NewsOne has obtained Keith Washington's official statement on the controversy surrounding the Internet streaming of a private conversation between Washington and his ailing friend, Aretha Franklin, on a Detroit radio station.
"Aretha Franklin has been a dear friend and colleague for over 20 years. We've toured together, prayed together, and laughed together.
For the past six weeks, I have been hosting Kisses After Dark on Kiss 105.9 in Detroit. In addition to being heard on the radio, a big part of the job is social networking and live video streaming. When I am not talking on the air I am working the phones with listeners and friends. The live video stream is on during my entire radio show.
On November 8, while on a break from the on-air broadcast, I called Aretha Franklin because it had just come to my attention she had to cancel her tour plans for the next six months due to health issues. Since Aretha's been sick, I've been heartsick.
Our conversation was captured on the live video stream as are others but I was not aware her end of the conversation was audible to the microphone.
At no time was our conversation aired or broadcast on the radio -- like many blogs and even reputable news organizations have claimed... Keith Washington Issues Statement On Aretha Controversy [Kiss 105.9 Detroit is owned by NewsOne's parent company, Radio One] (Fri, 12/10)
WDFN shuffles weekday lineup
Sports WDFN AM 1130 is playing musical chairs with its weekday programming, swapping Sean Baligian from morning drive to afternoons and Matt Shepard from afternoons to mornings. When the music stops, it appears that Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp will be without a chair at 'DFN - he'd previously been co-hosting afternoons with Shepard. The changes become effective on December 13th.
45th annual WJR Christmas Sing set for December 11th
The Somerset Collection in Troy will again play host for the WJR Christmas Sing, hosted by morning man Paul W. Smith, Santa, and the WJR Family. The event will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. in the North Grand Court and promises be a morning of fun caroling for the entire family.
Rockin' for the Hungry Food and Fund Drive meets 200 ton goal
After the final food and cash donations were counted Tuesday evening, Rockin' for the Hungry met its goal of 200 tons of food for Food Gatherers, the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County. Hosted by Kroger on South Maple Road and broadcast live by adult alternative WQKL FM 107.1 (ann arbor's 107one), the five day event is the county's largest outdoor food and fund drive to help feed those in need through the winter months.
A generous supply of hot beverages from Kroger and Starbucks helped volunteers and radio personalities from ann arbor's107one brave the frigid temperatures to collect food and financial contributions for Food Gatherers. "We're always excited to provide our time and resources to Food Gatherers at Rockin' for the Hungry.
They're an outstanding non-profit and we're extremely fortunate to have them in our community," commented Chris Ammel, program director for ann arbor's 107one who was onsite "freezin' for a reason" throughout the event broadcast. "This year's Rockin' couldn't have been a success without unwavering support from our listeners and sponsors. On behalf of the entire ann arbor's 107one team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You truly are the best."
CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT MD/afternoon host JESSE ADDY has added APD stripes, ALL ACCESS has confirmed. Station Manager RON HARRELL told staffers in an e-mail that "JESSE has been deeply involved with the development and direction of WDVD over the last five years. He is deserving of this public acknowledgement of his contribution to our product"... Jesse Addy Adds APD Stripes At WDVD (Fri, 12/10)