Metro Detroit: December 2010 Archives

Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 1, 2010



96.3 WDVD gets set to Stuff a Bus (or three)

Pop WDVD FM 96.3 Detroit is helping to make sure no child goes without a toy this holiday season as the station calls on listeners to help stuff three buses full of new toys from Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 5, 2010.

The 96.3 WDVD Morning Show, Blaine and Allyson in the Morning, will kick off this year's Stuff-A-Bus toy drive by broadcasting live Thursday, December 2 from the bus located at Woodward Avenue & 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak. 96.3 WDVD DJs will continue to broadcast live over the weekend at all three locations, Kohl's on Ford Road in Canton, at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Roads in Royal Oak and Nino Salvaggio's on Hall Road in Clinton Township.

To help out, bring a new, unwrapped toy to one of the Stuff-A-Bus locations. Toys will benefit local charities including Beaumont Children's Hospital, Canton Goodfellows, Ronald McDonald House, Neighborhood Service Organization, Lighthouse, Orchards Children's Services, Volunteers of America, Bridgepoint and many others.

Donation hours are: Thursday-Friday, 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m; Saturday-Sunday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.



WSDP Plymouth adds Sing Out Radio Magazine to schedule

WSDP FM 88.1 in the Detroit suburb of Plymouth has added 'Sing Out Radio Magazine' to their weekly program schedule for Wednesday mornings at 11. The nationally syndicated show is hosted by Matt Watroba and features interviews along with live and recorded music.

Matt has a passion for folk music that can be seen in his work as a performer, regular Sing Out! writer, and as a longtime public radio host. His love of folk music extends to traditional and contemporary sounds that he has had to chance to bring to listeners for two decades. He delights in connecting the audience with the artists, through their music and exclusive interviews. He is also a former English Teacher at Canton High School.

"Matt has been a wonderful friend of WSDP," said Bill Keith. Station Manager, "His presence has been missed on local radio and we hope his longtime fans will tune in each week."

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. The station is staffed by students at Salem and Canton High School and is celebrating 38 years of serving the Plymouth and Canton Communities.


Radio Reunion video now available



After weeks of editing and refining, a wildly entertaining DVD of the 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion is now ready to purchase, with ALL of the profits going to the designated charity, the re-opening of the Detroit Belle Isle Aquarium and off-setting expenses.

The video is a full 141 minutes and covers just about every single aspect of the gala event that still has people talking. It was produced and directed by Murray Gula a 25 year media veteran and WDFN home improvement radio and TV talk show host, with co-directors Ida Goutman, Amazing Events planner, Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, radio-TV news reporter for WWJ and Metro Traffic.

The DVD was completely edited by "Radio's Best Friend" Art Vuolo, Jr., who stated "it's a work of art." It's non-stop action from the start to the very end, when the whole committee reflected upon the entire evening! The reunion was emceed, for the fourth and final time, by the legendary Dick Purtan. You can see a 9 1/2 minute teaser-preview of the video on linked to the YouTube website.

The DVD can be ordered right now via Copies can also be ordered for $24.99, plus shipping & handling, by check or money order payable to MCRR and sent to MCRR DVD, PO Box 1037, Royal Oak, MI 48068-1037. The DVD makes a great holiday gift for anyone who was there, missed the event, or just loves the rich heritage of Detroit Radio. It's an excellent "stocking stuffer" for that hard-to-buy-for radio fan on your gift list.

The production of this Official 2010 MCRR Video took many hours, days and weeks to assemble. We hope you will enjoy the memories.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 3, 2010



Windsor Star:

Rosalie Trombley, CKLW's program director during the heyday of the late-1960s, early-1970s, will receive an honorary diploma from St. Clair College and have a scholarship named in her honour next June. Trombley picked the songs that aired on the Big 8's Top 40, thereby giving them instant hit status because of the station's massive audience stretching over several Northeastern U.S. states and much of southern Ontario. She was memorialized in Bob Seger's 1972 song, Rosalie.

"She was pivotal in turning songs into hits," said Fred Sorrell, station manager from 1969 to 1972.

Sorrell currently works for St. Clair College and is one of the organizers of next June's event, which includes a fundraising dinner on June 14 and the conferring of the diploma at the June 16 convocation ceremonies. Money raised at the dinner will help establish a scholarship in Trombley's name for St. Clair's performing arts students... Rosalie Trombley to be honoured by Windsor's St. Clair College (Fri, 12/3)



WOMC picks up Lennon radio special

Classic Hits WOMC FM 104.3 Detroit is scheduled to broadcast a two-hour radio special on Sunday December 5th at 10 p.m. centering on the final interview with John Lennon, as recorded December 8, 1980 in New York City at the Lennon's Dakota apartment, only hours before John's death.

The same team that conducted and recorded the interview (Dave Sholin, Laurie Kaye, Ron Hummel and Burt Keane) have come together 30 years later to re-create the event. Along with presenting highlights from that historic interview, Sholin, Kaye, Hummel and Keane relay their own unique memories of that day, including events leading up to the interview, meeting John and his wife Yoko, special observations during the interview, even a chance curb-side encounter after the interview with the deranged killer who would gun down Lennon that night, Mark David Chapman. All mixed with music from the Double Fantasy album and memorable Beatles songs as discussed by John and Yoko.



