Crain's Detroit Business:
Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-Channel 4, will leave the station Jan. 18. A news release issued by the station Friday didn't indicate why Wasserman is leaving. He couldn't be reached for comment. Alan Frank, president and CEO of WDIV's parent company, Post-Newsweek Stations Inc., will act as general manager until a replacement is found. Wasserman took over WDIV in August 2005 after 11 years as general manager of sister station KPRC in Houston... WDIV VP/general manager leaving Jan. 18 (Fri, 1/4)
Detroit Free Press:
Waiting for Drew Lane? Don't expect the on-leave top-rated WRIF-FM (101.1) morning host to return until late January at the earliest, his attorney Mike Novak said. Lane, who left the show in late September to care for cancer-stricken fiancée Tess Schuster, has a contract with the Greater Media-owned station that Novak says expired Dec. 31. But Novak said all sides have agreed to get together for talks in mid-January. Lane's morning cohorts -- Mike Clark, Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer -- have separate still-in-effect deals that assure them morning work on WRIF. Newscaster Trudi Daniels has a separate deal and is not in the Novak stable... Lane's leave to continue a while (Fri, 1/4)
Former WDFN radio host Greg Brady is moving on from Detroit, getting a job with a sports talk station in Toronto. Brady, who is Canadian, has signed a three-year deal to be the co-host of AM640's afternoon drive show. Brady, along with Jamie Samuelsen and Matt Shepard, saw their successful WDFN morning show axed in early November due to Clear Channel cost cutting... Radio: Brady headed to Toronto station (Fri, 1/4)
Rudy Desantis exits WXYT
Longtime WKRK-FM (currently WXYT-FM) 97.1 contributor Rudy Desantis has exited the station after officially being let go by station management this week. Desantis had been with the station for ten years dating back to when the station featured a rock music format and most recently had been an important part of the Deminski and Doyle program. D&D ended their run in December.