Metro Detroit: October 2007 Archives

WXYT-FM/AM “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse” to carry live programming and sports coverage 24 hours/day including broadcasts of Lions football, Red Wings hockey, Tigers baseball and University of Michigan sports


CBS Radio/Detroit today ended the hot talk format on what was WKRK-FM 97.1 and announced the launch of a new sports formatted radio station that the company says will feature a diverse mix of personalities and offer a unique perspective on Detroit sports. FM 97.1 will take on the new call sign WXYT-FM and will likely launch a new web site at detroitsportspowerhouse.com in the coming days.

Programming highlights of the station, to be simulcast on WXYT-AM 1270, includes coverage of the Detroit Lions, Red Wings, Tigers, and University of Michigan sports, as well as contributions from local experts and commentators. U-M football will remain on sister station Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3.

The switch was made during what used the be the time slot for Deminski and Doyle on 97.1 at 3:00 p.m. and kicked-off its new programming with 'Sports Inferno' personalities Mike Valenti and Terry Foster.

Deminski and Doyle will move from afternoon drive and make their debut in mornings beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 6-10 a.m. The duo has enjoyed great success on the Detroit afternoon drive airwaves for the past eight years and survive the format change, putting an end to rumors that the pair were leaving the station.

“We are extremely excited about the transformation our station is presently undergoing and excitedly predict continued success for Deminski & Doyle in their new timeslot,” said Kevin Murphy, vice president and general manager of the two stations. “The new WXYT-FM will bring a fresh, innovative and exciting sound to sports radio in Detroit, this year’s No. 1-rated sports market in the country by Sporting News Magazine.”

WXYT-FM/AM will continue to offer The Big Show featuring Scott “The Gator” Anderson and co-host Doug Karsch weekdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m, followed by The Sports Inferno.

“Our line-up is a dream team of radio talent. We have the best sports personalities in Mike Valenti, Terry Foster, Doug Karsch, and Scott Anderson, combined with the exceptional talent of Deminski and Doyle in the morning. Add in the Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings and you have a powerhouse station like no other in Detroit,” said Dan Zampillo, program director of the new WXYT-FM/AM.

WXYT’s New Weekday Schedule (all times ET):
-- Deminski & Doyle (6-10 a.m.) with Jeff Deminski & Bill Doyle
-- The Big Show (10 a.m - 2 p.m.) with Scott Anderson & Doug Karsch
-- The Sports Inferno (2-6 p.m.) with Mike Valenti & Terry Foster
-- The Book on Sports (6 - 10 p.m.) with Pat Caputo
-- Dennis Fithian (10 p.m. - 2 a.m.)

WXYT’s Featured Experts include former Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, former Pistons coach Chuck Daly, former Lions player Chris Spielman, ESPN basketball insider Steve Phillips and Pistons insider A. Sherrod Blakely.

There are many shows that will no longer be heard on 97.1 and 1270 with today's consolidation of programming including the syndicated Opie and Anthony morning program previously heard on FM 97.1 as well as ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike which had been in morning drive on AM 1270. Also off the air are the staff of Motor City Middays which included Jay Towers, Bill McAllister and Shila, and mid-morning host Johnny D along with a number of other syndicated shows formerly heard late nights and weekends on FM 97.1.

Kevin Murphy told Crain's Detroit Business that former WKRK-FM program director Craig Schwalb remains with the company but is no longer overseeing 97.1.

 

Future uncertain for new WXYT-FM morning hosts

During today's broadcast, new WXYT-FM 97.1 morning hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle revealed that they have not signed a new contract with CBS Radio/Detroit and that they are still negotiating for a new agreement. Their current contract with the company runs through the end of 2007.

Deminski and Doyle had been the afternoon drive hosts for what was hot talk WKRK-FM on 97.1 for eight years prior to the station changing to sports yesterday. The duo found out about their move to mornings on Friday after management announced that they would not be going on the air that day and instead aired a 'best of' program. The show that aired this morning was a 'normal' D&D program, not at all focused on sports which is the direction the station has taken with yesterday's changes.



AllAccess.com:

WYCD Promotes Mike Scott To APD/MD
CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has promoted long-time midday personality MIKE SCOTT to APD/MD. In addition to his new duties, MIKE will continue hosting his midday shift. The appointment will take effect immediately. SCOTT has been with WYCD for eight years. (Mon, 10/1)



Detroit News:

The demise of CBS Radio's "Free FM" talk format continued with Monday's announcement that WKRK-FM (97.1) was dumping Free FM to become "Detroit's Sports Powerhouse," simulcasting WXYT-AM (1270) sports programming. WXYT-FM will carry the Detroit Lions, as well as the Red Wings, Tigers and University of Michigan sports (except for U-M football, which will continue to air on CBS-owned WOMC-FM, 104.3) to be simulcast on the AM station. The WKRK call letters are history and the station is now known as WXYT-FM... New WXYT-FM goes to all-sports programming (Tue, 10/2)


