students won nine state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at their awards ceremony March 14th. It was the fifth year in a row that WBFH had won or tied for the most awards/points in that statewide competition.

Detroit Free Press:

As usual, Liz Copeland was understated and cool just after midnight Saturday morning when she welcomed the world to her “Alternate Take” show on WDET-FM (101.9). It was her first moment on the air after the station announced another revamping of the daily schedule. Copeland’s 12-year-old overnight show will be cancelled as of April 2, replaced by a program produced by the British Broadcasting Co. as listener-supported ‘DET continues the purge of its cutting-edge contemporary music and airs more news and information... Always a breath of fresh airwaves, WDET's Liz Copeland is leaving the building (Sun, 3/25)

Ann Arbor News:

Peter Sagal and Karl Kassel are coming back to town. A live taping of the popular public-radio current-events quiz show "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me'' has been announced for May 17 at the Michigan Theater. This will be the third time "Wait, Wait'' has been taped in the area. A segment of the show was recorded in May 2005 at Eastern Michigan University; the group also did the same at the 2003 Ann Arbor Summer Festival... Public radio show returning to area (Sun, 3/25)


Crain's Detroit Business:

When “Ernie Harwell's Audio Scrapbook” was unveiled in December, sales skyrocketed like a home run at Michigan and Trumbull. The four-hour, four-CD compilation of interviews and broadcast snippets from the former Detroit Tigers broadcaster's 55-year career quickly sold 20,000 copies. Then the trouble began. Reports began to filter in to Gary Spicer, Harwell's St. Clair Shores-based attorney and adviser of 31 years, that copies of the CD were being sold illegally online, and counterfeit copies were turning up, too... Harwell cries "foul' over bootlegged CD set (Mon, 3/26)

Detroit Free Press:

Liz Copeland, in her final week as overnight host on public WDET-FM (101.9) is going out in style ... Expanded: By Comcast, its Hispanic programming lineup in southeast Michigan with the addition of WUDT Univision. WUDT is the Detroit affiliate of the Univision Network, the most watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the United States. The new channel will be available to Comcast customers in more than 20 southeast Michigan markets beginning March 28... John Smyntek blog (Mon, 3/26)

WRIF begins search for 2007 Rock Girl

Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has announced its $40,000 “WRIF Rock Girl Search”, where one woman will have the opportunity to represent WRIF for one year as a station personality and spokesperson. In addition to being the WRIF ambassador at VIP parties, concerts and events, she’ll also receive a $40,000 salary, a Riff ad in Stuff Magazine and she’ll star in a WRIF billboard campaign this summer.

Through an extensive radio and print campaign, WRIF will encourage the women of Detroit to attend one of 3 remaining casting calls. There, they will be asked a series of questions and they’ll be asked to read a traffic report to determine whether they will make the cut into the 2007 “WRIF Rock Girl” semifinals.

Once the 32 semi-finalists are selected, WRIF listeners will be encouraged to vote in a series of 3 rounds for their favorite contestant online at www.wrif.com.

Following are the dates, times and locations of the casting calls:

Wednesday, March 28th at Lucky Strike inside Fountain Walk in Novi, 5p-9p
Wednesday, April 4th at The Venue in Dearborn, 7p-11p
Friday, April 6th at Malarky’s in Southgate, 3p-7p

Contestants must bring a photo and a bio / resume. Potential candidates must attend a casting call to be considered.

The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules, log on to www.wrif.com.


WCSX offers listeners chance to win $20,000 for best commercial creation

Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 morning hosts Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison announced the WCSX $20,000 Commercial Casting Call this morning. The station is offering listeners the
chance to make the next WCSX TV commercial with a prize of $20,000 to the winner for the best commercial.

You don't have to be a Spielberg to win- just create a video and telling why "You Listen to WCSX At Work." Use animation, live action or whatever you want to do that captures the feel of WCSX. Deadline for entries is April 18th. Entries can be dropped off or mailed to One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220.

The station will post finalists online April 23rd and let listeners vote for their favorites. The winner earns $20,000 cash and their commercial will be used on TV. JJ & Lynne will announce the winner on April 30th.

Detroit News:

Univision, the country's most-watched Spanish language network, is finding a home in the lineup of Metro Detroit's largest cable operator. Comcast Cable will begin broadcasting WUDT, Univision's local affiliate, on Wednesday in 20 local communities, including Detroit, Troy, Westland and Ann Arbor. Comcast serves 470 cities statewide... Comcast adds local Univision affiliate to lineup (Tue, 3/27)

Billed as the "world's largest free country concert," the Downtown Hoedown will celebrate 25 years when it kicks off a season of weekend festivals May 18-20 at Hart Plaza in Detroit. "To be able to put on an event of this magnitude for 25 years has exposed a tremendous amount of artists to the Detroit market, starting the first year with Hank Williams Jr. and Tanya Tucker, to this year where we have a huge amount of No. 1 hit-makers as well as the top new acts," says Tim Roberts, program director for WYCD-FM (99.5), a festival co-sponsor... Hoedown celebtrates 25 years (Tue, 3/27)


WDFN to give away Tigers Opening Day tickets for dunking on-air personality

With the Tigers coming off a magical year and the 2007 season set to kick off this coming Monday, sports WDFN AM 1130 is asking listeners if they have what it takes to win Opening Day tickets.

On Friday, March 30th during The Jamie & Brady Show, heard weekdays from 6am to 9am, listeners will have the chance to showcase their throwing arm and illustrate their desire to go to Tigers Opening Day at Comerica Park on Monday, April 2nd by coming down to the station at 8am to try and dunk WDFN personality and update reporter Rob Pascoe in an actual dunk tank. Participants will have one shot to hit a small target from 90 feet away with a tennis ball to submerge Pascoe, who will be fully adorned in a dress, in the frigid water.

WDFN will be awarding the coveted Opening Day tickets to the first person to successfully hit the target and release the WDFN air talent into the watery abyss below.

WDFN is eager to see how much Tiger fever Detroit fans have and how able and willing some people are to skip work and do whatever they can just for the chance to win the tickets.

Zonjic to be honored by Detroit chapter of National Coalition of 100 Black Women

Alexander Zonjic, Jazz flutist and WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host, will be honored by the Detroit Chapter of the National Coalition of Black Women (NCBW) as one of its 2007 “Legends of Jazz,” on Saturday, March 31 at the Detroit Yacht Club, 1 Riverbank Rd. on Belle Isle.

Zonjic and other artists, Marion Hayden, Angela Bofill and Rodney Whitaker, will be honored for their talents, for providing continuous enjoyment to audiences and for stimulating the appreciation of jazz locally and internationally.

The NCBW Detroit Chapter will present the awards at its signature “Scholarship Gala” fundraising event. A reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 PM and dinner will be served at 7:30 PM. Gala proceeds will support targeted community service projects.

Tickets are $65 or $125 per couple. Call 248-442-9334 or 248-471-9662 for more information or reservations.

Detroit News:

When it comes to local TV news, reader Barbara Hickey of Warren watches WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). She watches the ABC affiliate so much that she noticed during a recent newscast that one of the anchors alluded to a spouse named "Shay" when talking to general assignment reporter Glenn Zimmerman... Reader guesses right about Glenn and Shay (Wed, 3/28)

Revealed: The sale price for WDRJ AM 1440 Inkster is $3.8 million. The station religious/ethnic outlet is being purchased by Communicom from Davidson Media, which purchased the station in 2004 for $5.75 million.


Art Regner rejoins WDFN air staff

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced the addition Art Regner, a Detroit sports radio staple, to its air staff. This is Regner’s second stint as a staff member at WDFN and is best known for his rants on WDFN’s Detroit Lions' post game shows although he is also a passionate Red Wings fan and always had the inside scoop and dirt on the team. He is a native of Livonia, Michigan and graduated from Franklin High School and then the University of Michigan.

Regner will make his debut on Monday, April 2nd co-hosting the Stoney & Wojo Show, heard weekdays from 3 to 6pm, with WDFN’s Mike Stone. He will be filling in for WDFN air personality and Detroit News Columnist Bob Wojnowski during WDFN’s Tigers Opening Day coverage at Centaur in downtown Detroit.

Art will be rejoining the WDFN air staff as a fill-in host for the station. Regner proclaims, “As corny as it sounds I feel like Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz, without the ruby red slippers, when I say there’s no place like home.”

Detroit News:

The grass is greening up over in Comerica Park, and with memories of the Detroit Tigers' hot bats from last season, Detroit radio stations are staking out their territory near Tigertown North. On Monday, Opening Day, CBS Radio's Detroit cluster -- WOMC-FM (104.3), WWJ-AM (950), WYCD-FM (99.5 ), WVMV-FM (98.7), WKRK-FM (97.1 ) and WXYT-AM (1270) -- will be hosting an "Opening Day Block Party" in Grand Circus Park, starting at 10 a.m., and you don't have to have tickets to Comerica Park to attend... Stations ready to field Opening Day excitement (Thu, 3/29)

Again, my therapy couch is open for sports media fans in need of counseling. I can't solve all problems, but I promise to listen to all rants, phobias, fears and irrational peeves. You're fired up and frisky about a lot of things, so let's work through these issues... Fans pan announcers in NCAAs (Thu, 3/29)

Detroit Free Press:

Former WDIV-TV (Local 4) reporter Anne Thompson, now NBC chief financial correspondent, has revealed that she has spent the past year battling breast cancer... Ex-Local 4 star Thompson reveals cancer battle (Thu, 3/29)

Let us open with some radio prattle. Detroit News columnist Rob Parker and former Channel 2 sportscaster Mark Wilson were let go from their evening sports talk show on WKRK-FM (97.1) at the end of 2006. The CBS station was slashing salary and Red Wings/Tigers play-by-play simulcasts were coming. Now, Detroit Radio One chief Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin confirms it’s a “strong possibility” that they’ll turn up weeknights from 9-midnight on WCHB-AM (1200)... Parker & The Man may be back (Wed, 3/28)


Detroit News:

For many motorists, their car is their second home. That's why the Chrysler Group has partnered with satellite brand Sirius to offer what they're calling Sirius Backseat TV in 2008 Town & Country and Dodge Caravan minivans. Chrysler announced the new option Thursday in New York. It becomes the first automaker to offer television programming in a vehicle... Kid TV comes to Chrysler minivan back seats (Fri, 3/30)

Michigan Daily:

I’ve been loyal to one radio station above all else since high school – WDET FM Detroit. For me, Summer nights wouldn’t be the same without turning on the Ed Love lovelight. I wouldn’t know anything about electronica without Ralph Valdez. WDET isn’t your typical public radio station – it represents the city of Detroit as it should and could be: A haven of music and culture and class to rival the likes of Chicago. But there’s new management in their Wayne State broadcast tower, management that seems to be focused on one thing only: News... Why, WDET, Why? (Fri, 3/30)


WDET's "Detroit Today" launches Monday April 2

Public WDET-FM's 101.9 new local public affairs program, "Detroit Today," is set to debut on Monday, April 2 at 10am. The two-hour program will air weekdays, and hosting the program for its first week will be WDET's Matt Watroba.

Detroit Today features for the first week will include:
Monday- Opening Day in Detroit; Features include a conversation with Dan Dickerson, a story from former Detroiter and baseball fan, NPR's Don Gonyea, a look at what it is the Tigers' groundskeeper does and Matt Watroba has a conversation with his dad from Tigers' spring training in Florida. Also, Chuck Horn presents a music review of a new baseball CD box set.

Tuesday- Auto Industry; Has Detroit put all their eggs in the automotive basket, and if so what can we do about it? We'll hear from automotive analysts, as well as the governor's office on their plans for the near future. A social worker from MI Works, a social service that helps former auto workers transition into new jobs.

Wednesday- Education; What's the current state of education in this state, and in Detroit? Rev. Jimmy Womack, as well as others involved with the recent proposed school closings discuss the many issues.

Thursday- Health Care; Why are big hospitals being built in the suburbs, while access to heath care within the city isn't as accessible. We'll talk with Detroit Renaissance president Doug Rothwell about economic growth in the city, and a conversation with Dr. Calvin Trent about bridging the cultural divide.

Friday- Faith; On this Good Friday, Reverend Robert Jones and his wife Beatrice will discuss Easter while Rabbi Wolpe will discuss the Jewish Holiday Passover. The reverend and his wife will also perform some spirituals in-studio. A local woman discusses culinary alternatives to Passover fare, and we'll hear the story of one woman trying to preserve her heritage by keeping her families tradition of designing Easter eggs.


Detroit Free Press:

Baseball is fun again, the way it's supposed to be. Just ask Dan Dickerson. Entering his eighth season in the Tigers' radio booth and fifth as the lead play-by-play announcer on WXYT-AM (1270), he uses the word a lot these days. Maybe it's because it didn't come up a lot of nights during his first six years in the booth, when the Tigers were averaging nearly 100 losses. Not that he's complaining, after last season. "I've always loved this job, but then you realize how much more fun it can be," Dickerson said. "I hadn't ever even experienced a winning season. It was just a blast. With a winning team, there's just more stuff to talk about, more good stuff"... Tigers' long-awaited fun reaches broadcast booth (Mon, 4/2)

Anchor Devin Scillian, photojournalist Tim Pamplin and editor Vanessa Ogletree won the 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary for their work on the special "The China Syndrome: Where Did All the Jobs Go?" The Murrow Award is one of the highest honors for television news... WDIV wins documentary award (Mon, 4/2)


Smith to pinch hit for Limbaugh

News-talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith will sit in for syndicated host Rush Limbaugh on Friday, April 6th. The Rush Limbaugh Show airs live from noon-3pm. In addition to WJR, which airs it live, the program is heard on several other radio stations across Michigan.

Detroit News:

The next time Rod Allen is working a Tigers game, listen carefully. Allen, color analyst for Tigers telecasts, is fun to listen to and insightful. He might be the best color analyst in Motown. Allen, a former Tigers outfielder, is so good at telling you what's going to happen before it actually does. Although Allen technically was wrong, his best example came about a year ago... Allen has the gift of foresight (Wed, 4/4)

You have to give it up for fans and viewers of local newscasts. They notice everything and are always armed with questions about their favorite anchors and reporters. For instance, one reader called me as soon as he stopped seeing WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reporter Val Clark on the air. No worries, my dear reader. Clark has been doing a lot of weekends, covering for reporter Heather Catallo , who has been out on maternity leave. Now that Catallo has returned, you will be seeing a lot more of Clark during the week, Grace Gilchrist, WXYZ's vice president and general manager assures us... Channel 7's Val Clark to return to weekdays (Wed, 4/4)

Metro Times

For 12 years, the studios of WDET were home for late-night heartthrob Liz Copeland and her radio show. Her heady nocturnal mix of sweet sounds, from classic techno to Curtis Mayfield to Nick Cave to Alice Coltrane, provided a perfect soundtrack for insomnia, all-nighters and hookups... Motor City Cribs- Liz Copeland's studio space (Wed, 4/4)


WDVD Names Fig Creative Services Director:
ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT officially names former WWCK/FLINT, MI PD BRIAN "FIG" FIGULA as Creative Services Director. FIG has been in an interim position with the company since DECEMBER 2006, replacing 25-year station veteran CHRIS CONN. In addition to production and imaging, FIG will also handle on-air duties. And be sure to look for FIG to make an appearance on the FOX-TV comedy "WAR AT HOME" with MICHAEL RAPAPORT on SUNDAY, APRIL 22 at 7:30p ET; he'll be an extra at a graduation party. (Tue, 4/3)


Michigan Radio’s Spring Membership Drive Raises over $730,000

Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, finished a successful Spring Membership Drive last Friday, March 30, bringing in more than $730,000.

The 2007 Spring Membership Drive raised money through a variety of sources, including:
- Over $580,000 in contributions from listeners.
- Over $150,000 generated from corporate support linked to first-time and renewing member incentives. These incentives were critical in recruiting over 700 new members during the Spring Membership Drive.

This drive’s success amounts to a three percent increase in listener contributions over last spring’s drive. Membership support is the single largest source of income for the station.

“It’s gratifying to see that more and more listeners value our service and are willing to make a personal investment in supporting their station,” says Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. “The success of Michigan Radio is in our listeners’ hands and they recognize their responsibility to keep the station strong.”

Michigan Radio includes WUOM (91.7 FM/Ann Arbor), WFUM-FM (91.1 FM/Flint), and WVGR (104.1 FM/Grand Rapids). Michigan Radio is a service of Michigan Public Media.

Vincent Duffy to become News Director for Michigan Radio

Ohio Media Watch is reporting that Michigan Radio has hired Vincent Duffy to take over as news director for WUOM/WFUM/WVGR as well have some opportunities to do some work for WFUM-TV 28 Flint. Duffy is currently the program director for Kent State University's WKSU, a job he will leave in May to make the move to Ann Arbor.

The news director slot at WUOM opened in February when Jerome Vaughn left the stations to rejoin WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.


WOMC PD Steve Allan Exits:
CBS Oldies WOMC (THE MOTOR CITY'S 104.3)/DETROIT PD STEVE ALLAN and the station part ways after a three year run. No word on an official replacement, however consultant GARY BERKOWITZ is in the chair until a new PD is named. (Thu, 4/5)

Detroit Free Press:

Talk about your late Christmas gifts. Soft rocker WNIC-FM, traditionally the first station to play Christmas music by segueing Halloween's "Monster Mash" into Yuletide's "Come All Ye Faithful," ended up on the top of the radio ratings heap in Wednesday's Arbitron tote of listeners for December, January and February... Santa pulls WNIC ratings to the top (Thu, 4/5)

Detroit News:

The first pitch has been thrown, pennant raised and hopes renewed. And for Tigers fans, that's only the beginning. They now have more choices in how -- and when -- to get their Tigers fix. Take Channel 7 (WXYZ). The station has added an interactive feature at wxyz.com called "The Dugout." Anchors/reporters Vic Faust and Tom Leyden, along with interactive content manager Dave Manning, post stories, interviews and other material that doesn't fit into the three- to four-minute daily sportscast. They were thrilled with their Web-only pregame show from Opening Day... 'Dugout' feature gives Tigers fans their fix (Thu, 4/5)


Top 5 stations among listeners age 12 and up: WNIC FM 100.3, WMXD FM 92.3, WJR AM 760, WJLB FM 97.9, and WKQI FM 95.5... Winter phase 2 radio ratings chart, Detroit (Wed, 4/4)

Judy Adams On the Radio

Veteran Detroit broadcaster and music aficionado, Judy Adams is doing two weekly radio shows available to metro Detroit listeners on two local FM stations: Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 and College oriented CJAM-FM 91.5 and to music fans all over the world on the internet at V987.com and CJAM.ca.

This week's highlights:
- The Judy Adams Program, Tuesdays at 9:00 AM on CJAM, expresses the universality of music. Presenting an array of genres from different time periods that exemplify the ultimate musical expressions and creations from a culturally diverse palate. Jazz, rock, world, blues, folk, roots, electronic and beyond. On Tuesday April 10th, Judy will present music from the new Angelique Kidjo CD, "DJIN DJIN", with guest appearances by Carlos Santana, Amadou and Mariam, Alicia Keys and others.

- The Jazz Cafe Discovery Series Radio Program, Sundays at 11pm on WVMV, features live on tape performances of new and emerging Detroit-area Jazz talent recorded at the Jazz Cafe and at the Music Hall. On Sunday April 8th, performances by the Tracy Kash Thomas Quartet and M.L. Leiber's "Magic Poetry Band" recorded this past week at the Jazz Cafe Discovery Series at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit will be featured.


MLive.com Tigers Insider

Almost every Tiger game is on television this year, and now that the Extra Innings package is going back on cable, you can watch the Tigers from almost anywhere. Except for some parts of Northwest Ohio... TV problems in Northwest Ohio (Thu, 4/5)


GREATER MEDIA Sports WPEN-A/PHILADELPHIA PD/morning host GREGG HENSON exits the station. HENSON tells readers of his blog that he is returning to DETROIT, where he hosted at WDFN-A, WXYT-A, and WKRK (LIVE 97.1), to run his own business. (Fri, 4/6)

The South End:

Some Wayne State students are upset about Detroit Public Radio 101.9 FM WDET's decision to scale back its music in favor of more news and information programming. WDET has decided to cancel several music shows including "Alternate Take with Liz Copeland," "The Best of the DSO," "Day to Day" and "Front Row and Center." The station kept Ed Love's jazz program. Michael Julien's Global Mix will continue to air at its usual time. The "Arkansas Traveler" and "Folks Like Us" music shows will remain on the program schedule... Student opinions vary on WDET's shift from music to news (Fri, 4/6)


Ann Arbor News:

Local public radio stations wrapped up fundraising drives last week, exceeding their goals. WEMU, which broadcasts from Eastern Michigan University, exceeded its fund-raising goal by 18 percent, raising $130,145 in its March 23-31 donation drive. "We're thrilled that we've had such great community support,'' said Molly Motherwell, development director for WEMU... Fundraisers exceed goals (Sat, 4/7)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 will look to broadcast another conference in an attempt to recoup revenue now that the Big Ten is moving its non-national football games this fall to its own satellite channel. Last season, WXYZ bought 11 games, including six with either the University of Michigan or Michigan State University, to broadcast over the air in addition to the network games, said Marla Drutz, the station’s programming director. With the advent of the Chicago-based Big Ten Network, those games no longer will be available for over-the-air broadcast. The 24-hour network starts in August on DirecTV and initially will carry at least 35 football games not picked up by ABC or ESPN... Big Ten Network takes football games from WXYZ (Mon, 4/9)

Detroit Free Press:

The apologies have been made. But the story is far from over. The Don Imus controversy has moved on to the implications of what happens next -- to his career and, more important, to the national conversation about race. Word broke Monday night that the syndicated "Imus in the Morning" radio show will be suspended for two weeks on CBS Radio and MSNBC, beginning April 16... Apologies, and then what for Imus? (Tue, 4/10)

Yes, we are angry over radio host Don Imus losing his mind on his nationally syndicated show and calling members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos." But step away from the anger for a minute. Imus may have done us two favors. First, his comments were incendiary. If they incite haters to do harm, then he will have aided and abetted hate crimes, which has to make law enforcement consider hate speech as a motivation for crime... Get rid of Imus -- and sexist rap, too (Tue, 4/10)

This isn't shaping up to be a good week for womankind. I've written recently about the twin oppressions of racism and sexism, arguing that for me, the sting of sexism cuts deeper. As if to help me reiterate the point, along comes shock jock Don Imus, insulting the Rutgers University women's basketball team, eight of whom are African American... Imus insult is a double whammy (Tue, 4/10)



CIMX Launching 'World Premier Fridays'
CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT launches "WORLD PREMIER FRIDAYS" beginning FRIDAY THE 13TH. Each week at 9p, nighttimer JAY HUDSON will debut a new album in its entirety. This FRIDAY, 89X "WORLD PREMIER FRIDAY will debut the new NINE INCH NAILS "Year Zero" CD. You can tune-in at www.89xradio.com. (Tue, 4/10)


Detroit News:

Local cable providers are jumping on the Tigers bandwagon. Some 95 percent of operators statewide, including the largest in Metro Detroit, picked up Wednesday night's Tigers vs. Orioles game, despite it being bumped from its familiar home on FSN Detroit. The game was carried on the newly created FSN Plus feed, which will pick up at least three more Tigers telecasts in the next week when games conflict with the Pistons or Red Wings. The feed is temporarily slotted into cable providers' basic lineup -- on Comcast Local or the Home Shopping Network, for example... FSN Plus pulls off juggling act to air baseball with Wings, Pistons in playoffs (Thu, 4/12)

Will America go crazy for a sharp-dressed man from Canada? We'll know soon, as CBC icon Don Cherry joins NBC's Stanley Cup Finals coverage. Details have yet to be ironed out, but Cherry and NBC analyst Brett Hull, a former Red Wing, will guest on each other's networks. It's a shame it's taken this long for the outspoken Cherry and his unique wardrobe to migrate across the border... Cherry joining NBC? Sweet! (Thu, 4/12)

Detroit Free Press:

Grapes and Hullie -- the new morning show on MSNBC? Nope, during the Stanley Cup finals Don Cherry and Brett Hull will appear together on both NBC and CBC. The exact details are TBA, but the two talked about the alliance with reporters during a Tuesday teleconference... Cherry, Hull to stir the pot (Thu, 4/12)


Detroit Free Press:

CBS dumped Don Imus from his radio program Thursday, a major move in a media saga that has morphed into a societal referendum. It was a significant moment not just for broadcasting, but also for the culture at large. "Not having him on radio completes the penalty or response that was commensurate with what was done," said Rev. Horace Sheffield III, who's been involved in local efforts to call for Imus's firing. Sheffield said the pressure was on CBS to act, especially after MSNBC announced Wednesday it was canceling the Imus simulcast...
Imus' firing resonates beyond radio (Fri, 4/13)

Oakland Business Review:

If there's one thing Metro Detroit can't get enough of, it's sports. But are there enough sports fanatics in the metropolitan area to support two 24-hour sports-talk radio stations? So far, the answer is yes. Southfield-based WXYT-AM (1270) in January announced a contract extension with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, making it clear the station will continue battling Farmington-based ratings and revenue leader WDFN-AM (1130). "The great thing about sports stations has been even though they never do well - if you look at the ratings book, they're never a big contender - they're wonderful for reaching males," said Dick Kernen, vice president of industry relations for the Southfield-based Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. "As such, they are great favorites for people who like to sell things to men." Because of that, both stations have earned revenue that would be hard to match if they changed formats. WDFN has been the traditional winner but has lost ground to its competitor in both the ratings and revenue categories. WDFN grossed $5 million in 2005, according to BIA Research Inc., compared to $4.2 million for WXYT. The 2006 number is likely higher for WXYT, though, thanks to the World Series run of the Tigers... WXYT, WDFN battle for 1st place in sports radio (Thu, 4/12)


Detroit Free Press:

Two years ago, entertainer Bill Cosby issued a call to action in Detroit that spawned a coalition of social service agencies appropriately called ARISE Detroit! Beginning Sunday, the organization will host its own action-line radio show, the first of its kind to link people with the social service help they need. The show, which will air from 4:30-5:30 p.m. each Sunday on WCHB 1200 AM and www.wchb1200.com, will also feature profiles of help agencies and ARISE partners... ARISE Detroit! turns on radio connections (Sat, 4/14)

AT&T has applied to offer television service in at least 21 municipalities throughout metro Detroit in its bid to challenge cable's dominance in offering channels not available with an antenna. Officials in the following communities confirmed they have received applications: Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Township, Canton, Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington, Farmington Hills, all five Grosse Pointes, Harrison Township, Livonia, Novi, Roseville, Royal Oak, Southfield, Taylor, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte... AT&T targets at least 21 spots for TV (Sat, 4/14)

Detroit News:

As some of hip-hop's biggest stars gather in Detroit today, the fury over Don Imus' recent radio comments has drawn attention to the misogynistic lyrics common in hip-hop music and culture. At issue is why it's considered OK for one group to say specific words and taboo for another, and whether there's an issue of hypocrisy at play... Imus storm hits hip-hop world (Sat, 4/14)


Detroit Free Press:

Two battles are under way now in Washington, D.C., that are likely to change the way you listen to the radio. What's at stake: services like satellite radio, high definition radio and Internet radio. The issue is what those services should pay to broadcast music -- and how much, if any, of it you'll be allowed to record or timeshift to listen to later. The majority of radio stations in the metro area also broadcast live on the Web, joined by independent Web-only stations around the state. Today at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas, the Radio and Internet Newsletter Summit will meet to talk about skyrocketing royalty rates for those online broadcasters. Also affecting those broadcasts is the Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music (PERFORM) bill in Congress, which could change how songs are transmitted on the radio and whether they can be recorded or saved for later play... Saving on-air music may end (Mon, 4/16)

Mojo In The Morning hosts "Sheed Shot" contest for trip to Pistons playoff road game

The WKQI-FM 95.5 morning radio program "Mojo In The Morning" and Rock Financial will give a listener the chance to fly out of Detroit to watch Detroit play their first opponent on the road during the upcoming NBA Playoffs.

Rasheed Wallace is known for his successful "hail mary" half-court freethrows. Now, the first Mojo In The Morning listener to duplicate Rasheed's amazing 60 foot buzzer-beater (that forced the Denver Nuggets game into overtime) will win a trip to cheer the team on during an away game.

Mojo In The Morning listeners will attempt the shot until a winner makes the basket. The contest starts at 7:30am on Tuesday, April 17th and anybody 18 or older is welcome to try to win the trip - even NBA players. The location is Lifetime Fitness, 1700 S. Haggerty Rd, Canton, MI 48188 (just off Ford Rd & I-275). The contest will be hosted by "Kyra" from Mojo In The Morning and will be broadcast live on Channel 955.


“Pet-A-Palooza” returns to Metro Detroit

In an attempt to find good homes for hundreds of homeless kittens, cats, puppies, rabbits and dogs, Greater Media’s Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 will sponsor “Pet-A-Palooza.” The annual event will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI and on Saturday, July 28th at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, MI.

The events will include family and pet-oriented activities. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring their pets to the event. Prizes will be awarded for cutest pet and best-dressed pet contests. Additionally, various pet vendors will be on-site selling pet-related products and services.

2007 “Pet-A-Palooza” includes:
• More than 800 kittens, cats, puppies, dogs and rabbits in “Adoption Alley” from approximately 30 humane organizations that need good homes. Qualified individuals can adopt an animal on-site. Adoption fees range from approximately $50 to $125.
• Former Detroit Tiger pitcher Milt Wilcox will attend “Pet-A-Palooza” with his nationally-known Ultimate Air Dogs Competition.
• Performances by the Rock-N-Roll K-9’s: thirty-five dogs demonstrate speed and agility skills to rock-n-roll music.

Magic 105.1 80’s Prom Dance Party coming to Warren on April 27

Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 will hold its “Magic 105.1 80’s Prom Dance Party” at Andiamo Italia in Warren on Friday, April 27th, 2007. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, plenty of dancing, a photo booth and live music from That 80’s Band. Prizes will be awarded for the best 80’s outfits. There will also be tasty appetizers and a delectable chocolate fountain, courtesy of Andiamo Italia of Warren. Tickets to the event are not for sale - interested potential attendees can tune in to WMGC or visit the station's web site at www.DetroitMagic.com.


Detroit News:

So you think you can sing better than those "Idol" folks? Prove it on television when WDIV-TV (Channel 4) once again holds its Super Singer contest. Only five of Metro Detroit's most talented vocalists will be chosen as finalists. From there, all five will perform live on WDIV's annual fireworks show in June. Auditions take place Friday and Saturday at area malls... WDIV hosts 'Super Singer' contest (Wed, 4/18)


FSN Detroit / FSN HD to televise Saturday's opener of Pistons-Magic NBA Playoff series

FSN Detroit will televise Saturday’s Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Pistons and Orlando Magic. Coverage begins at 6:30 PM with Pistons Insider. The game is also available in high-definition on FSN HD.

Announcers are George Blaha, Greg Kelser, Ryan Field and Matt Shepard. FSN also has extensive coverage immediately following the game on Pistons Live.

Below is the three-sport programming lineup Saturday on FSN Detroit, which also
includes that afternoon’s Tigers game, as well as Red Wings playoff postgame coverage:
• 12:30 PM – Tigers Live
• 1:00 PM – MLB: Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox (also on FSN HD)
• 5:30 PM (approx) – Red Wings Live: As soon as Game 5 of the Red Wings-Calgary series is complete, FSN interrupts regular programming to provide postgame reaction, highlights and analysis.
• 6:30 PM – Pistons Insider
• 7:00 PM – NBA Playoffs: Game 1, Pistons vs. Orlando Magic (also on FSN HD)
• Postgame – Pistons Live: Complete coverage from the Palace, including coaches’
press conferences, player reaction, highlights and analysis.

Detroit Free Press:

The TV schedule is set for the first round NBA playoff series between the Pistons and the Magic Game 1 is the only game not scheduled for broadcast television. It will air 7:00 p.m. Saturday on FSN Detroit and ESPN... Pistons playoff TV schedule (Thu, 4/19)

Alexander Zonjic scheduled to perform at tonight's 2007 Detroit Music Awards

The Motor City's diverse musical talents will be honored once again at the annual Detroit Music Awards (DMA), which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host, jazz flutist, and DMA nominee Alexander Zonjic and his band will perform with the Motor City Horns at the 16th annual event. The Motor City Horns recently performed with Bob Seger on his U.S. tour.

Zonjic is nominated for two awards this year: outstanding jazz instrumentalist and outstanding modern jazz artist or group

This year's DMAs, operated by the non-profit Motor City Music Foundation, will honor musicians in 70 categories for all genres of music -- from rock to rap, country to gospel, blues to jazz and funk. Votes are cast from a pool of 2,750 registered members of the Detroit music community. A full list of nominees is available at www.detroitmusicawards.com.


Ann Arbor News:

WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, has launched WEMU2, a second channel on high-definition radio, the first public radio station in Michigan to do so. "The era of digital for your local radio station brings the promise of higher quality sound, new and increased programming, and richer data services,'' said Arthur Timko, station general manager, in a prepared statement. "WEMU is certainly proud to be not only the first public radio station in Michigan to transmit digitally, but also the first to multicast, i.e. provide a second completely different program service on the same frequency.'' A high-definition radio is required to receive the second channel. Currently unhosted, WEMU2 plays a mix of AAA (adult album alternative), roots, folk, Americana and blues from local, national and regional artists... A first for WEMU: Public radio goes high-def (Sun, 4/22)


Detroit Free Press:

In an unexpected announcement Tuesday, Detroit public television station WTVS-TV (Channel 56) board of trustees announced it had accepted immediately the resignation of president and general manager Steven R. Antoniotti, who led the station since 1995. In a news release, the board said Antoniotti "tendered his resignation because of an acknowledged failure to comply with station requirements, unrelated to financial matters"... Detroit Public TV president quits (Wed, 4/25)

Michigan Radio Wins Ten 2006 Michigan Associated Press Awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, received ten awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2006.

All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2006.

“On behalf of the Michigan Radio News team, we are very pleased to receive these acknowledgements of excellence from the Associated Press,” said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. “Receiving these important awards is a credit to our news team, who are unfailingly committed to generating meaningful and important news reports for listeners across the state.”

These awards follow the February and March announcements by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters that Michigan Radio has been named Public Station of the Year and received nine 2006-2007 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards.


Detroit News:

If you didn't catch the Drew & Mike interview with O.J. Simpson that aired April 18, you can still hear it at wrif.com. It all came about when an unnamed source who had the Juice's cell number (to set up a golf game) passed it on to the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning duo, who phoned Simpson and chatted with him for some time. The Hall of Fame running back, who was prosecuted (but not convicted) for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman near her home in Los Angeles, answered his phone in a Jamaican patois before admitting who he was... Hear Drew & Mike interview O.J. on wrif.com (Thu, 4/26)

I'm a big fan of old-fashioned letter writing. Putting pen to ink, or fingers to keyboard, and saying something heartfelt. This letter is going to New York City, dated April 26, 2007: Dear NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: I'm a hockey fan, and I'm worried about a serious problem. The Red Wings open the second round of the playoffs tonight by playing host to the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. I'd love to watch the game on TV, but I already know that's not going to happen ... Radio show "Parker and The Man" returns to the airwaves Monday, finding a new home from 9 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, on WCHB 1200... Versus telecasts exclude some fans (Thu, 4/26)

In a surprise move, Steve Antoniotti has parted company with Detroit Public Television, where he served as president and general manager since 1995. Antoniotti tendered his resignation, according to a release from Detroit Public Television, because of an "acknowledged failure to comply with station requirements, unrelated to financial matters." Dan Alpert, Detroit Public Television's chief operating officer and TV station manager, will fill in as acting general manager while a replacement is sought... Detroit Public Television manager resigns his post (Thu, 4/26)

Detroit Free Press:

First I was a listener. Then a supporter. A volunteer. Then I got ticked off at WDET (www.wdetfm.org) and became a boycotter. Now I’m a listener again — a freeloading one — and the Detroit public radio station is begging for money during its on-air spring pledge drive. They’re not getting it. Not until I’m convinced 101.9-FM won’t betray me again. ’DET dumped Tavis Smiley, Terry Gross and Ira Glass in September 2004. That’s when I launched my boycott. (Thank goodness they sent the “Car Talk” guys away, too.) It was painful missing Judy Adams’ and Martin Bandyke’s music programs during that time, but denial is the essence of boycotting... You can't have my money yet, WDET (Thu, 4/26)

WJR & MSU present the 2nd annual “Champions for the Kids” tournament at Oakland Hills Golf & Country Club July 29-30

News/Talk WJR AM 760 and Michigan State University will again join forces to present Champions for the Kids, a special golf event to benefit the non-profit organization “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. ”

Registration has already begun so don’t miss your chance to join MSU Coach Tom Izzo and WJR at the second annual “Champions For The Kids” golf tournament to be held July 29th & 30th at the prestigious Oakland Hills Golf and Country Club. All funds raised through this two-day event will go directly to those in need through “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids.” The tournament begins with a VIP dinner and auction at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Sunday, July 29th and is followed by a day of golf at the world renowned golf course on Monday, July 30th.

Founded by Norman Yatooma on Father’s Day 2003, “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids ” was inspired by memories of the overwhelming grief, financial pressure and insecurities that the young children of the Yatooma family suffered as a result of their father’s tragic murder. As a result, Yatooma started this non-profit organization to help children overcome the challenges they face with the painful loss of a parent through a full spectrum of assistance including financial advice, help in the home, counseling and support services.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For registration and sponsorship information, call 1-888-987-KIDS (5437) or visit www.wjr.com or www.forthekidsfoundation.org.


