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Drew & Mike
Drew & Mike's Last Day At WRIF
DATE: 2013/05/17::
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WRIF 101 Detroit - Arthur Penhallow - 1982
WRIF 101 Detroit - Arthur Penhallow - 1982
DATE: 2013/06/14::
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WRIF Commercial
WRIF Commercial
DATE: 2008/12/06::
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WRIF TV commercial
WRIF TV commercial
DATE: 2007/10/04::
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Dave and Chuck The Freak RETURN on 101 WRIF
Dave and Chuck The Freak RETURN on 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/05/22::
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Slash ft. Myles Kennedy - Patience - 101 WRIF Detroit
Slash ft. Myles Kennedy - Patience - 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2010/09/20::
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Lisa from the Dave and Chuck the Freak Show on WRIF drives the Lamborghini
Lisa from the Dave and Chuck the Freak Show on WRIF drives the Lamborghini
DATE: 2013/07/12::
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Slash - Fall To Pieces ( acoustic) - 101 WRIF Detroit
Slash - Fall To Pieces ( acoustic) - 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2010/09/15::
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Dave and Chuck The Freak - Looking For Love at Walmart - 101 WRIF
Dave and Chuck The Freak - Looking For Love at Walmart - 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/05/29::
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Megadeth "Public Enemy No. 1" unplugged WRIF 2012
Megadeth "Public Enemy No. 1" unplugged WRIF 2012
DATE: 2012/02/17::
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WRIF Rock Girl Wipeout Challenge
WRIF Rock Girl Wipeout Challenge
DATE: 2014/04/30::
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Dave and Chuck The Freak - 4th of July Thong Challenge - 101 WRIF
Dave and Chuck The Freak - 4th of July Thong Challenge - 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/07/03::
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Slash - Back From Cali (acoustic) - 101 WRIF Detroit
Slash - Back From Cali (acoustic) - 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2010/09/15::
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101 WRIF Mike in the Morning - Gary Hoey Mr. Grinch
101 WRIF Mike in the Morning - Gary Hoey Mr. Grinch
DATE: 2008/12/04::
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Jobbie Nooner 2012 - with Drew & Mike on 101 WRIF
Jobbie Nooner 2012 - with Drew & Mike on 101 WRIF
DATE: 2012/06/25::
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Megadeth "Symphony Of Destruction" unplugged set WRIF 2012
Megadeth "Symphony Of Destruction" unplugged set WRIF 2012
DATE: 2012/02/12::
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Arthur Penhallow on WRIF
Arthur Penhallow on WRIF
DATE: 2012/12/23::
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Halestorm - Gold Dust Woman (acoustic) 101 WRIF Detroit
Halestorm - Gold Dust Woman (acoustic) 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2012/12/14::
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Shinedown acoustic for WRIF
Shinedown acoustic for WRIF
DATE: 2012/03/09::
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WRIF Remarkable Mouth
WRIF Remarkable Mouth
DATE: 2013/08/24::
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Dave and Chuck The Freak - Jimmy Death Nuts - 101 WRIF
Dave and Chuck The Freak - Jimmy Death Nuts - 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/11/27::
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101 WRIF Mike in the Morning - Gary Hoey Peanuts
101 WRIF Mike in the Morning - Gary Hoey Peanuts
DATE: 2008/12/05::
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Halestorm - I Miss The Misery (acoustic) 101 WRIF Detroit
Halestorm - I Miss The Misery (acoustic) 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2012/12/10::
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WRIF 101 FM 1977 TV commercial
WRIF 101 FM 1977 TV commercial
DATE: 2012/08/11::
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WRIF Detroit Drew & Mike 1997 California Aircheck Video
WRIF Detroit Drew & Mike 1997 California Aircheck Video
DATE: 2014/12/09::
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101 WRIF Mike in the Morning - Gary Hoey 12 Days X Mas
101 WRIF Mike in the Morning - Gary Hoey 12 Days X Mas
DATE: 2008/12/04::
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101 WRIF - Arthur P. for President Campaign Video
101 WRIF - Arthur P. for President Campaign Video
DATE: 2008/10/22::
