Metro Detroit: November 2008 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 3, 2008



WNIC gets in the holiday spirit early

Just as you're trying to figure out what to do with all that extra Halloween candy on the kitchen table (don't eat it all in one sitting) ... it's time once again to think Christmas. At least that's what the folks at WNIC FM 100.3 want you to do. Making sure no one else could claim to be first this year, WNIC jumped on Santa's sleigh this morning and will be featuring nothing but holiday music through at least December 25th.

This evening the station is prominently featuring a poll on it's web site at claiming 40% of those that answered the poll wanted Christmas music to start at the beginning of November ... maybe as a way to answer any critics that might think it's a tad early to be having a Holly Jolly Christmas.



Ann Arbor News:

The results are in for fund drives recently concluded at two local public radio stations. At Michigan Radio (WUOM, 91.7 FM), the public radio service of the University of Michigan, the on-air fundraiser, which ran from Oct. 17-24, generated more than 7,400 pledges totaling more than $770,000 ... Meanwhile, WEMU (89.1 FM), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, ended its fall pledge drive on Oct. 26, raising a record $139,207 in nine and half days, exceeding last fall's total by over $2,000. The station also raised $50,000 toward its fall 2008 mail campaign goal of $140,000. The mail returns are counted separately from the funds raised on-air. Two more mailings are planned before the end of the year. "We set an ambitious on-air goal for ourselves this year, $30,000 higher than in fall '07," said Mary Motherwell, marketing and development director. "While it's disappointing that we didn't reach that mark, we certainly can be happy about breaking the previous record... U-M, EMU fund drives successful; WUOM, WEMU both see gains in amounts pledged (Mon, 11/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 4, 2008



Wide Open West and FS Detroit reach Pistons deal

Wide Open West has reached an agreement on the complete slate of Detroit Pistons games scheduled to air on FS Detroit. After FS Detroit picked up the rights to an extra 34 games over its previous coverage package, agreements still needed to be worked out with the various cable companies in the area to deliver these extra games. The deal with WOW didn't get done in time for the season opening game on October 29th, but since has been resolved and WOW customers were able to watch the last two games on FS Detroit and will be getting all the scheduled Pistons games as the season continues.

A similar agreement with Buckeye Cable in northwestern Ohio is still being worked on.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 7, 2008



W4 Country sends soldier's mom and morning guy to Korea

Ann Arbor's 102.9 W4 Country heard about the need of a local soldier who lost his father and the love of his life against the backdrop of the war in Iraq and subsequent immediate deployment to Korea and has responded.

BJ Harlow is from Dundee and is now assigned to Camp Humphries outside of Seoul, South Korea. Harlow's sister approached the radio station and told of her brother's position and asked if a t-shirt could be sent to him in Korea. Morning host "Bubba" decided to purchase a ticket with his own money and head over to visit BJ. The local employees of Key Bank contributed money to buy his mother a ticket and send bank President Bill Koehler to Korea as well.

The group leaves for Seoul today (November 7th) from Detroit Metropolitan Airport via Tokyo on Northwest Flight 25. BJ Harlow will be told that his leave has been taken away to retrieve a high-ranking military official from a hotel in Seoul. There, the morning show will be waiting with his mother as a surprise for the weekend. The group returns to Detroit on Monday.

The "Breakfast With Bubba" program has been on the air at W4 Country for six years, and this is the second such international trip to benefit a local soldier.



Detroit News:

The results are in and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) was the most-watched local station on Election Day. The ABC affiliate pulled in an 8.1 rating/16.1 share for the whole day compared to WDIV-TV (Channel 4), which had a 7.2 rating/14.3 share and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which placed last with a 4.8 rating/9.5 share. A single ratings point represents one percent of the total number of viewers and the share is the percentage of television sets in use. Not so coincidentally, ABC was television's No. 1 broadcast network during the historic race for the White House with 12.5 million viewers, while CNN was the No.1 network overall with 13.3 million. WDIV did turn the tables at 11 p.m., when the local NBC affiliate garnered a 14.2 rating/22.7 share compared to WXYZ's 12.6 rating/20 share and Fox affiliate WJBK's 8.1 rating/13.3 share... For election results, voters pick WXYZ (Fri, 11/7)



Detroit Free Press:

Help a child stay warm this winter by participating in the 26th Annual Salvation Army Coats for Kids Radiothon today and Saturday. The Salvation Army and WJLB-FM (97.9) are teaming up at the Phoenix Theatres Bel-Air Center in Detroit to rally donations to be used by the Salvation Army to purchase coats for children in need. The fun-filled event will include interviews with local celebrities and sports figures, the premieres of "Soul Men" and "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa" and live performances by local hip-hop, rap and R & B artists. Events will take place 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday... Share some warmth at Coats for Kids radiothon (Fri, 11/7)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 10, 2008



The Fox strips for listeners

Country WDTW-FM, 106.7 The Fox, is giving back to listeners and bringing ten national recording country artists together for one night of music this Thursday, November 13th, for "Fox Stripped Live" at The Fillmore in Detroit. Darius Rucker, Randy Owen, Josh Turner, Rodney Atkins, Emily West, Billy Currington, Trent Tomlinson, Big Kenny (From Big and Rich), Jamey Johnson and Heidi Newfield will all be on one stage, stripped down, raw, real and giving the stories behind some of their favorite songs.

Doors are scheduled to open at 6pm with the concert to begin at 7 at The Fillmore Detroit, 2115 Woodward. These tickets are among the hottest in town as they can only be obtained by winning them on air or by going to one of the station's announced ticket stops each day.

Go to for more information about Fox Stripped Live.



