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Reflections by Art Vuolo, Jr.

George L. Griggs, in concert with Scott MacKinnon and a few other broadcast enthusiasts, started an amazing web site originally called "Detroit Radio Flashbacks" and eventually became "Motor City Radio Flashbacks". The site is best known now and accessed by its initials, www.mcrfb.com. Sadly George, 65, passed away on Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

George GriggsIn recent weeks Griggs had fighting lung cancer even though, in the over twenty years that I called George a close friend, I never saw him with a cigarette. People call me a radio archivist, but Motor City Radio Flashbacks represents many years of George's collection of audio clips and memorabilia he acquired from being an avid listener of Detroit-area stations, dating back the late 1950's. He was an amazing man and I will miss him terribly.

Sometimes known as "Butch" or "Georgie", he died peacefully in his Livonia home with his family by his side. He was born on April 23, 1949 in Detroit to Marv (nee Perrin) and George M. Griggs. George was a dedicated member of the United States Air Force before becoming a lab technician and scheduler for the Ford Motor Company, from which he recently retired. George is survived by his loving wife Patricia (Pat) of 39 years, son Scott (Teresa) and daughter Gina (Geoff) Novack, sisters Diane (Daniel) Giesin and Karen (Hilton) Ehrisman. He is also survived by brother-in-law Gary (Dawn) Pedinelli, his nieces Rebecca Kolbicz, Danielle Giesin, and nephews Alessandra and Antonio Pedinelli.

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 30th from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Harry J. Will Funeral Home, 37000 Six Mile Road (north side of the road just east of Newburgh) Livonia, MI. A Funeral service will take place on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Will Funeral Home. Friends may visit on Friday morning beginning at 10 a.m.

Please visit the web site he founded at www.mcrfb.com for photos and audio memories. The Detroit Radio community has lost the true "Keeper of the Flame" to the Motor City's radio glory years. George may be gone, but his efforts and the signal will go on for years to come.

Rest in peace my friend.




Detroit News:

When Radio One yanked Detroit's longtime queen of political radio, Mildred Gaddis, out of her WCHB-AM 1200 morning slot into the afternoon shift in February, it seemed counter-intuitive, almost a demotion. Surely the governors, county executives and assorted politicos who appeared on Gaddis' show, and the feisty locals who called in to argue were more on their game in the morning?

Full story: Radio One Detroit adjusts to year of change (Wed, 10/29)




RADIO ONE/DETROIT Urban AC WDMK (KISS 105.9), Urban WGPR (HOT 107.5), and Gospel WPZR (PRAISE 102.7) will broadcast live TOMORROW (10/29) from the lobby of the FISHER BUILDING at 3011 WEST GRAND in the city. MASON & COCO IN THE MORNING, PM drive DR. DARRIUS and middayer RADIO MYLES will broadcast at various times while combined staffs will collect needed items to help the homeless and less fortunate in METRO DETROIT area shelters.

Full story: Radio One Detroit Trying To Keep Motown Warm (Tue, 10/28)



Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

KDKA's Kimberly Gill is moving on. Ms. Gill, who arrived in Pittsburgh three years ago after a stint with WEWS in Cleveland, anchors her last Pittsburgh newscast Nov. 7. She is headed to WDIV-TV, the NBC affiliate in Detroit, to be a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Full story: KDKA anchorwoman Kimberly Gill headed to Detroit (Tue, 10/28)




Radio World:

A report of a ransomware demand on a small market radio broadcaster in Michigan has surfaced. The attack is similar to another one we reported on last week in Louisiana. Sanilac Broadcasting Co. in the state's Thumb area says three of its stations were attacked in early September. WMIC(AM), WTGV(FM) and WBGV(FM) suffered data server problems associated with the CryptoLocker virus, which encrypted their database of music files and resulted in dead air.

Full story: Ransomware Strikes Michigan Broadcaster (Mon, 10/27)




MACDONALD GARBER BROADCASTING/TRAVERSE CITY, MI has named 17-year vet radio and public address announcer CHRIS NICHOLAS PD of the three-station cluster and morning host on AC WLXV (MIX 96.7). The other stations he will program include Sports Talk WKAD (93.7 THE TICKET) and News/Talk WATT-A.

