Metro Detroit: August 2007 Archives

WRIF to broadcast Detroit Indy Grand Prix

WRIF-FM 101.1, Detroit’s rock station for over 36 years, has announced that the station will be the official radio broadcaster of the 2007 Detroit Indy Grand Prix, presented by Firestone on Sunday, September 2nd.

The race will be simulcast on 101.1 FM beginning at 3:00pm, including pre-race activities, originating from Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. The race will commence at 3:45pm and continue through 6:00pm. In addition to airing the simulcast of the race, WRIF will be broadcasting live from Belle Isle throughout the weekend, giving listeners highlights, traffic updates and more.

”We feel the return of the Grand Prix to the City of Detroit is another positive step toward re-energizing the downtown area and we wanted to get on board to show our support. We’re very proud to be airing the race”, said WRIF Operations Manager, Doug Podell.

Movie marathon to raise money for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

Soft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will present a day of nonstop movie watching for a cause. “Hollywood Nights” is a 24-hour movie marathon to benefit the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. The event will be at the Emagine Theatre in Novi from 10 AM on Friday, Aug. 10 to 10 AM on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Registration for the event is available on Magic’s Web site, Admission is a $105.10 donation and includes unlimited popcorn and pop, lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Prizes will also be awarded.

Attendees must be at least 18 years old or be accompanied by a parent or guardian to stay overnight. Individuals ages 13 to 17 will be able to watch movies from 10 AM to 10 PM on Friday.

The Oakland Press:

Clark Davis remembers excitedly flipping between four separate March Madness basketball games playing live on Channel 62 a couple of years back -- without having cable. Many Oakland County residents can do the same, and watch up to three times as many local television stations, for free. They just aren't aware they can do it, he says. "Cable companies want people to believe you have to buy their service to get more specialty programming," said Davis, a Pontiac resident and attorney. "They are fostering the urban myth that you can't get high-definition without cable or a satellite." Local television stations such as 2, 4, 7 and 56 do have the capability to transmit at least three secondary channels simultaneously, officials from local stations agree. All people need to receive them is an antenna for a high-definition, digital television set... High-definition TV available over the air, attorney says (Sun, 8/5)

WCSX Goes To The Dogs
GREATER MEDIA CLASSIC ROCK WCSX (94.7)/DETROIT was able to find 428 stray animals new homes during its sixth Annual "Pet-A-Palooza" on Saturday, July 28 at Freedom Hill. The stations brought together 33 humane organizations, which offered cats, dogs, rabbits and ferrets for adoption on-site. The event also featured a variety of family and pet-oriented activities, including an "Ultimate Air Dog"-jumping competition, and a performance by THE ROCK-N-ROLL K-9’S -- a group of 35 dogs demonstrating speed and agility skills set to rock music. "I'm so happy to be part of such an important event," said WCSX midday personality KAREN SAVELLY. "Not only do pets and their owners have a fun-filled day, hundreds of deserving animals find wonderful homes."

CRTC Grants New FM For Sarnia, ON
POINTS EAGLE RADIO INC. receives CRTC approval for a Type B Native FM station with English and Aboriginal programming at SARNIA, ON. The station would use 3,400 watts at 103.3 FM and would mostly simulcast POINTS EAGLE's CKTI/KETTLE POINT, ON with six-and-a-half hours of SARNIA-specific programming each week.

Michigan Radio wins PRNDI award

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been honored with an award from Public Radio News Directors Inc., for its Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006. These national awards, judged and presented annually, recognize outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

The Morning Edition newscast on August 11, 2006, anchored by Charity Nebbe, discussed a variety of topics important to Michigan listeners. Segments produced by the Michigan Radio news team included a report on Detroit Metro Airport’s ban on liquids and gels in carry-on luggage, coverage of Delphi Corporation’s hearings over the cancellation of blue-collar contracts, and discussion of a decrease in the rate of home foreclosure in Michigan.

Receiving a PRNDI award is a prestigious accomplishment. With this, Michigan Radio exerts itself as one of the best newscasters in the country. Division A winners in other categories include: WNYC-New York, WBUR-Boston, WBEZ-Chicago, and KUOW-Seattle.

"We’re very proud of this accomplishment," said News Director Vincent Duffy. "It’s great to be recognized for the hard work our talented reporters do everyday for our listeners in Michigan."

This is Michigan Radio’s second award this year for the August 11 Morning Edition newscast. Earlier this year, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognized it with a 2006 Broadcast Excellence Award.