PD Scott Walker exits WOMC

Scott Walker has exited as program director for oldies WOMC and is transferring to sister station WRBQ in Tampa, FL where he'll become that station's PD.

Following last month's announcement that Dom Theodore would be moving to CBS Radio/Detroit from Clear Channel's Detroit operations and take the reigns of programming both WOMC and smooth jazz WVMV in addition to his new roles as vice president of programming for the Detroit cluster and vice president of programming for all of CBS Radio's contemporary hits stations, it was unclear just where Walker and current V98.7 PD Tom Sleeker were going to fit in the org chart.

While there still hasn't been any announcement about the future of Sleeker, the chain of command at WOMC just became more clear.



Detroit Free Press:

Nearly a year ago, Janet Narich did exactly as recommended by the TV industry, government Web sites and the public service spots of former Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell -- she requested a discount coupon for a converter box to receive digital TV signals. Yet, she still isn't ready for digital television. And, ready or not, it's coming Feb. 17. Now Narich, 58, of Ferndale is stuck with an expired $40 coupon she received last winter and took to a retailer that hadn't received its shipment of converter boxes, which sell for about $50. Each coupon -- a plastic card roughly the size of a credit card -- expires 90 days from the date it was mailed. "It just seems strange to me that these coupons expire because a lot of the stores didn't have the converter boxes in stock when people were getting their coupons," Narich said. The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) said it has received more than 600 calls in the past couple of months from people who have expired coupons and people who said they never received coupons... Many get coupon, but no digital TV box (Mon, 11/10)

The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit in partnership with FM 98 WJLB collected 1,224 coats and $53,453 in cash donations to provide warm coats for thousands of children during the 26th Annual Coats for Kids Radiothon held at the Phoenix Theatres Bel-Air Center in Detroit over the weekend... Salvation Army, FM 98 collect over 1,000 coats, donations still accepted (Mon, 11/10)

The Hot Stove season has arrived, and so has the Tigers' regular off-season radio program. The TigerTalk Show makes its season premiere tonight at 8 p.m. ET online at and over the air on WXYT AM 1270 and FM 97.1. Tigers radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Dickerson and Pat Caputo will co-host the weekly hour-long show, which will feature the latest news on the Tigers as well as interviews with Tigers players, coaches and front-office members. FSN Detroit television analyst Rod Allen will also contribute a weekly segment. In addition, listeners can call in and ask questions about the Tigers ... The TigerTalk Show will run weekly through mid-February, when the Tigers report to Spring Training... TigerTalk debuts tonight (Mon, 11/10)

WOMC Hosts 'Military Moms Luncheon': CBS RADIO Oldies WOMC/DETROIT is hosting the station's fourth annual "Military Moms Luncheon" on VETERANS DAY, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11th. Morning guru DICK PURTAN will be emceeing the luncheon which recognizes and thanks MICHIGAN military moms whose sons and daughters are giving so much by serving our country. "WOMC is very honored to present this event on VETERANS DAY," noted WOMC GM DEBBIE KENYON. "This is just a small token of our appreciation for what DETROIT moms sons and daughters have done for our country." (Mon, 11/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 11, 2008



Detroit News:

J.J. Johnson and Lynne Woodison, longtime hosts of the "J.J. and Lynne" morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7) were fired after this morning's show. "We weren't given an opportunity to say goodbye to our audience," Johnson said. "They called us in after the show to say our contract was up March 1, and they weren't going to be renewing it." The rumor had been out there that Greater Media Detroit, owner of WCSX, was interested in Deminski & Doyle for the morning slot. The brash duo left 97.1 (now WXYT) almost a year ago, and the "non-compete" clause of their contract would be expiring soon. Johnson had heard the rumor, and asked if that was behind the move. "They said it wasn't true," Johnson said. "But I feel it's probably the likely scenario"... WCSX fires morning show hosts 'J.J. and Lynne' (Tue, 11/11)



Detroit Free Press:

Morning radio fans will miss two of Detroit's most well-known voices on their Wednesday commute as Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison, the co-hosts of the "JJ & Lynne in the Morning" show, have been fired from their post at classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7). "We were told yesterday (Monday) that there would be a meeting with us Tuesday to talk about the show, the new ratings system and some other things regarding changes in the media," said Johnson, a fixture on Detroit radio since the '70s, and a distinctive voice at 'CSX for 16 years. "And they told us that that in March our contract was up, they would not be renewing it and today was your last show ... John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media, Inc., the company that oversees Detroit stations CSX, WRIF-FM (101.1) and WMGC-FM (105.1), confirmed the dismissals. Starting Wednesday, listeners can expect an interim classic rock music format... J.J. and Lynne fired from morning show at WCSX (Tue, 11/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 12, 2008


Today's NetNews has a nice rundown of the first batch of pre-currency radio ratings from Arbitron's move to portable people monitors in the Detroit market. Of the markets AllAccess reviewed today, Detroit had the least dramatic change -- although AC and Rock formats, which have faired well in other markets, saw growth here. Unlike Dallas and Atlanta, there was no clear cut winner in the Motor City as a trio of stations shared demo crowns. Urban rankers moved around a bit as Radio One's stations fell farther back.

Read the entire breakdown on

A bit of commentary: The following numbers show both WRIF and WCSX are very strong stations in the early PPM ratings. WRIF finished first in the 12+ and 18-49 demos and second in 25-54 and 18-34. 'CSX was second 12+, fourth in 25-54 and 18-49, and ninth in 18-34. If Greater Media is considering big changes at either station on the heels of yesterday's dismissal of J.J. & Lynne from the morning slot at WCSX, perhaps these results should give them some pause.



