Mike Austerman: April 2007 Archives

Grand Rapids Press:

Spring break sometimes means trips to museums and parks with moms and dads. For those staying home this week, some special friends are inviting you to come on over -- and you don't even have to leave home. "Come On Over!" the children's TV show co-produced by the Grand Rapids Children's Museum, will be seen every day this week on WOTV-TV (Channel 41)... Local show airs daily for break week (Sun, 4/1)

According to the February ratings book, WOOD-TV (Channel 8) continues to dominate as the local television news leader in all newscasts. The station has the highest ratings in all news time periods... WOOD-TV newscasts lead ratings (Sun, 4/1)

The spring's first Hat Trick Concert Series show was a record-breaker. Pete Bruinsma, music director for WYCE-FM (88.1) reports the station collected $2,500 in donations at Monday night's concert by folk-rock's Amy Speace and the Tearjerks, more than doubling the previous high... Hat Trick show scores (Sun, 4/1)

Raquel Segerra (a.k.a. Riley) was the morning show producer/talent for one year on WSNX-FM's (104.5) Puddin's Playhouse. "She is not with the company right now but has offers all over the country," said Eric O'Brien (EOB) program/Web content director and on-air talent (2-7 p.m.). Riley's replacement is Angie Vuyst, who has worked in a variety of capacities for Clear Channel radio for 8 years... Changes at WSNX, WMAX (Sun, 4/1)

Add another station to the list for nationally syndicated, "Free Beer and Hot Wings." This time, it's on Maverick Rock WDRK (99.9) in Eau Claire, Wis., which debuted the program last week... Wisconsin gets 'Beer and Wings' (Sun, 4/1)


WDET's "Detroit Today" launches Monday April 2

Public WDET-FM's 101.9 new local public affairs program, "Detroit Today," is set to debut on Monday, April 2 at 10am. The two-hour program will air weekdays, and hosting the program for its first week will be WDET's Matt Watroba.

Detroit Today features for the first week will include:
Monday- Opening Day in Detroit; Features include a conversation with Dan Dickerson, a story from former Detroiter and baseball fan, NPR's Don Gonyea, a look at what it is the Tigers' groundskeeper does and Matt Watroba has a conversation with his dad from Tigers' spring training in Florida. Also, Chuck Horn presents a music review of a new baseball CD box set.

Tuesday- Auto Industry; Has Detroit put all their eggs in the automotive basket, and if so what can we do about it? We'll hear from automotive analysts, as well as the governor's office on their plans for the near future. A social worker from MI Works, a social service that helps former auto workers transition into new jobs.

Wednesday- Education; What's the current state of education in this state, and in Detroit? Rev. Jimmy Womack, as well as others involved with the recent proposed school closings discuss the many issues.

Thursday- Health Care; Why are big hospitals being built in the suburbs, while access to heath care within the city isn't as accessible. We'll talk with Detroit Renaissance president Doug Rothwell about economic growth in the city, and a conversation with Dr. Calvin Trent about bridging the cultural divide.

Friday- Faith; On this Good Friday, Reverend Robert Jones and his wife Beatrice will discuss Easter while Rabbi Wolpe will discuss the Jewish Holiday Passover. The reverend and his wife will also perform some spirituals in-studio. A local woman discusses culinary alternatives to Passover fare, and we'll hear the story of one woman trying to preserve her heritage by keeping her families tradition of designing Easter eggs.


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioIt’s Palm Sunday and April Fool’s Day, so beware of your favorite station pulling a prank on you, the listener.

But tomorrow is Opening Day at Comerica Park, and there’s more buzz about the Tigers this year than any other in memory. Remember, this year will be the first time ever that Detroit baseball will be broadcast FM. All the games will be carried on hot talk WKRK-FM (97.1), which, especially after sundown, when many games are played, will make reception far better than the limited nighttime coverage of sports WXYT-AM (1270).

XM subscribers, meanwhile, can hear any game anywhere in the country. When the Tigers are at home, they’ll also feature Dan Dickerson and Jim Price at the helm with the Detroit broadcast on XM. Very cool indeed. Go Tigers!

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Just in time for the baseball season is a brand new four-CD set called “Ernie Harwell’s Audio Scrapbook.” If you love the game, or know someone who does, this is a must have, containing just about every memorable Ernie moment. You can get your own copy via his Web site, www.eharwell.com. We’re so very lucky to have this special sports icon, and his beautiful wife, Lulu, in Oakland County.


Detroit Free Press:

Baseball is fun again, the way it's supposed to be. Just ask Dan Dickerson. Entering his eighth season in the Tigers' radio booth and fifth as the lead play-by-play announcer on WXYT-AM (1270), he uses the word a lot these days. Maybe it's because it didn't come up a lot of nights during his first six years in the booth, when the Tigers were averaging nearly 100 losses. Not that he's complaining, after last season. "I've always loved this job, but then you realize how much more fun it can be," Dickerson said. "I hadn't ever even experienced a winning season. It was just a blast. With a winning team, there's just more stuff to talk about, more good stuff"... Tigers' long-awaited fun reaches broadcast booth (Mon, 4/2)

Anchor Devin Scillian, photojournalist Tim Pamplin and editor Vanessa Ogletree won the 2007 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best News Documentary for their work on the special "The China Syndrome: Where Did All the Jobs Go?" The Murrow Award is one of the highest honors for television news... WDIV wins documentary award (Mon, 4/2)


Grand Rapids Press:

It's a confident clubhouse. The Detroit Tigers open the baseball season with a sense of accomplishment after their appearance in the World Series last season. No other American League team can make that claim. "There's a swagger about them," FSN Detroit play-by-play broadcaster Mario Impemba said of the Tigers during the final week of spring training in Lakeland, Fla. "There's a quiet confidence about them. They know they're good"... FSN ready to ride Tigers bandwagon (Mon, 4/2)


• Spring Arbor University has been served with a Notice of Apparent Liability by the FCC for a late license renewal application and unauthorized operation of a translator for WSAE-FM in Kalamazoo. W258AH 99.5 was served with a NAL in the amount of $7,000 for the transgressions however the station was also granted its license renewal despite the fines.

FCC document (.pdf):
Notice of Apparent Liability

• WWKR FM 94.1 Hart was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 13,000 watts @ 463 feet to 5,000 watts @ 682 feet. The station's antenna will move from Mason County southeast of Ludington to Oceana County east of Hart.


Smith to pinch hit for Limbaugh

News-talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith will sit in for syndicated host Rush Limbaugh on Friday, April 6th. The Rush Limbaugh Show airs live from noon-3pm. In addition to WJR, which airs it live, the program is heard on several other radio stations across Michigan.

Detroit News:

The next time Rod Allen is working a Tigers game, listen carefully. Allen, color analyst for Tigers telecasts, is fun to listen to and insightful. He might be the best color analyst in Motown. Allen, a former Tigers outfielder, is so good at telling you what's going to happen before it actually does. Although Allen technically was wrong, his best example came about a year ago... Allen has the gift of foresight (Wed, 4/4)

You have to give it up for fans and viewers of local newscasts. They notice everything and are always armed with questions about their favorite anchors and reporters. For instance, one reader called me as soon as he stopped seeing WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) reporter Val Clark on the air. No worries, my dear reader. Clark has been doing a lot of weekends, covering for reporter Heather Catallo , who has been out on maternity leave. Now that Catallo has returned, you will be seeing a lot more of Clark during the week, Grace Gilchrist, WXYZ's vice president and general manager assures us... Channel 7's Val Clark to return to weekdays (Wed, 4/4)

Metro Times

For 12 years, the studios of WDET were home for late-night heartthrob Liz Copeland and her radio show. Her heady nocturnal mix of sweet sounds, from classic techno to Curtis Mayfield to Nick Cave to Alice Coltrane, provided a perfect soundtrack for insomnia, all-nighters and hookups... Motor City Cribs- Liz Copeland's studio space (Wed, 4/4)


WDVD Names Fig Creative Services Director:
ABC Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT officially names former WWCK/FLINT, MI PD BRIAN "FIG" FIGULA as Creative Services Director. FIG has been in an interim position with the company since DECEMBER 2006, replacing 25-year station veteran CHRIS CONN. In addition to production and imaging, FIG will also handle on-air duties. And be sure to look for FIG to make an appearance on the FOX-TV comedy "WAR AT HOME" with MICHAEL RAPAPORT on SUNDAY, APRIL 22 at 7:30p ET; he'll be an extra at a graduation party. (Tue, 4/3)


Flint Journal:

Morning radio DJ "Blondie" of WHNN-FM (96.1) offered her usual banter today - but from Hurley Health and Fitness Center in Flint, where she had gastric bypass surgery a year ago. How much did she lose? Drum roll, please: It's 130 pounds... DJ walking on air in year since surgery (Wed, 4/4)


Michigan Radio’s Spring Membership Drive Raises over $730,000

Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, finished a successful Spring Membership Drive last Friday, March 30, bringing in more than $730,000.

