Cheron Sanders starts nonprofit organization to support Metro Detroit women battling breast cancer
She uses her voice every day as the program director for Mix 92.3 and on-air personality. Now, she’s using her voice for the greater good. This week in Your Neighborhood, meet Cheron Sanders, A true “shero.”
Whitecaps radio announcer answers last-minute call, rushes across state to cover Detroit Tigers game
After two years without calling a game due to the pandemic, the play-by-play announcer for the West Michigan Whitecaps got a chance to achieve his dream over the weekend and answered a last-minute call to drive across the state and cover the Detroit Tigers on the radio.
Detroit broadcast legend Frank Beckmann retires after nearly 50 years
DETROIT – Metro Detroit bid a fond farewell to one of its longtime radio friends Friday as Frank Beckmann retired after 48 years behind the microphone. Just shy of five decades, the one constant voice from the golden tower of the Fisher Building and WJR was that of Beckmann. He started out doing sports before he branched into talk radio. “I don’t even realize how much I’m going to miss it yet. Ad“I promise I’ve gotten more return for doing this job than I ever could have given and I’ve tried my hardest to give,” Beckmann said.
Detroit-area radio DJ living in tent for a good cause
DETROIT – A local radio DJ is spending several nights outside in a tent, braving the freezing temperatures for a good cause. Steve Grunwald from WYCD’s morning show has been sleeping outside the Ronald McDonald House since Tuesday night. He’s doing it to raise $50,000 for the Ronald McDonald House, which offers families a place to stay while their children are undergoing treatment at Children’s hospital. Grunwald has promised to stay put, living in that tent, until every dime of the $50,000 is raised. But here’s the kicker: You can donate to help Grunwald reach his goal, or you can donate to keep him there longer.
Rush Limbaugh dies at age 70
Radio personality Rush Limbaugh and wife Kathryn (L) attend the State of the Union address with First Lady Melania Trump in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives on February 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh has died at age 70. “I have to tell you something today that I wish I didn’t have to tell you,” he said at the time. It was then announced on his website with the message: “In Loving Memory of Rush Hudson Limbaugh III; The Greatest of All Time.”AdBREAKING: Rush Limbaugh has died at age 70. https://t.co/LRyoh5LXlh pic.twitter.com/JQcdCqGvnr — NBC News (@NBCNews) February 17, 2021Limbaugh was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, during the State of the Union address last year. Read back: Radio host Limbaugh awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom
Michigan Sen. Shirkey defends controversial comments on Jackson radio show
After a video of Michigan Senator Majority Leader Mike Shirkey with the Hillsdale County Republican Party was posted on YouTube, the senator stands by his comments, but perhaps not his exact choice of words. The hour-long video was posted on Feb. 4. On Tuesday, Shirkey addressed the comments on “AM Jackson with Greg O’Connor” on WKHM. “President Trump could and should have acted sooner and more forcibly even to call off the attack, but he did not cause the attack. “I’ve had first-hand experience over this past week with regular spanking by the media,” Shirkey said.
Iconic American television and radio host Larry King dies at 87
FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2017, file photo, Larry King attends the 45th International Emmy Awards at the New York Hilton, in New York. Former CNN talk show host King has been hospitalized with COVID-19 for more than a week, the news channel reported Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021. CNN reported the 87-year-old King contracted the coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)DETROIT – Iconic American television and radio host Larry King died Saturday morning, according to the Associated Press. Details: Larry King, broadcasting giant for half-century, dies at 87Read moreLarry King, the award-winning TV and radio host who became a household name with his long-running CNN show 'Larry King Live,' has died at the age of 87 https://t.co/LcGgGtMfjt — Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) January 23, 2021BREAKING: Larry King, television's everyman interviewer of the famous and obscure, dies at 87, according to network he co-founded.
Detroit sports broadcasting legend Frank Beckmann to retire after 48 years
DETROIT – Detroit sports broadcasting legend Frank Beckmann has announced his plans to retire after 48 years with WJR. Beckmann has hosted “The Frank Beckmann Show” on weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon for the last 18 years. Throughout his career, Beckmann is the only person to broadcast games for all four of Detroit’s major sports teams -- the Tigers, Pistons, Red Wings and Lions. “As a youngster growing up on the east side of Detroit, I always imagined sitting behind a microphone, announcing Lions and Tigers games,” Beckmann said. Beckmann was indicted into the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.
