Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb. 24, 2011




Detroit Free Press:

WJRWJR-AM (760) morning-drive host Paul W. Smith says he's excited about his new role as cohost of the 24th Annual Salvation Army Bed & Bread Club Radiothon on Friday.

"This is a really important experience for all of us," Smith told Names & Faces on Wednesday. "There aren't that many charities that can always say 100% of the donations will go directly to the services. And the need, I think we all know, it's greater than ever."

Smith will join Frank Beckmann, Free Press columnist Mitch Albom and other personalities from WJR at the event. Since it was launched in 1988 with host Dick Purtan, the annual Salvation Army Radiothon has raised more than $23 million for the Bed & Bread program, which brings food, shelter and services to poor people in metro Detroit. Purtan, who retired from radio last year, says he has been enjoying his freedom but has also worked behind the scenes for this year's fund-raiser... Paul W. Smith to cohost Bed & Bread (Thu, 2/24)



Detroit News:

Take a moment today to wish Paul Carey well. According to his wife, Nancy, the former Tigers broadcaster suffered a heart attack on Wednesday. She said in an email Wednesday night that Carey, 82, is "doing fine and is stable" in the cardiac care unit at Beaumont Hospital in Troy after having a stent inserted to alleviate a blockage... Ex-Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey, 82, recovering after heart attack (Thu, 2/24)



WOMC looking for new midday host

WOMCClassic Hits WOMC-FM 104.3 Detroit is looking for a new midday host as 'JT', John Thomas' prepares to make his exit from the 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. shift and head out of the snow after about three years. RAMP reports this morning that his new home will be in Jacksonville, Florida at another classic hits station, WJGH FM 107.3.

CITADEL Hot AC WDVD and Adult Hits WDRQ/DETROIT Station Mgr. BYRON "RON" HARRELL promotes RON SMERIGAN to Marketing/Promotions Director... WDVD Promotes Ron Smerigan To Marketing/Promotions Director (Thu, 2/24)

WMYDGranit Broadcasting MNT affiliate WMYD Detroit (DMA 11), is launching an unusual twist on a free viewer lotto game on Mon, Feb 28. Scratch for Cash uses the station's shows, names of show stars and on-air talent instead of numbers in the drawing.

Viewers pick up free scratch-off cards at local WMYD advertiser locations, scratch off six circles to reveal a random match of shows and talent names. A Scratch for Cash Lotto machine picks six balls during the nightly 10 p.m. newscast. If a card matches that day's six names, the cardholder win $150,000 cash. There's a different scratch card issued by WMYD for each day the contest runs, so viewers have a new chance every day. The contest runs every weeknight from Feb. 28 until March 25... WMYD launches $150,000 'Scratch for Cash' (Thu, 2/24)







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