Metro Detroit: February 2007 Archives

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) (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 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 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 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 or

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 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)







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