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Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 2, 2008



Detroit News:

WWJ-TV (Channel 62) is making big moves in the New Year, and while it's not a newscast, it's a start. Beginning Monday, the local CBS affiliate will air an 11 p.m. weather report from chief meteorologist Jim Madaus, formerly of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), during the week and Tracy Gary on the weekends and holidays. Gary used to work at WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WJBK-TV (Channel 2). Called "WWJ-TV's First Forecast," the 2 ½ minute weather report will air just before episodes of "Two and Half Men" in syndication, followed by "Late Night with David Letterman" at 11:35 p.m. weeknights, said Trey Fabacher, vice president and general manager of WWJ-TV... WWJ-TV to begin weather reports (Tue, 1/1)

Beth McLeod , the traffic reporter for WDIV-TV (Channel 4), is leaving after a decade of being with the station. Her last day is Friday. McLeod, who has been pulling triple duty as the morning and afternoon traffic reporter and the Michigan Lottery hostess in the evenings, will take some much needed time to rest and regroup, WDIV management said Monday. The departure also will give McLeod more time to spend with her husband, Fred McLeod, who left the station last year to become a full-time play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although she is leaving, McLeod will fill in at WDIV as needed, management said... WDIV loses traffic reporter McLeod (Wed, 1/2)

Detroit Free Press:

Debuting: Tonight on Ypsilanti's WEMU-FM (89.1), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, veteran jazz broadcaster Evelynn Hawkins as host of its weekday evening jazz program, 8-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. She succeeds longtime evening jazz host Michael G. Nastos, who retired last July after 27 years at WEMU... Names and Faces (Wed, 1/2)

Michigan Citizen:

After 10 years of broadcasting from Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, RJ Watkins is ready to relocate. The CEO and Founder of WHPR Radio 88.1 and UHF TV 33 won’t be moving far, but in the words of Watkins and longtime partner and producer, Henry Tyler, it’s a step in the right direction. Watkins and Tyler have taken what began as an unexpected challenge and turned it into an opportunity. The owners of the building that currently houses WHPR and TV 33 recently decided that it was needed for other endeavors. But Watkins has found a large studio in a nearby commercial district that was formerly used as a photography studio for cars and trucks... Movin’ on up in 2008 (Mon, 12/31)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 4, 2008



Crain's Detroit Business:

Steve Wasserman, vice president and general manager of Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-Channel 4, will leave the station Jan. 18. A news release issued by the station Friday didn't indicate why Wasserman is leaving. He couldn't be reached for comment. Alan Frank, president and CEO of WDIV's parent company, Post-Newsweek Stations Inc., will act as general manager until a replacement is found. Wasserman took over WDIV in August 2005 after 11 years as general manager of sister station KPRC in Houston... WDIV VP/general manager leaving Jan. 18 (Fri, 1/4)

Detroit Free Press:

Waiting for Drew Lane? Don't expect the on-leave top-rated WRIF-FM (101.1) morning host to return until late January at the earliest, his attorney Mike Novak said. Lane, who left the show in late September to care for cancer-stricken fiancée Tess Schuster, has a contract with the Greater Media-owned station that Novak says expired Dec. 31. But Novak said all sides have agreed to get together for talks in mid-January. Lane's morning cohorts -- Mike Clark, Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer -- have separate still-in-effect deals that assure them morning work on WRIF. Newscaster Trudi Daniels has a separate deal and is not in the Novak stable... Lane's leave to continue a while (Fri, 1/4)

Detroit News:

Former WDFN radio host Greg Brady is moving on from Detroit, getting a job with a sports talk station in Toronto. Brady, who is Canadian, has signed a three-year deal to be the co-host of AM640's afternoon drive show. Brady, along with Jamie Samuelsen and Matt Shepard, saw their successful WDFN morning show axed in early November due to Clear Channel cost cutting... Radio: Brady headed to Toronto station (Fri, 1/4)

Rudy Desantis exits WXYT

Longtime WKRK-FM (currently WXYT-FM) 97.1 contributor Rudy Desantis has exited the station after officially being let go by station management this week. Desantis had been with the station for ten years dating back to when the station featured a rock music format and most recently had been an important part of the Deminski and Doyle program. D&D ended their run in December.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 5, 2008



Detroit News:

The Michigan Sports Network and University of Michigan men's basketball coach John Beilein have teamed up for the first season of the "John Beilein Radio Show." Hosted by Wolverine play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard, the live call-in show will begin Monday at Damon's Grill in Ann Arbor... Beilein debuts on radio Monday (Sat, 1/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 8, 2008



Crain's Detroit Business:

Popular Detroit radio personality (and Detroit Pistons public-address announcer) John Mason has no set sleep schedule. “It’s not important to sleep now,” he said. “If I get five hours a day, that’s enough.” Mason broadcasts his weekday morning show from his $600,000 studio in Detroit’s Guardian Building. The show airs on WGPR 107.5 FM in Detroit and WOWE 98.9 FM in Flint and is streamed on www. masonradio1.com. The Web site is temporary, but Mason expects a permanent site to be up later this month. Registered users will be able to watch videos and download podcasts. Mason is trying to syndicate nationally — an effort that began in July 2006, when he left WDMK 105.9 FM, a Radio One station. Due to a noncompete contract agreement, he was forced off the Detroit airwaves for six months. About a year ago, he returned to the air on WGPR... John Mason, Radio Host, Mason Radio (Mon, 1/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 9, 2008



WXYT names Tom Bigby as its new operations manager

Sports WXYT-FM/AM 97.1/1270, The Ticket, has announced the hiring of Tom Bigby as the station's new operations manager as of January 14th.

Since September 2006, Bigby has worked for CBS Radio consulting on programming strategy and development across the country. He is probably best known for being the architect of Sports WIP-AM in Philadelphia which debuted in 1989 six months after WFAN. Bigby served as Station Manager/Program Director of WIP.

“Tom is a legend in the business, and his skill and experience will benefit the listening audience of Detroit immensely,” says Dan Zampillo, WXYT program director. “Having Tom here will only expedite the level of success 97.1 FM The Ticket will achieve.”

“Detroit is one of those cities where fans always have passion for all of its teams win or lose.....and a city with great radio heritage,” says Bigby. “The combination of the two makes sports programming a dream job. When Kevin Murphy and the CBS Programming guys talked to me about programming a big stick FM in Detroit, I jumped at the opportunity. I look forward to working with a bunch of talented guys and gals in the Motor City, and hey, I do drive an American made car!”

Bigby joined WIP in Philadelphia in 1989 and spent 15 years as Station Manager/Program Director before taking the reigns at KRLD Newsradio 1080 in Dallas as Director of Programming and Operations. Additionally, Bigby’s resume includes programming stints at Philadelphia’s WPHT-AM and WIFI-FM New York’s WNEW-FM, Los Angeles’ KFI-AM and KOST-FM, and in Dallas at KLUV-FM.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 10, 2008



Detroit News:

Say goodbye to Comcast Local, effective in March. The channel, owned by cable giant Comcast, has been dedicated to showing local high school sports in Indiana and Michigan since 2004. Comcast has decided to take Local off the air in both states, due to business considerations. "In this competitive marketplace, Comcast continues to evaluate its programming lineup," said Patrick Paterno, director of communications for Comcast's Michigan region. "Over the past three years, there have been numerous changes in the sports programming environment, from national to regional to local sport coverage. Comcast is committed to sports programming and continues to be the best source for local, regional and national sports programming." John Johnson, communications director for the Michigan High School Athletic Association, is monitoring the situation. "It's just a shame that Comcast is taking away a venue that showed grass-roots sports," Johnson said... Comcast Local leaving the air (Thu, 1/10)

More change at 97.1 The Ticket , WXYT (1270 AM and 97.1 FM ), as Tom Bigby comes in to run things as operations manager, effective Monday. Bigby was program director at the legendary Philadelphia sports station WIP-AM from the '80s through 2004, and will definitely bring a sharp edge to the station. More recently, Bigby was operations manager at WYSP-FM, a CBS Free FM station in Philly. Dan Zampillo remains as WXYT program director. "Now that 'XYT is in on the FM dial, CBS is investing in the station and getting it right, coaching the talent and putting the best possible talent out there," said CBS Detroit market manager Kevin Murphy... Bigby brings edge to The Ticket (Thu, 1/10)

Former WDFN, WXYT, WKRK host Henson out in Austin, TX

Gregg Henson has been released from his gig as program director and afternoon co-host at Clear Channel owned sports outlet KVET AM in Austin, Texas. Henson claims on his blog at gregghenson.com that, "I don't really know why just yet, but I will find out in short order. I didn't get many answers today."

Henson states that he and his wife will now focus on opening a new business in Austin outside of radio.

A native of metro Detroit, Henson's highest profile jobs locally were at sports WDFN AM, sports WXYT AM, and then talk WKRK-FM before leaving town over two years ago for radio gigs in Austin and Philadelphia.


Top 5 stations in Detroit among all listeners during the fall ratings period were WJR AM, WMXD-FM, WNIC-FM, WJLB-FM, and WWJ AM... Detroit 12+ radio ratings, Fall 2007 (Thu, 1/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 11, 2008



WCSX's JJ & Lynne host Radiothon on Jan 24th to benefit Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

JJ & Lynne, morning talk show hosts of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7, will be taking to the airways for 15 consecutive hours this month with the help of local leukemia and lymphoma survivors to raise money for Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF). Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison have supported the agency with Radiothon, raising nearly $2.9 million to date for CLF, a 55-year old, independent foundation providing information, financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families facing the challenges of leukemia and lymphoma.

The 15-hour Radiothon will take place on location at the Greater Media Studios in Detroit on January 24th, 2008 beginning at 6:00 A.M. and promises to be the most exciting event to date. A group of Detroit-area leukemia or lymphoma survivors will tell their stories during the Radiothon to raise money for the foundation that helped them cope during their ordeal with cancer. One leukemia survivor from Royal Oak, 22-year-old Jessica Carty, was originally interviewed while still undergoing treatment and is one of the survivors who agreed to tell their story. “It’s really important to me to give back. What we went through as a family was horrible, but CLF was there for all of us. I feel like part of the family there. I don’t think we would have made it through as well as we did without CLF’s support.”

Other leukemia or lymphoma survivors who want to participate or post their stories are encouraged to email JJ & Lynne. Tributes to those who lost their battle and photos will also be posted on the WCSX website.

Opportunities to bid on unique experiences, items or auction packages such as sitting in the WCSX studios with JJ & Lynne or hearing your MyTunes playlist on the air are available on designated dates throughout the month of January. Radiothon events, including a guitar jam at Oakland Mall, the assortment of auction items and packages and information, including how to make a donation or bid on one of the great auction packages, can be found at www.wcsx.com.

Detroit Free Press:

What usually is one of local television's annual major live events -- coverage of the North American International Auto Show charity gala set for Jan. 18 from Cobo Center -- won't be carried live this year for the first time. WDIV-TV (Local 4) has decided to opt for a two-hour special recorded at the gala to air three nights later on Monday, Jan. 21, from 8-10 p.m. Why delay the glitz, the glamour, the cars, the stars and this year, those Barenaked Ladies (the musical group from Canada)? Eyeballs... Auto show charity gala won't air live (Fri, 1/11)

The Detroit radio rating report for the fourth quarter of 2007 was released Thursday morning and was full of interesting numbers about several of the industry’s hottest stories. Here are the key headlines: Without Drew Lane — taking three-months-plus off to deal with his fiancee’s cancer — WRIF-FM’s (101.1) “Drew and Mike” morning show dropped among all listeners, in the age 18-34 demographic and the age 25-54 demographic from the same period in ’06 ... WNIC-FM’s (100.3) annual gambit of starting Christmas music the moment the last goblin disappears (Nov. 1) worked but not as well as in past years ... Sports-talker WXYT-AM’s simulcast with FM 97.1 continued to reap ratings gold with the stations scoring a combined 3.6 in the 25-54 race, good for s tie for ninth place... Drew's absence felt by WRIF (Fri, 1/11)

Detroit News:

Arbitron released its final fall radio ratings Thursday, and well before churning into election 2008 overdrive, the news stations did well, with news/talk WJR-AM (760) posting a No. 1 overall and all-news WWJ-AM (950) going from a 4.2 share/8 rank a year ago to a 5.2 share/5 rank for Fall 2007. Other developments: All eyes are on the Drew & Mike situation, with everybody wondering when and if Drew Lane, on an extended family leave to help his cancer-stricken partner Tess, will return to the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show. But the Drewless show, featuring Mike Clark and his producers, still ranks No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted aged 25-54 demographic... WJR leads fall radio ratings, 'MXD is No. 2 (Fri, 1/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 12, 2008



WDIV set for Auto Show specials

As the official home of the 2008 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), NBC affiliate WDIV-TV 4 will offer exclusive and extensive television coverage of from Cobo Center the next couple of weeks. NAIAS coverage on Local 4 will include live specials and news broadcasts from the exhibit floor along with a 2-hour primetime special from the Charity Preview event.

In addition to daily news features throughout the media preview week and the public show, Local 4 News continues the special series "NAIAS After Hours" segments each night at 11:25pm, immediately following Local 4 News at 11. Hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian and featuring the popular “Name That Ride” challenge with Chuck Gaidica, NAIAS After Hours runs from through January 20th.

On Sunday, January 13 starting at 6 a.m., Local 4 News will be hosted live from Cobo Center by Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker and will feature highlights from the previous night’s GM Style event. As the Car and Truck of the Year are announced and vehicle unveilings begin, Local 4 will take viewers inside with NAIAS Today At The Auto Show, airing at 11:30 a.m. Then, after a special 5:30 p.m. newscast, an hour-long live special, NAIAS Power Packed Weekend, hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian will air at 6 p.m., featuring a recap of the day’s most talked about unveilings.

Monday, January 14 at 7 p.m, another all-new NAIAS Primetime Sneak Peek special hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian will wrap up the new unveilings of the day and launch into the media preview week at the auto show.

Then, it’s one of Metro-Detroit’s most anticipated nights, and the biggest black tie extravaganza in town. Local 4 will take viewers inside the NAIAS Charity Preview party with a 2-hour primetime special. This year, the special will air from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday, January 21st, giving a chance for those in attendance to later see themselves on TV. The NAIAS Charity Preview is hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker, along with Chuck Gaidica, Bernie Smilovitz, Kim Adams, Rod Meloni, and Paula Tutman.

The NAIAS Charity Preview event and broadcast will feature a special appearance by the Tonight Show with Jay Leno’s own “Ross The Intern” as a guest of DMC Children’s Hospital, Hoda Kotb from NBC’s Today Show, Deborah Norville from Inside Edition and A.J. Calloway from Extra. The special will also feature an exclusive interview with The Barenaked Ladies who will be performing at the event. The NAIAS Charity Preview special will also feature interviews with top industry executives and a look at some of the show’s most impressive vehicles on a night that raises spectacular donations for local children’s charities.

Two additional Local 4 specials round out the month-long coverage. NAIAS: Weekend Opener on Saturday, January 19 at 7 p.m., will offer viewers the best tips to prepare for their trip down to the Auto Show. And, on Sunday, January 27, at 11:30 a.m., NAIAS: Closing Day will recap the events and memorable moments from this year’s big event. Also again this year, the NBC Network will televise a national special from the 2008 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. It will air on Local 4 on Sunday, January 27 at 3 p.m.

In addition to all the specials, the latest daily updates and exclusive stories from the show can be found on Local 4’s website, ClickOnDetroit.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 13, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

In advance of Michigan's presidential primary on Tuesday, Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan (91.7 FM), is offering "Select A Candidate,'' an online game lets users assess how their political interests, opinions and views match up with those of the 2008 presidential candidates. By answering a series of issue-oriented questions and then ranking them in terms of importance, voters can find the candidate that best reflects their values (never mind that several of the candidates aren't on the Michigan ballot)... U-M radio site helps you narrow choices (Sun, 1/13)

Detroit Free Press:

The indefatigable and irrepressible Sonny Eliot reports he's doing his all to promote WWJ-AM's (950) 5th annual radiothon Feb. 8-9 for the Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) to keep poor folks warm by helping with winter heating bills. So Eliot convinced his TV weather buddies Chuck Gaidica, Jerry Hodak and Rich Luterman -- a rare feat in today's ultra-competitive TV environment -- plus hockey great Gordie Howe and Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to do some typically Eliot-ized public service announcements for the event... Eliot's buddies team up to support THAW benefit (Sun, 1/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 15, 2008



WEXL hires Frank Turner for mid-mornings

WEXL AM 1340 will add veteran TV anchor and investigative reporter Frank Turner to their lineup beginning February 4th. Turner, touted as America's first Evangelical Anchorman, brings his testimony and enthusiasm to the airwaves to minister to the Metro Detroit community on Crawford-owned WEXL where his show will air weekdays from 9:30 am - noon.

The Frank Turner Show will focus on bringing Kingdom living principles to everyday life situations through interaction with callers and their issues. "I’m not a counselor; I’m a coach,” Turner states. “A counselor will tell you what they think, but a coach will show you how to run the plays that are in the book – my play book is the Bible.”

Prior to exploring his career as an evangelist, Turner was an anchor for Detroit ABC affliliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7.

Media Monitors:

According to Arbitron, Detroit is the 11th largest radio market with a population of 3,866,500. Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan. Detroit has been the automotive center for more than one hundred years, and is an important source of popular music, thus the nicknames: Motor City and Motown ... But the biggest star in Detroit is the automobile. And so this week, we look at the car and how the manufacturers advertised on the radio... Motor City Madness


MC Serch Returns To WHTD:
RADIO ONE Urban WHTD(HOT1027)/DETROIT format captain AL PAYNE welcomes the return of MC SERCH aka MICHAEL BERRIN. Starting today 1/14 and for the next two weeks, SERCH will be the station’s afternoon driver. SERCH is a native Detroiter who hosted a VH-1 reality series “EGO TRIPS (THE WHITE RAPPER SHOW) last year. A spin-off, "MISS RAP SUPREME," is set to roll out later this year. He’s also credited with having discovered the artist NAS. “Over the next few weeks, we will be showcasing different superstar personalities that once rocked the mic in DETROIT, said PAYNE. “One will be the next HOT-102 all star.” (Mon, 1/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 17, 2008



Detroit News:

Let's see. The last time FSN Detroit anchor Mickey York had to move, he went from Detroit to Seattle. Irony was, York was still covering all things Detroit for FSN -- from their network compound in the Pacific Northwest. Something along the lines of, live from Seattle, it's Detroit. Nearly five years later, he has to move again. And in a smart development, York gets to move back to Detroit to cover all things Detroit. FSN is killing its studio show, effective Feb. 1... FSN's York excited to return home (Thu, 1/17)

Don't get too excited, Comcast subscribers, but there have been several reports in recent weeks that say the cable company and Big Ten Network are closer to a distribution deal. One of the most interesting accounts of this progress was from Michigan athletic director Bill Martin in a short briefing to fans that can be found on the athletic department's Web site, mgoblue.com. "We are optimistic that we can reach agreement quickly with Comcast, and that the remaining cable companies will follow shortly afterward," Martin wrote in a post dated Jan. 10. The briefing included a letter to fans from Big Ten commission Jim Delany and Big Ten Network president Mark Silverman that yet against expresses optimism about the situation... Big Ten Network, Comcast still working on a deal (Thu, 1/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 18, 2008



Detroit News:

Dick Purtan will appear Saturday night on the Fox TV show "Talkshow with Spike Feresten" to discuss the winners of the "Wacky Warning Label" contest, voted on late last year by his listeners. The WOMC-FM (104.3) morning host is prerecording his segment via a video camera from his home computer. The show will air on Fox 2 Detroit, WJBK-TV, at midnight Saturday. The "Wacky Warning Label" contest originated with the group Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch (MLAW). The contest "honors" the strangest warning labels found on everyday objects, thanks to the zeal of lawyers -- labels like "Coffee may be hot." For the past seven years, Bob Dorigo Jones from MLAW has brought a list of five nominees to Purtan's show and read them on the air. Forty Purtan listeners then call in and vote on the winner... Warning: Purtan wacky label contest on national TV

Readers who called and e-mailed about WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor Ama Daetz missing from the station's morning newscast, shouldn't fear. Daetz still works at the local NBC affiliate and can be seen anchoring the Saturday and Sunday newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. Daetz and many of her co-workers have been reassigned to accommodate WDIV's new format, which gives it the distinction of being the only station in town with a 6 a.m. newscast seven days a week, said Bob Ellis, the station's news director... Format changes shuffle anchors

WJR to continue Auto Show coverage as show opens to public

News/Talk WJR AM 760 will offer a special Charity Preview broadcast with Paul W. Smith from The Ford Motor Company exhibit this evening from 7pm-9pm. Then starting on Saturday, the station plans the following broadcasts from the show floor:

-- Sat 1/19 and Sat 1/26: 9am-11am, The CAR Show
-- Sun 1/20: Noon-2pm, Handyman Show with Glenn Haege; 2pm-3pm, Dailey & Stearn Law Show
-- Mon 1/21 - Fri 1/25: 9am-11:30am, Frank Beckmann Show
-- Tue 1/22 - Thu 1/24: 7pm-8pm, The Big Story with Lloyd Jackson

Business Reality Network moves to WDFN

After almost three years of broadcasting on AM 1310 WDTW, the Business Reality Network radio program will be moving to sports WDFN AM 1130 as of Sunday, January 27th at 10 am.

“It is a great step up” stated host Ren Carlton. “Although we truly enjoyed our time on WDTW, we are thrilled to move to a station with such a large, dedicated audience”.

The Business Reality Network is a one-hour program specifically designed to help aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners make business happen. For more information, visit their website at www.businessrealitynetwork.com.

Martin Bandyke of WQKL-FM (107.1/annarbors107one.com) will feature selections from vocalist Shelby Lynne's new album "Just A Little Lovin'" this Sunday, Jan. 20 at 4pm on his Fine Tuning program. Lynne's latest features songs made famous by the late, great Dusty Springfield, including The Look of Love and I Only Want To Be With You.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 20, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

The radio ratings for the fall are in, and they contain some surprises for local stations. As usual, Detroit AM powerhouse WJR remains strongly on top in this market. It's followed by WWWW-FM (Ann Arbor-based W4 Country) and Detroit rock station WRIF-FM, which enjoyed a jump from a 1.8 to a 4.6 share (the percentage of those listening to the radio who are listening to a particular station) between the spring and fall periods (ratings are only measured here twice yearly). Perhaps the biggest change involves Ann Arbor station WQKL, which fell from third place in the spring, when it had a 4.8 share, to 15th place, with a 2.0 share. A call to station management was not returned. News-talk WAAM, which recently let go its longtime morning host Lucy Ann Lance, rose in the fall ratings period from 1.5 to 2.6 share (perhaps it's not too late to pick up the phone and invite her back)... WJR tops, WQKL drops in radio ratings (Sun, 1/20)


Crain's Detroit Business:

The best drama not on television — the Hollywood writers strike — could soon be over — a happy ending for local affiliates worried about advertising revenue. It's still too soon to say if the new three-year deal reached by the television and movie directors union with the studios late Thursday will lead the striking writers to come quickly to an accord of their own — and stave off steep advertising rate cuts looming for networks and affiliates in Detroit and elsewhere. If the strike, which began Dec. 5, lingers into the spring it could force a drop in local television advertising rates by up to 35 percent, local media buyers predict... A happy ending in view for local TV affiliates? (Mon, 1/21)

Detroit News:

Chris Edwards has been off the air for most of the last three years, and strangers still tell him they watch him every morning. What makes that particularly mystifying is that back when he was the chief meteorologist for WJBK-TV (Channel 2), he worked nights. Strangers have also suggested that he's crazy for quitting a plum job with a six-figure salary. But they're outnumbered by the damp-eyed dads who understand what he did. "I've had men come up to me and say, 'I want to know how you're doing, because I want to do the same thing,' " says Edwards, 46. "I've had them say, 'I wish to hell my father had done something like that, because I never knew him' "... Raising kids is priceless for local weatherman (Mon, 1/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 22, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Immediately after he awakes Friday on his 90th birthday, Ernie Harwell plans to do a series of exercises. First, he will do 50 whirling dervishes -- a stretching maneuver in which he fully extends his arms and alternately turns his upper body to the left and right as fast as he can. Then he will do about 25 lunges and 25 deep squats. Then he will jump rope for about 300 repetitions. "Or maybe about 30 more, to figure I counted wrong -- for good measure, as they say," Ernie says. Then he will get on his back and pull his knees to his chest, then do about 50 sit-ups, then stretch his back. After that, he will do deep breathing and -- still on his back -- pull his knees to his chin several times. This won't be a onetime demonstration of feisty fitness, meant to show himself just what he can do on his 90th birthday. He does this series of exercises to start every day. And that is part of the reason why Ernie Harwell, the legendary radio voice of the Tigers, has hardly slowed down... Ernie Harwell, ageless voice of the Tigers, turns 90 on Friday (Tue, 1/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 23, 2008



Two new weekday call-in shows to debut on WAAM

Ann Arbor First Ventures LP, the new owner of WAAM Talk 1600, announced two new listener interactive shows in the important morning and afternoon drive times as the first step of several planned improvements to the station.

Weekday mornings from 6 am to 9 am “Bill Bennett’s Morning In America” gives listeners the day’s first look at the latest scoop and then opens the phone lines so listeners can go one-on-one with headline- making guests. This national show will be carried live and will be paired up with WAAM News and Community Affairs Director Dan Martin covering local news, sports, traffic and weather.

Weekday afternoons from 4 pm to 6 pm, WAAM has announced the return of local favorite Thayrone with his popular and controversial live and local talk show “On The Edge”. WAAM touts the new program with Thayrone as rant, rave, opinion, listener call-in compelling radio at its best. “On The Edge” offers a strong conservative message in a hip and indisputably interesting way only Thayrone can deliver.

Thayrone was born in Detroit and has lived in the Ann Arbor area since 1966. He has hosted shows on public and commercial radio since 1984 and his band The Witch Doctors regularly performs throughout the region. Thayrone’s “Bone Conduction Music Show” appears exclusively on WAAM Sundays 7 pm - 11 pm and he also nationally syndicates a similar show on the radio and streams it on the web.

“The new energy at WAAM is converging with the economic and political turmoil in the country to make it an exciting time to be WAAM listeners and advertisers,” said David Drolshagen, general manager of the station. “Ratings for WAAM have surged 66% over the last 6 months, as reported recently by Arbitron, in large part due to our world class line-up of talk show hosts. These two new live shows can only add to this momentum.”

Ronald Unkefer, the CEO of Ann Arbor First Ventures LP, also announced today that new marketing, a new website and more program improvements for the station will be rolled out over the next 90 days. “Our goal is for WAAM to be recognized as one of the best middle market radio stations in America. As part of this plan, we intend to increase local features and double the number of local weekend shows such as Joe Gagnon’s popular Saturday morning ‘Appliance Doctor’ show,” Unkefer commented. “As the news, talk and information station for Ann Arbor and Southeast Michigan, we can offer local businesses and experts from our community the opportunity to partner with us to produce weekend shows that highlight their trade or passion in an informative and entertaining way,” Unkefer continued. “Listeners are invited to check out the new shows and other changes and then let us know how we can further improve the station to benefit our community.” Unkefer promised that the new website www.waamannarbor.com will be open for business and listener feedback in a few weeks.

WAAM Talk 1600 is licensed to Ann Arbor and has been on the air since 1948. The current lineup includes Fox News 24/7, local news and talk, and top national shows such as Bill O’Reilly, Laura Ingram, Dr. Laura and Michael Savage. Ann Arbor First Ventures LP was formed to purchase WAAM and operates it under an agreement with Mighty Media Group LP. Ronald Unkefer is CEO of both companies and has owned and operated over two dozen radio stations over the past 16 years. His first station was the now legendary KSFO in San Francisco which he converted to a talk format in 1993.

WRIF to air select Indy Car and Nascar races in 2008 seasons

Rock WRIF FM 101.1 has formed a partnership with the IMS Radio Network to air a select number of 2008 Indy races along with the Brickyard 400 NASCAR race. The following is a schedule of the races that will be aired on WRIF:

Homestead, Miami- Saturday, March 29th; Indy 500- Sunday, May 25th; Brickyard 400 (NASCAR)- Sunday, July 27th; The Detroit Grand Prix, Sunday, August 31st

In 2007, WRIF aired the Detroit Grand Prix to help support the return of Indy racing to Downtown Detroit and to see how the listening audience would respond to live racing on a rock music format.

“The feedback from the listening audience was indeed very positive and so we decided to take it up a notch”, said Doug Podell, WRIF's program director and operations manager. “We’re excited to be able to offer this kind of programming to our listeners”.

WMUZ's Dutko to expand audience

Bob Dutko, veteran broadcaster for Crawford Broadcasting's Christian WMUZ FM 103.5 will take his controversial Christian talk show to another level by syndicating his hot topics to fourteen stations including Detroit with “Defending the Truth,” beginning February 4, 2008.

Defending the Truth will tackle tough theological issues using logic, science, history, evidence and intellectual reasoning to defend the truth of Jesus Christ. Through interviews, commentary and respectful debate, Bob will prove the evidence of the Resurrection, God's existence, Biblical Creation versus Evolution, the historical accuracy of the Bible, America's Christian Heritage, and more.

Dutko’s show will begin this hour at Crawford Broadcasting stations in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New York, Oregon, and in Detroit on WRDT 560 am from 4:00pm until 5:00pm weekdays.

"I’ve always believed our faith as Christians is not dependent upon science, logic and intellectual reasoning but it is backed up by science, logic and intellectual reasoning, and that’s what we’re going to continue to show with this new program," Dutko commented. “I’m excited about the opportunity to show more people the true logic of the Christian faith. To believe in God, in His word, in Biblical creation or in Jesus’ resurrection does not make you part of this flat earth society. We’re not leaving our brains at the back of the church door. We’re actually using our brains by welcoming debate and intellectual discussion.”

Crawford Broadcasting employees take part in Dr. King walk

Detroit’s Christian Station WMUZ 103.5 FM – The Light, Gospel Station AM 1340–WEXL and Word Station AM 560–WRDT joined over 500 walkers in West Bloomfield, Michigan for the 14th annual United We Walk event on Monday, January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

“We were so glad to join our listeners in this demonstration of peace and unity in the name of Dr. King,” said morning show co-host Shannyn Caldwell adding, “Braving this cold was the least we could do for a man who braved so much more for all of us.”

The walk, which took place in sub-zero wind chill conditions, was the culmination of a two-day event which included a speech by Nigerian Christian artist Timothy Orikri, a candlelight vigil, and a round table discussion about the “State of the Dream.”

WMUZ was the presenting media partner for this multi-cultural event and looks forward to working and walking with United We Walk for many years to come. More information is available at: www.unitedwewalk.org.

Detroit News:

Paula Tutman went to the auto show and found her mother a car. Then she found herself an epiphany, which is not as easy to come by. Elaine Tutman wants a minivan. After patrolling Cobo Center on behalf of WDIV-TV (Channel 4), where she's been a reporter since 1992, Paula Tutman decided her mom would look just right in a Chrysler Town & Country. Task complete. Tutman has been steering people toward American cars for awhile now. A friend was getting ready to turn in one leased Lexus SUV for another recently, she says, "and I talked her out of it. She went home with a Hummer H3, and she loves it." As for Tutman, she drives a Lexus... TV reporter says she's driving a guilt trip (Wed, 1/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 24, 2008



Detroit News:

Have a yen for backstage passes to meet "Elmo" or a hunting trip with Ted Nugent? (Or both?) You can bid on those things and more online today as part of the J.J. & Lynne Show's annual 15-hour Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan Radiothon, which takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Oakland Mall in Troy. The WCSX-FM (94.7) morning hosts have raised a total of $2.9 million for the foundation in previous radiothons. Bids can be made until 8 p.m. today at wcsx.com , where you can see the complete list of auction items, including a hunting trip to bag wild boar with Ted Nugent ; meet-and-greet passes to "Elmo Makes Music," Feb. 8 at the Fox Theatre; Beatles "Help" lobby cards and the chance to have a live broadcast of Pam Rossi's Saturday or Sunday "Over Easy" show broadcast from your home... 'CSX's radiothon raises money for charity (Thu, 1/24)

The fight between Comcast and the Big Ten Network is effectively in its eighth month, and customers have no idea when it will end. The sides say they're talking, which is lovely. However, Comcast is still running its bombastic commercials about how outraged we all are at not being able to see college basketball. The BTN smartly ratcheted down its trash-talking early in the football season, something for which we all should be grateful. The bottom line is that a lot of people still cannot see the BTN. Which led me to one thought: what exactly is all this fighting over? I sat down and watched the Big Ten Network for an entire day. Yes, a one-channel lockdown, and I kept my fingers off the remote control. And it wasn't easy... Big Ten Network elicits a Big Yawn (Thu, 1/24)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 25, 2008



Detroit News:

Don't miss your opportunity to be a contestant on CBS' hit reality show "Survivor." WWJ-TV (Channel 62) is hosting a casting call from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the television studios. Interested candidates must be 21 and older ... Jennifer Purtan has been named vice president of sales for WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV (Channel 50), the CBS owned duopoly in Detroit. Trey Fabacher, vice president and general manager of both WWJ-TV (the CBS affiliate) and WKBD (The CW affiliate), made the announcement this month... CBS searching for next 'Survivors' (Fri, 1/25)

Rest assured, if Ernie Harwell felt compelled to blow out all his birthday candles today, he could -- and after that, he'd probably skip rope for 10 minutes and run up a flight of stairs 30 times. "That's not going to happen, though. I don't think they make a big-enough cake," Harwell, the annually viable candidate for most popular person in town, said with a laugh. He's retired now, of course. But not. His Hall of Fame broadcasting career is over, but his era as a corporate spokesman is in full swing... Ernie Harwell turns 90 (Fri, 1/25)

Detroit Free Press:

Drew Lane, away from his highly rated WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show on a personal leave since late September, said Thursday that if he was on the air, he’d have noted that “the joke about ‘if a lawyer’s lips are moving he’s lying’ needs to be changed for the mayor ... WJR-AM (760) early morning voice Paul W. Smith said his Kilpatrick story callers—mostly suburban, Smith said — “were completely angry…it was an explosive reaction. People were just very upset”... Radio airwaves buzz with Kilpatrick chatter (Thu, 1/24)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 26, 2008



JJ & Lynne’s Radiothon gathers musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs and survivors to benefit Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

JJ & Lynne, morning talk show hosts of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 talked to internationally-known musicians, business notables, professional athletes, major league coaches, local citizens and leukemia survivors in order to make the phones ring and bring attention and dollars to the cause of Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF). For 17-years, Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison have supported the agency with their Radiothon, raising nearly $80,000 in 15-hours for CLF, a 55-year old, independent foundation providing information, financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families facing the challenges of leukemia and lymphoma. Over the years, the total raised is nearly $3 million dollars to help children and adults in their battle with these diseases.

The 15-hour Radiothon took place on location at the Greater Media Studios in Oak Park on January 24th, 2008 beginning at 6:00 A.M. A group of area leukemia or lymphoma survivors were interviewed and shared their stories of hope and how the foundation came to assist financially as well as helping them cope during their ordeal. Melissa Berman of Waterford, Jennifer Valinski of Belleville, Brenda Bratt of Troy, Jennifer Wiser of Holly, Christine Kowalski of Dearborn Heights, and Jessica Carty of Royal Oak spoke to JJ and Lynne about their experiences.

Glenn Trevisan, President and CEO of CLF said, “We are thankful for JJ & Lynne, everyone at WCSX and their loyal listeners who, all told, have raised more than $3 million for CLF in 17 years. We are deeply grateful. We are a local, state-wide organization and support a great cause for families here. And the effort of supporting our mission is even more satisfying because of the many great people we work alongside of such as JJ & Lynne and all the people who give their time to this event.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to JJ & Lynne’s Radiothon or for additional information about CLF, should go to www.leukemiamichigan.org. Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and emotional support to adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders.

WRCJ set for another Symphony Bowl

You know that incredibly super-hyped sporting event that everybody gets all worked up about every year at the beginning of February? Did you ever wonder what might happen if we lived in a world where we got equally geeked about the arts? Specifically, a championship contest between two symphony orchestras?

Well wonder no longer; Symphony Bowl MMVIII is here, pitting the New York Philharmonic against the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

It all started in 1989 when Chris Felcyn, hosting a classical music program one Super Sunday morning on a Detroit public radio station, decided to play samples from the orchestras of the cities competing in that other event. Now the Symphony Bowl is ready for prime time on Public Radio International, and as in previous years you'll hear a thrilling demonstration of competitive symphonics between two determined symphony orchestras. In addition to authentic recordings from each organization, we'll feature celebrity cameos and interviews (The CBC's Tom Allen explains the differences between the Canadian and American Symphony Leagues; Maestro Leonard Slatkin will appear as Blimp Grand Marshal during a 3-ship formation fly-by) as well as an actual musician from each competing orchestra. It's all packaged with the twists and turns and atmosphere of a live contest, as we create an epic "battle of the bands" right before your very ears.

Hear WRCJ's exclusive coverage of the Championship Concert of the National Symphony League. It's Symphony Bowl MMVIII, coming Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 10 a.m. to 90.9 FM.

WUOM, WDET to air State of State address

Michigan Radio, WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor/WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint/WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will air live coverage of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s State of the State Address to the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday, January 29th at 7 pm. Michigan Radio will produce and broadcast this live event, which will also be carried by Michigan Public Radio Network stations across the state.

Following a bruising budget battle in 2007, the governor is expected to address how she plans to deal with the state’s continued economic challenges and efforts to diversify Michigan’s economy.

Michigan Radio’s Charity Nebbe will host the live broadcast, with political analysis from Jack Lessenberry. Michigan Public Radio Network correspondent Rick Pluta will provide reaction from the state capital. Following the governor’s address, Michigan Radio will also broadcast the Republican response from Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

Detroit's WDET-FM will also have coverage from 7 - 8:30 PM. On Tuesday, February 5, WDET will carry NPR's programming on the 22 Super Tuesday primaries beginning at 9:00PM. The special broadcast is expected to run until 3:00AM and will include NPR's national coverage and analysis.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 27, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

Evelynn Hawkins is the new host of the weekday evening jazz program on WEMU, 89.1 FM. She started work earlier this month, succeeding Michael G. Nastos, who retired last July after 27 years at WEMU. Hawkins has been in radio since 1984 as an announcer and producer, and has programmed classical as well as jazz. She came here from WDUQ-FM in Pittsburgh, and she has co-hosted the national broadcast of the Detroit International Jazz Festival. She has served on the boards of both music and community non-profits... And all that jazz: New EMU host Evelynn Hawkins grew up in a family surrounded by music (Sun, 1/27)

Fans of National Public Radio personality Ira Glass should mark this date down immediately. The host of the public radio (and now, Showtime television) program "This American Life'' will celebrate the show, and the DVD release of the first season of the television version, with an appearance Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. at the downtown Ann Arbor Borders Books and Music store... ON THE AIR: Meet host of 'American Life' (Sun, 1/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 29, 2008



Detroit News:

Longtime WWJ-AM (950) vice president and general manager Ritschard "Rich" Homberg has been named president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, a job vacant since Steve Antoniotti resigned last April. Detroit Public Television operates WTVS Channel 56, DPTV.org, DPTV Media and classical/jazz radio station WRCJ-FM (90.9). In a statement, Stephen Strome, chair of the DPTV board of trustees, said: "Rich Homberg has certainly demonstrated a deep commitment to southeast Michigan, and he has a clear understanding of the important role a broadcaster can play in helping our community achieve its goals"... Rich Homberg takes over Detroit Public Television (Tue, 1/29)

Comcast Corp. apologized today for the way it handled a proposed shift of community access programming in Michigan that would force customers to get converter boxes or new TVs to continue to watch local government meetings and high school football games. Rep. John Dingell, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, and congressional Democrats criticized Comcast and AT&T Inc. for giving the public, educational and governmental programming, or PEG programming, what they termed "second-class" status. "PEG programming deserves first-class treatment, not second-class billing," said Dingell, D-Dearborn ... David L. Cohen, Comcast's executive vice president, told the panel that "in retrospect, we failed to communicate adequately our goals and to work cooperatively with our local partners to produce a 'win' for everyone." "That is not the way we want to do business -- in Michigan or in the rest of the country -- and I want to apologize for that," he said... Comcast promises to fix community access channel issue (Tue, 1/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 30, 2008



Detroit News:

THAW (The Heat and Warmth Fund), along with WWJ-AM (950), AT&T and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), have teamed up for the Fifth annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW, a 31-hour on-air extravaganza. The excitement begins 5 a.m. Feb. 8 and continues through Feb. 9 at the Boll Family YMCA, 1401 Broadway St., in Detroit. The goal this year is to raise $500,000 to provide emergency heat and lights for struggling low-income families and senior citizens throughout Michigan with special concentration in Metro Detroit... 31-hour THAW fundraiser is Feb. 8 (Wed, 1/30)

Detroit Free Press:

After a nine-month search, Detroit public television station WTVS-TV (Channel 56) has found its new leader in the middle of Detroit's AM radio dial. Rich Homberg, vice president and general manager of all-news WWJ-AM (950) since 1996, has been named president and general manager of Detroit Public Television. The move, announced Tuesday, fills the top slot left vacant last April when former president and general manager Steven Antoniotti resigned unexpectedly... Detroit Public Television names radio chief to its top post (Wed, 1/30)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 31, 2008



WWJ AM 950 knocked off air

No word yet on what happened, but at about 9:30 this morning all-news WWJ lost transmitter power at its facilities in northern Monroe county and remained off the air for about an hour. The station's programming continued to air over the Internet via its web site at www.wwj.com during the outage.

When the station resumed its over-the-air broadcasts at about 10:35 am, they appeared to be at less than the station's licensed 50,000 watts as the station's normally strong signal was subject to more interference than usual from along the border of Troy and Sterling Heights. It's possible that WWJ resumed broadcasting using a back up transmitter located near 8 Mile Rd. and Meyers Rd. in southern Oakland county -- the site the station broadcast from for years until it moved further south to increase power from 5,000 to 50,000 watts in 2000.

Detroit News:

If you're having trouble lately pulling in a good signal from your favorite radio station, it's not just that your radio dates from Marconi's heyday. Radio signal interference has become a big problem in Metro Detroit since the advent of HD (high definition) broadcasting ... Mildred Gaddis's morning talk show on WCHB-AM (1200) has been on fire all week over the mayoral text message scandal ... WDET-FM (101.9) will be holding a Valentine's Day fundraiser, "For the Love of WDET," on Wednesday. Listeners are invited to share why they love WDET, as they pledge donations... HD signal wreaks havoc with analog radio (Thu, 1/31)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 3, 2008



"For the Love of WDET" fundraiser - Feb. 6-9

Detroit Public Radio can help listeners with their Valentine's Day flowers when they take part in the station's upcoming "For the Love of WDET" fundraiser starting on Wednesday, February 6. Listeners can celebrate their relationship with WDET and share the reasons why the love Detroit Public Radio when they make a pledge of support.

