Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 13, 2009




Southfield-based Birach Broadcasting expanding roster of Michigan AM stations

Michigan Catholic Radio (listed under the owner 1090 Investments, LLC) is selling its two AM stations for $1.025 million to Birach Broadcasting. Included in the deal is Michigan Catholic Radio's main outlet, WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit, along with the silent WOAP AM 1080 Owosso. WOAP has a construction permit to move to the Lansing area.

In Michigan Birach also owns AM outlets WNZK 690/680 Detroit, WCXI 1160 Fenton, WPON 1460 Walled Lake, WSDS 1480 Ypsilanti, and Grand Rapids' WMFN 64 and WMJH 810.



WXYZ-TV to celebrate its 30th annual 'Brightest & Best' salute to high school seniors May 16

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, will pay tribute to over 250 high school seniors from throughout Southeast Michigan at a special picnic in the 30th annual celebration of the "Brightest & Best" on Saturday, May 16th.

Since 1980, the station has honored graduating seniors from public and private schools who have demonstrated excellence in academic, extracurricular and community pursuits. The program has recognized over 7,500 high school seniors in its 30-year history, making it the longest-running program of its kind in the Detroit market.

WXYZ-TV will host the "Brightest & Best" picnic on the grounds of Broadcast House on Saturday, May 16th in Southfield. During this event, which recognizes the achievements of these outstanding students, promotional spots will be taped featuring students and Channel 7 personalities. These promotional announcements will air on the station throughout the summer months.



C & G Newspapers:

Detroiters smiling in front of local landmarks. Mothers cradling cherubic infants. Beaming brides and grooms. Entire families arranged around kitchen tables. The images of more than 4,000 people, all affected -- directly or indirectly -- by the fate of the domestic auto industry, appear on the "Faces Not Numbers" banner unveiled by WCSX 94.7-FM in Sterling Heights May 12. With the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant as a backdrop, dozens of volunteers lined up along Van Dyke to help morning show hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle publicly unfurl the enormous photo mural for the first time. Printed by Stahls' ID Direct, it stretched about 100 feet long and weighed in at more than 75 pounds. "It was just stunning, the way it turned out," said Doyle. "To say it exceeded expectations is an understatement." Deminski emphasized that the banner wasn't intended to serve as a petition or demand any particular action from the government. It was merely a way to, in a sense, force officials to look affected Americans in the eye before making further decisions about the industry's future, and help empower everyday citizens who otherwise felt "invisible," he said... Radio hosts reveal 'Faces Not Numbers' banner at Chrysler plant (Wed, 5/13)



WXYZ-TV, WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV videos cover D&D banner unveiling

* WJBK: 'Faces Not Numbers' Banner Unfurled (Tue, 5/12)

* WDIV: 'Faces Not Numbers' Banner Unveiled (Tue, 5/12)

* WXYZ: Banner Shows Human Cost of Auto Crisis (Tue, 5/12)



WRCJ airing MOT production of Carmen live this evening

This evening beginning at 7 p.m., classical/jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 will broadcast a live performance of Bizet's Carmen by the Michigan Opera Theatre. Dave Wagner and Wallace Peace will co-host the event.



Detroit News:

At a Judiciary Committee markup today, Rep. John Conyers proposed reducing new performer fees and delaying enactment of parts of a controversial bill to try to ensure it doesn't threaten the survival of small radio stations. The Performance Rights Act -- which Conyers, the Detroit Democrat who chairs the Judiciary Committee, called one of his top priorities -- is sparking a noon "Save Black Radio" protest by African-American radio stations at his Detroit offices. Branding the new fee a "tax," they argue it could destroy small broadcasters, including minority and women-owned stations that provide valuable diversity on the airwaves... Conyers makes changes to radio fees bill; protest planned (Wed, 5/13)







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