Metro Detroit: Newsmakers Jan 2, 2008




Detroit News:

WWJ-TV (Channel 62) is making big moves in the New Year, and while it's not a newscast, it's a start. Beginning Monday, the local CBS affiliate will air an 11 p.m. weather report from chief meteorologist Jim Madaus, formerly of WXYZ-TV (Channel 7), during the week and Tracy Gary on the weekends and holidays. Gary used to work at WDIV-TV (Channel 4) and WJBK-TV (Channel 2). Called "WWJ-TV's First Forecast," the 2 ½ minute weather report will air just before episodes of "Two and Half Men" in syndication, followed by "Late Night with David Letterman" at 11:35 p.m. weeknights, said Trey Fabacher, vice president and general manager of WWJ-TV... WWJ-TV to begin weather reports (Tue, 1/1)

Beth McLeod , the traffic reporter for WDIV-TV (Channel 4), is leaving after a decade of being with the station. Her last day is Friday. McLeod, who has been pulling triple duty as the morning and afternoon traffic reporter and the Michigan Lottery hostess in the evenings, will take some much needed time to rest and regroup, WDIV management said Monday. The departure also will give McLeod more time to spend with her husband, Fred McLeod, who left the station last year to become a full-time play-by-play announcer for the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although she is leaving, McLeod will fill in at WDIV as needed, management said... WDIV loses traffic reporter McLeod (Wed, 1/2)

Detroit Free Press:

Debuting: Tonight on Ypsilanti's WEMU-FM (89.1), Eastern Michigan University's public radio station, veteran jazz broadcaster Evelynn Hawkins as host of its weekday evening jazz program, 8-11 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. She succeeds longtime evening jazz host Michael G. Nastos, who retired last July after 27 years at WEMU... Names and Faces (Wed, 1/2)

Michigan Citizen:

After 10 years of broadcasting from Woodward Avenue in Highland Park, RJ Watkins is ready to relocate. The CEO and Founder of WHPR Radio 88.1 and UHF TV 33 won’t be moving far, but in the words of Watkins and longtime partner and producer, Henry Tyler, it’s a step in the right direction. Watkins and Tyler have taken what began as an unexpected challenge and turned it into an opportunity. The owners of the building that currently houses WHPR and TV 33 recently decided that it was needed for other endeavors. But Watkins has found a large studio in a nearby commercial district that was formerly used as a photography studio for cars and trucks... Movin’ on up in 2008 (Mon, 12/31)







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