Metro Detroit: October 2013 Archives

Newsmakers and links: Oct. 1, 2013



Fine Tuning:

  • The competition over sports radio listeners on FM in Detroit will be amped up a bit starting on Friday evening when both WXYT-FM 97.1 and WMGC-FM 105.1 will air play-by-play of the Detroit Tigers - Oakland A's American League Divisional Series.

    WXYT is of course the flagship of the Tigers' radio network and will be offering the familiar voices of Dan Dickerson and Jim Price calling the game. Thanks to its affiliation with ESPN Radio, WMGC-FM will be carrying the games from ESPN Radio.

    A similar situation existed last season as well when then ESPN-affiliate WCAR AM 1090 carried the games from ESPN Radio - however that station's signal is severely limited in the metro area at night when the games aired.

  • The September ratings from Nielsen Audio were released today and they reflect the first full month of WMGC with its new Sports format. Among all listeners, WMGC carded a 0.6 - way below the 7.8 put up by WXYT-FM. WXYT's number improved from August, up from 7.2 in August and just below Country WYCD-FM which was first overall with a 7.9.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 2, 2013


Casey Kasem ... the legendary DJ who hosted America's Top 40 for decades, is in dire condition, and a family feud has erupted between Casey's kids and their stepmom. Jean Kasem -- Casey's wife -- will NOT allow Kerri, Julie and Mike to visit their father, who lives in the exclusive Holmby Hills area near Bev Hills. We're told they've been trying to make contact with their dad for 3 months, to no avail. Casey -- who is 81 and has advanced Parkinson's -- hasn't been heard from in months.

Full story: Casey Kasem - Family Feud, Cops Called (Tue, 10/1)



Sports Business Journal:

MLB saw its largest local ratings gains in its smallest markets this season. Six of the league's eight smallest TV markets posted double-digit ratings jumps this year. On the flip side, the poor on-field performance of many of the league's big-market teams led to ratings declines, with numbers down sharply in four of MLB's five biggest TV markets ... The Detroit Tigers were the top-rated team for a second year in a row. The Tigers averaged a 9.60 rating on FS Detroit during their run to the postseason.

Full story: Smallest MLB markets show ratings boost (Mon, 9/30)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 8, 2013


Popular radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, reportedly suffers from advanced Parkinson's Disease and and is losing his ability to speak on the phone.

Full story: Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, has advanced Parkinson's and speech loss, daughter claims (Tue, 10/8)

Kevin Roseborough has been named vice president and news director at WJBK, the Fox owned station in Detroit. Roseborough joined WJBK in 2004 as the station's managing editor. Since 2006, he has been assistant news director. He replaces Dana Hahn, who was recently named news director at WTTG, the Fox owned station in Washington, D.C.

Full story: Kevin Roseborough Named News Director at WJBK in Detroit (Tue, 10/8)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 9, 2013


Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ will host the final debate between Detroit mayoral candidates Benny Napoleon and Mike Duggan on October 29. The candidates will face off in front of a live studio audience for a one-hour debate exactly a week before Detroit residents head to the polls. WXYZ editorial and public affairs director Chuck Stokes will serve as debate moderator, and questions will be asked by a panel including anchor Lloyd Jackson.

Full story: WXYZ to Host Final Detroit Mayoral Debate (Wed, 10/9)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 11, 2013


GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT has named DAVE DAHMER as the new evening host replacing STEVE KOSTAN (NET NEWS 9/25) who exited the station last month.

Full story: Dave Dahmer New Evening Host At WCSX (Fri, 10/11)

During last night's 11:00 p.m. news on Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV, investigative reporter Kevin Dietz aired an open letter to Kwame Kilpatrick, the former Detroit mayor who was sentenced today to 28 years in prison for corruption. On the surface, the letter plays out as the long saga of a corrupt politician who finally fell after his years of denials were countered by dogged investigation.