Full story: MacDonald Garber/Traverse City, MI Names Chris Nicholas Mornings, WLXV PD (Mon, 10/27)



Detroit News:

Twenty-five years ago, carmakers decorated their auto exteriors with eye-catching wood trim. Today, the wood is on the inside, complementing flashy center consoles with seven-inch, digital touch screens. The car dashboard is being transformed and it's taking AM-FM radio with it. Just as it did newspapers and broadcast television, the Internet revolution is roiling the local broadcast landscape that has long held a monopoly on the car radio.

Full story: Internet car radio poses bigger threat for local AM-FM (Sun, 10/26)



Motor City Radio Flashbacks:

It is with much sorrow and with great regret we wish to inform our friends here, George Griggs, curator of Motor City Radio Flashbacks, passed away peacefully this morning, October 28, 2014. He was 65. Funeral arrangements are pending at this time.

Full story: In rememberance of George L. Griggs, 1949-2014 (Tue, 10/28)




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloIn my last column I indicated that I would be attending the DASH Conference, which is a truly unique radio convention which educates broadcasters on the connected car and the new and considerably more complicated electronics found in today's vehicle dashboard.

For the convenience of out-of-towers, and they came from as far away as Sweden, the confab was held at the Westin Hotel and Meeting Center at Detroit Metro Airport. It was a packed house and a lot of eye-opening information was exchanged. It's not cheap, but well worth the investment. More information can be found at www.jacobsmedia.com because it is an event produced in a cooperative effort between trade publication Radio Ink and local media consultants Jacobs Media. Radio Ink's B. Eric Rhoads and the Jacobs brothers, Fred, Paul and Bill are to be commended for bringing this exciting radio conference to the Motor City. Each year, as technology warrants, it will no doubt grow in size.

The 2014 DASH Conference was appropriately kicked off with a riveting keynote by Gary Shapiro, President & CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association. CEA puts on the annual CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas each January. Shapiro was introduced by Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan, who is very excited about NEXT RADIO, a means for smartphone users to dial in all local FM signals in whichever city they're in. Sadly, it only works on Android phones at the present time, but an iPhone application is expected soon. I must admit, it's very impressive!

A huge part of this year's DASH were the Class of 2015...The Millennials. Young people today seem to be far more interested in the technology that they can hold in the palm of their hands than the thrill of getting their own first automobile. That's scary for Detroit. Numerous local radio personalities provided introductions, including: Jamie and Wojo from 97.1 The Ticket, Coop and Gillian from Amp Radio 98.7 and Jim O'Brien from WCSX 94.7.

The most memorable intro was undoubtedly the one WWJ's auto beat reporter Jeff Gilbert got from John Mason, morning host on WDMK, Kiss 105.9 FM. See and hear the eighty second video at youtu.be/J7Ze6ohambs.

One of my personal favorites was the appearance of legendary Detroit personality Lee Alan talking about car dealership commercials. He's produced a lot of them. The campaign that was highlighted came from 16 years ago. Complete this slogan..."Birmingham's in ____" I bet you got it. The missing word is Troy. The power of catchy jingles and catch-phrases is best exemplified by RADIO. Remember Gene Merollis what a great great guy? Or perhaps "get on the right track to 9 mile and Mack....Roy O'Brien Ford." Radio guys and Dealer owners made for a great panel.

I also loved research-analyst Larry Rosin who spoke about the huge importance of traffic reports on the air. Look at how much TV is imitating radio with traffic and weather every few minutes in the morning. If you're in the radio industry or anything related to automotive electronics, this locally-based conference, known as DASH is a must attend, and I was NOT paid for this endorsement.


Totally unrelated was the impromptu and unofficial Flint Radio Reunion which was the brain storm of Peter C. Cavanaugh of WTAC The Big 6 and 105 WWCK fame in the Car City. It turned out to be a huge event at Flint's famous White Horse Tavern and you can see a video of the best parts here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_jxOK8lcVRY.


