Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 15, 2009




Hockeytown loves its Red Wings

For the second consecutive home game during the just-completed Detroit Red Wings - Anaheim Ducks second round hockey playoff series, Fox Sports Detroit set a new high water mark for the most-watched sports event ever on the network.

Last night's Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals drew a 17.5 rating and 29 share in the Detroit area. Prior to yesterday, the game that had been the most-watched was Sunday's Game 5 which at the time set a record with a 17.1 rating.

TV coverage for the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks will be on a combination of NBC (WDIV-TV 4 in Detroit) and the Versus cable network.



Detroit News:

Duke Fakir is ticked off. The suave Fakir, a founding member of Motown's legendary Four Tops, is always so cheerful that it's hard to tell, but the singer is more than a little annoyed at what he terms as "misinformation" coming from corporate radio executives on the subject of the Performance Rights Act sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit. "There has been misinformation, particularly in Detroit, coming from (Radio One CEO) Cathy Hughes, that this is some sort of tax," Fakir says. "It's not a tax, it's something that's long overdue." The bill would require all American AM and FM radio stations to pay recording artists. Radio One's Hughes has argued that the bill would put a financial burden on black-owned radio stations and even "kill" black radio. Currently in the United States, only satellite radio, Internet radio and cable pay a performers' fee. On Wednesday, the bill passed the House Judiciary Committee, which Conyers chairs. The bill now moves to the full House for a vote. The Senate has a companion bill pending action... Performers deserve royalties, Duke Fakir says (Fri, 5/15)







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