Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 22, 2010




Detroit's Downtown Hoedown sets 2010 dates

The 28th annual Downtown Hoedown has been set for May 14th - 16th and will once again be sponsored by country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit. The artist lineup will be revealed starting on March 12th. For details on what's been billed as the USA's largest free country music festival, visit



Crain's Detroit Business:

When yawning and bleary-eyed metro Detroiters begin their day on March 29, absent from their car radios for the first time in 45 years will be the voice of Dick Purtan. Known for his humor, charity work and trademark mustache, Purtan announced on Feb. 11 that he's retiring next month from oldies station WOMC-FM 104.3, ending a career that began more than 50 years ago. That includes on-air stints at different Detroit stations since 1965. Widely considered a pioneer of the modern morning radio format of comedy bits, chatter and music, and the recipient of nearly every imaginable award in the business, Purtan exits the industry at a time of immense change. Some of that change has been pressure from radio station managers and owners to talk and laugh less on air, and play more music instead... Dick Purtan leaves a changing industry (Sun, 2/21)







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