Grace Gilchrist, who has guided WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as the station's vice president and general manager for more than a decade, plans to retire by the end of the year. Gilchrist's retirement, which she announced to the staff late last week, will cap a long and successful career in television station management and advertising sales. The Detroit native has served as WXYZ's vice president and general manager for 13 years, earning the distinction as the station's longest-serving chief executive... WXYZ-TV general manager to retire (Tue, 10/2)



Detroit Free Press:

Two CBS-owned radio stations merged Monday, simulcasting sports talk. WXYT-AM (1270) and WKRK-FM (97.1) became WXYT-AM and FM at 3 p.m. There will be one basic exception to the otherwise all-sports lineup. The new morning show on both stations will be WKRK's successful non-sports talk afternoon drive show with Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle. The other WKRK voices -- syndicated morning show Opie & Anthony, talker Johnny D., longtime Detroit radio voice Jay Towers, Lila and Bill McAllister billed as "Motor City Middays" and syndicated pundit Bill O'Reilly -- were not retained. The station's vice-president and general manager Kevin Murphy said he could not be specific about their fates because it was a personnel matter. Some could be placed with other CBS stations... WKRK and WXYT merge to simulcast sports talk (Tue, 10/2)



The Oakland Press:

Local talk radio station to amp up sports content

By Art Vuolo

As more sports programming and play-by-play action swings from AM radio over to the FM band, CBS Radio has done exactly that with changes that kicked off this week when talk radio WKRK-FM (97.1) became “Detroit’s Sports Powerhouse” ... Insiders reported that popular afternoon duo Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle — D&D — already had cleaned out their office when they reportedly could not come to terms over money and their contract with the station. Yet, in last minute talks, something was agreed upon in the eleventh hour as on Monday morning, D&D showed up, replacing the syndicated Opie & Anthony Show from New York.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2007

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What's the buzz? There's a bit less of it on AM at night

There are numerous reports that Citadel Broadcasting has stopped operating all of its AM stations in high-definition (HD) during nighttime hours, at least temporarily, to work out concerns with increased interference. The reports state that iBiquity, the company behind the implementation of In-Band-On-Channel HD radio in the United States, has been summoned to help develop a way to reduce adjacent-channel interference that has caused concern about the coverage area of stations like WJR (760) locally and other powerhouses like WABC New York (770) and WSB Atlanta (750).



Detroit Free Press:

A contest by WKQI-FM (95.5) radio DJ Big Boy offering a $1,000 prize for guessing when Britney Spears will commit suicide after she temporarily loses custody of her children today was taken down late Wednesday morning. Big Boy's 95.5 personal page had asked, "When will Britney end it?" ... DJs on the station's "Mojo in the Morning" show apologized on Big Boy's behalf placing the blame on program director Dom Theodore for the poll's idea... 95.5 stops Britney suicide watch stunt (Wed, 10/3)


Starting: On the air weeknights from 6-10 p.m. and Saturdays from 2-6 p.m., Big Greg on urban WHTD-FM (102.7) effective today. He joins the Radio One-owned outlet from a Radio One station in Cincinnati. Current nighttime personality Keith Jones will move to 2-6 a.m. weekdays. That slot was left open when DJ Zap moved to Radio One Detroit sister station WDMK-FM (105.9)... Names and Faces (Wed, 10/3)

 

Detroit News:

Radio stations love edgy stunts and the publicity that ensues, but WKQI-FM, better known as Channel 95.5, might have crossed the line with listeners when its DJ Big Boy announced a "Britney Suicide Watch" contest Tuesday night. "If you can guess the exact day that Britney dies, whether it's from drugs or however she dies, if you're right, we'll give you a thousand bucks," said Big Boy on his 7--11 p.m. show. The troubled pop star lost custody of her two young sons on Monday. After swift and negative reaction, the station pulled the Web page for the Britney stunt by mid-morning Wednesday. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, 95.5 aired a statement by Dom Theodore, operations manager, in which he apologized if anyone was offended by the "content" of Big Boy's show... Britney death watch contest draws fire (Thu, 10/4)


At first, it sounded like an April Fool's joke or piece of radio shtick. WDFN mid-morning host Sean Baligian, along with update reporter Rob Otto, are trying to find alternate names for the station's Lions postgame show. According to the wacky radio guys, the Lions told the station to stop using the words "Detroit Lions." Callers chimed in, coming up with crazy names involving losing and other Lions running jokes. Some might have lost the truth of the situation: The Lions really did tell WDFN to stop using their trademarked brand name for its show. Lions representative Matt Barnhart confirmed the organization told WDFN to stop using their trademarks. Only the flagship station (WXYT 97.1, 1270) can be the team's official postgame show and use the "Detroit Lions" name... WDFN plays as 'Lions' take back name (Thu, 10/4)



Detroit Free Press:

