Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 12, 2010




Purtan retirement announcement gets lots of coverage

The Detroit media is not hesitating to provide coverage to yesterday's announcement that Dick Purtan has decided to retire from the daily radio grind next month. Some of the updated stories are below:


Detroit News:

Detroit radio icon Dick Purtan announced on his morning show Thursday that he's signing off after a long run as host of one of Detroit's top morning shows. His last "Purtan's People" radio program will be March 26. Purtan told his WOMC-FM (104.3) listeners that he and wife, Gail, decided over the two-week Christmas holiday that it was the right time to retire, almost 45 years after he came to Detroit to take the late-night shift at the hot pop music station WKNR-AM (1300) in May 1965... Dick Purtan: Time to retire after four decades on Detroit radio (Fri, 2/12)


Detroit Free Press:

After 45 years on the Motor City airwaves, it's the end of an era for Dick Purtan, known for his distinguished voice, signature moustache and warm-hearted humor. After 14 years on WOMC-FM (104.3) -- and almost 50 years since his Detroit market debut at WKNR-AM -- the legendary broadcaster said Thursday he'll step away from his morning-talk mic on March 26... After 45 years on Detroit airwaves, beloved radio host Dick Purtan will retire in March (Fri, 2/12)


The Oakland Press:

Dick Purtan's fans reacted quickly Thursday to the news he had decided to retire March 26 after 45 years in radio. "I'm holding several hundred messages here in my hands," said Purtan, one of the giants of Metro Detroit morning radio and host of the Oldies 104.3 WOMC Morning Show with Purtan's People... Radio legend Dick Purtan will retire (Fri, 2/12)


WXYZ-TV Ch. 7:

With Videos: Longtime Detroit radio personality Dick Purtan has announced he is retiring from the airwaves, effective March 26. Purtan told his listeners on his WOMC-FM radio program Thursday morning... Radio Legend Dick Purtan to Retire (Thu, 2/11)


WDIV-TV Ch. 4: has several videos available... Search (Thu, 2/11)


WJBK-TV Ch. 2:

With Video: A Detroit broadcasting legend is calling it a career after almost a half-century of making us laugh. Dick Purtan has been a fixture on the radio dial for 45 years. His last day on WOMC is March 26... Dick Purtan Says He's Retiring in March (Thu, 2/11)


Also, please check out Art Vuolo's latest column here on

Dick Purtan hangs up the headphones



NBA's Detroit Pistons set to host 3rd Pistons Care Telethon

The Detroit Pistons plan to continue their tradition of giving back to their community by hosting a day-long telethon on TV, radio, and at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 2nd. The press release:

The Detroit Pistons have announced that the 2010 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting Food Bank Council of Michigan will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 2. The team is devoting the entire day leading up to the Pistons' game against the Boston Celtics, including their in-arena presentation and game broadcasts, to raise money for FBCM. The telethon begins at 6 a.m. with live radio and television broadcasts at The Palace and runs throughout the day, culminating with Pistons-Celtics game at 7:30 p.m., broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket.

As Michigan families struggle to weather the state's troubled economy, the demand on community food banks is higher than ever. This year's telethon benefiting FBCM will dedicate all proceeds to feed Michigan residents in critical need throughout the state. The FBCM also supports Michigan farmers by working with them to provide fresh produce to those in need. The team and entire Palace Sports & Entertainment organization is asking for the support of the Pistons community.

"The Food Bank Council of Michigan has the ability to stretch minimal donations into maximum efforts," said PS&E President and CEO Tom Wilson. "Just $10 feeds a family for a week; $100 provides a student a backpack that can be refilled throughout the school year and $200 feeds a senior for an entire year. We have the opportunity this year to do something great for our friends and neighbors right here in Michigan."

Donations can be made immediately by clicking here. Online donations will be accepted until March 2. Donors interested in participating on the day of the telethon will be provided a toll free number to call throughout the day. To learn about other fund-raising programs that allow individuals, businesses, schools or churches to get involved, please call the Pistons community relations department at 248-377-0100.

The FBCM provides statewide leadership to food banks in their efforts to alleviate hunger through the distribution of surplus food to those in need. FBCM gathers food and funds to help stock Michigan's food banks. The food is then distributed throughout the statewide food bank network. Millions of pounds of this food are surplus vegetables, fruits and other grocery items that, for one reason or another, cannot be sold. For more information, please visit

"It is always heartwarming to see a community come together to help one another," said Jane Marshall, executive director of the FBCM. "Michigan food banks are stretched beyond the limit and cannot keep food on their shelves to keep up with the increased demand. The financial disaster of Michigan is taking a toll on Michigan families, so we hope those who can donate help in some way."

In 2008, the Pistons became the first professional sports team in Detroit and in the NBA to present an entire home game as a charitable fundraiser. The 2009 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting Feed The Children raised more than $450,000 in pledges and helped to provide food and personal care items to 25,000 families across Michigan.







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