As many of you recall when Casey Kasem passed away, amongst a great deal of drama, a lot of TV news was devoted to it. Pete Battistini, an Indianapolis fan of Kasem's renowned "American Top 40" program, has published a second edition of his soft-cover book which covers the hits of the 1980's. You'll find that it's loaded with illustrations, stories from insiders and fans alike, program tidbits and a list of every AT40 radio station during that classic Casey Kasem era. Enjoy! Here's a link to where it can be ordered on demand -- directly from the publisher. bookstore.authorhouse.com/Products/SKU-000363106/American-Top-40-with-Casey-Kasem-The-1980s.aspx. It's a great gift idea!


With election day looming, and the mud still being slung by the various candidates, I wanted you catch a truly humorous video by former radio hot-shot John Chaffee who put together "Kid-Politicians They're Just Dancers" at www.youtube.com/watch?v=mjiZvCWaaCk.


TV news is a hungry news monster, and when it needs to be fed and there's not enough news, it tends to create it. This was evident with the quarterback concussion story out in Ann Arbor. It even made national network newscasts and will probably result in changes at the Michigan football program. My DVD of most of the coverage totaled nearly 100 minutes!

Speaking of football, Jim Brandstatter is NOT going to try rushing from East Lansing after the UM-MSU game to London, England for the Lion's game on Sunday October 26th. His chair will be filled by former Lions player Rob Rubick. Meanwhile more musical chairs will be in play at the Wolverine/Spartan Backyard Brawl as Brandy's great new color analyst Dan Dierdorf sits this one out while recovering from some recent surgery. Dan's seat will be warmed by former UM player (turned broadcaster) Jon Jansen.

If you see this in time, be sure to spread the word that those headed to the Big Game in East Lansing should take your portable radio since the game will be on 92.1 FM WQTX for Wolverines fans in real time with NO delay and on 94.9 FM WMMQ and AM 1240 WJIM for Spartans fans. Go Blue & Go Green, enjoy the game if you know what I mean!


Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at artvuolo@aol.com


Art Vuolo Jr.




Windsor/Detroit's CKWW AM 580 readies for a great Halloween tradition

Part trick, part treat: AM580 today unveiled plans to air one of the most infamous radio broadcasts of all time this coming Halloween night. The War of the Worlds is slated to take over the airwaves on Friday, October 31st at 8 PM, upholding AM580's annual tradition of airing the original, 1938 historic broadcast, uncut and commercial free.

"As our listeners gather around their radios to relive this classic drama from the "golden age of radio", we hope they are both entertained and a little spooked," said Eric Proksch, General Manager, AM580. "We have been airing The War of the Worlds every Halloween since the 1990s, and it is a Halloween tradition that we are proud to continue."

The War of the Worlds was originally broadcast in 1938 as part of the Mercury Theatre On the Air program. Based on the H.G. Wells science fiction novel about an alien invasion, this radio adaptation was directed and narrated by Orson Welles. Despite numerous disclaimers, the simulated news bulletins caused widespread panic across the country over the belief that Martians had landed in Grover's Mill, New Jersey.



Detroit News:

For 28 years, Jim Brandstatter, part of the radio broadcast teams for Michigan and Lions football, has not missed working a game. But that streak will end Sunday.

Full story: Jim Brandstatter to miss his first Lions broadcast (Fri, 10/24)




For the second time DETROIT firehouse Ladder Company 22 has had their saws stolen. The saws are used to breach roof to let the heat out during a fire. The $2,000 saws were stolen from right under their noses while fighting a fire. GREATER MEDIA Classic Rock WCSX/DETROIT morning show of TRUDI & JIM were upset when they heard the news WEDNESDAY morning.

Full story: Bob Seger Helps Detroit Firefighters Buy Back Stolen Saws (Thu, 10/23)




At one o'clock this afternoon Traverse City's WLDR-FM 101.9, along with simulcast partners WBNZ-FM 92.3 Frankfort and WARD AM 750 Petoskey, switched formats to from Country to Adult Contemporary and rebranded itself as "101.9 The Bay". The change ends ten years in the country format.

"Country is a fantastic format", comments General Manager David Barr, "Unfortunately it's the kind of music that doesn't have mass appeal in offices and retail stores. Since we dropped AC a decade ago, there has been a hole in Traverse City for this type of music", said Barr. "We are excited to be a part of your office again".

WLDR has one of the strongest radio signals in Northern Michigan's largest city. The tower is located on radio hill just west of town. During 2015, WLDR will celebrate 50-years of service on the air.

