Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan. 5, 2011




WJR boss Fezzey leaving radio

WJRNews-Talk WJR AM 760 general manager Mike Fezzey has announced that he's leaving the Citadel-owned station after 30 years to take the role of president of a 'prominent' southeast Michigan financial institution.

In the release, Citadel CEO Farid Suleman commented, "Under Mike's leadership WJR has continuously been recognized as a Michigan thought leader in the broadcasting business. His approach to WJR has always kept the station relevant to the community. We are confident his leadership skills and connection to the community will serve him well in his new role. We are grateful for the extremely strong team Mike has built at WJR. We look forward to working with him in his new role."

Citadel Midwest president Matt Hanlon, whose been with the company overseeing stations in Grand Rapids and Lansing, will assume oversight of WJR.


Detroit Free Press:

Mike Fezzey, longtime president and general manager of WJR-AM (760) radio in Detroit, is leaving the station to become president of Huntington Bancshares' southeast Michigan region. Fezzey, 53, with no previous banking experience, is an unconventional executive hire for the Ohio-based bank holding company. Jim Dunlap, Huntington's senior executive vice president who recruited Fezzey, said that was intentional, as Huntington expands its Michigan presence in business lending... WJR president leaves station for bank (Wed, 1/5)



SW Ontario loses a country signal

Blackburn Radio has dropped the country format of CJSP-FM 92.7 Leamington and replaced it with a variety hits based sound as 92.7 Max FM, 'We Play It All'.

CJSP is a relative newcomer to the dial - it first began regular operations in March 2008 as Country 92.7

Country listeners aren't completely shutout in Southwestern Ontario as Blackburn also owns stations with a country format in Windsor at 95.9 FM (CJWF) and in Chatham at AM 630 and FM 92.9 (CFCO).



WDIV set to air 'Dateline Detroit' this Thursday evening

On Thursday, January 6 at 8 p.m., the premiere of WDIV-TV Ch. 4's 'Dateline Detroit' will explore the positive outlook for the auto industry and discover what a difference a year makes.

The half hour Dateline Detroit special is hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian and Guy Gordon. Highlights include an in-depth look at the new realities of electric cars, a special glimpse at famous athletes and their special rides, and a Karen Drew report on the women behind the redesign of Ford Explorer and the special way they balance their career and families while overhauling an American classic.

If you think radio is too predictable, then obviously you haven't been listening to WCBN. Tucked away in the basement of the Student Activities Building on the University of Michigan central campus, WCBN -- the U-M's student-run, freeform station at 88.3 FM -- is about as far from mainstream radio as you can get. With programming that can see Cyndi Lauper's "She Bop" land next to James Blood Ulmer's "We Bop Black Rock" and the Osmond Brothers next to Pete Seeger, and shows ranging from folk to funk to techno and everything in between, the station is a listening adventure. You never know what you'll hear, and that's the plan, said Kristin Sumrall, U-M alum and WCBN program director... You never know what the DJs will play next, and that's the point, at U-M student station WCBN (Wed, 1/5)

GREATER MEDIA has promoted JENNIFER WILLIAMS to Dir./Interactive Marketing. In her new corporate role, WILLIAMS will be responsible for overseeing the interactive marketing efforts of GREATER MEDIA's 23 radio properties. She most recently served as the Dir./Interactive Marketing at GREATER MEDIA/DETROIT... Jennifer Williams Upped To Dir./Interactive Marketing At Greater Media (Wed, 1/5)







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