It appears that Arthur P's comment on facebook was just a negotiating ploy.
An article that appeared over the weekend made it appear that Arthur P and Greater Media are still in negotiations to return the Detroit icon to the air within days.
Arthur has been on the radio for 39 years and even though he isn't 22 anymore he is still a very important Personality for WRIF. With Mike in the Morning still ramping up, Arthur is a mainstay who brings a lot of name recognition to the legendary call letters.
This is simply negotiation and it is only a matter of time before the radio station and Arthur P. find a number they can both deal with and move forward.
Maybe WRIF's plan B is Drew, but it is highly unlikely that he will work for less than Arthur, after so many years behind the mic, Arthur isn't making chump change, but he certainly isn't making anywhere near what Drew was hauling down in Morning Drive.
I hope Arthur and RIFF get a deal done soon, with GM on the brink, Detroit doesn't need to lose another institution.
The Detroit radio meltdown continues, longtime PM Drive Host at WRIF Arthur P. is out after 39 years behind the microphone. It was predictable, Arthur was making a good chunk of change and for the longest time was ALL that WRIF had to offer the audience, he carried that radio station through a lot of lean times.
Radio is melting down (it is particularly bad in Detroit) and the only way they can even attempt to right the ship is to chop the most expensive talent off the books. They can't cut anywhere else, all the low wage "behind the scenes" folks have already been chopped. Big name talent is getting whacked all over the country because the audience just doesn't care.
If the audience really gave a crap about who was talking to them on the radio, these veteran talent wouldn't be lopped off the payroll without a second thought. Face it, people have enough to worry about everyday without having to concern themselves with who is reading the promos between records. The public's lack of interest in Personality on the radio makes it very easy for a big company to fired people who have spent most of their lives on the radio in favor of a person who is willing to do the job much cheaper. I have no problem if a person does the job cheaper if the talent is comparable but that isn't the case in most situations.
Radio just isn't what it use to be in its hey day. There is no bond between the audience and the talent, there are just too many options for the consumer that most talent simply get lost in the shuffle. Bad news for veteran and up and coming talent.
Personally I will miss Arthur P., the guy was unique and he was all Detroit. His departure could pave the way for a Drew Lane return to WRIF but I just can't imagine they would be willing to pay him a ton of money for PM Drive either and besides, he has to take care of Tess, how will she live without him?
CBS has announced that 97.1 FM Program Director Tom Bigby adds Operations Manager duties at the company's FM Sports Talker in Dallas.
There probably isn't much to report here as Bigby has been commuting between Detroit and Dallas since he arrived in Detroit, he will likely hand the day-to-day reigns to an Assistant PD in Detroit over time and work as a "consultant" for both stations.
Bigby's been at it a long time and you can't argue with the guys success, this is just CBS trying to get the guys talent in two places at one.
This is the allaccess.com story.
CBS RADIO VP of Strategic Programming and Sports WXYT-A-F (97.1 THE
TICKET)/DETROIT PD TOM BIGBY adds duties as Operations Manager at
sister Sports KRLD-F (105.3 THE FAN)/DALLAS, effective MARCH 30. BIGBY
will work with PD GAVIN SPITTLE to run the station, which flipped from
Talk earlier this year. BIGBY worked in the DALLAS market at Oldies
KLUV and News-Talk KRLD-A, and was formerly PD at Sports
"We are very excited to add TOM to our
already great team here in DALLAS/FT, WORTH, and look forward to his
contribution in making 105.3 THE FAN an even greater sports station,"
said GM DAVID HENRY. "We have the best sports signal in NORTH TEXAS,
and along with our partnerships with TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY and the TEXAS
RANGERS, we’re in a great position to be the leader in sports radio."
vision and outstanding leadership skills quickly helped establish 97.1
THE TICKET," said DETROIT Market Manager DEB KENYON. "I have no doubt
he will have a similar impact in the Dallas market. TOM is truly a
"Building a great sports station in one of
America’s great sports cities is a challenge I am looking forward to,"
said BIGBY. "Ask anyone who knows me and they will attest to my passion
for this format. I bring that same enthusiasm to DALLAS/FT, WORTH and
look forward to working with GAVIN SPITTLE to build a station second to
I was informed tonight that longtime Dick Purtan sidekick John "Ankles" Stewart and News Anchor Dana Mills were let go at CBS Oldies station WOMC. Stewart, who spent thirty years as a sidekick and writer for Purtan's people was reportedly released without one dime of severance. He was simply told that his contract wasn't being renewed. If that is the case, that is an awful way to treat a long-time employee. Stewart was an integral part of Purtan's People for many years and helped make the company a lot of money.
The cuts are another by product of a bad radio market, many of these stations are hurting so bad that they are literally burning the furniture to survive. It also leads one to wonder if WOMC is ripe for a format change to the "Amp'ed" CHR format that CBS is launching all across the country. I think it is unlikely WOMC would change as the oldies format does well in the PPM ratings and WOMC also has the Michigan Football contract...Michigan Football would never allow itself to be associated with a CHR format. Between the edgy music and a likely outrageous morning show they would want no part of it. It is more likely that Smooth Jazz (98.7) would switch to "Amp'ed"
Dick Purtan was in Florida when Stewart and Mills were terminated.
