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The rumor mill has been cranked up to 'high' over the past week or so with information coming out that Jay Towers has exited as morning co-host at WXYT-FM 97.1 - info that Towers himself confirmed this morning during Fox 2's morning news program. Apparently he's been hired by the Clear Channel cluster locally - but the exact station he'll be heard on will remain a mystery for now.

Logical speculation is that he'll either land at WNIC 100.3, which might be planning to attempt to steal listeners from the recently popular WDVD 96.3, or at WDTW-FM 106.7, which last fall changed formats to rhythmic adult contemporary from country, and has yet to offer a full lineup of personalities.

Of course, speculation of a Towers landing at WNIC opens up a set of new questions - what happens to current morning host Kevin O'Neill for example ... and would the station change it's music to become more like WDVD?

Of course, there's also the possibility that there's something completely different brewing - could Dom Theodore have lured Channel 95-5's morning crew over to CBS Radio's new contemporary hits Amp Radio 98.7 and Clear Channel has hired Towers to backfill that position? Theodore worked with 'Mojo in the Morning' during his tenure at Clear Channel/Detroit before moving to CBS Radio.

Back at 97.1, Towers exit opens the door for changes there too -- will current co-host Bill McAllister remain and take on more responsibility along with Sara Foreacre and Tony Ortiz? Will newly the recently hired Mike Stone be tapped for mornings... or will the station decide to completely revamp its lineup? Right now there are many more questions than answers - but hopefully more information will be available after everyone resumes work tomorrow.

Once those morning dominoes fall into place... you can bet there will be more to fall. For instance, there still are many that question classic rock 94.7 WCSX's choice of bringing in Deminski and Doyle for morning drive - then proceeding to completely change the show's presentation. Are either D&D or WCSX happy with the current arrangement... and how long will it last?

One thing is certain - morning radio in Detroit will not start the same way in 2010 as it finished 2009.

Mike Austerman


It's not exactly shocking, but yet still somewhat surprising, that Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 will have a new morning program as former hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle announced that today's edition of their show will be the last one on 'CSX. The duo commented that the station will be refocusing on music in the mornings starting tomorrow.

WCSX later in the day announced that Ken Calvert would be moving to morning drive starting January 11th with Doug Podell returning on-air to fill Calvert's on-air afternoon slot.

"Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle are very talented talk hosts, and we appreciate their contributions to the station," said Podell in a release.

What's interesting is about the announcement is the opportunity for D&D to host what amounted to a farewell show - which is either a classy move by Greater Media / Detroit or a sign that the show might have a future at another of the company's radio stations either locally or in a market such as Boston or Philadelphia.

Deminski and Doyle lasted one year at WCSX. For most regular listeners of both the classic rock format and the Deminski and Doyle program on its former home in afternoon drive on WKRK-FM 97.1, it became apparent early on that neither was perfectly suited for each other and despite adjustments, ratings were mosttly disappointing.

Also this morning, Mike Stone is co-hosting the drive-time show at sports WXYT-FM 97.1 but no announcement has been made if the arrangement is permanent. Jay Towers is no longer with the station - his future radio plans also have not been revealed but they will involve Clear Channel.

Mike Austerman


Detroit Free Press:

Today, the WCSX-FM (94.7) morning talk show "Deminski & Doyle" signed off after a year with the classic rock station. Morning commuters heard hosts Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle run through some of their favorite segments over the last year before announcing on air -- before the 9 a.m. hour -- that this would be their last day. The cohosts told their listeners the split was amicable and encouraged fans to continue supporting and listening to WCSX. John Gallagher, market manager of Greater Media, the company that oversees Detroit stations WCSX, WRIF-FM (101.1) and WMGC-FM (105.1), confirmed the dismissals... Deminski and Doyle out at WCSX-FM (Mon, 1/4)



Detroit News:

Almost exactly a year after debuting a "Deminski & Doyle" morning show, Greater Media, owners of classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), has pulled the plug on the duo and will put veteran afternoon jock Ken Calvert in the morning slot. The change will take effect Jan. 11. "They were on the air for a year, but we just never saw the ratings get to where we'd originally thought we would," said John Gallagher, Greater Media Detroit market manager. The duo's contract was for more than a year, "but there were different opportunities to come up with an amicable agreement to go our separate ways," Gallagher added. .. WCSX drops 'Deminski & Doyle' (Mon, 1/4)


Jay Towers has left "The Ticket" 97.1 FM's morning show "for a new adventure," although he isn't saying yet if that means a much-rumored jump to Clear Channel Detroit's 95.5-FM (WKQI). Towers posted on his Facebook page on Saturday that he'd left the station of his own volition, "after an amazing two years." He told The News that his new plans will be revealed shortly... Jay Towers exits 'Ticket' morning show (Mon, 1/4)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Almost a year to the day after returning to Detroit morning drive-time radio, Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle are gone from WCSX-FM 94.7, the station said in a press release this morning. They are being replaced local radio veteran Ken Calvert on Jan. 11. Station operations manager Doug Podell will fill Calvert's afternoon slot. The decision to end the show hinged on audience preference, said John Gallagher, market manager for station owner Greater Media Inc. "It's the audience telling us they want music in the morning," he said. Gallagher declined to offer details of the separation, including if there was a buyout... D&D out at WCSX; Ken Calvert named new morning host (Mon, 1/4)



WDET Launches 'STAR' Program to Support Arts and Culture in Detroit

WDET 101.9 FM has launched a new arts and culture initiative called the "STAR" program, an acronym for Support The Arts, to provide support to nonprofit cultural organizations in Southeast Michigan. Specifically, WDET's STAR program will spotlight, through free on-air promotion and announcements, two organizations each month that promote and nurture the artistic landscape of metro Detroit.

All nonprofit arts organizations can apply, but WDET will reserve opportunities for organizations with annual operating budgets of $500,000 or less. According to WDET General Manager J. Mikel Ellcessor, modest budgets typically prohibit small arts and cultural organizations from devoting substantial resources to marketing or public relations.

"Small arts-oriented nonprofits often rely solely on word-of-mouth to get their name out, depend on a dedicated repeat audience to fill seats at events, and find themselves continually operating at the margin in spite of the fact that the region's cultural community is highly diverse, very energized and of extraordinary quality," Ellcessor said.

He emphasized that these limitations, which are exacerbated by the inherent challenges in fundraising for the arts, make WDET's STAR program invaluable in helping cultural organizations reach a wider audience than otherwise would be possible.

Participating organizations will be selected by WDET staff from applications received online at www.wdet.org. WDET will work with the arts organization selected to craft on-air messages using 30-second spots, as well as longer, produced sonic pieces -- which use sound to help tell a story -- and a possible interview on WDET's Craig Fahle Show.

"WDET embraces its responsibility to encourage the knowledge and growth of metro Detroit's arts and cultural scene," Ellcessor added. "We want to make it easier for arts lovers and arts organizations to find each other."



Tom Poleman, Senior Vice President of Programming for Clear Channel Radio, today announced the appointment of Jay Towers as Programming/Talent Consultant for the company. Towers will monitor and work with morning show talent by developing and refining morning show systems and talent coaching tools. He will report directly to Poleman. "We are thrilled to have Jay on board as we further develop our incredible morning show programming, making great radio even better. Jay's background and abilities are a perfect fit for us and we can't wait to see what he'll accomplish working along with our talented on-air personalities and program directors," said Poleman... Clear Channel Appoints Jay Towers Programming/Talent Consultant (Tue, 1/5)



Detroit News:

The confetti from New Year's Eve was barely swept up when Detroit radio executives started making changes in their morning shows. Almost exactly a year after debuting a "Deminski & Doyle" morning show, Greater Media, owners of classic rock WCSX-FM (94.7), pulled the plug on the duo and will put veteran afternoon jock Ken Calvert in the morning slot. The changes will take effect Monday... Deminski, Doyle out as Metro Detroit radio stations shuffle DJs (Tue, 1/5)



Detroit Free Press:

WCSX-FM (94.7) morning talk show "Deminski & Doyle" signed off for good Monday after a year on the classic rock station. Morning commuters heard the hosts, Jeff Deminski and Bill Doyle, run through some of their favorite segments over the last year before announcing on air that this would be their last day... 'Deminski & Doyle' off 'CSX (Tue, 1/5)


AFTRA Detroit hosting a night with local sportscasters

AFTRA Detroit (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) is hosting an evening with some of the best known sports broadcasters in Southeast Michigan. They will share their stories and valuable tips on becoming a "player" in the competitive world of sports broadcasting.

Scheduled to appear are Ken Kal (Red Wings play-by-play), Mario Impemba (Tigers TV play-by-play), Jim Brandstatter (color commentator for the Lions and Michigan football), and Tony Ortiz (Detroit Lions reporter and WXYT-FM/WWJ personality).

The event will take place on Monday, January 25th , 2010 starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Vangard Building, 23800 West Ten Mile Road, Suite 228 in Southfield, MI.

Cost is $5.00 for ANY union members (not just AFTRA) and students; $10 for those not in a union.

Seating is limited and these sportscasters have DECADES of experience between them - a great evening and a great crowd is expected so an RSVP is required: call (248) 228-3171.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 7, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

The WKQI-FM (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" radio team is going to protest the protestors outside Friday's arraignment of the accused underpants bomber. "If the whole world is going to be looking at Detroit we thought let's protest, too, but we have to make it the most nonsensical protest ever," co-host Spike told the Free Press this afternoon. The morning team will meet at 1 p.m. Friday in front of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse for this special edition of Spike's "Protest" Street Scam, a regular prank bit he does on the air. Spike said he, Mojo and Shannon Murphy will carry signs like "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter," "Free Tiger Woods" and "Obama: Bring back 'Jon and Kate Plus 8.'" They're encouraging listeners to join them with posters of their own... Prank protest planned Friday by 'Mojo' radio team (Thu, 1/7)



CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WVMV (98.7 AMP)/DETROIT has named BUCK HEAD as its new afternoon-drive host. He starts on MONDAY, JANUARY 11th. BUCK HEAD's first on-air gig was 12 years ago at WFLZ/TAMPA. After stints in LAS VEGAS and KYSR/LOS ANGELES, where he did nights, BUCK HEAD came to DETROIT to host evenings for the launch of WKQI (CHANNEL 955). He next did mornings at KKRZ (Z100)/PORTLAND and WBZQ (B94)/PITTSBURGH. "BUCK is simply one of the best in the business," VP/Top 40 Programming and 98.7 AMP PD DOM THEODORE said. "There are very few Top 40 personalities in his league. His outrageous and unpredictable style, combined with his online expertise, and previous track record of ratings success in Detroit made him the obvious choice for PM Drive, and I'm thrilled to team back up with him at 98.7 AMP"... Buck Head Amps It Up In Detroit (Fri, 1/8)



WDIV gearing up for 2010 North American International Auto Show coverage

WDIV TV Detroit, Local 4, is again the official home of the 2010 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). The most complete NAIAS coverage anywhere includes Auto Show Sneak Peek, a Local 4 primetime preview special, live Local 4 News broadcasts from the exhibit floor, live webcasts of the exciting new car reveals, daily newscast features throughout the media preview week and the public show, and 4 From The Floor: The 2010 NAIAS Charity Preview, a 2-hour live Local 4 primetime special from the Charity Preview event.

Starting with the hour-long primetime preview special on Friday, January 8 at 10 p.m., Auto Show Sneak Peek takes viewers behind the scenes at Cobo Center for an inside look at the hottest new cars you'll be driving now and in the future and the latest technology and gadgets to improve your ride. Hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Guy Gordon and with special reports from Rhonda Walker and Rod Meloni, Auto Show Sneak Peek introduces you to top auto executives, including Susan Docherty, General Motors Western Region Manager, who has been regarded as the most powerful woman in the industry. Viewers will also have the chance to challenge their knowledge of car trivia when they play along with "Auto Jeopardy!" hosted by Alex Trebek.

On Monday, January 11 starting at 5 a.m., Local 4's "Car Guy", Guy Gordon, will have live reports from Cobo Center on Local 4 News Morning. Throughout the day as the "Car and Truck of the Year" winners are announced and exciting vehicle unveilings begin, Local 4 will bring viewers compelling live streaming video coverage on ClickOnDetroit.com. Also Monday, Local 4 News at 5pm and Local 4 News at 6pm will broadcast live from the exhibit floor, anchored on-site by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica and Bernie Smilovitz, highlighting the most talked about new vehicles and award winners with special reports from our automotive specialists Guy Gordon and Rod Meloni.

During the NAIAS media preview days (January 11-12), Local 4 will feature special segments each day on Local 4 News Morning, Local 4: First At 4pm, Local 4 News at 5pm, 6pm and the #1 late news in southeast Michigan, Local 4 News at 11pm. In addition, Monday through Friday January 11-15 Local 4 will broadcast a half-hour live webcast from the Auto Show daily at 12:30 p.m. only on ClickOnDetroit.com.

Then, it's one of Metro-Detroit's most anticipated nights, and the biggest black tie extravaganza in town. Friday, January 15 starting at 7 p.m., only Local 4 will take viewers inside the 2010 NAIAS Charity Preview party with a live 2-hour primetime special on a night when a backdrop of beautiful cars sets the scene to raise significant donations for local children's charities. 4 From The Floor: The 2010 NAIAS Charity Preview is hosted by Local 4's Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Guy Gordon, Rhonda Walker, Chuck Gaidica, Rod Meloni and Heather Zara and will feature special appearances by stars of NBC's popular daytime drama Days Of Our Lives, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Shawn Christian (Daniel), as well as Ross Matthews of The Jay Leno Show.

4 From The Floor: The 2010 NAIAS Charity Preview also includes interviews with top auto industry executives, a look at some of this year's most impressive vehicles, and the ultimate buyer's guide to purchasing a new car in these tough economic times with a review of models and features to suit a wide range of driving needs.

In addition to NAIAS coverage on Local 4, the latest daily updates and exclusive stories from the show can be found in a special section on the station's website, ClickOnDetroit.com. The ClickOnDetroit Official Auto Show Guide will be filled with hundreds of photos of impressive vehicles on display, video highlights of the amazing reveals and important information for attending the show with maps of the exhibit floor, parking guides and live weather and traffic to plan your trip downtown.



CBS RADIO Top 40/Mainstream WVMV (98.7 AMP)/DETROIT has tapped morning dessert THE PUDDIN PLAYHOUSE as its new morning driver, coming in from CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WSNX/GRAND RAPIDS, (NET NEWS 1/5). PUDDIN starts today (1/11), as does BUCK HEAD (NET NEWS 1/8) for afternoons... Puddin Show Debuts In Mornings At 98.7 AMP Radio (Mon, 1/11)



Detroit has had a front-row seat to the recession, suffering 17 percent unemployment in a state with the highest unemployment rate. Among the top 25 Nielsen markets, Detroit had the steepest drop in TV households at 1.9 percent. Still coping with the aftereffects, the city has laid the groundwork to transition from a market dependent primarily on the auto business to a more diverse economy. Attracting a number of businesses that can harness unemployed autoworkers and engineers, Detroit is working to attract renewable and alternative energy and medical technology companies. For example, a 320-acre Ford plant is being turned into a manufacturing park for renewable energy companies. The auto business is also strengthening, with Chrysler adding shifts and General Motors making a commitment to alternative energy. Advertising is beginning to return from such categories as auto, fast food, retail and, of course, political. With a governor's race gearing up, media outlets are expecting activity for the primaries in August, along with several statewide races and issue advertising around property and housing taxes. Newspapers took big hits in Detroit, making it one of the few markets that doesn't have daily delivery of a paper... Market Profile: Detroit (Sun, 1/10)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Bob Sliva will retire as vice president and general manager of Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ-Channel 7 on April 1, he said today. Sliva, 59, replaced longtime Channel 7 veteran Grace Gilchrist in those roles on Jan. 1, 2008, when she retired. He turns 60 on April 1. "I've decided 35 years (in the TV business) is enough," he said. "I think I'm going to the beach for awhile." Sliva said he plans to spend time with his wife at a cabin they bought along Lake Huron near Port Sanilac... Bob Sliva, WXYZ-Channel 7 general manager, to retire April 1 (Wed, 1/13)


Auto Show hits high gear with TV, radio broadcasts of Charity Preview

Tonight is the official kickoff of the 2010 North American International Auto Show with the annual Charity Preview. It's always one of the most anticipated evenings for Metro Detroit, but especially so this year with all the attention on the auto industry this past year. It's always been a big night and a great place to be seen and heard.

If you can't be there in person, WDIV-TV 4 and WJR AM 760 have you covered on television and radio.

Starting at 7 p.m., Local 4 will take viewers inside the 2010 NAIAS Charity Preview party with a live 2-hour primetime special on a night when a backdrop of beautiful cars sets the scene to raise significant donations for local children's charities. 4 From The Floor: The 2010 NAIAS Charity Preview is hosted by Local 4's Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Guy Gordon, Rhonda Walker, Chuck Gaidica, Rod Meloni and Heather Zara and will feature special appearances by stars of NBC's popular daytime drama Days Of Our Lives, Nadia Bjorlin (Chloe) and Shawn Christian (Daniel), Ross Matthews of The Jay Leno Show, and popular television actor Erik Estrada.

4 From The Floor: The 2010 NAIAS Charity Preview also includes interviews with top auto industry executives, a look at some of this year's most impressive vehicles, and the ultimate buyer's guide to purchasing a new car in these tough economic times with a review of models and features to suit a wide range of driving needs. Viewers will also have the chance to challenge their knowledge of car trivia when they play along with "Auto Jeopardy!" hosted by Alex Trebek.

WJR's Paul W. Smith will also broadcast the event live from the Ford Motor Company exhibit from 6:30pm-8pm. Expect timely guests and reports as the evening unfolds. WJR will also be on hand all next week for the following broadcasts: Saturday, January 16th and 23rd: 9am-11am - The CAR Show; Sunday, January 17th: Noon-2pm - The Handyman Show with Glenn Haege; and Monday, January 18th - Friday, January 22nd: 9am-Noon - The Frank Beckmann Show.




RADIO ONE DETROIT OM MS. SMILEY checks in to update us on some changes that have taken place at Urban WHTD (HOT 102.7). Middayer SUGAR RAY is out. SHORTY DA PRINCE goes to nights and replaces BIG GREG, who moves to middays... Ch-Ch-Changes at Radio One Detroit (Fri, 1/15)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 17, 2010



The Oakland Press:

Specs Howard is a name that is synonymous with broadcast arts. But the Southfield-based school is branching out even further into digital media arts in 2010, which will likely increase the school's enrollment and its revenue. It will be known as the Specs Howard School of Broadcasting and Media Arts once the school completes its digital media arts curriculum, most likely in May, said President Lisa Zahodne. The new name is already being promoted in radio advertisements that began this month. Like its graphics program, which was established in 2008, the digital media arts program will take 12 months for students to complete, requiring them to be in the classroom two days a week, and doing the rest of their work remotely and online the remainder of the week. The desire to add this new discipline is based on the demand for digital content from not just traditional media such as television and radio, but also from corporations that want to enhance their online profiles by using video, audio and other digital tools... Broadcasting school adds digital media curriculum (Sun, 1/17)


News/Talk WJR AM 760 Detroit and Michigan State University have extended their relationship for another 10 years, keeping WJR as the flagship station for MSU football and men's basketball through 2020. WJR became the flagship for those broadcasts in 2006 after previously doing so from 1963 to 1976.

"MSU's relationship with WJR is truly a partnership," MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said in a university release. "It's more than broadcasting our sporting events. It's become a mutually reinforcing set of conversations in which we've been able to use the power of WJR and MSU together to promote prosperity in the region."

WJR President Mike Fezzey called it a "great partnership that encompasses athletics, academics and everything in between."

The extension was announced today on WJR's Paul W. Smith show.



Adult Contemporary WNIC FM 100.3 Detroit has added the syndicated Delilah program for evenings, displacing Joe Haze. It's the third go-round for Delilah on Detroit stations - her program had abbreviated runs on soft rockers WMGC FM 105.1 and what was WDMK FM 102.7 in years past but fell victim to either poor ratings or a format change.



Contemporary hits Channel 95-5's 'Mojo In the Morning' program adds some listeners in the desert with the announcement that KOHT FM in Tucson, AZ has picked up the program. It'll air live starting really early in the morning there - with the last two hours replayed for later risers.

It marks a return to the market for host Mojo, who hosted mornings at KRQQ before moving here in 2000.

KOHT ops manager Tim Roberts commented, "We couldn't be happier to welcome Mojo In the Morning back to Tucson! He has created a morning show dynasty in Detroit since 2000 and we believe that he and the team will take Hot 98.3 to the next level."

Mojo added, "I have deep family roots in Tucson and I'm excited to be back here on the radio. Spike, Shannon, and I look forward to helping Hot 98.3 listeners start their day!"


Vuolo: Where's our FM talk station?



column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

It's been far too long since last I submitted a column to Michiguide.com, but I have a lot of news and a great deal of opinion about what is going on in the radio industry, which is getting stranger every day. Don't misread me, I still love radio with a deep passion, but the people in charge of running it have been making decisions which are, at least to me, not in the best interest of you, the listener, nor the people working in the radio business.


VuoloWe might as well start with very late breaking news that you may have just read about, regarding broadcasts of college sports. Both WJR-AM (760) and Michigan State University have just announced that the current five year deal to broadcast MSU football and basketball, has been extended for the next ten years! This will keep the Green and White on "The Big Stick" until the year 2020, when (oddly enough) commercial radio celebrates its 100th anniversary. Both WWJ in Detroit and KDKA in Pittsburgh went on the air in August and November, respectively, that year.

This news is not good for University of Michigan supporters. Many Wolverine fans hoped that after this season when the five year contract, which was announced on October 13, 2005, would be expiring that the Maize & Blue would revert back to Michigan's most powerful AM station. Ain't gonna happen.

Meanwhile, Spartan fans are no doubt excited to keep their teams on the 50,000 watt blow-torch, but it's not all bad for long-suffering U-M fans who hope the 2010 season of college football will be better than the last two. WOMC-FM (104.3) will again have ALL of the Michigan games this fall, and with nearly 200,000 watts of boost, that's not such a bad deal. Games will also, in all probability, be carried on CKLW-AM (800) which reaches from Fort Wayne, IN to the far side of NE Ohio. However, locally the FM is the clearest and most consistent signal for the games. We like to think of WOMC as standing for Where Only Michigan Counts.


According to industry "experts" the two most popular and profitable formats in radio today are country and talk. Yet, in Southeastern Michigan we have only one of each. WYCD has re-claimed its sole lock on country music when WDTW-FM (106.7), when it was known as 'The Fox' gave up as a distant number two. WYCD's only competition comes from far outside the market with stations in Ann Arbor (W4 102.9 FM), Toledo (K-100 99.9 FM), Flint (WFBE 95.1 FM), Port Huron (WSAQ 107.1 FM) and Lansing (WITL 100.7 FM).

For talk, WJR is pretty much it. Sadly, this great station is roughly 70% syndicated programming, as are the great majority of talk stations nationally. WJR's only live and local shows are mornings with Paul W. Smith, followed by Frank Beckmann and later in the afternoon a couple of hours with Mitch Albom and a news feature with Lloyd Jackson.

FM talk is the new buzz and, in many cities, AM powerhouse stations have flipped over to FM. I do not expect that will happen at WJR, but in several cities it has. In Seattle KIRO flipped to FM, as did WIBC in Indianapolis and KTAR in Phoenix. We could certainly use an FM talk station (done properly) in the Motor City. WKRK-FM (97.1) was more successful than WOW-FM (WOWF 99.5) which didn't even last six months back in 1993.

Dedicated radio buffs will recall that the first FM talker in Detroit was WDRQ-FM (93.1) which premiered after Father's Day in late June of 1971. They were truly far ahead of their time. It lasted about 18 months and then flipped to the Top 40 hits format that frequency is probably best remembered for.

In the Garden State, New Jersey 101.5 FM garners ratings that any broadcasting company would envy. They dominate with no syndicated fare, all local programs and originating from the state capital in Trenton. They cater only to New Jersey...not Philadelphia and not New York and it works! Why can't something similar work in Detroit?


Bill Doyle and Jeff Deminski were two of the more popular personalities to work on FM talk radio locally, but 2009 was not a good year for the duo while at classic rocker WCSX-FM (94.7). It wasn't a good fit. It was the wrong station. Interestingly the Bob & Tom show (available throughout Michigan, but not in Detroit) is a funny, mostly talk, syndicated morning program that does work and mostly on classic rock FM's. D&D were on a station known to be "music-intensive" and listeners didn't seem to accept their all-talk in the morning format.

Prior to segueing over to 94.7 FM, the boys sat out a full year of unemployment due to a "non-compete" clause in their deal with CBS, which owns 97.1 FM. When music was being interjected on their WCSX program, the handwriting was on the wall. Listeners were unhappy with the lack of classic rock in the morning and operations boss Doug Podell tried appeasing the audience with at least "some" music. It obviously wasn't good enough and at the end of the year their contract was not renewed.

D&D built their largest fan-base as an afternoon drive program at WKRK and didn't like it when they were pushed into mornings, as the station began to evolve as an all-sports outlet. This is unfortunate because Deminski & Doyle are very good and they like Detroit. Hopefully some under-performing FM station will adapt a talk format and make them their first hire for afternoons. Oddly enough both Bill and Jeff came to Detroit from a very successful run in afternoon drive at NJ 101.5.


Another morning show alteration, since last we met, was at WXYT-FM/AM (97.1 The Ticket) when Jay Towers either left on his own or HIS contact was also not renewed. It depends on who you talk to. None-the-less, Bill McAllister and Sara were left "Tower-less" until sports radio guru Tom Bigby and Ticket PD Jimmy Powers decided to try out former WDFN-AM (1130) host Mike "Stoney" Stone. Gentlemen you've hit the jackpot! Don't change a thing. Stoney works! It is a programmers dream come true when chemistry in the studio happens. Well, it's happened and just say "thank you God" and leave it alone.

Jay Towers future is, to an extent, uncertain. He has left CBS Radio and is slated to work for Clear Channel Radio, an arch-rival to CBS, as a "morning show consultant." I will have been in radio 50 years by this summer, and I've never heard of such a position. He is also supposedly going to continue working at WJBK-TV Fox 2 doing weekend anchoring and reporting.


Over the holidays I was on the west coast and in Las Vegas for nearly three weeks. Don't be jealous, in San Diego I had to scrape ice off windshield and no they don't have scrapers in southern California rental cars. It seems that everyone "in touch with today" has an I-Phone or a Blackberry rather than just an ordinary cell phone. Since I felt a need to be "SoCal Cool" I stopped into the world's ONLY Blackberry store at 14 Mile and Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills and picked up a new Blackberry Tour. My I-Phone friends made me feel inferior but, soon I learned how to get nearly every radio station I like on this phone. Very cool.

If you have one of these type phones, you can tune into nearly any station you want by simply downloading a special program or application (app) and bingo...you are connected. Folks at the Blackberry store helped me with two excellent app's. All Clear Channel-owned stations can be listened to with I heart radio, and you can easily bookmark your favorites. Most other stations can be heard with Radio Companion by Nobex. Both have web sites and are easy to understand.

While out in L.A. I could instantly punch up WWJ or WJR and find out news and weather information back home. I always felt in touch. The three-hour time difference was a problem at times, but it seems somewhat supernatural hearing stations from Detroit or New York a couple of thousand miles away! Best of all, you can run the audio output of these cell phones, via a simple patch cord that has a mini-stereo pin plug at each end, right into the auxiliary jack on most new car radios. The audio quality (in stereo) that fills your car from your cell phone is phenomenal. It will dazzle your friends. No longer, even while driving, will you be limited by the range of an AM or FM radio signal.

This week while Southern California was being slammed with floods, mud slides, high winds and even tornadoes I felt as though I was right there again tuned to WWJ's CBS sister station NewsRadio 1070 KNX. I recall how during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, WJR ran a simulcast of sister ABC station KGO in the Bay Area. Now, we can be instantly connected to anyplace a major news story or situation is occurring!

This technology is changing everything.


With a promise to not be so absent from this site in 2010, I want to end with an update on former Detroit radio personality Joey Ryan. Joey is still in rough shape, but he's hangin' in there at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. He truly enjoys hearing from old radio pals in Detroit. He even got a card from WOMC's Dick Purtan. Please send a get well card to him via his real name; Joseph Pietruska c/o Home for Vets, 3000 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49505. If more convenient, longtime friend Kenn Christopher of Plymouth, MI has set up an e-mail account for messages of encouragement. E-mail Joey at joeymrboogieryan@gmail.com.

Art Vuolo Jr.

Reach Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com or visit his web site at vuolovideo.com


WDIV and partners helping with Haiti relief effort

WDIV-TV Detroit, Local 4, has announced a major relief effort, Help 4 Haiti, to raise funds that will send food, water and desperately needed medical supplies to the tens of thousands of people and families suffering through devastating after effects of the destructive earthquake in Haiti. Partnering with Forgotten Harvest, the Detroit Pistons, WJR, Walgreens, Project Medishare, Cross International and over 30 local urban and suburban churches, WDIV-TV Local 4's Help 4 Haiti will bring supplies donated by metro Detroiters to the hardest hit areas in Haiti.

Dr. Frank McGeorge, Local 4 News Good Health reporter and emergency room doctor at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, is on his way to Haiti to provide medical assistance in the field. Beginning Wednesday, January 20, he will report from the scene during Local 4 News Morning, Local 4 News at 5pm and 6pm and Local 4 News at 11pm. Traveling along with Dr. McGeorge, Local 4 News photographer Tim Pamplin, also known as the Nightcam, will share sights and sounds of the relief effort with viewers here at home.

"First and foremost I sincerely hope I will be able to help the injured. My training in Emergency Medicine will be perfectly suited for the situation," said Dr. McGeorge. "I also believe there will be incredible value in translating through the eyes of a doctor reports that will help viewers understand the magnitude of the tragedy."

Help 4 Haiti monetary donations can be made during Local 4 Newscasts by calling the WDIV phone bank at (313) 298-WDIV, or 24 hours a day by calling toll-free at (888) 332-7140. Online contributions can be made through links posted at ClickOnDetroit.com. Beginning Friday, Jan. 22, suggested items purchased at over 150 metro Detroit Walgreens locations can be donated in the Help 4 Haiti drop box at each store.



Crain's Detroit Business:

A look at metro Detroit's transportation and infrastructure will be featured in a new PBS special called "Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City." It will air at 10 p.m. Feb. 8 on Detroit Public Television, Channel 56. A private reception, screening and panel discussion are scheduled for next Wednesday at the Detroit Public Library's main branch, sponsored by the station and the Troy-based Kresge Foundation... PBS special makes case for Detroit transportation, infrastructure upgrades (Tue, 1/19)


Detroit Free Press:

As a young man growing up in the projects of Royal Oak Township, a community just north of Detroit, I have memories of watching and listening to the sights and sounds of sports. It was the late 1950s and early '60s, and most of the sights and sounds came by way of the radio. We'd hear the words and sounds while our imagination provided the sights -- put them together and it was all good. The next-best thing to being there. Soon those magnificent radio voices that had been our front-row ticket to the world of sports gave way to television. On the local scene, names like Al Ackerman and Dave Diles fed us a solid diet of sports, and the smooth and melodic voice of Charlie Neal delivered sports to our living rooms... Van Patrick helped kids connect with Lions (Thu, 1/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 22, 2010



Detroit News:

Cameraman Joe Conrad was inside a traffic helicopter as it swept over Interstate 696 in Oakland County preparing for its morning rush hour report. Suddenly a strange noise rocked the helicopter, signaling engine failure to the crew of three, but their fate was in one man's hands -- pilot Joel Alexander. "It was frightening, when that engine died," Conrad said. "But I had complete confidence in Joel. He is like the Sully Sullenberger of the helicopter world." Alexander is being credited with saving the lives of the crew and landing the helicopter safely on the eastern edge of Oakland County Community College's Orchard Ridge Campus just after 8 a.m. this morning... Traffic helicopter pilot's safe landing saved lives, crew says (Fri, 1/22)




WJR's Jetcopter made an emergency landing at Oakland Community College this morning. Everyone on board is ok... WJR Jetcoper Makes Emergency Landing; Paul W. Smith and pilot Joel Alexander discuss the incident (Fri, 1/22)




An emergency landing for the WWJ-Metro Networks traffic chopper Friday morning. WWJ traffic reporter Bill Szumanski and others in the chopper had to land at Oakland Community College at 12 Mile and Orchard Lake roads in Farmington Hills because of an engine fire. Farmington Hills police say the chopper was at about 800 to 1,000 feet in the air when it lost power and had to land. An Oakland Community College officer told Farmington Hills police he saw flames coming from the engine before the chopper landed on the sidewalk near the college's parking lot. No injuries are reported... Traffic Chopper Makes Emergency Landing (Fri, 1/22)




Channel 7 joined forces with the American Red Cross to bring "Help for Haiti." Thanks to you we were able to raise more than $178,227.40 during our telethon... Help For Haiti Telethon Raises $178,227 (Wed, 1/20)


Television: Newsmakers Jan. 23, 2010



Lansing State Journal:

Comcast Corp. reached a lawsuit settlement that will allow customers with analog television service to continue viewing public access channels without change. The Philadelphia, Pa.-based telecommunications company's Michigan region settled a lawsuit with three communities regarding access to public, education and government (PEG) channels. The parties will ask the U.S. District Court to dismiss the pending suit. Meridian Township, Bloomfield Township and the city of Dearborn sued Comcast in January 2008 to prevent it from digitizing public access channels. They alleged the move was discriminatory against the public access channels and would have required analog customers to purchase a digital-ready television or a digital converter box to view the channels. Comcast wanted to move the public access channels from the basic tier to digital channels in order to free up bandwidth for more services and high definition channels, said spokeswoman Mary Beth Halprin. In the settlement, Comcast agreed to continue offering existing public access channels in analog format on the $15.99-per-month limited basic tier until the company digitizes the entire tier or until the communities agree to digitize the channels... Comcast settles suit on access to public channels (Sat, 1/23)


...You never really know what you're gonna get - at least when it comes to programming on Detroit's HD subchannels.

Recent changes to the offerings on CBS Radio's WYCD-FM 99.5 and WOMC-FM 104.3 include the shifting of PhysicRadio (now called New Sky Radio) from WYCD-HD3 to WOMC-HD3 and the addition of MichiganSaver Radio to WYCD-HD3. Visitors to either station's web site wouldn't know this though as neither clearly makes mention of their HD3 offerings - but you can learn more at either MichiganSaver.com or www.newskyradio.com.

The idea behind MichiganSaver Radio is intriguing as a new way to tie advertisers and cost-conscious consumers together. CBS Radio Detroit provided the following info in a release:

Both the station (WYCD-FM 99.5-HD3) and website are designed with the cost-conscious consumer in mind. The MichiganSaver brand is 100% devoted to Michigan consumers and connects them to the best deals and cost savings available.

MichiganSaver.com is the first stop: a website where consumers can find ways to save money and make money, no matter how they like to shop. Among the programs offered at MichiganSaver.com are:

• Michigan Half Off, where consumers have the opportunity to purchase merchant or restaurant certificates and tickets at half price.

• Michigan Saver Classifieds, which allows consumers to post ads to sell goods they no longer need, or buy items from others.

• Michigan Saver Click-It Coupons are free-to-the-consumer money-saving coupons from local merchants that they can download and print on their home computers.

• SavingsAngel is a paid subscription service for the avid coupon clipper.

• GreenBack Street, an online shopping program that features hundreds of national and regional retail sites and offers a cash-back incentive to consumers who begin their shopping trip through the GreenBack Street portal.

MichiganSaver Radio ties all these programs together and helps consumers make the most of them. MichiganSaver Radio will air local and national news and will provide Michigan consumers with news they can use.

"MichiganSaver Radio is an exciting new radio station and website that will help consumers make the most of their money," noted Tim Roberts, Operations Manager of MichiganSaver Radio. "Our goal is to give our listeners one location with a variety of ways to save and stretch their hard earned dollars."

In addition, MichiganSaver Radio will air such shows as "Home Talk," "Car Clinic," "Garden Life," and "Computer America." These shows are provided through Business Talk Radio Network and will provide Michigan consumers with advice and info.

Another relatively new HD3 addition is on FM 103.5 where WMUZ now rebroadcasts its WRDT AM 560, providing an interference-free option for those with HD radios to hear that station. WMUZ's HD2 regularly features contemporary Christian music programming.

While the remainder of the HD2 offerings up and the dial don't appear to have changed formats of late, it's still somewhat surprising to observe the number of times when they are not functioning properly. In recent weeks, I've had several instances where WDTW-FM's country/rock HD2 channel is totally offline as well as not hearing any audio from gospel WMXD-HD2.

There are bright spots on the local HD2 lineup, including a WWJ AM simulcast on WXYT-FM 97.1 HD2, the smooth jazz format on WVMV-FM 98.7 HD2, and the longest running digital offerings in town, 94.7 WCSX-FM's Deep Trax and 101.1 WRIF-FM's Riff2.

Oldies fans can tune in to WOMC-HD2 and a more eclectic 'we play everything' format on WDRQ-FM 93.1 HD2. Pop music of various styles dominates on WKQI-FM 95.5 HD2, WDVD-FM 96.3 HD2, WNIC-FM 100.3 HD2, and WMGC-FM 105. HD2. Fans of classic Hip Hop can tune in to WJLB-FM 97.9 HD2. WYCD's HD2 features more of its country music format and WDET-FM's HD2 heavily features a variety of musical styles.

One of the biggest opportunities to market these stations is for the most part being missed - trying to find information on the vast majority of the HD2 and HD3 stations just isn't available easily from the respective stations' web sites. It seems hard that you'll succeed in convincing listeners on the product when it appears to be treated as nothing more than an afterthought. It's hard to understand what you're going to hear - and why you should listen without at least some sort of explanation.

Other opportunities could be for either WDRQ or WDVD to add sister station WJR as one of their HDs to catch those who might have trouble receiving interference-free reception of AM. And maybe for the other to work out a deal to rebroadcast the kids-targeted format of Radio Disney heard locally on WFDF AM 910 - but not listened to by many due to the station's poor reception and audio quality. WFDF rarely appears on any Arbitron reports with any market share despite a published report stating that Radio Disney continued to gain listeners in other parts of the country in 2009.



WOMC adds Edmonds and DuFord for Sunday duties

Nice of WOMC to at least give some part time opportunities to veteran jocks Chris Edmonds and Stacey DuFord who are now hosting 'Sunday Brunch' from 10 am - 2 pm on the classic hits outlet. The show schedule runs at least through July - each week the duo is scheduled to broadcast live from advertiser locations around Metro Detroit.

Edmonds was most recently morning host at WNIC and has a long career in metro Detroit. DuFord is probably best known as part of Jim Harper's morning team on WNIC and is now seen as a spokesperson for Belle Tire.



Lineup changes coming to WDTW AM

I've received no response yet to an inquiry to Clear Channel Detroit about what its plans are for filling the programming void left by this week's Chapter 7 bankruptcy and shutdown of Air America Media for its WDTW AM 1310. In addition to providing many hours of overnight and weekend programming for WDTW, Air America's Ron Reagan show had been heard weekdays from 6 - 9 pm as well as Rachel Maddow from 5 - 6 am.

WDTW AM is one of the area's least listened to stations with a 0.2 share and cume of just 40,400 listeners in the December portable people mover report from Arbitron. The station is plagued with poor reception across much of the northern and eastern areas of Metro Detroit.

Mike Austerman


Crain's Detroit Business:

Michigan's still-nebulous 2010 gubernatorial race situation -- along with a number of Congressional and state office races -- could see a spending explosion on broadcast media triggered by last week's U.S. Supreme Court decision that loosened some restrictions on corporate and nonprofit campaign advertising spending. Local television executives say it's too soon to estimate what financial impact the changes to the McCain-Feingold Act will have, but they do expect to see advertising revenue increases because of the court ruling and Michigan's wide-open election situation. "I don't know what impact it will have here. You'd have to have a very active crystal ball here to predict that," said Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager WDIV-Ch. 4, Detroit's NBC affiliate. "I think overall there's a lot of political activity. That does translate positively for media"... TV stations expect increase in political advertising from court ruling (Mon, 1/25)



Detroit Free Press:

Nearing the end of life's journey, all of us have a tendency to look back -- often with regret. It happened to me last week as I read the record of my grades at Emory University, rediscovering that I was not a good student. If that's not the understatement of the 21st Century, it's close. Like saying Marie Antoinette died of a sore throat or Brigham Young was a married man. I was a bad student because of majoring in everything except study. I was much too busy editing the Emory Wheel newspaper, misguiding my SAE fraternity and dancing life away. I was concentrating on being an entrepreneur -- a nicer way of saying a promoter or hustler. One of my ventures into such activity was my first foray into the world of music... Too busy hustling for study (Mon, 1/25)


Michigan Almanac: Jan. 25, 2010



MAB Says Goodbye to Former FCC Chairman and Michigan Broadcast Pioneer James H. Quello

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters sent out this release today on the death of James Quello:

It is with a heavy heart that the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) announces the death of our friend, Michigan native, broadcast pioneer, MAB Past President and former FCC Chairman, James H. Quello. Quello died Sunday, January 24 surrounded by friends and family at his Alexandria, VA home after heart and kidney failure. He was 95.

James QuelloQuello, a World War II Lieutenant and Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army and a war hero, started his career in radio broadcasting immediately after returning from Europe in 1945. He worked in the promotions department at WXYZ-AM (Detroit) and two years later moved to rival station WJR-AM (Detroit). He later became Vice President and General Manager of WJR-AM in 1960.

Quello was one of the original MAB members. He supported and helped to build the association from a small group of radio managers looking for representation on legal issues to what it currently is today - a nationally-recognized association representing more than 300 Michigan radio and television stations. Jim served as president of the MAB in 1959 and credited the MAB, his colleagues and friends from Michigan for mounting a campaign to get him appointed to the FCC in 1974. He served there until 1997 when he retired. For eleven months in 1993, Quello was the Acting Chairman of the FCC. He was honored with the prestigious MAB Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and many other awards too numerous to mention is this brief article. You could always find our friend Jim attending MAB conferences - catching up with old Michigan broadcast friends during a reception or participating in a tennis match - Jim was one of us and we will miss him.

This past Friday, January 22, MAB President/CEO Karole White spoke briefly with Jim:

"Weak and frail he used his limited breath to be uplifting to me," said White. "He thanks his friends in the MAB, 'The Greatest Broadcasting Association in the States,' he said. I'm to tell everyone he loves them and good bye (from Jim)."

Funeral arrangements are pending.



WZZM-TV Grand Rapids:

James Henry Quello, a one-time broadcaster who served as an FCC commissioner for 24 years, and as acting FCC chairman in 1993, died today at age 95. Appointed to the FCC in 1974 by then President Richard Nixon, Quello, a Democrat, kept winning reappointments to the commission until 1998, when he retired. He was named acting chairman of the FCC in 1993, bridging the gap between the tenure of Republican Albert Sikes and Democratic appointee, Reed Hundt. Quello's initial appointment to the FCC sparked protests from consumer advocate Ralph Nader, who called the new commissioner "a pawn for broadcasters." Although his tenure as acting chairman of the FCC was brief, the New York Times described his tenure with the headline, "Temporary Chief Proves More Than a Fill-In." As an FCC commissioner, Quelo became known for his independent thinking. He championed the preservation of free universal television and he sat on the commission as it and the media transitioned into the Information Age, during a period of revolutionary technological change and the birth of the Internet... Michigan native and former Detroit Radio manager James Quello dies (Sun, 1/24)


WDIV anchor Carmen Harlan to report from Haiti

WDIV-TV Local 4 News anchor Carmen Harlan will travel to Haiti to report on the devastation and despair in the wake of destructive earthquakes that have rocked the impoverished nation. Starting Thursday, January 28, Carmen's special reports will be featured on Local 4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., and 11 p.m.

"After seeing Dr. McGeorge's gut-wrenching reports from Haiti, it's now more clear than ever how desperately this country needs our help," said Harlan, who herself has relatives living on the island. "I'll be travelling there to bring you first-hand stories of personal heartache, and of undying hope."

Local 4's Good Health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge, an emergency room doctor at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, recently returned from Haiti where, in addition to reporting on the conditions on Local 4 News, he carried out his mission of saving lives by treating the injured in a makeshift clinic.

"The devastation is just incredible, the amount of destruction was honestly more than I had expected having seen the news reports at home," said Dr. McGeorge. "We encountered a second wave of casualties, those who survived the initial quake, but whose injuries or infections continue to put their lives at risk. I'm glad to have been there and have be able to help in every way I could."

Local 4 and Forgotten Harvest have partnered with other distinguished local organizations to launch Help 4 Haiti, a major relief effort that has already raised over $600,000 worth of total aid. Partnering with Walgreens, the Detroit Pistons, Project Medishare, Cross International, WJR, Detroit Media Partnership, TMT, Michigan Business and Professional Association, Michigan Food and Beverage Association and over 30 local urban and suburban churches, Help 4 Haiti is sending food, water and desperately needed medical supplies donated by metro Detroiters the hardest hit areas in Haiti.

"Despite facing a dire economic crisis, the people and organizations of metro Detroit have once again proven that they will leap to the aid of others in need," said Russ Russell, Forgotten Harvest Chief Development Officer. "Forgotten Harvest is proud to be a part of the consortium of giving and will continue in its efforts to offer hope and sustenance to those less fortunate."

Help 4 Haiti monetary donations can be made now during Local 4 Newscasts by calling the WDIV phone bank at (313) 298-WDIV, or 24 hours a day by calling toll-free at (888) 332-7140. Online contributions can be made at www.forgottenharvest.org, or through links posted at ClickOnDetroit.com. In addition, household medical supply items purchased at nearly 100 metro Detroit Walgreens locations can be donated in the Help 4 Haiti drop box at each store.



WDTW AM's new lineup revealed

With the demise of Air America, talker WDTW AM 1310 has plugged in the Joey Reynolds show for overnights (1 - 6 a.m.) and airs a rebroadcast of the Bill Press program from 6 - 9 p.m., replacing the Ron Reagan Show.

An inquiry to the station on programming changes has not been replied to.



Veteran jock gets The Beat

Lisa Orlando, better known as Lisa Lisa, was been detected by listeners to adult rhythmic WDTW-FM 106.7 this past Sunday evening. No word from the Clear Channel camp if the assignment is permanent or what air shifts Orlando might be assigned to.

Lisa Lisa was last heard hosting weekends for WOMC-FM 104.3 and is best known for stints on WDRQ-FM 93.1 and what was then WHYT-FM 96.3.



Detroit Free Press:

When Dr. Frank McGeorge describes what it was like in Haiti last week, it's with the precision of a medical expert and the emotions of someone who's seen the earthquake-ravaged nation up close. The tent cities he saw didn't have many tents. "They consist largely of sticks that are stuck in the ground that are holding up a piece of string that is holding up a blanket, a sheet or some rags," he said Monday after returning to the United States ... McGeorge, an emergency room doctor at Henry Ford Hospital who covers health topics for WDIV-TV (Channel 4), arrived in Haiti late on Jan. 19 to do double-duty as a physician and reporter. Tim Pamplin, the Channel 4 photographer known for his NightCam segments, accompanied him... Assignment Haiti (Wed, 1/27)


column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloAfter a long dry-spell, it seems I have a number of observations to share with you, the many fans of what comes out of your radio speaker. So, get comfortable.


I dislike starting off with sad news, but the recent passing of James H. Quello hit me hard as I first met him up in his office at WJR in the 1960's. I remember saying to him, "Why not call the station Junior Radio with Senior Sound." I think he wanted to throw me out of the 22nd story of the Fisher Building! I last saw him up at Crystal Mountain Resort during a Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) summer conference about 5 years ago. He was pushing 90 and looked sensational.

QuelloAfter his reign at WJR as general manager he moved on, eventually becoming one of the best remembered FCC commissioners ever. He was beloved in Washington, DC. Although maybe he wasn't "beloved" by Howard Stern, with whom he tangled in the 1990s. But I'll bet Howard respected him as a guy who'd earned his way up the ranks. He wasn't an Al Sikes-style bureaucrat (it was Sikes on whom Stern once wished cancer).

Current FCC Chair Julius Genachowski called him, "A role model to generations of FCC employees and advocates, for his decency, personal charm and commitment to his work."

NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith said, "We have lost an American original."

Jim Quello was one of a kind, the type of broadcaster you can read about in books, but perhaps never actually meet in person. I'm glad that I did.


Speaking of Mr. Stern, and I hate giving him more "ink" since that's what he's very good at doing, whenever he feels he's been off the "front page" for too long he starts tongues a waggin' with reports (that he starts) about leaving Sirius XM satellite radio and segueing back to terrestrial FM radio.

Ain't gonna happen.

It's all talk to help him renegotiate his deal with Sirius XM head honcho Mel Karmazin. The entire ploy is so obviously manipulative I don't know why the broadcast and print media can't see through it. Must have been a "slow news day" when this "news" broke.

I found the most hysterical part of this situation the offer from Clear Channel, the behemoth conglomerate that Stern hates, to have him work for them! That ain't gonna happen either.

Funniest photo was in a trade Tom Taylor edits called www.radio-info.com showing a picture of a Clear Channel executive, presumed to be CC radio boss John Hogan, with a bouquet of roses as a "peace offering" to the self-proclaimed King of All Media. Stern said, "I can't imagine the day where I would ever work for them again."

Stern and Bubba still have hard feelings about the way they left Clear Channel nearly six years ago.

Meanwhile Hogan emailed this statement to Business Week, "We clearly have the willingness and the financial wherewithal to consider high-profile talent such as Stern."

Of course any talks with him would be heavily lawyered so that he would have to deliver an FCC-friendly show. Again...ain't gonna happen. So to all who fell for this well orchestrated ploy, how could you all be so freakin' gullible?


In an unrelated story, we also just watched the left-leaning Air America Network go off the air, which will no doubt have Rush Limabuagh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck along with the rest gloating over this Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation filing - though some of the conservative talkers predicted this would happen in 2004, soon after Air America's March 31 launch. Insiders felt they didn't have enough experienced radio talent and management, though Al Franken was a pretty fast learner and Randi Rhodes is an obvious radio pro. Now, with talkers like Ed Schultz, Bill Press, Lionel, Stephanie Miller and Rhodes, there is no shortage of left-leaning progressive talk show talent.

The local twist to this story is AM 1310 WDTW. For longtime Detroit radio fans, we can remember when this now beleaguered frequency was once the number one station in the metro area as the legendary WKNR Keener 13 (by the way, radio enthusiasts can go into overload about this top 40 dynasty of the 1960's at www.keener13.com or at www.detroitradioflashbacks.net). Well now that Air America is history, this 5,000 watt signal emanating from those six towers along I-94 in Allen Park, might just start to gain a spot on one of your AM car radio buttons. Since most talk radio is decidedly right-wing conservative with an agenda attracting a largely Republican audience, it's nice to have an alternative offering a different point of view.

