Metro Detroit: July 2008 Archives

Detroit News:

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

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



Detroit Free Press:

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

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


Michigan Radio Wins National Edward R. Murrow Award

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

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

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

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

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

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



CKWW explores the Evolution of Rock

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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

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


Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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



WJR to feature coverage of Port Huron - Mackinac Race

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

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

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

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

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

Updates will then continue until the last boat arrives.

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



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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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



New York Times:

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


Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


Crain's Detroit Business:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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

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



Detroit News:

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


Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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

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

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

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


Radio and Records:

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


Michigan Radio announces new weekend lineup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


Ann Arbor News:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Michigan Radio examining foreclosure crisis

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

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

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

More details about the series, including audio and photos, can be found on the Michigan Radio website at:



WCSX's Steve Richards leaving

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



Record for Fastest Round of Golf now in Michigan

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

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

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


Take a look at the age 12+ rankings, look courtesy of

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

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

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


Detroit Free Press:

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



Detroit News:

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Detroit Free Press:

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



Crain's Detroit Business:

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



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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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







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