Metro Detroit: October 2008 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 1, 2008



WRIF ups Mark Pennington to PD role

A shift at legendary rocker WRIF as Greater Media/Detroit Director of Rock Programming Doug Podell officially hands over the role of program director to Mark Pennington. Podell still has lots of responsibility with his director role as well as being the PD for sister station classic rock WCSX and the midday host for 'RIF. Pennington has been with WRIF since 2000 and held the titles of music director as well as assistant program director in addition to leading the HD side channel Riff2.

"When looking for someone to take over the daily duties of programming WRIF, market manager John Gallagher and I only had to look to the next office," stated Podell in a release. "I'm very confident Mark is qualified and ready to take RIFF into the PPM generation."

"I look forward to continuing Doug's legacy in providing the very best rock and entertainment in the Motor City for our listeners," commented Pennington.



Ratings trend correction for WWJ

The second ratings ratings trend for the summer was corrected this week by Arbitron due to an error that showed all-news WWJ signing off at 7pm each day (the station operates 24/hours day and has for decades). Instead of being first overall, WWJ's actual placement was in a tie for fourth place with WKQI.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 2, 2008




WWJ's Karen Dinkins is out of a job because of what she wore to work. Her t-shirt said she's a fan on Barack Obama, and when her bosses found out, they showed her the door. FOX 2's Brad Edwards has more on the reporter you'll no longer hear on NewsRadio 950 (video story)... WWJ reporter fired for t-shirt (Wed, 10/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 3, 2008



Crain's Detroit Business:

One immediate effect of Republican Sen. John McCain's reported decision to shift his presidential campaign efforts out of Michigan and into more competitive states such as Ohio and Florida is the loss of advertising dollars at local television stations. The McCain campaign spent $6.1 million on television advertising in Michigan, including $2.8 million in Detroit, from May 26 to Aug. 31, according to data from the Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network, which tracks political spending in the state. The Republican National Committee spent an additional $1.9 million statewide, of which $604,000 was in the Detroit market. And with McCain conceding the state, there would appear to be little need for Democrat Barack Obama to continue his Michigan spending at the same pace, either... McCain pullout will slow spending on TV political advertising (Fri, 10/3)

Connolly Named Dir./Sales At Greater Media/Detroit: GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT has named PETER CONNOLLY Dir./Sales for Active Rock WRIF, Classic Rock WCSX and AC WMGC. He will begin his new position on MONDAY, OCTOBER 6th. CONNOLLY most recently served as EVP at METRO NETWORK, where he was responsible for overseeing the company's MIDWEST and WESTERN Market operations. The radio vet began his career at BUCKLEY Talk WOR-A/NEW YORK. He went on to serve as National Sales Manager, Local Sales Manager and General Sales Manager at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI/DETROIT, before joining CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT as VP/GM for the cluster. "We are thrilled to have PETER join GREATER MEDIA's DETROIT-based operation," said Market Manager JOHN GALLAGHER. "We look forward to him sharing his vast experience and knowledge of the DETROIT market with our team." (Fri, 10/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 6, 2008



Shannyn Caldwell named solo host of WMUZ's Morning Light

Shannyn Caldwell has taken the helm of "The Morning Light" Monday through Saturday from 6am until 10am on 103.5 FM WMUZ - Detroit. Shannyn is taking on the job solo after co-host Jon Culbert decided to pursue other opportunities.

General Manager Frank Franciosi says, "More than ever our city needs a spiritual wake up call. That's why WMUZ and the Morning Light exist - to make a real difference in the lives of Detroiters starting from the inside - out. " Franciosi continued to say, "Listeners can count on Shannyn to help them make a difference with a good jolt of Jesus everyday on the Morning Light."

"The music industry is filled with incredibly talented artists who are using their skills to draw people closer to Christ and in a way, I actually feel like that's what I'm doing too." Caldwell commented. "It's a blessing to flood Detroit with love, light, peace and joy every morning!"



Ann Arbor's 107one announces release of CD to benefit Michigan Theatre

Since its incarnation in 2004, Ann Arbor's 107one, WQKL-FM, has aired hundreds of outstanding local performances by a number of acclaimed artists. Studio A2 and Studio A2 On The Road have become known as the source for quality live music on the dial in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Now, the station has announced the release of the first ever Live From Studio A2 benefit CD. The new disc contains 16 live tracks from KT Tunstall, Newton Faulkner, BoDeans, Sara Bareilles, John Butler Trio, Ingrid Michaelson, Steve Earle, Matt Costa, Patty Griffin, Brian Vander Ark, Bruce Cockburn, Amos Lee, Brandi Carlile, Proclaimers, Martin Sexton and Matt Nathanson. After filtering through hundreds of recordings, the best of the best have been selected and have re-mastered each track for the project. Every performance on the disc was recorded in Studio A2 at Ann Arbor's 107one and various Studio A2 On The Road events.