The 2007 Spring Membership Drive raised money through a variety of sources, including:
- Over $580,000 in contributions from listeners.
- Over $150,000 generated from corporate support linked to first-time and renewing member incentives. These incentives were critical in recruiting over 700 new members during the Spring Membership Drive.

This drive’s success amounts to a three percent increase in listener contributions over last spring’s drive. Membership support is the single largest source of income for the station.

“It’s gratifying to see that more and more listeners value our service and are willing to make a personal investment in supporting their station,” says Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. “The success of Michigan Radio is in our listeners’ hands and they recognize their responsibility to keep the station strong.”

Michigan Radio includes WUOM (91.7 FM/Ann Arbor), WFUM-FM (91.1 FM/Flint), and WVGR (104.1 FM/Grand Rapids). Michigan Radio is a service of Michigan Public Media.

Vincent Duffy to become News Director for Michigan Radio

Ohio Media Watch is reporting that Michigan Radio has hired Vincent Duffy to take over as news director for WUOM/WFUM/WVGR as well have some opportunities to do some work for WFUM-TV 28 Flint. Duffy is currently the program director for Kent State University's WKSU, a job he will leave in May to make the move to Ann Arbor.

The news director slot at WUOM opened in February when Jerome Vaughn left the stations to rejoin WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.


WOMC PD Steve Allan Exits:
CBS Oldies WOMC (THE MOTOR CITY'S 104.3)/DETROIT PD STEVE ALLAN and the station part ways after a three year run. No word on an official replacement, however consultant GARY BERKOWITZ is in the chair until a new PD is named. (Thu, 4/5)

Detroit Free Press:

Talk about your late Christmas gifts. Soft rocker WNIC-FM, traditionally the first station to play Christmas music by segueing Halloween's "Monster Mash" into Yuletide's "Come All Ye Faithful," ended up on the top of the radio ratings heap in Wednesday's Arbitron tote of listeners for December, January and February... Santa pulls WNIC ratings to the top (Thu, 4/5)

Detroit News:

The first pitch has been thrown, pennant raised and hopes renewed. And for Tigers fans, that's only the beginning. They now have more choices in how -- and when -- to get their Tigers fix. Take Channel 7 (WXYZ). The station has added an interactive feature at wxyz.com called "The Dugout." Anchors/reporters Vic Faust and Tom Leyden, along with interactive content manager Dave Manning, post stories, interviews and other material that doesn't fit into the three- to four-minute daily sportscast. They were thrilled with their Web-only pregame show from Opening Day... 'Dugout' feature gives Tigers fans their fix (Thu, 4/5)


Top 5 stations among listeners age 12 and up: WNIC FM 100.3, WMXD FM 92.3, WJR AM 760, WJLB FM 97.9, and WKQI FM 95.5... Winter phase 2 radio ratings chart, Detroit (Wed, 4/4)

Judy Adams On the Radio

Veteran Detroit broadcaster and music aficionado, Judy Adams is doing two weekly radio shows available to metro Detroit listeners on two local FM stations: Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7 and College oriented CJAM-FM 91.5 and to music fans all over the world on the internet at V987.com and CJAM.ca.

This week's highlights:
- The Judy Adams Program, Tuesdays at 9:00 AM on CJAM, expresses the universality of music. Presenting an array of genres from different time periods that exemplify the ultimate musical expressions and creations from a culturally diverse palate. Jazz, rock, world, blues, folk, roots, electronic and beyond. On Tuesday April 10th, Judy will present music from the new Angelique Kidjo CD, "DJIN DJIN", with guest appearances by Carlos Santana, Amadou and Mariam, Alicia Keys and others.

- The Jazz Cafe Discovery Series Radio Program, Sundays at 11pm on WVMV, features live on tape performances of new and emerging Detroit-area Jazz talent recorded at the Jazz Cafe and at the Music Hall. On Sunday April 8th, performances by the Tracy Kash Thomas Quartet and M.L. Leiber's "Magic Poetry Band" recorded this past week at the Jazz Cafe Discovery Series at the Music Hall in downtown Detroit will be featured.



Mark Elliot Exits Traverse City For Evansville:
After three years on the frozen tundra of Northern MICHIGAN, NORTHERN BROADCASTING Classic Hits WFCX-WFDX (THE FOX)/TRAVERSE CITY PD MARK ELLIOT makes the not so giant leap south to SOUTH CENTRAL AC WIKY/EVANSVILLE as PD/afternooner. "I'm so grateful to CHARLIE FERGUSON and the folks in TRAVERSE CITY for the chance they gave me with THE FOX FM. It's a great station and I know it will continue to succeed. And now I'm just as grateful to be handed the reins to the number one station in Southern INDIANA. There is a talented crew all ready in the building at WIKY, all I have to do is make sure I don't screw it up." Back at THE FOX, TODD MARTIN is named PD, adding to his duties as PD of sister AC station WSRT. (Thu, 4/5)



Saginaw's FM Talk 100.5 Adds Mancow, Miller:


Grand Rapids Press:

In an attempt to further raise the profile of its football basketball programs, the Grand Valley State athletic department felt it needed to find a new local radio partner. The search didn't take long. A week after terminating its relationship with WBBL-AM (1340), GVSU has struck a partnership with Clear Channel Radio of Grand Rapids that makes WMAX-FM (96.1) the new flagship station for football and basketball... WMAX to air football, men's basketball games (Fri, 4/6)


MLive.com Tigers Insider

Almost every Tiger game is on television this year, and now that the Extra Innings package is going back on cable, you can watch the Tigers from almost anywhere. Except for some parts of Northwest Ohio... TV problems in Northwest Ohio (Thu, 4/5)


GREATER MEDIA Sports WPEN-A/PHILADELPHIA PD/morning host GREGG HENSON exits the station. HENSON tells readers of his blog that he is returning to DETROIT, where he hosted at WDFN-A, WXYT-A, and WKRK (LIVE 97.1), to run his own business. (Fri, 4/6)

The South End:

Some Wayne State students are upset about Detroit Public Radio 101.9 FM WDET's decision to scale back its music in favor of more news and information programming. WDET has decided to cancel several music shows including "Alternate Take with Liz Copeland," "The Best of the DSO," "Day to Day" and "Front Row and Center." The station kept Ed Love's jazz program. Michael Julien's Global Mix will continue to air at its usual time. The "Arkansas Traveler" and "Folks Like Us" music shows will remain on the program schedule... Student opinions vary on WDET's shift from music to news (Fri, 4/6)


CMU's National Broadcasting Society chapter earns accolades at annual national convention

Central Michigan University's chapter of the National Broadcasting Society was honored several times over during the organization's annual convention. The awards accepted by the chapter during the late-March conference in Chicago were:

* CMU's NBS chapter was named the nation's Most Improved Chapter of the Year and achieved Model Chapter Status.

* CMU NBS Adviser Jerry Henderson, associate professor in the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, was named National Adviser of the Year.

* Oakley junior Ashleigh Klipper was named National Communication Coordinator of the Year.

* Novi sophomore Dan Church was named National Rookie Member of the Year.

There are 80 NBS chapters nationwide, and CMU's chapter won more of the personal recognition awards than any other at the convention, Henderson said. Additionally, five CMU student projects were finalists in NBS's 2006-07 National Student Electronic Media Competition, with each receiving Honorable Mention awards. These included:

* Grosse Pointe Woods senior Michael Greiner and Boyne City senior Sheryl Sturza for "Chippewa River Rafting" in the Video Feature Segment category;

* Tianjin, China, graduate student Bowen Dou and Novi junior Caleb Newman for CMU's NBS Web site (www.bca.cmich.edu/NBS) in the Web Design/NBS Site category;

* Greiner for the A-OK Films Web site (www.a-okfilms.com) in the Web Design/Overall Site category;

* Greiner and May 2006 graduate David Seger for "The Imperial" in the Video Comedy Segment category; and

* Greiner and Muskegon graduate student Tom Kauffman for "Jam Session: Bad Emo Band" in the Video Comedy Segment category.

NBS's mission is "to enhance the development of college and university students involved in broadcasting, cable, Internet communication, telecommunication and other electric media." Rochester, N.Y., graduate student Patrick Brown was president of CMU's NBS chapter in 2006-07; Church recently was elected to lead the group during the 2007-08 academic year.

CMU grad student selected for prestigious summer fellowship program

A Central Michigan University graduate student has been selected to a highly competitive summer broadcasting fellowship program.

CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts graduate assistant Bowen Dou of Tianjin, China, will be one of only 30 students participating in the International Radio and Television Society Foundation's annual Summer Fellowship Program. More than 800 students applied for the program.

"This summer fellowship program is one of the best internships in the U.S.," Dou said. "Applicants were from all over the country, and they have excellent achievements in the broadcast industry. I am very honored that I was selected."

Fellows in the IRTS program train during an extensive one-week orientation to broadcasting, cable, advertising and news media and then gain real-world experience in New York-based media corporations.

"I look forward to sharing my experience with media elites from other universities and industry professionals that I will be meeting with in New York City," Dou said.