CBC Radio One/Windsor prepares for move to FM

In recent days CBC Radio One station CBEW FM 97.5 Windsor has started testing. After a period of simulcasting longtime Radio One station CBE AM 1550, it's expected that the AM station will sign off permanently. A likely result of the change will be dramatically reduced coverage area for 97.5 versus the AM signal on 1550 in parts of Michigan and Ohio. CBC also owns FM 89.9 in Windsor, currently home of its Radio Two service.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 6, 2010



Ann Arbor's 107one announces release of 3rd 'Live From Studio A2' CD

Live From Studio A2, Volume Three, the newest compilation album and latest installment of live, locally recorded performances by top national touring artists, will be released this week by adult alternative WQKL-FM 107.1, known as 'ann arbor's 107one'. Sixteen songs have been handpicked from the best acts visiting the market over the past year and carefully re-mastered to showcase the range of major talent that Ann Arbor is known for attracting. Live From Studio A2, Volume Three, like its best-selling predecessors, boasts an impressive lineup of emerging and chart-topping acts.

The CD will be available for the holidays at the Michigan Theater Guest Services desk and at Borders stores throughout the market including: Ann Arbor, Brighton, Canton and Novi with the introductory price of $12.99. The three Ann Arbor Borders locations are in downtown Ann Arbor on Liberty Street, Arborland on Washtenaw Avenue and Water's Place on Lohr Road.

The project is made possible by the generous support of Bank of Ann Arbor and Douglas J Exchange. Net proceeds from sales of the disc will benefit the Michigan Theater Foundation. The Michigan Theater is Ann Arbor's not-for-profit center for film and the performing arts. Built in 1928, the Michigan Theater was named the Outstanding Historic Theater in North America in 2006. It is located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor.

With stand-out tracks from artists you've loved for years like Natalie Merchant, John Gorka and Ani DiFranco, as well as artists on the rise like The Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile, Ingrid Michaelson, Amos Lee and Mat Kearney, Live From Studio A2, Volume Three shows what makes Ann Arbor truly special with its eclectic mix of talent and artistry.



WYCD St. Jude Radiothon set for Thursday and Friday

On Thursday December 9th & Friday December 10th, country WYCD FM 99.5 will be conducting their annual 'WYCD Cares For St. Jude Kids Radiothon' to help the kids at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In the past 10 years, generous listeners of WYCD have donated $5.5 million to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital during the annual event.

The on-air event will run from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. both days. Visit for more information.

"WYCD is proud to support St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. This is our eleventh year working with St. Jude and we have seen the progress they've made over the years in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other serious illnesses," said Debbie Kenyon, vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "Thanks to our generous listeners, WYCD has been able to contribute millions of dollars toward research and the caring of children that need St. Jude's help."

She added: "We have heard over and over from families right here in the Detroit area that have benefited from the work St. Jude does. No family is ever turned away, regardless of whether or not they have insurance or are able to pay."

It costs $1.5 million to keep the hospital running each day; most of that money comes from private donations. Stacy Ziarko, senior event marketing representative for St. Jude, said the WYCD radiothon was one of the hospital's largest fundraisers. The hospital, located in Memphis, Tennessee, conducts important research, which is then passed on freely to members of the scientific and medical community.

"We say that when a child's life is saved at St. Jude, it is like a thousand children saved around the world," explained Ziarko.

In fact, when the hospital opened in 1962, survival rates for childhood cancer were less than 20 percent; today the figure is 80 percent, partly due to treatments developed at St. Jude.

Rachel Herr, of Commerce Township, credits St. Jude with saving her son's life. When her son Kevin was seven years old, he was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common malignant brain cancer in children. Treatment was available locally but with a high chance of recurrence.

"I needed to look into other options because if there was a recurrence, it could be a death sentence. But our health insurance wouldn't cover anything out of network," explains Herr.

St. Jude picked up the tab for Kevin's course of treatment: 30 radiation treatments and four in-patient rounds of high-dose chemotherapy.

Kevin is now 10 years old and is in the fifth grade. "His teacher told me he is up to grade level in everything," said Herr. "St. Jude Hospital is saving our children and fundraising like the WYCD radiothon is essential for the hospital to operate as it does."

Last year alone, 99.5 WYCD raised $290,000, which helped pay for 6,604 platelet counts; 1,060 spinal taps; 668 days of oxygen; 378 days of chemotherapy for a leukemia patient; 118 days of outpatient treatment; 58 CT scans and 7.9 above-the-knee prostheses.

"I can think of no more worthy cause than eliminating cancer in children," said WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts. "The work that St. Jude Children's Research Hospital does is not only supported by WYCD and all of our country fans, but by the entire country music community, including great artists like Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and many more."

To make a donation to the WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon, call 800-374-4995 or go to



CKWW to mark 30th Anniversary of John Lennon's death with "Lennon Remembered"

On the 30th anniversary of his death, AM 580 CKWW will look back at the life and music of John Lennon with a 3-hour radio special. AM 580 pays tribute to one of the most influential singer-songwriters in music history with "Lennon Remembered" airing Wednesday, December 8th from 7 to 10 PM. From life as a Beatle to his later solo work, this show captures the music from the voice of a generation. "Lennon Remembered" was produced by CHUM Radio and hosted by veteran broadcaster Gord James.