Detroit Free Press:

Lawson Deming, who portrayed campy Detroit TV vampire Sir Graves Ghastly, surrendered to the Grim Reaper on Tuesday night at his Ohio home. His demise -- he was believed to be 94 -- was reported by Keith Milford, gravemaster of www.SirGravesGhastly.com. The site seems destined to keep Deming's bad jokes -- "What's the favorite meal of sea monsters? Fish and ships" -- alive indefinitely. His passing marks another nail in the coffin of the period when local TV stations used kitschy, over-the-top horror movie hosts to entertain kids on Saturday afternoons... TV host Sir Graves is dead (Fri, 4/27)

Detroit News:

Sir Graves Ghastly made Saturday afternoons fun. With the perfect mix of camp and kook, he frightened and delighted thousands of Metro Detroit kids once every weekend for 15 years. But the playful vampire couldn't resist the Grim Reaper forever. Lawson Deming -- the actor who played local TV legend Sir Graves Ghastly -- died in his Cleveland home of congestive heart failure Tuesday, one day after his 94th birthday, his son David Deming says... TV legend Sir Graves Ghastly dies at 94 (Fri, 4/27)

Ann Arbor News:

For nearly 55 years, Ted Heusel talked to listeners over the airwaves, even once broadcasting from his bed after he'd broken his ankle. "He always worked,'' said his wife, Nancy. "He always did his radio programs.'' Theodore Heusel died at home around 1 a.m. today, after seven years battling colon cancer. He was 86. Heusel had been broadcasting on various Ann Arbor area radio stations since 1948, when he started as a part-time DJ at WPAG while at graduate school at the University of Michigan. In 1952, he accepted a job as a full-time radio broadcaster. He also worked for radio station WOIA, moving to WAAM nearly 25 years ago, coming back after his show was once axed and moving from a weekday show to Saturday after his health deteriorated... Ted Heusel made state's hall of fame (Fri, 4/27)

Nominations sought for cancer survivors salute

Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center will present the 2007 National Cancer Survivors Salute from 5 – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at the Sheraton Detroit in Novi, honoring fifty metropolitan Detroit cancer survivors. The event, hosted by Cyndy Canty from The Magic Morning Show, will include appetizers, music, door prizes, a cash bar and an auction to help raise money for cancer research.

Currently, Magic 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer are seeking nominations of cancer survivors who face each day with courage and dignity in their fight against cancer and serve as an inspiration to all of us. Each nomination should include why this person is being nominated and include the nominee and nominator’s full name, address and phone number. Full details on the Magic 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center 2007 National Cancer Survivors Salute can be found at www.detroitmagic.com.


Special guest auctioneers to help WSDP radio auction

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools WSDP-FM 88.1 is set to present their annual Radio Auction on Saturday May 12, from 9am to 10pm and has recruited a team of special guest auctioneers to help with the auction. Each guest will work with two student auctioneers. Some of the guests include Dr. Jim Ryan, Plymouth-Canton Schools Superintendent, Chris Edmonds, WNIC Morning Radio Host, Pam Rossi of WCSX, John Bommarito of Ann Arbor’s 107.1FM, and State Representatives Phil Lajoy and Marc Corriveau. A complete list is available at the station’s website, www.881TheEscape.com. Listeners can also tune in to the auction via the station’s live web feed, available from the website.

Area businesses, which are still being contacted by station volunteers, still have time to support the student radio station by donating an item. Businesses benefit from the exposure they receive while the item is up for bid. Most importantly donations help a very worthwhile program.

This year’s auction is even more significant as the school district is considering budget cuts with WSDP on a preliminary list of cuts for the 2008/2009 school year. The auction is the first of many fundraisers to help save the radio station, which is celebrating 35 years of serving the Plymouth-Canton Community.

New items will be auctioned off every half-hour. Listeners can support the station by calling in bids throughout the day. There are many great items to bid on including autographed memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, and services from local businesses. A Dream Board of the more unique items will be available for bidding all day long.

Last year the station raised just about $12,000 and this year they've set their mark at $15,000.

The WSDP staff would also like to thank New Liberty Bank for returning as a Key Sponsor of the auction. They would also like to thank Tom Yack, Canton Township Supervisor, and State Representative Phil LaJoy, The Rector family and Plymouth AM Rotary for sponsoring a half-hour of the auction. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a portion of the auction can e-mail Bill Keith at keithb@pccs.k12.mi.us.

WMGC-FM's Harper to honor Detroit area nurses with five live broadcasts

In recognition of national “Nurse Appreciation Week,” Magic 105.1’s Jim Harper & The Magic Morning show will broadcast live from 6 to 10 am from five area Metro Detroit hospitals between May 7th and 11th in an effort to pay tribute to nurses and hospital professionals.

In addition, a light breakfast will be served at each broadcast, compliments of Tim Horton’s, Whole Foods, Providence Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Beaumont Hospital. Red Wings Shoes will sell shoes and GM Mobility will have a display on-site each day.

May 7: Crittenton Hospital, Rochester
May 8: Providence Hospital, Southfield
May 9: Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital, Warren
May 10: St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit
May 11: Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

The American Nurses Association has officially designated this year’s theme "Nursing: A Profession and a Passion" in recognition of the countless nurses who make a difference in the lives of others in our community. Nurse Appreciation Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

Zonjic to perform in Mother's Day weekend concert to benefit homeless in Canada

For the 11th year, Alexander Zonjic will be performing a charity concert for the Windsor Downtown Mission to benefit the homeless on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 12. A new location, Assumption University Chapel, has been selected for the annual event.

For the first time, since the inception of the annual concert, Alexander Zonjic’s mother will be there in memory only. Elena Zonjic passed away last October. “I am going to dedicate this performance to her,” said Zonjic.

The concert will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends at the Assumption University Chapel, 400 Huron Church Road in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children, $25 for adults and $45 for preferred seating and an autographed CD with flower for moms. Couples will receive a CD with VIP seats.

The Windsor Downtown Mission feeds the homeless, offers them spiritual and moral support, provides health care, referrals, clothing and employment support.

“The Windsor Downtown Mission does good work and I am especially eager to help out a good cause in my hometown,” said Zonjic. “The Assumption Chapel will provide an intimate and special setting for the concert.”

For more information and tickets, call the Windsor Downtown Mission at (519) 973-5573.


Detroit Free Press:

As the bright lights focused on him and the cameras rolled, the show's host, Carlo Ginotti, hit his mark on the studio floor, told a few jokes, introduced his special guests, and then broke for a "word from their sponsors." Welcome to "The Royal Oak Show," a talk show, about, well, Royal Oak. It's not quite "The Tonight Show," but if you live in the city, this could be your chance to be on TV. The show airs on WROK, the city's cable station that operates out of the basement of City Hall, and is seen by a few thousand viewers... TV for the people (Tue, 5/1)


Detroit News:

A lurid murder case, Bob Seger's triumphant comeback and a faltering Michigan economy all factored into the Winter Arbitron ratings for January-March, which were released Tuesday. News-talk WJR-AM (760) and all-news WWJ-AM (950) both did well, topping the overall ratings for everybody (ages 12 and older), at No. 1 for WJR and No. 2 for WWJ. In the morning, WRIF-FM (101.1)'s Drew & Mike regained their No. 1 spot, while Mojo in the Morning on WKQI-FM (95.5) had a nice bump upward going from No. 5 to No. 3. Fall's leader, Steve Harvey on WMXD-FM (92.3) plummeted from No. 1 to No. 5. WWJ ranked second... Murder, Seger help news stations top radio rankings (Tue, 5/2)

Detroit Free Press:

News-talk WJR-AM (760) moved back to the top of the heap in the Arbitron radio ratings released Tuesday among all listeners for the first quarter of 2007. It's an early present for the landmark Detroit station which marks its 85th birthday on Friday. Last month's leader, soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3), plummeted as expected as its December ratings for holiday music were factored out of the total, which is based on the last three months of listening. News provider WWJ-AM (950), buoyed by major news stories like the Tara Grant murder, the Troy office shootings and the Virginia Tech massacre, zoomed to second place among all listeners. There were plenty of other noteworthy numbers... WJR returns to No. 1 among all listeners (Wed, 5/2)

WDET hosts oral history project "Story Corps Griot" in Detroit May 10 - June 16

StoryCorps Griot, a one-year initiative to gather and preserve in sound the life stories of African American families across the country, will be in Detroit to record stories of endurance, resilience, achievement and hope. Working in partnership with WDET 101.9 FM, StoryCorps Griot will document the history of Detroit area families and friends for generations to come.

A StoryCorps interview is a 40-minute conversation between two people who know each other. A trained facilitator will be present and serve as a partner throughout the interview process to help participants have a comfortable and meaningful experience, and to handle all technical aspects of the recording.

Participants will take home a broadcast-quality audio CD, and with permission, copies will go to the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and to the National Museum of African American History and Culture at the Smithsonian. Segments of interviews may also air on WDET 101.9 FM.

Visit www.storycorpsgriot.net to make a reservation, see sample questions, listen to clips and learn more about the Griot Initiative.

Where: Campus Martius Park - 800 Woodward Avenue in Downtown Detroit
When: May 10th through June 16th
Hours: Mon/Thurs/Fri 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Sat./Sun. 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
How: Call 1-800-850-4406 to reserve your appointment

There are a limited number of appointment slots available, so interested participants are encouraged to sign up soon.

Michigan Radio welcomes incoming news director

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has completed its search for a News Director. Beginning May 7, Vincent Duffy will take the reigns of Michigan Radio’s award-winning news staff.

Duffy comes to Michigan Radio with an impressive resume of public broadcasting experience. Most recently, he has served as the Director of Programming and Operations at WKSU in Akron/Cleveland, Ohio. He has also hosted a weekly news round-up program entitled “NewsNight Akron” on WNEO/WEAO, Akron’s public television station, and served as an adjunct professor at Kent State University.

Prior to his time as Director of Programming and Operations, Duffy spent seven years as the station’s News Director. During that time, he earned six national Edward R. Murrow awards, as well as many other prestigious commendations. Among them are two National Headliner Awards, a Gabriel Award, a national Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Best Reporter in the State of Ohio by the Ohio SPJ. In 2004, Vincent was named Best Producer by Ohio Education Telecommunications.

As Michigan Radio’s News Director, Duffy will supervise and guide the station’s news team. In this role, he will be responsible for continuing Michigan Radio’s commitment to helping listeners understand how their lives and their communities are affected by issues and events in the news.

“I’m very enthusiastic about joining the news team at Michigan Radio,” said Duffy. “The reporters there are some of the best in the business and I hope that together we can continue Michigan Radio’s long tradition of public service excellence.”


Detroit Free Press:

Two things happened recently that remind us why relations between different races and the haves and have-nots in America -- and in Michigan -- are so poor: First: Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca asked a judge to forgive a bank robber's transgression because he was desperate and faced homelessness ... Second: Two weeks after shock jock Don Imus was fired, shock jock Rush Limbaugh began playing a little ditty on his radio program called "Barack, the Magic Negro." Think "Puff, the Magic Dragon." Now, Barack Obama is no female college basketball player, so Limbaugh, unlike Imus, did pick on someone his own size. (Actually, he picked on someone bigger, smarter and more relevant than he is.) And Obama, when asked about it on WJR's Paul W. Smith show Wednesday morning, said he wasn't bothered. He's right. If elected, he won't have time to answer every kook who calls him a name. But that doesn't mean black folks shouldn't be bothered... The insulting unfairness should offend all (Fri, 5/4)

Toledo Blade:

Music has been a big part of Carolyn Stone's life. She played the tuba in the band while growing up in the Detroit suburb of Romeo. She sang in the church choir and at weddings. She would often scribble the lyrics to songs on the back of a napkin or on a piece of paper. Not all that long ago, Stone was the lead singer for the group Ghetto Puppet. She played at most of the key music venues in the Motor City while working part-time at a radio station... Music brought Carolyn Stone to radio career (Fri, 5/4)


WOMCWhile the original meaning behind the call sign for WOMC was a take on what used to be commonly referred to as the Tri-County area of Detroit (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb Counties), the 104.3 frequency became much more familiar to listeners as 'Oldies 104.3', a moniker the station had been using since the late 1980's when it began focusing on 50's-early 70's oldies full-time. Today the station returned to using the 'Oldies 104.3' name, about one year after discarding it.

Last spring, WOMC completely stopped using the 'Oldies' term, instead shifting to the awkward name and positioner, "The Motor City's 104.3 WOMC" which was often coupled with "The Hits You Loved Growing Up". Ratings-wise, the results of last year's renaming have not been very successful with the station having lower listener numbers in each quarter since. Typically, WOMC's ratings are the strongest during the warm weather months so making the switch now should help gain back ratings momentum through the summer and into the fall as loyal listeners - especially those with ratings diaries - can identify the station more concisely. Today's name change came complete with new jingles and the additional return of the identifier 'The Greatest Hits of the 60's and 70's.'

The station is currently without a permanent program director and instead is under the guidance of consultant Gary Berkowitz. Interestingly WOMC joins another high profile CBS Radio station, this one across Lake Michigan in Chicago, in reverting back to a previous name this week. Talk WCKG-FM 105.9, which has had abysmal ratings in the Windy City, dropped its 'Free FM' moniker and went back to calling itself 'Chicago's FM Talk Station', perhaps signaling that there will soon be more changes to other CBS properties around the country.

Former CBS Radio top exec Joel Hollander is widely viewed as the person that directed many dramatic changes to the company's radio stations, including the roll out of the 'Free FM' talk concept in major markets along with the dropping of the Oldies format in several of the same cities. New CEO Dan Mason has reportedly been traveling around the country and been involved in addressing some of the stations that have been under-performing since the changes under Hollander's watch.

As for WOMC, the station's music selection still dips in to the early 1980s in addition to its normal focus on Motown and The Beatles. It still sounds a bit strange to hear a Billy Joel 80's tune being played as an Oldie, but especially when it comes right after hearing "The Greatest Hits of the 60's and 70's." Can radio stations go back home again? WOMC is about to find out.


"Home Improvement with Murray Gula" added to WDFN

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced the addition of a Detroit radio staple to its weekend lineup, home improvement guru Murray Gula. "Home Improvement with Murray Gula" will air Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8 to 10 am on WDFN.

Gula has been answering home improvement questions for 20 years as a broadcast veteran and building expert and is currently a featured expert on home improvement issues for WXYZ TV-7.

A native Detroiter and Director of the Michigan Construction Protection Agency, a nationwide notice and lien processing service, Murray has spent over 35 years in the building industry as a Master Electrician, Licensed Builder and Building Inspector.

Whether it’s help with a remodeling project, building a new home or addition, or simply answering questions about electrical, plumbing, insulation and just about anything else in the home improvement and repair universe, Murray Gula is the guy for metro Detroiters.

WRIF sets details for 9th Annual HarleyFest

WRIFRock WRIF-FM 101.1 has unveiled details of the 9th Annual Motor City Harley Davidson Harleyfest. The event, sponsored by Miller Lite and Motor City Harley-Davidson®, will take place on Saturday, June 16th at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights.

HarleyFest is an all-day event that brings together Harley-Davidson® motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the state of Michigan to celebrate great music, great food and great bikes. Both bikers and non-bikers are welcome.

Admission to the festival in the park is always free and will feature a live music stage featuring some of Detroit’s hottest local bands. In addition, there will be a “Best of Bike” show for prizes in various categories, a vendor village featuring everything from clothes and jewelry to airbrush artists, plus lots of delicious food and drink, live auctions featuring autographed memorabilia, a day-long live broadcast by WRIF and more. Gates to the park will open at 11am.

In addition, there will be a special Harley-Davidson “Rock-n- Roll Ride for Kids,” which will leave from Motor City Harley-Davidson®, located at 34900 Grand River Avenue in Farmington Hills to Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, the morning of the event.

Sign-up begins at 9am in Farmington Hills. The will ride leave for HarleyFest, accompanied with a police escort, at 11am sharp. Riders are asked to pay $25 per person to participate in the ride, which provides them with a special Rainbow Connection collector’s pin, parking fees for HarleyFest and a donation to The Rainbow Connection. For more information on the ride call Motor City Harley-Davidson® at (248) 473-7433. Last year’s ride drew over 1,000 participants.

At 3:00pm, previously qualified WRIF winners will gather on site at the event to see which one of them will drive away with the ultimate Harley-Davidson® prize….a 2007 1200XL Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster and a two year lease on a Ford F-150XLT. The RIFF will be qualifying listeners to win keys for this exciting giveaway on the air, at Harley Fest parties around the city as well as by picking up an entry form at the Harley Fest display at participating Farmer Jack and CVS locations. Listeners are encouraged to tune into 101 WRIF for complete details.

A portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will benefit the Rainbow Connection Over the past eight years; Harley Fest has helped to raise over $290,000 for various charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and Karmanos Cancer Institute.


The 94.7 WCSX House That Classic Rock Built

WCSXWCSX-FM 94.7 is working with Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County to complete the "WCSX House That Classic Rock Built". The House is located at 191 Mechanic Street in Pontiac. It is two blocks South of Huron Street (M-59) and three blocks East of Woodward.

Help us build the "WCSX House That Classic Rock Built" go to www.wcsx.com to:
* Volunteer your time
* Make a secure on-line donation
* Be a guest DJ and host your own hour of music

94.7 WCSX will be broadcasting live from the building site:
* Today, May 9th, from 9am-2pm with Karen Savelly sponsored by Metro PCS
* Friday May 11th from 2-6pm with Ken Calvert sponsored by Jet's Pizza
* Friday May 18th from 6-9am with the whole 'CSX Gang for the dedication of the "WCSX House That Classic Rock Built"

WJR’s Paul W. Smith continues remote broadcasts across Michigan

WJRNews-talk WJR-AM (760) and morning host Paul W. Smith continue what's become an annual tradition with remote broadcasts across Michigan to showcase some of the state's great cities and tourist locations. The first broadcast was this morning from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Tomorrow from 5:30 - 9 AM, Smith will be at the Sugar Beach Resort in Traverse City and on Friday the show will originate from the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth.

In addition to highlighting these popular travel destinations, Smith will also talk to local business and government leaders in each city.

Detroit News:

The past four months have been a process of trial and error for Juliet Huddy and Mike Jerrick. If their names don't ring a bell, chances are they could in a month or two. That's because the hosts of Fox's "The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet," which airs locally 9 a.m. weekdays on WJBK-TV (Channel 2), are starting to get noticed. In Metro Detroit, for instance, viewership among women 25-54 has increased from a 1.6 rating in January to 2.0 rating in March... Fox's 'Morning Show' rating is up (Wed, 5/9)


Detroit News:

General Motors vice chairman Bob Lutz will be a special guest on a live taping of "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me!," the irreverent National Public Radio quiz show, next Thursday, May 17, at Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater. Lutz will appear as the show's "Not My Job" contestant, for which he'll answer questions outside his area of expertise (and maybe win a prize for a listener). The show will air nationally on the following Saturday. Locally it can be heard at 11 a.m. Saturdays on WEMU and WDET; it repeats on WDET Sunday evenings at 9 p.m, and airs on Michigan Radio WUOM-FM (91.7) Saturdays at noon... GM's Lutz to play NPR game show (Thu, 5/10)

Detroit Free Press:

Detroit officials acknowledged Wednesday that a tax-exempt community fund paid $8,605 for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his family to spend a week at a posh California resort last August. But they said the mayor's stay at the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, Calif., was part of an effort to raise money for the Kilpatrick Civic Fund, which the mayor created to boost community life in Detroit... $8,605 went toward Kilpatrick family’s bill at resort (Thu, 5/10)

(Originally published May 20, 2005) The most combative journalist in Detroit walked away from his latest confrontation with the mayor Tuesday disheveled and seething. He'd just been cursed, shoved, grabbed, kicked and punched. His dress shirt was untucked, his hair was a mess. Sweat dripped down his forehead. It was inevitable, really, that the melee would break out - the only question was when and how forcefully the whole thing would explode... Newsman Steve Wilson: Bulldog or Bulldozer? (Thu, 5/10)

WYCD catches a star- Country megastar Tim McGraw dropped by Detroit's WYCD-FM (99.5) the other day to bang the drum for Halfway to Hazard, a new country band he's producing. McGraw played with the band on several live tunes and spent a good hour on the air... Names and Faces (Thu, 5/10)


Detroit Free Press:

The Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science unveiled nominees Thursday for the 2007 Local Emmys to be presented June 16 at the Gem Theatre (strolling hors d'oeuvres at 4 p.m.; presentation at 6 p.m.) It bodes to be a happy night for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), which along with its affiliated independent producers, scored 30 nominations. Second was Fox Sports Net Detroit, which dominated the sporting categories and garnered 24 nominations... Local Emmy nods are out: 7, FSN lead pack (Fri, 5/11)


Educational Media Foundation puts Detroit-area translator on-air

W288BK FM 105.5 Rochester Hills is now broadcasting, carrying the programming of classic rock WQUS FM 103.1 Lapeer. The station filed with the FCC for its license to cover this week specifying it would be translating WQUS, which is owned by Regent Broadcasting.

Hearing WQUS on this translator is somewhat of a surprise as the original application for the station specified the translator would be carrying the signal EMF's WAKL FM 88.9 Flint. WAKL is programmed with the Contemporary Christian 'K-Love' format.

W288BK's 12 watt transmitter is located near downtown Rochester, but can be heard clearly as far away as the northwest corner of Sterling Heights.


WRIF names 2007 “Rock Girl”

Rock WRIF-FM on Friday announced the winner of the station's 2007 “WRIF Rock Girl” competition – Taylor Robinson from Canton, Michigan. Taylor made it through three rounds of online voting and the scrutiny of 3 judges at a live event last Thursday at the Emerald Theater in Mt. Clemens to be crowned with the title of WRIF Rock Girl.

Through the online voting campaign, the girls were whittled down from 32 to 16 to 8. The “Fabulous Four” were announced at the event last night with the help of our emcees, Trudi Daniels, Arthur Penhallow, Doug Podell, Scott Randall and 2006 WRIF Rock Girl, Lisa Welch. Then, it was up to our panel of judges to decide. Judges included MGM Grand Detroit’s Courtney Bliznik, Red Wing Alumni John Ogrodnick and “Mr. Skin” of MrSkin.com fame. After a series of competitions, including WRIF and Rock trivia, a simulated traffic report, a talent competition and a “show us your style” fashion show, Taylor was crowned “WRIF Rock Girl” by reigning Rock Girl, Lisa Welch.

In addition to the title of WRIF Rock Girl, Taylor will receive a $40,000 salary, a position on the air as afternoon traffic reporter, and she’ll star in a WRIF billboard campaign and a WRIF ad in the July issue of Stuff Magazine.

Taylor is a graduate from Eastern Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She plans to go back to get her masters as well.

WMGC-FM accepting final nominations for Women Who Make Magic® awards

Soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1's Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show are accepting final nominations for the 6th Annual "Women Who Make Magic®" Awards. The banquet and dinner will be held on Monday, June 11, 2007 at the Andiamo Celebrity Showroom on 14 Mile in Warren. National recording artist and Magic 105.1FM on-air personality John Tesh will be a special guest, presenting an award and spending some time sharing a bit of his “intelligence for life.” He will also sign autographs at the event. Tickets are available at the Andiamo box office or by calling 586-268-3200.

The "Women Who Make Magic®" Awards began back in 2002, in an effort to recognize and pay tribute to women who have made a difference in the lives of others in their family, workplace or community.

"Women Who Make Magic® is the program for which we're most proud. To hear the stories about these women is both inspiring and humbling. I know the world is going to be OK when I'm reminded that these beautiful, empowered, caring and intelligent women are walking the earth like Guardian Angels,” said Jim Harper, WMGC Morning Show Personality and Operations Manager.

Every Friday from February - May, Magic 105.1FM's Jim Harper and The Magic Morning Show announce the name of a candidate, based on nomination letters they receive from friends, family and co-workers suggesting why the individual should be recognized. Each selected nominee receives two tickets to attend the Women Who Make Magic® Awards Banquet and a $50 Kroger gift card. Approximately 30 women will be recognized at the Awards dinner in June.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination should send a letter explaining why the candidate should be considered to:
Women Who Make Magic®
Magic 105.1FM
One Radio Plaza
Detroit, MI 48220

Nominations can also be e-mailed to: women@detroitmagic.com. Please include a photo of your "Magical" nominee! Deadline for submissions is May 31, 2007.

Detroit Free Press:

Last week, the Associated Press reported what it called "an alarming number of Americans" stopped watching TV over the past two months: Nationally, more than 2.5 million fewer people were watching ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox than at the same time last year, statistics show. But that trend wasn't true in the Detroit area. Everyone has a theory to explain the plummeting national ratings: early Daylight Savings Time, more reruns, bad shows, more shows being recorded or downloaded or streamed online. But there wasn't a need for explanations here. "Detroit is different than the rest of the country in so many ways including television viewing," said WJBK-TV (Channel 2) research chief Kelly Collins... Detroiters still watch, but ratings drop nationwide (Sun, 5/13)


Detroit Free Press:

Rev. Al Sharpton, lately best known for being the scourge of the currently jobless Don Imus, came to Troy Wednesday to address the AdCraft Club at its annual Radio Day presentation at the San Marino Club. Why Radio Day? Sharpton hosts a weekday radio talk show syndicated by Radio One that’s heard from 1-4 p.m. daily here on Radio One’s WCHB-AM (1200). And 11 minutes into a 20-minute address to an audience of radio and other advertising folks, Sharpton explained why Imus had to go while making a couple of points on the application of the concept of freedom of speech... Sharpton explains how Imus was ousted (Wed, 5/16)

Good-bye, Opie & Anthony. XM Satellite Radio suspended them and their New York-based morning radio show for 30 days, effective immediately, possibly setting the stage for their eventual dismissal. A tamer, public airwaves O&A will continue to be carried from 6-9 a.m. weekdays on WKRK-FM (97.1), a CBS spokeswoman said Tuesday. The O&A comedy tour is due to hit DTE Energy Music Theatre on Aug. 4. The offense: The duo allowed a homeless man to utter profanity and talk about wanting to have sex with some famous women on their XM-only show, which runs from 9 to about 11 a.m. and isn't bound by normal broadcast standards... XM radio yanks Opie & Anthony (Wed, 5/16)


Detroit News:

The Rev. Al Sharpton, whose campaigning helped lead to CBS Radio shock jock Don Imus losing his job last month, was the keynote speaker at the Adcrafter Club Radio Day luncheon Wednesday at the San Marino Club in Troy. Sharpton's appearance, requested by Radio One-Detroit general manager Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin, couldn't have been more timely, with shock jocks in hot water all over the place this week... Sharpton: Imus firing a consumers' rights issue (Thu, 5/17)


John Heffron to sit in on WCSX morning show next week

While Jim Johnson of 'JJ & Lynne' on Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is chaperoning his son’s school trip to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, AL next Monday – Wednesday, May 21-23, filling the void will be Detroit funnyman John Heffron who will co-host the Classic Rock Morning Show with Lynne Woodison.

Heffron, winner of NBC’s reality series “Last Comic Standing,” has become the comic to watch and love. The newly-married 33 year-old comic recently nabbed a development deal with ABC for his own sitcom and wowed the crowd in another half-hour standup special for Comedy Central. John’s been on the road non-stop, performing in comedy clubs, colleges and theaters across the country.

Heffron started his comedy career as a student at Eastern Michigan University, skipping night classes to perform. After graduating, John toured the college circuit with material that became his first comedy CD, “Kid With A Cape.”

John just released his third comedy CD, “The Better Half,” featuring material that has matured with him, moving from college and video games to the adjustment of being married with weekly visits to Home Depot.

Michigan Radio reporter wins National Headliner award for journalism

Rebecca Williams, reporter and producer for The Environment Report on Michigan Radio, has been selected to receive a first place National Headliner Award for her series of reports on the Emerald Ash Borer, entitled “Tree Killing Bug Wiping Out Ash.”

Williams’s award is in the category of “Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event,” and surpassed both ABC News Radio and CBS Radio News to take the top spot in that category.

“Tree Killing Bug Wiping Out Ash” is a continuing series of stories about how this invasive beetle has killed over 20 million trees. People in the nursery and firewood industries have lost their livelihoods, homeowners and cities are struggling to pay for the damage, and scientists are warning that we don't fully understand the extent of everything that could be lost in our forests.

The National Headliner Awards program was founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. It is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.

This year’s awards will be presented to recipients at a special ceremony in Atlantic City on May 19. Outstanding journalists from around the country will gather to honor their fellow news writers, photographers, and reporters.

“I’m thrilled,” says Williams, “to receive this recognition of our in-depth coverage of such an important problem.”

The Environment Report from the GLRC is a production of Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan. The Environment Report is an environmental news service distributed free of charge to more than 140 public radio stations in 16 states.

Ann Arbor News:

There are probably a finite number of places in the country where more than 1,500 people would jam a place like the Michigan Theater to listen to the making of a radio show, but Ann Arbor is one of them. The National Public Radio current-events quiz program, "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me,'' with host Peter Sagal, announcer-scorekeeper Carl Kasell and panelists Adam Felber, Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce, came to town Thursday night for a live taping of their fast-paced, unscripted and irreverent look at the news. "We were warned if we weren't good enough, they'd start projecting an obscure Czech film,'' Sagal quipped... Throng could barely wait for 'Wait, Wait': 1,500 pack theater for NPR show (Fri, 5/18)


“Paolucci’s Pals” team looking for walkers for the First Annual CLF Walk for Hope & Support

Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 is joining forces with the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan by forming a special Magic 105.1FM team to walk in the first-ever CLF Walk for Hope & Support.

Magic 105.1FM afternoon on-air personality Jim Paolucci will host this year’s event and has formed a team, “Paolucci’s Pals.” to help raise funds for this great cause. The 3-mile charity walk will start at 9am and conclude with lunch which will immediately follow. Water at the halfway point of the walk will be provided by Oakwood Hospital.

The mission of Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is to provide and promote compassionate, personalized support to people in Michigan affected by leukemia and other related disorders.

“I know firsthand how devastating illnesses such as these can be for the entire family. Join me in support of these brave kids and their families,” said Jim Paolucci.

Registration is available at: www.active.com/donate/clfwalk/jimpaolucci. On-site registration the day of the event will also be available.


SalvationArmyThe National Salvation Army has honored Detroit Radio Personality Dick Purtan, host of Oldies WOMC-FM's Morning Show with Purtan’s People, with the Evangeline Booth Award, the organization’s highest honor at their recent National Advisory Organizations Conference (NAOC) in Dallas. Purtan was recognized for Excellence in Radio Broadcasting.

Purtan has hosted the Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon for 20 consecutive years, raising more than $16.4 million dollars for The Salvation Army’s Bed and Bread Club Program. The Bed and Bread program brings food, shelter and services to countless people within the community. The program shelters 2,100 every night and serves over 12,300 meals each day to men, women and children in need.

“Dick’s commitment to helping others in need embodies the spirit of the Evangeline Booth Award,” said Major Norman Marshall, divisional commander for The Salvation Army Eastern Michigan Division. “He serves as a role model for all of us to do the most good. The Salvation Army could not make the impact it does without his generous support.”

Purtan has been inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The Morning Show with Purtan’s People is also included in the archives at the New York Museum of Radio and Television Broadcasting. In their first-ever “Best of Detroit,” HOUR Detroit Magazine selected Dick Purtan & Purtan’s People as the city’s best radio morning show. In 2006, HOUR Detroit named him the “Best Local Radio DJ.” The readers of the Detroit News and Detroit Free Press have also voted Purtan the Best Radio Personality.

Others who were honored by TSA with Evangeline Booth awards included, “A Purpose Driven Life” author Pastor Rick Warren, Actress Dixie Carter, Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott and former Pepsico CEO Steven Reinemund.


Detroit News:

Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman is confident by the time the network launches in August, fans around the league will have access to the channel devoted 24 hours a day to Big Ten sports. Silverman, on the Michigan campus Tuesday to discuss the status of the network, particularly in terms of cable distribution, said 40 cable companies, including 12 in Michigan, are on board, along with DirecTV... Big Ten Network confident it will deliver (Wed, 5/23)

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Detroit Free Press:

For those who missed the announcement, the Big Ten Network will debut in August. Who will see it remains another matter. Big Ten Network officials, including president Mark Silverman, were in Ann Arbor on Tuesday pitching all of the network's attributes. But when the inevitable topic of distribution arose, Silverman could say only that he was optimistic. The network currently has an agreement with DirecTV and a number of smaller cable outlets throughout the Midwest that will make it available in 15 million homes. It does not, however, have an agreement with cable giants such as Comcast, which serves many Michigan homes, despite preliminary meetings... Big Ten Network might be hard to find (Wed, 5/23)

Ann Arbor News:

The Big Ten Network has lots of programming that local sports fans will want to watch on TV, but it has yet to secure a deal with the cable distributor that can make that a reality. Three months from its launch, Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman made a stop in Ann Arbor on Tuesday to detail its progress. Silverman touted the number of football games - at least two per school - and men's basketball games - 60 percent of the schedule - that will be shown this season. He also highlighted the vast amount of HDTV programming that will be available from the start... Big Ten Network seeks a distributor (Wed, 5/23)


WYCD Rocks The House With 25th Annual Hoedown
CBS RADIO Country WYCE/DETROIT reports that 1.1 million Country fans showed up for the 25th ANNUAL WYCD DETROIT HOEDOWN that was held from MAY 18-20. The event was held at the HART PLAZA in Downtown DETROIT. Artists that played this year included THE WRECKERS, TRACY LAWRENCE, JOE NICHOLS, LITTLE BIG TOWN, EMERSON DRIVE, DARRYL WORLEY, DANIELLE PECK and many others. (Tue, 5/22)

WDET's Detroit Today to broadcast live from Campus Martius Park tomorrow

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will bring its daily public affairs program "Detroit Today" to downtown Detroit's Campus Martius Park for a live broadcast on Thursday, May 24 from 10:00am to noon. The broadcast will take place at the StoryCorps Griot booth, currently at the park as part of an African-American oral history project touring the US.

Matt Watroba is hosting Detroit Today this week, and will be discussing the significance of StoryCorps Griot coming to Detroit and feature some of the oral histories already collected. Tentatively scheduled guests for this special edition of Detroit Today include local civil rights
leader Arthur Johnson, Juanita Moore, director of the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Bob Gregory, Director of Campus Martius Park, Joel Silvers, local film maker, as well as StoryCorps Griot facilitators.

Listeners are invited to join the conversation live on Thursday by coming down to Campus Martius Park from 10am to noon during the live remote broadcast.


Michigan Radio investigates state’s economic future

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, is set to cover this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference. During the week of May 28, the station will air special reports on Michigan’s economy and other topics to be discussed at the conference, followed by a one-hour special program from the conference on Friday, June 1 at 9 am.

This annual Detroit Chamber of Commerce conference presents an opportunity for Michigan’s lawmakers and industry leaders to explore the issues deemed critical to Michigan’s future.

Before and during the conference, Michigan Radio’s news team and other public radio reporters throughout Michigan will pool their resources and present in-depth reports on our state’s economy. These reports will examine transportation, education, rebuilding Michigan’s economy, and the role of government. Michigan Radio, as well as public radio stations around the state, will air the reports during “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”

Friday’s program, “Michigan’s Bottom Line: Perspectives on Fixing the Economy,” will be co-hosted by Michigan Radio News Reporter/Producer Sarah Hulett and Michigan Public Radio Network Director Rick Pluta.

“This project, the independent features and the one-hour special, will give listeners a good sense of how communities across the state are faring in this economy and how they’re preparing for the future,” states Hulett, who is also the program’s story editor.

“Morning Edition” on Michigan Radio airs weekdays from 5:00 to 9:00 am. “All Things Considered” airs weekdays from 4:00 to 6:30 pm.

Michigan Radio to launch summer documentary series

Michigan Radio will begin its annual Summer Documentary Series this Tuesday, May 29th. The programs will air at 9 pm every Tuesday night between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Each week, the program will explore a given topic in depth with some of public radio’s best producers. The series begins with five new shows from RadioLab, public radio’s curiosity-driven investigation into how things work.

For a complete schedule of Michigan Radio’s Summer Documentary Series, visit www.michiganradio.org.

CKWW celebrates the first weekend of summer

This holiday weekend Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will kick-off the unofficial start of summer with the “AM 580 Summer Weekend”, spotlighting some of the best “summer oldies” songs throughout the weekend. From the Beach Boys to Stevie Wonder, the sounds of summer will be heard on AM 580.

Plus, as an added bonus AM 580 will air “The Beach Boys: Warmth of the Sun” radio special this Sunday at 12 noon. The Beach Boys are synonymous with summer and their new CD collection: “The Warmth of the Sun” features 28 career-spanning tracks in a sunup to sundown musical journey through the rich musical legacy of “America’s band”. This hour-long broadcast goes behind the scenes with fascinating new interviews with Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Bruce Johnston and Al Jardine.