A weeknight disc jockey on WKQI-FM (95.5) starts up a Britney Spears death pool on the station’s Web site. Pick the day the troubled singer commits suicide and win $1,000. Outrageous, right? Not quite. WKQI boss Dom Theodore loves creating a buzz and getting electrons or ink by staging seemingly over-the-top, contrived stunts. Usually they’re banal ---things like posting Web pages that hint of a nonexistent format change. No harm, no foul — usually. Tuesday, nighttime personality Big Boy started the tasteless Spears contest and Wednesday morning, the station’s highly rated "Mojo in the Morning" show keeps the spin machine moving, blaming their boss (Theodore, not Big Boy) for the stunt... Britney death pool? You're being manipulated (Wed, 10/3)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 5, 2007

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Shannyn Caldwell to join WMUZ's Jon Culbert

Christian WMUZ-FM 103.5 has announced that Sannyn Caldwell will join Jon Culbert on Monday morning, Oct. 8th, for the debut of the Culbert and Caldwell Show. The show will air weekdays from 6 - 10 a.m.

"I'm very excited to begin this new chapter of the show," says host Jon Culbert, who's been manning the show solo since the passing of his partner Rhonda Hart, adding "Shannyn brings a lot to the table, I can't wait to get started."

Shannyn Caldwell arrives at the Crawford Broadcasting outlet from Greater Media Detroit where she had served as a member of the air staff at Magic 105.1 and WCSX for the past five years. Her other resume credits include working at WOMC where she held the titles of music director, assistant program director, as well as doing some on-air work. In addition Caldwell was a producer for WLQV AM 1500.



DetroitTigers.com:

And you thought Curtis Granderson's offseason started this week. Instead, his postseason is just beginning. While Tigers fans won't be able to see their team in October, they should be able to see plenty of their talented young center fielder during the playoffs over the next couple weeks. The catch is that he'll be on the other side of the coverage, taking his first plunge into broadcasting as an analyst, starting with Friday's coverage of the American League Division Series on TBS and continuing with League Championship Series coverage on ESPN. Actually, Granderson was already at it on Thursday. He arrived in Atlanta a day early to take a tour of the TBS Sports studios and ended up doing a guest spot on the set of TBS Hot Corner, the online partner to the TBS broadcast coverage. He finished up watching the TBS television crew of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., slugger Frank Thomas and host Ernie Johnson do their work to get an idea of the process... Granderson to join broadcast booth (Fri, 10/5)



Detroit News:

Now that WJBK-TV (Channel 2), WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) have entered the electronic age, it's easier and more fun to hop on the Internet and catch up on Metro Detroit's hottest stories. Of all the local TV sites, WXYZ.com arguably had the best Web coverage of MGM Grand Detroit's casino and hotel opening this week... WXYZ.com beats the competition (Fri, 10/5)

 

Ann Arbor News:

If you've been wondering where WEMU music director / morning jazz show host Linda Yohn has gone, she's off the air recovering from recent surgery for colon cancer.

She reports that the prognosis is excellent; however, she will be off all this month and most of November recuperating ... On this Saturday's edition of Veteran's Radio, hear Vietnam helicopter pilots tell some of their stories on "Young and Fearless.'' Listen live at 9 a.m. on WDEO (990 A.M.)... On the air: Yohn recovers from surgery (Sun, 10/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Ken Burns' PBS documentary "The War" proved war is hell -- except when it comes to the ratings. WTVS-TV (Channel 56) chief Dan Alpert notes that Detroiters really took to the series with heavenly ratings over the last two weeks. "Detroit Public Television had the second-highest average household rating -- a 4.8 -- among the Nielsen Top 10 people-meter markets," Alpert said. That represents an average of nearly 100,000 homes and 150,000 people watching at any given minute in metro Detroit. Only KQED San Francisco had a higher rating. Detroit was 26% above the 10-market average of 3.8... Detroit 2nd in Nielsen 'War' ranks (Sat, 10/6)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 8, 2007

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Crain's Detroit Business:

It could be at least a year before the full ratings and revenue effects of WKRK 97.1 FM's format switch to sports is felt in Detroit, radio insiders said. The CBS Radio-owned station began simulcasting sports programming Monday afternoon from its sister station WXYT 1270 AM. WKRK began calling itself WXYT 97.1 FM and using the slogan “Detroit's Sports Powerhouse.” The station retained its popular “Deminski and Doyle” afternoon drive-time talk show and moved it to mornings. Other shows were dropped and staff cut. Some local media buyers are split on what the format change will mean. “The (talk) format as it was, was not real strong. In my mind, (the format change) makes it a better station to purchase (advertising),” said Micci Lasser, senior media buyer at Brogan & Partners Convergence Marketing in Birmingham. “The signal is stronger. There's not an awful lot of FM sports stations”... Sports now on FM in Detroit (Mon, 10/8)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2007

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5th annual WDVD “Call-to-Care” Radiothon set for Thursday

Last year, the WDVD FM 96.3 annual “Call-to-Care” radiothon raised over $45,000 for breast cancer programs at the Karmano’s Cancer Institute and this year the station has set an aggressive goal of raising $75,000 during the event scheduled for Thursday, October 11 from 5:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m at Gordon Chevrolet, 31850 Ford Road in Garden City.