Job placement has not been determined, but Dou - CMU's fourth-ever BCA student to be selected for the fellowship - hopes to work in the new media or commercial production fields.

She manages the BCA Web site, as well as the Web sites of WMHW-FM and News Central 34. She also is the senior designer and president of Moore Media Digital Design, a BCA cocurricular organization, and has completed internships with WNEM-TV and China Central Television.

"Bowen's acceptance into the prestigious IRTS Fellowship Program is a testament not only to her multimedia technical abilities, but also to the clarity of her career goals and her ability to communicate with top industry leaders," said Peter Orlik, School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts director. "BCA is proud to have students like Bowen who demonstrate the ability and sense of purpose to take full advantage of opportunities offered in our classes and cocurricular units."

Michigan Television Wins Five 2006 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards

Michigan Television, the public television service from the University of Michigan, has been selected for five 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Michigan Television’s awards were received in the following categories:

News Special or Documentary: “Front Porch Theatre” – First Place
This program, produced by Michigan Television’s Gary Ewell, is a video time capsule, chronicling bygone days in Flint’s many neighborhoods. “Front Porch Theatre” captures the essence of a two-year undertaking by the Sloan Museum to document and share the history of Flint’s residents.

Mini Documentary and Series: “Matrix: Shipwreck Museum" & "Shadow Towns” - Merit
“Shipwreck Museum” explores the historical significance and human drama of the people who dedicated their lives to the safety of others via the lighthouse. “Shadow Towns” examines the history of three Michigan cities and their journey from boom towns to shadow towns and highlights their current revitalizations.

Feature/Use of Medium: “Matrix: Howell Opera House” – First Place
Since its closing in 1924, the Howell Opera House has sat, virtually untouched. This segment/short gives us a brief look into the golden days [1880-1924] of small town opera houses, most of which are currently extinct.

Feature/Use of Medium: “Flint Institute of Arts Renewal” – Merit
This program reveals the beautiful expansion of the Flint Institute of Arts, a truly magnificent art museum for a city of Flint’s size. The production team utilized sweeping dolly moves to provide added dimension to the gorgeous new galleries.

Cultural & Performing Arts: “Ann Arbor Film Festival” - Merit
This program brings all the fun and excitement of the festival’s many activities as well as films from the competition and special screenings.

“This is only the second year we have been considered for Broadcast Excellence Awards,” Station Manager Jennifer White said. “I am thrilled that our efforts are being recognized by the MAB and I look forward to more great things from Michigan Television in the future.”


Ann Arbor News:

Local public radio stations wrapped up fundraising drives last week, exceeding their goals. WEMU, which broadcasts from Eastern Michigan University, exceeded its fund-raising goal by 18 percent, raising $130,145 in its March 23-31 donation drive. "We're thrilled that we've had such great community support,'' said Molly Motherwell, development director for WEMU... Fundraisers exceed goals (Sat, 4/7)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioThankfully, the Easter holiday hasn’t become what Christmas has in recent years. If Easter were treated like Christmas on the radio, we’d have been listening to “Here Comes Peter Cottontail” on soft rock WNIC-FM (100.3) since about Valentine’s Day.

For this holiday, about the only special programming you’ll hear is on a number of stations that have dedicated themselves to broadcasting the word of God 365 days a year.

The most-listened to religious station in town is WMUZ-FM (103.5), which carries a combination of talk and contemporary Christian music during different parts of the day. The rest of the area’s religious stations, all of which boast a very loyal listener base, are on the AM dial.

Gospel WEXL-AM (1340), talk WLQV-AM (1500), and talk WRDT-AM (560) all carry 24/7 Christian programming and are joined by WCAR-AM (1090) and WDEO-AM (990), both of which focus on Roman Catholic listeners. Daytime-only WUFL-AM (1030) features a combination of Christian music and talk, and WCHB-AM (1200) programs gospel-based shows evenings, overnights and weekends.

Although these stations aren’t often discussed in this column, it’s obvious by looking at the sheer number of radio outlets that remain loyal to religious-based programming year after year that the market for this type of programming is quite large — even if it’s fragmented among so many stations locally.

Interestingly, the Detroit market has no stations that focus full-time on contemporary Christian music. In the Grand Rapids area, there are several stations that feature around-the-clock Christian top 40 and soft-rock sounds that do quite well in the ratings there and enjoy much higher visibility compared to our religious radio outlets. I wonder if that some day in the future one of the big commercial operators in town might take a chance on one of these formats instead of playing “copy the cross-town competitor” when they decide to move in a new direction.


FSN Detroit has added the Tigers-Toronto Blue Jays game on Thursday, April 12 to its schedule
of telecasts on FSN PLUS. The Red Wings-Calgary NHL playoff opener that night will air on FSN Detroit. FSN Detroit is offering FSN PLUS this spring on nights when the network has dual events scheduled for the same particular time period. On dates with simultaneous games, FSN Detroit will carry either the Red Wings or Pistons game, while the Tigers will be on FSN PLUS. Most cable and satellite providers will open up an alternate channel to accommodate the FSN PLUS telecast.


Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 will look to broadcast another conference in an attempt to recoup revenue now that the Big Ten is moving its non-national football games this fall to its own satellite channel. Last season, WXYZ bought 11 games, including six with either the University of Michigan or Michigan State University, to broadcast over the air in addition to the network games, said Marla Drutz, the station’s programming director. With the advent of the Chicago-based Big Ten Network, those games no longer will be available for over-the-air broadcast. The 24-hour network starts in August on DirecTV and initially will carry at least 35 football games not picked up by ABC or ESPN... Big Ten Network takes football games from WXYZ (Mon, 4/9)

Detroit Free Press:

The apologies have been made. But the story is far from over. The Don Imus controversy has moved on to the implications of what happens next -- to his career and, more important, to the national conversation about race. Word broke Monday night that the syndicated "Imus in the Morning" radio show will be suspended for two weeks on CBS Radio and MSNBC, beginning April 16... Apologies, and then what for Imus? (Tue, 4/10)

Yes, we are angry over radio host Don Imus losing his mind on his nationally syndicated show and calling members of the Rutgers University women's basketball team "nappy-headed hos." But step away from the anger for a minute. Imus may have done us two favors. First, his comments were incendiary. If they incite haters to do harm, then he will have aided and abetted hate crimes, which has to make law enforcement consider hate speech as a motivation for crime... Get rid of Imus -- and sexist rap, too (Tue, 4/10)

This isn't shaping up to be a good week for womankind. I've written recently about the twin oppressions of racism and sexism, arguing that for me, the sting of sexism cuts deeper. As if to help me reiterate the point, along comes shock jock Don Imus, insulting the Rutgers University women's basketball team, eight of whom are African American... Imus insult is a double whammy (Tue, 4/10)



WDZZ Is The Newest Keith Sweat Affiliate
PREMIERE’s Director Of Marketing, MARTIN MELIUS, checks in to update us on the newest KEITH SWEAT HOTEL affiliation. CUMULUS MEDIA Urban AC WDZZ/FLINT, MI is the latest station to come aboard. They will begin airing KEITH SWEAT’s syndicated nighttime show MONDAY, APRIL 16th. (Tue, 4/10)



CIMX Launching 'World Premier Fridays'
CHUM LTD. Alternative CIMX (89X)/WINDSOR-DETROIT launches "WORLD PREMIER FRIDAYS" beginning FRIDAY THE 13TH. Each week at 9p, nighttimer JAY HUDSON will debut a new album in its entirety. This FRIDAY, 89X "WORLD PREMIER FRIDAY will debut the new NINE INCH NAILS "Year Zero" CD. You can tune-in at www.89xradio.com. (Tue, 4/10)


Detroit News:

Local cable providers are jumping on the Tigers bandwagon. Some 95 percent of operators statewide, including the largest in Metro Detroit, picked up Wednesday night's Tigers vs. Orioles game, despite it being bumped from its familiar home on FSN Detroit. The game was carried on the newly created FSN Plus feed, which will pick up at least three more Tigers telecasts in the next week when games conflict with the Pistons or Red Wings. The feed is temporarily slotted into cable providers' basic lineup -- on Comcast Local or the Home Shopping Network, for example... FSN Plus pulls off juggling act to air baseball with Wings, Pistons in playoffs (Thu, 4/12)

Will America go crazy for a sharp-dressed man from Canada? We'll know soon, as CBC icon Don Cherry joins NBC's Stanley Cup Finals coverage. Details have yet to be ironed out, but Cherry and NBC analyst Brett Hull, a former Red Wing, will guest on each other's networks. It's a shame it's taken this long for the outspoken Cherry and his unique wardrobe to migrate across the border... Cherry joining NBC? Sweet! (Thu, 4/12)

Detroit Free Press:

Grapes and Hullie -- the new morning show on MSNBC? Nope, during the Stanley Cup finals Don Cherry and Brett Hull will appear together on both NBC and CBC. The exact details are TBA, but the two talked about the alliance with reporters during a Tuesday teleconference... Cherry, Hull to stir the pot (Thu, 4/12)


