CBS Radio/Detroit making cuts, offering special programming
It appears that at least two longtime and well-known personalities have been let go at CBS Radio/Detroit's country WYCD-FM 99.5 and oldies WOMC-FM 104.3. Production and overnight talent Ron Tavernit is no longer with WOMC after many years and at WYCD it appears that evening host Jyl Forsyth is also out. Forsyth had been with 'YCD since June, 1993 when 99.5 launched what it called at that time Young Country.
In support of General Motors, Chrysler, and Ford, CBS' WXYT AM 1270 today has dropped the simulcast of sports WXYT-FM 97.1 and instead airing "Stand Up and Be Proud", with messages of support for automakers from civic, community, and business leaders. The company's other stations, which include WOMC, smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, WYCD, and news WWJ AM 950 as well as WXYT-FM, are also joining in by airing messages as well.
"Detroit and the surrounding areas have so much to be proud of and thankful for," said CBS Radio Market Manager Debbie Kenyon. "The CBS/Detroit radio stations launched the 'Stand Up and Be Proud' campaign to salute and recognize all of the positive achievements in our region."
Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. said Thursday he is "exploring his legal options" after enduring daily verbal attacks from WCHB-AM "News Talk 1200" personality Mildred Gaddis, saying her political commentary is approaching "character assassination and slander." He said Gaddis is fixated on criticizing his wife, Kimberly, and the alleged role she has in the mayor's office. "I have a thick skin. I have no problem being attacked on policy," Cockrel said. "The problem is when it transcends into character assassination and slander. ... She has come dangerously close to that. I will not continue to let it slide." Gaddis said she's only asking tough questions as a journalist, the same career Cockrel pursued before seeking public office... Mayor fights radio host's allegations (Fri, 12/12)