Metro Detroit: August 2009 Archives

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


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 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

"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, 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."







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