WMGC-FM 3-Day team raises record amount to help beat breast cancer

Magic 105.1 is leading the nation in pledges raised for a Breast Cancer 3-Day team. The “3 Days of Magic” team has raised over $250,000 for the annual walk, far surpassing the original $205,000 goal. The Magic team has since set a new and unprecedented team fundraising goal of $500,000.


Detroit News:

Jeff Murri says Fox 2's new 11 p.m. newscast will be hyper-local, content-rich and high-energy. All hyphenated descriptions aside, the important thing is that it will be here. When "News Edge" makes its debut Sept. 24, Detroit will have three local 11 p.m. news voices for the first time since the city's moldering CBS station dropped its newscast five years ago, so it could put on "Everybody Loves Raymond" reruns. On the theory that more news is better than less news -- and more competition is better than less competition -- any newscast would figure to make an impact... Fox adds 'Edge' to 11 p.m. news (Fri, 8/10)

Detroit Free Press:

Fox adds newscast- Stay tuned. WJBK-TV, Channel 2, is adding an aggressive new twist to Detroit's TV news wars when it launches "Fox 2 New Edge at 11" weeknights beginning Sept. 24. The half-hour newscast -- which the station describes as a "hyper-local" program with a "unique, fast-paced format" -- marks the first time Fox 2 will compete head-to-head at 11 p.m. with local network affiliate rivals WDIV-TV, Channel 4, and WXYZ-TV, Channel 7. "Fox 2 News Edge at 11," to be primarily anchored by Huel Perkins, is designed as a high-energy complement to that station's hourlong nightly newscast "Fox 2 News at 10"... Names and Faces (Fri, 8/10)

Ann Arbor News:

A local radio host who was fired for his on-air actions and comments is not protected by the First Amendment, a state appeals court ruled. The ruling dealt a blow to Theron Hughes, the outspoken host of the "Bone Conduction Music Show,'' which aired for 17 years on WEMU-FM (89.1). Hughes, who goes by his on-air name Thayrone, mixed music with conservative political commentary. He was fired in 2003 and sued to get reinstated. The Aug. 2 ruling effectively dismisses the lawsuit. Reached on Wednesday, Hughes said he isn't finished seeking his day in court. Hughes said he never denigrated the station and was fired for voicing support for President Bush and the war in Iraq while on the air. He said he is fighting for the right to free speech on public radio. "Your tax dollars and my tax dollars fund WEMU,'' he said... State appeals court dismisses disc jockey's lawsuit (Thu, 8/9)

C&G Newspapers:

For more than two decades, his was a familiar voice on radio. But while Ralph Valdez may no longer be hosting a show on WDET-FM, the Grosse Pointe Woods resident is still putting his wealth of musical and cultural knowledge to good use. In February, the former eastside Detroiter became the curator of cultural programming for the Arab American National Museum and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services — better known as ACCESS — in Dearborn. He recently completed organizing the annual Concert of Colors world music festival, and is now focusing on museum programs like Global Thursdays, a multicultural music and arts series that runs September through April, and the Arab Film Festival in November... Cultural ambassador (Wed, 8/8)

'Handyman' Haege Heads To Hotel
The syndicated "HANDYMAN SHOW WITH GLENN HAEGE" will broadcast live from the legendary GRAND HOTEL on MACKINAC ISLAND, MICHIGAN this SATURDAY (8/11). The show will include an interview with the director of maintenance of the historic hotel, which opened in 1887 and was featured in the film "SOMEWHERE IN TIME." HAEGE is heard on over 170 stations nationwide, with CITADEL Talk WJR-A/DETROIT serving as his flagship. (Thu, 8/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 12, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

There's good news for two locally based commercial radio stations that saw their rankings improve in the latest Arbitron radio ratings. Although Detroit talk powerhouse WJR (760 AM) continues at the top spot overall in the Ann Arbor market, country station WWWW (102.9 FM), third in the last ratings period, placed second, while WQKL (107.1 FM), which had been fourth, is now third. In the all-important age 25-54 group, the station ranks first. Lower down in the ratings, all-sports station WTKA and liberal talk WLBY-AM both decreased their audience shares, while news-talk WAAM held steady. Ratings for public radio's WUOM and WEMU are not included in the report... WWWW, WQKL ratings improve (Sun, 8/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2007



JJ & Lynne's Stone Souper Charger ready to roar to life Thursday morning

Thursday morning, August 16th, the sweet smell of Motor City Muscle will fill the air as JJ & Lynne’s Stone Souper Charger roars to life. Eight months ago, it was just an idea to restore a 1968 Dodge Charger to raise money for Focus:HOPE.

