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Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 1, 2009



WADL-TV 38 to air second Detroit mayoral debate live on January 7

The second in a series of highly talked about debates between candidates to become Detroit's mayor is scheduled to take place Wednesday, January 7th 2009 at 8:00PM.

WADL TV 38 will air the event live, following through on a pledge to give all candidates who want the opportunity a forum to debate. The candidates scheduled for round two of one of Detroit's most talked about elections are D. Etta Wilcoxon, Coleman Young II, Stanley Christmas, and Rev. Nicholas Hood III. Sharon McPhail was also invited to this event, but has declined to participate.

The panel for the debate will include Nolan Finley, Editorial Editor for the Detroit News, Stephen Henderson, Editorial Editor for The Detroit Free Press, and Moderator Dayna Clark, News Anchor for WJR AM 760.




The Christmas fare on WNIC during December easily lifted the station to the top of the December 2008 official portable people meter radio ratings from Arbitron. The station easily outdistanced every other competitor in both total number of listeners and in ratings share.

Age 12+ ratings chart.



Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit is one of the four latest radio markets to measure listenership by portable meters rather than the traditional diary method, according to Arbitron Inc. ... The audience ratings estimates, done monthly rather than four times a year under the previous handwritten method, are used to determine how many people are listening to a particular station in a market, and Arbitron-subscribing stations, advertisers and ad agencies use the results to determine commercial rates... Arbitron switches to portable meters for Detroit radio ratings (Wed, 12/31)


Jerry Martin, chief engineer of WKNR AM 1310 and the early WNIC-FM 100.3 Detroit, passed away yesterday morning at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn. He will be at the Voran Funeral home in Allen Park from 1-9 pm Friday, January 2nd with services on Saturday at 10 am.

Jerry MartinJerrold L. Martin was born December 29, 1916 in Franklin, Minnesota. After graduating high school in Elbow, Minnesota, in 1938 Mr. Martin moved to Detroit and found a job at Kroger. Radio was a hobby and during World War II Jerry became employed at the Willow Run bomber plant as a pre-flight test radio technician. After the war when the Willow Run plant closed, Martin was hired at the Briggs Meldrum plant in Detroit assembling Packard car bodies.

In December 1946, Jerry was hired by Suburban Broadcaster as a radio engineer where he assisted with the construction of WKMH AM 1310 Dearborn and turned the switch on for the first day of broadcasting.

Also in 1946, he married Bernice Maczorowski and together they had one son, Jerrold Jr., who passed away in 1997. Bernice predeceased Jerry in 2002.

Jerry would become chief engineer of WKMH in 1947 and eventually Knorr Broadcasting purchased WKMH and changed the call sign to WKNR. Through the years at WKNR, he supervised construction and changes and when Knorr Broadcasting acquired additional stations in Flint, Saginaw, Jackson and Battle Creek, he became vice president of engineering for the group.

WKMH-FM 100.3 was added in 1950. Jerry supervised the installation and construction of what now is the present day transmitting facilities of WNIC-FM.

Another change saw WKNR-AM and WNIC-FM become owned by Renaissance Communications, which also had stations in Milwaukee, WI, Columbus, OH, Rochester, NY and Norfolk, VA. Jerry was appointed as director of engineering for Renaissance.

Jerry retired in September 1985, though continued to do consulting for radio stations. In addition to his engineering duties over the years, he co-authored the operating information for the Emergency Broadcasting System (EBS) and became vice chairman of the EBS for Michigan. Later he served as chairman of the southeast section of the EBS. The system is known today as The Emergency Alert System (EAS).

Jerry Martin was a life member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and a Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer. He received a Carl E. Lee Radio Engineering Award at the 2008 Michigan Association of Broadcasters Conference.

He was a registered member of the Detroit Area Council Boy Scouts of America for 46 years. He was also a member of the advisory board of the Detroit Council and received the Silver Beaver Award, the District Award of Merit, and the Wood Badge. He served in several volunteer positions at the district level including Merit Badge counselor, a Brotherhood Member in the Order of the Arrow, and an Assistant District Commissioner. Jerry had a whole-hearted love and belief in scouting.

In 1997 Jerry and wife Bernice provided funds and an endowment to build a new administration building at the D-A Scout Ranch near Metamora, Michigan dedicated to the memory of their son Jerrold Jr. In 2002 funds were also provided for the flag pole plaza at the Dick and Sandy Dauch Scout Center in Detroit.


Keener13.com reports:

Jerry Martin, the longtime chief engineer for WKMH/WKNR/WNIC passed away on New Year's Eve, two days after his 92nd birthday.

Jerry began his career as a radio engineer in 1946, assisting in the construction of Keener's predecessor, WKMH and holds the distinction of being the second employee hired by Fred Knorr at the station. His many accomplishments through the years include supervising the installation and construction of the present day transmitting facilities of WNIC-FM. Since retiring in 1985, Jerry worked as a consultant and co-authored the operating information for what is now known as the Emergency Action System (EAS). He was a life member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer. Earlier this year, The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Honored Jerry with the Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award.

He built that incredible reverb unit that gave WKNR it's distinctive sound. "The heart of the system was a Hammond spring type reverb system," Jerry commented in December of 2005. "It was about four feet tall and about six to eight inches square. In it I believe there were four pipes each of which encased a spring of various sizes and tensions. The unit had to stand erect since the pipes were filled with oil, which I presume provided a damping efect on the springs. I built an amplifier to drive the springs an then pick up spring output. The audio was fed straight thru and to the reverb system. The reverb audio was then recombined with the straight thru audio, The input and output of the reverb system was controlled to achieve a desired effect.. At the time we had engineers at the transmitter so it was placed there to keep curious fingers from messing with it."

Jerry was a friend and mentor to many, both inside and outside of broadcasting. The engineering fraternity in Detroit came to rely on his experience and judgement. "While the radio business in Detroit was extremely competitive," he once said, "we were always willing to help one another when there were technical issues."

He had a special place in his heart for the Boy Scouts and was an active Scouter throught his life, continuing to volunteer and add value to young lives long after his retirement.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 3, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is coming soon to a TV near you. "Making Music With the DSO With Host Leonard Slatkin" debuts at 5:30 p.m. today on WTVS-TV (Channel 56). Each 30-minute episode in the 13-week series promises to explore a specific theme and is designed to open a window on the world of classical music and the orchestra for general audiences. Slatkin, who began his tenure as music director of the DSO last month, has made outreach a signature of his career, and the series dovetails with many of the priorities he has for building audiences. The programs air at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays... Leonard Slatkin will host series about music on WTVS (Sat, 1/3)

So what did metro Detroiters prefer to watch, the Red Wings playing outdoors in the cold or the Spartans playing in the Florida sunshine? Looks like Hockeytown was really Spartytown on New Year's Day. The Winter Classic hockey game, shown locally on WDIV Channel 4, between the Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks had a 10.5 rating and a 20% share in Detroit. That translates to 203,000 households. During pretty much the same time slot, the Capital One Bowl between MSU and Georgia aired on WXYT Channel 7. It beat out the Wings, drawing a 15.2 rating and a 28.3% share. That's roughly 293,000 households... More Detroit television viewers go Green than Red (Sat, 1/3)



Radio Business Report:

BART (Blacks in Advertising Radio and Television) announced a pending lawsuit against Blair Petry Media and WADL-TV Detroit, which markets itself as an "Urban TV Station". For years, radio and television stations which target African Americans and minorities have endured unspoken discrimination as it relates to national media buys. In the 90's media sales associates were made aware of the NUD (Non Urban Dictate) policy. This policy was implemented by many companies placing large media buys throughout the year that did not want to spend money in urban focused broadcasting. Blair Petry Media and its former CEO Earl Jones, have placed a different spin on servicing minority broadcasters by requesting that WADL TV38 provide them with 1.5 million dollars upfront to ensure the station get a fair share of national dollars placed," said BART in a statement... BART supports WADL-TV management in dispute with Blair Petry Media (Fri, 1/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 5, 2009




D&D Debut In Mornings At WCSX: JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE officially returned from exile at the stroke of midnight JANUARY 1st, and TODAY (1/5) marked the debut of their show on GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT. DEMINSKI and DOYLE, who spent 8 years in afternoons on crosstown CBS RADIO Talk WKRK (LIVE 97.1 FREE FM) and briefly moved to mornings there when the station flipped to Sports as WXYT-F (97.1 THE TICKET), were off the air for a year sitting out a noncompete after failing to reach an agreement on a new deal with CBS. The hosts, who came to DETROIT from Talk WKXW (NEW JERSEY 101.5)/TRENTON, popped on the air live at midnight NEW YEAR'S EVE from a WCSX party at SNOOKERS in UTICA, MI to celebrate the end of their noncompete. TODAY's launch of the WCSX show reunited D&D with sidekick RUDY DESANTIS and traffic reporter NICOLE SALEM; FOX O&O WJBK-TV (FOX 2)/DETROIT reporter JASON CARR, a frequent guest on the show at its old location, has joined the show as sports anchor. (Mon, 1/5)

WDVD 'Stuffs A Bus': During their annual holiday charity drive, CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT received record-breaking contributions from residents of the "MOTOR CITY" during its 3rd annual "STUFF-A-BUS" campaign. WDVD listeners donated more than 15,000 toys to benefit local support agencies with CHRISTMAS gifts for children. The toys and games were distributed to CHILDREN's MIRACLE NETWORK, ORCHARD's CHILDREN SERVICES, NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES ORGANIZATION, RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE, CHILDREN's HOSPITAL, GOD's HELPING HANDS, VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA, LIGHT HOUSE and local churches. (Mon, 1/5)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Rob Parker's post-game press conference question about the family nuptial preferences of Detroit Lions coach Rod Marinelli has led The Detroit News columnist to resign. After the Lions lost 42-7 to the New Orleans Saints on Dec. 21, Parker asked the coach: "On a light note, do you wish your daughter would have married a better defensive coordinator?" Marinelli, who's son-in-law Joe Barry ran the team's defense, ignored the question, but lashed out the following day. Media criticism of Parker quickly mounted and drew short-lived sympathy for the winless Lions. Parker apologized in a column and was reportedly demoted by the newspaper... Detroit News columnist resigns amid media criticism (Tue, 1/6)


Support WDET and see the Auto Show

WDETOne of the things that Detroiters (and people all over the world) have looked forward to for more than 100 years is the North American International Auto Show - and donors making a gift of $100 or more to the station can receive a pair of tickets to this year's show taking place at Cobo Center January 17-25, 2009.

WDET is promising extensive coverage of this year's auto show beginning Sunday, January 11 at 8am. Detroit Today (weekdays 10am-noon), The Back Story (weekdays 3pm-4pm) and All Things Considered (weekdays 4pm-7pm) will all be broadcasting live from Cobo Center January 12-15 and offer in-depth interviews, special reports and features making the news during the show.

Jump to wdetfm.org for details.



WJR's Smith to help celebrate at Boyne Mountain

WJRWJR AM 760's Paul W. Smith Show is scheduled to broadcast live from the Mountain Grand Lodge in celebration of Boyne Mountain's 60th Anniversary tomorrow morning, January 9th, from 5:30 - 9 am. WJR.com has more information.



Zonjic to perform at Detroit Presidential Inaugural Ball

For those who can't travel to Washington, D.C., yet want to celebrate Barack Obama's inauguration in a grand way, a Presidential Inaugural Ball will set sail on the Detroit Princess Riverboat on Tuesday, January 20. The VIP package will include entertainment by jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic & Friends on the enclosed and heated boat.

For $75 general admission tickets and $100 VIP packages, a buffet dinner will be served along with a cash bar, live music, an HDTV telecast of Washington, D.C. parties and souvenir mementos. VIP tickets additionally include Zonjic's performance, an enhanced dinner menu and exclusive souvenir. Zonjic is also morning host at WVMV FM 98.7

A reception begins at 6:00 p.m.; the cruise departs at 7:30 p.m. for a two-hour cruise. . The boat will return to the dock at 9:30 and revelers can continue the party on the boat. Presidential red, white and blue attire is suggested.

To purchase tickets visit www.detroitprincess.com or call (877) 338-2628.


WDIV readies Auto Show coverage

WDIV TV, Local 4, is again the official home of the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). For 2009, exclusive and extensive Local 4 News coverage on-air and on ClickOnDetroit will take viewers where no one else can throughout each day of the Auto Show. The most complete NAIAS coverage anywhere includes live television specials and news broadcast from the exhibit floor, daily news features throughout the media preview week and the public show, and a 2- hour live primetime special from the Charity Preview event.

On Sunday, January 11 starting at 6 a.m., Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker will host Local 4 News live from Cobo Center. As the Car and Truck of the Year are announced and vehicle unveilings begin, Local 4 will take viewers inside with all day coverage on ClickOnDetroit.com. Then, Sunday at 6 p.m., it's an hour-long live Local 4 special. Auto Show All Access: Cars Of The Future, hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian, will highlight the day's most talked about new vehicle unveilings and the winners of Car and Truck of the Year with special reports from Guy Gordon and Rod Meloni.

Then, it's one of Metro-Detroit's most anticipated nights, and the biggest black tie extravaganza in town. Friday, January 16 starting at 7 p.m., Local 4 will take viewers inside the 2009 NAIAS Charity Preview party with a live 2-hour primetime special on a night uses a backdrop of beautiful cars to raise significant donations for local children's charities. 4 From The Floor: The 2009 NAIAS Charity Preview is hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Guy Gordon, Rhonda Walker, Chuck Gaidica and Karen Drew, and will feature special appearances by Michigan native film and recording star Jeff Daniels, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno's own "Ross The Intern", and Late Night host Conan O'Brien in segments taped from his visit to the Auto Show floor. 4 From The Floor: The 2009 NAIAS Charity Preview also includes interviews with top auto industry executives, a look at some of this year's most impressive vehicles, and the ultimate buyer's guide to purchasing a new car in these tough economic times (with a review of models and features to suit a wide range of driving needs.)

On Saturday, January 17 at 7 p.m., Auto Show All Access: Weekend Opener will offer viewers the great tips to prepare for their trip down to the Auto Show. Auto Show All Access: Weekend Opener will provide the inside scoop on the must-see vehicles and displays, event tickets and parking, and interviews with auto industry movers and shakers.

In addition to all the specials, the latest daily updates and exclusive stories from the show can be found on Local 4's website, ClickOnDetroit.com.



WOMC to help celebrate Motown Record's 50th anniversary

Oldies 104.3 WOMC FM afternoon drive personality Ted "The Bear" Richards is scheduled to broadcast live on location from the Motown Museum on Monday, January 12th from 3-7pm in celebration of Motown Records 50th anniversary.

In addition, WOMC will be celebrating this weekend by highlighting Motown songs in commemoration of 50 years of great music.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 10, 2008




Granted PPM ratings data covers a limited number of markets, but the 11-share which Clear Channel, Detroit Adult Contemporary WNIC posted in December was the first double-digit month we've seen so far in October, November or December. An 11-share's gaudiness in the 11th-largest market is enough of an attention-getter but perhaps equally as noteworthy is WNIC's month-month growth: Its 4.5 in November placed it 11th. While we're at it, we might note WNIC this summer ranked ... you guessed it ... 11th. Format foe WMGC was close behind at #12 in that quarterly survey but according to PPM's October-November-December numbers, Greater Media's "Magic" has been in the 3.7-3.3-3.3 range. Its 3.43 three-month average is 15th, compared to WNIC's 6.83, which is good enough for the lead... Detroit: It's NICe having a perfect 11 (Fri, 1/9)


Detroit Free Press:

Radiothon for THAW: To help provide assistance to families struggling to pay heating and electric bills or get medical supplies and food, WWJ-AM (950) and the Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) are partnering for the Sixth annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW. The 31-hour event will be broadcast live from the MotorCity Casino Hotel beginning at 5 a.m. Feb. 6 and concluding at midnight Feb. 7 ... Alan Almond, the longtime pillow talker on WNIC-FM (100.3), was reportedly let go from his shift Dec. 26. Almond had been with the station since the fall of 2005, when he was hired back after being fired in 2003. There's no word on a replacement yet... Names and Faces (Sun, 1/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 12, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. is calling on federal officials to postpone the scheduled Feb. 17 change that moves broadcast television channels to a digital format that requires viewers without cable, satellite or other television service to obtain a special box to receive a signal. Cockrel, in a letter to Michael Copps, a Federal Communications Commissioner who was in Detroit today, said despite a massive outreach effort to get boxes in the hands of those who still use a television antenna to receive a signal, too many would be left with no television service when the changover occurs. Cockrel said seniors, the poor and first-generation immigrants especially would be hit... Detroit mayor calls to postpone move to digital TV format (Mon, 1/12)




Auto CEOs, UAW Chief Set For 'National Automotive Roundtable': CITADEL Talk WJR-A/DETROIT will originate a "NATIONAL AUTOMOTIVE ROUNDTABLE" TUESDAY (1/13) 7-9p ET through ABC NEWS RADIO that will feature the CEOs of DETROIT's "Big 3" car makers. GM's RICK WAGONER, CHRYSLER's ROBERT NARDELLI, and FORD's ALAN MULALLY will be joined by UNITED AUTO WORKERS President RON GETTELFINGER and NATIONAL AUTOMOBILE DEALERS ASSOCIATION Chair ANNETTE SYKORA on the panel, moderated by WJR morning host PAUL W. SMITH. (Mon, 1/12)



Winter Classic hockey game draws largest TV audience since 1975

The Winter Classic drew the biggest television audience for a regular-season NHL game in nearly 34 years. The Red Wings' 6-4 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Wrigley Field on New Year's Day attracted an average of 4.4 million U.S. viewers on NBC, the network said Monday. That's the most since a Philadelphia-New York Rangers game on Feb. 23, 1975, according to Nielsen Media Research.



W4 Country's Toys For Tots campaign nets over 2,400 toys

102.9 W4 Country, WWWW-FM, teamed up with Key Bank, the U.S. Marine Corps and the Washtenaw County Toys for Tots organization to bring smiles and over 2,440 toys to local Children just in time for Christmas.

W4 Country's Crusade for Kids campaign ran from Monday December 15th through Saturday December 20th when the station took over a store front at the Oak Valley Shopping Center in Ann Arbor to help increase toy donations through a series of live broadcasts. The W4 Store accepted toys and monetary donations all week long.

On Saturday December 20th, Bubba and Katie from the Breakfast with Bubba morning took the monetary gifts and went on a shopping spree for toys. That shopping spree added up to over 1,140 toys!

W4 Country was proud to be a part of a great campaign for such a worthy and heartwarming cause.


Detroit Free Press:

Fans of Alan Almond's "Pillowtalk" radio show on WNIC-FM (100.3) have gone to sleep the last couple weeks tossing and turning. Almond's signature deep, soothing voice -- an off-and-on fixture on 'NIC for a quarter-century or so -- is no longer dancing inside metro Detroiters' light-rock music dreams. The longtime personality has been off the air since Dec. 17, but Almond told Names & Faces on Monday that he is in the final stages of finishing a deal with a Los Angeles-based company that would syndicate the show. "This is a no-BS city, a town as tough as nails and filled with no-nonsense people," Almond says. "For a show that focused on sensitive and caring themes and music, it has been really special to have been embraced for so long by a community that underneath it all is very giving." Almond's attorney, Stuart Best, says Almond, who owns the rights to "Pillowtalk," resigned in December... 'Pillowtalk' dreams of syndication (Tue, 1/13)



The Oakland Press:

Johnny Irons was a hot jockey in Oakland County at a time when AM radio was king. He was the evening-air personality at WPON-AM in Pontiac from 1963 through 1967. He played what was then known as Top-40 and his uptempo, positive delivery made him well known not only in Oakland County but throughout the Flint/Detroit corridor. Mr. Irons died Jan. 4 in Knoxville, Tenn., after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70 years old... Influential WPON disc jockey made his mark (Tue, 1/13)



Z100 PD Sharon Dastur To Also Program WKQI: CLEAR CHANNEL RADIO/DETROIT announces that WHTZ (Z100)/NEW YORK PD SHARON DASTUR will also program sister Top 40 WQKI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT. DASTUR, will be based in NEW YORK and will be commuting to DETROIT personally every month, while maintaining daily interaction with both stations. SHARON replaces DOM THEODORE who announced plans to join CBS RADIO as VP/Top 40 Programming at the end of 2008. Regarding the news, CLEAR CHANNEL/DETROIT President/Market Mgr. TIL LEVESQUE said, "Having someone of SHARON's talent, expertise and passion to help write the next chapter of success for CHANNEL 955 is extremely exciting. I look forward to the potential collaboration of best practices between NEW YORK and DETROIT stations and having SHARON lead our very experienced, talented and winning on-air programming team." SHARON told ALL ACCESS, "It'll be an exciting challenge overseeing legendary stations in both NEW YORK and DETROIT. I'm thrilled to join TIL LEVESQUE and the incredible team at CHANNEL 955 and look forward to build on the great success they've created in the last several years." (Thu, 1/15)



Ann Arbor News:

After a year's hiatus, "The Lucy Ann Lance Show" will be back providing local coverage of the Ann Arbor community starting Jan. 24. Lance is teaming up with radio veteran Dean Erskine to produce a three-hour weekly talk show on WLBY (1290 AM); the show, hosted by Lance, is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. "We've developed a platform that will focus on our community, its people and the local business economy," said Lance. The show also will be available online at www.lucyannlance.com. Lance and Erskine have a long track record in broadcasting, and have formed Lance & Erskine Communications. They most recently teamed up to broadcast the Michigan Football Tailgates with Doug Karsch, Frank Beckmann, and Jim Brandstatter on the Michigan sports network... Lucy Ann Lance returning to Ann Arbor radio on WLBY (Wed, 1/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 18, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

Karen Dumas is looking to smarten up the local radio airwaves. The veteran metro Detroit public relations specialist and journalist is hosting a new weekly talk show at 2-3 p.m. Sundays on WGPR-FM (107.5). "Sunday Afternoon with Karen Dumas" gets rolling today. "This show is all talk, with listener call-ins and guests," Dumas tells Names & Faces. "We will discuss topical issues, lifestyle concerns, people and politics of interest to metropolitan Detroiters." Dumas, who writes for the Michigan Chronicle and other pubs, says she'll discuss the new presidential administration and expectations on the first show... Karen Dumas talks the talk (Sun, 1/18)


In yet another case of rumors becoming reality, sports WDFN 1130 Detroit appears locally to have taken the brunt of cuts implemented today by owner Clear Channel. Fired were afternoon drive hosts Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowksi, and mid-morning host Sean Baligian. Morning host Matt Shepard loses his program but remains with the station as a reporter. Once coverage of the Presidential Inauguration ended this afternoon, WDFN essentially became an outlet of the syndicated Fox Sports Radio network with the only local programming being Detroit Pistons basketball and sports updates from Shepard and fellow reporters Matt Dery and Rob Otto.

Also exiting Clear Channel/Detroit in the cutbacks are Jamillah Muhammad who had been the operations manager for adult urban WMXD-FM 92.3 and also used to produce "The Keith Sweat Hotel" syndicated night show for Clear Channel's Premiere Radio. Muhammad had been with the company for 19 years.



Detroit News:

The parent company of WDFN 1130 made sweeping cuts and a major programming change to the Detroit sports talk radio station Tuesday, eliminating local shows such as "Stoney and Wojo" and Sean Baligian's midday program. Clear Channel now will air nationally-syndicated Fox Sports Radio programs... Local sports shows cut at WDFN (Tue, 1/20)



Detroit Free Press:

Mike Stone, half of the popular Detroit sports radio drive-time team of "Stoney and Wojo," got word of his future from WDFN-AM (1130) management around noon today. Like the news for other on-air talent at the station, it wasn't good. Stone, his on-air partner Bob Wojnowski and morning host Sean Baligian were among those laid off yesterday as part of parent company Clear Channel's decision to drop most local programming at the Farmington Hills-based station, with the exception of Pistons games and sports updates. WDFN likely will move to a nationally syndicated programming format in the future, although its Web page message today said it was "remodeling" and to check back soon. Calls to the station's management were not immediately returned... Mike Stone, others from WDFN react to layoffs (Tue, 1/20)




In the wake of the Inauguration Day massacre at WDFN I thought I would give you a few more nuggets of information regarding whats left of the radio station and why this happened. The reason for the death of Detroit's original sports station- WDFN has been mismanaged for a really long time. I'm not here to blow my own horn, but Peter Connolly the GM who presided over WDFN in it hey-day really understood the product and what needed to be done to compete and win the sports battle. He left me alone and let me do what needed to be done to get the station noticed and to get ratings. I haven't had that luxury with any of the stations I worked with after leaving WDFN, it was one clueless GM after another. That is part of the reason I left the business, Programmers weren't Programming any longer... Some thoughts about WDFN and Clear Channel, Stoney and Wojo's next move? (Tue, 1/20)


Detroit News:

Eleven Detroit Public Television employees were laid off Wednesday, a station official has confirmed. From the reception desk to the promotions and accounting departments, the reductions represented about 16 percent of the station's staff, said David Devereaux, vice president of communications for Detroit Public TV and sister radio station, WRCJ-FM (90.9). One radio station employee also was let go, he said. The 12 employees' job cuts were effective immediately, but they were given a severance package, Devereaux said from his Detroit office Wednesday. He assured viewers and listeners that they won't notice the staff reductions... Channel 56 lays off 11 employees (Wed, 1/21)



Detroit Free Press:

Much of the WDFN-AM (1130) on-air staff was let go Tuesday. Your thoughts? This one is a little personal for me, so I'll probably ramble. I worked at WDFN for 14 years. Like Mike Stone (Stoney) and Bob Wojnowski (Wojo), I was there when it first went on the air, so, in a way, I felt like we all built it together, with the help of a lot of other people and a lot of great listeners. Some very, very good people were fired along with Stoney and Wojo on Tuesday (like Sean Baligian and Doug Todd). And some very, very good people (like Matt Shepard and Matt Dery) were kept on but in diminished roles. What's sad is that what happened Tuesday is common. A lot of you reading this have gone through it already or will go through the same thing in the near future. I went through it with Brady and Shep back in November 2007. It's horrible. And it doesn't reflect the quality of these people nor the quality of the work they did. It's just the times we live in. I talked to a lot of the people on the phone and in person Tuesday, and the message was the same. Don't cry for them, because they know very well that you're all going through the same things in your jobs. Stoney and Wojo were a Detroit institution, and that's what hurts the most... Jamie Samuelsen: I was at WDFN at the beginning, and I'm sad to see it go (Wed, 1/21)


Detroit News:

It began in a converted garage in downtown Detroit back in the summer of 1994, and we had no idea what it was, or what it would become, or where it would lead. It was the first all-sports radio station in Detroit, WDFN, and it was long overdue in a great sports town. So I started talking on those airwaves, along with my partner, Mike Stone, first on Sunday mornings and then, in the spring of 1995, in afternoon drive time. Wayne Fontes was the Lions coach then. Don Chaney was the Pistons coach. Scotty Bowman had just started his Red Wings run. Sparky Anderson was nearing the end as Tigers manager. We never thought it would last forever. Many people doubted it would last more than a couple of years. The signal was always sketchy and there were hirings and firings and the occasional tiff with one of the local teams. And WDFN plugged along, pushed by little more than voices and passion and the loyalty of sports fans. Nobody gets to pick their ending, not in this economic climate, usually not ever. So this will be one of the few times -- on the air or in print -- that I won't whine... Bob Wojnowski: Thanks for the memories, WDFN (Thu, 1/22)

Dell Warner left her mark on stage, in print and on television, both in front of and behind the camera. But friends say her most lasting legacy is the impression the former Detroit News columnist and local TV personality left on the lives of everyone who knew her. "Her brilliance and dedication to others are rare gifts," said Linda Solomon, a renowned photojournalist from Bloomfield Hills and a longtime friend of Warner's. "She was never too busy to help anyone and she expressed that in every aspect of her life." Warner died of cancer Wednesday. She was 84. Her professional career encompassed the theater, where she appeared in musicals with Ethel Merman on Broadway in the 1950s, newspapers and TV news. Years later, Warner wrote a Detroit News column about senior citizens and the issues they face. She was a correspondent who covered senior issues for WDIV-TV's "Coming of Age" segments in addition to serving as the show's producer. Her work earned her three Detroit Emmys... Correspondent loved the 'spotlight' (Thu, 1/22)



Detroit Free Press:

Dell Warner, the often edgy but always caring newswoman, died Wednesday of cancer. She was 84 and lived in Oak Park. An Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and former adviser to Lt. Gov. Martha Griffiths, Ms. Warner's diverse career included singing on Broadway in 1956 in "Happy Hunting," which starred Ethel Merman. Known to family and friends as Bubbee, Ms. Warner left the footlights for Detroit, where she became public information officer for a 600-patient methadone maintenance clinic in Detroit. Her work as an advocate led to a job hosting "Woman to Woman" on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)... Dell Warner dies; broadcaster was one of many titles (Thu, 1/22)

The move to push back the looming Feb. 17 date for the transition to all-digital TV has been stalled, signaling that this new Congress is as indecisive and bogged down in partisan bickering as the old one. Meanwhile, it appears likely that those over-the-air viewers who do not yet have a converter box are going to be unable to watch TV in less than a month. After Republicans in the Senate blocked a bill last week that would push the date back four months, Democrats in the House Energy and Commerce Committee were to take up their version of the bill Wednesday. But Chairman Henry Waxman, D-Calif., surprised everyone by postponing discussion to "assess the implications of the Senate action." Confused? So is everybody -- the TV industry, which has invested billions and been running nonstop announcements of the DTV transition date; wireless carriers, which are set to take over the to-be-vacated standard analog TV channels, and consumers, who've been jerked around by everyone on this... Congress waffles on DTV transition postponement (Thu, 1/22)


Detroit Free Press:

About 7.5 million homes in the United States -- or 5.7% of all homes -- are still not ready for the Feb. 17 transition to digital TV, according to the Nielsen TV survey company. On the list of the 56 top TV markets nationwide, Detroit ranks 35th, with about 4.4% of the homes unprepared. In Detroit, 83% of all homes are ready, while another 12.4% are partially ready, usually meaning that some of the TVs in the house are set for digital reception. The company doesn't say what actual numbers the percentages represent. In early December, the Federal Communications Commission said as many as 100,000 people in metro Detroit may be unprepared for the Feb. 17 cutoff of traditional analog broadcasts... Detroit ranks 35th in digital TV readiness (Fri, 1/23)



Former WDFN host Greg Brady blogs on demise of station

WDFN -- 1994-2008; I've worked for four radio stations in my professional life. What do you mean I'm not very professional?? Hey - you're reading this! Something got you here. An accident? Oh sorry, our website can be unpredictable. But if you actually arrived here with a reason, sit back and I'll tell you a story that had a lot of happy moments but kind of a sad ending. Of the four stations, I've been at AM640 for about 14 months now. I was working in Windsor for a year when I got out of Fanshawe College before my classmates performed some kind of scene right out of the "Saw" movies on me. Jealousy. Must have been that. The voice. Those stylish clothes. Who knows. Anyway, and I had the pleasure of being able to say I worked for my hometown station of CFPL, now known as AM980 in London, Ontario. That was a cool thing. But I was at WDFN in Detroit for nine years. I arrived when I was 27, left when I was 36, and now that I'm 37, the station doesn't exist anymore. Yesterday (Tuesday, January 20th), the powers that be blew it up. All local programming is gone except the odd sports update, and Detroit Pistons basketball until the end of the NBA season. The station went on the air in 1994, when there was still lots of doubt as to whether the format itself could succeed and make a dent in what was then the sixth biggest radio market in the United States. When I arrived in 1998, it was the ninth biggest... Who Says You Can't Go Home? Clear Channel, That's Who (Thu, 1/22)


Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit taking to the airwaves to fight unemployment

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit today announced it will broadcast on 11 top-rated Southeast Michigan radio stations throughout the day on Friday, January 30th to raise funds to help thousands of Metro Detroiters overcome barriers to employment through education, training and career services.

Dubbed "Broadcasting for Jobs," the campaign will allow Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit to reach individuals throughout the region whose donations can help fellow Metro Detroiters secure job opportunities. Listeners interested in donating will be asked to call (866) 964-GIVE or visit www.goodwilldetroit.org.

"'Broadcasting for Jobs' is a one-of-a-kind way for Goodwill Industries to reach a large number of Metro Detroiters from all parts of town and let them know they can help their unemployed friends and neighbors find work," said Lorna G. Utley, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. "We believe it's the first one-day campaign of this magnitude in Southeast Michigan or anywhere else."

The 11 participating radio stations reach a wide cross-section of Southeast Michigan radio listeners. Those listeners will hear Goodwill Industries on the air between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. The call to action will be reinforced in designated areas on the Web sites for each participating station and on www.goodwilldetroit.org.

The stations on which Goodwill Industries will be "Broadcasting for Jobs" on January 30 are: WCSX-FM (94.7), WDVD-FM (96.3), WJR-AM (760), WMGC-FM (105.1), WMXD-FM (92.3), WNIC-FM (100.3), WOMC-FM (104.3), WRIF-FM (101.1), WWJ-AM (950), WXYT-FM (97.1) and WYCD-FM (99.5).

In the past two years of the organization's nearly 90-year history, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit has placed more than 2,500 Wayne, Oakland and Macomb county individuals into new jobs and provided education, training and career assistance to thousands more in the region.

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit provides people who have disabilities and other barriers to employment with opportunities to become independent, self-supporting citizens through training, work experience and employment in the community. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is a Michigan Works! affiliate and is funded in part by the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth and Detroit Workforce Development Department. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. For information, visit www.goodwilldetroit.org.



Detroit Free Press:

It was a long year to not be on the air for Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle, the dynamic duo most metro Detroit commuters know as D&D. From the Kwame Kilpatrick scandal to the compelling election of Barack Obama, the two wanted to connect to their longtime audience in 2008 -- badly. But after being let go from the CBS-run WKRK-FM (97.1) at the end of 2007, their mics were cold while they waited for their one-year no-competition clause to expire. They waited things out because they wanted to stay in the Motor City market. Now D&D are running strong on WCSX-FM (94.7) during the competitive morning drive-time slot. Joining them are sports authority Jason Carr, call screener and personality Rudi DeSantis, sassy traffic voice Nicole Salem and producer Jim O'Brien. They say the show is pretty much the same thing listeners have come to know and love, except that their home is now the classic-rock music station... Catching up with radio duo D&D (Mon, 1/26)


Michigan Almanac: January 30, 2009



Grand Rapids Press:

While the daily news of bailouts, stimulus packages and CEO bonus checks has taken its toll on many Americans, for Nashville singer/songwriter John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich, it inspired "Shuttin' Detroit Down," a song sympathetic to autoworkers and farmers. Now, the song has become a working-class anthem, and it's quickly becoming one of the hottest songs on country radio. Rich dropped off the song at B-93's Grand Rapids studio Tuesday. "As soon as John played it for us, the phones started ringing and the e-mails started flying in. People are in tears," said morning on-air personality Neal Dionne, of WBCT-FM (B-93.7) in Grand Rapids, a region also struggling with a GM plant closing in Wyoming. "You don't see that everyday. (And) when you do, you know it's something special." The same strong reactions are happening in Detroit, where country station WDTW-FM (106.7), The Fox, is playing it hourly... Michigan's reality? John Rich's 'Shuttin' Detroit Down' hits home (Thu, 1/29)



Detroit Free Press:

A country protest song titled "Shuttin' Detroit Down" is spreading across the nation's C&W stations - and surging in popularity in the beleaguered Motor City itself. The song, by John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich, is a populist anthem that combines elements of working-class pride, economic frustration and class warfare. He's traveling the country, performing it on country stations, and it's spreading in viral fashion via radio and the Internet. The refrain: "In the real world, they're shuttin' Detroit down/While the boss man takes his bonus and jets on out of town." Rich sang it in person on the Dr. Don Morning Show Tuesday on Detroit's WYCD-FM (99.5), and the phones immediately lit up. "It has spread like wild fire," said WYCD program director Tim Roberts. "It's unbelievable. It's one of the biggest records we've had in years"... John Rich's 'Shuttin' Detroit Down' sizzling on country radio, Web (Thu, 1/29)


Seacrest in at Magic 105.1

Greater Media's soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 will add "On-Air With Ryan Seacrest" for afternoon drive (4-7 p.m.) starting on Monday, February 2nd, bumping Jim Paolucci to the 7 p.m. - midnight shift and shuffling the syndicated program from John Tesh out of the lineup.



WDIV to provide free air time to Detroit mayoral candidates

WDIV TV, Local 4, is providing free air time to qualified candidates for the office of Detroit mayor with Flashpoint: Straight Talk from the Candidates. This commercial-free program, produced by WDIV, features the candidates discussing their platforms to help viewers make more informed choices at the polls in the upcoming special primary election.

With unedited pre-taped messages, Flashpoint: Straight Talk from the Candidates features the candidates answering the question: "What is your vision for the future of Detroit?" In a format that goes well beyond a 30-second commercial, each candidate for mayor will have one minute and forty-five seconds to speak. Flashpoint: Straight Talk from the Candidates airs Sunday, February 1 at 8:30a.m. The videos will also be posted on the station's web site, ClickOnDetroit.com, following the broadcast on Local 4.

All 15 candidates for Detroit mayor, Dave Bing, Donald R. Bradley, Stanley Michael Christmas, Mayor Ken Cockrel, Jr., Frances D. Culver, Warren Cleage Evans, Freman Hendrix, Joseph W. Holt, Nicholas Hood III, Sharon McPhail, Duane Montgomery, Brenda K. Sanders, Jerroll Sanders, D. Etta Wilcoxon, and Coleman A. Young II, were invited to participate.



Detroit News:

Muslims and interfaith leaders in Metro Detroit are asking a local radio station owner to discontinue broadcasts in which, they say, a Coptic priest has repeatedly defamed the Prophet Muhammad over the past year. In an Arabic-language broadcast Wednesday on WNZK 680/690 AM, the Rev. Zakariah Boutros said the Muslim prophet Muhammad had engaged in necrophilia and gay sex, according to the Council on American Islamic Relations. Boutros has previously come under fire from area Muslims, who say he disparages Islam. The controversial, American-based priest can be heard on purchased time slots on radio stations internationally. His words have stirred controversy in Egypt and Great Britain, and are embraced by a number of bloggers and Web sites that criticize Islam... Broadcast angers Muslims (Fri, 1/30)

Members of the national Leadership Conference on Civil Rights are still working to set up a help center for the digital television transition in the city. In December, the organization announced it would form partnerships and open brick-and-mortar "DTV Assistance Centers" in seven cities, including Detroit. Cities were picked based on demographics including income, the number of older people in the area and the number of people with disabilities who rely on over-the-air signals to watch television... Detroit digital TV assistance center still not open (Thu, 1/29)



CKWW to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of "The Day the Music Died"

On February 3rd, 1959 the music world lost three of its pioneering Rock and Roll performers. Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died when their plane crashed after a stop on their "Winter Dance Party Tour" near Mason City, Iowa.

CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will salute their legacy with special programming on Tuesday, February 3rd. At Noon, AM 580 will air "The Buddy Holly Radio Special", an exclusive one hour program featuring archival interviews and music from Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens. The radio special is hosted by Gord James and written and produced by Doug Thompson and Jeff Kirkwood. It will air again at 7 PM on Tuesday.

The station also will be spotlighting music from Buddy Holly as well as the Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens throughout the day on Tuesday, including tribute songs like Don McLean's "American Pie" and others.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 3, 2009



Detroit News:

It's not that WJR-AM (760) leans so far to the right it almost topples over, even though you wonder sometimes how the Golden Tower stays vertical. The reason the station will broadcast Republican L. Brooks Patterson live tonight and air Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm on tape two hours later is that the Oakland County Executive asked first -- so far in advance, in fact, that WJR's operations manager says he laughed. Steve Stewart, who handles programming for the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, also says he can't believe people are still testy about the scheduling conflict. Many are, however, and one of them is married to the governor. From Stewart's standpoint, "This should be a nonissue in the big picture," the big picture being that thing with all the budget cuts and layoffs in it. From First Gentleman Dan Mulhern's standpoint, however, it's a sign of what WJR (760) has become. Interviewed on Michael Shiels' morning show on WJIM-AM (1240) in Lansing, Mulhern said WJR "used to be a pretty balanced station that really gave people a sense of what is going on. But now, with their national and local programming, there is such a Republican tilt to everything"... WJR: No vast right-wing conspiracy (Tue, 2/3)

On behalf of the guy who gets first crack at the doughnuts in the WJR-AM (760) break room, Frank Beckmann took offense on the air this morning to Dan Mulhern's comments in my latest Detroit News column. He took enough offense, in fact, to invoke the word "coward." Mulhern was not pleased with WJR's decision to tape-delay tonight's State of the State address by his wife, Democratic Gov. Jennifer Granholm. While she's speaking at 7 p.m. at the state Capitol, WJR will be airing the State of the County speech by Republican Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Interviewed on a Lansing radio station, Mulhern suggested that Patterson won the scheduling battle because of WJR's undeniable tilt to the right. (WJR, as detailed in my column, says Granholm was bumped to 9 p.m. simply because Patterson called first.) Mulhern also invoked the name of the late radio legend J.P. McCarthy, who worked the morning shift at WJR for decades. Paul W. Smith holds that job now. Beckmann follows from 9-11:30 a.m., and he felt that Mulhern took an unfair and poorly placed shot at Smith... WJR's Beckmann defends station from Granholm's husband (Tue, 2/3)




WDVD's Blaine Fowler Makes 'Snow Angels': CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT's BLAINE FOWLER of the BLAINE & LISA MORNING SHOW has formed a band called BFE (THE BLAINE FOWLER EXPERIENCE). Having been inspired by the snowiest winter ever in DETROIT, BLAINE teamed up with 96.3 Creative Services Director FIG and Interns BIG BAD BILL and JACLYN to produce their first song and a video called "SNOW ANGEL." To check it out, just click here. (Tue, 2/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 4, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

Static. Channels that are no longer there. "What happened to my TV?" some Comcast subscribers in Detroit might be wondering. This has nothing to do with that national transition to digital television that is scheduled to happen Feb. 17 when broadcasters are to switch to all-digital signals -- unless Congress votes today to give them more time to prepare. Instead, Patrick Paterno, Comcast's Michigan spokesman, said Comcast's moves are part of an ongoing process to convert its network in Detroit from an old analog system to a digital signal so that it can add more high-definition programming... Some in Detroit lose Comcast channels (Wed, 2/4)

From the blogosphere:

Specs Howard's Bob Burnham has written about some of the things going on in Detroit radio on his Sounds & Colors blog:

Art Vuolo is best known in the Detroit area as "radio's best friend" and his now defunct columns in the Oakland Press. His commentary can still be read on the web at www.michiguide.com and he has a business that offers airchecks and programs he has produced over the years about and for radio. Just go to www.vuolovideo.com. Video featuring just about any air talent you can remember can be found in Art's offerings ... Ted "The Bear" Richards (veteran CKLW-AM jock of the 1970s-80s), just celebrated a year of being back on the air in Detroit. Catch him afternoons on WOMC 104.3. The playlist of this station is microscopic compared to what "The Big 8" aired back in their heyday, but Ted is better than ever. In the midst of tough times, Ted's show is always bright and upbeat. I don't know how to describe the jock style that is typical of most of the talent on WOMC to people who haven't lived through it. They feature strong personalities that are allowed to do more than just read liners. The program elements are no-mess-around-TIGHT much like they were in the days when hit radio formats could be found on the AM band ... The painfully-long awaited return of Jeff Deminiski and Bill Doyle made its WCSX debut on New Years the very second their old contract allowed them do. Mornings with "D & D" are now a fixture on WCSX having now completed a full month of being "back." Ted Richards' WOMC show basically sounds exactly the same as his CKLW days. The same for D & D comparing their "old" show to the "new" one. Their old station went through a variety of "flavors" before finally becoming a sports station, but D & D never changed, and the current show, although airing mornings and now having more of a classic rock edge (what ever that is!), still sounds like a bunch of people chatting at the corner pub, and not much different from the "old" show... Vuolo, Ted the Bear and D & D


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 5, 2009



Job opportunities with Metro Networks/Detroit

Metro Networks in Detroit is seeking candidates for several potential sports anchor openings. The positions require writing and anchoring sports reports for large Detroit radio affiliates in high profile shifts plus occasional live reporting from sports venues.

Successful candidates will have a minimum of two years professional broadcast experience with an unparalleled passion for sports. Job requires excellent creative writing skills as well as strong vocal delivery. You must be proficient at digital editing.