Phone Scams Volume 12 goes on sale

Fans of the Mojo in Morning gang at hits WKQI-FM, Channel 95-5, won't want to miss what's become a holiday tradition around Detroit - the annual release of another volume of the show's best Phone Scams. The 2-CD set Phone Scams Vol.12 is now on sale at all Metro Detroit Borders stores & online at


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 13, 2008



Mt. Clemens Library hosting DTV forum Nov 17

Detroit Public TV President Rich Homberg, VP of Technology Helge Blucher, and others from the broadcasting industry will at the Mt. Clemens Public Library on Monday, November 17th at 7pm to discuss the upcoming transition to digital television (DTV) during a free forum open to the public.

WTVS is warning that recent problems with the station's 27-year-old analog transmitter are making it urgent that viewers be ready for digital even sooner than the federally mandated February 17, 2009 DTV switchover.

The station is also offering email notifications of similar forums being held around Southeast Michigan before the DTV transition occurs or to answer questions about how to convert your analog television to digital reception by contacting DPTV's Bill Van Horn at

The Mount Clemens Public Library is located at 150 Cass Ave in Mount Clemens.




The more things sound different, the more they seem the same on college radio. A longstanding alternative to commercial formats, "free-form" student-run radio is a variety show for adventurous listeners with eccentric audio tastes, including occasional dead air, local references, irreverent comments and unpolished delivery to remind you that this is, indeed, amateur radio. In an era when the airwaves are ruled by distant conglomerates that shift programming formats according to ratings and jam as much advertising in as listeners will tolerate while "public" radio adopts a largely talk, syndicated format, Metro Detroit's college radio stations (including CJAM, broadcasting from the University of Windsor) offer a fresh sound. Radio has become "overly commercial and is turning people off," explains Marie Dereniewski, program director of WHFR-FM 89.3, sponsored by Henry Ford Community College... Metro Detroit's Real Radio (Thu, 11/13)



Detroit News:

If you're old enough to remember a cowboy yelling, "Hi-yo, Silver!" before riding away on his horse, this should be good news: "The Lone Ranger 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition" gallops into stores this week. The 12-disc DVD box set features the first two TV seasons, 1949 and 1950, and includes 78 episodes of the Emmy-nominated show starring Clayton Moore as the "Masked Man" and Jay Silverheels as Tonto. It also includes an 88-page color commemorative booklet, complete episode guide and rare comic book images of America's quintessential Western hero... When the Lone Ranger rode in Detroit (Thu, 11/13)



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. is starting his own show on the city's public access cable channel. "Detroit: That's the Spirit" premiered Monday on cable channel 10 in the city. The episode will air again Thursday at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. It also will air this Saturday and Sunday at 6:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m... Cockrel talks Detroit on TV show (Thu, 11/13)



Zonjic's Smooth Jazz Christmas Show set for Dec 14 in Royal Oak

Alexander Zonjic's 2008 Smooth Jazz Christmas Show will feature a lineup of special guests at the Royal Oak Music Theatre on December 14th at 7:30pm. Saxophonist Richard Elliot and guitarist Paul Brown are scheduled to join Alexander Zonjic & Friends along with these performers: guitarist and vocalist Nick Colionne, vocalist Thornetta Davis, the Motor City Horns, and the Barbara Ogar Flute Choir.

Tickets prices are $40 and $30 and be purchased by calling (800) 919-6272 or visiting either or

Alexander Zonjic's annual holiday show is a benefit for the Penrickton Center for Blind Children in Taylor, MI, a unique, private non-profit agency, providing five-day residential, day care, and consultation/evaluation services to blind, multi-disabled children ages one through twelve.

Current sponsors include Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM) and National City Bank. The show is produced by Hi-Falutin' Music. Zonjic hosts the morning drive program for V98.7.


Memories from Art Vuolo, Jr.

Everyone can remember where they were when they heard the news about what happened on September 11th. Well, I will also never forget November 11th, because that was the day when I learned that my dear friend and colleague Andrew Ashwood had suffered a massive heart attack and was put on life support. He had been courageously fighting cancer for the past year and a half. I don't trust cancer, I never have, so last April I flew to LA to see for myself how he was doing. He looked amazingly good and his ultra-positive attitude was incredible. I even made a video, I know...hard to believe, but because he seemed good and looked great, I went for it. That was a visit I shall always cherish.

The news came to me after returning from Chicago, where I visited Kipper McGee, PD of WLS and Andrew's former roommate while they attended Lakeland College in Wisconsin. The word came down from Sean Compton of WGN America and I was deeply saddened. When I spoke to Andrew from the R&R/NAB Convention in Austin, he sounded sensational, upbeat and, of course, very positive.

Knowing his condition, after he was stricken, and the fact that he would never be the same, I prayed that he would suffer no more. Those prayers were finally answered Thursday evening, November 13th. My heart goes out to his beautiful wife Sandra, who never even reached her second anniversary, and his sisters Ann and Lorry.

Whether you knew Andrew or not, you realize he was one of kind. I am honored to have known him for over 30 years, and actually have him on videotape stating that I was instrumental in launching his legendary radio career. I'm just glad that I could help. He was often seen at any number of industry confabs like; the R&R Conventions, the TRS, NAB, Talkers, Boot Camp, the Conclave, name it. He had audiences riveted at any session he moderated or participated in.

Perhaps you crossed paths with him at (the former) WKTI in his hometown of Milwaukee, WGBF in Evansville, KOOL or KOPA in Phoenix, in Charlotte or his brief stint in my backyard at WABX in Detroit. His last radio station was the giant mother-ship of Clear Channel in San Antonio, 1200/WOAI, after which he took the reins at Fox Sports Radio in LA.. Regardless at which stop (if any) this talented broadcaster may have touched your life, if he did, you never forgot him.

