April 2008 Archives

AllAccess.com:

Brian Sims Moves To Muncie, Nick Alan Upped in Grand Rapids:
CITADEL Country WTNR/GRAND RAPIDS APD/MD/afternooner BRIAN SIMS has taken over the PD job at sister station Country WMDH/MUNCIE, IN. Back at WTNR, night slammer NICK ALAN adds APD/MD stripes to his title. (Mon, 3/31)


WaYfm Uses Crutches For Krutch Tix:
CORNERSTONE BAPTIST EDUCATIONAL MINISTRIES Christian CHR WAYK-WAYG (WaYfm)/KALAMAZOO-GRAND RAPIDS hosted a "Three-legged Crutch Race" on SATURDAY, MARCH 29th, for listeners to win access to the sold-out upcoming tour date featuring SKILLET and THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH. Team members were be bound together with elastic bandages and given a set of crutches with which to advance themselves down a racing lane. The first team to successfully cross the finish line received access to the sold-out show, private meet-and-greet with the artists, a cash prize and more. “It’s a crazy, fun way to tie into the whole THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH theme, and a real visual way to connect with our radio audience," says PD MIKE COUCHMAN. (Mon, 3/31)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Until Drew Lane ends his six-month leave from WRIF-FM by returning there -- or landing elsewhere on the Detroit radio dial -- there is little significant to look at when it comes to analyzing the monthly Arbitron radio ratings. The tote for the past three months was released Tuesday. The inertia is especially evident in the age 25-54 demographic, the group of greatest value to most advertisers. Without Lane -- still on personal leave to care for his ailing fiancée Tess Schuster -- the WRIF morning show is comprised of Mike Clark and producers-turned-air personalities Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer... Lane-less WRIF barely No. 1 (Wed, 4/2)

 

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette:

An Angola-based radio broadcasting company has agreed to sell its five stations to a Michigan firm for $3.8 million, the company president said Tuesday. Lake Cities Broadcasting Corp. will sell five radio stations to Swick Broadcasting Corp., pending Federal Communications Commission approval. The deal is scheduled to be finalized this summer, said Tom Andrews, president of Lake Cities Broadcasting... Lake Cities to sell 5 radio stations (Tue, 4/1)

 

Windsor Star:

Today's Bill O'Reilly and Chris Matthews are mere pikers at ruffling political feathers compared with the late Lou Gordon. The Lou Gordon Program on Detroit's WKBD-TV Channel 50 took no prisoners, whether it was the on the local front every Saturday night, or on the national scene in a syndicated edition on Sundays. Gordon was TV's first nationally recognized news and talk show host for a dozen years through 1977. He set the mould for the CNNs and the Fox networks of today, and he did it all without the help of a phalanx of researchers, Google or e-mail. On Monday, Detroit Public Television (WTVS, channel 56, cable 67) devotes an hour of prime time starting at 9 p.m. to a pair of new documentaries about Gordon and fellow local television celebrities, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. Motor City Celebrities is part of a projected series produced by Detroit television writer and producer Gordon Castelnero. Castelnero, 43, is the author of TV Land Detroit, a 2006 survey of the early days of Detroit/Windsor TV... Motor City TV land (Thu, 4/3)



Detroit Free Press:

Debuting: On WYCD-FM's (99.5) HD3 Channel and Web sites (wycd.com and www.psychiconair.com), a new 24-hour HD3 Psychic Radio channel out of their Detroit studios... Names and Faces (Thu, 4/3)



Detroit News:

Radio executive Tom Athans, husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, expressed remorse Wednesday after being caught in February by a Troy police sting aimed at catching prostitutes. Stabenow said she wanted "folks to know that I'm grateful for their prayers and support." Athans, in a statement, said: "No words can fully express how sorry I am. At the time this incident occurred, I took responsibility for my actions and fully cooperated with law enforcement. My family and I are dealing with this matter in a personal and private way." Athans, the co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio... Stabenow's husband entangled in prostitution sting (Thu, 4/3)



Michigan Radio wins Michigan AP awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, recently received several awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2007.

Michigan Radio received Michigan AP Awards in the following categories:

- Station award for General Excellence
- Best Newscast, Charity Nebbe
- Best Individual Reporting, Jennifer Guerra
- Best Continuing Coverage, “Michigan’s Budget Crisis”
- Best Hard News, Dustin Dwyer and Steve Carmody for “GM Workers on Strike”
- Best Natural Sound, Jennifer Guerra for “Urban Exploring”

The station also received several honorable mentions.

Michigan Radio is the state’s most listened-to public radio station, attracting approximately 450,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.



WVMV's Zonjic to perform at Troy High's Evening of Jazz April 4

Alexander Zonjic & Friends will join the Troy High Jazz Ensemble for an evening of Jazz, Dinner & Dancing on Friday, April 4th from 7:00 - 10:30 pm at the Detroit/Troy Hilton, 5500 Crooks Rd. at I-75. The event is presented by The Troy Band Dept. under the direction of Brian Nutting. Call (248) 879-2100 for ticket information.

 

Flint Journal:

With the new Arbitron radio ratings book period getting under way yesterday it's time to give a belated congrats to Flint urban station WDZZ (92.7 FM) for wresting the top spot from longtime local ratings champ WCRZ (107.9 FM). For much of the past five years -- the span of "Cars'" run on top -- DZZ has been a perpetual No. 2 in the market but finally shed that label in January when the results of the fall book were announced. Getting the top spot was a welcome success for program manager and on-air personality Trey Michaels. "You want to be the best at what you do, so it's very satisfying," he said. "We've been the perennial number two here for a long time but we got a good reputation from our listeners responding (to surveys). We moved forward and did an incredible job." Michaels credits the jump to a steady diet of local appearances by station crews and inventive promotions of the kind that will kick up again now that ratings are under way... WDZZ-FM (92.7) topples Cars 108 (WCRZ-FM) to take ratings top spot (Fri, 4/4)

 

FSN’s "April in the D" celebrates Detroit sports passion

In April, regional sports network FSN Detroit celebrates the Sports component of “The D” with an
unmatched month of coverage, upwards of 40 games among the Tigers, Pistons and Red Wings –
offered up by FSN’s various programming platforms (FSN Detroit, FSN Plus and FSN HD). Here’s
a sample of what FSN Detroit’s April in the D delivers:

• 24 Tigers games (13 in HD) including key divisional matchups against the Indians, White Sox and Twins along with contests against perennial favorites Yankees, Angels and the defending World Champion Red Sox.

• After the Red Wings wrap up another stellar regular season, April in the D delivers the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs with FSN carrying the majority of games during the first two rounds of the team’s quest for the Cup.

• Speaking of championship aspirations, April also brings the start of the NBA Playoffs. The Pistons play five times on FSN to wrap up the regular season, then on to postseason play as they look to bring another championship parade to The D.

Besides the award-winning game action, April in the D on FSN keeps fans informed about all the teams with exclusive pre- and post-game shows on Tigers Live, Red Wings Live and Pistons Live, providing local sports access, before and after the games.

• Further encouraging regional tourism and growth of The D brand, April in the D programming will include interviews with several influential and notable Detroiters representing the brand’s five core marketing areas: Cars, Culture, Gaming, Music and Sports.

• FSN Detroit is also executing a full scale marketing campaign that will be seen on the network via on-air promos, in-game drop-ins and special mentions during all of the pre- and post-game shows. April in the D promos also will air on several other networks delivered into homes by cable and satellite providers. And, a dedicated web page – AprilintheD.com – supplies fans with a sweepstakes, program schedule and promotional video. Off-channel marketing efforts will include radio spots, internet presence, outdoor billboards and in-stadium/arena signage.

• On board as presenting sponsors of April in the D are Saturn and Metro PCS.

“FSN Detroit is proud to present April in the D, delivering the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons nearly every day, while showcasing the city and its great sports fans,” said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. “If you’re a sports fan, there’s nothing like the hope and promise of a new baseball season and the daily drama of the playoffs. Combined with the welcome arrival of spring weather, it’s a great time to celebrate and embrace everything connected with the sheer joy of April in the D.”

“There's no better way to jump-start spring in Detroit – the Best Sports City in America – than during FSN Detroit's April in the D celebration,'” says Larry Alexander, President & CEO, Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Sports are an integral part of Detroit’s identity, and we invite sports fans to catch a game in The D and check out our region's hot culture, revitalized riverfront, new restaurants, hotels, attractions and entertainment. April in the D is a great reason to come together, cheer for our teams and support our hometown.”

 

Saginaw News:

Light 'em up one last time for Wally. A Saginaw radio chain is asking residents to honor the late Wally Bronner by putting their Christmas lights back up this weekend. Bronner, founder of Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, died Tuesday from cancer. He was 81. Chris Monk, Citadel Broadcasting general manager, said radio station employees felt that putting up "a string or two" of Christmas lights on porches, trees and bushes "would honor (Bronner) and be a reverent type of acknowledgment." DJs on Citadel-owned stations WHNN 96.1-FM, WILZ 104.5-FM, WIOG 102.5-FM and WKQZ 93.3-FM will encourage residents to break out their holiday best Saturday and Sunday. "We hope that a lot of people will do it," said Monk, adding that employees of the stations hit upon the low-key tribute while brainstorming ways to respectfully honor the Frankenmuth leader... Radio stations seek lighting of Christmas lights in honor of Wally Bronner (Sat, 4/5)

 

FM 94.5 Mackinaw City flips format

Earlier this week, WLJZ FM 94.5 changed its format from Hot Adult Contemporary "Star 94.5" to Classic Country as "Big Country Gold". The station, owned by Northern Star Broadcasting, had been Hot AC since June 2006 when it dropped what had been a simulcast of Modern Rock WJZJ FM 95.5 Glen Arbor/Traverse City.



WPBN/WTOM-TV:

Tucker Broadcasting of Traverse City, Inc. in Michigan announced Tuesday that it has completed a transaction to acquire WGTU/WGTQ TV 29&8, the ABC and CW affiliates serving the Traverse City-Cadillac, Michigan market. Tucker Broadcasting has entered into a series of agreements with Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC, based out of Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Barrington’s subsidiary, which owns the TV 7&4, will provide support services to the operations of WGTU/WGTQ. K. James Yager, Chief Executive Officer of Barrington, stated, “Our management team, under the guidance of Chris Cornelius, Chief Operating Officer, and Jill Saarela, Vice President and General Manager of WPBN/WTOM, will provide new opportunities for local news, local partnerships and growth at WGTU/WGTQ. We look forward to working with the WGTU/WGTQ team in the Traverse City-Cadillac market”... TV 7&4 to take over operation of TV 29&8, WGTU/WGTQ (Tue, 4/2)

 

By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioIf you are one of the thousands who enjoy waking up to the antics of Dr. Don Carpenter with Rachael Hunter, Steve Grunwald and the 300 lb. Cowboy Intern, there is cause for celebration since the Doctor is in... at least for another three years as he re-signed with country WYCD-FM (99.5). So, the laughs, along with the country music hits will keep on comin'. Mark your calendar for the 2008 Downtown Hoedown scheduled for May 9 through 11.