Please submit an audio sample of your recent work and a resume ASAP to:
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Metro Networks and Shadow Broadcasting are Westwood One Companies and are equal opportunity employers.



Detroit Free Press:

By next season, Detroit sports fans won't have to think twice when looking for local professional teams' games on the radio. The Pistons announced today that they will move from 1130 AM (WDFN) to 97.1 The Ticket (WXYT) starting with the 2009-2010 season. The Ticket is already the home of the Red Wings, Tigers and Lions. The move comes after WDFN laid-off most of its local on-air talent last month, switching to a line-up of national shows like Dan Patrick and The Drive with Chris Myers and Sean Farnham. George Blaha and Mark Champion will remain the play-by-play voices under the new deal, which is for multiple years ... Pistons games that conflict with Tigers or Wings broadcasts will be moved to partner station WWJ (950 AM)... Pistons radio broadcasts to move to 97.1 next season (Thu, 2/5)



Detroit News:

The Pistons will have a new radio home beginning next season. The Pistons on Thursday signed a multi-year deal with radio station 97.1 FM The Ticket, and its AM partners WXYT 1270 and WWJ 950. The Ticket will now be the flagship for all four major professional teams in Detroit -- the Tigers, Red Wings, Lions and Pistons. Pistons games that conflict with the Tigers or Wings will be on WWJ... Pistons moving to different radio home (Thu, 2/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 6, 2009



Ann Arbor News:

Martin Bandyke, the morning host at WQKL (107.1), said Friday afternoon that he is among several people laid off at the Ann Arbor radio station. Bandyke said his bosses told him the staffing cuts were made for economic reasons. "It's difficult time for the economy and my industry specifically," Bandyke told The News. "I'm not sure what I am going to do next. I would like to keep doing radio in Southeast Michigan, Ann Arbor or Detroit. ... "I leave with wonderful admiration for the people I work with. It was really a lot of fun." Bandyke said he had no information about who would replace him in the morning, drive-time slot. His final "Fine Tuning" show will air Sunday. According to Bandyke, news director Brian Larsen was also discharged... DJ Martin Bandyke loses job at Ann Arbor's 107.1 radio (Fri, 2/6)



Detroit Free Press:

The sixth-annual Winter Survival Radiothon for the Heat and Warmth Fund, or THAW, is to begin today at 5 a.m. and end 31 hours later at noon on Saturday. The nonprofit group that helps struggling Michigan families pay their utility bills is trying to raise $750,000, $250,000 more than last year's goal, according to Chief Executive Officer John X. Miller... Radiothon to help with utility bills (Fri, 2/6)

Thousands of metro Detroiters each year feel the bitter freeze when they can't pay their bills, leading to their utilities being shut off. Hoping to provide assistance to those folks, WWJ-AM (950) and The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW) are hosting their sixth annual Winter Survival Radiothon. The 31-hour on-air extravaganza will be broadcast live from the MotorCity Casino Hotel beginning at 5 a.m. today and ending at noon Saturday. DTE Energy will match all contributions in energy assistance for families facing utility shut-off. In 2008, more than 2,450 WWJ listeners donated more than $543,000 to the radiothon; when matched by DTE Energy credits, that totaled more than $1 million in relief aid... THAW fund-raiser heating up (Fri, 2/6)



Detroit News:

In Los Angeles, a media circus surrounds pop singer Britney Spears everytime she buys a latte or steps foot in a courthouse. I never thought I'd see that kind of frenzy in Detroit but I was wrong. When former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick got out of jail earlier today, all three major news stations swarmed around the 38-year-old like he was a rock star. Yes, I know that it's February sweeps and yes, I know that in many ways, Kilpatrick brought this on himself. But did the stations have to follow the man while he ate ribs on the westside?... Local news stations begin Kwame watch in time for sweeps (Fri, 2/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 9, 2009



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) today will announce changes in programming that will bring back veteran music host Ann Delisi and infuse the station with more Detroit music and attitude. The changes will go into effect the week of Feb. 23. At a time when commercial stations like Clear Channel's WDFN-AM (1130) "The Fan" are replacing local air personalities with syndicated programming that lacks the flavor of the city, WDET general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor says his station is choosing a different path. "When more of Detroit's radio is coming out of town, WDET is drilling deeper into the city," Ellcessor said. "At a time when so much of the world is talking about Detroit, and Detroit is absent from that conversation, the people in the city who are being talked about are like props in a play. It's vital to get their voices back up into that national dialogue." Delisi, who was a popular WDET host from 1983-1995, will once again bring Detroiters a diverse playlist, with local sounds high up in the mix. "There will be music from somebody living and working and making music in Detroit every single hour that she is on the air," Ellcessor said. "That's a promise." For the past five years, WDET and its listeners have been roiled by changes in programming... Public radio station plans to put the 'D' back in WDET (Mon, 2/9)

All 162 of the Tigers' regular-season games will be televised this season -- 156 by Fox Sports Detroit and six by Fox on the Saturday Game of the Week -- the team announced Monday. Some games will be on Fox Sports Detroit Plus due to conflicts with Red Wings or Pistons. The Tigers will announce at a later date which games will be available in high definition. In addition, four spring training games will be shown by Fox Sports Detroit... Every Tigers game on TV (Mon, 2/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2009



Windsor Star:

After 25 years on the air, University of Windsor's community radio station CJAM-FM (91.5) could lose its licence in an international turf war between the U.S. and Canada. Adam Fox, CJAM manager, said there is a real concern the station's FM frequency will be taken over by a commercial radio station in Michigan. "The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) has already granted a licence to a station in China Township," said Fox. It is located in St. Clair County, north of Port Huron, but its signal power would reach the Detroit-Windsor market and the frequency would no longer be available to CJAM. The move is the latest slap in the face for CJAM, which languishes in unprotected status with its low-power signal. Last fall, CBC applied for a licence at 91.5 to move its Radio One service off the AM dial. That application has since been withdrawn in favour of a different frequency. The FCC earlier forced its Canadian counterpart, the CRTC, to impose restrictions on CJAM because it claimed the signal was interfering with WUOM-FM (91.7), the University of Michigan student radio service in Ann Arbor. In response, CJAM has applied to move its signal up the FM dial to 99.1, and seek protected status under CRTC-FCC regulations. That would protect other stations from effectively jumping CJAM's claim... CJAM-FM risks losing licence (Tue, 2/10)



WDET to air State of The City

Detroit Public Radio will present a live broadcast of Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr.'s "State of the City" address on Tuesday, February 10, 2009. The Mayor will present the address at the Detroit Opera House. WDET's live coverage of the event will begin at 6:50pm and conclude at 8:00pm and include the Mayor's remarks and analysis.



Art Van pitches in to help keep Michigan warm

February has been declared "Keep Michigan Warm Month" and Art Van Furniture is encouraging others to support the initiative. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, Art Van will be donating 50 electric fireplaces to those in need of utility support throughout the state. During this financially trying time for many across Michigan, The Heat And Warmth Fund (THAW) is experiencing an increased volume of requests for help. Individuals are invited to stop by any Art Van location through February 16 to pick up a THAW donation envelope.

On Thursday, February 12th Art Van is hosting a ticket drop for the WYCD FM Ten Men Jam. The Ten Men Jam is coming to the Ford Community and Performing Art Center on February 18 and features a country star line-up of Clint Black, Josh Gracin, Sarah Buston, Steve Azar, Jammie O'Neal, Emerson Drive, Heidi Newfield, Stephen Cochran, Jack Owen and John Rich. At the concert, ten lucky winners will win $1,000 each. The only way to attend the concert is to win a ticket from WYCD FM at a ticket drop event. Art Van's Taylor store will host a drop from 6-7 p.m. when a pair of tickets will be given away every ten minutes during the one hour event. Winners must be present to win.

On Friday, February 13th, Art Van Furniture and MAGIC 105.1 FM will be supporting the Capuchin Soup Kitchen's Shower Program. Donations of the following items are requested: men's, women's and children's new underwear, gently used shoes and socks, trial size toiletries and cash donations. Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show will broadcast live from 6 to 10 a.m from Art Van's 14 Mile Rd. Warren store and provide a special coupon offer to guests who make a donation and serve refreshments during the four hour event.

Then on Thursday, February 19th from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Detroit's own award-winning gospel recording artist, Vickie Winans, will greet guests, sign autographs and sing a few songs at Art Van's Southfield store. Guests will enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres while they browse through the new spring collections - including Vickie's favorites.

Visit artvan.com for a store locator and list of special events that help support THAW.



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM (101.9), announced programming changes today that include infusing the lineup with more music, with the return of former WDET personality Ann Delisi. Delisi will broadcast "Ann Delisi's Essential Music" from noon to 4 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday, starting Feb. 28 and March 1. There will also be some new shows added, and schedule changes for local and nationally syndicated programs as well. "There's going to be a very clear sharpening of our focus on how to serve Detroit right now, how to create opportunities for people to interact with their programming, have their voice push back up the local canal," WDET general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor told The Detroit News. "The whole world is talking about Detroit, it's time for people to hear from Detroit so we can be part of the narrative." National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" will be scaled back, airing from 5 to 8 a.m., with the addition of a live news and analysis program, "The Takeaway" from 8 to 10 a.m. The show is co-produced by Public Radio International and WNYC Radio in collaboration with the BBC World Service, the New York Times and WGBH Boston. Detroit listeners will be able to take part in the live conversation on the air and online at www.the takeaway.org. "Detroit Today," the locally produced news show hosted by Craig Fahle, will move from its 10 a.m. to noon time slot to 1 to 3 p.m... WDET-FM adds more music and new shows (Tue, 2/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 11, 2009



Romance is on the air at WMUZ on Friday

Robin Sullivan, 25 year veteran of the WMUZ-FM 103.5 afternoon drive show The Praise Company Revival will be featuring a special program of romantic dedications this Friday, February 13th from 4-7 p.m. Highlight songs from Amy Grant, Marvin Gaye & Tammy Terrell, Martina McBride, Louie Armstrong, Rosemary Clooney, Steven Curtis Chapman, The Shirelles, Chicago, The Temptations, Mary Wells, Elvis Presley, Newsong & Natalie Grant, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Jim Brickman & Michael W. Smith, Jimmy Durante among others, Sullivan will show how music brings home the equation of Valentine=Love=God ... for God is Love.

Listeners are invited to E-mail your name, your spouses' name, how many years you have been married and which hour you would prefer to be mentioned to Robin@wmuz.com.



Detroit News:

Charles Pugh's friendly face has been a weekend fixture on local televison for the past seven years. But Pugh, who had been co-anchoring "Fox 2 News Weekend," was due for a change and a few well-deserved days off at WJBK-TV (Channel 2), the local Fox affiliate. As a result, fans can now find him reporting stories from the field during the week, says Claudia Russo, a Fox spokeswoman. Detroit News reader Susan Kessler says she sure is happy to hear that Pugh, a Detroit native who graduated from Murray-Wright High School in 1989, is still with the station... WJBK-TV moves Pugh to the field (Wed, 2/11)



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit public radio station WDET-FM (101.9) is adding 10 hours of locally produced music and three hours of live, interactive national news programming, according to general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor. He also says former personality Ann Delisi is returning to the public radio station Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. with "Ann Delisi's Essential Music"... WDET dials up more local music (Wed, 2/11)



Cumulus/Ann Arbor layoffs affect four

The latest rounds of layoffs across the country involving Cumulus saw four people get cut from the company's Ann Arbor cluster. In addition to former WQKL FM 107.1 morning host Martin Bandyke, news director Brian Larsen, producer and afternoon co-host Luke DeWulf if WTKA AM 1050, and Sue Walworth of the traffic department have all exited.



Tigers, FOX Sports Detroit announce 2009 TV schedule

FOX Sports Detroit is scheduled to air 156 regular-season Detroit Tigers games, the most ever in the network's 12 years of Tigers coverage, the majority to be available in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit HD (the HD schedule to be announced at a later date). For the third consecutive season, some games will be shifted to auxiliary service FOX Sports Detroit Plus when Tigers games coincide with Pistons or Red Wings games airing on the primary channel.

Also scheduled are four spring training game telecasts on FOX Sports Detroit (March 16, 19, 22, 29).

FOX Sports Detroit telecasts will continue to feature the popular and Emmy-winning announcing tandem of play-by-play voice Mario Impemba (8th season) and analyst Rod Allen (7th season). FOX Sports Detroit continues its extensive and exclusive pre- and post-game coverage on Tigers Live, the long-running in-season magazine show Tigers Weekly, as well as a season preview special. Tigers games on FOX Sports Detroit are a hit with viewers as evidenced last season when the network was the most watched primetime television outlet in Metro Detroit from March 31-July 31. A 12-time Emmy winner for its Tigers coverage, FOX Sports Detroit has steadily increased the number of telecasts throughout its partnership with the team - starting with 85 games in 1998, growing to 100 games from 1999-2004, 110 in 2005, 112 during the team's American League championship season in 2006, 132 telecasts in 2007 and 150 games in 2008.

"FOX Sports Detroit is thrilled to offer this schedule to Tigers fans throughout Michigan. With every game televised, every market served, a large volume of HD games and the best production team in the business, Tigers fans everywhere will be in baseball heaven," said Greg Hammaren, Senior VP/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "The Tigers are putting a great team on the field and FOX Sports Detroit will be there for fans that can't make it out to Comerica Park. We can't wait for that first pitch."

"FOX Sports Detroit continues to provide our fans with an entertaining telecast, giving tremendous insight to the ballclub during each and every game," said Tigers President, CEO and General Manager David Dombrowski. "As an organization, we strive to offer Tigers fans the best entertainment value both at Comerica Park, and through our partners. FOX Sports Detroit is simply the best in their coverage of Tigers baseball."

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of the Tigers goes to 3.2 million cable and satellite households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana.

FOX Saturday Baseball Game of the Week is scheduled to broadcast six Tigers' games regionally (May 2, June 20, July 4, July 25, Aug. 29 and Sept. 19), airing on WJBK-FOX 2 in Detroit and other FOX network affiliates throughout Tigers territory.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 12, 2009



Detroit News:

Terrestrial radio types keep predicting the imminent doom of satellite radio, but in the meantime we'll enjoy satellite's original programming and massive playlists (compared to FM), thank you. Sirius XM has made it easier to hear past and present programs in Bob Dylan 's "Theme Time Radio " series, with four hours of Dylan now being offered from 4-8 p.m. Sundays on the Spectrum channel (Sirius Channel 18 , XM Channel 45 ). The four-hour slot will begin each Sunday with Dylan's latest show, which premieres each week on Deep Tracks (Sirius Channel 16/XM Channel 40 ) at 11 a.m. Wednesdays. The Dylanfest would continue with two shows from the vault, then repeat the current week's show. Sirius XM is also launching "Paul McCartney's Fireman Radio," which will have a limited run from Valentine's Day (Saturday) until March 13 on the Bridge (Sirius Channel 33/XM Channel 27) ... Scratching your head over the addition of Ryan Seacrest's "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" show to the 4-7 p.m. afternoon shift on Greater Media's WMGC-FM (105.1) ? Most stations carrying the "American Idol" announcer's celebrity-heavy chatfest skew quite young. But Greater Media general manager John Gallagher sees it differently. "Ryan is so well received in the female demographic, and he's got access to a lot of guests," Gallagher said. Seacrest's show is syndicated by Clear Channel -- so why aren't they picking it up here?... Sirius XM adds Dylan, Paul McCartney shows (Thu, 2/12)



Detroit Free Press:

D&D romantic campout: A match made in heaven, no doubt. Beginning at 10 a.m. Friday and concluding at 4 p.m. Sunday, WCSX-FM (94.7) hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle are having a romantic weekend away together ... for charity. For 48 hours, D&D will live and sleep on a tour bus to raise money for the Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan. During their Campout for Kids, the talk team will make local appearances and do call-ins from various Detroit hot spots... Names and Faces (Thu, 2/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 13, 2009



Detroit News:

Several local stations have updated the looks of their Web sites. The list includes WJBK-TV (Channel 2), WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WTVS-TV, Detroit Public Television (Channel 56). While change is a good thing, the new formats for all three stations can be hard to navigate at times. For instance, the biggest challenge on WJBK and WDIV's sites is finding the TV listings. On WJBK's site, myfoxdetroit.com , for example, the listings are under a tab called "Entertainment" and listed as "station sched." Conventional wisdom would have you look under "About us," but what can you do? Thankfully, details on the Fox affiliate's anchors and reporters can be found under "About us." A similar, but slightly less confusing, conundrum arises on clickondetroit.com , WDIV's site... Many stations have new-look Web sites (Fri, 2/13)



Ann Arbor News:

WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, will host a benefit Saturday called "For the Love of WEMU," from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Northside Grill, 1015 Broadway in Ann Arbor. WEMU air personalities will wait tables, and all tips will benefit the station... WEMU talent waits on Northside tables (Fri, 2/13)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 14, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

Darren McCarty was in action for the Red Wings as a radio analyst Thursday and Friday. With Ken Kal out with laryngitis, McCarty teamed with Paul Woods, who handled play-by-play duties, on WXYT-FM (97.1). Kal made the trip to Columbus hoping to work Friday's game, but had to sit out again. He's questionable for Sunday's home game against Colorado. McCarty, on injured reserve after having sports hernia surgery, said he began to think of a career in broadcasting while playing junior hockey. "I think that's something I've always been interested in," he said. "As my hockey career comes to the end, I think about things you might want to do after. That's something I've definitely thought about, and to get the opportunity, especially with Paul Woods, it was a lot of fun... More plus than minus for McCarty in radio role (Sat, 2/14)



Ann Arbor News:

Loyal listeners have rallied around Martin Bandyke since he was laid off from radio station WQKL (107.1) last week in a cost-cutting move. Fans have protested the popular disc jockey's dismissal by starting a Facebook group calling for his return, contacting the station to lodge complaints and sending letters to the station's corporate headquarters demanding a change of heart. Bank of Ann Arbor President Tim Marshall even said he talked directly to the chief executive of Cumulus Media Inc. on Friday to express the community's dismay. Cumulus is the Atlanta-based parent company of WQKL. Nicola Rooney, owner of Nicola's Books, said Bandyke's dismissal cemented her plans to pull advertising from the station... Fans rally around dismissed WQKL host Martin Bandyke (Sat, 2/14)



No More Orlando In Detroit: CBS Oldies WOMC (OLDIES 104.3)/DETROIT overnighter LISA ORLANDO is out. Said ORLANDO, "I had been doing overnights and the SATURDAY Night Dance Party for almost 2 years and have been replaced by automation." (Tue, 2/17)

WYCD To Host Financial Seminar: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT will present a financial seminar, "YOUR MONEY MATTERS," hosted by local television personality MURRAY FELDMAN, on SATUDAY, FEBRUARY 21st at CRYSTAL GARDENS in nearby SOUTHGATE. The seminar, to be held from 9a-1p (ET), will offer information on how to protect yourself and your money during these tough economic times. (Mon, 2/16)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 19, 2009



Detroit News:

In a surprising twist, WQKL-FM (107.1) radio host Martin Bandyke has been rehired to the job he was fired from just 10 days ago for "economic reasons." Bandyke will return to the airwaves on Monday, March 2. "This almost never happens in radio," Bandyke said. Bandyke had been hosting the morning show on the Ann Arbor station now owned by Cumulus since 2006, and after he was let go in early February, his morning show was replaced by an automated feed... WQKL-FM rehires fired radio host (Thu, 2/19)

Now that Sirius XM satellite radio has been saved from bankruptcy at the last minute by an infusion of $530 million from Liberty Media , those of us who love music variety in radio form can breathe a sigh of relief. But even if the worst happened, rest assured that the day of wireless reception in cars, where you can pull in any Internet radio station you want, is not too far off. In the meantime, we can listen to a variety of radio stations via the Web on our computers, at work or at home. Since I love classic soul and R&B, one of my favorites is Felix Hernandez's Rhythm Revue show at wbgo.org from 10 a.m.--2 p.m. Saturdays. WBGO is a public radio station broadcasting on 88.7 out of northern New Jersey. When James Brown died, where could I go on Detroit radio to hear wall-to-wall James Brown? Nowhere. You'd never know the Godfather of Soul, beloved in Detroit, had died ... A reminder to the diaspora of WDET-FM (101.9) music fans; Ann Delisi returns to the Detroit Public Radio airwaves next weekend (Feb. 28 and March 1) after 13 years. Her show airs from noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and we all remember the promise -- Detroit music at least once an hour. The backdrop to all the news about WDET in the past few weeks is that Michigan Radio 's WUOM-FM (91.7) actually slipped past 'DET a while ago, as far as drawing more listeners in Detroit... Rhythm Revue is a gem for soul, R&B fans online (Thu, 2/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 20, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

Two weeks after radio personality Martin Bandyke was dropped because of budget cuts and a format change at WQKL-FM (107.1), the Ann Arbor station announced Thursday that he has his job back, thanks to the support of his fans. "We are excited to have Martin back in mornings at the station. He is an integral part of our community and a valuable member of our team," said Scott Meier, general manager of the Ann Arbor station, in a statement. Bandyke will return to the air at 6 a.m. March 2. He has worked at the adult-alternative station, owned by Atlanta-based Cumulus Media Inc., for three years as the morning host, and previously was a staple at WDET-FM (101.9) for more than 20 years. Support for Bandyke was far-reaching, from community leaders, station advertisers and everyday listeners. Colleen Crawley, a designer at Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, spearheaded an e-mail campaign, encouraging Bandyke's people to write the station and call for his return... Martin Bandyke gets job back at WQKL-FM (Fri, 2/20)



Detroit News:

Lorna Ash did what she was supposed to do in preparation for TV's impending digital age. The 85-year-old, who calls New Baltimore home, bought the digital conversion box in time for the rollover that was supposed to happen Tuesday, but has been officially moved to June. Being early is a good thing, right? Well, it used to depend on what day you asked Ash. For instance, if you asked her how she liked the conversion box on say, a Thursday, she would have said she loved the sharpness of the picture. But, if you asked her how she liked the change the last couple of Saturdays, she might have given you a curt answer -- if it were in her to be curt, of course... The re-scan button solves 'Welk' problem (Fri, 2/20)




Moon or shine, Detroit DJ and Party Princess Lisa Lisa holds court over the airwaves at Oldies 104.3 WOMC and as entertainment attorney at law. For the record, the legal name of this doyenne of techno - Top-40 - hip-hop - rap - beats of decades past and present: Lisa J. Orlando. Arguably, the Royal Oak resident is a DJ at law - or, say, a legal DJ. Her spin: "... when you look at the span of my life, the timeline of my life, the majority of it was spent as a DJ. That, I think, is my ultimate passion. But both areas are fueled by the same kind of thing - running your mouth, thinking on your feet," Orlando muses. "I guess I would say I'm a DJ that's also an attorney. And then if you ask me at 6:00 after I just won a case, I might say I'm an attorney that's also a DJ. That could change day to day"... Double Lives: Lisa Lisa (Thu, 2/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 23, 2009



Todd Thomas named as operations manager of Clear Channel/Detroit

Todd Thomas has been named as the new operations manager for Clear Channel's seven radio stations in Detroit (FMs WMXD 92.3, WKQI 95.5, WJLB 97.9, WNIC 100.3, and WDTW-FM 106.7; AMs WDFN 1130 and WDTW 1310) as of mid-March. In a release Clear Channel/Detroit president and market manager Til Levesque said she is "thrilled about Todd joining our CC/Detroit team. His experience and successful track record as a Clear Channel operations manager will prove very beneficial to our continued success here in Detroit."

Thomas was most recently OM of Clear Channel's eight stations in Hartford and New Haven. He commented, "What a great opportunity. I get to return to where I started my career and work with a talented group of people and a phenomenal group of radio stations."

Dom Theodore was previously the OM for WKQI, WJLB, WNIC, WDTW-FM/AM, and WDFN before exiting last year to head for CBS Radio. Jamillah Muhammad was the prior OM for WMXD - she was released due to budget cuts in January.



Fred Jacobs blogs on Martin Bandyke and WQKL

During a terrible time in radio where it seems that everything we read about is stations laying off even more employees, here's a story that reverses that trend. In Ann Arbor, Michigan, morning host Martin Bandyke was fired by Cumulus' Cool 107.1 earlier this month. Stated reason? Budget cuts, of course. But the story didn't end there because Bandyke was rehired by the station late last week. Why? Well, there were loads of angry listener emails (many of which were organized by a local designer, Colleen Crawley, who loves his show). And I'm sure the phones were ringing off the hook. But that's rarely enough to cause a stay of execution. The real reason why Cumulus reversed its decision was an outcry from advertisers. Bandyke successfully cultivated bona fide loyalty from a number of local clients, including Nicola's Books and the Bank of Ann Arbor. Nicola Rooney threatened to pull her advertising, while Bank of Ann Arbor President, Tim Marshall, picked up the phone and personally called Lew Dickey. Interestingly, Marshall cited Bandyke's community contributions as his rationale for going to bat for the morning guy... Man Bites Dog (Mon, 2/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 25, 2009



Windsor Star:

Windsor will lose one of its two television stations in August when A Channel ceases local operations. The station's parent company CTV Inc. made the announcement in a news release Wednesday. "This decision was difficult but necessary," said Paul Sparkes, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, CTVglobemedia. "The traditional economic model for Canadian television is broken. The financial pressures facing our conventional television operations are further compounded by the (CRTC)'s decision to turn down requests to implement a fee-for-carriage regime for local television in October 2008. Unfortunately, we may need to consider similar actions in other local markets given the current regulatory framework." CTV has decided not to renew its licence in Wingham either... A Channel closing Windsor operation (Wed, 2/25)



Detroit Free Press:

Big Daddy making waves: The Names & Faces hotline has been buzzing with WRIF-FM (101.1) listeners concerned that Arthur Penhallow's familiar and longstanding voice hasn't been on the dial during the afternoon drive home for the past couple of weeks. John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media Detroit, which runs WRIF, says Big Daddy is on vacation, and should be back on air March 9. Gallagher says Penhallow had one year left on his contract but an extension was renegotiated. Gallagher did say Penhallow was considering retiring... Names and Faces (Wed, 2/25)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 26, 2009



Detroit News:

O, Canada...we love your shops, casino and cool accent; you like our big-box discount stores and cheaper liquor prices, eh? Detroit and Windsor also swap radio signals, adding an international flavor to our cultural mix. But it also leads to problems like what is happening to Windsor community radio station CJAM-FM (91.5) . CJAM's license was in danger because its signal is interfering with Michigan Public Radio 's WUOM-FM (91.7) in Ann Arbor, and now a Christian station, SMILE-FM may start broadcasting from China Township (near Port Huron) on 91.5 FM. CJAM had been airing an eclectic mix of alternative rock, world music and public affairs shows from the University of Windsor since the late '70s. Over the years, it was allowed to increase to 500 watts by agreeing to keep its classification as a non-protected, low-wattage station. Under Canadian rules, "non-protected" means any station can come along and grab the frequency ... WOMC-FM (104.3) 's Dick Purtan will broadcast live from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at Oakland Mall for his 2009 Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Program , and not a moment too soon. The program provides food and shelter to the needy, and those who donate a minimum of $10 a month or $120 a year become members of the Bed and Bread Club, eligible for a Michigan tax credit... Signal interference endangers CJAM-FM (Thu, 2/26)


The 22nd annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to support the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread program in Metro Detroit gathered over $2.2 million dollars in pledges over the 16 hours the event aired from Oakland Mall in Troy on WOMC-FM 104.3. Thanks to an amazing level of support from the community, the event far exceeded what host Purtan predicted as a final total.

A steady parade of celebrities, political and community leaders and area businesses along with hourly incentives kept the hourly totals growing throughout the day and helps the Salvation Army feed and shelter metro Detroiters in need for another year.

In its 22 years the Bed and Bread Radiothon has now raised over $21 million dollars and is the most successful one-day local fundraising effort in the radio industry.

To put this event into some perspective, the day prior to this fundraiser at the Oakland Mall, there was a "Help the Children" Radiothon in New York City. It was hosted by trade publication Variety and aired on 50,000 watt WOR radio. In this troubled economy, they were thrilled to reach a final tally of $240,000. In Detroit, Dick Purtan topped that amount within his first four hours on the air!


Detroit Free Press:

Detroit music is making (air) waves again thanks to the return of Ann Delisi to WDET-FM (101.9) this weekend. "Ann Delisi's Essential Music" -- running from noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays -- is an extension of the station's rededicated focus to reconnect to the city, she says. The Detroit public radio station kicked off its new format, including 10 hours of locally produced music and three hours of live, interactive national news programming, on Monday. Delisi's show was scheduled to debut Saturday. Delisi was previously at 'DET from 1983-95, and also did stints at WDVD-FM, WRCJ-FM (90.9) and CIDR-FM (93.9). Over the past few years, she has stayed busy by focusing on freelance voiceover work, hosting a show on WRCJ and working as director of programming for Emery King's film-and-television production company, where she will continue to work while doing her show. The weekends, however, will be all about the music... Ann Delisi returns to WDET-FM (Sun, 3/1)


Detroit News:

Sports radio host Mike Valenti began his show Wednesday on The Ticket (97.1) by offering an apology for reading on the air a listener comment that made light of the situation involving Corey Smith. Smith is the former Lions player presumed dead in a boating accident in the Gulf of Mexico. On Monday's "Valenti and Foster Show" with co-host and Detroit News reporter Terry Foster, Valenti read instant messages from listeners over the air, including one joke about Smith and another about a capsized boat. Valenti opened Wednesday's show by referencing "a very, very, very stupid decision on my part -- probably the dumbest, most reprehensible decision I've made in my radio career. We were doing instant feedback and I put something flat-out on that never should've gotten on. No one else deserves to get blamed but me"... Ticket host Valenti sorry for reading boater joke (Wed, 3/4)



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit sports-talk radio host Mike Valenti apologized on the air today for reading jokes from listeners about free agent defensive end Corey Smith, who played for the Lions the past three seasons and is lost at sea. Valenti, leading off the "Valenti & Foster Show" on WXYT-FM (97.1), called it "a very, very, very stupid decision on my part, probably the dumbest, most reprehensible decision I've made in my radio career." Smith and three others went on a fishing trip over the weekend off the coast of Tampa, and their boat capsized. One survivor was found. The Coast Guard called off the search for Smith and the two others Tuesday evening. On Monday afternoon, Valenti read two instant messages from listeners -- one joke directly about Smith, another about a capsized boat... WXYT's Mike Valenti apologizes for Corey Smith comments (Wed, 3/4)




After Detroit Lions president Tom Lewand apologized to the family of Corey Smith for "reprehensible'' and "incredibly inappropriate'' remarks that were made on the team's flagship radio station (WXYT 97.1 FM), radio host Mike Valenti apologized to his listeners. During a Monday afternoon show featuring Valenti and co-host Terry Foster, several jokes were made about the situation involving four men who were missing in the Gulf of Mexico, including Lions defensive end Corey Smith. On Tuesday evening, the Coast Guard called off the search. One man was rescued with the boat but the remaining three men, including Smith, are still lost at sea. Here is a transcript from that show... Radio host apologizes for 'reprehensible' comments about Lions' Corey Smith (Wed, 3/4)


Detroit News:

The monthly Arbitron PPM ratings were released last week, and it's interesting to ponder how the new method of measuring the audience, with a portable "People Meter" clipped to one's person instead of a written diary, has changed the ratings. For January, all-news WWJ-AM (950) scored its first No. 1 ranking since 2003, jumping up from a 5.3 in the holiday book, to a 6.0 in January. Not so surprising was that sports station the Ticket, WXYT-FM (97.1) jumped into the Top 10 for the first time, or that WNIC-FM (100.3) took a dive from its holiday high of a 13.2 share after it turned off the Burl Ives tunes, down to 5.7 this past month. Country station WYCD-FM (99.5) jumped from a 4.1 share in December to 5.4 in January, and oldies WOMC-FM (104.3) had a rebound, jumping to a 5.1 share and No. 8 rank, after a dismal 4.2 in December... 'People Meter' changes ratings (Thu, 3/5)


Macomb Daily:

Is Fox 2 newsman Charles Pugh preparing to hang up his microphone to enter the wacky world of Detroit politics? Looks like it, but Charles isn't saying anything -- yet. The 37-year-old television and radio personality earlier this week told us he has something in the works but did acknowledge he will be leaving the air, at least on a temporary basis, early next month. "I'll be making an announcement on the air at 4 o'clock on April 5," Pugh said. The self-described Detroit-aholic, who was born in the Motor City and graduated in 1989 from Murray-Wright High School, won't confirm reports that he's going to run for a seat on the Detroit City Council. Yes, the same city council that currently is presided over by Monica Conyers, the council president who once referred to current Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel as "Shrek." Pugh, the openly gay news reporter who attends numerous charitable events in the city, may be tiring of the daily news grind of carjackings, child killers and standing in the snow for TV weather reports. He also works for WJLB-FM (98.7), as well as reporting for WJBK-TV (Fox 2). In his Myspace profile, Pugh confirms he is "looking forward to my life beyond television and radio. In fact, that life is beginning soon"... Fox 2's Pugh leaving airwaves soon, possibly to seek political office (Fri, 3/6)


The Source-Shelby Twp./SourceNewspapers.com:

Twenty-three-year-old Lauren Podell, once a Utica Community Schools student, can now be found gracing the screens of your television, reporting the evening traffic and general assignments for Local 4 WDIV. Podell has been a resident of Shelby Township for eight years. She is a recent 2008 graduate of Oakland University in Rochester Hills, where she earned a major in communications and minor in journalism. Podell started working for WDIV approximately one year prior to earning her communications degree as a morning traffic reporter. In November 2007, she entered a contest held by Local 4 WDIV searching for their next traffic reporter. More than 300 people auditioned and in the end only two were chosen, Podell herself and now co-worker, Heather Zara. Daughter of Doug Podell, program director and afternoon DJ at WRIF-FM, Podell at one point entertained the idea of becoming a psychologist, but said she knew since she was in junior high she wanted to be on television. "For as long as I remember, nothing else interested me," she said. "My father has been one of my biggest inspirations and supporters. I grew up seeing how much passion he had for the business and I knew I wanted that." As of last month, Podell moved to the evening news where she reports the traffic alongside Ruth Spencer and Kim Adams during the Local 4 News at 4, 5 and 6 p.m. With the recent transition, Podell has already started to expand her role from traffic reporter into more of a news role, where she is able to go live in the field as a general assignment reporter... Township resident serves as on-air TV reporter (Sat, 3/7)


Ann Arbor News:

Ann Arbor news and talk radio station WAAM, which made some gains in the latest ratings for commercial stations in southeast Michigan, is implementing several afternoon programming changes. Lou Dobbs' syndicated live show now airs on WAAM (1600 AM) weekdays from 2- 4 p.m. Glenn Beck's syndicated talk show moves to noon-2 p.m. weekdays to replace Bill O'Reilly's "The Radio Factor." Unchanged is the locally-produced "On The Edge" with Thayrone, talking news and politics weekdays from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. The latest Arbitron ratings for commercial radio stations in this market show that WAAM gained in listenership, going from a 0.9 share in the spring 2008 period to 1.8 share for fall 2008... Ann Arbor's WAAM radio makes lineup changes, gains in ratings (Sat, 3/7)


Toronto Star:

In the midst of an enduring slump by the Big Three automakers and a main street already pockmarked by empty store fronts, the last thing bordertown Windsor needs is to see its number one source of local television news go silent. What makes the imminent closure of CHWI-TV - the A-channel affiliate owned by CTV and slated to go off the air in August - even more puzzling is that the station has a loyal viewership three times the size of its only other Canadian competition, the CBC. As media companies face plunging earnings in a recession-wracked economy, the local news at noon, 6 and 11 p.m. may become the ultimate victim. "The viewers are puzzled and they don't understand, if the station has been so successful, why it's closing," said Cal Johnstone, A Channel's news director in the city of 200,000. "This is what's so crushing for Windsor now. We've built a following, a very faithful, loyal following," agreed anchor Jim Crichton... Throwing salt on Windsor's wounds (Sun, 3/8)


Former WQRS host Dick Wallace to guest on WRCJ FM 90.9 to help fundraiser

WRCJ will welcome back longtime friend and WQRS alumnus Dick Wallace who will reunite with fellow WQRS hosts Chris Felcyn and Dave Wagner for a limited engagement during the station's upcoming fundraiser to support Detroit's Classical & Jazz station. Dick is scheduled to be on 90.9 FM in the afternoons, bringing his inimitable style to WRCJ's Fall Membership Drive, March 26 through April 5.

Become a member or renew your membership on the station's secure website at http://www.wrcjfm.org or by calling (866) 909-9725.



Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair and Medical Career Fair set for March 26

As a pillar of Washtenaw County, Ann Arbor Radio is dedicated to it's listeners as well as branding and building businesses in the area. A healthy business always has quality employees. In that spirit, Ann Arbor Radio is holding a split Career Fair - Thursday March 26th 2009 at the Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest located at 1275 South Huron Ypsilanti MI, 48197. The Career Fair is open to the public from 12 Noon to 7pm. The Career Fair will be divided into two rooms one side is dedicated to the medical industry the other side is open to all other employers.

Employers looking for qualified employees should know that Ann Arbor Radio reaches more than 250,000 people every week. Hundreds of listeners looking to change careers or seeking new careers and networking opportunities are expected at this event. The Ann Arbor Radio Career Fair is open to all employers in the area, and booth space is limited. To reserve your space, call Ann Arbor Radio at (734) 302-8100 or email Shannon Brown for more info at Shannon.brown@cumulus.com.



Ann Arbor Radio adds staff

Ann Arbor Radio-Cumulus Media had added three new account executives Dean Erskine, Ira Weintraub and Marcie Van Black as of March 2nd.

A 35 year radio veteran, Ann Arbor native Dean Erskine was a Pioneer H.S. student when he got his start on WPAG, one of the original broadcast outlets of University of Michigan Football. Dean worked his way up from announcer to morning show host, eventually becoming program director and sales manager at stations in the Ann Arbor market. He also worked as a radio account executive in the Toledo market. Dean has overseen game day operations for University of Michigan football broadcasts, and also co-hosted the Michigan Football Tailgates with Lucy Ann Lance. He also owns Erskine Audio where he produces commercial and industrial voiceovers for nationwide clients. Dean's community work includes numerous hours volunteering at the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

Ira Weintraub age 33 has over 14 years of professional experience in the media, including more than 11 years in sports radio in the Washington, D.C. area, first at Sports Talk 980 then at Red Zebra Broadcasting's Redskins Radio. Marcie Van Black graduated Cum Laude from Eastern Michigan University in 2001. Her major was in Telecommunications & Film with a double minor in Marketing & Communications.



WDET to host town hall meeting with DPS emergency financial manager

Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager, Detroit Public Schools will be interviewed by Bankole Thompson, senior editor of The Michigan Chronicle and WDET-FM. This will be Bobb's first in-depth interview, and his first forum for the general public since taking the job, early this month, as emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public.

The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at Wayne State University's Community Arts Auditorium, located on Reuther Mall, east of Anthony Wayne Drive, west of Cass Ave. and south of Palmer. Paid parking is available in Structure No. 1, north of the Community Arts Auditorium on Palmer or Structure No. 5 at the corner of Anthony Wayne Drive and W. Kirby. $3.50 in cash and coin is required at the automated gate.

The purpose of the Town Hall session is to provide the public with a thorough, incisive view into the school district evaluation process and to give the audience an opportunity to ask questions.

The audio from the event will be broadcast on WDET Radio, 101.9FM, on Thursday, March 26, at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.Bankole Thompson will be host/producer with WDET's Noah Ovshinsky as co-producer.



Metro Times:

Bill Bonds may or may not be a classic, but there's no denying he's a doozy. "Got a second?" Detroit's most legendary TV newsman asks, laying down his phone to riffle through some papers. "Here's some names for you. Jimmy Hoffa. John F. Kennedy. Robert Kennedy. Ronald Reagan. George Wallace. Richard Nixon. Gerald Ford. Medgar Evers. Martin Luther King. Malcolm X. Bill Clinton. Do you know what they all have in common?" "Let me guess. They were all interviewed by Bill Bonds?" "That's right. And of those 11, six of them were shot and killed. Wallace was shot and paralyzed. Reagan was shot. Ford was shot at and missed. Clinton was impeached. Nixon should have been impeached, and if so he would have been found guilty. That's 11 guys I interviewed, more than once. And look what happened to them! So if Bill Bonds ever walks up to you and he's got a microphone, don't talk to him. Run the other way! Put that in your newspaper!" Well, I think I just will. The generation that recognizes the silver-topped baritone as pitchman for furniture chains and personal injury lawyers might wonder what the hell he's ranting about, but from the '67 riots until he left the Channel 7 (WXYZ) anchor desk in 1995, Bill Bonds was the face of television news in Detroit... TV party (Wed, 3/11)



WRIF wants to see your tatoos

Whether you have an angel, dragon, tribal design, butterfly, celtic knot or even an image of a family member adorning your skin, WRIF wants you to "Show Us Your Tats!" The new Show Us Your Tats section of WRIF.com allows listeners to upload images of their tattoos and share the stories behind them.

According to WRIF Program Director Mark Pennington, "Over the years we've seen listeners with some amazing tattoos and wanted to give them place to show them off."

Another feature of the Show Us Your Tats section is the ability for WRIF listeners to "rate" tattoos featured in the section on a scale of 1 to 10.


WLBY Ann Arbor making lineup changes effective Mar. 16; Lucy Ann Lance returning

On Monday, March 16th, AM 1290 WLBY will become Ann Arbor's Business Talk Radio. Cumulus management says the new format will serve the growing need for intelligent financial and business information in Washtenaw County.

"Talk radio doesn't have to be LEFT or RIGHT...but good for all. Dave Ramsey, Clark Howard and Lucy Ann Lance will provide that platform for Ann Arbor everyday on 1290 AM", commented Scott Meier, General Manager for Ann Arbor Radio.

With the addition of The Lucy Ann Lance Program M-F from 9am to 12pm (effective Monday, March 23rd), Business Talk 1290 WLBY will serve as a media platform for local business owners and organizations. Business Talk 1290 WLBY will provide relevant information for people who want to learn more about the global economic climate.

"Ann Arbor deserves a local Business Station... to help local business men and women tell their stories! We plan on providing a media platform for the good news of our community, from SPARK, the DDA, the local CVB's Chambers and startup companies", continued Meier.

The new Business Talk 1290 WLBY weekday lineup will feature Doug Stephan's Good Day from 4am to 9am, Lucy Ann Lance from 9am to 12pm (effective Monday, March 23rd), The Dave Ramsey Show from 2pm to 5pm and Clark Howard from 5pm to 8pm.


Detroit Free Press:

The love affair between metro Detroit and its vintage TV stars is a devoted one. Even in the YouTube era, the men and women who used to rule the cathode-ray tube are still the kings and queens of our hearts. That's one reason the exhibit opening today at the Detroit Historical Museum feels so right. "Detroit's Classic TV Personalities" pays tribute to a cross-section of broadcasting legends through the years -- entertainer Soupy Sales, the late movie host Bill Kennedy, local anchors Bill Bonds, Emery King and Amyre Makupson, and a duo that switched over from news to talk, John Kelly and Marilyn Turner. In the local celebrity galaxy, TV people hold a special place... Historical Museum presents tribute to Detroit's classic TV (Sat, 3/14)



Detroit News:

The February sweeps period proved to be a prosperous time for WDIV-TV (Channel 4). For the first time since May 2001, WDIV has the No. 1 newscast at 5 and 6 p.m., which are anchored by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian. It is a distinction WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) has boasted all this time thanks to its strong lead-in, "The Oprah Winfrey Show," until now. The sweeps period, which allows broadcasters to set ad rates, ended last week. In that time, WDIV's "Local 4 News at 5" garnered a 6.9 rating /14 share in Metro Detroit households. Ratings points represent 1 percent of the total viewership and the share represents the number of TVs in use. Each ratings point represents 19,270 local households. In comparison, WXYZ's "Action News 5 p.m." pulled a 6.5 rating /14 share... WDIV-TV takes lead in February sweeps (Fri, 3/13)



Final Four meets Economic Stimulus on The Ticket

To celebrate the March college basketball tournament in Detroit, "Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk, Novi's premiere entertainment and family fun destination, is joining with 97.1 The Ticket, for two Saturday events that will test hoop prowess for a chance to "Crack the Safe" and win $97,100.

