Detroit Free Press:
We've come a long way from the 1983 festival described by the Free Press as "an extravaganza of nonstop country and bluegrass music, square dancing, banjo picking and yodeling." Twenty-eight years after that inaugural Downtown Hoedown, the annual event has become a Detroit institution, reliably packing the 50,000-capacity Hart Plaza with curiosity seekers and committed country fans... Downtown Hoedown reflects country music's evolution (Thu, 5/12)
For nearly 30 years, the Downtown Hoedown has brought hundreds of thousands of country music fans to downtown Detroit to celebrate the music and the nation they love. "It's definitely gotten bigger over the years," says musician Scott Forbes, whose band the Forbes Brothers will play the Hoedown for the 20th time this weekend... Downtown ready to cowboy up as Hoedown takes over (Thu, 5/12)
The Oakland Press:
Jason Aldean is making his WYCD Downtown Hoedown debut this weekend. As one of the festival's headliners. "Yeah, I like it -- that's what we've been waiting for, y'know," Aldean, who closes the Hoedown at 9:15 p.m. Sunday, May 15, says with a laugh. "We wanted to do it right."... Jason Aldean gets his chance, closing WYCD Downtown Hoedown (Thu, 5/12)
The next great country star could be discovered right here in Detroit. WYCD's Downtown Hoedown first started in 1983 and has grown into one of the largest country festivals in the nation. It also lays claim as a booster pad for some of the genre's biggest stars: Reba McEntire, Garth Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and Rascal Flatts... Downtown Hoedown kicks off Friday in Detroit with mix of local, national artists (Thu, 5/12)
Bloomfield Hills' WBFH pledge drive raises over $6000 in support of community radio
The Bloomfield Hills School District's radio station WBFH, also known as The Biff, aired its 35th Annual Biffstock pledge drive April 14-16. Biff students collected $6180.00 in cash and pledges from listeners in the community to help underwrite radio station enhancement expenses.
"Our radio-a-thon is a fun event for the radio students and it gives listeners a chance to support community radio with their donations" said WBFH Biffstock Chair and Lahser Senior Lauren Pohl. All 25 WBFH staff students from Andover and Lahser were on the air with two hour shifts for a total of 32 hours of live programming, broadcasting live during the school day from Lahser High School April 14 and from Andover High School April 15.
A benefit concert was held in the Andover Theater April 15. Performing was one local Andover rock band and the rap duo The Stewart Brothers. Headlining the concert was popular Detroit area hip hop singer Drew32 (http://drew32.com). A $5 donation was collected at the door.
There were five levels of support for those making donations to The Biff: General Admission ($10), Balcony ($25), Main Floor ($50), Backstage Pass ($100), and Meet & Greet ($250 or more). There were 30 families and individuals who donated at one of these levels during the pledge drive. Those donors received announcements aired on the station and are listed on the station's website.
Corporate sponsors this year included Buffalo Wild Wings, Papa Romano's, City Scape Deli, Woodward Framing, Outback Steak House, Buddy's Pizza, Brooklyn Bagel, League of Women Voters Oakland Area, Dental Sleep Medicine of Michigan, Franklin Auto Service, Jet's Pizza and Brae Burn Golf Club.
Listeners who would still like to be an underwriter can do so by calling (248) 341-WBFH. There also is a link on the station's website or listeners can e-mail pledges to TheBiff@Radio.fm.
Listeners are also encouraged to join The Biff Fan Group on Facebook. Search "WBFH 88.1 FM, The Biff" and click "Like". Listeners can also follow the station on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheBiff881.