The new line-up on WDTW includes: Bill Press 6-9 am, Stephanie Miller 9-noon, Thom Hartman noon-3 pm, Ed Schultz 3-6 pm Replays of Bill Press & Stephanie Miller 6-10 pm, Alan Colmes 10 pm-1 am and Joey Reynolds 1 am-6 am. This schedule is not bad. Sadly, there are no LOCAL shows, it all comes via satellite and network syndication.

In a perfect world I would love to hear it over on the FM band at 106.7, now trying to re-invent itself as "The Beat of Detroit." Truthfully that frequency hasn't been a real winner since it was W4 Country, which vacated Labor Day weekend in 1999 and it became Alice 106.7. It was also known as The Drive, The Fox and now The Beat.

As mentioned in my last column we could really use a decent FM talker in this town. Some of these WDTW shows, mixed in with a liberal dose of local talent, could be a winner for Clear Channel, which owns these stations. Talk radio can be expensive, and nobody is spending money during these difficult economic times.

ReynoldsAside from all of this, I am personally most thrilled with the addition of Joey Reynolds overnights at 1310 AM. Although I am right on the far west fringe of the highly directional night-time signal, I can still hear it at my house in Novi. Joey, who worked at WXYZ-AM (1270) in 1966 for a brief six months, is still remembered by many dedicated local radio fans. He was so outrageous in those days and cycled through 38 radio jobs throughout his checkered career.

He's also one of very few radio personalities enshrined into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland (one of the many cities he also once worked in).

Joey did an encore appearance as morning host for a couple of months in 1984 when local (but nationally known) consultant Gary Berkowitz brought him into WHYT-FM (96.3), now WDVD. His current home, for a remarkable 14+ years, is New York's WOR-AM (710) - the oldest station in New York and considered to be America's first talk station. Today, Joey does a variety talk show with little if any talk about political issues. He packs his studio nightly with comics, singers, actors and a plethora of entertainers. It's truly a different type of talk radio and will soon be even more unique as it will soon be a triple-cast on radio, NBC-TV 2 and on the Internet live from a street level showcase studio in Times Square!

Check out Joey's show either late at night or early in the morning. WDTW 1310 AM does not currently stream, but the New York flagship station does at www.wor710.com.


Where are they now?

FormicolaLocal country music fans will long remember Joe Wade Formicola at both W4 FM (106.7) and at WYCD-FM (99.5) and have wondered what he's doing today. Well, similar to Tom Shannon, who seemingly bounced back and forth between Detroit and Buffalo, Joe Wade ran a similar track between Detroit and Raleigh, NC and WRAL-FM. Now, the venerable favorite is following the advice of Horace (Go West Young Man...Go West) Greeley. In fact his destination won't be far from the town of Greeley, CO as Formicola pulls his snow shovel out of the attic and heads to Denver where he will work on their syndicated country format. The company is Dial Global (formerly Jones Radio) and it's where CKLW vet, and mostly recently at WOMC, Ted "The Bear" Richards worked doing mornings on their oldies format for over 15 years. The DG studios are in Englewood on the south side of Denver, so perhaps there will be less snow there. Joe Wade most recently was with WRSF in Nags Head, NC.

"Joe has a strong programming background and is a great jock," commented DG's EVP of Programming chief Beau Phillips.

It's nice to see one of the decent people catch a good break.

DonutsBrian Hatfield is another one of the early WYCD jocks who worked with Joe Wade - and Hatfield is STILL in North Carolina. He's from the Detroit area and has been doing very well for a number of years down in Asheville, NC as the afternoon jock and music director for WKSF-FM. So, he's not really working for Krispy Kreme Donuts.

The photo shows a sweet gift from Jason Aldean's record label to kick off his concert tour. After polishing off the box, Brian and his buddies were said to be more glazed than the donuts.


Speaking of food, I realize this is a radio column, but who in radio doesn't love to eat? I seriously want to put you wise to a phenomenal restaurant called Jordan's II in Romulus. It's on the eastside of Merriman Road just south of Van Borne, only 2 miles north of Metro Airport. The atmosphere is a C-, but both the food and the prices are an A+. Huge portions, excellent food and (as Crazy Eddie in NYC used to say) low prices that are insane. If you're making an airport run around mealtime this is the place to chow-down. Check it out.


A personal note to WXYT-FM/AM 97.1/1270 'The Ticket' big boss Tom Bigby and PD Jimmy Powers, who still seem to be messing with the morning show hosts. As I stated in my last column the combo of Bill, Sara and Stoney is sensational. Don't mess with it. Of course I'm NOT the program director, but I (like many of you) know when something good comes out of the radio speaker.


Lisa Orlando, as reported here in michiguide.com, has surfaced at 106.7 FM The Beat along with the Joe Show in the afternoon giving a bit of a human element to the otherwise music machine. She is best known as Lisa Lisa from WDRQ, WOMC, and WHYT. She has been making the rounds hasn't she?


Lastly, WDFN-AM (1130) home improvement host Murray Gula, heard mid-days on the weekend, should be streaming his program with video on the Internet by this weekend while he's on the air over the 50,000 watt sports station. He will be at the big Home Show at Novi's huge Rock Financial Center this weekend, January 30-31.

You can watch the remote broadcast on his web site: www.whocanbuildit.com.


Art Vuolo Jr.

Reach Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com or visit his web site at vuolovideo.com


Will HD power boost be boon or bust?



column written by Mike Austerman

Last week's news that the FCC is going to allow FM stations to increase their output power from 1% of their analog output to up to 10% prompted lots of coverage. It's a polarizing issue between those that continue to promote HD as the next big thing for free FM radio and those that think the idea continues to be a horrible mistake that just keeps getting worse.

Truth be told I don't know where I stand, as I can see both sides. I guess I tend to lean toward the technology -- at least for FM -- hoping that the addition of programming can help fill broadcast holes that wouldn't otherwise be served. A quick example: In Angola, Indiana pop WLKI FM 100.3 has recently added HD2 and HD3 programming, providing the area with a sports format (ESPN Radio) and a rock format. Maybe even more intriguing, both formats are also available to analog listeners via FM translators that were recently purchased and moved to Angola. If it weren't for HD, listeners wouldn't have those extra options.

The biggest argument against HD appears to be concerns over interference. If it turns the FM dial into the mess AM has become since HD has come online, this position will be validated. My guess is that many of the protests come from owners of 'rimshot' stations that rely on listeners from nearby larger markets to help keep their stations afloat. If listeners they have today get blocked by IBOC stations, it could very well impact whether or not some of these stations survive. Is this really what the FCC wants -- fewer voices on the airwaves?

In Detroit, the situation could be even worse should HD-caused interference affect stations from nearby southwestern Ontario, which has recently added a number of FMs. Most are just two clicks away on the dial from powerful Detroit FM's that could very well increase digital power and create much more interference in Canada. It'll be interesting to see what happens if/when the juice gets turned up on local HDs.

One thing I can say without hesitation though - if all of this is going to wind up being worth it, a lot more effort is going to be needed in programming the HD2 and HD3 stations to entice listeners to upgrade their radios.


Phlash and ClydeOn a personal note, I pheel compelled to mention a recent loss to the radio phamily. Listeners to Phlash Phelps' morning show (6am - noon ET) on SiriusXM's 60's on 6 understand the connection he had with his beloved beagle Clyde, who was probably one of the best traveled dogs of all time. Phlash and Clyde were best buds phor over 14 years and stuck together through numerous radio gigs and together got the chance to visit 48 states, 5 provinces of Canada, 2 U.S. territories, and Washington D.C. Unfortunately, Clyde didn't make it to see his 15th birthday which would have been in June as he died on Saturday.

Phlash intends to take Clyde's ashes to both Alaska and Hawaii to complete the 50 state tour.

Listeners to the Phlash Phelps Phunny Pharm grew used to hearing Clyde's bark and amazing ability to phind nearly any song request listeners might make. While much of satellite radio can be impersonal, Phlash's program is a refreshing difference. I'm certainly proud to be a Phan and send my condolences to Phlash.

If you feel compelled, reach out to Phlash c/o XM Satellite Radio, 1500 Eckington Place NE, Washington, DC 20002.

Mike Austerman


Lisa Orlando (Lisa Lisa) returns to the airwaves on 106.7 Feb. 8

WDTW-FMGood news for fans of party radio queen Lisa Lisa as she's returning full time to the airwaves of Detroit starting on Monday. She'll be heard from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on adult rhythmic WDTW-FM 106.7, The Beat.

Good news too for fans of The Beat as the station expands their efforts by adding a second hosted daypart - the Joe Show (Joe Rosati) currently holds down afternoon drive (3 - 7 p.m.). The station launched its latest format this past September.

As for Lisa Lisa, she's obviously happy to be back playing the music that keeps her many fans moving telling Michiguide.com, "I am sooo very excited to be joining the wonderful group of talent being assembled at The Beat! Our metro Detroit community has been so beat-down as of late and I look forward to bring some "feel good music" back!! As Fergie says, 'I'll be rockin' them beats'!!!"



WMUZ and WJR help raise funds for charity

WMUZ-FM 103.5 listeners working with Compassion International pledged over $85,000 on Monday for earthquake relief in Haiti. Compassion will use the funds raised to re-equip Compassions' local support infrastructure and provide food, water, shelter, medical and counseling services to victims. Up to 25% of the funds raised will be donated to partner with other ministries to meet needs that are beyond the scope of their program.

Visit wmuz.com for more information.


Detroiters once again proved that they are super supporters of the local community by raising over $22,000 last night at an event held at Art Van Furniture to benefit S.A.Y. Detroit ("Super All Year") Charity. Five hundred people came to hear Mitch Albom - best-selling author and popular radio and television broadcaster- speak about his best selling book Have a Little Faith and why he formed S.A.Y. Detroit Charity in 2006 during the Super Bowl to help the homeless in Detroit.

"With the power of the pen and microphone, Mr. Albom has brought voice to the voiceless," stated Gary Van Elslander, President of Art Van Furniture. "He has focused attention on the many Detroiters who are struggling everyday to meet the basic needs of shelter, food and medicine."

The evening began with Albom's live broadcast on WJR Newstalk 760 from the Art Van store in Warren where Mr. Van Elslander announced that they will match donations up to $10,000. Later Albom talked about the story behind his new nationally acclaimed book, and the progress of his important charity.

Pastor Henry Covington, the lead minister of I Am My Brother's Keeper church in Detroit, joined Albom to wrap up the event for open questioning. The church and minister served as an inspiration for Albom's new book.

Donations will continue to be accepted throughout the week. This marks one of the many charity events Art Van Furniture hosts throughout the year to benefit charities throughout Michigan during these tough times.

To learn more about Art Van Furniture's charitable efforts or to donate to S.A.Y. Detroit go to artvan.com.



WDIV's Dr. Frank McGeorge gets national ink for Haiti work

Yesterday's edition of USA Today featured Local 4 News Good Health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge and recent trip to Haiti offer emergency medical assistance and report for Local 4:

Detroit emergency physician Frank McGeorge says nothing could have prepared him for what he saw in Haiti. Television doesn't do it any justice, says McGeorge, who flew there to help just days after the quake hit Jan. 12. "Unless you're there, you can't really see it, hear it or smell it. The experience is so immersive and painful," he says. Though it was his first time treating victims of a major catastrophe, even doctors seasoned in treating disaster victims say Haiti was unlike anything they've experienced before... U.S. doctors say Haiti stands out from other disasters (Tue, 2/2)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 5, 2010



7th WWJ Radiothon for THAW underway

CBS Radio/Detroit has kicked the first of their 2010 annual Radiothons with all-news WWJ AM 950 helping to raise money for The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) throughout today and up until noon tomorrow.

WWJ RadiothonThe 7th Annual WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon is on live from the MGM Grand Detroit to help raise much needed funds for THAW. THAW provides emergency utility assistance to help low-to-moderate income individuals and families in Michigan stay safe and warm during the winter season.

Live interviews with families that THAW has helped will air during the 31 hour Radiothon as will on-air check presentations from sponsors, on-site reporting, and much more. An on-site donation call center will be set up with volunteers taking phone pledges and online donations can be made at WWJ.com. Donors can also call (888) 579-4950.

Listeners are being encouraged to donate by on-air prompting, incentive programs, and other special Radiothon promotions. This year, you can join the 950 Club by donating $250 - you'll recieve a WWJ/THAW thermos to help warm you up this winter plus Mountain Country Coffee courtesy of Coffee Express. Another option is to join the Circle of Warmth Club by donating $1,000 to receive a free energy audit courtesy of Flame Heating, Cooling and Electrical. Additionally, listeners will be encouraged to bid on numerous items available through an Online Auction website.

The goal for this year's THAW Radiothon is $700,000.

On February 26th, look for CBS Radio/Detroit WOMC-FM 104.3 morning host Dick Purtan's 23rd annual Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club from Oakland Mall in Troy. The Bed and Bread program brings food, shelter and services to people within our community and provides assistance to get them back on their feet. In December, CBS' WYCD hosted its 10th annual campaign to help raise money for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.




Great news for fans of radio, jazz and/or nice people: Linda Yohn plans to be back on WEMU radio starting Monday after a roughly two-month absence. The longtime morning-show host and and program director at WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University, took a leave of absence in early December to have a tumor removed from her lung... Linda Yohn returning to WEMU airwaves (Fri, 2/5)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 6, 2010



WDTW-FM adds Billy the Kidd

Adult rhythmic 106.7 The Beat, WDTW-FM, has added Billy the Kidd to its lineup for evenings starting on Monday. Kidd got his start in radio as an intern for Lisa Lisa - who herself signs on with The Beat for middays on Monday.



Detroit Free Press:

A half-hour documentary from the Detroit Free Press, "Rising from the Wreckage," is to broadcast on WWJ-TV (CBS Detroit) at 8:30 a.m. Sunday. It was produced in conjunction with an eight-part Free Press report published in December chronicling 18-months in which the auto industry nearly collapsed and two automakers were rescued by the federal government... Free Press documentary to air Sunday (Sat, 2/6)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 8, 2010



WWJ's THAW radiothon helps raise $316,000

Listeners to WWJ's AM 950 seventh annual radiothon to benefit The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) pledged over $316,000 during the event on Friday and Saturday. Those donations will translate to more than $600,000 in emergency utility assistance to low-to-moderate income individuals and families in Michigan.

An online auction continues through Thursday at 6 p.m.; visit and bid by clicking here.



Jay Towers slides back behind the mic

Clear Channel puts Jay Towers back to work behind a microphone, hiring him to host from 9am - 4pm on My106.1 in Philadelphia. He'll still be working here in Detroit on weekends too as part of the Fox 2 News team.



Detroit News:

Get ready to feel a slap across the face, Detroit, when PBS airs "Blueprint America: Beyond the Motor City ." The special, which airs at 10 tonight on WTVS-TV (Channel 56), opens with a light-rail director in Madrid talking about the importance of infrastructure before cutting to Detroit's infamous eyesore, Michigan Central Station. Producers also discuss how the Big Three hobbled public transportation in the area... PBS special rides Detroit's shortcomings (Mon, 2/8)



Detroit Free Press:

The Detroit Tigers announced their television schedule for this season: 156 games on Fox Sports Detroit, one on Fox Sports Plus and four on Fox. FSD also will air four spring-training games. The lone regular-season game without TV plans is April 7 at Kansas City, the second game of the year. The Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons all are scheduled to be in action at the same time, and the Wings are ticketed for FSD and the Pistons FS-Plus. The network is trying to determine whether it can also distribute the Tigers game... Tigers announce TV schedule, including four spring-training games (Mon, 2/8)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 10, 2010



WDIV set to air Our Journey To Haiti special

WDIV-TV will be presenting a one-of-kind television event, Our Journey To Haiti, which is scheduled to air Thursday, February 11 at 8 p.m. Local 4 News anchor Carmen Harlan and Good Health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge are the only local television journalists to travel to Haiti to report on the devastation first hand. The program follows their life-changing journey with never-before-seen footage of heartache and hope in the wake of the devastating earthquake.

In Our Journey To Haiti, an all-new half-hour primetime special presentation, Carmen shares the video of her extraordinary and emotional reunion with her own relatives living in Port-au-Prince. Dr. McGeorge, an emergency room doctor at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital, takes viewers along as he carries out his mission of saving lives treating the injured in a makeshift clinic.

Local 4 and Forgotten Harvest have partnered with other distinguished local organizations to launch Help 4 Haiti, a major relief effort that has already raised nearly one million dollars worth of total aid. Partnering with Walgreens, the Detroit Pistons, Project Medishare, Cross International, WJR, Detroit Media Partnership, TMT, Michigan Business and Professional Association, Michigan Food and Beverage Association and over 30 local urban and suburban churches, Help 4 Haiti is sending food, water and desperately needed medical supplies donated by metro Detroiters the hardest hit areas in Haiti.

Help 4 Haiti donations continue to be accepted through Local 4's website, ClickOnDetroit.com.



WJR's Smith all shook up in Chicago

WJR morning host Paul W. Smith is broadcasting live from the Chicago Auto Show during his program this week (5:30 - 9 a.m.) and had the added bonus this morning of being in the Windy City as a minor earthquake struck Illinois. No word if any coffee was spilled or not.



Detroit News:

Hockeytown loves the Winter Olympics. While NBC overspent for the rights to show competitive cold-weather sports and stands to lose a whopping $250 million as a result, Detroit Red Wings' fans and the network's local affiliate, WDIV-TV (Channel 4), will reap the rewards when the 2010 Winter Olympics begin Friday. And it doesn't matter that Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom will be playing for Sweden. The point is: He'll be playing. "Locally, the Winter Olympics attracts a lot of eyeballs that might otherwise be watching cable sports," says Marla Drutz, WDIV's vice president and general manager. "There's a lot of value to advertisers and our viewers. After all, Metro Detroit loves a good hockey game." The Winter Olympics have long been a TV favorite locally, in part because people here tend to participate in and follow these sports. The same affinity, however, is not shared in states with warmer climes... Winter Olympics promises to be a boon for WDIV (Wed, 2/10)




CRAWFORD BROADCASTING Christian WMUZ/DETROIT morning show "THE MORNING LIGHT" and host SHANNYN CALDWELL will hold the "FIFTH MORNING LIGHT JOY FLASH MOB" at the MIDTOWN WINTER BLAST in downtown DETROIT on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12th. At a specified time and location, the song "JOY" by Gospel artist NIYOKI will begin to play and the group will begin to dance. "Our first JOY FLASH MOB was over 200 dancers and we've not yet had a group smaller than 100 people. That's a whole lot of joy," said CALDWELL... WMUZ Morning Show Plans 5th Joy Flash Mob (Wed, 2/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 11, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

It has been some 19 years since Paul Carey left the Tigers' radio booth. For almost a generation, Carey was the voice of the middle three innings during Tigers broadcasts. He also was Ernie Harwell's engineer and an owner of a pretty memorable voice in his own right. Carey worked at WJR for 35 years. At 81, he still loves the game, the team he covered and the state that produced him. Free Press sports writer Shawn Windsor recently caught up with Carey at his home in Rochester. Q: What have you been doing the last 19 years?... Radio voice Paul Carey: Life after the Tigers (Thu, 2/11)


WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) anchor Stephen Clark, Pete Misiak of WJR-AM (760), WJBK-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor Dan Miller and other local personalties are stepping away from their day gigs to share the stage in the Spotlight Players' presentation of Neil Simon's "Barefoot in the Park" ... WEMU-FM (89.1) is hosting a benefit Saturday at Ann Arbor's Northside Grill, where the station's personalities will wait on tables. All tips go to WEMU, a public station... Names and Faces (Thu, 2/11)



Detroit News:

Hockeytown loves the Winter Olympics. While NBC overspent for the rights to show competitive cold-weather sports and stands to lose a whopping $250 million as a result, Red Wings fans and the network's local affiliate, WDIV, will reap the rewards when the 2010 Vancouver Games begin Friday. And it doesn't matter Red Wings captain Nick Lidstrom will be playing for Sweden. The point is: He'll be playing ... For Olympic junkies who enjoyed seeing events live on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. (CBC) in years past -- you're out of luck this year. The International Olympic Committee awarded the Canadian broadcasting rights to the 2010 Vancouver Games and 2012 Summer Olympics in London to CTV Inc. That means there is no longer continuous, live Olympic coverage on CBC for audiences in Michigan. CTV is not available in Michigan... WDIV stands to be a winner with NBC (Thu, 2/11)


One of the biggest stories in Detroit morning radio history is breaking today with Dick Purtan's announcement that he's going to be retiring next month. This most certainly will be one of the biggest radio stories of the year and will likely have repercussions for any number of stations as the scramble begins to lure and/or maintain morning listeners as a new landscape takes shape in morning drive.

Here's hoping Mr. Purtan has a long and happy retirement!


Audio of today's announcement, courtesy of WOMC


Press release from CBS Radio Detroit:

Legendary Detroit radio personality and Hall of Fame broadcaster Dick Purtan today announced his retirement from CBS Radio Detroit's 104.3 WOMC. After 45 years on the air in Detroit, the last 14 hosting morning drive on WOMC, he will retire effective March 26, 2010.

PurtanPurtan, regarded as one of the country's most respected, revered and recognized air personalities, is an icon in radio broadcasting. During his long career he has been installed in both National Radio Halls of Fame, as well as the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame and has won the coveted "Marconi" as the nation's top radio personality. Along with many other honors and awards, he earned a television Emmy in 1980 for his stellar performance emceeing the Detroit Emmy TV Awards television special and was selected to run as an Olympic Torch bearer in 2002.

Purtan's show is always topical and infused with intelligent comedy - taking listeners to the edge, but never "crossing the line". He is nationally recognized as the father of the original "Put-On Call" which has become a programming staple on many radio stations around the country. Surrounding himself with a cast of characters, both real and imaginary, he excels in what radio was meant to be - "theater of the mind." An equal opportunity satirist, Purtan has good-heartedly skewered everyone and everything in the public eye.

"I was trying to put off retirement until the Lions made it to the Superbowl," said Purtan, "but frankly, I've got to get some sleep."

He added, "It's been my honor to have been welcomed into the homes and lives of the people of Southeast Michigan for the part 45 years. It's been a ball... and besides all of the fun, I hope we've made a difference."

"Unfortunately, we are losing a legend," noted Debbie Kenyon, Vice President and Market Manager for CBS Radio in Detroit. "No one has made more of an impact on Detroit radio than Dick Purtan. He is truly one-of-a-kind. Millions of people have woken up to Dick's voice in the morning...his departure will leave a void I'm not sure anyone can fill."

Purtan's dedication and commitment extends beyond his morning show. The Detroit News recognized his charitable contributions by naming him a "Michiganian of the Year" in 1993. This past September he and his wife Gail were bestowed the honor of being "Goodfellows of the Year" by the Detroit Goodfellows Organization for their on-going commitment to charitable causes.

Throughout his career Purtan has helped many charitable organizations and countless people in need. His annual Radiothon for The Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Program has raised more than $22 million since 1988 to feed the homeless and hungry in the Metro Detroit area. This year's Radiothon will be held on Friday, February 26, at Oakland Mall in Troy from 6:00am-10:00pm and broadcast on WOMC and streamed live on www.womc.com. His Radiothon is the largest single day, single radio station fundraiser in the country.

He has also been active in fund raising for Ovarian Cancer Research at the Karmanos Cancer Center through the Gail Purtan Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and has been an avid supporter of Children's Hospital among other charities in the Metro Detroit area.

Purtan's career path began in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. and included stays in Syracuse, N.Y.; Jacksonville, Fla. and Cincinnati, Ohio. While at the latter destination, he personally arranged for The Beatles to perform in Cincinnati during their first tour of America in 1964. He and Gail scraped together $2500 (their life savings) - and convinced four of his fellow jocks to do the same - to secure the Fab Four's performance. When they took to the stage, it was Purtan who introduced them. In 1965, he traveled north on I-75 for his first Detroit job at the legendary WKNR - Keener 13. In 1968, he was wooed to WBAL in Baltimore, where he did the morning show for five weeks before being fired to being "too wild for the town." A month later, he returned to morning radio in Detroit on WXYZ - 1270 where he stayed for 10 years. Then in 1978, he crossed the river to CKLW AM in Windsor, Canada., Four years later, he switched to the FM band (and shortened his commute) by moving to WCZY FM in Detroit - which later became WKQI. In 1996, he moved to WOMC, where he has been ever since.

Purtan and his wife Gail reside in West Bloomfield. Together they raised six daughters (Jennifer, Jackie, Jill, JoAnne, Jessica & Julie) and now boast seven grandchildren (five boys and two girls).



Detroit News:

After 45 years in Detroit, longtime air personality Dick Purtan called it a career this morning, announcing on his "Purtan's People" radio program that his last show will be March 26. Purtan told his WOMC-FM (104.3) listeners that he and wife Gail had decided over the two-week Christmas holiday that it was the right time to hang up the microphone, almost exactly 45 years since he first came to Detroit to take the late-night shift at WKNR-AM (1310) after being hired there in May 1965. "I must tell you, I've been blessed to do something I've loved and that I truly enjoy, but I have to be honest, I have been enjoying it less lately," Purtan noted... Dick Purtan is retiring from radio (Thu, 2/11)



Detroit Free Press:

In between weight-loss jokes and adult-contemporary radio hits, Dick Purtan announced early this morning on his radio show that he will be retiring after 45 years on Detroit airwaves. Purtan said the decision is something that he and his wife Gail have discussed for years, and that it was not easy to come to and that timing it was always going to be difficult, but after 14 years on CBS Radio's WOMC-FM (104.3), he'll step away from his morning-talk mic March 26... Radio legend Dick Purtan to sign off after 45 years (Thu, 2/11)

After 39 years in Detroit radio, preceded by stints in his hometown of Buffalo and Cincinnati, Dick Purtan enters broadcast Valhalla on Saturday night in Chicago. The morning mirthmaker will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame... Flashback: Dick Purtan on his career, inspiration (republished Thu, 2/11)



WDIV-TV Channel 4:

Detroit radio legend Dick Purtan announced moments ago he is retiring. Purtan has worked in radio for 45 years. He has hosted the morning show at WOMC since April 1996. He said he has loved the job with all his heart, but the passion is not there anymore. He said he will spend the next two months doing radio like he has been and then he looks forward to throwing away the alarm clock... Dick Purtan To Leave WOMC (Thu, 2/11)



WXYZ-TV Channel 7:

Longtime Detroit radio personality Dick Purtan has announced he is retiring from the airwaves, effective March 26. Purtan made the announcement on his WOMC-FM radio program Thursday morning. In making the announcement, he said "I was trying to put off retirement until the Lions made it to the Superbowl but frankly, I've got to get some sleep." Purtan also said "It's been my honor to have been welcomed into the homes and lives of the people of Southeast Michigan for the part 45 years. It's been a ball... and besides all of the fun, I hope we've made a difference." In addition to his on-air work, Purtan has work tirelessly for charity... Dick Purtan To Retire (Thu, 2/11)



WJBK-TV Channel 2:

One of Detroit's most popular radio hosts is calling it a career. Dick Purtan announced Thursday that he will retire this Spring. The longtime host of the morning show on 104.3 WOMC says his last day will be March 26... Dick Purtan Says He's Retiring in March (Thu, 2/11)




Detroiters received some sad news this morning during their daily commutes -- longtime local radio host Dick Purtan announced he would be retiring in late March of this year. Purtan has been on the air in Detroit since 1965, first at Top 40s stations WKNR and WKQI before landing at WOMC, where he has been entertaining morning listeners since 1996... Detroit radio legend Dick Purtan announces plans to retire (Thu, 2/11)


Dick Purtan hangs up the headphones



column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

No radio personality in Detroit radio history has been more iconic than Paul Richard Purtan, who along with J. P. McCarthy, is the longest running on-air talent on the Motor City radio dial. McCarthy joined WJR in the late fifties and (except for a brief stint at San Francisco's KGO) remained in the Fisher Building until his untimely death on August 16, 1995. In fact, when I was commissioned to produce a six hour documentary called "The History of Detroit Radio" in 1971, an entire chapter was devoted to "Detroit's Super Stars;" McCarthy and Dick Purtan!

Mr. Purtan, however, had a far more mobile career but, was always true to Detroit. I was familiar with Dick prior to his even coming to Motown. I heard him on top-40 legend WSAI (AM 1360) in Cincinnati, where he helped bring the Beatles to the Queen City. He was Paul Purtan in those years, following Dick Wagner. Back then, in the mid-1960's, stations just didn't put jocks with the same first or last name on the air back-to-back. So, when he arrived in Dearborn at WKNR, the well-remembered "Keener 13," he preceded Paul Cannon, so his real first name of Paul was dropped and he began using the name Dick, since his real middle name IS Richard. He was also clean-shaven in those early days as evidenced by this photo taken in the old WKNR production studio in the summer of 1965.

Dick PurtanDick arrived about the same time as a Kansas City DJ by the name of Rock Robbins...but that was too close to another big name in Detroit radio, Robin Seymour. So, Rock Robbins took the name of Scott Regan and he arrived at Keener 13 just prior to Purtan. Dick needed some promotion to counter Regan's "skateboard contest," and came up with the "picture contest." You needed to draw a picture of what you thought Purtan looked like. Well, I already had an 8 X 10 black and white photo of "Paul" Purtan from WSAI. So, I cheated and drew a darn good rendering of his likeness....but still didn't win the contest.

Dick started at Keener in the 10 pm till 1 am time slot and was truly outrageous. Dick is from Kenmore, NY a suburb of Buffalo. At first he was almost as crazy on the air as another Buffalo native (now in NYC) Joey Reynolds, but later turned out to be as smooth as still another Buffalonian by the name of Tom Shannon. Soon he segued to mornings at WKNR and become increasingly popular. This caught the attention of WBAL Radio 11 (1090 AM) in Baltimore to woo him to Maryland. That lasted less than two months. He used a "non-WBAL" word on the air when he said "guts." He also did a parody about Spiro Agnew, before he was VP of the United States. That didn't sit well with the brass inside the beltway.

So, soon after he left, the Dickster was back in town and spent the next ten years at WXYZ (AM 1270). Infact his program director for part of that run was James K. Davis, aka Big Jim Edwards from the Big 8 CKLW in 1970. Then in another odd twist of circumstances, Purtan wound up across the river in Canada at CKLW (where Davis/Edwards had been, just a few years before, as a Big 8 jock) working for well-remembered general manager Herb McCord. This was just at the tail-end of the "glory days" of CKLW as a Drake-style top-40 powerhouse.

Dick will also be remembered as one of the originators of the "put-on" phone calls, while over at CKLW, since rules about such pranks in Canada were less constrictive than those of our FCC. Personally I will never forget his phony call to the late Bob Ufer, UM's ultimate "homer announcer" offering him a job at ABC Sports! Also, how a clip from his show got my "radio on video" montage banned at a convention of the National Association of Broadcasters. All he did was hold up a pair of dark blue satin underwear briefs, a listener sent him for his birthday, with his first name embroidered on the fly! It was outrageously funny, but the NAB thought it was in bad taste and pulled the plug on the video. Thankfully, they are a lot more progressive today.

After years of cruising through the Detroit-Windsor tunnel, Dick flipped to the FM dial at WCZY-FM when it was called Z-95.5. Mid-stream in his tenure next to Mel Farr Ford (Ten Mile & Greenfield in Oak Park) the station changed call-letters to WKQI and was known as Q-95. When he finally felt he couldn't relate to the current hit music anymore, he made the move to "Fashionable Ferndale" the Detroit suburb that is home to CBS-owned WOMC-FM (104.3) which has morphed from a traditional oldies (late 50's, 60's & 70's) station to today's more prevalent classic hits fare (late 60's, 70's & 80's). It's been a 14 year run at WOMC, which (for the past 4 years) has also been the flagship station for University of Michigan Football. It's unsure how Purtan's departure might affect that relationship, but U-M equipment manager, and frequent Purtan guest on Tailgate Shows, Jon Falk, will miss him greatly.

Dick has won just about every award and honor one can achieve in a single lifetime from the NAB, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, trade publications and civic and charitable organizations.

Tongues are already waggin' about who might succeed him. With a glut of out-of-work radio personalities the possibilities are bountiful. J.J. and Lynne and, recently hired for part-time at WOMC, Chris Edmonds and Stacy DuFord seem like a couple of strong candidates. Edmonds and DuFord are currently on Sunday's 10 a.m. till 2 p.m. at 104.3 FM.

Mr. Purtan is the father of six daughters, three of whom are in the broadcasting industry; Jennifer, Jackie, Jill, Joanne, Jessica and Julie. He's grandfather to seven grandchildren as well. I fondly recall videotaping daughter JoAnne's wedding in 1993. I stunned him and his wife Gail by (without their knowledge) getting most of the biggest names in Detroit TV news to congratulate JoAnne and Eric on their nuptials! I also remember him giving me more than I asked for in his compensating me for that video job. What a prince he is! Yup, he's one of the last of the truly "good guys" in radio.

Dan Mason, who runs CBS Radio, started out as a DJ, so he knows first hand, what a loss this is for WOMC...which stands for Wayne, Oakland & Macomb Counties, making up greater Detroit. But, in the fall I tell everyone that WOMC stands for Where Only Michigan Counts! CBS/Detroit VP & Market Manager Debbie Kenyon said, "No one has made more of an impact on Detroit radio than Dick Purtan. He's truly one-of-a-kind."

In late May of this year Dick would have been on the air in the Motor City for a remarkable 45 years! A celebration will no doubt mark the occasion and regarding that talk of another Detroit Radio Reunion, Dick emceed the last three such events, and according to local marketing executive and past reunion committee member, Mike Seltzer..."no one in Detroit can emcee like Dick."

Also his annual Salvation Army radiothon has raised over 2 million for the last couple of years which, in this economy, is incredible. He will do the annual event again on February 26th live from the Oakland Mall in Troy.

Purtan's wife Gail is an honest-to-God walking miracle who has survived both breast and ovarian cancer for the past 13 years! She is an incredible woman, and after 50 years of marriage they would like to enjoy the future together at their home in West Bloomfield and their get-a-way place in southwest Florida. Oh yeah, and he plans to do a lot of sleeping after that final show on March 26th.

VuoloHappy Retirement Richard from all of us in your "buddies and pals" club and all listeners whose lives you've touched since your arrival May 24, 1965. Good luck to our AM-FM-MC-DP...DICK PURTAN!


For more on the career of Dick Purtan, be sure to check out Keener13.com too!


Art Vuolo Jr.

Reach Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com or visit his web site at vuolovideo.com


Michigan Almanac: Feb. 12, 2010



Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame adds five

The Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame recognizes reporters, editors, publishers, owners, photographers, broadcasters, educators and others who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Since 1985 the Journalism Hall of Fame has continued the tradition of honoring journalists begun in 1952 by the Michigan Newspaper Hall of Fame.

The class of 2010 includes:

  • Bill Bonds- iconic TV anchor at WXYZ-TV 7 and WJBK-TV 2 in Detroit
  • Ron Dzwonkowski- Detroit Free Press associate editor and columnist
  • Dawn Hertz - Media Lawyer with the firm Butzel-Long
  • Jerry Hodak- Detroit TV reporter and anchor since 1965; currently the chief meteorologist at WXYZ-TV
  • James Pooler- Detroit Free Press reporter

The Hall of Fame banquet is scheduled for Sunday, April 18, 2010, at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Contact Michigan State University's School of Journalism at 517-353-6430 for more information.



MLive.com / Associated Press:

Ernie Harwell will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. The Hall of Fame broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers will receive the award on May 5 in New York. The 92-year-old Harwell was the voice of the Tigers from 1960-02. He said last September he has inoperable cancer, a month after surgery for an obstructed bile duct. He was honored with a tribute during a game at Comerica Park on Sept. 16. Harwell's 55-year career began in Atlanta in 1946. He moved two years later to the Brooklyn Dodgers. After stints with the New York Giants and Baltimore Orioles, he started his long association with the Tigers. Harwell was voted the 1981 Ford Frick Award for major contributions to baseball by the Hall of Fame. The Scully award is named for the longtime Dodgers broadcaster, who won the Frick Award in 1982. Scully helped form Fordham's radio station WFUV, which is the award's sponsor, and joined the Dodgers broadcast crew in 1950. Tigers' Ernie Harwell to receive Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award for broadcasting (Thu, 2/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 12, 2010



Purtan retirement announcement gets lots of coverage

The Detroit media is not hesitating to provide coverage to yesterday's announcement that Dick Purtan has decided to retire from the daily radio grind next month. Some of the updated stories are below:


Detroit News:

Detroit radio icon Dick Purtan announced on his morning show Thursday that he's signing off after a long run as host of one of Detroit's top morning shows. His last "Purtan's People" radio program will be March 26. Purtan told his WOMC-FM (104.3) listeners that he and wife, Gail, decided over the two-week Christmas holiday that it was the right time to retire, almost 45 years after he came to Detroit to take the late-night shift at the hot pop music station WKNR-AM (1300) in May 1965... Dick Purtan: Time to retire after four decades on Detroit radio (Fri, 2/12)


Detroit Free Press:

After 45 years on the Motor City airwaves, it's the end of an era for Dick Purtan, known for his distinguished voice, signature moustache and warm-hearted humor. After 14 years on WOMC-FM (104.3) -- and almost 50 years since his Detroit market debut at WKNR-AM -- the legendary broadcaster said Thursday he'll step away from his morning-talk mic on March 26... After 45 years on Detroit airwaves, beloved radio host Dick Purtan will retire in March (Fri, 2/12)


The Oakland Press:

Dick Purtan's fans reacted quickly Thursday to the news he had decided to retire March 26 after 45 years in radio. "I'm holding several hundred messages here in my hands," said Purtan, one of the giants of Metro Detroit morning radio and host of the Oldies 104.3 WOMC Morning Show with Purtan's People... Radio legend Dick Purtan will retire (Fri, 2/12)


WXYZ-TV Ch. 7:

With Videos: Longtime Detroit radio personality Dick Purtan has announced he is retiring from the airwaves, effective March 26. Purtan told his listeners on his WOMC-FM radio program Thursday morning... Radio Legend Dick Purtan to Retire (Thu, 2/11)


WDIV-TV Ch. 4:

ClickonDetroit.com has several videos available... Search ClickonDetroit.com (Thu, 2/11)


WJBK-TV Ch. 2:

With Video: A Detroit broadcasting legend is calling it a career after almost a half-century of making us laugh. Dick Purtan has been a fixture on the radio dial for 45 years. His last day on WOMC is March 26... Dick Purtan Says He's Retiring in March (Thu, 2/11)


Also, please check out Art Vuolo's latest column here on Michiguide.com:

Dick Purtan hangs up the headphones



NBA's Detroit Pistons set to host 3rd Pistons Care Telethon

The Detroit Pistons plan to continue their tradition of giving back to their community by hosting a day-long telethon on TV, radio, and at the Palace of Auburn Hills on March 2nd. The press release:

The Detroit Pistons have announced that the 2010 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting Food Bank Council of Michigan will take place on Tuesday, Mar. 2. The team is devoting the entire day leading up to the Pistons' game against the Boston Celtics, including their in-arena presentation and game broadcasts, to raise money for FBCM. The telethon begins at 6 a.m. with live radio and television broadcasts at The Palace and runs throughout the day, culminating with Pistons-Celtics game at 7:30 p.m., broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1 The Ticket.

As Michigan families struggle to weather the state's troubled economy, the demand on community food banks is higher than ever. This year's telethon benefiting FBCM will dedicate all proceeds to feed Michigan residents in critical need throughout the state. The FBCM also supports Michigan farmers by working with them to provide fresh produce to those in need. The team and entire Palace Sports & Entertainment organization is asking for the support of the Pistons community.

"The Food Bank Council of Michigan has the ability to stretch minimal donations into maximum efforts," said PS&E President and CEO Tom Wilson. "Just $10 feeds a family for a week; $100 provides a student a backpack that can be refilled throughout the school year and $200 feeds a senior for an entire year. We have the opportunity this year to do something great for our friends and neighbors right here in Michigan."

Donations can be made immediately by clicking here. Online donations will be accepted until March 2. Donors interested in participating on the day of the telethon will be provided a toll free number to call throughout the day. To learn about other fund-raising programs that allow individuals, businesses, schools or churches to get involved, please call the Pistons community relations department at 248-377-0100.

The FBCM provides statewide leadership to food banks in their efforts to alleviate hunger through the distribution of surplus food to those in need. FBCM gathers food and funds to help stock Michigan's food banks. The food is then distributed throughout the statewide food bank network. Millions of pounds of this food are surplus vegetables, fruits and other grocery items that, for one reason or another, cannot be sold. For more information, please visit www.fbcmich.org.

"It is always heartwarming to see a community come together to help one another," said Jane Marshall, executive director of the FBCM. "Michigan food banks are stretched beyond the limit and cannot keep food on their shelves to keep up with the increased demand. The financial disaster of Michigan is taking a toll on Michigan families, so we hope those who can donate help in some way."

In 2008, the Pistons became the first professional sports team in Detroit and in the NBA to present an entire home game as a charitable fundraiser. The 2009 Pistons Care Telethon benefiting Feed The Children raised more than $450,000 in pledges and helped to provide food and personal care items to 25,000 families across Michigan.


Movin' on Sunday



Two veteran Detroit-area radio personalities announced plans to move on from their current gigs on Facebook this morning:

Lisa Jesswein, morning show co-host at pop WDVD-FM 96.3 posted on her Facebook account the following-

I invite you to take joy in all that is new in your life. I have decided to leave the morning show on 96.3 WDVD to forge a new path. I am so very grateful to all who have followed me over the years, those who met me at WDVD and those who will continue to watch my progress. Where will I end up? Hmmm...stay tuned! :-)



Weekender Steve Black of rock WRIF-FM was less mysterious about his destination on his posting-

Time to announce my new job. Starting tomorrow I'm the Program Director at 103.9 The Fox in Flint. I will be on the air weekdays starting Wednesday. I will be finishing up my WRIF duties over the next couple of weeks. I'm excited to be going back to my hometown! I can't thank Doug Podell and Mark Pennington enough. They have taught me well. I'll have a new Fox FB page up on Monday. please friend us when you can.

Black grew up in Flushing and has been on Detroit radio for nearly 20 years at six different stations including WRIF. The Fox 103.9 is Cumulus Broadcasting's classic rock WRSR-FM Owosso/Flint.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 16, 2010




JIM MARIK (A.K.A. J-R NELSON) passed away in his sleep this afternoon after a three-year battle with cancer. J-R is probably best known for being part of the original Z100/NYC morning show with SCOTT SHANNON. He also ran his own voiceover service for years and most recently, worked at CBS RADIO/DETROIT... J-R Nelson Succumbs To Cancer (Tue, 2/16)



Fox Sports Net/Detroit updates Pistons schedule

During the course of the season, FOX Sports Detroit picked up two Detroit Pistons games that were originally scheduled to be nationally televised on ESPN - Dec. 9 vs. Philadelphia and March 21 at Cleveland. In exchange, two games have been removed from the local TV schedule - Feb. 27 at Golden State and March 13 at Atlanta. These games will not be available for local viewers.

The Pistons' schedule with TV availability can be viewed at www.foxsportsdetroit.com/pages/pistsonsschedule.

last updated 8:36 p.m.


column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Frankly I'm getting tired of losing so many friends in radio. It's is one of the worst parts about getting older. James R. Marik, best known to radio people, as J. R. Nelson, was not a close friend, but we've known each other since first meeting in 1983 at this new station in the swampy Meadowlands of New Jersey. It was a Newark station called WVNJ at 100.3 FM, that had just undergone a complete makeover by Scott Shannon. It was now WHTZ Newark, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut's Hot Rockin', Flame-throwin' Z-100! I was there on the Friday after Thanksgiving in 1983, less than four months after the station signed on back on August 2nd. I even brought the legendary Joey Reynolds (now at WOR NYC) who Scott Shannon allowed to audition (on the air) for a job. It made for a great, and now priceless video. J. R. Nelson was part of that original staff. The video of him and Ross Brittain and Jonathan Bell (who's still at Z-100) all singing "Shout" by the Isley Brothers is still vivid in my mind.

J. R. Nelson died yesterday, February 16th from, what his partner Sue Peters felt was a heart attack. The Oak Harbor, OH native was only 60, and would have been 61 next month. He was going to lay down for a nap and fell on the bed. He had also been battling from bladder cancer. In recent years J. R. has been in Detroit as Director of Imaging and Creative Services at country WYCD-FM (99.5) and later at classic hits WOMC-FM (104.3) both owned by CBS Radio. He and Sue shared a home in Rochester Hills, in suburban Detroit.

J. R. Nelson had one of the best sets of pipes in the business. A distinctive voice that was immediately recognizable. He...and it, will surely be missed. I know that I will certainly be sending a DVD of that November 1983 video to Sue Peters. It may make her cry, but I know it will also make her smile.

Rest in peace JRN...you were among the best.


Art Vuolo Jr.

Reach Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com or visit his web site at vuolovideo.com


Is That My Truck?



Guest column by Bill Kalmar, former Director of the Michigan Quality Council

Country singers have a way of expressing their thoughts and views unlike any other artists. How else can we account for songs such as, I Guess I Had Your Leavin' Coming, or I Bought The Shoes That Just Walked Out On Me, or how about, If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me. Rhett Akins had a hit a couple of years ago with a ditty titled, That Ain't My Truck. Here's a verse: "That ain't my shadow on her wall, Lord this don't look good at all, Cuz that's my girl -- my whole world... But that ain't my truck".

And while on the subject of trucks, every day thousands of our fellow citizens look for the distinctive red and white Salvation Army Bed and Bread trucks that traverse through the various neighborhoods of our community. These are people who through no fault of their own have become disenfranchised. Imagine, if you can, being hungry and homeless - especially during this coldest time of the year! It's a heartbreaking thought but unfortunately for many in our community it's a way of life.

Fortunately, the Bed and Bread trucks of The Salvation Army have become a lifeline for the underprivileged. Each day The Salvation Army Bed and Bread trucks serve nearly 5,000 meals on the streets of Detroit. In some cases, the cup of soup, sandwich, and perhaps a cookie, is the only sustenance some of our fellow citizens will receive for the entire day. And no matter the weather, the Bed and Bread trucks are there to provide what is a life saving meal for too many.

PurtanMost of us in the area have never seen the trucks and that is a good sign. It means that we are in the warm confines of our homes, gainfully employed, and have never experienced the trauma of life on the streets. Not seeing The Salvation Army Trucks means that our lives have not been impacted by the strains of unemployment or some tragedy not of our making. As such, I think it is incumbent upon us to assist those people who look for and see the Bed and Bread trucks everyday!

The country song may state that "it's not my truck", but I truly believe that the Salvation Army trucks belong to everyone in the community who want to assist those less fortunate. The Salvation Army trucks make no distinction to race, color or creed because the trucks provide nourishment to everyone! And, believe it or not, there are in fact people who have had the trucks in their lives and as a result of the assistance from The Salvation Army are now back on their feet and are contributing to the Bed and Bread campaign themselves.

How can we be a part of this tremendous movement? On Friday, February 26th from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., Dick Purtan of 104.3 WOMC will be hosting his 23nd Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon live from the Oakland Mall to raise money for the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club. To support this very worthwhile endeavor, you can become a member of The Bed and Bread Club by contributing just $120 (or just $10 a month), which will help feed one person in Detroit for a year. Or, for $240 (or $20 per month) you can help feed two people. And for that $240 donation you will receive a commemorative collectible plate signed by Dick Purtan.

Of course no donation will be refused and all are certainly welcome! Dick Purtan has been conducting this Radiothon for 22 years and because of his commitment and the generosity of the community, nearly $22 million has been raised for The Salvation Army's Bed And Bread Club. Last year's campaign raised more than $2.2 million!

If you have never seen the Bed and Bread trucks, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. However, we need the trucks to keep running for those less fortunate. And yes, I know that there are many worthwhile charities that need our support. But the Salvation Army campaign strikes at the very heart of our own community, so won't you somehow find it in your heart to contribute to The Bed and Bread Club? Just call (248) 307-1043 between now and February 26 and make your donation so that those who rely on the trucks will continue to see them everyday. Don't be the person in the song, If The Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me. Dick Purtan and his team are waiting for your call! Make their phones ring!

And if you happen to pass one of the trucks on the road, give a wave knowing that your contribution is helping to provide a lifeline to many of our community's neediest citizens. And contrary to the country song, that truck belongs to all of us! I'll be doing my part - won't you join in too!


For more information on the 23rd Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon visit womc.com.

Online donations are also being accepted right now! Click to make your secure donation.

Be sure to become a fan of the Radiothon on Facebook: Dick Purtan Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Club page


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 18, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

CNN's Soledad O'Brien will lead a panel discussion at Ford Motor's 29th annual Black History Month Celebration on Friday. O'Brien will moderate a program titled "Voices of Communication: Shaping the Story of Black America." Also participating: syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner, Essence magazine's Angela Burt-Murray, TV One's Jonathan Rodgers and filmmaker David Wilson. WDIV-TV (Channel 4) anchor Rhonda Walker and state Sen. Martha Scott, D-Highland Park, will be honored for their community work at the event, which is open to the public... Ford Motor to salute Black History (Wed, 2/17)



Detroit News:

Jerry Hodak , the chief meteorologist for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), and his former colleague, retired anchorman Bill Bonds, are being inducted into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame recognizes reporters, editors, publishers, broadcasters, educators and others who have made outstanding contributions to the profession. Hodak and Bonds are part of the group's 25th anniversary class... Jerry Hodak, Bill Bonds to enter journalism Hall (Thu, 2/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 20, 2010



New York Times:

It was an instinctual move, honed through years of watching the Olympics on television. Tom August, a resident of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., changed channels to see what was on CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. It's an option available to many American border cities like Detroit, Buffalo and Seattle, and a secret escape for Americans who do not want to watch NBC. But as August soon realized, that option was not available for the Vancouver Games. CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, won the rights to broadcast the Vancouver Games, and August's cable company does not carry it... Canadian TV Switch Displeases Americans (Sat, 2/20)



Detroit Free Press:

Paul Carey, who was Ernie Harwell's partner on Tigers broadcasts for 19 seasons, said it's "heartrending" to see Harwell deal with his terminal cancer. "He's the most gentle, the most tolerant, most patient man I've ever known," Carey said Friday morning at the Tigers' spring training camp. "He's just one of a kind. There will never be another Ernie." Carey said he has been talking to Harwell about once a week. Their most recent conversation was Monday... Ernie Harwell's ordeal saddens Paul Carey (Sat, 2/20)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 21, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

"Mojo in the Morning" is celebrating its 10th anniversary on WKQI-FM (95.5) this week. It's been a decade of jokes, phone scams, celebrity dirt and engaging interviews from the team that includes Mojo, Spike and homegrown cohost Shannon Murphy. The show, a consistent top 5 performer in the morning ratings race, might be best known for good times, but leader Mojo says the most gratifying thing about his involvement is its connection to the community. "Success was always the plan, but the coolest thing is interacting and working with our listeners through Time Team Detroit," Mojo said of the organization established to coordinate volunteer efforts and mobilize the show's listeners... Mojo's morning crew reaches a milestone (Sun, 2/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 22, 2010



Detroit's Downtown Hoedown sets 2010 dates

The 28th annual Downtown Hoedown has been set for May 14th - 16th and will once again be sponsored by country WYCD-FM 99.5 Detroit. The artist lineup will be revealed starting on March 12th. For details on what's been billed as the USA's largest free country music festival, visit www.wycd.com.



