Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 26, 2010




Chris Edmonds joins WMGC-FM for afternoon drive

Ryan Seacrest is out and local is in at soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 starting on Tuesday June 1st as Chris Edmonds signs on for afternoon drive (3 - 7pm). Edmonds was most recently heard at classic hits WOMC-FM hosting mornings on an interim basis following the retirement of Dick Purtan and hosting co-hosting a Sunday brunch show. Prior to the work at 'OMC, he was hosting mornings at soft rock WNIC-FM.

WOMC announced and launched a new morning program this past week.

The question comes up occasionally, lending credence to Dan Dickerson's call-it-like-I-see it approach. The guy has been the radio voice of the Detroit Tigers for only seven years, but people approach the mild-mannered Dickerson and ask when he'll deliver something he can truly call his own. Something that will stick to Dickerson the way phrases did to his predecessor, the late Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Even after Dickerson became the Tigers' lead broadcaster in 2003, he resisted the urge to describe regular occurrences the way Harwell did by mentioning houses on the side of the road or pegging a hometown on fans who snared foul balls. "I just thought when you force it, it sounds forced," Dickerson says.It took Harwell -- who died May 4 at age 92 -- some 40 years to come up with his familiar "loooonnnngggg goonnnne" home run call that became part of Michigan's summer soundtrack. Dickerson chooses to keep things simple, occasionally peppering his broadcasts with his subtle, nuanced stylings rather than a forced shtick... Ernie Harwell inspires Dan Dickerson (Tue, 5/25)



Rob Davidek named as program director for WWJ AM

All-news WWJ AM 950 Detroit has promoted Rob Davidek to program director, a role he adds to his current responsibilities of news director. Davidek, who has been with WWJ in various roles since 1993, takes the spot vacated earlier this year by Georgeann Herbert.

Davidek commented, "It's an honor and privilege to be named PD for a heritage station like WWJ. I'm excited about what the future holds for not only Michigan, but also Michigan's only all-News radio station. We have a great staff, and I look forward to meeting the needs of the community as we begin our next 90 years of broadcasting."







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