Detroit Free Press:
Today, the WCSX-FM (94.7) morning talk show "Deminski & Doyle" signed off after a year with the classic rock station. Morning commuters heard hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle run through some of their favorite segments over the last year before announcing on air -- before the 9 a.m. hour -- that this would be their last day. The cohosts told their listeners the split was amicable and encouraged fans to continue supporting and listening to WCSX. John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media, the company that oversees Detroit stations WCSX, WRIF-FM (101.1) and WMGC-FM (105.1), confirmed the dismissals... Deminski and Doyle out at WCSX-FM (Mon, 1/4)
Almost exactly a year after debuting a "Deminski & Doyle" morning show, Greater Media, owners of classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), has pulled the plug on the duo and will put veteran afternoon jock Ken Calvert in the morning slot. The change will take effect Jan. 11. "They were on the air for a year, but we just never saw the ratings get to where we'd originally thought we would," said John Gallagher, Greater Media Detroit market manager. The duo's contract was for more than a year, "but there were different opportunities to come up with an amicable agreement to go our separate ways," Gallagher added. .. WCSX drops 'Deminski & Doyle' (Mon, 1/4)
Jay Towers has left "The Ticket" 97.1 FM's morning show "for a new adventure," although he isn't saying yet if that means a much-rumored jump to Clear Channel Detroit's 95.5-FM (WKQI). Towers posted on his Facebook page on Saturday that he'd left the station of his own volition, "after an amazing two years." He told The News that his new plans will be revealed shortly... Jay Towers exits 'Ticket' morning show (Mon, 1/4)
Crain's Detroit Business:
Almost a year to the day after returning to Detroit morning drive-time radio, Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle are gone from WCSX-FM 94.7, the station said in a press release this morning. They are being replaced local radio veteran Ken Calvert on Jan. 11. Station operations manager Doug Podell will fill Calvert's afternoon slot. The decision to end the show hinged on audience preference, said John Gallagher, market manager for station owner Greater Media Inc. "It's the audience telling us they want music in the morning," he said. Gallagher declined to offer details of the separation, including if there was a buyout... D&D out at WCSX; Ken Calvert named new morning host (Mon, 1/4)
WDET Launches 'STAR' Program to Support Arts and Culture in Detroit
WDET 101.9 FM has launched a new arts and culture initiative called the "STAR" program, an acronym for Support The Arts, to provide support to nonprofit cultural organizations in Southeast Michigan. Specifically, WDET's STAR program will spotlight, through free on-air promotion and announcements, two organizations each month that promote and nurture the artistic landscape of metro Detroit.
All nonprofit arts organizations can apply, but WDET will reserve opportunities for organizations with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less. According to WDET General Manager J. Mikel Ellcessor, modest budgets typically prohibit small arts and cultural organizations from devoting substantial resources to marketing or public relations.
"Small arts-oriented nonprofits often rely solely on word-of-mouth to get their name out, depend on a dedicated repeat audience to fill seats at events, and find themselves continually operating at the margin in spite of the fact that the region's cultural community is highly diverse, very energized and of extraordinary quality," Ellcessor said.
He emphasized that these limitations, which are exacerbated by the inherent challenges in fundraising for the arts, make WDET's STAR program invaluable in helping cultural organizations reach a wider audience than otherwise would be possible.
Participating organizations will be selected by WDET staff from applications received online at www.wdet.org. WDET will work with the arts organization selected to craft on-air messages using 30-second spots, as well as longer, produced sonic pieces -- which use sound to help tell a story -- and a possible interview on WDET's Craig Fahle Show.
"WDET embraces its responsibility to encourage the knowledge and growth of metro Detroit's arts and cultural scene," Ellcessor added. "We want to make it easier for arts lovers and arts organizations to find each other."