Everyone who makes a gift of $150 or more can choose to have a dozen roses sent to their special someone on Valentine's Day, February 14. Other special thank-you gifts include Sanders candy - a Detroit tradition since 1875 and a romantic evening's stay at the historic Inn on Ferry Street in the heart of Detroit's cultural center.

"For The Love of WDET" begins on Wednesday, February 6 and runs through Saturday, February 9. Listeners can make their pledges of support by calling 1-800-959-9338 or give on the station's secure website: www.wdet.org.

Ann Arbor News:

"As I was saying before I was so rudely interrupted ...'' So began talk show host Thayrone's return to the airwaves Monday afternoon with his "On the Edge'' program. He was referring to the decision by former WAAM-AM 1600 management to yank his right-leaning show from the air nearly two years ago ... Friday's "The Lynn Rivers Show,'' at noon on WEMU-FM 89.1 FM, presents a discussion of transportation issues with Clinton administration transportation secretary (and EMU alumnus) Rodney Slater ... Martin Bandyke of WQKL-FM 107.1 plays new releases by the B-52s, k.d. lang and the American Music Club today at 4 p.m. on his Fine Tuning program... Thayrone resumes talking- Local host's right-leaning show is back on WAAM (Sun, 2/3)

See the “Queen of Soul” in New York City with AM 580

The Motor City’s own Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul”, is performing at the legendary Radio City Music Hall, and Oldies CKWW AM 580 is sending one lucky winner and a guest to be in the audience. Starting Monday, listen to Charlie O’Brien weekdays at 8:20 & 9:20 AM when he’ll play an Aretha Franklin song. The fifth caller on the station's contest line at (866) 554-5858 will instantly win a Queen of Soul prize pack and be entered to win a trip for two to see her perform at Radio City Music Hall in Rockefeller Center on March 21st. The grand prize winner and a guest will receive round trip air, hotel accommodations and tickets to the show. The contest will run for two weeks and the Grand Prize draw from all of our daily qualifiers will be held on Friday, February 15th at 9:20 AM.

Set your dials:

-- Veteran Detroit broadcaster and music aficionado Judy Adams will feature a live on tape performance from The Bill Higgins Trio recorded live at the Jazz Cafe Discovery Series this evening at 11pm on WVMV-FM 98.7. On Tuesday, Judy presents birthday tributes to bluesman/ producer, Al Kooper (2/5/44), and reggae icon Bob Marley (2/6/45) on The Judy Adams Program, heard at 9am on CJAM-FM 91.5 and at cjam.ca.

-- This week's edition of WDET's "The Evolution of Jazz" with host Ed Love airs on Sunday, February 3 at 8PM and is titled, "Live Recordings From the 1950's".

-- Somewhere in Time's Tom Wilson and Alison Harris feature the music of Artie Shaw and the Gramercy Five at 6pm this eveing on WMUZ-FM 103.5 and WRDT-AM 560.


Smile FM group launches 'Smile FM Praise' format

Christian radio operator 'Smile FM' in January relaunched its WWKM-FM 89.1 Imlay City as "Smile FM Praise", a full-time praise and worship music format, and plans to expand the format into a network of stations across Michigan.

The new format will be placed on some of the group's smaller outlets that are now carrying the Contemporary Christian 'Smile FM' format but duplicate the coverage areas of other Smile FM stations. The network will be built after the new sound of Smile FM Praise is refined a bit and after some required technical changes are made to the outlets that will be switching to the Praise format.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 5, 2008



Detroit News:

A former Detroit Tigers broadcaster is being held in the Macomb County Jail after he was taken into custody over the weekend by the Roseville Police Department. Officers picked up Lary Sorensen after he was found Saturday in a parked car in Roseville, according to Michigan Department of Corrections spokesman Russ Marlan. The former major league pitcher is alleged to have had a blood-alcohol level of 0.48 before he was taken to a hospital for treatment... Ex-Tigers broadcaster jailed (Tue, 2/5)

Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television last week named WWJ 950 AM veteran Rich Homberg president and general manager. He spoke with Crain's reporter Sherri Begin about his new role and the role he sees the station playing in the region's revitalization... Q&A: Radio veteran confident about move to public TV (Mon, 2/4)


Detroit News:

Fans can schmooze with former CKLW personalities Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor,Charlie O'Brien and Ted "The Bear" Richards (along with his wife, former CKLW "hitline girl" Nancy ) downtown at Winter Blast on Friday before an 8 p.m. screening of the documentary about the big, booming Detroit-Windsor AM radio station of the '60s and '70s, "Radio Revolution: The Rise and Fall of the Big 8." The film will be screened in a heated tent at Campus Martius Park, where you can sip hot cocoa and talk to Richards, who just started on afternoons at WOMC-FM (104.3) ,or listen to all the wild stories about "20/20 News" crime reports. The film's director, Michael McNamara , who grew up in Windsor listening avidly to the Big 8, will also be there to talk to fans. Stick around, because at 10 p.m. "Standing in the Shadows of Motown," the documentary about Motown's Funk Brothers, will hit the screen... 'Big 8' film screens Friday at Winter Blast (Thu, 2/7)

It was 3:12 on a Saturday morning, Feb. 2, when Roseville police officer Brian Dobrzycki approached a gray 1998 Ford parked on the shoulder of I-696, near I-94, a man slumped unmoving over the steering wheel. Dobrzycki hammered on the windows and the windshield to no avail, and called emergency medical services. Moments after they arrived the man stirred, and eventually was able to unlock his door. Dobrzycki identified him: former All-Star pitcher and Tigers announcer Lary Sorensen. He was dead drunk -- nearly literally so. "I'm just happy he's not dead and he didn't kill someone else," said WJR talk-show host Frank Beckmann, who was Sorensen's broadcast partner in the Tigers' booth in the 1990s. "This whole story is just a tragedy." EMTs rushed the 52-year-old Sorensen to St. John Macomb Hospital, where he was diagnosed with alcohol poisoning. Tests determined his blood alcohol level to be .48 -- six times higher than the .08 threshold for drunk-driving convictions in Michigan... Ex-Tigers broadcaster in jail (Thu, 2/7)

I was getting my hair done the other day and the running joke at the shop is that WXYZ's Steve Wilson likes to provoke Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick just so the Mayor or one of his bodyguards will push him out of the way. When the Mayor and company shove Wilson it makes for a better story... Mayor Stops Running From Steve Wilson and Talks (Thu, 2/7)

WMGC morning show to support Capuchin Soup Kitchen with remote broadcast

Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from 6 to 10 a.m. on Friday, February 15th from the Art Van Furniture store on 14 Mile Road in Warren in support of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Shower Program. Donations of the following items are requested: men's, women's and children's new underwear, gently used shoes and socks, trial size toiletries and cash donations.

Refreshments will be served and those that donate will receive a special coupon offer. Fr. Vincent will also be on hand to sign copies of their new book "My Name Is...Portraits and Table Stories from the Capuchin Soup Kitchen." Books will be available for purchase for $25.

Ira Glass to visit WDET

Ira Glass, host of "This American Life" (heard on WDET-FM 101.9 Saturdays at noon and Sundays at 11AM) will stop by the WDET studios for a live appearance on Saturday, February 9 from 3pm to 4pm during the "Folks LIke Us" program. Glass' appearance is in support of the "For The Love of WDET" fundraiser.

Listeners are encouraged to share the reasons they love WDET when they make a pledge of support at (800) 959-9338 or online at www.wdet.org.

Ira Glass is in the area for a discussion and DVD signing at Borders Books & Music in downtown Ann Arbor (612 E. Liberty) at 7PM on Saturday, February 9. Ira will be signing copies of the Borders exclusive "This American Life - Season 1" DVD of the Showtime televised series.

Foxx joins the Fox

Michael J. Foxx is back on the Detroit airwaves as he joins country WDTW-FM 106.7, The Fox, for a weekend afternoon gig. He'll be heard Saturdays from noon-4pm and has also been filling in this week for the vacationing Scott Gaines= the regular afternoon drive jock on The Fox.

Michael J. spent a number of years behind the mic in Detroit, working first at WHYT-FM 96.3 then joining what was then W4 Country, WWWW-FM 106.7, in 1994. Foxx temporarily survived the station's format switch from country to rock AC in 1999 when the station became known as Alice 106.7 but moved on to Baltimore country outlet WPOC-FM 93.1 soon after the big switch. Known as simply Michael J in Baltimore, he continues to be based there.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 8, 2008



Frankie Darcell, WMXD land exclusive hour-long chat with Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

The ever-escalating whistleblower/text messaging scandal in Detroit takes center stage at 1pm today on WMXD-FM 92.3 when midday host Frankie Darcell is scheduled to spend an hour with Mayor Kilpatrick. The mayor promises to discuss the situation and answer questions.

WMXD simulcasts its programming on the Internet - visit the station's web site at www.mix923fm.com and click the "Listen Live" button.

Detroit News:

WWJ-AM (950) would like you to turn off the heater in your car today for 10 minutes. It has 10 specific minutes in mind, but whichever minutes you choose, there is one very likely outcome: You will be cold. WWJ's fifth annual Winter Survival Radiothon stretches across 31 hours, from 5 a.m. today to noon Saturday. The beneficiary is The Heat and Warmth Fund, more commonly known as THAW, even if technically it should be THAWF. THAWF exists to help keep the heat on for Metro Detroit families who have to choose between things like paying the utility bills or feeding the kids. As much as we all grumble about the rising cost of gas or electricity, at least we have gas or electricity to complain about... How 'bout some cold cash for THAW? (Fri, 2/8)

We're only a week into February sweeps and the period has already begun with a bang. For starters, WJBK-TV (Channel 2) beat WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) for the first time with its 11 p.m. newscast "Fox 2 News Edge ." This ratings coup took place Tuesday and serves as a monumental occasion for the fledgling news offering, which got its start in September. On that night, which by no coincidence also happened to be Super Tuesday, WJBK edged out the competition with a 5.2 ratings point versus WXYZ's 4.9 and WDIV's 3.5. WJBK actually enjoyed ratings success that entire day, placing first among all key demographics... WJBK tops others in February sweeps (Fri, 2/8)

Macomb Daily:

Long ago, I appeared regularly on the Tigers' pregame show on Channel 4, when that station carried their games. It was called the "Tigers Round Table." The guests were media members and former players. Sometimes, after the taping was complete, we'd go across the street to the Anchor Bar -- a longtime hangout for the media because it was located so close to the Detroit newspapers and the TV station. I'd have a beer or two and talk baseball. And I'd go home. One of the former players who used to appear regularly on those segments was Lary Sorensen. And he was one of the people I would sometimes have that beer or two with following the taping. The same Lary Sorensen who has been arrested numerous times for driving under the influence of alcohol, been to prison for his problems and may be heading back there again because he just can't seem to shake them. And, honestly, I had no idea... Sorensen's struggles continue (Fri, 2/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 11, 2008



Personnel cuts hit CBS Radio and Greater Media in Detroit

HenryCBS Radio in Detroit has trimmed several jobs in recent days, including the release of longtime morning sports reporter Larry Henry from all-news WWJ and marketing director Kassie Kretzschmar, who had been working for sports WXYT-FM/AM and oldies WOMC-FM. There are reports of others that have also been let go by CBS in their latest round of cost-cutting, but without any official word from the company or the people involved Michiguide.com will only publish names we have positive confirmation on.

Larry Henry had been with WWJ since 1994 where he had also held the role of sports director. Involved in Detroit sports broadcasting since 1987, Henry has also worked as play-by-play host for both Michigan football and basketball in addition to national work in auto racing, the NBA Finals, NFL Playoffs, the NHL, and the Masters and PGA Championship. WWJ sports reports are now being handled by Tony Ortiz, Jeff Lesson and Tom Mazawey- who also provide sports updates for sister station WXYT-FM/AM.

Over at the Greater Media cluster, Bill Stedman has exited as the operations manager and program director for classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), replaced on an interim basis by Steve Richards who is the station's music director and assistant PD.

Stedman explains that the decision for him and the company to go their separate ways after five years was a mutual one. "Greater Media is a great company to work for and I'm proud of where WCSX stands in the community as I leave with the station's work with the Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. I put WCSX's level of community involvement up against anyone in town. General manager Tom Bender and I agreed it was time for someone new to take the reigns and carry on WCSX's legacy as one of the market's best radio stations."

Prior to taking the PD role at WCSX in February 2003, Stedman held the same job at Oldies WOMC-FM 104.3.

Crain's Detroit Business:

All of a sudden, we are starting to get all sorts of television messages warning us that our televisions won't work after Feb. 17, 2009. It seems that the government and the industries had decided years ago that broadcasting would switch to a high-definition picture. Not big screen, not plasma or flat screen, but high-definition. We have been told that it is a great leap forward in television viewing. But what they didn't tell us is that they are taking away the electronic waves that transmit existing television signals and replacing them with another set of signals on a different band. That means some televisions will stop working after the switch. Perhaps millions of TVs will be rendered obsolete at the stroke of midnight on Feb. 17, 2009... Keith Crain: It just doesn't seem very democratic (Mon, 2/11)

Detroit News:

Oldies station WOMC-FM (104.3) has announced a new host for its volatile midday slot: John Thomas, known as "JT," is leaving his current job as morning jock at Classic Hits WJGL in Jacksonville, Fla., to assume the 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. time slot at 'OMC starting March 3. Thomas worked for WOMC program director Scott Walker in Florida, as well as with the Detroit station's new afternoon host Ted "the Bear" Richards, when the two men worked for Jones Satellite Network in Denver... WOMC hires new midday jock (Mon, 2/11)

Red Wings television analyst Mickey Redmond is undergoing surgery Monday to have a small tumor on his lung removed. The tumor was found during a recent examination. Redmond had successful lung cancer surgery in January 2003. Doctors treating the 60-year-old Redmond say the tumor was discovered early, and they expect he'll make a full recovery... Wings announcer Redmond to have tumor removed (Mon, 2/11)

In what has become an annual rite of winter, nearly all the cable and satellite TV providers that service Metro Detroiters are raising their rates for the year, with increases ranging from 3 percent to 6.5 percent. The increases -- 6.5 percent for Comcast, 6 percent for Charter Communications and Wide Open West, 4.3 percent for Bright House Communications, 4 percent for DirecTV and 3 percent for DISH Network -- compare to an inflation rate of 2.85 percent in 2007. The hikes will show up in February bills, except for DirecTV subscribers, who will pay more beginning in March. One TV service is not increasing rates this year: AT&T U-verse, which entered the market last spring. The increases apply to "extended basic" cable service, or the satellite equivalent... Cable TV bills are heading up again (Mon, 2/11)

Detroit Free Press:

Marked: By Martin Bandyke, his 25th anniversary as a radio host on Feb. 21. His career began in 1983, cohosting the weekly "Dimension" program on WDET-FM (101.9). In September 1991, he switched over to the weekday morning shift at WDET, then started doing weekday afternoons in June '92, until WDET changed formats in December 2005... Names and Faces (Mon, 2/11)


Tre Black Hits Hot 102.7- Now in week five of showcasing former DETROIT radio icons, RADIO ONE Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7) announces the return of TRE BLACK to the airwaves. MONDAY through THURSDAY of this week, he will host 3-6p. BLACK follows MC SERCH and REGGIE REG, who both completed separate two-week stints. "The response to our Icons promotion has been phenomenal," said RADIO ONE/DETROIT OM AL PAYNE. "The city has been ignited by both MC SERCH and REGGIE REG. They, along with TRE BLACK, have and will continue to set a new standard for afternoon radio in DETROIT." (Mon, 2/11)

WYCD Adds Weekend After Hours Show- CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has added a new weekend show, hosted by WILL HARVEY and MATT VAUGHN called "WYCD AFTER HOURS." The show will air on SUNDAY mornings at 1a (ET) and will feature a fun 'house party,' atmosphere. HARVEY and VAUGHN together have over 15-years of on-air experience. The show will have a "young feel," according to the hosts and will feature Country artists such as CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DIERKS BENTLEY, TAYLOR SWIFT, JOSH GRACIN and others. (Mon, 2/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 14, 2008



Detroit News:

What did Ted "the Bear" Richards miss the most during the 16 years he was gone from Detroit? That's easy: Detroit baseball. "I was here when they won it all in 1984," says Richards, WOMC-FM (104.3 )'s new afternoon host. The faint Southern lilt in his voice from his native South Carolina can still be heard, even after his years as a jock at the legendary Detroit/Windsor station CKLW , delivering rapid-fire patter on his top-rated nighttime show (his CK years spanned from 1972 to 1985). Richards was named Jock of the Year by People magazine in 1979. Today, to celebrate the arrival of Detroit Tigers pitchers and catchers at Joker Marchant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla., sometime between 5 and 6 p.m., Richards will run part of an interview he did with Tigers' Hall of Fame announcer Ernie Harwell. What else did Richards miss about Detroit? Married to a former CKLW "hitline girl," Nancy, he's glad to be near his in-laws in Windsor. And: "The coney islands on Lafayette Boulevard, going to concerts at Cobo Hall, fishing in the river and catching three-eyed fish"... WOMC's 'The Bear' Richards celebrates Detroit Tigers players (Thu, 2/14)

Detroit Free Press:

WRIF-FM (101.1) and DJ Screamin' Scott Randall have assembled a fun way to make some money for two families in need. It's WRIF's first annual Super Rock 'n' Bowl, set for noon-2 a.m. Sunday at the Premier Lanes in Chesterfield Township. With help from Team Jacob (a group of folks who help raise money for charity) and the graciousness of musicians from the local scene, the much-ballyhooed event will pit teams of bands, bars and groupies in a west side-vs.-east side bowling event for charity. WRIF-FM (101.1) and DJ Screamin' Scott Randall have assembled a fun way to make some money for two families in need. It's WRIF's first annual Super Rock 'n' Bowl, set for noon-2 a.m. Sunday at the Premier Lanes in Chesterfield Township. With help from Team Jacob (a group of folks who help raise money for charity) and the graciousness of musicians from the local scene, the much-ballyhooed event will pit teams of bands, bars and groupies in a west side-vs.-east side bowling event for charity... WRIF goes bowling for a cause local music highlights (Thu, 2/14)

Novi News:

As Detroit Public Television continues making structural improvements to its Wixom facility, a new face was added to the internal line-up. Ritschard Homberg, former vice president and general manager of WWJ Newsradio (Channel 950) was named president and general manager of Detroit Public Television earlier this month ... In 2005, Detroit Public Television purchased the Wixom facility from former Clover Technologies. In order to raise funds to relocate the locally owned and operated broadcasting center, a capital campaign was launched with an overall goal of $22 million. Relying on donations has required renovations of the 93,000-square-foot building to be done in phases. The facility is currently undergoing construction of the master control room and editing rooms, which is slated for completion in May... Changes continue at Detroit Public TV's Wixom facility (Thu, 2/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 15, 2008



Bandyke set to celebrate 25 years on area radio

Thursday, February 21st marks the 25th anniversary of being a radio host for adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1 morning host Martin Bandyke. Back on Feb. 21, 1983 he began co-hosting the weekly Dimension program on WDET-FM. Dimension started in 1971 and was first hosted by the trumpet player Charles Moore, known for his work with everyone from the MC5 to
Yusef Lateef.

In September of 1991 Bandyke switched over to the weekday morning shift at WDET, then
started doing weekday afternoons in June of '92, which is where he stayed until WDET went virtually all news/talk in December of 2005.

The veteran host joined WQKL-FM, aka Ann Arbor's 107one, as the 6-10am morning drive host in January of '06, and also currently hosts the freeform Fine Tuning program on Sundays from 4-6pm on 107one.

In addition to special CD and ticket giveaways on his Feb. 21st morning show, a plan for a concert is in the works. Also, on the Feb. 24 Fine Tuning program Bandkye is set to play songs that he was playing back in 1983, like R.E.M., New Order, Prince, Echo & the Bunnymen, etc.

Says Bandyke, "I remain proud of the fact that I've survived and thrived on the radio in Detroit and have played some really cool music for the last 25 years."

Detroit Free Press:

Former WWJ-AM (950) Vice President and General Manager Rich Homberg announced Monday the radio station's fifth annual winter radiothon generated about $600,000. The station held the 31-hour radiothon Feb. 8 and 9 to contribute to the Heat and Warmth Fund. THAW is a nonprofit that provides emergency energy assistance to low-income families, according to the organization's Web site... WWJ-AM raises $600,000 to keep folks warm (Fri, 2/15)

Toledo Blade:

The day before Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's spokesman was suspended for three weeks for allegedly using vulgar language with an off-air radio producer, the mayor himself used a profanity during a live interview broadcast. Mr. Finkbeiner uttered the "f-word" followed by "ruckus" to describe the "few days" after his order last week to cancel a Marine Corps weekend-long urban warfare exercise in downtown Toledo and in some abandoned buildings. The mayor spoke on The Frank Beckmann Show on WJR-760 AM in Detroit for nearly 16 minutes Tuesday... Toledo mayor's profanity aired on live radio in Detroit (Fri, 2/15)

WXYZ-TV Channel 7:

Every night she expects the public to trust her – working as a TV news anchor.
But Suzanne Wangler is accused of taking more than $100,000 from a local man – and now the police are on the case. Suzanne Wangler’s fate has dramatically changed since she was a TV reporter here in Detroit. She’s been in trouble with police several times and now this latest drama – a man who says she took more than $100,000 from him. On the air right now in Lansing – she uses the name Suzanne Page, but you may remember this anchor as Suzanne Wangler. She used to work as a reporter here in Detroit... Investigators: Missing Money (Fri, 2/15)

Michigan Radio introduces Mobile Web service

Michigan Radio, in partnership with NPR, has introduced two new services for public radio listeners and web users in Michigan. NPR Mobile from Michigan Radio is a collaboration between the station and National Public Radio that brings news and features from both NPR and the Michigan Radio news team to users of mobile phones and other devices.

NPR Mobile consists of two new services: NPR Mobile Voice, and NPR Mobile Web. NPR Mobile Voice allows listeners to make a simple phone call, access a menu of listening choices including NPR and Michigan Radio programming, and listen to the audio on any phone (landline or mobile). NPR Mobile Web allows users to access NPR news and features via their phone’s mobile web browser. It delivers text, audio, and pictures directly to users through a web site optimized for delivery to mobile phones and other mobile devices. Neither NPR nor Michigan Radio charge for this service. Data usage charges depend on the calling/ data plan users have with their carrier.

Among the services that mobile users can access are hourly local news updates from Michigan Radio, national news updates from NPR, the NPR Story of the Day, and business, health and science news stories. Users can also hear commentaries from Frank DeFord and other public radio commentators, find public radio stations across the country while traveling, and even play the “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me” news quiz.

Michigan Radio is the first public radio station in Michigan to offer this innovative service, and one of only twenty public radio stations across the country participating in the NPR Mobile Web partnership.

“These two new interactive services deliver our Michigan Radio topical content to users whenever they choose, wherever they are. We are very pleased to lead the state with this new innovation in partnership with NPR.” commented Steve Schram, Director of Broadcasting for Michigan Public Media

- NPR Mobile Voice from Michigan Radio can be accessed by calling 734-274-5662.

- NPR Mobile Web from Michigan Radio can be accessed at michiganradio.npr.org.

Set your dial:

This week's edition of "The Evolution of Jazz" on WDET-FM 101.9 with host Ed Love will air on Sunday, February 17 at 8PM and is titled, "Electronic and Percussive Sounds of the 70s" ... Jackie Brown was a famous theatre organist from Scotland. Today, he's at the console of the famous WurliTzer in London's Granada Theater situated in the suburb of Tooting. His concerts were very popular because he always had a central theme. Jackie will be playing a series of railroad tunes on Somewhere in Time at 6:00 pm Sunday February 17th on WMUZ-FM 103.5 and WRDT AM 560 that range from Chattanooga Choo Choo to Casey Jones. The program is hosted by Tom Wilson and Heather Novak ... Judy Adams presents a live on tape performance from The Lewis Meyer Trio consisting of talented high school Jazz musicians from the Troy area at 11pm Sunday February 27 on "The Jazz Cafe Discovery Series", heard on WVMV-FM (98.7) ... ArtiFacts, the monthly arts and culture magazine show that provides ‘A View of Detroit’s Urban Art Scene’ is produced by the Arts League of Michigan and WRCJ 90.9FM, and airs every third Sunday of the month at 6:30 pm. This month, ArtiFacts host Karen Dumas will feature an informed conversation with Ministers of Music from local houses of worship that will focus on music in the church. The special invited guests will include the expertise and knowledge of, Bill Moss, Jr. of Christian Tabernacle Church, Robert Nix of Greater New Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Glenn Miller of Kirk in the Hills and Dr. Dorgan J. Needom of Unity Baptist Church. This ArtiFacts episode will air on Sunday, February 17, 2008 at 6:30 pm on WRCJ 90.9FM.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 16, 2008



WDET hires two

Detroit Public Radio has added Rob St. Mary to the station's newsroom. St. Mary, who is a native to metro Detroit, comes with many years experience in radio news reporting. He is a graduate of Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts and began his career as a newsroom producer at WJR. From there, he took an opportunity at WLEW in Bad Axe where he served as a reporter and anchor and then moved on to WSGW in Saginaw as assistant news director. Most recently, Rob St. Mary was news director at WOOD in Grand Rapids.

Rob is the recipient of two regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television News Directors Association and over a dozen awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Michigan Associated Press.

"I'm glad to be a WDET," he said. I've been listening to the station since I was a teenager and always enjoyed the depth of news programming and music, especially Ed Love. "Working in public radio, I won't be restrained by the format of commercial radio, so I can have the time necessary to tell the story in a way that really means something to the listener."

Hear reports from Rob St. Mary on WDET during its local newscasts weekdays on Morning Edition (5am-10am) and All Things Considered (4pm-7pm).

The station also announced the hiring of Michael Perkins as Sales Manager. Perkins, who joined WDET in November 2006, brings more than 11 years of media sales experience to his new position. Prior to coming to WDET, Perkins worked for more than 10 years in commercial broadcasting, including positions at CBS Radio and Clear Channel.

"I really enjoy working in a public broadcasting environment where news and cultural coverage is so important," said Perkins. "WDET's business partners also appreciate how engaged the station is in our community."

CKWW to air “The Evolution of Rock” weeknights

Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will take a look back at the early days of Rock & Roll with “The Evolution of Rock” starting Monday at 7 PM.

"The Evolution of Rock" is an unprecedented 64-hour music documentary and AM 580 will air one chapter every weeknight at 7 PM. It will explore the roots of Rock including the teen idols. Then it moves through the 1960’s and looks at the British Invasion, the Motown Sound and beyond, right through to the 1970’s. Produced by CHUM Radio, The Evolution of Rock won the prestigious Billboard Magazine award for “Best Radio Documentary” in the world.

Detroit Free Press:

Sherry Wells has three old televisions hooked up to an outdoor antenna. One year from Sunday, if the Ferndale resident does nothing, her television reception will end -- darkened by a plan of broadcasters to switch from old-fashioned analog signals to new-fangled digital ones. "I think I have to get three new TVs," Wells, 61, said Wednesday. Actually, she has cheaper options. But for Wells and an estimated 1.2 million other Michiganders whose televisions lack cable service or a satellite dish, the impending switch requires getting smart about the choices. To help them, an educational campaign -- the DTV Roadshow -- rolled into Novi on Friday. It is sponsored by the National Association of Broadcasters. The truck-mounted exhibit is stationed inside the Rock Financial Showplace during the Detroit Camper and RV Show... TV exhibit spreads word on how to ease switch to digital, Start preparing now for digital TV, Protest broadcasts trouble with old TVs (Sat, 2/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 17, 2008



V98.7 to change afternoon drive show

Sandy Kovach, the popular afternoon drive host for smooth jazz WVMV-FM 98.7, is shifting to middays 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. as the station gets set to introduce a syndicated show from jazz saxophonist Dave Koz starting February 25th. Koz's program will air weekdays from 2 - 7 p.m.

Janet G exits the lineup at WVMV.

Ann Arbor News:

More music and less talk appears to be the plan at WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station. WEMU has expanded its weeknight jazz program, "89.1 Jazz'' with Evelynn Hawkins, to five nights a week from four and added an hour to the show, dropping the talk program "Fair Game.'' The Monday evening Latin programs "Cuban Fantasy'' and "Brazilian Sol'' move to Saturday night. The change takes effect Monday. Other changes include dropping NPR's "Fresh Air'' weekdays at noon in favor of more jazz; "89.1 Jazz with Linda Yohn'' will now run until 12:30 p.m.; and "89.1 Jazz with Michael Jewett'' will run from 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. The "Lynn Rivers Show'' will move to Mondays at 8 a.m. beginning Feb. 25. (There will be no "Lynn Rivers Show'' this week) ... Congratulations to WKQL (107.1 FM)'s morning host, Martin Bandyke. Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of his start as a radio host... On The Air: More music on WEMU lineup (Sun, 2/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 19, 2008



CBS Radio's Murphy to transfer out of Detroit market

Kevin Murphy, CBS Radio Detroit market manager and senior vice president, is leaving the market and being re-assigned to the CBS' cluster in Riverside/San Bernardino/Ontario, CA. His new assignment begins March 3.

Murphy also acted as general manager for sports WXYT-FM/AM and oldies WOMC-FM and arrived in Detroit in June 2005 when he was named as GM for WOMC. He was viewed by some as a polarizing figure due to numerous personnel cuts that were made under his watch, both at WOMC and what was then talk WKRK-FM 97.1 (now WXYT-FM).

WMUZ celebrating fifty years of Christian radio, to shift lineup

As WMUZ-FM celebrates its fiftieth year of Christian Broadcasting in Detroit, there is also a celebration of new and exciting programming. Beginning March 4, 2008, Robin Sullivan’s Praise Company will relaunch to feature three hours of a mix of Christian music laced with Godly encouragement.

The revamped show will feature Contemporary Christian hits from the 80’s, 90’s and now, along with some spice from the Gospel, Contemporary Christian Country and Inspirational Christian arena. Sullivan will also serve as promotions manager for Crawford Broadcasting Detroit stations WMUZ, WEXL and WRDT.

"I live for this," Sullivan noted. “Give me a song to play, a listener to hear, and the Word to speak – I’m there!” Robin has been hosting afternoon drive for nearly 25 years at WMUZ.

Additionally, the station will add author, speaker and radio talk show host Dave Ramsey to the line up from 7:00 pm until 9:00 pm weeknights following the Praise Company. Ramsey offers life-changing financial advice as host of the nationally syndicated radio program, “The Dave Ramsey Show,” which is broadcast on 350 radio stations throughout the United States to over 3 million listeners each week. The show focuses on life, love, and relationships, and how they happen to revolve around money. Dave says, "It's where life happens...caller after caller."

Riff 2 announces winners of its 1st Annual “Riff 2 Awards”

After an online vote, fans of the Detroit local music scene selected their favorites in 26 categories, viewable at www.riff2.com. The 2007 Riff2 Music Awards party/showcase will take place at the Belmont Bar in Hamtramck on Friday, February 29th. The event is free.

101 WRIF debuted Riff2, one of the first HD Radio multicast stations in the nation, in July 2005.


Detroit News:

Former TV news anchor/reporter Suzanne Wangler was arrested this morning on charges she allegedly embezzled more than $149,000 from a Woodhaven man while acting as his financial adviser. Wangler, arrested at her Royal Oak home without incident, has worked at Metro Detroit television stations in the past and more recently as a news anchor Suzanne "Page" at WLAJ in Lansing. She resigned from that job, which she has held since September, last Thursday citing personal reasons. The arrest was the most recent in a series of legal troubles for the 42-year-old Wangler, including an arrest for drunk driving and child endangerment in Royal Oak last summer and a November 2005 incident in which she attempted to shoplift a cart full of more than $600 in food and merchandise from the Westborn Market in Berkley... Former TV anchor Suzanne Wangler arrested (Wed, 2/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 21, 2008



Detroit News:

For five hours on Friday, XM Satellite Radio's "60s on 6" channel will become Detroit's much-loved WKNR Keener 13. Every week XM's "Sonic Sound Salute" puts the spotlight on a different '60s radio station, and this week from 4-9 p.m. host Terry "Motor Mouth" Young will play airchecks, commercials and other content from WKNR (1310 on the AM dial). WKNR first signed on the air on Halloween night, 1963, and the personable, bubbly station was the firm favorite of most teenagers until about 1968-'70, when CKLW started coming on strong with a more powerful signal. Was WKNR as great as so many remember it? "Sonic Sound Salute" host Young didn't grow up here (although he was on the air on WDFX "The Fox" at 99.5 briefly in the late '80s), but after culling through reams of pristine airchecks sent to him by former WKNR program director and on-air personality Bob Green , he insists that WKNR was one of the best... XM Radio shines the spotlight on Detroit's Keener 13 (Thu, 2/21)

Ann Arbor News:

Radio storyteller Garrison Keillor brings his popular radio variety show "A Prairie Home Companion'' to Hill Auditorium for a live performance June 14 at 5:45 p.m. This engagement is part the Ann Arbor Summer Festival's 25th season celebration, June 13-July 6, and is co-presented with Michigan Radio. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 21 at 9 a.m. through the festival ticket office, 734-764-2538, and online at www.annarborsummerfestival.org. Tickets are $65-$25. Keillor and his guests - to be announced at a future date - bring to life the comedy sketches, music, stories, and imaginary product sponsors fans have loved for the last 34 years... 'Prairie Home' comes to Hill Auditorium (Thu, 2/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 24, 2008



The Oakland Press:

In her Waterford Township home, retiree Berniece Jones has always had a television with an antenna. "I've never had cable," she said. In February 2009, all programming coming in free over the air from analog signals will stop as the country changes over to digital. Viewers such as Jones will need a special converter box to receive the new signals. The Federal Communications Commission estimates 15.5 million households -- 14 percent of U.S. households -- watch TV over the air. But officials emphasized no one is exactly sure of the figure. "Anywhere from 40-80 million households" have over-the-air TVs, according to estimates given by a Best Buy spokesman. People can buy the box or scrap their old TVs and buy ones that will pick up the new signal. Jones said, "There's no way I'm going to get a new TV"... Digital switch is on the way (Sun, 2/24)


Detroit News:

Police are investigating the death of TV news reporter/anchor Suzanne Wangler, found Saturday afternoon in her home on Vinsetta Boulevard. Royal Oak police were called to the home shortly before 3 p.m. after a relative reportedly found Wangler "unresponsive," said Detective Don Swiatkowski. "She was found by a family member and pronounced dead at 3:27 p.m.," he said. "An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of her death." Sources close to the investigation told The News Wangler's death is being investigated as a suicide. Those sources said her body was found in the basement of the home. She had worked as a news reporter at several local TV stations... Wangler found dead in her home (Sun, 2/24)

Michigan State University and News/Talk 760 WJR partner in Web resource for Great Lakes environmental issues

Michigan State University and News/Talk 760 WJR radio have launched a Web site called “Greening of the Great Lakes.” The goal of the Web site, located at www.greeningofthegreatlakes.com, is to provide information and insight into the organizations committed to making the Great Lakes region a leader in environmental practices. It’s designed to be an online resource for anyone interested in learning about the Great Lakes region, related environmental issues and ways that they can protect the environment.

“‘Greening of the Great Lakes’ is an exciting extension of MSU’s partnership with WJR,” said MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. “The stewardship of the environment in which we live is vitally important to all of us, especially when it concerns our treasured Great Lakes. We want ‘Greening of the Great Lakes’ to become the online resource for all the important information people need to incorporate sound environmental practices into their daily lives.”

WJR President and General Manager Mike Fezzey said, “The outstanding partnership between WJR and MSU to create www.greeningofthegreatlakes.com has not only created a place where listeners can go to find extensive resources for those dedicated to living an environmentally friendly lifestyle, but this site will stay on the cutting edge of environmental related news and information.”

-- Read more: MSU press release


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 25, 2008



CBS Radio taps Kenyon, Kowalski in Detroit

Deb Kenyon will take over as market manager for CBS Radio/Detroit (WWJ, WXYT-FM/AM, WVMV, WYCD, WOMC), replacing Kevin Murphy and Pete Kowalski has been tapped to take over as general manager for WWJ, replacing Rich Homberg. Murphy is being transferred by CBS to California while Homberg left the company for a job with Detroit Public Television.

TV Week:

A showdown over money between Bright House Networks, the sixth-biggest U.S. cable operator, and Post-Newsweek Stations could leave some cable viewers without programming from CBS-affiliated WKMG-TV in Orlando, Fla., and NBC-affiliated WDIV-TV in Detroit.
Post-Newsweek, which owns six stations, says Bright House is going to have to pay if it wants to carry the signals after midnight March 16, the expiration date of the third extension on a carriage contract between the companies... Standoff between Bright House, Post-Newsweek may cost cable viewers some network shows (Sun, 2/24)


RADIO ONE Urban WHTD(HOT102.7)/DETROIT OM AL PAYNE announces DETROIT native REGGIE REG will be the permanent host for their PM-drive show. Over the past six weeks REGGIE REG joined MC SERCH, TRE BLACK and LT. DRE as separate guest hosts. “It has been great showcasing these legends of the last few weeks and all four icons will be heard on HOT102.7 in the future,” said AL PAYNE. “Now I take pride in announcing that 'YO CUZIN REGGIE REG' can now be heard every weekday from 3-6p.” REGGIE REG hosted the top-rated PM-drive show in THE MOTOR CITY from 1999 – 2005. In addition, he was nominated for Personality-Of-The-Year. (Mon, 2/25)

Detroit News:

Former television co-workers of Suzanne Wangler were stunned this weekend to learn the one-time energetic journalist with a penchant for tailgate cooking was found dead Saturday in her Royal Oak home on Vinsetta Boulevard. "I always thought she was a happy person," said veteran newswoman Amyre Makupson, who worked with Wangler at UPN 50 in the 1990s. "She was crazy about her husband and just idolized her kids. She had a beautiful house. She was very proud of it. "It's just so sad. I can't get her out of my mind. I can't believe it's come to that end." Police had been investigating suicide. On Sunday, Dr. Patrick Cho of the Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Wangler died by hanging. Her death followed a series of troubles for the mother of four, a former reporter/anchor at several TV stations and ex-wife of John Wangler, the former University of Michigan quarterback who filed for divorce in 1999... Ex-TV reporter died of hanging; former colleagues shocked (Mon, 2/25)

Detroit Free Press:

Suzanne Wangler, a former Detroit television reporter, couldn’t seem to pull her life together after her divorce a few years ago. She was arrested for shoplifting. She became mired in debt. She lost custody of her children. And she was accused of bilking $150,000 from a man she dated. Days after the last allegation hit the air as part of a television newscast on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), Wangler, 43, hanged herself in the bathroom of her Royal Oak home, said Carl Marlinga, her recently hired lawyer. “Her world fell apart, and she was never able to pull it back together,” Marlinga said Sunday, a day after one of her relatives found her body ... She asked the former Macomb County prosecutor to try to keep WXYZ from airing a report about her latest problems because it would cost her the job in Lansing. “They made a judgment that because she’s a reporter, there’s enough public interest to run the story,” Marlinga said, “but you can’t argue that Channel 7 necessarily caused this” ... With world falling apart, ex-Detroit TV anchor Suzanne Wangler takes own life (Mon, 2/25)

Detroit Symphony concertmaster and violinist Emmanuelle Boisvert gives a rare interview on the March 2 edition of WRCJ-FM's (90.9) "DSO Unmasked" at noon ... Appearing: NPR talk host Diane Rehm (10 a.m.-noon weekdays, WUOM-FM, 91.7) , on March 11, to give the Sweeny Memorial Lecture at Christ Church Grosse Pointe... Names and Faces (Mon, 2/25)


Podell named director of Rock Programming at Greater Media Detroit

Greater Media has announced that veteran radio programmer Doug Podell has been named Director of Rock Programming for WRIF-FM 101.1 and WCSX-FM 94.7.

In his new role, Podell will be responsible for the strategic direction and programming for both stations. The Detroit native has held the role of PD for WRIF for the past 14 years in addition to hosting the station's midday program. Prior to joining Greater Media Detroit, Podell worked as the PD of WNCX-FM in Cleveland, Ohio. His appointment at WCSX fills the role previously held by Bill Stedman, who exited earlier this month.

"I believe that it's for the overall strategic best interests of the cluster to have one person's vision and leadership directing both of our rock stations,” said Tom Bender, Senior Vice President and Regional General Manager of Greater Media Detroit. “Doug is a lifelong competitor and a man with an enviable track record of winning. He totally understands the Detroit market, and we're fortunate to have him to fill this role."

"It’s an honor to now be associated with and represent not one, but two of the greatest rock stations in the country, WRIF and WCSX," said Doug Podell. "I’d like to thank everyone at Greater Media, especially Peter Smyth, Tom Bender and Buzz Knight for the opportunity and their confidence in me."

He will begin his new position effective immediately.

Detroit Free Press:

These certainly qualify as blasts from the past. Independent producer and author of "TV Land Detroit" Gordon Castelnero reports he has a couple of documentaries ready to go on three great names from Detroit's TV past: Lou Gordon, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. "Motor City Celebrities," the first installment, airs at 9 p.m. April 7 on public WTVS-TV (Channel 56) with a 30-minute remembrance of Kelly and Turner... WTVS looks at Detroit's TV past (Tue, 2/26)

Riff 2 offering online battle of the bands

Riff 2, WRIF-FM’s HD side channel, has partnered with Ourstage.com to host an online battle of the bands that will have one local Detroit band walking away with $1,001 and the chance to win $5,000.

Interested bands can go online to www.riff2.com now through March 23rd to enter their band into the competition. They will be asked to complete a free registration with Ourstage.com and then upload up to 2 audio tracks to be entered into the competition.

There are 3 rounds of voting to determine the local winner of the Riff 2 Detroit Battle of the bands, which is set up in tournament-style voting. The winning band will get $1,001 and they will also win an HD radio for each member of the band. They will then move on to the national competition, with the chance to win $5,000.

This competition is part of Riff 2’s ongoing efforts to increase the visibility of the local music scene and to give talented, local musicians a platform on which to showcase their material. “We’re excited about the technology that Ourstage.com brings to this competition and are looking forward to hosting a true, local online battle of the bands,” said Mark Pennington, program director for Riff 2.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 27, 2008



The Fox seeking angel makers

Country WDTW-FM 106.7 The Fox and “The Chad Show”, with Chad and CJ, are inviting listeners to Freedom Hill County Park in Sterling Heights on Saturday, March 1st at 11:00 am when an attempt will be made to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the most snow angels in one place at one time. The current record of 8.962 is held by a group from North Dakota.