Detroit Free Press:

CBS dumped Don Imus from his radio program Thursday, a major move in a media saga that has morphed into a societal referendum. It was a significant moment not just for broadcasting, but also for the culture at large. "Not having him on radio completes the penalty or response that was commensurate with what was done," said Rev. Horace Sheffield III, who's been involved in local efforts to call for Imus's firing. Sheffield said the pressure was on CBS to act, especially after MSNBC announced Wednesday it was canceling the Imus simulcast...
Imus' firing resonates beyond radio (Fri, 4/13)

Oakland Business Review:

If there's one thing Metro Detroit can't get enough of, it's sports. But are there enough sports fanatics in the metropolitan area to support two 24-hour sports-talk radio stations? So far, the answer is yes. Southfield-based WXYT-AM (1270) in January announced a contract extension with the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings, making it clear the station will continue battling Farmington-based ratings and revenue leader WDFN-AM (1130). "The great thing about sports stations has been even though they never do well - if you look at the ratings book, they're never a big contender - they're wonderful for reaching males," said Dick Kernen, vice president of industry relations for the Southfield-based Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. "As such, they are great favorites for people who like to sell things to men." Because of that, both stations have earned revenue that would be hard to match if they changed formats. WDFN has been the traditional winner but has lost ground to its competitor in both the ratings and revenue categories. WDFN grossed $5 million in 2005, according to BIA Research Inc., compared to $4.2 million for WXYT. The 2006 number is likely higher for WXYT, though, thanks to the World Series run of the Tigers... WXYT, WDFN battle for 1st place in sports radio (Thu, 4/12)


Flint Journal:

Charter Communications Inc., has announced plans to carry Flint's WSMH (Channel 66) in high definition throughout Charter's mid-Michigan network. The channel will be available on DigitalCable channel 786 starting April 16, the company said in a news release. Customers need a high-definition receiver on their HDTV set to receive the broadcast... Charter to offer WSMH (Sat, 4/14)

Saginaw News:

When you live by the sword, you die by the sword. Mid-Michigan broadcasters say Don Imus' controversial show kept him on the razor's edge, and so Thursday's firing of the radio icon shouldn't come as a surprise. "Any of us who have made our living with what we say know there are certain lines that, if you cross them, the consequences are severe," said J.J. Boehm, a WSGW-AM, 790, broadcaster since 1996. "(Imus) is no stranger to controversy, but his comments were really indefensible. I knew he was in trouble"... Imus' firing not surprising to many in mid-Michigan (Fri, 4/13)


Detroit Free Press:

Two years ago, entertainer Bill Cosby issued a call to action in Detroit that spawned a coalition of social service agencies appropriately called ARISE Detroit! Beginning Sunday, the organization will host its own action-line radio show, the first of its kind to link people with the social service help they need. The show, which will air from 4:30-5:30 p.m. each Sunday on WCHB 1200 AM and www.wchb1200.com, will also feature profiles of help agencies and ARISE partners... ARISE Detroit! turns on radio connections (Sat, 4/14)

AT&T has applied to offer television service in at least 21 municipalities throughout metro Detroit in its bid to challenge cable's dominance in offering channels not available with an antenna. Officials in the following communities confirmed they have received applications: Bingham Farms, Bloomfield Township, Canton, Dearborn, Detroit, Farmington, Farmington Hills, all five Grosse Pointes, Harrison Township, Livonia, Novi, Roseville, Royal Oak, Southfield, Taylor, West Bloomfield and Wyandotte... AT&T targets at least 21 spots for TV (Sat, 4/14)

Detroit News:

As some of hip-hop's biggest stars gather in Detroit today, the fury over Don Imus' recent radio comments has drawn attention to the misogynistic lyrics common in hip-hop music and culture. At issue is why it's considered OK for one group to say specific words and taboo for another, and whether there's an issue of hypocrisy at play... Imus storm hits hip-hop world (Sat, 4/14)


Lansing State Journal:

Imagine local television at its largest and loudest. Put hundreds of people and thousands of items into one studio. Range from expensive vacations to cheap dinners; on occasion, add art, romance and stud service. Now you have the WKAR (Channel 23) auction, ready for its 30th year. That starts with:
• The artwork, which goes on display Tuesday at Meridian Mall. More than 30 once-identical tables (see story, Page 5D) were transformed by top local artists. "It's hard to say no to the girls from WKAR," joked Gijsbert van Frankenhuyzen, who emerged with both a table and an acrylic painting.
• The auction, starting next Sunday... WKAR auction enters 30th year (Sun, 4/15)


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioIt’s amazing how much damage the media can do. I am glad the culprit is television more often than radio, but “the wireless” is not 100 percent guilt-free.

My wish for this week’s column was to make my comments without even mentioning his name. Let’s face it, Imus is a four-letter word, and before the incredible over-the-top media coverage of this past week, you were perhaps one of the thousands, if not millions of Americans who either never heard of Don Imus or certainly were unfamiliar with his radio program.

He was once carried locally by sports WXYT-AM (1270) when it was a full-service talk station. He even came to Detroit twice to do his edgy show from a local theater — and on both occasions, he failed to significantly fill the venue. He never achieved the type of ratings success here in Motown that he enjoyed at his flagship station, sports WFAN-AM (660) in New York City.

Imus was actually once a funny man. Now, he’s an old grumpy curmudgeon who rarely smiles or has anything good to say about anybody. He’s also now unemployed.

His comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team were most certainly inappropriate, but much worse things are said on morning radio shows both local and nationally every day. Talk hosts like Imus are not “shock jocks.” They do not play music, and they are not DJs.


Detroit Free Press:

Two battles are under way now in Washington, D.C., that are likely to change the way you listen to the radio. What's at stake: services like satellite radio, high definition radio and Internet radio. The issue is what those services should pay to broadcast music -- and how much, if any, of it you'll be allowed to record or timeshift to listen to later. The majority of radio stations in the metro area also broadcast live on the Web, joined by independent Web-only stations around the state. Today at the National Association of Broadcasters meeting in Las Vegas, the Radio and Internet Newsletter Summit will meet to talk about skyrocketing royalty rates for those online broadcasters. Also affecting those broadcasts is the Platform Equality and Remedies for Rights Holders in Music (PERFORM) bill in Congress, which could change how songs are transmitted on the radio and whether they can be recorded or saved for later play... Saving on-air music may end (Mon, 4/16)

Mojo In The Morning hosts "Sheed Shot" contest for trip to Pistons playoff road game

The WKQI-FM 95.5 morning radio program "Mojo In The Morning" and Rock Financial will give a listener the chance to fly out of Detroit to watch Detroit play their first opponent on the road during the upcoming NBA Playoffs.

Rasheed Wallace is known for his successful "hail mary" half-court freethrows. Now, the first Mojo In The Morning listener to duplicate Rasheed's amazing 60 foot buzzer-beater (that forced the Denver Nuggets game into overtime) will win a trip to cheer the team on during an away game.

Mojo In The Morning listeners will attempt the shot until a winner makes the basket. The contest starts at 7:30am on Tuesday, April 17th and anybody 18 or older is welcome to try to win the trip - even NBA players. The location is Lifetime Fitness, 1700 S. Haggerty Rd, Canton, MI 48188 (just off Ford Rd & I-275). The contest will be hosted by "Kyra" from Mojo In The Morning and will be broadcast live on Channel 955.


Grand Rapids Press:

Radio is changing right before our ears. So far, it's subtle. But it's happening, and soon enough, it might alter how we listen to the radio, in West Michigan and everywhere else. High-definition radio has started its takeover of the industry. Most West Michigan stations have been broadcasting in HD for months, if not years, and as HD radios are becoming more widely available, listeners soon will notice the differences. First is digital broadcasting with CD-quality sound. Second, and perhaps more important, is the possibility for each station to carry up to two secondary channels... Highly defined: Digital radio brings extra channels (Mon, 4/16)

With a new general manager and news director on board, changes are continually being made at WWMT-TV (Channel 3). WWMT expanded the morning newscast to three hours, from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m., including two seven-minute segments from the CBS Morning Show at 7:20 and 7:45 a.m... Channel 3 beefs up morning newscast (Mon, 4/16)

Andy Pepper, new weekend sports anchor at Channel 3 , spent his first week on the job covering the Detroit Tigers' opening day... New sports anchor checks out Tigers (Mon, 4/16)

Many West Michigan residents returned from their spring vacations in tropical climates to low temperatures in the ever-changing Michigan weather... How to read the Weather Ball (Mon, 4/16)


Spade Named PD At WHTS/Grand Rapids:
CITADEL Top 40/Mainstream WHTS (HOT 105.3)/GRAND RAPIDS has a new PD, with former WQSL & WZKL/GREENVILLE-NEW BERN, NC PD JACK SPADE taking over PD duties. SPADE's first day is today (4/16). (Mon, 4/16)


Lansing State Journal:

A local tradition ends this month, when WKAR (Channel 23) has its final auction. This will be the 30th auction and the last one. DeAnne Hamilton, the station manager, broke the news to staffers Monday, then phoned some of the volunteers. "Donations have been down lately," Hamilton said. "I think part of it is Michigan's economy." Still, WKAR has kept its auction going longer than most. Other public-TV stations gradually bailed out partly because their auctions were no longer unique... TV station's 30th auction to be final one (Tue, 4/17)


B-Mac Joins WDZZ:
CUMULUS Urban AC WDZZ/FLINT, MI hires BRANDON "B-MAC" McCLAIN as morning producer for THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW. B-MAC is also producer of GERALD MCBRIDE's "OLD SCHOOL HOUSE PARTY." B-MAC was last doing nights/Public Affairs Director at MACDONALD BROADCASTING Adult Hits WHZZ (101-7 MIKE-FM)/LANSING, MI. (Mon, 4/16)

CMU broadcast and cinematic arts students, faculty earn variety of awards

During an academic year filled with recognition from state, regional and national organizations, faculty and students in Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts continue to rack up awards and honors in a variety of competitions.

