July 2008 Archives

Bidding Concludes Friday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Bidding has begun in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation's (MABF) summer online auction. Interested bidders have until Friday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m. to attempt to win packages being offered in the charitable online auction. Bidding in the MABF online auction is open to the general public.


Items include:

The Spartan Club at Spartan Stadium Package: Two exclusive passes to the September 13th Michigan State University v. Florida Atlantic University game as a guest in the exclusive Spartan Club (formerly the LaSalle Bank Club) at Spartan Stadium. Buffet style meals are set up throughout the game. Also included in this package are: access to Spartan Radio Network Tailgate Party, parking pass and a visit to the broadcast booth.

UofM Football Tickets: Four tickets to the September 6, 2008 University of Michigan home football game against Miami University (Ohio). Tickets are located in Row 68, Section 7 on the aisle.

MSU Football Tickets: Four tickets to the September 13, 2008 Michigan State University home football game against Florida Atlantic University.

Impression 5 Science Center Private Event: A two-hour, after hours event for up to 500 people at Impression 5 Science Center located in downtown Lansing. Plan a private party, business meeting or just have some fun with your family and friends! Dates are available on a first come, first served basis.

Mojo in the Morning LIVE: Highest bidder and seven (7) guests will watch a live radio broadcast of the 95.5 WKQI-FM Detroit "Mojo in the Morning" show. Includes a one-hour, in-studio visit with Mojo.


Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.


Detroit News:

"Michigan Replay" is no more. The Michigan football coach's show, which reviewed the previous game and looked ahead, will no longer be on the air Sunday mornings. "It was the greatest thing I ever did professionally," said Bob Lipson, who created the show in 1975 and produced it for 33 years. "It's me. That's my identity. I absolutely loved it and worked with three great coaches. Nobody had it better than me. It was a great run." So what's to become of new coach Rich Rodriguez's show this fall? One thing is certain: it will not be called "Michigan Replay." "I own the name," Lipson said. "It's not for sale." But multiple sources indicated that while a concept still is in development, expect a previewshow and not a review... 'Michigan Replay' is finished (Tue, 7/1)

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on Tuesday denied any wrongdoing in a $47 million Synagro sludge-hauling deal that is being investigated by the FBI, saying he has threatened television news outlets with legal action if they air stories linking him to it. "This has nothing to do with me," he said. "My lawyers have drafted up a letter to each one of the stations that you don't even put me in that false light... Kilpatrick may sue if TV stations link him to FBI probe (Tue, 7/1)



Detroit Free Press:

Fox 2 Detroit has suspended anchor Fanchon Stinger amid the Detroit City Council scandal involving a multimillion dollar waste contract. Jeff Murri, vice president and general manager for Fox 2 Detroit, declined to comment on Stinger's paid suspension, saying it was a personnel matter. Stinger co-anchors Fox 2 News Mornings and is also a member of the Fox 2 Problem Solver unit, according to the station's Web site... Fox 2 anchor Fanchon Stinger suspended (Tue, 7/1)

New focus at Channel 56: Detroit Public Television chief Rich Homberg has started to shake up internal operations at WTVS-TV, Channel 56. The station let several staffers go in the foundation and underwriting departments and is in the process of beefing up program development. Homberg says it's all part of repositioning the station to focus its programming toward local issues and be the prime provider of PBS's national offerings... Names and Faces (Tue, 7/1)


Michigan Radio Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The station received a National Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Radio News Documentary for "Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots".

The news series looked at how the 1967 Detroit riots affected people, neighborhoods and even music in the Motor City, and explored the long term consequence of the riots on both the city and the state of Michigan.

Michigan Radio was the only television or radio station in the state of Michigan, public or commercial, to receive a 2008 National Edward R. Murrow Award. The award represents the first national Murrow Award that Michigan Radio has received. Michigan Public Media's The Environment Report received a national Murrow Award in 2002.

"This award is a reflection of Michigan Radio's commitment to provide in-depth coverage of stories that impact our listeners," said Michigan Radio Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "To win a national Murrow Award is the ultimate compliment for any news organization. We are very proud to be exclusive home of the Edward R. Murrow award in the state of Michigan this year. "

The Radio-Television News Directors Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. The Murrow Award recognizes the "best of the best", and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in electronic journalism. 2008 national Murrow winners will be honored at the RTNDA Awards Dinner on October 13 at the Grand Hyatt New York.

Michigan Radio is the state's most listened-to public radio service, attracting approximately 400,000 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.



CKWW explores the Evolution of Rock

This holiday weekend, CKWW AM 580 will present an "Evolution of Rock Weekend". An unprecedented 64-hour music documentary, the Evolution of Rock is an award winning series that takes a look back at the early days of Rock & Roll and AM 580 will air the first 25 chapters this weekend starting Friday, July 4th at 12 Noon and running through 10 PM. On Saturday it will air from 12 Noon to 9 PM and Sunday from 12 Noon to 6 PM. It will then continue to air every Saturday from 7 PM - 10 PM beginning July 12th running through the fall.

The program explores the roots of Rock including the teen idols. It then moves through the 1960's and looks at the British Invasion, the Motown Sound and beyond, right through to the 1970's.

Produced by CHUM Radio, The Evolution of Rock won the prestigious Billboard Magazine award for "Best Radio Documentary" in the world.



Detroit News:

Diana Lewis , the beloved evening anchorwoman at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), is one of six prominent figures in the state's broadcasting community to have been selected for induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Lewis, who has been in the business for 40 years, will be inducted on July 15 at Michigan Association of Broadcasters' annual meeting and leadership retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, Mich. It was 31 years ago this Friday that Lewis started working at WXYZ ... Kori Chambers , an afternoon anchor and reporter for WDIV-TV (Channel 4), Detroit's NBC affiliate, has left the station for WFLD-TV (Channel 32), the Fox affiliate in Chicago... WXYZ's Lewis is honored by peers (Wed, 7/2)




W4 To Detonate Gas Pump For Independence Day: CUMULUS Country WWWW (W4)/ANN ARBOR, MI will celebrate INDEPENDENCE DAY and make a "fiery statement" about gas prices by destroying a full-sized gas pump with fireworks during tomorrow's (7/3) BREAKFAST WITH BUBBA morning show broadcast. The detonation will happen at 8:45a (ET) under the watchful eyes of the NORTHFIELD TOWNSHIP FIRE DEPARTMENT. (Wed, 7/2)


Red Wings parade encore, special Tigers telecast highlight Independence Day on FSN Detroit

The Red Wings, the Tigers and our nation are celebrated this Friday, July 4, on FSN Detroit:

9:30 AM - Red Wings Weekly - Stanley Cup Celebration edition: A recap of the best sights and sounds following the Red Wings Stanley Cup-clinching victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

10:00 AM to 3:00 PM - Red Wings Victory Parade: Set the DVR - it's an encore presentation of the FSN Detroit/WJBK FOX 2 simulcast of the Red Wings victory parade held June 6 in downtown Detroit.

3:00 PM - Tigers Weekly

3:30 PM - Tigers LIve Pregame (HD)

4:00 PM - FSN / Tigers 4th of July Celebration, Tigers @ Seattle Mariners (HD): For the third consecutive year, FSN presents the Tigers July 4th game with limited commercials presented by Marathon Petroleum. A series of vignettes will run between innings that involve patriotism, baseball and some of the nation's July 4th traditions.

Postgame - Tigers Live (HD)

8:00 PM - Tigers @ Seattle Mariners (replay)



Dowagiac Daily News:

The spring edition of MHSAA Magazine, a television program recapping seasonal Michigan High School Athletic Association tournament activity, makes its debut next week on FSN Detroit on Saturday (July 5), at Noon (EDT). The 30-minute program will include highlights and interviews of all MHSAA post-season tournament action in both the Lower and Upper Peninsula from the recently-completed schedule, and will also include a feature on Blissfield High School baseball coach Larry Tuttle, who became the 11th coach in the sport nationally and the first in Michigan to top the 1,000-win mark in his coaching career. The program is being hosted by Mickey York of FSN Detroit... MHSAA Magazine on FSN Detroit July 5 (Thu, 7/3)


Dick Richards celebrates 40th anniversary as Bozo

By: Colleen Pierson (Published in the Grand Rapids Press Thu, 7/3)

I'm sure I'm not the only one who has had the pleasure of playing Bucket Bonanza on television. There aren't many of us that don't remember Mr. Gorilla, or the infamous Bozo the Clown. The widespread franchising in television made him the best-known clown character in our country.

It's been a lifetime of smiles and chuckles for Dick Richards. He will turn 70 years-young in October, is Bozo's alter ego, and he celebrates his 40th anniversary this year in portraying the famous clown in West Michigan.

"As long as the good Lord wants me to continue, I will," he said. The most exciting aspect is the personal appearances and spending time with people with physical and mental impairments. I still run into people who say how much they appreciated the sympathy cards I sent when a family lost a child."

Everyone remembers Bozo. We grew up with him. The show made its debut on WZZM-TV (Channel 13) on Aug 1, 1966 as a daily program from 4:00-5:00p.m.and was on the air for 33 years.

The show had its humble beginnings in the TV 13 studios at the Pantlind Hotel, where the 1913 restaurant now is, before moving to the WZZM studios in Walker.

"I never knew what was going to happen doing Live TV. People would fall during games, children would announce that they needed to go to the potty, but it was always such a fun time and young and old alike seem to know and appreciate the character," Richards reflects.

In appreciation of our hometown Bozo, Richards will be recognized for his longevity at the 4th of July Celebration from 7:30-8:00p.m. on the main stage at Ah-Nab-Awen Park. The tribute was lined up by radio veteran Paul Boscarino and Ed Kettle.

"Paul used to chauffeur Bozo to events and he told us, 'Are you aware that Bozo has been doing this for almost 40 years?' He has done so many things for people that nobody knows. We would stop at a sick child's house just to entertain the kid for five minutes. Anything to add a little laughter to someone's life," Kettle said.

They are also planning on getting new threads for Bozo through Larry Harmon productions. "My wife thought that Bozo's outfit looked too tattered so we are lining up a surprise for him in the months to come," Kettle said.

Dick's wife Betty Jean is now Bozo's chaufeurette to all of his public appearances. "I just love to see the kids with bright eyes and big smiles, she said. I am really proud of my husband because he is an entertainer who has such talent and quality. He made Bozo famous locally and is so good at it."

The couple's daughter Tracy was 4 when Dad first started out. She is now 44, and has always been enthusiastic of his role. "I'm a performer and am out there to entertain, Richards said. I have done the role the second longest in our country and I think I am only one still doing it."

As he packs up ample circus greasepaint, a fiery red wig, multi-colored costume and size 22 clown shoes ("I have a pepperoni and mushroom pizza in them"), Dick Richards continues to bring joy and laughter to our community. Happy 40th Bozo!


By: Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioIt's not my favorite way to start an "On The Radio" column with sad news, but I wanted this story to get the coverage that it deserves. Two of the best signals in the metro Detroit area have belonged to WJR and CKLW. Although neither is as good as they once were, both have one man to thank for their technical superiority and that man is long-time Chief Engineer Ed Buterbaugh.

Sadly, Ed is in a hospital over in Windsor suffering from bladder cancer and it's not good. He had a long run at CKLW back when it was known as The Big 8 and was top-rated in Detroit/Windsor and also in Toledo, Cleveland and as far away as Erie, PA. That booming signal was the work of Ed Buterbaugh.

During a two decade career at WJR, he truly made it the Great Voice of The Great Lakes. Ed deserves your prayers and a nice card to cheer him up would certainly be appreciated. His address is: Ed Buterbaugh, PO Box 1107, Harrow, Ontario N0R 1G0. If you have ever enjoyed the powerful and clean audio of either The Big 8 or WJR in recent years send Ed a card or even just a note of support and thanks. Spread the word.

Ed Buterbaugh worked hard his whole life and now, just a couple of years after his retirement, he is dealt a bad hand and it seems so unfair. I, along with some other colleagues are trying to do something special in honor of Big Ed, and if we are successful, you will read about it first here on michiguide.com. Hang in there E.B. we're all pulling for you!

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After reviewing the latest ratings for the Detroit area, Clear Channel VP of Programming, Dom Theodore has to be rightfully proud of his Home of the Hits WKQI known best as Channel 9-5-5. With the help of Mo-JO-town's top station is at 95.5 FM and Dom, who jokes about how (after he's through with radio) he'll go to work at Home Depot, might have to hold off on putting on that orange apron. His job, at the present time would seem to be rather secure.