Speaking of WYCD, they have launched a new 24 hour Psychic Radio channel on their HD3 frequency for those of you who have bought one of those new HD Radios. It's devoted to the mind, spirit and soul. The shows are streamed worldwide through www.psychiconair.com via all CBS Radio streaming players, including www.wycd.com. Of course if you were truly psychic you would have already known about this. Do you think WRIF contributor Mr. Positive a.k.a. Greg Balteff, was aware of this?

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Rock WRIF-FM (101.1) has announced that Doug Podell, the station's program director / director of rock programming, along with Mark Pennington, Riff's music director / assistant program director, have been elected into the FMQB Hall of Fame for achievements in the radio industry. The magazine will be honoring the individuals who have been elected in the upcoming 40th Anniversary Issue and at a gala event to be held in Philadelphia this Thursday, April 10. FMQB (Friday Morning Quarter Back) is a respected radio industry trade publication. Sadly, we learned this past week that Doug just lost his father. Condolences can be sent to Doug Podell, c/o WRIF One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220.

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Radio One/Detroit has realigned programming duties at urban WHTD-FM (Hot 102.7) and urban-pop WDMK (105.9 Kiss FM). Operations Manager Al Payne , who retains his role as Program Director at gospel/talk WCHB, fills the PD opening created by the December departure of Spudd. After being promoted to music director of Hot 102.7 in December, late night personality Ms. Smiley has been elevated to APD of the station and PD of 105.9 Kiss FM. She has been assisting Payne with the programming of 105.9 Kiss FM since January, and Smiley will continue to handle all of her previously assigned duties at Hot 102.7. Confused?

 

AllAccess.com:

Kathy Stinehour Named VP/GM Of Radio One/Detroit:
RADIO ONE has appointed KATHY STINEHOUR to be VP/GM of its DETROIT cluster, where she'll oversee management and operations for Urban WHTD, Urban AC WDMK and Talk WCHB-A. STINEHOUR is a 25-year radio vet who spent the last three years as Pres./CEO of ARCHWAY BROADCASTING GROUP. "KATHY’s appointment is just another example of how RADIO ONE will continue to attract and hire the best and brightest talent at the highest levels to give us a competitive advantage in this ever-changing business," BRUCE DEMPS stated. "I can see the huge potential that the RADIO ONE stations have in DETROIT," STINEHOUR said. "I look forward to working with our experienced team on the ground in DETROIT to realize that potential. After the wonderful tour of duty that I have had across the country, I am so happy to be coming home." (Mon, 4/7)



WBFH 24-hour marathon broadcast scheduled for April 11-12

The Bloomfield Hills School District’s radio station WBFH, also known as “The Biff", will begin broadcasting its 32nd Annual 24-Hour Marathon Broadcast at 7 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2008. Entitled “Biffstock”, the live broadcast will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday, April 12. WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station operating costs.

“Our pledge drive is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations” said WBFH Marathon Chair and Andover senior Corey Berkowitz. All 21 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air live throughout the 24 hours, some staying up for the whole event.

A concert featuring local bands is scheduled to start in the Andover gym at 7:30 p.m. Bands performing include: Tom and the Sportscasters, Release the Bear, Crashlight, Monkey Jacket, Astro Projection, and Alls Quiet on the Western Front. A $5 donation will be collected at the door.

There are three levels of support: Backstage Pass ($100 or more), Pavilion ($50-$100), and Lawn ($25-$50). Those who donate $100 or more get donor announcements aired on the station for one year. Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also stop by the station located at Andover High School (4200 Andover Road) during the marathon. They can also fax in the pledges at (248) 341-5679, or e-mail their pledges from the WBFH web page (www.wbfh.fm).

WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm, is licensed to the Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District. The community radio station is operated by radio broadcasting students from Andover High School and Lahser High School under the supervision of the WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Station Manager, Randy Carr, Assistant Station Manager/Chief Engineer, and Ron Wittebols, Remote Supervisor.

WBFH has been honored with both national and state recognition in the last year. The “Biff” won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station in a national competition entitled The John Drury High School Radio Awards. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters named WBFH the 2008 Michigan High School Station of the Year at their awards luncheon March 11. It was the fifth year in the last six years that WBFH had won or tied for that honor.



Detroit News:

Before there was Regis and Kathie, Regis and Kelly, and Regis and anybody else for that matter, there was John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. This bubbly married couple behind the hit show "Kelly & Company" delighted Detroit television audiences with their wry senses of humor on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) for almost two decades until the show came to an end in 1995. Catch up with Kelly and Turner, who are still healthy and happily married, in the locally produced documentary "Motor City Celebrities: John Kelly and Marilyn Turner." Produced by filmmaker Gordon Castelnero, the film airs tonight on Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and traces the couple's colorful and unusual career paths and eventual love story. A second documentary, "Motor City Celebrities: Lou Gordon," airs immediately afterward and follows the life, career and death of bombastic WKBD-TV (Channel 50) talk-show host Lou Gordon. Although his style could not have been more different than that of Turner and Kelly, like them, Gordon represents a bygone TV era when the shows we watched came from the local personalities we knew, loved and, more often than not in Gordon's case, loved to loathe... TV Land in Detroit (Mon, 4/7)



Michigan Radio welcomes chef Lynne Rossetto Kasper to Schoolcraft

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of the popular food program, The Splendid Table on Michigan Radio, will be conducting a cooking demonstration at Schoolcraft College in Livonia on May 10th from 1:00pm until 3:00pm. Her demonstration will feature recipes from her new book The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. Tickets will be priced at $45, and will be available beginning April 14th at the Michigan Union ticket office and all Ticketmaster outlets, at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 734-763-TKTS (734-763-8587). Proceeds from the event will benefit Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan.

The culinary arts students at Schoolcraft College will help prepare the meal Kasper demonstrates, which attendees will be able to sample. They will also be able to ask questions of the food expert. This will be Kasper’s second visit to Schoolcraft. She conducted a popular cooking demonstration in 1999 and had deep praise for the culinary arts students that she worked with. This event is expected to be as informative, fun and delicious as the first.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, named “One of the twelve best cooking teachers in America” by the James Beard Foundation, is an acclaimed chef and cultural historian. Her first cookbook, The Splendid Table, is the only book to achieve the food world's twin crown, The Cookbook of the Year Award, from both the Julia Child/IACP and James Beard Awards. She has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, People, Gourmet, and Newsweek among others.

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper, by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift, producer of The Splendid Table program, is Kasper’s third book and embodies her unique approach to food as culture. The book is as visually delightful and entertaining as it is useful. How to Eat Supper is full of never-fail recipes, everyday kitchen advice and important tips.

The Splendid Table (Sundays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Michigan Radio) is a culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. During her one hour radio program Kasper gives cooking tips, recipes and advice to her audience while discussing her passion for food with guest experts, authors and chefs who share her enthusiasm for the culinary arts. The show is distributed by American Public Media and is carried on 230 public radio stations nationwide.



Judy Adams to spin at Clutch Cargos

Join CJAM-FM's (91.5) Judy Adams for a full spectrum ambient mix in the Video Lounge at Clutch Cargos in Pontiac coinciding with the Sasha and John Digweed show this Thursday, April 10th at 9pm. Tickets are available at ticketmaster, Livenation.com, and at the door.

 

Flint Journal:

He can create a new character with a turn of a phrase but when he picked up the phone there was no fooling. The voice was the legendary Casey Kasem from his home in Los Angeles. Kasem had two radio countdown shows to tape Wednesday, but was eager to talk about the upcoming Casey Kasem Day in Fenton on April 26. It's a fundraiser for the proposed $3.5 million cultural center to be added on the Fenton Community Center. Kasem was invited first by his cousin Dave Ameen of Fenton and then through a letter signed by supporters of the center. "It's something that will serve all people," Kasem said. He grew up in Detroit but has strong family ties to Fenton and relatives still live there... Casey Kasem's famous voice is more familiar than you know (Mon, 4/7)

 

FSN Detroit is set to televise five of the seven possible games in NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Nashville Predators:

Game 1 – Thu. April 10 at Detroit, 7:00 PM, FSN Detroit & FSN HD
Game 2 – Sat. April 12 at Detroit, 2:00 PM, NBC
Game 3 – Mon. April 14 at Nashville, Time TBD, FSN Detroit
Game 4 – Wed. April 16 at Nashville, Time TBD, FSN Detroit
Game 5* – Fri. April 18 at Detroit, 7:30 PM, FSN Detroit
Game 6* – Sun. April 20 at Nashville, 3:00 PM, NBC
Game 7* – Tue. April 22 at Detroit, Time TBD, FSN Detroit
* if necessary
(HD availability to be determined for Games 3, 4, 5 & 7)

• FSN telecasts begin 30 minutes prior to game time with Red Wings Live pregame and Red Wings Live postgame follows all FSN telecasts.

Versus telecasts in this series are subject to blackout in the FSN Detroit coverage area.


The following Detroit Tigers games will move to FSN Plus in order to accommodate Red Wings playoff games:

Thu. April 10 – Tigers at Boston, 7:00 PM
Mon. April 14 – Tigers vs. Minnesota, 7:00 PM
Wed. April 16 – Tigers at Cleveland, 7:00 PM

If Games 5 & 7 of the Red Wings series are necessary, the following additional Tigers
telecasts would shift to FSN Plus:
Fri. April 18 – Tigers at Toronto, 7:00 PM
Tue. April 22 – Tigers vs. Texas, 7:00 PM

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Like most die-hard Detroit Tigers fans, local WLAV-FM morning man Kevin Matthews is beside himself at the team's 0-6 start to the 2008 season, a season filled with so much promise. So, he cooked up a good-old fashion radio stunt. Matthews is remaining on the air until the Detroit Tigers win their first game. "I could be in a lot of trouble," said Matthews shortly after his regular, 5:30-10 a.m. shift this morning. "They plenty 20 straight games against some good teams, like Boston, Chicago, Minnesota, Cleveland and Toronto. "It could get ugly"... Kevin Matthews to remain on air until the Detroit Tigers win (Tue, 4/8)


Local morning radio personality Nanette was not on the air today at station WLHT-FM (95.7), fueling speculation the Detroit native may be on the outs. WLHT program director Bill Bailey confirmed this morning that "she has resigned." "She feels it's time to move on," said Bailey, who said Nanette turned in her resignation Monday night. Nanette could not be reached for comment... Morning host Nanette resigns from WLHT-FM (Tue, 4/8)

 

AllAccess.com:

