Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 18, 2011




WJR names Tom O'Brien as new general manager

WJR owner Citadel Broadcasting has announced that Tom O'Brien has been named general manager for the company's WJR AM 760 Detroit. O'Brien will report to Citadel Broadcasting Midwest president, Matt Hanlon.

"WJR is one of the finest radio stations in the history of broadcasting. This station requires someone with experience, relationships and credibility to lead us day to day. Tom is uniquely qualified to take on this opportunity," commented Hanlon in a release.

"It is truly a privilege to manage this legendary radio station," said O'Brien. "We will continue to focus on relevant content, serving our listeners, the community, our employees and advertisers."

O'Brien joined WJR in December 2004 as director of sales. Previously he was station manager for WWJ AM for 14 years. Tom is a lifelong resident of Metro Detroit.



Detroit News:

It's not a done deal yet, but close. According to the online radio tip sheet All Access, Cumulus Media Inc. and Citadel Broadcasting, the latter owner of WJR and two Detroit FM stations, WDRQ and WDVD, have entered into an exclusive agreement to negotiate a merger that would make Cumulus, the dominant partner, the owner of 570 radio stations across the country. Negotiations could still break down. If the deal goes through, it would have to pass muster with the board of directors of both companies, and also be approved by the FCC... Merger talks close to deal on WJR, FM stations (Fri, 2/18)



Detroit Free Press:

Three of Detroit's Citadel owned-radio stations have been sold as part of a huge Citadel deal with Cumulus, according to a report posted Thursday on the Web site of industry trade publication Radio Ink. The three Detroit stations that would be affected by the deal are WJR-AM (760), WDVD-FM (96.3) and WDRQ-FM (93.1). Radio Ink reported that news of the transaction -- valued at $2.4 billion and $1.5 billion in market equity -- was leaked internally. Radio insiders have known about the possible deal for weeks. WJR's Paul W. Smith explored the subject on his show Thursday... 3 Detroit radio stations sold (Fri, 2/18)



Local radio host to participate in 88.1FM Record Show

Matt Watroba will participate as a dealer at the 88.1FM Record/CD/Music Memorabilia Show on Saturday Feb. 26, at Salem High School. The show is from 10am to 4pm at the Salem High School Cafeteria.

Watroba will be selling much of his large collection of music that spans many genres including folk, country, American, bluegrass and blues. He was a long time public radio host in the Detroit area on WDET and WEMU and currently hosts the Sing Out Radio Magazine, Wednesday at 11am on WSDP, 88.1FM and via syndication on other stations across the country. Watroba also is a folk music artist and serves as an announcer and producer for and WKSU at Kent State University.

"We're excited to have Matt participating in our show," said Bill Keith, WSDP station manager. "He is a wonderful addition to our great line up of dealers. I can't wait to see the music he has for sale."

Collectors that attend the 88.1FM Record Show will find thousands of vinyl records, CD's, import only releases, 45's, t-shirts, posters, and other collectibles. The music will span many genres including rock, jazz, pop, country, R&B and folk. The show will also feature special giveaways and door prizes.

Tickets are $3, $5 for early admission between 9 and 10am, and free for Canton, Plymouth and Salem students. Ticket proceeds will benefit WSDP, and will help the station to continue serving the community with unique programming and broadcast training for students.







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on February 18, 2011 9:40 AM.

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