Metro Detroit: November 2010 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 1, 2010




When I was a teenager I wanted a job at Harmony House so I could work in "the music biz." Now, imagine attending a high school where you actually produce and deejay your own professional radio show. Students at Salem High School live that experience every day on WSDP 88.1-FM, The Escape. With their fourth annual pledge drive approaching, it's an opportunity for listeners, alumni and friends to support the station. Broadcasting from a little, cluttered studio on the second floor of their school, the walls are covered with promotional rock posters and photos of radio staffs past. Since 1972, they've been playing the new music, high school sports, local news and community programming for the Plymouth-Canton area. It's easy to find them. They're the first station on your FM dial (although the frequency does start fading out on your car radio near where I-275 meets I-696.) With many awards credited to their WSDP call letters, they've also been voted the high school station of the year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and continue to be an integral part of the school curriculum... Salem High's School Of Rock (Fri, 10/29)


The Detroit area now has a full-time FM station with a Spanish-based format as CBS Radio has changed its HD3 offering on WYCD 99.5 from talk (Michigan Saver Radio) to Spanish Top 40 as "Mega 99.5". The announcement on the station's web site reads:

CBS Radio Detroit has launched a new radio station in the frequency of WYCD HD3. MEGA 995 HD3 has a unique format to appeal to fans of Latin pop music and Hispanics of various nationalities - Mexico, Puerto Rico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. The Hispanic population in the Detroit area has grown by almost 30% in the last 10 years, and is expected to continue being one of the fastest growing segments of the metropolitan area in the coming years. MEGA 995 HD3 is the only radio station in Detroit to play a mixture of the best the Spanish Top 40 hits. MEGA 995 HD3 shares the airwaves with the most popular Latin artists such as Shakira, Maná, Juanes, Paulina Rubio, Enrique Iglesias, Reik, Daddy Yankee and many more favorites. MEGA 995 is heard in the air to 995 HD3, streaming online at, and through AOL Radio, Yahoo Launchcast, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Blackberry, and Zune. The station fans can interact and keep abreast through MEGA 995 social networking sites Facebook and Twitter.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 4, 2010



WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit

The Parade Company is pleased to announce Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Dick Purtan and longtime Parade supporter Anthony Earley, Jr., executive chairman of the board, DTE Energy, as Co-Grand Marshals for the 84th America's Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country's largest and longest-running parades, on Thursday, November 25th. "Both of these gentlemen are shining examples of what makes our community so great," said Tony Michaels, President & CEO, The Parade Company. "Dick and Tony have always gone well beyond their respective day-to-day roles to make Detroit a better place for all of us and we are thrilled to honor them on Thanksgiving morning." ... America's Thanksgiving Parade, one of the country's oldest and most celebrated parades, will step-off at Woodward Avenue and Mack on Thursday, November 25 at 9:20 a.m. and end at Woodward Avenue and Congress in downtown Detroit. Hosted by Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian, the two-hour Parade will be featured on WDIV-TV Local 4 including a one-hour national broadcast reaching nearly 65 million households nationwide... Grand Marshals Announced For 2010 Parade (Wed, 11/3)

CLEAR CHANNEL Urban WJLB/DETROIT is joining with THE SALVATION ARMY and AMERICAN JEWELRY & LOAN to present "The 28th Annual Coats For Kids Radiothon". It will be held SATURDAY NOVEMBER 6th from 9a to 9p at the DETROIT SCIENCE CENTER. The campaign's goal is to raise money to purchase coats for needy youth in MICHIGAN. Admission to the SCIENCE CENTER is free but listeners are encouraged to make a cash donation. Just $25 allows THE SALVATION ARMY to buy a warm winter coat for a deserving child. WJLB will broadcast live all day with participation from local air personalities COCO, FOOLISH, MR. CHASE, CHERON, BUSHMAN and DR. DARRIUS. The WJLB air personalities will sign autographs, raffle off prizes and interview artists in an effort to raise awareness and money for THE SALVATION ARMY... WJLB's Coats For Kids Campaign Set (Wed, 11/3)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 5, 2010



Detroit's WDIV schedules Sparky Anderson tribute special

WDIV-TV, Local 4, will remember Detroit Tigers legendary manager Sparky Anderson with a half-hour primetime special and extended coverage during Sports Final Edition.

Salute To Sparky, a half-hour primetime special hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Bernie Smilovitz, will air Saturday at 8 p.m. on Local 4. An encore broadcast of the Salute To Sparky special will be seen Sunday night at 12:30 a.m.

Sports Final Edition with Katrina Hancock will devote special coverage to the Tiger great on Sunday night at 12:00 a.m., following NFL Sunday Night Football and Local 4 News.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 9, 2010



Detroit News:

Jay Towers understands that he looks a wee bit goofy on his billboards. The thing is, he's supposed to. And the other thing is ... Hey! He's on billboards! In these days of slashed budgets and depressed promotion managers, pick a freeway and he's hovering above it. Some places, like on northbound I-75 heading out of downtown, he's on two, a few seconds apart. It's the most aggressive outdoor advertising campaign around here since that personal injury lawyer with the long blond hair, and raise your hand if you remember her name and phone number. If you've seen the towers of Towers, though, you probably don't need to ask what he's doing with himself these days. You might not know all of it -- he's basically using six alarm clocks to hold down four jobs -- but yes, in the mornings he's on WNIC-FM. Or rather, WNIC! 100.3! Pointing at you, with his mouth open and his teeth gleaming and his hands folded into finger-guns! Or wearing a bathrobe and holding a spoon over a red-and-white cereal bowl! The second wave started a few weeks ago, and the truth is, he says, he's still catching grief from friends about the first wave... WNIC puts Jay Towers' fun-loving mug all over Metro area (Tue, 11/9)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 10, 2010