Detroit News:

The May 2007 Sweeps book has closed with WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) walking away with several key victories, namely for its 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts. While WXYZ has maintained the No. 1 newscast at 5 p.m. for nearly 30 sweeps periods (thanks in large part to a formidable "Oprah" lead-in), the 6 p.m. newscast is new territory for the local ABC affiliate. This time around, WXYZ pulled an 8 rating in households, compared to WDIV-TV (Channel 4) with a 7.4 rating... WXYZ-TV is tops in evening news (Fri, 5/25)

Toledo Blade:

Andy Evans has been the baseball equivalent of a solid utilityman the last four years at WLQR-AM, 1470. He has crammed a lot of duties into his part-time job. Evans has hosted a two-hour sports show on Sunday mornings called "The Sports Trenches," done morning and mid-day sports updates and some production work, and served as the top fill-in for afternoon sports talk show host Norm Wamer on "The Front Row." Evans also had been the radio voice of the Bowling Green State University hockey team on the campus radio station, WBGU-FM, 88.1. All of the long hours and hard work have finally paid off for Evans, a 27-year-old graduate of Eastwood High School and BGSU. He has landed a full-time position as afternoon sports anchor at another Cumulus Media station - WTKA-AM, 1050, in Ann Arbor. He starts June 4... WLQR's Evans earns sports talk job in Ann Arbor (Fri, 5/25)


Ann Arbor News:

Beginning June 4, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, will begin a series of on-air changes. They start with the debut of "Fair Game,'' a news and entertainment program hosted by Faith Salie from Public Radio International, which will air from 7 to 8 p.m. weeknights, following "All Things Considered.'' "89.1 Jazz'' with Michael G. Nastos will air from 8 to 11 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; on Mondays "Cuban Fantasy'' will air from 8 to 10 p.m., "Brazilian Sol'' will move to 10 p.m. to midnight and "The Outside Within'' will air from midnight to 2 a.m... Listen for changes to WEMU lineup (Sun, 5/27)

Akron Beacon Journal:

It would be understandable if Cavaliers play-by-play announcer Fred McLeod acted like a father trying to choose between his children during the team's Eastern Conference finals series against the Detroit Pistons. After all, McLeod spent 22 years in the same role for the Motown team. But it's not the case at all. McLeod, who is a native of Northeast Ohio (he lived in Strongsville until he was 14 and eventually returned), said there's no wiggle room when it comes to his loyalties. "The minute I came to Cleveland, that's where my allegiance is," he said. "No, I don't feel any divided emotions whatsoever. In a way it's like being traded -- being a free agent"... McLeod is over Detroit (Sun, 5/27)

WLQV exceeds goal for radiothon

Christian Talk WLQV AM 1500 held it's second annual radiothon for Food for the Poor on Thursday, May 24 and once again exceeded its goal. Food for the Poor is the third largest charity in the United States dedicated to helping the suffering poor in the Caribbean.

WLQV partnered with Food for the Poor to build four homes for four families in the poverty ravished parish of St. Mary, Jamaica at a cost of $10,400.00. By the end of the day WLQV listeners had contributed a total of $20,913.00 which will build 8 homes.

Last year the station raised in excess of $12,000.00 and built five homes.


Detroit Free Press:

In the sports world, every event must open and close with a commercial. This column could never be classified as an event, but I warn you I'm opening it with an unabashed commercial. And, if you go to the bottom of the column, you'll find a closing commercial. Father's Day is Sunday, June 17, and I want to do Ole Dad a favor -- keep him from getting another tie. The easiest way: give him an Ernie Harwell Audio Scrapbook. It was fun to work on this book. Gordon Miller and Gary Spicer put me in the Southfield studios of Ron Rose Productions with Bob Harris, the voice of Duke basketball and football. He asked questions and I responded. No script, just off-the top of my head. We recorded 10 hours in three sessions. Then, Miller, aided by engineers Leo Gillis, Chip Kipps, and Dion Roddy, edited all that talk down to four discs of an hour each... Ernie Harwell: Listen to the greats this Father's Day (Mon, 5/28)

"Bridging the Racial Divide 3" is set to air at 8 p.m. Tuesday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56). And now, here's the reeeeeeest of the story. The subject is the impact of the news media on race relations in metro Detroit. The show was taped last week, in part at Oakland University and Wayne State University, with a mix of news media pros and everyday folks. Emery King, the former Channel 4 anchor, and WJR-AM's (760) Paul W. Smith cohost. They kicked around the impact of the news media, crime coverage in the city and the suburbs, the Tara Grant murder coverage, newspaper blogging, the Don Imus affair and newsroom diversity... WTVS show looks at race, media (Mon, 5/28)


Detroit Spanish language Univision-TV affiliate, WUDT-TV celebrated its new partnership with Comcast Cable at an elegant gala last week at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Over four hundred guests from the Hispanic community, the business and broadcast community and elected officials gathered together in the museum’s Diego Rivera Court to kick-off the event with a VIP reception.

Noted Artist Pablo Davis, who worked alongside Mexican artist Diego Rivera on his renowned Detroit Industry murals in the early 1930’s, was an honored guest. The frescoes, considered to be Rivera’s most important work in the U.S. frame the courtyard where the Gala reception was held.

Other honored guests included the Hon. Vicente Sanchez Ventura, Hon. Jorge Sanchez, both Consuls of Mexico, and Duron Marshall representing U.S.. Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick. All the guests were serenaded by Grammy nominated Mariachi Band “Salvador Torres.”

A ninety-minute program was held at the DIA Auditorium to give out special honors in what is planned to be the first of an annual event. The evening was hosted by WJR Radio’s Paul W. Smith of the Paul W. Smith Morning Show.



Scott Walker Named PD At WOMC
ALL ACCESS has learned that SCOTT WALKER has been named the new PD at CBS Oldies WOMC/DETROIT. This marks the return of SCOTT to CBS, as he programmed Oldies WOGL/PHILADELPHIA for 20 years from 1981-2001. Most recently he was PD for COX Classic Hits WJGL (THE NEW 96-9 THE EAGLE)/JACKSONVILLE. (Thu, 5/31)

Detroit News:

Longtime WWJ-AM (950) producer Pat Batcheller will jump to Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) on June 18 to take the job of afternoon host for "All Things Considered," 4-7 p.m. daily. WDET news director Jerome Vaughn has been hosting "All Things Considered" most recently, but according to WDET public relations and promotions director Kevin Piotrowski, Vaughn's workload as news director has made it difficult for him to also pull the afternoon shift.Pat Batcheller to move from WWJ to WDET (Thu, 5/31)

WJR, WDET offering live broadcasts from Mackinac Conference

The daily public affairs program "Detroit Today" on WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is broadcasting live from 2007 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference taking place on Mackinac Island this week. Feature reports, discussions and interviews with Michigan political and business leaders will be featured as WDET's Quinn Klinefelter hosts "Detroit Today" this week. The show airs from 10am to noon.

News/Talk 760 WJR will bring its listeners live coverage from the conference. The three days of meetings, discussions and speeches traditionally result in a number of breaking news stories.

Hosts Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) and Frank Beckmann (9am-11:30am) will feature a long list of guests on their broadcasts today, May 31st, and Friday, June 1st from Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Smith will also host a live program featuring the "Big Five"on Friday afternoon, a special time from 3 to 5 pm. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, Macomb County Commission Chair Nancy White and Windsor, Ontario Mayor Eddie Francis will participate in this lively, topical, roundtable discussion, surrounding significant issues facing the area.


Detroit Free Press:

WJR-AM (760) —about to move ownership-wise from ABC Radio to Citadel on June 12 —led the Detroit radio ratings race again. The news/talk station garnered a 5.9 slice of all listeners aged 12 and over during February, March and April, according to Arbitrend’s monthly report of listenership for the previous three months. That was up from a 5.5 for 2007’s first quarter. Rounding out the top 5 was Clear Channel’s urban formatted WJLB-FM (97.9) in second place with a 5.5 reading. CBS’ all-newser WWJ-AM (950) was third with a 5.4. Greater Media rocker WRIF-FM (101.1) was fourth with a 4.9 and Clear Channel hits player WKQI-FM (95.5) was fifth with a 4.7... Radio ratings: WJR leads again among all listeners (Thu, 5/31)


Detroit phase 1 age 12+ radio ratings chart (Thu, 5/31)



From 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, the University of Michigan Football Team will take over Ann Arbor Radio’s four stations – Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM), W4 Country (102.9 FM), 107one (107.1 FM), and WLBY Ann Arbor’s Progressive Talk Radio (1290 AM) – to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital. Plus, from 3 – 7 p.m. the radio-a-thon will be broadcast live across the state on “The Huge Show” hosted by Bill Simonson. “The Huge Show” – which is headquartered in Grand Rapids – will broadcast from the studios of WTKA in Ann Arbor, and heard statewide on the “Huge” radio network: 97.5 FM-Muskegon, 730 AM-Lansing, 1280 AM-Mt Pleasant, 1330 AM-Flint, 1380 AM-Greenville, 1440 AM-Dowagiac, 1660 AM-Kalamazoo... June 7: U-M football takes to the airwaves to benefit C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Women’s Hospital (Thu, 5/31)


Former programmer, jock Paul Christy dies at age 69

Keener13.com reports that Paul Christy, who held various on-air and programming positions at Detroit area stations WCAR, WABX, WKSG, WMXD, and WWKR, passed away earlier today. Christy also spent time at legendary Top 40 outlet WCFL.

A funeral mass for Christy is scheduled for Wednesday, June 6th, at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Grand Ledge. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, June 5th from 6-8 pm at the Palmer, Bush, and Jensen Family Funeral Homes' Delta Chapel on Saginaw St. in Lansing. Visitation at the funeral home will continue Wednesday morning beginning at 10 am until service time at the church.


Giordano To WQKI For Morning Mojo Fun
RACHEL GIORDANO is heading to CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT as MOJO's morning show producer, coming from the same past at LINCOLN Top 40 WSTR (STAR 94)/ATLANTA. (Mon, 6/4)

Bloomfield Hills School District radio students win 27 total state broadcasting awards in 2006-07 school year

WBFH broadcasters top all high school broadcasters in Michigan for fifth year in a row

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won more state broadcasting awards from two different state broadcasting associations than any other school in Michigan. The students broadcast on the district’s FM radio station WBFH, also known as “The Biff”.


Rhonda HartHeartbreaking news from Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 as Rhonda Hart passed away suddenly overnight at the age of 46. The cause of her death is unknown at this time.

She had been co-hosting mornings with Jon Culbert at WMUZ for just over two years and had a long career in radio in Detroit that spanned more than 25 years at WABX, WRIF, WYCD, WOMC, WCSX, and WDRQ before joining The Light in April 2005.

Culbert bravely hosted the morning program this morning in tribute to Hart and featured many guests discussing Hart's life and faith. All expressed their shock and sadness over the suddenness of Hart's death as everything had appeared to be normal in the hours leading to her passing, including during yesterday's morning show on WMUZ.

Hart is survived by her husband Eric and other family members.


Detroit News:

Paul Christy, a key figure in Detroit radio for more than 30 years, died in Grand Ledge Monday morning after a long battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 69. Christy, whose real name was Christides, was an on-air personality, but he was also a programmer whose influence is still felt, launching such programs as the sultry nighttime music show "Pillow Talk" on WNIC-FM (100.3). He also brought a young Ann Arbor radio personality up to WNIC, where he became that morning powerhouse known as Jim Harper (now on WMGC). Born in Pontiac, Christy attended Central Michigan University. In the grand tradition of young radio talent, Christy worked all around the country before settling back in Detroit in 1970... Influential radio personality, 69, dies (Wed, 6/6)

Longtime local radio personality Rhonda Hart died overnight Monday at her home. She was 46. The cause of death was unknown. Hart was a 25-year veteran of several Metro Detroit radio stations. At the time of her death, Hart was working at Christian radio station WMUZ FM (103.5), where she co-hosted a morning show with Jon Culbert. Hart was hired at WMUZ two years ago, said General Manager Frank Franciosi. Franciosi said he hired Hart because he was struck by how genuine she was... Radio personality Rhonda Hart dies (Wed, 6/6)

For the Michigan football program, Thursday and Saturday will be all about raising money for Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. Things kick off with a 12-hour radiothon beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday that will be on four Ann Arbor stations, including WTKA 1050. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, his assistants and current and former players will participate. Last year, the radiothon raised more than $40,000... Carr leads two days of fund raising (Wed, 6/6)

Local reality star Keith Famie continues to pursue the cultures that have made Metro Detroit what it is today. Last year, Famie, who is of French and Italian heritage, celebrated the area's Italian community. This month, he'll spotlight Polish Americans in his show "Our Story," which airs on 7 p.m. June 16 on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Local reality star's TV show spotlights Polish (Wed, 6/6)

WCSX deems Pet-A-Palooza a success

163 homeless animals were adopted from “Adoption Alley” at the 3rd Annual WCSX Pet-A-Palooza on Saturday, June 2nd at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI. The event was presented by VCA Animal Hospitals and Petco.

Pet-A-Palooza also featured Vladae The Dog Wizard, the Rock and Roll K9’s and Milt Wilcox’s Ultimate Air Dogs. Dogs from all over Metro Detroit competed in the Cutest Pet, Best Dressed Pet and Best Pet Trick contests as well.

The next Pet-A-Palooza is scheduled for Saturday, July 28th from 10am to 7pm at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights.


Rhonda HartFuneral services have been set for Rhonda Hart, who had been the morning co-host at Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 Detroit until her death Monday night at age 46.

There will be a public viewing at D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home in Warren (corner of Hoover and Common roads) on Thursday, June 7th from 3:00 - 9:00 pm.

Then on Friday between 1:00 - 9:00 pm, there will be another viewing at Grace Gospel Fellowship on N. Perry Street in Pontiac (corner of Perry and Woodward).

The funeral will take place on Saturday, June 9th at Grace Gospel Fellowship at 11:00 am.

At the family’s request, in lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Rhonda Hart to:
Grace Centers of Hope
35 E. Huron
Pontiac, MI 48342

Detroit News:

Funeral services for longtime local radio personality Rhonda Hart will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Fellowship Church, 210 North Perry in Pontiac... Funeral services set for radio's Rhonda Hart (Wed, 6/6)


Detroit News:

At midnight on Feb. 17, 2009, the rabbit ears and the rooftop antennas that still guide television signals into nearly one of every five U.S. homes will be rendered useless -- unless they are tethered to a new device, including two versions unveiled this week, that the government will spend as much as $80 a household to help families buy. The V-shaped rabbit ears, which have stood sentry in some living rooms and dens since the early 1950s, risk going the way of the eight-track tape player or Betamax in 20 months... Converters signal a new TV era (Fri, 6/8)

I'm one of the few people who know the sordid truth about John Tesh, a man so seemingly nice that people make fun of him for it. Since he'll be in Warren on Monday, courtesy of WMGC-FM, I figure it's my duty to spread the word ... By reputation, Tesh has no sharp edges. A pianist, composer, radio host and former "Entertainment Tonight" co-anchor, he'll speak Monday night at the sixth annual WMGC-GM (105.1) Women Who Make Magic Awards at the Andiamo Showroom in Warren... John Tesh shows his true colors (Fri, 6/8)

Detroit Free Press:

Scheduled: In Detroit on Saturday, a national forum on the decline in black radio ownership and the impact of black talk radio at the Last Chance Academy, 6311 W. Chicago. Bob Law, the former vice president of New York's WWRL and the nation's first black national talk show host, will appear on the Rev. Horace Sheffield's 9-10 a.m. broadcast of "On the Line" on WGPR-FM (107.5) before joining broadcasters from across the state for the 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. discussion... Names and Faces (Fri, 6/8)


Ionia Sentinel-Standard

WION, Radio 1430 in Ionia will be stretching its signal area thanks to a construction permit granted to the station by the Federal Communications Commission in late April. However, it may be a year before listeners in fringe areas such as Portland, Lowell, Rockford and Carson City begin to hear the improvements. The station's owners, Jim Carlyle and Jim Aaron, said this improvement will put a more circular signal over the entire area and bring Portland, Lowell, and Lake Odessa, along with more of I-96, into the primary daytime signal of WION. “Belding and Greenville will also remain in the strongest signal area,” Carlyle said. The area where the station can be received will be expanded to include Grand Rapids, Lansing, Charlotte, Hastings and St. Johns, according to the station's engineering firm... WION set to expand its signal (Fri, 6/8)


Detroit Free Press:

Dick Purtan easily wins the title of being Detroit radio's best friend to comedians. Over parts of five decades and now at WOMC-FM (104.3), he's provided many a laughmeister with radio time to drum up local audiences. Now it's time for a payback. WOMC'S 1st Annual Dick Purtan Comedy Night Out features Kathleen Madigan with Michael Kosta, Peter Berman, Greg Warren and what are billed as some of metro Detroit's best aspiring comedians. (They'll probably be perspiring, too!) It all happens July 13 at the Royal Oak Music Theater, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; seating is at 7:45 p.m. and the show will run from 8-10 p.m... Comedians sign on for Purtan's benefit (Sun, 6/10)


Detroit Free Press:

We start the week with an epitaph for veteran Detroit broadcaster Paul Christy, who died last week after succumbing to the effects of Parkinson's disease: The speaker is Ed Christian, chairman of Grosse Pointe Farms' Saga Communications and Christy's longtime friend and employer... Radio vet Christy is remembered (Mon, 6/11)


Cumulus/Ann Arbor, Michigan Footballers Raise Funds
CUMULUS' ANN ARBOR stations -- Sports WTKA-A, Country WWWW (W4 COUNTRY), AAA WQKL (ANN ARBOR'S 107ONE), and Talk WLBY-A -- turned over 7a to 7p JUNE 7 to the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN football team for its annual radiothon to raise over $117,000 for the UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN's C.S. MOTT CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL and WOMEN'S HOSPITAL. The radiothon got an extra boost when BILL SIMONSON's GRAND RAPIDS-based statewide syndicated "HUGE SHOW" sports afternoon show joined the radiothon. WTKA, W4, and 107ONE also broadcast live from SATURDAY's CARR'S WASH FOR KIDS event held by U-M coach LLOYD CARR. (Mon, 6/11)

Jay Hudson Named MD At 89X
CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT names JAY HUDSON MD. HUDSON has been Acting MD since joining 89X for nights in late DECEMBER. Prior to joining 89X, HUDSON was juggling parttime duties at crosstown GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF and CITADEL Rocker WKQZ (Z93)/SAGINAW, MI. 89X PD VINCE CANNOVA said, "JAY has taken on this role since starting at 89X. His attention to details, communication skills, music knowledge, understanding of the demo, and drive and passion for radio all make him the perfect fit for 89X." HUDSON told ALL ACCESS, "It feels great to be in this position as music director and on-air at a station I grew up listening to and admiring. I look forward to taking 89X up to the top. It goes to show that hard work does pay off if you make that sacrifice." (Mon, 6/11)


FSN Detroit Gives Thursday's Tigers-Brewers game the big squeeze

The Thursday, June 14 game between the Detroit Tigers and Milwaukee Brewers will be televised live by WJBK-TV, FOX 2 in Detroit starting at 1:00 PM. The game, originally slated for FSN Detroit, will also air on the following regional affiliates: CW-7 in Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids, MY-5 in Flint/Saginaw and WUPW-FOX 33 in Toledo.

For fans not able to see the game live, FSN Detroit presents the debut of Tigers Squeeze Play – a 30-minute version of that day’s telecast, condensed to show every meaningful play in the contest. Fans will see every pitch that results in a strikeout, hit, walk, homerun, double-play, and other key developments. Tigers Squeeze Play will air Thursday at 7:00, 8:00 & 10:00 PM.

“Tigers Squeeze Play is another great addition to our vast array of Tigers programming,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “We’re excited to deliver this creative alternative to Tigers fans throughout the region.”

FSN Detroit’s coverage of the Tigers goes to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan, as well as portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.

Tigers TV schedule updates:
The following recent changes have been made to the Tigers television schedule:
- Thu. June 14 vs. Milwaukee 1:00, Now on WJBK FOX-2 (originally scheduled for FSN Detroit)
- Sun. June 24 at Atlanta 8:00, Now on ESPN (originally scheduled for WJBK FOX-2)
- Sun. July 1 vs. Minnesota 8:00, Now on ESPN (originally scheduled for WJBK FOX-2)


CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT has named CHAD MITCHELL for mornings, replacing exiting veteran air personality RICK MILLER. MITCHELL was most recently of Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT, where he spent seven years on the MOJO IN THE MORNING show. He has also worked at WDRQ/DETROIT and was the Morning Producer for SCOTT & TODD on Hot AC WPLJ/NEW YORK. MILLER, who was at the FOX not quite a year, is looking for his next opportunity. (Tue, 6/12)


FSN to replay last night's Tigers-Brewers game at noon June 13

Fox Sports Net Detroit will replay the June 12th Detroit Tigers - Milwaukee Brewers game, featuring pitcher Justin Verlander's first no hit game, today at noon. The performance by Verlander was the first by a Tigers pitcher at home since 1952.

Detroit Free Press:

Tigers play-by-play broadcaster Mario Impemba called the first Tigers no-hitter in a generation and not once did he actually mention it -- at least until after the final out. Neither he nor his broadcasting partner, Rod Allen, used the phrase "no-hitter" during Justin Verlander's dominant, 4-0 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night. The announcing team's superstitious decision was part of an unwritten baseball rule: Don't jinx a pitcher flirting with the rare feat... How radio and TV called Verlander's no-hitter (Wed, 6/13)

Mourned: Longtime Detroit radio voice (WCHB-AM and WGPR-FM) Larry Dixon. He died last week after a fight with throat cancer... Names and Faces (Wed, 6/13)


Detroit News:

Larry Dixon, the smooth-talking afternoon voice on Detroit's R&B powerhouse WCHB-AM back in the 1950s and '60s, died after a long battle with cancer on Monday, June 4. He was 78. Many Detroit radio personalities had a part in Motown Records' success back when AM radio was king, but Dixon was truly crucial. In 1959, he tipped off United Artists Records in New York about a hot local hit, Marv Johnson's record "Come to Me," put out on Tamla Records by Berry Gordy Jr. According to Detroit radio historian David Carson , United Artists did more than pick up "Come to Me" for distribution, they bought out Johnson's contract altogether. That allowed Gordy to come home to Detroit with $25,000 in his pocket to get his fledgling record company off the ground... Ex-WCHB DJ Larry Dixon dies (Thu, 6/14)

Tigers broadcasters Mario Impemba, Rod Allen and Dan Dickerson are blessed with strong vocabularies, used to describe many innings of baseball over a season. But Tuesday night, the most sacrosanct, yet unwritten, law of baseball kicked in and strongly edited their word choices: Never utter the words "no-hitter" while a pitcher has one going. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tossed a complete game, no-hit gem against the Brewers at Comerica Park. And Tigers broadcasters desperately avoided stating the obvious -- until the 4-0 victory was over... Mum was the word in the booths (Thu, 6/14)

Detroit Free Press:

Hey, if we want to be kept in the dark, we'll watch "The Sopranos." Not baseball. They gave hints as to what was going on, but both the TV and radio announcers honored the tradition of avoiding the forbidden words -- no-hitter -- while Justin Verlander was pitching one for the Tigers on Tuesday night for fear of jinxing him. Oh, come on. How can mere words hurt if Verlander wasn't jinxed by all those seagulls hanging around Comerica Park? Aren't they like albatrosses? Anyway, it's one thing to observe a superstition in the dugout, but isn't it the broadcasters' job to tell fans what's happening?... It's a ... shhh, that's a no-no (Thu, 6/14)

Tom Joyner Sky Show Returns to Detroit June 22

The Tom Joyner Sky Show, the largest, free, live African-American entertainment series in the country, returns to the Motor City Friday, June 22, 2007 at the Detroit Opera House with Chrysler Jeep Superstores as a sponsor ... The Sky Show features performances by national recording artist/groups such as Angela Winbush, Donnell Jones, and After Seven. The show draws record crowds during its broadcasts across the nation... Press Release (Wed, 6/13)


Detroit News:

Police investigators in California have recommended felony charges against Channel 7 TV reporter Steve Wilson for obtaining Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's personal hotel and billing records by impersonating the mayor, according to a seven-page copy of the investigator's report obtained by The Detroit News. The report by Carlsbad Police Sgt. Don DeTar states employees at the luxury La Costa Hotel and Spa said a person identifying himself as Kilpatrick contacted them on May 7 and requested copies of Kilpatrick's hotel bill and of a check used to pay for a visit there last August... Cops urge charges for TV reporter (Fri, 6/15)

9th Annual V98.7 Smooth JazzFest set for June 22-24

WVMV-FM's summer tradition, the annual Smooth JazzFest, is scheduled for the weekend of June 22-23-24 on the Green in front of the Southfield Civic Center, located on Evergreen Road just south of I-696. This year’s line-up includes many of today’s biggest Smooth Jazz artists. The event starts Friday afternoon (6/22) and will showcase Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White and Jonathan Butler. The headliner on Saturday evening will be Dave Koz and Friends “At the Movies” Summer Tour 2007 with special guests David Benoit and Phil Perry and on Sunday the V98.7 Smooth JazzFest will wrap-up with India.Arie. A complete line is available at www.wvmv.com/pages/374791.php.

General Admission is $30 per day and Gold Circle, the section is closest to the stage, is $40 per day. Three-day weekend passes are available for $75 general admission and $105 Gold Circle admission. Parking for Smooth JazzFest is available nearby and across the street. All tickets are general admission/lawn seating and are available at all TicketMaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone (248) 645-6666. Tickets are also available at the Southfield Civic Center Parks and Recreation Office during business hours.

Patrons are asked to bring blankets, tarps and low beach chairs. Gates open at 4:00pm on Friday, 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Performances start approximately 1 hour after the gates open.

Jazz Cafe Discovery Series completes phase one with four finalists

The new Jazz Cafe Discovery Series at Music Hall has just completed phase one and has chosen four finalists. These groups will be performing June 19 and 20 on the Absopure Stage at the Jazz Cafe.

The series, which started this past January, is hosted by veteran Jazz radio host Judy Adams, and features new and emerging Jazz talent from the Metro-Detroit area. Forty-two groups have already been showcased with new bands presented each week. Bands have the opportunity for paid gigs at the Absopure Stage at the Jazz Cafe and for a chance at playing a set at the Detroit International Jazz Featival on Labor Day weekend.


Detroit Free Press:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) edged WDIV-TV (Local 4), 18-14, in the latest Detroit and Michigan awards for TV excellence, the local Emmys. But WDIV's 14 awards -- including wins by affiliated independent producers -- are impressive considering they came from just 19 nominations. Channel 7 had 30 nods, including more than one in some categories. The list of winners was provided to the Free Press before Saturday night's awards ceremony by the presenters, the local chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. WJBK-TV (Channel 2) was third with six statuettes, which came from 10 nominations. Fox Sports Net Detroit had five wins out of 24 nominations. Public WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and its affiliated producers won three, as did WMYD-TV (Channel 20), all by its affiliate producer Palace Sports & Entertainment... WXYZ leads the city in Emmy wins (Sun, 6/17)

When 25,000 people show up at a Tulsa, Okla., charity concert, it probably was organized by Scott Herrold. Herrold and another Plymouth-Canton schools alum, Jake Bugeja, are among the top 30 broadcasters under 30 years old, according to the Edison Media Research group. The search was conducted through nominations. Most of the winners are from U.S. stations. The listings were announced locally by Bill Keith, station manager of WSDP, the school district's student FM radio station at 88.1. Herrold graduated from Salem High School in 1998. Bugeja graduated from the Starkweather Education Center program in 2002... Salem, Starkweather alums are radio aces (Sun, 6/10)

Ann Arbor News:

Fans of local bluesman Thayrone and his "Bone Conduction Music Show,'' which airs on WAAM (1600 AM) Sundays from 7-11 p.m., can now listen to past shows on his revamped Web site, www.thayrone.com... Missing Thayrone? Check out the Web (Sun, 6/17)


'Dennis Miller Show' making Detroit visit June 28

Dennis Miller is scheduled to visit Detroit on Thursday, June 28, where he will broadcast his nationally syndicated radio program live with News-Talk WDTK AM 1400 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Andiamo Riverfront restaurant in the General Motors Wintergarden, Renaissance Center.

Following the broadcast, which is open to the public, the Emmy-award winning "King of Rants" takes his unique brand of topical and often scathing comedy to the Detroit Opera House for an 8 p.m. performance to benefit the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS).

"Detroit loves Dennis Miller," said Chris MacCourtney, general manager of Salem Detroit. "His grasp of the news and quick wit make him the perfect addition to our line-up."

Miller joined the News Talk line-up at WDTK in March 2007. The Westwood One nationally syndicated host is now heard in more than 100 radio stations nationwide, including 10 Salem News Talk stations. His show is heard in Detroit on 1400AM WDTK weeknights from 6 – 9 p.m. Listeners can enter to win "Dinner with Dennis" by registering online at www.wdtkam.com.

JVS, a nonprofit organization offering career development and employment services to the Metropolitan Detroit public, is celebrating 65 years of providing the Detroit area with specialized human services to help people meet life challenges. Tickets to Miller's JVS' Detroit Live! are available through ticketmaster.com or by calling 248-645-6666.


Channel 7 to broadcast inaugural Detroit Riverfront Celebration on Friday, June 22

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, will broadcast a live one-hour kick-off salute of the Detroit International Riverdays on Friday, June 22, from 7 - 8 p.m. The special, "Summer In The D: A Riverfront Celebration", will give viewers a front row seat to the grand opening of Detroit's Riverwalk and showcase the newly completed sections of the Detroit International Riverfront.

With a studio located on the riverfront in Seldom Blues restaurant, news anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford will co-host the live broadcast with contributions from reporters Mary Conway, Alicia Smith, and Dennis Neubacher.

In addition to the festival reporting and interviews with key event and city dignitaries, "Summer In The D: A Riverfront Celebration" will also include exclusive television coverage of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's live, free concert that will be taking place adjacent to the "new" Riverwalk during the broadcast.

"WXYZ is pleased to be a part of the Detroit International Riverdays and be the first Detroit television station to broadcast this inaugural event. As Detroit's leading television station, we'll bring a wealth of production resources and expertise to the broadcast. It is truly a privilege to be a part of this wonderful celebration," said Grace Gilchrist, WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 General Manager.

WMGC-FM team to walk in honor of radio personality's mother

Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, is raising money for the nation’s largest Breast Cancer 3-Day team. The “3 Days of Magic” team will be led by Fay Samona, producer for Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show, and four-time walker Sandra Bourdeau during the Michigan event which will run from September 28th through 30th. WMGC’s team of over 200 registered individuals has set a $205,000 team fundraising goal with over $175,000 having already been raised at press time.

The Magic team is walking in honor of radio personality Mike Bradley’s mom, Genevieve Sibel. Mrs. Sibel passed away on Feb. 9, 2007 after a one-year battle with breast cancer. Bradley is a member of the Magic Morning Show.

“I am so proud to be participating in the Breast Cancer 3-Day this year, along with 205 of my fellow Magic walkers. I am honored to walk in the memory of Genevieve Sibel, Mike Bradley’s mom, who suffered from breast cancer until her passing in February 2007. I know these 3 days will be a mixture of tears, laughter, blisters and challenges, but I know it will truly be 3 days of magic!”

Local establishments will be hosting fundraisers to help the “3 Days of Magic” team reach their $2,200 per person goal. On June 30, the Outback Steakhouse in Chesterfield Township will be holding a pancake breakfast fundraiser from 8:30 to 11 AM. Also on June 30, Rocky’s Baker Streetcar Bar in Hamtramck is hosting an all-you-can-eat spaghetti event from 4 to 8 PM.

More information on other upcoming fundraisers and the “3 Days of Magic” team is available at my.detroitmagic.com/morningshow/3-days-of-magic.

Greater Media/Detroit launches free classified service

Greater Media's three Detroit radio stations have launched a free classified service to each of their respective web sites: www.wrif.com, www.wcsx.com, and www.detroitmagic.com.

Touted as an easy way to help promote things such as charity events and fundraisers, the listings offer over 90 categories including posting resumes, job openings, buying/selling cars and homes, school events and reunions, wedding/anniversary/birth announcements, garage sales, and bands & gigs.


CKWW to air “The Elvis Story”

To help gear up for the “Windsor Elvis Festival” next weekend, CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, is proud to present “The Elvis Story” beginning this Saturday.

At age 6 he received his first guitar. At age 21 he had his first #1 record. The rest is Rock ‘n Roll history. Hosted by legendary broadcaster Charlie Van Dyke, The Elvis Story is an 11-part series that looks back at the life and career of the world’s most famous musician. It will air Saturday mornings at from 10 - 11 a.m. throughout the summer.

Detroit News:

Right now, somewhere in the country, some guys in suits can't agree on how we should be able to watch Michigan or Michigan State football on cable this fall. The Big Ten Network (BTN), a cable/satellite channel alliance between Fox and the conference, is set to launch at the end of August. Every Big Ten team, including U-M and MSU, will have football, men's and women's basketball games and other sports on the 24-hour channel. Except there is one, not-so-small snag: The BTN will only be on in Michigan if you have DIRECTV (part of Fox owner Rupert Murdoch's media empire) or Buckeye Cable (Ohio/Michigan border). Other cable providers, such as Comcast, are still negotiating with the network... Big Ten Network still hitting snags (Thu, 6/21)

Ann Arbor Business Review:

When Lynn Rivers began her public affairs talk radio show in 2004, the former congresswoman knew about political strategy, the U.S. Constitution and the interview process, albeit from the other side of the microphone. But she didn't know about radio. So when it came time to sign off of that first show, she simply stopped talking. There was no sign off, no call letters for the station, no ending... Radio show on WEMU keeps Rivers in public eye (Thu, 6/21)


WDVD Gives Away Free Gas And $96,000 Shopping Spree
CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT gave away $10,000 in free gas as part of the station's "$96,000 SHOPPING SPREE" promotion. Listeners were required to crack a four-digit code to win. According to WDVD Dir./Marketing & Promotions JULIE LAW, "With gas prices at an all-time high, we felt we should seize the moment and give a listener three years of free gas. The response was overwhelming for one of the largest gasoline giveaways to one person by one radio station." (Thu, 6/21)


WDIV to produce trio of local specials from Detroit's riverfront

WDIV-TV 4 will provide television and Internet viewers with three specials to help celebrate the first annual Detroit International River Days. A half-hour primetime special, Rockin’ on the River, airs Friday, June 22, at 8 p.m followed on Saturday, June 23 with live Internet video from the DTE Energy Parade Of Lights and wraps up on Local 4 with exclusive live coverage of the grand finale, the Target Fireworks on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 9 p.m.

Rockin’ on the River, airing Friday at 8 p.m. and hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, and Chuck Gaidica, takes your family into the middle of the action live from the all new Detroit River Walk. The special will showcase many of the exciting River Days events, from helicopter rides and jet ski demonstrations, to air dogs, carnival rides, music and more.

Rockin’ on the River will also include a behind the scenes preview of what to expect at the first ever DTE Energy Parade Of Lights presented by Local 4, and an opportunity to meet the five Super Singers who will compete live during Local 4’s broadcast of the Target Fireworks.

Saturday night starting 10 p.m., Local 4 will feature live updates from the DTE Energy Parade Of Lights within NBC programming, and exclusive live streaming video of the big event online at ClickOnDetroit.com.

Then, on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 9 p.m., WDIV will provide exclusive coverage of the summer’s biggest event and the River Days grand finale. Local 4’s live telecast of the Target Fireworks hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, and Chuck Gaidica begins with a Super Singer competition like no other before, with the winner selected by at-home viewers’ text message votes.

This year’s Super Singer on-stage judges are Local 4’s morning anchor Ama Daetz, Ty Treadway, soap star and host of “Merv Griffin’s Crosswords,” and Yvan Pedneault, star of the Toronto production of “We Will Rock You.”

WRIF’s “Drew & Mike” to hold Home Run Derby for trip to MLB All Star Game

Rock WRIF-FM’s morning show hosts Drew & Mike will send one lucky winner and a guest to San Francisco to see this year’s Major League Baseball All Star Game. The duo will give the trip away through a Home Run Derby contest to take place this morning at the WRIF studios, located at One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220.

Throughout the week, Drew & Mike have been qualifying listeners on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, June 22 at 7am to participate in the contest. There are a total of 15 qualifying contestants. The contestant, or their pre-selected “ringer”, who hits the most home runs in a series of two rounds of whiffle ball pitches, will win the trip to San Francisco, courtesy of Rock Financial.

Detroit News:

The talk radio industry has provided Americans with a town hall-like forum that has disappeared from the political landscape. That open discussion is now being threatened by those who seek government control of speech. Democrats in Washington have suggested they may seek a new "fairness doctrine" that would require radio talk show hosts to zip their own lips and keep track of time spent speaking on different sides of issues. Even a leading Republican, U.S. Sen. Trent Lott, suggests conservative talk radio hosts need to be dealt with after Americans recently railed against the ill-conceived immigration bill... Government shouldn't play favorites on talk radio shows (Fri, 6/22)


Detroit Free Press:

For a shorthand description of Dennis Miller as a radio host, there's this one: the Al Franken of the right. OK by you, Dennis? "Listen, Al's a good friend of mine," says Miller, who's fine with the comparison but would like to clarify the "right" part. To be precise, he considers himself "more libertarian on most things than I am far right. It's just on the war, I guess, I'm construed to be Curtis LeMay now. But I just don't trust radical Islamic fundamental terrorists, sorry." That's Miller for you, dropping the name of the gung-ho Cold War Air Force general into the opening minutes of a conversation... Smart mouth: Just try to keep up with Dennis Miller's politically tinged, fiercely intelligent comedy (Sun, 6/24)


Detroit Free Press:

Internet radio listeners may find themselves without their favorite entertainment tomorrow, as hundreds of streams around the Web shut down for the day in protest of new royalty fees assessed for the music they play. Participants in the day of silence include big names like Yahoo!, Live365, Rhapsody and MTV Online, along with dozens of smaller outlets for music online, like WEMU-FM, in Ypsilanti... Radio on the web faces silent protest on Tuesday (Mon, 6/25)

Detroit News:

Gene Maxwell knows the music and the equipment and he even knows the DJ he's sitting in for at WNIC-FM, so it only makes sense that he's back -- until you remember why he left. He was let go. Or downsized, if you prefer, since nobody new took his place. Either way, after 29 years on the air at WNIC (100.3), he was out the door. And seven months later, he's back inside, messing with the armrests on Kevin O'Neill's chair from 2 to 7 p.m. weekdays while O'Neill recovers from heart surgery... Former WNIC jock doesn't hold grudges (Mon, 6/25)

Michigan Public Media Welcomes New Underwriting Manager

Michigan Public Media, the public broadcasting service from the University of Michigan, has hired public broadcasting veteran and Detroit native Kathy Agosta as its new underwriting manager. Agosta will head the corporate support department for Michigan Radio and Michigan Television starting July 2nd.