Michigan Simulcast Adds Fox Sports Radio:
NORTHERN STAR BROADCASTING Talk simulcast WDMJ-A/MARQUETTE, MI and WIAN-A/ISHPEMING, MI add FOX SPORTS RADIO for weekends beginning MAY 3rd. The stations will air FSR SATURDAYS 5-6a, noon-7p, and 9p-midnight ET, and SUNDAYS 5-8a and 11a-midnight ET. (Tue, 4/8)

 

AllAccess.com:

E.J. Greig Will Do Afternoons on WQHH:
McDONALD BROADCASTING has tapped E.J. GREIG for afternoons on Urban WQHH(POWER96.5) LANSING MI. GREIG replaces former PD/afternoon-driver BRANT JOHNSON, who exited last month. GREIG’s broadcast career path includes stops in BATTLE CREEK, ANN ARBOR, DETROIT, CHICAGO, NORFOLK and ATLANTA. (Tue, 4/8)

 

Detroit News:

Reality and game shows aren't the only television offerings to benefit from the recent 100-day Writers Guild of America strike. PBS stations all over the country also watched their ratings spike. Locally, WTVS-TV (Channel 56), Detroit Public Television, had a 2 percent ratings increase in February, compared to the same time just a year ago. The station's primetime audience numbers climbed 10 percent. Some 1.5 million Metro Detroiters currently watch WTVS weekly... Public TV enjoys hike in viewership (Wed, 4/9)



106.7 The Fox morning show to giveaway Red Wings tickets

Country WDTW-FM 106.7 The Fox and “The Chad Show”, with Chad and CJ, are inviting listeners out to the Clear Channel building at 27675 Halsted Rd. in Farmington Hills on Thursday April 10th starting at 7 a.m. for a chance to win Detroit Red Wings playoff tickets. These are some of the hottest tickets in town and with the playoffs starting on Thursday so expect some unusual contests -- the Chad Show once made a mother shave part of her head for Hannah Montana tickets. This round of giveaways is expected to involve your memory and a lawn mower.

 

AllAccess.com:

WPRJ In LMA, Promotions Handed Out:
New media company PASSION COMMUNICATIONS, a subsidiary of PARTNERSHIP MINISTRIES, INC., has entered into an LMA with COME TOGETHER MINISTRIES for the oversight of Christian CHR WPRJ (101.7 THE FUSE)/SAGNIAW-MIDLAND, MI. The station has been consulted by THE PASSION GROUPS's RICK WELKE for more than three years. WELKE now assumes the role of PASSION COMMUNICATIONS President, while continuing his work with select industry and radio outlets within the music industry.

"I've been honored to work with the great staff at THE FUSE and have watched them transition into a strong team that is passionate about impacting mid-MICHIGAN and beyond for the sake of sharing the gospel through music. The way that this has transpired has been no less than a miracle and something that the new management team will not take lightly. Our intentions are not only to make a larger dent in the MIDLAND-BAY CITY-SAGINAW, MI tri-city area, but to develop a new format in the Top 40 mindset that will position us distinctly in the pursuit of touching individual lives," says WELKE.

A few current FUSE staff members have been promoted. PD AARON "DICE" DICER has been elevated to OM effective APRIL 15th. Overnights JOSH THOMPSON takes over as MD and IT Manager. He will report directly to DICER. (Thu, 4/10)



WCVM Bronson flips

Taylor University closed on the purchase of WCVM FM 94.7 Bronson from CSN International and has started simulcasting its Christian WBCL-FM 90.3 Fort Wayne, IN on its newest station.

Executive director Marsha Bunker explains, “There are numerous people in the 94.7 area that listen to us via 90.3 while in their cars, and they receive a sporadic signal in their homes. The new station will provide a consistent sound that can be heard 24 hours a day. This will also allow WBCL to make adjustments to the Fort Wayne antenna which will strengthen our signal in the southwest.”

WBCL’s programming is a blend of contemporary Christian music and inspirational talk; in addition, they plan on providing local news stories, school delays and closings, community announcements, and periodic remote broadcasts from special events for 94.7 listeners.

 

Changes to the South Bend area radio dial

Artistic Media Partners has broken the simulcast of its classic rock combo WOZW-FM 97.7 and WZOW-FM 102.3 and changed the format of 97.7 to active rock. FM 102.3 is airing the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Purtan duet "Islands in the Stream" repeatedly in advance of a new format that's expected to be revealed next week.

 

Livingston Daily Press & Argus:

Denny McLain, famed Detroit Tigers pitcher from the 1968 World Series team, was taken into custody this afternoon on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on a civil charge, Sheriff Bob Bezotte confirmed. Judge Theresa Brennan in Brighton issued the warrant on Jan. 16 when McLain failed to appear for a deposition, Bezotte said. The judge set bond at 10 percent of $175,000. No further details are available at this time... Denny McLain in custody of Livingston Sheriff (Fri, 4/11)



Detroit Free Press:

Nothing says "spring is here" like the radio hosts over at WDET begging for money during the on-air pledge drive. They've been at it again this week. I've had an attitude with the NPR affiliate (www.wdet.org) since they started adding and subtracting programs that I liked and gradually getting rid of music programming. I launched a boycott when they got rid of Judy Adams in December 2005. I didn't listen for months after that. Never mind the Soup Nazi, I was the Radio Nazi: No 'DET for you, Oneita! It was ugly and painful for me as a music- and information-loving listener, a volunteer and a supporter, but I had to do it. Gradually, in 2006, I began sneaking back... Now you can have my money, WDET (Fri, 4/11)



Detroit News:

If it's been a while since you've headed to the doctor, stop making excuses and head to your area mall or community center for free health screenings through Project Healthy Living. The health screening project, which kicks off today at Southfield Civic Center in Southfield and features Channel 7's Carolyn Clifford and Bill Spencer, runs through May 10. The project offers 20 screening sites in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, Sanilac and St. Clair counties. Free services include screening for blood pressure, height and weight, glaucoma, health hazard appraisal, and counseling and counseling referral... Channel 7 kicks off free health-screening (Fri, 4/11)


WWJ-TV (Channel 62) and CBS are looking for more Metro Detroit reality stars and will be holding a local casting call for its upcoming season of "Big Brother 10." Auditions will take place from 3-6 p.m. April 19 at Roosevelt's Billiards Bar & Grill, 27843 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. For the uninitiated, "Big Brother" follows a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One by one, the Houseguests are voted out of the house until, at the end of three months, the last remaining Houseguest wins the grand prize. Those interested in auditioning to be on "Big Brother 10" should go to WWJTV.com and download an application and eligibility requirements. Applicants must be 21 and older... 'Big Brother' looking for Metro Detroiters (Fri, 4/11)

 

The Oakland Press:

As comedian Karen Addison stood in front of black curtains, holding a microphone during her audition for Gas Station TV's "Wanna Be a BroadcaSTAR?" competition, she told a joke that was originally geared toward an audience watching her from their homes. Moments before, she had learned that the winner of the GSTV contest would be a broadcaster on screens at gas station pumps across the country, not on a traditional TV station... Gas Station TV holds broadcaster auditions hoping to find new face of franchise (Sun, 4/13)



Detroit Free Press:

A few months ago, Mac Kelly, the producer and host of a campy TV show called "Nightmare Sinema," was celebrating just getting one more local cable-access station to let him air his production. Today, Kelly and his friends, who meet weekly at Stage 3 Productions in Warren to write, act in and tape the show, are celebrating the accomplishment of having been picked up by commercial television less than 10 months after launching. The show last month began airing on WMYD-TV (Channel 20, also known as My TV20) at 1 a.m. Saturdays. On April 26, the show will move to midnight... TV upgrade has Wolfman Mac howling (Sun, 4/13)

 

AllAccess.com:

WCEN Welcomes Jeff Bates:
MIDWEST RADIO GROUP Country WCEN (94.5 THE MOOSE)/SAGINAW, MI welcomes BLACK RIVER MUSIC GROUP's JEFF BATES for a special show. "JEFF BATES: Invitation Only" will be THURSDAY, MAY 8th at BOOMER'S NIGHT CLUB in MT. PLEASANT. As the title suggests, it is invitation only and the only way to get on that list is to be a member of the online club. Eighty invites will be sent out to members at random. (Fri, 4/11)

 

WYCD's Downtown Hoedown returns

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By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioMark your calendar and get your cowboy boots ready for the 26th Annual Downtown Hoedown May 9-11. Presented by country WYCD-FM (99.5) once again this year, Detroit's Hart Plaza will host an estimated one million music fans over those three days for what's billed as the largest free country music festival in the world. Headliners among the 49 acts scheduled to appear include Trisha Yearwood, Gretchen Wilson, Jewel, Lonestar, Billy Currington and Detroit's own American Idol superstars Phil Stacey and Josh Gracin. More info is available at www.wycd.com.

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Friday nights are about to become much more exciting on Oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) as the station has added the high-energy Tom Kent Show to its lineup from 7 p.m. 'til midnight starting April 25th.

Kent, who along with XM Satellite Radio's Terry "Motor Mouth" Young, are among the last up-tempo DJ's who have the knack of making radio fun and entertaining for the listener nearly every time they open their mikes. Sadly, Jack Armstrong, a pioneer of the fast-talking style employed by Kent and whom Young considered his mentor, died a couple of weeks ago at just 62 years old. Armstrong, who once held a Guinness World Record for "fastest talking human alive," was well known in Cleveland for his work at WKYC-AM (1100) and WIXY-AM (1260) and his career included stays in Buffalo, Toronto and Los Angeles, among other cities.

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The city of Fenton will be hosting Casey Kasem Day on Saturday April 26th as part of a fundraiser for a proposed $3.5 million cultural center addition to the Fenton Community Center. Kasem, the longtime voice of numerous pop music countdown shows since the 1970s, in addition to his many contributions to television and movies, grew up in Detroit and has strong family ties to the Fenton area. His vintage American Top 40 countdown programs are among the most popular shows on XM's '70s and '80s channels where they are heard several times each week. More information on Casey Kasem Day can be found at www.fentoncommunitycenter.org.

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The student staff members of the Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFHFM (88.1), known as "The Biff", were set to broadcast their 32nd Annual 24-Hour Marathon Broadcast this past Friday and Saturday to help collect money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station operating costs.

"Our pledge drive is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations" said WBFH Marathon Chair and Andover High senior Corey Berkowitz.

All 21 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser High were scheduled to be on the air live throughout the 24 hours, some staying up for the whole event.

Although the event is over, you can still support the station and its students by contacting them either at (248) 341-WBFH or www.wbfh.fm.

 

RIF's Doug Podell wins honor at FMQB 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Doug Podell, Director of Rock Programming for WRIF-FM 101.1 and WCSX-FM 94.7 was named major market Program Director of The Year at the Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB) 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner held on Thursday, April 10th at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to being chosen by a group of radio industry leaders to receive the radio trade publication's top honor, Podell, along with the other four category finalists, was also officially inducted into the FMQB Hall of Fame in the "Program Director/Major Market" category.

