Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 26, 2008

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JJ & Lynne’s Radiothon gathers musicians, athletes, entrepreneurs and survivors to benefit Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan

JJ & Lynne, morning talk show hosts of Classic Rock WCSX-FM 94.7 talked to internationally-known musicians, business notables, professional athletes, major league coaches, local citizens and leukemia survivors in order to make the phones ring and bring attention and dollars to the cause of Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan (CLF). For 17-years, Jim Johnson (JJ) & Lynne Woodison have supported the agency with their Radiothon, raising nearly $80,000 in 15-hours for CLF, a 55-year old, independent foundation providing information, financial assistance and emotional support to Michigan families facing the challenges of leukemia and lymphoma. Over the years, the total raised is nearly $3 million dollars to help children and adults in their battle with these diseases.

The 15-hour Radiothon took place on location at the Greater Media Studios in Oak Park on January 24th, 2008 beginning at 6:00 A.M. A group of area leukemia or lymphoma survivors were interviewed and shared their stories of hope and how the foundation came to assist financially as well as helping them cope during their ordeal. Melissa Berman of Waterford, Jennifer Valinski of Belleville, Brenda Bratt of Troy, Jennifer Wiser of Holly, Christine Kowalski of Dearborn Heights, and Jessica Carty of Royal Oak spoke to JJ and Lynne about their experiences.

Glenn Trevisan, President and CEO of CLF said, “We are thankful for JJ & Lynne, everyone at WCSX and their loyal listeners who, all told, have raised more than $3 million for CLF in 17 years. We are deeply grateful. We are a local, state-wide organization and support a great cause for families here. And the effort of supporting our mission is even more satisfying because of the many great people we work alongside of such as JJ & Lynne and all the people who give their time to this event.”

Anyone wishing to make a donation to JJ & Lynne’s Radiothon or for additional information about CLF, should go to www.leukemiamichigan.org. Children’s Leukemia Foundation of Michigan is a statewide organization that provides information, financial assistance and emotional support to adults and children affected by leukemia, lymphoma, and other related blood disorders.



WRCJ set for another Symphony Bowl

You know that incredibly super-hyped sporting event that everybody gets all worked up about every year at the beginning of February? Did you ever wonder what might happen if we lived in a world where we got equally geeked about the arts? Specifically, a championship contest between two symphony orchestras?

Well wonder no longer; Symphony Bowl MMVIII is here, pitting the New York Philharmonic against the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

It all started in 1989 when Chris Felcyn, hosting a classical music program one Super Sunday morning on a Detroit public radio station, decided to play samples from the orchestras of the cities competing in that other event. Now the Symphony Bowl is ready for prime time on Public Radio International, and as in previous years you'll hear a thrilling demonstration of competitive symphonics between two determined symphony orchestras. In addition to authentic recordings from each organization, we'll feature celebrity cameos and interviews (The CBC's Tom Allen explains the differences between the Canadian and American Symphony Leagues; Maestro Leonard Slatkin will appear as Blimp Grand Marshal during a 3-ship formation fly-by) as well as an actual musician from each competing orchestra. It's all packaged with the twists and turns and atmosphere of a live contest, as we create an epic "battle of the bands" right before your very ears.

Hear WRCJ's exclusive coverage of the Championship Concert of the National Symphony League. It's Symphony Bowl MMVIII, coming Sunday, February 3, 2008 at 10 a.m. to 90.9 FM.



WUOM, WDET to air State of State address

Michigan Radio, WUOM-FM 91.7 Ann Arbor/WFUM-FM 91.1 Flint/WVGR-FM 104.1 Grand Rapids, will air live coverage of Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s State of the State Address to the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday, January 29th at 7 pm. Michigan Radio will produce and broadcast this live event, which will also be carried by Michigan Public Radio Network stations across the state.

Following a bruising budget battle in 2007, the governor is expected to address how she plans to deal with the state’s continued economic challenges and efforts to diversify Michigan’s economy.

Michigan Radio’s Charity Nebbe will host the live broadcast, with political analysis from Jack Lessenberry. Michigan Public Radio Network correspondent Rick Pluta will provide reaction from the state capital. Following the governor’s address, Michigan Radio will also broadcast the Republican response from Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop.

Detroit's WDET-FM will also have coverage from 7 - 8:30 PM. On Tuesday, February 5, WDET will carry NPR's programming on the 22 Super Tuesday primaries beginning at 9:00PM. The special broadcast is expected to run until 3:00AM and will include NPR's national coverage and analysis.

 

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