For almost two decades, Agosta has been a development/marketing professional in public broadcasting, working in a variety of positions and stations. Kathy is currently senior director of corporate affairs at Chicago Public Radio where she directs local and national corporate sponsorship activities. Under her leadership the corporate team has raised over $5.4 million in
sponsorships. Agosta has distinguished herself as one of public broadcasting’s top professionals. She has directed corporate marketing and development departments in areas such as Portland, OR, Washington, DC, Sacramento, CA, and Seattle, WA.

“All of us are thrilled to be welcoming Kathy to the stations,” said Development Director Larry Jonas. “She brings tremendous experience to our corporate support team. Her enthusiasm for, and demonstrated commitment to, public broadcasting makes her ideal for this role. We're lucky to have her.”


FSN Detroit to replay Verlander no-hitter July 11

Wednesday, July 11 is an off-day for the Detroit Tigers as they conclude the All-Star break, but it’s an appointment viewing night for their fans when FSN Detroit delivers an encore telecast of Justin Verlander’s June 12 no-hitter against the Milwaukee Brewers. The three-hour presentation begins at 7:00 PM.

The historic game – the sixth no-hitter in the franchise’s 107-year history – will be replayed in its entirety as described by FSN announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen, followed by approximately 40 minutes of coverage as it originally aired during the Tigers Live postgame show with Mickey York, Angie Mentink and Trevor Thompson.

Detroit Free Press:

Of all the rivalries the Big Ten Conference has created, the fight between its fledgling TV network and a cable giant is the one grabbing headlines nationwide. Ongoing negotiations between the Big Ten Network and Comcast turned ugly last week, and the fight extended to Monday, when U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., sent a letter of concern about the issue to Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany... Dingell jumps into cable TV showdown (Tue, 6/26)

Detroit Public Radio to present Radio Lab®

Series to airs Wednesday, July 4 from 10am to 3pm and Sundays, July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5 at 8pm

An afternoon of video games with a Harvard sleep expert. A first-hand look at the psychological power of the doctor’s white coat. A lesson on the dire effects of sleep deprivation, through the eyes of a new mother. Radio Lab, WNYC Radio’s highly-acclaimed show about wonder, discovery, and big ideas, is back!

The five-part series Radio Lab will air on Detroit Public Radio (WDET 101.9 FM) on Wednesday, July 4 from 10am to 3pm and be rebroadcast in five hour-long segments on Sunday evenings July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5 at 8pm.

Radio Lab is a science show for people who think they don’t like science. Often, media coverage of science is largely reduced to either a sexed-up, politically-charged controversy or a dry, lifeless, technical summary of academic findings. Radio Lab breaks the mold, re-creating the thrill of “Aha!” moments in scientific breakthroughs, and bringing to light the ways – big and small -- they affect our everyday lives.

This season, co-hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich tackle five new fascinating topics: Placebo, Sleep, Zoos, Memory and Forgetting and Mortality. They begin with seemingly simple questions – Could the best medicine be no medicine at all? Is there such a thing as a good cage? Is love a more powerful force than memory? – that serve as a launch pad into the unknown. Embarking on a curiosity spree, they unearth the implications of the latest scientific findings, stumble into surprising stories, and traverse philosophy, history, and culture, checking in all along the way with the scientists doing the real work.

The result: a potent elixir of current science, first-person storytelling, radio theatre, and poetic reflection, all wrapped up in some of the most innovative sound design ever to spill out of the radio.

Zonjic announces line-ups for four summer jazz festivals

Alexander Zonjic announces the first annual Jazz Fest on Bob-Lo Island as part of his series of four summer jazz festivals he produces in the Detroit metro area. From Birmingham to Trenton to Monroe and now Amherstburg, Zonjic produces four major summer outdoor jazz festivals that feature local and national artists and attract thousands of music fans.


Detroit News:

The San Diego District Attorney's Office on Wednesday rejected filing criminal charges against Channel 7 investigative reporter Steve Wilson after Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick accused the combative journalist of impersonating him on the telephone to obtain his hotel billing records. "We decided we could not prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt or that Steve Wilson was the person who was on the phone," said Paul Levikow, a spokesman for the district attorney's office. Levikow said his office generally does not comment on cases but changed protocol because of the unusual nature of the case... No charges against Channel 7's Wilson (Thu, 6/28)

Ready for election fever? Ready or not, tonight at 9, XM Satellite Radio kicks off P.O.T.U.S. '08/XM Channel 130 , a new channel that will by September be devoted 24/7 to the '08 presidential race. It all starts with tonight's live PBS presidential debate featuring the Democratic presidential candidates, hosted by Tavis Smiley at Howard University in Washington, D.C. The satcaster also will carry the PBS forum for Republican presidential candidates on Sept. 27... XM radio is devoted to '08 race (Thu, 6/28)

Don't mess with Michigan and Michigan State fans and their televised football. Dozens of upset and concerned Wolverines and Spartans e-mailed me, worried contentious negotiations between Comcast and the Big Ten Network (BTN) could spoil their fall viewing. The cable giant and network are sparring over fees and placement, something that's standard for any new channel. But fan concerns are legitimate because it could lead to changes in the TV landscape. Cable bills could be higher and some providers might opt not to carry the network... Fans concerned with Big Ten negotiations (Thu, 6/28)

Detroit Free Press:

The Arbitron monthly ratings report card for June covering the months of March, April and May translated into the following: Lots of top stations lost listeners, yet maintained rank. Out of the month's top 10 ranking stations (11 with ties) for all listeners ages 12 and older, eight lost listeners or stayed the same from last month's tote. WJLB-FM (97.9) and WJR-AM (760) tied for first, despite losing listeners. Tied-for-seventh WYCD-FM (99.5) country was the biggest gainer, with a 0.4 surge, matched by 20th-place WXYT-AM (1270), the latter coming from Tiger baseball listening... Stations lose listeners, but still rank at the top (Thu, 6/28)


Detroit spring phase 2 ratings trend (Wed, 6/27)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit’s WGPR 107.5 FM has signed a five-year deal with New York City-based Arbitron Inc., the radio-audience-measurement company, to deploy its new Portable People Meters. Details on the agreement were unavailable. The PPMs are pager-sized devices that more accurately measure radio-listening habits without interaction from the user. The system replaces Arbitron’s traditional diary method in which listeners write down what they listened to during a week... WGPR signs deal for portable meters (Mon, 7/2)

Michigan Radio wins 13 awards for excellence in journalism

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has received 13 awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2006. SPJ Awards for each chapter are judged by an impartial
outside chapter to ensure that each entry is given an unbiased review. These entries were judged by the Indiana SPJ Chapter.

At Michigan Radio, we do our best to produce excellent coverage of issues important to our audience everyday,” said News Director Vincent Duffy. “It’s great when our peers in the news industry recognize those efforts.”

Michigan Radio received SPJ Awards for 2006 in the following categories: Breaking/Spot News, General News, Features, Sports News, and Newscasts. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2006.

1st Annual Edwards and Lee Dog Walk to support the Michigan Humane Society scheduled for July 21

WYCD and Nu-Way Kitchen & Bath are teaming up to support the Michigan Humane Society with the 1st Annual Edwards and Lee Dog Walk. WYCD afternoon drive hosts Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee, both dog lovers, will be on hand Saturday, July 21st at 950 S. Old Woodward in Birmingham for a variety of contests and a dog walk through downtown Birmingham. Registration begins at 8:15 am with the contests starting at 9:00. The dog walk will follow at the conclusion of the various contests.

Nu-Way will be donating a percentage of the days sales to the Michigan Humane Society along with collecting cash donations. The Michigan Humane Society will be on site at the event wich is expected to draw hundreds of dogs and their owners.

Call (248) 283-8400 for more information.


Detroit News:

Detroit News sports columnist Bob Wojnowski (Wojo) and his co-host Mike Stone (Stoney) will go national next week, as Stoney&Wojo have been invited to guest host the syndicated Jim Rome show on Friday, July 13 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on WDFN-AM (1130). The duo's regular slot on WDFN is from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. It's good timing; Stoney and Wojo might get some national money rolling into the coffers during their July 19-20 radiothon benefiting the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at World Sports Grille, inside Gameworks at Great Lakes Crossing in Auburn Hills... Stoney & Wojo: They're nationwide (Tue, 7/3)


Communicom Closes On Davidson's WDRJ-A
RICH KYLEBURG's COMMUNICOM has closed on its $3.8 million purchase of Gospel WDRJ-A/DETROIT from DAVIDSON MEDIA GROUP. With this closing DAVIDSON exits and COMMUNICOM enters the market. JOHN PIERCE was exclusive broker. (Tue, 7/3)


Detroit Free Press:

Local 4 moves news director to digital position: Neil Goldstein, WDIV-TV (Local 4) news veep, is moving to a new job at the Post-Newsweek-owned NBC affiliate. Station boss Steve Wasserman announced Tuesday that Goldstein is the station's new vice president/marketing and digital development, effective immediately... Names and Faces (Wed, 7/4)


Detroit News:

National Public Radio's Terry Gross, host and producer of the program "Fresh Air," will appear Sept. 28 at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor to tell stories, play audio highlights from her career and interact with the audience. Gross has been a part of "Fresh Air" since 1975, when it was a daily, local public radio show in Philadelphia. "Fresh Air" is now carried by 160 stations, and can be heard daily in the Detroit-Ann Arbor area at noon on WEMU-FM (89.1) and WUOM-FM (91.7), and 3 p.m. on WDET-FM (101.9)... 'Fresh Air's' Terry Gross to appear in Ann Arbor (Thu, 7/5)


Michigan Radio to host live broadcast of Talk of the Nation

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan heard on WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will host a live broadcast the popular NPR news program “Talk of the Nation” on Thursday, July 26, from 2-4 pm at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

This live broadcast will focus on the 40th anniversary of the Detroit Riots of 1967. Panelists will discuss the social and economic factors that led up to the riots, and what, if any, changes have come about because of them.

Additionally, the program will examine the current state of Detroit’s once-booming automotive industry, as it embarks on one of the most important labor negotiations in its history.

“Talk of the Nation” is a lively mid-day call-in program hosted by award-winning NPR journalist Neal Conan. The program features an exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape. From politics and public service to education, religion, music, and healthcare, “Talk of the Nation” offers listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, scholars, authors, and artists from around the world.

Michigan Radio was one of the flagship stations for “Talk of the Nation,” carrying the program since its inception in 1996. “Talk of the Nation” is heard weekdays on Michigan Radio from 2-4 pm and has a loyal following of over 160,000 listeners per week. Nationally, the program is broadcast on over 200 NPR stations, to more 3 million listeners each week.

Neal Conan has had a long involvement with NPR as reporter and editor for NPR News, anchor for NPR live events coverage, and host of NPR's Weekly Edition: The Best of NPR News. Conan played a major role in anchoring continuous live coverage of developments during the terrorist attacks and aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the war in Iraq.

This event is open to the public. For more information on Michigan Radio’s live broadcast of “Talk of the Nation,” visit michiganradio.org.


Greater Media Detroit's Bender to be inducted into the MAB Hall of Fame

Greater Media Detroit Senior Vice President & Regional General Manager Tom Bender will be officially inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Hall of Fame. The presentation will take place during the MAB's annual conference on Tuesday, July 10th, at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids.

Bender, who is responsible for overseeing Greater Media's Detroit-based radio properties, including WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM, has been with the company since 1986.

"We are very proud of Tom and all he has done for both Greater Media and the radio industry," said Greater Media President and CEO Peter Smyth. "It is an honor to have him on our team."


Detroit News:

For one afternoon, specifically from noon-3 p.m. Friday, I will tune in to "The Jim Rome Show" on WDFN for longer than five minutes. Normally, Rome's cultish and popular show is a collection of jokes beaten into the ground through repetition and callers ego-stroking the host. But things will change Friday: WDFN's own Stoney and Wojo will guest host for the first time in lieu of the vacationing Rome. That's huge exposure -- Rome is the No. 1 nationally syndicated sports show, reaching more than 185 stations and two million listeners... Stoney and Wojo ready for Rome's show (Thu, 7/12)


Detroit News:

Take a weather quiz and win prizes or vote for the best local rock band all at my fox detroit.com , WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) user-friendly Web site. Click on the weather tab for Ben Bailey's weather quiz, which asks all sorts of tough questions about ultraviolet rays ... High-def TV owners have a special place in the heart of local PBS affiliate WTVS-TV (Channel 56 or Channel 56.1 for HD folks). To find out how special they are, all these technologically advanced couch potatoes have to do is visit wtvs.org and click on "TV schedules" to open up a whole new world of exclusive programming and features that traditional TV watchers can't get... Take WJBK-TV's weatherwise quiz (Fri, 7/13)


WDFN to hold 10th annual Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society July 19th and 20th

Sports Radio 1130 WDFN's Stoney & Wojo Radiothon for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is taking place from 3pm Thursday, July 19th to 7pm Friday, July 20th at the new World Sports Grille at Gameworks inside Great Lakes Crossing Mall. Afternoon drive hosts Stoney & Wojo will be broadcasting live for 28 hours straight to raise money for Leukemia & Lymphoma research.

Listeners can bid on hourly and run-of-show auction items including signed memorabilia, two trips to Chicago to see the Detroit Tigers, various electronic equipment including mp3 players and portable navigational devices, golf with former Lion great Herman Moore, sporting event suites, and more. People who come out can enjoy various activities including a free-throw shooting contest for great prizes and a wide array of exceptional games inside GameWorks.

During the 28 hour event, Stoney and Wojo will be joined by some of the biggest names in local and national sports and a select few guests may even make a surprise appearance on-site. Stoney and Wojo, heard weekdays between 3 and 6pm, raised over $155,000 during last year’s Radiothon and exceeded the $1.15 Million mark in the event’s 9-year history.

The 10-Year Anniversary of this great event promises to be the biggest and best ever. “This event is very special to the entire radio station,” Program Director Rona Danziger said. “The advances to fight this terrible disease have been amazing but there’s still so far to go. We just can’t thank our listeners enough for helping us raise money every year for this wonderful cause.”

Michigan Radio Remembers the Detroit Riots of 1967

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has produced a special audio documentary exploring the Detroit Riots of 1967. The one-hour documentary, titled “Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots,” airs Tuesday, July 17 at 9 pm, with an encore presentation on Monday, July 23 at 3 pm.

In the summer of 1967, chaos broke out in the streets of Detroit. “Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots” includes reports from the award-winning Michigan Radio news team examining what happened, why it happened, and how the ‘67 riots changed our state. The documentary will also look at how the riots changed relations between police and neighborhoods, inspired music, and changed the lives of the individuals whose first-person stories will be heard during the hour.

In addition to the hour long documentary, Michigan Radio will air a series of reports about the Detroit riots during Morning Edition and All Things Considered from July 16 – 27. The station will also host a special live broadcast of the NPR program “Talk of the Nation” in Detroit on Thursday, July 26, that will, in part, examine the Detroit riots from a national perspective.

“Michigan Radio strives to bring our listeners stories about our local communities,” said News Director Vincent Duffy. “We are committed to discussing this important part of Michigan’s history with our listeners throughout the state.”


Pat Batcheller joins WDET as local host for "All Things Considered"

Pat Batcheller has joined the WDET news team as the new local host for NPR's afternoon news magazine "All Things Considered" (airing weekdays from 4pm to 7pm). A native of the area, Batcheller grew up in Trenton and is a graduate of University of Michigan and Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. His professional experience has always been focused on news with his first job in radio at WKZC in Scottville, Michigan as News Director. From there he worked in news radio at stations in St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, Kalamazoo and Howell before landing back in Detroit at WWJ where he was a producer and editor for nine years. During his career, Pat has been honored with many awards from the Associated Press and Michigan Association of Broadcasters for breaking news, feature reporting and newscasts.

"Being the youngest in my family, I was always the last to know what was going on - I think that is why I got into news," said Batcheller. "I hope after hearing a newscast, listeners feel that they learned some things and got to know their community a little better."

WDET Hosts Live Detroit Broadcast of 'Talk Of The Nation' on July 26

Detroit Public Radio and Michigan Radio are pleased to be hosting a live nationwide broadcast of the popular NPR news program “Talk of the Nation” with Neal Conan, on Thursday, July 26, from 2-4 pm at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit.

This live broadcast will focus on the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Detroit riots. Panelists will discuss the social and economic factors that led up to the riots, and what, if any, changes have come about because of them.

Additionally, the program will examine the current state of Detroit’s once-booming automotive industry, as it embarks on one of the most important labor negotiations in its history.

Listeners are invited to be part of the audience for this live broadcast. Admission is free, but space is limited and advance reservations are required. If listeners would like to attend, they can sign up for tickets at wdet.org. There is a limit of 2 tickets per person.


WTVS Ch. 56 to be off-air for maintenance at times this weekend

The Channel 56 analog transmitter antenna will be shut down for tower work early Saturday morning from 3:30-5:30 a.m. ET. A second shutdown will occur on Sunday, 7/22 from 7-10 a.m. The antenna work will affect only viewers who receive the station's analog broadcast over the air or on satellite; cable subscribers will still receive Channel 56 during the shutdown times. WTVS' digital broadcasts (56.1, 2, and 3) will not be affected by this work.

Detroit News:

The radio world has been buzzing since New York's CBS Radio -owned WCBS-FM dumped the Jack FM format on Friday and reverted to oldies. It was two years ago, that the successful oldies station enraged many listeners (including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg ) by dumping its predominantly '60s music mix and disc jockeys, for "Jack." The Jack format -- known as "Doug-FM" here in Detroit -- mashes together a disparate mix of songs, mostly from the '80s, but dipping into the '70s, as well. The intent is to ape the jukebox qualities of an iPod to draw a younger audience. Proving the fallacy of programming local stations from the home office, some markets have embraced Jack while in others, it's tanked (in Detroit, Doug, aka WDRQ at 93.1-FM , isn't a smash hit, but does reasonably well)... 'Oldies' have a hard time finding space on FM dials (Thu, 7/19)

WDET plans week-long coverage of the 40th anniversary of Detroit riot

Detroit Public Radio will be airing special reports beginning Friday, July 20th through Friday, July 27 relating to the riot that happened in Detroit in July 1967. These special features will be
aired during "Morning Edition" (weekdays from 5am to 10am), "Detroit Today" (weekdays from 10am to noon) and "All Things Considered" (weekdays from 4pm to 7pm).

Highlights from the many stories the WDET news team is working on

Friday, July 20: Noah Ovshinsky takes a look at the summer of love -- looking at the counterculture (hippies) in Detroit that summer before the riot began

Monday, July 23: Pat Batcheller visits 12th and Clairmount; View of the riots from reporters (archive piece)

Tuesday, July 24: Owners of burned out businesses reflect on the riot; Two ministers do what they can to recapture the peace

Wednesday, July 25: A look at how Detroit's music was affected by the riots

Thursday, July 26: Quinn Klinefelter looks at the view that the disturbance was a rebellion...not a riot; A look at the creation of Focus Hope and New Detroit

Friday, July 27: A broadcast of part of a panel discussion at Wayne State University on what Detroit is doing to move forward


Detroit Free Press:

Listening to something different on the radio this weekend? Maybe -- and you might not even be changing stations. With the second quarter Arbitron ratings due next week, it's a good time to see how weekend radio differs from the regular weekday offerings. Stations divide along strategic lines when it comes to grabbing your ear on Saturday and Sundays. Some stay with the same approach that brings in listeners all week long. Some change to reflect that people's habits aren't the same on the weekends. As classic rock WCSX-FM programmer Bill Stedman put it: "Do you do on the weekends what you do Monday through Friday?"... Station break: Radio broadcasters change their tune on weekends (Sat, 7/21)


Ann Arbor News:

Former Ann Arbor sports radio host Dave Shand has sued University of Michigan athletic director Bill Martin, claiming that Martin "essentially used economic blackmail" to force his firing. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in downtown Ann Arbor, alleged that Martin told Shand's bosses at WTKA-AM (1050) that station would lose its rights to broadcast Michigan football unless it dismissed Shand. "Either way you slice it, it's illegal for Bill Martin to interfere in Dave's private employment contract," said Nicholas Roumel, Shand's attorney. When Shand was fired in April, the station's general manager, Bob Bolak, declined to discuss the reasons behind the move. Bolak could not be reached for immediate comment Tuesday afternoon... Fired radio host sues Michigan athletic director (Tue, 7/24)

Detroit Free Press:

Brian Williams is scheduled to be in Detroit today to do the "NBC Nightly News" from downtown.

The network anchor, who displays a sharp wit when he makes the talk show rounds, sounded extra sincere when asked about his reasons for coming here. "The Detroit viewing audience ... is enormous and very loyal," he said of his sweeps month visit. Speaking from his New York office on Monday, Williams described his plans for the trip and his ties to the Motor City... Live from Detroit, NBC news (Tue, 7/24)

Bill Flemming was known for his trips around the world. Name an exotic locale, and he probably had been there for his job with ABC's "Wide World of Sports." But Flemming, the well-known TV sportscaster who made his name on "Wide World" and worked in the business for nearly 60 years, was a Michigan man all the way. He grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated from the University of Michigan, raised his family in Bloomfield Hills and spent the last decade summering at his cottage in Good Hart, Mich., until he died Friday from prostate cancer at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey at age 80... Michigander made mark all around 'Wide World' (Tue, 7/24)

Detroit News:

"NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" returned to Detroit on Tuesday, and the city acted as a backdrop for a report on -- what else? -- the decline of the auto industry. The story, "Slow Lane?," was pegged to "Detroit's hurry-up effort to go green," and featured General Motors' and Ford Motor Co.'s efforts to offer customers more environmentally friendly vehicles. Reporter Kevin Tibbles interviewed representatives from Ford and talked to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz at GM's headquarters in the Renaissance Center. The verdict? It may not be easy going green, "but for Detroit, it's essential," said Tibbles' report. The show also featured a taped interview with Detroit City Council member Martha Reeves, conducted by Williams outside of Hart Plaza... Williams spotlights autos, Reeves in Detroit broadcast (Tue, 7/24)


Detroit News:

WRIF's merry pranksters Drew & Mike shot ahead of their morning competition, WYCD morning man Doctor Don is starting to make a dent in the a.m., and WJR sits atop the overall ratings pile yet again, as the spring 2007 Arbitron ratings were released Wednesday. Rock station WRIF-FM (101.1) had a very good spring, going up to No. 4 in overall radio listenership during the months of April, May and June. WRIF's No. 1 morning team Drew & Mike consolidated their lead over the rest of the pack, with a 9.9 share, up a whole point from their No. 1, 8.8 share in the winter ratings. The duo are two points ahead of No. 2 ranked WWJ... WRIF duo widens a.m. ratings lead (Thu, 7/26)

Detroit Free Press:

Wednesday's release of Detroit Arbitron radio ratings for the second quarter of 2007 showed the following:

• News-talk WJR-AM maintained the overall lead among all listeners ages 12 and older. The No. 1 station in the age 25-54 demographic many advertisers prefer was rocker WRIF-FM with a 7.6 rating.

• Mornings were dominated by WRIF's Drew Lane & Mike Clark. In the age 25-54 race, they scored an impressive 14.6, 1.7 better than their first-quarter tally. Steve Harvey on WMXD was second, far back with an 8.1. Among all listeners, Drew and Mike had a 9.9, followed by WWJ's Joe Donovan and Roberta Jasina with a 7.1... WJR-AM remains at No. 1 with metro Detroit listeners (Thu, 7/26)


Detroit Spring 2007 age 12+ radio ratings (Wed, 7/25)


Detroit Free Press:

A former metro Detroiter was among four people killed Friday afternoon in Phoenix when helicopters from two TV news stations -- covering a police chase live -- collided and crashed to the ground. Craig Smith, a former pilot for WXYZ's Chopper 7 in Detroit, was piloting the KNXV/ABC Channel 15 helicopter when it collided in the air with a helicopter from KTVK Channel 3, an independent station owned by the Belo Corp. media corporation. Both helicopters fell down into a park in central Phoenix and caught fire. Smith was killed along with his photographer, Rick Krolak, and pilot Scott Bowerbank and photographer Jim Cox, both working in the KTVK helicopter. No one on the ground was hurt... Former metro Detroiter, pilot killed in news copter crash (Fri, 7/27)

Last Saturday's LIFE section asked about your weekend radio listening habits. Some replies follow... Sinatra finishes his weekend (Sat, 7/28)

Coming to town: Syndicated morning star Russ Parr, heard on WHTD-FM (102.7), Aug. 3 with performances by Mims, B5, the Alliance, Al Fatz, Eric Danell, Cupid, Dream and Kin Folks, live from 6-10 a.m. at the Millennium Center, located at 15600 J.L. Hudson Drive, in Southfield ... Retiring: Longtime evening jazz host Michael G. Nastos, from WEMU-FM (89.1) effective Monday. A mainstay of the WEMU music staff, Nastos has hosted the evening program for more than 27 years... Names and Faces (Sat, 7/28)

Steve Courtney to host 2007-08 MSU Football

With the 2007-08 football season only weeks away, the flagship station of MSU football, News/Talk 760 WJR, has announced that Steve Courtney will host this season's WJR Tailgate Show. Heard three hours prior to home game kick off, the two hour WJR Tailgate Show is filled with exciting interviews and pre-game discussion. Tune in to the first tailgate broadcast of the season, 9:00am on Saturday, September 1, 2007. The MSU Spartans will take on the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers starting at noon.


WYCD MD Ron Chatman To Exit
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT MD/Digital Director RON CHATMAN is exiting to pursue other opportunities. (Fri, 7/27)

Crain's Detroit Business:

Talk radio station WJR 760 AM remained atop the Detroit market in the latest listener rankings, fueled primarily by the popularity of Rush Limbaugh’s afternoon show.

The station had a 5.6 share for the April 5-June 27 measurement period, up from a 5.5 over the previous period, according to numbers released this week by Columbia, Md.-based Arbitron Inc., which tracks radio listening. WJR was ranked first overall in the preceding ratings period, as well... WJR first in ratings period (Wed, 7/25)

Ann Arbor News:

Michael G. Nastos, longtime evening jazz host at WEMU (89.1 FM), has signed off the air. He was expected to announced his retirement on his show Friday, according to the station. He has hosted the evening program for more than 27 years, first as a part-time employee, then for the past 12 years as a full-timer, serving as the station's chief music librarian and "Jazz Datebook'' editor when not on the air. WEMU will conduct a national search for a successor, hoping to have someone in place by the end of September. In the meantime, other WEMU on-air hosts will cover Nastos' shift... Nastos leaving WEMU (Sat, 7/28)



Al Payne Named OM For Radio One Detroit Cluster
RADIO ONE SVP Programming JAY STEVENS confirmed the appointment of AL PAYNE to the position of OM/PD of their DETROIT radio cluster. PAYNE will oversee Urban AC WDMK, Urban WHTD and Black Gospel WCHB. He will work with WHTD PD SPUDD to guide the programming strategies of that station. SPUDD will remain in place. “AL has brought vision and a passion for excellence over the past three years to our RICHMOND market, and I am pleased to afford him this opportunity for growth in a larger market,” commented STEVENS. CAROL LAWRENCE, Market Manager for the MOTOR CITY cluster, added: “We are thrilled to have AL PAYNE join RADIO ONE/DETROIT as Operations Manager/Program Director. AL’s track record of ratings success in DALLAS and RICHMOND speaks for itself. His dedication to precision and unmitigated passion for what he does makes him a welcome addition to our DETROIT operation. I look forward to partnering with Al and seeing great things happening for the DETROIT market.” PAYNE will officially begin his new duties MONDAY, AUGUST 13. (Mon, 7/30)

WDFN to celebrate the 5th annual MEATA

Sports WDFN is hosting the 5th annual MEATA, Men Eating All The Animals; a celebration of men eating meat. Midday host Sean Baligian will be broadcasting live from The Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth on Friday, August 3rd from 9am to noon and hanging out afterward to celebrate eating meat.

Listeners are invited to bring meat and wild game of any kind as the grills are lit up bright and early. Every piece of meat available, from the common hamburger to venison and other exotic meats, will be hitting the grills during the event. The station is asking participants to bring a canned good for the Oakland County Food Bank to help feed those that are less fortunate. Participants will also have an opportunity to submerge Sean Baligian in a dunk tank for the chance to win baseball tickets and other great prizes.

As a big proponent of red-blooded foods, self-proclaimed carnivore Sean Baligian started up the concept of MEATA in response to the world-wide animal rights organization PETA-People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the feedback has being overwhelming. Listeners can stop by the Compuware Sports Arena in Plymouth on their lunch break for some free grub or take the day off entirely and spend it with Sean and the whole crew of meatlovers from WDFN.

WJR's Smith to sub for Limbaugh Aug 2

News/Talk WJR's Paul W. Smith (Weekdays 5:30am-9am) will guest host the nationally syndicated The Rush Limbaugh Show on Thursday, August 2, 2007. The Rush Limbaugh Show can be heard on WJR and other stations across Michigan weekdays from Noon-3:00pm.


WRIF to broadcast Detroit Indy Grand Prix

WRIF-FM 101.1, Detroit’s rock station for over 36 years, has announced that the station will be the official radio broadcaster of the 2007 Detroit Indy Grand Prix, presented by Firestone on Sunday, September 2nd.

The race will be simulcast on 101.1 FM beginning at 3:00pm, including pre-race activities, originating from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. The race will commence at 3:45pm and continue through 6:00pm. In addition to airing the simulcast of the race, WRIF will be broadcasting live from Belle Isle throughout the weekend, giving listeners highlights, traffic updates and more.

”We feel the return of the Grand Prix to the City of Detroit is another positive step toward re-energizing the downtown area and we wanted to get on board to show our support. We’re very proud to be airing the race”, said WRIF Operations Manager, Doug Podell.

Movie marathon to raise money for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will present a day of nonstop movie watching for a cause. “Hollywood Nights” is a 24-hour movie marathon to benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The event will be at the Emagine Theatre in Novi from 10 AM on Friday, Aug. 10 to 10 AM on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Registration for the event is available on Magic’s Web site, www.detroitmagic.com. Admission is a $105.10 donation and includes unlimited popcorn and pop, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Prizes will also be awarded.

Attendees must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by a parent or guardian to stay overnight. Individuals ages 13 to 17 will be able to watch movies from 10 AM to 10 PM on Friday.

The Oakland Press:

Clark Davis remembers excitedly flipping between four separate March Madness basketball games playing live on Channel 62 a couple of years back -- without having cable. Many Oakland County residents can do the same, and watch up to three times as many local television stations, for free. They just aren't aware they can do it, he says. "Cable companies want people to believe you have to buy their service to get more specialty programming," said Davis, a Pontiac resident and attorney. "They are fostering the urban myth that you can't get high-definition without cable or a satellite." Local television stations such as 2, 4, 7 and 56 do have the capability to transmit at least three secondary channels simultaneously, officials from local stations agree. All people need to receive them is an antenna for a high-definition, digital television set... High-definition TV available over the air, attorney says (Sun, 8/5)


WCSX Goes To The Dogs
GREATER MEDIA CLASSIC ROCK WCSX (94.7)/DETROIT was able to find 428 stray animals new homes during its sixth Annual "Pet-A-Palooza" on Saturday, July 28 at Freedom Hill. The stations brought together 33 humane organizations, which offered cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets for adoption on-site. The event also featured a variety of family and pet-oriented activities, including an "Ultimate Air Dog"-jumping competition, and a performance by THE ROCK-N-ROLL K-9’S -- a group of 35 dogs demonstrating speed and agility skills set to rock music. "I'm so happy to be part of such an important event," said WCSX midday personality KAREN SAVELLY. "Not only do pets and their owners have a fun-filled day, hundreds of deserving animals find wonderful homes."

CRTC Grants New FM For Sarnia, ON
POINTS EAGLE RADIO INC. receives CRTC approval for a Type B Native FM station with English and Aboriginal programming at SARNIA, ON. The station would use 3,400 watts at 103.3 FM and would mostly simulcast POINTS EAGLE's CKTI/KETTLE POINT, ON with six-and-a-half hours of SARNIA-specific programming each week.

Michigan Radio wins PRNDI award

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been honored with an award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., for its Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006. These national awards, judged and presented annually, recognize outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

The Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006, anchored by Charity Nebbe, discussed a variety of topics important to Michigan listeners. Segments produced by the Michigan Radio news team included a report on Detroit Metro Airport’s ban on liquids and gels in carry-on luggage, coverage of Delphi Corporation’s hearings over the cancellation of blue-collar contracts, and discussion of a decrease in the rate of home foreclosure in Michigan.

Receiving a PRNDI award is a prestigious accomplishment. With this, Michigan Radio exerts itself as one of the best newscasters in the country. Division A winners in other categories include: WNYC-New York, WBUR-Boston, WBEZ-Chicago, and KUOW-Seattle.

"We’re very proud of this accomplishment," said News Director Vincent Duffy. "It’s great to be recognized for the hard work our talented reporters do everyday for our listeners in Michigan."

This is Michigan Radio’s second award this year for the August 11 Morning Edition newscast. Earlier this year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognized it with a 2006 Broadcast Excellence Award.

WMGC-FM 3-Day team raises record amount to help beat breast cancer

Magic 105.1 is leading the nation in pledges raised for a Breast Cancer 3-Day team. The “3 Days of Magic” team has raised over $250,000 for the annual walk, far surpassing the original $205,000 goal. The Magic team has since set a new and unprecedented team fundraising goal of $500,000.


Detroit News:

Jeff Murri says Fox 2's new 11 p.m. newscast will be hyper-local, content-rich and high-energy. All hyphenated descriptions aside, the important thing is that it will be here. When "News Edge" makes its debut Sept. 24, Detroit will have three local 11 p.m. news voices for the first time since the city's moldering CBS station dropped its newscast five years ago, so it could put on "Everybody Loves Raymond" reruns. On the theory that more news is better than less news -- and more competition is better than less competition -- any newscast would figure to make an impact... Fox adds 'Edge' to 11 p.m. news (Fri, 8/10)

Detroit Free Press:

Fox adds newscast- Stay tuned. WJBK-TV, Channel 2, is adding an aggressive new twist to Detroit's TV news wars when it launches "Fox 2 New Edge at 11" weeknights beginning Sept. 24. The half-hour newscast -- which the station describes as a "hyper-local" program with a "unique, fast-paced format" -- marks the first time Fox 2 will compete head-to-head at 11 p.m. with local network affiliate rivals WDIV-TV, Channel 4, and WXYZ-TV, Channel 7. "Fox 2 News Edge at 11," to be primarily anchored by Huel Perkins, is designed as a high-energy complement to that station's hourlong nightly newscast "Fox 2 News at 10"... Names and Faces (Fri, 8/10)

Ann Arbor News:

A local radio host who was fired for his on-air actions and comments is not protected by the First Amendment, a state appeals court ruled. The ruling dealt a blow to Theron Hughes, the outspoken host of the "Bone Conduction Music Show,'' which aired for 17 years on WEMU-FM (89.1). Hughes, who goes by his on-air name Thayrone, mixed music with conservative political commentary. He was fired in 2003 and sued to get reinstated. The Aug. 2 ruling effectively dismisses the lawsuit. Reached on Wednesday, Hughes said he isn't finished seeking his day in court. Hughes said he never denigrated the station and was fired for voicing support for President Bush and the war in Iraq while on the air. He said he is fighting for the right to free speech on public radio. "Your tax dollars and my tax dollars fund WEMU,'' he said... State appeals court dismisses disc jockey's lawsuit (Thu, 8/9)

C&G Newspapers:

For more than two decades, his was a familiar voice on radio. But while Ralph Valdez may no longer be hosting a show on WDET-FM, the Grosse Pointe Woods resident is still putting his wealth of musical and cultural knowledge to good use. In February, the former eastside Detroiter became the curator of cultural programming for the Arab American National Museum and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services — better known as ACCESS — in Dearborn. He recently completed organizing the annual Concert of Colors world music festival, and is now focusing on museum programs like Global Thursdays, a multicultural music and arts series that runs September through April, and the Arab Film Festival in November... Cultural ambassador (Wed, 8/8)


'Handyman' Haege Heads To Hotel
The syndicated "HANDYMAN SHOW WITH GLENN HAEGE" will broadcast live from the legendary GRAND HOTEL on MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN this SATURDAY (8/11). The show will include an interview with the director of maintenance of the historic hotel, which opened in 1887 and was featured in the film "SOMEWHERE IN TIME." HAEGE is heard on over 170 stations nationwide, with CITADEL Talk WJR-A/DETROIT serving as his flagship. (Thu, 8/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 12, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

There's good news for two locally based commercial radio stations that saw their rankings improve in the latest Arbitron radio ratings. Although Detroit talk powerhouse WJR (760 AM) continues at the top spot overall in the Ann Arbor market, country station WWWW (102.9 FM), third in the last ratings period, placed second, while WQKL (107.1 FM), which had been fourth, is now third. In the all-important age 25-54 group, the station ranks first. Lower down in the ratings, all-sports station WTKA and liberal talk WLBY-AM both decreased their audience shares, while news-talk WAAM held steady. Ratings for public radio's WUOM and WEMU are not included in the report... WWWW, WQKL ratings improve (Sun, 8/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2007



JJ & Lynne's Stone Souper Charger ready to roar to life Thursday morning

Thursday morning, August 16th, the sweet smell of Motor City Muscle will fill the air as JJ & Lynne’s Stone Souper Charger roars to life. Eight months ago, it was just an idea to restore a 1968 Dodge Charger to raise money for Focus:HOPE.

