October 2008 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 1, 2008



WRIF ups Mark Pennington to PD role

A shift at legendary rocker WRIF as Greater Media/Detroit Director of Rock Programming Doug Podell officially hands over the role of program director to Mark Pennington. Podell still has lots of responsibility with his director role as well as being the PD for sister station classic rock WCSX and the midday host for 'RIF. Pennington has been with WRIF since 2000 and held the titles of music director as well as assistant program director in addition to leading the HD side channel Riff2.

"When looking for someone to take over the daily duties of programming WRIF, market manager John Gallagher and I only had to look to the next office," stated Podell in a release. "I'm very confident Mark is qualified and ready to take RIFF into the PPM generation."

"I look forward to continuing Doug's legacy in providing the very best rock and entertainment in the Motor City for our listeners," commented Pennington.



Ratings trend correction for WWJ

The second ratings ratings trend for the summer was corrected this week by Arbitron due to an error that showed all-news WWJ signing off at 7pm each day (the station operates 24/hours day and has for decades). Instead of being first overall, WWJ's actual placement was in a tie for fourth place with WKQI.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 2, 2008




WWJ's Karen Dinkins is out of a job because of what she wore to work. Her t-shirt said she's a fan on Barack Obama, and when her bosses found out, they showed her the door. FOX 2's Brad Edwards has more on the reporter you'll no longer hear on NewsRadio 950 (video story)... WWJ reporter fired for t-shirt (Wed, 10/1)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2008



Muskegon Lumberjacks to be heard on 94 K-Rock

The Muskegon Lumberjacks minor league hockey team and Synergy Broadcast Group have reached an agreement with WWKR-FM 94.1 continuing as the radio flagship home for all of the Lumberjacks' live play-by-play broadcasts. Also included in the contract will be the daily "Lumberjacks Hockey Update" daily report to be heard on WWKR-FM 94.1 Monday through Friday at 5:20 p.m., with a two-hour Monday night talk program focused on the team airing at 6:30 p.m. The Monday Night 'Jacks Jam is set for it season debut on October 13th.

All game broadcasts will consist of a one-half hour pregame show as well as the "Lumberjacks Star of the Game Show," which will immediately follow all home games, and the Lumberjacks Post Game Show, the latter program to follow after every game, home and away.

The Lumberjacks initial game broadcast of the new season will be their pre-season premiere on Wednesday October 8th at 7pm when they travel to Kalamazoo to take on the K-Wings.

Terry Ficorelli, the long-time voice of Muskegon hockey, has returned with the launching of the Lumberjacks, following a brief stint in the OHL with the Saginaw Spirit. He will begin his 14th year at the Muskegon mic for all of the Lumberjacks game broadcasts, daily update report, and Monday night "Jacks Jam" show on WWKR-FM 94.1.



Grand Rapids Press:

Have you been watching the expanded WXMI-TV (Fox 17) morning show? I love the entertainment bent, especially Emily Richett's expanded role from online to on air. And it's also fun watching Tim Doty develop as a "man about town," doing some of the same type of features that Gerry Barnaby used to do when he worked at WOOD-TV (Channel 8). I have been wanting to check in with my friends at Fox 17, especially after receiving a press release about the addition of a new sports reporter, just to see what's going on. So I called GR Press radio and TV reporter Colleen Pierson, and she put in a call to Fox 17 news director Tim Dye. Here is her report: Tim Dye of Fox 17 said he is also pleased with how the expanded morning show -- which airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays on Channel 17 -- is coming along... WXMI-TV Fox 17 continues to change (Fri, 10/3)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2008



Flint signs on for Free Beer & Hot Wings

Active rocker WWBN-FM 101.5 has jettisoned the Indianapolis-based Bob & Tom Show from its morning lineup and replaced it with the Grand Rapids-based Free Beer & Hot Wings Show, which is syndicated from Regent sister station WGRD-FM. WWBN becomes FB&HW's second Michigan station.

The show is hosted by Gregg Daniels (Free Beer) Chris Michels (Hot Wings) with Eric Zane and Joe Gassman, Jr.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2008



Crain's Detroit Business:

One immediate effect of Republican Sen. John McCain's reported decision to shift his presidential campaign efforts out of Michigan and into more competitive states such as Ohio and Florida is the loss of advertising dollars at local television stations. The McCain campaign spent $6.1 million on television advertising in Michigan, including $2.8 million in Detroit, from May 26 to Aug. 31, according to data from the Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which tracks political spending in the state. The Republican National Committee spent an additional $1.9 million statewide, of which $604,000 was in the Detroit market. And with McCain conceding the state, there would appear to be little need for Democrat Barack Obama to continue his Michigan spending at the same pace, either... McCain pullout will slow spending on TV political advertising (Fri, 10/3)




Connolly Named Dir./Sales At Greater Media/Detroit: GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT has named PETER CONNOLLY Dir./Sales for Active Rock WRIF, Classic Rock WCSX and AC WMGC. He will begin his new position on MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th. CONNOLLY most recently served as EVP at METRO NETWORK, where he was responsible for overseeing the company's MIDWEST and WESTERN Market operations. The radio vet began his career at BUCKLEY Talk WOR-A/NEW YORK. He went on to serve as National Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI/DETROIT, before joining CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT as VP/GM for the cluster. "We are thrilled to have PETER join GREATER MEDIA's DETROIT-based operation," said Market Manager JOHN GALLAGHER. "We look forward to him sharing his vast experience and knowledge of the DETROIT market with our team." (Fri, 10/3)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 6, 2008



WLAJ Evening News expands to hour

Freedom Broadcasting has announced that ABC affiliate WLAJ-TV is extending its 6pm newscast to a full hour of local news coverage. Starting tonight, Oct. 6, ABC 3 News will air at 6-7 p.m. every weekday followed by World News with Charles Gibson at 7 p.m with Millionaire airing at 7:30 p.m.

"This move reflects the lifestyle changes for our viewers, and will give them better news options throughout their evenings." says Jim Lutton, WLAJ vice president-general manager.

"This is a great opportunity to showcase the WLAJ news team in a time period where Lansing area viewers will have the only opportunity to see local news and weather that affects them." says Cathy Younkin, WLAJ news director.



Flint Journal:

If you're of a certain age and wonder whatever happened to the quaint local TV programming of your youth, part of the answer may be that its time simply ran out. Part of the deal that allowed WJRT-TV (Channel 12) to go on the air 50 years ago -- at 5 p.m. on Oct. 12, 1958 -- was a 10-year commitment by the station to air several hours of locally produced programming each day. That led to homegrown shows such as "Mr. Magic," "Bozo's Big Top," "Colonel Gyro from Outer Space," "Romper Room with Miss Margie" and "Theatre of Thrills" with host "Christopher Coffin." In fact, original staffer Lytle Hoover said that in 1958, it took 55 hours of live programming each week to fill in around ABC's network shows... Local, live programs once filled the airwaves (Sat, 10/4)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 6, 2008



Kalamazoo Gazette:

A new FM radio station is on the air in St. Joseph County. WRCI -- licensed to Three Rivers -- is owned and operated by Impact Radio, LLC. Impact Radio also owns WLKM-FM and WRCI-AM in Three Rivers and WBNO/WQCT in Bryan, Ohio. WRCI operates at 97.1 on the FM dial and features a "Classic Country" music format. The station is also the new home for Three Rivers Wildcat varsity football and basketball broadcasts. High school football and basketball games from other towns in the county will also be broadcast as the schedule permits... New radio station on the air in St. Joe County (Mon, 10/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 6, 2008



Shannyn Caldwell named solo host of WMUZ's Morning Light

Shannyn Caldwell has taken the helm of "The Morning Light" Monday through Saturday from 6am until 10am on 103.5 FM WMUZ - Detroit. Shannyn is taking on the job solo after co-host Jon Culbert decided to pursue other opportunities.

General Manager Frank Franciosi says, "More than ever our city needs a spiritual wake up call. That's why WMUZ and the Morning Light exist - to make a real difference in the lives of Detroiters starting from the inside - out. " Franciosi continued to say, "Listeners can count on Shannyn to help them make a difference with a good jolt of Jesus everyday on the Morning Light."

"The music industry is filled with incredibly talented artists who are using their skills to draw people closer to Christ and in a way, I actually feel like that's what I'm doing too." Caldwell commented. "It's a blessing to flood Detroit with love, light, peace and joy every morning!"



Ann Arbor's 107one announces release of CD to benefit Michigan Theatre

Since its incarnation in 2004, Ann Arbor's 107one, WQKL-FM, has aired hundreds of outstanding local performances by a number of acclaimed artists. Studio A2 and Studio A2 On The Road have become known as the source for quality live music on the dial in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Now, the station has announced the release of the first ever Live From Studio A2 benefit CD. The new disc contains 16 live tracks from KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, BoDeans, Sara Bareilles, John Butler Trio, Ingrid Michaelson, Steve Earle, Matt Costa, Patty Griffin, Brian Vander Ark, Bruce Cockburn, Amos Lee, Brandi Carlile, Proclaimers, Martin Sexton and Matt Nathanson. After filtering through hundreds of recordings, the best of the best have been selected and have re-mastered each track for the project. Every performance on the disc was recorded in Studio A2 at Ann Arbor's 107one and various Studio A2 On The Road events.