Right on WKQI's heels is all-news WWJ-AM (950) a tenth of a point behind with a 5.5 rating which is just another tenth of point ahead of news-talk WJR-AM (760). Detroit is one of just a handful of cities with TWO AM stations in the top ten! The gap between country WYCD-FM (99.5) and WDTW-FM (106.7 The Fox) is wider than Fox owner Clear Channel would like, but it's unknown how committed they are to country music for the long haul. WXYT-AM (1270) has sunk to under a 1.0 share which is not good. All of the listening is seemingly on the FM at 97.1 known as The Ticket. WXYT owner, CBS Radio, should sell the (now with 50,000 watts) signal to Salem so they can move their anemic 1,000 watt talker WDTK-AM (1400) to a far superior signal than they currently have.

WRIF, even without Drew Lane jumped up from a 4.1 to a 4.6 which should boast the confidence of Mike Clark and his crew at The Riff. WMGC-FM (Magic 105.1) bested WNIC-FM (100.3) and the beat goes on.

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Two names you know will be inducted into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame on July 15 up at the Crystal Mountain Resort. One is from radio and the other from TV. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Diana Lewis and longtime WJR-AM (760) voice Mike Whorf are the inductees. Mike Whorf was best known as the longtime producer and host of WJR radio's award-winning program "Kaleidoscope." It was a daily mini-program featuring famous stories of people and events in Michigan and the surrounding areas. He took over the Sunday morning show after the untimely death of long-time favorite Mike Deja and his program "Patterns in Music." Michigan Football fans will recall the powerful tribute Whorf narrated to the memory of the late Bob Ufer, the long-time colorful voice of the Wolverine's on WPAG-AM (1050) Ann Arbor and later on WJR-AM (760) Detroit.

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Diana Lewis began on WXYZ-TV 31 years ago after a stint at KABC-TV in Los Angeles. While in LA she landed the role of (can you believe it) a TV news reporter of a Philadelphia TV station. A true and fairly unknown story is that Diana hails from Coatsville, PA which is a far western suburb of Philadelphia, so this was ironic that while on the west coast she played a WCAU-TV 10 reporter who was to interview Rocky Balboa in a meat packing facility in the first Rocky movie!

Amazingly, WCAU management had no idea how big a hit "Rocky" would be, so when the movie company told them how much it would co$t to have the WCAU call-letters on the TV news van, they said "no way." So they rearranged the black magnetic letters on the truck to say WUAC. No green...no being seen. True story.

Diana Lewis is truly one of the nicest people in the broadcasting business that I have ever met. She and her husband Glenn, are rightfully proud of their daughter Glenda who is doing a superb job following in mom's footsteps. The only thing I can't understand is WHY, after teaming her with Stephen Clark, Channel 7 doesn't promote them as "Lewis & Clark...discover the difference, explore the possibilities."

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Both Mike and I hope you're enjoying the tail-end of a great 4th of July holiday weekend. The weather has certainly co-operated. Enjoy the barbeque and be sure to keep a radio nearby tuned to your favorite local station.

Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com. Contact him at artvuolo@aol.com.


Detroit News:

Finally, a household bill that is actually smaller than last year. In Metro Detroit communities, cable TV giant Comcast Corp. and telephone giant AT&T are battling for customers with bargain deals for their bundled Internet, TV and telephone services. Analysts predicted just such a consumer bonanza a year ago, when AT&T launched its U-verse technology after winning state approval to offer broadband services and compete head to head with Comcast. U-verse is now available in 160 Michigan communities, most of which are also served by Comcast. As a result, the market has become more customer-friendly as the companies ratchet up their sales pitches and expand their product offerings, said Jeff Kagan, a telecommunications industry consultant in Marietta, Ga... Cable giants' competition benefits users (Mon, 7/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Borrowing a good idea from New York City, flutist and WVMV-FM (98.7) morning personality Alexander Zonjic is presenting a series of Smooth Jazz Cruises on the Detroit River starting Tuesday. Tuesday's opener on the Detroit Princess Riverboat features the nationally known smooth jazz headliners the Sax Pack, featuring Jeff Kashiwa, Steve Cole and Kim Waters... Jazz cruises kick off with Sax Pack (Mon, 7/7)


Grand Rapids Press:

All-sports radio station WBBL-AM (1340) announced today it will carry a live broadcast of the Arena Football League playoff game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday featuring the Grand Rapids Rampage against the San Jose SaberCats. The Rampage (8-10) and SaberCats (12-5) are meeting in the American Conference final at HP Pavilion in San Jose, Calif. The winner advances to ArenaBowl XXII in New Orleans on July 27. The contest also is being televised nationally on ESPN... WBBL to air Rampage playoff game vs. San Jose (Tue, 7/8)




Former WLAV owner John Shepard died Monday. He was 81. Shepard, who owned WLAV AM-FM during their rise to becoming a ratings powerhouse beginning in the 1970s, owned many other stations around the country during a long career. He first came to Grand Rapids in 1953 as a sales manager for the radio station. Eventually he became the owner, and sold it in the mid-1980s to Adams Broadcasting... Longtime WLAV owner John Shepard dies (Tue, 7/8)


Fan favorite Wings' player Darren McCarty to get guest shot on WDFN tomorrow

Sports Radio 1130 WDFN will give 4-time Stanley Cup Champion and Detroit Red Wings player Darren McCarty, a chance to co-host the Stoney and Wojo program from 3p-6p on Thursday July 10th, 2008. McCarty will be filling in for Bob Wojnowski while he is on vacation. A fan favorite since his original days in Detroit, Darren re-joined the Detroit Red Wings during the 2008 season and was a vital component in the Wings recapturing Lord Stanley this past season.



WJR to feature coverage of Port Huron - Mackinac Race

As the exclusive radio partner for the 2008 Chrysler Jeep Superstores Bayview Mackinac Race beginning July 12th in Port Huron, WJR has planned several broadcasts/reports. This is the 84th consecutive sailing of America's premier freshwater regatta.

WJR's John Marshall along with past Bayview Commodore Ted Everingham will be covering the race start to finish on WJR with special video reports on WJR.com.

On Thursday, July 10 from 6AM-9AM, The Paul W. Smith Show will broadcast live from the Great Lakes Maritime Center in Port Huron. Then listen for live race reports from Port Huron on Friday at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.

Saturday's race reports will come from lower Lake Huron at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

Then on Sunday and Monday, July 13th and 14th, tune in at 7am, 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm and 7pm for reports from Race headquarters on Mackinac Island.

Updates will then continue until the last boat arrives.

The station has posted scenes of last year's race and audio vignette podcasts from races of years past on its web site where real-time race results and video podcast interviews throughout this year's event will also be available.



106.7 The Fox offering up chance to get married at Taylor Summerfest

Country WDTW-FM's "The Chad Show", with Chad and CJ, are going to give one couple the chance to get married at the Meijer Taylor Summerfest. On Friday July 11th we there will be Bachelor and Bachelorette parties with Josh Gracin hosting the Bride and her guests backstage for the bachelorette party. Terri Clark will host the Groom and his guests backstage for the bachelor party.

The lucky couple will tie the knot Saturday July 12th with Confederate Railroad as the best man, Emily West will be the Maid of Honor, and Charlie Daniels will walk the bride down the aisle and give the bride away. At the conclusion of the ceremony, the happy couple will be brought out on stage with The Fox morning show and they will introduce Charlie Daniels.

The Meijer Taylor Summer Festival is held at Heritage Park, 12111 Pardee in Taylor.



Detroit News:

WMYD-TV (Channel 20), the local My Network TV affiliate, has been lining up anchors and reporters for a future newscast called "TV 20 News at 10." It will compete with WJBK-TV's (Channel 2) news offering in the same time slot and is slated to roll out sometime later this month, says Sarah Norat-Phillips, WMYD's president and general manager... New newscast on deck (Wed, 7/9)



New York Times:

Last fall NBC gave the sleepy fourth hour of "Today" a jolt by inviting Wendy Williams, the D.J. and gossip whose syndicated radio show perennially hovers near the top spot in New York, to comment on celebrity dish. For the most part her guest appearance featured remarks that would barely give a viewer pause. Then came her last bit of advice to Sarah Larson, who was thrust into the spotlight after George Clooney got in a motorcycle accident with her on board ... On Monday Ms. Williams will be directly competing with staid programs like "Today" in a six-week run of "The Wendy Williams Show," a live hourlong syndicated show to be broadcast weekdays on Fox stations in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and Detroit... A Radio Shock Jock Who's Ready for TV (Wed, 7/9)


Grand Rapids Press:

Longtime radio veteran John Shepard will long be remembered "as a man who made things happen," said local businessman and friend Dan Pfeiffer, who knew him for more than 42 years. Mr. Shepard, of Grand Rapids, died Monday morning of cardiac arrest after suffering from congestive heart failure for many years. He was 81. Numerous friends said he had a passion for life and the radio industry. He ran Shepard Broadcasting for 50 years. "John was a wonderful man, a loving husband and he gave back to the community," WLAV-FM radio personality Tony Gates said. "He cared a great deal about professional broadcasting. He was very good at what he did. "I will always thank him for giving me my first shot in professional radio. I, along with many others, will miss John." Mr. Shepard owned and operated numerous radio stations in seven states, including WLAV-FM, for about 20 years. He sold the station in 1983 to Adams Broadcasting. WLAV-FM is now owned by Citadel Broadcasting... Radio veteran John Shepard 'made things happen' (Wed, 7/9)




We have lost a member of the WZZM 13 family. George Lyons was the general manager of our station from the late 1970's until the early 1980's. His family today told us he died in Georgia last night after a long illness. Lyons hired Lee Van Ameyde in the late 1970's... George Lyons, former WZZM 13 General Manager, dies at the age 80 (Wed, 7/9)




What's up with CLEAR CHANNEL AC WRVF (101.5 THE RIVER)/TOLEDO PD TOM COOK? Well, he apparently had been out of the building visiting a WOOD shop... and tells ALLACCESS, "I've accepted the PD gig at WOOD (STAR 105.7)/GRAND RAPIDS. I'll be in the building by early AUGUST. I'll be assisting with WRVF for as long as necessary; but the search is on for a new PD, which I will help find," he added. (Wed, 7/9)


Veggies are out, Fuse re-lit

After a stunt featuring nothing but songs from the children's oriented Veggie Tales group as 'Veggie Radio', WPRJ FM 101.7 Mt. Pleasant/Midland relaunched its contemporary Christian format and kept the same name as The Fuse. The station is running jockless for 101 hours through the coming weekend.



WLUN hires sales director

Lance LeFevre has been hired to serve as the director of sales for ESPN 100.9-FM (WLUN). In this role, LeFevre is in charge of all radio sponsorship sales and maintaining relationships with the station's partners. LeFevre previously worked with the Great Lakes Loons as a corporate account executive. He joined the Loons in 2006 as an employee at the Loon Loft, the Loons' official team store. He was promoted to a full-time position prior to the start of the 2007 season. LeFevre brings more than 20 years of management experience to ESPN 100.9-FM.

WLUN was launched on March 25, 2008 and operates an all-sports FM radio format. ESPN 100.9-FM is the flagship radio home for Great Lakes Loons baseball and carries ESPN Radio's featured daytime shows Mike & Mike in the Morning, The Herd with Colin Cowherd and Tirico & Van Pelt, ESPN Radio's Major League Baseball package, and the HUGE Show with Bill Simonson.


