Mike Austerman: February 2007 Archives

Ann Arbor Business Review:

Ownership of the four Ann Arbor radio stations operated by Clear Channel Communications, Inc. is changing hands. The new owner will be Atlanta-based Cumulus Media, Inc., the second largest radio broadcasting company in the country. Under a local marketing agreement (LMA), the exchange took place last week, said Jerry Kersting, chief financial officer for Clear Channel. The LMA will allow Cumulus to operate the Ann Arbor stations until the FCC approves the exchange. That's expected by June, Kersting said... New owner for Clear Channel stations (Thu, 1/2)

Detroit News:

Sunday is Super Bowl, er, Symphony Sunday , if you're an avid listener of classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), as host Chris Felcyn continues his practice of pitting symphonies from each Super Bowl city against each other. This year, it's Chicago vs. Indianapolis... Super Bowl city orchestras duke it out Symphony Sunday (Thu, 2/1)

Consumers can run, but they can't hide from the almighty ad. Satellite radio listeners are the latest to be irked by the omnipresence of marketing pitches. Last year, advertisements began popping up on four XM Radio music channels, even though thousands of customers signed up under the promise of commercial-free listening. Some analysts predict current satellite advertising is just the start of the trend... Ads invade satellite radio (Thu, 2/1)

Detroit Free Press:

Let’s give Greater Media —owners of Detroit’s WRIF-FM (101.1), WCSX-FM (94.7) and WMGC-FM (105.1) —credit for trying to do something to get some buzz going about HD radio. Over the past two weekends, first the main WRIF signal and the next weekend the main WCSX lineup was replaced by the station’s HD channels. WRIF's RIFF2 plays an eclectic mix of local artists, alternative, hip-hop, punk and indie-rock; WCSX’s Deep Trax plays lesser heard rock gems. Of course to hear them all the time, you need to buy an HD receiver and despite recent price cuts, they’re still not cheap. Or particularly plentiful... HD radio experiments good, but... (Wed, 1/31)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 2, 2007



Detroit News:

Effective Monday, ESPN Radio returns to Ann Arbor sports radio station WTKA 1050 and will include the Colin Cowherd and Dan Patrick shows. The station currently is affiliated with FOX Sports. Cowherd will occupy the 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. slot weekdays, followed by Patrick from 1 to 4 p.m. Syndicated ESPN show "The Sports Bash with Erik Kuselias " will fill the weekday 4-6 p.m. slot.

"While the FOX Sports brand is a building young brand, ESPN is the most recognizable brand in sports broadcasting worldwide," WTKA program director Brian Cowan said in a statement. "We want only the very best sports brands on WTKA."

The station's new afternoon lineup won't affect specialty shows for Michigan and Eastern Michigan athletics. On Monday, WTKA also will re-launch its local morning show "The Locker Room, with Dave Shand, " weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Shand will be joined by former afternoon show host Josh Vernier... Local Briefs/Broadcasting: ESPN Radio returns to WTKA (Fri, 2/2)

Mort Crim, former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchorman and for years one of the most recognizable faces in Detroit television, has told The Detroit News that he is undergoing chemotherapy for colon cancer. Crim, 71, underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., on Oct. 31. Crim says he's six weeks into a chemotherapy regimen that will wind up in June... Mort Crim optimistic on cancer recovery (Fri, 2/2)

ClickonDetroit.com (WDIV):

It's been more than a decade since you've seen Carmen Harlan and Mort Crim together at the anchor desk. It's time to catch up... One on one with Mort Crim (Thu, 2/1)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 2, 2007





Marshall Exits Citadel/Lansing:
The budget broom sweeps RAY MARSHALL, OM for CITADEL/LANSING, out of office after 16 years. MARSHALL started at AC WFMK in 1990 and helped build the cluster with WFMK’s perennial #1 performance, converting WJIM to double-digit numbers as "OLDIES 97.5," launching Classic Rock WMMQ to #1 in its first book, and most recently elevating the performance of CITADEL's MICHIGAN Talk Network. (Fri, 2/2)


Flint Journal:

It's business as usual this weekend as most local TV stations gear up for the all-important February ratings "sweeps." But it's particularly busy at WNEM (Channel 5), the local CBS affiliate, which is carrying Sunday's Super Bowl XLI... February sweeps follows on heels of Super Bowl excitement (Fri, 2/2)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 2, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

It's about time the Detroit Tigers got some respect. Lots of it. The Tigers gave fans in Michigan something to shout about throughout a remarkable 2006 season that concluded with a trip to the World Series ... Catching the wave: WHTC-AM (1450) in Holland has reached an agreement with the West Michigan Whitecaps to air 40-50 games featuring the local Class A minor-league baseball club during the upcoming season... Tigers set to hit airwaves -- a lot (Fri, 2/2)


Allan Stagg Kids Fund:
A fund has been set up to educate the children of ALLAN STAGG, who passed away JANUARY 1: THE ALLAN STAGG KIDS FUND, c/o MARSHALL Community Credit Union, 839 West Green Street, MARSHALL, MI 49068. (Fri, 2/2)


The Michigan Talk Network will present its second annual “State of The State At First Light” broadcast on February 7th, the morning after Governor Jennifer Granholm’s state of the state address. This is a live 4-hour remote broadcast from the Sparrow Professional Building with a wonderful panoramic view of Michigan’s capitol building and downtown Lansing. Governor Granholm will join the live statewide broadcast hosted by Michael Patrick Shiels. The show is heard on 10 Michigan radio stations.

The special broadcast will be performed in front of a live audience of political, community and business leaders. The Governor is scheduled to be interviewed live at 8:30am.

All morning long, Michael Patrick Shiels will break down the Governor’s speech and what it means to Michiganders. He will do that with the help of Senate and House Leaders along with a special debate between GOP Party Chair Saul Anuzis and Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer in the 9:00am hour.

The Michigan Talk Network’s “Big Show…with Michael Patrick Shiels” is heard weekdays from 6-10 a.m. The full-service news and information show is headquartered at WJIM AM in Lansing and heard on radio stations across Michigan. Governor Granholm is a frequent guest on “The Big Show,” as are other elected officials, newsmakers, business leaders, celebrities, entertainers and sports figures. The show also streams live on MLive.com.


• Soul Harbor Assembly of God Church was issued a $7,000 Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for low power FM Station WRDS-LP 104.3 Roscommon for failure to timely file renewal application and unauthorized operation. The station was also granted its application for renewal.
Read the FCC notice (.pdf)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 3, 2007



WDET to broadcast 'State of the State' Feb 6

WDETWDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will air Governor Granholm's annual State of the State Address on Tuesday evening, February 6 at 7pm. The address will be followed by reaction from lawmakers, and a formal Republican response. Coverage will be hosted by Michigan Public Radio's
Rick Pluta. The broadcast is expected to run between an hour and 90 minutes.

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"Bridging The Racial Divide" set to air on WDET, WJR, Ch. 56 Feb 5

The second in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in Metro Detroit is ste for broadcast on Monday, February 5 at 10 p.m. Produced by Kingberry Productions and WTVS - Detroit Public Television, "Bridging the Racial Divide" will be co-hosted by former NBC correspondent and news anchor Emery King and WJR's Paul W. Smith. The hosts will be joined by a number of dynamic and influential voices in the community representing a variety of backgrounds and points of view on the complex issue of race relations in metropolitan Detroit. The program will be broadcast simultaneously on WDET, WTVS Channel 56 Detroit Public Television, and WJR-AM 760.

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Ralph Valdez to interview Midlake Feb 4

This Sunday night, February 4, solve the mystery of the hermit Van Occupanther as Ralph Valdez interviews Midlake, a young quintet from Denton, Texas whose critically acclaimed latest CD “The Trials of Van Occupanther” shows their talent for blending a soft, 70’s folk sensibility with a darker, more mysterious, storytelling and progressive rock songcraft. Lucky listeners can also call in to win copies of Midlake’s new CD and tickets to their February 13th concert at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre.

Tickets to the classical Sphinx Competition Finals for young Black and Latino string players at Orchestra Hall February 11th at 2pm will also be offered to listeners this Sunday night.

As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few “rummage sale records”, will also be spun and explored on The Ralph Valdez Program, which airs from 10pm-midnight every Sunday.

