Metro Detroit: June 2007 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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


Former programmer, jock Paul Christy dies at age 69 reports that Paul Christy, who held various on-air and programming positions at Detroit area stations WCAR, WABX, WKSG, WMXD, and WWKR, passed away earlier today. Christy also spent time at legendary Top 40 outlet WCFL.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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

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

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

WCSX deems Pet-A-Palooza a success

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Detroit News:

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


Detroit News:

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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


Ionia Sentinel-Standard

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


Detroit Free Press:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

Tom Joyner Sky Show Returns to Detroit June 22

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


Detroit News:

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

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

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

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

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

Jazz Cafe Discovery Series completes phase one with four finalists

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

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

Ann Arbor News:

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


'Dennis Miller Show' making Detroit visit June 28

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

More information on other upcoming fundraisers and the “3 Days of Magic” team is available at

Greater Media/Detroit launches free classified service

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

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


CKWW to air “The Elvis Story”

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

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

Detroit News:

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

Ann Arbor Business Review:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Detroit News:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

Detroit News:

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

Michigan Public Media Welcomes New Underwriting Manager

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

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

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


FSN Detroit to replay Verlander no-hitter July 11

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

Detroit Public Radio to present Radio Lab®

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

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

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

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

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

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

Zonjic announces line-ups for four summer jazz festivals

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


Detroit News:

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

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

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

Detroit Free Press:

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

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







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