Mike Austerman: January 2009 Archives

West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 1, 2009

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The Van shifts gears

Holland's WYVN-FM 92.7 has adjusted its format and moved from oldies as 'Holland's Greatest Hits' back to classic hits 'Holland's Classic Hits'. The station had been classic hits for a number of years before shifting to oldies in September, 2007. WYVN is owned by Midwest Communications.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 1, 2009

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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.

 


 

Radio-Info.com:

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.

 

Traverse City Record-Eagle:

What's an author and cult hero doing spinning CDs of beyond-Hitsville soul tunes on a 600-watt northern Michigan radio station for no pay? Ben Hamper -- author of the irreverent 1991 classic "Rivethead: Tales from the Assembly Line," his account of life at GM Truck & Bus in Flint -- is simply following his longtime passion for non-commercial music. "With a face for radio and a waist for sumo," Hamper introduces himself on-air as host of "Soul Possession" which runs from 9 to 11 p.m. every Friday on Northwestern Michigan College's WNMC. He also hosts a jazz program titled "Further Along" from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Calling out from the basement of West Hall, this is a guy who's been on Letterman, the "Today" show and other national programs. He's perfectly happy with his relatively limited but loyal audience. And with WNMC broadcasting on the Internet, it's not as limited as it once was... Radio host keeps them riveted (Fri, 1/2)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 2, 2009

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Saginaw News:

A voice familiar to Saginawians makes its debut Monday on WUCX-FM, 90.1. Poet/novelist/actor/playwright Marc Beaudin, who this summer moved to Montana, is the host of "Report From the Mountains." The 10-minute show airs Mondays -- at 8:50 a.m. during "Morning Edition" with a repeat at 12:30 p.m. during "The Session." "I'll read a couple of my poems and talk about Montana and what's it's like," says Beaudin. Station manager Howard Sharper came up with the idea for the show, says Beaudin, after he asked Beaudin what is was like out west. "I was telling him about sitting on the front porch and seeing coyotes, the mountains, birds. So he suggested a show telling what was going on (in a given day). "He told me he thought people would like to hear about this." The first two installments, says Beaudin, are "pilot" episodes that were taped in the Delta College broadcast studios... Poet Marc Beaudin begins a "Report From the Mountains" radio series (Fri, 1/2)

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 3, 2009

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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)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 3, 2009

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Saginaw News:

Charlie Rood, who works the morning broadcast with Art Lewis and Dave Maurer at WSGW-AM, 790, says it's always fun to see loyal listeners show up at the Winter Broadcast Blood Boost with shirt sleeves rolled up, ready to help. "Then you have someone stop by to say thanks and he's telling you how it saved his life, and you realize this simple thing we're doing means so much," said Rood, who Monday kicks off the 20th annual event at Fashion Square Mall, at Tittabawassee and Bay in Saginaw Township. Through Saturday, Jan. 10, some 14 radio stations will broadcast live from the mall and encourage listeners to donate through the week. It's free, and those who donate will receive buy one-get-one-free coupons for the upcoming Shrine Circus at TheDow Event Center, refreshments from The Coffee Beanery, 2009 pocket calendars from the blood center and entry in a drawing for gifts from Communications Family Credit Union, Consumers Energy and Boehler's Greenhouse. Blood banks regularly start running dry during the holidays, said Mary Ebelt, special events coordinator at the Michigan Community Blood Center-Saginaw Valley, and this year is no exception... Annual Broadcast Blood Boost set to kick off at Fashion Square Mall (Sat, 1/3)

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 3, 2009

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Ionia Sentinel-Standard:

The radio airwaves above Greenville come alive again Monday. On Jan 5, Jim Aaron of WGLM will make his first 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. morning show broadcast live from Greenville's new hometown local radio station. You can listen in at 106.3 FM or 1380 AM, and if you do, you're sure to notice an increase in local content. After one year of negotiations with Stafford Broadcasting, who previously owned the station, co-owners Aaron and Jim Carlyle purchased the station officially on Dec. 19 under Packer Radio. While Carlyle will continue to broadcast at WION, Aaron will make the move from Indiana to Greenville with his wife, Karen. He'll bring his 30 years of experience with him. "Radio is in our blood, it's been in our blood for 30 years - 25 in Jim (Carlyle's) case," said Aaron. "I'm very excited to get up into Montcalm and Meekest counties and bring local radio back. People up here have already been very welcoming and I think they're excited to see a local radio station back." Negotiating for the station took a full year, but Aaron said it's been worth the wait. Aaron will host the morning show and each day will have a mix of local, regional and national news as well as local and Michigan State University sports. And don't forget about the music; WGLM (which stands for Greenville, Lakeview and Montcalm/Meekest) will send down signals from the best of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and yes, plenty of "the new stuff," too... Local radio making a comeback in Greenville (Fri, 1/2)

 

The Alpena News:

Viewers of local station WBKB will continue to be able to enjoy the CBS affiliate through their cable package, for at least the near future. The station had requested that Charter Communications remove its signal from its cable service effective Dec 31, but the cable giant plans to continue to broadcast it after the previous deadline passes. "We won't be dropping WBKB from our line-up on the Dec. 31 date set by them," Charter Vice President Tim Ransberger said. "We reviewed our contract with them and there is nothing in it that enables them to demand it." The station is asking for a fee from the carrier for use of its signal and negotiations have been ongoing since summer, but little or no progress has been made. "We sent them a letter from our attorney and we have yet to receive a response from them," Ransberger said. "We talked to their general manager, but we are not close to a long-term deal at this point." Both Charter and WBKB have received e-mails and calls from customers with questions and concern regarding the impasse... Charter: No plans to drop signal (Mon, 12/29)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 4, 2009

