Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 7, 2006




Detroit Free Press:

Honored: WDIV-TV (Channel 4) reporter and former Free Press scribe M.L. Elrick at Thursday's Wayne State University Journalism Day luncheon. He received a WSU Journalist of the Year award for his reportage on city government and mayoral shenanigans. Tim Kiska, WWJ-AM (950) News radio producer, was journalist of the year for his perceptive analysis of mayoral voting returns and his book: "From Soupy to Nuts," the history of Detroit television ... Kim Mathers said Thursday that husband Eminem's (Marshall Mathers III) divorce filing on Wednesday left her surprised -- 82 days into their second marital go-round. Taking to the air Thursday morning on WKQI-FM (95.5), Kim Mathers said she hoped they'd get counseling. Instead, an attorney greeted her at her door, serving the divorce papers... Names and Faces (Fri 4/7)

Now that Katie Couric is going to the "CBS Evening News" and Meredith Vieira was named Thursday as her NBC "Today" show replacement, what happens next? Let's speculate. How will Vieira do on "Today"? The 52-year-old cohost of "The View" and host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" should be a whiz at the fluff stuff. She's also comfy with hard news... Viera vs. Couric: 'View' cohost can shine in new role (Fri 4/7)

Detroit News:

A day after being served with divorce papers by hip-hop superstar Eminem, Kimberley Mathers called into WKQI-FM's (95.5) "Mojo in the Morning" show and gave her side of the story. She alleged Eminem is again struggling with drug addiction and said she hasn't talked to him in more than a month. She said he left their home a month and a half ago and "comes around once a week" to see their kids... Kim tells her side to Mojo (Fri 4/7)

The current shakeup on morning network news continued Thursday with Meredith Vieira's announcement that she will co-anchor NBC's "Today." Vieira -- best known for her work as the voice of reason for the past nine years on ABC's "The View" and as the host of the syndicated game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" -- made the announcement on "The View" to resounding applause from the audience. According to the Washington Post, Vieira landed a $40 million, multiyear deal with NBC. Katie Couric, 49, who shaped the No. 1-rated "Today" with her bubbly personality and trademark smile for 15 years, announced Wednesday that she will be heading to anchor the "CBS Evening News" and report segments on "60 Minutes." Her helm as a CBS anchor marks the first time a woman has anchored solo on broadcast primetime news... Pundits see success for Vieira (Fri 4/7)

Katie Couric has yet to deliver her first CBS newscast and questions are already swirling as to whether or not she can make it as the first woman in history to solely anchor a network news broadcast. The trademark smile that made Couric a household name for 15 years on NBC's "Today" show could work against her when it comes to delivering hard-hitting news, some television analysts and broadcast journalists said Wednesday. Others contend she is the radical change network news needs... Can Katie cut it? (Thu 4/6)

Ann Arbor News:

Local public radio stations WUOM and WEMU are preparing to wrap up their spring fundraisers this weekend in an unusually difficult climate, but still enjoying strong support from the community - and even the competition. The listener-supported broadcasting outlets of the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University face challenges this year from not only the economy but also, in WUOM's case, criminal charges against former employees. The appeals for support are scheduled to wrap up tonight at 8 for WUOM (91.7 FM) and at 4 p.m. Saturday for WEMU (89.1 FM)... NPR stations wrap up drives (Fri 4/7)







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