Metro Detroit: Newsmakers May 18, 2007




John Heffron to sit in on WCSX morning show next week

While Jim Johnson of 'JJ & Lynne' on Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 is chaperoning his son’s school trip to NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, AL next Monday – Wednesday, May 21-23, filling the void will be Detroit funnyman John Heffron who will co-host the Classic Rock Morning Show with Lynne Woodison.

Heffron, winner of NBC’s reality series “Last Comic Standing,” has become the comic to watch and love. The newly-married 33 year-old comic recently nabbed a development deal with ABC for his own sitcom and wowed the crowd in another half-hour standup special for Comedy Central. John’s been on the road non-stop, performing in comedy clubs, colleges and theaters across the country.

Heffron started his comedy career as a student at Eastern Michigan University, skipping night classes to perform. After graduating, John toured the college circuit with material that became his first comedy CD, “Kid With A Cape.”

John just released his third comedy CD, “The Better Half,” featuring material that has matured with him, moving from college and video games to the adjustment of being married with weekly visits to Home Depot.

Michigan Radio reporter wins National Headliner award for journalism

Rebecca Williams, reporter and producer for The Environment Report on Michigan Radio, has been selected to receive a first place National Headliner Award for her series of reports on the Emerald Ash Borer, entitled “Tree Killing Bug Wiping Out Ash.”

Williams’s award is in the category of “Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event,” and surpassed both ABC News Radio and CBS Radio News to take the top spot in that category.

“Tree Killing Bug Wiping Out Ash” is a continuing series of stories about how this invasive beetle has killed over 20 million trees. People in the nursery and firewood industries have lost their livelihoods, homeowners and cities are struggling to pay for the damage, and scientists are warning that we don't fully understand the extent of everything that could be lost in our forests.

The National Headliner Awards program was founded in 1934 by the Press Club of Atlantic City. It is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry.

This year’s awards will be presented to recipients at a special ceremony in Atlantic City on May 19. Outstanding journalists from around the country will gather to honor their fellow news writers, photographers, and reporters.

“I’m thrilled,” says Williams, “to receive this recognition of our in-depth coverage of such an important problem.”

The Environment Report from the GLRC is a production of Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan. The Environment Report is an environmental news service distributed free of charge to more than 140 public radio stations in 16 states.

Ann Arbor News:

There are probably a finite number of places in the country where more than 1,500 people would jam a place like the Michigan Theater to listen to the making of a radio show, but Ann Arbor is one of them. The National Public Radio current-events quiz program, "Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me,'' with host Peter Sagal, announcer-scorekeeper Carl Kasell and panelists Adam Felber, Kyrie O'Connor and Charlie Pierce, came to town Thursday night for a live taping of their fast-paced, unscripted and irreverent look at the news. "We were warned if we weren't good enough, they'd start projecting an obscure Czech film,'' Sagal quipped... Throng could barely wait for 'Wait, Wait': 1,500 pack theater for NPR show (Fri, 5/18)







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