- Shutting down and selling: Radio Disney's WFDF AM 910 Farmington Hills as part of nationwide plan to eliminate all but one of the kid-targeted pop music network stations across the country. The sole survivor will be Radio Disney's Los Angeles station which will originate programming that will shift to a digital delivery focus on platforms such as SiriusXM and the Radio Disney app.
Disney purchased WFDF for $3 million from Cumulus in 2002 and moved the station from Flint to the Detroit market to clear Radio Disney by late 2005.
WFDF is expected to go silent on September 26th until the station is sold.
- Firing up: The Stone Soup Firebird rebuilt by Greater Media/Detroit Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 listeners tomorrow in Berkley on the eve of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Details on the charitable project here.
WOMC radio DJs will offer 50 hours of live, remote broadcasting from 11 locations during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Southfield-based CBS classic hits station is the official radio station for the 20th Dream Cruise. DJs will be playing the top cruisin' songs of the '60s, '70s and '80s throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 16.
Full story: WOMC 104.3 FM broadcasting live on Woodward all this week for Dream Cruise (Wed, 8/13)
Ann Arbor News:
Though significant changes have been afoot at 89.1 WEMU this year, there's at least this consistency: for the fifth time, WEMU's music director Linda Yohn has been named Jazz Programmer of the Year (in a major market) at the JazzWeek Summit's annual awards dinner, which was held this year on Friday, August 8 in San Jose, California.
Full story: WEMU's Linda Yohn named National Jazz Programmer of the Year (Wed, 8/13)
Crain's Detroit Business:
For the first time in seven years, Detroit will awake Monday morning to a voice other than Craig Fahle's as the regular host of WDET 101.9 FM's morning talk show. Fahle's highly praised, eponymously titled show about the city's issues had emerged as the public radio station's flagship program, and his surprise decision in July to leave radio to become director of public affairs and senior adviser for the Detroit Land Bank Authority has forced WDET to scramble for a replacement host.
Full story: Post Fahle, WDET goes host shopping (Mon, 8/11)
A $45 billion acquisition proposed by Comcast Corp. could completely reshape the Michigan cable TV market -- affecting thousands of local jobs, hundreds of thousands of customers, tens of millions of dollars in local asset investments, and various community programs.
Full story: Proposed Comcast deal could reshape state cable TV market (Subscription only- Mon, 8/11)
Muskegon entertainer Andy O'Riley is not Robin Williams. He doesn't know Robin Williams. He's never even met him. He does, however, know how he felt.
Longtime Kalamazoo radio personality Lori Moore will be back on-air, but in a new format. Moore, who spent 32 years in radio until last September when she left WKZO-AM (590) as its morning show host, will host the television talk show, "Lori Moore: Love Where You Live," starting on Sept. 8.
Full story: Lori Moore to host new Kalamazoo-centric talk show on WWMT, CW7 (Mon, 8/11)