"We are very proud Doug was chosen to receive this outstanding honor," said Greater Media President & CEO Peter Smyth. "It is a privilege to have him on our team in Detroit."

 


 

Michigan Citizen:

Radio talk show host Mildred Gaddis claimed on the air she knows someone who was at the alledged Manoogian Mansion Party. Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III wants Gaddis to tell the police what she knows. In a letter addressed to Ella Bully-Cummings, chief of the Detroit Police Dept., and sent to all area media, April 8, Sheffield said he was listening to Gaddis' talk show, "Inside Detroit" on 1200 WCHB the same morning. "I took note of a conversation she was having with a caller that may have revealed a new lead in Ms. [Tamara] Green's murder investigation," Sheffield wrote to the chief... Sheffield asks police to investigate Gaddis (Mon, 4/14)

 

Michigan Radio wraps up spring membership drive

Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, finished a successful Spring Membership Drive last Friday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from April 4 - 11, generated 4,664 pledges totaling more than $594,000. Of that, over $200,000 was raised from first time donors to the station.

The 2008 Spring Membership Drive raised money through several sources, including:

• Over $473,000 in contributions from listeners calling in a pledge to phone volunteers

• Over $121,000 generated from people contributing through the station's website

The station saw a particularly large jump in people making contributions over the internet, with a 50% increase in online pledges compared with spring 2007.

The $594,000 raised during the on-air fundraiser was in addition to almost $230,000 contributed during the station's pre-pledge drive direct mail campaign. The money raised helps pay for programming costs and general operating expenses at the station, with membership support being the single largest source of income.

"Our listeners who support Michigan Radio as members never cease to amaze us with their dedication to maintaining the quality of our service," says Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "We return their outstanding measure of support by providing the strongest public radio news and information service in the state."

Michigan Radio includes WUOM (91.7 FM in Ann Arbor/Detroit), WFUM-FM (91.1 FM in Flint), WVGR (104.1 FM in Grand Rapids) and is a service of Michigan Public Media.

 


 

Windsor Star:

Windsor's The Rock CKUE-FM (95.1/100.7) is turning heads on both sides of the Detroit River. The Blackburn-owned independent with studios in Windsor and Chatham is now third overall most-listened-to in Windsor and Essex County, according to recent survey statistics from the Bureau of Measurement (BBM). "We like to say we're the radio station of choice among men 25 to 54," said The Rock's program director, Rod Martens. CHUM Radio's CKLW-AM (800) continues to lead all stations in the market with three times the estimated audience of its closest competitor. CHUM's 89X CIMX-FM (88.7) is No. 2, followed by The Rock and CBC-Radio One's CBE-AM (1550)... AM-800, 89X lead, but Rock climbing (Tue, 4/15)

 


 

Don Phillips exits WOMC

Don Phillips, longtime overnight and weekend jock for oldies WOMC-FM 104.3, is no longer with the station. According to program director Scott Walker, there are currently no plans to replace him at this time. Phillips had been off the air recently due to health concerns.

 


 

Detroit News:

The NFL will release the full regular-season schedule today, but the Lions already have a new contract to televise their four exhibition games. The Lions have signed a three-year contract to have their exhibition games on WWJ-TV Channel 62, a CBS affiliate in Metro Detroit. In previous seasons, the Lions' games were on WKBD Channel 50. "This is a bigger platform for us," Tom Lewand, the Lions' chief operating officer, said Monday of the deal with Channel 62. "It gives us a chance to build our ratings"... Lions' exhibition games move to Channel 62 (Tue, 4/15)

 


 

Herbert gets nod as head of Digital Media for CBS Radio/Detroit

Georgeann Herbert has added the responsibility of director of Digital Media for the CBS Radio cluster in Detroit to her role as director of programming for the company's WWJ-AM 950. Herbert joined CBS Radio in 1990 as OM of WBBM and WMAQ/Chicago and moved to WWJ in 2000. She's also been serving as director of e-publications for the station.

"Georgeann is extremely passionate about news and new digital media," said CBS Radio Detroit Market Manager Debbie Kenyon. "She has been an industry leader developing digital programs, including a series of e-publications that are second to none. Georgeann is constantly on the forefront of new technology, and we look forward to sharing her expertise with all of our CBS Radio stations here in Detroit."

 

Hot 102.7 Hummer gets hijacked, recovered

Tuesday around 1:15PM, one of the HOT 102.7 promotions staff members ("Shug") was at the Mobil gas station on Jefferson Avenue near St. Aubin re-fueling our vehicles as we prepared for another day of hitting the streets of metro-Detroit. Then without warning an area teen, brandishing a handgun, demanded the keys from Shug. In seconds, the teen sped off in our prized Hummer H2. In leaving, the driver hit another vehicle with two passengers, of which we believe to be the accomplices, as he headed down east Jefferson. Then HOT 102.7 went into action ... Suga Rae went on the air to ask Detroit for help in finding the Hummer. Tips came into the studio by the dozens ... the tips began to center around the Canfield Road area on the eastside. Listeners were saying they spotted the Hummer joyriding with the teens hanging out the window, without a care in the world... Read more and see video at WHTD-FM web site or ClickOnDetroit.com

 

Detroit News:

You may not foresee a future in "Psychic Radio," but you have to admit the station has one of the best radio taglines ever: "Psychic Radio: we know you're listening." The station was recently launched by CBS Radio Detroit both online at psychiconair.com, and as a secondary, HD-3 channel (more on that below). So now you can listen to 24 hours of psychics, including Maria Shaw, Kelly MacLeod, Lisa Smith, Kimmie Zapf and Steve Marshall. Each psychic has their own specialty, according to CBS Detroit market manager Debbie Kenyon . Kenyon says CBS Radio is launching new niche formats such as Psychic Radio in part to provide content for a partnership deal with AOL that starts May 15... Psychics are ready to predict the future on new radio station (Thu, 4/17)

 

CMU's student-run TV station is state's best for seventh consecutive year

Central Michigan University students have taken top honors yet again in one of the state's most respected broadcasting contests. For the seventh year in a row, CMU's student-run television station, Moore Hall Television, has received the College Television Station of the Year Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. The recognition is based on awards the station received in several MAB television competition categories, as well as a written report and video detailing the station's outreach efforts. Professional radio and television broadcasters from around the state judged the collegiate entries.

"It is a real honor to be selected for the Station of the Year Award," said School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Rick Sykes, adviser to CMU's "News Central 34" newscast. "The award recognizes the hard work of our students and affirms our commitment to preparing our students for a professional career in broadcasting."

During the association's annual College Broadcast Awards, students involved in MHTV and WMHW-FM Modern Rock 91.5, the university's student-run radio station, received a variety of honors.

 

Mr. Smith goes to China

News-Talk WJR AM 760's Paul W. Smith Show is scheduled to broadcast live from the 2008 Beijing Auto Show in China next Monday and Tuesday, April 21-22 from 5:30-9 a.m. Tune in to hear from all the automotive movers and shakers as Paul W. Smith goes in depth at one of China's biggest car shows.

 


 

WDET to host event with Democracy Now! host and author Goodman

Public WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will present award-winning journalist and best-selling author Amy Goodman in Detroit on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 7pm at the Community Arts Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State University. Popular host of "Democracy Now!," heard on WDET Monday through Thursday at 8:00 pm, Goodman comes to Detroit with her new book co-written by her brother, David Goodman, titled, "Standing Up To The Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times" (published by Hyperion).

The event is also a fundraiser for Detroit Public Radio. For a gift of $100, donors receive a pair of Silver Circle Seats (first few rows) and a copy of Goodman's new book. General admission seats are also available for $15.

Seating is limited. All tickets are available only through WDET and may be purchased by calling 1-800-959-9338 or at www.wdet.org.

 


 

Magic 80's Prom to feature John Waite

Soft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will present the "The Magic '80s Prom," featuring special guest John Waite at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Friday, May 23, 2008. Over the past five years, Magic 105.1 listeners have been entertained by great artists like Donny Osmond and David Cassidy. In keeping the spirit and excitement of the '80s alive, this year's listeners will enjoy a performance by '80s favorite, John Waite.

In addition to Waite's performance, Prom goers will be entertained by DJ Chooch, playing all '80s hits with classic videos to match. One Magic 105.1 couple will be crowned King and the Queen of the Prom. Dressing with '80s flare is highly recommended but not required.

"The Magic '80s Prom," is open to ages 18 and up. Tickets go on sale to the general public today, Friday April 18, 2008, at 5pm at the Royal Oak Music Theatre or by going to www.tickets.com for the low price of $10.50. Tickets can also be won by listening to Magic 105.1.

 


 

WXYZ-TV wins AP Station of the Year award

WXYZ-TV/ Channel 7 received the "Station of the Year" award, Saturday, April 12, at the 2008 Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by the Michigan Associated Press (AP) Broadcasters Association. The event recognized and celebrated outstanding news, programming and public service stories by Michigan radio and television stations. The award was presented to Channel 7's Assistant News Director Glenn Bar at a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Southfield, MI. Channel 7 "Action News" received the highest honor for General Excellence and placed first in the category of Best Newscast; Best Spot News for "Freeway Flood"; Best Hard News for "Stephen Grant verdict"; Best Continuing Coverage for "State Shutdown"; and Best Enterprise / Investigative Reporting for "Safety Second?". Action News also was honored in a number of other key categories... Read entire press release (Thu, 4/17)

 


 

Detroit News:

Not too long ago, I wrote about former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) weekend anchor Robbin Simmons , who now works at WSVN-TV (Channel 7), a Fox affiliate in Miami. I told readers how to reach her at WSVN.com (click on "contact us") and boy, did readers ever contact her. Simmons, a Chicago native who worked at WDIV for three years, was so moved by all the responses that she e-mailed and thanked me. This got me to thinking maybe I should include contact e-mails and Web addresses for other local TV talents who have since moved on to other stations and endeavors... Keep up with former Detroit TV reporters (Fri, 4/18)

 


 

Oakland Business Review:

The Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts has built a nearly 40-year reputation as a school for those interested in a career in television or broadcasting. Now the Southfield school is branching out to diversify its educational offerings with a 12-month course in graphic arts. It is the first of what school administrators feel will be many new courses introduced to students over coming years as the institution attempts to grow. That growth also includes the development of online courses and the potential for one or more satellite campuses throughout Southeast Michigan. "We're going to go where the students are," said Steve Julin, director of curriculum development. "The main reason for this new graphic design program is that we need to diversify our offerings in this economy to remain competitive"... Specs Howard tries graphics, online courses to diversify (Thu, 4/17)

 

WNBY broadcast to benefit Youth Center

WNBY Radio of Newberry will hold a fundraiser on Wednesday, April 23 from 10:00 a.m. until noon to benefit the Luce County Community Resource and Recreation Center (LCCR&R).