Proceeds from this disc will benefit The Michigan Theater Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to operate, preserve and maintain Ann Arbor's historic Michigan Theater for the benefit of the community and the arts. Established to save the theater from demolition in 1979, the foundation works every day to raise the considerable funds needed to maintain the theater and its programs.

Live From Studio A2, Volume 1 to benefit the Michigan Theater will be available on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 exclusively at Borders in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Farmington Hills and Novi as well as select major markets.



Michigan Radio to offer upcoming Presidential debate coverage

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, continues to air live coverage of the 2008 political debates with the next scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 15. Each debate will begin at 9 p.m., with NPR's Laura Wertheimer as the broadcast host.

The second presidential debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 7, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will include audience questions in a town meeting format, and NBC's Tom Brokaw will moderate. NPR's National Listening Party, with Ken Rudin and Neal Conan, will follow at 11 p.m. from Columbus, OH.

A third presidential debate will be Wednesday, October 15, at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York. CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer will moderate, and Neal Conan will, once again, follow at 11 p.m. with NPR's National Listening Party with a live audience at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.



Detroit Free Press:

Two years in the making? Too Hollywood! Kingberry Productions, along with Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), will present the fourth in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in metro Detroit at 9 p.m. Wednesday. "Bridging the Racial Divide IV" will be cohosted by former news anchor Emery King and WJR-AM's (760) Paul W. Smith. It will be simulcast on WJR and WDET-FM (101.9). The drill? They will be joined by a panel of opinion makers, civic leaders and experts, to talk about the future of race relations hereabouts. It was in September 2006 and the first portion of 2007 that the first three parts aired. The finale was delayed, said producer Tom LoCicero, by insufficient funding... Channel 56 ending series on race (Sun, 10/5)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2008




Lisa D'Angelo Exits WGER: NEXTMEDIA Hot AC WGER (MAGIC 106.3)/SAGINAW, MI midday talent LISA D'ANGELO exits. No replacement has been named at this time. (Tue, 10/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2008




Dom Theodore Resigns At WKQI: Shocker! After nearly seven years, WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT VP/Programming DOM THEODORE has resigned effective DECEMBER 31st. DOM's future plans will be announced soon. During his tenure, DOM has taken WKQI from 14th to first place in the market.

CC/DETROIT Market Mgr. TIL LEVESQUE commented, "I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with DOM over the last 6 years and most recently over the last 2 + years he has been my 'wing man' on the programming side. I could not have asked for a better partner. DOM has been the leader and architect of Channel 955's success and significant growth over the past 6 years. Under his leadership we have witnessed WDRQ exit the format, have seen the station move from 14th to 1st and recently we have accomplished securing the #1 rank 12+, a first for this frequency. DOM has set WKQI and CC/DETROIT up for continued success and I am confident that with the team in place we will continue to execute the plan flawlessly and enjoy new and greater successes.

"DOM has been an integral part of CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT's success. His presence and passion will be missed. I wish him nothing but continued success in this next chapter in his career and know that this is not good bye but rather a small hiatus in our working together."

ALL ACCESS hears that those future plans also include VP stripes and a larger role at another major radio broadcasting company. There are 16 tons of rumors as to where DOM will end up. We're bound and gagged on reporting that officially, so we will have to wait to C where he B-ee S-oon.




For years you let him into your homes every night at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Now, former Channel 7 Anchor Bill Bonds is back to talk candidly about the world we live in, exclusively on WXYZ.com. During a visit to his old stomping grounds here at Broadcast House, Bonds sat down with Channel 7 Editorial Director Chuck Stokes for an open discussion about many of the most important issues that are impacting people in Michigan and across the world... Bonds Exclusive: 'The World's Changing' (Thu, 10/9)



Detroit Free Press:

Local TV news might be moving away from full-service, in-house newscasts because of rising costs and lowered revenue. Two examples of it are evident in the Detroit market. WMYD-TV (Channel 20) is banging the drum more fervently for its new 10 p.m. weekday newscast, which is produced remotely by a firm that does this for several stations. There are a couple of local correspondents, but the station avoids the multimillion-dollar expense of maintaining a standard local news operation. And CBS Detroit (WWJ-TV, Channel 62 and WKBD-TV, Channel 50) -- both still devoid of a local newscast -- are taking a different tack... Local stations explore new ways to do TV news (Thu, 10/9)



Michigan Radio to host election town hall meetings

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, will be hosting two town-hall style panel discussions dealing with the presidential election. "Election '08's Impact on Michigan: The candidates' positions on energy, the environment, and the economy" will examine how the presidential candidates' policies will affect Michigan. The events will be held in Ann Arbor, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Grand Rapids, on Monday, Oct. 27.

Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio's Senior Political Analyst, will moderate the discussions. Experts on energy, the environment, and the economy will be joined by advocates for John McCain and Barack Obama to clarify the candidates' positions on these vital issues. The audiences will have the opportunity to learn about the issues, participate in the discussion, and ask questions.

The Ann Arbor town hall, presented by Michigan Radio and The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will take place on Monday, October 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the University of Michigan's Rackham Amphitheater. Former Congressman Joe Schwarz, a Republican from the 7th District, will attend as an advocate for McCain, and Mark Brewer, Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, will be advocating for the Obama campaign. Among the panelists will be Charles Ballard, a professor of economics at Michigan State University and author of Michigan's Economic Future, as well as experts on environmental and energy-related issues.

Michigan Radio and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will sponsor a second event on Monday, October 27, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at Grand Valley State University's Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids. Joe Schwarz and Mark Brewer will once again serve as advocates for the two campaigns. The panelists will be Dr. Imad Mahawili, the executive director of the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, Paul Isely, an associate professor of economics at Grand Valley State University, and Mark Coscarelli, vice president of Great Lakes and Environmental Research at Public Sector Consultants.

These events are free, but participants need to pre-register online. For more information, and to register, visit www.michiganradio.org.



Crain's Detroit Business:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama outspent Republican rival Sen. John McCain by nearly $2 million on television advertising in Michigan since Labor Day. Obama spent $5.5 million statewide since Sept. 2, including $3.2 million in the Detroit market, according to a spending breakdown Monday by the nonpartisan Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network... Obama outspends McCain in state TV ads (Mon, 10/6)



University of Michigan hockey returns to CKWW

Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, announced that University of Michigan Hockey will be returning to the station for another season beginning this Friday. AM 580 will air 23 regular season 2008-09 season games starting with this Friday's game against St. Lawrence at 7:30 PM. Al Randall and Jim Hunt are the U of M hockey broadcast team.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 10, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Larry Figurski is feeling pretty blessed these days. Making it through a major heart attack with only mild lasting effects will do that to a guy. On July 7, the popular WOOD-TV 8 anchor was making the short drive home after playing recreation hockey. He started to feel cramps in the base of his chest, but figured he had taken a hard shot on the ice. As he got closer to home, he started to sweat, felt tingling in his triceps and was nauseous. It was a struggle just to drive ... Almost as remarkable as his recovery is the fact that he was able to return to the air Aug. 9, only a month after experiencing the biggest scare of his life. This week, Figurski made the full-time move from working on WOOD's sports desk to the news side. While he'll miss doing sports, he said the switch gives him more schedule flexibility and more opportunities for growth with the station. His new duties, however, allow him to remain a radio analyst for Grand Rapids Griffins home games this season on WOOD-AM (1300), with play-by-play partner Bob Kaser... Broadcaster Figurski returns after heart attack (Fri, 10/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 13, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Helping out: Ann Delisi on public classical/jazz station WRCJ-FM (90.9). Starting Oct. 16 for seven weekdays through Oct. 24, she'll host the afternoon show 3 p.m.-7 p.m. for the station's fall membership drive... Names and Faces (Mon, 10/13)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 13, 2008



WNEM radio hires new announcer/producer

WNEM, News Radio 1250, welcomes Steve Duncan to as its newest announcer/producer. Steve, who is a Mid Michigan native, will be trained to handle all news and sports related functions at WNEM. Steve has an interesting history: even though he has never worked in radio, he set up his own internet radio station to broadcast Birch Run HS football games.

Bay City Times:

As it turns out, it may have been a good thing that Jack Fischer missed Sunday's television broadcast of the Lions game. The Minnesota Vikings beat Detroit 12-10 on a last-second field goal. But Fischer, 69, of Au Gres, was surprised when he turned on the game - broadcast on WSMH Fox 66 out of Flint - and saw a 'no-service' message. "I thought the game may have been blacked out, but then I remembered they were playing in Minnesota," said Fischer. "Then it dawned on me that I had (Fox 66) on the other day and it said 'no service.' Fischer's neighbor concurred that he, too, had been without the station since Friday. "We thought maybe they had pulled it off the air," said Fischer, who uses a large antenna to tune into Fox 66. He wondered if his lack of service had anything to do with the Feb. 17, 2009, conversion to digital television. Turns out, it was neither. A spokeswoman for Fox 66 to The Times this morning that the station's analog transmitter went down on Friday and remains down today. She said the station hopes to restore service sometime today... Fox 66 analog service being repaired (Mon, 10/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2008



Michigan Radio taps Charney as program director

Michigan Radio, WUOM Ann Arbor / WFUM Flint / WVGR Grand Rapids, has announced the appointment of Tamar Charney to the position of Program Director. Charney joined Michigan Radio in 1997, and has served as Michigan Radio's Interim Program Director since March 2007. Her other roles at the station have included senior producer, on-air host, Managing Editor and Production Director. She helped produce the station's 2007 documentary Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots, which won a 2007 national Edward R. Murrow award, as well as recognition from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and several local and regional awards.