Recent faculty awards included:

* Associate professor Kevin Corbett's screenplay "Cold Snap" won First Place in the Feature-Length Script category and also took the Best of Festival award in the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts Faculty Scriptwriting Competition. "Cold Snap" tells the story of a former New Orleans police officer, now a small-town Louisiana cop, as he tries to solve a mystery during an unusually cold period and must confront the ghosts of his past along the way.

* Corbett received an Honorable Mention award in the Accolade Awards and an Award of Distinction in the Communicator Awards for his documentary "Crazy or What," which examined individuals' obsessions, collections and hobbies, including his own 100-mile bicycle ride.

* Assistant professor Heather Polinsky's presentation "Local Radio Station Group Ownership Efficiencies" took Second Place in the Broadcast Education Association's Radio and Audio Media Division Open Paper Competition. Polinsky will present the paper at the BEA's annual convention, which is scheduled April 18 through 21 in Las Vegas.

* Assistant professor Will Anderson took Second Place in the National Audio Theatre Festival's Script Competition for "The Ending Everyone Wanted." Anderson's radio drama, set at the end of the Civil War, focuses on a time traveler from the future who comes back to warn President Abraham Lincoln of his impending assassination, radically changing the course of history. Anderson has earned a $250 cash prize, plus complimentary registration for the NATF's late-June Audio Theatre Workshop in West Plains, Mo.

Recent student awards included:

* Moore Hall Television program "Plain Jane," produced by seniors Charlene Thelen of Fowler and Jackie Frincke of Southfield, won an Award of Distinction in the Entertainment Program category of the Communicator Awards.

* "Plain Jane" and producers Thelen and Frincke also received a Bronze Telly for outstanding achievement in the Comedy Television category of the Telly Awards.

* Moore Hall Television's "Post-Election Coverage," produced by Manchester junior Christina Vecchioni and Warren senior Jennifer Deneau, won an Award of Distinction in the News Program category of the Communicator Awards.

* "The Imperial," a segment of the Moore Hall Television program "A-OK," received an Award of Distinction in the Videography category of the Communicator Awards. "A-OK" aired during the spring 2006 semester and was produced by Grosse Pointe Woods senior Michael Greiner, May 2006 graduate David Seger of Los Angeles (formerly of St. Clair Shores) and Muskegon graduate student Tom Kauffman.

* Graduate students Aaron Jones of Pinconning and Ken Ochalek of Romeo took Third Place in the Broadcast Education Association's Student Video Competition for Moore Hall Television's "Central View."

"We are very proud of the national recognitions recently attained by our students and faculty, many of which, such as Dr. Corbett's 'Best of Festival' script, represent the top honor in the competitions in which they were entered," said BCA Director Peter Orlik. "This clearly indicates BCA people are able to contend and achieve against competition from the top programs in our discipline."


“Pet-A-Palooza” returns to Metro Detroit

In an attempt to find good homes for hundreds of homeless kittens, cats, puppies, rabbits and dogs, Greater Media’s Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 will sponsor “Pet-A-Palooza.” The annual event will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at Heritage Park in Taylor, MI and on Saturday, July 28th at Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights, MI.

The events will include family and pet-oriented activities. In addition, attendees are encouraged to bring their pets to the event. Prizes will be awarded for cutest pet and best-dressed pet contests. Additionally, various pet vendors will be on-site selling pet-related products and services.

2007 “Pet-A-Palooza” includes:
• More than 800 kittens, cats, puppies, dogs and rabbits in “Adoption Alley” from approximately 30 humane organizations that need good homes. Qualified individuals can adopt an animal on-site. Adoption fees range from approximately $50 to $125.
• Former Detroit Tiger pitcher Milt Wilcox will attend “Pet-A-Palooza” with his nationally-known Ultimate Air Dogs Competition.
• Performances by the Rock-N-Roll K-9’s: thirty-five dogs demonstrate speed and agility skills to rock-n-roll music.

Magic 105.1 80’s Prom Dance Party coming to Warren on April 27

Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 will hold its “Magic 105.1 80’s Prom Dance Party” at Andiamo Italia in Warren on Friday, April 27th, 2007. The event will feature hors d'oeuvres, plenty of dancing, a photo booth and live music from That 80’s Band. Prizes will be awarded for the best 80’s outfits. There will also be tasty appetizers and a delectable chocolate fountain, courtesy of Andiamo Italia of Warren. Tickets to the event are not for sale - interested potential attendees can tune in to WMGC or visit the station's web site at www.DetroitMagic.com.


Detroit News:

So you think you can sing better than those "Idol" folks? Prove it on television when WDIV-TV (Channel 4) once again holds its Super Singer contest. Only five of Metro Detroit's most talented vocalists will be chosen as finalists. From there, all five will perform live on WDIV's annual fireworks show in June. Auditions take place Friday and Saturday at area malls... WDIV hosts 'Super Singer' contest (Wed, 4/18)


On Tuesday April 17th, Casey Cook and Teri Petrie from the 'Casey & the Coffee Crew and Teri, too!' Morning Show on WMJT Eagle 96.7 in Newberry, stayed on the air for 13 hours to raise funds for Bill and Amanda Dimmer of Newberry, who lost everything and a two year old son in a tragic fire that destroyed their home on Easter Sunday. Through their efforts and the very generous support of individuals and businesses throughout Luce, Chippewa and Mackinaw counties, they were able to raise over $11,200 for the family. Less than one year ago, Cook, Petrie and Eagle 96.7 were able to raise over $10,000 for a local youth center, as well.


Bay City Times:

Delta College Public Broadcasting recently received seven awards in national broadcasting competitions for its local productions in news magazines, documentaries and other specials. This is in addition to the two Michigan Association of Broadcasters Awards the station announced in March. Delta Broadcasting competed in the 28th annual Telly Awards, which honors excellence in local, regional and national video and film productions. The Q-TV production of ''A Conversation with Bob Dole & George McGovern'' won the Telly's highest achievement - a Silver Award for a Political/Commentary Television Program. Delta also received four bronze Telly Awards... Q-TV earns seven awards for broadcast excellence (Wed, 4/18)


Citadel PD Strickland Relocates To Lansing:
With new CITADEL Top 40 WHTS/GRAND RAPIDS PD JACK SPADE on the scene, Interim PD/APD/MD JOSH STRICKLAND can now turn his attention to sister Top 40 WJIM/LANSING, where he was named PD earlier this year, following the departure of DAN KELLEY. STRICKLAND no longer needs to divide his time between the two cities and can now settle full time into his new Capital City office, with a lovely view of the FRANDOR SHOPPING CENTER loading dock (Ed. note: I keed, I keed). (Wed, 4/19)


FSN Detroit / FSN HD to televise Saturday's opener of Pistons-Magic NBA Playoff series

FSN Detroit will televise Saturday’s Game 1 of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series between the Pistons and Orlando Magic. Coverage begins at 6:30 PM with Pistons Insider. The game is also available in high-definition on FSN HD.

Announcers are George Blaha, Greg Kelser, Ryan Field and Matt Shepard. FSN also has extensive coverage immediately following the game on Pistons Live.

Below is the three-sport programming lineup Saturday on FSN Detroit, which also
includes that afternoon’s Tigers game, as well as Red Wings playoff postgame coverage:
• 12:30 PM – Tigers Live
• 1:00 PM – MLB: Tigers vs. Chicago White Sox (also on FSN HD)
• 5:30 PM (approx) – Red Wings Live: As soon as Game 5 of the Red Wings-Calgary series is complete, FSN interrupts regular programming to provide postgame reaction, highlights and analysis.
• 6:30 PM – Pistons Insider
• 7:00 PM – NBA Playoffs: Game 1, Pistons vs. Orlando Magic (also on FSN HD)
• Postgame – Pistons Live: Complete coverage from the Palace, including coaches’
press conferences, player reaction, highlights and analysis.