Proceeds from this disc will benefit The Michigan Theater Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to operate, preserve and maintain Ann Arbor's historic Michigan Theater for the benefit of the community and the arts. Established to save the theater from demolition in 1979, the foundation works every day to raise the considerable funds needed to maintain the theater and its programs.

Live From Studio A2, Volume 1 to benefit the Michigan Theater will be available on Tuesday, October 21st, 2008 exclusively at Borders in Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton, Farmington Hills and Novi as well as select major markets.



Michigan Radio to offer upcoming Presidential debate coverage

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, continues to air live coverage of the 2008 political debates with the next scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 15. Each debate will begin at 9 p.m., with NPR's Laura Wertheimer as the broadcast host.

The second presidential debate is scheduled for Thursday, October 7, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. It will include audience questions in a town meeting format, and NBC's Tom Brokaw will moderate. NPR's National Listening Party, with Ken Rudin and Neal Conan, will follow at 11 p.m. from Columbus, OH.

A third presidential debate will be Wednesday, October 15, at Hofstra University, in Hempstead, New York. CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer will moderate, and Neal Conan will, once again, follow at 11 p.m. with NPR's National Listening Party with a live audience at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C.



Detroit Free Press:

Two years in the making? Too Hollywood! Kingberry Productions, along with Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), will present the fourth in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in metro Detroit at 9 p.m. Wednesday. "Bridging the Racial Divide IV" will be cohosted by former news anchor Emery King and WJR-AM's (760) Paul W. Smith. It will be simulcast on WJR and WDET-FM (101.9). The drill? They will be joined by a panel of opinion makers, civic leaders and experts, to talk about the future of race relations hereabouts. It was in September 2006 and the first portion of 2007 that the first three parts aired. The finale was delayed, said producer Tom LoCicero, by insufficient funding... Channel 56 ending series on race (Sun, 10/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 9, 2008


Dom Theodore Resigns At WKQI: Shocker! After nearly seven years, WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT VP/Programming DOM THEODORE has resigned effective DECEMBER 31st. DOM's future plans will be announced soon. During his tenure, DOM has taken WKQI from 14th to first place in the market.

CC/DETROIT Market Mgr. TIL LEVESQUE commented, "I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with DOM over the last 6 years and most recently over the last 2 + years he has been my 'wing man' on the programming side. I could not have asked for a better partner. DOM has been the leader and architect of Channel 955's success and significant growth over the past 6 years. Under his leadership we have witnessed WDRQ exit the format, have seen the station move from 14th to 1st and recently we have accomplished securing the #1 rank 12+, a first for this frequency. DOM has set WKQI and CC/DETROIT up for continued success and I am confident that with the team in place we will continue to execute the plan flawlessly and enjoy new and greater successes.

"DOM has been an integral part of CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT's success. His presence and passion will be missed. I wish him nothing but continued success in this next chapter in his career and know that this is not good bye but rather a small hiatus in our working together."

ALL ACCESS hears that those future plans also include VP stripes and a larger role at another major radio broadcasting company. There are 16 tons of rumors as to where DOM will end up. We're bound and gagged on reporting that officially, so we will have to wait to C where he B-ee S-oon.




For years you let him into your homes every night at 5 p.m. and 11 p.m. Now, former Channel 7 Anchor Bill Bonds is back to talk candidly about the world we live in, exclusively on During a visit to his old stomping grounds here at Broadcast House, Bonds sat down with Channel 7 Editorial Director Chuck Stokes for an open discussion about many of the most important issues that are impacting people in Michigan and across the world... Bonds Exclusive: 'The World's Changing' (Thu, 10/9)



Detroit Free Press:

Local TV news might be moving away from full-service, in-house newscasts because of rising costs and lowered revenue. Two examples of it are evident in the Detroit market. WMYD-TV (Channel 20) is banging the drum more fervently for its new 10 p.m. weekday newscast, which is produced remotely by a firm that does this for several stations. There are a couple of local correspondents, but the station avoids the multimillion-dollar expense of maintaining a standard local news operation. And CBS Detroit (WWJ-TV, Channel 62 and WKBD-TV, Channel 50) -- both still devoid of a local newscast -- are taking a different tack... Local stations explore new ways to do TV news (Thu, 10/9)



Michigan Radio to host election town hall meetings

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, will be hosting two town-hall style panel discussions dealing with the presidential election. "Election '08's Impact on Michigan: The candidates' positions on energy, the environment, and the economy" will examine how the presidential candidates' policies will affect Michigan. The events will be held in Ann Arbor, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Grand Rapids, on Monday, Oct. 27.

Jack Lessenberry, Michigan Radio's Senior Political Analyst, will moderate the discussions. Experts on energy, the environment, and the economy will be joined by advocates for John McCain and Barack Obama to clarify the candidates' positions on these vital issues. The audiences will have the opportunity to learn about the issues, participate in the discussion, and ask questions.

