January 2014 Archives

 

ClickOnDetroit.com / WDIV-TV Ch. 4 Detroit:

WDIV-TV Chuck Gaidica will step down as the Director of Meteorology after 27 years at WDIV-Local 4. This change will occur in August of 2014. "It is a privilege to be a part of Local 4 and have the career in meteorology and broadcasting that I have. It has been a long and exciting journey but I know in my heart it's time to pull back on my TV duties so I can switch gears and answer my calling to the ministry," says Gaidica.

Full story: Chuck Gaidica to step down as chief weathercaster at WDIV; Ben Bailey to join team (Thu, 1/30)

 


 

Detroit News:

Chuck Gaidica, a familiar face on Detroit television for more than 30 years, plans to step away from the WDIV-TV (Channel 4) weather desk to become a pastor at a Novi church.

Full story: Weatherman Chuck Gaidica stepping down to become Novi pastor (Thu, 1/30)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Chuck Gaidica is moving from meteorology to ministry. After 27 years at WDIV-TV (Channel 4), Gaidica announced today that he plans to step down as Local 4's director of meteorology in August.

Full story: Chuck Gaidica to leave WDIV post to become a minister (Thu, 1/30)

 


 

MLive.com:

After 27 years reporting heat waves, cold fronts, rain and snow for WDIV, Local 4 News in Detroit, Chuck Gaidica is announcing his retirement effective this August.

Full story: WDIV, Local 4 Detroit weatherman Chuck Gaidica to retire, become pastor (Thu, 1/30)

 

 

 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Verlander checks the runner at first, gets the signal and delivers to the plate. There's a drive into ........................... If you live in the Mt. Pleasant or Alma area you already know that finding a Detroit Tigers game on the radio is crapshoot because the closest radio station that carries Tiger games is out of Saginaw and the signal is spotty at best. That will all change in 2014 though as Alma's 104.9 FM, WQBX, will air all 162 regular-season games as well as selected spring training games and hopefully some postseason games in mid-to-late October.

Full story: Alma's WQBX inks 3-year deal with Detroit Tigers, brings baseball back to local radio in mid-Michigan (Wed, 1/29)

 


 

Detroit News:

The Detroit Police Department has launched a formal investigation into an incident involving two police officers who scuffled with a television news reporter, Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced Wednesday.

Full story: Detroit Police chief launches formal investigation into WJBK-TV reporter scuffle (Wed, 1/29)

 

Mayor Mike Duggan announced Tuesday the hiring of WJBK-TV reporter Alexis Wiley as his new press secretary. Duggan said residents have felt disconnected with their government and he wanted a spokesperson who will explain issues so average Detroiters can understand them. He has found that in Wiley, Duggan said.

Full story: Fox reporter named Duggan's press secretary (Wed, 1/29)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Nominated: CBS Radio/Detroit morning personalities Dr. Don Carpenter, Rachael Hunter, Grunwald and Jason the 300lb. Cowboy along with afternoon personalities Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee for the Academy of Country Music award for Major Market On-Air Personality of the Year. All ACM winners will be revealed on April 5th.

 

 

 

TVSpy.com:

Alexis Wiley has announced she is leaving Detroit FOX owned station WJBK. "Alexis has played an integral role in our station's vigorous reporting on what's making news in Detroit, particularly her 'Redefining Detroit' series which continues to get tremendous positive feedback from our viewers," WJBK vice president and news director Kevin Roseborough said in a statement.

Full story: Detroit FOX Reporter Leaving to Work for Detroit Mayor (Tue, 1/28)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Simulcasters WMRX-FM/WMPX-AM 97.7/1490 Midland have refreshed their sound, moving to a full-time Soft Adult Contemporary format as 'Sunny 97-7', dropping the longtime 'Unforgettable' moniker and shifting away from an Adult Standards sound.
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  • The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation has announced its 2014 Student Award Winners. Look over the entire list here.

    Congratulations to all the hard working students and teachers/advisors across Michigan!

 

 

 

Fine Tuning:

  • Detroit's Ch. 7 shuffles Sunday sports focus: ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 aired its final 'Sunday Sports Update' at 11:30 p.m. last night, announcing the station's 30-minute weekly sportscast is moving to Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m. where it will be renamed "7 Sports Cave".

    The Scripps TV owned station will expand it's regular Sunday 11 p.m. newscast to 60 minutes and increase that program's coverage of sports news.