Detroit News:

Tune in to CBC Radio One (CBE-AM, 1550) from 1 to 4 p.m. today as '"Definitely Not the Opera," the CBC Canadian network radio show, explores Detroit's music scene (and that of its sister city, Windsor, Ontario)... Canada's CBE-AM talks Detroit, Windsor music scenes today (Sat, 2/3)

Television captured the imagination of America in the 1950s, and Greg Byndrian was a willing captive. He remembers spending weekends in front of the television while growing up in Highland Park, watching sporting events, enthralled by the play-by-play. Long before Byndrian graduated from Henry Ford Elementary to Highland Park High, he had found a calling. As a high school freshman in 1959, Byndrian began announcing Highland Park varsity basketball games on the school's radio station, WHPR-FM. In a sense, he has never left... A lifetime behind the mike (Sat, 2/3)


CLEAR CHANNEL Talk WRVA-A/RICHMOND ups morning show host JIMMY BARRETT to PD. BARRETT, who will continue hosting "RICHMOND'S MORNING NEWS," has been with WRVA since MARCH 2001. (Thu, 2/1).

Barrett spent a number of years behind the mic locally at both WJR and WXYT AM 1270 before departing for Richmond.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 4, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

The old interview studio at Plymouth-Canton Schools' radio station is so cramped that two people are hard put to crowd inside. And they'd have to be standing. But hey, who needs comfortable surroundings and in-studio guests? WSDP-FM (88.1) is radio, not TV. Listeners don't need to see who's talking -- in their imagination, they can cook up any old face for the announcer, who might be sitting in the studio naked and nobody would know. He or she might be talking to somebody halfway around the world, and you'd think both people were side-by-side. Radio. It's the sound... 35 years of sound (Sun, 2/4)

For a show that just from its title might suggest a night of strong opinion, the second installment of the Emery King- and Paul W. Smith-hosted "Bridging the Racial Divide" is a surprisingly calm hour of largely informational TV. It's long on matter-of-factness and, perhaps surprisingly, low on passion. Mused Kingberry Productions' Tom LoCicero: "The most effective way to get to people is to appeal to rational self-interest. At a time when this community is under siege economically, it's a good time to think about the advantages of working together." Airing at 10 p.m. Monday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56) with audio simulcast on WJR-AM (760) and WDET-FM (101.9), this episode examines the cost -- much of it not very apparent -- of metro Detroit's segregated living patterns... 'Bridging the Divide' has calm view of racial issues (Sun, 2/4)

The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity is sponsoring public previews of the TV program "Bridging the Racial Divide" Monday at various locations throughout metro Detroit. The group is inviting members of the public to attend one of several viewings at which 50 to 100 people will eat a light dinner, watch the program and share their thoughts. The program will be shown at 7 p.m... Preview is planned for TV show on race issues (Sun, 2/4)


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioAre you ready for some football? A year ago, the media spotlight was on Detroit and this year it’s on Miami as football widows head for the mall and the men (and some women) plop themselves in front of the biggest TV screen they can find.

If you find yourself on the road at today’s Super Bowl kickoff, locally the game will be broadcast on sports WXYT-AM (1270). If you have a Sirius satellite radio, the big game will be presented in seven languages! Colts fans can hear the Indy announcers on Channel 125, supporters of Da Bears can tune in on 123, and the national feed is on 124.

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Speaking of car radios, if you’re like most people, you have a button set for WJR-AM (760) and WWJ-AM (950). Punch between them and let me know if ’JR sounds much louder than WWJ. I find it very noticeable. Just wondering.


A nationally acclaimed scholastic journalism educator, three groundbreaking broadcasters and a legendary newspaper reporter represent the 2007 Class of Inductees into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will be held beginning at 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

The 2007 inductees are: Cheryl Pell, Jeanne May, Gene Fogel, Anne Doyle and Susan Carter.

“This is a stellar group of professionals who have earned their place in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame,” said Jane Briggs-Bunting, chair of the committee. She noted this was the first time in Hall of Fame history that the majority of the inductees were women.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 5, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Tuesday is a big day for Bob Allison, now 74. From 9 to 11 a.m. on WNZK-AM (690), he'll mark the 45th anniversary of his "Ask Your Neighbor" program. Ah, memories. "We used to be the No. 1-rated show in the mid-'60s when mothers were less a part of the workforce and tuned us in to talk about things as if it were over the backyard fence," Allison said in a chat passed along by Len Malysz, husband of nutritionist-registered dietitian Theresa Malysz, a regular guest. "Neighbor" was born Feb. 6, 1962, on WWJ-AM (950), when talk radio was more an experiment than a full-fledged radio format... 'Ask Your Neighbor' show is 45- (Mon, 2/5)


WUOMMichigan Radio and Michigan Television, the public broadcasting services from the University of Michigan, will air live coverage of Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s State of the State Address to the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 pm.

Michigan Radio will produce and broadcast this live event, with host Charity Nebbe. Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry will provide political analysis and commentary. This is the governor’s first address of her second term. She is expected to address the state’s plans to combat a looming budget deficit that will leave Michigan with an estimated $1 billion shortfall this year and next. Economist Charles Ballard will provide analysis of the state’s budget issues.

WFUMMichigan Television will air a special 90-minute edition of “Off the Record”, beginning at 7 pm. It will feature live coverage of the governor’s address, as well as the Republican response. This will be followed by analysis and commentary from a team of journalists headed by Tim Skubik, host of “Off the Record.”

Additionally, Michigan Radio will air “An Hour with Jennifer Granholm,” a statewide call-in show with Gov. Granholm on Friday, February 16 at 9 am. Listeners from across the state will be able to call in and ask questions of the governor on a variety of topics. This program will be hosted by Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.


First online auction opens for bids Thursday, February 15

MABFThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) has launched the first of four charitable online auctions planned for 2007. The online auctions will be used to raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals interested in the broadcasting industry.

“The MAB Foundation online auction is an exciting new concept that allows the general public to get involved in a fun way, and help support the efforts of young people seeking a career in the broadcasting industry,” said MABF Board Chair Bill Keith of WSDP-FM/Plymouth/Canton Schools.

Bidding in the first online auction will begin at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 15 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

First round online auction items include:
Detroit Tigers Getaway Package: Two VIP tickets behind home plate and an overnight stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
The Grand Hotel Golf Outing: Golf for four at the Grand Hotel’s beautiful Jewel Golf Course located on Mackinac Island

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

MABF is also soliciting donations of items for bid at future online auctions planned to begin on May 15, August 15, and November 14.

“We would like to offer as many exciting bid items as possible,” said Keith. “Those could include sports tickets, resort/vacation packages, golf/ski packages, autographed memorabilia, or lunch with a celebrity.”


WYCDCBS Radio station Country WYCD FM 99.5 will host its eighth annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® radiothon this Wednesday & Thursday, February 7 and 8, 2007, broadcasting live daily from 5am-7pm from Oakland Mall. The WYCD radiothon raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, the world’s premier center for the research and treatment of cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. Last year, 99.5 WYCD alone raised over $800,000 thanks to generous, local listeners from Metro Detroit. Country Superstar Clint Black will join the All New Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael Hunter and Grunwald to kick off the event Wednesday Morning at 8am from Oakland Mall.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have Clint Black, a true superstar and humanitarian to help us launch this year’s Radiothon”, said WYCD program director Tim Roberts.

Also joining the fundraising efforts will be Hot Young Country Star Eric Church who is appearing Thursday afternoon at 5pm prior to his free Winterblast concert Friday evening at the GM Renaissance Center Wintergarden.



Barber Clipped From WPRO Lineup:
ALL ACCESS hears that DAVE BARBER has exited the 9-11:45a slot at CITADEL Talk WPRO-A/PROVIDENCE. All mentions of BARBER, the veteran of DETROIT and FLINT talk radio, have vanished from the WPRO Web site, which lists no host for the time slot. And ALL ACCESS hears that this could mean the return of JOHN DEPETRO, still on the beach after being fired by WRKO-A/BOSTON, to the PROVIDENCE market. Meanwhile, BARBER, whose resume includes stints at WTRX-A, WTAC-A. WFDF-A, WWCK-A, and WEYI-TV/FLINT, MICHIGAN TALK RADIO NETWORK, and WXDX-A/DETROIT, is now available for the next challenge. (Wed, 2/7)

Geronimo Exits WFBE:
CITADEL Country WFBE/FLINT MD/morning personality DAVE GERONIMO has exited. We're also hearing that a veteran Country programmer has already been tapped as his replacement. (Tue, 2/6)

Flint Journal:

Dave Barber was fired by a radio station in Rhode Island this week, nearly a year after the controversial former Flint talk show host signed on there. Barber, who could not be reached for comment, was dropped by WPRO-AM in Providence, R.I., on Monday. "I'm shocked. Dumbfounded. I'm completely besides myself about this," he told the Providence Journal in a story published Wednesday... Rhode Island radio station fires Barber (Thu, 2/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 7, 2007



Detroit News:

You may have noticed that it's cold outside. Extremely cold. Excessively cold. Egregiously cold, even. How cold, Sonny Eliot?"It's colder," he says, "than a former wife's hello."

