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.