Metro Detroit: April 2007 Archives

WDET's "Detroit Today" launches Monday April 2

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

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

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

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

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

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


Smith to pinch hit for Limbaugh

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

Detroit News:

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

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

Metro Times

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Vincent Duffy to become News Director for Michigan Radio

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

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

Detroit News:

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

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

Judy Adams On the Radio

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

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

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

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

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

The South End:

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


Ann Arbor News:

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


Crain's Detroit Business:

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

Oakland Business Review:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

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

Detroit News:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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

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

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


“Pet-A-Palooza” returns to Metro Detroit

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

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

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

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

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


Detroit News:

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


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

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

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ann Arbor News:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

Michigan Radio Wins Ten 2006 Michigan Associated Press Awards

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

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

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

Detroit News:

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

Ann Arbor News:

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

Nominations sought for cancer survivors salute

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

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


Special guest auctioneers to help WSDP radio auction

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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







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