Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Nov 12, 2007




WDFN plugs Rob Otto in; Jamie & Brady to do web chat

Rob Otto hosted the early morning shift (6-8am) on sports WDFN AM 1130 while decisions are being made on what will happen with that time slot on a more permanent basis. Former hosts Jamie Samuelsen and Greg Brady are still in talks with the station and still hope to make a return.

In the meantime, Jamie and Brady will be hosting a web chat this morning from 8:30 - 10:30 on the web site of FOX TV affiliate WJBK-TV 2. They will be joined by their former newsman, and current Fox Sports Net Detroit reporter, Matt Shepard along with other guests. Listen in and watch the 'Monday Morning Quarterback' chat at Another 'Monday Morning Quarterback' web chat has been scheduled for next Monday, November 19th.

Crain's Detroit Business:

The local television industry is taking a wait-and-see approach to the decision by WADL-TV Channel 38 to shift its focus from primarily religious, infomercial and home-shopping programs to programming aimed at metro Detroit's African-American audience. The Clinton Township-based station, which is unaffiliated with a national network and has been on the air since 1986, has acquired several syndicated shows. They range from 1970s comedies such as "Sanford and Son" and "The Jeffersons" to contemporary shows such as MTV's "Pimp My Ride" and "Chappelle's Show." Lewis Gibbs, WADL's president and general manager, declined to say how much the station is spending on new content, but local television insiders estimate it's between $100,000 and $250,000... WADL shifts emphasis to African-American viewers (Mon, 11/12)

'Night of Lights at Campus Martius Park' to air on Channel 7 Friday, Nov. 16

WXYZ-TV, Channel 7, in collaboration with Detroit 300 Conservancy will presents a Detroit holiday tradition, "The Night of Lights at Campus Martius Park" on Friday, November 16 from 7:30-9pm. The 90-minute prime time special will celebrate metro Detroit's official kick-off of the holiday season. Now in its fourth year, the event combines first-rate entertainment, world-class figure skating and the live lighting ceremony of a magnificent 60-foot holiday tree.

Hosted by co-anchors Diana Lewis and Stephen Clark, the program will include live reports from Action News anchors Erik Smith and Carolyn Clifford. Action News reporter Kimberly Craig will also provide live coverage of the many activities and entertainment taking place throughout the evening.

In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, which will air live exclusively on WXYZ-TV, the special will highlight ice skating performances from Olympic ice dance champions and ice skating all stars from the Detroit Skating Club and the Artic Figure Skating Club in Canton. The live program will also feature musical performances from local entertainers and some of Detroit's top singers including, Rock & Soul duet and band Mitch Ryder and Thornetta Davis and Gospel/R&B Vocalist Marvin Winans Jr. The program will also include interviews with key community leaders.







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This page contains a single entry by Mike Austerman published on November 12, 2007 7:46 AM.

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