A simple thermometer can give you the exact reading. A TV meteorologist will gladly quote you the wind-chill factor, even if that's a thunderously incorrect term. For the proper perspective, though, the man to see is Eliot, who's weathered the highs and lows on WWJ-AM (950) for 60 years. Some of the dramatics on the nightly newscasts might make him shiver, but he knows how to tell you it's chilly outside... The Sonny side of Metro Detroit's weather forecast (Wed, 2/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 8, 2007



Detroit News:

The title of Sean Ross' column this week for Edison Media Research is "The Most Intriguing Radio Stations of 2006," and one of his picks is WRIF-HD-2 (Riff 2) , the high-definition station that Greater Media Detroit launched a year and a half ago. RIFF 2 is a youthful, lively mix of hip-hop and edgy rock, a combination that programmers have been reluctant to try on the FM dial. But then, formats for young people in general are hard to find anywhere on "terrestrial" radio, when in the past the teenage audience was eagerly sought out... High-definition radio starts programming for teen guys (Thu, 2/8)

Rock singer Question Mark, who had a No. 1 hit in the 1960s, believes the following: His soul is from Mars, he roamed the Earth with dinosaurs in an earlier life, and he chats with people from the future. His fantasy life notwithstanding, he's now reeling from a catastrophe that's all too real... 96 Tears? How about none? (Thu, 2/8)

Detroit Free Press:

A pair of recent radio chats —with WRIF-FM (101.1) morning stars Drew & Mike and another appearance with WKRK-FM’s (97.1) Jay Towers —have raised the question: Is Lucy Noland laying the groundwork for coming back to work in Detroit?.. Noland on Detroit radio; TV to follow? (Thu, 2/8)

To be celebrated: The life and times of the late Hal Youngblood by members of Detroit's theatrical and broadcast community, 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Jewish Ensemble Theatre, 6600 W. Maple in West Bloomfield... Names and Faces (Thu, 2/8)


FCCTwo radio stations owned by Michigan colleges and one FM translator station have been served with Notices of Apparent Liability by the FCC for late license renewal applications, and in the case of two of the stations, unauthorized operations.

Hope College's WTHS FM 89.9 Holland was served with the NAL in the amount of $7,000 for the late application and unauthorized operation combo as was Wayne Kowalski's translator W251AD 98.1 Alpena. Lake Superior State's WLSO FM 90.1 Sault Ste Marie was served with notice of a $1,500 fine for its late renewal application.

All three stations have now been granted their renewals, despite the fines.

FCC documents (.pdf):
Notice of Apparent Liability, WTHS
Notice of Apparent Liability, WLSO
Notice of Apparent Liability, W251AD


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 9, 2007



WYCD finishes radiothon for kids' hospital

Country WYCD-FM 99.5 listeners pledged $572,209 during the station's two-day radiothon, which wrapped up yesterday evening. The money raised goes to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, TN. St. Jude's focuses on finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases and serves patients from across North America.

Detroit News:

The funny thing about answering questions for readers is invariably there is always another query or two that pops up as a result. For instance, a couple of weeks ago, several readers asked about WDIV-TV (Channel 4) morning anchorwoman Rhonda Walker . After minor surgery, Walker returned to work Feb. 1 following a nearly two-month leave. While she was out, weekend anchor and San Jose, Calif., native Ama Daetz filled in for her. When Daetz first joined WDIV, she shared the desk with reporter/ anchor Jeff Vaughn, who hasn't been on for about a month... WDIV anchors' absence clarified (Fri, 2/9)

Detroit Free Press:

He got out of the burning house with three Yorkshire terriers and a shoe.

Clio rock musician Question Mark had been in his basement that January afternoon, washing his dogs' sweaters, when he smelled the smoke. The fire spread rapidly: By the time he got upstairs, he was on his knees, crawling through the living room and out the door... Free Press Winter Blast Guide: Question Mark and Mysterians will play (Fri, 2/9)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 9, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

X still marks the spot for over-the-air telecast coverage of an impressive lineup of sports properties, including Big Ten men's basketball. But not for much longer. WXSP-TV enters the home stretch of its three-year run as the broadcast home for Big Ten football and men's basketball games in the West Michigan television market. It all comes to an end March 10. The newly formed Big Ten Network has informed WXSP and other over-the-air stations around the state not to bother bidding for the league's telecast package. It will instead start to hoard most of those events for itself, beginning in the fall, when the conference launches its new digital channel on cable and satellite systems... WXSP losing its Big Ten deal (Fri, 2/9)


Sales and Transactions: Week Feb 9, 2007



• Religious WBLW FM 88.1 Gaylord was granted its license to cover for an increase in its effective radiated power from 3,000 watts @ 128 feet (Class A) to 5,000 watts @ 853 feet (Class C2). The station's directional antenna is now located in Charlevoix County on the same tower used by FOX TV affiliate WFUP Channel 45.

• The license for FM translator W251AD 98.1 Alpena has been reinstated by the FCC. Owner Wayne Kowalski failed to file for the station's license renewal which resulted in the cancellation on June 13, 2006. The translator of Classic Rock WKJZ FM was granted special temporary authority to resume operations in August 2006 while the FCC reviewed the station's application for license renewal, which was officially granted on January 31st.

• Country WUPY FM 101.1 Ontonagon was granted its license to cover for an effective radiated power increase from 30,000 watts @ 620 feet to 100,000 watts @ 696 feet.


Ann Arbor: Newsmakers Feb 10, 2007



Since Martin Bandyke landed at Adult Alternative WQKL-FM 107.1 about a year ago, he has also been hosting live broadcasts for 107one at the downtown Ann Arbor Borders store. The free "Studio A2 on the Road" events have featured live performances by such major artists as the Barenaked Ladies, Indigo Girls, Amos Lee, Duncan Sheik, and many others.

On Tuesday, February 20th at 12:30pm, Studio A2 on the Road will feature two-time Grammy winner Rickie Lee Jones, best known for her 1979 self-titled debut, which included the smash hit "Chuck E's In Love." She's touring to support her new release "Sermon On Exposition Boulevard." Rickie Lee Jones does not tour that often these days, and rarely does in-store events like this one, making her appearance at Borders a very special event for Bandyke and WQKL.

The downtown Ann Arbor Borders store is located at 612 E. Liberty. The free performance will be broadcast live on 107one hosted by Martin Bandyke. A CD signing session will follow the performance.

Ann Arbor News:

Four Ann Arbor radio stations formerly owned by Clear Channel Communications are under new ownership. Country station WWWW (102.9 FM), adult album alternative station WQKL-FM (107.1 FM), liberal-talk station WLBY (1290 AM) and sports outlet WTKA (1050 AM) are now owned by Atlanta, Ga.-based Cumulus Media Inc. as of Jan. 15, General Manager Bob Bolak said ... Ann Arbor Radio also announced it has hired Chris Ammel as program director for WQKL and WLBY... Business In Brief (Sat, 2/10)


MAEB elects new board



MAEBThe Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (MAEB) announced its officers at a meeting in Plymouth on February 5, 2007:

President: Randy Carr, Bloomfield Hills School District
Vice President: Dave Downing, Lansing Community College
Treasurer: Pete Bowers, Bloomfield Hills School District
Secretary: David Legg, Novi School District
Member at Large: Rick Kreinbring, Avondale School District
Member at Large: Carl Jacobson, Spring Arbor University
Member at Large: Jason Topps, Southfield School District
Immediate Past President: Bill Keith, Plymouth - Canton Community Schools

The meeting was held at member station WSDP at Plymouth - Salem High School.

Formed in 1977, the MAEB helps to develop and promote low-power educational broadcasting across Michigan. Membership is open to any secondary, college, or vocational broadcasting program in the State of Michigan.