The fundraiser includes an auction, a list of items can be viewed at 963WDVD.com and include: autographed merchandise from Maroon 5, Goo Goo Dolls lead singer Johnny Reznik, and Ivan "Pudge" Rodriquez, and a Detroit Lions “Jet-Away” package to fly on the team jet to an away game during the 2008-2009 season.

96.3 WDVD morning show hosts Blaine and Lisa with Allyson, mid day host Jake Edwards, and afternoon host Jesse will all be taking part in this year's radiothon.



AllAccess.com:

WDTW Raises Thousands For Detroit Area Children
Congrats top CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (106.7 THE FOX)/DETROIT for raising $81,868.63 for the SALVATION ARMY with the "One Child Now" RADIOTHON. "One Child Now" provides thousands of children in the area with new coats, backpacks, back-to-school supplies, access to summer camps and many other worthy things. KRISTIAN BUSH from MERCURY group SUGARLAND chipped in to help during the event. (Mon, 10/8)



Detroit Free Press:

Reflect upon the following, if you will. Syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (noon-3 p.m. weekdays, WJR-AM, 760) makes $2 million to $3 million -- a month. Trade Web site Inside Radio reports that revelation is according to monthly filings Limbaugh has been required to fill out for the Florida Department of Corrections. Now in his final weeks of probation for prescription drug abuse, agents say Limbaugh hasn't broken any rules in the 18 months since he's been under watch under a plea deal. Limbaugh tells the Palm Beach Post: "This whole thing has made me a better person." Reflect upon the following, if you will. Syndicated radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh (noon-3 p.m. weekdays, WJR-AM, 760) makes $2 million to $3 million -- a month. Trade Web site Inside Radio reports that revelation is according to monthly filings Limbaugh has been required to fill out for the Florida Department of Corrections... Radio is very good to Limbaugh (Tue, 10/9)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 10, 2007

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"Cyrano" featured in Detroit Public TV and WRCJ 90.9 FM broadcasts

As Dr. David DiChiera's "Cyrano" prepares for its October 13 debut at the Detroit Opera House, Detroit Public TV (Channel 56) and classical/jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 have scheduled special broadcasts to showcase and celebrate the world-premiere opera.

Curtain Call to Cyrano, a half-hour behind-the-scenes documentary that reveals the making of Edmond Rostand's classic love story, Cyrano de Bergerac, into DiChiera's first major opera, airs Sunday, October 21, at 4:30 p.m. on WTVS. Locally produced by Eclipse Creative, the special offers DiChiera's commentary on the crafting of his original score, plus a look at the costume and set design processes, the casting and various challenges of creating the opera.

The stage is set for the first-ever live radio broadcast of the Michigan Opera Theatre's performance of "Cyrano" on Sunday, October 28, beginning at 2 p.m. on WRCJ. WRCJ's Kelly Rinne and Dr. David DiChiera will host the broadcast and provide interviews and backstage insights during the intermissions of the three-act opera. Funding for the radio broadcast has been provided by The Kresge Foundation, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The live airing of "Cyrano" is the first of five upcoming MOT performances that are planned for broadcast on WRCJ 90.9 FM, including: Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" on November 4; Bellini's "La Sonnambula," to be presented live with Richard Bonynge conducting on April 6; Puccini's "La Rondine" on April 13; and "La Traviata" on May 4.



Chicago Tribune:

The dispute between the Big Ten Network and Comcast has been good for newspapers and radio stations. Both entities have taken to running ad campaigns. The BTN ads are heralding its programming, including upcoming games. Meanwhile, the Comcast ads have stepped up the rhetoric. A Comcast ad in Sunday's Tribune carried the headline, "Why won't the Big Ten Network play ball?" The ad also ran in Detroit, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, and other cities in the conference region. In a letter to "fellow football fans," notably those fans who are subscribers, Comcast seeks to "separate BTN spin from the facts of these negotiations." The problem is Comcast doesn't have all the facts right... Comcast vs. BTN spins out of control (Wed, 10/10)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 11, 2007

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Detroit News:

Can Don Imus be rehabilitated? Or perhaps more pertinently, should he? The National Association of Black Journalists, NABJ, doesn't think so. The organization urged Citadel Broadcasting , owner of WABC-AM in New York (and WJR-AM (760) in Detroit), to halt negotiations with disgraced shock jock Imus. Citadel has been in talks with Imus to take over morning drive at WABC New York, and perhaps other Citadel stations. According to Radio Ink, NABJ is still angry over Imus' "nappy-headed ho's" insult directed at the Rutgers women's basketball team, a jibe that led to his firing last April ... To help out Metro Detroit families in need, bring new or gently used shoes to Northland Mall on Oct. 27, for Radio One's Sixth annual "Shoes for Shorties" shoe drive. Radio One's three stations -- WHTD-FM (102.7), WDMK-FM (105.9) and WCHB-AM (1200) -- will be broadcasting all day long from the mall ... Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) will feature former Detroit News writer/current Los Angeles Times reporter Scott Martelle Oct. 18 on its 10 a.m.-noon "Detroit Today" show... Is shock jock Imus still an outrage? (Thu, 10/11)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2007

