Like Clark, Purtan spent her career in television news where she worked at WXYZ-TV as an anchor for twenty years until her contract was not renewed last month. Her family has a strong legacy at WOMC where her father Dick anchored mornings from 1996-2010 and sister Jackie worked alongside him for a time.
Entercom, the #1 creator of live, original, local audio content in the United States, today announced the addition of JoAnne Purtan as the new morning show co-host for 104.3 WOMC (WOMC-FM). Purtan will join Stephen Clark on the Detroit heritage classic hits radio station beginning on Monday, April 9. The “104.3 WOMC Mornings with Stephen Clark and JoAnne Purtan” show will air from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. ET.
“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,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “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.”
“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,” noted Purtan. “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.”
“JoAnne and I have worked together for nearly two decades and I’m looking forward to starting this new adventure with her,” said Stephen Clark. “I can’t think of a smarter, more professional, more capable partner.”
Before joining Entercom, Purtan worked with WXYZ-TV for 20 years and was most recently the anchor of the noon and 4:00 p.m. “The Now Detroit” newscasts. Purtan is the recipient of four Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.