Visit the MAEB website at www.maeb.org for more information.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 11, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

The stork is visiting many morning teams at local television stations. Lauren Stanton, news anchor at WZZM (Channel 13) is due June 28 ... WXMI (Channel 17) news anchor Amy Turner is due in a couple of weeks ... At WOOD (Channel 8), morning man Brett Thomas' wife, Gina, is due on March 8 ... And finally, Holly Doyle, news anchor at WWMT (Channel 3) is due July 6 with her first child... TV anchors await new arrivals (Sun, 2/11)

Grand Rapids has a new No. 1 radio station: WOOD-AM. In the recent Arbitron, 12-plus ratings category, WOOD-AM (1300) has toppled sister station WBCT-FM (93.7). "The local shows drove this," said Phil Tower. "I am so proud of (morning guys) Gary Allen, John Matlak and (mid-morning hosts) Rick Beckett and Scott Winters. We are kind of like the Rodney Dangerfield of morning radio -- we get more respect now"... WOOD-AM 1300 takes lead in ratings (Sun, 2/11)

A locally produced television special hosted by Maranda of WOTV (Channel 41) and Eva Aguirre Cooper of WOOD (Channel 8) will examine teenage drinking. "Connect on the Rocks: The Epidemic of Teen Drinking" airs at 7 p.m. Thursday on WOTV and 6:30 p.m. Saturday on WOOD. TV special probes teen drinking (Sun, 2/11)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioI admittedly have a soft spot for plugging radio stations when they are trying to help the community with fund-raisers and radiothons. So this week, I’m dedicated to spreading the word about three area stations, all owned by CBS Radio, that are devoting a lot of their time this month to help raise money for some excellent causes.

First off, country WYCD-FM (99.5) helped listeners pledge $572,209 during the station’s eighth annual Country Cares for St. Jude Kids radiothon. The event kicked off Wednesday at Oakland Mall in Troy with a personal appearance on the Dr. Don morning show by country singing legend Clint Black and ended Thursday.

The program began in 1989, after Randy Owen, lead singer of the music group Alabama, met St. Jude founder Danny Thomas and helped team the organization with country radio stations across the United States. Since its inception, Country Cares has grown to be one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in the nation, with more than 200 radio station partners helping raise $280 million-plus in pledges.

For more information on the amazing work that St. Jude’s does for kids, click on www.stjude.org.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 12, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

Kim Carson has made radio her career. She has been on the air since she was 16 and can be heard on WLHT-FM (95.7) where, for the past three years, she has been holding down the midday shift (9 a.m.-2 p.m.). She also is an author, having penned "Essence of Life: A Compilation of Inspiration and Poem"... WLHT personality is a poet, too (Mon, 2/12)

Craig James, WOOD-TV (Channel 8) weather forecaster, has been awarded the prestigious Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, given to distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to television for at least 25 years. James and his wife, Marcie, will attend the Feb. 25 awards presentation in Detroit. Ken Kolbe, assistant general manager at WGVU-TV (Channel 35), also was awarded a Silver Circle. Kolbe, who worked at WZZM-TV (Channel 13) for 15 years as a reporter, editor and news director, has been at WGVU since 1995... Weatherman, WGVU boss win awards (Mon, 2/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 12, 2007



Detroit benefit for singer and stroke survivor Angela Bofill announced for March 21

WVMVSmooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM Detroit) in cooperation with the American Stroke Association will present “Angels for Angela,” a benefit concert for Angela Bofill and the American Stroke Association, on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts in Detroit.

Alexander Zonjic will perform with some special friends, Kem, Maysa, Najee, Marion Meadows, Jeff Lorber, Ken Navarro, James Lloyd, Thornetta Davis, Dave McMurray and many others.

“All of the artists are donating their time, energy and talent. We’ve enjoyed her music so much over the years,” said jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic who often performed with Bofill.

Award-winning recording artist Angela Bofill suffered a massive stroke in January 2006 that left her partially paralyzed and impaired her speech. One year later her recovery is progressing. With continued physical and speech therapy, she is determined to sing again. Like millions of Americans, Bofill was without health insurance coverage. She is expected to attend the Detroit benefit.

Tickets are available at all TicketMaster locations, at www.ticketmaster.com and by phone (248) 645-6666 or the Music Hall Box Office (313) 963-2366. The Music Hall is located on 350 Madison Ave. in Detroit. Tickets range from $35 to $100.

“We took the name ‘Angels for Angela’ from one of Angela’s biggest hits, ‘Angel of the Night’,” said Zonjic. His company Hi-Falutin’ Music is producing the benefit concert. “We just want to show her our love and support,” he added.

Zonjic is the popular weekday morning host on Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM). The radio station is presenting the benefit with the American Stroke Association (ASA) not only to support Angela Bofill’s recovery, but also to raise awareness of the devastating disease through the ASA’s “Power to End Stroke” campaign. For more information log onto www.strokeassociation.org or call 1-888-4-STROKE.

Magic 105.1's winter wine tasting set for March 2nd in Southfield

WMGCSoft Rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, plans to hold "The Magic Wine Down" event from 6-9 pm on Friday, March 2nd at the Marble & Granite Gallery on Telegraph Rd. between 8 and 9 Mile Roads in Southfield.

The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, dessert, coffee and wine from John Jonna of Merchants Fine Wine. Over 10 different wines will be showcased and wine stewards will be on hand to educate attendees about the specific types featured at the event. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the American Heart Association. Magic 105.1 personalities Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty and Fay Samona will co-host.

Those interested in attending should visit the station's web site at www.detroitmagic.com. Tickets will not be for sale - they will only be available via giveaways from WMGC-FM.

WJR joins with Opus One for Cuisine for a Cause

WJROpus One restaurant and News/Talk WJR AM 760 have announced the fundraising campaign “Cuisine for a Cause.” This dining program, created to assist ten non-profit organizations carefully selected by committee, will kick off Friday, February 16, 2007 and continue through April 28, 2007.

During this ten-week period, Opus One will donate 25 percent of all funds generated from dining room guest checks Monday-Thursday. Opus One guests are invited to choose from one of the participating charities indicated at the conclusion of their meal.

Additionally, each Friday and Saturday, Opus One will donate 25 percent of the entire day’s dining receipts to one of the ten charities highlighted each week:

February 16-17: Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute
February 23-24: Children’s Hospital of Michigan
March 2-3: ALS of Michigan, Lou Gehrig’s Disease
March 9-10: American Red Cross Southeastern MI Chapter
March 16-17: The Children’s Center
March 23-24: Detroit Symphony Orchestra Volunteer Council
March 30-31: March of Dimes
April 13-14: The Salvation Army
April 20-21: The Detroit Historical Society
April 27-28: Michigan Opera Theatre

“We look forward to joining WJR and these ten outstanding charitable organizations for Cuisine For A Cause,” said Jim Kokas, General Manager of Opus One. “We are glad to be able to help those in need right here in the Detroit area.”

“Cuisine For A Cause was designed to assist non-profit organizations during this difficult economic time in Michigan,” adds Mike Fezzey, WJR President & General Manager. “It is a privilege to join this group and continue to play a role in helping people within our community.”

Reservations may be made to help “Cuisine For A Cause” by calling Opus One, located at 565 East Larned Street in Detroit, MI at 313-961-7766. For more information, visit Opus-One.com or WJR.com.

WJR to feature "Ask the Governor" Feb 15

Listeners are invited to join Governor Jennifer Granholm and WJR's Lloyd Jackson for another edition of "Ask The Governor" on Thursday, February 15th from 7:00-8:00 PM. The number to call during the show with your questions is (800) 859-0-WJR.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 13, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

It was Detroit night across the nation early this morning when Detroit natives George Noory — the host of nationally syndicated “Coast-to-Coast-AM” (heard here on CKLW-AM, 800, 1-5 a.m.) --- and Casey Kasem, the king of the music countdown shows, got together for the 'C-to-C" show’s first hour. Noory noted both were Detroit natives, both attended Detroit colleges (Noory at the University of Detroit; Kasem at Wayne State University) and both were of Lebanese ancestry... Detroit-bred radio stars get together (Tue, 2/13)


WJML and WLDR swap AM Stations



Two northern Michigan AM radio stations will be trading owners as well as programming formats in the near future.

Rick Stone of Petoskey, owner of news/talk radio stations WJML AM 1110 and WWKK AM 750, announced today he has signed an agreement with Fort Bend Broadcasting of Traverse City to purchase classic country WLDR AM 1210 in Traverse City. At the same time, Roy Henderson, president of Fort Bend and owner of WLDR AM and four FM stations in the region, announced the purchase of WWKK AM in Petoskey. Other terms of the deal include a $244,000 payment from Stone to Fort Bend as well as the WLDR call sign remaining under the control of Fort Bend.

AM 1210 is a daytime-only 50,000-watt station with a prime signal over Traverse City and Cadillac and a large regional signal covering as far south as Ludington, Mt. Pleasant, and West Branch. According to Stone, the acquisition will enable WJML to extend its popular news-talk programming to this new region covered by AM 1210 with a simulcast of WJML's lineup. WJML operates with 10,000 watts daytime from studios and transmitter in Petoskey and claims a northern coverage area that reaches to Escanaba and Sault Ste. Marie. WJML is also licensed to operate with 10 watts at night.