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Ann Arbor News:

Find like-minded jazz and "Car Talk'' fans, and do something good for the community. WEMU-FM is looking for "Volunteer Pledge Drive Telephone Answerers'' now through Oct. 20. From their Web site: "As a volunteer pledge drive telephone answerer, you'll be in the studio, right where the action is, taking calls from listeners eager to contribute to the success of the station... WEMU looks for pledge drive helpers (Sun, 10/14)



Detroit News:

This was the first weekend where not having the Big Ten network hurt. In fact, it stunk. I did not get to see Michigan finally put together a great game, whipping Purdue, 48-21. And I was forced to leave the house to watch Michigan State's easy 52-27 victory over Indiana. These were both big games and mental hurdles for both teams. The Wolverines have a pulse and we no longer have to sing the "Same Old Spartans" song. However, how many people actually got to witness turning points for both teams? There were very few. This was the first time I was unable to see a significant game featuring the Wolverines and Spartans on television and it is not right... Big Ten TV situation finally upsetting (Sun, 10/14)

 

WDIV promotes Bob Ellis to news director

NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 has promoted Bob Ellis to the position of News Director. The move, announced by Steve Wasserman, WDIV V.P. and General Manger, became effective October 5th.

Ellis has been the Assistant News Director at WDIV since 2002. Prior to that, he served in many other roles in the news department including Executive Producer of Special Projects, Investigative Producer and Sports Producer. For more than a decade, he has been the point person for Local 4 News coverage of Detroit’s big events, overseeing the station’s coverage of elections, Red Wings and Pistons championship parades, and over 20 hours of live news coverage during Super Bowl XL in Detroit.

“I'm excited to continue the incredible legacy of news that's been established at Local 4,” Ellis said. “I grew up in metro Detroit, and I understand the kind of stories and issues people who live here are interested in, because they interest me as well.”

Ellis has been honored with ten NATAS Emmy awards, and awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Michigan Associated Press. During his tenure as Assistant News Director, Local 4 News received a 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence, and a 2003 Murrow Award for Best Newscast in the Midwest region.

Ellis and his family reside in Farmington Hills. He is a graduate of Southfield High School and Michigan State University.

Ellis succeeds Neil Goldstein in the role of News Director, who was recently named V.P., Director of Marketing and Digital Development for WDIV. Goldstein joined WDIV in January 2005, and through his leadership in the news department the station continued its dominance in local news with Michigan’s top-rated late newscast, and a growing presence online with the success of the station’s website, ClickOnDetroit.com.



MediaWeek:

The E. W. Scripps Company, owner of cable networks, TV stations and newspapers, announced Tuesday its intent to split the company into two publicly traded companies, one focused on its national lifestyle franchises, the other focused on its local media properties. The plan was unanimously approved by the company’s board of directors and is expected to be completed by second quarter 2008. Following the separation, The Edward W. Scripps Trust would maintain control of both companies by electing a majority of board members for each of the two companies. The split will create two companies, Scripps Networks Interactive with combined annual revenue of about $1.4 billion and 2,100 business and The E. W. Scripps Company with combined annual revenue of about $1.1 billion and 7,100 employees (including Detroit's WXYZ-TV Channel 7)... Scripps co. to split into two publicly traded companies (Tue, 10/16)



106.7 The Fox to smash recalled toys

Country WDTW-FM 106.7 will broadcast live from the Taylor Town Trade Center this Friday, October 19th, from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. and is inviting listeners to drop off toys that were manufactured in China and recently recalled because of safety hazards such containing excessive levels of lead paint and other hazards. Sometime between 5 and 7 p.m. all the recalled toys will be smashed by a steamroller or shredded by a wood chipper.

Everyone that stops by can sign a billboard encouraging people to buy American and enter for a chance to see Garth Brooks in Kansas City. The Taylor Town Trade Center is located at 22525 Ecorse Rd. in Taylor.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2007

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Detroit News:

It looks like Drew Lane's ongoing (and seemingly, open-ended) absence from the top-rated "Drew and Mike" morning show is going to be problematic for WRIF-FM (101.1) in the ratings. The Arbitron summer book, the quarterly ratings for radio listenership for July, August and September, were released Tuesday, and Greater Media's WRIF dropped overall from No. 4, to No. 9. Steve Harvey's syndicated morning show, carried by WMXD-FM "The Mix" (92.3), jumped from No. 3 in the spring book to the No. 1 slot in the morning, ahead of "Drew and Mike," the area's perennial No. 1 morning show. In the 18- to 34-year-old demographic, WQKI-AM (95.5)'s "Mojo in the Morning" show captured the No. 1 ranking over WRIF's "Drew and Mike," at No. 2. Clear Channel-owned The Mix is proving itself to be the closest thing Detroit has to a mainstream music radio station, recapturing No. 1 overall in the 12-plus age group after losing it in the last two ratings books... 'Mix' up, RIFF down in summer ratings (Wed, 10/17)