The Ann Arbor town hall, presented by Michigan Radio and The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, will take place on Monday, October 14, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the University of Michigan's Rackham Amphitheater. Former Congressman Joe Schwarz, a Republican from the 7th District, will attend as an advocate for McCain, and Mark Brewer, Chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party, will be advocating for the Obama campaign. Among the panelists will be Charles Ballard, a professor of economics at Michigan State University and author of Michigan's Economic Future, as well as experts on environmental and energy-related issues.

Michigan Radio and the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies will sponsor a second event on Monday, October 27, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., at Grand Valley State University's Loosemore Auditorium in downtown Grand Rapids. Joe Schwarz and Mark Brewer will once again serve as advocates for the two campaigns. The panelists will be Dr. Imad Mahawili, the executive director of the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center, Paul Isely, an associate professor of economics at Grand Valley State University, and Mark Coscarelli, vice president of Great Lakes and Environmental Research at Public Sector Consultants.

These events are free, but participants need to pre-register online. For more information, and to register, visit



Crain's Detroit Business:

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama outspent Republican rival Sen. John McCain by nearly $2 million on television advertising in Michigan since Labor Day. Obama spent $5.5 million statewide since Sept. 2, including $3.2 million in the Detroit market, according to a spending breakdown Monday by the nonpartisan Lansing-based Michigan Campaign Finance Network... Obama outspends McCain in state TV ads (Mon, 10/6)



University of Michigan hockey returns to CKWW

Oldies CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, announced that University of Michigan Hockey will be returning to the station for another season beginning this Friday. AM 580 will air 23 regular season 2008-09 season games starting with this Friday's game against St. Lawrence at 7:30 PM. Al Randall and Jim Hunt are the U of M hockey broadcast team.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 13, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

Helping out: Ann Delisi on public classical/jazz station WRCJ-FM (90.9). Starting Oct. 16 for seven weekdays through Oct. 24, she'll host the afternoon show 3 p.m.-7 p.m. for the station's fall membership drive... Names and Faces (Mon, 10/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 14, 2008



Michigan Radio taps Charney as program director

Michigan Radio, WUOM Ann Arbor / WFUM Flint / WVGR Grand Rapids, has announced the appointment of Tamar Charney to the position of Program Director. Charney joined Michigan Radio in 1997, and has served as Michigan Radio's Interim Program Director since March 2007. Her other roles at the station have included senior producer, on-air host, Managing Editor and Production Director. She helped produce the station's 2007 documentary Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots, which won a 2007 national Edward R. Murrow award, as well as recognition from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, and several local and regional awards.

Before joining Michigan Radio, Charney worked at public radio stations in Detroit (WDET) and Ypsilanti (WEMU) and did a variety of voice-over and freelance work, including documentary production for NPR. She earned a post-graduate degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from The University of Michigan.



Detroit Free Press:

Let's see: Back in the 1950s, the Pistons moved from Ft. Wayne, Ind., to Detroit. Next year, a chunk of Detroit's WMYD-TV (Channel 20) will be moving to Ft. Wayne. Sarah Norat-Phillips, the general manager of the Granite Broadcasting-owned station with offices in Southfield, said Monday that starting in early 2009, the station's programming and master control functions will come out of a digital broadcast hub based in Ft. Wayne. Programming for a Granite station in Peoria, Ill., will also originate out of the Indiana hub. Norat-Phillips admitted some engineering jobs here will be lost; she declined to reveal how many... Live from Ft. Wayne: Local news (Tue, 10/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 15, 2008



WXYZ to celebrate 60th anniversary with triple treat

Legendary broadcasters Bill Bonds, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner are dusting off their sport coats to help mark Channel 7's 60th Anniversary at Broadcast House on October 21st.

Long before there was "Live with Regis and Kelly" there was "Kelly & Company" as the nation's first husband and wife talk-show team. As part of its 60th celebration, WXYZ-TV, will air "The Best of Kelly & Company" with John Kelly & Marilyn Turner looking back at some of their favorite moments from their 17 year show. The special will air 10:00am to 11:00am next Tuesday.

After 30 years, Bill Bonds, John Kelly & Marilyn Turner will make television history when they reunite on the anchor desk for a special edition of Action News 7pm on that same evening. Bonds and Kelly will anchor the news, Marilyn will be reporting the weather just like they did in the 1970s.

Then, WXYZ will air a prime time special "From the Heart: 60th Anniversary Special" with anchor Erik Smith taking a look at the rich history of one of Detroit's earliest television stations. The one hour prime time special will also focus on how Channel 7 is adapting during the new age of digital technology.



