Sports radio in Toledo will grow by a couple of thousand watts Monday when WLQR-AM 1470 takes over WRWK-FM's spot on the dial, significantly expanding coverage of the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings, and Ohio State. The decision by Cumulus Media Inc. will give local sports radio two homes - the same programs will air simultaneously on 1470 and WRWK's 106.5 niche on the FM dial - and a coverage area that goes as far north as Hillsdale, Michigan, and as far south as Findlay. Norm Wamer, program director for WLQR, said the decision to eliminate the FM station's modern rock format in exchange for sports is aimed at the prime demographic of men between the ages of 25 and 54... It's a 2-for-1 'Ticket' with FM simulcast (Wed, 6/17)
Michigan Radio launches Facing the Mortgage Crisis
Every day, more and more families throughout Southeast Michigan are losing their homes to mortgage foreclosure. There were over 100,000 homes affected by mortgage delinquency or foreclosure in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties in 2008, and that number is expected to exceed 150,000 in 2009. A majority of those facing foreclosure are not seeking assistance because they are often unaware of the resources available to them.
In response to the mounting crisis, Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 / WFUM-FM 91.1 / WVGR-FM 104.1) is launching "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," a community engagement initiative designed to connect area residents to trusted foreclosure prevention resources that can help. The station received a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to fund this initiative, which will consist of on-air reports, special shows, town hall meetings, and information about how we as a society can cope with the foreclosure crisis.
As part of "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," Michigan Radio and its partner, Detroit Public TV, will feature special programs and reports looking at how the foreclosure crisis has affected Michigan as a state, and Southeast Michigan in particular. Michigan Radio's upcoming programming will examine why this crisis has hit Michigan particularly hard and provide residents with information on managing mortgage issues.
Michigan Radio is partnering with several other community organizations to help provide the community with resources on how to prevent and deal with foreclosure. Among them are the United Way of Southeast Michigan 211, Wayne County Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program, and the Metro Net Library Consortium, which will host town hall events around metro Detroit.
As part of this initiative, Michigan Radio and Detroit Public TV have created a special website that will feature resources for those facing foreclosure, information from partner organizations, up-to-date program details, and opportunities for the public to provide feedback on how the foreclosure crisis is affecting them. This website can be accessed at: www.facingthemortgagecrisis.org.
"Facing the Mortgage Crisis" is part of a national project spearheaded by KETC, a public television station based in St. Louis, MO, as well as a part of CPB's Public Service Media Economic Response Initiative.
Michigan Chapter of National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awards Emmys
Check out the complete list of Michigan Emmy award winners on the NATAS Michigan web site at www.mi-nta.org. Congratulations to all the winners.
WVMV's Zonjic set to release new CD
Flutist and Windsor native Alexander Zonjic tips his hat to his adopted city of Detroit on Doin' The D, his new album set for worldwide release on June 23 on Heads Up International, a division of Concord Music Group.
Doin' The D takes its title from a catchphrase that's common to residents of the greater Detroit area. To "do the D" is to spend an evening or a weekend checking out the various cultural and entertainment attractions offered by a city rich with musical history and cultural diversity.
"Detroit and its people embraced me on a profound level many, many years ago, and they're the main reason that I've had such a great career," says Zonjic.
Other local nods include the powerful crescendos of The Motor City Horns on one album track and a song titled "River Raisin Nights" takes its name from the River Raisin Jazz Festival that Zonjic produces each August.
The album also features guest appearances by saxophonist Kenny G, who rarely ever plays on other artists' albums, Special EFX guitarist Chieli Minucci, vocalist Maysa and many others. Longtime collaborators Jeff Lorber and Bob James make substantial contributions to Doin' The D.
"It's always interesting when a new record starts coming together," says Zonjic. "I basically throw an invitation out to all my music buddies and wonder how many of them will come to the party."
In addition to being a recording artist and performer of international stature, Zonjic plays numerous roles in Detroit's music and entertainment scene. He is morning drive-time personality on Smooth Jazz V98.7 (WVMV-FM), artistic director of several summer music festivals, year-round concert promoter, restaurateur (Seldom Blues Jazz Supper Club) and more.
"Obviously, the city is going through its share of tough times right now - like so many other cities. But I continue to appreciate everything "The D" has done for my career, and I will always support it."
CBC Gets Windsor AM-to-FM Move Approved: The CBC has been granted a new FM frequency at 97.5 FM in WINDSOR, ON by the CRTC to replace its RADIO ONE outlet there, CBE-A. The station will run 3,200 watts average ERP (19,000 watts at 130.1 meters) and will be accompanied by a second transmitter at 91.5 FM in LEAMINGTON. (Wed, 6/17)