Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2010




Ann Arbor's 107one announces release of 3rd 'Live From Studio A2' CD

Live From Studio A2, Volume Three, the newest compilation album and latest installment of live, locally recorded performances by top national touring artists, will be released this week by adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, known as 'ann arbor's 107one'. Sixteen songs have been handpicked from the best acts visiting the market over the past year and carefully re-mastered to showcase the range of major talent that Ann Arbor is known for attracting. Live From Studio A2, Volume Three, like its best-selling predecessors, boasts an impressive lineup of emerging and chart-topping acts.

The CD will be available for the holidays at the Michigan Theater Guest Services desk and at Borders stores throughout the market including: Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton and Novi with the introductory price of $12.99. The three Ann Arbor Borders locations are in downtown Ann Arbor on Liberty Street, Arborland on Washtenaw Avenue and Water's Place on Lohr Road.

The project is made possible by the generous support of Bank of Ann Arbor and Douglas J Exchange. Net proceeds from sales of the disc will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. The Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's not-for-profit center for film and the performing arts. Built in 1928, the Michigan Theater was named the Outstanding Historic Theater in North America in 2006. It is located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

With stand-out tracks from artists you've loved for years like Natalie Merchant, John Gorka and Ani DiFranco, as well as artists on the rise like The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Amos Lee and Mat Kearney, Live From Studio A2, Volume Three shows what makes Ann Arbor truly special with its eclectic mix of talent and artistry.



WYCD St. Jude Radiothon set for Thursday and Friday

On Thursday December 9th & Friday December 10th, country WYCD FM 99.5 will be conducting their annual 'WYCD Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon' to help the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the past 10 years, generous listeners of WYCD have donated $5.5 million to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the annual event.

The on-air event will run from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. both days. Visit for more information.

"WYCD is proud to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is our eleventh year working with St. Jude and we have seen the progress they've made over the years in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other serious illnesses," said Debbie Kenyon, vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "Thanks to our generous listeners, WYCD has been able to contribute millions of dollars toward research and the caring of children that need St. Jude's help."

She added: "We have heard over and over from families right here in the Detroit area that have benefited from the work St. Jude does. No family is ever turned away, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay."

It costs $1.5 million to keep the hospital running each day; most of that money comes from private donations. Stacy Ziarko, senior event marketing representative for St. Jude, said the WYCD radiothon was one of the hospital's largest fundraisers. The hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, conducts important research, which is then passed on freely to members of the scientific and medical community.

"We say that when a child's life is saved at St. Jude, it is like a thousand children saved around the world," explained Ziarko.

In fact, when the hospital opened in 1962, survival rates for childhood cancer were less than 20 percent; today the figure is 80 percent, partly due to treatments developed at St. Jude.

Rachel Herr, of Commerce Township, credits St. Jude with saving her son's life. When her son Kevin was seven years old, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain cancer in children. Treatment was available locally but with a high chance of recurrence.

"I needed to look into other options because if there was a recurrence, it could be a death sentence. But our health insurance wouldn't cover anything out of network," explains Herr.

St. Jude picked up the tab for Kevin's course of treatment: 30 radiation treatments and four in-patient rounds of high-dose chemotherapy.

Kevin is now 10 years old and is in the fifth grade. "His teacher told me he is up to grade level in everything," said Herr. "St. Jude Hospital is saving our children and fundraising like the WYCD radiothon is essential for the hospital to operate as it does."

Last year alone, 99.5 WYCD raised $290,000, which helped pay for 6,604 platelet counts; 1,060 spinal taps; 668 days of oxygen; 378 days of chemotherapy for a leukemia patient; 118 days of outpatient treatment; 58 CT scans and 7.9 above-the-knee prostheses.

"I can think of no more worthy cause than eliminating cancer in children," said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. "The work that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital does is not only supported by WYCD and all of our country fans, but by the entire country music community, including great artists like Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and many more."

To make a donation to the WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon, call 800-374-4995 or go to



CKWW to mark 30th Anniversary of John Lennon's death with "Lennon Remembered"

On the 30th anniversary of his death, AM 580 CKWW will look back at the life and music of John Lennon with a 3-hour radio special. AM 580 pays tribute to one of the most influential singer-songwriters in music history with "Lennon Remembered" airing Wednesday, December 8th from 7 to 10 PM. From life as a Beatle to his later solo work, this show captures the music from the voice of a generation. "Lennon Remembered" was produced by CHUM Radio and hosted by veteran broadcaster Gord James.

AM 580 will also spotlight John Lennon's music throughout the day.







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