Detroit Free Press:

WMXD just landed the kind of summer ratings that radio executives dream about. In Arbitron scores for the third quarter released Tuesday, the Clear Channel-owned station -- a mix of modern R&B and talk aimed at black audiences -- led the metro Detroit market among overall listeners and in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 demographic. And its syndicated morning star Steve Harvey knocked Greater Media-owned WRIF's Drew Lane and Mike Clark from the overall morning throne by an 8.3 to 8.2 score. However, Drew and Mike maintained the lead among the highly profitable 25-54 demographic in the mornings, with an 11.9 mark to Harvey's 9.2. CBS-owned WWJ carded a solid summer, usually not the station's strongest season... WMXD tops radio ratings (Wed, 10/17)



StationRatings.com:

Top five stations in Detroit among all listeners during the summer were WMXD-FM, WWJ-AM, WJR-AM, WJLB-FM, and WVMV-FM... Summer 12+ Arbitron ratings for Detroit



CKWW to air 26 U-M hockey games

University of Michigan Hockey will return to Oldies CKWW AM 580, known on-air as Motor City Favorites, starting with this Friday's game against Northern Michigan at 7 p.m. CKWW will air a total of 26 games during the 2007-08 regular season, up from 16 least season.

Al Randall and Jim Hunt are the U of M hockey broadcast team.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2007

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Detroit News:

Although WXYZ- TV (Channel 7) general assignment reporter Michael Rosenfield has been with the station for a little more than three years, he's not an anchor or a veteran and so he's still relatively unknown. But thanks to WXYZ.com , Rosenfield gets a second chance to make a lasting impression on viewers. "Unless it's a major breaking story with continuous coverage, for example the Chrysler strike or the I-96 flood -- where we're on for a long period of time, most days as a reporter I'm on for just a few minutes in the newscast," Rosenfield says. "On WXYZ.com we're on all the time, so it's a great way for viewers to see what reporters have been covering all day if they've missed the news on TV" ... Over at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), Web standouts on the station's clickondetroit.com include reporter Art Edwards, who has been with WDIV for seven years, and reporter Silva Harapetian ... WJBK-TV (Channel 2) has its share of Web stars on its myfox detroit.com . Among them is general assignment reporter Camille Amiri, an Ann Arbor native, who has been with WJBK for a year... TV reporters get exposure on Web (Fri, 10/19)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Cincinnati, Ohio-based E.W. Scripps Co.’s announcement this week that it plans to split itself into two public companies isn’t expected to affect operations at its metro Detroit television station, WXYZ-Channel 7. It will be “business as usual” when Scripps splits into a print and broadcast company and a digital and cable company, said Grace Gilchrist, vice president and general manager of Scripps-owned Channel 7, the region’s Southfield-based ABC affiliate. Scripps has owned WXYZ since 1986. Gilchrist said the move is a reaction to Wall Street’s dissatisfaction with the newspaper industry in general, which was affecting the growing cable and Internet properties... Scripps split won’t affect Channel 7 (Fri, 10/19)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2007

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Detroit News:

It's there, hidden behind your usual FM stations on the free radio dial: Programming that's a little different from the usual sleep-inducing FM fodder. Much of it is like a jukebox, with automated music running 24/7 with only the occasional tagline spoken by a canned human voice. But you can hear a wider variety of music, rather like radio used to be before half of radio's audience was born. You can't yet hear HD-2 if you don't have a secret decoder ring -- er, that is, an HD-2 radio or receiver... The secret radio dial; You'll find a wider variety of music on HD-2 stations (Sat, 10/20)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2007

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Ann Arbor News:

Buried in all the hoopla about the new Big 10 Network - and whether or not Comcast cable would add it to its basic lineup (it hasn't yet) so Michigan football fans can get their fix - was this provision: In addition to the channel's primary sports programming, each participating school gets 60 hours annually to use as it wishes. So what is the University of Michigan doing with its 60 hours? Plenty, as it turns out. Two programs - "The Michigan Difference'' and "Healthy U'' - are currently running. Both are magazine-style television shows. And both showcase U-M faculty, students and alumni. "The first two episodes are up and running, and we have two more in production right now,'' said Lisa Rudgers, a Chelsea-based consultant who works with the university and Evolution Media, a West Bloomfield film production company. Rudgers was formerly vice president for communications at U-M. She said the deal with the Big 10 Channel offers the university an unusual opportunity to sell itself to a general audience... Big 10 Network not just sports (Sun, 10/21)


On Friday from 8 to 10 p.m., C-SPAN will broadcast live from the Ford Presidential Library in Ann Arbor as part of its series "Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered' ... Michigan Television (WFUM) is airing a new local interview program each Friday from 9:30 to 10 p.m. titled "Outside the Box.'' The series is hosted by Michigan Television station manager Jennifer White, who talks to imaginative people whose ideas exemplify "outside the box'' thinking... On the Air: C-SPAN to broadcast from Ford Library (Sun, 10/21)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2007