As an incentive, the person bringing the most people along with them will win front row tickets to see Tim McGraw in May and a pair of tickets to see Kenny Chesney from the Chad Show suite later in the summer.

Detroit Free Press:

Facing surgery again for lung cancer, Mickey Redmond knew what he had to do. Play hockey. He traveled to Toronto for an old-timers’ game between the Red Wings and Maple Leafs. He took his family with him just days before the operation to remove a small tumor from his left lung. “I wanted to enjoy it — savor the moment,” Redmond said Tuesday. “It might be the last game I ever play in. You have to enjoy it when you can.” Redmond, the first Wing to score 50 goals in a season and a popular analyst for the team’s telecasts, should be able to savor his favorite sport for a long time to come. In his first public comments since his Feb..11 surgery, Redmond told the Free Press that he was recovering nicely and expected to return to the FSN broadcast booth at Joe Louis Arena within 10 days... Mickey Redmond recovering, playing hockey, set to return to Wings TV (Wed, 2/27)

Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) is experiencing a lot of changes these days. The station's meteorologist Shay Ryan has moved to the Big Apple to join her husband, former WXYZ reporter Glenn Zimmerman. Zimmerman left the station in December for a new gig at WNBC-TV (Channel 4), the NBC affiliate in New York. Ryan's last day was Sunday. Last fall, Ryan and Zimmerman welcomed a baby boy, Coen Edward Zimmerman, into their high-profile lives. Zimmerman worked at WXYZ for six years and Ryan worked at the station for five. Meanwhile, Ray Sayah , one of WXYZ's three investigative reporters, has also moved on to bigger and brighter pastures. Sayah, who worked at WXYZ for seven years, landed a job at CNN last month. Now Sayah works as one of CNN's international correspondents based in Pakistan... Meteorologist bids adieu to WXYZ (Wed, 2/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 28, 2008



Detroit News:

When ex-TV news reporter Suzanne Marie Wangler's body was found in her home last weekend, an apparent suicide, there was no note, not a word of explanation left behind for those who loved or knew her. Her 43-year-old life at times seemed bright and glamorous from the outside, but was anything but perfect, according to Oakland Circuit Court records that show she wrestled with a variety of personal problems, civil and criminal. Wangler held high-profile news jobs, married the former star quarterback and raised four children in a big, fancy house. But a rocky divorce, money problems and legal troubles including a DUI conviction and charges of embezzlement painted a different picture that those who knew her said were really cries for help. "Suzanne was not a bad person -- she had a lot of good qualities, did good things for people and was the mother of my four children," said her ex-husband John Wangler, a former University of Michigan football standout. "They, her family, all of us are devastated by this. But while we would prefer her memory be positive, she had some serious problems and mental health issues that were never addressed or even diagnosed, as far as I know"... Ex-reporter's life a troubled dream (Thu, 2/28)

The Detroit Historical Museum is launching a special exhibit on Saturday, March 8, "Detroit's Classic Radio Voices," putting the spotlight on six of Detroit's most beloved radio icons. The exhibit honors the late J.P. McCarthy of WJR (760) fame; Tigers broadcaster and Baseball Hall of Famer Ernie Harwell ; weather quipster Sonny Eliot (WWJ, WWJ-TV and WJBK-TV); R&B/talk personality, the late Martha Jean "the Queen" Steinberg (WCHB, WJLB and her own station, WQBH); perennial morning host/funnyman Dick Purtan (WKNR, WOMC); and longtime "Ask Your Neighbor" host Bob Allison (WWJ, WNZK). Allison also hosted "Bowling for Dollars" on WJBK-TV2 and appeared as the kindly Twin Pines milkman on the Channel 4 '60s kid show "Milky's Party Time"... Exhibit pays homage to radio voices of Detroit (Thu, 2/28)

It's the secret nightmare of every cancer survivor -- will the disease come back? Red Wings broadcaster Mickey Redmond is living that situation right now, working on recovering from another incidence of lung cancer. Redmond underwent surgery Feb.11, having a tumor removed from his left lung. He had much of his right lung removed in 2003, in his first brush with cancer. He's traveled this road before, but dealing with a serious illness never is easy. "It's been a lot of things: shock at them finding cancer again in me, then knowing I'd had to do the surgery, then the pain afterwards, and recovering," Redmond, 60, said Wednesday. "This is not a simple thing. My body hurts a little more than the first time. I guess they had to be a little rougher with me to get in there. "But I'm optimistic for the future and grateful for everything. This is something I intend to fight through"... Redmond goes 2nd round with cancer (Thu, 2/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 29, 2008



Purtan Radiothon raises $2.3 million

The 21st Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon benefiting the Salvation Army Bed & Bread program landed just over $2.31 million dollars in pledges today, falling just short of Purtan's goal of making one dollar more than last year. The 20th anniversary radiothon last year raised nearly $2.399 million. The event, held over 16 hours at Oakland Mall in Troy, raised funds to provide food and shelter for the homeless and hungry in metropolitan Detroit. Annual gifts to the Bed & Bread Program help supply 4,931 meals each day and help shelter 565 people each night and contributions ensure that men, women, and children can count on The Salvation Army’s services year after year.

Oldies WOMC is broadcasted the entire event live maintained a blog from the event- link to it from the station's web site at www.womc.com to see highlights from the day.

Detroit News:

The February ratings book closed this week with all three Metro Detroit stations touting impressive ratings and gains. The month proved to be a news-packed time with breaking stories on Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and convicted murderer Stephen Grant's damaging jail tapes and entencing. WJBK-TV (Channel 2), the local Fox affiliate, benefited from the network's airing of Super Bowl XLII early in the month and the return of a strike-proof "American Idol." The station also ranked first in early and late news in key demographics, says Jeff Murri, the station's vice president and general manager. Meanwhile, weekday and weekend editions of "Fox 2 News Morning" ranked No. 1 in households, as well as all key demographics, and demonstrated double digit year-to-year growth... Super Bowl and 'Idol' boost WJBK-TV ratings (Fri, 2/29)

Wanted to add a little substance to something that happened today during the 3 p.m. hour of Terry Foster and Mike Valenti's show on 97.1 the Ticket. A woman called in to discuss the Kwame Kilpatrick situation. She made a number of rumor-type allegations about the Mayor's conduct, bordering on nasty. New WXYT operations manager Tom Bigby didn't like where the call was going, so he went into the booth and told the pair to drop the caller - now. There was a bit of disconnect, and then Bigby told the producer to go to break - all on the air. Foster and Valenti came back after the break, went on with the show, and all is well... Foster and Valenti show incident (Thu, 2/28)


Canada's Blackburn Radio is embracing country music in Southwestern Ontario in a big way, changing the format of CFCO AM 630 / FM 92.9 Chatham, ON from an oldies-based full service offering to country as Country 92.9 along with officially launching the country format on CJSP-FM 92.7 Leamington, ON. CJSP has on the air testing since November, but this morning marked the first time the station started offering regular live programming.

Each station has launched a new web site:
CFCO: www.country929.com
CJSP: www.country927.com


WDMK evening host Lady BG exits

After nine years, Lady BG has left as the evening host of 'Kisses after Dark' on adult urban WDMK-FM 105.9. She also had held the roles of assistant program director and music director before her position was eliminated- those tasks have been given to Ms. Smiley of sister station WHTD-FM 102.7. Joining Radio One/Detroit at WDMK for swing shifts is Terry Bello who last worked for the company in Cleveland.

Not enough angels

Country WDTW-FM's (106.7) attempt to organize a world record snow-angel making activity fell short on Saturday at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights. Although the station didn't reveal participation numbers, it's hoping to repeat the effort next winter. A group from North Dakota assembled 8,962 people in Bismarck last February to set the Guinness World Record for most snow angels made simultaneously.


Detroit News:

A number of Paula Tutman fans have been calling and e-mailing as of late wondering where the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter has gone. Well, she's still with the station but has since moved to mornings. A promotion, Tutman's new job allows her to perk up early risers who tune into "Local 4 News Morning" from 5-7 a.m. weekdays. Tutman has been with WDIV, our local NBC affiliate, for 16 years working as a general assignment reporter. The Maryland native started in television news in the early 1980s as a reporter at WATE-TV (Channel 6), an ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Tenn., and went on to anchor and report at WLKY-TV (Channel 32), a CBS affiliate in Louisville, Ky., and WJZ-TV (Channel 13), another CBS affiliate in Baltimore. As the morning correspondent for "Local 4 News Morning" for about a month now, Tutman says what she likes most about her new job is learning new things... Paula Tutman's on WDIV's a.m. news (Wed, 3/5)

Detroit Free Press:

With Drew Lane's absence from WRIF-FM's morning show starting its sixth month, morning ratings were certainly the focus of Tuesday's monthly Arbitron report card for November and December of 2007 and January '08. WRIF can continue to be concerned that minus Lane, the morning show now hosted by Mike Clark and producers Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters lost 1.6 rating points in the key 25-54 demographic from the same period a year ago. But the station can take some solace that the 9.7 it carded was up 0.1 point from the final quarter of '07, perhaps signifying a pause in any further ratings leakage... Drew's still gone, but it's not all bad (Wed, 3/5)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Fans of the Detroit Tigers who don’t have cable or satellite television will be limited to nine over-the-air broadcasts this season — down from 25 games in 2007. Fox will air eight Tigers games as part of the network's national Saturday Baseball Game of the Week broadcasts. Those games will be carried locally on Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK-Channel 2. The only other chance to watch the Tigers on the public airwaves comes when the Tigers open the season at 1:05 p.m. March 31 at Comerica Park against the Kansas City Royals... Only 9 Tiger games to be available via over-the-air TV broadcasts (Thu, 3/6)

WCSX to announce 2008 Stone Soup Project car at Autorama

WCSX listeners have spoken and they have chosen this year’s Stone Soup Project car. WCSX’s Morning Show hosts Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison will unveil this year’s Stone Soup Project car at Autorama in Cobo Center today, Friday March 7th, at 5pm.

Stone Soup raffle tickets will be available for sale for the first time at the WCSX Autorama booth. Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to Forgotten Harvest. JJ & Lynne’s Stone Soup Project has raised nearly $1 million for local Detroit charities since 2003.

WCSX will also have 3 previous Stone Soup vehicles on display. You can see the '70 HEMI Roadrunner, '65 GTO Convertible & '47 Custom Nailhead Truck. The station will broadcast live all weekend from the 56th annual Autorama @ Cobo Center March 7-9. For more information go to www.wcsx.com.

Detroit Free Press:

Nostalgic radio exhibit: Blast from the past? This qualifies. A new exhibit opening at the Detroit Historical Museum (www.detroithistorical.org) on Saturday features six radio personalities of the past and present. "Detroit's Classic Radio Voices" has artifacts, photos and audio... Names and Faces (Fri, 3/7)


Detroit News:

Quick, what's "snowy" and "breezy" weather? That would be "sneezy," according to Detroit weather wit Sonny Eliot, and an appropriate description for this snowy week. Eliot is part of a new exhibit opening today at the Detroit Historical Museum: "Detroit's Classic Radio Voices." On display are photos, awards, records, clothing and other artifacts relating to six iconic air personalities: Eliot, Dick Purtan, the late J.P. McCarthy, the late Martha Jean "the Queen" Steinberg, Ernie Harwell and Bob Allison. Most important are the audio clips of each of the icons that play continuously as you're looking at the exhibit. So you hear Martha Jean "the Queen" in full spiritual mode, thumping on the table as she exhorts: "I'm on my knees, crawling, I'm telling the people don't step on me, I've got to be delivered this morning, I've got to be healed this morning not tomorrow, not this evening, but this morning!"... New exhibit gives voice to six iconic radio figures (Sat, 3/8)


WRIF announces 2008 WRIF Rock Girl search

Rock WRIF-FM is launching the 2008 search for a new WRIF Rock Girl, where one woman will have the opportunity to represent WRIF for one year as a station personality and spokesperson. In addition to being the traffic reporter alongside afternoon drive host Arthur Penhallow, the WRIF Rock Girl will be the station ambassador at VIP parties, concerts and events and she’ll receive a $40,000 salary for doing so.

Through an extensive radio, online and print campaign, WRIF will encourage the women of Detroit to attend one of 3 remaining casting calls. There, they will be asked a series of questions and they’ll be asked to read a traffic report to determine whether they will make the cut into the 2008 WRIF Rock Girl semifinals.

Once the 32 semi-finalists are selected, WRIF listeners will be encouraged to vote in a series of 3 rounds for their favorite contestant online at www.wrif.com.

The dates, times and locations of the casting calls are:
- Saturday, March 22nd at Ashley’s in Westland, 5p-9p
- Saturday, March 29th at Macomb Mall in Roseville, 3p-7p
- Thursday, April 3rd at Malarky’s in Southgate, 6p-10p

Contestants must bring a 5”x7” photo and a bio / resume. Potential candidates must attend a casting call to be considered. The contest is open to Michigan residents 21 years of age and older. For official contest rules, log on to www.wrif.com.

Detroit Free Press:

Thursday is a big day in radio history. That's when CBS Radio will mark the 70th anniversary of "The World News Roundup," launched on March 13, 1938. This was the first show to bring the voices of correspondents stationed around the world together for a live news broadcast. It is the longest-running news broadcast in history. The program began amid the growing tensions in Europe leading up to World War II ... "The World News Roundup" can be heard on WWJ-AM (950) at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily... Happy 70th to CBS's 'Roundup' (Mon, 3/10)

Time shifting, or using DVRs to record a favorite show and playing it back when convenient for the consumer, is resulting in an increase of prime-time TV watching by 18-49-year-olds, says a recent survey from Nielsen Reports. The traditional prime-time period between 8 and 11 p.m. is expanding because people are watching the shows they recorded earlier the same evening... TV viewing on the rise thanks to time-shifting (Mon, 3/10)

Detroit News:

The nationwide conversion to all-digital TV is coming just under a year from now, but the process is a complete mystery to Marie Ulbrich. "I don't understand what that's all about," said Ulbrich, 92. "We have four TVs in our house, and they're all the old kind. "Are we going to have to throw them all away? And if we do, where would they go? Wouldn't that be an environmental hazard?" Many seniors are also in the dark about the conversion -- which, experts say, makes them ripe for scam artists because they don't understand what they need to convert their sets. The fear is that scammers will try to sell unnecessary or overly expensive converter boxes to seniors, said Karen Bisdorf, assistant director for Macomb County Senior Citizen Services. Bisdorf's organization is planning a presentation Tuesday at the Chesterfield Senior Center to help educate seniors about the switch scheduled for Feb. 17, 2009. Another presentation is scheduled for August... Seminar introduces seniors to digital TV (Mon, 3/10)

Zonjic captures Canadian Smooth Jazz award

Alexander Zonjic, popular weekday morning host of Detroit’s Smooth Jazz V98.7, WVMV-FM, was named Broadcaster of the Year at the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards last Friday, March 7 at The Living Arts Centre, Mississauga, Ontario near Toronto.

“I am glad to have been recognized by an award for my work in broadcasting and with a nomination for my artistry as a jazz flutist,” said Zonjic. Zonjic was also nominated for Best Wind Instrumentalist. His radio show is consistently rated in the top ten morning shows among listeners in the Detroit market.

Zonjic also reprised his role as host of the fourth annual competition. “I’ve been part of the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards since their inception. It’s the only awards show for this music genre internationally, said Zonjic.

WTKA to host radiothon for C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital March 13

On Thursday March 13th, sports WTKA AM 1050 Ann Arbor will host a special radiothon event for the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital to raise funds for gas cards for Mott patients and their families.

To support the event, WTKA’s Sam Webb and Andy Evans will host their show, “The Michigan Insider,” live at Mott from 6 to 10 a.m. that day. Listeners can tune in to 1050 AM to hear Mott physicians, nurses and social workers discuss the increasing need for gas cards among Mott patient families from all socioeconomic backgrounds. In addition, WTKA, along with Ann Arbor Radio’s W4 Country (102.9 FM) and 107one (107.1 FM), will air interviews throughout the day with Mott patients and families who use the gas card supplied by Mott for health care travel expenses.

High gas prices continue to put the squeeze on how many parents are managing health care for their children – either in getting to health care visits or purchasing medications. In fact, according to a recent report by the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health, 6 percent of parents have postponed a medical visit or buying medication for their children due to high gas prices.

As the result of increasing gas prices and the Michigan economy, Mott is struggling to meet the demand by its patients and their families for gas cards.

During the past four years alone, expenses for the gas card program at Mott – managed by the U-M Health System’s Guest Assistance Program – has increased by more than 700 percent.

This program – which relies on the generosity and support of the community – is designed to help patient and families with extra expenses during their outpatient and inpatient visits to U-M hospitals. Processes are in place for the gas card program, as well as other gift card programs run by UMHS’ Guest Assistance Program, Child and Family Life Department, and Department of Social Work, to ensure appropriate distribution of donated gift cards to patients and their families.

To help support the gas card program at Mott during radiothon on March 13, visit www.mottchildrenshospital.org or www.wtka.com.


Detroit News:

Tucked away on a quiet street in a Warren industrial park, a $14.95 skeleton from Wal-Mart is having a shrieking argument with a plastic plant. The two are sitting in a vintage hearse, with a husky wolfman at the wheel. "There's a weed whacker in the trunk!" the skeleton taunts the plant. A violent fight breaks out. "If you two don't knock it off, I'm going to turn this car around," the werewolf warns. Then he grins at the TV camera, howls and delivers his tagline: "Hey kids, it's time to lock the doors, pop some popcorn, roll out the sleeping bags and watch 'Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema.'" This is Stage 3 Productions, and original, local television is being created as Wolfman Mac, Detroit's first horror movie host in decades, films a show late on a snowy Thursday. "Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema" premieres on TV 20 Friday night at 1 a.m. (technically Saturday morning), with a furry, wisecracking host presenting the best of the worst black-and-white horror movies, as well as demented skits... It's alive! Wolfman Mac brings horror B-movie classics back to local TV (Thu, 3/13)

Gone-country pop star Jewel -- along with Trisha Yearwood, Gretchen Wilson, Lonestar and Westland native Josh Gracin -- is heading up this year's WYCD-FM (99.5) Downtown Hoedown, set for Detroit's Hart Plaza, May 9-11. The 25-year-old, free, three-day concert will star more than 30 acts in all, including a host of local talent... Hoedown attracts big star power (Thu, 3/13)


Detroit Free Press:

Tonight's Pistons/San Antonio game isn't your run-of-the-mill, late-season NBA game. It marks the first time in Detroit sports history that a team will devote an entire day to a charity telethon. Take that, Jerry Lewis! The Pistons Cares Telethon Benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Michigan Chapter, is working toward its goal of granting wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. The telethon will run throughout the day and into the evening as the Pistons host the Spurs at 8 p.m. Fans can call in their donations to 877-372-9474 starting at 6 a.m. or they can go to www.pistons.com and click on the "DONATE NOW" button... Names and Faces (Fri, 3/14)


Detroit Free Press:

The Pistons hosted an all-day telethon Friday benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan that culminated with the broadcast of the Spurs game. They raised more than $400,000 to grant the wishes of children who have life-threatening illnesses in Michigan... Telethon raises more than $400,000 (Sat, 3/15)

Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) received the "Station of the Year Award" at the 2007 Broadcast Excellence Awards, hosted by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). The station received the award at a ceremony held during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo earlier this week in Grand Rapids. The station placed first in the Investigative Story category for "Pastor Ben's Bling," a report by Heather Catallo, one of WXYZ's investigative reporters... WXYZ-TV is named state's best (Sat, 3/15)

Michigan Radio Named MAB Public Radio Station of the Year

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been named Public Broadcasting Station of the Year for 2007 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). The award was announced Tuesday evening at the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference, held in Grand Rapids. This is the fifth year in a row Michigan Radio has been named Public Radio Station of the Year.

The Station of the Year recognition is based on total points that a station receives in various judging categories.

Michigan Radio received a total of seven Broadcast Excellence Awards, in the following categories:

• Best Newscast—Charity Nebbe

• Best Mini Documentary/Series—“Grading Michigan Schools” (Sarah Hulett, Tracy Samilton, Samara, Freemark w/ Lester Graham & Kaomi Goetz)

• Best Feature/Use of Medium—“Urban Explorers” (Jennifer Guerra)

• Best News or Public Affairs Special— “Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots”

• Best Membership Appeal—“Pledge Questions” (Charity Nebbe)

• Best Marketing Materials and Promos—“Open House: Behind The Scenes” (Tamar Charney)

• Merit Hard News/Current Events—“Disability” (Jennifer Guerra)

"The Station of the Year award is a tremendous recognition from our peers," Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram said. "It is exciting to have the high quality work of our reporters acknowledged with this honor. However, it’s our listeners and supporters who also deserve the credit. Their continued investment in this broadcasting service is what makes everything we do possible."

The Broadcast Excellence Awards, one of the largest state awards programs in the nation, were judged by members of the Colorado Broadcasters Association on a variety of criteria including presentation, delivery, and production values. A total 862 entries were received from 76 television and radio stations in Michigan. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2007.


WDFN billboard campaign generates buzz

Sports WDFN AM 1130 newest Detroit area billboard campaign carries a plain and simple message, “If The Text Don’t Fit, You Must Acquit.” With the entire city focused on the continuing legal ups and downs of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, WDFN’s message is simply a reflection of the current situation with the mayor. The slogan was created by WDFN listeners who participated in a WDFN.com website promotion where people could send the radio station their personal text messages for Kwame. The slogan is a play on the O.J. Simpson trial, with the now famous Johnnie Cochrane quote, “If it doesn’t fit, you must acquit.” The billboard really does leave the question of Kwame’s guilt or innocence up to the evidence although most people seemed to have made their own conclusions based on the text messages printed in the Detroit Free Press and other legal documents that have been released to the public.

The billboards are located in the following locations:
• On I-75 Northbound, 1.5 miles North of I-94
• On the Lodge (M-10) Northbound, South of Greenfield Rd.
• On I-94 Westbound, East of Middlebelt Rd.
• On the Southfield Freeway (M-39), North of Joy Rd.

The billboard can also be seen on WDFN.com, keyword Kwame.

The billboards also drew the attention of Fox 2 which this morning featured a story on the new displays and interviewed program director Rona Danzinger and afternoon co-host Bob Wojnowski.

WRCJ hosting Webday today

Do you wake up with the "Sousalarm" on Dave Wagner's Morning Show? Have you added to your recipe collection with one (or more) of the Midday Entrée Recipes on Chris Felcyn's "Well Tempered Wireless" Midday Show? Do you find yourself tuning in for the "Concerto at Three" that provides a soothing start to the Afternoon Drive with Jim Lowler? Do you spend cozy evenings listening to great jazz with Tony Mowod? If you said "YES" to these questions, the station is hoping for participation in Webday, and effort to raise $5,000 in donations for the station. Donors that give $40 or more will receive a WRCJ travel mug. Visit www.wrcj909fm.org or call (866) 909-9725 to donate.

Handyman Show hires new manager

H & S Associates, Inc., the production company for the Handyman Show with Glenn Haege on WJR AM 760, has recently announced the hiring of Jim Meadows as the company’s new Results Manager. In his new position, Meadows will be responsible for coordinating advertising sales with key clients for the Handyman Show.

Meadows previously worked for WXYT-FM 97.1 “The Ticket” as Senior Account Executive, where he sold radio advertising for various Detroit-based sports broadcasts.


Detroit News:

Quick, who did the song "The Ballad of Denny McLain "? That would be S.F. Seals (named for the San Francisco Seals, Joe DiMaggio 's farm team). The song came out in the '90s, at the height of the hurler's legal troubles. Some of the lines: "He was a young kid with a great right arm/never dreamed that he would come to harm but Denny fell in with some bad company/now he's up the river for a good 23." You can hear that song and 411 others having to do with 27 other baseball players and the general lore of the game on Play Ball! , a new XM Satellite Radio channel (XM 120 ) that is launching for a special limited run March 29-30 in honor of Major League Baseball's opening day on March 31... Play Ball! gets limited XM run (Thu, 3/20)

The morning show "Fox & Friends" is grabbing the attention of a fair share of early birds in Metro Detroit. The Fox News Channel offering attracts nearly twice as many local viewers as CBS' "The Early Show," which airs on WWJ-TV (Channel 62). Who would've thought an a.m. cable show could trump a broadcast TV offering? According to Nielsen Media, "Fox & Friends" garners a 0.7 household rating, and "The Early Show" pulls in a 0.4 household rating in Metro Detroit. Each point is worth 19,440 local viewers... 'Fox & Friends' has pals in Metro Detroit (Thu, 3/20)

Detroit Free Press:

If Mac Kelly has his way, cheesy monster movies will always have a Detroit home on "Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema." The show, which had its commercial TV premiere last weekend on WMYD-TV (My TV20), is the first in decades to resurrect the campy fun of the Ghoul and Sir Graves Ghastly. Sarah-Norat Phillips, president and general manager of the Southfield station, said overnight ratings were promising for the show, which had a "solid showing with male viewers aged 18 plus"... Wolfman Mac's 'Nightmare Sinema' revives a cheesy tradition (Thu, 3/20)

Seems just a short time ago that Sunny Anderson was a disc jockey for Detroit's Radio One combine, at 102.7 FM, says group programmer Al Payne. But starting April 6, she'll go nationwide as TV's Food Network makes her its newest kitchen star. Anderson will be host of "Cooking for Real," airing at 10:30 a.m. Sundays... DJ heads for the kitchen (Thu, 3/20)


WXYT-FM/AM adds Sara to morning show

Tom Bigby, operations manager of sports WXYT-FM/AM 97.1/1270 announced the addition of Sara Fouracre to the “Jay Towers and Bill McAllister In The Morning” on the CBS Radio station effective immediately.

Sara was born and raised in the Detroit area, is a graduate of Michigan State and is a 10 year Detroit Radio broadcasting veteran. Most recently she worked as a co-host on the Mojo in the Morning show on 95.5 (WKQI-FM) covering news and entertainment for the past eight years.

“We’re very excited to have Sara join our morning team,” said CBS Radio market manager Debbie Kenyon. “She is very well known and will be a great addition to Jay and Bill’s Morning Show.”

"I've always respected Jay Towers as a radio personality and I was a huge fan of the previous show that he and Bill McAllister hosted,” noted Sara. “To work with them both now is a joy and an amazing opportunity."


Radio One Makes Management Changes In The Motor City: RADIO ONE has released GM CAROL LAWRENCE and GSM NANCY DYMOND from its DETROT cluster. No replacements have been named at this time. ATLANTA-based RVP BRUCE DEMPS will oversee these properties on an interim basis. The cluster includes Urban AC WDMK(KISS105.9), Urban WHTD (HOT102.7) and News/Talk WCHB-A. (Fri, 3/21)

Detroit News:

The Tigers and FSN Detroit are hosting an on-air auction Sunday during the telecast of the team's game against Cleveland, beginning at 1:05 p.m. There are three auction packages, from which proceeds will benefit the Detroit Tigers Foundation. Also, the first 50 people to donate $50 or more will receive a special prize package... Tigers, FSN holding special auction (Fri, 3/21)

Good news for fans of demented horror fare: "Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema," which premiered at 1 a.m. last Saturday, will be moving to a new and better timeslot on April 26: midnight on Saturday night. The move is in part because viewers called and e-mailed requesting an earlier time. "But it's also because TV20 wants to help me, they see that I'm pouring my heart and soul into this, and they want to give me a break," says Mac Kelly, who portrays Wolfman Mac and voices his skeletal sidekick, Bony Bob. "They're excited about this, and especially excited to be supporting something local." The lead-in show is more appropriate, too... The Wolfman will howl at midnight (Fri, 3/21)

WWJ-TV (Channel 62) has received two distinguished honors for its acclaimed four-part documentary on the economic ties between Michigan and China. Called "Building Bridges: From the Great Lakes to the Great Wall," the series received kudos from Michigan State University and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Michigan State University will feature Carol Cain, WWJ-TV's community affairs and editorial director, and the "Building Bridges" documentary as the keynote presentation for a special event in April. Cain, who also served as executive producer, will discuss what it was like filming the documentary in China at the university's second annual Internationalizing Michigan Education conference... Ch. 62 documentary earns double honors (Fri, 3/21)


Ann Arbor News:

Michigan Television, the public television service from the University of Michigan, has been selected for three 2007 Broadcast Excellence Awards by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters ... Today on 'Fine Tuning', Martin Bandyke of WQKL-FM (107.1) interviews Christen McArdle, executive director of the 46th Ann Arbor Film Festival, at 4 p.m. today on his "Fine Tuning'' program ... Topics on upcoming episodes of "The Lynn Rivers Show'' on WEMU (89.1 FM) include an examination of traumatic brain injury, especially when it comes to soldiers returning injured from service in Iraq, this Monday at 8 a.m... On the Air: Michigan Television honored (Sun, 3/23)


CKWW adds 'Breakfast with the Beatles'

One of the most comprehensive Beatles show on radio is coming to Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, as the station has added Dennis Mitchell’s “Breakfast With the Beatles” to its Sunday lineup. The show debuts this Sunday morning at 10 AM. The one hour weekly Beatles show is intensely researched and presented in such a way to provide a Beatles fan’s perspective, kind of like a weekly listening party for Beatlemaniacs. The new Sunday lineup of specialty shows:

- Elvis Only! at 9 AM,
- Breakfast With the Beatles at 10 AM
- Sounds of Sinatra 6 -8 PM
- Shake Rattle Showtime at 8-10 PM

Also, CKWW's Sunday Morning Oldies Show will now start one hour later. It will now run from 11 AM – 1 PM.

WJR’s Frank Beckmann Show to broadcast from Detroit Opera House for Tigers' Opening Day

WJR's Frank Beckmann, heard weekdays from 9 -11:30am, will broadcast his program live on Monday, March 31st from the Cadillac Café at the Detroit Opera House located at 1526 Broadway in Detroit, directly across the street from Comerica Park to help celebrate the start of the Tigers' 2008 season.


WRIF's Podell and Pennington tapped for FMQB Hall of Fame

Rock WRIF-FM 101.1 has announced that Doug Podell, the station's program director / director of rock programming, along with Mark Pennington, Rif's music director / assistant program director, have been elected into the FMQB Hall of Fame for achievements in the radio industry. The magazine will be honoring the individuals who have been elected in the upcoming 40th Anniversary Issue and at a gala event to be held in Philadelphia on Thursday, April 10th at the Loews Hotel.

FMQB (Friday Morning Quarterback) is a publication that began in 1968, serving radio programming and management executives, as well as music industry executives, with targeted original content delivered in a monthly magazine, or daily via its web site.

WRIF has also recently received several other prestigious awards from R&R Magazine, including: R&R Active Rock Station of the Year, Markets 1-25, R&R Active Rock Program Director / OM of the year, Doug Podell and R&R Active Rock Music Director of the year, Mark Pennington.

Radio and Records:

Radio One/Detroit has realigned programming duties at urban WHTD (Hot 102.7) and urban AC WDMK (105.9 Kiss FM). OM Al Payne , who retains his role as PD at gospel/talk WCHB, fills the PD opening created by the December departure of Spudd. After being promoted to MD of Hot 102.7 in December, late night personality Ms. Smiley has been elevated to APD of the station and PD of 105.9 Kiss FM. She has been assisting Payne with the programming of 105.9 Kiss FM since January, and Smiley will continue to handle all of her previously assigned duties at Hot 102.7. (Fri, 3/28)

Detroit Free Press:

Signed: To a new 3-year pact, WYCD-FM (99.5) country morning DJ Dr. Don Carpenter ... Noted: The passing of local Emmy Award-winning WJBK-TV (Channel 2) videographer Russell D. Coleman, 60, on Monday after a long illness... Names and Faces (Fri, 3/28)

Detroit News:

Toby Cunningham, a successful and honored sports producer at Channel 50 for 37 years, has been fired by the station. He was told that the decision was based on economics, Cunningham said Friday. He had no other comment ... In recent years, Channel 50 has televised the Lions' exhibition games. The contract expired after last season, but a person with knowledge of the situation said that the Lions and Channel 50 have agreed to terms on a three-year extension... Longtime producer let go by Ch. 50 (Sat, 3/29)

Ann Arbor News:

Ann Arbor rock band Tally Hall will perform some of their cool tunes live Monday at 9 a.m. on Martin Bandyke's show on WQKL (107.1 FM). The group's appearance marks Tuesday's national release, on Atlantic Records, of its debut album, "Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum'' ... Here's a sure sign of spring. WEMU and WUOM's spring pledge/membership drives both start Friday. WEMU's runs though April 12; WUOM's ends April 11... On the Air: Tally Hall to perform on WQKL radio show (Sun, 3/30)

WRCJ to offer live Opera broadcast

Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m., WRCJ 90.9 FM will present a live broadcast of Vincenzo Bellini's 'La Sonnambula' as performed by the Michigan Opera Theater under the direction of opera legend Renata Scotto. WRCJ's Kelly Rinne and MOT Founder Dr. David DiChiera host the two-act opera broadcast.


Detroit Free Press:

Until Drew Lane ends his six-month leave from WRIF-FM by returning there -- or landing elsewhere on the Detroit radio dial -- there is little significant to look at when it comes to analyzing the monthly Arbitron radio ratings. The tote for the past three months was released Tuesday. The inertia is especially evident in the age 25-54 demographic, the group of greatest value to most advertisers. Without Lane -- still on personal leave to care for his ailing fiancée Tess Schuster -- the WRIF morning show is comprised of Mike Clark and producers-turned-air personalities Mike Wolters and Marc Fellhauer... Lane-less WRIF barely No. 1 (Wed, 4/2)


Windsor Star:

Today's Bill O'Reilly and Chris Matthews are mere pikers at ruffling political feathers compared with the late Lou Gordon. The Lou Gordon Program on Detroit's WKBD-TV Channel 50 took no prisoners, whether it was the on the local front every Saturday night, or on the national scene in a syndicated edition on Sundays. Gordon was TV's first nationally recognized news and talk show host for a dozen years through 1977. He set the mould for the CNNs and the Fox networks of today, and he did it all without the help of a phalanx of researchers, Google or e-mail. On Monday, Detroit Public Television (WTVS, channel 56, cable 67) devotes an hour of prime time starting at 9 p.m. to a pair of new documentaries about Gordon and fellow local television celebrities, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. Motor City Celebrities is part of a projected series produced by Detroit television writer and producer Gordon Castelnero. Castelnero, 43, is the author of TV Land Detroit, a 2006 survey of the early days of Detroit/Windsor TV... Motor City TV land (Thu, 4/3)

Detroit Free Press:

Debuting: On WYCD-FM's (99.5) HD3 Channel and Web sites (wycd.com and www.psychiconair.com), a new 24-hour HD3 Psychic Radio channel out of their Detroit studios... Names and Faces (Thu, 4/3)

Detroit News:

Radio executive Tom Athans, husband of U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, expressed remorse Wednesday after being caught in February by a Troy police sting aimed at catching prostitutes. Stabenow said she wanted "folks to know that I'm grateful for their prayers and support." Athans, in a statement, said: "No words can fully express how sorry I am. At the time this incident occurred, I took responsibility for my actions and fully cooperated with law enforcement. My family and I are dealing with this matter in a personal and private way." Athans, the co-founder and former CEO of the liberal-progressive Democracy Radio... Stabenow's husband entangled in prostitution sting (Thu, 4/3)

Michigan Radio wins Michigan AP awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, recently received several awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2007.

Michigan Radio received Michigan AP Awards in the following categories:

- Station award for General Excellence
- Best Newscast, Charity Nebbe
- Best Individual Reporting, Jennifer Guerra
- Best Continuing Coverage, “Michigan’s Budget Crisis”
- Best Hard News, Dustin Dwyer and Steve Carmody for “GM Workers on Strike”
- Best Natural Sound, Jennifer Guerra for “Urban Exploring”

The station also received several honorable mentions.

Michigan Radio is the state’s most listened-to public radio station, attracting approximately 450,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.

WVMV's Zonjic to perform at Troy High's Evening of Jazz April 4

Alexander Zonjic & Friends will join the Troy High Jazz Ensemble for an evening of Jazz, Dinner & Dancing on Friday, April 4th from 7:00 - 10:30 pm at the Detroit/Troy Hilton, 5500 Crooks Rd. at I-75. The event is presented by The Troy Band Dept. under the direction of Brian Nutting. Call (248) 879-2100 for ticket information.



Kathy Stinehour Named VP/GM Of Radio One/Detroit:
RADIO ONE has appointed KATHY STINEHOUR to be VP/GM of its DETROIT cluster, where she'll oversee management and operations for Urban WHTD, Urban AC WDMK and Talk WCHB-A. STINEHOUR is a 25-year radio vet who spent the last three years as Pres./CEO of ARCHWAY BROADCASTING GROUP. "KATHY’s appointment is just another example of how RADIO ONE will continue to attract and hire the best and brightest talent at the highest levels to give us a competitive advantage in this ever-changing business," BRUCE DEMPS stated. "I can see the huge potential that the RADIO ONE stations have in DETROIT," STINEHOUR said. "I look forward to working with our experienced team on the ground in DETROIT to realize that potential. After the wonderful tour of duty that I have had across the country, I am so happy to be coming home." (Mon, 4/7)

WBFH 24-hour marathon broadcast scheduled for April 11-12

The Bloomfield Hills School District’s radio station WBFH, also known as “The Biff", will begin broadcasting its 32nd Annual 24-Hour Marathon Broadcast at 7 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2008. Entitled “Biffstock”, the live broadcast will continue until 7 a.m. Saturday, April 12. WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station operating costs.

“Our pledge drive is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations” said WBFH Marathon Chair and Andover senior Corey Berkowitz. All 21 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser will be on the air live throughout the 24 hours, some staying up for the whole event.

A concert featuring local bands is scheduled to start in the Andover gym at 7:30 p.m. Bands performing include: Tom and the Sportscasters, Release the Bear, Crashlight, Monkey Jacket, Astro Projection, and Alls Quiet on the Western Front. A $5 donation will be collected at the door.

There are three levels of support: Backstage Pass ($100 or more), Pavilion ($50-$100), and Lawn ($25-$50). Those who donate $100 or more get donor announcements aired on the station for one year. Listeners who would like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. They can also stop by the station located at Andover High School (4200 Andover Road) during the marathon. They can also fax in the pledges at (248) 341-5679, or e-mail their pledges from the WBFH web page (www.wbfh.fm).

WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm, is licensed to the Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District. The community radio station is operated by radio broadcasting students from Andover High School and Lahser High School under the supervision of the WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Station Manager, Randy Carr, Assistant Station Manager/Chief Engineer, and Ron Wittebols, Remote Supervisor.

WBFH has been honored with both national and state recognition in the last year. The “Biff” won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station in a national competition entitled The John Drury High School Radio Awards. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters named WBFH the 2008 Michigan High School Station of the Year at their awards luncheon March 11. It was the fifth year in the last six years that WBFH had won or tied for that honor.

Detroit News:

Before there was Regis and Kathie, Regis and Kelly, and Regis and anybody else for that matter, there was John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. This bubbly married couple behind the hit show "Kelly & Company" delighted Detroit television audiences with their wry senses of humor on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) for almost two decades until the show came to an end in 1995. Catch up with Kelly and Turner, who are still healthy and happily married, in the locally produced documentary "Motor City Celebrities: John Kelly and Marilyn Turner." Produced by filmmaker Gordon Castelnero, the film airs tonight on Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and traces the couple's colorful and unusual career paths and eventual love story. A second documentary, "Motor City Celebrities: Lou Gordon," airs immediately afterward and follows the life, career and death of bombastic WKBD-TV (Channel 50) talk-show host Lou Gordon. Although his style could not have been more different than that of Turner and Kelly, like them, Gordon represents a bygone TV era when the shows we watched came from the local personalities we knew, loved and, more often than not in Gordon's case, loved to loathe... TV Land in Detroit (Mon, 4/7)

Michigan Radio welcomes chef Lynne Rossetto Kasper to Schoolcraft

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of the popular food program, The Splendid Table on Michigan Radio, will be conducting a cooking demonstration at Schoolcraft College in Livonia on May 10th from 1:00pm until 3:00pm. Her demonstration will feature recipes from her new book The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper. Tickets will be priced at $45, and will be available beginning April 14th at the Michigan Union ticket office and all Ticketmaster outlets, at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 734-763-TKTS (734-763-8587). Proceeds from the event will benefit Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan.

The culinary arts students at Schoolcraft College will help prepare the meal Kasper demonstrates, which attendees will be able to sample. They will also be able to ask questions of the food expert. This will be Kasper’s second visit to Schoolcraft. She conducted a popular cooking demonstration in 1999 and had deep praise for the culinary arts students that she worked with. This event is expected to be as informative, fun and delicious as the first.

Lynne Rossetto Kasper, named “One of the twelve best cooking teachers in America” by the James Beard Foundation, is an acclaimed chef and cultural historian. Her first cookbook, The Splendid Table, is the only book to achieve the food world's twin crown, The Cookbook of the Year Award, from both the Julia Child/IACP and James Beard Awards. She has been featured in numerous publications including The New York Times, People, Gourmet, and Newsweek among others.

The Splendid Table's How to Eat Supper, by Lynne Rossetto Kasper and Sally Swift, producer of The Splendid Table program, is Kasper’s third book and embodies her unique approach to food as culture. The book is as visually delightful and entertaining as it is useful. How to Eat Supper is full of never-fail recipes, everyday kitchen advice and important tips.

The Splendid Table (Sundays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Michigan Radio) is a culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. During her one hour radio program Kasper gives cooking tips, recipes and advice to her audience while discussing her passion for food with guest experts, authors and chefs who share her enthusiasm for the culinary arts. The show is distributed by American Public Media and is carried on 230 public radio stations nationwide.

Judy Adams to spin at Clutch Cargos

Join CJAM-FM's (91.5) Judy Adams for a full spectrum ambient mix in the Video Lounge at Clutch Cargos in Pontiac coinciding with the Sasha and John Digweed show this Thursday, April 10th at 9pm. Tickets are available at ticketmaster, Livenation.com, and at the door.


Detroit News:

Reality and game shows aren't the only television offerings to benefit from the recent 100-day Writers Guild of America strike. PBS stations all over the country also watched their ratings spike. Locally, WTVS-TV (Channel 56), Detroit Public Television, had a 2 percent ratings increase in February, compared to the same time just a year ago. The station's primetime audience numbers climbed 10 percent. Some 1.5 million Metro Detroiters currently watch WTVS weekly... Public TV enjoys hike in viewership (Wed, 4/9)

106.7 The Fox morning show to giveaway Red Wings tickets

Country WDTW-FM 106.7 The Fox and “The Chad Show”, with Chad and CJ, are inviting listeners out to the Clear Channel building at 27675 Halsted Rd. in Farmington Hills on Thursday April 10th starting at 7 a.m. for a chance to win Detroit Red Wings playoff tickets. These are some of the hottest tickets in town and with the playoffs starting on Thursday so expect some unusual contests -- the Chad Show once made a mother shave part of her head for Hannah Montana tickets. This round of giveaways is expected to involve your memory and a lawn mower.


