December 9, 2013
WMMR morning show, Preston and Steve once again, camped out in a parking lot for a week’s worth of broadcasts to generate interest and motivate listeners to donate food to feed the hungry. The just completed marathon netted a record amount of food and cash donations for Philabundance- the Delaware Valley food bank responsible for distributing food to the needy.
WMMR listeners and sponsors donated 772,468 pounds of non-perishable food – 386 tons filling 37 tractor trailers. $240,521 in cash was also raised even though the focus of Camp Out is for food donations- from as many donors as possible. One cash donation of $80,000 came from an anonymous source after hearing of Camp Out For Hunger on WMMR.
The Preston and Steve Show welcomed dozens of Hollywood celebrities, local personalities and live music each day. In addition to featuring a different, local house band each morning, national recording artists performed including Matisyahu, Sponge and Living Colour.
Camp Out for Hunger, after many years in Plymouth Meeting, took over an entire parking lot at Xfinity Live, at Philadelphia’s Sports Complex, and in the shadow of the Old JFK Stadium, where another hunger relief effort was staged. Bob Geldoff’s 1985 Live Aid concerts, hosted in Philadelphia and London, generated renewed awareness and relief in global hunger.
December 9, 2013
Greater Media Detroit announces longtime radio on air personality Ken Calvert will be officially retiring as the Co-Host of the WCSX-FM Morning Show in the Motor City. His last official day on the morning show will be Friday, December 20, 2013.
Calvert, often referred to as “K.C. the “Casual One,” joined the station back in 2000. He most recently has been serving as the official co-host of the WCSX Morning Show with K.C. & Trudi with co-host Trudi Daniels.
The radio veteran will continue to host an on-air weekend shift and write KC’s Korner web blog featured on wcsx.com, complete with podcasts and interviews featuring retrospective highlights of Detroit’s glorious past.
“Ken is a legend in the Detroit market and though he’ll no longer drive our morning show, he’ll still be taking advantage of the free coffee in our building,” said WCSX-FM Program Director Jerry JT Tarrants. “I can’t be happier that he’ll stay on the WCSX team in several different roles and capacities to help us continue to grow and strengthen the WCSX brand.”
“It has been a privilege to have Ken Calvert in the Greater Media Detroit family,” said Market Manager Steve Chessare. “We are so grateful for his many contributions over the years on the station and wish him the very best as he begins the next chapter in his life.”
“This has been a dream job with a dream company,” said Calvert. “Steve Chessare and JT (Jerry Tarrants) have been wonderful in this transition. I look forward to remaining a part of the Greater Media Detroit family. It allows me to stay on-air on a limited basis and have a larger part on our growing digital platform with blogs and a regular podcast.”
The official final send-off week for Calvert as co-host of the WCSX-FM Morning Show will include recollections and a retro look at his storied career in Detroit radio, including favorite moment and congratulatory calls from Listeners, celebrities & local dignitaries.
He began his radio career in Detroit back in 1973 and worked at a variety of Motor city radio stations prior to joining WCSX-FM in 2000, including WWWW-FM, WABX-FM, WRIF-FM, WLLZ-FM, and WJR-AM. In addition, Calvert served as the official public address announcer for the two-time World Champion Detroit Pistons for 16 years.