Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct. 6, 2009




Detroit News:

As radio wars go, this one is hot. Radio titans CBS Radio and Clear Channel are fighting it out in Detroit over a coveted audience of 18- to 34-year-olds who want to hear "contemporary hits," and over the weekend it ended up literally in the street, as CBS Radio Detroit staffers tried to "take over" several Channel 95.5 events, covering a 95.5 van parked outside the Emerald Theater in Mount Clemens with shrink wrap and 98.7 stickers on Friday night. After a 14-year run of smooth jazz, at 8 a.m. Monday CBS Radio "flipped" the format of its Detroit smooth jazz station WVMV-FM, 98.7, to "98.7 AMP Radio," a contemporary hits format it launched this year in Los Angeles and New York... Station's new format heats up radio war (Tue, 10/6)


The Michigan-Michigan State game is over, but the rivalry could heat up even more after Spartans coach Mark Dantonio's emotional exchange Monday with a Detroit radio host. Apparently Paul W. Smith of WJR got Dantonio agitated when the self-proclaimed Michigan fan shared his late game observation of MSU's 26-20 overtime victory on Saturday. Smith told Dantonio in an on-air interview that his fans appeared to have that "Oh no, here we go again" look on their faces when his team lost a 14-point fourth quarter lead. Dantonio's response: "Well Paul, hold on a second, Paul, hold on a second, because the look I saw on Michigan's faces was 'Oh, no, the Spartans beat us again'"... Dantonio defends Spartans in radio spat (Tue, 10/6)



Detroit Free Press:

Michigan week and the days following the game seem to bring out the feistier side of Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio. During an interview on WJR-AM (760) with Paul W. Smith and Steve Courtney today, Dantonio got a bit testy when he thought Smith focused more on U-M's comeback from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit than MSU's effort to win the game, 26-20, in overtime. "This is the way you expected it, didn't you, Coach?" Smith opened... MSU's Dantonio peeved about radio interviewers' focus on U-M (Mon, 10/5)



Broadcasting & Cable:

t's hard to overstate just how rough things are in Detroit: the 29% unemployment rate, the increasingly barren stretches, the NFL squad that went the whole of 2008 without a win. Most troubling was the ignominious collapse of the city's famed auto industry earlier this year. "We've been eyewitnesses to the economic crisis," says WDIV VP/General Manager Marla Drutz. General managers in the No. 11 DMA say 2010 looks to be a lot better. Civic projects backed by stimulus money are popping up, some automotive plants are hiring, the local alternative energy industry is growing, and a governor's race will kick cash to station coffers. A sense of optimism rises above the misery, some of it fueled by press about the city's plans to rebound... Market Eye: Jump-Starting Motown (Mon, 10/5)







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