Les Heintz was his roommate at Albion College in Michigan, which is when I first meet Andy (as he was called backed then) in the mid-1970's. I recall doing a barbaric black and white video of the guys on my first Sony Betamax. I told clean-cut Les he should get into TV and deep-voiced Andrew to pursue Radio. Heintz went on to anchor TV news in Wisconsin, Nashville and Washington, DC. Andrew's radio career is well documented.

The radio industry now has a large empty space as we say goodbye to one of the nicest and most positive members of the broadcasting fraternity. While reviewing old videotapes of Andrew, during the era when he was better known as "B J Hunter," I broke down when I heard him say (on WABX Detroit) "I don't care what they say....I ain't never gonna give up...unt ah."

He was only 51 and I miss him already.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 14, 2008



Radio World:

Ed Buterbaugh would have made most anyone's list of the "most respected" engineers. That probably never really mattered to Buterbaugh. Friends say that whether he was building new radio studios or engineering a University of Michigan football game, Buterbaugh was comfortable with his place within the profession. Buterbaugh, a longtime fixture in Detroit radio and respected broadcast engineer, passed away from bladder cancer in September. He was 65. He had engineered three of the top AM radio stations in North America. He worked for a stint at WABC(AM) in New York, followed by CKLW(AM) in Windsor, Ontario, a station that dominated Detroit's radio ratings for many years in the 1970s. He finished his career at Citadel's WJR(AM) in Detroit and retired in late 2004. Many engineers consider Buterbaugh a driving force in AM audio quality. He was relentless in his pursuit of AM fidelity and was a respected talent not only within the discipline of broadcast engineering but by broadcasters in general, friends and colleagues say... Buterbaugh Remembered in Upper Midwest (Fri, 11/14)



Detroit News:

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) has a lot to be proud of these days. The station's Web site Click outperformed all other local stations on both Election Day and the day after, grabbing 8 million page views. The local NBC affiliate also attracted 16,000 Web viewers for its 14-hour Webcast from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day. In terms of TV, the station dominated the 11 p.m. to midnight hour on Election Day with a 13.3 rating for its newscast compared to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), which garnered an 11 rating, and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), which drew an 8.1 rating... Viewers pick WDIV site for vote results (Fri, 11/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 15, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

There's a flip side to the buyers' rush for glitzy digital televisions ahead of the coming switch in broadcasting systems -- on Feb. 18 in most areas. It's not a pretty picture. Environmentalists expect a glut of old-style televisions to pile up at curbsides on trash-collection days and in landfills. To avoid that, a small firm called Classic Computer Recycling is holding collection days in metro Detroit for old televisions and other junk electronics, such as computers... TV recycling offered as February digital switch nears (Sat, 11/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 17, 2008



Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle joining WCSX for mornings in January

One of the worst-kept secrets in Detroit radio of late is now official with classic rock WCSX e-mailing its Workforce members early this afternoon the news that the Deminski and Doyle Show will take over mornings at 94.7 starting on January 5th, 2009 - after their their non-compete agreement with CBS Radio finally runs its course.

The e-mail from John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media Detroit reads:

We are very excited to share with you that 94.7 WCSX is welcoming veteran radio personalities Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle to mornings at The Motor City's Classic Rock Station.
In case you're not familiar with The Deminski & Doyle show, Jeff and Bill cover a wide variety of topics, ranging from serious issues to comedy, while sharing with you insight into their personal lives.
I would like to personally invite you to tune into The Deminski & Doyle show premiere Monday, January 5, 2009 from 6am to 10am, right here on 94.7 WCSX. We believe you'll find their show to be the perfect way to start your mornings.
In the meantime, make sure to visit for audio and video updates from Jeff and Bill.
Thank you so much for listening and being a part of this exciting time at 94.7 WCSX.

The Deminski and Doyle Show will take morning drive at WCSX in a new direction as their show did not feature music while on FM 97.1, unlike prior morning shows on 'CSX. While the recently departed Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison also used their personalities as a big part of the program, there was also quite a bit of classic rock that was included in their show as well. Interestingly, this move will put WCSX up against what has long been the leading talk program on morning rock radio in Detroit - what's now called 'Mike in the Morning' on sister station WRIF.

Meanwhile, rumors still circulate about the future of former 'RIF morning co-host Drew Lane ... will he be making a comeback to FM radio in Detroit sometime soon too?



Detroit News:

It's official: Deminski & Doyle will take over the morning slot on classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), starting Jan. 5. The duo, who left WXYT (1270 AM and 97.1 FM) almost a year ago, will broadcast an all-talk format from 6-10 a.m. every morning. "We're going to do a couple of things with them online, podcasting, as they get their wings back, but we're not going to do anything show-wise until Jan. 5," said general manager John Gallagher of Greater Media Detroit, owner of WCSX. This news has been the worst kept secret in Detroit radio for some time. Last Friday, just days after J.J. Johnson and Lynne Woodison were fired by WCSX, a post went up on Jeff Deminski's blog, titled "I Wish More Stations Did This," with a link to inviting listeners to sign up to get a text message at when more "exciting changes" were implemented... Deminski & Doyle get morning show on WCSX-FM (Mon, 11/17)



Detroit Free Press:

