Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Aug. 14, 2009




Detroit News:

Radio host Mildred Gaddis briefly interrupted her morning program today and called the police when a fellow Radio One host with whom she's been feuding entered the station. Police were called to the studios of WHCB (AM 1200) on Franklin near East Jefferson about 6:55 a.m. after staffers complained that an unauthorized person was in the building, said police spokesman John Roach. A squad car was dispatched, but the person -- identified as disc jockey Reggie Reg Davis -- was gone. Roach said he's unsure whether charges will be sought. Davis, who cited a spat with Gaddis as one of the reasons he planned to quit today at Hot 102.7 (WHTD-FM), said he entered the station about 6:45 a.m. to collect his things. He said Gaddis -- who can see anyone walking through the security door -- asked her staff to phone police. Gospel music played when her show went off the air... Radio boss: We support Mildred Gaddis in Reggie Reg feud (Fri, 8/14)


Reggie Reg Davis, afternoon drive host on Hot 102.7 (WHTD-FM), says he's leaving his job on the popular station today so he's free to run for the city's charter commission. Davis charges that a long-running feud with a Radio One colleague, WCHB-AM (1200) morning show host Mildred Gaddis, is the main reason he's walking away from his high-profile job. The hip-hop jock initially had permission from his corporate Radio One bosses to run for the nine-person commission that will revise the city's charter, but he agreed to stop campaigning for the spot in July after management told him it was a conflict of interest... Deejay blames exit on feud with fellow jock Mildred Gaddis (Fri, 8/14)



Detroit Free Press:

James Steven dreamed of becoming a big-time sports radio personality. A former reporter/producer at WDFN-AM (1130), Mr. Steven died Monday of heart failure at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor. The Dearborn Heights resident was 28. "Ever since he was a boy, he dreamed of working in sports radio," said his mother, Patricia Steven. "His ultimate dream job was to become the announcer for University of Michigan football." He was hired as an intern at the radio station in 2004. Coworkers said he was a quick study and eventually worked his way up to handling studio productions of Detroit Pistons basketball games and Detroit Lions football postgame shows... James Steven: He had a passion for sports radio (Fri, 8/14)



Ryan Rides again at 2009 Woodward Dream Cruise

As millions of car buffs assemble down Detroit's Woodward Avenue this weekend for the annual 104.3 WOMC Woodward Dream Cruise, radio fans will hear a familiar voice as Detroit Radio veteran Tom Ryan returns to the airwaves for the cruise with longtime partner "Matinee" Mindy Markowitz.

"Tom has such a great history with the cruise and the radio station it was just absolutely necessary to have him be a part of this year's Cruise and the 104.3 WOMC family", said WOMC VP/General Manager Debbie Kenyon. WOMC Program Director Tim Roberts added, "Tom's knowledge and experience with the Cruise, knowledge of Detroit's Greatest Hits is basically unparalleled in the city. Cruise fans will really enjoy Tom and Mindy's broadcast from 11-1 Saturday from Memorial Park in Royal Oak as they can really add the sense of history and depth to our event."

Tom Ryan was born and raised in Detroit....attended St. Gregory High School and University of Detroit, and started at WOMC June 25, 1984 as the morning show host. Tom moved to afternoons on January 8, 1990 when he teamed up with Mindy Markowitz for "Ridin' Home With Ryan."

Tom began his radio career in 1964 at WKNR and also was well known on television as hosting a local children's show on WKBD, "The Captain Detroit Show" and starred as Count Scary and Sgt. Sacto.

Ryan won three "Big Mac" radio awards in the Detroit News as well as the "Tower" award for outstanding alumni from the University of Detroit.

The Catholic Youth Organization named Tom Ryan Outstanding Citizen in 1993. Tom works closely with the National Kidney Foundation (he gave his wife a kidney in October, 1999) and he won an Emmy Award for his work on the Dick Purtan Comedy Special.

Tom's also the Public Address Announcer for the University of Detroit Basketball games for the past 30 plus years.



CKWW hosting Cruising Woodstock Weekend

This weekend, AM 580 is celebrating two great events with a "Cruising Woodstock Weekend", playing the best "cruising" music to take along to the Dream Cruise as well as marking this weekend's 40th Anniversary of Woodstock. AM 580 is the place to hear real cruisin' Oldies on AM--where they were originally heard! Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the songs you cruised Woodward Avenue to back in the day. AM 580 revs up the 50's and 60's hits this weekend.

Also, 40 years ago this weekend nearly 500,000 people gathered in upstate New York for a festival billed as "3 Days of Peace & Music", and it turned into one of the greatest moments in music history. AM 580 will be playing music from the artists who performed that memorable weekend including some of their live performances from the concert. Artists such as Sly & The Family Stone, Janis Joplin, Santana, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Who and many more.

This Sunday morning at 11 AM CKWW will air the 2-hour radio special "Woodstock 40 Years On: Back to Yagur's Farm". You also can also enter to win "Woodstock Prize Packs" featuring Woodstock CD's and more by logging on to







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