Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 11, 2008




WCSX's JJ & Lynne host Radiothon on Jan 24th to benefit Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

JJ & Lynne, morning talk show hosts of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, will be taking to the airways for 15 consecutive hours this month with the help of local leukemia and lymphoma survivors to raise money for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF). Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison have supported the agency with Radiothon, raising nearly $2.9 million to date for CLF, a 55-year old, independent foundation providing information, financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families facing the challenges of leukemia and lymphoma.

The 15-hour Radiothon will take place on location at the Greater Media Studios in Detroit on January 24th, 2008 beginning at 6:00 A.M. and promises to be the most exciting event to date. A group of Detroit-area leukemia or lymphoma survivors will tell their stories during the Radiothon to raise money for the foundation that helped them cope during their ordeal with cancer. One leukemia survivor from Royal Oak, 22-year-old Jessica Carty, was originally interviewed while still undergoing treatment and is one of the survivors who agreed to tell their story. “It’s really important to me to give back. What we went through as a family was horrible, but CLF was there for all of us. I feel like part of the family there. I don’t think we would have made it through as well as we did without CLF’s support.”

Other leukemia or lymphoma survivors who want to participate or post their stories are encouraged to email JJ & Lynne. Tributes to those who lost their battle and photos will also be posted on the WCSX website.

Opportunities to bid on unique experiences, items or auction packages such as sitting in the WCSX studios with JJ & Lynne or hearing your MyTunes playlist on the air are available on designated dates throughout the month of January. Radiothon events, including a guitar jam at Oakland Mall, the assortment of auction items and packages and information, including how to make a donation or bid on one of the great auction packages, can be found at

Detroit Free Press:

What usually is one of local television's annual major live events -- coverage of the North American International Auto Show charity gala set for Jan. 18 from Cobo Center -- won't be carried live this year for the first time. WDIV-TV (Local 4) has decided to opt for a two-hour special recorded at the gala to air three nights later on Monday, Jan. 21, from 8-10 p.m. Why delay the glitz, the glamour, the cars, the stars and this year, those Barenaked Ladies (the musical group from Canada)? Eyeballs... Auto show charity gala won't air live (Fri, 1/11)

The Detroit radio rating report for the fourth quarter of 2007 was released Thursday morning and was full of interesting numbers about several of the industry’s hottest stories. Here are the key headlines: Without Drew Lane — taking three-months-plus off to deal with his fiancee’s cancer — WRIF-FM’s (101.1) “Drew and Mike” morning show dropped among all listeners, in the age 18-34 demographic and the age 25-54 demographic from the same period in ’06 ... WNIC-FM’s (100.3) annual gambit of starting Christmas music the moment the last goblin disappears (Nov. 1) worked but not as well as in past years ... Sports-talker WXYT-AM’s simulcast with FM 97.1 continued to reap ratings gold with the stations scoring a combined 3.6 in the 25-54 race, good for s tie for ninth place... Drew's absence felt by WRIF (Fri, 1/11)

Detroit News:

Arbitron released its final fall radio ratings Thursday, and well before churning into election 2008 overdrive, the news stations did well, with news/talk WJR-AM (760) posting a No. 1 overall and all-news WWJ-AM (950) going from a 4.2 share/8 rank a year ago to a 5.2 share/5 rank for Fall 2007. Other developments: All eyes are on the Drew & Mike situation, with everybody wondering when and if Drew Lane, on an extended family leave to help his cancer-stricken partner Tess, will return to the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show. But the Drewless show, featuring Mike Clark and his producers, still ranks No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted aged 25-54 demographic... WJR leads fall radio ratings, 'MXD is No. 2 (Fri, 1/11)







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