The countless hours of work by hundreds of volunteers from all over southeast Michigan will be showcased when the engine of the Stone Souper Charger is started for the first time outside the studios of classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7, located at One Radio Plaza in Royal Oak Township. The “birthday” celebration will begin at 7am with the arrival of the Stone Souper Charger and many members of the volunteer team working on the restoration. During the 8am hour, JJ & Lynne will officially fire up the 600 plus horse power engine for the first time in public. To add to the festivities, local classic car enthusiasts will be on hand displaying their classic cruisers.

JJ & Lynne Stone Souper Charger raffle tickets cost $25 each and 100% of the ticket price will go directly to Focus:HOPE. One lucky ticket holder will win both the restored 1968 Souper Charger and a 2 year lease of a 2007 HEMI R/T Charger on September 20th, 2007 at the JJ & Lynne Stone Soup event at the 94.7 WCSX Studios. More info at

Detroit News:

Neil Goldstein, former vice president of news and news director for WDIV-TV, has taken on a new role at Channel 4 as vice president of marketing and digital development. Steve Wasserman, the station's vice president and general manager, says he tapped Goldstein because of his leadership abilities... Former news director takes on new WDIV role (Mon, 8/13)


Detroit News:

WTVS-TV (Channel 56) Detroit Public Television, the local PBS affiliate, has partnered with the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts to bring Metro Detroiters a multi-layered entertainment experience. For instance, blues lovers can watch the "Boogie & the Blues Diva: 2004 Motor City Blues & Boogie Woogie Festival" when it airs at 9:30 p.m. Thursday on WTVS. And if they like what they see, they can buy tickets and attend the "Ninth annual Motor City Blues and Boogie Woogie Festival" when it takes place at the Music Hall on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 5-6... Music Hall, PBS team up for shows (Wed, 8/15)

Get out the ear muffs: Don Imus is headed back to the airwaves. The disgraced shock jock has been off the air since April 12, after describing the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed hos" and public outcry, led by activist the Rev. Al Sharpton, prompted CBS Radio to yank his popular morning show. MSNBC also canceled the TV simulcast of his show. On Tuesday, Imus and CBS settled his multimillion-dollar contract, which had been renewed just before the April fracas. Now the radio host can return to the air, and the Associated Press reports that Imus is finalizing a deal with New York-based, 50,000-watt (Clear Channel) WABC-AM, which carries mostly political talk... Imus nears radio return as he and CBS settle (Wed, 8/15)

Detroit Free Press:

The trade journal Automotive News reported Wednesday that General Motors has recruited several prominent radio personalities — many on a national scale but also in local markets — by providing the hosts with new cars and trucks to drive free for two weeks each month. The deal also includes trips to Detroit to meet with GM executives and see the company's facilities. Among the hosts taking advantage of the deal are some of the biggest names in talk radio and a few who double on TV. Among them: Rush Limbaugh, Bill O’Reilly, Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Whoopi Goldberg, Sean Hannity, Ryan Seacrest, Glenn Beck, Michael Baisden, former Detroiter George Noory, Delilah, Laura Ingraham, Jim Rome, John Tesh, and Big Tigger, a former WJLB-FM (97.9, Detroit) morning host. Local hosts in Dallas were also mentioned in the story... GM borrows cars to some big radio stars (Wed, 8/15)

WDIV-TV Local 4 is playing an interesting gambit with that new extra hour NBC's "Today" starts serving Sept. 10. Ellen DeGeneres' talk show will remain at 10 a.m., with the fourth hour of "Today" to be seen at 11 a.m. in the tough slot against ABC's "The View" and CBS's "The Price Is Right." Syndicated info-tainment show "Extra" -- now delayed a day at 11 a.m. -- shifts to delayed a day at 2:30 p.m. "Inside Edition," now at 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., will air only once a day, at 4:30 p.m... 'Ellen' will keep 10 a.m. timeslot (Wed, 8/15)

WMGC honors women in the automotive industry

Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show of soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 are honoring the women who make the Motor City run with three “Salute to Women in the Automotive Industry” live broadcasts. The series is taking place August 15-17 from 6am to 10am each morning, leading up to the Woodward Dream Cruise.

The public is invited to stop by the broadcasts on Wednesday, August 15th at the Ford World Headquarters in Dearborn and on Friday, August 17th at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills. Jim Harper, Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty, Mike Bradley and Fay Samona will all be on-site.