104.3 WOMC's BOBBY MITCHELL and CHUCK GAIDICA will be hosting the station's sixth annual MILITARY MOMS' LUNCHEON on VETERANS DAY 11/11 at ANDIAMO ITALIA in WARREN, MI. The luncheon is held annually to recognize and thank MICHIGAN military moms whose sons and daughters are giving so much by serving our country. Speakers at the luncheon will include CONGRESSMAN MIKE ROGERS (R, 8th District) and military documentary producer KEITH FAMIE. The event will also include singing of the National Anthem and "God Bless America" by JULIANNE... WOMC To Host Annual Military Moms Luncheon On Veterans Day (Wed, 11/10)

For more than four years, "The Story with Dick Gordon" has been airing on public radio stations all across the country. WUOM, 91.7-FM, in Ann Arbor, has been broadcasting it since March 2007. And now, local fans of the show will get to see a more-or-less live approximation of "The Story" on Saturday, when Gordon, the show's host, comes to Rackham Auditorium for an appearance that's a benefit for Avalon Housing. Avalon is a local non-profit group that develops and manages permanent supportive rental housing for very-low-income Washtenaw County residents. The group presently owns and/or operates 324 units at 23 sites. "The Story" does in-depth and often poignant reports on important social and cultural issues, or news events, through the eyes of regular, everyday people -- generally folks who have gone through some sort of transformative experience... Public radio's Dick Gordon to explore 'The Story' of sustainable agriculture (and his show) (Wed, 11/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 11, 2010



New documentary series explores options for looming energy issues

Detroit Public Television, WTVS Channel 56, will present a groundbreaking documentary series, "Beyond The Light Switch", which takes a new look at the controversy and urgency surrounding the challenge of developing a new infrastructure for electricity in the United States.

The two-hour documentary will be shown on Detroit Public Television in two parts, the first from 9 - 10 p.m. on Tuesday November 16, 2010 and the second on Tuesday November 23, 2010 from 9 - 10 p.m.

By 2050, experts say the United States must:

  • Turn over nearly its entire electric power plant fleet
  • Cut carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent
  • Completely update its power grid

All of this must happen while demand for electricity is expected to rise by 30 percent.

The documentary explores the possible paths forward including coal, natural gas, renewables, natural gas, solar, the "super grid" and others to determine what achieves the goals, creates jobs and gains a measure of energy security.

Produced by Detroit Public Television and guided by an independent advisory panel convened by the University of Michigan-Dearborn, "Beyond The Light Switch" is hosted by David Biello, energy and environment editor at Scientific American. He takes viewers to a first-of-its-kind coal plant in West Virginia, gas wells in Pennsylvania and Texas, inside a nuclear reactor under construction in Tennessee, to wind farms along the Hood River Valley in Oregon and to the shores of Cape Cod, among other places around the country that showcase the options for our energy future.

Detroit Public Television is currently talking to several national public television programming providers about national distribution of "Beyond The Light Switch".

"This new documentary is the latest example of how Detroit Public TV renews its commitment to exploring the issues most important to our community and country," said Rich Homberg, President and General Manager of Detroit Public Television. "'Beyond The Light Switch' adds a much needed balanced perspective to a debate that could be more heated and more critical than anything since healthcare."

The following funders contributed to the production of "Beyond The Light Switch": American Electric Power, DTE Energy, Duke Energy, Edison Electric Institute, Entergy Corporation, Exelon, IBEW/NECA (National Electrical Contractors Association), NextEra Energy Inc., Nuclear Energy Institute, Southern Company, Wisconsin Energy Foundation, and Xcel Energy.



Detroit News:

It's hard to imagine Jim Brandstatter sprinting through an airport, trying to make a flight at the last minute. But calling Michigan games on Saturdays and Lions games on Sundays, that's exactly the scene.

"Once I'm at the airport and on the plane, then I'm there and I can just settle in and say, 'I'll get there when I can,'" said Brandstatter, who has been the radio voice of Michigan football and the Lions since the mid-1980s. "In the early days, I'd gnash my teeth and worry and have some stress. But as I got doing it, I came to the realization that there's nothing I can do about it anyway."

With all the logistics, late flights and unforeseen circumstances in air travel, Brandstatter has more than his share of stories about his trips.

"I was late to the (Lions) game in Arizona the weekend Bo (Schembechler) passed away because I was on a plane from Detroit to Phoenix and they had mechanical problems and the plane took off an hour-and-a-half late," recalled Brandstatter, an all-conference offensive lineman at Michigan between 1969 and '72.

"So, getting to the game was a little bit of a problem, but I was only two-and-a-half minutes late into the game."

In another instance, a snowstorm made his flight to Minnesota more than an hour late. In the cab on the way to the stadium, the radio station called... 'Brandy' enjoys hustle, bustle as color man for U-M, Lions (Thu, 11/11)


And the sleigh goes to....



It's Christmastime in the city, or at least on the radio at 100.3 in Detroit as WNIC made its annual flip to holiday music this morning at about 9:30. As of just after 10 a.m., the format is theirs alone as format competitor WMGC-FM 105.1 has stuck with their regular contemporary format.

WNIC's Facebook page lit up immediately with listeners expressing their pleasure with the move.