In what industry insiders are saying was the worst-kept secret in local radio, WCSX-FM (94.7) confirmed veteran radio personalities Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle will return to the airwaves to host the classic rock station's new morning show ... "We wanted so badly to stay in Detroit, we chose unemployment for a year to honor our non-compete clause," said Jeff Deminski in a statement released by CSX Monday. "A year is one thing, but this WCSX opportunity is the chance of a lifetime. Doug Podell is a legend who sees things others cannot and will be the best program director I have ever worked for in my radio career"... Deminski & Doyle will host mornings on WCSX (Mon, 11/17)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 18, 2008



Channel 7 set for Michigan State/Michigan football Saturday

WXYZ-TV is the exclusive Detroit area television broadcast home for the season's biggest weekend of Big Ten football action. On Saturday, November 22nd, Channel 7 will telecast coverage of both the University of Michigan Wolverines and the Michigan State Spartans. The back to back game coverage begins at noon when the Michigan takes on the Ohio State Buckeyes live from Columbus, Ohio. The gridiron battles continue at 3:30pm when Michigan State travels to Happy Valley to battle the Penn State Nittany Lions.

In preparation for these legendary Big Ten rivalries, Channel 7 will broadcast a special one hour edition of the Big 10 Ticket pre-game show beginning Saturday at 11:00 AM. WXYZ-TV Sports Director Don Shane will host along with sports reporters Vic Faust and Tom Leyden as they bring you key interviews and an in-depth analysis of all the X's and O's that translate to victory for both Michigan and MSU.

"If both Michigan teams win, it would mean the Spartans will head to the Rose Bowl for the first time in twenty years," declares Channel 7 Sports Director Don Shane, "It would really bring some much needed excitement to our state."

Following the MSU game the station will air live post-game coverage of game-day highlights and key play analysis.

WDTW PD John Trapane To Join Capitol Records/Nashville: CAPITOL RECORDS/NASHVILLE has announced that CLEAR CHANNEL Country WDTW (THE FOX)/DETROIT PD JOHN TRAPANE has joined the label as Dir./Regional Promotion, Southwest beginning JANUARY 1st. He will relocate to HOUSTON, TX and will report directly to VP/Promotion STEVE HODGES. TRAPANE replaces MARA SIDWEBER, who left the label in JUNE and joined BIG PICTURE ROMOTION/NASHVILLE (NET NEWS 7/29). CAPITOL/NASHVILLE VP/Radio Stategies/Field Marketing SHANE ALLEN had been filling in for MARA on an interim basis until a replacement was found. No word on TRAPANE's replacement back at THE FOX, but stay tuned for more details. (Tue, 11/18)



Macomb Daily:

Despite the recent on-air shakeup at classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), the radio station remains committed to its participation in a variety of activities in Macomb County, a top station official said Monday... Deminski and Doyle returning to airwaves for WCSX morning drive (Tue, 11/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 19, 2008



J. Mikel Ellcessor named as WDET general manager

J. Mikel Ellcessor has been selected by Wayne State University to become the new general manager for public WDET-FM 101.9 beginning December 15, 2008. Ellcessor was selected following a national search for a candidate to lead WDET into the future.

newWDETgmEllcessor was most recently the executive director of radio for RadioMilwaukee where he was responsible for all aspects of the project concept development and launched the new not-for-profit media service in 2006. RadioMilwaukee is a highly innovative media concept that uses contemporary music and community engagement strategies to draw younger, diverse audiences into public service media. Ellcessor also served as senior director of programming operations and distribution at public radio flagship WNYC in New York. During his tenure at WNYC, he was responsible for the local programming, digital media, national program marketing and broadcast operations of one of the nation's largest public radio operations.

"Mikel Ellcessor's solid management experience in major media markets made him the ideal candidate to direct and shape WDET's service to our community," said Andrea Roumell Dickson, Wayne State University executive vice president and chief of staff. "His wealth of knowledge combined with his passion for public radio and commitment to make WDET a nationally recognized service will serve the station well."

WDET has been a community service of Wayne State since 1952. The station plays an important role in the University's goal to develop community partnerships as a catalyst for the region's social, cultural, economic and educational enrichment. As GM of WDET, Ellcessor plans to reach out into the community to assess how the station may best serve the metropolitan Detroit area.

"WDET has a profound and valuable role to play in Detroit, "said Ellcessor. "Changing technology has diminished the impact of physical distance and we can access great content from anywhere in the world, yet the need for meaningful connections with our communities has never been greater. Particularly in our great cities, there's a deep, compelling need for locally responsive programming that embodies a very distinct point of view. This is WDET's opportunity."


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 20, 2008



Detroit News:

If you have XM or Sirius Satellite radio, you might be wondering why your radio blew up last week. Here's the deal: The two merged, Sirius is the dominant partner, and it'll be a while before the dust settles. Sirius has always positioned itself as more mainstream in terms of music, while XM dug deeper in all forms of music to present what you couldn't hear on terrestrial radio. So it's not surprising that XM's excellent Soul Street, which played many deep classic soul cuts, was dumped in favor of Sirius' Soul Town, which plays the more predictable hits. XM's '50s on 5's personality Matt the Cat, who played semi-obscure, early R&B, is gone, and fans of that channel were shocked to hear the nasal squawk of '60s New York disc jockey Cousin Brucie coming out of their radios... Sirius, XM listeners hear shakeup after merger (Thu, 11/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 21, 2008



Oakland Business Review:

Wally Jadan didn't consider the purchase of MBN TV & Radio in Southfield as your typical business investment. Instead Jadan saw it not only as an idea that had unlimited potential, but one that would allow him to publicize and talk about positive news stories emanating from Middle Eastern and Arab populations in the United States and around the world. "We look at ourselves as the national channel of the Middle Eastern community in the United States," Jadan said. "We want to build bridges not only within our own (cultural) community but to other cultural community." MBN TV & Radio's daily programming is aired to 550,000 Middle Eastern America citizens on Comcast Digital Cable Channel 667 in Detroit, 250,000 viewers in Washington, D.C., and North on Cox Cable Channel and via satellite to over 4.5 million viewers in the United States, Canada and Mexico... MBN TV & Radio in Southfield serves as cultural link to Middle Eastern world (Fri, 11/21)




Radio One Detroit partners with Project Healthy Living to present their first Health Care Fair this Sunday from noon until 5 p.m. at the Greater Grace Temple. Attendees can receive free and low-cost health screenings including height and weight measurements, blood pressure checks and vision screenings. Tests such as iron tests, cancer screenings, cardiovascular disease screening, ulcer detection and take-home colorectal cancer kits can be purchased for between $5 and $40... Radio One Detroit Hosts Health Care Fair (Fri, 11/21)


FOX Sports Detroit for the 11th consecutive year is the exclusive television home of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2008 edition is Friday, November 28 and Saturday, November 29 at Ford Field, presented by Farmers Insurance.

fsdetroitSix games are scheduled to be televised live on FOX Sports Detroit, while Saturday's Division 3 contest is set to air on FOX Sports Plus. Friday's Division 4 matchup will be streamed live at and televised later that night on FOX Sports Detroit. Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Herman Moore is among the announcers for the weekend, making his first appearance on the network's coverage of the MHSAA Finals.

Friday, November 28

10:00 AM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 8 Final - Crystal Falls Forest Park vs. Muskegon Catholic Central; Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick

1:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 2 Final - Muskegon vs. Warren De La Salle; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler

4:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 6 Final - Montague vs. Leslie; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore

7:30 PM on (delay at 11:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit): Division 4 Final - Holland Christian vs. Detroit Country Day; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

Saturday, November 29

10:00 AM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 7 Final - Traverse City St. Francis vs. Ubly; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick

1:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 1 Final - Rockford vs. Lake Orion; Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Rob Rubick

4:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit: Division 5 Final - Ovid-Elsie vs. Muskegon Oakridge; Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore

7:30 PM on FOX Sports Plus (replay at 12:30 AM on FOX Sports Detroit): Division 3 Final - East Grand Rapids vs. Inkster; Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: John Wangler

The TV coverage will also include some special features. During halftime of the Division 8 Final, (Friday 10:00 AM), Ryan Field reports from homecoming night in Manistee on playoff qualifier Manistee Catholic Central, the smallest school in the MHSAA with 58 students, 19 of which played on the football team which went 9-0 in the regular season, outscoring its opponents 402-50.

At halftime of the Division 6 Final (Friday 4:30 PM), Pershing High School assistant coach Kiana Dennis, a member of the Detroit Demolition women's professional team, will be profiled sharing her football knowledge with the Doughboys.

Rob Rubick will provide his analysis of the first half of the Division 7 Final (Saturday 10:00 AM) from the sidelines for a unique perspective of the game.

Finally, the Division 1 Final (Saturday 1:00 PM) will have a halftime feature on Romeo High School's co-coaches and best friends Jason Couch and Curt Reinas, complete with plenty of mic'd-up interaction during a practice session.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 24, 2008



WJR personalities lend hand to children's foundation

Times are tough in Metro Detroit. But, for families who have lost a parent, times are even tougher. That is why Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids has kicked off its first-ever Annual Giving Campaign, to help more families when they need it most.

Between now and the end of 2008, the Foundation seeks to raise an additional $100,000 through donations from the community. Funds collected will go provide a wide range of support and assistance for kids who have lost a parent including help with food, counseling, transportation and utility bills.

If the Foundation reaches it goal, WJR-AM radio hosts Paul W. Smith and Frank Beckmann have agreed to dress, head-to-toe, in clothing featuring the Foundation's logo, for an entire week in January, 2009. They would wear custom suits provided by Tom James Clothing Company and Paul Cicchini Custom Clothier, with hats, socks and even shoes featuring the logo. Children served by the Foundation would have the opportunity to create the logos on the suits with their own handprints.

"Paul and Frank are passionate supporters of our cause and they are looking forward to building awareness for the Foundation in this very visual, fun way," said Michael Fezzey, President and General Manager of WJR, Chair of the Foundation's Advisory Board and 2008 Annual Fund Campaign Chair.

Additionally, every individual who donates $1000 or more to the Campaign, will receive a $250 gift card toward portrait photography services with Arising Images and will also be entered to win two free tickets to the Foundation's spectacular Fourth Annual "Champions For The Kids" VIP Dinner and Auction at the Townsend Hotel on Sunday, June 7,2009 and two free tickets to the strolling dinner at Oakland Hills Country Club on Monday, June 8, 2009.

To donate, visit and click "Contribute" or call (888) 987-KIDS.



Michigan Radio announces special programs

WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids have announced the return of several special programs, including The Splendid Table's "Turkey Confidential 2008," "Third Coast Audio Festival," and a new season of Radiolab.

"Turkey Confidential 2008" will air live on Thanksgiving day, Thursday, November 27, from 11 am to 1 pm. Lynne Rossetto Kasper, the award-winning host of American Public Media's food show The Splendid Table, will take calls from cooks across the nation in need of Thanksgiving morning assistance. Several special guests, including Cook's Illustrated's Christopher Kimball, road food warriors Jane and Michael Stern, wine entrepreneur Joshua Wesson, and style guru Isaac Mizrahi, will help Lynne coach her callers through their emergencies on the biggest cooking day of the year. Phone lines will be open nationwide from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST at 800-537-5252.