Before joining Michigan Radio, Charney worked at public radio stations in Detroit (WDET) and Ypsilanti (WEMU) and did a variety of voice-over and freelance work, including documentary production for NPR. She earned a post-graduate degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Michigan.



Detroit Free Press:

Let's see: Back in the 1950s, the Pistons moved from Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Detroit. Next year, a chunk of Detroit's WMYD-TV (Channel 20) will be moving to Ft. Wayne. Sarah Norat-Phillips, the general manager of the Granite Broadcasting-owned station with offices in Southfield, said Monday that starting in early 2009, the station's programming and master control functions will come out of a digital broadcast hub based in Ft. Wayne. Programming for a Granite station in Peoria, Ill., will also originate out of the Indiana hub. Norat-Phillips admitted some engineering jobs here will be lost; she declined to reveal how many... Live from Ft. Wayne: Local news (Tue, 10/14)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2008



Lansing State Journal:

Forty years ago, radio show host Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes helped a local radio station reach out to an untapped market - the Lansing area's Hispanic population. Cervantes, along with five others at Michigan State University public broadcasting station WKAR, launched a Spanish-language radio show in 1968 that is still going strong as it enters its fifth decade. Cervantes is the host. "It was basically an underserved market," Station Manager Curt Gilleo said. "There was a traditional Spanish-speaking population in the Lansing area and they didn't have any radio programs to listen to." As it enters its fourth decade, "Ondas en Espanol" reaches a daily audience of 500 to 1,000 people in a 60-mile radius, Gilleo said... Spanish language radio show going strong since 1968 (Tue, 10/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 15, 2008



WXYZ to celebrate 60th anniversary with triple treat

Legendary broadcasters Bill Bonds, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner are dusting off their sport coats to help mark Channel 7's 60th Anniversary at Broadcast House on October 21st.

Long before there was "Live with Regis and Kelly" there was "Kelly & Company" as the nation's first husband and wife talk-show team. As part of its 60th celebration, WXYZ-TV, will air "The Best of Kelly & Company" with John Kelly & Marilyn Turner looking back at some of their favorite moments from their 17 year show. The special will air 10:00am to 11:00am next Tuesday.

After 30 years, Bill Bonds, John Kelly & Marilyn Turner will make television history when they reunite on the anchor desk for a special edition of Action News 7pm on that same evening. Bonds and Kelly will anchor the news, Marilyn will be reporting the weather just like they did in the 1970s.

Then, WXYZ will air a prime time special "From the Heart: 60th Anniversary Special" with anchor Erik Smith taking a look at the rich history of one of Detroit's earliest television stations. The one hour prime time special will also focus on how Channel 7 is adapting during the new age of digital technology.



Detroit Free Press:

Next Tuesday, it will appear the Wayback Machine from the '60s-era cartoon "Rocky & Bullwinkle" really works -- on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). To mark the station's 60th anniversary, the Sun King of local TV news -- Bill Bonds-- and Detroit TV's all -time fun couple -- John Kelly and Marilyn Turner --will make a comeback. Mercifully, it's for one day only ... WRIF mornings slump; 97.1, 89X way up: If you think the Dow Jones average plunged lately, take a look at the ratings for WRIF-FM's (101.1) once dominant morning show. One year ago, and helmed then by raucous radio behemoths Drew Lane and Mike Clark, WRIF had a heady 11.9 percentage chunk of the audience in the key age 25-54 demographic. But after almost a year of maintaining high Arbitron ratings numbers after Lane left the show (he was fed up with mornings and needed to care for his cancer-stricken fiancée), the Clark-led effort dropped a stunning 4.5 points year-to-year in Tuesday's quarterly ratings release by Arbitron... TV old-timers Bill Bonds, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner to reunite (Wed, 10/15)



Detroit News:

Up, down, up, down -- it isn't just the stock market that's on a roller-coaster ride, but the Arbitron ratings for local radio stations up-ended what happened in the spring book. The final summer quarterly numbers, the last to use the old-fashioned Arbitron written diary logs, were released Tuesday and showed a strong surge for Detroit's urban stations. Looking at the overall ratings for persons age 12-plus, back on top at No. 1 is WMXD-FM (92.3) with its mix of urban contemporary music. News-talk WJR-AM (760) came in second with a blend of conservative talkers, both syndicated and local, and news; then smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) comes in at third, and urban/rap station WJLB-FM (97.9) is ranked fourth. Rock station WRIF-FM (101.1) took a hit, going from a 4.4 share in the spring, to a 3.4 (ranked 10) in the overall 12-plus ratings. Oddly, smooth jazz as a format has fallen out of favor in other radio markets, but WVMV seems to be more than holding its own in Detroit... The Mix, WJR take top spots in latest Arbitron ratings (Wed, 10/15)

Rumors have been flying all week about WMYD-TV (Channel 20) leaving Detroit for Fort Wayne, Ind., but such whisperings are only partially true. Sarah Norat-Phillips, the station's general manager, says that the local My Network TV affiliate isn't going anywhere but that its satellite feed is being relocated and will come out of the station in Fort Wayne. "The station will be hubbing (getting its programming feeds) from its master control operations and technical center via satellite from Fort Wayne, but our station will continue to be in Southfield as will our newscast and staff," Norat-Phillips says. "Stations all over the country are doing this. We're just the first ones in this market to do this." Such a move will cut costs for WMYD, which is owned by Granite, a New York-based corporation... Ch. 20 moves its hub to Indiana; Former Detroiter a CNN 'Hero' (Wed, 10/15)


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2008




Packer Radio (James Angus, James Chesley, Mayo Sanders) buys the combo of talk-and-sports WSCG (1380) and country WSCG-FM (106.3). The AM's licensed to Greenville, MI and has 1-kw days, 500 watts after sundown. The FM's a Class A with 3-kw at the maximum 328 foot height for its class. Seller is Stafford Communications, and the buyers own AC WION (1430) over in Ionia, Michigan. Price: $195,000 cash on the barrelhead.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2008



WDFN gets clever to raise breast cancer awareness

With October being breast cancer awareness month, WDFN takes up the cause in a way only a station that's geared towards male listeners can. The station invites listners to take a break from their daily grind and visit WDFN.com to enjoy the station's salute to tatas and tata health. The more serious goal of course is to get folks to take some time to learn about breast cancer risk and prevention.

Visitors can learn how to take an active role in the testing process with their partners and how to recognize breast cancer fighters and survivors while remembering those that have lost their lives to this disease. If you or or a loved one have a story to tell about breast cancer, you're encouraged to post it at WDFN.com.

And of course, the folks at WDFN can't talk about saving the tatas without saluting them too ... so regular features on the station's web site have been changed to reflect tatas, including a new babe gallery that focus on that region and more.

WDFN is all about things like sports, beer, babes, and other things that guys in Detroit feel passionate about - including the health and well-being of the women in their lives. The station is encouraging men to join together and learn more about breast cancer, be inspired by the stories that are passed along by others, and have some tata fun in the process.




Tom Bigby takes a new "VP of Strategic Programming" role with CBS: The WXYT, Detroit programmer and strategist will be working with the corporate staff (probably up to Dan Mason) on projects outside the Motor City, while continuing his construction work at 'XYT. The in-house email says Bigby's new task is to create and develop projects for both on-air and online. I think the "Vice President of Strategic Programming" title is a new one for CBS, and it has Bigby working with New York-based Chris Oliviero and Boston-based Greg Strassell. Before Detroit, he programmed in Dallas for CBS - and he re-wrote the rules for sports radio during his long tenure at all-sports (but also guy talk) WIP, Philadelphia (610). Since he got to Detroit's WXYT (1270) and the station vaulted onto the FM dial at 97.1, the ratings have grown 1.8-1.9-3.5-2.9 on the FM and kept a steady 0.7-0.8 or so on the AM. The combo would be at or near the top with 25-54 guys.



