Automakers have killed the cassette player, and CD players are taking a back seat to Bluetooth-connected iPhones. The in-dash car radio, with its dials and knobs, isn't signing off yet. But it's past its prime in the eyes of some automakers, and most aren't prepared to spend much time or money tinkering with it. Instead, they're focusing on the next generation of in-car entertainment, such as Web browsing and music streaming. Startup automaker Detroit Electric plans to be the first without a radio when it rolls out its first car in August -- audio will be delivered via smartphone.
Full story: Automakers tuning out traditional in-car radios (Mon, 4/29)
- WNEM AM 1250 Bridgeport / Saginaw has gone silent in advance of the completion of the transfer of the station from Meredith Broadcasting to Ave Maria Communications. Meredith donated the former all-News station to Religious/Catholic broadcaster Ave Maria Radio earlier this year and it's expected the station will return to the air with a Catholic format once the transfer is complete.
- Raised: Over $150,000 by Hot Adult Contemporary WDVD-FM 96.3 Detroit during Friday's Radiothon at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak.
- CBS affiliate WWMT-TV Ch. 3 Kalamazoo/Grand Rapids has hired Aaron Dimick as a reporter. Prior to arriving in West Michigan, he was a multimedia journalist in Eau Claire, WI.
Detroit Free Press:
The $300 bill was the breaking point. Maria Wanat Tillitson called WOW and fought for a discount on her packaged cable service, which included TV, home phone and Internet. That was three years ago, and she has been doing it ever since.
Full story: Cable rates are negotiable - for those in the know (Mon, 4/29)