Crystal ball says WYCD's Carpenter sticking around

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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 via all CBS Radio streaming players, including 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?

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As Mike mentioned last week, at Radio one, two of the finest women in local radio find themselves in the dreaded unemployment line; Carol Lawrence and Nancy Dymond. You could staff several stations with the number of quality radio professionals currently "between pictures," which is Hollywood talk for out of work.

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In my last column I mentioned that proudly I was recently the recipient of a humbling accolade by one of the radio industry's most respected executives. Well, a friend of mine actually posted the sixty second video clip on HYPERLINK "" search word my name art vuolo. It also will bring up a few other rather embarrassing old videos of your radio writer from twenty-five plus years ago. Scary.

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Today, Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. WRCJ-FM (90.9) will present a live broadcast of Vincenzo Bellini's "La Sonnambula" as performed by the Michigan Opera Theater under the direction of opera legend Renata Scotto. WRCJ's Kelly Rinne and MOT Founder Dr. David DiChiera host the two-act opera broadcast.

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One of our two sports stations, WXYT-FM (97.1) and AM (1270) is doing a fine job of covering our beloved Red Wings Hockey Team with Ken Kal, one of the best in the business. If, however, you find yourself far out of the range of WXYT, subscribers to XM satellite radio can hear all of the NHL play-off games and if it's a home game, our local broadcast team is featured nation-wide. So, hockey fans rejoice.

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Is it my imagination, or is public broadcasting WUOM-FM (91.7) from Ann Arbor achieving more awards than ever since Oakland County resident Steve Schram has become boss back in March of 2006? The mega-power FM station just picked up ten Michigan Associated Press Awards for news coverage in 2007. Listeners in northern Oakland can hear them on WFUM-FM from Flint on 91.1.

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This is also the time of the year when Detroit's NPR outlet, WDET-FM (101.9) is in the midst of their annual fund-raiser. You can learn more at

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Sundays are sounding sensational on oldies CKWW-AM (580) as our friends from across the river offer Elvis Only at 9 a.m. followed by Breakfast with the Beatles at 10 a.m. Later in the day it's the Sounds of Sinatra (does Lee Alan know about this?) 6 to 8 p.m. and Shake Rattle Showtime 8 p.m. till 10 p.m. This last offering will be up against Tom Wilson with music of the World War II era on WMUZ-FM (103.5) and WRDT-AM (560). You pick, I'm not taking sides.

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Mike will be in the actual newspaper for the next two weeks, and I will return on the 27th for what might be our final radio column. Stay tuned.

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Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Contact him at

Reprinted from the Sunday Oakland Press, April 6, 2008

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What you say at the end of this Michiguide Column ,you say that that your ending your tenure with ON THE RADIO ?? Say it isn't so Art & Mike No wonder I couldn't find your column in the OakPress Sunday 04/06/08.
What are we going to do without your wit and wonder , how will we know the comings and goings of our favorite Jocks and air personalities without you I might just unsubscribe to the Oakland Press ,Its the only reason I get it .

I hope it is not your last column Art. Maybe you can continue on Michiguide. Newspapers are not considering their readers. That is why papers like the NYT and others are losing circulation.They have a lib agenda and to hell with the rest of us.






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