    WXYZ launches new Sunday morning show, 7 Sports Cave
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  • Chris Campbell, host of WDET's The Progressive Underground and on air talent/producer with Southfield Cable Channel 15, will be featured on the "On the Dean's List" podcast this Wednesday, January 29th, at 11:00 a.m. Visit blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist/2014/01/29/chris-campbell to listen live or on demand.

    On the Dean's List is hosted by Dean La Douceur.

 

 

 

Detroit Free Press:

Fox 2 Reporter Alexis Wiley will become spokesperson for Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, according to reports published Saturday. Wiley, 30, refused to confirm or deny the report saying only, "I still work at Fox 2."

Full story: Fox 2's Alexis Wiley expected to be named Duggan spokeswoman (Sat, 1/25)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WWMT Newschannel 3 welcomes a new morning anchor to its news team on Monday. Kirk Mason joins Marcie Kobriger and Jeff Porter on the anchor desk from 4:30-7 a.m. and for the noon news beginning Jan. 27 on West Michigan's CBS-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

Full story: WWMT's new morning anchor Kirk Mason debuts Monday on West Michigan TV (Sun, 1/26)

 

Looking for some frozen fun? he 2014 Pond Hockey Classic kicked off on the frozen surface of Reeds Lake Friday night and continues through Sunday with 38 teams competing for trophies. Local rock station WGRD 97.9 is once again bringing the annual event that pits amateur 4-on-4 teams against each other.

Full story: Hockey fans can find frozen fun on Reeds Lake this weekend with WGRD Pond Hockey Classic (Sat, 1/25)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 24, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

Local morning radio host Joe "Flounder" Piesz from Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (WTNR -FM) has announced he will be leaving the show and the market on Jan. 31. The show is also simulcast on WFBE-FM 95.1 in Flint. Piesz, 28, has been on the air in Grand Rapids since 2007.

Full story: Joe "Flounder" Piesz leaving Cumulus Radio's Thunder Country 94.5 (Fri, 1/24)

 


 

Detroit News:

If any proof was needed of "Antiques Roadshow's" cult status, the two sisters were it. Dressed in matching black T-shirts with rhinestone letters spelling out "Roadshow Diva," they were just two of the 6,000 lucky ticket holders who showed up at Cobo Center in June when the award-winning PBS series stopped in Motown.

Full story: Go behind the scenes during the 'Antiques Roadshow' visit to Detroit (Fri, 1/24)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 23, 2014

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Detroit Free Press:

The nation's first African-American-owned TV station, WGPR-TV, is responsible for many firsts -- using news cameras with tape rather than film, foreign language programs and being on air for 24 hours instead of signing off in the evening. Now, two historical groups are teaming up to create a museum exhibit highlighting those contributions to the Detroit TV market.

Full story: Exhibit honoring first black-owned TV station planned for Detroit Historical Museum (Thu, 1/23)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Midwest Communications is purchasing Sports WBCK AM 930 Battle Creek out of a trust for $175,000 pending FCC approval and closing. Midwest owns several other stations in the area, including stations licensed to the Kalamazoo, Lansing, and Coldwater areas.
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  • CBS Radio/Detroit is now programming the HD3 feed of WOMC-FM 104.3 with a totally Detroit-focused format as "Detroit's Boulevard", a pop-rock outlet featuring music from native Metro Detroiters. Alongside mainstream acts such as Bob Seger, Eminem, Kid Rock, Madonna, and Motown artists the stream will also give exposure to lesser-known names such as The Ready Set, Blue October, and Mike Posner. Listen on WOMC-FM HD3 or via CBS Radio's app, Radio.com.
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  • WADL-TV Ch. 38 Detroit, the help of a very generous benefactor whose wish is to remain anonymous, is teaming up with Citi Trends and The Bel Air 10 Theater to distribute new coats to needy school children from the area on Saturday, January 25th at 8AM at the Bel Air 10 Theater on 10100 East Eight Mile Road in Detroit. Parents must bring children with them along with an ID and some form of child health insurance proof. Coats will be available to school age children only.
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  • Larry Lujack Memorial Video now available: Leave it to Art Vuolo, "Radio's Best Friend", to prepare a video tribute in memory of Chicago radio icon Larry Lujack. Vuolo has video of Super Jock from as far back as 1976! The entire tribute runs 73 minutes, reflecting the number of years he lived.

    An abbreviated version has been posted on YouTube; visit the home page of Art's web site at www.vuolovideo.com where the uncut version is available. See why Larry Lujack was a radio original.

