Time to tweak
It's been relatively quiet as far as major news goes about the Detroit airwaves. A few relatively small changes to note over the weekend:
- WTVS TV Channel 56 followed through with its plans to turn off its analog transmitter last week and now broadcasts only in digital.
- Oldies are out once again at WOMC FM 104.3 - the station now ID's itself simply as 104.3 WOMC, Detroit's Greatest Hits. The station's musical selections now heavily feature pop/rock songs from the 1970s and 1980s along with classic 1960's songs from the biggest artists of that decade.
- Deminski and Doyle at classic rock WCSX FM 94.7 have had their morning air shift trimmed back an hour; their mostly-talk fest now wraps at 9 a.m. instead of 10 when the station shifts back into mostly-music mode.
Michigan Radio (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR) staff honored for News Excellence
Staff from Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, were recognized with several awards from the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for news coverage in 2008. Among these were three first place awards, three second place awards, and two third place awards, which were presented at a banquet on April 15 in Troy. In addition to the awards for news coverage, Michigan Radio's Dustin Dwyer was honored as a Finalist for Young Journalist of the Year.
Michigan Radio received SPJ Awards for broadcast journalism in the following categories: Features Reporting, News Special/Documentary, Investigative Reporting, General News Reporting, Newscast, and Spot or Breaking News Reporting.
The judges-- the Chicago, Minnesota and North Central Florida professional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists--enthusiastically praised the winning entries. They commented that, in general, "Michigan Radio has some of the most listenable and professional newscasts in the country. They are a joy to listen to and the reporting is superb."
Of Jennifer Guerra's Northern Arts Series, First Place in Features Reporting, judges noted that this "inspired and diverse series of feature stories" is "what feature radio reporting should be." The SPJ judges also praised "Foreclosing on the American Dream" on "tackling a formidable subject in a moving, instructional way."
The Detroit SPJ Chapter presents Excellence in Media awards annually for outstanding news reporting and analysis in local publications, broadcast, and new electronic media. This year's contest received 325 entries from Detroit area newspapers, magazines, and broadcast outlets. All of these entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2008.
Bo Money Exits Radio One/Detroit: ALL ACCESS has just learned that RADIO ONE DETROIT Cluster Program Manager BO MONEY is out. BO was overseeing Urban WHTD, Urban AC WDMK and Black Gospel WCHB. Our sources say the economy and declining sales were the reason for the move. No official word on a replacement. (Mon, 4/20)