The funds raised will be used to keep the Youth Center open. Call (906) 293-3221 to make a pledge. LCCR&R also will sponsor a sub/bake sale Saturday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This project also supports the operation of the Youth Center.

 

Detroit News:

MC Serch is returning to Detroit radio. The former 3rd Bass MC and host of "Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme" on VH1 is launching "Serchlite Saturdays," a four-hour program dedicated to old-school and local hip-hop. The show will debut at 6 p.m. April 26 on WHTD-FM (102.7). "I'm really excited," said Serch, whose real name is Michael Berrin, on Friday. "I want to make sure we're the only station people are listening to when they're cruising Belle Isle. This is barbecue and cruise music for Detroit, period." The live show will be split in two: The first two hours will focus on old-school hip-hop jams, and will feature interviews with classic artists, as well as current artists talking about their memories of old-school hip-hop. The second half will be dedicated to local hip-hop, and will showcase new and unreleased tracks from local rap talent... MC Serch brings show to Detroit radio (Fri, 4/18)

 

The scary-fun "Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema" will be off the air until midnight on May 17. But all is well, "Wolfman" Mac Kelly assures his fans. The show did not air late Friday night on Channel 20 (WYMD) because it needs to come up with a new theme song since its departing editor owns the current one. Then in the coming weeks, the Pistons playoff games will pre-empt MyTV 20 programming... 'Wolfman Mac' show will be back in May (Sat, 4/19)

 


 

WDET wins five awards from the SPJ-Detroit Chapter

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Detroit Chapter honored WDET 101.9FM Detroit Public Radio this week with five awards recognizing the excellence of the WDET newsroom. WDET won the following:

First Place - Investigative Reporting for Detroit 1967 - A Turning Point (a 13-piece documentary series)

First Place - General News Reporting for its Warren Series (a week-long series on the City of Warren)

Second Place - Features Reporting for Mackinac Schools (Noah Ovshinsky, reporter)

Third Place - Newscast on September 24, 2007 (Amy Miller, anchor)

Third Place - Spot News Reporting for coverage of the GM Strike (Craig Fahle/Jerome Vaughn, reporters)

"We are very proud of the work we do everyday in the WDET newsroom," said Jerome Vaughn, WDET News Program Director. "We are able to provide extensive coverage of local news because of the tremendous support we receive from our listeners. We share these awards with them."

 

WDET's news department will be airing a week-long segment on Dearborn, Michigan beginning Monday, April 21 and running through Friday, April 25. The Dearborn-focused feature stories will air during "Morning Edition" (5am-10am), "Detroit Today" (10am-noon) and "All Things Considered" (4pm-7pm) on WDET-FM 101.9 and at www.wdet.org

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AllAccess.com:

CBS/Detroit Names John Moran Dir./Sales: CBS RADIO/DETROIT has appointed JOHN MORAN to be Dir./Sales, where he will oversee all sales efforts for Country WYCD, Smooth Jazz WVMV, Oldies WOMC, News WWJ and Sports WXYT-A/F. Previously Founder and President of VANGARD MEDIA ASSOCIATES, MORAN also worked at several MOTOWN station, as well as MTV's National Sales department. "Having spent a number of years in both the radio and the entertainment industry, JOHN has an extremely clear vision of sales from multiple viewpoints, which will help to create further growth in DETROIT's revenue through many innovative and untapped resources," stated CBS RADIO Pres./Sales MICHAEL WEISS. (Fri, 4/19)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Why can't Justin Verlander get past the sixth inning? Should Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resign? How far will the Red Wings go in the playoffs? In the aftermath of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's philandering, should prostitution be legalized? Will the Lions get a first-round draft choice who has staying power? What's your favorite slang name for a woman's breasts? This is sports talk radio? Sounds like it these days. Detroit's WDFN-AM (1130) and the merged-last-fall WXYT-AM/FM (1270/97.1) have veered away from sports more regularly and jumped on breaking nonsports topics more often in 2008's first quarter. Open-line segments -- once unheard-of on sports-talk stations -- are now regular parts of the broadcast day. WXYT even promotes them just before commercial breaks... Sports talk and a lot more (Sun, 4/20)

 

So, if sports-talk stations are mixing in other topics, what are news-talk stations talking about? And are they feeling threatened? News-talk WJR-AM (760) is the market's dominant news-talk station, both in ratings and revenue. Is operations manager Steve Stewart worried about erosion of his audience?... News-talk WJR touts its depth of coverage (Sun, 4/20)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Local public radio stations have wrapped up their spring membership drives ... WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, surpassed its spring pledge drive goal of $125,000 by more than $1,800 for a total of $126,846 raised over eight and a half days, marketing and development director Molly Motherwell said. "Our focus this spring was on community radio and building community, and the listeners really responded to that,'' said Motherwell... On the Air: Michigan Radio, WEMU conclude spring fund drives (Sun, 4/20)

 

By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioUrban WHTD-FM (102.7) made a big splash in the news this week when the station's Hummer H2 was carjacked at gunpoint from a gas station in Detroit. Thankfully no one was hurt and alert Hot 102.7 listeners helped station personnel and Detroit Police nab the teenage joy riders in less than an hour. The vehicle itself was only slightly damaged and the free coverage on Channel 4's news gave the station some big exposure. Only trouble with Local 4's initial news report was the confusion between Hot 102.7 and its sister station, adult urban WDMK-FM (105.9). Betcha no one really minded though - getting two of your stations plugged on TV is always better than one. There's no word if the alleged carjackers worked for any rival radio stations.

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Doug Podell, Director of Rock Programming for WRIF-FM (101.1) and WCSX-FM (94.7), was named major market Program Director of The Year at the Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB) 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner earlier this month in Philadelphia. In addition to being chosen by a group of radio industry leaders to receive the radio trade publication's top honor, Podell was also officially inducted into the FMQB Hall of Fame in the Program Director/Major Market category.

"We are very proud Doug was chosen to receive this outstanding honor," said Greater Media President & CEO Peter Smyth. "It is a privilege to have him on our team in Detroit."

Awards are nothing new for Podell and his staff as they consistently receive recognition for their work at one of the country's most successful rock outlets. Congratulations to Podell for keeping the rock in Detroit Rock City.

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The revolving door for DJ's continues to spin at oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) with the official departure of popular overnight and weekend host Don Phillips who had been off the air recently due to some health issues. Program Director Scott Walker confirmed Phillips' exit but revealed little else about the situation other than there are no plans to replace him at this time, meaning WOMC will run without a live voice during the overnight hours.

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The spring fundraisers at public radio outlets WDET-FM (101.9) and WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM (91.7/91.1) wrapped up with some encouraging numbers. Supporters of WDET pledged more than $650,000 towards the station's annual membership goal of $1.1 million, which no doubt pleases General Manager Allen Mazurek. The station's fiscal year ends September 30th.

Michigan Radio's WUOM, along with WFUM Flint and WVGR-FM Grand Rapids, generated 4,664 pledges totaling more than $594,000 during their on-air efforts. The stations boast that over $200,000 of that total was raised from first time donors. Combined with $230,000 Michigan Radio brought in during a pre-pledge direct mail campaign, the group raised over $824,000 to help pay for programming costs and general operating expenses at the station.

"Our listeners who support Michigan Radio as members never cease to amaze us with their dedication to maintaining the quality of our service," says Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "We return their outstanding measure of support by providing the strongest public radio news and information service in the state."

 

• Country WTWS FM 92.1 and Classic Hits WUPS FM 98.5 have been granted construction permits to swap their communities of license; WTWS will switch from Harrison to Houghton Lake with WUPS switching from Houghton Lake to Harrison. The change is being made by the stations' owner, Coltrace Communications, in order to move the operations of WTWS to the Houghton Lake area where it can be run in the same facility as WUPS. With the move of the WTWS transmitter from near Harrison to near Houghton Lake, the station will change its effective radiated power from 6,000 watts @ 299 feet to 920 watts @ 748 feet.

• Sports WDOW AM 1440 Dowagiac was granted a construction permit to increase its daytime power from 1,000 to 2,300 watts.

• Licenses were granted to the following new FM translators: W292DK 106.3 Westland, W252BX 98.3 Detroit (Educational Media Foundation); W284BQ 104.7 Warren, W288BT 105.5 St. Clair (Radio Assist Ministry).

• The transfer of translator W285DY 104.9 Ludington (WMLQ FM 97.7 Manistee) was granted by the FCC.

• FM translator W273BO 102.5 Manistee was granted a construction permit to move to FM 91.7.

 

• Sports WCCW AM 1310 Traverse City was granted a construction permit to increase its daytime power from 15,000 to 50,000 watts.

• Country WMKC FM 102.9 completed the change to its community of license to Indian River from St. Ignace.

• The FCC approved the purchase of Country/Full Service WMLM AM 1520 St. Louis by Krol Communications from Siefker Broadcasting.

• The Great Lakes Loons announced the purchase of WYLZ FM 100.9 Pinconning from the Last Bastion Trust (Citadel), with financial assistance from the Michigan Baseball Foundation, for $325,000 pending FCC approvals and closing. The station will officially be owned by Michigan Radio Communications, LLC.

• FCC approved the purchase of LPTV stations W11CZ (Ch. 11) Escanaba and construction permits W05CR (Ch. 5) Escanaba and W26DG (Ch. 26) St. Ignace by Hispanic Christian Community Network from John R. Powley.

WXPT FM 107.3 Powers was granted its license to cover (new sign-on, but believed to be silent at this time).

 

• New low power FM station WMRP-LP 104.7 Mundy Twp/Flint was granted its license to cover.

• A construction permit was granted to Charles C. Townsend III for new low power TV station W51EK Ch. 51 to be licensed to Marquette.

• Christian WTAC FM 89.7 Burton/Flint was granted a construction permit to increase power from 1,000 to 5,000 watts with a directional antenna.

