Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 7, 2010




WDVD extends Radiothon

Pop WDVD FM 96.3 has extended its Radiothon to benefit the Children's Miracle Network through 7 p.m. today, Friday May 7th. The event kicked off yesterday and is being broadcast live on WDVD from the south tower of Beaumont Hospital in Royal.

The 96.3 WDVD Cares For Kids Radiothon is being hosted by morning drive personalities Blaine and Allyson are working overtime towards building an unprecedented showing of generosity for the children of Southeast Michigan, truy to ensure every child has available to them the care they need.

100% of the donations that are collected will go to Michigan hospitals. Donations can be made by telephone at (866) 963-GIVE or online by Clicking Here.

Visit for more details, and multimedia content from the event.



FOX Sports Detroit to re-air Ernie Harwell Tribute several more times

Ernie Harwell: We'll Remember has been scheduled to air on the cable sports outlet at the following times this weekend:

  • Saturday, May 8 - 4:30 pm (after Tigers-Indians postgame coverage)
  • Sunday, May 9 - 4:00 pm (after Tigers-Indians game)
  • Tuesday, May 11 - 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, May 13 - 6:30 pm

In addition, FOX Sports Detroit will air portions of the tribute that is planned for Harwell prior to the Tigers' game against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on Monday during it's Tigers Live pregame show beginning at 6:30 p.m.



Detroit Free Press:

As a tribute to the late Ernie Harwell, "a long moment of silence" will be observed Saturday afternoon during national broadcasts of baseball games on Fox. Fox Vice President of Communications Dan Bell, in an e-mail to Michael Rosenberg of the Free Press, explained that during the top of the third inning, Fox announcers "will tell the audience that we are doing this, and then just let each respective game play without commentary." Detroit-area viewers will see the Yankees-Red Sox game, while the Braves-Phillies game will be broadcast in certain other markets ... Locally, 97.1-FM (The Ticket) will rebroadcast Harwell's final game, from 2002, at 10 a.m. Saturday... Fox, 97.1 will honor Ernie on Saturday (Fri, 5/7)



Doug Podell steps down from programming responsibilities

Veteran, and extremely successful, rock programmer Doug Podell has made the decision to give up his responsibilities as PD for WCSX as well as Director of Rock Programming for Greater Media/Detroit. "After 30 years of programming some of the best Rock stations in America, I have decided to shift gears and focus on what I truly love -- being on the air," says Detroit native Podell. "After being off the air for a year and recently returning, I realized just how much I missed it and how my contributions are better suited for what's happening today."

Podell will continue to be heard weekdays on 'CSX from 2 - 6 p.m.

Prior to returning to the air on WCSX, he was PD for WRIF from 1994-2008 and also held that title at Cleveland's WNCX.

"Doug's contributions have been vital to the success and image of Rock in Detroit for more than 30 years," said John Gallagher, Greater Media/Detroit Market Manager. "We are very fortunate to have him as a valued member of the WCSX-FM airstaff."



Christian K-Love network expands into Metro Detroit

As had been previously announced, Educational Media Foundation has taken over the operations of the HD2 stream of WMXD FM 92.3 in Detroit and placed its Christian contemporary K-Love format on the digital-only outlet that is owned by Clear Channel. However, those with analog receivers can hear the programming on a series of FM translators licensed around metro Detroit including 105.5 Rochester Hills, 98.3/99.1/102.3 Detroit, and 106.3 Westland.

EMF obtained the rights to WMXD-HD2 via a swap of an FM translator in Minnesota. Prior to airing the K-Love format, WMXD-HD2 was airing a Gospel-based format and EMF's translators were simulcasting the formats of stations like WVMV 98.7 Detroit and WQUS 103.1 Lapeer.



Michigan public radio stations to present gubernatorial candidate forum

Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) is partnering with the League of Conservation Voters and the Detroit Free Press to host a bipartisan Gubernatorial Forum at Central Michigan University on Wednesday, May 12. The forum, in which gubernatorial candidates will discuss key issues facing Michigan's next governor, will be broadcast live on Michigan Radio and other public radio stations around the state, from 7 to 8 p.m.

The forum will focus on three major challenges the next governor must confront- rebuilding the state economy, creating jobs, and safeguarding Michigan's natural resources. The candidates will have an opportunity to address the critical connection between economic and environmental issues and discuss the best public policies for managing these high-stakes areas.

At this time, Republican businessman Rick Snyder and State Senator Tom George along with Democratic Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and State Representative Alma Wheeler Smith (HD-54) have all agreed to participate in this forum.

The moderated, non-partisan forum will be broadcast live from 7-8 p.m. on Michigan Radio and many other public radio stations around the state, and also live-streamed over the internet at The event will be held at CMU's Plachta Auditorium, and it will be free and open to the public on a first-come basis.

The public is invited to submit questions in advance for the candidates, which may be used during the forum. That can be done at:



New call sign for FM 98.7 Detroit

On Monday, top 40 Amp Radio (98.7) dropped the WVMV call sign that was associated with the station's previous smooth jazz format and replaced it with WDZH which obviously stands for.... nothing obvious!







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