AM 580 will also spotlight John Lennon's music throughout the day.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 7, 2010


For 30 years, host arwulf arwulf has led the adventurous, experimental radio program "Face the Music" on WCBN (88.3-FM), the student-run radio station at the University of Michigan. A special public broadcast at 7 p.m. Thursday is planned to mark the milestone in style. During the broadcast, arwulf and U-M student musicians will present "Beyond the War Model," discussing concepts and lessons from the three decades he has spent with the weekly show. The program will be broadcast live from the University of Michigan Museum of Art, and the public is welcome to attend... WCBN arwulf arwulf show 'Face the Music' marking 30 years with live broadcast (Tue, 12/7)

Condolences to family and friends of longtime CITY-TV/TORONTO news anchor and continuity announcer MARK DAILEY, who died MONDAY after a long battle with cancer at 57. He had battled prostate cancer since 2004 and was diagnosed with kidney cancer a few months ago. DAILEY, a former policeman in OHIO, joined CITY-TV in 1979 after a stint with CHUM-A/TORONTO from 1974-79; he previously worked in news at legendary Top 40 CKLW-A/WINDSOR-DETROIT. He also provided voices for several animated TV series... Toronto TV News Anchor, Former Radio Newsman Mark Dailey Dead At 57 (Tue, 12/7)


An FM translator being purchased by Radio One, owner of urban-targeted WHTD-FM 102.7, WDMK-FM 105.9, and WCHB AM 1200 in the Detroit market, has apparently started testing on the translator this week. This afternoon the station, heard on FM 99.9, was airing an automated commercial-free selection of smooth jazz type music. Between 12:45 and 1:30 p.m., there was no station identification given; it's not clear where the programming is originating.

The source of the programming on 99.9 was not found via an over-the-air scan of the radio dial. While WHTD does broadcast in HD, it doesn't appear that station is broadcasting and HD2 stream; WDMK, also in HD, was rebroadcasting WHTD on its HD2 stream this afternoon.

According to applications on file with the FCC, Radio One is purchasing the translator for $120,000 from Best Media and moving it from 89.1 to 99.9 with a power increase from 10 to 250 watts. The applications indicate the translator would be rebroadcasting WDMK from an antenna located in Royal Oak Township.


Update 12/9: Testing is either intermittent or completed; as of this morning the station is not broadcasting


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 10, 2010



News One:

NewsOne has obtained Keith Washington's official statement on the controversy surrounding the Internet streaming of a private conversation between Washington and his ailing friend, Aretha Franklin, on a Detroit radio station.

"Aretha Franklin has been a dear friend and colleague for over 20 years. We've toured together, prayed together, and laughed together.

For the past six weeks, I have been hosting Kisses After Dark on Kiss 105.9 in Detroit. In addition to being heard on the radio, a big part of the job is social networking and live video streaming. When I am not talking on the air I am working the phones with listeners and friends. The live video stream is on during my entire radio show.

On November 8, while on a break from the on-air broadcast, I called Aretha Franklin because it had just come to my attention she had to cancel her tour plans for the next six months due to health issues. Since Aretha's been sick, I've been heartsick.

Our conversation was captured on the live video stream as are others but I was not aware her end of the conversation was audible to the microphone.

At no time was our conversation aired or broadcast on the radio -- like many blogs and even reputable news organizations have claimed... Keith Washington Issues Statement On Aretha Controversy [Kiss 105.9 Detroit is owned by NewsOne's parent company, Radio One] (Fri, 12/10)



WDFN shuffles weekday lineup

Sports WDFN AM 1130 is playing musical chairs with its weekday programming, swapping Sean Baligian from morning drive to afternoons and Matt Shepard from afternoons to mornings. When the music stops, it appears that Detroit Free Press columnist Drew Sharp will be without a chair at 'DFN - he'd previously been co-hosting afternoons with Shepard. The changes become effective on December 13th.



45th annual WJR Christmas Sing set for December 11th

The Somerset Collection in Troy will again play host for the WJR Christmas Sing, hosted by morning man Paul W. Smith, Santa, and the WJR Family. The event will take place from 10 - 11 a.m. in the North Grand Court and promises be a morning of fun caroling for the entire family.



Rockin' for the Hungry Food and Fund Drive meets 200 ton goal

After the final food and cash donations were counted Tuesday evening, Rockin' for the Hungry met its goal of 200 tons of food for Food Gatherers, the food rescue program and food bank for Washtenaw County. Hosted by Kroger on South Maple Road and broadcast live by adult alternative WQKL FM 107.1 (ann arbor's 107one), the five day event is the county's largest outdoor food and fund drive to help feed those in need through the winter months.

A generous supply of hot beverages from Kroger and Starbucks helped volunteers and radio personalities from ann arbor's107one brave the frigid temperatures to collect food and financial contributions for Food Gatherers. "We're always excited to provide our time and resources to Food Gatherers at Rockin' for the Hungry.

They're an outstanding non-profit and we're extremely fortunate to have them in our community," commented Chris Ammel, program director for ann arbor's 107one who was onsite "freezin' for a reason" throughout the event broadcast. "This year's Rockin' couldn't have been a success without unwavering support from our listeners and sponsors. On behalf of the entire ann arbor's 107one team, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. You truly are the best."

CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT MD/afternoon host JESSE ADDY has added APD stripes, ALL ACCESS has confirmed. Station Manager RON HARRELL told staffers in an e-mail that "JESSE has been deeply involved with the development and direction of WDVD over the last five years. He is deserving of this public acknowledgement of his contribution to our product"... Jesse Addy Adds APD Stripes At WDVD (Fri, 12/10)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 13, 2010



Big Chill sets viewership mark for Fox Sports Detroit

FOX Sports Detroit's coverage of Saturday's "Big Chill at The Big House" outdoor hockey game (Michigan State at Michigan) was the regional network's highest rated college hockey telecast in its 14-year history, delivering a 5.1 Nielsen household rating in Metro Detroit (equivalent of approximately 96,400 households). The previous high was a 3.5 rating on Oct. 6, 2001 for "The Cold War" -- the previous outdoor game between the schools.

The telecast was distributed throughout Michigan (and portions of NW Ohio and Northern Indiana) on FOX Sports Detroit and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada on the Big Ten Network. The game was also shown in Ontario on Leafs TV; across the U.S. on FOX College Sports Atlantic and in Alaska on FOX affiliate KFXF-TV.

A live in-game chat at had 3,000 participants representing at least 24 states and 15 foreign countries. For the day, the website had more than 40,000 page views, most of it regarding "Big Chill" coverage that also included stories and a photo gallery.

Saturday's "Big Chill at The Big House" was attended by a world-record hockey crowd of 113, 411 at Michigan Stadium as the Wolverines beat the Spartans 5-0.



Detroit Free Press:

WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)'s Christy McDonald will be leaving the station Dec. 21, she said. McDonald, who has worked at WXYZ for 10 years, told Names & Faces that station management would no longer let her work part time and instead wanted her as a full-time reporter.

"I love the station. I love this city," she said. "It's so painful to have to make this decision. But unfortunately, it's not a life balance that works for me or my family right now."

Married to WCSX-FM (94.7) sports director (and Free Press blogger) Jamie Samuelsen, McDonald has three children: Caroline, 6; Josh, 4, and 1-year-old Catherine. McDonald, who anchored the 7 p.m. newscast for her first five years at the station, worked part time as an on-air reporter and fill-in anchor after her first daughter was born. The Emmy winner, who covered everything from the Woodward Dream Cruise to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, earned a best reporter tag from the Associated Press this year... Reporter turns down full-time job at Channel 7 (Mon, 12/13)



Grand Rapids Press:

ArtPrize and Grand Rapids' "Medical Mile" will be featured on a CBS-TV news special, "Reinventing Michigan," airing at 6 p.m. tonight in Detroit. Dick DeVos, Michigan's Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2006 and his wife, Betsy, and their son, Rick DeVos, creator of ArtPrize, will appear on the broadcast airing on WWJ-TV, the CBS affilliate in southeast Michigan. Others appearing include Governor-elect Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow and actor and Michigan native Jeff Daniels. The show is the latest installment on WWJ-TV's "Eye On the Future" series hosted by Carol Cain and Paul Pytlowany... ArtPrize, medical mile in Grand Rapids discussed in 'Reinventing Michigan,' tonight on CBS-TV in Detroit (Mon, 12/13)

Singer, radio host and native Detroiter Keith Washington is under fire...kind of...for taping a private conversation between him and Aretha Franklin taped a month prior before the Queen of Soul told fans that she is suffering from pancreatic cancer. Washington, who took over the 7 p.m.-12 a.m. timeslot at WDMK (105.9) six weeks ago, called Franklin on her cell phone on November 8... Radio host Keith Washington criticized for taping private conversation with Aretha Franklin (Mon, 12/13)



The Oakland Press:

Bullying continues to be an ongoing issue, sometimes resulting in suicide. Recently, 14-year-old Samantha Kelly of Huron Township committed suicide after allegedly being taunted and harassed for making a rape allegation against a fellow student. But a local radio station, 98.7 AMP Radio, a Top 40 station in Southfield, is aiming to bring awareness to this problem.

"Unfortunately, bullying has become a serious issue recently," said Debbie Kenyon, vice president and market manager of CBS Radio Detroit. "Kids not only have to endure this at school, but now kids and adults are experiencing this through social media. 98.7 AMP Radio, our core artists, our on-air talent and the Detroit Lions are reaching out to let kids know that bullying isn't right."

The station has started airing public service announcements urging the public to end the epidemic of bullying as well as to seek help if victimized by bullying. The PSAs are voiced by several 98.7 AMP Radio artists, including Jason Derulo and Taio Cruz, and Detroit Lions players, like quarterback Matt Stafford, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch.The station's on-air personalities have joined the campaign, too... Anti-bullying campaign amps up at 98.7 FM (Mon, 12/13)

102.9 W4 Country (WWWW-FM) is collecting Toys for Tots during its annual Christmas Crusade for Kids at the Kroger store located at 400 S. Maple Road in Ann Arbor. The toy drive began on Friday, Dec. 10 and ends on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The radio station has not set a goal, however last year it raised 16,000 toys and $16,000 in cash donations. The entire W4 air staff will broadcast live all week long from inside the grocery store. Although the economy is still in bad shape, some say we are out of the recession.

"We're here, we do it annually, collecting toys and you've got to think from baby to teenager," said Mandy Cooke, mid-day host on W4 Country. "We're also taking cash and check donations here until Wednesday. Cash donations are much appreciated if you don't know what to get. I'm not sure if there's any goal, it's just a lot. That's my goal, bring a lot."