Detroit Free Press:

Next Tuesday, it will appear the Wayback Machine from the '60s-era cartoon "Rocky & Bullwinkle" really works -- on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). To mark the station's 60th anniversary, the Sun King of local TV news -- Bill Bonds-- and Detroit TV's all -time fun couple -- John Kelly and Marilyn Turner --will make a comeback. Mercifully, it's for one day only ... WRIF mornings slump; 97.1, 89X way up: If you think the Dow Jones average plunged lately, take a look at the ratings for WRIF-FM's (101.1) once dominant morning show. One year ago, and helmed then by raucous radio behemoths Drew Lane and Mike Clark, WRIF had a heady 11.9 percentage chunk of the audience in the key age 25-54 demographic. But after almost a year of maintaining high Arbitron ratings numbers after Lane left the show (he was fed up with mornings and needed to care for his cancer-stricken fiancée), the Clark-led effort dropped a stunning 4.5 points year-to-year in Tuesday's quarterly ratings release by Arbitron... TV old-timers Bill Bonds, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner to reunite (Wed, 10/15)



Detroit News:

Up, down, up, down -- it isn't just the stock market that's on a roller-coaster ride, but the Arbitron ratings for local radio stations up-ended what happened in the spring book. The final summer quarterly numbers, the last to use the old-fashioned Arbitron written diary logs, were released Tuesday and showed a strong surge for Detroit's urban stations. Looking at the overall ratings for persons age 12-plus, back on top at No. 1 is WMXD-FM (92.3) with its mix of urban contemporary music. News-talk WJR-AM (760) came in second with a blend of conservative talkers, both syndicated and local, and news; then smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) comes in at third, and urban/rap station WJLB-FM (97.9) is ranked fourth. Rock station WRIF-FM (101.1) took a hit, going from a 4.4 share in the spring, to a 3.4 (ranked 10) in the overall 12-plus ratings. Oddly, smooth jazz as a format has fallen out of favor in other radio markets, but WVMV seems to be more than holding its own in Detroit... The Mix, WJR take top spots in latest Arbitron ratings (Wed, 10/15)

Rumors have been flying all week about WMYD-TV (Channel 20) leaving Detroit for Fort Wayne, Ind., but such whisperings are only partially true. Sarah Norat-Phillips, the station's general manager, says that the local My Network TV affiliate isn't going anywhere but that its satellite feed is being relocated and will come out of the station in Fort Wayne. "The station will be hubbing (getting its programming feeds) from its master control operations and technical center via satellite from Fort Wayne, but our station will continue to be in Southfield as will our newscast and staff," Norat-Phillips says. "Stations all over the country are doing this. We're just the first ones in this market to do this." Such a move will cut costs for WMYD, which is owned by Granite, a New York-based corporation... Ch. 20 moves its hub to Indiana; Former Detroiter a CNN 'Hero' (Wed, 10/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 17, 2008



WDFN gets clever to raise breast cancer awareness

With October being breast cancer awareness month, WDFN takes up the cause in a way only a station that's geared towards male listeners can. The station invites listners to take a break from their daily grind and visit to enjoy the station's salute to tatas and tata health. The more serious goal of course is to get folks to take some time to learn about breast cancer risk and prevention.

Visitors can learn how to take an active role in the testing process with their partners and how to recognize breast cancer fighters and survivors while remembering those that have lost their lives to this disease. If you or or a loved one have a story to tell about breast cancer, you're encouraged to post it at

And of course, the folks at WDFN can't talk about saving the tatas without saluting them too ... so regular features on the station's web site have been changed to reflect tatas, including a new babe gallery that focus on that region and more.

WDFN is all about things like sports, beer, babes, and other things that guys in Detroit feel passionate about - including the health and well-being of the women in their lives. The station is encouraging men to join together and learn more about breast cancer, be inspired by the stories that are passed along by others, and have some tata fun in the process.

Tom Bigby takes a new "VP of Strategic Programming" role with CBS: The WXYT, Detroit programmer and strategist will be working with the corporate staff (probably up to Dan Mason) on projects outside the Motor City, while continuing his construction work at 'XYT. The in-house email says Bigby's new task is to create and develop projects for both on-air and online. I think the "Vice President of Strategic Programming" title is a new one for CBS, and it has Bigby working with New York-based Chris Oliviero and Boston-based Greg Strassell. Before Detroit, he programmed in Dallas for CBS - and he re-wrote the rules for sports radio during his long tenure at all-sports (but also guy talk) WIP, Philadelphia (610). Since he got to Detroit's WXYT (1270) and the station vaulted onto the FM dial at 97.1, the ratings have grown 1.8-1.9-3.5-2.9 on the FM and kept a steady 0.7-0.8 or so on the AM. The combo would be at or near the top with 25-54 guys.



