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)
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)