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Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television won't borrow money to complete its new state-of-the-art broadcast facility, the station's interim general manager said. Instead, the station, which operates as WTVS-Channel 56, will build the remaining elements only as money is raised, said Dan Alpert, who took over day-to-day management of WTVS in April. The station needs to raise $8.8 million to finish construction of its $22 million Riley Broadcaster Center in Wixom and complete its conversion from analog to digital broadcasting and production. A new round of direct-solicitation fund-raising aimed at large to midlevel donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, is getting under way... Detroit Public Television to grow as money flows (Mon, 10/22)



Windsor Star:

I got a letter a couple of weeks ago from someone in England who claimed she was a long lost relative of Thomas E. Clark and wanted to know if I knew anything about him and his connection to Windsor and Detroit. I didn't. Not at first. But I found mention of him in Neil F. Morrison's Garden Gateway, a book about Windsor. It seems Clark was a self-described "inventor" who popped in to see James E. Scripps, founder of the Detroit News, and told him he envisioned a day "when you will sit in your home and be entertained by music played thousands of miles away." Clark figured he had a handle on how to make this happen. And so Scripps hired him to carry on his experimental work. By 1920, the Detroit News was experimenting with its own broadcasts. It was the first newspaper in the world to install a radio broadcasting service. As Morrison said, however, Detroit bankers and businessmen "shook their heads at the mere mention of Tom Clark's name." They thought he was a nut... Inventor's vision spawned local radio (Mon, 10/22)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2007

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Detroit News:

Fans of phone scams and other forms of morning DJ madness can relax: In a deal to be announced Friday by Clear Channel, WKQI-FM (95.5)'s Mojo and Spike of the "Mojo in the Morning" show have signed a multi-year deal with the radio giant to continue on their merry path, which led them to rank No. 1 in Arbitron's summer ratings of listeners age 18-34. (Their competition, WRIF's Drew & Mike were No. 1 all summer in the age 25-54 demo, and WMXD's Steve Harvey was No. 1 in age 12-plus.) Station officials would not disclose how many years the contract is for or how much money is involved... 'Mojo in the Morning' DJs sign multi-year deal with Clear Channel (Fri, 10/26)



Detroit Free Press:


Drew Lane is scheduled to return to the airwaves -- via recording -- sometime during today's "Drew & Mike Show" from 6 to about 10:30 a.m. on WRIF-FM (101.1). Purpose? According to WRIF chief Tom Bender, Lane will give listeners a personal update and shoot down whispers benign and otherwise about his absence -- a personal leave to care for Lane's significant other, Tess Schuster, who has cancer. Lately, chatter among Detroit radioheads reckoned the leave was a contract positioning ploy or, less kindly, a ruse to cover some conspiratorial acts that make the JFK Single Bullet Theory seem elementary... Drew Lane back on the air, briefly (Fri, 10/26)


There is a chance that next week’s Michigan-Michigan State football game will be on the Big Ten Network. Maybe not a very strong chance. But a chance. And that would leave thousands of Comcast subscribers scurrying to sports bars to watch the big game. The Big Ten has made no secret of its goals for the Big Ten Network. The conference wants to make money for its schools and increase exposure for its athletes. This is not the kind of thing that wins the Nobel Peace Prize, but at least the Big Ten is up-front. Comcast, on the other hand, acts like it is fighting hunger and curing cancer by insisting that the Big Ten Network belongs on a specialized sports tier instead of an expanded basic cable package... Comcast-BTN becoming a bigger feud than MSU vs. U-M (Fri, 10/26)



CKWW celebrates Halloween with special programming

The Halloween tradition continues as oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, once again airs “The War of the Worlds” on Halloween night.

To get things started on Halloween, AM 580 will play some of the best Halloween music throughout the day and evening. Then at 10 PM, the original classic radio drama “The War of the Worlds” will air without commercial interruption.

Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading the world. It was originally broadcast in 1938 on the “Mercury Theatre On The Air” program and is one of the most famous radio broadcasts of all time. The show was so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover’s Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.

Plus, next week “When Radio Was” will also air Halloween themed programs from the golden age of radio. That show airs weeknights at 11 PM on CKWW.



WMGC fall wine tasting event to be held in Southfield Nov 9

Soft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1FM, will present a “Magic Wine Down" event from 6-9 pm on Friday, November 9th at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. (between 8 and 9 Mile Roads) in Southfield. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, over ten different wines that will be showcased, desert and coffee. Wine stewards will be on-hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event.

Listeners will be able to enter to win access to the event online and by calling in at designated times each day leading up to the event. In addition, there will be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the Salvation Army. Donations are still being accepted.