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 22, 2014

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AllAccess.com:

MIDWEST COMMUNICATIONS Talk WHTC-A/HOLLAND, MI has named DAN SPADAFORA as Brand Manager and morning host. SPADAFORA, most recently studio host for GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY football on CLEAR CHANNEL Sports WMAX (ESPN 96.1)/GRAND RAPIDS, where he did news and production work for sister News-Talk WOOD-A-F, previously served as the Dir./Broadcasting and Media Relations for independent minor league baseball's JOLIET SLAMMERS. He is also a former intern at WHTC.

Full story: Dan Spadafora Named Brand Manager/Morning Host At WHTC (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

Jackson Citizen-Patriot:

The ever-popular K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off is back. This year's event will be from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at the American 1 Events Center, 200 W. Ganson St.

Full story: Annual K105.3 FM Chili Cook-Off set for Sunday at American 1 Events Center (Wed, 1/22)

 


 

WZZM-TV Ch. 13 Grand Rapids:

Grand Rapids, MI-WZZM 13, the Gannett owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids Michigan is thrilled to learn that our very own Take Five and Company Associate Producer, Eddie Rucker has been named the 2014 William Glenn Trailblazer Honoree.

Full story: WZZM's Eddie Rucker Giants Awards Honoree (Wed, 1/22)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 21, 2014

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AllAccess.com:

WDVD CUMULUS Hot AC WDVD (96.3 DVD)/DETROIT wakeup co-host BLAINE FOWLER will continue his role through 2017. FOWLER said, "I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to grow the 'BLAINE & ALLYSON' audience. I am especially grateful to JOHN DICKEY and all at CUMULUS MEDIA for making this happen!"

Full story: Blaine Fowler To Continue As Co-Host Of 'Blaine & Allyson In The Morning' On WDVD (Tue, 1/21)

 

GREATER MEDIA Active Rock WRIF/DETROIT's morning show DAVE & CHUCK THE FREAK have launched a new, updated version of "DAVE & CHUCK THE FREAK's Kick Ass Game." The game is an App available for IPHONE and ANDROID users which can be downloaded for only 99 Cents through both ITUNES and GOOGLE Play Store.

Full story: WRIF's Dave & Chuck The Freak Launch Game App (Tue, 1/21)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 20, 2014

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Flint Journal:

Gregory Kelser, lead television analyst for the Detroit Pistons, quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during his keynote speech at the eighth annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Mentoring Inspiration Breakfast Monday morning. "Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Kelser said. "We owe it to (King's) legacy to reach out and help others."

Full story: Detroit Pistons commentator stresses mentoring at Big Brothers Big Sisters MLK Day breakfast in Flint (Mon, 1/20)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Clear Channel's previously silent WDTW AM 1310 Detroit returned to the air late last week with Special Temporary Authority from the FCC and has been simulcasting Clear Channel's Classic Rock WDTW-FM 106.7.

    The station is operating with 900 watts with a longwire antenna from the site near I-94 and Telegraph Rd where the station's towers stood until last winter when the were removed. The station's license is in the process of being transferred (donated) by Clear Channel to MMTC (Minority Media & Telecom Council) which finds new minority or non-profit broadcasters to take the licenses.

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 14, 2014

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Fine Tuning:

  • WDTK Adding: Sean Hannity to the lineup at Salem Communications/Detroit News/Talk WDTK AM 1400 next Monday. Hannity's program will air live from 3 - 6 p.m. on WDTK and on the station's FM translator at FM 92.7 Detroit. WDTK General Manager Chris MacCourtney commented, "The opportunity to bring Sean Hannity aboard was one we felt we could not pass up. Sean was an instant hit when he came to Detroit and he continues to be one of the most popular Talk personalities in the market."

    Detroit becomes Salem's 4th market (Detroit, Chicago, Dallas, Washington) to clear Hannity's show following the very public breakup between Cumulus and the Premiere Networks' syndicated conservative talker. Hannity had been heard in Detroit on Cumulus' News/Talk WJR AM 760 from 2001 until late last year.
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  • Hired: Jeff Parker to co-host mornings at MacDonald-Garber's Top 40 WKHQ-FM 105.9 Charlevoix/Traverse City. Parker, who leaves cajun country in Shreveport LA to head to Northern Michigan, will be paired with Heather Leigh.

