Metro Detroit: June 2008 Archives

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 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

Originating from Detroit, the program can also be heard online at 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

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:, 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)







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