On Thursday, August 16th, Jim Harper & The Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from the OnStar Studios in the General Motors World Headquarters in Detroit. This broadcast is not open to the public but will air from 6am to 10am on WMGC. officially relaunches

A newly enhanced, the website for rock WRIF-FM's 101.1 companion HD multicast channel, RIFF-HD2, has been re-launched.

The latest version of the website now has social networking functionality that allows DJs, listeners and bands to be able to create their own profiles as well as blog, upload video, audio, and more. In addition, listeners will be able to add widgets from uploaded audio and video to their own MySpace pages, websites and blogs.

"It is a perfect complement to the interactive, community experience of RIFF2, the HD2 companion channel for WRIF," said Mark Pennington, program director of RIFF2 and assistant program director/music director of WRIF. "The new site will have originally produced audio and video from the station and provide a totally interactive experience for listeners."


The Beatles and cruising music are on AM 580 this Saturday

Oldies CKWW AM 580 will present “The Beatles Story”, a comprehensive look at the life of the world’s greatest rock band, an insightful twelve-part radio documentary that was produced in the early seventies by CHUM radio’s Doug Thompson and hosted by the late Chuck Reilly. From the very earliest pre-Beatles moments to the ultimate break-up you’ll hear the stories as told by the Fab Four themselves. It airs every Saturday from 10-11 AM for the next twelve weeks on AM 580, Motor City Favorites.

This Saturday AM 580 is the place to hear the real cruisin’ Oldies on AM where they belong. Hear the songs you cruised to back in the day. AM 580 begins the big Motor City Cruise Day with The Beatles Story at 10 AM, then revs up the 50’s and 60’s hits all day long.

WCSX Is Cruisin’ Woodward

Classic Rock WCSX-FM will be bhitting the streets with live updates from Woodward on Friday & Saturday. The station invites listeners to stop by and see them any of these locations:

Friday August 17th
* 2pm-6pm: Join Ken Calvert at Eaton Performance Park located in the baseball complex at Memorial Park at Woodward & 13 Mile in Royal Oak. See the '68 Stone Souper Charger & buy raffle tickets & t-shirts, all benefiting Focus:HOPE.

*6pm-10pm: See Steve Kostan at the Firestone Auto Service Center on Coolidge and Woodward for live cruise updates.

Saturday August 18th
* 8am-10am: Join KT at the Takata Safety Exhibit on Woodward just North of 13 Mile at Village Chrysler Jeep. We'll serve free breakfast burritos, juice & water to the first hundred people at the party.

* 10am-2pm: Paul Buck and Focus:HOPE will be at Eaton Performance Park on 13 Mile and Woodward with live updates and your chance to buy Stone Souper Charger raffle tickets & t-shirts.

* 12pm-2pm: JJ & Lynne along with the Stone Souper Charger will be at Firestone at Woodward and Coolidge. See the car, meet JJ & Lynne and purchase raffle tickets and t-shirts benefiting Focus:HOPE.

* 2pm-6pm: Steve Kostan takes over with live updates from Firestone, plus from 3-4pm you can meet IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon for autographs. Also, Ken Calvert and the WCSX Classic Rock Cruisers will be at Art Van on Woodward in Royal Oak.


Crain's Detroit Business:

The advent of high-definition television is being hailed as momentous as the switch in the 1960s to color broadcasts — and advertisers in Metro Detroit are increasingly eager to employ the technology as its costs decline. Television stations and production companies are spending millions of dollars to upgrade equipment — cameras, lenses, software, editing boards and broadcasting infrastructure — to meet demand spurred by a federally mandated Feb. 17, 2009, deadline that will end current analog broadcasts in favor of digital. High-def is a format of digital television... High-def TV brings costs (Mon, 8/20)

WLQV helps kids get back to school

In partnership with the international Christian relief organization Feed the Children, Christian Talk WLQV AM 1500 held a day long drive in Thursday, August 16 asking their listeners to provide backpacks filled with school supplies for 400 homeless inner-city children in the city of Detroit for just $18.00 each. At the end of the day the station had raised more than $14,000 and provided nearly 800 of the backpacks, double the original goal, which will be distributed to the students in Detroit when the new school year begins after Labor Day.


Local college, pro football shows hit the field on FSN Detroit

The arrival of the 2007 football season brings a bevy of shows to FSN Detroit for fans of the area’s Big Ten and NFL squads:

9:00 AM, Michigan Replay – The long-running show featuring Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr and co-host Jim Brandstatter (re-airs many Sundays at 12:30 PM). Premieres Sunday, August 26.