Crain's Detroit Business:

When yawning and bleary-eyed metro Detroiters begin their day on March 29, absent from their car radios for the first time in 45 years will be the voice of Dick Purtan. Known for his humor, charity work and trademark mustache, Purtan announced on Feb. 11 that he's retiring next month from oldies station WOMC-FM 104.3, ending a career that began more than 50 years ago. That includes on-air stints at different Detroit stations since 1965. Widely considered a pioneer of the modern morning radio format of comedy bits, chatter and music, and the recipient of nearly every imaginable award in the business, Purtan exits the industry at a time of immense change. Some of that change has been pressure from radio station managers and owners to talk and laugh less on air, and play more music instead... Dick Purtan leaves a changing industry (Sun, 2/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 23, 2010




WCBNThe Federal Communications Commission recently granted WCBN-FM -- the University of Michigan's nearly 40-year-old, not-for-profit, student-run radio station -- the opportunity increase its power from 200 watts to 3,000 watts. But in order to take advantage of this, WCBN must purchase a new transmitter and antenna (the station has received quotes in the range of $20,000-$80,000 for each, plus the cost of installation), and the FCC has provided WCBN with a window of 3 years to make the change. To this end, WCBN is now seeking listener testimonials, which will be used to petition for support from the university and other student organization umbrella groups... U-M's student radio station, WCBN, seeks listener testimonials for funding petitions (Tue, 2/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 25, 2010



Detroit News:

The 23rd Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army kicks off Friday at Oakland Mall. Because Purtan announced his retirement from radio earlier this month, all are hoping for a blowout, with more donations than usual. Over the years, the radiothon has raised more than $22 million for the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club, which feeds the hungry and shelters the homeless in Detroit. "It's such an important program, so many people are fed off of it," Purtan told The News in an interview earlier this month. "It feeds, oh gosh, nearly 5,000 people a day, 365 days a year. It shelters 570 people (men, women and children) 365 days a year." Purtan's last day on the air on WOMC-FM (104.3) will be March 26. The radiothon will continue after that, but Purtan's involvement going forward is still being worked out... Purtan kicks off radiothon Friday (Thu, 2/25)



Detroit Free Press:

The 23rd Annual Dick Purtan Radiothon being held Friday to benefit the Salvation Army, will be the last for the WOMC-FM (104.3) radio personality before his retirement in March. The radiothon, which is being held in Troy at the Oakland Mall Center Court between 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., has raised nearly $22 million for The Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Program since its' launch in 1988... Purtan to host his last radiothon Friday (Thu, 2/25)



WDIV hires Gary Macko as new GSM

WDIV-TV Ch. 4 has announced the hiring of Gary Macko as General Sales Manager of WDIV Local 4, the flagship station of Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. Macko, a veteran television general sales manager for over ten years at stations in New York and Tennessee, will assume the role in mid-March.

"We're thrilled to have Gary join the Local 4 team. He's just the right guy to take on this critical role," said Marla Drutz, WDIV Vice President and General Manager. "Gary's years of experience in the industry and enthusiastic leadership of our sales team will be a great benefit for all of our clients looking to create effective and innovative campaigns on-air and online."

Prior to joining WDIV, Macko served as general sales manager at WMC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Memphis, Tennessee, since 2001. Before that, Macko held the role of general sales manager at WKBW, the ABC affiliate in Buffalo, New York, and WTVH, the CBS affiliate in Syracuse, New York, where he had been promoted from the position of local sales manager.

Macko will oversee sales efforts for WDIV-TV's programming including Local 4 News at 5 and 6 p.m. and Local 4 News at 11 p.m. (the number one-rated newscast in Michigan and top NBC affiliate local newscast) and signature events including exclusive television coverage of the International Freedom Festival Fireworks, America's Thanksgiving Parade, and the Olympics.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 26, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

It's just a little bit after 10 a.m. and more than $580,000 has been raised at Dick Purtan's annual radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army. The scene at Oakland Mall today is filling up quickly with fans and longtime friends who share a sense of community with Purtan, who announced two weeks ago that he will retire his "Purtan's People" morning show March 26, the final bow of a nearly 45-year Motor City broadcasting career... Dick Purtan radiothon raises thousands (Fri, 2/26)


It will likely be an emotional scene today as Dick Purtan hosts his final radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army. "For me, this is the culmination of these past 23 years of work," Purtan told the Free Press of the Dick Purtan Radiothon, which has raised nearly $22 million for metro Detroit's homeless and hungry people. Purtan announced two weeks ago that he will retire his "Purtan's People" morning show March 26, the final bow of a nearly 45-year Motor City broadcasting career. The news of his retirement is sure to put an even brighter spotlight on his biggest annual event... Broadcasting legend Purtan to host final radiothon today (Fri, 2/26)


After nearly a decade of busting bad guys, bulldog Channel 7 investigative reporter Steve Wilson is losing his job. But he's not losing his sense of humor. "Isn't it ironic that Kwame Kilpatrick still has his job after I'm losing mine?" he observed wryly this week. "That will teach you a lesson in fairness." In a way, Wilson outlasted the man perceived to be his nemesis. Arriving just before Kilpatrick finished first in the 2001 mayoral primary, Wilson stuck around as chief investigative reporter at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) well after Kilpatrick resigned as mayor, spent 99 days in jail and moved his family to Texas. That's cold comfort in a television market that just a few years ago bristled with investigative reporters. Wilson's imminent departure in what he characterized as a cost-cutting move, coupled with Scott Lewis' sign-off at WJBK-TV (Channel 2) in December and cutbacks in the investigative unit at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), show that one way local stations are dealing with financial pressures is by shrinking the high-impact -- but high-cost -- special project teams... Reporter Steve Wilson losing job at Channel 7 (Fri, 2/26)



Detroit News:

Steve Wilson, the dogged Channel 7 chief investigative reporter known for pursuing ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick for alleged misdeeds from Detroit to California, is being ousted, he said Thursday. "It's a business decision made by a corporate owner who is not in this community," Wilson told The Detroit News on Thursday night. He said he was given notice that his contract would not be renewed when it expires next month. Wilson also posted the news on DetroitYes.com, a popular local Web forum. "Simply put, Channel 7's corporate management in Cincinnati just does not see the value in continuing to invest in me and the work I do here in Detroit," he wrote on the forum. The award-winning reporter, who joined WXYZ in 2001, said he hopes to launch a nonprofit that would house an investigative reporting team producing items for other media outlets... Steve Wilson loses job as TV reporter at Ch. 7 (Fri, 2/26)



A Prairie Home Companion announces special musical guests for Detroit show

Michigan Radio and Olympia Entertainment will present a special live performance of A Prairie Home Companion, this Saturday, February 27. Host Garrison Keillor and special guests will take the stage at Detroit's historic Fox Theater for a live, national broadcast beginning at 5:45 pm.

Saturday's show will feature live performances by special musical guests, including blues and soul legend Bettye LaVette, Detroit singer and songwriter "Sir" Mack Rice, and gospel singers Jearlyn and Jevetta Steele. Host Garrison Keillor will weave local humor into the show and share his signature monologue, "The News From Lake Wobegon," with Detroit audiences, in addition to performing comic skits with the Prairie Home cast.

Bettye LaVette, who has been recording soul music since 1962, is best known for her 2005 album I've Got My Own Hell To Raise and Grammy-nominated 2007 album The Scene of the Crime. She has previously appeared on NPR's All Things Considered as well as Late Night with David Letterman, The Conan O'Brien Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

"Sir" Mack Rice has been a nationally prominent songwriter for over 50 years, and lives in the Detroit area. He has written compositions for artists including The Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd, Johnny Taylor, Rufus Thomas, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Busta Rhymes, and Ike and Tina Turner. Among his best known compositions are "Respect Yourself" and "Mustang Sally," a song he wrote and recorded, that gained even greater popularity after Wilson Pickett covered it in 1966.

A Prairie Home Companion is currently carried coast-to-coast on over 580 public radio stations, with a nationwide audience of over 4 million listeners. The show regularly airs across southern Michigan on Michigan Radio (91.7 FM in Ann Arbor & Detroit, 91.1 FM in Flint, 104.1 FM in West Michigan) Saturdays at 6:00 pm and is repeated Sundays at noon.



Flint Journal:

For the uninitiated, it might be hard to grasp exactly what "A Prairie Home Companion" is, and what makes it so popular. It's a throwback serial radio program, sure, but one that combines live theater, music, comedy and melodrama into an entertainment stew that works unbelievably well... Love 'Prairie Home Companion'? See it live Saturday in Detroit (Fri, 2/26)


A nice scene at Oakland Mall in Troy this evening just past 10 o'clock as Dick Purtan and crew put the wraps on their 23rd successful Radiothon to benefit the Salvation Army's Bed and Bread Club in Southeast Michigan. After the final tally of $2,339,440 was announced, Purtan spent several minutes shaking hands and chatting with the standing-room only crowd that had gathered at the mall for the duration of the 16-hour event.

Although the pledge tally fell about $60,000 short of their all-time record, the amount did surpass the $2.2 million raised in 2009.

Purtan is retiring from WOMC FM 104.3 on March 26th and this was his last Radiothon as host.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 28, 2010




WEMU (89.1-FM), the public radio station based at Eastern Michigan University, has announced new overnight programming starting Monday. Replacing the syndicated "Jazz with Bob Parlocha" will be a new national show with a broader musical focus called "Undercurrents." It includes jazz but also a variety of other genres. The full press release from WEMU: 89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, will debut a new overnight music service beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, March 1. "Undercurrents," hosted by Peabody Award winner Greg McVicker, comes from RadioCamp LLC and distributed by Native Voice One: The Native American Radio Service, replaces the previous overnight program, the syndicated "Jazz with Bob Parlocha." "Undercurrents" is called "American music with a passport" and lives up to that claim with an intriguing, well-produced, expertly hosted, and very listenable mix of rock, blues, jazz, folk, native, Americana, funk, electronica, reggae, roots, world, dub, and alt country music" said WEMU's program director, Clark Smith... WEMU changing overnight programming with "Undercurrents" (Sun, 2/28)


Toledo Blade:

Even before cracking the November ratings book and crunching the newscast numbers, WNWO-TV, Channel 24, general manager Jon Skorburg had to know how his station fared. It's been the same every ratings period since Channel 24 began broadcasting nearly 45 years ago: WNWO is in last place in all competitive newscasts. One thousand: That's approximately how many viewers between the ages of 25-54, the prime advertising demographic, the Nielsens say tuned in to Channel 24 at 11 p.m. That's 22 times less than those who watch WTOL-TV, Channel 11, and 17 times less than those who tune in to WTVG-TV, Channel 13. In the average number of total viewers for that same newscast, WNWO was watched by 5,000 people, compared to 57,000 and 40,000 for WTOL and WTVG, respectively... Reshaping Toledo's Channel 24 (Sun, 2/28)


Guest column by Bill Kalmar, former Director of the Michigan Quality Council

Congrats to Dick Purtan and his talented team for the $2.3 million raised in the 23rd annual Salvation Army Bed and Bread Radiothon! It was an exciting day as his legions of listeners and fans called in their pledges. We called our pledge in early and felt good all day as we heard the stories of how that money is assisting those less fortunate. And no one directs the all day activities better than Dick Purtan!

Money raised by the Radiothon will go a long way to feeding the over 5,000 people daily that the Bed and Bread trucks serve. In addition, two new trucks have been dedicated to Dick and Gail Purtan and Doc Andrews and Gene Taylor from money pledged by listeners. What a great honor for Dick and Gail and a wonderful legacy for Doc and Gene!

Dale Johnson of the Salvation Army mentioned that pledges would push the campaign "over the top" and callers did just that! And it happened because as the song says -- Dick Purtan "You're the top".

You're the top -
You're the louvre museum.
You're a melody from a symphony by strauss.
You're a bendel bonnet, a shakespeare sonnet, you're mickey mouse.
You're the nile - you're the tower of pisa.
You're the smile - on the mona lisa.
You're the top, you're mahatma ghandi.
You're the top - you are napoleon brandy.
You're the purple light of a summer night in spain.
You're the national gallery,
You're garbo's salary,
You're cellophane.
You are sublime, you're a salmon dinner.
You're the time - the time of the derby winner.

During the month of March I know that Dick and his Purtan's People will be featuring excerpts from the "Best of Purtan" and all of us are looking forward to that. But somehow I think once he retires and settles into a lifestyle of assisting charities and doing the work that is most dear to his heart, we will be exposed to more of the "Best of Purtan" because whatever it is he does, he does it BEST and the best is yet to come!

Congrats Dick on 45 years in radio and congrats on the accomplishments yet to be realized!

P.S. And yes I changed "turkey" to "salmon" in the lyrics!


Broadcasting & Cable:

WDIV Detroit has been a pioneer in using Streambox's software-based encoder for IP-based newsgathering in both the Detroit area and internationally. The station relies on it instead of traditional microwave and satellite links to backhaul coverage for both TV newscasts and its Website. The NBC affiliate, owned by Post-Newsweek, has used Streambox to cover everything from a local long-distance yacht race to the aftermath of January's massive earthquake in Haiti, combining it with both wireless EVDO data cards and BGAN broadband satellite transmitters. This winter, WDIV took its use of the Streambox system one step further in an effort to improve its local severe-weather coverage. The station reached a deal with Michigan roadway authorities to place video-capable 3G smartphones loaded with Streambox software in 25 plow trucks... Streaming Snowplows Circle Detroit (Mon, 3/1)


Detroit News:

The 2010 Pistons Care Telethon will run throughout today, beginning with live radio and television broadcasts at The Palace of Auburn Hills and culminate with tonight's Pistons-Celtics game at 7:30 p.m., broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit and 97.1-FM, the Ticket. Proceeds from the telethon will benefit the Food Bank Council of Michigan to feed needy Michigan residents. TV viewers and radio listeners interested in donating can call (877) 499-2010 toll-free or donate online by visiting www.nba.com/pistons and clicking "Donate Now"... Pistons Telethon will help feed the needy (Tue, 3/2)


Jack Torry, whose book "Henderson's Light: Drinking, Driving and a Deadly Encounter" (Countinghouse Press, $25.95) detailed a tragic 1965 car crash that took the lives of three Birmingham Seaholm teens, including swim team star Roddy Henderson, will appear at 11:30 a.m. today on the Craig Fahle Show on Detroit Public Radio, WDET-FM (101.9). The Fahle show runs from 10 a.m. to noon... Author Jack Torry gives interview on WDET-FM (Tue, 3/2)


97.1 The Ticket to host free SportsFest on March 20

WXYT-FM 97.1 The Ticket, will present the "97.1 The Ticket SportsFest" - the ultimate metro Detroit sports fan appreciation event on Saturday, March 20 at The Rock Financial Showplace from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car. Details can be found at www.971theticket.com.

SportsFest will bring together fans and activities related to all four major local sports teams for a fun filled interactive day for sports lovers and families. 97.1 The Ticket, which can be heard on-air, online at www.971theticket.com and through mobile devices, will broadcast live from SportsFest beginning at 10 a.m. The event will showcase premier areas designated to each Detroit sports team (Tigers, Lions, Red Wings, Pistons) featuring youth clinics, pro shops, memorabilia displays, mascot appearances, sports courts, speed pitch machines, inflatables and more. Other show highlights include autograph sessions with current and former Detroit players, a Sports Pub to watch the college basketball tournament, roundtable discussions with Ticket personalities, contests, and a Minor Leagues area for the kids. 97.1's Ticket Chicks will be onsite along with the Detroit Pistons Dance Team Automotion.

"Detroit's sports fans are the most passionate and dedicated fans around. SportsFest was created as a one day free fan fest to recognize this passion and thank our listeners and fans," said Program Director Jimmy Powers.



Metromix Detroit

Who's ready to rock, girl? It's time for WRIF-FM (101.1)'s annual Rock Girl search for that special someone to represent the legendary Detroit powerhouse radio station at concerts, VIP events and even on the air... The winner of the competition will be rewarded with a $40,000 salary, a scholarship to Specs Howard School of Media Arts, rep the station at events and on air and more. A series of four casting calls over the next few weeks at local bars and establishments will celebrate the new crop of talent, familiarize themeselves with the station and its personalities and provide plenty of opportunities of fun to interact with the public and...party!... WRIF 2010 Rock Girl Search (Wed, 3/3)


The ratings for Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4's news and Olympics broadcasts beat the top ten markets nationwide and the station won handily in early evening news at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m., late news at 11 p.m., and primetime coverage of the 2010 Winter Olympics in the February 2010 Nielsen ratings period of the Detroit television market.

Local 4 News at 5 p.m. garnered an 8.3 household rating (RTG) and a 17 share (SHR) in the 5-6 p.m. time period (compared to WXYZ 6.7 RTG, 14 SHR and WJBK 5.2 RTG, 11 SHR). Local 4 News at 5 p.m. registered a significant growth of nearly 20% in household ratings over the previous year.

In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. finished #1 in household ratings scoring a 10.1 household rating and an 19 share (compared to WXYZ 6.3 RTG, 12 SHR and WJBK 4.5 RTG, 9 SHR). In addition, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won in the key demo market of adults ages 25-54. This signifies a 25% ratings growth over the previous year, while competitor WXYZ is down 6% household ratings year to year.

Local 4 News at 11 p.m., the perennial powerhouse of late news anchored by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica and Bernie Smilovitz, dominated all local newscasts with the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time-period. In February 2010, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. garnered a 10.3 household rating and a 19 share. (compared to WXYZ 7.4 RTG, 14 SHR, WJBK 10pm 7.8 RTG, 12 SHR, and WJBK 11pm M-F 4.9 RTG, 9 SHR). Local 4 News at 11 p.m. was the only late news to demonstrate growth, up another 17% in household ratings over the previous year. In addition, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. beat the late newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 10 markets nationwide.

From the Opening Ceremony of 2010 Winter Olympics and throughout the 16 days of intense competition in Vancouver, WDIV averaged a 15.7 in household ratings and a 25 share (compared head-to-head to primetime programming on WXYZ 7.0 RTG, 11 SHR and WJBK 5.3 RTG, 8 SHR), up 35% in primetime household ratings and 39% in share over the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

On Friday, February 12, WDIV's broadcast of the 2010 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony garnered a 21.1 household rating (RTG) and an 34 share (SHR) in the 7:30 p.m.-12:15 a.m. time period, up 34% from the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing (15.7 HH RTG, 30 SHR), and up 76% in household rating from the 2006 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Turin (12.0 HH RTG, 20 SHR).

On Wednesday, February 17, as snowboarder Shaun White, speed skater Shani Davis and downhill skier Lindsey Vonn brought home Gold Medals for the U.S. team, WDIV garnered a 20.6 household rating and a 32 share, ranking #1 for household ratings over all NBC affiliates in the top ten markets nationwide.

In addition, on Sunday, February 28, while Team USA battled Team Canada, WDIV's broadcast of the Men's Hockey Gold Medal game finished just shy of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins.

The WDIV programming lineup in other dayparts also fared well. The Ellen Degeneres Show (10-11 a.m.) was #1 and continues to lead in all key demographics. In the 4-5 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 4 p.m. followed by Inside Edition with Deborah Norville virtually tied WXYZ's Oprah in households. And in the time period of 7-8 p.m., Wheel Of Fortune (11.2 HH RTG, 20 SHR) and Jeopardy (9.9 HH RTG, 17 SHR) are the top-rated shows, and continue to experience growth, up 14% in household ratings from the previous year.

Also in February, ClickOnDetroit.com, WDIV's local and national news, weather, sports and entertainment website, scored over 22.4 million page views, setting an all time record for page views in the month of February.


Michigan Radio named Public Radio Station of the Year

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been named Public Radio Station of the Year for 2009 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). The award was announced Wednesday evening at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing. This is the eighth time in nine years that Michigan Radio has been named Public Radio Station of the Year.

The Station of the Year recognition is based on total points that a station receives in various judging categories. Michigan Radio was recognized as Station of the Year in Group 2, which is for public radio stations with more than $2 million budget.

In addition to the Station of the Year award, Michigan Radio received a total of fourteen Broadcast Excellence Awards, including eight Best in Category awards and six Merit awards.


Detroit News:

Carl Nielbock was a stranger in a new land. Listening to legendary radio personality Martha Jean "The Queen" Steinberg helped him persevere. The 24-year-old moved from Germany in 1984 to meet his father and connect with his African-American roots. Nielbock, whose mother is white and father is black, settled on the east side with his father. Their day began, like so many others in Detroit, by listening to Steinberg's radio show. "She was very inspirational. She eloquently explained the situation we find ourselves in," said Nielbock, 50. "She talked about how you can overcome problems and that you can make it despite all the adversity." Nielbock, an ironworks artisan, has worked since Steinberg's death in 2000 to honor her with a 16-foot statue on Belle Isle. He met with her daughters, Sandra and Trienere, last week to discuss efforts to raise $300,000 to complete the project... Building on legacy of Martha Jean 'The Queen' (Sat, 3/6)




CLEAR CHANNEL Rhythmic AC WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT)/DETROIT has announced its 2010 SPRING BEATRAVE. The APRIL 24th show features STEVIE B., LISA LISA, C+C MUSIC FACTORY featuring FREEDOM WILLIAMS, ROB BASE, THE COVER GIRLS and SHANNON... BeatRave Set At 106.7 The Beat Of Detroit (Fri, 3/5)


Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television mined little-known family foundations as part of its strategy to close out its recent $22 million capital campaign. "In addition to the larger foundations, we had to go to the indigenous population of family foundations, largely unknown," said WTVS-Channel 56 board Chairman Richard Rassel, who is director of global client relations at Detroit-based law firm Butzel Long P.C. Clover Technology L.L.C. founder George Riley, whose family foundation committed $5 million to Channel 56 and sold it its new, production-ready headquarters in Wixom, "is typical of that family foundation donor base that we all need to look at more closely as we go forward in these challenging times," Rassel said... Detroit Public Television tapped all sources for capital campaign (Tue, 3/9)



Detroit Free Press:

Oscar night was a big deal for ABC, whose telecast of the 82nd Annual Academy Awards drew some encouraging numbers. The biggest night in movies, hosted by Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, drew 41.3 million total viewers to the Alphabet Network on Sunday. It was the largest audience since 2005, the year Clint Eastwood's "Million Dollar Baby" was the big winner, according to the Nielsen folks. Locally, WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) also had its biggest Oscar numbers in five years. About 927,000 metro Detroit viewers tuned in to watch Kathryn Bigelow become the first woman to win the best director prize... Oscars draw big ratings (Tue, 3/9)



Toledo radio watchers wait for changes to AM 1560, FM 100.9

In a story that's been excruciatingly slow to finalize, there have been some recent developments in a station swap between religious broadcaster CSN and Cumulus Media. Moving from Cumulus to CSN is AM daytimer WTOD 1560, which will replace CSN's FM translator that was heard on FM 100.7. That translator is now off the air, but is expected back on the air soon at FM 100.9. There's no certainty among radio watchers in Toledo as to what Cumulus will be airing on the translator ... speculation is either it will become part of 'The Ticket' (FM 106.5 / AM 1470) or rebroadcast 106.5's HD2 'The Zone' alternative rock format.



88.1 WBFH's Randy Carr recognized

The Board of Education of the Bloomfield Hills School District presented Randy Carr with the Support Staff Recognition Award at their regular meeting March 4 at the Gary M. Doyle Center in Bloomfield Hills. Carr is the Assistant Station Manager and Technical Director of the school district radio station WBFH 88.1 FM, also known as The Biff.

Candidates for this award must be nominated by at least two individuals, citing the exceptional personal qualities and work characteristics that make the person an outstanding employee who has made positive contributions to the District.

Carr has been the Assistant Station Manager at WBFH for 10 years. Before that, he worked in commercial radio for 30 years as an air personality and broadcast engineer at the following stations: WYCD, WKQI, WCZY, WAAM, WTKA, WCAR, WCXI and WVMO.

Carr supervises the station from 1-9 p.m. each school day. During that time, he assists the radio students as they perform on the air during their shows. He assists students when recording productions which air on the station. As Technical Director, he makes sure the hardware and software are working properly.

As a member of the WBFH management team with Station Manager Pete Bowers and Program Director/Remote Supervisor Ron Wittebols, Carr has helped make The Biff a well respected program in the state and the nation. WBFH was recently named the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 2010 High School Station of the Year, the sixth time in eight years receiving that honor. WBFH also has been named the Best High School Station in a national competition three times in the last four years.


Community-targeted Politics & Life show shifts to WGPR

WGPRThe Politics and Life talk Show, which began in 2008 on AM 1500 WLQV, has moved to FM on WGPR 107.5 where it is now heard Saturdays at Noon. Host and owner of the show Nina Calahan-James made her debut on WGPR along with political analyst/co-host Dalton Roberson Jr. on March 6th.

In 60 days, Calahan-James has expectations to increase the program to 2 hours from it's current 60 minutes. The program is a supported by volunteers and independently financed as a community out-reach on air production which was designed to enhance listeners knowledge of government, politics, and issues that impact daily living as well as motivating citizens to make better informed decisions. The talk show presents an innovative vibrant freshness of interviewing national and local political leaders.

Calahan-James has created three segments just for Detroit Public Schools students to participate in. A regular segment on the show, The Honor Student Showcase, will be hosted by Dexter Perry, Taylor Trammell, and Laniesha Evans, three seniors at Mumford High School along with Dustin Morris, a Journalism & Debate Club member from Cass Tech. The female students have been participating in the Detroit Free Press High School Journalism Program for two years. Trammell is the editor-in-chief and Evans is the managing editor of their high school paper, the Mumford Times. The Talk Show Honor Student Showcase program is open for two more teens to join the team.

On the new WGPR 107.5, the Politics & Life Talk show will create two new segments for the high school students. This first segment, the ABC's Accomplishments of Black Creativity will be hosted by Mumford senior Taylor Trammell. The second segment, 1000 DCD or 1000 Days to Change Detroit, will be co-hosted by high school senior student Dexter Perry, featuring Detroit City Council Members and Charter Commission members who will appear on the show. All students will present reports that are factual and informational as it relates to government, politics and the world in which they live. Students prepared for their radio debut by recording commercials which aired this week and recording segments at WGPR.

Reginald 'Reggie' Davis, a popular radio personality on Detroit's 102.7 WHTD-FM and now a Detroit Charter Commissioner, is currently negotiating with executive producer Calahan-James to join the talk show team and host a weekly segment related to the Detroit community life.

Check out previous versions of the program at http://www.PoliticsandLifeTalkShow.com.



Low power AM station on the air in Hamtramck

A new Part 15, low power, non-commercial AM radio station is broadcasting on 1610 from Hamtramck. Known as 'The Station', the stated mission "is to play, promote, and export Michigan music to the people of Earth."

Outside of the limited over-the-air listening range, tune in via the The Station's web site: station.hamtramckstar.com.



Detroit Free Press:

Fifty years ago Friday -- it was a wintry day in Detroit, with temperatures in the 20s -- fans for the first time heard Ernie Harwell describe Tigers baseball in his soft Southern drawl. At 1:25 p.m. on March 12, 1960, if you tuned to WWJ-AM (950) or WKMH-AM (1310), you would have caught the opening game of the Grapefruit League season from Lakeland, Fla. In the broadcast booth at Henley Field that day were Harwell, partner George Kell and engineer Howard Stitzel... Ernie's first call with Tigers hits 50 (Thu, 3/11)


The date has been set and preparations are being made for what promises to be THE must-attend media event in Detroit for the year 2010! A cast of half a dozen people who organized the last such gathering in 2005 have re-assembled and are planning a LAST BLAST Detroit Radio Reunion for Saturday September 25th. The exact location is being currently decided, but will likely be in the Novi area. The 2005 and 1998 events were at the Hilton (turned Sheraton) Hotel at 8 Mile and Haggerty in Novi.

A number of milestones are occurring this year. Among them are Specs Howard celebrating 40 years of the famous broadcasting school, now with the emphasis on the media arts. Hot and heavy rumors have also been circulating of a possible WSHJ-FM reunion of alumni from the famous Southfield High School station at 88.3. Radio Reunion organizers are hoping that gathering can be slated for Friday night the 24th so WSHJ staffers coming in for the Radio Reunion can attend the both events. In a tight economy, it just makes sense to schedule such gatherings on the same weekend so attendees only have to make one trip instead of two.

Organizers are planning to honor at least 3 people at the Detroit Radio Reunion: Dick Purtan, Specs Howard, and Sonny Eliot. Purtan, for his 45 years of entertaining us at WKNR, WXYZ, CKLW, WCZY/WKQI and WOMC. Howard, for his 40 years of running the famed school that bears his name in Southfield. Finally, Sonny Eliot who (later this year) celebrates his 90th birthday still doing weather on WWJ, which also turns 90 years old in August as the first station on the air in the USA.

The last Detroit radio reunion was held in late September of 2005, and although it drew just over 300, a number of people missed it for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was Hurricane Rita headed for the Texas coast. This year we are hoping for good weather and a great chance for hundreds of radio folks to come together one last time for a "group hug." According to our records, since the last get-together we've lost over 22 more of our friends. So, we thought we'd better hurry.

The reunion committee includes; Mike Seltzer, Millie Coffey, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, Terry Holmes, Dick Kernen, and Art Vuolo.

If you ever worked in any capacity at any station in southeastern Michigan or surrounding areas, please get in touch with Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com so we can make sure that you're on the roster of those attending.

Since there is never enough time to visit at such affairs, an after-glow birthday party is also being planned by Art for the day after. So things should be hopping Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It will be a trifecta weekend for everyone! Please spread the word, via phone, e-mail, regular mail, Facebook, Twitter or smoke signals to anyone you feel should be at this event!

Keep watching DetroitRadioReunion.com for more information!



ALL ACCESS hears that CBS RADIO News WWJ-A/DETROIT PD GEORGEANN HERBERT has resigned from the station to launch her own business involving music. HERBERT's resume includes stops as OM at CBS RADIO News WBBM-A and the old Talk WMAQ-A/CHICAGO and reporter/producer/ND positions at WCHV-A and WWWV/CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA; WFIR-A and WPVR/ROANOKE; WRVA-A/RICHMOND; and WTAR-A and WLTY/NORFOLK. HERBERT's resignation will be effective MARCH 31st... Georgeann Herbert To Exit WWJ-A/Detroit (Fri, 3/12)


The other shoe drops in the previously-announced move of EDUCATIONAL MEDIA FOUNDATION's FM translator K279AZ/COTTAGE GROVE, MN to downtown MINNEAPOLIS, with the filing of a contract to swap the facility to CLEAR CHANNEL's AMFM BROADCASTING LICENSES, LLC in exchange for programming rights to the HD-2 multicast channel of CC's Urban AC WMXD (MIX 92.3)/DETROIT... Swap Gives CC Twin Cities Translator (Fri, 3/12)


Detroit News:

A five-page lawsuit that could spell more trouble for former broadcaster Fanchon Stinger and her ex-boyfriend, Rayford Jackson, a Detroit businessman convicted in the Synagro Technologies sludge scandal. Motorcyclist David Sugg sued both last week for at least $25,000 over a May 2007 car crash. The lawsuit claims Jackson was driving a 2006 Ferrari that swerved in a "violent manner" and struck Sugg's 2002 Honda motorcycle on Interstate 696 near I-75. Sugg claims he lost control of the bike and flew to the ground at highway speed. Sugg is suing Stinger, a former WJBK-Fox 2 personality, because she was the registered owner of the sports car... Paper Chase: Ex-TV broadcaster sued by motorcyclist (Thu, 3/18)



Detroit Free Press:

Former Fox 2 broadcaster Fanchon Stinger had a fast Ferrari. And she let her ex-boyfriend and convicted felon Rayford Jackson tool around in it. So says a five-page personal injury lawsuit filed recently against Stinger and Jackson in Oakland County Circuit Court by a man who claims Jackson was driving the car registered to Stinger when he crashed into his 2002 Honda motorcycle on May 19, 2007... Stinger faces lawsuit after ex's 2007 crash in Ferrari (Thu, 3/18)


Michigan Radio wins eleven Michigan Associated Press Awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that is made up of WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor/WFUM FM 91.1 Flint/WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, received eleven awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2009. The station took top honors in ten out of the eleven categories for noncommercial radio stations, including General Excellence.

Michigan Radio received 'Best Of' Michigan AP Awards in General Excellence, Best Newscast, Best Spot News, Best Individual Reporting, Best Continuing Coverage, Best News Documentary, Best Feature Story, Best Enterprise/Investigative Reporting, Best Natural Sound and Best Web Site. The station also received an honorable mention for News Documentary.

All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2009. The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 17th in Southfield, Michigan.



Detroit Free Press:

Jim Harper solved one mystery while starting another Thursday morning when he revealed some info about those "How would you give away $10,000?" billboards. On his "Magic Morning Show" on WMGC-FM (105.1), Harper said he'll give away $10,000 in a special contest designed to aid a listener's worthy cause. The $10,000 isn't coming from his station. Instead, it was provided by an unidentified donor. Now under way is a contest in which listeners can suggest causes worthy of the money. The only catch, if you can call it that, is that they must suggest an organization, not an individual person. You can go to the station's Web site, detroitmagic.com, now through April to post your ideas... Harper to give away $10,000 (Fri, 3/19)


The Oakland Press:

Jake Sigal, the 28-year-old founder of Ferndale-based companies Myine Electronics and Livio Radio, didn't waste any time finding his calling in life. "I started off when I was 7. I ripped apart my dad's VCR with a screwdriver and I've been tinkering with electronics ever since. I've been taking stuff apart and trying to put it together ever since," he said. His companies focus on bringing Internet-based music to the masses. "Engineering and music are my two passions, and I've found a way to put them together," said Sigal, who initially had scholarships to be a percussion major at some conservatories before deciding to study engineering. Sigal said his companies make devices that are simple and usable by all people, including baby boomers: "I want my mom and dad to have access to digital audio without all the bells and whistles. Technology is hard. My parents are more tech-scared, so that's why we have familiar buttons and keep things simplistic. We've won design awards, because we did it right. We've found the balance between technology and simplicity"... Ferndale companies bringing Internet radio to baby boomers (Sat, 3/20)


Detroit Free Press:

When people retire, there's usually a cake, a card and a party. But when Dick Purtan does his last morning show Friday on WOMC-FM (104.3), there will be a feeling across metro Detroit that a legend is leaving a radio landscape he's reigned over with humor and grace for 45 years. Yet Purtan has always been more than a beloved king of local broadcasting. He seems like a friend on the morning commute. "Purtan's People" is the name for his program and on-air team, but it's also what many listeners consider themselves after growing up with him. There will be overwhelming gratitude for the laughs and the sense of community that he brought to his legion of fans. And there will be questions about the future. What will Purtan do next? What will local radio be like without him? And given radio's current challenges, will there be another radio personality with the wide appeal and professional longevity that he's enjoyed? For Purtan, the plan is to enjoy retirement and stay connected with his radio audience in new ways... What's next after Dick Purtan? (Sun, 3/21)

He's raced a hippo, pushed hundreds of cars through the snow at a drive-in theater and raised more than $23 million for the Motor City's homeless and hungry people. On Friday, there'll be one more big event in the life of Dick Purtan. He'll say good-bye to a 45-year career in Detroit radio. Purtan has hundreds of stories to share about his storied career, and he's planning to put them all in a book. In the meantime, he took time to reflect and laugh with the Free Press. Here is Dick Purtan on Dick Purtan... Purtan on Purtan (Sun, 3/21)


New Greater Media/Specs Howard collaboration aims to assist Michigan small business

Specs Howard School of Media Arts, with Greater Media Detroit, will offer Michigan businesses a chance to better their brands in its Extreme Logo Makeover contest starting March 22. The online initiative provides a unique opportunity for small to medium-sized business owners to have their company logo redesigned for free to meet the challenges of a new economy.

"The Extreme Logo Makeover contest is designed to be mutually beneficial to both students and the business community," said Lisa Zahodne, president and COO of Specs Howard. "One company will win a new logo to strengthen its brand identity, while the students will receive real-world design experience."

To enter, business owners simply submit their current logo to www.winalogo.com with a short narrative on why the business needs a new logo and why it deserves to win.

Participants will be judged based on their company story, current logo and fulfillment of basic eligibility requirements. The contest is open to the owner or officer of a legal business who are 18 years or older. The company must have been in business for at least six months, be headquartered in Michigan and have an existing company Web site and logo.

The grand prize is a gift certificate for a company logo redesign, provided by the students from Specs Howard¹s Graphic Design and Digital Arts programs, with a retail value of $1,500, based on a maximum of 30 design hours. The winning company will choose one of several designs provided by the students for its new logo. The contest deadline is April 25. For more information or to enter the contest, visit www.winalogo.com.

With a legendary broadcast curriculum spanning 40 years, Specs Howard School of Media Arts added a Graphic Design program in 2008 and announced the new Digital Media Arts program in late 2009, along with the school¹s new name Specs Howard School of Media Arts. The Digital Media Arts program provides students with a comprehensive foundation for a career in the growing digital media field.




WYCDCBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT PD TIM ROBERTS has named COOPER for the night show. COOPER, who comes from CBS RADIO's Top 40 WBZW (B94)/PITTSBURGH, replaces DAVE FULLER, who will devote fulltime attention to his afternoon drive duties on 'sister' station Classic Hits WOMC/DETROIT... Cooper Joins WYCD For Nights (Mon, 3/22)


Detroit News:

As Dick Purtan prepares to turn off the mic at WOMC-FM (104.3) this Friday after a 45-year career in Detroit radio, he is being feted by colleagues and famous guests, past and present. "We have been through nine presidents together," Purtan reminded listeners on Feb. 11, when he announced his retirement. While there won't be any presidential call-ins this week, Bob Seger, Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Regis Philbin, Dr. Oz, University of Michigan football coach Rich Rodriguez and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing are among the many who will phone in during his last week on the 5 a.m.-9 a.m. morning show. In the past month, Purtan has waxed nostalgic about his career, which included many highlights before he even got to Detroit. He brought the Beatles to Cincinnati in 1964, scraping together the down payment to book them at a local venue. There was the time in Jacksonville, Fla., when Purtan got to interview President John F. Kennedy in the days when radio reporters with microphones could run up to presidents without being tackled by the Secret Service... Dick Purtan's last week on the air is a love-in (Tue, 3/23)



Detroit Free Press:

On Monday morning, Names & Faces hosted a Freep.com Web chat from the WOMC-FM (104.3) studio as Dick Purtan entered the final week of his 45-year Detroit broadcasting career. The morning provided a couple of revelations. First, Purtan said that CBS Radio, which owns and operates WOMC, hasn't yet hired a full-time replacement for Purtan. Listeners who tune in next week can expect to hear a healthy dose of music while an interim host holds down the station's morning spot. Second, Purtan revealed that "Purtan's People" personalities (Big) Al Muskavito and Jackie Purtan will be contributing regularly to DickPurtan.com while continuing their careers in comedy writing and broadcasting... Names and Faces (Tue, 3/23)


Detroit News:

Just in time for Dick Purtan's last broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) Friday, after 45 years on the air in Detroit, the Detroit Historical Museum is reviving Purtan's part of its "Detroit's Classic Radio Voices" display. The exhibit opens after Purtan's final broadcast Friday and runs through May 2. On display are personal artifacts such as Purtan "best of" compilations, the Olympic torch that the Buffalo native was given prior to the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, awards and other Purtanalia... Historical museum to revive Dick Purtan exhibit (Thu, 3/25)



Michigan Radio to air special call-in program with Governor Granholm

Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm will take telephone calls from across the state in an exclusive live call-in show to air on Michigan Radio, and other Michigan public radio stations, this Friday, March 26, from 9 to 10 a.m.

The hour-long call-in show with the Governor will be hosted by Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network managing editor and state capitol bureau chief. The program will have an open format with Gov. Granholm fielding questions from listeners on a variety of topics. The Governor is expected to focus on the state budget, school reform, and her general plans for her final year in office.

Listener phone calls will be accepted during the program by calling toll-free (877) 952-7870.



Creation of Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center will yield programming on the transformation of the region's economy

Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids), together with Chicago Public Radio and Cleveland's ideastream® (WVIZ/PBS and WCPN-FM), have received a multi-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to create the Upper Midwest Local Journalism Center. The center is designed to produce programming focused on a major regional story: the opportunities for the transformation of the Midwest from a fundamentally industrial-based economy to a post-manufacturing one.

Significant resources at each organization will be committed to this long-term project. Collectively, the stations' will hire three reporters, a Senior Editor, and a Senior Producer for Social Engagement. The reporters, one at each station, will produce feature reports and web extras that will air on all of the stations, while the Senior Producer for Social Engagement will lead the stations' efforts on the web and in using social media to create a regional platform for discussion and debate about the economic recovery of the region.

As recipients of the $972,000 grant, one of five regional grants announced by CPB today, Michigan Radio and its partners will tell the story of "Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt." The stations' ongoing coverage will look at the past, present and future of the industrial Midwest through the production of feature reports, regional call-in discussions, community town hall events, blogs and other online features.

"Throughout our region's economic challenges, Michigan Radio has placed a high priority on keeping people informed and engaged in discussing options for the future," said Steve Schram, Director of Broadcasting at Michigan Radio. "In response, we have produced significant content around the issue, including special series like Facing the Mortgage Crisis, Generation Y Michigan, and Foreclosing on the American Dream. We saw the need to expand and diversify this coverage, and took the lead to apply for this grant, and asked our colleagues in Chicago and Cleveland to join us in making this a regional effort."

"Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt" will look at the economic, social, environmental and cultural angles of this important story, and explore what has and what has not worked in terms of improving the region's economy. This multi-platform editorial project will:

  • Highlight today's innovators.
  • Look at how families and individual workers are working to re-invent themselves and how they are making the best of bad times.
  • Spotlight tech-savvy companies, including those in the clean energy industry.
  • Profile towns and cities in transition, as they move from heavy industry and manufacturing to new ways of working.
  • Follow stimulus dollars to uncover their impact.
  • Search for ways the region can collaborate across state lines.
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas about the issues and solutions facing the communities of the Great Lakes.

Throughout the coverage, Michigan Radio and its partners will tell the stories of individuals, families businesses, and innovators -- their struggles and solutions, their efforts to reinvent themselves, and their capacity to make the best of bad times.

Michigan Radio's collaboration with two of the largest public radio stations in the Great Lakes area will allow the three organizations to pool their resources and diverse perspectives. As a result, this region's most important story--its economic future--will receive the most comprehensive coverage possible.


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Detroit News:

Dick Purtan wrapped up his radio broadcast career today at WOMC-FM (104.3) with TV satellite trucks and a standing-room crowd in his studio, a bit more attention than when he started. Back in late May 1965, in the midst of a frenzy over the Friday arrival of nighttime jock Scott Regen to WKNR-AM, Purtan slipped into town to start a late-night shift on the station almost unnoticed. He hit the ground running with a wild show with mile-a-minute quips, and his voice has rarely been absent from the Detroit airwaves since. On the air today, Purtan noted the glut of media trucks, and he said he was stopped on his way in by the Ferndale police. "He said, you didn't think we wouldn't escort you in today, did you?'" Purtan said. The morning show host's wife, Gail, and several of his six daughters (including, of course, on-air sidekick Jackie Purtan) were among the throng in the studio, and a side room decorated with retirement banners and balloons awaited 9 a.m. and the official finale. All week, friends and colleagues have phoned in to his "Purtan's People" morning show to wish the veteran broadcaster well, and he's gotten in many plugs for his Web site, dickpurtan.com, where he promises fans can stay in touch with him and sidekicks "Big" Al Muscovito and Jackie Purtan. There has also been the expected teasing... Purtan wraps up 45 years on air (Fri, 3/26)



Detroit Free Press:

Just after 9 a.m. today, Dick Purtan signed off into retirement giving his "eternal thanks" while playing his favorite song, "Softly, As I Leave You" by Frank Sinatra. The final broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) ends the hall of fame broadcasting career punctuated by a historic 45-year run on five different AM and FM stations over the Detroit airwaves. In his Ferndale studio with many of his six daughters, including "Purtan's People" cohost Jackie Purtan, his wife Gail, and some of his grandchildren, Purtan used the last few minutes to thank the many people who worked with him over his career, the media, and his listeners, who he said became family as they followed him from station to station "whether I was playing music you liked or didn't." Purtan started the morning driving to work with his wife, who came to the studio for the very first time in his long broadcasting reign. They were escorted into the WOMC studio by police... After 45 years, Dick Purtan turns off mike (Fri, 3/26)


Friday, April 9 will be more than the Tigers' home opener in the state of Michigan. It also will be Ernie Harwell Day. The Michigan Senate unanimously passed a resolution Thursday -- hey, like anyone would dare vote against Ernie! -- declaring April 9 as his day of honor. The Tigers play the Indians at 1:05 p.m. at Comerica Park. SR 136, sponsored by Sen. Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, was adopted with the entire Senate and Lt. Gov. John Cherry asking to be included as co-sponsors. The nine-paragraph resolution, which includes the use of "whereas" six times, stated that "generations of Michigan residents and Tigers fans have grown up listening to Ernie Harwell and often reminisce about his unique broadcasting style that includes a sweet Southern drawl, the annual visit from the Voice of the Turtle, and familiar phrases such as ... 'looooooong gone' "... April 9 is now Ernie Harwell Day (Fri, 3/26)


Syndicated radio host Tom Joyner is to broadcast his show 6-10 a.m. Monday from Renaissance High School in Detroit. Joyner is a Detroit Public Schools graduate in town to support the "I'm In DPS" enrollment campaign. His guests are to include emergency financial manager Robert Bobb and DPS graduate Jessica Clements, who sang the district's "Great Things Are Happening" song. Joyner also plans to visit Mumford High. His show is heard in Detroit on WDMK-FM (105.9)... Tom Joyner to broadcast show Monday (Fri, 3/26)



WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest to host telethon to help children throughout Metro Detroit

WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest have announced plans for a one-day telethon to benefit food rescue for children in Metro Detroit. On Wednesday, March 31, 2010, the station will air regular segments from 5 a.m. through the 11:00 p.m. newscast to encourage viewers to donate to Forgotten Harvest, the region's only food rescue organization, by calling 1-888-332-7140. Additionally, the station's Web site, www.clickondetroit.com, will accept donations throughout the day.

The telethon marks the culmination of Forgotten Harvest's "Million Meal Challenge For Our Kids," which is raising funds to rescue and deliver fresh, nutritious food for children to eat during the upcoming Spring Break, Summer Vacation and other times when they would ordinarily be eating meals at school. Forgotten Harvest plans to raise enough funds to help feed 20,000 children per day.

"The latest reports show one in three children are hungry in an area that covers every corner of Metro Detroit," said Susan Goodell, President and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. "This telethon and partnership with Local 4 will help Forgotten Harvest expand our ability to rescue more fresh food and get it to children who otherwise would not have access to healthy meals when they're not in school."

Hosted by WDIV-TV personality Beth McLeod, the telethon will feature vignettes focusing on local families that depend on organizations that receive fresh food from Forgotten Harvest. These segments will demonstrate the positive impact Forgotten Harvest has on Metro Detroit children and their families. Every dollar raised in the telethon provides meals for five local children.

"We first partnered with Forgotten Harvest for a telethon last year and were immediately impressed by how this cause prompted the amazing generosity of Local 4 viewers," said Marla Drutz, VP and General Manager of WDIV-TV. "With this telethon we believe our large audience of Metro Detroiters will once again step up to help neighbors in need and support the important mission of Forgotten Harvest."

Just in time for a new baseball season, the Detroit Tigers have donated pairs of tickets that will be given to telethon donors who contribute $120 or more during designated times.



Michigan Radio Raises Record Amount during Spring Membership Drive

Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan that includes WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM FM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, finished a very successful spring membership drive on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. The on-air fundraiser, which ran from March 17- 24, generated over 7000 pledges totaling more than $730,000 from donors throughout the station's listening area. Of that, more than 2400 pledges came from first time donors to the station. The $730,000 amount is a record for a spring membership drive at the station.

Overall, the station saw a fifteen percent increase in total dollars raised compared to last spring's membership drive. The station also continues to see an increase in donors contributing online, with a third of all pledges coming through the station's website.

In addition to the financial donations, the station also received contributions from 18 food donors and the services of almost 400 volunteers who helped in answering phones. The money raised during the membership drive helps pay for programming costs at the station, with membership support being the station's single largest source of income.


The Oakland Press:

Fans of radio legend Dick Purtan tuned into WOMC-FM Friday to hear Purtan's final show on the air. Purtan, an Orchard Lake resident, retired after 45 years in the business. Many old friends showed up for his last day, including DJ Tom Ryan, local TV personality Bill Bonds, Purtan's whole family including wife, Gail, and their six daughters, representatives from Specs Howard, Purtan's lawyer Henry Baskin and Amy Andrews, wife of the late Doc Andrews, a long-time member of "Purtan's People." As for the new show format, an interim big-name personality will start Monday. Fans who still want to keep in touch with Purtan can still find him at www.dickpurtan.com... Dick Purtan signs off after 45 years (Sat, 3/27)



Detroit Free Press:

Just after 9 a.m. Friday, Dick Purtan signed off into retirement, giving his "eternal thanks" while playing his favorite song, "Softly, As I Leave You" by Frank Sinatra. Purtan's final broadcast on WOMC-FM (104.3) ended a 45-year Detroit broadcasting career that took him to five different AM and FM stations ... No official announcement has been made about Purtan's replacement on WOMC, but earlier in the week, he said he expected an interim host to be on the air Monday. On Friday, Debbie Kenyon, CBS/Detroit vice president and market manager, said an official announcement about the WOMC morning show is about two months away... Purtan signs off a last time (Sat, 3/27)



Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students win 14 state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters

WBFHSeven high school students from Bloomfield Hills School District won 14 state radio broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (M.A.E.B.) at their annual Share-a-thon held March 23, 2010 at the University of Detroit Mercy. Students from both Andover and Lahser operate the District radio station WBFH, also known as "The Biff", from the studios in Andover High School.

