Radio One names new bosses for Detroit stations
Maybe in honor of Earth Day, Radio One has announced that it will be conserving (human) resources and programming its Detroit stations with folks located in other cities. John Candelaria, who is based in Dallas, is the new PD at urban WHTD-FM 102.7 and Brian Wallace will handle the same duties at adult urban WDMK-FM 105.9 from Indianapolis. The appointments fill the vacancies created when former Detroit-based operations manager Bo Money was downsized last week.
Put together the staff of a top-rated morning show and their audience of listeners -- more than a million people, on and off, in southeastern Michigan -- and you have quite an army. Mojo and Spike from Channel 95.5's Mojo in the Morning show resolved to tap into that human army to do some good in the hard-hit region. A year ago, Mojo and Spike started to talk about what they could do to help the city where they've been on the air for nine years. "It was like, we're No. 1 now, how can we use our power for good, not evil?" Spike said. Putting on yet another radiothon in a city dominated by several successful ones didn't seem to fit. "People are just barely getting by right now, wondering if they're the next person who might need charity," Spike said Tuesday. "But everybody has the opportunity to donate time. In fact, a lot of the people who were laid off are looking for something to do. And it will build up good karma for them." Here's the way it works: Mojo, Spike and the 95.5 morning show staff list events at timeteam.com where they need volunteers. Listeners sign up for the event, day and time they can show up. Once enough volunteers are signed up, that event is closed out and listeners are invited to sign up for something else. Mojo, Spike and their morning show cohorts are doing Time Team on their own, but with the blessing of their radio station employers... Join 99.5's Mojo as a Time Team volunteer (Wed, 4/22)
WJR to air Detroit mayoral debate
WJR AM 760 will cover the mayoral debate between Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. and Dave Bing live tomorrow beginning at 8pm. WJR's Lloyd Jackson will be a featured panelist in this debate.
Michigan Radio special to explore efforts to transform Michigan's economy
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, will be broadcasting a special live call-in show on Friday, April 24, that explores the ways Detroit and Michigan can redefine its economy during hard times and adapt to the demands of a new era.
"Remaking Michigan", which airs Friday at 1 pm, will complement a series of reports from NPR's Morning Edition. All this week, Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep is in Detroit reporting on the people and companies that have been striving to transform the city's economy amidst the recession and the decline of the American automotive industry. The economic downturn and the recent changes in the auto industry have resulted in high statewide unemployment and the loss of 400,000 jobs since 2000. With host pieces, interviews and reports from local Michigan reporters, Morning Edition is telling stories about Detroiters and Michiganders who are adapting to these changes: people imagining a city and state that might emerge from this economic crisis stronger, and smarter.
"Remaking Michigan" will expand on Morning Edition's coverage by approaching the same issues from a local and statewide perspective. Michigan Radio's Charity Nebbe will host the program, which will feature highlights from Morning Edition's series, interviews with Michigan's economic experts, and a live call-in portion to address listeners' questions and comments. These segments will examine how Michigan's economic challenges are affecting Detroit and the state as a whole. Michigan Radio will also explore how Michigan has been transformed so far, whether it has begun to recover, and how the nation has perceived its troubles throughout this crisis.
Radio and TV categories voted on included: Best radio music show, Best Radio Show / Best Radio Personality, Best Radio News, Best TV News, Best Local Activist... Best of Detroit Public Square - Reader Picks (Wed, 4/22)
Best TV hair, Best radio pipes we may never hear again, Best thing to happen to public radio since ... well we can't remember when... Best of Detroit Public Square - Staff Picks (Wed, 4/22)
Best Hot News Anchor: Carmen Harlan (Wed, 4/22)