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Kid Rock in studio with Drew & Mike on 101 WRIF Detroit 2-27-12
Kid Rock in studio with Drew & Mike on 101 WRIF Detroit 2-27-12
DATE: 2012/02/27::
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Avenged Sevenfold Interview with Arin Ilejay - 101 WRIF
Avenged Sevenfold Interview with Arin Ilejay - 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/10/14::
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2013 Detroit Polar Plunge - 101 WRIF - Torch Run Polar Plunge
2013 Detroit Polar Plunge - 101 WRIF - Torch Run Polar Plunge
DATE: 2013/02/18::
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WRIF 101 FM Detroit - Collect "Obscene" Phone Calls!
WRIF 101 FM Detroit - Collect "Obscene" Phone Calls!
DATE: 2008/03/30::
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Soundgarden unplugged - WRIF 4/22/2013 (audio)
Soundgarden unplugged - WRIF 4/22/2013 (audio)
DATE: 2013/04/24::
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Sean with Drew and Mike on WRIF
Sean with Drew and Mike on WRIF
DATE: 2010/05/26::
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Sponge - Molly - 101 WRIF Detroit
Sponge - Molly - 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2011/02/15::
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WRIF Detroit Maui Time Commerical Arthur P
WRIF Detroit Maui Time Commerical Arthur P
DATE: 2010/05/25::
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Drew & Mike WRIF. Michael Jackson in the hereafter
Drew & Mike WRIF. Michael Jackson in the hereafter
DATE: 2011/03/02::
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Dead Sara - Weatherman (acoustic) Detroit 101 WRIF
Dead Sara - Weatherman (acoustic) Detroit 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/03/02::
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Metallica - James Hetfield Interview w/ 101 WRIF - Orion Festival Detroit
Metallica - James Hetfield Interview w/ 101 WRIF - Orion Festival Detroit
DATE: 2013/06/06::
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101 WRIF - Candlebox playing
101 WRIF - Candlebox playing 'You' Stripped Down
DATE: 2008/07/01::
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Steve Perry 1981 Detroit WRIF # 2 of 3
Steve Perry 1981 Detroit WRIF # 2 of 3
DATE: 2011/06/27::
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Dave and Chuck The Freak Explain "Ripcord!" - 101 WRIF
Dave and Chuck The Freak Explain "Ripcord!" - 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/05/23::
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Join WRIF at the Fillmore Detroit for Opening Day
Join WRIF at the Fillmore Detroit for Opening Day
DATE: 2015/04/02::
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WRIF "Remarkable Mouth" Ad - c. 1986
WRIF "Remarkable Mouth" Ad - c. 1986
DATE: 2011/12/19::
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Jade Springart 101.1 WRIF
Jade Springart 101.1 WRIF
DATE: 2014/08/05::
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WRIF Rock Girl Update
WRIF Rock Girl Update
DATE: 2014/09/24::
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Dave and Chuck The Freak Welcome a New Detroiter - 101 WRIF
Dave and Chuck The Freak Welcome a New Detroiter - 101 WRIF
DATE: 2013/09/06::
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The Wake-Up Song - The Morning Crew (WRIF Detroit)
The Wake-Up Song - The Morning Crew (WRIF Detroit)
DATE: 2013/11/11::
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd Acoustic in Studio with 101 WRIF
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Acoustic in Studio with 101 WRIF
DATE: 2014/06/25::
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Taddy Porter - All Right Now (acoustic) - 101 WRIF Detroit
Taddy Porter - All Right Now (acoustic) - 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2010/12/20::
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Duff McKagan - Flatline - 101 WRIF Detroit
Duff McKagan - Flatline - 101 WRIF Detroit
DATE: 2009/03/03::
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WRIF
WRIF logo.png
City of license Detroit, Michigan
Broadcast area Metro Detroit[1]
Branding 101 WRIF: The RIFF
Slogan Everything That Rocks!
Frequency 101.1 MHz
(also on HD Radio)
101.1 HD2: RIFF2
Local rock
First air date February 14, 1971
Format Active rock
RIFF2: Local rock/hip-hop
ERP 27,000 watts
HAAT 268 meters (879 ft)
Class B
Facility ID 11278
Transmitter coordinates 42°27′13.00″N 83°9′50.00″W / 42.4536111°N 83.1638889°W / 42.4536111; -83.1638889
Callsign meaning W-"guitar RIFf"
(musical term)
Former callsigns 1948-1971: WXYZ-FM
Affiliations United Stations Radio Networks[2]
Owner Greater Media, Inc.
(Greater Boston Radio, Inc.)
Sister stations WCSX, WMGC-FM
Webcast Listen Live
Website WRIF.com

