Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 6, 2009




Ann Arbor News:

Martin Bandyke, the morning host at WQKL (107.1), said Friday afternoon that he is among several people laid off at the Ann Arbor radio station. Bandyke said his bosses told him the staffing cuts were made for economic reasons. "It's difficult time for the economy and my industry specifically," Bandyke told The News. "I'm not sure what I am going to do next. I would like to keep doing radio in Southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor or Detroit. ... "I leave with wonderful admiration for the people I work with. It was really a lot of fun." Bandyke said he had no information about who would replace him in the morning, drive-time slot. His final "Fine Tuning" show will air Sunday. According to Bandyke, news director Brian Larsen was also discharged... DJ Martin Bandyke loses job at Ann Arbor's 107.1 radio (Fri, 2/6)



Detroit Free Press:

The sixth-annual Winter Survival Radiothon for the Heat and Warmth Fund, or THAW, is to begin today at 5 a.m. and end 31 hours later at noon on Saturday. The nonprofit group that helps struggling Michigan families pay their utility bills is trying to raise $750,000, $250,000 more than last year's goal, according to Chief Executive Officer John X. Miller... Radiothon to help with utility bills (Fri, 2/6)

Thousands of metro Detroiters each year feel the bitter freeze when they can't pay their bills, leading to their utilities being shut off. Hoping to provide assistance to those folks, WWJ-AM (950) and The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW) are hosting their sixth annual Winter Survival Radiothon. The 31-hour on-air extravaganza will be broadcast live from the MotorCity Casino Hotel beginning at 5 a.m. today and ending at noon Saturday. DTE Energy will match all contributions in energy assistance for families facing utility shut-off. In 2008, more than 2,450 WWJ listeners donated more than $543,000 to the radiothon; when matched by DTE Energy credits, that totaled more than $1 million in relief aid... THAW fund-raiser heating up (Fri, 2/6)



Detroit News:

In Los Angeles, a media circus surrounds pop singer Britney Spears everytime she buys a latte or steps foot in a courthouse. I never thought I'd see that kind of frenzy in Detroit but I was wrong. When former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick got out of jail earlier today, all three major news stations swarmed around the 38-year-old like he was a rock star. Yes, I know that it's February sweeps and yes, I know that in many ways, Kilpatrick brought this on himself. But did the stations have to follow the man while he ate ribs on the westside?... Local news stations begin Kwame watch in time for sweeps (Fri, 2/6)







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