On Facebook: www.facebook.com/1019TheBay




Detroit Free Press:

Michigan will be without a regular for the Saturday game at Michigan State. Radio analyst Dan Dierdorf will miss the game after having a surgical procedure and is still rehabbing, U-M play-by-play man Jim Brandstatter announced during tonight's "Inside Michigan Football" radio show.

Full story: U-M radio's Dan Dierdorf rehabbing, will miss MSU game (Wed, 10/22)




Jennifer Bisram has joined Detroit ABC affiliate WXYZ, making her first appearances as a reporter on the station's early morning newscasts today.

Full story: Jennifer Bisram Joins Detroit's WXYZ (Tue, 10/21)




CBS RADIO Sports WXYT (97.1 THE TICKET)/DETROIT middays The KARSCH AND ANDERSON Show have set up a bet with MIKE VALENTI from the afternoon VALENTI AND FOSTER show on the MICHIGAN vs. MICHIGAN STATE game this SATURDAY -- and they've asked listeners to join in. Each radio personality picked their "winning" team and will donate $500 toward the charities, while asking listeners to take on the same challenge with their friends and donate to each charity.

Full story: WXYT On-Air Hosts Bet UM-MSU Game For Charities (Wed, 10/22)



Full story: The Night 89X Stole Christmas Set For Fillmore Detroit (Mon, 10/20)




Fine Tuning:

  • More flipping: WMJH AM 810 Rockford/Grand Rapids has changed its format from Classic Hits to Regional Mexican with the resignation of Program Director and Chief Engineer Tony "Boomer" Burkhead. A detailed announcement of the change was posted on Facebook.

  • On the air: Low Power FM station WRWW-LP 92.3 Lowell operated by students at Lowell High School. The station features a variety of music programming and events such as Lowell High School football and band concerts. The station's web site, which includes webcasting, is lowellradio.org.




Grand Rapids Press:

WZZM-TV 13 has a new meteorologist, and she is as familiar with West Michigan weather as anyone could be. Laura Hartman, a native of Ionia, debuted Sunday on the ABC-TV affiliate serving Grand Rapids and West Michigan.

Full story: WZZM-TV 13 makes changes in on-air weather staff (Wed, 10/15)




The second DASH CONFERENCE, sponsored by JACOBS MEDIA, RADIO INK and SCG opened today to a very full house of radio execs, car companies and many technology experts at the WESTIN HOTEL in DETROIT.

Full story: DASH Conference Kicks Off In Detroit (Wed, 10/15)



Fine Tuning:

  • This week's On the Dean's List with Dean La Douceur featured Lex Kuhne´╗┐ with a conversation about Kuhne's role in the founding of 89X radio (CIMX-FM 88.7), his contributions to Detroit Public TV's Backstage Pass and time as a columnist for The Metro Times. Eavesdrop at blogtalkradio.com/onthedeanslist.




Muskegon Chronicle:

A familiar voice is gracing the airwaves of Muskegon's newest radio station. Andy O'Riley, who has been in radio for more than 25 years, is serving as host of Muskegon 100.9 FM WFFR's morning show. The station, a nonprofit venture established by Shoreline Broadcasting, launched on Monday, Oct. 13. Joining O'Riley for the station's on-air lineup are 20-year radio veteran Bill Marshall and Matt Hendricks, an 18-year radio veteran who has been involved with radio since the age of 15.

Full story: Muskegon radio station featuring veteran talent launches with focus on serving community (Tue, 10/14)




LANSER BROADCASTING Contemporary Christian WJQK (JQ 99.3)/GRAND RAPIDS has handed the MD baton to morning show co-host ACE MCKAY, effective immediately.

Full story: Ace McKay Promoted To MD At WJQK (Tue, 10/14)



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

Local 4 health reporter Dr. Frank McGeorge hosts an hour-long prime-time special chronicling a team of surgeons and nurses from metro Detroit who go to Kenya to provide medical care for hundreds of Kenyans. Care & Hope: Proud Detroit Exports follows a young orphan named Enoch as he meets the strangers from Detroit, receives life-saving surgery and bids them a heartwarming goodbye.

