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)
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)