Detroit News:

Even based in Britain, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend of The Who knew that Detroit's economic woes have been going on for some time. That's why the founding members of The Who decided to donate their fee for the band's Oct. 21 concert at The Palace of Auburn Hills to two Detroit charities: Gleaners Food Bank and Focus: HOPE. "The first radio stations in America to play our first single, 'I Can't Explain,' were Detroit radio stations," Daltrey said in a phone interview from London. "When I saw we'd been booked to play Detroit on this mini-tour, I said to Pete, I just can't go into Michigan and take a pay packet when there are so many people from the roots I come from, struggling. "I know how hard blue-collars have been hit," said Daltrey, who was once a sheet-metal worker in Britain. Townshend agreed, and the band teamed up with classic rock station WCSX-FM (94.7), and chose two charities... Legendary band puts local charities in the spotlight during hard times (Fri, 10/17)



WJR's to host MSU/U-M tailgate party in Novi

News/Talk WJR is inviting listeners to take part in what it calls "The Ultimate MSU/UofM Tailgate Party", a special live broadcast that will be brimming with school spirit on Friday October 24th from 5 -7pm from the Rock Financial Showplace in Novi. The Mitch Albom Show will be on hand and the event is set to offer prize packages, great food, and tickets giveaways for the game. Check out for more information.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 20, 2008



Ann Arbor Radio to host November Career Fair

As a pillar of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Radio is dedicated to it's listeners as well as branding and building businesses in the area. A healthy business always has quality employees. In that spirit, Ann Arbor Radio has planned to hold its first ever Career Fair - Wednesday November 19th at the Four Points Sheraton located at 3200 Boardwalk in Ann Arbor. The Career Fair will be open to the public from 12 noon to 7pm.

Employers: If you're looking for qualified employees, you should know that Ann Arbor Radio reaches more than 250,000 people every week and the event is expected to attract hundreds of listeners looking to change careers or are seeking new careers and networking opportunities at this event. The Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair is open to ALL employers in the area, and booth space is limited. To reserve your space, call Ann Arbor Radio at (734) 302-8100 or email Doug Gondek for more info at


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 21, 2008



Dom Theodore moving to CBS Radio from Clear Channel

After the announcement earlier this month that Dom Theodore would be exiting Clear Channel's cluster in Detroit at the end of the year, we now know that Dom will be taking on the roles of VP/Programming for CBS Radio's six Detroit area radio stations, as well as become the vice president of CHR Programming for CBS.

The announcement was made by Debbie Kenyon, CBS senior vice president and Detroit market manager along with senior vice president of programming Greg Strassell.

In his new role, Theodore will will oversee sports talk WXYT-FM/AM, news WWJ, country WYCD, oldies WOMC and smooth jazz WVMV, and run the day to day programming at WOMC and WVMV. Additionally, he will supervise the company's Top 40 offerings throughout the country, including its HD2 and HD3 channels.

"Our Detroit market offers a sampling of some of CBS Radio's strongest and most diverse formats and the addition of the Vice President of Programming position will help to elevate these stations reputations even further," said Kenyon. "Detroit is a city that has strong musical roots and a deep connection with its listeners and I know Dom's programming prowess and leadership will yield beneficial results for everyone."

Added Strassell, "In addition to his proficiency in programming, Dom also has an impressive background overseeing CHR stations. It is no surprise that we plan to utilize his expert abilities to stimulate our thriving crop of contemporary hits stations and we look forward to his arrival."

A Detroit native, Theodore's 20-year plus career in radio includes stints as a producer, on-air talent, creative services producer, and researcher at stations like WHYT, WCZY and WDFX, as well as WIOG and WTCF in Saginaw. He's also spent time in Florida working as an on-air and production talent at the legendary 'Power Pig' (WFLZ/Tampa). After a stint as OM of WILN/WTBB in Panama City, he returned to Tampa where he became APD/MD, and then PD of 93-3 FLZ. He was also a CHR brand manager for Jacor/Clear Channel, helping to launch several Top 40 stations across the country, such as WKFS/Cincinnati, KSLZ/St. Louis, and KHTS/San Diego.

The announcement did not offer any information on the status of either current WOMC PD Scott Walker or WVMV PD Tom Sleeker.



Detroit News:

A 60th anniversary celebration for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) would not be complete without the news team that gave the station a unique voice and style so many years ago. To honor these individuals and take viewers back in time, WXYZ is reuniting anchormen Bill Bonds and John Kelly with weatherwoman Marilyn Turner for a special newscast that will air this evening. "I would have been very hurt if I hadn't been invited to come back," Bonds says. "There are days that I feel like I built that building brick for brick, and it captured my heart and mind and energies as a man. I worked with some gifted people who loved doing what they did, and Channel 7 still has a very special place in my heart and my life." Kelly and Turner also will look back at "Kelly & Company," the talk show that made them local celebrities for 17 years until its end in 1995. "The Best of Kelly & Company" will air this morning... WXYZ-TV celebrates 60 years with evening newscast from '70s team (Tue, 10/21)