Full story: Local 4 Special from Kenya - 'Care & Hope: Proud Detroit Exports' - airs Friday Oct. 17 at 8:00 p.m. (Wed, 10/8)



Fine Tuning:

  • On the air: New Low Power FM station WFFR-LP 100.9 serving Muskegon with a Classic Hits format. The station, which can be heard via the Internet at www.muskegonradio.com features veteran West Michigan jock Andy O'Reily in morning drive.

  • Cumulus Media/Detroit Country WDRQ-FM 93.1 (Nash FM) has given away nearly $10,000 in "Secret Star NASH CASH" as the station leads in to it's first Secret Star Concert to be held Thursday, October 16th at the Andiamo Showroom in Warren. The secret country star will be revealed when the lights dim and the star is revealed on stage.

    "The excitement has been building toward the big reveal and I know when it happens it's going to be the kind of special once in a lifetime experience we are thrilled to offer our NASH FM listeners!" said NASH FM 93-1 WDRQ Program Director Robby Bridges.




Crain's Detroit Business:

Kevin Adell has met an offer he cannot refuse. Well, not quite an offer, but the expectation of an offer. Adell, who owns WADL TV-38 in Clinton Township, said he will participate in the Federal Communication Commission's auction next year in which TV stations will sell their shares of the coveted UHF over-the-air broadcast spectrum to mobile wireless providers that need more airwaves bandwidth to satisfy customer demand.

Full story: Final signoff for WADL? Adell looks to sell at FCC auction, expects $170M (Sun, 10/12)





RADIO ONE Urban WGPR (HOT 107.5)/DETROIT is giving its city a new live and local morning show with THE MORNING HEAT. The new AM drive show makes its debut on MONDAY OCTOBER 13th at 6a. It is replacing REACH MEDIA's RICKEY SMILEY MORNING SHOW. The station will play music only in the morning until the premier of the new show.

Full story: WGPR Gets New Morning Heat (Thu, 10/9)


iHEARTMEDIA Urban/UAC WJLB & WMXD/DETROIT Dir./Urban Programming CHERON MANS has announced that after a nationwide search, ARSENIO "RICKY" BURNS has been chosen to be APD/MD/Air Talent for Urban WJLB (FM 98) & Urban AC WMXD (92.3)/DETROIT.

Full story: WJLB/WMXD Taps Arsenio 'Ricky' Burns For APD/MD Duties (Thu, 10/9)



Broadcasting & Cable:

Every man has his price, as the idiom says, and Kevin Adell has been offered his. As the Wall Street Journal noted, the FCC has valued WADL Detroit's airwaves at about $170 million, and that's a price Adell, principal at Adell Broadcasting, told me he can work with.

Full story: WADL Detroit Sold On Spectrum Valuation (Tue, 10/7)




Reporter and weekend anchor Robin Schwartz is leaving Fox-owned WJBK Detroit (DMA 12). Her last day is Thursday, Oct. 16. She is leaving to become the public relations director for Bedrock Real Estate Services in Detroit.

Full story: Reporter-Anchor Robin Schwartz Leaving WJBK (Fri, 10/10)




WJMN-TV Ch. 3 Escanaba:

Some of our regular viewers are not able to watch programming on WJMN this evening. The issue is on our end and not a problem with your satellite or cable provider. Our over-the-air transmission is interrupted due to technical difficulties. We've had on-going interruptions for the last couple of days. The WJMN engineering department is working around the clock to repair the damage to our transmitter to get the CBS and Local 3 programming back on the air. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working diligently to resolve the issue.

Full story: WJMN works to restore signal transmission (Mon, 10/6)




Radio Ink:

Dr. Deanna Lites has joined CBS' all-news station WWJ in Detroit as a Health Reporter. Lites will be a regular on-air contributor and provide editorial content to the cbsdetroit.com website.

Full story: Lites to report for WWJ Detroit (Mon, 10/6)


What started off as one idea for a client from a seasoned sales rep has blossomed into a thriving relationship between Greater Media's WRIF in Detroit and Dodge. This particular event involved the unveiling of the 2015 limited-edition Dodge Hellcat Challenger, the biggest single-day classic car event in the world, Motley Crue, TV star Richard Rawlings, and a radio team that came up with one idea after another that succeeded for the client.

