Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 18, 2009




Crazy Al saying goodbye

Crazy Al and Larry Matthews will be air their final live shows on WPON AM 1460 Pontiac the week of Sept. 21-25, from 8am to 10 am live. The final show will air on Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 am live. Listeners who know and love them are encouraged to call 1.866.9.oldies that week and/or email them at or The new show will be a classical/inspirational talk show for business that can be heard by going to or ITunes, talk, WVSN Visionary Radio.



Detour radio show takes a detour of its own

The Detour Radio Show is moving from its former home at WRDT AM 560 Monroe/Detroit to WDTR FM 88.1 Monroe (Smile FM). The program can be heard Saturday nights at 9 p.m.

From the program's Myspace: When you hear the word 'Detour', what do you think of? Road closed ahead, bridge out, a safe way to get around danger ahead? At The Detour Radio Program, our aim is just that. On today's radio airwaves, there is a lot of negative stuff out there. Bad lyrics, bad hosts, bad commercials, all promoting the wrong behaviors. We aim to change that in our radio program. Positive, local music with the youth's taste in mind, call in time to discuss issues, and just a great program to listen to, instead of all the trash out there. So what are you waiting for? Tune in!

Dale Baker and Pastor Joe Kimbrough are the program's primary hosts. Visit Detour Radio Show's web site at or



John Smyntek breaks down August radio ratings

No one can analyze radio ratings as well as YourNews Detroit's John Smyntek and he's at it again looking at August's numbers. Go to, then enter a zip code from Wayne, Macomb or Oakland county (48093 for example), click on the Entertainment menu bar, then Sminty's Snark Central to check it out.



WXYZ Channel 7 news director exits

Scripps Howard ABC affiliate WXYZ TV 7 Detroit has parted way with now former news director Andrea Parquet-Taylor who had been with the station in that role for most of the 2000s. A search for her successor is underway.



Detroit News:

WADL-TV announced today that it is pulling "Sixty Seconds with the Mayor" following complaints that Mayor Dave Bing was receiving free air time before the Nov. 3 election. Lewis Gibbs, the president of WADL-TV (Channel 38), told The Detroit News that it will resume the unfettered 60-second slot for whoever wins the election between Bing and Tom Barrow. The station had considered giving Barrow equal time, Gibbs said, but decided it was more prudent to stop airing the spots in which the mayor speaks about issues facing the city... Complaints prompt TV station to yank Bing from air (Fri, 9/18)



CKWW helping to wind down summer

As we head in to the last official weekend of summer, AM 580 is keeping the sounds of summer going with a "Summer Songs Weekend". Throughout the weekend the station will spotlight some of the best "summer oldies" from the 50's, 60's and 70's. From the Beach Boys to Stevie Wonder, the sounds of summer will be heard on Detroit's Station for Great Fun and Great Oldies, AM 580.



Where are they now?

Former WOMC afternoon drive jock Ted "the Bear" Richards, who was exited the station last April, is now working at WVCO 94.9 The Surf in Myrtle Beach, SC. Richards loved being back in Detroit while it lasted, but is now closer to his mother and kids. "Instead of walking the dog in ice and in snow, I'll be walking her and Mrs. Bear on the shore in sand," Ted reports.

Check out the surf at







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