Metro Detroit: September 2007 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 2, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

This is my one attempt to help you through the Detroit media. All these people who sit there and cast opinions and try to shape your sports mind in our fair city. Most times, you can't make hide nor hair of who knows what, who knows who, who has got a hot tip, or who is just filling space. As fans, you are at a tremendous disadvantage. You don't have a choice. You want to know what is going on with the Pistons, Lions, Red Wings and Tigers. So who do we look to? We look to our papers... Todd Jones: Explaining the ins, outs of Detroit media (Sun, 9/2)

There were so many reasons Jim Brandstatter looked forward to Saturday. And one reason he did not. When Brandstatter arrived at Michigan Stadium on Saturday to do analysis on the radio broadcast, he went up to the broadcast and private box level and walked into late Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's booth. Schembechler died last Nov. 17 at age 77. "It feels empty," said Brandstatter, who played for Schembechler in the early 1970s and was one of his closest friends in the years since. "There's something missing. I went in there to have a talk with him, alone. I said 'hello' and I know he was here"... Brandstatter soldiers on without Bo at Big House (Sun, 9/2)

He's back. Media barrister Henry Baskin, agent to the likes of Dick Purtan, Fanchon Stinger, Jerry Hodak and other media luminaries, returns to the airwaves at 5:30 p.m. Friday with his "Due Process" show on a new station, WTVS-TV, Channel 56... Baskin finds a home at Channel 56 (Sun, 9/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 7, 2007



WDET readies launch of HD2 service

Public WDET-FM (101.9) plans on launching secondary HD2 programming later this month. According to interim general manager Allen Mazurek, "The balance between news and music on WDET is one that has shaped listener opinion and perception about the station for years. Now, we’re pleased to announce the initial launch of WDET-HD2."

"WDET2 will begin as a music service that draws on WDET’s history as a leader in presenting diverse and progressive music from across the spectrum, with a specific emphasis on Detroit artists. It will be available later this month to all listeners equipped with an HD receiver. Internet broadcast of this service through is also under investigation."

Muzurek continues, "From an admittedly modest launch, we hope this service will grow over time to include live programming, provide volunteer and training opportunities for budding radio producers and hosts, and provide a new platform for the exciting and diverse music and experimental programming enjoyed by many WDET listeners through the years. In the coming weeks, we’ll provide additional information about WDET-HD2."

On the analog side, the station is also making some lineup changes effective September 15th:

Beginning Monday September 17, the station adds "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin from NPR News, weekdays at 1pm. Host Michel Martin joined NPR from ABC News, where she worked as a correspondent for Nightline. This program will replace "World Have Your Say" from the BBC.

Also taking effect the weekend of September 15-16:

- "Michael Julien's Global Mix" runs an additional hour on Saturday evenings, from 10pm-1am.

- The sacred music program "Deep River with Robert Jones" moves to Sunday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm.

-"The Tavis Smiley Show" will now be heard twice each weekend, Friday evenings from 7pm to 9pm, and Sunday mornings from 6pm to 8am.

-Sunday evenings at 8pm, WDET will present "The Evolution of Jazz" - Revisited. This nationally distributed program on the history of jazz was hosted by Ed Love in the late 80's and early 90's, and was heard on 125 stations around the country and in Puerto Rico. As we begin a conversion process to preserve this part of the station's history, we're pleased to be able to share it with listeners once again.

-Sunday evenings at 10pm will now be a dedicated hour for the many high-quality specials and limited-run series available to public radio stations, providing an outlet for the best that public radio has to offer on a weekly basis. First off will be the latest installment of "America Abroad", and then a new 5-part series from Jay Allison called "Stories From the Heart of the Land."


