Metro Detroit: March 2008 Archives

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."



AllAccess.com:

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.

 

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