Detroit News:

Even based in Britain, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who knew that Detroit's economic woes have been going on for some time. That's why the founding members of The Who decided to donate their fee for the band's Oct. 21 concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills to two Detroit charities: Gleaners Food Bank and Focus: HOPE. "The first radio stations in America to play our first single, 'I Can't Explain,' were Detroit radio stations," Daltrey said in a phone interview from London. "When I saw we'd been booked to play Detroit on this mini-tour, I said to Pete, I just can't go into Michigan and take a pay packet when there are so many people from the roots I come from, struggling. "I know how hard blue-collars have been hit," said Daltrey, who was once a sheet-metal worker in Britain. Townshend agreed, and the band teamed up with classic rock station WCSX-FM (94.7), and chose two charities... Legendary band puts local charities in the spotlight during hard times (Fri, 10/17)



WJR's to host MSU/U-M tailgate party in Novi

News/Talk WJR is inviting listeners to take part in what it calls "The Ultimate MSU/UofM Tailgate Party", a special live broadcast that will be brimming with school spirit on Friday October 24th from 5 -7pm from the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. The Mitch Albom Show will be on hand and the event is set to offer prize packages, great food, and tickets giveaways for the game. Check out wjr.com for more information.


Commentary By: Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioIt is not a secret that my longtime moniker "Radio's Best Friend" was in serious, or should I say Sirius jeopardy in recent years due to my love of and support of satellite radio. But, now I have to tell the truth.

This one is kinda personal for me because I helped several people get jobs at XM Satellite Radio about eight years ago. I was against the merger between XM and Sirius at first, but the more I thought about it, and I have both, the more I felt that a combination of the best talent and content of both combined into one might make for a spectacular package for listeners nationwide. I forgot to factor into the equation that a sick economy and lack of funds might prevent that dream from becoming a reality, and that is almost as sad as the extreme cut-backs which cost nearly 80 staffers at (mostly) XM to be without a job. That is also not setting well with many XM subscribers.

Mel KarmazinFirst, allow me to clarify the financial situation by borrowing these words from noted radio consultant and former 97.1 FM PD (in the K-Rock days) John Gorman in Cleveland. He points out that Sirius XM satellite radio CEO Mel Karmazin got his merger through the Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission, but he may have to cut a Faustian bargain to keep Wall Street on his side. Either that or Mel knows something we mere mortals don't.

Mel was being Mel in his keynote interview at the Dow Jones and Nielsen-sponsored Media & Money conference in New York earlier this week. "We're probably one of the top 25 media companies today," said Mel of the Sirius-XM merger. "I think it's very clear that we will be the most successful company in the audio entertainment industry. I know certainly, as ranked by revenue, we'll be there soon. Now we just need to grow our free cash flow and demonstrate that."

Last month Mel told Wall Street that Sirius-XM will be down $350 million this year on revenue of $2.4 billion. Sirius-XM is saddled with $2.1 billion in debt. $1.1 billion of it has to be refinanced in 2009 and $300 million comes due in February. Just ask the stock market how the $700 billion bailout is helping it out. So how does Mel get his money? Reverse psychology. Faust? Luck? Hubris? All of the above? Try Mel Math and the automotive industry. Gorman hit the nail on the head with the dollars and (does it make) sense portion of the program.

The reason I like satellite radio is that it provides programming that is no longer available on regular terrestrial or free over-the-air radio. Since the almighty dollar controls all forms of media more so than ever before, it is no longer economically feasible to program for or appeal to an audience over the age of 55. That leaves me out and a lot of other people too.

Regardless what you may have read about this being a "merger" between Sirius and XM, believe me when I tell you that it is much more reminiscent of a (hostile) take over. XM has been over-taken by Sirius. Interestingly Sirius entered the market six months after XM and had consistently lagged behind XM in its number of subscribers, although the gap had narrowed in recent months. It reminded me of when relatively tiny Capital Cities (which once owned WJR) swallowed up ABC. News of that "merger" made the monologue on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson back in 1985.

Well during this past week, and in the days ahead, it has finally reached the boiling point as a ton of blood began to flow out of the front door of XM's headquarters in Washington, DC. Sadly some of that blood came from many people who I know personally. Several of them are people whom I was directly or indirectly responsible for getting hired nearly a decade ago. What troubles me is the "business" portion of the radio business often overlooks to real reason why those of us who pay for radio do so.

The new "buzz word" in radio is the Portable People Meter (PPM) method of measuring audience and calculating the ratings of stations. Well, in satellite radio PPM could stand for the three most important factors; Personalities, Programming and Music. It's that first one that the "bean-counters" don't seem to care about, nor do they realize the power of the people, who are able to directly express their displeasure with their credit cards and checkbook.

A couple of weeks ago a couple of high-profile programmers were let go; Steve Kingston at XM and Scott Lindy (Senior VP of Country) at Sirius. That was a red flag to me and signaled the start of some additional painful cuts to come. Last Tuesday word began to leak out that numerous employees were going to be "laid off" in order to cut costs. The only problem was seemingly no one realized that some personalities should be retained in order to also retain listeners, a.k.a. subscribers. That's how they make the bulk of their revenue. Spots on satellite radio are limited to certain channels, mostly talk, news and sports rather than music venues which are primarily commercial-free.

Most of the casualties have come from the XM side of the room. Some of the familiar names of XM listeners who have either left the building or are on their way out include; Decades Channel Senior PD Kurt Gilcrest,(known on the 70's channel as HR), '50s Channel PD Ken Smith, '50s Channel Music Director Matt The Cat, '60s Channel PD Pat Clarke, '80s Channel MD/PM driver Kandy Klutch, Cross-Country PD Jessie Scott, Cafe PD Bill Evans and Soul Street PD Bobby Bennett. Other casualties include George Taylor Morris of Deep Tracks, John Clay of the '70s-On-7, Billy Zero and Tobi from XMU, Ethel's Erik Range and Fred's Rick Lambert, the alternative Lucy Channel's Bill Hutton. Also Soul Street MD Leigh Hamilton, Raw's Mz Kitti, Viva's Karla Rodriguez, The City's DJ Xclusive and Lisa Ivery.

Tom Taylor, from Internet trade Radio-Info.com said "notice that these people are all from the music-based services, the ones that Sirius XM can't sell spots on. Will Mel combine the similar XM and Sirius music lineups after November 5?" Taylor says "that would be directly in opposition to [his] repeated and vehement promises to keep the two voices separate and distinct for some time to come. But, Mel must find big cost savings. The terminated employees "found out in the worst possible way: one worker routinely signed onto the company's payroll system and saw that his final day of employment was listed as October 15. Word spread like a virus through the building." Damage control went into high gear, but the damage was already done.

Many of the names listed above will be missed, but three in particular could result in significant protests from the satcasters audience. Ken Smith and Matt (the Cat) Baldassarri were veterans from day one at XM's 50's on 5 channel. They were both enormously popular. Ken Smith played the music when they were current hits and always signed off with "I know...I was there." Matt is a young man in his early 30's with an amazing encyclopedic knowledge of 1950's early rock & roll music. He had just gotten married and upon returning from his honeymoon, received the word of his termination and proceeded to flawlessly do his final show last Wednesday. No over-the-air oldies stations play any 50's music. These guys will be missed.

The third fatality could cause the biggest "ripple effect" of all. It's Michigan-native and former Detroit and Toledo broadcaster Country Dan Dixon. Locally he worked at WDEE-AM (1500), CKLW-FM (93.9) and WCXI-AM (1130). After a dozen years down in Toledo at WTOD-AM (1560) and WKKO-FM (K-100 99.9) he was just what the doctor ordered for XM's classic country station known as XM 10 "America."

Dan has built up a huge following among the truckers across the nation as he does his show live each night from 8 p.m. till midnight, taking phoned requests and calling the truck drivers by their cleaver names known as "handles." Routinely you will hear him proclaim "this one's goin' out to moon-doggie from big mama as she's rollin' with us from Tucson to Tallahassee." He just got an e-mail from a listener who wasn't aware of his eminent departure who said, "I just want to say thanks so much for makin' my evenings a delight to work. I love kicking back and hitting the big road and listening to your tunes in the evening, so relaxing, a great way to end the day. Home is in central PA when I'm there. Been driving 28 years and you and XM are the best thing since I started. Thanks to you and all involved. God bless, Larry."

A listener here in Michigan who just learned of all these changes said "as of November 6th, this family will be doing a "CANCEL" of all our XM Radios...4 to be exact." One female trucker sent in an e-mail stating, "Why in the world are you canceling Country Dan ?? He is the truckers friend and thousands listen to him every week night....we all love him and respect him. Please don't cancel his show I got other friends that listen to him too and they are gonna complain about this. I knew when this merger happened we would lose some shows but geez why not some channels no one listens to? Why Country Dan?? Sandra."

You can offer your support to Dan, and Ken and Matt and others via e-mail. Dan's special e-mail address is: countrydandixon@aol.com, Ken Smith is at ken.smith@xmradio.com and Matt can now be reached via mattthecat@mattthecat.com.

At least someone had enough intelligence to retain two of the most popular personalities on the 60's channel, the creative and human road atlas, Phlash Phelps and high-energy fast talking Terry "Motor Mouth" Young. If they had been cut, the possible drop in subscriptions could have been catastrophic.

The one thing the combined Sirius XM needs is more subscribers. If the dismissal of "key" personalities, who are very popular. results in a noticeable loss of audience, CEO Mel Karmazin won't just be saying prayers, he'll be making novena's (that would be a LOT of prayers.) He must also be thinking about the 500 million dollars that his friend Howard Stern has cost Sirius. Stern is certainly a radio star, but is anyone worth that kind of money?