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 9, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The late Merv Griffin's new game show is the biggest news in daytime TV as Detroit stations set up their daytime schedules for another year. Most of the shows start their new seasons Monday. "Merv Griffin's Crosswords," hosted by ex-soap star Ty Treadway, debuts at 2 p.m. Monday on WDIV-TV Local 4. WDIV is making the most changes as it tries to stop daytime ratings leakage that dates to the demise of its late '90s, in-your-face talk lineup (Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones and others). Elsewhere, the rest of the local daytime landscape is largely the same... New Griffin game show comes to daytime TV (Sun 9/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 12, 2007



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) has chosen Tim Hygh as its new station manager, according to interim general manager Allen Mazurek. WDET has been seeking a new general manager since former general manager Michael Coleman's controversial term ended with his abrupt resignation in December 2006. In the fall of 2005, Coleman cut many longtime WDET programs, including that of Martin Bandyke and Judy Adams, but general staff dissension led to the departure of many longtime staffers. The new setup will have Mazurek continuing as interim general manager... WDET hires Tim Hygh as station manager (Wed, 9/12)

The morning TV ratings war continues to heat up with NBC's "Today" adding a fourth hour of programming this week. Nationally, the extended hour allows "Today" to air at 11 a.m., but Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV (Channel 4) has chosen to break it up with the 10 a.m. airing of "Ellen" followed by the aforementioned fourth hour of "Today," which debuted Monday. "'Ellen' is so strong at 10 a.m. we decided not to tinker with it," says Steve Wasserman, WDIV's vice president and general manager... NBC to run fourth hour of 'Today' (Wed, 9/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 13, 2007


The Detroit Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the Detroit Public Schools and WRCJ 90.9 FM, Detroit's only all classical and jazz radio station, have announced a new season of their jointly produced radio program "DSO Unmasked." The show, which had its premiere last year, will begin airing on Sunday, September 16 from noon to 2 p.m. and will feature two high-profile guests: the internationally renowned composer John Corigliano and DSO Principal Guest Conductor and Artistic Advisor Peter Oundjian. Tentative guests for future shows this season include composer William Bolcom, conductor Charles Dutoit, newly appointed principal conductor and artistic director of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and conductor Leonard Slatkin, former Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra. "We're very excited to continue this collaboration with WRCJ to bring a unique radio program to Detroit's airwaves," said Anne Parsons, President and Executive Director of the DSO... Detroit Symphony Orchestra Launches Radio Shows (Thu, 9/13)

Detroit News:

It's all alphabet soup, legal clauses and curious stuff these days in college football TV land. And we, the lovely home viewers, are left to negotiate this weekly maze with our own scruples. Here's this week's curious case: WXYZ (Ch. 7) is showing Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois a Mid-American Conference game, at noon Saturday. Traditionally, Ch. 7 has had a Big Ten game at noon, serving as a nice lead-in to ABC's main morsel at 3:30 p.m. The Michigan-Notre Dame game will be ABC's 3:30 tilt this week. But thanks to the birth of the Big Ten Network, Ch. 7 can't get ESPN's regional Big Ten offerings anymore... BTN another blow to free TV (Thu, 9/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 14, 2007



WRIF wins HD award; nominated for four R&R awards

Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 HD secondary channel Riff2 has been named as co-winner of the National Association of Broadcasters first HD Radio Multicast Awards along with a station in Denver. The stations will be honored at the NAB Radio Show, held September 26-28 in Charlotte, NC. The awards were designed to recognize innovative HD multicast programming.

In addition, the station has been nominated for four 2007 R&R (Radio & Records) awards:

- Active Rock Personality / Show of the year, Drew & Mike
- Active Rock Station of the Year, Markets 1-25
- Active Rock Program Director / OM of the year, Doug Podell
- Active Rock Music Director of the year, Mark Pennington

The R&R awards will be announced at the publication’s annual convention, which will take place this year in Charlotte, North Carolina at the end of September.

