Metro Detroit: November 2009 Archives

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, 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,, 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,, 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 (

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



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 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 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,, 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


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.

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