By: Mike Austerman
A familiar voice will be returning to the airwaves of Detroit at Oldies WOMC-FM (104.3), starting Feb. 1 when former Big 8 CKLW-AM (800) jock Ted “The Bear” Richards takes over as ’OMC’s new afternoon drive jock.
After spending 13 years at ’CK, where in 1979 he was voted as People Magazine’s Jock of the Year, Richards has been hosting mornings for Jones Satellite Networks, based in Denver, for the past 11 years.
WOMC program director Scott Walker commented, “It is a pleasure for WOMC to bring a great talent like Ted back to Detroit, where he has a storied history in radio. Ted always dreamed of returning to Detroit, home to his family and loyal listeners, and now he will have the chance to rule the airwaves once again. So Detroit, get ready.”
Richards added, “This is an awesome opportunity for me to come back to one of my favorite cities. I am thrilled to have the chance to reconnect with many of my old listeners and fans from Michigan and the surrounding area.”
The opening in WOMC’s afternoon drive slot was created in November, when the station dismissed longtime hosts Tom Ryan and Mindy Markowitz, both of whom remain on the outside looking in at the radio biz for now.
• • • • • • • •WOMC has switched up its weekend evening programming, adding an oldies dance party to Saturday nights from 8 p.m.-midnight hosted by Lisa Lisa, who became well known from her time at what was WHYT-FM (96.3) and most recently WDRQ-FM (93.1). Don Phillips, who had been hosting an all-request show Saturday evenings, shifts to Sundays from 8 p.m.-midnight with a new Hall of Fame offering that features the early rock legends from the 1950s and ’60s.
• • • • • • • •News WWJ-AM (950) will host its fifth annual Winter Survival Radiothon to benefit THAW, the Heat and Warmth Fund, on Feb. 8 and 9 from the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. Proceeds from last year’s effort helped thousands of metro Detroit families keep their utilities powered on during the winter months when gas and electric services become essential for survival. Every donation made during the radiothon is matched dollar for dollar by corporate partners, including DTE Energy. WWJ is scheduled to broadcast live 5 a.m. Friday through noon Saturday from the Y with hosts Roberta Jasina, Joe Donovan, Jayne Bower, Greg Bowman, Bill Stevens, Paul Snider, Larry Henry, Tony Ortiz, Rob Sanford, Pat Vitale and the legendary Sonny Eliot, too.