Metro Detroit: In the News June 28-July 2

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Detroit Free Press:

It's not as big as the now-solved Deep Throat mystery. Still, TV viewers in Detroit are intrigued by a local media puzzle. Who's the Night Cam guy on WDIV-TV (Channel 4)? And where's he from?... Channel 4 mystery reporter is intriguing, Wed 6/29

Departed: From the WJR-AM (760) news staff, veterans Gene Fogel and Dan Streeter. Both are believed to have taken early retirement packages. Meanwhile, WJR's Paul W. Smith received the 4th Annual Spirit of Philanthropy Award at the recent 2005 Vattikuti Invitational golf outing... Names and Faces, Thu 6/30

Now that's generosity: Today at 1 p.m. in the Detroit Public Schools' Fisher Building headquarters, school chief Kenneth Burnley and Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56), the schools' new partner in operating FM startion WRCJ (90.9), will announce a $2.5 million gift from the Kresge Foundation to get the half-classical half-jazz format off the ground. The station has been operated for years by the schools with small listenership and growing expenses. Last year, it moved to contract out operations while retaining the Federal Communications Commission license... Names and Faces, Thu 6/30

WDET hires new manager: Thursday was a big day for local radio! Wayne State University-owned WDET-FM (101.9) hired Michael Coleman as the station's new general manager starting Aug. 8; 90.9 officially signed over: Meanwhile, Detroit Public Schools formally signed over control of WRCJ-FM (90.9) to Detroit Public Television (WTVS-TV, Channel 56) and confirmed a $2.5-million gift from the Kresge Foundation to support its operation as a classical and jazz station... Names and Faces, Fri 7/1

Emery King and WDIV-TV (Channel 4) have come to terms on a new three-year contract that will bring the 19-year veteran back to the station to host and produce documentaries and a new series of town hall-like forums... King to rejoin WDIV, but not as an anchor, Fri 7/1


Detroit News:

Is news-talk WJR-AM (760) cutting back on the news part of its on-air mix? Two veteran WJR news staffers, Gene Fogel and Dan Streeter, "retired" from the ABC-owned news-talk station last week. The two were reportedly given buyouts though the station's Web site says they retired. Rod Hansen, a 30-year veteran of the station, was reportedly let go Wednesday... WJR news radio loses three veteran staffers, Fri 7/1

The long-simmering Emery King controversy was resolved Thursday, as the popular former anchorman and WDIV-Local 4 management agreed on a contract that will have King hosting and producing documentaries as well as town hall meetings... WDIV rehires Emery King for documentaries, Fri 7/1


Crain's Detroit Business:
After an eight-year absence, classical music radio could be back in Detroit as early as this fall. The Detroit Public Schools and Detroit Public Television are completing work on a five-year agreement under which the television station would operate the school district’s radio station, which broadcasts at 90.9 FM, under a classical format during the day and jazz during the evening... Detroit Public Television to operate Detroit Public Schools’ radio station, Thu 6/30


Other stories:

WXYT-AM introduces new program director
AM 1270 The Sports Station has named Dan Zampillo as Program Director for the all sports station effective Tuesday July 5th. The announcement was made by AM 1270 The Sports Station/WWJ Newsradio 950 Vice President and General Manager Rich Homberg. "It's great to have Dan back at Infinity. He did and outstanding job for us at The Score in Chicago," said Homberg. "He is a proven winner and the perfect person to lead our station."

Zampillo grew up just outside of Chicago and attended the University of Illinois. He worked at WSCR/The Score in Chicago for nearly eight years. During that time he produced shows in every day part at the station and also served as executive producer of the highest rated show at the station. His last two years at WSCR were spent as Sports Director. Most recently Zampillo worked at WBNS in Columbus as Program Director. "I'm thrilled to be here in Detroit, and I look forward to continuing the incredible momentum that WXYT has established thus far," said Zampillo.

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WDET wins awards
WDET-FM 101.9, Detroit Public Radio, was recently honored with five awards from the Metro Detroit Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). These awards recognize excellence in local journalism and add to the numerous awards the WDET news department has been honored with this year. WDET's 2005 SPJ awards are as follows:
- General News Reporting, 2nd place: Quinn Klinefelter, "Africantown"
- General Feature Reporting, 2nd Place: Celeste Headlee, "Ossian Sweet"
- Sports Reporting, 1st Place: Jerome Vaughn, "Brawl Charges"
- Regular Newscast Award for General Excellence, 1st Place: Joan Silvi, "All Things Considered, August 13, 2004 Newscast"
- Investigative Reporting, 1st Place: Jerome Vaughn, "WGBH Gone"

WDET is proud of its tradition of bringing the metropolitan Detroit community an in-depth, comprehensive local news service that wins awards year after year. "It is a real honor to be recognized by fellow journalists for your work," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director and local host of All Things Considered. "We remain committed to bringing our listeners the area's best radio news service."