The M.A.E.B. is an organization made up of high school and college radio stations and one vocational broadcasting school from around the state. The awards were given to the student's level of performance: Gold Microphone, Silver Microphone, and Bronze Microphone. The following WBFH students won awards at the ceremony:

  • Josh Loney, Andover senior: Production-Gold, Interview-Gold, Air Check-Gold, MAEB Promo-Silver, Newscast/Sportscast-Bronze
  • Chad Shepard, Lahser senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Gold, Production-Silver
  • Ryan Bloom, Andover senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Gold, Production-Bronze, Newscast/Sportscast-Bronze, Talk Show (with Drake Deitch)-Bronze
  • Patrick Garretson, Lahser senior: Production-Gold
  • Alex Scharg, Andover senior: Sports Play-By-Play-Bronze
  • Kevin Furlong, Andover senior: Production-Bronze
  • Drake Deitch, Andover senior: Talk Show (with Ryan Bloom)-Bronze

The keynote speaker was Matt Shepard, co-host of the Shep and Sharp Show which airs from 3-6 p.m. on the sports talk station WDFN 1130 AM in Detroit. Other guest speakers included Marie Osborne of WWJ 950 AM and Curtis Paul of Citadel Broadcasting in Detroit.

The WBFH management team of Pete Bowers, Randy Carr and Ron Wittebols were active in the event serving as award judges, award presenters and breakout session moderators.


Edmonds, DuFord in for mornings at WOMC

It's considered only an interim move for now, but its no surprise that classic hits WOMC FM 104.3 has tapped veteran morning personalities Chris Edmonds and Stacey DuFord to host morning drive as of this morning. An announcement on who will be the permanent hosts is not expected for at least two months.

Edmonds and DuFord are familiar voices to morning audiences, both having been popular members of WNIC 100.3 FM's 'Breakfast Club' morning show over the years and have most recently been hosting a Sunday Brunch program for WOMC.

The station has also announced a two-hour commercial-free block of music that will run from 8:30 - 10:30am weekdays.

Morning drive on WOMC is open for the first time in years with last Friday's retirement of Dick Purtan who stepped away from his mic after 45 years.



WDET gets political; launches editorial collaboration on Right Wing Extremism

WDETWayne State University's public radio outlet WDET-FM 101.9 is launching an effort to report on the rise of Right Wing Extremism along with The Jewish News, The Arab-American News, Latino and The Michigan Chronicle. In a release, WDET general manager J. Mikel Ellcessor reveals that, "The collaboration has been in development since December and was intended to go public in early April, but the events of the last 48 hours have indicated a need to advance the timeline."

"Throughout the last election cycle, the presence of extreme rhetoric, violent imagery and fear-inducing tactics grew. Since the election and inauguration, the continued use of this rhetoric has contributed to an environment that is fostering violence from the extreme right and has resulted in multiple instances of domestic terrorism. With the passage of the health care legislation, the instances of politically-motivated violence are on the rise."

The release continues, "The last year has seen explosive growth of three distinct groups, the Tea Party movement, the Patriot movement, with the militias as their paramilitary arms, and the nativist anti-immigration movement. While these are distinct movements with their own animus, there is a well documented, and rising, level of extreme rhetoric coming from all three groups."

The partnership will present its work during the weeks of March 29 and April 5th and publish original editorials, host interviews and call-in segments on WDET's Craig Fahle Show, encourage related media, both ethnic and mainstream, to host conversations and engage the audience through a variety of social media.

For more, visit wdetrwe.org.



WYCD announces full Hoedown lineup

WYCDCountry superstar Dierks Bentley was the mystery artist that revealed the 2010 lineup for this year's Downtown Hoedown music festival, scheduled for May 14 - 16 at Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit, on WYCD. The big unveiling happened at 7 a.m. during the Dr. Don morning show.

Some of the featured acts will include Bentley himself, Julianne Hough, Darryl Worley, the Zac Brown Band, Steel Magnolia, and Uncle Kracker. For the complete lineup and show times, visit wycd.com.



Detroit Free Press:

Radio personality Tom Joyner broadcast his morning show today from Renaissance High School in Detroit. Joyner, a Detroit Public Schools alum, was supporting the district's "I'm In" campaign to attract more students to the city's schools. "It's a desperate situation here," Joyner said, referring to the DPS schools that are closing as the enrollment shrinks. He was joined for part of his show by DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb, who also talked about enrollment and his drive to attract more students... Tom Joyner takes radio show to Renaissance High (Mon, 3/29)


Detroit News:

It's not just the sound of Detroit radio that changed when Dick Purtan retired last week. It's the look, too, and the American Mustache Institute is concerned. Deeply concerned. Friday, declares Aaron Perlut, was "a sad day for not only the Mustached American community of Detroit, but for people of Mustached American descent everywhere." He stopped short of demanding that another Mustached American be appointed to take Purtan's place, but the institute is keeping a close eye on developments here, and you'd better believe that WOMC-FM (104.3) knows it's being watched. "We may need to hire a mustache consultant," says Tim Roberts, the station's operations manager and program director. "Obviously, Dick was using one of the best ever." I spoke to Roberts on Monday about his plans for the morning show because it's the best radio job to open around here since the last time Purtan left a station, when he jumped to WOMC from WKQI-FM (95.5) in 1996... The Mustached American community is reeling since Purtan's departure (Tue, 3/30)


Detroit Free Press:

Fox Sports Detroit boss Greg Hammaren is champing at the bit. He wants to get outdoors and start yard work. "It's my passion, my therapy," he said. But there's something else in the air called "April in the D," and it has Hammaren and his station giddy. Free Press sports writer Mike Brudenell caught up with Hammaren recently... 'April in the D' rocks for the folks at Fox Sports Detroit (Wed, 3/31)


WDMKAdd nationally syndicated radio personality Tom Joyner's name after Bill Cosby's on the list of celebrities signing on to help Detroit Public Schools recruit and retain students. Joyner broadcast his morning show Monday from Renaissance High School, telling listeners on WDMK-FM (105.9) that he was supporting the district's "I'm In" campaign to attract more students to the city's schools. "It's a desperate situation here," Joyner said, referring to the schools that are closing as enrollment shrinks. DPS emergency financial manager Robert Bobb joined him on air to talk about enrollment and his academic goals for the district... Radio star Tom Joyner starts recruiting for DPS (Tue, 3/30)



Channel 7 has an app for that

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, the first station in the Detroit market to offer an iPhone app, hit the 20,000 mark for downloads in March 2010. The station's WXYZ.com iPhone app continues to be the only app for local news in the Detroit area. Since its launch in January 2010, the WXYZ.com app has become a favorite with local iPhone users - nearly 25,000 now carry it in their pockets each day.

The iPhone app is part of Channel 7's continuing commitment to provide viewers with the information they need wherever and whenever they need it. The application offers up-to-date weather forecasts, live radar, live traffic data, school closings and the very latest news in Metro Detroit, including in-depth reporting and video created specifically for mobile users.

"We know metro Detroiters have moved beyond the era of wanting news just a few times each day," said WXYZ New Media Director Seth Myers. "Our iPhone app - and the content we provide for BlackBerry and other smartphone users - is always fresh and ready whenever you have a moment for the news."

The app also allows those who use it to participate in the news process, by sending photos and video directly to WXYZ-TV.

In addition to its iPhone app, WXYZ-TV has seen triple digit growth in its mobile reach with page views to all mobile devices up more than 450% from February of last year to February of 2010. "Clearly, there is a growing demand for news and information on the go," says WXYZ Vice President and General Manager, Bob Sliva.


Detroit News:

Retirement is not the end for Bob Sliva. As he packs his boxes and enjoys a few last slices of goodbye cake, he prefers to look at the move as the start of something new, he says. "Everyone keeps telling me I'm still a young man," Sliva, the vice president and general manager at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), says. He turns 60 on Thursday and leaves the job behind this week. "I certainly feel young. For me, retirement means I'm closing the chapter on my career here but the book is still open." Sliva announced his retirement in January. He has been the vice president and general manager at the local ABC affiliate for a little over two years, a job he took after venerable WXYZ veteran Grace Gilchrist retired. Prior to that, Sliva worked in various jobs in and around the station for 21 years. The most recent was as vice president and director of sales for the Scripps Howard Television Group. With so many years at WXYZ, it's no surprise that Sliva said he looks at his co-workers as family... WXYZ's Sliva ready for next chapter (Thu, 4/1)



WDIV-TV newscasts rank #1 at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm and 11pm

WDIV-TV Local 4 News: First at 4 triumphed over first run editions of Oprah for the first time in the time period of 4-5 p.m., and Local 4 News won handily at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in the March 2010 Nielsen ratings period of the Detroit television market.

In the 4-5 p.m. time period, Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. anchored by Ruth Spencer garnered a 5.1 household rating (RTG) and a 14 share (SHR). Following at 4:30 p.m, Inside Edition with Deborah Norville earned a 5.2 household rating and a 13 share. First-run editions of Oprah on WXYZ earned a 4.4 household rating and 11 share, down 8% over the previous year, while Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition registered a growth of 27% and 18% respectively in share year to year.

Local 4 News at 5 p.m. garnered a 6.9 household rating and a 16 share in the 5-6 p.m. time period (compared to WXYZ 5.6 RTG, 13 SHR and WJBK 4.6 RTG, 10 SHR). Local 4 News at 5 p.m. registered a growth of 7% in household ratings over the previous year.

In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. finished #1 in household ratings scoring an 8.4 household rating and an 18 share (compared to WXYZ 5.6 RTG, 12 SHR and WJBK 4.1 RTG, 9 SHR). In addition, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won in the key demo markets of adults ages 25-54 and women ages 25-54. This signifies a 13% increase in share over the previous year, while competitor WXYZ is down 8% share year to year.

Local 4 News at 11 p.m., the perennial powerhouse of late news anchored by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica and Bernie Smilovitz, dominated all local newscasts with the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time-period. In March 2010, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. garnered an 8.7 household rating and a 17 share (compared to WXYZ 5.6 RTG, 11 SHR, WJBK 10pm 8.4 RTG, 14 SHR, and WJBK 11pm M-F 5.5 RTG, 10 SHR). In addition, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. beat the late newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 10 markets nationwide.

The WDIV programming lineup in other dayparts also fared well. The Ellen Degeneres Show (10-11 a.m.) was #1 and continues to lead in all key demographics. At 3-4 p.m. time period, Dr. Oz was #2 (2.5 HH RTG, 7 SHR), experiencing an increase of 75% in share for the time period year to year. And in the time period of 7-8 p.m., Wheel Of Fortune (9.9 HH RTG, 19 SHR) and Jeopardy (8.4 HH RTG, 15 SHR) are the top-rated shows, and continue to experience growth, up 6% in share from the previous year. The Tonight Show with Jay Leno was also #1 in the 11:35 p.m. time period with a 5.4 household rating and a 13 share, up 17% rating and 18% share over January, the final month of The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (4.6 HH RTG, 11 SHR).

Also in March, ClickOnDetroit.com, WDIV's local and national news, weather, sports and entertainment website, scored over 22.4 million page views, setting an all time record for page views in the month of March. ClickOnDetroit.com is currently the #1 local media website according to ComScore ratings.


The Oakland Press:

The Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFH, also known as The Biff, will begin broadcasting its 34th Annual Biffstock pledge drive from 7 a.m. Thursday, April 15, through 2 a.m. Saturday, April 17. WBFH students will be collecting money and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses. The shift schedule and other pledge drive information can be found on the station Web site, www.wbfh.fm. Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter at www.twitter.com/TheBiff881. Listeners who would like to make a pledge can do so by calling 248-341-WBFH... Student radio station plans two-day broadcast (Fri, 4/2)


FSDetroitAs the Detroit Tigers prepare for the 2010, television partner FOX Sports Detroit has announced its plans for the upcoming year of broadcasts on the regional outlet. Some items of note:

  • The Wednesday, April 7 Tigers game at Kansas City (8:10 pm first pitch) will be joined in progress on FOX Sports Detroit / FOX Sports Detroit HD at approximately 10 pm, immediately after the Red Wings-Columbus hockey game. The Tigers game will re-air in its entirety starting at midnight. During the non-televised portion of the game (8:10 to approximately 10:00 pm), FOX Sports Detroit's John Keating will participate in a live chat session from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City at Foxsportsdetroit.com.
  • For the fourth consecutive season, the Tigers home opener (Friday, April 9 vs. Cleveland) will be simulcast on FOX Sports Detroit / HD and WJBK FOX 2 in Detroit.
  • FOX Sports Detroit plans to deliver nearly all of its 158 Tigers telecasts this season in high-definition. The only exceptions will be any games shifted to FOX Sports Detroit Plus (currently only April 11) or if HD production or transmission facilities are unavailable on a given date.


Detroit Free Press:

WKQIWhen you cohost a popular radio show known for its celebrity interviews and up-to-the-minute gossip, keeping up with pop culture isn't a hobby. It's a full-time assignment. "It's 24/7, yeah," says Spike of the "Mojo in the Morning" team at WKQI-FM (95.5), describing how much time he spends following the latest scoops. "Because of our job, we have to be aware of everything and pretty much know it before everybody else. So when I'm home, I'm always on the Internet, to my wife's chagrin. And when I'm not home, my BlackBerry is ringing off the hook." An on-air personality who's famous for his sarcastic humor and prank phone calls, he enjoys staying current on the show-biz world. The married father of two does unplug from the Web and unwind during family vacations. But the day he gets back, "I'm connected all night trying to see what I missed, who did what, what's going on," he says. Spike talked to us recently for a pop-culture profile, another in a series of visits with prominent metro Detroiters... Pop culture profile: WKQI-FM's Spike (Sun, 4/4)


Macomb Daily:

The next best thing to playing a professional sports contest is announcing it. That's according to Austin Drake, a L'Anse Creuse High School senior who was awarded second place in the state for his sports radio broadcasts by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. "I love sports," Drake said. "I've played basketball, roller hockey, football, tennis. I did BMX bike racing, freshman, JV and varsity baseball, soccer. But I decided, about the time I was in middle school, that I wasn't going to make it in sports. So I figured, if I am not going to be able to get into that, what would be the second best thing? Getting behind a microphone and talking about sports, and getting paid to do it." This is Drake's second MAB award. Last year, he placed first in the Sports Play-by-Play category, earning him the honor of doing play-by-play as a student broadcaster for the MHSAA Radio Network for the 2009 Class A Boys Basketball Finals at Michigan State University, which he was asked to do again, for this year's win... L'Anse Creuse senior earns award from Michigan Association of Broadcasters (Mon, 4/5)


updated: Tue 4/6, 8:15 a.m.

Clear Channel owned soft rock WNIC FM 100.3 fired morning personalities Kevin O'Neill and Lisa Berry after their show today. In an e-mail, O'Neill reports that the move was, "Not totally unexpected but always an awful feeling when it happens. Ironically, my final break on air I mentioned that it was 30 yrs. yesterday (April 4) that I was first on the air in Detroit at WDRQ in 1980. Had no idea that would be my final break. The only thing I keep telling myself is that each time I've been let go I've gone on to something better. This will be the case, too, I'm sure."

With the recent departure of Dick Purtan from classic hits WOMC FM 104.3, this makes two very high profile morning drive slots currently open in Detroit -- and even with the area's poor economy, one would think these jobs would be filled on a permanent basis sooner rather than later. Understandably WOMC is moving slowly, naming Chris Edmonds and Stacey DuFord as interim hosts while listeners adjust to not having Purtan on-air.

Today's move by WNIC might be more startling to listeners than Purtan's previously announced retirement to many that might have been counting on hearing familiar voices during morning drive on other stations instead of even more changes to their radio dial. Consider that soft rock competitor WMGC FM 105.1 recently has run full page ads in local newspapers inviting former Purtan listeners to sample the Magic Morning Show hosted by Jim Harper.

Are bigger changes on the horizon for 100.3 in terms of either the station's programming direction or personality lineup? Is this an early move to clear the way for Jay Towers to return to the airwaves once his non-compete expires in July?



Detroit News:

Clear Channel-owned WNIC (100.3) fired its "Breakfast Club" morning show hosts, Kevin O'Neill and Lisa Barry, after their airshift Monday morning. WNIC is replacing them with a "very music-intensive" show, according to station operations manager Todd Thomas. He says it was a move prompted by the Arbitron PPM (portable people meter). "Looking at how PPM operates, we're finding that a lot of music really moves the needle," Thomas said. "With the morning show, we were going up against some of the juggernauts that we have in town, it was like David and Goliath, so that was the reason for the decision." WNIC's morning show ranked No. 1 among listeners ages 35-64 over the holiday season, when it played Christmas music, but by February it was tied for 11th place in that demographic (for the overall, 12-plus demographic it ranked No. 14). Monday was almost exactly the 30th anniversary of O'Neill's arrival in Detroit. "The ironic thing was, without knowing what was going to happen, in the final break this morning I alluded to the fact that 30 years ago yesterday, April 4, was my first day on the air in Detroit," said O'Neill, who was still a bit dazed. "Ten minutes later, I'm being marched down the hallway." It was a year ago that O'Neill, then on afternoons at the adult contemporary station, was tapped to replace Chris Edmonds when he was let go from the WNIC morning show. Edmonds is filling in at CBS-owned WOMC-FM (104.3), since Dick Purtan's retirement last week.. WNIC drops morning team O'Neill, Barry (Tue, 4/6)



Detroit Free Press:

WNIC-FM (100.3) host Kevin O'Neill was celebrating a big career anniversary Monday, but things turned quickly sour when he and cohost Lisa Barry were fired soon after signing off from their morning "Breakfast Club" show. "I'm still scratching my head about this," O'Neill told Names & Faces on Monday afternoon. He was the afternoon host at the Clear Channel Detroit-operated WNIC before taking over mornings a year ago. He noted that on Sunday, he marked the 30th anniversary of his career in Detroit broadcasting. O'Neill thinks that the "Breakfast Club," which has dipped in the ratings in recent months, should have been given longer to bounce back, especially in light of the recent departure of popular morning host Dick Purtan at WOMC-FM (104.3). Barry, who has spent 25 years on Detroit radio, including stints at WYCD-FM (99.5) and WXYT-AM (1270), said she loved working at the soft-rock WNIC with "one of her best friends" and will cherish the fans who tuned in... WNIC morning hosts let go (Tue, 4/6)




CLEAR CHANNEL AC WNIC/DETROIT "Breakfast Flakes" KEVIN O'NEILL and LISA BARRY are out. The pair were informed this morning after wrapping up their show... Morning Change At WNIC/Detroit (Mon, 4/5)


Flint Journal:

OK ... by now, I've heard the outcries from those vocal commenters who love to rant about the April in the D songs. But your hate just keeps me going. April in the D is unstoppable, and as long as Fox Sports Detroit keeps the promo going, I'm going to keep reporting on it. With opening day for the Tigers going on today and the Red Wings clinching a playoff berth, this April is sure to be exciting even without the Pistons advancing to the playoffs. Below, FSD senior VP and general manager Greg Hammaren was kind enough to answer a few questions (his responses are italicized below) about April in the D, hate mail, viewer feedback and his thoughts on the state of Detroit sports... Interview: Fox Sports Detroit Senior VP/General Manager Greg Hammaren discusses the origins of 'April in the D' (Mon, 4/5)


As the 2010 Major League Baseball regular season takes flight, radio ratings company Arbitron has released a report on how well baseball play-by-play did for stations in Portable People Mover markets during 2009. Coverage of the Detroit Tigers on CBS Radio's WXYT-FM/AM was a definite hit when comparing the results against teams in the other 22 PPM markets in the U.S.

Among men age 25-54, WXYT and the Tigers rank second only to the St. Louis Cardinals and their flagship KTRS. And even when considering overall audience numbers (all listeners age 6+), the WXYT/Tigers combo was the fifth most popular combo, averaging a game-time cume 158,600 listeners - above the top-10 MLB team average of 115,000. The New York Yankees are the runaway leaders in overall cume.

It's no surprise then to see increased coverage of play-by-play sports on the FM dial across Michigan. The Tigers now enjoy FM coverage not only in Detroit, but in Grand Rapids, Big Rapids, Manistee, and most recently in Cadillac. Sports fans appear to be very loyal to their teams' broadcasts on the radio, and that seems to be especially true with the local combination of Dan Dickerson and Jim Price on the Tigers' broadcasts.


With yesterday's departure of Kevin O'Neill and Lisa Berry from morning drive on soft rock WNIC FM 100.3, the station has tapped market veteran Renee Vitale for 6 - 10 a.m. where she will be reporting on traffic and news live during a music-intensive program that the station hopes can attract listeners looking for less talk in the morning.

I incorrectly reported yesterday that the remainder of WNIC's weekday lineup was voicetracked - that is not the case with Theresa Lucas broadcasting live from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Kristin Burns hosting afternoon drive live from the WNIC studios from 3 - 7 p.m. At 7, the syndicated Delilah program is aired through midnight.


WDIV honored with 2010 Murrow Award for Overall Excellence

WDIV-TV Local 4 has been honored for excellence in journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The station is a proud recipient of a coveted 2010 Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence in news coverage.

RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. The Edward R. Murrow Award is considered one of the most prestigious awards a news organization can achieve, embodying the spirit of excellence in journalism.

WDIV Local 4 News won the top award for overall Outstanding Excellence in Region 7 of the large market TV category and is the only station in Southeast Michigan to receive a 2010 Morrow award.



Michigan Radio to explore life of "Muslims in Michigan"

Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) is partnering with the University of Michigan Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies to launch a new project examining the religious, ethnic, and social lives of the state's diverse Muslim population. This "Muslims in Michigan" initiative will consist of a five-part radio series, film events, speakers, and a community conversation.

The Muslims in Michigan radio series, which airs April 12-16, will explore topics such as sharia law, halal meats, and the construction of a new mosque in Grand Rapids. Additionally, Michigan Radio's reporters will profile individual Muslims who have recently converted to Islam. The series will include contributions by reporters Jennifer Guerra, Sarah Hulett, and Dustin Dwyer. The station will broadcast these reports all next week during Morning Edition at approximately 6:20 and 8:20 am, and during All Things Considered between 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm.

The Muslims in Michigan Community Conversation supplementing this radio series will take place on Thursday, April 15, at 7 pm at the Arthur Miller Theater on the University of Michigan's North Campus. This event will be an opportunity for listeners and members of the community to learn more about Michigan's Muslim population. Information about this event, and others associated with this project, can be found at muslimsinmichigan.org.



Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public TV has acquired a $1.5 million high definition truck and mobile studio. The 35-foot Ford F650 vehicle was purchased thanks to funding from local nonprofits the Kresge Foundation and the Hudson-Webber Foundation. The truck includes a mobile studio outfitted with the latest in video and audio production technology. The vehicle also carries a diesel generator for areas without electrical service. Jeff Forster, vice president for production and station enterprises at Detroit Public Television, said that the mobile studio will allow the station to do more work from the field. . "The truck will allow us to reflect the culture and arts that goes on in Southeast Michigan," he said... Detroit Public TV acquires HD production truck (Wed, 4/7)



WJR's Frank Beckmann Show to broadcast from Detroit Opera House for Tigers' opening day

News/Talk 760 WJR's Frank Beckmann Show (Weekdays 9am-Noon) will broadcast live on Friday, April 9th from the Cadillac Café at the Detroit Opera House located at 1526 Broadway in Detroit, directly across the street from Comerica Park to help kick off MLB baseball in Detroit for 2010.


MetroMix Detroit:

It was madness in March, that's for sure. Metromix's inaugural Detroit Radio Battle -- the NCAA-styled elimination tournament featuring 16 of metro Detroit's top radio shows and most colorful personalities -- has a winner: 89X's Mornings with Dave and Chuck "The Freak." Netting more than 60% of the final round's tally and registering more than 25,000 votes by Metromix users throughout the tourney helped lift the CIMX-FM (88.7) morning show to the big victory. "It's incredible -- there's a lot of amazing talent in the city and a few of the finalists (were) in our own company, so to even be considered among that group in the first place was a big deal for us. Then to win the whole thing is just the icing on the cake of a great year for the Dave and Chuck 'the Freak' show," " Dave Hunter says to Metromix after learning of the victory. The tournament was completely unscientific... Detroit Radio Battle 2010: And the winner is... (Wed, 4/7)



WCSX joins in on Opening Day Fun

Classic rock WCSX-FM midday host Karen Savelly will be broadcasting live tomorrow from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. from the Elwood Bar and Grill on East Adams across from Comerica Park to help celebrate Tigers' Opening Day. The party will feature the chance to win Tiger tickets, prizes and more.



On the 40th anniversary, AM 580 to presents "And In The End...The Break-up of The Beatles"

On April 10th, 1970, Paul McCartney told the world that they had heard and seen the Beatles as a band for the last time....the Beatles were breaking up. This Saturday night on the 40th anniversary of the world's most famous group calling it quits, CKWW AM 580 will air a two-hour special: "And In The End...The Breakup of The Beatles" from 7 to 9 PM.

"Breakfast with the Beatles" host Dennis Mitchell looks back at how and why the Beatles ended as a group. He'll talk with Yoko Ono along with former Apple Records chief Ken Mansfield, Tommy Roe, and many others who were part of this historic event in music history. The special will also feature rare audio of the Beatles, plus a lot of great music the band produced before and after that time. He will also examine why their music continues to have such a profound influence.

"And In The End...The Break-up of The Beatles" airs this Saturday, April 10th from 7 to 9 PM with an encore broadcast on Monday, April 12th from 7 to 9 PM.


Searching for Human Voices

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column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

Art Vuolo Jr.I'm not sure how you feel, but I like to wake up to human voices. I like to know what the day ahead is going to be like. I want to know about the weather, the traffic problems, the important news, and the light-hearted stories that make me want to say Hmmm. I want humor, funny stories and, dare I say it... entertainment! My bed is surrounded by three, count 'em, three AM-FM radios and one home-style satellite radio. The one I wake up to has pre-set push buttons which allow me to easily punch up any number of various stations on both bands. I usually don't go to Sirius XM until after 10 a.m. when most terrestrial stations shift into a more music mode, and it's often not the music I want.

On the FM side I land most often on Indianapolis-based Bob & Tom, which I re-transmit from my Internet Wi-Fi Radio via their flagship station, WFBQ (known as Q-95). Three times per hour, that show takes a six minute break, which is when I sample other morning fare. Often, if another show keeps me interested, it will take me longer to return to the boys from Indy. On the FM side, I go to Drew & Mike on WRIF (101.1), MoJo & Crew on WKQI (95.5), Blaine & Allyson on WDVD (96.3) or Stoney, Bill and Sara on WXYT (97.1 the Ticket). Since Dick Purtan's departure I hit the WOMC button less, since it's mostly music and, until such time when Chris Edmonds and Stacey DuFord are allowed to be funny, I'll wait on 104.3 FM. My WNIC button is about to be exchanged for WYCD (99.5) for Dr. Don and Rachael Hunter.

My reason for that exchange was the recent disposal of WNIC Breakfast Club hosts Kevin O'Neill and Lisa Barry. I used that word "disposal" because that's what the radio industry has been doing with what we once referred to as the "on-air talent." Corporate radio, as it is now commonly called, cares little about what comes out of the speaker, but mostly about the profit and loss columns. This is why we, the listeners, are considered the lowest common denominator within the radio broadcasting equation.

Most of the members of Detroit's radio fraternity are good people, who sincerely WISH they could do better, with larger staffs, bigger budgets and creative programming. Sadly, today's economic climate has greatly restricted the incorporation of the very elements that made radio a fun place to work and a fun place to listen.

When Dick Purtan retired on March 26, it signaled the end of an era. Dick got out at the right time. He even honestly stated it on TV saying that "it just wasn't as much fun anymore." Think about it. A few years ago he lost two key cast members in Gene Taylor and shortly there-after Mark "Doc" Andrews. In the last year we saw his show get trimmed by an hour, the loss of longtime engineer John "ankles" Stewart and news reporter Dana Mills. The new method of taking radio ratings, known as the Personal People Meter (PPM), has made more music and less talk more popular. It also gives radio companies a good excuse for trimming expensive personalities in exchange for DJ's that just know how to hammer out the hits, interjecting very little of what we used to call "entertainment."

So, after Mr. Purtan left in a blaze of glory, surrounded by lots of family and close friends, the radio landscape in Detroit was suddenly up for grabs, as other shows scrambled to steal away audience from 104.3 WOMC. Don't expect that station roll over and die. Far from it. Throughout the next few weeks a new and exciting image will occupy the space previously known as the home of Purtan's People, but it will take time and (the always lacking) money.

Meanwhile, other stations in town are clamoring for Dick's listeners. Did you see the big ad that Greater Media took out in the paper? It was a tastefully done campaign to get you to try out Jim Harper and his crew at WMGC, known as Magic 105.1. Good move. Perplexing is why did Clear Channel Radio dump 30 year market veteran Kevin O'Neill and 25 year morning staple Lisa Barry? I don't think it was money. That company now has Jay Towers on the payroll, but he can't go on the air locally until this summer when his "non-compete" clause with CBS Radio expires. So why was the trigger pulled now? I have no idea.

Lisa has survived a plethora of morning partners dating back through Chris Edmonds and Chuck Gaidica, but now she's also seeking her next opportunity. Kevin O'Neill, as we've stated in previous columns, is among the nicest and kindest broadcasters in this town. He's worked at WDRQ, WHND, WOMC, WYCD, WDVD and WNIC over the past three decades. He's never made, what industry insiders would call, big money but, has been as loyal to each station as anyone in recent years. So, what do Mr. O'Neill and Ms. Barry get as their reward for such unprecedented loyalty? They were told, on Easter Monday no less, as they ended their program that it was their last. They were coldly escorted out of the building with little regard for the service given to the WNIC audience. It was the only LIVE show on the station. Every other time slot at 100.3 FM is voice-tracked. That is where it may sound live, but it's all put together in a computer. You can't call in and talk to the jock on the air, or make requests. When major news breaks, you won't hear about it, because the computer doesn't know about it. The death of Michael Jackson was proof of how bad that can be. Worst of all, it's not getting any better. It's getting worse. Very few of the DJ's on any music station throughout the nation are live.

The last venue of actual LIVE radio can be found on news, news-talk and sports-talk stations. However the vast majority of such stations take most of their programming from a syndicator via satellite. We are lucky here in SE Michigan with a sports station (WXYT 97.1 FM & 1270 AM) that is mostly live and local. We have a second such station on AM WDFN (1130) which reverted back to a number of local hosts. Best of all, we have WCHB AM 1200 for the black community, a great all-news station, which is never automated, in WWJ-AM (950) and a heritage news-talk giant in WJR-AM (760) and they all sport a diverse cast of outstanding on-air personalities.

Before I get labeled as being too negative I'll remind you that earlier in this writing I heaped plenty-o-compliments on numerous broadcasters. However, my main issue with today's TALK radio is the extreme division it causes. It seems that a talk station is either ALL right-wing conservative or ALL left-wing progressive (the new word for liberal). About 85% to 90% of talk radio throughout this land is conservative. Some of what I've heard on Rush, Sean, Glenn and the like is outrageously disrespectful. On a recent Michael Savage (an appropriate name) Show I stumbled upon the program just in time to hear him make the most outlandish accusations against the current presidential administration. Regardless as to whether you voted for Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief deserves a certain level of respect. Savage was spewing forth commentary that, only a few years ago would not only get him fired immediately, but escorted out of the building. Instead that type of treatment goes to nice people like Kevin O'Neill and Lisa Barry, as previously described. Go figure.

Hardly anyone currently working in the radio industry, if they're being 100% honest, will say that the business is better and more fun than ever, because it isn't. Let's hope that radio will, one day soon, realize that the way into the listeners heart, and most importantly their ears, is to offer something that we can actually get excited about. Wow....what a concept!


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CLEAR CHANNEL Rhythmic AC WKTU/NEW YORK morning star PAUL "CUBBY" BRYANT will now be simultaneously heard on CLEAR CHANNEL Rhythmic AC WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT)/DETROIT. He also can be heard on WMIA/MIAMI and KSYU/ALBUQUERQUE... Cubby Gets The Beat In Detroit (Fri, 4/9)


Grand Rapids Press:

Jim Price is down to one kidney, but the cancer is gone. And his peace of mind has returned. "It was a life-or-death thing if they hadn't gotten it out when they did," said Price, the radio analyst for Detroit Tigers games and a catcher with the 1968 world champions. "I just have the one kidney now, but I can lead a normal life. "Something like this gives you a whole different perspective." He is embarking on another West Coast trip, with Detroit playing Friday night against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field, and life is good again. Price, 68, is back for his 18th season as a Tigers broadcaster. But several days before Thanksgiving, he got the news that made him wonder if there would be another season. "I had a large, cancerous tumor in my kidney that was exploding my kidney," Price said. "It was so big, and I didn't even know it. I went to the bathroom and there was a lot of blood when I urinated. My wife, Lisa, made me go to the emergency room. She strong-armed me." There wasn't any time to waste after X-rays and a full-body scan revealed the problem. Five and a half hours worth of surgery at Beaumont Hospital in Troy two days before Thanksgiving saved his life... 'Life is good again' for Tigers radio analyst Jim Price after bout with cancer (Thu, 4/15)



Detroit Free Press:

Motor City commuters who tuned into WRIF-FM's (101.1) top-rated "Drew & Mike" morning show Wednesday briefly heard a few words from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. Hosts Drew Lane and Mike Clark thought they'd give the Dallas-based Kilpatrick a heads-up that new reports about Manoogian Mansion shenanigans were making headlines back home. Their call was disconnected after the two radio hosts identified themselves, but when they redialed seconds later, Kilpatrick picked up with a chuckle. The ex-mayor told the dynamic duo he's busy starting his life over in Texas and doesn't want to be featured on radio and TV or in newspapers... Drew, Mike dial up Kwame (Thu, 4/15)



Classical/Jazz WRCJ using hard sell in fundraising campaign

A marketing e-mail from Detroit Public TV operated classical/jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 begins with what's either a desperate plea -- or an outright threat, depending on your point of view: "The CBC has cut back on classical music. A Detroit "smooth jazz" radio station is off the air. Detroit went nine years without a classical music service when the old WQRS changed formats. Don't let this happen again! Please support WRCJ 90.9 FM as it concludes its Spring Membership Drive. Classical Days and Jazzy Nights rely on tax-deductible contributions from listeners like you, but we're short of our goal. We must stay on track to keep classical music alive on Detroit airwaves."

The message is pretty clear - without more financial support, the station's programming is in jeopardy. While run sby DPTV, the Detroit Public Schools is the owner of WRCJ.

Potential donors can visit wrcjfm.org or call 866-909-9725 to contribute.


WXYZ TV names Eduardo Fernadez as station's new VP/GM

Eduardo Fernandez, accomplished television executive and experienced community leader, has been named vice president and general manager of WXYZ, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Detroit.

"Ed is known throughout the industry for his commitment to a high-quality on-air product, his strong record of sales success and his passion for community enrichment," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president of the Scripps television division. "More than any other market in America today, Detroit needs a local television voice that will be a passionate advocate for its citizens and businesses, and no TV executive is better suited for that task than Ed Fernandez."

Fernandez begins his new assignment on April 26. He replaces Bob Sliva, who retired earlier this month after leading the station since 2007.

Most recently, Fernandez, age 47, served as president and general manager of NBC Universal's WSNS, Telemundo Chicago, where he was responsible for all station operations, including news, sales, marketing and promotions, engineering, and production.

Before joining Telemundo in 2003, Fernandez worked for 14 years at WXMI Fox 17 in Grand Rapids. He joined the station as a local sales manager, served as general sales manager, station manager and eventually became vice president/general manager. Earlier in his career, he served as an account executive for Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV and WZZM-TV as well as WSB-TV Atlanta.

Fernandez, whose stations have won numerous local Emmys, has received a number of awards, including the Central Michigan University Distinguished Alumni award, Grand Rapids Business Journal "Forty Under Forty" award and St. Augustine College's "El Puente" award for his commitment to the Chicago Hispanic community.

Fernandez's professional involvement includes membership with the Michigan Association Broadcasters and the Illinois Broadcasters Association Board.

Originally from West Michigan, he earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University. He was the Robert R. McCormick/Tribune Foundation Fellowship Recipient through the National Association of Broadcasters. He also completed a management development course and leadership, innovation and growth program through GE/NBC Universal's executive training program.

The Chicago resident will be relocating to Michigan. He has three teenage daughters.



96.3 WDVD launches Project Prom Princess

Prom is one of the most important events in a young lady's life. Unfortunately, many high school students and their families are feeling the hurt of our tough economy. This should be no reason for girls to be denied the time-honored tradition of going to Prom. 96.3 WDVD & Somerset Collection will make every effort to make sure less fortunate girls receive a FREE Prom Dress! 96.3 WDVD will be collecting gently worn formal dresses, shoes and accessories (less than 5 years old) at Somerset Collection (upper level, next to Saks Fifth Avenue) Friday, April 16- Sunday, April 18, 2010. 96.3 WDVD on-air personalities will broadcast from inside the Project Prom Princess space all weekend long. Our mission is to fill the store with racks of dresses, shoes and accessories to make hundreds of girls feel like a true Princess on Prom Night.

The first one hundred people to donate a dress will receive a pair of Sheryl Crow at DTE Energy Music Theatre, June 19h.

Young ladies that are in need of a Prom dress, log onto www.963wdvd.com to fill out a request form. Selected girls will be asked to join us inside the Project Prom Princess store to pick out a free dress for Prom.

More information on Project Prom Princess is available on the station's web site.


Detroit Free Press:

Chris Hansen's latest project isn't just another look at what's happening in the Motor City. "America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope," which airs at 7 tonight on "Dateline NBC," is a journey home for Hansen that focuses on the city's economic blight, population flight and political scandals and also on the people who are pouring their hearts into improving the situation. The veteran correspondent -- who's famous for his "To Catch a Predator" investigations -- grew up in Bloomfield Township and covered the city and region for local stations WXYZ-TV and WDIV-TV before joining NBC News in 1993. Hansen talked recently about the "Dateline" episode, which puts Detroit's challenges into perspective for a national audience... NBC looks at the spirit of Detroit (Sun, 4/18)


Detroit News:

Anne Thompson owes her success to a lot of things, among them talent, timing and perseverance. Odd business that television is, she can also thank a quadruple murderer from Lincoln Park. When you see her now, she's someplace glamorous, important or both, reporting for NBC News. To find her a bit more than 20 years ago, though, you'd have needed to look in Channel 4's doghouse. "I was going to be fired," Thompson says. The executive who ran the newsroom at WDIV-TV had told her in clear, short syllables that the trap door was open, and the only question was how quickly he'd be able to drop her through it. Instead, she wound up spending 11 years at WDIV, living in Farmington Hills and then Grosse Pointe Farms before NBC snapped her up in 1997 and sent her to Chicago... NBC reporter turned challenge into opportunity (Mon, 4/19)



Detroit Free Press:

Today at 6 a.m. the voting begins on WMGC-FM's (105.1) web site for the "How would you give away $10,000?" contest Jim Harper is hosting through his "Magic Morning Show." Voting is to run through April 30 before the winner is announced May 4 ... Southfield-based WPON-AM (1460) is to launch "Spooky Talk" at 5 p.m. Wednesday. Hosted by Dearborn resident Clyde Brown, "Spooky" is a family-oriented talk show, centered on all things supernatural that is to run weekly from 5-5:30 p.m... Names and Faces (Mon, 4/19)



Michigan Radio wins eleven Michigan Associated Press awards

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan that includes WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor, WFUM 91.1 Flint, and WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids, received eleven awards from the Michigan Associated Press for news coverage in 2009, including nine "Best Of" awards, one Honorable Mention, and the award for General Excellence in the Non-Commercial Radio category.

The judges--AP members from outside of Michigan--enthusiastically praised many of winning entries. Of the station's "GM Bankruptcy" Spot News report, the judges noted "This is how news is done. Top-notch work...." The judges also praised "Facing the Mortgage Crisis," Michigan Radio's long running project dealing with the state's foreclosure crisis, as "...public service journalism at its finest."

All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2009. The awards were presented at the Michigan AP Awards Banquet this past Saturday, April 17th in Southfield.


WJR's Paul W. Smith broadcasts live from Beijing

WJRWJR continues its coverage of auto shows around the globe with this morning's (5:30 - 9 a.m.) live broadcast of the Paul W. Smith Show from the 2010 Beijing Auto Show. Smith hears from automotive movers and shakers at one of the world's largest car shows.

Also featured on WJR today is this evening's Big Story with Lloyd Jackson (7 - 8 p.m.) who will be hosting Detroit Mayor Dave Bing. Mayor Bing will take listener calls at (800) 859-0957.


RadioInfo.com reporter extraordinaire Tom Taylor reports that Michigan attorney General Mike Cox has filed information with federal bankruptcy court that Citadel (which owns several radio stations in Detroit, Grand Rapids and mid-Michigan) has "failed to file its 2008 Michigan Business tax return and to remit the taxes, penalties and interest," and that Michigan doubts "as to whether the debtor's proposed plan [to re-organize and flush away two-thirds of its debt] is offered in good faith." The AG's office also claims that under Michigan law, "Certain 'responsible persons' and officers [are] personally liable for certain unpaid corporate obligations."

Michigan is an an unsecured creditor as Citadel proceeds through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and the state has obviously decided to make an attempt to collect on those taxes.



CUMULUS Classic Rock WXKR/TOLEDO's WXKR-HD2 Translator (W265CB) at 100.9 FM re-launched Alternative on FM and HD TODAY as "TOLEDO'S NEW MUSIC ALTERNATIVE 100.9 THE ZONE" under OM/PD DAN MCCLINTOCK. The Alternative station previously aired at 106.5 THE ZONE before WRWK switched to a Sports simulcast of WLQR-A 10 months ago... Alternative Returns To Toledo At 100.9 The Zone (Fri, 4/23)


The Tuesday, April 27 Detroit Tigers-Minnesota Twins game will now be televised on FOX Sports Detroit Plus. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. with Tigers Live, followed by the game at 7:00.

Game 7 of the Red Wings-Phoenix playoff series will be on FOX Sports Detroit, starting at 8:30 with Red Wings LIve, followed by the game at 9:00. A list of FOX Sports Detroit PLUS channel numbers is available at www.foxsportsdetroit.com (click "Channel Finder").


FOX Sports Detroit enjoying April in the D with Wings' ratings; coverage of series against San Jose Sharks set

FOX Sports Detroit attracted its third largest viewing audience all-time for Tuesday's Game 7 of the NHL Western Conference Quarterfinal series between the Detroit Red Wings and Phoenix Coyotes. Based on data received from Nielsen Media Research, the 9:00-11:45 p.m. telecast registered a 16.7 household rating in the Detroit metro area, an average of 315,663 homes tuned in over the course of the telecast (one rating point equals approximately 18,902 households). The telecast peaked at a 20.3 rating (383,710 households) from 10:45-11:15 as the Red Wings were on their way to a 6-1 victory to capture the best-of-seven series four games to three.

Tuesday's viewership ranks No. 3 on the network's all-time ratings list, trailing a pair of Red Wings games from last year's second round playoff series against Anaheim (17.5 for Game 7 on May 14, 2009 and 17.1 for Game 5 on May 1, 2009).

FOX Sports Detroit is averaging an 11.5 household rating for five Red Wings games this postseason, 9% greater than the 10.7 rating for the first five playoff telecasts in 2009.

With the release of the schedule for the Wings/Sharks second round series, FOX Sports Detroit is scheduled to televise games 3 through 7. Versus has national exclusivity for Game 1 and 2 (Versus is subject to blackout in the FOX Sports Detroit coverage area for games 3 - 7).

Western Conference Semifinals: #5 Detroit Red Wings vs. #1 San Jose Sharks

  • Game 1 - Thu. April 29 at San Jose, 9:00 PM ET Versus (national exclusive)
  • Game 2 - Sun. May 2 at San Jose, 8:00 PM ET Versus (national exclusive)
  • Game 3 - Tue. May 4 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 4 - Thu. May 6 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 5* - Sat. May 8 at San Jose, 10:00 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 6* - Mon. May 10 at Detroit, 7:30 PM ET FOX Sports Detroit / HD
  • Game 7* - Wed. May 12 at San Jose, Time TBD FOX Sports Detroit / HD



WRCJ reports success in membership drive

The music will continue at Classical/Jazz WRCJ FM 90.9 as the station has successfully reached its spring fundraising goals. Listeners are still encouraged to make contributions by visiting wrcjfm.org or by calling (866) 909-9725. Contributions of $30 or more will get a WRCJ Eco-Tote Bag as a thank-you gift.

WRCJ is owned by the Detroit Public Schools and operated by Detroit Public TV.



Toledo's AM 1560 returns to air

After being off-air for several days while work was being done on the station's equipment, AM 1560 Toledo is back on the air with a new format and call sign under new owner CSN International. The former talk outlet WTOD is now WWYC and features religious programming based out of Twin Falls, ID as part of the Calvary Satellite Network. WWYC replaces CSN's FM translator which was previously heard on FM 100.7 -- that station is now back on the air as well carrying the modern rock format of Cumulus' WXKR-FM HD2 (The Zone).


WJR's Paul W. Smith on the road for annual tourism visits

News/Talk WJR AM 760 morning host Paul W. Smith kicked off his annual tour of Michigan vacation hotspots today with a stop in Monroe at Monroe Community College's La-Z-Boy Center Meyer Theatre. Future stops for the show's live broadcasts (5:30 - 9 a.m.) include:

The Marriott Hotel in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, the Ramada Plaza Ojibway Hotel in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, The Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island on Thursday, and at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn on Friday.

As in years past, each broadcast will feature interviews with local business and government leaders in each city. More info is available at wjr.com.



FOX Sports Detroit moves tomorrow's Tigers game TV coverage

Due to a conflict with game three of the Detroit Red Wings / San Jose Sharks NHL playoff game, the May 4th Detroit Tigers/Minnesota Twins game has been shifted from FOX Sports Detroit to FOX Sports Detroit Plus. Visit foxsportsdetroit.com for channel information.


Ernie Harwell, Michigan's most beloved broadcaster ever, has died this evening at the age of 92 in his home in the Detroit suburb of Novi after an inspiring fight with bile duct cancer.

There will be countless accolades and articles written about the life of a man that cared for his family, friends, and fans in a way that no one ever has before or will again. Whatever it is that is written, it won't be enough to capture just how much Mr. Harwell meant to our state.

Godspeed Ernie and thank you.




Detroit Free Press:

In Ernie Harwell's voice, the South rose again and conquered Michigan in a way no one else ever has. When Harwell arrived in Detroit to join the Tigers radio broadcast team in 1960, he was an unknown to Tigers fans. When he died Tuesday night at his home in Novi, at 92, after nearly a year-long bout with cancer, he had a strong case as the most beloved figure ever in Michigan. He rose to that cherished place through the combined power of radio and baseball and just as importantly his own charm and warmth, which were as steady through the decades as his unchanging Georgia accent. Harwell did Tigers radio from 1960 through 1991, then -- after an ill-conceived dismissal by the Tigers that lasted only one season -- he did a combination of Tigers radio and TV from 1993 through 2002. He ended his 55-year big-league career at the end of 2002 season... Ernie Harwell dies at 92 (Tue, 5/4)


In a telephone interview tonight, Detroit Tigers legend Al Kaline was asked why Harwell was so overwhelmingly popular in Michigan. "There wasn't a nicer person," Kaline said. "He had time for everybody. He lived here and stayed here. He didn't just work here and then go away in the off-season. He would have young announcers up to his booth all the time and give them advice. He had time for everybody." Kaline worked as Harwell's broadcast partner on television in the 1990s... Dignitaries share warm memories of Ernie Harwell (Tue, 5/4)



Detroit News:

Ernie has died. After a battle against bile duct cancer, one he knew he would lose, Ernie Harwell died Tuesday. He was 92. With his death, Michigan -- and baseball -- loses one of its most beloved figures. For 55 years, Harwell was a major league broadcaster, 42 with the Tigers. He broadcast his last game Sept. 22, 2002. Instead of moving away from the Detroit area, he spent his final years in Novi, still being part of our lives as an author and corporate spokesman. William Earnest Harwell was born Jan. 25, 1918 in Washington, Ga. As a boy, his family moved to Atlanta, where he grew up loving newspapers and baseball, which is how and why he became a paperboy and a batboy for his hometown minor league club, the Atlanta Crackers... Legendary broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at 92 (Tue, 5/4)




The voice that we fell asleep to while listening to baseball games on transistor radios, the one that called Detroit Tigers games for four decades and became part of our lives, has gone silent. Ernie Harwell died Tuesday of cancer. He was 92. Harwell was the 1981 recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award, placing him in the Hall of Fame at Cooperstown as a broadcaster. He said that his induction speech and the Christian testimony he gave at a Billy Graham Crusade in Tampa were the two most memorable speaking engagements of his life. He loved God, baseball, his family and countless friends. "When you met Ernie Harwell, you walked away feeling you were his best friend," said Tigers radio broadcaster Jim Price, who first met Harwell as a rookie catcher with Detroit in 1967. "People who never met him before would say, 'It's like I've known him forever.' "He was very unique that way." Harwell was a one-of-a-kind person and broadcaster, who had first-hand experiences with nearly every big name in the history of the game... Hall of Fame Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell dies at 92 after battle with cancer (Tue, 5/4)


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 963wdvd.com 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 michiganradio.org. 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: www.michiganradio.org/forum.



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!


The Oakland Press:

Nashville's flood victims will certainly be on the minds of attendees at the 2010 99.5 WYCD Downtown Hoedown this weekend in Detroit. It won't be far from their wallets, either. Throughout the free festival, which runs Friday-Sunday (May 14-16), the radio station will run a Nickels For Nashville campaign to raise money for the American Red Cross' relief efforts in Music City. Collection points will be located around Hart Plaza, while a large container on the Hoedown stage will keep a running tally of the donations. In a statement, WYCD Operations Manager/Program Director Tim Roberts explained that, "We've heard from countless artists that their homes are flooded, bands have lost their gear and obviously they aren't the only ones. So many families have been displaced because of this disaster. Even during all of this, the Nashville artists still remain fully committed to entertaining their loyal fans in Detroit... In turn, we wanted to do something special to rally behind them and support the relief effort"... Downtown Hoedown to collect money for Nashville flood victims (Mon, 5/10)


University of Michigan athletes and coaches to help conclude WTKA's Month of Mott

University of Michigan legends will take control of the Sports Talk 1050 WTKA airwaves on Friday, May 14th to conclude Sports Talk 1050 WTKA's "A Month of Mott" to raise funds for the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital and Women's Hospital.

Listeners are invited to join Sam Webb, Ira Weintraub and an amazing star-packed line up Friday, May 14th for the 2010 Radio-thon in support of the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund.

The WTKA in-studio/on-air guest line up is as follows:

  • 7 - 9 am- Lloyd Carr and Charles Woodson
  • 9 - 10 am- Jerry Hanlon
  • 10 - 11 am- Steve Hutchinson
  • 11 am - Noon- Gary Moeller
  • Noon - 1 pm- Brian Griese
  • 1 - 2 pm- Jake Long
  • 2 - 3 pm- Jeff Backus
  • 3 - 4 pm- Jerame Tuman and Aaron Shea
  • 4 - 5 pm- Mike Hart, Ron Bellamy and Drew Henson
  • 5 - 6 pm- David and Jan Brandon and Rich Rodriguez

Fans can call 1-800-559-2657 in from 7am-6pm on May 14th to make a donation. All contributions provided through the Radio-a-thon will benefit the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. This fund aims to support and encourage ground-breaking innovations for new pediatric treatments and is critical to moving these initiatives from brilliant idea to viable therapies.

