History of WRIF Podcast & Mike Staff Productions

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Mike Staff goes back to his radio roots to host WRIF podcast

If you’re a Detroiter than you likely have 101.1 WRIF programmed on your car radio dial! Believe it or not, WRIF is getting ready to celebrate 50 years of being on air and the radio station is celebrating with the history of WRIF podcast.

As a member of the WRIF family, Mike Staff was asked to take us all down memory lane host the History of WRIF Podcast to celebrate and honor the stations rich history and personalities. He’s diving deep into the crates for interviews with WRIF legends; the people who have made Detroit rock with WRIF since 1971! Check back for all the recent episodes

LISTEN: History of WRIF Podcast

Episode 4: Mike Staff talks to Steve Kostan about his radio journey growing up in Detroit and going to Redford Detroit high school. Attending Lawrence Tech, O.C.C., and Western.  Dan Carlyle taking Steve under his wing. The first gig a WABX. LISTEN HERE.

Episode 3: Mike Staff discusses Karen Savelly’s journey growing up in Detroit and going to school at Wayne State. The collage years working at WAYN, WDTE and WWWW. Karen’s four years at W4 and three at WABX leading to her spot at WRIF. LISTEN HERE.

EPISODE 2: Mike Staff sits down, one on one, with Ken Calvert. They dish on working for Epic and Columbia Records along side Keith Richards and Bruce Springsteen. In 1979 JJ and The Morning Crew encourage him to join the team at WRIF. LISTEN HERE

EPISODE 1: Mike Staff sits down, one on one, with legendary WRIF personality Arthur Penhallow. LISTEN HERE

Arthur Penhallow and Mike Staff

Q&A with Mike Staff

How does it feel to be going down memory lane with some of the most legendary radio DJs at WRIF? 

“It’s fun to sit down and talk the the DJs and people that made WRIF great over the years.  Many of these DJs, I grew up listening to and they inspired me to want to be in radio.  It’s a thrill to hear the “stories behind the stories”.  I worked at WRIF for 14 years and have been friends with many of these people for 25+ years and even I’M learning new things about them and the stations history. I think the listeners will love hearing these stories.”

What do you hope listeners take away from listening to this podcast series? 

“I just hope the listeners enjoy hearing the stories and learning the “behind the scenes” of what made WRIF so amazing for almost 50 years.  Plus, there’s a lot of great Detroit Rock n Roll History in these stories.

How has WRIF shaped Detroit radio history over the last 50 years?

There’s no doubt that WRIF is the most successful radio station in Detroit Radio history.  It’s been the same format for almost 50 years and has been a staple of the Detroit Rock Scene since 1971.  Many other radio stations have tried to duplicate WRIF but there’s only ONE Home of Rock n’ Roll.”

You’re a part of the WRIF radio family, tell us about your love for the business and how it set you up for success in building your own company? 

“Mostly, I’d say that my passion for radio was the fuel that motivated me to be my very best, regardless of the sacrifice.  I knew it was a privilege to be on the air at the WRIF and it required me to consistently perform at an extremely high level.  I feel the same way about the work we do at Mike Staff Productions; it’s a privilege to work a couple’s wedding and it requires our team to consistently bring our A+ Game to every family at every event.”

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