Detroit News:

Fanchon Stinger, a recently suspended anchorwoman for Fox 2 Detroit, was paid by Synagro Technologies Inc. in connection with a multimillion-dollar city sludge contract that is under investigation by the FBI, a Synagro spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. Last September, less than two months before the Synagro deal was approved in a 5-4 vote by the Detroit City Council, Stinger formed the media consulting and public speaking company Stinger Strategies LLC, records show. Synagro paid Stinger Strategies an undisclosed sum to place media advertisements in connection with the city sludge contract, Synagro spokeswoman Darci McConnell of McConnell Communications said Wednesday. Synagro hired Stinger at the recommendation of Rayford W. Jackson, a Detroit businessman who was Synagro's local partner in the deal and who is under FBI investigation, one person familiar with the transaction said... TV anchor promoted sludge deal (Thu, 7/10)



Detroit Free Press:

Onetime WJBK-TV (Channel 2) Problem Solver Fanchon Stinger may have some problems of her own because of her newly revealed ties to a controversial sludge company. A spokeswoman for Synagro Technologies confirmed today that Stinger's company, Stinger Strategies, helped the company with advertising by choosing time slots and outlets for its commercials. The spokeswoman, Darci McConnell of McConnell Communications, would not say today how much Stinger received for her work... Fox TV anchor Fanchon Stinger promoted troubled sludge deal (Thu, 7/10)



Top 5 stations in the newest Arbitrend rankings were country WBCT, news/talk WOOD AM, classic rock WLAV, modern rock WGRD, and soft rock WOOD-FM.. Second spring age 12+ radio ratings trend for Grand Rapids (Thu, 7/10)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Starting Monday, Detroit television viewers will have a second local news option at 10 p.m. Southfield-based WMYD-Channel 20, metro Detroit's affiliate of News Corp.-owned MyNetworkTV, will launch its first weeknight news broadcast Monday, said station president and general manager Sarah Norat-Phillips. "We believe the market is able to withstand another newscast," she said. "Viewers will be happy to have a choice." "TV 20 News at 10" will be a 30-minute newscast... New 10 p.m. TV newscast to start Monday (Thu, 7/10)



Detroit Free Press:

Need a laugh? Don't we all. Well, famed TV face Fred Willard has been added as a special guest to the lineup for "Dick Purtan's Comedy Night Out 2," tonight at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. The event is a benefit for the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at the Karmanos Cancer Institute. (She's the wife of the WOMC-FM-104.3 morning voice.) The event has been sold out for a while, but a small number of tickets may be available today. Check womc.com for details ... Public TV to get upgrades- Remember when you'd just get a test pattern? Detroit Public TV is moving its Master Control to a new energy-efficient operation at its Riley Broadcast Center in Wixom this weekend... TV's Willard to join laughs tonight (Fri, 7/11)

Fanchon Stinger was dismissed Thursday night from her job as co-morning news anchor by Fox-owned WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in the aftermath of her involvement with the Synagro sludge plant scandal. The story was still developing late Thursday night. A spokeswoman for the New York-based media conglomerate said only that "Fanchon Stinger is no longer employed by Fox's WJBK-TV in Detroit." No other details were announced... Stinger, Channel 2 part company (Thu, 7/10)



Detroit News:

Fanchon Stinger, a recently suspended morning anchorwoman for Fox 2 Detroit, is no longer employed there, the station said during its 10 p.m. newscast Thursday. The departure comes a day after The Detroit News revealed that Stinger's company was hired as a media consultant by Synagro Technologies Inc. to place media advertisements in connection with a Detroit city sludge contract under federal investigation. Fox 2 anchor Monica Gayle read a statement during the top of the Thursday night broadcast updating Stinger's status. The statement read in part: "Fanchon Stinger is no longer an employee of Fox 2." The station did not indicate if Stinger had resigned or been fired... Fanchon Stinger leaves Fox 2 (Fri, 7/11)


Flint Journal:

NBC affiliate WEYI (Channel 25) has made a few personnel switches, including swapping meteorologists. Former evening news weatherman Mark Torregrossa can now be seen during the morning show, 5-7 a.m. And former morning crew meteorologist Jim Geyer is now on the evening news. "We just started going through changes," said station General Manager Becky Butcher. Former evening news co-anchor Mike Stevens was part of initial layoffs in April. Dan Armstrong has been filling in for evening news anchor Erin Looby, who is on maternity leave until August. Former morning news anchor Kathy Hoekstra, who left in June, has been replaced by Jenny Suniga, who had been the weekend anchor. Suniga has been with WEYI since 2007 ... And over at ABC affiliate WJRT (Channel 12), First at Four co-anchor and nightside reporter, Bisi Onile-Ere, said goodbye in June after accepting a job with Detroit's NBC affiliate WDIV (Channel 4)... New faces popping up on local television newscasts (Sat, 7/12)


Detroit News:

In the world of TV news personalities in Detroit, Fanchon Stinger was the rising anchorwoman who seemingly had it all: good looks, a charming personality and a fat-salaried position. Stinger, 37, who began her career as an intern at Fox 2 Detroit, climbed fast and impressed many with her drive. She became an investigative reporter and then moved to the station's morning show anchor chair in 2004. Her annual salary was more than $300,000. But her meteoric career came crashing down this week. She was let go Thursday from Fox 2 following revelations that her own media company placed advertisements in connection with a Detroit sludge contract that is under federal investigation... For Fox anchor, unlikely stumble (Sat, 7/12)



Detroit Free Press:

Just when WJBK-TV (Channel 2) got out of the spotlight with the departure of Synagro-tainted news anchor Fanchon Stinger, it finds itself with a competitor for its successful 10 p.m. newscast. Starting Monday, WMYD-TV (Channel 20) will launch a half-hour newscast courtesy of the Independent News Network in Davenport, Iowa. As INN explains on its Web site, it "offers a customized, quality-driven newscast in English or Spanish. This service is delivered by experienced anchor and reporter teams at a fraction of the cost to produce it internally... Names and Faces (Sat, 7/12)


Detroit Free Press:

Near the end of another fun-filled day in the Free Press newsroom, my editor and I found ourselves gaping at a TV monitor where WJBK-TV Fox 2 anchorwoman Monica Gayle was confirming the departure of her erstwhile colleague, Fanchon Stinger. "You may not remember this," I said as a smiling publicity still of Stinger filled the screen, "but I was in a celebrity fashion show with Fanchon a few years ago." "Really?" my editor said, in a weary tone of voice that managed to convey both mild skepticism and profound disinterest. "Did anyone notice you were even in the room?"... Stinger exits gracefully, while Kilpatrick's endgame is eternal (Sun, 7/13)

Offered for your consideration: New York radio shock talker Wendy Williams will spend the next six weeks figuring out if there is a TV audience for an anti-Oprah. Williams, who turns 44 later this week, tries the daily hour TV talk grind on for size starting this week at noon on Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2). It'll be an unusual on-air tryout on four Fox owned-and-operated stations. (New York, Dallas and Los Angeles are the other test cities.) But why might she be the anti-Oprah?... Will Wendy wow 'em? (Sun, 7/13)

Honored: The Heat and Warmth Fund with the first-place award in the fund-raising section of the National Fuel Funds Network's 2008 Media Fair Competition. THAW won for its media fund-raising efforts -- $543,000 -- on behalf of the Fifth Annual WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon last February... Names and Faces (Sun, 7/13)

More carmakers are adding digital radio tuners in their bid to woo audiophiles and add electronics. The latest is Hyundai, which this month will offer digital radio -- known as HD Radio -- in a package on its new Genesis sedan. Among others, BMW already offers an HD tuner as a stand-alone option, and Volvo is going to offer HD Radio standard on most models early next year... Auto news in brief (Sun, 7/13)


Grand Rapids Press:

Local TV viewers will get to see familiar faces at the Olympics in Beijing. Not just familiar athletes, either, but local reporters, too. WOOD-TV (Channel 8) again is sending a team of talent to cover the international competition. The trio headed to Beijing is sports director Jack Doles, reporter/co-anchor Brian Sterling and news producer/cameraman Dan Limbaugh. Doles has covered seven Olympic games. "It's one of the highlights of my career. Each one has a special memory. It's hard to top the Olympics," Doles said. It's Olympics No. 4 for Limbaugh, TV-8's special projects producer, whose job is to bring it all together... WOOD-TV again sends team to cover Olympics (Sun, 7/13)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioOur family returned home yesterday following a nearly two week vacation in Pennsylvania. We drove over 1,700 miles and spent a total of zero minutes listening to local radio during that journey. The kids, ages 8 and nearly 6, were either watching DVD's, finding different license plates (we found 43 states, 2 provinces, and Washington DC), or just listening to XM Satellite Radio's XM Kids channel. My wife and I listened to various XM channels exclusively and didn't miss FM or AM radio.

It used to be that a radio fan like myself would drive the other passengers crazy turning the radio knob to try and listen to as much local flavor via the radio as possible. But in recent times, much of that is gone, replaced by a sound that is about the same no matter if you're in Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Detroit, or many of the smaller towns in between. Although some of those similarities are no doubt because of programming strategies that are much more national in structure than ever before, I think a lot of it also has to do with the way national chain stores have taken over our shopping malls.

Get off the interstate nearly anywhere and those plazas are filled with the same stores and restaurants as at home. So instead of hearing ads from local stores on the radio when you're out of town, it's the same jingles and voices pitching the same things. While it might be comforting to know that your favorite big box retailer is always just down the street, knowing I'd pretty much be hearing the same stuff in between the same songs didn't inspire me enough to check out broadcast radio. While it's still fun to surf the radio dial, it's just a lot easier now to do it via the Internet from home instead of bugging the family with constantly changing stations and dealing with reception problems. Family harmony is a good thing when you're spending countless hours together in a vehicle.

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One of the biggest highlights of our trip was a visit to Washington DC where we toured XM's headquarters/studios. It was the first time either of my boys had been invited to see a radio station, so it was pretty cool to be able to see several of them at one time. All of the gadgets and rows of studios left an impression on the kids, but it was the people that they met that really made the biggest impact. Our boys really got a kick out of meeting personalities Absolutely Mindy and Kenny Curtis from XM Kids and now understand that there are real people behind those voices that come out of the radio and just how much work it is to create an entertaining broadcast.

While we were in the studio of the 60's on 6 channel, morning host Phlash Phelps played his alphabet game on the air with my oldest son Everett, much to his pleasure. Youngest son Daniel now loves to sing the station's top of the hour jingle featuring "The Beatles". But what struck me the most was that the attitude around the place was friendly and fun, despite the looming uncertainty of the pending merger with Sirius. It was amazing to witness everything that has been invested in the creation of XM - and although the delivery mechanism is different than traditional FM/AM, it clearly still is radio if only because of the people that work there.

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It used to be that going away on vacation during the beginning of July would mean some kind of surprising change in Detroit radio. Sometimes it'd be a format switch or maybe just a big change in a station's on-air lineup. This year, it was almost disappointing to return home and discover that the only big media news was happening on TV with the controversy involving Channel 2's Fanchon Stinger.

While it's never fun to see anyone lose their job for whatever reason, the uncertainty of radio is kind of what makes it interesting to those on the outside looking in.

It's really hard these days for radio stations to pull off a really big surprise. With the popularity of Internet message boards, the news of a change is often leaked by either insiders at the station or by someone with connections to a big advertiser and it doesn't take long for the news to travel and get repeated either in a newspaper or in the trade publications.

So now, the most fun seems to be trying to determine which rumors are legitimate and which ones are nothing more than pure speculation. Kinda makes me wish for the old days when you never had a clue what was going to come out of your speakers when you returned back from up north and frantically scanned the radio dial to see if you missed another big switch.

Maybe next year.

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Mike Austerman covered radio for the Oakland Press from September 2001 through April 2008 and can be reached at ontheradio@austerman.com or at PO Box 99392, Troy MI 48099.


WLAV, Tony Gates nominated for Marconi Awards

Heritage classic rocker WLAV FM 96.9 Grand Rapids has been nominated for a Marconi Award as Medium Market Station of the Year and the station's afternoon man Tony Gates has been similarly recognized in the Medium Market Personality of the Year category.

Established in 1989, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards were named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi. The winners will be announced on September 18 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show which is held during The NAB Radio Show at the Austin,TX Convention Center.




