Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 13, 2006




Detroit News

The head of Detroit's public radio station WDET will stand trial on an embezzlement charge, an Ann Arbor judge declared Wednesday after a preliminary examination. Michael Coleman pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally accepting meals and other perks while he was deputy director of Michigan Public Media, the parent of the University of Michigan's radio and TV stations, including Ann Arbor's WUOM. He left the group in the summer to join WDET. Prosecution witness Keith Gordon Orr said Coleman accepted free food and drink from Ann Arbor's Aut Bar in partial payment for on-air mentions of the bistro... Radio exec to be tried over perks (Thu 4/13)

It's been a busy few weeks for the Mojo in the Morning crew on WKQI -FM (95.5), as they've found themselves at the vortex of not one, but two international music stories; first with their exclusive interview with Kim Mathers last Thursday. Mathers phoned into the show about being served with divorce papers from her now-estranged husband Eminem . Then, just two days ago, Mojo talked with friends and associates about the shootings at the CCC Club on Detroit's northeast side that left rapper Proof dead and Army veteran Keith Bender in critical condition. But it's not over yet... WKQI works its Mojo this month (Thu 4/13)

Detroit Free Press:

The former development director for the University of Michigan's public radio pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzlement for taking merchandise such as a lawn sprinkler system, a Persian rug and a golf membership while working at the stations. As part of the deal, a charge of conspiracy to embezzle was dropped against Justin Ebright, 35, of Whitmore Lake in exchange for his testimony against two former coworkers. At the end of a 4-hour preliminary exam, those men -- Michael Coleman, now general manager for WDET-FM (101.9) in Detroit, and Jeremy Nordquist, 28, of Saline -- were bound over for trial on embezzlement charges by Washtenaw County District Judge John Collins... U-M radio employee pleads guilty (Thu 4/13)

Ann Arbor News:

The practice of accepting free meals and tickets to various events was rampant at WUOM and its affiliates, according to the attorney for one of three former employees accused of trading on-air mentions on the popular public radio station for gifts worth tens of thousands of dollars. Attorney Tom Moors said several other employees at Michigan Public Media, including station managers and organization leaders, also received personal benefits in the form of meals, tickets to Detroit Tiger games, concerts, museums, and local theaters. "The exact thing was going on from top to bottom,'' Moors said before the start of a preliminary court hearing Wednesday... Reynolds testifies at embezzlement hearing (Thu 4/13)

Ann Arbor street personality Shakey Jake Woods is about to be a radio star, thanks to a segment on the show "Weekend America,'' which airs from 2-4 p.m. Saturday on WUOM (91.7 FM). The piece was produced and submitted by Jennifer Guerra, one of the winners in a "Weekend America'' story competition. Guerra, a U-M graduate, is a weekend host-arts and culture producer with Michigan Radio... Radio show to air piece about Shakey Jake (Thu 4/13)

Metro Times:

When the watchdogs at the Center for Media and Democracy released a report last week naming TV stations around the country that had used prepackaged "reports" produced by corporations, News Hits did some clicking at the nonprofit's Web site ( to see if any locals made the list. And, sure enough, there was one Detroit station that made the list of losers. Turns out WJBK-Fox 2 had broadcast two of what industry types call "video news releases," or VNRs. On Jan. 26, 2006, a report on the dangers of tykes surfing the Web was built around a clip created by a public relations firm on behalf of NetTrekker, a company that makes "child safe" Internet search engines... Foxy takes (Wed 4/12)







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