Stone also commented that down the road, there are some possibilities to get nighttime power for AM 1210, but for now that the focus will be further developing the station's daytime signal.

Traverse City Record-Eagle:

The local talk radio market will get a little more crowded with a planned AM station swap that will introduce some new voices and views to the airwaves... Talk radio market expanding (Tue, 2/14)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 14, 2007




You may have to find another way to get your Tigers fix this season. WMFN 640 AM radio says they will not broadcast Detroit Tigers Baseball in West Michigan. WMFN's Tyrone Bynum says he does not want to comment on where the Tigers will go. Rob Matwick, VP of Communications for the Tigers says if WMFN does opt out of carrying Tigers games one other local station has expressed interest in signing a contract to air the games this season. WOOD AM radio, who was a source for Tigers related broadcast's discontinued airing games sometime ago... Tigers looking for new home on Radio in West Michigan (Tue, 2/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 14, 2007




John Mason is in demand. Detroit Pistons fans know him simply as Mason, the Pistons’ in-arena announcer and progenitor of the call, “DEE-TROIT BASKETBALL,” and they wave and yell for his attention like he was one of the players. They did it again before the Pistons hosted the Boston Celtics last week. Mason obliged, signing as many autographs as he could before tip-off. He received handshakes and pats on the back in return as he signed his way down the line... Mason: An All-Star Announcer (Wed, 2/14)

Evening lineup change at WMGC-FM

WMGCSoft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1 has dropped 'The Magic Cafe', hosted locally by Johnny Williams, and in its place will air the syndicated John Tesh program from 8pm - 1am Sunday - Friday evenings. The new show starts tonight.

Detroit Free Press:

Turns out WMGC-FM (105.1) morning man Jim Harper has a lot in common with his new syndicated evening host, John Tesh. Both revealed they are major-league germaphobes. In an interview that aired this morning — Tesh’s show debuts today from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. — Tesh and Harper swapped tales of being enemies of all things soiled, including sharing a story about the general unhealthiness of ice cubes. They discussed the value of carrying around black lights to scan for bad things unseen under normal light... Harper, Tesh talk dirty, sort of... (Wed, 2/14)

WDET to air call-in show with Gov. Granholm

WDETDetroit Public Radio, along with other public broadcasters in the state, will air a special live call-in program with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on Friday, February 16 at 9 a.m.

Governor Granholm has laid out her plans to fix the state's economy and to balance the budget with spending cuts and tax increases that will impact many in the state. This special broadcast will be the citizens' turn to ask the Governor about her plans. Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta will host the live, call-in with Michigan's Governor Granholm. The Governor will be answering caller questions beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, February 16 in this special, one-hour
broadcast. Listeners interested in speaking with Governor Granholm during the program can call (877) 952-7870.

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Detroit Public Radio will air a one-hour special on Thursday evening, February 22 at 9pm, as Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program observes Black History Month by presenting Wynton Marsalis' "From The Plantation to the Penitentiary."

This documentary shares its title with a new Wynton Marsalis recording, due to be released March 6 on Blue Note Records. On the album, Maralis takes an uncompromising look at
America's promise of prosperity and happiness as it relates to the African American experience.

On this special, Keith David from WBGO in Newark dissects this monumental recording along with Marsalis himself, who previously was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for "Blood On The

At 7pm on the evening of February 22, Ed Love will also feature a live "From Studio A" performance by Allan Barnes and the Primetime Big Band.


First online auction open for bids through March 15. Proceeds to support student scholarships, internships and educational programs

The bidding has opened in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF), charitable online auction. The auction will raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.

Bidding in the MABF online auction is open to the general public, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

• Detroit Tigers Getaway Package: Two VIP tickets behind home plate and an overnight stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
• The Grand Hotel Golf Outing: Golf for four at the Grand Hotel’s beautiful Jewel Golf Course located on Mackinac Island

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2007



Detroit News:

John Mason wanted to see the NBA All-Star Game last year in Houston, and he couldn't get in. Couldn't get close, in fact: No pass, no ticket, not even a significant conversation with a scalper. This weekend, the Detroit Pistons' public address announcer will be courtside in Las Vegas, with the best seat and loudest speakers in the house. At the request of the NBA, and to his little-kid delight, he's the voice of all three all-star related games... DEE-troit's Mason sets standard for NBA (Fri, 2/16)

It's Friday, which means it's time to put on my detective hat and answer a few more questions from my wonderfully curious and devoted readers. This week, several readers inquired about former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) sports anchor FredMcLeod . After 17 years with the station, McLeod left in December for a sports play-by-play gig with the Cleveland Cavaliers... McLeod lands basketball gig (Fri, 2/16)

In an explosive interview with WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" show this morning, Eminem's ex-wife Kim Mathers flipped the tables on Em and cleaned out her closet live on the air for all to hear... Kim Mathers slams Eminem in radio interview (Fri, 2/16)

Detroit Free Press:

Eminem’s daughter had her radio tuned to the “Mojo in the Morning” show one day in early 2002 when she heard talk about rumors involving her baby-sitter and her dad. On a lark, the Detroit rapper dialed the station’s request line, got on the air with the startled DJs and proceeded to set the record straight. That impromptu chat was the start of an offbeat but fruitful relationship for Farmington Hills radio station WKQI-FM (95.5), which on Friday morning landed its latest blockbuster call-in from Slim Shady’s personal kingdom: a spicy interview with ex-wife Kim Mathers. Speaking with host Mojo and his on-air crew, Mathers dished hard on her ex, accusing him of losing interest in their kids, lying about ongoing drug addiction and even being bad in bed... WKQI-FM gets low-down from Eminem and ex (Fri, 2/16)

To be feted: Radio personality Frankie Darcell of WMXD-FM (92.3) at the Ford-employees African-Ancestry Network's (FAAN) 26th Annual Black History Month Celebration. Darcell will receive the 2007 Community Service Award... Names and Faces (Fri, 2/16)


Flint/Tri-Cities: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2007



Flint Journal:

Comcast subscribers may have been alarmed to see a note in their February bills stating that it may have to drop WSMH (Channel 66) "as early as March 1." What's the deal? No deal, right now. But they're working on it. Spokesmen for both sides predict the station won't get the boot from Comcast... NEW MAN IN TOWN: Country station WFBE-FM (95.1) is bringing back Keith Allen as its new morning host. He starts Monday, replacing Dave Geronimo. Allen, WFBE's afternoon drive man from 1998-2002, is a Flint resident who hopes to bring more local flavor to the show... Comcast and WSMH are working on working together (Fri, 2/16)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

The Detroit Tigers, dropped from the programming lineup at WMFN-AM (640) this week, didn't need long to find a new broadcast home in the Grand Rapids radio market. Classic rock station WLAV-FM (96.9) has reached an agreement with flagship outlet WXYT-AM (1270) in Detroit to air Tigers baseball through 2009, officials from both stations said Thursday. WMFN dropped the team Tuesday. General manager Tyrone Bynum said he "couldn't afford" to continue to air Tigers games. "It never turned into dollars. The business community never supported them," Bynum said. Citadel Broadcasting, the parent company that owns and operates WLAV, will pay "a nominal rights fee" to air each of the ballclub's games throughout its 162-game schedule, said Matt Hanlon, the company's Midwest regional president. WLAV will air night and weekend games, and sister station WBBL will pick up 19 midweek matinee games... WLAV-FM strikes deal to air Tigers games (Fri, 2/16)


Jim Davis, last heard on the air in Detroit on the ill-fated WYUR AM 1310 back in 1998, died February 11, 2007 of an apparent heart attack at his retirement home in Clearwater, Florida. Davis was 66.

Jim DavisBest known for his tenure as afternoon drive host at WXYZ AM 1270 in the 1970's, he also worked at CKWW AM 580 for several years after the "Music of Your Life" format switched over to AM 580 from CKLW AM 800 in the mid-1990s. He also worked at WOMC-FM 104.3 during the 1980's in their pre-oldies days. Davis' resume also included hosting a show for CKLW and serving as a part-time weekend weather reporter on WXYZ-TV Channel 7. In total, his broadcast career spanned 35 years in metro Detroit after his discharge from the US Army where he served in Europe for three years, broadcasting for the Armed Forces Radio Network of Europe.

Born in Greensburg, PA, he moved to Clearwater in 2001. He is survived by his son Jim Davis of Houston, TX a daughter Karen Davis of Columbus, OH., and his father James S. Davis of Clearwater.