WYCD Welcomes Gretchen Wilson For Christmas Show: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has announced the line-up for the 99.5 WYCD ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SHOW 2008. COLUMBIA artist GRETCHEN WILSON will headline the show joined by CAPITOL's CHRIS CAGLE and VALORY MUSIC CO. artist JIMMY WAYNE. The show takes place on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4th at THE PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS and all proceeds benefit the BEAUMONT HOSPITALS and CHILDREN'S MIRACLE NETWORK. Tickets are $15 and $35 and go on sale this SATURDAY (10/25). For more info visit (Mon, 10/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2008



CKWW to celebrate "The War Of The Worlds" 70th Anniversary with broadcast

This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the world's most infamous radio broadcasts and oldies CKWW AM 580 is turning back the clock to air it once again on Halloween night.

"The War of the Worlds" was originally broadcast on October 30th, 1938 as part of the "Mercury Theatre On The Air" program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins were so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.

Gather around your radio to relive a classic from the golden age of radio as AM 580 broadcasts "The War of the Worlds" in its entirety, and commercial-free on Friday, October 31st at 10 PM.

AM 580 has re-played this historic broadcast every year at Halloween since the early 1990's.



Michigan Radio to air special election series

With the November elections less than two weeks away, Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM 91.1 Flint) will examine the issues important to the state and Michigan voters with a special series of news reports airing the week of Oct. 27 - 31. Michigan Radio's news team will look at some of the key congressional races in the state, and the two statewide ballot issues dealing with stem cell research and medical use of marijuana. The station will also air reports that examine the policies of John McCain and Barack Obama regarding the environment, energy, healthcare, and the arts, and how those policies may affect people in Michigan.

In addition, Michigan Radio reporters will be conducting a unique series of "on the road" reports to get the opinions of voters throughout the state on the presidential contest. Steve Carmody will be traveling throughout southern Michigan on US-12 from White Pigeon to Ypsilanti. Dustin Dwyer will be traversing the west coast of Michigan from St. Joseph to Muskegon. Tracy Samilton will be on the road from Flint to the Ohio border on US-23. Vincent Duffy will be following Grand River Avenue from Grand Rapids to Brighton, and Sarah Hewlett will be gauging the opinion of voters throughout metro Detroit.

"Covering the election this way gives our listeners a chance to hear not only from the usual candidates and experts, but also the voters of Michigan who will ultimately be making the decisions on election day," says Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy.

The series of special election reports will air weekdays during both Morning Edition (Mon-Fri, 5:00 - 9:00 a.m.) and All Things Considered (Mon-Fri, 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.) on Michigan Radio, starting Monday, Oct. 27 through Friday, Oct. 31. More details of the station's election coverage can be found at:



Alexander Zonjic to host and perform in Don Bosco Hall benefit

Smooth Jazz WVMV FM 98.7 morning host Alexander Zonjic will be master of ceremonies for a "Get Jazzy Evening" featuring the national, group Fourplay, in a benefit for Don Bosco Hall on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn, MI. Alexander Zonjic & Friends will also be the opening act for Fourplay.

This is the 11th annual concert benefit for Don Bosco Hall. Don Bosco Hall is a private non-profit agency, which provides supportive human services to enhance the quality of life for youth, and their families residing in the Metropolitan Detroit-Wayne County community. It was founded in 1954.

Tickets may be purchased at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center box office for $50, $75 and $100. Call 313-943-2354 or visit for more information.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 24, 2008



The Oakland Press:

Someone with a good sense of humor must be in charge of local affiliate Fox 2's programming department. With the Lions blacked out on television this Sunday for the first time since Ford Field opened in 2002, the station is filling two hours of airtime (1-3 p.m.) with the movie "Best Laid Plans." The flick has nothing to do with the Lions of course -- it's about a drug heist gone wrong, and two half-hour episodes of "Cops" follow -- but it's a comical choice as 0-6 Detroit looks for its first win against the 5-2 Redskins. About 5,000 tickets still remained as of Thursday's 1 p.m. deadline, meaning the Lions could play in front of their first (official, at least) non-sellout since the second-to-last game at the Pontiac Silverdome seven years ago. That's a span of 51 straight regular-season home games, the last 50 at Ford Field... Ford Field first: Lions blacked out (Fri, 10/24)

Beau Daniels Named Interim PD At WKQI: As DOM THEODORE gets set to exit CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT (NET NEWS 10/21), Pres./Market Mgr. TIL LEVESQUE fills a key position at Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955) by naming BEAU DANIELS the Interim Program Director for CHANNEL 955, effective MONDAY, OCTOBER 27th. Said LEVESQUE, "BEAU has been a major part of CHANNEL 955's success since the station launched in 2002, and his prior PD experience, passion, and understanding of the unique nature of our product makes him the perfect choice to lead CHANNEL 955 until a permanent replacement can be named. DOM THEODORE will remain on board to help BEAU with the transition process." (Thu, 10/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 26, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

