Cumulus layoffs affect on-air and off-air talent in Detroit
With the recent $2.5 billion takeover of of Citadel, which included three stations in Detroit, new owner Cumulus is reducing the workforce at the cluster that includes news/talk WJR AM 760, pop WDVD-FM 96.3, and variety hits WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Doug FM).
On-air talent no longer with Cumulus include fill-in and weekend host John McCulloch and news personalities Donna Barbera and Dayna Clark from WJR along with evening host Scott Vertical and overnight host Jeanmarie Pavol from WDVD. Various social network and trade publication postings claim the layoffs also included engineer Kevin Hawley along with traffic reporters and people in production, accounting, and promotions - possibly up to seventeen people in all.
Tim Martz's Radio Power applies to buy a far east side FM translator
Radio Assist Ministry has agreed to sell an extremely low power FM translator (1 watt, and presently silent) currently at 97.5 licensed to Harrison Township to Martz's Radio Power for $32,000 pending the usual government approvals.
There is now an application on file for the translator to change frequency to 107.1, increase power to the maximum 250 watts with a move to Roseville near 12 Mile Rd. and Groesbeck Hwy, and change its community of license to Detroit.
The application filed with the FCC for the sale shows the translator would rebroadcast the HD-3 signal of WGPR-FM (107.5) - currently known as modern rock 94.3 The Bone and also heard on an FM translator at 94.3 that is weak in many parts of Macomb County due to co-channel interference from Canadian station CKSY-FM out of Chatham, ON.
Mayor Dave Bing has tapped his former communications czar and one-time TV executive to lead and revamp the city's government cable access channels, The Detroit News has learned. Robert N. Warfield, who served as Bing communications chief from the beginning of the mayor's first term in May 2009 to June 2009, resigned because the mayor was unaware he pleaded guilty to drug charges in 2004. He is set to begin his new role as director of Media Services Department on Monday.
Full story: Bing taps former WDIV exec to revamp city's 2 cable channels (Fri, 11/4)