Metro Detroit: Newsmakers March 29, 2010




Edmonds, DuFord in for mornings at WOMC

It's considered only an interim move for now, but its no surprise that classic hits WOMC FM 104.3 has tapped veteran morning personalities Chris Edmonds and Stacey DuFord to host morning drive as of this morning. An announcement on who will be the permanent hosts is not expected for at least two months.

Edmonds and DuFord are familiar voices to morning audiences, both having been popular members of WNIC 100.3 FM's 'Breakfast Club' morning show over the years and have most recently been hosting a Sunday Brunch program for WOMC.

The station has also announced a two-hour commercial-free block of music that will run from 8:30 - 10:30am weekdays.

Morning drive on WOMC is open for the first time in years with last Friday's retirement of Dick Purtan who stepped away from his mic after 45 years.



WDET gets political; launches editorial collaboration on Right Wing Extremism

WDETWayne State University's public radio outlet WDET-FM 101.9 is launching an effort to report on the rise of Right Wing Extremism along with The Jewish News, The Arab-American News, Latino and The Michigan Chronicle. In a release, WDET general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor reveals that, "The collaboration has been in development since December and was intended to go public in early April, but the events of the last 48 hours have indicated a need to advance the timeline."

"Throughout the last election cycle, the presence of extreme rhetoric, violent imagery and fear-inducing tactics grew. Since the election and inauguration, the continued use of this rhetoric has contributed to an environment that is fostering violence from the extreme right and has resulted in multiple instances of domestic terrorism. With the passage of the health care legislation, the instances of politically-motivated violence are on the rise."

The release continues, "The last year has seen explosive growth of three distinct groups, the Tea Party movement, the Patriot movement, with the militias as their paramilitary arms, and the nativist anti-immigration movement. While these are distinct movements with their own animus, there is a well documented, and rising, level of extreme rhetoric coming from all three groups."

The partnership will present its work during the weeks of March 29 and April 5th and publish original editorials, host interviews and call-in segments on WDET's Craig Fahle Show, encourage related media, both ethnic and mainstream, to host conversations and engage the audience through a variety of social media.

For more, visit



WYCD announces full Hoedown lineup

WYCDCountry superstar Dierks Bentley was the mystery artist that revealed the 2010 lineup for this year's Downtown Hoedown music festival, scheduled for May 14 - 16 at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, on WYCD. The big unveiling happened at 7 a.m. during the Dr. Don morning show.

Some of the featured acts will include Bentley himself, Julianne Hough, Darryl Worley, the Zac Brown Band, Steel Magnolia, and Uncle Kracker. For the complete lineup and show times, visit



Detroit Free Press:

Radio personality Tom Joyner broadcast his morning show today from Renaissance High School in Detroit. Joyner, a Detroit Public Schools alum, was supporting the district's "I'm In" campaign to attract more students to the city's schools. "It's a desperate situation here," Joyner said, referring to the DPS schools that are closing as the enrollment shrinks. He was joined for part of his show by DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, who also talked about enrollment and his drive to attract more students... Tom Joyner takes radio show to Renaissance High (Mon, 3/29)







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