CBS Radio taps Kenyon, Kowalski in Detroit
Deb Kenyon will take over as market manager for CBS Radio/Detroit (WWJ, WXYT-FM/AM, WVMV, WYCD, WOMC), replacing Kevin Murphy and Pete Kowalski has been tapped to take over as general manager for WWJ, replacing Rich Homberg. Murphy is being transferred by CBS to California while Homberg left the company for a job with Detroit Public Television.
A showdown over money between Bright House Networks, the sixth-biggest U.S. cable operator, and Post-Newsweek Stations could leave some cable viewers without programming from CBS-affiliated WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla., and NBC-affiliated WDIV-TV in Detroit.
Post-Newsweek, which owns six stations, says Bright House is going to have to pay if it wants to carry the signals after midnight March 16, the expiration date of the third extension on a carriage contract between the companies... Standoff between Bright House, Post-Newsweek may cost cable viewers some network shows (Sun, 2/24)
RADIO ONE Urban WHTD(HOT102.7)/DETROIT OM AL PAYNE announces DETROIT native REGGIE REG will be the permanent host for their PM-drive show. Over the past six weeks REGGIE REG joined MC SERCH, TRE BLACK and LT. DRE as separate guest hosts. “It has been great showcasing these legends of the last few weeks and all four icons will be heard on HOT102.7 in the future,” said AL PAYNE. “Now I take pride in announcing that 'YO CUZIN REGGIE REG' can now be heard every weekday from 3-6p.” REGGIE REG hosted the top-rated PM-drive show in THE MOTOR CITY from 1999 – 2005. In addition, he was nominated for Personality-Of-The-Year. (Mon, 2/25)
Former television co-workers of Suzanne Wangler were stunned this weekend to learn the one-time energetic journalist with a penchant for tailgate cooking was found dead Saturday in her Royal Oak home on Vinsetta Boulevard. "I always thought she was a happy person," said veteran newswoman Amyre Makupson, who worked with Wangler at UPN 50 in the 1990s. "She was crazy about her husband and just idolized her kids. She had a beautiful house. She was very proud of it. "It's just so sad. I can't get her out of my mind. I can't believe it's come to that end." Police had been investigating suicide. On Sunday, Dr. Patrick Cho of the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Wangler died by hanging. Her death followed a series of troubles for the mother of four, a former reporter/anchor at several TV stations and ex-wife of John Wangler, the former University of Michigan quarterback who filed for divorce in 1999... Ex-TV reporter died of hanging; former colleagues shocked (Mon, 2/25)
Detroit Free Press:
Suzanne Wangler, a former Detroit television reporter, couldn’t seem to pull her life together after her divorce a few years ago. She was arrested for shoplifting. She became mired in debt. She lost custody of her children. And she was accused of bilking $150,000 from a man she dated. Days after the last allegation hit the air as part of a television newscast on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), Wangler, 43, hanged herself in the bathroom of her Royal Oak home, said Carl Marlinga, her recently hired lawyer. “Her world fell apart, and she was never able to pull it back together,” Marlinga said Sunday, a day after one of her relatives found her body ... She asked the former Macomb County prosecutor to try to keep WXYZ from airing a report about her latest problems because it would cost her the job in Lansing. “They made a judgment that because she’s a reporter, there’s enough public interest to run the story,” Marlinga said, “but you can’t argue that Channel 7 necessarily caused this” ... With world falling apart, ex-Detroit TV anchor Suzanne Wangler takes own life (Mon, 2/25)
Detroit Symphony concertmaster and violinist Emmanuelle Boisvert gives a rare interview on the March 2 edition of WRCJ-FM's (90.9) "DSO Unmasked" at noon ... Appearing: NPR talk host Diane Rehm (10 a.m.-noon weekdays, WUOM-FM, 91.7) , on March 11, to give the Sweeny Memorial Lecture at Christ Church Grosse Pointe... Names and Faces (Mon, 2/25)