Insiders have indicated that the last day for jocks, who care to stay till the bitter end, will wrap-up in a couple of weeks, as the "new" combined music channels are expected to premier on Wednesday November 5th.

As a final example, let's look at the popular 60's channel. XM called it Sixties on 6 and Sirius calls theirs Sixties Vibrations. The question becomes will the two "survivor" jocks from XM, Phlash and Terry, be joined with the two marquee names from Sirius? They are Pat St. John and Jim Kerr, both of whom are Detroit area natives! Pat worked at CKLW right out of Southfield High School 's WSHJ-FM (88.3) and Jim Kerr worked in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Howell's WHMI as well as a short stint under the name of Robin Stone at WKNR in it's final days. Both have been on New York City radio for more than 30 years! If all four make up the "new" 60's channel, it should be really great. This is the type of consolidation I was hoping the merged company would generate.

Someone needs to tell the people in the front offices that they need to start thinking about the listeners, the audience, the fans the people who pay the money. Interesting that the final day of this purging is also Election Day since all satellite radio subscribers can also vote, with their wallet.

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


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 19, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

In light of the struggling economy, B-93 program director Doug Montgomery knew he had to tweak the radio station's annual charity event, Roofsit for Kids. "We wanted to do something special this year, and having Taylor Swift come and do a Roofsit concert -- the response has been beyond our wildest dreams," he said. Swift will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Van Andel Arena. The WBCT-FM (93.7) annual roof-sitting event has raised more than $7 million since 1993 to help fund about 16 West Michigan programs involved in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect, Montgomery said. The on-air portion of this year's event will kick off at 6 a.m. Tuesday (call 800-B93-KIDS). The station's on-air personalities also will collect contributions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at Tractor Supply Company in Cedar Springs, Art Van Furniture locations in Holland and Kalamazoo, and Wal-Mart in Ionia. "This is a grassroots fundraiser by our listeners, and the money all goes back to the community," Montgomery said, adding contributions already are being accepted online at b93.com... B-93 tweaks Roofsit show -- and it's already a hit (Sun, 10/19)

Radio X listeners might recognize the voice booming from their speakers during the afternoon-drive shift -- it's none other than local radio institution Aris Hampers. After being fired two years ago from Clear Channel's WBFX-FM (101.3), Hampers has made his way back onto the air, this time at WMAX-FM (96.1), which also is owned by Clear Channel. "I pretty much thought I was done," said Hampers, who was approached about the gig by program director Eric O'Brien. "I really hadn't thought of doing it again"... Aris Hampers back on air at WMAX-FM (Sun, 10/19)


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) will host a statewide DTV preparedness training October 23, 2008 at 6:00pm at various Michigan National Guard Facilities.

The training will focus on educating people on how to install and operate a digital converter box. Additionally, the training will bring to light the importance antennas play in the digital transition.

The Michigan National Guard has opened its facilities and the use of their interactive video teleconferencing equipment so that each site participating in the training can communicate with multiple other sites. This will allow engineers and DTV experts to answer questions more specifically to one area.

The DTV preparedness training will be open to the public and is free of charge. Doors will open at 5:30pm and a valid photo ID is required to enter. The MAB and the National Guard strongly encourage the public to attend this informative training as well as participate in the question and answer session that will follow.

For a list of participating Michigan National Guard facilities, please visit MichiganDTV.com or just Click Here.



NORTHERN BROADCASTING Classic Hits WFCX/WFDX (THE FOX)/TRAVERSE CITY morning host/APD/MD CRAIG RUSSELL exits due to cost cutting. Said RUSSELL, "I've done it all in 19 years... Mornings, Middays, Afternoons, Nights, PD, APD, MD, Production. I'm looking for my next chance to make a semi-honest living, and hopefully get back into the Top 40 fold. (Mon, 10/20)


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2008



MSU Today podcast features info about Big Ten Network

From MSU Today on Impact Radio: Jim Peck is Michigan State's executive producer of non-athletic MSU Today programming for the Big Ten Network. Peck talks about the the mission of the programming he produces and what he hopes viewers take away from it.

"The show goes where MSU is," Peck says. "We try to tell the great world of stories that have to do with MSU and let people know about all the cool things going on here."

Peck also talks about the challenges and opportunities facing the television industry and predicts where TV is headed in the future as it continues to converge with the computer. And he offers his advice for young people who want to get into the business.

Hear the conversation here: spartanpodcast.com/?p=476.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2008



Ann Arbor Radio to host November Career Fair

As a pillar of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Radio is dedicated to it's listeners as well as branding and building businesses in the area. A healthy business always has quality employees. In that spirit, Ann Arbor Radio has planned to hold its first ever Career Fair - Wednesday November 19th at the Four Points Sheraton located at 3200 Boardwalk in Ann Arbor. The Career Fair will be open to the public from 12 noon to 7pm.

Employers: If you're looking for qualified employees, you should know that Ann Arbor Radio reaches more than 250,000 people every week and the event is expected to attract hundreds of listeners looking to change careers or are seeking new careers and networking opportunities at this event. The Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair is open to ALL employers in the area, and booth space is limited. To reserve your space, call Ann Arbor Radio at (734) 302-8100 or email Doug Gondek for more info at doug.gondek@cumulus.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2008



Dom Theodore moving to CBS Radio from Clear Channel

After the announcement earlier this month that Dom Theodore would be exiting Clear Channel's cluster in Detroit at the end of the year, we now know that Dom will be taking on the roles of VP/Programming for CBS Radio's six Detroit area radio stations, as well as become the vice president of CHR Programming for CBS.

The announcement was made by Debbie Kenyon, CBS senior vice president and Detroit market manager along with senior vice president of programming Greg Strassell.

In his new role, Theodore will will oversee sports talk WXYT-FM/AM, news WWJ, country WYCD, oldies WOMC and smooth jazz WVMV, and run the day to day programming at WOMC and WVMV. Additionally, he will supervise the company's Top 40 offerings throughout the country, including its HD2 and HD3 channels.

"Our Detroit market offers a sampling of some of CBS Radio's strongest and most diverse formats and the addition of the Vice President of Programming position will help to elevate these stations reputations even further," said Kenyon. "Detroit is a city that has strong musical roots and a deep connection with its listeners and I know Dom's programming prowess and leadership will yield beneficial results for everyone."

Added Strassell, "In addition to his proficiency in programming, Dom also has an impressive background overseeing CHR stations. It is no surprise that we plan to utilize his expert abilities to stimulate our thriving crop of contemporary hits stations and we look forward to his arrival."

A Detroit native, Theodore's 20-year plus career in radio includes stints as a producer, on-air talent, creative services producer, and researcher at stations like WHYT, WCZY and WDFX, as well as WIOG and WTCF in Saginaw. He's also spent time in Florida working as an on-air and production talent at the legendary 'Power Pig' (WFLZ/Tampa). After a stint as OM of WILN/WTBB in Panama City, he returned to Tampa where he became APD/MD, and then PD of 93-3 FLZ. He was also a CHR brand manager for Jacor/Clear Channel, helping to launch several Top 40 stations across the country, such as WKFS/Cincinnati, KSLZ/St. Louis, and KHTS/San Diego.

The announcement did not offer any information on the status of either current WOMC PD Scott Walker or WVMV PD Tom Sleeker.



Detroit News:

A 60th anniversary celebration for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) would not be complete without the news team that gave the station a unique voice and style so many years ago. To honor these individuals and take viewers back in time, WXYZ is reuniting anchormen Bill Bonds and John Kelly with weatherwoman Marilyn Turner for a special newscast that will air this evening. "I would have been very hurt if I hadn't been invited to come back," Bonds says. "There are days that I feel like I built that building brick for brick, and it captured my heart and mind and energies as a man. I worked with some gifted people who loved doing what they did, and Channel 7 still has a very special place in my heart and my life." Kelly and Turner also will look back at "Kelly & Company," the talk show that made them local celebrities for 17 years until its end in 1995. "The Best of Kelly & Company" will air this morning... WXYZ-TV celebrates 60 years with evening newscast from '70s team (Tue, 10/21)




WYCD Welcomes Gretchen Wilson For Christmas Show: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has announced the line-up for the 99.5 WYCD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW 2008. COLUMBIA artist GRETCHEN WILSON will headline the show joined by CAPITOL's CHRIS CAGLE and VALORY MUSIC CO. artist JIMMY WAYNE. The show takes place on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th at THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS and all proceeds benefit the BEAUMONT HOSPITALS and CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK. Tickets are $15 and $35 and go on sale this SATURDAY (10/25). For more info visit www.wycd.com. (Mon, 10/20)


Television: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008



FS Detroit to air high school playoff selection show

High school football teams around the state will huddle around their television sets this Sunday, October 26th, at 6:30 p.m. to find out the qualifiers and pairings for the 2008 Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Playoffs during the Selection Sunday Show, exclusively on Fox Sports Detroit.

