Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 30, 2009




Seacrest in at Magic 105.1

Greater Media's soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 will add "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest" for afternoon drive (4-7 p.m.) starting on Monday, February 2nd, bumping Jim Paolucci to the 7 p.m. - midnight shift and shuffling the syndicated program from John Tesh out of the lineup.



WDIV to provide free air time to Detroit mayoral candidates

WDIV TV, Local 4, is providing free air time to qualified candidates for the office of Detroit mayor with Flashpoint: Straight Talk from the Candidates. This commercial-free program, produced by WDIV, features the candidates discussing their platforms to help viewers make more informed choices at the polls in the upcoming special primary election.

With unedited pre-taped messages, Flashpoint: Straight Talk from the Candidates features the candidates answering the question: "What is your vision for the future of Detroit?" In a format that goes well beyond a 30-second commercial, each candidate for mayor will have one minute and forty-five seconds to speak. Flashpoint: Straight Talk from the Candidates airs Sunday, February 1 at 8:30a.m. The videos will also be posted on the station's web site,, following the broadcast on Local 4.

All 15 candidates for Detroit mayor, Dave Bing, Donald R. Bradley, Stanley Michael Christmas, Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr., Frances D. Culver, Warren Cleage Evans, Freman Hendrix, Joseph W. Holt, Nicholas Hood III, Sharon McPhail, Duane Montgomery, Brenda K. Sanders, Jerroll Sanders, D. Etta Wilcoxon, and Coleman A. Young II, were invited to participate.



Detroit News:

Muslims and interfaith leaders in Metro Detroit are asking a local radio station owner to discontinue broadcasts in which, they say, a Coptic priest has repeatedly defamed the Prophet Muhammad over the past year. In an Arabic-language broadcast Wednesday on WNZK 680/690 AM, the Rev. Zakariah Boutros said the Muslim prophet Muhammad had engaged in necrophilia and gay sex, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations. Boutros has previously come under fire from area Muslims, who say he disparages Islam. The controversial, American-based priest can be heard on purchased time slots on radio stations internationally. His words have stirred controversy in Egypt and Great Britain, and are embraced by a number of bloggers and Web sites that criticize Islam... Broadcast angers Muslims (Fri, 1/30)

Members of the national Leadership Conference on Civil Rights are still working to set up a help center for the digital television transition in the city. In December, the organization announced it would form partnerships and open brick-and-mortar "DTV Assistance Centers" in seven cities, including Detroit. Cities were picked based on demographics including income, the number of older people in the area and the number of people with disabilities who rely on over-the-air signals to watch television... Detroit digital TV assistance center still not open (Thu, 1/29)



CKWW to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of "The Day the Music Died"

On February 3rd, 1959 the music world lost three of its pioneering Rock and Roll performers. Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died when their plane crashed after a stop on their "Winter Dance Party Tour" near Mason City, Iowa.

CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will salute their legacy with special programming on Tuesday, February 3rd. At Noon, AM 580 will air "The Buddy Holly Radio Special", an exclusive one hour program featuring archival interviews and music from Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The radio special is hosted by Gord James and written and produced by Doug Thompson and Jeff Kirkwood. It will air again at 7 PM on Tuesday.

The station also will be spotlighting music from Buddy Holly as well as the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens throughout the day on Tuesday, including tribute songs like Don McLean's "American Pie" and others.







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