Metro Detroit: Newsmakers March 25, 2011




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Martz Communications Group via its Radio Power Inc. subsidiary is preparing to launch two new stations via translator in Detroit. 94.3 W230BI and 104.7 W284BQ are both currently testing with simulcasts of Classical/Jazz 90.9 WRCJ, but will soon flip to commercial formats. At 94.3, Martz has registered a pair of domains hinting at its future format: and seem to indicate a younger skewing Rock format targeting CTVglobemedia's Modern Rock 88.7 CIMX Windsor, ON. W230BI will operate with 99 watts vertically from 911 feet. Martz has recently filed for an STA to take 104.7 silent, but it has once again begun testing. In June 2010, was registered for use with this translator, however it is quite possible plans have changed since... Two New Translators Coming To Detroit (Fri, 3/25)

Just a week after announcing she was named PD of Urban WHTD Detroit ( , Radio One fires Ms. Smiley. Smiley had been the long time PD of Urban AC WDMK and talk WCHB, and was serving as interim PD of WHTD "Hot 102.7" for the past several months. Word from sources inside the station say Ms. Smiley was involved in an altercation at a station event... Ms. Smiley Exits Radio One Detroit (Fri, 3/25)

Both of Washtenaw County's public-radio operations this week announced successful spring fund-raising drives. WEMU (89.1-FM), the public-radio station at Eastern Michigan University, recorded an all-time fund-raising record. Michigan Radio, the University of Michigan-based service that operates WUOM (91.7-FM) as well as stations in Grand Rapids and Flint, raised $133,000 in a single "power hour" on the first day of donations. Both stations reported that recent challenges to federal funding of public radio seemed to energize supporters... Michigan Radio, WEMU wrap up successful spring fund-raising drives (Fri, 3/25)







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