W4 Country is on location at the Kroger store asking for your toys and monetary donations from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday and from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. This is the seventh year the radio station has been hosting the toy drive... 102.9 W4 Country hosting Toys for Tots drive (Sun, 12/12)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 15, 2010


Capping off its eleventh year, the CBS RADIO Country WYCD/DETROIT "Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon," held DECEMBER 9-10, raised $338,700 -- nearly $50,000 more than in 2009 -- for ST. JUDE CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL in MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. "Once again our WYCD listeners came to the call and pledged an amazing amount of money for ST. JUDE'S CHILDREN'S RESEARCH HOSPITAL," said VP/Market Mgr. DEBBIE KENYON. "We are thrilled with the outpouring of support for this worthwhile cause.".. WYCD Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon Raises Over $330,000 (Wed, 12/15)

CBS RADIO Classic Hits WOMC/DETROIT will host SANTA's Toy Castle, a toy drive benefitting THE SALVATION ARMY, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 17th and SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18th, in SOUTHGATE, MICHIGAN. Kicking off with THE BOBBY MITCHELL SHOW with CHUCK GAIDICA at 6a on FRIDAY, 104.3 WOMC will broadcast live from the parking lot of the KMART SUPERSTORE. Personalities will be encouraging listeners to drop off new, unwrapped toys for children in need this holiday season. "The reason we decided to launch this toy drive is simple. When THE SALVATION ARMY told us that there was a shortage of gifts and lots of children were not going to get CHRISTMAS presents this year, we knew we must try to help," WOMC PD TIM ROBERTS said. "Every kid deserves CHRISTMAS.".. WOMC Hosts Toy Drive For The Salvation Army (Wed, 12/15)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT's "MOJO IN THE MORNING" will be flying needy local children to the NORTH POLE FRIDAY (12/15) -- or, at least, they'll THINK it's the NORTH POLE. The show will fill a real jet plane with 50 kids and parents, it'll really take off, and it'll land a few minutes later at "SANTA's workshop," where they'll meet SANTA and Mrs. CLAUS and their (real) reindeer, have lunch, and get bags of toys, plus $2,000 for each family from MOJO and the SERGEI FEDEROV FOUNDATION... WKQI's Mojo Sending Kids To 'North Pole' (Tue, 12/14)

CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40/Rhythmic WDTW (106.7 THE BEAT OF DETROIT)/DETROIT weekend host DANIELLE CAR has released a CHRISTMAS song, "Save Your Cookies For Me," getting airplay on the seasonal all-CHRISTMAS format on sister AC WNIC. CAR's CHRISTMAS tune is not the only music she's releasing this season, as "Walk of Shame," the lead single from her new Country EP, has gotten added to PROMO ONLY's JANUARY Country Radio CD... WDTW's Danielle Car Gets Airplay For Christmas Tune (Tue, 12/14)

Congratulations to CLEAR CHANNEL Top 40 WKQI (CHANNEL 955)/DETROIT "MOJO IN THE MORNING" Executive Producer RACHEL GIORDANO and her husband MARK (known as "CAPRICORN" on the air) on the birth of their son NICOLAS ("NICO")... It's A Boy for 'Mojo' Producer Rachel Giordano (Tue, 12/14)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 16, 2010



Detroit News:

At Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, Mich., Dawn Hill's classmates voted her "most likely to become Oprah." Ms. Hill, 24, is a local producer and a fledgling voice-over artist for commercials on the radio stations WBLS and WLIB. Her primary responsibilities are "The Yolanda Adams Morning Show," on WLIB (1190 AM), which plays gospel music, and "Middays With Egypt," on WBLS (107.5 FM), which plays R&B. Raised in Detroit, she graduated from Howard University in 2008 and lives in Harlem with two roommates. Learning to listen: My dad was a police officer who died from a blood clot when I was 3 months old, so I was raised by my mother. I think the reason I was always so interested in voice-overs was that when she read to me, she changed her voice for every character. Taking the lead: I was not a shy child. In preschool I played the lead parts in "Cinderella" and Shirley Temple. We lived in the city just off Eight Mile, but I mostly went to parochial schools in the suburbs. I wanted to become a pediatrician until our medical careers club took a field trip to a morgue when I was in ninth grade. Jump-start: In high school, I got into Scoop, a program run by the Cable Communications Commission that introduces city kids to communications careers. I got to produce some packages and did public-service announcements, which helped get me a college scholarship... A Voice for Radio, With Oprah's Ambition (Thu, 12/16)


Television: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010



DPTV series 'Leaders on Leadership' adds coverage across most of Lower Peninsula

Beginning January 2011, television viewers in mid- and northern Michigan will get an opportunity to delve into the minds and motives of business leaders through their local PBS station. WCMU, Central Michigan University Public Television, will begin broadcasting "Leaders on Leadership" at 3:30 p.m. Sundays starting January 2.

Each half-hour edition seeks to reveal the character, drive and ambition of chief executives renowned for their leadership in guiding local, national and international organizations.

"Leaders on Leadership" will continue to air in Michigan on producing station WTVS Detroit Public Television Sundays at 11 a.m., repeated Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. It also airs on WGVU Grand Valley State University Public Television from Grand Rapids, and WGVK in Kalamazoo. The addition of WCMU brings the show to most residents of Michigan's Lower Peninsula and some parts of the Upper Peninsula. It is also available at On Demand.

