Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 26, 2008

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Podell named director of Rock Programming at Greater Media Detroit

Greater Media has announced that veteran radio programmer Doug Podell has been named Director of Rock Programming for WRIF-FM 101.1 and WCSX-FM 94.7.

In his new role, Podell will be responsible for the strategic direction and programming for both stations. The Detroit native has held the role of PD for WRIF for the past 14 years in addition to hosting the station's midday program. Prior to joining Greater Media Detroit, Podell worked as the PD of WNCX-FM in Cleveland, Ohio. His appointment at WCSX fills the role previously held by Bill Stedman, who exited earlier this month.

"I believe that it's for the overall strategic best interests of the cluster to have one person's vision and leadership directing both of our rock stations,” said Tom Bender, Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager of Greater Media Detroit. “Doug is a lifelong competitor and a man with an enviable track record of winning. He totally understands the Detroit market, and we're fortunate to have him to fill this role."

"It’s an honor to now be associated with and represent not one, but two of the greatest rock stations in the country, WRIF and WCSX," said Doug Podell. "I’d like to thank everyone at Greater Media, especially Peter Smyth, Tom Bender and Buzz Knight for the opportunity and their confidence in me."

He will begin his new position effective immediately.

Detroit Free Press:

These certainly qualify as blasts from the past. Independent producer and author of "TV Land Detroit" Gordon Castelnero reports he has a couple of documentaries ready to go on three great names from Detroit's TV past: Lou Gordon, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. "Motor City Celebrities," the first installment, airs at 9 p.m. April 7 on public WTVS-TV (Channel 56) with a 30-minute remembrance of Kelly and Turner... WTVS looks at Detroit's TV past (Tue, 2/26)

Riff 2 offering online battle of the bands

Riff 2, WRIF-FM’s HD side channel, has partnered with to host an online battle of the bands that will have one local Detroit band walking away with $1,001 and the chance to win $5,000.

Interested bands can go online to now through March 23rd to enter their band into the competition. They will be asked to complete a free registration with and then upload up to 2 audio tracks to be entered into the competition.

There are 3 rounds of voting to determine the local winner of the Riff 2 Detroit Battle of the bands, which is set up in tournament-style voting. The winning band will get $1,001 and they will also win an HD radio for each member of the band. They will then move on to the national competition, with the chance to win $5,000.

This competition is part of Riff 2’s ongoing efforts to increase the visibility of the local music scene and to give talented, local musicians a platform on which to showcase their material. “We’re excited about the technology that brings to this competition and are looking forward to hosting a true, local online battle of the bands,” said Mark Pennington, program director for Riff 2.







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on February 26, 2008 9:28 AM.

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