Motown Radio Reunion Brings Tanner Friedman Back To Media Roots

istockphoto_3525927-retro-radio-microphoneTruly there is only one thing better than listening to your favorite radio personality on the radio: seeing them in person. And tonight in Novi, the stars will be out in all their brilliance at the 2010 Motor City Radio Reunion. Matt and I will both be there reliving our roots and reconnecting with old friends.

If you know us, you know that we both began our careers in radio, overlapping very slightly at WWJ Newsradio 950 in the early 90’s. In what was a more than 12 year “first career” that began in college, I donned the headphones and took to the microphone as a disk jockey, newsman, radio programmer and traffic and weather reporter. For the latter, I had the privilege of reporting in Detroit over WWJ (with Joe Donovan, Roberta Jasina, Greg Bowman, Bill Stevens, Jayne Bower, Sonny Eliot, Bob Dustman, Sue Carter, Don Patrick, Pat Vitale and my partner Tracy Gary); WXYT (with Bill Bonds, Denny McLain, David Newman); WLLZ (Ken Calvert, Jim Johnson and Dick the Bruiser, Sherri Donovan); CKWW, WGPR, Young Country and even a fill-in stint on Q-95 with Dick Purtan. I hope to see many of these individuals there tonight.

Dick Purtan will, in fact, be emceeing the event which will feature special tributes to: Robin Seymour, Sonny Eliot, Specs Howard, the late Ernie Harwell and of course Dick Purtan.

Also there will be a member of the planning committee who called me this past week to make sure I would be in attendance. Who was it? Only the legendary Jo-Jo Shutty-MacGregor, one of if not the first female airborne traffic reporter in the business over CKLW Windsor/Detroit in the station’s heyday. ‘Would I be there?’, I answered, “Was there ever any doubt?”