 

Grand Rapids Press:

Competition for cable and satellite TV providers arrives today in West Michigan. AT&T officially is introducing to West Michigan its U-verse package, which offers television, Internet and telephone services. Customers can get 200 channels, a digital video recorder, Internet service and unlimited calling for about $120 a month. Rates start at $44 a month for the television service alone. For West Michigan TV viewers, AT&T's system represents the region's first nondish-based, pay television alternative to Comcast and Charter Communications. Significant for many sports fans: U-verse service includes the Big Ten Network. Comcast does not carry the network because of a dispute with Big Ten over which customers should receive and pay for it. AT&T would not release a coverage map, citing competitive reasons, but the new service initially is available in Grand Rapids, Holland, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo... AT&T enters battle for pay TV in GR (Mon, 4/21)

 

Detroit Free Press:

Radio station WRIF-FM (101.1) is expected to announce -- perhaps as early as this afternoon -- that Drew Lane, the station's highly rated morning show co-host, has ended his 16-year-plus run at the station. His departure brings an end to his long and highly successful partnership with Mike Clark, who apparently will remain on the morning show he has co-hosted with producers Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters and news person Trudi Daniels. Lane last appeared on "The Drew and Mike Show" on Sept. 17. He announced a week later that he was taking time off to care for his fiancee, Tess Schuster, who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The station had insisted that Lane had an open-ended personal leave to care for Schuster and could return whenever he felt ready... Drew Lane of 'Drew and Mike' expected to depart after 16 years (Tue, 4/22)

 


 

Detroit News:

Call it the most anticlimactic announcement of the spring: Greater Media will issue a press release this afternoon confirming that longtime WRIF-FM (101.1) morning personality Drew Lane will not be returning to the "Drew and Mike" show. "I just heard about it 10 minutes ago," Lane's attorney Mike Novak said, just after 4 p.m. "I haven't seen it, but it's making it official that he's not returning to the show." Lane had recently had a much-delayed sit-down meeting with Greater Media, and the decision came out of that meeting. Mike Clark, whom Novak also represents, will be continuing the show as is. "They'll bank on the momentum from the audience loyalty that's been built up over the years," Novak said... Drew Lane not returning to WRIF (Tue, 4/22)

 

Radio and Records:

Programming shifts are in effect at Regent Rhythmic WRCL (Club 93.7)/Flint, MI, as MD/morning personality Clay Church has been upped to PD. Why? Because the previous PD, Nathan Reed, resigned last month to become PD of Clear Channel Top 40 WVKS (Kiss 92.5)/Toledo, that's why. Club 93.7 night jock Ian Richards will inherit Church's MD duties. Meanwhile, Reed starts his new gig at WVKS next Monday, April 28. (Wed, 4/23)

 

WRIF sent reeling by sudden death of GSM Bob Kozaitis

Greater Media/WRIF General Sales Manager Bob Kozaitis, age 36, was killed yesterday in a tragic traffic accident on M-59 in Auburn Hills. Apparently after suffering a mechanical breakdown with his vehicle, Kozaitis stepped into a traffic lane where he was struck and instantly killed by a passing truck.

The WRIF morning crew spent a good deal of time discussing the incident, explaining the positive impact Kozaitis had on the station's sales and marketing efforts as well as just being a great guy overall. On the air this morning, hosts Mike Clark, Marc Fellhauer, and Mike Wolters explained how shocked and emotional everyone at the station is about the tragic loss of life, but that they felt they had to carry on as normally as possible in honor of his memory.

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Drew Lane announced Tuesday he was leaving WRIF-FM's (101.1) highly rated morning show. This morning, it was apparent the parting wasn't amicable. An angry Lane said this morning he was "shocked and upset" that his former partners led by Mike Clark went on the air today "to suggest that I just decided I was not coming back to morning drive"... Lane says WRIF knew he was likely leaving (Wed, 4/23)

Drew Lane, WRIF's highly rated morning show cohost, has ended his 16-year-plus run at the station, and is hoping to take his irreverent humor and commentary to a nationally syndicated show. After months of speculation about his status, Lane confirmed the departure from WRIF-FM (101.1) late Tuesday. The station is to announce it formally today. His move ends Lane's long and highly successful partnership with Mike Clark, who apparently will remain on the morning show he now cohosts with producers-turned-air personalities Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters and newscaster Trudi Daniels... Drew Lane is done at WRIF, 'Drew & Mike' moments, Who did what on the air, What's next (Wed, 4/23)

 


 

Detroit News:

After seven months, the suspense is finally over: Drew Lane will not be returning to the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show he helped infuse with wit and pop-culture sizzle. Finally Detroit -- or at least, WRIF -- can enter the post-Drew years, after months of speculation and Internet rumors about why he was off the air and when he would return to the top-rated "Drew and Mike" show he co-hosted with Mike Clark for 15 years. (It was for a brief time, the Drew and Zip show before Zip left and correspondent Clark was promoted.) Lane's attorney, Mike Novak, confirmed on Tuesday that Lane wouldn't be returning to WRIF... Drew not returning to WRIF (Wed, 4/23)

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) has been awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for its news documentary "Tribute to Our Troops," announced Jeff Murri, the station's vice president and general manager. The local Fox affiliate received the award in the News Documentary category. "I am extremely proud of the team at Fox 2 News that worked on this inspiring documentary," Murri said. "We are honored to receive this prestigious award." Tribute to Our Troops took WJBK viewers into the lives of Michigan soldiers, telling their stories of heroism as well as the challenge of fitting back into a world without war... Fox 2 wins regional Murrow award (Wed, 4/23)

 

WaYfm ships thousands of supplies to Honduras Orphans

On Monday, April 28th at 5 p.m., a team of 30 WaYfm listeners/missions trip participants will be loading a 40 foot shipping container at First Baptist Church of Wayland, located at 3514 12th Street, in Wayland, MI. These goods will be shipped to Nueva Suyepa, Honduras, a slum of Tegucigalpa. Filth, no running water, tuberculosis, dengue fever, gangs, - these are a few of the words that describe Nueva Suyapa. Built on the city dump after Hurricane Fifi in 1974, it's one of the poorest areas in Honduras. A maze of steep, rutted dirt roads and small tin roofed shacks, the community is one in which more than 70% of the children live in poverty.

"This container will be jam-packed," says Kristin Anderson, one of the team leaders. "WaYfm listeners have donated blankets. Saranac Public Schools and First Baptist Church of Allegan have donated used playgrounds that have been made to look like new thanks to several area businesses. Saranac Public Schools also collected shoes by having a friendly competition between the Middle and High School. Another school has donated 240 used desks and chairs. The youth group at Living Hope Community Church packaged peanuts donated by Texas Roadhouse. We are taking with us food items, sports equipment, kitchen utensils, school and arts/crafts supplies, 1,400 Spanish Bibles, and over 2,000 hygiene kits. Additionally, medical supplies have been donated by Perrigo for use by our medical team, led by Dr. Scott Carlson. We have truly been overwhelmed and blessed by the outpouring of support throughout the community."

Working together with Honduras missionary Maureen Hodge (www.bigbrightidea.com) and Orphan Outreach (www.orphanoutreach.org), WaYfm's team will be serving over 1,300 children from June 15-26. 160 of these children LIVE on a landfill in makeshift homes. The WaYfm team will be using the items on the container to meet the physical and spiritual needs of these children. During the team's time in Honduras they will be building a playground, engaging kids with arts and crafts, holding sports clinics, puppet shows, singing, and hosting Bible-themed carnivals. And they have a skilled medical team going to treat as many of the children as possible.

Youth-oriented Top 40 Christian music radio station WaYfm has sponsored seven other summer short-term missions trips. For updates on the team (which represents 22 area churches) go to www.way.fm/connect/missions.

 

The Oakland Press:

Drew Lane is furious. He listened in to WRIF's Drew and Mike Show Wednesday and heard the morning crew suggest Lane had led them on about his coming back on the air. "But that's an absolute fabrication," said Lane, who has been off the air since Sept. 17. "My last paycheck was Dec. 3, 2007." Just this week, reports came out that Lane - who for 16 years captained one of Detroit's highest-rated radio morning programs - had resigned from his job and was looking for a nationally syndicated show. Lane, who lives in Oakland County, said almost everyone at the station knew he was through with the morning show grind and that he was interested in doing an afternoon show. He believes the station deliberately kept the announcement under wraps so that the new crew - former partner Mike Clark, and producers-turnedon-air personalities Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters, with newscaster Trudi Daniels - could have a chance to grow... Drew livid over snub (Thu, 4/24)

 


 

Detroit News:

What a difference a day makes. First, there was the surprise news on Tuesday that Drew Lane would not be returning to the top-rated "Drew and Mike" show on WRIF-FM (101.1), after a seven-month leave of absence. On Wednesday, listeners were left to wonder why and reminisce about Lane's wit and smarts. Originally, back in September, Lane went off the air to be with his partner, Tess Schuster, as she battled breast cancer. But her health has improved in recent months. The morning grind clearly wore on him after 16 years. Lane's agent/attorney Mike Novak said Wednesday that Lane would have liked "Drew and Mike" to be moved to afternoons. "But that was just one of many different scenarios discussed over the years," Novak said. Like much of Detroit, we tuned in on Wednesday to hear what Mike Clark and sidekicks Marc Fellhauer, Mike Wolters and newshen Trudi Daniels would say about the situation. The mood was nostalgic... Mike zips lips on 'Drew and Mike' breakup (Wed, 4/24)

 


 

106.7 The Fox helps celebrate Willie's 75th

Country WDTW-FM 106.7, The Fox, will dedicate the entire upcoming weekend to salute Willie Nelson as the country music institution turns 75 years old next week. Listeners will be able to leave a birthday message for Willie on the station's web site at FOXspacelive.com plus some of Willie's friends (Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins & Martina McBride will be giving away "grass" (lawn seats for their summer concerts). One grand prize winner will win dinner at Texas Roadhouse for them and 5 of their friends in Willie's Corner. WDTW will being playing nothing but Old School country all weekend starting Friday at 5pm thru midnight on Sunday.

 

Detroit News:

Once the king of morning radio, now he's the talk of it, as well as the subject of gossip in offices all around Metro Detroit. So it seems kind of silly to ask Drew Lane how he is. He's had better weeks. On Tuesday, the news broke that after being off the air for seven months to help his cancer-stricken fiancee, Tess Schuster, that Lane was in fact not returning to the morning show he launched 16 years ago. The news was triggered, Lane said Thursday, when word spread in the radio world that he was gauging interest in a syndicated show featuring himself and "Mr. Skin," a "Drew and Mike" (and Howard Stern) regular who comments humorously upon nude scenes in movies... WRIF hoopla haunts Drew Lane (Fri, 4/25)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Today's installment in the ongoing saga of the now-Drew Lane-less WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show? Lane and former partner Mike Clark finally got together over the phone Thursday and, according to Lane, had a forthright talk about who knew what when about the timing of Lane's resignation and about the seriousness of Lane's desire to move to an afternoon drive time slot for personal reasons. After a lengthy conversation, Lane says he and Clark are "on the same page more so than at any time since 2004." Lane says "both of us have been misled by numerous people involved in this scenario." Lane also held out the possibility they could reunite sometime... Drew and Mike talk, make peace (Fri, 4/25)

Drew Lane, longtime Detroit morning radio personality, answers key questions Thursday about his departure from WRIF-FM (101.1)... After leaving WRIF, Drew Lane is pondering his options (Thu, 4/24)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

WJR's Smith To Receive Award: CITADEL Talk WJR-A/DETROIT morning man PAUL W. SMITH will receive the 2008 Executive Leadership Award from the MARKETING AND SALES EXECUTIVES OF DETROIT at the group's gala in BIRMINGHAM, MI on JUNE 18th. "We are pleased to honor PAUL W. SMITH with our annual Executive Leadership Award in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the City of DETROIT and Southeastern MICHIGAN. His tireless efforts promoting our region through both the power of his microphone and the many organizations he supports serve our region well," said MSED gala Chairman and HONIGMAN MILLER SCHWARTZ AND COHN LLP Sr. Business Development Mgr. RICHARD MARSOLAIS. (Thu, 4/24)

 

Big Country hires a Cook

Glenn 'Casey' Cook, formerly of WNBY and Eagle 96.7 in Newberry, is taking his 'Casey & the Coffee Crew' Morning Show to Big Country WJPD FM 92.3 in Marquette and will also be the new station manager, program director and oversee the creative services department.