In West Michigan, WOOD-FM 105.7 also made the move to Christmas this morning, giving Grand Rapids two full-time holiday outlets as cross-town WTRV-FM 100.5 switched earlier in the month.

The Bay City area also has a full-time Christmas station; WSAG-FM 104.1 made its annual switchover earlier this week.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 14, 2010



WXYZ-TV and Art Van announce Together We Can

WXYZ-TV and Art Van Furniture have teamed up once again to make a difference in the fight against hunger in Metro Detroit.

From November 14th through December 12th, donations of canned goods and non-perishable food items can be dropped off at any of the seventeen Art Van Furniture locations throughout Metro Detroit. The items will be given to Gleaners Community Food Bank for distribution to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and disaster relief agencies throughout Southeastern Michigan.

It is estimated that one in eight people in Michigan will need emergency food assistance this year.

"The need in our community has never been greater," said Ed Fernandez, WXYZ-TV Vice-President and General Manager. "WXYZ-TV is proud to sponsor this event and to help make a difference in the lives of those in need in our community."

Together We Can is part of Channel 7's long-standing commitment to community service. For 33 years, WXYZ has helped provide emergency food assistance to organizations fighting on the front lines in the battle against hunger.

For more information, including suggested donations and a list of Art Van Furniture store locations, go to


Bloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won a total of nine awards in seven categories at the Eighth Annual John Drury High School Radio Awards ceremony held November 13, 2010 on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.

Based on the number of award winners, WBFH won 1st Place, Best High School Radio Station. It was the fourth year in the last five years that WBFH had won or tied for Best High School Radio Station.

The John Drury High School Radio Awards were created to recognize excellence in high school radio broadcasting. These awards were named in honor of award-winning ABC-Chicago news anchor, John Drury. The awards were presented by North Central College and their student radio station WONC-FM.

Fourteen WBFH students were nominated for 17 awards, the most of any high school entering this national competition. WBFH students won five 1st Place awards; three 2nd Place awards and one 3rd Place award:

  • Best Promo, 1st Place: Alex Scharg
  • Best Sports Play-By-Play, 1st Place: Ryan Bloom
  • Best Radio Drama- Adaptation, 1st Place: Alex Scharg
  • Best Public Affairs Program, 1st Place: Josh Loney
  • Best Newscast, 1st Place: Alex Osten
  • Best Promo, 2nd Place: Josh Loney
  • Best Newscast, 2nd Place: Josh Loney
  • Best Public Service Announcement, 2nd Place: Chad Shepard
  • Best Sportscast, 3rd Place: Josh Loney and Robert Berman

Also nominated for a Drury Award were: Alan McGee, Bobby Brandon, Jesse Haji-Sheikh, Patrick Garretson, Tyler Kieft, Kevin Furlong, Bryan Furlong and Grace McIlhon.

The Best High School Radio Station award was presented to the WBFH management team consisting of Station Manager Pete Bowers and Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr.

WWPT from Westport, Connecticut and WLTL from LaGrange, Illinois took 2nd and 3rd Place in the station competition.

"I congratulate all the winners and nominees," said Bowers. "I'm very proud of our students who won and for WBFH picking up another Best High School Radio Station award."

Josh Loney had the most nominations of any student (8) and won a total of four awards. Loney, now a freshman at Michigan State University, made the trip to Naperville to accept his awards.

"My goal for WBFH was to win best station in the state and best station in the nation in 2010 and we accomplished that" said Loney.

Scharg was one of only two students who won two first place awards.

First place award winners were also given a $1,000 scholarship to attend North Central College.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial and online at


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 16, 2010


WESTWOOD ONE and HARPO RADIO, INC. has syndicated "The GAYLE KING Show" on RADIO ONE News/Talk WCHB-A/DETROIT. The two-hour daily talk program airs on weekdays at 6p. "The GAYLE KING show is exactly what we've been looking for and it only makes sense to launch it on DETROIT's ONLY Urban News/Talk station," RADIO ONE/DETROIT PD MS. SMILEY said. "We are pleased to welcome WCHB-A to the WESTWOOD ONE and HARPO RADIO family," WESTWOOD ONE EVP Affiliate Sales DENNIS GREEN said... Gayle King Lands On WCHB (Tue, 11/16)

MOJO IN THE MORNING is proud to announce the release of "Phone Scams Volume 14" the latest limited-edition collectible CD from CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROII's ginormously-rated morning show. The two-disc set is on sale now for $12.95 at all METRO DETROIT BEST BUY locations and online by clicking here. "This is our best CD yet!" says CHANNEL 955's MOJO. "This is the first time SPIKE got help from a celebrity (LUDACRIS) to scam a listener." Disc one features over 30 scams including a phone scam on MIRANDA COSGROVE (iCARLY), a phone scam with Hip-Hop legend LUDACRIS, and MOJO scamming his co-host SPIKE... Mojo In The Morning's Phone Scams Vol. 14 Is Released (Tue, 11/16)



Ann Arbor's WTKA offering Michigan fans book deal

Sports Talk 1050 WTKA and Lone Wolfe Press have come up with a solution for gift giving as we head into the holiday season. "For Michigan Fans Only" is an in-depth look at Michigan Sports from the people who know them best, the fans. Written by best selling author of over 40 sports related works, Rich Wolfe, "For Michigan Fans Only" is a hard cover, quality, easy to read look at athletics at the University of Michigan in the format of fan stories.

Available exclusively for purchase online until next year, true Michigan fans will revel in the opportunity to experience these stories before anyone else. Packed with color photos, "For Michigan Fans Only" will be a welcome addition to any die-hard's collection. The book will retail for $24.95.