"Leaders on Leadership" is a partnership between the Wayne State University School of Business Administration and Detroit Public Television (DPTV), and is made possible by a grant from Greenleaf Trust. Currently in its seventh season, the program is hosted by Larry Fobes, director of Wayne State's Institute for Organizational and Industrial Competitiveness (IOIC). The show won a Michigan Emmy for Best Interview/Discussion Program in 2004.

"I appreciate the range of guests on this series, and especially its strong emphasis on Michigan leaders," said Linda Dielman, TV program/outreach manager for Central Michigan University Public Television. "We're always eager to air Michigan-produced programs of this quality."

Dan Alpert, senior vice president of DPTV, said, "There are important lessons for people in all walks of life in these interviews with successful organizational leaders. WCMU's airing of the series will help ensure that more people in Michigan will benefit from the business knowledge of Larry's guests."

"The School of Business Administration at Wayne State University is always eager to extend the opportunity for residents of Michigan to benefit from our extensive range of outstanding academic programs as well as unique outreach initiatives like 'Leaders on Leadership'," said Dean David L. Williams.



WXYZ TV launches community impact project: Detroit 2020

Unify. Inspire. Act. That's the motto of Detroit 2020, a groundbreaking project that WXYZ-TV will launch on January 4, 2011. Detroit 2020 is a decade-long, multi-platform, regional-impact initiative, designed to dramatically change the course of Metro Detroit.

For generations, Detroit-area viewers have relied on WXYZ to address issues, encourage debate and help find solutions to the challenges in our communities. Building on that legacy, Detroit 2020 will tackle some of the biggest issues facing Metro Detroit--including education, race relations and transportation--through news stories, special programs, town hall meetings, commentaries and community service efforts.

"The goal of Detroit 2020 is to significantly improve the economic, emotional and mental well-being of Detroit and the region by the end of the decade," said WXYZ Vice-President and General Manager Ed Fernandez. "Detroit 2020 will encourage dialogue, demand solutions, unify efforts, and provide a voice for all communities."

News stories planned during premiere week include:

  • Jan. 4 - "A Tale of Two Cities," a feature that explores the possibilities of change to move the region forward as well as the consequences of neglect
  • Jan. 5 - a profile of one Detroit neighborhood that has been revitalized
  • Jan. 6 - a look at what's working in one industrial city in the country and the lessons that Detroit can learn from this success
  • Jan. 7 - a segment focusing on the challenges many suburban communities are facing as they struggle with job loss and income reduction

Through a companion Web site,, as well as Facebook and Twitter, viewers will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on important community issues and share their stories, photos, and experiences. will also provide valuable resources that will encourage community groups and individuals to take action.

"It may seem like a daunting task," said Fernandez, "but we are beginning to realize we are all Detroiters, we are all invested in the prosperity of our region, and we are all united in a desire to bring about change. "


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 17, 2010



Home Improvement host raises funds for Forgotten Harvest

The first hour of Murray Gula's Home Improvement radio show will be devoted to helping the unfortunate who are going without food or housing during this holiday season. The program will air at noon on Sunday, December 19th on Clear Channel sports-talker WDFN-AM (1130).

The Forgotten Harvest Murray interview conducted last year with the organization's Russ Russell, was one of the most eye opening the host had ever done. According to Gula, "I also interviewed Russ earlier this year, and I'm still haunted by the stories of hunger throughout Michigan and our great country."

You're invited to tune in on Sunday for an hour of broadcasting you will not easily forget. The in-studio phone number is 1-800-998-3494. To reach Forgotten Harvest directly, call 248-967-1500.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 18, 2010



Detroit Free Press:

As Michigan looks to changes in Lansing with hopes new leadership might inspire a healthier job picture across the state, more people are eying health care as an area that can ease the hemorrhaging of manufacturing jobs.

"We've recently seen growth in health care," said Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano, who talked about it and other things in "Reinventing Michigan," a 30-minute TV special airing at 11 a.m. today that examines how the state might find new traction and create jobs.

"Reinventing Michigan," which is the latest special WWJ-TV CBS Detroit's "Eye On The Future" programming looking at changes ahead. The show will be rebroadcast at 8:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS Detroit. It runs in place of "Michigan Matters" this weekend... Job creation in Michigan is focus of WWJ special program (Sat, 12/18)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 22, 2010


A couple of cardboard boxes. Some framed jazz prints. Pictures of his family. That's about all Art Timko, station manager and executive director at WEMU (89.1-FM), had left to carry out of his office in Eastern Michigan University's King Hall recently as he prepared to close a 42-year career in broadcasting. Remarkably, that entire career has been spent at Eastern's public radio station.

"I feel pretty good. I'm ready," Timko, who announced his retirement last fall, said during a mid-December interview. "I think, like with most people, once a person decides they want to do something they want to get to it. ... I am sure there are people around the university are saying to themselves 'Isn't he gone yet?' But I'm looking forward to it."

Molly Motherwell, the station's general manager / marketing and development director, will serve as interim executive director while a search for Timko's replacement is conducted. Timko, 64, started at WEMU as a student in January 1968, stayed through August of that year, went into the military and served in Vietnam. He came back in the fall of 1970 for graduate school, finished that in a year, and started working at the station again... Art Timko wraps up long WEMU career with fond memories - and concerns (Wed, 12/22)



8th WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW planned

CBS Radio Detroit and The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) have announced that the Eighth Annual WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW has been scheduled for January 28-29, 2011. WWJ Newsradio 950 will broadcast live beginning at 5 a.m. Friday, Jan. 28 and ending at noon on Saturday, Jan. 29 from the Detroit Science Center to help raise much-needed funds for THAW. Volunteers from local businesses, schools and community organizations will man the phones and local government, business, sports and community leaders will drop in to encourage donors to support THAW's work in local communities.

