Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar. 11, 2009




Former WQRS host Dick Wallace to guest on WRCJ FM 90.9 to help fundraiser

WRCJ will welcome back longtime friend and WQRS alumnus Dick Wallace who will reunite with fellow WQRS hosts Chris Felcyn and Dave Wagner for a limited engagement during the station's upcoming fundraiser to support Detroit's Classical & Jazz station. Dick is scheduled to be on 90.9 FM in the afternoons, bringing his inimitable style to WRCJ's Fall Membership Drive, March 26 through April 5.

Become a member or renew your membership on the station's secure website at or by calling (866) 909-9725.



Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair and Medical Career Fair set for March 26

As a pillar of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Radio is dedicated to it's listeners as well as branding and building businesses in the area. A healthy business always has quality employees. In that spirit, Ann Arbor Radio is holding a split Career Fair - Thursday March 26th 2009 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest located at 1275 South Huron Ypsilanti MI, 48197. The Career Fair is open to the public from 12 Noon to 7pm. The Career Fair will be divided into two rooms one side is dedicated to the medical industry the other side is open to all other employers.

Employers looking for qualified employees should know that Ann Arbor Radio reaches more than 250,000 people every week. Hundreds of listeners looking to change careers or seeking new careers and networking opportunities are expected at this event. The Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair is open to all employers in the area, and booth space is limited. To reserve your space, call Ann Arbor Radio at (734) 302-8100 or email Shannon Brown for more info at



Ann Arbor Radio adds staff

Ann Arbor Radio-Cumulus Media had added three new account executives Dean Erskine, Ira Weintraub and Marcie Van Black as of March 2nd.

A 35 year radio veteran, Ann Arbor native Dean Erskine was a Pioneer H.S. student when he got his start on WPAG, one of the original broadcast outlets of University of Michigan Football. Dean worked his way up from announcer to morning show host, eventually becoming program director and sales manager at stations in the Ann Arbor market. He also worked as a radio account executive in the Toledo market. Dean has overseen game day operations for University of Michigan football broadcasts, and also co-hosted the Michigan Football Tailgates with Lucy Ann Lance. He also owns Erskine Audio where he produces commercial and industrial voiceovers for nationwide clients. Dean's community work includes numerous hours volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Ira Weintraub age 33 has over 14 years of professional experience in the media, including more than 11 years in sports radio in the Washington, D.C. area, first at Sports Talk 980 then at Red Zebra Broadcasting's Redskins Radio. Marcie Van Black graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Michigan University in 2001. Her major was in Telecommunications & Film with a double minor in Marketing & Communications.



WDET to host town hall meeting with DPS emergency financial manager

Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager, Detroit Public Schools will be interviewed by Bankole Thompson, senior editor of The Michigan Chronicle and WDET-FM. This will be Bobb's first in-depth interview, and his first forum for the general public since taking the job, early this month, as emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at Wayne State University's Community Arts Auditorium, located on Reuther Mall, east of Anthony Wayne Drive, west of Cass Ave. and south of Palmer. Paid parking is available in Structure No. 1, north of the Community Arts Auditorium on Palmer or Structure No. 5 at the corner of Anthony Wayne Drive and W. Kirby. $3.50 in cash and coin is required at the automated gate.

The purpose of the Town Hall session is to provide the public with a thorough, incisive view into the school district evaluation process and to give the audience an opportunity to ask questions.

The audio from the event will be broadcast on WDET Radio, 101.9FM, on Thursday, March 26, at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.Bankole Thompson will be host/producer with WDET's Noah Ovshinsky as co-producer.



Metro Times:

Bill Bonds may or may not be a classic, but there's no denying he's a doozy. "Got a second?" Detroit's most legendary TV newsman asks, laying down his phone to riffle through some papers. "Here's some names for you. Jimmy Hoffa. John F. Kennedy. Robert Kennedy. Ronald Reagan. George Wallace. Richard Nixon. Gerald Ford. Medgar Evers. Martin Luther King. Malcolm X. Bill Clinton. Do you know what they all have in common?" "Let me guess. They were all interviewed by Bill Bonds?" "That's right. And of those 11, six of them were shot and killed. Wallace was shot and paralyzed. Reagan was shot. Ford was shot at and missed. Clinton was impeached. Nixon should have been impeached, and if so he would have been found guilty. That's 11 guys I interviewed, more than once. And look what happened to them! So if Bill Bonds ever walks up to you and he's got a microphone, don't talk to him. Run the other way! Put that in your newspaper!" Well, I think I just will. The generation that recognizes the silver-topped baritone as pitchman for furniture chains and personal injury lawyers might wonder what the hell he's ranting about, but from the '67 riots until he left the Channel 7 (WXYZ) anchor desk in 1995, Bill Bonds was the face of television news in Detroit... TV party (Wed, 3/11)



WRIF wants to see your tatoos

Whether you have an angel, dragon, tribal design, butterfly, celtic knot or even an image of a family member adorning your skin, WRIF wants you to "Show Us Your Tats!" The new Show Us Your Tats section of allows listeners to upload images of their tattoos and share the stories behind them.

According to WRIF Program Director Mark Pennington, "Over the years we've seen listeners with some amazing tattoos and wanted to give them place to show them off."

Another feature of the Show Us Your Tats section is the ability for WRIF listeners to "rate" tattoos featured in the section on a scale of 1 to 10.







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