Full story: WRIF/Detroit scores big success for Dodge (Mon, 10/6)




Grand Rapids Press:

The September 11 terrorist attacks that shocked everyone and changed lives will also go down as one of the most memorable days in WSNX-FM DJ Eric O'Brien's radio career. O'Brien's 15 years on Grand Rapids' airwaves ended on Friday, and on Monday, he'll join MLive Media Group as the company's director of marketing, a hire that Nick Dionne, senior director of sales and marketing at MLive, says should be a perfect fit.

Full story: Eric O'Brien of WSNX's 'The EOB Show' is leaving radio for MLive Media Group (Sat, 10/4)




Tragic news out of the BAY AREA: Sources confirm to ALL ACCESS that CUMULUS Talk KGO-A and KSFO/SAN FRANCISCO OM KEVIN METHENY has passed away from an apparent heart attack ... He moved from CUMULUS News-Talk WJR-A/DETROIT to KGO-A and KSFO-A in JUNE.

Full story: KGO-A/KSFO OM Kevin Metheny Passes (Fri, 10/3)



Fine Tuning:

  • Adult Contemporary/Full Service WLEN-FM 103.9 Adrian has purchased an FM translator that broadcasts in Adrian at 96.5 from Spring Arbor University. WLEN owner Lenawee Broadcasting is investing $115,000 on the purchase of the 120-watt translator.




Commentary by Art Vuolo, Jr.

VuoloIt's been almost a month since I was lucky enough to attend The Radio Show which is present by the RAB and NAB (Radio Advertising Bureau and National Association of Broadcasters) and I've been anxious to report back to you about what I saw, heard and experienced ever since.

Attendance, according to the powers to be, was flat or slightly above 2013. It was the first radio convention of this sort which was actually held at a convention center rather than a hotel. The site was Indianapolis, and the Indiana Convention Center. Indy is a very misunderstood city. It is no longer a cow town with a race track. Radio broadcasters now know this, and my guess is that about half of the attendees had never been to The Circle City before. I found out that the primary reason for this destination was that this year marked the 25th anniversary of the Marconi Awards, which is radio's Emmy or Oscars. The man who originally suggested that radio deserved an awards ceremony is Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications, an Indianapolis-based media company. Makes sense.

Several SE Michigan stations and personalities were nominated, including: Jim (JJ) Johnson of WOMC, Dr. Don with Rachael & Grunwald from WYCD, WSPD at Plymouth-Salem High School, WLEN in Adrian, and WXYT-FM Detroit (in two categories) but sadly NONE of them walked away with an award. One of biggest disappointments of the this first class event was that Indianapolis-based Bob & Tom lost out to Rush Limbaugh for Network and Syndicated Personality of the Year...like he needed another award. Bob & Tom were also the only nominees in that category who were actually in the room, and they had to do a morning radio show the next day! Interestingly, those guys actually met at an establishment known as The Bar Harbor up in Harbor Springs, MI.

The big surprise at the 2014 Radio Show was the element of honesty. Usually we hear about how 94% of people listen to radio every day and things are peachy-keen and these are the best of times, etc. This year a riveting keynote by advertising luminary Bob Hoffman of the Type A Group told a packed house that radio needs to stop ignoring the fastest growing demographic, those over 50. Sound familiar? I've also been preaching this for years and often in this column.

The 50+ crowd has the money, and most importantly, has the time to spend it. Radio has to end all of the B.S. and he used the actually word repeatedly. It was a real wake-up call...and it was honest, truthful and needed to be said.

The next morning Marci Ryvicker of Wells Fargo Securities outlined the business forecast for radio and she minced no words in telling the truth. Changes need to be made or the next generation will not even know what radio is. AM radio is already unknown to most of those under 35, and FM is now being challenged by Internet radio, satellite radio and any number of electronic devices cutting a slice into the media pie. Alan Mullaly & Art VuoloA personal high point for me was getting to meet former Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mullally. He was interviewed at the convention by ABC newsman Dan Harris.


Michigan Wolverines fans, don't forget that it is now safe to once again bring your small portable AM/FM radio into The Big House. The university has struck a deal with Ann Arbor's 10,000 watt local station WTKA-AM (1050) to run the games without that annoying 7 to 10 second delay. Spread the word to those who sit in the stadium that you can now hear Brandstatter and Dierdorf with perfect sync to the action on the field.