Each year since 2004, the Winter Survival Radiothon has been one of THAW's primary sources of community support, enabling THAW to provide emergency assistance to Southeastern Michigan households facing a home energy crisis. This year's donation goal is $600,000, which would provide assistance to hundreds of Metro Detroit families during difficult times.

In addition to traditional called-in donations, the Winter Survival Radiothon has become the center of a number of related initiatives and campaigns that work with schools, businesses and service organizations to support THAW and take its "Safe and Warm" message out into the community.

DTE Energy is the Presenting Sponsor of the Winter Survival Radiothon, and as in past years will be matching donations made during the Radiothon on a 1:1 or greater basis.

"The WWJ Newsradio 950 Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW is a tremendous partnership between THAW, CBS Radio Detroit, DTE Energy and all of the other sponsors and supporters who come together to support THAW's mission during the depths of a cold Michigan winter," said THAW CEO Susan Sherer. "Literally hundreds of homes in Metro Detroit will stay safe and warm thanks to the support of our community during the Winter Survival Radiothon."

More than a thousand times, Fred Foy stepped close to the microphone in a studio at WXYZ radio in Detroit. With the "William Tell Overture" playing in the background, he spoke words that resonated for generations. "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty, 'Hi! Yo! Silver!' The Lone Ranger!" He never tired of those lines, which was just as well. Everyone from Dick Cavett, for whose TV show Mr. Foy was the announcer, to people he encountered on every errand wanted to hear his memorable voice speak those famous words. Mr. Foy, who moved to Massachusetts in the late 1980s to be closer to his first grandchild, died in his sleep this morning in his Woburn home. He was 89... Fred Foy, 'Lone Ranger' announcer, dies at 89 (Wed, 12/22)

Channel 7 is revamping their website's commenting policy and requiring all users to connect their comments to their Facebook accounts. The new policy effectively eliminates anonymous commenting... Channel 7 institutes Facebook-linked comments policy on their website; Will it really improve the conversation? (Tue, 12/21)


WDIV morning traffic reporter Heather Zara announced today she is leaving the station to pursue other opportunities. Zara, whose last day on air at Local 4 is Wednesday, is also a sports reporter for the station and covers sports for and is a game-day host for the Detroit Lions... Heather Zara announces departure from WDIV, will continue with (Tue, 12/21)


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 23, 2010



Detroit News:

The first day of school this fall for Christy McDonald's 6-year-old also was the day wind-whipped fire skittered across Detroit and scorched 85 buildings. McDonald had the standard list of questions for Caroline: How was it? Who are your friends? What did you think of the teacher? But she had to ask them over the phone from a WXYZ-TV truck on the east side, with sirens blaring in the background. It's never easy to balance kids and work, but it's harder when your hours and whereabouts depend on whether power lines hold up in a stiff breeze or some crackhead decides it's a good day to knock over a bank.

"Unpredictability," McDonald said, "is not workable for me right now." And that's why, as of Wednesday, she no longer works for Channel 7.

It was a friendly parting from a dream job. The station graciously let her walk away from an anchor desk and go part-time five years ago, and she'll always appreciate that. But now there are two more kids -- to the ever-sensitive viewers who sent e-mails, yes, she wasgetting fat -- and there's no more part-time position... TV reporter puts kids first (Thu, 12/23)


WNIC reboots itself



Fresh 100.3The post-holiday flood of format changes in Michigan spread to Detroit earlier today with long time soft-rocker WNIC FM 100.3 giving itself a 'fresh' coat of paint and moving to a full-fledged hot adult contemporary outlet as 'Fresh 100.3, Detroit's Fresh New Sound'. A banner on the station's updated web site identifies core artists as Katy Perry, Usher, Kid Rock, Lady Gaga, Daughtry, Train, and Pink.

The format adjustment followed an afternoon music survey stunt and marks the first big change in the station's sound since the 1970s when a beautiful music format transitioned into what became known as adult contemporary and 'Detroit's Nicest Rock'.

Since 2001, WNIC had been going head to head in the adult contemporary format with WMGC-FM 105.1 - a station that now features several former WNIC jocks including regular weekday hosts Jim Harper in morning drive, Chris Edmonds afternoons, and Kevin O'Neill evenings. Now, 'Fresh 100.3' has made the decision to move closer towards the sound of hot AC WDVD-FM 96.3 instead of WMGC.

It appears that WNIC's personality lineup will remain in place with Jay Towers mornings, Theresa Lucas middays, Kristin Burns afternoons, and Sydney Hawkins evenings.


Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Dec. 28, 2010



WDVD and WDRQ to present Rockin' the Eve

WDVDVariety hits WDRQ FM 93.1 (Doug-FM) and WDVD FM 96.3 are planning to present Rockin' the Eve on December 31, 2010 featuring a live concert in the streets of Downtown Royal Oak. The stage will be placed at 6th Street and Washington Avenue.