"I have a lot of fun writing these books and I think that shows through when people read them" said author Rich Wolfe, "People get excited about the books". Divided into 6 chapters, each section looks at the many different aspects of Michigan Athletics and the stories that make them great. "The loyalty and the passion that these Michigan fans have is just outstanding" commented Wolfe, "The Ohio State chapter is really great. It gives a whole new perspective on the rivalry between the two schools".

Like Michigan athletics however, this book couldn't simply blend in with the pack. Lone Wolfe Press has decided to place the entire book online at no charge. Readers will be able to scan all of the material that will make this book stand above the rest and see for themselves if they would like to add this to their collection. "If people see the entire book and see how it's different from other books, then they can really see that this is a great gift for their loved ones" said Wolfe.

Michigan fans around the world will be blown away with stories from names like Tom Ufer, Gary Moeller, Archie Griffin, and Tom Brady Sr.

Copies can be ordered today by going to and clicking on the "For Michigan Fans Only" link.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 18, 2010



WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit re-ups with ABC through January 2015

E.W. Scripps company has extended its affiliation deal with Disney's ABC television network through Jan. 31, 2015. In addition to keeping Channel 7 in the fold for ABC, the agreement also applies to five other Scripps stations in Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Tampa, and Phoenix, covering about 8% of U.S. households.

"I'm pleased that we're able to continue the productive relationship we've had with ABC for many more years," Scripps television station group senior vice president Brian Lawlor said in a release. "This new agreement reflects our shared belief in the power of a high-quality national programming provider combined with local affiliates that have trusted news brands and strong influence in their communities."

The six Scripps stations' agreement with ABC had previously expired earlier this year at the end of January, but the affiliation had continued under short-term extensions.



Michigan Radio becomes official representative for StoryCorps' 2010 National Day of Listening

On Friday, November 26, 2010, Michigan Radio (WUOM 91.7 Ann Arbor / WFUM 91.1 Flint / WVGR 104.1 Grand Rapids) will participate in the third annual National Day of Listening, a national holiday started by the acclaimed oral history nonprofit organization StoryCorps. The National Day of Listening is an effort to encourage all Americans to honor a friend, a loved one, or a member of their community by interviewing them about their lives.

National Day of Listening participants are encouraged to record their National Day of Listening interviews using equipment that is readily available in most homes-from cell phones to tape recorders to computers or even pen and paper.

Michigan Radio has created a special National Day of Listening website at: At that website, people can download a Do-It-Yourself interview guide with simple step-by-step instructions, advice on choosing equipment to record the interview, and a list of favorite StoryCorps questions to ask. They can also view a Do-It-Yourself video, get inspiration by listening to examples of stories that others have recorded, and share their experience by joining StoryCorps' national Wall of Listening.

"The idea of listening during the holiday season has clearly resonated with people across the country," says StoryCorps founder and MacArthur "Genius" Dave Isay. "The National Day of Listening, which coincides with Black Friday-traditionally the largest shopping day of the year-provides a meaningful alternative to holiday consumerism and proves that simply listening to one another is the least expensive and most meaningful gift we can give."

To see how more people across the country are celebrating this year's National Day of Listening, visit: The 2010 National Day of Listening is sponsored by the Fetzer Institute.

Founded in 2003 by MacArthur "genius" Fellow Dave Isay, StoryCorps' mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Each week, millions of Americans listen to StoryCorps' award-winning broadcasts on NPR's Morning Edition. StoryCorps has published two best-selling books: Listening Is an Act of Love in 2007 and Mom: A Celebration of Mothers from StoryCorps in 2010. For more information, or to listen to stories online, visit


Santa checks in with updates



Christmas music continues to expand across Michigan, with at least three more stations flipping to all-holiday tunes this past week.

In Lansing WLMI FM 92.9 has switched off the smooth jazz, perhaps permanently. The station swapped its call sign to WLMI after ID'ing for a number of years as WJZL. On the Lake Michigan shoreline, soft rock WSHZ FM 107.9 is also jingling all the way. And in the Tri-Cities, classic hits WHNN FM 96.1 is playing 'all Christmas classics' again this year.

Look for Detroit soft rocker WMGC FM 105.1 to switch to the seasonal format on November 26th, the day after Thanksgiving.

Update: Oldies WNBY FM 93.9 Newberry / Sault Ste. Marie also has switched to all-Christmas as of this morning.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 20, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

WMGC-FM (105.1) and morning host Jim Harper are once again standing tall with the U.S. Marine Corps to get toys in the hands of needy children for the holidays. They'll be part of the annual Toys for Tots drive, which kicks off at 10 this morning during Royal Oak's Holiday Magic Parade. A van from WMGC will drive the parade route, collecting toys along the way.The drive continues next week, with Harper and the "Magic Morning Show" broadcasting live from locations across metro Detroit. They'll be at Plymouth Nursery, 9900 Plymouth Road, on Monday; International Academy of Macomb, 42755 Romeo Plank in Clinton Township on Tuesday; and Clintondale High School, 35300 Little Mack Ave. in Clinton Township on Friday. Harper has been assisting Toys for Tots for more than 30 years... Toys for Tots to kick off today (Sat, 11/20)



Specs Howard School inducts new members into Hall of Fame

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

The six new 2010 inductees were determined online, five through nominations submitted to the website and a Specs Howard School panel and the sixth based on a 'Popular Vote' from a list of 20 candidates.

"As we celebrate our 40 years of providing students with hands-on training to build successful careers in multi-media, we knew it was time to recognize the extraordinary individuals who are making great strides in their industries," said Lisa Zahodne, president and COO of Specs Howard School.