Detroit Free Press:

The TV schedule is set for the first round NBA playoff series between the Pistons and the Magic Game 1 is the only game not scheduled for broadcast television. It will air 7:00 p.m. Saturday on FSN Detroit and ESPN... Pistons playoff TV schedule (Thu, 4/19)

Alexander Zonjic scheduled to perform at tonight's 2007 Detroit Music Awards

The Motor City's diverse musical talents will be honored once again at the annual Detroit Music Awards (DMA), which will take place at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20, at the State Theatre, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit.

WVMV-FM 98.7 morning host, jazz flutist, and DMA nominee Alexander Zonjic and his band will perform with the Motor City Horns at the 16th annual event. The Motor City Horns recently performed with Bob Seger on his U.S. tour.

Zonjic is nominated for two awards this year: outstanding jazz instrumentalist and outstanding modern jazz artist or group

This year's DMAs, operated by the non-profit Motor City Music Foundation, will honor musicians in 70 categories for all genres of music -- from rock to rap, country to gospel, blues to jazz and funk. Votes are cast from a pool of 2,750 registered members of the Detroit music community. A full list of nominees is available at www.detroitmusicawards.com.



The Secret Service is serious about protecting the president. Just ask WOOD Radio's Rick Beckett and Scott Winters. The talk show hosts apologized Friday for an earlier remark in a discussion about the Virginia Tech gunman. Their discussion included the thought the media made a celebrity of Cho Seung Hui. Beckett reportedly said a crazy person in Grand Raoids could make a name for himself by shooting at the president. That brought the Secret Service to WOOD Radio... Radio remark brings Secret Service (Fri, 4/20)


Saginaw News:

You have to wonder about the logic behind headlining the upcoming WHNN Palooza 8 at Frankenmuth's Memorial Park with a singer whose biggest hit is "Raindrops Keep Fallinâ On My Head." Hopefully, nothing but blue skies and warm breezes will await concertgoers Saturday, June 2, when B.J. Thomas joins the Original Family Stone and Ceyx for its annual music fest... Five-time Grammy winner B.J. Thomas joins WHNN Palooza 8 (Sat, 4/21)


Ann Arbor News:

WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, has launched WEMU2, a second channel on high-definition radio, the first public radio station in Michigan to do so. "The era of digital for your local radio station brings the promise of higher quality sound, new and increased programming, and richer data services,'' said Arthur Timko, station general manager, in a prepared statement. "WEMU is certainly proud to be not only the first public radio station in Michigan to transmit digitally, but also the first to multicast, i.e. provide a second completely different program service on the same frequency.'' A high-definition radio is required to receive the second channel. Currently unhosted, WEMU2 plays a mix of AAA (adult album alternative), roots, folk, Americana and blues from local, national and regional artists... A first for WEMU: Public radio goes high-def (Sun, 4/22)


Grand Rapids Press:

Michelle McKormick has been busy since being fired from WKRK-FM (97.1) in Detroit on Christmas. She was well-known in our area as the morning co-host at Clear Channel's WVTI-FM (96.1), now WMAX-FM. "I've been doing shows all over the country (voiced from studios in Grand Rapids). Been offered jobs in California, Las Vegas and The Playboy Channel. I'm just waiting for the right thing," she said... McKormick staying busy, eyeing job prospects (Sun, 4/22)

Gerry Barnaby, feature reporter and public relations man, has found new challenges since he was fired from WOTV/WOOD in December. Listeners can hear him every Saturday on WLHT-FM (95.7) from 7 to 10 a.m. with John Gonzalez, Entertainment editor at The Press... Gerry Barnaby branching out (Sun, 4/22)

Mary Eileen Lyon, former news anchor for WZZM-TV and WWMT-TV (Channel 3) and current assistant vice president for news and information services at Grand Valley State University, continues to be an award winner. She has won four Videographer Awards, an international awards program directed by communication professionals to honor those who are raising the standards in the industry... Former anchor wins videography awards (Sun, 4/22)

WZZM-TV (Channel 13) on-air promotional spots for 13 XRad 3-D weather leave some of us confused. What exactly is 3-D weather? Chief meteorologist George Lessens explains: "It is the first 3-D radar display in Grand Rapids, giving you a three-dimensional look inside a storm. Like a 'CAT scan,' we can slice through severe weather, revealing the most accurate 3-D view of a thunderstorm"... 3-D weather delivers slices of storms (Sun, 4/22)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioAs I prepared to write this column, it was hard to focus on anything other than the tragic murder of 32 students and staff by a fellow student at Virginia Tech University.

When the story broke late Monday morning, local radio once again jumped into action to provide coverage to those that couldn’t — or didn’t want to — watch footage on TV. I was limited in my ability to listen on Monday, but I was grateful for the coverage I did catch to get late-breaking information.

To me, though, the real challenge came the next morning, when loyal listeners tuned in to their favorite hosts to hear how they would handle the story. The Mojo in the Morning crew at contemporary hits WKQI-FM (95.5) has become a powerhouse when it comes to connecting with young adults — both in good times and bad. And Tuesday, they displayed their knack for knowing their audience by balancing commentary and information, all the while keeping a positive vibe going.

On Drew & Mike at rock WRIF-FM (101.1), morning co-host Drew Lane reminded his listeners that he’s a Virginia Tech grad, which offered a perspective that no other morning show in town could match.

Later in the morning, Lane and Mike Clark announced they had landed the cell phone number for O.J. Simpson, the subject of one of the most sensationalized news stories of the ’90s, and gave him a call. Simpson was quite cordial during the nearly 10-minute call, even managing to poke fun at himself when commenting that “I’m not the most employable person,” in the process offering a bit of comic relief in the midst of all the painful coverage of the slayings in Virginia.

The WRIF boys managed to chat with Simpson about everything from golf and visiting strip clubs to getting him to comment on the flap over Don Imus’ comments, the civil lawsuit ruling against him from the 1994 slayings of his former wife Nicole and Ron Goldman, and his feelings about the Virginia Tech shootings. It was a great “get” for WRIF — and is a clear example of why Drew and Mike continue to be near the top of the ratings heap year in and year out.


Michigan Television, the public television service from the University of Michigan, has been added to the channel line-up for Charter Cable in the Midland and Bay City markets, effective Saturday, April 21. The station will air on channel 16.

This addition brings Michigan Television to an additional 25,000 households that subscribe to Charter Cable, the primary cable provider in the Midland and Bay City areas. Michigan Television is also carried on Comcast Cable, Bright House Networks, and WOW Cable systems throughout Southeast Michigan.

“Michigan Television is committed to providing programs that educate and enlighten as they entertain,” said Station Manager Jennifer White. “We’re happy we have the opportunity to bring our station to a whole new audience in the Midland and Bay City areas.”

Michigan Television is a member of PBS, and acquires programs from other sources as well. The station also produces award-winning local programs and documentaries, which have recently received five Broadcast Excellence Awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. For a complete Michigan Television program schedule, visit michigantelevision.org.


Radio & Records:

Andrews In Like Flint
After rolling for six months without a PD, Cumulus CHR/top 40 WWCK/Flint, Mich., now has veteran programmer Jeff Andrews at the helm. Andrews most recently programmed First Broadcasting's KXCL/Sacramento. "I've been talking with Jeff for over a year," Cumulus senior VP of programming Jan Jeffries tells R&R. "He's a perfect fit for the competitive environment, and I'm pleased to have him on our Cumulus team." No stranger to having Michigan license plates on his car, Andrews previously spent several years programming WSNX/Grand Rapids. (Mon, 4/23)

CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts presents awards to outstanding students

Multiple Central Michigan University students have been recognized for their exceptional efforts and dedication to their studies in broadcast and cinematic arts.

CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts presented its student awards for the 2006-2007 academic year during the school's annual awards banquet April 13 at The Embers restaurant in Mount Pleasant. Awards were presented in a variety of categories for academic performance and general excellence, as well as for outstanding contributions to BCA's student organizations.

Award winners included:


Talk radio and country radio listeners are noticing some significant changes in three AM radio stations in northern Michigan.

WJML AM 1110, with studios in Petoskey, has added 16 counties to its coverage with the addition of AM 1210 in Traverse City. Previously carrying a classic country format, AM 1210 is now simulcasting the news and talk programming of WJML AM 1110.

At the same time, what was talk WWKK AM 750 in Petoskey has switched and is now WLDR AM , simulcasting the “Sunny Country” format of WLDR-FM 101.9 in Traverse City.

Rick Stone, owner of WJML AM 1110 & 1210, said the changes were made to give WJML greater coverage throughout northern Michigan. The new AM 1210 is a 50,000-watt station, the maximum power for AM stations in the United States. Travelers can now drive over 300 miles and listen to WJML from Mt. Pleasant to Escanaba.

