News and notes from WDET:
WDET Airs "Bridging the Racial Divide" on September 26 at 9 p.m.
Detroit Public Radio will simulcast special produced by Emery King and WTVS
Detroit Public Radio will present the first in a series of prime-time, one-hour telecasts on race relations in Metro Detroit on Tuesday, September 26, at 9 p.m. Produced by Kingberry Productions and WTVS - Detroit Public Television, "Bridging the Racial Divide" will be co-hosted by former NBC correspondent and news anchor Emery King and WJR's Paul W. Smith. They will be joined by a number of dynamic and influential voices in the community representing a variety of backgrounds and points of view.
The airing of this program will become a remarkable community-wide event, with meetings and discussions being planned for seven different locations across the metro area, where groups will watch the special, then share their own thoughts, feelings and experiences relating to racism.
The 2000 Census named this metropolitan area as the most segregated region in the United States. The reality continues to generate a troubling series of social, economic and political problems. This first "Bridging" special will examine Metro Detroit at the crossroads, exploring both the hope generated by the community's enormous Super Bowl success and the obstacles to further progress caused by this region's racial divide.
King, whose Kingberry Productions is producing the series, said: "The title, 'Bridging the Racial Divide,' says it all. It's a dialogue that's really intended to clear the path to common ground, to a better understanding of the racial issues that separate us and keep us from moving forward as a community."
The show will be taped before a "live" audience drawn from across the metro area at the Schaever Recital Hall at Wayne State University. Earlier, two dinner discussions were taped at area restaurants, one with seven black participants led by King at Detroit's Grand City Grille, and the other with seven white participants led by Smith at the Traffic Jam and Snug also in Detroit. Each group discussed the same questions and issues. Three participants from each group will form the panel at Schaever Hall, where video excerpts from each dinner will be shown on a large screen to help focus the discussion.
The two-dinner format was chosen because of the perception that when blacks talk to blacks and whites talk to whites, their discussions of race differ significantly from what they say on those rare occasions when they do talk to each other about race. At those times, political correctness often carries the day, and silence allows suspicion and misunderstanding to grow. The format will help gauge the divide and explore how better understanding can be fostered in each group.
The first program in the series will examine the question of which Metro Detroit will emerge in the years ahead: the Metro Detroit of Super Bowl week, a focused and bonded region; or the Metro Detroit in the months that followed, wracked with divisive problems. The discussion will address issues such as white privilege, black rage, black vs. white family values, political correctness, and affirmative action.
In addition to Emery King and Paul W. Smith, the panelists will include: Rochelle Riley (columnist, Detroit Free Press), Heaster Wheeler (Executive Director, NAACP - Detroit), R. L'Heureux Lewis (Ph.D candidate, University of Michigan), Nolan Finley (columnist, Detroit News), John Rakolta (Chairman, New Detroit), and Kary Moss (Executive Director, ACLU Michigan).
In addition to WDET, the program will also be aired on WTVS Channel 56 and on WJR 760 AM. Earlier that evening, community groups throughout Metro Detroit will have an advance screening at 7 p.m. and then discuss race relations in the context of the TV discussion. Representatives from New Detroit and NCCJ-MI will facilitate these meetings.
Asked about his hopes for the series, Emery King said, "We hope that our efforts here will serve as a model for frank, informed and respectful dialogues that will happen in homes, offices, schools and places of worship throughout Detroit, its suburbs, the metro region and our entire state."
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This week's Ralph Valdez show (10pm, Sunday 9/24) features an interview and in-studio performance from The Strange, the new Detroit trio whose moody mix of rock, pop and jazz
elements comes together stylishly on their new self titled CD. Lucky listeners will also have an opportunity to call in and win autographed copies of their new CD and a signed t-shirt from the “The Strange”. As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few “rummage sale records”, will also be explored.
AFTRA to kick off free monthly seminars to aid professional growth
The Detroit Chapter of American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is kicking off what's hoped to be a monthly conservatory program to assist area union members with their professional growth.
The first seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, September 26th at 7:00pm at the Vangard Center Lobby, which is located at 23800 West Ten Mile Road in Southfield (one block east of Telegraph).
The panel for this first evening consists of:
- Tom Force (formerly of WOMC. now at WWJ) discussing demo tape production
- Doak Breen (veteran WXYT announcer) talking about the radio business
- Martha Reeves (Motown great) will discuss the music business
- Judy Dery (actress - now in "Menopause The Musical") will talk about acting, auditions etc.
- Kathy Mooney (agent, The Talent Shop) will talk about getting an agent and doing voiceover work
The thrust of this seminar will be the "how to's" of breaking into and staying employed in the broadcasting, music and acting business in Detroit.
AFTRA Detroit chapter president Jayne Bower of WWJ is hoping local union members appreciate this free event as a great opportunity to learn more about the entertainment business in Metro Detroit. The only requirement is that attendees be a union member (any union-- SAG, AFTRA, UAW, Teamsters, etc).
Please RSVP to Kim Wilson at AFTRA by calling (248) 228-3172 or by e-mailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WMXD welcomes afternoon host Michael Baisden to town
MIX92.3 will present the “Ford Fusion Grown & Sexy Experience” with Michael Baisden, an evening of live entertainment and partying with the “grown and sexy” at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 600 Town Center Drive in Dearborn, Saturday, September 23rd. Doors open at 7PM.
The evening will include special live performances by Warner Brothers Records recording artist Brian McKnight, and J Records recording artist Heather Headley.
VIP tickets are sold out. General Admission tickets are $30.00, are available for purchase at all Ticketmaster locations or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Michael Baisden's “Love, Lust & Lies” syndicated radio show is heard weekdays on Adult Urban WMXD-FM, MIX92.3, weekday afternoons from 3 - 7p.m. Since airing on MIX92.3, in May 2005, Baisden has scored top Arbitron ratings every book, holding the #1 position in the market. Michael Baisden has successfully captured the ears and hearts of Detroit listeners with topics relevant to every-day life and provocative and compelling talk.