WWMT Newschannel 3's Anchor Jeff McAtee has decided to leave the anchor chair to go on active duty in the Navy. He will be serving overseas as a Commander in Naples, Italy. Jeff has been the co-anchor of Newschannel 3's 5pm, 5:30pm, 6pm and 11pm for the past 3 years. He also helped launch and anchor Newschannel 3's 10pm newscast on the CW7. Jeff's last day at the WWMT anchor desk will be on July 18th. Jeff has been a part of the Unites States Navy for quite a while. This September marks his 20th anniversary of service... Goodbye Jeff McAtee (Mon, 7/14)




WJQK Hosted 40K People On July 4th: LANSER Christian AC WJQK/GRAND RAPIDS held its annual "Celebration Freedom" fest on JULY 4th to over 40,000 people. "This celebration with music, food, rides and fireworks is an outreach to our community and it's absolutely free. Thousands of families who aren't regular Christian music listeners attend annually BECAUSE it's free. In the process, they are introduced to the station and it's positive message," said PD GARY THOMPSON. (Mon, 7/14)


Radio and Records:

Bo Money Named OM In Detroit: On Monday, July 28, Clear Channel urban WQBT (94.1 the Beat)/Savannah, Ga., PD/afternoon personality Bo Money will begin working as OM for Radio One/Detroit. He will oversee urban WHTD (Hot 102.7), urban AC WDMK (105.9 Kiss FM) and gospel WCHB-AM, and will handle the day-to-day programming for Hot 102.7 and WCHB. Bo Money replaces Al Payne, who has held this position while working as PD of Radio One urban WKYS (93.9 Kiss)/Washington since May 12.

About his new role, Bo Money says, "I am energized and excited for the opportunity to join the Radio One family. I am really looking forward to making the move to Detroit and I am ready to have a positive impact on the stations, and even the city. I can't wait to get started and become an integral part of such a great company in a vibrant and challenging market."

According to Radio One/Detroit VP/GM Kathy Stinehour, "Bo's years of experience, knowledge and genuine love for radio will not only benefit Radio One Inc., but also our listeners and advertisers. His proven ability to focus on building high performance organizations and his commitment to the interactive platform will be key in the future growth and development of Radio One/Detroit."

Bo Money has held his current position for the last seven years and previously worked in programming at Clear Channel/St. Louis for urban KATZ-FM and urban AC KMJM (2000-2001) and in marketing/NTR for Jacor Communications from 1998 to 2000. (Mon, 7/14)




Greater Media Stations Stream To iPhones: GREATER MEDIA AC WMGQ (MAGIC 98.3)/NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ; Oldies WMTR-A and Rock WDHA/DOVER; and Rock WRAT/MONMOUTH-OCEAN began streaming to iPHONES on FRIDAY with the launch of the 3G version of APPLE's device. Talk WBT-A-F and Talk WLNK (107.9 THE LINK)/CHARLOTTE and Rock WRIF/DETROIT will soon join the other stations in providing an iPHONE stream.

"This is yet another step forward as GREATER MEDIA embraces and integrates the latest mobile technology," said GREATER MEDIA INTERACTIVE SVP/GM TOM BENDER."We are determined to make our stations available in all forms of delivery that users are adopting. We will expand this technology to include all GREATER MEDIA radio properties in the very near future." (Mon, 7/14)


Marshall Out, Reynolds In As PD At WTWR: CUMULUS Top 40 WTWR/TOLEDO PD/afternooner STEVE MARSHALL exits. ALL ACCESS hears CHRIS REYNOLDS will take over as PD effective immediately. REYNOLDS was previously at CITADEL AC WFMK/LANSING, where he spent 7 years as PD/afternooner. (Mon, 7/14)


WYCD Hosts Annual Golf Tourney/Redneck Reunion: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT will host the annual EDWARDS & LEE WYCD GOLF TOURNEY AND REDNECK REUNION at the LAKES OF TAYLOR in TAYLOR, MI today (7/14) beginning at 9a (ET). The event will benefit CAMPFIRE USA and features 18 holes of golf, dinner provided by FAMOUS DAVE'S BBQ, a chance to win a new car & a motorcycle and a 4p (ET) concert from ROCKY COMFORT RECORDS/NASHVILLE artist TRACY LAWRENCE. (Mon, 7/14)


Michigan Radio announces new weekend lineup

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, will be introducing a revised weekend schedule, beginning this Saturday, July 19, 2008. The station will be adding NPR's award-winning weekly sports magazine, Only A Game, to the Saturday line-up, returning Michael Feldman's What'Ya Know to two hours, and shifting the times of several other weekend programs.

Most of the changes affect the Saturday and Sunday mid-day and afternoon schedule. Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me will move to 11am on Saturday, followed by Whad'Ya Know from noon until 2pm, and This American Life with Ira Glass now at 2pm. Only a Game premieres at 4pm, and American Routes moves to 8pm.

Michigan Radio's second airing of Car Talk can now be heard Sundays at 11am, followed by A Prairie Home Companion from noon to 2pm, and The Splendid Table at 2pm. The station will also offer repeat broadcasts of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me Sundays at 4pm, Marketplace Money at 6pm and Speaking of Faith at 8pm.

The new schedule means that BBC World Service now starts every night, seven days per week, at 10pm; that Car Talk can be heard both Saturday and Sunday immediately following Weekend Edition, and that Marketplace or Marketplace Money can be heard six days per week (Monday-Friday and Sunday) immediately after All Things Considered.

"We're trying to make it more convenient for listeners to hear some of the most popular weekend shows, by moving them to more consistent or accessible time slots, or adding a second airing of the shows," said Interim Program Director Tamar Charney. "We're also responding to requests from our members and listeners who asked for the return of the full 2 hours of Whad'ya Know and a second chance to hear Wait Wait Don't Tell Me and Speaking of Faith."

Hosted by veteran NPR commentator Bill Littlefield, Only A Game is radio for the serious sports fan and the steadfast sports avoider. The hour-long program tells the stories behind the box scores, including the explosion of interest in women's sports, competitive opportunities for the disabled, and the business of sports -- as well as who wins and who loses. Only A Game puts sports in perspective with intelligent analysis, insightful interviews, and a keen sense of humor.

Michigan Radio is the state's most listened-to public radio station, attracting approximately 400,000 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 western Michigan. The station's complete weekend schedule can be found on its web site at www.michiganradio.org.



Detroit News:

Calling the allegations that prompted her departure from Fox 2 Detroit "scandalous" and the dismantling of her career "malicious," former anchorwoman Fanchon Stinger is breaking her silence about her media company's role in placing ads in connection with a City Hall sludge contract under federal investigation. "At the conclusion of the federal investigation it will be apparent that the scandalous allegations pertaining to my personal involvement with Synagro are misleading and without factual basis," Stinger wrote. "At that time I will also be free to correct the blatant misrepresentations and tawdry allegations that have been attached to me. "I find it increasingly difficult to await the proper time to clear my name, however, the present circumstances dictate that I must wait," she said... Former TV anchor Fanchon Stinger calls claims in Synagro case 'scandalous' (Tue, 7/15)



Detroit Free Press:

Former Fox 2 anchor Stinger promises to set record straight eventually. "It has been excruciatingly difficult to stand silently by and witness the systematic, strategic and malicious dismantling of my reputation and career over the past several weeks - a reputation and career that I have conscientiously built with a persistent commitment to hard work over the past 20 years," Stinger wrote in an e-mail to the media, apparently sent from her home e-mail. A Synagro Technologies spokeswoman has said Stinger's company, Stinger Strategies LLC, was hired to help the company buy time and choose media outlets for advertisements. The spokeswoman, Darci McConnell, would not comment on the amount of the deal. Fox 2 has reported that Stinger said she ultimately decided against fulfilling the contract and returned the money to Synagro... Former Fox 2 anchor Stinger promises to set record straight eventually (Tue, 7/15)


Grand Rapids Press:

Weekend news anchor Larry Figurski of WOOD-TV (Channel 8) considers himself fortunate for surviving last week what many do not: a massive heart attack. Figurski, anchor of Channel 8's Weekend Daybreak and 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday sportscasts, figures the reason his life was spared from sudden cardiac arrest is because he lives two miles from Metro Health Hospital. "When you hear people use terms like 'widow maker' you're lucky to have survived," said Figurski, 43, who is married and the father of two young daughters. Figurski said he is fortunate in more ways than one. He was not in the habit of going to a doctor for an annual physical. He's plays hockey, but has a taste for too much fast food, he said. And his family has a history of heart disease. "It's kind of ironic," Figurski said. "My father had a heart attack at 43 or 44. His father had a couple and he died at 69." Figurski's duties will be divided among other reporters until he returns to work, said WOOD-TV news director Patti McGettigan... WOOD-TV weekend anchor Larry Figurski survives massive heart attack (Wed, 7/16)


Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

An e-mail sits in Annette Doner's inbox from an adoring fan of her husband, Robert, an award-winning, smooth-talking local radio personality from the 1980s. It reads, in part, "I would listen to Bob on the radio all the time. I just loved how he talked so freely with his listening audience." Doner, a popular Jackson-area media mogul and pastor who once owned the Springport Signal and Marshall Review, died Tuesday, likely from a heart attack, family members said. He was 62. Doner was a pastor at East Eckford Community Church in Marshall, where he presided over a congregation "that loved him very much," said Annette Doner, his wife of more than six years. In the eighth grade, Doner was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. He responded that he aspired to be a disc jockey or a pastor. Doner was ordained in the mid-1970s and later became a popular voice on radio station WKHM-AM, most notably with his one-minute weekday commentary, "60 Seconds with Bob Doner"... Minister and former radio host dies at 62 (Wed, 7/16)


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the National Black Church Initiative will host an educational discussion about the upcoming switch to digital television (DTV) open to all Detroit residents on July 22. Detroit DTV Day is part of MAB's statewide campaign to educate Michigan viewers about the DTV transition and supports the national consumer outreach efforts led by the National Association of Broadcasters.

The activities will start with a 10 a.m. news conference followed by a noon presentation at the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch at 5201 Woodward Ave in Detroit.

By law, all full-power television stations in the country must turn off their analog signals and begin broadcasting exclusively in a digital format on February 17, 2009. Minority communities, including the elderly and African-Americans, are among the most disproportionately affected populations by the DTV transition.


Detroit News:

If you have one of the new Apple iPhones, you can listen to WRIF-FM (101.9) 's audio stream through your phone anytime, anywhere, with one simple click. 'RIF's corporate parent Greater Media made audio streams of several of its radio stations available from the first day of the iPhone's launch last week, with more stations set to go online with it within weeks. Of the Detroit cluster, WCSX-FM (94.7) and WMGC-FM (105.1) will be available via the iPhone next, within a week, says Tom Bender , Detroit-based senior VP/general manager of Greater Media Interactive. Bender says it's all part of an ongoing process to make radio relevant in a digital world.

"I can remember when it was convenient to carry around a transistor radio, or later, a Walkman," Bender says. "The contemporary device for that kind of convenience is the cell phone, so it's incumbent on us to make the product available to the listeners however and wherever they want it, rather than getting them to carry around another device" ... iPhones make listening to radio convenient (Thu, 7/17)


Although the license for WOLY AM 1500 Battle Creek was not renewed during the 2004 renewal period for Michigan radio stations, the daytime-only Christian station continued to broadcast. In June 2006, the FCC officially notified station owner Christian Faith Broadcast that its license had officially been canceled and that all authority to operate what was WOLY had been terminated. Yet, broadcasts continued at the 1,000 watt station.

Now the FCC has filed a Forfeiture Order against Christian Faith Broadcast in the amount of $10,000 for the station's unauthorized operations, which amazingly have continued - at least as of this past Monday, July 14th. This action follows a Notice of Apparent Liability that was issued in December 2007. According to the Forfeiture Order, "Christian Family Network's failure to immediately cease operation of the station may result in further monetary fines and other more serious sanctions."

What's even more surprising in this case is that in 1998 WOLY also failed to renew its license in a timely fashion and had it's license canceled until it reapplied for and was granted reinstatement in May 1999.


• Silent WXPT FM 107.3 Powers was granted a construction permit granted to change effective radiated power from 6,200 watts @ 82 feet to 25,000 watts @ 318 feet from a tower location west of Escanaba; the change would effectively give the station coverage in Escanaba.


• Central Michigan University student station WMHW FM 91.5 Mt. Pleasant, which features primarily a modern rock format, has been granted a construction permit granted to change effective radiated power from 13,000 watts (vertical) @ 459 feet directional to a non-directional 9,100 watts @ 538 feet, increasing the station's Mid-Michigan coverage area for the second time in recent years. Most of the increased coverage area would be in Gratiot and Midland counties.

• Pop WJSZ FM 92.5 Ashley was granted a construction permit to change effective radiated power from 2,000 watts @ 400 feet to 4,000 watts @ 400 feet with a directional antenna. The change would give the station some increased coverage area in Gratiot and Clinton counties.