WJML has modified its talk program line-up to air both sides of the political debate. Progressive talker Ed Schultz, formerly on AM-750, is now on AM-1110 from 3 to 6 each afternoon. The station has also added conservative Glenn Beck, plus selected programs from the progressive network Air America on weekends and overnights. Michael Patrick Shiels continues his Michigan-oriented morning show, followed by Neal Boortz at 10 AM. Michael Savage, formerly a delay recorded broadcast, moves to his live broadcast time 6 to 9 pm.

WJML has opened its new Traverse City office and studio (overlooking the bay) at 310 West Front Street. It will also maintain its offices and studios on Click Road in Petoskey. Stone Communications has owned WJML for 14 years. The station was established in 1966. WJML can be heard worldwide with streaming audio on its website, www.wjml.com.


The upcoming Detroit Red Wings / San Jose Sharks second round National Hockey League playoff series will be carried by national networks Versus and NBC, with FSN Detroit limited to coverage of games 3, and if necessary 6 and 7. Games 2 and 5 will be featured on NBC with Versus claiming exclusive coverage of games 1 and 4, shutting FSN Detroit out of the picture. With Canadian broadcaster CBC not scheduled to carry any of the Western Conference series between the Wings and Sharks, fans without Versus on their cable or satellite system will likely be searching for an alternative place to catch games one and four.

FSN Detroit has announced that the Tigers-Orioles baseball game on Monday, April 30th will move to FSN Plus to clear FSN for that night's Wings/Sharks game three in San Jose.

Game 1: Thu 4/26 @ Detroit, 7:30 PM Versus
Game 2: Sat 4/28 @ Detroit, 3:00 PM NBC
Game 3: Mon 4/30 @ San Jose, 10:00 PM FSN Detroit, Versus (out of market)
Game 4: Wed 5/2 @ San Jose, 10:00 Versus
Game 5*: Sat 5/5 @ Detroit, 2:00 PM NBC
Game 6*: Mon 5/7 @ San Jose, (Time TBD) FSN Detroit, Versus (out of market)
Game 7*: Wed 5/9 @ Detroit, (Time TBD) FSN Detroit, Versus (out of market)
* if necessary


Detroit Free Press:

In an unexpected announcement Tuesday, Detroit public television station WTVS-TV (Channel 56) board of trustees announced it had accepted immediately the resignation of president and general manager Steven R. Antoniotti, who led the station since 1995. In a news release, the board said Antoniotti "tendered his resignation because of an acknowledged failure to comply with station requirements, unrelated to financial matters"... Detroit Public TV president quits (Wed, 4/25)

Michigan Radio Wins Ten 2006 Michigan Associated Press Awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, received ten awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2006.

All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2006.

“On behalf of the Michigan Radio News team, we are very pleased to receive these acknowledgements of excellence from the Associated Press,” said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. “Receiving these important awards is a credit to our news team, who are unfailingly committed to generating meaningful and important news reports for listeners across the state.”

These awards follow the February and March announcements by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters that Michigan Radio has been named Public Station of the Year and received nine 2006-2007 MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards.


Kalamazoo Gazette:

The station's spot on the radio dial is still the same: 106.5 FM. But a long-standing identity crisis has led Midwest Communications to change WQLR's call letters -- the alphabetical identifier used by radio and television stations -- to WVFM. ``Nothing was wrong with the original call letters,'' said Station Manager Peter Tanz, ``except when it came time for the Arbitron ratings, which track how many listeners you have.'' Subscribing to Arbitron is strictly voluntary. ``The incentive,'' Tanz said, ``is that the higher a station's ratings, the more attractive they become to advertisers, which subsequently affects a station's profitability margin''... dentity crisis on the radio (Wed, 4/25)


Detroit News:

If you didn't catch the Drew & Mike interview with O.J. Simpson that aired April 18, you can still hear it at wrif.com. It all came about when an unnamed source who had the Juice's cell number (to set up a golf game) passed it on to the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning duo, who phoned Simpson and chatted with him for some time. The Hall of Fame running back, who was prosecuted (but not convicted) for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman near her home in Los Angeles, answered his phone in a Jamaican patois before admitting who he was... Hear Drew & Mike interview O.J. on wrif.com (Thu, 4/26)

I'm a big fan of old-fashioned letter writing. Putting pen to ink, or fingers to keyboard, and saying something heartfelt. This letter is going to New York City, dated April 26, 2007: Dear NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: I'm a hockey fan, and I'm worried about a serious problem. The Red Wings open the second round of the playoffs tonight by playing host to the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. I'd love to watch the game on TV, but I already know that's not going to happen ... Radio show "Parker and The Man" returns to the airwaves Monday, finding a new home from 9 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, on WCHB 1200... Versus telecasts exclude some fans (Thu, 4/26)

In a surprise move, Steve Antoniotti has parted company with Detroit Public Television, where he served as president and general manager since 1995. Antoniotti tendered his resignation, according to a release from Detroit Public Television, because of an "acknowledged failure to comply with station requirements, unrelated to financial matters." Dan Alpert, Detroit Public Television's chief operating officer and TV station manager, will fill in as acting general manager while a replacement is sought... Detroit Public Television manager resigns his post (Thu, 4/26)

Detroit Free Press:

First I was a listener. Then a supporter. A volunteer. Then I got ticked off at WDET (www.wdetfm.org) and became a boycotter. Now I’m a listener again — a freeloading one — and the Detroit public radio station is begging for money during its on-air spring pledge drive. They’re not getting it. Not until I’m convinced 101.9-FM won’t betray me again. ’DET dumped Tavis Smiley, Terry Gross and Ira Glass in September 2004. That’s when I launched my boycott. (Thank goodness they sent the “Car Talk” guys away, too.) It was painful missing Judy Adams’ and Martin Bandyke’s music programs during that time, but denial is the essence of boycotting... You can't have my money yet, WDET (Thu, 4/26)

WJR & MSU present the 2nd annual “Champions for the Kids” tournament at Oakland Hills Golf & Country Club July 29-30

News/Talk WJR AM 760 and Michigan State University will again join forces to present Champions for the Kids, a special golf event to benefit the non-profit organization “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. ”

Registration has already begun so don’t miss your chance to join MSU Coach Tom Izzo and WJR at the second annual “Champions For The Kids” golf tournament to be held July 29th & 30th at the prestigious Oakland Hills Golf and Country Club. All funds raised through this two-day event will go directly to those in need through “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids.” The tournament begins with a VIP dinner and auction at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Sunday, July 29th and is followed by a day of golf at the world renowned golf course on Monday, July 30th.

Founded by Norman Yatooma on Father’s Day 2003, “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids ” was inspired by memories of the overwhelming grief, financial pressure and insecurities that the young children of the Yatooma family suffered as a result of their father’s tragic murder. As a result, Yatooma started this non-profit organization to help children overcome the challenges they face with the painful loss of a parent through a full spectrum of assistance including financial advice, help in the home, counseling and support services.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For registration and sponsorship information, call 1-888-987-KIDS (5437) or visit www.wjr.com or www.forthekidsfoundation.org.


Detroit Free Press:

Lawson Deming, who portrayed campy Detroit TV vampire Sir Graves Ghastly, surrendered to the Grim Reaper on Tuesday night at his Ohio home. His demise -- he was believed to be 94 -- was reported by Keith Milford, gravemaster of www.SirGravesGhastly.com. The site seems destined to keep Deming's bad jokes -- "What's the favorite meal of sea monsters? Fish and ships" -- alive indefinitely. His passing marks another nail in the coffin of the period when local TV stations used kitschy, over-the-top horror movie hosts to entertain kids on Saturday afternoons... TV host Sir Graves is dead (Fri, 4/27)

Detroit News:

Sir Graves Ghastly made Saturday afternoons fun. With the perfect mix of camp and kook, he frightened and delighted thousands of Metro Detroit kids once every weekend for 15 years. But the playful vampire couldn't resist the Grim Reaper forever. Lawson Deming -- the actor who played local TV legend Sir Graves Ghastly -- died in his Cleveland home of congestive heart failure Tuesday, one day after his 94th birthday, his son David Deming says... TV legend Sir Graves Ghastly dies at 94 (Fri, 4/27)

Ann Arbor News:

For nearly 55 years, Ted Heusel talked to listeners over the airwaves, even once broadcasting from his bed after he'd broken his ankle. "He always worked,'' said his wife, Nancy. "He always did his radio programs.'' Theodore Heusel died at home around 1 a.m. today, after seven years battling colon cancer. He was 86. Heusel had been broadcasting on various Ann Arbor area radio stations since 1948, when he started as a part-time DJ at WPAG while at graduate school at the University of Michigan. In 1952, he accepted a job as a full-time radio broadcaster. He also worked for radio station WOIA, moving to WAAM nearly 25 years ago, coming back after his show was once axed and moving from a weekday show to Saturday after his health deteriorated... Ted Heusel made state's hall of fame (Fri, 4/27)

Nominations sought for cancer survivors salute

Soft Rock WMGC-FM 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center will present the 2007 National Cancer Survivors Salute from 5 – 7 p.m., Sunday, June 3 at the Sheraton Detroit in Novi, honoring fifty metropolitan Detroit cancer survivors. The event, hosted by Cyndy Canty from The Magic Morning Show, will include appetizers, music, door prizes, a cash bar and an auction to help raise money for cancer research.