Detroit Lions moving from WJR radio affiliate back to 97.1 ‘The Ticket’
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford warms up before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif. Ross Cameron, File)DETROIT – The Detroit Lions announced they will be moving from WJR back to 97.1 “The Ticket” as their official radio broadcast partner. The deal between the Lions and Entercom will begin in 2021 and last for multiple years, the team announced. READ: Detroit Lions come up short vs. Packers, but look much more tolerable under Darrell Bevell“As we enter a new era of Detroit Lions football, we’re excited to establish a strategic partnership with Entercom whose Detroit family of stations are market leaders in radio and multimedia,” Detroit Lions Senior Vice President of Business Development Kelly Kozole said. Entercom will also manage the Lions Radio Network -- an extensive radio network with more than 30 stations across Michigan and in northern Ohio, according to the team.
Detroit radio legend and WJR news director Dick Haefner announces his retirement after 51 year career
DETROIT – News Talk 760 WJR News Director Dick Haefner has announced his retirement after a remarkable 51-year career in radio news. Haefner, an award-winning newscaster, reporter, and news director, has been WJR News Director since 1989. His most recent awards were for “Best Newscast” and “Best Feature” in 2019 from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. I have had the best job in Detroit radio news for almost 32 years. I’m the luckiest person I know.”Steve Finateri, Vice President, Market Manager of Cumulus Detroit said, “Dick Haefner can be considered one of the all-time brand ambassadors for News/Talk 760 WJR Radio and Cumulus Detroit.
Former 89X rock alternative radio station announces new format: ‘Pure Country 89’
WINDSOR, Ontario – One day after announcing it would be unveiling a completely new format, the former 89X new rock alternative radio station announced it is now, “Pure Country 89.”“This is 88.7 CIMX Windsor, or, as it’s about to be known, ‘Pure Country 89,’” the station announced at 12:01 p.m. Thursday. “Pure Country is here, Windsor,” the station announced. The first song of the “Pure Country 89″ era was “Cruise” by Florida-Georgia Line. 89X changes after 30 yearsThe radio station announced the major format change on Wednesday, without giving any details. Soon there will be a very new and VERY different sound on 88.7FM and to be honest if you’re a New Rock fan you’re probably not going to like it.
89X radio station making major change to format: ‘Very new, very different sound’
WINDSOR, Ontario – After 30 years on the airwaves, the 89X new rock alternative radio station announced it will make a major format change this week. UPDATE: Former 89X rock alternative radio station officially announces new formatThere will be a “very new and very different sound” on FM channel 88.7 out of Windsor, Ontario, starting Thursday (Nov. 19). Here’s the full announcement:"From the Cutting Edge to New Rock 89X, it’s been one hell of a ride over the past thirty years. 89X was a unique station and we have some great memories. Soon there will be a very new and VERY different sound on 88.7FM and to be honest if you’re a New Rock fan you’re probably not going to like it.
You can now enjoy holiday music 24/7 here
This year 98.7 The Breeze, a radio station known for easy listening, is airing special holiday programming around the clock. “It’s what we all need right now, a little comfort and a little joy,” says Kim Adams, the midday host. There’s no politics on her show, and it’s all positive news -- something she says many are seeking right about now. Kim says that if you’re not ready for Christmas music yet, that’s okay, they just hope that when you are ready you’ll go to 98.7 The Breeze. For another special holiday touch, every day until Christmas, the DJ for the hour at 6pm is Santa!
Detroit radio personality Angie Starr encourages voting through music
“Solutions Not Slogans” hosted by radio personality Angie Starr of 105.9 KISS FM answered Detroit voters' questions about this year’s election. “This election is so important and I want everybody that can vote to vote! And in true radio fashion, she’s helping to get that message out through music. The way your vote matters, why your vote is important and why you need to know everyone that is on the ballot. It’s all wrapped up into this one video,” Starr explained.
