Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 22, 2010




A couple of cardboard boxes. Some framed jazz prints. Pictures of his family. That's about all Art Timko, station manager and executive director at WEMU (89.1-FM), had left to carry out of his office in Eastern Michigan University's King Hall recently as he prepared to close a 42-year career in broadcasting. Remarkably, that entire career has been spent at Eastern's public radio station.

"I feel pretty good. I'm ready," Timko, who announced his retirement last fall, said during a mid-December interview. "I think, like with most people, once a person decides they want to do something they want to get to it. ... I am sure there are people around the university are saying to themselves 'Isn't he gone yet?' But I'm looking forward to it."

Molly Motherwell, the station's general manager / marketing and development director, will serve as interim executive director while a search for Timko's replacement is conducted. Timko, 64, started at WEMU as a student in January 1968, stayed through August of that year, went into the military and served in Vietnam. He came back in the fall of 1970 for graduate school, finished that in a year, and started working at the station again... Art Timko wraps up long WEMU career with fond memories - and concerns (Wed, 12/22)



8th WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW planned

CBS Radio Detroit and The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) have announced that the Eighth Annual WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW has been scheduled for January 28-29, 2011. WWJ Newsradio 950 will broadcast live beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28 and ending at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29 from the Detroit Science Center to help raise much-needed funds for THAW. Volunteers from local businesses, schools and community organizations will man the phones and local government, business, sports and community leaders will drop in to encourage donors to support THAW's work in local communities.

Each year since 2004, the Winter Survival Radiothon has been one of THAW's primary sources of community support, enabling THAW to provide emergency assistance to Southeastern Michigan households facing a home energy crisis. This year's donation goal is $600,000, which would provide assistance to hundreds of Metro Detroit families during difficult times.

In addition to traditional called-in donations, the Winter Survival Radiothon has become the center of a number of related initiatives and campaigns that work with schools, businesses and service organizations to support THAW and take its "Safe and Warm" message out into the community.

DTE Energy is the Presenting Sponsor of the Winter Survival Radiothon, and as in past years will be matching donations made during the Radiothon on a 1:1 or greater basis.

"The WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW is a tremendous partnership between THAW, CBS Radio Detroit, DTE Energy and all of the other sponsors and supporters who come together to support THAW's mission during the depths of a cold Michigan winter," said THAW CEO Susan Sherer. "Literally hundreds of homes in Metro Detroit will stay safe and warm thanks to the support of our community during the Winter Survival Radiothon."

More than a thousand times, Fred Foy stepped close to the microphone in a studio at WXYZ radio in Detroit. With the "William Tell Overture" playing in the background, he spoke words that resonated for generations. "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty, 'Hi! Yo! Silver!' The Lone Ranger!" He never tired of those lines, which was just as well. Everyone from Dick Cavett, for whose TV show Mr. Foy was the announcer, to people he encountered on every errand wanted to hear his memorable voice speak those famous words. Mr. Foy, who moved to Massachusetts in the late 1980s to be closer to his first grandchild, died in his sleep this morning in his Woburn home. He was 89... Fred Foy, 'Lone Ranger' announcer, dies at 89 (Wed, 12/22)

Channel 7 is revamping their website's commenting policy and requiring all users to connect their comments to their Facebook accounts. The new policy effectively eliminates anonymous commenting... Channel 7 institutes Facebook-linked comments policy on their website; Will it really improve the conversation? (Tue, 12/21)


WDIV morning traffic reporter Heather Zara announced today she is leaving the station to pursue other opportunities. Zara, whose last day on air at Local 4 is Wednesday, is also a sports reporter for the station and covers sports for and is a game-day host for the Detroit Lions... Heather Zara announces departure from WDIV, will continue with (Tue, 12/21)







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