"Crack the Safe" events will be held Saturday, March 21 from 5 to 7 p.m., and Saturday, March 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk's latest offering: Fusion Health & Fitness Club. 97.1 The Ticket on-air hosts Terry Foster and Bill McAllister will oversee the festivities, which will feature an opportunity, both nights, for participants to decipher a four-digit code to "crack" a Plexiglas safe and win the cash--if they can sink a specified number of free throws first.

"Fusion is all about taking a healthy approach to mind and body, so why not afford some individuals the opportunity to pump up their pocket books?" said Paul Wright, owner of Fusion Health & Fitness. "$97,100 will take anyone a long way towards fiscal fitness!"

Added Kim Peterson of Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk: "We wanted to do something fun and different in celebration of the madness that surrounds college basketball each March. With the tournament in Detroit this year and Fusion just opening with their brand new basketball court, the timing was ideal for these near six-figure festivities."

Potential safecrackers also will be registered for drawings for various prizes, including gift certificates to catch all the hoops action at Twelve Mile Crossing at Fountain Walk restaurants Bar Louie, Buffalo Wild Wings, Hooters and Lucky's.


Ann Arbor News:

WLBY, Ann Arbor's liberal talk radio station, will drop the Air America format Monday in favor of programming from the Business Talk Radio Network. The new Business Talk 1290 AM weekday lineup will feature the nationally-syndicated show "Doug Stephan's Good Day" from 4 to 9 a.m. That will be followed by local programming from Lucy Ann Lance from 9 a.m. to noon (effective March 23), the nationally-syndicated financial advice call-in program "The Dave Ramsey Show" from 2 to 5 p.m. and programming from national consumer advocate Clark Howard from 5 to 8 p.m. Lance's Saturday show, which began in January, will continue in the 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. time slot. Lou Perry's local call-in program will air from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. General manager Scott Meier said the new format will serve a growing need for intelligent financial and business information in Washtenaw County. No change in call letters is planned. The station is owned by Cumulus Media, which also owns three other stations in this market: WQKL, WWWW and WTKA... Ann Arbor's WLBY to switch to programming from the Business Talk Radio Network (Sat, 3/14)


Detroit News:

Television anchorwoman Lila Lazarus and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) have parted ways. "She is no longer with the station. Her contract has not been renewed," a station spokeswoman said Tuesday. When asked why Channel 2 didn't pick up Lazarus' contract, the spokeswoman said WJBK had no comment. Lazarus, a graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, the University of Michigan and Kalamazoo College, joined WJBK in March 2006. While at the local Fox affiliate, Lazarus worked as a morning anchor and health reporter. Before going to WJBK, Lazarus held a very similar job at WDIV-TV (Channel 4) where she worked for 10 years until 2005... Anchorwoman Lila Lazarus dropped from Channel 2 (Tue, 3/17)



WADL TV38 announces classic comedy block

WADL TV-38, marketed as Detroit's Urban TV station, will be adding new programming that includes legendary favorites to the station's spring line-up. The new additions to the classic TV programs the station is already airing will include: I Love Lucy, Happy Days, The Honeymooners, The Beverly Hillbillies and The Andy Griffith Show.

"The Classic Comedy Block will be a great family addition to our programming. These programs bring back great memories and we have the opportunity to make them available to all of our viewers," commented Denise Dody Johnson, WADL Marketing Director.




WYCD Hosts Online Auction For Make-A-Wish: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT and GORDON CHEVROLET of DETROIT have partnered up for a special online auction benefiting the MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION of MICHIGAN. Bidding is taking place now through APRIL 8th at 11:59p (ET) at www.wycd.com, on items like a DISNEY theme park flyaway for two, a guitar autographed by WYCD's "10 MAN JAM" artists and a hockey puck autographed by NICKLAS LIDSTROM of the DETROIT RED WINGS. Click here for more info. For more on the MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION of MICHIGAN, visit www.wishmich.org. (Mon, 3/16)


Detroit News:

Former Detroit News TV writer Tim Kiska, guest curator for the "Detroit Classic TV Personalities" exhibit, has a new book out, "A Newscast for the Masses: The History of Detroit Television News" (Wayne State University Press, $24.95.) The book traces the history of broadcast news, going back to the first radio station in Detroit: WWJ, launched in 1920 by The Detroit News from a control panel in The News' garage. The News started Detroit's first TV station, WWJ-TV, on June 3, 1947. A year later, WJBK-TV and WXYZ-TV went on the air. To put things in perspective, Kiska reports that in the late '40s, Detroit stores were advertising TV sets ranging in price from $345 to $985. In today's dollars, that would amount to an astounding $2,552 to $8,383. The book recounts the facts in a scholarly way, but also includes stories about the wild early days of TV... New book traces history of Detroit television (Wed, 3/18)

Here's what you need to know about Detroit television: A literary genius couldn't make up the characters involved, from the wild and woolly early days of the 1950s up to the '80s, when focus groups and consultants took most of the spontaneity out of it. Now the Detroit Historical Museum is saluting Detroit's local flavor with an exhibit, "Detroit's Classic TV Personalities," running now through Labor Day. The exhibit highlights seven personalities.. Detroit's TV royalty (Wed, 3/18)

The planned live debate March 25 between Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. and Dave Bing looks like it's off because the basketball icon is balking at a change in format from a forum to a one-on-one debate. Instead, a panel composed of representatives from The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press will participate in a question-and-answer session with the mayor for a live broadcast on WADL-TV (Channel 38). Bing has steadfastly been opposed to debating Cockrel unless Cockrel makes his personal finances public like the Pistons legend did months ago... Mayoral TV debate off; only Cockrel to appear (Wed, 3/18)




'Big Boy' Morphs To 'Chunky' At 92.3 NOW FM: Former CLEAR CHANNEL WKQI (CHANNEL 95.5)/DETROIT night stud BIG BOY has followed CBS VP/Top 40 Programming DOM THEODORE to NOO YAWK as the new 7-11p personality at CBS Top 40 WXRK (92.3 NOW FM). He's BIG BOY no more -- now using the nom de aire, CHUNKY. (Wed, 3/18)


Detroit News:

There's one less liberal radio station in southeastern Michigan since Ann Arbor's Cumulus -owned WLBY-AM (1290 ) has dumped its affiliation with Air America and flipped formats to "business talk and news." Local liberal talk host Lou Perry will keep his 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday talk/call-in show on WLBY. He managed to escape the ax because he has solid advertiser support (Suburban Collection, Big Boy) and a base of listeners. Perry is marking his 45th year in broadcasting, and he bills his Sunday show on WLBY as the "only" live progressive talk show in southeastern Michigan. Peter Werbe would have a bone to pick with that claim, since Werbe is in his 38th year of hosting "Nightcall," the live call-in/talk show that airs from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. on Detroit rock station WRIF-FM (101.1) . And certainly Mitch Albom may be the lone progressive at WJR-AM (760 ), but he's there ... Speaking of money, Arthur Penhallow has been off the WRIF-FM (101.1) airwaves since his contract expired in February. Greater Media general manager John Gallagher says he'll probably talk to Penhallow today or tomorrow to see what the basso-voiced vet wants to do... Liberal host survives WLBY format changes (Thu, 3/19)

Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit will host WRIF's "Screamin" Scott Randall as part of its 2009 "Bowling for Jobs" campaign to fight unemployment across Metro Detroit. Randall will be on-site (at Taylor Lanes) from 1-4 p.m. Sunday with T-shirts and other giveaways while cheering on the bowlers who have come to help their friends and neighbors find jobs... 'Bowling for Jobs' fundraiser to feature WRIF's Randall (Thu, 3/19)


Detroit News:

WJBK-TV (Channel 2) is still No. 1 in the morning according to the ratings. The station's early-riser show "Fox 2 News Morning" grabbed the top spot during the February sweeps period, which came to an end earlier this month. Sweeps numbers are used to set advertising rates. Nationally, many markets are measuring ratings results accrued this month, per the suggestion of Nielsen Media Research. The Illinois-based firm made the change from February to March this year because of the original digital conversion date and stuck to it even after the government's delay to June. As a result of the delay, markets like Detroit are still looking at February ratings to better compare annual increases and deficits between 2008 and 2009... WJBK dominates Metro Detroit morning television ratings (Fri, 3/20)

Taking a page from the Jay Leno book of economic relief for recession-punched Detroiters, Dr. Phil McGraw will make two free appearances in Detroit next month. Appropriately, he'll talk about how to meet the challenges of living with purpose when times are tough. McGraw, the opinionated host of the popular "Dr. Phil" show, which airs on Channel 62 (WWJ), will appear at 7:30 p.m. on April 1 at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts and at 2 p.m. onApril 2 at I Am My Brother's Keeper Ministry... Dr. Phil to host two free TV tapings in Detroit (Fri, 3/20)

There's a patio! He can see it! Right there, out the window of his downtown sub shop! "Omigod," says Ron Cameron, the semi-famous, downwardly mobile sportscaster, "it's bigger than I thought!" He's been prepping the shop for weeks, getting ready for yesterday's opening. You'd think he might have counted the number of circular concrete tables on the patio before -- six, plus two wide benches. But he's always been better at imagination than details, and besides, surprises are exciting! Cameron, 64, is like a human nail gun, spitting out exclamation points. Two guys in their 30s walk past on Washington Boulevard, headed for a Red Wings game, and they're both wearing Nicklas Lidstrom jerseys. "That's interesting!" he says ... Thirty years ago, the games made him a star. He had a sports talk show on what's now WXYT-AM (1270), and he pulled serious ratings. From 1984-91, in the early days of cable, he and Bob Page hosted a show called "Sports View"... Ex-big leaguer's subs could be a hit (Fri, 3/20)



Hospice of Michigan documentary to air on Detroit Public Television Monday, March 23 and Sunday, March 29

Hospice of Michigan, one of the nation's leading non-profit hospice organizations, has produced a documentary film called Except for Six that will be televised on Detroit Public Television on Monday, March 23 from 9 - 10 pm, and on Sunday, March 29 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm.

Beginning with a strong desire to illuminate a tough subject -- dying -- and change the way people think about end-of-life, Hospice of Michigan embarked on creating a documentary that would be engaging and honest about one of the most important life passages. Except for Six tells the story of three people who are living with terminal illnesses, shows choices they make, and the individual ways they choose to live out their lives.

The documentary has been previewed by individuals from within the documentary film industry, including award-winning documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, who said of the film, "This is a heart-felt and important film that takes a subject that most of us would rather ignore and humanizes it. From the dedicated doctors and caregivers to the heroic patients, this is the story of what will happen to all of us."

"Storytelling is the best way to share information and get people to see subjects in new ways," said Dottie Deremo, president and CEO of Hospice of Michigan. "The documentary film, Except for Six, uses humor and emotion to tell the moving stories of three people, and hopefully will get the viewer thinking about a topic they might otherwise avoid. We are very excited that the documentary will be televised on Detroit Public Television, and we hope people will watch."

The film was directed by Matt Burnell, a young filmmaker from Grand Rapids. He and his crew spent many hours with the patients and families whose stories are told in the documentary. Burnell said, "In a very short time, the patients and their families became accustomed to us being there, and we had the privilege of observing this very special time. As a result, we are able to share one of life's most natural events with the audience."

The title of the documentary, Except for Six, has a double meaning. Ron Christie, the 69-year-old man whose story is told in the film, spoke behind-the-scenes about the importance and value he placed on the "six people who carry you to your final resting place." In hospice care, patients are referred to a hospice program when it is believed they have six months or fewer to live.

The film was edited locally by Derek Swanson of Mad River Post in Royal Oak.

Hospice of Michigan is one of the leading non-profit hospice organizations in the country, and the state's largest hospice organization serving more than 900 patients every day. Hospice of Michigan's mission is to care for all who need and seek our care regardless of age, diagnosis, or ability to pay. The documentary film Except for Six is part of a public awareness campaign from Hospice of Michigan called "Have You Had the Talk?" For more information about the campaign, go to haveyouhadthetalk.com. Hospice of Michigan, with headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, and offices located in 17 communities, serves patients and their families in more than 60 counties in the state of Michigan.


For the first time, FOX Sports Detroit's collection of channels will present simultaneous telecasts of the same game, but from two different perspectives, when the Pistons take on the Los Angeles Lakers at the Palace on Thursday, March 26. The traditional game coverage will appear on FOX Sports Detroit and in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit HD. Meanwhile, FOX Sports Detroit PLUS presents a "Match-up Cam" telecast, with devoted cameras isolating on key battles throughout the game among the many stars on each team.

"We are looking forward to this unique, creative and compelling use of our PLUS service," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "We hope fans that are enjoying the traditional high-quality telecast on our main service will be intrigued to sample PLUS to see an isolated view of just how hard these great athletes work during the course of a game."

Coverage on all channels begins at 6:30 PM with Pistons Insider, followed by Pistons Live at 7:00 and the game at 7:30. Game audio will be the same on all channels with play-by-play announcer George Blaha, analyst Greg Kelser, along with sideline reporters Ryan Field and Eli Zaret. Field hosts Pistons Live pregame, while Mickey York hosts the postgame edition.

For FOX Sports PLUS channel numbers, visit www.foxsports.com/detroit.



Grand Rapids Press:

If you want to watch unbeaten Catholic Central and Lakeview compete in a Class B semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday for a spot in Saturday's girls basketball state championship - and you cannot make it to Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center - you can follow it live on the Internet. The Michigan High School Athletic Association Network will stream video of all four Class A and Class B semifinals at MHSAA.TV. Semifinal games also will be available finals for cable viewing on Comcast Channel 900, pending availability of the station's time... (Fri, 3/20)


Ann Arbor Radio adds daily business program hosted Lucy Ann Lance

Ann Arbor's Business Talk 1290 WLBY (WLBY-AM) has added well known Ann Arbor radio personality Lucy Ann Lance to it's weekday lineup. "The Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider" airs Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Ann Arbor Radio says "The Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider" is Michigan's most comprehensive business radio show, taking listeners from Main Street to Wall Street. The show includes conversations with reporters from Michigan Business Review, innovative speakers from SPARK, business educators from the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, commentaries from local business people, business ideas from entrepreneurs, and updates from the area's Chambers of Commerce.

From high-tech to health care, automotive and retail, "The Lucy Ann Lance Business Insider" plans on putting its listeners on the inside on Michigan's business news.



Detroit Free Press:

WEMU-FM (89.1), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, will broadcast part of its spring pledge drive live from Ann Arbor's Michigan Theater. The fun begins at 6 a.m. Friday with a special edition of film segment "Cinema Chat." Russ Collin, the Michigan Theater's executive director, and Debra Polich, president of Artrain, will join WEMU's David Fair in asking for pledges for three hours during NPR's "Morning Edition"... Names and Faces (Mon, 3/23)




WYCD Hosts Online Auction For Make-A-Wish: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT and GORDON CHEVROLET of DETROIT have partnered up for a special online auction benefiting the MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION of MICHIGAN. Bidding is taking place now through APRIL 8th at 11:59p (ET) at www.wycd.com, on items like a DISNEY theme park flyaway for two, a guitar autographed by WYCD's "10 MAN JAM" artists and a hockey puck autographed by NICKLAS LIDSTROM of the DETROIT RED WINGS. Click here for more info. For more on the MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION of MICHIGAN, visit www.wishmich.org. (Mon, 3/16)


George Kell, Baseball Hall of Famer and popular broadcaster dies at age 86

George Kell, Hall of Fame baseball player for the Detroit Tigers among other teams, has died at the age of 86 in his hometown of Swifton, Arkansas according to various broadcast reports. In addition to his successful playing career, Kell was also an immensely popular broadcaster for the Tigers, both on radio and television. That portion of his baseball career lasted 37 years. His most memorable broadcasting work was on TV on Channel 4 during the years he was paired with fellow hall-of-famer Al Kaline in the booth. Kell also partnered with the legendary Ernie Harwell.

Kell's playing career was from 1943-57 and he was with the Tigers from 1946-52. He also played for the Philadelphia Athletics, Boston Red Sox, Baltimore Orioles, and Chicago White Sox and was induced into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1983. He was a career .306 hitter, won the American League batting championship in 1949, and was a 10-time All-Star.



FOX Sports Detroit to re-air 2005 special in memory of George Kell

FOX Sports Detroit joins Tigers fans everywhere in mourning the passing of Hall of Fame third baseman and longtime Tigers broadcaster George Kell.

Tune in Wednesday (7:30 & 10:00 pm) and Sunday (12:30 & 4:00 pm) for an encore presentation of the 2005 half-hour special "FSN Basement: All-Star Edition," featuring interviews with Kell and Al Kaline, each recalling their numerous All-Star Game appearances, special memories of playing for the Tigers and their several years working together in the television booth.

Also, FOX Sports Detroit announcers Mario Impemba and John Keating provided tributes to Kell:

- From Mario Impemba, Tigers play-by-play announcer, FOX Sports Detroit: "Growing up in Detroit, Mr. Kell had a big impact on my desire to become a broadcaster. He had a unique voice that featured a smooth southern charm. People knew they were watching Tigers baseball when they heard George's voice every summer."

- From John Keating, TIGERS LIVE host, FOX Sports Detroit: "One of the highlights of my broadcasting career was our trip to interview George at his home in Swifton, Arkansas.... just to talk baseball and his place in Detroit's sporting history. He was gracious and warm to those of us who were still involved with the Tigers. He still watched every Tigers game and enjoyed it with no regrets about stepping away from the broadcast booth. To those of us who grew up with George and Al and Ernie and Paul Carey, they shaped the standard for broadcasting sports in our town. It is less of a 'bright and sunshiny day' in Michigan."



WDET's Town Hall Meeting with Robert Bobb scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25, 2009, has been canceled due to a personal emergency. Mr. Bobb asked WDET to reschedule the Town Hall Meeting to a later date, but is still expected to take place at the Community Arts Auditorium of Wayne State University, as previously planned. Listen to 101.9 WDET for information about the new date of the Town Hall Meeting with Robert Bobb and check back to www.wdet.org for updated details.


Troubled economy claims two from Purtan's People

John 'Ankles' Stewart and Dana Mills, both longtime contributors to Dick Purtan's morning program heard on oldies WOMC FM 104.3, have been let go as part of cutbacks by CBS Radio. Stewart was the longtime engineer and Mills the news anchor. Their last day with WOMC was yesterday.

Profiles of the duo remained on the WOMC web site this morning:

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, John Stewart started his radio career in 1974 in Ottawa at CFGO. Two years later, he moved a little closer to home and continued his profession at the Big 8, CKLW in downtown Windsor where he was the FM Production Director. There he worked with the likes of Super Max, Brother Bill Gable, World Famous Pat Holiday, Johnny Williams and Deano Day. In 1978, Dick Purtan arrived on the scene and asked John to fill in for a vacationing engineer. Since then, we have all become accustomed to his contagious laugh and Canadian wit filling the radio airwaves on the Dick Purtan Show.

In December 1983, John became known to the faithful listening audience as "Ankles." Being a Lions fan and desperately trying to receive a blacked out game; he experimented with the reception on his TV by adjusting the antenna. The only thing he adjusted were the bones in his ankle after falling off the roof. As the Morning Show engineer, Ankles is the man who pushes all of the right buttons - usually. But if you hear a mistake on the air, undoubtedly it was John's fault. However, as any regular listener of the Purtan Show knows, Ankles' main responsibility is providing a "live" laugh track to support Purtan and Purtan's People's brand of humor, even when the material isn't very funny. That takes a professional laugher.

Dana Mills is the News Director and News Anchor on "The Dick Purtan Show" on WOMC. She was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. She started her radio career in her hometown, worked in radio and television in Cleveland, then moved to Denver where she lived and worked in radio and TV for 11 years. Dana came to Detroit in 1993 to be the co-host of the Afternoon News Center on WJR . She later joined Dick Purtan and Purtan's People in April of 1996.

Dana has also added several voice characterizations to the show. So, after years of building up a respected journalistic portfolio, Dana has thrown it all down the drain by doing silly voices. Dana has also gained a following with her popular feature "At Home With Dana Mills", which offers Martha Stewart-like tips to listeners. The big difference between Dana and Martha is that people laugh with Dana - and that's a good thing.

Dana has one daughter, 16 year old Samantha. They enjoy Tennis, golf, skiing and spending time "up north" together. They also love their little Lhasa Apso, Missy. Dana Mills and all of Purtan's People can be heard on "The Dick Purtan Show" from 5am to 10am on WOMC.

Purtan commented on the departures during this morning's program, saying that yesterday was a very sad day and wishing the duo well as they continue their careers. Purtan also said the decisions were made by someone higher up in the chain of command at CBS radio.



Detroit Public TV switching off analog transmitter April 16; nearing end of capital campaign

WTVS Channel 56 has filed with the FCC plans to terminate its analog over-the-air signal on April 16th and shift to all-digital transmission. The move is in advance of the new June date that many of the rest of the state's TV station's will follow. Detroit Public TV has been warning viewers that its analog transmitter is nearing the end of its lifespan and that the switch to all-digital would likely be happening before June, possibly without warning.

The Campaign for Detroit Public Television is nearing its goal of raising $22 million dollars by March 31st and at last report was about $500,000 shy of a mark that will kick in a $1.25 grant from Kresge Foundation to complete the effort. Visit dptv.org to contribute or for more information.



Familiar voices lend hand to help WRCJ fundraiser

Classical/Jazz WRCJ 90.9 is welcoming back WQRS alumni Dick Wallace and Carl Grapentine for some guest hosting in support of the station's spring fundraising drive, which started today and runs through April 5th. Carl Grapentine, who is also the public address announcer for University of Michigan football in addition to hosting mornings at classical WFMT Chicago, will host on 90.9 FM on Saturday, March 28, from 1-4 p.m., and Dick Wallace will be the afternoon music host from 4-7 p.m., from March 30 to April 3.

More info on WRCJ's fundraiser is available at www.wrcjfm.org.




CJAM/Windsor Gets OK To Change Frequencies: The UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR has received CRTC approval to move its CJAM/WINDSOR, ON from 91.5 to 99.1 FM, reducing power from 914 to 456 watts and going from a directional low-power station without interference protectionto an omnidirectional Class A facility with protection. The move follows negotiations with the FCC and CANADA's Department of Industry to allow the station to change frequencies due to the addition of a noncommercial station on 91.5 FM in CHINA TWP., MI, granted to SMILE FM. (Thu, 3/26)

WYCD Offers A Swift Experience: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT is launching the "TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless Experience." The interactive mobile promotional vehicle features TAYLOR memorabilia and music, such as the dress she wore in the "Our Song" video, behind-the-scenes video, tons of photos and more. In addition, fans can sing karaoke to their favorite TAYLOR song and sign a guest book that will be presented to her this summer. The unit will visit shopping malls, schools, festivals and community events throughout the summer, with specific location information being announced on WYCD. MOTOR CITY area high school students are encouraged to visit www.WYCD.com and enter to have the "TAYLOR SWIFT Fearless Experience" brought to their high school. While at their school, students can compete in a High School TAYLOR SWIFT Karaoke Contest and one lucky winner will win a trip for two to the CMA MUSIC FEST this summer in NASHVILLE. They will also have the chance to show off their vocal skills in front of a BIG MACHINE/NASHVILLE music executive. Visit the website for complete contest rules. (Thu, 3/26)

Ticket/Detroit's Bigby Adds OM Duties For The Fan/Dallas: CBS RADIO VP of Strategic Programming and Sports WXYT-A-F (97.1 THE TICKET)/DETROIT PD TOM BIGBY adds duties as Operations Manager at sister Sports KRLD-F (105.3 THE FAN)/DALLAS, effective MARCH 30. BIGBY will work with PD GAVIN SPITTLE to run the station, which flipped from Talk earlier this year. BIGBY worked in the DALLAS market at Oldies KLUV and News-Talk KRLD-A, and was formerly PD at Sports WIP-A/PHILADELPHIA ... "TOM's vision and outstanding leadership skills quickly helped establish 97.1 THE TICKET," said DETROIT Market Manager DEB KENYON. "I have no doubt he will have a similar impact in the Dallas market. TOM is truly a difference maker." (Wed, 3/25)

Dymond Named Market Mgr. At Connoisseur/Erie: Former RADIO ONE DETROIT GSM NANCY DYMOND lands at CONNOISSEUR's ERIE cluster as Market Manager. DYMOND has been consulting DETROIT PUBLIC TELEVISION since exiting RADIO ONE; she previously served as Market Manager for CUMULUS' FLINT cluster, VP/GM at FRITZ BROADCASTING's LANSING and SAGINAW stations, and VP/GM at REAMS BROADCASTING's TOLEDO and FLINT stations.(Wed, 3/25)


Are Arthur Penhallow's days over at WRIF?

After 39 years holding down afternoon drive on rock WRIF Detroit, dating back to when the station was WXYZ-FM, it appears that contract talks between the Grand Poobah of Detroit rock and WRIF owner Greater Media might have broken down. Early this morning Penhallow posted on his Facebook page the following message, "It appears that my days in Detroit radio are over for now. Thanks for your support over the last 39 years....I shall return." The revelation has been followed by numerous messages of support and surprise.

If there isn't a last-minute solution, it'll complete what amounts to a complete overhaul of the weekday lineup at WRIF over the past couple of years. The first big shake-up was the departure of Drew Lane from the morning program, leaving Mike Clark. Doug Podell recently stepped down from middays, replaced by Anne Carlini, and now it appears that the afternoon drive slot will have to be filled by someone new for the first time since 1970 on 101.1 FM. Penhallow has been off the WRIF airwaves for over a month already as contract negotiations were underway - his prior deal ended in February.



The Oakland Press:

The 2009 Pistons Care Telethon, which culminated in a 17-hour telethon day and telecast of the team's game on March 11, raised more than $450,000 in pledges to benefit Feed The Children, with 100 percent of proceeds going to families in critical need of food and basic necessities throughout the state of Michigan. The pledge total will allow FTC to help sustain 25,000 families with food and personal care items... Pistons Care Telethon nets $450K in pledges (Thu, 3/26)



Detroit News:

Charles Pugh is officially leaving WJBK-TV (Channel 2). The former weekend anchor and reporter says Thursday was his last day at the Fox affiliate. Pugh could not be reached for comment, but on his Facebook page he posted the following message: "The transition has BEGUN!!! The big announcement is coming." A WJBK spokeswoman confirms that Pugh is leaving the station and says that he will return as a special guest on "Fox 2 News Weekend" Saturday to announce and confirm future plans... Charles Pugh leaves WJBK (Fri, 3/27)

Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV (Channel 56), has five days to raise the money the local PBS affiliate needs to complete its historic $22 million capital campaign and prepare for the industry's digital future by June. So far, DPTV has raised $20.15 million. That puts the station less than $500,000 away from fulfilling its campaign obligations, which would trigger a $1.25 million Kresge Foundation challenge grant. DPTV has until Tuesday to make this happen... WTVS-TV is close to its goal (Fri, 3/27)



Detroit Free Press:

In these difficult times, Americans are looking for institutions they can trust, and that offer real value to their lives, the lives of their families and to their local communities. For 53 years, Detroit Public Television (Channel 56) has met that important standard in this community. With your help and your loyalty, DPTV and PBS have offered what has become the most trusted content on television for six years in a row, according to the national Roper Study. And we now make that content extensively available online, too. I am enthusiastic about serving as chair of the DPTV Board of Trustees, and to lead such a vital institution. Even in an era of more channels and more media than ever before, DPTV's average viewership has grown by more than 4% in prime time this season -- fastest of any public station in the top 20 metropolitan areas. It is an audience of 1.6 million people a week depending on public television for independence and wholesome programming that uplifts, rather than degrades... Help Detroit Public TV tune in to future (Fri, 3/27)

Want to take a ride with the No. 1 artist in the country? WYCD-FM (99.5) will debut the Taylor Swift Fearless Experience, an interactive mobile promotional unit showcasing Swift memorabilia and music, at 10:30 a.m. today at Lake Shore High School in St. Clair Shores. The rolling museum, says Tim Roberts, WYCD program director, is filled with cool stuff. The promotion includes a karaoke contest, and the grand prize winner gets to fly to Nashville to be on the Great American Country cable channel and sing for music executives at Big Machine, Swift's label ... WRCJ-FM (90.9), Detroit's classical and jazz music station, is holding its spring membership drive through April 5. As part of the drive, Dick Wallace and Carl Grapentine -- well-known to Detroit listeners from their years on the former classical music station WQRS-FM (105.1) -- are holding down guest-host slots on the public radio station... Names and Faces (Fri, 3/27)



Ann Arbor News:

WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station (89.1 FM) is taking its show on the road with a live pledge drive broadcast from the Michigan Theater. Live fundraising, which began Friday, continues at the Michigan Saturday from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. On Sunday, Arwulf Arwulf will be live with Sunday Best from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday live broadcasts take place 9 a.m.-4 p.m. each day... WEMU fund drive comes to Michigan Theater (Fri, 3/27)



Windsor Star:

CBC will reduce its English radio staff in Windsor by seven positions in May, but the morning and afternoon shows will stay on the air. There will also be layoffs at CBET-Channel 9, but the actual number won't be known until mid-April when a retirement incentive program is rolled out. While Windsor's Early Shift, hosted by Tony Doucette, and Barbara Peacock's Crosstown will remain on the air, the midday Ontario Today program out of Ottawa will be cut from two hours to one. Windsor's 6 p.m. newscast on Channel 9 won't be affected by cuts announced Thursday by Richard Stursberg, CBC's executive vice-president of English services. A total of 80 news positions were cut, along with 313 more in sports, entertainment, current affairs and support staff... CBC English radio to cut seven positions (Fri, 3/27)

Windsor's Channel 9 is safe for now, but jobs will be lost in the wake of Wednesday's announcement that CBC will slash 800 jobs from its payroll by mid-May. Six French-language jobs in Windsor are already gone, said a local union spokeswoman, and as many as eight more English jobs could vanish today. Celine Pelletier, president of Windsor's Canadian Media Guild local, said French TV and radio will be cut from nine employees to three as part of a network-wide move to save $171 million in operating costs. CBC president Hubert Lacroix told employees Wednesday up to 393 jobs will be cut in English radio and TV, with another 336 in French and 73 corporate positions. As well, the network plans to sell off $125 million worth of assets. But Jeff Keay, a CBC spokesman in Toronto, said that won't mean TV stations like Windsor's CBET (channel 9, cable 10)... CBC to spare local station (Thu, 3/26)


Detroit Free Press:

Detroit mayoral candidate Dave Bing spent nearly twice as much as Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. on radio and TV advertising in the two weeks before the Feb. 24 special primary, campaign finance reports show. The reports, which became available Friday, show Bing spent $350,691 on broadcast advertising between Feb. 9 and Feb. 24, while Cockrel spent $195,600. The spending dwarfed efforts by other candidates, including that of Freman Hendrix, who spent $173,330 on his entire campaign... Bing leader on TV, radio ad spending in Detroit mayoral race (Sat, 3/28)



Detroit News:

Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. and businessman Dave Bing will participate in a live televised debate April 23 on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), station officials announced tonight. The debate is set for 8-9 p.m. and is co-sponsored by the Michigan Chronicle, WJR and 92.3 WMXD. The two candidates have agreed to debate in front of the Detroit Economic Club on April 13 or 15, Bing campaign officials said... Cockrel, Bing to debate live on WXYZ-TV (Thu, 3/26)


Detroit Free Press:

The Free Press will soon be coming to a television screen near you. In a new venture, the Free Press and WWJ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Detroit, will partner to produce news segments during the station's "First Forecast Mornings" segment beginning in May. With the station providing traffic and weather updates, the Free Press will provide news headlines and other material between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. Beyond headlines, the segments will feature exclusive Free Press stories across a range of topics. "Everybody's going to want to know the water-cooler talk, a great news story, a sports team won, a tragedy or whatever it is," said Trey Fabacher, vice president and general manager of WWJ-TV. "Who better to give those top couple of stories" than the Free Press? he asked. Nancy Andrews, Free Press managing editor of digital media, called the TV segments "the next logical step forward" as the paper creates ways to reach its audience... Free Press will join WWJ-TV for reports (Sun, 3/29)


Split between Penhallow and WRIF now official

After 39 years, it appears that Arthur Penhallow can now be referred to as the former afternoon drive jock at WRIF-FM. Off the air since February, things seemed to be coming to a head last week when Penhallow posted a message on Facebook that his time at WRIF was over. Negotiations over the weekend didn't result in an agreement, and as of today 'Rif's website has been scrubbed of Penhallow's presence.

No word as of yet on who might be take over afternoon drive on a permanent basis, but for now at least it appears that Meltdown, who shifted from evenings, will continue to hold down the shift.

As for Penhallow, a Facebook status entered on Sunday reads, "Reality is starting to settle in and with it comes sadness and madness but with the outpouring of your support I am strong. Thank you all and God Bless you all. A new chapter begins and you'll be the first to know. Much Love!".




WWJ-TV, the CBS-owned station in Detroit, will launch First Forecast Mornings, a new live, local program weekdays from 5:00-7:00 a.m., beginning Tuesday, May 5. Targeting the growing and highly-mobile early morning viewing audience in Detroit, the program will deliver an ongoing report of current and forecasted weather as well as the most current conditions on area roads. Viewers will be able to tune in and quickly get the information they need from the program before they head for the door or make plans for the day. Data will be acquired using some of the newest and most-powerful weather software in the market along with sophisticated traffic mapping and direct links to the area's numerous traffic cameras operated by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT)... Morning Weather and Traffic Coming to WWJ-TV (Mon, 3/30)



Public radio stations in Michigan to air special call-in program with Governor Granholm on Wednesday

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will take telephone calls from across the state during a live call-in show to air on Michigan Public Radio Network stations, on Wednesday, April 1, from 9 to 10 a.m.

"Michigan, What's On Your Mind? An Hour with Governor Jennifer Granholm" will be hosted by Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network managing editor and state capitol bureau chief. The call-in program will have an open format, with the governor fielding questions from listeners on a variety of topics. The governor is expected to focus on the turmoil in the automobile industry and her economic plans for Michigan.

Listener phone calls will be accepted during the program by calling toll-free (877) 952-7870.



Detroit News:

Did he stay or did he go? He went. Veteran WRIF-FM (101.1) afternoon air personality Arthur Penhallow is leaving the station. Despite months of negotiation, Greater Media and Penhallow were unable to come to an agreement on a new contract. Penhallow has been off the air since February.

"I left with my honor, dignity and integrity intact. I still love WRIF and most of the people who work there," Penhallow said. "All the support staff, the people on the air ... I just couldn't come to an agreement with the upper echelon."

"We are disappointed that we couldn't come to a contractual agreement with Arthur," said John Gallagher, Greater Media Detroit market manager, in a statement. "He is obviously a legend in the market and his many years of service to the industry are deeply appreciated. He will be sorely missed"... WRIF's Arthur Penhallow leaving (Mon, 3/30)

Mildred Gaddis presides over a lively talk show from 6-10 a.m. weekdays on WCHB-AM (1200). Known for her fiery attacks on ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick last year, she has surprised some with her opposition to the deal to expand Cobo Center. Is your friend Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson mad at you because you don't support the Cobo deal? L. Brooks Patterson has always respected my right to be wherever I choose to be on a particular issue. I saw him recently. I said, "Why don't you stop giving me a doggone heart attack, you've got the people crazed," and he just laughed. L. Brooks Patterson has done for the residents of Oakland County exactly what he should have done. Ken Cockrel has not done the same for Detroit... 3 Minutes with Mildred in the Morning (Mon, 3/30)


Detroit Free Press:

So long, baaaby! Arthur Penhallow, the deep-voiced DJ who has been a fixture at WRIF-FM (101.1) for 39 years, has parted ways with the station. But the legendarily rowdy personality who helmed the afternoon drive at Detroit's signature rock station said Monday he's not ready for retirement just yet. According to a WRIF press release Monday afternoon, the station said it was moving on without Penhallow, variously known as Arthur P, the Grand Poobah and Big Daddy. Along with being the station's most senior employee, Penhallow was a signature voice (and sometimes face) for WRIF's commercials and marketing promotions -- particularly the booming catchphrase baaaby! ... Penhallow referred to his time at the station as "39 charmed years." "I'm sad to be leaving, for sure," he added. "But I'm leaving with all my honor, dignity and integrity." Dick Kernen, now vice president/industry relations for the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts, was program director at 101.1 when he hired the station's first on-air talent 39 years ago: Penhallow. Kernen now calls him one of a dozen or so distinctive personalities in Detroit radio history, along with Dick Purtan and Jim Harper... Bye-bye baby; Arthur Penhallow leaves WRIF (Tue, 3/31)


Fox 2 and WXYZ 7 to pool some news resources

Another sign of cost cutting is hitting local newsrooms, this time in television as WJBK TV 2 owner Fox Television Stations and WXYZ TV 7 owner E.W. Scripps Company announce a plan to pool content-gathering resources with each other, and possibly others in the market.

Here's the press release:

Fox Television Stations and The E.W. Scripps Company have created a local news service for the companies' stations in Detroit, Phoenix and Tampa with plans to include other partners in each of the markets.

Beginning in April 2009, the service will pool content-gathering resources at general market news events, allowing the stations to save on duplicate efforts. By reducing costs, the stations will be able to increase their focus and resources on specialized franchise reporting. The stations will continue to operate independently in all other respects of their businesses, including newsgathering operations.

Commenting on the agreement, Jack Abernethy, chief executive officer, Fox Television Stations, Inc., stated, "We are pleased to be working with Scripps, a company that faces reality, makes quick decisions and understands what it takes to keep local television robust and independent."

The news service management will autonomously identify the stories to be covered each day and make arrangements to collect and deliver the video back to each of the participating stations. Each station will then decide how to use the video adding their own reporting and editorial style.

"This news service will allow our existing staff to cover even more local news across multiple platforms," said Brian Lawlor, Scripps' senior vice president of television, "and we'll now have the resources to deliver that content with deeper storytelling and richer context."

Content produced by the local news service can be used across multiple platforms, including over-the-air broadcasts, and online and mobile reporting. All employees involved in the shared operation will remain employees of their respective news organizations.




His deep, distinctive voice made him a Detroit radio icon. After 39 years at WRIF-FM 101.1, Arthur Penhallow, knowns as Arthur P., is departing from the station. However, the voice and personality that charmed and enterained generations of rock music fans in not about to retire. "Because of the recession... they decided to trim the fat, and I was the fat," said Penhallow. Penhallow credits the J. Giles Band for his signature phrase. "I give all the credit to Peter Wolf of the J. Giles Band for getting me so riled up that it just came out of me... Pretty soon, I was getting introduced as... the guy that says "baby" on the radio and it took off on me," Penhallow said... What's Next for Rock Jock Arthur P.? (Wed, 4/1)


WDFN to reintroduce some local programming; Matt Shepard returning for mornings

Sports Radio 1130 WDFN has announced that Matt Shepard will be back as the station's morning host beginning on Monday April 6th at 7am. "Shep, Shower and Shave" makes it way back to The Motor City, just in time for Tigers Opening Day and The National Title Game at Ford Field. WDFN will promote itself as the only station in Detroit for local sports talk in the morning. Shep will be live with local athletes and coaches from The Detroit Sports Scene each day from 7 - 9 am, bringing with him a complete knowledge of the Detroit sports scene and a reputation as one of the best in the business.



Detroit News:

A month after returning to the Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) airwaves with her "Essential Music" program, Ann Delisi now feels comfortable running the board in the station's spacious studio. She never got to use the new board or studio during her earlier stint on the station, from 1983-95. "I was sort of in on the blueprints, but I never made it into the actual studio. I had gone to the River (CIDR-FM, 93.9) by the time they opened it," Delisi said. After the River, Delisi was on the air at pop station WDVD-FM (96.3) and classical/jazz WRCJ-FM (90.9), so she knows how different commercial radio stations are from public radio. "When you see how the other half lives, public broadcasting in this form is really amazing, from a freedom standpoint and a musical standpoint," Delisi says. "I have a greater appreciation for it" ... In the February, morning show Arbitron PPM ratings, Purtan's show didn't do badly in the overall persons in the 12-plus age group, ranking fourth (Paul W. Smith/WJR-AM was No. 1, Mike in the Morning/WRIF-FM No. 2 and Joe Donovan/Roberta Jasina/WWJ-AM No. 3); although in the coveted 25-54 age group, the Purtan show didn't do as well, coming in at No. 12. That's still better than the Deminski & Doyle morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7), which came in at No. 15 for persons age 12-plus, and just slightly better, No. 14, in persons age 25-54. As for the Purtan show, look for a new sidekick to be introduced... soon... WDET-FM host Ann Delisi thankful for public broadcasting (Thu, 4/2)


ClickOnDetroit.com / WDIV TV:

Detroit City Council President Monica Conyers, who has raised eyebrows with her reported temper, will be interviewed on AM radio Saturday. Detroit Church & State Talk Radio Washington correspondent Nina Calahan James, legal analyst, Joseph Humphrey and host, Kwame Hardy will interview Conyers at 1 p.m. on 1500 AM WLQV Life Changing Talk Radio... Conyers To Appear On Radio Show (Fri, 4/3)




WCSX/Detroit's D&D Collect 'Faces' Of Auto Industry: GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT morning hosts JEFF DEMINSKI and BILL DOYLE are trying to put a face -- or, more precisely, thousands of faces -- on the crisis facing DETROIT's auto industry by collecting photos of people affected by the government's decisions on bailing out the business and turning them into a banner to be delivered to WASHINGTON. The "FACES NOT NUMBERS" campaign was devised by producer JIM O'BRIEN, who wanted to put the faces of Detroiters in front of the people making the call on how to handle the auto industry's travails to remind the politicians of the human lives at stake. The show is collecting photos by e-mail and regular mail and plans to set up collections at factories and other strategic locations in the region. DEMINSKI said, "60 days, 30 days, percentage of market share, loss columns, billions in loans...the numbers can make the politicians and the rest of America forget these are real people with real families that will be forever changed by what comes next with the troubled auto industry. We're putting faces to the numbers as a reminder of that." (Fri, 4/3)


WCSX morning duo Deminski & Doyle need your photo

D&D have launched the "Faces Not Numbers" project at their new WCSX home and are trying to collect as many photos as possible of Michigan families that have been impacted by the struggling auto industry. Production line workers, parts suppliers, even restaurant employees and retailers who've been hurt by the auto industry crisis, are being asked to send the morning hosts their family photos which will then be turned into one long banner and presented to lawmakers in Washington D.C. as "a stark reminder of the human toll" of the economic crisis impacting America's automobile business.

"Numbers can make politicians and the rest of Americans forget that these are real people with real families who will be forever changed by what comes next in the troubled auto industry," said Deminski. "We're putting faces to the numbers as a reminder of that."

To submit your photo, visit www.wcsx.com.



Michigan Radio Completes Successful Spring Membership Drive

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished a very successful spring membership drive last Friday at 7:30 p.m. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from March 27- April 3, generated over 6400 pledges totaling more than $620,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. Of that, nearly 2900 pledges came from first time donors to the station, resulting in a 50% increase in new donors compared to last spring's drive.

Overall, the spring 2009 membership drive's success amounts to a five percent increase in total dollars pledges over last spring's campaign. The station also continues to see an increase in donors contributing online, with 30% of all pledges coming through the station's website, compared to 23% in spring, 2008.

In addition to the financial donations, the station also received contributions from 21 food donors and the services of over 300 volunteers who helped in answering phones. The money raised during the membership drive helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the station's single largest source of income.

The success of this membership drive is particularly noteworthy since Michigan Radio continued the innovative approach it introduced during the fall 2008 membership drive and actually decreased the amount of on-air fundraising hours. In fact, Michigan Radio reduced the number of active fundraising hours by more than 20% compared to last spring's membership drive and eliminated fundraising breaks entirely during many weekday and weekend programs. The station made this change in response to listener requests to reduce the amount of on-air fundraising.

"In light of the current economic challenges in our state, we are so appreciative of the support we continue to receive from our members," says Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "Despite the changing media landscape, our listeners continue to affirm the value they place on public radio and the service we provide."

Michigan Radio is an NPR news station and the state's most listened-to public radio service, attracting approximately 450,000 listeners each week across the southern half of Michigan. Michigan Radio serves Detroit and southeast Michigan at 91.7 FM, west Michigan at 104.1 FM, and 91.1 FM in the Flint area. Michigan Radio is a service of Michigan Public Media.



WJR's Frank Beckmann Show to broadcast from Detroit Opera House for Tigers Opening Day

Listeners are invited to stop by the Cadillac Café at the Detroit Opera House, located at 1526 Broadway in Detroit, directly across the street from Comerica Park on Friday, April 10, 2009 from 9am - Noon to check out a live broadcast of the Frank Beckmann Show as the Detroit Tigers 2009 home campaign gets started.



