Metro Detroit: January 2007 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 2, 2007

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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

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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

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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

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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)



AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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)


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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

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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)

www.tannerfriedman.com



AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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)



AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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

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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)



AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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)



AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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

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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

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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)



AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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)

 

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