The countless hours of work by hundreds of volunteers from all over southeast Michigan will be showcased when the engine of the Stone Souper Charger is started for the first time outside the studios of classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7, located at One Radio Plaza in Royal Oak Township. The “birthday” celebration will begin at 7am with the arrival of the Stone Souper Charger and many members of the volunteer team working on the restoration. During the 8am hour, JJ & Lynne will officially fire up the 600 plus horse power engine for the first time in public. To add to the festivities, local classic car enthusiasts will be on hand displaying their classic cruisers.

JJ & Lynne Stone Souper Charger raffle tickets cost $25 each and 100% of the ticket price will go directly to Focus:HOPE. One lucky ticket holder will win both the restored 1968 Souper Charger and a 2 year lease of a 2007 HEMI R/T Charger on September 20th, 2007 at the JJ & Lynne Stone Soup event at the 94.7 WCSX Studios. More info at www.wcsx.com.

Detroit News:

Neil Goldstein, former vice president of news and news director for WDIV-TV, has taken on a new role at Channel 4 as vice president of marketing and digital development. Steve Wasserman, the station's vice president and general manager, says he tapped Goldstein because of his leadership abilities... Former news director takes on new WDIV role (Mon, 8/13)


Detroit News:

WTVS-TV (Channel 56) Detroit Public Television, the local PBS affiliate, has partnered with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to bring Metro Detroiters a multi-layered entertainment experience. For instance, blues lovers can watch the "Boogie & the Blues Diva: 2004 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival" when it airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS. And if they like what they see, they can buy tickets and attend the "Ninth annual Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival" when it takes place at the Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6... Music Hall, PBS team up for shows (Wed, 8/15)

Get out the ear muffs: Don Imus is headed back to the airwaves. The disgraced shock jock has been off the air since April 12, after describing the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" and public outcry, led by activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, prompted CBS Radio to yank his popular morning show. MSNBC also canceled the TV simulcast of his show. On Tuesday, Imus and CBS settled his multimillion-dollar contract, which had been renewed just before the April fracas. Now the radio host can return to the air, and the Associated Press reports that Imus is finalizing a deal with New York-based, 50,000-watt (Clear Channel) WABC-AM, which carries mostly political talk... Imus nears radio return as he and CBS settle (Wed, 8/15)

Detroit Free Press:

The trade journal Automotive News reported Wednesday that General Motors has recruited several prominent radio personalities — many on a national scale but also in local markets — by providing the hosts with new cars and trucks to drive free for two weeks each month. The deal also includes trips to Detroit to meet with GM executives and see the company's facilities. Among the hosts taking advantage of the deal are some of the biggest names in talk radio and a few who double on TV. Among them: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hannity, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Michael Baisden, former Detroiter George Noory, Delilah, Laura Ingraham, Jim Rome, John Tesh, and Big Tigger, a former WJLB-FM (97.9, Detroit) morning host. Local hosts in Dallas were also mentioned in the story... GM borrows cars to some big radio stars (Wed, 8/15)

WDIV-TV Local 4 is playing an interesting gambit with that new extra hour NBC's "Today" starts serving Sept. 10. Ellen DeGeneres' talk show will remain at 10 a.m., with the fourth hour of "Today" to be seen at 11 a.m. in the tough slot against ABC's "The View" and CBS's "The Price Is Right." Syndicated info-tainment show "Extra" -- now delayed a day at 11 a.m. -- shifts to delayed a day at 2:30 p.m. "Inside Edition," now at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., will air only once a day, at 4:30 p.m... 'Ellen' will keep 10 a.m. timeslot (Wed, 8/15)

WMGC honors women in the automotive industry

Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show of soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 are honoring the women who make the Motor City run with three “Salute to Women in the Automotive Industry” live broadcasts. The series is taking place August 15-17 from 6am to 10am each morning, leading up to the Woodward Dream Cruise.

The public is invited to stop by the broadcasts on Wednesday, August 15th at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn and on Friday, August 17th at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Jim Harper, Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty, Mike Bradley and Fay Samona will all be on-site.

On Thursday, August 16th, Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from the OnStar Studios in the General Motors World Headquarters in Detroit. This broadcast is not open to the public but will air from 6am to 10am on WMGC.

RIFF2.com officially relaunches

A newly enhanced RIFF2.com, the website for rock WRIF-FM's 101.1 companion HD multicast channel, RIFF-HD2, has been re-launched.

The latest version of the website now has social networking functionality that allows DJs, listeners and bands to be able to create their own profiles as well as blog, upload video, audio, and more. In addition, listeners will be able to add widgets from uploaded audio and video to their own MySpace pages, websites and blogs.

"It is a perfect complement to the interactive, community experience of RIFF2, the HD2 companion channel for WRIF," said Mark Pennington, program director of RIFF2 and assistant program director/music director of WRIF. "The new site will have originally produced audio and video from the station and provide a totally interactive experience for listeners."


The Beatles and cruising music are on AM 580 this Saturday

Oldies CKWW AM 580 will present “The Beatles Story”, a comprehensive look at the life of the world’s greatest rock band, an insightful twelve-part radio documentary that was produced in the early seventies by CHUM radio’s Doug Thompson and hosted by the late Chuck Reilly. From the very earliest pre-Beatles moments to the ultimate break-up you’ll hear the stories as told by the Fab Four themselves. It airs every Saturday from 10-11 AM for the next twelve weeks on AM 580, Motor City Favorites.

This Saturday AM 580 is the place to hear the real cruisin’ Oldies on AM where they belong. Hear the songs you cruised to back in the day. AM 580 begins the big Motor City Cruise Day with The Beatles Story at 10 AM, then revs up the 50’s and 60’s hits all day long.

WCSX Is Cruisin’ Woodward

Classic Rock WCSX-FM will be bhitting the streets with live updates from Woodward on Friday & Saturday. The station invites listeners to stop by and see them any of these locations:

Friday August 17th
* 2pm-6pm: Join Ken Calvert at Eaton Performance Park located in the baseball complex at Memorial Park at Woodward & 13 Mile in Royal Oak. See the '68 Stone Souper Charger & buy raffle tickets & t-shirts, all benefiting Focus:HOPE.

*6pm-10pm: See Steve Kostan at the Firestone Auto Service Center on Coolidge and Woodward for live cruise updates.

Saturday August 18th
* 8am-10am: Join KT at the Takata Safety Exhibit on Woodward just North of 13 Mile at Village Chrysler Jeep. We'll serve free breakfast burritos, juice & water to the first hundred people at the party.

* 10am-2pm: Paul Buck and Focus:HOPE will be at Eaton Performance Park on 13 Mile and Woodward with live updates and your chance to buy Stone Souper Charger raffle tickets & t-shirts.

* 12pm-2pm: JJ & Lynne along with the Stone Souper Charger will be at Firestone at Woodward and Coolidge. See the car, meet JJ & Lynne and purchase raffle tickets and t-shirts benefiting Focus:HOPE.

* 2pm-6pm: Steve Kostan takes over with live updates from Firestone, plus from 3-4pm you can meet IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon for autographs. Also, Ken Calvert and the WCSX Classic Rock Cruisers will be at Art Van on Woodward in Royal Oak.


Crain's Detroit Business:

The advent of high-definition television is being hailed as momentous as the switch in the 1960s to color broadcasts — and advertisers in Metro Detroit are increasingly eager to employ the technology as its costs decline. Television stations and production companies are spending millions of dollars to upgrade equipment — cameras, lenses, software, editing boards and broadcasting infrastructure — to meet demand spurred by a federally mandated Feb. 17, 2009, deadline that will end current analog broadcasts in favor of digital. High-def is a format of digital television... High-def TV brings costs (Mon, 8/20)

WLQV helps kids get back to school

In partnership with the international Christian relief organization Feed the Children, Christian Talk WLQV AM 1500 held a day long drive in Thursday, August 16 asking their listeners to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for 400 homeless inner-city children in the city of Detroit for just $18.00 each. At the end of the day the station had raised more than $14,000 and provided nearly 800 of the backpacks, double the original goal, which will be distributed to the students in Detroit when the new school year begins after Labor Day.


Local college, pro football shows hit the field on FSN Detroit

The arrival of the 2007 football season brings a bevy of shows to FSN Detroit for fans of the area’s Big Ten and NFL squads:

9:00 AM, Michigan Replay – The long-running show featuring Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and co-host Jim Brandstatter (re-airs many Sundays at 12:30 PM). Premieres Sunday, August 26.

9:30 AM, Spartan Sports Zone – The MSU sports scene is featured each week with an emphasis on football in the fall, hosted by Dave Ellis. Premieres Sunday, August 26.

Lions Live: Post-game edition – Eleven times this season, FSN provides live coverage immediately following Lions games including remarks from the podium, locker room reaction and expert analysis. Host is Mickey York, joined by analyst Rob Rubick and reporter Trevor Thompson (re-airs many Sundays at 10:00 PM). Premieres Sunday, Sept. 9 following Lions-Raiders season opener.

12:30 PM, Lions live: Rod Marinelli press conference – Live coverage of Rod Marinelli’s Monday session with the Detroit press corps, hosted by Matt Shepard (re-airs many Mondays at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM). Premieres Monday, Sept. 10.

6:30 PM, One on One with Mark Dantonio – Mickey York visits weekly with the first-year head coach of the Spartans (re-airs many Thursdays at 10:00 PM). Premieres Thursday, Aug. 30.

Monroe News:

Get ready for a shake-up in area baseball broadcasts next season. The Toledo Free Press reports that WLQR (1470-AM), the Toledo all-sports radio station known as The Ticket, will drop Toledo Mud Hens broadcasts in 2008 in favor of the Detroit Tigers. Currently, WLQR carries Tiger games only when they don't conflict with the Mud Hens. That's good news for Tiger fans in south-county and the Toledo area who have found themselves hunting for the broadcasts since the Tigers moved left WJR and its 50,000 kilowatts. WXYT (1270-AM), Detroit's flagship station, has boosted its power. I picked it up 60 miles south of Toledo on Saturday. But the Detroit station doesn't even reach Bedford Township at night... Hens without radio home for '08 (Tue, 8/21)


Bomia Upped To Promo Coordinator At WDRQ/WDVD
SHANNON BOMIA has been named Promotions Coordinator for CITADEL Adult Hits WDRQ (93.1 DOUG-FM) and Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT. SHANNON was previously a part-time Promotions Assistant and started at the station in NOVEMBER 2006. (Tue, 8/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 22, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The Arbitron radio ratings for May, June and July generally aren't known for dictating in which direction the market is going long-term. And the 2007 edition released Tuesday certainly didn't break that rule. Movement was generally minimal, with the Top 10 and Top 20 rankings largely static. But there were some trends beyond the relatively non-noteworthy numbers in the chart accompanying this article. They are: While WRIF-FM morning giants Drew and Mike continue to lead the morning race, their ratings dropped a bit from their stellar second quarter score ... WDVD-FM, which had a stellar second quarter, dropped slightly but still had solid Top 10 numbers among all listeners and was a solid sixth in the age 25-54 tote. If it holds ears, it could be the radio success story of '07 in Detroit... Drew and Mike's ratings drop; oldies work (Wed, 8/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 23, 2007



WOMC releases midday host Dana Masucci

Dana Masucci is no longer with Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 as of today as the station has decided 'to go in another direction'. Masucci had been in the chair as midday host for WOMC since January 2005, replacing Tom Force who was similarly given his walking papers in late 2004. Now word on the street is that Force might be under consideration by station management to retake his spot behind the 'OMC midday mic.

Detroit Free Press:

Happy anniversary, D&D- WKRK-FM (97.1) talking heads Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle are marking their 8th anniversary in Detroit by hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Live 97.1 Studios at 15600 W. Twelve Mile in Southfield ... Hosting: Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor's WQKL-FM (107.1) at the Ann Arbor Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, three live music performances this week... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/23)

Ask the Governor to be heard on WJR August 27

News-Talk WJR-AM 760 newsman Lloyd Jackson will host another edition of "Ask the Governor on Monday, August 27th from 7-8:00 p.m. live from Olds Hall on the campus of Michigan State University. WJR listeners can call 1-800-859-0957 during the show to ask questions.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 24, 2007



Detroit News:

The Comcast and WOW! cable providers said Thursday they are at an impasse with the Big Ten Network. The state's basic cable subscribers likely are to miss several Big Ten football games after the network goes on the air Aug. 30. That includes Michigan's Sept. 1 opener against Appalachian State, one of six contests to be broadcast on the network within the conference's eight-state footprint. Elizabeth Conlisk, a Big Ten representative, said negotiations with Comcast have gone sour. She said there still is hope a deal with WOW! could be worked out... Big Ten, cable outlets at impasse (Fri, 8/24)

Detroit Free Press:

Big Ten fans, brace yourselves if you're a Comcast subscriber. The football season begins Sept. 1, but the season-opening games on the Big Ten Network will not be available to Comcast customers, according to Bob Thompson, president of Fox's national cable sports networks. Fox Cable Networks is a partner with the Big Ten in the fledgling network. That would mean that the Michigan-Appalachian State game and five other openers wouldn't be available to about 5 million Comcast subscribers in Big Ten states. (Michigan State's opener against Alabama-Birmingham will be shown on ESPN2.) "If you are a fan of the Big Ten -- and certainly there are a lot of those in the state of Michigan -- and you want to have these games, you need to make other arrangements," Thompson told the Free Press on Thursday. "We're a week away, and having been through the launch of 15 some odd sports networks in the last 18 years, I've got a pretty good feel for this. "At this point, I can tell you we will not have agreement before the first weekend of games"... Sorry U-M, MSU fans with Comcast: No Big Ten Network for you (Fri, 8/24)


Detroit Free Press:

Scheduled: WDMK-FM (105.9) morning personality Tom Joyner's fifth annual Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day" on Sept. 18. Joyner is encouraging disease prevention by making an appointment for a health screening, attending a health event in the community or helping a friend, neighbor or family member do the same. WDMK will be at the Northwest Activities Center from 6-10 a.m. that day with J. Anthony Brown from the Joyner show in the house... Names and Faces (Mon, 8/27)


WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 broadcast home of Detroit Grand Prix Indy Car racing

WXYZ-TV / Channel 7 is set to provide metro-Detroiters with comprehensive coverage of everything leading to the "Big Race" on Sunday, September 2nd. WXYZ-TV Grand Prix coverage includes six live programming specials and Action News will provide the most comprehensive and complete coverage of the day's events. All of WXYZ's programming specials and news coverage will be presented in high definition. WXYZ-TV is the official television partner for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Highlights include:

- Countdown to Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Primetime Edition, Wed. Aug. 29th 8:00 - 9:00pm
- Countdown to the Green Flag, Fri. Aug. 31st 7:00 - 7:30pm
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Start Your Engines, Sun. Sept. 2nd 9:00- 10:30am
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Countdown to the Green Flag, Sun. Sept. 2nd Noon -1:00pm
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Pit Pass Special, Sun. Sept. 2nd 2:00 - 3:30pm
- Winners Circle, Sun. Sept. 2nd 6:00 - 6:30pm

The race itself will air on ABC starting at 3:30pm.

WXYZ-TV Press Release (Tue, 8/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 30, 2007



Detroit News:

In these days of cutbacks and a glut of nationally syndicated radio programming, it's a rare treat to be able to tout a locally generated show like "Detroit Today ," the news and interview show that airs from 10 a.m. to noon daily on Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) . "Detroit Today" is almost always an engaging listen, with a nice mix of hard news, enterprise reporting and music and cultural pieces. Quinn Kleinfelter and Matt Watroba have been doing a good job juggling the anchor slot, but now WDET confirms that it has chosen a permanent host for the show: Craig Fahle, who left the station during the turbulent Michael Coleman era... Craig Fahle returns to host 'Detroit Today' (Thu, 8/30)

Detroit Free Press:

Noted: The passing of WOMC-FM (104.3) morning man Dick Purtan's father, Paul J. Purtan. He died Aug. 23 in the Buffalo suburb of Kenmore, N.Y. Memorials to the Dr. Richard Huben Foundation c/o Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 14203... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/30)


WYCD morning show nominated for CMA award

The Dr. Don Morning Show, heard weekday mornings from 5-10am on country WYCD-FM 99.5, has been nominated for a CMA (Country Music Association) award in the category of On-Air Personalities of the Year (Major Market). The nominations were announced yesterday on ABC TV's “Good Morning America” program.

The awards will be presented at this year's 41st Annual CMA Awards program on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in Nashville and broadcast by ABC. The CMA Awards are considered to be county music’s biggest night.

“This is a huge honor,” said Debbie Kenyon, VP/General Manager of WYCD-FM. “It’s great to see Dr. Don - along with Rachael, Grunwald and Jason get recognized nationally.”

“The whole team on the Dr. Don Morning show has contributed to our success at WYCD,” noted Program Director Tim Roberts. “More importantly, these guys know how to have fun and take the Detroit audience along for the ride!”


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 2, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

This is my one attempt to help you through the Detroit media. All these people who sit there and cast opinions and try to shape your sports mind in our fair city. Most times, you can't make hide nor hair of who knows what, who knows who, who has got a hot tip, or who is just filling space. As fans, you are at a tremendous disadvantage. You don't have a choice. You want to know what is going on with the Pistons, Lions, Red Wings and Tigers. So who do we look to? We look to our papers... Todd Jones: Explaining the ins, outs of Detroit media (Sun, 9/2)

There were so many reasons Jim Brandstatter looked forward to Saturday. And one reason he did not. When Brandstatter arrived at Michigan Stadium on Saturday to do analysis on the radio broadcast, he went up to the broadcast and private box level and walked into late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's booth. Schembechler died last Nov. 17 at age 77. "It feels empty," said Brandstatter, who played for Schembechler in the early 1970s and was one of his closest friends in the years since. "There's something missing. I went in there to have a talk with him, alone. I said 'hello' and I know he was here"... Brandstatter soldiers on without Bo at Big House (Sun, 9/2)

He's back. Media barrister Henry Baskin, agent to the likes of Dick Purtan, Fanchon Stinger, Jerry Hodak and other media luminaries, returns to the airwaves at 5:30 p.m. Friday with his "Due Process" show on a new station, WTVS-TV, Channel 56... Baskin finds a home at Channel 56 (Sun, 9/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 7, 2007



WDET readies launch of HD2 service

Public WDET-FM (101.9) plans on launching secondary HD2 programming later this month. According to interim general manager Allen Mazurek, "The balance between news and music on WDET is one that has shaped listener opinion and perception about the station for years. Now, we’re pleased to announce the initial launch of WDET-HD2."

"WDET2 will begin as a music service that draws on WDET’s history as a leader in presenting diverse and progressive music from across the spectrum, with a specific emphasis on Detroit artists. It will be available later this month to all listeners equipped with an HD receiver. Internet broadcast of this service through wdet.org is also under investigation."

Muzurek continues, "From an admittedly modest launch, we hope this service will grow over time to include live programming, provide volunteer and training opportunities for budding radio producers and hosts, and provide a new platform for the exciting and diverse music and experimental programming enjoyed by many WDET listeners through the years. In the coming weeks, we’ll provide additional information about WDET-HD2."

On the analog side, the station is also making some lineup changes effective September 15th:

Beginning Monday September 17, the station adds "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin from NPR News, weekdays at 1pm. Host Michel Martin joined NPR from ABC News, where she worked as a correspondent for Nightline. This program will replace "World Have Your Say" from the BBC.

Also taking effect the weekend of September 15-16:

- "Michael Julien's Global Mix" runs an additional hour on Saturday evenings, from 10pm-1am.

- The sacred music program "Deep River with Robert Jones" moves to Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm.

-"The Tavis Smiley Show" will now be heard twice each weekend, Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, and Sunday mornings from 6pm to 8am.

-Sunday evenings at 8pm, WDET will present "The Evolution of Jazz" - Revisited. This nationally distributed program on the history of jazz was hosted by Ed Love in the late 80's and early 90's, and was heard on 125 stations around the country and in Puerto Rico. As we begin a conversion process to preserve this part of the station's history, we're pleased to be able to share it with listeners once again.

-Sunday evenings at 10pm will now be a dedicated hour for the many high-quality specials and limited-run series available to public radio stations, providing an outlet for the best that public radio has to offer on a weekly basis. First off will be the latest installment of "America Abroad", and then a new 5-part series from Jay Allison called "Stories From the Heart of the Land."


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 9, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The late Merv Griffin's new game show is the biggest news in daytime TV as Detroit stations set up their daytime schedules for another year. Most of the shows start their new seasons Monday. "Merv Griffin's Crosswords," hosted by ex-soap star Ty Treadway, debuts at 2 p.m. Monday on WDIV-TV Local 4. WDIV is making the most changes as it tries to stop daytime ratings leakage that dates to the demise of its late '90s, in-your-face talk lineup (Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones and others). Elsewhere, the rest of the local daytime landscape is largely the same... New Griffin game show comes to daytime TV (Sun 9/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 12, 2007



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) has chosen Tim Hygh as its new station manager, according to interim general manager Allen Mazurek. WDET has been seeking a new general manager since former general manager Michael Coleman's controversial term ended with his abrupt resignation in December 2006. In the fall of 2005, Coleman cut many longtime WDET programs, including that of Martin Bandyke and Judy Adams, but general staff dissension led to the departure of many longtime staffers. The new setup will have Mazurek continuing as interim general manager... WDET hires Tim Hygh as station manager (Wed, 9/12)

The morning TV ratings war continues to heat up with NBC's "Today" adding a fourth hour of programming this week. Nationally, the extended hour allows "Today" to air at 11 a.m., but Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV (Channel 4) has chosen to break it up with the 10 a.m. airing of "Ellen" followed by the aforementioned fourth hour of "Today," which debuted Monday. "'Ellen' is so strong at 10 a.m. we decided not to tinker with it," says Steve Wasserman, WDIV's vice president and general manager... NBC to run fourth hour of 'Today' (Wed, 9/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 13, 2007




The Detroit Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the Detroit Public Schools and WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit's only all classical and jazz radio station, have announced a new season of their jointly produced radio program "DSO Unmasked." The show, which had its premiere last year, will begin airing on Sunday, September 16 from noon to 2 p.m. and will feature two high-profile guests: the internationally renowned composer John Corigliano and DSO Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor Peter Oundjian. Tentative guests for future shows this season include composer William Bolcom, conductor Charles Dutoit, newly appointed principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductor Leonard Slatkin, former Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra. "We're very excited to continue this collaboration with WRCJ to bring a unique radio program to Detroit's airwaves," said Anne Parsons, President and Executive Director of the DSO... Detroit Symphony Orchestra Launches Radio Shows (Thu, 9/13)

Detroit News:

It's all alphabet soup, legal clauses and curious stuff these days in college football TV land. And we, the lovely home viewers, are left to negotiate this weekly maze with our own scruples. Here's this week's curious case: WXYZ (Ch. 7) is showing Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois a Mid-American Conference game, at noon Saturday. Traditionally, Ch. 7 has had a Big Ten game at noon, serving as a nice lead-in to ABC's main morsel at 3:30 p.m. The Michigan-Notre Dame game will be ABC's 3:30 tilt this week. But thanks to the birth of the Big Ten Network, Ch. 7 can't get ESPN's regional Big Ten offerings anymore... BTN another blow to free TV (Thu, 9/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 14, 2007



WRIF wins HD award; nominated for four R&R awards

Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 HD secondary channel Riff2 has been named as co-winner of the National Association of Broadcasters first HD Radio Multicast Awards along with a station in Denver. The stations will be honored at the NAB Radio Show, held September 26-28 in Charlotte, NC. The awards were designed to recognize innovative HD multicast programming.

In addition, the station has been nominated for four 2007 R&R (Radio & Records) awards:

- Active Rock Personality / Show of the year, Drew & Mike
- Active Rock Station of the Year, Markets 1-25
- Active Rock Program Director / OM of the year, Doug Podell
- Active Rock Music Director of the year, Mark Pennington

The R&R awards will be announced at the publication’s annual convention, which will take place this year in Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of September.

Detroit News:

Two local stations are duking it out in cyberspace for your eyeballs with the help of Webcasts and other special features. In one corner is WDIV-TV (Channel 4) with clickondetroit.com and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and its myfoxdetroit .com in the other. WDIV streams its noon and 4 p.m. weekday newscasts live on its Web site, giving viewers access all over the world ... Don't underestimate WJBK. "Fox 2 News Morning" is live online from 7-9 a.m. and there are bigger plans in the works. On Sept. 24, when WJBK's much talked about 11 p.m. weekday newscast debuts, the station will begin streaming all of its newscasts live... Two stations fight it out on Internet (Fri, 9/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 18, 2007



WLQV host Jay Butler celebrates 50 years In broadcasting

Veteran radio personality Jay Butler celebrates a half century in broadcasting this week. Butler was just 15 when he began broadcasting afternoons at R&B station WJAK-AM Jackson, Tennessee on September 16, 1957. While developing his sound at WJAK, Butler attended Lane College where he majored in English. Upon graduation, he married Julia, his college sweetheart and wife of 45 years, and advanced to afternoon drive at WVOL-AM Nashville, which was owned by Rounsaville Radio. In December 1966, Rounsaville’s National Program Director became Operations Manager at R&B station WJLB-AM Detroit and, recognizing that Butler was ready for major market radio, hired him to host afternoons. Within less than four months, Butler advanced again, this time to crosstown WCHB-AM, the most-listened-to R&B station in Motown. In 1971, Butler returned to WJLB, advancing to Program/Music Director. It was during this second time around at WJLB that he would take his career to new heights and establish himself as a major player in the industry. Under Butler’s leadership, WJLB increased its ranking from 14th place to become the second highest-rated music station in Detroit, landing ahead of WCHB-AM, and just behind the legendary CKLW-AM.

In the mid 1970s, Butler took a hiatus from radio and moved to Los Angeles to demonstrate his versatility in the record industry, serving in promotions/artist relations roles with United Artists and Atlantic Records, and with Warner Bros./Whitfield, where he was Vice President of Promotions. Butler also starred in and wrote portions of the script for the film ‘Car Wash’ and performed in the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Standing in the Shadows of Motown’.

In 1982, Butler was lured back to his true passion and joined WQBH-AM Detroit, under the management of the late Martha Jean ‘The Queen’ Steinberg. In 2000, Steinberg purchased the station and promoted Butler to Program Director, a role in which he remained until September 2004, when WQBH was acquired by Salem Communications, owner of WLQV-AM where Butler is the current voice of ‘FaithTalk Afternoons’ weekdays from Noon – 6pm.

Butler says he is “fortunate to be able to make a living in an industry I grew up in and love, and to have played a part in people’s lives. I’ve met some great people working in this business.” When asked about the changes he has seen in his five decades of broadcasting, the future of the medium, and advice he would give to young broadcasters today, Butler ties it all together with the following wisdom: “Technology is always changing. New forms of competition will come and go. The greatest challenge to broadcasters today is the same as it has always been, and it’s also their greatest opportunity: Recognizing that great broadcasting has always been about creative, passionate people who understand their audience, and deliver the most compelling, relevant, programming content to that audience.”


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 19, 2007



WCSX Stone Souper Charger giveaway set for Thursday

Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is set to give away a restored Dodge Super Charger tomorrow evening, September 20th, at its studios in Oak Park. Raffle tickets for the chance to win this year's Stone Soup Project car will be for sale from 6:00pm until 7:45pm in the Greater Media Detroit parking lot (visit www.wcsx.com for directions, gates open at 5:30pm) prior to the drawing at 8:00pm with 'CSX morning hosts JJ & Lynne along with William Jones, board chair of Focus: HOPE & COO of Chrysler Financial. The drawing will be broadcast live during Steve Kostan's evening program.

The 1968 "Stone Souper Charger" is a one-of-a-kind muscle car that was completely restored from the ground up by an army of generous WCSX listeners in an effort to raise money for Focus:HOPE. All the money raised by the sale of raffle tickets will go directly to the Focus:HOPE Scholarship Fund to continue their efforts to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection.

In addition to the car giveaway, the station will have tents set up with hot dogs, beverages, Hooters girls and wings.

Detroit News:

Ken Daniels has a black Portuguese water dog with a perfect name. We talked about a slew of things the other day, including how the only game he's missed in his Detroit Red Wings broadcasting career was the first one. The play-by-play voice of hockey on FSN Detroit also offered a succinct definition of the difference between television and radio, and provided proof that he's becoming increasingly American. First, though, he had to spend a moment wrangling the dog whose name is Puck. Daniels, raised in Toronto and now living in Farmington Hills, is one of four on-air personalities who've been around since the launch of FSN Detroit, which turned 10 on Monday... Wings' voice Ken Daniels practices a new accent (Wed, 9/19)

The six-part reality TV competition involving 12 Metro Detroit finalists comes to an end Thursday with only one walking away as the 2007 Ultimate Sales Challenge Champion. Titled "Are You Up?," the series is presented by Envision U, a Livonia-based international training company that evaluates, trains, recognizes and rewards regional sales and leadership professionals in a series of challenges. The final episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... WXYZ will air finale of local reality show (Wed, 9/19)

Detroit Free Press:

Summertime and the living is not only easy, but uneventful. That appeared to be the case with Arbitron's radio ratings for June, July and August released Tuesday. As usual, oldies station WOMC had a summer surge and several stations had their usual soft summer numbers. Oldies music is a proven summertime radio fave... Hot fun calls for WOMC-FM (Wed, 9/19)


Detroit summer 12+ phase II ratings


Detroit News:

Greater Media Detroit jumped into the HD-2 pool before any other local broadcasters, in July 2005, and that forward thinking was rewarded by the National Association of Broadcasters last week. The NAB bestowed Greater Media-owned WRIF-FM (101.1) 's secondary channel RIFF 2 with the first HD Radio Multicast Award, recognizing the high-definition station for "innovating or groundbreaking programming." KBCO-FM in Denver was the other winner of the award. RIFF 2, under the purview of WRIF Program Director Doug Podell and RIFF 2 Program Director Mark Pennington , is a refreshing, youth-oriented mix of rock and rap, the kind of programming that can't be heard anywhere on the ordinary FM dial, where vast radio conglomerates are loathe to experiment with their multi-million dollar FM properties... WRIF's RIFF 2 wins HD Radio Multicast Award (Thu, 9/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 21, 2007



Detroit News:

This was a prison camp. Barbed wire and black bread. No comically bumbling guards. No "Hogan's Heroes." This was real, and this was bleak. But the former prisoner setting the scene is Sonny Eliot, someone who turns a weather forecast into a stand-up act, whose glass is always half-full and the prettiest one on the counter. So when you ask him about World War II, he points out that it's poor planning to be captured by the people you've just bombed. And when he brings out the scrapbook he kept during 14 months at Stalag Luft 1, the first thing he turns to is a memo the German commandant wrote after he had the phrase translated and discovered that "bleeping goon" wasn't a compliment. For six decades, Eliot has been a fixture on Detroit television and radio... Eliot stays sunny -- even about POW experience (Fri, 9/21)


Around The World In 10 Days
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning show co-host/producer STEVE GRUNWALD will be dropped off at the airport by morning show co-hosts DR. DON and RACHEL this morning (9/21). GRUNWALD is being sent to a location determined by WYCD listeners' online voting and will be faced with getting back on $99.50. He has previously made it back from the AMAZON JUNGLE, ALASKA and NEW MEXICO on $99.50 -- without using commercial transportation.

To raise the stakes, ARISTA artist BRAD PAISLEY has placed a bet with GRUNWALD that he must visit 10 countries in 10 days to receive 20 backstage passes for the OCTOBER 4th PAISLEY tour stop. If not, GRUNWALD must emcee the show in a revealing TARZAN-like outfit. During his adventure GRUNWALD will be checking in with the station via satellite phone and will be keeping a blog. Keep track of him at www.wycd.com. (Fri, 9/21)


Radio One Urban WHTD (HOT102.7)/Detroit taps sister station WIZF (101 The Wiz)/Cincinnati for its new night slammer Big Greg. (Fri, 9/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 23, 2007



RTN to Launch in Detroit

Retro Television Network (RTN), which is owned and distributed by Equity Media Holdings Corporation, announced that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with The E.W. Scripps Company to bring RTN programming to Detroit. The new affiliate will launch in early 2008 on a digital stream of WXYZ-TV, Detroit's ABC affiliate that reaches more than 1.9 million households in the nation's 11th largest television market.

"RTN's quality programming is the ideal solution for digital sub- channels," said Bill Peterson, Senior Vice President of Scripps' Television Station Group. "This is an opportunity to essentially launch a whole new television station in the 11th largest DMA in the country."

"WXYZ-TV is one of the highest-rated ABC stations in the United States and we are thrilled to have such a strong partner to launch RTN's Prime Time All the Time lineup in Detroit," said Mark Dvornik, RTN's Executive Vice President.

"In addition to being a ratings and technology leader, WXYZ-TV has long prided itself on embracing innovative ideas," said Grace Gilchrist, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV. "We believe that our partnership with RTN will provide Detroit area viewers an innovative programming alternative and also create added value to WXYZ-TV."

RTN is a new television network that provides each affiliate a customized feed with classic hit shows, in addition to local programming including news, weather and sports. RTN is specifically designed to go on a broadcast digital channel and provides local broadcasters a way to get ratings and successfully monetize their digital spectrum.

Detroit Free Press:

Why is WJBK-TV (Channel 2) -- given its largely successful 12-year-plus effort to establish a large audience of news viewers for its 10 p.m. newscast -- starting a Monday-Friday 11 p.m. newscast this week? "From listening to viewer feedback," station vice president and general manager Jeff Murri said, "Fox 2 is the No. 1 choice of many people for news. They told us they wanted something when we were unable to serve them at 10 because of their viewing decisions." So what will viewers see at 11? Station drumbeaters say anchor Huel Perkins will serve up "a hyper-local, content-rich newscast" with a "different energy and attitude" on a new set... Channel 2 adds 11 p.m. newscast (Sun, 9/23)

Stories From The Heart of the Land to air on WDET

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will present "Stories From The Heart of The Land", a new five-part series that will air Sunday evenings at 10 beginning September 23.