9:30 AM, Spartan Sports Zone – The MSU sports scene is featured each week with an emphasis on football in the fall, hosted by Dave Ellis. Premieres Sunday, August 26.

Lions Live: Post-game edition – Eleven times this season, FSN provides live coverage immediately following Lions games including remarks from the podium, locker room reaction and expert analysis. Host is Mickey York, joined by analyst Rob Rubick and reporter Trevor Thompson (re-airs many Sundays at 10:00 PM). Premieres Sunday, Sept. 9 following Lions-Raiders season opener.

12:30 PM, Lions live: Rod Marinelli press conference – Live coverage of Rod Marinelli’s Monday session with the Detroit press corps, hosted by Matt Shepard (re-airs many Mondays at 7:00 PM and 10:00 PM). Premieres Monday, Sept. 10.

6:30 PM, One on One with Mark Dantonio – Mickey York visits weekly with the first-year head coach of the Spartans (re-airs many Thursdays at 10:00 PM). Premieres Thursday, Aug. 30.

Monroe News:

Get ready for a shake-up in area baseball broadcasts next season. The Toledo Free Press reports that WLQR (1470-AM), the Toledo all-sports radio station known as The Ticket, will drop Toledo Mud Hens broadcasts in 2008 in favor of the Detroit Tigers. Currently, WLQR carries Tiger games only when they don't conflict with the Mud Hens. That's good news for Tiger fans in south-county and the Toledo area who have found themselves hunting for the broadcasts since the Tigers moved left WJR and its 50,000 kilowatts. WXYT (1270-AM), Detroit's flagship station, has boosted its power. I picked it up 60 miles south of Toledo on Saturday. But the Detroit station doesn't even reach Bedford Township at night... Hens without radio home for '08 (Tue, 8/21)

Bomia Upped To Promo Coordinator At WDRQ/WDVD
SHANNON BOMIA has been named Promotions Coordinator for CITADEL Adult Hits WDRQ (93.1 DOUG-FM) and Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT. SHANNON was previously a part-time Promotions Assistant and started at the station in NOVEMBER 2006. (Tue, 8/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 22, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The Arbitron radio ratings for May, June and July generally aren't known for dictating in which direction the market is going long-term. And the 2007 edition released Tuesday certainly didn't break that rule. Movement was generally minimal, with the Top 10 and Top 20 rankings largely static. But there were some trends beyond the relatively non-noteworthy numbers in the chart accompanying this article. They are: While WRIF-FM morning giants Drew and Mike continue to lead the morning race, their ratings dropped a bit from their stellar second quarter score ... WDVD-FM, which had a stellar second quarter, dropped slightly but still had solid Top 10 numbers among all listeners and was a solid sixth in the age 25-54 tote. If it holds ears, it could be the radio success story of '07 in Detroit... Drew and Mike's ratings drop; oldies work (Wed, 8/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 23, 2007



WOMC releases midday host Dana Masucci

Dana Masucci is no longer with Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3 as of today as the station has decided 'to go in another direction'. Masucci had been in the chair as midday host for WOMC since January 2005, replacing Tom Force who was similarly given his walking papers in late 2004. Now word on the street is that Force might be under consideration by station management to retake his spot behind the 'OMC midday mic.

Detroit Free Press:

Happy anniversary, D&D- WKRK-FM (97.1) talking heads Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle are marking their 8th anniversary in Detroit by hosting an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the Live 97.1 Studios at 15600 W. Twelve Mile in Southfield ... Hosting: Martin Bandyke of Ann Arbor's WQKL-FM (107.1) at the Ann Arbor Borders Books & Music, 612 E. Liberty, three live music performances this week... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/23)

Ask the Governor to be heard on WJR August 27

News-Talk WJR-AM 760 newsman Lloyd Jackson will host another edition of "Ask the Governor on Monday, August 27th from 7-8:00 p.m. live from Olds Hall on the campus of Michigan State University. WJR listeners can call 1-800-859-0957 during the show to ask questions.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 24, 2007



Detroit News:

The Comcast and WOW! cable providers said Thursday they are at an impasse with the Big Ten Network. The state's basic cable subscribers likely are to miss several Big Ten football games after the network goes on the air Aug. 30. That includes Michigan's Sept. 1 opener against Appalachian State, one of six contests to be broadcast on the network within the conference's eight-state footprint. Elizabeth Conlisk, a Big Ten representative, said negotiations with Comcast have gone sour. She said there still is hope a deal with WOW! could be worked out... Big Ten, cable outlets at impasse (Fri, 8/24)