• SAID News Foundation was granted a construction permit for a new Class A FM station to be licensed at 90.9 Hanover. WJKZ would operate with 500 watts @ 161 feet with a directional antenna located along the southern border of Jackson county (southwest of the city of Jackson).

• The FCC approved the sale of construction permits for new AM 1490 Houghton and new AM 1490 Ironwood to Sovereign City Radio Services, LLC from Advanced Acquistion, Inc (Starboard Media).


WOAP back on the air

WOAP AM 1080 Owosso has resumed operations after being off the air for the better part of a year. The daytime-only station has resumed simulcasting the religious/Catholic programming of co-owned WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit as Michigan Catholic Radio. FCC records indicate the owner of both WCAR and WOAP is Bloomfield Hills based 1090 Investments, LLC.

It's uncertain as to how long the station will remain broadcasting from Owosso as the station has a construction permit to move its operations to the Lansing market. The Lansing/Waverly construction permit specifies daytime-only operations at 50,000 watts and there is also an application on file to add nighttime service which has not yet been ruled on by the FCC.

The near year of silence from WOAP is the second such period in recent history as the station was also off the air for financial reasons for about a year in 1996-97.


WJR and Boyne Mountain to attempt fastest round of golf on July 20

News-talk WJR AM 760 and Boyne are again attempting to break the Guinness World Record™ for the Fastest Round of Golf. This year's attempt will take place on Sunday, July 20, 2008 from 9 AM -12 PM on The Alpine course at Boyne Mountain.

The event format requires golfers to be strategically placed on the course's tee boxes, along the fairways and on the greens. The timing begins once the opening tee-ball is struck, with golfers in the fairway running to hit the ball as soon as it comes to rest. As golfers on the green sink the putt, a player on the next hole immediately hits the next tee shot.

The current record is 8 minutes, 47 seconds and was set at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound, Texas.

The 16th annual Tournament of Champions begins July 21st at Boyne Mountain and numerous professional players have already signed up to be a part of the fastest round challenge. A minimum of three attempts will be made within the allotted three hour time period. Hopes are high that together - Boyne, WJR and Michigan golfers will generate additional exposure for the state's incredible courses and make Boyne Mountain home of the world's Fastest Round of Golf.


Six prominent figures in Michigan broadcasting history were inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The board of directors of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) endorsed the nominees May 21 at its board meeting in Lansing. Inductees were formally recognized at ceremonies held July 15th at the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort. Honorees included:

2008 Lifetime Achievement Award

• Richard Sommerville retired in 2000 after a half-century of distinguished broadcasting excellence including his ownership of several radio stations. Dick started his career as a morning man at WTTH (now WPHM) in Port Huron. He purchased WSMA in Marine City in 1962 and subsequently purchased WCEN AM/FM in Mt. Pleasant in 1986. Many broadcasters got their start under Dick's tutelage at WCEN, including several who now own their own stations, or have gone on to distinguished on-air careers.

2008 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

• James Bleicher has served as news director at WJRT-TV in Flint for 22 years. Jim is widely recognized for his steady, creative and sensitive presence that has built and maintained the highest journalistic standards and audience levels at the station. Jim has a long established track record of mentoring dozens of news employees who've gone on to other stations and networks. Jim's entire professional career has been spent in Michigan, starting in radio news in Jackson prior to television news assignments in Detroit, Lansing and Flint. Jim has won numerous state and national journalism awards, including a regional RTNDA award and five Emmys.

• Larry Estlack has been selected as a member of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Larry is director of technology for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Larry began working in Michigan broadcasting operations in 1970, and has been involved in just about every area of broadcasting from engineering to programming. Larry has been the chief engineer at several radio and television stations in Michigan and is widely respected as an engineering consultant. He was named MAB Engineer of the Year in 1997. Larry has been the Michigan chairperson of the Emergency Alert System since 1985, and has been a teacher at Michigan State University.

• Gordon A. Lawrence was hired by Grand Valley State University in October of 1971 to be its first station general manager. He created and launched a PBS station, WGVC Channel 35, bringing service to the West Michigan market to what had previously been the largest region in the nation without public television. In March 1979, Gordon was hired as director of broadcasting and media resources at the University of Michigan-Flint. For the second time, he developed another PBS station, WFUM-TV, channel 28, again in a market that was the largest unserved region in the nation without public television.

• Diana Lewis has been an integral part of the WXYZ-TV family since 1977 and has become one of the most recognized and respected faces in Michigan television. In addition to her role as news anchor on the WXYZ-TV 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, Diana can also be seen anchoring two of the biggest Detroit area events, the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview Special and The Woodward Dream Cruise. Diana's commitment to the community, her enduring strength and spirit make her one Detroit's leading women. Diana's Tuesday's Child segments have been credited with inspiring people to adopt children with special needs. Diana is also involved with the American Lung Association of Southeast Michigan and the Boys & Girls Club, Haven and many more organizations.

• Mike Whorf is best known as the producer and host of WJR radio's award winning program "Kaleidoscope," a music, docu-drama featuring stories of people and events which influenced our thoughts, words, deeds and actions. The program received many of broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award. Mike created many special projects during his stellar career, at WJR, which began in 1964, including holiday specials, The Quest for Excellence series: a 13-part series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ending of WWII, a 36-week series I Remember Radio, as well as programs on sports and music.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected officers for 2008-2009 at its Annual Meeting & Leadership retreat held July 14-16 at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The newly elected officers are:

  • Chairman - Diane Kniowski, President and General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids

  • Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect - Tom Mogush, Owner/General Manager, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM in Marquette

  • Secretary-Treasurer - Michael King, Vice President & General Manager, WILX-TV in Lansing

  • Immediate Past Chairman - Bart Brandmiller, Director of Sales for Clear Channel-West Michigan in Grand Rapids

  • At-Large Director - Duane Alverson, President, MacDonald Broadcasting Company in Saginaw


Diane Kniowski is the President/General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI. Kniowski joined WOOD- TV 8 in 1993 as the National Sales Manager, and was promoted to the General Sales Manager position in 1996. She was appointed to her current position in June 1999. Diane is also an active member in the industry and community as a member of TARPAC (Television and Radio Political Action Committee), the regional chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, TVB (Television Bureau) and Junior Achievement.

Tom Mogush is owner and General Manager of WMQT-FM and WZAM-AM in Marquette. Mogush contributed 15 years to broadcasting Northern Michigan University hockey on WMQT, including the 1991 NCAA national championship team. Mogush also serves as President of the Upper Peninsula Radio Broadcast Alliance, as well as the Lake Superior Community Partnership Board of Directors. He was a contributing author of the Roy Williams book Accidental Magic. Mogush is a 1981 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree is Speech Communications/Broadcasting.

Mike King is the Vice President and General Manager of WILX-TV, Lansing, a Gray Television property. In January 1999 he was named Vice President/General Manager of WLAJ-TV in Lansing, Michigan. In 2000, he assumed his current position at WILX-TV. King is a 1985 graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications.

Bart Brandmiller is Director of Sales for all of Clear Channel Radio's stations on the west side of Michigan. Prior to joining Clear Channel, from February 1984 to December 2002, Bart was President and General Manager of Michigan Media. Inc. (WBBL AM, WKLQ FM, WLAV FM, WODJ FM) and Vice President and General Manager of Citadel Radio Corp., both of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has served as President of the Grand Rapids Area Broadcasters Association, and is a board member of YMCA Camp Manitou-lin.

Duane Alverson is President of MacDonald Broadcasting. Alverson has spent his entire broadcast career working in various leadership capacities at MacDonald Broadcasting Company. Duane's broadcast career began in 1985 as Local Sales Manager for country powerhouse WKCQ-FM. A few years later he became General Sales Manager for the Saginaw property and then served for five years as VP Sales prior to being named President in 2004.


Elected to serve their first term on the MAB Board are:
• Debbie Kenyon - Vice President/Market Manager, CBS Radio - Detroit
• Bill Kring - General Manager, WWTV-TV - Cadillac/Traverse City
• Jill Saarela - Vice President/General Manager, WPBN-TV - Cadillac/Traverse City
• Lyle Schulze - Vice President/General Manager, WSYM-TV - Lansing
• Chris Warren - Corporate Controller, Midwestern Broadcasting Company - Cadillac/Traverse City

Returning to the MAB Board for 2008-2009 are: Al Blinke, Vice President and General Manager of WNEM-TV, Saginaw; Trey Fabacher, Vice President and General Manager of WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV, Detroit; Paul Grzebik, Regional Sales Manager of Axcera, Detroit; James Lutton, Vice President and General Manager of WWMT-TV, Lansing; Gayle Olson, President and General Manager of Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Benton Harbor; Bob Peters, General Sales Manager of WCZY-FM/WMMI-AM, Mt. Pleasant; Ken Radant, Barry Broadcasting, WBCH-AM/FM, Grand rapids; Bob Sliva, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV, Detroit; and Robert Striker, General Manager of WTWR-FM, Monroe.


WOAP Online, WOAPonline.com, a new internet radio station serving Mid-Michigan, will make its official debut Monday, July 21st. The station will feature hits of the 1970's, 80's and 90's, along with hourly international news, local information, and hourly features from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). West Michigan air talent Bryan Mix-Dean will provide listeners with accurate local weather forecasts three time each hour.

Special programming from WOAP Online will include:

• 'Radio's Golden Days', a daily showcase of classic old-time radio programs, at 1 pm, 9 pm and midnight

• 'The Michigan Oldies Podcast', a weekly program featuring Oldies from the 1960's and 70's, hosted by Michigan's own Tony Clark and Art Van.

WOAP Online owner and manager Dan Drolett is excited about the new project. "Once again, we're utilizing new technology to provide truly local radio to anyone with access to the internet." Drolett was formerly co-owner of Clinton County Radio, an internet radio station which operated from 2004 to 2007, and was geared toward listeners in Clinton county. "WOAP Online will serve a slightly larger area, with information geared toward Clinton, Ionia and Shiawassee counties. Clinton county will still be our primary focus, however."

WOAP Online will be available worldwide to anyone with a high-speed internet connection.

"It's a great way for anyone away from Mid-Michigan, such as our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, to keep up with what's happening back home and enjoy some great music at the same time", Drolett notes. "The beauty of internet radio is that your coverage area is the world."

Visitors to WOAP Online can click on a link to listen to the station 24 hours a day.

For more information, contact Dan Drolett at (517) 308-0274, or via email at woaponline@gmail.com.


WOAP Online is independently operated by Mint City Internet Radio. This internet-only audio stream is not associated in any way with WOAP AM 1080, Michigan Catholic Radio or 1090 Investments, LLC.


New Marquette area stations sign on

Within in the past couple of weeks, two new radio stations near Marquette have reportedly started regular operations. WUPF FM 100.3 introduced a classic hits format as 'The Point' and broadcasts from an antenna located between Marquette and Ishpeming providing both cities with a city-grade signal.

WUPG FM 96.7 is featuring an adult hits format operating from western Marquette county near Michigamme. Both WUPF and WUPG are owned by Radioactive, LLC.


Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Radio, the public radio service at the University of Michigan, has shuffled its weekend lineup. The station has added NPR's award-winning weekly sports magazine, "Only A Game," to the Saturday schedule, returned Michael Feldman's "Whad 'Ya Know" to two hours, and shifted the times of several other weekend programs ... WEMU listeners who have been wondering where jazz evening host Evelynn Hawkins has been lately, should note she is on medical leave. A variety of WEMU staffers are filling in while she is recovering... COLUMN: "On the Air" (Sun, 7/20)


By: Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioFirst of all, I would like to thank Susan Whitall at The Detroit News for the nice words she put in her column last Thursday July 17th regarding this column on this web site. Nice move Sue and greatly appreciated.

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Forgive me for not covering as much local radio news as some of you might want, but my summer travel schedule has had me seemingly out of town more than in town, but I've been listening and learning about what people are saying about the radio business and their changing habits regarding how they use "the wireless."

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A couple of weeks ago I returned from a week in Minnesota. I attended the annual Conclave, where (rather than electing a Pope) radio folks gather for a regional Midwest confab that now attracts people from all over the nation. After the conference, which is tied in with the Specs Howard School locally, I drove up to a friend's spectacular lake home about three hours north of the Twin Cities. The land of 10,000 lakes is similar to Michigan and Wisconsin, but each state west of ours is a bit further north. Look on a map. If you draw a straight line east from Minneapolis you are on a par with Traverse City! When I was up in Crosslake, MN due west of Duluth it placed me (if it was in our state) north of Marquette in the U.P. No wonder the lake was too cold to swim in, but the R&R was a real treat.

