Metro Detroit: Newsmakers April 26, 2007




Detroit News:

If you didn't catch the Drew & Mike interview with O.J. Simpson that aired April 18, you can still hear it at It all came about when an unnamed source who had the Juice's cell number (to set up a golf game) passed it on to the WRIF-FM (101.1) morning duo, who phoned Simpson and chatted with him for some time. The Hall of Fame running back, who was prosecuted (but not convicted) for the 1994 murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman near her home in Los Angeles, answered his phone in a Jamaican patois before admitting who he was... Hear Drew & Mike interview O.J. on (Thu, 4/26)

I'm a big fan of old-fashioned letter writing. Putting pen to ink, or fingers to keyboard, and saying something heartfelt. This letter is going to New York City, dated April 26, 2007: Dear NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman: I'm a hockey fan, and I'm worried about a serious problem. The Red Wings open the second round of the playoffs tonight by playing host to the San Jose Sharks at Joe Louis Arena. I'd love to watch the game on TV, but I already know that's not going to happen ... Radio show "Parker and The Man" returns to the airwaves Monday, finding a new home from 9 p.m. to midnight, Monday through Friday, on WCHB 1200... Versus telecasts exclude some fans (Thu, 4/26)

In a surprise move, Steve Antoniotti has parted company with Detroit Public Television, where he served as president and general manager since 1995. Antoniotti tendered his resignation, according to a release from Detroit Public Television, because of an "acknowledged failure to comply with station requirements, unrelated to financial matters." Dan Alpert, Detroit Public Television's chief operating officer and TV station manager, will fill in as acting general manager while a replacement is sought... Detroit Public Television manager resigns his post (Thu, 4/26)

Detroit Free Press:

First I was a listener. Then a supporter. A volunteer. Then I got ticked off at WDET ( and became a boycotter. Now I’m a listener again — a freeloading one — and the Detroit public radio station is begging for money during its on-air spring pledge drive. They’re not getting it. Not until I’m convinced 101.9-FM won’t betray me again. ’DET dumped Tavis Smiley, Terry Gross and Ira Glass in September 2004. That’s when I launched my boycott. (Thank goodness they sent the “Car Talk” guys away, too.) It was painful missing Judy Adams’ and Martin Bandyke’s music programs during that time, but denial is the essence of boycotting... You can't have my money yet, WDET (Thu, 4/26)

WJR & MSU present the 2nd annual “Champions for the Kids” tournament at Oakland Hills Golf & Country Club July 29-30

News/Talk WJR AM 760 and Michigan State University will again join forces to present Champions for the Kids, a special golf event to benefit the non-profit organization “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids. ”

Registration has already begun so don’t miss your chance to join MSU Coach Tom Izzo and WJR at the second annual “Champions For The Kids” golf tournament to be held July 29th & 30th at the prestigious Oakland Hills Golf and Country Club. All funds raised through this two-day event will go directly to those in need through “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids.” The tournament begins with a VIP dinner and auction at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham on Sunday, July 29th and is followed by a day of golf at the world renowned golf course on Monday, July 30th.

Founded by Norman Yatooma on Father’s Day 2003, “Yatooma’s Foundation For The Kids ” was inspired by memories of the overwhelming grief, financial pressure and insecurities that the young children of the Yatooma family suffered as a result of their father’s tragic murder. As a result, Yatooma started this non-profit organization to help children overcome the challenges they face with the painful loss of a parent through a full spectrum of assistance including financial advice, help in the home, counseling and support services.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For registration and sponsorship information, call 1-888-987-KIDS (5437) or visit or







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