Detroit News:

Controversial City Council President Monica Conyers is getting into the talk show business. On Tuesday, "Ask the Councilwoman With Monica Conyers" debuts on WHPR-TV (Channel 33) from 3:30-4 p.m. It will be filmed at the station's studios in Highland Park, the same day the council has its weekly sessions. Conyers, the wife of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, will interview guests, offer two minutes of commentary and take calls from the public. She's hoping her first show will feature interviews with Mayor Kenneth Cockrel Jr. as well as his mayoral opponent, businessman Dave Bing. Neither has confirmed... Council president Conyers to debut TV talk show Tuesday (Mon, 4/6)




WMGC Presents 'The Magic 80's Prom': GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (MAGIC 105.1)/DETROIT presents "THE MAGIC '80s PROM" on SATURDAY (4/11) at the ROYAL OAK MUSIC THEATRE hosted by JIM HARPER and THE MAGIC on-air staff. DETROIT's newest '80s female-fronted tribute act, THE SQUARE PEGZ will be performing hits from the era. In between sets, VJ CHOOCH will show favorite '80s music videos. In addition, MICHAEL ANGELO SALON will be on hand to style guests hair for the occasion, along with '80s video games. The grand-prize winner will receive two tickets to see GREASE at the FISHER THEATRE, and a chance to meet AMERICAN IDOL and lead character TAYLOR HICKS. (Mon, 4/6)

WMUZ/Detroit To Stimulate The Local Economy: CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Christian AC WMUZ (103.5 THE LIGHT)/DETROIT is working to stimulate the economy in metro DETROIT with "REVIVAL ON WHEELS." The focus of the campaign is to give reasons for buying a car in DETROIT during this current economy. PSAs voiced by government officials, dealership and union leaders, autoworkers and lending institutions will help this grassroots effort to touch the lives of listeners who may be intimidated at this time to go out and purchase a car. Already committed to the effort is CHEVROLET GM ED PEPPERS, UAW President RON GETTELFINGER, U.S. Representative THADDEUS McCOTTER, OAKLAND COUNTY Executive L. BROOKS PATTERSON and prominent attorney NORMAN YATOOMA of NORMAN YATOOMA AND ASSOCIATES. "REVIVAL ON WHEELS helps WMUZ to demonstrate true religion by being good citizens and taking the initiative to help turn our economy around," said GM FRANK FRANCIOSI. "In some ways, our troubled economy is more psychological and if we can motivate our listeners to make a smart automobile purchase, then we can really help make a difference in our local economy." (Mon, 4/6)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television has closed out a $22 million capital campaign that will fund, among other things, a new satellite studio located in Detroit. The station, which left Detroit four years ago to move into a state-of-the-art broadcasting building in Wixom, is talking with a couple of different organizations about a new studio in downtown Detroit, said General Manager Rich Homberg. He declined to identify sites the station might be considering, and said it isn't yet clear whether the station will lease or purchase space.

"But I would expect this is something we would expect to launch within the next 12 months," Homberg said. "We're committed to having a studio location in Detroit."

The station's commitment to return to the city sprang from conversations with the community and regional leaders as it wrapped up its capital campaign, he said, and as it looked at where television and all media are headed... Detroit Public Television closes capital campaign, looks for downtown studio space (Wed, 4/8)




WRIF Ups Suzy Cole To APD/MD: GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT has upped SUZY COLE to APD/MD for the 38-year-old heritage Rock station. "SUZY's experience, energy and passion for the music made her the most obvious choice for this position, especially given the integral role she has played in the development of RIFF 2," said WRIF PD MARK PENNINGTON. "We're thrilled to be able to promote from within and have her take on a more substantial role at WRIF." COLE has been in the radio industry since her early high school years in GRAND RAPIDS. Since then, she has worked in a variety of capacities ranging from on-air and production to programming and sales. In addition, she has spent the past four years at WRIF-FM as a Production Assistant and on-air talent. COLE was also the driving force behind the award winning HD multicast side channel, RIFF2. (Wed, 4/8)

WYCD Announces Lineup For 'Downtown Hoedown': CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT has announced the lineup for their 27th Annual 99.5 WYCD DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN, taking place MAY 15-17 at HART PLAZA. Artists that are slated to appear this year include: WILLIE NELSON, RODNEY ATKINS, PHIL VASSAR, JESSICA ANDREWS, BOMSHEL, LUKE BRYAN, JOSH GRACIN, DARRYL WORLEY, LEE ANN WOMACK, JASON MICHAEL CARROLL, ZAC BROWN BAND, TRAILER CHOIR, WHITNEY DUNCAN, JESSICA HARP, JUSTIN MOORE, STEPHEN COCHRAN, ADAM GREGORY and more. The event is free and open to the public. For more info, including a complete daily concert schedule, visit www.wycd.com. (Wed, 4/8)

89X Celebrates 18th Birthday This Summer: CTVGLOBEMEDIA Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT has announced its 18th "89X BIRTHDAY BASH," which will be held JULY 26th at DTE ENERGY MUSIC THEATRE with INCUBUS and THE DUKE SPIRIT. (Wed, 4/8)


Detroit News:

Willie Nelson, Rodney Atkins and Lee Ann Womack are among the more than 50 artists who have been enlisted for this year's WYCD-FM (99.5) Downtown Hoedown, May 15-17, at Detroit's Hart Plaza. The free 27th annual concert features 20 national artists and more than 30 local acts. "We have a great lineup with a cross-section of all types of genres of country music," says Tim Roberts, program director at WYCD. "The thing I really like about country music is there's so many different forms of it, and we have everything from a progressive gal like Jessica Harp; we've got a No. 1 hitmaker like Rodney Atkins; a great songwriter like Phil Vassar; and a guy like Willie Nelson, the all-time classic. "It's a great free show for Detroit"... Willie Nelson to be at Detroit's free Downtown Hoedown in May (Thu, 4/9)

Detroit Public Television, WTVS-TV (Channel 56), has achieved its $22 million capital campaign goal. Not only is it the largest amount raised by the local PBS affiliate in its 54-year history, it happened despite Metro Detroit's bleak economic environment... Channel 56 hits record fundraising goal (Thu, 4/9)


Detroit News:

With the axing of Dick Purtan sidekicks Dana Mills and "Ankles" Stewart , who'll replace them on the veteran WOMC-FM (104.3) morning man's show? Starting Monday, Purtan will test-drive guest co-hosts all week, with Channel 2 health reporter Deena Centofanti doing the 5-10 a.m. stint Monday and Tuesday, and former WCSX-FM (94.7) morning host J.J. Johnson joining Purtan on Wednesday and Thursday. J.J.'s former WCSX co-host Lynne Woodison will take the wheel on Friday morning... Society confidential: Who will Purtan pick? (Fri, 4/10)


Deano Day

Long time Detroit-based disc jockey Deano Day passed away due to complications of heart surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit on Friday, April 10th. Deano had just turned 70 years old days before his death. Born Ordean Anton Moen, he later legally changed his name to Deano Day.

Day was a three-time CMA award-winning "Broadcaster of the Year" and his career spanned the United states but called Detroit home. He was the morning show host on what was country WDEE AM 1500 and also several other local radio stations including the former WCXI AM 1130 Detroit and the current WCXI AM 1160 Fenton. He went on to be a station owner.

Friends remember Deano as an amazing and giving man who will be greatly missed.

Memorial visitation for Deano Day will be held at the Verheyden Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Park on Tuesday April 14th from 4 - 8 p.m. The funeral will be Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore Drive, Grosse Pointe Farms. Obituary from Verheyden Funeral Homes

Image courtesy of Larry Garcia, DetroitCountryMusic.com


Detroit News:

Deano Day, the longtime king of country radio in Metro Detroit, died Friday, April 10, 2009, at Henry Ford Hospital after complications from heart surgery. The one-time Country Music Association Disc Jockey of the Year and four-time winner of Billboard magazine's best country disc jockey award was 70. "Uncle Deano" to many of his fans, Mr. Day had been a mainstay on country radio in Metro Detroit in the 1970s and 1980s, including WCXI, WDEE and Pontiac's WPON... DJ was voice of country music radio (Mon, 4/13)


WDIV partners with United Way for Neighbors4Neighbors Forum

WDIV TV Local 4, and ClickOnDetroit.com today announced a partnership with United Way for Southeastern Michigan. Together they are launching "Neighbors4Neighbors" a new online forum that helps people give and get advice about the issues that matter when you lose a job. The website - www.N4NMichigan.org., will launch on April 14, and will offer visitors an opportunity to share timely advice and information about job loss, healthcare, finances and other topics. WDIV and ClickOnDetroit.com will be the exclusive media partners for Neighbors4Neighbors.

The site will be linked from ClickOnDetroit.com, which averages 1.7 million unique visitors monthly. Local 4's on-air talent will also be featured in a series of promotional announcements for Neighbors4 Neighbors beginning on April 14.

"Neighbors4Neighbors is a very innovative approach to addressing the issues that matter most to our viewers in this economy," said Marla Drutz, WDIV Vice President and General Manager. "WDIV Local 4 and ClickOnDetroit.com is proud to utilize our position as the number one website in southeast Michigan as a platform for solutions and support," she added.

Neighbors4Neighbors is the result of a successful collaboration between United Way and the University of Michigan's School of Information. In pooling resources and talents, the two organizations developed a novel way to tap informal networks, allowing unemployed workers the power to communicate with one another in real time.

Neighbors4Neighbors is an outcome of Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm's Keep Michigan Working Task Force. "The value of Neighbors4Neighbors is that it allows people to help themselves right away--and eliminates the wait. This collaborative online resource and community discussion forum will be a catalyst for leading social change in the region," said Michael Brennan, president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and chair of the Governor's Keep Michigan Working community outreach committee.



WDTW-FM 106.7, The Fox, and The Chad Show to present "The Inaugural Unemployed Olympics"

WDTW-FM's The Chad Show is encouraging the area's unemployed to take part in what's its calling The Inaugural Unemployed Olympics for a shot at tickets to see Kid Rock and Lynyrd Skynyrd on July 17th during their Rock and Rebels Tour.

Some of the creative events they've cooked up will include: Printer Throwing, Pin the Blame on the Boss, Coffee Racing - No spills, Mouse Mat Discus. Tie Tying, and Hands Free Urinal-Cake Carving.

Listeners are invited to visit the Clear Channel studios in Farmington Hills (27675 Halsted) at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday April 16th to take part in the fun.



Detroit News:

The content-sharing partnership between WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) started this week, allowing the Metro Detroit Fox and ABC affiliates, respectively, to pool resources at general news events and eliminate duplicate efforts. Earlier this month, both stations' parent companies, Fox Television Stations and the E.W. Scripps Co., made similar moves in Phoenix and Tampa in a venture called Local News Service or LNS. Fox and NBC affiliates in Philadelphia were the first in the country to test-drive the LNS method last year, and when top brass realized they were saving money and their reporters and photographers suddenly had more time to devote to enterprise stories, they were sold. "Now when the news of the day breaks, there won't be 15 news cameras and microphones jockeying for the same footage," says Jeff Murri, WJBK's vice president and general manager. "It's a necessary evolution for our business"... Fox, ABC affiliates pool news starting this week (Tue, 4/14)


WDIV Honored With 2009 Murrow Award

WDIV-TV Detroit, Local 4, has been honored for excellence in journalism by the Radio-Television News Directors Association and Foundation (RTNDA). The station is a proud recipient of a coveted 2009 Edward R. Murrow Award for the WDIV special Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai as outstanding News Documentary.

RTNDA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. The Edward R. Murrow Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards a news organization can achieve. Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai won the top award for News Documentary in Region 7 of the large market TV category.

Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai, a half-hour documentary, chronicled the automotive state of the art and the impressive showing of Detroit automakers General Motors and Ford among the green elite. In November of 2007, WDIV traveled to Shanghai, China to cover Michelin's Challenge Bibendum, a unique gathering of the world's cutting-edge automotive minds, ideas and vehicles. What may have been the greenest parade of vehicles in history also amounted to a high stakes roulette table on which the world's carmakers were placing their bets on hybrids, biofuels, fuel cells and hydrogen. Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai captured this intense focus on the future of the automotive industry and, largely, the future of Detroit.

Fuel's Gold: From Detroit to Shanghai was written, produced and hosted by WDIV Local 4 News anchor Devin Scillian, filmed by WDIV Local 4 News photojournalist Tim Pamplin, and edited by WDIV Local 4 News special projects editor Vanessa Ogletree.

It's the trio's second Edward R. Murrow Award. They also won the honor in 2007 for The China Syndrome, a documentary exploring the rise of the Chinese economy and its impact on Michigan's manufacturing base.



Windsor Star:

Melanie Deveau, longtime afternoon drive host at CKLW-AM (800), was fired this morning in a round of layoffs at the CTV-owned radio stations."It's a bloodbath over there," said Deveau, a 25-year veteran of the local station... Axe falls at CKLW, sister stations (Wed, 4/15)



Vince Cannova Ends Nearly 20-Year Run At 89X: CHUM RADIO Alternative CIMX (89X)/DETROIT PD/afternooner VINCE CANNOVA exits after almost 20 years with the station. CANNOVA was elevated from APD/MD to PD back in NOVEMBER 2006 and was a longtime on-air fixture at 89X. Also, 89X midday vet HOLLY HUTTON has exited. (Wed, 4/15)



Detroit Free Press:

Deano Day, the longtime voice of country music on the Detroit airwaves, will be laid to rest today. The well-known DJ, 70, died Friday of complications after heart surgery. Known as Uncle Deano to his listeners, Day was a four-time winner of Billboard magazine's best country disc jockey award and also a winner of the Country Music Association's DJ of the year award. In Detroit, Day started work at WDEE-AM (1500) in 1971 before shifting over to WCXI-AM (1130) and, later, Pontiac's WPON-AM (1460). He worked at numerous stations and cities over the years, but always considered Detroit home. "Everyone woke up to the famous 'It's a Country Deano Day' jingle," said Larry Garcia, founder of DetroitCountryMusic.com. "He was known to play humorous songs, parodies (some of which he created), bring oddball characters to the studio and generally show that life can be a good time"... Country DJ Deano Day to be celebrated (Wed, 4/15)



Radio and Records / Street Talk Daily:

J. Geils Must Have Got Lost: Somewhere down the line ... but now they've been found! How cool is this? After enduring the reunions of every cheesy '80s band in the world, the authentically cool reunion that fans have been waiting years for is now a reality: Boston's legendary J. Geils Band has agreed to reunite at the Fillmore in Detroit for one very special occasion - the April 24 Birthday Breakdown, celebrating 22 years of Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX. Getting all the original band members (J. Geils, Peter Wolf, Magic Dick, etc.) wasn't easy, and that task fell to the guy that some are now calling "the Henry Kissinger of rock band reunions," Greater Media/Detroit Director of Rock Programming Doug Podell: "I had to spend a half hour on the phone talking to Peter - we go back - to assure him it was going to be big and special," Podell tells ST Daily. "The demand for tickets is crazy! We did two shows, and they sold out in 13 minutes! I have to thank Dave Clark and everyone at Live Nation for all their hard work and planning to help us bring them in for the WCSX 22nd anniversary." Podell says all the original band members will be performing together, and it does not appear that they are booking any more dates at this time. "We just started giving away the tickets on-air, along with $94 in cash," says Podell. "One guy said, 'Thanks, I can use the money, but all I wanted were those Geils tickets.' Welcome to Detroit Rock City!" (Wed, 4/15)

Spank Buda, weekend personality heard live on WGCI/Chicago and via voicetrack on WKKV (V100.7 Jams)/Milwaukee, will relocate from Chicago to Detroit to accept the night show host position (7-11 p.m.) at Clear Channel CHR/top 40 sister WKQI (Channel 95.5)/Detroit. He gets started on Monday (April 20) and will shorten his moniker to "Buda." He replaces Big Boy (now known as Chunky), who resigned last month to join newly launched CBS top 40 WXRK (92.3 Now FM)/New York... Buda Tapped For Nights At WKQI (Wed, 4/15)



Detroit News:

One week into Monica Conyers' stint as a talk show host, and she's already relying on reruns. The City Council president was a no-show Tuesday for "Ask the Councilwoman With Monica Conyers" on WHPR-TV (Channel 33). The show is filmed live at 3:30 p.m. at the station's studios in Highland Park. After showing commercials for 10 minutes, the station aired last week's debut episode... Council president Conyers skips TV show filming (Wed, 4/15)


Windsor Star:

Windsor's struggling radio and TV outlets took another hit Wednesday when longtime CKLW-AM announcer Melanie Deveau was fired. The 46-year-old host of AM-800's afternoon Windsor Now was among six employees -- five full-time and one part-time -- who were let go by station owner, CTV Globemedia. Also fired were 89X program director and on-air host Vince Canova, Windsor Now producer Ron Stang, program assistants Holly Hutton and Lisa Lozon, and general sales manager Sandra Naposlen. "This was certainly a shock," said Deveau, who arrived for a regular Wednesday staff meeting only to be told she was fired and sent home. Deveau has been an employee of CTV and previous owner, CHUM, since 1984. She worked for six years in Toronto before moving back to her hometown Windsor in 1990... Deveau a casualty of CKLW firings (Wed, 4/15)


Time to tweak

It's been relatively quiet as far as major news goes about the Detroit airwaves. A few relatively small changes to note over the weekend:

- WTVS TV Channel 56 followed through with its plans to turn off its analog transmitter last week and now broadcasts only in digital.

- Oldies are out once again at WOMC FM 104.3 - the station now ID's itself simply as 104.3 WOMC, Detroit's Greatest Hits. The station's musical selections now heavily feature pop/rock songs from the 1970s and 1980s along with classic 1960's songs from the biggest artists of that decade.

- Deminski and Doyle at classic rock WCSX FM 94.7 have had their morning air shift trimmed back an hour; their mostly-talk fest now wraps at 9 a.m. instead of 10 when the station shifts back into mostly-music mode.



Michigan Radio (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR) staff honored for News Excellence

Staff from Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, were recognized with several awards from the Detroit Metropolitan Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for news coverage in 2008. Among these were three first place awards, three second place awards, and two third place awards, which were presented at a banquet on April 15 in Troy. In addition to the awards for news coverage, Michigan Radio's Dustin Dwyer was honored as a Finalist for Young Journalist of the Year.

Michigan Radio received SPJ Awards for broadcast journalism in the following categories: Features Reporting, News Special/Documentary, Investigative Reporting, General News Reporting, Newscast, and Spot or Breaking News Reporting.

The judges-- the Chicago, Minnesota and North Central Florida professional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists--enthusiastically praised the winning entries. They commented that, in general, "Michigan Radio has some of the most listenable and professional newscasts in the country. They are a joy to listen to and the reporting is superb."

Of Jennifer Guerra's Northern Arts Series, First Place in Features Reporting, judges noted that this "inspired and diverse series of feature stories" is "what feature radio reporting should be." The SPJ judges also praised "Foreclosing on the American Dream" on "tackling a formidable subject in a moving, instructional way."

The Detroit SPJ Chapter presents Excellence in Media awards annually for outstanding news reporting and analysis in local publications, broadcast, and new electronic media. This year's contest received 325 entries from Detroit area newspapers, magazines, and broadcast outlets. All of these entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2008.




Bo Money Exits Radio One/Detroit: ALL ACCESS has just learned that RADIO ONE DETROIT Cluster Program Manager BO MONEY is out. BO was overseeing Urban WHTD, Urban AC WDMK and Black Gospel WCHB. Our sources say the economy and declining sales were the reason for the move. No official word on a replacement. (Mon, 4/20)


And more tweaking

Looks like another morning show has lost its 9-10 a.m. hour as Dick Purtan and Purtan's People heard on WOMC 104.3 now sign off at 9 in favor of a long music set that this morning lasted about 45 minutes without a break. On Monday, WCSX's Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle also had their last hour replaced by music.



This week's Tigers Weekly devoted to Mark Fidrych

FOX Sports Detroit series Tigers Weekly, Remembering "The Bird", is scheduled to premiere Friday April 24th at 7 pm on FOX Sports Detroit Plus, and will also air Saturday at 11:30 am on FOX Sports Detroit. There will be additional airings of the program on Fox Sports Detroit on Saturday at 6 p.m., Sunday at 1 p.m. and 1:30 a.m., Monday at 2 p.m., and Tuesday at 11 a.m.

This special edition of Tigers Weekly will focus on the memory of Mark "The Bird" Fidrych, the former Tigers pitcher who died April 13 at the age of 54. The show chronicles Fidrych's brief but memorable career, including how he became a box office attraction in his rookie season of 1976. Also shown are some of FOX Sports Detroit's interviews with Fidrych, as well as recollections about "The Bird" from teammates, media members, and fans.



Michigan Radio's (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR) audience reaches record levels

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, reports it has reached a record level in terms of weekly listening audience. According to data recently released from the Fall, 2008 Arbitron National Regional Database, the station now has a statewide weekly cumulative audience of 513,600 listeners per week.

This marks the largest audience in the history of the station, which also has the biggest cumulative audience of any public radio station in the state. Previously, the station's largest total audience was 457,800 listeners, measured in fall 2006. Michigan Radio is the most listened to NPR station in the Detroit, Ann Arbor, Flint, and Grand Rapids markets, and the most listened to radio station of any kind (public or commercial) in the Ann Arbor market.

Michigan Radio's audience growth reflects a trend that many public radio stations across the country have been experiencing. The number of weekly listeners nationwide for all NPR programming reached a record in 2008 with 23.6 million people tuning in each week. This marks a 95% increase in audience that NPR has experienced since 1998.

Michigan Radio's audience numbers are from the Fall, 2008 Arbitron National Regional Database. Measurements are based on persons age 12+, tuning in Monday through Sunday from 6 a.m. to midnight. These ratings measure the number of unduplicated listeners across all of the markets that Michigan Radio serves.




Over the weekend, CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT hosted a "PROM DRESS DRIVE" collecting donations of over 1,300 new and gently used dresses for area girls in need. WDVD will open the "PROJECT PROM PRINCESS BOUTIQUE" for young women to select a dress and a piece of jewelry. (Tue, 4/21)


Radio One names new bosses for Detroit stations

Maybe in honor of Earth Day, Radio One has announced that it will be conserving (human) resources and programming its Detroit stations with folks located in other cities. John Candelaria, who is based in Dallas, is the new PD at urban WHTD-FM 102.7 and Brian Wallace will handle the same duties at adult urban WDMK-FM 105.9 from Indianapolis. The appointments fill the vacancies created when former Detroit-based operations manager Bo Money was downsized last week.



Detroit News:

Put together the staff of a top-rated morning show and their audience of listeners -- more than a million people, on and off, in southeastern Michigan -- and you have quite an army. Mojo and Spike from Channel 95.5's Mojo in the Morning show resolved to tap into that human army to do some good in the hard-hit region. A year ago, Mojo and Spike started to talk about what they could do to help the city where they've been on the air for nine years. "It was like, we're No. 1 now, how can we use our power for good, not evil?" Spike said. Putting on yet another radiothon in a city dominated by several successful ones didn't seem to fit. "People are just barely getting by right now, wondering if they're the next person who might need charity," Spike said Tuesday. "But everybody has the opportunity to donate time. In fact, a lot of the people who were laid off are looking for something to do. And it will build up good karma for them." Here's the way it works: Mojo, Spike and the 95.5 morning show staff list events at timeteam.com where they need volunteers. Listeners sign up for the event, day and time they can show up. Once enough volunteers are signed up, that event is closed out and listeners are invited to sign up for something else. Mojo, Spike and their morning show cohorts are doing Time Team on their own, but with the blessing of their radio station employers... Join 99.5's Mojo as a Time Team volunteer (Wed, 4/22)



WJR to air Detroit mayoral debate

WJR AM 760 will cover the mayoral debate between Detroit Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr. and Dave Bing live tomorrow beginning at 8pm. WJR's Lloyd Jackson will be a featured panelist in this debate.



Michigan Radio special to explore efforts to transform Michigan's economy

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, will be broadcasting a special live call-in show on Friday, April 24, that explores the ways Detroit and Michigan can redefine its economy during hard times and adapt to the demands of a new era.

"Remaking Michigan", which airs Friday at 1 pm, will complement a series of reports from NPR's Morning Edition. All this week, Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep is in Detroit reporting on the people and companies that have been striving to transform the city's economy amidst the recession and the decline of the American automotive industry. The economic downturn and the recent changes in the auto industry have resulted in high statewide unemployment and the loss of 400,000 jobs since 2000. With host pieces, interviews and reports from local Michigan reporters, Morning Edition is telling stories about Detroiters and Michiganders who are adapting to these changes: people imagining a city and state that might emerge from this economic crisis stronger, and smarter.

"Remaking Michigan" will expand on Morning Edition's coverage by approaching the same issues from a local and statewide perspective. Michigan Radio's Charity Nebbe will host the program, which will feature highlights from Morning Edition's series, interviews with Michigan's economic experts, and a live call-in portion to address listeners' questions and comments. These segments will examine how Michigan's economic challenges are affecting Detroit and the state as a whole. Michigan Radio will also explore how Michigan has been transformed so far, whether it has begun to recover, and how the nation has perceived its troubles throughout this crisis.



Metro Times:

Radio and TV categories voted on included: Best radio music show, Best Radio Show / Best Radio Personality, Best Radio News, Best TV News, Best Local Activist... Best of Detroit Public Square - Reader Picks (Wed, 4/22)

Best TV hair, Best radio pipes we may never hear again, Best thing to happen to public radio since ... well we can't remember when... Best of Detroit Public Square - Staff Picks (Wed, 4/22)

Best Hot News Anchor: Carmen Harlan (Wed, 4/22)


As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, Equity Media Holdings has auctioned off a number of its television stations, including the Marquette FOX affiliate and low power outlets in Detroit and Grand Rapids.

FOX affiliate WMQF TV 19 Marquette is Equity's only full-power station in Michigan and will be dealt to an organization identified only as MMMC for $100,000.

Religious operator Daystar Television Network will be acquiring low-power stations WUDT-CA Ch. 23 Detroit, currently an affiliate of the Spanish-language Univision network, and WUHQ-LP Ch. 29 Grand Rapids, current an affiliate of Spanish-language LAT TV as part of a 15-station agreement valued at $7.4 million.

The sales will need to clear hurdles through both bankruptcy court and with federal regulators.


Will WOMC survive the recession?



Susan Whitall of the Detroit News reports this afternoon that classic hits WOMC has bought out the contract of afternoon host Ted 'The Bear' Richards and taken him off the air effective immediately as part of a consolidation between that station and CBS Radio sister station country WYCD-FM 99.5. Just yesterday it was revealed that the final hour of Dick Purtan's radio program had been cut just weeks after popular Purtan's People members John 'Ankles' Stewart and Dana Mills were fired.

Plugged in for afternoon drive at WOMC, at least for according to the station's web site, is Dave Fuller who is also the 7pm - midnight host at WYCD. Beau Derek was on the air this afternoon on WOMC.

All of these changes can't help but make fans of the station wonder if its days are numbered.



Detroit News:

CBS Radio Detroit is consolidating two of its stations: Country WYCD-FM (99.5) will move out of its Farmington space and into the Ferndale studios of "greatest hits" broadcaster WOMC-FM (104.3). As part of the consolidation, WOMC afternoon drive personality Ted "The Bear" Richards was let go Wednesday. "They bought out my contract," said Richards, who was severed from the station immediately. "We own the 'OMC building and our transmitter is there, plus it's actually a very large building, so it makes sense from a sharing of resources standpoint to put them together," said CBS Detroit market manager Debbie Kenyon... WOMC drops Ted 'The Bear' Richards (Wed, 4/22)


Former newspaper columnist and radio host Rob Parker joins WDIV TV for web work

WDIV-TV, Local 4, and ClickOnDetroit.com have announced a new partnership with writer Rob Parker who will work as a sports columnist for ClickOnDetroit.com. Beginning Monday, April 27th. Parker will write several columns each week exclusively for ClickOnDetroit in addition to contributing podcasts and blogs. Parker will also continue his weekly appearances on Sports Final Edition airing Sundays at 11:30 p.m. on Local 4.

Parker's new column, Rob Parker: Confidential, will be exclusively featured on ClickOnDetroit, what the station calls the most visited news and information website in southeast Michigan. Rob Parker: Confidential will also be a prominent part of ClickOnDetroit Morning Home Delivery, a daily newsletter delivered for free to thousands of metro Detroiters' home computers every day by 5 a.m.

"We're excited to add a one-of-kind columnist like Rob to ClickOnDetroit, taking our exclusive online sports coverage to a whole new level," said Marla Drutz, V.P. and General Manager of WDIV.

"I'm thrilled to join the best news team in Detroit," said Parker, who took a buyout from The Detroit News in December. "ClickOnDetroit is the future, not old and dying like other media outlets. The biggest website in Motown just got better for sports fans."

"My column won't change one bit," added Parker, who has written a column for the past 16 years. "I will continue to break news, bring fans on the inside. I will also continue to go to bat for the fans and hold players, management and teams accountable. Detroit fans deserve the best and I'm the watch dog or attack dog, it I need to be."

Parker, who graduated with a B.S. in journalism from Southern Connecticut State University and Masters in journalism from Columbia University, has been an award-winning sports columnist for more than 16 years. His has been a columnist for the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News, and his work has appeared in the New York Daily News, the Greenwich Time, the New Haven Register and the Cincinnati Enquirer to name a few. He has been a regular contributor on Sports Final Edition on Local 4 since 1993, and his popular Clubhouse Confidential features have become a staple for Detroit sports fans. Parker is also a regular contributor on ESPN First Take and has co-hosted several sports programs on various Detroit radio stations.



Detroit Free Press:

A west-side kid who began his career in the television studio at Murray Wright High School, Charles Pugh always knew his dream: to be a TV anchor. But his dreams have changed. The former Fox 2 anchor and WJLB morning personality confirmed Thursday that he has filed to run for a seat on the Detroit City Council. Pugh will formally announce on May 3 in his old neighborhood at Trumbull and I-94. And at that time, he plans to issue a call to leadership to all Detroiters -- urging them to stop watching the news and start making their own... Pugh's new dream: Help change Detroit (Fri, 4/24)



AM 1520 Toledo drops talk format, now Contemporary Christian K-Love

In the process of being sold along with WNKL-FM 96.9 to K-Love operator Educational Media Foundation, northwest Ohio's WNWT has now dropped all of its news-talk elements and is now broadcasting only the contemporary Christan format.


WDET reschedules Town Hall with Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager for Detroit Public Schools, for April 28

Robert Bobb, emergency financial manager, Detroit Public Schools will be interviewed by Bankole Thompson, senior editor of The Michigan Chronicle and WDET-FM tomorrow, Tuesday April 28th, at 7 p.m. This will be Bobb's first forum for the general public since taking the job as emergency financial manager for the Detroit Public Schools. The event is free and open to the public.

The event will take place at Wayne State University's Community Arts Auditorium, located on Reuther Mall, east of Anthony Wayne Drive, west of Cass Ave. and south of Palmer. Paid parking is available in Structure No. 1, north of the Community Arts Auditorium on Palmer or Structure No. 5 at the corner of Anthony Wayne Drive and W. Kirby. $3.50 in cash and coin is required at the automated gate.

The audio will be broadcast on WDET Radio, 101.9FM, on Wednesday, April 29, at 10 a.m. and again at 7 p.m.


Here's a truly unique idea from former WKRK-FM 97.1 duo Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick -- cash back (or travel) rewards for leads that result in them getting hired back into radio as a team.

In addition to their partnership at WKRK, Henson is known locally for his work at sports outlets WDFN and WXYT while McKormick was popular in Grand Rapids at WVTI and WGRD.

Check out greggandmichelle.com for all the details on how you can claim 'prizes' such as a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico or Las Vegas, tickets to this fall's Michigan-Ohio State football game ... or even have the chance to visit Henson in Round Rock, Texas where you'll hang out with Henson family and have the chance sneak on to a golf course.

This is the most creative self-marketing scheme I've seen recently. But -- if you hire them based on this shameless Michiguide.com blurb, let them know I'm gonna pass on a trip to Mexico about now.


Another wave of headcount reductions at Clear Channel

Lots of bad news swirling about 590 job cuts at Clear Channel stations across the country, including at soft rock WNIC FM 100.3 locally where morning man Chris Edmonds has been let go in addition to a number of other folks. Kevin O'Neill will reportedly segue to mornings from afternoons and the afternoon drive slot will be voicetracked syndicated on WNIC.

Edmonds just about made 21 years at WNIC and was fired the day before his birthday. His tenure at WNIC started at 1988 when he signed on for afternoons and moved to morning drive when Jim Harper jumped to 105.1. He moved back to afternoon drive while Chuck Gaidica took a turn in mornings, then retook morning drive until today. Ironically, WNIC was the tops rating-wise in the age 25-54 demo in the last Arbitron Portable People Monitor month.

Prior to WNIC he was at WDTX-FM 99.5 from the fall of 1985 through the summer of 1988 handling just about every daypart, but mostly afternoon drive. He arrived in Detroit in February 1985 at WLLZ-FM 98.7 where he briefly co-hosted mornings with Jim Rodeo before that station landed JJ & The Morning Crew from WRIF that same fall.

Over at sports WDFN AM 1130, update reporter Rob Otto was also released. He was one of the few remaining staffers at 'DFN after that station was nearly gutted of local personalities a couple months ago.

It also appears that country WDTW-FM 106.7 may been stripped of all of its local jocks, including the Chad Show (Chad Mitchell) which has been removed from morning drive. A quick visit to the station's web site shows the entire on-air lineup has been removed ... adding to speculation that yet another format flip is imminent.

More info as it becomes available, including cuts at other Clear Channel-owned stations in the market.



Detroit Free Press:

WCSX-FM (94.7) dynamic duo Deminski and Doyle want elected officials in Washington, D.C., to know that the decisions they make alter the lives of real people. "We know things have to change. No one's asking for X amount of jobs to be spared or X amount of additional dollars," cohost Jeff Deminski says to Names & Faces. "We're not asking for anything other than just please look at these people, at these faces, these families, before making your next big decisions. These are the very people who embodied the American dream for so long. If you care about that dream, you have to care about them." Inspired in part by an idea from D&D executive producer Jim O'Brien as well as Bob Seger's song "Feel Like a Number" and the toll the economic meltdown is taking on Michigan, D&D recently launched the Faces Not Numbers campaign... D&D's Faces Not Numbers (Tue, 4/28)



Detroit News:

Everybody knew that there was going to be another round of job-slashing coming at Clear Channel Radio, the former behemoth that once dominated the national radio landscape ... and so it was. This afternoon it was announced that the company was letting go of 3 percent of its staff, some 590 employees. In Detroit that includes WNIC-FM (100.3) Breakfast Club host Chris Edmonds. WNIC afternoon jock Kevin O'Neill will take over Edmonds' morning slot. Clear Channel market manager Til Levesque wouldn't comment on specific jobs lost in Detroit, but this afternoon Edmonds' name was already gone from the Breakfast Club roster on WNIC's Web site, replaced by O'Neill's name... Clear Channel layoffs hit WNIC, WDTW (Tue, 4/28)

If you've been missing WDIV-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Kim Adams during the station's 4 p.m. weekday newscast, don't worry. The three-time mommy is on maternity leave and will be back in June. Adams gave birth to Alexander William Daudert on April 5, and both are doing well. Little Alexander is the latest addition for Adams and her husband, a U.S. Navy lieutenant commander. A homegrown talent, Adams is a Mount Clemens native who earned her bachelor's degree from Oakland University and her master's from Wayne State University... WDIV's Kim Adams off air with baby No. 3 (Tue, 4/28)




89X Ups Dave Hunter To PD: CHUM RADIO Alternative CIMX (89)/WINDSOR-DETROIT morning show co-host DAVE HUNTER is upped to PD replacing VINCE CANNOVA, who exited a couple weeks ago due to budget cuts. HUNTER has been with CHUM RADIO for over 16 years. CHUM RADIO VP/GM ERIC PROKSCH said, "I am confident that DAVE's talent, dedication and personal approach will move 89X to the next level. DAVE will continue to be an integral part of the 89X Morning Show while expanding his programming responsibilities on the station. I am extremely excited about working directly with DAVE and about the new opportunities that I am sure will unfold under his guidance." HUNTER told ALL ACCESS, "I am excited to be part of such a heritage Alternative Rock radio station like 89X. It has been a leader in the format for 18 years and I look forward to my new opportunity to continue and grow the brand in this changing time." (Tue, 4/28)


New Orleans Times-Picayune

It was free scoop day at a chain ice cream parlor, and Roop Raj was the afternoon's celebrity scooper. Community outreach is part of the brand-building job for TV news personalities, and Raj estimates he's done hundreds of things just like this -- senior-center talks, emceeing charity events, Cherry Garcia distribution -- but a big difference this time was that he's not going to be around to reap the professional benefits of working a benefit. Raj, morning and midday anchor for WDSU-Channel 6 since 2002, is leaving for a reporter-anchor job in Detroit, near his hometown of Troy, Mich ... Raj's parents will be able to see his work at WJBK-TV, Detroit's Fox affiliate, which, as it happens, was his favorite station growing up... WDSU morning news anchor Roop Raj takes a job in his home state of Michigan (Tue, 4/28)


Detroit News:

At Saturday night's J. Geils Band concert at the Fillmore, WCSX-FM (94.7) 's Steve Kostan gave credit to "the good doc of rock," Doug Podell , for coming up with the idea to have the band reunite for a Detroit show (two, as it turned out). Podell talked to promoter Live Nation and they made it happen. Podell said he was looking for something special for the first anniversary of his new job overseeing both WCSX and WRIF-FM (101.1), as well as for WCSX's 22nd anniversary. "I always loved J. Geils, and I've been trying to reunite them for years, but it never made sense to do it with WRIF," Podell says. "When I saw that charity concert they were going to do in Boston, that's when I put the call in to (Live Nation's) Dave Clark." Lead singer Peter Wolf and the band were skeptical about how well a show would do, or if anyone even cared anymore. The shows sold out in minutes, and audiences were ecstatic. The band was overjoyed as well... Liked J. Geils Band? Thank Doug Podell (Thu, 4/30)

Hire a morning radio team, get a free vacation. The vacation is supposed to be five days in Mexico, the swine flu capital of North America, so that part might need some tinkering, But rather than sit back and wait for offers, former Detroit radio hosts Gregg Henson and Michelle McKormick are trying something proactive: Bribery... Radio gig? They'll pay: Former Detroit duo offers trips for return to airwaves (Thu, 4/30)


WJR's Smith set to see Michigan

Listeners to WJR's Paul W. Smith Show (5:30 - 9 a.m., weekdays) the week of May 4th, will get to hear why Michigan is a very special travel destination, not only from those outside the area but Michiganders as well. It's all part of a special week of broadcasts as Travel Michigan presents the 2009 Paul W. Smith Pure Michigan Tour.

The week of special on-location-remotes begins at the Villages of Tullymore in Stanwood (May 4th). Other tour stops include the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa (5/5), the Inn at Bay Harbor (5/6), Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island (5/7) and concludes at the Monroe County Community College's La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theatre in Paul W's childhood hometown of Monroe, MI (5/8).

Smith is scheduled to talk with local business and government leaders at each of the stops on the tour.

In addition to the broadcasts, highlights of the tour including photographs and exclusive interviews will be online at MLive.com.



Detroit News:

Ulysses Wolf is the owner of the booming voice often used to pump up Joe Louis Arena during Red Wings games, and tonight, he will be faceless no more. Normally unseen, Wolf will be at center ice before the opener of the Western Conference playoff series against the Anaheim Ducks. This isn't his first dalliance with the Red Wings organization, though. When the Wings won back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1997 and 1998, he was the voice of Joe Vision. When the Wings were on the road, fans filled Joe Louis and often heard Wynn's voice. "They want it to be powerful and masterful, and I love putting that into a performance," he said... Finally, Red Wings announcer will be seen (Fri, 5/1)


Detroit Free Press:

For years, readers have picked up the Free Press from their driveways and clicked through stories on freep.com. Starting Tuesday, the Free Press will take on another medium: TV. The paper has formed a unique partnership with CBS-owned WWJ-TV, Channel 62, to launch a 5-7 a.m. weekday program that will offer heavy doses of weather and traffic updates, as well as news gathered by Free Press journalists. The new program will be called "First Forecast Mornings" and will include Free Press Express news segments. "We're more than a newspaper, we're more than a Web site. We're an information provider on many different channels, and television is just a natural evolution for us," said Paul Anger, Free Press editor and publisher. He added that the partnership with WWJ "is considered unusual, if not unique anywhere." Mike Brookbank, who will anchor the Free Press news reports, said the program will break the mold of traditional TV broadcasts by offering smaller bits of news with more frequent weather and traffic reports -- information he said early risers with little time want... Free Press, WWJ to launch TV show (Sun, 5/3)

Detroit mayoral candidate Dave Bing got that lesson this morning after he did not call in for an appearance on Pierce's Sunday morning show that Pierce said had been scheduled -- and Pierce let Bing have it. After finishing up a 10-minute segment with Bing's campaign opponent, Mayor Ken Cockrel Jr., Pierce said he would be back with Bing after a commercial break. But when Pierce returned, he indicated that Bing spokesman Cliff Russell had called and said there had been a mix-up and the appearance with Bing had never been confirmed. "Sorry Cliff, don't buy that," Pierce said. "It's been scheduled." Pierce than recited a series of questions he planned to ask Bing -- about criticism that he's an "interloper" as having only recently moved to Detroit and that he lied on his resume about his education when he said he had a master's in business administration when he didn't. "The mystique about Dave Bing continues," Pierce said, saying Bing has failed to satisfactorily answer those questions during the campaign... WJR host slams Bing, says he skipped radio interview (Sun, 5/3)




Staff members at WSDP, the student-run radio station owned and operated by Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, recently received a number of individual awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters. The MAEB awards were presented at the University of Detroit Mercy as part of the MAEB Share-a-thon, a conference that brings together high school and college broadcasters from throughout the state. Among Plymouth-Canton award winners... Radio staffers earn broadcast awards (Sun, 5/3)



WDVD's Jesswein temporary off-air; WWJ-TV's Gary resigns; Holiday in as PD for WMXD

Pop WDVD FM 96.3 morning co-host Lisa Jesswein signed off for about a month on this past Friday as she will be undergoing hip replacement surgery. She plans on posting a weekly video blog of her experience at www.963wdvd.com during her recovery. Overnight host JeanMarie will fill in for Jesswein for the month.

The '96.3 WDVD Cares For Kids Radiothon' is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak. Jesswein's partners Blaine Fowler and Allyson will broadcast live from Beaumont's south tower, helping generate support children in the community with 100% of the donations collected going to Michigan hospitals. Call 1-(866) 963 GIVE (4483) anytime during the Radiothon to make a donation.

Tracy Gary has exited from WWJ-TV where she had been providing weekend weathercasts. She'll remain as a weekend DJ at soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1.

KJ Holiday, already the program director for urban WJLB-FM 97.9 has added the same role at Clear Channel sister station adult urban WMXD-FM 92.3. Oneil Stevens is the music director and assistant program director for WMXD.



Windsor Star:

Windsor's A channel has a new owner -- but the future of the city's downtown television station remains an unanswered question. On Thursday night, a press release by the station's previous owner, CTVglobemedia, stated that the company had accepted an offer by Shaw Communications to buy three stations, including the one in Windsor. "I think it's great," said CTVglobemedia chief executive Ivan Fecan. "We've accepted their offer of $1 per station. Cable is rolling in money and can obviously afford to underwrite the losses. Good for them." Besides the Windsor station (CHWI-TV Wheatley), the purchase includes formerly CTV properties in Wingham (CKNX-TV) and Brandon, Manitoba (CKX-TV). Fecan said he's sure Shaw Communications will live up to the existing licence conditions of each station -- something he described as "wonderful news" for station staff and their respective communities. But here in Windsor, station manager Don Mumford appeared surprised by the announcement, and seemed unsure of its veracity... TV station slated for closure sold for a buck (Fri, 5/1)


Stark, Fellhauer to Re-join Sports Talk 1050 WTKA Air Staff

Beginning Friday May 8th, long time Ann Arbor sports talk hosts Jim Stark and Al Fellhauer will be returning to the WTKA studios following an absence of some four years. Stark and Fellhauer, who have co-hosted the Sports Den talk show in Ann Arbor since 1994, will begin hosting the Big Show from 4-6 pm every Friday on WTKA. The guys, who are the longest serving talk show hosts in Ann Arbor, will also bring the Washtenaw County High School Game of the Week for football and basketball beginning in the fall.

