Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 20, 2009




Detroit Free Press:

Two weeks after radio personality Martin Bandyke was dropped because of budget cuts and a format change at WQKL-FM (107.1), the Ann Arbor station announced Thursday that he has his job back, thanks to the support of his fans. "We are excited to have Martin back in mornings at the station. He is an integral part of our community and a valuable member of our team," said Scott Meier, general manager of the Ann Arbor station, in a statement. Bandyke will return to the air at 6 a.m. March 2. He has worked at the adult-alternative station, owned by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc., for three years as the morning host, and previously was a staple at WDET-FM (101.9) for more than 20 years. Support for Bandyke was far-reaching, from community leaders, station advertisers and everyday listeners. Colleen Crawley, a designer at Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, spearheaded an e-mail campaign, encouraging Bandyke's people to write the station and call for his return... Martin Bandyke gets job back at WQKL-FM (Fri, 2/20)



Detroit News:

Lorna Ash did what she was supposed to do in preparation for TV's impending digital age. The 85-year-old, who calls New Baltimore home, bought the digital conversion box in time for the rollover that was supposed to happen Tuesday, but has been officially moved to June. Being early is a good thing, right? Well, it used to depend on what day you asked Ash. For instance, if you asked her how she liked the conversion box on say, a Thursday, she would have said she loved the sharpness of the picture. But, if you asked her how she liked the change the last couple of Saturdays, she might have given you a curt answer -- if it were in her to be curt, of course... The re-scan button solves 'Welk' problem (Fri, 2/20)




Moon or shine, Detroit DJ and Party Princess Lisa Lisa holds court over the airwaves at Oldies 104.3 WOMC and as entertainment attorney at law. For the record, the legal name of this doyenne of techno - Top-40 - hip-hop - rap - beats of decades past and present: Lisa J. Orlando. Arguably, the Royal Oak resident is a DJ at law - or, say, a legal DJ. Her spin: "... when you look at the span of my life, the timeline of my life, the majority of it was spent as a DJ. That, I think, is my ultimate passion. But both areas are fueled by the same kind of thing - running your mouth, thinking on your feet," Orlando muses. "I guess I would say I'm a DJ that's also an attorney. And then if you ask me at 6:00 after I just won a case, I might say I'm an attorney that's also a DJ. That could change day to day"... Double Lives: Lisa Lisa (Thu, 2/19)







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