Full story: Detroit Reporter Shows Sometimes It Takes 12 Years to Get 'Story of the Decade' (Thu, 10/10)



Fine Tuning:

  • There are reports that WDTW AM 1310 Dearborn/Detroit, which had been silent since New Year's Day, was back on the air on Wednesday simulcasting Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7 for several hours. The station has since gone silent again, but the operations on Wednesday essentially 'reset the clock' for the station's license as it will now be able to remain silent for up to one year.

    WDTW AM's broadcast towers were removed in the early part of this year from along I-94 east of Metro Airport and it remains unknown from where the station performed its temporary operation on Wednesday.

ALL ACCESS sends out our deepest condolences to RADIO's BEST FRIEND, the beloved ART VUOLO, JR. and his family on the loss of his mom, AMY at the age of 90. She was living in BELLINGHAM, WA at the time of her passing, YESTERDAY, (10/10). AMY is survived by her husband, ART VUOLO, SR, ART's siblings WAYNE, JOHN and TRISH. No word on services, yet. Reach ART at, with your comforting thoughts.

Full story: Condolences To Art Vuolo On Passing Of His Mom, Amy (Fri, 10/11)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 16, 2013



... Fox didn't seem affected, but longtime radio announcers, first-time callers Dan Dickerson and Jim Price had to phone it in for 97.1 the Ticket until the power came on. Dickerson said he and Price tried to use their usual headsets for several minutes but there was too much static. So their engineer handed them an old-time phone to share for 2 minutes while the system rebooted.

Full story: When lights went out, Dan Dickerson, Jim Price had to broadcast old-school style (Wed, 10/16)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 17, 2013



Detroit News:

Make a living speaking into an open microphone and you lead at least a somewhat open life. Jim Price, for instance, had cancer. If you tune into the Detroit Tigers on the radio, chances are you know that, the same way you know about the autism nonprofit he named after his son. But you probably don't know about the butterscotch candies, and that's important to him. That's about respecting the audience.

Full story: Candies vs. cancer (Thu, 10/17)



Fine Tuning:

  • Announced: Dates for Country WBCT-FM 93.7 Grand Rapids' 22nd Annual Birthday Bash; the country music festival will take place June 7th and 8th, 2014.

  • Sold: Stand-alone AM/FM combo WMMI 830 and WCZY-FM 104.3 Mt. Pleasant by Central Michigan Communications to Latitude Media, LLC. Sale price for the combo is $774,000 plus a $5,000 non-compete agreement. WMMI airs a Talk and Sports format and WCZY is programmed with Adult Hits. The deal is subject to FCC approval and closing.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 18, 2013


Members of the National Association of Broadcast Employees and Technicians-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO Local 54048, which represents WNEM TV-5 employees, have voted down the latest contract offer from the television station and are organizing a campaign to make the community and advertisers aware of the labor dispute, according to a news release. The union represents 50 WNEM TV-5 employees, including photographers, editors, directors, on-air talent and engineers, according to the release.

Full story: Union representing WNEM TV-5 employees rejects contract offer (Fri, 10/18)

Aereo is on its way to another major metropolitan area. The upstart service, which provides cloud-based broadcast TV service to consumers for a starting price of $8 per month, is heading to Detroit on October 28. The offering will be available across nine counties around the Motor City.

Full story: Aereo to motor into Detroit on October 28 (Fri, 10/18)



Fine Tuning:

  • Selling: Armada Media, its cluster of stations in Memominee and Marinette, WI to Radio Plus Bay Cities, LLC for price to be announced. Stations in the deal include Sports WMAM AM 570, Talk WAGN AM 1340, Country WLST-FM 95.1, Adult Hits WSFQ-FM 96.3, Olides WHYB-FM 103.7.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 21, 2013


Members of the union representing workers at WNEM have rejected the latest offer from the Meredith owned Saginaw, MI, CBS affiliate. "WNEM's latest contract proposal would severely jeopardized (sic) workers' job security, retirement security, work jurisdiction and reduce on-air employees to 'at will' employment status," Zara Maldonado, president of NABET-CWA Local 54048, said in a statement.

