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.