While any and all donations are accepted, radio-a-thon incentives include: $25 = "All in for Michigan, All in for Mott" t-shirt; $10/ month for a year = autographed Charles Woodson photo; $500 = 2 pre-game sideline passes to a UM Football game (Massachusetts, Bowling Green and Illinois).



Fox Sports Detroit to air today's Tigers/Yankees makeup game

Both games of today's split doubleheader between the Tigers and New York Yankees (1:00 & 7:00 pm) will be televised on FOX Sports Detroit / HD. Today's afternoon game is a makeup for a rainout last evening.


Detroit News:

Rumors that WXYZ-TV Channel 7 "Action News This Morning" co-host Erik Smith was leaving the station have been floating around for months, but the chatter reached a fever pitch this week. One story was that the veteran host, a 7 employee since 1962, was yanked from the morning show (which also features Alicia Smith , Dave Rexroth and Erin Nicole ), which prompted him to quit. Someone close to Smith affirmed to us that he's leaving, with his last day to be May 26, although the veteran host had not returned our call as of press time. When we queried WXYZ executive producer Sandy McPhee Thursday afternoon, she said: "Erik had a personal day off yesterday, but he was on the show this morning!" But isn't his last day May 26? McPhee replied, "We're still working on the details"... Society Confidential: Erik Smith, Channel 7 in talks over his departure (Fri, 5/14)




CITADEL Hot AC WDVD (96.3 DVD)/DETROIT air talent DANA LUNDON has been promoted to become an official member of the BLAINE & ALLYSON MORNING SHOW. According to PD RON HARRELL, "MS. LUNDON has been filling the information role since late FEBRUARY and has proved to be a bright asset to the program. DANA has been one of our best utility players on the part-time staff capable of morphing into many different roles as jock, producer, remote talent and all-around solid radio junkie. We like her passion for the job and her love of radio." LUNDON's previous experience includes middays at crosstown WOMC and MD at WKQI... Dana Lundon Joins The WDVD Morning Show (Thu, 5/13)



Lions' preseason contests to all by in HD on WWJ-TV

The Detroit Lions and WWJ-TV have announced that all four of the team's 2010 preseason games will be broadcast in high-definition for the first time. The games are scheduled to include Saturday road matchups against the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 14th (7:30 p.m.) and Denver Broncos on August 21st (9:00 p.m.) and home contests versus the Cleveland Browns on Saturday August 28th (5:30 p.m.) and Thursday September 2nd (7:00 p.m.) against the Buffalo Bills. The two home games at Ford Field are subject to NFL blackout restrictions which would result in those games being aired on a time-delayed basis.

The switch to HD is a result of a partnership between WWJ-TV, the Detroit Lions, CBS Sports and local retailer ABC Warehouse.

"This is an exciting evolution in our partnership with the Detroit Lions," said WWJ-TV vice-president and general manager Trey Fabacher. "The NFL in high definition is great television!"

In the broadcast booth this year will be WWJ-TV Lions Pre-season veterans Matt Shepard doing play-by-play and the sideline team of Steve Courtney and Charlie Sanders. Joining the crew this season will be Michigan native Rob Rubick, the veteran color analyst who for more than eighteen years has been providing his experienced insight into broadcasts of football at all levels from high school through the pros. His unique background coupled with his experience as a tight end for the Lions will provide a solid addition to the broadcast team.


WJR and Forgotten Harvest to host Radiothon to help Metro Detroit Children

News-Talk WJR AM 760 and Forgotten Harvest have announced a one-day radiothon to benefit food rescue for children in Metro Detroit. On Wednesday, May 19, 2010, the station will feature interview segments with Forgotten Harvest from 6 a.m. on the Paul W. Smith Show through the Frank Beckmann Show, the Rush Limbaugh Show, the Sean Hannity Show and the Mitch Albom Show at 7 p.m. Listeners will be encouraged to donate to Forgotten Harvest, the region's only food rescue organization, by calling 1-888-332-7140. Additionally, the organization's website, www.forgottenharvest.org, will accept donations throughout the day and will be linked with wjr.com.

The radiothon is part of Forgotten Harvest's "Million Meal Challenge For Our Kids," which is raising funds to rescue and deliver fresh, nutritious food for children to eat during the upcoming summer vacation and other times when they would ordinarily be eating meals at school. Forgotten Harvest plans to raise enough funds to help feed 20,000 children per day.

"The latest reports show one in four children face hunger or food insecurity in our country. Every corner of Metro Detroit is affected by this crisis," said Susan Goodell, President and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. "This radiothon and partnership with WJR will help Forgotten Harvest expand our ability to rescue more fresh food and get it to children who otherwise would not have access to healthy meals when they're not in school."

Hosted by various WJR personalities throughout the day, the radiothon will feature interviews with Forgotten Harvest leadership to show the impact Forgotten Harvest has on the Metro Detroit children and their families. Every dollar raised in the telethon provides meals for five local children. Radiothon partner Busch's Fresh Food Market will challenge listeners to help Forgotten Harvest meet a matching goal of $25,000.


Forgotten Harvest was formed in 1990 to fight two problems: hunger and waste. Forgotten Harvest is on target to 'rescue' 19 million pounds of food this fiscal year by collecting surplus prepared and perishable food from 455 sources, including grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, restaurants, caterers, dairies, farmers, wholesale food distributors and other Health Department-approved sources. This donated food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered free-of-charge to 160 emergency food providers in the Metro Detroit area.



Michigan Radio to examine, contrast Detroit Public Schools

Detroit's education system is in the midst of a crisis. In a new series, "Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities," Michigan Radio (WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) will examine the current educational challenges in Detroit, and how the city can learn from the reform strategies being used in New Orleans schools. These reports will begin Monday, May 17, and air for two weeks.

The Detroit Public School district (DPS) consistently falls at the bottom in academic progress among America's large urban districts. New Orleans' education system was in a comparable state before Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast in August 2005. However, in the aftermath of the storm, New Orleans became a laboratory for change by necessity. School leaders began to reconsider the direction of the city's low-performing public school system and to take action to improve it.

Though Detroit hasn't suffered a physical calamity of Katrina's scale, the city has suffered through years of economic devastation. As Detroit works to recreate itself, some school officials are looking at using reform strategies implemented in New Orleans to tackle the similar hurdles that DPS faces. Michigan Radio reporters Jennifer Guerra and Sarah Hulett have spent weeks looking at the two cities' school systems and talking with students, parents, teachers, school administrators, and experts about their issues. Throughout "Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities," Michigan Radio will air reports from both cities, looking at the educational challenges Detroit faces as well as the reform strategies currently at work in New Orleans.

"Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities" will air on Michigan Radio during Morning Edition (M-F, at 5:20 a.m. and 7:20 a.m.) and All Things Considered (M-F, at 4:50 p.m.) the weeks of May 17-21 and 24-28.

The series will be accompanied by a special call-in show airing on Michigan Radio and WWNO Public Radio in New Orleans at 3 pm on May 25. Michigan Radio's Charity Nebbe will host "A Tale of Two Cities: Lessons the Motor City Can Learn From the Crescent City," a discussion about how reform in New Orleans has set an example for Detroit. More information about the call-in special and the series, as well as supplementary online resources, are available at twocities.michiganradio.org.

"Rebuilding Detroit's Schools: A Tale of Two Cities" is made possible by grants from The Kresge Foundation and The Skillman Foundation.



Detroit Free Press:

There were countless intriguing stories told and memories recounted during Michigan football's "takeover" of WTKA-AM during Friday's 7 a.m.-6 p.m. radio-a-thon. The event featured former U-M players and coaches, and it was another success, raising $66,000 to benefit the University of Michigan Mott Children's Hospital and specifically the Charles Woodson Clinical Research Fund. The most intriguing moment might have come in the final 10 minutes of the 11-hour event when U-M athletic director Dave Brandon and football coach Rich Rodriguez offered an incentive -- a fivesome of golf with them for a $3,000 contribution... U-M radio-a-thon raises $66,000 for hospital (Sat, 5/15)


An innocent 2007 contest held by Clear Channel's contemporary hits WKQI-FM 95.5's Mojo in the Morning show has captured the attention of the national press after it as realized that the winner of it's "Stripper 101" event was newly crowned Miss USA Rima Fakih. Photos of the event, attended by women only, have been posted on the station's web site since 2007 - but appear to be causing controversy for Miss Michigan / Miss USA Fakih even though she remained clothed throughout the contest.




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Detroit News



Detroit Free Press:

Mike Stone was announced today as the permanent co-host of "The Morning Show with Bill McAllister and Sara" from 5:30-10 a.m. on WXYT-FM (97.1). Stone returned to the Detroit airwaves on 97.1 in December as a regular contributor to the station, including as a morning-show fill in. "Mike Stone has been a tremendous asset to our station," program director Jimmy Powers said in a released statement. "Over the past couple of months, Stoney has demonstrated why he is such a great talent. ... The show will continue to grow as the chemistry between them continues to build"... Mike Stone gets permanent gig on 97.1 morning show (Mon, 5/17)


Detroit News:

Today CBS Detroit announced its long-anticipated replacement for radio legend Dick Purtan on the WOMC-FM (104.3) morning show: Bobby Mitchell, who currently hosts "The Saturday '80s Show" out of Dallas for the ABC Radio Network. Bob Schuman will handle news, and Rachel Nevada will do traffic and entertainment, as well as produce the show, which starts Monday. The station has also hired Chuck Gaidica, longtime WDIV-TV meteorologist, and will call the show "The Bobby Mitchell Show with Chuck Gaidica," to air 5-9 a.m. Monday through Friday, beginning May 24. "Bobby Mitchell is a seasoned pro who loves Detroit, and teaming him with Chuck Gaidica, Detroit TV's No. 1 personality, is a win-win venture for WOMC," Debbie Kenyon, market manager for CBS Radio Detroit, said in a statement. Tim Roberts, WOMC operations manager/program director, added that Detroiters can expect a "fun, friendly and topical local show" every morning... Bobby Mitchell to replace Dick Purtan on WOMC (Thu, 5/20)



Detroit Free Press:

The answer to who will be replacing Dick Purtan permanently has been answered: CBS Radio Detroit announced today that Bobby Mitchell will start Monday on WOMC-FM (104.3). The former Detroit WHYT-FM personality Mitchell, who will be leaving his KPLX-FM Dallas-based "The Saturday '80s Show," will join Chuck Gaidica in the Motor City for their "The Bobby Mitchell Show with Chuck Gaidica." It will air live weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. and feature news by Bob Schuman, and Rachel Nevada will provide traffic and entertainment reports and produce the show. "I'm elated to be joining the CBS RADIO Team at the legendary WOMC, and I'm excited about the great ensemble of talent we've assembled for the show," Mitchell said in a statement released by WOMC today... Bobby Mitchell to replace Purtan on WOMC-FM (Thu, 5/20)


WADL Ch. 38 Detroit names Antoniotti as station manager

Steve Antoniotti, who currently serves as National Sales Director for Adell Broadcasting which broadcasts WADL TV-38 and WADL DT-2, will become the station manager at WADL TV-38 and WADL DT-2.

Antoniotti joined Adell Broadcasting in June 2008 and has been responsible for garnering national attention to the WADL TV-38 brand.

"I am confident that the wealth of broadcasting knowledge and experience Steve Antoniotti brings to WADL TV-38 will prove to be an attribute to our progressive broadcasting company," states Kevin Adell C.E.O. WADL TV-38 and The Word Network.

Antoniotti has an impressive resume which includes his tenure as General Manager WTVS-Channel 56, President and General Manager at WJBK, News Director in St. Louis, News Director at KNBC-TV in Los Angeles and KTVY-TV in Oklahoma City. His early television experience included work as executive producer at Detroit's ABC affiliate (WXYZ-TV) as well as a producer at both WJBK-TV and the NBC affiliates (WWJ-TV, which is now WDIV-TV) and extensive work in news departments in New York City.

"WADL is on a path of progress and it is the company's opinion that in Steve Antoniotti we have the most qualified person with a broad and successful track record to take the station to the level," states Lewis Gibbs, President WADL TV-38.

Antoniotti earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.


column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

On Monday, May 24th WOMC-FM (104.3) will premier it's new morning show. Ever since Dick Purtan did his last program on March 26th Chris Edmonds and Stacy Duford have been keeping the seat warm. My guess was that THEY would be the successor to Dick and Purtan's People. When I heard them the following Monday, I feared that my hunch was not going to pan out. Yet, I recall telling WOMC program director Tim Roberts that it was a brilliant move bringing them on board for weekend duty, so they'd be "in the house" to take over mornings when Mr. Purtan decided to retire. So much for second-guessing.

VuoloLet me say from the start...or almost the start, that I think Tim is one of the best PD's I've ever met and feel he will keep both of his stations (WOMC & WYCD) high in the local ratings. He and his crew did an incredible job with the recent Downtown Hoedown and this summer we can expect big things on August 21st at the Annual Woodward Dream Cruise. In fact, the huge Motor City Radio Reunion being planned for late September started with an idea from Tim Roberts! This is why I am somewhat perplexed by the new host of WOMC's morning show.

It's an interesting cast. I was happy to get a call from Dr. Don Carpenter of WYCD telling me the good news that ace news personality Bob Schuman was returning to Motown. He left a couple of years ago to anchor the morning news on 50,000 watt WOKV down in Jacksonville, FL but things didn't work out. After significantly increasing the ratings, they let him go. Go figure. So, Robert K. Schuman returns and he's the best! For weather, the TV personality with the most radio experience, WDIV-TV's Chuck Gaidica will handle the highs and lows and that's a good move because the Chuckster is the best! To produce the morning show and dilute the in-studio testosterone, Rachel Nevada will be segueing up to Fashionable Ferndale from the Golden Tower of the Fisher Building and WJR. She had been the longtime producer of The Mitch Albom Show. Good move. She has major name recognition and should bring much to the table.

MitchellThe big surprise came with the choice of the host of the show...Bobby Mitchell. Don't misunderstand me, Bobby is a great talent and for "radio geeks" (like myself) who have real good memories, Mitchell did his first tour of duty in Detroit at the old WHYT-FM (96.3) back in the mid-1980's under PD (now consultant) Gary Berkowitz. Oddly enough he worked with Bob Schuman who had also just come to Detroit. When Bobby left town he went to Houston, Miami and Dallas. Again, he's a very good jock with a great personality....BUT (there it is...the anticipated BUT) I do not understand why an "out-of-towner" was brought in when we have, not one or two, but three excellent morning show talents in town and all three are currently "available." They are: Jim (J.J.) Johnson formerly of WCSX, Chris Edmonds formerly of WNIC and Kevin O'Neill also formerly with WNIC. Each of these three has over a quarter of a century of tenure on the Detroit radio dial and have had good ratings and a large fan-base. Sadly, there is enough unemployed radio talent in this city to staff several entire radio stations. It just makes me ask, why are people being brought in from elsewhere? Just thinking out loud. How dangerous is that?

Art Vuolo Jr.



GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT has named BRENT ALBERTS Program Director. He will officially begin his new duties on MONDAY, JUNE 7th. ALBERTS most recently served as Dir./Rock Programming at CITADEL BROADCASTING, where he was based out of the GRAND RAPIDS and LANSING markets. He also held programming jobs with LEE ABRAMS and the Superstars format, before going on to become a Classic Rock Specialist at KMYZ/TULSA. Prior to that, he did stints in MIAMI, JACKSONVILLE, ATLANTA, CHICAGO, MILWAUKEE, SEATTLE, DALLAS/FT WORTH, and NASHVILLE. "BRENT brings a wealth of Classic Rock experience to DETROIT, which has been and always will be a rock city." said Market Mgr. JOHN GALLAGHER. "We look forward to BRENT leading our team of veteran on-air personalities at DETROIT's exclusive home of Classic Rock. "I am very excited and honored with the opportunity of joining GREATER MEDIA and the legendary WCSX in DETROIT," said ALBERTS. "The staff is the best in the business. I look forward to helping them take this station to the next level"... WCSX/Detroit Names Brent Alberts As PD (Tue, 5/25)



Detroit Free Press:

For a kid growing up in Detroit in the 1960s, it was better than going to the circus or the zoo. That's how I remember my family's visits to the home of Ricky the Clown. Ricky -- born Irvin Romig -- died Sunday at age 90. It boggles the mind to think how many kids he made laugh in a lifetime of clowning. I was one of those kids, but luckier than most, because Irvin and my dad, Richard Panzenhagen, were best friends. They grew up under the same roof on Mt. Elliott in Detroit... Ricky the Clown made generations of kids laugh (Tue, 5/25)



Andrew Humphrey joins Local 4 News morning team

WDIV-TV Local 4 News has changed the assignments of two of its weather forecasters as the station has announced that Andrew Humphrey is joining the early morning team to bring metro Detroiters his up-to-the-minute forecasts. Andrew will join Rhonda Walker and Guy Gordon each weekday morning from 4:30 a.m. right through NBC's The Today Show. His weather forecasts will also be featured each weekday on Local 4 News at Noon.

"We're excited to have Andrew join our dynamic morning news team", said Deborah Collura, VP of News for WDIV and Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. "We know metro Detroiters will appreciate waking up to his positive spirit and lifestyle forecasts to help plan their day."

Humphrey, a University of Michigan graduate, has been the weekend meteorologist on Local 4 News since 2002. He is proud to have earned the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist distinction and a 2009 Emmy award for weather anchoring from the Michigan Chapter of NATAS. He has also received the 2006 Spirit of Detroit Award and a Community Service Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.

Former morning weather host Eric Braate will now handle weekend weather duties for WDIV.


Chris Edmonds joins WMGC-FM for afternoon drive

Ryan Seacrest is out and local is in at soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1 starting on Tuesday June 1st as Chris Edmonds signs on for afternoon drive (3 - 7pm). Edmonds was most recently heard at classic hits WOMC-FM hosting mornings on an interim basis following the retirement of Dick Purtan and hosting co-hosting a Sunday brunch show. Prior to the work at 'OMC, he was hosting mornings at soft rock WNIC-FM.

WOMC announced and launched a new morning program this past week.




The question comes up occasionally, lending credence to Dan Dickerson's call-it-like-I-see it approach. The guy has been the radio voice of the Detroit Tigers for only seven years, but people approach the mild-mannered Dickerson and ask when he'll deliver something he can truly call his own. Something that will stick to Dickerson the way phrases did to his predecessor, the late Hall of Fame broadcaster Ernie Harwell. Even after Dickerson became the Tigers' lead broadcaster in 2003, he resisted the urge to describe regular occurrences the way Harwell did by mentioning houses on the side of the road or pegging a hometown on fans who snared foul balls. "I just thought when you force it, it sounds forced," Dickerson says.It took Harwell -- who died May 4 at age 92 -- some 40 years to come up with his familiar "loooonnnngggg goonnnne" home run call that became part of Michigan's summer soundtrack. Dickerson chooses to keep things simple, occasionally peppering his broadcasts with his subtle, nuanced stylings rather than a forced shtick... Ernie Harwell inspires Dan Dickerson (Tue, 5/25)



Rob Davidek named as program director for WWJ AM

All-news WWJ AM 950 Detroit has promoted Rob Davidek to program director, a role he adds to his current responsibilities of news director. Davidek, who has been with WWJ in various roles since 1993, takes the spot vacated earlier this year by Georgeann Herbert.

Davidek commented, "It's an honor and privilege to be named PD for a heritage station like WWJ. I'm excited about what the future holds for not only Michigan, but also Michigan's only all-News radio station. We have a great staff, and I look forward to meeting the needs of the community as we begin our next 90 years of broadcasting."


WDIV tops competition in evening news ratings

WDIV's Local 4 News won at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., while Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition essentially tied with Oprah in the 4-5 p.m. time period during the May 2010 Nielsen ratings period for the Detroit television market. Local 4 News experienced a combined growth of 21 share points over May 2009 for the largest increase of any local station (compared to WXYZ's 8 share and WJBK's 5 share).

Local 4 News at 5 p.m. garnered a 7.2 household rating and a 17 share to win the 5-6 p.m. time period over WXYZ's 5.8 rating / 13 share and WJBK's 4.9 / 11. WDIV's 5 p.m. offering registered a growth of 20% in household ratings over the previous year.

In the 6-6:30 p.m. time period, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. finished #1 in household ratings scoring an 8.2 household rating and an 18 share (compared to WXYZ's 5.8 / 13 and WJBK's 4.1 / 9). In addition, Local 4 News at 6 p.m. won in the key demo market of adults ages 25-54 and tied in women ages 25-54. This signifies a 6% increase in share over the previous year.

Local 4 News at 11 p.m. enjoyed the highest ratings of news on any station, in any time period. In May 2010, Local 4 News at 11 p.m. garnered an 8.7 household rating and a 16 share (compared to WXYZ's 6.4 / 12, WJBK's 10pm 7.8 / 12, and WJBK's 11pm M-F 4.8 / 9). In addition, May ratings for Local 4 News at 11 p.m. topped the late newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 10 markets nationwide.

In the 4-5 p.m. time period, Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition garnered a 5.1 household rating and a 13 share, nearly tying Oprah on WXYZ, which earned a 5.2 household rating and 14 share. Local 4 News: First at 4 p.m. and Inside Edition registered a growth of 58% in ratings of the key demo market of women ages 25-54 and 38% share over the previous year.



Detroit News:

Irv Romig loved clowning around to brighten a kid's day. For decades the longtime circus performer known as Ricky the Clown regaled young viewers throughout Metro Detroit on his own local TV show. And even through his 80s, he continued donning a wig, bright makeup, rubbery nose and colorful outfits for personal appearances. "He had an amazing transformation. Truly he became a different person," said Ed Golick, master of detroitkidshow.com, which profiles area children's programing from the 1950s and 1960s. "He put his heart and soul into his clowning. He lived and breathed being a clown." Mr. Romig died Sunday, May 23, 2010, after an illness. He was 90. Born Feb. 1, 1920, in Detroit, he grew up with parents who both performed in the circus. Performing through his teens, Mr. Romig later served in the Army as an infantryman and K-9 Corps dog trainer, according to Detroit News archives. Returning to the United States, he joined the Detroit Shrine and Ringling Brothers circuses as a rider and clown. He later appeared in the 1952 film "The Greatest Show on Earth," relatives said, and wed Rose Dobo, who became part of his act. In the early 1950s, he joined WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), eventually hosting a program as Ricky the Clown... Performer loved life as Ricky the Clown (Mon, 5/31)



Gary Post-Tribune:

Somewhere along the line, Andrew T. Melin, Valparaiso's next school superintendent, gave up on the idea of being a sportscaster. He worked in high school at WSDP-FM, a noncommercial student radio in Plymouth, Mich. In college, as he earned his degree at Michigan State University in telecommunications, he also worked at an East Lansing station that broadcast college games. "I worked in media many years," said Melin. One day, as he watched his boss be ripped away from a sports position he had held for 25 years, Melin became unsure of his chosen career path... Melin started out doing radio play-by-play (Sun, 5/30)


Detroit Free Press:

Fanchon Stinger will be back on the air soon -- even on a Fox affiliate -- but this time the former Fox2 Problem Solver and morning anchor will read the news in Indianapolis. Stinger is scheduled to debut as an anchor of the 10 p.m. news on Fox59 in Indianapolis on July 6. She also will co-anchor the station's 5 p.m. news broadcast when it debuts in September. It's been two years since Stinger left Fox2 (WJBK-TV) in Detroit, her career derailed by revelations that she was involved with Rayford Jackson, a key figure in the Synagro sludge disposal scandal... Fanchon Stinger set to be anchor in Indianapolis (Tue, 6/1)


Michigan Radio expanding local news coverage

Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, is announcing several changes which will allow the station to expand its local news coverage, produce more online news content, and devote more resources to investigative and accountability focused journalism. The moves are in response to the changing face of news reporting locally and nationwide, and research about the type of information and news coverage that existing listeners want.

As part of these changes, Lester Graham, formerly the host and Senior Editor for The Environment Report, will be responsible for creating Michigan Radio's new investigative/ accountability reporting unit. His focus will be to research and report on topics that require a more involved examination than is currently available. Among the areas he'll focus on will be state government, education, the environment, jobs and the economy.

In addition, Rebecca Williams will become the new host of The Environment Report. She is currently a reporter/producer for the program. The Environment Report will move from an emphasis on national environmental stories, to a focus on covering issues directly affecting Michigan and the Great Lakes region. The Environment Report is committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people, and will continue to air on Michigan Radio during Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:55 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Lastly, Mark Brush will become Michigan Radio's new online news content specialist. In this role, he'll work with the station's news staff to augment the web presentation of stories with additional source materials, slide shows, audio features, side bar stories, and other elements designed to create a rich, multi-faceted news presentation on the station's website (www.michiganradio.org). Michigan Radio was recently selected as one of five pilot public radio stations nationwide to participate in a project called "Core Publisher", which will allow the station to better integrate NPR and local station news content; create more local online initiatives and special project websites; and content optimized for mobile devices.

"The media landscape is changing all across the country and public media has an obligation to respond to help fill in the gaps in news coverage that are forming at the local level," says Michigan Radio Program Director Tamar Charney. "In addition, our listeners have told us that they wanted to see the station focus on more investigative journalism, more local and statewide news coverage, and also to provide them with more online news content. These changes will allow us to do exactly that."

These changes will take effect the week of June 7, 2010.


Mobile digital television launch gives Detroit automakers ideal mobile video test bed

With the Detroit television market among the leaders in the nation now launching Mobile Digital Television (DTV), product development teams in the automobile industry now have a local resource for testing reception of Mobile DTV -- the groundbreaking new service that delivers favorite broadcast TV programs to Mobile DTV devices including specially-equipped in-vehicle infotainment systems, mobile phones, netbooks and laptops, DVD players, and other devices.

Detroit's Mobile DTV channels on two local TV broadcast stations were officially launched on June 3rd during a special event sponsored by the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC), which represents hundreds of broadcast TV stations throughout the country. In addition to an informative seminar about the technology staged for the benefit of automobile industry executives, today's kickoff event included an in-vehicle demonstration showing a variety of Mobile DTV devices receiving the programs broadcast live from WDIV and WXYZ.

"The introduction of Mobile Digital Television in Detroit changes the broadcast landscape in dramatic and exciting ways. When Mobile DTV consumer devices are widely available, people will be able to take their favorite news, information and entertainment programs with them wherever they go," said Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager of WDIV-TV Detroit, the flagship station of Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc., a leading member of the OMVC. "WDIV is proud to be one of the leaders in broadcasting to mobile digital TV devices, and we know our viewers will appreciate taking along our newscasts, weather, sports and their favorite entertainment programs."

"WXYZ is committed to being a trusted source of Detroit-area news and information, whenever and wherever our audience demands it -- whether it's on air, online or, with today's announcement, on the go," said Ed Fernandez, the vice president and general manager of WXYZ, the Scripps-owned ABC affiliate in Detroit. "This mobile technology marries the promise of better and faster information for our valued viewers with the potential to help our area's businesses strengthen their marketing programs."

"The launch of Mobile DTV broadcasting in the Detroit market is critical for the success of this exciting new technology, because this is where decisions are made about the future of automotive infotainment systems. Complementing favorite recorded programs offered on DVD, the addition of Mobile DTV to an automobile will mean instantaneous access to local traffic reports, news, developing weather, and of course your passenger's favorite shows. WDIV and WXYZ are taking a leadership role in the broadcast TV industry, and we're delighted to add them to the list of stations around the country now offering Mobile DTV capability," said Anne Schelle, Executive Director of the OMVC, which represents nearly 900 broadcast TV stations throughout the U.S.

Today's OMVC workshop for automotive industry executives was co-sponsored by LG Electronics and Harris Corporation, co-developers of the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard. Harris is the leading provider of mobile TV broadcast equipment, and LG is the leading supplier of mobile DTV receiver chips for automotive and other applications.

The Detroit television market is among the first in the nation to begin transmitting Mobile DTV signals of broadcast programming. Last week, the Open Mobile Video Coalition launched the first-ever Consumer Showcase of Mobile DTV with hundreds of local viewers in the Nation's Capital now experiencing Mobile DTV on specially-equipped cell phones and netbooks with ongoing focus group studies featuring DVD players and mobile receivers equipped to pick up Mobile DTV signals.


Detroit News:

The best thing about the $10,000 giveaway at WMGC-FM is that the promotions department didn't dream it up. Or, it's that almost every one of the 4,000 people who offered ideas the first time around thought about someone else. Or, it's that instead of igniting rivalries, it inspired admiration and friendships. Or -- if you happen to play in the Richmond High School band -- it's that maybe you won't have to march anymore in 40-year-old pants. In April, Magic 105.1 conducted what amounted to a sociology experiment on the air. "How would you," asked Jim Harper and the Magic Morning Show, "give away $10,000?" The answer, resoundingly, was this: With enthusiasm, with imagination, and with an understanding that as much as we love Grandma, there are more vital things than whether she has a flat-screen TV. The giveaway was such a joyous success that Harper, his co-hosts and their secret donor are doing it again. Come July 12, some other worthy party will pick up a $10,000 check, be it to help pay for something useful or to help do something admirable... Magic 105.1 giveaway inspires charity (Thu, 6/10)


WADL TV-38 adds to sales team with climbing viewer numbers

Independent Detroit TV station WADL channel 38 continues to evolve as a broadcast property. Following last month's decision by CEO Kevin Adell to appoint veteran broadcaster Steve Antoniotti as Vice President and General Manager, the station has tapped two experienced local television sales executives to guide its sales efforts.

Antoniotti has named Scott Cote as WADL's Local Sales Manager. Cote comes to the WADL team with twenty years of television experience with the most recent including six years as the local sales manager for WWJ-TV, Detroit's CBS station. Cote has served in sales and sales management for group and national television sales organizations in Michigan and Philadelphia.

"Scott Cote brings a new level of experience and knowledge to our sales efforts," says Antoniotti. "We're confident he can help WADL maximize results as our viewership continues to grow."

Also joining the station's sales management team is Rhonda Mays, a ten year veteran of local and regional sales at WXYZ TV, Detroit's ABC affiliate, and 18 years of national television sales representation in Houston and Detroit for the Katz Media Group. Mays will focus on regional and national sales.

"Rhonda Mays has the personal connections at every level of the television advertising community to help us tell WADL's success story. We want our programming to reflect what Detroit loves," comments Antoniotti.

With WADL's substantial growth and popularity since November 2007, the station continues to upgrade its talent, programming and persona. Along with the recent changes in the sales team WADL has also announced that Petry Media will no longer serve as the rep firm of record.



Detroit Free Press:

A caravan of vehicles led by Detroit police snaked its way down Mansfield to Communication & Media Arts High School, filled with crew from a new national reality TV show. A helicopter circled overhead, with another group on board taking aerial shots of the school. And the hosts of the show prepared to make a major announcement: CMA had been selected for a makeover from "School Pride," an NBC show that premieres in mid-September. With a host of building issues, including wiring and plumbing in the science labs so antiquated that students can't do experiments, CMA is among seven schools to appear in the pilot season. It also was picked because of its 97% graduation rate. Inside the school Thursday, students were oblivious. Then the fire alarm rang. Classrooms emptied. And it took only seconds for students to realize the alarm was just a ruse. Their old school, built in 1959, will get a renovation producers say will cost about six figures and will be geared to improving the way students learn. Earlier this week, students and staff got another piece of good news -- their passionate efforts to save their school paid off when it was removed from a list of schools that will close this summer... Detroit school lands TV makeover (Fri, 6/11)


Macomb Daily:

Former Court TV reporter Scott Weinberg resisted the temptation to become a Nancy Grace or Star Jones. But the metro-Detroit lawyer retained his passion for informing the public about legal issues. That has manifested itself as Weinberg, a former assistant Macomb prosecutor, recently began hosting the radio show, "Weinberg on the Law," from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday mornings on WXYT-AM (1270) and WXYT-FM (97.1). It is also syndicated on www.talkzone.com and on CBS internet radio. "I love informing people about the law," Weinberg told The Macomb Daily. "I think there's a need for a show to discuss legal issues and give legal advice over the air waves." Weinberg, who has practiced for 23 years, specializes in criminal law, and is the only criminal lawyer in the Detroit area on the air... Former prosecutor hosts own radio show (Mon, 6/14)



WJR's Beckmann highlighting Michigan golf destinations

During a tour that started on Friday at The Resorts at Tullymore and St. Ives in Stanwood, The Frank Beckmann Show (9am - Noon) is on the road touring some of the most prominent golf courses throughout the state of Michigan. Frank and his crew will broadcast live this week from Boyne Highlands Resort in Harbor Springs today and from The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme on Tuesday.


WDIV Channel 4 and The Parade Company set to present Target Fireworks in HD on June 21

WDIV TV Channel 4 will again be the exclusive television home of The Target Fireworks, the highest-rated local television event of the summer.

Live coverage of the 52nd annual The Target Fireworks presented by The Parade Company begins at 8 p.m. Monday, June 21 on Local 4. The three-hour primetime event can also be seen via live-streaming video at ClickOnDetroit.com.

Local 4 News anchors Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica and Bernie Smilovitz host The Target Fireworks live from an exclusive rooftop venue overlooking the Detroit River. Special appearances during The Target Fireworks broadcast on Local 4 include movie star Jackson Rathbone of soon-to-be-released "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" and "The Last Airbender", Nicola Peltz of the "The Last Airbender", Tamra Barney of television's "The Real Housewives of Orange County" and a special instrumental performance of the national anthem by Bob Seger Silver Bullet Sax Man Alto Reed.

From the launch of The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II, to a unique look at the history of keeping cool in the summer heat, the three-hour special will also feature Big Summer Giveaways all night long. Viewers at home will be able to join in on the fun by texting to win great summer prize packages from local businesses.


Michigan Radio's 'The Environment Report' wins 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized for excellence in broadcast journalism by the Radio Television Digital News Association with a 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award. The Environment Report received the award for Best Audio News Series in the Radio Network category for "Dioxin Delays". In the five part series, The Environment Report's Shawn Allee investigated Dow Chemical and the on-going problem of dioxin contamination in mid-Michigan. The reports looked at who has been affected by the contamination, why it has taken so long to clean up, how dioxin research has affected the clean up, and what this case means for other polluted areas around of the country. The series was originally broadcast in November, 2009.

The Environment Report was the only radio news organization in Michigan to receive a 2010 National Edward R. Murrow Award. Among the other organizations competing in the Radio Network category were NPR, CBS Radio News, CNN and AP Radio News. This award is the second national Murrow Award that The Environment Report has received. The news service also received a National Murrow Award in 2002 for a report entitled "Mallard Ducks on the Decline."

The Murrow Award recognizes the "best of the best", and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in electronic journalism. In all, 59 news organizations across the country were selected to receive National Murrow awards.




Been missing "Folks Like Us," the popular regional acoustic-music program that WDET canceled late last year? Matt Watroba -- the host of that show and a well-known area singer and musician -- will guest host for Jeremy Baldwin on "The Roots Music Project" this Saturday on WEMU, the station announced. "The Roots Music Project" airs from noon-2 p.m. Saturday on WEMU (89.1-FM), the public radio station at Eastern Michigan University... Matt Watroba to guest host on WEMU this Saturday (Wed, 6/16)



After a 10-month absence to raise her new baby boy, anchor Sandra Ali is getting back into TV -- at top-rated WDIV-TV in Detroit. And husband Shawn Ley will quit Channel 12 on Friday June 25 and go to WDIV-TV with her. Sandra will anchor and report for WDIV-TV; Ley will be a reporter... Sandra Ali, Shawn Ley Returning To Detroit (Mon, 6/21)




Dr. Oz today strengthened its case to become Oprah's replacement by securing three-year deals to take Oprah's 4 p.m. time slots on Scripps' ABC affiliates WXYZ Detroit and WEWS Cleveland beginning in 2011-12, industry sources have confirmed. Distributed by Sony Pictures Television, the hour-long talk show has now secured deals in six of the top 20 markets, including the top four. It will air at 4 p.m. in all six markets. In five markets, it will serve as local news lead-in... WXYZ, WEWS Take 'Dr. Oz' Prescription (Thu, 6/17)


Radio Ink:

U.S. District Judge Paul Borman has ordered Lynne Woodison's complaint against Greater Media's WCSX/Detroit to arbitration. Woodison, who is alleging sex discrimination at the station, had argued that, with her contract expired, the clause no longer applies. Woodison had a contract that ran from 2007 through February 2008, and continued to work at WCSX after that agreement expired. Greater Media was unable to produce a contract renewal, but did come up with a memo referring to a renewed contract that ran through February 2009. Additionally, says the ruling, "[Woodison] never protested that she was not in fact employed under a renewal of the 2007 Employment Agreement, accepted her increased $5,200/month salary, and continued to accept wages and bonuses for three months after her last day of work: from November 11, 2008 to February 28, 2009." Borman ruled that the arbitration agreement is binding even after the contract's expiration, and in any event was persuaded by Greater Media's argument that the contract had indeed been renewed. The court case is now stayed pending the outcome of arbitration... WCSX discrimination case ordered to arbitration (Tue, 6/22)


Remembrances by Art Vuolo, Jr.

It was very tempting to have gone for the sensational and somewhat misleading headline "JR signs off," but Joey Ryan wouldn't have wanted that, even though he had a great sense of humor. He also wanted no fancy ceremony to commemorate his life and multifaceted career in radio. However, we can still remember him as one of the most familiar voices on Detroit radio and TV, and he was one of the very best ever. Joey died on Wednesday June 23, 2010.

Seemingly, of late, I am mostly writing about friends whom we've lost, and we're losing a lot of them. Earlier this year, a group of us went up to Grand Rapids where Joseph Pietruska, best known as Joey Ryan had been transferred from the Dingell Veterans Hospital in Detroit. Back in December, legendary Detroit radio personality Lee Alan, and I went to visit Joey at the facility down near Wayne State University. Frankly, we left feeling it would be the last time we'd ever see him. I said "Lee I don't think he'll make it to the end of the year." Well, he did. In fact he lasted another 6 months! When we all went up to GR on February 13th he stunned all of us when he asked "well are ya gonna shoot a video of me before I die?" I raced to my car, where my video camcorder was stashed in the trunk. You can see that video here.

Joey RyanMy first meeting with Joey Ryan came back in the very early 70's at WHFI Birmingham at 94.7 FM (now WCSX). He is probably best remembered, by longtime radio listeners, for his years at WDRQ in the mid-1970's, which is where he was dubbed "Mr. Boogie." In the early 1980's he was the evening DJ at WTWR (Tower 92) which is now WMXD Mix 92.3. The Tower was an oldies station and Joey did his night show 7 pm till midnight from high atop the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit. That was the only time I managed to get video of him while on the air, and a clip of that footage is on the end of the video shot a few months ago up in Grand Rapids.

The group who went up to see Joey in February included Kevin O'Neill, most recently with WNIC, Kevin Sanderson, now with Metro Traffic, "the reel" Tom Ryan, former CKLW & WYUR engineer and myself. We were joined with current Grand Rapids radio folks Kim Carson, who once worked at WCZY when it was Z-95.5 and the well-known Bill Bailey who worked with Joey at 93.1 WDRQ in the 1970's. Right now, we can all say that we're certainly glad we took the time and made the effort since it turned out to be the last time we would see him. Personally, I am amazed that he hung on through nearly half of 2010. You can hear recordings of Joey on the amazing web site www.detroitradioflashbacks.net.

The last station I recall hearing him as a DJ was the short-lived Star 97 WYST (97.1 FM) now WXYT, The Ticket. While there he also did a great deal of, what is known as, booth announcing at WJBK-TV 2. Both the FM station and WWJ-AM shared the same building on 9 Mile Road in Southfield. Joey voiced hundreds of commercials, promos and presentations. He died from a number of complicated health issues and the last few years were tough on this talented radio broadcaster.

I, for one, am going to miss him, but will always be grateful that on three separate occasions had a chance to preserve his image forever on videotape, hold his hand, give him a gentle hug and assure him that he was loved by dozens of radio fans who have a superb eye and ear for exceptional talent. Joey Ryan would have been 63 on July 12th. Rest in peace my friend.

Art Vuolo Jr.

Reach Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com or visit his web site at vuolovideo.com



A helicopter being used by Channel 7 Action News has made a hard landing in a farm field in Clinton Township. Two Channel 7 employees, Ken McQuillan and Marty Herak, were on board along with the pilot, Gary Boudreau. Everyone is alright. The chopper was experiencing some type of problem when it went down. The crew heard two loud bangs, the chopper lost power and then auto-rotated safely into a field about four miles west of Selfridge... Helicopter being used by Channel 7 makes hard landing in Clinton Township (Thu, 6/24)



Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television's viewership increased last year in spite of a 2 percent decline in the number of households in the region, according to Nielsen Media Research. The average number of unduplicated households tuning in each week to WTVS-Channel 56 rose by 3 percent over the previous season to 709,500 households. Those households encompass approximately 1.5 million people, the station said in a release. Among PBS stations in the Top 25 U.S. markets, Detroit Public Television is ranked No. 2 in both prime-time and full-day viewership... Detroit Public Television grows audience by 3 percent (Thu, 6/24)


Detroit News:

Terry Nicholson had a special touch when he took to the local airwaves. The longtime WGPR (107.5 FM) radio personality had eclectic musical tastes, and loved switching up playlists to engage his listeners. "He was very dynamic. He could go from one genre to another," said his brother, Darryl. "He knew a lot of music." Mr. Nicholson died Monday, June 7, 2010, after complications from a kidney condition. He was 55. Born June 1, 1955, he grew up on the city's west side. While attending Mackenzie High School, he became a teen reporter at radio station WCHB-AM in Detroit, covering school events, relatives said. After graduating, he was hired by longtime mentor and disc jockey Wade "Butterball Jr." Briggs to work at the station as an on-air personality and teen coordinator... Radio personality was jack of all trades, mentor to the young (Fri, 6/25)



Meteorologist Brandon Roux joins WDIV

WDIV Local 4 has announced the hiring of Meteorologist Brandon Roux as the newest member of the Local4Casters weather team. Roux joins the team led by Chuck Gaidica, Local 4's Director of Meteorology.

Starting July 3, Roux will be featured on the weekend editions of Local 4 News Morning with Lauren Sanders and Gail Anderson, and Local 4 News at 6pm and Local 4 News at 11pm with Steve Garagiola.

"Growing up around the Great Lakes, Brandon gets Michigan weather," said Chuck Gaidica. "He'll help make sure you're able to plan your weekends with your family, rain or shine."

Roux, recognized with the Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association, most recently was the weekend Meteorologist and Environmental Reporter at WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to that role, Roux worked at WFTC-TV in Minneapolis, Minnesota, KTNV-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada and KIVI-TV in Boise, Idaho. He has received several awards for weather coverage, including the 2009 Associated Press award for Outstanding Weather Operation and the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists award for Best Weather Continuing Coverage.

A native of Chicago, Roux and his wife have two children.


Tim Dye named News Director of Detroit's WXYZ-TV

Award-winning News Executive Tim Dye has been named News Director at WXYZ-TV. Dye comes to ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV from WXMI-TV in Grand Rapids where he led the FOX station's late news to first place in all key demographics in the May 2010 Nielsen Media Research Rating survey.

Dye has more than 15 years experience in newsroom leadership and special project planning. He also served as the Assistant News Director at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids and Managing Editor at WNEM-TV in Saginaw.

"I'm thrilled for the opportunity to bring Tim Dye on board as the next news leader of WXYZ-TV," said Ed Fernandez, Vice-President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV.

"Tim is a consummate professional with a strong journalistic background and a keen knowledge of the future of news gathering for today's news consumer. With his award-winning background, strong personnel skills and knowledge of Michigan, he will be a great addition to the WXYZ team."

Dye is a highly respected news leader with strong knowledge of multi-platform news gathering. He won the Tribune Journalism Excellence Award in 2004; Regional Emmy Awards for Best Newscast in 2004, 2002, and 2001; the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best Newscast award in 2001, and several Merit awards from the Associated Press in the Best Newscast category.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Dye earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University in 1984. He will begin his new position on July 19.


Metro Traffic, a Westwood One Company, is immediately seeking candidates for Traffic Producer positions in the Detroit Market. Some people may be asked to work FULL TIME.

All positions will be based in our Southfield, MI Regional Operations Hub.

Producers use a large variety of traditional and emerging technologies to gather raw traffic data. They then confirm all leads and enter the information into our system for distribution to all traffic reporters, web and mobile platforms and broadcast and new media partners. Efficient and timely handling of all leads and data is REQUIRED of all producers.

Successful candidates may have experience gathering or reporting traffic information, a journalism background or an interest in data collection or distribution. Producers will be called upon to work Drive Times, Nights, Weekend and Holiday hours; as our hub provides complete information for our region 24/7/365. We are looking for eager applicants ready to grow in a fast paced and demanding environment.


Metro Traffic is also immediately seeking candidates for Part-Time and Fill-In On-Air Traffic and News positions in the Detroit Market.

Assignments may vary, based on affiliate approval, scheduling needs and candidate ability. Some shifts will be based at affiliate locations, some at the Southfield, MI Regional Operations Hub and some in our traffic chopper--including running our FLIR Gyro Cam for TV station footage. Some candidates will also be considered for On Camera television assignments.

We need our anchors to be able to gather complete and timely information from ALL available sources, digest the "big picture" of what's going on out there and then deliver compelling, concise reports to stations within the constraints of their formats.

Successful candidates will have appropriate experience in traffic and/or news reporting, writing and anchoring, the ability to work night, weekend and holiday hours, a great on-air sound and an eagerness to grow in a fast paced and demanding environment.


For all of the openings above, knowledge of more than one of our markets in Michigan (Detroit and Grand Rapids) and Ohio (Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Toledo) will be a huge plus. We will train the right people on our technical systems and internal procedures. Experience IS important, but MOST important is the ability to get the job done right, on time and without drama.

For consideration, submit a package ASAP that includes an audio sample to:

Howard Bouton
Regional Director of Operations
3000 Town Center, Suite 2160
Southfield, MI 48075



Detroit Free Press:

Motor City media personality Jay Towers is adding a new stop to his busy commute: Starting July 12 he'll launch a new morning radio show on WNIC-FM (100.3). Towers, with co-host Renee Vitale, will power up Detroit commuters from 5:30-10 a.m. He'll also serve as program director for WDTW-FM (106.7, the Beat), a sister station in Clear Channel's Detroit radio cluster, Clear Channel announced today. Clear Channel Detroit, which runs WNIC, also oversees WKQI-FM (95.5), WJLB-FM (97.9), WMXD-FM (92.3), WDFN-AM (1130), and WDTW-AM (1310). "The morning show is going to be a mix of what's going on in Detroit and feature all kinds of lifestyle and entertainment news and music," Towers told the Free Press today. "We're going to keep it fresh and moving; it's not going to sound like anything else." Towers, who announced his departure from WXYT-FM (97.1, the Ticket) in January to become national talent and programming consultant for Clear Channel Radio, will still hold that role, too... Jay Towers to join WNIC-FM morning show (Thu, 7/1)



Detroit News:

Jay Towers has been named the new morning host for Clear Channel's adult contemporary station WNIC-FM (100.3). Renee Vitale will co-host, and the show will start airing 5:30-10 a.m. Monday through Friday on July 12. Towers had left CBS-owned sports-talk 97.1 in January, then Kevin O'Neill and Lisa Barry were let go from WNIC's morning slot in early April, in a wave of morning host shuffling... Jay Towers taking over WNIC morning spot (Thu, 7/1)


Detroit Free Press:

Kevin O'Neill is back on the airwaves. The longtime Detroit radio personality -- who was let go from the morning shift on WNIC-FM (100.3) in April -- was today named the evening host of WMGC-FM (105.1, Magic), the station announced. His shift will run 7 p.m.-midnight weekdays beginning Monday. (He's also subbing for Chris Edmonds in the afternoon this week.) His 30-year career in Detroit radio has included stops at WDVD-FM, WOMC-FM and WKQI-FM... Kevin O'Neill joins WMGC-FM on evenings (Tue, 7/6)


John Gallagher exits from Greater Media/Detroit

John Gallagher has exited as market manager and general manager of Greater Media's Detroit cluster of radio stations where he was overseeing rock WRIF-FM 101.1, classic rock WCSX-FM 94.7, and soft rock WMGC-FM 105.1. He joined the group in May 2008.

A statement from Heidi Raphael, vice president of corporate communication for Greater Media reads, "Greater Media and Detroit Market Manager John Gallagher have decided not to renew our employment agreement. We are grateful for John's dedication and many contributions to the cluster, and we wish him the very best. John Fullam, Vice President & Market Manager of Greater Media Philadelphia, will serve as the acting Market Manager during our search process."



WDIV to host final Republican debate before Michigan primary

WDIV-TV, Local 4, will be the only Detroit television station to carry complete live coverage of the final scheduled debate between Republican candidates before the August 3rd Michigan Gubernatorial primary election. Decision 2010: The Republican Gubernatorial Debate is scheduled to air on Tuesday, July 13, at 8 p.m. on Local 4. The hour-long debate, to be broadcast live from Meadow Brook Theatre on the campus of Oakland University, will be moderated by Devin Scillian, Local 4 News anchor and host of Flashpoint, Local 4's weekly political and public affairs program.

Republican candidates for governor committed to participating in the debate are Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, Michigan Senator Tom George, M.D., and U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra.

Viewers can visit ClickOnDetroit.com for an opportunity to submit their own questions to the candidates that may be included in the debate. Decision 2010: The Republican Gubernatorial Debate will also be offered via live-streaming video online at ClickOnDetroit on July 13 at 8 p.m., and will be immediately followed by an exclusive live webcast featuring analysis from experts behind the scenes at the debate.



