Metro Detroit: February 2009 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 3, 2009

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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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:
Howard Bouton
Westwood One (Metro/Shadow)
3000 Town Center - Suite 2160
Southfield, MI 48075

Or Email: Detroit_Job_Opening@westwoodone.com

NO PHONE CALLS

Top audio & writing submissions will be reviewed for approval by affiliate.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

 

AllAccess.com:

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

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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

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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)

 


 

MetroMode:

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

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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

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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

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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!

 

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