Northern Star Broadcasting Marquette General Manager Tammy Johnson expressed, "Casey is going to be a great addition to the Big Country team and will lead them with his experience and attention to detail. We are excited about everything he brings to the table and fits in nicely with the new direction we want to take with the radio station. Big Country just got bigger!"

Cook commented, "The whole staff is young and enthusiastic and are ready for the challenge to reach the next level. Tammy Johnson is a wonderful woman who has a deep passion for radio and wants to take Big Country to new heights, along with the other stations in the cluster. We immediately hit it off and everyone is ready to get to work so that we can attain and surpass the new goals set in place. It will be exciting times for the central and western U.P. and for Big Country!"

'Casey' begins his new role this week and will be broadcasting the new morning show on Big Country in mid-May, while serving Marquette and surrounding communities with live and local content, replacing the syndicated Young & Verna Show. Outgoing as program director was Ariane who left for personal reasons.

Johnson also noted that the station's new midday host is Stephanie Langlois who moves from crosstown soft rock WQKS-FM 101.9 and also becomes WJPD's production director.

 

Flint Journal:

When Carmine Avantini the heard legendary DJ Casey Kasem would be visiting town, he knew he had to see the man famous for his countdown radio shows. "When I heard about it, I said I have to go. I have to be there," said Fenton resident Avantini. On Saturday, Kasem visited the city where he has family ties as part of Casey Kasem Day, a fundraiser for the proposed $3.5-million cultural center to be added to the Fenton Community Center. Avantini and his wife, Sandy, were guests at a dinner where Kasem received a key to the city and proclamations from Gov. Jennifer Granholm and The Genesee County Board of Commissioners. At the same time, the city declared Saturday to be Casey Kasem Day. Kasem, best known as the founding host of the "American Top 40" syndicated radio program, said he was overwhelmed by the city's gifts to him. "I'm honored to be playing a part in the future of a thriving community," Kasem said... It's Casey Day in Fenton (Sun, 4/27)

 

Detroit News:

Detroit radio fans can heave a collective sigh of relief: Drew and Mike are talking again, says WRIF morning show host Mike Clark. A lot of hurt feelings were vented during the past few days, especially by Drew Lane, as fallout from his announcement he won't return to the top-rated "Drew and Mike" morning show reverberated through the city. There appears to be some healing of the ruptured relationship between Lane and his former radio partner Mike Clark, who has forged on without Lane since September... Mike Clark: Mess with Drew Lane was 'gross miscommunication' (Sat, 4/26)

 


 

Ann Arbor News:

Whiz kids from Ann Arbor's Huron High School will compete against students from Davison on Monday evening's "High School Challenge,'' the half hour rapid-recall game show features teams of students from area high schools. Michigan Television, the public TV station from the University of Michigan (Ch. 28 over the air or Comcast Ch. 24), airs the show at 5:30 p.m ... Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau will be special guest on Monday's "The Lynn Rivers Show'' on WEMU (89.1 FM)... On the Air: Huron to match brains on TV quiz (Sun, 4/27)

 


 

The Oakland Press:

The switch from analog television sets to digital sets has hit the pocketbooks of more than just consumers; it's also costing retailers. The Federal Communications Commission has fined several large retail corporations more than $6 million this month for noncompliance with federal labeling regulations relating to the sales of analog devices, such as television sets that will be affected by the digital broadcast switch in 2009... Stores scamble to meet digital TV rules (Sun, 4/27)

 

AllAccess.com:

WYZO Rounds Out Its On-Air Lineup-
MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Country WYZO (Y96.5)/KALAMAZOO, MI PD/middayer PJ LACEY has hired NASSAU BROADCASTING Country WTHT/PORTLAND, ME weekend jock CHAD "DANIELS" LEIGHTON for MD/nights. LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS, MI weekender/part-timer BOB BATEMAN joins for afternoons. BATEMAN, also a former afternooner at CLEAR CHANNEL Country WMIL/MILWAUKEE, will continue to voicetrack for WJQK. PJ has also tapped a couple of weekenders -- former MIDWEST Classic Hits WFAT/KALAMAZOO personality LARRY LONG joins for part-time duties, as well JAY "UNCLE BUCK" MORRIS from sister News/Talk/Sports WKZO-A, where he is the mid-morning guy. He will retain his duties on WKZO-A. Y96.5 flipped from Classic Hits WFAT to Country WYZO in FEBRUARY (NET NEWS 2/19) and had been building its airstaff. All new staffers are already in place. (Fri, 4/25)

 

By: Art Vuolo

On The RadioWhen Mike Austerman and I began writing this column in September of 2001, our country had just suffered the worst catastrophe in our lifetime and more than 75 percent of the nation's population heard about it first on radio. It was a sad way to start this run which has lasted over six and a half years

Unfortunately we're going to end in much the same way.

The biggest news of this past week was probably the worst-kept secret in Detroit radio. It was the hardly unexpected departure of Drew Lane from the top-rated Drew & Mike morning show on rock WRIFFM (101.1). It has been extensively covered in both newspapers and TV, but the saddest news came from behind the scenes at The Riff.

It was the most untimely death of Bob Kozaitis who was the director of Sales and Events and Online Marketing for WRIF. General Sales Manager John Long said "it was a very difficult week for everyone in the building and it truly puts the Drew Lane story in proper perspective."

Kozaitis was on calls for the radio station and reports say he had pulled off the M-59 freeway near Squirrel Road to check on his vehicle and stepped too close to the highway when a truck struck him. He was reportedly killed instantly. It's a tragedy and the fact that he was only 36 years old made it even worse. Bob had been with WRIF for the past 10 years, in charge of many station events including Harley Fest, and the Stars and Stripes Festival in Mount Clemens. He will surely be missed.

On a related note, I want to commend Mike Clark, Trudi Daniels, Mark Fellhauer and Mike Wolters for a masterful job of "facing the music" and presenting a most difficult program to broadcast last Wednesday while dealing with the loss of a close friend and colleague and the front page story of a longtime team member seemingly leaving the family.

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Ten days ago I attended the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Convention in Las Vegas and was proud to watch local radio icon Ed Christian given the Ward L. Quaal Pioneer Award. Quaal, a Michigan native from Ishpeming, attended the University of Michigan and the event was a proud moment for Christian, who is the president and CEO of Saga Communications, which owns stations throughout the country, but none locally. Quaal is the genius who built WGN in Chicago into one of America's most legendary radio stations.

 

Michigan Radio wins national and regional news awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has been recognized by the National Society of Professional Journalists. The station was awarded the 2007 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism for "Grading Michigan Schools", Michigan Radio's multi-part series of reports about education in the state. The Public Service in Radio Journalism Award recognizes a radio news organization that renders public service through extensive coverage of an issue facing the community it serves.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism in 48 categories, covering print, radio, television, newsletters, photography, online and research. This year's winners were chosen from more than 1,000 entries from across the country. The only other public radio organizations to be recognized were Chicago Public Radio and "The World", the national program from Public Radio International. The awards, which recognize work published or broadcast in 2007, will be presented July 11 during the annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

"Year after year, the winners of the Sigma Delta Chi awards represent the very best journalism has to offer," said SPJ President Clint Brewer. "These awards and the journalism they recognize represent the incredibly positive contributions our profession makes to the national dialogue and to our communities. We thank the winners and all the entrants for their service and congratulate them on a job well done."

In addition, the Michigan Radio news staff has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio-Television News Directors Association and honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Michigan Radio competes in Region 7, which includes both commercial and public radio stations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. All three of Michigan Radio's regional winners will now move on for the chance to win a national Murrow award, which will be judged in early June.

 


 

Michigan Radio news staff honored for excellence

News staffers from Michigan Radio were recently recognized for news excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2007.

Michigan Radio reporter Jennifer Guerra was named "Young Journalist of the Year." This is the first time a Michigan Radio reporter has won this prestigious award. Other finalists for "Young Journalist of the Year" were Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio, and reporters from the Detroit Free Press and The Flint Journal.

In addition to this recognition, the station received ten awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2007. The total was more than any other radio station in metropolitan Detroit.

The Detroit SPJ Chapter presents Excellence in Media awards annually for outstanding news reporting and analysis in local publications, broadcast and new electronic media. This year's contest received more than 300 entries from Detroit area newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2007.

 


 

Crain's Detroit Business:

It might not be panic in Detroit, but very likely there's at least nervousness at WRIF 101.1 FM. Detroit morning talk radio's ratings behemoth "Drew & Mike" was a cash cow for WRIF owner Greater Media Inc., reportedly accounting for up to 85 percent of the annual revenue, estimated most recently at $19.9 million in 2006. But show co-founder Drew Lane is gone after 16 years in what some say is one of the city's more public radio divorces since Dick Purtan left WXYZ 1270 AM and collaborator Tom Ryan in 1978. Co-host Mike Clark and other on-air personalities remain and have said they plan to carry on the show. Station management remains mostly silent... Drew's departure rocks WRIF (Mon, 4/28)

 


 

Detroit News:

An audience of parents, students and educators will participate in a WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) town hall meeting featuring comedian and educator Bill Cosby to be aired 8-9 p.m. Wednesday. Cosby has been a frequent speaker in Detroit and nationwide on the topic of African-American parental responsibility. His views have sparked debate on how middle-class African-Americans view impoverished blacks living in inner cities. Cosby has pushed education as the key to advancement for African-American youths... Local TV airs Cosby on education panel (Mon, 4/28)

Emmy-winning broadcast journalist Ed Gordon believes that diversity is the secret to making newsrooms viable and strong. "You can't overstate the importance of diversity in journalism," says Gordon, a native Detroiter who graduated from Cass Technical High School and Western Michigan University. "As journalists, we need to tell stories from all sides. This is crucial, especially as our country becomes more diverse." Gordon, 47, whose distinguished credentials include BET, "60 Minutes" and NPR, is the keynote speaker at this year's Central Michigan University Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Speaker Series on Thursday at the Antheneum Hotel in Detroit... Ed Gordon to speak at CMU event (Mon, 4/28)

