Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 30, 2008




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)

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







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