Local news can be heard regularly on WDET weekdays from 5am to 9am during Morning Edition and from 4pm to 7pm during All Things Considered. Local news is also provided weekend mornings from 8am to 10am during Weekend Edition Saturday and Weekend Edition Sunday.

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Michigan Radio Wins Ten Awards for Excellence in Journalism
Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan, has received ten awards for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists, Detroit Metropolitan Chapter for news coverage in 2004. "It is an honor to be recognized by our peers in journalism," said News Director Michael Leland, "All of Michigan Radio’s reporters put a lot of time and creative energy into keeping our listeners among the best-informed in the state. It’s gratifying to know that our work is highly regarded, not only by our listeners, but also by other broadcasters."

Michigan Radio received SPJ Awards for 2004 in the following categories:

- Radio, Breaking/Spot News: Second Place, Kaomi Goetz for “Electrolux announces closing”; Honorable Mention, Bill Poorman/Michael Leland for “Kmart to merge with Sears”
-Radio, General News: First Place, Bill Poorman for “Auto safety update: a drive-along with a safety expert”; Third Place, Bill Poorman for “Cheese ‘n’ gas: Rising prices affect pizza deliveries”; Honorable Mention; Tamar Charney for “Growing wine”
- Radio, Features: First Place, Bill Poorman for “Advertising with speed: Souped-up car commercials”; Third Place, Tamar Charney for “Hill Auditorium’s new look”; Honorable Mention, Michael Leland for “Michigan’s newest lighthouse”
- Radio, News,Special/Documentary: First Place, Charity Nebbe/Tamar Charney for “Proposal 2 call-in: Discussion of proposed state constitutional amendment defining marriage”; Second Place, Todd Mundt/Tamar Charney for “Brown vs. Board call-in” on 50th anniversary of school desegregation decision.

All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2004.

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Emery King To Begin New Role At WDIV
WDIV-TV Channel 4 has announced that Emery King will begin a new role at the station starting on July 1, 2005. A new contract agreement has been reached, and Emery will return to the air on Local 4 in the coming months as the producer and host of documentary specials and as host of Local 4’s televised town hall meetings.

In the new arrangement, Emery will have the opportunity to continue doing what he has always enjoyed - writing, producing and hosting documentary feature programs that are of interest to the local community. Emery has received critical acclaim over the years for his work in these groundbreaking local productions, many of which have been produced for Local 4 by his own production company, Kingberry Productions. In addition, he will host and moderate local town hall meetings expected to air twice each year on Local 4.

"We are thrilled that Emery will be contributing these one-of-a-kind specials for Local 4 viewers," said Joe Berwanger, VP and general manager of WDIV. “Throughout the final months of his contract, Emery and I continued to work together in finding the best possible ‘next chapter’ in his long and storied career. Bringing high-quality local documentaries to our viewers is a great opportunity for our station and something that I’ve wanted to do. Emery is the perfect person to produce and host these specials, and I’m thankful that it’s also the direction that he has wanted to pursue.”

Emery and his wife, Jacqueline Casselberry King, started Kingberry Productions in 1993. Their efforts have yielded compelling programs, some of which chronicle the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans. All of the programs have aired exclusively on WDIV Local 4. In addition, they have been distributed to colleges, universities, libraries and school districts around the country through Filmakers Library, a Manhattan-based media distributor.

One of King’s productions, The Rouge, which documented the experiences of immigrants who came to Detroit to work at the world’s largest industrial plant, was honored with a prestigious 1997 Iris Award, a national award that recognizes outstanding television programming. Other productions include The Freedom Train, which examined the work of the founders of the National Negro Labor Council; Cobb: A Detroit Legend, which looked at the facts and myths of the legendary major league baseball great, and Rosa Parks: Path to Freedom, which celebrated the accomplishments of Rosa Parks.

Emery has also hosted and co-written other WDIV specials that have received critical praise from the press and public, including Buffalo Soldiers Wrapped in Steel, Idlewild: A Place in the Sun and Paradise Lost, Paradise Found.

In 2004, Local 4 produced a highly-acclaimed Flashpoint primetime special co-hosted by Emery and Devin Scillian and focusing on the issues of race relations in metro Detroit. Flashpoint: On The Road To Mackinac sparked a candid debate about the topic of racial differences and the impact on our community over the years.


Noted:

Rock CKUE-FM 95.1 Chatham Ontario with a booster at 95.1 Windsor has filed an application with the CRTC to tweak its technical operations in an attempt to get better coverage of Windsor. If approved, the ERP of the main station in Chatham will power down from an average effective radiated power of 42,000 watts to an average ERP of 36,400 watts and by decreasing antenna height. The Windsor booster would increase its average ERP from 400 watts to 2,870 watts and increase antenna height.

 

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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on July 2, 2005 12:00 PM.

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