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Lansing State Journal:

For the 15th year in a row, WKAR will sponsor the Reading Rainbow Young Writers & Illustrators Contest for children from kindergarten through third grade. Entries for original stories that are illustrated by the author must be postmarked by Feb. 28 or dropped off at WKAR main office, room 283 of the Communication Arts & Sciences Building, located on the Michigan State University campus ... The entry form must be filled out and signed by parents. The contest entry form and official contest rules are available online at WKAR.org beginning Jan. 5. Those unable to access to WKAR's Web site may call (517) 432-9527 for printed information to be sent via U.S. mail... WKAR sponsors young writers, illustrators contest (Sun, 1/4)

 

• WPXD TV 31 Ann Arbor translator W48AV Detroit was granted a construction permit to flash cut to digital operations and will remain on Ch. 48.

• The FCC approved the sale of FM translators W247AM 97.3 Kalamazoo and W274AQ 102.7 Battle Creek from Calvary Radio Network to Calvary Chapel of Costa Mesa, Inc as part of a larger national transaction worth $2 million. Also included was WQKO 91.9 Howe, IN, the primary station for the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek translators.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 5, 2009

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AllAccess.com:

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)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 6, 2009

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Saginaw News:

D-Day has an extension -- sort of. The nation's switch to digital from analog signals will occur as planned on Tuesday, Feb. 17. However, U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, is behind legislation President Bush signed into law that will keep emergency analog air waves in place 30 days after the deadline. The purpose of "Short-Term Analog Flash and Emergency Readiness Act" is to give Americans, particularly the elderly and disabled, more time to ready for the conversion. Lawmakers and critics of the transition have called into question how smooth it will prove with as many as 8 million households unprepared. To make matters worse, a government effort that subsidizes crucial TV converter boxes is nearly out of money. Saginaw County Commission on Aging Director Karen Courneya said an additional 30 days for over-the-air emergency signals isn't likely to garner any public relations awards among seniors, though well-intentioned... Some seniors stymied as TV switch to digital modified (Tue, 1/6)

 

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)

 

Televison: Newsmakers Jan. 6, 2009

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TV Week:

In a new challenge to the digital TV transition, the government's program offering $40 coupons for TV converter boxes is out of money, weeks sooner than anyone expected. The Department of Commerce today announced that it has committed the entire $1.34 billion available for the coupons and is starting to put new requests on a waiting list. It was just two weeks ago that Meredith Atwell Baker, acting assistant secretary of the Department of Commerce's National Telecommunications and Information Administration, warned U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's telecom panel, that the $1.5 billion set aside for the coupon program might run short of requests. That wasn't expected to happen immediately. A blitz of media stories over the Christmas holidays, however, brought in a flood of requests. Ms. Atwell Baker had warned Mr. Markey that although a third or more of coupons haven't been redeemed, the way the program is structured could force it to delay sending out new coupons. The government sets aside money for any coupons issued during the 90 days they can be redeemed; Ms. Atwell Baker's worry was that the agency might have to temporarily stop issuing new coupons. At a news conference this afternoon, Ms. Atwell Baker suggested the coupon program was a victim of its own success. She cited a "massive spike" in December that brought requests for 7.2 million coupons rather than for the 4.3 million that NTIA expected... Digital TV Coupon Program Runs Out of Money (Mon, 1/5)

 

WLCMWhen was then WCER AM 1390 began operations in August 1956, it was licensed and programmed to Charlotte. I-69 was still in its planning stages and the distance between the larger community of Lansing seemed much further away than it does today. The station, now known as WLCM Victory 1390 and licensed to Holt, has been broadcasting a Christian-based format for nearly 30 years, targeted mostly at Lansing listeners. Until recently the station had been limited to essentially what was daytime-only signal in Lansing proper as after sunset WLCM was required to reduce power, substantially reducing its coverage outside of its Eaton county tower location near Charlotte.

In 2005, owner Jon Yinger first received permission from the Federal Communications Commission to construct a new nighttime tower site for WLCM and increase power at night to give the station a full time, full market signal 24 hours each day.

"It took over a year to work through the zoning situation for the new nighttime broadcast site in Ingham county," explains Yinger. "We took the opportunity of being able to improve our nighttime signal to also rebuild the current daytime operation, which remains near Charlotte. We found many hidden skeletons and gremlins. The daytime work included new towers, base insulators, ground system, sampling system and a rebuild of the phasor and antenna tuning units, finally giving WLCM the coverage it is supposed to have."

"The night site consists of 4 towers south of Holt," continues Yinger. "While some have criticized putting this much work into a standalone AM, my opinion is how can you not build this. We took a station that couldn't really make its licensed 5,000 watts during the day, had 500 watts pre-sunrise and 70 watts at night and turned it into a true Lansing signal. We put a real 5000 watts out during the day and 4500 watts at night. The daytime city grade goes through downtown and the nighttime city grade is stellar. All things considered, WLCM is now one of the better AM's in the market."

WLCM is touted as Lansing's exclusive home for The Dave Ramsey Show, Dr. Laura, BibleLine, Thru the Bible and more. In addition to the improved over-the-air coverage, the station also offers a web stream from its web site at wlcmradio.com.