Later that same day at 8 pm, Michigan Radio will air "Third Coast Audio Festival." In this two-hour special program, listeners can experience 2008's best audio documentaries from around the world-- the winners of the Third Coast Festival / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. Created in 2000 by Chicago Public Radio, Third Coast honors each year's most creative and compelling audio work.

Finally, Michigan Radio has launched a new season of Radiolab, Sundays at 9 pm. In each episode of Radiolab, hosts Robert Krulwich and Jay Abumrad investigate a particular topic. The result is an audio documentary which explores the personal, scientific and philosophic issues associated with big questions.

This season will consist of five episodes: "Choice," "Sperm," "Race," "Diagnosis," and "Yellow Fluff, Rocket Lizards, and Other Curious Encounters." You can catch Radiolab Sundays at 9 pm from now through December 21 on Michigan Radio. More details on the Radiolab programs are available at



WOMC goes A-Z for Thanksgiving

Oldies WOMC FM 104.3 is helping celebrate Thanksgiving by playing every song in the station's music library from A to Z. There are enough different songs that it will take all week to play 'em all. The feature started earlier today at 10am and won't stop until the entire library has been played.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 25, 2008


Greater Media, Inc. announced today that three of its radio stations are among the first in the nation to provide exciting new technology which enables listeners to access and hear the station's stream on their iPhone with the touch of a button. The application, developed by Jacobs Media, is now available to listeners of Radio 92.9 FM WBOS in Boston, MA; WRIF FM in Detroit, MI; and 95.9 FM WRAT in Point Pleasant/Belmar, NJ. They will be joined soon by WMMR-FM in Philadelphia, PA. IPhone One Touch Access is unique because listeners now have the ability to directly access a station's audio stream instead of having to access a directory. In addition, the station's logo becomes an icon within easy reach right on their iPhone. The application also allows the station to provide its HD2 channel under its single icon/logo... Greater Media Radio Stations Among First in the Country to Offer New iPhone Technology (Tue 11/25)

Channel 95.5 Big Boy's 'Doosh Bag' Song On Fire: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 night stud BIG BOY and BRILLIANCE have created a huge phone song, "Doosh Bag." How'd it come about? BIG BOY told ALL ACCESS, "After three years of doing my show here at CHANNEL 95.5, I realized, that every girl, whether they love their man or not, at some point, thinks he is a Doosh Bag...Not only that, but almost every girl thinks her best friends boyfriend is a Doosh Bag, and that she should leave him for a better man. "I do five club gigs a week, and the Doosh Bag guys at the club perv'ing on every girl that walks in, are at an all time high! So myself, and DETROIT Rap artist BRILLIANCE, came up with this track, and its really exploding here at WKQI." (Tue, 11/25)



Pistons game for Nov 26 on FS Plus; DISH Network not able to air it live

DISH Network has indicated it will not be able to carry the FOX Sports Plus coverage of Wednesday's Pistons game against the New York Knicks. Due to capacity constraints, the number of games that DISH Network can air simultaneously is limited. Although this game was made available to DISH Network, DISH was unable to carry the game due to its capacity limitations. The Pistons-Knicks game will be available via replay at 12 AM on FOX Sports Detroit (DISH Ch. 430).

Other channel listings for FS Plus tomorrow:

DirecTV: 664
ACR Auburn Hills: 64
Allendale Communications: 56
AT&T U-verse: 738
Bloomingdale: 56
Bright House Networks: 77
Broadstripe: 18, 19 or 97
Buckeye Cablevision: 8 or 13
Carr: 212
Cebridge: Channel varies by location
Charter: 88
City of Negaunee: 51
Coldwater CATV: 95
CTS: 46
Comcast: 901
D&P Cable: 21
Edward Rose Properties: 3
Parish Communications: 24, 26, 97 or 98
Southwest MI Communications: 56
Springcom: 50
TVC: 97
Vogtmann Engineering: 97
WOW!: 14
Wyandotte Municipal: 17


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 26, 2008



Happy Thanksgiving!

One of Detroit's great traditions since 1924, the America's Thanksgiving Day Parade, will again be shown locally on WDIV-TV Channel 4 tomorrow morning starting at 8:00 as the floats, bands, and more make their way down Woodward Avenue. If you're away from the television, tune in on the radio as WJR AM plans to provide the most complete coverage of the holiday festivities. Paul W. Smith and Katherine Leslie will co-host with the rest of the WJR staff bringing the sights and sounds of America's Thanksgiving Parade to listeners. WDET FM's Detroit Today will feature a live broadcast tomorrow from the parade at the Wayne State University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, just steps away from all the action on Woodward.

And thanks to die-hard Lions fans who bought all the tickets at Ford Field, there is no blackout of tomorrow's game against the Tennessee Titans. Kickoff is set for 12:30pm on WWJ-TV, Channel 62 in Detroit and all CBS stations across the country.

