Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Apr. 6, 2009




WCSX morning duo Deminski & Doyle need your photo

D&D have launched the "Faces Not Numbers" project at their new WCSX home and are trying to collect as many photos as possible of Michigan families that have been impacted by the struggling auto industry. Production line workers, parts suppliers, even restaurant employees and retailers who've been hurt by the auto industry crisis, are being asked to send the morning hosts their family photos which will then be turned into one long banner and presented to lawmakers in Washington D.C. as "a stark reminder of the human toll" of the economic crisis impacting America's automobile business.

"Numbers can make politicians and the rest of Americans forget that these are real people with real families who will be forever changed by what comes next in the troubled auto industry," said Deminski. "We're putting faces to the numbers as a reminder of that."

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Michigan Radio Completes Successful Spring Membership Drive

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished a very successful spring membership drive last Friday at 7:30 p.m. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from March 27- April 3, generated over 6400 pledges totaling more than $620,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Of that, nearly 2900 pledges came from first time donors to the station, resulting in a 50% increase in new donors compared to last spring's drive.

Overall, the spring 2009 membership drive's success amounts to a five percent increase in total dollars pledges over last spring's campaign. The station also continues to see an increase in donors contributing online, with 30% of all pledges coming through the station's website, compared to 23% in spring, 2008.

In addition to the financial donations, the station also received contributions from 21 food donors and the services of over 300 volunteers who helped in answering phones. The money raised during the membership drive helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the station's single largest source of income.

The success of this membership drive is particularly noteworthy since Michigan Radio continued the innovative approach it introduced during the fall 2008 membership drive and actually decreased the amount of on-air fundraising hours. In fact, Michigan Radio reduced the number of active fundraising hours by more than 20% compared to last spring's membership drive and eliminated fundraising breaks entirely during many weekday and weekend programs. The station made this change in response to listener requests to reduce the amount of on-air fundraising.

"In light of the current economic challenges in our state, we are so appreciative of the support we continue to receive from our members," says Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "Despite the changing media landscape, our listeners continue to affirm the value they place on public radio and the service we provide."

Michigan Radio is an NPR news station and the state's most listened-to public radio service, attracting approximately 450,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan. Michigan Radio serves Detroit and southeast Michigan at 91.7 FM, west Michigan at 104.1 FM, and 91.1 FM in the Flint area. Michigan Radio is a service of Michigan Public Media.



WJR's Frank Beckmann Show to broadcast from Detroit Opera House for Tigers Opening Day

Listeners are invited to stop by the Cadillac Café at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway in Detroit, directly across the street from Comerica Park on Friday, April 10, 2009 from 9am - Noon to check out a live broadcast of the Frank Beckmann Show as the Detroit Tigers 2009 home campaign gets started.



Detroit News:

Controversial City Council President Monica Conyers is getting into the talk show business. On Tuesday, "Ask the Councilwoman With Monica Conyers" debuts on WHPR-TV (Channel 33) from 3:30-4 p.m. It will be filmed at the station's studios in Highland Park, the same day the council has its weekly sessions. Conyers, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, will interview guests, offer two minutes of commentary and take calls from the public. She's hoping her first show will feature interviews with Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. as well as his mayoral opponent, businessman Dave Bing. Neither has confirmed... Council president Conyers to debut TV talk show Tuesday (Mon, 4/6)

WMGC Presents 'The Magic 80's Prom': GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT presents "THE MAGIC '80s PROM" on SATURDAY (4/11) at the ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE hosted by JIM HARPER and THE MAGIC on-air staff. DETROIT's newest '80s female-fronted tribute act, THE SQUARE PEGZ will be performing hits from the era. In between sets, VJ CHOOCH will show favorite '80s music videos. In addition, MICHAEL ANGELO SALON will be on hand to style guests hair for the occasion, along with '80s video games. The grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to see GREASE at the FISHER THEATRE, and a chance to meet AMERICAN IDOL and lead character TAYLOR HICKS. (Mon, 4/6)

WMUZ/Detroit To Stimulate The Local Economy: CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Christian AC WMUZ (103.5 THE LIGHT)/DETROIT is working to stimulate the economy in metro DETROIT with "REVIVAL ON WHEELS." The focus of the campaign is to give reasons for buying a car in DETROIT during this current economy. PSAs voiced by government officials, dealership and union leaders, autoworkers and lending institutions will help this grassroots effort to touch the lives of listeners who may be intimidated at this time to go out and purchase a car. Already committed to the effort is CHEVROLET GM ED PEPPERS, UAW President RON GETTELFINGER, U.S. Representative THADDEUS McCOTTER, OAKLAND COUNTY Executive L. BROOKS PATTERSON and prominent attorney NORMAN YATOOMA of NORMAN YATOOMA AND ASSOCIATES. "REVIVAL ON WHEELS helps WMUZ to demonstrate true religion by being good citizens and taking the initiative to help turn our economy around," said GM FRANK FRANCIOSI. "In some ways, our troubled economy is more psychological and if we can motivate our listeners to make a smart automobile purchase, then we can really help make a difference in our local economy." (Mon, 4/6)







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