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 8, 2008

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ESPN 100.9-FM to Host Ribbon-Cutting

WLUNESPN 100.9-FM, WLUN Pinconning, will unveil its new state-of-the-art radio studios with a special ribbon-cutting ceremony January 28, 2009, held in conjunction with the Midland Chamber of Commerce. The studios for the Tri-Cities' only 24-hour all-sports station have been re-located to the press box at Dow Diamond, overlooking the baseball field. Since the station's purchase in March 2008, operation of the station has taken place in the Citadel Broadcasting studios in Saginaw.

The event will begin at 4pm on the third floor of Dow Diamond and is open to the public. Complementary soft drinks and snacks will be provided, and a cash bar will be available.

"We are looking forward to many great years of operation from here, providing exceptional sports talk and play-by-play to our listeners across the region," said Paul Barbeau, president and general manager of ESPN 100.9-FM. "We are extremely appreciative of Citadel Broadcasting's efforts to house our operation during the transition period. They continue to be a tremendous partner to us."

 


 

Flint Journal:

Not sure how the transition to digital television next month will affect you? Genesee County Amateur Radio Emergency Service Inc. is sponsoring free forums to help answer questions. "DTV Awareness Day" is set for 10 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Tuesday in the third-floor auditorium of the Genesee County Administration Building, 1101 Beach St. The sessions will include video and slide presentations and hands-on demonstrations of the installation of a DTV converter box... Digital television transition forums scheduled at Genesee County Administration Building (Thu, 1/8)

 

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.

 

West Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 9, 2009

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Battle Creek Enquirer:

Jerry Lewis will not be there. Nor will acrobats or ventriloquists. Instead, hosts of the "Caring for Kids" phone-a-thon Tuesday on WWMT NewsChannel 3 will ask parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends of children without health insurance to call in from 5 a.m. to midnight. Local health officials will volunteer to answer the phones in an attempt to find families who qualify for MIChild, a government-sponsored health plan for low-income families in Michigan. "We're not asking for money. We're not asking for donations," said Mark Bishop, WWMT marketing director. "We're asking people to get their kids signed up for the health care they need"... WWMT phone-a-thon to help families, kids (Fri, 1/9)

 

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

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InsideRadio.com:

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)

 

Television: Newsmakers Jan. 10, 2009

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Michigan Association of Broadcasters offers updates on DTV transition

As of January 6, 2,038,940 converter box coupons have been requested in Michigan. 871,810 coupons have been redeemed in the state, a 42.75% redemption rate.

DTV Town Hall Meeting to Feature FCC Commissioner: Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael Copps along with Congressman John Conyers (D-15th) will be on hand at a Town Hall meeting to be held at Wayne County Community College's downtown campus at 1001 W. Fort St on Monday January 12th at 11:00 AM.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and local television stations will co-host the event. The meeting is free to the public and will include a demonstration on how to hook up a converter box. Local television engineers will be available to answer individual questions pertaining to their stations.

The purpose of the Town Hall meeting is to help Metro area citizens learn important information about preparedness for the digital transition.

This is your chance to ask questions of the very people who are in charge of the digital transition. Don't miss this opportunity. Click here for a map.

For more information on the DTV Town Hall Meeting or to ask questions about the digital transition, call the Michigan DTV Helpline, sponsored by Don-Lors Electronics at 888-643-8809.

 


 

Broadcasting & Cable:

The waiting list for converter box coupons continues to grow, and the prospects for clearing out the backlog without swift congressional action appear slim to none. According to the latest figures from the National Telecommunications & Information Administration, there are more than 1.35 million requests for DTV-to-analog converter-box coupons on its waiting list, with hundreds of thousands more coming in every day. NTIA began the waiting list last Sunday, when it hit its $1.34 billion ceiling on funding for the program, which issues $40 coupons toward the purchase of DTV-to-analog converter boxes that allow viewers of over-the-air analog TV signals to continue to receive a picture after those signals go digital on Feb. 17--or not, depending on current efforts to delay that date. According to NTIA spokesman Todd Sedmak, 325,000 people on that list have been sent their coupons, which happens after a new batch of coupons expires and the money is freed up... Waiting List For DTV Coupons Continues To Grow (Fri, 1/9)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

We're now just over a month out from the big transition to all digital TV broadcasts. If President-elect Barack Obama can't persuade Congress to delay the Feb. 17 start date, as many as 100,000 Detroit-area consumers may find themselves unable to watch television on their old sets. Obama asked Congress on Thursday to postpone the analog-to-digital shift, arguing that too many Americans still aren't ready for it. Congress set the date, so it would have to pass a new law to delay it. Delay or not, it's hard to conceive that people haven't received the message yet, what with nonstop TV announcements, weekly tests that show whether your television is ready for the DTV transition and more than a year of news reports and announcements... Digital TV move may leave many in dark (Sat, 1/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Miller, 84, knew better than to bother with the coupon. With the conversion from analog to digital TV broadcasts looming, the Lowell man took his son's advice and upgraded to a digital-ready TV and a 50-channel cable package. "Sons have a way of seeing that the old people get what they need," Miller said Friday while relaxing at the Lowell Senior Center. "I'm not really sharp on this stuff." He is not alone, and the government may act to make sure everyone is prepared. President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels will not be ready... Lawmakers consider delaying digital TV transition after coupons for converter boxes run out (Sat, 1/10)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