Detroit News:

Long before Paul Gross was a veteran weatherman with thinning hair, he was a young weatherman with thinning hair. Several times back then, 20-plus years ago, he ran into local legend Sonny Eliot, whose own dome has had outside assistance. "He'd pull me aside," Gross says, "and he'd say, 'Paul, get a rug.'" Ever a realist, Gross would shake his head. "Sonny," he'd say, "they're not watching me because of my looks." As on-air meteorologists go, Gross is not thunderously handsome or lightning-quick with ad-libs. He understands that. But the executive producer of weather and fill-in forecaster at WDIV-TV (Channel 4) also understands weather -- and adores it, appreciates it and continues to be awed by it. His book about it, "Extreme Michigan Weather: The Wild World of the Great Lakes State" (University of Michigan Press, $24.95) came out last week, and orders for the first 1,500 were brisk enough that the publisher is cranking out another batch... Weatherman's page-turner (Mon, 7/12)


Metro Times:

Steve Wilson, the mountainous, hard-charging former investigative reporter for Detroit's Channel 7 (WXYZ) released by the station in an apparent cost cutting move last March, had planned to launch his own nonprofit independent investigative unit called The Michigan News Center July 1. However, a bigger story delayed the grand opening - breaking news regarding life and death. His own. Wilson, possibly still best known for his dogged pursuit of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, suffered a massive heart attack the day his Michigan News Center was slated to begin operation. Alone in his condominium when chest pains struck, he drove himself to Henry Ford Hospital. "I've had a couple of other 'heart issues' through the years," Wilson says, "but this one turned out to be 'the Big One, Elizabeth.'" He says the attack completely collapsed the main aortic valve at the front of his heart... Ace Reporter Steve Wilson is Lucky to be Alive (Tue, 7/13)


Detroit News:

It's official. Former WJBK-TV (Channel 2) anchor Sandra Ali is returning to Metro Detroit after six years. This time around, she'll be working for WDIV-TV (Channel 4) , the local NBC affiliate confirms. Ali is coming to WDIV from Cincinnati's NBC affiliate and is moving back here with her husband, fellow journalist Shawn Ley, and their child. She will be reporting from the field on WDIV's 5, 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts starting this week, station management says ... WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) has also made some new hires of note. Chief among them is Tim Dye , the station's newly appointed news director. Dye comes to the local ABC affiliate from the Fox affiliate in Grand Rapids ... As for on-air talent, you may have noticed the addition of Olga Breese. She has been working at WXYZ as a part-time meteorologist for a little more than a week. Breese has worked in broadcast journalism as a reporter, anchor and meteorologist for just less than a decade and comes to WXYZ from the NBC affiliate in Lancaster, Pa... Ex-Channel 2 anchor joins Channel 4 staff (Wed, 7/14)



Detroit Free Press:

Up-and-coming singers, bring your A-game to Flat 151 in Detroit on Thursday. WDMK-FM (105.9) will host the regional round of Andre Harrell's Super Star Soul Search Auditions, a contest that will end with one singer signing a recording contract and winning $10,000. Only one Detroiter will move on in the competition, which culminates with finals July 31 in Atlanta ... Names & Faces (Wed, 7/14)

Congratulations to Allyson Martinek, who will be celebrating her 15th year at WDVD-FM (96.3) today. The "Blaine and Allyson in the Morning" cohost tells Names & Faces that after graduating from the Specs Howard School, she sent an audition tape to the station (which was then WHYT). She says she sent out only one tape because WHYT was the only station where she wanted to work. Just three days later, she was hired and she's been at the station ever since... Names & Faces (Tue, 7/13)



Dearborn Press & Guide:

"We're a miracle," Jay Korinek said. Korinek is the station adviser for WHFR-FM, Henry Ford Community College's student-run radio station. It broadcasts live 24/7 on a shoestring budget. And it understands Detroit music better than any commercial radio station in the area, Korinek said. "Our mission is to not play what the other stations play," Korinek said. "Our format is unique -- more local, Detroit, indie artists than any other station in this area. Nobody else does Detroit or Michigan artists like we do." Korinek, who joined HFCC in 1968 as an English instructor, has been with the station since its infancy. The college's WHFC Broadcasting Guild, a school club, was granted the last space on the metro Detroit dial -- 89.3 FM -- in 1979, Korinek said. The station finally began broadcasting in 1985, sending a clear signal in a 6-8 mile radius from HFCC's campus, Korinek said... HFCC's WHFR: A miracle that provides a special kind of radio (Tue, 7/13)


Investigative Reporter Scott Lewis Joins WXYZ-TV

ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Detroit has announced that investigative reporter Scott Lewis will be joining the Channel 7 Action News team. Lewis joins the WXYZ "On Your Side," special projects unit that includes Heather Catallo, Bill Spencer, JoAnne Purtan and Carolyn Clifford.

Lewis, a veteran broadcast journalist with more than twenty years of television experience in Detroit, has a reputation for breaking big stories, exposing corruption and getting results through his investigative efforts.

Lewis' investigations have led to the arrest and conviction of corrupt government officials, exposed a serial killer murdering prostitutes in Detroit, broke new ground in the 30-year old Oakland County child killer case, uncovered the neglect of developmentally disabled adults, and sparked a federal investigation that removed a Suburban mayor from office. Lewis' legendary "busted on the job" reports prompted crack downs by local government officials.

"Scott Lewis brings a wealth of experience and solid journalism to our team," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "The addition of a new advocate for our community affirms our commitment to strong investigative journalism and our belief that this kind of reporting is more important than ever. With Scott Lewis joining our "On Your Side" team, Channel 7 continues to be the strongest viewer advocacy station in the Detroit market."

Previously, Lewis was an investigative reporter at WJBK Fox 2. He was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists as the 2001 Journalist of the year and was runner up for the award in 2006. He has received 13 Michigan Emmy Awards from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, and been honored with numerous awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. In 2010, he received the Michigan Associated Press Lifetime Achievement Award.

Scott Lewis begins with the WXYZ-TV Action News team on July 19.


Detroit News:

Calling all disc jockeys, talk show hosts, board jockeys, ad salespeople and other Detroit radio folk: Dick Purtan will emcee the 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion, taking place Sept. 25 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Novi. The gathering is intended to bring together anybody and everybody who worked in Detroit radio over the decades. The deadline to pay just $80 for a ticket is fast approaching -- Aug. 1. After that, tickets will be $110 each. Organizer Art Vuolo reports that almost 400 tickets have been pre-ordered, and the capacity is 450, so time is running out. Go to www.mcrr2010.com to reserve tickets. Purtan to emcee Radio Reunion (Wed, 7/21)


Detroit Free Press:

Former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty was hired by sports-oriented radio station 97.1-FM. McCarty will be a regular contributor to the station and co-host a variety of shows throughout the week. "I'm thrilled to have former Red Wing Darren McCarty join us at 97.1 The Ticket," said program director Jimmy Powers in a release. "Since his playing days, Darren has remained a resident of the city and is extremely passionate about all of the local teams. McCarty has always been a favorite with the fans, so I'm pleased to have him as a regular contributor." McCarty has been a hockey analyst for the Versus cable network. He had a long career with the Red Wings, playing with the team in 1993-2004 and again in 2007-09... Ex-Red Wing Darren McCarty joins on-air staff at 97.1-FM (Wed, 7/21)


Detroit Free Press:

Radio station WXYT has extended its broadcast agreements with the Tigers and Red Wings, according to a news release sent by the station. Terms and length of the agreement were not announced. WXYT has been the flagship station for the Red Wings since the 2000-01 season and for the Tigers since 2001. Under the new agreement, 97.1-FM and 1270-AM will continue to broadcast preseason, regular-season and postseason games... Tigers, Wings games will remain on WXYT (Fri, 7/23)



Despite a heavy-packed rookie lineup that dons a record slightly above .500, the Tigers are still sporting one of the best radio and regional television ratings in Major League Baseball. SportsBusiness Journal's John Ourand reported Monday morning that the Tigers television broadcasts are the seventh most watched in the league -- averaging 117,761 households in the Detroit market. The Tigers also attract a 6.23 average rating per broadcast, which ranks them sixth overall. The team's average ratings in the first half on FS Detroit dropped 1.9 percent from last season, but its local numbers trail only the Cardinals (9.70), Twins (7.85), Phillies (7.20), Reds (6.52) and Red Sox (6.25)... Tigers local radio, TV ratings among best in Major League Baseball (Mon, 7/26)




Officials in Detroit say they worry that television police shows using the city as a backdrop may lead to negative perceptions about Detroit and its residents. Mayor Dave Bing has already ended the city police department's relationship with A&E reality show "First 48," and said he was stunned to see former Police Chief Warren Evans promoting a new fictional series about homicide detectives in the city, the Detroit Free Press reported Saturday. Bing said Evans' decision to participate in "The Chief" promo was one of the reasons why he demanded Evans' resignation last week... Detroit worries about television 'image' (Sun, 7/25)


Detroit News:

Iconic TV anchorman Jac LeGoff has died at the age of 87. LeGoff, who anchored the news desk at both WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) and WJBK-TV (Channel 2), was a fixture on local broadcasts during the 1970s, according to Channel 7. After serving in the Navy during World War II, LeGoff completed his education at Columbia College in Chicago and began his journalism career in 1948, then joining an NBC station in Youngstown, Ohio. LeGoff became news director at Channel 2, starting in 1953, before moving over to Channel 7, where he served as news anchor. Later, he served as editorial director and news anchor at WDIV-TV (Channel 4). He retired in 1990... TV news anchor Jac LeGoff dies at 87 (Tue, 7/27)


WXYZ-TV meteorologist Jerry Hodak announces retirement

After more than 45 years on television in Detroit at WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and WJBK-TV Channel 2, Jerry Hodak today announced his retirement as of September 23rd. He made the announcement during WXYZ's 6:00pm newscast today.

While primarily known as a weathercaster for Channel 7, Hodak also spent a number of years behind the anchor desk for Channel 2.

Hodak, a native Detroiter, began his broadcasting career as a newscaster at WDET-FM at Wayne State University. He went on to report for WDBO-TV in Orlando, Florida and covered many of the early space launches from Cape Canaveral for the CBS radio and television networks.

He returned to Detroit in 1965 as a weathercaster for WJBK-TV. In 1977, he joined WXYZ as a weathercaster and Science Editor. He currently appears on Action News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

"Jerry Hodak is synonymous with weather in Detroit and we will certainly miss his calming style, smooth approach and delivery," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "We in the WXYZ family are grateful for his years of service and dedication to WXYZ, the broadcast industry, and the viewers of Detroit. Jerry is a true professional who will be sorely missed for his gracious nature and his gentlemanly style inside the halls of Broadcast House. We wish him all the best as he makes this important decision for his life and begins to enjoy more time with his family and friends."

A favorite with television viewers for his accuracy and science expertise, Hodak has earned the Television Seal of Approval from the American Meteorological Society and has won numerous awards for his science reporting.

Some of his most memorable work was done during the country's most significant weather events. In 1997 he went tornado chasing in Oklahoma and Texas. He covered the California mudslides in 1998, and reported from Florida on the devastation caused by Hurricane Floyd in 1999.

Hodak has been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Award. Earlier this year he was inducted into both the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame, and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

"Anybody who has a passion for their job and loves what they do is certainly going to miss it, but the time comes in everyone's life for a slower pace. For more than 40 years I've gotten home after midnight every night, so I'm looking forward to spending evenings with my family."

Jerry has passed his love of broadcasting down to a new generation. Two of Jerry's three daughters are in the television business.

Throughout the months of August and September, Channel 7 will celebrate Hodak's accomplishments and the many contributions he has made to broadcasting and to WXYZ-TV throughout his career. Evening newscasts will feature tributes to the man Detroit viewers affectionately know as "The Chief." Fans can meet Jerry and wish him well on August 21 at Channel 7's broadcast booth at the Woodward Dream Cruise.



Detroit News:

Longtime TV anchorman Jac LeGoff, who died at 87 Tuesday, was remembered by many for his affable, laid-back demeanor on the air. "He's the last of the tranquil news guys who weren't full of flash and dash, but were that solid rock that Detroit needed and wanted," said Erik Smith, who worked with LeGoff at WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). LeGoff was so popular during his 20-year reign at WJBK-TV (Channel 2) -- Fox 2 now -- that he, co-anchor John Kelly and weathercasters Jerry Hodak and Marilyn Turner were all hired away by WXYZ in the mid-1970s. Channel 7 trumpeted its hirings with a 1974 ad campaign, "We Got Who You Wanted." "WJBK was so overpowering that the only way Channel 7 could stop it was to buy everybody -- Kelly, Hodak and LeGoff," said Tim Kiska, former Detroit News reporter and author of "A Newscast for the Masses" (Wayne State University Press) and "Detroit Television" (Arcadia). "It took WJBK years to recover." Former WXYZ anchor Bill Bonds insists that his station was becoming more competitive after its feisty coverage of the '67 riots, and solidified its position in the mid-1970s by raiding WJBK... Veteran newsman ruled the Detroit TV market (Wed, 7/28)



Detroit Free Press:

Jac LeGoff, the calm, straight-shooting TV anchor who worked at four Detroit-area stations in a five-decade career, died Sunday in Novi. He was 87. LeGoff was one of the first big names in the Detroit TV news market. Frequently teamed with John Kelly, LeGoff became a trusted news reader and ratings grabber on WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) in the '60s and '70s. "Jac was pretty much a straight-ahead guy," said Kelly, 82, who is now retired. "The tenor of the time was nobody laughed, nobody giggled. You were solemn and you did the news." Later, as the times changed, Kelly said humor was introduced in their newscasts... Jac LeGoff: News anchor worked all over the Detroit television dial (Wed, 7/28)


By now, you've probably heard about the huge Motor City Radio Reunion to be held on September 25, 2010 in Novi. The price of tickets will be jumping from $80 to $110 by this Monday. If you'd like to save a few dollars log onto the web site: www.mcrr2010.com and order your ticket(s) now. Attendance will offer to you a chance to meet and greet many of the legendary names who made Detroit one of the most exciting radio markets in America! Already confirmed are most of the WKNR Keener jocks, Big 8 DJ's and CKLW newsmen, plus stars from WXYZ, WJR and WWJ among others. Organizers have indicated, "This will be the final such event, and those who miss it will surely regret it as time goes on. We hope you will be a part of this very special event."


WDET adds Detroit native Michael Eric Dyson to weekday lineup

The Michael Eric Dyson Show has been added to WDET's weekday line-up, a program that station managers hope will provide listeners an opportunity to hear a fresh new perspective on the day's biggest stories, along with intimate conversations with newsmakers. Born and raised in Detroit, Dyson is known from his work as a scholar, commentator and author in addition to his radio work. Dyson's also a regular on CNN, MSNBC and other media outlets.

The Michael Eric Dyson Show airs from 1 - 2 p.m. weekdays on WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.



WJR's Paul W. Smith covering Traverse City auto confab

The Paul W. Smith Show, heard weekday mornings from 5:30 - 9 a.m. on WJR AM 760 Detroit, plans to broadcast live from the CAR Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City on Wednesday and Thursday, August 4th-5th. The Management Briefing Seminar is considered the foremost management event in the automotive industry and provides presentations and dialogue with today's automotive leaders.


Abritron: Tigers' radio broadcasts rate highly in first half of baseball season

The average Detroit Tigers radio broadcast on WXYT-FM/AM 97.1/1270 during the first half of the season attracted over 193,000 listeners which translated into over 21% of radio listeners during the time the games aired. The numbers, which were measured through June 23rd, show the Tigers on WXYT had the fourth highest total listeners in the 25 markets Arbitron reports on, behind only New York's Yankees and Mets and the Chicago Cubs. In terms of percentage of radio listeners tuned in across those 25 markets, Tigers' games ranked second behind only the Cincinnati Reds broadcasts on WLW-AM.

Arbitron Releases Radio Industry's Midseason Professional Baseball Report (Wed, 8/4)


Detroit News:

One of Detroit's favorite morning radio hosts could soon be showing her face on one of America's favorite morning television shows. Shannon Murphy of Channel 955's Mojo in the Morning show was named one of 10 finalists in "Live with Regis and Kelly's" Women of Radio contest. The contest winners will cohost with Regis Philbin for one day while Kelly Ripa is on vacation between Aug. 17 and 19. The top 10 list was revealed this morning, while Murphy was on the air, and the show taped her reaction as her name was called... Channel 955's Shannon Murphy named top 10 finalist to cohost 'Live with Regis and Kelly' (Tue, 8/10)



CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 95-5)/DETROIT MOJO IN THE MORNING co-host SHANNON MURPHY, CUMULUS Top 40 WWWQ (Q100)'s JENN HOBBY, CLEAR CHANNEL AC KOST/LOS ANGELES' KRISTIN CRUZ and CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WXXL/ORLANDO's JAYDE are the lucky and talented foursome who will be seen live coast-to-coast when they fill in for KELLY RIPA on ABC-TV's "LIVE with REGIS & KELLY" beginning this TUESDAY (8/17). Voting ended at 9p last night on ABC-TV's website and MURPHY received the news live on the air this morning when REGIS PHILBIN and KELLY RIPA announced the news on their show. Her co-hosts MOJO and SPIKE asked listeners for support since she was named as a Top 100 semi-finalist two weeks ago. MOJO IN THE MORNING fans quickly flooded the REGIS & KELLY FACEBOOK fan page with acclamation for SHANNON MURPHY. DETROIT's MIKE POSNER even tweeted asking his fans to support SHANNON... Four 'Women Of Radio' Win Regis & Kelly Contest (Thu, 8/12)


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 www.plymouthwhalers.com.

In addition, the Whalers will continue to team up with Schoolcraft College Sports Network for television broadcasts and will partner with Neulion.com (formerly Insinc.com) 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 Neulion.com the following year and moved to 88.1FM WSDP for radio broadcasts last season.


Channel 7 names Rexroth as next chief meteorologist

WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit has announced that Dave Rexroth will become the station's Chief Meteorologist, replacing Jerry Hodak who will be retiring in September. Rexroth will move to Action News' evening broadcasts at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, and 11pm starting late September.

Rexroth joined WXYZ-TV, the ABC affiliate in Detroit, in 2000 after working as a meteorologist at WFOR-TV in Miami, Florida where he covered Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Harvey. He also worked at WRBG in Albany, New York, and WOI in Des Moines, Iowa.

Rexroth says his interest in weather started at an early age. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, in the heart of tornado alley. "I remember as a child hiding under my dad's workbench in the basement during storms and I got hooked."

A physics graduate from Luther College in Iowa, Rexroth went on to earn a master's degree in Atmospheric Science from the University of Chicago where he studied under Ted Fujita, who developed the F-scale for tornado strength.

In 2007 and 2008, Dave won the Michigan Association of Broadcasters award for "Best Weather." He also received an Emmy Award in programming from the Michigan chapter of the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.

"I could not think of a better choice for Chief Meteorologist than Dave Rexroth. His comprehensive weather knowledge and personable style make him the ideal choice to succeed our legendary 'Chief' Jerry Hodak," said Ed Fernandez, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV. "For nearly a decade, the viewers of Southeast Michigan have come to know Dave and his engaging weather presentations in the mornings and I'm certain they will continue to welcome him into their homes at night."

"It's been my lifelong goal to be a weatherman and a Chief Meteorologist," said Rexroth, "and with the changing weather in Michigan, there's no better place than here, and no better station than WXYZ."



WXYZ announces coverage for 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise

WXYZ-TV plans exclusive coverage of the 16th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, the world's largest one-day automotive event. Channel 7's "Woodward Dream Cruise" will be broadcast live on Saturday, August 21, from 7-9 p.m. An encore presentation will air Sunday, August 22, from 8-10 a.m.

Channel 7 anchors Stephen Clark and Diana Lewis will be at the heart of the action from a home base stage just south of Duggans Pub on Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak. The show will also feature reports from Mary Conway, Carolyn Clifford, Don Shane, JoAnne Purtan, Dave Rexroth and Christy McDonald, who will be talking to cruisers and checking out their classics at locations all along Woodward. The program captures the nostalgia of the cruising era of Woodward, and profiles the collectors and car enthusiasts whose passion for the automobile has created and defined Detroit's car culture.

"The Woodward Dream Cruise speaks to the very heart of Detroit and it's passion for the cars it builds," said WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "WXYZ-TV is proud to be the exclusive television partner of the Cruise as we celebrate Detroit's rich automotive tradition."

WXYZ-TV will also broadcast Action News live from Woodward Avenue on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning.

Due to coverage of the Dream Cruise, WXYZ will move ABC-TV's coverage of that evening's NASCAR race to digital subchannel 7.2 where the station normally airs the RTV network.



Detroit Free Press:

The spotlight shined bright on Shannon Murphy from her nationally televised hot seat today, but the WKQI-FM (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" radio show co-host appeared to be nothing but cool. "The nerves actually faded away after the first five minutes or so but everything was moving so fast; the hour just flew right by," Murphy, who co-hosted "LIVE! With Regis and Kelly" with the show's host Regis Philbin, told the Detroit Free Press after she delivered a charismatic, confident and entertaining hour that featured a little Motor City love and plenty of fun personal anecdotes. Murphy was the first of four female radio co-hosts chosen to fill in for a vacationing Kelly Ripa this week from a nationwide, fan-voted on contest that concluded its final round last week... 'Mojo' co-host Shannon Murphy shines on show with Regis Philbin (Tue, 8/17)


The Environment Report Wins National Environmental Award

The Environment Report from Michigan Radio has been recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists with an Award for Reporting on the Environment. The Environment Report received a second place award in the "Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Radio" category, for the documentary "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future."

In the documentary, The Environment Report's Mark Brush, Rebecca Williams, Lester Graham and Shawn Allee take an in-depth look at the future of coal in this country. The series explored the role that coal plays in our lives and in the lives of those who depend on coal mining for a living. According to the SEJ judges, the documentary was "Ambitious, balanced, and deeply relevant......an indispensable guide to North America's most prevalent and most hidden source of energy. It's a complex, nuanced and immediately accessible piece that should be required listening for the nation." "Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future" was originally broadcast in January, 2010.

The Environment Report was the only Michigan news organization to receive a 2010 SEJ award. Other award recipients in the "Outstanding Beat/In-Depth Reporting, Radio" category were public radio programs "The World" and "Living on Earth."

SEJ's journalism contest is the world's largest and most comprehensive award for journalism on environmental topics. In all, there were 216 entries, with twenty-nine winners chosen in 11 categories. The finalists represented the best environmental reporting in print and on television, radio, the Internet and in student publications.

The Environment Report is a news service committed to revealing the relationship between the natural world and the everyday lives of people. The Environment Report airs on Michigan Radio every Tuesday and Thursday at 8:55 am and 5:45 pm. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.




Weathercaster KAM CARMAN returns to CLEAR CHANNEL AC WNIC/DETROIT on MONDAY, AUGUST 23rd with JAY TOWERS in the Morning. "I am ecstatic to be working with JAY TOWERS and to be back on WNIC again," said CARMAN. "I feel like I'm coming home." "KAM has been a great friend of mine for over 10 years and to have her as a part of the morning show at WNIC is exciting for all of us," says TOWERS... Kam Carman Returns To WNIC With Jay Towers (Thu, 8/19)



Detroit News:

A lawsuit filed last week against WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) anchor Carolyn Clifford claims she owes a food-service company more than $100,000 after personally guaranteeing bills at the defunct Detroit Fish Market restaurant owned by her husband, Frank Taylor. Sysco Detroit's suit in Wayne County Circuit Court alleges it "agreed to extend credit to the Detroit Fish Market and to continue to provide goods and services" in October after Clifford personally guaranteed to pay the bills. The restaurant closed in April; Taylor filed for bankruptcy in June and Sysco claims Clifford now owes $104,749.36... Carolyn Clifford sued after vouching for husband's bills (Thu, 8/19)


In association with the 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion, voiceover icon Ms. Randy Thomas will conduct a four-hour workshop to assist broadcasters of all ages on how to better prepare and market themselves!

This special workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2010 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (248-348-5000) in Novi, MI from 10 am - 2 pm. A special recession-busting fee to attend is only $75.00! To register, please visit www.randythomasvo.com and click on "Classes" for Detroit VO Workshop. Space is limited. Sign up today!

Spend a few hours with Randy Thomas, one of the most recognized and sought after female voice talents on the planet, as she takes you inside the world of voiceovers at the highest level. She is the first woman in history to announce The Academy Awards and honored to be the voice of the live Oscar telecast seven times. Every night you hear her voice on "Entertainment Tonight" and "The Insider," two of the the most watched entertainment TV news magazine programs in the world. It's an honor to have her returning to Detroit, where she began her radio career.

The Detroit Radio Reunion is a separate cost and open only to people who work (or have worked) in Detroit radio.

Voiceover seminar highlights:

  • State of the industry today
  • How to make the big segue from radio personality to freelance voice over artist
  • Leaving radio behind and learning to become the best voice actor you can
  • What tools you need to become a top voiceover artist
  • What to look for from other coaches and how to avoid getting caught up in VO marketing scams
  • How to get from where you are now to quitting your full time job to do VO all day long from your home studio

Following the seminar, Randy will sign her book for you ($10 purchase).

See you there!


Detroit Free Press:

The numbers are in and WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" cohost Shannon Murphy delivered the second-highest local ratings of the year for "Live! With Regis and Kelly" when she stepped in as a guest host Tuesday. Nearly 125,000 metro Detroit viewers tuned in to WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) to watch Murphy, winner of the show's Women of Radio Cohost for a Day contest, joke with Regis Philbin and kiss Joey Lawrence ... Meteorologist Keenan Smith, who has been delivering the goods in West Palm Beach, Fla., will be joining Channel 7 in mid-September for its "Action News This Morning" and "Action News at Noon" broadcasts ... WFDF-AM (910, Radio Disney) has lined up a "Back 2 School Celebration" on Aug. 28 at Westland Shopping Center that will include a special question-and-answer session with Chloe Bridges, a star of upcoming Disney Channel movie "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam"... Names and Faces (Fri, 8/20)



Michigan Radio announces new "All Things Considered" host

After conducting an extensive national search, Michigan Radio has announced that Jennifer White has been named as the station's new "All Things Considered" host. Jenn replaces Charity Nebbe, who left Michigan Radio in June to return to her home state of Iowa.

For the past two years, Jenn has been an Executive Producer and the host of the television program, "Out of the Blue: The Michigan Difference," on the Big Ten Network. She was also the host of the nationally distributed public radio documentary "Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal With Recession," and has served as host of the public television programs "Secret Spaces, Childhood Places," "Out of the Box" and "Edible Legacies." Recently, she has moderated several political forums, including gubernatorial and mayoral debates for both public radio and television.

She has a background in both theater, and television and video production. A native of Detroit and graduate of the University of Michigan, she has worked at Michigan Public Media since 1999, most recently as the station's Director of Media Outreach and Community Relations. From 2005-2009, she served as Station Manager for Michigan Television, WFUM-TV.

"We're excited to have Jenn as our new afternoon host," said Michigan Radio Program Director Tamar Charney. "She has an on-air sound that exudes warmth and authority; and a deep commitment to the role that public radio journalism plays in society."

Listeners have heard Jenn filling in periodically as "All Things Considered" host at Michigan Radio since June of this year. Her first day as permanent afternoon on-air host at the station will be Wednesday, Sept. 1.

"All Things Considered" can be heard each weekday on Michigan Radio from 4:00 - 6:30 pm. The program is heard by over 230,000 listeners per week across southern Michigan on the station.



CKWW offering soundtrack for this weekend's cruisers

Before you head out in your classic car this weekend to cruise Woodward, CKWW AM 580 is inviting listeners to tune in as the station revs up the 50's and 60's hits all weekend long. Touting itself as the place to hear real cruisin' Oldies on AM--where they were originally heard, cruisers can take a nostalgic trip down memory lane with the songs you listened to while cruising Woodward Avenue to back in the day. The weekend will feature the big hits and also dig into the record library for some forgotten classics too.


Detroit Public TV to debut 2010 fall season and honor community leaders at Premiere Night"

In celebration of the 2010 fall line-up and to honor four Southeastern Michigan community leaders, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will host its 9th Annual Premiere Night gala on Thursday, Sept. 30. Held at the Detroit Athletic Club, the event will begin at 6 p.m.

Premiere Night is DPTV's signature fundraising event, which unveils the fully-loaded PBS fall season and a variety of new local DPTV productions. Widely regarded as one of the most anticipated fundraising events in Metro Detroit, guests of Premiere Night will enjoy an elegant evening of cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, live and silent auctions and the presentation of DPTV's dedicated community leader awards.

The 2010 award winners are as follows:

  • John W. Porter Leadership Award: Kimberly & Ken Whipple
  • Dolores & George Riley Stewardship Award: Dr. Ronald Goldsberry
  • Detroit Public Television Partnership Award: University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Detroit Public Television Visionary Award: Carol A. Goss

Patron tickets to Premiere Night are $250 each. Benefactor tickets, which include dinner at the historic Bloomfield Hills home of event co-chairs Bobbi and Stephen Polk on Sept. 22, are $400 each. Sponsorships also are available.

To buy tickets, make a sponsorship commitment, purchase advertising or donate a unique auction item, visit dptv.org or contact Sarah Kittle at (248) 305-3774 or skittle@dptv.org.

Proceeds from Premiere Night support Detroit Public Television, which provides programs and online content that educate, entertain and in partnership with the community.


Steve Kosbau named market manager of Greater Media Detroit

Greater Media Inc. has announced that Steve Kosbau has been named Market Manager of its Detroit-based radio properties, including WRIF-FM, WCSX-FM and WMGC-FM. He will begin his new position in mid-September. The radio veteran most recently served as the President and General Manager of WDRQ-FM and WDVD-FM in the Motor City. Prior to that, he worked as the Director of Operations at WJZW-FM and WRQX-FM in Washington, DC.

"Steve is a man of great character and intellect, who will help us take Greater Media Detroit to the next level," said John Fullam, Vice President & Regional Market Manager of Greater Media Philadelphia. "We are pleased to welcome him to the Greater Media family."

"Opportunities like this are rare," said Kosbau. "It's an honor to join such a fantastic company and these legendary radio stations."\


Specs Howard School of Media Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary by honoring five extraordinary graduates who have significantly contributed to the media industry with a place in the school's Hall of Fame.

2010 inductees will be determined online - four through nominations submitted to the website and a Specs Howard School panel. The fifth new inductee will be chosen based on a "Popular Vote." "Popular Vote" choices are being taken at specshowardvote.com. Voting started September 1st.

Any former graduate may be nominated. However, for the Detroit on-air "Popular Vote," the following, listed alphabetically, are eligible: Sean Baligian - WDFN, Pat Batcheller - WDET, Mike Bradley - WMGC, Nick Craig - Channel 95.5, Craig Fahle - WDET, Sara Fouracre - 97.1, Billy The Kidd (Green) - Beat, Jay Hudson - 89X, Allyson Martinek - WDVD, Bill McAllister - 97.1, Tracey McCaskill - WMXD, Rachel Nevada - WOMC, Tony Ortiz - CBS Radio, Jeff Riger - 97.1, Fay Samona - WMGC, Bill Stevens - WWJ, O'Neil Stevens - WMXD, Pat Sweeting - WWJ, Scott Vertical - WDVD, Renee Vitale - WNIC.

Once chosen, the new 2010 inductees will join the 37 current members of the Specs Howard Hall of Fame, which include: WRIF's Ann Carlini and "Screamin'" Scott Randall; WJR's Lloyd Jackson; WXYZ's Glenda Lewis; WYCD's Linda Lee and WJBK-TV's Jackie Paige.

The deadline to submit nominations and vote is September 30. Winners will be announced this fall.




The Detroit Red Wings and FOX Sports Detroit today announced the 2010-11 Red Wings local television schedule. FOX Sports Detroit (FSD) continues its exclusive production and carriage of Red Wings games by airing up to 75 regular-season games, plus three pre-season contests. The 78 overall games include 59 slated for FSD and 19 on FOX Sports Detroit Plus (FS PLUS). Up to four regular-season games may later be selected for exclusive national telecast by NBC. Most, if not all, Red Wings games this season on FSD and FS PLUS are expected to be televised in high-definition... Red Wings TV schedule (Wed, 9/1)




The Detroit Pistons announced their 2010-11 local television schedule today with 80 of the team's regular-season games being televised by FOX Sports Detroit. Including one ESPN broadcast as part of the NBA's national television schedule, 81 of the club's 82 regular-season games will be available on television. All Pistons games will be available on either 97.1 FM The Ticket or WWJ 950 AM. FOX Sports Detroit, beginning its 14th season of broadcasting Pistons games, is the exclusive local television provider for Pistons Basketball. The network will televise an all-time high 80 regular-season games, and two preseason contests including the premier of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh together for the first time in Miami HEAT uniforms on October 5 at Miami. Most, if not all, Pistons games this season on FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus are expected to be televised in high-definition... Pistons Announce 2010-11 Local Television and Radio Broadcast Schedules (Thu, 9/2)



Former radio host Tom Wilson has passed away

Sad news to report as Tom Wilson, the longtime host of the locally produced 'Somewhere in Time' radio program, reportedly passed away last month. No other details are available at this time.

This Tom Wilson isn't to be confused with current Red Wings' and longtime Pistons/Palace Entertainment executive Tom Wilson.



WDET launches new weekend schedule starting Sunday

Starting this Sunday, September 5th, public WDET-FM 101.9 will be adjusting its weekend schedule to feature more Modern Music and New Soul. Jon Moshier's Friday night program will re-broadcast at 2PM pm Sunday followed by an extra hour of Nick Austin starting at 4PM. An updated programing schedule is available here.


Radio Reunion nearly sold out!



The big Motor City Radio Reunion is about 80% sold out and if you worked in Detroit Radio or are currently with a local station, you will not want to miss this event, billed as the Last Blast! Dick Purtan will emcee for the final time and organizers say, "We're goin' out with a bang!"

The Reunion will feature special tributes to: Robin Seymour, Sonny Eliot, Specs Howard, the late Ernie Harwell and of course Dick Purtan. Family members will represent local radio/TV icons like: J. P. McCarthy, Lou Gordon and others. Many broadcasters, who were popular in Motown went on to other cities throughout the country. Some of those who will be coming back for the reunion include: Joey Reynolds, Bob Green, Gary Stevens, Jerry Goodwin, Kurt Kelly, Steve Hunter, Todd Wallace, Big Jim Edwards (Davis), Kim Carson, Bill Bailey, Jerry St. James and many more! Numerous CKLW 20/20 newsmen are coming including: Grant Hudson, Keith Radford, Randall Carlisle and Lee Marshall. Top female announcer from E.T. and the Oscar telecasts, Randy Thomas will be here, and LA's top jock, Shotgun Tom Kelly! It's gonna be HUGE!!!

If you were or ARE a part of the local radio scene, log onto the official web site: www.mcrr2010.com and secure a ticket before space is all gone. If you have questions, contact Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 9, 2010



Detroit News:

Longtime weathercaster Sonny Eliot will open the mike for his last weathercast on WWJ at 4:20 p.m. Friday. Eliot's joke-filled weathercasts, as much shtick as science, first debuted on WWJ (950 AM) in 1950, when the station was still owned by The Detroit News. His decades on the air spanned huge changes in broadcasting, from the days of 1940s radio dramas like the Detroit-produced "Lone Ranger" and his early TV weathercasts, to today's Doppler radar reports. For decades Eliot delighted listeners -- and TV viewers on Channel 4, and then Channel 2 -- with an unrelenting barrage of quips, funny noises, unusual city names and -- on TV -- his ever-present marker and board, on which he'd scrawl made-up words like clilly (for "chilly and "cloudy") to describe the weather. WWJ will air special audio clips of Sonny throughout the day Friday, including many of his classic one-liners. A video tribute to Eliot will be up on wwj.com... Weathercaster Sonny Eliot on retirement: 'I hope I'll be missed' (Thu, 9/9)



Detroit Free Press:

Legendary TV and radio weathercaster Sonny Eliot is retiring from broadcasting, his radio station announced today. His last day at WWJ-AM (950) will be Friday. He debuted at that station in 1950, and over the years worked at multiple TV stations, most prominently Channels 4 and 2. He was perhaps best known for an irrepressible -- often zany -- sense of humor and his frequent shout-outs during his weathercasts to smaller cities around the state, a favorite being the tiny town of Engadine in the Upper Peninsula. Asked why the decision to retire came with such a short turnaround between the announcement and his last day, Eliot told the Free Press: "I just decided that if you're gonna do it, just do it. I don't play around"... Weathercaster Sonny Eliot set to retire (Thu, 9/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 12, 2010



Detroit News:

Sonny Eliot performed his last weathercast on the WWJ-AM airwaves Friday afternoon, departing "exacitally" as he'd started, in a flurry of one-liners, outrageous flirting and general bonhomie. "From now on it's all warm showers and clean pajamas, every night," the veteran weathercaster said on his way into the studio where anchors Jayne Bower and Bill Stevens awaited him. There were a few wistful moments as his colleagues watched the curtain come down on a 63-year career, but mostly laughter and the always faintly naughty quips. "It's good to see you sober!," he yelled to a WWJ salesman. Seeing an attractive woman would prompt mention of Room 401 at the Bluebird Motel, "and don't be late!" Bower noted that Sonny started at WWJ in 1947, to be exact... Sonny Eliot ends 63 years of weathercasting just like he started -- with jokes (Sun, 9/12)



Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroit's favorite weatherman, Sonny Eliot, 89, gave his final forecast Friday on WWJ-AM (950). The station paid tribute to Eliot throughout the day before he took the mic for his final forecast at 4:20 p.m. He packed his final moments with some of his signature humor, letting listeners know that Saturday's temperatures would be "just warm enough to hatch alligator eggs" and that Sunday's thundershowers would "make things busier than a fat man's fork at a smorgasbord." Eliot closed his four-minute weathercast with these words: "Well, it's been fun. I look forward to the next set, wherever it is. And we'll do it all together again. You're all cordially invited. We'll all wile away the hours conferring with the flowers. To hell with the rain!" Eliot announced Thursday that he was retiring after more than 60 years in broadcasting in Detroit to spend more time with his wife and family... Sonny Eliot goes out joking (Sat, 9/11)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 16, 2010



Michigan Radio to air special series focused on remaking the Midwest Manufacturing Belt beginning September 20

Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt, a fresh new multi-media series focusing on the future of the Industrial Midwest, will air its inaugural installments beginning the week of Monday, September 20, 2010. Michigan Radio will air the series, which examines topics from the region's financial outlook and its status as a new center for film production to its signature food offerings, during Morning Edition (5:00 - 9:00am) and All Things Considered (4:00 - 6:30pm). There will also be a special Changing Gears call-in show broadcast on Friday, Sept. 24 from 3:00 - 4:00pm.

Changing Gears is a project of a unique collaboration between three Midwest public media institutions: Michigan Radio, Chicago's WBEZ 91.5 FM, and Cleveland's ideastream® (90.3 WCPN and WVIZ/PBS). The three are sharing resources as a Local Journalism Center (LJC) funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to cover the Great Lakes Region. Chicago-based senior editor, veteran journalist Micheline (Micki) Maynard leads the editorial team, which encompasses award-winning reporters Dan Bobkoff, Niala Boodhoo and Kate Davidson, based in Cleveland, Chicago and Ann Arbor, respectively, along with new media editor George Nemeth, out of Cleveland.

"The situation in the region reminds me of the old saying about the weather, everybody talks about it but nobody can do anything about it, "said Maynard. "With Changing Gears, we want to do more than talk about the issues facing our region. We want to get our audiences involved in finding solutions. We'll be using radio features, interviews, blogs, social media and community events to spur an ongoing regional conversation about the future."

To launch the series, Changing Gears programming will air daily the week of September 20. Stories include:

  • Monday, September 20: Changing Gears presents The Film Factory- Across the Industrial Midwest, the search has long been on for the next silver bullet to replace the automobile industry. Lately, it's film production - and every state wants a piece of the $57 billion industry. Michigan, Illinois and now Ohio are all offering generous incentive programs to attract movie crews, and it seems to be working. Stars from Shia LeBeouf to Clint Eastwood to Drew Barrymore have all taken part in movies filmed in the region, and movie crews on Detroit streets have become as common a sight as they are in New York City. The Film Factory will examine if the cost is too high. Some states, like Iowa, have pulled way back on their film programs. Michigan has run into legal problems with at least one entrepreneur who wanted to build a soundstage with state money. And despite all these efforts, California still leads the nation in landing the most movies. Field reports will come from the entire Changing Gears reporting team.
  • Tuesday, September 21: Bobkoff launches a series of regular reports on Sandusky, Ohio, which is best known for the Cedar Point amusement park but which is much more diverse than any visitor who rides its roller coasters might suspect.
  • Wednesday, September 22: Davidson looks at the "Reversal of Fortune" afflicting auto plant families. Generations of the same family are working side by side on the assembly line but making vastly different wages, due to the cuts ordered as part of the Obama administration's bailout plan.
  • Thursday, September 23: Boodhoo takes a look at a spot on Chicago's far Southwest side that once housed an International Harvester plant but now produces solar energy.
  • Friday, September 24, 3:00 - 4:00 pm: Changing Gears hosts a call-in program on "Big versus Small," addressing where the focus should be for the Midwest - on reviving its big troubled cities or on supporting smaller, more successful ones. Maynard and award-winning public radio journalist Katherine Lanpher will be joined by three experts on the industrial Midwest: Kevin Boyle, a professor of history at Ohio State University and winner of the National Book Award for "Arc of Justice," the story of a landmark civil rights case in Detroit; Donald Grimes, University of Michigan economist and senior associate with the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy; and Richard Longworth, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and author of "Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism."

Future Changing Gears programming on-air and on-line will include Reinvention Recipes, contributor Michael Nagrant's look at innovative chefs and food purveyors across the region, a timeline that showcases significant moments in the history of the industrial Great Lakes region, a music contest in partnership with the nationally-syndicated WBEZ program Sound Opinions and interactive opportunities for the citizens of the region to share their stories on the future of the region.

For more information on Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt, please visit changinggears.info.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 22, 2010



Detroit News:

Metro Detroit is losing its weather chief. After 45 years in the business, Jerry Hodak, the beloved chief meteorologist for WXYZ-TV (Channel 7) is retiring. His last day is Thursday. "People on the street call me chief," says Hodak, who traces the term of endearment back to his colleague and friend, anchorwoman Diana Lewis. "Chief meteorologist is such a mouthful. She just shortened it and it caught on. Now people love calling me that. "And I will never forget that viewers feel so close to me that they call me chief. How great is that?" This is just one of the many memories Hodak says he will take with him when he steps down. He has worked at the local ABC affiliate for 33 years, which means he has a heart full of fondness. Before coming to WXYZ, Hodak won the trust of viewers while working at WJBK-TV (Channel 2) when it was a CBS affiliate. He worked there 12 years. The stint was briefly preceded by a weather job in Orlando, Fla., where he cut his career teeth. "I never wanted to leave Detroit," says Hodak, 68, who was born in Providence Hospital and graduated from Denby High School and, later, Wayne State University. "It's a dream come true. So many people are not fortunate enough, at least in this industry, to be able to spend their whole career in their hometown and be close to family and friends. It's wonderful. I wish everybody could do it." Saying goodbye will be bittersweet, Hodak says... Jerry Hodak wraps up 45 years on Detroit television (Wed, 9/22)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 23, 2010



Detroit News:

A drawn-out tug-of-war over gubernatorial debates ended Wednesday with Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder agreeing to a single meeting. The one-hour debate is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and will be broadcast live on television stations across the state. Bernero originally called for eight debates between the candidates. Snyder wanted three. Talks broke off and hopes of an agreement dimmed until the deal announced Wednesday. Political experts agree Snyder -- who is leading the Lansing mayor by roughly 20 percentage points in most polls -- has little to gain from debating his opponent... Snyder, Bernero to debate Oct. 10 (Thu, 9/23)



Detroit Free Press:

The debate over the debates wasn't so great. But it's over. And now the Great Debate, governor's edition, is scheduled for Oct. 10.Democrat Virg Bernero and Republican Rick Snyder have agreed to participate in a single, Sunday evening televised debate at the facilities of Detroit Public TV in Wixom. The broadcast is to be carried by other public TV stations around Michigan and will be available free of charge to all commercial channels that wish to carry it, said John Bebow, executive director at the Center for Michigan, a debate sponsor. The center leads the Great Debates coalition of about 20 organizations, including the Free Press, which will host the gubernatorial debate... Finally, a debate for Snyder and Bernero Decision 2010 (Thu, 9/23)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 24, 2010



WDET, WUOM to air live call-in programs with candidates for Michigan governor

Michigan gubernatorial candidates Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder will take telephone calls from across the state in two special live call-in shows to air on Michigan Radio,(WUOM FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR FM 104.1 Grand Rapids), WDET FM 101.9 Detroit and other Michigan Public Radio Network stations the week of September 27.

Each candidate will appear in a separate hour-long call-in show, both of which will be hosted by Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Network managing editor and state capitol bureau chief. The program with Democratic candidate Virg Bernero will be Monday, Sept. 27 from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Republican candidate Rick Snyder will appear Friday, Oct. 1, also from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. Both programs will have an open format with the candidates fielding questions from listeners on a variety of topics.

Listener phone calls will be accepted during the program by calling toll-free 877-952-7870.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 27, 2010



p>Detroit Free Press:

There will be plenty more local sights and sounds during Tuesday's episode of ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7," including Dick Purtan's longtime on-air partner (Big) Al Muskavito. Muskavito, who delivers a few critical lines as a polka band leader on the second episode of the made-in-Detroit cop series, tells Names & Faces that shooting scenes with "1-8-7" stars James McDaniel and Shaun Majumder was exhilarating. "It's really different than being on radio where you can hide from everyone," says the 55-year-old Muskavito, who spent 19 years crafting a plethora of zany characters and voices before Purtan signed off of WOMC-FM (104.3) on March 26 and retired his radio show. Muskavito, who says Purtan is fabulous and enjoying his new life, admits he was nervous when he auditioned for the "1-8-7" role July 13, but had a lot of fun once he was shooting on the Detroit Princess, in the riverboat's ballroom, July 21... Dick Purtan's (Big) Al does 'Detroit 1-8-7' (Mon, 9/27)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 28, 2010



Detroit News:

Nit-picking critics -- that includes all of us -- will be happy to hear that the second episode of ABC's new crime show "Detroit 1-8-7," airing tonight at 10 p.m., has an infusion of Detroit flavor: Polish flavor, to be exact. Part of the action takes place at a raucous Polish wedding (warning, sexual shenanigans are in play) on the Detroit Princess river boat. Local talent figures in: "Big Al" Muscovedo, of the now-defunct WOMC Dick Purtan morning show, plays a polka band leader who announces the traditional "money dance," or pani mloda. There's also some comic relief back at police headquarters when detectives try -- and fail -- to pronounce the last names of wedding guests called in as witnesses. The second episode also features numerous shots of the GM-logoed Renaissance Center, Hart Plaza (where a body is discovered), and many moody views of the Detroit River at night, dark water rippling ominously around the lit-up Princess. The city's late 19th/early 20th century housing stock -- those familiar, sturdy red brick or white frame buildings with second-floor balconies, and often, an iron-barred front door -- gives the right tone to the neighborhood scenes... 'Detroit 1-8-7' rolls on the river (Tue, 9/28)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 29, 2010



WXYZ-TV anchor Robbie Timmons announces her retirement

Robbie Timmons, a long-time news anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV, is announcing she is leaving the station to pursue personal interests.

Timmons has been anchoring Detroit evening news for 34 years. She joined WXYZ-TV in 1982, anchoring the 5 p.m. newscast alongside legendary newsman Bill Bonds, and more recently with Emmy award winning anchor Carolyn Clifford. She has also anchored Action News at Noon, the number one rated noon newscast with Clifford. Prior to joining WXYZ, Timmons was behind the anchor desk at WJBK-TV, Channel 2.

During her time at Channel 7, Timmons co-hosted a variety of programs, including the Michigan Humane Society Telethon, St. Vincent DePaul Telethon, and Channel 7's Town Hall Meeting on Breast Cancer Research. She has co-anchored special coverage of Red Wings Stanley Cup Parades, Detroit Pistons NBA Championships, the University of Michigan National NCAA Football Championship, as well as U of M Big Ten Championships and Rose Bowl trips.

"I have enjoyed being part of the Channel 7 family and viewers' families for nearly 30 years," said Timmons. "We've been together on bad news days and good news days...seen changes in Detroit and the State of Michigan, and we've witnessed people giving us hope and making a difference."

"WXYZ has been fortunate to have Robbie's talent and experience as part of our Action News team," said Vice-President and General Manager, Ed Fernandez. "Always the consummate professional, Robbie has played an important role in the success of WXYZ-TV and we wish her all the best as she starts this new chapter in her life."

Timmons began her career in 1972 at WILX-TV in Lansing where she became the first female in the country to anchor evening newscasts at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. She went on to anchor WJBK-TV's 11 p.m. newscast and produce Emmy winning documentaries for the CBS station, before joining WXYZ-TV.

Her work has earned Timmons six Emmy awards from the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. She has also been recognized for her volunteer work on behalf of Forgotten Harvest, St. Vincent DePaul, the Humane Society, the Detroit Zoo, the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center.

Timmons' reports on thoroughbred horse racing and the closure of the Detroit Race Course in 1997, prompted her to become active in efforts to rescue thoroughbreds. She became an officer of CANTER, a thoroughbred rescue organization that prevents the slaughter of thoroughbreds and helps find homes for racehorses. The organization also provides educational opportunities for Michigan State University Veterinary students who assist with surgeries to repair racetrack injuries. Timmons has helped take CANTER from a Michigan-only organization, to a national all-volunteer rescue effort that continues to expand across the United States.

"I'm excited about the opportunity to dedicate more of my time and energy to the organization that I feel so passionately about," said Timmons who will be a full time volunteer for CANTER and the national organization's treasurer.

Timmons' work with CANTER inspired her to write the popular children's book, "Twoey and the Goat," based on the true story of a unique friendship between a thoroughbred champion and a goat. The book is being considered as the subject for a feature film.

Timmons says she plans to continue writing children's books and is looking forward to spending more time with family, friends, and her Sheltie, Cassie.

Timmons last day at WXYZ-TV will be October 14.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Sept. 30, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

Longtime Detroit newscaster Robbie Timmons announced on the air Tuesday that she's leaving WXYZ-TV (Channel 7). "I started broadcasting in 1972 and have done this every single day for almost 40 years," Timmons told Names & Faces on Wednesday. "I love it, but now seemed like a good time to step back from broadcasting and pursue my other passions." Timmons says she's going to travel (and thanked the Detroit Lions for having a schedule that includes games in Florida) and take some time for herself and family. She'll also dedicate herself to Canter USA, a nonprofit group that finds new homes and careers for thoroughbred ex-racehorses. She's the treasure for the group's national chapter. The Columbus, Ohio, native and Ohio State University graduate began her career at WILX-TV (Channel 10) in Lansing, where she was the first woman in the country to anchor evening newscasts at 6 and 11 p.m. She entered the Detroit market via WJBK-TV (Channel 2) and joined WXYZ in 1982, where she anchored the 5 p.m. newscast alongside legendary newsman Bill Bonds and, more recently, Carolyn Clifford. She also has anchored the noon news... Anchor leaving Channel 7 news (Thu, 9/30)


WDET to debut Michigan On Film monthly series hosted by Emery King

Whether or not subsidizing Michigan's film industry is good for the state's ailing economy is the subject of an on-going debate. Critics say the incentives are very expensive, and the jobs created by the film industry's presence in the state come at an extremely high cost. However, Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm believes that the measure will benefit the state. She'll be the first guest on "Michigan on Film", a new monthly radio program on public radio WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.

"Michigan on Film" airs at 11a.m. on the first Friday of each month, starting today, October 1st. Hosted by Emery King, Chairman of the Michigan Film Office Advisory Council, the program explores:

  • New jobs being created for Michigan residents
  • Opportunities presented by the industry
  • The new infrastructure taking shape in the form of production studios and workforce development programs

Emery will be joined each month by his co-hosts Jim Burnstein, Vice Chairman of the Council and Chair of the screen writing department at the University of Michigan and Lisa Dancsok, consultant to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

Podcasts and previews of upcoming episodes will be posted on WDET's web site.