97.1s Mike Stone talks about his friend and colleague Jamie Samuelsen
Jamie Samuelsen lost his 19-month battle with colon cancer Saturday and now a family is mourning a husband and a father. Mike Stone has hosted the Jamie and Stoney Show on 97.1 The Ticket with Samuelsen for four years. Jamie Samuelsen; impactful, funny kind and smart, Stone says of Samuelsens legacy. Jamie Samuelsen, the best damn friend you could ever have, a tremendous broadcaster on @971theticketxyt passed away tonight at 48. Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) August 1, 2020I am heartbroken by the passing of my great longtime friend and radio partner Jamie Samuelsen.
Detroit sports personality Jamie Samuelsen dies at 48
DETROIT Longtime Detroit sports writer and radio host Jamie Samuelsen died Saturday, The Ticket reported. Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports, Samuelsen said. Everything youre going to read and hear about Jamie Samuelsen is on the money - he was just the best - as a broadcaster, of course. Jamie Samuelsen, the best damn friend you could ever have, a tremendous broadcaster on @971theticketxyt passed away tonight at 48. Bob Wojnowski (@bobwojnowski) August 1, 2020I am heartbroken by the passing of my great longtime friend and radio partner Jamie Samuelsen.
Detroit sports personality Jamie Samuelsen says hes battling colon cancer
DETROIT Longtime Detroit sports writer and radio host Jamie Samuelsen revealed on Monday that hes been fighting colon cancer. Samuelsen announced the news on his radio show, the Jamie & Stoney Show, on 97.1 The Ticket. Each morning since my diagnosis, I got up, turned on the radio mic and got to talk sports, Samuelsen said. So I wanted to continue to have fun and not let cancer get in the way of doing what I loved. Samuelsen has been a Detroit sports media staple since 1994, when he first joined WDFN.
Rico Beard joins Mike Valenti as new co-host on 97.1 The Ticket
DETROIT Sports talk radio station 97.1 The Ticket announced a new co-host to join Mike Valenti on the stations top rated show. Rico Beard, a longtime Detroit sports broadcast veteran, will join Valenti on The Mike Valenti Show with Rico, weekdays from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00, beginning August 3. I am extremely blessed and honored in becoming a host on The Mike Valenti Show on 97.1 The Ticket, said Beard. I was flattered when Mike Valenti himself asked me to join his show. Before joining The Ticket, Mike co-hosted The Sports Inferno with Terry Foster on Sports Radio 1270 (WXYT-AM) in Detroit.
Black Information Network radio station launches in Metro Detroit
DETROIT Detroit is one of more than a dozen radio markets to launch the Black Information Network, a 24/7 news station devoted to the Black community. For years WDFNs 11:30 a.m. slot was known as The Fan -- now, the sports talk channel will have a completely different sound. Darci McConnell, with McConnell Communications, says the launch is amazing news that many Detroiters have been waiting a long time to hear. There is a pronounced look at issues of race and disparities as it relates to race and fights for civil rights, McConnell said. Metro Detroiters can tune into the Black Information Network at 11:30 a.m. on WDFN or on the iHeart Radio app.
Weather radio problem: Heres whats going on
If you have a weather radio, has it been sitting silently all day? Thats because there is a transmission phone line problem at the National Weather Services office in White Lake. Usually, the weather radio is the most reliable method, since cell networks have problems more frequently than the weather radio transmission source. In fact, I can only remember one other occasion during my long career here at Local 4 where the weather radio network was down during a storm event -- its highly reliable. If you havent already, download the Local4Casters Weather App, and make sure you have notifications turned on so you receive the warnings.
US challenges planned expedition to retrieve Titanic's radio
NORFOLK, Va. NORFOLK, Va.The U.S. government will try to stop a company's planned salvage mission to retrieve the Titanics wireless telegraph machine, arguing the expedition would break federal law and a pact with Britain to leave the iconic shipwreck undisturbed. U.S. attorneys filed a legal challenge before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia, late Monday. The Atlanta-based salvage firm RMS Titanic Inc., plans to recover the radio equipment from a deck house near the ship's grand staircase. The salvage firm disagrees, arguing that hundreds of years of maritime law firmly puts the wreck into the hands of admiralty court in Norfolk. NOAA seeks to jettison the law of the sea, developed over centuries, the firm argued in legal documents filed earlier this year.