With AT&T's cable-television service now available in the area, an expert suggests consumers do their homework before choosing service providers. "Consumers have to become much more educated and really make a careful choice," said Johannes Bauer, a professor of telecommunications, information studies and media at Michigan State University... Cable competition means consumers must look at all their options (Sat, 1/10)

 

Muskegon Chronicle:

President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels will not be ready. In a letter to key lawmakers this week, Obama transition team co-chair John Podesta said the digital transition needs to be delayed largely because the U.S. Commerce Department has run out of money for coupons to subsidize digital TV converter boxes for consumers. People who do not have cable, satellite service or a new TV with a digital tuner will need the converter boxes to keep their analog sets working. Since December, local stations have been airing tests to help viewers determine the readiness of their televisions. A green icon displays for sets that are ready, a red one for those that are not. An employee at Circuit City said sales of converter boxes, priced there at $59.99, had exceeded expectations but have slowed recently because of the unavailability of coupons... Delay digital TV conversion? Leaders disagree (Sun, 1/11)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

Dave Ramsey, Press columnist and radio talk show host, will present his debt-reduction and wealth-building strategies at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 at Van Andel Arena downtown. Tickets are $38 and may be ordered by calling (888) 227-3223 or at daveramsey.com... Dave Ramsey to speak at Van Andel Arena on Feb. 19 (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

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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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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.

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 12, 2009

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Saginaw's WSGW and WTKQ prepare for schedule changes

A big overhaul is on the way to Saginaw news-talk stations WSGW AM 790 and WTKQ FM 100.5 starting next week. When the changes are complete the week of January 26th, fans of popular programs from Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glen Beck, Laura Ingraham and Dennis Miller will be either listening to a different station and/or tuning in at a different time.

The changes will start on Monday, January 19th when Rush Limbaugh (noon - 3pm) and Sean Hannity (3 - 6pm) move to WTKQ. Their shows will be simulcast on their former home of WSGW for a week to help the transition. Changing timeslots on WTKQ on the 19th will be Glen Beck who shifts to 9am - noon (live) along with Laura Ingraham (6 - 9 pm).

The new weekday WTKQ FM 100.5 lineup starting the 19th:
6 - 8 am: The Morning Ticket with Pat Johnston & Todd Guerne
8 - 9 am: The Pat Johnston Show
9 am - noon: Glen Beck
noon - 3 pm: Rush Limbaugh
3 - 6 pm: Sean Hannity
6 - 9 pm: Laura Ingraham
9 pm - 6 am: Fox Sports

After a week off the air, Dennis Miller moves from 10 am - 1pm on FM 100.5 to noon - 3pm on WSGW. Miller's program will be followed by a new program to WSGW, Tom Sullivan, which will air from 3 - 6pm.

WSGW AM 790's lineup starting January 26th:
5 - 5:30 am: America in the Morning
5:30 - 9 am: WSGW Morning Team (local)
9 - 10 am: Art Lewis (local)
10 - 11:30 am: Listen to the Mrs. (local)
11:30 am - noon: Farm Service 790 with Terry Henne
noon - 3 pm: Dennis Miller
3 - 6 pm: Tom Sullivan
6 - 7 pm: WSGW Evening Round Up (local)
7 - 10 pm: Clark Howard
10 pm - 1 am: Jim Bohannon
1 - 5 am: Coast to Coast

In a release the stations' listener club, the stations explain, "Along with everything already written about changes, please understand we also undergo negotiations with network representatives who allow us to broadcast shows. We must finalize contracts and agreements, plus meet financial obligations."

The release also thanks listeners for their support and explains some of the reasons the changes above are being made.

Dropping off the schedule at WTKQ is the show from FOX TV host Bill O'Reilly who has decided to pull the plug on his daily radio program.

 

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)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 13, 2009

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East Lansing's WKAR ready to end analog broadcasts this evening

Tonight marks the end of analog broadcasts at WKAR-TV Channel 23 East Lansing. The Michigan State University owned Public Broadcasting outlet will sign off its analog transmitter for the final time tonight so that it can be reconfigured for use on the first currently planned day of nationwide all-digital TV broadcasting on February 18th.

WKAR will continue to operate its temporary digital transmitter in the interim (operates on Ch. 55 but maps to 23.1, 23.2, 23.3. and 23.4); current digital over the air viewers will not have to make any changes with the cutoff of analog service tomorrow, but will have to rescan their tuners/converters once the station's permanent digital facilities are signed on (using Ch. 40, but again will map to 23.1 - 4).

Viewers that watch WKAR via cable and satellite should not be affected by any of these changes.

Several other Michigan TV stations have already made an early jump to digital-only broadcasting, having shut down their analog transmitters permanently, including WLLA TV 64 Kalamazoo, WFUM TV 28 Flint, and WHTV TV 18 Jackson.

 

On The RadioSince the November merger of XM with Sirius, listeners have been experiencing what seems like constant change to a channel that had always been among the top three most popular on the XM service, the 60s on 6. Post-merger, Sirius subscribers heard an entirely new personality lineup and were exposed to a much larger selection of songs from the decade than they were used to on Sirius. XM subscribers weren't immune to upheaval either- many of the songs from before 1964 were lopped off the combined channel's playlist and sent over to the 50's on 5 Sirius XM offering. The Wolfman Jack program was inserted for middays (in the eastern time zones) - a strange move that nearly no one understood as these programs are reruns of a nighttime syndicated oldies show from a jock that died in 1995 - long before there was an XM or Sirius.

