Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Mar 18 - 20




Michigan Boys Basketball Finals Saturday on FSN Detroit

FSNFSN Detroit's coverage of Michigan high school championship events continues Saturday, March 25 with regional coverage of all four games in the 2006 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals from the Breslin Center in East Lansing. This marks the ninth consecutive year the boys finals have aired on FSN Detroit. Play-by-play announcers are Fred McLeod (Class D & C) and John Keating (Class A & B). Game analysts are Greg Kelser (Class D & C) and Tim McCormick (Class A & B). Shireen Saski is the sideline reporter for all games.

Here is the lineup of the 2006 MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals on FSN Detroit. The participating teams are determined after semifinal action on Thursday and Friday, March 23-24:

MHSAA Boys Basketball Finals – Saturday, March 25
Class D: 10:00 AM, LIVE (Fred McLeod, Greg Kelser, Shireen Saski)
Class C: 12:00 PM, LIVE (McLeod, Kelser, Saski)
Class A: 4:00 PM, LIVE (John Keating, Tim McCormick, Saski)
Class B: 8:00 PM, LIVE (Keating, McCormick, Saski)
Following the Class B game, FSN presents a special edition of the Detroit Sports Report – DSR: Basketball Finals Recap, a 30-minute show comprising highlights, interviews and analysis from all four state championship contests.

Alexander Zonjic performs in concert fundraisers

ZonjicNo stranger to supporting good causes, jazz flutist Alexander Zonjic has been involved in a number of fundraisers over the years. Here are some upcoming events and recognition for service that Zonjic recently received:

Two great bands, Alexander Zonjic & Friends and saxophonist Warren Hill and his band, will perform for one great cause on Sunday, April 9 in a concert to benefit Smooth Jazz V98.7's Fund the Music program. The 7:30 p.m. show takes place at The Roostertail in Detroit. Tickets are $30 and available on-line at Fund the Music supports music education in select metro Detroit area schools. Studies show that there are many benefits to children learning music in schools. It enhances reading and math skills - not to mention building self-esteem, appreciation of music, building teamwork and more. Gently used musical instruments and donations are also being collected. Smooth Jazz V98.7 is working in conjunction with Communities In Schools (CIS), an organization that will assist in facilitating the program with the schools.

Alexander Zonjic has begun preparations for the tenth annual concert for the Windsor Downtown Mission. It will be held May 13 at the Capital Theatre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, which is Alexander's hometown and current residence. The Windsor Downtown Mission feeds the homeless, offers them spiritual and moral support, provides health care, referrals, clothing and employment support.

Zonjic was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International-District 6400, which covers Southeastern Michigan and Southwestern Ontario. Zonjic was recognized for his work in performing and producing the Piper's Holiday Concerts held last December in Dearborn, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario to benefit the Children of the Dump in Nicaragua. The concerts raised a total of $35,000 for the Hope and Relief Fund which supports a Catholic mission in Chinandega, Nicaragua. The money helps families in need and several schools. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International. In attendance was Dearborn Mayor Michael Guido.

Alexander Zonjic performs in about 100 concerts a year and is the host of a popular weekday morning radio show on Smooth Jazz V98.7 WVMV. He is also artistic director of several music festivals and is part owner of the award-winning jazz supper club “Seldom Blues.” His current CD bears the same name as his restaurant and his second single “Sweat” is being heard nationwide.

Detroit Free Press:

More public radio furor for WDET-FM (101.9), which this week saw general manager Michael Coleman charged with embezzlement during his run at Ann Arbor's WUOM-FM (91.7). The band Los Lobos has expressed its desire through its manager not to honor the agreement it made with WDET to appear at a fund-raising performance in May. It's an apparent protest over WDET's daytime switch from music to talk... Los Lobos reneges on gig (Sat 3/18)

Detroit News:

In the annals of scandals, the current mess at WUOM-FM (91.7) -- the Ann Arbor public radio station -- is penny ante-gate. But in the hearts and minds of public radio listeners -- many of whom support the Ann Arbor station with pledges followed by real dollars -- the news is more shocking than Howard Stern's dirty jokes from the ozone. That's because public radio is a haven, an on-air retreat from mean-spirited tricks, loud rants, Top 40 music and the consciously un-civil. Outside of Canada, where else might you hear complete sentences spoken in English with implied punctuation, delivered in a tone of congenial refinement? In the world of public radio, rationality is strived for, if not always attained, and delivered -- here's the key part -- virtually free of mercenary concerns... Ann Arbor public radio scandal tests loyalty of sponsors (Sun 3/19)







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on March 20, 2006 8:00 PM.

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