Livingston Daily Press & Argus:

Denny McLain, famed Detroit Tigers pitcher from the 1968 World Series team, was taken into custody this afternoon on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear on a civil charge, Sheriff Bob Bezotte confirmed. Judge Theresa Brennan in Brighton issued the warrant on Jan. 16 when McLain failed to appear for a deposition, Bezotte said. The judge set bond at 10 percent of $175,000. No further details are available at this time... Denny McLain in custody of Livingston Sheriff (Fri, 4/11)

Detroit Free Press:

Nothing says "spring is here" like the radio hosts over at WDET begging for money during the on-air pledge drive. They've been at it again this week. I've had an attitude with the NPR affiliate (www.wdet.org) since they started adding and subtracting programs that I liked and gradually getting rid of music programming. I launched a boycott when they got rid of Judy Adams in December 2005. I didn't listen for months after that. Never mind the Soup Nazi, I was the Radio Nazi: No 'DET for you, Oneita! It was ugly and painful for me as a music- and information-loving listener, a volunteer and a supporter, but I had to do it. Gradually, in 2006, I began sneaking back... Now you can have my money, WDET (Fri, 4/11)

Detroit News:

If it's been a while since you've headed to the doctor, stop making excuses and head to your area mall or community center for free health screenings through Project Healthy Living. The health screening project, which kicks off today at Southfield Civic Center in Southfield and features Channel 7's Carolyn Clifford and Bill Spencer, runs through May 10. The project offers 20 screening sites in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, Livingston, Sanilac and St. Clair counties. Free services include screening for blood pressure, height and weight, glaucoma, health hazard appraisal, and counseling and counseling referral... Channel 7 kicks off free health-screening (Fri, 4/11)

WWJ-TV (Channel 62) and CBS are looking for more Metro Detroit reality stars and will be holding a local casting call for its upcoming season of "Big Brother 10." Auditions will take place from 3-6 p.m. April 19 at Roosevelt's Billiards Bar & Grill, 27843 Orchard Lake Road, Farmington Hills. For the uninitiated, "Big Brother" follows a group of strangers living together in a house outfitted with dozens of cameras and microphones recording their every move 24 hours a day, seven days a week. One by one, the Houseguests are voted out of the house until, at the end of three months, the last remaining Houseguest wins the grand prize. Those interested in auditioning to be on "Big Brother 10" should go to WWJTV.com and download an application and eligibility requirements. Applicants must be 21 and older... 'Big Brother' looking for Metro Detroiters (Fri, 4/11)


The Oakland Press:

As comedian Karen Addison stood in front of black curtains, holding a microphone during her audition for Gas Station TV's "Wanna Be a BroadcaSTAR?" competition, she told a joke that was originally geared toward an audience watching her from their homes. Moments before, she had learned that the winner of the GSTV contest would be a broadcaster on screens at gas station pumps across the country, not on a traditional TV station... Gas Station TV holds broadcaster auditions hoping to find new face of franchise (Sun, 4/13)

Detroit Free Press:

A few months ago, Mac Kelly, the producer and host of a campy TV show called "Nightmare Sinema," was celebrating just getting one more local cable-access station to let him air his production. Today, Kelly and his friends, who meet weekly at Stage 3 Productions in Warren to write, act in and tape the show, are celebrating the accomplishment of having been picked up by commercial television less than 10 months after launching. The show last month began airing on WMYD-TV (Channel 20, also known as My TV20) at 1 a.m. Saturdays. On April 26, the show will move to midnight... TV upgrade has Wolfman Mac howling (Sun, 4/13)


RIF's Doug Podell wins honor at FMQB 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner

Doug Podell, Director of Rock Programming for WRIF-FM 101.1 and WCSX-FM 94.7 was named major market Program Director of The Year at the Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB) 40th Anniversary Awards Dinner held on Thursday, April 10th at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia, PA.

In addition to being chosen by a group of radio industry leaders to receive the radio trade publication's top honor, Podell, along with the other four category finalists, was also officially inducted into the FMQB Hall of Fame in the "Program Director/Major Market" category.

"We are very proud Doug was chosen to receive this outstanding honor," said Greater Media President & CEO Peter Smyth. "It is a privilege to have him on our team in Detroit."



Michigan Citizen:

Radio talk show host Mildred Gaddis claimed on the air she knows someone who was at the alledged Manoogian Mansion Party. Rev. Horace L. Sheffield, III wants Gaddis to tell the police what she knows. In a letter addressed to Ella Bully-Cummings, chief of the Detroit Police Dept., and sent to all area media, April 8, Sheffield said he was listening to Gaddis' talk show, "Inside Detroit" on 1200 WCHB the same morning. "I took note of a conversation she was having with a caller that may have revealed a new lead in Ms. [Tamara] Green's murder investigation," Sheffield wrote to the chief... Sheffield asks police to investigate Gaddis (Mon, 4/14)


Michigan Radio wraps up spring membership drive

Michigan Radio, the public radio station of the University of Michigan, finished a successful Spring Membership Drive last Friday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from April 4 - 11, generated 4,664 pledges totaling more than $594,000. Of that, over $200,000 was raised from first time donors to the station.

The 2008 Spring Membership Drive raised money through several sources, including:

• Over $473,000 in contributions from listeners calling in a pledge to phone volunteers

• Over $121,000 generated from people contributing through the station's website

The station saw a particularly large jump in people making contributions over the internet, with a 50% increase in online pledges compared with spring 2007.

The $594,000 raised during the on-air fundraiser was in addition to almost $230,000 contributed during the station's pre-pledge drive direct mail campaign. The money raised helps pay for programming costs and general operating expenses at the station, with membership support being the single largest source of income.

"Our listeners who support Michigan Radio as members never cease to amaze us with their dedication to maintaining the quality of our service," says Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "We return their outstanding measure of support by providing the strongest public radio news and information service in the state."

Michigan Radio includes WUOM (91.7 FM in Ann Arbor/Detroit), WFUM-FM (91.1 FM in Flint), WVGR (104.1 FM in Grand Rapids) and is a service of Michigan Public Media.



Windsor Star:

Windsor's The Rock CKUE-FM (95.1/100.7) is turning heads on both sides of the Detroit River. The Blackburn-owned independent with studios in Windsor and Chatham is now third overall most-listened-to in Windsor and Essex County, according to recent survey statistics from the Bureau of Measurement (BBM). "We like to say we're the radio station of choice among men 25 to 54," said The Rock's program director, Rod Martens. CHUM Radio's CKLW-AM (800) continues to lead all stations in the market with three times the estimated audience of its closest competitor. CHUM's 89X CIMX-FM (88.7) is No. 2, followed by The Rock and CBC-Radio One's CBE-AM (1550)... AM-800, 89X lead, but Rock climbing (Tue, 4/15)



Don Phillips exits WOMC

Don Phillips, longtime overnight and weekend jock for oldies WOMC-FM 104.3, is no longer with the station. According to program director Scott Walker, there are currently no plans to replace him at this time. Phillips had been off the air recently due to health concerns.



Detroit News:

The NFL will release the full regular-season schedule today, but the Lions already have a new contract to televise their four exhibition games. The Lions have signed a three-year contract to have their exhibition games on WWJ-TV Channel 62, a CBS affiliate in Metro Detroit. In previous seasons, the Lions' games were on WKBD Channel 50. "This is a bigger platform for us," Tom Lewand, the Lions' chief operating officer, said Monday of the deal with Channel 62. "It gives us a chance to build our ratings"... Lions' exhibition games move to Channel 62 (Tue, 4/15)



Herbert gets nod as head of Digital Media for CBS Radio/Detroit

Georgeann Herbert has added the responsibility of director of Digital Media for the CBS Radio cluster in Detroit to her role as director of programming for the company's WWJ-AM 950. Herbert joined CBS Radio in 1990 as OM of WBBM and WMAQ/Chicago and moved to WWJ in 2000. She's also been serving as director of e-publications for the station.

"Georgeann is extremely passionate about news and new digital media," said CBS Radio Detroit Market Manager Debbie Kenyon. "She has been an industry leader developing digital programs, including a series of e-publications that are second to none. Georgeann is constantly on the forefront of new technology, and we look forward to sharing her expertise with all of our CBS Radio stations here in Detroit."


Hot 102.7 Hummer gets hijacked, recovered

Tuesday around 1:15PM, one of the HOT 102.7 promotions staff members ("Shug") was at the Mobil gas station on Jefferson Avenue near St. Aubin re-fueling our vehicles as we prepared for another day of hitting the streets of metro-Detroit. Then without warning an area teen, brandishing a handgun, demanded the keys from Shug. In seconds, the teen sped off in our prized Hummer H2. In leaving, the driver hit another vehicle with two passengers, of which we believe to be the accomplices, as he headed down east Jefferson. Then HOT 102.7 went into action ... Suga Rae went on the air to ask Detroit for help in finding the Hummer. Tips came into the studio by the dozens ... the tips began to center around the Canfield Road area on the eastside. Listeners were saying they spotted the Hummer joyriding with the teens hanging out the window, without a care in the world... Read more and see video at WHTD-FM web site or ClickOnDetroit.com


Detroit News:

You may not foresee a future in "Psychic Radio," but you have to admit the station has one of the best radio taglines ever: "Psychic Radio: we know you're listening." The station was recently launched by CBS Radio Detroit both online at psychiconair.com, and as a secondary, HD-3 channel (more on that below). So now you can listen to 24 hours of psychics, including Maria Shaw, Kelly MacLeod, Lisa Smith, Kimmie Zapf and Steve Marshall. Each psychic has their own specialty, according to CBS Detroit market manager Debbie Kenyon . Kenyon says CBS Radio is launching new niche formats such as Psychic Radio in part to provide content for a partnership deal with AOL that starts May 15... Psychics are ready to predict the future on new radio station (Thu, 4/17)


Mr. Smith goes to China

News-Talk WJR AM 760's Paul W. Smith Show is scheduled to broadcast live from the 2008 Beijing Auto Show in China next Monday and Tuesday, April 21-22 from 5:30-9 a.m. Tune in to hear from all the automotive movers and shakers as Paul W. Smith goes in depth at one of China's biggest car shows.



WDET to host event with Democracy Now! host and author Goodman

Public WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will present award-winning journalist and best-selling author Amy Goodman in Detroit on Friday, May 9, 2008 at 7pm at the Community Arts Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State University. Popular host of "Democracy Now!," heard on WDET Monday through Thursday at 8:00 pm, Goodman comes to Detroit with her new book co-written by her brother, David Goodman, titled, "Standing Up To The Madness: Ordinary Heroes In Extraordinary Times" (published by Hyperion).

The event is also a fundraiser for Detroit Public Radio. For a gift of $100, donors receive a pair of Silver Circle Seats (first few rows) and a copy of Goodman's new book. General admission seats are also available for $15.

Seating is limited. All tickets are available only through WDET and may be purchased by calling 1-800-959-9338 or at www.wdet.org.



Magic 80's Prom to feature John Waite

Soft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, will present the "The Magic '80s Prom," featuring special guest John Waite at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, Friday, May 23, 2008. Over the past five years, Magic 105.1 listeners have been entertained by great artists like Donny Osmond and David Cassidy. In keeping the spirit and excitement of the '80s alive, this year's listeners will enjoy a performance by '80s favorite, John Waite.

In addition to Waite's performance, Prom goers will be entertained by DJ Chooch, playing all '80s hits with classic videos to match. One Magic 105.1 couple will be crowned King and the Queen of the Prom. Dressing with '80s flare is highly recommended but not required.

"The Magic '80s Prom," is open to ages 18 and up. Tickets go on sale to the general public today, Friday April 18, 2008, at 5pm at the Royal Oak Music Theatre or by going to www.tickets.com for the low price of $10.50. Tickets can also be won by listening to Magic 105.1.



WXYZ-TV wins AP Station of the Year award

WXYZ-TV/ Channel 7 received the "Station of the Year" award, Saturday, April 12, at the 2008 Annual Awards Banquet, hosted by the Michigan Associated Press (AP) Broadcasters Association. The event recognized and celebrated outstanding news, programming and public service stories by Michigan radio and television stations. The award was presented to Channel 7's Assistant News Director Glenn Bar at a ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel in Southfield, MI. Channel 7 "Action News" received the highest honor for General Excellence and placed first in the category of Best Newscast; Best Spot News for "Freeway Flood"; Best Hard News for "Stephen Grant verdict"; Best Continuing Coverage for "State Shutdown"; and Best Enterprise / Investigative Reporting for "Safety Second?". Action News also was honored in a number of other key categories... Read entire press release (Thu, 4/17)



Detroit News:

Not too long ago, I wrote about former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) weekend anchor Robbin Simmons , who now works at WSVN-TV (Channel 7), a Fox affiliate in Miami. I told readers how to reach her at WSVN.com (click on "contact us") and boy, did readers ever contact her. Simmons, a Chicago native who worked at WDIV for three years, was so moved by all the responses that she e-mailed and thanked me. This got me to thinking maybe I should include contact e-mails and Web addresses for other local TV talents who have since moved on to other stations and endeavors... Keep up with former Detroit TV reporters (Fri, 4/18)



Oakland Business Review:

The Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts has built a nearly 40-year reputation as a school for those interested in a career in television or broadcasting. Now the Southfield school is branching out to diversify its educational offerings with a 12-month course in graphic arts. It is the first of what school administrators feel will be many new courses introduced to students over coming years as the institution attempts to grow. That growth also includes the development of online courses and the potential for one or more satellite campuses throughout Southeast Michigan. "We're going to go where the students are," said Steve Julin, director of curriculum development. "The main reason for this new graphic design program is that we need to diversify our offerings in this economy to remain competitive"... Specs Howard tries graphics, online courses to diversify (Thu, 4/17)


Detroit News:

MC Serch is returning to Detroit radio. The former 3rd Bass MC and host of "Ego Trip's Miss Rap Supreme" on VH1 is launching "Serchlite Saturdays," a four-hour program dedicated to old-school and local hip-hop. The show will debut at 6 p.m. April 26 on WHTD-FM (102.7). "I'm really excited," said Serch, whose real name is Michael Berrin, on Friday. "I want to make sure we're the only station people are listening to when they're cruising Belle Isle. This is barbecue and cruise music for Detroit, period." The live show will be split in two: The first two hours will focus on old-school hip-hop jams, and will feature interviews with classic artists, as well as current artists talking about their memories of old-school hip-hop. The second half will be dedicated to local hip-hop, and will showcase new and unreleased tracks from local rap talent... MC Serch brings show to Detroit radio (Fri, 4/18)


The scary-fun "Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema" will be off the air until midnight on May 17. But all is well, "Wolfman" Mac Kelly assures his fans. The show did not air late Friday night on Channel 20 (WYMD) because it needs to come up with a new theme song since its departing editor owns the current one. Then in the coming weeks, the Pistons playoff games will pre-empt MyTV 20 programming... 'Wolfman Mac' show will be back in May (Sat, 4/19)



WDET wins five awards from the SPJ-Detroit Chapter

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Detroit Chapter honored WDET 101.9FM Detroit Public Radio this week with five awards recognizing the excellence of the WDET newsroom. WDET won the following:

First Place - Investigative Reporting for Detroit 1967 - A Turning Point (a 13-piece documentary series)

First Place - General News Reporting for its Warren Series (a week-long series on the City of Warren)

Second Place - Features Reporting for Mackinac Schools (Noah Ovshinsky, reporter)

Third Place - Newscast on September 24, 2007 (Amy Miller, anchor)

Third Place - Spot News Reporting for coverage of the GM Strike (Craig Fahle/Jerome Vaughn, reporters)

"We are very proud of the work we do everyday in the WDET newsroom," said Jerome Vaughn, WDET News Program Director. "We are able to provide extensive coverage of local news because of the tremendous support we receive from our listeners. We share these awards with them."


WDET's news department will be airing a week-long segment on Dearborn, Michigan beginning Monday, April 21 and running through Friday, April 25. The Dearborn-focused feature stories will air during "Morning Edition" (5am-10am), "Detroit Today" (10am-noon) and "All Things Considered" (4pm-7pm) on WDET-FM 101.9 and at www.wdet.org





CBS/Detroit Names John Moran Dir./Sales: CBS RADIO/DETROIT has appointed JOHN MORAN to be Dir./Sales, where he will oversee all sales efforts for Country WYCD, Smooth Jazz WVMV, Oldies WOMC, News WWJ and Sports WXYT-A/F. Previously Founder and President of VANGARD MEDIA ASSOCIATES, MORAN also worked at several MOTOWN station, as well as MTV's National Sales department. "Having spent a number of years in both the radio and the entertainment industry, JOHN has an extremely clear vision of sales from multiple viewpoints, which will help to create further growth in DETROIT's revenue through many innovative and untapped resources," stated CBS RADIO Pres./Sales MICHAEL WEISS. (Fri, 4/19)


Detroit Free Press:

Why can't Justin Verlander get past the sixth inning? Should Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resign? How far will the Red Wings go in the playoffs? In the aftermath of New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer's philandering, should prostitution be legalized? Will the Lions get a first-round draft choice who has staying power? What's your favorite slang name for a woman's breasts? This is sports talk radio? Sounds like it these days. Detroit's WDFN-AM (1130) and the merged-last-fall WXYT-AM/FM (1270/97.1) have veered away from sports more regularly and jumped on breaking nonsports topics more often in 2008's first quarter. Open-line segments -- once unheard-of on sports-talk stations -- are now regular parts of the broadcast day. WXYT even promotes them just before commercial breaks... Sports talk and a lot more (Sun, 4/20)


So, if sports-talk stations are mixing in other topics, what are news-talk stations talking about? And are they feeling threatened? News-talk WJR-AM (760) is the market's dominant news-talk station, both in ratings and revenue. Is operations manager Steve Stewart worried about erosion of his audience?... News-talk WJR touts its depth of coverage (Sun, 4/20)



Ann Arbor News:

Local public radio stations have wrapped up their spring membership drives ... WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, surpassed its spring pledge drive goal of $125,000 by more than $1,800 for a total of $126,846 raised over eight and a half days, marketing and development director Molly Motherwell said. "Our focus this spring was on community radio and building community, and the listeners really responded to that,'' said Motherwell... On the Air: Michigan Radio, WEMU conclude spring fund drives (Sun, 4/20)


Detroit Free Press:

Radio station WRIF-FM (101.1) is expected to announce -- perhaps as early as this afternoon -- that Drew Lane, the station's highly rated morning show co-host, has ended his 16-year-plus run at the station. His departure brings an end to his long and highly successful partnership with Mike Clark, who apparently will remain on the morning show he has co-hosted with producers Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters and news person Trudi Daniels. Lane last appeared on "The Drew and Mike Show" on Sept. 17. He announced a week later that he was taking time off to care for his fiancee, Tess Schuster, who was undergoing treatment for breast cancer. The station had insisted that Lane had an open-ended personal leave to care for Schuster and could return whenever he felt ready... Drew Lane of 'Drew and Mike' expected to depart after 16 years (Tue, 4/22)



Detroit News:

Call it the most anticlimactic announcement of the spring: Greater Media will issue a press release this afternoon confirming that longtime WRIF-FM (101.1) morning personality Drew Lane will not be returning to the "Drew and Mike" show. "I just heard about it 10 minutes ago," Lane's attorney Mike Novak said, just after 4 p.m. "I haven't seen it, but it's making it official that he's not returning to the show." Lane had recently had a much-delayed sit-down meeting with Greater Media, and the decision came out of that meeting. Mike Clark, whom Novak also represents, will be continuing the show as is. "They'll bank on the momentum from the audience loyalty that's been built up over the years," Novak said... Drew Lane not returning to WRIF (Tue, 4/22)


WRIF sent reeling by sudden death of GSM Bob Kozaitis

Greater Media/WRIF General Sales Manager Bob Kozaitis, age 36, was killed yesterday in a tragic traffic accident on M-59 in Auburn Hills. Apparently after suffering a mechanical breakdown with his vehicle, Kozaitis stepped into a traffic lane where he was struck and instantly killed by a passing truck.

The WRIF morning crew spent a good deal of time discussing the incident, explaining the positive impact Kozaitis had on the station's sales and marketing efforts as well as just being a great guy overall. On the air this morning, hosts Mike Clark, Marc Fellhauer, and Mike Wolters explained how shocked and emotional everyone at the station is about the tragic loss of life, but that they felt they had to carry on as normally as possible in honor of his memory.



Detroit Free Press:

Drew Lane announced Tuesday he was leaving WRIF-FM's (101.1) highly rated morning show. This morning, it was apparent the parting wasn't amicable. An angry Lane said this morning he was "shocked and upset" that his former partners led by Mike Clark went on the air today "to suggest that I just decided I was not coming back to morning drive"... Lane says WRIF knew he was likely leaving (Wed, 4/23)

Drew Lane, WRIF's highly rated morning show cohost, has ended his 16-year-plus run at the station, and is hoping to take his irreverent humor and commentary to a nationally syndicated show. After months of speculation about his status, Lane confirmed the departure from WRIF-FM (101.1) late Tuesday. The station is to announce it formally today. His move ends Lane's long and highly successful partnership with Mike Clark, who apparently will remain on the morning show he now cohosts with producers-turned-air personalities Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters and newscaster Trudi Daniels... Drew Lane is done at WRIF, 'Drew & Mike' moments, Who did what on the air, What's next (Wed, 4/23)



Detroit News:

After seven months, the suspense is finally over: Drew Lane will not be returning to the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show he helped infuse with wit and pop-culture sizzle. Finally Detroit -- or at least, WRIF -- can enter the post-Drew years, after months of speculation and Internet rumors about why he was off the air and when he would return to the top-rated "Drew and Mike" show he co-hosted with Mike Clark for 15 years. (It was for a brief time, the Drew and Zip show before Zip left and correspondent Clark was promoted.) Lane's attorney, Mike Novak, confirmed on Tuesday that Lane wouldn't be returning to WRIF... Drew not returning to WRIF (Wed, 4/23)

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) has been awarded a regional Edward R. Murrow Award by the Radio-Television News Directors Association for its news documentary "Tribute to Our Troops," announced Jeff Murri, the station's vice president and general manager. The local Fox affiliate received the award in the News Documentary category. "I am extremely proud of the team at Fox 2 News that worked on this inspiring documentary," Murri said. "We are honored to receive this prestigious award." Tribute to Our Troops took WJBK viewers into the lives of Michigan soldiers, telling their stories of heroism as well as the challenge of fitting back into a world without war... Fox 2 wins regional Murrow award (Wed, 4/23)


The Oakland Press:

Drew Lane is furious. He listened in to WRIF's Drew and Mike Show Wednesday and heard the morning crew suggest Lane had led them on about his coming back on the air. "But that's an absolute fabrication," said Lane, who has been off the air since Sept. 17. "My last paycheck was Dec. 3, 2007." Just this week, reports came out that Lane - who for 16 years captained one of Detroit's highest-rated radio morning programs - had resigned from his job and was looking for a nationally syndicated show. Lane, who lives in Oakland County, said almost everyone at the station knew he was through with the morning show grind and that he was interested in doing an afternoon show. He believes the station deliberately kept the announcement under wraps so that the new crew - former partner Mike Clark, and producers-turnedon-air personalities Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters, with newscaster Trudi Daniels - could have a chance to grow... Drew livid over snub (Thu, 4/24)



Detroit News:

What a difference a day makes. First, there was the surprise news on Tuesday that Drew Lane would not be returning to the top-rated "Drew and Mike" show on WRIF-FM (101.1), after a seven-month leave of absence. On Wednesday, listeners were left to wonder why and reminisce about Lane's wit and smarts. Originally, back in September, Lane went off the air to be with his partner, Tess Schuster, as she battled breast cancer. But her health has improved in recent months. The morning grind clearly wore on him after 16 years. Lane's agent/attorney Mike Novak said Wednesday that Lane would have liked "Drew and Mike" to be moved to afternoons. "But that was just one of many different scenarios discussed over the years," Novak said. Like much of Detroit, we tuned in on Wednesday to hear what Mike Clark and sidekicks Marc Fellhauer, Mike Wolters and newshen Trudi Daniels would say about the situation. The mood was nostalgic... Mike zips lips on 'Drew and Mike' breakup (Wed, 4/24)



106.7 The Fox helps celebrate Willie's 75th

Country WDTW-FM 106.7, The Fox, will dedicate the entire upcoming weekend to salute Willie Nelson as the country music institution turns 75 years old next week. Listeners will be able to leave a birthday message for Willie on the station's web site at FOXspacelive.com plus some of Willie's friends (Tim McGraw, Brooks & Dunn, Trace Adkins & Martina McBride will be giving away "grass" (lawn seats for their summer concerts). One grand prize winner will win dinner at Texas Roadhouse for them and 5 of their friends in Willie's Corner. WDTW will being playing nothing but Old School country all weekend starting Friday at 5pm thru midnight on Sunday.


Detroit News:

Detroit radio fans can heave a collective sigh of relief: Drew and Mike are talking again, says WRIF morning show host Mike Clark. A lot of hurt feelings were vented during the past few days, especially by Drew Lane, as fallout from his announcement he won't return to the top-rated "Drew and Mike" morning show reverberated through the city. There appears to be some healing of the ruptured relationship between Lane and his former radio partner Mike Clark, who has forged on without Lane since September... Mike Clark: Mess with Drew Lane was 'gross miscommunication' (Sat, 4/26)



Ann Arbor News:

Whiz kids from Ann Arbor's Huron High School will compete against students from Davison on Monday evening's "High School Challenge,'' the half hour rapid-recall game show features teams of students from area high schools. Michigan Television, the public TV station from the University of Michigan (Ch. 28 over the air or Comcast Ch. 24), airs the show at 5:30 p.m ... Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau will be special guest on Monday's "The Lynn Rivers Show'' on WEMU (89.1 FM)... On the Air: Huron to match brains on TV quiz (Sun, 4/27)



The Oakland Press:

The switch from analog television sets to digital sets has hit the pocketbooks of more than just consumers; it's also costing retailers. The Federal Communications Commission has fined several large retail corporations more than $6 million this month for noncompliance with federal labeling regulations relating to the sales of analog devices, such as television sets that will be affected by the digital broadcast switch in 2009... Stores scamble to meet digital TV rules (Sun, 4/27)


Michigan Radio wins national and regional news awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has been recognized by the National Society of Professional Journalists. The station was awarded the 2007 Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Radio Journalism for "Grading Michigan Schools", Michigan Radio's multi-part series of reports about education in the state. The Public Service in Radio Journalism Award recognizes a radio news organization that renders public service through extensive coverage of an issue facing the community it serves.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards recognize the best in professional journalism in 48 categories, covering print, radio, television, newsletters, photography, online and research. This year's winners were chosen from more than 1,000 entries from across the country. The only other public radio organizations to be recognized were Chicago Public Radio and "The World", the national program from Public Radio International. The awards, which recognize work published or broadcast in 2007, will be presented July 11 during the annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

"Year after year, the winners of the Sigma Delta Chi awards represent the very best journalism has to offer," said SPJ President Clint Brewer. "These awards and the journalism they recognize represent the incredibly positive contributions our profession makes to the national dialogue and to our communities. We thank the winners and all the entrants for their service and congratulate them on a job well done."

In addition, the Michigan Radio news staff has received three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. The Murrow Awards are presented by The Radio-Television News Directors Association and honor outstanding achievements in electronic journalism. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. Michigan Radio competes in Region 7, which includes both commercial and public radio stations in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan. All three of Michigan Radio's regional winners will now move on for the chance to win a national Murrow award, which will be judged in early June.



Michigan Radio news staff honored for excellence

News staffers from Michigan Radio were recently recognized for news excellence from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2007.

Michigan Radio reporter Jennifer Guerra was named "Young Journalist of the Year." This is the first time a Michigan Radio reporter has won this prestigious award. Other finalists for "Young Journalist of the Year" were Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio, and reporters from the Detroit Free Press and The Flint Journal.

In addition to this recognition, the station received ten awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2007. The total was more than any other radio station in metropolitan Detroit.

The Detroit SPJ Chapter presents Excellence in Media awards annually for outstanding news reporting and analysis in local publications, broadcast and new electronic media. This year's contest received more than 300 entries from Detroit area newspapers, magazines and broadcast outlets. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2007.



Crain's Detroit Business:

It might not be panic in Detroit, but very likely there's at least nervousness at WRIF 101.1 FM. Detroit morning talk radio's ratings behemoth "Drew & Mike" was a cash cow for WRIF owner Greater Media Inc., reportedly accounting for up to 85 percent of the annual revenue, estimated most recently at $19.9 million in 2006. But show co-founder Drew Lane is gone after 16 years in what some say is one of the city's more public radio divorces since Dick Purtan left WXYZ 1270 AM and collaborator Tom Ryan in 1978. Co-host Mike Clark and other on-air personalities remain and have said they plan to carry on the show. Station management remains mostly silent... Drew's departure rocks WRIF (Mon, 4/28)



Detroit News:

An audience of parents, students and educators will participate in a WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) town hall meeting featuring comedian and educator Bill Cosby to be aired 8-9 p.m. Wednesday. Cosby has been a frequent speaker in Detroit and nationwide on the topic of African-American parental responsibility. His views have sparked debate on how middle-class African-Americans view impoverished blacks living in inner cities. Cosby has pushed education as the key to advancement for African-American youths... Local TV airs Cosby on education panel (Mon, 4/28)

Emmy-winning broadcast journalist Ed Gordon believes that diversity is the secret to making newsrooms viable and strong. "You can't overstate the importance of diversity in journalism," says Gordon, a native Detroiter who graduated from Cass Technical High School and Western Michigan University. "As journalists, we need to tell stories from all sides. This is crucial, especially as our country becomes more diverse." Gordon, 47, whose distinguished credentials include BET, "60 Minutes" and NPR, is the keynote speaker at this year's Central Michigan University Lem Tucker Journalism Scholarship and Speaker Series on Thursday at the Antheneum Hotel in Detroit... Ed Gordon to speak at CMU event (Mon, 4/28)


Detroit Free Press:

When Vildana Puric was 8 years old, she was running from war. By the time she was 23, she was running a radio show on Detroit's WJLB-FM (97.9) as SunShyne, one of the youngest hosts ever in metro Detroit. At 24, she regularly draws an impressive 20% or more of the 18- to 34-year-old audience in her 10 p.m. weekday time slot with WJLB's the Quiet Storm, featuring slower, more soulful tunes... SunShyne brightens Detroit (Tue, 4/29)

Kwame Kilpatrick is adding "talk show host" to his mayoral duties. The Detroit mayor on Monday taped the first installment of his new cable public access television show. WWJ-AM and WXYZ-TV report Kilpatrick's first two guests were city Police Chief Ella Bully-Cummings and City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers. Kilpatrick says he liked doing the show... Mayor Kilpatrick tapes own TV show (Tue, 4/29)


Detroit News:

Radio personality Mildred Gaddis this morning encouraged Detroiters to e-mail or fax Detroit Renaissance, asking the economic leadership organization to push for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to step down from office. "This entity is the corporate sector that continues to stand with Kwame Kilpatrick," she said on her "Inside Detroit" show on WCHB-AM (1200). "Call them all day today. Fax them all day today." Her call for action comes one day after a Wayne County Circuit Court judge released text messages in an ongoing scandal involving Kilpatrick and his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty... WCHB's Mildred Gaddis pushes for Detroiters to demand resignation from mayor (Wed, 4/30)

With Drew Lane's official departure from WRIF-FM (101.1) still a hot topic, it's interesting that in the final Arbitron ratings for the winter 2008 (January-March) "book," released Tuesday, the Drewless "Drew and Mike" show had a strong showing over the winter. "Drew and Mike" went from being the fourth-ranked morning show among all listeners in the fall, to third. For the age 25-54 demographic, the show surged to a 10.3 share and No. 1 rank, over its 9.6 fall share. There was also joy in the morning for Mojo, Spike and crew from WKQI-FM (95.5) over their No. 3 ranking in the morning for adults age 25-54, a jump from No. 5 in the fall. "Mojo in the Morning" also enjoyed a bump in the overall morning ratings, from a No. 7 rank in the fall to No. 5 in winter... Radio's big winners: WWJ, 'Mike,' 'Mojo' and 'The Mix' (Wed, 4/30)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Kim Adams has the perfect sunny disposition for mornings. But soon, the station will see if Adams can perk up the afternoons, as well. In mid-May, Adams will move to WDIV's 4 p.m. newscast and the station will bring in a new meteorologist, Eric Braate, who will do mornings instead. A Grand Rapids native, Braate currently works at KPRC-TV (Channel 2), the NBC affiliate in Houston, Texas, and a sister station of WDIV. As for Adams, she originally joined WDIV's weather team in 2002. After a one-year hiatus, Adams returned in December 2005 as the station's health reporter... WDIV meteorologist moves behind the desk (Wed, 4/30)



Detroit Free Press:

Arbitron radio ratings for the first quarter of 2008 released Tuesday show that the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show minus the now-formally departed Drew Lane dropped 2.6 points from the same period in 2007, in the 25- to 54-year-old demographic group. But the show, now helmed by Mike Clark, scored 10.3 to lead the 25-54 race for the first quarter. And the 10.3 mark is better than the fourth quarter 2007 rating... Arbitron: WRIF show down 2.6 points (Wed, 4/30)

Popular gospel music announcer Deborah Smith Pollard lines up the last few songs for her Sunday morning radio show just as nationally acclaimed gospel music singer and pastor Marvin Winans pops in to prod Pollard along. He wants her on his show. He does "Rhythm and Praise" on WMXD-FM (92.3) from 6 to 11 a.m.; she hosts "Strong Inspirations" on sister station WJLB-FM (97.9) from 6 to 10 a.m. While they are competitors on the radio, their appreciation and respect for each other becomes evident in the friendly banter that takes place once she is settled in his studio just down the hall from hers in the Penobscot building in downtown Detroit... Gospel's changing face (Wed, 4/30)




Detroit radio Arbitron age 12+ ratings, Winter 2008 (Tue, 4/29)



WBFH ties for Best High School Radio Station in the nation for 3rd year in a row

Radio broadcasting students of the Bloomfield Hills School District, owners of Oakland County's WBFH-FM 88.1, won a total of eight awards in eight categories at the Sixth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held April 26, 2008 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Based on the number of award winners, WBFH tied for 1st Place, Best High School Station with WLTL located in LaGrange, Illinois. It was the third year in a row that WBFH had won or tied for Best High School Station.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.

Ten WBFH students were nominated for 14 awards, the most of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won three 1st Place awards; one 2nd Place award and four 3rd Place awards.

The Best High School Radio Station award was presented to the WBFH management team consisting of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Remote Supervisor Ron Wittebols.

"I congratulate all the winners and nominees," said Bowers. "I'm very proud of our students who won and for WBFH picking up another Best High School Radio Station award."

Andover seniors Corey Berkowitz and Evan Schuster each won a total of three awards. Berkowitz had won six awards last year as a junior. Berkowitz, Schuster, Praedel and Shlain made the trip to Naperville to accept their awards. "It was an honor to win these national awards and it was a perfect way to end my high school career," said Schuster.

First place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial and online at www.wbfh.fm.


John Gallagher named Market Manager for Greater Media Detroit's WCSX, WRIF, WMGC

Greater Media, Inc. announced today that John F. Gallagher has been named Market Manager of its Detroit-based radio properties, including rock WRIF-FM, classic rock WCSX-FM and soft rock WMGC-FM. He will begin his new position on May 5th, 2008.

The 23-year radio veteran most recently served as the Vice President/Market Manager of ABC Radio/890 WLS in Chicago. Prior to that, he worked as the Director of Sales at WJR in Detroit.

"John is a man of great character and intellect," said Greater Media, Inc. President and CEO Peter Smyth. "We are pleased to welcome him to the Greater Media family."

"Greater Media is one of the top companies in the industry," said Gallagher. "The stations in Detroit have been market leaders for many years. I look forward to working with a great team of professionals."

He will report directly to Greater Media Vice President/Regional Manager John Fullam, who is responsible for overseeing the company's Detroit and Philadelphia markets.

Gallagher began his career with ABC in April of 1985. In November of 1987, he was named Business Manager at WJR-AM/WHYT-FM Detroit, before becoming an Account Executive with WJR-AM in 1991. He was subsequently promoted to National Sales Manager in 1993 and General Sales Manager in 1995. In 1998, Gallagher became the Director of Sales for WJR-AM and WPLT-FM Detroit.

He was promoted to President and General Manager of WLS 890/WRDZ 1300 Chicago in October 2004. In July 2006, Gallagher was given the additional responsibility of serving as President and General Manager of 94.7 Chicago's True Oldies Channel.

Gallagher graduated from Villanova University with a B.S. degree in Accountancy. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce and is a past member of the Board of Directors for the local chapter of the American Cancer Society in the Metro Detroit area.

He takes over the role previously held by Tom Bender, who was promoted to the director of parent company Greater Media's new media operations, and most recently by Tom Baker who had been in place on an interim basis.



WJR's Paul W. Smith set to travel Michigan next week

News-talk WJR morning host (5:30-9am) Paul W. Smith is scheduled to highlight various Michigan travel destinations next week with live remote broadcasts as listeners begin to plan their summer travel itineraries. Each stop is also expected to feature interviews with local business and goverment leaders.

Monday May 5: Monroe Community College in the La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theatre, Monroe

Tuesday May 6: In at Bay Harbor, Bay Harbor

Wednesday May 7: Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island

Thursday May 8: City Flats Hotel, Holland

Friday May 9: Michigan International Speedway,Brooklyn

The station's web site, www.wjr.com has more details along with the feature "Women Who Lead with Ann Thomas". Ann will be highlighting influential women making a difference in each community the tour visits.


Detroit News:

Weatherman Sean Ash has joined WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) as the station's weekend meteorologist. Ash joins Channel 7 from WISH-TV (Channel 8), the CBS affiliate in Indianapolis where he did the weather on weekend evenings... Tuned in (Fri, 5/2)




WKYS Names Al Payne PD: RADIO ONE has named AL PAYNE to the PD position for Urban WKYS (93.9KISS)/WASHINGTON. PAYNE had been format captain for RADIO-ONE's DETROIT cluster which includes Urban WHTD, Urban AC WDMK and BlackGospel/Talk WCHB. In addition, PAYNE will have the responsibility for the syndicated RUSS PARR MORNING SHOW, which originates from WKYS' studios. The WKYS PD position had remained vacant since former PD STEVE HEGWOOD left last year. HEGWOOD is now heading up programming for RADIO ONE's ATLANTA cluster. No decision has been made on a replacement for PAYNE in DETROIT. (Thu, 5/1)


Detroit Free Press:

One of the hallmarks of the cable TV age in America -- local access channels broadcasting public meetings, community events and the occasional oddball citizen show -- may be in jeopardy in parts of Michigan as a result of a loophole in a cable franchise law that could wipe out much of the funding. Some cable providers have used the loophole to suspend support for so-called PEG -- or public, education and government -- operations since the law went into effect last year. Many others could do so when their existing franchise agreements expire, rather than pay a PEG fee of up to 2% of total revenue. Legislation to require all cable providers to pay the 2% PEG fee -- on top of a 5% franchise fee -- has been introduced in both the state House and Senate... Public access TV at risk (Mon, 5/5)

Mark your calendar for Sunday. WRCJ-FM (90.9) will broadcast the season finale concert of the Detroit Symphony's Civic Youth Orchestra. Hosted by Jimmy Rhoades and Detroit School of the Arts student Jared Laws, it'll air 10 a.m.-noon (pre-empting "The Listening Room")... WRCJ to feature youth orchestra (Mon, 5/5)


Barenaked Ladies to appear in Birmingham on Friday

Adult Alternative CIDR-FM 93.9, The River, will present Canadian pop/rock sensations The Barenaked Ladies at Borders Books and Music in Birmingham on Friday, May 9th. The band is promoting their new children's music CD "Snacktime", which contains 24 original songs for kids. This promotional tour consists of 7 U.S. stops, including Birmingham.

The band will be performing songs from "Snacktime" live, beginning at 3:30pm. 93.9 The River's Gnyp will host the event with a live broadcast on The River.

Admission is free and open to all ages. Capacity is limited, so get there early to secure your spot! Borders Books and Music is located at 34300 Woodward Ave., Birmingham, (248) 203 - 0005.



Michigan Radio Welcomes Cokie Roberts to Ann Arbor

Michigan Radio, the University of Michigan's WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, and the Ann Arbor District Library will host an evening with journalist Cokie Roberts as she discusses her new book Ladies of Liberty: Women Who Shaped Our Nation on Monday, May 19 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. The event, which will include a book signing, will be held at The Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty in Ann Arbor. Admission to the event is free.

Cokie Roberts serves as Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio, where she was the congressional correspondent for more than ten years. In addition to her responsibilities at NPR, she has covered Congress, politics and public policy for the past fifteen years at ABC News. In her more than thirty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including two Emmys. Roberts has won numerous awards at NPR, including the highest honor in public radio, the Edward R. Murrow Award. She was the first broadcast journalist to win the highly prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress. She has also been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

In Ladies of Liberty: Women Who Shaped Our Nation, Roberts tells the story of remarkable women and their achievements in moving the fledgling nation forward, from the election of John Adams in 1796 to the election of Andrew Jackson in 1828. Roberts reveals the often surprising and compelling stories of determined and passionate women who courageously faced the challenges of the times and laid the groundwork for a better society.

More information about this event is available at www.michiganradio.org.



Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) will pay tribute to its venerable anchorwoman Diana Lewis , who is celebrating 40 years in TV news. The tribute will serve as a special report during tonight's 11 p.m. newscast. The East Coast native got her start in her hometown as a producer for WPVI-TV (Channel 6), the ABC affiliate in Philadelphia. Lewis, 65, has been with WXYZ off and on through the years since 1977... Tuned in (Wed, 5/7)


Detroit News:

Renee Montagne, co-host of National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" (with Steve Inskeep) since 2004,paid a whirlwind visit to Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) on Tuesday, on her way to moderate a panel at the Brownfields Conference at Cobo Center, a suitably wholesome event for an NPR host. WDET carries "Morning Edition" every weekday from 5 to 10 a.m. That early start means that the Los Angeles-based Montagne must start her 14-hour workdays at NPR West in Culver City, Calif., at midnight Pacific time... NPR's Montagne dishes on success (Thu, 5/8)



Detroit Free Press:

Oh happy day! Freep.com and its multimedia Free Press journalists copped seven Michigan Emmy nominations as the local academy released the list of hopefuls for its 30th annual competition Wednesday evening ... On the TV side of the Emmy ledger, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and affiliated producers had 31 nominations; WDIV-TV (Local 4) had 17. Fox Sports Detroit and WTVS-TV (Channel 56) each had 12, and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WWJ-TV (Channel 62) each had nine... Freep gets 7 Emmy nods (Thu, 5/8)


Vuolo gets guest shot with Gula tomorrow morning on WDFN

Art Vuolo, often referred to as "Radio's Best Friend", will be co-hosting the Home Improvement Show with Murray Gula on Sports Radio 1130 WDFN on Saturday morning May 10th from 8 a.m. till 10 a.m. Art says it's been a while since he last cracked a mic on a two hour radio show, but now we'll get to see if the ole boy can do radio as well as write about and video tape it. Send your comments directly to Art at artvuolo@aol.com or visit vuolovideo.com.