Speaking of action on the field, have you ever seen a media circus and feeding frenzy like what television has managed to create over the scandal in Ann Arbor? Mitch Albom said it best on WJR, "If this game had been broadcast only on radio it would be a non-issue."

My estimate is that the hit on Michigan quarterback Shane Morris has been played in excess of 100 times just on TV alone. The tube has a real talent for being able to create its own news and insight a riot as evidenced by the throngs of students who marched to the newly appointed president of the U of M's house. The only thing missing were the pitchforks and torches. They were demanding the firing of Athletic Director Dave Brandon. I don't know about you, but personally I've seen much harder hits during the 35 years that I have been covering Michigan football. Could the lack of game victories be at the root of all this?

While on the topic of the Maize and Blue, the Rutgers game from New Jersey Saturday night on 10-4 (good buddy) will run on 97.1 FM The Ticket as well as WWJ-AM (950) since the Tigers will not be playing on that day. Depending on how the baseball playoffs go, the following week, on October 11th, the Penn State night game in Ann Arbor could also be on 97.1 FM. WWJ at night in Ann Arbor is almost unlistenable and WTKA drops down to just 500 watts! Reports say that WWWW-FM at 102.9 FM in Ann Arbor will also have the game on the static-free band.


Is it just me or are the commercials before and after the traffic reports on WJR longer than the actual traffic reports? Plus the other day I heard Mitzi Miles doing traffic. Add in Kevin O'Neill, Mark Mitchell and others and you've got a plethora of great personalities just doing traffic reports.


The DASH Conference is coming to town by mid-October with the latest reports on "The Connected Car" and the new look to vehicle dashboards. I hope to be there and report back to you all of the insightful developments coming into our cars!


Contact Art Vuolo, Jr. via e-mail at artvuolo@aol.com


Art Vuolo Jr.




Oakland Press:

While the Detroit Tigers may not have topped the 3 million fan mark this season, people were watching. Since the start of the 2014 season, Tigers telecasts on Fox Sports Detroit averaged 156,000 viewers and a 8.59 rating in prime time, making it the most-viewed television programming in Detroit, more than 70 percent higher than the next-best competitor.

Full story: Tigers finish with 2nd-best local TV ratings in MLB, best primetime ratings in Detroit (Thu, 10/2)



Detroit News:

The Tigers' are going to be sitting pretty in negotiations when their current radio and TV contracts are up in the coming couple years. They continue to be an cash cow for WXYT 97.1 and Fox Sports Detroit.

Full story: Tigers push FSD to top prime-time ratings in Detroit (Thu, 10/2)



Michigan Daily:

A group of eager underclassmen crowds the modern and minimalist space of the North Quad Residence Hall lobby. Students circle around three main stations of activity -- a snack table complete with lollipops advertising CBS's new series "Scorpion" (the candy apparently has a scorpion inside!), a camera and tripod set up for free headshots and North Quad's former help desk, now boasting a "WOLV-TV" sign and computers and editing stations behind the counter.

Full story: Lone WOLV: The comeback of Michigan's first and only TV network (Wed, 10/1)




Inside Radio:

Today a five-acre mostly vacant site two blocks from the Michigan Capitol is an environmentally contaminated piece of land. But in the coming years the Lansing parcel will become a state of the art new home for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. MAB's board has approved buying the property with preliminary plans for a 9,000 square foot headquarters.

Full story: Michigan Broadcasters are on the move (Wed, 10/1)




Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's re-election campaign will ask television stations around the state to pull a commercial claiming he cut education funding by $1 billion.

Full story: Snyder campaign asking TV stations to pull Schauer ad with $1B education funding 'lie' (Wed, 10/1)




WeatherNation TV, a multi-format, local, regional and national television weather news service, has signed Gray Television's NBC affiliate WILX Lansing, Mich. (DMA 114), to broadcast 24/7 weather news on its 10.2 subchannel and on Comcast ch. 294 and WOW Cable ch. 151 across central Michigan.

Full story: WeatherNation TV Adds WILX Lansing (Wed, 10/1)








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