As Groucho Marx used to say: "Hello -- I must be going." After compiling the daily array of breathless celebrity news called Names & Faces for -- gee, it does seem like forever, doesn't it? -- it's time to call it a career. Hey, I've been getting adrenalin-stoked thrills from deadlines at the Free Press since Jan. 5, 1971, when I started here as a copy boy ... Doing Names & Faces was seldom work. Oh, I always did other tasking here --and that was work. (Covering local radio and television where every personality shift was something you couldn't be beat on and where Bill Bonds was an ever-present story waiting to happen? Orchestrating production of the TV Book? Managing syndicates and comics? That's all work)... After 37 years, Sminty signs off (Sun, 10/26)



Ann Arbor News:

The new CD "Live From Studio A2: Volume One," a venture of Ann Arbor radio station 107.1 (WQKL) that incorporates tracks recorded through its Studio A2 and Studio A2 On The Road shows, is good music for a good cause. The draw of a CD like this one is the chance to hear fresh versions of familiar songs, unfettered by studio production. Every performance here - most recorded live at the downtown Borders store or at 107.1's studio - is terrific, and the sound quality is sparkling... "Live From Studio A2: Volume One" a treat (Sun, 10/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 28, 2008



Listener support helps WRCJ to successful fall membership drive

Listeners of WRCJ 90.9 FM have demonstrated that classical and jazz deserves a place on Detroit radio. On Sunday, the final day of the station's Fall Membership Drive, the listener-supported public radio station reached its goal with pledges totaling $226,000, even with the area's long suffering economy and a recently plunging stock market.

WRCJ president Rich Homberg commented that listeners have "made it clear how much they value the programming on WRCJ. Every penny of the donations will be put to the best possible use as we preserve and build on this treasured classical and jazz music service that is like no other in Detroit. We think those who make it possible are pretty special, too."

WRCJ's membership campaign remains open. Make your secure contribution by visiting or by calling (866) 909-9725.



Michigan Radio completes successful fall membership drive

Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint), the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished what it considers a very successful fall membership drive last Friday. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from October 17 - 24, generated over 7400 pledges totaling more than $770,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Of that, over 3400 pledges came from first time donors to the station, a new all-time high, and a 38% increase in new donors compared to a year ago.

Overall, the fall 2008 membership drive's success amounts to a 16 percent increase in total contributions over last fall's campaign. The money raised helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the single largest source of income.

Contributions during the 2008 fall on-air membership drive came from different sources, with over $200,000 generated from people making a donation through the station's website, and more than $570,000 from listeners calling in a pledge to phone volunteers.

The success of the membership drive was particularly noteworthy since Michigan Radio tried an innovative approach compared to many stations, and actually decreased the amount of fundraising hours by more than 20% compared to previous membership drives. The station was responding to listener requests to reduce the amount of on-air fundraising, and eliminated fundraising breaks entirely during many weekday and weekend programs.

"Because we were able to achieve our goals in fewer hours, our hope is that we can continue this trend the next time around," said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "We're very gratified that particularly in these challenging economic times, our audience continues to value our service enough to support it with their dollars."



Fox Sports Detroit 'Plus' channel ready to kick off its 2008-09 broadcast schedule

Starting with Wednesday's Detroit Red Wings - Anaheim Ducks hockey game, Fox Sports Plus will be airing a number of Wings and Detroit Pistons contests through the spring of 2009. Tomorrow's Red Wings game will be televised on Fox Sports PLUS with coverage beginning at 9:30 PM.

Fox Sports Detroit offers select Red Wings, Pistons, Tigers, CCHA and MHSAA telecasts on Fox Sports PLUS when the network has dual events scheduled for an overlapping time period. Most cable and satellite providers have allocated an alternate channel to accommodate the Fox Sports PLUS telecasts.

Below is the list of Fox Sports PLUS channel numbers for Wednesday's Red Wings game, as designated by the cable/satellite operators:

9:30 pm - RED WINGS LIVE
10:00 pm - Red Wings at Anaheim

BROADSTRIPE 18, 19 or 97
CARR 212
CEBRIDGE Channel varies by location
CTS 46
WOW! 14


WOW subscribers missing this evening's Pistons opener

Subscribers to WOW cable in southeast Michigan were surprised this evening when they tuned in expecting to watch Fox Sports Detroit's coverage of the Pistons' season opening contest against the Indiana Pacers and instead saw alternative programming. As it turns out, WOW and FS Detroit have not yet completed an agreement that would bring the extra Pistons games acquired this year by FS Detroit to WOW, resulting in tonight's blackout of the Pistons on the local WOW system.