Detroit Free Press:

Chuck Horn, assistant music director at WDET-FM (101.9), has left the Wayne State University broadcaster. "The departure is not expected to affect any of the music programs and services currently offered by WDET and WDET-HD2," e-mails station GM Allen Mazurek... Names and Faces (Sat, 5/10)


Detroit Free Press:

Michigan residents -- specifically people in southeast Michigan -- are outpacing national averages in requesting $40 government-subsidized coupons to buy converters to make nondigital TV sets capable of receiving digital signals by the Feb. 17, 2009, broadcasting switchover. Dan Alpert, chief operating officer at WTVS-TV (Channel 56), reports that nearly 5% of all requests for the coupons have come from Michigan, "though we have only 3% of the nation's population," Alpert said. Information is available at www.dtv2009.gov or 888-DTV-2009... Michiganders rush for coupons for converters (Sun, 5/11)


SE Mich/SW Ontario FM dial to get more crowded

Canada's CRTC has granted four applications for new FM stations in Windsor, one of which will be searching for a frequency. First off, the CBC will get simulcasters for its English language CBE AM 1550 (Radio One) on FM 102.3 with 690 watts of power along with French Language CBEF AM 540 (La Premiere Chaine) on FM 105.5 with 620 watts. The applications for these stations state problems for listeners in downtown Windsor having access to their respective AM signals, creating the desire for the FM repeaters.

Blackburn Radio will continue its expansion in southwest Ontario with a new station to be licensed to Windsor at FM 95.9. That station will feature a country format and operate with 3,550 watts. Blackburn recently added FM 92.7 in nearby Leamington to its roster of stations.

A competing application for an Aboriginal station on FM 95.9 was also granted, but the CRTC is making Neeti Ray find a new frequency for this operation.

Read the CRTC decisions here:

- CBE and CBEF Windsor - New transmitters at Windsor

- Licensing of new radio stations to serve Windsor, Ontario



WDVD 'Cares For Kids' Radiothon Raises Over $122,000: CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT, MI raised over $122,000 in its 96.3 CARES FOR KIDS RADIOTHON" after a grueling 13-hour broadcast. Proceeds from the event will benefit the CHILDREN's MIRACLE NETWORK, and the CHILDREN's HOSPITAL at WILLIAM BEAUMONT HOSPITAL. (Tue, 5/13)


Detroit News:

Syndicated radio host Steve Harvey says there'll be room for everyone wanting to join him Friday as he hosts "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" live at Cobo Conference Center to celebrate the 50 Million Pound Challenge's first anniversary. Dr. Ian Smith, spokesperson for the 50 Million Pound Challenge and VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" expert, will join Harvey with show co-hosts Nephew Tommy, Carla and Shirley. R&B singer Eric Benet will perform. Harvey, who visited Detroit July 14 to kick-off the national weight-loss initiative locally, says he has made weight loss a key issue on his show... Steve Harvey hosts live show in Detroit (Thu, 5/15)


Ann Arbor News:

Thursday noon is the deadline if you would like to have a loved one included in a special tribute planned for Memorial Day on WEMU. On May 26, WEMU (89.1 FM) will honor our country's fallen soldiers with a special moment of silence. Preceding each newscast at the top of the hour, WEMU announcers will read, in alphabetical order, a partial list of the names that listeners may submit for special recognition ... Martin Bandyke, on WQKL-FM (107.1 FM), will feature a Bob Dylan birthday tribute at 4 p.m. today on his "Fine Tuning'' program... Memorial tribute planned for fallen soldiers on WEMU (Sun, 5/18)


The Fox to have a smashing time tomorrow morning

Country WDTW-FM 106.7, The Fox, and "The Chad Show", with Chad and CJ, invited Tim McGraw fans out to their Farmington Hills Studio this morning for the opportunity to win VIP backstage access as well as front row tickets to his show on Thursday May 22nd @ DTE Energy Music Theatre. All these lucky listeners have to do is have their car smashed and crushed. Five avid McGraw fans showed up on Wednesday May 21st at our studio and had their picture taken with their car. The pictures were then posted on www.foxspacelive.com where their fellow listeners chose which car gets smashed. At 6am tomorrow, Thursday May 22nd, the morning of the Tim McGraw show, 106.7 The Fox and The Chad Show will reveal the winner. Then they will smash and crush that lucky (or unlucky) listener's car to pieces at Taylor Auto Salvage, located at 16211 Pardee Rd in Taylor.



Detroit News:

With a shifting economy, coupled with the loss of hundreds of thousands of auto manufacturing jobs, Michigan's prospects for the future have changed. Where do we go from here? Where will the jobs of today and tomorrow come from? Local CBS affiliate Channel 62 (WWJ) will attempt to answer some of these pressing questions in "Powering Michigan's Future," a look at how the state is gearing up for alternative energy opportunities. The special airs at 11 p.m. Sunday on Channel 62. As part of WWJ-TV's community initiative "Eye on the Future," Carol Cain, the station's community affairs and editorial director, and Paul Pytlowany, chief videographer, traveled around the state to show viewers what is taking place on the alternative energy front and showcase who is leading the charge... WWJ-TV looks at Michigan's future (Wed, 5/21)


WCSX to present a free concert: The Classic Rock All-Stars in the Concert That Never Was

This Saturday, May 24th, classic rock WCSX FM 94.7 is scheduled to host a free, all-ages concert on the infield of Northville Downs. The concert will feature a group of classic rock tribute bands put together to create The Classic Rock All-Stars in the Concert That Never Was. Part of the beverage proceeds will benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank. Gates are scheduled to open at 1pm with performances starting at 2pm from Jill Jack, Pazman's Super Session, Leighton with Special Guest Steve Kostan, The Backbeats - Shea Stadium Performance, Live The Who - Doing '69 to '73 Era, and The Machine - Pink Floyd. Visit www.wcsx.com for complete details.



Michigan Radio to reports from Mackinac Policy Conference

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, is set to cover this year's Mackinac Policy Conference during the last week of May. Special reports are scheduled to air on Michigan's economy and other topics being discussed at the conference, followed by a one-hour special program to be broadcast Friday, May 30th at 9am.

Michigan Radio reporters Sarah Hulett and Dustin Dwyer, and Senior Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry, will be at the conference providing reports and interviews with government and industry leaders. These reports, in addition to those from other public radio reporters throughout the state, will examine subjects like Michigan's economy, education, alternative energy, and the current and future role of government in the state. Michigan Radio will air the reports during "Morning Edition" (Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 am) and "All Things Considered" (Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm) during the week of May 26-30.

Friday's one-hour special, "Careers After Cars" will be co-hosted by Michigan Radio News Reporter Sarah Hulett and Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta. The program will examine future growth industries in Michigan, what those jobs may be like, and what role government leaders and policy makers will have in influencing those choices. "Careers After Cars" will air Friday, May 30th from 9:00 - 10:00 am.

This annual Detroit Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Policy Conference, which takes place May 28 - May 31, presents an opportunity for Michigan's lawmakers and industry leaders to explore the issues deemed critical to Michigan's future. This year the conference is "fusing the generations" at the conference by inviting young professionals and entrepreneurs to share their thoughts on the changing region.

Michigan Radio Senior Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry and Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio Network will be two of the panelists at the conference's PAC reception, to be held May 29th. It will include a discussion of the race for the White House, Michigan's role in the presidential election, and candidates & issues in key upcoming state and local races.




He was the top dog of Detroit Morning radio, and walked away from tens of thousands of loyal fans, and millions of dollars. Now Drew & Mike's Drew Lane breaks his silence and explains to Action News reporter Bill Spencer why he abruptly left WRIF, ending his 16 year run on what was Detroit's most successful morning radio show... Drew Lane Speaks Out (Wed, 5/21)


Detroit News:

WTVS-TV , Detroit Public Television (Channel 56), will air a special episode of "Get Up! Get Out!" that explores ways to keep our water clean. Newly produced in partnership with the Clinton River Watershed Council and the Community Telecommunications Network, the special will focus on what "stream leaders" in area school districts and mentors are doing to get more involved in taking care of our local waterways. Hosts Fred Nahhat and Kelley Hamilton join Avondale Meadows students for a day out on the Clinton River at River Woods Park in Auburn Hills. They'll be getting their feet wet looking at some of the creatures and organisms that call the Clinton River home, seeing cool ways that anyone can test just how fast all that water is really running, and testing the water to make sure it's as clean as it should be... Channel 56 explores how to keep local water clean (Fri, 5/23)



Detroit Free Press:

May doesn't end until a week from Saturday but TV's exercise in excess -- the May ratings sweeps -- concluded Wednesday night. The numbers are used to set ad rates in a world where luring advertisers gets more and more difficult. Still, a couple of nuggets for your perusal: WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) had the largest total viewership during the period with a 4.6 rating and a 12% share (each rating point equals 19,254 metro households); WDIV-TV Local 4 was second with a 3.8/10 and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) was third with a 3.6/9... Names and Faces (Fri, 5/23)


Detroit News:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) is Metro Detroit's No. 1 station, sign-on to sign-off, according to the May 2008 Nielsen Media Research ratings book which closed this week. The station's numbers would've been even higher, if not for the writers strike, which forced hot shows such as "Grey's Anatomy" and "Lost" to end their respective seasons later in the month after the sweeps book had closed, depriving WXYZ of even juicer ratings coups. Despite this loss, the local ABC affiliate garnered a 4.6 rating/11.9 share, vs. WDIV-TV's 3.8 rating /9.8 share, WJBK-TV's 3.6 rating/9.3 share and WWJ-TV's 1.7 rating 4.4 share... WXYZ is the No. 1 Metro Detroit station (Sat, 5/24)


WDET to broadcast live from Mackinac Policy Conference May 28-30

WDET 101.9FM, Detroit's NPR Station, begins its third year of bringing listeners extensive live coverage of the 2008 Mackinac Policy Conference on May 28, 29 and 30. Attending this year's conference will be the host of WDET's "Detroit Today", Craig Fahle, along with WDET news team members Noah Ovshinsky and Zac Rosen who will cover the stories coming out this important conference from political and business leaders.

WDET is also partnering with Crain's Detroit Business on conference coverage. Mary Kramer, publisher of Crain's Detroit Business will join WDET's Craig Fahle on "Detroit Today" on Wednesday, May 28 at 11:08am to discuss the conference. Reporters from Crain's will appear on "Detroit Today" on Thursday, May 29 and Friday, May 30 at approximately 11:08am to discuss the stories they are working on with WDET listeners.

On May 28-30, WDET will report on the day's upcoming conference events during "Morning Edition" at 6:33am and 8:33am. "Detroit Today" will dedicate the entire program to conference coverage from 10am to noon with reports and interviews from news and policy makers. Recaps of the day's events and reports will also be heard during "All Things Considered" at 4:30pm and 6:30pm during the three days of coverage.

On Friday, May 30 from 9am to 10am, WDET will air the one-hour special "Careers After Cars," produced by the stations of the Michigan Public Radio Network. The program will examine future growth industries in Michigan, what those jobs may be like, and what role government leaders and policy makers will have in influencing those choices.

The special live coverage of the 2008 Mackinac Policy Conference May 28-30 can be heard on WDET 101.9FM and at on the station's web site, wdet.org.



Michigan Radio expands environmental coverage

Michigan Radio has expanded its coverage of environmental issues, with two reports now airing each weekday. The Environment Report with Lester Graham will begin airing Monday through Friday at 5:45pm during All Things Considered. This four minute segment will provide a quick snapshot of the day's environmental news along with feature reports from dozens of producers in the field.

In addition to this new afternoon report, Michigan Radio will continue to broadcast the Environment Report with Christina Shockley each Monday through Friday at 8:55am, during Morning Edition. The morning Environment Report features stories from both Environment Report producers and Michigan Radio's own news staff. The stories in this segment focus on regional and Michigan specific environmental issues.

Since it began in 1995 (at that time called the Great Lakes Radio Consortium), The Environment Report has won more than 90 state, national, and international awards for journalistic excellence. The service is carried by more than 160 public radio stations in 18 states and reaches millions of listeners across the country. The Environment Report is co-managed by Senior Editor Lester Graham, and Senior Producer Mark Brush. Rebecca Williams serves as the service's chief reporter. The Environment Report is based at the studios of Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, and is a service of Michigan Public Media.

Michigan Radio is the state's most listened-to public radio service, attracting over 400,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.



Detroit News:

Don Keith is a pretty cool dad. He likes rock 'n' roll and hip-hop, and encourages daughter Rebecca, 11, and her friends to listen to it around the house. But the words and images of some popular music often grate on him. He calls it "about the most evil stuff you'll ever hear -- and they really know how to market to that age group." "There's a much more positive image and message that can come from the same good music," Keith said. So he's taken modern media, including the Internet, and infused them with another kind of message. For Rebecca and other preteens, teens and 20-somethings, Keith, 44, has started a radio broadcast of contemporary music with Christian themes and messages. And he has two Web sites that allow Christian teens to interact without going against their religious values -- and the values their parents seek to instill... Faithful turn up music to reach youths (Mon, 5/26)



Detroit Free Press:

The announcer's strident voice demands our attention, "This broadcast is brought to you by: Morton's Cutglass Fly-Swatter, You get all the breaks, and by: Finkell's Fur-lined Syrup Pitcher, We always stick by you. And by ..." and on and on through a list of almost 20 sponsors. No broadcast can happen without sponsors. There used to be only one per game. Now, there are many. Even after the billboard (TV-ese for the opening salvo), they keep on coming. There are sponsors for the lineups, stolen bases, pitching changes -- almost any happening within the game. We, as listeners, can do nothing about it. Airing a baseball game costs money... Ernie Harwell: And now, a word from ... (Mon, 5/26)


Detroit News:

It's 5:30 a.m., half an hour before Mildred Gaddis opens up her "Inside Detroit" WCHB-AM microphone, but the callers can't wait. The station's phone lines are already buzzing with listeners bursting with opinions about Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and the ongoing city psychodrama of text messages, strippers and council spats. On this early May morning, Detroit City Council was to vote on asking the governor to get involved. Gaddis finally opens up the phone lines. John from Detroit is on line one. "I say that they go for the gusto!" "Do you expect that to happen?" Gaddis demands in her precise, forceful diction... 'Inside Detroit' host Mildred Gaddis keeps the mayor on the hot seat (Tue, 5/27)


Detroit News:

Metro Detroit is all about basketball. Just look at the ratings results for the NBA Eastern Conference Finals featuring the Detroit Pistons and the Stanley Cup finals starring the Detroit Red Wings gathered over the Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday and Monday nights, the Pistons had the higher ratings locally. According to Nielsen Media Research, the Pistons game garnered an 11.5 rating/21 share Saturday compared to the Red Wings game on the same night and time with an 8 rating/15 share. On Monday, the ratings tell a very similar story with the Pistons pulling a 15 rating/22 share against the Red Wings' 10 rating/15 share. Rating points represent a percentage of the viewing audience, and the share is the number of televisions in use. .. Pistons beat the Red Wings in local TV ratings game (Wed, May 28)

Travel throughout the state with WTVS-TV (Channel 56) to celebrate artistic achievement in the special broadcast, "The 22nd annual Michigan Governor's Awards for Arts and Culture," which airs at 10 tonight on the local PBS affiliate. Produced by WTVS, the event showcases winners and their works and noteworthy contributions, which were previously announced at the ceremony in November at the Detroit Institute of Arts... Guvvys celebrate Michigan artists (Wed, May 28)



Zampillo Named APD At WGN: CBS Sports WXYT-A-F (97.1 THE TICKET)/DETROIT PD DAN ZAMPILLO joins TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO as APD, effective JUNE 16th. ZAMPILLO, a CHICAGO native, has been with WXYT for the past three years and was previously PD at DISPATCH Sports WBNS-A/COLUMBUS and APD at CBS Sports WSCR-A (670 THE SCORE)/CHICAGO. (Fri, 5/30)


Detroit Free Press:

This time of year, sometimes you have to call on your Black Aces, those healthy scratches who keep themselves ready in case one of the starters go down. That goes for announcers, too: FSN's Ken Daniels was pressed into service on WXYT for Wednesday night's Game 6 of the Stanley Cup finals when radio play-by-play man Ken Kal was diagnosed with laryngitis-like symptoms. OK, it actually was laryngitis. Kal could speak but said he didn't think he could work the whole game. "Obviously, I'm disappointed," said Kal, who said he didn't think his illness was related to calling Monday's triple-overtime game. "But on the other hand, if the Wings win the Cup and Daniels gets an opportunity to call it, I'll be happy for him because he's never done it before." Well, the Wings won the Cup, but Daniels didn't do the call. In the last few seconds, he graciously handed the microphone to Kal -- who argued about it, but took the mike. Daniels hadn't told Kal he was going to do it, he just figured it was the right thing... Wings radio announcer benched by laryngitis (Thu, 6/5)



Cumulus, UM Football Raise Money For Hospitals- Four CUMULUS/ANN ARBOR, MI radio stations will take part in a 12-hour radio-a-thon featuring UNIV. of MICHIGAN coaches, football players, health care experts and patients to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. The participating stations are Sports Talk WTKA-A, Country WWWW, AAA WQKL (107ONEFM) and Progressive Talk WLBY-A to benefit U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital. As part of the 12-hour radio-a-thon event, head football coach RICH RODRIGUEZ -- along with other MICHIGAN coaches, players and former players -- will be on the air talking about MICHIGAN Football, and raising awareness for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital building project and fund-raising campaign. In 2007, the radio-a-thon helped to raise more than $137,000 for the children's and women's hospitals. (Fri, 6/6)


Detroit Free Press:

WCHB-AM (1200) announced a format change, effective Monday, that eliminates its news and sports talk lineup except for its well-rated morning show, helmed by outspoken political commentator Mildred Gaddis. Among the weekday casualties are syndicated shows by Warren Ballentine and Rev. Al Sharpton and local chat fests featuring Detroit-based talkers Rob Parker and Mark Wilson, and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Angelo Henderson, who may be retained for a Sunday-only show, according to station marketing director Kathie Stonehouse. She said the station retained Gaddis -- the only nonmusic show on the station -- because "Mildred Gaddis is an institution. It's an award-winning show." Gaddis is also responsible for the best ratings of WCHB's broadcast day... WCHB trades its talk shows for gospel music (Sat, 6/7)



Detroit News:

There's more churn in Detroit's radio universe, as WCHB-AM "News Talk 1200" undergoes a programming change. Much-beloved morning host Mildred Gaddis will stay, but other local shows -- including the weekday Parker and the Man and Your Voice with Angelo Henderson -- will be eliminated as the station transitions from talk to a new gospel-music format. The station's new tagline will be "Mildred in the Morning and Inspiration All Day." Parker and the Man, a sports-talk program featuring Detroit News columnist Rob Parker and Real Detroit's Mark Wilson, will vanish starting Monday, when the changes take effect. Also disappearing will be the Rev. Al Sharpton's nationally syndicated show, Keeping It Real... Gaddis survives WCHB shakeup (Sat, 6/7)


WJR's Frank Beckmann hits the greens

The Frank Beckmann Show, heard from 9 - 11:30am on News/Talk WJR AM 760, is touring some of the most prominent golf courses throughout the state of Michigan. On Monday, June 9th the show features the Tullymore Golf Club in Stanwood followed by the Country Club of Boyne at Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs on Tuesday, June 10th.



Ann Arbor News:

Laura Donahue will be the guest on the "Lynn Rivers Show'' on Monday at 8 a.m. on WEMU (89.1 FM). Donohue, the author of the book "The Cost of Counterterrorism,'' examines what we've gained in terms of national security in return for counterterrorist laws... Author Donahue to be on EMU show (Sun, 6/8)


Sterling Heights Library to host free forum on DTV transition June 12

Experts connected to the broadcasting industry will discuss the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV) during a free forum at the Sterling Heights Public Library on Thursday June 12th at 2 p.m. The library is located at 40255 Dodge Park Road in Sterling Heights.

"We're finding that public awareness about the DTV transition is quite high, but there is a lot of confusion about what citizens need to do to have their households prepared," said Karole White, president & CEO of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). "It is our intention to make sure that all Michigan citizens are equipped to take the proper steps to ensure they'll make a seamless transition to digital television."

Under federal law, all full-power television stations will turn off their traditional analog broadcast signals on February 17, 2009 and broadcast only in the newer digital standard. To receive the digital format, citizens need to either subscribe to cable, satellite or telephone company video services; purchase a new television with a built in digital tuner; or install a converter box on their existing television.

Citizens interested in attending the DTV forum are asked to pre-register online at www.shpl.net or by calling (586) 446-2669.



Windsor Star:

CJAM 91.5 FM has changed. That's what music director Chris White wants you to know. "The work that (our programmers) do on their particular radio shows is easily on par with some of the programming that you'd hear on mainstream radio stations, or perhaps the CBC as well," says the 28-year-old communication studies grad. Now under the helm of station manager Adam Fox, the venerable volunteer-run campus radio station is proud of its progress and its fresh outreach endeavours. This week, the station will host its biggest event in recent years - the 2008 National Campus and Community Radio Conference. More than 100 delegates from campus stations across Canada are expected to visit Windsor this week to join discussions on community broadcasting topics ranging from digital editing software to dealing with the F word... CJAM always pushing to improve (Mon, 6/9)


Low power Spanish TV station WUDT Ch. 23 loses newscast

Equity Media, owner of Metro Detroit low power TV station WUDT Channel 23, ended production of a centralized Spanish-language newscast on Friday, leaving WUDT and 5 other Univision affiliates without evening and late news.

TVnewsday reports that Tom Arnost, president and CEO of the Equity station group, blamed the slumping economy and declines in auto, real estate and other key advertising categories for the cutbacks. Given the revenue shortfalls, "it would have been financially irresponsible to continue the news operation," Arnost said. "It's very costly."

The two daily newscasts were anchored at Equity Media production and distribution hub in Little Rock, Ark. But were localized with reports from two reporters stationed in each of the six markets. Earlier this spring Equity announced financial difficulties that might lead to bankruptcy protection.



"A Prairie Home Companion" welcomes special musical guests Howard Levy and Joe Savage to Ann Arbor

Howard Levy and Joe Savage will join Garrison Keillor for the live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion at Hill Auditorium. Garrison Keillor, America's favorite story teller, brings the nation's most popular radio variety show to Ann Arbor on June 14 at 5:45 p.m. (EST) for a live performance, co-presented by Michigan Radio and the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.

The Ann Arbor performance of A Prairie Home Companion will include Garrison Keillor's signature monologue "The News from Lake Wobegon" and familiar scripts like "The Adventures of Guy Noir" featuring regular cast members Tim Russell, Sue Scott, Fred Newman and more. Beginning with the trusted Tishomingo Blues, a variety of musical genres are performed throughout the show by The Guy's All-Star Shoe Band.

The June 14 performance from Hill Auditorium is sold out but will be broadcast live by Michigan Radio at 6:00 p.m. EST, with a repeat broadcast Sunday at 1:00 p.m. during the radio stations' normal airings of A Prairie Home Companion.



New local radio sports venture launches

Sports Notes, a live, syndicated interactive call-in radio show consisting of interviews, scores and highlights has launched on flagship station WPON - AM 1460 on Saturdays from 4pm - 5pm.

"Our show is different then any other sports show you'll hear on the radio, internet or on satellite radio", says Brian Scott, producer and co-host.

"Sports Notes is a show where three men with different perspectives come together for one common purpose, sports!", says Dave Mitchell, executive producer and host.

"This is an opportunity to fuse, sports, business and technology together to inform listeners of what's going on locally, nationally and internationally in sports", commented Walter McGuire, co-host, boxing analyst and CEO of www.metrosportsboxing.com.

Originating from Detroit, the program can also be heard online at www.radiofreedetroit.com. Sports Notes is produced by Ann Arbor Michigan based Metro Sports Radio.

For sponsorship information, contact Walt McGuire at (734) 717-8140. For affiliate information contact Brian Scott at (313) 263-7379 or email radioremote@netzero.net.



WYCD Saves Animals With 'Pet-A-Palooza': CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is showing its love for cats and dogs as it gets ready to present "2008 PET-A-PALOOZA" at FREEDOM HILL COUNTY PARK in DETROIT on JUNE 28th and 29th. The event is designed to find happy homes for dogs and cats from nearby shelters. WYCD PD TIM ROBERTS said, "WYCD is pleased to be a part of such a great event where we are giving hundreds of animals the chance to find 'a new leash on life'." ROBERTS added that the station will be broadcasting "live" from the event. (Mon, 6/16)


Detroit News:

WTVS-TV (Channel 56) is celebrating a ratings victory, thanks to a significant spike in viewership in just a year's time, according to Nielsen Media Research. The local PBS affiliate compared Nielsen household ratings from the May 2007 and May 2008 books. In May 2007, household viewership of WTVS was 648,000. A year later, the number grew to 734,000, a 13.3 percent increase. "It's very exciting," says Dan Alpert, WTVS's station manager and chief operating officer. "We attribute the ratings to the big TV events we've had over the past year, (including) Ken Burns' "The War" (September 2007) and "Carrier" (April 2008). The writers' strike also caused people to check out other options. People are looking for something of substance without commercials, and they're still finding that at Detroit Public Television" ... WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter Art Edwards has left the station for a desk job in Portland, Ore... Higher viewership elates Channel 56 (Wed, 6/18)

WWJ-TV hires national sales manager

Mike Montano has been named national sales manager for WWJ, the CBS O&O in Detroit, effective June 30. He will report directly to Jennifer Purtan, vice president and director of sales, WWJ and co-owned WKBD, who made the announcement. Montano is joining WWJ after having served as an account executive for the CBS Television Stations National Sales team in New York since 2001. In this role, he represented CBS-owned stations in the Central United States, including WWJ and WKBD. Prior to joining CBS, Montano was a media buyer for MediaVest. He is a graduate of Fordham University. (Source: tvnewsday.com, membership required)


Detroit News:

It's been several weeks now since WCHB-AM (1200)'s abrupt change in format, with a new tagline, "Mildred in the Morning and Inspiration all Day." But we haven't heard from all the aggrieved parties yet. Swept away in the news-talk purge were syndicated shows including the Rev. Al Sharpton's "Keeping It Real," and also local talk shows such as "Parker and the Man" featuring the Detroit News' Rob Parker and Real Detroit's Mark Wilson, and "Your Voice with Angelo Henderson," which ran weekday evenings. In place of the news-talk is mostly a jukebox of gospel music, although Mildred Gaddis' popular morning show remains, from 6-10 a.m. At the time, WCHB marketing director Kathie Stonehouse said that the change would give WCHB a "clearer focus," and that the new gospel programming "fills an obvious void where Detroit is underserved." But chalk the decision to dump news-talk up to cost-cutting by WCHB owner Radio One. It's much cheaper to run an automated jukebox than it is to pay actual humans to talk and interact with callers... Some unhappy with WCHB's gospel switch (Thu, 6/19)




Mo'Nique Radio Show Launches In 5 Of The Top-10 Markets:
SYNDICATION ONE's THE MO'NIQUE SHOW will debut in 5 of the top-10 markets in afternoons, including MAGIC BROADCASTING Urban KDAY/LOS ANGELES, RADIO ONE Urban ACS WRNB/PHILADELPHIA, KMJQ/HOUSTON, WDMK/DETROIT and WMMJ/WASHINGTON, DC. "As real as it gets opening up people's minds and trying to make a difference in the community, I am going to bring radio with a hug and a smile every single day," says MO'NIQUE. "I believe radio will never be the same again." This debut will mark a historic launch for SYNDICATION ONE as it pairs comedian, actress, author and television host MO'NIQUE with a handpicked all-star crew that includes co-host SONNY ANDRE, and executive producer ROB WILKINS. "MO'NIQUE is one of the funniest and most dynamic female entertainers working in the business today. She's a proven radio veteran who has had success hosting previously including guest hosting for MICHAEL BAISDEN during his popular drive-time radio talk show," said Pres./Programming GARY BERNSTEIN "She brings unmatched star power, charisma, humor, creativity, love and passion to the airwaves." THE MO'NIQUE SHOW is also being added to RADIO ONE's WXMG/COLUMBUS, WTLC/INDIANAPOLIS, WQNC/CHARLOTTE and WMOJ/CINCINNATI. (Thu, 6/19)

In Detroit, the program will air from 3 - 7pm starting on Monday, June 23rd on WDMK-FM 105.9. No word from the adult-targeted urban outlet on the future of current afternoon driver Terry Bello.


Rob Parker finds new radio home - in New York City

Rob Parker, current Detroit News columnist who just exited WCHB AM 1200 as evening sports co-host, is reportedly set to join New York City ESPN Radio flagship WEPN AM 1050 to co-host evenings with Brandon Tierney starting Monday, June 23rd. Both Parker and Tierney are former hosts with sports WDFN AM 1130 in Detroit, but at different times, and both are native New Yorkers.

WEPN program director Aaron Spielbert commented that, "I'm excited that Rob is getting a chance to come home and that we're adding another native New Yorker to our lineup."

Tierney will host solo from 7:30 - 9pm with Parker joining from 9 - 11pm.

No word yet on if Parker will stay on with the Detroit News or if the NYC program will be titled "Parker and the BT Express".



Detroit News:

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter Paula Tutman will be in downtown Detroit this weekend signing copies of her mystery thriller novel "Deadline." Tutman will be there as a part of the River Days festival. Look for her from 2 -9 p.m. Sunday and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday in the vendor area near Hart Plaza. "Deadline" is also available for purchase at Little Professor Books, 17075 Silver Parkway in Fenton... Reporter to sign her novel at Hart Plaza (Fri, 6/20)


Detroit News:

Pistons broadcaster George Blaha cemented his place in Michigan sports history Friday. The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame announced during a news conference at GM River Days that Blaha is one of 11 members of its 2008 class of inductees. Blaha and fellow inductees Rick Leach, former Michigan football star; and ex-Lions receiver Herman Moore and placekicker Eddie Murray were present to accept the honor at the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame Road Trip '08 exhibit at GM River Days... For Blaha, a higher calling (Sat, 6/21)


Ann Arbor News:

Linda Yohn, WEMU music director and host of "89.1 Jazz'' on Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, has been nominated for two national jazz programming awards, including programmer of the year in a major market, by subscribers to JazzWeek magazine. Yohn has also been nominated for the Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award for excellence in jazz journalism by members of the Jazz Journalists Association... WEMU's Yohn nominated for pair of national awards (Sun, 6/22)

The transition to digital television is coming in February, but the folks at the Ann Arbor Senior Center want to make sure consumers don't get scammed into spending unnecessary cash. To help consumers learn more about converter boxes and the federal government's converter box coupon program, the National Association of Broadcasters has mounted an awareness campaign that will stop at the Senior Center, 1320 Baldwin Ave., from noon to 2 p.m. Friday... DTV Trekker coming here (Sun, 6/22)



Top 5 stations overall in the second ratings trend for the spring were WKQI FM (5.6), WWJ AM (5.5), WJR AM (5.4), WJLB FM (5.1), and WVMV FM (4.8). Biggest upward trending station was WRIF (4.1 - 4.6) while the biggest downward trend was at WMXD FM (5.2 - 4.6). The combo of WXYT FM/AM pulled way ahead of WDFN (3.6 - 0.9)... Detroit 12+ radio ratings, 2nd spring trend (Wed, 6/25)




Lynda Grahl has been promoted to vice president of finance at Fox O&O WJBK Detroit. She assumes this position effective immediately and will report directly to Jeff Murri, the station's vice president-general manager. Grahl is promoted to this position after serving for three years as the director of finance... WJBK Detroit Names Lynda Grahl Finance VP (Wed, 6/25)


Detroit News:

An unidentified security guard for Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick today physically restrained an investigative TV reporter to stop him from asking the mayor questions about his alleged involvement in an effort to stop the prosecution of a minister caught up in a prostitution sting. The security officer, who mayoral officials declined to name, stopped Steve Wilson from Detroit News reporting partner WXYZ (Channel 7) when he attempted to follow the mayor after a brief news conference on Belle Isle. The officer grabbed Wilson by the arms and stopped him in his tracks. TV cameras and newspaper photographers caught the action as it unfolded... Mayor's security guard scuffles with Channel 7 reporter (Thu, 6/26)




WMUZ Celebrates 50 Years With Cheap Oil Change: CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Christian AC WMUZ (103.5 THE LIGHT)/DETROIT is celebrating its 50th year in broadcasting. Today (6/26) it joined local FIX N GO AUTO REPAIR CENTER to roll back the price of an oil change to the year 1958. Morning show hosts JON CULBERT and SHANNYN CALDWELL were live at FIX N GO from 11a to 1p (ET) during which time the oil changes were $8.95. There were also free brake inspections, hot dogs and games. (Thu, 6/26)



WDET Garage Sale set for Saturday, June 28

The WDET Garage Sale is back this year and is scheduled for Saturday, June 28th from 10am -4pm at the WDET transmitter building, located at West Canfield and Cass Avenue. Admission is $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.

Vintage premiums (thank-you gifts from previous pledge drives) will be available for public purchase, as will lots of CD's, books, tee shirts, mugs, sweatshirts and other items. Prices for most items will range from $1 to $20. Listeners and those interested in radio collectibles are invited to stop by, browse the selection, and meet fellow listeners and your friends from WDET. Zaccoro's Market, the new fine food market and cafe on Woodward Avenue in Midtown will be onsite with food and coffee available for shoppers.

All proceeds will go to supporting WDET - Detroit's NPR Station.



Detroit Free Press:

With Wednesday's release of the Arbitron radio ratings for March, April and May, the morning volatility of listenership after the departure of Drew Lane from the top-ranking WRIF-FM (101.1) effort now helmed by ex-partner Mike Clark is particularly evident. Clark has maintained morning dominance (see chart at left) but lost more than 20% of the key 25-54 audience in year-to-year comparisons -- 3.5 rating points. But look at some of the other big year-to-year gains: WXYT-AM/FM (97.1/1270) morning talker Jay Towers and Bill McAllister were up 1.6 rating points; on WKQI-FM (95.5), Mojo was up 1.4 points; WCSX-FM (94.7) vets Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison were up 1.4, as were WDVD-FM (96.3) combine Blaine, Lisa and Allyson... Ratings show drop in WRIF's key listeners (Thu, 6/26)


Detroit Free Press:

Linda Lanci departs WMGC's mornings: For over two decades, Linda Lanci has been getting up around 4 a.m. most weekday mornings. That was a requirement for serving as one of Jim Harper's affable radio sidekicks, first at WNIC-FM (100.3) and for the past seven years at WMGC-FM (105.1). Today will be the last day of that portion of her life. And post-11 a.m., she'll launch the next chapter -- as a commercial voiceover queen (General RV, Crittenden Hospital, GM and more), part-time station goodwill ambassador and picking up the personal burden of caring for elderly parents now living in Florida... Names and Faces (Fri, 6/27)


Ann Arbor News:

The final episode of "The Lynn Rivers Show'' for the season, Monday at 8 a.m. on WEMU, will feature Thurston Clarke, author of the book "The Last Campaign: Robert F. Kennedy and 82 Days That Inspired America.'' There will also be a second guest for the show, but it's not yet confirmed ... Martin Bandyke of WQKL-FM (107.1) will host live performances by two notable area bands on his 6-10 a.m. morning program this week. American Mars, a roots-influenced rock ensemble from Detroit, will play on Bandyke's show at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Nomo, the post-Afrobeat dance band from Ann Arbor and Chicago, will play at 9 a.m. on Thursday... Rivers hosts Kennedy book author (Sun, 6/29)



WYCD Sets Pet Adoption Record At 'Pet-A-Palooza': CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT set a record this past weekend (6/28-6/29) for pet adoptions at this year's PET-A-PALOOZA. Over 500 pets were adopted in conjunction with more than 30 local animal rescue shelters at the event, which was hosted by WYCD night personality JYL FORSYTH and held at FREEDOM HILL in DETROIT. RCA/NASHVILLE artist SARA EVANS was on hand to perform for the crowd. WYCD PD TIM ROBERTS said: "WYCD was ecstatic about the success of this year's event, and we want to thank all the great volunteers and animal supporters in the area who joined our efforts to save so many dogs and cats. It truly was a great experience to see so many children and families bring a lovable pet into their lives." (Mon, 6/30)



Detroit Free Press:

Two very familiar names will have their moments of glory July 15 when the Michigan Association of Broadcasters inducts its newest Hall of Fame members at the Crystal Mountain Resort. The duo with Detroit roots are WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) news anchor Diana Lewis and longtime WJR-AM (760) voice Mike Whorf. Much has been written recently about Lewis elsewhere. So on this effort, we'll spray Whorf's career with a little more ink. He was best known as the longtime producer and host of WJR radio's award-winning program "Kaleidoscope." It was a daily docudrama featuring famous stories of people and events... Whorf, Diana Lewis to be honored (Mon, 6/30)


Detroit News:

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

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



Detroit Free Press:

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

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


Michigan Radio Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

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

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

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

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

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

Michigan Radio is the state's most listened-to public radio service, attracting approximately 400,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan's lower peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.



CKWW explores the Evolution of Rock

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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




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


Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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



WJR to feature coverage of Port Huron - Mackinac Race

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

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

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

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

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

Updates will then continue until the last boat arrives.

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



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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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



New York Times:

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


Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


Crain's Detroit Business:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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

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



Detroit News:

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


Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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

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


Radio and Records:

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

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

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

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




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

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


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


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


Michigan Radio announces new weekend lineup

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michigan Radio is the state's most listened-to public radio station, attracting approximately 400,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan's Lower Peninsula. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM western Michigan. The station's complete weekend schedule can be found on its web site at www.michiganradio.org.



Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Ann Arbor News:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Michigan Radio examining foreclosure crisis

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

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

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

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



WCSX's Steve Richards leaving

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



Record for Fastest Round of Golf now in Michigan

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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



Detroit News:

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Detroit Free Press:

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



Crain's Detroit Business:

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


CBS Marketwatch.com:

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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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


Detroit Free Press:

Re-created: Today from 4 to 9 p.m. on XM Radio Channel 6, the '60s-era sound of the Big 8, CKLW-AM (800). Nonsubscribers can register to listen at xmradio.com ... Detroit Public TV starts a unique pledge drive over five August evenings that will blend PBS favorites such as "Antiques Roadshow," "Nova" and "This Old House" with special programming that provides an in-depth look into the future of WTVS-TV (Channel 56). Translation: It's capital campaign time as opposed to just raising money to keep the PBS affiliate operating. As with many such endeavors, the station quietly has $16.5 million raised toward its $22-million goal, at year's end. The money will go to build studios and technical facilities, including digital upgrades and a production truck that will accommodate state-of-the-art productions from anywhere in southeast Michigan. Hitting the goal by Dec. 31 will permit the station to take advantage of a $1.25-million Kresge Foundation challenge grant announced earlier this year... Special programs aim to boost PBS drive (Fri, 8/1)



Detroit News:

... FSN Detroit will not televise the Monday news conferences of Lions coach Rod Marinelli this year. The telecasts had been a staple for the last few years. With MattSheppard hosting, FSN had a live telecast and one or two replays on Monday evening, depending on whether there was a game involving the Tigers, Pistons or Red Wings. "We're putting our resources into other areas, at least for this season," FSN representative Tim Bryant said. There's sure to be one byproduct. There'll be a lot less showboating and grandstanding by media members who play to the camera ... The Stoney and Wojo annual radiothon on WDFN raised $115,000 to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. That's a big haul. We assume that Wojo's donuts, pralines, crullers, cheese puffs, éclairs and pizza bread were donated ... Behind the Scenes (Fri, 8/1)




CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT announces the 2008 99.5 WYCD BEACH BASH on SEPTEMBER 2nd. The fun will take place on the streets in front of FORD FIELD starting at 1p (ET) and ends at 4p, just prior to KENNY CHESNEY's Poets & Pirates Tour featuring LUKE BRYAN, GARY ALLAN, LeANN RIMES and KEITH URBAN. There will be activities for everyone including the BEACH BASH OLYMPICS and the KENNY KARAOKE contest. Local artists DANIELLE CARR and THE MOTOR CITY COWBOYS will be on hand for entertainment. The WYCD CASHMAN will also be on hand looking for the best dressed pirates to win front row tickets, backstage passes and other cool prizes. (Fri, 8/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 3, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Actress Leila Sbitani, the longtime Belle Tire spokesperson who churlishly had new tires solve all her personal dilemmas in commercials earlier in this decade, may have been replaced on the air by a clutch of company tire installers but she's doin' OK, nonetheless ... Several Detroit radio personalities and executives in various categories for the 2008 Radio & Records Awards to be presented Sept. 17-19 in Austin, Texas. Among them: Jennifer Williams, Doug Podell and Mark Pennington of the WRIF (101.1) & WCSX-FM (94.7) combine; Alan Almond of WNIC-FM (100.3), Debbie Kenyon, Tom Sleeker and Alexander Zonjic from WVMV-FM (98.7) and CBS Radio... Ex-tire touter hits the NY scene (Sun, 8/3)



Ann Arbor News:

The latest Arbitron ratings for commercial radio stations in this market are in and, as usual, the news is good for some stations and not so good for others. Detroit AM powerhouse WJR remains on top with a 7.5 share. It's followed by a tie between Detroit rock station WRIF-FM, which enjoyed a jump from a 4.6 to a 6.3 share, and Ann Arbor-based country station WWWW-FM, which went from a 5.2 to a 6.3 share... WJR stays at the top of Arbitron ratings (Sun, 8/3)


Sports Business Journal:

The University of Michigan became the latest elite college athletic program to sell off a package of its media rights, bringing in $86 million through a 12-year deal with IMG College. The deal, which runs through June 2020, marks the first time Michigan has bundled all of its media rights into one package and marks the continuation of a trend where colleges are hiring companies, such as IMG College, to maximize revenue from those rights. Since IMG announced its acquisition of Host Communications late last year, the new IMG College unit has done multimedia deals with Nebraska, Oregon and Gonzaga. They will also partner with Sun Sports on a deal with the University of Florida. "More and more colleges are doing that," said Tom Stultz, IMG College's senior vice president and managing director. "Michigan decided it would generate more revenue for itself if it bundled all the rights together"... IMG pays $86M for Michigan rights (Mon, 8/4)




Reflecting a rapid growth in Catholic broadcasting, programs produced by Ave Maria Radio are currently airing in 120 radio markets, while also being carried on Sirius Satellite Radio and other outlets, with a combined potential audience of over 15 million Catholic listeners. Major radio markets in which Ave Maria programs are distributed to Catholic stations include Dallas, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and St. Louis. Ave Maria Radio also operates three stations of its own, in the Detroit and Saginaw metro areas of Michigan and in southwest Florida... Ave Maria Radio Programming Now Reaching Listeners (Mon, 8/4)


Televison: Newsmakers Aug 5, 2008



FSN's Tigers telecasts lead primetime TV ratings

Detroit Tigers telecasts on FSN Detroit have dominated spring and summer local primetime television viewing, topping all other broadcast and cable competition since Opening Day.

