Metro Detroit: April 2008 Archives

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 ( and, 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 (

WBFH, which can be heard at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at, 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, 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,, 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 ( 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 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


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, 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



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 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 (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


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 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







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