Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar. 30, 2009




Split between Penhallow and WRIF now official

After 39 years, it appears that Arthur Penhallow can now be referred to as the former afternoon drive jock at WRIF-FM. Off the air since February, things seemed to be coming to a head last week when Penhallow posted a message on Facebook that his time at WRIF was over. Negotiations over the weekend didn't result in an agreement, and as of today 'Rif's website has been scrubbed of Penhallow's presence.

No word as of yet on who might be take over afternoon drive on a permanent basis, but for now at least it appears that Meltdown, who shifted from evenings, will continue to hold down the shift.

As for Penhallow, a Facebook status entered on Sunday reads, "Reality is starting to settle in and with it comes sadness and madness but with the outpouring of your support I am strong. Thank you all and God Bless you all. A new chapter begins and you'll be the first to know. Much Love!".




WWJ-TV, the CBS-owned station in Detroit, will launch First Forecast Mornings, a new live, local program weekdays from 5:00-7:00 a.m., beginning Tuesday, May 5. Targeting the growing and highly-mobile early morning viewing audience in Detroit, the program will deliver an ongoing report of current and forecasted weather as well as the most current conditions on area roads. Viewers will be able to tune in and quickly get the information they need from the program before they head for the door or make plans for the day. Data will be acquired using some of the newest and most-powerful weather software in the market along with sophisticated traffic mapping and direct links to the area's numerous traffic cameras operated by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)... Morning Weather and Traffic Coming to WWJ-TV (Mon, 3/30)



Public radio stations in Michigan to air special call-in program with Governor Granholm on Wednesday

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will take telephone calls from across the state during a live call-in show to air on Michigan Public Radio Network stations, on Wednesday, April 1, from 9 to 10 a.m.

"Michigan, What's On Your Mind? An Hour with Governor Jennifer Granholm" will be hosted by Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network managing editor and state capitol bureau chief. The call-in program will have an open format, with the governor fielding questions from listeners on a variety of topics. The governor is expected to focus on the turmoil in the automobile industry and her economic plans for Michigan.

Listener phone calls will be accepted during the program by calling toll-free (877) 952-7870.



Detroit News:

Did he stay or did he go? He went. Veteran WRIF-FM (101.1) afternoon air personality Arthur Penhallow is leaving the station. Despite months of negotiation, Greater Media and Penhallow were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract. Penhallow has been off the air since February.

"I left with my honor, dignity and integrity intact. I still love WRIF and most of the people who work there," Penhallow said. "All the support staff, the people on the air ... I just couldn't come to an agreement with the upper echelon."

"We are disappointed that we couldn't come to a contractual agreement with Arthur," said John Gallagher, Greater Media Detroit market manager, in a statement. "He is obviously a legend in the market and his many years of service to the industry are deeply appreciated. He will be sorely missed"... WRIF's Arthur Penhallow leaving (Mon, 3/30)

Mildred Gaddis presides over a lively talk show from 6-10 a.m. weekdays on WCHB-AM (1200). Known for her fiery attacks on ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick last year, she has surprised some with her opposition to the deal to expand Cobo Center. Is your friend Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson mad at you because you don't support the Cobo deal? L. Brooks Patterson has always respected my right to be wherever I choose to be on a particular issue. I saw him recently. I said, "Why don't you stop giving me a doggone heart attack, you've got the people crazed," and he just laughed. L. Brooks Patterson has done for the residents of Oakland County exactly what he should have done. Ken Cockrel has not done the same for Detroit... 3 Minutes with Mildred in the Morning (Mon, 3/30)







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