Detroit News:

Two local stations are duking it out in cyberspace for your eyeballs with the help of Webcasts and other special features. In one corner is WDIV-TV (Channel 4) with and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and its myfoxdetroit .com in the other. WDIV streams its noon and 4 p.m. weekday newscasts live on its Web site, giving viewers access all over the world ... Don't underestimate WJBK. "Fox 2 News Morning" is live online from 7-9 a.m. and there are bigger plans in the works. On Sept. 24, when WJBK's much talked about 11 p.m. weekday newscast debuts, the station will begin streaming all of its newscasts live... Two stations fight it out on Internet (Fri, 9/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 18, 2007



WLQV host Jay Butler celebrates 50 years In broadcasting

Veteran radio personality Jay Butler celebrates a half century in broadcasting this week. Butler was just 15 when he began broadcasting afternoons at R&B station WJAK-AM Jackson, Tennessee on September 16, 1957. While developing his sound at WJAK, Butler attended Lane College where he majored in English. Upon graduation, he married Julia, his college sweetheart and wife of 45 years, and advanced to afternoon drive at WVOL-AM Nashville, which was owned by Rounsaville Radio. In December 1966, Rounsaville’s National Program Director became Operations Manager at R&B station WJLB-AM Detroit and, recognizing that Butler was ready for major market radio, hired him to host afternoons. Within less than four months, Butler advanced again, this time to crosstown WCHB-AM, the most-listened-to R&B station in Motown. In 1971, Butler returned to WJLB, advancing to Program/Music Director. It was during this second time around at WJLB that he would take his career to new heights and establish himself as a major player in the industry. Under Butler’s leadership, WJLB increased its ranking from 14th place to become the second highest-rated music station in Detroit, landing ahead of WCHB-AM, and just behind the legendary CKLW-AM.

In the mid 1970s, Butler took a hiatus from radio and moved to Los Angeles to demonstrate his versatility in the record industry, serving in promotions/artist relations roles with United Artists and Atlantic Records, and with Warner Bros./Whitfield, where he was Vice President of Promotions. Butler also starred in and wrote portions of the script for the film ‘Car Wash’ and performed in the critically acclaimed documentary ‘Standing in the Shadows of Motown’.

In 1982, Butler was lured back to his true passion and joined WQBH-AM Detroit, under the management of the late Martha Jean ‘The Queen’ Steinberg. In 2000, Steinberg purchased the station and promoted Butler to Program Director, a role in which he remained until September 2004, when WQBH was acquired by Salem Communications, owner of WLQV-AM where Butler is the current voice of ‘FaithTalk Afternoons’ weekdays from Noon – 6pm.

Butler says he is “fortunate to be able to make a living in an industry I grew up in and love, and to have played a part in people’s lives. I’ve met some great people working in this business.” When asked about the changes he has seen in his five decades of broadcasting, the future of the medium, and advice he would give to young broadcasters today, Butler ties it all together with the following wisdom: “Technology is always changing. New forms of competition will come and go. The greatest challenge to broadcasters today is the same as it has always been, and it’s also their greatest opportunity: Recognizing that great broadcasting has always been about creative, passionate people who understand their audience, and deliver the most compelling, relevant, programming content to that audience.”


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 19, 2007



WCSX Stone Souper Charger giveaway set for Thursday

Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is set to give away a restored Dodge Super Charger tomorrow evening, September 20th, at its studios in Oak Park. Raffle tickets for the chance to win this year's Stone Soup Project car will be for sale from 6:00pm until 7:45pm in the Greater Media Detroit parking lot (visit for directions, gates open at 5:30pm) prior to the drawing at 8:00pm with 'CSX morning hosts JJ & Lynne along with William Jones, board chair of Focus: HOPE & COO of Chrysler Financial. The drawing will be broadcast live during Steve Kostan's evening program.

The 1968 "Stone Souper Charger" is a one-of-a-kind muscle car that was completely restored from the ground up by an army of generous WCSX listeners in an effort to raise money for Focus:HOPE. All the money raised by the sale of raffle tickets will go directly to the Focus:HOPE Scholarship Fund to continue their efforts to build a metropolitan community where all people may live in freedom, harmony, trust and affection.

In addition to the car giveaway, the station will have tents set up with hot dogs, beverages, Hooters girls and wings.