Detroit Free Press:

Big Ten fans, brace yourselves if you're a Comcast subscriber. The football season begins Sept. 1, but the season-opening games on the Big Ten Network will not be available to Comcast customers, according to Bob Thompson, president of Fox's national cable sports networks. Fox Cable Networks is a partner with the Big Ten in the fledgling network. That would mean that the Michigan-Appalachian State game and five other openers wouldn't be available to about 5 million Comcast subscribers in Big Ten states. (Michigan State's opener against Alabama-Birmingham will be shown on ESPN2.) "If you are a fan of the Big Ten -- and certainly there are a lot of those in the state of Michigan -- and you want to have these games, you need to make other arrangements," Thompson told the Free Press on Thursday. "We're a week away, and having been through the launch of 15 some odd sports networks in the last 18 years, I've got a pretty good feel for this. "At this point, I can tell you we will not have agreement before the first weekend of games"... Sorry U-M, MSU fans with Comcast: No Big Ten Network for you (Fri, 8/24)


Detroit Free Press:

Scheduled: WDMK-FM (105.9) morning personality Tom Joyner's fifth annual Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day" on Sept. 18. Joyner is encouraging disease prevention by making an appointment for a health screening, attending a health event in the community or helping a friend, neighbor or family member do the same. WDMK will be at the Northwest Activities Center from 6-10 a.m. that day with J. Anthony Brown from the Joyner show in the house... Names and Faces (Mon, 8/27)


WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 broadcast home of Detroit Grand Prix Indy Car racing

WXYZ-TV / Channel 7 is set to provide metro-Detroiters with comprehensive coverage of everything leading to the "Big Race" on Sunday, September 2nd. WXYZ-TV Grand Prix coverage includes six live programming specials and Action News will provide the most comprehensive and complete coverage of the day's events. All of WXYZ's programming specials and news coverage will be presented in high definition. WXYZ-TV is the official television partner for the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Highlights include:

- Countdown to Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Primetime Edition, Wed. Aug. 29th 8:00 - 9:00pm
- Countdown to the Green Flag, Fri. Aug. 31st 7:00 - 7:30pm
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Start Your Engines, Sun. Sept. 2nd 9:00- 10:30am
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Countdown to the Green Flag, Sun. Sept. 2nd Noon -1:00pm
- Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Pit Pass Special, Sun. Sept. 2nd 2:00 - 3:30pm
- Winners Circle, Sun. Sept. 2nd 6:00 - 6:30pm

The race itself will air on ABC starting at 3:30pm.

WXYZ-TV Press Release (Tue, 8/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 30, 2007



Detroit News:

In these days of cutbacks and a glut of nationally syndicated radio programming, it's a rare treat to be able to tout a locally generated show like "Detroit Today ," the news and interview show that airs from 10 a.m. to noon daily on Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) . "Detroit Today" is almost always an engaging listen, with a nice mix of hard news, enterprise reporting and music and cultural pieces. Quinn Kleinfelter and Matt Watroba have been doing a good job juggling the anchor slot, but now WDET confirms that it has chosen a permanent host for the show: Craig Fahle, who left the station during the turbulent Michael Coleman era... Craig Fahle returns to host 'Detroit Today' (Thu, 8/30)

Detroit Free Press:

Noted: The passing of WOMC-FM (104.3) morning man Dick Purtan's father, Paul J. Purtan. He died Aug. 23 in the Buffalo suburb of Kenmore, N.Y. Memorials to the Dr. Richard Huben Foundation c/o Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY 14203... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/30)


WYCD morning show nominated for CMA award

The Dr. Don Morning Show, heard weekday mornings from 5-10am on country WYCD-FM 99.5, has been nominated for a CMA (Country Music Association) award in the category of On-Air Personalities of the Year (Major Market). The nominations were announced yesterday on ABC TV's “Good Morning America” program.

The awards will be presented at this year's 41st Annual CMA Awards program on Wednesday, November 7, 2007 in Nashville and broadcast by ABC. The CMA Awards are considered to be county music’s biggest night.

“This is a huge honor,” said Debbie Kenyon, VP/General Manager of WYCD-FM. “It’s great to see Dr. Don - along with Rachael, Grunwald and Jason get recognized nationally.”

“The whole team on the Dr. Don Morning show has contributed to our success at WYCD,” noted Program Director Tim Roberts. “More importantly, these guys know how to have fun and take the Detroit audience along for the ride!”







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