This profile is from his days at WYUR:
The Jim Davis Show- With his laid-back style, Jim Davis is known as "everybody's friend". Jim has been pleasing radio audiences in Detroit for over 3 decades. "Top of the Hour" news and information from CNN Radio, along with traffic from the WYUR Traffic Center, weather reports, hourly sports from veteran sportscaster Jim Berk, local news and business with Scott Bradley and just the right amount of music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's. At 6:15 Jim is joined in the studio by pianist David Syme at his baby grand piano playing listeners' requests on Detroit's only live musical request show. Leave the work day far behind with your pal, your buddy, your friend, Jim Davis, weekday afternoons from 3:00 to 7:00.

Art Vuolo contributed to this report


• WCUZ FM 100.1 Bear Lake has been granted a construction permit granted to change its effective radiated power from 3,000 watts @ 328 feet to 3,800 watts @ 413 feet from a new transmitter/antenna location further north in Mansitee county.

• Northern Radio's translator of WFDX FM 92.5 licensed to Boyne City was granted its license to cover for a frequency change from 95.5 to 95.3.

• CBS has agreed to sell Green Bay's WFRV-TV Channel 5 along with WJMN-TV 3 Escanaba to Liberty Media in a complex agreement that results in essentially a tax-free exchange. Liberty will return $64 million worth of CBS stock (7,591,249 shares) along with $170 million in cash in exchange for the licenses of WFRV and WJMN.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 18, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit radio flashback- Time to jump in the radio Wayback Machine! XM Satellite Radio is back paying tribute to Detroit radio from 4 to 9 p.m. Friday with XM's "Sonic Sound Salute" to the old WKNR-AM, which broadcast at 1310. Host Terry (Motormouth) Young will use old Keener 13 DJ voice-checks, chatter from the local station of the '60s including local news, commercials, high school news and, of course, the music from the day... Names and Faces (Sun, 2/18)

On Feb. 25 at noon at the Townsend Hotel, the Board of Governors of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences -- the local Emmy people -- will induct the seven newest members of its Silver Circle. It honors those spending at least 25 years in broadcasting or media production... Emmy academy honors seven for longevity (Sun, 2/18)


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioAfter nearly 47 years in radio, I thought I’d heard it all. When XM satellite radio devoted a channel to Hanukkah music in December, I started retelling a joke that I created regarding a new radio station known as WJEW. It got laughs even from Orthodox rabbis, but now it’s no longer a joke.

Temple Israel is pleased to announce its own new Jewish radio station — and yes, it’s called WJEW. It’s managed by the temple’s high school students and Cantor Michael Smolash. Just go to www.temple-israel.org on your computer to check out the Internet radio station that can be listened to by Jewish people around the world.

“The whole idea began when I was talking to a student at Monday night school, Corey Berkowitz,” Cantor Smolash said. I mentioned that I had been wondering why there were so many Christian radio stations, but no Jewish ones. He then suggested we create one.”

Corey is the son of renowned radio consultant and one-time WJR programmer Gary Berkowitz, so he no doubt has radio in his blood.

“I’m looking forward to helping WJEW become one of the top Jewish radio stations in the country,” Berkowitz said. “I’ve grown up with radio all around me and have dedicated a great amount of time to my high school radio station.”

“We have already interviewed some big names, including Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and comedian Joel Chasnoff, which we will be airing,” Smolash said. “The students are also able to come in and run their own shows — jocking, talking about Jewish teen topics, and more.”

He added that “we were the first religious school he knew of to create a radio station like this. I hope that WJEW will be a template for similar stations at other synagogues.”

The Jewish community’s response to the station has been extremely positive. This is truly a first of its kind, and despite my weird sense of humor, this really is no joke.


XM/SiriusThis will be a very interesting story to watch unfold. For many months, the rumors of a merger between the two satellite radio companies have been getting stronger and stronger. Now that rumor has become reality, there will be a bunch of details to be worked out. Aside from getting the government to approve the deal, you can bet the National Association of Broadcasters will be fighting this move all the way. The lobbyists will certainly be busy these next few months.

Sports fans should celebrate this move - XM subscribers should gain access to the NFL, NBA, and NASCAR. Sirius subscribers get MLB, and the NHL. University of Michigan fans that have XM and not Sirius should get access to the Wolverines on a combined system.

It's a great deal for the signature personalities on both systems too - especially Howard Stern, Oprah, and Opie and Anthony. They all essentially double their audience potentials.

One thing to keep an eye on- will this announcement slow new subscriber numbers as potential customers wait and see what's going to happen with new receivers, subscription prices, and the "final" content offerings?

Press release: SIRIUS and XM to Combine in $13 Billion Merger of Equals


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 20, 2007



WDFN adds Tigers' Verlander for baseball season analysis

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has announced the signing of Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander who will provide exclusive weekly in-season call-ins and in-depth analysis during the Stoney and Wojo Show, heard weekdays from 3pm to 6pm. The partnership promises to deliver inside information from the player’s perspective as well as providing an outlet for Detroit fans to talk to one of their favorite athletes.

Justin Verlander begins his second full-season in 2007 as a major cog in the Tigers' starting rotation and looks to continue the success of his 2006 campaign which saw him win the American League Rookie of the Year award. After earning a spot in the Tigers' rotation in spring training last March, Verlander went 17-9 with a 3.63 earned run average and helped lead the Tigers to the playoffs for the first time in nearly two decades. He started four games in the postseason, including two in the World Series.

Detroit News:

The proposed merger of XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. could erase a dividing line between automotive companies. The deal announced Monday would consolidate the only two players in the emerging business of subscription satellite radio, and is sure to face tough scrutiny from federal regulators. Investors and analysts have been speculating about a deal for months. The companies billed the deal as a merger of equals, with shareholders of both companies owning approximately 50 percent of the combined company. However, Sirius will be giving $4.57 billion of its stock to XM shareholders, a substantial premium to the value of their shares... XM, Sirius join forces join forces (Tue, 2/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 21, 2007



Jerome Vaughn Returns To WDET

WDETDetroit Public Radio, WDET-FM 101.9 has announced that Jerome Vaughn has been named News Program Director and will begin his duties on March 5, 2007. Jerome Vaughn worked at WDET for 14 years prior to becoming News Director at Michigan Radio in September 2006. His return
to the WDET newsroom will contribute greatly to the station's ongoing commitment of providing a premier public radio service for metropolitan Detroit.

Jerome Vaughn has been honored with countless awards for his work from the Michigan Associated Press, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Society of Professional Journalists. He also has served as a mentor/trainer for National Public Radio's Next Generation Radio Project and developed and managed a nationally recognized internship program in
the WDET newsroom.

Vaughn replaces Joan Silvi who exited WDET late last year.

Detroit Free Press:

Talkers magazine has released its annual list of the Heavy Hundred -- its highly subjective annual view of the top 100 talk radio hosts in the United States, plus a list of 150 others it deems notable. Some highlights: WJR-AM (760) daily syndicated personalities Rush Limbaugh (1), Sean Hannity (2), Dr. Laura Schlessinger (4) and Mark Levin (20) were all in the top 20. Also listed were three WJR local show hosts: Free Press columnist Mitch Albom (59), Paul W. Smith and Glenn Haege. (Smith and Haege were listed in the alphabetical/by category section for those from 101-250). Other locals listed in the top 250 were WKRK-FM's (97.1) afternoon drive team of Deminski & Doyle and, in a most curious pick, the recently united team of Doug Karsch and Scott Anderson at WXYT-AM (1270)... Rush and Hannity are tops in talk (Wed, 2/21)

Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio hope to merge, but the channels that subscribers get probably won't broaden immediately. Company executives spelled out more details about the proposed merger between the two satellite radio companies in a news conference Tuesday. Here's what you need to know as a current (or future) customer... CEO tells how Sirius-XM merger would work (Wed, 2/21)


Flint Journal:

First it was the Pistons. Now the Tigers. Saginaw's WNEM has reached an agreement with Fox Sports Net to carry 17 Detroit Tigers games this season on its sister station, My 5 TV. FSN has the rights to 151 games, 17 of which will be carried by the team's regional TV network of which My 5 will be a part... My 5 to broadcast 17 Tigers games this summer (Wed, 2/21)


Upper Peninsula: Newsmakers Feb 23, 2007



Ironwood Daily Globe:

Michigan Tech's student-run radio station, WMTU, is hosting Keweenawesomefest, a two-day midwest music festival, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23-24. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Keweenawesomefest is a tribute to the snowy peninsula and to the burgeoning independent music community of Michigan. More impressive even than Houghton's infamous winters are those willing to brave blizzards to take to the stage... Student radio to host Keweenawesomefest (Fri, 2/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 23, 2007