Fox Sports released this information this evening: "Fox Sports Detroit is now the exclusive local TV home for the Pistons, televising an additional 34 games this season for a total of 70, the most ever by our network. The vast majority of our local cable systems have decided to make all of these games available to their subscribers, yet some have not. You may wish to contact your cable provider to see whether they might offer these additional 34 games. Your feedback and input does matter and is appreciated by your video service provider."

A recorded message on WOW customer service line states: "Attention Michigan customers... the Pistons-Pacers game will not be shown tonight due to contract obligations with Fox Sports. We are in negotiations with them at the present time in an effort to provide future games to you. If you are calling regarding this issue, you do not need to stay on the line."

It's important to note that this issue involves only the 34 extra Pistons games, of which tonight was one of those, and not other FS Detroit programming such as the other 36 Pistons broadcasts and all previous scheduled Detroit Red Wings games on FS Detroit. Tonight's Wings game is still scheduled to air on FSN Plus, which is Channel 14 on WOW, with the faceoff scheduled just past 10pm.



Detroit News:

WKBD-TV (Channel 50) wants to inform and entertain its viewers. That effort includes a community affairs show called "Street Beat," which airs 11:30 a.m. Sundays and attempts to go behind the headlines to give Metro Detroiters news and features that truly impact their communities. Hosted by Tim Lawlis, "Street Beat" is a mixture of in-studio interviews and special "Community Correspondent" segments. Informative and inclusive, the show has a deaf correspondent -- Kenya Lowe -- who also is African American; a Chinese-American correspondent, Wei Shen; and an Indian-American correspondent, Nipa Shah. In addition to creating its own programming, WKBD, the local CW affiliate, also will be the only local broadcast network Tuesday airing both its regular primetime series and election updates... 'Street Beat' has a mix of reporters (Wed, 10/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 30, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

You can experience the fuzzy face and bad puns each weekend on "Wolfman Mac's Nightmare Sinema" TV show. Starting Thursday, you'll have several chances to see the horror movie host prowling the town in Halloween-inspired events. Every night is Halloween for the Wolfman," says Mac Kelly, 42, of Madison Heights, whose show airs classic and B-grade horror movies at midnight Saturday nights on WMYD-TV (Channel 20)... Wolfman Mac creeps into Ferndale, Pontiac (Thu, 10/30)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 31, 2008



Channel 7 says 'Can Do' to the hungry for the 31st year

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, will once again join with Big Boy Restaurants and the Detroit Area And Clinton Valley Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, to sponsor Operation Can-Do. The 31st annual community service campaign collects and distributes food to the hungry in metropolitan Detroit.

Area Boy Scouts will kick off the 2008 campaign with a door-to-door "Scouting For Food" collection on Saturday, November 8th. Donations of canned goods to Operation Can-Do can be made at any Big Boy Restaurant in the Detroit metropolitan area through December 31st.

"Over the past three decades, this holiday tradition has provided the perfect opportunity for the community to contribute, feeding Michigan's hungry, half of whom reside in Metro Detroit," says Bob Sliva, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. "This year is especially important to help those in need with so many hit hard by the economy."

Last year's Operation Can-Do campaign brought in 225 tons of food to help feed families and individuals through soup kitchens and food banks in the tri-county area, feeding over 1.5 million people. Since its inauguration, the program has collected over 10 million pounds of food, providing over 20 million meals to the hungry of Metropolitan Detroit.

WYCD Gets Voters Fired Up With A Little Mud-Slingin': CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is inviting listeners to join JASON THE 300 LB. COWBOY at MACOMB MALL in nearby ROSEVILLE from 7-9a (ET) on MONDAY (11/3) to participate in their two-hour presidential "Mud-Slinging" event. Listeners can sling mud at OBAMA and McCAIN-masked characters and will be allowed to tell everyone why each of the presidential candidates should or should not be our next president. All "Mud-Slinging" participants will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the "WYCD CHRISTMAS Concert" at the PALACE on DECEMBER 4th, featuring COLUMBIA/NASHVILLE artist GRETCHEN WILSON. For more info visit (Fri, 10/31)

CBS Radio In Detroit Launches Online Holiday Channels: CBS RADIO/DETROIT has launched a HOLIDAYSINDETROIT.COM website featuring four brand new holiday music channels. The channels include "NAUGHTY XMAS," "OLDIES CHRISTMAS," "SMOOTH JAZZ CHRISTMAS" and "YOUNG COUNTRY CHRISTMAS." We are excited to be first in the DETROIT market to have a strong variety of holiday music readily available to our listeners," WOMC MARKET MGR. DEBBIE KENYON said. "These are unique stations created to offer variety and celebrate the season." The site also includes an interactive "KIDS Zone", a shopping guide, listing of METRO DETROIT holiday events and concerts, free activities and more. (Fri, 10/31)







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