The 30-minute program, hosted by FSN's Mickey York and Ryan Field, will provide a rundown of the 256 teams that have qualified for the MHSAA Playoffs, as well as their first round matchups and game sites.

"Selection Sunday is one of the biggest television shows we do with FSN all year long," said John Johnson, communications director for the MHSAA. "The Selection Sunday Show has created a great atmosphere for the beginning of the playoffs, as teams gather together to celebrate their great season, and then watch to find out about their tournament draw. It's also one of the biggest nights of the year for our website, mhsaa.com."

Following the completion of the Selection Sunday Show at about 7 p.m., the MHSAA website, mhsaa.com, will provide the complete list of playoff qualifiers and first round pairings. Actual game times will be added to the list the following day as they are determined and provided by the participating schools.



FS Detroit's next "Under the Lights" episode features Red Wings prospect camp

The next installment of Fox Sports Detroit's "Under the Lights" follows four promising Detroit Red Wings draftees through every aspect of the team's September prospect camp in Traverse City. Under the Lights: Red Wings Prospect Camp - Living the Dream premieres Thursday, Oct. 30 at 8:00 & 9:30 PM.

One week before the veterans arrive, the Red Wings hold a camp for their prospects - highly-touted talents that represent the franchise's next generation of players. Prospect camp is boot camp/job orientation/tournament rolled into one - all with the constant reminder that the most important eyes of the organization are focused on them.

The Fox Sports Detroit cameras and microphones followed forwards Justin Abdelkader, Cory Emmerton and Mattias Ritola, as well as goaltender Thomas McCollum, through the fitness tests, team meetings, practices and games. Fox Sports Detroit was granted unprecedented access to the prospects, general manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, head coach Mike Babcock as well as the players and coaches that keep the Red Wings winning tradition on course. The show takes an inside look how the player evaluation process works with a rare, unfiltered glimpse of how personnel decisions are made.

Through interviews with Holland, Nill, Grand Rapids Griffins head coach Curt Fraser, player development director Jiri Fischer and others, viewers find out what is expected from prospects as they progress through the organization. Each of the four featured players describe how they struggle to live up the expectations and embrace a whole new way of playing in the professional ranks.


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008



CMU accepting applications for Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship

High school students with a knack for journalism have the opportunity to use their skills to help fund their college education thanks to a Central Michigan University scholarship totaling nearly $80,000. Applications are being accepted for CMU's 2009 Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship, which provides four years of full tuition, as well as supplementary awards to cover room and board expenses.

Named for 1960 CMU alumnus and Saginaw native Lem Tucker, who worked for all three major television networks and earned two Emmy awards, the scholarship is awarded to a high school journalist who demonstrates leadership, journalistic skills and a commitment to promoting minority excellence in the media.

"At a time when being able to afford a college education is becoming more and more of a luxury for the average family, the Lem Tucker scholarship truly is a blessing," said 2005 recipient Kameel Stanley, who interned with The Washington Post in summer 2008. "It's been a springboard for my career in journalism while simultaneously lifting a huge financial burden off my shoulders. I would encourage any student who has an interest in journalism to apply for this scholarship."

Applicants for the 13th annual scholarship must complete an official application; write an essay and cover letter; and provide a letter of reference, samples of journalistic work, and academic transcripts and college-entrance test scores. Scholarship applicants must apply for admission to CMU at apply.cmich.edu before applying for the scholarship. Complete instructions and the scholarship application are online at www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker/scholarship.html.

Application materials are due Nov. 30. Preference is given to Michigan residents.

The Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship recipient will be honored during a May 14, 2009, gala event at The Atheneum Hotel in Detroit. Past keynote speakers for the Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Media Leadership Speaker Series event have included Ed Bradley, Robin Roberts, James Earl Jones and Soledad O'Brien.

For more information regarding the scholarship or the event, call CMU's College of Communication and Fine Arts at 989-774-1885 or visit www.ccfa.cmich.edu/ltucker.



ESPN 100.9 hosting Huge RivalryFest 2008 in Midland

The state's biggest college football rivalry will be celebrated this Saturday at Dow Diamond in Midland. Fans of the University of Michigan and Michigan State University are encouraged to come out to Dow Diamond for the Huge RivalryFest 2008, presented by ESPN 100.9-FM, The Huge Show, and The Dow Chemical Company. As the Spartans battle the Wolverines, the game will be shown on the stadium's video board beyond the right field wall, and on numerous flat-screen monitors throughout the venue.

The Huge RivalryFest will feature a series of tailgate-style games, such as Ladder Ball, and in-game promotions and events. The Midland Community Center will provide inflatable games for kids, in addition to Dow Diamond's Lou E's Lookout kids area, presented by MidMichigan Health. Great Lakes Loons mascot Lou E. Loon will also make an appearance at the ballpark.

The stadium's concession stands will be open, including several beer carts. The Huge RivalryFest 2008 will be held at Dow Diamond rain or shine. Admission and parking are free. With kickoff scheduled for 3:30pm, gates at Dow Diamond will open at 2:30pm.

Bill Simonson, host of the Huge Show, will serve as a host for the event. Beginning at 2pm, he will host a special 30-minute edition of The Huge Show live from Dow Diamond on ESPN 100.9-FM. Following the special Huge Show broadcast, the station will carry the Michigan State network pregame show, followed by the game's play-by-play. Simonson will also host live pregame and halftime shows on the stadium's huge video board.

Dow Diamond is a 5,200-seat venue that serves as the home ballpark for the Great Lakes Loons baseball team (Single-A, Midwest League) and as a special events facility. The facility opened in April 2007 and served as the host site for the 2008 Midwest League All-Star Game.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008



CKWW to celebrate "The War Of The Worlds" 70th Anniversary with broadcast

This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the world's most infamous radio broadcasts and oldies CKWW AM 580 is turning back the clock to air it once again on Halloween night.

"The War of the Worlds" was originally broadcast on October 30th, 1938 as part of the "Mercury Theatre On The Air" program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins were so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.

Gather around your radio to relive a classic from the golden age of radio as AM 580 broadcasts "The War of the Worlds" in its entirety, and commercial-free on Friday, October 31st at 10 PM.

AM 580 has re-played this historic broadcast every year at Halloween since the early 1990's.



Michigan Radio to air special election series

With the November elections less than two weeks away, Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM 91.1 Flint) will examine the issues important to the state and Michigan voters with a special series of news reports airing the week of Oct. 27 - 31. Michigan Radio's news team will look at some of the key congressional races in the state, and the two statewide ballot issues dealing with stem cell research and medical use of marijuana. The station will also air reports that examine the policies of John McCain and Barack Obama regarding the environment, energy, healthcare, and the arts, and how those policies may affect people in Michigan.

In addition, Michigan Radio reporters will be conducting a unique series of "on the road" reports to get the opinions of voters throughout the state on the presidential contest. Steve Carmody will be traveling throughout southern Michigan on US-12 from White Pigeon to Ypsilanti. Dustin Dwyer will be traversing the west coast of Michigan from St. Joseph to Muskegon. Tracy Samilton will be on the road from Flint to the Ohio border on US-23. Vincent Duffy will be following Grand River Avenue from Grand Rapids to Brighton, and Sarah Hewlett will be gauging the opinion of voters throughout metro Detroit.

"Covering the election this way gives our listeners a chance to hear not only from the usual candidates and experts, but also the voters of Michigan who will ultimately be making the decisions on election day," says Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy.

The series of special election reports will air weekdays during both Morning Edition (Mon-Fri, 5:00 - 9:00 a.m.) and All Things Considered (Mon-Fri, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.) on Michigan Radio, starting Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31. More details of the station's election coverage can be found at: www.michiganradio.org/election2008.html.



Alexander Zonjic to host and perform in Don Bosco Hall benefit

Smooth Jazz WVMV FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will be master of ceremonies for a "Get Jazzy Evening" featuring the national, group Fourplay, in a benefit for Don Bosco Hall on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI. Alexander Zonjic & Friends will also be the opening act for Fourplay.

This is the 11th annual concert benefit for Don Bosco Hall. Don Bosco Hall is a private non-profit agency, which provides supportive human services to enhance the quality of life for youth, and their families residing in the Metropolitan Detroit-Wayne County community. It was founded in 1954.

