Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Feb 21 - 24




Detroit Public TV to produce the 9th Annual Sphinx Competition Finals Concert in HDTV

For the first time, the inspiring sights and sounds of the February 11th Sphinx Competition Finals Concert are being produced by Detroit Public Television in high definition widescreen television for a broadcast special scheduled to air on at 10 p.m. February 27th on WTVS Channel 56 and HD digital channel 56.1. The nationally-acclaimed competition for young African American and Latino classical music string players culminated in The Finals Concert at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit, where the top three finalists of the Senior Division competed, accompanied by the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Chelsea Tipton II.

The 9th Annual Sphinx Competition Finals Concert, a one-hour broadcast special, features six times greater picture clarity than an analog production, along with brilliant sound. “Viewers will be able to see and hear the entire orchestra more clearly,” said Jeff Forster, Detroit Public TV vice president of production. “We used eight cameras, including one in the orchestra and one suspended above the audience. The microphone placement was superb.”

In addition to the first-ever HD broadcast of the Sphinx Finals Concert, the program is also scheduled to air on February 26 at noon on 90.9 WRCJ-FM, a listener supported classical and jazz radio station operated by Detroit Public Television and licensed to Detroit Public Schools.

WMXD to present a 'red carpet screening for new Steve Harvey movie

WMXDAdult Urban WMXD-FM, Mix 92.3, along with the “King of Comedy”, morning show host Steve Harvey, will present a red carpet premiere screening of Steve Harvey's newest film project, Don't Trip He Ain't Through With Me Yet! The station is inviting the city of Detroit to laugh, dress up, and attend a premiere screening that is sure to leave you refreshed as well as thrilled. In his first live performance since The Original Kings of Comedy, he is cleaning up his act for church folk. This once in a lifetime performance was recorded at the Mega Fest Conference, hosted by Bishop T.D. Jakes, in Atlanta, Georgia and is designed with the Christian audience in mind.

Harvey will open up his new movie to the Detroit metro area “Hollywood style” starting at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 14, 2006, at AMC Star Southfield 20 Theater (formerly Star Theatre Southfield). It's an evening of glamour and glitz, lights, camera and action. You can expect a crowd of listeners, VIP guests, and more.

Over 700 guests will have an opportunity to see the movie prior to its release on Friday, March 17th. The movie screening is free; however, listeners must tune into Mix 92.3 to win passes for this exclusive advance movie screening or visit any of its sponsor locations to pick up movie passes. For more information, visit or

Detroit News:

The funniest thing happened when U.S. Olympic ice dancers and Canton Township residents Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto finished their skate during Sunday's competition. The pair was sitting on a bench waiting for their marks when Belbin looked into the camera and said, "Hi, Drew and Mike! Hi, Grandma!" Apparently Belbin and Agosto are huge fans of "Drew & Mike," WRIF-FM's (101.1) top-rated morning show and have been listening to podcasts of the show in Torino. Last week, Belbin sent an e-mail out of the blue to say hi to the radio jocks. It's now turned into a full-fledged pen-pal situation, culminating in Belbin, giving an Olympic shout-out to the pair on live international TV... Olympic duo stun 'Drew & Mike' (Tue 2/21)

What is the most overplayed song on the radio right now? I'd put my vote in for "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac. Think about it, this song gets airplay across several formats; classic rock, adult contemporary and oldies. If it wasn't bad enough that oldies stations like WOMC-FM (104.3) have moved away from the early '60s and more deeply in to the '70s (forget the '50s, that decade doesn't exist on nonsatellite radio), now stations like Windsor's CKWW-AM (580) that used to play big band/pop standards, have dumped a lot of the older music in favor of hitmakers from the '70s like Fleetwood Mac and John Denver... Songs from '70s, '80s are new oldies (Thu 2/23)

Detroit Free Press:

Fox TV unveiled My Network TV on Wednesday. It's a new programming service for stations being orphaned in September by not being able to align with the new CW after the UPN and the WB networks go away. Most likely Detroit landing place? WDWB-TV (Channel 20). "It's one of the options," Channel 20 chief Sarah Norat-Phillips said Wednesday... Names and Faces (Thu 2/23)

Notes from WDET-FM

* WDET Introduces New Weekly Cultural Spotlight: The new feature has been will air every Friday during Morning Edition at 6:50am and 9:50am. Celeste Headlee, WDET's arts and culture reporter, will produce the feature for each Friday's broadcast. Listeners can expect to hear information and interviews about important cultural events taking place in metropolitan Detroit each week. As a companion to the on-air feature, a more detailed list of area events will be available on the WDET website at "Adding this new feature to one of our most popular programs gives us a greater opportunity to serve the community," said Allen Mazurek, WDET program director. "We're glad to be able to showcase the wealth of important cultural events going on in Detroit."

This new weekly feature is the first installment of WDET's commitment to expand local arts and culture coverage. Beginning in April, WDET will begin airing a one-hour weekly cultural affairs program hosted by Celeste Headlee that will focus on events and issues and feature interviews, discussions and perspectives with area cultural leaders and organizations. It will be paired with another one-hour weekly live music and performance program produced by Jon Moshier, host of "in sound," that will feature performances by local, national and international artists. Cultural organizations are encouraged to submit information about their events to the WDET via email at

* WDET'S Klinefelter and Headlee recognized by Michigan Association of Broadcasters: WDET has announced that two staff reporters have been honored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). Quinn Klinefelter won the MAB's "Best Feature" award for "Danica" - a profile of celebrated female Indy Car driver Danica Patrick. Celeste Headlee received a MAB merit award in the "Series" category for her piece, "People Mover" - a five-part series examining the public art at each of Detroit's People Mover stations.

Headlee was also selected as one of this year's recipients of the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Jounalism Fellowship Program. Only six journalists from around the world are selected, and WDET's Celeste Headlee is the only broadcast journalist named in this year's group. Funded by a grant from the J. Paul Getty Trust, the USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Fellowship, now in its fifth year, seeks to establish a new standard of excellence in arts and culture coverage. The program's philosophy is guided by a core belief in first-hand encounters with artists, arts administrators and journalism colleagues.

"These are great honors for both the reporters and our entire news department," said Joan Silvi, WDET News Director. "It fortifies our commitment to work hard and serve the Detroit community with the best possible local news coverage."

All Access:

Bon Jovi Grand Prize Winner Selected: BON JOVI, in association with AEG LIVE, XM SATELLITE RADIO, and WDVD/DETROIT, MI today announced the JODY RAFFOUL BAND as the winner of BON JOVI'S "HAVE A NICE GIG" competition. The DETROIT band was selected by JON BON JOVI and RICHIE SAMBORA as the Grand Prize Winners for a demo deal and opening slot for BON JOVI's GIANTS STADIUM concert this summer.







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