WRIF (101.1 FM) — branded 101 WRIF: The RIFF — is a commercial active rock radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to operate in Detroit, Michigan serving surrounding Metro Detroit.[1] The station is currently owned by Greater Boston Radio, Inc.[3] WRIF is a grandfathered "Superpower" Class B station with a signal equivalent to 92,000 watts at 500 ft; stated another way, under current U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) limits for Class B stations, WRIF would be allowed to broadcast an effective radiated power (ERP) of no more than 16,000 watts using an antenna of height of 268 meters.[4] As such, the signal can be heard as far North as Lexington, MI; Jackson; Chatham-Kent and Lambton County, Ontario; North Baltimore, Ohio; and occasionally as far south as Delaware, Ohio. The station transmitter is located in the Detroit suburb of Southfield near the intersection of 10 Mile Road and Northwestern Highway. WRIF transmits its signal from the same tower as WXYZ-TV. The studios are in Ferndale.

History[edit]

WXYZ-FM[edit]

101.1 FM signed on in 1948 as WXYZ-FM. For most of the station's early years, the station was simply a simulcast of WXYZ AM 1270 (now WXYT AM). That changed in 1966, when the FCC decreed separate programming for at least half of the broadcast day on FM stations that had been simulcasts of their AM sisters. WXYZ-FM separated programming and aired first a MOR/adult standards format, then later went to a rock-based Top 40 approach called "Boss 101," which featured mostly harder rock hits with little to no pop or soul product. Then in 1970, the station's then-owner, ABC made WXYZ-FM an affiliate of the "Love" network, a nationally syndicated underground rock format from ABC that predated today's satellite-fed radio formats (another "Love" affiliate was sister WLS-FM in Chicago). WXYZ-FM hired at least one local jock for this format - Arthur Penhallow.

101 WRIF[edit]

On February 14, 1971, the station changed its call letters to WRIF. ABC had applied for WDAI (for Detroit Auto Industry) for WXYZ-FM,[5] but the FCC assigned those to WLS-FM instead. The WRIF calls had been requested for WABC-FM in New York.

WRIF was a pioneer in the album-oriented rock format,[6] utilizing many elements of progressive rock radio while maintaining a tight, Top-40 style play list. Other ABC stations with a similar sound included WPLJ in New York and WDVE in Pittsburgh. WRIF was not a pure rocker in its early years - you could hear such artists as KC & The Sunshine Band and the Bee Gees alongside Alice Cooper, Traffic, and the Allman Brothers. After 1975, WRIF dropped most of the pop artists to concentrate on rock, but they would play a pop or disco song if it were extremely popular. "Stayin' Alive," for example, got many spins on WRIF in 1977-78.

The 1980s was probably the decade in which there was the most change in the Detroit radio dial. Among other changes, a new rocker was installed on 98.7 FM, WLLZ "Detroits Wheels", and it proved so popular that it took out two other Detroit rock stations. WWWW went country in 1980, and WABX changed to a Contemporary Hit Radio (CHR) format called "Hot Rock" in 1983, and then went adult contemporary as WCLS. But WRIF soldiered on, even though it was sold twice in the 1980s and its rock format was on the chopping block more than once (rumors persisted in the late 1980s that the station was to switch to an urban contemporary format, especially after the debut of classic rock WCSX in 1987). In May 2006, WRIF outlasted yet another rock station but with a twist. 106.7 "The Drive" switched to country (this time as "106.7 The Fox") just as it did back in 1980 when it was known as "W4".

The station served as a backdrop for the Kevin Costner film The Upside of Anger.[citation needed]

ABC continued to own WRIF until its merger with Capital Cities Communications in 1986. At that time, the station was spun off to Silver Star Communications. The next year, WRIF was sold to Great American Broadcasting (the former Taft Television and Radio, Inc.). Great American Broadcasting declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 1993, and subsequently reorganized as Citicasters Communications.

In the early 1990s, the FCC began to permit one entity to own two stations on the same band in the same market for the first time. As a result, in 1994, Greater Media, who already owned Detroit's classic rocker WCSX, purchased WRIF from Citicasters. They own the station to this day.

