By: Art Vuolo
If you are one of the thousands who enjoy waking up to the antics of Dr. Don Carpenter with Rachael Hunter, Steve Grunwald and the 300 lb. Cowboy Intern, there is cause for celebration since the Doctor is in... at least for another three years as he re-signed with country WYCD-FM (99.5). So, the laughs, along with the country music hits will keep on comin'. Mark your calendar for the 2008 Downtown Hoedown scheduled for May 9 through 11.
Speaking of WYCD, they have launched a new 24 hour Psychic Radio channel on their HD3 frequency for those of you who have bought one of those new HD Radios. It's devoted to the mind, spirit and soul. The shows are streamed worldwide through www.psychiconair.com via all CBS Radio streaming players, including www.wycd.com. Of course if you were truly psychic you would have already known about this. Do you think WRIF contributor Mr. Positive a.k.a. Greg Balteff, was aware of this?
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Rock WRIF-FM (101.1) has announced that Doug Podell, the station's program director / director of rock programming, along with Mark Pennington, Riff's music director / assistant program director, have been elected into the FMQB Hall of Fame for achievements in the radio industry. The magazine will be honoring the individuals who have been elected in the upcoming 40th Anniversary Issue and at a gala event to be held in Philadelphia this Thursday, April 10. FMQB (Friday Morning Quarter Back) is a respected radio industry trade publication. Sadly, we learned this past week that Doug just lost his father. Condolences can be sent to Doug Podell, c/o WRIF One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220.
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Radio One/Detroit has realigned programming duties at urban WHTD-FM (Hot 102.7) and urban-pop WDMK (105.9 Kiss FM). Operations Manager Al Payne , who retains his role as Program Director at gospel/talk WCHB, fills the PD opening created by the December departure of Spudd. After being promoted to music director of Hot 102.7 in December, late night personality Ms. Smiley has been elevated to APD of the station and PD of 105.9 Kiss FM. She has been assisting Payne with the programming of 105.9 Kiss FM since January, and Smiley will continue to handle all of her previously assigned duties at Hot 102.7. Confused?