The evening will be hosted by 96.3 WDVD's morning show, Blaine and Allyson in the Morning and is scheduled to begin at 8:00 p.m. with DJ Brian Gillepsie, as he mixes dance music. Local bands The Wall Clocks (Rockin' The Eve Battle of the Bands winner) and The BFE (fronted by 96.3 WDVD's Blaine Fowler) will open the show. 80's Pop rockers, The Romantics will hit the stage performing classic hits like; "What I Like About You" and "Talking In Your Sleep". As the night moves closer to the New Year, Gin Blossoms will perform their chart topping hits, "Hey Jealousy", "Found Out About You" and "Follow You Down".

WDRQIn the final count down to midnight, a 1000 pound ball with 288 flashing lights will be lowered to ring in the New Year. The ball was designed and built by local companies including; Treppen Fabricators, Dean Electric and P&M Lighting.

This event is free, family friendly and open to the public. The concert will conclude on or about 12:30 a.m.

Other activities will include a Kids Craft Corner hosted by Creative Art Studios, a photo tent hosted by Metro PCS and ice table hockey tables inside a tent hosted by event co-sponsor Saab.



Detroit Free Press:

Metro Detroiters tuned into WNIC-FM (100.3) will notice the station's adult contemporary format has been tweaked as of Monday. While traditional artists like Billy Joel and Elton John could still be played, newer acts like Kid Rock, Usher, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and Train will be added more frequently to the rotation, said operations manager Todd Thomas said. Thomas said that there haven't been any changes to the on-air talent, which is led by Jay Towers' morning show. With the unveiling of its updated Web site and new "Fresh" branding Monday, Thomas said that WNIC's adult contemporary format hasn't been changed, but rather updated, to better represent its core 25- to 54-year-old target audience... WNIC-FM updates its format (Tue, 12/28)

Longtime WBBM (B96) and WCFS (FRESH 105.9)/CHICAGO vet ROXANNE STEELE has moved east to relocate in the MOTOR CITY. She's now doing part-time work at CITADEL Hot AC WDVD/DETROIT... Roxanne Steele Is On WDVD (Tue, 12/28)


column written by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloFirst of all, Happy New Year to all radio fans and readers of Next week I'll be heading to the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show for a few days and reporting back to you what exciting new "toys" I see in Las Vegas. Also, I promise to write on a more regular basis in the new year. The huge Motor City Radio Reunion took a great deal of my time during the past year. If you haven't checked out the web site please do; you can see a 9 minute video preview of the DVD which I had the pleasure of editing together to commemorate that spectacular event last September.

So, I get this press release from a radio station that I, for many years, have had tremendous respect for. It boasts about the "new" WNIC which has now been re-branded as "Fresh 100.3." My friends and radio fans, there is NOTHING fresh about the "Fresh" brand. It has been done all over the country and there is no way that during the last couple of weeks of this year that I would honestly believe an extensive listener survey was taken to determine what WNIC listeners really want to hear.

One of the first "Fresh" stations was put on in New York City, where the legendary WNEW-FM "Where Rock Lives" was re-branded as "Fresh 102.7" and even the heritage WNEW call-letters were dropped. Amazing. In Chicago, the longtime WCKG changed to "Fresh 105.9" and in city after city, this "radio flavor of the month" has been procreating itself as something "new" for that particular market. I have always said that in the radio business there seems to be no shortage of carbon paper. That term has become very out-dated as many people don't even know what carbon paper is anymore. The point is that there is a serious lack of creativity and original ideas in radio programming. If something catches on in a particular part of the country and gets ratings, they immediately clone it all over the country, often using the same name in each city.

When the Jack-FM format hit about 3 years ago, it took on variations in cities nationwide. The Jack name was not always used. In Philadelphia, it was Ben, up in Saginaw it's Mike, Fort Wayne is was Joe and here in Detroit it's known as Doug. The "Fresh" brand seems, however, to use the fresh name in each place that it appears. I think what bothered me the most about the alteration at 100.3 FM locally is the owners seemingly unconcern for the value of the WNIC call-letters and name. WNIC, which originally stood for NICe, has been the name at 100.3 FM ever since 1972 when it changed from WKNR-FM. That is a run of nearly 40 years and should not be tossed out in such a uncaring manner. The name 100.3 WNIC rolled off the tongue and was and is well-known in the Detroit area. It will take some time to get all listeners to the station to refer to it be this "new" name.

Fresh 100.3The "Fresh" logo is also the same color in most markets, and that color is a shade of teal. Since direct format competitor WMGC-FM (105.1) Magic has a logo of a similar color, WNIC's new Fresh logo is more of a coral color.

Excuse the rant, and this was not designed to make enemies at Clear Channel Radio Detroit, which owns WNIC, but just some observations from myself regarding a change that I didn't feel was anymore necessary than when they chased talents like Kevin O'Neill, Chris Edmonds, Dave Lockhart and Lisa Barry out of the building. Listeners were comfortable with 100.3 WNIC. Country listeners were said to have selected the new name for 106.7 FM as "The Fox" and we all know how long that lasted....less than 2 years. Listeners did NOT choose that name. Management needs to release that radio listeners are smarter that they often realize.

Let's see if this latest "fresh idea" catches on. In New York, the premier Fresh station took a long time to garner acceptable ratings. We will watch and listen to see if this was a good move in the new year for the once venerable, and once NICe 100.3 WNIC.

Art Vuolo Jr. 2010 News Archive




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