The series, featuring some of the country's best radio producers, is hosted by Jay Allison. The stories range across the world - from Australia to Newfoundland, Mexico to Tibet - to capture the human connection to land and landscape.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 25, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Wondering why WRIF-FM's (101.1) top-rated morning show "Drew & Mike" has turned into the "Mike, Mike & Marc Show?" Regular cohost Mike Clark and producers Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer are carrying on without Drew Lane, who has taken some time off to help his significant other, Tess Schuster, get through treatment for breast cancer. Lane said Schuster needed some follow-up surgery after her initial procedure, when some internal bleeding developed. That and subsequent radiation treatments left her "really fatigued," Lane said. He said Schuster and her two sons from a previous marriage "have sacrificed a lot for me" and he needed to take time off to help get their home life back in order as she recuperates. "The station management and the guys from the show have been great in allowing me to get caught up," Lane said. Among other silliness, they've used recorded all-purpose Lane comments to respond to any issue and answer any question... WRIF lets Drew take care of Tess (Tue, 9/25)

The fates obviously smiled on WJBK-TV’s (Channel 2) first installment of its 11 p.m. weeknight newscast Monday. The UAW’s decision to strike GM gave the newscast an obvious lead story for the first edition of “Fox 2 News Edge at 11.” Anchor Huel Perkins opened the newscast with the requisite live shot of picketers and introduced a new reporter, Brad Edwards, who gave a John Stossel-like report on what could happen to GM sales if the walkout lasts a long time. (Stossel-like referred to Edwards’ voice inflection. )We’ll have to wait two weeks to see him again; the station showcased him Monday night then explained he needs time to move here after working at Grand Rapids’ WOOD-TV. Strike coverage ate up about six minutes, Then came a couple of short stories and Monica Gayle hosting a brief segment called “The Breakdown” on a school bus accident where fortunately no one was hurt... Channel 2's 11 p.m. newscast debuts (Tue, 9/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 26, 2007



Detroit News:

Metro Detroit viewers tuned in to Ken Burns' epic documentary "The War" in record ways this weekend, says John O'Donnell, spokesman for WTVS-TV (Channel 56). Part one, which debuted Sunday, pulled in a 6.5 rating and 9.5 share, according to local Nielsen household numbers. Each rating point is equal to 19,440 people and the share represents the number of televisions turned on. In other words, more than 126,000 households and nearly 200,000 viewers watched and found out the cost of World War II -- 50 million lives... 'War' pulls in big numbers for WTVS (Wed, 9/26)

Detroit Free Press:

Chris Edwards -- who left the daily grind as a weatherman on WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in 2004 to make more time for his family and develop a business making in-school weather presentations -- is turning up on his old station as a weekend weather sub. A major tactical retreat? No, says Edwards. "I'm doing some freelance filling-in at the station when it works for my schedule, or when the kids are at school," he told Free Press columnist Susan Ager... The weatherman's back, sort of (Wed, 9/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 27, 2007



Detroit News:

Where's that much-awaited Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.1) HD-2 stream that was supposed to launch earlier in September? Technical issues derailed it, again, and now the secondary stream, devoted to the eclectic music so many miss from WDET's past, is set to debut Friday, the same day the station launches its fall fundraiser. You'll only be able to hear the stream if you have an HD-2 (high-definition) radio, but an online stream of the secondary channel might pop up in the future... WDET HD-2 stream set to debut Friday (Thu, 9/27)

Morning co-king Drew Lane is gone for a few weeks from his WRIF-FM (101.1) morning roost, as he takes personal time to support girlfriend Tess Schuster as she recovers from treatment for breast cancer. In the meantime, co-host Mike Clark has had to step up and perform a Drew-less show. There are no plans for a guest host on Detroit's top-rated morning show; instead producers Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters and newscaster Trudi Daniels are on the mike helping out... Mike goes it alone on No. 1 radio show (Thu, 9/27)

Detroit Free Press:

Dr. Wendell F. Cox, a dentist and civic-minded entrepreneur, was admired by friends and colleagues for his staunch integrity as well as his business acumen. Dr. Cox, who co-owned WCHB-AM, the nation's first black-owned and -operated radio station, died of colon cancer Sept. 19 at his home in Detroit. He was 92. "His success in life was due to impeccable character and an extraordinary amount of tenacity and diligence," said Terry Arnold, former president and chief executive officer of Bell Broadcasting Co., which Dr. Cox also co-owned. "He never compromised himself for the almighty dollar, and his decisions were firmly based on the fact that it was the right thing to do"... Dr. Wendell F. Cox: Radio exec diversified airwaves (Thu, 9/27)

Ann Arbor News:

When Terry Gross comes to the Michigan Theater on Friday night, a Q&A session will allow audience members a chance to turn the tables on the consummate interviewer. It's a role reversal Gross, host of "Fresh Air,'' National Public Radio's weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, said she welcomes. "I always think of it as a chance for listeners to give me a taste of my own medicine,'' she explained. Gross comes to the theater for a program of stories and anecdotes from past interviews, including audio highlights from some of the most interesting ones... NPR interviewer ready for reversal (Thu, 9/27)

Music and Mocha with Martin Bandyke

Martin Bandyke, morning drive host at adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, will be doing his Friday shows live from 6-10am at Espresso Royale locations throughout Ann Arbor
starting this Friday, Sept. 28 through mid-December. Bandyke will be giving away CDs, concert tickets and limited edition Martin Bandyke signature coffee mugs, plus there will be $1.07 coffee drink specials and other goodies. This Friday, join Bandyke at the Espresso Royale at 214
South Main Street near Washington St. in Ann Arbor.

For the full list of locations where Bandyke will be broadcasting, visit MartinBandyke.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 28, 2007



Longtime Channel 7 boss to retire

Grace Gilchrist, who has guided WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, to its perennial status as Detroit’s leading television news organization, today announced that she plans to retire by the end of the year. Gilchrist’s retirement will cap a long and successful career in television station management and advertising sales. She has served as vice president and general manager for 13 years, earning the distinction as the station’s longest serving chief executive... WXYZ's Gilchrist to Retire at Year's End (Thu 9/27, WXYZ-TV)

WRIF wins three R&R awards

WRIF was a big winner in the Active Rock category at the annual Radio and Records convention this week in Charlotte. The station itself was named as Active Rock Station of the Year for markets 1-25. Program director Doug Podell was named as PD/OM of the Year and Mark Pennington won the award for Music Director of the Year.

WRIF has now been named Active Rock Station of the Year for three years in a row.

Detroit Free Press:

The Big Ten Network today announced a distribution deal with Wide Open West, the nation's 11th-largest cable system and a significant presence in southeast Michigan. The agreement gives the Big Ten Network more than 30 million homes in its first 30 days, making it the only new network in cable or satellite television history to earn that distinction. According to the announcement, the Big Ten Network will be carried on WOW's expanded basic cable package to its customers within the eight states where there are conference schools. It's just in time for U-M fans to see the Wolverines, who play on the BTN Saturday at Northwestern... WOW! Big Ten Network gets local cable presence (Fri, 9/28)

Magic 105.1 3-Day team raises record amount to beat breast cancer

Magic 105.1 is leading the nation in pledges raised for a Breast Cancer 3-Day team. The “3 Days of Magic” team has raised over $407,000 for the annual walk, far surpassing the original $205,000 goal. The Magic team has since set a new and unprecedented team fundraising goal of $500,000 to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust. These organizations provide important breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

Over 200 individuals are registered to walk with “3 Days of Magic” this weekend. The team will be led by Fay Samona, producer for Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show, and four-time walker Sandra Bourdeau started at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills today and will conclude at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn on Sunday.

“Moments and memories, days and decades…these are what you give mothers and their children, to husbands and wives, to daughters and sisters and best friends, when you make that 3-Day Walk,” said breast cancer survivor Tawnya Bender in an inspiring letter to the Magic team. “Before you take that first step, remember that the funds you raise will help find a cure for breast cancer.”

CKWW to add Donny Osmund daily feature

“8 Track Playback with Donny Osmond” will premiere Monday, October 1st on oldies CKWW-AM 580. Everyday during the 8 Track Playback, Osmond will take listeners back in time to relive the entertainment and musical milestones that happened on that day and then introduces a groovy tune that was sounding super fine in the 1970s. The feature will air daily at 12:50 p.m.

CKWW has also consolidated its separate American and Canadian contest/request lines into one toll-free number, (866) 554-5858. It can be used anywhere in Southeast Michigan and Southwestern Ontario.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 30, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

While Ken Burns' "The War'' continues on PBS stations, Michigan Television, the public television station from the University of Michigan, is also getting into the act with "WWII: Through the Lens of Duane Zemper,'' airing Saturday at 8 p.m. The documentary focuses on the experiences of Howell resident Zemper, who served as a photo officer for the Army Air Corps. He returned home with a vast collection of pictures chronicling his experiences flying B-17 missions over Europe. Michigan Television (Comcast Channel 24) has also archived the memories of other local World War II veterans as well as other area people who experienced the war on the home front... Michigan Television to air story of Howell WWII pilot (Sun, 9/30)


'XYT moving to FM

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Rumors are running white-hot that CBS radio is about to pull the plug on the Free FM hot talk format in Detroit as soon as tomorrow and replace it with the sports format that currently airs on WXYT AM 1270.

On September 26th a request was filed with the FCC to change the call sign of FM 97.1 from WKRK-FM to WXYT-FM and there are reports that long-time Free FM afternoon drive hosts (Jeff) Deminski & (Bill) Doyle have cleared out their belongings from the station- Friday's program was a 'best of'. The D & D program has long been the station's most successful show and if they are indeed out there will be many disappointed fans who will no doubt be angered by any format change that doesn't include the popular duo.

There have been several similar rumors about changes to 97.1 in the past few months that have been false, but this is the first time there has been some concrete evidence of a change to the station, even if it is only the call sign that is changing.


WXYT-FM/AM “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse” to carry live programming and sports coverage 24 hours/day including broadcasts of Lions football, Red Wings hockey, Tigers baseball and University of Michigan sports

CBS Radio/Detroit today ended the hot talk format on what was WKRK-FM 97.1 and announced the launch of a new sports formatted radio station that the company says will feature a diverse mix of personalities and offer a unique perspective on Detroit sports. FM 97.1 will take on the new call sign WXYT-FM and will likely launch a new web site at detroitsportspowerhouse.com in the coming days.

Programming highlights of the station, to be simulcast on WXYT-AM 1270, includes coverage of the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, and University of Michigan sports, as well as contributions from local experts and commentators. U-M football will remain on sister station Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3.

The switch was made during what used the be the time slot for Deminski and Doyle on 97.1 at 3:00 p.m. and kicked-off its new programming with 'Sports Inferno' personalities Mike Valenti and Terry Foster.

Deminski and Doyle will move from afternoon drive and make their debut in mornings beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6-10 a.m. The duo has enjoyed great success on the Detroit afternoon drive airwaves for the past eight years and survive the format change, putting an end to rumors that the pair were leaving the station.

“We are extremely excited about the transformation our station is presently undergoing and excitedly predict continued success for Deminski & Doyle in their new timeslot,” said Kevin Murphy, vice president and general manager of the two stations. “The new WXYT-FM will bring a fresh, innovative and exciting sound to sports radio in Detroit, this year’s No. 1-rated sports market in the country by Sporting News Magazine.”

WXYT-FM/AM will continue to offer The Big Show featuring Scott “The Gator” Anderson and co-host Doug Karsch weekdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m, followed by The Sports Inferno.

“Our line-up is a dream team of radio talent. We have the best sports personalities in Mike Valenti, Terry Foster, Doug Karsch, and Scott Anderson, combined with the exceptional talent of Deminski and Doyle in the morning. Add in the Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings and you have a powerhouse station like no other in Detroit,” said Dan Zampillo, program director of the new WXYT-FM/AM.

WXYT’s New Weekday Schedule (all times ET):
-- Deminski & Doyle (6-10 a.m.) with Jeff Deminski & Bill Doyle
-- The Big Show (10 a.m - 2 p.m.) with Scott Anderson & Doug Karsch
-- The Sports Inferno (2-6 p.m.) with Mike Valenti & Terry Foster
-- The Book on Sports (6 - 10 p.m.) with Pat Caputo
-- Dennis Fithian (10 p.m. - 2 a.m.)

WXYT’s Featured Experts include former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, former Pistons coach Chuck Daly, former Lions player Chris Spielman, ESPN basketball insider Steve Phillips and Pistons insider A. Sherrod Blakely.

There are many shows that will no longer be heard on 97.1 and 1270 with today's consolidation of programming including the syndicated Opie and Anthony morning program previously heard on FM 97.1 as well as ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike which had been in morning drive on AM 1270. Also off the air are the staff of Motor City Middays which included Jay Towers, Bill McAllister and Shila, and mid-morning host Johnny D along with a number of other syndicated shows formerly heard late nights and weekends on FM 97.1.

Kevin Murphy told Crain's Detroit Business that former WKRK-FM program director Craig Schwalb remains with the company but is no longer overseeing 97.1.


Future uncertain for new WXYT-FM morning hosts

During today's broadcast, new WXYT-FM 97.1 morning hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle revealed that they have not signed a new contract with CBS Radio/Detroit and that they are still negotiating for a new agreement. Their current contract with the company runs through the end of 2007.

Deminski and Doyle had been the afternoon drive hosts for what was hot talk WKRK-FM on 97.1 for eight years prior to the station changing to sports yesterday. The duo found out about their move to mornings on Friday after management announced that they would not be going on the air that day and instead aired a 'best of' program. The show that aired this morning was a 'normal' D&D program, not at all focused on sports which is the direction the station has taken with yesterday's changes.


WYCD Promotes Mike Scott To APD/MD
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has promoted long-time midday personality MIKE SCOTT to APD/MD. In addition to his new duties, MIKE will continue hosting his midday shift. The appointment will take effect immediately. SCOTT has been with WYCD for eight years. (Mon, 10/1)

Detroit News:

The demise of CBS Radio's "Free FM" talk format continued with Monday's announcement that WKRK-FM (97.1) was dumping Free FM to become "Detroit's Sports Powerhouse," simulcasting WXYT-AM (1270) sports programming. WXYT-FM will carry the Detroit Lions, as well as the Red Wings, Tigers and University of Michigan sports (except for U-M football, which will continue to air on CBS-owned WOMC-FM, 104.3) to be simulcast on the AM station. The WKRK call letters are history and the station is now known as WXYT-FM... New WXYT-FM goes to all-sports programming (Tue, 10/2)

Grace Gilchrist, who has guided WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as the station's vice president and general manager for more than a decade, plans to retire by the end of the year. Gilchrist's retirement, which she announced to the staff late last week, will cap a long and successful career in television station management and advertising sales. The Detroit native has served as WXYZ's vice president and general manager for 13 years, earning the distinction as the station's longest-serving chief executive... WXYZ-TV general manager to retire (Tue, 10/2)

Detroit Free Press:

Two CBS-owned radio stations merged Monday, simulcasting sports talk. WXYT-AM (1270) and WKRK-FM (97.1) became WXYT-AM and FM at 3 p.m. There will be one basic exception to the otherwise all-sports lineup. The new morning show on both stations will be WKRK's successful non-sports talk afternoon drive show with Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle. The other WKRK voices -- syndicated morning show Opie & Anthony, talker Johnny D., longtime Detroit radio voice Jay Towers, Lila and Bill McAllister billed as "Motor City Middays" and syndicated pundit Bill O'Reilly -- were not retained. The station's vice-president and general manager Kevin Murphy said he could not be specific about their fates because it was a personnel matter. Some could be placed with other CBS stations... WKRK and WXYT merge to simulcast sports talk (Tue, 10/2)

The Oakland Press:

Local talk radio station to amp up sports content

By Art Vuolo

As more sports programming and play-by-play action swings from AM radio over to the FM band, CBS Radio has done exactly that with changes that kicked off this week when talk radio WKRK-FM (97.1) became “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse” ... Insiders reported that popular afternoon duo Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle — D&D — already had cleaned out their office when they reportedly could not come to terms over money and their contract with the station. Yet, in last minute talks, something was agreed upon in the eleventh hour as on Monday morning, D&D showed up, replacing the syndicated Opie & Anthony Show from New York.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2007



What's the buzz? There's a bit less of it on AM at night

There are numerous reports that Citadel Broadcasting has stopped operating all of its AM stations in high-definition (HD) during nighttime hours, at least temporarily, to work out concerns with increased interference. The reports state that iBiquity, the company behind the implementation of In-Band-On-Channel HD radio in the United States, has been summoned to help develop a way to reduce adjacent-channel interference that has caused concern about the coverage area of stations like WJR (760) locally and other powerhouses like WABC New York (770) and WSB Atlanta (750).

Detroit Free Press:

A contest by WKQI-FM (95.5) radio DJ Big Boy offering a $1,000 prize for guessing when Britney Spears will commit suicide after she temporarily loses custody of her children today was taken down late Wednesday morning. Big Boy's 95.5 personal page had asked, "When will Britney end it?" ... DJs on the station's "Mojo in the Morning" show apologized on Big Boy's behalf placing the blame on program director Dom Theodore for the poll's idea... 95.5 stops Britney suicide watch stunt (Wed, 10/3)

Starting: On the air weeknights from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m., Big Greg on urban WHTD-FM (102.7) effective today. He joins the Radio One-owned outlet from a Radio One station in Cincinnati. Current nighttime personality Keith Jones will move to 2-6 a.m. weekdays. That slot was left open when DJ Zap moved to Radio One Detroit sister station WDMK-FM (105.9)... Names and Faces (Wed, 10/3)


Detroit News:

Radio stations love edgy stunts and the publicity that ensues, but WKQI-FM, better known as Channel 95.5, might have crossed the line with listeners when its DJ Big Boy announced a "Britney Suicide Watch" contest Tuesday night. "If you can guess the exact day that Britney dies, whether it's from drugs or however she dies, if you're right, we'll give you a thousand bucks," said Big Boy on his 7--11 p.m. show. The troubled pop star lost custody of her two young sons on Monday. After swift and negative reaction, the station pulled the Web page for the Britney stunt by mid-morning Wednesday. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, 95.5 aired a statement by Dom Theodore, operations manager, in which he apologized if anyone was offended by the "content" of Big Boy's show... Britney death watch contest draws fire (Thu, 10/4)

At first, it sounded like an April Fool's joke or piece of radio shtick. WDFN mid-morning host Sean Baligian, along with update reporter Rob Otto, are trying to find alternate names for the station's Lions postgame show. According to the wacky radio guys, the Lions told the station to stop using the words "Detroit Lions." Callers chimed in, coming up with crazy names involving losing and other Lions running jokes. Some might have lost the truth of the situation: The Lions really did tell WDFN to stop using their trademarked brand name for its show. Lions representative Matt Barnhart confirmed the organization told WDFN to stop using their trademarks. Only the flagship station (WXYT 97.1, 1270) can be the team's official postgame show and use the "Detroit Lions" name... WDFN plays as 'Lions' take back name (Thu, 10/4)

Detroit Free Press:

A weeknight disc jockey on WKQI-FM (95.5) starts up a Britney Spears death pool on the station’s Web site. Pick the day the troubled singer commits suicide and win $1,000. Outrageous, right? Not quite. WKQI boss Dom Theodore loves creating a buzz and getting electrons or ink by staging seemingly over-the-top, contrived stunts. Usually they’re banal ---things like posting Web pages that hint of a nonexistent format change. No harm, no foul — usually. Tuesday, nighttime personality Big Boy started the tasteless Spears contest and Wednesday morning, the station’s highly rated "Mojo in the Morning" show keeps the spin machine moving, blaming their boss (Theodore, not Big Boy) for the stunt... Britney death pool? You're being manipulated (Wed, 10/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 5, 2007



Shannyn Caldwell to join WMUZ's Jon Culbert

Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 has announced that Sannyn Caldwell will join Jon Culbert on Monday morning, Oct. 8th, for the debut of the Culbert and Caldwell Show. The show will air weekdays from 6 - 10 a.m.

"I'm very excited to begin this new chapter of the show," says host Jon Culbert, who's been manning the show solo since the passing of his partner Rhonda Hart, adding "Shannyn brings a lot to the table, I can't wait to get started."

Shannyn Caldwell arrives at the Crawford Broadcasting outlet from Greater Media Detroit where she had served as a member of the air staff at Magic 105.1 and WCSX for the past five years. Her other resume credits include working at WOMC where she held the titles of music director, assistant program director, as well as doing some on-air work. In addition Caldwell was a producer for WLQV AM 1500.


And you thought Curtis Granderson's offseason started this week. Instead, his postseason is just beginning. While Tigers fans won't be able to see their team in October, they should be able to see plenty of their talented young center fielder during the playoffs over the next couple weeks. The catch is that he'll be on the other side of the coverage, taking his first plunge into broadcasting as an analyst, starting with Friday's coverage of the American League Division Series on TBS and continuing with League Championship Series coverage on ESPN. Actually, Granderson was already at it on Thursday. He arrived in Atlanta a day early to take a tour of the TBS Sports studios and ended up doing a guest spot on the set of TBS Hot Corner, the online partner to the TBS broadcast coverage. He finished up watching the TBS television crew of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., slugger Frank Thomas and host Ernie Johnson do their work to get an idea of the process... Granderson to join broadcast booth (Fri, 10/5)

Detroit News:

Now that WJBK-TV (Channel 2), WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) have entered the electronic age, it's easier and more fun to hop on the Internet and catch up on Metro Detroit's hottest stories. Of all the local TV sites, WXYZ.com arguably had the best Web coverage of MGM Grand Detroit's casino and hotel opening this week... WXYZ.com beats the competition (Fri, 10/5)


Ann Arbor News:

If you've been wondering where WEMU music director / morning jazz show host Linda Yohn has gone, she's off the air recovering from recent surgery for colon cancer.

She reports that the prognosis is excellent; however, she will be off all this month and most of November recuperating ... On this Saturday's edition of Veteran's Radio, hear Vietnam helicopter pilots tell some of their stories on "Young and Fearless.'' Listen live at 9 a.m. on WDEO (990 A.M.)... On the air: Yohn recovers from surgery (Sun, 10/7)

Detroit Free Press:

Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The War" proved war is hell -- except when it comes to the ratings. WTVS-TV (Channel 56) chief Dan Alpert notes that Detroiters really took to the series with heavenly ratings over the last two weeks. "Detroit Public Television had the second-highest average household rating -- a 4.8 -- among the Nielsen Top 10 people-meter markets," Alpert said. That represents an average of nearly 100,000 homes and 150,000 people watching at any given minute in metro Detroit. Only KQED San Francisco had a higher rating. Detroit was 26% above the 10-market average of 3.8... Detroit 2nd in Nielsen 'War' ranks (Sat, 10/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 8, 2007



Crain's Detroit Business:

It could be at least a year before the full ratings and revenue effects of WKRK 97.1 FM's format switch to sports is felt in Detroit, radio insiders said. The CBS Radio-owned station began simulcasting sports programming Monday afternoon from its sister station WXYT 1270 AM. WKRK began calling itself WXYT 97.1 FM and using the slogan “Detroit's Sports Powerhouse.” The station retained its popular “Deminski and Doyle” afternoon drive-time talk show and moved it to mornings. Other shows were dropped and staff cut. Some local media buyers are split on what the format change will mean. “The (talk) format as it was, was not real strong. In my mind, (the format change) makes it a better station to purchase (advertising),” said Micci Lasser, senior media buyer at Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing in Birmingham. “The signal is stronger. There's not an awful lot of FM sports stations”... Sports now on FM in Detroit (Mon, 10/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2007



5th annual WDVD “Call-to-Care” Radiothon set for Thursday

Last year, the WDVD FM 96.3 annual “Call-to-Care” radiothon raised over $45,000 for breast cancer programs at the Karmano’s Cancer Institute and this year the station has set an aggressive goal of raising $75,000 during the event scheduled for Thursday, October 11 from 5:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m at Gordon Chevrolet, 31850 Ford Road in Garden City.

The fundraiser includes an auction, a list of items can be viewed at 963WDVD.com and include: autographed merchandise from Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer Johnny Reznik, and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriquez, and a Detroit Lions “Jet-Away” package to fly on the team jet to an away game during the 2008-2009 season.

96.3 WDVD morning show hosts Blaine and Lisa with Allyson, mid day host Jake Edwards, and afternoon host Jesse will all be taking part in this year's radiothon.


WDTW Raises Thousands For Detroit Area Children
Congrats top CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT for raising $81,868.63 for the SALVATION ARMY with the "One Child Now" RADIOTHON. "One Child Now" provides thousands of children in the area with new coats, backpacks, back-to-school supplies, access to summer camps and many other worthy things. KRISTIAN BUSH from MERCURY group SUGARLAND chipped in to help during the event. (Mon, 10/8)

Detroit Free Press:

Reflect upon the following, if you will. Syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (noon-3 p.m. weekdays, WJR-AM, 760) makes $2 million to $3 million -- a month. Trade Web site Inside Radio reports that revelation is according to monthly filings Limbaugh has been required to fill out for the Florida Department of Corrections. Now in his final weeks of probation for prescription drug abuse, agents say Limbaugh hasn't broken any rules in the 18 months since he's been under watch under a plea deal. Limbaugh tells the Palm Beach Post: "This whole thing has made me a better person." Reflect upon the following, if you will. Syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (noon-3 p.m. weekdays, WJR-AM, 760) makes $2 million to $3 million -- a month. Trade Web site Inside Radio reports that revelation is according to monthly filings Limbaugh has been required to fill out for the Florida Department of Corrections... Radio is very good to Limbaugh (Tue, 10/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 10, 2007



"Cyrano" featured in Detroit Public TV and WRCJ 90.9 FM broadcasts

As Dr. David DiChiera's "Cyrano" prepares for its October 13 debut at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Public TV (Channel 56) and classical/jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 have scheduled special broadcasts to showcase and celebrate the world-premiere opera.

Curtain Call to Cyrano, a half-hour behind-the-scenes documentary that reveals the making of Edmond Rostand's classic love story, Cyrano de Bergerac, into DiChiera's first major opera, airs Sunday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m. on WTVS. Locally produced by Eclipse Creative, the special offers DiChiera's commentary on the crafting of his original score, plus a look at the costume and set design processes, the casting and various challenges of creating the opera.

The stage is set for the first-ever live radio broadcast of the Michigan Opera Theatre's performance of "Cyrano" on Sunday, October 28, beginning at 2 p.m. on WRCJ. WRCJ's Kelly Rinne and Dr. David DiChiera will host the broadcast and provide interviews and backstage insights during the intermissions of the three-act opera. Funding for the radio broadcast has been provided by The Kresge Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The live airing of "Cyrano" is the first of five upcoming MOT performances that are planned for broadcast on WRCJ 90.9 FM, including: Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" on November 4; Bellini's "La Sonnambula," to be presented live with Richard Bonynge conducting on April 6; Puccini's "La Rondine" on April 13; and "La Traviata" on May 4.

Chicago Tribune:

The dispute between the Big Ten Network and Comcast has been good for newspapers and radio stations. Both entities have taken to running ad campaigns. The BTN ads are heralding its programming, including upcoming games. Meanwhile, the Comcast ads have stepped up the rhetoric. A Comcast ad in Sunday's Tribune carried the headline, "Why won't the Big Ten Network play ball?" The ad also ran in Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and other cities in the conference region. In a letter to "fellow football fans," notably those fans who are subscribers, Comcast seeks to "separate BTN spin from the facts of these negotiations." The problem is Comcast doesn't have all the facts right... Comcast vs. BTN spins out of control (Wed, 10/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 11, 2007



Detroit News:

Can Don Imus be rehabilitated? Or perhaps more pertinently, should he? The National Association of Black Journalists, NABJ, doesn't think so. The organization urged Citadel Broadcasting , owner of WABC-AM in New York (and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit), to halt negotiations with disgraced shock jock Imus. Citadel has been in talks with Imus to take over morning drive at WABC New York, and perhaps other Citadel stations. According to Radio Ink, NABJ is still angry over Imus' "nappy-headed ho's" insult directed at the Rutgers women's basketball team, a jibe that led to his firing last April ... To help out Metro Detroit families in need, bring new or gently used shoes to Northland Mall on Oct. 27, for Radio One's Sixth annual "Shoes for Shorties" shoe drive. Radio One's three stations -- WHTD-FM (102.7), WDMK-FM (105.9) and WCHB-AM (1200) -- will be broadcasting all day long from the mall ... Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) will feature former Detroit News writer/current Los Angeles Times reporter Scott Martelle Oct. 18 on its 10 a.m.-noon "Detroit Today" show... Is shock jock Imus still an outrage? (Thu, 10/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

Find like-minded jazz and "Car Talk'' fans, and do something good for the community. WEMU-FM is looking for "Volunteer Pledge Drive Telephone Answerers'' now through Oct. 20. From their Web site: "As a volunteer pledge drive telephone answerer, you'll be in the studio, right where the action is, taking calls from listeners eager to contribute to the success of the station... WEMU looks for pledge drive helpers (Sun, 10/14)

Detroit News:

This was the first weekend where not having the Big Ten network hurt. In fact, it stunk. I did not get to see Michigan finally put together a great game, whipping Purdue, 48-21. And I was forced to leave the house to watch Michigan State's easy 52-27 victory over Indiana. These were both big games and mental hurdles for both teams. The Wolverines have a pulse and we no longer have to sing the "Same Old Spartans" song. However, how many people actually got to witness turning points for both teams? There were very few. This was the first time I was unable to see a significant game featuring the Wolverines and Spartans on television and it is not right... Big Ten TV situation finally upsetting (Sun, 10/14)


WDIV promotes Bob Ellis to news director

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 has promoted Bob Ellis to the position of News Director. The move, announced by Steve Wasserman, WDIV V.P. and General Manger, became effective October 5th.

Ellis has been the Assistant News Director at WDIV since 2002. Prior to that, he served in many other roles in the news department including Executive Producer of Special Projects, Investigative Producer and Sports Producer. For more than a decade, he has been the point person for Local 4 News coverage of Detroit’s big events, overseeing the station’s coverage of elections, Red Wings and Pistons championship parades, and over 20 hours of live news coverage during Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

“I'm excited to continue the incredible legacy of news that's been established at Local 4,” Ellis said. “I grew up in metro Detroit, and I understand the kind of stories and issues people who live here are interested in, because they interest me as well.”

Ellis has been honored with ten NATAS Emmy awards, and awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press. During his tenure as Assistant News Director, Local 4 News received a 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence, and a 2003 Murrow Award for Best Newscast in the Midwest region.

Ellis and his family reside in Farmington Hills. He is a graduate of Southfield High School and Michigan State University.

Ellis succeeds Neil Goldstein in the role of News Director, who was recently named V.P., Director of Marketing and Digital Development for WDIV. Goldstein joined WDIV in January 2005, and through his leadership in the news department the station continued its dominance in local news with Michigan’s top-rated late newscast, and a growing presence online with the success of the station’s website, ClickOnDetroit.com.


The E. W. Scripps Company, owner of cable networks, TV stations and newspapers, announced Tuesday its intent to split the company into two publicly traded companies, one focused on its national lifestyle franchises, the other focused on its local media properties. The plan was unanimously approved by the company’s board of directors and is expected to be completed by second quarter 2008. Following the separation, The Edward W. Scripps Trust would maintain control of both companies by electing a majority of board members for each of the two companies. The split will create two companies, Scripps Networks Interactive with combined annual revenue of about $1.4 billion and 2,100 business and The E. W. Scripps Company with combined annual revenue of about $1.1 billion and 7,100 employees (including Detroit's WXYZ-TV Channel 7)... Scripps co. to split into two publicly traded companies (Tue, 10/16)

106.7 The Fox to smash recalled toys

Country WDTW-FM 106.7 will broadcast live from the Taylor Town Trade Center this Friday, October 19th, from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. and is inviting listeners to drop off toys that were manufactured in China and recently recalled because of safety hazards such containing excessive levels of lead paint and other hazards. Sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. all the recalled toys will be smashed by a steamroller or shredded by a wood chipper.

Everyone that stops by can sign a billboard encouraging people to buy American and enter for a chance to see Garth Brooks in Kansas City. The Taylor Town Trade Center is located at 22525 Ecorse Rd. in Taylor.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2007



Detroit News:

It looks like Drew Lane's ongoing (and seemingly, open-ended) absence from the top-rated "Drew and Mike" morning show is going to be problematic for WRIF-FM (101.1) in the ratings. The Arbitron summer book, the quarterly ratings for radio listenership for July, August and September, were released Tuesday, and Greater Media's WRIF dropped overall from No. 4, to No. 9. Steve Harvey's syndicated morning show, carried by WMXD-FM "The Mix" (92.3), jumped from No. 3 in the spring book to the No. 1 slot in the morning, ahead of "Drew and Mike," the area's perennial No. 1 morning show. In the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, WQKI-AM (95.5)'s "Mojo in the Morning" show captured the No. 1 ranking over WRIF's "Drew and Mike," at No. 2. Clear Channel-owned The Mix is proving itself to be the closest thing Detroit has to a mainstream music radio station, recapturing No. 1 overall in the 12-plus age group after losing it in the last two ratings books... 'Mix' up, RIFF down in summer ratings (Wed, 10/17)

Detroit Free Press:

WMXD just landed the kind of summer ratings that radio executives dream about. In Arbitron scores for the third quarter released Tuesday, the Clear Channel-owned station -- a mix of modern R&B and talk aimed at black audiences -- led the metro Detroit market among overall listeners and in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic. And its syndicated morning star Steve Harvey knocked Greater Media-owned WRIF's Drew Lane and Mike Clark from the overall morning throne by an 8.3 to 8.2 score. However, Drew and Mike maintained the lead among the highly profitable 25-54 demographic in the mornings, with an 11.9 mark to Harvey's 9.2. CBS-owned WWJ carded a solid summer, usually not the station's strongest season... WMXD tops radio ratings (Wed, 10/17)


Top five stations in Detroit among all listeners during the summer were WMXD-FM, WWJ-AM, WJR-AM, WJLB-FM, and WVMV-FM... Summer 12+ Arbitron ratings for Detroit

CKWW to air 26 U-M hockey games

University of Michigan Hockey will return to Oldies CKWW AM 580, known on-air as Motor City Favorites, starting with this Friday's game against Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. CKWW will air a total of 26 games during the 2007-08 regular season, up from 16 least season.

Al Randall and Jim Hunt are the U of M hockey broadcast team.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2007



Detroit News:

Although WXYZ- TV (Channel 7) general assignment reporter Michael Rosenfield has been with the station for a little more than three years, he's not an anchor or a veteran and so he's still relatively unknown. But thanks to WXYZ.com , Rosenfield gets a second chance to make a lasting impression on viewers. "Unless it's a major breaking story with continuous coverage, for example the Chrysler strike or the I-96 flood -- where we're on for a long period of time, most days as a reporter I'm on for just a few minutes in the newscast," Rosenfield says. "On WXYZ.com we're on all the time, so it's a great way for viewers to see what reporters have been covering all day if they've missed the news on TV" ... Over at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), Web standouts on the station's clickondetroit.com include reporter Art Edwards, who has been with WDIV for seven years, and reporter Silva Harapetian ... WJBK-TV (Channel 2) has its share of Web stars on its myfox detroit.com . Among them is general assignment reporter Camille Amiri, an Ann Arbor native, who has been with WJBK for a year... TV reporters get exposure on Web (Fri, 10/19)

Crain's Detroit Business:

Cincinnati, Ohio-based E.W. Scripps Co.’s announcement this week that it plans to split itself into two public companies isn’t expected to affect operations at its metro Detroit television station, WXYZ-Channel 7. It will be “business as usual” when Scripps splits into a print and broadcast company and a digital and cable company, said Grace Gilchrist, vice president and general manager of Scripps-owned Channel 7, the region’s Southfield-based ABC affiliate. Scripps has owned WXYZ since 1986. Gilchrist said the move is a reaction to Wall Street’s dissatisfaction with the newspaper industry in general, which was affecting the growing cable and Internet properties... Scripps split won’t affect Channel 7 (Fri, 10/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2007



Detroit News:

It's there, hidden behind your usual FM stations on the free radio dial: Programming that's a little different from the usual sleep-inducing FM fodder. Much of it is like a jukebox, with automated music running 24/7 with only the occasional tagline spoken by a canned human voice. But you can hear a wider variety of music, rather like radio used to be before half of radio's audience was born. You can't yet hear HD-2 if you don't have a secret decoder ring -- er, that is, an HD-2 radio or receiver... The secret radio dial; You'll find a wider variety of music on HD-2 stations (Sat, 10/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

Buried in all the hoopla about the new Big 10 Network - and whether or not Comcast cable would add it to its basic lineup (it hasn't yet) so Michigan football fans can get their fix - was this provision: In addition to the channel's primary sports programming, each participating school gets 60 hours annually to use as it wishes. So what is the University of Michigan doing with its 60 hours? Plenty, as it turns out. Two programs - "The Michigan Difference'' and "Healthy U'' - are currently running. Both are magazine-style television shows. And both showcase U-M faculty, students and alumni. "The first two episodes are up and running, and we have two more in production right now,'' said Lisa Rudgers, a Chelsea-based consultant who works with the university and Evolution Media, a West Bloomfield film production company. Rudgers was formerly vice president for communications at U-M. She said the deal with the Big 10 Channel offers the university an unusual opportunity to sell itself to a general audience... Big 10 Network not just sports (Sun, 10/21)

On Friday from 8 to 10 p.m., C-SPAN will broadcast live from the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor as part of its series "Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered' ... Michigan Television (WFUM) is airing a new local interview program each Friday from 9:30 to 10 p.m. titled "Outside the Box.'' The series is hosted by Michigan Television station manager Jennifer White, who talks to imaginative people whose ideas exemplify "outside the box'' thinking... On the Air: C-SPAN to broadcast from Ford Library (Sun, 10/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2007



Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television won't borrow money to complete its new state-of-the-art broadcast facility, the station's interim general manager said. Instead, the station, which operates as WTVS-Channel 56, will build the remaining elements only as money is raised, said Dan Alpert, who took over day-to-day management of WTVS in April. The station needs to raise $8.8 million to finish construction of its $22 million Riley Broadcaster Center in Wixom and complete its conversion from analog to digital broadcasting and production. A new round of direct-solicitation fund-raising aimed at large to midlevel donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, is getting under way... Detroit Public Television to grow as money flows (Mon, 10/22)

Windsor Star:

I got a letter a couple of weeks ago from someone in England who claimed she was a long lost relative of Thomas E. Clark and wanted to know if I knew anything about him and his connection to Windsor and Detroit. I didn't. Not at first. But I found mention of him in Neil F. Morrison's Garden Gateway, a book about Windsor. It seems Clark was a self-described "inventor" who popped in to see James E. Scripps, founder of the Detroit News, and told him he envisioned a day "when you will sit in your home and be entertained by music played thousands of miles away." Clark figured he had a handle on how to make this happen. And so Scripps hired him to carry on his experimental work. By 1920, the Detroit News was experimenting with its own broadcasts. It was the first newspaper in the world to install a radio broadcasting service. As Morrison said, however, Detroit bankers and businessmen "shook their heads at the mere mention of Tom Clark's name." They thought he was a nut... Inventor's vision spawned local radio (Mon, 10/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2007



Detroit News:

Fans of phone scams and other forms of morning DJ madness can relax: In a deal to be announced Friday by Clear Channel, WKQI-FM (95.5)'s Mojo and Spike of the "Mojo in the Morning" show have signed a multi-year deal with the radio giant to continue on their merry path, which led them to rank No. 1 in Arbitron's summer ratings of listeners age 18-34. (Their competition, WRIF's Drew & Mike were No. 1 all summer in the age 25-54 demo, and WMXD's Steve Harvey was No. 1 in age 12-plus.) Station officials would not disclose how many years the contract is for or how much money is involved... 'Mojo in the Morning' DJs sign multi-year deal with Clear Channel (Fri, 10/26)

Detroit Free Press:

Drew Lane is scheduled to return to the airwaves -- via recording -- sometime during today's "Drew & Mike Show" from 6 to about 10:30 a.m. on WRIF-FM (101.1). Purpose? According to WRIF chief Tom Bender, Lane will give listeners a personal update and shoot down whispers benign and otherwise about his absence -- a personal leave to care for Lane's significant other, Tess Schuster, who has cancer. Lately, chatter among Detroit radioheads reckoned the leave was a contract positioning ploy or, less kindly, a ruse to cover some conspiratorial acts that make the JFK Single Bullet Theory seem elementary... Drew Lane back on the air, briefly (Fri, 10/26)

There is a chance that next week’s Michigan-Michigan State football game will be on the Big Ten Network. Maybe not a very strong chance. But a chance. And that would leave thousands of Comcast subscribers scurrying to sports bars to watch the big game. The Big Ten has made no secret of its goals for the Big Ten Network. The conference wants to make money for its schools and increase exposure for its athletes. This is not the kind of thing that wins the Nobel Peace Prize, but at least the Big Ten is up-front. Comcast, on the other hand, acts like it is fighting hunger and curing cancer by insisting that the Big Ten Network belongs on a specialized sports tier instead of an expanded basic cable package... Comcast-BTN becoming a bigger feud than MSU vs. U-M (Fri, 10/26)

CKWW celebrates Halloween with special programming

The Halloween tradition continues as oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, once again airs “The War of the Worlds” on Halloween night.

