Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 7, 2009




WRIF Settles On New On-Air Lineup: GREATER MEDIA Active Rocker WRIF/DETROIT announces a new on-air lineup. ANNE CARLINI gets the official nod for middays 10a-3p, replacing DOUG PODELL who was promoted to Dir./Rock Programming late 2008. Former night guy MELTDOWN takes on 3-7p while longtime staffer SCOTT RANDALL lands full-time status at 7p-midnight. "We are very excited to announce the new full-time lineup featuring our top-notch on-air talent at WRIF," said WRIF PD MARK PENNINGTON. "It's a privilege to have a passionate group of individuals who have such an outstanding history with the station." (Thu, 5/7)

Paula Opens Up With Mojo: "American Idol" judge PAULA ABDUL opened up exclusively to CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT's MOJO In The Morning show on THURSDAY morning about her personal life, "American Idol" and her music career. In her first interview since publicly admitting that she was battling an addiction to painkillers, ABDUL cleared the air saying her quotes in the JUNE issue of LADIES HOME JOURNAL were taken out of context. Listen to PAULA address rumors of rehab, in-fighting on the "American Idol" set and whether she will return for another season of the talent show here. (Thu, 5/7)



Detroit Free Press:

The caller's name was Tommy. "Tommy Lee?" the guy on the radio said. "I wish, dude," the caller said. "I think we've all wished we've been there." This was "Mike in the Morning" on WRIF-FM (101.1), but this wasn't host Mike Clark fantasizing with a fan about being the drummer for Motley Crue (and the ex-husband of Pamela Anderson). This was Lions coach Jim Schwartz, who came ready to rock 'n' roll as an in-studio guest Wednesday. Schwartz isn't your typical NFL coach. He's young, only 42. He's witty and aware of the world outside of football. He has an economics degree from Georgetown, but that doesn't make him a nerd. In about a 90-minute appearance on the rock station, he showed he's willing to ditch the usual coach speak and unplug in public. He was unafraid to tell an edgy joke or make fun of himself... Jim Schwartz shares his love of heavy metal on radio (Thu, 5/7)



Lions fans have been banging their heads for years, if not decades. So has their new coach, it turns out. Jim Schwartz showed his true colors as a devoted heavy metal rocker Wednesday, letting his hair down in a 90-minute studio appearance on the "Mike in the Morning" show on WRIF (101.1). "Oh, man, I had one of the original mullets -- 1984 or so," Schwartz, 42, told host Mike Clark. "I spent a lot of money on hair gel. And I tell you what, I had a lot of sore neck from head-banging, too. "Your little cheesy moustache you grew in high school when you can't grow one? Yeah, that was me." And refreshingly, it still is... Jim Schwartz on a roll during radio gig on rock station (Thu, 5/7)







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