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Detroit’s WJR Sees Revamp On-Air Lineup Ahead of 100th Year

Following the retirement of WJR’s News Director, Dick Haefner, last December, the February death of Rush Limbaugh and the retirement of Frank Beckmann in March have resulted in these upcoming changes. 

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WJR in Detroit is revamping its on-air lineup as the radio station prepares to celebrate its 100th year. 

Following the retirement of WJR’s News Director, Dick Haefner, last December, the February death of Rush Limbaugh and the retirement of Frank Beckmann in March have resulted in these upcoming changes. 

Since then, WJR has made a series of moves as the station announced several changes heading into 2022, including:

  • Ann Thomas has been promoted from Senior Executive Producer to Assistant Program Director of WJR. 
  • Paul W. Smith is joined by co-host Sean Baligian, who has spent most of his career in Detroit sports, including a pre-and post-game host of WJR’s Detroit Lions coverage. 
  • Frank Beckmann’s former late morning shift sees a rebrand as “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz.”
  • Laura Hessen moves from the “Guy Gordon Show” to operate as Executive Producer of “All Talk with Tom Jordan and Kevin Dietz.”
  • In June, Westwood One’s Dan Bongino was added to the WJR lineup, replacing the late Rush Limbaugh.
  • Nick Roddy, a former Detroit Lions Broadcast Producer, takes the reins as Executive Producer of the 3 PM-5 PM “Guy Gordon Show.”
  • Blake Majchrzak joins WJR as Studio & Audio Engineer for the “Mitch Albom Show.” Albom, NY Times Best Selling Author, philanthropist, and newspaper columnist, also celebrated his 25th year with WJR – making his show the longest-running afternoon show in Detroit – from 5 PM-7 PM.
  • FOX News Radio has been added as the WJR network news provider. WJR news reporter/anchor Marie Osborne, WJR producer Chris Renwick, and former WJR news reporter Lloyd Jackson have signed on as the first WJR Senior News Analysts. 
  • Ken Rogulski joins Dayna Clark to provide in-house coverage of WJR’s Traffic and Weather First.
  • WJR also announces significant upgrades on weekends by adding legendary Detroit Morning Show Host Jim Harper with his Great Michigan Weekend Show.

“We are extremely proud of this team, their credentials, their integrity, and their ability to represent WJR and Cumulus in the tradition expected by all Michiganders,” VP/Market Manager Steve Finateri said. 

“The new talent we’ve added around our longtime superstars Paul W. Smith, Guy Gordon, and Mitch Albom makes WJR one of the most powerful and trusted media outlets among all peers. Individually they each are ‘A’ players with big brands, and as a collective group of broadcasters, we feel we have the absolute strongest lineup in Michigan radio, maybe anywhere in the country.”

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Borrell Survey Spotlights What Local Advertisers Are Buying

From March to May, Borrell surveyed 1,920 direct buyers with average gross revenue of $3.3 million and allocated 5% of their income to advertising.

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Outside of the largest markets, most radio ad revenue comes from local direct ad buyers. So to figure out what local business buyers are buying, Borrell Associates used their survey to help fill that interest. 

From March to May, Borrell surveyed 1,920 direct buyers with average gross revenue of $3.3 million and allocated 5% of their income to advertising. The semi-annual survey found radio, social media, and events/sponsorships top the list of the most used media types. 

Each is bought by 50% of the sample. The average radio buyer invests $42,330 annually in the medium. That was second only to broadcast TV at $109,263. Seven of local buyers’ top 10 most used media were traditional channels. 

The tilt toward traditional is likely due partly to the fact that participants were selected from the rolls of traditional media companies.

Meanwhile, Streaming audio finished dead last among 20 media types studied, with just 9% of local businesses presently buying it with an intermediate annual cost of $16,140. 

Borrell says the lackluster performance is due to the small fraction of local podcasts; most shows target a national audience.

Along with streaming audio, these more assertive advertisers were at least twice as probably to buy content marketing, broadcast TV, and streaming video.

“What this tells us is these big gamblers… are out there with streaming audio and content marketing, and broadcast TV and streaming video and OTT at twice or more the rate of everybody else,” Borrell explained. 

You can read the entire survey from Borrell, which Inside Radio relayed. 

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1130 KTLK’s Drew Lee Dies Unexpectedly

The morning co-host for Drew Lee, Jon Justice, announced Monday from a hospital room at the University of Minnesota as he recuperates from open-heart surgery.

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Tragic news has come out of Minnesota as radio personality Drew Lee died unexpectedly over the weekend. Bring Me The News adds that the cause of death is unknown at the moment. 

Lee’s morning co-host at AM 1130 KTLK, Jon Justice, announced Monday from a hospital room at the University of Minnesota as he recuperates from open-heart surgery. 

“This is the hardest thing that I have ever had to do in my entire radio career,” Justice, co-host of the “Justice and Drew Show,” said. “He was with his wife at the time. I hopefully will be coming home sometime today, but I had asked that I be the one to make this devastating and tragic announcement to you.”

“Drew was my best friend. He was your friend and I don’t need to tell you how special he was. It goes without saying that I’m devastating and he will be tragically missed,” Justice continued. “Everybody here at iHeart is grieving. We ask for your prayers for Drew’s family as they get through this difficult time.”

Lee recently spoke with Barrett News Media’s Jim Cryns, where he touched on various topics, including their show’s reach as they have listeners outside of the Twin Cities.

“We’ve got listeners all over the country, from New York to California,” Lee said. “I find that amazing. Here we are, this little Minnesota-centric show growing an audience at the national level.”

“I’m excited about where we’re going organically. People seem to be gravitating to our content, telling friends about it. I want to see how far we can take this fun little morning show.”

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VPR and Vermont PBS Rebrands as Vermont Public

“Our new name pays homage to our past while signaling a new mission for the future,” President and CEO Scott Finn said in a press release relayed by Radio Insight.

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VPR and Vermont PBS are rebranding as the television, radio, and digital platform will now be known as Vermont Public after officially merging last year. Furthermore, this move reflects the cooperative mission of the state’s public media organization.

“Our new name pays homage to our past while signaling a new mission for the future,” President and CEO Scott Finn said in a press release relayed by Radio Insight

“Across TV, radio, and digital platforms, we will engage a broader and more diverse audience through stories that bring our community together.”

Over the last year, Vermont Public has researched with the public, staff, and board of directors to understand better the needs, perceptions, opportunities, and challenges for public media in Vermont.

Furthermore, the rebranded name and graphic identity are now live at vermontpublic.org and on its broadcast channels, stations, and digital platforms.

“We’ve been here to engage, inform, and inspire Vermonters for more than fifty years,” according to Marguerite Dibble, the incoming board chair. “And that won’t change. Our core audience will continue to see and hear all the things they love.”

“Their support and loyalty have shaped who we are today. And as the needs of our community evolve, and the media landscape shifts, we want to broaden access for all voices to participate, from every corner of our unique state.”

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