Detroit broadcasters raising money
Not only do Detroit's radio and television broadcasters compete for your eyes and ears, today they are also competing for your donations with three fundraising campaigns happening simultaneously:
CBS Radio/Detroit Country WYCD-FM 99.5 is broadcasting live from Art Van Furniture on 14 Mile in Warren the next two days from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. as part of its annual WYCD St. Jude Radiothon. Details at WYCD.com.
Mitch Albom, afternoon host on Cumulus Media/Detroit News/Talk WJR AM 760, hosts his annual S.A.Y. Detroit Radiothon from Somerset Mall in Troy today from 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. The event will be carried live on WJR. Details at SAYDetroit.org.
Also, Scripps Media ABC affliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 Detroit is hosting its annual St. Vincent de Paul "Joy of Giving" Telethon from 5 a.m. - 8 p.m. with features during the station's newscasts and in between regular programming. Details on this effort at WXYZ.com.
Radio is dying. Or, it's already dead. The precise condition of the body depends on which futurist you read, assuming you read futurists at all. As for "futurist," that's a job title that didn't really exist 15 years ago -- just like most of the things that are supposedly killing radio.
Full story: The death of radio: Is it time to plan the wake? (Thu, 12/4)
Detroit Free Press:
"Why all the charity stuff?" Someone asked me that at an airport. He meant no harm. He just couldn't understand why, as a sports writer, I would get so involved in other people's problems.
Full story: Albom: Radiothon a chance to help less fortunate in city (Thu, 12/4)
Saga Communications is selling their Michigan and Minnesota based regional networks to Learfield Communications. The Lansing, MI based Michigan Radio Network and Michigan Farm Radio Network and Minneapolis based Minnesota News Network and Minnesota Farm Network will join Learfield's existing state network operations in Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Full story: Saga Sells Michigan & Minnesota Networks (Thu, 12/4)