The 16-hour fundraising extravaganza is scheduled for Feb. 23. The Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan, Motor City’s 104.3 FM WOMC, Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People are joining forces for the 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to raise much-needed funds for the homeless and hungry in our community. The 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon will broadcast live from the Oakland Mall in Troy from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 23rd... 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon To Benefit The Salvation Army (Fri, 2/23)

Detroit News:

Readers ask some downright hilarious questions about their favorite local TV anchors and reporters. One of the best came last week from Jennifer Golden, of Trenton, who wondered if Hank Winchester , a reporter at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), once worked on TV in Lansing. She also inquired about his romantic status... The real scoop on Hank Winchester (Fri, 2/23)

Toledo Blade:

Listen up, baseball fanatics. If you root for the Detroit Tigers or Cleveland Indians, you'll want to keep the remote control within reaching distance of your Barcalounger this season. There will be oodles of chances to sit back, relax, and enjoy America's pastime. The Toledo airwaves will be saturated with Tigers and Indians games... Tigers, Tribe rally to load local airwaves (Fri, 2/23)

Detroit Free Press:

It all starts Friday at 6 a.m. That’s when the Salvation Army of Eastern Michigan, WOMC-FM (104.3) and morning host Dick Purtan rev up the 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to raise funds for the homeless and hungry via the Army’s Bed and Bread program. The radiothon airs live from Oakland Mall through 10 p.m. Friday and will feature guest performances, entertainers, athletes and media celebrities. Pledges can be called in to 248-307-1043 or online at www.womc.com... Purtan radiothon ready to launch Friday at 6 a.m. (Thu, 2/22)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 23, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

Jim Lutton, WWMT-TV 3 vice president and general manager, sounded like a man who had just matched the winning Lotto numbers upon learning he'd acquired the local telecast rights to Detroit Tigers contests this season. Lutton, on the job since November, has secured the rights to 17 telecasts involving the Tigers, who advanced to the World Series last season. The secondary package, which is being produced and distributed by FSN Detroit, includes a pair of games scheduled to air on the local CBS affiliate and 15 more set to air on the CW affiliate, which is a WWMT sister station in the West Michigan market... Tigers find home on WWMT, CW (Fri, 2/23)

Kalamazoo Gazette:

Diane Rehm, host of a popular National Public Radio talk show that attracts the world's top newsmakers, will give a free public lecture at Western Michigan University on March 13. Rehm's talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center... NPR talk-show host Diane Rehm to speak at WMU (Fri, 2/23)


Flint/Tri-Cities: Newsmakers Feb 23, 2007



Bay City Times:

Queens, chefs, musicians, a juggler, a magician, dignitaries and a whole bunch of volunteers come together this weekend to raise a little money for the annual Bay City Fireworks Festival telethon. There also are a whole bunch of pretty cool items to bid on via telephone. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Saturday and runs for at least 33 hours... Fireworks Festival telethon begins 33-hour broadcast on Saturday (Fri, 2/23)


The 20th Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club succeed in raising $2,398,783 in 16 hours during today's event at the Oakland Mall. The 2007 total surpassed last year's effort by about $590,000. Classic Top 40 WOMC FM 104.3 devoted its broadcast day to the event which featured a large number of Metro Detroit television, radio, and business celebrities - along with a record amount of pledges from the community.

The crowd at Oakland Mall was most energized when the tally topped the $2 million mark at 9:00pm and again when Purtan was given a plaque by the Salvation Army to commemorate his 20 years helping to raise money for what has become one of the biggest radio fundraisers anywhere in the country.

Those in attendance during the last hour were also moved by the tributes to the late Gene Taylor and Mark Andrews - two of Purtan's People that cared deeply about the Radiothon and helped elevate it to what's clearly become the most significant grass roots charity drive in Metro Detroit.

Congratulations to everyone involved.

WOMC's web site features tons of pictures from the day's events.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 25, 2007



Grand Rapids Press:

Dustin Yoder found himself doing weird tasks, working crazy hours with lots of weekends spent paying his dues in the promotions department at a locally owned Regent radio station. All in hopes of breaking into the broadcast business. "Promotions assistants are a notch above worms," the 23-year-old joked. But it's all about paying your dues, especially in the radio and TV world, where many graduating college students who studied in communications want the glory of being the on-air anchor in television news or sports, or the highly paid morning drive radio talent... Broadcast: Big break requires paying dues (Sun, 2/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 25, 2007



Nearly $2.4 million raised in 16 hours during 20th Annual Dick Purtan Salvation Army Radiothon

Fundraiser sets single day record for Bed & Bread Program

radiothonDick Purtan of the Motor City's 104.3 WOMC and The Salvation Army in metro Detroit joined together for the 20th straight year setting another one-day, fundraising record as WOMC listeners and sponsors helped raise $2,398,783 in 16 hours to feed, shelter, council and rehabilitate Detroit’s homeless and hungry. Last year’s total was $1,808,440. Every penny raised for this program is used in the metro Detroit area and no administration costs are deducted from it.

The Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon was broadcast live on Friday, February 23, from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Oakland Mall in Troy.

An average of 7,000 meals are served each day to those in need via the four Bed & Bread trucks which make stops in metro Detroit’s most depressed areas. In addition, 1,700 men, women and children are sheltered and fed every day and night of the year.

This all-day event included Dick Purtan and Purtan’s People interviewing celebrities, sports figures, comedians, political and business leaders, as well as metro area children who organized creative ways to collect money on their own or through programs in their schools. The Salvation Army coordinates with schools through the Salvation Army Junior Bed & Bread Club.

“I never thought we’d get even close to $2 million but to go considerably above it is remarkable,” says Purtan. “It’s a great testament to our listeners and to the community of Southeastern Michigan. To think that even during these tough times people still found ways to contribute is just overwhelming. We are all so very grateful for their generosity.”

In honor of his significant dedication and personal contributions over the last 20 years, The Salvation Army presented Dick Purtan with an award at the end of the Radiothon commemorating all his hard work for helping make the Bed & Bread Program what it is today.

Since 1988, the Dick Purtan Radiothon has raised close to $17 million for the Bed and Bread Program, including this year’s record total of $2,398,783.

WDET to air Strayhorn Special & Williams Interview

Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program Celebrates Black History Month With Two Special Features

WDETIn honor of Black History month WDET’s Destination Jazz: Ed Love Show will air the Billy Strayhorn Broadcast Special - "Lush Life" on Tuesday, February, 27 at 9 p.m. and Ed Love's interview with jazz great Joe Williams on Wednesday, February 28 at 9 p.m.

Tuesday night's special will reveal the story of how Billy Strayhorn became one of America’s most original jazz composers yet, never acquired much fame. The show is part biography and part showcase for how today’s jazz stars approach the works of one of the twentieth century’s most enduring and important composers. The special will include comments from Bill Charlap, Dianne Reeves, Russell Malone, Joe Lovano, Hank Jones, biographer David Hajdu and many others. This one-hour special was produced by WBGO in New York and narrated by Rhonda Hamilton.

Wednesday night's special features an archived interview of WDET's own Ed Love talking with legendary jazz vocalist Joe Williams about his music and career in jazz.

Michigan Radio Wins Nine 2006 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards

WUOMMichigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been selected for nine 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Michigan Radio’s awards were received in the following categories: 'Hard News & Current Events Story', 'Mini Documentary and Series', 'Feature/Use of Medium', 'Newscast', and 'Marketing Materials and Membership Appeals'.

“We are honored to receive these awards from the MAB,” Station Manager Jon Hoban said. “They’re the result of plenty of hard work, and show the dedication of the Michigan Radio news staff to high-quality public radio journalism.”

The MAB will present the awards, as well as announce the winners of the Station of the Year awards, as part of its award ceremony on March 14. A total 841 entries were received from 28 television and 55 radio stations. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2006.


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioThere’s an old expression that goes “Please somebody shoot me,” and that’s how I felt this past week with all the Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears stories.

When Channel 4 actually brought a psychiatrist onto the news set asking whether Spears was crying out for help, I nearly put a brick through my TV set. (I changed the station, a move that proved less costly.)

Sadly, radio is also guilty of overexposing tabloid-style stories.

 • • • • • • • • 

Last Monday, Sirius and XM announced a merger between the two satellite radio companies valued at a cool $13 billion.

Since I and Mike Austerman have been writing about this relatively new technology in these pages longer than anyone else, I felt compelled to contact our three local TV newsrooms, offering to help them shed some light on this major story. It’s one that has far reaching effects on the Big Three automakers and, particularly, Oakland County-based Delphi, which makes and distributes most of the XM radios. Certainly it was a story of great local interest.