Detroit News:

Ken Daniels has a black Portuguese water dog with a perfect name. We talked about a slew of things the other day, including how the only game he's missed in his Detroit Red Wings broadcasting career was the first one. The play-by-play voice of hockey on FSN Detroit also offered a succinct definition of the difference between television and radio, and provided proof that he's becoming increasingly American. First, though, he had to spend a moment wrangling the dog whose name is Puck. Daniels, raised in Toronto and now living in Farmington Hills, is one of four on-air personalities who've been around since the launch of FSN Detroit, which turned 10 on Monday... Wings' voice Ken Daniels practices a new accent (Wed, 9/19)

The six-part reality TV competition involving 12 Metro Detroit finalists comes to an end Thursday with only one walking away as the 2007 Ultimate Sales Challenge Champion. Titled "Are You Up?," the series is presented by Envision U, a Livonia-based international training company that evaluates, trains, recognizes and rewards regional sales and leadership professionals in a series of challenges. The final episode will air at 8 p.m. Thursday on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... WXYZ will air finale of local reality show (Wed, 9/19)

Detroit Free Press:

Summertime and the living is not only easy, but uneventful. That appeared to be the case with Arbitron's radio ratings for June, July and August released Tuesday. As usual, oldies station WOMC had a summer surge and several stations had their usual soft summer numbers. Oldies music is a proven summertime radio fave... Hot fun calls for WOMC-FM (Wed, 9/19)

Detroit summer 12+ phase II ratings


Detroit News:

Greater Media Detroit jumped into the HD-2 pool before any other local broadcasters, in July 2005, and that forward thinking was rewarded by the National Association of Broadcasters last week. The NAB bestowed Greater Media-owned WRIF-FM (101.1) 's secondary channel RIFF 2 with the first HD Radio Multicast Award, recognizing the high-definition station for "innovating or groundbreaking programming." KBCO-FM in Denver was the other winner of the award. RIFF 2, under the purview of WRIF Program Director Doug Podell and RIFF 2 Program Director Mark Pennington , is a refreshing, youth-oriented mix of rock and rap, the kind of programming that can't be heard anywhere on the ordinary FM dial, where vast radio conglomerates are loathe to experiment with their multi-million dollar FM properties... WRIF's RIFF 2 wins HD Radio Multicast Award (Thu, 9/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 21, 2007



Detroit News:

This was a prison camp. Barbed wire and black bread. No comically bumbling guards. No "Hogan's Heroes." This was real, and this was bleak. But the former prisoner setting the scene is Sonny Eliot, someone who turns a weather forecast into a stand-up act, whose glass is always half-full and the prettiest one on the counter. So when you ask him about World War II, he points out that it's poor planning to be captured by the people you've just bombed. And when he brings out the scrapbook he kept during 14 months at Stalag Luft 1, the first thing he turns to is a memo the German commandant wrote after he had the phrase translated and discovered that "bleeping goon" wasn't a compliment. For six decades, Eliot has been a fixture on Detroit television and radio... Eliot stays sunny -- even about POW experience (Fri, 9/21)

Around The World In 10 Days
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT morning show co-host/producer STEVE GRUNWALD will be dropped off at the airport by morning show co-hosts DR. DON and RACHEL this morning (9/21). GRUNWALD is being sent to a location determined by WYCD listeners' online voting and will be faced with getting back on $99.50. He has previously made it back from the AMAZON JUNGLE, ALASKA and NEW MEXICO on $99.50 -- without using commercial transportation.

To raise the stakes, ARISTA artist BRAD PAISLEY has placed a bet with GRUNWALD that he must visit 10 countries in 10 days to receive 20 backstage passes for the OCTOBER 4th PAISLEY tour stop. If not, GRUNWALD must emcee the show in a revealing TARZAN-like outfit. During his adventure GRUNWALD will be checking in with the station via satellite phone and will be keeping a blog. Keep track of him at (Fri, 9/21)


Radio One Urban WHTD (HOT102.7)/Detroit taps sister station WIZF (101 The Wiz)/Cincinnati for its new night slammer Big Greg. (Fri, 9/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 23, 2007



RTN to Launch in Detroit

Retro Television Network (RTN), which is owned and distributed by Equity Media Holdings Corporation, announced that it has entered into an affiliation agreement with The E.W. Scripps Company to bring RTN programming to Detroit. The new affiliate will launch in early 2008 on a digital stream of WXYZ-TV, Detroit's ABC affiliate that reaches more than 1.9 million households in the nation's 11th largest television market.

