The downside of radio format changes - apparent firings at WMGC/Detroit
The buzz on social media this afternoon is the apparent firing of at least some of the airstaff and the Program Director at Greater Media's Adult Contemporary WMGC-FM 105.1 Detroit. Weekend and swing shift host Lisa Jesswein posted on Facebook that she was let go from the station today. Trade publication RAMP reports that PD Brian Figula is out and states rumors that morning host Chris Edmonds has also been let go.
This in from the department of redundancy department: Greater Media has announced a press conference at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 12th where they will announce that Drew Lane is returning to the airwaves in Detroit.
Detroit Free Press:
Longtime Detroit radio personality Drew Lane is set to return to the Motor City airwaves, according to Greater Media Detroit, which operates WRIF-FM (101.1), WCSX-FM (94.7) and WMGC-FM (105.1).
Full story: Drew Lane returning to radio; sources say he'll do sports talk at WMGC (Fri, 8/9)
On Monday at the Detroit Golf Club, 260 golfers and a slew of corporate sponsors will raise more than $500,000 to help thousands of youths join athletic and mentorship programs in partnership with the Detroit Police Department, putting an exclamation point on a remarkable 10-year run for the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic to benefit Detroit PAL.
Full story: Radio host Paul W. Smith's leadership scores big bucks for Detroit PAL (Fri, 8/9)
The old guard is leaving Michigan football -- seemingly all at once. After equipment manager Jon Falk and longtime PR man Bruce Madej said they will retire after the season, IMG today announced that 33-year radio play-by-play man Frank Beckmann will make 2013 his final season.
Full story: Frank Beckmann, voice of Michigan football, retiring after season: 'Now's a good time' (Fri, 8/9)
It wasn't just for kicks or to fulfill a bucket list moment. Red Wings radio play-by-play announcer Ken Kal was behind the microphone last week at Comerica Park for a mock broadcast.
Full story: Red Wings' Ken Kal takes a shot at broadcasting Tigers' game (Fri, 8/9)
Fox Sports Detroit says Wednesday night was its highest-rated Tigers game of the season.
Full story: Highest-rated Detroit Tigers games on Fox Sports Detroit this season (Fri, 8/9)
ALL ACCESS has learned that the flip at GREATER MEDIA AC WMGC (TODAY'S 105.1)/DETROIT's to Sports will happen on MONDAY (8/12), with a press conference in the morning and former sister Active Rock WRIF "DREW AND MIKE" co-host DREW LANE debuting his new afternoon show at 3p (ET), with former WRIF producer MARC FELLHAUER on hand.
Full story: WMGC/Detroit Sports Flip Coming Monday (Fri, 8/9)
Frank Beckmann, the longtime Michigan football play-by-play announcer, said he has considered retirement for a while. He decided two weeks ago he would retire after the upcoming season.
Full story: Michigan radio voice Beckmann says News column 'non-issue' in his retiring (Fri, 8/9)
WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit / ClickOnDetroit.com:
Local 4 is launching a new hour-long news and talk program called "Live in the D" debuting Monday, August 12 at 11 a.m. "Live in the D" will focus on local and national news and will explore the intersections of culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and how it affects life in Metro Detroit.
Full story: Local 4 launches new show 'Live in the D' (Fri, 8/9)
It started eight years ago as a four-week election special with journalist Carol Cain as producer and host, and outspoken Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and business executive Denise Ilitch as panelists, and "Michigan Matters" was on its way.
Full story: CBS 62's 'Michigan Matters' Marks Milestone! (Fri, 8/9)
WOOD Radio Grand Rapids:
The underground parking garage at the northeast corner of Louis and Ionia in Grand Rapids flooded late Friday morning. A pipe burst and filled the area with water ... The gasoline vapor filled the garage and spread through a tunnel to the building at 77 Monroe Center, where Clear Channel Media + Entertainment stations, including WOOD Radio, operate.
Full story: Complications from Broken Water Line Cause Tenants to Evacuate GR Building (Fri, 8/9)