"Not only are our graduates making names for themselves in radio, they also are successful in the television, film, graphic design and digital media industries."

This year's inductees are:

  • Jim Bell, Specs Howard School of Media Arts Staff Award: A graduate of and now a Chief Instructor for the Specs Howard School's radio program, Jim Bell is well known by students and faculty for his 30 years of commitment to the school's education and instructor training programs. He is responsible for training all new faculty members to the radio program, renown for its hands-on teaching methods.
  • Tommy Brunswick, Director, Producer and Writer: Within the last decade Tommy Brunswick has produced and directed 11 feature films, one of which she wrote, and supervised special effects for nine of them. A strong advocate for women in film, Brunswick currently has films in release around the world and is co-founder of Motor City Nightmares, Michigan's annual International Horror Convention and Festival.
  • Eric De Fino, Motion Graphics/Animation, Owner of Raygun: Eric De Fino's unique background in visual arts and media, from live action to motion design, art direction, animation, music videos and entertainment branding spans the continental U.S., Europe, Australia and Latin America. His company Raygun, with offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles, specializes in dynamic storytelling for television, film, Internet and the music business.
  • Jeff Gesler, Project Manager for Joseph Productions, Inc. (JPI): Anyone who has witnessed a close-up replay during a Red Wings or Detroit Tigers game on the JumboTron has seen the work of Jeff Gesler. With management offices at JPI, Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena and the Ford Motor Company Conference and Events Center, Jeff manages technician teams providing complete production, technical and telecommunication support for tape, film and live events.
  • Jay Hudson, Music Director, On-Air Personality for 89X Radio, Popular Vote Inductee: Rocking the metro Detroit and Windsor airwaves at 89x (88.7 FM) every weeknight from 7-11 p.m., many listeners do not know Jay Hudson also serves as Music Director for the eclectic alternative rock station. He is responsible for building the station's play list; exploring new music, artists and trends; meeting with record reps; and deciphering research.
  • Al Johnson, Planning Editor for FOX 2 News: As Planning Editor for FOX 2 News, Al Johnson is responsible for prioritizing, researching and coordinating news coverage for metro Detroit, handles all major event coverage logistics for the station and books studio guest segments and musical performances for the #1 rated FOX 2 morning newscast. Al also helped establish the Problem Solvers investigative unit.

The new 2010 inductees join the 37 other members of the Specs Howard Hall of Fame alum, which include: WRIF's Ann Carlini and 'Screamin' Scott Randall; WJR's Lloyd Jackson; WXYZ's Glenda Lewis; WYCD's Linda Lee and WJBK-TV's Jackie Paige.

The Specs Howard School of Media Arts, based in Southfield, has been one of the nation's leading private communications schools since 1970. Offering undergraduate programs of study in radio/video, film, graphic design and digital media, the school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC). For more information about the school, visit


All eight title games available on TV and Online; Telecasts produced in High-Definition for first time

FOX Sports Detroit for the 13th consecutive year is providing exclusive television coverage of the Michigan High School Athletic Association Football Finals. The 2010 edition is Friday, Nov. 26 and Saturday, Nov. 27 at Ford Field.

This year, FOX Sports Detroit Plus (FS Plus) is the primary television outlet, carrying seven of the eight games live. Friday night's Division 3 contest airs via same-day delay on FOX Sports Detroit (FSD). For the first time, the telecasts will be produced in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit Plus HD, available on select video providers including Comcast, WOW!, AT&T U-Verse, DIRECTV and Dish Network. For all channel listings by provider, click the "Channel Finder" tab at

All eight games will be streamed live at


Here is the telecast/webcast schedule, along with announcers assigned to each game:

Friday, November 26:

  • 10:00 AM, FS Plus / HD & Division 8 - Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart vs. Saugatuck
    Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: John Wangler
  • 1:00 PM, FS Plus / HD & Division 2 - Lowell vs. Farmington Hills Harrison
    Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 4:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Division 6 - Ithaca vs. Monroe St. Mary Catholic Central
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick
  • 7:30 PM, & 10:00 PM (delay) FSD / HD Division 4 - G.R. Catholic Central vs. Williamston
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick


Saturday, November 27

  • 10:00 AM, FS Plus / HD & Division 7 - Ishpeming vs. Hudson
    Play-by-Play: Dan Dickerson Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 1:00 PM, FS Plus / HD & Division 1 - Plymouth vs. Lake Orion
    Play-by-Play: John Keating Analyst: Herman Moore
  • 4:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Division 5 - Grand Rapids West Catholic vs. Olivet
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick
  • 7:30 PM, FS Plus / HD & Division 3 - East Grand Rapids vs. Orchard Lake St. Mary's
    Play-by-Play: Matt Shepard Analyst: Rob Rubick


Halftime features:

Hudson Tigers: This feature explores how much high school football means to the tiny town of Hudson, Michigan, represented this year's Division 7 championship game. From the late 1960's through the mid 70's, the Hudson Tigers won a then-national record 72 games in a row. To this day, the streak is a major part of the town's identity. Meet some of the people involved in that tradition, from coaches, players and community members.

High Schools with a Heart: A visit to the annual grudge match between Holly and Fenton that took on a caring cause this year as the schools donned camouflage uniforms and raised money for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans through the Wounded Warriors Project.



