Todd Thomas named as operations manager of Clear Channel/Detroit
Todd Thomas has been named as the new operations manager for Clear Channel's seven radio stations in Detroit (FMs WMXD 92.3, WKQI 95.5, WJLB 97.9, WNIC 100.3, and WDTW-FM 106.7; AMs WDFN 1130 and WDTW 1310) as of mid-March. In a release Clear Channel/Detroit president and market manager Til Levesque said she is "thrilled about Todd joining our CC/Detroit team. His experience and successful track record as a Clear Channel operations manager will prove very beneficial to our continued success here in Detroit."
Thomas was most recently OM of Clear Channel's eight stations in Hartford and New Haven. He commented, "What a great opportunity. I get to return to where I started my career and work with a talented group of people and a phenomenal group of radio stations."
Dom Theodore was previously the OM for WKQI, WJLB, WNIC, WDTW-FM/AM, and WDFN before exiting last year to head for CBS Radio. Jamillah Muhammad was the prior OM for WMXD - she was released due to budget cuts in January.
Fred Jacobs blogs on Martin Bandyke and WQKL
During a terrible time in radio where it seems that everything we read about is stations laying off even more employees, here's a story that reverses that trend. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, morning host Martin Bandyke was fired by Cumulus' Cool 107.1 earlier this month. Stated reason? Budget cuts, of course. But the story didn't end there because Bandyke was rehired by the station late last week. Why? Well, there were loads of angry listener emails (many of which were organized by a local designer, Colleen Crawley, who loves his show). And I'm sure the phones were ringing off the hook. But that's rarely enough to cause a stay of execution. The real reason why Cumulus reversed its decision was an outcry from advertisers. Bandyke successfully cultivated bona fide loyalty from a number of local clients, including Nicola's Books and the Bank of Ann Arbor. Nicola Rooney threatened to pull her advertising, while Bank of Ann Arbor President, Tim Marshall, picked up the phone and personally called Lew Dickey. Interestingly, Marshall cited Bandyke's community contributions as his rationale for going to bat for the morning guy... Man Bites Dog (Mon, 2/23)