"RTN's quality programming is the ideal solution for digital sub- channels," said Bill Peterson, Senior Vice President of Scripps' Television Station Group. "This is an opportunity to essentially launch a whole new television station in the 11th largest DMA in the country."

"WXYZ-TV is one of the highest-rated ABC stations in the United States and we are thrilled to have such a strong partner to launch RTN's Prime Time All the Time lineup in Detroit," said Mark Dvornik, RTN's Executive Vice President.

"In addition to being a ratings and technology leader, WXYZ-TV has long prided itself on embracing innovative ideas," said Grace Gilchrist, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV. "We believe that our partnership with RTN will provide Detroit area viewers an innovative programming alternative and also create added value to WXYZ-TV."

RTN is a new television network that provides each affiliate a customized feed with classic hit shows, in addition to local programming including news, weather and sports. RTN is specifically designed to go on a broadcast digital channel and provides local broadcasters a way to get ratings and successfully monetize their digital spectrum.

Detroit Free Press:

Why is WJBK-TV (Channel 2) -- given its largely successful 12-year-plus effort to establish a large audience of news viewers for its 10 p.m. newscast -- starting a Monday-Friday 11 p.m. newscast this week? "From listening to viewer feedback," station vice president and general manager Jeff Murri said, "Fox 2 is the No. 1 choice of many people for news. They told us they wanted something when we were unable to serve them at 10 because of their viewing decisions." So what will viewers see at 11? Station drumbeaters say anchor Huel Perkins will serve up "a hyper-local, content-rich newscast" with a "different energy and attitude" on a new set... Channel 2 adds 11 p.m. newscast (Sun, 9/23)

Stories From The Heart of the Land to air on WDET

WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will present "Stories From The Heart of The Land", a new five-part series that will air Sunday evenings at 10 beginning September 23.

The series, featuring some of the country's best radio producers, is hosted by Jay Allison. The stories range across the world - from Australia to Newfoundland, Mexico to Tibet - to capture the human connection to land and landscape.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 25, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Wondering why WRIF-FM's (101.1) top-rated morning show "Drew & Mike" has turned into the "Mike, Mike & Marc Show?" Regular cohost Mike Clark and producers Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer are carrying on without Drew Lane, who has taken some time off to help his significant other, Tess Schuster, get through treatment for breast cancer. Lane said Schuster needed some follow-up surgery after her initial procedure, when some internal bleeding developed. That and subsequent radiation treatments left her "really fatigued," Lane said. He said Schuster and her two sons from a previous marriage "have sacrificed a lot for me" and he needed to take time off to help get their home life back in order as she recuperates. "The station management and the guys from the show have been great in allowing me to get caught up," Lane said. Among other silliness, they've used recorded all-purpose Lane comments to respond to any issue and answer any question... WRIF lets Drew take care of Tess (Tue, 9/25)

The fates obviously smiled on WJBK-TV’s (Channel 2) first installment of its 11 p.m. weeknight newscast Monday. The UAW’s decision to strike GM gave the newscast an obvious lead story for the first edition of “Fox 2 News Edge at 11.” Anchor Huel Perkins opened the newscast with the requisite live shot of picketers and introduced a new reporter, Brad Edwards, who gave a John Stossel-like report on what could happen to GM sales if the walkout lasts a long time. (Stossel-like referred to Edwards’ voice inflection. )We’ll have to wait two weeks to see him again; the station showcased him Monday night then explained he needs time to move here after working at Grand Rapids’ WOOD-TV. Strike coverage ate up about six minutes, Then came a couple of short stories and Monica Gayle hosting a brief segment called “The Breakdown” on a school bus accident where fortunately no one was hurt... Channel 2's 11 p.m. newscast debuts (Tue, 9/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 26, 2007



