Newsmakers and links: Jan. 7, 2013




Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel/Detroit appears to be continuing to cut staff with news today of two more cuts. Morning show co-host Renee Vitale has been let go from Pop WNIC-FM 100.3 as has afternoon host / music director / assistant program director Nick Craig from Contemporary Hits WKQI-FM 95.5. Clear Channel also made a number of cuts to its staff in Detroit and in a number of other markets in December.

  • A sign of things to come? Clear Channel's WDFN AM 1130 Detroit has added the Jonathan Kinloch Show weekdays from 7 - 8 p.m. The politically driven show is a departure from WDFN's usual sports-based programming.

  • Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 has named Jamie Kaye Walters as the station's Creative Services and Programming Director. The newly created role will be responsible for branding, community engagement and programming initiatives. Walters rejoins WDIV from creative production agency Velocity Cow; she was previously with WDIV from 1998 - 2007 as a producer.

  • Timber! The end of the antenna farm formerly used by the now silent WDTW AM 1310 Detroit:

Despite being near the end of a 30-day suspension from ESPN's "First Take" show, Detroit sports personality Rob Parker had a busy weekend giving commentary on Metro Detroit's TV airwaves.

Full story: Rob Parker explains on TV his racially-charged Robert Griffin III rant that led to ESPN suspension (Mon, 1/7)


Radio is a cutthroat business that doesn't guarantee job security and often requires a host to have a resume ready for submission at any moment. Consider 39-year-old Brandon Tierney, a former host at Detroit's WDFN 1130 AM, a survivor that's made the most of his opportunities.

Full story: CBS Sports Radio excites Brandon Tierney; former Detroit host works with Tiki Barber, Dana Jacobson (Mon, 1/7)



Detroit Free Press:

The wave of firings at Clear Channel-owned radio stations claimed two more metro Detroit radio personalities on Monday: WNIC-FM (100.3)'s morning show co-host Renee Vitale and WKQI-FM (95.5)'s Nick Craig, the station's program director and afternoon drive host.

Full story: Morning show co-host Renee Vitale plus program director fired at Clear Channel-owned radio stations (Mon, 1/7)


Suspended ESPN commentator Rob Parker gave his first(?) interview since the Robert Griffin III maelstrom, on WDIV-TV (Channel 4) on Sunday night. Parker, a Detroit-based journalist who contributes to WDIV, spoke for about seven minutes with anchor Devin Scillian.

Full story: ESPN's Rob Parker was 'shocked' at reaction to Robert Griffin III comments (Mon, 1/7)







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