Currently, Magic 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer are seeking nominations of cancer survivors who face each day with courage and dignity in their fight against cancer and serve as an inspiration to all of us. Each nomination should include why this person is being nominated and include the nominee and nominator’s full name, address and phone number. Full details on the Magic 105.1 and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center 2007 National Cancer Survivors Salute can be found at www.detroitmagic.com.


Flint Journal:

Hurley Medical Center, a Children's Miracle Network Hospital, raised $94,238 during its seventh annual Radiothon April 19-22. The contributions were considered a triumph considering Michigan's economic challenges, said Linda Tracy-Stephens, CMN's director. The Radiothon, organized by WIOG-FM (102.5), brought in 17 percent more than in 2006, and broadcasters shared success stories about Hurley patients... Hurley Radiothon raises $94,238 for kids (Fri, 4/27)

Saginaw News:

If sunshine and nice temperatures greet residents this weekend, Cindy Althoff won't mind taking the credit. The 25-year-old Minneapolis native debuts at 8 a.m. Saturday as a meteorologist for Channel 5, WNEM, after two years at a North Iowa television station. Althoff admits, however, that moving into a new environment and settling into her second weather job has divided her attention as far as monitoring mid-Michigan's climate patterns... Channel 5 weather team grows (Thu, 4/26)


Grand Rapids Press:

Meringue and salsa don't just mean foods to me anymore. Now, they conjure up images of a group of dedicated professional and amateur dancers getting ready for the local benefit called WZZM 13 Dance Off. The event begins at 8 p.m. May 18 at the Crowne Plaza Grand Rapids, 5700 28th St. SE. Tickets are $25 and available at wzzm13.com. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization. WZZM-TV (Channel 13) will air a special at 7 p.m. May 22, and the "Take Five" program will feature behind-the-scenes footage May 14-18... Dance Off benefit/contest keeps media on toes (Sun, 4/29)


By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioOn May 4, WJR-AM (760) will be celebrating its 85th birthday in grand style. Since 1922, the news-talk station has been entertaining and informing people throughout the Midwest, the 50,000-watt Great Voice of the Great Lakes will celebrate over the course of two nights.

As a part of the big event, the station will be hosting “An Evening with Rush Limbaugh” on Thursday at the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. Tickets went very fast, and the venue is completely sold out.

The next night features a private, invitation-only birthday party in Dearborn. A special screening also will take place of a video history of WJR, which was produced by creative director John Marshall and yours truly. I’ll be attending both events and will report to you the next time we meet.

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Strange But True Department: An XM subscriber in St. Louis says his channels carry “promotional and advertisement segments” and he’d like his complaint certified as a class-action suit. And a judge in the Gateway City is allowing a false-advertising claim to proceed.

XM asked the court to throw out the suit, stating “it’s without merit” and the accusations are “baseless” — because it doesn’t run commercials on its own music channels. To explain, Clear Channel Radio owns a small percentage of XM, and on a few channels, which they program, there are some commercials.

These insane, frivolous suits cause me to wonder what kind of people have nothing better to do with their time. As is the case with anything on the air that listeners don’t like, I say just change the station. The satellite radio companies have nearly 200 channels to choose from. Stop with the legal action — just hit the button for something better.


• Darby Advertising was the winning bidder for two FM allocations at the conclusion of FCC Auction No. 70. FM 95.3 Frederic was won with a bid of $20,000 in round 1 and FM 94.7 Paradise was won with a bid of $11,250 in round 37. Both allotments are for Class A stations.

• The transaction swapping licenses of AM 1210 Kingsley/Traverse City and AM 750 Petsokey between Stone Communications and Fort Bend Broadcasting was approved by the FCC. Stone Communications will be obtaining AM 1210 with Fort Bend acquiring AM 750 along with a payment of $244,000.

• Spring Arbor University was granted a license to cover for a new translator of Adult Contemporary
WSAE-FM 106.9 in Chelsea at FM 98.3 (W252BA).


• An FM translator at 103.7 Jackson (W279BP) of religious low-power FM station WFPM-LP 99.5 Battle Creek was granted its license to cover.

• WFQX-DT channel 47 was granted its license to cover; the digital facilities for the northern Michigan FOX affiliate are located well north of its analog facilities (near Kalkaska), giving the digital station a dramatically different coverage than its analog counterpart.


• Educational Media Foundation is acquiring the construction permit for WICE FM 88.3 Ironwood from Broadcasting for the Challenged for $400,000 pending FCC approval and closing.


• Spring Arbor University was granted a license to cover for a new translator of Adult Contemporary WSAE-FM 106.9 in Somerset at FM 93.3 (W227BY).


Special guest auctioneers to help WSDP radio auction

Plymouth-Canton Community Schools WSDP-FM 88.1 is set to present their annual Radio Auction on Saturday May 12, from 9am to 10pm and has recruited a team of special guest auctioneers to help with the auction. Each guest will work with two student auctioneers. Some of the guests include Dr. Jim Ryan, Plymouth-Canton Schools Superintendent, Chris Edmonds, WNIC Morning Radio Host, Pam Rossi of WCSX, John Bommarito of Ann Arbor’s 107.1FM, and State Representatives Phil Lajoy and Marc Corriveau. A complete list is available at the station’s website, www.881TheEscape.com. Listeners can also tune in to the auction via the station’s live web feed, available from the website.

Area businesses, which are still being contacted by station volunteers, still have time to support the student radio station by donating an item. Businesses benefit from the exposure they receive while the item is up for bid. Most importantly donations help a very worthwhile program.

This year’s auction is even more significant as the school district is considering budget cuts with WSDP on a preliminary list of cuts for the 2008/2009 school year. The auction is the first of many fundraisers to help save the radio station, which is celebrating 35 years of serving the Plymouth-Canton Community.

New items will be auctioned off every half-hour. Listeners can support the station by calling in bids throughout the day. There are many great items to bid on including autographed memorabilia, restaurant gift certificates, and services from local businesses. A Dream Board of the more unique items will be available for bidding all day long.

Last year the station raised just about $12,000 and this year they've set their mark at $15,000.

The WSDP staff would also like to thank New Liberty Bank for returning as a Key Sponsor of the auction. They would also like to thank Tom Yack, Canton Township Supervisor, and State Representative Phil LaJoy, The Rector family and Plymouth AM Rotary for sponsoring a half-hour of the auction. Businesses or individuals interested in sponsoring a portion of the auction can e-mail Bill Keith at keithb@pccs.k12.mi.us.

WMGC-FM's Harper to honor Detroit area nurses with five live broadcasts

In recognition of national “Nurse Appreciation Week,” Magic 105.1’s Jim Harper & The Magic Morning show will broadcast live from 6 to 10 am from five area Metro Detroit hospitals between May 7th and 11th in an effort to pay tribute to nurses and hospital professionals.

In addition, a light breakfast will be served at each broadcast, compliments of Tim Horton’s, Whole Foods, Providence Hospital, St. John Hospital and Medical Center and Beaumont Hospital. Red Wings Shoes will sell shoes and GM Mobility will have a display on-site each day.

May 7: Crittenton Hospital, Rochester
May 8: Providence Hospital, Southfield
May 9: Henry Ford Bi-County Hospital, Warren
May 10: St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit
May 11: Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak

The American Nurses Association has officially designated this year’s theme "Nursing: A Profession and a Passion" in recognition of the countless nurses who make a difference in the lives of others in our community. Nurse Appreciation Week is devoted to highlighting the diverse ways in which registered nurses, the largest health care profession, are working to improve health care. From bedside nursing in hospitals and long-term care facilities to the halls of research institutions, state legislatures, and Congress, the depth and breadth of the nursing profession is meeting the expanding health care needs of American society.

Zonjic to perform in Mother's Day weekend concert to benefit homeless in Canada

For the 11th year, Alexander Zonjic will be performing a charity concert for the Windsor Downtown Mission to benefit the homeless on Mother’s Day weekend, Saturday, May 12. A new location, Assumption University Chapel, has been selected for the annual event.

For the first time, since the inception of the annual concert, Alexander Zonjic’s mother will be there in memory only. Elena Zonjic passed away last October. “I am going to dedicate this performance to her,” said Zonjic.

The concert will feature Alexander Zonjic & Friends at the Assumption University Chapel, 400 Huron Church Road in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for children, $25 for adults and $45 for preferred seating and an autographed CD with flower for moms. Couples will receive a CD with VIP seats.

The Windsor Downtown Mission feeds the homeless, offers them spiritual and moral support, provides health care, referrals, clothing and employment support.

“The Windsor Downtown Mission does good work and I am especially eager to help out a good cause in my hometown,” said Zonjic. “The Assumption Chapel will provide an intimate and special setting for the concert.”

For more information and tickets, call the Windsor Downtown Mission at (519) 973-5573.







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