Metro Detroit: August 2008 Archives

Detroit Free Press:

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



Detroit News:

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

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 3, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

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



Ann Arbor News:

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


Sports Business Journal:

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

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


Televison: Newsmakers Aug 5, 2008



FSN's Tigers telecasts lead primetime TV ratings

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

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

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

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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


Detroit News:

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

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


Detroit Free Press:

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



Port Huron Times Herald:

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



Ann Arbor News:

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 13, 2008



Detroit News:

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

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


Detroit News:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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



Elvis and cruising music are on AM 580 this Saturday

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

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



Toledo Blade:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Jamie Samuelsen exits WDFN mornings

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

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



Detroit News:

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



Sports Notes to broadcast boxing tourney live

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

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

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

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



Michigan Radio to report from Democratic and Republican Conventions

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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


Metro Times:

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



Detroit Free Press:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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


Detroit News:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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


Matt Shepard takes over mornings at WDFN

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

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



The Tide is High at WOMC this weekend

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

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


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug 29, 2008



WDIV new daytime programming lineup to start Sept 8

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

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

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



Detroit News:

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







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