Metro Detroit: Newsmakers June 14. 2007




Detroit News:

Larry Dixon, the smooth-talking afternoon voice on Detroit's R&B powerhouse WCHB-AM back in the 1950s and '60s, died after a long battle with cancer on Monday, June 4. He was 78. Many Detroit radio personalities had a part in Motown Records' success back when AM radio was king, but Dixon was truly crucial. In 1959, he tipped off United Artists Records in New York about a hot local hit, Marv Johnson's record "Come to Me," put out on Tamla Records by Berry Gordy Jr. According to Detroit radio historian David Carson , United Artists did more than pick up "Come to Me" for distribution, they bought out Johnson's contract altogether. That allowed Gordy to come home to Detroit with $25,000 in his pocket to get his fledgling record company off the ground... Ex-WCHB DJ Larry Dixon dies (Thu, 6/14)

Tigers broadcasters Mario Impemba, Rod Allen and Dan Dickerson are blessed with strong vocabularies, used to describe many innings of baseball over a season. But Tuesday night, the most sacrosanct, yet unwritten, law of baseball kicked in and strongly edited their word choices: Never utter the words "no-hitter" while a pitcher has one going. Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander tossed a complete game, no-hit gem against the Brewers at Comerica Park. And Tigers broadcasters desperately avoided stating the obvious -- until the 4-0 victory was over... Mum was the word in the booths (Thu, 6/14)

Detroit Free Press:

Hey, if we want to be kept in the dark, we'll watch "The Sopranos." Not baseball. They gave hints as to what was going on, but both the TV and radio announcers honored the tradition of avoiding the forbidden words -- no-hitter -- while Justin Verlander was pitching one for the Tigers on Tuesday night for fear of jinxing him. Oh, come on. How can mere words hurt if Verlander wasn't jinxed by all those seagulls hanging around Comerica Park? Aren't they like albatrosses? Anyway, it's one thing to observe a superstition in the dugout, but isn't it the broadcasters' job to tell fans what's happening?... It's a ... shhh, that's a no-no (Thu, 6/14)

Tom Joyner Sky Show Returns to Detroit June 22

The Tom Joyner Sky Show, the largest, free, live African-American entertainment series in the country, returns to the Motor City Friday, June 22, 2007 at the Detroit Opera House with Chrysler Jeep Superstores as a sponsor ... The Sky Show features performances by national recording artist/groups such as Angela Winbush, Donnell Jones, and After Seven. The show draws record crowds during its broadcasts across the nation... Press Release (Wed, 6/13)







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