Full story: NABET Rejects Latest Contract Offer from Michigan Station (Mon, 10/21)

Popular radio personality and voice actor Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, reportedly suffers from advanced Parkinson's Disease reportedly has only a few months to live, according to a representative for his wife. News of Kasem's failing health surfaced Saturday on the celebrity news website TMZ and came about a week after the New York Daily News reported that three of his children went to court to seek conservatorship over the ailing radio icon.

Full story: Casey Kasem, a Detroit native, has a few months to live, rep for wife claims (Sun, 10/20)


Full story: CIMX Announces The 89X Nutcracker Lineup (Mon, 10/21)


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 22, 2013



Detroit News:

Aereo, an online service that allows users to view broadcast television through Internet-enabled devices for a monthly fee, will be available in the Detroit area next week, the company announced. The controversial service, which streams programming from broadcast outlets such as NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox onto smartphones and Internet-friendly televisions but doesn't pay rights fees to the networks, is seen as a threat to those networks and their local affiliates.

Full story: Aereo TV streaming service brings controversy to Detroit (Tue, 10/22)

Gannett-owned ABC affiliate WZZM Grand Rapids, Mich. (DMA 39) has hired John Hogan as part of its Watchdog Investigative Team. The Watchdog Team is headed by Lee Van Ameyde who has been a reporter and anchor at WZZM for more than 36 years.

Full story: John Hogan joins WZZM Investigative Team (Tue, 10/22)



Kalamazoo Gazette:

Alan Kazam is pretty certain he won't be the lead story on a newscast from WWMT News Channel 3 this weekend. Kazam, the longtime Kalamazoo magician, will hold the 5th annual Halloween Spooktacular at the Kalamazoo State Theatre at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 27.

Full story: WWMT's Marcie Kobriger to be sawed in half by Kalamazoo magician (Tue, 10/22)



Fine Tuning:

  • The first ever DASH Conference kicks off at 1 pm on Wednesday October 23rd and run through 4:30 pm on Thursday at the Metro Airport Weston Hotel in Romulus.

    This is a major radio conference being held right here in Detroit with big names coming in from all over the country. The event is being hosted by B. Eric Rhoads, publisher of Radio Ink magazine, and Fred Jacobs of locally-based Jacobs Media.

    Late registration and more information can be found at This is a "must attend" for anyone in radio wanting to know the truth about the Connected Car and how the Dashboard is changing everything!


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 23, 2013



Sports Business Journal:

The NBA is poised to become the first major U.S.-based sports league to allow its games to be streamed live locally. The league is finalizing TV Everywhere deals with Fox Sports Media Group and NBC Sports Group, the country's two biggest owners of regional sports networks.

Full story: NBA near deals to allow live local streaming leaguewide (Mon, 10/21)

The DASH CONFERENCE, sponsored by JACOBS MEDIA and RADIO INK, opened to a full house at the WESTIN HOTEL in DETROIT. You can follow the goings-on via TWITTER at #DashAudio.

Full story: DASH Conference Opening Day Coverage Shines Light On Growing Health Of Radio Usage And Symbiotic Relationship With Cars (Wed, 10/23)



Fine Tuning:

  • On the 'air': Streaming service Aereo for customers that preregistered in the Detroit market. Stations included in the service include the primary programming (.1) from Channels 2 (Fox), 4 (NBC), 7 (ABC), 20 (MNT), 31 (Ion), 38 (Ind), 50 (CW), 56 (PBS), and 62 (CBS).

    In addition subchannels Channels 2.2 (Movies), 4.2 (ThisTV), 7.2 (LiveWell), 7.3 (BounceTV), 20.2 (CoziTV), 31.2 (Qubo), 31.3 (IonLife), 31.4 (IonShop), 38.2 (AntennaTV), 38.3 (Word), 56.2 (DPTV+), and 56.3 (PBS Create) are included.