Results? Not one single TV station felt the need to even return the call.

In the business world, the bigger the deal, the longer it takes to complete. And this is a big deal. The top brass at both companies — Mel Karmazin at Sirius and Gary Parsons at XM — feel it will be a done deal by the end of this year. Parsons was actually quoted as saying: “This transaction is about choice. No longer will subscribers have to choose between Howard Stern (on Sirius) or Opie & Anthony (XM).”


West Michigan: Newsmakers Feb 26, 2007



Muskegon Chronicle:

Even when he was a youngster growing up in Muskegon Heights, Paul Allen Billings dreamed of being on radio. On some days his bicycle would just sort of steer itself over to the WQWQ studio on Peck Street. There on the sidewalk, straddling his bike, he would stare through the window, captivated by the disc jockey working the mike inside. Did the deejay ever stare back?... Muskegon's black radio stations find community of waiting ears (Mon, 2/26)

Wherever there's a path, someone had to break the trail. On Muskegon's radio airwaves, that someone was Mattie Wesley Davis. It was Les Edwards. It was Saranto "Shabadoo" Waller. Davis, better known as "Mother Davis," was the Jackie Robinson of local broadcasting. In 1947, the same year that Robinson first tugged on a Dodger uniform, Davis broke in with a Sunday morning show on Muskegon's WMUS... They broke the color barrier of the air (Mon, 2/26)


Paul Boscarino Joins Regent/Grand Rapids As Dir./Sales: PAUL BOSCARINO joins REGENT COMMUNICATIONS/GRAND RAPIDS as Dir./Sales after a decade long run at CLEAR CHANNEL/GRAND RAPIDS in the same capacity. PAUL told ALL ACCESS, "When my 10-year position as the DOS for CC/GRAND RAPIDS was eliminated as part of the restructuring leading up to the sale, REGENT was at the top of a very short list I compiled of broadcasting companies I wanted to work for because of their quality operation here and the respect I formed for BILL STAKELIN dating back to when he re-energized the RAB. Upon arrival, I quickly discovered what a truly terrific company REGENT is, and I am very happy to be part of it." (Mon, 2/26)


Lansing/Jackson: Newsmakers Feb 27, 2007



Lansing State Journal:

For the past four years, Daniel Granholm Mulhern has been the confidante, coach and soul mate to Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Although he has led volunteer efforts, he largely has stayed behind the scenes, serving as the governor's sounding board and helping raise the couple's three children. But with a new 200-page book on leadership just out and a daily radio show starting Monday evening, Mulhern is moving onto a far more public stage. As he learned last week, it can be a tricky spot for someone married to the governor... Mulhern starting radio show: Granholm's spouse to have weekday call-in program (Tue, 2/27)

CMU grad student's interactive movie set for premiere at University's film festival

Patrick Brown never would have guessed that a broken back would eventually lead him to groundbreaking creative endeavors. Brown, a graduate assistant in Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, overcame the back injury he suffered in 2001, and during his lengthy recuperation at his parents' home in Rochester, N.Y., he began dabbling in screen writing. After graduating from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2002, Brown took a job in sales, but it wasn't long before he realized that his true passion was film.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 27, 2007



WMXD adds more syndicated programming

WMXDAdult Urban WMXD-FM, Mix 92.3, has added "The Keith Sweat Hotel" to its daily program lineup from 7 pm - midnight. Hosted by R&B singer and music producer Keith Sweat, the program originates from Atlanta and got its start yesterday by clearing on twelve stations across the country. Sweat's program is distributed by Premiere Radio Networks.

Sweat commented, "Radio is one of the reasons I wanted to be a singer, so I've always had an interest in that part of the business. And now, the timing is right for me to add something different to my legacy and to take a chance in sharing who I am on a more intimate level with those listeners checkin' into the Sweat Hotel."

The Keith Sweat Hotel is a music-intensive program with 10-12 songs an hour – R&B and slow jamz from the 70s, 80s, 90s, and today. Also featured on the show will be special guests, live in-studio musical performances, and listener confessions, apologies and dedications.

Sweat's program joins syndicated drive-time shows from Steve Harvey mornings and Michael Baisden afternoons on WMXD, leaving Frankie Darcell's 10am - 3pm show as the station's only locally-based program during the prime weekday hours of 6am - midnight.

Detroit News:

After nearly losing his life, it's amazing that broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff has maintained a sense of humor, purpose, familial obligation and the desire to continue working in his field. Today, he is a grateful man on a mission. "I feel lucky," said the Bloomfield Hills native, who is still recovering from the traumatic brain injury he suffered Jan. 29, 2006. On that day, an explosive device hit the convoy he and his cameraman, Doug Vogt, were riding in while on assignment in Iraq. Vogt received less-severe head injuries. On Monday, Woodruff held a press conference in New York to talk about his health and tonight's documentary "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." The ABC special combines Woodruff's own chilling story with a rage-inducing investigation of military families dealing with the debilitating injuries of their loved ones with little to no help. To plug the documentary, Woodruff will also appear today on ABC's "Good Morning America" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show"... Battling back (Tue, 2/27)

Detroit Free Press:

Appearing: At 4 p.m. March 11 at Barnes & Noble, 3120 Fairlane Drive in Allen Park, WDMK-FM (105.9) syndicated afternoon drive personality Wendy Williams with copies of her New York Times best-sellers "The Wendy Williams Experience" and "Wendy's Got the Heat." Details at 313-271-0688... Names and Faces (Tue, 2/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 28, 2007



Metro Times:

On the I-75 service drive at Casmere, it's a pulsing, multilayered FM soundscape that throbs from your car radio speakers, momentarily displacing the cheap pitchmen hawking their goods at 107.9. Be warned: If you're moving too fast, you'll barely notice it, even if you're looking. Near Tillman Street and Michigan Avenue, the static is broken by a soft-spoken man talking about making music and art that's off the Starbucks nation radar while he's, apparently, making tea... Radio Free Detroit (Wed, 2/28)

Detroit Free Press:

Dave Woodruff cried Tuesday morning as he watched his brother Bob return to national television, 13 months after he was injured by a roadside bomb that exploded while he was reporting for ABC News in Iraq. "We were thrilled beyond words," said Dave Woodruff, 47, of Birmingham. "This is the day that we've been praying for all these months, for him to come back and speak for himself and tell the story. Really, that's what he does"... TV's Woodruff is back; Mich. family is thrilled (Wed, 2/28)

Changing stations: Local health and fitness expert Peter Nielsen. Formerly with WWJ-AM (950), he'll have weekday, one-minute vignettes on WJR-AM (760) beginning at noon March 12... Names and Faces (Wed, 2/28)


Michigan Almanac: Feb 28, 2007



Detroit Free Press:

She's on the road again, with an even bigger deficit to talk about. Gov. Jennifer Granholm will travel to five Michigan cities and conduct town hall meetings -- all televised live -- to discuss Michigan's troubled economy. The first is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Traverse City. It will air locally with a studio audience picked by WWTV-TV...

Granholm Town Hall Schedule/Stations:
• Northern Michigan -- Thursday, 7 p.m. on WWTV-TV/WWUP-TV (Channels 9 & 10)
• Flint -- Monday, 8 p.m. on WJRT-TV (Channel 12)
• Detroit -- Tuesday, 7 p.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)
• Grand Rapids -- March 7, 7 p.m. on WOOD-TV (Channel 8)
• Lansing -- March 8, 7 p.m. on WILX-TV (Channel 10)

Granholm will talk deficit at town hall meetings (Wed, 2/28)

Detroit News:

With budget negotiations stalled in the state capital, Gov. Jennifer Granholm will do what she does best: Take her show on the road. Starting Thursday in Traverse City, Granholm will talk with citizens about plans for the future of Michigan -- including her two-penny service tax proposal -- at five televised town hall meetings. The tour will take her to Flint, Southfield, Grand Rapids and Lansing over the next 10 days... Granholm to go on the road (Wed, 2/28)


Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing March 13 and 14

MABEvery successful business and professional organization faces the prospect of having to reinvent itself in the facing of changing competition and emerging technologies. That theme will be front and center as the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) hosts its annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC) on Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14 at the Lansing Center located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing.

GLBC 2007, which is titled Re-Imagine Business Through Innovation, features diverse sessions designed to reach a wide cross-section of broadcasting professionals. Management, sales, programming and engineering tracks will focus on how broadcasters can effectively compete in a rapidly changing environment.







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