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DPS parent news hotline gets a makeover with the "voice" of WRCJ-FM

The Detroit Public Schools’ Parent News and Information phone line recording – 313 873-4636-has undergone a makeover and is now being recorded by Donald Walker, who serves as the familiar “voice” of WRCJ-FM. Donald Walker, director of production and education for Detroit Public Schools/WRCJ FM 90.9. and the emcee for three DPS radio shows on WRCJ, will deliver the news on Mondays weekly for DPS’ Parent News and Information phone line recording. Walker also functions as the “voice of the station” at WRCJ-FM, producing underwriting announcements, promos and pre-recorded programs like ArtiFacts, DSO Unmasked and Jazz at the Center. As the new voice of the DPS Parent News and Information Line, Walker will give parents weekly updates about Detroit Public

Upcoming edition of the "DPS: Backstage" radio program to feature Cass Tech Men’s Glee Club

“DPS: Backstage,” the student-produced radio program that showcases the best in DPS talent, this month will feature the Cass Tech Men’s Glee club and their collaboration with the University of Michigan’s 151-year-old Men’s Glee club as a part of a music exchange program called “Brothers in Song”. The episode will air at 7 p.m. Wednesday night on WRCJ 90.9 FM. It will include interviews with Dr. Cheryl Harden, Cass Tech music instructor, and several of the young men of Cass Tech who performed. The program will feature excerpts from the actual performance at University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium on November 20th. The episode will also include an interview with Rick Sperling, founder of the Mosaic Youth Theater, about an upcoming

Detroit Public Schools launches two new radio programs; "DPS Backstage" and "Inside DPS" increase student programming on WRCJ 90.9 FM

Contact: Steven Wasko at 313-873-4542 Kisha Verdusco at 313-873-4546 steven.wasko@detroitk12.org kisha.verdusco@detroitk12.org Detroit Public Schools will expand opportunities for students to learn and build on their multimedia skills in a professional setting with the launch of two new radio shows on WRCJ 90.9 FM this month. WRCJ FM, which is owned by DPS and managed in a partnership with Detroit Public Television, is home of the existing “Detroit Public Schools Radio Program,” a 60-minute news variety show produced by students at the Detroit School of Arts. “This is an opportunity for interested students to advance the training they are receiving in their classes,” said Donald Walker, director of production and education for Detroit Public Schools/WRCJ FM 90.9. “They are looking forward

Detroit Public Schools to improve parent and community communications

Detroit Public Schools is slated to vastly improve its communications outreach to parents and the community by increasing usage of its social media tools and ramping up broadcasts about school news and sports via social media and live-streamed video. Being launched immediately are a new Twitter feed – twitter.com/DPSschoolnews — which will be used to inform the community, parents and alumni of the great things happening in the Detroit Public Schools – and an official district Facebook fan page, where the school system will post regular news, photos and calendar items about Detroit Public Schools. The new Official Detroit Public Schools Fan Page can be found on Facebook.com. Fans of Detroit Public School League athletics can stay abreast of the

DPS and DPTV renew partnership for management of district-owned WRCJ-FM

Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television have signed a new five-year agreement that includes having DPTV manage the district-owned WRCJ 90.9 FM radio station, resulting in greatly increased revenue for the district and a six-fold jump in the time that DPS-run and student-produced radio shows will be aired. Under the contract, Detroit Public Schools will incur fewer costs for management of the classical/jazz station, which is operated out of Detroit School of Arts. DPTV has agreed to absorb all engineering costs, which were previously paid for by the district. DPS will see increased revenue and combined cost-savings amounting to about $1.5 million over the five-year term. Robert Bobb, Emergency Financial Manager for Detroit Public Schools, praised the new agreement.


NEWS from Detroit Public Schools Office of Public Relations Media Contact: Steve Wasko 313-873-4892/313-212-5636 Every school day is important but during this time of reduced ancillary funding and rising expenses, COUNT DAY, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24TH, ranks a little higher. That’s the day that helps determine the majority of the funding for all of Michigan’s public school districts including the DETROIT PUBLIC SCHOOLS (DPS). Adequate funding is vital to DPS and to every parent and child in the metro Detroit area because it supports the many unique academic, career tech and enrichment programs that only DPS schools provide. The District has prepared public service announcements and placed parental notices regarding Count Day in its Communications vehicles. In addition, individual schools have


NEWS from Detroit Public Schools Office of Public Relations For Immediate Release Contact: Steve Wasko 313-873-4542; cell 313-212-5636 steven.wasko@detroitk12.org Detroit Public Schools has two brand new communications vehicles of its own. Going home with all students beginning today (Monday, May 5) is a new quarterly newsletter, “Detroit Public Schools News Briefs.” The publication is filled with stories of student and school successes and is also designed as a quarterly calendar for posting/hanging at home. The next edition, planned as a “Back to School” piece in mid-August, will be mailed to all Detroit households. Starting this Wednesday, May 7 and continuing on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m., “Detroit Public Schools Radio” will regularly feature school and district

WRCJ.Under New Management

The District’s 42,000 watt radio station, formerly known as WDTR (90.9), changed call letters to WRCJ several months ago and is now under the management of Detroit Public Television, WTVS Ch. 56.

WDTR-FM becomes WRCJ-FM effective today

WDTR-FM has changed its call letters. The station will now be known as WRCJ-FM (90.9). The change is effective today. The change in the call letters is the first major step in the station’s transformation. Beginning this fall, the station will be run by an outside entity on behalf of the Detroit Public Schools. A Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking bids from parties interested in running the station will be made available next week. In the meantime, the station’s format will remain the same until the fall when it changes to classical and jazz.