Tickets may be purchased at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center box office for $50, $75 and $100. Call 313-943-2354 or visit dearbornfordcenter.com/theater for more information.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 24, 2008



The Oakland Press:

Someone with a good sense of humor must be in charge of local affiliate Fox 2's programming department. With the Lions blacked out on television this Sunday for the first time since Ford Field opened in 2002, the station is filling two hours of airtime (1-3 p.m.) with the movie "Best Laid Plans." The flick has nothing to do with the Lions of course -- it's about a drug heist gone wrong, and two half-hour episodes of "Cops" follow -- but it's a comical choice as 0-6 Detroit looks for its first win against the 5-2 Redskins. About 5,000 tickets still remained as of Thursday's 1 p.m. deadline, meaning the Lions could play in front of their first (official, at least) non-sellout since the second-to-last game at the Pontiac Silverdome seven years ago. That's a span of 51 straight regular-season home games, the last 50 at Ford Field... Ford Field first: Lions blacked out (Fri, 10/24)




Beau Daniels Named Interim PD At WKQI: As DOM THEODORE gets set to exit CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT (NET NEWS 10/21), Pres./Market Mgr. TIL LEVESQUE fills a key position at Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) by naming BEAU DANIELS the Interim Program Director for CHANNEL 955, effective MONDAY, OCTOBER 27th. Said LEVESQUE, "BEAU has been a major part of CHANNEL 955's success since the station launched in 2002, and his prior PD experience, passion, and understanding of the unique nature of our product makes him the perfect choice to lead CHANNEL 955 until a permanent replacement can be named. DOM THEODORE will remain on board to help BEAU with the transition process." (Thu, 10/23)


Traverse City Record-Eagle:

The faith-based message being broadcast through the airwaves over northern Michigan has been the same for 25 years. The Christian Good News message of God's love and Jesus' assurance of everlasting life is the message that Good News Media has beamed to its radio listeners since making it broadcast debut on Dec. 23, 1982. The Traverse City-based nonprofit radio station works its call letters WLJN into their motto, "We're Lifting Jesus' Name," the same words that are the goal of dedicated staffers who provide Christian talk and musical programming for listeners tuned to 89.9 FM, 1400 AM in Traverse City and WLJW 1370 AM in Cadillac... On-Air Message: Radio station spreads 'Good News' for 25 years (Sat, 10/25)


MHSAA.tv web site launched



The latest step in the growth of the MHSAA Network happened this week with the official launch of the MHSAA.tv Website, which will serve as the go-to location for all video content created during the fall regular season in several sports, and which will also host live distribution of Association Finals in a number of tournaments, beginning with the Boys Soccer Finals on November 1.

In addition to broadcasts of contests that became available on Friday, the majority being from this year's fall regular-season competitions in football, boys soccer and girls volleyball. Videos of the 2008 MHSAA Boys Baseball Finals are also available, as well as classic contests from the 1990's in football, volleyball and soccer. Visitors to the MHSAA.tv Website can sort games by sport, and also search for games by school.

Information about purchasing DVDs of available games can also be accessed. The remainder of the 70-plus games already produced this fall by the MHSAA Network will be loaded during the coming week, along with tournament contests and highlights shows in golf, tennis and cross country.

"The MHSAA.tv Website makes it possible for fans to access games at their own convenience from wherever they are located," said John Johnson, MHSAA Communications Director. "This on-demand availability, coupled with contests being shown on cable television on a scheduled basis, give the MHSAA Network incredible reach, and helps spread the good word about high school sports."

Visitors to the MHSAA.tv Website will find navigation tabs on the left side directing them to the most recently played games which have been uploaded; a number of "best of" videos; highlighted games from the current season; classic games from seasons past; a complete list of games available on the site; and a link to audio of MHSAA post-season tournament and regular season contents on the MHSAA Internet Broadcast Network, which has been originating Association Finals in a number of sports the past three years.

A total of 20 live fall tournament events will be streamed through the MHSAA.tv Website, beginning with the Boys Soccer Finals on November 1 at Troy Athens and Rochester Hills Stoney Creek High Schools. On the weekend of Nov. 20-22, the Semifinals and Finals of the MHSAA Girls Volleyball Tournament, the Finals of the Lower Peninsula Girls Swimming and Diving Tournament at three locations, and a prime time Semifinal game in the MHSAA Football Playoffs will be streamed live.

MHSAA Network content is also available on Comcast Cable on Channel 900 its Video On Demand service. The MHSAA Network debuted on Comcast in early September. Negotiations are ongoing with other cable television outlets.

Content for the MHSAA Network is being created by When We Were Young Productions-Michigan, which is located in Hartland. When We Were Young Productions is a leading provider of high school sports content and distribution platform development. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., WWWYP was founded in 1992 and has successfully partnered with a number of high school associations and cable providers.

"The Internet element is essential in the contemporary audio and video network," said Tim Eichorst, president of When We Were Young Productions. "People still enjoy appointment-based viewing of events on cable television and over-the-air television and radio outlets, but Internet on-demand availability broadens the reach locally and to followers of high school sports worldwide."

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,600 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2008



Kalamazoo Gazette:

It's taping time for the "Alma Latina" show on WMUK-FM 102.1, Western Michigan University's public radio station. DJ Miguel "Mike" Ramirez gets the Latin-music party started with a merengue tune from Elvis Crespo. "That's our Elvis," a chuckling Ramirez says to an English-language visitor in the studio. "The Latin Elvis," show volunteer Alicia Acosta adds. By playing the songs of current artists like the Puerto-Rican Crespo, "Alma Latina" -- which means "Latin soul" -- attempts to keep itself fresh for listeners and provide a cross-section of types of Latin music, while continuing to spin records from longtime Latin legends as well. Ramirez, assistant director of the division of minority affairs at WMU, has been a part of the lineup since January 1978, joining the program about six months after it was started. He coordinates the show and shares hosting duties with his wife, Maria Ramirez, and two WMU student volunteers... WMUK's all-Spanish 'Alma Latina' show celebrates its 32nd year (Sun, 10/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

As Groucho Marx used to say: "Hello -- I must be going." After compiling the daily array of breathless celebrity news called Names & Faces for -- gee, it does seem like forever, doesn't it? -- it's time to call it a career. Hey, I've been getting adrenalin-stoked thrills from deadlines at the Free Press since Jan. 5, 1971, when I started here as a copy boy ... Doing Names & Faces was seldom work. Oh, I always did other tasking here --and that was work. (Covering local radio and television where every personality shift was something you couldn't be beat on and where Bill Bonds was an ever-present story waiting to happen? Orchestrating production of the TV Book? Managing syndicates and comics? That's all work)... After 37 years, Sminty signs off (Sun, 10/26)



Ann Arbor News:

The new CD "Live From Studio A2: Volume One," a venture of Ann Arbor radio station 107.1 (WQKL) that incorporates tracks recorded through its Studio A2 and Studio A2 On The Road shows, is good music for a good cause. The draw of a CD like this one is the chance to hear fresh versions of familiar songs, unfettered by studio production. Every performance here - most recorded live at the downtown Borders store or at 107.1's studio - is terrific, and the sound quality is sparkling... "Live From Studio A2: Volume One" a treat (Sun, 10/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2008



Listener support helps WRCJ to successful fall membership drive

Listeners of WRCJ 90.9 FM have demonstrated that classical and jazz deserves a place on Detroit radio. On Sunday, the final day of the station's Fall Membership Drive, the listener-supported public radio station reached its goal with pledges totaling $226,000, even with the area's long suffering economy and a recently plunging stock market.

WRCJ president Rich Homberg commented that listeners have "made it clear how much they value the programming on WRCJ. Every penny of the donations will be put to the best possible use as we preserve and build on this treasured classical and jazz music service that is like no other in Detroit. We think those who make it possible are pretty special, too."

WRCJ's membership campaign remains open. Make your secure contribution by visiting wrcjfm.org or by calling (866) 909-9725.



Michigan Radio completes successful fall membership drive

Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint), the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished what it considers a very successful fall membership drive last Friday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from October 17 - 24, generated over 7400 pledges totaling more than $770,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Of that, over 3400 pledges came from first time donors to the station, a new all-time high, and a 38% increase in new donors compared to a year ago.

Overall, the fall 2008 membership drive's success amounts to a 16 percent increase in total contributions over last fall's campaign. The money raised helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the single largest source of income.

Contributions during the 2008 fall on-air membership drive came from different sources, with over $200,000 generated from people making a donation through the station's website, and more than $570,000 from listeners calling in a pledge to phone volunteers.

The success of the membership drive was particularly noteworthy since Michigan Radio tried an innovative approach compared to many stations, and actually decreased the amount of fundraising hours by more than 20% compared to previous membership drives. The station was responding to listener requests to reduce the amount of on-air fundraising, and eliminated fundraising breaks entirely during many weekday and weekend programs.

"Because we were able to achieve our goals in fewer hours, our hope is that we can continue this trend the next time around," said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "We're very gratified that particularly in these challenging economic times, our audience continues to value our service enough to support it with their dollars."



Fox Sports Detroit 'Plus' channel ready to kick off its 2008-09 broadcast schedule

Starting with Wednesday's Detroit Red Wings - Anaheim Ducks hockey game, Fox Sports Plus will be airing a number of Wings and Detroit Pistons contests through the spring of 2009. Tomorrow's Red Wings game will be televised on Fox Sports PLUS with coverage beginning at 9:30 PM.

Fox Sports Detroit offers select Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, CCHA and MHSAA telecasts on Fox Sports PLUS when the network has dual events scheduled for an overlapping time period. Most cable and satellite providers have allocated an alternate channel to accommodate the Fox Sports PLUS telecasts.