According to Nielsen Media Research from March 31-July 31, Tigers primetime telecasts delivered an 8.0 average rating, highest in the Detroit DMA (designated market area) and more than two ratings points ahead of the closest competitor:

1. Tigers on FSN Detroit- 8.0 (154,000 households)
2. WXYZ Ch. 7 (ABC)- 5.6
T-3. WDIV Ch. 4 (NBC)- 5.3
T-3. WJBK Ch. 2 (FOX)- 5.3
5. WWJ Ch. 62 (CBS)- 3.4
6. FSN Detroit (all programs)- 3.1
T-7. WKBD Ch. 50 (CW)- 2.0
T-7. TNT- 2.0
9. USA- 1.7
10. Disney Channel- 1.6

Source: Nielsen Media Research, Detroit DMA TV Household Ratings - 3/31/08 - 7/31/08. Primetime defined as Monday-Sunday 7-11 PM. One rating point equals approximately 19,250 households.

The 14 Tigers primetime telecasts in July averaged a 9.4 rating - including six games of 10.0 or higher - while all 25 games during the month averaged an 8.4 rating.


Detroit News:

WWJ-TV (Channel 62) is the new television home for our Detroit Lions . The switch from the team's old station, WKBD-TV (Channel 50), to its new one will be official Thursday when the local CBS affiliate airs the pre-season opening home game against recent Super Bowl champs, the New York Giants. Detroit native and CBS Sports veteran Gus Johnson will lead the local on-air, pre-season broadcast team providing play-by-play for the games. Johnson will be joined by Desmond Howard , a former Heisman trophy winner from the University of Michigan, who will provide color analysis. The game will air at 6:30 p.m. on WWJ-TV... Lions will debut on new home station, WWJ-TV (Wed, 8/6)




WLBY Brings Spartans To Enemy Territory: CUMULUS Talk WLBY-A/ANN ARBOR will carry MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY SPARTANS football to rival WOLVERINES territory this season. The station will carry all 12 games from the SPARTAN RADIO NETWORK, starting with the opener against the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA on AUGUST 30th. (Tue, 8/5)


Detroit News:

All week, WTVS-TV (Channel 56), Detroit Public Television, has uniquely merged its pledge drive with PBS favorites like "Antiques Roadshow," "Nova" and "This Old House" to provide an in-depth look into the future of the station as it converts to digital programming. The pledge drive comes to an end tonight. This unprecedented telethon approach is intended to inform viewers about the historic upgrades happening with the station while urging support for the final stages of local PBS affiliate's capital campaign. With more than $16.5 million raised toward its $22-million goal, the viewer-supported station, which has been around for a half century, intends to complete its campaign by the end of 2008. The funds will finance the building of studios and technical facilities, and a production truck that will accommodate state-of-the-art productions from anywhere in Southeast Michigan. Another harbinger of change is the station's impending conversion to digital broadcasting, a federal mandate that will impact viewers when it takes effect in February... Detroit Public TV wraps up pledge drive (Thu, 8/7)

Don't want to deal with traffic? Tune into the Dream Cruise via radio or television and get all the action from home... Cruise sights and sounds on TV and radio (Thu, 8/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Coming to town: Ms. Dupre (actress Jedda Jones) -- the "Tom Joyner Morning Show" psychic friend -- for WDMK-FM (105.9) Friday for Joyner's "Back to School" special broadcast 6-10 a.m. at the Southfield High School Fieldhouse, 24675 Lahser Road. WDMK will have activities and gifts and resources available on site from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m... Names and Faces (Thu, 8/7)


Detroit Free Press:

Michael Collins has had a radio and TV career where he has bounced around: morning man on WRIF-FM (101.1) in the 1970s, stints at WXYT-AM (1270) and occasional weekends at WWJ-AM (950). On the TV side, he worked at WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in the '90s and toiled in communications for Ford. Now, he's knee-deep producing a 90-minute special for Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), putting together the ultimate reminiscence of Detroit television from the 1950s, '60s and '70s. That's before satellite transmission technology largely put an end to much locally produced daily and weekend production... Soupy, Sonny and more (Sun, 8/10)



Port Huron Times Herald:

Sometimes, legends walk nearly unnoticed among us. On Nov. 10, in Toronto, the National Hockey League will induct St. Clair resident Mike "Doc" Emrick into the writer/broadcaster division of the NHL Hall of Fame. Through the years, Emrick compiled a long list of honors and awards -- and a legion of friends in the sports world any fan would envy... No doubt about it: Emrick should be in Hall of Fame (Fri, 8/8)



Ann Arbor News:

Ann Arbor's Community Television Network's 35th anniversary celebration and facility grand opening is planned for Sept. 5 at CTN's new location, 2805 S. Industrial Hwy., Suite 200. Guests will be treated to tours, prizes, demonstrations, a picnic and more from 3 to 7 p.m... Community Television Network to mark 35th anniversary with party at new location (Sun, 8/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008



Detroit News:

After a three-year hiatus, Detroit Public Schools students are back on the airwaves of the district's 60-year-old radio station, touting the positive things happening in the city school system. Despite all the work involved in producing a radio show and its television version, they're glad to be back on the air. "There are not a lot of students that go into college with the experience that we are going into college with," said student host Imani Lee, 16, a junior at the Detroit School of Arts, where the monthly radio program is produced and taped for television ... Following a consultant's suggestion, WDTR switched to mostly classical and jazz, and the call letters were changed to WRCJ. But the new format, an attempt to secure a steady listening audience, meant the loss of the student programming. That changed after prodding by Detroit School of Arts Principal Denise Davis-Cotton, who wanted students to have a more active role in the station located at their new state-of-the-art school building. Rich Homberg, new president and general manager of Detroit Public Television, enthusiastically agreed, and students launched their first broadcast of The Detroit Public Schools Radio Program in May... Student radio programs reappear from thin air (Wed, 8/13)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) is experiencing a lot of personnel changes, so don't be surprised by the new faces you see or the missing ones. In addition to bringing back weekend morning anchor Lauren Sanders, who started Saturday, the local NBC affiliate has hired three new reporters: Bisi Onile-Ere , Bora Kim and Natalie Sentz. Sanders had been WDIV's weekend morning anchor previously, but left in 2001 to devote time to her family. Prior to WDIV, Sanders, who is married to NFL Hall of Famer and former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders, worked at WXON-TV (Channel 20) ... WDIV has also lost a few of its anchors and reporters along the way. This list includes Rachel Bianco , who left the station in the name of love. Bianco, who was a general assignment reporter at WDIV for five years, now lives in San Diego, Calif., with her boyfriend and isn't doing TV right now... WDIV-TV will have new faces in spaces (Wed, 8/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Back on the air: For this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor for WOMC-FM's (104.3) traffic coverage during the event, recreating for two days her '70s-era role as traffic reporter at CKLW-AM (800)... Names and Faces (Wed, 8/13)


Detroit News:

This weekend, there will be several links at the Woodward Dream Cruise to one of Detroit's most beloved radio stations from the cruising era. From 1-9 p.m. today and 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, former CKLW- AM (800) helicopter traffic reporter Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor will deliver traffic reports on WOMC-FM (104.3). In the 1970s, the pony-tailed MacGregor was hired by CKLW to broadcast from the skies over Detroit (although of course, the station was based in Windsor). Her effervescent delivery and banter with the hosts became a mainstay of the station. It was at CKLW that she met and married Byron MacGregor, the news director with the dramatic, stentorian delivery who oversaw the station's edgy, compelling "20/20 News." MacGregor won't be broadcasting her reports from a chopper, but she will be perched up high, seated at the WOMC traffic tower in Pontiac, on the corner of Pike Street and Woodward Avenue... Encore for CKLW radio personalities (Fri, 8/15)



Detroit Free Press:

The wait is over for 1.3 million Comcast subscribers in the state of Michigan who went a year without a fully televised schedule of Michigan and Michigan State sports. The Big Ten Network debuts today on Comcast in most markets -- Tuesday in Detroit. Among the day's selections: Northwestern Wildcats football practice, Northwestern's 48-41 win in overtime over Michigan State last season and its 54-51 victory against U-M in 2000... Finally! Comcast kicks off Big Ten Network access (Fri, 8/15)



Elvis and cruising music are on AM 580 this Saturday

This Saturday, AM 580 will be "all shook up" as the station airs "The Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Radio Special". Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley's historic "68 Comeback Special", this one hour show takes listeners beyond the original broadcast and inside the extensive archive of unedited live shows, backstage rehearsals and talks with the people who worked on the original special! We also hear from Elvis, himself, through comments recorded throughout the footage and of course some of his best known songs. "The Elvis Presley '68 Comeback Radio Special" airs this Saturday at 6 PM on CKWW.

Also this Saturday, AM 580 is the place to hear real cruisin' Oldies on AM--where they were originally heard. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the songs you cruised Woodward to back in the day. AM 580 revs up the 50's and 60's hits all day long!



Toledo Blade:

Karl Rundgren, who has served as news anchor for WUPW-TV, Channel 36, for nearly five years, is leaving the Fox affiliate Aug. 29 ... After three years as a news anchor/reporter at WTOL-TV, Channel 11, Shelley Brown is returning home to Louisiana. She has accepted a position at WVUE-TV, a Fox affiliate in New Orleans. She shared the news with viewers during the 5:30 p.m. newscast last night... Rundgren, Brown leaving Toledo TV (Fri, 8/15)


106.7 The Fox teams with Salvation Army for 2nd Annual "One Child Now" Radiothon this Thursday and Friday

Recognizing the tough times in Michigan, country 106.7 The Fox (WDTW-FM) is hosting it's 2nd Annual "One Child Now" Radiothon, teaming with the Salvation Army and their One Child Now Program. The event will be held at Cabela's in Dundee (110 Cable Blvd East, Dundee MI 48131) and run from 6am - 9pm on Thursday August 21st and from 6am - 7pm on Friday August 22nd.

There will be auction items to bid on throughout the 28 hour radiothon and prizes this year include include: a signed guitar from Brooks & Dunn; signed Kenny Chesney Sun Body hat; backstage passes with Toby Keith; Trace Adkins signed shirts; Alan Jackson signed lyric sheet; meet and greet with Montgomery Gentry; Brad Paisley signed CD; Carrie Underwood signed CD; Clint Black signed guitar; Keith Urban signed guitar; Kenny Rogers signed CD; and much more.

106.7 The FOX and The Salvation Army report that all One Child Now Funds will be used to provide thousands of children with new coats, backpacks, back to school supplies, after school educational programming including conservation education and activities, access to summer camp and pocket park (at the Michigan State Fair) programming, and year around access to various programs, mentors and clubs for ongoing education. The Salvation Army Outdoors (TSAO) is a faith-based initiative designed to engage, equip, educate, enhance and embrace children and families through the power of the outdoors.

This is what your donations can offer to a child in need:

* $120 will provide one child with one week of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

* $240 will provide one child with one month of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

* $500 will provide one child with half a year of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

* $1,000 will provide One Child with a full year of after-school activities plus a new coat, a backpack, school supplies and time at camp.

In addition to the call-in number, (866) 635-1067, which will be active during the hours of the radiothon, you can visit WDTW-FM's web site now at www.foxspacelive.com to make a donation online.



Jamie Samuelsen exits WDFN mornings

After 14 years at the all-sports outlet, Jamie Samuelsen has exited the morning (6 - 8am) program on WDFN and is reportedly set to announce a new radio home after a non-compete period of about 6 weeks.

Matt Shepard was heard hosting the program this morning and a search is now under way for a permanent replacement as the station is committed to keeping its morning drive program live, local and focused on sports talk.



Detroit News:

Radio station WWJ-950 AM was forced to cut short its live coverage of Friday's preliminary examination of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick on assault charges, due to the expletive-laden testimony of a Wayne County sheriff's detective. WWJ program director Georgeann Herbert said the station slightly delays live broadcasts to enable it to delete obscenities. But editing Detective Brian White's testimony was just too hard, she said. White testified that the mayor let loose a barrage of obscenities when White and another officer attempted to serve a subpoena July 24. And he repeated the words he claimed the mayor used. "We were attempting to delete those words as they came in, but at that point we decided to pull away live because they were coming in fast," Herbert said. "It was not our intent to air that and we apologize it got out."... Salty talk knocks Kilpatrick live hearing off the air at WWJ-950 (Sat, 8/16)



Sports Notes to broadcast boxing tourney live

The syndicated radio show Sports Notes, originating from flagship station WPON 1460 AM Pontiac, has teamed up with A-Square Fight Club to broadcast live from the first annual James "Lights Out" Toney invitational. The boxing invitational is open to all ages, weights and classes and takes place on August 22, 23 and 24 at Veterans Memorial Park at 2150 Jackson Rd. in Ann Arbor.

"This is an opportunity to check out top amateur international boxers before they make their professional debut", says Eric McGuire, event organizer and A-Square Fight Club owner. "I decided to team up with Sports Notes because I love the national and international appeal of the show."

Sports Notes airs live on WPON 1460 AM on Saturdays from 4pm - 5pm EST and live on line on radiofreedetroit.com and metrosportsboxing.com. Past shows are in rotation on both websites 24/7 365. You can also hear Sports Notes live on many cell phones with Virtual Radio. Visit VRadio.org for phone compatibility.



WJR AM was the most-listened to radio station among listeners age 12 and above during the first trend of the summer ratings period. Following very closely behind were WKQI-FM, WWJ AM, WMXD-FM, and WJLB-FM... Detroit 12+ radio ratings (Tue, 8/19)



Michigan Radio to report from Democratic and Republican Conventions

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that includes WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will provide exclusive reports from both the Democratic and Republican National Conventions. During the week of August 25th, Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody will report from the Democratic National Convention in Denver. The following week, Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Hulett will be in Minneapolis to provide coverage of the Republican National Convention. Michigan Radio is the only public radio station in the state that will have reporters at either convention.

Steve Carmody and Sarah Hulett will be at the conventions providing reports and interviews with members of the Michigan delegation and top ranking state party leaders. Their reports will focus on the views and activities of the Michigan delegates, and how the issues affecting the state are being addressed in each party's platform. Among the specific questions to be answered at the Democratic Convention are whether all of Michigan's delegates will be seated at the convention, and how the continuing mayoral crisis in Detroit will affect the Democratic presidential campaign in the months leading to the election in November. Michigan Public Radio Network reporter Rick Pluta will also be filing reports from the Democratic Convention, which will air on Michigan Radio during the week.

Michigan Radio will air these special convention reports during "Morning Edition" (Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 am) and "All Things Considered" (Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm) during the weeks of both conventions. The Democratic National Convention runs from August 25-28 in Denver, CO. The Republican National Convention is Sept. 1-4 in Minneapolis, MN. The reports can also be heard online at www.michiganradio.org.



Detroit News:

The nation's switch from analog to digital television hasn't exactly been picture perfect. From short supplies of digital converter boxes at retailers to confusion over which boxes to get, TV owners trying to make the change before all over-the-air analog broadcasts go dead next February are hitting some snags along the way and some worry that problem could get worse as the deadline nears. For some consumers, the coupons being distributed by the government for the converter boxes are expiring before they can find a box at the store. And some TV owners who have already hooked up their boxes and are getting the digital signal have complained that reception is poor and the boxes pick up fewer channels than their old rabbit-ear set-ups. Many stations are broadcasting in both signals during the transition period. Retailers are scrambling to keep up with the demand for the converter technology; with nearly six months to go before the changeover, some store owners say they're having difficulty keeping the boxes on store shelves... Analog TV owners struggle to go digital (Tue, 8/19)


Metro Times:

The highest-rated entertainer on Detroit prime-time television is rarely seen on camera. He broadcasts almost every day from April to October, ad-libs most of his dialogue and gives cable viewers distinctly new definitions to words like "filthy," "cheese" and "elevated." Unquestionably, Rod Allen, the Detroit Tigers' color commentator on FSN Detroit the past six seasons, represents the lighter side of our home team's TV coverage. Roderick the entertainer. While Detroit native Mario Impemba provides the smooth, just-the-stats-ma'am play-by-play, Allen is the jovial, speed-of-thought contributor, frequently peppering his observations with catchphrases like "podnah," "without question" and "Mr. Snappy"... He comes in colors (Wed, 8/20)



Detroit Free Press:

Summertime radio ratings: Sometimes, they're hard to interpret, based on talent on vacation and other vagaries like the ongoing mayoral crisis in Detroit. So what to do with Tuesday's Arbitron monthly ratings release? Try the following: What with much attention showered on the breakup of the top-rated WRIF-FM "Drew & Mike Show" for the past few months, this is a good time to take note of the total listenership picture. WJR is the overall leader, with the Paul W. Smith morning show and its 5.8 mark running ahead of the station's 5.3 mark among all listeners... Paul W. Smith helps put WJR-AM on top (Wed, 8/20)


WDET to launch "The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter Monday Aug 25

A new local weekday program has emerged out of the continuous coverage of political issues and events from WDET's news team. On August 25, "The Back Story" will begin airing Monday through Friday at 3:00pm on WDET 101.9FM and at www.wdet.org. WDET veteran political reporter Quinn Klinefelter will host the new daily hour-long program.

The concept for "The Back Story" developed out of the myriad of political stories facing southeast Michigan on a daily basis, including the crisis of Detroit city government as Mayor Kilpatrick faces 10 felony counts in two separate cases, the FBI's investigation of city officials in the Synagro deal, the multi-million dollar budget deficit of the Detroit Public Schools, the presidential campaigns and numerous important Congressional and state legislative races.

The program's debut week (August 25 - 29) will focus heavily on the Democratic National Convention taking place in Denver and the DNC's Debbie Dingell will speak with Klinefelter each day about what's happening on the convention floor. Other guests on the first week of "The Back Story" include CNN's Jamal Simmons who will report on Democratic strategies to take Michigan and PBS host Gwen Ifill talks about the historic nature of having an African American nominee from one of the major political parties. On Friday, August 29, "The Back Story" will broadcast live from the grounds of the Detroit Grand Prix on Belle Isle.

Week two of "The Back Story" (September 1 - 5) will look at the political weight of labor, the Republican National Convention and the state of the Detroit's schools, among other topics.

"The name 'The Back Story' was chosen because listeners will have a chance to hear the stories behind the stories," said Jerome Vaughn, WDET News Program Director. "We want to provide listeners with information that goes beyond the headlines so in depth interviews with newsmakers will fuel the show on a daily basis."

Host Quinn Klinefelter has more than 20 years of news reporting experience and has covered local politics for WDET for the past 10 years. His work has been recognized with awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Michigan Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and others. Klinefelter regularly reports for NPR and BBC News.

"The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter begins on WDET 101.9fm on Monday, August 25 and will air weekdays from 3pm to 4pm followed by "All Things Considered" at 4pm. NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross will move to weekdays at 2pm.



WXYZ-TV's Healthy Living For Kids offering free immunizations for children on Aug 24 in Detroit

WXYZ- TV/Channel 7 and The Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion will give thousands of Detroit metro area children a "boost" at the 31st annual "HEALTHY LIVING FOR KIDS" program. This year the program will be held Sunday, August 24, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. Since its inception in 1977, "Healthy Living for Kids" has provided free immunizations to over 50,000 young people.

Eligible children three months and older will be given free immunizations against a variety of diseases by registered nurses from the Detroit Department of Health and Wellness Promotion with the assistance of over 150 volunteers from the Health Department and WXYZ-TV/Channel 7.

Additional services provided include free lead poison testing, signups for the WIC (Women, Infant and Children's) feeding program and enrollment for a wide variety of youth mentoring programs.

This year inside the popular "Children's Village," a variety of health services, community outreach organizations and entertainment will also be offered. The Trenton and Riverview Fire Department Smoke House will have firefighters on hand who will conduct fire safety lessons. Also State Farm Insurance will provide the opportunity for children to practice 911 phone calls to prepare them in the event than an emergency situation occurred. In addition, parents will be able to obtain Child ID kits from AAA of Michigan as well as receive pertinent information from the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Children's Poison Control Center.

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Action News on-air personalities will be present to sign autographs and greet the children and their families. Helium balloons and "Kid Zone" magazines will be provided to all "Healthy Living" participants courtesy of WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 along with a host of other giveaways including, books, sun visors, coloring books, cookies, book bags, toothbrushes and more. Detroit Tigers mascot "Paws" will stop by and greet guests while WJLB-FM 98 makes an appearance and will distribute additional giveaways as well. Free pizza and water will be provided by Little Caesars and Costco Wholesale Corporation respectively and complimentary ice cream will be made available by Pars Ice Cream Company.

"Healthy Living for Kids" is a signature community service event for Channel 7 and is a key initiative of the station's '7 On Your Side' brand," said Bob Sliva, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. " 'Healthy Living for Kids' is also shining example of how community service projects can make a real difference in the lives of metro Detroit families."

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is located in the heart of Detroit's Cultural Center, at 315 East Warren Avenue. Free parking is available courtesy of the College for Creative Studies. Information regarding the immunization fair and specifics on immunizations is available through the Healthy Living For Kids Hotline, 1-248-827-9307 or online at www.wxyz.com.




Eileen Gikas, a veteran of over 20 years of sales, marketing and management experience, has joined the staff at CBS-owned WWJTV (CBS) and WKBD (CW) Detroit as business development sales manager. For the past eight years, Gikas has been a senior account manager and local sales manager for Greater Media's WRIF-FM Detroit. Prior to that, she was the business development manager for AM/FM and Chancellor Marketing from 1996 to 2000. Gikas has also been on the client side of the business for Central Distributors of Beer. (Thu, 8/21)


Detroit News:

With several issues of interest to Michiganians reaching a boil -- including whether or not Detroit's mayor attends -- the Democratic National Convention promises to be hot news this week from Denver. Political junkies can tune in via the radio for analysis and gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention, which starts today and runs through Thursday... Democrats will get gavel-to-gavel radio coverage (Mon, 8/25)


WXYZ-TV broadcast home of the 2008 Detroit Indy Grand Prix

WXYZ-TV/Channel 7, the official television partner of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, will provide metro-Detroit viewers with comprehensive coverage of all the racing activities on both Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day weekend. WXYZ-TV's coverage plans include six live special programs produced by the Action News and Sports departments. WXYZ-TV will provide comprehensive coverage of the weekend's events culminating in the Detroit Grand Prix racing on Sunday afternoon, August 31st. All of Channel 7's programming specials and news coverage will be presented in high definition.

Highlights of WXYZ's Grand Prix-related programming is scheduled to include:

* Countdown to the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Primetime Edition - Wednesday August 27th, 8:00 - 9:00pm: Live from WXYZ-TV's set located on Belle Isle, Action News Sports Director Don Shane will provide a comprehensive look at all the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix activities. The program will feature interviews with a variety of drivers, team owners and the individuals that were key to securing the Grand Prix's return to Detroit.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: The Green Flag Special - Friday August 29th, 7:00 - 7:30pm: Action News will take you live trackside for a complete summary of Free Prix Day festivities. This action packed half-hour special will include driver and team interviews, highlights from the day's time trials and a look ahead to Saturday's American LeMans series and Sunday's Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix races. The show will be hosted by WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane and Action News anchor Stephen Clark.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Start Your Engines - Sunday August 31st, 9:00- 10:30am: WXYZ-TV Action News anchors Stephen Clark and Carolyn Clifford kick-off Grand Prix coverage with a 90-minute live special featuring a comprehensive look at race day activities with updated weather and traffic information designed for racing fans.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Race Day Edition - Sunday August 31st, Noon -1:00pm: Live from the WXYZ-TV Belle Isle set, Action News anchors Diana Lewis and Stephen Clark will provide comprehensive coverage of the Detroit Grand Prix. The program will include exclusive interviews with drivers and the latest updates from race officials. WXYZ-TV live Race Day Edition will also provide continuing coverage of the latest weather and traffic conditions.

* Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix: Pit Pass Special - Sun. Aug. 31st, 2:00 - 3:30pm: WXYZ-TV's Don Shane will give Grand Prix viewers a trackside view of the day's big race. The program will include interviews with city and event officials, drivers and racing analysts.

* Firestone Indy Car Grand Prix at Detroit - Sun. Aug. 31st, 3:30 - 6:00pm: Live from Belle Isle, ABC Sports will provide flag to flag coverage of the 2008 Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix.

* Action News Special Edition - Sunday August 31st, 6:00 - 6:30pm: WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane will report live from the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix Winners Circle, providing post-race analysis, live interviews, and the highlights from all the day's Grand Prix race activities.



Detroit News:

Big Ten football fans who missed out on games last year because Time Warner Cable didn't carry the fledgling Big Ten Network can now relax. The network and the cable company said late Monday that they've reached an agreement that will enable Time Warner to carry games this fall... Time Warner Cable agrees to carry Big Ten Network (Tue, 8/26)


Matt Shepard takes over mornings at WDFN

Sports WDFN AM 1130 has made it official and hired Matt Shepard as it's new morning show host as of yesterday. Listeners will be able to wake up and turn on Matt Shepard weekday mornings full time from 6am to 9am. A longtime veteran of WDFN, Shepard packs a wealth of knowledge of the Detroit sports scene with his experience on television for Fox Sports Net and on radio as the voice of the Detroit Shock and more.

WDFN touts Matt Shepard's morning show as the only local morning sports talk show in Detroit, the only place sports fans can comment on the games played the night before. He'll be followed by Sean Baligian who moves back to his original 9am-12p timeslot, Jim Rome 12pm-3p, Stoney and Wojo 3pm-6pm, and Sports Talk Soup 6pm-7pm.



The Tide is High at WOMC this weekend

WOMC's Labor Day weekend special gives a clear example of how the oldies format has shifted forward in time in recent years. Promoted as the biggest countdown in Detroit radio history, the Ultimate Big 30 Countdown will start Friday at 3pm and continue through the Labor Day weekend, counting down the Top 30 songs of every year from 1967 to 1981 - the year that Blondie's "The Tide is High" was a Billboard number one song for a week in January.

The countdown is a compilation of Billboard Magazine's Hot 100 charts and CKLW's Big 30 charts, recalling the Big 8's Big 30 Countdown's in the 1970's and Early 80's. The special programming will take a break on Saturday afternoon while WOMC airs its coverage of first Michigan football game of the new season against Utah. Kickoff is set for just after 3:30pm with Frank Beckmann and Jim Brandstatter back for another year of calling the games.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 29, 2008



WDIV new daytime programming lineup to start Sept 8

WDIV Local 4's new lineup of daytime programming is scheduled to begin on Monday, September 8th. The Rachel Ray Show, returning for it's third season on Local 4, moves to a new time slot this fall. Beginning September 8th, The Rachel Ray Show will air weekdays at 11 a.m. on Local 4, following The Ellen Degeneres Show weekdays at 10 a.m. NBC's fourth hour of The Today Show hosted by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will shift to afternoons, airing weekdays at 2 p.m.

In addition, two new exciting game shows join the WDIV afternoon lineup on September 8th. The new half-hour daytime version of Deal Or No Deal hosted by Howie Mandel premieres weekdays at 3 p.m. The daily Deal Or No Deal follows the basic format of the primetime hit but adds several new twists to the game, including fewer cases for better odds and more contestants. Then, weekdays at 3:30 p.m., Meredith Vieira hosts Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. The daily edition of the popular game show challenges contestants to take risks and strain their brain in pursuit of the big prize money.

WDIV's daytime schedule starting Sept. 8th:
   7 a.m. - The Today Show
   10 a.m. - The Ellen Degeneres Show
   11 a.m. - The Rachel Ray Show
   12 noon - Local 4 News at Noon
   12:30 p.m. - Jeopardy!
   1 p.m. - Days Of Our Lives
   2 p.m. - The Today Show - 4th hour
   3 p.m. - Deal Or No Deal
   3:30 p.m. - Who Wants To Be A Millionaire
   4 p.m. - Local 4 News First At 4
   4:30 p.m. - Inside Edition
   5 p.m. - Local 4 News



Detroit News:

Lee Martin could very well be Metro Detroit's version of Stephen King. At least that's the goal as he directs and produces eight 30-minute episodes of "Lee Martin's The Midnight Hour," a horror series that will air on the Community Media Network (CMN), a public access station based in Troy, at 10:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning Sept. 6. CMN can be found on Comcast Channel 52 and WOW! Channel 18 in Auburn Hills, Berkley, Ferndale, Oakland Township, Rochester, Rochester Hills, Royal Oak and Troy... Director gets ready to scare Metro area (Thu, 8/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 1, 2008




Former Tigers third baseman George Kell is already in the Hall of Fame as a player. Starting Sept. 1, Tigers fans will have another chance to try to help him garner some recognition as a broadcaster. Fan balloting has begun for this year's Ford C. Frick Award for broadcasting excellence, and several current and former Tigers voices are among the names on this year's ballot. One of the longest-serving among them is Kell, whose 15-year playing career -- including seven seasons in Detroit -- set up his 37 years as a Tigers broadcaster, a tenure that lasted into the mid-'90s. Kell's broadcasting career actually began while he was still a player, as he took part in Orioles broadcasts while he was injured in 1957. A full-time career behind the microphone brought him back to Detroit in 1959, seven years after his final season in a Tigers uniform. From there, he called all but one season through 1996 as a play-by-play man, teaming up with analysts such as fellow Hall of Famer Al Kaline. Kell's broadcast career, combined with his Hall of Fame playing career, has made him a Detroit institution... Kell, others in running for Frick Award (Mon, 9/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 2, 2008



MSU, WJR launch environmentally focused radio program

Michigan State University and News/Talk 760 WJR are partnering on a weekly radio program called "Greening of the Great Lakes." The radio program, heard from 7 to 8 p.m. Fridays, explores issues of sustainability in the areas of economics, environment and community. Topics range from the construction of "green" buildings to the development of energy-efficient automobiles to the creation of those biofuels that will help power autos and buildings of the future. The program's host, Kirk Heinze, has served in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources for three decades as a faculty member, a department chairperson and, most recently, as director of Agriculture and Natural Resources Communications. "We thoughtfully consider such critical issues as land use, water quality, LED (light emitting diode) lighting, alternative energy, biotechnology and organic agriculture," Heinze said. "We talk with experts who have varying perspectives on these issues, and our listeners form their own judgments based on what they hear." This program represents one more exciting, collaborative partnership between WJR and MSU -providing an educational forum focusing on issues that are important not only to those living in the Great Lakes region, but also to those living across the United States, Heinze said... Read more



Detroit Free Press:

Starting Monday and continuing over the next four weeks, daytime TV viewing as you knew it is about to change. The annual shuffle of syndicated shows kicks in and for daytime diehards, it is hereby suggested that you get a new set of batteries for your TV remote. The biggest change? Arguably it's the move of doyenne of all that is good and proper, ex-con Martha Stewart. While she'll still be on at 10 a.m., she'll turn up on WJBK-TV (Channel 2) instead of her longtime spot on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), starting Monday. That means Tyra Banks' frothy talk fest on Channel 2 will shift to noon. Montel Williams' long-running talk show is extinct, but if you gotta have the bald ex-drill instructor, WADL-TV (Channel 38) will be running encore shows of what he considers his best work, at a time to be announced. In Stewart's old spot at Channel 7 at 10 a.m., "The Doctors" debuts... Martha makes a move in daytime switch (Tue, 9/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 4, 2008



Sameulsen headed for WRIF in October

Former WDFN morning host Jamie Sameulsen has been hired to anchor sports coverage for the Mike in the Morning show on Greater Media's WRIF-FM. Jamie spent nearly 14 years at WDFN before exiting last month and is currently sitting out a non-compete period. He's expected to join the gang at Rif starting October 3rd.



Detroit Free Press:

Wayne State-run public radio station WDET-FM (101.9) is looking for a new permanent general manager. Allen Mazurek, who guided the station through its change from a music-oriented format to news and talk since December 2005 operating with interim titles, is moving to a post overseeing the station's digital platform operations... WDET looking for new general manager (Thu, 9/4)

The Pistons TV schedule was announced today and the only games on over-the-air broadcast television will be nationally televised on ABC (Channel 7 in Detroit). FSN and FSN-plus will show 70 Pistons games. Four games will be nationally televised on TNT, and five will be on ESPN. Last season, a handful of games were aired on both Channel 20 and Channel 4 locally. The three games on ABC are Feb. 1 against Cleveland (2:30 p.m.), March 1 against Boston (1 p.m.) and March 22 against Miami (1 p.m.)... Pistons' TV schedule released, only 3 games on over-the-air (Wed, 9/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 5, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Fox's WJBK-TV (Channel 2) stayed with Gov. Jennifer Granholm's mayoral ouster hearings for most of the 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. period on Wednesday and it turned out to be a wise decision ... WKQI-FM (95.5, Channel 955) and its morning show pranksters "Mojo in the Morning" inserted themselves into the mayoral watch at the Manoogian Mansion and the scene outside th Frank Murphy Hall of Justice on Thursday morning. Show sidekick Spike said producer Robert Gramm used a Ryder truck the station uses for promotions that looks like a moving van and drove up to the Manoogian around 8 a.mMayoral Media: Channel 2 scores; Mojo lampoons (Thu, 9/4)



CKWW launches afternoon drive feature; to air Brian Wilson radio special Saturday

Oldies CKWW has added the "Freeway 5 at 5", a new drive-home feature airing during the Robb Duncan show. Each weekday at 5 PM, Robb digs through The Big 8 record library and archives to spin five chart-topping songs from The Big 8 (CKLW) music charts. He will also spotlight songs from the Keener 13 (WKNR) surveys as well. Published in the 60's and 70's, these weekly "hit lists" reflected the musical tastes of a generation in the Motor City.

This Saturday at 6 PM, AM580 will broadcast a behind the scenes radio special spotlighting the latest CD by Brian Wilson. His newest studio album, "That Lucky Old Sun" is out this week and marks a return to the Capitol Records label for the legendary writer, producer, arranger and Beach Boy. The CD features songs described as a "musical love letter from California" and captures the feel of the Beach Boys and Southern California from the 50's and 60's. The special also contains a smattering of Beach Boys material, new interview clips from Brian and his band, as well as such luminaries as Paul McCartney, David Crosby and others.


Television: Newsmakers Sept 5, 2008




The Detroit Red Wings and FSN Detroit today announced the 2008-09 Red Wings local television schedule. FSN continues its exclusive production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing 74 regular-season contests with 65 games slated for air on FSN and nine on FSN PLUS. Additionally, FSN will carry three pre-season games and all non-exclusive games in the first two rounds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs if the Wings advance. FSN continues to lead the NHL in technological advances by airing a substantial number of Red Wings games in high-definition on FSN HD (HD schedule to be announced at a later date). Ken Daniels and Mickey Redmond return as the Wings TV announce crew with former Red Wing Larry Murphy filling in for Redmond during select road games... Local TV schedule announced for Red Wings (Fri, 9/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 7, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

"The Lynn Rivers Show'' returns from summer hiatus Monday on WEMU (89.1 FM). Hosted by former U.S. Rep. Lynn Rivers, the hour-long program focuses on news, public affairs and constitutional issues with guests from the community and across the country. If you miss the show at 8 a.m., catch the new repeat broadcast at 6 p.m ... Longtime area radio personality Lucy Ann Lance is hosting the Michigan Football Tailgate Show on Detroit radio station WOMC-FM (104.3). The show begins two and a half hours before kickoff of University of Michigan football games and lasts for 90 minutes... 'The Lynn Rivers Show' returns to WEMU (Sun, 9/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 8, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Minor league baseball announcers dream of reaching the major leagues. Most don't realize their dream, spending their entire career in the minors. I had that dream when I broadcast Atlanta Cracker games in the Southern League for Wheaties. Wheaties was serious about its sponsorship of more than 90 major and minor league teams across the country. The company and its ad agency, Knox Reeves, published a monthly magazine devoted to the broadcasts. Each year it staged a national convention for all its announcers. The company sent an expert to each city, where he would listen to the Wheaties announcer and make a report to headquarters in Minneapolis. You can imagine the importance of this visit for each announcer. All of us strived to be at the top of our game for our visiting expert, whose critique might pave our way to the big leagues... Ernie Harwell: Road to majors can be long (Mon, 9/8)

Oh, the excitement. "Bubbapalooza," a live comedy event presented and hosted by Sirius satellite radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge will hit Detroit's Fillmore Theatre on Oct. 18. Doors open at 8 p.m.; showtime is 9 p.m... Fans can absorb Bubba's comedy (Mon, 9/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 10, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama chatted up the folks at WKQI-FM's (95.5) Mojo in the Morning on Tuesday, mixing business -- like the need to get people registered to vote before Oct. 6 -- with some good-natured chat about how his wife, Michelle, still makes him make up the bed... Political Speaking: Obama chats up WKQI (Wed, 9/10)



The State News:

A new radio program is broadcasting sustainability issues across the airwaves. "Greening of the Great Lakes" is a collaboration between MSU and WJR (760-AM) in Detroit and focuses on sustainability issues, said Russ White, communications manager for University Relations. "It's everything from land use and water issues to alternative energy and biotechnology and everything in between," White said. "We want to broadly define 'green.'" The program will air every Friday from 7-8 p.m. and can be heard on News/Talk 760 WJR in Detroit and East Lansing, said Jeff Marcero, the director of regional sales for WJR... Sustainability-themed radio show debuts (Tue, 9/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 12, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

On the air today from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on WNIC-FM (100.3), the fifth annual radiothon to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions ... Country WYCD-FM's (99.5) "Dr. Don Morning Show with Rachael & Grunwald" has been nominated for a prestigious Country Music Association award. So the big day for Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter and Steve Grunwald will be Nov. 12, ABC will air it nationally... Names and Faces (Fri, 9/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 13, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Will Drew Lane be returning to WRIF-FM (101.1) as its afternoon drive host? Lane's longtime rep, attorney Mike Novak, said an Internet report Friday that a Lane comeback was in the works was "fairly accurate, but it's premature because no deal has been struck. I think Drew has made no secret of his desire to get back on the air early next year." Novak was referring to a posting on Radio-info.com, an influential radio trade Web site compiled by Tom Taylor. "It's not hard to believe that Drew would return to the place where he and former partner Mike Clark held court for so many years -- he loved 'RIF and he didn't want to leave Detroit," the Web site reported. "It's just that he was burned out from the grind of morning radio. ...So it might be -- shockingly -- Mike & Company in the morning and Drew in another daytime shift." Station general manager John Gallagher didn't respond to a request for comment Friday, but he was seen with Lane at a recent Tigers game. Heidi Raphael, Greater Media's chief spokeswoman, said Friday "there was nothing to the report"... Report of Lane's WRIF comeback is accurate, rep says (Sat, 9/13)



Detroit News:

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy shares some of her insights into the Kwame Kilpatrick case with WXYZ-TV Channel 7's editorial chief on Sunday. Worthy will be the guest of Chuck Stokes' weekly "Spotlight on the News." The show airs at 11:30 a.m. Sundays on Channel 7. Worthy will discuss a range of topics related to the Kilpatrick case, including the aftermath of the text message scandal, its impact on her, what message it sends and the future, Stokes said Friday... Worthy will discuss Kilpatrick case on TV (Sat, 9/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 15, 2008



Drew redux

The rumors of a possible return to WRIF by Drew Lane are probably the most exciting topic in Detroit radio these days. But what if these rumors are merely a smokescreen / negotiating ploy and we'll be hearing about Lane landing on a different station sometime soon? Stay tuned I guess.



WDTK waves goodbye to Laura, says good morning to Mike

With the breakup between conservative talker Laura Ingraham and Salem Broadcasting, she's was taken off the lineup at Salem's WDTK AM 1400 after Friday's show. In the 9am - noon timeslot as of today was Salem's own Mike Gallagher, whose program had previously been heard on tape delay on WDTK.

The station's press release says that Gallagher's program is now in its 11th year of national syndication featuring the combination of solid conservative values, a fast-paced, fun delivery each day, and Mike's first-name relationship with leading newsmakers coast-to-coast.

"Mike Gallagher connects with his audience in a very personal way by creating compelling programming targeted at the issues men and women all over America really care about", according to Tom Tradup, Vice President of Programming, Salem Radio Networks. "Mike has used his program to shine the white hot light of scrutiny on extremist groups and political charlatans. His one-on-one interviews with U.S. Senator John McCain, Vice President Dick Cheney, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and other leading conservatives regularly generate national headlines. Mike continues to be a leading contributor to the top-rated FOX News Channel, as well as the leading conservative website, Townhall.com."

No new Detroit affiliate has been announced for Ingraham.



WJR to help celebrate GM's 100th anniversary

Newstalker WJR will broadcast live from its Wintergarden studio in the RenCen tomorrow to help cover the 100th anniversary of General Motors. Paul W. Smith (6-9 am), Frank Beckmann (9-11:30 am), and Mitch Albom (5-7 pm) will all host their shows as part of the celebration.

Other programming highlights this week: On Friday, Smith will be on the road and broadcast live from the West Michigan Regional Policy Conference in Grand Rapids and on Saturday WJR's Steve Courtney will broadcast another MSU tailgate program live from East Lansing starting at 12:30pm. The Michigan State - Notre Dame football game will follow beginning at 3:30pm.



WDET to welcome Bob Schieffer & Cheech Marin this week

WDET's "The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter (weekdays 3-4pm) has scheduled special guests Bob Schieffer of CBS News and comedian/actor Cheech Marin this week. Klinefelter will be talking with Bob Schieffer on Tuesday, September 16, about Schieffer's new book "Bob Schieffer's America" and other topics. Then on Friday Klinefelter will talk with Cheech Marin about politics, political correctness and his upcoming appearance September 20th in Detroit with Tommy Chong for the Cheech & Chong "Light Up America" tour.