To get things started on Halloween, AM 580 will play some of the best Halloween music throughout the day and evening. Then at 10 PM, the original classic radio drama “The War of the Worlds” will air without commercial interruption.

Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading the world. It was originally broadcast in 1938 on the “Mercury Theatre On The Air” program and is one of the most famous radio broadcasts of all time. The show was so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.

Plus, next week “When Radio Was” will also air Halloween themed programs from the golden age of radio. That show airs weeknights at 11 PM on CKWW.

WMGC fall wine tasting event to be held in Southfield Nov 9

Soft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1FM, will present a “Magic Wine Down" event from 6-9 pm on Friday, November 9th at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. (between 8 and 9 Mile Roads) in Southfield. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, over ten different wines that will be showcased, desert and coffee. Wine stewards will be on-hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event.

Listeners will be able to enter to win access to the event online and by calling in at designated times each day leading up to the event. In addition, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. Donations are still being accepted.

The event will be hosted by Magic 105.1 personalities, including: Mitzi Miles, Jim Paolucci, Mike Bradley and Shannyn Caldwell.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Radio, the public radio station at the University of Michigan, brought in more than $655,000 in its most recent fund drive that ended Oct. 19, with contributions from more than 5,500 members across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. The drive raised money through a variety of sources, including more than $540,000 in contributions from listeners who called in a pledge, nearly $119,000 in online contributions and more than $244,000 generated from 2,454 first-time contributors, according to a statement released by Michigan Radio, which includes WUOM (91.7 FM) in Ann Arbor as well as WFUM-FM (91.1 Flint) and WVGR (104.1 FM) Grand Rapids. In Ypsilanti, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, also wrapped up its annual drive by exceeding its on-air pledge goal of $135,000 by nearly $4,000... Public radio stations wrap up fund drives: Series on philanthropy starting Monday on WUOM (Sun, 10/28)

Detroit News/AP:

The Detroit Pistons helped redefine the role of pre-game introductions during the Bad Boy era of the late 1980s and early 1990s. With heavy metal group Europe's stirring "Final Countdown" pulsating throughout the building, public address announcer Ken Calvert whipped the home fans into a frenzy by introducing guard "Joe Duuu-mars" and "your captain, No. 11, Isiah Thomas." Nearly two decades later, a man with a single name, a two-word catchphrase and his own approach to the PA game is having the same effect on The Palace faithful and on the league. John Mason (or just Mason as he prefers) will have a city screaming "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" again this season as the Pistons try to make another deep run in the NBA playoffs. The radio host also is influencing teams around the league, who are borrowing elements of Detroit's pre-game show in their arenas... Pistons announcer has city screaming: "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" (Sun, 10/28)

Detroit Free Press:

Vinnie Ocelnik, 12, died in an auto accident near his Warren home last month as he attempted to drive the family car. And now comes the rest of the story. WRIF-FM (101.1) is presenting "Rockin' for Vinnie," a 12-hour benefit concert and rock auction on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at the Ritz rock club, 24300 Hoover in Warren. The proceeds will help his family cover the funeral and medical costs... WRIF plans benefit for Warren boy (Sun, 10/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2007



Greater Media Detroit's Tom Bender named among Radio Ink magazine's Best Managers in Radio

Greater Media Detroit vice president and regional general manager Tom Bender will be featured in the November 19th issue of Radio Ink Magazine's "Best Managers In Radio for 2007."

Bender will be recognized in the large market category for his leadership and management skills in overseeing Greater Media's WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM in the Motor City.

"It is a privilege to have Tom Bender on our management team," said Greater Media president and CEO Peter Smyth. "He is an outstanding leader, visionary and manager."

"It is clear that today's station managers wear many hats, and must possess excellent management skills and business acumen," said Radio Ink Magazine Editor-In-Chief Joe Howard. "As voted by their peers, Radio Ink's Best Managers in Radio have all of this and more."

Detroit Free Press:

At 5 a.m. Thursday, it’s officially holiday time.

Yes, Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) will start its annual first-to-Santa-music playlist changeover with Burl Ives’ version of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” on the station's "Breakfast Club" show with Chris Edmonds, Lisa Barry and Dave Lockhart. But don’t rush to have yourself a merry little Christmas— it won’t be total Yuletide tune saturation — yet. WNIC programmer Don Gosselin said Wednesday that while 60 percent of about 10,000 who responded to a station web poll wanted Yule music “November 1 or earlier,” he will take into consideration the 40 percent who don’t and ease into it, at least at the beginning. That means not every song on the adult-contemporary soft-rock station will be holiday- oriented for an unspecified period... Holiday music begins on WNIC-FM at 5 a.m. Thursday (Wed, 10/31)

For a while, Lee Thomas admits, he was an "angry spotted guy." The Fox 2 (WJBK-TV) reporter, who's known for his upbeat entertainment coverage, is usually a happy-go-lucky presence on the air. But a few years ago, Thomas was hit hard by the progression of a disorder called vitiligo, which destroys some or all of the pigmentation that gives skin its color. A low point came while he was doing a story where preschool kids tested out a new playscape. When a little girl stared at his hands, which had turned about half white but were dotted with splotches of his natural brown color, she burst into tears. The moment stuck with him. After he finished work, "I went home, I washed my face and I just sat there for thirty minutes, just trying to get it together," says Thomas. He thought to himself, "Wow, you scare small children"... A journey in black and white: Lee Thomas details his struggle with vitiligo in a new memoir (Wed, 10/31)

Bandyke live remote to feature Jeff Daniels on Nov 2

Martin Bandyke, 6-10am morning drive host at adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, will broadcast his show live this Friday, Nov. 2 from the Espresso Royale coffee shop in Ann Arbor at 1101 South University. Bandyke's very special guest at 9am will be actor, playwright and musician Jeff Daniels, who will perform a few songs live and talk about his upcoming "Jeff Daniels & Friends" concert at the Michigan Theater. Bandyke will also be giving away CDs, concert tickets and limited edition Martin Bandyke signature coffee mugs during the broadcast.

Bandyke will also host a live performance from singer-songer Mary Gauthier on Monday Nov. 5 during his program.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 2, 2007



Crain's Detroit Business:

Veteran television advertising salesman Bob Sliva will succeed Grace Gilchrist as vice president and general manager of Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 on Jan. 1. Sliva, 57, first joined WXYZ in 1987 as national sales manager before being appointed vice president of sales for Cincinnati-based Scripps Television Station Group, which oversees the station. Detroit native Gilchrist, 60, has led the station since 1994 and announced in September she was retiring... Channel 7 appoints successor to Gilchrist (Fri, 11/2)


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.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 4, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

Starting Monday and continuing through November, Michigan Radio (WUOM, 91.7 FM in Ann Arbor) will present "Grading Michigan Schools,'' a multi-part series that takes an in-depth look at education in Michigan. Reporters Tracy Samilton, Sarah Hulett and other members of the Michigan Radio news staff will explore the pressing, often complex, education issues facing our state and hear from experts, teachers and students ... Beginning Friday and running through Veteran's Day (Nov. 11), WEMU will recognize and honor our country's former military personnel. Throughout the day WEMU announcers will read in alphabetical order partial lists of names that listeners submit... Radio series examines education (Sun, 11/4)


Clear Channel/Detroit shake up



It appears that today was a tough day at the Clear Channel/Detroit Farmington Hills operations, which houses top-40 WKQI-FM 95.5, soft rock WNIC-FM 100.3, country WDTW-FM 106.7, sports WDFN AM 1130, and talk WDTW AM 1310. Several on-air personalities have been let go along with others that worked behind the scenes at the stations.

Jamie BradyExiting WDFN were the morning duo of Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady along with update reporter Matt Shepard, voice talent Darrin Brege, and promotions director Drew Nichol.

There has not been any announcement of what program will take the 6-8am slot on WDFN, but the 8-9am hour has been shifted to mid-morning host Sean Baligian, according to the station's web site. The profiles for Sameulsen and Brady have been removed from the site as of late this morning.

Samuelsen has been with WDFN since the station signed on in July 1994. His first role as a sports update reporter then after about one year was moved into middays with co-host Gregg Henson. Jamie and Gregg moved to morning drive in 1999 and Brady then replaced Henson in 2002. Brady was hired by WDFN in January 1999. Shepard has worked with WDFN for many years in addition to his duties as a reporter/play-by-play host with Fox Sports Net Detroit.

In an e-mail, Samuelsen commented, "I know that I've loved talking sports in Detroit for the last 13 years. The people I have worked with like Stoney and Wojo, Sean and Rona have been the best. And Brady and Shep have become two of my very closest friends. I admire them both a great deal. Hopefully we'll all be back on the air in Detroit sometime soon."

Samuelsen's exit leaves afternoon drive's 'Stoney', Mike Stone, as the lone host that is part of the original on-air team from when WDFN first took to the air with Detroit's first all-sports radio format on July 11th, 1994.

On the FM side, country WDTW has apparently removed two programs from its lineup as that station's web site reflects that the midday show that was hosted by Ericka Lynn and the evening offering hosted by Rob Gramm have been dropped. Gramm has moved over to WKQI where he has rejoined the Mojo in the Morning crew. Evenings on WDTW-FM are now hosted by 'Broadway', who also continues in the same role at cross-state Clear Channel country outlet WBCT-FM 93.7. A midday program was not listed as of Monday evening. And, long-time cluster employee Marc Mitchell, who had been with WKQI, was also released in today's cutbacks.

Detroit Free Press:

Sports-talk WDFN-AM (1130) and its morning show duo of Jamie Samuelson and Matt Brady, along with with sportscaster Matt Shepard, parted company today after their 6-9 a.m. broadcast. The station’s Web site indicated their slot will henceforth be filled with Fox Sports Radio network programming weekdays from 6-8 a.m... WDFN axes morning team; WCHB moves up Parker, Wilson (Mon, 11/5)


Power outage? That's the Ticket

wxytfmJust barely a month old, sports WXYT-FM 97.1 has already repositioned to 'The Ticket' from 'Detroit Sports Powerhouse'. The station has also dropped the names of its midday and evening programs, zapping 'The Big Show' and 'Sports Inferno' in favor of using the last names of the respective hosts. So now in middays you'll hear 'Karsch and Anderson' and on the drive home 'Valenti and Foster'.

While the AM 1270 simulcast continues, about the only time you'll hear the 1270 frequency mentioned now is during the top of the hour legal station identification. Speculation runs rampant that AM 1270 will either be sold off or changed to a different format sooner rather than later.

WMUZ spinning Christmas tunes for Election Day

Contemporary Christian/talk WMUZ-FM 103.5 is bringing an early dose of Christmas music to the Detroit airwaves today - but not to strike in the famed annual "Battle of the Christmas Music." Instead, the day of Christmas music is a show of support to the community of Berkley, who's residents are voting today on whether to keep a Nativity scene in front of City Hall that's been there for decades, but is being threatened to be removed.

"We want to support the people who worked so hard to try to keep the true meaning of Christmas front and center," said WMUZ morning host Jon Culbert. "We're playing 100% Christmas music Tuesday for the entire morning show and for Robin Sullivan and the Praise Company in the afternoon." In addition to the Christmas music, Sullivan will be reporting live from Berkley during the morning show, and morning co-host Shannyn Caldwell will be in Berkley in the afternoon with a team of Christmas carolers.

Detroit News:

Tom Ryan and Mindy Markowitz were funnier after they were fired Friday than they'd been for months behind the microphone. The edict had come down from management at WOMC-FM (104.3) earlier this year, Ryan says: Be drones. No more chatting about movies or soap operas or which celebrity did something stupid yesterday. Just give the time and temperature, and tell the oldies station's audience that the last song was by the Zombies. You can train a chimpanzee to do that, and he'll work for termites and bananas. So it wasn't a complete surprise to them when they got the gink a few minutes before their 3-7 p.m. shift on "Ridin' Home with Ryan" … but it's not an unbridled joy, either... Tom and Mindy lost their voice -- and job (Tue, 11/6)

I have been in radio for 10 years and I know my day is coming. I will be fired some day. It is sort of like being a manger in baseball or a coach in basketball. No matter how much success you have or how many championships you bring you will either be fired or pushed out the door. Radio is a ticking time bomb that eventually will blow up in your face. That is why I find no great joy today in seeing Greg Brady, Jamie Samuelson and Matt Shepard walked out the door at WDFN. They are competitors because I work at 97.1 FM and 1270 AM. But they are also people who love doing radio and they all have families. Samuelson will probably be back on the air soon at a reduced salary. Times are tough for the media now. Radio, television and newspapers are looking to reduce budget... Hired to be Fired (Tue, 11/6)

Crain's Detroit Business:

Beau Derek, who hosts WOMC 104.3 FM’s 7 p.m.-midnight show, will temporarily take over the afternoon drive-time slot vacated after the oldies station removed longtime personality Tom Ryan on Friday. Ryan and producer Mindy Markowitz, who also was an on-air personality as “Matinee Mindy,” are no longer with the station and will be replaced in the interim by Derek, said Kevin Murphy, general manager of the CBS Radio Inc.-owned station in Ferndale. He declined to disclose details on why Ryan and Markowitz were dismissed... After 11 years in drive time, Tom Ryan replaced at WOMC (Mon, 11/5)

Detroit Free Press:

It's official -- Detroit is holiday parade nirvana. The annual Thanksgiving Day trek down Woodward is, of course, the really big show and WDIV-TV Local 4 will be out there Nov. 22 covering it big-time all morning. Then there's the Channel 7 holiday doubleheader -- it will cover the relatively new Campus Martius holiday gala and downtown lighting ceremony on Nov. 16 in prime time. That's followed by the downtown Rochester Christmas parade 2-4 p.m. Dec. 2, with Glenda Lewis and Dave LewAllen doing the float-by-float coverage. And then WJBK-TV (Channel 2) is in the fray at Royal Oak's 6th annual Holiday Magic Parade Nov. 17, in a live telecast at 10 a.m. Fanchon Stinger, Jason Carr, Ben Bailey and Jackie Paige will be joined by WMGC-FM's (105.1) Linda Lanci... Pick a holiday promenade route (Tue, 11/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 7, 2007



Channel 7's Operation Can-Do ready for 30th annual food collection program

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, will join with Big Boy Restaurants and the Boy Scouts of America to sponsor Operation Can-Do. Now in its 30th year, this annual community service campaign collects and distributes food to the hungry in metropolitan Detroit. Last year's Operation Can-Do campaign brought in 460,000 pounds of food to help feed families and individuals through soup kitchens and food banks in the tri-county area, providing over 1.2 million meals. Since its inception in 1978, Operation Can-Do has supplied over 23 million meals to the hungry of metropolitan Detroit.

Hundreds of local Boy Scouts from the Detroit Area and Clinton Valley Councils will kick off the 2007 campaign by "Scouting for Food" with a door-to-door collection on Saturday, November 10th. Donations of canned goods to Operation Can-Do can be made at any Big Boy Restaurant in the Detroit metropolitan area through December 31st.

"Operation Can-Do has shown the community the importance of working as a team to help others," said WXYZ Vice President and General Manager Grace Gilchrist. "The need is even greater today because of layoffs, underemployment and more people than ever living on fixed incomes. Through Operation Can-Do metro Detroiters are enabled to remember those families in need."

All of the food collected through Operation Can-Do is given to Metro World Outreach, a non-profit organization that distributes food to nearly 400 different food banks and emergency food providers in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties.

Detroit Free Press:

While some radio stations here shuck staff, Radio One's WHDT-FM (102.7) is adding. Model, singer and native Detroiter Deelishis is the new cohost and entertainment correspondent on a new nighttime program hosted by Big Greg, himself just in from Cincinnati. She will be in the studio every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m... Names and Faces (Wed, 11/7)

Detroit News:

Remember "The Scene" and its successor "The New Dance Show"? These were the Detroit versions of "Soul Train" that aired from the 1970s until the mid-1990s on the now defunct WGPR-TV (Channel 62) that entertained thousands of TV-viewing youngsters like me as soon as they came home from school. Now, more than a decade after these television institutions faded to black, WADL-TV (Channel 38) has come up with an updated incarnation called "D Party." The show, which WADL produces in conjunction with WJLB-FM (97.9), debuts 4 p.m. Monday... Tuned In (Wed, 11/7)


Jay Towers joining WOMC

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Jay TowersOldies 104.3 WOMC today announced the appointment of Jay Towers to midday host (10am-3 pm) plus additional duties as assistant program director. Towers most recently was midday host on one of WOMC’s sister stations, 97.1 WKRK.

Towers has been behind the radio microphone since he was 14 years old when he started on WJRZ in his hometown of Toms River, New Jersey. In 1993, he moved to WAYV/WBSS in Atlantic City. Two years later, Towers became one of the youngest program directors in the country when he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan and doubled as the afternoon DJ/ Program Director of WVTI at the age of 20. Shortly after that, he made his way back to the east coast to be the assistant program director and midday host of WIOQ in Philadelphia.

Towers made Detroit his permanent home in 1998 and became the morning show host and assistant program director at 93.1 WDRQ. He was there for seven years before making his move to 97.1 WKRK in 2005.

In announcing the appointment of Towers, WOMC Program Director Scott Walker said, “Jay’s first love has always been music radio and he grew up listening to Oldies radio. Name a song from the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s and not only will Jay give you the artist, but he also remembers how high the song charted on the Billboard charts. Oldies 104.3 is getting one of Detroit’s best entertainers.”

His first day on Oldies 104.3 WOMC will be Friday, November 9, 2007, 10 am- 3 pm. His show will continue to be produced by Jon Klaft, who has been his producer both at WKRK and WDRQ.

“Working in the same building as Dick Purtan alone is a dream come true,” says Towers. “But following his legendry morning show each weekday is the biggest thrill of all. I started in music radio when I was 14 years old, and I got into it for the energy and the passion I had for hit music. Now, given the opportunity to work a heritage station like WOMC, I'm back doing what I love to do best, having fun talking to the motor city everyday and playing Detroit's greatest hits!"

Towers also covers feature and entertainment news as part of the Fox 2 News Weekend television show. Jay lives in Troy, Michigan with his 5 year old daughter Ava.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 9 2007



Detroit News:

One or both of the morning hosts fired by WDFN-AM (1130) four days ago will probably be back on the air Monday. Same hours, same studio, new lower salary. Since you probably wouldn't recognize their names unless you listen to the station, we'll get to those later and start with one that's more familiar: Denny McLain. WDFN's competitors in Detroit, WXYT-AM (1270) and WKRK-FM (97.1), began simulcasting as "Detroit's Sports Powerhouse" last month. Same content, more range, new lower variety for radio listeners. Jeff Deminksi and Bill Doyle, the survivors from WKRK's previous incarnation as an adult talk station, have been doing their old afternoon show in the morning on both signals. But their contract expires in December, and the name I keep hearing as a possible replacement is Denny McLain... McLain could be back as a radio host (Fri, 11/9)

CKWW bringing back "The History of Rock 'n Roll" to the Motor City

Parents were horrified, the establishment was aghast, but the kids loved it! It was Rock & Roll.

AM 580, CKWW, takes a nostalgic look back at the beginnings of Rock with the “History of Rock & Roll”. This 28 part series narrated by Chuck Reilly covers two decades of music from a unique perspective. It will air every Saturday morning from 10 to Noon over the next 14 weeks on AM 580. It will also be replayed Sunday nights at 8 PM.

For those out of the listening area, the program will be streamed on CKWW's web site at www.am580radio.com.

WDET gets ready for the Holidays

On Friday, November 16th, WDET will sponsor the Night of Lights in downtown Detroit's Campus Martius Park. The event runs from 5:00pm to midnight and includes the official City of Detroit's Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony and and the re-opening of the park's Ice Rink. Listeners can tune to WDET or go to wdet.org for a chance to win "First On Ice" tickets and be among the first in Metro Detroit to skate on the Campus Martius Ice Rink. Musical entertainment in the park that evening by Detroit's own Mitch Ryder, Thornetta Davis and Marvin Wynans, Jr.

Then on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, from 10:00am to noon WDET will offer a live broadcast of Detroit Today from the 81st Annual America's Thanksgiving Day Parade. One of our community's greatest traditions, this magnificent parade down Woodward Avenue is among the best in the country.

Finally, the station will be on hand for the 35th Annual Noel Night will taking place on Saturday, December 1, from 5:00pm to 9:30pm in Midtown Detroit's Cultural Center Area. Over 20 institutions, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Detroit Science Center, and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will open their doors to the public free of charge during this Cultural Center-wide holiday "open house." Activities include horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday shopping, family craft activities and performances by over 50 area music and dance groups. The evening's festivities culminate with a community sing-along on Woodward Avenue led by the Salvation Army Band -- a long-standing Noel Night tradition.

WJR programming notes

WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith takes his show out of the studio for a couple of remotes the next two Fridays. Tomorrow, Smith will broadcast live from the Davidson Suite at the Palace of Auburn Hills to help the Pistons continue the start of their new season. Then on November 16th, the show will help celebrate the grand re-opening of The Detroit Institute of Arts. Listeners can visit WJR.com to register for a chance to join Paul W. Smith at the broadcast, enjoy a V.I.P tour of the museum with DIA director Graham Beal, and win a one-year membership to the DIA.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 11, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

"Marketplace'' host Kai Ryssdal is coming to Ann Arbor and setting up shop at Michigan Radio on Thursday and Friday. He will also originate the broadcast of his evening business program from the local studio. Ryssdal will also participate in the panel discussion tiled "Is Consumerism Sustainable?'' on Friday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Michigan Union's Pendleton Room on the University of Michigan campus ... NPR Music, a free, multi-genre Web site that presents the best of public radio music, is up and running on the Web at www.npr.org (follow the "Experience Our New Site'' link). The site, a venture among NPR and 12 of its member stations, is organized by genre and by type of musical content including live concerts, studio sessions, artist interviews, profiles, reviews, blogs and podcasts... 'Marketplace' host to join talk at U-M, air show from local site (Sun, 11/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 12, 2007



WDFN plugs Rob Otto in; Jamie & Brady to do web chat

Rob Otto hosted the early morning shift (6-8am) on sports WDFN AM 1130 while decisions are being made on what will happen with that time slot on a more permanent basis. Former hosts Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady are still in talks with the station and still hope to make a return.

In the meantime, Jamie and Brady will be hosting a web chat this morning from 8:30 - 10:30 on the web site of FOX TV affiliate WJBK-TV 2. They will be joined by their former newsman, and current Fox Sports Net Detroit reporter, Matt Shepard along with other guests. Listen in and watch the 'Monday Morning Quarterback' chat at www.myfoxdetroit.com. Another 'Monday Morning Quarterback' web chat has been scheduled for next Monday, November 19th.

Crain's Detroit Business:

The local television industry is taking a wait-and-see approach to the decision by WADL-TV Channel 38 to shift its focus from primarily religious, infomercial and home-shopping programs to programming aimed at metro Detroit's African-American audience. The Clinton Township-based station, which is unaffiliated with a national network and has been on the air since 1986, has acquired several syndicated shows. They range from 1970s comedies such as "Sanford and Son" and "The Jeffersons" to contemporary shows such as MTV's "Pimp My Ride" and "Chappelle's Show." Lewis Gibbs, WADL's president and general manager, declined to say how much the station is spending on new content, but local television insiders estimate it's between $100,000 and $250,000... WADL shifts emphasis to African-American viewers (Mon, 11/12)

'Night of Lights at Campus Martius Park' to air on Channel 7 Friday, Nov. 16

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, in collaboration with Detroit 300 Conservancy will presents a Detroit holiday tradition, "The Night of Lights at Campus Martius Park" on Friday, November 16 from 7:30-9pm. The 90-minute prime time special will celebrate metro Detroit's official kick-off of the holiday season. Now in its fourth year, the event combines first-rate entertainment, world-class figure skating and the live lighting ceremony of a magnificent 60-foot holiday tree.

Hosted by co-anchors Diana Lewis and Stephen Clark, the program will include live reports from Action News anchors Erik Smith and Carolyn Clifford. Action News reporter Kimberly Craig will also provide live coverage of the many activities and entertainment taking place throughout the evening.

In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, which will air live exclusively on WXYZ-TV, the special will highlight ice skating performances from Olympic ice dance champions and ice skating all stars from the Detroit Skating Club and the Artic Figure Skating Club in Canton. The live program will also feature musical performances from local entertainers and some of Detroit's top singers including, Rock & Soul duet and band Mitch Ryder and Thornetta Davis and Gospel/R&B Vocalist Marvin Winans Jr. The program will also include interviews with key community leaders.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 14, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The eyes of every Detroit radio observer probably went to one line of data Wednesday when the Arbitron ratings report for August, September and October was released. That would be the age 25-54 morning ratings to see how WRIF-FM’s (101.1) top-ranked tandem of Drew Lane and Mike Clark did, what with Lane being off the air since late September, caring for his cancer-stricken significant other, Tess Schuster. What happened? The three-month average for the show -- with one month of no Lane -- actually went up, from 11.9 to 12.7 in the full third quarter. And that was better than the same Aug.-Sept.-Oct period in 2006 (11.5)... WRIF morning show minus Lane shows a gain


WDVD and WDRQ's 'Canned Film Festival' Breaks Record
CITACEL/ABC Hot AC WDVD and Adult Hits WDRQ (DOUG-FM) collected a record-setting 44,818 pounds of food for their annual "CANNED FILM FESTIVAL." On THURSDAY (11/8), listeners were asked to bring five canned food items to local MJR THEATERS in exchange for a pass to a free movie. More than 8,000 people donated food to the GLEANER'S FOOD BANK. The food will be distributed to partner charities throughout the DETROIT metropolitan area. (Wed, 11/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 15, 2007



Detroit News:

The Detroit radio dial has spun, stopped and gone on rewind in the past week or so, with Jamie & Brady cut from sports talk WDFN-AM (1130) , long-time host Tom Ryan and "Matinee Mindy" gone from WOMC-FM (104.3) and young whippersnapper Jay Towers now a midday oldies jock at WOMC. Despite cutting loose a veteran, WOMC is starting to tap into baby boomer memories of 1960's radio. The station is already running top-of-the-hour "The Legend Lives" station IDs featuring clips of top Detroit radio jocks. You might hear a Ted "The Bear" Richards clip from CKLW or perhaps a sound bite of Byron MacGregor intoning some "20/20 News" horror from the Big 8. There are even old clips of current WOMC morning kingpin Dick Purtan from his baby DJ days. "Dick's not too happy about that," WOMC program director Scott Walker quipped. "But with our demographic, they bond to the music and personalities they grew up listening to, so we put a lot of different disc jockeys on the top of the hour"... WOMC ready to jog '60s radio memories (Thu, 11/15)

It seems the Metro Detroit sports radio world can't go at least a month without some major drama. Most of the fireworks come courtesy of WXYT (97.1 FM and 1270 AM). But WDFN 1130 is stirring up its own share of craziness, and it isn't over yet. The station unexpectedly fired longtime staffers Jamie Samuelsen, Greg Brady and Matt Shepard, and other behind-the-scenes employees, as part of sharp budgetary cutbacks on Nov. 5. The trio took their show, with Clear Channel's permission, to FOX 2 last Monday, for a Web-cast version. By all accounts, the show translated well, with listeners calling in to the new format. Clear Channel changed its mind, pulling out its non-compete clause on the still-under-contract Brady and Samuelsen. So no more Web casts... WDFN lineup is still in flux (Thu, 11/15)

Detroit Free Press:

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 will show a special on former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler at 9 p.m. Friday night. The show, “Bo Schembechler Remembered," will honor his legacy as a coach and his lifelong impact on his players... Channel 7 plans Schembechler retrospective on Friday night (Thu, 11/15)


The top 5 stations among all listeners in the first fall ratings trend were WMXD-FM, WWJ AM, WJLB-FM, WJR AM, and WOMC-FM... Age 12+ Fall Phase I Arbitrend ratings for Detroit (Wed, 11/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 16, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

In what could be a violation of a court-issued gag order, the lawyer for murder suspect Stephen Grant has given an interview to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), a move that could -- at minimum -- delay Grant's Nov. 27 trial. Channel 7 is promoting the interview -- which refers to Grant as a "confessed killer" -- on its Web site, on television and on the radio. This comes just as the court has begun mailing summons to potential jurors. Channel 7's 11 p.m. newscast had about 180,000 viewers earlier this week... Channel 7 interview with Grant lawyer may jeopardize trial (Fri, 11/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 17, 2007



Detroit News:

Take a closer look at the automotive world in our own backyard when WJBK-TV (Channel 2) features "American Drive," a half-hour special focusing on Detroit's place in the global automotive industry. Hosted by WJBK's money editor Murray Feldman, the program will take an in-depth look at the overall outlook and pressing issues facing the industry through an exclusive set of interviews with Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman William Clay Ford Jr., Chrysler LLC co-President Tom LaSorda and General Motors CEO Rick Wagoner. "The automotive industry is an integral part of Detroit's economy and identity," said Jeff Murri, WJBK's vice president and general manager. "Fox 2 is committed to keeping viewers abreast of the latest information on the people and trends that are shaping its future"... Detroit auto industry focus of TV special (Sat, 11/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 20, 2007




Popular WRIF radio host Drew Lane talks to Carolyn Clifford about why he stepped away from the microphone for the woman he loves... WRIF'S Drew Lane makes sacrifice for love (Mon, 11/19)

Detroit News:

Comcast customers with basic service now will be able to get access to most high-definition channels, with monthly rental of a high-definition box. On Monday, Michigan's largest cable company announced it is allowing basic cable subscribers to get its high-definition service. In the past, HD service only was available to customers with more-extensive and expensive preferred cable service. The difference between the basic cable and preferred plans is about $14 a month. The new service comes amid increasing competition between cable and satellite companies for high-definition customers, whose numbers are growing as prices come down for HD televisions. Cable and satellite companies are also facing competition from phone companies offering television services. AT&T, for example, launched its U-verse service in some Metro Detroit communities in May, and offers a year of high-definition service for free with all but one of its television plans... Comcast puts HD on basic access (Tue, 11/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 22, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

This special Thanksgiving Day column will carve up some turkeys and fixings and distribute the goodies to the appropriate members of the local media ... A drumstick: To WXYT-FM/AM (97.1 and 1270) duo Deminski & Doyle for doing a great job of shifting from afternoon to morning drive ... Plenty of sliced meat: To WOMC's Dick Purtan, WMGC'S Jim Harper, WRIF's Drew & Mike, WJR's Paul W. Smith, WKQI's Mojo in the Morning, WNIC'S Breakfast Club, and WJLB's Coco, Foolish and Mr. Chase for bringing home the bacon -- advertising -- on all their stations ... Holly berries: To channels 2, 4 and 7 for doing their parts to cover festive season events like the Thanksgiving Day parade, last week's Campus Martius tree lighting, the upcoming Rochester Santa Parade and the recent Royal Oak Holiday Magic parade... Giving thanks to the local media (Thu, 11/22)

Ypsilanti Courier:

Terry Gross may not be as famous as Larry King, unless you're a regular listener to National Public Radio) - then she's a household name. Gross is renown as a first-rate radio journalist who seems to draw long reflective answers out of her subjects with her polite yet probing interview style. Gross held a talk at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor on Sept. 28 where she discussed her history as a radio host with recent and older clips of her many interviews... An evening with an NPR radio host (Thu, 11/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

Television commercials for the newly renovated Detroit Institute of Arts have a local flavor: That's Ann Arbor's Royal Garden Trio providing the music ... Michigan Television, WFUM-TV, the public television station from the University of Michigan, kicked off its 2007 holiday membership drive Friday with a slate of special programs that celebrate the season as well as a wide variety of musical performances ... If you were wondering whatever became of WUOM's Todd Mundt, wonder no more. He departed the local station - evidently without fanfare - for Iowa in August, where he oversees all programs and channels as director of content and media for Iowa Public Radio... On the Air: DIA ads feature Royal Garden Trio (Sun, 11/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 26, 2007



“Hire It Done!” set to premiers on Greater Media Detroit’s WRIF and WMGC-FM

“Hire It Done!” with Adam Helfman will premier on Greater Media Detroit’s WRIF and WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1 on Saturday, December 1st. It will air at 7am on both stations.

Helfman comes to Greater Media Detroit from CBS Radio. He is a construction consultant for the Emmy Award-winning television program “Extreme Makeover: Home Addition.”

“I am truly excited to move my program to a much larger audience and being involved with the #1 station speaks volumes!”, said Helfman.

Hiring the right contractor to work on home improvement projects can make all the difference in the world. But finding the right questions to ask contractors can be difficult. It is also hard for the average person to acquire expert advice so they can make informed decisions. This is where Helfman and “Hire It Done!” come in. Each week, Helfman will provide inside information on how to achieve quality results quickly and affordably.

Helfman is a recognized expert in his field with certifications from the National Association of Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Home Builders.

“Hire It Done!” with Adam Helfman will also be of great benefit to Metro Detroit contractors. Program sponsorships are available on both WRIF and Magic 105.1FM. For more information on sponsoring “Hire It Done!”, please contact Scott Buie at WRIF at 248-591-6827 and Marcy Cyburt at Magic 105.1FM at 248-591-6862.

Bender named Senior VP & GM of Greater Media Interactive

Greater Media, Inc has announced that Tom Bender, currently market manager for the company's Detroit cluster, has been named Senior Vice President & General Manager of Greater Media Interactive. He will continue to oversee WCSX 94.7, WRIF 101.1 and WMGC-FM 105.1 until a new Market Manager is named in the near future.

In his new role, Bender will be responsible for building on the foundation in place with Greater Media's interactive efforts and for coordinating and consulting individual station efforts, as well as creating company-wide systems and resources.

"I believe that radio has to develop its interactive relationship with both listeners and advertisers," said Bender. "It is a wonderful complement to our existing brands, and the two media, when properly integrated, make a creative and cost-effective solution for advertiser needs."

Tom was the perfect choice for this exciting position," said Greater Media President and CEO Peter Smyth. "His vast knowledge of both the radio industry and today's technology will help allow him to take our company to the next level in the interactive arena."

Bender has been the Market Manager for the company's Detroit-based properties since 1986. He is responsible for changing the format of a failing Adult Contemporary radio station to become first major market "Classic Rock" format station in America, WCSX. In 1994, Bender managed the acquisition of WRIF.

The Detroit native has served on a variety of industry committees, including the Arbitron Advisory Council, the NAB's COLRAM Committee and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Radio Issues Committee. He was among the first Market Managers in America to launch the HD Digital Radio initiative by unveiling RIFF2, MORE MAGIC and WCSX Deep Trax on the Motor City airwaves in August of 2005.

In 2005, Bender was named "Market Manager of the Year" by Radio Ink Magazine and was officially inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame in July of 2007.

Plymouth superintendent and radio personalities to be guest grillers at bd’s Mongolian Grill

WSDP-FM 88.1, the Escape, has enlisted the help of some of its strongest supporters, Plymouth-Canton Schools superintendent Dr. Jim Ryan, WCSX weekend host Pam Rossi, and WDFN reporter Denny Kapp as guest grillers at the bd’s Mongolian Grill® located in Canton on Wednesday December 5, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Dr. Ryan, Pam, and Denny will show off their grilling techniques on bd’s 2,000-pound grill flipping fresh veggies and meats on their 3-foot swords while raising money for 88.1FM. The Canton restaurant is located at 42089 Ford Rd.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. 88.1FM is celebrating 35 years of serving students and the community.

“We really appreciate the support of Pam, Denny and Dr. Ryan,” said Bill Keith, WSDP Station Manager. “They’ve both proven to be true friends of 88.1FM. We hope a lot of people come out to thank them for their support.”

89X teams with Goodwill Industries to hold “Twelve Days of Christmas"

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit will spread the spirit of giving this holiday season by asking metro area residents to donate new unwrapped toys during its Twelve Days of Christmas, Nov. 24 through Dec. 5. The toys then will be sold at Goodwill’s 11th Annual “Santa Shop” at minimal cost to its program trainees who might otherwise not be able to buy anything for their children or grandchildren.