 


 

Kalamazoo Gazette:

A pair of local blues favorites will headline this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series at the Kalamazoo State Theatre.

Full story: Tab Benoit, Tommy Castro lead this year's WRKR/Budweiser Blues Series lineup (Tue, 1/14)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 13, 2014

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Grand Rapids Press:

If you tuned in to WFGR-FM in Grand Rapids this morning, you know Classic Hits 98.7 wasn't the same. Andy and Dave in the Morning weren't along for drive time.

Full story: WFGR-FM's Andy and Dave in the Morning are no more at Classic Hits 98.7 (Mon, 1/13)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ99)/GRAND RAPIDS kicked off a new countdown show this past weekend, RADIATE, airing SUNDAY from 12p-2p ET. Hosted by MD/JEREMY HENRY, and comprised of the top 20 songs of the week as heard on WJQK, RADIATE also features artist interviews and segments focusing on how they radiate CHRIST.

Full story: WJQK Launches Radiate Countdown Show (Mon, 1/13)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 10, 2014

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Port Huron Times-Herald: (pay site)

Wonderful News Radio WNFR becomes 90.7 Hope FM on Monday. Brian Smith, program director for the adult contemporary Christian radio station, said the change is a long time coming.

Full story: Changing stations: WNFR switches to 90.7 Hope FM ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Traverse City Record-Eagle: (pay site)

A broadcasting company with radio stations throughout northern Michigan purchased 12 radio stations in Colorado. A press release from MacDonald Garber Broadcasting said the company acquired the new radio stations under the name Always Mountain Time, LLC.

Full story: Radio co. gets 12 new stations ($ - Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Half a season into his gig as a TV analyst, Chris Osgood is having a blast. He was at SAP Center on Thursday morning to gather information to use later in the evening, when he was to provide color during FSD's broadcast of the Detroit Red Wings' game against the San Jose Sharks.

Full story: Chris Osgood sees himself as work in progress as Detroit Red Wings TV analyst (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Detroit News:

Most of us are happy to enjoy extended periods away from the job, but for the first time in my life, I'm not feeling that same way. After three weeks away from my Detroit News column and WJR radio show, I'm absolutely looking forward to returning to work after what I can only describe as the most bizarre holiday season I've ever encountered.

Full story: Back to work, after a Christmas to remember (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Grand Rapids Press:

WSNX-FM morning personality Nicole Hughet said farewell this morning to listeners on the Top 40 radio station in Grand Rapids. Hughet is relocating to Dallas.

Full story: Grand Rapids radio personality Nicole Hughet signs off on WSNX-FM after four years (Fri, 1/10)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Andy O'Riley and Dave Kaechle have exited mornings at Townsquare Media/Grand Rapids Classic Hits WFGR-FM 98.7. The duo had been with the station for just over a year - no replacement show has been named.
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  • Detroit NBC affiliate WDIV-TV Ch. 4 will restore it's over-the-air Noon newscast starting on Monday, January 13. The station had dropped the 12 p.m. program in the fall when it launched an 11 a.m. show 'Live in the D'. Now both will air from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

 

 

MLive.com:

WJLB-FM CLEAR CHANNEL MEDIA + ENTERTAINMENT Urban WJLB/DETROIT is bringing in the syndicated THE BREAKFAST CLUB for mornings, effective January 13th. DETROIT's own Mr. CHASE will join THE BREAKFAST CLUB weekday mornings to provide local content and programming throughout the show.

Full story: WJLB Serves Up Breakfast Club For Mornings (Wed, 1/8)

 


 

MLive.com:

There's a new morning show coming to Detroit on rap/hip hop radio station FM 98 WJLB (97.9).

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB adds New York City Power 105.1's 'The Breakfast Club' to morning lineup (Wed, 1/8)

 


 

Mt. Pleasant Morning Sun:

Charter cable customers in mid-Michigan are going to have the option of getting more than 175 high definition channels starting next week. Effective Tuesday, Charter is upgrading to all-digital in Mt. Pleasant, Alma, Clare and Harrison.

Full story: Charter to go digital in mid-Michigan (Wed, 1/8)

 

 

 

MLive.com:

Michigan will be a hotspot for political television advertising this year, according to national media experts, who say residents here could be inundated in the run-up to the November general election.

