Metro Detroit: March 2010 Archives

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)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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!

 

AllAccess.com:

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.

 


 

AllAccess.com:

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.

 

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