Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 24, 2008




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 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.







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