In addition to their radio work, Stark currently serves as the President of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame, and Fellhauer is a long-time McDonalds owner/operator and has helped select the McDonalds' All-American basketball teams and the McDonald's-WXYZ High School Athlete of the Week.

Fellhauer and Stark began their broadcasting career in 1993 in Jackson before moving to WTKA in 1994. In 2005, they moved to WAAM to begin broadcasts of the high school sports. In addition to their talk show hosting duties over the years, the duo have also hosted the Eastern Michigan coach's shows, tail gate shows and broadcast some women's basketball games.

In the fall and winter, the high school games will be broadcast on a combination for WTKA and WLBY - depending on other scheduled events. Plans will also include live broadcasts from area high schools.

"We are looking forward to returning to our roots at WTKA and working with the current team," added Stark. "The Ann Arbor sports scene is as exciting as anywhere in America, and we look forward to sharing our thoughts with our Ann Arbor listeners."



The Environment Report and MLive.com partnering to distribute environmental news

Michigan Public Media and MLive.com are partnering to make The Environment Report radio program available on MLive.com's environment page. These short four-minute daily audio reports feature tough reporting and inspiring stories, as host Lester Graham and a team of reporters across the country work to bring environmental news down to Earth. The Environment Report daily radio program brings listeners breaking news about the environment and personal stories that help define what we all can do about the quality of the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the places we live, work, and play.

The Environment Report, which currently airs on Michigan Radio weekdays at 5:45 p.m., supplements MLive.com's current environmental coverage at: www.mlive.com/environment. As part of this partnership, The Environment Report program will also be sent out daily to 3,500+ followers of the MLive.com Environment Twitter page - Green Michigan.

In addition to the daily program, The Environment Report offers an environmental news service, which is currently heard on more than 160 public radio stations in 20 states across the United States. The Environment Report has won more than 90 state, national, and international awards for journalistic excellence, and was recently honored with a National Headliner Award by the Press Club of Atlantic City for their series on nuclear power. More information about The Environment Report is available at www.environmentreport.org. The Environment Report is a service of Michigan Public Media at the University of Michigan.




CBS Radio/Detroit Wants To Sell You A Used Car: CBS RADIO/DETROIT is looking to help listeners out with their automotive needs this weekend by holding "DETROIT's Largest Used Car Sale." Over 500 used cars will be available on MAY 8th and 9th at COMPUWARE ARENA. For more information, visit www.wycd.com. (Tue, 5/5)



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)


WCHB AM 1200 returning to talk format weekdays

Radio One's WCHB will drop its midday and evening Gospel music programming and restore talk programming starting Monday, May 11th. The new lineup will still be anchored by Mildred Gaddis - her "Inside Detroit" program stays anchored at 6 - 10 a.m. and will be replayed evenings from 5 - 9 p.m. In between will be Pulitzer Prize-winning Reverend Angelo Henderson (10 a,m. - 1 p.m.), followed by Reverend Al Sharpton (1 - 4 p.m.). Sharpton's show was dropped when the station made the switch to a primarily gospel format last year.

"The decision to bring Al Sharpton's show back was based upon strong feedback from the community," said Radio One VP/GM Kathy Stinehour. "WCHB is committed to continuing our tradition of bringing quality programming to the Detroit community and we feel that this move is another step in that direction."



Tigers' May 12th game shifted to Fox Sports Detroit Plus

The Tuesday, May 12 Detroit Tigers-Minnesota Twins game will now be televised on FOX Sports Detroit Plus to make the primary channel available for coverage of the Detroit Red Wings game against the Anaheim Ducks.

Coverage of the Tigers is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. with Tigers Live, followed by the game at 8:00.

Game 6 of the Red Wings-Anaheim playoff series will air that night on FOX Sports Detroit with game coverage set for 10:00 p.m.

A list of FOX Sports Detroit PLUS channel numbers is available at www.foxsports.com/detroit.



Detroit Free Press:

Set your dials, baby. The personalities are locked and loaded. WRIF-FM (101.1) has announced that Anne Carlini will handle midday duties from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Meltdown will take you home with the afternoon drive and Screamin' Scott Randall will rock out from 7 p.m. to midnight. The "Mike in the Morning" show continues from 5 to 10 a.m. Night owls can tune in to Al (Slayer) Beck, who will spin the monster jams from midnight to 5 a.m... WRIF rocks its official lineup (Fri, 5/8)


Macomb Daily:

FOX Sports Detroit attracted an all-time record audience for Sunday's Game 5 of the NHL Western Conference Semifinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Anaheim Ducks. Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 5:00-7:45 PM telecast registered a 17.1 household rating / 35 share in the Detroit metro area, an average of nearly 330,000 homes (one rating point equals approximately 19,270 households). The telecast peaked at a 22.1 rating (nearly 426,000 homes) during the closing minutes of the Red Wings 4-1 victory, giving them a three games to two lead in the best-of-seven series. Sunday's viewership eclipsed the previous FOX Sports Detroit record rating of 14.1 on May 3, 2004 for Game 6 of the Red Wings second round playoff series against Calgary... Red Wings rating romp (Mon, 5/11)



Detroit Free Press:

Next step for the Faces Not Numbers campaign from the "Deminski & Doyle" show on WCSX-FM (94.7) is to present the 100-foot long banner with more than 3,000 faces on it to the public -- and to political figures making the decisions that affect our community. The campaign was created to use photos of autoworkers and others who have lost their jobs to raise awareness that real lives are affected by bailout decisions. On Tuesday, join the morning show hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle at the Chrysler Sterling Heights assembly plant on Van Dyke when they reveal the banner... 'CSX banner to be unveiled (Mon, 5/11)


Southfield-based Birach Broadcasting expanding roster of Michigan AM stations

Michigan Catholic Radio (listed under the owner 1090 Investments, LLC) is selling its two AM stations for $1.025 million to Birach Broadcasting. Included in the deal is Michigan Catholic Radio's main outlet, WCAR AM 1090 Livonia/Detroit, along with the silent WOAP AM 1080 Owosso. WOAP has a construction permit to move to the Lansing area.

In Michigan Birach also owns AM outlets WNZK 690/680 Detroit, WCXI 1160 Fenton, WPON 1460 Walled Lake, WSDS 1480 Ypsilanti, and Grand Rapids' WMFN 64 and WMJH 810.



WXYZ-TV to celebrate its 30th annual 'Brightest & Best' salute to high school seniors May 16

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, will pay tribute to over 250 high school seniors from throughout Southeast Michigan at a special picnic in the 30th annual celebration of the "Brightest & Best" on Saturday, May 16th.

Since 1980, the station has honored graduating seniors from public and private schools who have demonstrated excellence in academic, extracurricular and community pursuits. The program has recognized over 7,500 high school seniors in its 30-year history, making it the longest-running program of its kind in the Detroit market.

WXYZ-TV will host the "Brightest & Best" picnic on the grounds of Broadcast House on Saturday, May 16th in Southfield. During this event, which recognizes the achievements of these outstanding students, promotional spots will be taped featuring students and Channel 7 personalities. These promotional announcements will air on the station throughout the summer months.



C & G Newspapers:

Detroiters smiling in front of local landmarks. Mothers cradling cherubic infants. Beaming brides and grooms. Entire families arranged around kitchen tables. The images of more than 4,000 people, all affected -- directly or indirectly -- by the fate of the domestic auto industry, appear on the "Faces Not Numbers" banner unveiled by WCSX 94.7-FM in Sterling Heights May 12. With the Chrysler Sterling Heights Assembly Plant as a backdrop, dozens of volunteers lined up along Van Dyke to help morning show hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle publicly unfurl the enormous photo mural for the first time. Printed by Stahls' ID Direct, it stretched about 100 feet long and weighed in at more than 75 pounds. "It was just stunning, the way it turned out," said Doyle. "To say it exceeded expectations is an understatement." Deminski emphasized that the banner wasn't intended to serve as a petition or demand any particular action from the government. It was merely a way to, in a sense, force officials to look affected Americans in the eye before making further decisions about the industry's future, and help empower everyday citizens who otherwise felt "invisible," he said... Radio hosts reveal 'Faces Not Numbers' banner at Chrysler plant (Wed, 5/13)



WXYZ-TV, WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV videos cover D&D banner unveiling

* WJBK: 'Faces Not Numbers' Banner Unfurled (Tue, 5/12)

* WDIV: 'Faces Not Numbers' Banner Unveiled (Tue, 5/12)

* WXYZ: Banner Shows Human Cost of Auto Crisis (Tue, 5/12)



WRCJ airing MOT production of Carmen live this evening

This evening beginning at 7 p.m., classical/jazz WRCJ-FM 90.9 will broadcast a live performance of Bizet's Carmen by the Michigan Opera Theatre. Dave Wagner and Wallace Peace will co-host the event.



Detroit News:

At a Judiciary Committee markup today, Rep. John Conyers proposed reducing new performer fees and delaying enactment of parts of a controversial bill to try to ensure it doesn't threaten the survival of small radio stations. The Performance Rights Act -- which Conyers, the Detroit Democrat who chairs the Judiciary Committee, called one of his top priorities -- is sparking a noon "Save Black Radio" protest by African-American radio stations at his Detroit offices. Branding the new fee a "tax," they argue it could destroy small broadcasters, including minority and women-owned stations that provide valuable diversity on the airwaves... Conyers makes changes to radio fees bill; protest planned (Wed, 5/13)


Hockeytown loves its Red Wings

For the second consecutive home game during the just-completed Detroit Red Wings - Anaheim Ducks second round hockey playoff series, Fox Sports Detroit set a new high water mark for the most-watched sports event ever on the network.

Last night's Game 7 of the Western Conference Semifinals drew a 17.5 rating and 29 share in the Detroit area. Prior to yesterday, the game that had been the most-watched was Sunday's Game 5 which at the time set a record with a 17.1 rating.

TV coverage for the Western Conference Finals against the Chicago Blackhawks will be on a combination of NBC (WDIV-TV 4 in Detroit) and the Versus cable network.



Detroit News:

Duke Fakir is ticked off. The suave Fakir, a founding member of Motown's legendary Four Tops, is always so cheerful that it's hard to tell, but the singer is more than a little annoyed at what he terms as "misinformation" coming from corporate radio executives on the subject of the Performance Rights Act sponsored by U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit. "There has been misinformation, particularly in Detroit, coming from (Radio One CEO) Cathy Hughes, that this is some sort of tax," Fakir says. "It's not a tax, it's something that's long overdue." The bill would require all American AM and FM radio stations to pay recording artists. Radio One's Hughes has argued that the bill would put a financial burden on black-owned radio stations and even "kill" black radio. Currently in the United States, only satellite radio, Internet radio and cable pay a performers' fee. On Wednesday, the bill passed the House Judiciary Committee, which Conyers chairs. The bill now moves to the full House for a vote. The Senate has a companion bill pending action... Performers deserve royalties, Duke Fakir says (Fri, 5/15)


Michigan Radio Reports from Mackinac Policy Conference

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that is comprised of WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor/WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint/WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will be providing special coverage from this year's Mackinac Policy Conference. Throughout the last week of May, the station will air special reports on Michigan's economy and other topics being discussed at the conference. A one-hour special program, entitled "Michigan's Bottom Line: Hybrid Economy," will follow on Friday, May 29th.

Michigan Radio reporters Sarah Hulett and Tracy Samilton will be at the conference on Mackinac Island providing reports and interviews with government and industry leaders. These reports, in addition to those from other public radio reporters throughout the state, will examine some of the important topics facing Michigan, including the changing auto industry, education, the state's struggling economy, alternative energy, and the role of Michigan's government. Michigan Radio will air the reports during "Morning Edition" (Monday-Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 am) and "All Things Considered" (Monday-Friday from 4:00 to 6:30 pm) during the week of May 26-29.

Friday's one-hour special, "Michigan's Bottom Line: Hybrid Economy" will be co-hosted by Michigan Radio News Reporter Sarah Hulett and Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta. The program will examine how alternative energy is changing what powers our cars, homes, and jobs, and how it may be the key to Michigan's economic future. "Michigan's Bottom Line: Hybrid Economy" will air Friday, May 29th, from 9:00 - 10:00 am and 8:00 - 9:00 pm.

The annual Detroit Chamber of Commerce Mackinac Policy Conference, which takes place May 27-30, presents an opportunity for Michigan's lawmakers and industry leaders to explore the issues deemed critical to Michigan's future. This year's conference will spark a dialogue of change among attendees including top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs, entrepreneurs, young professionals and veteran regional champions.



Detroit News:

Tigers television color analyst Rod Allen will miss games Thursday and Friday to attend the high school graduation of his daughter in Arizona. Here's how Fox Sports Detroit is filling the void left by Allen's absence.. Questions from Tiger fans answered on Thursday broadcast (Tue, 5/19)

Opening Day victories are good for morale -- near and far. Tigers broadcaster Mario Impemba has sponsored the making of a DVD of the Tigers' home-opening, 15-2 victory over the Texas Rangers, and it's free for all active military personnel. Will the goodwill continue beyond this year? That depends how the Tigers do. "If the Tigers had lost, 10-0, I don't think that would be something they'd be interested in," said Impemba, 46. Two years ago, Impemba spoke with troops during the winter caravan and later visited a veterans' hospital. He listened to their stories and came to understand how difficult it can be to be away from home. He knows he can't ease their pain, but wanted to give troops something from home. Impemba, along with the help of FSN general manager Tim Bryant and Alexandrea Thrubis, community affairs manager for the Tigers, put together a three-hour DVD that includes the FSN telecast, pregame festivities and postgame interviews... Mario Impemba treats troops to Tigers video (Tue, 5/19)

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) meteorologist Chuck Gaidica's beard isn't quite as full or biblical as Steve Carell's in "Evan Almighty," but the look does give our guy a striking resemblance to the comedic actor. In case you're wondering what is going on, the weathercaster is growing a beard in support of the Red Wings' race for the Stanley Cup... WDIV's Chuck Gaidica grows 'Red Wings' beard (Tue, 5/19)



Detroit Free Press:

Sarah Myrand of Wyandotte has beat 31 other contestants to win the 2009 WRIF-FM (101.1) Rock Girl Competition. Myrand, who succeeds 2008 Rock Girl Cristy Lee, will receive a $40,000 salary for the year, as well as an on-air position as the station's afternoon traffic reporter and a scholarship to attend the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts... Names and Faces (Tue, 5/19)




WPON To Air 'Detroit Flashback Weekend': WABC-A/NEW YORK's "REWOUND" special is moving to online/on demand only this year and WLS-A/CHICAGO isn't doing its own version this time around, but DETROIT will be getting its own MEMORIAL DAY taste of the classic Top 40 days with WPON-A/PONTIAC's "DETROIT FLASHBACK WEEKEND," on the air at 1460 AM and online at wpon.com.

The show will air 7-10p MAY 22nd-25th, produced by veteran jock JIM HAMPTON with LEE ALAN and DAVE PRINCE among the scheduled guests and airchecks from the legends of WXYZ-A, WJLB-A, WJBK-A, WKNR-A, and the BIG 8, CKLW-A, including TOM CLAY, ROBIN SEYMOUR, TERRY KNIGHT and many more.

HAMPTON said, "This is better than a vacation. I get to do something I love and at the same time get reacquainted with the city I grew up in. There is too much negativity in the city right now. So this is a good time for Detroiters to remember some of the great days of their past. There's nothing better than music and memories."


1.2 Million Fans Gather For 27th Annual WYCD Downtown Hoedown: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT's 27th Annual DOWNTOWN HOEDOWN kicked off FRIDAY (5/15) at HART PLAZA. Over 1.2 million Country music fans gathered for the weekend-long event. Gray skies, rain and chilly temperatures didn't stop fans from watching FRIDAY's acts, which included LUKE BRYAN, JACK INGRAM, KEVIN COSTNER & MODERN WEST, STEPHEN COCHRAN and JESSICA HARP. SATURDAY's (5/16) artist lineup included BOMSHEL, ELI YOUNG BAND, LEE ANN WOMACK, TRENT TOMLINSON, PHIL VASSAR, JOSH GRACIN and DARRYL WORLEY. Country legend WILLIE NELSON closed the show on SUNDAY night (5/17) with several of his classic hits, joined briefly at one point by KID ROCK. Earlier in the day, ZAC BROWN BAND joined ROCK onstage for a duet of his hit, "All Summer Long." Other acts that appeared SUNDAY included WHITNEY DUNCAN, TRAILER CHOIR, JASON MICHAEL CARROLL, JUSTIN MOORE and JESSICA ANDREWS. (Tue, 5/19)


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

On The RadioFor those of you who read my writings and rants about the industry I love dearly, realize that, just like those who routinely criticize the radio business do so because we care.

As most of you know, I attend a great deal of radio gatherings. Some are called conventions, seminars or conferences. All have experienced decreases in attendance this year, as could be expected. With the current economic climate being more like winter than summer, it provides an easy excuse for people to stay away. The longest running such confab is the Country Radio Seminar (CRS) held every year in Nashville (why not?) and this year, celebrated forty (40) years. Yet, attendance was down about 35%. Only a week later, the Radio & Records Talk Radio Seminar (TRS) was held in Los Angeles hosting a mere 150 attendees. In better times, TRS would attract between 400 and 500. Coming up next month will be the New Media Seminar presented by Talkers Magazine. It should be interesting to see who shows up. I will be there and will be "taking the temperature" of the room. I fear it might be on the cool side.

The mantra of nearly every confab, where radio people assemble, is LIVE and LOCAL. This is how terrestrial radio would win out against satellite radio and the dreaded iPod. The sad thing is now more than ever, and it has become extremely prevalent, here in the Detroit area (like it has nationwide), that very little of what comes out of your radio speaker is neither live nor local. I recently spoke to Steve Schram, who now runs the University of Michigan Broadcasting Service. He was the person who secured the former A&W Root Beer headquarters in Farmington Hills, as the new home for Clear Channel Radio Detroit. Sadly, the company known for letting people go, didn't hold on to Steve long enough for him to ever actually occupy that facility. Actually, the population of that building has been steadily dropping.

The last wave of CC layoffs was reported as being 590 nationally. In reality, about 1,000 employees were let go. Among the local casualties were Chad Mitchell and the entire morning show at country WDTW-FM (106.7) known as The Fox. The station currently has no local or live DJ's on the air, and had been without a local program director for several weeks prior to this recent exodus. The stunner came from a studio just down the hall as pop hits WNIC-FM (100.3) dismissed popular morning icon Chris Edmonds, who (with impressive ratings) was preparing to celebrate 21 years at the station! WNIC also tied with cluster-mate WKQI (known as Channel 9-5-5) for the top spot in local ratings. I'm trying to figure this out. He's on the top station, with the top ratings and for all his accomplishments he gets let go. I know, it all about the money...but this still makes no sense at all. Even longtime CC phone receptionist Pam Caldwell was let go with various staffers handling her duties.

Kevin O'Neill, more than likely, feels lucky to still have a job. He was moved into the morning show with Lisa Berry when Edmonds was shown the door. O'Neill is unquestionably one of the absolutely NICest people on the Detroit radio dial. The only time the WNIC studio is occupied for an entire live and local show is between 5 and 9 a.m. Every other time slot is either voice-tracked (pre-recorded) or imported from another city. If you check the web site www.wnic.com you will find for large segments of the broadcast day that no DJ's are listed, just "more music variety."

Most radio stations here, and across the country, have few (if any) humans in the building after 7 pm. God help us all if something catastrophic should happen between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m. With TV dropping all analogue on-the-air signals on June 12th, radio will be the only way people can get information fast. Let's not fail them.

Whenever people call WWJ radio in Southfield, and have a question about a particular radio station, the operator always gives them MY phone number because she feels I know everything about local radio. I don't, but I always try to help out.

While actually writing this column I received such a call from a concerned mother by the name of Lisa in Northville, MI, who's raising teenagers. She was outraged by the sexual content she heard in the last hour of the MoJo in the Morning show on WKQI-FM (95.5). She wanted to know who she could express her concern to. I was honest and said that MoJo has the hottest morning show in town and makes a lot of money from and for Clear Channel. Her comments and concern would probably fall on deaf ears, because the dollar speaks the loudest. I could hear, in her voice, how upset she was, but knew that hers would be an uphill battle with station management. I wished her luck.

Sports WDFN-AM (1130) is another station in that Clear Channel fortress that pretty much cleaned out most of its live and local voices earlier this year and is now trying to at least return some locally-originated programming directed at helping listeners in our area. A few weeks ago I hinted that Murray Gula, our own Mr. Home Improvement, would be making a triumphant return to the radio dial, and after exploring a number of options, he'll be returning to right where he was last heard on AM-1130 both Saturday and Sunday from noon till 2 p.m. called "Your Home with Murray Gula." The first show will be on the 6th of June...which sounds a lot like the beginning of C. W. McCall's hit song from 1975 called "Convoy." Murray continues to host a web-cast for Ch. 7 at www.wxyz.com each Thursday at noon with co-host Joe Giordano, and he guests each Friday with Bob Allison on multi-formatted WNZK-AM (690) at 10:30 a.m.

For quite sometime we have been reporting on new technologies putting the squeeze on radio's reign as king of in-car listening, and may not be over, but there IS a new threat. Autonet Mobile has begun selling Wi-Fi for the car at more than 3,300 stores nationwide, including Best Buy. Locally-based radio trend follower Jacobs Media conducted a survey that finds only 6% want Wi-Fi in their next car, and that most prefer an iPod connection. Personally I like the idea of Wi-Fi in the car, but not as a means of surfing the net or reviewing your e-mail while driving. What excites me is having the ability to listen to ANY radio station in America that streams on-line but then I'm a radio-aholic and having the ability to tune in stations from LA, or Little Rock...from Chicago or Cincinnati is very cool indeed. At least it's still listening to radio and not just a mini-hard drive with bunch of my own tunes.

Rock WRIF-FM (101.1) has assembled a newly configured weekday lineup. As expected, given the station's heritage, all the jocks involved have long histories with The RIFF: Twenty-year station vet Anne Carlini is now doing 10am-3pm, the shift formerly done by former WRIF PD Doug Podell before he became the hugely important Director of Rock Programming for both WRIF and WCSX. Afternoons, which had been the domain of market legend Arthur Penhallow for 39 years, now belongs to Meltdown, WRIF's longtime night jock, who has been covering afternoons since Penhallow left in February when he and the station couldn't come to terms on a new contract. Scott Randall, a 'RIF veteran since 1997, easily slides into nights, while Mike Clark & Company remains in control of mornings remarkably well without Drew. There were major rumors floating around town that Drew Lane was coming back to The Riff as the afternoon host, but it looks as though the "Doc of Rock" Mr. Podell, has his team set, at least for the time being. Radio has never been known as a bastion of stability. BTW what ever happened to that strange dude "Mr. Positive?" He's actually Greg Balteff, a personal trainer at a Westland fitness club, and was a semi-regular when Doug Podell hosted mid-days on WRIF. His status is somewhat unclear.

What puzzles me is why wouldn't either Arthur P. or Greater Media Detroit (the station owner) go for one last year, make it an even forty years and then send Mr. Penhallow off into retirement with a big party? I guess things like that only happen in the movies. Considering that Arthur came to the 101.1 frequency when it was still known as WXYZ-FM in 1970...and the humble beginnings he had in Howell and Ann Arbor...and the fact that he has probably made enough money to live comfortably...it just doesn't seem right to end it all this way.

We wanted to wait until this event was just around the corner, because most people have short memories and even shorter attention spans these days, but, it will be VERY special Memorial Day weekend in Motown! Even with a terrible economy. Even though most stations will be running lots of repeats and "best of shows," that will not be the case in the Motor City! LA based Jim Hampton, who grew up in Farmington and worked at WXYZ in the mid-1960's will be presenting a very special Detroit Flashback Weekend for a total of four (4) nights May 22-25, 7 pm till 10 pm EDT on suburban WPON-AM (1460) and streaming on-line at www.wpon.com which, considering the coverage of the 1,000 watt station broadcasting from just west of Walled Lake, most people will hear better on their computer. With a plethora of nostalgic oldies, memorable station airchecks, and special in-studio guests including; Lee Alan, and others, this will be a MUST for ANYONE who grew up listening to Detroit radio! Hampton will have many of the (still living) legends on the phone and some are already pre-recorded. This should represent 12 truly memorable hours of nostalgic radio. Get ready to roll tape!!!

WELCOME RACE FANS...is the cry of all those headed to Indianapolis for the 500, or just those of us who travel I-275 or I-696. This year the Indy 500 will be carried on both Sirius and XM, which are united, but the race will be on different channels depending on which service you might have. For XM subscribers it's on channel 145 and Sirius folks will find "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" on channel 211, if your have the "Best Of XM" package. Do you know anyone looking for the broadcast in Spanish? Indy's Hispanic station WEDJ-FM (107.1) will stream it at www.wedjfm.com live. Start time will be 1 p.m. Sunday May 24th.

Should you have friends or family in other parts of the country who are on the road vacationing but want to hear the Red Wings push toward another Stanley Cup Championship and our beloved Ken Kal shouting out "He Scores!!!" you can hear the NHL Hockey Play-Off's on XM channel 204 known as Home Ice. The Blackhawks announcer is one click away on channel 205. Sirius fans need to have that "Best of XM" package to hear hockey. It's a legal thing...don't ya know?

Mega-Kudos to Tim Roberts, Deb Kenyon, Jay Jennings, Susanne Bellinger and the entire staff of Detroit's Country WYCD-FM (99.5) for a phenomenal job on the Downtown Hoedown that drew record crowds and a provided a good time for all. Now, rest up Tim and get ready for the Woodward Dream Cruise on August 15th.

If you're reading this before the 22nd of May, I hope you have a safe Memorial Day weekend and don't forget what this holiday truly stands for. Click on this link www.leealancreative.com/AM from the legendary Lee Alan to hear his tribute to those who fought for our freedom.

Art Vuolo has published the Radio Guide for more than 30 years and runs Vuolovideo.com. Contact him at artvuolo@aol.com.


WDIV Wins #1 News in May 2009

WDIV Local 4 News scored victories as its early evening and late newscasts were #1 in the May 2009 Nielsen rating period for the Detroit television market.

WDIV won the weekday early evening news at both 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Local 4 News at 5 p.m. won with a 6.0 household rating and a 14 share in May. Local 4 News at 5 p.m. has gained strong momentum since November 2008 and is up 7%, while competitor WXYZ has dropped 17%. In May, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won it's time period scoring a 7.8 household rating and a 17 share, and is up 11% with continued growth since November 2008, again while WXYZ is down a significant 24% and WJBK is down 8%.

The perennial late evening leader, Local 4 News at 11 p.m., dominated all local newscasts with the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time-period. In May 2009, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. scored a 9.1 household rating and a 17 share. In addition, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. continues to be top-rated in all key demographics, and shows growth, increasing it's primetime lead-in by up to 55%.

In addition to newscasts, the WDIV programming lineup included #1 entertainment programs in May. The Ellen Degeneres Show, weekdays at 10 a.m., continues to lead in all key demographics. Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy continue to be the top-rated shows in early access, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno remains #1 in the 11:30 p.m. timeslot. Leno moves to NBC primetime weeknights at 10 p.m. in the fall.

The afternoon block of Local 4 News at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition with Deborah Norville continue to make significant ratings gains, finishing less than a rating point behind Oprah.

Additionally, last month WDIV's website, ClickOnDetroit.com, was nominated for two NATAS Emmy awards for news coverage.



AM 580 celebrates holiday with "Summer Songs Weekend"

This holiday weekend CKWW AM 580, Motor City Favorites, will kick-off the unofficial start of summer with the "Summer Songs Weekend". Throughout the weekend the station will spotlight some of the best "summer oldies" songs 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.




tudents in the Novi High School Broadcasting program recently brought home top-level state awards from the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) journalism competition. The school's Television News class received the highest award for their overall video broadcasting program, the prestigious Spartan Award. This award comes after a thorough and rigorous evaluation of the entire academic program and selected samples of student journalistic work. Judges praised the program for its professional approach and high production quality. This is the first time the department has entered the Spartan competition... Broadcasting students win big (Fri, 5/22)


Detroit Free Press:

Oh, Sagat, where art thou? I've been thinking a lot about a question he asked in his 1994 club classic, "Funk Dat": "Why is it that every time I turn on the radio, I hear the same five songs 15 times a day for three months?" That lyric is as relevant to me today as it was when I was in my 20s. I've been thinking about it as I follow the big radio fight over U.S. Rep. John Conyers Jr. and the Performance Rights Act. That legislation proposes, among other things, to compensate artists for songs played on the radio. Station owners and activists say it's a tax that they might not be able to afford, and that might put them out of business. They recently held a Save Black Radio rally to protest the legislation. Oh, my. How about Save the Listener? We've been listening to the same five songs 15 times a day for three months for years, and somewhere the listener has gotten lost... How about saving the radio listeners? (Sun, 5/24)


News/Talk 760 WJR to broadcast live from 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference

News/Talk 760 WJR will again bring live coverage from the 2009 Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference. The three days of meetings, discussions and speeches traditionally result in a number of breaking news stories heard first on WJR.

Tune in on Wednesday, May 27th for a special live broadcast of The Big Story with Lloyd Jackson (7pm-8pm) and hear a Who's Who of guests as Paul W. Smith (5:30am-9am) and Frank Beckmann (9am-Noon) broadcast LIVE on Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th from the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Then, join Paul W. Smith live as he hosts "Leadership Perspectives on Achieving Regional Growth" on Friday, May 29th at a special time from 11:30am -1pm. Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Macomb County Commission Chairman Paul Gieleghem, along with Hudson-Webber Foundation President David Egner and Charter One Bank President Sandra Pierce, will participate in this lively, topical, roundtable discussion, surrounding significant issues facing the area.



Detroit News:

Growing up in Troy, broadcast journalist Roop Raj would watch WJBK-TV (Channel 2) anchorman Huel Perkins in utter admiration. "One day," he said, he thought "that's going to be me." Raj respected the television newsman so much that when he landed his own cable access show, "Voices of Troy," as a teenager, he reached out to Perkins who later became Raj's mentor, closely monitoring the ambitious young man's ever-evolving career. Now, Raj, an alumnus of Michigan State University, is joining his mentor's ranks as WJBK's newest weekend anchor and field reporter. Raj, 32, started working at the local Fox affiliate earlier this month and is replacing political aspirant Charles Pugh... Fox 2's Roop Raj is back home (Tue, 5/26)

Just two years after making its Michigan debut, AT&T has expanded its U-verse offering -- which combines television, high-speed Internet and voice services -- to more than a million households in the state. The aggressive expansion of AT&T into the television and Internet realm came after state legislators granted the company the hard-fought ability to franchise across the state, challenging rival Comcast Corp. in its monopoly in many Michigan communities. "It's allowed us to give customers a choice they never had before," said Gail Torreano, AT&T's Michigan president. "The response has been fantastic"... AT&T's U-verse extends Michigan reach (Tue, 5/26)


Detroit Free Press:

Tigers play-by-play announcer Dan Dickerson is returning to Detroit to have surgery on a tendon he injured while jogging. The veteran broadcaster ruptured a tendon in his left quadriceps muscle while on a run near the team hotel Tuesday. Surgery was scheduled for today. Former Tiger Jim Price has moved from doing color to play-by-play during his absence, and he was joined in the booth by John Keating of Fox Sports Detroit... Tigers announcer Dan Dickerson to have surgery on injured leg (Wed, 5/27)



Detroit News:

Tigers radio broadcaster Dan Dickerson missed Tuesday night's game and will miss more after a jogging injury near the team hotel. "From my window, I saw someone lying on the ground near the street, and it turned out to be Dan," Brandon Inge said. Dickerson was taken to a nearby hospital, where tests were being conducted on both legs, Tigers trainer Kevin Rand said. The extent of his injuries was not immediately known, but it's expected he will return home to Detroit today for surgery on his left leg, forcing him to miss the upcoming four-game series in Baltimore... Dan Dickerson off the air after jogging accident (Wed, 5/27)



Dan Dickerson had a Hall of Fame replacement in Al Kaline, who serves as the Tigers' radio broadcast analyst tonight and will do so again Friday. Usual analyst Jim Price will handle play-by-play, and work Saturday and Sunday with Fox Sports Net's John Keating... Al Kaline in Tigers' radio booth for two games (Thu, 5/28)



WDIV readies coverage of Stanley Cup Finals

As the Detroit Red Wings prepare to defend their 2007-08 Stanley Cup Championship in a Finals rematch with the Pittsburgh Penguins, WDIV (Local 4) and NBC will televise Games 1 and 2 live from Joe Louis Arena and, if necessary, Games 5, 6 and 7.

Saturday, May 30, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Local 4's Red Alert: Stanley Cup Finals pre-game special, hosted by Local 4 sports anchor Bernie Smilovitz, will feature game commentary and analysis from veteran broadcaster and former Red Wing great Mickey Redmond and feature reports from Local 4 Sports Final Edition's Katrina Hancock and Local 4 News anchor Steve Garagiola.

On Sunday, May 31, Local 4's Red Alert: Stanley Cup Finals pre-game and post-game will also feature Local 4 News anchors Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Chuck Gaidica.

As the series moves to Mellon Arena for Games 3 and 4, Hancock will also report live from Pittsburgh on Local 4 News.

In depth Red Alert: Stanley Cup Finals coverage continues online throughout the Finals on the station's web site, ClickOnDetroit.com. Popular interactive features include viewers' Hot Shots photos and videos showing off Red Wings spirit and playoff beards.



U-M football taking to the airwaves to benefit C.S. Mott Children's Hospital

The University of Michigan football team, coaches, players and former players will take over the airwaves in Ann Arbor to raise funds for the U-M C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital.

Ann Arbor Radio's four stations - Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM), W4 Country (102.9 FM), 107one (107.1 FM), and WLBY Ann Arbor's Progressive Talk Radio (1290 AM) - will host a 12-hour radio-a-thon event to raise awareness for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital building project and fund-raising campaign. The radio-a-thon runs 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 11.

The event will continue live across the state on "The Huge Show" hosted by Bill Simonson, 3 - 6 p.m. Friday, June 12. "The Huge Show" - which is headquartered in Grand Rapids - will broadcast from Schembechler Hall in Ann Arbor, and heard statewide on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA (1050 AM) and the "Huge" radio network: 97.5 FM-Muskegon, 730 AM-Lansing, 1280 AM-Mt Pleasant, 1330 AM-Flint, 1380 AM-Greenville, 1440 AM-Dowagiac, 1660 AM-Kalamazoo.

In addition, a BBQ with the Boys event with the football team at Schembechler Hall to continue to raise money for the radio-a-thon will be held from 3 - 6 p.m. Friday, June 12. Tickets are $250 for four people, which will include tours of the hall, games on the practice field, autographs and pictures with the team. Contact mott-development@med.umich.edu to purchase tickets.

In 2008, the radio-a-thon helped raise more than $100,000 for the children's and women's hospitals.

In addition to the Wolverine football program, C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital patients, families and medical experts will be featured during the radio-a-thon.

Listeners that day can pledge to make a contribution to C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital by calling 800-559-2657, or going online to www.mottchildrenshospital.org, www.wtka.com, www.w4country.com, or www.annarbors107one.com.



Detroit Free Press:

Kevin Collard, the executive producer of WJR's "Frank Beckmann Show," said he will be leaving WJR-AM (760) -- where he has worked for more than 17 years -- on June 12... Names and Faces (Thu, 5/28)


Detroit Free Press:

The Alumni Room was packed with revelers by the time the elevator doors opened, delivering a smiling Budd Lynch from his perch high above the ice after three-plus hours behind the microphone as the Red Wings' public-address announcer. His plan -- and Lynch always has a plan because he has remained, at 91, perpetually organized -- was to go in for a drink, maybe one vodka on the rocks, then head home to Wyandotte after the traffic cleared. But he needed to reach the entrance first. Lynch was stopped by a fan, then two more. All because, he would say later with a gleam in his eye, it was a "night worth sharing." Longevity is not the reason why Lynch has been among the most beloved persons associated with the Wings for the last 60 years. Still a fact remains: No other soul has witnessed more hockey in Detroit. The Red Wings have won 11 Stanley Cups, and Lynch's river-smooth baritone voice can be linked to all but the first three... Budd Lynch, 91, remains the voice of Wings' championship history (Fri, 5/29)



Detroit News:

The May sweeps book has closed, and WJBK-TV (Channel 2) has once again emerged as the No. 1 station at sunrise. That's in large part because of WJBK's top-rated a.m. offering "Fox 2 News Morning," which ranks No. 1 with viewers 18-49 years old and adults 25-54. The largest audience tunes in from 7-9 a.m. weekdays with 18-49-years-olds delivering a 3.3 rating/24 share, and adults ages 25-54 giving a 3.9 rating/25 share... 'Fox 2 News' delivers in a.m. ratings race (Fri, 5/29)


WJR's Beckmann to hit the road and the links

WJR AM 760's Frank Beckmann Show (9am-Noon) hits the road again and will be touring some of the most prominent golf courses throughout Michigan. Frank and crew will broadcast live at the following locations in the coming days:

Friday, June 5th: The Resorts at Tullymore and St. Ives, Stanwood

Monday, June 8th: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Acme

Tuesday, June 9th: Boyne Highlands Resort, Harbor Springs



Detroit News:

'Money, that's what I want," Motown's Barrett Strong sang back in 1959, and that's what dozens of singers and musicians want from broadcast radio, they told a town forum hosted Tuesday by U.S. Rep. John Conyers at Wayne State University's Spencer Partrich Law Auditorium. Dionne Warwick, Sam Moore and hip-hop artist Rhymefest were among the artists on the panel discussing the controversial Performance Rights Act sponsored by Conyers (and already passed by the Judiciary Committee), which would amend U.S. copyright law and compel broadcast radio to pay performers. Radio executives have come out strongly against the bill, arguing that it would force radio stations to close. This being Detroit, many of the musicians attending were Motown alumni, including Mary Wilson of the Supremes and Detroit Councilwoman Martha Reeves... Radio execs, artists face off over royalties (Tue, 6/2)

Flip on the car radio during a late-rounds Red Wings playoff game and broadcast life is normal: Ken Kal and Paul Woods are the rinkside voices, same as they were once a new season launched in October. Television, of course, is different in the same way a $100 bill has a different face on it than a $1. The higher the currency, the more the people change. It explains why there was no Ken Daniels or Mickey Redmond in the booth after the Red Wings polished off the Ducks and reached the Western Conference finals. Network money (or, rather, what stands for TV network cash in the NHL) kicked in, while Daniels and Redmond were kicked out. And that never has seemed terribly fair to a Detroit audience, let alone to the men displaced... Commentary: Mickey Redmond calls Wings with flair (Tue, 6/2)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Don't look for Joe Vision this year. The Detroit Red Wings say they couldn't reach a deal to air Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals for fans gathered at Joe Louis Arena, as the team has done in the past during road playoff games. "We will not hold 'Joe Vision' for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final as we were unable to secure the broadcast rights to show this game in the arena," said Karen Cullen in an e-mail to Crain's today. She's the vice president of corporate communications for Ilitch Holdings Inc., the central business entity of team owners Mike and Marian Ilitch. The event allows fans to watch the team at the arena when a victory could clinch Detroit's 12th Stanley Cup. It started 15 years ago ... A near-sellout of Joe Louis could shave a ratings point off the local television ratings measurement, and such ratings are used to establish advertising rates... No Joe Vision for Red Wings for Game 6 of Stanley Cup Finals (Mon, 6/8)




Bill Emkow is editor-in chief at MLive.com and one of the architects of the MSU/WJR/MLive.com environmental partnership. "The partnership is outstanding. The value it's adding - like your blog - helps raise awareness of environmental issues. "We've had an environment section on our site for a year or two," Emkow says. "What we wanted to do was find a way to be an online place for everything environmental in Michigan, and having a partnership with Greening of the Great Lakes, WJR and Michigan State has been a tremendous success in raising the awareness of this page." Emkow says the way you build the kind of site MLive.com is seeking to build is by putting recognizable names and personalities like Kirk Heinze on the site ... Greening of the Great Lakes airs each Friday evening at 7 p.m. on News/Talk 760 WJR... There's a thirst for environmental news online (Mon, 6/8)



Detroit's WDET airing mortage crisis series over next seven weeks

Wayne State's public radio outlet WDET FM 101.9 will reach deep into metro Detroit neighborhoods and bring the voices of Detroit to the air through an innovative community programming initiative: "Facing the Mortgage Crisis: Home Is More Than Our House." The series begins Monday, June 8, 2009 and will air in Detroit Today (weekdays 1-3pm), Morning Edition (weekdays 5-8am) and across WDET's schedule as a series of 30 second "community voices" short stories. The series extends through June and July and will introduce WDET listeners to the people and organizations operating on the front-line of Detroit's mortgage crisis. WDET's community programming initiative is part of a national project taking place in 32 markets across the country and is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"Reporting on the housing and credit issues has, for the most part, been focused on institutional problems and institutional solutions. With this series, we wanted to look at how the crisis is stretching the social fabric to the breaking point. We're speaking with people whose lives are in turmoil, we're showcasing groups of people and organizations who are crafting ingenious solutions and we're examining the ways we can lock arms and, together, work our way out of the problem. At WDET, we think the public airwaves should be used in ways that make a tangible contribution to the city's future," says J. Mikel Ellcessor, WDET's General Manager.

More than just the stories of those impacted, listeners will have the opportunity to make a difference by getting involved and volunteering. Information on the stories in the series, the organizations helping people and how to take action and get involved will be available at the project blog on WDET's website: www.wdet.org.

WDET's community partner on the series is ARISE Detroit!, a coalition of more than 400 community groups, churches, block clubs and media outlets, which has been working throughout Detroit to assist with the mortgage crisis and the downstream effects on children, families and their neighborhoods.

"Partnering with ARISE Detroit! has really expanded our ability to tap the wisdom of the community," says J. Mikel Ellcessor. "There are organizations who are keeping people in their homes. There are neighborhoods devising innovative solutions to stabilize their community, and there are individuals with powerful, practical solutions. ARISE Detroit! has been an inspiring partner and has done a lot to help us find these stories as a way to help us learn from each other."

WDET and its project media partner Model D will be participating in a speaker series on June 24, 2009 about Detroit's mortgage crisis, as well as the "Lonely House Tour" on June 14, 2009 taking place the Indian Village and West Village neighborhoods designed to get people into available homes.

"The radio series, community partnerships, events and project blog are all designed to work together to inform and get people into action. This impacts all of us and one thing we've discovered in our reporting is how deep the region's pool of smart, talented and dedicated people really is," said Zak Rosen, producer of the series with WDET's Rob St. Mary.


