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October 02, 2009 2:48 PM
Smooth Jazz Radio Station WVMV 98.7 Announcing Format Switch
By Bill Shea | Crain’s Detroit Business
DETROIT – Detroit’s self-billed smooth jazz radio station WVMV 98.7 is expected to announce a format switch today. (MCRFB: Play audio bar below).
The smooth jazz format is apparently moving to an HD2 channel, but it’s not yet clear what the terrestrial broadcast format will be.
Deb Kenyon, CBS Radio’s senior vice president and market manager for its Detroit stations, issued a statement: “98.7 Smooth Jazz is moving to a new home. New media and new technologies have given us the chance to still keep this programming on the air. We know that Smooth Jazz is a favorite station for many people and we’re glad to say we aren’t going away, we’re just moving,” she wrote.
The station was ranked 11th in the Detroit market in listenership by Washington D.C.-based audience measurement service Arbitron. The ratings, the most recent available, are for Monday through Sunday, 6 a.m. to midnight, for June, July and August.
CBS Radio also owns WWJ 950 AM (news talk), WXYT 97.1 FM/1270 AM (news talk), WOMC 104.3 FM (oldies) and WYCD 99.5 FM (country) locally.
WVMV station went on the air in 1961 as WBFG broadcasting religious programs. In 1980, it became WLLZ, a rock station under the name “Detroit Wheels.”
Westinghouse bought the station in 1989, and it became a CBS property when the network bought Westinghouse in 1995. That year it became a modern rock station.
Later that year, it switched to smooth jazz-new adult contemporary and switched to the WVMV call letters in early 1996. END
(Source: Crain’s Detroit Business; October 2, 2009).
WVMV SIGNS OFF THE AIR * Steve Stryker Asst. PD * OCTOBER 2, 2009 (5:00 P.M.)
Paul Revere dies at 76, founded Paul Revere and the Raiders
By Claire Noland | LA TIMES Staff Writer | October 5, 2014, 3:14 PM
Paul Revere, a teenage businessman who found an outlet for his entrepreneurial spirit in the form of a campy rock ‘n’ roll band that capitalized on his name, wore Revolutionary War-era costumes and cranked out a string of grungy hits in the mid-1960s, has died. The founder of Paul Revere and the Raiders was 76..
Revere died Saturday of cancer at his home in Garden Valley, Idaho, his longtime manager Roger Hart told the Associated Press. After a near-constant touring schedule in recent years, Revere retreated six months ago to his adopted home state because of health issues, said his tour manager, Ron Lemen.
Along with singer and saxophonist Mark Lindsay, Revere, a keyboard player, formed a band called the Downbeats in Boise in 1959. Within a few years they would become Paul Revere and the Raiders, string together top-10 pop hits including “Kicks,” “Hungry” and “Good Thing” and become fixtures of Dick Clark’s weekday afternoon TV show “Where the Action Is.”
MCRFB note: For the rest of this Los Angeles Times Paul Revere Obituary article (October 5, 2014), please GO HERE.