Detroit News:

Metro Detroit viewers tuned in to Ken Burns' epic documentary "The War" in record ways this weekend, says John O'Donnell, spokesman for WTVS-TV (Channel 56). Part one, which debuted Sunday, pulled in a 6.5 rating and 9.5 share, according to local Nielsen household numbers. Each rating point is equal to 19,440 people and the share represents the number of televisions turned on. In other words, more than 126,000 households and nearly 200,000 viewers watched and found out the cost of World War II -- 50 million lives... 'War' pulls in big numbers for WTVS (Wed, 9/26)

Detroit Free Press:

Chris Edwards -- who left the daily grind as a weatherman on WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in 2004 to make more time for his family and develop a business making in-school weather presentations -- is turning up on his old station as a weekend weather sub. A major tactical retreat? No, says Edwards. "I'm doing some freelance filling-in at the station when it works for my schedule, or when the kids are at school," he told Free Press columnist Susan Ager... The weatherman's back, sort of (Wed, 9/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 27, 2007



Detroit News:

Where's that much-awaited Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.1) HD-2 stream that was supposed to launch earlier in September? Technical issues derailed it, again, and now the secondary stream, devoted to the eclectic music so many miss from WDET's past, is set to debut Friday, the same day the station launches its fall fundraiser. You'll only be able to hear the stream if you have an HD-2 (high-definition) radio, but an online stream of the secondary channel might pop up in the future... WDET HD-2 stream set to debut Friday (Thu, 9/27)

Morning co-king Drew Lane is gone for a few weeks from his WRIF-FM (101.1) morning roost, as he takes personal time to support girlfriend Tess Schuster as she recovers from treatment for breast cancer. In the meantime, co-host Mike Clark has had to step up and perform a Drew-less show. There are no plans for a guest host on Detroit's top-rated morning show; instead producers Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters and newscaster Trudi Daniels are on the mike helping out... Mike goes it alone on No. 1 radio show (Thu, 9/27)

Detroit Free Press:

Dr. Wendell F. Cox, a dentist and civic-minded entrepreneur, was admired by friends and colleagues for his staunch integrity as well as his business acumen. Dr. Cox, who co-owned WCHB-AM, the nation's first black-owned and -operated radio station, died of colon cancer Sept. 19 at his home in Detroit. He was 92. "His success in life was due to impeccable character and an extraordinary amount of tenacity and diligence," said Terry Arnold, former president and chief executive officer of Bell Broadcasting Co., which Dr. Cox also co-owned. "He never compromised himself for the almighty dollar, and his decisions were firmly based on the fact that it was the right thing to do"... Dr. Wendell F. Cox: Radio exec diversified airwaves (Thu, 9/27)

Ann Arbor News:

When Terry Gross comes to the Michigan Theater on Friday night, a Q&A session will allow audience members a chance to turn the tables on the consummate interviewer. It's a role reversal Gross, host of "Fresh Air,'' National Public Radio's weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, said she welcomes. "I always think of it as a chance for listeners to give me a taste of my own medicine,'' she explained. Gross comes to the theater for a program of stories and anecdotes from past interviews, including audio highlights from some of the most interesting ones... NPR interviewer ready for reversal (Thu, 9/27)

Music and Mocha with Martin Bandyke

Martin Bandyke, morning drive host at adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, will be doing his Friday shows live from 6-10am at Espresso Royale locations throughout Ann Arbor
starting this Friday, Sept. 28 through mid-December. Bandyke will be giving away CDs, concert tickets and limited edition Martin Bandyke signature coffee mugs, plus there will be $1.07 coffee drink specials and other goodies. This Friday, join Bandyke at the Espresso Royale at 214
South Main Street near Washington St. in Ann Arbor.