Detroit News:

Witness the dramatic story behind Ann Arbor's Traverwood Branch Library in the Detroit Public Television documentary "Up from Ashes," which airs 8 p.m. Thursday on WTVS-TV (Channel 56). Viewers can relive how the building came into existence and find out how developers harvested hundreds of ash trees that were devastated by the emerald ash borer, and used the trees to build what is arguably one of the most storied and breathtaking libraries in Metro Detroit. Produced by KDN Films Inc. in Madison Heights, "Up from Ashes" takes us through every stage of development, from the architectural drawing boards to the 1-ton draft horses that harvested lumber for O'Neal Construction Inc... Documentary follows growth of Ann Arbor's Traverwood library (Tue, 6/9)



Detroit Free Press:

If you haven't prepared for the digital TV transition, you have until Friday. That's the final deadline for television stations across the country to switch from analog to digital broadcasting. The shift has been talked about for what seems like forever. But some people aren't ready yet. More than 200 calls have been coming in daily to Don-Lors Electronics in Livonia, which has teamed up with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters to answer questions about the transition at 888-643-8809... TV switches to a digital signal Friday; Here's how you can prepare (Tue, 6/9)


Detroit News:

Can President Obama make the next save for the Red Wings? Not likely. After once helping to delay the transition to all-digital TV, the Obama Administration has already said there won't be another, posing potential problems for local folks who want to catch the deciding Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals with their rabbit-ear antennas. The once-delayed transition to digital occurs on Friday, and a spokesman for WDIV-TV (Channel 4) said the station will no longer transmit an analog signal after 9 a.m. For thousands of Metro Detroiters who still haven't gotten a converter box -- and don't have cable or satellite TV -- that means they'll have to find somewhere else to watch the Wings battle the Pittsburgh Penguins for the Cup. Mike Katona of WDIV said the 9 a.m. switch was decided months ago in conjunction with the Federal Communications Commission and long before it looked like the Wings would face a make-or-break game... Friday's digital TV switch may trip up some Red Wings viewers (Wed, 6/10)


Detroit Free Press:

Fans of the top-rated WKQI-FM (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" show noticed a significant change Wednesday morning: Kyra Dillard, who has been with the station since February 2005, wasn't on the air. "Kyra is no longer with our morning show. Out of respect to her, I'd rather not go into any further details about her business. It's between her and management," host Mojo said on the air Wednesday... Kyra off 'Mojo in the Morning' show (Thu, 6/11)


Detroit News:

As the last of the nation's television stations turned off their analog signals Friday, households unprepared to capture the digital signal found themselves scrambling for converter boxes, antennas and how-to's. Befuddled viewers around Metro Detroit flooded local and national call centers. Many simply needed to be told how to hook up their digital converter boxes, which allow older TVs to tune in the new signals, or how to reset the boxes to capture nearby digital broadcasts. "People are feeling a little technically challenged," said Dave Baumann, creative services director at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), the ABC affiliate in Southfield. The station fielded more than 350 calls from confused viewers after it made the switch at 6 a.m... Digital TV switch puzzles viewers (Sat, 6/13)



Port Huron Times-Herald:

Ruthann Davis has a standing appointment with Bo, Hope and the rest of the "Days of Our Lives" characters. But when 1 p.m. Friday rolled around, she tuned into her NBC affiliate -- WEYI in Saginaw -- and found no drama unfolding in the fictional city of Salem. Instead, all she heard was someone talking about the nationwide transition from analog to digital broadcasting, first in English, then in Spanish. While someone at the FCC later assured Davis, 68, of Sanilac Township her favorite station was in the midst of switching things up Friday afternoon and her service would be restored, not everyone was so lucky... TV switch leaves some in dark (Sat, 6/13)



Specs Howard School inaugurates motion picture film workshops

As film making in Metro Detroit continues at a feverish pace, bringing to the area such luminaries as Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Michael Bay (Transformers) and Robert De Niro (Stone), incredible opportunities exist to work both in front of and behind the lens. The key to sustained success for the industry in this region? A trained workforce. Specs Howard is preparing to play a major role in accomplishing exactly that; in turn, educating the next generation of film professionals.

Specs Howard School, Michigan's leading broadcast arts educational school, has announced it is opening a new training facility "Specs Howard On Location" at the Studio Center motion picture production complex in Farmington Hills. Specs Howard's initial workshops, a new 8-week "On Location Film Workshop" and 7-week "On Location Advanced Editing," beginning on July 13th and 21st, are designed to provide participants with a fundamental yet comprehensive introduction to the film industry via Michigan-based creative arts professionals and instructors skilled in a range of disciplines.

Among the instructors is Specs Howard's own Steve Julin, Director of Curriculum Development, who created the entire "On Location" film and editing workshops curriculum. Julin has worked on several independent films, including Between Brothers, Mutant Swingers from Mars, Hatred of a Minute and Walk This Way. He has worked with such well-known television companies as The Discovery Channel, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS and the General Television Network. He is an Avid Certified Instructor, Certified Boris FX Instructor and Apple Certified Trainer, as well as a recipient of the Golden Eagle Award for documentary editing and an Emmy Award nominee.

The "On Location Film Workshop" will take students behind the scenes to examine and experience pre-production planning and scheduling; breaking down a script; fundamentals of filming a basic scene and principles of editing. Participants also will enjoy hands-on equipment usage including working with dollies, lighting equipment, microphones, editing software and cameras--from learning how to load the industry's most popular film magazines to shooting footage with such high-tech, digital cameras as the Panasonic P2 HD camera.

"Our workshops will offer intensive, practical film industry training unlike anywhere else in Michigan," said Lisa Zahodne, President/COO of Specs Howard School. "Over the course of several weeks, our students will learn the language and craft of film. Our instructors and facilities are here--now--and second to none."

Studio Center: Making movies here, now

Specs Howard joins the campus of professionals at Studio Center, where filmmaking in Michigan has become focused since legislative support was enacted early in 2008. Operating for nearly 30 years, Studio Center is the only active studio production lot in Michigan and has quickly become the hub of new feature film production in the State. It provides a complete range of production services and resources, including three soundstages, post-production facilities, film processing, camera rental, lighting and production offices, all set on nearly seven acres centrally located near major Michigan filming locations.

Grace & Wild is the anchor Studio Center tenant, and along with the other resident businesses, Studio Center has become one of the largest and most productive production facilities outside of Los Angeles. Recent productions serviced include features:

  • Stone, with Robert De Niro and Ed Norton
  • The Irishman, starring Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken
  • The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, produced by Kenn Viselman, mastermind behind the Teletubbies
  • High School, starring Adrien Brody and Michael Chiklis
  • Miss January, starring Kim Cattrall and Brian Dennehy
  • Prayers for Bobby, starring Sigourney Weaver

"This is an ideal collaboration between two long-time Michigan entities, each of us with a history of dedication to the creative industry," said Steven Wild, President of Grace & Wild, Inc. "We are ecstatic that Specs Howard is joining us at Studio Center, the only movie production facility that is open and operating--right now--in the state. Specs Howard will serve as an ideal training ground and talent incubator for future movie industry professionals living and working in our area."

Added Zahodne: "With our 40th anniversary just around the corner, we look forward to continuing the school's evolution into all areas of the creative arts, something we inaugurated last year with our graphics arts program. Our film workshops will also expand over time in terms of scope and content and degree of sophisticated training."

The Specs Howard School "On Location Film Workshop" will meet 3 ½ hours per day, 3 days per week, with day and evening sessions available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. "On Location Advanced Editing" will be available during the day and evening on Mondays and Tuesdays in either day or evening sessions. Students will receive an official certificate of completion at the conclusion of the workshop. Funding from the Michigan Works! program is available to those who qualify.

The "On Location Film Workshop" and "On Location Advanced Editing" workshop are licensed by the State of Michigan as the state's only film training workshops affiliated with a proprietary school.

Open House "Sneak Peek" Set

Specs Howard School will hold an open house on Wednesday, June 24 at 5 pm and again at 6 pm at the new Studio Center office to introduce the workshops. During the open house, attendees will be able to participate in a drawing allowing two people to take the workshop free of charge. Anyone who would like to attend should RSVP at rsvp@specshoward.edu or by calling 866-61-SPECS.

For more information on the Specs Howard School "On Location Film Workshop" and "On Location Advanced Editing," visit: www.specshoward.edu/onlocation or call 866-61-SPECS.


Toledo Blade:

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)



John Smyntek reports on the condition of former WXYT and WJR talk host David Newman in his latest column for YourNews.com. Check it out by clicking here.



WJR hosting auto supplier roundtable this evening

With two major automakers going through bankruptcy, models and brands are being phased out and the supplier base is trying to figure out what's next. Join WJR's Paul W. Smith as he hosts, The Automotive Supplier Roundtable, this evening, June 18th, at 7pm. This round table discussion will tackle the tough questions facing suppliers today. Guests expected to appear include:
* Tom Manganello, Auto Practice Chairman at Warner Norcross & Judd
* Mark Gardner, US Automotive Consulting Leader at Deloitte Consulting
* Neil De Koker, President & CEO of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA)
* Douglas J. Grimm, Chief Executive Officer of Citation Corporation


Greater Media announces that popular morning personality Drew Lane will return to the airwaves on 101 WRIF and reunite with former co-host Mike Clark in morning drive from 6 to 10:30am. Lane will resume his on-air duties on Monday, July 13th, 2009.

Drew Lane has been off the air since September 2007, after a 14 year stint with Clark on WRIF. Since Lane's departure, Clark has teamed with long-time show contributors Trudi Daniels and Marc Fellhauer, along with Detroit radio veteran Jamie Samuelsen, to maintain the station's number-one morning rank (adults 25-54) as the "Mike in the Morning" show.

The Drew and Mike Show had owned the top share of the Motor City morning drive audience since the mid 90's, at times doubling the ratings of its closest competitor. The show's unique blend of pop culture, current events, sports, and humor provided a rare communal experience that appealed to all ages and backgrounds, from CEOs, politicians, and community leaders to college and high school students.

"I'm glad to be back with Mike," said Lane. "After having worked with a great team like this, it would have been hard to do anything else."

"I am very excited to welcome Drew back," said Clark. "After nearly 17 years together, the sequel should be a lot of fun and wildly enjoyable for both of us and the listeners."

"We are thrilled to have the Drew and Mike morning team back together at the RIF," said Greater Media Detroit Market Manager John Gallagher. "Mike has done an outstanding job as the central morning personality on the station for more than a year. To have Drew and Mike together again is not only great for WRIF, but great for Detroit."


Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison tapped to fill in for a week of morning drive on WOMC

When Jim Johnson and Lynne Woodison were fired from classic rock WCSX FM 94.7 last year, they were taken off the air without being able to host a farewell program for their fans. Now they'll get that chance and more as the duo sits in for the vacationing Dick Purtan and Purtan's People on classic hits WOMC FM 104.3 next week (June 29 - July 1, and possibly July 2-3).

It's a unique scenario - having an (available) established morning program fill in for what's essentially your franchise. Radio executives generally aren't known for doing 'nice things' without there being some kind of other motivation behind it.



Detroit News:

They tore down Tiger Stadium and GM's still in bankruptcy court, but here's a bright spot for Detroit radio fans: Drew Lane is returning to the WRIF-FM (101.1) airwaves on July 13 to restart the "Drew and Mike" show with longtime co-host Mike Clark. "I wish I got paid every time someone asked me when I was going back to WRIF," Lane quipped on Tuesday. Now he will get paid -- for going to WRIF every morning. Greater Media Detroit market manager John Gallagher confirmed that both Lane and Clark signed multi-year contracts, "So they're locked in as Drew and Mike for several years"... The 'Drew and Mike' show returns to radio (Wed, 6/24)



Detroit Free Press:

It's the news WRIF-FM (101.1) listeners have waited months to hear. The station announced Tuesday that Drew Lane is returning July 13 to his morning slot next to Mike Clark for version 2.0 of the popular "Drew & Mike Show"... Drew Lane will return to 'Drew & Mike Show' (Wed, 6/24)


Detroit Free Press:

Detroit -- the city that gave Michael Jackson his start -- continues to pay respect to the 'King of Pop' nearly three hours after his death was confirmed today. The city's radio stations are blasting only Jackson's music, and encouraging listeners to call in and share their fondest memories. Angie Starr, a Mason Radio -- 107.5 FM -- personality said the station will host a tribute dance featuring Jackson's music until 2a.m. at Nikki's in Greektown... Detroit radio stations pay their respects (Thu, 6/25)


Detroit News:

Michael Jackson's death highlighted the strengths and weaknesses of radio, as broadcasters either scrambled to react to his death or hit the snooze button. Some stations reacted quickly, but considering how important an artist Jackson was to radio in the 1980s, others were on an endless loop of voicetracking. Songs like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" could be heard all over the dial over the weekend. To quantify it, according to Nielsen BDS research cited by Billboard, in the week before his death, the only Jackson song to rack up more than 500 plays was "Rock with You." After his death, 22 Jackson songs got more than 1,000 plays each. Predictably, Detroit urban stations WJLB-FM (97.9) and WMXD-FM (92.3) and Radio One's Detroit stations (WDMK-FM, 105.9, WHTD-FM, 102.7, WCHB-AM, 1200) were in heavy Jackson mode. But some stations that rely heavily on '80s pop (including Jackson), like "Doug-FM" (WDRQ-FM, 93.1), just continued as the automated jukeboxes that they are... Jackson songs get heavy airplay (Tue, 6/30)


Mayor Dave Bing is the newest Detroit politician to star in his own basic cable television show. Bing's new show is titled "From the Mayor's Office" and will debut today on the city's government access station, Channel 10. The first show will tackle "hot button issues," such as the city's budget, Detroit Public Schools and "the overall approach of his administration," according to a written statement released today... Dave Bing TV show debuts today (Tue, 6/30)



WJR's 'Big Story' to focus on Detroit Public Schools tonight

WJR's Lloyd Jackson will host a special edition of 'The Big Story' tonight from 7 - 8 p.m., welcoming Robert Bobb, the Detroit Public Schools Emergency Financial Manager. Listeners are invited to call in to WJR and give their thoughts. 1.800.859.0-WJR.


Detroit News:

Not everybody who is investigated by Channel 7's Steve Wilson would invite him on their morning show, but Mildred Gaddis did that Thursday morning on WCHB-AM (1200). A report by the station's chief investigative reporter aired at 6 and will air again at 11 tonight on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), charging that 14 City Council candidates who were interviewed on a WADL-TV (Channel 38) "Meet the Candidate" series hosted by Gaddis paid $1,000 for the privilege, and that the TV station did not run a disclaimer identifying it as a paid block program. Wilson interviewed WADL station management, who said Gaddis is not paid to appear on the programs, but makes money selling ads for the shows and being paid by those she interviews. He also talked to Charles Pugh, the former Fox 2 anchor who is running for City Council. Pugh acknowledged that he paid for his appearance and thought of it as an "infomercial," but he would have liked it to be labeled as such... Steve Wilson joins Mildred Gaddis to talk about report (Thu, 7/2)




FCC Rejects WCXI Move: BIRACH BROADCASTING CORP. has been turned down by the FCC for a change of the community of license of Classic Country WCXI-A/FENTON, MI to WIXOM, MI, leaving an application for a new AM at WINFIELD, WV by SCOTT POWELL pending. POWELL and BIRACH had reached a settlement and had applied to the FCC for approval of that deal, which would have dismissed POWELL's application and opened the door for BIRACH's move of the station from the FLINT to the DETROIT market, but the Commission rejected BIRACH's proposal, which was based on the possible loss of WCXI's transmitter site and would have left FENTON with no licensed services. (Wed, 7/1)



Taylor exiting Channel 95-5

Michelle Taylor is leaving her role of midday host at contemporary hits WKQI-FM (Channel 95-5) to move into the country format at Country KBWF San Francisco where she'll use her real name, Micki Gamez. No replacement has been announced - she's also been voicetracking for a number of other Clear Channel stations so her exit creates lineup issues in other cities as well.


Detroit News:

TV station WADL severed its relationship with host Mildred Gaddis after reports that she was charging $1,000 to interview candidates for Detroit city council on a "Meet the Candidate" series. WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)'s Steve Wilson reported Thursday that the station, citing "unauthorized payments" to interview subjects, cut ties with Gaddis, the popular WCHB-AM (1200) morning host known for her crusades against corruption in the city. Wilson's reports revealed that that Gaddis charged 14 candidates for interviews that ran on WADL (Channel 38) in a series that appeared to be a public affairs program and was not identified as paid programming. Wilson interviewed WADL station management, who said Gaddis was not paid to appear on the programs, but made money selling ads for the shows and being paid by those she interviews... Gaddis cut from WADL after charge of pay for play (Fri, 7/3)


Port Huron Times Herald:

When Thelma DeVoogd woke up and turned on her television June 12, she was excited. The 76-year-old Applegate resident had done more than merely survive the switch from analog to digital broadcasting; she did so with a crystal-clear picture and crisp sound. A couple of hours later, however, her TV screen went blank. DeVoogd simply lives too far away from most television stations to pick up the new signal, and there's not much she can do about it. "I am frustrated," she said. "We've had television for 50 some years. It wasn't always great, but there was something I could watch. Now, there's nothing." DeVoogd is far from alone in her troubles. Despite buying a digital converter box and following instructions issued by the Federal Communications Commission, many people who live in rural areas, such as Michigan's Thumb, were left out in the cold when technology advanced last month... Some viewers too remote for digital TV (Tue, 7/7)


Detroit Free Press:

Michigan State will produce two TV shows with Fox Sports Detroit for 2009-10 featuring football coach Mark Dantonio and basketball coach Tom Izzo. "Spartan Football All-Access" will debut at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17, with a football preview. The episode will be rebroadcast throughout the month, leading up to MSU's opener against Montana State on Sept. 5 ... "Spartan Basketball All-Access," featuring Izzo, will begin later in the year... Dantonio, Izzo to be seen on FSD (Thu, 7/9)



Detroit News:

Heather Zara loves sports so much, she still has pieces of confetti from the night the Pistons won the 2004 NBA title. And when her alarm rings at 2:30 every morning, the television is usually tuned to "SportsCenter" or a replay of the previous night's Tigers game. Zara, WDIV's morning traffic reporter, is a passionate sports fan who used to scramble around the Lions dressing room looking for stories. This weekend, Zara moves to the sports desk, anchoring Channel 4's weekend show... Heather Zara gets dream job at Ch. 4 (Thu, 7/9)


Detroit Free Press:

They're back. The Motor City dynamic duo, Drew Lane and Mike Clark, are set to commence a new chapter in their already historic broadcasting run when Drew returns to the top-rated WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show Monday after nearly two years away. Catching up with Detroit's bad boys of talk inside their studio just before their official return proved that their chemistry, quick wit and provocative humor haven't changed. Although both say they are reviving the same show that propelled them to the top of the metro Detroit morning radio heap for roughly a decade, some things -- no doubt -- have changed. "Wait, you didn't get the memo on that?" Mike deadpans to his on-air partner of more than 14 years. "We're changing the show's name to the 'Mike & Drew' show. I think it sounds great." Mike's undeniable signature laugh follows. Drew cracks up, too... After hiatus, 'Drew & Mike' back on airwaves, Radio ratings shakedown (Sun, 7/12)


Detroit News:

Drew Lane slipped back into the morning groove at WRIF-FM (101.1) so seamlessly Monday, it was as if Metro Detroit was having a simultaneous acid flashback to September 2007. Or maybe we just dreamed that he left the show, like Pam dreamed that Bobby was dead on "Dallas." It wasn't a dream -- Lane did leave, tired of the morning grind and wanting to help his fiancee battle cancer. The tanking economy prompted his return. Wearing a fresh Tigers cap, Lane appeared relaxed as he and partner Mike Clark riffed on Michael Jackson, Detroit's city council and sports... Drew and Mike reunite on morning airwaves (Tue, 7/14)



Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroit commuters and fans of WRIF-FM's (101.1) top-rated morning talk show remembered the past and caught a glimpse of the future Monday as "Drew & Mike" went live for the first time in nearly two years. Drew Lane, who left the show in September '07, returned to his post alongside cohost Mike Clark. Despite some opening-day jitters, their chemistry, developed over 14 years together, reignited immediately, resulting in entertainment in its highest form. Well, maybe not its highest form. Mike, after all, performed his explosive Butt Mic routine. But the morning certainly was provocative, humorous and even insightful... First day for 'Drew & Mike' hits the mark (Tue, 7/14)



A former Emmy-winning news anchor from Detroit's ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Channel 7 was evicted this week from his nearly $1 million home, which was in foreclosure. Frank Turner, who left Channel 7 in October 2006 to found his ministry, "God's Amazing Grace," said the eviction is actually "a blessing." "The net result for us is we are actually going to profit," Turner said. "What they meant for evil is turning out for my good. In an extraordinary move, the bank is paying thousands of dollars to move and store my furniture and as soon as the house gets listed, if we're interested, we're going to be able to buy it back for less than what we've been offering them... Former news anchor evicted from his home (Fri, 7/17)


Detroit Free Press:

WRIF's Meltdown to Jumpstart: The afternoon drive this week on WRIF-FM (101.1) has a very specific Motor City mission: help stimulate auto sales and boost Detroiters spirits. Kicking off today is the Jumpstart Michigan campaign, in which on-air personality Meltdown, along with the station's 2009 Rock Girl Sarah, will tour various automotive-related businesses, host free lunch drops and interact with people affected by the challenging economic climate. One of the reasons Meltdown moved to Detroit 14 years ago was because of the automakers, and he told the Free Press he "really wants to support the people of Michigan." For a full schedule of the week's events, go to wrif.com... Names & Faces (Mon, 7/20)


Detroit News:

Detroit TV station WADL-TV is demanding that WCHB-AM (1200) morning personality Mildred Gaddis stop making what it terms "defamatory" statements in a sharply worded letter it sent Monday to Gaddis and Radio One, the owners of WCHB. The station is demanding an on-air apology, as well. Gaddis' relationship with WADL (Channel 38) was severed July 2 after WXYZ-TV's Steve Wilson reported that she charged candidates for Detroit's City Council $1,000 each to appear on her WADL series "Meet the Candidate." Candidates who did not or could not pay, were not interviewed. The series was not identified as paid block programming, which the FCC requires. Gaddis claimed it was the station's responsibility to run such a disclaimer... WADL wants Gaddis to apologize (Tue, 7/21)


Detroit News:

Lisa Crowley enjoys watching "Jeopardy." The Royal Oak resident likes the game show so much that she watches it twice a day when it airs locally on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. weekdays. But lately, Crowley says, when she's attempted to watch "Jeopardy" and its popular host Alex Trebek in the daytime, she hasn't been able to because WDIV has been preempting the show in favor of infomercials. "I don't have cable and when Channel 4 doesn't show 'Jeopardy,' I simply don't get to watch it," Crowley says. "And it's extremely annoying, to say it politely"... WDIV picks infomercials over daytime 'Jeopardy' (Wed, 7/22)


Detroit News:

Outspoken WCHB-AM (1200) morning host Mildred Gaddis will be talking this morning about Detroit TV station WADL-TV, but she'll be more conciliatory than accusatory. The Detroit News has obtained a copy of the statement Gaddis will read during her program "Inside Detroit with Mildred Gaddis." It falls short of an apology, but it's far different from her rhetoric over the airwaves of the past week, which WADL charges included calling its general manager Lewis Gibbs a liar. Gaddis will say: "As many of you know, there has been an ongoing debate between me and WADL-TV 38 regarding my former television show on that station. In the heat of passion, some harsh words have been exchanged recently, which is truly regrettable. For my part, I want everyone to know I believe WADL serves an important role in our community. I have never intended to cast any aspersions on WADL-TV or its General Manager Lewis Gibbs. Let's move on from this matter and focus on the real issues that are affecting our great city"... Gaddis to reach out in WADL dispute (Fri, 7/24)


Michigan Radio wins national Clarion Award

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications for the documentary "Foreclosing on the American Dream". The documentary, which originally aired in July 2008, won a Clarion Award in the category of Best One Time Documentary.

"Foreclosing on the American Dream," which was narrated by Michigan Radio Morning Edition host Christina Shockley, took an in-depth look at the causes and effects surrounding Michigan's high foreclosure rate. Why has Michigan been hit so hard? What is this doing to our neighborhoods? What are the solutions? Michigan Radio's reporters and hosts explored these questions through in-depth reports and interviews. You can listen to the documentary here: http://www.michiganradio.org/foreclosing.

Since 1972, the Clarion Awards have honored excellence in more than 100 categories across all areas of communications, including advertising & marketing, magazines, newspapers, online media, photography, public relations, radio and television. This year's competition drew nearly 500 entries, and Michigan Radio was one of 97 winners that will be recognized at the 2009 AWC National Conference in Seattle, WA, on October 17. Winners in other radio categories included public radio programs The Splendid Table (heard on Michigan Radio 2-3 pm Sundays) and The World (heard on Michigan Radio 7-8 pm, weekdays).




Spin through the radio dial in the D on a Sunday evening and you are likely to come across what seems like a community public access broadcast on 107.5 FM WGPR. But it is not. It's RealTalk FM, a program that airs weekly from 6-8 p.m., and while there is much talk and local guests, it is turning into more than the run-of-the-mill radio show fare. Just ask Ken "Blanks" Harrell, founder and executive producer of RealTalk FM, and he'll tell you that while ratings success is a good thing, what he and his team are trying to do is create a movement to both empower and mobilize Detroiters to really drive change across the city... Detroit's Real Talk: Radio Show Has a Mission to Create a Movement (Wed, 7/29)



Granite Broadcasting today announced the resignation of Sarah Norat-Phillips, president-general manager of WMYD, its MNT affiliate in Detroit (DMA 11). Norat-Phillips is leaving the company, it said, to pursue new challenges and personal goals, but will remain at the station through Aug. 31, "to ensure a successful transition for her successor," Granite's David T. Bangura, who is being promoted from WMYD's director of sales... Norat-Phillips Out, Bangura In at WMYD (Thu, 7/30)




Mike McCoy Named PD At WKQI: CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WNCI and AC WLZT/COLUMBUS PD MICHAEL MCCOY is making the move to MOTOWN as PD of sister WKQI (Channel 95.5). His last day "the 614" is FRIDAY, JULY 31st. Wrote CLEAR CHANNEL/COLUMBUS Dir./Programming JOHN CRENSHAW, "MICHAEL joined us almost 5 years ago as WNCI PD, added WLZT two years later and has done a fantastic job with both stations. Our success did not go unnoticed! From the syndication roll-out of DAVE AND JIMMY to 4 of the biggest Red, White and BOOMs ever -- to helping get WBNS-F out of a music format, not to mention a stellar ratings history along the way, WNCI has a lot to be proud of during MICHAEL's time at the helm." (Thu, 7/30)


The Jonas Brothers give to 96.3 WDVD's Operation Backpack

On Sunday, July 26, 2009, 96.3 WDVD jock Jesse Addy met the Jonas Brothers backstage at their concert in Auburn Hills. Jesse had the opportunity to talk to them about their new album and tour. During their interview, Jesse informed them of the station's school supply drive, Operation Backpack. After the interview, the Jonas Brothers bought five boxes of school supplies and donated them to the 96.3 WDVD Operation Backpack Drive.

96.3 WDVD & Fox 2 Detroit have joined forces to stuff two school buses full of school supplies. For most children, going back to school means new pencils, notebooks and backpacks - everything they need to start the school year off right. But back-to-school shopping is not a given for kids who come from low income families.

More than 900,000 kids in Michigan come from low-income families. That means many local children will head back to school without basic supplies. Studies suggest that students who lack basic school supplies experience lower test scores and attendance issues. Being prepared for school boosts a child's self esteem and helps his/her performance!

That's why WKQI and WJBK have teamed up for Operation Backpack - hoping to collect 1300 backpacks to local children in need.

Operation Backpack will be taking place tomorrow, Saturday August 1st and Sunday August 2nd at The Roeper School on Woodward in West Bloomfield. Collections times are from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

More information on the program is available at www.963wdvd.com.




WCSX's Nicole Salem Raises Funds For Rescued Chihuahuas: GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT morning "DEMINSKI AND DOYLE" traffic reporter NICOLE SALEM is coming to the support of an animal shelter that has taken in over 100 chihuahuas rescued from a DEARBORN man's house over the last week, offering "NICOLE SALEM'S CHIHUAHUA CHALLENGE" to raise donations for the FRIENDS FOR THE DEARBORN ANIMAL SHELTER. DEARBORN police last FRIDAY discovered over 100 live dogs in the house, with 151 dead dogs found inside several freezers. SALEM, a chihuahua owner herself, is calling for donations of cash and several needed items on a "wish list" for the shelter, which has taken the dogs in and which SALEM notes is facing an enormous financial and logistical challenge in caring for the chihuahuas. Find out more about SALEM's challenge, including video and photos of her trip to the shelter, by clicking here. (Fri, 7/31)



Detroit Free Press:

Did the "Morning X" talk jocks on CIMX-FM (88.7, 89X) take a joke so far that their show was pulled from the air Thursday? Perhaps for good? For the last few days, hosts Dave Hunter, Chuck the Freak and Lisa Way have been involved in something called "Operation Dark Stall," a microphone-driven "investigation" that began Monday after Chuck said he found an unidentified station employee lurking in an employee restroom -- where it was completely dark... 'Morning X' bathroom banter spurs controversy (Fri, 7/31)


Detroit Free Press:

All week, hosts Mojo and Spike have played guess-the-name-of-the-new-cohost. Bright and early this morning, Shannon Murphy called WKQI-FM (95.5) and introduced herself to fans of the "Mojo in the Morning" show. Murphy, 26, of Grosse Ile announced that she'll be a full-time member of the show starting Aug. 10... New 'Mojo in the Morning' show host introduced to fans (Sat, 8/1)

After being suspended from broadcasting Friday for their ongoing bathroom banter last week, it is unknown whether CIMX-FM (88.7, 89X) morning show hosts Dave Hunter, Chuck the Freak and Lisa Way will be back on the job Monday... 'Morning X' crew's fate uncertain (Sat, 8/1)


Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroit commuters who flip on CIMX-FM (88.7, 89X) on the way to work today won't flip out because the familiar shenanigans of morning-show hosts Dave Hunter, Chuck the Freak and Lisa Way are MIA. The "Morning X" team is to be back on the job today after the controversial bathroom banter last week -- coined "Operation Dark Stall" -- that spawned a one-day suspension Friday. What, if anything, will be discussed about the incident where Chuck the Freak found an unidentified employee in a suspiciously dark restroom last Monday is anyone's guess, but after disciplinary action was enforced and the harsh reality that the popular show might be pulled for good, Hunter and Co. might opt to dodge bullets on their return and fire off against less sensitive corporate issues like Madonna's arms, the new Eminem/Mariah Carey diss track or Detroit's City Council... Suspension over, 'Morning X' back on air (Mon, 8/3)


Detroit's 97.1 evacuates building due to threat

Confusion reigned supreme for listeners of the Jay Towers and Bill McAllister hosted program on WXYT-FM 97.1 Detroit as the show disappeared from the airwaves before 8 a.m. today, replaced by the syndicated Peter Brown program from Sporting News Radio. After the duo returned to the air at 9 a.m. they explained they had to evacuate their offices due to a threat against the building and had shifted to CBS sister station WWJ's building.



WOMC Celebrates The 15th Annual 'Woodward Dream Cruise': CBS Classic Hits WOMC/DETROIT is operating on all cylinders for the 15th Annual "WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE" this SAURDAY, AUGUST 15th. WOMC rides the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture from 7a-9 by covering the 16 mile cruise with continuous broadcasts and activities from eight different locations. "This is the world's largest one day classic car event and 104.3 WOMC is proud to be the official radio station," noted VP/CBS RADIO/Detroit Market Manager DEBBIE KENYON. "This is the MOTOR CITY and our listeners are proud of our automotive heritage." WOMC PD TIM ROBERTS added, "In addition to the live broadcasts, 104.3 WOMC will be featuring the Top 104 Cruising songs of All Time throughout the weekend. Listeners can enjoy the countdown starting at 4p on FRIDAY and repeating throughout the weekend." (Wed, 8/12)


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 www.am580radio.com.


WTKA Ann Arbor adds Ira Weintraub as assistant program director

Effective August 17th, Ira Weintraub was been named Assistant Program Director for Sports Talk 1050 WTKA as of Monday. In addition he will be co-hosting and producing the "Michigan Insider with Sam Webb" morning show.

"Ira is such a major addition. His resume is rich with broadcasting, programming, and producing experience. I am so excited to see the places WTKA will go with Ira", stated Brian Cowan, Program Director of WTKA.

Having studied at the University of Michigan and University of Maryland for his undergrad work, Ira received his degree from the journalism school at the University of Maryland in May 2005. Ira's sports radio background comes from work at Sports Talk 980, WTEM in Washington. While at WTEM, he served in numerous roles including Promotions Coordinator and producer for The John Thompson Show, hosted by the Hall of Fame basketball coach of the Georgetown Hoyas and resumed his sports media career as a high school sports columnist and beat reporter in Chico, Calif. After 13 months on the West Coast, Ira returned in August 2006 to work at Redskins Radio as a producer and serve as the station's Web editor. He then relocated to Southeastern Michigan in December 2007 and worked briefly in Monroe before joining Ann Arbor Radio in early 2009 in a part-time role.


Fox 2 Detroit gets back hour for local morning news

With the shutdown of FOX's 'Mike & Juliet' show, Fox 2 Detroit (WJBK) will add back the 9-10am hour to its morning news block starting September 14th. That hour had been cut off when FOX rolled out M&J in 2007. WJBK's morning newscast will now run 5 1/2 hours - from 4:30 - 10 am and will offer longer features like live music, interviews and cooking segments.

"The expansion of FOX 2 News Morning is a natural evolution for our station, as we continue to grow our already strong presence in the market," said Vice President/General Manager Jeff Murri. "In addition, it will allow us to provide viewers with enhanced coverage of news events and breaking stories throughout the morning."



Detroit News:

One of the oldest churches in the city is faced with closing its doors if it doesn't raise $490,000 in nine days. The 92-year-old First Baptist Institutional Church was the victim of an investment scheme that snared some 300 other churches nationwide. The holder of the churches' mortgages was Indianapolis-based Alanar, whose executives have been sent to jail for defrauding the churches. First Baptist's original mortgage, issued in the mid-1990s, was for $3.3 million, but church officials became alarmed when Alanar sent a statement three years ago that said the balance was $7.5 million. To settle the debt, the federal government is asking the church to pay $490,000, approximately 70 percent of the church's appraised value, by Aug. 28. On Sunday, the church will hold a radiothon from 6-8 p.m. on WGPR-FM (107.5)... Radiothon will mean hope for Detroit church (Thu, 8/20)

WYCD To Host Free Beach Party Prior To Chesney Show: CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT will host a free BEACH BASH PARTY prior to BNA star KENNY CHESNEY's concert this SATURDAY (8/22). The festivities will kick off TOMORROW (8/21) with a live interview on the air with KENNY's tour mate, COLUMBIA artist MIRANDA LAMBERT, at 4:30p (ET). Fans can also hear it online at www.wycd.com. The BEACH BASH PARTY will take place SATURDAY (8/22) from 1-4p (ET) on Brush and Adams Streets in front of the FORD FIELD's GATE A entrance. KENNY's SUN CITY CARNIVAL show will begin at 4:30p (ET) inside FORD FIELD. The BEACH BASH features live entertainment from REPUBLIC NASHVILLE's FAST RYDE, BIG MACHINE duo KATE & KACEY and local DETROIT artist DAVID SHELBY. There will also be games, prize giveaways and the opportunity to win backstage passes to KENNY's concert. (Thu, 8/20)


Detroit Free Press:

For years, Motor City commuters navigated their way to work with the help of Jackie Paige's traffic reports on "Fox 2 News Morning" on WJBK-TV (Channel 2). After today, however, Paige's energetic morning reports will be no more. "I will be staying on to do some other stuff -- feature reporting, filling in on the anchor desk, weather, the 'Made in Michigan' segments -- and you'll probably see me on the morning show, but not on a regular basis," Paige told the Free Press on Thursday. "I won't be waking up every day at 2:30 a.m.," she said with a laugh. Paige, who did traffic reports from 1994 through 1999 and then came back in 2002, said stepping away from her full-time slot was difficult ... WYCD-FM (99.5) is launching its inaugural Salvation Army Radiothon for Kids today. The radiothon, aimed at raising money for needy metro Detroit children, kicks off at 6 a.m. and concludes at 9 p.m. and will feature the country station's top personalities... Paige ends Fox traffic reports (Fri, 8/28)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Sarah Norat-Phillips, president and general manager at Detroit's WMYD-TV Channel 20 -- better known as My TV20 Detroit -- is out after today in what appears to be a high-level changing of the guard within the station's parent company. Norat-Phillips and her employer both said in e-mails last week that she was leaving the station, owned by New York City-based Granite Broadcasting Inc. Former WMYD sales director David Bangura will replace her... Sarah Norat-Phillips out as president, general manager at WMYD-TV (Mon, 8/31)



WDIV-TV, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Parade Company help launch The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition

WDIV-TV, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and The Parade Company have launched The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition contest Today. Six contestants from Metro Detroit have been selected from approximately 200 applicants to compete in this 12-week weight loss challenge that will be featured on ClickonDetroit.com.

"The Biggest Loser is one of the most popular programs in metro Detroit, and America's Thanksgiving Parade is one of our treasured traditions on Local 4," said Marla Drutz, WDIV vice president and general manager. "By partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Parade Company, we're confident that this a great opportunity for our entire community to begin a new focus on healthy living. It's sure to be an exciting competition."

All six contestants will come together during a contest kick off party at The Parade Company where they will each weigh-in for the first time and begin their journey to better health.

"We are so excited to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield and WDIV on the Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition," said Tony Michaels, president and CEO, The Parade Company. "This program encourages healthy eating and exercising and we, along with our partners, look forward to helping people take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle."

The emphasis on healthy lifestyles was the attraction for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan's involvement.

"The Blues are committed to Michigan's health through our unique mission and believe in supporting healthy lifestyles," said Ken Dallafior, BCBSM senior vice president of group sales and corporate marketing. "That's why we're proud to join forces with WDIV-TV and The Parade Company for The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition contest."

To guide the contestants through this weight loss journey, the Blues will provide each contestant a health coach who will meet with them once a week to provide nutrition and exercise advice. Together, BCBSM and WDIV-TV will track the progress of each contestant on ClickonDetroit.com, through blog and video posts.

The fitness program for the participating contestants will be based on the NBC hit reality series The Biggest Loser, which begins its highly anticipated 8th season on Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on WDIV Local 4.

On Thursday, Nov. 26, one of the six contestants will be named winner of The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition, win great prizes including an Nintendo Wii and Wii Fit, gift certificates towards a new wardrobe, exercise equipment, and more. In addition, the winner will be named an Honorary Grand Marshall of the parade and ride on a float during America's Thanksgiving Parade, televised live on WDIV Local 4.

"This contest is about eating well and exercising to lose weight," said Dallafior. "And the Michigan Blues are looking forward to helping people take the first step toward a healthier lifestyle."


WDFNAfter weeks of speculation, rumors are becoming reality as Clear Channel will once again attempt primarily local-based sports talk on its WDFN AM 1130 in Detroit. Starting on Tuesday, September 8th, the station's new weekday lineup will look like this:

7 - 10 a.m will be hosted by Sean Baligian who returns to the station following what amounts to a nearly 8-month hiatus. Baligian had been hosting mid-mornings for 'DFN until the January 2009 decision to drop nearly all local programming. Sean is a ten year Detroit radio veteran and color commentator for Plymouth Whalers Hockey and will also continue to host afternoons for sister station 96.1 ESPN in the Grand Rapids market.

10 a.m. - noon will be hosted by Ryan Ermanni, best known for his role a sports reporter for FOX 2 television in Detroit.

The highest-profile change to the current lineup at WDFN will happen as the station dumps the syndicated Jim Rome program in favor of ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd. 'The Herd' will be heard from noon - 2 p.m.

Matt Shepard, WDFN's current morning host and Fox Sports Detroit TV personality, will shift to afternoon drive (2 - 6 p.m.) where he'll be paired with Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp.

WDFN also plans on bringing back Tom "Killer" Kowalski, the longest tenured Detroit Lions beat writer, who will be contributing news and commentary throughout the day.

Clear Channel Operations Manager Todd Thomas said, "No radio station in town offers an "inside track" on sports. So, we put together a group of guys that actually hang out with the players, coaches and management of all the Detroit (and Michigan) teams. Not because it's their job... but because they eat, breathe and sleep sports. There is no bigger sports-town in the country than Detroit - don't we deserve a radio station devoted exclusively to talking about what we love?"

WDFN will likely be fighting an uphill battle in trying to gain back listeners in the face of competitor WXYT having advantages such as an FM signal and the broadcast rights to all of the area's major league franchises. The removal of Jim Rome's midday offering will likely receive the most attention as it is had been the longest running program on WDFN - outlasting several morning shows and what had been the station's most popular show hosted by Mike Stone and Bob Wojnowski in afternoon drive until January's massive cutbacks.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 3, 2009



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio WDET-FM (101.9) had several announcements today, including, finally, the appointment of a program director. General manager J. Mikel Ellcessor has been doing both jobs for some time. Ron Jones, formerly vice president of programming for Chicago Public Radio, has been named as program director of WDET, to run its broadcast and editorial operations. Ellcessor said Jones' experience will be key in helping WDET build a large, diverse audience and help the station participate as Detroit recovers and "re-images" itself. WDET will launch a monthly open mic The Moth Story/SLAM, premiering Oct. 1 at Cliff Bell's in Detroit. Each show has a theme... WDET-FM appoints program director, launches open mic show (Thu, 9/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 4, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

His voice was clear, his spirit strong, his words tinged with humor. But legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell had bracing news to deliver Thursday: He has a tumor in the area of the bile duct. It is incurable. Yet Harwell said he feels calm and prepared for what comes next. "We don't know how long this lasts," Harwell said in a phone interview. "It could be a year, it could be much less than a year, much less than a half a year. Who knows? "Whatever's in store, I'm ready for a new adventure. That's the way I look at it." Harwell, who gained an enormous following during 55 years as a major league baseball broadcaster -- 42 of them with the Tigers -- spent about a week in the hospital in mid-August with an obstructed bile duct, and tests revealed the tumor. He is 91. Harwell, his family and doctors have decided against surgery or other treatment... Not even cancer diagnosis can shake Harwell's spirit (Fri, 9/4)


The public's response to news of Ernie Harwell's battle with cancer has been "overwhelming," according to his longtime adviser, Gary Spicer. "It's going to be hard for him to rest," Spicer said, citing the amount of phone calls, e-mails, cards, blogged well-wishes and interview requests the 91-year-old former Detroit Tigers broadcaster has received since revealing his condition to the Free Press on Thursday... Ernie Harwell receives 'overwhelming' response (Fri, 9/4)



Detroit News:

It began in July with what he hoped was just an upset stomach. But it was more than that -- and is more than that. At 91, Ernie Harwell has incurable bile duct cancer. However, with the firm resolve it is "God's plan for me," the Tigers Hall-of-Fame broadcaster who became a part of our lives, a favorite of generations and a friend of those he hadn't even met is facing his illness with the grace that has been the hallmark of his career. He'd like to ask a favor of everyone, though. Wish him well, keep him in your thoughts. Pray for him if you pray. But please don't refer to him yet in the past tense. "I'm not saying goodbye, I'm here," Ernie said on Friday with characteristic spunk. "I plan to live life to the fullest until it's over. In fact, I'm heading out to lunch in a few minutes, and I'm going to have some ice cream. Maybe even some macaroni"... Harwell: 'I'm not saying goodbye; I'm here' (Fri, 9/4)


He'd been waiting for test results. His voice last week sounded strong -- as strong as always. By the end of the conversation, however, it didn't. Ernie Harwell, the treasured voice of the Tigers for all those years, has incurable bile duct cancer. In comments to the Detroit Free Press on Thursday, he said he won't undergo surgery. But in those same comments, he said he's ready for the next adventure. It's been no secret lately that Ernie -- as nearly everyone knows him -- hadn't been feeling well. He was in the hospital, then out. There'd been speculation about pneumonia. But most of all there'd been speculation something was wrong. "Just feeling a little weak at times," he said when called by The Detroit News recently. "We'll see where this takes us. I know I'll be in good hands." Now he also knows what was wrong. "We don't know how long this lasts," Harwell, 91, told the Free Press. "It could be a year. It could be much less than a year, much less than a half year. Who knows? Whatever is in store, I'm ready for a new adventure." That's Ernie for you. Life always has been an adventure for him... Ernie Harwell, 91, has incurable cancer (Fri, 9/4)


After months of rumors, Clear Channel has flipped its Detroit country station "The Fox," WDTW-FM (106.7), to "The Beat," a frothy, upbeat mix of new and vintage dance music. The station launched today with Madonna's dance classic "Into the Groove" and 10,000 commercial-free songs. The music seemed to be mostly from the early '80s to the present... WDTW-FM drops country for dance as 'The Beat' (Fri, 9/4)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 8, 2009



WDFN rethinks 'Herd' mentality

Clones rejoice - the plug has not been pulled on Jim Rome's midday chatfest and will continue to be heard on WDFN AM 1130 from noon-2pm. It appears that he'll still lose the 2-3pm hour - but fans of the show will no doubt be pleased that WDFN gave the show a last minute reprieve and won't be airing ESPN Radio's Colin Cowherd in that spot, as was previously announced. Today marks the return of primarily local-based programming after nearly 8 months on WDFN, led of this morning by Sean Baligian.



