Metro Detroit: Newsmakers March 23, 2010




Detroit News:

As Dick Purtan prepares to turn off the mic at WOMC-FM (104.3) this Friday after a 45-year career in Detroit radio, he is being feted by colleagues and famous guests, past and present. "We have been through nine presidents together," Purtan reminded listeners on Feb. 11, when he announced his retirement. While there won't be any presidential call-ins this week, Bob Seger, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Regis Philbin, Dr. Oz, University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are among the many who will phone in during his last week on the 5 a.m.-9 a.m. morning show. In the past month, Purtan has waxed nostalgic about his career, which included many highlights before he even got to Detroit. He brought the Beatles to Cincinnati in 1964, scraping together the down payment to book them at a local venue. There was the time in Jacksonville, Fla., when Purtan got to interview President John F. Kennedy in the days when radio reporters with microphones could run up to presidents without being tackled by the Secret Service... Dick Purtan's last week on the air is a love-in (Tue, 3/23)



Detroit Free Press:

On Monday morning, Names & Faces hosted a Web chat from the WOMC-FM (104.3) studio as Dick Purtan entered the final week of his 45-year Detroit broadcasting career. The morning provided a couple of revelations. First, Purtan said that CBS Radio, which owns and operates WOMC, hasn't yet hired a full-time replacement for Purtan. Listeners who tune in next week can expect to hear a healthy dose of music while an interim host holds down the station's morning spot. Second, Purtan revealed that "Purtan's People" personalities (Big) Al Muskavito and Jackie Purtan will be contributing regularly to while continuing their careers in comedy writing and broadcasting... Names and Faces (Tue, 3/23)







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