Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Oct 23, 2007




Crain's Detroit Business:

Detroit Public Television won't borrow money to complete its new state-of-the-art broadcast facility, the station's interim general manager said. Instead, the station, which operates as WTVS-Channel 56, will build the remaining elements only as money is raised, said Dan Alpert, who took over day-to-day management of WTVS in April. The station needs to raise $8.8 million to finish construction of its $22 million Riley Broadcaster Center in Wixom and complete its conversion from analog to digital broadcasting and production. A new round of direct-solicitation fund-raising aimed at large to midlevel donors, including individuals, corporations and foundations, is getting under way... Detroit Public Television to grow as money flows (Mon, 10/22)

Windsor Star:

I got a letter a couple of weeks ago from someone in England who claimed she was a long lost relative of Thomas E. Clark and wanted to know if I knew anything about him and his connection to Windsor and Detroit. I didn't. Not at first. But I found mention of him in Neil F. Morrison's Garden Gateway, a book about Windsor. It seems Clark was a self-described "inventor" who popped in to see James E. Scripps, founder of the Detroit News, and told him he envisioned a day "when you will sit in your home and be entertained by music played thousands of miles away." Clark figured he had a handle on how to make this happen. And so Scripps hired him to carry on his experimental work. By 1920, the Detroit News was experimenting with its own broadcasts. It was the first newspaper in the world to install a radio broadcasting service. As Morrison said, however, Detroit bankers and businessmen "shook their heads at the mere mention of Tom Clark's name." They thought he was a nut... Inventor's vision spawned local radio (Mon, 10/22)







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