Note for Comcast subscribers: Comcast is expected to add FS Plus HD on Tuesday, November 23rd on channel 707. It's not clear what service tier will be required to receive FS Plus in HD.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 22, 2010



WDIV continues traditional airing of Thanksgiving Day parade in Detroit

WDIV-TV Local 4, the official television station of America's Thanksgiving Parade, will bring home the excitement and grand spectacle of balloons, bands, celebrities and floats in High-Definition during the 84th America's Thanksgiving Parade live from Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

Hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, Chuck Gaidica, Guy Gordon and Rhonda Walker, Channel 4's live broadcast of the parade starts Thursday, November 25th at 9 a.m., following a Parade Preview special at 8 a.m. and Local 4 News Morning, also broadcast live from the Parade route, beginning at 6 a.m. NBC's coverage of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from New York will air locally on WDIV's digital sub-channel 4.2, ThisTV Detroit, Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m.

Guests during the parade broadcast are scheduled to include Deidre Hall of NBC's Days Of Our Lives, R&B performer Dwele, Hip Hop recording artist Biz Markie, One Tree Hill star Jana Kramer, Def Jam recording artist Aaron Fresh and Detroit's own Bob Seger Silver Bullet sax man Alto Reed, in addition to Gold and Silver medalists from the 2008 and 2010 Olympic Games including skaters Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Plus, tune in for the live announcement of the winner of The Biggest Loser: Detroit Edition II presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield.



TV coverage set for 'The Big Chill at the Big House'

Dec. 11 Michigan State at Michigan Outdoor Hockey Game Televised Regionally on FOX Sports Detroit, Elsewhere on Big Ten Network

FOX Sports Detroit is set to provide comprehensive television coverage of next month's historic outdoor game between Central Collegiate Hockey Association rivals Michigan State and Michigan, dubbed 'The Big Chill at The Big House.' The Saturday, Dec. 11 game begins at 3:00 PM Eastern in front of a crowd expected to approach 110,000 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

Already a sellout with 109,901 tickets sold, 'The Big Chill at The Big House' will set a hockey attendance record, surpassing the 74,544 on Oct. 6, 2001 at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing for the 'Cold War' game between the same schools (3-3 tie). That 2001 contest, also televised by FOX Sports Detroit, set the standard for all outdoor hockey games that have followed on the amateur and professional level.

'The Big Chill at The Big House' will be televised regionally in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit, reaching 3.2 million households throughout Michigan and portions of Northwest Ohio and Northern Indiana. Outside of the FOX Sports Detroit footprint, the game will be shown on the Big Ten Network, available to an estimated 75 million households across the U.S. and Canada.

"FOX Sports Detroit is honored to once again be part of hockey history by presenting 'The Big Chill at The Big House,' said Greg Hammaren, Senior Vice President/General Manager, FOX Sports Detroit. "As was the case in 2001 with 'The Cold War,' we look forward to showcasing the CCHA, these two great universities and the passion for hockey in Michigan - this time in glorious high-definition."

FOX Sports Detroit provides additional coverage, including the Big Chill Preview (premiering Nov. 23) along with CCHA Live pregame and postgame shows on game day. Below is a recap of FOX Sports Detroit's programming related to 'The Big Chill at The Big House' (all times Eastern):

'Big Chill' Preview: Tue. Nov. 23 & Wed. Nov. 24 - 6:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit, w/ multiple airings through Dec. 10. Interviews with players and coaches from both schools regarding the excitement level for the game and impact on their programs and hockey in Michigan overall; current NHL players who played in the 2001 game share their memories; and we hear from today's players who were spectators for the game nine years ago; and a feature on the event planning, including rink and ice preparation.

'Cold War' Encore: Fri. Dec. 10 - 10:30 PM on FOX Sports Detroit. The night before this year's historic event, this two-hour presentation revisits the 2001 "Cold War" game which saw Michigan and Michigan State battle to a thrilling 3-3 tie, in what would be the forerunner of outdoor hockey games conducted since on the NHL and collegiate level.

'CCHA Live' Pregame & Postgame: Sat. Dec. 11 - 2:30 PM (pregame); approx 5:30 PM (postgame) on FOX Sports Detroit. Hosted by Mickey York and former Western Michigan coach Jim Culhane, the show sets the scene before the game, and later provides a comprehensive recap.

'The Big Chill at the Big House' Game Coverage: Sat. Dec. 11 - 3:00 PM on FOX Sports Detroit (regionally), Big Ten Network (elsewhere). The 14-camera, high-definition production by FOX Sports Detroit includes the following announcers: Matt Shepard (play-by-play), Billy Jaffe (analyst), Fred Pletsch (between the benches analyst), along with Mickey Redmond and John Keating (rinkside reporters). Shepard, Jaffe and Keating also were on the 2001 "Cold War" telecast.

The hockey game is part of a huge programming day for FOX Sports Detroit. It starts with an appearance by the nation's currently No. 2-ranked men's college basketball team as Michigan State meets Oakland University at The Palace of Auburn Hills. The evening schedule features the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons both in action:

12:30 PM - Men's College Basketball: Michigan State vs. Oakland, at The Palace of Auburn Hills

2:30 PM - CCHA Live Pregame

3:00 PM - 'The Big Chill at the Big House' : CCHA - Michigan State at Michigan

5:30 PM - CCHA Live Postgame

7:00 PM - NHL: Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils (FOX Sports Detroit Plus)

7:00 PM - Pistons Live Pregame

7:30 PM - NBA: Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons

9:30 PM - Red Wings Live Postgame (FOX Sports Detroit Plus)

