Purtan reunites with Stephen Clark on WOMC

Melody Baetens
The Detroit News
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A month after announcing she was leaving WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), television anchor JoAnne Purtan has landed at 104.3 WOMC-FM.

She will join fellow former WXYZ anchor Stephen Clark to co-host “104.3 WOMC Mornings with Stephen Clark and JoAnne Purtan” 6-10 a.m. daily. The station and its parent company Entercom announced last week that Clark would host the new show, with his co-host to be announced at a later date.

The new morning show will debut Monday.

“We are thrilled that JoAnne is part of the new WOMC Morning Show. In addition to being a widely respected journalist, she is an integral part of the Detroit community,” Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager of Entercom Detroit, said in a statement Thursday. “JoAnne’s father, Dick Purtan, is a huge part of the heritage of WOMC and it’s exciting to have a Purtan back at the station.”

National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Famer Dick Purtan worked at WOMC and other Detroit stations for several decades before retiring in 2010.

“After 27 years in television news, I’m excited for this new adventure in radio. I listened to my dad on the radio for much of my life, and I’m truly humbled to be at the same station where he spent the last 15 years of his iconic career entertaining people in the morning,” JoAnne Purtan said in the statement. “Stephen and I have always worked so well together, and we’re so excited to team up again. After covering a lot of serious news through the years, we look forward to spending mornings with Detroit’s listeners, sharing good news, great music and some fun.”

According to a lengthy Facebook post in March, Purtan was leaving her anchor post WXYZ because the company was not renewing her contract. The Emmy Award-winning anchor was at the station for 20 years.


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