Detroit News:

Ernie Harwell never asked to be gushed over when he was healthy, and he wouldn't want anyone to start now that he's not. But the next logical time to tell this story would be after his incurable cancer does what incurable cancers do, so why wait? Listeners always had the sense that Harwell was the nicest man on the planet. They were correct. He has a knack for deflecting and refocusing awe -- for turning all of the attention to people who are dumbstruck at being in the presence of William Earnest Harwell. You want to talk about him, but he wants to hear about you. He's a truly humble soul who has accepted last week's diagnosis with the same grace he accepted all the good things to come his way. The Lord giveth a Hall of Fame broadcasting career and the adoration of millions, and the Lord giveth a tumor in the bile duct of a 91-year-old. He knows that's a pretty good trade-off... Ernie Harwell accepts cancer news as humbly as accolades (Tue, 9/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 11, 2009



Samuelsen to return to the air; Rome's slot expands

A couple quick notes for sports radio fans in Detroit- Jamie Samuelsen will be joining Deminski & Doyle's morning show (6-9am) on classic rock WCSX-FM, taking over as sports anchor for Jason Carr who's been tasked with extra responsibilities at Fox 2 as that station expands its morning news program and is leaving 'CSX. Samuelsen, who had been part of the ensemble morning show at Greater Media sister station WRIF-FM prior to the return of Drew Lane, remained with the company and will no doubt be excited to get back on the air starting Monday, Sept 14th.

Looks like some second thoughts were heard about how the midday Jim Rome program was going to be first dropped and then trimmed on renewed local WDFN AM 1130. After the station first announced that the program was being dropped, it relented and added the who back, minus the 2-3pm hour. That lasted all of about a day and Rome is now heard in its entirety from noon-3pm.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 14, 2009



The Moth Radio Hour returns to Michigan Radio

Due to overwhelming interest, Michigan Radio is presenting an encore performance of the special 5-part series The Moth Radio Hour, all this week at 10 pm. This live storytelling show, which recently aired on Michigan Radio Saturdays throughout August, received an unprecedented response from listeners.

The Moth Radio Hour, based on the New York phenomenon The Moth, features true stories told live on stage without scripts, notes, props, or accompaniment. Each Moth Radio Hour mixes humorous, heartbreaking, and poignant tales...all told with honesty, bravery, and wit.

Michigan Radio listeners reacted to these engaging stories with comments like these:

- "Wow! More, more, more!! I was so moved in many different ways by the stories I heard on your program yesterday."

- "Love, love, love The Moth! Can we have it all the time, not just through Labor Day?"

"The Moth Radio Hour is the best thing on Michigan Radio! It is refreshing, edgy, hip and full of substance. Please keep it up!"

- "There was an episode of the Moth Radio Hour a few weeks back that included the story of a comedian who told the story of his appearances on the Tonight Show as his daughter was battling and died of cancer. What a story! It has stayed with me for weeks and I want others to hear it."

Curious? Tune in to Michigan Radio at 10 pm Sept. 14-18 to hear what the buzz is about!

For more information on The Moth Radio Hour, which is produced by Atlantic Public Media and distributed by the Public Radio Exchange, visit www.prx.org/the-moth



Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 15, 2009



Tigers.com (MLB.com):

Hall of Fame broadcaster and Tigers icon Ernie Harwell will visit Comerica Park to meet with the team and thank fans for their support on Wednesday night, when the Tigers host the Royals. Harwell, 91, who revealed earlier this month that he has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer of the bile duct, plans to visit with players, media members and friends before the 7:05 p.m. ET game. He'll take an opportunity to thank fans at some point during the game, though it will not come in a formal ceremony in accordance with his wishes, according to a Tigers spokesperson. The team has had an open invitation for Harwell to visit ever since he retired from play-by-play broadcasting after the 2002 season, and he has visited several times. At least a couple players, Brandon Inge and Ramon Santiago, were on the team during Harwell's final season as the Tigers' radio voice. More recently, the club invited him to come out if he wished and felt up to it after his diagnosis. At this point in his battle with cancer, Harwell is strong and moving around well. "He wants to thank the fans for their love and support and gratitude," Tigers vice president of communications Ron Colangelo said. Harwell has received countless messages of support from fans since he went public with the diagnosis. The day the news came out, he said, his phone was ringing non-stop. His representative, S. Gary Spicer, also said he has received countless messages of support. Harwell spent 55 seasons broadcasting in the Major Leagues, the last 42 of them in Detroit... Harwell to visit Comerica Wednesday (Mon, 9/14)




You've seen him on Detroit television and in the newspaper, but starting Wednesday you'll be able to see Mike Wendland in a new program. The former investigative reporter and technology columnist will be hosting a new church program titled "Get Real: A Christian Take on Current Events" at the Woodside Bible Church Troy Campus. People can participate and watch the program live each Wednesday evening at 6:45... Former TV Reporter To Start New Church Program (Sat, 9/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 16, 2009



Detroit News:

Think of it as a celebration. Ernie Harwell will speak into a microphone tonight at Comerica Park. But it won't be like old times. It never again will be like old times. He's not returning for an inning to the broadcast booth. He won't be telling us a man from Portage caught that ball. He won't be saying a hitter was guilty of excessive window shopping -- as much as we wish he would. As much as we wish he could. But when he's about to convey what we all have meant to him, aren't we doing Ernie a disservice to think only in terms of what he's meant to us, however natural it is? This man has been part of our lives a long time. His voice came into our living rooms. It mowed the lawn with us. His voice soothed us when we lost the loved ones with whom we used to listen to the games. Dad. Mom. Uncle Henry. They all were part of the Ernie era. But our friend is ill now. Seriously ill. His cancer is being called incurable. We know what that probably means. So does he. We can't honor him in loftier fashion, though, than to meet the challenge he's facing the same way he is. With peace. With serenity... Thank you, too, Ernie (Wed, 9/16)


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 ca@crazyalsradioparty.com or ca@industryvisions.com. The new show will be a classical/inspirational talk show for business that can be heard by going to www.industryvisions.com 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 www.thedetour.org or www.myspace.com/detourdetroit.



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 YourNews.com, 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 www.949thesurf.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 19, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

His distinctive voice was his calling card, and anyone who encountered Bruce Brown readily understood why. Deep and rich in its resonance, it was used for announcing news and advertisements, local emceeing and occasionally singing the national anthem at area sporting events, family members said. Mr. Brown, a native Detroiter and former TV and radio news broadcaster with several local stations, died of colon cancer Tuesday at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was 74. "If you ever heard that rich baritone sound of his, you never forgot it," said his sister Barbara Brown King, who indicated that her brother identified himself as the Voice on his business cards. "It was unmistakable and immediately captured everyone's attention." ... Mr. Brown worked with several radio and TV stations in New York and California before returning to Detroit, where he became a news anchor on "Evening Edition" with WTVS-TV (Channel 56), Detroit's public television station. He later worked as a morning news announcer with Detroit radio station WLTI-FM for two years prior to going to WDIV-TV (Channel 4) as a 24-hour Newsbeat announcer... Bruce Brown: Broadcaster made mark with rich voice (Sat, 9/19)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 22, 2009



Michigan Public Media names Jennifer White to new role

Michigan Public Media is pleased to announce the appointment of Jennifer White to the position of Director of Media Outreach and Community Relations.

White has served Michigan Public Media in a variety of capacities throughout her 10 years of service. Most recently, White served as Station Manager for Michigan Television in Flint, a role she will maintain as the station transitions to new ownership. She will also continue her role as co-executive producer and on-air host talent for the upcoming second season of "Out of the Blue - The Michigan Difference." "Out of the Blue" is a television program produced by the Office of the Vice President for Communications and Michigan Public Media on behalf of The University of Michigan for national broadcast on the Big Ten Network.

Among White's new responsibilities will be the development and maintenance of cooperative relationships with representatives of the extended community served by Michigan Radio, MPM's public radio service. As Director of Media Outreach & Community Relations, White will recruit and maintain a Community Advisory Board for Michigan Radio to focus on strengthening the presence of Michigan Radio through community relations. Additionally, White will manage The Michigan Channel, the University of Michigan's cable channel devoted to intelligent talk and lifelong learning.

"We are very pleased that Jennifer will make new contributions to our team at Michigan Public Media," says Stephen Schram, Michigan Public Media's Director of Broadcasting. "She brings tremendous experience to this position, and her enthusiasm and commitment to public media and outreach makes her ideal for this new role."



Tigers/Indians gets HD add from FSN Detroit

The Detroit Tigers three game series with the Cleveland Indians, which starts tonight, has now added high-definition broadcasts. Tune in Fox Sports Detroit's HD channel to catch the action.



Detroit News:

Blaine Fowler wondered aloud the other day about the best way to slither out of jury duty. Since he does his wondering into a microphone, his random musings tend to get more attention than most people's. And because the co-host of "Blaine & Lisa with Allyson" on WDVD-FM (96.3) meant it -- he really, truly didn't want to serve on a jury -- he posted the same question on his Facebook page. Via phone and keyboard, suggestions poured in. "Tell them you're nursing," said a woman from Milford. "Tell them you'd be a great juror," said a paramedic from Monroe, "because you can spot guilty people" -- snap! -- "just like that!" To be fair, there were also a few stalwart citizens who urged him to do his part. More important, there were 14 wise words from one of the few other people besides a drive-time jock who'd be online and coherent at 4:42 a.m... Radio host Blaine Fowler comes down with jury duty syndrome (Tue, 9/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 24, 2009



Detroit News:

Before there was MTV, before the Internet and YouTube, if you wanted to see what your favorite musicians looked like, you had to tune in at 8 o'clock Sunday night to the "Ed Sullivan Show." The whole family would watch the plate twirlers, the Vegas comedians, the puppet Topo Gigio, the indescribable Senor Wences, until finally, stiff-necked Ed would present, "for the youngsters in the Yew-nited States and Canada," the hottest pop music act of the week. This Saturday at 9 p.m., Detroit Public Television WTVS will air "Ed Sullivan -- The '60s," ahead of most of the country (it airs nationally in December). The show is hosted by producer T.J. Lubinsky, Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer and radio personality Jay Thomas. Music clips from the vast Ed Sullivan library have been shown before, but this is the first time so many from the '60s are being shown together as intact performances... WTVS airs the best musical performances from 'Ed Sullivan' (Thu, 9/24)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 25, 2009



University of Michigan hockey returns to AM 580

University of Michigan Hockey will be returning to CKWW AM 580 for another season starting October 3rd. AM 580 is scheduled to air 29 regular season games as part of the 2009/2010 schedule. The action gets underway Saturday, October 3rd with the "USA NTDP Under 18" game starting at 7:35 PM. Al Randall enters his 15th year as the play-by-play voice for Michigan ice hockey.




CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT will host the "Rebels For A Cause - Maddie's Ride" MAKE-A-WISH fundraiser, featuring CURB/NASHVILLE's RODNEY ATKINS. The ride will take place OCTOBER 4th, beginning at the DETROIT HARLEY-DAVIDSON and ending at BLAKE's ORCHARD and CIDER MILL in ARMADA. RODNEY will perform a concert after the ride. The event is being held in honor of MADDIE TRUDEL, who was 7-years-old when she passed away from bone cancer in NOVEMBER 2006. Prior to her passing, MADDIE's "Wish" was granted by the MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION of MICHIGAN for a trip to DISNEY WORLD. MADDIE's father, PAUL, created the "Rebels For A Cause" ride to help other children's wishes come true in memory of MADDIE. For more info, click here.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 28, 2009



The Oakland Press:

On a cold winter evening in December 1990, I answered the phone and a warm summer breeze wafted over me. It was the mellifluous baritone of Ernie Harwell. We talked a few moments, then Ernie said he had a favor to ask: Would I be able to come to the Tiger Stadium the next day? He wanted me to be there with him for a press conference. Marcy and I had been with Ernie and Lulu for dinner not long before and both seemed in good health. Still, my first thought was that Ernie was going to announce his retirement. But I knew if he wanted me to know the purpose of the press conference, he would already have told me... Ernie Harwell: 'The Inferno at Michigan and Trumbull' (Mon, 9/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 29, 2009



Detroit News:

The Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts has been around so long, it's easy to forget there is a living, breathing man behind the name. January marks the 40th anniversary of the school that longtime air personality Howard founded in 1970 with two turntables, two tape recorders and 600 square feet of space in a Redford Township storefront. Four decades later, the Southfield-based Specs Howard has evolved beyond a tight radio/TV broadcast focus and now offers study in video, film and graphic arts. The school has graduated 10,000 students, an influential part of southeastern Michigan's broadcast community that includes WXYZ Channel 7 reporter/anchor Glenda Lewis and Fox 2 News legal analyst Charlie Langton (see box). Howard, 83, was honored for his 60-year career with a Lifetime Achievement Award in June by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He founded Specs Howard in 1970 as a way to wind down his on-air career and keep his family in one city. At the time, there were several correspondence-style broadcast schools in Metro Detroit, including the Columbia School of Broadcasting, but only one other school offered actual studio training... Specs Howard continues tradition of producing top Metro Detroit air talent (Tue, 9/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct. 1, 2009



Detroit News:

Ed Sullivan delivered a "really big shew" to Detroit Public Television WTVS last Saturday. "Ed Sullivan -- The '60s," a program that included many clips of classic '60s artists, raised close to $50,000, according to Fred Nahhat, director of on-air fundraising. Those are the best fundraising results the public television station has had in three years. The program did so well, WTVS (Channel 56) is repeating it at 8 p.m. this Saturday... WTVS to show re-runs of 'Ed Sullivan' shows from the 1960s (Thu, 10/1)


V 98.7 Detroit drops Smooth Jazz, now stunting but sounding like Contemporary Hits is the future

The end has come for Smooth Jazz on WVMV 98.7 -- at least for listeners without a digital radio -- as CBS Radio has shifted the format to its HD2 signal on 98.7. A 4:30 p.m. retrospective of the station's last 14+ years lasted about 30 minutes, at which time the stunting began.

The new format has not yet been officially announced - instead at 5pm, stunting began with a nod to the frequency's rock past by playing a bit of Guns N' Roses "Welcome to Jungle" and mentioning the handle Detroit's Wheels before switching into a Beyonce Knowles song.

The stunting is being promoted as "98.7 Takeover" and inviting listeners to follow along at www.987takeover.com and on Twitter at twitter.com/987takeover.

CBS Radio vice president Dom Theodore, known for pulling off stunts at other Detroit radio outlets (specifically Clear Channel's WKQI FM 95.5 and WDTW-FM 106.7), is reportedly in the building ... leading to speculation that the new format will indeed be contemporary hits based to take on his former stations in the Clear Channel cluster along with Citadel's 96.3 WDVD.



Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit's self-billed smooth jazz radio station WVMV 98.7 is expected to announce a format switch today. The smooth jazz format is apparently moving to an HD2 channel, but it's not yet clear what the terrestrial broadcast format will be. Station executives would lease only limited information, and said an on-air announcement is coming at 4 p.m. today. Deb Kenyon, CBS Radio's senior vice president and market manager for its Detroit stations, issued a statement: "98.7 Smooth Jazz is moving to a new home. New media and new technologies have given us the chance to still keep this programming on the air. We know that Smooth Jazz is a favorite station for many people and we're glad to say we aren't going away, we're just moving," she wrote... Smooth jazz radio station WVMV 98.7 announcing format switch (Fri, 10/2)



Detroit News:

It appears that the long-rumored flip of CBS Radio Detroit's smooth jazz WVMV-FM (98.7) might be at hand. Tune in to 98.7 at 4:30 p.m. today, and you'll either hear "stunting" -- some bewildering, out-of-format music -- or you'll hear what the station is going to become... Smooth jazz radio to flip? Tune in at 4:30 (Fri, 10/2)


98.7 Detroit relaunches as Amp Radio

There were no surprises this morning at 8 as CBS Radio's FM 98.7 Detroit officially revealed the name of its new Top 40 format - Amp Radio, "Playing All The Hits". First impressions are that the station will position itself between Citadel's hot adult contemporary WDVD FM 96.3 and Clear Channel's urban-leaning Top 40 WKQI FM 95.5.

Formerly known as V 98.7, the station had featured a smooth jazz format for nearly 15 years before this past weekend when it became '98-7 Takeover' leading up to this morning's announcement. No word yet on who will be behind the mic at the new station which will be lead by program director Dom Theodore.

Smooth jazz fans were encouraged to purchase HD radios to continue to hear that format as it shifted to HD2 on 98.7 or to listen on the Internet via smoothjazzdetroit.com. The biggest downside of the shift to HD2 is the dropping of long-time air personalities Alexander Zonjic and Sandy Kovach. For Kovach at least, she remains with CBS Radio/Detroit and is now at classic hits WOMC FM 104.3 overnights.

Another apparent victim of changes at CBS Radio/Detroit was WOMC evening jock Beau Derek who had also been doing much of the production work for that station. Former 'Hot Hits' WHYT 96.3 jock J.J. Walker will be returning to the Detroit airwaves in that timeslot. Walker is also heard on SiriusXM's 70's on 7 channel.

Former WVMV program director and WXYT-FM/AM assistant program director Tom Sleeker also exited with the flip at 98.7.


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)


Detroit News:

I've had more than a few calls and emails from unhappy WVMV-FM smooth jazz listeners who don't know what they'll do, now that their music has been dumped for teenager-friendly Top 40/contemporary hits. Most say they're not interested in buying a new radio right now, or listening online -- neither option will solve their listening in the car or at work dilemmas. Jazz during the day is pretty nonexistent on the Detroit area dial, the corporations who own most of the stations don't care about jazz fans. However, there has to be five or six stations now that will play Lady GaGa for you...OK, so that's not an option. WRCJ-FM (90.9) hopes to pick up listeners, but they don't play jazz during the day, only after 7 p.m... Finding jazz on the FM dial... (Thu, 10/8)


All Access.com:

CBS RADIO's new Top 40/Mainstream 98.7 AMP RADIO/DETROIT has hired its first on-air personality, PAT "GROOVES" CERULLO., to do nights, 7-11p, effective immediately. "GROOVES" is a six-year night show veteran, including a stint at CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Mainstream WIHT (HOT 99.5)/WASHINGTON D.C., and he also takes on APD/MD duties as well... AMP/Detroit Gets Into The 'Grooves' As APD/MD/Nights (Tue, 10/14)



Detroit Lions punch their Ticket for 3 more years

The NFL's Detroit Lions have extended their play-by-play contract with CBS Radio's WXYT-FM 97.1 for three more years, taking the agreement through the 2012 season. The previous agreement was set to expire at the end of the current season and the extension puts to rest rumors that the team might be landing with a new flagship station.


97.1 The Ticket gets new program director

Sports WXYT-FM/AM has announced that Jimmy Powers will be joining the station as it's new program director. Prior to this appointment Powers was program director for WBNS Columbus, OH and WCNN in Atlanta. He takes the role vacated earlier this month when Tom Sleeker was let go.

"I'm excited to have Jimmy on board at 97.1 the Ticket," CBS Detroit SVP/Market Manager Debbie Kenyon said. "He's a solid programmer who understands the Sports format and building great team relationships. Jimmy's background and experience will be a definite asset to help the station continue to grow and dominate the Detroit market."

Powers said, "Working for the number one Sports station, the Ticket, at the number one broadcasting company is a great honor. Detroit has the most loyal sports fans in the country, and I'm looking forward to this great opportunity."


CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WHTZ (Z100)/NEW YORK late night jock JOE ROSATI segues to sister Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT as imaging director for 'KQI and sister Rhythmic AC WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT OF DETROIT). PD MICHAEL MCCOY says, "JOE has been doing imaging for a number of stations as well as holding down late nights on Z100. His start date is TBD as he's trying to sell his house in JERSEY... Joe Rosati To WKQI (Thu, 10/15)


Detroit News:

WDIV-TV (Channel 4) is dodging the Jay Leno bullet. All over the country, in cities like Baltimore and Kansas City, Mo., NBC's experimental prime-time talk offering "The Jay Leno Show" is wreaking havoc on ratings for the 11 o'clock newscasts that follow. Leno is barely pulling in 6 million national viewers a night at 10 p.m. weekdays (his Sept. 14 debut drew 18 million) and that small audience means even smaller numbers for local news broadcasts. NBC opted to give Leno the show, which is cheaper to make than scripted dramas, but the move appears to be costing affiliates money in the meantime. This is not the case in Metro Detroit, where local Peacock affiliate WDIV has miraculously stayed in the No. 1 spot in spite of Leno. In fact, WDIV's newscast has better numbers with a 9.5 rating/18 share than it had this same time last year (8.8 rating/16 share)... WDIV newscasts defy Leno factor (Wed, 10/21)


TV icon Soupy Sales dies at age 83

Legendary TV comedian Soupy Sales passed away at a hospice facility in the Bronx, NY yesterday at 9:51 p.m. at the age of 83. Sales got his start in TV on Channel 7 in Detroit in the late 50's at WXYZ-TV. He had a popular kids show called "Lunchtime with Soupy." One of his most memorable "stunts" was when he asked the kids to get a dollar, money with presidents pictures on them, and send it to him. Some reports say Soupy got nearly $20,000!

In 1998 Soupy came back to Detroit and was the guest of honor at the Detroit Radio Reunion. He was introduced by popular Detroit radio icon Dick Purtan. He did about 7 minutes of hysterical stand-up comedy.

In the early 1990's Soupy was a guest morning host on WKHM-AM (970) in Jackson, MI 80 miles west of Detroit, 35 miles south of Lansing. He was "on fire" all morning long says Radio's Best Friend...Art Vuolo who got it all on videotape.

Joey Reynolds also featured Soupy at the famous Wax Museum in New York City for a video when Soupy posed as a wax statue and fooled sight-seers who didn't know he was REAL. Priceless.

In NYC Soupy was the mid-day host in the later 1980's at WNBC-AM (660) between after Don Imus and before Joey Reynolds.

Soupy's health had been slipping for the past couple of years. He would have been 84 this January. Soupy has thrown his final pie, and he WILL be missed.

contributed by Art Vuolo



Detroit News:

Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian whose anything-for-a-chuckle career was built on 20,000 pies to the face and 5,000 live TV appearances across a half-century of laughs, died Thursday. He was 83. Sales died at Calvary Hospice in Bronx, New York, said his ex-manager and longtime friend, Dave Usher. Sales had many health problems and entered the hospice last week, he said. At the peak of his fame in the 1950s and '60s, Sales was one of the best-known faces in the nation, Usher said... Comedy's pie-faced Soupy Sales dies (Fri, 10/23)


After decades in the historic Penobscot Building in downtown Detroit, urban radio stations WJLB-FM (97.9) and WMXD-FM (92.3) are moving to owner Clear Channel Detroit's corporate headquarters in Farmington Hills in mid-November. Clear Channel Detroit president/market manager Til Levesque told her staff that the move was the last step in a six-year process to consolidate Metro Detroit operations in one central location... Detroit radio stations move to Farmington Hills (Thu, 10/22)



Detroit Free Press:

Soupy Sales, the rubber-faced comedian who made an art form out of taking a pie in the face and delighted a generation of Detroiters with his loopy TV show on Channel 7 in the 1950s, died Thursday night in New York. Sales, who had been in ill health for several years, was 83. His former manager, Dave Usher, said Sales last week entered a Bronx hospice, where he died. He is survived by his wife, Trudy, and two sons, Hunt and Tony. "He was the first person from Detroit television whose first name had instant recognition from coast to coast," said former Channel 7 anchorman Bill Bonds... Detroit entertainer Soupy Sales is dead at age 83 (Fri, 10/23)


Wolfman Mac extends his reach: Fans of Wolfman Mac's Saturday-night "Chiller Drive In" variety show on Detroit's WMYD-TV (Channel 20) should be howling at the moon now that his fictional Hauntington Woods neighborhood is expanding. About two weeks ago, Traverse City's WLLZ-TV (Channel 12) and WNFM-TV in Ft. Myers, Fla., picked up the Wolfman's show... Names & Faces (Fri, 10/23)



Michigan Radio shortens Fall membership drive and exceeds goal

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, finished a very successful fall membership drive on Wednesday evening. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from October 14 - 21, generated over 7100 pledges totaling more than $850,000 from donors across southern Michigan and northern Ohio. The money raised helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the station's single largest source of income.

Remarkably, contributions exceeded the fundraising goal of $712,000, even though Michigan Radio reduced the amount of on-air fundraising time in comparison to previous years. In response to listener requests, the station cut back its fundraising hours by over 25% compared to the 2008 fall drive and over 35% compared to fall, 2007.

As part of this effort to reduce on-air fundraising time, Michigan Radio tested an innovative approach on the first day of the membership drive. On Wednesday, October 14, the station attempted to raise the entire first day's goal in just one hour, between 7 - 8 a.m. This move proved to be very successful, and donations during that single hour surpassed the goal threefold.

Total contributions during Michigan Radio's 2009 fall membership drive exceeded fall 2008 numbers by more than $80,000, making this the most successful fall fundraiser in station history. Of the money raised, over 2,000 pledges came from first time donors to the station. Listeners could contribute either by calling in their pledges to phone volunteers or by pledging online via MichiganRadio.org.

"We're extremely grateful that our Michigan Radio listeners continue to place strong value on our service with their demonstration of outstanding financial support," said Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram. "Thanks to this record setting response, we hope to continue to reduce the hours of on-air fundraising, and bring our listeners more of their favorite public radio news and information programming."



BLACKBURN RADIO Country CJWF (FM 95.9)/WINDSOR, ONTARIO (CANADA) has announced its first-ever station concert with CANADIAN Country artists JOHNNY REID and VICTORIA BANKS, even though the station hasn't yet signed on the air. CJWF is hosting the show with REID and BANKS on DECEMBER 11th at the WINDSOR FAMILY CREDIT UNION CENTRE and is offering an exclusive ticket pre-sale through their website beginning WEDNESDAY (10/28) at www.windsorsfm959.com... CJWF Announces Station Concert Before It Hits The Airwaves (Mon, 10/26)

editors note: CJWF is on the air with test programming



CKWW AM 580 to air "The War Of The Worlds" Halloween Night at 10 PM

On Halloween night, AM 580 will once again turn back the clock to air one of the most infamous radio broadcasts of all time. "The War of the Worlds" was originally broadcast in 1938 as part of the "Mercury Theatre On The Air" program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins were so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.

AM 580 has re-played this historic broadcast every year at Halloween since the early 1990's.


WDIV-TV's "All 4 Halloween" primetime special set to air tonight 8:30

It's one of metro Detroiters' favorite holidays - and WDIV Local 4 will help celebrate by airing a primetime All 4 Halloween special along with exclusive features on Local 4 News, contests and photo sharing on ClickOnDetroit.com, and a Halloween-eve Freaky Forecast on JustWeather.com.

On Wednesday, October 28 at 8:30 p.m., Local 4's resident Halloween expert, Chuck Gaidica, hosts a half-hour All 4 Halloween special, taking viewers on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Erebus, the haunted house that was voted No. 1 scare by Local 4 viewers in the 2009 Vote 4 The Best Haunted House category. Witness the birth of animated monstrosities created by Monster-Tronics in South Lyon and destined to unleash terror around the world. Then, see how Troy resident Tom Nardone has taken pumpkin carving to a new extreme using pyrotechnics and power tools.

The All 4 Halloween special also brings you a captivating and creepy look at the accidental mummies from the historic exhibit at the Detroit Science Center. And, contestants of The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition share recipes for healthy Halloween treats, courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Plus, see childhood photos of your favorite Local 4 personalities dressed up for Halloween - can you guess who is who? Don't miss All 4 Halloween Wednesday, October 28 at 8:30 p.m., following NBC's Monsters vs. Aliens Halloween special at 8 p.m.

In addition, all week on Local 4 News look for special All 4 Halloween features, including Halloween Haunts showcasing outrageous front lawn displays and the annual much-anticipated reveal of Chuck's own very special trick-or-treat costume.

And Local 4, which is calling itself the official station of Halloween, has a web full of eerie interactive entertainment on ClickOnDetroit.com, where more people click than on any other web site in metro Detroit. Can you guess how many pumpkin candies are in our ghostly jar? Enter the Ghost How Many contest for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Meijer. See amazing photos from metro Detroiters of pets and kids in cool and creative costumes. Check out the 4 The Best Guide to your favorite Haunted Houses and Cider Mills in southeast Michigan.



Detroit News:

Rain or shine, meteorologist Kim Adams delivered weather forecasts to viewers of WDIV-TV (Channel 4) off and on for seven years. But when motherhood beckoned for a third time, Adams had to make a decision, and she chose her husband and kids. Last week, station management announced the move was mutual and Adams would not be returning. "In the end, I decided I couldn't 'have it all' and chose to resign," says Adams, who gave birth to her third child, Alexander William Daudert, in April. Her contract with the local NBC affiliate expired while she was on maternity leave. "The people at WDIV have been so kind to me, and it made the decision very difficult. I still can't watch the news without feeling a little sad. But my children are my world, and I don't want to miss these years with them." Viewers who miss Adams, a Mount Clemens native, and her sunny disposition can look for her in her new role as spokeswoman for 1-800-Hansons, a local windows and home improvement company. She shot her first commercial last week... Kim Adams puts her family ahead of forecasting (Wed, 10/28)


Ann Arbor's WQKL (107one) announces release of "Live From Studio A2, Volume 2" to benefit The Michigan Theatre

Since its introduction to our airwaves, homes, and day-to-day activities, ann arbor's 107one has become a welcome staple of the community and the Ann Arbor lifestyle. With the acclaimed Studio A2 and Studio A2 On The Road broadcasts, listeners have tuned their radios and opened their ears to thousands of live and local performances that we all talk about and remember.

Last year marked the first time those memorable performances were captured on disc for everyone to enjoy. The result was the Live From Studio A2, Volume One benefit CD, which helped raise thousands of dollars for the Michigan Theater Foundation and its focus for live entertainment for more than 80 years: the historic Michigan Theater on Liberty in downtown Ann Arbor.

The station is pleased to announce that they have taken the newest and best live performances, both from artists' visits to their studio and adventures across the area to create Live From Studio A2, Volume Two.

With songs handpicked and carefully re-mastered to showcase the amazing talent that comes through our town, Live From Studio A2, Volume Two boasts a pedigree of emerging and chart-topping artists and acts that will be the perfect complement to your collection.

With stand-out tracks from artists on the rise like James Morrison, Brett Dennen, Vienna Teng and Donavon Frankenreiter, to artists you've loved for years like Feist, Indigo Girls, They Might Be Giants and John Hiatt, Live From Studio A2, Volume Two illustrates what makes Ann Arbor truly special with its eclectic mix of talent and artistry. The project is made possible once again by the generous support of our friends at Bank of Ann Arbor and Sesi Motors.

Proceeds from the disc will benefit The Michigan Theater Foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to operate, preserve and maintain Ann Arbor's historic Michigan Theater for the benefit of the community and the arts. Established to save the theater from demolition in 1979, the foundation works every day to raise the considerable funds needed to maintain the theater and its programs.

Live From Studio A2, Volume Two to benefit the Michigan Theater will be released Tuesday, November 3rd and available exclusively at Borders stores in Ann Arbor (downtown Ann Arbor on Liberty, Arborland on Washtenaw and Water's Place on Lohr Road), Brighton, Canton and Novi with the introductory price of $12.99.

Don't have Live From Studio A2, Volume One yet? What are you waiting for? Borders will be offering BOTH volumes together for $20. That's a savings of over six dollars and the perfect way for you or a friend to check out what truly rocks in Ann Arbor.


Detroit Free Press:

Federal authorities say a Detroit television reporter tried to use underhanded means to gain access to a Madison Heights veterinarian clinic where an FBI dog was being treated for mortal wounds resulting from a shootout with the leader of an Islamic fundamentalist group. And now she could be in hot water. The owner of the Veterinary Emergency Service clinic in Madison Heights said WDIV-TV (Local 4) reporter Natalie Sentz told the manager that she had been sent to the facility Wednesday by the FBI to make arrangements for disposing of the dog's remains... WDIV reporter used false story to try to see shot FBI dog, feds say (Fri, 10/30)


Jazzy Detroiter and former WVMV-FM (98.7) morning host Alexander Zonjic is ready to pay tribute to the station's now defunct smooth jazz format with a double-header celebration tonight and Halloween at the flutist's Seldom Blues supper club. "This is not going to be a pity party; it's really a tribute to the station," Zonjic says of the celebration, which will feature artists like Tim Bowmand and Dave McMurray and some of the station's former personalities. Zonjic, the morning host for the last dozen years on V98.7, did his last show Oct. 2, the Friday the adult contemporary station flipped formats and became mostly Top 40. He says he's been bombarded since then with e-mails, Facebook messages and tons of questions and support... Parties honor jazz station (Fri, 10/30)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 3, 2009



Michigan Radio looks at Generation Y Michigan

Over half of all Michigan's public university graduates leave the state within one year of graduation. Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) intern Lauren Silverman will probably be one of them. Lauren never had any intention of moving to the state of Michigan; it just happened to be where the University of Michigan was located. And she probably won't stay after she graduates. However, according to many thinkers, young college graduates--like Lauren--are the people Michigan needs most.

On November 5, Lauren will launch a new series for Michigan Radio called "Generation Y Michigan" in which she explores why young adults in the Generation Y cohort are, or are not leaving Michigan. These stories will air on Morning Edition (M-F, 5-9 am) and All Things Considered (M-F, 4-6:30 pm) throughout the following several weeks.

"Generation Y Michigan" will examine how young people view Michigan, what Michigan needs to do to retain young people, and what Lauren's generation is hoping the future of the region looks like. Lauren will talk to demographers, employers, and, most importantly, young people (like herself) who have or will be making the decision about whether to stay or go. The on-air portion of this series will be accompanied by a blog at www.GenerationYMichigan.org, where listeners can discuss this issue, take part in polls, and view supplementary articles, photographs and essays on the topic.

Lauren is studying Political Science and Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Michigan. She worked with Youth Radio in California for 6 years, has filed 8 stories with NPR, including installments of the Day to Day series "What's the New What", and is currently working on a story for Marketplace.




PLYMOUTH WHALERS junior hockey will air, at least in the near-term, on the PLYMOUTH-CANTON SCHOOL DISTRICT's noncommercial Alternative WSDP (88.1 THE ESCAPE)/PLYMOUTH, MI. The station will air a few games in NOVEMBER (starting SATURDAY (11/7) with PETE KRUPSKY at the mic and CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WDFN-A/DETROIT host SEAN BALIGIAN joining him for home games, and will evaluate the possibility of future broadcasts at that time... WSDP To Air Junior Hockey In November (Mon, 11/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 5, 2009



Detroit News:

Almost lost in Charles Pugh's campaign and triumphant victory Tuesday was his status as a gay man. Now the sexual orientation of the new City Council president creates evidence of a singular Detroit political truth: celebrity trumps all. While there was national chatter on Twitter and other social media sites about Pugh's "first" accomplishment on Wednesday, Pugh didn't trumpet his sexual orientation during the campaign. Instead, this neophyte pol, who has had a long career on Detroit radio (WJLB-97.9 FM) and TV (WJBK-Fox 2 News), ascended to the top of an 18-candidate field, largely on the basis of perceived credibility and trust built through years of on-air exposure. Even static in the media about his financial problems -- including a condo in foreclosure and a record of late rent payments -- failed to disrupt Pugh's powerful airwave frequency... Pugh's star status wins over Detroiters (Thu, 11/5)


In his broadcaster's version of a world he relishes, Budd Lynch has been on the power play for 65 years. Not the penalty box, mind you, which is what one might figure would be the disposition of a man who left his right shoulder and arm on a tract of land in France in 1944, a few hours after a three-inch German rocket bored through him. "My mother always had an Irish philosophy in life," Lynch was saying over lunch last week. "It's a pleasure to grow old. "Many are denied the privilege." So, there we have it, one man's credo for happiness that he will again celebrate tonight at Joe Louis Arena as a big crowd, with Budd Lynch bobblehead dolls in hand, toasts a 92-year-old hockey icon whose life has been as resonant as his voice. Not coincidentally, it will be the 60th anniversary of the first Red Wings telecast that had as its play-by-play announcer one Budd Lynch... Budd Lynch celebrates 60 years with the Red Wings (Thu, 11/5)


Although uninsured rates are relatively low in the area, thanks in large part to the benefits many auto workers have, the number of people without health insurance will increase as unemployment rates increase, Oz says. Because of this, the heart doc, surgeon and author who became a household name thanks to his allegiance with talk-show queen Oprah Winfrey, is planning a health fair with WDIV-TV (Channel 4), the local station that airs his syndicated "The Dr. Oz Show" weekdays at 3 p.m... Dr. Oz plans health fair in Metro area with Ch. 4 (Wed, 11/4)



WXYZ-TV and Art Van Furniture announce canned food drive

It touches our neighbors, our friends, our co-workers and all too often, it touches our own lives. More than one in eight people in Michigan will need emergency food assistance this year. In the past six years, 51,000 families in our area have fallen into poverty, and with skyrocketing unemployment, and the rising cost of food, health care, and fuel, the need in our community continues to grow.

Detroit's WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 and Art Van Furniture believe "Together We Can" make a difference in the fight against hunger in Metro Detroit.

From November 9 through December 13, donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food can be dropped off at any of the 17 Art Van Furniture locations throughout Metro Detroit. The donations will be distributed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and Gleaners Community Food Bank. Last year, Gleaners distributed 30 million pounds of food to the more than 400 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and disaster relief agencies it serves in Southeastern Michigan.

"These tough economic times have created a critical need in our community. The holidays are always a good time to focus on giving back," said Bob Sliva, WXYZ-TV Vice President and General Manager. "Channel 7 is proud to assist the efforts of these two deserving organizations that are fighting on the front lines in the battle against hunger in our community."

WXYZ-TV has a rich history of community service. For 32 years, Channel 7 has helped provide emergency food assistance to those in need throughout Metro Detroit.

Channel 7's web site, wxyz.com, has more information, including a shopping list and Art Van store locations.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 6, 2009



Welcome to the Christmas season

Don't look now, but once again its time for the annual battle for listeners that just can't get enough Christmas music. This morning saw the flip of both local soft rock / adult contemporary to full-time Yuletide tunes with WMGC FM 105.1 jumping first followed closely by WNIC FM 100.3.

No doubt that the annual marathon of holiday tunes is welcomed by many listeners -- with others being scared off from their favorite radio stations. Will Santa bring ratings presents or coal this year, the first with Portable People Movers in use as a ratings tool.




CITADEL Talk WJR-A/DETROIT has unveiled a new feature, "BREAKING THE CYCLE," spotlighting business and individual success stories in the DETROIT region. President/GM MIKE FEZZEY hosts the feature. "We need to break the cycle of being our own worst enemy and thinking less of ourselves," said FEZZEY. "We need people to move to our communities with excitement and encouragement. It is our job to be their guide and show them how great the GREAT LAKES area truly is." WJR Spotlights Success Stories With 'Breaking The Cycle' (Fri, 11/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 8, 2009




Windsor's 95.9 FM CJWF is a brand new country station built from the ground up. It debuted on Sept. 22, 2009 and is currently in a testing period. The new radio station will officially launch on Nov. 16, 2009 with a complete staff of air personalities. Many of the DJs were individuals who were laid off from other radio and television stations in the Windsor area. 95.9 CJWF will offer a mix of old and new country music with news updates at the top of each hour. "This is one of the rare occasions where we're building a station from the bottom up," said Rod Martens, program director of the 95.9 CJWF. "Everything from the console, hiring the new staff, doing all the imaging and of course getting together the library of music we're doing. It's been three months pretty well and we're just so close right now, putting the finishing touches on the studio and then we're ready to go on Nov. 16." The staff at CJWF raced to get the new station on the air just three weeks after 106.7 The Fox switched to a different music format... 95.9 FM CJWF debuts as new country station from Windsor, Ont. (Thu, 11/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 11, 2009



Michigan Radio expands Detroit coverage

At a time when many news outlets are cutting back on the size of their news departments, Michigan Radio has hired a second reporter to help expand its coverage of Detroit and southeastern Michigan. The station has announced the hiring of Sarah Cwiek as its new Detroit reporter. Sarah, along with current Detroit reporter Sarah Hulett, will help Michigan Radio expand its coverage of the city's economy, politics, culture, and other relevant issues.

Cwiek is already well-versed in covering the Detroit beat. Before her arrival at Michigan Radio, Sarah worked at WDET-FM as a reporter and producer. During this time, as well as being WDET's local host for Weekend Edition, she contributed spot news and feature stories to NPR for Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Day to Day. Sarah also provided news coverage and analysis during local segments of All Things Considered and WDET's Detroit Today--experience which will serve her well as one of Michigan Radio's Detroit reporters.

"The political and economic changes that are taking place in Detroit will affect the whole state," said News Director Vincent Duffy . "Adding Sarah Cwiek to our news team at a time when other media outlets are closing or reducing their coverage demonstrates our commitment to telling the important stories in our state."

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Kalamazoo College and a Master of Science in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan.



Detroit Free Press:

The Parade Co. announced today that Art Van Elslander, the Art Van Furniture store founder and chairman, and WJR-AM (760)'s Paul W. Smith will be the co-grand marshals of the 83rd America's Thanksgiving Day Parade. One is known for his furniture, the other for his well-known voice, and both are local icons with a long history of supporting Detroit... Art Van Elslander, Paul W. Smith share grand marshal honor for Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit (Wed, 11/11)



Detroit News:

The Zelig of Detroit politics, Jonathan Kinloch, may have lost with voters this week in his bid to become a $50-a-meeting charter commissioner, but he's landed a gig as a radio chatterbox. Kinloch, a music producer, former school board member and current library commissioner, adds yet another title to his resume Nov. 16 when he begins his weekday stint from 9-10 p.m. behind the mic at WDTK 1400-AM for the eponymous "Jonathan Kinloch Show." There's an intriguing symmetry to the announcement, since one of the charter candidates that bested Kinloch -- Reggie Reg Davis -- left the radio airwaves to pursue the commmission. Kinloch should make for interesting listening... Kinloch lands radio gig (Fri, 11/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 15, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

"Oh the weather outside is frightful," we sang, windows down last weekend while driving along Fort Street. With the sun shining as the temperature rose into the mid-60s, it certainly felt more like delightful. We stumbled upon Christmas music as we surfed the stations on my car radio, and I'm afraid that, at least when the kids are with me, the dial now vacillates between the two that play 24-hour holiday songs. After an excruciating "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" -- made lovable only because of the mixed-up lyrics sung by my 4-year-old and squeals from my 21-month-old in the back seat -- I tried to switch stations. But that drew nothing but howls... We may be rushing things, but we need a little Christmas now (Sun, 11/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 16, 2009



Crain's Detroit Business:

To remain relevant amid a cacophony of cable and digital television, radio and Internet choices, Detroit Educational Television Foundation is emphasizing local programming that can be broadcast on multimedia platforms. Soon it plans to take its show on the road with new mobile productions -- which will lower production costs. Amid its move to a multimedia platform, the foundation, which operates as Detroit Public Television/WTVS-Channel 56, has managed to close out a $22 million capital campaign and shift its programming to five areas critical to the region while reducing its operational costs by $2.4 million. It also has brought in more than $1 million in new funding to support its new local and national programs in core areas. DPTV has done it all while ramping up production at its new, state-of-the-art studio and offices in Wixom. Plus it has successfully managed the transition from analog to digital broadcasting... Dialed in: Detroit Public Television redoubles commitment to local programming while cutting costs (Sun, 11/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 18, 2009



Detroit News:

The former co-host of the "JJ and Lynne" morning show on WCSX-FM (94.7) filed a federal lawsuit against the classic rock station's owners Tuesday, alleging she was sexually harassed by her co-host James Johnson and retaliated against when she complained about that and the fact he was paid more. According to the complaint, Lynne Woodison Lyman joined WCSX in 1997 and co-hosted with JJ from 2000 until November 2008, when the station cited low ratings in terminating the show. "Plaintiff was surrounded by a discriminatory and unlawful work environment where women were described as sex objects and derided on a daily basis," Lyman alleges in the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Detroit by her attorney, Deborah Gordon of Bloomfield Hills... Ex-WCSX DJ sues, says she was harassed (Wed, 11/18)




He had the job we all wanted, the foot in the door at the greatest radio station in town. In the world that was radio back in the 1960s, the overnight shift was the proving ground, the place where the program director tested new talent, and the assignment from whence stars were often born. Some loved the lifestyle and made overnights their brand. WJR's Jay Roberts was one of the most famous, helping us drift off to sleep for over two decades as the captain of "Nightflight 760″. Jim Jeffries had a different idea. When he came to Detroit from Keener's Battle Creek sister station, Jim knew that even with WKNR's highly directional nighttime signal, there were thousands of people out there who depended on the overnight guy to keep them awake... Jim Jeffries obituary (Wed, 11/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 19, 2009



Detroit News:

Jim "JJ" Johnson reacted Wednesday to the news that his former WCSX-FM (94.7) co-host Lynne Woodison Lyman made allegations against him in a lawsuit filed against their former employer, Greater Media Inc. Lyman filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against the classic rock station's owners alleging sexual harassment (by Johnson, and other employees), retaliation and gender and age discrimination. Lyman charged that Johnson "showed her nude photographs on his computer screen on a daily basis and would harass her with derogatory terms and sexual references while they were broadcasting on the air." Lyman co-hosted the "JJ and Lynne Morning Show" from 2000 until 2008, when Greater Media let the duo go. Although Johnson is not being sued, he issued his own statement... DJ denies allegations of former co-host (Thu, 11/19)


Bummed about not being able to attend the Detroit Tree Lighting Ceremony at Campus Martius Park this year? Don't worry. WJBK-TV (Channel 2) is streaming live video of the sixth annual event on its Web site, www.MyFoxDetroit.com, beginning at 6:43 p.m. Friday... WJBK-TV will stream tree lighting (Thu, 11/19)



Bloomfield Hills School District radio students win seven awards in nationwide High School Radio competition; WBFH wins 2nd place in Best High School Radio Station in the Nation competition

Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won a total of seven awards in five categories at the Seventh Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held November 7, 2009 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. Based on the number of award winners, WBFH won 2nd Place, Best High School Station in this national competition.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The entries were submitted last May. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM (www.wonc.org).