Full story: Cue the commercials: Experts predict Michigan will be hotspot for political advertising in 2014 (Tue, Jan. 7)

 


 

Flint Journal:

The Grand Blanc McFarlan Library will host a free screening of a documentary chronicling a former Flint rock 'n' roll station. "Flint's Best Rock" will screen Jan. 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Full story: 'Flint's Best Rock' to screen for free in Grand Blanc (Tue, Jan. 7)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • An HD2 update: Clear Channel/Detroit Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 changed the format of its HD2 channel from Classic Hip-Hop/Rap to Motown Oldies in the fall.

 

 

 

Grand Rapids Press:

WOOD TV8 anchor Susan Shaw is leaving the 11 p.m. newscast after 19 years at the NBC-TV affiliate in West Michigan. WOOD TV8's Marlee Ginter joins anchor Brian Sterling tonight for 24 Hour News 8 at 11 p.m. as well as at 10 p.m. on WXSP-TV...

Full story: WOOD TV8's Susan Shaw is out, Marlee Ginter is in, as 11 p.m. news anchor (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • WJLB-FM It appears that Clear Channel/Detroit Urban WJLB-FM 97.9 has parted ways with the morning show hosted by Coco, Foolish and Mr. Chase. The trio have been stripped from the station's web site (fm98wjlb.com) and were not on the air this morning.
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  • Greater Media Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 has changed up their HD2 offering, dropping deeper Classic Rock 'Deep Trax' in favor of 50s - 60s Oldies. More info on the switch is coming soon according to 'CSX PD Jerry Tarrants.
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  • The Detroit Tigers are thinking spring with an announcement today that 22 of the team's Spring Training exhibition games will air live on the radio (WXYT/Detroit, some games on FM 97.1, others on AM 1270) along with 4 on cable TV network Fox Sports Detroit (March 10th, 13th, 23rd, and 27th). This spring marks the 78th training camp for the Tigers in Lakeland, Florida - the team's pitchers and catchers are due to report in 44 days on February 19th.

 


 

Detroit News:

Detroit hip-hop station WJLB-FM (97.9) has made a change in its morning programming, and has let go long-running morning show hosts Coco and Foolish. Station management could not be immediately reached for comment. Coco and Foolish's co-host, Mr. Chase, will reportedly stay with WJLB.

Full story: WJLB terminates longtime morning hosts Coco, Foolish (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

MLive.com:

Management at Detroit hip hop/R&B station FM 98 WJLB apparently were keeping quiet Monday about reports the station has fired popular morning hosts Coco and Foolish.

Full story: Detroit's FM 98 WJLB stays mum on Coco and Foolish firing reports; fans show anger online (Mon, 1/6)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

After doing play-by-play of a couple outdoor college hockey games last week at Comerica Park, Dan Dickerson was looking forward to getting behind a radio microphone again on Monday to talk baseball.

Full story: Dan Dickerson excited to talk baseball as Tigers announce spring training broadcast schedule (Mon, 1/6)

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 3, 2014

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Fine Tuning:

  • Passings: Richard "Dick" Buller and Terry Murphy;

    Buller was noted as a DJ and reporter from 1947 through 1985 at WKMH / WKNR / WNIC. His obituary is here.

    Murphy was known in the broadcasting business for his work with the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Pistons over 31 years. His obituary is here.

 

 

Newsmakers and links: Jan. 2, 2014

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WTVS-TV Ch. 56 Detroit to change .2 digital channel on Jan. 6

PBS World Channel Detroit Public TV, WTVS-TV Ch. 56, will change its current .2 digital channel from its current "DPTV Plus" offering to a more national focus, taking on programming featuring PBS World, a 24/7 channel featuring public television's signature nonfiction documentary, science and news programming, complemented by original content from emerging producers and DPTV local productions.

The change is effective January 6th.

World features public television favorites such as Nova, Frontline, Tavis Smiley, Global Independent Lens, and others, including DPTV productions MiWeek, American Black Journal and Detroit Performs. These programs are scheduled within seven days of their original broadcasts and include several exclusive broadcast premieres from independent and diverse program producers.

"World reflects our mission to connect our viewers with the most important issues facing our community, state and nation," said DPTV President and CEO Rich Homberg in a release. "We believe in using public media to help people explore their world, understand the issues and make informed decisions."

More info on PBS World at worldchannel.org and on DPTV at dptv.org.

 


 

Fine Tuning:

  • Named: Jim O'Brien as morning show co-host at Greater Media's Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 Detroit where he'll work with Trudi Daniels. O'Brien has been with the station and morning show for a number of years where he'd been the executive producer for the recently retired Ken Calvert.

 

 

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