Metro Detroit: Newsmakers July 19, 2006




Granite backs out of sale of TV 20:

Granite Broadcasting, which had agreed to sell WMYD-TV 20 Detroit to DS Audible for $84,250,000, has backed out of sale before closing the deal. The FCC had approved the transaction back in June. Granite announced that it now plans on keeping the station, which will become an affiliate of the new MyNetworkTV net in September and also is the over-the-air home for the Detroit Tigers and Pistons.

Granite Broadcasting has called off the sales of Detroit station WDWB-TV and San Francisco station KBWB-TV. The financially troubled group announced Tuesday that it will keep the Detroit station... Granite Halts Station Sales (TV Week, Tue 7/18)

WDIV to change morning meteorologists

WDIV-TV Channel 4 has announced that starting August 14th, Kim Adams will return to her role as meteorologist and join the station's morning news team. “As a meteorologist, a mom, and someone whose family has been a victim of a weather-related tragedy, Kim has a special understanding of how the weather impacts people lives,” said Neil Goldstein, VP and news director of WDIV.

“In consulting with Chuck Gaidica, Local 4's Director of Meteorology, we decided that this would be a great way to best showcase everyone's meteorological talents and continue to provide the most powerful weather coverage in town,” said Goldstein. Adams will continue to contribute to Local 4's Good Health reports until a new health reporter is named in the coming weeks.

Current morning show weatherman Eric Wilson will take on a new role at the station focusing on the advancement of weather technology. In addition, Eric will continue to provide the weather forecasts on the weekday Local 4 News at Noon and fill in on other Local 4 newscasts. “Eric has expressed a desire to move in to a more technologically challenging role,” Goldstein said. “He has been working in this direction for some time and, along with Chuck, Eric has recently helped to implement new weather equipment upgrades and new delivery platforms such as our daily weathercasts on and Local 4's WeatherPlus, an all-weather channel that can be seen on cable and high-definition receivers.”

Media Week:

Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television announced Tuesday the launch of a new, live, national morning show featuring entertainment and general interest programming. Scheduled to debut January 2007, the hour-long show will be cleared by all 25 owned-and-operated Fox stations. The new show, airing 9 to 10 a.m. is designed to extend morning programming on Fox stations, which have had strong ratings success counter-programming the big three network morning shows with their with their own local morning programs... Fox TV Stations to Launch New, Live Morning Show (Tue 7/18)

Zonjic concert to feature CD give-away

One “seldom gets the blues” when attending a concert performance by Alexander Zonjic, but smooth jazz fans will get just that if Charter One Bank has its way.

Charter One Bank will give away Alexander Zonjic's latest CD “Seldom Blues” to the first 400 patrons who arrive in Birmingham'a Shain Park for Alexander Zonjic & Friends opening night performance to kick off the Community House Jazzfest on Thursday, July 20. Zonjic and his band are scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a two-hour set.

The Community House will host its 14th Annual Jazzfest, July 20-22 in Shain Park located on South Bates Street between Martin and Merrill Streets in the heart of downtown Birmingham. All concerts are free and open to the public. Each year, the three-day festival attracts an estimated 25,000 people to the city of Birmingham.

World renowned flutist Alexander Zonjic returns as the artistic director for the three-day event. Zonjic has compiled a lineup which showcases highly acclaimed national artists along with up and coming homegrown talent. Performers include: the Yellowjackets, Warren Hill, Steve Oliver, Ben's Friends, Penny Williams, Straight Ahead, Jesse Palter, In the Pocket and others.

Zonjic can be heard weekdays hosting morning drive on Smooth Jazz WVMV-FM 98.7.







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