For the full list of locations where Bandyke will be broadcasting, visit


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 28, 2007



Longtime Channel 7 boss to retire

Grace Gilchrist, who has guided WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, to its perennial status as Detroit’s leading television news organization, today announced that she plans to retire by the end of the year. Gilchrist’s retirement will cap a long and successful career in television station management and advertising sales. She has served as vice president and general manager for 13 years, earning the distinction as the station’s longest serving chief executive... WXYZ's Gilchrist to Retire at Year's End (Thu 9/27, WXYZ-TV)

WRIF wins three R&R awards

WRIF was a big winner in the Active Rock category at the annual Radio and Records convention this week in Charlotte. The station itself was named as Active Rock Station of the Year for markets 1-25. Program director Doug Podell was named as PD/OM of the Year and Mark Pennington won the award for Music Director of the Year.

WRIF has now been named Active Rock Station of the Year for three years in a row.

Detroit Free Press:

The Big Ten Network today announced a distribution deal with Wide Open West, the nation's 11th-largest cable system and a significant presence in southeast Michigan. The agreement gives the Big Ten Network more than 30 million homes in its first 30 days, making it the only new network in cable or satellite television history to earn that distinction. According to the announcement, the Big Ten Network will be carried on WOW's expanded basic cable package to its customers within the eight states where there are conference schools. It's just in time for U-M fans to see the Wolverines, who play on the BTN Saturday at Northwestern... WOW! Big Ten Network gets local cable presence (Fri, 9/28)

Magic 105.1 3-Day team raises record amount to 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 $407,000 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 to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the National Philanthropic Trust. These organizations provide important breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment.

Over 200 individuals are registered to walk with “3 Days of Magic” this weekend. The team will be led by Fay Samona, producer for Jim Harper & the Magic Morning Show, and four-time walker Sandra Bourdeau started at Oakland Community College’s Orchard Ridge Campus in Farmington Hills today and will conclude at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn on Sunday.

“Moments and memories, days and decades…these are what you give mothers and their children, to husbands and wives, to daughters and sisters and best friends, when you make that 3-Day Walk,” said breast cancer survivor Tawnya Bender in an inspiring letter to the Magic team. “Before you take that first step, remember that the funds you raise will help find a cure for breast cancer.”

CKWW to add Donny Osmund daily feature

“8 Track Playback with Donny Osmond” will premiere Monday, October 1st on oldies CKWW-AM 580. Everyday during the 8 Track Playback, Osmond will take listeners back in time to relive the entertainment and musical milestones that happened on that day and then introduces a groovy tune that was sounding super fine in the 1970s. The feature will air daily at 12:50 p.m.

CKWW has also consolidated its separate American and Canadian contest/request lines into one toll-free number, (866) 554-5858. It can be used anywhere in Southeast Michigan and Southwestern Ontario.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sep 30, 2007



Ann Arbor News:

While Ken Burns' "The War'' continues on PBS stations, Michigan Television, the public television station from the University of Michigan, is also getting into the act with "WWII: Through the Lens of Duane Zemper,'' airing Saturday at 8 p.m. The documentary focuses on the experiences of Howell resident Zemper, who served as a photo officer for the Army Air Corps. He returned home with a vast collection of pictures chronicling his experiences flying B-17 missions over Europe. Michigan Television (Comcast Channel 24) has also archived the memories of other local World War II veterans as well as other area people who experienced the war on the home front... Michigan Television to air story of Howell WWII pilot (Sun, 9/30)


'XYT moving to FM

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Rumors are running white-hot that CBS radio is about to pull the plug on the Free FM hot talk format in Detroit as soon as tomorrow and replace it with the sports format that currently airs on WXYT AM 1270.

On September 26th a request was filed with the FCC to change the call sign of FM 97.1 from WKRK-FM to WXYT-FM and there are reports that long-time Free FM afternoon drive hosts (Jeff) Deminski & (Bill) Doyle have cleared out their belongings from the station- Friday's program was a 'best of'. The D & D program has long been the station's most successful show and if they are indeed out there will be many disappointed fans who will no doubt be angered by any format change that doesn't include the popular duo.

There have been several similar rumors about changes to 97.1 in the past few months that have been false, but this is the first time there has been some concrete evidence of a change to the station, even if it is only the call sign that is changing.







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