Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 26, 2009




Detroit News:

O, Canada...we love your shops, casino and cool accent; you like our big-box discount stores and cheaper liquor prices, eh? Detroit and Windsor also swap radio signals, adding an international flavor to our cultural mix. But it also leads to problems like what is happening to Windsor community radio station CJAM-FM (91.5) . CJAM's license was in danger because its signal is interfering with Michigan Public Radio 's WUOM-FM (91.7) in Ann Arbor, and now a Christian station, SMILE-FM may start broadcasting from China Township (near Port Huron) on 91.5 FM. CJAM had been airing an eclectic mix of alternative rock, world music and public affairs shows from the University of Windsor since the late '70s. Over the years, it was allowed to increase to 500 watts by agreeing to keep its classification as a non-protected, low-wattage station. Under Canadian rules, "non-protected" means any station can come along and grab the frequency ... WOMC-FM (104.3) 's Dick Purtan will broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Oakland Mall for his 2009 Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Program , and not a moment too soon. The program provides food and shelter to the needy, and those who donate a minimum of $10 a month or $120 a year become members of the Bed and Bread Club, eligible for a Michigan tax credit... Signal interference endangers CJAM-FM (Thu, 2/26)







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