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Back at The Conclave, we were treated to keynotes from luminaries like: NAB president David Rehr, programming guru Lee Abrams (who was WRIF's second PD in the early 70's), LA's famous DJ Rick Dees, Progressive talk host Ed Schultz, former MSNBC news anchor Rita Cosby and industry "prophet" Jerry Del Colliano, who I've quoted numerous times in this space. I archived much of "the learning conference" on videotape and it is all good stuff. Del Colliano spoke to a packed room, even at 8 a.m. and reflected on the two years he taught at USC in Los Angeles. College age (and younger) students do NOT listen to regular radio. They hate radio, Jerry preached, and they are completely addicted to their cell phones and computers. It is impossible to get them to give up these new technologies, even for a day. It was a riveting 95 minutes session and we were all awakened to many truths we didn't really want to hear. NAB president David Rehr painted a picture that was much more optimistic, but some would say less realistic. He, of course, condemned the XM/Sirius merger and was positive about HD Radio. Rehr, however, was the only one who was. Interestingly, yours truly won mini-iPod shuffle. I'm not sure how it works yet.

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The next convention on my calendar is the Morning Show Boot Camp, which this year celebrates its 20th Anniversary in the Mile High City of Denver, CO where the (mostly highly paid) morning radio show jocks gather to steal ideas from another and see what outrageous stunts they can have their "danger-boy" cast member do in order to garner TV publicity and higher ratings. Wish me luck. I'll let you know if I spot any Detroit radio people in attendance.

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My last column spoke about the condition of legendary engineering genius Ed Buterbaugh who is fighting bladder cancer across the river in Canada. Among those who I heard from was one of Ed's old friends Ed Gursky, now working for the Voice of America in Washington, DC.

He worked with Ed at WEAM Arlington, VA (Washington) in the late-60s and played a role in his getting hired at CKLW. It was 1973. Paul Drew was living in and running his consultancy from Potomac, Maryland, after the WGMS-AM debacle in 1972 (a long story for another time). Paul had hired Gursky to be his Music Director at WGMS-AM. Paul, who was again consulting CKLW at the time, was impressed with the audio processing at WEAM-AM (1390), and asked Ed if he knew the Chief Engineer. So Ed Gursky arranged a meeting between Paul Drew and Ed Buterbaugh, at WEAM one late Sunday night when the station was off the air for regular weekly maintenance. Shortly thereafter, Ed was hired by CKLW and what he did for the big sound of the Big 8 is well documented. It was featured in the radio special "The Rise and Fall of The Big 8...CKLW," which has aired a couple of times on Detroit Public TV Channel 56.

Gursky remarked "Ed's a good guy, and was always among the top chief engineers in Radio Ink's annual rankings." We will keep Ed Gursky and all of Mr. Buterbaugh's many friends and admirers posted on his condition. Ed did go home from the Windsor hospital this past week, but it's a waiting game now. Rush a card or note of support to Ed at PO Box 1107, Harrow, Ontario, Canada N0R 1G0. Better yet, E-mail your good wishes of support and prayers directly to Ed at his home near the CKLW transmitter via buter@xplornet.com.

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It is being heavily rumored that the merger between the two satellite companies will finally happen this coming week, or certainly before the end of July.

Honestly, at first I was very much against this action, because I knew that many people would lose their jobs. A merger will surely cause a major "thinning of the herd" and consolidating of channels. I don't want any of my close friends at either company to be a recipient of the dreaded "pink slip."

Since the two sat-casters are as incompatible as Beta and VHS were, insiders feel that both systems will have the same channels simultaneously. Example: the popular 60's channel on XM features three full-time LIVE DJ's and Sirius has two and both are voice-tracked (pre-recorded). If you combine XM's Phlash Phelps, Pat Clarke and Terry Young with Sirius jocks Pat St. John and Jim Kerr (both of whom are Detroit area natives) it would make for a damn good line-up of top talent. I'm just not sure if they would retain that much staff. Phelps at XM has over 1,200 members in his Phan-Clan (fan club) and seemingly knows every square mile of this country from years of radio jobs and extensive traveling.

My hope also is that specialty channels like XM's Escape Channel 78 with it's lush easy listening will remain and one of my favorite regional channels 173 with 700 WLW radio from Cincinnati, a great news-talk station that keeps me connected to the Midwest while traveling across the USA. Edgy radio fans would have both Howard Stern and Opie & Anthony swearing on the air and sports fans would have a "field day." Since Sirius has the NFL and NBA, and XM has MLB and NHL, together the combined service would have all pro football, baseball, basketball and hockey!

Lastly I wonder where the company will be and what it will be called. XM owns their building in Washington, DC, while Sirius rents a considerable amount of space in mid-town Manhattan. Perhaps the programming will come from both cities with additional efforts from Nashville and L.A. Finally what will they call it? Each company has its own fans and supporters. True they represent only about 12% of all radio listeners compared to terrestrial radios vast audience, but if oil company giants Exxon and Mobile can merge and be called Exxon/Mobil, why not keep both well-established names as Sirius XM? This way, fans of both stay happy, and it will help the public learn how to pronounce Sirius (which is like the word serious.)

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I promise more LOCAL news in two weeks. Stay tuned. This is going to be interesting.

Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com. Contact him at artvuolo@aol.com.


Rock WKLQ FM 107.3 Grand Rapids has changed its on-air lineup as of this morning, Monday July 21st, with the addition of two new air staffers, both coming to Grand Rapids from 107.7 WRKR in Kalamazoo. Out is the syndicated morning drive Opie & Anthony show.

KLQ has introduced a brand new morning show comprised of Program Director Michael Grey and the first of the new hires, Warren Kluck. "Grey & Kluck" are bringing a fresh voice to morning drive, from 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM, built on a combined 20 years of experience doing radio in West Michigan. Grey is an 11 year veteran at WGRD & WKLQ in Grand Rapids, and Kluck has logged time at WIRX in Benton Harbor as well as WRKR. With these two at the controls, expect the unexpected.

"I've waited most of my career for an opportunity to build a radio show I believe in and one that's set-up the right way and I know that Warren and I are going to bring it - every morning," says Grey.

Kluck adds, "I just hope that people are ready for this thing."

The other new addition, Jay Deacon, will host afternoon drive from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM, taking over Grey's former airshift. Deacon was the Program Director and PM Drive host for WRKR and will fill the roles of Assistant Program Director and Digital Media Coordinator along with PM Drive Host in his new position with WKLQ. He has previously worked in radio in Kansas as well as Kalamazoo.

"WKLQ has been providing listeners in West Michigan with great rock music for over 20 years," said Matt Hanlon, President of Citadel Broadcasting's Midwest Region. "'Grey and Kluck' gives listeners the only true local morning show in the market for young rock fans."

Darcy will continue to air midday's from 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM, and Steve "The Rat" Aldrich will round out the on-air crew with his 7:00 PM-12:00 AM evening show.

Back at Cumulus-owned rocker WRKR, Katz returns for his second tour of duty and takes over afternoons 2:00 - 6:00 PM for the departed Deacon. Katz also adds duties as RKR's Promotions Director.


WDFN's Stoney & Wojo to host 11th Annual Radiothon July 24-25

Sports WDFN AM 1130 afternoon hosts Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski, Stoney and Wojo, will host their 11th Annual Radiothon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society from the Hamlin Pub in Lake Orion on July 24th and 25th. As in years past, WDFN will broadcast the event for 28 straight hours to help kick cancer's butt starting at 3:00 PM Thursday through 7:00 PM Friday.

Over the last ten years, the Stoney and Wojo Radiothon has helped raise well over $1 million for a cause that remains near and dear to the station. Sabrina Black was a member of the WDFN staff from 1996 through her death just over two years ago when she lost her battle with this disease. The event is dedicated to her.

Stoney and Wojo are scheduled to be joined by some of the biggest names in local and national sports and a select few guests may even make surprise appearances at the Hamlin Pub. All of the WDFN personalities are also expected to make an appearance throughout the Radiothon. Some of the special guests expected to take part this year's 28-hour effort include Gary Bettman, Angelique Chengelis, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, Lloyd Carr, Frank Caliendo, Ken Holland, Mike Babcock, Tom Kowalski, Steve Yzerman, Kevin Allen, Darren McCarty, Buster Olney, Larry Foote, Chris McCoskey, Michael Silver, Dave Dye, and Scotty Bowman as well as others.

The Stoney and Wojo Radiothon is billed as a total grassroots effort with listeners who donate financially including kids that empty out their piggy banks to help. Money is also raised through hourly and run-of-show auction items. Past auction items have included pool tables, grills, electronics, sports memorabilia, golf, trips, arena suites, home heating and cooling equipment, and much more to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

The Hamlin Pub is located at 741 S. Lapeer Road in Lake Orion.



Michigan Radio examining foreclosure crisis

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, is covering Michigan's foreclosure crisis in a special week long series entitled "Foreclosing on the American Dream". During the week of July 21-25, the station will air special reports on the foreclosure crisis in Michigan and how it affects Michigan residents and communities. These special reports will be followed by a one-hour documentary to be broadcast on Friday, July 25th.

"Foreclosing on the American Dream" looks at what the foreclosure crisis means for our state, our communities, and all of us. Why has Michigan been hit so hard? What is this doing to our neighborhoods? What are the solutions? Michigan Radio's reporters and hosts will explore these questions through in-depth reports and interviews that will be broadcast during "Morning Edition" (Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 am) and "All Things Considered" (Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm).

The series will wrap up with a special one hour documentary on Friday. The program will explore how home foreclosures affect people, neighborhoods, and even art, and feature stories and interviews discussing the ripple effect foreclosure can have on communities, and possible solutions to this on-going crisis. The documentary airs this Friday, July 25th from 9:00-10:00 am and 8:00-9:00 pm.

More details about the series, including audio and photos, can be found on the Michigan Radio website at: www.michiganradio.org/Foreclosing.html.



WCSX's Steve Richards leaving

Steve Richards, assistant program director and music director for heritage classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7, is leaving town to become the operations manager for Clear Channel's group of stations in Savannah, GA.



Record for Fastest Round of Golf now in Michigan

Boyne and News/Talk 760 WJR have successfully broken the Guinness World Record for the Fastest Round of Golf. With an impressive time of 7 minutes, 56 seconds and over forty participants, this intense and exciting attempt took place on Sunday, July 20, 2008 at The Monument course at Boyne Mountain.

The event format required golfers to be strategically placed on the course's tee boxes, along the fairways and on the greens. The timing began once the opening tee-ball was struck, with golfers in the fairway running to hit the ball when the ball came to rest. As golfers on the green sunk the putt, the players on the next hole immediately hit the next tee shot.

Pending final confirmation Guinness, the Boyne/WJR team broke the previous record of 8 minutes, 47 seconds set by WJR's sister station, WBAP, at Bridlewood Golf Club in Flower Mound, Texas in August of 2003.


Grand Rapids Press

Former WOOD-TV Channel 8 anchor Tom Van Howe is returning to broadcast news in West Michigan, only for a competing TV station. Van Howe, 63, will join WWMT-TV Channel 3 on Monday. He signed a letter of agreement Monday to join the station based in Kalamazoo. He will fill in for Channel 3 anchor Jeff McAtee, a commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve who has been called to active duty. Van Howe, who is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, will anchor newscasts at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. Monday through Friday along with anchor Judy Markee on Channel 3, plus the 10 p.m. newscast on CW7... Tom Van Howe to return to TV as anchor at WWMT Channel 3 (Tue, 7/22)


Release from WWMT: Tom Van Howe returns to West Michigan television news (Tue, 7/22)




J Blaze To Light Up WKFR Nights: CUMULUS Top 40/Mainstream WKFR/KALAMAZOO brings in J BLAZE to do nights. He's expected to hit the air in early AUGUST. Although his last radio gig was as APD/nights for WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS, as APD/nights, "BLAZE has been on a three-year hiatus from radio while working in the education field," WKFR PD/Brand Manager KRUZE (aka KEN EVANS) told ALL ACCESS. "It's my hope that his experience with children will help in dealing with the KFR Sales team!" (Tue, 7/22)


Take a look at the age 12+ rankings, look courtesy of Stationratings.com:

For the first time in its existence Detroit contemporary hits outlet Channel 9-5-5 (WQKI FM 95.5) is the top station among radio listeners age 12 and over, followed closely by news NewsRadio 950 (WWJ AM), NewsTalk 760 (WJR AM) and FM 98 (urban WJLB FM 97.9). Oldies 104.3 (WOMC FM) rounded out the top 5 stations.