    Not included is over-the-air programming from Canada (Windsor's Channel 9.1 CBC or 32.1 TVO for example).

  • For sale: The license and transmitter for the silent WDTW AM 1310 Detroit. The station, owned by Clear Channel was shut down at the end of 2012 and has reportedly only operated for one day earlier this month. When it was shutdown, it was announced that the station's license was being donated - a plan that now appears to have changed.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 24, 2013



Fine Tuning:

  • CKWW AM 580 Windsor/Detroit will once again present an annual Halloween treat by airing one of the most famous radio broadcasts of all-time on its 75th anniversary. The radio adaptation of H.G. Wells "The War of the Worlds" was directed and narrated by Orson Welles and will be presented on Thursday, October 31st at 8 PM on CKWW in its entirety, commercial-free. AM580 is proud to continue the tradition of airing the original historic broadcast every year at Halloween since the early 1990's.

  • Sold: Door County Wisconsin Christian radio stations WPFF-FM 90.5 and WNLI-FM 88.5 by Bethesda Christian Broadcasting to Educational Media Foundation, owner of the K-Love and Air-1 services heard around the country. In addition to the two full-power stations, the deal involves FM translators in Marquette, Escanaba, Iron Mountain, and Ishpeming. Sale price was $825,000.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 25, 2013



Keener 13 50th anniversary special to air on WCXI AM 1160 Fenton

Next weekend (Oct. 31 and Nov. 1) will mark the 50th anniversary of the birth of 'Keener 13', what was then WKNR AM 1310 Detroit. On Halloween day of 1963 the station switched from WKMH to WKNR and spent the entire day airing various ghost stories. The next day, Keener 13 kicked off their Top 40 music format, and, needless to say, the rest is history.

On Friday afternoon, November 1st, former Keener 13 DJ Greg Innis will bring many Keener airchecks, promos and jingles to WCXI AM 1160 Fenton and join Jimmy James and tribute to Keener 13.

Innis and James will count down the entire 1st-ever Keener music guide as part of the tribute. They hope to talk on the air to a couple of former Keener jocks from the 60's as well as hear from various listeners as they share their memories of WKNR.

The show will air from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. If you have a hard time getting the signal, you can listen via TuneIn at

Former University of Michigan men's basketball All-American Terry Mills (1988-90) will join the Michigan IMG Radio Network's crew as the analyst for the upcoming 2013-14 season. Mills joins lead play-by-play announcer Matt Shepard. In addition to all U-M's game broadcasts, Mills is scheduled to assist with the Inside Michigan Basketball Radio Show.

Full story: Former All-American Terry Mills Joins Michigan Radio Crew (Fri, 10/25)



Fine Tuning:

  • University of Michigan football fans can renew a tradition as WTKA AM 1050 Ann Arbor airs a classic U-M football game during the team's bye week. WTKA will be running the 1979 UM-MSU game with Bob Ufer behind the mic at noon on Saturday, October 26th.

    The game was supplied to AM 1050 WTKA by Art Vuolo who has just about all the games going back many years on both audio and video. His web site is; Click on UM Football.


Newsmakers and links: Oct. 28, 2013



Jacobs Media / JacoBlog:

I have to tell you that of all the things I've been involved with in my professional life, especially since forming Jacobs Media 30 years ago, DASH ranks right up there. We hit a "responsive chord" (as Tony Schwartz called it) as evidenced by the nearly 300 engaged professionals who showed up in Detroit last week.

Full story: DASH Takeaways (Mon, 10/28)

Eminem and Rihanna are expected to release Monday might a new song called "The Monster" that will be featured on Slim Shady's new 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2" album.

Full story: Eminem, Rihanna to release 'The Monster;' two Detroit radio stations to debut it (Mon, 10/28)


Full story: Lineup Announced For The Night 89X Stole Christmas (Mon, 10/28)







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