Metro Detroit: Newsmakers August 16, 2010




Detroit News:

Fox Sports Detroit had footage of Sunday's dugout skirmish between Armando Galarraga and Alex Avila, and announcers Mario Impemba and Rod Allen were aware of the altercation. Yet, nothing at all was shown or said about it during the telecast. And that was a mistake, FSD executive producer John Tuohey told The Detroit News on Monday. "Even if there's a circumstance where you're unsure of what an argument or a potential confrontation is about, we can still deal with it," Tuohey said. "It's out there. There's no desire to hide it or make people think it didn't exist. We just, quite frankly, in the moment weren't quite sure what to say about it"... Error: Fox Sports Detroit says it should have shown Tiger scuffle (Mon, 8/16)



Michael Julien exiting WDET

After 27 years of bringing an eclectic blend of music to the airwaves at WDET, Michael "Mikie Dread" Julien is hanging up the microphone for now to pursue other opportunities. Julien joined the station in 1983 as a volunteer with a commitment to bringing roots and culture to the listeners. He has been very successful at enlightening us all to the variety of Caribbean sounds while challenging us to discover music from around the world.

"It's hard to believe that 27 years ago Reggae International, a program that emphasized Reggae and world music hit the airwaves of Detroit via WDET radio. Today after a metamorphosis of sorts, it is known as The Global Mix. The main purpose of the program at the time and still is, was to offer another musical option on radio, to fill a void and expand the musical landscape in the metro Detroit area. The program showcased the correlation between different types of world music. I personally believe that music has no borders.

"Over all those cold and snowy, hot and humid nights and days, the music hasn't missed a beat and because of this it makes it difficult to end The Global Mix broadcast. I often mentioned on the program, WDET was one of my favorite places to be. As I move forward to pursue new endeavors and opportunities, my sincere thanks to all who have supported me and the program, it truly is appreciated. One Love, Peace & Respect."

Julien's last show before he heads to Maryland to pursue new opportunities will air on August 29th.



Ontario Hockey League's Plymouth Whalers extend agreement with WSDP 88.1 Plymouth/Canton

After a trial run in 2009-10, the OHL's Plymouth Whalers will return to 88.1FM WSDP "The Escape" as its radio home for the upcoming season. "The Escape" - a state-award winning radio station located at the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park - will begin covering the Whalers this year with a special broadcast during Plymouth's first preseason game against Windsor on Sat. Sept. 4 at 7pm during "The Clash at the Coliseum" in Chelsea, MI. 88.1FM WSDP will resume its broadcast schedule during the Whalers' season opener on Thurs. Sept. 23 in Windsor.

Pete Krupsky remains Whalers play-by-play voice with Sean Baligian providing analysis of home broadcasts. 88.1FM will carry the bulk of the Whalers games this season with a minimum of preemptions. All Plymouth regular season and playoff games will be streamed online at

In addition, the Whalers will continue to team up with Schoolcraft College Sports Network for television broadcasts and will partner with (formerly as the team's internet streaming provider.

The Schoolcraft College Sports Network utilizes students from Schoolcraft and Madonna University to work the Whalers television broadcasts and provides hands-on experience on the broadcasts for Plymouth-Canton students interested in learning about the media business. In addition, the Whalers will offer assistance to students interested in finding out about marketing, broadcasting and public relations.

"WSDP is excited to partner with the Plymouth Whalers and Schoolcraft College," said Bill Keith, WSDP Station Manager. "This partnership makes so much sense because it puts our local hockey team on Plymouth and Canton's radio station. We look forward to being the radio home for the Whalers as they make a long run into the playoffs."

"The Whalers and Schoolcraft have a lot in common. We both draw people from a wide range of communities in the region," said Marty Heator, the Director of Marketing at Schoolcraft College. "We both appeal to people of all ages -- the Whalers offer a family-friendly experience, and we have programs for school-age children, college students and mature adults. And we both offer exceptional value for the dollar."

"It's been great to have WSDP as a partner because the station reaches a geographic area that is important to us and the mission of the station, as an educational and creative outlet for students, is something that we can get behind."

The Whalers originally teamed up with The Schoolcraft College Sports Network in 2004-05, partnered with the following year and moved to 88.1FM WSDP for radio broadcasts last season.







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