The Ticket (sports WXYT-FM 97.1) enjoyed huge gains over the winter ratings period and the 'Rif (rock WRIF FM 101.1) also saw a nice numbers rebound.

Country stations had the best individual ratings in Lansing, Toledo, and South Bend with heritage stations WITL FM 100.7, WKKO FM 99.9, and WBYT FM 100.7 each leading the way among all listeners.



Alice Hits The Michigan Peninsula: "Nights with ALICE COOPER" has been picked up by simulcast stations NOTHERN STAR BROADCASTING Rock simulcast WIMK and WUPK (THE BEAR)/MARQUETTE, MI. The show will run from 7p-midnight on weeknights. (Wed, 7/23)



Presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama have appealed to Michigan voters with nearly $6 million in campaign ads so far. The nonpartisan Michigan Campaign Finance Network said Wednesday that a check of advertising data at television stations shows Republican McCain spent $3.2 million airing ads between May 28 and July 20. Democrat Obama spent $2.7 million for ads running between June 20 and July 28... McCain, Obama spent $6M on Michigan TV ads (Wed, 7/23)


Grand Rapids Press:

Former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) anchor Tom Van Howe is returning to broadcast news in West Michigan, but this time for a competing TV station. Van Howe, 63, will join WWMT-TV (Channel 3) on Monday. He signed a letter of agreement this week to join the Kalamazoo-based station. He will fill in for Channel 3 anchor Jeff McAtee, a commander in the Naval Reserve, who has been called to active duty. Van Howe, a veteran of the Air Force, will anchor the Channel 3 newscasts at 5, 6 and 11 p.m. Monday through Friday with anchor Judy Markee, plus the 10 p.m. newscast on its sister station, CW7. "It's kind of a work load," he said with a laugh. "It certainly wasn't something I was planning on." Van Howe, who retired in 2005 as a Channel 8 news anchor, said he wasn't looking to return to daily broadcasts, but the lure of the upcoming presidential election was too good to pass up... Tom Van Howe returns to TV news anchor spot (Wed, 7/23)


Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit radio market received its half-year ratings report card Wednesday, and there were lots of eye-catching numbers. Take a look at these: • Hits player WKQI-FM (95.5) led the race for all listeners aged 12 and older with a 5.4 mark, edging out all-news WWJ-AM (950) at 5.3 and news/talk WJR-AM (760) with a 5.2; • In the 25- to 54-year-old demographic that is especially attractive to advertisers, rocker WRIF-FM (101.1) -- even with Drew Lane out from its morning show since September -- led with a 6.6 mark. WRIF bested three runners-up all tied for second place: R&B/talker WMXD-FM (92.3), modern-hits player WDVD-FM (96.3) and WKQI, all with a 4.9... Detroit radio ratings report mixed (Thu, 7/24)



Detroit News:

Sports and a youthful music mix caught the fancy of Detroit radio listeners, according to the Spring 2008 Arbitron ratings for April, May and June, which were released on Wednesday. As forecast in the earlier, monthly ratings, there's a big win for Clear Channel's WKQI (95.5), which ranks as the top overall station with its strong morning show, Mojo in the Morning, and an edgy, rap-heavy Top 40 playlist. Citadel's WDVD-FM (96.3) jumped from No. 12 to 10 in the overall list, but most impressively, went from a tie for No. 10 in the adults ages 25-54 demographic, to a stunning No. 2, behind Greater Media's rock powerhouse WRIF-FM (101.1). WDVD plays a mix of Top 40 music (Jordin Sparks, Maroon 6, John Mayer, etc.) mixed with some '80s and '90s classics that young adults clearly love. In that demographic, the station shared second-place with WMXD-FM (92.3), which airs a softer urban blend, and WKQI. WRIF has to be happy with most of its numbers trending upward; the now permanently Drew-less, Mike in the Morning went from a 6.7 share in the winter book, to a solid 7.5 in the spring, with listeners age 12 and older... Top 40 hits, Mojo lift 95.5 to top radio spot (Thu, 7/24)


Another batch of Spring radio ratings was released late last week; they are available courtesy of Stationratings.com:

Top stations among listeners age 12+ in each market were soft rock WCRZ in Flint, contemporary hits WIOG in the Tri-Cities, news/talk WJR in Ann Arbor and country WNWN-FM in Battle Creek.


Grand Rapids Press:

Those who listen to WLHT-FM (95.7) soon will be waking up with a new morning show: "Barnaby & Friends." Management at the radio station told its staff today former WOOD-TV (Channel 8) reporter Gerry Barnaby will take over for Denis Prior and the "Morning Drive." Barnaby's first official day is Aug. 11, but last week he filled in for Prior, who was on vacation. "The show is going to be a work in progress for now," Barnaby said. "But we will put the spotlight back where it belongs -- on the listeners. It's their show." As part of the shuffle, several moves have been made at WLHT and three other local FM stations owned by Regent Broadcasting... Veteran broadcaster Gerry Barnaby heads to weekdays on radio (Mon, 7/28)




Tom Cook To Stay At WRVF: After previously accepting the PD position at CLEAR CHANNEL AC WOOD (STAR 105.7)/GRAND RAPIDS, (NET NEWS 7/9), CLEAR CHANNEL AC WRVF (101.5 THE RIVER)/TOLEDO PD TOM COOK has decided to stay put. COOK tells ALL ACCESS, "After using an inordinate amount of brainpower, I decided that 101.5 THE RIVER and CLEAR CHANNEL/TOLEDO is where I belong right now." (Fri, 7/25)



Holland Sentinel:

It's a bird! It's a plane! No, apparently the man wearing a cape and mowing random Holland lawns is "Super Flounder" -- the alter ego of Joe Piesz, 94.5 Thunder Country radio personality. The Grand Rapids-based station saw a new Holland law requiring lawns to be kept under 8 inches, as a two-fold opportunity, Program Director Steve Stewart said. "It's a way for us to be able to help out (people with tall lawns), and at the same time, Holland's one of our big bases," he said. "Seeing (Piesz) in a cape with the whole nine-yards and a lawnmower, it's simply ridiculous." "As soon as we started talking about (the law), the phone lines blew up," Stewart said. Thursday morning callers nominated their neighbors. "Super Flounder" chose an overgrown lawn at random. Without asking property owners' permission to mow their lawns, the radio personality was technically trespassing, and he will be again... 'Super Flounder,' neighbors try to save residents from lawn fines (Fri, 7/24)


WDET to hold "Don't Let Summer Pass You By" auction July 30

Detroit Public Radio has partnered with Travel Michigan for a special on-air auction on Wednesday, July 30 beginning at 6am. The "Don't Let Summer Pass You By" auction will offer listeners opportunities to bid on one-tank trips to some of Michigan's finest resorts and hotels. The auction is an opportunity for WDET listeners to get a great value on a Michigan getaway and support Detroit Public Radio.

Up for bid will be getaways to the Mackinac Grand Hotel, The Homestead Resort in Glen Arbor, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Detroit's Inn on Ferry Street, Crystal Mountain Golf & Ski Resort, Motor City Casino-Hotel, Garland Resort in Lewiston, Tickets to the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills, Treetops Resort in Gaylord, JW Marriot Hotel in Grand Rapids, Cobblestone Manor in Auburn Hills and more. Bids will be taken by telephone only at 1-800-959-9338 and the on-air auction July 30 will take place from 6am to 12 noon and 4pm to 7pm.

WDET listeners can pre-bid on the items at WDET's Auction Preview Party on Tuesday, July 29 from 5pm to 9pm at the Art Van Furniture store in Royal Oak at 32301 N. Woodward Avenue (between 13 and 14 Mile Roads). The preview party also includes contests to win a Polk Audio HD Radio and tickets to the PGA Championship coming to the Oakland Hills Country Club. Plus there will be Buddy's pizza, Michigan wines and live entertainment from Jamie McCarthy and Sara Celina. WDET personalities Craig Foley and Jerome Vaughn are also scheduled to be at Art Van for the preview party.

More details on the auction can be found at www.wdetfm.org and those interested in placing bids on Wednesday, July 30 can call 1-800-959-9338.



Detroit News:

Families and friends of four journalists dedicated a monument at a Phoenix park where the men died when their helicopters crashed while following a car chase. In a tearful ceremony Sunday, fellow reporters, police and other city officials placed flowers along a concrete memorial that carried the pictures of pilots Scott Bowerbank and Craig Smith and photographers Jim Cox and Rick Krolak. Mayor Phil Gordon and Fire Chief Bob Khan called them friends. Smith previously flew a news chopper for WXYZ-TV in Detroit... Memorial held for former WXYZ helicopter pilot who died in Phoenix crash (Mon, 7/28)


By: Mike Austerman

On The RadioI look forward to the day when Internet access becomes easily available everywhere, but until then getting away from it all is still possible. So now it's time to play some catch-up.

When the spring ratings book was released last week by Arbitron, there were lots of smiles in the halls of WRIF, WKQI, and WXYT. Anyone that was looking for rocker WRIF to fall off its pedestal as one of the area's most popular stations is going to have to wait a bit longer as it again was tops in the age 25-54 age group, followed by contemporary hits WKQI. Channel 95-5 was also the highest ranked station among listeners age 12 and above - the first time that's ever been the case for the 95.5 frequency in Detroit. I think it's also the first time a hits/Top 40 station has been on top of those broad numbers since the days of the Big 8, CKLW in the 1970s.

While there has been some listener erosion at WRIF in the morning since Drew Lane jumped ship, Mike Clark has done a great job anchoring the program and keeping it on top which no doubt helps keep the 101.1 frequency locked in on enough radios throughout the day ... and makes program director Doug Podell a happy guy.

Putting sports on FM 97.1 has had the biggest sudden impact on radio ratings that I can recall. If you combined the age 25-54 listeners of WXYT-FM and AM throughout the day, they'd boast 15,700 listeners in an average quarter hour, good enough for second place. As it is, the FM is 5th overall in those 25-54 listeners, the best performance a Detroit sports talker has ever had.

I wonder if the Monday morning quarterbacks at Clear Channel, which owns Detroit's original all-sports talker WDFN, regret not being the first one to try the FM sports thing locally. The idea of taking WDFN to FM was presented years ago by former program director Gregg Henson but not agreed to.

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Speaking of WDFN... a big nice job to the station's afternoon hosts Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski for helping to get over $116,000 worth of pledges for Leukemia & Lymphoma research during their 28-hour radiothon last week. Stoney and Wojo have been going all-out in their efforts for 11 years straight.

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No doubt the biggest radio news is again nationally focused. First there was the final vote of approval from Clear Channel's shareholders to take that company private as part of a merger agreement with financial companies Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners. The vote was nearly unanimous with nearly 97% of the shares that were voted in favor of the merger. Clear Channel should cease to exist as a publicly traded company by the end of the week - and then who knows what will be in store for the company's still-huge portfolio of radio stations.

When this whopper of a deal involving Clear Channel was first announced, it was reported that most of the radio stations outside of the biggest markets were going to be sold off and speculation swirled about the fate of a number of Michigan stations, including those in Grand Rapids and Muskegon along with stations in Ann Arbor and Battle Creek. While we know that Clear Channel is out of Ann Arbor and Battle Creek, it's still anyone's best guess as to what the future ownership situation will be for stations like powerhouse country WBCT-FM (93.7) and soft rocker WOOD-FM (105.7). As a smaller private company, the new Clear Channel will be free to make deals without nearly as much public scrutiny.

There is one thing that does seem clear with the pseudo break up of Clear Channel ... bigger isn't always better.

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The other big national news involved satellite radio with the FCC's long-awaited vote in favor of allowing Sirius and XM to merge. While it often seemed like a foregone conclusion, the entire process certainly took a lot longer than anyone predicted and it's certainly going to cost a lot more than I'm sure was planned for with the announced $20 million in fines that will have to be paid to settle issues with things like improperly licensed terrestrial repeaters and radio units that broadcast with too much FM power. If we've learned that bigger isn't always better with the Clear Channel example, this merger certainly should cause some concern.

