Former Ann Arbor sports radio host Dave Shand has sued University of Michigan athletic director Bill Martin, claiming that Martin "essentially used economic blackmail" to force his firing. A lawsuit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in downtown Ann Arbor, alleged that Martin told Shand's bosses at WTKA-AM (1050) that station would lose its rights to broadcast Michigan football unless it dismissed Shand. "Either way you slice it, it's illegal for Bill Martin to interfere in Dave's private employment contract," said Nicholas Roumel, Shand's attorney. When Shand was fired in April, the station's general manager, Bob Bolak, declined to discuss the reasons behind the move. Bolak could not be reached for immediate comment Tuesday afternoon... Fired radio host sues Michigan athletic director (Tue, 7/24)
Brian Williams is scheduled to be in Detroit today to do the "NBC Nightly News" from downtown.
The network anchor, who displays a sharp wit when he makes the talk show rounds, sounded extra sincere when asked about his reasons for coming here. "The Detroit viewing audience ... is enormous and very loyal," he said of his sweeps month visit. Speaking from his New York office on Monday, Williams described his plans for the trip and his ties to the Motor City... Live from Detroit, NBC news (Tue, 7/24)
Bill Flemming was known for his trips around the world. Name an exotic locale, and he probably had been there for his job with ABC's "Wide World of Sports." But Flemming, the well-known TV sportscaster who made his name on "Wide World" and worked in the business for nearly 60 years, was a Michigan man all the way. He grew up in Ann Arbor, graduated from the University of Michigan, raised his family in Bloomfield Hills and spent the last decade summering at his cottage in Good Hart, Mich., until he died Friday from prostate cancer at Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey at age 80... Michigander made mark all around 'Wide World' (Tue, 7/24)
"NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams" returned to Detroit on Tuesday, and the city acted as a backdrop for a report on -- what else? -- the decline of the auto industry. The story, "Slow Lane?," was pegged to "Detroit's hurry-up effort to go green," and featured General Motors' and Ford Motor Co.'s efforts to offer customers more environmentally friendly vehicles. Reporter Kevin Tibbles interviewed representatives from Ford and talked to GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz at GM's headquarters in the Renaissance Center. The verdict? It may not be easy going green, "but for Detroit, it's essential," said Tibbles' report. The show also featured a taped interview with Detroit City Council member Martha Reeves, conducted by Williams outside of Hart Plaza... Williams spotlights autos, Reeves in Detroit broadcast (Tue, 7/24)