Metro Detroit: October 2010 Archives

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 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 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 and Websites. All of the action will be archived online at

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 website:

Fall Championships

  • Oct. 24 - Selection Sunday Show - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 6 - Boys Soccer Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 18-19 - Girls Volleyball Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • Nov. 20 - Girls Volleyball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit &
  • Nov. 20 - Football Semifinals - 16 Games - Most LIVE on & (Subject to availability of streaming capabilities at host sites)
  • Nov. 20 - L.P. Girls Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • Nov. 26-27 - Football Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit* & (* 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 &
  • Feb. 25-26 - Team Dual Wrestling Quarterfinals & Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • Feb. 26 - Team Dual Wrestling Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 4-5 - Competitive Cheer Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 3-5 - Individual Wrestling Finals - Rounds 1-8 - LIVE on &
  • March 5 - Individual Wrestling Finals - Championship Matches - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 10-11 - Ice Hockey Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • March 12 - Ice Hockey Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit &
  • March 12 - L.P. Boys Swimming & Diving Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • March 17-18 - Girls Basketball Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • March 19 - Girls Basketball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit &
  • March 24-25 - Boys Basketball Semifinals - LIVE on &
  • March 26 - Boys Basketball Finals - LIVE on FOX Sports Detroit* & (* 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 &
  • June 11 - Girls & Boys Lacrosse Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • June 18 - Baseball-Softball Finals - LIVE on &; delayed on FOX Sports Detroit
  • June 18 - Girls Soccer Finals - LIVE on &; 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,,, and Comcast Television, visit the MHSAA Website at


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 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


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


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 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 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., 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 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 ( 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,, 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

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

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

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

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 ( for his incredible live band, Carl Freidlander of Super Video in Southfield (, Arnie Dorton of Arnie Martin DJ services (, Orange Dragin Productions (, plus cameramen from Specs Howard School of Media Arts ( and Ray D. Glasser (main camera) from Cleveland, OH ( 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 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 or visit his web site at


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)







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