10:00 PM - Pistons Live Postgame

12:00 AM - (replay) Detroit Red Wings at New Jersey Devils

2:00 AM - (replay) Toronto Raptors at Detroit Pistons


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 23, 2010


CBS RADIO Top 40 WDZH (98.7 AMP Radio) /DETROIT has started airing public service announcements urging the public to end the epidemic of bullying as well as to seek help if victimized by bullying. The PSAs are voiced by several 98.7 AMP RADIO artists, including JASON DERULO and TAIO CRUZ, and DETROIT LIONS players such as QB MATT STAFFORD, defensive tackle NDAMUKONG SUH and defensive end KYLE VANDEN BOSCH. 98.7 AMP RADIO's on-air personalities have also taped PSAs. Most notably, recognizing a lack of a comprehensive resource website for people facing bullying, 98.7 AMP RADIO has developed a web page with listings of other websites and phone numbers that kids and their parents can use to get help... Anti-Bullying Campaign Amps Up At WDZH-FM (Tue, 11/23)


WJR new home of Bed and Bread Radiothon



The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit has announced that the 24th annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon will be broadcast on News/Talk 760 WJR on Friday, Feb. 25, 2011.

WJR will become the third radio home for the annual event, following WKQI FM 95.5 and WOMC FM 104.3 where it was hosted for the previous 23 years by legendary morning host Dick Purtan and his crew known as Purtan's People. During those 23 years, the event grew into the largest single-day single-station radio fundraising event anywhere in the country and helped raise approximately 24 million dollars. Mr. Purtan retired from WOMC in March 2010, exactly one month after hosting the 23rd Radiothon and helping raise nearly $2.4 million for the Salvation Army program.

"I am very happy to hear that this critical and important fundraising event will continue," commented Purtan. "I am urging all of my past supporters to give to The Salvation Army Bed & Bread Radiothon, especially in this time of great need."

The 2011 Radiothon will be hosted by WJR's personalities including Paul W. Smith, Frank Beckmann, Mitch Albom, Warren Pierce, and others with 100 percent of every dollar donated going to The Salvation Army's Bed & Bread Club® program.

Approximately 5,000 meals are served each day to children, adults and seniors by The Salvation Army Bed & Bread program, which includes Bed & Bread trucks. The trucks make stops in Detroit's most depressed areas every day of the year. In addition, 570 men, women and children are sheltered by The Salvation Army's Bed & Bread program every day and night of the year.

"WJR is thrilled to join The Salvation Army in the fight against hunger and homelessness. We look forward to this wonderful event for our community," said Michael Fezzey, president and general manager of WJR.

The Bed and Bread Program's mobile feeding trucks refer the homeless to Salvation Army treatment programs as well as provide valuable social services. Bed and Bread trucks leave from The Salvation Army's Acres of Hope campus in Detroit 365 days a year to visit numerous designated Bed and Bread stops throughout the day.

"We are looking forward to another successful year of raising funds to provide critical services such as food and shelter assistance for our neediest neighbors," said Major John Turner, general secretary of The Salvation Army of Metro Detroit. "The goal of the 2011 Radiothon is to raise as much money as possible to help meet the ever-increasing needs of the homeless and hungry of metro Detroit."

A $10 per month gift ($120 per year) to The Salvation Army Bed and Bread Program helps to feed a child or adult for one year and enrolls you in the Bed and Bread Club.

The Salvation Army has seen a dramatic increase in the demand for services the past few years. With temperatures dropping and the unemployment rate in the double digits, The Salvation Army is now serving some who used to be donors. According to recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Michigan was the only state where poverty rose last year in 2009, as well as the only one where incomes fell.

For more information or to make a donation, visit or call (877) SAL-MICH.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 24, 2010



WDIV and Forgotten Harvest to host telethon to help metro Detroit families

WDIV-TV and Forgotten Harvest have announced the second annual Good Neighbor telethon to benefit food rescue in Metro Detroit will take place on Monday, Nov. 29, 2010. WDIV will air regular segments from 5 a.m. through the 11 p.m. newscast to encourage viewers to donate to Forgotten Harvest, the region's only mobile food-rescue organization, by calling 1-888-332-7140. Additionally, the station's website,, will accept donations throughout the day.

"Forgotten Harvest is able to operate because of the generosity of the people and organizations who donate. Since we deliver our nutritious food free of charge, their donations are what make our trucks run. When our trucks don't run, people don't eat," said Susan Goodell, president and CEO of Forgotten Harvest. "More than 450 local people each day in the last year fell below the poverty line in the tri-county area. We know the need is great, and we're confident our telethon and partnership with Local 4 will help us take the next steps to solve this crisis."

Hosted by WDIV-TV personality Beth McLeod, the telethon will feature vignettes demonstrating the impact Forgotten Harvest has on the Metro Detroit community through the eyes of food recipients.

In conjunction with the telethon, this holiday season, Forgotten Harvest is conducting its second annual Good Neighbor campaign to raise funds as well as awareness of the unprecedented need for rescued food throughout the region.

"Throughout the years we have been proud of and impressed by the amazing generosity of Local 4 viewers," said Marla Drutz, VP and general manager of WDIV. "Over the last year, 166,000 more people in our community fell below the poverty line. We know our viewers will once again support Forgotten Harvest and help their neighbors in need."

Thousands of tickets donated by The Detroit Pistons, Lions, Red Wings and Tigers will be given out in pairs to telethon donors who contribute $120 or more, during designated times. In addition, the Somerset Collection has contributed the Somerset Package to donors giving more than $120, which includes a $20 gift card to the Somerset Collection and a Christian Dior one-hour pampering mini facial, a $100 value.