The station has continued to evolve rapidly- just weeks ago, the jock lineup shifted yet again, with Wolfman Jack being moved back to late nights and Terry 'Motormouth' Young being bumped from afternoon drive, a slot he'd held since the launch of XM, to evenings. A voicetracked program from WCBS-FM New York jock Broadway Bill Lee was plugged in for middays/afternoons (yes, one can hear Lee live on CBS-FM during afternoon drive while simultaneously listening to his voicetracked show on Sirius XM).

Only morning jock Phlash Phelps has maintained his timeslot, 6am - noon eastern. The day after the merger, there was relief expressed from XM listeners when Phelps took to the airwaves and his program sounded essentially the same as it had the day before. He continued to interact with his many phans, play requests and pass on tidbits of info from current events.

Listening to the channel this week, it has now been stripped of all special programming and features. Its only two live jocks, Phelps and Young, have had their microphone time severely curtailed. Their personalities, which helped drive the popularity of the channel, have nearly been muted as programmers have decided to heavily focus on music. At the same time, the number of songs in current rotation has been dramatically cut. At one time, it was virtually unheard of to hear the same song repeated during the same daypart on consecutive days, let alone more than a couple of times each week. Now, it's common to hear many of the same songs during the same program every day.

Gone, at least for now, are specialty programs like Young's popular 'Sonic Sound Salutes' and 'Sweet 16 Music Machine' along with weekend shows Wax Your Woody, Here and There, and My Top 6. In-show features like the Top 6 Countdown, Nam Jam, American Band, 'Chickenman', and the top of the hour Beatles Bell have all been shelved.

In their defense, it's clear that programmers Kid Kelly and Jon Zellner are trying to figure out what they'd like 60's on 6 to be. On the one hand, there are indeed listeners that aren't interested in hearing jock chatter or songs they aren't totally familiar with, thanks to those tracks being pounded in their heads over and over again by terrestrial oldies stations for years.

On the other side of that fence are listeners like me that crave personality, deep playlists, and lots of fun features. The music is important of course, but its everything around that music that really makes it radio.

Zellner comments, "As you can imagine, merging the two networks was not an easy task and the libraries on the XM decades channels were larger than their Sirius counterparts. The challenge is simply keeping both sets of subscribers happy. For every listener that enjoys the deeper playlists, there are others who simply want to hear their favorite oldies every time they tune in and complain about 'B sides' as they call them, or less familiar songs. There are some songs that did very well at the time that our listeners tell us they just don't want to hear or don't expect to hear on the decades channels."

Zellner concludes, "The libraries will increase again. We're in the process of going through feedback, music studies and the like and hope we find the happy medium between where Sirius and XM were. Some of the other stuff will return as well. We wanted to flush it out and see what the best features were."

I've been a subscriber since November 2002 and post-merger I've become discouraged about what I feel is the gutting of my favorite parts of the XM service. The fun of the decades channels wasn't just the music, but also (and more importantly) the hosts live interaction with listeners and current events. If I want to hear Honky Tonk Women or Baby Love 14 times a week, I can do that in numerous other places for free. Not only am I paying for commercial-free music, I thought I was paying for real radio hosted by real people I can relate to. I was getting that, especially from Phelps in the morning.

Now listening as the 60s on 6 continues to evolve into something any MP3 player could be easily programmed for is increasingly hard to for me to do.

As my passion for XM grew, I found myself hating to miss the breaks in between songs because it was great to feel like you were part of something -- and for many listeners that was just it. We felt like we were actually part of the 60s channel and it was so much more than any Internet or FM station had ever offered for me.

I really don't understand the Sirius XM's programmers current obsession with focusing on listeners that might only tune in for 15 or 20 minutes in their car when they are not selling advertising based on cume. Doesn't time spent listening mean anything?

Aren't passionate listeners that help market SiriusXM worth a lot more than passive listeners that wouldn't know if they were listening to some unnamed terrestrial station or a decades channel if it weren't for the lack of commercials? Shouldn't SiriusXM crave listeners that care about the personalities, the features, the music and share their passion with others?

My colleague Art Vuolo also weighed in on this and fired off a letter to Sirius XM execs:

OK....now you've done it! I am (or was) perhaps one of the biggest walking ads for satellite radio. I have BOTH an XM and Sirius Radio in my home and car and, for the first time since I first met Hugh Panero in his 23rd Street DC office in 1999, I now wonder why I would even recommend it to anyone.

If it wasn't for the beautiful music on Escape or the excellent locally produced talk shows on 700 WLW from Cincinnati, I do not feel much of a need for the service anymore. Ask anyone who knows me well, and they'll tell you that I nearly put my coveted moniker (radio's best friend) in sirius jeopardy because of my adoration and strong belief in this exciting new medium! Now, those who are in charge have been successful in making (at least the decades channels) as dull, lifeless and boring as terrestrial radio on it's best day. It is somewhat known that I helped two of the "surviving" 60's jocks; Phlash Phelps and Terry Young, get their jobs at XM. They are probably two of the most popular PERSONALITIES on Sirius XM. Other beloved voices you have let go (for "budgetary reasons") include; Matt the Cat and Ken Smith on the 50's Channel and Country Dan Dixon from XM 10 America, which is also gone. Dan is heavily missed and generated over 4,500 signatures from fans. aka subscribers, who want him back, or have threatened to leave!

