Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Apr. 21, 2009




And more tweaking

Looks like another morning show has lost its 9-10 a.m. hour as Dick Purtan and Purtan's People heard on WOMC 104.3 now sign off at 9 in favor of a long music set that this morning lasted about 45 minutes without a break. On Monday, WCSX's Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle also had their last hour replaced by music.



This week's Tigers Weekly devoted to Mark Fidrych

FOX Sports Detroit series Tigers Weekly, Remembering "The Bird", is scheduled to premiere Friday April 24th at 7 pm on FOX Sports Detroit Plus, and will also air Saturday at 11:30 am on FOX Sports Detroit. There will be additional airings of the program on Fox Sports Detroit on Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., Monday at 2 p.m., and Tuesday at 11 a.m.

This special edition of Tigers Weekly will focus on the memory of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the former Tigers pitcher who died April 13 at the age of 54. The show chronicles Fidrych's brief but memorable career, including how he became a box office attraction in his rookie season of 1976. Also shown are some of FOX Sports Detroit's interviews with Fidrych, as well as recollections about "The Bird" from teammates, media members, and fans.



Michigan Radio's (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR) audience reaches record levels

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, reports it has reached a record level in terms of weekly listening audience. According to data recently released from the Fall, 2008 Arbitron National Regional Database, the station now has a statewide weekly cumulative audience of 513,600 listeners per week.

This marks the largest audience in the history of the station, which also has the biggest cumulative audience of any public radio station in the state. Previously, the station's largest total audience was 457,800 listeners, measured in fall 2006. Michigan Radio is the most listened to NPR station in the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, and Grand Rapids markets, and the most listened to radio station of any kind (public or commercial) in the Ann Arbor market.

Michigan Radio's audience growth reflects a trend that many public radio stations across the country have been experiencing. The number of weekly listeners nationwide for all NPR programming reached a record in 2008 with 23.6 million people tuning in each week. This marks a 95% increase in audience that NPR has experienced since 1998.

Michigan Radio's audience numbers are from the Fall, 2008 Arbitron National Regional Database. Measurements are based on persons age 12+, tuning in Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to midnight. These ratings measure the number of unduplicated listeners across all of the markets that Michigan Radio serves.

Over the weekend, CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT hosted a "PROM DRESS DRIVE" collecting donations of over 1,300 new and gently used dresses for area girls in need. WDVD will open the "PROJECT PROM PRINCESS BOUTIQUE" for young women to select a dress and a piece of jewelry. (Tue, 4/21)







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