Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2009




Windsor Star:

After 25 years on the air, University of Windsor's community radio station CJAM-FM (91.5) could lose its licence in an international turf war between the U.S. and Canada. Adam Fox, CJAM manager, said there is a real concern the station's FM frequency will be taken over by a commercial radio station in Michigan. "The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has already granted a licence to a station in China Township," said Fox. It is located in St. Clair County, north of Port Huron, but its signal power would reach the Detroit-Windsor market and the frequency would no longer be available to CJAM. The move is the latest slap in the face for CJAM, which languishes in unprotected status with its low-power signal. Last fall, CBC applied for a licence at 91.5 to move its Radio One service off the AM dial. That application has since been withdrawn in favour of a different frequency. The FCC earlier forced its Canadian counterpart, the CRTC, to impose restrictions on CJAM because it claimed the signal was interfering with WUOM-FM (91.7), the University of Michigan student radio service in Ann Arbor. In response, CJAM has applied to move its signal up the FM dial to 99.1, and seek protected status under CRTC-FCC regulations. That would protect other stations from effectively jumping CJAM's claim... CJAM-FM risks losing licence (Tue, 2/10)



WDET to air State of The City

Detroit Public Radio will present a live broadcast of Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr.'s "State of the City" address on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. The Mayor will present the address at the Detroit Opera House. WDET's live coverage of the event will begin at 6:50pm and conclude at 8:00pm and include the Mayor's remarks and analysis.



Art Van pitches in to help keep Michigan warm

February has been declared "Keep Michigan Warm Month" and Art Van Furniture is encouraging others to support the initiative. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Art Van will be donating 50 electric fireplaces to those in need of utility support throughout the state. During this financially trying time for many across Michigan, The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW) is experiencing an increased volume of requests for help. Individuals are invited to stop by any Art Van location through February 16 to pick up a THAW donation envelope.

On Thursday, February 12th Art Van is hosting a ticket drop for the WYCD FM Ten Men Jam. The Ten Men Jam is coming to the Ford Community and Performing Art Center on February 18 and features a country star line-up of Clint Black, Josh Gracin, Sarah Buston, Steve Azar, Jammie O'Neal, Emerson Drive, Heidi Newfield, Stephen Cochran, Jack Owen and John Rich. At the concert, ten lucky winners will win $1,000 each. The only way to attend the concert is to win a ticket from WYCD FM at a ticket drop event. Art Van's Taylor store will host a drop from 6-7 p.m. when a pair of tickets will be given away every ten minutes during the one hour event. Winners must be present to win.

On Friday, February 13th, Art Van Furniture and MAGIC 105.1 FM will be supporting the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Shower Program. Donations of the following items are requested: men's, women's and children's new underwear, gently used shoes and socks, trial size toiletries and cash donations. Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from 6 to 10 a.m from Art Van's 14 Mile Rd. Warren store and provide a special coupon offer to guests who make a donation and serve refreshments during the four hour event.

Then on Thursday, February 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Detroit's own award-winning gospel recording artist, Vickie Winans, will greet guests, sign autographs and sing a few songs at Art Van's Southfield store. Guests will enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres while they browse through the new spring collections - including Vickie's favorites.

Visit for a store locator and list of special events that help support THAW.



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM (101.9), announced programming changes today that include infusing the lineup with more music, with the return of former WDET personality Ann Delisi. Delisi will broadcast "Ann Delisi's Essential Music" from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, starting Feb. 28 and March 1. There will also be some new shows added, and schedule changes for local and nationally syndicated programs as well. "There's going to be a very clear sharpening of our focus on how to serve Detroit right now, how to create opportunities for people to interact with their programming, have their voice push back up the local canal," WDET general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor told The Detroit News. "The whole world is talking about Detroit, it's time for people to hear from Detroit so we can be part of the narrative." National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" will be scaled back, airing from 5 to 8 a.m., with the addition of a live news and analysis program, "The Takeaway" from 8 to 10 a.m. The show is co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC Radio in collaboration with the BBC World Service, the New York Times and WGBH Boston. Detroit listeners will be able to take part in the live conversation on the air and online at www.the "Detroit Today," the locally produced news show hosted by Craig Fahle, will move from its 10 a.m. to noon time slot to 1 to 3 p.m... WDET-FM adds more music and new shows (Tue, 2/10)







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