The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc., will match donations throughout the day up to $150,000.

"Forgotten Harvest is addressing a critical need in the Detroit metro area," said Ric DeVore, PNC regional president for Southeast Michigan, speaking on behalf of the PNC Foundation.

Also new this holiday season, Forgotten Harvest has been awarded an Emergency Food and Shelter Challenge Grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, with support from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. Combined with the PNC match grant, the day of the telethon, these additional funds will provide nearly 13 meals to the hungry for every $1 contributed, an increase over Forgotten Harvest's traditional ability to provide five meals for every dollar donated.

Learn more about Forgotten Harvest and how to help drive hunger from our community at



WJR is radio home for tomorrow's Thanksgiving parade in Detroit

News-Talk WJR 760 will provide coverage of America's Thanksgiving Day Parade with co-hosts Paul W. Smith and Dayna Clark, along with the rest of the WJR staff, relaying the sights and sounds to listeners starting at 10am November 25th.



CKWW to "Band On The Run Remastered"- A Paul McCartney & Wings Radio Special

CKWW AM 580 will air a one-hour syndicated radio special that explores the landmark 1973 Paul McCartney & Wings album "Band on the Run" this Saturday night, November 27th, at 7 PM with a repeat airing this Monday at 7 PM. It will feature an exclusive Paul McCartney interview and previously unreleased Wings music. The program will also include more comments by Denny Laine, Tony Visconti and others. Paul's solo classics live in the studio with Wings that were recorded for a shelved 1974 TV special "One Hand Clapping" plus other remastered album cuts will also be highlighted.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov. 29, 2010



Rockin' for the Hungry Food and Fund Drive is rollin' to a new location

Help fight hunger where we live! Join ann arbor's 107one, Food Gatherers and Kroger for Washtenaw County's largest outdoor food drive - Rockin' for the Hungry Wednesday, December 1 through Sunday, December 5. Rockin' will be held at a new event location, Kroger at 400 S. Maple Road, and the public can join the festivities by purchasing food or making a cash donation at the register from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. ann arbor's 107one (WQKL-FM) will be broadcasting live, announcing donations and incentives to help us achieve our 2010 goal of 200 tons of nutritious food.

More than 43,900 people -- including more than 14,000 children and 6,500 seniors--receive emergency food each year through Food Gatherers' network of emergency food pantries and meal sites (Hunger in America, 2010).

"Each year, we're eager to lend a helping hand to our neighbors in need," said Chris Ammel, Program Director, ann arbor's 107one. "Our goal is to simply do our part and help Food Gatherers fight hunger here in Washtenaw County. Stop by and see us as we're "Freezin' For A Reason" at Rockin' For The Hungry."

"Gifts from Rockin' help us provide food to our partners and the hungry people they serve through the winter months," said Eileen Spring, President and CEO for Food Gatherers. "Food drive donations are down 33% compared to last year and we are hoping that with the support of our community, we can help close that gap."

Despite a challenging economy, the community helped Food Gatherers raise a record amount of food for Rockin' last year. This year our goal is to raise 200 tons of food and donations of high protein, canned and dry goods are especially needed. Particular foods include; tuna or other canned fish, soup, stew, chili, corned beef/roast beef hash, beans (kidney, pinto, refried, black, green), rice noodles, peanut butter, baking mixes, baby formula, Ensure/Boost or other nutritional supplement drinks.

"The recession has impacted many Michigan families financially," said Rick Going, president, The Kroger Co of Michigan. "We hope that through the 'Rockin' for the Hungry' event we can help Food Gatherers feed as many of these individuals as possible, especially with the approach of winter."

Financial contributions will also be accepted by Food Gatherers' staff during the event and for the first year matched by the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan - Emergency Food & Shelter Matching Grant. Any new cash gift to Food Gatherers will be matched by 50%. For example, a gift of $100 plus the $50 match will provide enough food for 415 meals. All donations are tax-deductible, and also quality for a State of Michigan tax credit.

During the event all Washtenaw County Kroger store locations will allow customers to donate to Rockin' at the register. In addition to the Maple Road Kroger store, live remote radio broadcasts will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Kroger stores on Stadium, Plymouth Road, Whittaker Road and Carpenter Road. Visit for the full event broadcast schedule.



TigerTalk show returns to 97.1 "The Ticket" beginning Tuesday

The Tigers' annual hot stove radio show begins again this coming Tuesday, November 30 at 7:00PM on "The Ticket" (97.1 FM) and online at The one-hour TigerTalk Show, hosted by Tigers radio voice Dan Dickerson and Pat Caputo, will air weekly throughout the offseason and feature the latest news from the Tigers and around Major League Baseball.

Each show will feature an interview with a Tigers personality. The first guest is scheduled to be Tigers manager Jim Leyland. In addition to the interview segments, each show will encourage listeners to call in and ask questions about the Tigers.

The complete TigerTalk Show schedule:
Tuesday November 30, 2010 7:00 PM
Thursday December 9, 2010 10:00 PM
Thursday December 16, 2010 10:00 PM
Tuesday December 21, 2010 10:00 PM
Thursday December 30, 2010 7:00 PM
Wednesday January 5, 2011 7:00 PM
Tuesday January 11, 2011 7:00 PM
Saturday January 22, 2011 TBD
Tuesday January 25, 2011 7:00 PM
Tuesday February 1, 2011 7:00 PM
Thursday February 10, 2011 7:00 PM
Tuesday February 15, 2011 7:00 PM
Monday February 21, 2011 7:00 PM







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