"The Back Story" with Quinn Klinefelter airs weekdays from 3pm to 4pm on WDET 101.9FM and wdet.org.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 17, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Just when it looked like the WRIF-FM morning show with Mike Clark, Trudi Daniels, Marc Fellhauer and Mike Wolters made it through a year's worth of ratings without much of a drop despite Drew Lane's departure, then came Tuesday's Arbitron numbers. June, July and August showed precipitous drops among all listeners and in the age 25-54 demo for the Clark-helmed show ... 'Mike in Morning' blows a ratings tire (Wed, 9/17)




The top 5 overall stations in the second ratings trend of the summer were WWJ, WMXD, WJR, WVMV, and WKQI. WWJ enjoyed a sizable jump, likely thanks to the station's coverage of the scandal involving Kwame Kilpatrick. Ratings for pop WDVD also continue to climb... Detroit summer phase 2 age 12+ ratings (Tue, 9/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 22, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Last week was a busy one at Detroit Public Television, the custodian of WTVS-TV (Channel 56) and WRCJ-FM (90.9). How's this for making things happen? The Hudson Webber Foundation approved a grant of $300,000 to support the nonprofit PBS affiliate's acquisition of a high-definition, digital production truck. The grant comes as Rich Homberg, relatively new in the DPTV president and general manager chair, aims to successfully finish a $22-million capital campaign to complete its federally mandated conversion to digital technology ... Finally, Homberg was on the march with former WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) newsman Dave Manney, explaining DPTV's newest initiatives. Manney -- ex-Hour magazine editor and once a mayoral operative for Detroit's now-deposed Kwame Kilpatrick -- is now Homberg's director of program development. Foremost on their minds these days is the station's ambitious political debate project. Working with the Center for Michigan, it is serving up 20-25 debates of candidates who agreed to face off for 47 contested state House races in southeastern Michigan. They will air at 3 p.m. Sundays on Channel 56, with lots of alternative availability on the Web at dptv.org and mivote.org and via Comcast's On Demand service... (Sun, 9/21)




WDVD Goes To Lundon: DANA LUNDON-MASUCCI puts her foot back into radio, joining CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT for weekend work. DANA was most recently middays at CBS Oldies WOMC/DETROIT. (Mon, 9/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 24, 2008



FSN Detroit follows Dan Cleary, Stanley Cup to Newfoundland for special

Detroit Red Wings fans everywhere were proud of their team as they captured the Stanley Cup earlier this year, but no fans were more prideful than those in Newfoundland who watched forward Dan Cleary become the first native son to play on a Cup-winning team. When Cleary took the Cup home this summer, he shared it with tens of thousands of Newfoundlanders who provided a hero's welcome captured by a crew from FSN Detroit.

Now, fans of Cleary and the Red Wings in this region can experience the overwhelming reception and admiration in a half-hour special as part of FSN's "Under the Lights" series. Dan Cleary Brings It Home: Newfoundland's First Stanley Cup premieres Tuesday, Sept. 30 at 7:00 & 10:00 PM, immediately preceding and following FSN's coverage of the Red Wings preseason game against the Montreal Canadiens.

FSN's crew was on hand at public celebrations held at the airport, a children's hospital, a Canada Day gathering in Cleary's hometown and also eavesdropped on some private time for Cleary with the Cup. Along with Cleary, those interviewed include his father and brother, a childhood friend, local and provincial government officials and the Hockey Hall of Fame's keeper of the Stanley Cup.

The show concludes with a music video tribute to Cleary, written and performed by Newfoundland band Greeley's Reel. The music video also can be seen at www.foxsports.com/detroit or www.myspace.com/fsndet.




WDVD Assists Hurricane Victims: CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT and Adult Hits WDRQ have teamed up to collect 37,000 pounds of non-perishable items and bottled water for the victims of HURRICANE IKE. WDVD's MR. GASSY served as navigator of the tractor-trailer as it traveled from MOTOWN to HOUSTON to provide needed supplies to area shelters. (Tue, 9/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 26, 2008



WHTD 102.7 adds Rickey Smiley starting Oct 6

Radio One owned WHTD FM 102.7 has dropped the Russ Parr morning show from morning drive and will add the "Rickey Smiley and Deez Nutz Morning Show" starting Monday, October 6th. Smiley's program is syndicated through Radio One's Syndication One programming arm.

"I am very excited that Rickey will be heard in our key markets of Atlanta and Detroit," says Radio One senior VP of programming content Jay Stevens. "He is a star, one of those rare individuals that can fill an arena of 5,000 one day and be on the radio in that same market the next day. Rickey is very creative and genuinely cares about his listeners which translates to a strong community presence. He is also joined by a team of incredibly talented personalities that create an entertainment package which just can't be duplicated."

Smiley's program is also heard on WQHH FM 96.5 in Lansing.



Fox Sports Net Detroit to air 100 Red Wings and Pistons games in HD during 08-09 seasons

FSN Detroit will present 100 games in high-definition during the upcoming 2008-09 seasons for the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons. Each team has 50 telecasts available on FSN HD, accounting for 69 percent of FSN's 144- game combined telecast schedule.

The offering of Red Wings HD telecasts includes 31 at home and 19 on the road; the Pistons HD breakdown is 29 home and 21 road contests.

The Red Wings and Pistons high-definition telecasts will be shown on FSN HD, a channel currently available on high-definition cable service provided by Comcast, Bright House Networks, Wide Open West (WOW!), Charter, Buckeye, Broadstripe, Coldwater and D&P Cable. FSN HD is also available via satellite on DIRECTV and Dish Network.

Complete Wings and Pistons telecast schedules available at www.foxsports.com/detroit.



New Shut Up and Vote Michigan videos released

The heritage air personalities 101 WRIF, 94.7 WCSX and Magic 105.1 have hit the campaign trail with a single unified message for Michigan residents: Shut Up and Vote! The corner piece of this integrated initiative is the website shutupandvotemichigan.com.

By far, the most popular sections of the campaign are the Shut Up and Vote Michigan Videos featuring area celebrities, including station air personalities, sharing why they think voting is so important. Recently uploaded videos feature: WRIF's Arthur Penhallow, Doug Podell, Meltdown, Steve Black, Screamin' Scott, and Slayer; WRIF and WCSX's Peter Werbe and Juline Jordan, WCSX's Ken Calvert, JJ & Lynne, Mark Pasman, and Uncle Buck; WMGC's Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show and Mitzi Miles.

Each video puts a personal spin on why, in Michigan, every vote counts. Each week leading up to November 4th, new videos will be added and spotlighted on the site.

Another area designed to encourage people to get out the vote is the Shut Up and Vote Michigan Guest Blogger section. Michigan voters are encouraged to submit their own reasons why it's important to Shut Up & Vote for the opportunity to be a guest blogger.

Other features of the website ShutUpandVoteMichigan.com include Political polls that help take the pulse of Michigan residents, Michigan ballot proposal details and voter registration information.



Detroit News:

The top stories from Metro Detroit's other 10 p.m. newscast can now be watched on the Web. The "My 20 News at Ten" newscast from WMYD-TV (Channel 20) can't be viewed in its entirety at tv20detroit. com just yet, but news junkies can catch up on the day's breaking news and headline grabbers by going to the Web site and clicking on the video icon. Anchors Sunya Walls and Nathan O'Leary deliver most of the stories, as they do during the TV newscast, and some of the stories come from field reporters Dave Leval and Jorge Avellan... See top 'My 20 News' stories on the Web (Fri, 9/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept 29, 2008



Crain's Detroit Business '40 under 40' highlights media execs

...Luckoff is in charge of sales for Detroit's leading radio stations aimed at black audiences, WJLB 97.9 FM and WMXD 92.3 FM, both owned by Clear Channel Radio Inc. The stations ranked No. 6 and No. 8 in the Detroit market by revenue in this year's Crain's Book of Lists, and have a combined revenue of about $25 million... Jeff Luckoff, General sales manager WJLB 97.9 FM, WMXD 92.3 FM Clear Channel Radio (Mon, 9/29)

...As head of development for Detroit Public Television, Hamilton today is in charge of raising about 60 percent of the station's revenue, or $9 million annually, through on-air and online pledge drives, direct-mail campaigns and grant proposals to foundations. She's headed efforts that have brought in at least 60 percent of total revenue each of the past eight years -- and cut fundraising expenses to keep down the station's costs to raise money when revenue declined... Kelley Hamilton, Vice president of development, Detroit Public Television (Mon, 9/29)



Farmers student athletes recognized, honored by FSN Detroit

FSN Detroit is teaming with Farmers Insurance Group to honor well-rounded high school student-athletes throughout Michigan with a monthly Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award during the 2008-09 academic year.

The Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award recognizes outstanding high school student athletes that are making a difference on the athletic field, in the classroom and in the communities they represent. Administrators and coaches from 768 high schools statewide have been invited to nominate student-athletes who carry a grade point average of 2.5 or greater (on a 4.0 scale) and are involved in extracurricular activities (including community service). Athletic achievements in both individual and team sports will be considered. The monthly winner is determined by a selection committee comprised of personnel from Farmers and FSN Detroit.

The Farmers Student Athlete Citizen Award honorees will receive a plaque presented by a local Farmers Insurance representative and be featured in a 30-second vignette to run throughout the following month during FSN Detroit programming.

Farmers Insurance Group is a presenting sponsor of FSN Detroit's 2008-09 coverage of Michigan High School Athletic Association football and basketball championship events.



WLQV to sponsor Bible Across America Tour stop in Sterling Heights

AM 1500 WLQV and Grace Christian Church have partnered with Zondervan to promote and host the Bible Across America Tour stop in Southeast Michigan. More than 31,000 Americans will have a hand in publishing a new Bible - America's NIV - the first nationwide Bible ever written "one-verse, one-person" at a time. The cross-country RV tour will make its only Southeast Michigan stop at Grace Christian Church at 33801 Van Dyke Ave in Sterling Heights on Wednesday, October 1, 2008 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. and the public is invited to contribute a verse in their own handwriting.


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)


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)


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)


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.


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)


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)


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)


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.


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)


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)


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


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)


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)


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)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2008



WNIC gets in the holiday spirit early

Just as you're trying to figure out what to do with all that extra Halloween candy on the kitchen table (don't eat it all in one sitting) ... it's time once again to think Christmas. At least that's what the folks at WNIC FM 100.3 want you to do. Making sure no one else could claim to be first this year, WNIC jumped on Santa's sleigh this morning and will be featuring nothing but holiday music through at least December 25th.

This evening the station is prominently featuring a poll on it's web site at www.wnic.com claiming 40% of those that answered the poll wanted Christmas music to start at the beginning of November ... maybe as a way to answer any critics that might think it's a tad early to be having a Holly Jolly Christmas.



Ann Arbor News:

The results are in for fund drives recently concluded at two local public radio stations. At Michigan Radio (WUOM, 91.7 FM), the public radio service of the University of Michigan, the on-air fundraiser, which ran from Oct. 17-24, generated more than 7,400 pledges totaling more than $770,000 ... Meanwhile, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, ended its fall pledge drive on Oct. 26, raising a record $139,207 in nine and half days, exceeding last fall's total by over $2,000. The station also raised $50,000 toward its fall 2008 mail campaign goal of $140,000. The mail returns are counted separately from the funds raised on-air. Two more mailings are planned before the end of the year. "We set an ambitious on-air goal for ourselves this year, $30,000 higher than in fall '07," said Mary Motherwell, marketing and development director. "While it's disappointing that we didn't reach that mark, we certainly can be happy about breaking the previous record... U-M, EMU fund drives successful; WUOM, WEMU both see gains in amounts pledged (Mon, 11/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 4, 2008



Wide Open West and FS Detroit reach Pistons deal

Wide Open West has reached an agreement on the complete slate of Detroit Pistons games scheduled to air on FS Detroit. After FS Detroit picked up the rights to an extra 34 games over its previous coverage package, agreements still needed to be worked out with the various cable companies in the area to deliver these extra games. The deal with WOW didn't get done in time for the season opening game on October 29th, but since has been resolved and WOW customers were able to watch the last two games on FS Detroit and will be getting all the scheduled Pistons games as the season continues.

A similar agreement with Buckeye Cable in northwestern Ohio is still being worked on.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 7, 2008



W4 Country sends soldier's mom and morning guy to Korea

Ann Arbor's 102.9 W4 Country heard about the need of a local soldier who lost his father and the love of his life against the backdrop of the war in Iraq and subsequent immediate deployment to Korea and has responded.

BJ Harlow is from Dundee and is now assigned to Camp Humphries outside of Seoul, South Korea. Harlow's sister approached the radio station and told of her brother's position and asked if a t-shirt could be sent to him in Korea. Morning host "Bubba" decided to purchase a ticket with his own money and head over to visit BJ. The local employees of Key Bank contributed money to buy his mother a ticket and send bank President Bill Koehler to Korea as well.

The group leaves for Seoul today (November 7th) from Detroit Metropolitan Airport via Tokyo on Northwest Flight 25. BJ Harlow will be told that his leave has been taken away to retrieve a high-ranking military official from a hotel in Seoul. There, the morning show will be waiting with his mother as a surprise for the weekend. The group returns to Detroit on Monday.

The "Breakfast With Bubba" program has been on the air at W4 Country for six years, and this is the second such international trip to benefit a local soldier.



Detroit News:

The results are in and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) was the most-watched local station on Election Day. The ABC affiliate pulled in an 8.1 rating/16.1 share for the whole day compared to WDIV-TV (Channel 4), which had a 7.2 rating/14.3 share and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which placed last with a 4.8 rating/9.5 share. A single ratings point represents one percent of the total number of viewers and the share is the percentage of television sets in use. Not so coincidentally, ABC was television's No. 1 broadcast network during the historic race for the White House with 12.5 million viewers, while CNN was the No.1 network overall with 13.3 million. WDIV did turn the tables at 11 p.m., when the local NBC affiliate garnered a 14.2 rating/22.7 share compared to WXYZ's 12.6 rating/20 share and Fox affiliate WJBK's 8.1 rating/13.3 share... For election results, voters pick WXYZ (Fri, 11/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Help a child stay warm this winter by participating in the 26th Annual Salvation Army Coats for Kids Radiothon today and Saturday. The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM (97.9) are teaming up at the Phoenix Theatres Bel-Air Center in Detroit to rally donations to be used by the Salvation Army to purchase coats for children in need. The fun-filled event will include interviews with local celebrities and sports figures, the premieres of "Soul Men" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and live performances by local hip-hop, rap and R & B artists. Events will take place 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday... Share some warmth at Coats for Kids radiothon (Fri, 11/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 10, 2008



The Fox strips for listeners

Country WDTW-FM, 106.7 The Fox, is giving back to listeners and bringing ten national recording country artists together for one night of music this Thursday, November 13th, for "Fox Stripped Live" at The Fillmore in Detroit. Darius Rucker, Randy Owen, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Emily West, Billy Currington, Trent Tomlinson, Big Kenny (From Big and Rich), Jamey Johnson and Heidi Newfield will all be on one stage, stripped down, raw, real and giving the stories behind some of their favorite songs.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6pm with the concert to begin at 7 at The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward. These tickets are among the hottest in town as they can only be obtained by winning them on air or by going to one of the station's announced ticket stops each day.

Go to www.foxspacelive.com for more information about Fox Stripped Live.



PD Scott Walker exits WOMC

Scott Walker has exited as program director for oldies WOMC and is transferring to sister station WRBQ in Tampa, FL where he'll become that station's PD.

Following last month's announcement that Dom Theodore would be moving to CBS Radio/Detroit from Clear Channel's Detroit operations and take the reigns of programming both WOMC and smooth jazz WVMV in addition to his new roles as vice president of programming for the Detroit cluster and vice president of programming for all of CBS Radio's contemporary hits stations, it was unclear just where Walker and current V98.7 PD Tom Sleeker were going to fit in the org chart.

While there still hasn't been any announcement about the future of Sleeker, the chain of command at WOMC just became more clear.



Detroit Free Press:

Nearly a year ago, Janet Narich did exactly as recommended by the TV industry, government Web sites and the public service spots of former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell -- she requested a discount coupon for a converter box to receive digital TV signals. Yet, she still isn't ready for digital television. And, ready or not, it's coming Feb. 17. Now Narich, 58, of Ferndale is stuck with an expired $40 coupon she received last winter and took to a retailer that hadn't received its shipment of converter boxes, which sell for about $50. Each coupon -- a plastic card roughly the size of a credit card -- expires 90 days from the date it was mailed. "It just seems strange to me that these coupons expire because a lot of the stores didn't have the converter boxes in stock when people were getting their coupons," Narich said. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) said it has received more than 600 calls in the past couple of months from people who have expired coupons and people who said they never received coupons... Many get coupon, but no digital TV box (Mon, 11/10)

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit in partnership with FM 98 WJLB collected 1,224 coats and $53,453 in cash donations to provide warm coats for thousands of children during the 26th Annual Coats for Kids Radiothon held at the Phoenix Theatres Bel-Air Center in Detroit over the weekend... Salvation Army, FM 98 collect over 1,000 coats, donations still accepted (Mon, 11/10)




The Hot Stove season has arrived, and so has the Tigers' regular off-season radio program. The TigerTalk Show makes its season premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET online at tigers.com and over the air on WXYT AM 1270 and FM 97.1. Tigers radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson and Pat Caputo will co-host the weekly hour-long show, which will feature the latest news on the Tigers as well as interviews with Tigers players, coaches and front-office members. FSN Detroit television analyst Rod Allen will also contribute a weekly segment. In addition, listeners can call in and ask questions about the Tigers ... The TigerTalk Show will run weekly through mid-February, when the Tigers report to Spring Training... TigerTalk debuts tonight (Mon, 11/10)




WOMC Hosts 'Military Moms Luncheon': CBS RADIO Oldies WOMC/DETROIT is hosting the station's fourth annual "Military Moms Luncheon" on VETERANS DAY, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. Morning guru DICK PURTAN will be emceeing the luncheon which recognizes and thanks MICHIGAN military moms whose sons and daughters are giving so much by serving our country. "WOMC is very honored to present this event on VETERANS DAY," noted WOMC GM DEBBIE KENYON. "This is just a small token of our appreciation for what DETROIT moms sons and daughters have done for our country." (Mon, 11/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 11, 2008



Detroit News:

J.J. Johnson and Lynne Woodison, longtime hosts of the "J.J. and Lynne" morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7) were fired after this morning's show. "We weren't given an opportunity to say goodbye to our audience," Johnson said. "They called us in after the show to say our contract was up March 1, and they weren't going to be renewing it." The rumor had been out there that Greater Media Detroit, owner of WCSX, was interested in Deminski & Doyle for the morning slot. The brash duo left 97.1 (now WXYT) almost a year ago, and the "non-compete" clause of their contract would be expiring soon. Johnson had heard the rumor, and asked if that was behind the move. "They said it wasn't true," Johnson said. "But I feel it's probably the likely scenario"... WCSX fires morning show hosts 'J.J. and Lynne' (Tue, 11/11)



Detroit Free Press:

Morning radio fans will miss two of Detroit's most well-known voices on their Wednesday commute as Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison, the co-hosts of the "JJ & Lynne in the Morning" show, have been fired from their post at classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7). "We were told yesterday (Monday) that there would be a meeting with us Tuesday to talk about the show, the new ratings system and some other things regarding changes in the media," said Johnson, a fixture on Detroit radio since the '70s, and a distinctive voice at 'CSX for 16 years. "And they told us that that in March our contract was up, they would not be renewing it and today was your last show ... John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media, Inc., the company that oversees Detroit stations CSX, WRIF-FM (101.1) and WMGC-FM (105.1), confirmed the dismissals. Starting Wednesday, listeners can expect an interim classic rock music format... J.J. and Lynne fired from morning show at WCSX (Tue, 11/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 12, 2008




Today's AllAccess.com NetNews has a nice rundown of the first batch of pre-currency radio ratings from Arbitron's move to portable people monitors in the Detroit market. Of the markets AllAccess reviewed today, Detroit had the least dramatic change -- although AC and Rock formats, which have faired well in other markets, saw growth here. Unlike Dallas and Atlanta, there was no clear cut winner in the Motor City as a trio of stations shared demo crowns. Urban rankers moved around a bit as Radio One's stations fell farther back.

Read the entire breakdown on AllAccess.com.

A bit of commentary: The following numbers show both WRIF and WCSX are very strong stations in the early PPM ratings. WRIF finished first in the 12+ and 18-49 demos and second in 25-54 and 18-34. 'CSX was second 12+, fourth in 25-54 and 18-49, and ninth in 18-34. If Greater Media is considering big changes at either station on the heels of yesterday's dismissal of J.J. & Lynne from the morning slot at WCSX, perhaps these results should give them some pause.



Phone Scams Volume 12 goes on sale

Fans of the Mojo in Morning gang at hits WKQI-FM, Channel 95-5, won't want to miss what's become a holiday tradition around Detroit - the annual release of another volume of the show's best Phone Scams. The 2-CD set Phone Scams Vol.12 is now on sale at all Metro Detroit Borders stores & online at www.channel955.com/pages/ps12.html.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 13, 2008



Mt. Clemens Library hosting DTV forum Nov 17

Detroit Public TV President Rich Homberg, VP of Technology Helge Blucher, and others from the broadcasting industry will at the Mt. Clemens Public Library on Monday, November 17th at 7pm to discuss the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV) during a free forum open to the public.

WTVS is warning that recent problems with the station's 27-year-old analog transmitter are making it urgent that viewers be ready for digital even sooner than the federally mandated February 17, 2009 DTV switchover.

The station is also offering email notifications of similar forums being held around Southeast Michigan before the DTV transition occurs or to answer questions about how to convert your analog television to digital reception by contacting DPTV's Bill Van Horn at bvanhorn@dptv.org.

The Mount Clemens Public Library is located at 150 Cass Ave in Mount Clemens.




The more things sound different, the more they seem the same on college radio. A longstanding alternative to commercial formats, "free-form" student-run radio is a variety show for adventurous listeners with eccentric audio tastes, including occasional dead air, local references, irreverent comments and unpolished delivery to remind you that this is, indeed, amateur radio. In an era when the airwaves are ruled by distant conglomerates that shift programming formats according to ratings and jam as much advertising in as listeners will tolerate while "public" radio adopts a largely talk, syndicated format, Metro Detroit's college radio stations (including CJAM, broadcasting from the University of Windsor) offer a fresh sound. Radio has become "overly commercial and is turning people off," explains Marie Dereniewski, program director of WHFR-FM 89.3, sponsored by Henry Ford Community College... Metro Detroit's Real Radio (Thu, 11/13)



Detroit News:

If you're old enough to remember a cowboy yelling, "Hi-yo, Silver!" before riding away on his horse, this should be good news: "The Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition" gallops into stores this week. The 12-disc DVD box set features the first two TV seasons, 1949 and 1950, and includes 78 episodes of the Emmy-nominated show starring Clayton Moore as the "Masked Man" and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. It also includes an 88-page color commemorative booklet, complete episode guide and rare comic book images of America's quintessential Western hero... When the Lone Ranger rode in Detroit (Thu, 11/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. is starting his own show on the city's public access cable channel. "Detroit: That's the Spirit" premiered Monday on cable channel 10 in the city. The episode will air again Thursday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It also will air this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m... Cockrel talks Detroit on TV show (Thu, 11/13)



Zonjic's Smooth Jazz Christmas Show set for Dec 14 in Royal Oak

Alexander Zonjic's 2008 Smooth Jazz Christmas Show will feature a lineup of special guests at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on December 14th at 7:30pm. Saxophonist Richard Elliot and guitarist Paul Brown are scheduled to join Alexander Zonjic & Friends along with these performers: guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne, vocalist Thornetta Davis, the Motor City Horns, and the Barbara Ogar Flute Choir.

Tickets prices are $40 and $30 and be purchased by calling (800) 919-6272 or visiting either www.ROMTlive.com or www.tickets.com.

Alexander Zonjic's annual holiday show is a benefit for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, MI, a unique, private non-profit agency, providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve.

Current sponsors include Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM) and National City Bank. The show is produced by Hi-Falutin' Music. Zonjic hosts the morning drive program for V98.7.


Memories from Art Vuolo, Jr.

Everyone can remember where they were when they heard the news about what happened on September 11th. Well, I will also never forget November 11th, because that was the day when I learned that my dear friend and colleague Andrew Ashwood had suffered a massive heart attack and was put on life support. He had been courageously fighting cancer for the past year and a half. I don't trust cancer, I never have, so last April I flew to LA to see for myself how he was doing. He looked amazingly good and his ultra-positive attitude was incredible. I even made a video, I know...hard to believe, but because he seemed good and looked great, I went for it. That was a visit I shall always cherish.

The news came to me after returning from Chicago, where I visited Kipper McGee, PD of WLS and Andrew's former roommate while they attended Lakeland College in Wisconsin. The word came down from Sean Compton of WGN America and I was deeply saddened. When I spoke to Andrew from the R&R/NAB Convention in Austin, he sounded sensational, upbeat and, of course, very positive.

Knowing his condition, after he was stricken, and the fact that he would never be the same, I prayed that he would suffer no more. Those prayers were finally answered Thursday evening, November 13th. My heart goes out to his beautiful wife Sandra, who never even reached her second anniversary, and his sisters Ann and Lorry.

Whether you knew Andrew or not, you realize he was one of kind. I am honored to have known him for over 30 years, and actually have him on videotape stating that I was instrumental in launching his legendary radio career. I'm just glad that I could help. He was often seen at any number of industry confabs like; the R&R Conventions, the TRS, NAB, Talkers, Boot Camp, the Conclave, CRS....you name it. He had audiences riveted at any session he moderated or participated in.

Perhaps you crossed paths with him at (the former) WKTI in his hometown of Milwaukee, WGBF in Evansville, KOOL or KOPA in Phoenix, in Charlotte or his brief stint in my backyard at WABX in Detroit. His last radio station was the giant mother-ship of Clear Channel in San Antonio, 1200/WOAI, after which he took the reins at Fox Sports Radio in LA.. Regardless at which stop (if any) this talented broadcaster may have touched your life, if he did, you never forgot him.

Les Heintz was his roommate at Albion College in Michigan, which is when I first meet Andy (as he was called backed then) in the mid-1970's. I recall doing a barbaric black and white video of the guys on my first Sony Betamax. I told clean-cut Les he should get into TV and deep-voiced Andrew to pursue Radio. Heintz went on to anchor TV news in Wisconsin, Nashville and Washington, DC. Andrew's radio career is well documented.

The radio industry now has a large empty space as we say goodbye to one of the nicest and most positive members of the broadcasting fraternity. While reviewing old videotapes of Andrew, during the era when he was better known as "B J Hunter," I broke down when I heard him say (on WABX Detroit) "I don't care what they say....I ain't never gonna give up...unt ah."

He was only 51 and I miss him already.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 14, 2008



Radio World:

Ed Buterbaugh would have made most anyone's list of the "most respected" engineers. That probably never really mattered to Buterbaugh. Friends say that whether he was building new radio studios or engineering a University of Michigan football game, Buterbaugh was comfortable with his place within the profession. Buterbaugh, a longtime fixture in Detroit radio and respected broadcast engineer, passed away from bladder cancer in September. He was 65. He had engineered three of the top AM radio stations in North America. He worked for a stint at WABC(AM) in New York, followed by CKLW(AM) in Windsor, Ontario, a station that dominated Detroit's radio ratings for many years in the 1970s. He finished his career at Citadel's WJR(AM) in Detroit and retired in late 2004. Many engineers consider Buterbaugh a driving force in AM audio quality. He was relentless in his pursuit of AM fidelity and was a respected talent not only within the discipline of broadcast engineering but by broadcasters in general, friends and colleagues say... Buterbaugh Remembered in Upper Midwest (Fri, 11/14)



Detroit News:

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) has a lot to be proud of these days. The station's Web site Click onDetroit.com outperformed all other local stations on both Election Day and the day after, grabbing 8 million page views. The local NBC affiliate also attracted 16,000 Web viewers for its 14-hour Webcast from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. In terms of TV, the station dominated the 11 p.m. to midnight hour on Election Day with a 13.3 rating for its newscast compared to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), which garnered an 11 rating, and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which drew an 8.1 rating... Viewers pick WDIV site for vote results (Fri, 11/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 15, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

There's a flip side to the buyers' rush for glitzy digital televisions ahead of the coming switch in broadcasting systems -- on Feb. 18 in most areas. It's not a pretty picture. Environmentalists expect a glut of old-style televisions to pile up at curbsides on trash-collection days and in landfills. To avoid that, a small firm called Classic Computer Recycling is holding collection days in metro Detroit for old televisions and other junk electronics, such as computers... TV recycling offered as February digital switch nears (Sat, 11/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 17, 2008



Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle joining WCSX for mornings in January

One of the worst-kept secrets in Detroit radio of late is now official with classic rock WCSX e-mailing its Workforce members early this afternoon the news that the Deminski and Doyle Show will take over mornings at 94.7 starting on January 5th, 2009 - after their their non-compete agreement with CBS Radio finally runs its course.

The e-mail from John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media Detroit reads:

We are very excited to share with you that 94.7 WCSX is welcoming veteran radio personalities Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle to mornings at The Motor City's Classic Rock Station.
In case you're not familiar with The Deminski & Doyle show, Jeff and Bill cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from serious issues to comedy, while sharing with you insight into their personal lives.
I would like to personally invite you to tune into The Deminski & Doyle show premiere Monday, January 5, 2009 from 6am to 10am, right here on 94.7 WCSX. We believe you'll find their show to be the perfect way to start your mornings.
In the meantime, make sure to visit www.WCSX.com for audio and video updates from Jeff and Bill.
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this exciting time at 94.7 WCSX.

The Deminski and Doyle Show will take morning drive at WCSX in a new direction as their show did not feature music while on FM 97.1, unlike prior morning shows on 'CSX. While the recently departed Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison also used their personalities as a big part of the program, there was also quite a bit of classic rock that was included in their show as well. Interestingly, this move will put WCSX up against what has long been the leading talk program on morning rock radio in Detroit - what's now called 'Mike in the Morning' on sister station WRIF.

Meanwhile, rumors still circulate about the future of former 'RIF morning co-host Drew Lane ... will he be making a comeback to FM radio in Detroit sometime soon too?



Detroit News:

It's official: Deminski & Doyle will take over the morning slot on classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), starting Jan. 5. The duo, who left WXYT (1270 AM and 97.1 FM) almost a year ago, will broadcast an all-talk format from 6-10 a.m. every morning. "We're going to do a couple of things with them online, podcasting, as they get their wings back, but we're not going to do anything show-wise until Jan. 5," said general manager John Gallagher of Greater Media Detroit, owner of WCSX. This news has been the worst kept secret in Detroit radio for some time. Last Friday, just days after J.J. Johnson and Lynne Woodison were fired by WCSX, a post went up on Jeff Deminski's blog, titled "I Wish More Stations Did This," with a link to www.wcsx.com inviting listeners to sign up to get a text message at www.tellmewcsx.com when more "exciting changes" were implemented... Deminski & Doyle get morning show on WCSX-FM (Mon, 11/17)



Detroit Free Press:

In what industry insiders are saying was the worst-kept secret in local radio, WCSX-FM (94.7) confirmed veteran radio personalities Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle will return to the airwaves to host the classic rock station's new morning show ... "We wanted so badly to stay in Detroit, we chose unemployment for a year to honor our non-compete clause," said Jeff Deminski in a statement released by CSX Monday. "A year is one thing, but this WCSX opportunity is the chance of a lifetime. Doug Podell is a legend who sees things others cannot and will be the best program director I have ever worked for in my radio career"... Deminski & Doyle will host mornings on WCSX (Mon, 11/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 18, 2008



Channel 7 set for Michigan State/Michigan football Saturday

WXYZ-TV is the exclusive Detroit area television broadcast home for the season's biggest weekend of Big Ten football action. On Saturday, November 22nd, Channel 7 will telecast coverage of both the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans. The back to back game coverage begins at noon when the Michigan takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes live from Columbus, Ohio. The gridiron battles continue at 3:30pm when Michigan State travels to Happy Valley to battle the Penn State Nittany Lions.

In preparation for these legendary Big Ten rivalries, Channel 7 will broadcast a special one hour edition of the Big 10 Ticket pre-game show beginning Saturday at 11:00 AM. WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane will host along with sports reporters Vic Faust and Tom Leyden as they bring you key interviews and an in-depth analysis of all the X's and O's that translate to victory for both Michigan and MSU.

"If both Michigan teams win, it would mean the Spartans will head to the Rose Bowl for the first time in twenty years," declares Channel 7 Sports Director Don Shane, "It would really bring some much needed excitement to our state."

Following the MSU game the station will air live post-game coverage of game-day highlights and key play analysis.




WDTW PD John Trapane To Join Capitol Records/Nashville: CAPITOL RECORDS/NASHVILLE has announced that CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (THE FOX)/DETROIT PD JOHN TRAPANE has joined the label as Dir./Regional Promotion, Southwest beginning JANUARY 1st. He will relocate to HOUSTON, TX and will report directly to VP/Promotion STEVE HODGES. TRAPANE replaces MARA SIDWEBER, who left the label in JUNE and joined BIG PICTURE ROMOTION/NASHVILLE (NET NEWS 7/29). CAPITOL/NASHVILLE VP/Radio Stategies/Field Marketing SHANE ALLEN had been filling in for MARA on an interim basis until a replacement was found. No word on TRAPANE's replacement back at THE FOX, but stay tuned for more details. (Tue, 11/18)



Macomb Daily:

Despite the recent on-air shakeup at classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), the radio station remains committed to its participation in a variety of activities in Macomb County, a top station official said Monday... Deminski and Doyle returning to airwaves for WCSX morning drive (Tue, 11/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2008



J. Mikel Ellcessor named as WDET general manager

J. Mikel Ellcessor has been selected by Wayne State University to become the new general manager for public WDET-FM 101.9 beginning December 15, 2008. Ellcessor was selected following a national search for a candidate to lead WDET into the future.

newWDETgmEllcessor was most recently the executive director of radio for RadioMilwaukee where he was responsible for all aspects of the project concept development and launched the new not-for-profit media service in 2006. RadioMilwaukee is a highly innovative media concept that uses contemporary music and community engagement strategies to draw younger, diverse audiences into public service media. Ellcessor also served as senior director of programming operations and distribution at public radio flagship WNYC in New York. During his tenure at WNYC, he was responsible for the local programming, digital media, national program marketing and broadcast operations of one of the nation's largest public radio operations.

"Mikel Ellcessor's solid management experience in major media markets made him the ideal candidate to direct and shape WDET's service to our community," said Andrea Roumell Dickson, Wayne State University executive vice president and chief of staff. "His wealth of knowledge combined with his passion for public radio and commitment to make WDET a nationally recognized service will serve the station well."

WDET has been a community service of Wayne State since 1952. The station plays an important role in the University's goal to develop community partnerships as a catalyst for the region's social, cultural, economic and educational enrichment. As GM of WDET, Ellcessor plans to reach out into the community to assess how the station may best serve the metropolitan Detroit area.

"WDET has a profound and valuable role to play in Detroit, "said Ellcessor. "Changing technology has diminished the impact of physical distance and we can access great content from anywhere in the world, yet the need for meaningful connections with our communities has never been greater. Particularly in our great cities, there's a deep, compelling need for locally responsive programming that embodies a very distinct point of view. This is WDET's opportunity."


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 20, 2008



Detroit News:

If you have XM or Sirius Satellite radio, you might be wondering why your radio blew up last week. Here's the deal: The two merged, Sirius is the dominant partner, and it'll be a while before the dust settles. Sirius has always positioned itself as more mainstream in terms of music, while XM dug deeper in all forms of music to present what you couldn't hear on terrestrial radio. So it's not surprising that XM's excellent Soul Street, which played many deep classic soul cuts, was dumped in favor of Sirius' Soul Town, which plays the more predictable hits. XM's '50s on 5's personality Matt the Cat, who played semi-obscure, early R&B, is gone, and fans of that channel were shocked to hear the nasal squawk of '60s New York disc jockey Cousin Brucie coming out of their radios... Sirius, XM listeners hear shakeup after merger (Thu, 11/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 21, 2008



Oakland Business Review:

Wally Jadan didn't consider the purchase of MBN TV & Radio in Southfield as your typical business investment. Instead Jadan saw it not only as an idea that had unlimited potential, but one that would allow him to publicize and talk about positive news stories emanating from Middle Eastern and Arab populations in the United States and around the world. "We look at ourselves as the national channel of the Middle Eastern community in the United States," Jadan said. "We want to build bridges not only within our own (cultural) community but to other cultural community." MBN TV & Radio's daily programming is aired to 550,000 Middle Eastern America citizens on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 667 in Detroit, 250,000 viewers in Washington, D.C., and North on Cox Cable Channel and via satellite to over 4.5 million viewers in the United States, Canada and Mexico... MBN TV & Radio in Southfield serves as cultural link to Middle Eastern world (Fri, 11/21)




Radio One Detroit partners with Project Healthy Living to present their first Health Care Fair this Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Greater Grace Temple. Attendees can receive free and low-cost health screenings including height and weight measurements, blood pressure checks and vision screenings. Tests such as iron tests, cancer screenings, cardiovascular disease screening, ulcer detection and take-home colorectal cancer kits can be purchased for between $5 and $40... Radio One Detroit Hosts Health Care Fair (Fri, 11/21)


FOX Sports Detroit for the 11th consecutive year is the exclusive television home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2008 edition is Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 at Ford Field, presented by Farmers Insurance.

fsdetroitSix games are scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports Detroit, while Saturday's Division 3 contest is set to air on FOX Sports Plus. Friday's Division 4 matchup will be streamed live at www.foxsports.com/detroit and televised later that night on FOX Sports Detroit. Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore is among the announcers for the weekend, making his first appearance on the network's coverage of the MHSAA Finals.

Friday, November 28

10:00 AM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 8 Final - Crystal Falls Forest Park vs. Muskegon Catholic Central; Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick

1:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 2 Final - Muskegon vs. Warren De La Salle; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler

4:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 6 Final - Montague vs. Leslie; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore

7:30 PM on www.foxsports.com/detroit (delay at 11:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit): Division 4 Final - Holland Christian vs. Detroit Country Day; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

Saturday, November 29

10:00 AM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 7 Final - Traverse City St. Francis vs. Ubly; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

1:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 1 Final - Rockford vs. Lake Orion; Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick

4:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 5 Final - Ovid-Elsie vs. Muskegon Oakridge; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore

7:30 PM on FOX Sports Plus (replay at 12:30 AM on FOX Sports Detroit): Division 3 Final - East Grand Rapids vs. Inkster; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: John Wangler

The TV coverage will also include some special features. During halftime of the Division 8 Final, (Friday 10:00 AM), Ryan Field reports from homecoming night in Manistee on playoff qualifier Manistee Catholic Central, the smallest school in the MHSAA with 58 students, 19 of which played on the football team which went 9-0 in the regular season, outscoring its opponents 402-50.

At halftime of the Division 6 Final (Friday 4:30 PM), Pershing High School assistant coach Kiana Dennis, a member of the Detroit Demolition women's professional team, will be profiled sharing her football knowledge with the Doughboys.

Rob Rubick will provide his analysis of the first half of the Division 7 Final (Saturday 10:00 AM) from the sidelines for a unique perspective of the game.

Finally, the Division 1 Final (Saturday 1:00 PM) will have a halftime feature on Romeo High School's co-coaches and best friends Jason Couch and Curt Reinas, complete with plenty of mic'd-up interaction during a practice session.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 24, 2008



WJR personalities lend hand to children's foundation

Times are tough in Metro Detroit. But, for families who have lost a parent, times are even tougher. That is why Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has kicked off its first-ever Annual Giving Campaign, to help more families when they need it most.

Between now and the end of 2008, the Foundation seeks to raise an additional $100,000 through donations from the community. Funds collected will go provide a wide range of support and assistance for kids who have lost a parent including help with food, counseling, transportation and utility bills.

If the Foundation reaches it goal, WJR-AM radio hosts Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann have agreed to dress, head-to-toe, in clothing featuring the Foundation's logo, for an entire week in January, 2009. They would wear custom suits provided by Tom James Clothing Company and Paul Cicchini Custom Clothier, with hats, socks and even shoes featuring the logo. Children served by the Foundation would have the opportunity to create the logos on the suits with their own handprints.

"Paul and Frank are passionate supporters of our cause and they are looking forward to building awareness for the Foundation in this very visual, fun way," said Michael Fezzey, President and General Manager of WJR, Chair of the Foundation's Advisory Board and 2008 Annual Fund Campaign Chair.

Additionally, every individual who donates $1000 or more to the Campaign, will receive a $250 gift card toward portrait photography services with Arising Images and will also be entered to win two free tickets to the Foundation's spectacular Fourth Annual "Champions For The Kids" VIP Dinner and Auction at the Townsend Hotel on Sunday, June 7,2009 and two free tickets to the strolling dinner at Oakland Hills Country Club on Monday, June 8, 2009.

To donate, visit www.forthekidsfoundation.org and click "Contribute" or call (888) 987-KIDS.



Michigan Radio announces special programs

WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids have announced the return of several special programs, including The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential 2008," "Third Coast Audio Festival," and a new season of Radiolab.

"Turkey Confidential 2008" will air live on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27, from 11 am to 1 pm. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the award-winning host of American Public Media's food show The Splendid Table, will take calls from cooks across the nation in need of Thanksgiving morning assistance. Several special guests, including Cook's Illustrated's Christopher Kimball, road food warriors Jane and Michael Stern, wine entrepreneur Joshua Wesson, and style guru Isaac Mizrahi, will help Lynne coach her callers through their emergencies on the biggest cooking day of the year. Phone lines will be open nationwide from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST at 800-537-5252.

Later that same day at 8 pm, Michigan Radio will air "Third Coast Audio Festival." In this two-hour special program, listeners can experience 2008's best audio documentaries from around the world-- the winners of the Third Coast Festival / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Created in 2000 by Chicago Public Radio, Third Coast honors each year's most creative and compelling audio work.

Finally, Michigan Radio has launched a new season of Radiolab, Sundays at 9 pm. In each episode of Radiolab, hosts Robert Krulwich and Jay Abumrad investigate a particular topic. The result is an audio documentary which explores the personal, scientific and philosophic issues associated with big questions.

This season will consist of five episodes: "Choice," "Sperm," "Race," "Diagnosis," and "Yellow Fluff, Rocket Lizards, and Other Curious Encounters." You can catch Radiolab Sundays at 9 pm from now through December 21 on Michigan Radio. More details on the Radiolab programs are available at www.michiganradio.org/radiolab.