 

Flint Journal:

A familiar face will be back on the air today. WJRT (Channel 12) anchorman Bill Harris will return to the 5 p.m. newscast after a six-week leave for treatment of prostate cancer. "I'm doing really well," said Harris, 58. "Life is good." Harris had his prostate removed last month after getting the cancer diagnosis... Popular anchorman returns to newscast (Mon, 4/28)

 

Grand Rapids Press:

He spends his day running around atop the roof of a local McDonald's. Jerry Tarrants shouts through a bullhorn to the people on the ground. He wants pennies -- he wants a million of them. "Gimme all your pennies!" he shouts to sidewalk dwellers and people driving their cars. "Just toss 'em up here!" Maybe you've seen him before. Every May, for two straight days, WGRD-FM (97.9) program director Jerry "JT" Tarrants camps out at McDonald's, 3814 Plainfield Ave. NE, to raise money for Grand Rapids Ronald McDonald House. His annual goal is 1 million pennies or $10,000, a number that has been surpassed by at least $2,000 during the two previous years. This year, Tarrants will be on the roof Thursday and Friday. JT said he feels a personal commitment to the charity... WGRD penny drive helps Ronald McDonald House (Mon, 4/28)

 

Tomorrow, Tuesday April 29th, the 7:00 PM Detroit Tigers-New York Yankees game will be simulcast on FSN Detroit & FSN Plus. If the Tigers game is still in progress at 10:00 PM, the conclusion will be seen on FSN Plus only, while FSN Detroit shifts to coverage of Game 3 in the Red Wings-Colorado NHL playoff series.

On FSN Detroit:
6:30 PM - Tigers Live pregame
7:00 - 10:00 PM - Tigers at New York Yankees
10:00 PM - Game 3: Red Wings at Colorado Avalanche

On FSN Plus:
6:30 PM - Tigers Live pregame
7:00 PM - Tigers at New York Yankees (in its entirety)
After the Game - Tigers Live postgame

The Red Wings/Avalanche game will also be shown in high-definition on FSN HD.

 

Detroit Free Press:

When Vildana Puric was 8 years old, she was running from war. By the time she was 23, she was running a radio show on Detroit's WJLB-FM (97.9) as SunShyne, one of the youngest hosts ever in metro Detroit. At 24, she regularly draws an impressive 20% or more of the 18- to 34-year-old audience in her 10 p.m. weekday time slot with WJLB's the Quiet Storm, featuring slower, more soulful tunes... SunShyne brightens Detroit (Tue, 4/29)

Kwame Kilpatrick is adding "talk show host" to his mayoral duties. The Detroit mayor on Monday taped the first installment of his new cable public access television show. WWJ-AM and WXYZ-TV report Kilpatrick's first two guests were city Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings and City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers. Kilpatrick says he liked doing the show... Mayor Kilpatrick tapes own TV show (Tue, 4/29)

 

Detroit News:

Radio personality Mildred Gaddis this morning encouraged Detroiters to e-mail or fax Detroit Renaissance, asking the economic leadership organization to push for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to step down from office. "This entity is the corporate sector that continues to stand with Kwame Kilpatrick," she said on her "Inside Detroit" show on WCHB-AM (1200). "Call them all day today. Fax them all day today." Her call for action comes one day after a Wayne County Circuit Court judge released text messages in an ongoing scandal involving Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty... WCHB's Mildred Gaddis pushes for Detroiters to demand resignation from mayor (Wed, 4/30)

With Drew Lane's official departure from WRIF-FM (101.1) still a hot topic, it's interesting that in the final Arbitron ratings for the winter 2008 (January-March) "book," released Tuesday, the Drewless "Drew and Mike" show had a strong showing over the winter. "Drew and Mike" went from being the fourth-ranked morning show among all listeners in the fall, to third. For the age 25-54 demographic, the show surged to a 10.3 share and No. 1 rank, over its 9.6 fall share. There was also joy in the morning for Mojo, Spike and crew from WKQI-FM (95.5) over their No. 3 ranking in the morning for adults age 25-54, a jump from No. 5 in the fall. "Mojo in the Morning" also enjoyed a bump in the overall morning ratings, from a No. 7 rank in the fall to No. 5 in winter... Radio's big winners: WWJ, 'Mike,' 'Mojo' and 'The Mix' (Wed, 4/30)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Kim Adams has the perfect sunny disposition for mornings. But soon, the station will see if Adams can perk up the afternoons, as well. In mid-May, Adams will move to WDIV's 4 p.m. newscast and the station will bring in a new meteorologist, Eric Braate, who will do mornings instead. A Grand Rapids native, Braate currently works at KPRC-TV (Channel 2), the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, and a sister station of WDIV. As for Adams, she originally joined WDIV's weather team in 2002. After a one-year hiatus, Adams returned in December 2005 as the station's health reporter... WDIV meteorologist moves behind the desk (Wed, 4/30)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Arbitron radio ratings for the first quarter of 2008 released Tuesday show that the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show minus the now-formally departed Drew Lane dropped 2.6 points from the same period in 2007, in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic group. But the show, now helmed by Mike Clark, scored 10.3 to lead the 25-54 race for the first quarter. And the 10.3 mark is better than the fourth quarter 2007 rating... Arbitron: WRIF show down 2.6 points (Wed, 4/30)

Popular gospel music announcer Deborah Smith Pollard lines up the last few songs for her Sunday morning radio show just as nationally acclaimed gospel music singer and pastor Marvin Winans pops in to prod Pollard along. He wants her on his show. He does "Rhythm and Praise" on WMXD-FM (92.3) from 6 to 11 a.m.; she hosts "Strong Inspirations" on sister station WJLB-FM (97.9) from 6 to 10 a.m. While they are competitors on the radio, their appreciation and respect for each other becomes evident in the friendly banter that takes place once she is settled in his studio just down the hall from hers in the Penobscot building in downtown Detroit... Gospel's changing face (Wed, 4/30)

 


 

StationRatings.com:

Detroit radio Arbitron age 12+ ratings, Winter 2008 (Tue, 4/29)

 


 

WBFH ties for Best High School Radio Station in the nation for 3rd year in a row

Radio broadcasting students of the Bloomfield Hills School District, owners of Oakland County's WBFH-FM 88.1, won a total of eight awards in eight categories at the Sixth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held April 26, 2008 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Based on the number of award winners, WBFH tied for 1st Place, Best High School Station with WLTL located in LaGrange, Illinois. It was the third year in a row that WBFH had won or tied for Best High School Station.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.

Ten WBFH students were nominated for 14 awards, the most of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won three 1st Place awards; one 2nd Place award and four 3rd Place awards.

The Best High School Radio Station award was presented to the WBFH management team consisting of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Remote Supervisor Ron Wittebols.

"I congratulate all the winners and nominees," said Bowers. "I'm very proud of our students who won and for WBFH picking up another Best High School Radio Station award."

Andover seniors Corey Berkowitz and Evan Schuster each won a total of three awards. Berkowitz had won six awards last year as a junior. Berkowitz, Schuster, Praedel and Shlain made the trip to Naperville to accept their awards. "It was an honor to win these national awards and it was a perfect way to end my high school career," said Schuster.

First place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial and online at www.wbfh.fm.

 

West Michigan's WaYfm exceeds fund raising goal

West Michigan's 88.3 & 89.9 WaYfm, (WAYK Kalamazoo & WAYG Grand Rapids), report that the station's spring pledge drive goal was met, and exceeded, on April 25th, 2008. WaYfm began its spring fundraising with a need of $525,000. Through two separate on-air pledge drives in March and April, more than 1,800 listeners from Michigan and the world called or went to WaYfm's website with their generous gifts.

Considering Michigan's challenging economic climate, and the youth oriented format of WaYfm, exceeding the goal is seen as nothing short of a God-given miracle by most on the staff. General Manager Rich Anderson told listeners "It's been three years since we've been able to say on WaYfm, 'We exceeded our goal!' Thank you for making that possible. When we prayed 'Please Lord, please help us to meet this need,' He answered that prayer on the 25th of April."

All told, WaYfm's generous audience pledged $527,294 dollars to keep WaYfm funded for the next year.

WaYfm, a non-profit entity owned by Cornerstone University, is a student and young family focused commercial free Top 40 station presented with a Christian worldview and can be found on the Internet at www.WaY.fm.

 


 

Ludington Daily News:

Ludington's city council said yes Monday to a new radio station to repeatedly broadcast short programs of local interest from the city's water treatment plant on Lake Michigan. The city will now apply for a 10-year license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate an AM station at the plant and the local lighthouse keepers will arrange for the service. Bob Sperling of the Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association said the station will broadcast at 10 watts with its strongest signal covering an area of land as far east as Memorial Medical Center as well as to boaters in Lake Michigan's waters near Ludington... Council OKs local information radio station (Tue, 4/29)

 

CMU, 9&10 News expand partnership

A relationship between Central Michigan University and a local television station has expanded to give CMU's aspiring broadcasters professional positions and valuable experience working on newscasts - all while they are still in school.

CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac have broadened a five-year partnership to now train student interns as producers for the station's newscasts, pay them for their work and, potentially, hire them on as employees.

"The idea is that they'll become staff members if they are successful and if positions open," said CMU BCA faculty member Rick Sykes, adviser to the university's "News Central 34" nightly news program. "It's a great opportunity and an enhancement of our existing partnership."

Kevin Dunaway, the station's news director, said CMU's BCA students "always work hard" and "are usually ahead of the game, and those are the types of candidates we are looking for.

"CMU has a great broadcasting program," he said, noting that the station has CMU interns most every semester. "CMU's BCA students typically have a better hands-on experience than most other places we draw our interns from. We have a great amount of respect for how they train their students at CMU."

The original partnership between the university and the station provided production internship opportunities to CMU BCA students who had completed related course work. In 2005, the relationship expanded to include a general-assignment reporting position for an experienced "News Central 34" reporter or anchor who, upon selection by Dunaway, would endure a reporter "boot camp" and eventually become a weekend reporter for the station.

CMU alumnus Ryan Raiche, who completed the boot camp, became a general assignment reporter for the station while still a student and is now a Traverse City Bureau reporter for TV 9&10 and its sister station, WFQX-TV in Cadillac, typically appearing on WFQX's 10 p.m. newscast.

"The partnership between CMU and TV 9&10 got my foot in the door," said Raiche. "It provided me the perfect opportunity to prove myself - not by being the perfect reporter, but by showing potential. Any internship is helpful, but the partnership with TV 9&10 is more than any internship."

To learn more about CMU's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts - including Moore Hall Television, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' College Station of the Year for the past seven years, visit www.bca.cmich.edu.

For more information about 9 & 10 News, visit www.9and10news.com.

 

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