The Michigan Talk Network's “Big Show…with Michael Patrick Shiels,” will broadcast live from Israel November 13 through 17. The daily statewide morning news-talk show, airing weekdays from 6-10 am, originates on WJIM AM 1240 in Lansing and is heard via-satellite on 9 other radio stations across Michigan.
“Israel is obviously at the geopolitical crossroads of the Middle East. It is the ‘Promised Land' to the Jews and where the faithful believe Christ was born and the Prophet Mohamed ascended to heaven,” said Shiels, host of the show and an accomplished travel journalist who has visited 32 countries. “As Michigan prepares for the holiday seasons of Christmas and Passover, we feel the Holy Land is an appropriate place to explore and investigate – a strategically, politically, culturally, and economically sensitive area.”
The morning radio shows will originate from Jerusalem and Haifa, near Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Shiels will interview elected officials, tourism ministers, international journalists, government affairs experts, cultural figures, religious leaders and Richard H. Jones, the United States Ambassador to Israel.
Israel is the meeting place of three continents and two seas…located between the Mediterranean and the deserts of Syria and Arabia, with the mountains of Lebanon to the north and Jordan to the east.
The Michigan Talk Network's Morning Show features interviews with newsmakers, public officials, professional and college athletes and coaches, entertainers and experts of every variety. News anchor Gary Austin and sportscaster Tim Nester, along with Channel WILX-TV 10 meteorologist Darrin Rockcole add their own unique spins and provide the service elements listeners have come to depend on. The Big Show airs from 6-10 a.m. and is heard across the state, including radio stations in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey, Marquette, Muskegon, Greenville, Hastings, and Ishpeming.