Alicia Smith will join WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 Action News as an anchor / reporter effective Monday, January 29. Alicia Smith will co-anchor "Action News This Morning" (weekdays 5-7 am) with Erik Smith. The announcement was made by WXYZ-TV/Channel 7 News Director Andrea Parquet-Taylor.
Smith comes from WWMT in Grand Rapids / Kalamazoo, where she was the weeknight co-anchor of their 5 pm and 5:30 pm newscast. In addition to anchoring, Smith also filed daily reports for the station and covered many national and local events of significance. She reported live from New York City in 2002 for the Anniversary of September 11th, traveled to Florida to cover Hurricane Jeanne, and reported live during President Bush's visit to Battle Creek.
"Alicia is an accomplished hard-working journalist who has covered major breaking news in Michigan and across the country. She is an enthusiastic team player who has always been actively involved in the community where she has worked," said Parquet-Taylor.
Smith graduated cum laude with Phi Kappa Phi honors from the University of Georgia earning a Broadcast News major from the Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. She minored in Political Science.
The CBC Radio One show "Definitely Not the Opera", a national pop-culture program that airs locally on CBE AM (1550) Saturdays at 1:00 p.m., will be broadcasting their February 3rd show from Windsor/Detroit and will feature a segment with host Sook-Yin Lin talking with Martin Bandyke about the local group Blanche, an alternative-country band. A brand new song will be aired from the group, which features the husband and wife team of Dan John Miller and Tracee Mae Miller, both recently seen in the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk The Line."
Bandyke is set to celebrate is one-year anniversary at Adult Alternative station "Ann Arbor's 107one", WKQL-FM 107.1, where he hosts morning drive weekdays 6-10 a.m. and also presents the free-from show Fine Tuning every Sunday afternoon from 4-6 p.m. Prior to joining WKQL, Bandyke hosted middays for a number of years at Public/Adult Alternative WDET-FM 101.9 Detroit.
Want to be part of local broadcast history and hear some great Brazilian jazz? Head down to the Music Hall in Detroit on Saturday, where Oscar Castro-Neves will perform a concert at 8 p.m. that also will be broadcast live on WRCJ-FM (90.9). Tony Mowod, who hosts WRCJ's nightly "JazzWorks" program, will emcee the event... Music Hall jazz concert will be broadcast on WRCJ (Thu, 1/25)
Happy birthday, sweet 16 -- times five, plus nine. Today is Ernie Harwell's 89th birthday, which he'll celebrate quietly with his family. The bigger party comes next year. Does he still make a wish and blow out the candles on his cake? "Sure," the Hall of Fame broadcaster said. "But it's the candle on my cake, not the candles. There's not room for them all anymore"... Forever young (Thu, 1/25)
Channel 30's "History at Home" series will feature shows about Ohio's neighboring state in February. Want to learn more about Michigan's fairs, lighthouses and bridges? Check out WGTE Channel 30 in February. For three Thursday nights, the Toledo public broadcasting channel will air Michigan episodes of "History at Home." Other topics are the Michigan State Capitol, wine-making and conservation districts. Michigan history programs aren't regularly aired on WGTE, but the channel has a strong Monroe County following... Toledo PBS station focuses on Michigan (Thu, 1/25)