Who is making the decisions on who goes and who stays and what is played on the air and what is not? Why would anyone PAY for an ultra-tight playlist when that type of radio is available free of charge on most oldies stations across America? Do the suits in the front office not realize that we've heard all of these songs over and over for years? We listen for what lies between the "safe oldies." We seek entertainment and a refreshing blend of, dare I say it, creativity. All of the elements that drew us to radio that we pay for have been gutted and we are left with boring segue-serenade radio. We can get that very easily from an iPod or the Internet. In fact I recently bought a WiFi Internet Radio and honestly it offers a lot of exciting alternatives. Right now I'm listening to www.richbroradio.com with a far better mix of oldies!

All of the wonderful aspects of the 60's channel are gone...Sweet 16, Nam Jam, Flashbacks, Request Hours etc. Only Cousin Brucie, another of my personal favorites, has been allowed to retain any degree of on-air personality.

Does anyone at Sirius XM care about us...the listener, the customer, those of us investing our hard-earned dollars, during a dreadful economic period, for a service that doesn't even resemble the superb service it represented prior to the "merger," (take-over) a few months ago.

Right now, Sirius XM needs all the customers it can attain. Stripping out most of the elements which made this service so attractive, is NOT the way to keep us happy. Please think about what you've done and what you are doing to a concept that once had so much potential.

Recently I noticed that most of the big radio conglomerates all start with the letter "C"....Clear Channel, CBS, Cumulus, Citadel, Cox etc. which could be why radio is so "average" these days. We, who support satellite radio, are looking for something with more to offer than the "average stations," which are free and bountiful. Please consider doing something unique that would truly be appreciated by all of us who care.

Listen to the 20 million people who seek something better.

On behalf of all those who don't take the time to write, I hope that I can speak for them, and more importantly....that you will listen to the listeners. I surely hope to receive a response.

With respect and concern, Art Vuolo, Jr.

So Sirius XM, where did our love go?

 

AllAccess.com:

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)

 

Traverse City Record-Eagle:

A bomb threat received through an e-mail prompted the evacuation of employees of TV 7&4 this morning. A few station employees received an e-mail from an unknown sender between 7 and 7:30 a.m. today, said Jill Saarela, the station's vice president and chief executive officer. She wouldn't say whether the e-mail specified why 7&4 was targeted. The threat forced 20 people to evacuate the building off M-72 in Elmwood Township... Bomb threat evacuates 7&4 (Thu, 1/15)

Updated, 1/16: Maybe someone wasn't happy with a weather forecast. The Elmwood Township offices of local NBC affiliate TV 7&4 were evacuated Thursday morning after a bomb threat. Emergency crews didn't turn up any explosives, but the threat brought the station to a halt for a few hours as authorities looked for signs of trouble. Someone e-mailed the threat to a few station employees at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday, station president and chief executive officer Jill Saarela said... Bomb threat e-mailed to TV station

 

• Smile FM's WSIS FM 88.7 Riverside/St. Joesph was granted its license to cover. The new station is licensed for 6,000 watts at 384 feet from a broadcast location between Benton Harbor/St. Joseph and South Haven. It first began operations on November 22nd at 5:00pm is part of the contemporary Christian Smile FM network now heard over the air across much of Michigan.

• No notable activity for January 5 - 9 and 12.

 

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 18, 2009

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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)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 18, 2009

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Bay City Times:

Television repairman Robert "Alan" Anderson hears his telephone ringing a lot these days. Folks want to know if their TV sets will work when broadcasters switch to an all-digital format on Feb. 17, said Anderson, owner of Alan's Repair, 1304 Kosciuszko Ave. "People are asking the obvious question - 'Is my TV ready and how do I get one of those (converter) boxes?'" Anderson said. Here's the short answer: • People with cable television service are OK. • People with satellite television service are OK, if they get their local channels from the satellite service. • People who use an antenna or set-top "rabbit ears" to receive local TV stations must buy a digital converter box... Read on to make sure you're set for digital TV conversion (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)

 


 

GreggHenson.com

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)

 

Recent format changes in Tawas and Menominee

Northern Christian Radio has introduced separate programming on its newest radio station, WRQC FM 91.3 East Tawas. Now known as 91-3 The Rock, the new format is Christian rock. When Northern Christian Radio first signed on the station last summer it was simulcasting the mainstream Christian music and talk programming heard on the group's other radio stations that are based out of WPHN FM 90.5 Gaylord and include WHST FM 106.1 Tawas City.

In the Upper Peninsula, WSFQ-FM 96.3 Marinette, WI / Menominee, MI recently shifted from Classic Rock to Classic Hits as "Hits 96.3". The station is owned by Bay Cities Radio/Armada Media.

 

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)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 23, 2009

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Next Media drops morning show on FM 100.5 in Saginaw

With the revamp of its talk stations WSGW AM 790 and WSGW-FM 100.5 in Saginaw this month, FM 100.5 has dropped the morning programs hosted by Pat Johnston and Todd Guerne which had previously aired weekdays from 6 - 9 am. The station, which changed its call sign from WTKQ to WSGW-FM on January 15, now simulcasts the local morning program of WSGW AM.

The revamp also including the shifting of talk programs from Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity from the AM to the FM station.