The event will be hosted by Magic 105.1 personalities, including: Mitzi Miles, Jim Paolucci, Mike Bradley and Shannyn Caldwell.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2007

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Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Radio, the public radio station at the University of Michigan, brought in more than $655,000 in its most recent fund drive that ended Oct. 19, with contributions from more than 5,500 members across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. The drive raised money through a variety of sources, including more than $540,000 in contributions from listeners who called in a pledge, nearly $119,000 in online contributions and more than $244,000 generated from 2,454 first-time contributors, according to a statement released by Michigan Radio, which includes WUOM (91.7 FM) in Ann Arbor as well as WFUM-FM (91.1 Flint) and WVGR (104.1 FM) Grand Rapids. In Ypsilanti, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, also wrapped up its annual drive by exceeding its on-air pledge goal of $135,000 by nearly $4,000... Public radio stations wrap up fund drives: Series on philanthropy starting Monday on WUOM (Sun, 10/28)



Detroit News/AP:

The Detroit Pistons helped redefine the role of pre-game introductions during the Bad Boy era of the late 1980s and early 1990s. With heavy metal group Europe's stirring "Final Countdown" pulsating throughout the building, public address announcer Ken Calvert whipped the home fans into a frenzy by introducing guard "Joe Duuu-mars" and "your captain, No. 11, Isiah Thomas." Nearly two decades later, a man with a single name, a two-word catchphrase and his own approach to the PA game is having the same effect on The Palace faithful and on the league. John Mason (or just Mason as he prefers) will have a city screaming "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" again this season as the Pistons try to make another deep run in the NBA playoffs. The radio host also is influencing teams around the league, who are borrowing elements of Detroit's pre-game show in their arenas... Pistons announcer has city screaming: "Deee-troit Bas-ket-ball" (Sun, 10/28)



Detroit Free Press:

Vinnie Ocelnik, 12, died in an auto accident near his Warren home last month as he attempted to drive the family car. And now comes the rest of the story. WRIF-FM (101.1) is presenting "Rockin' for Vinnie," a 12-hour benefit concert and rock auction on Saturday, starting at 1 p.m. at the Ritz rock club, 24300 Hoover in Warren. The proceeds will help his family cover the funeral and medical costs... WRIF plans benefit for Warren boy (Sun, 10/28)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2007

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Greater Media Detroit's Tom Bender named among Radio Ink magazine's Best Managers in Radio

Greater Media Detroit vice president and regional general manager Tom Bender will be featured in the November 19th issue of Radio Ink Magazine's "Best Managers In Radio for 2007."

Bender will be recognized in the large market category for his leadership and management skills in overseeing Greater Media's WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM in the Motor City.

"It is a privilege to have Tom Bender on our management team," said Greater Media president and CEO Peter Smyth. "He is an outstanding leader, visionary and manager."

"It is clear that today's station managers wear many hats, and must possess excellent management skills and business acumen," said Radio Ink Magazine Editor-In-Chief Joe Howard. "As voted by their peers, Radio Ink's Best Managers in Radio have all of this and more."



Detroit Free Press:

At 5 a.m. Thursday, it’s officially holiday time.

Yes, Clear Channel-owned WNIC-FM (100.3) will start its annual first-to-Santa-music playlist changeover with Burl Ives’ version of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” on the station's "Breakfast Club" show with Chris Edmonds, Lisa Barry and Dave Lockhart. But don’t rush to have yourself a merry little Christmas— it won’t be total Yuletide tune saturation — yet. WNIC programmer Don Gosselin said Wednesday that while 60 percent of about 10,000 who responded to a station web poll wanted Yule music “November 1 or earlier,” he will take into consideration the 40 percent who don’t and ease into it, at least at the beginning. That means not every song on the adult-contemporary soft-rock station will be holiday- oriented for an unspecified period... Holiday music begins on WNIC-FM at 5 a.m. Thursday (Wed, 10/31)


For a while, Lee Thomas admits, he was an "angry spotted guy." The Fox 2 (WJBK-TV) reporter, who's known for his upbeat entertainment coverage, is usually a happy-go-lucky presence on the air. But a few years ago, Thomas was hit hard by the progression of a disorder called vitiligo, which destroys some or all of the pigmentation that gives skin its color. A low point came while he was doing a story where preschool kids tested out a new playscape. When a little girl stared at his hands, which had turned about half white but were dotted with splotches of his natural brown color, she burst into tears. The moment stuck with him. After he finished work, "I went home, I washed my face and I just sat there for thirty minutes, just trying to get it together," says Thomas. He thought to himself, "Wow, you scare small children"... A journey in black and white: Lee Thomas details his struggle with vitiligo in a new memoir (Wed, 10/31)



Bandyke live remote to feature Jeff Daniels on Nov 2

Martin Bandyke, 6-10am morning drive host at adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, will broadcast his show live this Friday, Nov. 2 from the Espresso Royale coffee shop in Ann Arbor at 1101 South University. Bandyke's very special guest at 9am will be actor, playwright and musician Jeff Daniels, who will perform a few songs live and talk about his upcoming "Jeff Daniels & Friends" concert at the Michigan Theater. Bandyke will also be giving away CDs, concert tickets and limited edition Martin Bandyke signature coffee mugs during the broadcast.

Bandyke will also host a live performance from singer-songer Mary Gauthier on Monday Nov. 5 during his program.

 

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