At midnight on September 30, Dish Network dropped FOX Sports Detroit and in the immediate future, Dish customers risk missing the final weekend of the Tigers season, the Red Wings remaining two preseason games and next week's start of the regular season, as well as the Pistons preseason contest on Tuesday featuring LeBron James' debut with the Miami Heat.

In October and November alone, there are 41 Red Wings and Pistons games combined potentially at risk to Dish customers.

"FOX has been trying for months to reach a fair agreement, but Dish refuses to play ball," said Tim Bryant, FOX Sports Detroit spokesman. "Our programming is among the most valuable Dish offers, and we're simply looking for a fair deal."

Fortunately, there are alternatives, as Fox Sports Detroit is offered by a number of other local distributors in our area. Dish customers should visit www.getwhatipaidfor.com for more information.

Nationwide, Dish has dropped Fox's 19 regional sports networks, FX, and National Geographic Channel. On October 31, the satellite operator's agreement to carry Fox television stations also expires and includes WJBK-TV Channel 2 in Detroit. Other over-the-air Fox stations that may be affected are in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Gainesville, FL, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tampa, and Washington D.C.


FM 98.3 Toledo/Monroe flips format, calls sign

The WTWR call sign has at least temporarily disappeared off the radio dial in Southeastern Michigan / Northwestern Ohio with last week's format flip at FM 98.3 Luna Pier. The top 40 format of Tower 98 has given way to soft rock My 98.3 as WMIM. Although the station is positioning itself as being a Monroe radio station, the transmitter remains near Toledo. The WTWR call sign was used on 98.3 beginning in 1982 after a run on Detroit's FM 92.3 in the late 1970s - early 80s.



WPON AM 1460 suspends operations

Oldies/talk WPON AM 1460 Walled Lake suspended operations last week and it appears that the station's remaining broadcast tower has been taken down. According to the station's web site, programming has been moved to sister station WCXI AM 1160 in Fenton which previously had been carrying a classic country format. Owner Birach Broadcasting is attempting to co-locate WPON and WCXI to a new location in northern Oakland County but there is no published timeline on if or when this will take place.



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 signs Rentrak for measurement

Scripps-owned WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit has signed on with Rentrak to receive local market measurement for the ABC affiliate. The contract with Scripps marks the 17th station group subscriber to Rentrak's StationView Essentials local TV ratings service which includes nine of the top-25 station groups. This latest contract expands Rentrak's local market client roster to 46 stations in 25 markets.

"Rentrak is very pleased to be partnering with Scripps and WXYZ/Detroit," said Steven Walsh, Rentrak's Senior Vice President of Local Market Sales. "As we continue to expand and enhance our local market audience measurement services, we are eager to work closely with Scripps and all of our local clients to deliver the most comprehensive, stable and granular system for achieving a greater understanding of audience behaviors in a highly fragmented viewing environment."

Available in all 210 local TV markets, Rentrak's StationView Essentials service features the only fully-integrated database of detailed satellite, telco TV and cable viewing information from millions of televisions nationwide. Rentrak introduction of a new ratings currency provides both local and national markets with basic demographic ratings combined with new metrics like ARI (Ad Retention Index), Stickiness Index and brand/advertiser-specific ratings in order to generate relevant "purchaser ratings" for its clients.


Statewide video coverage of all Michigan High School Athletic Association Finals will take place beginning in the 2010-11 school year for the very first time as the MHSAA Network and When We Were Young Productions will collaborate with FOX Sports Detroit to deliver the games in one of the most comprehensive cable and online high school sports packages in the nation.

FOX Sports Detroit and the MHSAA have signed a multi-year extension of an agreement where live coverage of most Football, Boys Basketball and Girls Basketball Finals will take place; and the new arrangement with the MHSAA Network will also plan for live coverage of Finals in Ice Hockey and Girls Volleyball. In addition, FOX Sports Detroit will continue to be the home of the exclusive announcement of the qualifiers and pairings for the MHSAA Football Playoffs on the annual Selection Sunday Show.

The FoxSportsDetroit.com Website becomes the exclusive home to live video streaming of the events that will be shown live on FOX Sports Detroit. MHSAA Finals in all other team sports this year, plus Finals in Track & Field and Swimming & Diving in both peninsulas, all rounds of the Team and Individual Wrestling Finals, and the Semifinal round of the Basketball, Football, Ice Hockey and Volleyball Tournaments will be streamed live on both the FoxSportsDetroit.com and MHSAA.tv Websites. All of the action will be archived online at MHSAA.tv.

All other team Finals - Baseball, Competitive Cheer, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball and Team Wrestling - as well as the Lower Peninsula Swimming & Diving Finals and the championship matches of the Individual Wrestling Finals and will be shown on a delayed basis on Fox Sports Detroit or FOX Sports Detroit PLUS. Highlights programs of Finals in Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Gymnastics, Skiing and Tennis will also air. This entire package will also be shown on Comcast Television, which is carrying MHSAA Network regular-season programming and pre-Finals MHSAA Tournament action in a number of sports for the third straight school year.

Comcast will also be the cable home of all of this content on its popular Video On Demand service, including all the championship running events at the MHSAA Track & Field Finals, where each event will be produced individually for on demand enjoyment. MHSAA Network programming on Comcast reaches over one million homes in the southern half of the Lower Peninsula.

"We're pleased that we can now bring most of our Final events to cable and satellite viewers statewide, and that all of our sports will receive coverage on the web through our continued partnership with FOX Sports Detroit," said John E. "Jack" Roberts, Executive Director of the MHSAA. "The MHSAA Network, through the work of When We Were Young Productions, continues to serve high school fans in large numbers, and has proven that our viewers watch and appreciate this content - during the regular season and our tournaments - regardless of who is playing."

"High school sports are as much a part of the fabric of life here in Michigan as any of our pro teams. The passion and excitement is just as engaging, just as real," said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "We're immensely proud to extend our wonderful partnership with MHSAA and expand it with the help of When We Were Young Productions and Comcast. This agreement is a shining example of the excellent value and community service that cable providers and FOX Sports Detroit represent."

Here is a detailed rundown of 2010-11 MHSAA Championships on FOX Sports Detroit and the FoxSportsDetroit.com website:

Fall Championships

  • Oct. 24 - Selection Sunday Show - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 6 - Boys Soccer Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 18-19 - Girls Volleyball Semifinals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • Nov. 20 - Girls Volleyball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit & FoxSportsDetroit.com
  • Nov. 20 - Football Semifinals - 16 Games - Most LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv (Subject to availability of streaming capabilities at host sites)
  • Nov. 20 - L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 26-27 - Football Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit* & FoxSportsDetroit.com (* All games live except Division 4 Final on Nov. 26)
  • December - Fall highlights program of MHSAA Finals in Cross Country, Tennis and L.P. Girls Golf on FOX Sports Detroit

Winter Championships

  • Feb. 19 - U.P. Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • Feb. 25-26 - Team Dual Wrestling Quarterfinals & Semifinals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • Feb. 26 - Team Dual Wrestling Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 4-5 - Competitive Cheer Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 3-5 - Individual Wrestling Finals - Rounds 1-8 - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • March 5 - Individual Wrestling Finals - Championship Matches - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 10-11 - Ice Hockey Semifinals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • March 12 - Ice Hockey Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit & FoxSportsDetroit.com
  • March 12 - L.P. Boys Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 17-18 - Girls Basketball Semifinals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • March 19 - Girls Basketball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit & FoxSportsDetroit.com
  • March 24-25 - Boys Basketball Semifinals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • March 26 - Boys Basketball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit* & FoxSportsDetroit.com (* All games live except Class B Final)
  • April - Winter highlights program of MHSAA Finals in Bowling, Gymnastics and Skiing on FOX Sports Detroit

Spring Championships

  • June 4 - Track & Field Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv
  • June 11 - Girls & Boys Lacrosse Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • June 18 - Baseball-Softball Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • June 18 - Girls Soccer Finals - LIVE on FoxSportsDetroit.com & MHSAA.tv; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • August - Spring highlights program of MHSAA Finals in Golf and Tennis on FOX Sports Detroit

For a complete rundown of MHSAA Championships coverage on FOX Sports Detroit, FoxSportsDetroit.com, MHSAA.tv, MHSAANetwork.com and Comcast Television, visit the MHSAA Website at www.mhsaa.com/News/MHSAANetwork/MHSAAFinalsOnTheAir.aspx.


Detroit News:

Fresh from his star cameo on the ABC crime drama "Detroit 1-8-7" a week ago (playing the leader of a polka band), "Big Al" Muskovitz, formerly of the Dick Purtan morning show, will serve as the evening's entertainment at The Information Center's 35th anniversary fundraising gala at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Crystal Gardens Banquet Center, 16703 Fort, in Southgate. The Information Center provides assistance to unemployed workers, caregivers, the disabled and seniors. WXYZ-TV anchor JoAnne Purtan will emcee the evening... 'Big Al' hosts info fundraiser (Wed, 10/6)



Detroit Free Press:

Rachael Hunter of WYCD-FM (99.5) is one of 10 radio personalities chosen as finalists in country star Reba McEntire's All the Women I Am contest. The winner gets to help celebrate the launch of McEntire's new album, "All the Women I Am," at an Oct. 27 party in Nashville. To find out how to cast your vote for Hunter, go to wycd.com. Voting ends at midnight Friday... Names and Faces (Wed, 10/6)



Harrell promoted at WDVD/WDRQ

Ron Harrell, already program director of pop WDVD-FM 96.3 and variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1, has been promoted by Citadel to add the role of station manager for both. Harrell has been with WDVD since December 2004 and added the programming responsibilities for WDRQ a year later.


Detroit Free Press:

You'll be able to see and hear "Ernie" near the ballpark next season. A play by that name, written by Mitch Albom and based on the late Ernie Harwell's fascinating life, is due to open at the City Theatre, across from Comerica Park, about the same time as the Tigers start their 2011 campaign. "Ernie will be recounting his life to another person, starting from when he was a poor kid in Georgia who had a speech impediment and had a father who was wheelchair-bound, all the way up to the end," Albom said Wednesday. "Images from his career and his voice will be woven in through the magic of theater." Albom -- the Free Press columnist, best-selling author and veteran playwright -- said "Ernie" will stay anchored in this city where Harwell ensconced his Southern accent as the radio voice of the Tigers. "I'm really writing this for Detroit," Albom said. "My eyes aren't on Broadway or taking this anywhere else. ... This is my tribute to somebody I really admired"... Ernie Harwell's life to take center stage; Mitch Albom to pen script (Thu, 10/7)


Crain's Detroit Business:

All of the major Detroit-area television networks plan to air Detroit Public Television's broadcast of the debate between Michigan's gubernatorial candidates on Sunday. The 7 p.m. debate will be the first and only chance to see Republican candidate Rick Snyder and Democratic opponent Virg Bernero square off. The debate between the two governor hopefuls will be broadcast from the Detroit Public Television studios in Wixom and will be carried live by local TV stations WTVS-Channel 56, WJBK-Channel 2, WDIV-Channel 4, and WXYZ-Channel 7. In addition to the television broadcast, the debate can also be heard through the Michigan Radio Network and Michigan Public Radio. Local radio stations WJR-AM 760 and WWJ-950 will also be carrying the broadcast... Major Detroit-area network stations to air gubernatorial debate (Fri, 10/9)



Detroit News:

Detroit Public Schools is launching two new radio shows on WRCJ-FM (90.9) that will enable Detroit high school students to polish their communication and production skills both behind the scenes and in front of the mic. "DPS Backstage," an hour-long overview of the arts in the school district, debuted Wednesday and will air on the second Wednesday of each month. "Inside DPS," a half-hour, biweekly news program, premiers at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Returning for a new season is the "Detroit Public Schools Radio Program," an hour-long news/variety show that started Oct. 6 and airs on the first Wednesday of every month. Students from Detroit School of Arts, where the WRCJ studio is located, will be involved in all aspects of the programs... DPS launches two new radio shows (Fri, 10/8)


Detroit News:

They'd just spent four hours together in a radio booth, but the experience had been so novel that Jim Brandstatter and Dan Miller had to connect again on the way home. Brandstatter handles color commentary for Detroit Lions broadcasts and Miller does play-by-play. The Lions had thumped the St. Louis Rams 44-6 on Sunday at Ford Field, and the WXYT-FM (97.1) partners found themselves on their cell phones, driving and decompressing. "It's nice to do a game," Brandstatter was saying, "where in the fourth quarter, you're not sitting on the edge of your seat." Or worse yet, slumped back in it. Two years ago, the Lions managed to make it through an entire 16-game season without winning. Last year, they won twice, by a combined total of six points. Continuing the theme, they began 2010 with four more losses. If these haven't been boom times for Lions fans, it's been no tailgate party for the broadcasters, either. Finally, though, the team bulldozed somebody. Brandstatter didn't have to spend the second half explaining what went wrong in the first half, or groping for entertaining things to say to keep frustrated listeners from cranking the dial... Good day in the radio booth: Broadcasters needed Lions win, too (Tue, 10/12)


Detroit News:

Robbie Timmons is regarded as a consummate professional who has delivered the news to Channel 7 viewers for 28 years. But the WXYZ-TV anchor is ready for change, so on Thursday she's retiring. Her departure comes on the heels of the departure of long-time Channel 7 meteorologist Jerry Hodak, who took his final bow Sept. 23. Retirement doesn't always mean slowing down. For Timmons it is switching gears and diverting her energy to the nonprofit the Communication Alliance to Network Thoroughbred Ex-Racehorses (CANTER) that rescues former race horses. "My passion is CANTER," she says. "It got to the point where I either had to turn it over to someone else or do it full time," says Timmons of her ever-expanding duties as the volunteer national treasurer. "And I think I can do it better than anyone else." Timmons, a broadcast news veteran, began her career in 1972 as an anchor at WILX-TV in Lansing. Accepting the job made broadcast history as Timmons became the first female in the country to anchor 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for a network affiliate... Channel 7 news anchor Robbie Timmons retires after 28 years (Wed, 10/13)

Every year, Detroit Public Television (DPTV) celebrates and announces its fall lineup with a dinner party at the Detroit Athletic Club. This year's event on Sept. 30, also honored four Metro Detroit community leaders, along with the customary cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner, and silent and live auctions. The evening started with a lively cocktail hour and silent auction. The 200 guest then moved into the dining room where a beef filet and almond-crusted lake perch dinner was served. And of course, the highlight of the evening, the unveiling of the PBS fall season and a variety of new local DPTV productions. The live auction drew lots of enthusiasm, especially the eight-person dinner at the historic Bloomfield Hills home of event co-chairs, Bobbi and Stephen Polk. It raised $10,000... PBS launches fall television lineup in style (Wed, 10/13)



NPR's Michele Norris to appear in Detroit and Ann Arbor

Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint / WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids) is welcoming NPR's All Things Considered host Michele Norris to southeast Michigan for two events related to her new book The Grace of Silence. She will speak at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 4:00 p.m., and at Borders Books in downtown Ann Arbor on Monday, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m.

In her eloquent and affecting memoir, Norris examines her family's racial roots and secrets. Spurred on by Barack Obama's campaign and an NPR piece she spearheaded about race relations in America, Norris realized that she couldn't fully understand how other people talked about race until she understood how her own family dealt with it. In The Grace of Silence, she examines her family's story and challenges herself to put her own life into perspective against the backdrop of America's ongoing conversations about race.

On Sunday, Oct. 17, Norris will discuss The Grace of Silence and the topic of race relations at the Central United Methodist Church, 23 East Adams (near Comerica Park) in downtown Detroit. The event is free and open to the public and will begin at 4:00 p.m.

The second event will be a discussion and book signing on Monday, Oct. 18, at the Borders Books, 612 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor. It will begin at 7:00 p.m., and, though the event is free, advanced registration is necessary.

More information on these events is available at www.michiganradio.org/michelenorris.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct. 14, 2010



WJR's Beckmann Show to visit Midland

News/Talk WJR AM 760 continues its coverage of Auto Shows across the globe with the Frank Beckmann Show (9 am - noon) making the trip up I-75 and across US-10 to Midland to broadcast live tomorrow, Friday October 15th, from the site of Northwood University International Auto Show.

Northwood promotes the event as the largest new car, outdoor auto show in North America with approximately 50,000 visitors during the three day event. Over 450 new cars, trucks, RVs, semis, specialty, and promotional vehicles are planned to be on display. The show is organized and managed by over 500 Northwood students that participate from all curriculums that don't receive payment or credit for their participation. Admission and parking is free of charge. More info at www.northwood.edu/autoshow/.


Impasse between FOX and DISH continues



Sports fans that subscribe to DISH Network across Michigan continue to miss the programming of Fox Sports Detroit as the impasse between Dish and Fox carries on. The situation has already caused subscribers locally to miss Detroit Red Wings regular season hockey games, and if situation isn't resolved soon, Detroit Pistons basketball broadcasts on Dish will be in jeopardy. As of November 1st, the disagreement over the cost of programming might escalate to include Fox-owned and operated broadcast station WJBK-TV Channel 2.

The lack of an agreement between the two parties began to affect viewers across the country on October 1st when 19 regional sports networks, FX, and National Geographic Channel were no longer available to Dish subscribers.

"The two sides are not actively negotiating and remain at an impasse," said FOX Sports Detroit spokesman Tim Bryant.


Detroit Symphony musicians to perform on live TV broadcast

Despite a work stoppage that has left Orchestra Hall in Detroit quiet, the musicians of the Detroit Symphony will be making their music available to all of southeast Michigan through a live television broadcast on Sunday, October 24th at 3PM.

WADL-TV Channel 38 and the musicians have agreed to a broadcast of their concert from Christ Church Cranbrook in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, featuring internationally acclaimed conductor and violinist Joseph Silverstein with works by Vivaldi and Brahms.

WADL decided to broadcast the concert to showcase the tremendous community asset that may be in jeopardy because of the contract dispute between the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the musicians.

"There are many, many people who never get a chance to attend such a performance and may not realize what's at stake," said Steve Antoniotti, Vice President and General Manager of WADL. "We're not attempting to take sides in the complicated negotiation."

The strike of the DSO by the musicians began October 4th.

"It's a strike we called only after management flatly rejected our proposal to accept more than $9 million in cuts in salary and benefits, including a 22 percent cut in salary next year," said cellist Haden McKay, speaking for the musicians. "It is a strike that management forced on us by refusing to negotiate at meeting after meeting."

McKay also said that the musicians and the union have filed charges of unfair labor practices by management with the National Labor Relations Board.

WADL, owned by Adell Broadcasting, is the only locally-owned, full-power television station in the Detroit market. Its digital signal can be seen over the air, on Direct TV and on all cable systems throughout the seven counties of southeast Michigan. "This is a commitment to local programming that is unique and celebrates what we have in our community," said owner Kevin Adell.

The 3 PM concert on October 24th at Christ Church Cranbrook (470 Church Rd., Bloomfield Hills) will present Vivaldi's Four Seasons for Violin and Orchestra, Op 8, Nos. 1-4, and Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op 73.

Violin soloists will be DSO Associate Concertmaster Kimberly Ann Kaloyanides Kennedy; Elayna Duitman, formerly of the DSO, now with the Cleveland Orchestra; Sarah Crocker, formerly of the DSO, now with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in New York; and Maestro Silverstein.

Tickets, $20 and $50 for premium seating, will be available at the door or in advance at www.detroitsymphonymusicians.org or call the Ticket Hotline at (248) 860-6786.


Channel 7 shuffles anchor lineup; Diana Lewis leaves 11pm newscast

With last week's retirement of veteran anchor Robbie Timmons from WXYZ-TV, Channel 7 has revealed its new weekday anchor lineup which will become effective on Monday, October 25th:

5 - 7 a.m.: Alicia Smith & Vic Faust
12 - 1 p.m.: Vic Faust & Joanne Purtan
5 - 6 p.m.: Diana Lewis & Joanne Purtan
6 - 6:30 p.m.: Diana Lewis & Stephen Clark
7 - 7:30 p.m.: Stephen Clark & Carolyn Clifford
11 - 11:35 p.m.: Carolyn Clifford & Stephen Clark

The biggest change with this new lineup is Lewis' exit from the 11 p.m. news where she'd been co-anchor since 1977 (with a hiatus during part of the 1980s). The announcement was made during the late newscast on October 20th:



CKWW AM 580 bringing back 'War Of The Worlds' annual tradition on October 30th

Tune in at 10 p.m. on Saturday to hear "The War of the Worlds" as it was originally broadcast in 1938 as part of the "Mercury Theatre on the Air" program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel, this radio show starring Orson Welles had a nation convinced aliens were invading. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins were so believable that panic gripped the country as thousands actually thought aliens had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey and were taking over the world.

AM 580 has aired this historic broadcast every year at Halloween since the early 1990's.


Detroit News:

A plan by WADL-TV to broadcast Sunday's concert by striking musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra is not meant to express favoritism toward the musicians, the station manager said Friday. Responding to a letter from DSO lawyers apparently intended to discourage the broadcast of the 3 p.m. Sunday concert at Christ Church Cranbrook, station manager Steve Antoniotti said: "We're merely trying to expose the quality of these musicians to people who haven't had the opportunity to hear them, and to show what a community asset might be lost in this labor dispute." But Michael Schwartz, an attorney for the station, replied more sharply. In a statement issued Thursday, Schwartz said DSO management had "hired a New York law firm which sent a letter to WADL, ominously suggesting that the station might end up with liability in connection with the broadcast." "We are disappointed that the management of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra should seek to instruct us on how we are to fulfill our responsibilities to our viewing public and that they should be expending scarce resources to hire an expensive New York law firm in a misguided attempt to create obstacles to the public's being able to view and hear a performance by an illustrious group of musicians."... Concert broadcast of striking DSO musicians contested (Sat, 10/23)


Art Vuolo gets the AllAccess.com treatment

1) What Got You Interested In Radio? I used to listen to Bernie Herman on "Night Beat" from 10-midnight on WIRE-A 1430 Indianapolis. I used to help out on remote broadcasts with Jim Shelton on "Platter Party" over WIBC 1070 Indy 1960-1962. I just celebrated 50 years in radio in July 2010.

2) How would you describe your first radio gig? Sunday night Oldies show on WOIA (102.9)/Ann Arbor, MI where Landecker began. My show was called the "Sunday Night Music Mart."

3) Who were your early influences? Jim Shelton, Joey Reynolds, John "Records" Landecker, Bob Brossia (WTOD in Toledo)... 10 Questions with ... Art Vuolo Jr (Mon, 10/25)



WRTV-TV Channel 6 Indianapolis:

An Indianapolis police officer and a veteran television anchor were credited with the rescue of an autistic 5-year-old boy from a retention pond on the city's south side. Mort Crim, who retired from the TV news business in 1996 after stints in Detroit, Philadelphia, Chicago and Louisville, said he saw the boy walking down a street in the 7500 block of Briarstone Drive, near Stop 10 Road and Madison Avenue, at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. At about the same time, the child's mother had frantically called police to report that he was missing... Officer, Veteran TV Anchor Pull Child From Pond (Wed, 10/27)



WXYZ-TV adds veteran reporter Bill Proctor to special projects unit

WXYZ-TV announces senior staff reporter Bill Proctor will officially join the Channel 7 special projects unit as an investigative reporter. Proctor has been with ABC affiliate, WXYZ-TV, since 1980. As a result of Proctor's recent groundbreaking investigations, Police Chief Warren Evans was forced out of office, and after mismanagement was brought to light in a Proctor report, the Director of Detroit City Airport was forced to resign.

"I've always considered journalism a public service," said Proctor. "It's nice to tell people what's going on in their communities, but it's even more important to be able to investigate wrongdoing and find justice for people in those communities."

"We're fortunate to have a journalist with Bill's experience and passion on our investigative team," said WXYZ News Director, Tim Dye. "Bill brings a wealth of knowledge to the job, and reaffirms our commitment to investigative news. Channel 7's ability to bring our viewers groundbreaking investigative reports is unmatched in this market."

A former police officer for the Federal Protection Service in Washington, D.C., Proctor's passion for justice inspired him to create a non-profit organization called Proving Innocence. The organization calls attention to cases of injustice in the legal system and works to exonerate those wrongly convicted of crimes.

Before joining WXYZ-TV, Proctor worked for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, WDAF-TV in Kansas City, and WAVY-TV in Norfolk, Virginia.

Proctor's many awards for journalistic excellence include, The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Best Coverage Award for breaking news, The Ed King Memorial Award, the Outstanding Media Award from Michigan's Crime Prevention Association, and the Golden Quill Award.

Proctor, a Washington D.C. native, received a degree in sociology and corrections from the University of Maryland. He is married with three children and three grandchildren.



WDIV-TV to air local Halloween special

Local 4's resident Halloween expert, Chuck Gaidica, hosts a frightfully, fun-filled half-hour primetime All 4 Halloween special Thursday, October 28 at 8:30 p.m., following NBC's all new Scared Shrekless Halloween special at 8 p.m. (NBC's Community will be seen at 1:36 a.m.)

All 4 Halloween takes you on a Haunted Hideaways ghost tour of spooky spots across town. Then, watch a group of gremlins go "medieval" on pumpkins. (How far can they fling them with their catapult?) See which of your favorite candies takes the top spot in the list of Halloween treats.

Local 4 Style Editor Jon Jordan even shares tips on how to dress up like the latest 'tween' superstars. And contestants of The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II cook up pumpkin recipes for healthy Halloween treats, courtesy of Blue Cross Blue Shield.

ClickOnDetroit.com, the official "web" site of Halloween, is also full of eerily interactive entertainment and contests. It's everything from the Ghost How Many contest where you can win a $100 Meijer gift card to amazing photos of pets and kids in cool and creative costumes. And check out our 4 The Best Guide to find all the favorite Haunted Houses and Cider Mills in southeast Michigan. The Freaky Forecast on JustWeather.com will even help you decide how to dress your ghouls and goblins to hit the streets to trick or treat.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct. 28, 2010



Detroit News:

Gubernatorial candidates Virg Bernero and Rick Snyder this morning fielded questions on the revival of Detroit, the state film incentive and other hot topics at a breakfast radio forum in Detroit. The event, held less than a week before Election Day and broadcast on WJR-AM (760), gave the candidates a final chance to clarify their positions on the state's issues and hurl their last campaign barbs. A couple hundred professionals and entrepreneurs attended the event at the Westin Book Cadillac. Radio host Paul W. Smith emphasized at the event's start this was a "conversation" and not a debate. But cordial comments and campaign promises eventually turned into swipes at each other from across the tablecloth-covered table. The candidates have sparred in only one debate before today. Snyder dismissed Democratic candidate Bernero's proposal to found a state-run bank; Bernero claimed for the second time this week that Snyder, a Republican, may sell the Mackinac Bridge. "No, the Mackinac Bridge is not for sale," Snyder clarified. "Does that work for you?" Smith asked Bernero. "That's great news for a lot of people," said Bernero, who is also the mayor of Lansing... Bernero, Snyder trade barbs at radio forum (Thu, 10/28)


Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloThe 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion is now history, and it was deemed a huge success by just about everybody who attended the event on Saturday night September 25th at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in the Detroit suburb of Novi.

The entire evening flew by and the large number of e-mails and letters which have come in since that night have been overwhelmingly positive. Personally I want it understood, from the start, that this event did NOT just happen. It represented the hard work and long hours surrendered by the entire committee:

Murray Gula, a 25+ year radio veteran who hosts the weekend Home Improvement Show on Clear Channel's WDFN-AM (1130), all but ignored his business at Murray Gula Media Marketing (www.murraygula.com) and the MCPA in Oak Park, spending his days and nights handling the business end of this event. In June he built the impressive web site, www.mcrr2010.com, designing and sending out all web e-mails, tracking all accounting and ticket sales, arranging for the entertainment and videotaping and lastly producing, directing and streaming the event live on the Internet. Murray truly acted as the "team leader". He was the first to start the Home Improvement Show on WJR-AM (760) and to stream a live and local Internet Home Show on WXYZ-TV Channel 7 in Detroit. He can be reached at murraygula@gmail.com.

Ida Goutman, who runs her own professional event planning and production business, known as "Amazing Events," spent countless hours tending to the production of the beautiful printed program, the outstanding decorations in the hotel ballroom, and the business coordination of many aspects of the Reunion too numerous to list here. We simply could not have done it without her expertise and professional abilities period. I strongly recommend her for YOUR next event. Ida can be reached at idago@juno.com.

Jo-Jo Shutty MacGregor, unquestionably the best known traffic reporter in the Motor City, dating all the way back to her days married to the late CKLW 20/20 newsman Byron MacGregor and her broadcasts from the Big 8 Traffic-Copter! Her large roll-o-dex of names and numbers helped in getting over forty (40) CKLW alums to the event. She also worked hard on assisting in marketing and providing a large archive of photos from past years of the Motor City Radio Reunions. Jo-Jo can be reached at jojo@metronetworks.com.

Art Vuolo, Jr., I was unjustifiably credited with putting the entire reunion together and nothing could be farther from the truth. It was a "team effort" and without the help of the other three just described, it would never have come off as such a successful event. The radio and print media all know who I am and positioned this event as my doing. It was not. The party at my home, the next day, was to be an Open House "afterglow." It happened to be just ahead of a significant birthday for myself, but that was NOT the purpose of the Sunday gathering. Reach me at artvuolo@aol.com.

Others who contributed to the success of the Reunion and need to be acknowledged include: Our legendary emcee Dick Purtan, Steve King and The Dittilies (www.skatd.com) for his incredible live band, Carl Freidlander of Super Video in Southfield (www.supervideoservices.com), Arnie Dorton of Arnie Martin DJ services (djarnie_cross@yahoo.com), Orange Dragin Productions (www.orangedragin.tv), plus cameramen from Specs Howard School of Media Arts (www.specshoward.edu) and Ray D. Glasser (main camera) from Cleveland, OH (rayglasser@att.net). Thanks also to Scott MacKinnon for the radio station logo montage that graced the stage. Additionally, special thanks to Ms. Kathy Charnley event coordinator for the hotel, all of the honorees and their families, along with Rev. George Charnley of St. James Catholic Church in Novi for the invocation. Lastly, thanks to this web site's very own Mike Austerman for creating a informative power-point presentation listing the call-letters used on every AM and FM in the Detroit area! Thanks too to Steve Schram for the idea.

If I left anyone out, it was not intentional, but a Reunion of this magnitude could only happen with the combined efforts of dozens of people and NO one single individual.

A DVD of the entire evening has been produced and will be available via the official reunion web site www.mcrr2010.com soon. Profits will be donated to our designated charity, the Belle Isle Aquarium and off-setting our expenses.

Again, we all want to thank you for attending, and if you missed it, be sure to get the DVD. Even if you were there, the video will be a last memory of wonderful time when Detroit's storied radio community came together for one last time.

Finally, for the many who have stated "this simply can't be the final reunion," well it is for me. If another group would like to take on such an event in another five or six years, I wish them the best of luck. Personally, I'm tired. It's been a fun ride with four reunions in; 1988, 1998, 2005 and 2010. At the risk of a law suite from the estate of Bob Hope, "Thanks for the Memories."

Art Vuolo Jr.

Reach Art Vuolo at artvuolo@aol.com or visit his web site at vuolovideo.com


Red Wings, Pistons broadcasts on Fox Sports Detroit return to DISH subscribers

Dispute between FOX and DISH reaches resolution, 'long term' agreement reached

The DISH and FOX Networks earlier today announced a wide-ranging distribution agreement to provide the third-largest video distributor in the United States with continued access to programming from Fox Broadcasting and Fox local television stations in major cities. The agreement also included carriage of FX, National Geographic Channel, and Fox's 19 regional sports networks, which were restored for DISH Network viewers Friday.

On FOX Sports Detroit, Dish customers will be able to once again enjoy 150 pro games this season among the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons, action from the Central Collegiate Hockey Association, area college basketball featuring the University of Detroit Mercy and Oakland University, and exclusive coverage of Michigan High School Athletic Association championship events.




The public-radio operations at the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University both wrapped up their fall fund drives recently, and both exceeded their goals. WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern, notched its most successful fund drive ever. In an announcement on its website, WEMU reports: "Because of your generosity, WEMU surpassed it's on-air fundraising goal of $150,000, making Fall 2010 the most successful pledge drive in WEMU history! "Thanks for believing in community public radio; for jazz, news, and blues. WEMU's success is a reflection of you and your community support."

Meanwhile, Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, exceeded its goal of $915,000. Michigan Radio encompasses WUOM (91.7-FM) in Ann Arbor along with additional stations based in Flint and Grand Rapids... Michigan Radio, WEMU exceed fund-raising goals (Fri, 10/29)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 1, 2010




When I was a teenager I wanted a job at Harmony House so I could work in "the music biz." Now, imagine attending a high school where you actually produce and deejay your own professional radio show. Students at Salem High School live that experience every day on WSDP 88.1-FM, The Escape. With their fourth annual pledge drive approaching, it's an opportunity for listeners, alumni and friends to support the station. Broadcasting from a little, cluttered studio on the second floor of their school, the walls are covered with promotional rock posters and photos of radio staffs past. Since 1972, they've been playing the new music, high school sports, local news and community programming for the Plymouth-Canton area. It's easy to find them. They're the first station on your FM dial (although the frequency does start fading out on your car radio near where I-275 meets I-696.) With many awards credited to their WSDP call letters, they've also been voted the high school station of the year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and continue to be an integral part of the school curriculum... Salem High's School Of Rock (Fri, 10/29)


The Detroit area now has a full-time FM station with a Spanish-based format as CBS Radio has changed its HD3 offering on WYCD 99.5 from talk (Michigan Saver Radio) to Spanish Top 40 as "Mega 99.5". The announcement on the station's web site megadetroit.com reads:

CBS Radio Detroit has launched a new radio station in the frequency of WYCD HD3. MEGA 995 HD3 has a unique format to appeal to fans of Latin pop music and Hispanics of various nationalities - Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Hispanic population in the Detroit area has grown by almost 30% in the last 10 years, and is expected to continue being one of the fastest growing segments of the metropolitan area in the coming years. MEGA 995 HD3 is the only radio station in Detroit to play a mixture of the best the Spanish Top 40 hits. MEGA 995 HD3 shares the airwaves with the most popular Latin artists such as Shakira, Maná, Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias, Reik, Daddy Yankee and many more favorites. MEGA 995 is heard in the air to 995 HD3, streaming online at www.megadetroit.com, and through AOL Radio, Yahoo Launchcast, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Blackberry, and Zune. The station fans can interact and keep abreast through MEGA 995 social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 4, 2010



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit

The Parade Company is pleased to announce Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Dick Purtan and longtime Parade supporter Anthony Earley, Jr., executive chairman of the board, DTE Energy, as Co-Grand Marshals for the 84th America's Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country's largest and longest-running parades, on Thursday, November 25th. "Both of these gentlemen are shining examples of what makes our community so great," said Tony Michaels, President & CEO, The Parade Company. "Dick and Tony have always gone well beyond their respective day-to-day roles to make Detroit a better place for all of us and we are thrilled to honor them on Thanksgiving morning." ... America's Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country's oldest and most celebrated parades, will step-off at Woodward Avenue and Mack on Thursday, November 25 at 9:20 a.m. and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit. Hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian, the two-hour Parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4 including a one-hour national broadcast reaching nearly 65 million households nationwide... Grand Marshals Announced For 2010 Parade (Wed, 11/3)




CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WJLB/DETROIT is joining with THE SALVATION ARMY and AMERICAN JEWELRY & LOAN to present "The 28th Annual Coats For Kids Radiothon". It will be held SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6th from 9a to 9p at the DETROIT SCIENCE CENTER. The campaign's goal is to raise money to purchase coats for needy youth in MICHIGAN. Admission to the SCIENCE CENTER is free but listeners are encouraged to make a cash donation. Just $25 allows THE SALVATION ARMY to buy a warm winter coat for a deserving child. WJLB will broadcast live all day with participation from local air personalities COCO, FOOLISH, MR. CHASE, CHERON, BUSHMAN and DR. DARRIUS. The WJLB air personalities will sign autographs, raffle off prizes and interview artists in an effort to raise awareness and money for THE SALVATION ARMY... WJLB's Coats For Kids Campaign Set (Wed, 11/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 5, 2010



Detroit's WDIV schedules Sparky Anderson tribute special

WDIV-TV, Local 4, will remember Detroit Tigers legendary manager Sparky Anderson with a half-hour primetime special and extended coverage during Sports Final Edition.

Salute To Sparky, a half-hour primetime special hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Bernie Smilovitz, will air Saturday at 8 p.m. on Local 4. An encore broadcast of the Salute To Sparky special will be seen Sunday night at 12:30 a.m.

Sports Final Edition with Katrina Hancock will devote special coverage to the Tiger great on Sunday night at 12:00 a.m., following NFL Sunday Night Football and Local 4 News.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 9, 2010



Detroit News:

Jay Towers understands that he looks a wee bit goofy on his billboards. The thing is, he's supposed to. And the other thing is ... Hey! He's on billboards! In these days of slashed budgets and depressed promotion managers, pick a freeway and he's hovering above it. Some places, like on northbound I-75 heading out of downtown, he's on two, a few seconds apart. It's the most aggressive outdoor advertising campaign around here since that personal injury lawyer with the long blond hair, and raise your hand if you remember her name and phone number. If you've seen the towers of Towers, though, you probably don't need to ask what he's doing with himself these days. You might not know all of it -- he's basically using six alarm clocks to hold down four jobs -- but yes, in the mornings he's on WNIC-FM. Or rather, WNIC! 100.3! Pointing at you, with his mouth open and his teeth gleaming and his hands folded into finger-guns! Or wearing a bathrobe and holding a spoon over a red-and-white cereal bowl! The second wave started a few weeks ago, and the truth is, he says, he's still catching grief from friends about the first wave... WNIC puts Jay Towers' fun-loving mug all over Metro area (Tue, 11/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 10, 2010




104.3 WOMC's BOBBY MITCHELL and CHUCK GAIDICA will be hosting the station's sixth annual MILITARY MOMS' LUNCHEON on VETERANS DAY 11/11 at ANDIAMO ITALIA in WARREN, MI. The luncheon is held annually to recognize and thank MICHIGAN military moms whose sons and daughters are giving so much by serving our country. Speakers at the luncheon will include CONGRESSMAN MIKE ROGERS (R, 8th District) and military documentary producer KEITH FAMIE. The event will also include singing of the National Anthem and "God Bless America" by JULIANNE... WOMC To Host Annual Military Moms Luncheon On Veterans Day (Wed, 11/10)




For more than four years, "The Story with Dick Gordon" has been airing on public radio stations all across the country. WUOM, 91.7-FM, in Ann Arbor, has been broadcasting it since March 2007. And now, local fans of the show will get to see a more-or-less live approximation of "The Story" on Saturday, when Gordon, the show's host, comes to Rackham Auditorium for an appearance that's a benefit for Avalon Housing. Avalon is a local non-profit group that develops and manages permanent supportive rental housing for very-low-income Washtenaw County residents. The group presently owns and/or operates 324 units at 23 sites. "The Story" does in-depth and often poignant reports on important social and cultural issues, or news events, through the eyes of regular, everyday people -- generally folks who have gone through some sort of transformative experience... Public radio's Dick Gordon to explore 'The Story' of sustainable agriculture (and his show) (Wed, 11/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 11, 2010



New documentary series explores options for looming energy issues

Detroit Public Television, WTVS Channel 56, will present a groundbreaking documentary series, "Beyond The Light Switch", which takes a new look at the controversy and urgency surrounding the challenge of developing a new infrastructure for electricity in the United States.

The two-hour documentary will be shown on Detroit Public Television in two parts, the first from 9 - 10 p.m. on Tuesday November 16, 2010 and the second on Tuesday November 23, 2010 from 9 - 10 p.m.

By 2050, experts say the United States must:

  • Turn over nearly its entire electric power plant fleet
  • Cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent
  • Completely update its power grid

All of this must happen while demand for electricity is expected to rise by 30 percent.

The documentary explores the possible paths forward including coal, natural gas, renewables, natural gas, solar, the "super grid" and others to determine what achieves the goals, creates jobs and gains a measure of energy security.

Produced by Detroit Public Television and guided by an independent advisory panel convened by the University of Michigan-Dearborn, "Beyond The Light Switch" is hosted by David Biello, energy and environment editor at Scientific American. He takes viewers to a first-of-its-kind coal plant in West Virginia, gas wells in Pennsylvania and Texas, inside a nuclear reactor under construction in Tennessee, to wind farms along the Hood River Valley in Oregon and to the shores of Cape Cod, among other places around the country that showcase the options for our energy future.

Detroit Public Television is currently talking to several national public television programming providers about national distribution of "Beyond The Light Switch".

"This new documentary is the latest example of how Detroit Public TV renews its commitment to exploring the issues most important to our community and country," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. "'Beyond The Light Switch' adds a much needed balanced perspective to a debate that could be more heated and more critical than anything since healthcare."

The following funders contributed to the production of "Beyond The Light Switch": American Electric Power, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, Edison Electric Institute, Entergy Corporation, Exelon, IBEW/NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), NextEra Energy Inc., Nuclear Energy Institute, Southern Company, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, and Xcel Energy.



Detroit News:

It's hard to imagine Jim Brandstatter sprinting through an airport, trying to make a flight at the last minute. But calling Michigan games on Saturdays and Lions games on Sundays, that's exactly the scene.

"Once I'm at the airport and on the plane, then I'm there and I can just settle in and say, 'I'll get there when I can,'" said Brandstatter, who has been the radio voice of Michigan football and the Lions since the mid-1980s. "In the early days, I'd gnash my teeth and worry and have some stress. But as I got doing it, I came to the realization that there's nothing I can do about it anyway."

With all the logistics, late flights and unforeseen circumstances in air travel, Brandstatter has more than his share of stories about his trips.

"I was late to the (Lions) game in Arizona the weekend Bo (Schembechler) passed away because I was on a plane from Detroit to Phoenix and they had mechanical problems and the plane took off an hour-and-a-half late," recalled Brandstatter, an all-conference offensive lineman at Michigan between 1969 and '72.

"So, getting to the game was a little bit of a problem, but I was only two-and-a-half minutes late into the game."

In another instance, a snowstorm made his flight to Minnesota more than an hour late. In the cab on the way to the stadium, the radio station called... 'Brandy' enjoys hustle, bustle as color man for U-M, Lions (Thu, 11/11)


And the sleigh goes to....



It's Christmastime in the city, or at least on the radio at 100.3 in Detroit as WNIC made its annual flip to holiday music this morning at about 9:30. As of just after 10 a.m., the format is theirs alone as format competitor WMGC-FM 105.1 has stuck with their regular contemporary format.

WNIC's Facebook page lit up immediately with listeners expressing their pleasure with the move.

In West Michigan, WOOD-FM 105.7 also made the move to Christmas this morning, giving Grand Rapids two full-time holiday outlets as cross-town WTRV-FM 100.5 switched earlier in the month.

The Bay City area also has a full-time Christmas station; WSAG-FM 104.1 made its annual switchover earlier this week.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 14, 2010



WXYZ-TV and Art Van announce Together We Can

WXYZ-TV and Art Van Furniture have teamed up once again to make a difference in the fight against hunger in Metro Detroit.

From November 14th through December 12th, donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at any of the seventeen Art Van Furniture locations throughout Metro Detroit. The items will be given to Gleaners Community Food Bank for distribution to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and disaster relief agencies throughout Southeastern Michigan.

It is estimated that one in eight people in Michigan will need emergency food assistance this year.

"The need in our community has never been greater," said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager. "WXYZ-TV is proud to sponsor this event and to help make a difference in the lives of those in need in our community."

Together We Can is part of Channel 7's long-standing commitment to community service. For 33 years, WXYZ has helped provide emergency food assistance to organizations fighting on the front lines in the battle against hunger.

For more information, including suggested donations and a list of Art Van Furniture store locations, go to wxyz.com.


Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won a total of nine awards in seven categories at the Eighth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held November 13, 2010 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Based on the number of award winners, WBFH won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station. It was the fourth year in the last five years that WBFH had won or tied for Best High School Radio Station.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.

Fourteen WBFH students were nominated for 17 awards, the most of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won five 1st Place awards; three 2nd Place awards and one 3rd Place award:

  • Best Promo, 1st Place: Alex Scharg
  • Best Sports Play-By-Play, 1st Place: Ryan Bloom
  • Best Radio Drama- Adaptation, 1st Place: Alex Scharg
  • Best Public Affairs Program, 1st Place: Josh Loney
  • Best Newscast, 1st Place: Alex Osten
  • Best Promo, 2nd Place: Josh Loney
  • Best Newscast, 2nd Place: Josh Loney
  • Best Public Service Announcement, 2nd Place: Chad Shepard
  • Best Sportscast, 3rd Place: Josh Loney and Robert Berman

Also nominated for a Drury Award were: Alan McGee, Bobby Brandon, Jesse Haji-Sheikh, Patrick Garretson, Tyler Kieft, Kevin Furlong, Bryan Furlong and Grace McIlhon.

The Best High School Radio Station award was presented to the WBFH management team consisting of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr.

WWPT from Westport, Connecticut and WLTL from LaGrange, Illinois took 2nd and 3rd Place in the station competition.

"I congratulate all the winners and nominees," said Bowers. "I'm very proud of our students who won and for WBFH picking up another Best High School Radio Station award."

Josh Loney had the most nominations of any student (8) and won a total of four awards. Loney, now a freshman at Michigan State University, made the trip to Naperville to accept his awards.

"My goal for WBFH was to win best station in the state and best station in the nation in 2010 and we accomplished that" said Loney.

Scharg was one of only two students who won two first place awards.

First place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial and online at www.wbfh.fm.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 16, 2010




WESTWOOD ONE and HARPO RADIO, INC. has syndicated "The GAYLE KING Show" on RADIO ONE News/Talk WCHB-A/DETROIT. The two-hour daily talk program airs on weekdays at 6p. "The GAYLE KING show is exactly what we've been looking for and it only makes sense to launch it on DETROIT's ONLY Urban News/Talk station," RADIO ONE/DETROIT PD MS. SMILEY said. "We are pleased to welcome WCHB-A to the WESTWOOD ONE and HARPO RADIO family," WESTWOOD ONE EVP Affiliate Sales DENNIS GREEN said... Gayle King Lands On WCHB (Tue, 11/16)

MOJO IN THE MORNING is proud to announce the release of "Phone Scams Volume 14" the latest limited-edition collectible CD from CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROII's ginormously-rated morning show. The two-disc set is on sale now for $12.95 at all METRO DETROIT BEST BUY locations and online by clicking here. "This is our best CD yet!" says CHANNEL 955's MOJO. "This is the first time SPIKE got help from a celebrity (LUDACRIS) to scam a listener." Disc one features over 30 scams including a phone scam on MIRANDA COSGROVE (iCARLY), a phone scam with Hip-Hop legend LUDACRIS, and MOJO scamming his co-host SPIKE... Mojo In The Morning's Phone Scams Vol. 14 Is Released (Tue, 11/16)



Ann Arbor's WTKA offering Michigan fans book deal

Sports Talk 1050 WTKA and Lone Wolfe Press have come up with a solution for gift giving as we head into the holiday season. "For Michigan Fans Only" is an in-depth look at Michigan Sports from the people who know them best, the fans. Written by best selling author of over 40 sports related works, Rich Wolfe, "For Michigan Fans Only" is a hard cover, quality, easy to read look at athletics at the University of Michigan in the format of fan stories.

Available exclusively for purchase online until next year, true Michigan fans will revel in the opportunity to experience these stories before anyone else. Packed with color photos, "For Michigan Fans Only" will be a welcome addition to any die-hard's collection. The book will retail for $24.95.

"I have a lot of fun writing these books and I think that shows through when people read them" said author Rich Wolfe, "People get excited about the books". Divided into 6 chapters, each section looks at the many different aspects of Michigan Athletics and the stories that make them great. "The loyalty and the passion that these Michigan fans have is just outstanding" commented Wolfe, "The Ohio State chapter is really great. It gives a whole new perspective on the rivalry between the two schools".

Like Michigan athletics however, this book couldn't simply blend in with the pack. Lone Wolfe Press has decided to place the entire book online at no charge. Readers will be able to scan all of the material that will make this book stand above the rest and see for themselves if they would like to add this to their collection. "If people see the entire book and see how it's different from other books, then they can really see that this is a great gift for their loved ones" said Wolfe.

Michigan fans around the world will be blown away with stories from names like Tom Ufer, Gary Moeller, Archie Griffin, and Tom Brady Sr.

Copies can be ordered today by going to WTKA.com and clicking on the "For Michigan Fans Only" link.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 18, 2010



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit re-ups with ABC through January 2015

E.W. Scripps company has extended its affiliation deal with Disney's ABC television network through Jan. 31, 2015. In addition to keeping Channel 7 in the fold for ABC, the agreement also applies to five other Scripps stations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Tampa, and Phoenix, covering about 8% of U.S. households.

"I'm pleased that we're able to continue the productive relationship we've had with ABC for many more years," Scripps television station group senior vice president Brian Lawlor said in a release. "This new agreement reflects our shared belief in the power of a high-quality national programming provider combined with local affiliates that have trusted news brands and strong influence in their communities."

The six Scripps stations' agreement with ABC had previously expired earlier this year at the end of January, but the affiliation had continued under short-term extensions.



Michigan Radio becomes official representative for StoryCorps' 2010 National Day of Listening

On Friday, November 26, 2010, Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM 91.1 Flint / WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids) will participate in the third annual National Day of Listening, a national holiday started by the acclaimed oral history nonprofit organization StoryCorps. The National Day of Listening is an effort to encourage all Americans to honor a friend, a loved one, or a member of their community by interviewing them about their lives.

National Day of Listening participants are encouraged to record their National Day of Listening interviews using equipment that is readily available in most homes-from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.

Michigan Radio has created a special National Day of Listening website at: www.michiganradio.org/Storycorps. At that website, people can download a Do-It-Yourself interview guide with simple step-by-step instructions, advice on choosing equipment to record the interview, and a list of favorite StoryCorps questions to ask. They can also view a Do-It-Yourself video, get inspiration by listening to examples of stories that others have recorded, and share their experience by joining StoryCorps' national Wall of Listening.

"The idea of listening during the holiday season has clearly resonated with people across the country," says StoryCorps founder and MacArthur "Genius" Dave Isay. "The National Day of Listening, which coincides with Black Friday-traditionally the largest shopping day of the year-provides a meaningful alternative to holiday consumerism and proves that simply listening to one another is the least expensive and most meaningful gift we can give."

To see how more people across the country are celebrating this year's National Day of Listening, visit: www.nationaldayoflistening.org. The 2010 National Day of Listening is sponsored by the Fetzer Institute.

Founded in 2003 by MacArthur "genius" Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps' mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps' award-winning broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: Listening Is an Act of Love in 2007 and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps in 2010. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit www.storycorps.org.