Happy Thanksgiving to all the readers of


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 28, 2008



Daily Tribune:

A hand-made Raggedy Ann doll was the first toy for a tot donated to the U.S. Marine Corps. Sixty-one years later, the tradition continues with a live radio show kicking off the metro Detroit drive at the Royal Oak Music Theater. Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show hit the road Monday to promote the need for new, unwrapped toys for children this holiday. Harper is inviting the public to stop by the theater, 318 W. Fourth St., from 6-10 a.m. to drop off a toy and join the fun. "The rowdiness helps to make for an exciting show," said Harper, a Birmingham resident who has urged his listeners to help Toys for Tots for 30 years. "We want people to come by wearing their reindeer antlers and Christmas sweaters. We look at it as a huge party." Over the decades, Harper and crew have relayed touching accounts of donors who have found creative ways to buy toys for little ones who otherwise would celebrate Christmas without gifts... Radio show launches Toys for Tots drive at downtown theater (Fri, 11/28)



Ann Arbor News:

For the last couple years, the television and radio production class at Ann Arbor's Huron High School has been heavily weighted toward television. That's about to change. By the start of the second semester, a group of students working in independent study classes hope to launch an Internet radio station, run by Huron students and full of Huron-related content. And then, the television and radio production class Robert Fox teaches will be more equally divided between the two mediums. "This is a great opportunity for students to have a voice," Fox said. "It's a great opportunity for them to learn skills to work in radio." Before that happens, there's a lot of work to be done... Huron High students gearing up for an online radio station (Thu, 11/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 29, 2008



Ann Arbor News:

The folks at Ann Arbor radio station 107one (WQKL, 107.1 FM) plan to spend Dec. 3-7 "freezin' for a reason." DJs and guests will offer their annual "Rockin' for the Hungry" partnership with Food Gatherers in front of Busch's, 2240 S. Main St. Stop by between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. next Wednesday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Sunday to help them reach their goal of 170 tons of non-perishable, nutritious food for families in our community... 'Rockin' for the Hungry' starts Dec. 3 (Sat, 11/29)

WXYZ-TV completed the November 2008 sweep with an impressive number of First-Place finishes: WXYZ-TV topped all other competitors Sign on-Sign off, finishing #1 in Household ratings and key female and adult demographics; WXYZ's Action News finished on top at Noon, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 11pm, in Households and key demographic groups, especially Women 25-54; WXYZ's 7pm Action News is number one among all early news programs in Households and all adult, female and male demo categories; 7pm Action News is among the strongest of all newscasts in the market, for reaching key male viewers... WXYZ-TV Remains Detroit's Most-Watched TV Station During the November 2008 Sweep (Fri, 11/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2008



Detroit Free Press:

If you have any interest in the Feb. 24 Detroit mayoral primary, you'll want to tune in to WADL, Channel 38 (14 on Detroit Comcast cable) on Tuesday at 8 p.m. The station may not be one of the regular stops on the clicker, but it hopes to be starting with the viewing audience expected for the first of four scheduled live, 90-minute debates among the candidates for mayor, this one featuring incumbent Ken Cockrel Jr., businessman Dave Bing and former deputy mayor Freman Hendrix. The Free Press and WCHB/Radio One Detroit are cosponsors for the first debate; the subsequent ones may involve other partners. So far, though, this makes WADL the only local television station to dedicate this kind of significant air time (six hours in all) to the race for one of the biggest political jobs in Michigan. This is a big attention-getter for a station that only recently went to a 24-hour commercial broadcast format, and has no news staff or programming. It instantly casts WADL as a serious player in local public affairs... Tune in to expanding WADL for Detroit mayoral debates (Sun, 11/30) / Wikipedia:

Radio legend BILL DRAKE has died from lung cancer at age 71 in LOS ANGELES. DRAKE, born PHILIP YARBROUGH chose his last name from among his relatives' surnames, because it rhymed with "WAKE", the station in ATLANTA, where he worked as a programmer and disc-jockey in the late 1950s, writes WIKIPEDIA. Later, BARTELL BROADCASTING, who owned WAKE -- that he had programmed to number one, transferred him to KYA in SAN FRANCISCO, which also became number one. It was later at KYNO in FRESNO that he met GENE CHENAULT, who became his business partner. Together, the pair developed highly influential radio programming strategies and tactics, as well as working with future "Boss Jocks."

DRAKE-CHENAULT perfected the Top 40 radio format, which had been created by TODD STORZ, GORDON MCCLENDON and other radio programmers in the late 1950s, which took a set list of popular songs and repeated them all day long, ensuring the widest possible audience for the station's music. Jingles, news updates, traffic, and other features were designed to make Top 40 radio particularly attractive to car listeners. By early 1964, the era of the BRITISH Invasion, Top 40 radio had become the dominant radio format for NORTH AMERICAN listeners and quickly swept much of the WESTERN world.

DRAKE streamlined the Top 40 format, using modern methods, such as market research and ratings demographics, to maximize the number of listeners. He believed in forward momentum, limiting the amount of disc jockey chatter, the number of advertisements and playing only the top hits, as opposed to less-organized programming methods of the past. DRAKE created concepts such as 20/20 News and counter programming, by playing music sweeps, while his competitors aired news. DRAKE-CHENAULT controlled everything from the specific DJs that were hired, to radio contests, visual logos, promotions and commercial policy. DRAKE essentially put radio back into the hands of programming, instead of sales. DRAKE hired the JOHNNY MANN SINGERS to produce the BOSS RADIO jingles, ensuring a bright, high-energy sound that engaged the listener, while providing a bridge from song to song, as well as a smooth transition from songs to commercials.

In the Spring of 1965, Drake-Chenault were hired to turn KHJ in Los Angeles, from a financial and ratings loser into a success. Drake hired Ron Jacobs as program director, Robert W. Morgan in the mornings and Don Steele in the afternoons. KHJ quickly jumped from near-obscurity, to the number one radio station in Los Angeles. "Boss Radio" moved faster and sounded more innovative than the competition, making it the #1 choice over competitors in Southern California.

Bill Drake also programmed KFRC in San Francisco, WOR-FM in New York, KAKC in Tulsa, WHBQ in Memphis, WRKO in Boston and 50,000 watt CKLW, in Windsor, Ontario, across the Detroit River from the city of Detroit. (Sun, 11/30)







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