Below is the list of Fox Sports PLUS channel numbers for Wednesday's Red Wings game, as designated by the cable/satellite operators:

9:30 pm - RED WINGS LIVE
10:00 pm - Red Wings at Anaheim

BROADSTRIPE 18, 19 or 97
CARR 212
CEBRIDGE Channel varies by location
CTS 46
WOW! 14


Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 29, 2008



WLUN kicks off High School Playoff coverage

High school football playoffs are here, and ESPN 100.9-FM will start its five-week march to Ford Field with a pair of games Halloween weekend. Coverage begins Friday, October 31 at 6pm with a special High School Football Preview Show, hosted by Brad Golder, live from Bay City Western High School in Auburn. Our panel of experts will preview all the weekend matchups, including Western's rematch against Traverse City Central, the only school to hand the Warriors a defeat in 2008.

Then at 6:30pm, coverage shifts to Midland Community Stadium, where the Chemics take on Saginaw Arthur Hill. Dan Hasty and Terry Wilczek will provide live play-by-play coverage of the Saginaw Valley League matchup, with live updates from the Bay City Western-Traverse City Central game. The game will be followed by WNEM's Friday Night Lights post-game show.

Live play-by-play coverage continues on ESPN 100.9-FM Saturday, November 1 from John Glenn High School in Bangor Township as the Bobcats face Escanaba. Coverage begins at 4pm, immediately following the Michigan State-Wisconsin game.

For more information on ESPN 100.9-FM's high school football coverage, visit Espn1009.com.


WOW subscribers missing this evening's Pistons opener

Subscribers to WOW cable in southeast Michigan were surprised this evening when they tuned in expecting to watch Fox Sports Detroit's coverage of the Pistons' season opening contest against the Indiana Pacers and instead saw alternative programming. As it turns out, WOW and FS Detroit have not yet completed an agreement that would bring the extra Pistons games acquired this year by FS Detroit to WOW, resulting in tonight's blackout of the Pistons on the local WOW system.

Fox Sports released this information this evening: "Fox Sports Detroit is now the exclusive local TV home for the Pistons, televising an additional 34 games this season for a total of 70, the most ever by our network. The vast majority of our local cable systems have decided to make all of these games available to their subscribers, yet some have not. You may wish to contact your cable provider to see whether they might offer these additional 34 games. Your feedback and input does matter and is appreciated by your video service provider."

A recorded message on WOW customer service line states: "Attention Michigan customers... the Pistons-Pacers game will not be shown tonight due to contract obligations with Fox Sports. We are in negotiations with them at the present time in an effort to provide future games to you. If you are calling regarding this issue, you do not need to stay on the line."

It's important to note that this issue involves only the 34 extra Pistons games, of which tonight was one of those, and not other FS Detroit programming such as the other 36 Pistons broadcasts and all previous scheduled Detroit Red Wings games on FS Detroit. Tonight's Wings game is still scheduled to air on FSN Plus, which is Channel 14 on WOW, with the faceoff scheduled just past 10pm.



Detroit News:

WKBD-TV (Channel 50) wants to inform and entertain its viewers. That effort includes a community affairs show called "Street Beat," which airs 11:30 a.m. Sundays and attempts to go behind the headlines to give Metro Detroiters news and features that truly impact their communities. Hosted by Tim Lawlis, "Street Beat" is a mixture of in-studio interviews and special "Community Correspondent" segments. Informative and inclusive, the show has a deaf correspondent -- Kenya Lowe -- who also is African American; a Chinese-American correspondent, Wei Shen; and an Indian-American correspondent, Nipa Shah. In addition to creating its own programming, WKBD, the local CW affiliate, also will be the only local broadcast network Tuesday airing both its regular primetime series and election updates... 'Street Beat' has a mix of reporters (Wed, 10/29)


• CSN International is selling the construction permit for WJCE FM 88.9 Elkton along with translators W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek to Calvary Radio Network as part of a larger national transaction worth $1.8 million pending FCC approvals. Also involved in the sale is WQKO 91.9 Howe, IN, the primary station for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek translators.


WAYG FM 89.9 Grand Rapids was granted a new construction permit to operate at 6,000 watts @ 243 feet and move to 89.7 FM; a prior construction permit was canceled. The increased power and frequency change should provide better coverage of the station to the west in areas like Jenison and Allendale and provide some coverage into eastern Muskegon and Ottawa counties for the first time. The station's coverage to the west on 89.9 is limited by co-channel station WTHS 89.9 Holland.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 30, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

You can experience the fuzzy face and bad puns each weekend on "Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema" TV show. Starting Thursday, you'll have several chances to see the horror movie host prowling the town in Halloween-inspired events. Every night is Halloween for the Wolfman," says Mac Kelly, 42, of Madison Heights, whose show airs classic and B-grade horror movies at midnight Saturday nights on WMYD-TV (Channel 20)... Wolfman Mac creeps into Ferndale, Pontiac (Thu, 10/30)


• Smile FM's Marquette station, WKPK FM 88.3, was granted a modification to its construction permit to lower its antenna height from 866 to 827 feet to avoid other antennas on the tower. Also in July, WKPK is granted its license and begins operations as part of Smile FM contemporary Christian network.

• Community Radio Inc was granted a construction permit for a new non-commercial FM station to be licensed to Elkton at 90.9. The station would operate with 2,300 watts @ 174 feet with a directional signal that would cover the northwest tip of the thumb in Huron county.


• A proposal was filed to change a vacant FM allotment at Custer from 100.5 to 93.3 to eliminate a short-spacing with the facilities proposed in an application to upgrade the facilities of WCUZ FM at Bear Lake from FM 100.1 to 100.7. FCC Notice Of Proposed Rule Making (.pdf)

• The Muskegon Training & Educational Center was issued a $250 forfeiture (reduced from $1500) for failing to file a timely license renewal application for LPFM station WMMT-LP 106.1 Muskegon. FCC Forfeiture Order (.pdf)

• No notable entries for July 24th, 28th, and 29th.


West Michigan: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2008



Grand Rapids Press:

Before trick-or-treaters rang the first doorbell Friday night, radio stations WOOD-FM (105.7) and WLHT-FM (95.7) started ringing Christmas bells. Both switched to playing all-Christmas music Friday morning, with plans to keep playing holiday cheer until Santa hangs up his suit for another year. "The economy's not so hot, and we're in election overload. We need a little Chrismas now," said WOOD program director Kelly Iris. "We want to pick up people's spirits a little," added WLHT program director Jerry Tarrants. WOOD went directly from Michael Jackson's Halloween-appropriate "Thriller" to Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Round the Christmas Tree" at 10 a.m. Friday. Forty-six minutes later, WLHT turned on its holiday lights with Josh Groban's "Believe" from the 2004 movie "Polar Express"... Radio stations find Halloween is perfect day for Christmas music (Fri, 10/31)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2008



Channel 7 says 'Can Do' to the hungry for the 31st year

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, will once again join with Big Boy Restaurants and the Detroit Area And Clinton Valley Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, to sponsor Operation Can-Do. The 31st annual community service campaign collects and distributes food to the hungry in metropolitan Detroit.

Area Boy Scouts will kick off the 2008 campaign with a door-to-door "Scouting For Food" collection on Saturday, November 8th. Donations of canned goods to Operation Can-Do can be made at any Big Boy Restaurant in the Detroit metropolitan area through December 31st.

"Over the past three decades, this holiday tradition has provided the perfect opportunity for the community to contribute, feeding Michigan's hungry, half of whom reside in Metro Detroit," says Bob Sliva, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. "This year is especially important to help those in need with so many hit hard by the economy."

Last year's Operation Can-Do campaign brought in 225 tons of food to help feed families and individuals through soup kitchens and food banks in the tri-county area, feeding over 1.5 million people. Since its inauguration, the program has collected over 10 million pounds of food, providing over 20 million meals to the hungry of Metropolitan Detroit.




WYCD Gets Voters Fired Up With A Little Mud-Slingin': CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is inviting listeners to join JASON THE 300 LB. COWBOY at MACOMB MALL in nearby ROSEVILLE from 7-9a (ET) on MONDAY (11/3) to participate in their two-hour presidential "Mud-Slinging" event. Listeners can sling mud at OBAMA and McCAIN-masked characters and will be allowed to tell everyone why each of the presidential candidates should or should not be our next president. All "Mud-Slinging" participants will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the "WYCD CHRISTMAS Concert" at the PALACE on DECEMBER 4th, featuring COLUMBIA/NASHVILLE artist GRETCHEN WILSON. For more info visit www.wycd.com. (Fri, 10/31)

CBS Radio In Detroit Launches Online Holiday Channels: CBS RADIO/DETROIT has launched a HOLIDAYSINDETROIT.COM website featuring four brand new holiday music channels. The channels include "NAUGHTY XMAS," "OLDIES CHRISTMAS," "SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS" and "YOUNG COUNTRY CHRISTMAS." We are excited to be first in the DETROIT market to have a strong variety of holiday music readily available to our listeners," WOMC MARKET MGR. DEBBIE KENYON said. "These are unique stations created to offer variety and celebrate the season." The site also includes an interactive "KIDS Zone", a shopping guide, listing of METRO DETROIT holiday events and concerts, free activities and more. (Fri, 10/31)







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