No doubt buzzwords from the 90's like synergy and right-sizing will be flying around the Sirius and XM headquarters in New York and Washington D.C. respectively for the next few months as costs are squeezed out of the combined operations. The bosses will look like geniuses during the honeymoon phase and nearly everyone else will spend as much time on their resumes and air demos as they will working at their job.

But what should happen with a combined XM and Sirius is a real push to market their product once again and get some new hardware out in the stores that causes excitement. Unless you're a subscriber, close to the radio business, or buying a new car, XM and Sirius have become nearly invisible. Aside from news stories about this merger, there is almost no ink about the programming on either service. No big controversies from Howard Stern or Opie & Anthony. No buzz about channel lineup changes or even changes to current channels.

I still believe satellite radio is superior to things like MP3 players and most amateur-type Internet radio stations. I like that I don't have to do anything but turn on the receiver - no playlists to create, no songs to download, no Internet accessibility problems to be concerned with. There is still plenty of room for satrad in between local radio and personal music players ... it just needs to be remarketed to connect to consumers that have never really understood the product.

As a self-described satellite radio fan, I'm looking forward to the ability to have a receiver that can pick up the programming from both XM and Sirius, especially sports. From purely a consumer's standpoint, I like that there will be price caps for the next three years. But I just hope that my favorite personalities and stations won't be lost as the inevitable cost-cutting starts taking shape.

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Mike Austerman covered radio for the Oakland Press from September 2001 through April 2008 and can be reached at ontheradio@austerman.com or at PO Box 99392, Troy MI 48099.


Kalamazoo Gazette:

After 21 years at WKZO-AM (590) -- including 14 as the station's afternoon talk show host -- Dave Jaconette signed off for the last time Friday. Jaconette and WKZO Program Director Jay Morris blame cutbacks at the station for Jaconette's departure. "It was a cost-cutting move," Jaconette said. "We didn't talk about it a whole lot on the air because we didn't think it would make for great radio ... but we did want to do a last show, a send-off." Jaconette said the move was not a surprise and that he had "several weeks notice." According to the station's Web site (www.wkzo.com), Jaconette's former time slot will be filled by local hosts Roger Taylor and Jim McKinney from 3 to 5 p.m., and an extra hour of the syndicated Glenn Beck show from 5 to 6 p.m. The 45-year-old native of Detroit has been in Kalamazoo since the mid-1980s when he attended Western Michigan University. He started at WKZO in 1987, doing fill-in work, movie reviews and "traffic" (scheduling the station's commercials)... Talk-show host Jaconette leaves WKZO-AM after 21 years (Tue, 7/29)


Marla Drutz Named V.P., General Manager of WDIV

Marla Drutz has been named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV. The announcement was made by Alan Frank, President/CEO of WDIV's parent company, Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.

Drutz comes to Local 4 from WXYZ where she was Director of Programming and Special Projects for the E.W. Scripps Company. She was responsible for programming purchases, productions and scheduling of five Scripps Television stations across the country, including WXYZ.

"Marla Drutz is an outstanding broadcaster," said Frank. "She has earned a great reputation in the community and I believe she will be a powerful leader for WDIV for years to come."

"I'm delighted and excited to be joining WDIV," said Drutz. "Having lived and worked in Detroit for nearly 25 years, I know firsthand the important role local television plays in our community. I have tremendous respect and admiration for the work and the unique local content that's been done at WDIV, and I am deeply honored to be joining the station."

Drutz joined the E.W. Scripps Company in January 1989, as Research Director of WXYZ-TV. She was named Program Director in 1994. Drutz previously worked at WJBK-TV in Detroit as Director of Marketing and at WJW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio as a Sales Account Executive. Her broadcasting career began in 1982 as a Research Analyst at WJW.

Drutz has received numerous professional awards including Emmy Awards, first-place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and a "Top Woman in Management" Award from the Detroit Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She was selected as one of Detroit's "Top 40 Under 40" by Crain's Detroit Business. Drutz was also selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan's Top Businesswomen.

A graduate of Leadership Detroit XIII, Drutz is a member of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE) and The Adcraft Club of Detroit. She serves on the executive board of the Michigan Chapter of the International Women's Forum and is a board member of Leader Dogs For The Blind and Oakland Family Services.

Drutz holds a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in journalism and communication. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Drutz lives in Bloomfield Hills with her husband, Ron and their son, David.



Detroit Free Press:

In a move that surprised the local TV business, 19-year WXYZ (Channel 7) programmer Marla Drutz has been named vice-president and general manager of archrival WDIV Local 4... Drutz leaves Channel 7, takes reins at Channel 4 (Tue, 7/29)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Marla Drutz is channel-hopping in Detroit to become vice president and general manager of the city's NBC affiliate... Marla Drutz takes top spot at NBC affiliate (Mon, 7/28)



WKCQ Sets Golf Outing For Local Food Bank: MACDONALD BROADCASTING Country WKCQ/SAGINAW APD/MD/afternoon stud JOHN RICHARDS tells us that the station is presenting their 5th Annual Golf Outing for the FOOD BANK of EASTERN MICHIGAN. The event will be on TUESDAY, AUGUST 5th at the TIMBERS GOLF COURSE in FRANKENMUTH, MI., with a 9a (ET) tee off. JOHNNY RICHARDS said they're looking for participants as well as sponsorships, with all money going to the Food Bank- you can sponsor a hole for as little as $250 and for up to $1,000 you can sponsor a 4-some. Contact RICHARDS at johnrichards@98fmkcq.com. (Tue, 7/29)



New religious station hits the air in Coldwater

Michiana Christian Broadcasters signed on WCWB FM 90.1 Coldwater earlier this month with religious programming, reportedly from the BBN Christian radio network. The Class A signal currently is only operating at 250 watts but an application is on file with the FCC to increase the station's coverage area to the north with a change to Class B1 with 25,000 watts @ 279 feet. The directional pattern would give the station coverage of most of Calhoun and Branch counties.


Grand Rapids Press:

The "Take Five" program on WZZM-TV (Channel 13) is geting a a fine-tuning of its name and host staff. "Take Five & Company" begins Aug. 25 at a new time. The live, local lifestyle program will move to 9-10 a.m. weekdays, replacing "Live with Regis and Kelly," which moves to WWMT-TV (Channel 3)... Changes for 'Take Five' (Wed, 7/30)

Another meteorologist is coming on board at WOOD-TV (Channel 8). Kyle Underwood arrives Aug. 20 from ABC affiliate WDIO-TV in Duluth, Minn., where he is the chief meteorologist. "He is adept at forecasting lake effect, winter and all kinds of severe weather," TV-8 news director Patti McGettigan said... TV-8 will add meteorologist (Wed, 7/30)

McGettigan also said weekend anchor Larry Figurski is recovering from a heart attack he suffered earlier this month. "I saw Larry last week. He looked very good (after having) the scare of his life," she said. "He continues to rest and recover and is talking about coming back in August." Figurski still on mend (Wed, 7/30)

Tony Gates, veteran radio broadcaster on WLAV-FM (96.9), has been nominated for the prestigious Marconi Radio Award... Tony Gates nominated (Wed, 7/30)


CBS Marketwatch.com:

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute announced that it received a $250,000 multi-year grant from the J.P. McCarthy Fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan to benefit its J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank. The grant, which will be given in $50,000 increments over five years, will help enhance the collection area and expand the capacity to help people in need of cord stem cell transplants - non-embryonic stem cells that are extracted from the umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of a child.

The J.P. McCarthy Cord Stem Cell Bank at the Karmanos Cancer Institute is one of two public cord blood banks in Michigan and the only center in the state with the National Marrow Donor program registry designation that requires compliance with the highest standards in cord blood banking.

"When my husband was diagnosed with Myelodyoplastic Syndrome (MDS) in 1995, the disease that took his life, there was a very limited bone marrow donor base and limited resources to help MDS patients and their families," said Judy McCarthy.

"The J.P. McCarthy Fund is committed to help educate the public and improve research to the cause and treatment of MDS, as well as expand the bone marrow and stem cell donor base. We commend the Karmanos Cancer Institute for its quality work in banking cord blood," added McCarthy... J.P. McCarthy Fund Grants $250,000 to Karmanos Cancer Institute (Wed, 7/30)



Detroit News:

In the Hatfields-and-McCoys world of Detroit television, mom just switched families. Marla Drutz, who spent nearly 20 years with WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and its parent company, has been named Vice President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (Channel 4). Drutz was most recently the programming and special projects director for Channel 7 and four other E.W. Scripps Co. stations. She had been program director for WXYZ since 1994. "Isn't this just the craziest thing?" she asked Tuesday night. "A couple of times today, I've stopped and thought, 'It's just a really great dream.' I don't even know how to describe how elated I am"... New VP at WDIV is fresh from WXYZ (Wed, 7/30)



Detroit Free Press:

In a move that shook up the local TV scene, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) programmer Marla Drutz has been named vice president and general manager of archrival WDIV Local 4. In almost two decades at Scripps-Howard-owned Channel 7, Drutz was credited with building a solid daytime syndicated lineup. Channel 7 featured Martha Stewart and "Live with Regis and ..." plus ABC's "The View" and, in the evening, "Entertainment Tonight." The station also spearheaded large-scale local coverage of major events. Ironically, rights to cover the annual Thanksgiving parade and the North American International Auto Show were obtained by Channel 4 in bidding wars and are now Drutz's again at WDIV... Channel 4 steals rival programmer Marla Drutz (Wed, 7/30)


FSN Plus to offer Spanish-language presentation of Aug. 9 Tigers-A's game

Saturday, August 9 is the Detroit Tigers annual ¡Fiesta Tigres! Night at Comerica Park and FSN Detroit will join in the celebration by providing a Spanish-language description of the Tigers-Oakland Athletics game on its auxiliary service FSN Plus. The Spanish-language presentation - the first ever for a Tigers local television production - will be available to most cable and satellite households throughout the FSN Detroit regional footprint (a list of FSN Plus channel numbers is available at FoxSports.com/Detroit).

The Spanish-language coverage begins at 7:00 PM with play-by-play announcer Clemson Smith Muñiz and analyst Adrian Burgos, Jr. The English-language telecast of that night's Tigers-A's game with Mario Impemba and Rod Allen airs as usual on FSN Detroit and FSN HD.

¡Fiesta Tigres! is the Tigers annual salute to the contributions of Hispanics and Latinos to the game of baseball. The team's 2008 roster includes Magglio Ordoñez, Carlos Guillen, Miguel Cabrera and Armando Galarraga (Venezuela); Placido Polanco, Fernando Rodney, Ramon Santiago, Freddy Dolsi, Aquilino Lopez and infield coach Rafael Belliard (Dominican Republic); Edgar Renteria (Colombia); and Joel Zumaya (Mexico).

"This is the perfect opportunity for FSN Detroit and the ballclub to reach out to an important segment of the Tigers fan base, while honoring the heritage of many fans' favorite players," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FSN Detroit. "We are proud to provide this important piece of programming to our cable and satellite providers in conjunction with the ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration that night at Comerica Park."

"This is a historic telecast for the Tigers, and for our ¡Fiesta Tigres! celebration," said Duane McLean, Tigers' Senior Vice President of Business Operations. " We're thrilled FSN Detroit is offering the game in Spanish-language, and joining us in honoring the contributions of Hispanic players past and present."



Detroit News:

Happy 20th birthday, Palace. In the two decades since Sting officially christened The Palace of Auburn Hills as the area's premier arena, more than 50 million fans have walked through its doors for concerts, sporting events, trade shows and even "Star Trek" conventions. The venue has hosted more than 5,000 events, including concerts by everyone from Billy Joel to Madonna to Kanye West to Judas Priest, and now the Auburn Hills mega-center is toasting its 20th anniversary with a prime-time special airing at 9 p.m. Saturday on WDIV-TV (Channel 4). The show will feature footage from tonight's Neil Diamond concert -- fitting, since Diamond is The Palace's all-time biggest draw (aside from a group of tenants known as the Detroit Pistons, that is) -- as well as an interview with Diamond, along with historical footage from throughout The Palace's 20 years... The Palace of Auburn Hills celebrates 20 years (Thu, 7/31)







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