 


 

Saginaw News:

Mary Ebelt knew that need was great this year as the Michigan Community Blood Centers launched its six-day Winter Broadcast Blood Boost in early January at Fashion Square Mall. Personalities from 14 radio stations urged listeners to come to the Saginaw Township mall, where several businesses offered incentives to donate. Although 507 people came around with shirt sleeves rolled up -- 60 of them first-time donors -- only 372 pints of blood were added to the bank that supplies local hospitals. Last year's event drew 423 pints... Saginaw's Winter Broadcast Blood Boost drops a couple of pints from last year's contest (Fri, 1/23)

 

Mid-West Family making changes to start 2009

Mid-West Family Broadcasting in southwest Michigan has added web casting for its rock WIRX-FM 107.1 and news-talk WSJM-FM/AM in St. Joseph. WIRX has also started broadcasting in HD and plans on adding an HD2 channel sometime before summer. At WCXT-FM 98.3 Hartford, the dayparted smooth jazz programming has been dropped and the station now is formatted as hot adult contemporary around the clock. Finally, AM 940 South Haven has switched call sign from WHIT to WCSY to match simulcast partner oldies WCSY-FM 103.7.

 


 

Langford Broadcasting looking for sales person

WGTO and WDOW Cassopolis and Dowagiac are looking for a sales person. It's a commission-only position, but the list is unrestricted and there is no competition.

This is not a position for just anyone. Langford Broadcasting is looking for a person with natural sales ability that needs to have experience in media sales to be successful. An outstanding performance in this commission-only position will lead to a salaried sales position and long term management opportunity for the right person.

WGTO AM and WDOW AM make up Langford Broadcasting and are headquartered out of Dowagiac Michigan.

This sales position would cover all of the Michiana area. You select your hours and area. WGTO and WDOW are the only local stations in Cass County Michigan and you can seek any business without restriction. WGTO is a classic rock station WDOW is all sports.

For more information, contact Larry Langford at langfordbusiness@aol.com or (269) 782-5106.

 

• Classic hits WUPF FM 107.3 Powers/Escanaba was granted its license to cover for a power increase to 50,000 from 25,000 watts. The station's antenna remains at 318 feet above average terrain west of Escanaba.

• No notable activity for January 14 - 16 and 21-22.

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 25, 2009

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Flint Journal:

A local group is aiming to create a new public radio station in Flint, but many roadblocks remain for it to become a reality. Al Davis, a former Kettering University professor and an electrical engineer, dreams of a station that brings together numerous volunteers and feature a mix of music and host talk shows. "It's going to be all local people," Davis said. He said he envisions shows about what's going on at City Hall and candidate debates, as well as offbeat music that isn't played on commercial radio. Davis said they wouldn't use National Public Radio, which would distinguish the station from several others that carry NPR in the Flint area. He hopes to secure a Federal Communications Commission license -- but that won't be easy. The FCC tentatively awarded the license to Smile-FM in Harbor Beach. Smile-FM is a network of several Christian radio stations. Davis, working with Flint Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, appealed the FCC's decision on Jan. 16... Flint group makes long-shot bid for public radio station (Sun, 1/25)

 

Television: Newsmakers Jan. 25, 2009

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Detroit News:

Michigan environmentalists, electronic waste haulers and recyclers are fearing an e-waste explosion. Up to 1 million TV sets -- toxic chemicals and all -- could be headed for Michigan landfills as consumers ramp up TV purchases before the nation's television stations are scheduled to convert to digital transmission Feb. 17. A delay is possible. The U.S. Senate appeared close to agreement late Thursday on a bill to delay the planned transition to June 12 -- setting the stage for a vote early next week. President Barack Obama earlier this month called for postponement. While many TV owners will keep their analog sets and use a converter box to capture the digital signal, others are using the switchover as an excuse to dump their old sets and upgrade to plasma screen or high definition sets with a digital converter inside. With each U.S. household having an average of 2.8 sets, according to 2007 U.S. census data, there is tremendous potential for an avalanche of TV trash... Trashing the tube: Digital conversion may spark glut of toxic waste (Fri, 1/23)

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

The switch to digital television signaling could create an environmental nightmare across the nation as consumers get rid of their outmoded analog TV sets. But that doesn't have to be the case locally, where area residents can recycle their electronics for free. "It's easy and convenient, and we want to let people know that we're tuned in to them," said Tom Dewhirst, facility manager for Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste. The organization collects electronics at least three times a week at its Lamont Avenue location in Kalamazoo. Residents may recycle up to four electronic items -- including stereos, monitors, DVDs and televisions -- a year for free. Televisions are considered two items, and console televisions are only taken if the consoles have been removed. Small electronics, however, such as cell phones, don't count toward the four free items... Recyclers ready for tons of TVs after switch to digital (Sun, 1/25)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Don Reed wheeled into the parking lot at the Kalkaska County Recycling Center to drop off a cardboard box that once held his new television. Reed wanted an upgraded TV and gave his old set to a friend. If he hadn't, he would have recycled it, he said. "It's better than throwing it out in the woods like some people do. It's not useful to take them to the dump," said Reed, of Kalkaska. Most electronics contain hazardous materials -- lead, mercury, cadmium, chromium, fire retardants -- and recycling centers across the region are primed to take old TV sets in preparation for next month's digital switch... Recycling centers ready for TV transition (Fri, 1/23)

 

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)

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 28, 2009

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SportsNight Added to ESPN 100.9-FM Lineup

WLUN Pinconning, ESPN 100.9-FM, announced today the addition of SportsNight to the station's regular programming lineup. The news was delivered today at a Midland Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremony for the station's new studios at Dow Diamond in Midland. SportsNight will focus on teams in the Great Lakes Bay Region - including local college, high school and minor league sports teams - but will also cover topics related to state-wide and national sports.

