Metro Detroit: August 2010 Archives

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

In addition, the Whalers will continue to team up with Schoolcraft College Sports Network for television broadcasts and will partner with (formerly 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 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 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 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 or contact Sarah Kittle at (248) 305-3774 or

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."\







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