Morning shows[edit]

In the late 1970s, WRIF began broadcasting J.J. and the Morning Crew which consisted of Jimmy "J.J." Johnson, Lynne Woodison, and George Baier (better known as Richard T. Bruiser or Dick the Brusier). In their prime, they were well known with doing news, weather, playing rock, and creating parody songs with their own versions of timeless rock hits such as Question Mark and the Mysterians' "96 Tears" with "96 Beers", The J. Geils Band's "Freeze Frame" with "Beer Frame", Sammy Hagar's "I Can't Drive 55" with "I Can't Drive 25", and their own version of Gary Numan's "Cars" with "Bars". The show is also known for lampooning NBC's longest running show, Meet the Press with Meet the Bruiser. But despite WRIF's playing rock and disco songs, J.J. and the Morning Crew created "D.R.E.A.D." which is short for "Detroit Rockers Engaged In The Abolition of Disco". J.J. and the Morning Crew left WRIF in the mid-1980s and moved their morning show to the now defunct WLLZ. (In the mid 1990s, J.J. and the Morning Crew moved to WRIF's soon to be sister station WCSX). J.J. now hosts middays at WOMC.

In 1991, WRIF hired a new morning team from Phoenix, Arizona - Drew & Zip. Zip left by 1994, and was replaced by local personality Mike Clark. Drew and Mike went on to become the #1 rated morning show in Detroit. In September 2007, Drew Lane left WRIF for an indefinite length of time to take care of his girlfriend who had been diagnosed with breast cancer. In April 2008, it was announced that Lane would not be returning to WRIF. The show was then renamed "Mike In The Morning" and was hosted by Clark and Marc Fellhauer, and features Trudi Daniels with the "WRIF Rock & Roll Radio News," and Jamie Samuelsen[7] on sports reports. On July 13, 2009, Lane returned to WRIF to once again team up with Mike Clark.[8]

The show's name reverted to Drew and Mike in the Morning, sometimes referred to as The Drew and Mike Show, but is mostly just shortened to Drew and Mike. Lane now does sports news for the show as well. Fellhauer, Daniels, and Mike Wolters still remain with the show. In May 2013, it was announced that Greater Media had not renewed the contract for Drew and Mike in the Morning, with the final Drew and Mike show airing on May 17. On May 28, Dave and Chuck "The Freak" of 89X took over morning drive. Since then, Trudi Daniels teamed up with WRIF alum Kenny "K.C." Calvert to form The K.C. and Trudi Morning Show which made its debut on WCSX that summer, while Drew Lane moved to afternoons on sister station WMGC-FM in August 2013.

WRIF today[edit]

In the November 2010 PPM ratings release, WRIF ranked as the #11 (PPM rated) radio station in the Detroit market. WRIF's format, according to Arbitron, is Active Rock, and includes a wide variety of modern rock and classic hard rock.

In 2007, the station was named Active Rock station of the year in a top 25 market award by Radio & Records magazine. Other nominees included WIYY in Baltimore, WAAF in Boston, KBPI in Denver, WMMR in Philadelphia, and KISW in Seattle.[9]

WRIF won the RadioContraband Rock Radio Award for "Major Market Radio Station" of the year in 2013.[citation needed]

HD programming[edit]

WRIF's HD Radio multicast signals are called:

  • HD 2 ("RIFF2") and features a modern spin on the old progressive-rock format, with a mixture of underground alternative rock and metal and local Detroit artists.
  • HD 1 is a simulcast of the analog (traditional) signal.[10]

Merchandise[edit]

Stickers[edit]

WRIF stickers are given out at many of the station's sponsored events. Many are unique to that event. Stickers have been made for bands including: Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne and OZZFEST, Mötley Crüe, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper, Kid Rock, Disturbed, YES, Journey, KISS, Santana, REO Speedwagon, Triumph, U2, Huey Lewis and the News, Loverboy, Aerosmith, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop, Guns N' Roses, AC/DC, Korn, Linkin Park, Velvet Revolver, The Romantics and David Bowie. WRIF has also made stickers for appearances by comedians George Carlin & Rodney Dangerfield and the rock festival Lollapalooza. Stickers have also been made for non-concert events such as the Drew and Mike radio show, Harleyfest, legendary WRIF alum Arthur Penhallow and his famous saying "Baby!", as well as the major Detroit sports teams - the Detroit Pistons, Tigers, Red Wings, and Lions. Since nearly all of them are the same basic size and design (an oval with flat top and bottom with the same size border ring), they are highly collectable. Since 1971, over 700 different stickers have been made.

Due to complaints of vandalism, WRIF has switched from stickers to window clings.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

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