Santa checks in with updates



Christmas music continues to expand across Michigan, with at least three more stations flipping to all-holiday tunes this past week.

In Lansing WLMI FM 92.9 has switched off the smooth jazz, perhaps permanently. The station swapped its call sign to WLMI after ID'ing for a number of years as WJZL. On the Lake Michigan shoreline, soft rock WSHZ FM 107.9 is also jingling all the way. And in the Tri-Cities, classic hits WHNN FM 96.1 is playing 'all Christmas classics' again this year.

Look for Detroit soft rocker WMGC FM 105.1 to switch to the seasonal format on November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving.

Update: Oldies WNBY FM 93.9 Newberry / Sault Ste. Marie also has switched to all-Christmas as of this morning.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 20, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

WMGC-FM (105.1) and morning host Jim Harper are once again standing tall with the U.S. Marine Corps to get toys in the hands of needy children for the holidays. They'll be part of the annual Toys for Tots drive, which kicks off at 10 this morning during Royal Oak's Holiday Magic Parade. A van from WMGC will drive the parade route, collecting toys along the way.The drive continues next week, with Harper and the "Magic Morning Show" broadcasting live from locations across metro Detroit. They'll be at Plymouth Nursery, 9900 Plymouth Road, on Monday; International Academy of Macomb, 42755 Romeo Plank in Clinton Township on Tuesday; and Clintondale High School, 35300 Little Mack Ave. in Clinton Township on Friday. Harper has been assisting Toys for Tots for more than 30 years... Toys for Tots to kick off today (Sat, 11/20)



Specs Howard School inducts new members into Hall of Fame

Specs Howard School of Media Arts is celebrating its 40th anniversary by honoring five extraordinary graduates who have significantly contributed to the media industry and an exceptional faculty member with a place in the school's Hall of Fame.

The six new 2010 inductees were determined online, five through nominations submitted to the website and a Specs Howard School panel and the sixth based on a 'Popular Vote' from a list of 20 candidates.

"As we celebrate our 40 years of providing students with hands-on training to build successful careers in multi-media, we knew it was time to recognize the extraordinary individuals who are making great strides in their industries," said Lisa Zahodne, president and COO of Specs Howard School.

"Not only are our graduates making names for themselves in radio, they also are successful in the television, film, graphic design and digital media industries."

This year's inductees are:

  • Jim Bell, Specs Howard School of Media Arts Staff Award: A graduate of and now a Chief Instructor for the Specs Howard School's radio program, Jim Bell is well known by students and faculty for his 30 years of commitment to the school's education and instructor training programs. He is responsible for training all new faculty members to the radio program, renown for its hands-on teaching methods.
  • Tommy Brunswick, Director, Producer and Writer: Within the last decade Tommy Brunswick has produced and directed 11 feature films, one of which she wrote, and supervised special effects for nine of them. A strong advocate for women in film, Brunswick currently has films in release around the world and is co-founder of Motor City Nightmares, Michigan's annual International Horror Convention and Festival.
  • Eric De Fino, Motion Graphics/Animation, Owner of Raygun: Eric De Fino's unique background in visual arts and media, from live action to motion design, art direction, animation, music videos and entertainment branding spans the continental U.S., Europe, Australia and Latin America. His company Raygun, with offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles, specializes in dynamic storytelling for television, film, Internet and the music business.
  • Jeff Gesler, Project Manager for Joseph Productions, Inc. (JPI): Anyone who has witnessed a close-up replay during a Red Wings or Detroit Tigers game on the JumboTron has seen the work of Jeff Gesler. With management offices at JPI, Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena and the Ford Motor Company Conference and Events Center, Jeff manages technician teams providing complete production, technical and telecommunication support for tape, film and live events.
  • Jay Hudson, Music Director, On-Air Personality for 89X Radio, Popular Vote Inductee: Rocking the metro Detroit and Windsor airwaves at 89x (88.7 FM) every weeknight from 7-11 p.m., many listeners do not know Jay Hudson also serves as Music Director for the eclectic alternative rock station. He is responsible for building the station's play list; exploring new music, artists and trends; meeting with record reps; and deciphering research.
  • Al Johnson, Planning Editor for FOX 2 News: As Planning Editor for FOX 2 News, Al Johnson is responsible for prioritizing, researching and coordinating news coverage for metro Detroit, handles all major event coverage logistics for the station and books studio guest segments and musical performances for the #1 rated FOX 2 morning newscast. Al also helped establish the Problem Solvers investigative unit.

The new 2010 inductees join the 37 other members of the Specs Howard Hall of Fame alum, which include: WRIF's Ann Carlini and 'Screamin' Scott Randall; WJR's Lloyd Jackson; WXYZ's Glenda Lewis; WYCD's Linda Lee and WJBK-TV's Jackie Paige.

The Specs Howard School of Media Arts, based in Southfield, has been one of the nation's leading private communications schools since 1970. Offering undergraduate programs of study in radio/video, film, graphic design and digital media, the school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC). For more information about the school, visit www.specshoward.edu.


All eight title games available on TV and Online; Telecasts produced in High-Definition for first time

FOX Sports Detroit for the 13th consecutive year is providing exclusive television coverage of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2010 edition is Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27 at Ford Field.

This year, FOX Sports Detroit Plus (FS Plus) is the primary television outlet, carrying seven of the eight games live. Friday night's Division 3 contest airs via same-day delay on FOX Sports Detroit (FSD). For the first time, the telecasts will be produced in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit Plus HD, available on select video providers including Comcast, WOW!, AT&T U-Verse, DIRECTV and Dish Network. For all channel listings by provider, click the "Channel Finder" tab at www.foxsportsdetroit.com.

All eight games will be streamed live at www.foxsportsdetroit.com.


Here is the telecast/webcast schedule, along with announcers assigned to each game:

Friday, November 26:

  • 10:00 AM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 8 - Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart vs. Saugatuck
    Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler
  • 1:00 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 2 - Lowell vs. Farmington Hills Harrison
    Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 4:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 6 - Ithaca vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick
  • 7:30 PM, Foxsportsdetroit.com & 10:00 PM (delay) FSD / HD Division 4 - G.R. Catholic Central vs. Williamston
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick


Saturday, November 27

  • 10:00 AM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 7 - Ishpeming vs. Hudson
    Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 1:00 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsderoit.com: Division 1 - Plymouth vs. Lake Orion
    Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 4:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 5 - Grand Rapids West Catholic vs. Olivet
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick
  • 7:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Foxsportsdetroit.com: Division 3 - East Grand Rapids vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick


Halftime features:

Hudson Tigers: This feature explores how much high school football means to the tiny town of Hudson, Michigan, represented this year's Division 7 championship game. From the late 1960's through the mid 70's, the Hudson Tigers won a then-national record 72 games in a row. To this day, the streak is a major part of the town's identity. Meet some of the people involved in that tradition, from coaches, players and community members.

High Schools with a Heart: A visit to the annual grudge match between Holly and Fenton that took on a caring cause this year as the schools donned camouflage uniforms and raised money for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project.



Note for Comcast subscribers: Comcast is expected to add FS Plus HD on Tuesday, November 23rd on channel 707. It's not clear what service tier will be required to receive FS Plus in HD.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 22, 2010



WDIV continues traditional airing of Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit

WDIV-TV Local 4, the official television station of America's Thanksgiving Parade, will bring home the excitement and grand spectacle of balloons, bands, celebrities and floats in High-Definition during the 84th America's Thanksgiving Parade live from Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker, Channel 4's live broadcast of the parade starts Thursday, November 25th at 9 a.m., following a Parade Preview special at 8 a.m. and Local 4 News Morning, also broadcast live from the Parade route, beginning at 6 a.m. NBC's coverage of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from New York will air locally on WDIV's digital sub-channel 4.2, ThisTV Detroit, Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m.

Guests during the parade broadcast are scheduled to include Deidre Hall of NBC's Days Of Our Lives, R&B performer Dwele, Hip Hop recording artist Biz Markie, One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer, Def Jam recording artist Aaron Fresh and Detroit's own Bob Seger Silver Bullet sax man Alto Reed, in addition to Gold and Silver medalists from the 2008 and 2010 Olympic Games including skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Plus, tune in for the live announcement of the winner of The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield.



TV coverage set for 'The Big Chill at the Big House'

Dec. 11 Michigan State at Michigan Outdoor Hockey Game Televised Regionally on FOX Sports Detroit, Elsewhere on Big Ten Network

FOX Sports Detroit is set to provide comprehensive television coverage of next month's historic outdoor game between Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals Michigan State and Michigan, dubbed 'The Big Chill at The Big House.' The Saturday, Dec. 11 game begins at 3:00 PM Eastern in front of a crowd expected to approach 110,000 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Already a sellout with 109,901 tickets sold, 'The Big Chill at The Big House' will set a hockey attendance record, surpassing the 74,544 on Oct. 6, 2001 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing for the 'Cold War' game between the same schools (3-3 tie). That 2001 contest, also televised by FOX Sports Detroit, set the standard for all outdoor hockey games that have followed on the amateur and professional level.

'The Big Chill at The Big House' will be televised regionally in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit, reaching 3.2 million households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. Outside of the FOX Sports Detroit footprint, the game will be shown on the Big Ten Network, available to an estimated 75 million households across the U.S. and Canada.

"FOX Sports Detroit is honored to once again be part of hockey history by presenting 'The Big Chill at The Big House,' said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "As was the case in 2001 with 'The Cold War,' we look forward to showcasing the CCHA, these two great universities and the passion for hockey in Michigan - this time in glorious high-definition."

FOX Sports Detroit provides additional coverage, including the Big Chill Preview (premiering Nov. 23) along with CCHA Live pregame and postgame shows on game day. Below is a recap of FOX Sports Detroit's programming related to 'The Big Chill at The Big House' (all times Eastern):

'Big Chill' Preview: Tue. Nov. 23 & Wed. Nov. 24 - 6:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit, w/ multiple airings through Dec. 10. Interviews with players and coaches from both schools regarding the excitement level for the game and impact on their programs and hockey in Michigan overall; current NHL players who played in the 2001 game share their memories; and we hear from today's players who were spectators for the game nine years ago; and a feature on the event planning, including rink and ice preparation.

'Cold War' Encore: Fri. Dec. 10 - 10:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit. The night before this year's historic event, this two-hour presentation revisits the 2001 "Cold War" game which saw Michigan and Michigan State battle to a thrilling 3-3 tie, in what would be the forerunner of outdoor hockey games conducted since on the NHL and collegiate level.

'CCHA Live' Pregame & Postgame: Sat. Dec. 11 - 2:30 PM (pregame); approx 5:30 PM (postgame) on FOX Sports Detroit. Hosted by Mickey York and former Western Michigan coach Jim Culhane, the show sets the scene before the game, and later provides a comprehensive recap.

'The Big Chill at the Big House' Game Coverage: Sat. Dec. 11 - 3:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit (regionally), Big Ten Network (elsewhere). The 14-camera, high-definition production by FOX Sports Detroit includes the following announcers: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), Billy Jaffe (analyst), Fred Pletsch (between the benches analyst), along with Mickey Redmond and John Keating (rinkside reporters). Shepard, Jaffe and Keating also were on the 2001 "Cold War" telecast.

The hockey game is part of a huge programming day for FOX Sports Detroit. It starts with an appearance by the nation's currently No. 2-ranked men's college basketball team as Michigan State meets Oakland University at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The evening schedule features the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons both in action:

12:30 PM - Men's College Basketball: Michigan State vs. Oakland, at The Palace of Auburn Hills

2:30 PM - CCHA Live Pregame

3:00 PM - 'The Big Chill at the Big House' : CCHA - Michigan State at Michigan

5:30 PM - CCHA Live Postgame

7:00 PM - NHL: Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils (FOX Sports Detroit Plus)

7:00 PM - Pistons Live Pregame

7:30 PM - NBA: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons

9:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (FOX Sports Detroit Plus)

10:00 PM - Pistons Live Postgame

12:00 AM - (replay) Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils

2:00 AM - (replay) Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 23, 2010




CBS RADIO Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP Radio) /DETROIT has started airing public service announcements urging the public to end the epidemic of bullying as well as to seek help if victimized by bullying. The PSAs are voiced by several 98.7 AMP RADIO artists, including JASON DERULO and TAIO CRUZ, and DETROIT LIONS players such as QB MATT STAFFORD, defensive tackle NDAMUKONG SUH and defensive end KYLE VANDEN BOSCH. 98.7 AMP RADIO's on-air personalities have also taped PSAs. Most notably, recognizing a lack of a comprehensive resource website for people facing bullying, 98.7 AMP RADIO has developed a web page with listings of other websites and phone numbers that kids and their parents can use to get help... Anti-Bullying Campaign Amps Up At WDZH-FM (Tue, 11/23)


WJR new home of Bed and Bread Radiothon



The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has announced that the 24th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon will be broadcast on News/Talk 760 WJR on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.

WJR will become the third radio home for the annual event, following WKQI FM 95.5 and WOMC FM 104.3 where it was hosted for the previous 23 years by legendary morning host Dick Purtan and his crew known as Purtan's People. During those 23 years, the event grew into the largest single-day single-station radio fundraising event anywhere in the country and helped raise approximately 24 million dollars. Mr. Purtan retired from WOMC in March 2010, exactly one month after hosting the 23rd Radiothon and helping raise nearly $2.4 million for the Salvation Army program.

"I am very happy to hear that this critical and important fundraising event will continue," commented Purtan. "I am urging all of my past supporters to give to The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Radiothon, especially in this time of great need."

The 2011 Radiothon will be hosted by WJR's personalities including Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom, Warren Pierce, and others with 100 percent of every dollar donated going to The Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Club® program.

Approximately 5,000 meals are served each day to children, adults and seniors by The Salvation Army Bed & Bread program, which includes Bed & Bread trucks. The trucks make stops in Detroit's most depressed areas every day of the year. In addition, 570 men, women and children are sheltered by The Salvation Army's Bed & Bread program every day and night of the year.

"WJR is thrilled to join The Salvation Army in the fight against hunger and homelessness. We look forward to this wonderful event for our community," said Michael Fezzey, president and general manager of WJR.

The Bed and Bread Program's mobile feeding trucks refer the homeless to Salvation Army treatment programs as well as provide valuable social services. Bed and Bread trucks leave from The Salvation Army's Acres of Hope campus in Detroit 365 days a year to visit numerous designated Bed and Bread stops throughout the day.

"We are looking forward to another successful year of raising funds to provide critical services such as food and shelter assistance for our neediest neighbors," said Major John Turner, general secretary of The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. "The goal of the 2011 Radiothon is to raise as much money as possible to help meet the ever-increasing needs of the homeless and hungry of metro Detroit."

A $10 per month gift ($120 per year) to The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Program helps to feed a child or adult for one year and enrolls you in the Bed and Bread Club.

The Salvation Army has seen a dramatic increase in the demand for services the past few years. With temperatures dropping and the unemployment rate in the double digits, The Salvation Army is now serving some who used to be donors. According to recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Michigan was the only state where poverty rose last year in 2009, as well as the only one where incomes fell.

For more information or to make a donation, visit www.salmich.org or call (877) SAL-MICH.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 24, 2010



WDIV and Forgotten Harvest to host telethon to help metro Detroit families

WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest have announced the second annual Good Neighbor telethon to benefit food rescue in Metro Detroit will take place on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. WDIV will air regular segments from 5 a.m. through the 11 p.m. newscast to encourage viewers to donate to Forgotten Harvest, the region's only mobile food-rescue organization, by calling 1-888-332-7140. Additionally, the station's website, www.clickondetroit.com, will accept donations throughout the day.

"Forgotten Harvest is able to operate because of the generosity of the people and organizations who donate. Since we deliver our nutritious food free of charge, their donations are what make our trucks run. When our trucks don't run, people don't eat," said Susan Goodell, president and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. "More than 450 local people each day in the last year fell below the poverty line in the tri-county area. We know the need is great, and we're confident our telethon and partnership with Local 4 will help us take the next steps to solve this crisis."

Hosted by WDIV-TV personality Beth McLeod, the telethon will feature vignettes demonstrating the impact Forgotten Harvest has on the Metro Detroit community through the eyes of food recipients.

In conjunction with the telethon, this holiday season, Forgotten Harvest is conducting its second annual Good Neighbor campaign to raise funds as well as awareness of the unprecedented need for rescued food throughout the region.

"Throughout the years we have been proud of and impressed by the amazing generosity of Local 4 viewers," said Marla Drutz, VP and general manager of WDIV. "Over the last year, 166,000 more people in our community fell below the poverty line. We know our viewers will once again support Forgotten Harvest and help their neighbors in need."

Thousands of tickets donated by The Detroit Pistons, Lions, Red Wings and Tigers will be given out in pairs to telethon donors who contribute $120 or more, during designated times. In addition, the Somerset Collection has contributed the Somerset Package to donors giving more than $120, which includes a $20 gift card to the Somerset Collection and a Christian Dior one-hour pampering mini facial, a $100 value.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., will match donations throughout the day up to $150,000.

"Forgotten Harvest is addressing a critical need in the Detroit metro area," said Ric DeVore, PNC regional president for Southeast Michigan, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation.

Also new this holiday season, Forgotten Harvest has been awarded an Emergency Food and Shelter Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, with support from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. Combined with the PNC match grant, the day of the telethon, these additional funds will provide nearly 13 meals to the hungry for every $1 contributed, an increase over Forgotten Harvest's traditional ability to provide five meals for every dollar donated.

Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at www.forgottenharvest.org.



WJR is radio home for tomorrow's Thanksgiving parade in Detroit

News-Talk WJR 760 will provide coverage of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade with co-hosts Paul W. Smith and Dayna Clark, along with the rest of the WJR staff, relaying the sights and sounds to listeners starting at 10am November 25th.



CKWW to "Band On The Run Remastered"- A Paul McCartney & Wings Radio Special

CKWW AM 580 will air a one-hour syndicated radio special that explores the landmark 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings album "Band on the Run" this Saturday night, November 27th, at 7 PM with a repeat airing this Monday at 7 PM. It will feature an exclusive Paul McCartney interview and previously unreleased Wings music. The program will also include more comments by Denny Laine, Tony Visconti and others. Paul's solo classics live in the studio with Wings that were recorded for a shelved 1974 TV special "One Hand Clapping" plus other remastered album cuts will also be highlighted.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 29, 2010



Rockin' for the Hungry Food and Fund Drive is rollin' to a new location

Help fight hunger where we live! Join ann arbor's 107one, Food Gatherers and Kroger for Washtenaw County's largest outdoor food drive - Rockin' for the Hungry Wednesday, December 1 through Sunday, December 5. Rockin' will be held at a new event location, Kroger at 400 S. Maple Road, and the public can join the festivities by purchasing food or making a cash donation at the register from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. ann arbor's 107one (WQKL-FM) will be broadcasting live, announcing donations and incentives to help us achieve our 2010 goal of 200 tons of nutritious food.

More than 43,900 people -- including more than 14,000 children and 6,500 seniors--receive emergency food each year through Food Gatherers' network of emergency food pantries and meal sites (Hunger in America, 2010).

"Each year, we're eager to lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need," said Chris Ammel, Program Director, ann arbor's 107one. "Our goal is to simply do our part and help Food Gatherers fight hunger here in Washtenaw County. Stop by and see us as we're "Freezin' For A Reason" at Rockin' For The Hungry."

"Gifts from Rockin' help us provide food to our partners and the hungry people they serve through the winter months," said Eileen Spring, President and CEO for Food Gatherers. "Food drive donations are down 33% compared to last year and we are hoping that with the support of our community, we can help close that gap."

Despite a challenging economy, the community helped Food Gatherers raise a record amount of food for Rockin' last year. This year our goal is to raise 200 tons of food and donations of high protein, canned and dry goods are especially needed. Particular foods include; tuna or other canned fish, soup, stew, chili, corned beef/roast beef hash, beans (kidney, pinto, refried, black, green), rice noodles, peanut butter, baking mixes, baby formula, Ensure/Boost or other nutritional supplement drinks.

"The recession has impacted many Michigan families financially," said Rick Going, president, The Kroger Co of Michigan. "We hope that through the 'Rockin' for the Hungry' event we can help Food Gatherers feed as many of these individuals as possible, especially with the approach of winter."

Financial contributions will also be accepted by Food Gatherers' staff during the event and for the first year matched by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan - Emergency Food & Shelter Matching Grant. Any new cash gift to Food Gatherers will be matched by 50%. For example, a gift of $100 plus the $50 match will provide enough food for 415 meals. All donations are tax-deductible, and also quality for a State of Michigan tax credit.

During the event all Washtenaw County Kroger store locations will allow customers to donate to Rockin' at the register. In addition to the Maple Road Kroger store, live remote radio broadcasts will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kroger stores on Stadium, Plymouth Road, Whittaker Road and Carpenter Road. Visit www.annarbors107one.com for the full event broadcast schedule.



TigerTalk show returns to 97.1 "The Ticket" beginning Tuesday

The Tigers' annual hot stove radio show begins again this coming Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00PM on "The Ticket" (97.1 FM) and online at www.tigers.com. The one-hour TigerTalk Show, hosted by Tigers radio voice Dan Dickerson and Pat Caputo, will air weekly throughout the offseason and feature the latest news from the Tigers and around Major League Baseball.

Each show will feature an interview with a Tigers personality. The first guest is scheduled to be Tigers manager Jim Leyland. In addition to the interview segments, each show will encourage listeners to call in and ask questions about the Tigers.

The complete TigerTalk Show schedule:
Tuesday November 30, 2010 7:00 PM
Thursday December 9, 2010 10:00 PM
Thursday December 16, 2010 10:00 PM
Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:00 PM
Thursday December 30, 2010 7:00 PM
Wednesday January 5, 2011 7:00 PM
Tuesday January 11, 2011 7:00 PM
Saturday January 22, 2011 TBD
Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:00 PM
Tuesday February 1, 2011 7:00 PM
Thursday February 10, 2011 7:00 PM
Tuesday February 15, 2011 7:00 PM
Monday February 21, 2011 7:00 PM


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 1, 2010



96.3 WDVD gets set to Stuff a Bus (or three)

Pop WDVD FM 96.3 Detroit is helping to make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season as the station calls on listeners to help stuff three buses full of new toys from Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 5, 2010.

The 96.3 WDVD Morning Show, Blaine and Allyson in the Morning, will kick off this year's Stuff-A-Bus toy drive by broadcasting live Thursday, December 2 from the bus located at Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak. 96.3 WDVD DJs will continue to broadcast live over the weekend at all three locations, Kohl's on Ford Road in Canton, at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak and Nino Salvaggio's on Hall Road in Clinton Township.

To help out, bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the Stuff-A-Bus locations. Toys will benefit local charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Canton Goodfellows, Ronald McDonald House, Neighborhood Service Organization, Lighthouse, Orchards Children's Services, Volunteers of America, Bridgepoint and many others.

Donation hours are: Thursday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m; Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.



WSDP Plymouth adds Sing Out Radio Magazine to schedule

WSDP FM 88.1 in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth has added 'Sing Out Radio Magazine' to their weekly program schedule for Wednesday mornings at 11. The nationally syndicated show is hosted by Matt Watroba and features interviews along with live and recorded music.

Matt has a passion for folk music that can be seen in his work as a performer, regular Sing Out! writer, and as a longtime public radio host. His love of folk music extends to traditional and contemporary sounds that he has had to chance to bring to listeners for two decades. He delights in connecting the audience with the artists, through their music and exclusive interviews. He is also a former English Teacher at Canton High School.

"Matt has been a wonderful friend of WSDP," said Bill Keith. Station Manager, "His presence has been missed on local radio and we hope his longtime fans will tune in each week."

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The station is staffed by students at Salem and Canton High School and is celebrating 38 years of serving the Plymouth and Canton Communities.


Radio Reunion video now available



After weeks of editing and refining, a wildly entertaining DVD of the 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion is now ready to purchase, with ALL of the profits going to the designated charity, the re-opening of the Detroit Belle Isle Aquarium and off-setting expenses.

The video is a full 141 minutes and covers just about every single aspect of the gala event that still has people talking. It was produced and directed by Murray Gula a 25 year media veteran and WDFN home improvement radio and TV talk show host, with co-directors Ida Goutman, Amazing Events planner, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, radio-TV news reporter for WWJ and Metro Traffic.

The DVD was completely edited by "Radio's Best Friend" Art Vuolo, Jr., who stated "it's a work of art." It's non-stop action from the start to the very end, when the whole committee reflected upon the entire evening! The reunion was emceed, for the fourth and final time, by the legendary Dick Purtan. You can see a 9 1/2 minute teaser-preview of the video on www.mcrr2010.com linked to the YouTube website.

The DVD can be ordered right now via www.mcrr2010.com. Copies can also be ordered for $24.99, plus shipping & handling, by check or money order payable to MCRR and sent to MCRR DVD, PO Box 1037, Royal Oak, MI 48068-1037. The DVD makes a great holiday gift for anyone who was there, missed the event, or just loves the rich heritage of Detroit Radio. It's an excellent "stocking stuffer" for that hard-to-buy-for radio fan on your gift list.

The production of this Official 2010 MCRR Video took many hours, days and weeks to assemble. We hope you will enjoy the memories.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 3, 2010



Windsor Star:

Rosalie Trombley, CKLW's program director during the heyday of the late-1960s, early-1970s, will receive an honorary diploma from St. Clair College and have a scholarship named in her honour next June. Trombley picked the songs that aired on the Big 8's Top 40, thereby giving them instant hit status because of the station's massive audience stretching over several Northeastern U.S. states and much of southern Ontario. She was memorialized in Bob Seger's 1972 song, Rosalie.

"She was pivotal in turning songs into hits," said Fred Sorrell, station manager from 1969 to 1972.

Sorrell currently works for St. Clair College and is one of the organizers of next June's event, which includes a fundraising dinner on June 14 and the conferring of the diploma at the June 16 convocation ceremonies. Money raised at the dinner will help establish a scholarship in Trombley's name for St. Clair's performing arts students... Rosalie Trombley to be honoured by Windsor's St. Clair College (Fri, 12/3)



WOMC picks up Lennon radio special

Classic Hits WOMC FM 104.3 Detroit is scheduled to broadcast a two-hour radio special on Sunday December 5th at 10 p.m. centering on the final interview with John Lennon, as recorded December 8, 1980 in New York City at the Lennon's Dakota apartment, only hours before John's death.

The same team that conducted and recorded the interview (Dave Sholin, Laurie Kaye, Ron Hummel and Burt Keane) have come together 30 years later to re-create the event. Along with presenting highlights from that historic interview, Sholin, Kaye, Hummel and Keane relay their own unique memories of that day, including events leading up to the interview, meeting John and his wife Yoko, special observations during the interview, even a chance curb-side encounter after the interview with the deranged killer who would gun down Lennon that night, Mark David Chapman. All mixed with music from the Double Fantasy album and memorable Beatles songs as discussed by John and Yoko.



CBC Radio One/Windsor prepares for move to FM

In recent days CBC Radio One station CBEW FM 97.5 Windsor has started testing. After a period of simulcasting longtime Radio One station CBE AM 1550, it's expected that the AM station will sign off permanently. A likely result of the change will be dramatically reduced coverage area for 97.5 versus the AM signal on 1550 in parts of Michigan and Ohio. CBC also owns FM 89.9 in Windsor, currently home of its Radio Two service.


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 wycd.com 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 wycd.com.



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.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2010




For 30 years, host arwulf arwulf has led the adventurous, experimental radio program "Face the Music" on WCBN (88.3-FM), the student-run radio station at the University of Michigan. A special public broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday is planned to mark the milestone in style. During the broadcast, arwulf and U-M student musicians will present "Beyond the War Model," discussing concepts and lessons from the three decades he has spent with the weekly show. The program will be broadcast live from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the public is welcome to attend... WCBN arwulf arwulf show 'Face the Music' marking 30 years with live broadcast (Tue, 12/7)




Condolences to family and friends of longtime CITY-TV/TORONTO news anchor and continuity announcer MARK DAILEY, who died MONDAY after a long battle with cancer at 57. He had battled prostate cancer since 2004 and was diagnosed with kidney cancer a few months ago. DAILEY, a former policeman in OHIO, joined CITY-TV in 1979 after a stint with CHUM-A/TORONTO from 1974-79; he previously worked in news at legendary Top 40 CKLW-A/WINDSOR-DETROIT. He also provided voices for several animated TV series... Toronto TV News Anchor, Former Radio Newsman Mark Dailey Dead At 57 (Tue, 12/7)


An FM translator being purchased by Radio One, owner of urban-targeted WHTD-FM 102.7, WDMK-FM 105.9, and WCHB AM 1200 in the Detroit market, has apparently started testing on the translator this week. This afternoon the station, heard on FM 99.9, was airing an automated commercial-free selection of smooth jazz type music. Between 12:45 and 1:30 p.m., there was no station identification given; it's not clear where the programming is originating.

The source of the programming on 99.9 was not found via an over-the-air scan of the radio dial. While WHTD does broadcast in HD, it doesn't appear that station is broadcasting and HD2 stream; WDMK, also in HD, was rebroadcasting WHTD on its HD2 stream this afternoon.

According to applications on file with the FCC, Radio One is purchasing the translator for $120,000 from Best Media and moving it from 89.1 to 99.9 with a power increase from 10 to 250 watts. The applications indicate the translator would be rebroadcasting WDMK from an antenna located in Royal Oak Township.


Update 12/9: Testing is either intermittent or completed; as of this morning the station is not broadcasting


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 10, 2010



News One:

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)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2010



Big Chill sets viewership mark for Fox Sports Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Saturday's "Big Chill at The Big House" outdoor hockey game (Michigan State at Michigan) was the regional network's highest rated college hockey telecast in its 14-year history, delivering a 5.1 Nielsen household rating in Metro Detroit (equivalent of approximately 96,400 households). The previous high was a 3.5 rating on Oct. 6, 2001 for "The Cold War" -- the previous outdoor game between the schools.

The telecast was distributed throughout Michigan (and portions of NW Ohio and Northern Indiana) on FOX Sports Detroit and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada on the Big Ten Network. The game was also shown in Ontario on Leafs TV; across the U.S. on FOX College Sports Atlantic and in Alaska on FOX affiliate KFXF-TV.

A live in-game chat at Foxsportsdetroit.com had 3,000 participants representing at least 24 states and 15 foreign countries. For the day, the website had more than 40,000 page views, most of it regarding "Big Chill" coverage that also included stories and a photo gallery.

Saturday's "Big Chill at The Big House" was attended by a world-record hockey crowd of 113, 411 at Michigan Stadium as the Wolverines beat the Spartans 5-0.



Detroit Free Press:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)'s Christy McDonald will be leaving the station Dec. 21, she said. McDonald, who has worked at WXYZ for 10 years, told Names & Faces that station management would no longer let her work part time and instead wanted her as a full-time reporter.

"I love the station. I love this city," she said. "It's so painful to have to make this decision. But unfortunately, it's not a life balance that works for me or my family right now."

Married to WCSX-FM (94.7) sports director (and Free Press blogger) Jamie Samuelsen, McDonald has three children: Caroline, 6; Josh, 4, and 1-year-old Catherine. McDonald, who anchored the 7 p.m. newscast for her first five years at the station, worked part time as an on-air reporter and fill-in anchor after her first daughter was born. The Emmy winner, who covered everything from the Woodward Dream Cruise to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, earned a best reporter tag from the Associated Press this year... Reporter turns down full-time job at Channel 7 (Mon, 12/13)



Grand Rapids Press:

ArtPrize and Grand Rapids' "Medical Mile" will be featured on a CBS-TV news special, "Reinventing Michigan," airing at 6 p.m. tonight in Detroit. Dick DeVos, Michigan's Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2006 and his wife, Betsy, and their son, Rick DeVos, creator of ArtPrize, will appear on the broadcast airing on WWJ-TV, the CBS affilliate in southeast Michigan. Others appearing include Governor-elect Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and actor and Michigan native Jeff Daniels. The show is the latest installment on WWJ-TV's "Eye On the Future" series hosted by Carol Cain and Paul Pytlowany... ArtPrize, medical mile in Grand Rapids discussed in 'Reinventing Michigan,' tonight on CBS-TV in Detroit (Mon, 12/13)




Singer, radio host and native Detroiter Keith Washington is under fire...kind of...for taping a private conversation between him and Aretha Franklin taped a month prior before the Queen of Soul told fans that she is suffering from pancreatic cancer. Washington, who took over the 7 p.m.-12 a.m. timeslot at WDMK (105.9) six weeks ago, called Franklin on her cell phone on November 8... Radio host Keith Washington criticized for taping private conversation with Aretha Franklin (Mon, 12/13)



The Oakland Press:

Bullying continues to be an ongoing issue, sometimes resulting in suicide. Recently, 14-year-old Samantha Kelly of Huron Township committed suicide after allegedly being taunted and harassed for making a rape allegation against a fellow student. But a local radio station, 98.7 AMP Radio, a Top 40 station in Southfield, is aiming to bring awareness to this problem.

"Unfortunately, bullying has become a serious issue recently," said Debbie Kenyon, vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "Kids not only have to endure this at school, but now kids and adults are experiencing this through social media. 98.7 AMP Radio, our core artists, our on-air talent and the Detroit Lions are reaching out to let kids know that bullying isn't right."

The station has started airing public service announcements urging the public to end the epidemic of bullying as well as to seek help if victimized by bullying. The PSAs are voiced by several 98.7 AMP Radio artists, including Jason Derulo and Taio Cruz, and Detroit Lions players, like quarterback Matt Stafford, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.The station's on-air personalities have joined the campaign, too... Anti-bullying campaign amps up at 98.7 FM (Mon, 12/13)




102.9 W4 Country (WWWW-FM) is collecting Toys for Tots during its annual Christmas Crusade for Kids at the Kroger store located at 400 S. Maple Road in Ann Arbor. The toy drive began on Friday, Dec. 10 and ends on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The radio station has not set a goal, however last year it raised 16,000 toys and $16,000 in cash donations. The entire W4 air staff will broadcast live all week long from inside the grocery store. Although the economy is still in bad shape, some say we are out of the recession.

"We're here, we do it annually, collecting toys and you've got to think from baby to teenager," said Mandy Cooke, mid-day host on W4 Country. "We're also taking cash and check donations here until Wednesday. Cash donations are much appreciated if you don't know what to get. I'm not sure if there's any goal, it's just a lot. That's my goal, bring a lot."

W4 Country is on location at the Kroger store asking for your toys and monetary donations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. This is the seventh year the radio station has been hosting the toy drive... 102.9 W4 Country hosting Toys for Tots drive (Sun, 12/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 15, 2010




Capping off its eleventh year, the CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT "Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon," held DECEMBER 9-10, raised $338,700 -- nearly $50,000 more than in 2009 -- for ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL in MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. "Once again our WYCD listeners came to the call and pledged an amazing amount of money for ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL," said VP/Market Mgr. DEBBIE KENYON. "We are thrilled with the outpouring of support for this worthwhile cause.".. WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon Raises Over $330,000 (Wed, 12/15)

CBS RADIO Classic Hits WOMC/DETROIT will host SANTA's Toy Castle, a toy drive benefitting THE SALVATION ARMY, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17th and SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18th, in SOUTHGATE, MICHIGAN. Kicking off with THE BOBBY MITCHELL SHOW with CHUCK GAIDICA at 6a on FRIDAY, 104.3 WOMC will broadcast live from the parking lot of the KMART SUPERSTORE. Personalities will be encouraging listeners to drop off new, unwrapped toys for children in need this holiday season. "The reason we decided to launch this toy drive is simple. When THE SALVATION ARMY told us that there was a shortage of gifts and lots of children were not going to get CHRISTMAS presents this year, we knew we must try to help," WOMC PD TIM ROBERTS said. "Every kid deserves CHRISTMAS.".. WOMC Hosts Toy Drive For The Salvation Army (Wed, 12/15)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT's "MOJO IN THE MORNING" will be flying needy local children to the NORTH POLE FRIDAY (12/15) -- or, at least, they'll THINK it's the NORTH POLE. The show will fill a real jet plane with 50 kids and parents, it'll really take off, and it'll land a few minutes later at "SANTA's workshop," where they'll meet SANTA and Mrs. CLAUS and their (real) reindeer, have lunch, and get bags of toys, plus $2,000 for each family from MOJO and the SERGEI FEDEROV FOUNDATION... WKQI's Mojo Sending Kids To 'North Pole' (Tue, 12/14)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Rhythmic WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT OF DETROIT)/DETROIT weekend host DANIELLE CAR has released a CHRISTMAS song, "Save Your Cookies For Me," getting airplay on the seasonal all-CHRISTMAS format on sister AC WNIC. CAR's CHRISTMAS tune is not the only music she's releasing this season, as "Walk of Shame," the lead single from her new Country EP, has gotten added to PROMO ONLY's JANUARY Country Radio CD... WDTW's Danielle Car Gets Airplay For Christmas Tune (Tue, 12/14)

Congratulations to CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT "MOJO IN THE MORNING" Executive Producer RACHEL GIORDANO and her husband MARK (known as "CAPRICORN" on the air) on the birth of their son NICOLAS ("NICO")... It's A Boy for 'Mojo' Producer Rachel Giordano (Tue, 12/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 16, 2010



Detroit News:

At Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Mich., Dawn Hill's classmates voted her "most likely to become Oprah." Ms. Hill, 24, is a local producer and a fledgling voice-over artist for commercials on the radio stations WBLS and WLIB. Her primary responsibilities are "The Yolanda Adams Morning Show," on WLIB (1190 AM), which plays gospel music, and "Middays With Egypt," on WBLS (107.5 FM), which plays R&B. Raised in Detroit, she graduated from Howard University in 2008 and lives in Harlem with two roommates. Learning to listen: My dad was a police officer who died from a blood clot when I was 3 months old, so I was raised by my mother. I think the reason I was always so interested in voice-overs was that when she read to me, she changed her voice for every character. Taking the lead: I was not a shy child. In preschool I played the lead parts in "Cinderella" and Shirley Temple. We lived in the city just off Eight Mile, but I mostly went to parochial schools in the suburbs. I wanted to become a pediatrician until our medical careers club took a field trip to a morgue when I was in ninth grade. Jump-start: In high school, I got into Scoop, a program run by the Cable Communications Commission that introduces city kids to communications careers. I got to produce some packages and did public-service announcements, which helped get me a college scholarship... A Voice for Radio, With Oprah's Ambition (Thu, 12/16)


Television: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010



DPTV series 'Leaders on Leadership' adds coverage across most of Lower Peninsula

Beginning January 2011, television viewers in mid- and northern Michigan will get an opportunity to delve into the minds and motives of business leaders through their local PBS station. WCMU, Central Michigan University Public Television, will begin broadcasting "Leaders on Leadership" at 3:30 p.m. Sundays starting January 2.

Each half-hour edition seeks to reveal the character, drive and ambition of chief executives renowned for their leadership in guiding local, national and international organizations.

"Leaders on Leadership" will continue to air in Michigan on producing station WTVS Detroit Public Television Sundays at 11 a.m., repeated Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs on WGVU Grand Valley State University Public Television from Grand Rapids, and WGVK in Kalamazoo. The addition of WCMU brings the show to most residents of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and some parts of the Upper Peninsula. It is also available at www.dptv.org On Demand.

"Leaders on Leadership" is a partnership between the Wayne State University School of Business Administration and Detroit Public Television (DPTV), and is made possible by a grant from Greenleaf Trust. Currently in its seventh season, the program is hosted by Larry Fobes, director of Wayne State's Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness (IOIC). The show won a Michigan Emmy for Best Interview/Discussion Program in 2004.

"I appreciate the range of guests on this series, and especially its strong emphasis on Michigan leaders," said Linda Dielman, TV program/outreach manager for Central Michigan University Public Television. "We're always eager to air Michigan-produced programs of this quality."

Dan Alpert, senior vice president of DPTV, said, "There are important lessons for people in all walks of life in these interviews with successful organizational leaders. WCMU's airing of the series will help ensure that more people in Michigan will benefit from the business knowledge of Larry's guests."

"The School of Business Administration at Wayne State University is always eager to extend the opportunity for residents of Michigan to benefit from our extensive range of outstanding academic programs as well as unique outreach initiatives like 'Leaders on Leadership'," said Dean David L. Williams.



WXYZ TV launches community impact project: Detroit 2020

Unify. Inspire. Act. That's the motto of Detroit 2020, a groundbreaking project that WXYZ-TV will launch on January 4, 2011. Detroit 2020 is a decade-long, multi-platform, regional-impact initiative, designed to dramatically change the course of Metro Detroit.

For generations, Detroit-area viewers have relied on WXYZ to address issues, encourage debate and help find solutions to the challenges in our communities. Building on that legacy, Detroit 2020 will tackle some of the biggest issues facing Metro Detroit--including education, race relations and transportation--through news stories, special programs, town hall meetings, commentaries and community service efforts.

"The goal of Detroit 2020 is to significantly improve the economic, emotional and mental well-being of Detroit and the region by the end of the decade," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "Detroit 2020 will encourage dialogue, demand solutions, unify efforts, and provide a voice for all communities."

News stories planned during premiere week include:

  • Jan. 4 - "A Tale of Two Cities," a feature that explores the possibilities of change to move the region forward as well as the consequences of neglect
  • Jan. 5 - a profile of one Detroit neighborhood that has been revitalized
  • Jan. 6 - a look at what's working in one industrial city in the country and the lessons that Detroit can learn from this success
  • Jan. 7 - a segment focusing on the challenges many suburban communities are facing as they struggle with job loss and income reduction

Through a companion Web site, www.Detroit2020.com, as well as Facebook and Twitter, viewers will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on important community issues and share their stories, photos, and experiences. Detroit2020.com will also provide valuable resources that will encourage community groups and individuals to take action.

"It may seem like a daunting task," said Fernandez, "but we are beginning to realize we are all Detroiters, we are all invested in the prosperity of our region, and we are all united in a desire to bring about change. "


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010



Home Improvement host raises funds for Forgotten Harvest

The first hour of Murray Gula's Home Improvement radio show will be devoted to helping the unfortunate who are going without food or housing during this holiday season. The program will air at noon on Sunday, December 19th on Clear Channel sports-talker WDFN-AM (1130).

The Forgotten Harvest Murray interview conducted last year with the organization's Russ Russell, was one of the most eye opening the host had ever done. According to Gula, "I also interviewed Russ earlier this year, and I'm still haunted by the stories of hunger throughout Michigan and our great country."

You're invited to tune in on Sunday for an hour of broadcasting you will not easily forget. The in-studio phone number is 1-800-998-3494. To reach Forgotten Harvest directly, call 248-967-1500.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

As Michigan looks to changes in Lansing with hopes new leadership might inspire a healthier job picture across the state, more people are eying health care as an area that can ease the hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs.

"We've recently seen growth in health care," said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, who talked about it and other things in "Reinventing Michigan," a 30-minute TV special airing at 11 a.m. today that examines how the state might find new traction and create jobs.

"Reinventing Michigan," which is the latest special WWJ-TV CBS Detroit's "Eye On The Future" programming looking at changes ahead. The show will be rebroadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS Detroit. It runs in place of "Michigan Matters" this weekend... Job creation in Michigan is focus of WWJ special program (Sat, 12/18)


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 msuspartans.com and is a game-day host for the Detroit Lions... Heather Zara announces departure from WDIV, will continue with msuspartans.com (Tue, 12/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 23, 2010



Detroit News:

The first day of school this fall for Christy McDonald's 6-year-old also was the day wind-whipped fire skittered across Detroit and scorched 85 buildings. McDonald had the standard list of questions for Caroline: How was it? Who are your friends? What did you think of the teacher? But she had to ask them over the phone from a WXYZ-TV truck on the east side, with sirens blaring in the background. It's never easy to balance kids and work, but it's harder when your hours and whereabouts depend on whether power lines hold up in a stiff breeze or some crackhead decides it's a good day to knock over a bank.

"Unpredictability," McDonald said, "is not workable for me right now." And that's why, as of Wednesday, she no longer works for Channel 7.

It was a friendly parting from a dream job. The station graciously let her walk away from an anchor desk and go part-time five years ago, and she'll always appreciate that. But now there are two more kids -- to the ever-sensitive viewers who sent e-mails, yes, she wasgetting fat -- and there's no more part-time position... TV reporter puts kids first (Thu, 12/23)


WNIC reboots itself



Fresh 100.3The post-holiday flood of format changes in Michigan spread to Detroit earlier today with long time soft-rocker WNIC FM 100.3 giving itself a 'fresh' coat of paint and moving to a full-fledged hot adult contemporary outlet as 'Fresh 100.3, Detroit's Fresh New Sound'. A banner on the station's updated web site identifies core artists as Katy Perry, Usher, Kid Rock, Lady Gaga, Daughtry, Train, and Pink.

The format adjustment followed an afternoon music survey stunt and marks the first big change in the station's sound since the 1970s when a beautiful music format transitioned into what became known as adult contemporary and 'Detroit's Nicest Rock'.

Since 2001, WNIC had been going head to head in the adult contemporary format with WMGC-FM 105.1 - a station that now features several former WNIC jocks including regular weekday hosts Jim Harper in morning drive, Chris Edmonds afternoons, and Kevin O'Neill evenings. Now, 'Fresh 100.3' has made the decision to move closer towards the sound of hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 instead of WMGC.

It appears that WNIC's personality lineup will remain in place with Jay Towers mornings, Theresa Lucas middays, Kristin Burns afternoons, and Sydney Hawkins evenings.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 28, 2010



WDVD and WDRQ to present Rockin' the Eve

WDVDVariety hits WDRQ FM 93.1 (Doug-FM) and WDVD FM 96.3 are planning to present Rockin' the Eve on December 31, 2010 featuring a live concert in the streets of Downtown Royal Oak. The stage will be placed at 6th Street and Washington Avenue.

The evening will be hosted by 96.3 WDVD's morning show, Blaine and Allyson in the Morning and is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. with DJ Brian Gillepsie, as he mixes dance music. Local bands The Wall Clocks (Rockin' The Eve Battle of the Bands winner) and The BFE (fronted by 96.3 WDVD's Blaine Fowler) will open the show. 80's Pop rockers, The Romantics will hit the stage performing classic hits like; "What I Like About You" and "Talking In Your Sleep". As the night moves closer to the New Year, Gin Blossoms will perform their chart topping hits, "Hey Jealousy", "Found Out About You" and "Follow You Down".

WDRQIn the final count down to midnight, a 1000 pound ball with 288 flashing lights will be lowered to ring in the New Year. The ball was designed and built by local companies including; Treppen Fabricators, Dean Electric and P&M Lighting.

This event is free, family friendly and open to the public. The concert will conclude on or about 12:30 a.m.

Other activities will include a Kids Craft Corner hosted by Creative Art Studios, a photo tent hosted by Metro PCS and ice table hockey tables inside a tent hosted by event co-sponsor Saab.



Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroiters tuned into WNIC-FM (100.3) will notice the station's adult contemporary format has been tweaked as of Monday. While traditional artists like Billy Joel and Elton John could still be played, newer acts like Kid Rock, Usher, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Train will be added more frequently to the rotation, said operations manager Todd Thomas said. Thomas said that there haven't been any changes to the on-air talent, which is led by Jay Towers' morning show. With the unveiling of its updated Web site www.fresh100detroit.com and new "Fresh" branding Monday, Thomas said that WNIC's adult contemporary format hasn't been changed, but rather updated, to better represent its core 25- to 54-year-old target audience... WNIC-FM updates its format (Tue, 12/28)




Longtime WBBM (B96) and WCFS (FRESH 105.9)/CHICAGO vet ROXANNE STEELE has moved east to relocate in the MOTOR CITY. She's now doing part-time work at CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT... Roxanne Steele Is On WDVD (Tue, 12/28)


column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloFirst of all, Happy New Year to all radio fans and readers of michiguide.com. Next week I'll be heading to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for a few days and reporting back to you what exciting new "toys" I see in Las Vegas. Also, I promise to write on a more regular basis in the new year. The huge Motor City Radio Reunion took a great deal of my time during the past year. If you haven't checked out the web site www.mcrr2010.com please do; you can see a 9 minute video preview of the DVD which I had the pleasure of editing together to commemorate that spectacular event last September.

So, I get this press release from a radio station that I, for many years, have had tremendous respect for. It boasts about the "new" WNIC which has now been re-branded as "Fresh 100.3." My friends and radio fans, there is NOTHING fresh about the "Fresh" brand. It has been done all over the country and there is no way that during the last couple of weeks of this year that I would honestly believe an extensive listener survey was taken to determine what WNIC listeners really want to hear.

One of the first "Fresh" stations was put on in New York City, where the legendary WNEW-FM "Where Rock Lives" was re-branded as "Fresh 102.7" and even the heritage WNEW call-letters were dropped. Amazing. In Chicago, the longtime WCKG changed to "Fresh 105.9" and in city after city, this "radio flavor of the month" has been procreating itself as something "new" for that particular market. I have always said that in the radio business there seems to be no shortage of carbon paper. That term has become very out-dated as many people don't even know what carbon paper is anymore. The point is that there is a serious lack of creativity and original ideas in radio programming. If something catches on in a particular part of the country and gets ratings, they immediately clone it all over the country, often using the same name in each city.

When the Jack-FM format hit about 3 years ago, it took on variations in cities nationwide. The Jack name was not always used. In Philadelphia, it was Ben, up in Saginaw it's Mike, Fort Wayne is was Joe and here in Detroit it's known as Doug. The "Fresh" brand seems, however, to use the fresh name in each place that it appears. I think what bothered me the most about the alteration at 100.3 FM locally is the owners seemingly unconcern for the value of the WNIC call-letters and name. WNIC, which originally stood for NICe, has been the name at 100.3 FM ever since 1972 when it changed from WKNR-FM. That is a run of nearly 40 years and should not be tossed out in such a uncaring manner. The name 100.3 WNIC rolled off the tongue and was and is well-known in the Detroit area. It will take some time to get all listeners to the station to refer to it be this "new" name.

Fresh 100.3The "Fresh" logo is also the same color in most markets, and that color is a shade of teal. Since direct format competitor WMGC-FM (105.1) Magic has a logo of a similar color, WNIC's new Fresh logo is more of a coral color.

Excuse the rant, and this was not designed to make enemies at Clear Channel Radio Detroit, which owns WNIC, but just some observations from myself regarding a change that I didn't feel was anymore necessary than when they chased talents like Kevin O'Neill, Chris Edmonds, Dave Lockhart and Lisa Barry out of the building. Listeners were comfortable with 100.3 WNIC. Country listeners were said to have selected the new name for 106.7 FM as "The Fox" and we all know how long that lasted....less than 2 years. Listeners did NOT choose that name. Management needs to release that radio listeners are smarter that they often realize.

Let's see if this latest "fresh idea" catches on. In New York, the premier Fresh station took a long time to garner acceptable ratings. We will watch and listen to see if this was a good move in the new year for the once venerable, and once NICe 100.3 WNIC.

Art Vuolo Jr.


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