Listeners to 89X and other area residents are invited to stop by any one of the 27 Caribou Coffee locations in metropolitan Detroit to drop of a new, unwrapped toys- each donor will receive a one dollar off coupon towards their next purchase at Caribou during the promotion.

“For many of our trainees, this time of the year can be a reminder that they are having difficulty in providing for their children and grandchildren,” said Lorna G. Utley, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. “Santa’s Shop not only is a memorable shopping experience, but it also gives them a feeling of pride that they are able to buy these gifts themselves for their families. This is not a handout. We choose to preserve the dignity of our clients by making affordable holiday shopping possible,” said Utley. “Can you imagine how empowered they feel knowing they themselves paid for the presents that they are giving to their children and grandchildren?”

“Caribou Coffee is committed to giving back to our communities and is elated at the opportunity to partner with Goodwill and 89X for this event,” explained Adam Stansberry, Caribou’s District Manager. “We look forward to assisting in the holiday celebration for the Goodwill trainees and their families. This is the time of year to spread joy and celebrate, and we are grateful and proud to be a part of such an important initiative.”

The mission of Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is to provide people who have disabilities and other barriers to employment with opportunities to become independent, self-supporting citizens through training, work experience and employment in the community.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 28, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The eight-year-plus Detroit radio run of WXYT-AM/FM (1270/97.1) morning talkers Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle will apparently end on Dec. 14. The duo's attorney, Mike Novak, said he and the CBS-owned stations general manager Kevin Murphy spoke Wednesday and agreed the final D&D broadcast would be two weeks from Friday. "Deminski and Doyle are heading for greener pastures, " Novak said, adding "they have made it clear they don't want to work for CBS, which stands for Cheap Beyond Suspicion." Murphy said late Wednesday he would not comment about contract negotiations... Deminski & Doyle set a departure date (Wed, 11/28)

WYCD gets ready for Christmas

Award Winning Country recording artist LeAnn Rimes will headline the country WYCD-FM's 99.5 annual Christmas Concert benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network and Pediatrics at Beaumont on Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Also performing at the concert will be country acts Sawyer Brown, Tracy Byrd and Jypsi. Tickets for the holiday concert will are on sale now at Palacenet.com, The Palace Box Office, all TicketMaster locations or by phoning (248)645-6666. Reserved tickets are $39.50 and $25.00.

WYCD morning host Dr. Con Carpenter has released a Christmas CD which is now available at Borders and other music retailers or from Amazon.com. A portion of the proceeds from the 13-track CD featuring Christmas favorites from Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts, Clay Walker and more will benefit Children's Miracle Network and Pediatrics at Beaumont Hospital.

WVMV's Zonjic nominated for Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards

Jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic has been nominated for two Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards and will reprise his role as host of the fourth annual competition. It will be held Friday March 7, 2008 at The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario near Toronto.

Alexander Zonjic’s nominations are for Best Wind Instrumentalist and for Broadcaster of the Year.

Winners will be determined through on-line voting and by a panel of industry professionals. Voting is open now to an international audience at www.smoothjazznow.com.

“I’ve been part of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards since their inception. It’s the only awards show for this music genre internationally. I am glad to be nominated and to be hosting it again,” said Zonjic.

“Alexander is one of the few guys who can make a room of fifteen hundred people wearing too-tight tuxes and gowns belly-laugh,” said John Beaudin,” event co-chair and one of its founders.

Zonjic was raised and still lives in Windsor, Ontario. He is also host of a popular daily morning show on Detroit’s Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM). He performs in 100 concerts a year, is creative director for four summer music festivals and is part owner of the jazz supper club Seldom Blues.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 29, 2007



Detroit News:

In a month, Grace Gilchrist will wave goodbye to co-workers and viewers alike, but her departure is bittersweet. After guiding WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as the station's vice president and general manager for 13 years, she'll finally get to spend some quality time with her husband, son and the rest of her family, and she'll even have time now to travel to her mother's native Scotland. The 60-year-old, who has been working nonstop since the age of 18, will finally have some time to kick back and take it easy. But walking away also means not seeing the anchors, reporters and editors who have become a second family of close friends and confidants. Packing up those boxes means a new chapter will begin whether she's ready or not... Gilchrist is leaving WXYZ on her terms (Thu, 11/29)

If you tuned in to WXYZ-TV Channel 7's interview last week with WRIF-FM's Drew Lane and his girlfriend Tess Schuster , you probably sensed, as we did, that Lane is in no hurry to return to his co-hosting slot on the "Drew and Mike" morning show. Lane has been at home helping his ailing partner, who is suffering from breast cancer, since September. Co-host Mike Clark has been holding down the fort at 101.1-FM in the mornings, along with Trudi Daniels on news and producers Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer as foils... WRIF's Drew unsure of return to airwaves (Thu, 11/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

As a kid growing up in northwest Detroit, Grace Gilchrist rushed home from school every day to have lunch with Soupy Sales. As an adult, however, it wasn't just laughs and giggles with WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). By then, Gilchrist had crossed over to the other side of the television, from happy-go-lucky viewer to longtime station executive. From the hang-loose childhood fun with Soupy and his pals Black Tooth and White Fang, to the extreme adult sport of surviving combustible anchormen like Bill Bonds and Frank Turner. Grace Gilchrist not only survived, she helped Channel 7 thrive over the last 21 years. A down-to-earth local who made good -- very good -- Gilchrist rose from sales manager to station manager and finally in 1995 to the top executive spot as WXYZ's vice president and general manager... Good night, Gracie: A local girl made good, Channel 7's leader Grace Gilchrist heads into retirement (Fri, 11/30)

Here, by key time period, are Detroit results from Nielsen Media Research's November ratings period, which ended Wednesday. The sweeps month is one of four months when ratings are used to set ad rates... Nielsen November TV ratings (Fri, 11/30)


WDVD 'Stuffs A Bus'
Over the weekend, CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI raised over 10,000 toy donations in their 2nd annual "STUFF A BUS" fund raiser. Proceeds will benefit the VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA, NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES ORGANIZATION, LIGHT HOUSE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL, DETROIT YOUTH GROUP, SPALDING FOR CHILDREN, ST. VINCENT DEPAUL and the ORCHARD CHILDREN'S SERVICES. WDVD jocks BLAINE, LISA, ALLYSON, JESSE and FIG broadcast live from three locations in the community. (Thu, 11/29)

Wanted by WKQL: Swag For Food
CUMULUS AAA WKQL (107one)/ANN ARBOR has embarked on a mission to raise a whopping 150 tons of food for FOOD GATHERERS in WASHTENAW COUNTY. Entitled "Rockin' For The Hungry," the station's biggest food drive of the year brings together over 100 charities to support hungry people. The station's air talent will be doing a remote in front of BUSCH'S grocery store in ANN ARBOR, starting on WEDNESDAY, DEC. 5th at 6a to SUNDAY afternoon the 8th. 107ONE is asking for autographed merchandise from its favorite artists to auction off Past rarities auctioned for the food band include BEN FOLDS piano keys and signed DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE drum heads to a collection of Post-it note art from MIKE DOUGHTY (which raised $300, the equivalent of one ton of food). To contribute and for more info, log onto www.foodgatherers.org or www.annarbors107one.com. (Thu, 11/29)

WXYZ-TV Channel 7

WXYZ-TV is the Detroit television market’s dominant number one station, sign-on/sign-off, according to the November 2007 Nielsen Media Research rating survey which ended Wednesday. WXYZ-TV garnered a 5.6 rating/13 share, versus WDIV’s 4.1 rating /10 share, WJBK’s 3.7 rating/9 share and WWJ’s 2.8 rating/ 7 share. In addition to winning sign-on/sign-off in TV household ratings, WXYZ was also metro Detroit’s number one station in delivery of all key demographics including Women 18-49, Adults 18-49, Women 25-54 and Adults 25-54. Key to WXYZ-TV’s November ’07 sign-on/sign-off victory was the exceptionally strong performance of Channel 7’s Action News. Action News was the number one newscast in TV household ratings in the Detroit market for 6am news, noon news, 5pm news, 6pm news, the entire 5-7:30pm early news block and 11pm news... Channel 7 sweeps to victory in November ratings; Action News wins every newscast in key demographics (Thu, 11/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 1, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Here's the latest on two hot radio contract negotiations: At WXYT-AM/FM (1270 and 97.1), Deminski & Doyle attorney Mike Novak says talks are continuing with CBS regarding their future at the station. Their pact ends Dec. 31 and with accrued vacation, their final show could be Dec. 14 ... Over at WRIF-FM (101.1), Novak said negotiations are continuing with the Greater Media-owned station over his client Drew Lane, who's been off the air since late September caring for his now-fiancée Tess Schuster... Names & Faces: Talking, paying, counterclaiming (Sat, 12/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 2, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

WEMU morning jazz show host Linda Yohn, who has been on medical leave for colon cancer treatment since early October, will return to the airwaves on Monday. "We're all excited for her return, as you can imagine,'' said Molly Motherwell, the station's development director, who also had praise for Wendy Wright, who handled many of Yohn's duties during her absence... 'On the Air': WEMU host to return (Sun, 12/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 4, 2007



106.7 The Fox to give away Hannah Montana tickets tomorrow

It's the hottest ticket of the year - the Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana show scheduled for the Palace of Auburn Hills tomorrow evening. Country WDTW-FM, 106.7 The Fox, is set to give away tickets during The Chad Show tomorrow morning with a contest that will only be revealed as it's taking place.

Chad & CJ will give mothers and daughters the chance to see Hannah Montana live beginning at 7am at the Clear Channel studios in Farmington Hills (27675 Halsted Rd). Contestants must come prepared to do or try anything to win.

More info at www.foxspacelive.com.

Riff2 announces 1st Annual Riff 2 Awards

The HD counterpart of rocker WRIF-FM 101.1 is soliciting listener votes for the first-ever contest that is based on the Detroit local music scene. A list of nominees has been posted on the station's web site at www.riff2.com in categories that range from Best Hair to Best One Man Band.

WDET will air special on finding new Wayne State president on Friday

Detroit Public Radio will be hosting a special broadcast with a live in-studio audience during "Detroit Today" (weekdays 10am - noon) on Friday, December 7. The special program will focus on the next president of Wayne State University and what qualifications the ideal candidates should have. WSU's current president, Irvin Reid, will be retiring in Spring 2008, and a search committee has been assembled to select the next president.

On the program's panel will be Eugene Driker, Chair of the WSU Board of Governors and the Chair of the Presidential Search Committee, as well as Cindy Goodacre, Executive Editor of Crain's Detroit Business and Cindy Chidi, WSU Student Council President. Other community leaders will be part of the studio audience and contribute to the discussion.

"Detroit Today" host Craig Fahle will facilitate the panel and audience discussion and listeners are invited to participate via phone at 313-577-0808 or on the program's blog at www.detroittoday.org.

"Detroit Today" with Craig Fahle airs weekdays from 10am to noon.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 5, 2007



Jamie Samuelsen set to make return to WDFN on Monday

One re-hire has been completed at sports WDFN AM 1130 as they will welcome Jamie Samuelsen back to the 6 - 9 am time slot starting Monday, December 10th. He'll be flying solo for now as an agreement has not yet been worked out for the return of Greg Brady who had been co-hosting the program until both were let go in cost-cutting moves last month.

Matt Shepard, who was a major contributor to the 'Jamie and Brady' show is also still on the outside looking in- at least for now.

The Oakland Press:

While local radio fans and media have been buzzing over the past few months about the absence of WRIF-FM's Drew Lane - leader of the popular morning team, Drew and Mike - Lane's longtime partner, Mike Clark, has kept right on talking. "It's not too much different," he said. "There is more work involved. When you're down a man, everybody has to step up." Clark hasn't been alone in the Ferndale radio station since Lane left to care for his fiancee, Tess Schuster, who has been battling breast cancer. The raspy-voiced Clark - a smoker - has been ably assisted by the show's producers, Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer, on the air. Fellhauer has been busy delivering the sports reports, part of Lane's daily duties. Clark reported he speaks with Lane "every couple weeks," he said... Mike holding the fort without Drew (Wed, 12/5)

Detroit News:

Take a trip back in time when Detroit Public Television and producers of "Hot Fudge," a family entertainment series that was locally produced and nationally syndicated in the 1970s and early 1980s, team up to present a retrospective special about the once-popular show. Titled the "Hot Fudge Comin' Atcha Concert," the special will feature a newly-packaged collection of music and comedy from the original broadcasts and airs 8 tonight on WTVS-TV (Channel 56). In its day, "Hot Fudge" featured music, songs, and sketches with live actors and puppets with host and Benton Harbor native Arte Johnson ("Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"). Following the first season, hirsute musician Larry Santos and his fuzzy neon green puppet Seymour (voiced by Robert Elnicky) took over as hosts. Presented as part of Detroit Public TV's December membership drive, the special includes vintage performances by cast and characters, including Santos and Seymour, Homer, Caz, Mona, Mr. Kootch and more. The "Hot Fudge Comin' Atcha Concert" will also feature live studio appearances by Santos, Elnicky (Seymour), and Ron Coden... 'Hot Fudge' concert produced for WTVS (Wed, 12/5)

During your morning commute, you may see a familiar face one car over. Don't stare, but chances are that perky soccer mom is Shon Gables, who is living in Metro Detroit again. Early birds might remember Gables as the friendly face that delivered the news on WDIV-TV's "Local 4 News Morning" for three years until 2003 when she left for New York's WCBS-TV. Now Gables, whose husband Peter is a University of Michigan alum and huge fan of the Detroit area, lives in Ann Arbor. When she isn't carting her kids around, Gables takes to the air and commutes between the college town and New York where she anchors "The Black Enterprise Business Report," a weekly syndicated news magazine that profiles African-American movers and shakers in the financial world. It airs Sunday afternoons on TV One and Monday mornings locally on WMYD-TV (Channel 20)... Former news anchor is back in the area (Wed, 12/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 6, 2007



Detroit News:

Imus, Imus, Imus in the 24-hour cyber-newsroom, that's all we've heard about for the past week, as disgraced shock jock Don Imus started anew on Citadel's WABC-AM on Monday morning. In an obvious move to soften his image as the angry white guy who spouted that offensive phrase while talking about the Rutgers women's basketball team, Imus has two young, black sidekicks in this new go-round, Karith Foster and Tony Powell . Is it so they can wrestle him to the ground the next time he crosses the line? Perhaps, although the fact that he's reportedly now broadcasting with a 21-second delay (plenty of time to turn the mike off) makes tackling him moot. The fact remains, though, that Detroiters still aren't part of this house party. Citadel-owned WJR-AM (760) appears to have no intention of putting Imus on in the morning in place of Paul W. Smith... Imus is back -- but not in Detroit (Thu, 12/6)

2008 Purtan's People calendar available at Detroit-area Kroger stores

The 2008 Dick Purtan & Purtan’s People Calendar is now available at area Kroger stores for $15, just in time for the holiday season, with proceeds benefiting Children’s Hospital of Michigan.

You & those on your list will get to spend the year looking at Dick Purtan & Purtan’s People, as they reenact scenes from movies like Casablanca, Austin Powers, Saturday Night Fever, Gone with the Wind, Rocky, and many more.

Visit www.womc.com for more information and to order online.

Bandyke to feature music of Joe Strummer

Martin Bandyke of WQKL-FM (107.1/AnnArbors107one.com) will devote his Fine Tuning program this Sunday, Dec. 9 (4-6pm) to the music of Joe Strummer, leader of the iconic British punk band The Clash. Bandyke will also give away lots of run-of-engagement tickets to the acclaimed new documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, which opens at the Main Art Theatre in Royal Oak on Dec. 14.

CKWW to presents “Lennon Remembered”

This Saturday, December 8th, Oldies AM 580 CKWW will look back at the life and music of John Lennon as the station pays tribute to one of the most influential singer-songwriters in music history with “Lennon Remembered”. This 3-hour special will air from 7 to 10 PM, marking the 27th anniversary of his passing. From life as a Beatle to his solo work, this show captures the music from the voice of a generation.

Judy Adams' radio highlights

"The Jazz Cafe Discovery Series" Radio Program, Sundays at 11pm on WVMV FM 98.7: On Sunday December 9th, Adams will present live on tape performances from Detroit based groups, "Moment's Notice" and "Five Miles Out" recorded at the Jazz Cafe Discovery Series at Music Hall. Then on the December 11th "Judy Adams Program", heard Tuesdays at 9am on CJAM FM 91.5, Judy will play more albums from her Top Ten List for 2007 including those from Manu Chao, Air, and Cassius.


CBS Announces Sr. Management Appointments In Four Markets: CBS RADIO has announced several key staff appointments in PHILADELPHIA, WASHINGTON, D.C., DETROIT and WEST PALM BEACH. The new assignments are effective immediately. Leading CBS RADIO’s sales efforts in DETROIT will be DEB KENYON, who also serves as VP/GM of Smooth Jazz WVMV and Country WYCD. CBS RADIO Pres./Sales MICHAEL WEISS commented, "The Dir./Sales position is an extremely important one in the Company, and I look forward to expanding and developing the responsibilities of those charged with leading the sales efforts in the markets where we operate. Engaging with our advertisers in new ways, creating unique and relevant on-air and online campaigns and maximizing our resources across each cluster is clearly the best way for not only our clients to win, but to further position CBS RADIO as the leader in the industry." (Thu, 12/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 7, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

WXYT-AM/FM (1270/97.1) morning hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle's final live broadcast at the station may have come today. Then again, it may all be a negotiations ploy.

The duo's attorney, Mike Novak , said station GM Kevin Murphy informed them after their show ended at 10 a.m. today that they will not be on the air live next week. But Murphy said "D&D will be in 'best of ' (repeats) next week and we will all be working hard to put an agreement together before they go on vacation." The pair, here since late summer 1999, have the last two weeks of 2007 scheduled as vacation time and their contract expires Dec. 31. They had hoped to work until Dec. 14... WXYT chief ends live Deminski & Doyle run (Fri, 12/7)

JJ & Lynne to broadcast live from Led Zeppelin reunion concert in London

Classic Rock WCSX FM 94.7 Morning Hosts JJ & Lynne will broadcast live from London Monday & Tuesday morning (12/10 & 12/11) from 6-9am (Detroit time) to capture the feeling surrounding Led Zeppelin’s Reunion Concert back to the Motor City.

The station's web site, wcsx.com will provide frequent updates, live interviews, photos, videos, their blog and podcasts from London. JJ and Lynne have set their sights on Ann Wilson (Heart), Mick Jones (Foreigner) and Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, The Firm with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page & Queen).

To prepare for these special transatlantic live shows, they’ll also take in London’s Classic Rock hot spots, including a private tour of Abbey Road Studios and in true JJ & Lynne style, they’ll attempt to schmooze their way into the Led Zeppelin pre-show sound check to give ‘CSX listeners a sneak preview of the biggest Classic Rock music event of the new millennium.

They’ll call with reports from the show Monday afternoon – (there’s a 5 hour time difference) – and Ken Calvert will kick off a Led Zeppelin Concert Replay at 4:30pm so WCSX listeners will feel like they’re at the show.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sun 9, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

Today's the last day you can catch the music hosts at WQKL (107.1 FM) freezin' for a reason as they broadcast live outside Busch's Market, 2240 S. Main St. DJs Martin Bandyke, Chris Ammel, Mark Copeland and John Bommarino are asking listeners to drop off nonperishable food and/or make financial contributions to Food Gatherers, Washtenaw County's food bank and food rescue program. Rockin' for the Hungry is Food Gatherers' largest outdoor food drive of the year, and this year's goal is to collect 150 tons of food... DJs end food drive today (Sun, 12/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 12, 2007



WDET offers Auto Show tickets for Holiday Fundraiser 12/13

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, is offering free tickets to the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), January 19 - 27, to listeners who make a donation of $150 or more during its special Holiday Membership Drive on Thursday, December 13. The NAIAS has provided WDET with public show tickets to help encourage listeners to support Detroit’s National Public Radio (NPR) station.

“We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to work with our community’s auto dealers,” said Tim Hygh, WDET Station Manager. “Their generosity has been tremendous, so we are going to be celebrating Detroit’s car culture and memories from the auto show during this year’s Holiday Membership Drive, one full month before the auto show begins.”

In addition to working together toward a successful Holiday Membership Drive, WDET will also be broadcasting live from the NAIAS in January.

"Public radio is an important part of our community and the NAIAS is pleased to provide tickets to WDET for the Holiday Membership Drive," said Carl Galeana, senior co-chairman for NAIAS 2008. "WDET is a Detroit institution and it is a natural fit for us to support their fantastic programs."

The on-air pledge drive will begin at 6am on Thursday, December 13 and go through midnight. Everyone who makes a gift to WDET of $150 or more can receive a pair of tickets to the NAIAS at Cobo Center January 19-27, 2008. Listeners can make their pledge by calling 1-800-959-9338 or give online at the station’s website: www.wdet.org.

Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reporter Glenn Zimmerman has left the station for a new gig at WNBC-TV (Channel 4), the NBC affiliate in New York. Zimmerman's last day at WXYZ was Dec. 5. This means that Zimmerman's wife, WXYZ meteorologist Shay Ryan , will be following suit ... Following the finale of "Survivor: China" on Sunday, WWJ-TV (Channel 62) will roll out its first "Eye on the Future" special. The program, "Building Bridges: From the Great Lakes to the Great Wall," is a three-part series that will examine Michigan's economy and its potential connections with China... WXYZ reporter lands NYC job (Wed, 12/12)


Spudd Exits Hot 102.7/Detroit
ALL ACCESS hears that RADIO ONE Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7)/DETROIT PD/afternoon driver SPUDD has resigned. MD/night host MS. SMILEY takes over as interim PD while the station decides on a permanent replacement. Meanwhile, overnighter BIG KEITH JONES moves into afternoons and part-timer A.P. takes over JONES' old overnight shift. (Wed, 12/12)

Schwalb Joins Sirius
Former CBS Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM)/DETROIT (now Sports WXYT-A (97.1 THE TICKET)) PD CRAIG SCHWALB is joining SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO as Director of Talk Programming. SCHWALB is returning to NEW YORK for the job; he was with CBS' WNEW/NEW YORK before heading to DETROIT. (Mon, 12/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 13, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Wednesday's monthly Arbitron radio ratings report showed that Drew Lane's absence from the morning show at WRIF-FM (101.1) since late September is starting to show. Among all listeners ages 12 and older for September, October and November, "The Drew & Mike Show," while maintaining the No. 1 position for 6-10 a.m., went from an 8.7 for August, September and October to a 7.8. In the key ad-attractive demographic of ages 25-54 for the same dates, the show dropped from a 12.7 to an 11.7 while maintaining the No. 1 position. Lane has been off the air -- save for one call-in -- since late September while he cares for his fiancée, Tess Schuster, who has breast cancer. Lane attorney Mike Novak, asked Wednesday for a status update, said Lane is "enjoying his time off. There's nothing new to report; I don't expect any news until the first of the year"... Still no word on Drew's return as ratings hiccup (Thu, 12/13)

Detroit News:

WCSX-FM (94.7)'s J.J. and Lynne , just back from witnessing the Led Zeppelin reunion show Monday night in London, will be broadcasting their annual Holiday Show live from 6-9 a.m. today at Plum Market in Bloomfield Township. They'll be giving away free food samples, talking to guests and having carolers stop by from the Meadow Brook Theatre ... Last Sunday night, CKLW's Teddy "Bear" Richards held forth on WOMC-FM (104.3 ), and the flashback continues, as this Sunday former CKLW jock Johnny Williams will be hosting from 7 p.m. to midnight. Williams was on the Big 8 from '69 until '82, and later was heard on WNIC-FM (100.3) ... This Saturday, starting at 1 p.m., Cyndy Canty from WMGC-FM (105.1) 's morning show will be a celebrity gift wrapper at Lisa's Gift Wrappers, 28834 Woodward Ave. in Royal Oak. A portion of the proceeds will go to Detroit's Capuchin Soup Kitchen... It's holiday time today for WCSX (Thu, 12/13)

Think of it as weekly group therapy for thousands of frustrated Lions fans, carried out on the Web. FOX 2's "Monday Morning Quarterback" Web casts on myfoxdetroit.com are a hit -- thanks to the slumping Lions and fans needing to vent. The idea to do a live show (8:30-10:30 a.m.) actually hatched when the Lions were 6-2 (remember those heady days?). The "MMQ" format is remarkably interactive: It's a live video Web feed, originating from FOX 2's newsroom. Fans can phone in, e-mail or participate in a chat room. It's funky-form broadcasting, a lot looser than anything seen on TV or heard on radio. "It's a real work in progress, something we're having fun with," said Dana Hahn, news director for FOX 2 and the originator of the "MMQ" idea. "I don't think there is any other outlet on a Monday morning to allow Lions fans like this to vent, wherever they are. And lately, we've really needed to vent"... FOX 2 Webcast snares Lions fans (Thu, 12/13)


Top 5 stations among all listeners in the second fall ratings trend were WMXD-FM, WJR, WWJ, WJLB-FM and WVMV-FM... Detroit 12+ fall phase II ratings (Wed, 12/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 14, 2007



Detroit News:

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.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 16, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

If you're tired of the same old Christmas songs over and over again, check out C.J. Mac's original tune "A Peaceful World,'' now getting airplay on WLEN (103.9 FM) in Adrian. Mac, 68, who lives in the Ann Arbor area, wrote the song 20 years ago and it appears on the 2005 CD of the same name ... If your New Year's Eve plans call for a quiet evening at home, Garrison Keillor and "A Prairie Home Companion'' offer a special holiday broadcast with recordings from Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. Keillor hosts, and welcomes, among others, Suzy Bogguss, Sam Bush, Cowboy Jack Clement, Emmylou Harris, Old Crow Medicine Show, Jon Randall, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and Robin & Linda Williams... It's 'A Peaceful World' for resident (Sun, 12/16)

Detroit Free Press:

Want hot Drew Lane news? Well, the away-on-leave WRIF-FM (101.1) morning host says he is staying busy while helping fiancée Tess Schuster through cancer therapy by penning a book. A book on what? A book on the 16 years -- so far -- he's spent at WRIF, partnered first with Peter Zipfel and then Mike Clark... Radio's Lane set to write dishy book (Sun, 12/16)

High-definition was a buzzword for television this year, and so was high anxiety. The state of the tube in 2007 and the outlook for next year are prompting more worry than optimism. Unanswered questions keep piling up like an avalanche of season cliffhangers. What will happen with the Hollywood writers strike? What do advances in technology mean for the future? Will the multitude of choices for viewers lead to a more divided society? Smaller issues, too, are looming large... Is TV in trouble? (Sun, 12/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 17, 2007



Detroit News:

When it comes to television, Loretta Jasniak is proud to say she's picky. The Clinton Township resident is "disgusted" about all the sex and violence on TV nowadays. So, for entertainment, her remote control often lands on Animal Planet or Comcast channel 5 for the latest about her local government, community activities and emergency updates. But next month when Comcast moves its public, educational and government channels from lower-numbered channels to somewhere in the 900s, her preferred viewing options will be even more limited. That is, unless Jasniak -- and other analog customers -- sign up for a special converter box that will cost about $4 a month after the first year. "I have no intention of paying Comcast any more money than I do now," said Jasniak, 79, whose basic cable bill is about $44 a month. But "if we don't get this stupid box, we have no way of knowing what's going on in our township. I'd be out in the dark without that. This is terrible. It should remain the way it is"... Comcast local access shift riles viewers (Mon, 12/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 18, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Deminski and Doyle are done in Detroit — at least for one year. “Officially, Deminski and Doyle has left the station and they will not be back on the air on CBS in Detroit,” says the duo’s Troy-based entertainment lawyer, Mike Novak. Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle have hosted a show on WXYT-FM (97.1) for eight years but could not agree on a contract with station owner CBS. “We would hate for listeners to think this was a money thing, because it was never really a money thing,” Deminski told the Free Press Tuesday afternoon. “More than that, it was mainly all about the length of time.” D&D had wanted a one-year contract with WXYT without a non-compete clause while CBS wanted two years plus a half-year non-compete clause. The duo declined the offer on Friday, Novak says... Deminski and Doyle done in Detroit (Tue, 12/18)


ALL ACCESS has learned that it's over between CBS Sports WXYT-A-F (97.1 THE TICKET)/DETROIT and morning stars DEMINSKI AND DOYLE, who will exit after the expiration of their contracts on DECEMBER 31st. D&D, who arrived at CBS' 97.1 FM frequency (then Talk WKRK) after a successful run at Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON, spent eight years in afternoon drive before moving to mornings with the FM station's format flip in OCTOBER. The hosts are exiting after being unable to reach agreement on the length of a contract extension and have a 12-month non-compete for the DETROIT market, but are open to either waiting the year out or looking into offers from outside the market.

JEFF DEMINSKI tells ALL ACCESS, "Besides the sub-standard financial offer, the bigger sticking point was length of time. Between the term of their offer and a half-year non-compete stuck on the end of it, we would have been locked up for two-and-a-half years with a company that kept us in the dark about the format flip, tried to bully us by taking us off the air twice in less than three months, gave us 72 hours notice to launch a morning show, wouldn't allow us to say goodbye to the most loyal of listeners after nearly a decade-long relationship, and a lot of things I won't even get into. After throwing brand new management at us, a brand new consultant, a brand new format and brand new shift with no input from us whatsoever, we know that asking for a one-year deal to 'let's all see how it goes after that' was more than reasonable. It is unfortunate the company did not value us more after we generated nearly 70% of all the station's revenue over the years, but I do thank CBS for the time and opportunity we had there and I wish the station success."

Detroit News:

Metro Detroiters are being courted by Comcast Corp. and AT&T Inc. in a marketing frenzy the broadband providers hope will help them keep their customers and convince others to switch sides. In a fever to gain more market share, the region's two biggest providers of bundled broadband services -- digital television, high-speed Internet access and feature-rich home phone -- are blitzing consumers with ads. Industry analysts and marketing experts say Metro Detroit's battle of the broadband is one of the most heated in the nation, and likely won't cool anytime soon. Since May, when AT&T launched U-verse, its bundled service package, the region's two largest carriers have been ratcheting up their sales pitches... Comcast, AT&T rivalry heats up (Tue, 12/18)


Local 4 decided to pull a double shift by choosing two candidates out of the Final 4 as its next traffic reporter(s). Lauren Podell and Heather Zara will have all lanes covered after the first of the year... 2-Lane Traffic For Local 4 (Mon, 12/17)


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 www.womc.com. 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.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 21, 2007



Detroit News:

WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" co-host Sara Fouracre is leaving the hit morning show effective this morning, hosts announced on the air today. Her future plans are not yet known. Fouracre, a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, was responsible for the program's popular "Celebrity Dirt" and "War of the Roses" segments. She had been a member of the show since its 2000 debut... 'Mojo in the Morning' co-host Sara Fouracre leaves WKQI (Fri, 12/21)

Listen to Bob Sliva talk about his nearly lifelong courtship with his wife Sandy and you can't help but like him. Although the couple has been married for 31 years, the two have been friends since the second grade, and nothing warms you to a man better than his 50-year romance. "When I tell people we're celebrating our 50th anniversary, they do the math and stare at me," says Sliva, 57. "That's our little joke." How can Sliva be funny and likable when he, if only by insinuation, is supposed to be the bad guy who is taking over the reins at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) Jan. 1? After all, if you replace a bad guy, you're a saint. Replace a saint, and you're a bad guy... Channel 7's Bob Sliva knows the territory (Fri, 12/21)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) dayside meteorologist Eric Wilson is leaving Detroit for sunnier skies. Wilson, who has been with the local NBC affiliate for eight years, will be joining WDIV's Post-Newsweek sister-station WKMG-TV (Channel 6), the CBS affiliate in Orlando, Fla. His last day at WDIV will be Dec. 28. Wilson made a name for himself at WDIV as part of the station's noon newscast... WDIV loses its day weatherman (Fri, 12/21)

WQKL Rocks For The Hungry

Cheers to the Washtenaw County community for stepping up to the plate December 5th-9th to make Ann Arbor’s 107one annual Rockin’ for the Hungry food drive such a huge success. The station has been “freezin’ for a reason” outside of Busch’s on Main Street for nineteen years to benefit local food bank Food Gatherers, which distributes more than 3.6 million pounds of food to over 150 non-profit programs a year. The need for nutritious food in Washtenaw County has increased significantly over the past year and the station's goal was increased from 107 tons to 150 tons in an effort to help meet that need. By the end of the five day broadcast, the community donated food and funds totaling 214 tons, the equivalent of $642,000 worth of food. This translates into 285,326 meals for neighbors struggling to make ends meet.

Food pantries throughout Michigan and the nation are reporting shortages in the charitable food supply and significant increases in demand for food assistance. Thanks to the generosity of all the folks associated with Rockin’, Food Gatherers food bank will be adequately stocked this holiday season.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 23, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

It was a premium music station for a premium music town. And two years later, they still can't stop talking about the fact that it's gone. It was this week in December 2005 when fans of WDET-FM got the news: The Detroit public radio station, locally beloved and nationally renowned, was massively scaling back its longtime music lineup in favor of syndicated news-talk programming. Passions ran high in the weeks following WDET's abrupt overhaul. Protest groups were formed, demonstrations held, donations withheld. All went for naught. The station's managers held firm to their decision -- a move driven, they said, by cold economic realities. Today, asked if the old WDET might return, the station chief answers with a sympathetic but emphatic "no." By now, the shock has subsided, but the shockwaves continue to reverberate, say many in Detroit's music world... WDET: 2 years of talk, Where WDET on-air hosts are now, (Sun, 12/23)

CKWW to ring in 2008 with Oldies Dance Party and the History of Rock & Roll

Robb Duncan of CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites will host the 2nd Annual “AM 580 New Years Eve Oldies Party” from 6 PM until 12 midnight on December 31st. He’ll play the best Oldies dance music from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s to ring in the New Year. There will be lots of great feel-good songs to get you dancing all evening long to usher in 2008.

But first, to get the day started, AM 580 will replay the first six hours of “The History of Rock & Roll” on New Years Eve day from Noon to 6 PM. Take a nostalgic look back at the beginnings of Rock with this series that covers two decades of music from a unique perspective.

On January 1st, AM 580 will continue “The History of Rock & Roll” all day long from 9 AM – 9PM.

Ann Arbor News:

WEMU (89.1 FM) has lots of holiday programming planned Christmas Day. Here's the lineup... WEMU will have a very jazzy Christmas (Sun, 12/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 24, 2007



Crain's Detroit Business:

Don't look for the Federal Communications Commission's decision last week to permit ownership of a newspaper and a television station in the same market in the biggest U.S. cities to spark any deals in Detroit — for now. In a move it said is aimed at bolstering a newspaper industry suffering from shutdowns that stem from plunging circulation rates that siphon away revenue, the FCC decided newspaper companies could buy a television or radio station in the same market, but only in the 20 largest markets and only stations outside of the top four in each market... FCC ruling likely means little to Detroit media market (Mon, 12/24)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 28, 2007



WVMV's Zonjic to end 2007 playing hoops and will start '08 playing flute

On December 30, Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will suit up with the Washington Generals against the world famous Harlem Globe Trotters at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Game time is 2 p.m. Jazz flutist Zonjic will also play the national anthem before the event with a seven-piece flute choir.

The Generals have collected the finest group of basketball players they have ever assembled, but they are looking for another player in each city in their efforts to get a victory over their arch rivals. “Even though I’m 6’4”, I’ll probably be the shortest player,” joked Zonjic.

The 2008 “Magic As Ever” Tour marks the Globetrotters’ 82nd consecutive season of touring the world.

Then on December 31, Alexander Zonjic & Friends and the Motor City Horns will perform at a New Year’s Eve celebration at Seldom Blues jazz and supper club located at 400 Renaissance Center in Detroit. A 7 p.m. reception starts off the festivities, followed by a four-course dinner and a champagne toast at midnight. Zonjic is part owner of the award-winning restaurant.

Cumulus hires new local sales manager for Ann Arbor

Cumulus-owned Ann Arbor Radio (WWWW-FM, WQKL-FM, WTKA AM, WLBY AM) has announced the hiring of Doug Gondek as the local sales manager for the cluster. Gondek has experience on both sides of the microphone and has both programming and sales positions in both mid-size and major markets in the past.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 29, 2007



Lucas named as program director for WNIC

Theresa Lucas will become the program director for soft rock WNIC-FM 100.3 as 2008 begins, replacing Don Gosselin who is exiting to pursue other opportunities.

Lucas adds to her responsibilities as she is also WNIC's music director and midday host (9am - 2pm).


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec 31, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

Popular morning radio show host Lucy Ann Lance lost her job at WAAM radio, a move she says was attributed to downsizing at the station. Lance said she was informed by managers that she was being let go after her Friday show. Drew Priebe, WAAM's operations manager and producer of Lance's morning show, also was let go. On Monday, the station played a "Best of Lucy Ann Lance." Lance said Monday that she had no idea her job was in jeopardy. "WAAM has prided itself on being 'your local radio station,'" she said. "All of that has been shoved to the side of the road." Priebe and Lance said they were told by management that a syndicated show would fill Lance's morning slot. Station General Manager David Drolshagen said no decision had been made as of Monday afternoon... Lucy Ann Lance show off the air (Mon, 12/31)







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