Matt Dery resigned his position at WDFN today. "Diesel" is crossing the street to WXYT be PM Drive Update Anchor with Valenti and Foster as well as sports updates on sister station WWJ. His new position will be officially announced soon. Great move for Matt, getting out while the gettin' was good.
While I'm not a huge NCAA tournament fan like my old partner JB, it is very cool to see the Michigan basketball team back in the NCAA tournament. They have been gone far too long and it appears that Bill Martin did the right thing when he hired John (I call him Larry because I didn't know his name when he was hired) Beilein two years ago. Beilein is clearly a winner, becoming one of the few coaches to take 4 teams to the NCAA tournament, but I had no idea he'd get the Michigan program righted so soon. Face it, Brian Ellerbe and Tommy Amaker were awful, they didn't move the program forward one inch. Amaker was the king of the NIT and Ellerbe was always handicapped by the "unofficial sanctions" on the Michigan program stemming from the Fab 5 and Robert Traylor/Louis Bullock scandals.
It's good to see Michigan back. I've talked to many Michigan alums over the last few days and many are quietly wondering if Tom Izzo is starting to feel the pressure of a Michigan basketball resurgence. A couple of prominent M-men think Izzo's days could be numbered as the State of Michigan basketball guru if Michigan continues to grow as a program. They believe that NOBODY has more to lose from a resurgent M hoops program. Michigan "insiders" think that "all things being equal, recruits would rather go to Michigan." We shall see.
I personally wish I cared as much as most, I've never been bitten by the college basketball bug, but I like to see the State of Michigan stoked for March Madness, in a bad economy it is great for the area.
Here's to long Michigan and MSU runs in the tournament, maybe even a meeting at Ford Field? Nah!
So let me get this straight, Jay Leno decides he wants to do a "free" show for Detroiters as a way to help ease the burden of really tough times in Detroit and Monica Conyers is pissed because the show isn't in Detroit?
This is what is wrong with Southeast Michigan. Leno is trying to do a good deed for the region and Conyers is making it a negative. This woman is crazy, drunk with power and out of control. We've all seen her irrational behavior in the past, but who would have thought she would try to torpedo a major concert at the Palace because it wasn't held within the Detroit City limits. Conyers has to understand that Detroit isn't relevant anymore, the region is relevant, not the sad sacked city of Detroit. Nobody cares about Detroit, yes, they care about "Detroit" as a region, but Detroit the city is dead in the minds of many Americans.
Conyers needs to go away, Detroit needs city leaders who recognize the value of the region, not Detroit. Detroit is a drag on Southeast Michigan; not an asset. Once GM is gone it will become even less relevant.
If Conyers were smart, and she isn't, she would drop her race baiting bullshit and thank Leno for even thinking of Detroit during these trying economic times. She is a joke and a stain on Detroit. Monica Conyers and her family are part of a dead ideology and need to go away if Detroit is to rise from the ashes.
Recently I received one of those cheesy little messages on Facebook to take a movie quiz or something stupid and like a good sheep I filled it out to test my movie knowledge. At the end of the quiz I was asked for my cell phone number so they could "text" me the results of my quiz. I wasn't even thinking, I put my number in and waited for my results. Time passed and nothingg, no results, no nothin'. I'd forgotten about the quiz and didn't think about it again until I got a text message yesterday with "movie trivia." I thought, hmmmm....how did that happen. I immediately hit "reply" and typed in "stop." I got a confirmation that I was unsubscribed and I moved on. The very next day I got ANOTHER movie trivia quiz, I was pissed. I called the number on the text message and asked them how they got my number and they said "you opted in," likely through facebook. I then asked how much these text messages were costing me and he said $4.00. I hit the roof. I told the guy, "unsubscribe me right now, this is very deceptive and if I see another text from your company, I'm hiring an attorney." The guy agreed to cancel my subscription and refund my money.
If you use facebook, I highly suggest you don't do the movie quizzes, the music applications or any third party applications. I don't think they are all scams, but there are some that are just looking for ways to rob you of your money. This type of stuff is so maddening because it isn't legit, do these people really think there is a market for "inspirations quotes" that cost $4 a text? This whole practice is nothing short of criminal.
I like facebook, it's a fascinating application. Who doesn't like to hook up with old friends? However, they need to keep these scam artists OUT or they will run the risk of losing people who really enjoy the web site.
These text message scammers are the 2009 equivalent of "Sports Phone." For those of you who don't remember Sports Phone it was a 900 number that you called back in the 70's and early 80's for real time updates on your favorite teams scores. I called that number almost everyday to see how the Tiger's did and when the bill came, my parents hit the roof. I'd racked up $150 in 900 calls just to get the Tiger's scores. I was a kid, I had no clue, I wasn't reading the fine print that flashed on TV.
So, the moral of the story, text messaging is the newest facebook scam, read ALL the fine print and never give out your cell number. Yes, I am a moron!