WOMC goes A-Z for Thanksgiving

Oldies WOMC FM 104.3 is helping celebrate Thanksgiving by playing every song in the station's music library from A to Z. There are enough different songs that it will take all week to play 'em all. The feature started earlier today at 10am and won't stop until the entire library has been played.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2008




Greater Media, Inc. announced today that three of its radio stations are among the first in the nation to provide exciting new technology which enables listeners to access and hear the station's stream on their iPhone with the touch of a button. The application, developed by Jacobs Media, is now available to listeners of Radio 92.9 FM WBOS in Boston, MA; WRIF FM in Detroit, MI; and 95.9 FM WRAT in Point Pleasant/Belmar, NJ. They will be joined soon by WMMR-FM in Philadelphia, PA. IPhone One Touch Access is unique because listeners now have the ability to directly access a station's audio stream instead of having to access a directory. In addition, the station's logo becomes an icon within easy reach right on their iPhone. The application also allows the station to provide its HD2 channel under its single icon/logo... Greater Media Radio Stations Among First in the Country to Offer New iPhone Technology (Tue 11/25)




Channel 95.5 Big Boy's 'Doosh Bag' Song On Fire: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 night stud BIG BOY and BRILLIANCE have created a huge phone song, "Doosh Bag." How'd it come about? BIG BOY told ALL ACCESS, "After three years of doing my show here at CHANNEL 95.5, I realized, that every girl, whether they love their man or not, at some point, thinks he is a Doosh Bag...Not only that, but almost every girl thinks her best friends boyfriend is a Doosh Bag, and that she should leave him for a better man. "I do five club gigs a week, and the Doosh Bag guys at the club perv'ing on every girl that walks in, are at an all time high! So myself, and DETROIT Rap artist BRILLIANCE, came up with this track, and its really exploding here at WKQI." (Tue, 11/25)



Pistons game for Nov 26 on FS Plus; DISH Network not able to air it live

DISH Network has indicated it will not be able to carry the FOX Sports Plus coverage of Wednesday's Pistons game against the New York Knicks. Due to capacity constraints, the number of games that DISH Network can air simultaneously is limited. Although this game was made available to DISH Network, DISH was unable to carry the game due to its capacity limitations. The Pistons-Knicks game will be available via replay at 12 AM on FOX Sports Detroit (DISH Ch. 430).

Other channel listings for FS Plus tomorrow:

DirecTV: 664
ACR Auburn Hills: 64
Allendale Communications: 56
AT&T U-verse: 738
Bloomingdale: 56
Bright House Networks: 77
Broadstripe: 18, 19 or 97
Buckeye Cablevision: 8 or 13
Carr: 212
Cebridge: Channel varies by location
Charter: 88
City of Negaunee: 51
Coldwater CATV: 95
CTS: 46
Comcast: 901
D&P Cable: 21
Edward Rose Properties: 3
Parish Communications: 24, 26, 97 or 98
Southwest MI Communications: 56
Springcom: 50
TVC: 97
Vogtmann Engineering: 97
WOW!: 14
Wyandotte Municipal: 17


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 26, 2008



Happy Thanksgiving!

One of Detroit's great traditions since 1924, the America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will again be shown locally on WDIV-TV Channel 4 tomorrow morning starting at 8:00 as the floats, bands, and more make their way down Woodward Avenue. If you're away from the television, tune in on the radio as WJR AM plans to provide the most complete coverage of the holiday festivities. Paul W. Smith and Katherine Leslie will co-host with the rest of the WJR staff bringing the sights and sounds of America's Thanksgiving Parade to listeners. WDET FM's Detroit Today will feature a live broadcast tomorrow from the parade at the Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, just steps away from all the action on Woodward.

And thanks to die-hard Lions fans who bought all the tickets at Ford Field, there is no blackout of tomorrow's game against the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is set for 12:30pm on WWJ-TV, Channel 62 in Detroit and all CBS stations across the country.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of Michiguide.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 28, 2008



Daily Tribune:

A hand-made Raggedy Ann doll was the first toy for a tot donated to the U.S. Marine Corps. Sixty-one years later, the tradition continues with a live radio show kicking off the metro Detroit drive at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show hit the road Monday to promote the need for new, unwrapped toys for children this holiday. Harper is inviting the public to stop by the theater, 318 W. Fourth St., from 6-10 a.m. to drop off a toy and join the fun. "The rowdiness helps to make for an exciting show," said Harper, a Birmingham resident who has urged his listeners to help Toys for Tots for 30 years. "We want people to come by wearing their reindeer antlers and Christmas sweaters. We look at it as a huge party." Over the decades, Harper and crew have relayed touching accounts of donors who have found creative ways to buy toys for little ones who otherwise would celebrate Christmas without gifts... Radio show launches Toys for Tots drive at downtown theater (Fri, 11/28)



Ann Arbor News:

For the last couple years, the television and radio production class at Ann Arbor's Huron High School has been heavily weighted toward television. That's about to change. By the start of the second semester, a group of students working in independent study classes hope to launch an Internet radio station, run by Huron students and full of Huron-related content. And then, the television and radio production class Robert Fox teaches will be more equally divided between the two mediums. "This is a great opportunity for students to have a voice," Fox said. "It's a great opportunity for them to learn skills to work in radio." Before that happens, there's a lot of work to be done... Huron High students gearing up for an online radio station (Thu, 11/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 29, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

The folks at Ann Arbor radio station 107one (WQKL, 107.1 FM) plan to spend Dec. 3-7 "freezin' for a reason." DJs and guests will offer their annual "Rockin' for the Hungry" partnership with Food Gatherers in front of Busch's, 2240 S. Main St. Stop by between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. next Wednesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday to help them reach their goal of 170 tons of non-perishable, nutritious food for families in our community... 'Rockin' for the Hungry' starts Dec. 3 (Sat, 11/29)




WXYZ-TV completed the November 2008 sweep with an impressive number of First-Place finishes: WXYZ-TV topped all other competitors Sign on-Sign off, finishing #1 in Household ratings and key female and adult demographics; WXYZ's Action News finished on top at Noon, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 11pm, in Households and key demographic groups, especially Women 25-54; WXYZ's 7pm Action News is number one among all early news programs in Households and all adult, female and male demo categories; 7pm Action News is among the strongest of all newscasts in the market, for reaching key male viewers... WXYZ-TV Remains Detroit's Most-Watched TV Station During the November 2008 Sweep (Fri, 11/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

If you have any interest in the Feb. 24 Detroit mayoral primary, you'll want to tune in to WADL, Channel 38 (14 on Detroit Comcast cable) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The station may not be one of the regular stops on the clicker, but it hopes to be starting with the viewing audience expected for the first of four scheduled live, 90-minute debates among the candidates for mayor, this one featuring incumbent Ken Cockrel Jr., businessman Dave Bing and former deputy mayor Freman Hendrix. The Free Press and WCHB/Radio One Detroit are cosponsors for the first debate; the subsequent ones may involve other partners. So far, though, this makes WADL the only local television station to dedicate this kind of significant air time (six hours in all) to the race for one of the biggest political jobs in Michigan. This is a big attention-getter for a station that only recently went to a 24-hour commercial broadcast format, and has no news staff or programming. It instantly casts WADL as a serious player in local public affairs... Tune in to expanding WADL for Detroit mayoral debates (Sun, 11/30)



AllAccess.com / Wikipedia:

Radio legend BILL DRAKE has died from lung cancer at age 71 in LOS ANGELES. DRAKE, born PHILIP YARBROUGH chose his last name from among his relatives' surnames, because it rhymed with "WAKE", the station in ATLANTA, where he worked as a programmer and disc-jockey in the late 1950s, writes WIKIPEDIA. Later, BARTELL BROADCASTING, who owned WAKE -- that he had programmed to number one, transferred him to KYA in SAN FRANCISCO, which also became number one. It was later at KYNO in FRESNO that he met GENE CHENAULT, who became his business partner. Together, the pair developed highly influential radio programming strategies and tactics, as well as working with future "Boss Jocks."

DRAKE-CHENAULT perfected the Top 40 radio format, which had been created by TODD STORZ, GORDON MCCLENDON and other radio programmers in the late 1950s, which took a set list of popular songs and repeated them all day long, ensuring the widest possible audience for the station's music. Jingles, news updates, traffic, and other features were designed to make Top 40 radio particularly attractive to car listeners. By early 1964, the era of the BRITISH Invasion, Top 40 radio had become the dominant radio format for NORTH AMERICAN listeners and quickly swept much of the WESTERN world.

DRAKE streamlined the Top 40 format, using modern methods, such as market research and ratings demographics, to maximize the number of listeners. He believed in forward momentum, limiting the amount of disc jockey chatter, the number of advertisements and playing only the top hits, as opposed to less-organized programming methods of the past. DRAKE created concepts such as 20/20 News and counter programming, by playing music sweeps, while his competitors aired news. DRAKE-CHENAULT controlled everything from the specific DJs that were hired, to radio contests, visual logos, promotions and commercial policy. DRAKE essentially put radio back into the hands of programming, instead of sales. DRAKE hired the JOHNNY MANN SINGERS to produce the BOSS RADIO jingles, ensuring a bright, high-energy sound that engaged the listener, while providing a bridge from song to song, as well as a smooth transition from songs to commercials.

In the Spring of 1965, Drake-Chenault were hired to turn KHJ in Los Angeles, from a financial and ratings loser into a success. Drake hired Ron Jacobs as program director, Robert W. Morgan in the mornings and Don Steele in the afternoons. KHJ quickly jumped from near-obscurity, to the number one radio station in Los Angeles. "Boss Radio" moved faster and sounded more innovative than the competition, making it the #1 choice over competitors in Southern California.

Bill Drake also programmed KFRC in San Francisco, WOR-FM in New York, KAKC in Tulsa, WHBQ in Memphis, WRKO in Boston and 50,000 watt CKLW, in Windsor, Ontario, across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit. (Sun, 11/30)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 3, 2008



Detroit News:

The November sweeps book has closed, and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) has once again emerged as the morning champion. The local Fox affiliate boasts the highest ratings in the a.m. seven days a week. The domination began at 6 a.m. weekdays when "Fox 2 News Morning" pulled in a 3.3 rating among adults 18-49 compared to local newscasts on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) with a 1.6 rating and WDIV-TV (Channel 4), which garnered a 1.4 rating. Among women 25-54, WJBK drew a 4.2 rating, WXYZ had a 3.0 rating and WDIV landed a 2.7 rating. Each local rating point represents roughly 19,000 homes in the Metro Detroit area. What is even more impressive is that WJBK received higher ratings than "Today" on NBC and "Good Morning America" on ABC from 7-9 a.m. weekdays. Among adults 18-49, WJBK had a 3.1 rating compared to the local ABC affiliate WXYZ's 1.3 rating and the local NBC affiliate WDIV's 1.2 rating. With women 25-54, WJBK had a 4.3 rating, WXYZ drew a 2.6 rating and WDIV pulled a 2.0 rating. The same numbers carried over to the weekend... Fox 2's morning show beats 'em all (Wed, 12/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 4, 2008



Detroit News:

If you still smile when you hear the old CKLW jingle "and the hits just keep on coming," the man responsible for creating that tighter-than-tight Big 8 format in the late '60s, Bill Drake , died of lung cancer Saturday at his California home. He was 71. In the mid-'60s, Drake put the pedal to the metal on the pop radio format by emphasizing forward motion -- a philosophy some boiled down to "shut up and play the music." "Before us, disc jockeys would just ramble on incessantly," Drake told the L.A. Times. Drake launched the "Boss Radio" format on KHJ in Los Angeles starting in 1965, transforming it into a powerhouse that made hits for the Doors , the Mamas and the Papas , etc. Although the frenetic format de-emphasized personalities in favor of music, some emerged anyway: the Real Don Steele , for one. In 1967, CKLW's owners brought Drake in to shake up the pop station's format, and the fast-paced "Big 8" soon buried Detroit's No. 1 station WKNR , with its emphasis on star jocks playing top music... The late Bill Drake made listening to the radio exciting (Thu, 12/4)

Local country station WYCD (99.5-FM) is teaming up with Beaumont Hospital and the Children's Miracle Network to present a foot-stompin' Christmas show and give back to the community in one fell swoop. Tonight at the Palace of Auburn Hills, country mega-star Gretchen Wilson will perform, with support from Chris Cagle and up-and-comer Jimmy Wayne. Wilson, a Grammy-winning singer and best-selling author, shot onto the national stage in 2004 with her No. 1 hit "Redneck Woman: Stories of My Life," off her five-times platinum debut album, "Here for the Party"... Gretchen Wilson, Chris Cagle and Jimmy Wayne will light up The Palace (Thu, 12/4)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 5, 2008



WDVD stuffing buses for children

Pop WDVD FM 96.3 is trying make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season and is asking listeners to help the station stuff two buses full of new toys today through Tuesday, December 9, 2008. The 96.3 WDVD Morning Show, Blaine and Lisa with Allyson, will kicked off this year's Stuff-A-Bus campaign with a live broadcast earlier today at BD's Mongolian Grill on Hall Road in Sterling Heights. 96.3 WDVD DJs will continue to broadcast live from both bus locations, BD's Mongolian Grill on Hall Road in Sterling Heights and Westland Mall on Wayne Road in Westland, for the duration of the promotion. Toy collection hours will be from 6:00 a.m. - midnight.

Bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the two Stuff-A-Bus locations and help stuff those buses! Toys will benefit local charities including Ronald McDonald House, NSO, Lighthouse, Orchards Children's Services, Volunteers of America, local churches and many others.

Sponsors are helping WDVD stuff the buses by providing donation incentives. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to any participating BD's Mongolian Grill location from now until December 4, 2008 and receive a $2.00 off coupon. Also, Buddy's Pizza is donating $2.00 from every Detroiter Pizza purchase from now until December 4, 2008.



Ann Arbor's WTKA teams up with AAPD for Christmas

Sports talk 1050 WTKA- AM is teaming up with The Ann Arbor Police Department and former LPGA Tour player Debbie Williams-Hoak for the 13th Annual Adopt-A-Family Program.

Starting Monday December 8th and running through Friday December 12th, the Michigan Insider with Sam Webb and Andy Evans will be helping the program fill the "wish list" of five or more families in Ann Arbor.

Five Days, Five Families, Five Christmases will allow the audience to purchase an item off each families list or they can make a monetary gift donation. Individuals making a contribution do not have to adopt an entire family.

The Michigan Insider airs weekday mornings from 6-10am. If you wish to purchase an item, call the studio hotline at (734) 998-1050. All checks must be addressed to the Ann Arbor Police Department.

In the twelve years of the Adopt-A-Family Program, close to 400 families and well over 2,000 children have had a special Christmas thanks to the generosity of so many people.




Deminski And Doyle Set New Year's Party, WCSX Debut: JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE can't start at GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT until the stroke of midnight NEW YEAR'S EVE because of their noncompete with crosstown CBS Sports WXYT-A-F (97.1 THE TICKET), but the moment 2009 starts, D&D will be on the air live from a party the show is throwing for listeners. D&D will be at SNOOKER'S in UTICA, MI for a NEW YEAR'S party open to listeners with no cover and a live performance by local rock stalwarts MINDCANDY, the band fronted by D&D sidekick RUDY DESANTIS. DEMINSKI and DOYLE will be on the air for a few segments once the legal coast is clear; their regular show starts JANUARY 5 6-10a ET. (Fri, 12/5)



Detroit News:

Prevailing wisdom would say that NBC's weak primetime programming would hinder the ratings of the 11 p.m. newscast for the network's local affiliate WDIV-TV (Channel 4). In this instance, prevailing wisdom would be wrong. Despite coming on after ratings-challenged shows such as "My Own Worst Enemy," WDIV's 11 p.m. newscast outperformed its programming predecessors Monday through Friday, increasing ratings by as much as 88 percent during the recently concluded November sweeps. As a result, WDIV's late-night newscast was the most watched in that timeslot. During the workweek, the newscast garnered an 8 rating/15 share compared to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), which drew a 7.9 rating/15 share and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which attracted a 4.1 rating/8 share... WDIV 11 p.m. news tops during the week (Fri, 12/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2008



Macomb Daily:

Veteran television news reporter Derricke Dennis, who recently left WDIV-TV (Channel 4), has been hired as communications director for the city of Warren. Dennis was appointed by Mayor James Fouts to oversee the city's cable television operations and the municipal Web site. He takes the $77,000 post effective Monday. "In our talks for this position, Derricke impressed me as an outstanding communicator with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. His experience as a broadcaster and his proven ability to manage multiple projects and assignments on strict deadlines will be a tremendous boost for Warren TV," Fouts said. Dennis spent the last six years at WDIV, where he covered a variety of stories. In a prepared statement released by the city, Dennis said he is thrilled to join the city administration. "I have covered Mayor Fouts over the years as a news reporter and have always found him to be very creative and forward-thinking," he said. "In deciding to leave Local 4, I was simply looking for a new challenge and better use of my skills and talent"... TV reporter named Warren cable boss (Sat, 12/6)


Starting Tuesday, December 16th in Detroit and Wednesday, December 17th in Grand Rapids there will be a series of tests aired by local television stations to help assist viewers in determining if their televisions are ready for the February 17, 2009 conversion to DTV.


In Detroit, WJBK TV 2, WDIV TV 4, WXYZ TV 7, WMYD TV 20, WUDT TV 23, WADL TV 38, WKBD TV 50, WTVS TV 56, and WWJ TV 62 will all participate in the tests that are scheduled to run every Tuesday through Feb. 17 at different times in an effort to reach as many people as possible with varying viewing habits. The tests will be "road-blocked" each week, airing on all participating stations at the same time for maximum exposure.

Its estimated that almost eight percent (146,000 households) of the Detroit DMA is still completely unready for the February's DTV transition, so these Detroit area stations are going to help viewers figure out if their television is ready for digital (or if its still receiving analog signals) with this series of "soft" DTV tests called Test Your TV Tuesday.

During the test, viewers will either see a green screen marked "PASS", indicating that the television they're viewing is receiving a digital signal and ready for DTV, or a red screen marked "FAIL" if that TV is still receiving an analog signal and additional steps must be taken to ensure that television set is ready for DTV before analog broadcasts cease on February 17, 2009.

Stations will also air promotional messages in advance of each weekly test so viewers will know what time they can expect a test each week. The test is sixty seconds in length and will encourage individuals seeing it to check their other televisions in the home.

The "FAIL" message will also inform the viewer where to get additional information to take further steps - including the Michigan DTV web site, www.michigandtv.com and Michigan DTV Helpline (1-888-MI-DTV-09).

A complete list of dates and times of Test Your TV Tuesdays is available here.


Grand Rapids local TV stations WWMT TV 3, WOOD-TV 8, WZZM-TV 13, WXMI TV 17, WGVU/WGVK TV 35/52, WOTV TV 41 and WTLJ TV 53 will be participating in "Test Your TV Wednesdays" beginning on Wednesday, December 17th and then on every Wednesday from January 7th through the Feb. 17 conversion. The tests will be similar in nature to those run in Detroit; Regular programming will be replaced by an on-screen graphic and announcer who will inform viewers whether their TV sets are "ready" or "not ready" for the digital transition. "Not Ready" viewers will be referred to both a local phonebank as well as the Michigan DTV Helpline.


Michigan DTV Helpline completes second month of operation

The Michigan DTV Helpline just finished its second month of operation and has already proven to be huge asset to Michigan Broadcasters and citizens alike. Since its launch in early October, the helpline has assisted over 12,000 Michigan citizens with DTV related issues.

Don-Lors Electronics, sponsor and call center provider for the Michigan DTV Helpline, reported 81% of calls to the helpline were from people who needed assistance ordering converter box coupons. As the transition date moves closer, folks realize the urgency to order the coupons so they recieve them in time for the transition. Don-Lors call data shows nearly 75% of Michigan DTV Helpline callers have no internet access, which limits their options to apply for the federal coupons; and although there is a national hotline to order the coupons, many people have found the automated system to be difficult to understand and navigate.

In addition to coupon orders, the helpline is fielding DTV questions ranging from basic information to technical inquiries. Don-Lors Electronics has provided a list of the top four reasons people call the helpline:

  • 1. Assistance ordering converter box coupons
  • 2. Inquiring about expired converter box coupons
  • 3. Technical assistance after they have received and connected the converter box and are having difficulty finding a signal from one or more stations.
  • 4. Technical assistance in connecting the converter box to the TV or the antenna to the converter box.

Don-Lors Electronics estimates as the transition date draws nearer, the need for DTV assistance will rise and the trend will be an increase in more technical questions. In the coming weeks the call center is prepared to take in a higher volume of calls and welcomes any Michigan citizen to take advantage of this unique and helpful tool that is only offered in this state.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Lynne Woodison, one of the pioneering female voices in Detroit rock radio, got the ax from her longtime morning gig on WCSX-FM last month. For 11 years at WCSX, and decades before that at other spots on the FM band, Woodison's distinctive dulcet register accompanied the sunrise for listeners. Now she's among the growing ranks of Michiganders laid off, fired or bought out. The married mother of two grown sons, Woodison was caring for her ailing 87-year-old mother, Maxine Woodison, this fall. Two weeks after her mother died of pancreatic cancer on Oct. 28, Woodison and show partner Jim Johnson were let go... Radio personality looks ahead after losing her job and her mom (Sun, 12/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 8, 2008



WRCJ to air first concert from new DSO director live

Classical/jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 will be presenting a live broadcast of new Detroit Symphony Orchestra Maestro Leonard Slatkin's first concert as Music Director of the DSO on Thursday, December 11th. Coverage will begin at 7pm when WRCJ's Jack Goggin will present classic DSO recordings. Then at 8pm, Dave Wagner will host the historic debut concert of Slatkin, featuring the world premiere of A Different Soldier's Tale by Detroit native James Lee III, and a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana.

Tickets are still available for the DSO performance, check out detroitsymphony.com for details.



WDET to help celebrate the spirit of the season this weekend

WDET FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, will offer up special holiday programming on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 with some public radio favorites from NPR:

- David Sedaris' "SantaLand Diaries" will air on December 12 and 13 at 12 noon

- Click & Clack's "Car Talk Christmas Carol" is scheduled for December 12 at 7pm and December 13 at 10am

- NPR's "Tinsel Tales" - featuring holidays stories from familiar public radio voices Scott Simon, Jay Allison and others will be broadcast on December 12 at 1pm

Plus, tune in for "Folks Like Us" with Matt Watroba (Saturdays 1-4pm) and Larry McDaniel, the "Arkansas Traveler" (Saturdays 4-6pm) as they bring you their holiday favorites.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 10, 2008



Ann Arbor's W4 Country helping gather Toys for Tots

Country WWWW-FM 102.9 is teaming up with Key Bank, the U.S. Marine Corps. and the Washtenaw County Toys for Tots organization to bring smiles and gifts to local children just in time for Christmas this year.

W4 Country's Christmas Crusade for Kids starts Monday December 15th and is scheduled to run through Saturday December 20th. The station will be taking over a store front located 3147 Oak Valley Drive at the Oak Valley Shopping Center in Ann Arbor where they will broadcast live Monday the 15th through Friday the 19th from 6am-10pm and again on Saturday December 20th from 10am-1pm. Donations of toys and cash will be accepted all week long.

On Saturday December 20th, the Breakfast with Bubba Morning Show will take the monetary gifts and go shopping for toys. Toys for Tots will then pick up the toys and distribute them to families in need just in time for Christmas.

To donate, just bring a new, unwrapped toy(s) to our location anytime Monday through Friday 6am-10pm, or Saturday 10am-1pm. Visit the station's web site at www.W4country.com for more information.



Local 4 to offer live broadcast of auto show Charity Preview

The relationship between the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) and WDIV/Channel 4 will take another step forward in 2009 as live coverage of the Charity Preview event resumes by WDIV, the exclusive broadcast media partner of the NAIAS.

In addition to airing the Charity Preview live on Jan. 16 from 6-9 p.m., WDIV has also committed to airing more live broadcasts during industry preview and public days as part of their overall commitment to additional coverage.

"As global eyes focus on NAIAS this year the additional coverage of the show becomes even more important from a local and national standpoint," said Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager, WDIV/Channel 4. "We are committed to our position as a news leader in the Detroit area and will be offering expanded coverage of this extraordinary show."

As the official broadcast partner of NAIAS, WDIV/Channel 4 is the only television station that is licensed to use the NAIAS name or logo in its promotional materials, or sell packages related to the NAIAS and Charity Preview.

"The years of experience that WDIV brings combined with the talented on and off air team will provide viewers with an incredible amount of coverage of NAIAS and the excitement it brings to Detroit and the world," said Rod Alberts, executive director, NAIAS. "Charity Preview is one of the top single-night fundraising events in the nation, and now those at home will be able to participate in the excitement by watching the coverage provided by WDIV and the live cameras that will be placed around the floor during the event."

Tickets for Charity Preview are currently available and can be purchased by calling (888) 838-7500, or by visiting www.charitypreview.com. The annual event has raised over $77 million for children's charities in metro Detroit since its inception in 1976.



WJR's 43rd Annual Christmas Sing set for Saturday

News-talk WJR AM 760 is inviting listners to join morning host Paul W. Smith, Santa, and the WJR family starting at 10am on Saturday, December 13th as they host the 43rd Annual WJR Christmas Sing in the North Grand Court at the Somerset Collection in Troy. This is a great holiday tradition that promises to be bigger and better this year. Bring your family for a morning of Christmas caroling and fun!

The station will also be gathering new or gently used coats to the Christmas Sing. On this day, Goodwill Industries will be collecting donated coats at the entrance to Somerset Collection North on Big Beaver Road between the hours of 9am-Noon. Cash donations will be accepted as well. All donations will benefit the North End Community Partnership and as a thank you for your contribution, you will receive a free regular coffee or tea at Starbucks at Somerset Collection and a gift certificate for a one-hour pampering mini-facial at the Dior Beauty Counter located in Macy's in Somerset Collection.

For more information, visit WJR's Helping Hands Headquarters at WJR.com.



Detroit News:

Talk-show goddess Oprah Winfrey has the golden touch. She loves a book and millions of copies sell. She declares something a favorite, and it's out of stock in stores in no time. Well, when it comes to ratings, Winfrey can also do no wrong and thanks to the large Metro Detroit TV audience that tunes in to "The Oprah Winfrey Show" five days a week, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) enjoys a sweet spot at the top. The daytime hit attracted a 4.8 rating/13.8 share during the November sweeps period, giving WXYZ the No. 1 rated show in that time period compared to the 4 p.m. newscast on WDIV-TV (Channel 4). The local NBC affiliate, which splits the hour with the tabloid magazine show "Inside Edition," pulled in a 3.4 rating/8.8 share in households... 'Oprah' gives WXYZ top daytime rating (Wed, 12/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 12, 2008



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."



Detroit News:

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)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2008



Ann Arbor Radio's Rockin' For The Hungry raises more than 226 tons of food

The community came out strong December 3rd-7th to help Ann Arbor's 107one (adult alternative WQKL-FM) and Food Gatherers fight hunger in Washtenaw County. This year, Rockin' For The Hungry exceeded the original goal of 170 tons and raised a remarkable 226 tons of food to help those in need throughout Southeast Michigan.

Volunteers and personalities from WQKL braved the cold and snow for five days to collect food for local food bank Food Gatherers' largest outdoor food drive and the community responded by donating more than ever before. The generous outpouring of support will allow Food Gatherers to meet the urgent and pressing demand for food in our community.

"Rockin' For The Hungry is one of the signature events in both the city off Ann Arbor and on ann arbor's 107one, and I am thrilled beyond belief that 226 tons of food were given to help the hungry in our community," commented Martin Bandyke, ann arbor's 107one morning host.

"Hats off to our listeners and everyone in the Washtenaw area who contributed to this Rockin' cause. ann arbor's 107one is privileged to be a part of such a vibrant and generous community," added Chris Ammel, program director and midday host for WQKL.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 15, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Targeted as one of several metropolitan areas most at risk of seeing a large number of households lose their TV connections when broadcasting moves from analog to digital format, Detroit soon will have the help of assistance centers to steer its residents through the transition. Today, advocates who determined the most at-risk cities will announce details regarding the opening of the centers. "This is not easy stuff," Mark Lloyd, a vice president for the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, said Friday. According to a statement about the announcement, "Communities of color, people who rely on languages other than English, low-income working families, older Americans and people with disabilities who rely on over-the-air TV for emergency public service announcements will be most affected." Lloyd's organization, based in Washington, D.C., is joined by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration and Self-Help for the Elderly in setting up the centers, which will encourage consumers to apply for two, $40 coupons for digital converter boxes and either use or donate them by the Feb. 17 transition date... Centers to help with move to digital TV (Mon, 12/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers: Dec. 16, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Are you ready for D-Day? That's Feb. 17, the day when the television broadcast industry switches to all-digital video, or DTV. Starting tonight and every Tuesday until the big day, Detroit stations will run a 60-second test that shows viewers whether their television is ready for digital or whether it's still receiving the about-to-end analog signals. Tonight's test will be at 6:12 p.m. on all nine Detroit stations. The Dec. 23 test will be at 11:12 p.m. and the times will continue to vary each week through D-Day. Citing a survey from Nielsen, the media research company that measures TV audiences, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters estimates that about 146,000 households around metro Detroit aren't ready for the switch. That represents about 8% of the television households in the market. "That's still a lot of people, no doubt about it," said Marla Drutz, general manager of WDIV Local 4 in Detroit. "If they don't take some action by Feb. 17, they will get a blank screen. Nothing. No picture, no sound"... You have 2 months to convert to digital TV (Tue, 12/16)



Detroit News:

Detroiters can see today whether their televisions are ready for the digital revolution. A test will be held on the major stations at 6:12 p.m. Viewers who see a green "pass" message come up on their screens are fine. Those that see a red "fail" message need to perform some extra steps to continue watching TV past Feb. 17. Detroit will be one of seven cities nationwide that will open assistance centers to help people make the transition to digital television, according to the national Telecommunications and Information Administration... Tune in to test TV for digital switch (Tue, 12/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2008



Broadcasting & Cable:

As a pair of venerable daily newspapers prepares to scale back distribution, stations in Detroit wonder what sort of opportunity the papers' decreased visibility spells for them. As had been hinted at, The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News will cut home delivery dramatically in March. Gannett's Free Press will deliver Thursday, Friday and Sunday, and MediaNews Group's Detroit News will be delivered Thursday and Friday. (The two are published jointly by the Detroit Media Partnership.) The papers will print slimmer versions for the newsstand the rest of the week. With its auto giants reeling, the economic climate in the #11 DMA is grim. While station managers say they're saddened to see their print brethren take such drastic steps, they're happy to reach out to the papers' advertisers. "We're doing a thorough analysis of who advertises in the paper on the days it won't be delivered," says WDIV VP/General Manager Marla Drutz... Detroit Stations Eye Opportunity As Papers Pull Back (Wed, 12/17)



Detroit News:

Nielsen ratings tell us how many viewers are tuning in and what shows they're watching, but when I want to know the real deal, I rely on my readers to keep me on my toes and in the know. For instance, earlier this month, I wrote about WJBK-TV (Channel 2) taking the top ratings spot in the mornings, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) garnering the highest ratings at 5 and 6 p.m. and WDIV-TV (Channel 4) boasting the No. 1 newscast at 11 p.m., all according to Nielsen's November sweeps book. But it wasn't until I received an e-mail from Detroit News reader Garard Noel of Canton Township that I was able to put a human being behind the stats... Forget Nielsens ratings -- viewers know the score (Wed, 12/17)




TV stations in Detroit know exactly what stations in other markets are experiencing as they begin to cope with the full impact of the recession that is tracking the nation. Stations in DMA 11 have been living with hard economic times for years. "Detroit is ground zero in the global economic collapse," says Ben Burns, a media professor at Wayne State University. "Detroit and Michigan were in a recession over the past three or four years -- and the nation, now going into a recession, just exacerbates unemployment levels here." Burns, once executive editor of the Detroit News, says the Detroit area's 9 percent unemployment levels will rise into double digits as the auto industry contracts. The situation is the worst he has ever seen, Burns says. "Detroit is the poster child for the challenges of television advertising," says BIAfn analyst Mark Fratrik as he was revising Detroit marketwide revenue figures -- downward -- for BIAfn's annual economic outlook for the television industry... Detroit Stations Taking It on the Chin (free subscription requried - Wed, 12/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2008



Detroit News:

One good thing about the Sirius-XM merger for listeners in our town is that native Detroiter Pat St. John can now be heard by both XM and Sirius subscribers. Pat's a '68 graduate of Southfield High School, a veteran of CKLW and a longtime New York jock (WPLJ , WNEW and WCBS). The veteran DJ is busy: He currently holds down the morning shift on Sirius XM's 50's at 5, 9 a.m. to noon, then he's on from noon to 4 p.m. on Deep Tracks (Sirius 16, XM 40) , and from 6 p.m. to midnight on B.B. King's Bluesville (Channel 74 on both XM and Sirius) ... Deminski and Doyle will be officially free from their CBS commitments at midnight on Dec. 31, so they decided not to wait to start their stint on WCSX-FM (94.7). "I thought, how cool would it be to go back on the air the very second we legally could," says Jeff Deminski . So the duo will broadcast at the stroke of midnight New Year's Eve at a listener party at Snookers, 45100 Northpointe Blvd. (near Hall Road) in Utica. D&D will be hanging out with listeners; there will be games, prizes and music spun by a DJ; and DaveDuran will broadcast live leading up to midnight. Admission to the Snookers Deminski & Doyle party is free... St. John does triple DJ duty (Thu, 12/18)



AM 580 to present "Elvis Presley Christmas Duets"

Elvis Presley will spread some holiday cheer this Saturday, December 20, at 7 PM as CKWW AM 580 will air the "Elvis Presley Christmas Duets Radio Special". This brand-new one-hour radio special goes behind the making of the recently released "Elvis Presley: Christmas Duets" album. It features interviews with many of Elvis' duet partners - Martina McBride, Carrie Underwood, LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna, Amy Grant and more. Priscilla Presley also adds some of her own insights into this groundbreaking project. The special is hosted by Anne Murray, who also has a holiday duet with Elvis on this album.



Ann Arbor News:

Ed Gordon, an Emmy Award-winning television broadcaster, will be the keynote speaker for Eastern Michigan University's annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration on Jan. 19. The event, at the Student Center, includes a breakfast, a keynote speech at 10 a.m. by Gordon and a luncheon. The list of activities and times are available at the university's Web site at www.emich.edu. Gordon is host of the new, nationally syndicated TV show, "Our World With Black Enterprise." He formerly led programs on the Black Entertainment Television network and was a contributor to NBC's "Today Show" and "Dateline" shows. He also has been a contributing correspondent for the CBS show "60 Minutes II" and also hosted "News and Notes with Ed Gordon," which aired on National Public Radio... Broadcaster talk to mark MLK holiday at Eastern Michigan University (Thu, 12/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 19, 2008



Michigan Radio announces staff changes

Michigan Radio has announced several changes in staffing, including a new weekend morning host.

Rina Miller has joined Michigan Radio as a reporter as well as the new on-air host, Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. Miller has many years of experience in both print and broadcast journalism as an editor, reporter, producer, and anchor. Most recently, she has been a wire and copy editor at The Ann Arbor News since 2000. Previously, Miller worked as a news anchor at WKLQ in Grand Rapids and WLIF in Baltimore, a producer and program host at Radio Netherlands, and a reporter for ABC Radio News in New York.

As part of this change, Jennifer Guerra, Michigan Radio's previous weekend host, will move to the newsroom and become a full time general assignment reporter. She will also continue to lead the station's award winning arts and humanities coverage. Guerra has been with Michigan Radio since 2005 as an arts producer and weekend on-air host. Previous to joining Michigan Radio, she was an award-winning producer for WFUV-FM in New York, the public radio station of Fordham University, where she earned a Master's in Broadcast Journalism.

Finally, Michigan Radio has hired Wendy Tingley to the corporate underwriting staff. Tingley will be working with clients on sponsorships for Michigan Television as well as Michigan Radio.




Scott Gaines Exits WDTW: CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW/DETROIT APD/MD/afternooner SCOTT GAINES is a victim of budget cut backs and exits 106.7 THE FOX, effective immediately. Said GAINES, "I was told by management this was a strictly a budgetary decision and I am leaving in good graces and well recommended for my next position. I am looking for my next gig and I am mobile. I loved opportunity to work with TIL LEVESQUE and JOHN TRAPANE and DOM THEODORE -- they have been great to me and I know that I will be just fine. I thank them for the chance to work for such a fun station. The people I have met and the connections I have made are invaluable to me and I have made life long friends. I will never forget the good times I have had here." (Fri, 12/19)



Macomb Daily:

A Clinton Township TV station claims a New York-based sales company took a $1.5 million up-front fee to sell advertising but has failed to deliver on its promises. Adell Broadcasting Corp., which owns WADL-TV (Channel 38, Comcast Channel 14), on Friday sued Petry Media Corp. and subsidiary Blair Television Inc., accusing them of accepting the fee with promises to attract more than $1.5 million in national advertising within 18 months, according to a deal reached last April, the lawsuit says. To date, PMC and Blair have only garnered $253,000 in sales, according to the lawsuit, filed in Macomb County Circuit Court. Of the sales made, about $38,000 -- a 15-percent commission -- has been credited against the $1.5 million fee... TV station sues sales company (Wed, 12/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 22, 2008



Sports WDFN 1130 to offer special programming during Sunday's Lions season finale

With the Detroit Lions apparently headed for 0-16 and setting a new NFL futility record, sports WDFN is helping fans celebrate (or mourn) by throwing out their regular programming during the game on December 28th. Lions fans are invited to watch the team take on Green Bay on television with the sound down and tune in to WDFN to hear Art Regner and former Lion Richard 'Dirt' Jordan take calls, talk to special guests, and react to the despair on the field as the Lions' make a run at history. After the game ends, the show will continue to put the wraps on the worst season in Lions history.

WDFN.com has setup a special 0-16 page for more Lions fun. Whether you're "celebrating" the Lions' season or your relieved at being able to finally let go, WDFN.com features recipes, Lion' poetry written and spoken by the fans, Lions' karaoke, t-shirt ideas, and more. There's also a special venting section for diehard fans to add their two cents as well.

After living with the losing your entire life, finally it looks like there will be a way for it to enter the history books.



Deminski & Doyle set to party for WCSX and the New Year

Even though Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle won't officially start their new morning show on classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7 until 6am on January 5th, the guys will be hitting the airwaves the very moment they're legally allowed to at a second past midnight on New Year's Eve.

The remote broadcast is part of a New Year's Eve party for D&D listeners old and new at Snookers on Hall Rd. in Utica. Admission is free, there will be music all night with a DJ and Rudy's band Mindcandy will be performing live. The doors open at 7pm and there promises to be crazy games with great prizes all night long. The first 94 people through the door will get a commemorative D&D New Year's Eve t-shirt that reportedly looks pretty sweet.

"It took a lot to convince management at our new station to let us do something like this on the most competitive bar night of the year so we're trying to get as many people to turn out for it as possible", comments Deminski. "If there's a good turnout management will let us do more things like this. Please come and bring as many with you as possible. If you can't come, please spread the word!

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Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 24, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

The 2008 Lions are a throwback kind of team. They remind me of a special time in America, many years ago, when nobody knew how to play football. Also they remind me of when people had no choice but to get their news from the radio. I remember those days vividly: My family would huddle around the old Philco radio in the living room, hoping to find out why I wouldn't be born for another 20 years. Now Lions fans know the feeling. Five of the team's eight home games were blacked out on local television. Thankfully, the car we use here on the Road to XVI -- a special-edition Ford ConFusion -- is equipped with a radio. That is why today's installment of "The Road to XVI: Countdown to Time Expiring," is dedicated to the Lions radio team of (Dapper) Dan Miller, Jim (Brandy) Brandstatter and Tony (Tony) Ortiz. We are Four Days Away From Green Bay, and these men deserve your applause... Lions bring back radio, have winning team there, at least (Wed, 12/24)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 25, 2008



Detroit News:

There couldn't have been a more dramatic time for J. Mikel Ellcessor to land in Detroit as general manager of Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9), unless it was July-August 1967, or maybe in the late '30s, in the midst of the UAW's organizing push. Detroit has the ongoing saga of Kwamegate, the economic peril caused by the troubled Big 3, and a beleaguered local economy that has hit fund-raising public radio stations hard. "I really believe that we're living in a moment of history right now," Ellcessor, 44, said last week. "People are looking to make sense of a senseless world, a very fearful world. Now more than ever, Detroit deserves really great noncommercial radio. We want to help people stay informed, but give them a little extra, as well." Ellcessor was named general manager after a national search, the first permanent g.m. since Michael Coleman 's resignation two years ago... WDET general manager comes at exciting time (Thu, 12/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 28, 2008



Press & Argus / LivingstonDaily.com:

It seems that everybody has their own television channel these days. With the advent of digital cable and satellite TV, new channels seemingly spring up daily and programming options are endless. The NFL, NBA and NHL all have their own channels, and Major League Baseball will launch its own network Thursday. One team, the New York Yankees, has its own network. The Big Ten took a bold step last year when it became the first college conference to launch its own network. It's only fitting then that those trends trickle down to high school sports. After all, there are more athletes participating in high school athletics across the country than in all the collegiate and professional leagues combined. That's why the Michigan High School Athletic Association enlisted the services of a company called When We Were Young Productions earlier this year. The company, headquartered in Wisconsin but with a Michigan branch based in Hartland, produces high school sporting events for broadcast on television and the Internet... Hartland firm a prep TV hub -- When We Were Young, MHSAA to produce broadcasts (Sun, 12/28)

When We Were Young Productions Michigan is attempting to turn everyday high school sporting events into sleek television broadcasts. So, how, exactly does it happen? For a single camera shoot, When We Were Young ships the equipment to the freelance camera operator. At the game, he or she shoots a variety of footage, including what's called "B roll," or generic shots to use at various times during opening or closing comments by the announcer. The camera operator also shoots the open, the close and sometimes an interview with a coach or player. Then, they ship the tapes back to When We Were Young's Hartland office... From raw feed to broadcast -- Turning a one-camera tape to a professional-looking game (Sun, 12/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 31, 2008




PPM Now Currency In 4 More Major Markets: ARBITRON has announced the official commercial rollout of PPM radio ratings in DALLAS-FT. WORTH, ATLANTA, WASHINGTON DC and DETROIT. Out now are radio audience estimates for the DECEMBER 2008 PPM survey month that runs from NOVEMBER 21th-DECEMBER 17th. In addition, audience estimates from the OCTOBER and NOVEMBER PPM survey months, which ARBITRON had previously released as "pre-currency," are now good to go as "currency" data. The Summer 2008 diary-based radio audience report (JUNE 26th-SEPTEMBER 17th) is no longer deemed "currency" for buy/sell transactions. That raises PPM coverage to in 14 local markets: NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES, CHICAGO, SAN FRANCISCO, DALLAS-FT. WORTH, HOUSTON, ATLANTA, PHILADELPHIA, WASHINGTON DC, DETROIT, NASSAU-SUFFOLK, MIDDLESEX-SOMERSET-UNION, RIVERSIDE-SAN BERNARDINO and SAN JOSE. These markets account for 51.7% of the estimated radio station revenue in the top-50 radio markets. (Wed, 12/31)







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