Five WBFH students were nominated for eight awards. WBFH students won two 1st Place awards, four 2nd Place awards and one 3rd Place award:

  • Best Promo, 1st Place: Patrick Garretson, Lahser senior
  • Best News Feature Story, 1st Place: Ridwan Alam, 2009 Andover graduate
  • Best Sportscast, 2nd Place: Ryan Bloom, Andover senior
  • Best Newscast, 2nd Place: Ridwan Alam, 2009 Andover graduate
  • Best News Feature Story, 2nd Place: Josh Loney, Andover senior
  • Best Sports Play-By-Play, 2nd Place: Josh Loney, Andover senior
  • Best Promo, 3rd Place: Patrick Garretson, Lahser senior

Also nominated for a Drury Award in the PSA category was Chad Shepard, Lahser senior.

The Best High School Radio Station 2nd Place Award was presented to the WBFH management team consisting of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr. WLTL of LaGrange, Illinois won 1st Place and WGBK of Glenview, Illinois took 3rd Place in the station competition.

"I congratulate all the winners and nominees," said Bowers. "I'm very proud of our students who won and for WBFH winning second place in this national competition".

First place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial and online at www.wbfh.fm.



WJR to again air coverage of Thanksgiving parade

Tune to WJR AM 760 next Thursday, November 26, 2009 as the Voice of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade plans to provide the most complete coverage of this holiday tradition. Join WJR parade coverage co-hosts Lloyd Jackson and Katherine Leslie along with the rest of the WJR staff as they bring all of the sights and sounds of America's Thanksgiving Parade to WJR listeners starting at 10am.

Co-Grand Marshals of this year's parade are Art Van Elslander of Art Van Furniture fame and WJR's Paul W. Smith.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 20, 2009



CKWW adds John Records Landecker to Sunday lineup

Get out your bell bottom pants, your platform shoes and turn on the Hi-Fi because Sunday nights on AM 580 are about to get groovier. Starting this Sunday night, AM 580 will air "Into The 70's" hosted by legendary radio personality John Records Landecker. He will bring his style and knowledge of the 70's to this music intensive show which will air Sunday nights from 7 PM to 12 AM on AM 580.

Landecker is a native of Ann Arbor and was inducted into the Radio Wing of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for his work on WLS in the 1970s.

Sounds of Sinatra will now start an hour earlier and air from 5 until 7 PM on Sundays.



Michigan Radio and Olympia Entertainment welcome A Prairie Home Companion to Detroit

Public radio station Michigan Radio (91.7 FM Ann Arbor/Detroit) and Olympia Entertainment are scheduled to present a live performance of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor, the celebrated variety show produced by Prairie Home Productions and presented and distributed by American Public Media. On Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 6:00 p.m., host Garrison Keillor and special guests will take the stage at the historic Fox Theatre in Detroit for a live, national broadcast.

Although the show has performed live in Michigan on several occasions, this marks the first performance of the program from Detroit. The February 27 A Prairie Home Companion show will feature live performances and comical skits by Keillor and the Prairie Home cast. Keillor will weave local humor into the show and share his signature monologue, "The News From Lake Wobegon," with Detroit audiences.

Tickets go on sale on through the Fox Theatre box office, through Ticketmaster (Ph: 800-745-3000), and online at olympiaentertainment.com on Saturday, November 21 at 10:00 a.m.

A native Minnesotan, Garrison Keillor began working at Minnesota Public Radio in 1969. In the summer of 1974, he hosted the first live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion, a program now heard weekly on over 580 public radio stations by over 4 million listeners. The program regularly airs Saturdays on Michigan Radio at 6 pm and is repeated Sundays at 12 pm. Keillor also hosts a daily five-minute radio program, The Writer's Almanac, and is a frequent contributor to Time. He is the author of 13 books and winner of numerous awards for his broadcasting and literary work.

With Philip Brunelle, Keillor has performed with many orchestras, including the Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and National symphonies. He has received numerous awards for his broadcast and literary work, including: membership in the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters (2001); The National Humanities Medal (1999); and a Grammy Award for the recording of Lake Wobegon Days (1985).


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 23, 2009



WDIV to offer Detroit Thanksgiving Parade coverage from 6 a.m. - Noon

It's Detroit's favorite holiday tradition, and "Together We Shine" - this year's theme for the 83rd America's Thanksgiving Parade live from Woodward Avenue. WDIV-TV Local 4, the official television station of America's Thanksgiving Parade, brings home the excitement and grand spectacle of balloons, bands, celebrities and floats like no one else can.

Hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidia, Bernie Smilovitz, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker, Local 4's live broadcast of America's Thanksgiving Parade starts Thursday, November 26th at 9 a.m., following Local 4 News Morning, also broadcast live from the Parade route, beginning at 6 a.m.

"For as long as anyone can remember, Local 4 has been the station of Hometown Traditions," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV Local 4. "We're so very proud to partner with The Parade Company in bringing home the treasured tradition of America's Thanksgiving Parade. It's a great way to usher in our coverage of the next Hometown Traditions, the North American International Auto Show in January, and the 2010 Winter Olympics starting February 12th."

On Thanksgiving morning, Local 4 News Morning live coverage from all along the Parade route will start at 6 a.m as Guy Gordon, Rhonda Walker, Paula Tutman and Lauren Podell report live from Woodward Avenue, with latest Parade weather forecasts from meteorologist Eric Braate and up-to-the-minute traffic and parking updates from Heather Zara to avoid delays and road closures for those headed downtown. Local 4's live broadcast of America's Thanksgiving Parade starts at 9 a.m., with hosts Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidia, Bernie Smilovitz, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker. Guests include Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York City, Cheryl Burke of Dancing With The Stars, appearances by former American Idol contestants Danny Gokey and Josh Gracin, and performances from Dave Edwards of Detroit's own The Look and Detroit blues-legend Johnnie Bassett.

Throughout America's Thanksgiving Parade broadcast on Local 4, watch for details on how you can text to win a gift card worth $250 or $500 from the Somerset Collection. Live coverage of the Parade will also be streamed online at ClickOnDetroit.com. Plus, viewers can vote for their favorite high school band in America's Thanksgiving Parade. The band with the most votes will be named the winner of the Battle of the Bands.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 24, 2009



WDIV-TV and Forgotton Harvest to host telethon to help more rescued food get to Metro Detroit Families

WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest have announced the first-ever telethon to benefit food rescue in Metro Detroit. On Monday, November 30, 2009, the station will air regular segments from 5 a.m. through the 11 p.m. newscast to encourage viewers to donate to Forgotten Harvest, the region's only food rescue organization, by calling 1-888-332-7140. Additionally, the station's Web site, www.clickondetroit.com, will accept donations throughout the day.

"This year, the need for fresh, nutritious meals extends into every corner of Metro Detroit," said Susan Goodell, President and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. "This telethon and partnership with Local 4 will help Forgotten Harvest expand our ability to rescue food and get it to local families who need our help more than ever."

Hosted by WDIV-TV personality Beth McLeod, the telethon will feature vignettes that show the work of Forgotten Harvest in action and demonstrate the impact the organization has on the Metro Detroit community.

This holiday season, Forgotten Harvest is conducting its first-ever 'Good Neighbor' campaign to raise funds as well as awareness of the unprecedented need for rescued food throughout the region.

"Throughout the years we have been proud of and impressed by the amazing generosity of Local 4 viewers," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "With this telethon we believe our large audience of Metro Detroiters will once again step up to help neighbors in need and support the important mission of Forgotten Harvest."

The Detroit Pistons, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers have all donated pairs of tickets that will be given to telethon donors who contribute $100 or more during designated times. A series of community partners are supporting the telethon through community challenge matching grants including PNC Foundation ($50,000); Kroger ($30,000); Art Van Furniture ($25,000); Busch Markets ($25,000); Jewish Fund ($10,000).

"Forgotten Harvest is addressing a critical need in the Detroit metro area," said David Boyle, regional president for Michigan for National City, now a part of PNC. "The PNC Foundation grant will leverage their ability to relieve hunger and redirect surplus food to the network of emergency providers serving our neighbors."

Forgotten Harvest Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest 'rescued' more than 12.5 million pounds of food last year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from more than 400 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 155 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area. Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.


Detroit News:

For many of the residents of the Rio Vista Co-op Apartments, the digital transition in June was like having the carpet yanked from underneath them. When the nation switched from an analog broadcast signal to digital in June, it produced plenty of short-term headaches. Americans without cable or satellite dishes struggled with converter boxes and antennas attempting to haul in the new signals to bring them their old broadcast channels. But at Rio Vista, which sits on the edge of Mexicantown in southwest Detroit, residents found they could no longer receive Channel 23, WUDT -- the station responsible for the Spanish-language network Univision. To many, it was like being cut off from the rest of the world... Digital TV leaves thousands behind (Fri, 11/27)


Readers have been e-mailing, calling and asking me about former WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor and reporter Ama Daetz. The Northern California native worked at our local NBC affiliate for nearly three years until her contract expired this summer. Blame it on the station's shrinking budget or management's decision to go in a different direction, but when Daetz's time was up, she wasn't asked to stay. Requests to find out the specific reasons from management and Daetz have gone unanswered. In February, WDIV bosses took Daetz off the anchor desk and put her back in the field... WDIV-TV reporter winds up in California (Thu, 11/26)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 29, 2009



Longtime former Detroit DJ Joey Ryan critical

By: Art Vuolo, Jr.

Joey RyanMany of you may remember this very talented jock from his early days at WHFI-FM (94.7) Birmingham, which is now WCSX. Joey Ryan was there in days when the studios were in a modest A-Frame on Rankin Road in Troy. The GM was Don Bosco, and that station was home to some of Detroit's most memorable personalities such as Lee Alan, Marc Avery, Ira J. Cook, Bob Edgington, (Little) Don Alcorn, Don Zee and others. Well Joey worked there too, but made his biggest splash in the 1970's at (then Top 40) WDRQ-FM (93.1), now Doug-FM.

One of his most memorable moments was when he dialed up a number and told the person at the other end that had they answered with (instead of hello) "WDRQ's a ball" they would have won $1,000! The reply ON THE AIR was "Oh Bullshit." A classic contest goof!

Joey later worked as the night jock in the early 80's on WTWR-FM (92.3), now Mix WMXD, when it was Tower 92 FM with Ted Anthony mornings, Ron T mid-days and Steve Edwards (Schram) as PD and PM drive jock. Kevin Sanderson was the overnight jock. Joey was on from 7 'til midnight and cooked with great oldies when he was known as "Mr. Boogie".

His voice will long be remembered as the "booth announcer" at TV2 WJBK in the early 90's. He was the little guy with the BIG voice. Back in 2005 we were looking for Joey so he could attend our last major Detroit Radio Reunion in September of that year. Unbenounced to any of us, about that time Ryan, who was born Joseph Pietruska III, now 61, had suffered a stroke which seriously affected the right side of his body. It did NOT, however, affect his speech.

On Sunday November 29th I received a call from radio enthusiast Kevin McMahon of Macomb Township who put me on the phone with Joey's close friend Chris Root. Chris proceeded to tell me that Joey was currently in the Detroit Veterans Administration Hospital, soon to be transferred to the Grand Rapids VA Hospital Nursing facility.

For any of you who remember this extremely talented man, PLEASE send a card or a note to him so that before we lose him he will know that there are legions of us of out here who DO remember him and so before he dies, he can know that his old fans still care. This must be done quickly as the prognosis is NOT good and he may only have a week or two left. The address is: Joey Ryan Pietruska c/o VA Hospital Nursing Facility,3000 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Let's send Joey out with a smile on his face. It's the least we can do.

God bless you all.

Radio's Best Friend


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 1, 2009



Food Gatherers rocks on in the fight against local hunger

Ann Arbor's 107one is helping to fight hunger in Washtenaw county and is inviting listeners to stop by Busch's Fresh Food Market on South Main Street in Ann Arbor for Food Gatherers' largest outdoor food drive - Rockin' for the Hungry - Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Sunday, Dec. 6. Stop by Busch's with a donation of non-perishable food and join the festivities from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Ann Arbor's 107one (adult alternative WQKL FM 107.1) will be broadcasting live, announcing donations and incentives to help achieve a 2009 goal of 200 tons of nutritious food.

The need for food is urgent and pressing, since September 2008 Food Gatherers has responded to a 35 percent increase in demand for food from its partner programs. Thirty-five percent of the people in households receiving food assistance in our network are children and 7 percent are elderly. More than 25 percent of food recipients report needing to choose between food and medicine, or food and housing, due to a lack of money.

Busch's, co-sponsor of Rockin', will have $10 premade bags for purchase that can be donated to Food Gatherers. These bags are filled with a variety of foods that will help our neighbors most, and Busch's has discounted the items so that you can give more for less. New this year, Busch's will accept financial contributions at the register or food donations at any of Busch's 15 locations during the event.

High protein, canned and dry goods are especially needed. Particular foods include; tuna or other canned fish, beans, peanut butter, baby formula and nutritional supplement drinks. Personal care products are also in great demand including shampoo, soap, deodorant, detergent, diapers, toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Financial contributions will also be accepted by Food Gatherers at Busch's South Main Street location. A tax-deductible gift of $35 will feed a hungry child for one month. A gift of $250 will feed a family of four for six weeks. All donations are tax-deductible, and also quality for a State of Michigan tax credit.

Food Gatherers is Washtenaw County's food bank and food rescue program. Since its inception in 1988, Food Gatherers has distributed more than 39 million pounds of food for the community. For a list of food donors and recipient agencies or to learn how you can become involved in the fight against hunger locally, please visit the web at www.foodgatherers.org or call (734) 761-2796.



WDIV wins November race for 5, 6, and 11 p.m. viewers

WDIV-TV won handily in both the early evening news at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. and the late news at 11 p.m. in the November 2009 Nielsen ratings period of the Detroit television market.

Local 4 News at 5 p.m. garnered an 8.2 household rating (RTG) and an 18 share (SHR) in the 5-6 p.m. time period (compared to WXYZ 6.5 RTG, 14 SHR and WJBK 5.1 RTG, 11 SHR). Local 4 News at 5 p.m. registered a significant growth of nearly 50% in household ratings over the previous year.

In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. finished #1 in household ratings scoring a 9.1 household rating and an 18 share (compared to WXYZ 6.6 RTG, 13 SHR and WJBK 4.2 RTG, 9 SHR). In addition, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won in the key demo market of adults ages 25-54. This signifies a 30% ratings growth since November 2008, while competitor WXYZ is down 11% household ratings year to year.

Local 4 News at 11 p.m., the perennial powerhouse of late news anchored by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica and Bernie Smilovitz, dominated all local newscasts with the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time-period. In November 2009, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. garnered a 9.3 household rating and an 18 share with a 20% margin of victory over second place WXYZ (WXYZ 7.4 RTG, 14 SHR, WJBK 10pm 6.4 RTG, 11 SHR, and WJBK 11pm M-F 4.0 RTG, 8 SHR). Local 4 News at 11 p.m. was the only late news to demonstrate growth, up another 12% in household ratings over the previous year. In addition, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. was the top late newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 20 markets nationwide.

In the time period of weekdays 5-7 a.m., Local 4 News Morning at 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. anchored by Guy Gordon, Rhonda Walker, meteorologist Eric Braate and Heather Zara, placed second and has shown consistent ratings growth since the start of the 2009 Fall Season. Following Local 4 News Morning, NBC's The Today Show was the only show in the 7-9 a.m. time period to show growth, up 35% in the coveted women ages 25-54 demo ratings, beating the declining Good Morning America, which is down 12% in the same key demo.

In other dayparts, the WDIV programming lineup also fared well. The Ellen Degeneres Show (10-11 a.m.) was #1 and continues to lead in all key demographics. The Dr. Oz Show (3-4 p.m.), which premiered in September, pulled ahead of WXYZ's long-standing General Hospital. In the 4-5 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 4 p.m. followed by Inside Edition with Deborah Norville virtually tied the perennial afternoon favorite, Oprah, in households. And in the time period of 7-8 p.m., Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy are the top-rated shows, and continue to experience growth - up a significant 18% since November 2008.




Former television news anchor Fanchon Stinger, forced out of her job, broke her silence exclusively on Action News Monday night. It's all a part of the bribery scandal involving a city of Detroit contract. On Monday afternoon, former Synagro executive James Rosendall was sentenced to 11 months behind bars for his role in approving bribes to win a Detroit sludge contract. Two weeks ago, Detroit businessman Rayford Jackson was sentenced to five years in prison for bribing former councilwoman Monica Conyers. Jackson was in a relationship at the time with Stinger, who lost her job during the scandal. Now, Fanchon Stinger is talking about Rayford Jackson and Synagro, and reveals what happened when FBI agents approached her... Fanchon Stinger Interview (Tue, 12/1)



Detroit Free Press:

Scott Lewis of WJBK-TV (Channel 2) confirmed Monday that he'll be leaving the station Dec. 29. Lewis, who does the station's "Problem Solver" reports, told Names & Faces Monday he has accepted the station's early retirement package. He said he hopes to continue his career here because "this is where my heart is." The award-winning reporter, who broke the story of Tonya Harding's involvement in the attack on skating rival Nancy Kerrigan, joined Channel 2 in 1987 after working in radio. Lewis said one of the most rewarding parts of his career has been the gratitude shown by everyday people for doing stories aimed at helping the community and its residents... Scott Lewis to leave WJBK (Tue, 12/1)



Detroit News:

Inside the second-floor radio studio at Detroit School of Arts, Dave Wagner is a one-man show running WRCJ-FM (90.9), the Detroit Public Schools-owned radio station. The radio veteran of more than 40 years calmly manages the classical music play list, researches the English composer Rutland Boughton and eyes the weather forecast on a flat-screen TV that he'll update on-air. He's used to being by himself in the high school of nearly 800 performing arts and broadcast students. But under a new deal between Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television, he may soon have some company. The five-year contract renewal calls for a six-fold increase in the on-air time dedicated to the school district. School of Arts students will receive hands-on training, including mentorships, internships, producing news and weather segments, and airing students' music performances, concerts and poetry readings... Detroit students benefit in radio contract (Tue, 12/1)


Inside the Detroit School of Arts, students have big dreams to make movies, deliver hard-hitting broadcast news and star in their own talk shows. But a contract dispute between Detroit schools and Detroit Public Television has kept the professional TV studios and equipment out of the hands of the students at the gleaming, six-story $122 million school that opened downtown four years ago. Now, both sides have agreed to end the 10-year contract, freeing up opportunities for Michigan's burgeoning film industry and for students to learn from professionals, according to district spokesman Steve Wasko. For the past two years, as equipment has sat mothballed, "we've had to make do, which we shouldn't have to do," said parent Ida Byrd-Hill, whose daughter, Karen, is in the radio and television program. The junior hasn't been able to learn how to run lighting boards, control room equipment or gain experience with broadcast technology that was so advanced professionals from New York and Los Angeles had to demonstrate how to use it when it was installed since no one else had it yet in Michigan... Dispute leaves Detroit School of Arts TV studio idle (Tue, 12/1)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 2, 2009



Channel 95-5's Mojo In The Morning & Justin Bieber to fill Detroit food pantry shelves

The Mojo in the Morning Show, heard on top 40 WKQI-FM (Channel 955) is bringing music superstar Justin Bieber to Detroit for a free show this Saturday, December 5th, 2009 at 6 PM at The Fillmore. The event is happening to help stock the shelves of some very needy Michigan food banks, just in time for the holidays. With the struggling Michigan economy, many of the local food banks are in desperate need of food donations, particularly this time of year, when demand is at its highest.

The last time Bieber performed a concert, more than 5,000 kids showed up ... and shut down a mall! So the Mojo in the Morning Show plans on using those superfans to stock up local food bank shelves. Want in? Your ticket is a non-perishable food donation.

Here's the deal: Each weekday morning at 7 AM leading up to the event, Mojo in the Morning will announce a top-secret location and time where fans can drop off a canned food donation in exchange for free tickets to see Justin Bieber. One pair of tickets per non-perishable food donation, per family.

The non-perishable food donations will benefit the Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency.



Detroit Free Press:

Judging by the Rolls-Royce, the Ferrari and the flashy clothes, life for anchorwoman Fanchon Stinger and developer Rayford Jackson was akin to a glamorous spin through Detroit's society circles. But much like her beaming smile on Fox 2's top-rated morning show, it was all a façade, Stinger told the Free Press on Tuesday, breaking a 16-month silence in her first extensive interview since her reputation and career became casualties of the $1.2-billion Synagro sludge-hauling scandal... Ex-anchorwoman: I was conned and abused (Wed, 12/2)



Detroit News:

The November sweeps book has closed and all the major local news stations have points of pride. What makes this ratings period different from the others is the 11 p.m. news viewership for WDIV-TV (Channel 4). Placing first in that timeslot is especially impressive when you consider that nationally, the Peacock network is languishing in fourth place behind CBS, Fox and ABC ... WJBK is walking on sunshine in the mornings. The station's "Fox 2 News Morning" is No. 1 from 4:30-10 a.m. weekdays. Its top-rated slot was from 6-7 a.m., when the show pulled in a 5.6 rating/21 share compared to WDIV's 4.0 rating/13 share and WXYZ's 3.6 rating/12 share... WDIV-TV is top rated for 11 p.m. news (Wed, 12/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 3, 2009



Detroit News:

Former Fox 2 anchorwoman Fanchon Stinger acknowledged Wednesday she let a Detroit businessman at the center of the Synagro bribery scandal put a Rolls-Royce and other fancy cars in her name because he was dogged by poor credit. But Stinger said she has a letter from federal prosecutors clearing her of any criminal wrongdoing, such as money-laundering, in her dealings with Rayford W. Jackson. "I was in an abusive relationship," she said. "Because I was fearful, I made decisions that normally I would never have made." Stinger, an Emmy-award-winning journalist, left Fox 2 in 2008 soon after her ties to Jackson and Synagro became public... Ex-anchorwoman says fear clouded her decision-making ability in Synagro case (Thu, 12/3)


Fox 2 reporter Brad Edwards is speaking out about the station's loss of veteran investigative reporter Scott Lewis , who took a buyout and is leaving the station later this month. "Scott's loss is tremendous," Edwards said by phone Wednesday. "We're all better for working with him and we're a better station for having him. He put Fox 2 on the map through the 'Problem Solvers.' We weren't on the map more than a decade ago, and we've taken this city back -- street by street by street, by problem solved by problem solved... Grapevine: Look for Scott Lewis to be back (Thu, 12/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 4, 2009



Update on former WDRQ jock Joey Ryan

Art Vuolo checks in this evening with this information:

"Let me tell you something important. If you have a friend in the hospital...go and pay them a visit. It will mean the world to them. Legendary Detroit radio personality (of the 1960's) Lee Alan, joined me in a visit to Joey Ryan, once known as "Mr. Boogie" at WDRQ. He was still at the Detroit VA Hospital on Thursday December 3rd and his doctor said it's the best he's seen him since being admitted. I even brought my little Sony DVD player and showed him a video aircheck of himself while at WTWR (Tower 92) back in 1980 and he lit up like a Christmas tree! I also gave him a DVD copy of the 2 hour video we put together of the 2005 Detroit Radio Reunion on 9-24-05. I know he's going to enjoy that too. Honestly, Joey looked considerably older than his 61 years and he is dealing with multiple health issues that are seriously threatening his remaining days. He is finally being transferred, as of Friday December 4th to the VA Caring Home up in Grand Rapids, where I hope he will find a note, letter or card from as many of you as possible to cheer him up. I know, first hand, how special that will be. Remember to send your good wishes to: Joey Ryan Pietruska c/o VA Hospital Caring Home, 3000 Monroe NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. Thanks and God bless you all."

Art Vuolo, Jr.
Radio's Best Friend



Detroit Free Press:

Detroit businessman Rayford Jackson, sentenced last month to 5 years in prison for bribing city officials in the Synagro sludge-hauling deal, denied Thursday that he physically abused paramour and former Fox 2 anchorwoman Fanchon Stinger. "It's just so absurd," Jackson told Huel Perkins, anchor for Fox 2, which fired Stinger in 2008 after her ties to Jackson were revealed... Jackson: I never abused Fanchon Stinger (Fri, 12/4)



Detroit News:

Denying allegations he abused his former mistress, Rayford Jackson said it was Fanchon Stinger, an ex-Fox 2 anchor, who pursued a relationship and was constantly dishonest with him throughout their affair. In a 30-minute interview Friday with The Detroit News, Jackson, who pleaded guilty to bribery charges related to the Synagro sludge scandal and is headed to federal prison, tried to counter recent interviews by Stinger painting him as a controlling and abusive man. "That's really the way the relationship was. Fanchon actively pursued me," said Jackson, who begins serving a five-year term on Jan. 15. "And there was mutual interest. Typically, Fanchon was always running me down. After she'd get off work, she would find me and say, 'I'm coming to see you.' "... Jackson denies ex-Fox 2 anchor's charges (Fri, 12/4)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 11, 2009



WJR's annual Christmas Sing set for Sat. Dec. 12 at Somerset Collection in Troy

The 44th Annual WJR Christmas Sing, hosted by morning host Paul W. Smith, Santa, and the WJR family is scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday December 12th, from 10 - 11 a.m. in the North Grand Court at the Somerset Collection in Troy.

This a is a great holiday tradition - families are invited for a morning of Christmas caroling and fun at Somerset Collection. Goodwill Industries will be collecting new and gently used coats at the entrance to Somerset Collection North on Big Beaver between the hours of 9am-Noon. Cash donations will be accepted as well. All donations will benefit Goodwill Industries Employment & Training Division.



Detroit Free Press:

Mike Stone, a.k.a. Stoney, is returning to the Detroit airwaves on WXYT-FM (97.1). He will be a regular contributor to the station's lineup, starting with a co-hosting gig from 10 a.m.-noon on Sunday's Lions pregame show. "I am thankful for the opportunity to join the 97.1 The Ticket team," Stone said in a released statement. "It will be great to work with some old colleagues and new ones. I am looking forward to many great years at CBS and am anxious to reconnect with the best sports fans in the country here in southeastern Michigan"... Mike Stone hired by 97.1 The Ticket (Fri, 12/11)



104.3 WOMC's 'Christmas is for Kids' campaign to benefit Children's Hospital of Michigan

Set for December 20th at 5 p.m., this all ages show features a line-up of seven great comedians sure to bring you holiday cheer this season. It'll take place at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Royal Oak; tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling (800) 514-3848 or by clicking here.

Scheduled to appear are: Gary George, Tim Rowlands, Ben Konstantin, Dwayne Gill, Kevin McPeek, Crystal P, and Mike Green.




102.9 W4 Country (WWWW-FM) is collecting Toys for Tots during its annual Holiday Crusade for Kids at the Kroger grocery store at 400 S. Maple Road in Ann Arbor. The toy drive began on Wednesday, Dec. 9 and ends on Monday, Dec. 14. The radio station has set a goal of more than 16,000 toys and $16,000 in cash donations. The entire W4 air staff will broadcast live all week from inside the grocery store. The only difference from last year is that the economy is in much worse shape. "We're accepting the new and unwrapped toys from all over the place," said Adam Rey, afternoon disc jockey at W4 Country. "We're at one of the only places where you can bring a cash donation too. A lot of people find it easy to bring the young, little kid toy. People forget that the teenagers that are at home watching these kids, they need toys too or they need something. A lot of the time I like to push gift certificates and things for the older kids." W4 Country is on location at the Kroger store asking for your toys and monetary donations during the week from 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday... 102.9 W4 Country raises Toys for Tots at Kroger on Maple Rd. in Ann Arbor (Thu, 12/10)



WQKL's Rockin' for the Hungry event nets record-breaking 258 tons of food

Despite a challenging economy, the community helped Ann Arbor's 107one and Food Gatherers raise a record amount of food for their largest annual outdoor food drive, Rockin' for the Hungry. The five day event (12/2-6) raised 258 Tons of food to help our neighbors in need in Washtenaw County.

Volunteers and radio personalities braved long hours on their feet, and at times, frigid weather to collect food and financial contributions for Food Gatherers' food rescue and food bank program. Through their efforts and generous contributions from sponsors Frito Lay, General Mills, Golden Limousine, Inc., IBEW Local 252, Keebler, Miller Poultry, Prairie Farms, SESI Motors, Spartan, United Bank and Trust, and Wells Fargo Advisors, this event exceeded the 2009 Rockin' goal of 200 Tons and raised the most food in Rockin' history.

This generous support allows Food Gatherers to meet the urgent and pressing demand for food in our own community. "On behalf of all the people seeking food assistance this year, we are so grateful to ann arbor's 107one, Busch's and the citizens of Washtenaw County for making a real difference in our community," said Eileen Spring, President and CEO of Food Gatherers. "When we needed you most, you rose to the challenge."

For individuals who did not make it to Rockin', Busch's Fresh Food Market will continue to accept financial contributions at the register or food donations at any of Busch's 15 locations through Dec. 13.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 15, 2009



Detroit Free Press:

Lions insider Tom (Killer) Kowalski is pumped that WDFN-AM (1130) is back in the sports-talk radio game. Sean Baligian is grateful he wasn't forced out of the Detroit area in search of work after losing his job at the station in January, when WDFN went to a nearly all-national, syndicated format and cut local staff. Kowalski and Baligian -- key players on WDFN's new team of local on-air talent -- are excited about tackling the other sports guys in town, WXYT's The Ticket (97.1-FM, 1270-AM), the flagship of the Lions, Red Wings, Tigers and, along with WWJ, the Pistons. "Competition is good," said Kowalski, who has covered the Lions for Booth Newspapers for nearly 30 years, as well as the Tigers and Pistons. "There's plenty of room for two stations -- two opinions -- in the sports market in this town. We're out to attract the hardcore fan and casual fan." WDFN re-entered the local sports-talk scene in April, testing the waters with Matt Shepard in the mornings. On Sept. 8, the station loaded up with Baligian from 7 to 10 a.m., Ryan Ermanni from 10 a.m. to noon, and Shepard and Free Press columnist Drew Sharp from 3 to 6 p.m... WDFN trying to take back piece of sports-talk market (Tue, 12/15)



Detroit News:

Miracles? To borrow one of his own phrases, he's recently touched them all. Tigers' broadcaster Jim Price has just come through a life-and-death health scare. Cancer in his left kidney. Not to mention a spot on his lung. Few knew what Price was facing -- but Ernie Harwell was one of the few. "I can't come close to telling you just how great a friend he is," Price said on Monday. "Facing what he's facing (inoperable bile duct cancer), he's called several times -- and when Ernie prayed for me over the phone, it brought me to tears." The ordeal began, without Price realizing it, before the end of the baseball season. Before he returned to the "civilian life," as the 68-year-old Price calls it, of the offseason... Tigers' radio announcer Jim Price: It's a 'miracle' I'm cancer-free today (Tue, 12/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2009



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM (101.9), will launch a tweaked program schedule Dec. 26, shuffling air shifts, adding new shows and dumping some old standbys. J. Mikel Ellcessor, the station's general manager, says he's positioning the station as a news and information destination during the week, with music emphasized on the weekend. "During the week, there's a hole for news and information, on the weekend, people want to have fun. I don't think there's any big mystery to this," Ellcessor says. Ed Love's nightly jazz program will go from airing five nights a week, Monday through Friday, to two days, Saturday and Sunday. The daily news/talk show "Detroit Today" will be rebranded "The Craig Fahle Show" after its host, and moves to a more prominent slot at 10 a.m. weekdays (repeated nightly at 7 p.m.). On the weekends, "Car Talk" will be gone, as well as the music programs "Arkansas Traveler with Larry McDaniel," "Deep River with Robert Jones" and "Folks Like Us" with Matt Watroba. Trying to keep listeners tuned in longer on weekends, Ellcessor has steered the music programming into a more progressive vein... WDET to add weekday news, weekend music (Fri, 12/18)



AM 580 serves up A Christmas Gift for The Motor City

It's considered one of the greatest Rock & Roll Christmas albums of all-time and this weekend CKWW AM 580 Motor City Favorites will take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this musical milestone. As a holiday gift to listeners, AM 580 will air the one-hour radio special: "A Christmas Gift For You" this Sunday at 11 AM.

Produced with the legendary Spector "wall of sound" technique, "A Christmas Gift For You" was originally released in 1963 and features Christmas classics by the Crystals, the Ronettes, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans. It just wouldn't be the holidays without hearing Darlene Love's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", the Crystals' "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", or "Sleigh Ride" by the Ronettes on the radio.

AM 580 will air an encore presentation of "A Christmas Gift For You" on Christmas Day at 6 PM.


Detroit Free Press:

The parent firm for three metro Detroit radio stations, WJR-AM (760), WDRQ-FM (93.1) and WDVD-FM (96.3), filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Sunday to restructure its debt load. In documents filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the nation's third-largest radio broadcasting company, listed total assets of $1.4 billion and total debt of $2.46 billion. The presidents of WJR, WDRQ and WDVD did not return calls Sunday to explain the impact in Detroit. Much of Citadel's debt burden stems from its $2.7 billion purchase of ABC Radio from Walt Disney Co. in 2007... WJR, WDRQ, WDVD parent files Chapter 11 (Mon, 12/21)




Citadel Broadcasting Corp., the third-largest radio group in the United States, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Sunday. The company, which owns and operates 224 radio stations in 25 states, listed liabilities of $2.5 billion on assets of $1.4 billion, according to court papers filed with the Southern District of New York. Citadel owns six Mid-Michigan stations including 96 WHNN-FM, home of popular morning DJ Johnny Burke; Flint's country station, WFBE-FM (B95); and Saginaw's 102.5 WIOG-FM. The company has been saddled with debt for some time as the radio industry continues to be hard hit by depressed advertising revenue. It had been widely reported in recent months that the company could be headed toward bankruptcy. More than 60 percent of the company's secured lenders backed Citadel's pre-negotiated bankruptcy, which will allow it to extinguish $1.4 billion of debt and convert its $2.1 billion secured credit facility into a new term loan... Citadel Broadcasting files for bankruptcy protection (Sun, 12/20)



Lansing State Journal:

These days, local TV newscasts have to do it all themselves. There are no big lead-ins, no easy audiences. So two stations find some reasons to cheer the new Nielsen ratings books. "I consider it my first book as news director and I couldn't be happier," said Jam Sardar at WLNS (Channel 6). "We're up in five (of eight) shows. ... They drop in seven shows." Many of those drops were by tiny fractions, said Michael King, general manager of WILX (Channel 10). The key thing is what has been overcome... TV news stations see local loyalty in ratings (Mon, 12/21)




Yet another radio group has filed for bankruptcy protection, as NEXTMEDIA GROUP has filed a pre-arranged plan that will hand over control to certain creditors, court papers showed. NEXTMEDIA lists between $100 and $500 Million in total debt. REUTERS reports NEXTMEDIA's first lien debt and general unsecured claims will be paid in full while second lien debt will be converted into 95% equity in the reorganized company, said CFO ERIC NEUMANN, in an affidavit. In a statement on its website, NEXTMEDIA said the reorganization process will have no impact on day-to-day operations and will not result in any changes to senior management or any reduction to employee headcount... NextMedia Also Files For Chapter 11 (Mon, 12/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 22, 2009



Detroit News:

WDET (101.9-FM), the public radio station based at Wayne State University in Detroit, recently announced schedule changes that include the cancellation of three weekend roots music programs, Matt Watroba's "Folks Like Us," Larry McDaniel's "Arkansas Traveler," and Robert Jones' "Deep River." At the same time, additions to the schedule include two shows from Ann Arbor's Rob Reinhart, including his popular syndicated "Acoustic Cafe." The loss of "Folks Like Us" is likely to be of particular interest in Ann Arbor, with its vibrant folk music scene. Watroba lives in Livingston County, and over its 23-year time span, his show has been an important outlet for exposing the music of acoustic artists who play at local venues like The Ark and the Green Wood Coffee House. "Folks Like Us" -- as well as the other canceled programs -- is well established in the regional roots-music community. But recent years have been a bit rocky; a format change at WDET in 2004 brought about the program's first cancellation, although WEMU (89.1-FM), the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University, picked up the show until it returned to WDET. Recently, "Folks Like Us" has been running on Sunday afternoons/evenings -- generally considered a very bad time slot -- rather than its traditional Saturday-afternoon home. Given the history, the question naturally arises of whether WEMU would again consider offering a home to "Folks Like Us" and/or the other canceled programs. Clark Smith, WEMU's program director, said that the station is considering picking up some of the programs, but no decision has been made yet... WDET changes schedule: WEMU could add cancellations; "Acoustic Cafe" gets new home (Tue, 12/22)



Update on ailing former Detroit D.J. Joey Ryan

Art Vuolo checks in with this update on former WDRQ jock Joey Ryan who is ill in a V.A. Hospital in Grand Rapids:

As we continue to keep friends and fans of longtime Detroit radio personality Joey Ryan updated, here is the latest information. Joey was transferred up to the VA Hospital Caring Center in Grand Rapids on Friday December 11, 2009. Sadly he has no family to speak of and no friends (that he knows of in GR.) It was, therefor, a huge surprise when I visited him one week later on the 18th. I shared with him hi-lites of the 2005 Detroit Radio Reunion video. He loved it! In fact he lit up like a Christmas tree and even laughed at several of MC Dick Purtan's jokes. It was a wonderful visit and huge transformation for Joey.

The next day there was another surprise. I went back with two people that truly brightened his day. Bill Bailey, who worked with Joey in the 1970's at WDRQ and Kim Carson (who worked at Z-95.5) both live and work in Grand Rapids. Kim even brought a pile of old WDRQ survey charts with Joey's picture on them. She said that Joey was the reason she wanted to get into radio. It was so special.

Only God knows how much time Joey has left, but he loves getting cards and letters. Feel free to send greetings to: Joey Ryan Pietruska c/o VA Home for Veterans 3000 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. We are not sure if he can take calls, but the facility number is 616-365-9575. He is in Room 302 on floor 3 Blue. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers. "Mr. Boogie" appreciates it.

(pictured L-R above: Teriece, Art Vuolo, Joey Ryan, Bill Bailey, Kim Carson)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 28, 2009



Retired WXYZ TV and ABC Sports reporter Dave Diles dies at age 78

WWJ AM 950 in Detroit is reporting that Dave Diles, long time sports anchor for WXYZ TV Channel 7 who also did work for the ABC network, died yesterday at age 78 after a long illness in Athens, Ohio. Diles' career at Ch. 7 spanned three decades from the 1960s thru 1980s.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 29, 2009




A sign outside Ernie Harwell's apartment door politely asks would-be visitors, in so many words, to give an old man and his wife some peace and quiet. Ernie didn't hang it himself; he's far too nice for that. When times were better and cancer wasn't invading his body, Harwell tried to answer just about every card and letter. Now he has 10,000 of them piling up, along with a freezer full of casseroles and cookies and other good intentions. It's a cold, gray December day on the outskirts of Detroit, and Harwell has taken a late-morning nap to gather his strength. There is so much to do. Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully's people called. They want to give Harwell, the beloved voice of the Detroit Tigers for 42 years, a lifetime achievement award. There's a stack of e-mails to go through, a one-man play based on his life to finish, guests to entertain. Today, two well-dressed TV personalities have stopped by to give him a 5-foot-wide card covered in signatures. Ernie, thanks for responding to the letter I wrote you in third grade. Made the summer of 1987 awesome to me. Harwell smiles at that one... For Harwell, there is still much to do (Tue, 12/29)



Detroit Free Press:

Longtime local and national sports broadcaster, commentator and author Dave Diles died over the weekend at his Athens, Ohio, home from complications of a recent stroke. He was 78. Diles was a mainstay of Detroit sports for much of the 1960s, '70s and '80s when he worked for WXYZ-AM radio and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). He hosted the first radio sports talk show in Detroit, called "Dial Dave Diles." Diles gained national fame when he worked for ABC Sports for part of the '70s and '80s, hosting "Wide World of Sports" and the "Prudential College Football Scoreboard." "Dave was one of the smartest men I've ever met and most certainly the smartest man in the industry," said Mort Meisner, who worked with Diles at Channel 7 from 1979-81. "Dave brought an extraordinary touch of class and thoughtfulness to news. He was not a showman. He was a true voice for sports." Many in the industry considered Diles to be the leading expert of local sports... Sports broadcaster Dave Diles dead at 78 (Mon, 12/28)



Michigan Radio Looks at Three Things to Fix Michigan

If you could do three things to improve life in Michigan, what would they be? Beginning next week, Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint) will look at answers to that question when the station launches "Three Things: How Would You Fix Michigan?" In this new Morning Edition feature, Michigan Radio's Christina Shockley will be asking politicians, artists, business owners, teachers, and people from all walks of life to give us their three ideas for things each of us can do to revive our state.

The "Three Things" interview project will begin with a conversation with Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm on Monday, January 4; and continue throughout the week with other prominent Michiganders. In addition to Granholm, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, actor and musician Jeff Daniels, ArtPrize founder Rick Devos, and President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Rich Studley will be sharing their ideas during the week of Jan. 4 - 8. Each individual will bring a unique perspective to interpreting Michigan's issues and prioritizing what three things we should each do in order to contribute to the betterment of our state.

Tune in to Michigan Radio during Morning Edition at 5:35am and 7:35am all next week to hear the first set of interviews. Then each Monday morning in the coming months, the station will present more ideas for improving the state from other well known Michigan citizens, and also from average people.

The project will be accompanied by an online component at www.michiganradio.org/threethings where people can listen to the previously aired interviews and share and discuss their own three suggestions to improve Michigan.

"This is a great way to get people thinking about what Michigan is today, and what we can be," commented Gov. Granholm.

In an unusual show of unity with the Governor, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop had a similar view: "I appreciate that you've put something together like this that really gets people involved. You're empowering people."



Art Van Furniture presents an Evening With Mitch Albom to benefit SAY Detroit Charity

Join Mitch Albom, best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, and radio and television broadcaster at Art Van Furniture as he discusses his new book "Have a Little Faith." The event will benefit S.A.Y. Detroit (Super All Year) Charity, formed by Mr. Albom to help improve the lives of Detroit's homeless. The first 350 guests to arrive will receive a personally autographed book from Mr. Albom.

WJR AM 760 will also be broadcasting the Mitch Albom Show live from Art Van from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. All are welcome to watch the broadcast at the store. The presentation from Albom will take place beginning at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost $10.00 and 100% will benefit S.A.Y. Detroit

The event is scheduled for February 2nd at the Art Van Furniture store on 14 Mile Road in Warren. To purchase tickets go to www.wjr.com while supplies last.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 30, 2009



Livingston County Daily Press & Argus:

A work injury that brought Linda Lee's assembly line career at Ford Motor Co. to a halt nearly 20 years ago seemed devastating for the then-single mother in her late 20s. Now, the Detroit country radio personality looks back at the incident -- in which Lee developed permanent nerve damage in her hands -- as a "blessing in disguise." "I absolutely love my job," said Lee, who moved to Hamburg Township last year. " I love country music. It couldn't have worked out any better." Lee -- half of the Edwards & Lee Show team at Detroit's WYCD 99.5 FM country radio station -- landed a career in radio after taking advantage of a worker's compensation program that allowed her to earn a degree from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts in Southfield... Radio personality rocks the airwaves (Wed, 12/30)


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