Metro Detroit: Newsmakers June 22, 2007




WDIV to produce trio of local specials from Detroit's riverfront

WDIV-TV 4 will provide television and Internet viewers with three specials to help celebrate the first annual Detroit International River Days. A half-hour primetime special, Rockin’ on the River, airs Friday, June 22, at 8 p.m followed on Saturday, June 23 with live Internet video from the DTE Energy Parade Of Lights and wraps up on Local 4 with exclusive live coverage of the grand finale, the Target Fireworks on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 9 p.m.

Rockin’ on the River, airing Friday at 8 p.m. and hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, and Chuck Gaidica, takes your family into the middle of the action live from the all new Detroit River Walk. The special will showcase many of the exciting River Days events, from helicopter rides and jet ski demonstrations, to air dogs, carnival rides, music and more.

Rockin’ on the River will also include a behind the scenes preview of what to expect at the first ever DTE Energy Parade Of Lights presented by Local 4, and an opportunity to meet the five Super Singers who will compete live during Local 4’s broadcast of the Target Fireworks.

Saturday night starting 10 p.m., Local 4 will feature live updates from the DTE Energy Parade Of Lights within NBC programming, and exclusive live streaming video of the big event online at

Then, on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 9 p.m., WDIV will provide exclusive coverage of the summer’s biggest event and the River Days grand finale. Local 4’s live telecast of the Target Fireworks hosted by Carmen Harlan, Devin Scillian, and Chuck Gaidica begins with a Super Singer competition like no other before, with the winner selected by at-home viewers’ text message votes.

This year’s Super Singer on-stage judges are Local 4’s morning anchor Ama Daetz, Ty Treadway, soap star and host of “Merv Griffin’s Crosswords,” and Yvan Pedneault, star of the Toronto production of “We Will Rock You.”

WRIF’s “Drew & Mike” to hold Home Run Derby for trip to MLB All Star Game

Rock WRIF-FM’s morning show hosts Drew & Mike will send one lucky winner and a guest to San Francisco to see this year’s Major League Baseball All Star Game. The duo will give the trip away through a Home Run Derby contest to take place this morning at the WRIF studios, located at One Radio Plaza, Detroit, MI 48220.

Throughout the week, Drew & Mike have been qualifying listeners on-air to join the morning show tomorrow, June 22 at 7am to participate in the contest. There are a total of 15 qualifying contestants. The contestant, or their pre-selected “ringer”, who hits the most home runs in a series of two rounds of whiffle ball pitches, will win the trip to San Francisco, courtesy of Rock Financial.

Detroit News:

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