Metro Detroit: Newsmakers March 27, 2010




The Oakland Press:

Fans of radio legend Dick Purtan tuned into WOMC-FM Friday to hear Purtan's final show on the air. Purtan, an Orchard Lake resident, retired after 45 years in the business. Many old friends showed up for his last day, including DJ Tom Ryan, local TV personality Bill Bonds, Purtan's whole family including wife, Gail, and their six daughters, representatives from Specs Howard, Purtan's lawyer Henry Baskin and Amy Andrews, wife of the late Doc Andrews, a long-time member of "Purtan's People." As for the new show format, an interim big-name personality will start Monday. Fans who still want to keep in touch with Purtan can still find him at Dick Purtan signs off after 45 years (Sat, 3/27)



Detroit Free Press:

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, Dick Purtan signed off into retirement, giving his "eternal thanks" while playing his favorite song, "Softly, As I Leave You" by Frank Sinatra. Purtan's final broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) ended a 45-year Detroit broadcasting career that took him to five different AM and FM stations ... No official announcement has been made about Purtan's replacement on WOMC, but earlier in the week, he said he expected an interim host to be on the air Monday. On Friday, Debbie Kenyon, CBS/Detroit vice president and market manager, said an official announcement about the WOMC morning show is about two months away... Purtan signs off a last time (Sat, 3/27)



Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students win 14 state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters

WBFHSeven high school students from Bloomfield Hills School District won 14 state radio broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (M.A.E.B.) at their annual Share-a-thon held March 23, 2010 at the University of Detroit Mercy. Students from both Andover and Lahser operate the District radio station WBFH, also known as "The Biff", from the studios in Andover High School.

The M.A.E.B. is an organization made up of high school and college radio stations and one vocational broadcasting school from around the state. The awards were given to the student's level of performance: Gold Microphone, Silver Microphone, and Bronze Microphone. The following WBFH students won awards at the ceremony:

  • Josh Loney, Andover senior: Production-Gold, Interview-Gold, Air Check-Gold, MAEB Promo-Silver, Newscast/Sportscast-Bronze
  • Chad Shepard, Lahser senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Gold, Production-Silver
  • Ryan Bloom, Andover senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Gold, Production-Bronze, Newscast/Sportscast-Bronze, Talk Show (with Drake Deitch)-Bronze
  • Patrick Garretson, Lahser senior: Production-Gold
  • Alex Scharg, Andover senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Bronze
  • Kevin Furlong, Andover senior: Production-Bronze
  • Drake Deitch, Andover senior: Talk Show (with Ryan Bloom)-Bronze

The keynote speaker was Matt Shepard, co-host of the Shep and Sharp Show which airs from 3-6 p.m. on the sports talk station WDFN 1130 AM in Detroit. Other guest speakers included Marie Osborne of WWJ 950 AM and Curtis Paul of Citadel Broadcasting in Detroit.

The WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Randy Carr and Ron Wittebols were active in the event serving as award judges, award presenters and breakout session moderators.







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