Personnel cuts hit CBS Radio and Greater Media in Detroit
CBS Radio in Detroit has trimmed several jobs in recent days, including the release of longtime morning sports reporter Larry Henry from all-news WWJ and marketing director Kassie Kretzschmar, who had been working for sports WXYT-FM/AM and oldies WOMC-FM. There are reports of others that have also been let go by CBS in their latest round of cost-cutting, but without any official word from the company or the people involved Michiguide.com will only publish names we have positive confirmation on.
Larry Henry had been with WWJ since 1994 where he had also held the role of sports director. Involved in Detroit sports broadcasting since 1987, Henry has also worked as play-by-play host for both Michigan football and basketball in addition to national work in auto racing, the NBA Finals, NFL Playoffs, the NHL, and the Masters and PGA Championship. WWJ sports reports are now being handled by Tony Ortiz, Jeff Lesson and Tom Mazawey- who also provide sports updates for sister station WXYT-FM/AM.
Over at the Greater Media cluster, Bill Stedman has exited as the operations manager and program director for classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), replaced on an interim basis by Steve Richards who is the station's music director and assistant PD.
Stedman explains that the decision for him and the company to go their separate ways after five years was a mutual one. "Greater Media is a great company to work for and I'm proud of where WCSX stands in the community as I leave with the station's work with the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. I put WCSX's level of community involvement up against anyone in town. General manager Tom Bender and I agreed it was time for someone new to take the reigns and carry on WCSX's legacy as one of the market's best radio stations."
Prior to taking the PD role at WCSX in February 2003, Stedman held the same job at Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3.
Crain's Detroit Business:
All of a sudden, we are starting to get all sorts of television messages warning us that our televisions won't work after Feb. 17, 2009. It seems that the government and the industries had decided years ago that broadcasting would switch to a high-definition picture. Not big screen, not plasma or flat screen, but high-definition. We have been told that it is a great leap forward in television viewing. But what they didn't tell us is that they are taking away the electronic waves that transmit existing television signals and replacing them with another set of signals on a different band. That means some televisions will stop working after the switch. Perhaps millions of TVs will be rendered obsolete at the stroke of midnight on Feb. 17, 2009... Keith Crain: It just doesn't seem very democratic (Mon, 2/11)
Oldies station WOMC-FM (104.3) has announced a new host for its volatile midday slot: John Thomas, known as "JT," is leaving his current job as morning jock at Classic Hits WJGL in Jacksonville, Fla., to assume the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. time slot at 'OMC starting March 3. Thomas worked for WOMC program director Scott Walker in Florida, as well as with the Detroit station's new afternoon host Ted "the Bear" Richards, when the two men worked for Jones Satellite Network in Denver... WOMC hires new midday jock (Mon, 2/11)
Red Wings television analyst Mickey Redmond is undergoing surgery Monday to have a small tumor on his lung removed. The tumor was found during a recent examination. Redmond had successful lung cancer surgery in January 2003. Doctors treating the 60-year-old Redmond say the tumor was discovered early, and they expect he'll make a full recovery... Wings announcer Redmond to have tumor removed (Mon, 2/11)
In what has become an annual rite of winter, nearly all the cable and satellite TV providers that service Metro Detroiters are raising their rates for the year, with increases ranging from 3 percent to 6.5 percent. The increases -- 6.5 percent for Comcast, 6 percent for Charter Communications and Wide Open West, 4.3 percent for Bright House Communications, 4 percent for DirecTV and 3 percent for DISH Network -- compare to an inflation rate of 2.85 percent in 2007. The hikes will show up in February bills, except for DirecTV subscribers, who will pay more beginning in March. One TV service is not increasing rates this year: AT&T U-verse, which entered the market last spring. The increases apply to "extended basic" cable service, or the satellite equivalent... Cable TV bills are heading up again (Mon, 2/11)
Detroit Free Press:
Marked: By Martin Bandyke, his 25th anniversary as a radio host on Feb. 21. His career began in 1983, cohosting the weekly "Dimension" program on WDET-FM (101.9). In September 1991, he switched over to the weekday morning shift at WDET, then started doing weekday afternoons in June '92, until WDET changed formats in December 2005... Names and Faces (Mon, 2/11)
Tre Black Hits Hot 102.7- Now in week five of showcasing former DETROIT radio icons, RADIO ONE Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7) announces the return of TRE BLACK to the airwaves. MONDAY through THURSDAY of this week, he will host 3-6p. BLACK follows MC SERCH and REGGIE REG, who both completed separate two-week stints. "The response to our Icons promotion has been phenomenal," said RADIO ONE/DETROIT OM AL PAYNE. "The city has been ignited by both MC SERCH and REGGIE REG. They, along with TRE BLACK, have and will continue to set a new standard for afternoon radio in DETROIT." (Mon, 2/11)
WYCD Adds Weekend After Hours Show- CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has added a new weekend show, hosted by WILL HARVEY and MATT VAUGHN called "WYCD AFTER HOURS." The show will air on SUNDAY mornings at 1a (ET) and will feature a fun 'house party,' atmosphere. HARVEY and VAUGHN together have over 15-years of on-air experience. The show will have a "young feel," according to the hosts and will feature Country artists such as CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DIERKS BENTLEY, TAYLOR SWIFT, JOSH GRACIN and others. (Mon, 2/11)