Metro Detroit: Newsmakers June 15, 2007




Detroit News:

Police investigators in California have recommended felony charges against Channel 7 TV reporter Steve Wilson for obtaining Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's personal hotel and billing records by impersonating the mayor, according to a seven-page copy of the investigator's report obtained by The Detroit News. The report by Carlsbad Police Sgt. Don DeTar states employees at the luxury La Costa Hotel and Spa said a person identifying himself as Kilpatrick contacted them on May 7 and requested copies of Kilpatrick's hotel bill and of a check used to pay for a visit there last August... Cops urge charges for TV reporter (Fri, 6/15)

9th Annual V98.7 Smooth JazzFest set for June 22-24

WVMV-FM's summer tradition, the annual Smooth JazzFest, is scheduled for the weekend of June 22-23-24 on the Green in front of the Southfield Civic Center, located on Evergreen Road just south of I-696. This year’s line-up includes many of today’s biggest Smooth Jazz artists. The event starts Friday afternoon (6/22) and will showcase Jazz Attack featuring Rick Braun, Richard Elliot, Peter White and Jonathan Butler. The headliner on Saturday evening will be Dave Koz and Friends “At the Movies” Summer Tour 2007 with special guests David Benoit and Phil Perry and on Sunday the V98.7 Smooth JazzFest will wrap-up with India.Arie. A complete line is available at

General Admission is $30 per day and Gold Circle, the section is closest to the stage, is $40 per day. Three-day weekend passes are available for $75 general admission and $105 Gold Circle admission. Parking for Smooth JazzFest is available nearby and across the street. All tickets are general admission/lawn seating and are available at all TicketMaster locations, at and by phone (248) 645-6666. Tickets are also available at the Southfield Civic Center Parks and Recreation Office during business hours.

Patrons are asked to bring blankets, tarps and low beach chairs. Gates open at 4:00pm on Friday, 2:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Performances start approximately 1 hour after the gates open.

Jazz Cafe Discovery Series completes phase one with four finalists

The new Jazz Cafe Discovery Series at Music Hall has just completed phase one and has chosen four finalists. These groups will be performing June 19 and 20 on the Absopure Stage at the Jazz Cafe.

The series, which started this past January, is hosted by veteran Jazz radio host Judy Adams, and features new and emerging Jazz talent from the Metro-Detroit area. Forty-two groups have already been showcased with new bands presented each week. Bands have the opportunity for paid gigs at the Absopure Stage at the Jazz Cafe and for a chance at playing a set at the Detroit International Jazz Featival on Labor Day weekend.

Adams hosts a corresponding radio series which gives the bands extra exposure as their performances are taped for broadcast each Sunday at 11pm on WVMV-FM 98.7. New semi-finalists are performing on Tuesday nights from 7-11pm at the Jazz Cafe with two groups per night. The series continues to audition new groups on Wednesdays from 7-11pm. Admission is free. All styles of Jazz are welcome.To audition for the series, please contact Jazz Cafe Director Ted Nagy at 313-887-8532 or email Judy Adams hosts and deejays between sets on both Tuesday and Wednesday nights.

TUESDAY JUNE 19: "Moment's Notice" and "V Miles Out". These two bands carry on in the Detroit Jazz tradition. "Moment's Notice" features Jerome Yancy and Deon Yates formerly of Bird-Trane-Sco-Now. "V Miles Out" fronts the talents of violinist and leader, Patricia Moore.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 20: "THE TOM STOEPKER QUARTET" and "THE DAN ZYLINSKI QUARTET". Both of these groups feature college Jazz students exploring new directions in Jazz. Guitarist Tom Stoepker just returned from studying at the Berklee College of Music and now lives in Ann Arbor. Bassist, Dan Zylinski studies Jazz at Wayne State University and lives in Harper Woods.

The Music Hall is located at 350 Madison at Brush in downtown Detroit. 313-887-8501.

WMGC-FM listeners to tee off with "Girl's Day on the Green"

Soft rock WMGC-FM, Magic 105.1, listeners are invited to tee off at the Second Annual "Girl's Day on the Green." The outing is scheduled for Monday, July 23, 2007 at Devil's Ridge Golf Club in Oxford, Michigan. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk in Metro Detroit.

The Magic 105.1FM "Girl's Day on the Green" golf event features an 18-hole "best ball" tournament, complete with prizes given away for longest drive, hole-in-one and best dressed team. Radio personalities Linda Lanci, Cyndy Canty, Fay Samona and Jim Paolucci will host the event.

Listeners can tune in to the station for their chance to win a twosome package to the event. Packages are also available for purchase by going to The cost is $105 and includes 18 holes of golf (cart included), a continental breakfast, lunch and a complimentary gift.

“This is a great chance for you to show some 'girl power' on the green!” said Cyndy Canty, WMGC News Director and On-Air Personality.







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