The show will air weeknights from 6pm-8pm, but will be preempted by select local or state-wide programming. Those programming commitments include Michigan State and Saginaw Valley League broadcasts, Northwood coaches' shows, and MidMichigan Health's The Training Room.

"The addition of SportsNight guarantees us Michigan-themed programming during five key hours per day," said Brad Golder, who will serve as the show's primary host. "The show is the perfect transition between the Huge Show and ESPN's evening lineup."

The show primarily will originate for Studio A of the station's new broadcast facility. Special broadcasts will originate from various community events throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region, such as the Dow Corning Tennis Classic February 9-13.

Today's special ribbon cutting ceremony also coincided with the station's 300th live play-by-play sporting event, with the airing of the Midland versus Dow high school hockey game at 7pm. Of the station's 300 live sporting events, over half (170) have been locally produced and originated broadcasts.

 


 

Lansing State Journal:

The city of Lansing is suing telecommunication giant AT&T Inc. over its treatment of public access, education and government channels in its U-verse television service. City officials said they filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Ingham County Circuit Court. The city also said it filed a complaint with the Federal Communication Commission. Officials claim U-verse displays such community access channels in inferior quality elsewhere, even though AT&T launched its U-verse service in mid-Michigan this month without Lansing's seven community channels. AT&T needs the city's permission to add the channels - something the city hasn't agreed to. "Our channels are supposed to be provided the way they've always been provided to our customers - as separate, distinct, readily accessible television channels," said Randy Hannan, spokesman for Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero... Lansing files suit against AT&T (Wed, 1/28)

 


 

Battle Creek Enquirer:

When the writers' strike froze production of numerous television shows in late 2007, some chose to put down their pickets and pick up their pens anyway. From the imaginations of several work-thirsty scribes came online sites such as Strike.TV, a place where professional writers could bypass the rigamarole and high expenses of the studio system and produce their creations for less money and hassle. Battle Creek native David O'Malley joined writers and actors from hit shows such as "Friends," "The Office" and "Saturday Night Live," with his latest creation, "Dangerous Women," which debuted on Strike.TV last Thursday... B.C. native brings tale to online TV (Wed, 1/28)

 

WZZM-TV:

In December WLAV's morning radio host Kevin Matthews announced he had multiple sclerosis, he says MS is definitely changing the way he thinks about even the simplest things like walking through the snow. Matthews says he also notices that some days are better than others, "You can just run out of gas real easy and sometimes it will last a couple hours sometimes a day." It's a classic symptom of multiple sclerosis, overwhelming fatigue. Other symptoms of MS include loss of balance and muscle control. Now Kevin is thinking about what else might change in his life, "I love the outdoors, I love bow hunting. How do you get up into a tree stand? Little things like that you start to think about." He's also not very fond of giving himself the steroid injections that keep his MS from progressing, "I hate the fact that I have to give myself a shot. There's really nothing to it but psychologically it's giving yourself a shot, it's either this leg, this leg, your stomach your arm." But don't think for a second he's throwing himself a pity party... Kevin Matthews - battling MS with humor (Wed, 1/28)

 

Michigan Almanac: January 30, 2009

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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.

 

Mid-Michigan: Newsmakers Jan. 30, 2009

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Flint Journal:

Doug Fisher expected to spend Friday morning breaking down Sunday's Super Bowl and Friday night's high school basketball matchups. Instead, he sat home Friday morning, hoping he still has a future in the radio business. Fisher is the latest radio personality to become a victim of the economy, as he was let go Thursday as the program director and host of the "Male Room" on WTRX (1330-AM). The decision was made by Citadel Broadcasting Company, the parent company of WTRX. Fisher said he was informed of the move after wrapping up Thursday's edition of his local sports talk show, which aired from 10 a.m. to noon on weekdays. "It's a tough, tough economy we're dealing with," Fisher said. "Nobody's immune. "I didn't have an inkling, but I'm not surprised. I'm still shocked." WTRX is replacing Fisher's show with Colin Cowheard's "The Herd" on ESPN Radio. WTRX will air primarily ESPN Radio programming, with the exceptions of the Jim Rome show from noon to 3 p.m. weekdays, "The Huge Show" from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays and team broadcasts that the station is still contractually obligated to carry... Doug Fisher let go at WTRX; local sports talk show replaced by ESPN program (Fri, 1/30)

 

Traverse City Record-Eagle:

Ten staff members were let go at TV 7&4 as its parent company reported an "extremely challenging" business climate due to the economic downturn. Nine full-time staffers, including some on-air positions, and one part-time job were eliminated by the local NBC affiliate this week, station president and CEO Jill Saarela said Friday. The station is owned by Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC based in Hoffman Estates, Ill. "7&4 has been reporting on layoffs in every sector of the economy and we are not immune," Saarela said in a statement. "Just like in other businesses, these are good people with families and homes in northern Michigan. They are our friends and valued co-workers and we were devastated to have made these painful decisions." Saarela said TV 7&4 is among several stations owned by Barrington that made staff cuts this week, although she didn't know how many positions were eliminated throughout the company... TV 7&4 staff cuts target 10 (Sat, 1/31)

 

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